Today in Palin

Think it's wacky to claim that "living next to Canada" qualifies as foreign policy experience? Check out today's roundup.


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Catherine Price
October 2, 2008 9:30PM (UTC)

Please send pix: First up, Politico reports that the inevitable has happened: Craigslist ads seeking Sarah Palin look-alikes for adult films. (Author Ben Smith points out that at least one is likely to be fake -- but let's be honest, it's only a matter of time.)

Flirting with disaster: Remember how Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari got all touchy-feely with Palin at the United Nations last week? Turns out his googly eyes may be causing some trouble back home -- and not just from Pakistani feminists, who weren't too psyched about the fact that he basically drooled on a woman who might become America's second in command. The Christian Science Monitor reports that Zardari's flirtation earned him a fatwa (a religious order) from a radical Muslim prayer leader who disapproved of Zardari's "indecent gestures, filthy remarks and repeated praise of a non-Muslim lady wearing a short skirt."

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Do with that what you will -- but apparently, Pakistani leaders have a long history of embarrassing themselves when they meet female leaders. When former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz met Condoleezza Rice, he reportedly stared deeply into her eyes and said he could "conquer any woman in two minutes." Right.

Palin as Pet Rock? Over at AlterNet, Marie Cocco asks whether Sarah Palin could be the political version of a Pet Rock -- that is, "one of those artifacts that has little value except as an object that is dissected for its cultural significance." Maybe so -- but depending on your politics, you could argue that electing Palin as vice president would cause a bit more damage than wasting four bucks on a pebble.

Bingo! Last, if Thursday night's debate becomes too much to bear, we suggest printing out a couple of sets of these Palin bingo cards. Check off a box every time Palin says phrases like "maritime border" and "country first." Or, if you're really going for gold, try for a "media blackout" -- be the first to fill in all 25 boxes.

As the presidential race becomes stranger by the day, one of Zardari's comments about Palin is beginning to have particular resonance: "Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you."


Catherine Price

Catherine Price is an award-winning journalist and author of Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. Her written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, PARADE, Health Magazine, and Outside. Price lives in Philadelphia.

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