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Media Standoff! Press (Almost) Boycotts Sarah Palin At The U.N.

Dang.That gal with the lipstick is going to meet with Important World Leaders at the UN today, so naturally the McCain campaign did not want any reporters anywhere near that disaster. They said, “OK all you press organizations can get together and decide on ONE cameraperson to record the beginning of these meetings, before Sarah says something awkward about Hamid Karzai’s hat, but there will be no reporters to ask questions.” And for the first time in the history of ever, the press collectively told McCain to cram it. And then they took it back.

There was going to be a full-on press boycott of the whole awful event, which really only meant the evening news wouldn’t be running silent footage of Palin shaking hands with some random dignitaries. But the McCain folks said, “Fine you have have ONE pool reporter in with your camera guy,” even though usual protocol is to let in one reporter each from print, TV, and radio.

And the press said, “Ok,” so now there is one camera person and one reporter on the scene to maybe film stuff or ask a single innocuous question before Sarah Palin disappears into her dark lair with Ban Ki Moon and rips off her latex mask, revealing Dick Cheney in a leather muu muu.

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81 comments

  1. Hedley Lamar

    There’s got to be at least one camera to record this shit for the next round of McCain
    commercials touting her fuckin’ experience in foreign policy. Kill me.

  2. hockeymom

    This is good. They do need one camera in case she does something stupid/newsworthy/changes her hairstyle.

    But telling McCain to cram it is a good shot across the bow.

  3. MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend

    And this is why McFailin still has a shot at this whole damn thing.

    Ladies and Gentleman! I give you our retarded media!

    *slow clap*

  4. highway234

    the beauty of it is that even with just one reporter asking one softball question, the moose mutilator will still find a way to make a fool out of herself and provide rachel maddow and olby another chance to palin-bait their way to larry king-sized ratings.

    miss VP teen alaska is totally the git that keeps on giving.

  5. RaptorAvatar

    Man, like half of Europe is gonna be pissed when they find out they were tricked into attending with the promise of a Tina Fey monologue.

  6. Miller

    Is she going to tell the Tunisian delegation that she said “Thanks but no thanks to that Bridge to Nowhere”? Take your VP candidate to the UN day is so much fun for everyone, why wouldn’t the media want to cover the same speech she’s been giving for weeks while foreign leaders try to pretend like they’re taking her seriously?

    http://thesebastards.blogspot.com/

  7. IslandGirlFL

    I hope they send her on a foreign tour. I love politicans in ridiculous indigenous outfits! Of course they’ll only send her to “white” countries. Like Norway. Sarah as Brunhilda YEA!!!!

  8. Kev-O-Tron

    Who will the lucky reporter be??? And by “reporter” I mean “slow pitch softball player.”

    *please be Malkin, please be Malkin, please be Malkin!!!

  9. loquaciousmusic

    I hope the one reporter is Kathy Couric. I mean “Katie” Couric. She asks hard-hitting questions, that Kathy. I mean “Katie.”

  10. Delicious

    It’s amazing how stupid people are. Don’t even Sarah’s supporter want to hear her say something other than her stump speech about how “the economy needs some shakin’ up and some fixin’?” Don’t they have questions for her, even stupid ones. Or is everyone driving the McCain side of the Gallup Daily Tracking quite satisified to play “Hide the Palin” until Nov. 4?

  11. magic titty

    [re=104700]Miller[/re]: This meeting has the makings of EPIC FAIL. I’m recalling the interrogation scene in Basic Instinct.

    Karzai(sweating): Gov. Palin, where is your underwear?
    Palin: I sold ‘em on E-Bay.

  12. SayItWithWookies

    The world leaders have also been told not to roll their eyes when Palin says something stupid — otherwise she will give them holy hell. Once she finds their countries.

  13. Serolf Divad

    So it’s “take your VP to the UN” day eh?

    Yeah, I wish I were a fly on the wall, too.

    Palin: Is this where you work daddy?

    McCain: No, Sarah. This is where really important people come to talk about stuff that goes on all around the world.

    Palin: [Chewing gum] Cool!

    [Enter stage left: Ahmed Karzai, with staffers]

    McCain: So, Sarah, would you like to meet Ahmed Karzai?

