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Nov. 20 2009 - 9:44 pm | 2,813 views | 19 recommendations | 173 comments

Sarah Palin, WWE Star

Obama knows the long odds against a right-wing populist winning the presidency, no matter how good she looks in a skirt or running clothes, brandishing a gun. He shouldn’t be too cocky, however, because the death of the center is ultimately a problem for him and the whole country. If the Palinistas seize the GOP, they probably cannot take the White House. But their brand of no-prisoners partisanship sure can tie up Congress.

via How Sarah Palin Hurts the GOP And the Country | Newsweek Politics | Newsweek.com.

A woman reads Sarah Palin's book while waiting in line for an autograph in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 18 (Bill Pugliano/Getty)

A woman reads Sarah Palin's book while waiting in line for an autograph in Grand Rapids, Michigan on November 18 (Bill Pugliano/Getty)

The really beautiful thing about the culture war, from an entertainment standpoint, is that it is fundamentally irresolvable. There isn’t a concrete set of issues involved, where in theory both sides could give in a little and find middle ground, reach some sort of compromise.

That’s because there are no issues at all. At the end of this decade what we call “politics” has devolved into a kind of ongoing, brainless soap opera about dueling cultural resentments and the really cool thing about it, if you’re a TV news producer or a talk radio host, is that you can build the next day’s news cycle meme around pretty much anything at all, no matter how irrelevant — like who’s wearing a flag lapel pin and who isn’t, who spent $150K worth of campaign funds on clothes and who didn’t, who wore a t-shirt calling someone a cunt and who didn’t, and who put a picture of a former Vice Presidential candidate in jogging shorts on his magazine cover (and who didn’t).

It doesn’t matter what the argument is about. What’s important is that once the argument starts, the two sides will automatically coalesce around the various instant-cocoa talking points and scream at each other until they’re blue in the face, or until the next argument starts.

And while some of us are old enough to remember that once upon a time, these arguments always had at least some sort of ideological flavor to them, i.e. the throwdowns were at least rooted in some sort of real political issue (war, taxes, immigration, etc.) we’ve now got a whole generation that is accustomed to screaming at cultural enemies as an end in itself, for the sheer dismal fun of it. Start fighting first, figure out the reasons later.

Sarah Palin is the Empress-Queen of the screaming-for-screaming’s sake generation. The people who dismiss her book Going Rogue as the petty, vindictive meanderings of a preening paranoiac with the IQ of a celery stalk completely miss the book’s significance, because in some ways it’s really a revolutionary and innovative piece of literature.

Palin — and there’s just no way to deny this — is a supremely gifted politician. She has staked out, as her own personal political turf, the entire landscape of incoherent white American resentment. In this area she leaves even Rush Limbaugh in the dust.

The reason for that is that poor Rush is an anachronism, in the sense that his whole schtick revolves around talking about real political issues. And real political issues are boring.

Listen to Rush any day of the week and you’ll hear him playing the old-fashioned pundit game: he goes about the dreary business of picking through the policies and positions and public statements of Democrats and poking holes in them, arguing with them, attacking them with numbers and facts and pseudo-facts and non-facts and whatever else he can get his hands on, honest or not, but at least he tries. The poor guy nearly killed himself this summer trying to find enough horseshit to arm himself with against the health care bill, coming up with various fairy tales about how state health agencies used death panels to try to kill cancer patients who just wanted to live a little longer, how section 1233 is Auschwitz all over again, yada yada yada.

Rush is no Einstein, but the man does research. It may be fallacious and completely dishonest research, but he does it all the same. His battlefield is world politics and most of the time the relevant action is taking place in Washington. As good as he is at what he does, he still has to travel to the action; he himself isn’t the action.

Sarah Palin’s battlefield, on the other hand, is whatever is happening five feet in front of her face. She is building a political career around the little interpersonal wars in the immediate airspace surrounding her sawdust-filled head. And in the process she connects with pissed-off, frightened, put-upon America on a plane that’s far more elemental than the mega-ditto schtick.

