Sarah Palin: Dumb and dumber

Jesus this Sarah Palin woman is dumb.

Not just politically dumb: Nah, the Republican choice for Vice President is just plain dumb and stupid.  As my granddaddy used to say, what she doesn’t know would fill an encyclopedia.

Her stupidity surpasses even the inane reasoning of GOP Presidential candidate John McCain for picking the obscure and flaky Alaska governor as his running mate.

In the past, Palin has told the nation the President has the power to expand the role of the Vice President – something the President doesn’t have.  She’s claimed she has foreign policy experience because, after all, Alaska is the state that’s closest to Russia.

But nothing in her growing volume of stupidity on display tops her answer to a third grader who wanted to know what a Vice President does.

From a television interview with KUSA in Colorado:

Q: Brandon Garcia wants to know, "What does the Vice President do?"

PALIN: That’s something that Piper would ask me! … They’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom.

Say what? The Vice President presides over sessions of the Senate and serves as the tie-breaking vote in case of a tie. That’s the only role the Constitution gives to the Vice President when it comes to the Senate.

In charge of the Senate? This no doubt comes as a surprise to Harry Reid, the majority leader of the Senate and the guy who’s really in charge.


Get in there with Senators and "make a lot of good policy changes?" They would laugh her out of the room.

In record time, Sarah Palin fell from darling of the McCain campaign to the goat who is now viewed by Americans as a bigger liability than George Bush. The Republican National Committee shelled out 150 grand to dress Palin up with shopping sprees to Saks and Neiman-Marcus but they couldn’t cover her inadequate brain with an expensive smock.  She’s not just unqualified to be next in line to be President. She’s an illiterate political hack who will go down in history as the trademark of McCain’s failure as a Presidential candidate.

Palin is an idiot, but John McCain is a bigger idiot for picking her as his running mate.


  1. MainstreamExtremist

    Yeah, but her stupidity will make her popular in a party that revels in anti-intellectualism. Those of us with college degrees just don’t get it.

  2. ekaton

    “Palin is an idiot, but John McCain is a bigger idiot for picking her as his running mate.”

    Their idiocy is surpassed only by that of the eletorate. They have at LEAST a 50-50 chance of winning. If it wasn’t so deadly serious it’d be hilarious.

    — Kent Shaw

  3. woody188

    Dan Quayle was also called stupid and unelectable. That didn’t stop them November 4th, 1987. I’ve always wondered if that 53–46% wasn’t stolen like 2000 and 2004.

    “People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.”
    Dan Quayle

  4. Southerner

    Are you acknowledging that he’s likely to win by projecting what things will be like six months into his administration? If he does win despite the “hate Obama” crowd, you might be surprised.

  5. Timr

    Keith, I can’t wait to see what Tina Fey and SNL do with this. The SNL writers don’t have to even try and make stuff up, the truth is all they need to make her the laughing stock of the country.

  6. Timr

    HCW. If you remember it was also during that same VP debate, when Palin, in response to the question: “What does the VP do?” Came up with the same answer that she gave in response to the 3rd grader. Point, she also, if you look at video of that answer(its on utube)spoke like she almost always does when she is not reading a speech, like she is talking to a very young child. My wife and I raised 4 kids, in their entire lives I never talked down to them,never used the word patterns like she uses to speak to a child, I spoke to them as if they were reasoning human beings and they responded as such. I think that she has spent way too much time over the years talking down”simplifying” her speech to children and those same speech patterns carry across when she talks without a script. Who will ever forget her comment during the VP debate: And a big shout out to……., This, in a very serious adult setting?!?

  7. EmanTX66

    I hadn’t heard about Jindal being involved in voodoo but I did read that he has participated in a “successful” excorcism. What you guys may not realize is that actually raises his credibility with many Americans. I was raised in Louisiana (I know: “And he can use a computer”?) so I can say from experience that many of my old neighbors wish for the good old times when everyone “knew their place”. Yet, even in that environment, Jindal has succeeded in becoming extremely popular and well respected. He breaks barriers as easily as Obama but politically he makes W look like Abbie Hoffman. If Obama stumbles I see his only roadblock is Sarah! (sorry, I’ve been seeing those signs and they stick in my head).

