Sarah Palin: God, what a loon

The only thing more pathetic than Sarah Palin’s laughable attempt to upstage the 4th of July by resigning as Alaska governor on the Friday afternoon before the nation’s birthday are the bleating and blather from pundits and political operatives who actually think her move is part of some grand political strategy.

Strategy is not part of Palin’s vocabulary. Hell, this bimbo couldn’t plan a Saturday afternoon lunch for her family, much less a run for the Presidency.

The sad fact that this dimwit became a national political figure says more about the ineptitude of the John McCain campaign that thrust her into the limelight and the outright stupidity of the Republican Party for ever even considering her fit for office.

An even sadder fact can be found in the realization that Sarah Palin is not an anomaly of the American political system. Politics brings out the misfits, the con-artists, the egomaniacs and the unfit.

This, after all, is the system where an obese, Oxycontin-popping blowhard like Rush Limbaugh can become the de facto spokesman for the Republican Party.

The same system put George W. Bush into a job beyond both his emotional and mental capabilities.

It allowed a megalomaniacal despot like Vice President Dick Cheney to exert considerable power in office and it put a ditzy housewife from Wasilla Alaska into a position to become a step away from the Presidency.

Her rambling, incoherent announcement on Friday did not come from a woman ready for national office. A woman without substance or the intellect to handle the situation appeared before the cameras. It reminded some of Richard M. Nixon’s "you won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore" speech. Nixon came back from that to become President but Nixon was a shrewd politician. Palin isn’t.

Palin’s meltdown before the cameras reminded us of Sen. Edmund Muskie’s self-destruction in New Hampshire in 1972 or Colorado Congresswoman Pat Schroeder’s tear-filled withdrawal from her Presidential race in 1987. Although both continued to serve in Congress, neither regained any real national stature and both had far more going for them than Sarah Palin.

Financially, Palin will not suffer. Her book deal will bring millions into the family bank account and fools around the country will pay her outrageous fees to speak on issues she can’t comprehend. Her resignation will bring her mounting ethics problems to end, along with the increasing debts of fighting those investigations.

America, it appears, loves losers and Palin will be the latest to cash in on her failures. For a while, at least, the media will continue to cover her like she is someone who really matters and the Republican Party will shamelessly use her to raise money.

But I doubt she will ever hold another elected office. Polls show Alaskans are fed up with their dilettante governor and she is no Hillary Clinton who can pick a state at random, buy an expensive home and become a Senator.

With luck, Sarah Palin will fade into well-deserved obscurity and we can await the arrival of the next substance-deprived national political phenomenon.

Comments

  1. bogofree

    I hated voting for the lesser of two evils.

    Any new party attempts will be marginalized by the existing structure – especially media.

    You may need a charismatic demigod to lay the foundation of a new party.

    You may need a serious worsening of national and international conditions to create a viable need.

    You may need a serious fracture in an existing party.

    Been plenty of successful third parties in national history.

  2. woody188

    Two-thirds of Republicans want Palin, the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2008, to be “a major national political figure” in the future. Three-fourths of Democrats hope she won’t be.

    Perhaps she is being put forward to replace Steele?

    Maybe Obama offered her a job as oil czar?

    She did manage to take oil profit and give it to every Alaskan. Socialism must be OK if it’s cold and the night lasts months. Oh yeah, she balanced the budget by taxing oil companies and spending subsidies funded by the lower 48. Otherwise she does not strike me as someone that could balance their own checkbook.

  3. sherry

    I actually heard the term flipping channels. Wish I had paid attention to who said and what the heck they were talking about lol
    I have voted both parties since I became eligible to vote in 1980. Voted for Reagan because I felt strongly the peanut farmer needed to go back to the plantation.
    Every vote I have cast has been for the person I thought would do the least damage. I voted because it was my duty as an American, and I can honestly say I am ashamed of each and every one of my votes regardless of whether they won or lost.
    Now, I can no longer discern that “least damage” Politics has become hateful, vengeful and its all a distraction from the real issues.
    So Austin, which is tougher Chinese or Russian? I’m thinking we need to start with Chinese. They own more of us than Russia.

  4. storky

    Third party candidates can be viable but only with Instant Runoff Voting. No candidate is a spoiler, no vote is wasted. Vote your conscience, but, by preparing a second or third choice in advance, you control subsequent choices should your preferred candidate fail to achieve a majority.

