So, the prospect of Sarah Palin with nuclear weapons has been averted, at least for the next four years. There was a wailing and gnashing of teeth from the lunatic far right of America who are still terrified that a communist Islamist terrorist is going to take away their God-given right to shoot wild animals and Arabs.
How much deeper into the abyss were we in danger of falling? By “we” I mean the world, not just the five percent of it that doesn’t live in Foreignland. Well, now, Fox News finally decides it’s time to tell us that Sarah Palin didn’t know which countries were members of the North American Free Trade Agreement. There are only two other countries in North America for @#% sake! Oh, and Africa, apparently, is a country.
And John McCain didn’t bother to find this out before choosing her as his running mate and possible replacement as leader of the most powerful nation on Earth?
But wait a moment. Are we suddenly treating Fox News as a reliable source of information? Not a good idea. However, this exchange is at least honest (possibly for the first time) about pre-election polling. I listened to the BBC pontificate for hours on election night about how McCain only fell behind in the polls when the financial crisis struck. Anyone who had actually watched the polls should have noticed that McCain only pulled ahead briefly when he introduced Palin. That glister quickly proved itself to be anything but gold and his numbers quickly started falling again.
Even Fox News noticed this (but decided not to tell anyone) when they looked at the polling trends the night before the election. The night before the election? Er…shouldn’t a major news outlet be looking at things like this and telling us about them just a little bit earlier? Well, it’s not for nothing that CCTV chose Fox as a partner.