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Sarah Palin Thought Africa Was A Country, Not A Continent

…And this unbelievable nugget comes from a Fox News reporter. That Sarah Palin thought Africa was a country, not a continent. God bless you, Carl Cameron, for promising an “avalanche” of Palin revelations that had been off-the-record until the election was over. She threw temper tantrums and was unmanageable. She didn’t prepare for her Couric interview. And did we mention that she thought Africa was a country, and not a continent? Wait until she hears about Australia: it’s both. [YouTube]

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236 comments

  1. 4tehlulz

    If ignorance is bliss, why would she be throwing tantrums? She should be the mellowed out person on Earth.

  2. Josh Fruhlinger

    The fact that this stuff is being leaked to Fox News the day after the election means that people in the Republican party establishment are fucking TERRIFIED that she will run in 2012 and win the nomination with the ignorant mouth-breather vote that the GOP has cultivated for so long; thus, they are trying to torpedo her from the get-go. My response: HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

  3. SayItWithWookies

    So — um. Wait. Hang on a second. Can I ask a question. I think — I mean — what I — uh….wait.

    You mean McCain didn’t think she was qualified either?!

    Wouldn’t a competent leader do something about that?

  4. Happy Fun Ball

    And STILL!! The base wants her back in ’12! HA! Coming right up, suckers! I will personally donate my individual max to her cause to make sure she does come back and wink her way to the nomination. You can’t be more fortunate than to have opponents like this.

  5. schvitzatura

    Roger Ailes is media hatefucking (without lube) a 2012 Palin run…

    New Replug 11th Commandment: Kick a spent snowbilly to the curb, whenever possible…

  6. elcapitan

    I’m calling the Guinness Book of World Records. I smell a record for “number of times thrown under bus” coming for Palin…

  7. Thumbcuff

    Freakin’ liberals. This is just another attack on the First Amendment by the elitest mainstream media. Attacking people for saying stupid things may make them less inclined to say stupid things. I hope.

  8. Happy Fun Ball

    [re=168298]mattbolt[/re]: I was wondering if I was the only one who hadn’t yet encountered that creative variation of “knowledge.”

  9. Modok

    [re=168301]SayItWithWookies[/re]: “You mean McCain didn’t think she was qualified either?!”

    no shit! That and Faux Noise wants to be considered “Fair and Balanced” and they sat on this?!

    You’d think they’d be short stoking all over this if the actually considered them selves a “News” source. Somebody should go to jail over this. Now I want to punch some kittens. I didn’t think Palin could make me hate her even more. boggle. o.O

  10. FreshCliches

    [re=168303]Naked Bunny with a Whip[/re]: Rosanna: The Dark Continent

    Y’know, you can get all weepy over victory, articulation, and puppies all you want; it’s THIS kind of shit that makes me cry tears of joy.

    Is that wrong of me?

  11. PopeyesPipe

    [re=168297]Josh Fruhlinger[/re]: God, I hope you’re right. I wonder, though, if most of those mouth breathers might not reply with a simple, “Well I didn’t know what Africa is neither.” They’ll really only vote against her if she fails to meet their gross religious and sexual expectations.

  12. hockeymom

    This is my problem with election coverage. Why did Cameron have to promise McCain’s people to keep this off the record till after the election? (obviously, I get why from the campaign standpoint).
    Shouldn’t he be reporting that stuff during the election so people, I don’t know, could make decisions based on all the facts?
    Embedding yourself with one particular candidate makes you a de facto arm of the campaign.
    Silence may buy access, but it doesn’t buy the truth.

  13. Them

    At least Trig has a strong role model to guide him through his soon-to-be-meth-fueled days.

    What would Walnuts!’ve done had he won? Sent her hunting with Cheney and hope for the best?

  14. pourmecoffee

    What do Black Panthers look like? I think I might have seen one at Target, so I just left my cart and drove home.

  15. thwanger

    [re=168325]hockeymom[/re]: thank you. “off the record” stuff causes wars and deaths and bleeding (which sometimes leads to death). why does fox news hate america?

  16. paolaccio

    [re=168297]Josh Fruhlinger[/re]: Oh sweet Mary Carey in heaven… I just decided to register Republican. Palin/Bachmann ’12!!!!!

  17. Custerwolf

    Palin was of course forgiven when she explained that her confusion was due to the fact that she did not know what a continent was.

  18. rocktonsammy

    I wonder when McCain lost his dignity stopped running his campaign.

    Pure class not letting that rambling mess speak last night.

    Walnuts will be back on top soon.

  19. The Decider

    I don’t understand why this is news. Bush has often referred to the “Country of Africa”. He also thought Mexico was part of South America and people said “well, he’s just not a good public speaker”. I mean, I’m glad this is coming out but come on people, where have you been for 8 years.

  20. wheelie

    How hard can it be to guess the names of the countries in NAFTA, Sarah?

    Oh wait . . . You thought that North America was a country, right?

  21. Crab1

    Can they just release one story a day like this? They wont run out until I am old enough to take money out of my 401(K).

  22. Johnny Zhivago

    [re=168340]Custerwolf[/re]: I don’t see what the big deal is. I mean do we really want a vee-pee who is so detail orinented that they get caught up in the weeds sweating about whether someplace is a continent or a country???

  23. Delicious

    [re=168325]hockeymom[/re]: If you spill the beans, you get thrown off the bus, if not under. That’s the problem with journalism today. People on these beats need to be able to stay on the beat to have access. It has been decided some access with compromise is better than no access. It may not be a killer for a network reporter, but underpaid drones need their jobs. But I say take a stand and get ready to eat asphalt. Not just for piddly shit. But this? Hell yeah!

