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April 19, 2010

THE THEOCRATIC WING OF THE GOP.... A certain former half-term governor appears to be drifting even further away from the American mainstream. Over the weekend, appearing at an evangelical Christian women's conference in Louisville, Sarah Palin rejected the very idea of separation of church and state, a bedrock principle of American democracy.

She asked for the women -- who greeted her with an enthusiastic standing ovation -- to provide a "prayer shield" to strengthen her against what she said was "deception" in the media.

She denounced this week's Wisconsin federal court ruling that government observance of a National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional -- which the crowd joined in booing. She asserted that America needs to get back to its Christian roots and rejected any notion that "God should be separated from the state."

Palin added that she was outraged when President Obama said that "America isn't a Christian nation."

The amusing aspect of this is the notion that the United States would return to its roots with support for National Day of Prayer observances. That's backwards -- Thomas Jefferson and James Madison explicitly rejected state-sponsored prayer days. I'll look forward to the conservative explanation of how the Founding Fathers were godless socialists.

I also can't wait to hear how right-wing voices who want smaller government believe it's appropriate for the federal government to issue decrees encouraging private American citizens to engage in worship.

But far less amusing is the fact that Palin and others of her radical ilk reject any notion that "God should be separated from the state." It's the 21st century, for crying out loud. There are some countries that endorse Palin's worldview and intermix God and government -- Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan under Taliban rule come to mind -- but they're generally not countries the United States tries to emulate.

The separation of church and state has long been a concept that all Americans could embrace, and has served as a model for nations around the world to follow. For Palin to publicly denounce this bedrock American principle suggests she might actually be getting worse.

Postscript: As for Palin's outrage over the president acknowledging that we're not "a Christian nation," Obama's entirely correct.

Update: Greg Sargent obtained a transcript, and it's worse than I thought. Palin not only thinks the Founding Fathers opposed church-state separation -- in other words, she thinks those who came up with the idea opposed the idea -- she also suggests religious people necessarily reject the constitutional principle. This is just astounding.

If anyone this conspicuously unintelligent has ever sought national office, I can't think of who he/she is.

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She asked for the women -- who greeted her with an enthusiastic standing ovation -- to provide a "prayer shield" to strengthen her against what she said was "deception" in the media.

The woman who's being paid $100,000 a pop to give speeches and who's being paid over a million to comment on a national network is simply unable to find a forum where she can answer critics. Poor her.

Posted by: g on April 19, 2010 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Well Republicans, you can forget about winning Florida in 2012.

Posted by: Big Red on April 19, 2010 at 12:36 PM | PERMALINK

Everyone's talking at cross-purposes, obviously (no pun intended). Palin says God should be in government, by which she could simply mean that elected officials should be more pious (which is not prohibited by the 1st Amendment). Obama means America is not exclusively a Christian nation, but Palin chooses not to hear that. Of course, willfully misunderstanding what other people say is now Palin's paid profession.

Posted by: Grumpy on April 19, 2010 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

My wife keeps telling me that Sarah Palin is "too crazy" for mainstream America to ever accept. Every time she says that, I remember Billy Wilder telling me how, between 1928-33, people called him a "crank" for telling them Hitler was a threat.

These people - Palin and the women who want to go back to being beaten and controlled by their "1872 husbands" (there is a book popular in the Xtian Right, "The 1872 Husband", that advocates men becoming "head of their family" the way men were in 1872, back when wife-beating was a sign of manly discipline that he didn't kill her for her transgressions), the unreconstructed Southern Traitors gathering their Confederate Army in Washington today, the entire bunch of the new American Right are a threat, and will have to be put down if we are to preserve our constitutional republic. They are, quite simply, Seditionists.

Posted by: TCinLA on April 19, 2010 at 12:43 PM | PERMALINK

Please add Israel to your list of religious states.

Posted by: steve on April 19, 2010 at 12:46 PM | PERMALINK

It'd be political suicide, but it'd be funny if Obama followed the above statement with, "America is a Muslim nation". I doubt if any qualifier such as, "only joking" would be audible over the squishy "plop" of exploding heads all the way across the South and in the beltway.

