Sarah Palin

The Great Sarah Palin Revival Tour of 2013

Is the former VP candidate turning libertarian?

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Note: This story originally appeared at The Daily Beast on Tuesday, June 18. Read the original by clicking here.

Are you ready for the great Sarah Palin Revival of 2013? The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate is back from her exile at Fox News and, like the former child star played by Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, the self-described Mama Grizzly is ready for a big comeback. But to be blunt, she seems more like a relic of a bygone, little-missed era in showbiz-cum-politics. Indeed, she no more represents a viable future for the GOP than her 76-year-old "angry bird" running mate, John McCain.

To give her full credit, Palin is talking what sounds like a whole new game. Specifically, Palin is aiming to channel the ascendant libertarian elements of the Grand Old Party. Back in April, for Time's list of the "most influential people in the world," she wrote the entry for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who rightly topped the list of political leaders. "His brand of libertarian-leaning conservatism attracts young voters, and recently he inspired the nation with his Capraesque filibuster demanding basic answers about our use of drones," she enthused, before pulling the conversation back to her favorite subject, herself. "I sent him some caribou jerky from Alaska to help keep up his strength on the Senate floor."

Over the past weekend, Palin was one of the main speakers at the Road to Majority meeting of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, a group of religious Republicans headed up by Ralph Reed, the former head of the Christian Coalition. During her remarksshe took partisan shots at President Obama and his supporters in "their itty-bitty purple Volts," but she also sounded specifically libertarian notes, disdaining yet more intervention in the Middle East, giving absolution to Edward Snowden for leaking details of surveillance programs, and casting a pox on both Democrats and Republicans. "The problem," she explained, "is government grown so big that it intrudes into every aspect of our lives … The scandals infecting [the government] are a symptom of a bigger disease. And it doesn't matter if it's a Republican or a Democrat sitting atop of a bloated boot on your neck. With bloated government, everyone gets infected, and no party is immune."

Palin got her biggest applause when she finished that thought by declaring, "That's why, I tell you, I'm listening to those independents, those libertarians, who are saying, 'It is both sides of the aisle, the good ol' boys in the party on both sides of the aisle, they perpetuate the problem.'"

Yet there's every reason to believe that Palin's newfound libertarianism is deeply misinformed, cynically superficial, or some mix of both. At the Road to Majority Conference, she invoked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as her model legislator. Congress, she averred, should put itself on "cruise control—Ted Cruz control—just for a week." She's also voiced similar sentiments since going back to Fox News.

While Cruz may be a reliable fiscal conservative, he's nobody's idea of a libertarian, with his McCarthyite denunciations of Harvard professors he claims are dedicated to the overthrow of the government and anxieties about creeping "Sharia law."Despite being an immigrant and Hispanic himself, he has long staked out a hardline position against opening the southern border of the U.S. to more immigrants. That puts him at odds with not only GOP moderates such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former governor Jeb Bush (R-FL), but also figures like Rand Paul, who has told currently illegal immigrants who have come to work, "We will find a place for you." Palin herself has sneered at immigration reform, dismissing pending Senate legislation as "a pandering, rewarding-the-rule-breakers, still-no-border-security, special-interest-written amnesty bill."

Palin also voiced an embrace not just of religion in the public square, but of a very specific Christianity. You know, she told her audience, "this land was dedicated to our Lord God, and he has blessed it, and we do well to rededicate it at this time to our one, true, heavenly Father." Faced with so many problems, she continued, "we need that divine inspiration. We need to ask that hand of protection and blessings of our Father again to fall upon our nation. Not that we are a deserving people, but that's what God is all about: grace and mercy and forgiveness. And if we do rededicate our land to our Lord, things will turn around."

