Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sarah Palin Chronicles

I've not commented about Sarah Palin before because it's become pretty clear that she is becoming more and more irrelevant and capable of succeeding in only one thing, firing up the right-wing base of her party. Let's be honest, she was not a successful Alaska governor: After serving just two and a half years, she resigned to be able to "influence her party in other ways." That pretty much showed her being ineffectual at leadership in her state. She was not successful in her bid to become vice president: She appeared unprepared, unimpressive, and more importantly, unqualified.

Upon further reflection, she has been successful in one more area. She has managed to instill a fear in the American public. Her point being, "Be afraid, be very afraid of supporting this president and any of his left-wing socialist ideas."  Although she didn't invent the term "death squads", she did put it out there in a way that took hold.  A new poll indicates 41% of the public believe there is some merit to her story.
So she is a bloggers dream, unending stupid comments coming from a woman probably not qualified to be dog catcher in your local town. However, I resist a long rant about her because she is what brings this country down - negative, untrue discourse that serves no purpose.  I will refrain because I don't want to go and shoot myself. However, a new tell-all book soon to be released by former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer has the following quote: (If true, priceless)

Matt Latimer Book: Bush Knocked Other Pols While President:
"But Bush was perhaps most critical of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin:
'I'm trying to remember if I've met her before. I'm sure I must have.' His eyes twinkled, then he asked, 'What is she, the governor of Guam?' [...]
'This woman is being put into a position she is not even remotely prepared for,' he said. 'She hasn't spent one day on the national level. Neither has her family. Let's wait and see how she looks five days out.' It was a rare dose of reality in a White House that liked to believe every decision was great, every Republican was a genius, and McCain was the hope of the world because, well, because he chose to be a member of our party."


  1. They love talking down to Sarah Palin because they fear her. MSNBC wouldn’t waste their time attacking her everyday if they weren’t afraid. I am not an unapologetic supporter of hers but you’ve gotta love a woman that knows how to and does shoot her M-16. She probably wasn’t ready to VP but how many have been (Quayle, Gore, Biden?)? She was asked to be on the ticket because conservatives wouldn’t vote for McCain and she delivered. She is the one that put them ahead of Obama and McCain blew it by running back to Washington DC to tell Republicans to vote for the bailouts. I’m not sure why she would quit as governor, judging by Alaska’s stats she wasn’t doing bad. And for Bush to mock her, well at least it’s still legal to laugh. She has things to learn but name me one politician (or person) who doesn’t. “Change you can believe in” turned into third Bush term. Illegals are still pouring in, NAFTA has not been renegotiated, the middle-class and poor have got tax increases and that’s without health “reform”, we still rely on foreign oil, still in Iraq, and he doesn’t know what to do about Afghanistan. At least the world loves us right? The dictators that he bows to and listens to without standing up for our country sure like him. But there is hope, Palin gave a good speech in Hong Kong were she rightly put the blame for the current economic crisis at the Federal Reserves loose monetary policy. So cut her some slack she was put on the national scene she didn’t ask for it.

  2. Great comment, thanks for your thoughts. Yeah, she did ask for it. She had her inside guy in the McCain camp, might have been Steve Schmidt, can't remember. She was more than happy to get out there, wave her baby around, parade her family in front of the crowds day after day after day. Truthfully, I think the media cut her more slack than almost anybody. Now, why is that? As you point out, people love her. They adore her. No one, certainly not me, has ever accused Palin of not being a strong woman. Yeah, I get it and approve of the pics of her with her big guns and fishing nets. One thing she is, is a real person.
    Just in my opinion, what she is not, is intellectual. After observing her for the last year I don't feel that she is smart enough to be president. Am I bad because I feel that? Is she bad because it is perhaps true? No, it's not bad in both cases.
    I agree it's pretty easy to be critical of Obama right now, but I guess he's trying. Finally, love his mouth or hate the man but Joe Biden is one of the most qualified people to elected to VP. He has years of foreign policy experience, years of dealing with the white house from the other side so I think he brings some credibility to the administration from the inside looking out.