Putin, Rearing his Ugly Head

Sarah Palin has taken to social media to defend her family’s egregious and embarrassing behavior at that party a week or so ago.  “Bristol is a real straight shooter,” she tweeted.  Sarah, she punched a man in the face.  Several times.  While you watched.

Vlad "The Bad" Putin

Vlad “The Bad” Putin

I’m guessing the punches were fairly ineffectual, since the man, who was hosting the party, simply continued to ask her, politely, to leave.  Nonetheless, it’s not a sign of a ‘straight shooter’ as much as a sign of an out-of-control young hooligan.

This incident, of course, will fade from memory.  Nobody got any video, so it will be less remembered than the famous turkey grinding episode, or Sarah’s brilliantly moronic answer when Katie Couric asked her which newspapers she read, or even the “I can see Russia from my house” statement, which wasn’t even her, it was Tina Fey.

It will fade from memory more than Sarah’s  statement about Putin rearing his ugly head and flying over Alaska like some weird, disembodied, Russian cloud monster.    She was actually sort of proved right on that one this week.

Curse you, Putin!

Russian jets have, within the past couple of days, flown much closer than is friendly (unless you actually are a friendly nation) to both the U.S. and Canada.  It’s not actually an invasion.  It’s more like Francis Gary Powers, 50 years on and in reverse.

I don’t really know what can be done.  What I do know is that I’m tremendously relieved that Barack Obama is president.  He will respond to this situation with both intelligence and caution.  Can you imagine John McCain in this situation.  He’d be coming up with one crazy response after another, and shitting in his pants the whole time.  He does not have JFK’s coolness and negotiating skills, nor even  Reagan’s luck.  He’d probably have us involved in WW  III by now.  And his shrieky, ignorant Vice President wouldn’t be helping at all.

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