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How the Europeans Feel About U.S. Politics October 16, 2008

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I have officially heard it more than once now….The rest of the world is unhappy with our current political situation.  The upcoming elections are causing anxiety for everyone else, too.  

Collectively it seems that they want Barack Obama to become the next leader of our country.  They are ready for a change… not necessarily all the change he speaks of, but the hope that something will change after the past eight years of disappointing leadership.

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Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart October 6, 2008

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This was very funny…. Courtesy of HuffingtonPost.com

Sarah Palin v. Joe Biden October 3, 2008

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The VP debates last night weren’t quite what I expected.  I think both candidates held their ground fairly well.  Neither really stood out as being a clear winner or loser.  Neither of the candidates answered the questions asked very well.  Especially Palin who openly stated what she wanted to talk about and then did it.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden spent a lot of time talking about himself as opposed to Barack Obama and the ticket.  He seemed very reserved when at many points it looked like he wanted to either a) burst into laughter or b) walk across the stage and kick the governor in the shins yet he maintained his composure.  Overall though I feel Senator Biden came across as the more experienced vice-presidential candidate despite lacking anything of great substance or impact.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin far surpassed my expectations.  After her past interviews, I thought that she would likely stutter her way through this event as well.  I don’t think she did fantastic but, I set the bar low enough that she was alright.  I felt like she had a few things she knew about and that was all she wanted to talk about….i.e. energy…so she talked about energy for almost every question asked.  The things that I have to say drive me insane about Governor Palin: the overuse of the term ‘maverick,’ the constant mispronunciation of the word ‘nuclear’ (in a thirty second period she said ‘nucular’ six times), and last but certainly not least the smug grins and winking.  I don’t know who she was winking at but I don’t feel it was necessary.

So overall, the first and final VP debate was anticlimactic for me.  I don’t think that it will likely impact the polls in anyway.  Unless maybe, just maybe, other people hated the winking as much as I did.

Saturday Night Live September 29, 2008

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Tina Fey makes an excellent Sarah Palin.  Does anyone else see it as a problem that the SNL writers can take direct quotes from the Sarah Palin interview with Katie Couric to use in their parody of the interview?

Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? September 28, 2008

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I just watched “Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?”  It was recommended to me by Netflix based on my high ratings of “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” which I love.  It is an example of idealism at its finest.

“Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore” is a documentary about Jeff Smith, a Democrat from Missouri, fighting for a  seat in the House against incumbent legacy politician, Carnahan.  Smith was an unknown candidate and rose up against the system by a lot of hard work, phone calls, knocking on doors and grassroots campaigning.  Though he didn’t win, he came within two percentage points of the vote.

It just got me thinking about why people seem so closed to the idea of allowing someone else to have a chance at changing the politics of the country.  Even when people seem unhappy with the current situation, they vote the same people back into office.  It’s hard to expect a different outcome with more of the same.