The proper term for this sort of rhetoric is populist, not libertarian. It is long on laying blame on out-groups and evoking feelings of persecution and appeals to divine or great-man intervention. Despite talking about the need for a positive program of action—Republicans cannot simply point out Democrats' failure, she said—she offered little past clichéd invocations of "restoring" America. Her short record as governor of Alaska offers scant insight into what she really believes in, but it is worth noting that state spending increased 16 percent between 2007 and 2009, belying her claims now about being a budget hawk. [Author's Note (June 21, 2013): Go here to see a discussion about budget numbers under Palin. Federal figures suggest a 20 percent increase in annual spending between 2007 and 2010 while numbers from the Alaskan state budget office show a 10 percent decrease in annual spending between those fiscal years].

Fortunately for libertarian-minded voters, Palin and Cruz are hardly the only fishes in the sea. As the recent report on young voters from the College Republican National Committee pointed out, the GOP is flush with next-generation leaders, among them Chris Christie, Rubio, and Bobby Jindal. None is more popular than the leader of what John McCain pathetically called "the wacko bird" caucus, Rand Paul, who has not only emerged as the public face of a more libertarian Republican Party, but is working to create a cadre of like-minded legislators, not just a one-man band. As The New Republic notes in a critical but ultimately admiring portrait of the senator titled "President Rand Paul: Watch Out, He's Becoming a Better Politician Every Day," he is building up a PAC that will increase his influence and, more important, is giving speeches and authoring legislation—including a federal-budget proposal—that stake out true alternatives to the status quo foisted on Americans by, as Palin accurately notes, past Republicans and Democrats alike.

If the GOP is in fact interested in reaching the youth vote, its timing couldn't be better. The failure of Obama's economic plan to reduce massive unemployment, especially among recent college grads, remains a constant opportunity for the Republicans. A new CNN/ORC poll finds that Obama's approval rating among voters ages 18 to 29 has plummeted by 17 percentage points in the past month, following revelations of politically motivated IRS abuses, administration actions against the AP and other press outlets, and especially the NSA surveillance of phone and Internet data.

But to reach younger voters—and libertarian-minded independents—the GOP will need spokespeople categorically different from Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz. As Vanderbilt political scientist John Geer put it to CNN, "Youth wants to see more tolerance and more inclusion. While the youth has been favoring the Democrats in the past few years, neither (party) should see the partisan leanings of this group as set." The college Republicans found that young voters also insist on intelligence and credibility in their politicians and policy proposals.

The GOP would do well to focus attention on people such as Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY). Amash earned the ire of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) by questioning his party leader's dedication to limited government, and Amash voted against the fiscal-cliff deal because it increased taxes and spending. An American with Palestinian and Syrian parents, Amash is a University of Michigan–trained lawyer and a principled and outspoken critic of interventionist foreign policy, even when propounded by Republicans. A fierce defender of economic and civil liberties, the 33-year-old Amash not only gets new media and youth concerns, he explains all his votes on his Facebook page.

Massie holds two degrees from MIT, started a successful 3-D-imaging company in Massachusetts, and built his old, off-the-grid Kentucky home with his bare hands, planing the timber himself and decking it out with solar panels. "I tell Republicans,"he told me in a recent interview, "you can hate the subsidies—I hate the subsidies too—but you can't hate solar panels. These are rocks that make electricity, so they are incapable of receiving your hate." Like Amash—and Rand Paul and Sarah Palin—Massie is a man of faith, but he prefers not to talk about religion in a political setting, preferring instead to explain his libertarian tendencies with reference to his business and worldly experiences.

Like Sarah Palin when she first appeared on the national scene, characters such as Amash and Massie scramble seemingly settled categories of liberal and conservative, Democrat and Republican. They may not be able to toss off asides about serving "moose chili and blueberry pie" (as Palin did at the Faith & Freedom Coalition gathering), but they also present a serious—and specifically—libertarian challenge to both the right and left.

Note: This story originally appeared at The Daily Beast on Tuesday, June 18. Read the original by clicking here.

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141 responses to “The Great Sarah Palin Revival Tour of 2013

  1. Nick Gillespie: Is Sarah Palin Turning Libertarian?

    Reason Commentariat: Didn’t they already publish this column three days ago?

