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Sarah Palin finally gets it.

Jan 12, 2012 in Sarah Palin

“Oh Lord. Oh Lord! Are we just numbskulls out here in the heartland of America? Just a bunch of numbskulls who can’t read the unemployment numbers and see that 5 trillion dollars in new debt later under her husband, President Obama, five trillion dollars more, and we still have fewer jobs today than we had before he took over,” Palin said, responding to a clip of Mrs. Obama claiming that some people are “confused” about the president’s real accomplishments. “But, we’re numbskulls out here and we just don’t understand what these numbers mean, what they represent.”

You, Sarah Palin, certainly are a numbskull, and your attempt to conflate yourself with all people in the “heartland” (since when is Alaska the heartland?) is just an attempt to cover up for your numbskullduggery. The debt exploded because of the recession, not because of any new policies from Obama. The jobs are lost because of the recession, not because Obama’s policies lost jobs (as I just noted, Republicans have done their best to kill jobs since the Tea Party took over the House)

If you are the type to get offended when people think you’re an idiot, one step you can take is to stop being a goddamn idiot. Palin prefers to act self-righteous, and still seems to have learned nothing. After three years, she couldn’t be bothered to learn enough to pretend to be a semi-plausible Republican presidential candidate, and with Rick Perry still in the race that’s an absolute crime. She’s never demonstrated an ounce of insight or intelligence, and yet when she mangles statistics we’re supposed to immediately discount the possibility that she doesn’t have any idea what she’s talking about. Because, of course, it’s the correct and immediate answer anybody sensible would seize upon.

But just let me say, the strange invective and spite being hurled at Michelle Obama recently really is something else. She’s quite beloved by most of the country, certainly by more people than Sarah Palin, and she pretty much does nothing but look amazing and advocate for healthy living. Considering her formidable intelligence and talents, she’s been remarkably restrained the past three years. But there you go, the difference between a confidently quiet intelligent person and an neurotically insecure loud fool.

-hw

More “gotcha” questions about American history.

Jun 03, 2011 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin, things so depressing that categories shun them like wou

There’s the possibility that defending all of the stupidity that comes out of Sarah Palin’s mouth will have such a draining effect on the right-wing that they’ll be too spent to continue on until the November 2012 presidential election. The other possibility is that the marks that have already contributed to her latest Tour de Grift will be all tapped out during the important final stretch. Both seem unlikely when you consider how much cash her preferred demographic has handed over to charlatans like Pat Robertson and Newt Gingrich over the years. One difference between these two and Palin is that I’m quite sure both of them are familiar with the story of Paul Revere’s midnight ride to warn the early Patriots that the British were coming.

Add elementary American history to the list of things Sarah Palin doesn’t feel compelled to read.

-mg

Trig vs. Kenya

Apr 22, 2011 in Sarah Palin, Stupidity

I don’t want to play any games here. Everything I’ve heard tells me that Trig is Sarah Palin’s son. I think, given the way people are, no matter how terrified many Alaskans are of the Rage of Palin, somebody would have ruined the secret by now, and that there are enough testimonials out there to verify the most likely truth, that Trig is Sarah Palin’s son. I wouldn’t be bowled over in surprise if it actually turned out he wasn’t, but I’m not holding my breath.

But, yeah, she has never had a right to complain given the way she gleefully smeared Obama over the Ayers business. And now that she’s dabbled in birtherism and asked for a birth certificate (and apparently once demanded a marriage certificate from her Wasilla mayoral opponent), she’s gone and pointed three fingers back at herself. If she’s okay with asking for birth certificates, especially after one has already been produced, who is she to complain that people want Trig’s birth certificate?

I would drop the issue right now, and did a long time ago, and she pretty much had a win in her pocket. And the pot at the end of the rainbow isn’t a golden scoop, it’s just a story of a prideful mom taking a hit for her daughter. All Palin had to do was walk the high road. But she couldn’t stay out of the gutter, so she shouldn’t complain about the nest she built for herself with nasty muddy gutter twigs (no lisp intended).

-hw

Supreme Eternal Queen of the Teabaggers.

Aug 13, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin:

You are horribly wrong again.

If facts don’t work on you, why should I care what would?

-jb

Sarah Palin segues into punditry fail.

Jul 14, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives, Energy, Sarah Palin

People keep telling Palin she’s some kind of important voice on the right. Result: She publishes an op-ed, naturally in the Washington Post, of complete ignorance on cap and trade.

Her position is best summarized as, “Oh nooo teh cap and trade will destroy the economy!” which correctly translates as, “Republican stooges will say whatever the energy companies who line election coffers hypnotize them into thinking.” The relevant chart:

Sarah’s knowledge of energy comes from being Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Chairwoman, a position she also quit.

Unfortunately, she has contracted the GOP disease of believing that the world may very well end if she doesn’t shut up for five seconds and wait until there’s something important to say.

-jb

I had no way of knowing this would happen.

