“Mad Dog Palin” by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone

October 1, 2008 | By | 6 Replies More

For those of you who haven’t experienced Rolling Stone assassin Matt Taibbi’s uncompromising, pointy and funny-as-heck style, first cop this excerpt from his Palin pwnage piece on 27 September …

It even crossed my mind that there was an element of weirdly self-destructive pique in McCain’s decision to cave in to his party’s right-wing base in this fashion, that perhaps he was responding to being ordered by party elders away from a tepid, ideologically promiscuous hack like Joe Lieberman — reportedly his real preference — by picking the most obviously unqualified, doomed-to-fail joke of a Bible-thumping buffoon. As in: You want me to rally the base? Fine, I’ll rally the base. Here, I’ll choose this rifle-toting, serially pregnant moose killer who thinks God lobbies for oil pipelines. Happy now?

… and then go and read the whole thing.

Heh heh, ” … serially pregnant moose-killer … ” That’s gold!


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Hank was born of bird-watching bushwalking music-loving parents from whom he gained his love of nature, the universe & bicycles. Today he's a musician, non-profit aid worker, beagle keeper and fair & balanced internet commentator - but that just means he has a chip on each shoulder.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Hank: Matt Tabbi is a hoot! It's a rare day when one comes across a writer who has so much fun with both ideas and words.

    How about this gem?:

    Here's the thing about Americans. You can send their kids off by the thousands to get their balls blown off in foreign lands for no reason at all, saddle them with billions in debt year after congressional year while they spend their winters cheerfully watching game shows and football, pull the rug out from under their mortgages, and leave them living off their credit cards and their Wal-Mart salaries while you move their jobs to China and Bangalore. And none of it matters, so long as you remember a few months before Election Day to offer them a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne as part of your presidential ticket.

  2. Vicki Baker says:

    "It was like watching Gidget address the Reichstag."

    lolololol sob

    Almost, but not quite, up there with the Gonzo himself, Hunter S. Thompson

  3. Erich Vieth says:

    I noticed that Bob Cesca is doing a pretty good job keeping up with Tabbi on Palin:

    Of course Sarah Palin probably doesn't realize that in suggesting that just any ignorant hoople can be vice president, she's not only suggesting that she herself is an ignorant hoople but, most importantly, that she can be easily replaced by any ignorant hoople plucked by the mullet out of any random monster truck rally. In other words, it's a frivolous position open to anyone who can read a teleprompter without choking on his or her own tongue.


  4. grumpypilgrim says:

    The more I see of Palin, the more I am reminded of the film, "Idiocracy." The disturbing premise of that film is that humans no longer face any environmental pressures that "thin the herd" of the weak and stupid, so evolution simply favors those among our species who reproduce the fastest. And who is that? Well, it isn't the intellectuals who stay in school and wait until their later years to have one or two kids; its the drop-outs who start having kids in their teens and continue until they've had a brood. Think of it this way: on average, if drop-outs start a new generation every 20 years and geniuses start a new generation every 25 years, then, after a century, there will be five new generations of drop-outs but only four new generations of geniuses. Even if both groups have the same number of offspring in each generation, the drop-outs will rapidly outnumber the geniuses. And, in a democracy based on majority-rule, that means the drop-outs will be choosing the nation's leaders. In a culture that systematically debases intelligence, candidates like Sarah Palin will likely be the result. Fast forward a few centuries and you end up with an "idiocracy" — a hopelessly dysfunctional nation in which people even dumber than Sarah Palin hold every elected office. Indeed, the problem with Sarah Palin isn't that she could become president; the problem is what her popularity says about the U.S. electorate.

  5. Edgar Montrose says:

    "… the drop-outs will rapidly outnumber the geniuses."

    I have long maintained that evolution favors brawn over brains. Perhaps this is just a modernization of that concept.

    On the other hand, I once believed that there were no mechanisms for natural selection in a "civilized" society, because the "weak" are accommodated by the "strong". Then I realized that there really are; they are just different: smoking, drinking and driving, driving without seat belts, riding without a helmet, bungee-jumping, text-messaging while operating a locomotive, and so forth. So the expansion of the "drop-out" population will be countered by the increased likelihood that the "drop-outs" will destroy themselves. Their numbers will not grow without bound, but will simply reach a new set-point.

    Hmmm; it's been a while since I read Atlas Shrugged.

  6. blackspeak,DC,USA says:

    Absolutely stunning and insightful article!!!

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