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November 3, 2008

GOING FOR BROKE.... Sarah Palin has been an embarrassment to herself and her party since joining the Republican ticket in late August, so it stands to reason that she'd want to end the campaign season with her most disgraceful rhetoric to date.

After blasting the notion that some Democrats want to cut the defense budget, Palin told a Missouri audience this morning:

"What do they think? Do they think that the terrorists have all of a sudden become the good guys, and changed their minds? No! The terrorists still seek to destroy America and her allies and all that it is that is that we stand for: Freedom, tolerance, equality."

First of all, McCain has bragged repeatedly about his intention to cut funding to the Pentagon. (I'm still looking forward to her condemnation of her running mate.) Second of all, to even suggest that Democrats think terrorists are "good guys" is sickening. It seems Palin hit the bottom of the barrel, and then dug a hole so as to sink a little lower. She added:

"John served our nation in uniform for twenty two years. He spent five and a half years as a POW. He has met great adversity in his life and in the service to this country. He knows how tough challenges are overcome, he will not wave the white flag of surrender to the terrorists, he will not -- as our opponent did -- he will not support cutting off funding for our troops over in the war zone."

In reality, McCain did support "cutting off funding for our troops over in the war zone." (Again, we await Palin's condemnation of McCain.) For that matter, playing the P.O.W. card this blatantly, this shamelessly, reflects a striking desperation.

Greg Sargent concluded, "Palin's final appeal on the eve of almost certain defeat puts it right out in the open: It's war hero versus ally of terrorists who want to destroy America and kill your children."

The entire Republican campaign is built entirely on hate, fear, and ignorance. If there's ever been a more offensive campaign for national office, it doesn't come to mind.

Steve Benen 2:40 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (47)

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Yes, actually, a more despicable campaign does come to mind: Saxby Chambliss' versus Max Cleland. And hopefully that one will be avenged tomorrow as well!

Go Dems!

Posted by: Ed on November 3, 2008 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

They've been worse in the past. Ma, Ma, where's my Pa? comes to mind. However, civility has certainly been better in this century and the 20th. Perhaps that is why the GOP is running the 19th century campaign, since that is where they want us to return in policy, civil rights, and attitude.

Posted by: rugger0 on November 3, 2008 at 2:39 PM | PERMALINK

And again, I ask, will any of this get 1/10,000th the coverage of "spread the wealth"?

Posted by: John McCain: Worse than Bush on November 3, 2008 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

Hard to argue that Palin speaks 100% on behalf of the McCain/Palin campaign anymore. When she rambles (which is most of the time), she goes way off message.

Posted by: wishIwuz2 on November 3, 2008 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

I will take great satisfaction seeing the look on that horrible woman's face when she realizes the loss is of epic proportions.

Posted by: Saint Zak on November 3, 2008 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

I have to say that the child-like simplicity and awkwardness of her speaking style that has endeared her to so many of her base has actually been nothing more than a mask to the child-like simplicity and awkwardness of her actual mental faculties.

She is not prepared.

Posted by: Curmudgeon on November 3, 2008 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

Freedom, tolerance, equality!

You know, as long as you aren't disabled, black, poor, gay, female, pregnant, latino, homeless, muslim, atheist, OMG the list is too long for me to go on. Oh, 'not born here' is another big one.

Ugh.

Posted by: Crissa on November 3, 2008 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK

..hate, fear, and ignorance.....


Don't forget mendacity.

Every step of the way, the lies have flooded the airwaves.

Starting with Country First.

Don't tell me John puts country first when he can't even remember how many houses or cars he has.

Don't tell me Sarah puts country first when she wears clothing
that only the rich and famous would wear.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on November 3, 2008 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

That's SO 2004. I believe that ship sailed a while ago. People are a bit more concerned about other things right now.
It'll be interesting to see how quickly the Republican party rips her to shreds and sends her back to Alaska. I think it funny to think of her as a possibility for 2012. If she thinks this campaign is tough wait until her fellow republicans are running against her. Yikes, I almost feel sorry for her, NOT!