Most normal people cannot connect on an emotional level with Rush’s meanderings on how Harry Reid is buying off Mary Landrieu with pork in the health care bill. They can, however, connect with stories about how top McCain strategist and Karl Rove acolyte Steve Schmidt told poor Sarah to shut her pie-hole on election day, or how her supposed allies in the McCain campaign stabbed her in the back by leaking gossip about her to reporters, how Schmidt used the word “fuck” in front of her daughter, or even with the strange tales about Schmidt ordering Sarah to consult with a nutritionist to improve her campaign endurance when she herself knew she just needed to get out in the fresh air and run (If there’s one thing Sarah Palin knows, it’s herself!).

Complaining about the assholes we interact with on a daily basis is the #1 eternal pastime of the human race. We all do it, and we get to do it every day, because the world is full of assholes. Me personally, I waste an enormous amount of time seething over people who get onto crowded subway cars with big backpacks on and/or talk in the Amtrak quiet car and/or drive 57 mph in the fast lane or, my personal favorite, walking with glacial slowness in a horizontal row four overweight tourists across on a New York City sidewalk. We all get into furious arguments at work that make us want to explode in self-righteous fury (in my office dramas I always realize I was actually the asshole a day or so later) and when we get home from work, this is usually what our loved ones hear about for at least the first hour or so.

Not health care, not financial regulatory reform, not Iraq or Afghanistan, but — assholes.

Sarah Palin is on an endless crusade against assholes. It’s all she thinks about. She doesn’t really have any political ideas, in the classic sense of the word — in fact the only thing resembling real political convictions in Going Rogue revolve around the Trans-Alaska pipeline and how awesome she thinks it is.

Most of the rest of the book just catalogs her Gump-esque rise to national stardom (not having enough self-awareness to detect the monstrous narcissistic ambition that in reality was impelling her forward all along, she labors in the book to describe her various career leaps as lucky accidents or mystical acts of Providence) and the seemingly endless parade of meanies bent on tripping her up along the way. The book is really about her battles with these people, how much they did and do suck, and how difficult and inherently unfair life is for a decent hardworking American gal who just wants to live life, serve God, and try to be president without being bothered all the time.

Viewed through the prism of this particular brand of insanity (Palinsanity? does that work?), Katie Couric’s notorious Palin interview last year really was a cheap shot. After all, Katie was trying to nail Palin — which is mean! Who among us can’t sympathize with the experience of being sandbagged by some slick professional rival who catches you in a moment of weakness and, instead of lending a helping hand, drives a  fireplace poker through your eye?

You’d have to be thinking about the broader picture, about the fact that the president of the United States ought not to be a drooling yahoo whose two favorite Supreme Court cases are Roe v. Wade and Roe v. Wade and who thinks living near Canada counts as foreign policy experience, to not see what an asshole Katie Couric was being. And that other reality, the reality where one worries about a national political candidate having the brains of an innertube, is less immediate than the five-foot airspace radius around the Palin bobblehead. It’s harder for the average person to connect with, I guess.

Palin’s extraordinary ability to inspire major national controversies around these injustices done to her immediate person is going to guarantee her some kind of major role in American politics for the next dozen years. In this regard she is going to have a willing ally in her supposed keen enemy, the mainstream media, which likewise loves nothing more than a political narrative that has nothing to do with politics. It’ll be a virtually endless war over nonsense like this latest Newsweek cover, which hilariously is being seen as one or the other of a) a liberal media plot or b) a sexist assault on a prominent female politician by the male-dominated media world when in fact, as all of us in this dying print media business know, the magazine’s motive was grounded entirely in the nihilistic desperation to sell newsstand copies.

And Sarah Palin sells copies. She is the country’s first WWE politician — a cartoon combatant who inspires stadiums full of frustrated middle American followers who will cheer for her against whichever villain they trot out, be it Newsweek, Barack Obama, Katie Couric, Steve Schmidt, the Mad Russian, Randy Orton or whoever. Her followers will not know that she is the perfect patsy for our system, designed as it is to channel popular anger in any direction but a useful one, and to keep the public tied up endlessly in pointless media melees over meaningless nonsense (melees of the sort that develop organically around Palin everywhere she goes). Like George W. Bush, even Palin herself doesn’t know this, another reason she’s such a perfect political tool.

