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Posted on May 30, 2011
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By Eugene Robinson

My advice to Sarah Palin, not that she would take it, is that she’d better be careful. If she keeps pretending to run for the presidential nomination, people might take her seriously.

The former half-term Alaska governor’s “One Nation” bus tour has made the Republican establishment nervous. If her aim is just to get back in the news, reinflate the Palin brand and boost her speaking fees, then party leaders have every reason to be pleased. In the unlikely event that she’s actually running, they have every reason to order another Scotch.

What the GOP should worry about is the intoxication that adoring crowds often induce in politicians. Palin might board the bus intending to pull a Trump and disembark convinced that now, more than ever, the nation requires her service. The hosannas ringing in her ears might deafen her to voices of reason.

Odds are it won’t happen. But the fact that Palin’s ego trip so easily stole the spotlight from the actual Republican candidates shows what a challenge the party faces in trying to deny President Obama a second term.

Poor Tim Pawlenty was trying to roll out his candidacy, and every interviewer wanted to ask what he thought of Palin. This was his introduction to the American people—those who don’t live in Minnesota, where he was governor for eight years—and he obviously wanted to come off as bold and decisive. He charged, for example, that Obama has been too timid in committing U.S. forces to military action in Libya.

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But Pawlenty, like the other candidates, had to be polite when asked about Palin because her followers can be passionate and unforgiving. By Friday, he was clearly exasperated. “Who knows? I don’t know if she’s running or not,” he said on MSNBC. “We need to quit worrying about polls and bus tours and get onto the issue of how we’re going to fix the country and get the country back on track.”

Then again, that “fix the country” issue wasn’t working all that well, either. On Tuesday, in a special election, Republicans lost a safe congressional seat in upstate New York because of their candidate’s support for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget, which would transform Medicare into a voucher program. On Wednesday, Pawlenty spent most of the day trying to avoid saying whether he supported the Ryan plan or not.

Finally, he said that if he were president, he would sign the Ryan budget. But that was moot, he said, because he had his own plan for Medicare. But he wasn’t ready to release his plan. But it would offer lots and lots of choices. And could we talk some more about Libya?

Meanwhile, Pawlenty’s fellow Minnesotan, Rep. Michele Bachmann, pretty much confirmed that she’s about to declare her candidacy. She scheduled a speech about her presidential plans for sometime in June in Waterloo, Iowa, where she was born. It just happens, of course, that the Iowa caucuses are the first contest of the primary season. But is it a good idea to launch a campaign of conquest in a place called Waterloo?

Bachmann’s entry would ensure a plethora of lazy, unambitious news stories comparing her to Palin—stories with an unfair and sexist “catfight” subtext. Each deserves to be evaluated in her own right, as just one of many unpromising potential GOP candidates, male and female, who allow Democratic strategists to sleep well at night.

Let’s see, Newt Gingrich is still in the race, though it’s doubtful the party will ever forgive him for being right about the “radical” Ryan plan for Medicare. There’s businessman Herman Cain, who’s now polling better than Pawlenty. There’s Rick Santorum and Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman and ... Hello? Did you nod off?

This bleak panorama boosts the chances of Mitt Romney, who now has to be considered the clear front-runner. He has the money, the experience, the hair, the smile—he looks and sounds like a presidential candidate, which is more than can be said of the competition.

Romney hasn’t been in the headlines recently, and this would normally be considered a bad sign for a candidate. But the way his opponents are self-destructing, I’d advise him to remain in a secure, undisclosed location until next year’s GOP convention—and if Palin’s bus should happen to drive past his hideout, just wave.

Eugene Robinson’s e-mail address is eugenerobinson(at)washpost.com.
   
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By Inherit The Wind, June 3, 2011 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

Yeah, the GOP is in DST. Only one thing can save them:

Democrats.

Democrats’ ineptness at framing election issues.

Democrats’ spinelessness in the face of GOP intransigence.

Democrats’ refusal to engage in the GOP’s take-no-prisoners way of playing the game.

Democrats’ willingness to appease and call it compromise.

Yep. The hope of the GOP is the Democrats.