Posted by: kswan on November 3, 2008 at 2:53 PM | PERMALINK

"The entire Republican campaign is built entirely on hate, fear, and ignorance. If there's ever been a more offensive campaign for national office, it doesn't come to mind."

You know, it was equally offensive when it was cloaked in the myth of "compassionate conservatism" to allow people to wallow in hate, fear, and ignorance, while still feeling good about themselves.

So, no, this campaign doesn't strike me as particularly offensive in the context of Republican presidential campaigns since Nixon.

Posted by: larry birnbaum on November 3, 2008 at 2:54 PM | PERMALINK

I have been saying that on the outside she looks good, but the inside is she is pure Bitch.

She doesn't care about the country only those people that are loyal to her and her segment of the GOP. She is willing to demonize to get a handful of votes poisoning the water for whoever is president. Salting the Earth - the political version.

Posted by: ET on November 3, 2008 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

14 dresses from Neiman Marcus...... $83,000.00
12 dresses from Saks Fifth Ave..... $67,000.00
1 hair dresser/make-up artist...... $22,000.00

The look on Sarah Palin's face when she gets her ass handed to her on Nov. 4th....... priceless.

Posted by: on November 3, 2008 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

Curmudgeon wrote: "... the child-like simplicity and awkwardness of her speaking style ..."

It's completely fake, made-for-TV bullshit. Watch the videos of Palin in the televised debates when she ran for governor of Alaska. She doesn't sound at all like the fake-folksy Palin of 2008. Her whole "aw shucks I'm a reg'lar hockey mom doncha know also wink wink" shtick is totally phony and contrived and targeted at the gullible rubes of the GOP base.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on November 3, 2008 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

From whence comes the allegation of Democrats wanting to cut the defense budget? Not that there's anything wrong with that?

Posted by: Bulworth on November 3, 2008 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

Unfortunately, this isn't Sarah Palin's last hurrah. It's just a harbinger of things to come. Take a good look at the future of the Republican Party.

Posted by: Kuyper on November 3, 2008 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

If there's ever been a more offensive campaign for national office, it doesn't come to mind.
Steve Belen

You must have a small mind.

Jefferson's camp accused President Adams of having a "hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."

In return, Adams' men called Vice President Jefferson "a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father."

As the slurs piled on, Adams was labeled a fool, a hypocrite, a criminal, and a tyrant, while Jefferson was branded a weakling, an atheist, a libertine, and a coward.

Even Martha Washington succumbed to the propaganda, telling a clergyman that Jefferson was "one of the most detestable of mankind."

Posted by: SJRSM on November 3, 2008 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

There are so many ways that one could skewer the Palin person one hardly knows where to begin.

But I have to ask myself: does/did no-one in the McCain campaign not realize that her voice and manner are utterly inappropriate for the office she was selected for?

And does/did no-one realize that this is - speaking objectively - a person with no moral center?

And did no-one stop to think that her obvious cluelessness and lack of interest when it comes to basic - basic - questions of governance and politics would be bound to come back to haunt them?

No-one?

Posted by: PowerOfX on November 3, 2008 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

It's completely fake, made-for-TV - SecularAnimist

I don't know. She sounded a bit like Britney Spears when she thought she was talking to Zarcosi.

Posted by: Danp on November 3, 2008 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

She's an idiot.

Posted by: chocolate Thunder on November 3, 2008 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

Palin is going to be the gift that keeps giving. Wait until they pundits let loose with what they have be holding. sure they will blame McCain, but with every analysis her character and intelligence is going to come in question. I just do not see Sarah Palin laying down and letting be. I think it's going to be all out war between Palin and moderates that will such in both Palin and McCain advisers.

The part I really look forward to is the 'getting Sarah ready for public consumption' stories. I know they are going to say that she though the moon was made of cheese, or the world is flat, or something jaw droppingly stupid.

Posted by: ScottW on November 3, 2008 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

I hope she enjoyed her extended 15 minutes of infamy. I she realizes that the great sucking sound that's getting louder by the second, is the sound of her political carreer going down the drain.

