Myth Alaska

Sarah Palin bounces a reality check.

Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar, by Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe, PublicAffairs, 306 pages, $26.95

The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star, by Matthew Continetti, Sentinel, 256 pages, $25.95 

Going Rogue: An American Life, by Sarah Palin, HarperCollins, 413 pages, $28.99

No recent political figure has ignited the fury of the commentariat like former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Shortly after inducing a pulse in the zombified John McCain campaign with a rousing speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention, the little-known politician was dismissed by Salon’s Cintra Wilson as a “power-mad, backwater beauty-pageant casualty” whose conservative ideology made the feminist writer “feel as horrified as a ghetto Jew watching the rise of National Socialism.”

The editor-in-chief of The New Republic, Martin Peretz, sniffed that the candidate “was pretty like a cosmetics saleswoman at Macy’s” and that it was “good to see that the Palin family didn’t torture poor Bristol [unmarried, pregnant, and 17 at the time], at least in the open.” The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, a self-identified conservative who calls his Daily Dish “the most popular one-man political blog in the world,” persistently suggested that Trig Palin, the governor’s then-four-month-old baby with Down Syndrome, was likely not Sarah’s biological child; and demanded the full release of her obstetrical records, stopping just short of insisting he be allowed to examine the placenta. If Barack Obama is hounded by a small group of reality-challenged “birthers” who doubt the president was born in Hawaii, Palin has more than matched him with what might be called her “after-birthers.”

This is ugly stuff, the sort of warmed-over misogyny you expect from early ’70s Hollywood, not semi-serious writers and pundits. But Palin’s admirers have issues with modulation and mental balance too. Watching last year’s vice presidential debate, National Review’s Rich Lowry squealed that Palin’s smile “sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.” As happens so often with what passes for political discourse on the right and left, those of us who stand athwart the red-blue dichotomy find ourselves yelling, “Please make it stop!”

Palin herself has added to the sense that something just ain’t right. Resigning as governor last July, she delivered a farewell speech charitably described by various analysts as “rambling” and “at times confusing.” Despite the fact that she had 18 months left in her first term and had not publicly announced whether she would stand for re-election, Palin averred that she was not prepared to abide “lame-duck status.” Nor was she long on metaphorical integrity. “Many just accept that lame-duck status, and they hit the road, draw a paycheck, and kind of milk it,” she declared. “We know we can effect positive political change from outside government at this moment in time.…I know when it’s time to pass the ball for victory.” She closed with a quote from Gen. Douglas MacArthur, saying, “We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction.” Citing a military leader who was relieved of his command for insubordination during the Korean War may burnish Palin’s proud reputation for “going rogue” (that is, going off script), but it was an odd selection for a speech about a voluntary resignation.

MacArthur is more famous for a different quip: “Old soldiers never die. They just fade away.” Two new biographies of Palin—along with the self-proclaimed hockey mom’s own memoir, Going Rogue, which set a record for advance orders—are helping to make sure that she won’t fade away any time soon. Together, this trio of books offers more information and context about Palin than all but her most ardent detractors and fans could possibly stand. Yet the volumes, alone or together, still don’t give a clear picture of either the woman herself or what it is about her that drives her fans and critics alike to the edge of insanity.

More important, the books strongly, if unintentionally, suggest that Palin does not have what it takes to redefine a Republican Party whose future looks about as bright as that of General Motors. Despite her impressive fan base and her ability to turn out huge crowds, Palin’s own program for “The Way Forward” (as she names a chapter in Going Rogue) makes plain that she is last year’s political model, a vehicle for a backward-looking GOP bent on blending generic social conservatism, small-government encomiums, big government spending, unconvincing outsider outrage, and status quo foreign adventurism. With a Saint Reagan statue firmly glued to the dashboard, of course.

Whatever mojo such rhetorical posturing once had, Americans have heard it all before, most recently during the administration of George W. Bush, who with the able assistance of a Republican majority managed to double overall federal spending in real dollars over the course of eight years. If the Republicans are to regroup and advance in another direction, they will need something other than warmed-over Karl Rove speeches.

As its title implies, The Persecution of Sarah Palin, written by Weekly Standard staffer Matthew Continetti, is flatly sympathetic to its subject, whom he paints as the victim of a conspiracy as vast and punishing as the Alaskan wilderness. “When they weren’t mangling facts,” Continetti writes, “the press did their best to undermine her accomplishments.” The core of Palin’s immense appeal to jes’ plain folks, he says, is also the core of upper-crust contempt for her: “The American meritocratic elite places a high priority on verbal felicity and the attitudes, practices, and jargon that one picks up during graduate seminars in nonprofit management, government accounting, and the semiotics of Percy Shelley’s ‘To a Skylark.’ ” Palin, he notes, “speaks in a different patois.” This is more than a little plausible: I can remember college-professor friends of mine confessing that, in addition to Palin’s pro-life stance, it was ultimately her flat, grating accent, her University of Idaho B.A., and her flute performance in the 1984 Miss Alaska beauty contest that rendered them “horrified.”

But if Continetti helps explain the vitriol of many on the left, he fails to grapple with a more moderate but also widespread sense that Palin was simply not up to the task of serving as vice president. High-profile conservatives such as David Brooks, Peggy Noonan, and Kathleen Parker became Palin critics not because she was populist or pro-life (or a weak-winded flautist), but because she came across as manifestly unqualified for the job. If her résumé (small-town mayor, then short-term governor of a low-population state) was thin upon nomination, her performance in key moments afterward was often cringe-inducing. “Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate,” wrote Parker in 2008. “Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.” Even Continetti acknowledges that Palin flubbed the Couric interview, which was packed with softball questions on subjects such as the newspapers and magazines she read and the Supreme Court cases she considered especially important. Given the compressed public schedule of the campaign, Palin needed to score with every shot she took. More often than not, the high school basketball champ chucked an air ball.

Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe, who covered the Palin campaign for CBS News and Fox News Channel, respectively, have a theory as to why. “Palin is neither an umblemished victim of fiendish, unpatriotic forces nor a preposterous dolt worthy only of a smirk,” they write in Sarah From Alaska. She is “outwardly confident but frequently shows signs of profound insecurity” and is “hypersensitive to criticism and naysayers.” That confidence and hypersensitivity got in the way of the preparation that might have helped her through what was surely a very rough political gauntlet, a long-shot presidential campaign conducted in the midst of two unpopular wars and an economic panic.

Palin’s penchant for shading the truth, even on trivial matters, didn’t help. One of the governor’s biggest applause lines on the stump was that she had said “thanks, but no thanks” to federal money for the notorious “bridge to nowhere” at Gravina Island. In fact, Palin supported the project until it became controversial and, after it was killed, refused to return the federal funds, using them to construct what Conroy and Walshe call a “road to nowhere” leading to where the bridge would have been. To paraphrase another of her regular lines, that’s absolutely politics as usual.

In Going Rogue, co-written with the journalist Lynn Vincent, Palin comes across as personable and likeable. The volume is filled with self-deprecating stories, childhood memories, moments of self-doubt, triumphs over adversity, and appeals to God and elders for advice. “My life truly began [when] I became a mom,” she says in a representative passage. “I had no idea how this tiny person, my son, would turn me inside out and upside down with all the all-consuming love that swelled my heart from the second he was born. As clichéd as it sounds, that was the happiest day of my life.”

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  • Suki||

    Good Morning reason!

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    Good Morning, Suki.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Sarah Palin is the greatest U.S. president of all times!

  • Kyle Jordan||

    :puts hand on head:

    Oww...

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    You betcha.

  • Ben||

    Can Sara Palin win the nomination in 2012? Or will she simply be a pundit like her daughter's baby dady claims that she wanted to be?

  • Bruce Majors||

    I thought her dady was a corpseman, Bamie?

  • MJ||

    "This is more than a little plausible: I can remember college-professor friends of mine confessing that, in addition to Palin’s pro-life stance, it was ultimately her flat, grating accent, her University of Idaho B.A., and her flute performance in the 1984 Miss Alaska beauty contest that rendered them “horrified.”

    There is a large part of why the right fell in love with Palin, that people would oppose her for such shallow, snobbish reasons, as well that the most important issue in the world is keeping the ability to kill unborn children absolutely legal. People generally don't like it when you hold them and their families and their values in contempt.

  • Suki||

    You have to remember, Nick has an angelic voice, accent like Johnny Carson and can blow a flute like nobody else ever. He has room to judge.

  • steve||

    This notion that people who hate Sarah Palin because of her earthy roots and presentation is perhaps the biggest lie in all of politics. Everyone who pushes this BS forgets that SP was very popular when she first hit the seen and gave one good speech at the republican convention. At that time, she appeared to be exactly the kind of person who could be a national leader -- a regular person with an incredible story who had risen to the top because she was smart and capable. But of course, that was a lie -- she is an idiot and incapable. And THAT is the reason why almost everyone hates her that is not contractually obligated to love pro-life, god-inspired nincompoops.

    Anybody who did hate Palin because she didn't sound like she came from Harvard is an ahole that should be ridiculed, it's just that there really are only a few of those. The majority of liberals and independents that I know found her personal background pretty compelling when it seemed to be supported by an intelligent, capable person.

  • ||

    Um, no. Palin was IMMEDIATELY attacked by lefties as soon as she set foot on the national stage.

    Not that I like her or would want her anywhere near the levers of power, but facts are facts.

  • steve||

    Your caricature of liberals is way too general. Sure, partisan orgs like Huffpo attacked her, but many liberals and almost all independents had very favorable views her based on her initial speech and the initial info on her governing. Then she opened her mouth and said things like this...

    "When you consider even national security issues with Russia, as (Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where - where do they go? It's Alaska,"

  • ||

    Steve, Palin's statment may may sound odd, but it is factually correct.

    I know for a fact that the U.S.S.R regularly probed deep into Alaskan airspace. To the best of my knowledge, the U.S. airforce still has a small number of interceptors stationed in western Alaska to turn back Russian practice flights.

  • ||

    Of course. She come out on the national stage as a republican in a race to the whitehouse. Anyone who does that is automatically cannon fodder for the other team.

  • Banjos Kick Ass!||

    Sorry Steve, but as much as I dislike Palin, the left acted and continues to act like a pack of rabid wild dogs when her name is even mentioned. If I had a nickel for every article Huffpo wrote about her, I wouldn't have much money because nickels are worthless. On second thought I think I'll take a beer for every article they wrote about her instead.

  • steve||

    Huffpo is ridiculously partisan, so i don't take them as speaking for the majority of liberals and independents I spoke of.

    My brother is a perfect example. he is independent but leans right. he loved her when she first came out but slowly came to the realization she was an illusion and now mocks her.

    So, of course, hugely partisan groups attacked her from the start, but that's not likely the majority of the left and definitely not the majority of the left and the center, all of which now hate her.

  • Banjos Kick Ass!||

    Point taken, but I still want a beer for every article Huffpo wrote about her.

  • Lil Papi||

    Not that I disagree, but just look at the number of comments on this thread, and the comment threads on other websites (Huffpo for instance) and you'll see that since Palin stories drive traffic, you'll see a lot of Palin stories until she doesn't drive traffic. Whatever metaphor you want to use about a lot of people stopping to stare, she's that thing. And also to comment while staring. Well, more like shouting at the thing while staring at it, even though it can't technically hear you at the time. She's one of those things.

  • Banjos Kick Ass!||

    Maybe, but at the same time, I didn't care at all about her until I started seeing article after article about her. And even now, I still don't care, it's just hard to ignore the topic when there is so much attention being paid to her by the media. I think it's not so much her, but the way the media has reacted to her.

  • Maxwell||

    absolutely. 225 comments so far on an article uploaded this morning ... Sarah Palin is a human interest story, not a political one. She makes us think about politics the way the OJ Simpson or Henry Louis Gates stories "made us think" about race. That is, whatever you already thought could be easily projected onto her.

  • ||

    Steve:

    It wasn't just Puffingtonhost that went after SP from the get go, it was pretty much all of the left wing media.

    Right after her speech at the Republican Convention, the left wing media attacked her from a partisan perspective.