Jul 08, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin

One of the main reasons Palin gives for her resignation turns out to be false. This is totally unlike her, and I wish somebody could explain.

*ahem*

See, because this is reported, the media is liberal. When they learn to take whatever Republicans say at face value, that’s fair and balanced. Journalism = liberal. Stenography = conservative.

I’m happy to see this understanding ingrained into the public mind. It shouldn’t be true, but if Republicans wish to keep branding themselves according to their dishonesty, it keeps bad policies from being enacted. When they decide to start being honest, all the better for America.

-jb

A prediction.

Nov 12, 2008 in Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin ends up on The Surreal Life before she sits in the Oval Office.

You could bet she stars on some form of reality TV, but you gotta pick TSL for them high stakes odds. “Moose Hunting with Sarah Palin” is all but a certainty (peace to all hunters, I’m just sayin’…) on Spike TV.

-jb

Sarah Palin: Make sure the door hits you on the ass on the way out!

Nov 04, 2008 in Politics, Sarah Palin

She has woven an amazing basket of dumb in a very short time.

A black fellow tells Sarah Palin that he is the only minority at her rally and asks how this can be improved upon. Palin replies that she knows what racism is like, because Todd is native Alaskan and, get this, “We live it.”

Buh-bye, Sarah!

-jb

Sarah Palin: Confidence built upon ignorance.

Oct 31, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin

Oh, I know, apparently she’s not actually stupid, she just doesn’t know anything, including how to make sense. Via Balloon Juice:

Palin told WMAL-AM that her criticism of Obama’s associations, like those with 1960s radical Bill Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, should not be considered negative attacks. Rather, for reporters or columnists to suggest that it is going negative may constitute an attack that threatens a candidate’s free speech rights under the Constitution, Palin said.
“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”

This is the champion of today’s GOP. She would like to say negative things without being afraid that the media will call them negative, of course, but turning that into a First Amendment issue? Is there anything she picked up from the Constitution besides the 2nd amendment?

-jb

P.S. I will concede, however, that she could just be lying with extreme cynicism…

Just a friendly reminder…

Oct 31, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin is a socialist. She only calls Obama one because she doesn’t know what the word means.

“And Alaska we’re set up, unlike other states in the union, where it’s collectively Alaskans own the resources. So we share in the wealth when the development of these resources occurs.”

Personally I think it’s the best thing about her record. Too bad she turned out to be an idiot liar who makes Bush II look like he has gravitas.

-jb

The initial, irrational exuberance of the Palin selection.

Oct 24, 2008 in Sarah Palin, WTF?

How quickly we forget…when Sarah Palin was going to be the deathblow to the Democratic ticket.

Seems so silly now, doesn’t it? So very, very silly…

-jb

Palin investigation results: Unlawful, unethical.

Oct 10, 2008 in Sarah Palin

No surprises:

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. The politically charged inquiry imperiled her reputation as a reformer on John McCain’s Republican ticket.

Investigator Stephen Branchflower, in a report by a bipartisan panel that investigated the matter, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain.

The inquiry looked into her dismissal of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan, who said he lost his job because he resisted pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a bitter divorce with the governor’s sister. Palin says Monegan was fired as part of a legitimate budget dispute.

The report found that Palin let the family grudge influence her decision-making even if it was not the sole reason Monegan was dismissed. “I feel vindicated,” Monegan said. “It sounds like they’ve validated my belief and opinions. And that tells me I’m not totally out in left field.”

Branchflower said Palin violated a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.

Palin and McCain’s supporters had hoped the inquiry’s finding would be delayed until after the presidential election to spare her any embarrassment and to put aside an enduring distraction as she campaigns as McCain’s running mate in an uphill contest against Democrat Barack Obama.

Palin was as obviously guilty as William Jefferson with his $90K in the freezer, yet McCain claimed he vetted her, later clumsily attempting to shut down the investigation. Republicans shrugged off the allegations and will shrug off the report, even though McCain’s camp persuaded several individuals to refrain from testifying against Palin (wonder if that will get investigated…), because they don’t care about the law or ethics and never have. She winks at them and sends starbursts through the TV, engages in cultural warfare, spurs angry hate mobs, and is resoundingly ignorant. Now we know for certain she is unethical (no surprise given her pathological lying) and willing to subvert the law and her authority for personal gain. In short, she’s astoundingly unqualified for the White House, and 100% qualified to be adored by this country’s deep-end diving rightwingers.

-jb

Thomas Friedman never says anything worth a damn.

Oct 09, 2008 in Sarah Palin

Well, never say never:

I only wish she had been asked: “Governor Palin, if paying taxes is not considered patriotic in your neighborhood, who is going to pay for the body armor that will protect your son in Iraq? Who is going to pay for the bailout you endorsed? If it isn’t from tax revenues, there are only two ways to pay for those big projects — printing more money or borrowing more money. Do you think borrowing money from China is more patriotic than raising it in taxes from Americans?” That is not putting America first. That is selling America first.

