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November 12, 2008

LET IT GO, GOV.... There are plenty of reasons to be glad the presidential election is over, but one of my favorites is that we won't have to hear the same tired smears against Barack Obama. By the time 2012 rolls around, his Republican detractors will be attacking him for developments over the next four years, not talking about flag pins, Britney Spears, spreading the wealth, and Bill Ayers.

But some folks apparently aren't quite ready to move on just yet. Consider this exchange between CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Sarah Palin that will air this afternoon:

BLITZER: [D]uring a campaign, every presidential campaign, things are said, it's tough, as you well know, it gets sometimes pretty fierce out there. And during the campaign, you said this, you said: "This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America." And then you went on to say: "Someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he is palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."

PALIN: Well, I still am concerned about that association with Bill Ayers. And if anybody still wants to talk about it, I will, because this is an unrepentant domestic terrorist who had campaigned to blow up, to destroy our Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol. That's an association that still bothers me. And I think it's still fair to talk about it.

Palin then went on to say that "now is the time to move on," and that the "chapter is closed."

Honestly, what is she talking about? Palin still thinks it's "fair to talk about" Bill Ayers, and she brags that if "anybody still wants to talk about" Ayers, she will. Literally a few seconds later, Palin thinks we should "move on" because "the campaign is over."

I'm curious if Palin can hear the words coming out of her mouth while she's speaking.

My hunch is, the talking point smears are so well ingrained in Palin's mind, hearing Blitzer say the words "pal around with terrorists" necessarily prompted her to start spewing her scripted nonsense all over again. It's as if she momentarily forgot that Election Day has come and gone, so she repeated the words she'd said thousands of times before.

It's kind of sad, really.

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What is sad is that Sarah Palin is still being discussed at all.
Let it go, indeed.

Posted by: talesoftwokitties on November 12, 2008 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

Im am certainly tired of the childish demonization.

Posted by: Jet on November 12, 2008 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah, honey, we can't miss you if you won't go away, and we REALLY want to miss you...

Posted by: Andrew on November 12, 2008 at 3:55 PM | PERMALINK

I felt sorry for the voters in Alaska until they re-elected Ted Stevens.

They deserve a governor like Palin.

Now can we please move on to important issues?

Posted by: Jon Koppenhoefer on November 12, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

She's one of those people who wants the last word, then wants to "move on." She won't admit she was wrong to basically call him a terrorist, because that would piss off her crazy base, so she tries to have it both ways.

Posted by: Margaret on November 12, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

She should be and will be irrelevant to our future.

Posted by: muffler on November 12, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

What else does she have to talk about except the Ayers bullshit, or some other bullshit?

Sarah Palin is a bullshit artist, plain and simple. She has nothing of value or importance to say about anything. She is one of those "celebrities" who is famous for being famous.

As much fun as it is to roll the eyes and groan and mock her vapid, vicious stupidity, I suggest that you take the high road and ignore her entirely. The National Enquirer and CNN and the other tabloids will give her all the attention she deserves.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on November 12, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

The appearance of Sarah Palin on any high profile "news/commentary" show at this time is more a reflection on the network and its on-air hosts than of Palin, herself. That she is still obsessed with Ayers is a serious flaw in her character and her political acumen. I often wonder what universe these people inhabit and how it is I can still tune into that universe. I observe, I discern, I dismiss.

Barack Obama daily shows me why my choice to cast a vote for him is appreciating. Too bad he is not a stock I could purchase or a house I could invest in. Yet, in a way, he is.

I am committed to Oneness through Justice and Transformation
peace,
st john

Posted by: st john on November 12, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

I agree with Governor Palin. So let's move on, and forget about ever drilling in ANWR.

Posted by: David W. on November 12, 2008 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK


"Now is the time to move on and to, again, make sure that all of us are doing all that we can to progress this nation."

She repeated later "start progressing America".

Did I mess a language memo somewhere, or does she just radically misunderstand how to use the word "progress" as a verb in a sentence?

Maybe it's right, but it really just sounds wrong to my ears. I can't go up to something and "progress" it, and as a part of an organization I don't "progress" the organization. I can "push for progress" (as a noun) or "progress towards a goal" (verb), but I've never heard progress used in this form as an isolated verb. Probably because it is meaningless without a direction in which the thing is progressing, but empty meaninglessness never stopped politicians from talking before.

Posted by: Tom Dibble on November 12, 2008 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

STEVE -- WAKE UP!!