  • ||

    Your brother probably was disillusioned by her over time for the same reasons I was (at first). The constant picking at her (from every direction) on little things that most would have intially found irrelevant had me thinking that maybe she was not a good and strong representative of the people for change. But then I looked at her closer, analyzed the things that bothered me and the things that others were saying on both sides, and I realized that she IS someone who has a heckuva lot going for her. She is not dumb by any means--there are a few areas where she should build her knowledge base, but I think all politicians should read and expand their knowledge. Most know NOTHING about economics or even have common sense! But she does have sense and she is smart enough to surround herself with people who can help her get things done. No, Sarah would be a great leader. She has a few areas where I think she can grow...but she is not what the elitist left or right try to portray her as. And this article simply misses who she is entirely.

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    Steve:

    And you are qualified to call Palin and idiot and incapable - HOW ? Have you governed anything, or are you basing your statement from your couchtime watching Saturday Night Live and cBS ? If so, she's sure becoming an extremely rich and popular idiot.

    Now go back to your couch.

  • JohnD||

    Steve, you need to cut down on the pot.

    Every MSM news outlet ravaged her from day one. And your liberal friends wouldn't know a capable person if they tripped over one.

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    Everything you say about Palin could equally apply to 0bama.

    But those same Lefties that called Sarah unqualified accepted 0bama as an accomplished individuals without even batting an eye.

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  • matt||

    I dislike her because she is patently false. Her values are trumpeted in public and reportedly very shunned in private. She does not practice what she preaches.

    She is a lie intended to deceive "rural America" into thinking she will enact meaningful change -- just like Obama was a lie intended to deceive the majority into thinking he woudl enact meaningful change.

    What we hate is how Palin lovers will not listen to fact-based criticism handed out by fellow conservatives. We're either accent haters, elitists, hell-bound or what have you. We wonder why our fellow conservatives would ever see her as the future, the way forward, or the right path.

    She is simply an abomination, a horrible cancerous growth resulting from two decades of modern Republican political tactics.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    Her values are trumpeted in public and reportedly very shunned in private.

    Which values in particular and reportedly by whom?

  • Bruce Majors||

    Not to mention the hooves, hook nose, and that brimstoney smell.

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    Matt "She is simply an abomination, a horrible cancerous growth resulting from two decades of modern Republican political tactics."

    No, really Matt, what is your opinion of her?

    You sound like one of those people who like to hate others who dont agree with you.

  • RichN||

    "What we hate is how Palin lovers will not listen to fact-based criticism handed out by fellow conservatives. We're either accent haters, elitists, hell-bound or what have you. We wonder why our fellow conservatives would ever see her as the future, the way forward, or the right path."

    Fact based criticism from the "words speak LOUDER than actions" crowd like Peggy Noonan? It is to laugh! People like Peggy Noonan should be ridiculed more than Sarah Palin.

  • JohnD||

    My God, Matt. Are you a complete moron? Do me a favor and don't refer to yourself as a conservative. It's too embarrassing for us real conservatives.

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  • Jim Treacher||

    What we hate is how Palin lovers will not listen to fact-based criticism handed out by fellow conservatives. We're either accent haters, elitists, hell-bound or what have you.

    Maybe it's your approach? Screeching about "horrible cancerous growths" might not be as persuasive as you think.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Jennifer Rubin on Jewish/urban/"elite" opposition to Palin: http://www.commentarymagazine......3?search=1

  • MJ||

    "High-profile conservatives such as David Brooks, Peggy Noonan, and Kathleen Parker became Palin critics not because she was populist or pro-life (or a weak-winded flautist), but because she came across as manifestly unqualified for the job."

    While they were simultaneously unconcerned that Barck Obama was not qualified for the higher position of President, of which there ample evidence of pre-election and we now see how in over his head he is for the job.

  • JSinAZ||

    Yes. While I may not think much of Mrs. Palin and her ability to be VICE-PRESIDENT, the more important point is that none of these idiots applied the same level of analysis to PRESIDENT Barry O - or if they did, apparently his cleanliness and lack of accent were proxies for "the right kind of person", despite lack of accomplishment and horrific relationships with the scum of the earth who populate Chicago.

  • Michael||

    ...the scum of the earth who populate Chicago.

    Gee, thanks a lot.

  • Justice Stevens||

    Sorry, that was over the top.

    How about "the political scum who rise to the top in Chicago"? It's a bit more specific, but it really shouldn't make you feel much better.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    So most people in Chicago are lower than scum?

  • Bruce Majors||

    They elected Obama, Blago and Scott Lee Cohen, so yea, I say flush the lot of them.

  • ||

    Bruce is correct... Flush 'em all.

  • ||

    Agree with you on Blago and Scott Lee Cohen. But really when it came to Obama they really didn't have much of a choice. After all Jack Ryan shot himself in the foot, with that messy affair and the divorce trial. Then, there was Alan Keyes......my God! What was the GOP thinking?!! Obama won 70% of the vote, against Keyes, nobody wanted that guy. I mean wasn't there any RINOs they could've run?

  • Senator Sexton Hardcastle||

    "...the scum of the earth who populate Chicago"

    Yeah, to hell with you, man. Oh wait, you're from Arizona? Never mind, you're already there.

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    So Obama had relationships with "the scum of the earth who populate Chicago"? You just exposed your self as a racist hater, my non-friend. And Palin is a joke - she isn't qualified to be dogcatcher. She can see Russia from her house so she knows foreign policy? LOL at how idiotic she is.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Funny how some of you tards just regurgitate the headlines you felch from some Newsweek editors anus when they have already been flushed by the posts here.

    They must be mighty yummy for you to snow ball them like that.

  • Jim Treacher||

    She can see Russia from her house so she knows foreign policy?

    You can recite Tina Fey lines from your computer.

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  • ||

    High-profile conservatives such as David Brooks, Peggy Noonan, and Kathleen Parker

    Are charter members of the inside-the-Beltway Ivy-League elitist sycophant club, and could be expected not only to find Sarah Palin socially repulsive, but to lie about it.

  • Bruce Majors||

    An MSNBC/WashPo whore, an ever-over-qualifying WSJ/ABC ditherer who sometimes has a thought, and a pompous, bloated NYT/ABC gasbag who wrote one decent book once. And they are not even the worst of broadcast TV's Sunday roundup of whores. Flush!

  • steve||

    Is he more or less over his head than George Bush? John McCain? Hillary Clinton? John Kerry? This is a serious question, I am curious how you would rank these compared to Obama and Palin.

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    Yes, Obama is 'more over his head' than Bush, McCain, Hillary or Kerry. Since I dont believe Palin to be near the idealogue the Barry is, he suffers even in comparison to Palin.

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  • Sadistic Eristic||

    George Bush - Governor, unprincipled sock puppet and poll jockey
    John McCain - longtime Senator, experienced dirtbag
    Hillary Clinton - wife of State Attorney General, wife of Governor, First Lady, Senator, experienced embezzler, experienced perjurer, wife of traitor
    John Kerry - Senator, traitor
    Palin - small business owner, Mayor, Governor

    Obama - ?????

  • RichN||

    "While they were simultaneously unconcerned that Barck Obama was not qualified for the higher position of President, of which there ample evidence of pre-election and we now see how in over his head he is for the job."

    They recognized Obama was a player. One doesn't move through politics in the most corrupt city (Chicago) within the most corrupt county (Crook County) within the most corrupt state (Illinois) unless one is a player. Wall St. and the DC establishment recognized this. Palin on the other hand outed corruption within up there.

  • Johnny Longtorso||

    I'm not a Palin fan, but I'd be tempted to vote for her just to watch Andrew Sullivan's total meltdown if she won. It would be epic.

  • MJ||

    Which is one reason why she is popular on the right, she's made all the right enemies.

  • ||

    I agree. I think it's probably more of a closing of ranks then support for her as a leader. When they yell "We love you Sara" what they mean is "FU Charlie Gibson". I think a lot of her book sales are the same thng. A collective middle finger to the media snobs. Their way overboard rhetoric made her what she is. BTW...Gteat article Nick. One of the better analyis of the phenom out there.

  • ||

    The enemy of my enemies is my friend.

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  • Slap the Enlightened!||

    Indeed. If we're going to hell in a hand-basket anyway, we might as well have some fun. 'Tis always better to judge a politician on their enemies than their friends, and Palin is making all the right ones.

  • Suki||

    Think he will latch onto the flute blowing like Nick and his professor buddies?

  • Johnny Longtorso||

    I'm make an Andrew Sullivan "skin flute" joke here, but I'm a gentleman.

  • Suki||

    What about something to do with "latching on"?

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    Only if after a raucous round of laughter, we could turn around and go "Ok, ok, yeah that was hilarious, now here's your flight back to Anchorage Sarah"

  • Johnny Longtorso||

    I would go to Kinkos, print Sullivan's post-election rant on acid free paper, and put it in my safe for future generations as an example of 'crazy'.

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    I hear that. I often say how much I admire her just to watch people around me (west side LA media types) get red and start to bluster.
    What's funny is that she's a real-life Julia Roberts character, and if she'd been a movie part, who ever played her would win an Oscar.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    Frances McDormand did win the Oscar

  • Bruce Majors||

    Maybe if you just remove the ball gag or the butt plug he would deflate on his own?

  • Brett L||

    Writing "Hi Mom!" on your hand after the self-important chatterati got the vapors about her little notes to self on Saturday... Pure media genius. She may be worthless as a leader, but that doesn't even become an issue to worry about until 2012. In the meantime, I can look forward to at least 2 years of her making those puffed up self-regarding 'intellectuals' look like the shallow bitter toads they are.

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  • Bruce Majors||

    Precisely. Anything that gives them cardiac problems is good. We cannot expect the Rahm Emanuel wetworks team to take out all the more compromised, flailing Demwits, as they seem to have done with Scott Lee Cohen and John Murtha. Watch out Gov. Patterson -- that elevator shaft is empty!

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

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  • hatem||

    Palin is this, and nothing more ... a sexy 40-something Alaskan broad with little practical experience whose big tits and frequent winks give repressed conservative men raging boners. They don't give a "you betcha" what she says, or where she stands politically, so long as it's Reagan-War-Freedom-Badguys.

  • JSinAZ||

    Big tits? You must not look at tits much - those are not her primary attributes.

    On the other hand, if you want to be the parody of a lefty misogynist toad, you have just the right tone! More of that, and you make her a friggin saint, you moron!

  • Urkobold™||

    FOOL! PALIN HIDES HER BIG TITS EXCEPT WHEN VISITING HER CLOSE, CLOSE FRIENDS.

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    THANK YOU!

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    That is EPIC

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    Whoa! I stand corrected! Those are some big pixels.

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  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    Nice photoshop Urkobold! I have seen another photoshoped picture of Obama getting pounded in the ass by Osama. Maybe you could paste that one on here too.

  • Equal Slime||

    How come we never get to see Nancy Pelosi's sweet knockers?

  • ||

    It sounds like you're the one with the obsession. Not satisified with your Sarah Palin blow-up doll?

  • Bruce Majors||

    I'm gay and an anarchist and I like her bozo. Partly because she is so obviously a much more decent human being than most of the cogs and flaks of the tax predator ruling class, and partly because she makes dolts like you (and your Fuhrers and their flaks) say swill like that.

  • ||

    Damn Bruce, if I were gay I would ask you to marry me!

  • Bruce Majors||

    While I am for gay marriage, and once had a joint checking account and a hyphenated last name with another libertarian guy, I am not sure I am the marrying or co-habiting kind.

    But John, I can think of things that require less commitment. :)

  • ||

    If it weren't for the free market lip service and the war mongering, I'd vote for her... mostly because she's a MILF/GILF. But I'm shallow like that.

  • Paul Krugman||

    Yeah that free market stuff really sucks, we need experts to run the economy.

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    Yes Paul, experts from Academia and the MSM. Those guys talk a hell of a mean talk!

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  • ||

    Oh, what garbage. Palin was actually a pretty good Governor up in AK and submitted budgets in Alaska that left the state in surplus. Too bad Nick didn't look into that when he wrote his piece.

    Still, for American men grown bored with the Hollow Man, it's all about the boobs.

    You think Sullivan knows this? Hmmmmmm. Oedipus Rex much?

  • Suki||

    But she only speaks English!

  • Zenmaster||

    Does she even speak that?

  • JSinAZ||

    Yes, how do those people live with themselves, when they sound so fucking stupid? Oh wait, I was talking about New York. Sorry.

  • Michael||

    Point to the place on the doll where the big cities touched you.