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By Go Right Young Man, June 1 at 9:26 pm Link to
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Maani, - “Simply because the groups you mention have
never “written anything positive” about SP does not
automatically equate to being “hated or despised.” 
That is a fallacious leap of logic.”

You are absolutely right about that.  I personally
would never make such a claim.

By Go Right Young Man, May 31 at 6:18 pm Link to
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felicity,

OUT OF THEIR MINDS with hatred and fear.

Sarah Palin sounds nothing like a contemporary
American Progressive.  This makes her universally
despised in and amongst socialist and progressive
circles.  With that disposition comes more than a
smattering of fear.  That much is abundantly clear.

By Go Right Young Man, June 1 at 5:06 am Link to
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reynolds,

I reject and fail to support the emotional and wide-
spread hatred and fear of Sarah Palin that is found
on this Web space regularly.  This really finds you
angry and filled with ever-more deepening hatred and
fear.  So much hatred and fear, in fact, that you
were blinded to my objections to Palin becoming
president.

You may wish to excise the hate which wells up in
you.

gfys; i don’t blame you for not reading your tripe.
it is insufferable.

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By Go Right Young Man, June 2, 2011 at 4:50 am Link to this comment

I would never bemoan a lack of compliments toward Sarah Palin. - In the words of TruthDig’s infamous Hatchet Jack.  That’s simply stupid.

Some little man has an issue with reading comprehension. wink

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By ardee, June 2, 2011 at 3:06 am Link to this comment

GRYM bemoans the lack of compliments here regarding Ms. Plain, err Palin. So, doing my part for conciliatory dialogue I state:

I think that Sarah Palin has come rather far considering her complete intellectual dishonesty and lack of moral compass. It just goes to show you how far overwhelming greed can take one.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., June 2, 2011 at 3:03 am Link to this comment

Palin as president? No problem; she’ll quit half way
through her first term. wink

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By tedmurphy41, June 2, 2011 at 2:16 am Link to this comment

One would believe the fact that Americans would be sick and tired of chancers and clowns standing for the Presidency of the United States of America.
However, don’t hold your breath: with Ronald Regan and George W Bush as previous incumbents, the chances are, with the right type of advertising spin and hype, that Sarah Palin would have every chance of success - a woman of limited ability but big on spiel and prejudice -. Yes, I think she will do nicely for modern America!

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By Go Right Young Man, June 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment

Maani, - “Simply because the groups you mention have never “written anything positive” about SP does not automatically equate to being “hated or despised.”  That is a fallacious leap of logic.”

-

You are absolutely right about that.  I personally would never make such a claim.

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By Maani, June 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

GRYM:

I did not “take umbrage” at your comment (LOL).  I merely noted that generalizations are generally not useful in discussions and debates.  I would add that simply because the groups you mention have never “written anything positive” about SP does not automatically equate to being “hated or despised.”  That is a fallacious leap of logic.

Peace.

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By JDmysticDJ, June 1, 2011 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment

Lets be fair to the Wicked Witch of Wasilla, that crazy eyed bimbo, shrill voiced, pageant blatherer, probably did read, “The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman,” ”the Anchorage Daily News,” ”The Fairbanks Daily News-Minor,” ” and the “Juneau Empire,” occasionally, maybe she even read “Newsweek” ”Time” ”Cosmopolitan” and the “National Enquirer, but who can say for sure. She lacks the intelligence that a regular reading of the National Enquirer would indicate.

“That woman is altogether HOT!”

Some thought Anna Nicole Smith was hot, some thought Joan Collins was hot, Bo Derek a ten? Vanessa Williams, I think NOT! But the Wicked Witch of Wasilla doesn’t hold a candle to these skanks. I don’t know, maybe my standards are too high, but I question the masculinity of anyone who suggests The Wicked Witch of Wasilla is hot. If they drool over The Wicked Witch of Wasilla, she’ll melt, “I’M MELTING!” she’ll screech in a shrill voice.

All that being said, anyone who doesn’t think the Wicked Witch of Wasilla is a threat, should talk to Dorothy, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion; people could end up with the flying monkey blues, as if we aren’t already plagued by flying monkeys.

Let’s be fair, she might do well in a roller derby.

