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Bailout, Palin-Style

Posted on Jul 5, 2009
Sarah Palin
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By Ruth Marcus

    Note to soon-to-be-former Gov. Sarah Palin: Big girls don’t quit.

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    Just ask Hillary Clinton. Crying—or at least misting up a little—you can get away with these days. But quitting? Not until you absolutely have to, and even then you might hold on for a few extra weeks.

    Just ask Serena Williams, or, more to the point, her older sister, Venus. Their first set in the Wimbledon women’s final Saturday went to a tie-breaker, which Serena won. But even when she was down 5-2 in the second set, Venus battled back against three match points, only to lose on the fourth.

    Just ask Jenny Sanford, who’s doing her best not to quit her marriage even though her husband has declared that he has found another soul mate. (And, by the way, if there’s a governor who ought to be quitting, it’s the one from South Carolina, not Alaska.)

    But Palin didn’t just quit. She quit and proceeded to praise herself for doing so. This took a quintessentially Palinesque form, combining an unjustified air of selflessness with an unjustified sense of self-pity. “I thought about how much fun some governors have as lame ducks: travel around the state, to the Lower 48, maybe, overseas on international trade—as so many politicians do,” Palin mused. “And then I thought: That’s what’s wrong. Many just accept that lame-duck status, hit the road, draw the paycheck and ‘milk it.’ I’m not putting Alaska through that.”


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    Right. So when she was campaigning around the Lower 48 in pursuit of the vice presidency, or, later, setting up SarahPAC to pay for her political travel and turning up everywhere from Washington’s exclusive Alfalfa Club to the Vanderburgh County Right-to-Life dinner, that was fine—not putting Alaska through anything. But it’s not fair to the state for her to be a lame-duck governor? What, someone’s going to hold a moose gun to her head and force her to go on a trade mission?

    If you didn’t understand that, Palin had a basketball analogy for you: Palin as point guard with “the national full-court press picking away right now.” A good point guard, she said, “drives through a full-court press ... and she knows exactly when to pass the ball so that the team can win.” I’m no basketball junkie, but after the point guard passes, is it customary for her to walk off the court?

    Palin followed up with a Facebook posting complaining that she was being held to a higher standard than others who left their jobs for a “higher calling.” The media fail to understand “it’s about country,” Palin wrote—and then suggested, a sentence later, that it was about family. “Every American understands what it takes to make a decision because it’s right for all, including your family.” I’m confused: Is she planning to stay in the spotlight or get out of it?

    It’s fair to say that I’ve been no fan of Palin’s since John McCain picked her as his running mate, and my estimation of her has only gone downhill from there. I think my hostility has to do with our shared gender: I’m anxious to see women succeed in the political arena, as elsewhere, and I think McCain’s cynical choice of Palin and her faltering performance since have served to set back that cause.

    On the day she was announced as the vice presidential nominee, Palin gave a shout-out to Hillary Clinton’s campaign and added, “It turns out the women of America aren’t finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all.” Yes we can, but Palin hasn’t helped.

    This latest twist in the Perils of Palin soap opera only makes matters worse. The unconvincing explanation combined with refrigerator-magnet wisdom—“Don’t explain: Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyway”—underscores the image of women unable to withstand the heat of political pressure. The notion that this is some kind of “brilliant” (Mary Matalin) or “crazy like a fox” (Bill Kristol) move strikes me as ludicrous.

    If fellow Gov. Mark Sanford proved anything, it’s that a male politician can be as flaky and overemotional as any woman. So is it unfair that Palin’s performance would reflect poorly on other female politicians? Of course. But Palin’s move—not retreating, she said, but “advancing in another direction”—is no advance, for her or any other woman.
    Ruth Marcus’ e-mail address is marcusr(at)
    © 2009, Washington Post Writers Group

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By Inherit The Wind, July 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

ardee, July 10 at 3:55 pm #

“That may be the most terrifying thing I’ve read so far this month!”

Heck, why should you sleep at night, I dont!

Who sez I do?

And when I do, my 4 year has a bad dream and wakes me up….

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By ardee, July 10, 2009 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment

“That may be the most terrifying thing I’ve read so far this month!”

Heck, why should you sleep at night, I dont!

