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A Politically Charged Lightning Rod

Understanding the oversize reaction to Sarah Palin

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Sarah from Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar, by Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe, PublicAffairs, 301 pages, $26.95

The Persecution of Sarah Palin: How the Elite Media Tried to Bring Down a Rising Star, by Matthew Continetti, Sentinel, 226 pages, $25.95

No recent political figure has ignited the fury of the chattering classes like former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Shortly after she injected signs of life into the zombified McCain campaign with a rousing speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention, the little-known figure was dissed by Salon's Cintra Wilson as a "power-mad, backwater beauty-pageant casualty" whose conservative ideology made the liberal, feminist writer "feel as horrified as a ghetto Jew watching the rise of National Socialism."

Martin Peretz, the editor in chief of the New Republic, 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 site in the world," persistently claimed that Trig Palin, the governor's then-4-month-old baby with Down syndrome, was not Sarah's biological child and requested the full release of her obstetrical records, stopping just short of demanding he be sent the placenta for genetic testing. (If President Obama is hounded by a small group of reality-challenged "birthers," who doubt he was born in Hawaii, Palin is certainly the only politician to have given rise to what might be called "after-birthers," who doubt that she delivered her own children.)

Even Palin's defenders had issues with modulation and mental balance. 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."

Two new books—hitting stores just weeks before Palin's own Going Rogue memoir will come out to record-setting advance orders—attempt to explain why the hockey mom from Wasilla, Alaska, drives both detractors and fans alike to something approaching insanity. Each is serious, well researched, and well written, but neither quite fully explains the oversize reaction to Palin.

As its title implies, The Persecution of Sarah Palin, written by Weekly Standard staffer Matthew Continetti and publishing Nov. 12, is flatly sympathetic to Palin, whom he paints as the victim of a conspiracy as vast and punishing as the Alaskan landscape. "When they weren't mangling facts," he writes, "the press did their best to undermine Palin's accomplishments."

The core of her 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. Indeed, I can remember college-professor friends of mine confessing that, in addition to Palin's pro-life bona fides, it was ultimately her accent, University of Idaho BA, and flute performance in the 1984 Miss Alaska pageant that made them "horrified" by her.

If Continetti helps to explain the unbelievable vitriol of many on the left, he fails to grapple with a more moderate but more widespread sense that Palin was simply not up to the task of being vice president. Certainly, high-profile conservatives such as David Brooks, Peggy Noonan, and Kathleen Parker ended up as Palin critics not because she was populist or anti-abortion but because she came across as manifestly unqualified for the position of vice president. If her résumé (small-town mayor, short-term governor of a low-population state) was thin upon nomination, her performance in key moments 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."

Indeed, even Continetti acknowledges that Palin flubbed the Couric interview, which was packed with such softball questions as "what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this [job]" and what Supreme Court cases did she find particularly important?

Given the compressed public schedule of the campaign because of the last-minute nature of the pick, Palin needed to score high every time she appeared. She didn't do that, in part, for reasons explained by Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe in Sarah From Alaska. Conroy and Walshe covered the Palin campaign for CBS News and Fox News Channel, respectively. "Palin is neither an unblemished victim of fiendish, unpatriotic forces nor a preposterous dolt worthy only of a smirk," they write. She is "outwardly confident but frequently shows signs of profound insecurity" and is "hypersensitive to criticism and naysayers." That confidence and hypersensitivity often got in the way of the preparation that might have helped her survive what is surely the very toughest gantlet in politics, a long-shot presidential campaign conducted in the midst of two unpopular wars and an economic panic.

Palin's penchant to shade the truth, even on trivial matters, is also far from endearing. One of her biggest applause lines on the stump was that she had said "Thanks, but no thanks" to federal money for the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" at Gravina Island. In fact, she supported the project until it became controversial and, after it was killed, she refused to return the federal funds and constructed what Conroy and Walshe call a "Road to Nowhere" that leads to where the bridge would have been.