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By James M. Martin, June 1, 2011 at 4:03 pm Link to this comment

What is worse for Palin is that she becomes increasingly obvious in her quest for the big bucks.  Photo ops must portray her as a woman of the people, the Joe Plumber types dumb enough to buy her books though that isn’t what she’s telling them.  So she arranges to meet Donald Rump for dinner and while The Don picks over the cheesy stuff on top of his slice of pizza, Sarah actually takes a big chomp out of hers.  The point is, where do they regularly eat?  Both Rump and Palin are impossibly elitist and doing the skullduggery of the Koch Crowd.  A pizza photo op fools no one.

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By Go Right Young Man, June 1, 2011 at 11:49 am Link to this comment

Maani,

I would be willing to revise my previous post by writing that Sarah Palin is near universally despised in and amongst socialist and progressive circles.

I would add this caveat, however.  You are the first amongst several dozen I have spoken and written to that took umbrage with my first observation.  If this Web space or common media accounts are any indication, it does appear that nearly everyone, conservative to liberal, believes Ms. Palin is hated or despised by all Progressives and Socialists.

Have you ever seen one kind or positive thing written on this site concerning Sarah Palin?  I can’t recall even one.

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By Rodney, June 1, 2011 at 10:13 am Link to this comment
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Sarah Palin is not going to run for President. She is nothing but a political whore. Her goal to spew out hate racism bigotry and division while putting as much money as she can in her pocket. Sarah Palin cares about one thing. Sarah Palin. She caters to hillbillies,racists and gun toting cowboys. She quit the governorship of Alaska because there was no money in it and even less attention. Her goal is to boost the ratings for fake I mean fox news while keeping that flow of cash coming to her bank account. She has yet to propose anything to benefit the average American but has written books or as least she claims she have,give speeches to fatten her wallet and tell lies on fake news only for ratings and money. They despise Obama and act as if he is not an American. If Sarah Palin wants to do something good for America then she needs to stay home and keep her other daughters from becoming unwed mothers.

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By RedwoodGuy, June 1, 2011 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

@Maani - -
Ahh, the long forgotten E.F. Hutten! Thanks for the blast from the past.

Regarding the so-called stupidity of SP. Intelligence is no requirement for the presidency and we’ve had some dunderheads like Reagan and Truman. This stupidity factor is way over-valued about Palin. Here’s what counts: She knows how to stroke the white, racially resentful, overtly pious, middle class, uneducated, suburban voters like no other candidate on the scene right now.

Gingrich is way too acerbic and direct in his racism. Palin has a soft touch that is unbelievably effective with her constituency. They think she is dumb like a fox, so intelligence is way over-rated here. She carries the headlines every time she opens her mouth. Who else can make that claim? Seriously, these other no-name boring suits can’t buy a headline. Media IS the message. Who the hell is going to look up Tim Pawlenty’s position paper on something? SP will drive the talking points because the media is going to help her do that. Being a good politician doesn’t mean having the right answer, it means convincing others you do.

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By Maani, June 1, 2011 at 8:42 am Link to this comment

Redwood Guy:

It was E.F. Hutton, not Merrill Lynch.

GRYM:

You lose me when you use ridiculously broad-brush generalizations like “universally despised.”  You are a smart, informed guy (even though we rarely agree…LOL).  But you need to rein in your passions a little so they don’t cloud your logic and common sense.

Peace.

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By Anarcissie, June 1, 2011 at 7:05 am Link to this comment

It might be useful for proggies to contemplate why they hate Palin, if they do hate Palin.  Or why they are so excited about her. To me, she mostly seems like Donald Trump: a possibly serious embarrassment for the Republicans which they will have to deal with before the next election.  I don’t understand the supposed sexiness thing, either.  Most of the time, she looks and carries herself like an earnest suburban accountant or a real-estate agent.  Sure, I know people who said they were not going to vote in ‘08 and then changed their minds because they were appalled that someone as ignorant as Palin might become Vice President, but that was just practical in a manner of speaking.  They weren’t expressing hatred.

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By reynolds, June 1, 2011 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

blind to your bullshit? hardly. you reject hatred the
way palin rejects money. the two of you deserve each
other.
you eschew emotional nonsense while giggling at the
spoiler palin. you’re the one not reading your tripe,
and i don’t blame you. hatred yes, fear no.