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By Inherit The Wind, July 10, 2009 at 9:53 am Link to this comment

ardee, July 10 at 7:58 am #


That is the number of votes McCain/Palin won in the election, KDelphi. Thus I think your comment re: Palin
” You guys REALLY need to get over this person! She is of no significance, unless you try to make her significant!”
may require rethinking. I do understand it to be quite embarrassing to consider an electorate that would cast a ballot for such as Sarah Palin, an affront to any thoughtful, concerned citizen of this nation. Yet there we have it, almost sixty million such votes.


That may be the most terrifying thing I’ve read so far this month!

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By ardee, July 10, 2009 at 4:58 am Link to this comment


That is the number of votes McCain/Palin won in the election, KDelphi. Thus I think your comment re: Palin
” You guys REALLY need to get over this person! She is of no significance, unless you try to make her significant!”
may require rethinking. I do understand it to be quite embarrassing to consider an electorate that would cast a ballot for such as Sarah Palin, an affront to any thoughtful, concerned citizen of this nation. Yet there we have it, almost sixty million such votes.

Consider the voters of Alaska, placing in office a woman whose husband is a member of a secessionist group, and one that Palin herself had spoken before. Consider the butchery of political thought, if not reality itself, each time she opens her mouth.

Sixty million of us may very well signal the end of our hopes for this nation, a topic worthy of consideration I suspect.

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By The Old Hooligan, July 10, 2009 at 4:44 am Link to this comment

If she can’t cut it in politics there’s always the Bunny Ranch.

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By herewegoagain, July 7, 2009 at 7:13 am Link to this comment
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Regarding my last comment, I thought I was posting on the Eugene Robinson article thread.

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By herewegoagain, July 7, 2009 at 6:40 am Link to this comment
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KDelphi writes: “You guys REALLY need to get over this person! She is of no significance, unless you try to make her significant!

It is an exercise in self-congratulation only (“we did so much better, it even makes Obama look better—look at what we COULD have had!!!”)”

That is likely a real reason people continue to focus on Palin, particularly diehard Obama supporters, but Eugene Robinson in his article above posits a couple of other reasons, one of which is that, scarily, she has a real following.

Just like Bush. A lot of us could not believe the man was elected twice - yet, he was. And look what it did to our country.

Then take a look at Palin’s favorability ratings. They are not as dismal as one would think they should be. I for one am not as confident as some are that this country would not elect another Bush-type president. Especially as our economy continues to implode. It is precarious times like this that a populist candidate can seize an opportunity. Unfortunately, I don’t see such a populist coming from the left at this time.

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By Paul_GA, July 7, 2009 at 6:07 am Link to this comment

“Paul_Ga is right and I would support that third party.”

Thank you, KDelphi.

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By prole, July 7, 2009 at 2:34 am Link to this comment