Sorry, I grew up in a very middle-class family in a very middle-class suburb of Minneapolis, and my parents taught me that paying taxes, while certainly no fun, was how we paid for the police and the Army, our public universities and local schools, scientific research and Medicare for the elderly. No one said it better than Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes: “I like paying taxes. With them I buy civilization.”

In Palin’s defense, she still has no idea what she’s talking about. She just reads things and they make her wonder…

-jb

Why it’s always worth it to see what those fools on ISCA are blabbing about…

Oct 06, 2008 in Barack Obama, Politics, Sarah Palin

Good man WORF dips into Inside Politics> on ISCA to deliver a smackdown:

Ayers was a radical during the Vietnam War, he never killed anyone and he spent
time in jail. In the time since he’s gone on to become a college professor and
work against poverty and increasing school funding.

Obama and Ayers both served on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago which
works with non-profit organizations to help reduce local poverty. It’s been
around since 1941. They also both served on the board of the Chicago Annenberg
Challenge which is a non-profit that gives grants to schools.

Now, if you do not believe that working to reduce poverty and increase private
grant money to schools is a good thing, then feel free to condemn Obama for
those efforts.

If you do not believe that a man (Ayers) who has gone through the justice
system can be rehabilitated (the point of the justice system after all) but is
instead forever marred by his illegal actions then feel free to condemn him.

If you believe that one should forgo working for educational funding and
working against poverty simply because someone else who once committed a crime
is also working for the same thing, then feel free to condemn Obama for it.

But if you do all these things, then you will also need to condemn McCain for
supporting his wife’s illegal drug habit and continuing his close association
with a lawbreaker. You’ll also need to condemn Palin for continuing her close
association with a convicted criminal (editor’s note: and Alaskan secessionist),
since Todd Palin has a DUI.

…unless of course you are applying different standards.

I’d also add that if you believe all of those things, don’t check any variety of “Christian” on any questionnaire that asks you your religion. “WWJD” is clearly the last thing on your mind if you’re talking about Barack Obama and Ayers. Obama served on a board that distributed money to schools, that’s his “palling around with terrorists!” the intellectually depraved Sarah Palin spouts (although you must forgive her, for she knows not what she says). She’s so tough, she’s not afraid to run from the press. If anybody shouldn’t be casting the first stone, it’s her.

-jb

Great victory! Sarah Palin didn’t drool on her cue cards!

Oct 03, 2008 in Sarah Palin

Anybody halfway serious knows Joe Biden came prepared to debate and Sarah Palin came determined to impersonate a debater. Rehearsed talking points, repetition of “reform” and “maverick” and “change” without any substance whatsoever…it completely failed to influence independents that she was anything more than marginally improved over her recent interviews. She was allowed to speechify and asked few follow-up questions that would have forced her to go more than an inch-deep on any subject whatsoever. “Doggone it!” “Say it ain’t so, Joe!” (Oh, I bet the debate team was high-fiving themselves for coming up with that one…pity she blew it), “What have I been at this for, five weeks?” “I may not answer the questions the way you big Washington fancypants want me to, what with your things about coherence and, um, answering the questions…” “Hey I love that question, let me talk about taxes instead!” Facts? Nowhere to be found.

Naturally, the right is thrilled!

Sarah Palin just field dressed Joe Biden like a moose. She was awesome. She connected with the people. She had fun. She was relaxed. She was awesome.

Hey, Erick Erickson: You’re an awesome idiot!

Michelle Malkin wants to join in on your idiot party!

First, I would like to see all the Sarah doubters and detractors in the Beltway/Manhattan corridor eat their words.
Eat them.
Sarah Palin is the real deal. Five weeks on the campaign trail, thrust onto the national stage, she rocked tonight’s debate.
She was warm, fresh, funny, confident, energetic, personable, relentless, and on message. She roasted Obama’s flip-flops on the surge and tea-with-dictators declarations, dinged Biden’s bash-Bush rhetoric, challenged the blame-America defeatism of the Left, and exuded the sunny optimism that energized the base in the first place…
…Sarah Palin looked presidential.
Joe Biden looked tired.
Sarah made history.
Biden is history.

GO TEAM! I must eat my words, because she was so bestest ever! She repeated the “blame game” catchphrase used whenever anybody points out that George W. Bush is the worst president in history and that John McCain intends to follow up with round three. BTW, I’m going to go rob a bank, and when the judge tries to sentence me, I’m gonna tell him not to play the blame game, and look toward the future like me! Sarah Palin managed to successfully read all her cue-cards without crying, so me go be happy now. GO SARAH YOU ROCK omigod so happy…

Jay Reding is serious big thinker, weigh in with heavy thoughts:

Joe Biden is losing this thing for Obama. He is coming off as a pretentious jerk.

Palin is not at all as polished as Biden, but she’s coming off as authentic. She doesn’t have full command of the debate, but she’s not just making things up like Biden has been all night.