With Going Rogue, the 2012 reality show has already begun. As brainless political theater, she can’t be topped. It’s just too bad for conservatives that she happens to be unsustainably divisive and, as Newsweek points out, a really good bet to permanently marginalize the Republican party by reducing it to a pissed-off, semi-coherent mob that repulses independent voters on a visceral level. To paraphrase John Doman’s Deputy Ops Rawls character from The Wire, she’s “brilliant — fuckin’ shame it’s gonna end our careers, but still.”

late p.s. Someone forwarded this highly amusing video of a group of Palin fans queuing up for a book signing. To quote the Russian expression, Ostavim bez commentarii (We leave without commentary).


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    “It’s just too bad for conservatives that she happens to be unsustainably divisive and, as Newsweek points out, a really good bet to permanently marginalize the Republican party by reducing it to a pissed-off, semi-coherent mob that repulses independent voters on a visceral level.”

    This is such an important point, as a weak Republican party ultimately hurts everyone. Moderate independent voters — statistically, the majority of voters — are dying for alternatives, but the polarization of the parties at the extreme ends of the liberal-conservative spectrum is destroying any hope of having a viable, “candidate of reason” anytime soon. More on this subject, specifically, about what the Republican party must do to reform, can be found here:


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    walking…in a horizontal row four…across

    Would that be the same as “four abreast”???

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    Thanks for a great piece, Matt.

    “It doesn’t matter what the argument is about. What’s important is that once the argument starts, the two sides will automatically coalesce around the various instant-cocoa talking points and scream at each other until they’re blue in the face, or until the next argument starts.”

    If anyone doubts your words, they need only glance through the comments section. With few exceptions the commenters… well… coalesced around various instant-cocoa talking points.

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    She’s a dumbfuck anyway you spread the deck. The middle American, Kansan, cowboy culture loopty-loo that didn’t get me mein galpal Maggie West in college. Fuck.

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    About the only thing I agree with in this article is that we have lost the ability to have disagreements/debate and have become a society enamored with the disagreement. I fail to see why Sarah Palin spells the end of the GOP as so many predict. Except that she shows just how DISGUSTED we are with those in office. I am disgusted equally with the democrats and the republicans.

    I am also tired of supposedly intelligent “thinkers”/writers telling me just how stupid I am for agreeing with Governor Palin. Frankly, she has more political experience in her pinky that Obama did when he was elected. The difference is she wasn’t versed in the onslaught of attacks that would follow her addition to the McCain ticket. As she said when asked about her lack of experience with the Media – “My bad”. She won’t repeat it to be sure.

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      “I am also tired of supposedly intelligent “thinkers”/writers telling me just how stupid I am for agreeing with Governor Palin.”

      Then stop supporting her. It’s not the rest of the country’s job to coddle her supporters’ fragile egos. It’s their job not to support someone who’s so dangerously unqualified and who has been condemned as such from across the political spectrum.

      In response to another comment. See in context »
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        Interesting. When someone complains to Expat that they’re tired of being hit in the head with his bat of contempt, he simply sneers that they should step out of range of the bat. He even sneers that their pain isn’t caused by HIS bat but THEIR ‘fragile egos’.

        Hmmm. Is someone trying to work up street cred for a job application with SEIU?

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          The elitism refrain specific to conservatives is particularly entertaining because conservatives are always offended that they’re being held in contempt by people who think they’re smarter. Of course conservatives think they’re right about everything too, but somehow when they’re right it’s a long-suffering kind of right that’s not full of derision, like when they’re right that I’m holding their views in contempt.

          How can you tell me to stop believing something you you disagree with – such contempt! Obviously it’s your job to accept my horrible views and sound conciliatory doing it! Meanwhile, back at the Teabagger rally where we’re discussing ACORN death camps and the Amero rationally…

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    I used to think she was just George W. Bush in a dress…but the more I watch her now – she’s merely just a female clone of Glenn Beck.

    Nice article, Matt…

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    I just got back from Costco where a 50 something couple in front of me at the checkout stand had 2 (that’s 2) copies of Michelle Malkin’s “Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies”. I was feeling disgusted, dejected and without hope for this nation. Then I stumbled across your piece Matt. Aside from laughing my butt off, it put things in perfect perspective. Now how the hell do we get millions of clueless American’s to understand the whitewash?

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    Sarah Palin V. Rush Limbaugh
    The scientology, matter of speaking the Queen has over thrown the king of the lost Media eyes, for Sarah Palin
    Never die forum of the battle of her resignation past the haulocaust of the press, thus the morning media frenzy of the going rouge, is the hit in the Box Office. Box Office, I thought this was a book review, not a movie, just sit tight I;m on the internet it’s my dream big guy, I’m just a figment of your imagination among the scholarly world of rich not but your job YA YA.