Marcus is further reason, along with E.J.Dionne &  Eugene Robinson, why it would be so desirable for the Wash. Post to join the Seattle Post-Intell and others as another unlamented victim of the so-called “newspaper crisis”. The Wash Post for years has never wavered from its commitment to upholding the views and interests of the ruling class. Sometimes you can’t help but think the same might be true of TruthDig. While C. Hedges is gamely probing the condition of the underclass, Marcus and the Post are sticking to gossiping about the uber-class. So we’re to have it that, “Big girls don’t quit.” Big, of course, as in rich and connected.  So just ask a Hillary Clinton or a Serena Williams or a Jenny Sanford, etc. Don’t bother asking a nameless laborer or housekeeper from the wrong side of the tracks. There are class divisions between females, too. So now that the financial debacle is over and there are no more American troops on foreign soil, there’s not much else to ponder than the Perils of Palin. Palin once again is top of the agenda, she’s always been good copy, snooty feminists love to hate her, so why shouldn’t Marcus pick up another paycheck off Palin bashing?  Still, Marcus is not quite sure herself why the ire. At least Marcus has the honesty to admit, perhaps unnecessarily, what is so discomfitingly obvious throughout the article: “I’m confused”. Quite. The best Marcus can come up with is that she thinks (apparently too not sure) “my hostility has to do with our shared gender.” So maybe it’s some kind of long-distance cat fight. “This latest twist in the Perils of Palin soap opera only makes matters worse” - but not for the worst off. The citizens of Gaza or Sudan or South Central won’t bat an eye. And neither should we. This is only a country club “soap opera” for the well-off pursuing their own naked self-interest, either Palin-style or Hillary-style. The imaginary “glass ceiling” means nothing to those who can’t break the repressive ‘class ceiling’. In a way, this is only fitting for Marcus and the Post. Since there are no major policy differences between the two major parties, politics essentially takes place in a policy vacuum and can be reduced to genteel sexual politics among the over-privileged. So while Marcus has “been no fan of Palin’s since John McCain picked her as his running mate”, she has been a fan of torture and Social Security reduction - as have both Palin and Clinton. “So is it unfair that Palin’s performance would reflect poorly on other female politicians” - while their nearly identical politics are shrugged off. “Of course.” - since “performance” and not policy is what Ameica’s elitist politics is all about. Style over substance, just one big soap opera, covered in minute detail by the political spinsters (pun) at the Wash Post. On the basis of policy, of course, it would be better if egomaniacs like Palin and Clinton and Marcus all quit, instead of desperately trying to cling to power for its own sake. As far as performance goes, Palin is still a better actress, and so it’s perhaps not so surprising that other female politicians would be reflected poorly. “Palin’s move” is no more basis for character generalizations about “her or any other woman” by Marcus, than is Mark Sanford ‘proof’ of any character generalizations about male politicians. No wonder the dodgy Palin felt she had to ““drive through a full-court press” or more exactly, drive through a press in full court over her every move. Thanks for resigning Sarah - good move! Please take the hint, Hillary - and Marcus! 



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By Debra Istvanik-Strotman, July 6, 2009 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

Palin is most definately a quitter as is her husband, Todd. When things are going well for the Palin family,they stick around, when the tide turns the two run off for higher ground.

Women of the United States are not quitters. We work and often go to school at the same time, take care of our families needs, our houses, and still find time for friends in need, and often charity work. You don’t take on jobs with the attitude “If it doesn’t work out I will quit,” though looking at Palin’s past tells a different story.

Sarah Palin quit five colleges in her otherwise unremarkable collegiate career, before finally graduating from the sixth. She quit her job in television. She and Todd quit their snow machine dealership in Big Lake. She quit her job as Mayor of Wasilla to run for lieutenant governor. She quit as chair of the Alaska Oil & Gas Conservation Commission. Now she has quit the governorship of the state she supposedly loves. Sarah Palin is a quitter. When the going gets tough, Sarah Palin quits.

The constant insults about all but herself is getting old. New Yorkers don’t stick together according to Sarah,yet stood together 9/11 and dealt with the aftermath instead of running away..All other governors don’t do their jobs according to Sarah, rather they are nothing more than ‘lame ducks’ taking pay while doing everything about their jobs..Did Palin forget she wasn’t and isn’t in her state doing her job and hasn’t been since McCain approached her to run for VP..Guess the people of Alaska have put up with a lame duck for some time now.

Sarah stay home with your children since they voted for you to get out of the lime light..Never going to happen though, as Palin will soon be looking for the “Lights, Camera,Shoot.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 6, 2009 at 7:54 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Dickinson is living proof that a hot babe,can lead just about any man around by his “little head” and into the utmost stupidity.

I doubt you’d adore her and think her a great leader if she was the same person but looked and sounded like Barbara Mikulski (who happens to be a brilliant and talented Senator despite her less-than “Beauty Queen” appearance).

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By Inherit The Wind, July 6, 2009 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment

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Wow - I can tell what the readership is like by all the negative comments!

as for me - Thanks Sarah - for having principles, conviction and proven leadership

ROFLMAO!  That is just too precious!

She doesn’t have any convictions….yet. But hopefully soon there will be one or two for abusing her office.

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By rollzone, July 6, 2009 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

hello. this is the most attractive woman in politics and in most of the entertainment industry. her draw numbers are respectably considerable. i am here because the thought of her is unresistable. i do not desire her in any way, but her beauty from God attracts my interest. and she is not blonde. whatever she determines to do will draw attention to that choice, and that is powerful. she can do as much for women as any has ever done, if she is careful to follow His will in her choice. i can applaud her courageous conviction to walk through open doors only if she continues toward the good.