    As for the comments about otherwise smart people being derailed by sex I have to add my own two cents. Last night I was watching MSNBC and they played the entire exchange between Obama and Joe. When I saw it I was stunned how that could be spun in any way towards McCain’s camp but also how Obama took the time to directly connect with him, tell him the truth, and explain his position. Even knowing Joe was disagreeing he did not back down or modify his position. I think Obama’s camp should just run that whole exchange as a campaign ad. If I hadn’t already made up my mind that would have done it.

    However, I flip channels and there’s Sarah! sitting with McCain and she has her hair down and she’s in a skirt. Now I’m a hard core liberal and I think she’s a joke but the first thing I thought was “damn, she’s hot”. To many American males who don’t hold very strong views I can see how that would be the only thing they think and that’s how they’ll vote. Seriously, would so many Americans have such strong negative opinions about Hillary if she looked like that?

  8. remoran

    “Never stop questioning.” Einstein

    “Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.”

    I don’t know the quote but it’s an apt statement for the idiots in congress and in the white house.

    Any Questions?

  9. Paxpop

    Article 1, sec.3, paragraph 4 is what Biden was referring to. That and the following paragraph (4) are the only references to duties or roles of the VP in the Senate.

    So sorry, no gaffe for Biden… but one for you…

  10. Southerner

    No need to release her IQ scores, we know that it’s about the same as room temperature. But why hasn’t she released her medical records? What’s being hidden there?

  11. sherry

    Flaps, don’t spoil their fun. It’s a hate Palin orgy.

    I believe it will be interesting to see how these kool aid drinkers are feeling about their o so smart guy 6 monthis into his administration.

  12. keith

    It’s going to be really fun watching the McCain camp try and spin their way out of Ms. Palin’s $150,000 wardrobe makeover.

    Most of the Republicans I’ve talked to about it are absolutely livid, especially those who donated money to the campaign.

    What’s even more damaging is the fact that the people who frequent Sak’s and Nieman’s don’t exactly represent that “real America” Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin keep yammering on about. The wardrobe was apparently purchased in St. Louis, Minneapolis and (gasp!) New York!

    The arrogant hypocricy of it all is absolutely breathtaking.

    I can’t help but compare and contrast the news of Ms. Palin’s obscene “makeover” with that photo of Mr. Obama with his feet propped up on a desk and the worn out soles of his shoes showing through.

    Sara Palin…Ready on day 4,345!

  13. griff

    Idiots abound throughout the land, but they are inexplicably drawn to Washington. Doug, you sure know how to draw traffic.

  14. Siannan

    As men and women have proven repeatedly in the past, and will again in the future; it’s possible to be highly intelligent with one exception – some people become complete drooling idiots with regard to matters sexual. I have watched numerous people ruin their lives, over other men and women that I have always labelled “not even remotely worthwhile”. Yet time and time again, another lemming follows a woman or man with his or her tongue hanging out as that person’s family watches in despair. And I remain baffled. No one is worth throwing away your life for, but supposed smart people continue to do it every day.

  15. Flapsaddle

    I doubt that either McCain or Bush is particularly stupid. And it should be pointed out that, based on estimated IQ, the smartest president in the last century – Bill Clinton – wasn’t bright enough to appreciate the necessity of keeping his pecker in his pants.

    I had intended this as a bit of tongue-in-cheek; the whole idea of a successful or good presidency, or a desirable leader in general, being based on IQ alone is ridiculous. I’d point out that Vladimir Lenin was an extremely intelligent and gifted man, a speaker of five languages – and he presided over the installment of one of the most tyrannical bloodbaths in human history.

    To steal a line from Clausewitz, a successful presidency is, like a war, “a wonderful trinity of calculation, emotion and chance.”

    Most sincerely,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  16. Timr

    TJ, absolutely! By picking-again-someone who the “joe sixpaks” would like to party with would IMHO be just about the death knell for the US. McCain for example, like gwb, because he is not the smartest knife in the drawer, would have people like say, karl rove and bill kristol to advise him.(BTW, Kristol is one of his major FP advisors) You really want to have people like that in power? I don’t. I have no idea just how Obama would do as prez, but my belief is that he would be head and shoulders above what McCain would do. McCain 189 lobbyists in campaign Obama ?? McCain has all the good ol boys from gwb/cheney, Obama none. The problems ahead might not be solvable, but I would rather a pragmatic person with pragmatic advisors in the WH than an ideologue with lobbyists and neocons as advisors

  17. Harve3

    Your 30 years spent in practicing psychology [when will you get it right?] notwithstanding, that you were sucker-punched by some internet chicanery suggests a Full Scale Wechsler I.Q. in the Dull-Normal range at best, but have a nice day.