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By BrunoDiderot1, June 1, 2011 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

The only really “good” pro-Palin comment here focuses on how many times he/she/it can use the words “hate” and “fear”.  Typical of a RWer:  no content, only VIctimitis

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By Rixar13, June 1, 2011 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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“The former half-term Alaska governor’s “One Nation” bus tour has made the Republican establishment nervous.”

Yeah, they’ve created a monster and should be nervous… smile grin

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By Smitty88, June 1, 2011 at 5:29 am Link to this comment
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One writer comments: “There just aren’t enough bat-shit
crazy Republicans to elect her AND repeat the fiasco of
2010.”

Others said the same thing about Bush, Jr., that ignorant,
privileged, deserter (AWOL more than 30 days automatically
results in the charge of desertion, for which soldiers
have been shot in time of war), drug-taking alcoholic.

Why can’t the Democrats come up with someone with half her
sparkle?

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By Gloria Picchetti, June 1, 2011 at 5:10 am Link to this comment

Palin sounds like a seven year old prank call.

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By Go Right Young Man, June 1, 2011 at 5:06 am Link to this comment

reynolds,

I reject and fail to support the emotional and wide-spread hatred and fear of Sarah Palin that is found on this Web space regularly.  This really finds you angry and filled with ever-more deepening hatred and fear.  So much hatred and fear, in fact, that you were blinded to my objections to Palin becoming president.

You may wish to excise the hate which wells up in you.  You will see better and fear less.

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By SteveL, May 31, 2011 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment

Yeah and how many times in the past 50 years have the Democrats snatched
defeat from the jaws of victory?

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By Go Right Young Man, May 31, 2011 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment

anaman51,

You are right to warn people of Sarah Palin’s lack of intellect.  Senator Obama, without benefit of written notes, once believed he had visited each of the 57 United States.  He made it to the Oval Office. - Just saying.

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By reynolds, May 31, 2011 at 6:27 pm Link to this comment

grym’s endorsement of palin is proof of her
worthlessness.
say the n word several times, again, you cretin.

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By reynolds, May 31, 2011 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment

redwood; a plank makes donald trump look clueless. a
piece of driftwood makes newt look like a fool. as for
cellulose fibers, if palin is the most shrewd
politician, you are the most obtuse observer. she is
the opportunist nonpareil. she’s a buffoon. 
at the rolling blunder event, she made haste for the
first reporter she could find to proclaim the event was
not about reporters. she’s a money grubbing whore who
would, as richard brautigan put it, sell a rat’s
asshole to a blindman for a wedding ring. her power is
in polarization. less power to her.

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By Go Right Young Man, May 31, 2011 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

felicity,

OUT OF THEIR MINDS with hatred and fear.

Sarah Palin sounds nothing like a contemporary American Progressive.  This makes her universally despised in and amongst socialist and progressive circles.  With that disposition comes more than a smattering of fear.  That much is abundantly clear.

The media, MSNBC in particular, hangs on Palin’s every word and every movement.  I understand both CNN and MSNBC, certainly no fans of the former governor, are today following the Palin bus live - as if today were another O.J. moment.  It’s O.K. to admit this greatly upsets you. 

While most Americans would not vote for Palin for president, myself included, it’s an insignificant minority who choose to hate her.  Only a small cadre of Americans (TruthDig) feel threatened by Palin.

I don’t know if you can understand this, however, I am one of those who chooses not to hate Sarah Palin and, simultaneously, can keep it in my pants. wink

As an aside:  That woman is altogether HOT!

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By anaman51, May 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment

Oh please, please let the Republicans nominate this dim bulb for the Presidency! Please make it her! The woman has already displayed the kind of fine thinking that was needed to quit a job to which she was elected by the people of Alaska in order to chase a wild goose. Since then she’s been desperately trying to get America to forget things like her having to write the tax note on the palm of her hand so she wouldn’t forget the most important plank in the Republican platform during a speech. She has the intelligence of a waffle iron, and should not be allowed near any place where serious people are trying to run this country. Oh, yeah, please let it be her. She can be easily identified as the colossal dipshit she is by even the most ignorant of voters.

