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Thursday, October 2, 2008

What We Learned

Hey Kids!

What's the answer to the sub-prime mortgage debacle? Bet you'll never guess!

Energy Independence! YAY!

And what should we do about unstable nuclear Pakistan? Go on! Guess!

Energy Independence! YAY! (Oh wait, she didn't answer that one.)

That's okay, kids! You don't really have to answer the questions! And when you don't know the answer to something because Debate Camp didn't make you cram for it, you can just wink at the camera and everyone will think you're cute.



I'm sure that you could see above that I came very close to winning Palin Bingo tonight. I knew in my heart, though, that she would not say lipstick. And so that is the word that made me lose (very sad for a makeup artist, too).

However, she did correct Biden on "Drill, Baby, Drill" and as a woman, I just loooove when she says that.

We watched the debate in the Castro at Harvey's Bar (named for Supervisor Harvey Milk), which seemed a very appropriate place to be.

All I can say is: Joe Biden, you are awesome. Thank you for doing an incredible job in this debate. We cheered for you when you said that Dick Cheney "was the most dangerous Vice President in history" and we teared up when you talked about the family you lost. I personally fell in love with you when you said the word nuclear the way it is supposed to be pronounced.

I could go on, but I'll just close here with a brief discussion about magnets.


First off, please note that one of the magnets I used to hold up my Palin Bingo sheet on the refrigerator is a Pig. I just want you to know that I pay attention to details (note the lack of lipstick).

And this is a magnet made by the ultra-talented blogger artist Octavine Illustration. It makes me very happy to have her artwork nearby. You should visit her site--her art is fantastic.

And lastly, this panda is for p. She knows why.

A panda-pig standoff! (I didn't have a rat.)


d i a n a m u s e October 3, 2008 at 7:31 AM  

TangoB/P 2012. You two are da bomb.

Tina's gonna have a (soccer) field day on SNL tomorrow.

I have such a thing for Joe. It's kind of inappropriate

d i a n a m u s e October 3, 2008 at 7:59 AM  

A revision to my previous post. (Please. Allow me. This is what reformers do, for goodness sake.)

In the Obama administration (2008-16):

TangoB - Secretary of the Interior
P - Secretary of Homeland Security

So there.

P October 3, 2008 at 8:28 AM  

OK, you guys just cheered be up bigtime. I was feeling sort of depressed that Sarah didn't fall on her face and crawl under her podium, but now I'm feeling now I'm SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY! YEAH DAWG! Also, baby pandas.

mademoisellechitchat October 3, 2008 at 8:35 AM  

I LOVE this post!!!!!

Our country needs to EXORCISE that WOMAN (?).

b October 3, 2008 at 8:59 AM  

On the other hand, Harvey's must have gone dead silent when Biden affirmed that he and Obama were strongly against same-sex marriage. No doubt that saved them ten million votes right there, but it was still a bit of a deflater right after his strong affirmation of their belief in the equal rights of same-sex couples....

namastenancy October 3, 2008 at 10:28 AM  

If I didn't have the sinus infection from hell, I would have been there with you. "A man (or woman) may smile and smile and be a villain." Or the tool of villains. I don't give a damn what they SAY. It's what they've DONE. I couldn't stomach watching all of it. She creeps me out and the thought that tons of the party faithful are falling for the act - even if their savings are falling faster than the Dow, their sons and daughters are dying in the desert and our country is on the brink of another great depression - well, I don't have words for it.
I am sorry about their political stance on same-sex marriage but I understand it. Does anybody remember the debacle at the beginning of the Clinton Administration over "don't ask, don't tell." He was blindsided and derailed right at the beginning and never got totally back on track. Obama/Biden have the "black" handicap issue to deal with. I wish our country were more progressive, gay marriage might just be the deal breaker.

Eilandkind October 3, 2008 at 11:12 AM  

I learned that Biden thinks ( and also says it ) that Obama always sees the cup half empty....

Christina October 3, 2008 at 11:38 AM  

I bet Palin won't be calling homie (McCain) the maverick for a while after Sen. Biden reminded her what a maverick McCain isn't. : )

Golly gee whiz( Palin talk) Palin got toasted in that debate. She didn't hold a candle to Sen Biden on that stage.

tangobaby October 3, 2008 at 12:02 PM  

Hi d i a n a m u s e,

Now that's a ticket we can have a lot of fun with...I have to get started thinking about what our platform would be (and no, I don't mean shoes. Yes I do).

And yeah, Joe Biden really impressed the hell out of me yesterday. He was laser sharp, on target, said all the things Barack should say in the next two debates, did not sound patronizing, and came across as a real person who does care and has a huge grasp of the world. And the ability to think and speak on his feet.

When he got emotional about his wife and child dying, and Palin didn't even have the mental capacity to register that, I wanted to bitch-slap her. That showed the limit of her tiny mind, to not even acknowledge that. Ugh. Don't get me started.

I have to think about my new role as Secretary of the Interior!

Hi p,

I think it's better this way. If she had eviscerated herself on national television, I wouldn't have felt as good about it. I was happy to see Biden outthink her without having to take her down or be nasty. She's just so out of her league and that was apparent to anyone who cared to listen to what she was saying.

My only disappointment was that Gwen Ifill let her ramble on and not answer the questions asked, but then I'm sure she was very guarded about coming off as too liberal, which she was already being attacked for before the debate even began.

So, when do we get to plan our campaign?

Hi mademoisellechitchat,

Well, thanks! I hope your debate watching was as enlightening as ours was!

Hi b,

In truth, the only time the bar went silent (and then boo'ed) was when Palin gave her reluctant comment.