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By TheKid_NYC, July 6, 2009 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment
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“Thanks Sarah - for having principles, conviction and proven leadership”


“The Conservative Messiah”

Oh Man!??

What are you folks smoking!?! 
Ron Paul I get, but Sarah Palin?!!  She just quit her job… in her first term!!??

Bizarre to say the very least…

Maureen Dowd’s column this week was on point for once!!

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By paulpap, July 6, 2009 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

Her lame-duck argument holds no water because the new governor is also a lame duck. He’s just going to serve out the remainder of her term. Geesh!

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By ardee, July 6, 2009 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

Hartakogh, July 6 at 2:33 pm #
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Full-court press…Amen.  Kobe Bryant for President in 2012.
Oh, goody, now a semen stained dress in the Oval Office would be the product of rape, not a simple affair.

omop, July 6 at 11:48 am #

  In the event some are so inclined Ms. Palin, according to Google, has a PAC website.

According to NPR this afternoon, her PAC contributions have gone through the roof since she announced her resignation. From approx a quarter million to almost three qaurters of a million….we gotta face the facts, there are too damn many crazies living here!

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By Hartakogh, July 6, 2009 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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Full-court press…Amen.  Kobe Bryant for President in 2012.

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By Mary Ann McNeely, July 6, 2009 at 11:07 am Link to this comment

What Palin did was a variation of the irrational, wild-eyed posturing and gobbledegook of Glenn Beck.  And look how successful he is for Fox News.  If you have a handful of brains, this appears bizarre, to say the least.  But the Republican party is now central casting for craziness and the human urge for self-destruction.  Who wants to follow Obama over a cliff?  How dull and supercilious. Must I hear, yet again, how smart you are just before you push me to my death? But Palin?  She’s the Greatest Show on Earth. That’s entertainment!

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By John Dickinson, July 6, 2009 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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Wow - I can tell what the readership is like by all the negative comments!

as for me - Thanks Sarah - for having principles, conviction and proven leadership

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By tropicgirl, July 6, 2009 at 10:24 am Link to this comment

Dear Ruth-
Don’t know if you are right or left or neutral, but either way, don’t you have something better to complain about besides Palin? Like the terrible job congress and obama are doing? And when you add in other disreputable figures, such as Frank, Dodd, Leiberscrew, Feinstink and Pelosi the torturer protector, seems you could put your comments to better use? Maybe?

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By KDelphi, July 6, 2009 at 10:22 am Link to this comment

You know, for once, Jason!!! is right!

You guys REALLY need to get over this person! She is of no significance, unless you try to make her significant!

It is an exercise in self-congratulation only (“we did so much better, it even makes Obama look better—look at what we COULD have had!!!”)

Paul_Ga is right and I would support that third party.

Mulling over a person that never won an office, except that of governor of a very right wing state, by liberals is just masturbation.

Now, if you want to criticize, could we see some articles on people that might actually run, like Romney or Gingrich? BYW, if you like Obama and Palin runs (GOP) you should be thrilled. If she runs Independent—be thrilled! She has zero chance of winning!

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By herewegoagain, July 6, 2009 at 10:09 am Link to this comment
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Whatever the many reasons she gave, I think it comes down to Palin was run out on a rail. Because the person I saw delivering that resignation speech appeared both furious and frightened out of her wits.

She made quite a few enemies in her own state, including the oil industry who basically call the shots there. Or, perhaps the national GOP bigwigs forced her out. I just don’t think it was a voluntary decision on her part.

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By Paul_GA, July 6, 2009 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

Maybe, Heaven willing, my dream is coming true and the Repubs ARE dying of swallowing their own lies (as John Arbuthnot put it about three centuries ago). May they do so swiftly so a better party—a REAL opposition party—can take their place.

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By omop, July 6, 2009 at 8:48 am Link to this comment

Cousin Zeb declared his 3 cents copying PBS’s McLaughlin’s (in)famous “predictions”, on the Sarah Palin Saga. By opining that :-

1. She either has worked a multimillion dollar contract to market “toe-nail-polish” kits for teenage girls that aspire to remain virgins to the day they wed. Or,

2. Bill Kristol is taking her under his wings and the AEI’s to assist her in undertaking “international” fact finding missions to Israel, Georgia, Honduras as a pre-requisite to her running for President in 2012. Or,

3. She will be helping coach the US Women’s Olympic team.

    In the event some are so inclined Ms. Palin, according to Google, has a PAC website.

