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July 27, 2009

DEPARTING WITH A WHIMPER.... As expected, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) resigned yesterday, giving up her office half-way through her first term. Before officially handing over the reins to Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell (R), Palin delivered a campaign-style speech at an event in Fairbanks, during which she predictably complained about the news media, her political opponents, and Hollywood "starlets."

The former governor added that she "will be able to fight even harder" for her supporters, now that she has no office, no governmental power, no authority, and no influence over public policy. She didn't elaborate as to why.

Arguably more interesting than Palin's bizarre decision to quit with 18 months to go in her only term is considering how, exactly, she changed as an officeholder. TNR's Suzy Khimm had a good piece the other day exploring "how national exposure changed" her, pushing Palin "much further to the right than she had been," to the disappointment of Alaskan lawmakers in both parties.

There are plenty of similarities between pre- and post-campaign Palin. Both avoided details, and preferred over-simplification. Both found the unglamorous work of governing to be tiresome.

But the Palin who was governor before the national campaign was something of a pragmatist, willing to compromise and engage opponents in the interests of advancing an agenda. By the time she returned to Alaska after Election Day, Khimm explained, Palin had become an inflexible, antagonistic ideologue, unwilling to work with almost anyone.

There's no doubt that Alaska's state government has been paralyzed since Palin's return, with anger and frustration emanating from both the governor's office and the state legislature. All of Palin's major bills failed to pass this year's first 90-day session. But conversations with both Republican and Democratic legislators reveal that Palin's inability to get anything done has little to do with the media attacks the Alaska governor claims drove her from office. The lawmakers say it has more to do with how national exposure changed her, moving her much further to the right than she had been and making her nearly impossible to work with. And state Republicans seem just as incensed about it as the Democrats. [...]

[U]pon returning to Juneau last fall, "she managed to alienate most of the 60 members of [the Alaska] House and Senate," says Larry Persily, an aide to state Republican Representative Mike Hawker. "It wasn't a matter of burning bridges -- she blew them up." [...]

"The little bit of time she spent on policy, she devoted ... to issues of national merit," says Republican Representative Jay Ramras. "It wasn't when but how she was going to throw Alaska under the bus." But even as Palin grandstanded on her opposition to the funds and her willingness to withstand what she called "the slings and arrows" from both parties, she failed to communicate the specifics of her positions and dismissed lawmakers. When it came to legislative matters of any substance, "we got very little information from the state," says Republican House Speaker Mike Chenault. "All I wanted was to know what her response was.... There were many times we couldn't get a clear answer." "We couldn't get any decisions out of the governor," says Persily, who spent two years working in the Alaska governor's Washington office. "It had nothing to do with critics harping at her -- it was a lack of attention to governing."

Many of those who supported her statewide campaign in 2006 are left to wonder what could've been.

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Many of those who supported her statewide campaign in 2006 are left to wonder what could've been.

Those who supported her statewide campaign in 2006 should realize they were had.

Posted by: low-tech cyclist on July 27, 2009 at 8:08 AM | PERMALINK

it was a lack of attention to governing.

And that's her whole schtick right there. She LOVES being "important" and having power and being respected. But she can't bring herself to confront the actual day-to-day drudgery of governing. Paying attention to details, hammering out compromises, putting thought and effort into formulating and executing policy--there's no glamor in that, but there is work.

She's very childish.

Posted by: Domage on July 27, 2009 at 8:10 AM | PERMALINK

That's rich.I really enjoyed the press conference. The ultimate media whore complains about press coverage. She is an Onion article writing itself. She could have resigned quietly in a private ceremony , instead we are subjected to not one but two media circuses in the last couple of days. As to her complaints about the media making stuff up , she really shouldn't be so hard on Fox News , after all they are on her side.

Posted by: John R on July 27, 2009 at 8:17 AM | PERMALINK

Wouldn't you just LOVE to hear someone,say Wolf Blitzer, ask anyone of her constiuent supporters

WOLF: "Given what she did, how she did it, (quit her governorship)and her reasons for doing it,what would the chances if she were to go into the National scene as a Senator or even President, what would be her incentive to NOT quit that position during her Lame (emphasis on Lame) Duck status at that job?"