    Hill Country Weisenheimer

  18. Timr

    Bobby J, didn’t I read something about him being involved in voodoo or something very similar not too long ago?

  19. Harve3

    Because as a teacher of Constitutional Law [Widener University], Senator Biden ought to know Article I of the Constitution of the United States defines the Legislative Branch of the government of the US of A.

    Hill Country Weisenheimer

  20. Flapsaddle

    Really? Have you seen this item?

    Have you by chance heard of the hoax known as the Lowenstein Institute report on presidential IQs?

    Most sincerely,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  21. Flapsaddle

    Considering the state we are in as a nation after a succession of so-called “leaders” thought to be smart, honorable or at least practical, would we do any worse to pick someone who probably is not the sharpest knife in the drawer?

    Most sincerely,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  22. Siannan

    Just remember, eight years ago, the American public elected George W. Bush as president. So how is this any different?

    I am always amazed at the new levels of stupidity that the voters will accept.

    My new favorite quote from H.L. Mencken: “As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

    God, he was soooo right.

  23. EmanTX66

    One Good Consequence

    The one good consequence of the Sarah! phenomenon is the effect she’ll have on the Republican party for years to come. After the primary season I feared a divided Democratic party that would see Barack and Hillary fighting for control over the next 3-4 elections. With Obama’s candidacy now reaching mandate-level proportions I see Hillary assuming the role of elder-stateswoman in the Senate and even if Barack fails miserably I see all new people running next time.

    As for the Republicans you can rest assured that Bobby Jindal is their man the next time out, especially if Barack’s first term is deemed a success. He is a deeply religious conservative but he also is a drinker of the trickle-down Kool-Aid. Mix that with a record as a reformer and the gimmic of being of Indian decent (and isn’t it a sad comment that here in the US gender and ethnicity are still a gimmic) and he looked unstoppable. Now, you have Sarah! firmly entrenched as the darling of the far right. That, to me, smells like a battle brewing. The sane members (there are a few) of the Republican party will never embrace her. The right wing fanatics will never want a “brown man” when they can have a rifle-toting, God-fearing, hottie.

    This is going to be fun to watch.

  24. mrtshw

    Having devoted over 30 years of my life to the practice of psychology, I was shocked to discover the actual extent of Sarah Palin’s diminished intellect, although hardly surprised she is developmentally challenged. Her 83 full scale Wechsler I.Q. reported in her Wasilla High School records was labeled Dull Normal at that time and ,in fact, 83 was just slightly above the range labeled Borderline Retarded ( 70-80 I.Q. ). Her SAT scores were also similarly deficient,thus serving to confirm her sub-normal I.Q
    In fact, Sarah’s resume reveals similar deficiencies in most every area of her life; 2.2 high school grade average, dropping out of college 5 times before finally receiving a degree after six years from the fifth college she attended,marrying an Alaska secessionist, supporting Kenyan witch doctors; corrupt,vindictive abuses of power during her mayorship and current governorship , erratic beliefs regarding the earth being but 6000 years old and Jesus co-existing with dinosaurs,etc.etc,etc.
    The fact John McCain was so instantly captivated by her undoubtedly speaks to his having graduated 894th of 899 in his class and later having ” lost ” 5 aircraft he was piloting during his naval aviation career. ” Birds of a feather flock together “, ” it takes one to know one “, etc, etc, etc.

  25. Harve3

    So Ms Palin takes some liberties with the rigors of the Constitution whilst being “interviewed” by a 3rd grader and drives Doug Thompson barking mad? Where was barking Doug when Senator, Candidate for VPOTUS and Constitutional Law instructor Joseph Biden[D-DE] when he delivered himself of this gaffe’?:

    BIDEN: Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history. The idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that.[VP Debate transcript]

    Next thing you know, Joe Biden will be challenging Sarah Palin to release her IQ score. ROTFLMAO.

    Hill Country Weisenheimer