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September 19, 2008

Stature Drop

First Dude Ford

Not that I have any deep admiration for the old sidekicks, but it’s looking like McCain has suffered a steep stature drop-off — as the Palin effect wears off — in replacing these two with these two.  (Especially since Joe was his man.)

I also wonder, what would Gerald Ford have thought if he could somehow see McCain coming to lay flowers at his grave with First Dude? …And what is Todd Palin doing there in the first place — especially when (forsaking the excellent adventure) he could be home with the baby and kids?

image from: 9/18 NYT On the Campaign Trail slide show.

(image 1 & linked image 2: Todd Heisler/The New York Times. Grand Rapids.  September 17, 2008. linked image 1: Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty. Washington, D.C. April 8, 2008)

  • Shameless Agitator

    The First Dude is there to assure the neo-cons that Mrs. Palin won’t REALLY be the VP all by herself. She will always have her man there to steady her, to provide guidance for her, so she can be subversive to both him and to McCain. “We won’t REALLY let her be in charge if something happens to McCain. Todd will be there to be the shadow president.”
    One of these days, she may get tired of being the puppet of the men in her life?

  • Shameless Agitator

    Ooops, freudian slip, eh?
    I meant to say

    The First Dude is there to assure the neo-cons that Mrs. Palin won’t REALLY be the VP all by herself. She will always have her man there to steady her, to provide guidance for her, so she can be SUBSERVIENT to both him and to McCain. “We won’t REALLY let her be in charge if something happens to McCain. Todd will be there to be the shadow president.”
    One of these days, she may get tired of being the puppet of the men in her life?”

  • http://uoti.blogspot.com shpx.ohfu

    In addition to reassuring the republican base that Sarah is properly obedient to the First Snowmobiler, Todd is there to chaperone his wife against the possibility that the Lil’ Maverick™ rears its ugly head while she is in the presence of a serial adulterer like John Sidney McCain III.

  • KansasKowboy

    Yeah why is Mr. Palin always on the campaign trail? Is it to keep it from looking as if John and Sarah are dating?

  • mudkitty

    Behind every great man is a woman, and behind that woman, is a man.

  • http://www.doves2day.blogspot.com g

    Where’s Cindy?
    Are the kids at home in Alaska, or are they being hauled around the country with mom and dad?

  • http://www.woodka.com donna

    Todd gets all the emails and sits in on all the meetings, even though nobody elected him.
    Hmmm.

  • http://roschellenelson.blogspot.com Roschelle

    Sarah Palin’s latest brain fart…she’s unsure what branch of government the Vice President is part of…

  • http://profile.typekey.com/EvelynI/ MeToo

    I’ve noticed that the Palins always dress as if they are attending a funeral? What gives?
    As for JSM he looks very tired, he stumbles in speaking, he lists when he walks… I think he’s worn out. The guy should really think about taking it easy.

  • Jacques

    That’s quite a grave marker for Gerry. It wouldn’t avhe taken much to make it into a skateboard park, that would have been a great legacy. I suppose that would offend the base though.

  • Marie

    In this image, Todd is looking to see what Sarah does. Although if he weren’t half a step behind, weren’t taking his cues from her, we might question who was actually on the ticket.

  • Megan

    McCain is outnumbered by two people who are strongly in sync.

  • ottawaca

    1. McCain is outnumbered by anybody else in the room.
    2. I’ve noticed over this week, Todd-boy manages to position himself behind McCain during the speeches so that the cameras show him. Or, to put it in republican-speak, why isn’t Jill Biden backing up Obama? Huh? How about THAT!
    3. As to the children’s whereabouts, they’ve outlived their usefulness so they are back in Alaska taking care of each other. Just like always.
    4. I’m waiting for some brash reporter to ask Sarah who Gerald Ford was. LOL

  • The BAG

    These are amazing comments. Yeah, Jerry’s skate park! Things are moving so quickly right now, there is almost too much to look at. It’s a pleasure and an honor to work this hard, knowing so many of you are right there, with such good eyes and incisive insights. Just had to share. Okay, back to the pictures.

  • smasher

    From this angle it kind of looks like they’re swirling around at the bottom of a bathtub.

  • frances

    I was struck by the sheer number of close embraces McCain initiated when Palin was first introduced. There were quite a few photos of her in these embraces; she looked offended and in a few of them repulsed.
    I think the husband is there at her request to keep McCain at a respectful distance.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/john_bannion/ harrier

    ottawaca pointedly proposed:
    “3. As to the children’s whereabouts, they’ve outlived their usefulness so they are back in Alaska taking care of each other. Just like always.”
    Good observation. Though perhaps the oldest is busy, too. This may have something to do with “Where’s Michelle,” though.
    Maybe, just maybe, she’s keeping an eye on her kids. This has to be an amazingly stressful and scary time for them.

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