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    2. My first thought when I saw the headline: oh god, here we go again.

  2. “Is the former VP candidate turning libertarian?”

    Please don’t. After leaving the Republican party, I was just starting to enjoy supporting a movement with intellectual credibility. And now Sarah Palin is going to be associated with us?

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

    1. Oh lord, don’t you dare impugn Sarah Palin’s majestic intellectual gifts. John will be all over you like a fucking honey badger.

    2. Is this a false flag operation by the GOP old guard?

  3. This shit again?

  4. Enough about Palin!

    1. No Seriously, the commenter Enough About Palin, I’m calling for you. You left your headlights on in the parking lot.

  5. Caption: Off? You want me to take this off? Okay, America!

    1. That conjured up an image I did not need.

  6. 40 percent of American Muslims admit to wanting to live under Sharia law.

    But only racist yokels are worried about it, and worrying about it is an unlibertarian thing to do.

    1. “Teh MOoZlimz!!!1!!!11!!”

      Also, I bet everyone who answered the survey has a different definition/interpretation of Sharia law.

      Also, try and stay on topic.

    2. Slappy, I know you want to fill this thread with the earthy aroma of human feces, but I have bad news for you. You’re the only one shitting his pants about how a minority of a fraction of a minority of people in this country want to change the laws.

      1. 40 percent of people isn’t a minority, it can often be a functioning majority. And while Muslims are a small percent of the country right now, they won’t remain that way if libertarian immigration policies and differential fertility continue. They are already substantial proportions of the population in several areas in the country. Look at Dearborn, Michigan. Can anyone here really say that looks like America?

        The Nazis also wanted to change laws. Don’t you love framing?

        1. Can anyone here really say that looks like America?

          What exactly do you think America looks like?

            1. Nah, he’s smiling. Needs more race anxiety.

      2. Have we confirmed whether or not he’s Slappy? What’s the verdict from the commentariate?

        1. Eh. Those frothing racist troglodyte shitbags all look the same to me.

        2. It’s him. The same tired racist rant from a ridiculous piece-of-shit Nazi fuckneck who is so impotent he comes and griefs a board full of people who thinks he’s a pathetic joke.

          Behold The Master Race, guys. The Fourth Reich has all the gravitas of a Chucky Cheese on a Sunday afternoon.

          1. I see that he got banned, but one of his comments was priceless. Apparently 40% is not a minority and is actually a majority. For someone who talks so much about his superior IQ (which he must have because his white supposedly) he lacks comprehension of pretty basic terms

            1. Isn’t a bit distorting of the actual composition of the libertarian-interested to ban all the overt racists?

              1. The guy whose screen name was “Libertarianism Sucks” is “libertarian-interested?” Idiotic, even for you

        3. American is not Slappy.

      3. Every time I see someone go full on idiotic racist, I’m reminded of this lovely Preacher scene

    3. To be fair, all minorities went heavily for Obama.

      When white people are a minority, the GOP can finally have one.

      1. Re: Tony,

        To be fair, all minorities went heavily for Obama.

        To be fair, I don’t think 40% of all minorities want Sharia law implemented, either by Barry or someone else.

        1. When white people become a minority, roughly that number will want the Christian equivalent. And there are a lot more of them.

          1. You really think 40% of white people support the Christian equivalent of Sharia? Although I will say that I doubt that number is true for Muslims either. A poll affiliated with World Net Daily isn’t exactly unbiased

            1. Nah I don’t know, but I know there are more Christian theocrats in this country than Muslims ones. And white evangelicals went even more heavily for Romney than Muslims did for Obama.

              1. That’s like saying that there are more broken cookie dough chunks in my cookie dough ice cream than broken peanut butter chunks.

                No shit! There’s aren’t that many peanut butter chunks in the ice cream in the first place!

            2. You really think 40% of white people support the Christian equivalent of Sharia?

              What would the Christian equivalent of Sharia be anyway? I don’t think there is one.