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    Unlike Bill Clinton, I really do feel your pain, Mr. Taibbi.

    The truly tragic fact is that it has become painfully embarrassing to attempt to engage any adult American in an adult-level conversation — it has increasingly become difficult over the past thirty years to the point of impossibility today!!!

    Why? Because they don’t know anything about anything. They know nothing of even simple arithmetic, let alone anything about the economy (which no longer exists, BTW), nor the governmental structure of the US, nor history, and don’t get met started on the sciences!

    No, of course there are small and unique exceptions, but so few and far between one can easily remember them over the previous decade.

    How very disturbing. But, that is the point after all. CNN broadcasts a brief interview with Donna Shalala gushing about the passage of the “public option” (I’ve read the legislation from the House and Senate, and still am unable to find any such thing) while identifying Shalala as the former Sec’y of HSS, but fails to mention the number of recent years Shalala has been on the Board of Directors of UnitedHealth Group (and all those stock options, etc.)!

    No news, all the time — except for The Taibbi.

    Keep plugging away, Matt, you number among our few hopes left, big guy!

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    One thing I find interesting after reading the Palindrones (you get as much intellectual nourishment from them regardless of reading what they write backwards or forwards) on this thread is how they defend someone by attacking someone else. The best defense isn’t simply having a good offense. Yet, they seem to think that by attacking Obama or other “liberals” that somehow Palin’s honor is being defended. I’ll bet anything these people call themselves Christians on top of it.

    In fact there are basically two types of Palin supporters who attack others as a way to defend her in order to make themselves feel less stupid for supporting an obviously shameless hack politician.

    The first are the angry women who saw in Hillary Clinton their dreamed of chance at having a woman rule the world. For years they sent her money and bought her books, maybe even campaigned for her. Then along comes Joe Cool, the ultimate alpha male they love/hate, and he puts the kibosh on their fantasy endgame. That makes them feel rage. Think of all the time, energy, money and hope they had put into Hillary for years and years as the Great Female Hope. She was them, they lived vicariously through her. She, the surrogate for the revenge fantasies for a certain type of middle to upper-middle class woman, was a shoo-in to prove to the world that women could rule better than men. Men are after all — mostly jerks, exemplified by Bill Clinton and his bimbo circus side shows.

    They took out their rage on Obama. When Palin came onto the national stage they adopted her as one of their own. Blinded by rage and hurt they forgave or simply didn’t care that she was and is the worst type of exploitative hack — a political version of the con-artist old timey revivalist healer/preacher. That didn’t and doesn’t matter. They didn’t waste years and tears and blood for nothing. They cannot truly defend Palin because she’s obviously a cipher. She’s a simple not-so-bright country girl who got lucky in a place and time where being stupid isn’t much of a hindrance for certain types of politics. But they can easily attack Obama as defense mechanism for their rage.

    The other main type of Palin supporters are mostly religious people, mostly Christian, and mostly uneducated and therefore easily fooled by religious sounding con artists. They see in her the latest Christian standard bearer for the Lord against the evil liberal child killing gay agenda of those under the sway of Satan. She is the demagogue of the moment for them. Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter aren’t religious enough for them, they also make them feel intellectually inferior. Huckabee isn’t one of them, he comes off as smarter than them, more compassionate, less angry over the fact that America is no longer Jesusland. Not so with little Miss Calamity Jesus. She’s one of them, they can feel it.

    They actually try to defend Palin because, well, she’s doing the Lord’s work bless her heart. Being ignorant and therefore easily conned by bible thumpin huckster politicians they simply repeat the talking points that swirl around the propaganda outfits they worship. They don’t care about the truthfulness of what they say, they’re on a mission from God. They attack Obama because of that, they just repeat what they hear from the leading propagandists because it’s the Lord’s work.

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    It is absurd to imagine that it required media spin to convince the majority of the population that Sarah Palin was not qualified to be president (or second grade social studies, for that matter).

    Do Sarah Palin fans imagine that others presented with the same set of questions would have answered so poorly? Others have been confronted with much tougher questions and managed to emerge with slightly more credibility than Sarah Palin. I am not even a media figure, and I could have answered any of those questions with more finesse.

