The world is watching as Suddenly Sarah Palin winks her way through the coming weeks of the presidential election. But are they also laughing?
Not everyone around the rest of the world is as impressed by Palin as some of her supporters.
French film icon Brigitte Bardot has come forward to call Sarah Palin a "disgrace to women."
Referring to Palin’s pitbull-with-lipstick crack, Bardot adds: "I know dogs well and I can assure you that no pitbull, no dog, nor any other animal is as dangerous as you are."
"By denying the responsibility of man in global warming, by advocating gun rights and making statements that are disconcertingly stupid, you are a disgrace to women and you alone represent a terrible threat, a true environmental catastrophe."
But that’s just a French take on Palin.
How about the Brits?
Here’s how one writer for the British newspaper, the Guardian, feels about Palin’s "farcical" debate performance — in an article complete with a photo of Palin in mid-wink.
"Early on, she made the astonishing announcement that she had no intentions of actually answering the queries put to her. "I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear, but I’m going to talk straight to the American people and let them know my track record also," she said.
And so she preceded, with an almost surreal disregard for the subjects she was supposed to be discussing, to unleash fusillades of scripted attack lines, platitudes, lies, gibberish and grating references to her own pseudo-folksy authenticity."
To prove her point, Goldberg printed Palin’s response to Joe Biden’s comments on the middle class being shortchanged during the Bush administration:
Say it ain’t so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again. You preferenced [sic] your whole comment with the Bush administration. Now doggone it, let’s look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. You mentioned education, and I’m glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right? … My brother, who I think is the best schoolteacher in the year, and here’s a shout-out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood Elementary School, you get extra credit for watching the debate.
To Palin’s remarks — "Being a mom, one very concerned about a son in the war, about a special needs child, about kids heading off to college, how are we going to pay those tuition bills?" — Goldberg notes that none of Palin’s children are college-bound:
"Her son is on the way to Iraq, and her pregnant 17-year-old daughter is engaged to be married to a high-school dropout. … Palin is a woman who can’t even tell the truth about the most quotidian and public details of her own life, never mind about matters of major public import. In her only vice-presidential debate, she was shallow, mendacious and phoney. What kind of maverick, after all, keeps harping on what a maverick she is? That her performance was considered anything but a farce doesn’t show how high Palin has risen, but how low we all have sunk."
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Photo: Brigitte Bardot at an animal rights event in 2007. Credit:WireImage