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Marion On February - 7 - 2010

“Ms. Palin represents a new breed of unelected public figures operating in an environment in which politics, news media and celebrity are fused as never before. Whether she ever runs for anything else, Ms. Palin has already achieved a status that has become an end in itself: access to an electronic bully pulpit, a staff to guide her, an enormous income and none of the bother or accountability of having to govern or campaign for office.”

That was the New York Times’s assessment of the woman otherwise known as Caribou Barbie, who gave a mating call to Beefcake Ken in her keynote speech at last night’s Teabaggers’ Ball.

From what I could stomach listening to, she reckoned that the underpants bomber shouldn’t have been read his Miranda, and tacitly all but winked that maybe, just maybe he should have been dealt with specially … euphemism for torture. Oh, and we don’t need a Law Professor offering ‘hopey-changey’ things, we need a real Commander-in-Chief.

For ALL of the Progressive base who have at one time called for Obama to be more like Bush, and at another, been appalled that they thought he acted as such, here’s a wake-up call.

HELLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Flirt with Grover Norquist. Carp, snipe, call-out Obama gratuitously. Throw the Blue Dogs under the bus.

Do all of the above, and you’ll get President Palin pickin’ and a-grinnin’ and a-winkin’ her way through her Inaugural speech in 2012. You’ll also get the semi-literate First Dude (‘their’ for ‘there’, amongst other things) calling the shots and sitting in on Cabinet meetings.

Are you satisfied with the Wasilla version of the Beverly Hillbillies holding court at the White House? Do you want your children taught creationism? Do you want contraceptives outlawed in favour of abstinence? Do you want a woman to pay for her rape kit and be forced to give birth to a child conceived that way?

Because if the Progressives carry on listening to people who are sowing discontent and disfavour purposely, who are doing anything other than urging you to support this Presidency and this administration, you’re playing right into the GOP’s hands.

Some asshole on the take reported a private conversation held by Rahm Emanuel in the White House where he referred to Leftwing Progressives, in a moment of exasperation, as being retarded. No doub, he was talking about those who advocated some sort of unholy alliance with the teabaggers in order to defeat the present healthcare bill, hoping that the already-overloaded Congressional docket would somehow afford another discussion of the same.

Well, Rahm was right. That was pretty retarded.

But it was a private conversation and shouldn’t have been leaked to the press or the public, and much less, to someone of Palin’s ilk. Look what she did with an amendment to healthcare that actually came from a Republican Senator. It became the ubiquitous Death Panel controversy. Now she’s calling for Rahm’s resignation.

Shortly, thereafter, in a broadcast deriding Emanuel’s subsequent and unnecessary apology, Rush Limbaugh peppered a rant about retarded people going to the White House so Rahm Emanuel could apologise to them for being retarded.

Palin was force to issue a guarded and lame response through a spokesperson in reaction to this, only to call Boss Rush afterwards and assure him that she didn’t name him by name in her remarks.

So, it’s OK for Rush to use the word ‘retarded’ when speaking of mentally-challenged people, but it’s an affront for Rahm Emanuel to use the same word in an off-the-cuff remark about the Progressive section of his own party.

Double standards, much?

All I know is this: This woman might be intellectually bereft, but she’s media savvy, and she didn’t quit the governor’s job for nothing. She’s building on her celebrity base in a push for 2012, and she knows exactly what to say to whatever kinds of people she addresses. She’s not afraid to play the sexy beauty queen card, for all those lecherous old men who might want to fuck her or all those youngish GOP wimps who fancy a MILF. Equally, she’s the average WalMart hockey mom, when she’s meeting with the women of the party.

She might be an empty suit, but she’s got a bevy or advisors, calling the shots on foreign and domestic policy. She’s grooming herself for the big stage, and if we don’t wise up as a party, she’ll be 45 in 2012 – and that’s not telling a lie about her age either.

Categories: GOP, News & Politics

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  1. AuntieChrist says:

    LOL! Too funny… found posts on that other site that teabaggers will no longer be watching Colbert. They’ve been surprised to find who they perceived as one of their conservative heroes use satire to call Sarah Palin “F*cking Retarded”

    just one example:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/09/colbert-sarah-palin-is-a_n_454744.html?page=5&show_comment_id=39802624#comment_39802624

    LOL!