All in all, this is a slaughter. Not necessarily because of what Palin is doing, but because Biden is coming off so badly.

Aww, Jay, you were all ready to throw your “Joe Biden was a bullying ass to Sarah Palin” party, and nobody showed up, but you’re gonna throw it anyway. And nothing spells authentic more than memorizing rehearsed non-answers other people provided for you. Those times we saw her talking off the top of her head? MEDIA FILTER. It’s only when Sarah Palin is provided with numerous crutches that we see who she really is. And she’s so neat!

Joking aside, the fundamental unseriousness of the right simply cannot be overstated. They have completely lost the ability to think, perhaps in solidarity with Palin. Sarah Palin’s performance tonight only compared favorably to her disastrous interviews. If she hadn’t walked in with a massive handicap, it would rightly be seen as a disaster. Those who have been worried about where George W. Bush has taken the nation and how to deal with the issues in front of us know Palin was simply unacceptable.

Joe Biden came ready, and without rudeness or condescension, drove home reality again and again. Palin was unable to respond to any of his rebuttals with anything other than repeating her initial charges. Well, guess what, Mrs. Palin? Children learn to say, “Nuh-uh” around the age of 2. Those in the White House need to do a little better than that.

Joe Biden had the facts, the judgment, and he had the middle class appeal. It takes more than a bunch of “Gosh darn” and “Doggone it” to let people you’re out there for them. He put up a wall that Palin could only perform antics in front of. Yes, the people that brought you George W. Bush were pleased, and I can’t think of any better standard for rejecting her 100% in November.

-jb

You shut up with your big city facts!

Oct 02, 2008 in Politics, Sarah Palin

Ever notice that it’s perfectly acceptable for Republican politicians running for federal office to write off a state like Massachusetts (6.4 million people) or a city like San Francisco (776K people, more than all of Alaska), as if they weren’t really America, much less under federal jurisdiction? Or how about dismissing the “blue coastal elites,” (population 125 million just in coastal watersheds)?

Reason (aghast!) dismantles some myths of small town snobbery, perpetuated by big city politicians even though “small town” describes only 1/5 of the US population because even big city people like to romanticize rural America.

Maybe if they ventured beyond the city limits more often, those people would not be so inclined to believe everything they hear about the merits of rustic hamlets, which harbor a full complement of social ills.

Not everyone in rural America gets high on fresh air and the smell of new-mown hay. Illicit drugs are nearly as common out there as they are in cities and suburbs.

In 2007, a survey of 8th graders by the Monitoring the Future project at the University of Michigan found that country kids were 26 percent more likely to experiment with drugs than middle-schoolers elsewhere. Overall methamphetamine consumption among adults and teens is more than 50 percent higher in the country.

The story with alcohol is worse still. “Relative to their urban counterparts, rural youth ages 12 to 17 are significantly more likely to report consuming alcohol,” says a 2006 study by the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Excessive boozing among adults, it noted, appears to be no less widespread in Mayberry than in Metropolis.

Nor is the countryside exempt from social problems often associated with the inner city—such as, if you’ll forgive me, out-of-wedlock births. The federal government apparently doesn’t tabulate these births according to whether they occur in urban or rural areas. But it does break them down by state, and wide-open spaces are no guarantee of responsible sexual behavior.

The highest rates of births to unwed mothers are in Mississippi and New Mexico, both of which have high rural populations. The most urban states, New Jersey and California, do better than the average in out-of-wedlock births.

Mike and I grew up in a rural Iowa town as small as they get. We were responsible for some hell-raising and bad behavior, but we were pretty tame compared to some of the kids we went to school with (we were late bloomers when it came to booze and sex). Given that our time predates the scourge of meth, we might have a rosier view of small town life in Iowa than is likely warranted today. As for the debauchery going on in college towns, you don’t even want to know. Well, unless you’re in one…

The point is that small-town folks aren’t necessarily better than big-city folks. I know lots of good and moral people in the urban sprawl of Southern California, people who anybody could learn from. One could argue they possess a “small town frame of mind,” but that’s pretty close to a no-true-Scotsman fallacy. The prevalence of good Americans in big cities means that a city frame of mind must possess its own virtues as well, or possibly be neutral morally (given that you interact with people every day you’ve never met, you’re very likely to produce a code of behavior that is applicable to all). Yet it’s fair game in politics to deride and insult the majority of Americans who live in cities.

Republicans have perpetuated this in order to get votes and advantage in the big sparsely populated states, taking a country where those states already had a lot of political punch and dividing it for their own personal gain. Tonight, Sarah Palin, a proven liar, will take to the stage and undoubtedly spout some vague claptrap about how she loves the “real hardworking” Americans in those small towns, but as anybody from a small town can tell you, we’ve got some slimeball liars too. There’s the usual salesmen, drunks and thugs, but you can find the Sarah Palin type easy, crashing school boards or taking a check to lobby for some big company to build a hog factory upwind of your peaceful country home. Them small towns got the same DNA as them fancy cats in the big city, folks. Human nature prevails.