Posted by: Mark on April 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM | PERMALINK

Palin's assertion that this is a Christian nation is a great big "screw you" to all of the Jews that she claims to support so much. I guess our Christian government is allowing them to live here on some sort of temporary religion visa.

I am shocked that she continues to appear more and more deeply stupid on a daily basis.

Posted by: BH on April 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

"I also can't wait to hear how right-wing voices who want smaller government believe it's appropriate for the federal government to issue decrees encouraging private American citizens to engage in worship."

Let's see....

The Palinistas want smaller government....

Except they want the government to tell people how to pray, when to pray, and that they should pray only to a Christian god.

Except that they want the government to indoctrinate kids that the only reliable form of contraception is abstinence.

Except that they want the government to control women's bodies by outlawing abortion.

Except that they want the government to pay tax dollars to Christian schools.

Except that they want the government to ship all non-Christians back to Muslimia and ScaryBrownPeopleopia.

Except that they want the government to keep paying them medicare and social security and unemployment benefits and build roads and compensate them for natural disasters.

Except that they want the government to pay fat welfare checks to residents of Alaska.

Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrright.

Posted by: eeyore on April 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM | PERMALINK

One of Wilder's finest characters would have said to them "SitzenMachen" and there would have been a whole lot of heel clickin' going on.

However, laugh if we will at St Sarah, but, consider that 16,000 showed up in Louisville for her speech, while only 5,000 came to the same type of event last year. Notice that she began her comments by saying she was only there to discuss religion, but, couldn't resist talking about politics because "politics course through my veins".

Posted by: berttheclock on April 19, 2010 at 12:52 PM | PERMALINK

"I'll look forward to the conservative explanation of how the Founding Fathers were godless socialists."

Two out of the first three Presidents thought this country shouldn't have a standing army, and the third founded the Order of Cincinnatus, which at least casts doubt on the idea of career officers. Quick -- retroactive HUAC!

Posted by: Forrest on April 19, 2010 at 12:53 PM | PERMALINK

A vivid demonstration of the failure of public education, that a person can reach their mid-40s, run for and hold a public office and not comprehend the utility, no, the necessity, of such a fundamental aspect of civil life. If this was feigned indignation to play to the crowd, even worse.

Amazing what a combination of slick PR, complicit media, and high-level corruption can do. In no other time, perhaps no other place, could a person so poorly qualified, so obviously ill-suited for high office, attain such prominence. Methinks we dodged the bullet of all bullets in '08.

Posted by: FC on April 19, 2010 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

I applaud the ruling in Wisconsin, but I also do not know how Thanksgiving, i.e. a day of giving thanks (to God) is different. It just wasn't brought up by the plaintiffs.

And although Jefferson and Madison explicitly rejected state sponsored prayer, Washington set Thanksgiving Day. They did not cancel it.

I think it should be renamed Fall Overeat and Football Day - as that appears to be the main rite of worship.

FOFDay almost sounds like uff-da.

Posted by: catclub on April 19, 2010 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

Palin is like the Kevin Federline of politics - too many kids, not very bright, splashed all over the tabloids, a celebrity for no apparent reason and raking it in for I-don't-know-what.

Posted by: bcinaz on April 19, 2010 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK

It's interesting that Palin's religious nuttiness is now coming out in a public forum. I think she's headed toward claiming ownership of a very specific constituency, a constituency that's critical to the Republican party. Palin in 2012 seems more likely to me now.

Posted by: MattF on April 19, 2010 at 1:00 PM | PERMALINK

She is just an entertainer doing a show. She can safely say anything because no one really takes her seriously. She is a comfort symbol for a group of people for which life and the pace of change is passing them by... she takes no real risks as she has no responsibility for anything of real import or substance. But she is happy to collect their shekls and bound on her way to a happy and lucrative future. They, these poor saps who think she represents them in some meaningful way, they get the fading image of that Cheshire Cat smile, and a bunch of hot air as they write their checks... or charge their videos and tickets to her gatherings on their credit cards...