  24. President Beeblebrox

    She’s dumb AND provocative!

    ‘The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. “Why would they try to make people hate us?” Michelle asked a top campaign aide.’

    This is from the Newsweek “let’s throw Sarah under the bus” issue. Seems to be a trend these days.

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581/page/1

  25. Tito Puente

    Questions:
    1. At exactly what point did McCain and friends (new cartoon on Nicolodeon this fall, btw) realize she was sharp as rock?
    2. Beyond “oh, fuck”, what were the reactions of McCain and Friends (weekday afternoons at 3pm) to this realization?
    3. C’mon? She fucking RETARDED, and you just nominated her for Vice President of the USA. I mean… damn.

  26. Johnny Zhivago

    Just as a sanity check, I asked my fourth grade son, and indeed, Africa is in fact a continent, which he says he learned about in second grade.

  27. Mr Blifil

    Thanks for letting us know AFTER the chance that she might become the world’s most powerful person had passed.

    Regarding the continent/country contretemps, it’s probably the result of a miscommunication. She probably said off-handedly that she had never had an African in her cunt, and those who overheard spawned endless variations…

  28. shortsshortsshorts

    He said snarky.

    Yes it is. Yes. It. Is.
    ANYHOO. Betcha Sarah isn’t going to deal with THESE meanies again.
    Meanies.
    Fox News’ liberal agenda is simply too much to bear right now.

  29. Local Moran

    [re=168325]hockeymom[/re]:

    I have to agree with this.

    Having access to information this PERTINENT and not sharing it with the public just seems wrong and I wish it were illegal).

    The average third grade curriculum consists of geographical perspectives (i.e., reading a damned map and the letters on the colorful shapes); human environment and systems (i.e., the change in our climate and environments); civics and government (i.e., HOW FUCKIN’ LAWS ARE MADE).

    It is embarrassing to me personally that a VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE lacked a third grade ELEMENTARY education and that WALNUTS! lied continuously of her experience and knowledge.

    I’d love to hear the Repug response to this. Seriously.

  30. Viva la Cynthia

    [re=168361]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: If it takes these meanies to prevent her from nominating herself to take Stevens’s Senate seat when they drag him off to the big house, then I say, “YAY MEANIES! MEAN IT UP REAL GOOD!”

  31. tepid sunshine

    [re=168325]hockeymom[/re]: It’s the same deal with the SF Chron and that tape of Obama. Journalism relies on coaxing your sources into telling you the juicy deets, so it’d be a pretty big violation of journalistic ethics to reveal the name of an off-record source or release a story before its embargo date.

  32. Jukesgrrl

    “Only divas know that stuff and also too I’m not a diva. Just ask Tawd. Tawd …, Tawd …, just because I bought you all those new clothes doesn’t mean you can be talkin’ to those girls over there. Tawd, c’mere, we’re goin’ home. I hate Arizona. What? No, I’m NOT gonna thank Cindy …”

  33. Texan Bulldoggette

    I await the avalanche, but seriously what else could she NOT know? The earth is round, frogs start out as tadpoles, clouds are not made out of cotton balls????

    Remember the good old days when we just bashed her for being against sex ed & laughed heartily because her 17 year old daughter was pregnant?

  34. Custerwolf

    [re=168355]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: Palin should hire your 4th grader as a tutor. Apparently, when the subject was brought up during a recent interview she admitted she thought ‘continent’ was a term used to define the difference between herself and her running mate. “Well, Charlie, that Depends….”

    Thanks. I’ll be here all week.
    And DON’T touch the veal (if you have any compassion).

  35. memzilla

    Where’s the Drudge Siren highlighting this revelation?

    I’d settle for a nice closeup of a Box Of Rocks with the “not equal to” sign.

  36. hobgoblin of little minds

    This explains the whole Putin rearing his head thing. She thought he was a giant fire breathing red dragon.

  37. OzoneTom

    [re=168368]Viva la Cynthia[/re]: Personally I think that it would be splendid if the Senate didn’t bother to kick Stevens out when he has to check into the graybar hotel. Alaska voted to have him represent their state so they just won’t have any representation. Is that so bad? Just think of all of the extra pork for the rest of us when the federal government doen’t have to support a state where they won’t even pay taxes for things that they want!

  38. SayItWithWookies

    [re=168353]President Beeblebrox[/re]: Oh my goodness — that article is gold.

    And before word even got to McCain, Schmidt and Salter scuttled a “celebrity” ad of Obama dancing with talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres (the sight of a black man dancing with a lesbian was deemed too provocative).

    It’s like McCain and Co. are campaigning — badly — in an entirely different century.

    And the last story (which I won’t spoil, but everyone should read it) is hilarious.

  39. thatonegirlsays

    I’m sorry, who is surprised by these “revelations”? What would be shocking is if we discovered that she was a sekrit member of Mensa or something.

  40. Weeping Jesus

    So, am I the first to want to see if there’s such a thing as the “Reverse Bradley Effect”, where we register as Republicans, tell anyone who will listen that we’re voting the Whitey Mighty straight ticket, then do a 180 in the voting booth in 2010 and 2012? (The Reps will fall for it twice, I tell you.)

  41. The Decider

    [re=168387]SayItWithWookies[/re]: I thought the same thing about the dancing with Ellen part “what is this? 1956?”

