Latest Palin rumour: a wedding for Bristol just before the election

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Off the record, it appears that some McCain team members think a wedding for Bristol would provide the perfect distraction from Obama’s talking points in the crucial last week.

Inside John McCain’s campaign the expectation is growing that there will be a popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska between Bristol Palin, 17, and Levi Johnston, 18, her schoolmate and father of her baby. “It would be fantastic,” said a McCain insider. “You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week.”

What the McCain team is very carefully not saying that it could provide some distraction from Sarah Palin herself: the trainwreck interviews that have been so bad that portions were used verbatim for a comedy skit (see full SNL skit), the revelation that Palin does actually believe that humans and dinosaurs were coeval, and more and more stories of past cronyism and pandering coming out of Alaska.

It makes me wonder whether the VP debate between Palin and Joe Biden will actually go ahead. A timely bout of appendicitis, perhaps?

What would be the best excuses the McCain team could use to get Palin out of the debate.

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21 replies

  1. Palin has to suspend her campaign to return immediately to Juneau to deal with unprecedented bear crisis at the Botanic Gardens.

  2. Amanda: “recent pubic concern about bear encounters”? Innnteresting.
    Speaking of Palin’s disastrous interviews, has anyone posted this yet?
    The Sarah Palin Interview Generator

  3. Public concern, that’s right. That’s why she needs to be there to reassure the public. Boots on the ground. Public confidence is 90% of the bear/garden problem.

  4. Don’t you just love SNL and what they can manage to do with everything? They crack me up.

  5. They’re certainly on a roll with the current campaign, Elizabeth. Like most sketch based comedy shows, they can be uneven to say the least – but when they’re good then they are very very good.

  6. Oh, really, how could they not be with that kind of material handed to them on a platter!
    I don’t know which of those two kids I feel sorrier for.

  7. They might surprise us all, Helen. It could work for them, considering the support that they’re getting. I hope for their sake and for the coming kid’s sake that it does.

  8. Oh, me too. It’s hard to remember their humanity when it seems that the unnamed “McCain insider” types quoted don’t.
    There’s a beautifully written post by whatladder that brought that home for me.

  9. ARE they wealthy?

  10. New competition! Anticipatory Veep debate LOL using this picture:

    [image magick worked ~L]

  11. It must be rough having photographers catch your every stray expression, mustn’t it?
    I had a bit of a comp over here for this pic:

  12. ARE they wealthy?
    See also:
    Is this American politics?
    Is the Pope a Catholic?
    Do bears do it in the botanical gardens?

  13. Oh gosh, watching that clip at Pam’s totally hit my embarrassment squick. I just want to curl up under a blanket.

  14. I did think about one for yours L., but I’m hopeless at them. I didn’t think of mine as embarrassing for Joey (Lawd, he’s has worse!) but just a good one to accompany “She. Said. WHAT??” type sentiments.

  15. Hm. I just found this quote about Biden a few decades ago.
    “In his first Senate debate, when he was just 29, he tried an unusual tactic: grace over gotcha.
    After his Republican opponent flubbed a question, Biden pretended he didn’t know the answer either, so as to avoid rudely upstaging him.”
    Ay yi yi yi yi! If he resurrects this tactic (strategy???) it could be the first debate that consists of total silence.

  16. “It would be fantastic,” said a McCain insider. “You would have every TV camera there. The entire country would be watching. It would shut down the race for a week.”

    political tactic fail. srsly, at this point, nothing could distract from just how lame Sarah Palin actually is.

  17. I don’t think her daughter getting married will make anyone new vote for her and McCain either. If they aren’t going to vote McCain/Palin now, I don’t see how a wedding will change it. All Obama would have to do is make a nice statement about how he hopes they have a long and happy marriage together and then make a policy point about young homeowners, or young couples starting out or something and it’s all back on.

  18. Electionwedding. Fantastic, that’ll show those queers about the sanctity of marriage.

  19. Great, and you could have a divorce in time for the 2012 election!

  20. A love that was made to last… (for four years).

  21. Hang on… a wedding to distract from political scandals – isn’t that half the plot of The Birdcage?

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