Posted by: Elie on April 19, 2010 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

ONE MORE TIME let's work on the education system and hold the 'Palinistas' up as an example. It really IS important to graduate at least knowing how to READ!

Posted by: SYSPROG on April 19, 2010 at 1:04 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin, now a millionaire by virtue or Murdoch and Crew, now seems to be intent a reworking modern society (but using votes not bullets as thousands gather with their guns to send Congress a message since the Supreme Court Struck down DC's gun laws.) into a deregulated gun-carrying theocracy.

In this she has the support of the Supreme Court.

"Crank" yes. Dangerous crank? "You bet-cha."

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on April 19, 2010 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

Given that these theocratic reactionaries are touting the worship of bits of cloth, (don't-tread-on-me flags), man-made images (guns), revealed texts, and the emulation of Palin as some sort of goddess-figure, I'd have to argue that these evangi-whatevers are calling for the establishment of a pagan nation. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go fire up the incense, bury another McCain effigy in the back yard, and stick a sword through the head of my Rush Limbaugh effigy....

Posted by: S. Waybright on April 19, 2010 at 1:06 PM | PERMALINK

I'll look forward to the conservative explanation of how the Founding Fathers were godless socialists.

Didn't the Texas school board just toss Jefferson from the ranks of the founding fathers?

Posted by: Jinchi on April 19, 2010 at 1:10 PM | PERMALINK

At this point I really can't tell if she's just playing a role to fill her coffers or she really, truly believes that insane stuff she says. Up until recently I thought she was just playing the crowd for dough now I'm nervously starting to think she believes she has some central role to play in American/world history.

Posted by: Archon on April 19, 2010 at 1:11 PM | PERMALINK

We already know how conservatives will respond: by rewriting history books for public schools. The Texas Board of Education has already removed Thomas Jefferson from the list of people who inspired revolutions (not sure who they think drafted the Declaration of Independence).

Posted by: S on April 19, 2010 at 1:17 PM | PERMALINK

Pres. Obama is going to speak at the Cooper Union Thursday, which led me to reread Lincoln's speech at the same hall. This seems relevant here:


"But you say you are conservative - eminently conservative - while we are revolutionary, destructive, or something of the sort. What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? We stick to, contend for, the identical old policy on the point in controversy which was adopted by "our fathers who framed the Government under which we live;" while you with one accord reject, and scout, and spit upon that old policy, and insist upon substituting something new. True, you disagree among yourselves as to what that substitute shall be. You are divided on new propositions and plans, but you are unanimous in rejecting and denouncing the old policy of the fathers. "

Posted by: OKDem on April 19, 2010 at 1:18 PM | PERMALINK

I heard the Texas Board of Education replaced Jefferson with Father Coughlin. They are in the process of back dating his DOB.

Posted by: berttheclock on April 19, 2010 at 1:20 PM | PERMALINK

There are some countries that endorse Palin's worldview and intermix God and government -- Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan under Taliban rule come to mind -- but they're generally not countries the United States tries to emulate.

These kinds of comparisons are completely lost on the Christian theocratic crowd. They will simply and earnestly state that Muslims have it theologically wrong, and Christians have it right, and therefore the U.S. should be a Christian theocracy. It's so obvious that you're not oppressing nonbelievers if your theology is the only truth.

Posted by: shortstop on April 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

I've said it before and I will say it again.

Nehemiah Scudder in a skirt.

It's not a SF scenario I want to see become reality.

Posted by: Paul on April 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

Palin is like the Kevin Federline of politics - too many kids, not very bright, splashed all over the tabloids, a celebrity for no apparent reason and raking it in for I-don't-know-what.

bcinaz...i don't know you, but please know this made my day and will be re tweeted in my feed.

Posted by: janelle on April 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

bcinaz, if I may hitch hike on your excellent observation.

Kevin Federline, Sarah Palin, Kate Gosselin - And the difference is? Oh yeah, one is male.

Posted by: berttheclock on April 19, 2010 at 1:40 PM | PERMALINK

Steve Benen wrote: "... anyone this conspicuously unintelligent ..."

