Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dave 'n' Sarah: An American Saga

Let me start this thing off by saying that I thought the joke David Letterman made last week on his program at the expense of Sarah Palin's daughter was, to be polite, in questionable taste. Dave and his writers made their reputation for their wit and sophistication. They can do better than that.

The other day, a spokesman for Sarah Palin made this incredibly suggestive statement: "It would be wise to keep Willow [Palin's fourteen-year-old-daughter] away from David Letterman." When asked yesterday morning by NBC's Matt Lauer exactly what that statement implied, Palin callously replied, "Take it however you want to take it." Nice!

I've seen some sleazy politicians in my day, but what Sarah Palin did this week, exploiting her underage daughter - using her name as an imaginary victim of an imaginary rape by a man five decades her senior - was, beyond a shadow of any doubt, the most despicable thing I've ever witnessed in the circus arena that American politics has become.

The joke Letterman made, distasteful as we might find it, was not about Governor Palin's fourteen-year-old daughter Willow. It pertained to her oldest daughter Bristol - the same daughter whose main claim to fame is her current status as an eighteen-year-old, unwed mother.

Sarah Palin must know this. She can't possibly be as stupid as she comes off in every single public forum she has ever participated in - no one's that dumb! Let's be as blunt as we possibly can be, okay? It was Bristol Palin who practiced unprotected sex with her boy friend Levi Johnson. When her mother was being vetted by the McCain campaign late last summer as a possible running mate, Bristol was already well along into her pregnancy, a fact her mother conveniently concealed from McCain's handlers. Something like that might not play too well with the "Family Values" Mob, you know what I mean? When they were no longer able to hide the fact that Bristol was "in a family way", the campaign's spin machine desperately tried to put a cute little smiley face on the situation:

"Isn't that sweet? She chose life!"

And good for her for doing so....and God bless the child.

Thank your lucky stars for Sarah Palin. Her nomination as GOP running mate last summer is a text book illustration of what is wrong with that hideous, train wreck of a party. There were, quite literally, scores and scores of people far better qualified than she to take on the mantle of running mate (Kaye Bailey Hutchinson, Arlen Spector - even that nitwit Joe Liebemann - come easily to mind). The problem is that in the last thirty years, the Republican party has been hijacked by kooks, criminals and fools. They forced McCain, against his better judgment, to accept Palin. Had they tried, they could not have found a worse candidate. But for her nomination, President McCain would be sleeping in the White House this very morning. [SIGH OF RELIEF]

In a column in this morning's edition of the worst newspaper in the Milky Way (the New York Post), Michelle Malkin, the Far Right's favorite bloviating air-head/pin-up girl, addressed David Letterman directly:

"Tell us, great comic genius, how tacking on four years to the target daughter makes it funny? We unenlightened dim bulbs who live outside of Manhattan's boundaries don't get the joke."

Of course they don't. They never do. Let me attempt to answer that question for Malkin and her fellow, unenlightened dim bulbs:

What little humor there is to be mined from this sad situation is based on the undeniable fact that Sarah Palin, from the moment she was vomited onto the American consciousness ten months ago, exploited her obviously dysfunctional family by portraying them as icons of virtue and purity. Single mom Bristol Palin is at this very moment a very visible spokesperson for "abstinence". How does "tacking on four years to the target daughter make it funny"? Because (like it or not) she is a grown woman and she's a hypocrite. American children are a lot more on-the-ball in many respects than their clueless parents. The "Do as I say and not as I do" lecture doesn't really cut the mustard with a lot of these kids. Malkin ended her piece this morning by screeching:

"Letterman reminds me of the lecher at the school bus stop. Or the aging creep lurking in the dirty magazine section at the 7-Eleven."

Lurid, personal attacks. huh? Two can play at that game, baby....

Sarah Palin reminds me of a middle-aged, drug-addled heroin-addict who would prostitute her fourteen-year-old child just to get a fix.

Does that analogy sound cruel and unfair to you? If it does, please consider this if you will:

More than anything in the world, she wants to be the Republican candidate for president of the United States in 2012. So desperate is this silly, imbecilic woman to get the nomination in four years, she would cynically put out for national contemplation the mental image of her child being violated by a sixty-three-year-old man - when Palin and everyone around her knows damned well that Letterman was referring to Bristol, the daughter who became pregnant. It is highly doubtful that he or his writers would make such a cruel and obscene joke on national television at the expense of a mere child. Given his track record as a comedian, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt; Andrew Dice Clay, he ain't.

David Letterman's joke was tasteless - you'll get no argument from me there - but Sarah Palin's political motivation behind her feigned, "righteous indignation" is as laughably obvious as it is beneath contempt.

Can you even imagine having someone as unfeeling as that as a mother? Poor Willow! Poor Bristol!

People like me, who derive a great deal of personal satisfaction by watching the utter implosion of the "party of Lincoln", owe a great debt of gratitude to the governor of Alaska. Between Rush Limbaugh, Michael Steele, Dick Cheney and George W. Bush, the damage that has been done to the GOP is, I believe, irreparable. But none of them have been half as much fun to watch as Sarah Palin. She really is the gift that keeps giving. Thank you, Sarah.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY


In early 2008, when my local newspaper, the Middletown, NY Times Herald-Wreckage was purchased by Rupert Murdoch's company, the first words out of my mouth were, "Beth Quinn is history". It was inevitable that Murdoch's water carriers would want to curry favor with their boss by giving her the axe.

