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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


Sarah P

I love Roger Ebert:

from today's Chicago *Sun-Times*:

Roger Ebert on Sarah Palin: The American Idol candidate

September 11, 2008


I think I might be able to explain some of Sarah 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 be me up there on that show!

My problem is, I don't want to be up there. I don't want a vice
president who is darned near good enough. I want a vice president who is
better, 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 different schools in six years. What was that about?

And how can a politician her age have 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 provincial, not someone who is equipped to deal with global issues.

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 one of their kids won a scholarship to Harvard.

I trust the American people will see through Palin, 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.

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At 9:40 PM, Blogger k8 said...

Ebert is a kick-ass writer. And when he is unhappy with something, he is tremendous (reading his reviews of bad movies is a treat).

At 10:57 PM, Blogger kathy a. said...

this is a good one.

At 6:54 AM, Anonymous nicki said...



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