    Palin: [barely audible, as she hides behind McCain's pant leg] Hi.

    Karzai: Ah, John, good to see you. And so who do wee have here?

    Palin: [again, barely audible] Sarah.

    Karzai: I see your running mate has brought you to see the UN. Are you enjoying yourself?

    Palin: [as before, timidly] Yes.

    Karzai: Well, I’m so glad! I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time at the UN, today, meeting many of the people your running mate will work with if he wins the presidency.

    Palin [silent, says nothing]

    McCain: Sarah, don’t be rude. Say thank you.

    Palin [still behind McCain's pant leg] Thank you.

    Karzai: Well you have a nice visit, young lady. And John it was really nice to see you again.

    McCain: Thank you, Ahmed, it was swell.

  14. facehead

    I’m gonna say something positive: this should be a total disaster for Her.

    I’ve been proud of the press lately (seriously). Normally what happens is that politicians
    say silly things, the press calls them on it, and the pols stop saying it, or even apologize.
    With the McCain camp, they’ve been called on the lies, but they won’t stop repeating them,
    and the press has been noticeably pissed off (because they are being ignored).

    McCain is acting like he can completely ignore the press and win, and he’s so wrong.

  15. magic titty

    [re=104704]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: Calling that squawking dickhead a reporter is like calling Sean Hannity a college graduate.

  16. JadedDIssonance

    [re=104704]Kev-O-Tron[/re]: omg, that would be amazing. I would settle for Candy Crowley though.

    I’m wondering about why we need to be pandering to this woman. How does the McCain campaign get away with this? UN QUALIFIED. No Question. Why hide it?

  17. Hunter Gathers

    Caribou Barbie’s cab fare to U.N. – 50 bones.
    Several dozen foreign heads of state asking collectively ‘Who the fuck is this bitch?.’ – Priceless

  18. irisheyes

    Don’t you think at some point even her fans the “Palunatics” will start to wonder why she doesn’t ever say anything? I mean, they think she speaks freakin’ gold and McCain won’t let her talk. We all know it’s ’cause she’s a tard, but what might the faithful being thinking? Hmmm….

  19. El Topo

    Everyone thinks the leather muu-muu is some kind of kinky S&M thing, but Cheney really wears it because it’s non-porous and it allows his manservant (Lyle) to wipe up The Dark One’s incontinent pee-pees.

  20. AfghanVet

    Oh…come on! What UN rep wouldn’t be interested in how to run a small town known for its robust meth industry? And you KNOW they want to exchange notes running governments from a fundamentalist’s point of view.

  21. 4tehlulz

    [re=104716]Serolf Divad[/re]: My image is more like Palin spouting embarrassing shit all over the place.

    Karzai: Well, I’m so glad! I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time at the UN, today, meeting many of the people your running mate will work with if he wins the presidency.

    Palin: MY daddy says you’re a traitorous puppet!

    McCain: Ah, haha. That’s funny. Kids say the darndest things!

    Palin: And that you’re a pussy that won’t let us bomb the shit out of the ragheads that live in your shithole of a country! Kill em all and let God sort em out amirite Daddy? (Psst….Daddy, what’s a pussy?)

    Karzai: …..

  22. Cape Clod

    They are only allowing her to speak with the representatives of countries that she has vast experience with by benefit of the fact that her state is right next to it. So it’s pretty much Russia, Canada and Norway. (“We’re also right next to Norway! You just have to travel over the North Pole! Yup! Yup!”)

  23. lilblackcorvette

    I don’t know if this is relevant or not. I just hate how these people are using the esteem of the USA USA as some type of joke. It’s drinign me NUTS NUTS!

    Hatch Act (1939), as amended, regulates partisan political activities by U.S. civil servants. The Democratic senator Carl Hatch of New Mexico, protesting the political involvement of federal employees in primaries and general elections, sponsored the bill that became the Hatch Act in order to ban federal employees from participating actively in political campaigns or from using their positions to coerce voters.