Supporter: "Well Blitz, she wouldn't because she is Sarah Palin, and Sarah Palin isn't a quiter. However, if a situation arose, say a world war she would most asuidly begin, in the name of all that is wing nut and holy, she could conceivably step down to allow her to pursue angles not confining her to the liberal media scrutiny a President faces."


Posted by: Stevio on July 27, 2009 at 8:27 AM | PERMALINK

Someday, perhaps, Left Blogovia too will tire of this Shiny Object. I live in hope . . .


Re the commenting problems that "Mod," Michael W and I discussed yesterday: Yes, please hurry that site update. Among the features I hope it includes:

-- reasonable and clearly-explained HTML guidelines and limits for commenters (whatever you have now is way more trouble than it's worth).

-- a Search function that works.

-- easy visibility of your and any co-bloggers' email addresses.

Posted by: lotus on July 27, 2009 at 8:32 AM | PERMALINK

...lack of attention to governing
...further to the right
...inflexible, antagonistic ideologue
...complained about the news media
...avoided details
...preferred over-simplification

Sounds to me like Sarah is ready to be the national leader of the rethugnican party!

Posted by: AmusedOldVet on July 27, 2009 at 8:37 AM | PERMALINK

Stevio - right on. Yet - that would involve reporters doing their jobs efficiently! Where's Lois Lane when you need her?

IF only, if only...

Posted by: sduffys on July 27, 2009 at 8:37 AM | PERMALINK

We are only limited by our experience which is restricted
Due to low cash reserves . Or sumpim' like that .
Other than that we generate endless fascination at the perpetual sound and fury machine from the dear leader sociopath party . The wind shifters and truth stretchers of the right are the envy of scout masters everywhere . Our mission is to put the hamster of right wing confusion on the wheel of truth .

Posted by: FRP on July 27, 2009 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK

Here's some over-simplification even Palin might understand:

Good riddance.

Alaskans must be very happy to lose this dead weight.

Posted by: JJC on July 27, 2009 at 8:49 AM | PERMALINK

Loved the lede on the AP release where someone typed "She rewed up the crowd" - Perhaps "reWed" is English for the Spanish phrase of "No Mas, No Mas", which was once said by a Latino boxer who quit in the ring.

Posted by: berttheclock on July 27, 2009 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

Apparently 'progressive' is a synonym of 'grammar-schoolish'. And 'the media scrutiny a president faces?...what a laugh!

Posted by: Paul Mosley on July 27, 2009 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

The former governor added that she "will be able to fight even harder" for her supporters, now that she has no office, no governmental power, no authority, and no influence over public policy. She didn't elaborate as to why.

No ethics rules. She can do and say anything she wants up to getting arrested. And even if she does, it'll be a conspiracy by the liberal police.

Posted by: shortstop on July 27, 2009 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

Who was also a great boxer by any measure . Bad moments in a lifetime while regrettable are an ittsy bitty bit different from a cheerleader , mean girl , farcical , murderous , dip into authoritarian paranoid fantasy .
Leave Roberto Duran Alone !

Posted by: FRP on July 27, 2009 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

'...she "will be able to fight even harder" for her supporters, now that she has no office, no governmental power, no authority, and no influence over public policy.'

Sounds like she's going to become a member of that elite force of changemakers, movers and shakers -- a right-wing blogger.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on July 27, 2009 at 9:06 AM | PERMALINK

Apparently 'progressive' is a synonym of 'grammar-schoolish'.

We're willing to learn, though. With so much time on her hands now, ex-Governor Palin can perhaps give us lessons in gravitas on Michael Steele's day off.

Posted by: shortstop on July 27, 2009 at 9:07 AM | PERMALINK

Sorry, FRP. Yes, he was a great Champion, who had accomplished so much before his end. However, his "No Mas" moment has etched that into meaning quitting before the work is finished.

St Sarah has accomplished litte. But, apparently, St Sarah, as an avid outdoorperson, will be able to "Tweet" to her hearts content.

Posted by: berttheclock on July 27, 2009 at 9:18 AM | PERMALINK

"the media scrutiny a President faces"

Oh, you mean Helen Thomas being passed over or moved after asking tough questions of Reagan, GWHB and his wayward son?