  2. nellie says:

    Today Brent Budowsky called Palin the Paris Hilton of politics. She’s famous just for being famous, without any substance or talent to justify it.

    I don’t know who writes Sarah’s speeches for her — probably Frank Luntz from the sound of them — but they’re crammed full of tried and true test phrases, snide misrepresentations, condescension, and outright lies.

    Sarah reminds me a lot of Bush — she has no conscience about saying what she knows to be patently false. It’s hard to find someone who can sell swill as if it’s elixir. Sarah has that ability.

    Her only drawback, imo, is that she seems stupid. And that’s something the smart people in her own party can’t stand. (I know a lot of people think GW seems stupid, but I’m not one of them.)

    I don’t think she’ll ever get much more traction than she has now.

  3. KQuark says:

    Cheers Marion I called out the unholy alliance the other day. So people like Hamster and Aryanna want to team up with the teabaggers over the bank bailouts when supposedly every other principle they are suppose to have are diametrically opposed with teabaggers. Teaming up with the same people who are fighting against ANY HCR just because they think it’s not enough progress is retarded.

  4. SueInCa says:

    Marion
    Very insightful piece. I happen to agree with you 100%. If people do not wake the hell up, we are going to find ourselves being ruled by a Palin cabal. People say not to obsess on her but I think different. While I am not obsessing, I am listening and making note of every move she makes. All the christian right needs is one more term in the WH to set this country back 50 years and the Supreme Court gave them a leg up just a few weeks ago. If anyone thinks Murdoch will not take advantage of that present, then they are naive. They almost obtained their objective with Bush. They just ran out of time. Obama being elected is just a simple roadblock to what these people ultimately want to accomplish. If The Family can carry on with their antics for all these years, the group as a whole can be patient for another four years.

    Some recommended reading on the subject of Palin/Bush right wing appointees and their agenda is:

    The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot or
    Fascist America in 10 Easy Steps.

    After reading the Family, I went back to these books I had read earlier and the meaning really came in to focus for me. Pay attention to their speech. They use words like homeland, regime, crusade…….these all point to exactly what Ms. Wolf was talking about.

    It is beyond comprehension for those of us well read and educated how someone like Palin can go as far as she has, but not to the masses. They look at her as someone they can aspire to be, after all she is just like them, right?

  5. bitohistory says:

    Looks like the “Palin Palm Pilot” is catching some traction. Now will any other net work pickup on this?
    MSNBC

    • jan4insight says:

      Last night on the Other Site, some info came through the forums that she was likely using an in-podium teleprompter (see my comment a few below here). Several of us emailed rachel@msnbc.com with this tip and suggested she follow up on it. If anyone here feels so inclined, go ahead and send your email, too.

  6. bitohistory says:

    And now she has this bit of insanity: Palin: Obama could win reelection if he

    • escribacat says:

      Interesting quote. It shows how Palin “educates” herself — not by actually reading books and studying issues, but by parroting the rightwing talking heads.

    • Khirad says:

      I would never touch a woman in that way, but forgive me, I want to give her a good hard smack for that. Ugggggggghhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!

      • LABC63 says:

        Honey, I would have bitch slapped her like that kid did on the Doritos commercial -- “Keep your hands off of my country. Keep your hands off of my Doritos!

        • LABC63 says:

          Just to be clear -- I do not advocate violence against women. It is just
          unbelievable that the cow thinks that another war would help the President’s fortunes. To think that this fool would have been near the Oval office sickens me to this day!

          • Khirad says:

            Don’t worry, I got you. 😉

            And, quite frankly, when it comes to advocating the killing of innocents in another foreign policy misadventure for poll numbers, or for the not-so-subtle dog-whistle (more like fog horn in this case) to evangelicals -- I think a bitch slap pales in comparison.

  7. boomer1949 says:

    Excellent piece marion — another nail on the proverbial head! 👿

  8. AuntieChrist says:

    In related news: Trig spoke in hushed tones with reporters saying, “I’m not sure what to make of all this; I thought everyone traveled around at a 45 degree angle dangled as a prop in front of thousands of mouth-breathers… speaking of which… I hate using the ‘r’ word myself, as she’s used it often enough to assail me from time to time, but I believe this stringed marionette to which I’m very frequently attached has nothing but ice cubes in her head. So, will someone PLEASE tell the world who my real mom is?”