    The Pendleton Act of 1883 and several executive orders limited partisan political activity by career civil servants. But the number of federal government workers ballooned from 14,000 in 1883 to 560,000 in 1926, so that by the 1930s, conservative Democrats and Republicans feared that these restrictions were insufficient, and that civil servants might shape elections of presidents, senators, and representatives. Also, they believed that the administration of Democratic president Franklin Roosevelt was using relief monies to influence elections. New Deal liberals seeking renomination or attempting to unseat conservative Democrats in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania were accused of diverting Works Progress Administration funds to enhance their prospects at the polls. In January 1939, the Senate Campaign Expenditures Committee upheld those accusations.

    Hatch complained that the Democratic National Committee was obtaining gifts from persons working for—and corporations having contracts with—the federal government, and that several relatives of rival New Mexico Democratic senator Dennis Chavez had coerced WPA officials. In January 1939, Hatch introduced legislation to neutralize the federal civil service. While permitting federal employees to vote, his measure prohibited the assessment or solicitation of funds from WPA employees or the removal of any personnel because of refusal to change political affiliation. Section 9 prevented federal officials and workers from using their position to interfere in presidential or congressional elections. Non-policymaking federal officials could not be removed for partisan reasons. Enforcement was left to department heads, with a one-thousand-dollar fine or one-year term of imprisonment for violators.

    In April 1939 the Senate adopted his measure with little fanfare, but the House Judiciary Committee infuriated Hatch by deleting section 9. The full House, however, restored much of it in July. President Roosevelt, who privately harbored reservations about section 9, reluctantly signed the bill into law on 2 August. The Hatch Act magnified the influence of local bosses, rural legislators, and labor unions. The original measure, therefore, was broadened in 1940 to include 250,000 state employees paid wholly or partially from federal funds and to require the nonpayment and removal of violators. A 1950 amendment reduced the penalty to ninety days suspension without pay.

    Hatch Act supporters considered a politically neutral civil service the best way to achieve an impartial government and protect federal workers from coercion or threats by superiors. They regarded a government employee’s attempts to influence the votes of others as inconsistent with the spirit of the Constitution and wanted to limit the growing influence of government employee unions.

    In United Public Workers v. Mitchell (1947), the U.S. Supreme Court by a 4–3 vote upheld the constitutionality of the Hatch Act, stating that public employment was a privilege subject to reasonable conditions. The Commission on Political Activity of Government Personnel in 1966 recommended relaxing restrictions and penalties. A 1972 U.S. district court ruled that the Hatch Act was vague, overly broad, and contrary to the First Amendment, but the U.S. Supreme Court in June 1973 again upheld it.

    Critics claimed that the Hatch Act denied millions of federal employees the First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and association and discouraged political participation among people who otherwise would be vigorous political activists. Democratic President Bill Clinton encouraged Congress to overhaul the Hatch Act, and. the Federal Employees Political Activities Act of 1993 permitted most federal civil servants to run for public office in nonpartisan elections, contribute money to political organizations, and campaign for or against candidates in partisan elections. Federal officials, however, were still barred from engaging in political activity while on duty, soliciting contributions from the general public, or running as candidates for office in partisan elections.

  24. AngryBlakGuy

    …I figure the odd are about even that she shakes hands with Ahmadinejad and doesn’t even realize it.

  25. DangerousLiberal

    Kill…your….television.

    Oh, and fuck the “news” media. It’s time that someone grew some Murrow-sized balls. Unless, of course, the point of the camera was just in case Palin got gored by a bull moose or a difficult question.

  26. fuzznuts

    I love the photo showing her preparing her lips for the next
    coating of Revlon’s Cheerleader blow job red #23.

  27. Hunter Gathers

    [re=104726]irisheyes[/re]: You should know by now that the ‘faithful’ don’t think. They do what they are told, like all good conservatives. She could go in front of them and declare ‘I’m going to fuck all of you in the ass with a 2×4 and sand as a lubricant’ and they would lap it up. We are not dealing with rational people here. We are dealing with a nation of fucktards.

  28. El Topo

    Palin, told by McCain that Iran is a “lone wolf” nation, fires upon its ambassador from the balcony with an assault rifle. No film at 11:00.

  29. edgydrifter

    That’s it, I’m done. She’s no longer hot. Strike her from the list of VPILFs, GILFs, MILFs and even CRBILFs (crazy religious broads). I don’t think I even want to pee on her. I just want her and this whole tired mess to go away forever. These next eight years are going to seriously sukkk.