Posted by: berttheclock on July 27, 2009 at 9:23 AM | PERMALINK

More embarrassing than Sarah herself is the media attention she so freely gets and exploits so successfully. No one with even two gray cells left after a lifetime of substance abuse should take the drivel she spouts seriously, but the credulous, ratings driven media salivates at her every idiotic utterance. Watch for a return of the wink.

Welcome to Idiot America.

Posted by: rrk1 on July 27, 2009 at 9:45 AM | PERMALINK

Palin: "So, how 'bout in honor of the American soldier, ya quit makin' things up. And don't underestimate the wisdom of the people..."

So at long last, for once, I completely agree with Sarah Palin. We are probably thinking of different examples of course, but on the sentiment I agree.

Posted by: Ohioan on July 27, 2009 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

The lessons demonstrated from a true "pathos" probably varies as well as its audience does .
The difference from pathos and an informal "pathetic" will likely endure .
One quality , borrowed from Mudville to the here and now , may be that joy can evaporate for one day but mighty sara has struck out .

Posted by: FRP on July 27, 2009 at 9:57 AM | PERMALINK

I think the change that overtook Palin after the campaign is the same force that fuels the ever-rightward careening of Fox News, Rush, Hannity, Beck, etc. It is the right-wing, uninformed voter echo chamber. When a crowd of 50,000 people start cheering as you falsely accuse someone of palling around with terrorists, it changes you. When a million people call you up and say "Ditto!" to every word that flies out of your gob, it changes you.

Ultimately, the Republicans are still being led by the right-wing fringe because they're vocal and extremely easy to pander to, because they are incapable of applying logic to anything anyone says.

Birthers, anyone?

Posted by: chrenson on July 27, 2009 at 9:58 AM | PERMALINK

How much ya wanna bet that some right-wing money bags like Scaife or DeBeers paid off the Palins to leave the national stage?

Posted by: Joey Giraud on July 27, 2009 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

It's just too bad that Bush didn't try the same strategy

Quit after 18 months of his first term to resign and 'Fight for America'

He might even have join the military and gone to Iraq

Posted by: MSierra, SF on July 27, 2009 at 11:33 AM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin understands that what is called "conservatism" in America today is no longer an ideological or political movement -- it is an entertainment demographic. Sarah Palin's antics are to politics what TV pro wrestling is to martial arts.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on July 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM | PERMALINK

A couple of things:
Check out mudflats blog: http://www.themudflats.net/
AKM has interesting tales and photos from the picnics. Apparently many Palin supporters from the lower 48 traveled all the way to Alaska for this. Yikes.

This article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090727/pl_politico/25451
is interesting and has this quote, which sums up Palin nicely:
“It appears that she really doesn’t have a plan,” said Michael Carey, the former editorial page editor of the Anchorage Daily News and a public affairs commentator. “This is in keeping with her ad hoc approach to life.”

ROFL, ad hoc approach to life.

Posted by: Hannah on July 27, 2009 at 12:00 PM | PERMALINK

She discovered she loves. . . SHOPPING for clothes! She loves traveling around the country, being treated like royalty wherever she goes, with loads of admirers shouting "we love you Sarah!" over the police barricades.

And wearing lots of lovely new clothes!

Actually WORKING and answering hard questions and making decisions, and meeting with lawmakers and going over boring budget reports and stuff! She HATES that!

In short, she's an updated version of Queen Marie Antoinette. And her supporters are the modern Know-nothing party.

Posted by: Cugel on July 27, 2009 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

When the going gets unglamorous,
The glamorous go to the mall.

I stick by my prediction that she will become Glenn Beck's co-host.

Posted by: mark on July 27, 2009 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

But the wingers have not been exposed to Palin's inability to govern once the grandstanding comes to a halt. She wants all the glory without doing any of the work and it was the 'work' that led her to resign. Even her farewell speech was vindictive with no word on the direction Alaska should take, or any vision for its future based in reality.

She suits the wingers just fine for her lack of substance and integrity. They prefer a 'trophy' gov over the real thing. The nerve of Palin to bring her family into the speech by saying the Lt. Gov's family must be off limits and not treated as cruelly as her's was??? Shameless.

Posted by: bjobotts on July 27, 2009 at 12:47 PM | PERMALINK

"... . SHOPPING for clothes! She loves traveling around the country, being treated like royalty wherever she goes, with loads of admirers shouting "we love you Sarah!" over the police barricades.

