The Palin Express

Here’s a really smart move. Tick off the queen bee of the hardcore right’s anti-feminist, anti-choice movement by canceling a planned appearance at the Republican National Coalition for Life being held in her honour.

“I think this is clearly somebody in the McCain campaign who doesn’t understand where the votes are coming from,” Schlafly told ABC News. “They only told me this at 10 o’clock last night, and it was a call from somebody down-the-line in the McCain campaign. The pro-lifers who paid $95 to come to this event because of Sarah Palin are going to be very unhappy,” she added.

Bookmakers have lowered the odds of McCain dumping Sarah Palin as his running mate from 20-1 to 8-1 today, with odds of Palin leaving the ticket at 14-1 compared to 28-1 before yesterday’s news about her teenage daughter’s out of wedlock pregnancy. Other bets on offer include 33-1 that she will be gone by the end of the week and 10-1 that she’ll quite the race.

23 Replies to “The Palin Express”

  1. RT,

    You are fixated on this, like rubber-necking a car crash or a …trainwreck.

    I’m glad to see you have a hobby.

    Apparently building boats inside of bottles is a fun thing to do. They also save you the trouble of having to buy Christmas gifts.

    If this Sarah Palin thing doesn’t work out for you, that is.

  2. Tomm — I really should leave it alone. It’s just every time you turn around… there’s some new bizarre development to the story. Rubbernecking, for sure.

  3. I don’t think McCain will drop her. That would be an open admission that his critics are right. We may hear something about her dropping out to take care of her daughter though. But I would think that it is more likely she will just be kept out of the mainstream limelight as much as possible.

  4. Even better.

    I’ll give you 3:1 on Dan Quayle being unable to spell “potato”.

    What are they saying about the Canadian election? It may be worth while watching the UK odds makers on that one.

  5. What are they saying about the Canadian election? It may be worth while watching the UK odds makers on that one.

    You’d have to teach them how to spell CA-NA-DA first.

    Seriously, we don’t matter to them. Never have.

  6. Aeneas,

    The campaign will be a month and change although unless the Green and NDP numbers drop, I think a CPC minority seems the most likely option.

    But it is a long campaign and lots can happen.

    So much is dependent on voter demographics.

    For example, if the CPC absolutely rolls through AB and SK, then their having a national numerical lead of 5% is likely meaningless. The same for the LPC in Toronto, Vancouver, or the Island of Montreal. So a lot of it is also distribution. This first past the post system is only favourable to the top parties (national or regional) but really kicks the Greens, the NDP, and the smaller parties right where it hurts.

  7. The CPC cannot win enough in Toronto, Montreal, the East Coast or any areas with a strong “traditional tory” or NDP disposition.

    The country is cleaved between right-wing liberalism and centrist liberalism with Red Tories and Social Democracts holding the balance – and the LPC and CPC has a hard time winning these two groups over consistently. Through in the Aboriginal vote and regionalism and you have a recipe for perpetual minority government – thanks be to Christ.

  8. Why anyone in this Country wants any party to win a majority is beyond me …

    The PM has too much power. Majority governments work well in Canada because Canadians are progressive people. But look what happens when a lunatic is put in charge.

    Oy and vay…

  9. It’s better than Bush’s, like night and day. He – like McCain – have indicated they will respect states decisions so the train is moving, slowly but times are changing.

    He does support equal protections for same sex relationships, which is farther than other US candidate has gone. And much farther ahead than McCain who has chained himself to far right for the duration.

    What you won’t hear from me is what you really want to hear, which is that Harper is “to the left of Obama.” You won’t hear it because it is a lie.

    Lay off the kool-aid. The US is in behind Canada on the issue of same sex rights. So what Obama or McCain say has nothing to do with Harper because Harper didn’t want it either, but that ship had already sailed.

  10. …a Canaian Liberal…

    I’m not sure what that is, but it sure sounds cool.

    I imagine it’s somewhat like being an Amerian Democrat or a Britsh Labourite, no?

  11. David:

    Why should any Canadian particularly care what an Americans policy/opinion/stance is on a particular issue?

    Does it affect Canadian discourse?

    Can we change it?

    Does it matter to OUR national life?

    I find this partisan Canadian obsession with American politics to be one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen.

    WE’RE CANADIAN FOLKS !

  12. TG wrote:

    “The PM has too much power. Majority governments work well in Canada because Canadians are progressive people. But look what happens when a lunatic is put in charge.”

    So … YOUR solution to the excessive power of the Prime Minister is to give someone (someone else?) a MAJORITY?! Bizarre.

    Harper has been held in check (or should have been) by the Opposition in the Minority situation. I pray that if Dion ever forms a government, that he too is held in check via a Minority.

    The Liberals have been a disaster in Canada – going back to Mackenzie King. Chretien was a disaster too.

    Minority government is the salvation for people who care about Canada. It’s the best we can hope for.

  13. Why is an American stand on SSM even an issue for us here? The 8 provincial and 1 territorial decisions were issued 3-4 years ago and the vote was in 2005. SS marriages have been a fact of life in Canada and there are no indicators that it negatively changed society, while giving the couples who choose it great benefits. I agree. That ship has sailed.

    The U.S. is a different country with a different political and social culture. SSM seems to be a settled issue in MA and polls are showing waning support for overturning it in CA. (See: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080828/ap_on_re_us/gay_marriage_poll )

    Obama’s current stand is for civil unions, but also for allowing states to decide for themselves if they want marriage or not. In their context that is pretty progressive. No gay American thinks it’s ideal, but they also believe that baby steps are needed to get to the goal of equality.

  14. The Liberals have been a disaster in Canada – going back to Mackenzie King. Chretien was a disaster too.

    Don’t be hysterical.

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