  30. AfghanVet

    Oh…speaking of memes and talking points…the Business Idiroiti have a new apologists theme they are kicking out the door this week:

    It’s not the Republican’s fault, it’s all of the government’s fault! See, it’s not that they have been in charge of the regulatory means of government for the last decade or so and it’s not that deregulation or lack of regulation has been the BASIC party platform for over 30 years…it’s that they are ALL the same and it’s government’s fault. Just like 2000, now they want to say there is no difference. Lou Dobbs is farming this one out now as his BS has been shown to stink as bad as all the others.

    Sorry, I just lived through 8 years of “no difference”.

  31. friendlynerd

    Anyone who hasn’t seen “Thank You Mr. President” yet (Helen Thomas documentary) should consider it their civic duty. Really makes you wonder who cut the balls off the press, and when. And why.

  32. lilblackcorvette

    i mean the spirit of the damn law has to apply eevne if the letter doesn’t. How can she speak for or represent the US? I don’t quite what’s wrong with this shit but it stinks to high heaven. It is sooo purely political that It just can’t be right. I swear I’m actually hyperventilating!!

  33. sati demise

    [re=104737]AngryBlakGuy[/re]: Hope they catch her back stage after the meeting ‘speaking in tongues’ to drive away the evil Muslim spirits, the cooties she got from touching an unbeliever.

  34. Kev-O-Tron

    [re=104721]JadedDIssonance[/re]: Well you can’t spell unqualified with U N.

    [re=104718]magic titty[/re]: Too true. I shall now cease addressing Malkin with the title “reporter” and replace it with “squawking dickhead.”

    “This is Michelle Malkin- Squawking dickhead on the scene.”

  35. Delicious

    Not too far off from the parodies.
    From the New York Times:

    Meeting Karzai | 1 p.m. When Gov. Sarah Palin sat down with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan on Tuesday afternoon, the polite preliminaries to their conversation centered around children, as Mr. Karzai spoke of the birth of his first child last year.

    “What is his name?” Ms. Palin was heard to ask, as she met with Mr. Karzai in the suite of a midtown hotel, according to a pool report.

    “Mirwais,” Mr. Karzai replied. “Mirwais, which means, ‘The Light of the House.’”

    “Oh nice,” Palin responded.

    “He is the only one we have,” Mr. Karzai said.

    Then the pool of journalists was escorted out, and the meeting began.

  36. edgydrifter

    [re=104748]magic titty[/re]: I do believe that was the 2007 Alaskan Independence Party Annual Potluck and White Power Hootenanny. As such, “By Thor” might be more appropriate.

  37. Doglessliberal

    what I loved was NPR this a.m. saying she was meeting with these leaders to “bolster her foreign policy credentials”. So I met Queen Elizabeth when I was 4, and I shook Bill Clinton’s hand when he was President. I am now qualified to be VP!

  38. D'Amico's one good year

    The press cut their own balls off…. For the same reason that the balls were cut off financial regulation… A quick buck.

    I really feel sorry for Hopester… even if he wins, we’re in such a bad place after 28 years of Nixoian politic that nothing good can come of his brief four years. I hate thinking that way, but that’s where I am right now.

  39. catsquatch

    [re=104763]edgydrifter[/re]: My mistake. I thought it was from Palin’s sooper seekrit diplomatic mission over the pole to negotiate horn length standards with the Norwegians.

  40. AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=104714]SayItWithWookies[/re]: She can see at least one of them from her house.

    [re=104762]Delicious[/re]: Was Mr. Karzai issuing a subtle dig at Palin’s fertile loins? Also, what? How old is that bastard?

  41. Canuck13652

    [re=104726]irisheyes[/re]: You’re assuming the Palunatics even think. C’mon, the same people re-elected Dubya.

  42. lilblackcorvette

    [re=104764]Doglessliberal[/re]: this is sooooo not funny. The rest of the world is taking this as one big joke. At least Hopey was nominated by the party. (that shit was supect too, tho) but she’ just some chick Juan picked up off an Ice floe. Can’t she just be our secret shame? Do we have to force this hockey puck on the world?