-jb

McCain?

Oct 02, 2008 in Sarah Palin

Naw, Palin again

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old rancher, who’s hand was caught in the gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Palin and her bid.

The old rancher said, “Well, ya know, Palin is a Post Turtle’”.

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a ‘post turtle’ was.

The old rancher said, “When you’re driving down a country road you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a ‘post turtle”.

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor’s face so he continued to explain. “You know she didn’t get up there by herself, she doesn’t belong up there, and she doesn’t know what to do while she’s up there, and you just wonder what kind of dummy put her up there to begin with”.

Okay, some McCain there at the end…after all, can you imagine who else he’d appoint if he’d hire Palin? I mean, besides “Architect of the Economic Meltdown” Phil Gramm as Secretary of the Treasury?

Bonus: Letterman’s Top Ten Things Said At Palin’s Debate Practice:

10. “Let’s practice your bewildered silence.”
9. “Can you try saying ‘yes’ instead of ‘you betcha’?”
8. “Hey, I can see Mexico from here!”
7. “Maybe we’ll get lucky and there won’t be any questions about Iraq, taxes or healthcare.”
6. “We’re screwed!”
5. “Can I just use that lipstick-pit bull thing again?”
4. “We have to wrap it up for the day — McCain eats dinner at 4:30.”
3. “Can we get Congress to bail us out of this debate?”
2. “John Edwards wants to know if you’d like some private tutoring in his van.”
1. “Any way we can just get Tina Fey to do it?”

-jb

McCain vs. The Des Moines Register!

Oct 01, 2008 in Iowa, Politics, Sarah Palin, Uncategorized

Completely oblivious to reality? Naw, he’s just lying through his teeth:

He doesn’t know Palin’s favorability ratings have plunged through the floor? He doesn’t know prominent conservatives and other professionals have written her off? Of course he does. Of course, he might be completely clueless and out of touch, but odds are he’s just a plain old liar like he’s proven himself to be. He had to go hold Palin’s hand to protect her from OMZGODKATIECOURIC, rambling about “gotcha journalism” when Palin was caught red-handed backing up Obama’s position (which, it should be noted, has already become the Bush administration’s position, as Obama is the real leader on foreign policy).

McCain’s campaign is a trainwreck and that’s why he’s behind by massive margins in the battleground states. What’s he going to do, go scold every journalist who dares point out what everybody knows? Damage control up until Nov. 4th is a strategy?

Common sense must prevail.

-jb

Forgot about these mega-LULZ-worthy comments:

NPR: Given what you’ve said Senator, is there an occasion where you could imagine turning to Governor Palin for advice in a foreign policy crisis.

MCCAIN: I’ve turned to her advice many times in the past…

Merf!

No pity belongs in the hearts of men or women for Sarah Palin.

Sep 30, 2008 in Sarah Palin, The senility of John McCain

Rebecca Traister laments the tokenism and sexism surrounding the nomination of utterly unqualified Sarah Palin to the presidential ticket, most notably the idea that we should pity her:

I don’t want to be played by the girl-strings anymore. Shaking our heads and wringing our hands in sympathy with Sarah Palin is a disservice to every woman who has ever been unfairly dismissed based on her gender, because this is an utterly fair dismissal, based on an utter lack of ability and readiness. It’s a disservice to minority populations of every stripe whose place in the political spectrum has been unfairly spotlighted as mere tokenism; it is a disservice to women throughout this country who have gone from watching a woman who — love her or hate her — was able to show us what female leadership could look like to squirming in front of their televisions as they watch the woman sent to replace her struggle to string a complete sentence together.

Sarah Palin is a fool and habitual liar who didn’t have enough self-awareness to turn down a job she knew she wasn’t prepared for. She is one of those people, just like somebody you know, personally, oblivious to their own ignorance. Now that she has been confronted with it in such stark proportions that it is unavoidable, she doesn’t have the character to step down. And McCain’s bright idea is to chaperone her through her next Couric interview, and repeat, “gotcha journalism!”

What they leave out is that sometimes, they do “gotcha,” right in the cross-hairs. McCain-Palin is covered in blue gooey ink, swearing to God they didn’t rob that bank.

And what the media is leaving out is McCain’s judgment in choosing her. I will concede, however, that his incredibly bankrupt judgment on the economy is worth pushing it aside for the moment.

-jb

Priorities in the Biden-Palin VP debate.

Sep 28, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Politics, Sarah Palin

I’m really not impressed with this continuing meme that seems to be
universally agreed on that what’s of ultimate, paramount importance is that
Joe Biden doesn’t walk all over Palin so much that he looks like an ass.
What’s more important is that Palin behave like somebody remotely qualified
to do the job. If Joe Biden expresses some frustration that he’s talking to
an over-hyped beauty queen about serious issues, a serious audience should
sympathize with him somewhat.