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By Jason!!, July 6, 2009 at 6:52 am Link to this comment

The obsession you have with this lady is unhealthy.

Put away the hate and move on with your life.

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By Howie Bledsoe, July 6, 2009 at 6:48 am Link to this comment
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Finally, JOe the PLummer and Palin are BOTH out of the picture!!!  We can stop talking about them already.

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By Oregongirly, July 6, 2009 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

Sarah… Sarah… Sarah…

This woman needs to fade away into the cockpit of a Helicopter and fire down at some unsuspecting moose… The entire “press conference” only reinforced the fact that she is NOT (and IMO will NEVER be) Presidential material. Did anyone understand one sentence she blurted out?

Good God… I can only think of one person who was/is MORE incompetent, and he’s mending some fences in Crawford.

Lets hope she exits quietly and becomes just a distant memory of some chick on Saturday Night Live.

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By lamont cranston, July 6, 2009 at 6:28 am Link to this comment
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It’s all about the money. SP has found a way to get rich and buy all of those fabulous cloths the RNC bought and then had to return. She wants to make a fortune speaking, maybe getting a TV gig, and hopefull6y finding enough money to hire someone to write her speeches and ghost answers to reporters questions.
This woman is a fraud, afraid to face the press, the voters of Alaska, and us heathens in the lower 48.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 6, 2009 at 4:53 am Link to this comment

We have just come out of 8 years of the worst President in the history of our nation.  There was not ONE major issue on which he was even half-right, and only 3 minor issues on which I agreed with him (Like reserving the Mariana Trench).

We have become SO used to an emotional and irrational leader that Sarah Palin seems like just another marginal step worse.  She is MORE emotional, MORE irrational, MORE stubborn and pig-headed, and (unbelievably) MUCH MORE ignorant than George W. Bush.  She’s also flat-out far stupider than Bush, who isn’t stupid, just intellectually lazy and morally bankrupt (Palin’s that, too).

She has no sense of responsibility—she says it’s unfair to Alaska to be a “Lame Duck” but just spent the last year ignoring her state and letting the RNC and McCain’s campaign run it.  That’s fair?

And, of course, this clown has national ambitions to be President.  Again, had we not just had 8 years of Bush, the nation, from left to right would be AGHAST!  She should be considered to have all the gravitas of Lyndon LaRouche—a fringe loony and no more.

She even makes Mark Sanford, at best a mediocre governor for a Republican, look competent and sane.  She’s like Blago, at best. 

Of course, running against Obama we’ll see a Democratic LANDSLIDE!  But there’s always a risk she’ll WIN—after all, Bush did (yes, successfully cooking the votes and getting the USSC to back you constitutes a “win”).

So far, the first Republican to be suggested for President who shows ANY sign of true competence, real intelligence and some ethics is Tim Pawlenty.

Believe me, Pawlenty would be far preferable to ANY Rethug—but Palin?  Let’s hope she fades away, like Dan Quayle and becomes a trivia question and joke.

(And I thought Agnew was a horrible VP!)

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By knowbuddhau, July 5, 2009 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment

Isn’t this the same Ruth Marcus who doesn’t think political elites should be held to account for our use of torture?  But Palin needs to be excoriated for making women look bad? 

GLENN GREENWALD: The evidence demonstrating that this is an exact analogy to what Marcus is advocating, an exact analogy to what we’ve generally been doing with political leaders and are doing now, is equally self-evident.  A central observation in Marcus’ column is that the controversies that have now arisen over Bush lawbreaking in the areas of interrogation and surveillance are not new.  As she points out, these are the very same controversies that we’ve been confronting for decades.