    Regardless of whatever questions Palin was asked by Couric or Gibson, asking someone what they read is not “gotcha” like, and it is Palin-spin that Couric’s question intimated that people in Alaska are backwater people who do not read. Nothing in the question conveyed such an aspersion.

    Palin did, in fact, answer a question about her foreign policy credentials with an ignorant statement about how you can see Russia from an island off the coast of Alaska.

    Palin’s career is built on subterfuge tinged with corruption. She billed her own state for staying home and eating meals in her own house. As Wasilla mayor, she cut corners to get her home built and received free unclaimed assistance and materials from companies given contracts to build the Wasilla sports complex–a project that left the community deeply in debt.

    She is a lazy employee, focuses on the minutiae of her personal relationships and vendettas rather than the important issues confronting her constituents, and is egotistical enough to believe that she belongs among the pantheon of men who have led this country. (To be fair to Palin, George Bush did substantially lower the bar on presidential material.)

    Taibbi has defined Palin and her supporters accurately. She is vapid and they are angry–at losing, at diminishing “white” dominance in this country, at Jesus’ failure to return in their lifetimes.

    They live in fear, and Palin plays to that fear with surprising skill. She is like the dumb jock in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, who is unprepared for his history speech and stands up and shouts “San Dimas Football rules!”, eliciting wild applause from the students that scores him a high grade. No knowledge of history required.

    She is the poor student who gets through high school exams by memorizing key words and littering her poor writing with just enough of them to convince a harried teacher she might know what she is talking about–the kind of person who reads one book for a research paper and stretches out the information to fill the requisite ten pages by adding random comments and redundancies.

    Sarah Palin will never get elected, because intelligent people can see through her schtick, no media assistance required. She is bitter, caustic, hypocritical, self-righteous, and dimwitted–qualities most of us find unappealing in a president.

    Conservatives need to get over their irrational hatred of Barack Obama, which is ungrounded and unsubstantiated. No one has had any rights infringed, lost anything, or is in any danger from any decisions made by this administration.

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    How ironic, we finally get a smart president and the rest of the country goes stupid.

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    I wish we could create an entire community of statistically representative Americans from a pre-Palin, pre-Obama, pre-Beck time machine who would not exposed to TV or maybe even radio for a year and keep them in that bubble for the entire year during which time we would introduce all the various current political players. It’d be fun to see the reactions to candidates when people had to learn about them from either personal appearances or print accounts.

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    Why the city folks are never going to agree with the country folks:

    A thermodynamic explanation of politics

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    has anyone else been following Andrew Sullivan’s comments on the lies of Sarah Palin? It’s pretty fascinating…seriously, what will this moron NOT lie about?

    here is the link:


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    Pretty much everything Matt says here rings true, but I’m not fully convinced that an inner-tube’s worth of intelligence in regard issues of the day is such a disadvantage.

    All you have to do is look at the banking crisis. The Fed, the Treasury and others had all the regulatory powers they needed, and more, to have prevented the meltdown from ever occurring. But these folks–all bankers in private life, or aspiring bankers, or folks who just simply adore bankers–CHOSE not to act.

    They’re all part of that little elite that can originate from pretty much anywhere geographically–hell, even Indonesia by way of Hawaii–whose interests are diametrically opposed to those of the vast, unwashed forcibly deindustrialized middle of the country. And they have proved now, under Obama and beyond any shadow of doubt, that right across party lines, they can’t be trusted with any bloody thing.

    Given that, stupidity may be a real virtue. It’s entirely possible that if we elect enough celery-heads, they’ll occasionally accomplish something preferable to, say, a $23.7 trillion robbery of the American people.

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    It’s just too bad for conservatives that she happens to be unsustainably divisive…” I don’t know. As a Democrat, I want to believe you. But, all she has to do is hold the usual red states and flip FL, NC, VA, IN, and OH and she’s prez. I live in NC. I already think any R candidate will win NC next go ’round. And I don’t see the Ds doing much to give the Heartland any reason to believe they care more about Main St. than Wall St. Also, I think you could make a case that Obama owes his entire national political career to Jeri Ryan’s rockin’ body. Without that, John Ryan is Senator from Illinois right now.