  42. blader

    [re=168297]Josh Fruhlinger[/re]:

    Yeah, she’s dangerous all right. They’re afraid she’s going to steal the Uncle Huckabee vote

  43. HuskyMescan

    So let me get this straight. Even FoxNews is admitting that Palin is a giant jackass from hell, yet conservatards like Malkin, from what I’ve been reading today, think she’s is the face of the GOP in 2012? And, as mentioned, 47% of the country would be ok with this? This is like mental ex-lax, i really wanna take a shit now. seriously.

  44. Dinogrrl

    “Wait until she hears about Australia: it’s both.”

    Yeah, us Aussies are sneaky fuckers like that.

  45. Atoz

    But she could be tutored, right?

    Also, I would like to be an astronaut. I get motion sick and my navigation skills aren’t so good and it’s been many decades since my last physics class but I could be tutored also.

    Also.

  46. wheelie

    [re=168384]facehead[/re]: Yes we did, we died again, just like when Ashley Todd got B-stamped and Larry Sinclair got arrested. I’m still loving the bit in the video where Fox the reporter (Dennis Kucinich?) says she couldn’t name the NAFTA countries.

    August 2008:
    McCain: Ok, Sarah. I need to vet you carefully. Name the NAFTA countries.

    SP: Oh gosh, you know, um, Norway, Africa, France, Turkey -

    McCain: No Sarah, I’ll give you a clue. You live in one -

    SP: Alaska!

    McCain: Right. And another country right next to it -

    SP: Russia! I got it! Yay me!! Alaska and Russia and the Healthcare and Job Creations.

    McCain: It’s close enough, boys. Sarah, welcome on board, you cunt.

  47. robanybody

    I want be hand surgeon. Take all those little hands and my sharp sharp knife and just cut cut. I could do that. I have hands. I can see them from my eyes.

  48. PoliTacky

    Squeeeeeeeeee! I just love having my mean-spirited snap judgment of Palin verified, but the fact that she was thisclose to the VP slot makes me feel a bit pukey.

  49. hockeymom

    [re=168369]tepid sunshine[/re]: It’s actually not the same deal as the tape. The paper watched the tape and reported on what they saw. Readers could do what they wanted with the information because it was out there. Cameron had information and did not report it. This business is about reporting news, not holding it.

    I get not showing sniper locations during a live shot at a hostage situation. Sitting on info that may be “uncomfortable” to a campaign is not the same thing. Plus, and this has nothing to do with journalism, but it’s the truth….if anybody could have reported that stuff, it would have been FOX. The McCain camp owed FOX big-time during this election. FOX was in the tank for McCain, not Obama. There was no way McCain would throw the entire network under the bus.

    I like my press adversarial, not cozy. Cozy is for wussies.

  50. jungle john

    We need to have Palin go hunting on the west coast and shoot some spotted owls, then have her set energy policy by putting a coal fired smoke stack up the space needles ass and finish with about a dozen nuclear plants in California

  51. Atoz

    [re=168409]PoliTacky[/re]: Yeah my celebratory drink isn’t sitting so well. Guess I better have another.

  52. falat519

    Palin is so brave, she decided that she didn’t need no edu-ma-cation and chose to battle that mean old hag Katie Couric without learnding the wisdom of Walnuts

  53. shortsshortsshorts

    She is far superior to any of your intellectual skills, OBVIOUSLY. She was talking about Africa pre-European Colonial restructuring. DUH.

    Gawd something I just thing about Sarah and go “wow, she is SOOOO much smarter than those Wonkette sheeples.”

  54. j6n

    Also off the record: In case McCain was incapacitated or could not perform his duties, Joe Lieberman would put on a dress and some rimless glasses and Sarah would ‘disappear’

  55. Viva la Cynthia

    [re=168386]OzoneTom[/re]: THAT is an excellent idea! And if I were Alaskan and voted for Stevens, that would only be fair, right? If I wanted someone else to take that seat, I woulda voted for them, you betcha, also!

  56. GDTRFB

    [re=168298]mattbolt[/re]: cut him some slack , he’s been shadowing the lady maverick and clearly has picked up some of her vocabulary.

  57. Alex Trebeks Girl

    Michelle Malkin is fuming about this. She says that it means people don’t have balls. LOL. They actually think this is so dumb that even sarah can’t be that dumb. They think she’s being set up. I dunno. You can’t make this kind of shit up!

  58. Numbat Dundee

    This is a lie. Sarah knows it’s a continent. That’s why, when Africans are at home, they are described as “incontinent”. Which means that slavery was a cure for incontinence and African-Americans have nothing to complain about. Which means they should vote for Palin. That’s the “circle of life” (which is also African).

  59. shortsshortsshorts

    So apparently I have located the Wonkette group sex chat space, which is somehow a break-off of the break-off website of Wonkette. It’s a sex chatroom thing. I find it hilarious, some find it hawt.
    http://grenshoes.chatango.com/

    WARNING: Very funny to us not familiar with internet traditions. Very UNFUNNY for Uncle Vinny who is currently Cybersecking your sister right now.

  60. schvitzatura

    [re=168423]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Mooselini’s future dealings with the Triplolitan Mohammedan Corsairs will meet with great success, unlike WcSame, HEGNNNGH?

  61. Weeping Jesus

    Ho-Lee-Fuck! Newsweek is reporting this:

    “At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the boys’ club fraternity she had just joined. One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. “I’ll be just a minute,” she said.”
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581/page/2

    I’m going on eBay, where I know I’ll find a photo of this moment. I think I’m running a fever….