Beth was our local and very popular columnist who courageously wrote about the corruption and incompetence of this disgusting administration (Excuse me, I meant "that" disgusting administration). Sure enough, a year ago this month, Beth was shown the door.

For those residents of Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties who miss her weekly doses of wit, insight and good, old-fashioned common sense, I have good news for you:

She's baaaack!

Beth and a group of local writers have started a new site called "The Zest of Orange". Here's a link:
Happy reading, campers!


At 8:59 AM, Blogger charles moore said...

Hi Tom,

Right or wrong, tasteless or not, I don't think Letterman was implying any of the things that Palin is accusing him of. This whole thing is about her. This poor dumb, empty headed woman has actually been brainwashed into thinking she has something to offer on the political front. To that end, she will do anything to further that cause, even to exploiting her family in the worse sort of way. She drags her handicapped baby up on the stage with her and it is nothing more than a crutch for sympathy. "Look at me, what I did and how brave I am to have this child." In the true evangelical, fundamentalist tradition, if anyone else's child had become pregnant out of wedlock it would be an occasion for calling down hell fire and damnation; other wise known as SIN. But the evangelicals can turn lemons into lemonade faster than Jesus turned water into wine. They refuse to take any responsibility for their actions and are always quick to blame someone else. Another case in point - Ms. California, who everyone says lost her crown because she refused to live up to her contract about appearances and she is now whining that it was because she spoke out in opposition to gay marriage. The laughable irony is that the Bible says that gay marriage is "unnatural", yet I guess the Bible doesn't say anything about her unnatural artificially enhanced boobs.

She and Palin are cut from the same cloth. Are we really to take anyone seriously who makes a career of parading around on a stage in a "booty pageant" displaying boobs and butt like a two bit hooker or a strip tease "artiste". Are we supposed to believe that they are really politically and intellectually astute? Wouldn't anyone else with a modicum of decency be embarrassed to do what they are doing?

Growing up in south Georgia, we had a name for people such as them: White Trash.

At 9:15 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Hello, Charles. The amazing thing is the fact that she actually believes that she is qualified to hols so intellectually taxing a job as president!

Can you imagine how the right wing would have reacted if one of Obama's daughters had been expecting a child out of wed lock? I shudder to even think!

All the best,

Tom Degan

At 11:40 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I don't know, Tom, it seems it's a lot like the saying goes, "If you can't run with the big dogs, stay on the porch." As we all know, politics is nasty, it's brutal, and it takes no prisoners.

It's apparent, as you vividly point-out, that Governor Palin paraded her whole family in front of the world during the previous campaign, and used each child as a political prop in her quest to gain the "right seat". Whereas then-candidate Obama, although he could have done the same, chose to provide privacy, over notoriety, for his two children. I agree with you: If Governor Palin feels her chances for the White House in 2012 are enhanced by whoring her children in front of her base, rather than providing some modicum of privacy and protection for them -- like any normal and caring parent would -- than there's no doubt in my mind that she's a sociopath who certainly doesn't have her children's best interests at heart. As you appropriately said, "Sarah Palin reminds me of a middle-aged, drug addicted alcoholic who would prostitute her fourteen-year-old child just to get a fix." She's certainly pimping young Willow's innocence and childhood by purposely continuing this feud with Mr. letterman. Ironically, the description you gave of the governor of Alaska is exactly the image I've always had of her. Thank you for validating my feelings. Charles Moore's description was more succinct and concise: "white trash".

Now, I do have a bone-to-chew with you (staying with the dog analogy, you'll notice). I have to disagree when you slander the New York Post as being the worst newspaper in the galaxy. My pick, and I know I'm being bias and showing "regional ethnocentricity" here, would be the Washington Times. Although it's not the tabloid, or "rag", that the New York Post certainly seems to be, nonetheless is a rightwing and conservative collection of untruths, lies, and omissions, seemingly consistent with "movement conservatism" philosophy.

By-the-way, I also have been wondering this: Was David Letterman's joke, which I agree was in poor taste, a shot at Governor Palin's daughter, or really a slander of A-Rod's character? Perhaps, as Governor Palin insists, an apology should be forthcoming from the late-night host, but not directed toward her daughter, and certainly not to "young women everywhere".

Another great "Rant". Keep 'em coming...

At 12:05 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

Tom and JG,

May I submit a candidate for worst newspaper? The Chicago Tribune, hands down - not one positive comment to make about that despicable rag.

At 12:41 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Charles and Jefferson's Guardian:

You both make a very good point. The Chicago Tribune and the Washington Times would, at the very least, be runners up for the title of worst newspapers. Either one of them might even be eligible for top prize.



At 10:18 AM, Anonymous John said...

> CM: This poor dumb, empty headed woman has actually been brainwashed into thinking she has something to offer on the political front.