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    Matt I think this is one of the best pieces you’ve ever written. Not only are you spot-on about the WWE bit (I’ve been saying that for years, and I say it about the media coverage as well), but you nail it when you say it’s not about issues, it’s about the Culture War. THAT, finally, described what I couldn’t articulate about Palin and why she troubles me so much, along with people like Rove or Bush or Beck. Politics has been hijacked into voting for the Culture War instead of those who will govern well, and that’s a downward spiral. Bravo!

    -tony healy

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    Interesting e-mail I got…nothing about it on Snopes…

    “By Dewie Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman. As posted in comments on Greta’s article referencing the MOVEON ad about Sarah Palin.
    The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska. I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year. Here’s the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it. It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m about to mention here.

    1- Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing, “la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar.

    2- Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES.” Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them, “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course, the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.

    3- The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork.” She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning – I imagine – that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.

    4- Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand..

    5- For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started… This summer, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.

    6- President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewables by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona. Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years. I won’t be holding my breath.

    By the way, she was content to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let
    her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers. And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off. Shoulda known better.

    You have just read the truth about Sarah Palin that sends the media, along with the democrat party, into a wild uncontrolled frenzy to discredit her. I guess they are only interested in skirt chasers, dishonesty, immoral people, liars, womanizers, murderers, and bitter ex-presidents’ wives.

    So “You go, Girl.” I only wish the men in Washington had your guts, determination, honesty, and morals.

    I rest my case.

    Only FOOLS listen to the biased media.”

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    A real with it and now kinda’ piece, Matt – love the cultural tag lines, but you sort of come across as “semi-coherent and pissed off”………

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    Good post. I would argue that the “incoherent white resentment” that you mention is very coherent indeed. Palin appeals to a subset of the white population that is not too terribly bright and looks for external reasons for the decline in their prosperity. The truth is that there is a whole class of American whites whose standard of living has been irrevocably changed for the worse. Competition forces inefficiencies out of the system and the Branch Palinians are the victims of a changing balance of economic power in the world as emerging economies like China and Brasil assert themselves at the expense of high paying blue collar jobs in the US. It is not surprising that the aforementioned group of whites sees Palin as their leader. Like them she’s not too terribly bright and like them she’s relying soley on her whiteness to further her ambitions. Also like them, she lays the blame for all her failures at the feet of others when the real reason could be easily spotted by a glance in the mirror.

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    After reading this piece and the media conspiracy piece these lyrics jumped into my head. Wasn’t it Linda Ronstadt who did the popular version? http://www.lyricsfreak.com/w/warren+zevon/poor+poor+pitiful+me_10186033.html

    These media creatures just won’t let her be. The world from Sarah’s point of view.

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    Sarah’s approach is an evolutionary response to the short attention spans most Americans have now resulting from 50, or now, 60 years of television on the group of simians called Americans. They live in a dream state with only the present. The past is like a dream upon waking, lost to memory leaving only a feeling. Usually one of compelling anxiety. Of course not all apes are affected the same way. Only about 20% of the population. But enough to cause roadblocks to positive change.

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    Regarding the following paragraph…

    >>Most of the rest of the book just catalogs her Gump-esque rise to national stardom (not having enough self-awareness to detect the monstrous narcissistic ambition that in reality was impelling her forward all along, she labors in the book to describe her various career leaps as lucky accidents or mystical acts of Providence) and the seemingly endless parade of meanies bent on tripping her up along the way. The book is really about her battles with these people, how much they did and do suck, and how difficult and inherently unfair life is for a decent hardworking American gal who just wants to live life, serve God, and try to be president without being bothered all the time…

    This is the best summation of Palin and her popular mystique that I have ever read since her arrival on the national stage.

    Plus, “Gump-esque”? Bloody brilliant.

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    As a woman, I found Sarah Palins entry, and continued existence in the national political scene to be extremely insulting.
    It was the point at which I lost all respect for McCain.
    She is the conservatives ideal of feminism: Barbie.
    The double standard she embodies is transparent and audacious, but her weaving, winking blame on everyone else hypnotizes those that seem to need abuse to feel.
    She is the hot water to their tea bag.

  26. collapse expand

    Lots of interesting thoughts expressed in entertaining ways, here, but does, “…these absurd hypotheticals” mean hypotheticals like McKenzie Phillips? Inquiring minds, yada…

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