  62. Mr Blifil

    Apparently when McCain learned of the Africa remark he got royally pissed because he thought she was talking smack about his incontinence.

  63. PoliTacky

    [re=168414]Atoz[/re]: Just take a slug straight from the bottle, because thankfully they fucking lost!

    But, really, what kind of asshole knows that Palin is this stupid and doesn’t leak the info somehow before she’s actually elected… I dunno… The Carl Cameron kind of asshole?

    I love love love the temper tantrum shit, that pretty much proves she’s exactly the kind of bitch I thought she was.

  64. azw88

    [re=168342]rocktonsammy[/re]: NO! He has 2 years left as our senator and then out to the pasture for him.

    As for Post-Turtle Palin, I think that she is not only being thrown under the bus, but thrown from the Straight Talk Air, and possibly a few Snow Machines as well. More and more will come out about her, and then the Republicans in Alaska will finish her off in the next year. But she will always have that son-in-law and a nice Louis Vitton bag as a small memento.

  65. donner_froh

    [re=168343]The Decider[/re]: Indeed. Bush kept showing he is dumb as a box of rocks wasn’t interested in learning anything he hadn’t known since he was a teenager.

    Palin is just the next step toward the abyss of fear and ignorance

  66. lynchzilla

    The missing bit from the O’Reilly interview is that she thinks a Cleveland Steamer is a Ohio-built carpet cleaning machine.

  67. HuskyMescan

    [re=168431]PoliTacky[/re]: hehehe…Cameron said “they were nailin’ her.” Pervert Oreilly will send Cameron the memo on this in the form of an mpg file.

  68. NoWireHangers

    Carl Cameron basically says:
    1. Sarah Palin is a mouth-breathing moron the likes of which we have NEVER seen.
    2. BUT the base lovers her so, there’s that.

  69. facehead

    [re=168436]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Wow, upon entering I spontaneously burst into the Star Spangled Banner… is that normal?

    Should I feel icky?

  70. donner_froh

    [re=168387]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Since the “dance with Ellen the Lesbian” was all over youtube, particularly in the barack-rolled clip, what did they think they were going to do with it?

  71. ronaldpagan

    This means that Canadian duo totally squandered their opportunity. They could have pretended to be the Duke of Africa or whatever and she would have been like, “Cool, I always wanted to try human meat, also!”

  72. Custerwolf

    [re=168448]NoWireHangers[/re]: Ah, yes. How can the down-home base resist Sarah, a woman who rolls her own tampons.

  73. S.Luggo

    The English language and Sarah Palin shall ever be strangers.
    *********
    http://embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/11/04/palin-i-believe-that-ill-be-able-to-wake-up-as-vice-president-elect/

    November 4th, 2008 6:13 PM Eastern
    Palin: “I Believe that I’ll be Able to Wake Up As Vice-President Elect”
    ….
    “You know if there is a role in national politics it won’t be so much partisan. My efforts have always been here in the state of Alaska to get everybody to unite and work together to progress this state,” Palin said, “It certainly would be a uniter type of role.”
    …..

  74. Palin-Plumber2012

    Republicans love ignorance, because they hope for government failing by electing government officials (I call them Suicide Politicians) to do nothing while Rome burns so they don’t have to work together with others. Not racism, not greed, just petty grade-school immaturity meets voting-age ignorance.

  75. S.Luggo

    [re=168297]Josh Fruhlinger[/re]: “The fact that this stuff is being leaked to Fox News the day after the election means that people in the Republican party establishment are” firming up Palin’s support among flatlanders.
    Two dimensions good, three dimensions bad.

  76. Norbert

    [re=168431]PoliTacky[/re]: holy poopburgers! that is some juicy stuff over there — everyone should check Cameron on O’Reilly. breathtaking. and she was so. very. close. to. having. won.

    the people (McCain campaign, press, anyone) who kept this a secret to save their own carcasses should be pilloried for near treason.

    on a completely irrelevant note, I suddenly, years later, understand my ex: she was a mini-Palin! an incurious, tantrum-throwing beauty queen who tore a strip off of people around her. I’m now imagining something called the Palin Syndrome, a new psychiatric disorder type, with an accompanying charitable foundation, etc.

  77. torera

    um…faux gnus, even good ol’ Shep, is accurate as ever: the Couric interview wasn’t Sept. 10-11, it was the Gibson interview that played “4 days before the Lehman bankruptcy.” And in hindsight, most regular people thought Cleopalin did better with Gibson than she later (end of Sept) did with Couric. But evidently it was enuf to start McCain’s slide.

  78. Palin-Plumber2012

    [re=168438]Weeping Jesus[/re]: She probably let her guard down on the assumption they are disinterested on account of being Republican operatives and thus closeted homosexuals.

  79. sadderbutnowiser

    Ah, Sarah the Snowbilly . . . quick like rock, sharp like marble. Here’s hoping you succeed in winning the nomination in 2012.

  80. Palin-Plumber2012

    [re=168297]Josh Fruhlinger[/re]: I am praying, PRAYING that their debate preparation came (as many skill-building practices do) with recorded video of the performance, and that it got into the hands of some very very angry people.

  81. S.Luggo

    [re=168438]Weeping Jesus[/re]: And, besides whatever loose change was left on the dresser, did Sarah at least get cab fare? These are tough times in America, dammit we all know.

  82. ThePuckStopsHere

    [re=168482]Panderfinder[/re]: You are the smartest guy in class today.

    Did you see O’Really trying to make like Cameron was full of shit? I heard his radio show is off the air as of Jan. 1. He was getting his ass kicked in every market.