It’s simply amazing that this “pit bull” must be treated like a glass filament
sculpture. I thank all conservatives for demonstrating to the country again
how completely unserious they are by falling all over themselves to declare
their undying love for Palin as soon as they got a load of her mugshot, title
and religion.

-jb

Palin who?

Sep 22, 2008 in Politics, Sarah Palin

This economic crisis has taught anybody of sound and prudent mind that sticking somebody like Sarah Palin in the White House is only possible through sheer partisan rigor or wanton obliviousness to reality. Still, it is worth noting that one of her qualifying characteristics was being under investigation, and the McCain camp has proven themselves able at gaming the system, shutting down as much of the investigation as they can while yelling, “Partisan witch-hunt!” The fact that the evidence was rather damning, well

If there’s one lesson to be drawn from the Bush years, it’s that the old chestnut about the cover up being worse than the crime is just not true. It’s a lesson the McCain camp has learned well. They made the calculation that whatever political price would be paid by impeding the duly authorized investigation of the Alaska legislature would be less than the political damage resulting from a full investigation. So far, it looks like they calculated correctly.

A choice like Palin was never about good government in the first place. If they will do this now, this is what we can expect from a McCain administration, just like what we got from Bush.

-jb

Capitalism!

Sep 17, 2008 in Election crap, Sarah Palin, Uncategorized

Not surprisingly, AIG gets the golden parachute.

Capitalism, as it is understood in contemporary American society, is a win-win however way you look at it. If there are profits to be made you get to keep them. If you make bad decisions and your company tanks the government will come in and bail you out. I wonder if this is what right-wing mouth-breathers have in mind when they’re constantly preaching their “free market” theology and its figure-head the “Invisible Hand”.

On the bright side we’ve finally shifted the focus of the election from wolf packs, lipstick and pedophilia to the economy; an actual honest-to-god ISSUE. Furthermore, the new penny shine is starting to wear off of Caribou Barbie (What’s the Bush Doctrine again?) because no degree of novelty can cover up her woeful ineptitude forever.

-mg

Quote for the Day

Sep 16, 2008 in Sarah Palin

Democracy is not average people selecting average leaders. It is average people with the wisdom to select the best prepared.

-David Brooks, adding to the growing chorus of conservatives objecting to Sarah Palin’s inescapable lack of aptitude for the White House.

-jb

Keep track of the lies.

Sep 16, 2008 in Old Man McCain, Politics, Sarah Palin

The Dimmocrat Librul Pinkos have put up a wiki site tracking the obvious, provable McCain lies. Count so far, 52. Jesus, Sarah Palin is still lying about the teleprompter breaking, the Bridge to Nowhere, going to Iraq…and to top it off, she being, according to McCain a person who “knows more about energy than anybody in America” doesn’t know shit about energy. She claimed Alaska generated 20% of America’s energy…it’s not even close to that.

So in the end they’re a pretty good pair…both are bald-faced liars, and she compliments his rustiness with a good old-fashioned lack of knowledge about much of anything.

-jb

The media is frustrated that it hasn’t had the chance to fawn over Sarah Palin.

Sep 07, 2008 in Glenn Greenwald, Journamalism, Politics, Sarah Palin

The indomitable Glenn Greenwald points out that if Sarah Palin will gladly expose herself to the press soon because she knows they have no intention of practicing journalism with her. She’ll hold out a couple weeks until she’s briefed and ready with her soundbites, and then they’ll joyously scoop up the breadcrumbs she throws them and declare her ready to lead the free world should John McCain succumb to the inevitability of Death. At the suggestion that her current moratorium will provoke spiteful acts of journalism by the press, Greenwald scoffs:

Several people in comments suggest/hope that Palin’s refusal to submit to press questioning will alienate journalists and make them more intent on investigating her and subjecting her claims to scrutiny. A healthy journalistic instinct would indeed produce that reaction. But is that what we have?

It isn’t just that the Bush administration has been the most secretive in modern history (though it has been), but Dick Cheney seemed to take sadistic pleasure in purposely concealing from reporters even the most innocuous information, just to show he could. He even refused to say how many people worked in his office, or who worked there, or even where he was and what he was doing on any given day. Did that propel journalists to investigate him more aggressively or subject his claims to greater investigative scrutiny? Yes, that is a rhetorical question. A properly functioning press corps would become more adversarial and aggressive when treated with such contempt by the GOP. Ours becomes more browbeaten, more passive, more eager to please.

Our dysfunctional media simply wants to give Sarah Palin the chance to swat away the serious questions regarding her fitness for office with a smile and a snappy remark. They want to be charmed by her, and they’re absolutely furious that they haven’t been able to dote on her in person.