  43. timeoutofmind

    haw haw haw haw ….. people of a certain age will remember the charles atlas ads in the back of their archie comics. where the geek with the caved-in chest declares: “gosh darnit ! i’m sick and tired of being a scarecrow ! “, after the big oak kicks sand in his face.

    our useless useless media has now positioned themselves behind the skinny geek. at least he took the rest of the summer off to bulk up for his next confrontation with the bully — with the help of the Charles Atlas program.

    our skinny geeks lie on the sand, whine like chickens when they get sand kicked on them, stand up and shake a bony fist … then lie down and whine some more. they don’t even have the guts for the charles atlas program.

    my God … they are pathetic, irrelevant, and useless. spend any time reading blogs, and most of them whine and bitch about how boring and predictable the campaign trail is — they get the opportunity to make a stand, set a precedent, take back their own jobs … and they slink away like the jellyfish shitheads they are.

  44. magic titty

    D’Amico’s one good year: Thank you, for pointing out how the presidential press corps was eviscerated in 1972 by Nixon and his gang of fixers.

  45. Doglessliberal

    [re=104779]lilblackcorvette[/re]: I am this close to being seriously depressed about this, but then I think that Hopey keeps going somehow, despite the vile shit being thrown at him, and I give him more money, and I pray to the god I do not believe in that he wins because, if not, no amount of Prozac is gonna help on Nov 5.

  46. AfghanVet

    [re=104742]Hunter Gathers[/re]: I hear ya!

    The first problem is that BELIEVERS, on both sides, tend to frame issues and problems in very simplistic terms, black and white if you will. They do this because any BELIEF system cannot easily deal with complexity. Complex systems are filled with contradictory information and require a great deal of insight, study and effort to understand and to manage. Many ideologically driven people don’t have the time for such things and any fervent BELIEF system certainly has no time for skeptics.

    Therefore, everything and everyone must fit neatly into little boxes of black and white, right and wrong, or left and right. Those messy little details that cannot easily fit into one of the many diametrically opposed categories are swept away as irrelevant or are attacked as inaccurate or misleading. Rarely are such messy little details dealt with by facts because that would involve questioning their FAITH and once one does that they open up a Pandora’s Box of questions and messy little details. And, once one begins to question one piece of a BELIEF-based system, then it brings into question the entire system, and the BELIEVERS can’t have that either.

    This inability to question one’s own BELIEFS and the propensity to label and categorize everything into opposing boxes also instigates and promotes divisiveness and an US vs. THEM mentality. Consequently one is either with me or against me and if they are with me, then they cannot question the BELIEFS upon which we are based. So, instead of having enlightened debate about a subject, we end up with partisan posturing and the marketing of information that defends an ideological position but does not help solve the problem. The end result is polarization based on ideology instead of useful debate about the approach to a solution or the related facts.

    Karl Rove’s genius, if you can call it that, was realising this and getting the GOP on the “right” side of the belief wagon. Now we cannot debate anything because the very mention of the word “media”, “taxes”, “elite”, “progressive”, “regulation”, etc has been set as a negative in their belief system. Heads will be exploding come November 5th.

    Another problem with BELIEVERS is their unwillingness to question their own system of BELIEF. As was touched on above, if one begins to question their belief system, then everything they BELIEVE they know comes into question and worse still, the world is no longer a simplistic equation capable of being categorized into tidy boxes. “If I can’t categorize then I have to analyze and that requires effort, and God forbid I may have to change my mind should the data suggest that my viewpoint is wrong. And change? We cannot change, for that would require…effort.” And, should one challenge their strategy of simplification, then they have a label for them too: “elitist”, “technocrat”, and “intellectual snob”. Notice they never say a person thusly labeled is wrong based on the facts, just that they are an “elitist” and OBVIOUSLY out of touch with this SIMPLE problem. See, BELIEVING is easy. It’s only challenging when one finally gets hit over the head with a messy little detail that can’t be neatly categorized or easily dismissed.

  47. Doglessliberal

    [re=104789]AfghanVet[/re]: Yup, the country has been run by a whack job ideologue for 8 years. Now we have McCain, who is not an ideologue, but pretends to be one, which is almost worse. He is a McCainealogue. What benefits him is his measure of a situation. That is scary. One of Obama’s best points is that he wants to hear all sides of every debate. That way of thinking, however, as you note, is too complex for many people, and they mistrust it. They want to be told we are going to win the war in Iraq and slay the evildoers.