  83. hopebong

    I’m moved to tears. Only in this country could a retarded moron of poohead could grow up to almost become vice president of the U.S.

  84. Anonymous Office Zombie

    Not exactly on topic, but since the topic de jour is anything and everything celebratory…
    This is brilliant:

    http://closingcredits.ytmnd.com/

    (Kinda long but worth seeing through at least past the the casting credits part)

    Oh, and America – fuck yeah!

  85. Palin-Plumber2012

    [re=168445]lynchzilla[/re]: I imagine O’Reilly asked Cameron if she was well-versed on using a vibrator, and that Cameron asked why that matters, O’Reilly could offer to teach her how to use it.

  86. S.Luggo

    [re=168482]Panderfinder[/re]: Of course not. It would have been all Fox News sweet, sweet love (while McCain ordered more Treasury agents to guard his back against snowmobile attack.}

    [re=168481]Kodos[/re]: Clever.

  87. Darehead

    Carl Cameron tilts his head and sighs with cathartic impulse, “I wish I could have told you back at the time, but…”
    Why, Mr. Cameron, oh why, could you not tell us?

  88. jilly

    Well Sarah Palin’s kids have taught her all she needs to know about the country of Africa. And that is, The Lion King fuckin rocks. And you know what, Elites? It fucking does. The Lion King is the best of all of the Disney movies, with The Little Mermaid 2nd and Beauty and the Beast a distant 3rd. Ask anyone. And, you might ask, those of you elites from College ‘n stuff, who waited too long to even HAVE kids, what country where there was The Lion King and all, Yeahuh, wul guess what, it was Africa, my friend. That’s all you need to know. Just go stuff it all you know-it-alls.

  89. wonkthis

    McCain thought Africa was a Cuntinent, so what’s the big deal? These Republicans are wasting no time destroying Palin while she flies back to Alas(s)ka.

  90. S.Luggo

    [re=168485]hopebong[/re]: Win.

    Particularly where the moose have higher literacy skills than the state’s citizens, you betcha.

  91. Panderfinder

    this is such hooey. they had SIX MONTHS to
    vet their running mate. SIX MONTHS!!!!
    this is the best they could do?

    and regarding the lack of geographical knowledge,
    she is the daughter of a teacher.

    one can hardly wait to read what other idiocy
    will be revealed afresh.

  92. ocirats

    This is rich. First, the McCain camp is deriding Sarah as being prone to “temper tantrums.” Then, they disparage her for not knowing that Africa is a continent, even though Walnuts has recently called two separate legal states in Eastern Europe “Czechoslovakia,” a country that peacefully separated in 1993, 15 years ago. How is he not just as retarded as she is?

    /granted, he mumbled something about Waziristan in a recent debate.
    //Waziristan? Really?

  93. DoktorZoom

    From a Freeper: Palin “smoked out the traitors in our party and in the media. i hope she runs in 2012. i have never seen a politician so unafraid and outspoken.”

  94. Darehead

    Ah, Sarah Louise
    I’m so glad we had this time together
    Just to have a laugh and smoke a bong
    Seems we just get started and before ya know it,
    Comes a time we have to say, SO WRONG.

    But your Sarahdippilous Palinanity will be with us 4Ever.

  95. jilly

    My only hope at this point is the Grampy will somehow be able to stop himself from saying “Cunt”, now that he has lost the election and all. Cindy contcurs with my hope.

  96. S.Luggo

    [re=168492]tallulah[/re]: Joe the Plumber is first cousin to McNuggets the Pitfallen, hair dresser to Bristol the Boinked, advisor to George the Obscured.

  97. PoliTacky

    [re=168446]HuskyMescan[/re]: O’Reilly could only halfheartedly defend Palin because he was still running some “Sarah In A Towel, Covered With Freshly-Showered Dew” scenario in his head… “Sarah In A Hotel Room” is the new falafel.
    [re=168463]Norbert[/re]: It’s chilling, horrifying… and I must have more gossip immediately!

  98. bhosp

    While this is awesome, the *real* gold will come when all the stuff Joe Biden said “off the record” comes out. It may not be for years cause he’s gotta go be Vice President or whatever but damn that’s going to be entertaining.

  99. S.Luggo

    [re=168500]ocirats[/re]: As the ship takes on water and rolls onto its leeward side, blame the lounge singer.

  100. S.Luggo

    [re=168518]bhosp[/re]: Ooo [except for Cheney's many orders to Bush], who has ever cared what a VP has said? Maroon.

  101. BobLoblawLawBlog

    OK, I lived in Louisiana to be surprised about the Africa ignorance. I had to learn while I was there that white trash has no clue about anything that involves furren brown people (Spain and Mexico are also the same, y’all! Close enough!) Not knowing what countries are in North America, though…*shakes head with dignity*

  102. napalmnacey

    The fact that she got as far as she did never fails to terrify me. She just swans around like it’s a beauty pageant or something, it’s horrible! I’m glad all this stuff is coming out about her now, but damn it, it should have been shared well before. Thankfully you guys voted the right dude in so it’s not an issue but da-yamn, that was a close one.

  103. iwillsavethispatient

    You can just imagine the conversation:

    Palin: Gee, I just can’t wait to meet the Preznit of Afrika, you betcha
    Aide: Err… Africa is a continent, not a country
    P: I don’t follow you, also?
    A: You know, like how America is a continent
    P: Ya, and I’m gonna be the Vice Preznit of Ameriky, you betcha, also
    A: …
    A: If Kouric asks you anything, just tell her you’ll get back to her.

