I try to keep political discussions to a minimum on this blog. For one thing, this isn’t that kind of blog, but for another, I’m incredibly ADD, and when people start talking politics, the talk just goes in circles and circles and circles, and you know… I get bored. Unfortunately for my attention span, politics is all anyone wants to talk about lately.
I didn’t watch the entire debate Thursday night – hellloooo, Supernatural was on – but I did catch some snippets and I did read the transcript. And you know… Palin was pretty impressive, wasn’t she? Yeah, she read from notes and dodged most of the questions, but it’s easy to see that all that training is starting to pay off.
All the talk on Friday was about Palin and how great she was in the debate, something I just have to abide considering where I live and work. One of my officemates is a diehard Republican (she likes to wear pins that say so on her lapel) (yeah, she’s one of those), and she was certainly enjoying the moment. I don’t blame her – last week was rough on her. Something she said, in the midst of her borderline-fangirl gushing, referenced Palin’s folksiness. Palin has successfully found a way to endear herself to the common folk, which my colleague was just thrilled about. Of course, it just made me uncomfortable.
My thing is: I don’t want the leader, or vice-leader, of our country to be part of the common folk. Is that weird? Sarah Palin likes to talk about herself using phrases like, Joe Sixpack and Hockey Mom, and maybe I’m crazy, but all I can think of when I hear her say that stuff is…
Don’t get me wrong, Roseanne and Dan are awesome. I’m sure that would say outrageous things and put tacky yard ornaments on the White House lawn (lots of pink flamingos). But leaders of the free world? I think not. I mean, no offense to Mr. and Mrs. Sixpack whatsoever, but shouldn't the President and Vice-President be more polished, more educated, and more connected than the average person on the street?
My colleague at work has fallen in love with Sarah Palin because, “She’s just like me!” I kind of wanted to snap my fingers in front of eyes and say, “Yeah, you’re right! And I wouldn't vote for you, either.”