              1. Calvinist Geneva. Bunch of uptight assholes

          2. Re: Tony,

            When white people become a minority, roughly that number will want the Christian equivalent.

            I’ve lived in a country where 95% of all non-whites are very Catholic, Tony. There is NO Christian equivalent to Sharia law. Nada. Not even something resembling it.

            I can only surmise from your comments that you’re woefully unfamiliar with Sharia or even simple, basic Theology. Considering just how bereft you are on such easy subjects like basic economics, or logic for that matter, it shouldn’t surprise me.

            1. The important difference is Muslim-Americans are never, ever going to get Sharia implemented, while the Jesus’s-pet-dinosaur crowd have their bible-thumping paws poised to insert themselves into everything from public schools to vaginas.

              1. Re: Tony,

                The important difference is Muslim-Americans are never, ever going to get Sharia implemented, while the Jesus’s-pet-dinosaur crowd have their bible-thumping paws poised to insert themselves into everything from public schools to vaginas.

                So in one hand you see unicorns and pink landscapes while on the other you’re paranoid.

                Talk about being bi-polar.

              2. I doubt “Muslim Americans” or just Muslims lean left when it comes to women’s rights. You’re only really defending them or “minorities” because they vote for your party. There are PLENTY of classical “right wingers” in that camp, believe you me.

                Christians are a threat to this nation as much as the Ku Klux Klan or the Neo Nazis are. But your rank will invoke their image quite liberally.

              3. If the state would butt out of schools and vagina’s it wouldn’t be a problem either way.

              4. Rethuglicans equal Taliban.

                Tony and his Demonicrats equal Al Qaeda.

                Soul and skull crushing is their pastime.

              5. Don’t forget: Dick Cheney is better on gay rights than homophobic Barry will ever be. Maybe sockpuppet Tony should switch parties. He would be right at home with the surveillance state proponents.

    4. Given that Muslims make a very small minority of American voters, less than half of something very tiny isn’t exactly something to create a surveillance state over.

  7. The Daily Beast? Huffpo not interested? Aww, Nick. Give Maddow a try.

    And do ‘the kids’ really give a crap what a fifty year old guy says they should be interested in?

    The GOP would do well to focus attention on people such as Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY)

    Notice that ‘R’ next to their names, Nick? Means the people in the GOP are paying attention to them–they elected them–even if the beltway boobs aren’t.

    1. beltway boobs

      I think I have an idea for a movie.

        1. While I prefer a healthy “B” or “C” movie myself, in this market it has to be at least “D”.

          1. Yeah, but if they have stretched all the way down to hanging around the beltway, well, that’s another link I’m not clicking on.

  8. If Sarah Palin really wants to help the Republican party, she should shut up and go away. If she can’t do that, then she should join the Democrats and discredit them with her idiocy. Whatever she does, just stay the hell away from libertarianism.

    1. Double this ^^^^^

  9. In all fairness, she just seems to be saying that the GOP shouldn’t outright shun libertarians as they have. It’s too little too late though, and the GOP will only pay attention to libertarians until they get into power again. Remember how they left was (slightly) more tolerant of libertarians around 2006?

    However, she is not libertarian, and if she ever claimed she were, it would be endless masturbation fodder for the Shrieks and Tonys of the world.

    1. But, everyone needs to be labeled in one way or another. It’s too confusing otherwise.

  10. Is Nick Gillespie libertarian?

    1. The Jacket is a libertarian. Who knows what the thing the Jacket wears is. We suspect Gillespie is also a libertarian, but The Jacket hasn’t said as much.

      1. Anyone The Jacket is wearing is libertarian, as The Jacket’s overpowering intellect is so vast as to compel it of the weaker minded.

        1. If that’s true then Nick doesn’t get worn by the Jacket much, does he?

    2. Is Nick Gillespie libertarian?

      Nick is more of a Cass Sunstein libertarian than a Bill Maher libertarian.

