Monday, February 08, 2010
The Atomic Clock: 11:54 p.m.
I think the fact that Sarah Palin has a microphone -- and a good set of gams -- automatically moves us up to 5 til.
What do y'all think?
The 1984 clock setting, BTW, more than anything, made me who I am today, politically:
"1984: U.S.-Soviet relations reach their iciest point in decades. Dialogue between the two superpowers virtually stops. "Every channel of communications has been constricted or shut down; every form of contact has been attenuated or cut off. And arms control negotiations have been reduced to a species of propaganda," a concerned Bulletin informs readers. The United States seems to flout the few arms control agreements in place by seeking an expansive, space-based anti-ballistic missile capability, raising worries that a new arms race will begin."
Even Ross Perot didn't manage to turn attracting nearly 20% of the electorate in to a movement. My guess is, on her own, Sarah Palin would poll about as well.
I'd actually move the clock back a couple more minutes than the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, but am not going to quibble.
The more land bound ice that melts in the Arctic the more probable that the flip will be permenant reasonably soon. Canada will melt and Europe will freeze.
Even so, it won't be the end of mankind, we will adapt. Yep, poor countries will lose 80-90% of their populations but that will just leave more room for the rich countries to escape to.
Americans can easily vote for stupid as long as they don't see it close up.
She could have been Huey Long had she more smarts and savvy. Instead, she's Father Coughlin in drag. FDR saw Long as one of the two biggest threats to the Republic during the Depression (the other was Douglas MacArthur). Palin isn't in their league at all.
Not Sure 33%
86% of the registered Repulicans in the above poll think Palin is more or may be more qualified than Obama.
Remember GW, if he can be elected why not Palin? Never under estimate anti-intellectism in America.
When it comes time for primaries, eighty percent of Republicans are more aspirational than voting for Palin and fifty are too misogynist. Before 2000 none thought Bush was stupid, just not smart. By 2004 he was beginning to be stupid but was also seen as tough.
Palin is a hothouse flower. Rather, hothouse dandelion.
I'd like to think people are smarter than that, but any country that can elect Bush TWICE(!) can elect Caribou Barbie at least once. I'm not sure how stupid one would have to be in order to be too stupid to get elected in this country, but I suspect at this point even farm animals would poll well among Republicans.
"According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 71% of Americans do not feel that Palin is qualified to be President. That includes a sharp drop in Republican support, where 45% believe she is qualified compared to 66% who thought she was last fall."