    With IRV, a wider range of candidates can compete and, with luck, the two party system get retired to the trash heap of history.

  5. AustinRanter

    Sherry…I DUNNO.

    I’m a recovering Republican myself. I’m in my 60’s. Always voted Republican for major offices UNTIL BUSH. Then I voted Libertarian both terms Bush ran. I was exposed to his insanity when he was Gov. here in Texas. That was enough for me. But, he won by a margin of over 24% both elections in Texas.

    So…who’s the LOON? For those Texans who didn’t get who he was by his term as Gov…what the hell does it take to get the message across?

    I don’t have a clue as to what we can do given our nation’s voter mentality… other than wait it out for a bottom and learn to speak a combination of Chinese and Russian…and maybe a tad of North Korean and Iranian.

    As I said, I’m now a “Political Atheist”. If you coined it…then groovy…I can dig it. It fits for me.

  6. sherry

    Austin, what would you suggest? I’m all ears!
    I can’t stand either of the major parties. They are corrupt beyond repair.
    There is no accountability. People choose a side as if it were a team sport, and they are as loyal as a Steeler fan. They back their boy no matter what. And they lob insults to the other side with the venom of a pit viper.
    The problem is no one is held accountable. People feel they have to put a label on every opinion (earlier, I was called a neo con!), thereby dismissing real debate.
    I’m a neocon who opposes the war and believes Obama is Bush on steroids. Back when I was voting, I never voted for Bush.
    There were no checks and balances under the Bush administration, even after Democrats got control. Talk about spineless.
    Now that the Democrats control all three branches of government, we are back to where we were in 2004.
    Both parties sleep with the same lobbyists.
    We’re screwed kids.

  7. AustinRanter

    Sherry…not sure if it was you…or whoever that brought up the term “poltical atheist”. Welp, that’s where I am. I hereby declare myself a political atheist.

    I can’t even begin to think about adding more burden to our already broken policial and government systems.

    A third party…YIKES! PLEASE NO 3rd Party. That to me is far from a viable solution.

    I think the electorates are way more the LOON than Palin and would clearly hate to see her advance her political career beyond where she just ended it.

  8. sherry

    Austin, it’s way past time for a viable third party.
    I don’t like calling Palin or anyone else a loon. It’s a bad term. Sorry Doug.
    If the GOP is banking on Palin, we are stuck with Obama for another term, and I am not sure our treasury can stand him.

  9. Doug Thompson

    All right you two, that’s enough. Take your pissing contest off-line. If you want to debate issues, do so but the name-calling stops now.

  10. bogofree

    How can a loon like Obama become President? The sad fact this dimwit became a national figure and President – a job far beyond his emotional and mental capabilities. How we ended up with this ditzy senator as President is beyond me. Probably the blathering of that failed sports reporter – Keith Oberman – had something to do with it.

  11. ekaton

    Did anybody read any of the sherry & storky catfight?

    Well, anyway, would this country really be dumb enough to elect someone like Sarah Palin president? Imagine her as vice president being sent on diplomatic missions. Could they pass off her disconnected ramblings as some sort of clever, cryptic find-the-hidden-meanning utterances?

    Kent Shaw

  12. storky

    “I mind paying for needless wars. I mind bailing out banks who made poor judgements.” — Wow! Concurrence – mostly. The answer is not reduced taxes, however, which, according to neocons, is the remedy for all financial ills. The focus should be on ending the war and tracking bailout spending.

    BTW the average UAW wages and benefit are ~$34/hour not $75

    I fail to see how the occasional improper references to racism, from reporters, pundits or bloggers, marks a pattern of abuse of the concept from those inside the campaign or administration. Sorry, the evidence should be more directly linked to members within the White House or campaign in order to accuse them of playing the race card.

    “I bet you use the other N word freely because you can’t think of anything else to say.”

    Huh?

    “The only thing left is my lawyer can beat up yourlawyer. I don’t have a lawyer, so you probably win that one”

    Okay . . . . . whatever

  13. storky

    Sarah was none too pleased about Hillary’s response to being a perceived victim of undue scrutiny.

    Fair or unfair, I think she does herself a disservice to even mention it…When I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or, you know, maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, man, that doesn’t do us any good. Women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country. I don’t think it’s, it bodes well for her — a statement like that…It bothers me a little bit hearing her bring that attention to herself on that level.” — Sarah Palin on Hillary Clinton’s complaints about her treatment by the media, March 2008.