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By PatrickHenry, May 31, 2011 at 2:58 pm Link to this comment

Aside from Palin being a bimbo lightning rod for late night humor on the talk shows, she bring little to the table as a qualified candidate.

I can only wonder, is this the best the Republicans can do?

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By RedwoodGuy, May 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

@kerryrose-
Good one! Although, I am too old by a mile for her, and all the Viagara in the world wouldn’t help, don’t for a moment doubt what her attraction is to all the media goofballs that promoted her to prominence. You don’t see Newt or Hucklebee on the bag of some guys Harley Hog, do you? This is potent stuff.

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By kerryrose, May 31, 2011 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

RedWoodGuy

Put it in your pants.

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By Anarcissie, May 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm Link to this comment

RedwoodGuy, May 31 at 12:49 pm:

‘... This woman makes Obama look like the boring, passionless, empty suit he is. No, I am not saying she could win in an election, but she will drive the issues, she will drive the conversation, and she will drive the agenda, because she has the passion that is sincere enough to the media’s ear to have their constant, unflagging attention. ...’

Which is exactly why she is so dangerous to the Republican Party.

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By RedwoodGuy, May 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

Palin is arguably the shrewdest politician in America today. She has outsmarted the boys too often to count. She makes Don Trump look like the absolute clueless beginner in politics that he is. She make a fool out of Gingrich too.

People have misunderestimated her (Thank you GWB for that one!) since her debut. Without her McCain would have been buried alive. Who would have cared a hoot about him?

She has a constituency that is dangerous to ignore, because it is real, it is rabid, and it is going to find some voice somewhere for what it wants. Discounting her is discounting this constituency, and that’s foolhardy.

SP has some really significant advantages in a media driven world. She has passion oozing out of her that no other national figure can even come close to matching. And that passion is coupled with sex and good looks. That is a media dream come true. The cameras can’t stop rolling. During the past two years, the Huffingtown Poop - a nominally liberal rag - featured SP on the front page every single day, rain or shine. Because SP means clicks, and that means big moolah baby! And big moolah is what makes the world go ‘round.

This woman makes Obama look like the boring, passionless, empty suit he is. No, I am not saying she could win in an election, but she will drive the issues, she will drive the conversation, and she will drive the agenda, because she has the passion that is sincere enough to the media’s ear to have their constant, unflagging attention. There was an old advertising slogan, “When Merrill Lynch speaks, people listen.” Well, when SP speaks, the media repeats it endlessly. If you discount that effect, you simply don’t understand modern political reality.

Not that I give a hoot what happens to the Democratic Party, but without someone of equal passion available to counter this hurricane called Palin, their agenda will remain a secret to the public. And I got news for ya, Michael Moore ain’t that person! Nor is caustic and cynical Bill Maher.

Ignore her at your own peril! She is dyn-o-mite!

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By John Drabble, May 31, 2011 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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Jimnp72 wrote:
“you should write that one should never misunderestimate the stupidity of a populace who re-elected a lying war criminal.”

I say: and are about to re-elect another one in 2012

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By Rodney, May 31, 2011 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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Sarah Palin is not running for President. She is
nothing but a publicity whore. Other than hate and
bigotry she has nothing meaningful to say.She caters
to racists, uneducated hillbillies, poor white trash,
and gun toting cowboys.She quit the governorship of
Alaska because there was no money and even less
publicity in remaining there. She has written books
or at least she said she did,done reality TV and
works at Fake I mean Fox News all to seek publicity
for herself and fatten her wallet. This whole charade
is to generate more hate and division, boost the
ratings for fake news and ensure the fat paychecks
keep on coming. She hasn’t proposed anything
meaningful to put this country back on track. That’s
because the only thing meaningful to Sarah Palin is
Sarah Palin. Her only goal like the rest of the Tea
Baggers is to destroy the Presidency of Barak Obama.
First by constantly reminding America that he is not
one of us, or a real American [black], and may not
have been born here. Secondly to defeat all proposals
he puts forward no matter how good they are. If Sara
Palin really wanted to do some good for this country
she should go home and finish raising her family.
Then maybe she won’t have any more grandchildren out
of wedlock

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By Jimnp72, May 31, 2011 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

hey surfnow


you should write that one should never misunderestimate
the stupidity of a populace who re-elected a lying war criminal

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By TDoff, May 31, 2011 at 11:37 am Link to this comment

The Sarah Palin candidacy is a ploy. All republicans who really want to be president in 2013 should fight to get on the Palin ticket as VP. The Palin VP will be the true winner, for if that ticket were to win the presidential race, the obvious first move on inauguration day would be for the VP to declare Palin ‘A witless twit, mentally, intellectually, psychologically unfit to be president’.