This is not about making sense. It's about speaking the kind of 'code' that George Bush made famous in 2000. She's talking right past 'rational' voters to the fantasy-dominated fundamentalist brain, telling them what they still yearn to hear. You cannot underestimate or excuse or disregard this kind of cultish rhetoric. It has a specific purpose, it is achieving its goals, and it will keep her in the public and political eye.

Honest to god, I really wish you and the other left-wing pundits would have learned the real lesson of the past eight years. Our fundamentalists are just as dangerous as any other kind of fundamentalist, and they are as determined to destroy our country as is Osama bin Laden. And no I'm not joking or apologizing for that comment.

I don't want to live in a religious country. They want America to be a regligious country. And they are willing to lie right to your face, to the public, to the press, to the government, to the FBI, CIA, NSA, and Supreme Court in order to get what they want. Sarah Palin is not confused. She is mentally unstable, delusional, egomanical and determined.

Stop treating her like a joke. She was a few million votes away from the vice presidency for god's sake!

Posted by: The Phantom on November 12, 2008 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

Say, aren't you the governor married to that guy who's in that party that wants to secede from the US?

Posted by: short fuse on November 12, 2008 at 4:00 PM | PERMALINK

Well, in fairness to Palin, Blitzer did bring it up first-- it's not like she's going around talking about Ayers unprompted. How exactly would you expect her to respond to this question, other than as she did? It seems to me the blame lies with the media, still trying to milk the campaign for ratings.

Posted by: JRD on November 12, 2008 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

What's kind of sad is that Blitzer and his ilk spoon feed nausea to people like Palanaroundwithterrorists to somehow make what she did or said valid. There are millions of people who still believe this garbage and knuckle-heads like the bearded one continues to give them a platform to regurgitate the lies and smears. What he should be asking her (as Colin Powell said on Meet the Press, "If McCain thinks Ayers is a washed-up terrorist, why are we still talking about him?") is, if it's time to move on why are you still willing to talk to anyone who will listen about it. Why anyone wants to hear her or Joe the plumber, or Mike Reagan is beyond me anyway. Washed-up losers...

Posted by: stevio on November 12, 2008 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

Read Kevin on this:

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2008/11/what_just_happened.html

Posted by: Gore/Feingold '16 on November 12, 2008 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

Thank you Jesus for Sarah Palin.

Now send her home already.

Posted by: Racer X on November 12, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

yeah...and didn't you, like, speak at their big get-together a cupla' times, you know...keynote speach and all? and how 'bout that voodoo guy...and the characters at your church?? let the vetting for the future begin. god says make it so.

Posted by: pinkpatudy on November 12, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

I hope Palin doesn't descend into obscurity. She is so completely vacuous that all she does when she speaks is further damage the republican brand and her own positives.

Posted by: Chris Brown on November 12, 2008 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

Another who still wants to talk about Ayers is Palin fan Camille Paglia, who says the guv's speech patterns remind her of a bebop saxophone player. I think this is intended to be a compliment. Hey, I know bebop, and if Palin tried that incoherent slush in a verbal jam she'd be bounced faster than the off-key wolf in Chuck Jones' "Three Little Bops."

One's worth is measured not just by the quality of his/her enemies, but supporters, too.

Posted by: ericfree on November 12, 2008 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Clearly Palin is trying to stay relevant so that she can remain a Republican leader. What she's really doing is wearing out her welcome--or what's left of it, anyway.

What Palin ought to do is to run for RNC Chair. She's still extraordinarily popular among the base, and it's a win-win proposition. She stays in the headlines for a few more months. If she wins, she's the head of the party. If she loses (and it's almost certain she would), she can talk about how she was denied the victory by "moderate" and "elite" Republicans, toss in a few derrogatory references to the the "old boys' network" and use it to whip up anger at the GOP establishment and firm up her support for a 2008 run. Maybe she'd even get lucky and there'd be some sort of blind quote from an anonymous RNC member saying he wouldn't want Palin to run a 7-11 that the Dems could use in a hypothetical 2012 matchup.

Posted by: Lev on November 12, 2008 at 4:12 PM | PERMALINK

My hunch is, the talking point smears are so well ingrained in Palin's mind, hearing Blitzer say the words "pal around with terrorists" necessarily prompted her to start spewing her scripted nonsense all over again.

Pavlov's dog.

If someone says "Cocktail party" within earshot of Pailin, she gets on her knees and opens her mouth really wide.

Posted by: Winkandanod on November 12, 2008 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

god, she just can'ts top running her mouth!! And every time she opens it, a new lie comes out.

Posted by: g on November 12, 2008 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

Fortunately, Bush's mediocre military service was never discussed again after the 2000 election.