      1. Cass Sunstein libertarian

        Bill Maher libertarian

        Is that similar to, say, a Jewish Catholic or obese anorexic? Sunstein and Maher are about as libertarian as Pol Pot. Being 60 years old and smoking pot with the cool kids does not a libertarian make.

        1. They’re libertines, in some things at least, not libertarians.

          I used to confuse the two a lot also.

          1. This. Wanting a huge playpen doesn’t make you a Libertarian. It just means you like to play with yourself.

  11. Cosmo-fucking-tarianism!

    Worrying about sharia law is perfectly justified. Look at public opinion polls of muslims, a great many want Sharia law in our country. In parts of cities in Europe, a woman cannot walk down the street uncovered without surely getting yelled at and maybe worse by the residents, de facto sharia law. I’m not saying ALL muslims are like that, but a significant minority are, and all it takes is a determined minority. Not all Germans in Nazi Germany hated the Jews, but look what happened. But the easiest way to look cool is to claim Islam is the religion of peace, so that’s what cosmos do.

  12. I can’t wait till John gets here.

  13. You may accuse Sarah Palin of being a populist if you wish, but being from Alaska she is well familiar with the libertarian philosophy. When the Libertarian Party got full party status Sarah Palin was the only elected politician to congratulate us. Moreover, Sarah’s Wasilla was the home of many active libertarians. Her husband was a member of the Alaska Independence Party, a party also populated with many libertarians in it’s leadership. Two of the Alaska state Senators from the Wasilla area , Lyda Green and Vic Kohring, were at one time self identified libertarian conservatives.

    1. Yeah, the state that pays everyone thousands of dollars just to live there, has collectived the ownership of all natural resources, and has the biggest per capita gap between what it gets in federal spending vs. what it pay in taxes has so much to teach us about libertarianism.

      It’s an entire state of parasites, and I could care less what Sarah Palin, Welfare Queen of the Yukon, has to say about anything.

      1. The Fedral government owns most of Alaska.

  14. The Great Sarah Palin Revival Tour of 2013

    The Buttwipe is on the move as well, for the ride…

  15. As a libertarian-leaning Republican, I heartily endorse any one of these people as the next candidate for president. Paul, Palin, Cruz, I honestly don’t give a shit.

    1. As a Marxist-leaning Democrat, I heartedly endorse any one of those people as cadidate for president because all white people look alike to me.

      1. I’m leaning slightly toward Cruz just because I want to see another years-long birther freakout, no doubt to be even more fevered given the actual fact that he was born in another country.

        1. Re: Tony,

          I’m leaning slightly toward Cruz just because I want to see another years-long birther freakout

          You mean from Democrats?

          1. I mean from the same concerned citizens who’ve been obsessed with ensuring Obama’s legitimacy and definitely don’t have any racial issues.

            1. Re: Tony,

              I mean from the same concerned citizens who’ve been obsessed with ensuring Obama’s legitimacy and definitely don’t have any racial issues.

              Hmm, so far I’ve seen that people cared less about the Messiah’s provenance than about receiving a virtual bill of racial health by virtue of voting for him. I wonder who of the two types are loonier.

              1. The ones who invented a racist conspiracy theory and refused to let it go.

                1. The inventors of this particular ‘racist conspiracy theory’ were Hillary Clinton supporters.

                  1. And Bill said that Obama shouldn’t be doing anything other then serving them cofee, *wink, wink*.

                2. It may be a conspiracy theory, but it’s not racist. Don’t be stupid.

                  1. It’s partisan first, then racist.

  16. Sarah Palin says she did attend a Libertarian Party meeting. She says it was at a Denny’s, which sounds about right for the LP.

    1. So the LP is gettin’ pretty flash these days. Good to hear. Maybe because the Howard Johnson’s closed?

    2. They filled up three whole booths.

  17. THIS COSMOTARIAN JOHN-BAITING MUST DESIST

  18. A new CNN/ORC poll finds that Obama’s approval rating among voters ages 18 to 29 has plummeted by 17 percentage points in the past month

    In the meantime, the Tonys of the country still hold dearly to the notion that minorities will come riding to the rescue on top of of their battle-hardened fertility rates, as if Hispanics stomached blacks and their politics and vice-versa.