  • ||

    Honestly, how can you NOT leave Alaska with a budget surplus? Everything in the state is paid for by the federal government, plus they get to keep shit-ton loads of money from oil reserves.

  • ||

    If you hadn't pointed this out, I would have.

  • SIV||

    If the Federal government wasn't hogging up nearly all of the available land Alaska could pay for that stuff themselves.

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    It's true, and well before the time of Alaskan statehood it was all the rage for governments (state and federal to keep mineral rights even to land they let us "own".
    Up here there are government employees and those that shine their shoes.

  • ||

    Does it matter why they get $5 for every $1 they contribute in federal taxes?

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    Yes Alaskan's just love how the federal govenment has locked up most economic opportunities, and funneled any remaining natural resources to outside companies like Washington based Trident seafoods. Just because the money is technically spent in Alaska doesn't mean that it is actually going to Alaskans, or helping anyone.

    Colonialism is expensive.

    After living in Alaska for 35 years, I have yet to see any federal expenditure that has brought Alaskans any benefit. We just want to be left alone.

  • ||

    This is where Palin really fell down on the job. It *should* be fairly difficult *not* to have a budget surplus, but you most politicians seem fairly adept at finding ways.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Governments expand to consume all available revenue and then borrow against their slave master titles to unborn tax serfs. And then threaten to cut "essential" services, rather than bureaucracy, if their profits are threatened by the electorate.

    So balancing any government budget is an achievement in over-coming the inherent nature and incentive structure of governments.

    If you do not understand this, all of your "thoughts" about politics are delusional.

  • RCTL||

    Section 9, the only sensible comment with your correct analysis of the Palin story. Shhh! They will catch on you are female ;-)

  • ||

    High-profile conservatives such as David Brooks, Peggy Noonan, and Kathleen Parker

    This is weak, Nick. It actually retards (can we say that now?)the rest of your argument. It is like saying the "high-profile actors Danny Bonaduchi and Gary Coleman". They are only technically actors, just like those you list are only technically conservatives. They are well known, but more for the stupid things that they do and say than their acting, or conservatism.

  • zoltan||

    How's about George Will?

  • RichN||

    A Christopher Buckley wannabe.

    Palin easily fits into that "first 500 names in the phone book" profile espoused by the late great William F. Buckley.

  • TP||

    Off topic:

    I got banned from The Daily Beast for calling this guy a "fucking asshole".

    Farleftfister, You sound very tough. I had a great 8 years before Obama took over. I made tons of money just over $2.5 million. So I can't complain about anything really. However, I don't credit GW with my good fortune but I thank him for the tax cuts. My family enjoyed more income which we in turn spent. That created jobs which benefited others. I also gave to charity which I am no longer doing since Obama and his friends are about to raise my taxes. I estimate that getting rid of the Bush tax cuts will cost me at least an additional $30, 000 a year in FED taxes alone probably more with bonus income. So instead of buying all sorts of extra stuff or giving to charity I'll be giving more to government for programs I don't support. I'll be voting GOP because the Dems "progressive tax rates" are out of hand. Why should I pay so much while people making $50k don't pay much at all if anything. What ever happened to paying your fair share?
  • You the asshole MoFo||

    What do you object to in his comment?
    That he is voting GOP for lower taxes?

  • Zenmaster||

    I don't get it. What's the punchline?

  • DJF||

    “””Whatever mojo such rhetorical posturing once had, Americans have heard it all before, most recently during the administration of George W. Bush, who with the able assistance of a Republican majority managed to double overall federal spending in real dollars over the course of eight years.””

    Republicans had majority in the Senate for four years, with the Democrats having two years and a mostly Democrat majority in 2001-2003 because of Jeffords but then switched back because of Talent

  • ||

    So what's wrong with the Occam's butterknife answer of "class hatred" as an explanation for both the love and the hate. "Finally someone to fight the ivy league oligarchy" vs. "How can they let a filthy prole near the sacred levers of power?"

  • Brett L||

    Of course. 'That uppity chillbilly doesn't recognize her betters' is the tone that the gatekeepers have to take. Let that U of Idaho chick in and next thing you know, someone without a college degree is going to be running for office. And we all know that only stupid people don't have degrees.

  • MNGPhD||

    Anyone without a terminal degree is clearly inferior.BAs and MAs are defacto developmentally disabled.

  • karga||

    As an outsider I cannot believe that so many liberal and Democrat Americans see something wrong with everything Palin does, writes and says. Obviously these "so many" have no other outlet for their frustrations other than the bashing of Palin. It must be really frustrating for them to daily go through all the blogs and media to find something on Palin so that can reach their nirvana. I have read her book and yes as the writer claims she does settle some accounts, but anyone else would have really packed her bags and retired in her little city and leave the job to enlighten the Americans to somebody else. Clearly she has something better: she is a fighter.

  • ||

    It's simple.

    Politics, has become a player haters game. So as soon as a new player comes out, the opposition team has to promote the hate.

    Both teams play that way.

  • ||

    Palin's not much of a libertarian, from what I can see, so I'm not really interested in her running for president. That said, I think the scorn and ridicule is a bit much. Think she'd be any worse in office than someone more polished?

  • Suki||

    Thank GAWD she didn't win so we don't have an embarrassment as Vice President.

  • dmft||

    +1 Suki

  • ||

    I grow entirely too subtle in my postings. I was taking a shot at the POTUS and the VPOTUS with that one. As well as the previous POTUS, though "polished" is, perhaps, the wrong word.

  • Suki||

    I was following along with you.

    Did you know Palin doesn't even speak French?

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    Did you know Palin doesn't even speak French?


    See doesn't even look French (as Urkobold pointed out above).

  • .||

    Did you know that Obama doesn't speak "Austrian"? ;-)

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    +1

  • ||

    At the risk of being criticized as a Sarah Palin apologist, she couldn't possibly be more of an embarrassment than "Don't Mess With Joe" Biden.

  • Tony||

    Think she'd be any worse in office than someone more polished?

    YES! Jesus Christ people she's amply demonstrated that she's possessed of extreme ignorance matched with a large amount of arrogance. Scorn and ridicule? She still says the president pals around with terrorists. She's a talking points spouting neocon puppet more loyal to the cause than G.W.Bush, if only because he's her intellectual superior.

    This is the problem with being an antigovernment nihilist, you think all politicians are roughly equally bad, so any moron will do. Nobody here is the least bit frightened by the prospect of this person being anywhere near the oval office?

    And you're right, nothing about her is libertarian, from the pork she solicited to her social conservatism, so the pathetic defenses of this corrupt, incompetent quitter on this site is really quite stunning. That (R) next to her name really goes a long way here, I guess.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    ... frightened by the prospect of this person


    I'm so tired of "being frightened by the prospect of" the Dems controlling congress, the Repubs controlling congress, Senator Col. Oliver North, Newt being speaker, Nancy being speaker, John Conyers being a committee chairman, women having to undergo backroom abortions, a Muslim being President, etc.

    My fear keg is getting tapped out.

  • Michael||

    This is the problem with being an antigovernment nihilist...

    Absolutely fucking superb. I guess there's no point in having any more debate then - right, boy genius?

  • Almanian||

    So - she's like a Republican Joe Biden. Got it - thanks, Choad...er, Tony!

  • Tony||

    Only much, much dumber.

  • ||

    It is not a defense of Palin to note that it's not possible to be dumber than Biden.

  • ||

    Like I said, no love for Palin here. I just don't get the hate. The president is showing perhaps less aptitude for office than she has, which is really saying something.

    Not that anyone with their levels of experience and their statist viewpoints (perhaps with her being less globally statist, though I'm not sure about that) should be in high office.

  • .||

    ...you think all politicians are roughly equally bad, so any moron will do.

    Well any other than the one who presently occupies the office.

  • .||

    ...so the pathetic defenses of this corrupt, incompetent quitter...

    That someone who is an avowed supporter of Obama can even use the word corrupt in relation to someone else demonstrates the wonders of psychological compartmentalization

  • Tony||

    How is Obama more corrupt by comparison?

    Lemme guess, it has something to do with "Chicago politics."

  • ||

    Shut the hell up Tony, you leftist POS.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Tony does seem to be amazingly clueless about his own retardation.

    Let's hope he doesn't inflict those gimpy chromosomes on any kids.

  • ||

    Is Hilary more polished? What languages does she speak? Hilary's great at wonk-speak, but otherwise, what's the point? People don't like her.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    And as we all know, likeability is the most important characteristic for a politician to have. Gotta have the "I'd like to have beer with him" factor.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Actually people do seem to elect Presidential families they lust after if not like.

    I remember being shocked when I had dinner, as Clinton was being elected, with a neo-conservative/Straussian academic couple with whom I had studied as an undergraduate, the wife of whom opined that she thought a President should have sex appeal, like JFK, and that she was glad Clinton had some. I laughed and mentioned the Monroe problem and said I wasn't sure sex appeal was desirable in a President. This was before Ms. Lewinsky and her cigars had, as it were, come to light.

    But even then I was surrounded by DC Demwits, including lesbian feminist friends, who said how great it was that Hillary was replacing Barbara Bush, because "finally we have a First Lady you'd want to f*ck."

    My how times have changed. Scott Brown, the Palins, the Romneys, Michelle Bachman, Marsha Blackburn, even Rand Paul (not to mention John Thune, Jeff Flake, and Paul Ryan), all very f*ckable, chaque a son gout. And among the Obama party? Walking cadaver Reid, bobblehead Pelosi, rabbit toothed Michelle, pie cow McCaskill, lard assed Grayson, fugly fatty Barney, banshee Debbie Wassershit, horrific Chuckie Schumer, smug dykey Boxer, fat closeted dykey Mikulski, etc etc. Even golden boy Van Holland is getting jowly. I suppose Tammy Baldwin is kind of pretty. But no where near as sizzling as Sarah (or Todd Palin) or Scott Brown.

  • ||

    Yet as Nick Gillespie writes in our March issue, the volumes, alone or together, still don’t give a clear picture of either the woman herself or what it is about her that drives her fans and critics alike to the edge of insanity.

    yawn

    poot

  • Bruce Majors||

    I am reading this in part because I was distracted and never finished "Going Rogue" and in part because of course Mr. Gillespie is so brilliant and dashing.

    But just in reading the first page (and I will post again after reading the rest), I have three questions about this review.

    First, Palin has said many times EXACTLY why she resigned as Governor, because her staff and her State were using 80% of their time and millions of taxpayer dollars to defend her against
    frivolous ethics lawsuits. Roger Simon at Politico.com grasped this explanation, as did, I think I recall, a fellow non-Republican at The Daily Beast. So it does seem like a Reason editor (and even the flaks in the Leftover media) shold be able to either understand what she said, or reply directly to her argument. You haven't done that here. Why?

    Secondly, the Leftover media tells us all the time, somewhere in the midst of calling her a racist and fantasizing about raping her and her pre-teen daughter, that she is both ignorant and not very bright. I would be willing to believe she is not as well read as President Obama, Lawrence Summers et al. But how is their familiarity with the ouvres of Keynes and Paul Krugman helping us? And why should I believe the Leftover media's assessment of Palin's acumen and acuity when they are so obviously themselves incompetents, who miss every story from Scott Brown to the mortgage crisis until it is upon them, as well as being lying whores for the State?

    Third, you tell me she is hypersensitive and cannot take criticism. Obama much? Is she more sensitive, reactive, defensive (or dishonest and inexperienced) than Obama? Are her transcripts hidden? Can she pronounce "corpsmen," "island," and "sword"? Can she deliver remarks from memory (or at least with only as many words as one can write in one's palm)? Should we have Palin and Obama face off in a televised national spelling bee?

  • Charles||

    why do people assume that every criticism of Party A is automatically a defense of Party B? It's worse than college football fans.

  • Bruce Majors||

    If you are replying to me I don't; and I in particular didn't think Mr. Gillespie was defending the Obama regime or the Demwit party.

  • ||

    "So it does seem like a Reason editor (and even the flaks in the Leftover media) shold be able to either understand what she said, or reply directly to her argument. You haven't done that here. Why?"

    Because they don't want to. It would diminish their SmugJoy.

  • Slap the Enlightened!||

    Because they don't want to. It would diminish their SmugJoy.

    Indeed. Is it just me, or does anyone else notice that libertarians are, more and more, sounding like just another variety of needs-a-face-full-of-fist liberals?

