September 25th, 2008

Apollo 4 on column of fire

The Palin Pick

I’m amused, because there was so much hype about McCain’s choice of Palin reviving his campaign, when it really likely was the final nail in the coffin. Much of McCain’s campaign since the Palin pick has been an attempt to rein in the damage done by it. He seems to be trying to avoid having a vice presidential ‘debate’ at all, or, failing that, to have it come after voters already have decided, at least unconsciously, to vote for McCain.

When your car goes over a bump, it takes some time for the car to quit going up and down, while the shock absorbers/struts do their work. I don’t know what auto engineers call that bouncing around; in electrical engineering we would call it an impulse response. Sarah Palin was an unexpected bump in the road; you had to wait for the impulse response to die out before coming to a judgment about her.
Apollo 4 on column of fire

Why bother with the NJ Air National Guard? Send them all to Alaska.

The person who has John McCain as running mate, being interviewed by Katie Couric:

It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state.

Did you know that Russia didn’t have aircraft carriers? Neither did I.