Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Couldn't resist-politics

Over at, one of the commenters listed the books Palin tried to ban from the library including such literary gems as:
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Anything by Stephen King
Everything by J.K. Rowling
Most of William Shakespeare's work
and my personal favorite
Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff


Mike Murphy and Peggy Noonan are two long time Republican stalwarts. Nonnan was Reagaen's speech writer and is a long time conservative columnist. Murphy is a long time GOP operative, ran Dole's campaign. Since Friday they've both been all over the air talking about what a great thing it is that Palin has beee named VP candidate. Well...they were caught with an open mike during a commercial break. Their real feelings are the opposite of what they've been saying publicly. log on here and scroll down for the video.

Here's the transcript:e

Chuck Todd: Mike Murphy, lots of free advice, we'll see if Steve Schmidt and the boys were watching. We'll find out on your blackberry. Tonight voters will get their chance to hear from Sarah Palin and she will get the chance to show voters she's the right woman for the job Up next, one man who's already convinced and he'll us why Gov. Jon Huntsman.

( they then cut away away for the commercials)

Peggy Noonan: Yeah.

Mike Murphy: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor world: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. I mean, these guys -- this is how you win a Texas race, just run it up. And it's not gonna work. And --

PN: It's over.

MM: Still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.

CT: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too.

PN: Saw Kay this morning.

CT: Yeah, she's never looked comfortable about this --

MM: They're all bummed out.

CT: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?

PN: The most qualified? No! I think they went for this -- excuse me-- political bullshit about narratives --

CT: Yeah they went to a narrative.

MM: I totally agree.

PN: Every time the Republicans do that, because that's not where they live and it's not what they're good at, they blow it.

MM: You know what's really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.

CT: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky.

MM: Yeah.

--Josh Marshall


Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

Lots of naughty words in the dictionary. Funny she doesn't seem bothered by the sex and violence in the Bible.

Anonymous said...

The full list is even more horrifying, and involves dozens of titles, including Mark Twain's masterpieces Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.

Richard Wheeler

Anonymous said...

What's really terrifying on a bigger scale is when (not if) Obama, Pelosi and company assault free speech forcing the Orwellian "Fairness Doctrine" onto the American people. :(

Anonymous said... is now saying the Palin banned book list posted by its contributor is unsubstantiated.

Richard Wheeler

Bob Randisi said...

Man I'm glad I don't discuss politics or religion. But I think the snide press is way out of line. I'm not saying who I'd vote for but if Obama becomes president I think it's time for me to move to Amsterdam.


Anonymous said...

Gee, what a surprise! says the information is unsubstantiated. I swear people will believe anything they read on the Internet.

Anonymous said...

You know, I think these comments are absolutely indicative of where America is right now. First of all, they're split pretty much right down the middle. Secondly, everybody is being bitchy. As Pollyanna as it may sound, how come it's impossible for Americans to have legitimate disagreements anymore? How come every disagreement is couched in the most dire terms possible? 'Assault,' 'force,' 'Orwellian,''horrifying.' It just makes me tired, is all.

And the other thing is this. I'm guessing most of the readers of this blog are writers of one degree or another. I would think we'd all be horrified (and there I go, hyperbolic per usual) that anyone in a governmental position would even ask about banning books based on language. Aren't we, as writers, sword carrying foot soldiers in the Armegeddon that is the battle for freedom of the written word? heheheh...I love hyperbole.

Trey R. Barker