  • SIV||

    That's just Reason-type libertarians.The ones who celebrate atheism, gay marriage and marijuana tax revenue as libertarian issues

  • Bruce Majors||

    Ir is sadly, a problem for many libertarians, the sucking up to so-called "liberals." Although I think it may br truest for white heterosexual libertarians (both male and female) which is who works at Reason.

    Some queer libertarians and some libertarians of color, myself included (the former -- I am pink and pink), seem more secure in our ability to tell pro-regressives to eat sh*t and die without worrying that we are then just "angry white men." Once again, Camille Paglia was right. I wish Reason would steal her from Salon, even as a ghost writer, while she is on hiatus from them. Or let me ghost write and start a rumor it is her, knocking off minor pieces not up to her usual product, because she is busy on her forthcoming book.

  • Tony||

    Once again, Camille Paglia was right.

    Funniest line of the day!

  • Bruce Majors||

    Camille Paglia has a higher "rightness" quotient than most writers. You just have to slow the tape way way down when you play it to hear what she is saying.

    She is the matter to which Andrew Sullivan is the anti-matter in the queer politically incorrect universe.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    Palin has said many times EXACTLY why she resigned as Governor, because her staff and her State were using 80% of their time and millions of taxpayer dollars to defend her against frivolous ethics lawsuits.


    Amen, Brotha! The thuggish abuse of ethics procedures by the left is one of its most repulsive characteristics. Anyone who has watched what happens on a University campus when the leftist orthodoxy is challenged or remembers what was done to Newt Gingrich knows what I mean. And, whereas insiders like the Clintons and Gingrich have friends to help them with their legal bills, Palin and her family were going to be financially wrecked by the onslaught of accusations.

    Her resignation may indeed damage her political ambitions, but it was unquestionably the right thing for her to do.

  • ||

    """or remembers what was done to Newt Gingrich knows what I mean. ""

    Gingrich did it to himself. If he wasn't jumping up and down about how wrong adultry was to make Clinton look bad, he probably could have stayed in office.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Adultery! How can you do it if you cannot even spell it.

    Now pronounce "sword" and "island."

  • ||

    Yeah...and ask the poster to pronounce "corpsman" too!! :)

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    What planet are you from? Gingrich was frivolously harassed about alleged GOPAC violations. Adultery wasn't even mentioned.

  • MJ||

    TrickyVic, what universe did that happen in?

    Gingrich was attacked on ethics charges (over a series of lectures he gave)from before he became Speaker, and during the Lewinsky mess, Gingrich was strangely uninvolved, until his we knew about his personal situation.

  • RCTL||

    Bruce Majors, the left wants their type of female as POTUS and the right just doesn't want a vagina outside the WH kitchen. I can think of no other reason

  • zoltan||

    I think you mean "the left wants their type of female as POTUS and the right wants their type of female as POTUS" which is, respectively, an ugly chick who sounds smart and an ugly chick who sounds dumb, both of which are pretty dumb.

  • RCTL||

    zoltan, I meant the right doesn't want a vagina in the oval office. Does that make it clear to you?

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    I believe the right is open to having a female as POTUS.

    It is usually the liberals who claim this about the right, so I think we can disregard this.

  • RCTL||

    Jimmy, the right can barely get over the fact that we have a black POTUS. A woman in the WH would certify them.

  • ||

    RCTL, you are a fool.

    I'm conservitive and I have no problem with a black in the White House. I do have aproblem with a Marxist in the White House.

  • RCTL||

    Congrats on being the exception that proves the rule but I couldn't help notice you said nothing about a woman in the WH. I guess you enlightened conservatives have to draw the line somewhere!

  • ||

    JohnD

    You are a fool to post. RCTL obviously has insight into the thoughts, intentions and desires of all conservatives/libertarians everywhere. We cannot deceive his omniscience.

    Only RCTL and like minded people have the depth, the "nuance" to be able to stereotype you as a stereotyper.

  • RCTL||

    The little conservatives doth protest too much, methinks.

  • Bruce Majors||

    No RCTL you are just a fucking moron and loser. You've been one your whole life and everyone you have ever met has told you so, but like a gimp on American Idol you remain sure it isn't true.

  • Bruce Majors||

    You heterosexuals are so hard to fathom. So fascinating to watch your mating rituals, for example at Reason magazine happy hours.

  • *^*||

    Anyone who is a fan of Adam Sandler shouldn't make comments about other people being hard to fathom.

  • Bruce Majors||

    I don't remember his name coming up or see how his ouvre is relevant, but should I just assume you are another termite who imagines that you are in some way superior to Sandler, Palin, Rand, etc? That's ok -- I know these "thoughts" keep the cot in mommy's basement warm.

  • .||

    Can she pronounce "corpsmen," "island," and "sword"?

    I must have missed that one. How does the boy wonder pronounce them then?

  • ||

    I'll take S words for 100.

  • ||

    Palin has said many times EXACTLY why she resigned as Governor, because her staff and her State were using 80% of their time and millions of taxpayer dollars to defend her against
    frivolous ethics lawsuits.

    Perhaps Gillespie doesn't find that excuse plausible. I mean, we don't accept everything out of Obama's mouth as the pure unvarnished sincere truth, so why should we accept everything Palin says?

  • ||

    Because the politician you believe in is the only one telling the truth.

  • Bruce Majors||

    That would be fine if Mr. Gillespie, or the Leftover flaks on the Sunday roundup of media whores, or the insects who spam in Daily Kos, OpenSalon, HuffPo, yahoogroups, Buzzflash, Alternet, ad toiletem, actually articulated counter-arguments or dissected Palin's argument that resignation was her best choice given the problems the ethics suits were creating for her and her state.

    But they don't do that; they evade her statements and call her a "quitter" or even say she did not explain her baffling decision.

    That doesn't surprose me since they are all, excepting Mr. Gillespie, rather obvious idiots and liars when not whores.

  • ||

    Tulpa, Bruse is largely correct. My parents know one of the individuals who filed 6 of the 50 frivilous ethics complaints. (No serious voliation was ever substantiated.) Filing a complaint costs nothing. Each complaint was costing Palin $5-10K to get dismissed. Palin had to pay legal fees personally out of pocket, and was forbidden by law from accepting donations for a legal defense fund or any work related to her job as gov. (No book deals.)

    If Palin had stayed in office for the rest of her term she would be over $1m in debt.

  • gillicuty||

    Bruce Majors
    "Third, you tell me she is hypersensitive and cannot take criticism. Obama much? Is she more sensitive, reactive, defensive (or dishonest and inexperienced) than Obama?"

    This was a quote from one of the books.

  • ||

    """First, Palin has said many times EXACTLY why she resigned as Governor, because her staff and her State were using 80% of their time and millions of taxpayer dollars to defend her against
    frivolous ethics lawsuits. ""

    Not like this would have ever been a problem
    http://www.ktva.com/ci_14341228?source=rss_viewed

  • Bruce Majors||

    Wow. A First Spouse gave advice, read documents, took on projects.

    Outrageous. Never happened before. Call out the firing squad/

    Though I'd be more than willing to mete out punishment, if he weren't married.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    From CBS. Who works for CBS? Who is that perky one? The same perky one that Palin hissed and clawed at in her book. Blood feud, baby!

  • ||

    What if Palin decided to team up with Ron Paul in 2012?

    I would think that nearly ALL republicans would agree with RP's domestic agenda, the only real disagreements are because so many on the right are so pro-war.

    Hell, they all admit that RP is being proven correct every day that goes buy on nearly everything he has been saying.

    Palin / Paul 2012 !? I could go for that.

    The other reason to do it, is just to watch the liberals heads explode when the republicans vote in the FIRST WOMAN president and the first native american 'dude'.

  • Mad Max||

    Ron Paul is an American Indian?

  • brotherben||

    Ron Paul is an American Indian?

    Duh. He owns several 7-11s.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    watch the liberals heads explode when the republicans vote in the FIRST WOMAN president


    Palin isn't really a woman to the left because she doesn't support their orthodoxy. The Bushes never seemed to realize that all their quota pandering never earned them any cred with the people their were trying to impress.

  • Almanian||

    I'm a native American - I was born here

  • gillicuty||

    You must not have been hearing the screeching about her endorsement of Rand.

    Palin/Paul? Never going to happen with the fake conservatives.

  • otherhmm||

    This is the worst idea ever. Ron Paul is not compatible with Palin, and Ron Paul's supporters are not compatible with Palindrones.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Of course you can mix and match any Demwits because they are all just devoted to looting. They just identify with different special interest groups and subpopulations they use as window dressing while they loot for themselves, Soros, Wall Street, China, and government union officials.

  • ||

    Palin reminds me of several PTA presidents I have known, well meaning but not up to national standards. She should stick around as a punching bag for the left wing elites, then be replaced with a more viable candidate during the primaries. All the venom will have been directed at Palin, and the left will have less time to slander the real candidate.

  • Almanian||

    Excellent points, and I think this is exactly what will happen. I can't see her actually making it onto a ticket in '12. She'll be pontificating on the convention from the Fox booth.

  • Brett L||

    Do we call this the Hillary strategy?

  • ||

    Query: Just what are "national standards?"

    Do you mean that she can't hold her own with inarticulates like Reagan, Bush and Obama?

  • Bruce Majors||

    Punching bag for the Leftovers?? She makes those boys soil their pants and get off message just by writing FaceBook Notes.

  • Mike Laursen||

    Basta, Gillespie! Basta! Basta!

  • Amy Anonymity||

    Dude, all I can say is, the day that bimbo becomes president, will be the day I leave the country and never look back!

    Amy
    www.private-surfing.be.tc

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    Do bots have to buy passenger tickets or can they be shipped freight?

  • Almanian||

    I think they travel through the ethernets to their new homes

  • ||

    Babs is that you?

    I think we should elect Palin if only to save France from being over run by Muslims.

  • Bruce Majors||

    But you girls promised that when Bush was running against FrankenKerry, and yet your hairy legs and flabby asses are still here.

    Tease!

  • TheOtherSomeGuy||

    You have to keep in mind, as you write this, Mr. Gillespie, that while you think you're standing apart from the red-blue political battle, you're really not.

    You, like me, seem to find something in Sarah Palin that you don't like. I'll admit it, I think that if Sarah Palin was elected to the Presidency, it would be a horrible thing for the country. But we have to keep in mind that this impression colors our perception of her, her actions, her words, etc.

    Even if we claim to be "above the fray", we're still operating from a paradigm of dislike.

  • zoltan||

    So we can't dislike politicians we talk about? I talk shit about Obama all the time and I'm operating from a "paradigm of dislike".

  • VikingMoose||

    the lady is an idiot and a buffoon.

    RP is not right. only about iraq.
    mein gott. the world is fucking insane.

  • Zenmaster||

    Possibly a retard as well!

  • RichN||

    A Fucking retard with a capital F as in Frum.

  • Pink Cosmotarian||

    "Raaaaacist!!"

  • highnumber||

    Retire this already. It was never clever.

  • ||

    Says a poster to a known racist site: "'Hey Urkobolds, how about keeping your schtick [sic] confined to your own unfunny, racist [!?] website and keep it off of here. Thank you.' - Edward"

  • ||

    Of course, since I, too, post to that site. . .wait a second!

  • Bruce Majors||

    Projection.

  • ||

    It's not that hard to see why she gets so much attention, she's the Goldstein. The anchor for both our oligarchic parties has become the designated Goldstein. Sticking to principles and dogmas doesn't work for the big tent parties that are always trying to squeeze in a couple more of those precious moderates. So to hold on to thier base they name a Goldstein to hate while they go wishy-washy for the center. Palin is the left's Goldstein and that it's based on elitism and bigotry shouldn't suprise anyone. The right likes to use it's populist reverse-snobbery and bigotry for it's designated Goldstein, Obama.

  • Almanian||

    That's straight up racist anti-semitic

  • ||

    Failing to capitalize "Semitic" is also anti-Semitic.

  • ¢||

    I would be willing to believe she is not as well read as President Obama

    I wouldn't.

    Obama mimics a couple tics of the well-read just well enough to get over on other mimics (and idiots). Palin's never had any reason to do that, so she doesn't. That's never been her audience.