  104. villageatrois

    Jerzy Kosinski wrote it. Peter Sellers played it. Sarah Palin did it. John McCain regretted it.

    Clue: I’m referring to “Being There”, and, tangentially, “The Painted Bird”.

  105. S.Luggo

    [re=168533]Mojopo[/re]: In the story, Algernon is a lab mouse which has its maze-solving intelligence extended thru artificial means. Excluding the fact that the Algernon goes nuts, burns out and dies, would Palin ever be able to achieve similar murine heights? Think 2012.

  106. Mojopo

    It bothers me. McCain and Salter took a rube from ‘Laska and couldn’t keep her on message. Who’s the real dummy? Palin is a moron and a ruthless climber, but the GOP threw their entire body weight behind this ticket on the spur of the moment. McCain had about five or six months to get his shit wired tight, and this is what the campaign came up with? They are stuck with her now. No, I really don’t feel bad for anyone. Eat shit, is what I’m saying. I can’t wait to hear more dirt, just to prove how stupid the GOP is.

  107. Mojopo

    [re=168539]S.Luggo[/re]: In more simplistic terms, “Flowers For Algernon” is about artificial intelligence that fails. An epic fail, in the end. I have no doubt that the GOP will try and resurrect the ruins of Palin, like some Frankenstien monster, but they’re still going to have to try and sell a lumbering beast that can barely tap dance and will never chew gum at the same time. I’ve seen “Young Frankenstein” and I know how it ends. So yes, I feel good looking ahead at 2012. Above all, hilarity will rule.

  108. Darehead

    Prediction: Palin gets officially enlisted by the Buchanan/Paultard/Bircher-types, since she seems to have all their trappings. She supported Buchanan before and is long rumored to be already be a Bircher. If the question had been NAU instead of NAFTA she might have gotten it. This would explain her defiant lack of global IQ and the hush-hush over whatever conversation she had at the UN.

    Palin to UN: So, what’s it like being the agent of Satan? Does he keep his throne here? Can I see it? If I wear a red leather jacket can I see your blueprint for the takeover of the US?

    [re=168298]mattbolt[/re]: Knowledgeahillbiilly.

  109. Sabre_Justice

    Mmm, popcorn.

    This just keeps getting better. Nothing more vicious than Republican gutting one of their own!

  110. villageatrois

    [re=168542]Darehead[/re]: The Paultards are actually hyper-intellectual; opposite of Sarah Palin. Ron Paul is a devotee of Von Mises, and Frederik Hayek, Noble prize winner in economics. In these days, with global collapse occurring, as predicted by the Austrian free market economists, you can’t fault Ron Paul. He was the only one who has been right, and he has been right for thirty years.

    However, shitting on serial college drop-out Sarah Palin is Ok, if not required, at least to graduate from fifth grade.

  111. Darehead

    [re=168544]villageatrois[/re]: Paul supporters always read the same thing over and over and quote the same stuff, I’ll give them that in the econ dept. Hyper, indeed.

    But Paul/Buchanan/Birch/Baldwin are seriously against the UN, anything global, and passionately rail against any kind of global learning. US first! That’s my point. Sarah won’t need any global IQ at all.

  112. pepe

    Thursday’s NY Times article on Palin v. McCain is amazing. Highlights:

    RNC lawyers are being dispatched to Alaska to audit and raid Palin’s closet!
    Palin, like an eager schoolgirl, insisted on carrying around her prepared remarks Tues. night in Phoenix even after being told VP nominees DO NOT SPEAK ON ELECTION NIGHT.
    The McCain camp was HULK-ENRAGED after the prank phone call

    Palin … the gift that keeps giving and giving and giving…..

  113. junkscience

    She is going to make a fool of herself on the teevee for the next forever. And we still have Bachmann to kick around.

    So the day wasn’t a total loss.

  114. glamourdammerung

    [re=168544]villageatrois[/re]: How is a devotion to von Mises, an economist that did not believe in using math for anything economic (as well as having some really goofy social views that he retroactively tried to apply post-hoc to his theories) and well, we saw how well Hayek’s work did for Pinochet (where the only economic sector to not collapse was the nationalised copper mining).

    Both also believed that going off the gold standard was doomed to failure.

    Both would also state that Norway, Denmark, etc. should be hotbeds of authoritarianism due to their economic policies.

  115. Serolf Divad

    OMG, I’m imagining the best Katie Couric interview question ever:

    Couric: Governor Palin, could you name the capital of Africa?

    Palin: Eh… Zimbabwe? I’m not sure. Tell ya what. I’ll check and get back to ya on that one!

  116. ihatepolls

    Greta Van Susteren getting annoyed by FNC constantly running these anonymous Palin stories:

    “I object to us reporting it without naming who’s saying it…when you start picking ‘em up like it’s in a schoolyard just trying to destroy someone; whether it’s Senator Clinton or Governor Palin, I think it’s wrong.”

    Even better, she professes sympathy with Clinton. NOW, she thinks Clinton was treated too rough by the media.

    http://msunderestimated.com/2008/11/06/gretas-pissed-about-the-sarah-rumors-video/

  117. ihatepolls

    There comes a time in every great nation’s life when you must make a choice,
    are you in the tank or a leper?

    http://www.redstate.com/diaries/erick/2008/nov/05/operation-leper/

    RedState is pleased to announce it is engaging in a special project: Operation Leper.

    We’re tracking down all the people from the McCain campaign now whispering smears against Governor Palin to Carl Cameron and others. Michelle Malkin has the details.