  14. sherry

    TEA Party TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY. OUR minds are not in the gutter. Ever heard of the Boston Tea Party?
    No. I didn’t think so.
    I guess you got to the google version first.

    I am all in favor of government services. Don’t mind paying for them. I mind paying for needless wars. I mind bailing out banks who made poor judgements.
    No one asked the big bankers if they flew down in a private jet. The automakers were. I guess we are supposed to be nicer to the suits. They railed at the hourly workers earning up to $75 an hour, but said little until the public railed at the CEO’s who earn millions even as the ship was sinking. Silly me, I thought bonuses were for performance.
    Race card? When Bill Clinton noted Jackson carried SC, it was RACIST. Never mind it was a fact. When BHO lost a race, it was racism. Couldn’t possibly be because he is an empty suit. Are you kidding me? Anyone who didn’t vote for the one was racist. Katie Couric mentioned WV went for McCain because they are bigot evangelicals. The shallow woman without an ounce of journalistic integrity failed to note Obama promised to bankrupt coal with cap and trade. (Coal happens to be one of WV’s largest industries and is one of the few states currently balancing the budget.)
    Neocon, well you know what they say about sticks and stones….
    I bet you use the other N word freely because you can’t think of anything else to say.
    The only thing left is my lawyer can beat up yourlawyer. I don’t have a lawyer, so you probably win that one.

  15. storky

    A Self-Made Victim – Palin

    The realization made me recall the song that used the phrase

    Intact, by Ned’s Atomic Dustbin
    – – – – – –
    Here I stand the self-made victim
    I know that you didn’t do anything
    I’m trying to make something from nothing
    you’re wasting your breath on these ears
    my dear
    you’re wasting your breath on these ears

    you will kill me someday
    if you have to cash me in
    I will have to be okay
    you’ll fry the contents of my head
    pretend and bend the words I said
    and kill me someday, stone dead

    I can’t help but wish that I was virgo-intact
    oh I woudln’t care
    ’cause I just wouldn’t know
    so don’t say in this that you’re all alone
    you founded the worst of these fears
    my dear
    you founded the worst of these fears

    you will kill me someday
    if you have to cash me in
    I will have to be okay
    you’ll fry the contents of my head
    pretend and bend the words I said
    and kill me someday, stone dead

  16. storky

    Well, I was going to point out the thrice recycled content of your post (and the failure to reinforce your argument with new, relevant content), but your incoherent ramblings are harder to decode than Palin’s.

    On teabaggers – before committing to a slogan, use the Google
    On the bailout – well maintained businesses and economies don’t need bailouts.
    On your taxes – how do you propose government services be paid for?
    On the race card – WTF are you talking about?
    On the neocon label – the shoe fits, lady.

    “I no longer vote. It’s pointless.
    Now stick that in your pipe and smoke it”

    It took forever to get to the punchline! Poor material AND poor delivery!

  17. sherry

    Storky
    Regarding women in the media:
    Note: No one accused McCain of pimping out his kids.
    Note: Sarah Palin never said, “I can see Russia from my hooouse” People however think she did.
    Palin not only balanced the budget in 2008, she refunded the citizens, stating the state should not be over revenuing. Bad choice. She should have kept the money for a rainy day fund.
    No she didn’t balance the budget for 2009, but then only a handful of states did.
    I am all for the tea parties. Of course the ever tolerent Obama drunkards had to use the term tea bagger as a homosexual term.
    Obama said, let’s take back America. Hey, I’m all for it. Stay the hell out of the auto industry and the banking system. And stop raising my taxes to pay for your follies. You are all pissed off about people taking back the government, yet that is what the Obama folks voted for.
    I stated facts to you regarding the treatment of Clinton and Palin. You are skulking off to your corner telling me it doesn’t matter.
    You are all good with smirkingchimp.com, but not so happy that an ape was depicted as being on the backs of congress and Obama, in the picture was not even the subject of the ape? O you poor baby. What will you do when the press eventually sickens of this lightweight and starts pouring it on?
    The race card will only fly so far hon.
    As for the neocon label, feel free to call me whatever you like. This neocon voted for Kerry, and Gore. I no longer vote. It’s pointless.
    Now stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

  18. woody188

    Personal attacks towards those posting in a discussion on the site. Politicians are fair game. And one or two adjectives are OK. Hey, it was called “The Rant” once upon a time. ;p

  19. storky

    Fallacy number 1: Burden of Proof

    “Tell me which of the above statements are false.”