    She does seem able to find out stuff. Her rhetoric has expanded in the last couple years; there are more and different examples and deductions in it than there were when she was only talking to Alaska. Obama can't do that, or won't. When a situation doesn't fit any of his programmed modules, he just goes vague.

    Maybe it's his speech writers who can't learn and adapt. They are a bunch of asshole kids. However, if Obama knows things they don't, he hides it perfectly. As perfectly as if he didn't know anything at all.

    The two are of probably equally above-average intelligence (not much above average), and neither of them is well-read. Obama does manage, with a lot of press help, to pass his blurb-glance knowledge of the world as worldliness. That's a smartly used talent.

    For getting help.

  • Zenmaster||

    Obama resigns the presidency to write his book, "Going Vague!"

  • Almanian||

    +1

  • Bruce Majors||

    +2

  • Tony||

    You don't get to be editor of the Harvard Law Review unless you're well read. You don't get through law school anywhere without doing a lot more reading than Sarah Palin will ever do. She couldn't even name a newspaper she reads.

  • ||

    That's not necessarily true. It takes more to be well-read than just doing a lot of reading -- the reading you do has to cover a broad array of subjects and viewpoints. Heck, you can get a PhD in nuclear physics without being well-read.

  • ||

    Well, he's certainly read more cases than Palin. Let's get something straight: The era of the scholarly attorney is mostly dead. I knew remarkably few people in my class that read much outside of cases or legal works. Not that some of them weren't well-read from their prior lives, but not during law school. I caught heck a few times for reading a novel or some sort of science book. A good friend of mine who went to Yale related a similar experience.

  • ||

    Let me confirm from first-hand observation that it is impossible to graduate with honors from Harvard Law, much less be on the Review, without devoting yourself almost exclusively to reading the law.

  • Tony||

    Obviously, but there's no reason to believe Obama isn't well-rounded. Smart people tend to read a lot. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, can't even name a fucking newspaper.

  • RCTL||

    Tony, I don't think you are right on this one. I know a lot of creative and brilliant people who could not carry on a conversation with a child. The good news is you're damn right on everything else.

  • KKKool||

    You don't get to be editor of the Harvard Law Review unless you're well read.

    Unless you are black.

  • RichN||

    Not just Black but you have to have the power of the "magic negro" where you can relieve White guilt and only speak the native language when you want to.

  • Bruce Majors||

    I think between the sealed and hidden transcripts, the inability to memorize a speech, the inability to pronounce words, the inability to draw an analogy between medicine and the Postal Service without it blowing up in his face, and the nonexistence of any publications academic or otherwise, it is pretty obvious that Barack Obama was a socially promoted (whether by affirmative action or more informal "he's our kinda guy" politically standards), mediocre, B- student. And as he continues to flail I am thinking maybe that should be revised to C+.

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    he got to be editor of the Harvard Law Review because of his race. It is an appointed position. Can't you hear it now, "he will be the first African-American to be editor of the Harvard Law Review, which will be one up for us!"

  • Mad Max||

    'Myth Alaska'

    She should endorse some kind of marijuana-law reform (or get busted for pot), just so we can get a Reason headline of 'Baked Alaska.'

  • zoltan||

    She did authorize the use of medical marijuana.

  • ||

    She also smoked it a bit back when it was legal in AK.

  • ||

    I just don't get the Palin hate (just as I did not get the Bush or Clinton hate). She is charismatic, a good speaker, and with an interesting life story, but as we see from Obama that is not necessarily enough.

    One key advantage she has is real world private sector experience, plus executive experience in political office.

    The big negative for me is that she quit as governor: I understand why she resigned, and she was subject to a level of media hostility I don't think I've ever seen in 35 years of following politics, but it still makes me question her toughness. I would have rather her said FU, I'm sticking it out for another 18 months. Would Reagan have resigned in similar circumstances?

    It does amuse me to see the criticism levelled at her for having written notes on her hand for a speech, when the POTUS needs the TOTUS to say good morning.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    The fact that she came from a modest background and that she and her husband struggled to make it economically before she got all politiciany is a huge plus. I'm sure she has thoroughly internalized what it means to make a small business work. She's the real deal on that point.

  • highnumber||

    Hello, American voter!

  • Tony||

    Obama didn't need a teleprompter when he completely demolished the House republicans in their recent exchange.

    This rightwing bullshit about Obama being an idiot is some major projection or something. I mean team R gives us near illiterates as national candidates. Give me a break with this teleprompter crap.

  • .||

    Who typed that for you,Tony?

  • ||

    My wife, who isn't a true libertarian (or a true Scotsman), and is fairly uninterested in politics thought that exchange was total bullshit. Yes, Obama is that transparent when he tries to set up a conflict ("See, I'm being reasonable--it's all them.")

    I guess that's what he meant when he said his administration would be "transparent."

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    Tony - "Obama didn't need a teleprompter when he completely demolished the House republicans in their recent exchange"

    That's an interesting take on the exchange Tony, but here is someone else's take on the same exchange.

    "Unlike the jock-sniffers (at MSNBC), normal people watching the president's tete-a-tete with the Republicans only wondered why Obama always responds to imaginary arguments no one made, rather than the questions actually being asked.

    That is Obama's signature move: Invent "people" who are "saying" ridiculous things and then encourage the audience to laugh at these made-up buffoons.

    Since Obama's reformulations of Republican arguments are always absurd, no further response from him is necessary -- and none is ever forthcoming. "

  • The Attribution Police Commish||

    Who is this "someone else"?

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    Sorry, that was from Ann Coulter.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Tony you'd have to be smart to be able to distinguish idiots from non-idiots.

    Are you hoping Obamacare will fund free brain transplants for the needy?

  • zoltan||

    A lot of people don't think she's charismatic. That's kind of the point. Her manner is condescending (yes, so is Obama's, I remember I have to talk about a blue every time I talk about a red) and unintelligent.

    I'll take Paul and his "uncharismatic" intelligence any day.

  • Bruce Majors||

    We need a drill for some of the obtuseness here. Maybe Obamacare will fund that?

    She didn't resign because she was "hurt" by the Leftover's sliming of her; she resigned because it was costing the State of Alaska millions of dollars and using up all the staff time of the governor's office.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    All the Palin love on this board is a complete mystery to me, too.

  • Zenmaster||

    Agreeing with SOME of her ideas and recognizing her ability to motivate the sheeple is NOT equal to love.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    I can say the same about Obama. I could also go Godwin.

  • Zenmaster||

    But this thread is not about Obama.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    All threads are about Obama. I think it's a Zen thing.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    Obama was mentioned 17 times in this thread before my post. Just sayin',

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    All presidents tend to get mentioned a lot.

  • Bruce Majors||

    When you defend an innocent person against moron serial rapists who are just the slack-jawed hicks from "Deliverance" transplanted to urban media offices, you don't have to love the innocent.

    It's just common human decency.

    Palin is a great lode stone for showing who has none.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    But I do agree that having her as POTUS would be a hoot. I mean, if we're going to hell anyway...

  • smartass sob||

    Having Palin as the first woman President of the US would be worth it if for no other reason than the look it would produce on Hillary Clinton's face and the strangling sound in her throat.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Very true. Maybe she'd give up on her ambition to rule, divorce Billy bob, come out if that is in the cards, and run a goat farm in Vermont and throw pots.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Page 2 left me with some further questions.

    You repeat the claim that the resignation was "surprising," even though it seems to me that her detailed explanation, ignored by you, has satisfied a wide variety of people, from me to Politico's Roger Simon.

    You finally rightly note that her deficiencies are matched by the many deficiencies of Obama and his administration. But there isn't an academic equivalence here or any other kind of equivalence. Obama went to Columbia and Harvard and cannot speak or read French or any other language, and he lived in Indonesia; Palin went to several middling state universities. Though many people learn to speak a romance language in high school or community college, Obama's failure to do so at schools that once required it for graduation is much more ridiculous.

    Finally you observe that Palin's small government rhetoric is better than her body of work. (People have made this claim about Ron Paul too; it might be an inevitable criticism of any anti-statist who gets elected.) But you come close, perhaps for space reasons, to conflating different notions about this.

    First is just that her rhetoric outstrips her actual anti-statist vision. A problem common to all but we avatars of pure principle. Tempting as it might be on a snowy day to cuddle in front of a fire with another anarcho-capitalist, contemplating the Rothbardian Eide and cursing lesser beings, I think education and outreach might be wiser.

    The second notion is the common charge of the Leftovers that Palin is in her heart of hearts a book burning, Bible thumping, woman enslaving, gay bashing fascist -- a charge made against various and sundry in the Tedium Tatters pro-regressive universe to manipulate Americans into believing they must silently accept David Brock et al's Hillary-Obama fascism because there is not an anti-fascist alternative, as Palin etc are all fascists too. Whatever Palin believes about gay marriage or library books it does seem that these conservative social issues were not priorities in her legislative agenda as governor. Alaska seems to have gay sex and a thousand marijuana plants blooming after her reign.

    Third you try to equate DC and Alaska as equally statist (and by imputation, the politicians of both jurisdictions) because they both receive the same amount of federal tax loot per capita. Leaving aside the question of the difference in how much tax loot is extracted by the federal overseers from each area (and whether "taxes" withheld from the paychecks of government employees and lobbyists etc in DC even count as "taxation" in the same sense as taxes on private sector workers), how was Palin as Governor responsible for what the federal government spends or taxes in Alaska?

  • Comrade Zero||

    "how was Palin as Governor responsible for what the federal government spends or taxes in Alaska?"

    That right there shows just how little her "experience" is worth. If her state was essentially run by loot-grubbing federal overseers, then what was she doing as Governor?

    Part of the draw for Palin is simply based on the class envy that's driven our politics for the past 50 years. Another part of this is that she does have nice tits. Deal with it.

  • ||

    What about her legs?

  • Comrade Zero||

    Those are nice too, but you can't see them when she's standing at a lectern.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Deal with your being a Zero?

    As a nullity no one needs to attend to your idiotic gibberish.

  • Almanian||

    I recommend Anon Bot's style manual.

  • Comrade Zero||

    lol For better or worse I have my own style.

  • smartass sob||

    (and whether "taxes" withheld from the paychecks of government employees and lobbyists etc in DC even count as "taxation" in the same sense as taxes on private sector workers),

    Excellent point.

  • Comrade Zero||

    That is the perfect metaphor for Big Government, though.

  • Citizen Nothing||

    I think Bruce Majors should get his own blog.

  • Bruce Majors||

    So you could read more or so I wouldn't be vandalizing here?

    http://www.facebook.com/majors.bruce?ref=profile

  • Bruce Majors||

    OK. I am starting one:

    http://teapartiers.blogspot.com/

  • Citizen Nothing||

    And why hasn't John shown up yet to defend his dream babe?

  • Citizen Nothing||

    What with the anti-intellectualism of the right, and the authority-worship of the left, it's a wonder this country isn't all screwed up.
    Oh, wait.

  • Bruce Majors||

    lol

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    +1

  • bob||

    Keep thinking she wants to give you your rights back retards.

  • Rahmbo||

    That's my line, thief.

    Oh wait - you're OK. My line is "fucking retards." As you were.

  • Bruce Majors||

    At least the Palins, Browns et al are f*ckable, unlike the flabby fugly retards of the Demwit party.

  • smartass sob||

    Nobody in government wants to give anyone their rights back. About the best one can hope for is someone who doesn't want to remove even more of them.

  • Comrade Zero||

    She wants to give back all the rights taken away by blacks, gay, feminists and other evil liberals.

    One question though: Has this "Hockey Mom" malarkey been played out yet? Or do people genuinely still believe that she has the time to raise a family and be a national political figure?

  • Bruce Majors||

    Wasn't Zero the name of one of the militaristic racist ape leaders in the "Planet of the Apes" series?

    Which blacks are you defending Zero? The ones you Demwits have herded into state skrewls for decades, leaving them illiterate and unemployable, being replaced by machines like the self-check out kiosks in grocery stores and drug stores in every US city? Just so you could sell them into slavery to get educrat union support for your fuhrers.

    It would be so sweet if Obama's depression deepened to the point that we had racially inflected food riots in cities and a lot of white "liberal" gasbags were ripped limb from limb for their crimes against humanity, individual rights, and African Americans.