Maybe she could represent the ignorant, ill informed, poorly educated, self absorbed, and thoughtless... What fraction of our society could that be?

As for bad newspaper, my pick is that 'liberally biased' NY Times. If you recall certain articles in recent years that they chose to publish - or sit on, you might agree. Just because the Fox crowd criticizes it, it enjoys extra credibility. Is it deserved?

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Anna Van Z said...

I marvel at how much the frothing, wingnut yappers of the right dearly love to play the victim role - even though they must rely on self-created slights and insults to do so. Aren't they the fans of Karl Rove, hate-mongering drug addict Lush Limpbough, Dick Cheney, Sean Insannity, Ann-the-man Coulter, Newt Grunge-rich, and Lee "burning in hell" Atwater? Do they imagine no one can remember the campaigns of hate, vileness, and blatant lies they've waged, and continue to initiate on a daily basis? Mealy-mouthed, sociopathic, murderous liars should remove the logs from their own eyes before wailing and screeching about the speck in their brother's eye.

At 8:18 AM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Letterman apologized - yet again the other night.

Governor Palin's response to that apology was an absolute classic! She managed to twist his apology into one, not only to the young women of America, but to the troops fighting in Iraq.

I hope Sarah Palin never goes away. She's a delight.

Tom Degan

At 11:25 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Yeah, Tom, isn't "movement conservatism" great at appealing to the lowest common denominator -- fear and hatred? It's obvious, to most thinking and intelligent people anyway, that Governor Palin's shenanigans are only more political pandering to the soft-spot of most unthinking and unintelligent people (i.e., her base). That "soft-spot" most assuredly must be in their skulls, because I can't come up with any other viable explanation.

Personally, unlike you, I wish Governor Palin would go away. She's nauseating and despicable. As I mentioned in my earlier post, she's white-trash. Indeed, she's white-trash that's done well. Unfortunately, the country's full of racists and other unbelievable vermin who buy into her rhetoric.

At 5:42 PM, Blogger Floyd M. Orr said...

I have to add my two cents, Tom. The main difference between you and me is that you live in an area of sane people. 77% of the voters in my county voted for this despicable twit, and that scares the hell out of me. It is not that she scares me, but the sheer number of idiots who will vote for the Repub candidate, no matter how unqualified, do scare me! I submit that you need to move to MS or TX, where I have lived most of my life, for a few years, and then tell me how much this witch entertains you with her madness!

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

I've got to concede that you make an persuasive argument, Mr. Floyd. You' too, Mr. Frank.

I guess it's the Lenny Bruce influence on me. I just take some sort of twisted delight in their utter sickness.


Tom Degan

At 1:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's HOT and she scares the piss of you Moonbats!!!

At 7:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

MOONBATS?? she is not she doesnt scare the piss out of us..she is a corporate troll just like the rest of them..if she is the republican nominee in 2012 we will have obama for four more on the way..if i want to vote for the woman i want to f--- i would vote for pixie lott..and she isnt even an american..get off the sarah palin rush limbarf wagon before it goes off the cliff..hi you say..all the best..

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democrat: a political party that revels in personal destruction as the means to end discussion and opposition.

At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, Floyd... Palin has much, much more executive experience than Obama does. Obama has never accomplished anything except mastering Affirmative Action.

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A) Liberal hypocrisy? Check
B) Pathetic taste in low class jokes? Check
C) Attributing hypocrisy to a teenager who never made public statements to the contrary? Check
D) Defending a disgusting joke on an innocent 14 year old because the mother is clearly smarter than you? Check

Just remember Tom, that Donte Stallworth is doing 24 more days in jail than Ted Kennedy because he manned up instead of covering it up.

At 6:47 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

Check your "facts", friend.


Tom Degan

At 8:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it is ok then to tell you that the reason Malia Ann and Natasha are so ugly is because Mr. Ed is the REAL daddy. And that Ann Dunham's nick name was "black doorknob" because if you was black you got a turn with her, and thats why Obammy was so confused on Father's day, he wasnt sure if Frank M Davis, Obammy Sr or ???? is his real daddy...Go back to you kool aid now Tom, and keep being the hypocrite that complains about all the hating on the right while you keep hating from the left...freaking MORON.

At 8:55 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...


Did you read those last couple of posts, folks?

They're starting to crack up.

This is even better than I imagined!

Tom Degan

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Yeah, Tom, it's amazing to me, too.

With all the information that's available, allowing each and every person to come to truthful and realistic conclusions, they still cling not only to their guns and religion, but to their close-minded ways also.

The dumbing-down of America. It's working.

At 10:16 AM, Blogger jasondylan said...


Although she might get the Republican nomination, I don't think she will hold up in a debate against Obama.

She barely held it together against Biden and she was just regurtating talking points.

I do think she might be use her celebrity to get another VP spot again but you never know.

She reminds me of a female Reagan.

The Mayan calendar is predicting an apocalypse in 2012 and who better to head that than Sara.

The new Wonder Woman. The first president with a Wonder Bra!

She is a "true believer" and will be able to cast out the "demons" of our society.

I am sure she will be squeezed into end time prophecy somewhere.

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