    Your assertions require you provide supporting evidence, not demand negative evidence. There is no truth established by means of failure to produce falsity.

    Fallacy number 2: Red Herring

    I requested you provide evidence supporting your assertion that, “Clearly, our media hates women.” You skirted that by misdirecting back to earlier repeated claims. You provide nothing new. You demonstrate no pattern. You eventually backtrack into fail mode, “They just tend to go a bit over the top on the ladies.” Naw, not over the top on ladies, over the top on frauds. Palin is a fraud.

    Remember, Palin was the subject of the article these comments were meant address. You pulled the false equivalency red herring.

    “And while I know it just burns you, Palin did balance a budget and your boy didn’t.”

    Three points:
    1. Display documentation of Alaska’s balanced budget. Did she repair the $1.65 Billion budget shortfall forecast in February 2009? What about the FY2010 budget that was in equally dire straights?
    2. With the 2nd Great Republican Depression in full swing, state, federal and municipal budgets bleeding red ink everywhere and all tax receipts dramatically down, who indicated there would be something other than deficit spending required to overhaul the collapsed economy?
    3. How do you know what burns me? You base this on what conversation, or correspondence? I’ll clarify for you so you won’t have to ASSume anymore: Palin amuses me, your neocon bullshit talking points circulated via party email and in memos, repeated by Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, John Boehner and Bill O’Reilly burns me!

    Moreover, their rallies to incite the overthrow of the current government aren’t amusing. The depiction of the President as an ape is distasteful, but the depiction of the President as a dead ape with a bullet through the forehead is sick and perhaps even treasonous.

    With regard to your links (that don’t work), I don’t care. They are irrelevant to the topic at hand.

  20. sherry

    Well, when the article is titled Palin is a loon, I guess the nice, mannerly stuff has to wait for another day.
    The above can’t respond to my cited examples, but feels the need to call me “dolly”.

    Polite chat goes out the window if we are discussing someone unliked, unpopular. Sad. But true.

  21. bogofree

    “Our goal is reasoned discussion on issues facing this nation and we do not feel that goal is served by personal attacks and by seeing how many cute adjectives you can attach to an elected official or politician’s name.”

    I just signed up and saw this after a few posts regarding site manners. LMAO! I guess the article and author have a credibility gap.

  22. sherry

    I have cast my last vote as well.
    Our choices are dumb and dumber. The only contest is who is the dumbest?

  23. sherry

    Storky: Nope, I don’t rationalize argumentative fallacies. They’re your assertions, support them.

    Sherry writes:
    What are the fallacies, specifically?

    O. That’s right. You can’t name them.

    When BO makes a gaffe, it’s just a gaffe. When Palin makes a gaffe, omg she is so stupid.
    Again, I am not a supporter. Don’t think she is ready for primetime. I felt the same way about Obama. Harvard and community organizing hardly gave him the needed political experience. It’s beginning to show.
    Check out the links below. I am unsure if they will show, but you can google if you are so inclined.
    Shuster accused Hillary of pimping out her daughter to the campaign trail. Note nothing was said about the McCain kids. You don’t see any bias there?
    Just recently someone photoshopped Palin’s Down Syndrome kid. Can you imagine anyone photoshopping Obama’s kid?
    An Op Ed comic dicpicted a monkey on the back of congress with Obama in the foreground. Racist! They
    proclaimed. There used to be a website called
    “SmirkingChimp.com” devoted to Bush. We can call Bush a chimp, but don’t even go near that with The ONE.
    These are just facts. Palin deserved criticism to a degree as all politicians do. They just tend to go a bit over the top on the ladies.
    Call it bullshit. Quote Jeff if it makes you happy, it’s just a fact.
    And while I know it just burns you, Palin did balance a budget and your boy didn’t. 🙂

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  24. bogofree

    “An even sadder fact can be found in the realization that Sarah Palin is not an anomaly of the American political system. Politics brings out the misfits, the con-artists, the egomaniacs and the unfit.”

    This is how I feel about President WOW (Walk On Water) and the previous office holder – whose name skips me…or the previous…or the previous.

    We have lousy actors who become presidents and comedians who are not funny become senators. Why not Palin? Heck…Nancy Pelosi made it. Barney Frank represents my district so buffoons are acceptable.

    Think it is bad on a national scale? Head to your local legislature and see the breeding ground in action.

    I stopped voting in the last election since my choices were based on who I thought would do the least amount of damage.

