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Hard News: Sunday blues, and we're on Sky

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  • Jake Pollock,

    Ah, I see it is being discussed with rancour in t'other thread. Carry on then.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Sublime rancour.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15707 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    In that case, I shall impatiently await my
    'So. Farewell
    Then
    Sarah Palin'.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    'So. Farewell
    Then
    Sarah Palin'.

    Hah! That's funny because I get it.

    (Btw, she's not standing for re-election in Alaska, clearing the way for the nomination of 2012. I'm an inch closer to owing Craig a meal.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Is the bet that she'll compete in the primaries, or actually be nominated? Either way, I think you're on safe ground if you said it wasn't going to happen. Even the few Republicans that are left don't tend to like people that leave their jobs a year and a half early.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    The bet was she gets nominated. I had little doubt she'd run, and every doubt they'd be mad enough to vote for her, but since the election the republicans really seem to have embraced their looniest side. And if Obama looks to be re-elected anyhow, they might find a dearth of candidates for a shellacking and maybe she'll squick through. Should be interesting.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Yeah, that rather bizarre basketball analogy in the press conference suggested that the Vanity Fair article sounded alarums for her, and that she intended to run. Who knows? Still, I'm glad the 2012 election campaign is finally underway, these last 7 months have been unbearably void of speculation about candidacies.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Ben McNicoll,

    I'm astounded by the logic:

    She said she had decided against running for re-election as Alaska's governor, and believed it was best to leave office even though she had two years left to her term.

    "Many just accept that lame duck status, and they hit that road. They draw a paycheck. They kind of milk it. And I'm not going to put Alaskans through that," she said.

    From the Herald story

    Her words would seem to imply that she thought the role of Governor was to stand for office (and win presumably), rather than, you know, actually govern.

    Grey Lynn • Since May 2007 • 108 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    "Many just accept that lame duck status, and they hit that road. They draw a paycheck.

    And here I thought it was better for her to keep her mouth shut than open it and remove all doubt. It is now being reported that her speech was confusing. What does that mean? Is she under investigation at the mo? I must research.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5690 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Is the bet that she'll compete in the primaries, or actually be nominated? Either way, I think you're on safe ground if you said it wasn't going to happen. Even the few Republicans that are left don't tend to like people that leave their jobs a year and a half early.

    Jake: I'd thought that if McCain was cynically betting that (pardon my French) "cunt trumps nigger" he'd have gone for a competent, qualified woman like Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Olympia Snowe. With the current iteration of the GOP, you shouldn't err on the side of generosity and assume that's a lot of rational thought going on.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11614 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    I wasn't talking about the GOP organisation so much as the primary voters who will eventually decide these kinds of things. There's an incredibly strong strain of the 'Protestant work ethic' amongst the Republican voting base that, as many other people have said, will take the 'she quit her last job, why give her this one?' line of argument very very seriously, as long as there's another candidate with real conservative credentials around.

    Of course, she'll have a base of support amongst the hardcore social conservatives, but I wouldn't be surprised if even that eroded over time because of this.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Beyond the Palin & back behind the picket fence...

    maybe the GOP stands for Group of Pirates...
    or better yet Privateers - lend them your ears and they'll sell em for a Buck...

    Meanwhile if you happen to be an ex-Congress woman from Georgia taken from a ship in International waters by the Israeli Navy - you can rely on your country to do absolutely nothing it seems.
    Those Brit Navy ratings were taken in Iranian territorial waters...
    Even recent commercial ships taken by pirates off Africa have been rescued by US Navy SEALs.

    So you'd think that at least former POW John McCain would mount a rambo attack... or John Kerry would fleet foot it over there...

    No such luck for Cynthia McKinney....

    But that's Israel for ya Jake...
    they don't recognise the UN or the IAEA
    but expect those organisations to act on their behalf...

    ...back to Alaska now folks for real news!

    Possible corruption scandal in Lovely Lake Lucille, Wasilla...

    Is this just another twisted case of "CTN" as referred to by Craig?

    yrs
    Z Big Brie Gnu Zinc Ski
    the Cheesy Puppet Master

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4186 posts Report Reply

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