And wearing lots of lovely new clothes!..."-Cudgel

A beauty queen's dream. Instead of winning the beauty pageant, she wants to be the winner of the political pageant. driftglass.com has a movie parody that fits this Palin model perfectly. Check it out. That is the Palin mentality...and it is very shallow...but look at how many really love 'beauty pageants'.

They will forever be known now as "Paliens"

A small portion of the population has been invaded by "Paliens" already. Hopefully their leader will get out of the public eye for ever.

Posted by: bjobotts on July 27, 2009 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Interesting comments all. She is, indeed, the Paris Hilton of politics ... although that's somewhat unfair to Hilton.

While I never agreed with much of what John McCain represented I always respected him some. No more. I will *never* forgive him for giving us Palin. He truly showed himself to be the fool.


Posted by: BoneDog on July 27, 2009 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

'...she "will be able to fight even harder" for her supporters, now that she has no office, no governmental power, no authority, and no influence over public policy.'

Who needs all that crap when you have a weekly spot on the Sunday Talk Shows

Posted by: Winkandanod on July 27, 2009 at 2:43 PM | PERMALINK

Your writing style reminds me of my freshmen when they turn in a paper. They mistake sarcasm for intellect.

BTW, do you really think this is her swan song? If you do, then you better stick with sarcasm.

Posted by: DennyK on July 27, 2009 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Grifters get out of town when people start paying attention to them.

Grifters in politics, social conservatives, are usually in a huge state of cognitive dissonance about what they're doing because they're blinded by their own egomania and glamour.

Sarah Palin, however, is not blinded, she knows exactly what she's doing, so she's skipping town.

Posted by: alan on July 27, 2009 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

(Sigh) More Palin Derangement Syndrome.

Psssst! The stimulus package isn't working. The pending health-care "reform" bill is a disaster in the making.

Your buddy Obama is already the ruination of the country and all you can talk about is an "ex."

Maybe it's time YOU found meaningful work, Steve.

Posted by: Jack Davis on July 27, 2009 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

I'd like to see someone ask her: Why do you say being governor of Alaska was just a "title" (I don't need a "title" to fight for Alaska . . .)? Isn't being governor a set of duties and responsibilties, which you undertook voluntarily? Does the new governor only have a "title"?

This line is just more psuedo-populist pandering to those who revel in their own ignorance and irrelevance, due to their pathological inability to sustain substantive fact-based policy debates. Welcome to the new American right.

Posted by: Dave H on July 27, 2009 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Please, more posts mentioning "Palin" and "pussy" in the same sentence!!! C'mon, I'm......urrghhh....almost....there....

Posted by: Mark on July 27, 2009 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, "Philip" - give; are you really Sarah Palin? Seriously, that post was so confusing and borderline-illiterate that it could have been one of Sarah's tweets.

What would make you think a former Chinese currency was a more interesting subject of discussion than yourself, Sarah?

Posted by: Mark on July 27, 2009 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

That is really funny considering that TNR defends Obama and his "bipartisanship," as much as they defend his agenda. Come on let us be real here. Palin is no more an ideologue then Obama (I would argue the messiah is far more). If you remember the argument that was made for Obama was he was bipartisan. Well I guess the campaign changed him. Well is the media on that, oh right they are MIA. Well guess we just need to beat the Palin horse then.

Posted by: Gabe on July 27, 2009 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

HAHAHA! Sara makes you fear the part of America that actually owns the guns and butter! Be afraid, be very afraid! HAHAHAHA

For someone you all claim is not so important, you sure spend allot of time trying to make sure she doesn't get positive press. She is the sum of all your fears! HAHAHAHAHA!

She will be the conservative candidate in 2012. I look forward to doing as much as I can to spread the good word about her! GO SARAH!

Posted by: SARAH2012! on July 27, 2009 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

The election has been over for half a year, and yet you in the MSM continue to ridicule and denigrate her. Why is that, with the election having been over for half a year, you in the MSM continue to ridicule and denigrate this woman at every opportunity? Because she scares the hell out of you. And with good reason. Long after Gaffemaster Joe had faded into oblivion, this woman, like her or hate her, will still be a political force to be reckoned with. Even if she never again runs for political office, those of us among the Repubs and the Independents take a quite joy in seeing how she riles you. See ya in 2010.