Sarah Palin is intelligent enough to realize that she can make a LOT of money spoon-feeding idiotic drivel to weak-minded, ignorant, gullible Ditto-Head dupes.

And that's as intelligent as she needs to be.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on April 19, 2010 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ..." -Thomas Jefferson

Creator? That sounds pretty theistic! Is this some sort of Intelligent Design language?

And it's not just a casual reference - theism is the assumption that Jefferson uses as the starting point for his entire argument. One might even claim that theism or natural law forms the basis for the United States itself.

Shocking.

Posted by: MKS on April 19, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

She feasts on the roar of the madding crowd.

"What do you want?"
"MORE!"
"When do you want it?"
"NOW!"

Posted by: DAY on April 19, 2010 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK

I'll look forward to the conservative explanation of how the Founding Fathers were godless socialists.

By this time next year all the textbooks in Texas, and a good portion of the country, will teach that Jefferson was a nigger-lover,Madison was a homosexual, and Phylis Schaffly was one of the founding mothers of The Christian States of America.

Oh, and McCarthy saved the nation from the communists like President Eisenhower.

Posted by: Winkandanod on April 19, 2010 at 2:00 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah Palin is proof that narcissists just need to take a good look at themselves.

Posted by: chrenson on April 19, 2010 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

Consider, MSK, if Ben Franklin had not changed Jefferson's "sacred and undeniable" to "self evident".

Posted by: berttheclock on April 19, 2010 at 2:04 PM | PERMALINK

And although Jefferson and Madison explicitly rejected state sponsored prayer, Washington set Thanksgiving Day. They did not cancel it.

Hmmm . . . whazzat? The official American Thanksgiving day was set up by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to celebrate the abundance of harvest and industry in the United States managed in spite of the cataclysm of the Civil War. Don't tell McConnell or Barbour.

The national holidy carried on the tradition of harvest festivals celebrated by many religious faiths, but, with a few exceptions, has always been treated politically as non-ecumenical. Monotheists, polytheists, agnostics, aethists, everyone gets to party down.


Posted by: Midland on April 19, 2010 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

If Palin's being victimized by "deception," it must be my own lying eyes that tell me she's a fucking moron. Because as I see it, Palin's main problem is with the people who see her on the TV, with her own words and her own borderline-hysterical voice, and dismiss her as a stupid cunt.

Posted by: Kevin Carson on April 19, 2010 at 2:13 PM | PERMALINK

My mother, a committed Evangelical, loves Sarah Palin. And this is why:

She asked for the women -- who greeted her with an enthusiastic standing ovation -- to provide a "prayer shield" to strengthen her against what she said was "deception" in the media.

There is nothing my mom loves more than getting together with her other "prayer warrior" friends and fighting the tide of evil prepared to take over this great country. (Don't ask her exactly what that evil is? She's not sure. But knowing my mom, it likely involves the rising cost of Dove bars and Orville Redenbacher popcorn.)

If Obama were to get up in front of the country and ask the religious woman of America to intercede on his behalf, my mom would like him a lot more.

Of course, I and the vast majority of the country would think Obama an idiot. But my point is that Sarah knows her audience and she's speaking right to them. This isn't about changing policy on church/state issues. This is about selling books and increasing appearance fees. And by all accounts, Sarah's doing a damn good job at that.

Posted by: Justin on April 19, 2010 at 2:18 PM | PERMALINK

I am going to be as restrained as I can be... but this is the most mindless, ignorant, uninformed, comment that we have seen from Half Wit Half Term Governor Palin so far and there's been a lot of competition for that prize

Posted by: john R on April 19, 2010 at 2:19 PM | PERMALINK

Conspicuously unintelligent. Cute. Luckily, I don't run a blog because I'd get into trouble. I think she is - I very rarely ever use this word, evil, and - this one is handy these days, stupid.

She is the master of lying with a straight face. Now, I doubt she knows the history of the separation of church and state. You would think she would be at least vaguely aware of it since its one of our founding principles. But, I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't: That in and of itself is shocking enough, especially since she came very close to having a very large influence over us all.

