Sunday, November 02, 2008

If there was still any doubt about Palin’s cluelessness...

It’s ironic that after all her disastrous interviews, and catastrophic media appearances, it takes a prank phone call three days prior to Election day to rub in the fact that Sarah Palin is absolutely clueless about everything.

If you haven’t seen the youtube video of a prank call made to Palin by a Canadian comedian pretending to be French president Nicolas Sarkozy, you must.

Setting aside the fact that Palin’s staff was careless enough to put this call through (as Biden said, the same people who failed to vet Palin failed to vet this phone call), the 6-minute video is riddled with traps, ALL of which Palin fell for.

When the comedian refers to singer, Steph Carse as the Prime Minister of Canada, Palin nods along. She clearly does not know that it is Stephen Harper who is the Prime Minister of one of the countries that borders the state of which she is the executive (note that Canada abutting Alaska is part of her claim to foreign policy experience – along with being able to see Russia from her house).

When the comedian asks her about the PM of Quebec, “Mr. Richard Serroi” who is “so next to him,” Palin acknowledges that she has enjoyed working with Candian officials – Canadian officials, whose names she is curiously unaware of. Serroi is a radio personality in Quebec, a Canadian province that is nowhere near Alaska, and whose head of state is Premier Jean Charest.

Palin also seems totally unaware of jabs such as the fake Sarkozy’s statement that he could see Belgium from his house, and is curiously nonchalant to his admission that his wife is hot in bed!

In addition to being appalled at her ignorance, I find it disturbing that she laughs – almost callously - at the prankster’s clearly sarcastic remark about his love of killing animals.

"I just love killing those animals. Mmm, mmm, take away life, that is so fun," he says, and Palin snickers.

Besides all of that, how do you not know that the President of France wouldn’t just decide to pick up the phone and make small talk with a likely (god forbid) veep candidate in the US?

The McCain camp, of course, had to put a positive spin on this gaffe as well. "Governor Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy and other celebrities, in being targeted by these pranksters. C'est la vie," Palin campaign spokeswoman, Tracey Schmitt said.

That Palin is a national joke was obvious before this. That she enjoys being a national joke is clear now.