Posted by: Geechee on July 27, 2009 at 4:27 PM | PERMALINK

Let's see what she does now that she's not constrained by being the Governor.

I love her more than my wife.

Posted by: Chris R on July 27, 2009 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

So long Sarah,

Being a Republican, I think she is very qualfied to speak for Republicans, but she is not qualified to run our country.

She will always be my favorite milf though.

Posted by: Chris R on July 27, 2009 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

from the Washington Post comments...

Belle6 wrote:
For the Record:
Youngest person ever elected as Governor of the State of Alaska.
First Woman Ever elected as Governor of State of Alaska.
Promised to cut pork (kept-cut 1/2 billion in pork spending)
Promised to cut frivolous spending by Governors (kept-sold jet, cut travel 1/3-fired chef)
Promised to use veto (kept-vetoed 100s of millions of dollars of "pet" projects)
Promised to renegotiate pipleline and put it out to bid in favor of the owners of the mineral rights (kept-walked out on the negotiations with big oil, sent pipeline out to bid, awarded contract to US and Canadian firms)
Promised more transparency in Government (kept-put checkbook online so every Alaskan could see where their tax dollars went.)
Promised sweeping ethics reform and bipartisan approach to government (kept-ethics reform signed into law, and yes, it does need a little tweaking!)
Promised to expand school funding and funding for needs of special children (kept-raised funding by 75%)
Promised to build the bridge to nowhere(not kept. After review of costs, and other projects that were more valuable to the state, decided on other projects, and informed taxpayers of the why)
Promised fiscal prudence (kept-set aside billions in savings for a rainy day, so unlike other states, AK does have the cash reserve to pay the 1.2 billion shortfall in the budget)
Board recommended Palin's salary be increased to $150K a year. (Palin refused)
Promised to return more oil dividends to taxpayers. (Kept, and in addition sent the energy rebate checks to all taxpayers of $1,200. OIL rebates go to every Alaskan baby on up...some families receive 12K+)
Promised to govern for all the people of the State (Kept-refused to sign a bill banning abortion, refused to pass a bill that would refuse state benefits to gay couples, ethics reform written by Democrats and Independants)
Promised funding for National Guard (Kept-General said he wished all governors worked like Palin did)
Promised drilling for more oil in an environmentally friendly way. (Kept. created a board to protect the environment and AK's natural beauty)

In short, Palin accomplished in 2.5 years what other Govenors cannot accomplish in two terms.

Now as a Democrat, I have to wonder why Palin managed to keep all but one of her campaign promises, and my President promised everything on Earth so he would be elected...from changing NAFTA in Ohio, to ensuring all autos would be made in the USA to a stimulus guaranteeing unemployment would not go over 8%, to encouraging small business growth to Health Care REFORM.

Do you seriously think most of us would have voted for him if he told the truth?
I plan to pay back the special interest groups with a "Stimulus Package" that won't stimulate the economy.
I plan to raise your electric bills to double.
I plan to take over banks.
I plan to take over automobile industries and close dealerships that did not vote for me.
I plan to take over the Census and let ACORN help.
I plan to take over health care, and let special needs, and older Americans have their coverage cut, and start counseling them at age 65 about end of life planning and offer assisted suicide or government mandate of death.
I plan to run our deficit so high your great grandchildren can't pay for it.
I plan to apologize to every nation for Americans being more prosperous.
I plan to outsource everything and all Americans to be afraid of government.
I plan to dictate what everyone can earn in Corporations.
I plan to blame Bush always. For I cannot stand criticism of any kind.
I plan to ignore the Constitution I swore to uphold, defend and protect.
I plan to ignore bankruptcy laws.
I plan to have all the financial and personal information of all Americans through the smoke of Health Care Reform.
I plan to refuse to allow the FED to be audited.
I plan to control the media.

Yeah she's so unimportant there are 2 articles out on her in major newspapers and in the case of a more important one, has 35 PAGES OF COMMENTS


Posted by: MaskedMan on July 27, 2009 at 6:03 PM | PERMALINK

"This line is just more psuedo-populist pandering to those who revel in their own ignorance and irrelevance, due to their pathological inability to sustain substantive fact-based policy debates. Welcome to the new American right."