As both books underscore, despite (or maybe because of) the intense animosity she has called forth from opponents, Palin will be a key player in attempts to re-brand the GOP as something other than the loser party in 2010, 2012, and beyond. Her surprising resignation as governor of Alaska bespeaks an impulsiveness that would undercut the sort of discipline and strategy for a long-haul role. But her ability to draw massive crowds (and fundraising dollars) and to start a national conversation via Facebook and the Wall Street Journal about "death panels" in health-care reform legislation suggests she has a strong grip on many Americans' anxieties and hopes. If Richard Nixon could come back from a famously non-mediagenic presidential run, a humiliating gubernatorial defeat, and the most god-awful retirement speech in history, there's no reason that Sarah Palin can't. Or at least won't try.

Nick Gillespie is the editor in chief of Reason.tv and Reason.com. This article originally appeared in The Washington Post.

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  1. Oh jesus, here we go again.

  2. Best alt text ever.

  3. Palin’s real usefulness is that she gives hacks with nothing to say like Gillespie something to write about that doesn’t matter.

    1. And yet you’ve got nothing better to do than read it. So sad.

      1. And yet you’ve got nothing better to do than read it. So sad.

        It’s funny that Edweirdo / Lefiti / Morris, who has repeated the same fucking lines over and over again since he first appeared here, would rag on Gillespie for having nothing to say.

        Shut the fuck up, Edward.

      2. What a lame retort. I better not ever leave a negative comment about something I read lest some moron makes a retarded comment about it.

        1. Wow, what awesome criticism. Why not criticize those who criticize the critics or better yet, criticize those who criticize those who criticize the critics, like I do.

  4. Isn’t this a re-post? WTF? Every other post is either Palin or Ayn Rand.

  5. Yup.

    Can we just sum up?

    Pretty, not real bright (or at least very inarticulate) candidate gets chosen, apparently refuses to be briefed (that’s sure how it looked). Helps the campaign she’s with go down in flames.

    Yet she is neither the demon her detractors made/make her out to be, nor the godsend her proponents would like. She’s essentially the hockey mom she said she was, turned small time politician, turned big time would-be politician by a quirk of fate.

    And if Dan Quayle and Joe Biden are qualified to be Veeps, then so is she.

    1. McCain’s campaign was going down in flames anyway.

    2. I wouldnt say she sent the McCain campaign down in flames. I would say she brought in more support from people further right than the softie moderate McCain.

      1. And scared the hell out of everyone else.

        1. Well, if they weren’t to the right of McCain, they would be an Obama voter anyway, right?

          1. I don’t think any Republican had a chance, let alone a geriatric like McCain. But he should have been able to appeal to a general electorate all things being equal, certainly more than any of the other bozos from the primary. But what I heard over and over again from political moderates was that the thought of Sarah Palin being a heartbeat away was absolutely frightening. You know, because it makes sense?

            1. Almost as scary as Biden being VP

              No where near as scary a BO being president.

    3. I fdind it amusing and somewhat sad that the peopoe dissing Palan don’t realize just how thin (non-exisitant) Obama’s “qualifications” are.

      1. Gov. Palin scares the left – BIG time. All the equality talk and the “you can have it all” claims, and someone comes along and does it, but just so happens to be a conservative woman? They must be destroyed! Honestly, I think she needs more seasoning to be on a national ticket, but you cannot deny her the electricity she generates on the right.

  6. Even if you don’t like Biden’s politics, he was elected senator six times (I think he was one of the youngest ever elected to the post and one of the longest serving senators in history.)

    That is not quite comparable to small town mayor and gov of tiny population state for a couple of years until she quit in flames mid-term.

    1. So what? Robert Byrd was elected more times than that. And Strom Thurmond even more. Are you going to tell me those two were some kind of a brain trust? Biden is an idiot of the first order.

    2. Seems to me, if Obama was qualified to be president, then this lady was.

      1. I would argue more qualified, all things being equal.

        1. That last clause was so racist.

    3. Being 1 of 100 senators who votes for bills and have assistants write bills for them is a little different then being at the top of an executive branch.