In less than two months, we’re supposed to consider Sarah Palin ready to assume the presidency at a moment’s notice, and half that time nobody’s allowed to ask her things like, “Why are you proud of your mayoral term when you left that tiny town $22 million in debt?” Indeed, it is likely that the media will huff and puff a bit in order to get access to her, but don’t get your hopes up. Don’t expect follow-up questions, don’t expect rigor, don’t expect much more than obsequious deference. The Republicans are now comfortable to have a know-nothing “charmer” who they can surround with neoconservatives and steer towards their designs, and they know how to steamroll the media through years of practice. Against all available evidence, the base will worship Sarah Palin the harder so-called journalists attempt to probe her, and after, at best, a week of questions, the MSM will give her the pass needed, lest they be “biased” (consult Fox News to see the thorough absence of journalism practiced against Republicans it takes to appease the right).

-jb

You yuppie liberals just don’t get it!

Sep 04, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Election crap, Old Man McCain, Politics, Sarah Palin

Hypocrisy is their bread, and chutzpah their butter.

“Sarah Palin, a commercial fisherman from Wasilla, told her husband on Tuesday she was driving to Anchorage to shop at Costco. Instead, she headed straight for Ivana. And there, at J.C. Penney’s cosmetic department, was Ivana, the former Mrs. Donald Trump, sitting at a table next to a photograph of herself. She wore a light-colored pantsuit and pink fingernail polish. Her blonde hair was coiffed in a bouffant French twist. ‘We want to see Ivana,’ said Palin, who admittedly smells like salmon for a large part of the summer, ‘because we are so desperate in Alaska for any semblance of glamour and culture.’ Ivana Trump, the former Czechoslovakian Olympic skier who found fame and wealth as the wife of the New York tycoon, came to Anchorage Tuesday to push her line of perfume.”
Then there is this from New York Magazine:

After Rudy Giuliani cartoonishly suggested that Wasilla, Alaska, wasn’t “cosmopolitan” enough for Barack Obama, we did some digging into his archives. Despite the air quotes and funny voice he used when saying the word, there was a time when a city’s “cosmopolitan” nature inspired him. From a 1995 address to the U.N.: “After several days of being confronted with New York City’s diversity, any resident or visitor will conclude that our many differences are vastly outweighed by our similarities. That’s why New York is not only the world’s most diverse city, but also the world’s most cosmopolitan and tolerant city.”

The Republican party of George W. Bush was ecstatic last night, once again over fictions that tell them what they already want to believe. Politicians stood up in front of them and freely made things up (or had somebody else make things up for them) and the Bush base went nuts. If you’re a know-nothing with an attitude and can put on some swagger, the Bush base is ready to hand the keys to the country over.

It’s important to keep in mind that without the support of people who still think George W. Bush did a great job, John McCain would have infinitesimal support. Among the ranks of the sane, he has been profoundly rejected.

One can take some potshots at Obama, but he’s an honest individual who is more interested in solving problems than satisfying anybody’s particular ideology. He takes a pragmatic, realistic approach to issues, which means looking at them square on. He doesn’t need to invent long lists of fictions in order to make the case for his election. He is more in tune with the facts than John McCain and, we can now safely say, Sarah Palin. He is more in tune with what Americans want and what they need. McCain has nothing but soundbites and bullet points crafted to mask a package of Bush policies. His best defense is that he took on most of his positions recently, so he’s unlikely to be trusted to enact any of them, expecially with a massively Democratic Congress, with an exception of the policies he’s cribbed from Obama.

It is telling that he’s been forced to mimic Obama’s campaign, an establishment candidate trying to talk about “change” because he tested which way the wind was blowing. His ultimate rudder is whatever it takes to become president. People who want power that badly must be kept from it, and if this nation didn’t learn that lesson from Bush II, we’re going to be stuck with more ineffective leadership and a Republican Party that gave us eight years of the worst president in history, and got rewarded with four more.

Obama raised money 8-to-1 over McCain after last night’s cheap piece of hackery from Sarah Palin. Keep it up. I’m making one more donation in October, and it just got doubled.

-jb

Pure rhetoric.

Sep 03, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Sarah Palin

Let’s see…I watched Rudy Giuliani do a stand-up routine that sounded like Rush Limbaugh’s greatest hits. I saw Sarah Palin give a nearly content-free speech more suited to a talk show radio host than a vice-president. Though I thought I was listening to the Laura Ingraham show, finding out that it was written by a Bush speech-writer was no surprise at all. These guys have perfected the art of piling bullshit miles high with no regard for reality.

America, the choice is simple. Republicans are at their best in a closed room blowing smoke up each other’s asses. They did it in 2004 with ease, selling us a second term for George W. They were utterly unrestrained by reality then, and if any facts were involved with tonight’s proceedings, they crept with stealth so as to not interfere. They will run the country even further into the ground and do it all over again in 2012 if they get the chance. What would be different? Will they ever possess shame? Will they ever hold themselves accountable? Never. They’ll always try to sell themselves as “the good people” because that’s what you have to do when you keep fucking real people over.