  • Jimmy 'Crack' Corn||

    +2

  • ||

    Jeez Zero do you realize hockey is one of the toughest and definitely the stinkiest equipment locker sports of them all? Personally I think her hockey mom experience alone qualifies her for reforming the cesspool that is DC.

    We need somebody like Palin who can handle that gawd awful smell while scrubbing the equipment since its that stench that comes from DC politics which seems to chase the reformers away.

  • cognitive dissonance||

    I like her windfall profits tax, that could help the federal budget too!!

    Wolverines!!

  • ||

    Quayle and "W" in high heels.....next!

  • Ice||

    Obama supporters during 2008 election: If you don't support Barack Obama you're racist!

    Palin Supporters of today: If you criticize Palin your a Marxist, Obama supporting intellectual!

    Palin supporters are quickly turning into some of the crazed Obama supporters of the 08 election.

  • ||

    After wasting time that I'll never get back reading this thread, I came to the same conclusion. Good thing I hit refresh to see Ice's pithy observation.

  • ||

    I don't see any Palin supporters here saying that. They're noting that a lot of people who are known to be Obama-supporting intellectuals by independent evidence (such as, saying they support Obama, as David Brooks did) attack Palin.

  • ||

    Tulpa, sometimes I think you argue just for arguments sake, but that's fair, so do I.
    What my senses tell me is that the tenor of the motions put forth by both sides just adds up to more red/blue histrionics and political point scoring than anything else. It's like a race to the top of feigned outrage mountain.

    In my loserdoperian heart I know that Barack Obama and Sarah Palin have much more in common than would ever be admitted in polite, or impolite if you prefer, political circles. At the end of the day, the effect of either's position is a larger government with broader regulating and policing powers.

    So in conclusion fuck this thread I will not get trapped here endlessly debating these inconsequential points. Though Tulpa may goad me into being stuck here in the infinite Palin comments, trapped for eternity arguing the minutia of the left/right screamfest.

  • RCTL||

    A Groundhog Day thread. Capital 1, you will stay here till you learn the meaning of ...can't tell you

  • ||

    Yep, and all the bit players are here.

    The Reasonoid: She has nice tits and liberals hate her, Sarah's got my vote.

    Worldnetdaily #1(sincere):Sarah is a beatific angel of pure patriotism and American grit.

    Worlnetdaily #2(internet tough guy):I'd punch you losertopians in the mouth but I'd get aids, queers.

    House liberal: But.. But, Obama went to Harvard.

    Soon as John arrives we can begin act III " The Piling of the Comments."

  • Bruce Majors||

    Will Danny Elfman do the score?

  • Bruce Majors||

    "you're"

    Please pronounce "corpsmen," "sword," and "island."

    It's the new racist literacy test for bloggers that that funny looking 13 year old boy who comes on after Keith Odorman told you about.

  • ||

    What a bunch of children! "Nice tits?" "Anti-intellectualism of the right"? Your silly comments prove why "Losertarians" is what most call Libertarians. "All screwed up"? As opposed to where? We have our problems, as all non-libertarian fantasy lands do, but so far, libertarians have failed to capture enough of the U.S. populace's loyalty to do much with their "great" ideas. If you think being for gay rights and legalized marijuana makes the party better than the dems or republicans, party on, Wayne! But don't expect many votes, or even a seat at the discussion table.

  • Urkobold™||

    WHY DO YOU HATE TITS, JIM? WERE YOU DENIED SUCCOR AS A CHILD?

  • ||

    Tits killed my father. They literally suffocated him.

  • Urkobold™||

    ANOTHER SQUEEZEBOX SYNDROME VICTIM! DAMNED SHAME. DAMNED SHAME.

    DO YOU HAVE ANY PICTURES FOR THE URKOBOLD OF THE OFFENDING BOSOM?

  • Comrade Zero||

    How about this: Sarah Palin is a mediocre politician who was picked because of physical appearance and fit the mythic Main Street narrative the right wing clings to. And, yes, they do cling to it. She was Governor of a state controlled by the Federal Government (mostly the Pentagon) or big business interests (nothing too wrong with that, I'm just saying is all). This state has a civilian population which is comparable to a few large cities. If she were a he, "he" would have disappeared from the news by December 2008.

    The primary objection she voices about Obama is that he's "educated". It isn't that his policies are unconstitutional (although they are) but that they are the products of some mythic elite. That preys on the resentment and envy of the working classes and distracts attention from the rent-seekers that have stuck their claws in Congress, but it sounds good and makes the listener feel like a powerless victim. The left has used this for so long but still no one notices when it's used on them.

  • ||

    The primary objection she voices about Obama is that he's "educated".

    citation needed.

  • Comrade Zero||

    How many sneering references to Arugula, language skills and Harvard Law do you need?

  • Bruce Majors||

    He appears to be almost as dumb as you.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    Sarah Palin ... was picked because of physical appearance and fit the mythic Main Street narrative the right wing clings to.

    No. She was picked as VP candidate because she fit McCain's narrative of himself as someone willing to battle his own party to do what's right.

    This state has a civilian population which is comparable to a few large cities.

    Alaska is a weird State because of the Federal land ownership and the revenue sharing, but being a governor of any State is one of the best preparations for being Prez. Yes, Rudy supporters, being governor of Alaska is better prep than being mayor of NYC.

  • hmm||

    Great... a McCain supporter... I wonder why McCain lost?

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    Great... a McCain supporter... I wonder why McCain lost?

    I guess I'm busted! Scroll about 80% down this page to understand my view of McCain.

  • otherhmm||

    I see now. Also, I should probably stop using "hmm". I keep forgetting there is someone else who posts comments with that name here for a while before I ever did.

  • ||

    If she fit McCain's narrative, why did Palin have problems with her McCain handlers?

    """ but being a governor of any State is one of the best preparations for being Prez.""

    Really? That makes Bill Clinton one of the most prepared Presidents we've ever had.

    ""being governor of Alaska is better prep than being mayor of NYC.""

    They are both executive jobs. How is it that being an executive for a government of 650,000 is better prep than being an executive for 8 million?

    But with Palin, is 1/2 a term as governor greater prep than someone with a full term? She will be running against other governors in the primary.

    She will get her ass handed to her by other republicans in the run up to the primary. THEN, the dems will get their turn.

    If she doesn't want to put her family through some serious bullshit, she should stay at Fox news

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    If she fit McCain's narrative, why did Palin have problems with her McCain handlers

    Because she wasn't just a mechanical prop that could be ordered about like a robot. I don't think she had ever had a "handler" before. Actually, I think the bigger problem is that the media coverage started to be a lot more "Palin v. Obama" than "McCain v. Obama". I don't remember ever seeing a VP candidate overshadowing a Prez candidate like that before.

    How is it that being an executive for a government of 650,000 is better prep than being an executive for 8 million?

    Governors deal with natural resource development, deployment of military personnel, sometimes extradition issues, legislative branches, sometimes interstate commerce, sometimes border issues (both State and International), etc. The duties of a governor are of a fundamentally different nature than that of a mayor and much more like the duties of the Prez than a mayor's duties are.

    I was amused to see Rudy demonstrate how limited his view of American politics was when he was asked soon after gearing up his primary run to explain his support for gun control. His answer was something like 'People need to understand that I was the mayor of a city which had 2000 people shot by handguns a year.' There are so many red flags for 2nd Amendment supporters in that statement and Rudy was totally oblivious to how such a statement would be received, particularly by Repubican primary voters. New Yorkers pride themselves on being cosmopolitan and beyond parochialism. Ruby demonstrated just how unjustified that pride is.

    I have no idea if Palin will ever have a shot at the Presidency, but I find it interesting that you finished your post will a threat.

  • Sadistic Eristic||

    ^will^with

  • Bruce Majors||

    Are you fantasizing that she needs your advice?

    Your new book on upward mobility has some hints for her?

    I think your usual Demwit fantasy where you are potent and not a non-entity because you fuhrer is taking control and changing things is a tick less delusional.

  • zoltan||

    Like suspending his campaign so he could get some of that sweet taxpayer monies to failing car companies! Way to fight the Republicans, McCain!!!

  • Bruce Majors||

    Obama isn't educated; he's credentialed. He clearly has never read much of anything about economics, or anything critical of the received opinion fed to him by Leftover academics.

    And Palin doesn't criticize him or anyone for being either educated or credentialed. She criticizes them (1) for assuming central planning works and (2) for smugly and arrogantly assuming they are superior and should be central planners.

  • highnumber||

    Jim,
    I'd sooner march with a Marxist, lunch with a liberal, prance with a progressive than sit at your table.

  • ||

    And after do all that marching, lunching and prancing, they will make sure that your quality of life is kept at the lowest level possible as they take all that you work for and stuff it in their pockets or give it to someone else. And if you are not the right kind of person, they will find a way to make you disappear.

  • ||

    I just stopped by to pick up a Reason...

    My pro-Sarah bumper sticker will read: because I refuse to hate as Im told.

    Back to the point, how good does she have to be to get out of the way and let innovators innovate?

  • Comrade Zero||

    Being good at all would be a start...

  • Bruce Majors||

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    is for zero

  • Darklady||

    I'm more than a little sick of Palin and her supporters insisting that the only people who oppose her are some kind of out-of-touch Volvo driving rich intellectual elites.

    My dad dropped out of school in 8th grade. He joined the Navy, then the Army. He got his GED at 35 and served in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Mom graduated high school, got married at 28 and had some kids.

    I am the first person on either side of my family to attend and graduate from college -- and I loathe Sarah Palin's politics, attitudes, behavior and the damage she's done to female politicians and this country.

    Once upon a time we wanted our children to become educated -- but now, for some sick reason, those of us who have bettered ourselves are consider an "elite" that's not as "Real" as this privileged and intentionally ignorant daughter of a school teacher?

    Oh -- and I'll put my 41 years of having a mentally retarded sister up against Palin's year+ of waving Trig around like a campaign poster any day of the week. The woman is entirely out of touch with the reality of special needs individuals and families.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Why is your hatred of Palin meaningful?

    You didn't tell us anything about what's wrong with anything she has done or said, except that you don't understand her and mistakenly think she is criticizing educated people, as opposed to smug, arrogant people who think they know better how other people's lives should be run.

    Reading your screed confirms my belief that Sarah Palin haters are morons and media programmed bots incapable of making distinctions, attending to facts, and thinking.

    Please work on a Demwit campaign! You would be very valuable -- to me -- in that capacity.

  • Comrade Zero||

    I love how the far-righters cry "hate" at the first sign of disagreement. I for one do not hate Palin. I do think she's a class-baiting reactionary stage prop though. That has nothing to do with emotion and everything to do with a good objective look at the facts.

  • MJ||

    "...I loathe Sarah Palin's politics, attitudes, behavior and the damage she's done to female politicians and this country."

    I think that qualifies as "hate", particularly since she assumes we agree or even understand what she means by the "damage" Palin has done.

  • Bruce Majors||

    But Zero you are a far righter since you and yours are authoritarians with no new ideas (unless you think the middle ages are au courrant).

    And your politics are all based in envy, which is a species of hate.

    So sad your brain is atrophied for life.

  • RCTL||

    So what you are saying is you drive a Mercedes?

  • Bruce Majors||

    No I drive a Jaguar. The big one that cost $70,000. I bought it with cash.

    Mercedes and BMW used slave labor in the Holocaust. Bill Clinton claims he absolved them by working out some settlement to the families of their victims but I think this is just another Clinton fraud.

    Apparently he thought he was a Messiah too.

  • MJ||

    "Once upon a time we wanted our children to become educated -- but now, for some sick reason, those of us who have bettered ourselves are consider an "elite" that's not as "Real" as this privileged and intentionally ignorant daughter of a school teacher?"

    So a person who graduated from a school like the University of Idaho is uneducated?

    What the right generally resents is the idea that the country should submit to the radical ideas of a guy who went an Ivy League school because he went to an Ivy League school.

  • ||

    I'll give you a +1 lady, but you gotta tone down the disgruntled language.

  • RichN||

    Darklady, are you saying you would have voted for McCain had he picked a Joe Lieberman for his VP or that you voted for Obama just because he is Black?

  • Some dude||

    If Mrs. "Budget Tax cuts" is elected president, will she quit a year later?

  • ||

    Wish they all would do that.

  • zoltan||

    Certainly Dr. Laura Schlessinger can't be one of her supporters.