    1. Contrary to desperate Republican conventional wisdom, Latinos poll more liberal than the general population on just about everything.

      I’m genuinely interested in whether young voters will remain as liberal as they are in the next election, or if they will be charmed by one of the young GOP guys in lieu of Hillary. Nahh I think the GOP is already dead nationally.

      1. Tony is right. Look up polling data on specific issues, they favor the liberals on most everything. They want universal healthcare. They want food stamps. Ect.

        1. Not by the 3rd-generation.

      2. Re: Tony,

        Contrary to desperate Republican conventional wisdom, Latinos poll more liberal than the general population on just about everything.

        I’m Latino, Tony. You can’t bulshit me. I also was a leftist in my youth, until a couple of leftist teachers taught me just how pathetic and creepy leftists can be, and I really started to vote when I turned 30.

        1. Well shit your anecdote of one surely trumps stupid polls.

          1. Re: Tony,

            Well shit your anecdote of one surely trumps stupid polls.

            The moral of the story is that “Talk Is Cheap”. People say anything to pollsters. It’s only when the rubber hits the pavement that the men are separated from the boys. Add your favorite one-liner here.

            1. Boys can vote.

            2. Actually polling has proven to be an increasingly exact science. Dismissing data you don’t like? Not an exact science.

              1. Actually polling has proven to be an increasingly exact science.

                Dewey beats Truman!

                1. Yeah, increasingly better since then.

            3. Well most of your German Nazi soul-mates supported the gassing of Gypsies. So what the fuck?

        2. Pathetic anecdotal argument is pathetic. Mexicans of all ages support democratic policies.

          1. There’s no reason to believe this actually makes a difference at a national level in elections.

            1. Opinions don’t matter in elections?

              1. Mexicans can’t legally vote in U.S. elections. Are you saying there is widespread voter fraud perpetrated by Democrats?

                1. Are you saying there is widespread voter fraud perpetrated by Democrats?

                  Surely you jest!

          2. Re: jdnkj,

            Mexicans of all ages support democratic policies.

            You’re one to talk, deriding mine as mere anecdote and then going full-retard by making such a sweeping generalization. Mexicans are far MORE conservative in the social sense than most white Republicans.

            1. They hate the gays, the abortion clinics, and condoms.

            2. Mexicans are far MORE conservative in the social sense than most white Republicans.

              Sorry, Mex, but from my experience, such issues will always be trumped by economic issues. “Free” healthcare, “free” schooling, “affordable” housing, ad nauseum, will win over abortion, family and religion everyday.

            3. My generalization is based on data. Look it up for yourself. You sound just like a liberal complaining about generalizations and then responding with an anecdote. Bullshit. Other than overt homophobia(not that there’s anything wrong with that), they are more socially liberal than white conservatives. Look at their rate of abortion support. It’s undoubtedly higher than white conservatives. Look at their rate of single motherhood, it is over 50%.

            4. It does you no good to lie to yourself. You’re repeating a rightwing assumption that simply isn’t true. It’s not backed up by the polling. Latinos are more liberal than the general population, on both economic and social policy.

              30% of Latinos self-identify as liberal compared to 21% of the general public.

              1. Many, many deluded Latinos enlist in the military to die for the Obama/Bush war machine.

          3. are you tony’s puppet?

            1. It is weird defending Tony.

      3. The GOP is so dead they control the House and 25 states.

        1. As Nick points out, they have libertaraian governors like Chris Christie and Bobby Jindal too.

          1. Ugh Christie. And Ted Cruz isn’t a libertarian? Come on, Nick.

          2. Christie is an establishmentarian lawyer for the government. Not a libertarian bone in his body.

      4. The Latino vote is a bit overrated, not many of them will vote. They’ll be a force when Hillary Clinton runs, but in mid term and regional elections, they won’t always factor in.