Posted by: rick on November 3, 2008 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

I look forward to the days after tomorrow. The days following the election will once again be Palin Free. It already sounds so sweet, so nice; days upon days not hearing her shrill nasally voice, her right wing christian redundant inane rhetoric. Gone from the daily review of news and events will be her lies, innuendos, distortions, denials, weird conclusions and accusations.
Back to normal.
I declare Nov 5th 2008 on to eternity- Palin Free Zone.
Hip Hip, Hooray. Hip, Hip, Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anthony Lool on November 3, 2008 at 3:21 PM | PERMALINK

What a pathetic fool. What a silly, childish, ridiculous, petty little moron. They've absolutely given up on finishing with dignity (and let's not kid ourselves, our ADD media would have forgotten the sleaze if they spent the last weekend being honourable), and instead are desperately trotting out an expired tactic (only they're too stupid and/or venal to notice).

I just LOVE how she's convinced that her star is rising, when in fact she is going to be eviscerated by her own starting tomorrow night. They will absolutely destroy her, and she is completely oblivious to it.

She's pathetic.

Posted by: neilt on November 3, 2008 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

PowerOfX,

she was handpicked by Kristol and Dick Morris and some evangelical brainwashed blogger. These people are the bottom of the intellectual barrel in this country.

Posted by: grinning cat on November 3, 2008 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

You quote Palin on John McCain: "He has met great adversity in his life and in the service to this country. He knows how tough challenges are overcome, he will not wave the white flag of surrender..."

In some ways, it's too bad the Democrats didn't run a Rovian-style negative campaign. I wrote several sentences on McCain's grades, flying, captivity, and divorce -- then just replaced them with this short, bland list of topics. Some of you will know where I went with them; I'm glad the Obama campaign didn't go there, but I do get tired of hearing a litany such as Palin's.

OK, I'm calm now.

Posted by: CMcC on November 3, 2008 at 3:44 PM | PERMALINK

The symptom that one's madness has become both chronic and fatal is when the patient's screams become obscenely nonsensical, excrutiatingly loud, and ignored by all but the most fanatical elements of the intended audience.

Sarah Palin's madness is, indeed, both chronic and fatal. May she scream herself into eternal oblivion....

Posted by: Steve W. on November 3, 2008 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

"Unfortunately, this isn't Sarah Palin's last hurrah. It's just a harbinger of things to come. Take a good look at the future of the Republican Party."

I doubt it. The last person to reach the presidency after running as a failed VP candidate was FDR. Palin is no FDR.

Posted by: Joel on November 3, 2008 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Keeping digging deeper, Palin. It seems to be all you know.

It takes someone with a brain to realize there is an alternative to "us versus them".

It takes someone with hope and vision to realize the shovel is not what our country nor the world need.

Posted by: putin rears his ugly head on November 3, 2008 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Saint Zak @ 2:49: "I will take great satisfaction seeing the look on that horrible woman's face when she realizes the loss is of epic proportions."

Judging from her past shenanigans, her present actions, and her demeanor, I don't think she'll ever realize it. She is completely involved with herself to the exclusion of the outside world. Emotionally, she hasn't gone beyond high school backstabbing. It's all about Sarah. She's a nasty, parochial woman.

Posted by: Steamed on November 3, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

Worth mentioning in the blame game post election:

They are going to CYA as fast as they can by blaming the other side of the ticket.

Palin will remain the darling of the fundies until her medical records come out, heh heh.

Palin also gets to go back to AK and a legislature that voted unaminously to investigate her and (the committee, also unaminous) also say she abused her power. This is a 2/3 GOP leg, and they are going to impeach her. Bwa ha ha ha hahahaha.....

Posted by: rugger0 on November 3, 2008 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

Fools! Palinmania has just begun to find the wind under its wings! Sarah P. is going to wipe the floor with all you liberal types, especially that Obama guy! She gets it, man, she understands what it means to be an All-American American in a Godless world where terrorists lurk around every corner waiting to steal your money and rape your children. Not like you traitorous liberal pansies who cry when you rip a nail. She's the rootinest, tootinest All-American since...well, since forever! Sarah Palin 2012! Sarah P. for Queen of America!

Posted by: Conrad's Ghost on November 3, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Wait, Freedom has been tolerating equality? Since when and in what country?!