And what rational person could argue with that? So under the provisions of the 25th amendment to the Constitution, Sarah would be thrown back under her bus.

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By Jimnp72, May 31, 2011 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

so mr dignity wants to ‘fix the country.’ him and his kind have done a a great job so far. let sara win so she can finish the job.

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By John, May 31, 2011 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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Google “Santorum” and check out the top result.

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By felicity, May 31, 2011 at 11:23 am Link to this comment

Go Right Young Man - You should widen your circle of
friends and acquaintances -  get to know some
progressives before you post that Palin drives us
completely out of our minds.  As it is, your recent
comment only indicates that we progressives drive you
absolutely out of your mind. 

To me, and I’m not speaking for all progressives,
Palin’s performances are like sideshows, secondary,
extra productions associated with circuses or
carnivals. Freak shows, for years part of carnivals
and circuses, were outlawed years ago to be replaced
by what are called fringe-artists who perform bizarre
acts. (I’m waiting for the performance under the Big
Tent.)

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By Inherit The Wind, May 31, 2011 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

Dems LOVE Sarah Palin right now!  Why not? She keeps f***ing up the whole GOP presidential campaign to win the nomination! I can’t imagine ANY Democrat hating Palin as much as Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, and even Michelle Bachmann.

Despite John McCain’s choked-out statement that she could beat Obama, Sarah Palin would be his DREAM opponent.  Can you spell “L-A-N-D-S-L-I-D-E”?  Sure you can. I know you could.  While you are at it, can you spell “C-O-A-T-T-A-I-L-S”?  Palin at the top of the ticket will GUARANTEE that the Democrats will take back the House and keep the Senate, and re-elect Obama in 2012.

There just aren’t enough bat-shit crazy Republicans to elect her AND repeat the fiasco of 2010.

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By reynolds, May 31, 2011 at 9:31 am Link to this comment

speaking truth to powder

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By Anarcissie, May 31, 2011 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

The Democrats’ shtick is ‘We may not be much, but we’re the ones who aren’t crazy.’  This won in 2006 and 2008, and it may well win in 2012.  Romney’s countershtick would be ‘I’m a Republican, but I’m not crazy either.’  The trouble with this approach is that it will turn off the mixed crazies who will probably dominate the primaries, as witness Gingrich’s fall—he wasn’t crazy enough.  I don’t think Mr. O and company can coast, but I’d say they are in pretty good shape at the moment even without the proggies (most of whom will run home by election day, anyway) and Wall Street (who will hedge their bets).

As for Pawlenty, he’s wasting his time flogging for yet another war.  Mr. O can hold up the virtual head of Osama bin Laden to the total gratification of the bloodthirsty.  And by next year Mr. O may well have Qaddafi’s head mounted on the wall as well.

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By reynolds, May 31, 2011 at 9:22 am Link to this comment

gfys- cretin.

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By taikan, May 31, 2011 at 9:07 am Link to this comment

Robinson says the Republican Party is engaged in a self-destruction derby because, during these initial stages in the nomination process, it has numerous candidates who represent differing views within the party.  However, just because the Republican Party has multiple candidates in the race, some of whom may be considered to be bat-sh*t crazy, doesn’t mean the Republican Party is self-destructing. 

As Robinson acknowledges, the current front-runner among the Republican candidates is Mitt Romney.  Had Romney been the nominee in 2008 there is a fair chance he would have won.  Since then, many of the people who supported Obama in 2008 have become disillusioned with him and are unlikely to participate actively.  Indeed, some may not even bother to vote.  It’s also important to remember that Obama received lots of money and support from Wall Street in 2008.  Romney used to be part of Wall Street, so it’s a safe bet that if he becomes the Republican nominee, he will get that support instead of Obama.  In other words, if Romney can get the same support from Republicans he would have received in 2008, there is a very good chance that he might defeat Obama.  Any Democrat should be very concerned about that prospect.