Posted by: SJRSM on November 12, 2008 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Just the other day she said, "Show me where the open door is." Yoohoo!! Miss Sarah! It's right here! No, no, honey, over here, where I'm waving at you!! Just come on over here and walk on through -- and don't let it hit you in the ass!

Posted by: gradysu on November 12, 2008 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

Vote Sarah Palin — 2012 — for Mayor of Africa!
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Posted by: bushwahd on November 12, 2008 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

Q: What's the difference between Sarah Palin's mouth and her vagina?

A: Only some of the things that come out of her vagina are retarded.

Posted by: John McCain on November 12, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

And if anybody still wants to talk about it, I will

Wouldn't this be an opportune moment for a journalist of Wolf Blitzer's standing to say "Okay, let's talk about it. What is that relationship, and why, precisely, do you find it so troubling? What, precisely, did you mean by "pallin' around"? Do they go fishing together? Bowling? Do they take metal detectors to the beach?"

I'd love to see someone press this woman for details, just as I'd like to see someone ask McCain to explain, in detail, why ACORN is a threat to democracy.

Posted by: Jim on November 12, 2008 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Ever been to a party where an individual is on their way out the door, and they don't quite leave?

They stand in front of the door, yakking away about something that was discussed hours ago, and your brain has already moved on from the conversation.

Instead of waiting for this person to leave, you get so frustrated that YOU leave, dodging around her on the way out the door.

Problem is.... it was your party.
______
So long Sarah, we really must go to bed now.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on November 12, 2008 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

Fortunately, Bush's mediocre military service was never discussed again after the 2000 election.

Not by the defeated Democratic candidates, at least not in any major media outlets, and it wasn't a topic of their campaign speeches in the first place. Nice try.

Posted by: Allan Snyder on November 12, 2008 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

Let it go, Wolf Blitzer…

There’s a debate to be had on a potential GM bailout, on Baucus’ healthcare plan, on the use of TARP funds for bank acquisitions.

In with the policy wonks, out with the Sarah Palins. Please already.

Posted by: Ohioan on November 12, 2008 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

Jim wrote: "Wouldn't this be an opportune moment for a journalist of Wolf Blitzer's standing to say ..."

You have got to be kidding, right?

Unless by "a journalist of Wolf Blitzer's standing" you mean a slapstick clown who plays a journalist on TV, a vapid "on-air personality" whose "standing" is that of a sycophantic, fawning, obsequious courtier to right-wing corporate power?

Posted by: SecularAnimist on November 12, 2008 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

I know it's only been a week, but is anyone concerned about the coverage Palin continues to receive?

Yesterday she was the focus of much of Fox and MSNBC's coverage (albeit, with a much different approach) but it seems like if it was only Fox running stories on her her fade into obscurity would be much quicker.

In other words, I think the left would be better off ignoring her at this point than making anything she has to say newsworthy, otherwise I fear she may stay in the public consciousness long enough to use it to her advantage. At this point she needs to be reduced to her fringe base, and as much as possible, go the way of the Plumber.

Posted by: MFroc on November 12, 2008 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

You have got to be kidding, right?

One rather thought the sarcasm spoke for itself.

Posted by: Jim on November 12, 2008 at 4:51 PM | PERMALINK

Not by the defeated Democratic candidates, at least not in any major media outlets...
Posted by: Allan Snyder

I guess they didn't have Wolf Blitzer asking. He could have kept his trap shut on that one.

Posted by: SJRSM on November 12, 2008 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

We've already seen that the danger of an assassination attempt on Pres-elect Obama increases when Gov Palin makes repeated insinutaions of some nefarious 'connection' between Obama and a thoroughly reformed one-time '60s radical.

Unlike a lot of observers, I don't think Sarah Palin is stupid -- it takes some serious intelligence to be elected to high office in America. So she simply MUST know that her insinuations are rubbish, and add to the danger of a nutball resorting to violence... So assuming that Palin isn't stupid, one can only conclude that she *wants* Obama to be assassinated.

Posted by: Helen H. on November 12, 2008 at 4:58 PM | PERMALINK

"a journalist of wolf blitzer's standing..."

now in fairness to wolf blitzer, he does sometimes read the scripts written for him while standing.

Posted by: mellowjohn on November 12, 2008 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

"By the time 2012 rolls around, his Republican detractors will be attacking him for developments over the next four years, not talking about flag pins, Britney Spears, spreading the wealth, and Bill Ayers."

I realize liberals like Communists and American terrorists, but some of us don't.