    4. Oh you are indeed right. Biden lost his gag reflex from sucking cock a looooonnnnggg time ago. That is a big difference.

      1. That’s not fair, Troy. He lost it by constantly dosing himself with Dramamine, which explains his brain-malfunction thing.

    5. IMO, you are conflating electoral success with intelligence, morality, intellectual gravitas, the ability to deliver a speech without a teleprompter, charisma (a quality lacking in both Biden and the tall, negro communist), the ability to communicate without nauseating filler language that plagues both Obama and Biden, but not Palin, and on and on.

      1. Fuck electoral success, any halfwit with a bunch of money and a group of writers with great language abilities can get elected. How about some freedom and liberty increasing successes while previously in office, not saying anyone mentioned here has done any of that.

        1. You are making my point.

          1. I wasn’t arguing, I was just adding to what you said.

      2. I thought we were trying to pretend that racism wasn’t an element in why you don’t like the “negro”.

        1. I wasnt speaking directly of the current president, just politicians in general. Look at Bloomberg last night in NY, he spent $180 a voter.

          1. Iid have held out for at least $200

  7. I’m no Palin supporter, but the woman was governor of a state. That’s about fifty times better than being a senator. Alaska may not have a large population, but it has a boatload of issues to deal with, like any other state. The meme on this is silly.

    1. “”I’m no Palin supporter, but the woman was governor of a state. “””

      But a governor who served one complete term has more experience.

      1. So would a senator that completed ons term. Or actually cast any votes.

        1. Leaving the Senate to accept a higer position is not the same as quitting to leave office. That applies to all in office.

          Getting a promotion is not the same as quitting.

    2. You would be correct if it was a state with more gravitas. AK has low population, no urban center with the budgetary, societal strains of true big cities. A nativist, low technology economy (except the pipeline run by BP), and they have been on the oil/federal welfart teat forever.

      Not near the platform one needs to jump from state to nat’l Chief Exec.

  8. I was talking about experience. You compared Biden to Palin. No contest on experience. As far as intelligence, neither ripped it up academically, but I don’t think Biden would have a tough time talking about what he reads or discussing Supreme Court decisions.

    You could compare Obama to Palin on experience (sorta – Senator from Illinois is a much bigger deal than Alaska gov) but if you want to talk intelligence Obama obviously wins that by a mile.

    Besides, isn’t the winger argument that Palin was experienced enough for the job? If so, then obviously Obama was as well.

    1. Obama is an affirmative action baby. Maybe it is because I have a law degree but I don’t find a law degree, even one from Harvard, to be indicative of anything but above average intelligence.

      More importantly, Obama never did anything of note after law school. He never clerked for a judge. He never did any significant work in private practice. He never was anything more than an adjunct law professor. Yes, there are some giant brains that go through Harvard Law. But there are also some pretty average ones. The way you tell who is who is by what they do after law school. The giant brains go on to be law clerks, law profs and big wigs at DOJ or the Solicitor General’s office. Obama did none of that. He instead wrote two books about himself. And there is some pretty good suspicion those were ghost written. Obama possesses somewhat above average intelligence and no more.

      1. More importantly, Obama never did anything of note after law school.

        Not to mention that he wasn’t just any old law student, he was the editor of the Harvard Law Review, but if there’s any actual body of written work from him to be found during that time frame, then it’s hidden away under lock and key where nobody will ever see it.

    2. “but I don’t think Biden would have a tough time talking about what he reads or discussing Supreme Court decisions.”

      If the transcript of the VP debate is anything to go on, you’re right. Biden would have no problem at all speaking absolutely bald-faced, made-up lies and gibberish on just about any topic you would care to ask him about.