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By prisnersdilema, May 31, 2011 at 8:21 am Link to this comment

Palin is the person progressives love to hate. They see in her all the things that they so
decry in their countrymen, and are powerless to change. But fail to understand that they
created them in the first place. Say what? The Republicans, can’t seem to get it
together, because basically their bosses in the plutocracy see no need to spend 10
fortunes defeating Obama, when he’s already giving them what they wanted anyway. So
why bother. You can bet if Obama had gotten single payor approved, by using
reconciliation, it would be a different story.

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By Jim C, May 31, 2011 at 7:04 am Link to this comment

I too love Palin . She shows that conservatives are absolutely and completely out of their minds . The idea that anybody could take this empty , shameless , shallow hustler seriously is amazing . Oh please nominate her , please please please , I’ll even cross over to vote for her in the primary . The ensuing barrage of gaffs , stupidity and total inanity when she finally had to actually articulate her ideas would be beyond hilarious . The main and only thing that bothers progressives , liberals or anyone with a clue about Palin and frankly the rest of this madcap bunch of conservative yahoos is there’s a segment of our brethren who take them seriously , that’s spooky .

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By surfnow, May 31, 2011 at 6:43 am Link to this comment

All I can say is Obama better not get too cocky.You can never underestimate the intelligence of the Amerikan public- and Palin could win.

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By Jim Yell, May 31, 2011 at 6:33 am Link to this comment
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How ignorant is a civilization which would support candidacy of a candidate with no knowledge of legal process, no knowledge of history or geography? This woman has no substance. She is like the wicked witch in Snow White, standing before her mirror demanding to be told she is the ONE. Wrong.

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By SoTexGuy, May 31, 2011 at 6:11 am Link to this comment

The GOP doesn’t seem to be in trouble, they’re thriving.. Every news cycle is dominated by them. Who they are. The things they say and do. Will he or she run?

The Democrats and their spokespeople hardly even speak about their own plans and visions. Preferring instead to join the fun of talking about those wacky Republicans. And certainly not ever about new Democratic faces or ideas that might displace anybody or anything established in the party.

‘It’s those underhanded Republicans! .. they won’t let us do the right thing’!

And anyway, looking at the votes coming out of Congress and the stuff Obama signs into law and does overseas and more.. it seems like the GOP has actually taken over much of the Democratic party..

Self-destructing? Nah.

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By Go Right Young Man, May 31, 2011 at 4:35 am Link to this comment

LOL…..I love Ms. Palin.  She drives progressives absolutely out of their minds. - You Betcha!

As an added benefit articles such as this highlight Eugene Robinson’s small-minded bigotry and misogyny. wink

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By JJW, May 31, 2011 at 4:01 am Link to this comment
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I’m sorry but serious journalism is not wasting time on Palin.  Precisely why I terminated Comcast cable.  Everyone with a brain saw all they needed to with the Couric and Gibson interviews.

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By kerryrose, May 31, 2011 at 3:58 am Link to this comment

Articles about Palin are evidence that people take this embarrassing ‘One Nation’ stunt seriously.

One Nation?  Does Palin think we are so stupid that we’ve forgotten how she called the whole Eastern Seaboard ‘Not Real Americans?’

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By ardee, May 31, 2011 at 3:06 am Link to this comment

Oh goody, two wacky distaff candidates for the GOP. I believe that Palin only runs to benefit her bank account frankly. That she ran out of the Governors mansion two steps in front of pending investigations seems likely to be a large impediment to her candidacy. Neither she nor Ms. Bachman can win with only the votes of Tea Party types.

The real point is that it matters not who the candidates are, nor from which party they come. As long as our system is broken we will continue to inherit liars and scoundrels and the nation will continue to ignore the needs of the people in favor of the desires of the corporations.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 31, 2011 at 3:06 am Link to this comment

“Gov. Pawlenty, enough about Sarah Palin. Let’s talk about you and your opinions.  So, what do you think? Do YOU think Sarah Palin has a good chance to win the nomination.”.....

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