  25. storky

    “Please by all means tell me the bullshit. Tell me which of the above statements are false.”

    Nope, I don’t rationalize argumentative fallacies. They’re your assertions, support them.

    “Clearly, our media hates women.”

    Since it is so abundantly clear, you’ll have no difficulty providing numerous examples of hatred of women, in addition to Hillary and Sarah, by main stream media. Don’t forget to include left-wing MSM sources of misogyny for a fair and balanced assessment.

    “Stop acting like a jerk because someone posted less than flattering facts about your ‘god,'”

    Who is my “god?” Your implication is clear, but the basis for your assertion isn’t. Being an atheist, no-one, nothing is a deity, my superior or worthy of anything more than earned respect. Worship is intellectual surrender. So feel free to support your assertion from ANY posting of mine you can find. Provide evidence of my alleged Obama worship.

    False premise, false conclusion – in other words, Bullshit.

  26. sherry

    Please by all means tell me the bullshit. Tell me which of the above statements are false.
    I personally witnessed Matthews comments, Shusters comments. I personally witnessed “The One” reading the wrong speech in a joint appearance with the British PM. Do tell.
    Now who is the bullshitter?

  27. storky

    Opinions based on disinformation aren’t facts, dolly. You didn’t so much hit a raw nerve so much as trigger a bullshit detector. Talking points are the signature of neocon buffoonery and your observations reinforce that assessment.

    “Facts are stubborn things” that you apparently have no experience with. As for being a jerk . . .

    “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions” — Thomas Jefferson

  28. sherry

    They are facts my friend. I was never a supporter of Palin. Never will be.
    I am simply pointing out the press hates her and it shows.
    I am pointing out Obama is loved by the press and IT shows.
    I must have hit some raw nerves since your only come back is “talking points” Facts are stubborn things.
    BTW, I am no more your “dolly” than you are my personal rectum. Stop acting like a jerk because someone posted less than flattering facts about your “god”

  29. Maryellen

    My guess is she will be on the Fox News channel.
    They are stupid enough to pay her for her ramblings.
    Or on a show with Rush, yes, I can see that too!
    I will say, she is a reminder of how STUPID the Republicans really are.
    Maryellen

  30. storky

    Memorized Talking Points spewed by right-wing morons, dolly, that’s all you got?

    Why do you repeat such idiocy? Can you not form your own thoughts on the subject?

    If you’re really that confident in her abilities, support her! Buy her book! Donate to her presidential campaign! I’m certain you won’t feel cheated when her aspirations amount to nothing.

  31. sherry

    Palin never claimed to have campaigned in 56 states. Neither did Hillary.
    Obama did, but it’s all good.
    Biden said we misread how bad the economy was, but hey, it’s ok.
    Your boy is only as good as his teleprompter. Off the teleprompter plantation, he sounds as bad as Palin.
    You may not like my opinion, which is fine, but I call it like I see it and I find it personally offensive, you refer to the truth as bitterness.
    Chris Matthews “thrills running up my leg”. Tom Brokaw blubbering on Innauguration Day we finally got us a black president. David Shuster who proclaimed “Hillary pimped her daughter”
    for the campaign. McCain’s daughter campaigned. No one said a word about that. All’s fair in the completely unbiased media. Right?
    Palin did balance a state budget. Obama never so much as managed a Dairy Queen, and it shows. He was a “community organizer” Thank God for caucuses .
    Even Biden was quoted as ” I see Barack brought in his Chicago crowd” referring to groupies at the Iowa caucus.
    Just the facts. Dang, they are bound to sting just a bit, unless you are a total kool aid drinker.

  32. neondesert

    So a Harvard Law School graduate and former professor of Constitutional Law at the Chicago University Law School is no more intellectual or qualified than a beauty pageant runner-up who spent 5 years getting a bachelor of communications-journalism?

    I understand cynics, especially of our political system, but ignorance feigning as cynicism is no substitute for reason. And being a bitter “can’t-get-over-it” Clinton supporter is a personal problem, not an industry wide mania.

  33. sherry

    The affirmative action president is no better or more intellectual than Palin. He has better speech writers, a teleprompter and a press who loves him.
    Palin is hardly a brainiac, but give the same press fawning that the affirmative action candidate received, she could despite not being ready for primetime, look just as good.
    He is a media package, she was not afforded the same opportunity.
    She was treated worse than Hillary. Clearly, our media hates women.