Posted at 11:23 AM on October 2, 2008
by Sanden Totten
Tonight's VP debates should be interesting. And of course we'll be talking about it on our show tomorrow. But instead of turning to spinsters and pundits, In The Loop has asked a pair of poets to weigh in on the two candidates. They'll be watching the debates and they'll give us their impressions in verse.
To get us warmed up, they've each written a poem about the candidate they are following. Enjoy!
- by Aaron Belz
Forgotten But Not Gone
Barack, how can my experience help the ticket
- By Craig Kenworthy
OK. I admit it. I can't resist the combination of political parody and music. I want to be Mark Russell when I grow up.
With that in mind, I wrote the following ditty for Republican Veep pick Sarah Palin. I'd actually written it right after her nomination, but since a day is a lifetime in politics, I've updated a little for tonight's debate. Heck, I'd even come sing it if you want. It sounds better than it reads, if you ask me. It's easier to sing it and capture the meter of the song than it is to try capturing the meter while reading it.
(ahem... cue the jazz quartet...)
Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, McCain named you
You’re all he wanted in a running mate
Not long after, Anne Kilkenny then defamed you
Book banning, cronyism, Troopergate
Does your smile woo lots of voters, Sarah Palin?
Tina Fey impersonates you to a T!
“Thanks but no thanks” to your beehive and eyewear!
Bridge-to-nowhere – you said “Go there!”
Are you the one to be Number 2, Sarah Palin?
Or a pistol-packin, VP-wannabe?
(… schmaltzy bridge to the next verse …)
Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin loves her hunting
She wants Mooseburgers served at the White House
While she wraps Trig up in Family-Values bunting,
Teenage Bristol gets knocked up without a spouse
Did you charm Gibson and Couric, Sarah Palin?
Or stun them both with your naievete?
VP dreams might just slip through your grasp , then
If you're out-gaffin' Senator Biden!
Should you be the Number 2, Sarah Palin?
Or just some lipstick-pit-bull VP history?
Thanks for posting that! You wrote this to the tune of "Mona Lisa," right?