    We intend to constantly remind the base about these people, monitor who they are working for, and, when 2012 rolls around, see which candidates hire them. Naturally then, you’ll see us go to war against those candidates.

    It is our expressed intention to make these few people political lepers.

    So guesses on lepers vs. tanks?

    Tanks:

    Greta, Michelle Malkin, Erick Erickson, Rich “starbursts” Lowry, Bill “nitpick” O’Reilly

    Lepers:

    Cameron, Mike Murphy, Peggy “political bullshit about narratives” Noonan, Kathryn Jean Lopez, Kathleen “retroactive abortion” Parker, Christopher “embarrassment” Buckley, Ben “babysitter” Stein, David “axis of evil”.

    Others?

    Does anyone know where Rush stands?

  118. regisgoat

    [re=168494]jilly[/re]: Sorry, this will not stand. Peter Pan, man. Tinkerbelle is HAWT and deserves a literal bushel basket full of whore diamonds.

  119. Giant Robot

    She could have bought intercountrynental missiles to an intercontinental missile fight. Disastrous.

  120. chapka

    Okay; not knowing what countries are in NAFTA would be bad for any American politician.

    But come on. One of those countries is IN BETWEEN you and the rest of the United States. Really?

  121. Darehead

    Anybody get Bristol and Levi a wedding gift?
    ttp://www5.jcpenney.com/jcp/GR2_RegistryList_View.aspx?Preview=&CmCatId=external|gr2_registrylist_view

  122. nugsybogues

    awww man, does she have to go back?

    I say we pitch her a tv show so she can keep making us laugh. She will co-host with Malkin and Coulter. We will call it CUNT.

    It will be like the View for hateful, ignorant, demon spawn.

  123. stew

    [re=168297]Josh Fruhlinger[/re]: You hit the nail on the pinhead. Just like the Guiliani people put out the Bill Bennett/gambling addiction stuff to shut him up before Rudy’s failed presidential run. The Republicans are skilled in the art of selective canabalism.

  124. Serolf Divad

    [re=168585]Terry[/re]:

    Don’t get your panties up in a bunch. I’m sure she’ll be well prepared when she enrolls in Wasilla Bible College.

  125. supremecourtjester

    Maybe McCain should have paid attention to Palin’s ultra low SAT scores after all. Do you know what she got on her SAT’s? Lipstick!

  126. Serolf Divad

    [re=168595]supremecourtjester[/re]:

    Isn’t that the same thing she got on Todd’s business partner’s zipper?

  127. Toomush Infermashun

    Okay, but “knowledgeability”?….knowledgeability?…the whole sinking ship is edging toward “NoNothing Island”, a party that will eventually get it’s whole cast from the Gilligan crew…

  128. Terry

    [re=168594]Serolf Divad[/re]:

    Wasilla Bible College? That’s aiming too high. She’s going to marry between the ages of 16-18 to a redneck guy who works part time in the oil fields, maybe works a fishing boat now and then mostly to get away from her, and they’ll live in something a step up from a shack somewhere in the Mat-Su Valley. If they are mavericky, they may move to West Texas or rural Oklahoma and do much the same thing, but as there are fewer moose in those areas to shoot, I doubt they will move.

  129. Vewol Mevemont

    [re=168555]ihatepolls[/re]: Oooh, yes please. I will pay good money to see right wingers flaying their idiotic comrades.

  130. DoctorCulturae

    So let me get this straight. Fox News, who presents biased dumbed-down information to it’s viewers, says one of it’s own typical viewers, Gov. Palin, lacked proper knowledgeability about topics to do the VP job. They always been about fair and balanced talking points, nothing else. What do they expect? Keeping this “off the record” helped “us decide?”

  131. dmso74

    I’ve heard that now is the time to invest in the African unit of currency, the Afro.
    The African national anthem, “Oh Africa” is so uplifting
    Be here all night, etc.

  132. Charlie Tuna

    Fox News, and the GOP are making Palin the scapegoat for this failed election.

    They have a valid point.

  133. nyhfrog

    At the 2:10 point of this clip, the reporter says that the campaign defended their choice of Palin because they were winning before the financial crisis.

    I have a very cute Beagle/Rat Terrier mix whose antics are hilarious and fun to watch but she is very high strung, playfully agressive, clever, and not very smart.

    McCain nominated the human equivalent of my dog and expects us to say it would have been alright had he won.

    I now see why he wrecked 5 planes.

    I’m glad he didn’t get behind the controls of this country.

  134. Toomush Infermashun

    Darehead: Yes, “its”, of course…how the snarky are easily brought down to literary despair….how can I mea culpa my way out of here….? Thx for pointing it out…

  135. AggieDemocrat

    What a “moran”. As someone who just moved back to the US from Australia – well, that shit is going to blow her fucking mind.

  136. ironyisoverrated

    Let’s not forget she also seems to think Montreal is in France.

    Now we know why she was so apoplectic about Russia invadin’ Georgia…She thought they invaded Georgia, US of F’in A. She started having Red Dawn flashbacks, the site of a slain Patrick Swayze pushed her right over the edge. Wolveriiiiiiines, bitches!

  137. totoro

    Republicans are kindly euthanizing this woman’s career. Snark aside, I actually know some republicans and some of them, and though completely deluded and in denial about the GOP’s stupid public policies and disgusting social legacy, retain some measurable humanity. It would be cruel to have them be led by this POS, notwithstanding that they fully deserve it.