What's worse, and here's where the evil part comes in for me, she will say anything regardless of whether she knows it or not, or knows its true or not, with a supreme confidence and certainty. For her it doesn't need to be logically consistent with something she said before, historically accurate, factual, or true as long as it furthers her interests.

All the evidence is in her term as governor in Alaska: from her husband bullying the press, to Alaskans complaining that they were tricked with ballot questions, to the abuse of her powers to settle a family vendetta. She has no respect for our constitution. None!

Posted by: John Henry on April 19, 2010 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

MKS - I think you should look up the definition of "theism" before you think you've won the argument. In addition, the Founding Fathers are defined as "deists." Look that definition up as well.


Posted by: winddancer on April 19, 2010 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

Creator? That sounds pretty theistic!

Two things, both obvious:

1) Theism is not the same as Christianity.
2) Even under your reading, watch as the quotation continues. God gives rights... but governments protect them, and those are created by the people. When governments fail to protect them, revolutions are in order, after which people may form new governments. So even if God is the basis for _rights_, He is in no way the basis for _government_.

Posted by: FlipYrWhig on April 19, 2010 at 2:31 PM | PERMALINK

Sounds like someone got an advanced copy of the upcoming Texas history book

Posted by: ComradeAnon on April 19, 2010 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

It isn't just her audience she's playing for suckers: you guys are lining up to drink the Kool-Aid, too.

Posted by: theAmericanist on April 19, 2010 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

Religious wingnuts notwithstanding, the Framers of the Constitution didn't want religion within a country mile of government. Their secularist outlook is reflected in the Constitution's explicit ban of any kind of religious test as a criterion for determining a person's fitness for governance. Specifically, Article VI, section 3, clause 2, provides that "no religious test shall ever be required, as a qualification to any office or public trust, under the United States." As Justice Joseph Story noted, in his Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, the "no religious test" clause was designed, inter alia, "to cut off for ever every pretense of any alliance between church and state in the national government. The framers of the Constitution were fully sensible of the dangers from this source, marked out in the history of other ages and other countries, and not wholly unknown to our own. They knew that bigotry was unceasingly vigilant in its stratagems to secure to itself an exclusive ascendancy over the human mind, and that intolerance was ever ready to arm itself with all the terrors of the civil power to exterminate those who doubted its dogmas or resisted its infallibility." Couldn't have said it better myself. Separation of church and state? You betcha!

Posted by: fradiavolo on April 19, 2010 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

The problem with the narrative of "Sarah Palin is a big-time Christian" is that she is a liar. You can't be a Christian and a liar at the same time.
Not if you define a Christian as a follower of Jesus Christ.

See John 8:44.

Posted by: JD on April 19, 2010 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

As I recall, America is a melting pot; we are a big kettle of hot goooo!

Posted by: Mel Ting on April 19, 2010 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah learned her chops from all the best televangelists. There damn good at raising money from the ignorant.

Posted by: Gandalf on April 19, 2010 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

This is not an unusual or fringe view. Many or most conservatives believe the same thing. You hear them say it all the time, that theres (literally) no separation of church and state in the Constitution, that its only about the gov't not setting up a state church. I guess thats suppose to mean that national days of prayer, in God we trust on money, school prayer, creationism in science class, govt erecting 10 Commandments etc... is all ok as long a the gov't... You know, I dont really know exactly what they mean thats not ok. And they also believe, many of them, that the 1st Amendment only applies to the Federal gov't not to the states.

So Im just saying that if youre trying to make Sarah Palin seem really crazy even compared to mainstream conservatives youre wrong. They believe the same thing. Hell, there's probably four justices on the supreme court that believe that.

Posted by: shane_c on April 19, 2010 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

"She asked for the women -- who greeted her with an enthusiastic standing ovation -- to provide a "prayer shield" to strengthen her against what she said was "deception" in the media."

To go along with the Shield of Prayer, she also asked for a Holy Avenger, or at least a +3 Mace of Smiting.

