Bill Clinton explains why Palin is ‘hot’ (and praises McCain, too)


Consider this post to be a taste of sorbet to cleanse the palate between courses of history-making political/economic news.

Katherine Q. Seelye on the NYT’s Caucus blog says "Barack Obama might be forgiven for wondering which side Bill Clinton is on," since the former president has taken advantage of several opportunities to praise John McCain this week. Finally he DID say some good stuff about Obama, but still…

This reminds me of a tidbit I read in the WSJ this morning, in which Bill had some nice stuff to say about Sarah, too:

"I come from Arkansas. I get why she’s hot out there, why she’s doing well. People look at her, and they say: ‘All those kids. Something that happens in everybody’s family. I’m glad she loves her daughter and she’s not ashamed of her. Glad that girl’s going around with her boyfriend. Glad they’re going to get married. . . .’ [Voters will think] I like that little Down syndrome kid. One of them lives down the street. They’re wonderful children. They’re wonderful people. And I like the idea that this guy does those long-distance races. Stayed in the race for 500 miles with a broken arm. My kind of guy."

Seems to me Bill had best hush before he gets himself into some more trouble with Mamanem.

10 thoughts on “Bill Clinton explains why Palin is ‘hot’ (and praises McCain, too)

  1. Brad Warthen

    By the way, here’s the AP caption for that photo above:

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, laughs as former President Bill Clinton hands the senator back his speech, after having accidentally picked it up while introducing him, at the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting Thursday, Sept 25, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

    So apparently Sen. McCain wasn’t spending ALL the time while he was suspending his campaign ironing out the bailout agreement. He found some time to hang with his buddy Bill, which led to the above "lovable cutup" moment. Those zany guys.

  2. Brad Warthen

    He’s also found time to do some TV rounds tonight:

    WASHINGTON (AP) _ Republican presidential candidate John McCain says Congress and the Bush administration are making progress toward an agreement on a $700 billion rescue of the financial sector.

    McCain was making the rounds on evening TV news programs Thursday after meeting with Bush, congressional leaders and Democratic rival Barack Obama at the White House.

    McCain says some in Congress have "legitimate concerns" about the big price tag for taxpayers. But he says those critics also are aware of the crisis situation the country faces.

    He says he is hopeful that an agreement will be reached so he can attend Friday’s presidential debate in Mississippi.

    Obama also called for prompt bipartisan action.

    McCain’s campaign has said the Republican wouldn’t participate in the debate Friday unless there was a consensus. Obama still wants the face-off to go on, and the Democrat is slated to travel to the debate site in Mississippi.

    Pretty active for a 72-year-old, ain’t he?

  3. Doug Ross

    From a newspaper report:
    “At the bipartisan White House meeting that Mr. McCain had called for a day earlier, he sat silently for more than 40 minutes, more observer than leader, and then offered only a vague sense of where he stood, said people in the meeting.”
    Wow! What leadership! This guy has become a complete and utter joke. Moved from place to place by his handlers, handed notecards to read…
    He’s skipping the debates because his handlers fear he’ll turn into “Get off my lawn” angry guy. All bluster, no ideas.

  4. James D McCallister

    Why, other than blind partisanship, would anyone vote for McCain? Just to be able to say, nyah nyah, we win again, we win again. Pathetic and myopic.
    In a supposed, sort of democracy, if things are so bad, wouldn’t logic suggest that giving another set of ideas a shot makes the most sense?
    A dog that keeps running into the same electric fence over and over is brain damaged. How much longer will it take before trickle down economics begin to work?
    PS: Right as I typed the words “trickle down,” somebody on CSPAN in the next room said the phrase. Weird when that happens.

  5. Brad Warthen

    Someone sent me an e-mail to this effect:

    I spent 10 years in colleges (not the same 10 freshmen years John Blutarsky did) around this great country.  Although I did well on SAT and GRE vocabulary, I admit I have no clue what “Mamanem” means.  Google search gave me a restaurant name in Columbia but how does that fit the context of your post?  Just curious.

    You wouldn’t get that from college. It’s a Southernism, which I exaggerated for effect. Rendered more accurately it would be “mama ‘n’ ’em,” which is to say “mama and them,” as in the folks back home, the old lady and the rest, the powers that be in one’s personal life, folks whose expectations you want to live up to, etc.

    Here’s a reference to it:

    Here’s another:

    Here’s another:

    And so forth:

    And so on:

    Where you from, boy?

  6. Richard L. Wolfe

    James, Why, besides blind partisanship would anybody vote for McCain or Obama? Neither, has a clue. The current crisis only serves to shine a glaring light on their lack of Executive experience and ability. Both are sitting on the fences in my opinion.
    I have to vote for McCain because when this is over and if Obama were elected, then how long before he gives the all clear signal to tax and spend?

  7. Lee Muller

    Voting for Obama is an act of treason.
    All his advisors and friends are socialists and radical Muslims.
    In the debates he said that, even with the $700 BILLION bank bail out, he was not prepared to reduce any spending, and rattle off almost $2 TRILLION of new spending he said was necessary. He is a delusional monster.
    Anyone who wants a depression should vote for Obama.
    Anyone who wants Israel to have to bomb Iran, vote for Obama.
    Anyone who wants a resurgance of communist agression by Russia, Red China, and North Korea, vote Obama.

  8. Reader

    Oh. I like it better as ‘Mama and them’. I was thinking Hillary in Hip Hop mode, like an M & Em — or whoever that weirdo guy is that topped the charts and twisted young minds for so long.
    I have steered away from the verbatim of the debates, but I looooove looking at the pictures! The side by side on Friday’s front page was priceless. Obama, street-tough, and McCain playing patty-cake with our country.
    McCain may be toast.

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