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on November 3, 2008 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

> "Freedom, tolerance, equality"

-- wait a minute. Didn't somebody McCainish just say something about equality *not* being an American value?

Supporting equality = "Going rogue"!

Posted by: ThatTallGuy on November 3, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

They will say things like, "Some tough things were said during the campaign . . ." as if they were said all in good fun, in the abstract by unnamed persons instead of by their party leaders. Come Wednesday Republicans are going to blame their losses on liberal media bias.

What McCain has demonstrated is that Republicans do not believe they can win by running a respectful, issues-based campaign. That era of Republicanism died with Ed Brooke and Elliot Richardson.

Here's a trivia question: what do Elliot Richardson and Barak Obama have in common?

Answer: They were both president of the Harvard Law Review.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on November 3, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

If there's ever been a more offensive campaign for national office, it doesn't come to mind.

Wait, man. It's not even midnight yet.

Posted by: chrenson on November 3, 2008 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Robert Greenwald's next retrospecive documentary: "John and Sarah Made a Porno"

Posted by: urban legend on November 3, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

I'll go to my grave mystified at why the Obama campaign didn't hammer Palin on her association with the Alaska Independence Party, and its founder Joe Vogler. While the polls indicate it may not matter, it's mind-boggling to me that they have allowed her to smear the patriotism of all Democrats when it was she who delivered a cheery video greeting to a party founded by a man who had a virulent hatred for the very country that she claims to love so much. If our worst fears come to pass and the GOP manages to steal another one by a few thousand votes, I'll be looking at this as one reason why.

Posted by: bluestatedon on November 3, 2008 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

When did we start calling countries "her"?

Posted by: m.e.b. on November 3, 2008 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

A party in dire need of a new, young, fresh face to take it into the next century and they pick her? 'Nuf said.

Posted by: SteveB on November 3, 2008 at 5:25 PM | PERMALINK

www.tinyurl.com/McCainTalked

Posted by: Traitor he was on November 3, 2008 at 5:30 PM | PERMALINK

"If there's ever been a more offensive campaign for national office, it doesn't come to mind."
Steve Belen

Along with Jefferson-Adams, also see Jackson-Quincy Adams.

Posted by: smuggler on November 3, 2008 at 6:18 PM | PERMALINK

Freedom, tolerance, equality...

I dunno. Sounds like SOCIALISM to me! Sheer Bolshevism! No wonder she wears those RED skirts.

Posted by: jonas on November 3, 2008 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

Second of all, to even suggest that Democrats think terrorists are "good guys" is sickening.

I haven't heard one liberal chastise the Supreme Court for that idiotic Boumediene ruling. Because, of course, the terrorists are deserving of more rights than even American citizens.

I'm with Palin on this one.

In reality, McCain did support "cutting off funding for our troops over in the war zone."

That's an utter lie. McCain may have voted against a version of the bill you mentioned, but he actually voted for the one that was signed by President Bush, while Obama voted against it (link here: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=110&session=1&vote=00181). Try telling the truth at least once.

If there's ever been a more offensive campaign for national office, it doesn't come to mind.

How about BO's?

Posted by: SteveIL on November 3, 2008 at 8:37 PM | PERMALINK

So, is it safe to say she's no longer trying to appeal to disaffected Clinton supporters?

Sadly, for all of us who hope her career will be crushed tomorrow, I am concerned that the history of Richard Nixon suggests otherwise. This toxic ugliness has an audience in the unreality-based community.

Posted by: short fuse on November 3, 2008 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

While I find Palin even more reprehensible than Phyllis Shlafly, like SHORT FUSE I think it's a mistake to write her and her ilk off. She'll say and do whatever it takes to retain power and remain in the spotlight. It behooves us to KEEP letting all the hypocrites and bigots know that we're mad as hell and we're not gonna take it anymore.

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Posted by: roben on November 4, 2008 at 1:58 AM | PERMALINK

...hate, fear and ignorance.

Don't forget the fourth GOP horseman. . .greed.

Posted by: reidmc on November 4, 2008 at 2:46 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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