ROFL. Masturbate much, Dave H?

When you say "this line," which line do you mean? The only "line" I see referenced in your post is a hypothetical you yourself posed. Well, anyway, I'm relieved to hear that my inability to sustain substantive, fact-based policy debates with obvious geniuses such as yourself is due to a mental disorder (it's "pathological") instead of mere rank stupidity...although it's true that I do "revel" in my "ignorance and irrelevance," inasmuch as I can't think of anything more wonderful to revel in than ignorance and irrelevance.

Where did you go to school, Dave? I'd like to know so my kids can avoid that place at all costs because, well, you got ripped off big time.

Posted by: danebramage on July 27, 2009 at 6:06 PM | PERMALINK

Keep it up, Philip-or-whoever-you-really-are. You're talking to yourself.

At various times throughout the last couple of years chocolate, Oprah Winfrey and fuel-efficient cars have been the subjects of multiple articles and a good deal of discussion. I guess that must mean Libruls are scared to death of those things as well.

Posted by: Mark on July 27, 2009 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK


No heterosexual male would have anything but complimentary things to say about the lovely Sarah Palin...you and your panty-waist friends can protest this statement if you so choose, but the fact remains.

Posted by: joe on July 27, 2009 at 6:47 PM | PERMALINK

She just scares the hell out of the libs. Very cool. Go girl; anyone that gets this much attention from lib commentators deserves my respect.

Posted by: dm on July 27, 2009 at 7:30 PM | PERMALINK

Aren't you glad we have Joe just a heartbeat away fromthe prsidency instead of her? Whew...I'll be sleeping better tonight.., after all the Russians have to love the guy for the diplomatic style he honed after years of experience in the senate!

Posted by: Sarcasm on July 27, 2009 at 7:53 PM | PERMALINK

You Lib writers have to take your one last parting shot. You don't have the common sense to relize that the ones that you are damaging are yourselves and any remain tidbit of respect and trust that the idiots have left for you.
Another Lib writer comes up with the tags that she couldn't govern beause she went to far to the right after the elecion and all you stooges start to cite that as gospel in your pathetic eulogies. What amazes me is how many ingnorant people there are that buy into the swill that is being fed to them. They hate Sarah Palin beause they are being told to.

Before the election she had a 80% approval rating in Alaska. After the election those numbers went way down due to the systematic attacks perpetrated by the media and their leaders on the left. The sad part is the amount of bozos that bought into this propaganda and decided to hate her because of all the baseless and factless info that was presented to the public.

Posted by: permit guy on July 27, 2009 at 8:08 PM | PERMALINK

And that's her whole schtick right there. She LOVES being "important" and having power and being respected. But she can't bring herself to confront the actual day-to-day drudgery of governing. Paying attention to details, hammering out compromises, putting thought and effort into formulating and executing policy--there's no glamor in that, but there is work.

Change 'she' to 'he' in the above, and you have Barack Obama!

Posted by: tcdtcd on July 27, 2009 at 8:26 PM | PERMALINK

The disrespect shown by some posters is what makes Sarah Palin attractive to folks and will drive many to her.

My God, you folks are so pumped up with yourselves and you offer nothing but ridicule. You must be the folks Obama was addressing with the "clinging to guns and religion" Freudian slip. It is wearing thin with many of us.

Palin is straight forward and honest. Like it or not, folks find that refreshing when they're subjected to career politicians ad nauseam. She doesn't share your political values but she practices what she preaches and that's what scares you. Despite your claims to the contrary, I'm convinced that you and others ridiculing Palin and republicans in general here are, in fact, afraid of Palin. Afraid because she represents that which you hold in contempt.

I'm further convinced that what is really threatening to you is that she walks the walk and you are afraid others might follow.

If you want to proclaim that she was not a target of the left out of fear then knock yourself out. If you want to claim that she wasn't subjected to an unprecedented assault from the left and continues to be, then so be it. You and your fellow travelers will be the only ones fooled by that.

Posted by: Mark on July 27, 2009 at 9:04 PM | PERMALINK

I am so happy she us gone! She has exposed herself to truely be the lightweight I thought she was. Could you imagine her as president? I could; in my nightmares! For those who like her I really would like to know why?

Posted by: mark kez on July 27, 2009 at 9:17 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin, The remedy for all your Obama ailments.