That’s exactly right.  The same controversies over government lawbreaking arise over and over.  And why is that?  Because our political leaders keep breaking the law—chronically and deliberately.  And why do they keep doing that?  Because there is no deterrent against it.  Every time they get caught breaking the law, the Ronald Reagans and Ruth Marcuses of the world step in to insist that they should not be punished, that the criminal law is not for elite leaders in political office, that those involved in the noble function of ruling America are too intrinsically well-intentioned to warrant punishment even when they commit crimes, that it’s more important to look forward than back. 

Every time we immunize political leaders from the consequences of their crimes, it’s manipulatively justified in the name of “ensuring that it never happens again.”  And every time, we do exactly the opposite:  we make sure it will happen again.  And it does:  Richard Nixon is pardoned.  J. Edgar Hoover’s lawbreakers are protected.  The Iran-contra criminals are set free and put back into government.  Lewis Libby is spared having to serve even a single day in prison despite multiple felony convictions.  And now it’s time to immunize even those who tortured detainees and spied on Americans in violation of numerous treaties, domestic laws, and the most basic precepts of civilized Western justice.

* * * * *

If someone wants to argue that America is too good and our Washington elite too important to allow our powerful political leaders to be subjected to the indignity of a criminal proceeding, let alone prison, they should argue that.  As warped as that idea is, at least it’s candid and coherent.  It’s the actual animating principle driving most of this.

But this claim that we have to immunize political leaders from the consequences of their lawbreaking in order to—as Marcus wrote—“ensure that these mistakes are not repeated” is manipulative and Orwellian in the extreme.  It’s contradictory on its face.  It’s just a Beltway buzzphrase, a platitude, completely devoid of specific meaning and designed to do nothing but obfuscate what is really going on.

Whenever you hear that claim being made—that what matters is not punishment, but ensuring that it never happens again—notice that none of the Serious guardians who advocate it ever, ever answer or even acknowledge this question:  other than punishing people for breaking the law, how is it even theoretically possible to ensure it doesn’t happen again in the future?  We already have unambiguous laws in place with substantial penalties for violations.  We already impose disclosure obligations, and substantial oversight duties on the Congress and courts.

All of these laws and safeguards were blithely disregarded and violated.  Other than making sure that leaders know they will be punished—like all Americans are—when they break the law, how and why does anyone imagine that we can ensure this “never happens again,” especially as we simultaneously affirm—yet again—that political leaders will be exempted from the rule of law if they do it?  What’s the answer to that?


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By Goffredo, July 5, 2009 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment

I keep watching her press conference as if I’m a psychoanalyst trying to find the one comment that highlights her insanity.  There isn’t ONE.  The entire press conference reminds me of the movie, “Sybil”. 
Can you imagine then, Palin as president, her responses to critical, urgent problems?

“Well, there were 4 ‘yes’ and 1 ‘Hell Yeah’, so the decision was easy.”  Great.  The US is going to invade North Korea because the Palin Clan voted for it.  Thanks Bristol, thanks Todd…

This goes to show you how important humanities and civics are.

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By christian96, July 5, 2009 at 8:45 pm Link to this comment

I was a basketball coach several years ago.  Gov. Palin said, “A good point guard drives through a
full court press.”  Not really.  Trying to drive
through a full court press can get you trapped by
your opponents.  A good point guard knows when they
have the speed and space to drive through a press,
or when to use a teammate as a pick to get through
the press or be smart enough to see the press coming
and throw the ball over the press.  I hope Gov. Palin
knows more about politics than basketball.  I loved
the question by Ruth Marcus, “Is it customary for
the point guard to walk off the court after making
a pass?”  The picture of Gov. Palin may give us
some insight into her psychic.  For those of you not
familiar with the Bible, Proverbs 6:12,13 reads,
“A naughty wicked person winks with their eye.”  Also, Proverbs 10:10 reads, “They that wink with
the eye causes sorrow.”  Ask the Republican party
if she caused them any sorrow.  Since she’s in Alaska
I’d recommend she leave basketball alone.  Stick
with hockey!