Sarah Palin wants to be offended by Obama pointing out that she was mayor of an incredibly tiny town, but she’s happy to write off San Francisco, a city filled with millions of patriotic Americans. Sarah Palin wants to pretend she challenges the status quo, when her only energy idea is “More drilling!” (a notion which sent the crowd into fits of ecstasy…any oil executive has to be thinking, “We’re playing these guys like a fiddle!”). Sarah Palin wants to talk about taxes and responsibility after driving her tiny home town into $22 million of debt, and now she joins with John McCain to add $7 trillion to our national deficit.

And if you saw that crowd tonight, you can never talk again with a straight face about people worshipping Barack Obama. The amount of energy and adulation thrown at this blank slate was off the scales.

The McCain camp simply cannot let this election be about the issues. Sarah Palin certainly can’t let it be about the issues, or her actual qualifications. She did a lot better spending half the speech talking about her family. When it came to justifying herself as a leader, she only proved that she’s gleefully another Bush-style charlatan.

-jb

UPDATE: What, you no trust me? FACT CHECK.

Sarah Palin didn’t want Alaska to be part of the United States?

Sep 02, 2008 in Politics, Sarah Palin

According to ABC News, via Daily Kos, Palin belonged to the party for Alaska’s secessionists, the Alaskan Independence Party. She attended one of their conventions in 1994, and addressed them warmly in 2008. Members talk about infiltrating major parties to get the agenda done.

“I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I’ve got no use for America or her damned institutions.” – Joe Vogler, founder of the Alaskan Independence Party

Jake “Ass” Tapper notes:

And while McCain’s motto — as seen in a new TV ad — is “Country First,” the AIP’s motto is the exact opposite — “Alaska First — Alaska Always.”

Gosh, talk about hating America…isn’t this kind of a dealbreaker for a Vice-President to have a long history of being a possible secessionist? (supposedly some in the party just advocate a “fuller statehood,” whatever that means, but Palin’s views are unclear) It was bad enough that she doesn’t seem to have ever paid attention to the world outside Alaska, but now it seems she never had the desire.

-jb

Alaska on Palin

Aug 31, 2008 in Sarah Palin, The senility of John McCain

Here’s a good Alaskan blog reacting to Sarah Palin. Just about as dumbfounded as everybody actually from Alaska, except Ted Stevens. But she’s extreme on criminalizing abortion, doesn’t know anything about the world, and is neck-deep under investigation, so she’s A-OK with Republicans! But the Alaskan perspective is valuable:

Does she want to open ANWR? Yes. Every politician in Alaska wants to open ANWR. It’s basically a requirement if you ever hope to get elected for anything. Even Mark Begich, the progressive Democrat running against the indicted Senator and Alaskan institution Ted Stevens, is pro-drilling. That’s the sea we swim in up here. There are a few anti-drilling folks, but you have to look hard to find them, and work hard to have them admit it.

Also:

The progressive station has a mixture of callers who are amused, horrified, and bewildered. The conservative station has a mixture of callers who are amused, enthusiastic, horrified and bewildered. No one is really sure how this happened, or what to make of it. Citing the fact that she was the mayor of Wasilla 2 years ago in her list of “executive experience” doesn’t even pass the giggle test in Alaska. Palin does have many supporters here in the state, but even many of them are doubting whether she can cut it in the Veep slot. A few callers have said they feel sorry for her, because they like her but she’s obviously being “used” and is way over her head. Local politicians are fiercely divided. Those who like her are generally appointees who are locally referred to as “Palin-bots” and have drawn comparisons to George Bush’s idealogical croneys. Many, Democrats and Republicans, are fierce opponents.

I just don’t think reasonable people can honestly convince themselves Palin is more experienced than Obama, or that her experience is enough with only 2 months to look at her. And it’s simply undeniable that she’s an absolute beginner on foreign policy. The people who know her best, Alaskans, are apparently fairly shocked at the news. It’s like finding out your cousin just got picked…you’re excited because the person is familiar to you, but at the same time you’re completely perplexed that anybody would choose them, because you’re more familiar with your cousin than the people doing the picking.

-jb

And she comes with her own ethics scandal!

Aug 30, 2008 in Politics, Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin only has 18 months experience as governor of the 47th smallest state population, but she sure got straight to the point: She’s currently under investigation for using her position to get her ex-brother-in-law who was a state trooper fired, and firing the state commissioner of public safety who wouldn’t do it. The former commissioner has evidence and is quite vocal, and all indications are that Palin has been caught red-handed.

The Republican defense, of course, has nothing to do with what is ethical or legal. The rule of law? Hell, GWB and Cheney made that so yesterday. The brother-in-law was a bad guy (um, but the commissioner wasn’t, fellaz)! The fact that Palin will use whatever power she gets to settle personal grudges is only a plus for the GOP base.

-jb

UPDATE: Damn, looks like she managed to fit some corruption into her mayoral career too!

“She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president?” said Green, a Republican (State Senate President) from Palin’s hometown of Wasilla. “Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”