Posted by: John Reid on July 27, 2009 at 9:20 PM | PERMALINK

Ahahahahah! Palin supporter comments are the best.
The loons on parade.

Posted by: HairlessMonkeyDK on July 27, 2009 at 9:25 PM | PERMALINK

Ya, it's almost as funny as the denial of reality of Obama supporters.

Posted by: John Reid on July 27, 2009 at 9:49 PM | PERMALINK

Is that title a joke? I just read that Sarah Palin stories had more links and clicks last week than any other topic in the WORLD (twice as many as health care) and yet you claim she is going out with a 'wimper'. Poor, pathetic withering MSM journalists.

Posted by: Danielle on July 27, 2009 at 10:01 PM | PERMALINK

The disrespect shown by some posters is what makes Sarah Palin attractive to folks and will drive many to her.

That's really telling, because it proves that Sarah Palin's big draw is that she is an icon for the self-pity crowd. They identify with her and so when she is attacked they feel attacked.

For the record, I don't cry when someone criticizes Obama. Or Hillary Clinton. Or Howard Dean. In fact, I criticize them myself, although I am a progressive. I don't need to idolize anyone and am not more apt to support a politician because they get criticized. How pathetic is that?

Clearly, the Palin supporters have created for themselves one mighty golden moose calf as an idol for themselves. Ironic, since much of this crowd gives so much lip service to the Bible.

Sarah Palin revealed herself to be ignorant in general and ignorant of the issues. She is not remotely smart enough to be leading a cub scout troop, much less the country. She refused to work with the Alaskan legislature because she became too big for her britches, and her own party in Alaska shot down every single bit of crappy legislation she put out there this year. Her own failures loomed so large her ego forced her to quit in a huff. And you would support a loser like this?

She was a failure as a governor, a failure as a leader, and a failure as candidate. The only thing she is good at is stoking violence and bigotry and divisiveness, in the fine tradition of the Know Nothings and the Klan and Father Coughlin and any number of other ignorant rubes.

Posted by: trex on July 27, 2009 at 10:22 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin speaks for many Americans who prefer freedom to the arrogant nanny-state prescription.There's more of us than you libs can imagine stuck inside your goofy intellectually stunted post-collegiate bubbles. Sorry, kids, she's gonna be around for a long time, in fact, she's hasn't even gotten started.

Posted by: mxt on July 27, 2009 at 10:33 PM | PERMALINK

Commentary on Palin distracts from the REAL concern which is Joe Biden. It serves no other purpose.

Biden claims to have watched FDR on TV during the Great Depression. Biden instructed Israel to defend itself against Iran as Obama was simultaneously urging Israel to restrain itself....

Palin is retired but we're stuck with Old Joe.

Posted by: Probably on July 27, 2009 at 10:48 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin speaks for many Americans who prefer freedom to the arrogant nanny-state prescription.

Really. You prefer freedom to the "nanny state"? Fine. The next time anyone you or anyone you know needs a policeman, a fireman, a coast guard rescue, food stamps, shelter, public parks, unemployment benefits, highways that aren't toll roads, or a library, just fucking walk away. No one wants you giving up your precious freedom in favor of help from the nanny state.

By your reasoning, Sarah Palin must have deprived millions of Americans of their liberty. She brought federal money to Alaska like it was going out of style. She tried to get $300 million dollars worth of tax money from other freedom-loving Americans to build a bridge to an island that had fifty fucking people on it -- and when the bridge couldn't be built she just kept the money -- OUR MONEY -- for the state.

She raised taxes to build a $20 million dollar sports complex in Wasilla that no one wanted and thereby put the town into the red. She allowed a significant portion of freedom loving Alaskans rely on food stamps and government assistance just to get by, not to mention extorting a socialist stipend from the oil companies to the tunes of thousands of dollars per person.

Your half-assed attempt at reasoning is so fucking stupid it's not funny. I hope Palin and her supporters are around for a long time, because I relish throwing their stupidity and their hypocrisy in their face.

