Thursday night’s vice presidential battle between Palin and Biden was one of the most highly anticipated VP debates in history, posting massive ratings on several networks. Both had good things to say, but I want to talk about the remarkable character that is Sarah Palin.
At this point Palin has taken what was originally her honest, real “folksy” personality, and (no doubt with the help of some strategic coaching) has manufactured an over-the-top, caricaturized, down-home “brand.” Every sound byte is sprinkled with a series of catch phrases, clichés, and cheesy lines she seems to think "hockey moms" across the country will respond to. So I want to know, do they work?
Whether you support her or not, you’ve got to admit she’s either A) pretty charismatic, or B) pretty hysterical. Regardless, here were a few of my favorite of her phrases of the night, all delivered in that now classic Palin accent:
- “Dog gone it”
- “You betcha”
- “Average Joe-Six-Pack”
- “A coupla mavericks”
- “I gotta give a shout out”
- “Say it ain’t so Joe!”
- “At the end of the day, it’s gonna be ok”
With that lexicon and a series of no less than three winks at the camera, I’m guessing you either love her or hate her.
So the big 700 billion bailout passed the Senate yesterday. Not sure how that’s all gonna shake out. But according to WQOW.com from a few days ago, in a story about Ron Kind visiting Eau Claire on Tuesday, the original plan called for a “$700,000 billion” bailout:
- Congressman Ron Kind, who voted in favor of the $700,000 billion bailout Monday, was in Eau Claire Tuesday to talk to local business leaders. But not everyone agrees that a economic bailout is needed.
$700,000 billion?! Sweet Jesus, pass that one! Not sure where we’d get that kind of money from, but who cares? As soon as a 700 billion gajillion bailout went into effect, we could all buy bottles of
Champaign champagne – to bathe in. With a 700 quadruple trillion fantast-i-million dollar bailout, we could all quit our jobs, walk around in our underwear all damn day and built build airplanes that fly to the moon!
Why is this important legislation not getting proposed?