  • RCTL||

    Surely you don't that woman seriously?

  • ||

    "If Barack Obama is hounded by a small group of reality-challenged “birthers” who doubt the president was born in Hawaii, Palin has more than matched him with what might be called her “after-birthers.”"

    Nope. You made that up, despite easily seen, obvious facts to the contrary. You don't really mean to suggest that the nuts who suggested Palin was the mother were anywhere close to the birthers in number, volume, or traction, do you? No, you said this because, in your zeal to make sure you throw pox on both houses (but moreso on the liberal house), you're as rabidly, blindly, and religiously ideological -- and as shallow -- as any left- or right-wing nut. Moreso, even. You folk are far bigger Biblical literalists than either of those.

  • otherhmm||

    lolwat?

  • ||

    Palin certainly does not do any of her own research for speeches or she would know that Marine Corps General "Chesty"
    Puller, not MacArthur, made that famous "another direction" comment at the Chosin Reservoir. Here's another quote from General Puller that Palin might like. "We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem."

  • ||

    This is why I can not stand these fake libertarians! Sarah Palin is the closest thing this country has seen on a national ticket since Barry Goldwater. She's out there talking about over-regulation, free markets, common sense, small business, etc. but you guys are so afraid she might derail legalized pot you can't see straigh.

  • ||

    I think you should read up on Goldwater before you just throw his name out there. Goldwater libertarian became a vocal opponent of the religious right on issues such as abortion, gay rights, and the role of religion in public life. You'd never hear Goldwater make some idiotic statement like "the Iraq war was God's will."

    http://www.campusprogress.org/.....pe=printer

    Sarah Palin (and Tea Party supporters in general) claim to want limited federal government. However, when asked simple questions such as "would you repeal the Patriot Act" or "do you want a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage," they either avoid the issue or start name-calling 'Wahhh, you'r a liberal!'

    Then again, it's the same logical equivalence of you calling anyone else a fake libertarian.

    RON PAUL 2012

  • Bruce Majors||

    Except Palin never said that as Jennifer Rubin discusses: http://www.commentarymagazine......3?search=1

    CampusProgress and ThinkProgress are Soros funded fascist disinformation sites. They have all the credibility of Tokyo Rose or Leni Reifenstahl.

  • ||

    Until Sarah Palin says something like this: "Well, I've spent quite a number of years carrying the flag of the 'Old Conservatism.' And I can say with conviction that the religious issues of these groups have little or nothing to do with conservative or liberal politics. The uncompromising position of these groups is a divisive element that could tear apart the very spirit of our representative system, if they gain sufficient strength. Being a conservative in America traditionally has meant that one holds a deep, abiding respect for the Constitution. We conservatives believe sincerely in the integrity of the Constitution. We treasure the freedoms that document protects. . .By maintaining the separation of church and state, United States has avoided the intolerance which has so divided the rest of the world with religious wars . . . Can any of us refute the wisdom of Madison and the other framers? Can anyone look at the carnage in Iran, the bloodshed in Northern Ireland, or the bombs bursting in Lebanon and yet question the dangers of injecting religious issues into the affairs of state?" - Barry Goldwater (R)

    Or this: "I don't believe in spreading (Liberty) with guns, we should spread it by setting a good example and get others to emulate us but not to try to force it on other people." - Ron Paul (R)

    She is no libertarian, she's just another Bush Republican. We would be better off going back to the divided government of the 90s. A Democratic President and a Republican Congress, gridlock is once again our only hope. Hooray!

  • ||

    Mr. Gillespie,

    You, like many other jounalist who fancy themselves intellectuals, do not get it. You view government as a vacuum suited only for the Harvard/Yale east coast intelligencia...bred to rule the unwashed masses. As Obama opined, "living in your how echo chamber." In reality however governing is actually suited better for those who have no other interest than to "protect" this great REPUBLIC.

    If anything Palin is the progenetor of the kind of change so desperately needed. First and I think foremost is that she is not a jurist. This more than anything else is why many of us enjoy her simple rhetoric. We understand her. Her speeches do not require a law degree to disceminate. This begs the question, why is it that the empty suit now occupying the Oval office, with NO, NONE, NADA executive experience, is deemed more capable of leading than she? Why? Because he has a law degree? This oxymoron has never been explain clearly and this is why both your and the mainstream's argument against her and the unending critisizm of Govenor Palin falls deafly away. It substantiates the proof that you your ilk are nothing more than agents provocateur for those factions of society interested in overbearing government intrusion, the continued soaking of Americans under a deluge of senseless laws and the abject aggrandizment of power.

    So Nick, go ahead and hop on that anti-Sarah band wagon. Please, be my guest. I will wait for your next piece on how she succeeded, while her protractors continue to fail. It should prove a better read.

    Regards,

    Patrick Taylor
    Huntington Beach, Ca.

  • Bruce Majors||

    I am worried liberaltarians may get whip lash keeping up with the latest liberal line on Palin: now they think she is a genius. Joe Klein in "Time" http://www.time.com/time/polit.....64,00.html

  • ||

    Republican, Tea Bagger or whatever ticket she can get; Sarah Palin for President 2012. The best think for the Democrats and the Country.

  • ||

    If Sarah Palin is all of what you leftist Koala Bears think she is, why in God's name do you give a rats ass about what she says or does?

  • philmon||

    Hawaii isn’t conducive to thoughtfulness or hard work, get it?

    Dude, sometimes a pencil is just a pencil.

    Maybe she's just saying she was a fish out of water and distracted by the temptations that Hawaii has to offer -- bikinis and boys on the beach and such. Perhaps Mr. Obama had absolutely nothing to do with the passage. Ever consider that?

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    Let's see...Sarah Palin--not in public office. Barack Obama--IN public office, the highest office in the land. Well, here are some, but ONLY some, of the things we can be grateful for...thanks to Barack Obama.

    Remember...this is ONLY a partial list.

    A stimulus package he vowed would keep unemployment from going higher than 8 percent

    Giving up a missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, and getting nothing from the Russians in return

    Working to put a missile shield in Romania, just so he can have his name on it

    Bringing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to New York to stand trial

    Dithering...YES, DITHERING...on Afghanistan

    Screwing the Chrysler bondholders

    An abominable health-care bill opposed by a MAJORITY of Americans

    Hiring Janet "The System Works" Napolitano

    Hiring Eric "Mr. Pardon" Holder

    Failing to follow through on Black Panthers intimidating voters on Election Day

    "Carbonhagen," aka “Hopenhagen”

    Failed outreach to Iran

    Failed outreach to Muslims

    Apologizing for America tours

    Van Jones

    Obama owns every item above, NOT ONE of which he can blame on Bush or the Republicans. So there are EXCELLENT reasons for Obama's anemic presidency. Borrowing from "Seven Days in May," Obama is not just a weak sister. He's a criminally weak sister.

    Barack Obama is THE WORST president EVER inflicted on the United States.

    But of course you don't want to look at the circus performing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Much more "productive" for you to distract with Sarah Palin, eh?

  • Ron Baxter||

    Your credibility was complety demolished when you attempted to argue that Gov. Palin was totally unqualified to be Vice-President. Perhaps you should have spent some time pondering the qualifications of the man who actually now sits in the oval office. President Obama is likely the least qualified man to attain that position in our country's history. Bu an elitist such as yourself is totally oblivious to that fact or willfully blind to the obious. His ineptitude has been on glorious display for the whole world to see for the last year, expecially our enemies. It's not a pretty picture. Fortunately his attempt to remake our nation into his image seems to be failing beacuse of the "common" people who just don't seem to get it. Open your eyes. Perhaps you might learn that a little common sense will take one a long way as contrasted to the twisted academic worldview of someone such as the President.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Yep

  • fbanta||

    Sarah Palin is Everyman to Americans who are sick and tired of Ivy League elitists who harbor nothing but contempt for America, Americans, and the Constitution; to Americans who are sick and tired of being told what to think and how to act by blood-sucking leaches who have never ventured from their ivory tower fantasy world where they hold absolute sway over emerging teens while cocooning in their tenured shells free from the pressures of real competition in making a living (more often than not on the backs of taxpayer subsidies for education and ‘research’).

    We understand that when these blockheads ridicule Palin, they are ridiculing the rest of us who believe in America, hold traditional values, and honor our Constitution. It is precisely the attitude that we are “angry people clinging to their guns and religion; prejudiced against people who don’t look like them” that drives us mad.

    Everyday Americans don’t care what someone looks like; we only care about how they behave. Legal immigrants have always taken a beating until they adopt American values; at which point they are free to bash others until they in turn adopt American values. We don’t care about “the color of their skin, only the content of their character”.

    It is the elitists who search for any characteristic to claim superiority over others. Most Americans resent those who claim special privilege because of race, creed, sexual orientation, gender, or national origin because we believe in equal opportunity and we believe in equal justice: we believe “…that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”

    When elected officials violate the Constitution, we get angry: although for the past generation or two we haven’t been getting angry enough. That appears to be changing for the better.

    As for Palin’s resignation I suggest you actually read her resignation speech and learn that she did it because her detractors were flooding the courts with bogus law suits that cost the people of Alaska millions of dollars and thousands of man hours; and cost her hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend (all of which have subsequently proven to be without merit). She had a choice: she could, like Barack Obama, ignore the responsibilities that her constituents elected her to handle to hit the campaign (money) trail to pay her legal expenses. She could remain in office and let the Alaska taxpayers fund a never ending stream of baseless charges against their governor: or she could do the right thing and resign. As governor she had put into place competent people who would continue to work for their constituents without her. If only every politician would be so honorable.

    Any contention about Sarah Palin’s qualifications to be president, against the backdrop of the utter incompetence and incomparable inexperience of Barack Obama is absolutely laughable. She had more experience in governance after her first week as mayor of Wasilla than Obama has today. She actually accomplished things; she was actually accountable to her constituents; she actually eliminated government waste and cronyism, regardless of which political party was responsible for it.

    I think you should take 5 minutes and read Article II of the COTUS. You will find there an enumeration of the specific responsibilities delegated to the POTUS. Take another 5 minutes and read the Bill of Rights and you will learn that not only is presidential responsibility limited to those enumerated responsibilities; but there is specific prohibition against assuming any additional authorities or responsibilities other than those enumerated. Checking the list, I believe you will not find any that require extraordinary capabilities. Nor will you find any authority to “fundamentally transform the USA” by any federal officer or branch of government. Quite the contrary, each federal officer is required a solemn oath NOT to fundamentally change the USA before being vested with any federal authority.

    Unlike president Obama, Sarah Palin appears to comprehend that the COTUS was specifically structured to be a “charter of negative rights” regarding federal authority; and a proscription against assumption of any authorities not enumerated in the COTUS.

    The left hates Palin because she is a constant reminder that there are very specific rules governing America, and they aren’t the rules of the elitist leftists, but the rules delineated in the COTUS. Progressives (Republican and Democrat) hate Palin because she understands that the COTUS is not a “fluid document subject to social interpretation”, as reinforced by the oath of office of every federal officer required before being vested with any federal authority; but rather a list of specifically strict restrictions on the authority of the federal government.

    For the Progressive McCain to select Palin as a running mate was a serious mistake because it brought into clear focus that McCain is not a Constitutionalist, and it demonstrated to Constitution-loving Americans that there were, in politics, acceptable candidates who deserved their support, such as Sarah Palin.

    If the attempted destruction of the global financial system, designed, implemented and empowered solely by Ivy League ‘educated’ perpetrators is any indication, we should take an Idaho BA over an Ivy League JD every time. If we consider the never ending, un-Constitutional power grabs of Ivy League ‘educated’ politicians and Justices over the past two generations, we should automatically exclude from consideration any candidate with an Ivy League education. We’d clearly be much better for it.

    Our Constitution is written in very direct and clear terms and does not require great intellect to understand it: in fact, it appears that those self-proclaimed to possess great intellect have done it egregious harm over the past 60 years. For example: “the Congress shall pass no law restricting the free exercise of religion”; or “the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”; or “no person shall be denied Life, Liberty, or property without due process of law” are as straight-forward and understandable as any expressions ever written. Yet “great intellects” have bastardized them so that neither mangers nor the Ten Commandments can be placed on government property; governments at all levels have infringed the right of the people to bear arms in every way imaginable; and babies are murdered by the thousands every day without the slightest effort of due process of law to protect their Creator-given right to Life.