    He is a cute and stealthy little tyke.

    Auntie Christ

  9. jan4insight says:

    Here’s another gem from that Other Site (sometimes it’s worth going there):

    85Percent I’m a Fan of 85Percent 12 fans permalink
    Let’s see if I can get this posted if I am more general in mentioning company names this time. I checked the website of the hotel and one of their business partners. There is a very sophisticated system in place for loading and reading speeches from a monitor in the lectern. Someone needs to tell Palin and her supporters that counts as a teleprompter.

    • jan4insight says:

      Follow-up: Last night I joined a number of other commenters and forwarded this information to Rachel Maddow with the suggestion that she might investigate and report to set the record straight. If anyone here feels so inclined, her email is rachel@msnbc.com.

      Of course, this begs the questions that isn’t is ridiculous we have to investigate whether or not a political figure uses a teleprompter, but given that the Rethugs have made even this a talking point -- I guess we fight fire with fire. 😛

  10. jan4insight says:

    Well said, Marion. Ditto, co-sign, x2 -- nothing more to add!

  11. PepeLepew says:

    Normally, I just laugh at Sarah Palin. She’s a non-stop walking punchline. But her abject hypocrisy over the word “retard” being OK depending on who says is just makes me angry. 👿

  12. PatsyT says:

    Well she has a bit of time between now and then to put her foot in her mouth…
    She gets fussy about her advisors and that can only go so far
    before she tells one of them or all of them off.
    These advisors can get pissed off too and pull out of this poly-quarkery.
    I am Annoyed that our MSM gives this dog and pony show the time of day.
    We have serious issues and she is a fake.
    She can’t keep up this facade forever, that flimsy veneer is going to crack.

  13. Hopeington says:

    Spot on as usual Marion, but I still am not convinced she wants to run for anything except the almighty dolla’
    But….people did elect bush, who, with his lack of intelligence could only be a puppet, so who knows what these retards will do if given a chance to vote for her.
    I think we better get health care passed and get some regulations in place and combat the SCOTUS decision or some other impactful decisions before elections and certainly before 2012.
    I will fight tooth and nail if she ever makes in on any ballot.
    And I’ll have had some experience because I believe I will have to get out there and fight for Barbara Boxer’s seat, especially if the Tpartier wins the bid to run against her.

    • javaz says:

      She’ll never make it onto the ballot.

      I like to play that game, too, and isn’t wonderful how our media even gives her the time of day.

      I so hate our media.

  14. javaz says:

    Oh my goodness.
    I really want to take this on, because I so agree with you, Marion, but it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and the game is on soon, and I’ve just popped open a beer.

    I want to think about football now, and for an hour or two, or three, forget about politics.

    Oh my gosh, we’ll talk tomorrow, and hopefully this goes on the main page tomorrow.
    (you’ve written another one that I cannot open because we are on dial-up, but I might be able to open that one early tomorrow morning)

    Palin is a piece of ignorant crap, and the GOP knows it, but she causes them problems, since she was the VP candidate for McCain.
    What a freaking joke that was, and yet the MSM still pushes her on us as a viable candidate and a force to be reckoned with.

    What an embarrassment that opportunistic bitch is for the GOP, yet they and the MSM still try to make her relevant.

    Argh.

    I hate that bitch, and more so, those who support her.

    Imagine, a failed governor of a state, had that arrogant, ignorant piece of shit bitch been a Democrat, how the MSM would crucify her.

    Okay, going back into my Super Bowl happy mode!

    • LABC63 says:

      Great game last night! Contrary to the mode of commercials, this wife and mother loves football and would never have her husband holding her bag in a mall during Super Bowl! And Jim “I cheat, therefore I am” Nance on the commercial? Bitter about the settlement, much?

      Javas, love what you said. I feel the same way too -- that mean, fucking bitch with her winking bullshit -- i fucking hate the media with their gauzy coverage of this dumbass and her followers who are setting records for the subterranean levels they will sink to defend this opportunistic cow. As a black american in this country, I grew up the idea of education being the way up -- when did being educated become a sucker’s bet? When did blatant stupidity become celebrated? I love dumb on a reality show, because it it funny to watch, but do I want one of the Real Housewives running the country? Uhhhh…NO!!


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