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November 8, 2008

Blue Period

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These “Welcome Back” decorations remind me of a child’s birthday party, and I don’t think the association is an accident.

In fact, this photo is probably one of the most honest and unspun portraits of Sarah Palin I’ve seen. What it speaks to is her very real immaturity or lack of emotional development. (Along those lines, check out the accompanying NYT article and the embarrassing AP video in which Palin calls her McCain antagonists “jerks.”)

The other thing that came to mind when I first saw this picture was how Obama cancelled the fireworks for the Grant Park victory celebration. He just didn’t think it was the right message to send while the economy was bleeding out.

(image: Al Grillo/Associated Press. Anchorage. November 7, 2008)

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