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By rockinrobin, July 5, 2009 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment
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In all honesty, she & what’s his name from Illinois, proved that the “fabricated “we are superior” to all others crap that the politicians want everyone to believe: is just that. Hillary went into the WH, let go all long term folks, hired new, lesser wages, worked 39 hours so could NOT get “benefits”; and would NOT allow any to SPEAK to her; epitome of “superiority”; they shredded all emails without reading; hired Janet Reno, was called when the wiping out of the so called “cult” “committed suicide”; gee, lots & lots & lots of folks ended up dead with her & Bill; amazing how they “cause” so many “suicides” isn’t it? and it continues to this day with the so called “suicides” of returning military personnel from Iraq & Afghanistan doesn’t it?
Oh, you DID know that Monsanoto, Bush/Clinton/Rockefeller, pharmacia, canola oil; creating disease & sickness: would EFFECT their pocketbooks for folks to have HEALTH COVERAGE now wouldn’t it? Why should she stop? Live LARGE and be IN CHARGE: ability to spend $100,000,000.00 in a single month: fine wining & dining; all gotten criminally from the American people; and NOW on to GLOBALLY as they have gotten away with it in the USA successfully for DECADES: how about over 100 years?

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By msgmi, July 5, 2009 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment
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The GOP is slowly losing the hard core neoCONS and evangelical family values phonies. In time, it will reinvent itself as the mid-1990’s rogues of the party start to dwindle and disappear. Whatever is Palin’s motive to resign, it definitely serves the best interests of the GOP, Alaska and national security.

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By Old Dude, July 5, 2009 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment
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Sarah.  Please, Please, Please just go the hell away.

Old Dude

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By catlady628, July 5, 2009 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment

She referred to her resignation as “giving up her title”, as if she were giving up her second runner-up crown in that beauty contest. Instead she is bailing on the people who trusted her and put her in office and is using that “higher calling” crap as an excuse.
She’s a spoiled brat and now wants to be able to do and say whatever she wants without any accountability.

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By Goffredo, July 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment
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So I understood this correctly, she took a family vote to decide if resigning as governor was a good idea?  Is this a joke?  This is what happens when you have Fox News propagandizing the way it does.
Education, intelligence and thoughtfulness are on their Enemy of the State list.  That’s why Palin is so popular.  Alaska used to be cool.

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By D Zent, July 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment
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Sorry to lower the tone, but I can’t hear the words Sarah Palin without the involuntary reflexive in my head: “Creepy Bitch”.

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By SteveL, July 5, 2009 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

Arnold take note you could be back making stupid movies by the first of the year!

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By OldManCA, July 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment

I think her resignation speech boiled down to—

People are picking on my family because I am “important” as Governor, and they are jealous, and they want to ruin the country by (insert official Republican fear-mongering buzz words).

When I stop being governor, people will leave my family alone, so I won’t run again.

But if I won’t run again, I am a lame duck, and lame duck politicians can’t do any good for their constituents, therefore I will quit now.
It doesn’t quite make sense, but then I am not fluent in blather.

I just hope that whatever led to her resignation leads her to shut up, “write” her book, and retire quietly on the money she so richly does not deserve.

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By ardee, July 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

I disagree that this person has a future, whether in politics or in the media. She has the apparent intellect of a moss covered rock and the fact that she went as far as she did is a testament to an electorate that should be ashamed of itself.

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By Desertdude, July 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm Link to this comment
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The Conservative Messiah has arrived. Just gives me
a thrill just thinking about her. And everyone thought Obama was the Saviour!

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By Potent_Placebo, July 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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If she truly trusted in the Lord she would have armored herself with his strength and been able to endure to completion of “her calling”.  Ain’t that right Bro. Huckabee?

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By hippie4ever, July 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment

It makes sense she bailed—all the harm had already been done—mission accomplished.

Besides, it takes real courage to establish an opposition and work towards achievable goals. Sarah isn’t about hard work; the girl likes to party and it shows. She loved the clothes she wasn’t allowed to keep and the real money’s in the media. Palin could well become the next Limp Berg, once she works on getting her reading skills up to par.

The girl isn’t up to being President not because she’s a girl, but for being uneducated and undisciplined. All that partying and screwing around will prevent ascension to higher office. Obama could admit to inhaling (“Isn’t that the point?” he replied) but it’s another thing to be damaged goods because of past abuse. And believe me, I do know of what I speak—acid casualties, the needle and the damage done, lost opportunities and bad decisions.

Well, Sarah, there’s always the Faux network, and that beats the hell out of cocktail waitressing in Wasilla.

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