Posted by: trex on July 27, 2009 at 10:51 PM | PERMALINK

Save that thought, nut-of-a-thousand-faces, if you can - I mean the one where you say, "she hasn't even gotten started". I say she's done. YOU say she must frighten everybody, since she's such hot news, but you seem incapable of absorbing the concept that somebody can be "hot news" in a not-good way. Larry Craig, for example; another closet-gay Republican, go figure. In the news for days, couldn't turn a page without reading about him, all because he tried to gobble some policeman in an airport bathroom. Did he make the libs go weak at the knees with fear? Hardly. Where is he now? Who? That's right.

What about Governor Mark Sanford; whoops! another holier-than-thou Republican who couldn't keep his errant dong under control? Is he causing involuntary urination in lib trousers everywhere with the fear he inspires? I'd have to say, not so much.

You can go on all the misspelled rants you like, call yourself as many different names as you like. Just remember what you said - she hasn't even gotten started. Sarah Palin is a spent force that was never more than a crazy illusion to begin with, brought to life by an enraged Republican desire for a charismatic candidate. You can't polish a turd.

Posted by: Mark on July 27, 2009 at 10:55 PM | PERMALINK

She is a threat to you! Her resume is far longer and far superior to Obama's and she has FAR more experience than that prick has. All Obama had was a cultish following of people who were mind-numbed and clueless.

No, all he had was degrees from Columbia, an license to practice law, time as a state senator in Illinois, time as a United States Senator, and now experience as a U.S. President.

Sarah Palin was a housewife from Wasilla who couldn't pass a softball interview with Katie Couric, is married to a guy who belongs to a party whose aim is to secede from the United States, and who ended up being so crazy that the McCain campaign wanted to kick her to the curb.

Oh, and she quit her job because she was such a failure at it.

Even the majority of Alaskans don't believe in her anymore.

Posted by: trex on July 27, 2009 at 11:22 PM | PERMALINK

I'm with all the right wing nut jobs posting in her defense. I was really hoping, no, make that praying she would stick around. She made me laugh. Seriously though, it's not Palin that scares me,(I'm not afraid of anyone that I'm smarter than) it's all the whackos that actually think she would have made a good VP. Dare I say it, President. YIKES!!!

Posted by: Eric on July 27, 2009 at 11:32 PM | PERMALINK

You dems have the house, senate and white house. Soon the tired excuse of blaming Bush for everything just won't cut it. As Barry and Pelosi move forward with their job destroying policies, those without jobs and prospects will find out what hope and change is about. So keep attacking Sarah, because in the end it won't be her bringing Barry down. It will be that joke of a president who is in way over his head, acting "Stupidly" through his presidency.

Posted by: Shast on July 27, 2009 at 11:49 PM | PERMALINK

Message to libtards: Obama going down fast...Sarah Palin heading to the top of national politics. It will be great fun to watch one woman destroy the c entral nervous system of all you weak, cowardly Obama drones for the next decade.

Posted by: Greg on July 28, 2009 at 1:43 AM | PERMALINK

I'm a LIBERAL, and I believe in GLOBAL WARMING, and I want the GUANTANAMO RAGHEADS to be situated in my backyard, and I HUG TREES, and I BELIEVE IN HOPE AND CHANGE, and BUSH WAS A CRIMINAL, and CHENEY IS SATAN, and I HATE COL JESSUP IN "A FEW GOOD MEN" because he SPEAKS THE TRUTH, which i am TOO COWARDLY to admit!

Moreover, I and my latte' liberal friends are SCARED SHlTLESS of what PALIN REPRESENTS... a grass roots return to INDIVIDUALISM! OH! THE HUMANITY!

Posted by: Whining Liberal on July 28, 2009 at 2:27 AM | PERMALINK

Oh wow! Does the last poster really think the fictional character played by Jack Nicholson in the movie was a hero?

This fictional character is portrayed as having ordered the violent hazing of a subordinate, leading to that subordinate's death. Then rather than take responsibility for his actions, he attempts to cover up his actions by lying, preparing false paperwork and allowing the subordinates who carried out the hazing to face up to 20 years imprisonment in a courtmartial. Which cover-up leads to the death by suicide of his executive officers. Then when goaded into admitting to his actions, remains defiant and unrepentant.

Even if your twisted worldview could somehow sympathize with the original hazing order, how could anyone admire a Marine officer, real or fictional, dishonorable enough to let other take the fall in that coverup?

Posted by: tanstaafl on July 28, 2009 at 5:49 AM | PERMALINK



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