Posted by: 2Manchu on April 19, 2010 at 3:44 PM | PERMALINK

Preaching only to your choir is a very feel-good thing to do, and that's what the Rethugs have been doing since 2000. However, the choir is not as large as they think it is, nor is it necessarily growing.

Bush only gave speeches in safe venues, and scrappy Sarah is obviously doing the same thing. The reality based world has written her off long ago, but as we all know, there are many realities being manufactured by various vested interests, and she caters to the dumbest of them all. Just how long will it be before she becomes the teabaggers mascot? Or has she already managed that?

Posted by: rrk1 on April 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

No true Christian would be left in the country if Palin had her way. Palin branded Christianity is the only correct Christianity of course. Nut cases. Does she know how to read?

Posted by: Alexander Kellett on April 19, 2010 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

I fail to see what's so damn controversial about a Natl Day of Prayer. If you believe in God, then pray; if you don't, then don't pray. It's not mandatory, nor as I understand it is it specifically Christian.

The prayer police aren't going to come to your door and arrest you.

Posted by: J on April 19, 2010 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

---I fail to see what's so damn controversial about a Natl Day of Sacrificing Small Furry Things. If you believe in God, then sacrifice small furry things; if you don't, then don't sacrifice small furry things. It's not mandatory, nor as I understand it is it specifically pagan.

The sacrificing small furry things police aren't going to come to your door and arrest you.---

That's why, twit.

Posted by: Tim H on April 19, 2010 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

Michigan wrote: "Palin governs under the rule of law regardless of what her personal beliefs might be."

That's a lie.

Sarah Palin has a long record in public office, and it is a record of deceit, corruption, ideological extremism, fiscal irresponsibility, mismanagement, incompetence, negligence and vindictive abuse of power to conduct petty personal vendettas.

That's what the actual record shows about how Sarah Palin actually governed.

Fortunately for the people of Alaska -- as well as the rest of the USA -- Sarah Palin is no longer in such a position of power and will never be again.

Which is fine with her -- she would rather enrich herself by spewing idiotic, scripted, focus-group-tested, pseudo-ideological drivel to the Ditto-Heads. It's a lot easier and pays a lot better than holding public office.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on April 19, 2010 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

If you believe in God, then pray; if you don't, then don't pray.

Intriguingly, it's also possible to do this at any time without an unconstitutional, government-sanctioned day of deism.

Posted by: shortstop on April 19, 2010 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Also, Palin is currently a private citizen and she is, currently, not running for office. I would think that she would be allowed to share her personal views without being mocked and attacked.

So she can mock and attack the views of the president, the Democrats, liberals in general, and those Americans whom she doesn't consider "real Americans" in her view -- but SHE can't be criticized?

You must really love her. Does she return any of your mail? No? Have you tried misting it with Axe Body Spray to make it smell more manly?

On the gay marriage front, she supports a state by state decision, thus gay marriage at least exists, as opposed to the President�s preference.

On the gay marriage front, Sarah Palin is opposed to gay marriage. Period. She has said so in publicized interview after interview and supports a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. You fuckwit.

On the gay marriage front, when the Alaskan Supreme Court handed down a decision saying that partners of gays working in the state government were entitled to benefits Sarah Palin fought the decision tooth and nail and wasted $1.2 million dollars of the state's money fighting it.

Obviously she does not support a state by state decision.

Of course you will not agree, but Palin, unlike President Obama, is a constitutionalist.

Sarah Palin couldn't quote the Constitution if it was shouting at her from across a wolf kill. She is blithely unaware of even basic geography (is Africa a country or a continent?) much less the nuances of constitutional philosophy. She is shallow, vacuous, and intellectually uninterested and attracts like-minded followers.

She didn't serve out her constitutionally mandated term as governor of Alaska, left the state in a financial mess (as she put the city of Wasilla $20 million in before that) and during her tenure had no less than nineteen ethics charges filed against her -- the majority from members of her own party.

She is, in a word, a bozo.

Posted by: trex on April 19, 2010 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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