      1. Maybe not bald-faced, made-up lies, but when it comes to gibberish, Palin is one of the best.

        1. Her great great grandfather was Gabby Johnson, a master of frontier gibberish.

          1. Howard Johnson is right!

            1. HA-Haa!! And Pres. Obama exclaims “scuse me while I whip this out…” and Chris Matthews goes into cardiac arrest with a smile on his face!

    3. but I don’t think Biden would have a tough time talking about what he reads

      This is true Curious George Wins a Medal is pretty straightforward stuff.

    4. What is the evidence of BO’s genius?

      Excellence in public reading is a sign of acting ability not intellectual greatness.

  9. pro- I had not read your comment when I posted. Palin represented 600,000 some odd people. Obama represented 13 million. I would defer to her experience in preparing for eight month winters and collecting oil depletion fees.

    1. Senators are not exectutives. They are not responsible for anything. Further, just what the hell did Obama do as a Senator? He sponsored or drafted no legislation of significance. He had a bad habbit of skipping significant or controversial votes. A random person out of the phone book could have put up the kind of record he did in the Senate.

      1. Who’s to say a random person couldn’t have done as good of a job as Palin did?

        I’m not for nor against her, I just find it funny how the metric for experience moves depending on who we are talking about.

        Palin couldn’t finish one term as governor, and it’s not like she quit for a bigger job. If Obama quit a public office, not related to getting higher office, you would be slamming him on that point like there was no tomorrow.

        1. Yes its annoying how people who have no problems with Obama’s low level of experience when he was going for the top job claim Palin was woefully inexperienced to be in the number two slot. Despite both of them having similar political experience and Palin having hers in the relevent branch of government.

          Yet to you it’s Palin’s supporters who are moving the goalposts? Incredible.

          1. It’s not just Palin supporters that move the goal post. I’ve never said such, don’t make shit up.

    2. Your assertions that Obama is brighter is unsupported by the evidence. Do you listen to him? Do you just ignore all of the filler language, i.e., umm…ehh…ah…ah….umm…you know? How about his ability to deliver a speech without a teleprompter?

      He is not a great ideas kind of guy, or haven’t you noticed? It is not that he has considered, formulated and communicated any novel, ingenious ideas, right?

      If anything, Ivy background is not an indicator of superior intelligence. More like mediocrity.

  10. Yeah but Palin is hot and Biden looks like a old dog with the creeping crud. Otherwise, as far as I’m concerned, they’re identical.

    1. Well, there is that, yes.

  11. Where’s the trigger discipline? And the muzzle discipline, for that matter.

  12. Affirmative Action baby? Obama graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law. If that is the type of person who benefits from AA, then bring it on!

    As far as what you do after Harvard Law, I think senator and President compares quite favorably to reviewing international manufacturing contracts for a NYC firm like most Harvard Law grads.

    1. Obama’s ‘experiences’ as a senator amount to a virtually non-existent voting record after an election campaign wherein he quietly had all his opponents politically assassinated in order to get elected practically unopposed.

      All in all, I’d say the respective political qualifications of Palin and Obama are pretty similar, in that they both have the substance and consistency of tissue paper.

      (Hmm, ‘Palin’ trips my spell checker now, but ‘Obama’ doesn’t…)

    2. Got a transcript to back that up? Got ANYTHING from Obama’s college days to back that up?

  13. Who’s that hot chick with the rifle?

  14. “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.”

    In reality, the “meritocratic elite” desperately need the Sarah Palins for their own emotional stability.

    If everyone in the world spoke like William F. Buckley Jr, there wouldn’t be anyone for them to look down upon in order to prop themselves up in their own minds.

  15. As a queef containment unit, Palin is just fine by me. As a person running for VP? no thanks. Call me shallow but I like my politicians come across as a few IQ points higher than complete fucking moron. As for her experience it is pointless to argue, as everyone here made up their minds long ago.

  16. What’s the difference in representing one gazillion people and fifty thousand? Governors are generally experienced in ways relevant to the White House. Senators aren’t. In saner times, we almost always eschew senators who run for the presidency.