        You better hope that a half assed insurance mandate that allows most people to opt out or pay a penalty (a model that doesn’t exist anywhere as far as I can tell) doesn’t go broke or inconvenience anyone.

        1. It’s not that important going forward, either, given that Mexican immigration has peaked…

          http://www.ilw.com/articles/2012,0508-passel.shtm

          Not surprising, given that Mexico’s per-capita GDP is already at ~$18K/year, and growing at a 4% clip. If in 5 years they’ll be able to make more in Mexico then they can in the US, why would they want to come here?

          http://www.tradingeconomics.co…..capita-ppp

  19. For the record I prefer misinformed libertarians over informed Democrats and Republicans.

    1. But you repeat yourself.

      1. Well it was a false analogy. Informed Democrats and Republicans do not exist.

  20. The deletion of the comments was just plain despicable. I guess they don’t want you to know facts about issues they deem unimportant, like a statist system that has the support of 40 percent of American Muslims. Because that fact wouldn’t fit the narrative? I’m a libertarian, not a cosmotarian. I don’t care what color you are, if you come into my country and start advocating the stoning of women, I’m going to oppose you.

    1. “”if you come into my country and start advocating the stoning of women, I’m going to oppose you””

      I personally support marijuana legalization

      1. +420

  21. “Maybe if I reprint the same shitty superficial article, people won’t call me out on it this time and I’ll get my KOZMO decoder ring re-authenticated!” -what Nick Gillespie probably thought.

    1. Nick is just shilling for the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill.
      That is why he praises Rubio and attacks Cruz.

    2. My thoughts exactly. Palin-bashing almost seems beneath him. It’s the cheapest form of humor, up there with Bush jokes.

  22. The Former half Governor is just suffering from a bout of libertarian posession, and is expected to make a complete recovery as soon as the Kenyan exorcist who cast out the evil spirit last time can catch a flight to Wasilla

  23. Do we have to repeat our comments too?

  24. Everytime I see that picture, I think she’s flashing the audience.

  25. Is the former VP candidate turning libertarian?

    No.

  26. She always was libertarian-ish but the Bible Beaters made such a big deal about her not aborting Trig that it made people think she was some extreme Religious Right God Warrior.

    1. No, I think Instapundit had it right, it’s plain old oikophobia.

  27. Thank goodness that Ms. Palin did not change the color of Libertarian litmus paper. Libertarians get enough disdain from the cool kids already without being accused of harboring Palin cooties.

  28. 1) tl:dr, although read some

    2) I’d still do Sarah Palin in a heartbeat

    3) #2 above is why there are no female libertarian – but if there were, and they looked like Sarah Palin, I’d bang them, too

    1. Precisely why she won in Alaska. We thought it would be cool to have a hot guv. Especially after that ugly Frank Murkowski.

  29. Fortunately for libertarian-minded voters, Palin and Cruz are hardly the only fishes in the sea. As the recent report on young voters from the College Republican National Committee pointed out, the GOP is flush with next-generation leaders, among them Chris Christie, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal.

    Nick’s idea of “libertarian-leaning” elected Republicans:

    Chris Christie

    Marco Rubio

    Bobby Jindal

    1. “deeply misinformed, cynically superficial, or some mix of both.” Good description of this article. Thanks, ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie.

    2. That paragraph as a whole should be bolded. The whole thing is stupid. How the fuck are Christie and Rubio more libertarian than Ted God Damn Cruz.

    3. Glad to see I wasn’t the only one whose WTF meter spiked on that line. Even taking into consideration that Gillespie’s working conception of “libertarianism” is a New Deal and Great Society infused fedgov with a minuscule military budget where Mexican farm workers on guest visas can pick his legal marijuana, I still don’t see how any of those names could be remotely described by anyone with more than a handful of functioning brain cells as “libertarian leaning” in any more genuine a sense than Sarah Palin could be.

      1. This. I can actually type “lol” and not be lying to myself.

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