You need to give us gay marriage supporters some credit. We don't hang our hat on that issue. Let the pro-choice camp use their wedge issue to divert focus from how our country is tanking.

Hi namastenancy,

I agree with you. That stance is not essential at this point. The first hurdle is to get into office. If you're not in office, then it doesn't mean a whole hill of beans what you believe, right?

Hope you feel better soon!

Hi eilankind,

And what exactly is your point? That Obama is not delusional about the current state of affairs? Our cup is BROKEN.

Hi christina,

I think Palin will keep saying Maverick and Hockey Mom and all of the other ingenuous stuff because that is what the McCain camp has drilled (drill, baby, drill!) into her head.

She's a C student who's gotten a break because of her looks. She's not that smart to change her way of talking now. And the people who support her like her because she says those things. It has no basis in reality and doesn't have to.

Look at the crap Bush has said for years. It's the same thing.

But I agree. Biden made things very clear. If not to her, than to everyone else who tuned in.

Eilandkind October 3, 2008 at 12:49 PM  

My point is that Biden is undermining Obama and he was TOTALLY charmed by Sarah Palin!

b October 3, 2008 at 12:57 PM  

Yeah, tb, that bummed me out too when she gave zero indication she gave a shit about his wife and kid dying. Even understanding that her mind was in full emergency survival mode, the moment made me feel bad.

tangobaby October 3, 2008 at 1:19 PM  

Hi eilankind,

I have to ask (and I'm asking in a nice way) but what were you drinking last night? (I had two cosmos.)

You think Biden was charmed by Palin? Wow. That's a new one. I think he was trying to stifle a laugh a few times but not because he thought she was charming. More like he couldn't believe some of the crap that was coming out of her mouth, and maybe how she completely wasn't able to answer the questions that she was being asked.

Also, I've not heard one comment anywhere here amongst people I've contacted or spoken with that thinks for one second that Biden undermined Obama. That's pretty amazing, too.

Hi b,

When she can't acknowledge a basic human moment, then that makes me realize how much of a puppet she really is. What mother, or anyone with a shred of humanity, wouldn't have stopped the bullshit for a moment and honored that?

But I'm so glad she keeps dragging that baby out onstage, no matter what time of night it is, to prove that she's a great mother for the photo ops.

willow October 3, 2008 at 2:28 PM  

This was a cute post! Love the bingo! Her folksy thing was making me dizzy. And was it my imagination, or did she keep winking into the camera?

tangobaby October 3, 2008 at 2:41 PM  

Hi willow,

No, you were not having an optical migrane.

She was WINKING. I actually screamed (it was a knee-jerk reaction but I couldn't help myself).

Andrew Sullivan has a post about it too. Those winks are called Palin's "Little Starburts". Don't drink hot liquids while you read this:


tangobaby October 3, 2008 at 2:57 PM  

See I can't even spell anymore.

I meant "starbursts".

b October 3, 2008 at 4:09 PM  

I'm pretty sure she did say tax relief. Maybe you were in the kitch getting popcorn.

tangobaby October 3, 2008 at 4:16 PM  

Hi b,

I think she said tax relief too, but it might have been when I spilled a little of the cosmo on my shirt and I was distracted. I didn't want to be a cheater and mark it if I hadn't heard it for sure.

I play fair.

Popcorn is next week!

Octavine Illustration October 3, 2008 at 5:49 PM  

oh my, you just made my day...you are so sweet.

palin, however, is soooo scary. i had to take two walks yesterday and pause the debates and come back because my blood was boiling. never has a candidate quite has this effect (nausea, ire, rage) that she has on me. biden did well. i only hope the press keeps interviewing her...seems that is her achilles heel.

Jaime October 3, 2008 at 7:26 PM  

This entire post had me laughing.

Palin bingo! TOO FUNNY.

You are a hoot.

b October 3, 2008 at 8:28 PM  

I love cosmos and make the most wicked.

Carol October 4, 2008 at 3:34 AM  

I'm a little disappointed about Obama and Biden's stance on same sex marriage... But I'd still prefer Obama in the Oval Office.

The fact that Palin was winking, omg that is SO infuriating. She's so empty headed.

paris parfait October 4, 2008 at 1:17 PM  

Ha ha! That score card is so funny. And Joe Biden is the best! Alas, Palin didn't answer the questions, because she doesn't understand them! As for Gwen Ifill, what a disappointment. She should have moderated, making Palin answer the questions instead of going off on her own silly tangents. xo

Eilandkind October 6, 2008 at 7:36 AM  

Water tangob, only water, maybe you should try that next time.
Anyway, I've been thinking a lot about the confusion liberal women leave me with.
I've been trying to understand your meltdown, as demonstrated by some feminists who want to jump out of high windows, because of desperation over SP.
I realised after reading your post, about Republican men and Barbie dolls, that it is the typical old story of liberals, who cannot, for the life of them, put themselves in the shoes of a conservative. At least intellectual conservatives can look at both points of view and make a choice, but it is impossible for liberal intellectuals, who seem to only be 'tolerant' towards people who think and act exactly the way they do.
You are dead wrong when it comes to the generalisation of Rep men, none of the Rep men (and that includes my husband) think the way you think that they do.
I have to wonder how many Republicans, you've actually ever met in your life.
I am totally baffled, I must say. Politics in the USA, taught me a lot more than what a doctorate in anthropology, would have done.
Anyway, I've decided not to comment on your political entries anymore, it is hard for me to understand how so much hatred can shine through in your political entries as opposed to your other entries.

Eilandkind October 6, 2008 at 7:40 AM  

sorry, I meant to say, non of the Republican men that I know, I don't claim to know every single Republican man out there.