    In other words, being governor of any state is far more relevant and significant experience than being one of one hundred senators. A junior senator in the case of Obama.

    Incidentally, a corollary to the idea that being governor of Alaska is nothing is that being governor of Texas is huge. Sit and dwell on the implications of that. Personally, I don’t think there is that much of a substantive difference among governors, though some have special issues (like California, for instance). And, of course, being a governor, even for multiple terms, doesn’t mean you’re great at it or suited for another job.

    To my mind, Obama, Clinton, Palin, and Edwards were all roughly equivalent in the sense that not a one of them should’ve been running for any national office at the point of their careers when they did run. None of them is remotely ready for the presidency or even the vice presidency. And, to be frank, none of them likely has the aptitude in the first place.

    1. Pro L, you’re using big words and now my head hurts…

      But seriously…

      By this: In saner times, we almost always eschew senators who run for the presidency.

      I’m assuming you mean like, saner times defined as ‘since Nixon’?

      1. Nah, it was just a throwaway remark. Around a third of all presidents have been senators.

        Here’s the list:

        James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, Warren G. Harding, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Barack Obama.

        Not exactly a list of our best presidents, with a few exceptions. Interesting.

        1. Nah, it was just a throwaway remark.

          That’s so hot.

  17. Christ on a crutch. The woman’s an idiot. End of story. Why do we care beyond that?

    1. Well, she’s having an effect on national politics, so she’s newsworthy. And to whatever extent she’s dim, she’s probably not much more so than others these days.

      1. I’m not really out to defend Palin or anything. I think she’s quite flawed, but her experience is absolutely comparable or even arguably superior to that of the president and, looking back to the last election, the SoS. And she’s not wrong or totally nuts on every issue. I had thought she sounded okay back when she was just a governor who got some press every once in a while.

        Biden is an idiot, but he’s been around for a while. Ditto McCain, who is less of an idiot though not a whole lot better in execution.

        We have been electing people who were not appropriate or ready for the White House for a while. Experience doesn’t mean the candidate will automatically be good–look at Old Man Bush, who was a mixed bag–but it does give us something more than a mysterious black box for judging the candidate’s qualifications. How Bush or Obama even got close to the nomination is beyond me. Ditto people like Edwards and Clinton, neither of whom has any business anywhere near national politics.

        1. As I become closer to the same age as our presidents, they seem to be getting dumber.

          1. I’ve had the same thought.

          2. Yeah? You think they seem dumber now? Just wait until get to the age where you’re older than most presidents.

  18. Nick Gillespie on Sarah Palin

    He wishes…

  19. Two hours in and only 44 comments? Pathetic.

  20. WHY SARAH PALIN? BECAUSE OF HER DECEPTIVELY LARGE TITS, HER DAUGHTER WITH LESS DECEPTIVELY LARGE TITS, AND BECAUSE OF HER POSITION ON OIL AND DRILLING.

    1. Nice work.

  21. I don’t think it’s all that hard to be a halfway decent president, unless the country’s being invaded. Just veto everything, keep your mouth shut, don’t appoint knuckleheads, and say no to anyone holding his hand out. The worst presidents were the ones who tried to do something good and failed.

    1. A little over-simplified, but whatever. I agree.

    2. Is that the anti obama agenda?

    3. “””The worst presidents were the ones who tried to do something good and failed.”””

      1. Clicked submit too soon.

        “””””The worst presidents were the ones who tried to do something good and failed.”””””

        Depends on the subject of their effort, we often rag on FDR for his successes. I often prefer presidents that fail with their ideas.

  22. Sarah Palin? Who’s Sarah Palin? I’ve never heard of Ayn Rand either.

    1. At least make a better attempt to troll, seriously.

      1. Art P.O.G. is no troll. He’s been here a long time.

        1. Well, I knew that joke would fall flat with someone.

          1. Thanks, bb.

            1. Anytime.

          2. It’s that british sense of humour that throws em off.

            1. There’s a sense of humor in Britain?

            2. Indeed. But I try to keep a stiff upper lip, as it were.
              John Galt, please read John’s 4:43 post, then mine.

