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irishjayhawk
09-10-2008, 09:47 PM
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080910/PEOPLE/809109995

Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
The American Idol candidate
/ / / September 10, 2008

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By Roger Ebert

I think I might be able to explain some of Sara Palin's appeal. She's the "American Idol" candidate. Consider. What defines an "American Idol" finalist? They're good-looking, work well on television, have a sunny personality, are fierce competitors, and so talented, why, they're darned near the real thing. There's a reason "American Idol" gets such high ratings. People identify with the contestants. They think, Hey, that could almost be me up there on that show!

My feeling is, I don't want to be up there. I want a vice president who is better than me, wiser, well-traveled, has met world leaders, who three months ago had an opinion on Iraq. Someone who doesn't repeat bald-faced lies about earmarks and the Bridge to Nowhere. Someone who doesn't appoint Alaskan politicians to "study" global warming, because, hello! It has been studied. The returns are convincing enough that John McCain and Barack Obama are darned near in agreement.

I would also want someone who didn't make a teeny little sneer when referring to "people who go to the Ivy League." When I was a teen I dreamed of going to Harvard, but my dad, an electrician, told me, "Boy, we don't have the money. Thank your lucky stars you were born in Urbana and can go to the University of Illinois right here in town."
So I did, very happily. Although Palin gets laughs when she mentions the "elite" Ivy League, she sure did attend the heck out of college. Five schools in six years. What was that about?

And how can you be her age and never have gone to Europe? My dad had died, my mom was working as a book-keeper and I had a job at the local newspaper when, at 19, I scraped together $240 for a charter flight to Europe. I had Arthur Frommer's $5 a Day under my arm, started in London, even rented a Vespa and drove in the traffic of Rome. A few years later, I was able to send my mom, along with the $15 a Day book.

You don't need to be a pointy-headed elitist to travel abroad. You need curiosity and a hunger to see the world. What kind of a person (who has the money) arrives at the age of 44 and has only been out of the country once, on an official tour to Iraq? Sarah Palin's travel record is that of a hopeless provincial.

But some people like that. She's never traveled to Europe, Asia, Africa, South America or Down Under? That makes her like them. She didn't go to Harvard? Good for her! There a lot of hockey moms who haven't seen London, but most of them would probably love to, if they had the dough. And they'd be proud if their kids won a scholarship to Harvard.

Palin is a shallow, chirpy person with those vaguely alarming eyeglasses. Now her fans all want a pair. Remember back when women wore glasses that departed their ears in plastic swoops and swirls? My theory is, anyone who wears glasses that look weird is telling me something I don't want to know.

I trust the American people will see through Palin's facade, and save the Republic in November. The most damning indictment against her is that she considered herself a good choice to be a heartbeat away. That shows bad judgment.

Logical
09-10-2008, 09:59 PM
Bam:evil:

memyselfI
09-10-2008, 10:00 PM
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080910/PEOPLE/809109995

Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease. Some of us have been using this same analogy on NObama for MONTHS.

Reaper16
09-10-2008, 10:02 PM
Roger Ebert can eat a bowl of dicks.

kcfanintitanhell
09-10-2008, 10:06 PM
Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease. Some of us have been using this same analogy on NObama for MONTHS.

Get yourself a syndicated show where you have to refine your opinions for millions of people, and then get back to us.

Cannibal
09-10-2008, 10:26 PM
Roger Ebert can eat a bowl of dicks.

LOL, I thought the artical was spot on. But Jesus H. Christ that was funny.ROFL

Silock
09-10-2008, 10:29 PM
Awesome, I was waiting for Roger Ebert to weigh in before I made up my mind.

chiefforlife
09-10-2008, 10:33 PM
Oh pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease. Some of us have been using this same analogy on NObama for MONTHS.

Yet, now, you defend Palin?

chiefforlife
09-10-2008, 10:34 PM
Awesome, I was waiting for Roger Ebert to weigh in before I made up my mind.

LOL.

Reaper16
09-10-2008, 10:43 PM
LOL, I thought the artical was spot. But Jesus H. Christ that was funny.ROFL
That article may or may not be completely accurate.

Ebert's position that video games cannot be art means that he probably wakes up each morning and pours himself a bowl of cocks to eat.

headsnap
09-10-2008, 10:50 PM
That article may or may not be completely accurate.

Ebert's position that video games cannot be art means that he probably wakes up each morning and pours himself a bowl of cocks to eat.
he is bitter because the video game industry has eclipsed Hollywood and he doesn't review games...

Guru
09-10-2008, 11:36 PM
Roger Ebert? Really? Thats sad.