    Regarding the receipt of federal funds by the State of Alaska, it’s probably inconvenient to note that according to the COTUS, it is the Representatives, not the Governor who have the authority to generate federal spending bills. Oh that pesky COTUS!

    Those who disparage Sarah Palin are treading on very thin ice. It isn’t common Citizens that renounce her; it is a rightfully ever-diminishing 4th Estate, and other special interests who despise the COTUS. She has the validity of the Constitution supporting her, while her opponents would deny the Constitution.

    In a Constitutional Republic, “that dog don’t hunt”.

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    You really dare to claim that after-birthers are both more numerous and more visible than birthers? Joe Scarborough makes a habit of drawing false comparisons. I see the tactic is being widely accepted.

  • ||

    I'm a Canadian and am mystified about all the articles on the so-called deficiencies of Palin but nothing on the much more important matter of the deficiencies, the background history of association with assorted unsavory characters and absolutely thin resume of Obama. And then there is Biden who is only a heartbeat away from being President ..... talk about being scary ...... the idea of Biden as President? ..... enough of an idea to make you lose your lunch very quickly.
    I would have a lot more respect for you commentators if you spent half as much time on these much more pertinent and important questions about Obama and Biden. It is very obvious that they have been given a free ride by a very biased MSM. Fity years from now, history will not be kind to you guys for your glaring lack of objectivity in this matter. Shame on you.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Exactotutely

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    We (Americans, et al) keep wishing for a super-human to ascend to POTUS, but what we usually get are super-egos with mediocre accomplishments. As it turns out, Obama is simply one of a thousand law professors whose instincts are to scold and scoff his perceived lessers. Further, ss it turns out, Palin is a regular American, prone to being simultaneously, petty and wise, but resentful of neo-cultural snobs like Obama.

  • RichN||

    "As it turns out, Obama is simply one of a thousand law professors whose instincts are to scold and scoff his perceived lessers."

    I think "President Leon" is better way to describe Obama than "President Professor", see the 30 second video and decide for yourself.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BkIh1R5utY

  • Alex Moore||

    President Obama speaks Indonesian and has publicly done so on several occasions (contrary to your assertion). Save for that error I enjoyed your article...

  • Bruce Majors||

    and he is learning Austrian

  • DJMelfi||

    ""still don’t give a clear picture of either the woman herself or what it is about her that drives her fans and critics alike to the edge of insanity.""

    Not much different than Obamamania, maybe more a sign of our time than the individual. We are in the realm of LOST and are looking for salvation. If Obama had been TRUE he would have been the second coming of George Washington. His inherent dislike of America and the citizens has impaired his ability to succeed.

    The citizens are tired of being reviled and will not accept any more bashing of the USA. We need a new era of glorification and praise for ourselves.

  • ||

    "Palin is not the voice of “small-town America” as much as she is a politician vying to be the voice of those who either don’t come from or don’t trust major cultural and political centers. Small-town America hasn’t really existed since the 1920 census, when for the first time more people lived in cities than in rural areas. In her rhetoric and demeanor, Palin is unabashedly populist, and like all populists, when she talks about the past, she is describing not reality but an idyll, a dream of an Eden that never really existed."

    This is what Gillepsie doesn't get and all points flowing from such a premise are at their foundation flawed. Small town America does exist and the metric isn't whether the majority of the population is employed in the agricultural industry or lives within the 1920's commuting distance of the farmer's fields,forests, and working seaports at the dawn of the age of automobiles.

    Alaska where she governed is the perfect example of a place with rural sensibilities. Even though more than a third of the state's population lives in the only real city in the state the people living there are not completely considered real Alaskans by the majority of the residents. Yet even many of these city dwellers are imbued with rural values.

    "Palin’s inability to chart anything like a truly new political course means that despite her immense popularity she is unlikely to be the standard-bearer of 21st-century Republicans. In short, she is no Barry Goldwater."

    Again Gillepsie fails to see the forest for the trees. Her popularity is not just with the Republicans but with a good measure of the conservative middle, a force Reagan tapped. Republicans represent a spectrum of positions of which Goldwater was one strand.

    We would not be having this conversation if Palin lacked a charismatic ability to communicate. Her early training, education, and career were centered around the art of the communication of ideas.

    Reagan's early career as we were so often reminded was also centered around communication skills, acting is if nothing else the effective communication of ideas and emotion sufficient for people who know better to temporarily suspend disbelief.

    Gillespie must know that politicians are successful to the limits of their ability to communicate the essence of a narrative and wield power both stategically and tactically. We don't know what she's going to do, but an objective observer would note she has a track record of effectively doing both.

  • Bruce Majors||

    David Broder and Joe Klein have flipped and decided she is brilliant:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....02451.html

  • Bruce Majors||

  • ||

    I think Nick does a pretty fair assessment of the situation. He like most pudits however assumes that Sarah Palin wants a future in politics. I dont think she has any plan to run for office. You dont go into tv if you think you want to run for office. Who was the last president who also had their own news opinion show...never happened and never will. I find much of what she says makes good sense...but she says it in a way that makes me shake my head. Should we tap our energy resources in Alaska and elsewhere, sure if its part of a bigger plan to provide short-term energy while we create and transition to the next generation of energy. This is a much better plan than the dems have which is merely to stiffle business and the economy with cap-and-tax, higher energy costs, and a devalued dollar. I just dont understand why Palin sounds so dumb when what she says makes good sense...but it is not a trait which will lead her to higher office. Her popularity will however put a lot of conservative republicans, tea partiers and dems into office...as long as she is true to the idea of conservatism and does not allow the distinction between d and r be the barometer. Take Stupak in MI..a good conservative..and a dem. He should get tea party support if they are really interested in advancing conservative values.

  • ||

    I don't agree with you, Nick, about what's happened to small-town America since the 1920 Census. Small-town America DOES still exist. It exists everywhere. It's a state of mind not a place. I see small-town America in San Jose California, the melting pot of all melting pots in the United States of America. People create their own small towns in the midst of a megalopolis. See New York City. This is a fundamental misunderstanding of the Silent Majority in this country. The Silent Majority is now the Tea Party. Same kind of people, new name. The Tea Party participants are EVERYWHERE, NOT JUST FLY OVER COUNTRY. Learn that, believe that.

  • ||

    The quote attributed to Douglas MacArthur was in fact spoken by General O.P. Smith USMC during the Korean war. Smith was later decorated and promoted to four star General before his retairment in 1955.

  • ||

    GIMME A BREAK! I kept reading the article for a factual Reality Check like "57 states" or the President of South Korea's name. This was the old hack-a-Palin tripe that fly-over country is TIRED OF!! COME ON!

  • ||

    Brain Strain. I think all Palin commentators need to get a copy of Steinberg's 1976 New Yorker cover, "The view of the world from 9th avenue." Notice they cannot see Alaska - but they can see Russia.

  • ||

    About the Gravina bridge (to nowhere). Check FactCheck's fact (not their analysis). Even when the bridge funding was an earmark, she always stated they would take the money (as any good governor would), but there were other/greater infrastructure needs in the state. It's in the record. Indeed, when the money was removed as an ear mark and replaced as an equal appropriation for infrastructure in Alaska (at her urging?), she took the money (as any good governor would) and used it for the "other infrastructure" and said the bridge was too expensive and not high enough priority. As any good governor would.

  • ||

    "Similarly, Palin’s frequent invocations in Going Rogue of free markets and rugged individualism ring false coming from a vice presidential candidate who wholeheartedly endorsed the Troubled Asset Relief Program at a point when only politicians supported it (the people, bless their pointed little heads, never have)."

    Bless your pointed little head Nick now please show us how many instances in political campaigns as such where the VP directly conflicts with the message at the top of the ticket. Red herring issues like abortion aside, of course.

    Is there any doubt McCain would most likely be President today if he had suspended his campaign to oppose TARP?

    However, I do believe your piece served its purpose as I see there are 300+ comments already.

  • John ||

    What is easier to believe, that Sarah Palin is THE hope and future of the Republican party, or she's a flash in pan?
    Maybe the big reason for her popularity is this:
    Liberals hate and despise conservitives ( more so neo-cons which is where I group her)
    Conservatives ( especially neo-cons) hate and despise liberals
    Any target of liberal hot air will undoubtedly become a hood ornament for the neo-cons, and if the neo-cons can hi-jack the tea parties (and they will) and anoint her as the rightful heir to Reagan (another conservative in name only) then they will have basically the same formula they had in 1980. Or not.

  • ||

    Palin is NOT a neo-con. You don't even know what a supposed "neocon" is! First of all, there really is no such thing. The term is used to self-describe (you really cannot throw it on another person who does not claim it) a person who is "newly" conservative but who came from a communist/socialist/leftist perspective previously. It is NOT what most lay-people seem to think it means. Irving Kristol who was a formerly radical leftist, was one of the first to embrace the term. But as far as truth is concerned...it is not a real political view. You are either conservative or not. One can be conservative fiscally and moderate socially. Or one can be liberal socially (meaning libertarian as in one who seeks freedom) and be fiscally conservative. Or one can be socially conservative and fiscally conservative. There are various combinations of all political views... But the point is that Sarah Palin has NEVER been a "neocon" -- she has always been conservative at one level or another.

  • John||

    ne·o·con·ser·va·tism also ne·o-con·ser·va·tism (n-kn-sûrv-tzm)
    n.
    An intellectual and political movement in favor of political, economic, and social conservatism that arose in opposition to the perceived liberalism of the 1960s: "The neo-conservatism of the 1980s is a replay of the New Conservatism of the 1950s, which was itself a replay of the New Era philosophy of the 1920s" (Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.)

  • ||

    Someone still reads Schlesinger?

  • RichN||

    Neo-con is a liberal term for "Jew bastard".

  • ||

    Sarah Palin: A Liberal Lament

    "Last night I saw upon the stair
    A little woman who wasn't there
    She wasn't there again today
    Oh, how I wish she'd go away..."

    -- [Apologies to William Hughes Mearns]

  • ||

    The quote in the article, I think was delivered by O P Smith USMC, during the breakout from the Chosin ambush in the Korean War.

  • Hananova||

    This writer is arrogant.

    "Reason" is ironic, yes?

  • John||

    Nick,
    How dare you criticize "The Palin"
    She says she will not grow government, just like Reagan said he wouldn't and did, like Bush Sr. said he wouldn't and did, like Bush Jr. swore he wouldn't and did. We LOVE the rhetoric Mr. Gillespie, hope springs eternal every election year! We love to hear what we WANT to hear! Deep down we know they don't mean it, but when they run up the debt or expand social programs (just a little more) we always have the Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, socialists, Atheists, elites, or any bogeyman we can create to blame. We like it that way because we too like free stuff, we just need someone else to bear our guilt.You sir and your "reason" are a threat to us, your column must be lies! We don't even know why we read your pathetic column, except that it makes us mad, and we thrive on anger - it unites us.

  • John||

    Nick,
    How dare you criticize "The Palin"
    She says she will not grow government, just like Reagan said he wouldn't and did, like Bush Sr. said he wouldn't and did, like Bush Jr. swore he wouldn't and did. We LOVE the rhetoric Mr. Gillespie, hope springs eternal every election year! We love to hear what we WANT to hear! Deep down we know they don't mean it, but when they run up the debt or expand social programs (just a little more) we always have the Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, socialists, Atheists, elites, or any bogeyman we can create to blame. We like it that way because we too like free stuff, we just need someone else to bear our guilt.You sir and your "reason" are a threat to us, your column must be lies! We don't even know why we read your pathetic column, except that it makes us mad, and we thrive on anger - it unites us.

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    Obama is his own "CORPSE_MAN" and is going to bring his chit to all "57 STATES."

    http://www.google.com/search?h.....=&oq;=

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpGH02DtIws

    Speaking of Biden the gaff and the illustrious bobble headed Perky Katy, which is the more stupid?

    Enjoy these two brainiacs" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Jf17Yo7hBM

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    All the respect in the world to Nick Gillespie, but I propose a moratorium on the construction "despite, or perhaps because of--" which I was disappointed to see Mr. Gillespie use here. Not only does it sound cliche, it doesn't really even make sense to me that Sarah Palin would become "a key player in attempts to rebrand the GOP" DESPITE "the intense animosity she has called forth from liberal Democratic opponents."

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