  48. magic titty

    [re=104763]edgydrifter[/re]: They look like Redford in “Jeremiah Johnson”. How can this even be conceivably possible?!

  49. D'Amico's one good year

    [re=104797]Doglessliberal[/re]: [re=104789]AfghanVet[/re]: I hate saying this… But maybe, just maybe, we’re better off in the long run giving the Nixon-ites enough rope to hang themselves…

    That said, despite what skeezy scumbags Nixon/Reagan/the Bushes were, there’s still a decent portion of the population that will defend them.. and it’s as you say- Because to stop doing so would make them question themselves, and to people like that introspection is much worse than anything that could happen for FIVE AND A HALF YEARS…

  50. WadISay

    Some of you sweet, gentle souls have seen in this incident the beginning of the end of Palinism. Wise up. The way it will play out on the six o’clock news–and the only way the masses will ever hear about it–is:

    Jason: Sarah Palin was at the UN today.
    Karen: That’s right Jason. She spent several hours in in-depth discussions with key American allies in the war on terror. Here she is shaking hands with Afghan president Kharzai. When she emerged, spokesmen said the discussion were fruitful.
    Jason: In other news, a precious kitten was rescued from a tree in Memphis today…
    Karen: …And Democratic presidential wannabee Barak Obama spoke to a small crowd in Wisconsin.

  51. Doglessliberal

    (ok my reply function isn’t working, so I will cut and paste)

    D’Amico’s one good year: the problem is, permanent damage can be done if we get McCain nominating two more Scalias to the SCt. There has been substantial damage done already domestically and to our international reputation, but it is, barely, redeemable as yet. If McCain is in, kiss the 4th Amendment, and a lot of other civil liberties, goodbye, and prepare for war with Iran.

  52. D'Amico's one good year

    [re=104829]Doglessliberal[/re]: I know, I know… I guess I’m just a vindictive bastard who wants those people who’ve been voting against their own best interests (I’m looking at you, 0hio/Kansas/everyone who voted for Bush because they’re “afeared of the queermosexuals and librhuls”) to get the dumb smacked out of them…

  53. ladymacbeth

    [re=104717]facehead[/re]: i think they got alarmed about palin / at the RNC. their coverage of the DNC was so negative and so absurdly focused on the old bitterz and the hillz and the epic split in the dem camp — because it was just a story to them (i have to believe most of them think the o’bama / biden ticket is a generally safe one).

    then the republicans come along with their snowbilly hat trick and IT APPEARS TO WORK with the morans that make up major voting blocks in this nation. and all of sudden it became a very real possibility that we could end up with vapid, ignorant, uncurious, trigger-happy evangelical as the leader of the free world.

    shit. that just scared me all over again. now i have to go give money to hopey or moveon.org or something.

  54. ladymacbeth

    [re=104827]WadISay[/re]: this is exactly correct.

    D’Amico’s one good year: i’ve been thinking the same thing when i wake up at 3 AM and get pissed off about the red states and the bitterz and the morans.

    we need a national moran vote test. if you can’t find your state on a map, name one world leader and define at least one word in “GNP” you don’t get to have a say.

  55. D'Amico's one good year

    [re=104857]ladymacbeth[/re]: That’s why, for the Repubtards, No Child Left Behind is such a good thing; The more uneducated the people, the easier it will be to lie, cheat, and steal unchecked and unhindered by a society blessed with a mindset of self-analyzation and critical thinking. You know, like the last eight years. 0r the Reagan era. Just thinking of talking with my moran co-workers about anything political makes me shudder… But it’s those that you have to try and reach…

  56. Doc Bunkum

    I wonder how long in the meeting with Karzai it will be before Karzai leans over to an aide and says: “Are you sure this isn’t the dumb cunt that John McCain was talking about?”.

  57. TeddyS

    So long after the convention, they are still hiding this woman from reporters. Looks like they fear she is as dumb as we think she is. Only ones any dumber are those who will vote for her.

    You can fool some of the people, all of the time … and that’s good enough for the GOP.

  58. GDTRFB

    I nominate “Cheney in a leather muu muu” for an emmy. not sure which one, but that sentence is certainly award worthy.

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