  23. I think I’ll try to organize a book-burning, to include: The Scarlet Letter, The Bluest Eye, and Sarah Palin Blurts Non-sensical Bullshit and Gets Famous.

  24. Palin supports jury nullification.Now I know that isn’t one of the big Reason-libertarian issues like State sanctioned gay marriage,dissembling support for medical marijuana and Gov-funded stem cell research; but Hey! it oughtta count for something.

  25. And the sad part is, as stupid as people make her out to be, she still beat Biden in that debate, proving to anyone who didn’t already know that Biden is the biggest dimwit, outside of Barbara Boxer, in the federal government.

  26. This is hilarious. Think Palin can handle an actual interview? Apparently not. Here is here interview lineup to promote her new book.

    An interview with Oprah Winfrey is already scheduled, and I’m also hoping to have the opportunity to talk with Bill O’Reilly, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Tammy Bruce, and others, including local Alaska personalities Bob & Mark and Eddie Burke. (Variety is the spice of life!)

  27. This is hilarious. Think Palin can handle an actual interview? Apparently not. Here is here interview lineup to promote her new book.

    An interview with Oprah Winfrey is already scheduled, and I’m also hoping to have the opportunity to talk with Bill O’Reilly, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, Dennis Miller, Tammy Bruce, and others, including local Alaska personalities Bob & Mark and Eddie Burke. (Variety is the spice of life!)

  28. I enjoyed Palin’s speech at the convention. After that it was all downhill.

    Her talent is for speaking to people that liberals only sneer at and wouldn’t come within 50-foot of.

  29. WHY SARAH PALIN? BECAUSE OF HER DECEPTIVELY LARGE TITS

    I’m sure they caused several ugly heads to rear up.

  30. @Attorney: “Just veto everything, keep your mouth shut, don’t appoint knuckleheads, and say no to anyone holding his hand out. The worst presidents were the ones who tried to do something good and failed.”

    Amen. Where’s Calvin Coolidge when you need him?

  31. If Sarah Palin hadn’t been selected as a purely last-gasp political move by McCain, none of us would have heard of her, just like we hadn’t 15 months ago.

  32. She’s a lightning rod…and a storm chaser looking for lightning.
    A former governor of Alaska went to up-state New York 4000+ miles away to endorse candidates in what amounts to a LOCAL election and the media reported this as though it made perfect sense (and was newsworthy).
    Would they do the same thing if the ex-governor of Puerto Rico was going to eastern Washington state? Also, would any sane ex-gov of PR do so and expect anyone to listen?
    [And of course there’s the hypocrisy of her Alaskan belief that the rest of the country should stay out of AK politics.]

  33. oh. so palin is “manifestly unqualified for the job (LOL) of vice-president”, and she has a “penchant to shade the truth, even on trivial matters”, but joe biden – easily the most stupid, self-absorbed, vapid whopper-telling *fool* ever to hold the job, (clinton told lies because it was more interesting to do so; biden tells lies because he thinks they sound good and – despite 35 years of evidence to the contrary – he thinks nobody will ever check on them.), but BIDEN is clearly fit for the VP job because….why? because it was “a long time ago he got busted for lying about his academic record?

    then there’s the “fact” that palin is allegedly “outwardly confident but frequently shows signs of profound insecurity” and, even worse, she’s “hypersensitive to criticism and naysayers”.

    in other words, she’s a hot white barack obama.

    samo samo from ‘reason’. the democrat from outside the corrupting beltway is warm, witty, and effervescent; but the republican from yokelville is a backslapping, filthy-joke blurting, drunkard.

    and yet she terrifies you so. odd, that.

  34. Wait, she quit politics didn’t she? That’s what she told us all…

  35. My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I’m sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won’t get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there’s more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I’m not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It’s just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight…the Bible’s books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on…the Bible’s books were written by people with very different mindsets..

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