Posted by: SteveIL on November 12, 2008 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

Stop talking about her.....now. Do not give her the time of day - let her go to oblivion. Let's focus on the real administration and not some airheaded govenor of a small state like Alaska. Let it go.

Posted by: wom67 on November 12, 2008 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

Wolf Blitzer asked the question, so blame him. I'm not getting dragged into this moonbat vs. wingnut battle. You guys still don't get that this doesn't matter to normal Americans. I'm post partisan and post racial. I heard ACORN helped one guy voted 70 times, by the way.

Posted by: SJRSN on November 12, 2008 at 5:32 PM | PERMALINK

Palin is the poster child for Mark Twain's comment, "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure."

Let us pray that he was wrong.

Posted by: Dan Lauber on November 12, 2008 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

A repulsively snide opportunist that appeals to the ignorant.

Posted by: Curtis E. Mayle on November 12, 2008 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

I realize liberals like Communists and American terrorists, but some of us don't.

1.) Learn what the hell a communist is. Hint: Obama ain't.

2.) Here's a Domestic terrorist for ya, Sport. Sarah-geddon's hubby was a card-carrying member of the secessionist party he founded...right up to the minute before she entered public life. The current leader of the party talks openly of "infiltrating" the major parties.

3.) Lots more of us don't like the fascist fuckheads who have been running the show. Deal. We had to for eight long years. Now it's your turn.

Posted by: Blue Girl on November 12, 2008 at 6:36 PM | PERMALINK

The Phantom is right (and also Ms Mudd in the thread above). She is dangerous and she is speaking in code to a cult that is salivating for her. She is dangerous. You trivialize her at your peril.

Blitzer was giving her a chance to walk back her rhetoric and she just went ballst to the walls just the same. This crowd can never admit the were wrong and her groupies will love that about her too.

Posted by: Always Hopeful on November 12, 2008 at 6:37 PM | PERMALINK

It's terribly sad and scary, but I can't cry for laughing. I look forward to her disjointed blather, I admit it. She's funnier than ''The Onion.'' The woman is dumber than snow.

Posted by: buddy66 on November 12, 2008 at 7:17 PM | PERMALINK

maybe it was a post hypnotic suggestion... just saying.

Posted by: kanopsis on November 12, 2008 at 8:48 PM | PERMALINK

John McCain, I shouldn't dignify your comment by calling attention to it, but cut the sleaze. That's over the top.

Posted by: SteveB on November 12, 2008 at 8:53 PM | PERMALINK

Wolf: "Sarah, what is the sum of two and two?"

Sarah: "In what respect, Wolfie?"

Posted by: rick on November 12, 2008 at 9:25 PM | PERMALINK

He biggest danger is to Herself. I suspect that her party is going to step in here in a little while if this blather continues. In any case, its a matter of time...

Posted by: Elie on November 12, 2008 at 9:26 PM | PERMALINK

John McCain, I shouldn't dignify your comment by calling attention to it, but cut the sleaze. That's over the top.

It was just a joke! Maybe it went too far, yes, but still, it was just a joke! Liberals have no sense of humor!

Posted by: Michael Barone on November 12, 2008 at 9:55 PM | PERMALINK

SJGRSM, don't you mean Bush's failure to fulfill his duties? Even so, you are right. The Swift Boat Liars for Republican Draft Dodgers and Opposed to War Heroes Because They are Democrats sucked all the air out and no one really paid attention to the fact that Bush's service was a total scam.

Speaking of the last campaign, one wonders how many of John McCain's bombs killed total innocents. It was, after all, a much less precise skill back then - and even now we seldom hear of a bombing run that only killed "enemies," and when we do it usually turns out to be pure propaganda.

It's hard to imagine what the mental state of a person is who spent so much of their time killing people from the relative safety of an airplane. My god, imagine what kind of disconnect it takes from humanity to pretend that all those dead and broken human bodies aren't connected to the payloads you dropped on them - or the even sicker fantasy, that they aren't really human. It's no wonder John McCain has no real conception of the horrors of war and is so quick to joke about such things - and vote for ever more of it. Though I suspect that his enthusiasm for war will wane now that he's confronted with a Democratic President.

Posted by: heavy on November 12, 2008 at 10:47 PM | PERMALINK

I hope that someday Sarah Palin will be as obscure as William Miller. Those of you old enough to remember the 1964 election may or may not remember that he was Goldwater's running mate. He pretty much disappeared from the face of the earth after that, except for an American Express commercial. Someday (I hope) Sarah Palin's name will be a head-scratching crossword puzzle answer.

Posted by: A Nonnie Mouse on November 16, 2008 at 11:56 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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