  138. thejames@thejamesrocket.com

    [re=168346]Rush[/re]: I’m sure she knows perfectly well that more people have seen it than Todd. I mean, there’s his former partners.

  139. DookOfURL

    She thinks we’re one country here in Africa, so chances are high that she believes our urban back yards are teeming with herds of wildebeest being pursued by one or other predator.

    Plus, given that she fell for that Sarkozy business, I’m confident we could lure her here for a genuine African bush experience if we mention to her that you genuinely can shoot elephants and such from helicopters — given the right permits, bribes, etc (Really not kidding about that helicopter thing.) Todd might also appreciate a genuine African bush experience of a slightly different sort.

    Now, in exchange for small contributions from members of the Wonkette community, it could no doubt be arranged that she stays here permanently. No need to go to any trouble at all, just forward your banking details and no one else need know about this, Sarah.

  140. nyphotog

    I thought we knew this already — or did I just know that’s what she thought? Listen, booklearnin’ is not fer Main Street.

    I’ve been wondering — if a maverick is an unbranded cow, how come all her new clothes were designer brands?

  141. DoctorCulturae

    [re=168781]totoro[/re]: Correct. Despite their intentions to throw her under the bus:

    Republican=Palin

  142. ella

    So the same woman who reminded us our next-door neighbors are foreign countries is stumped about NAFTA? Does she know who’s in Grant’s Tomb?

  143. Darehead

    [re=168797]DookOfURL[/re]: Best idea ever. Lose Palin in the bush.

    [re=168828]ella[/re]: She got stumped on the day and month of 911 too.

  144. the invisible woman

    So she KNEW she was competing with a candidate with an African dad and an African name, and she still couldn’t figure out that Kenya was a country? Also, she has trouble naming the countries of North Ameria? Ahh, this doesn’t sound like she didn’t know that Africa was a continent; it sounds like she doesn’t even know what a continent actually is!! This is a larger program.

  145. longjohnson

    Things started to go downhill for Sarah after watching Forrest Gump, that excellent PBS documentary . . .

  146. ironyisoverrated

    [re=168828]ella[/re]: See everyone has it wrong. She thought they asked her who was in NAMBLA, and got nervous that maybe they knew something about teh Toddz…

  147. Itsjustme

    Still waiting on the video of her in her hotel room “briefing” wearing only a towel on her head and one on her body. This is true trailer trash.

  148. kdelarosa22

    I agree with whoever said Miss. South Carolina was right. We do need maps and such as. I am not sure what the “such as” is, but it cannot hurt.

  149. wildeoats

    Good news, though. When she got the fax from the “Nigerian Oil Minister” asking if she would let him use her bank account for some important wires and that he would replace the money and more, she was glad to help out Harlem, being that energy is her specialty, also.

  150. Mr. Herpes

    Fox & Co., better step carefully here. The GOP lions may be tearing Sarah’s corpse apart at the moment, but the Jesus lovers out there will not forget. They love Sarah, her glasses, her Sunday School knowledge of the world, and her blessed ignorance. The ol’ White Boy club better not leave any fingerprints as they kidney punch her.

  151. iolanthe

    [re=168555]ihatepolls[/re]: You know … Dame Peggy was *right*, wasn’t she, on that night at the RNC where her mic was on, and she was caught mumbling, “It’s over”, or something like that?

    Bless her wordy pseudointellectual ass.
    She backed and filled and hedged, at the time, of course, and etcetera.

    She should’ve stuck to her guns.
    She’s a veritable prophetess.

  152. Charlie Tuna

    Fox/GOP is throwing SP under the bus but Sludgereport (get it!) hasn’t said boo.

    Way to be off message, Matt.

  153. AnnieGetYourFun

    [re=168299]Modok[/re]: The quote was “morons”, not idiots. DO NOT quote The Princess Bride incorrectly, unless you wish to feel taste my… well, let’s go with ‘wrath’.

    This posting has made my day.

  154. AnnieGetYourFun

    Also, Fox News reporters should all die via my favorite potential death: sliding naked down a razor banister (courtesty of Norm from Cheers, if memory serves me). This is the kind of shit that you are NOT supposed to be off-record with. It is your JOB, Fox fucktards, to find someone who is willing to talk anonymously on the record, and get this shit out in the open. You are pathetic. You are beyind pathetic. I wish you the very worst that life has to offer.

  155. Accordion-o-rama

    [re=169280]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Actually, older than that. Tom Lehrer sang in “Bright College Days” (circa 1959):


    Soon we’ll be out, amid the cold world’s strife.
    Soon we’ll be sliding down the razor blade of life.

  156. fjelsted

    I ALMOST started to feel sorry for her today when it became clear that she was going to get shredded by her own party — and quite publicly. THEN I realized that her crucifixion would be sort of like:
    ~ getting shot from a helicopter…
    ~ or forced to give birth and marry at 17…
    ~ or prevented by jesus from marrying the person you love…
    ~ or being fired from a job cuz you pissed off the wrong diva
    ~ or being referred to as anti-american for wanting an intelligent leader
    This is the part where the pitbull gets caged up for biting the hand that feeds it. That cage my friends is called Alaska. Fuck you Sarah, you stupid fucking fuck.

    “Tragic irony or poetic justice? HENGNH!?” – Danny Devito’s The Penguin, Batman Returns

  157. YOur Mom

    I think it’s so funny that somebody thinks that Africa is a continent. It’s almost as funny as somebody believing this story. What did he say, there was infighting and “we are told by folks”. So the source of this great goof is “folks” who were infighting. Boy, you folks sure are gullible.

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