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Monday, October 24, 2016

Every mention of the woman who quit being governor of Alaska after a brief stint as the Republican nominee for vice president made her an international star, prompts a justifiable response: UM, WHO?

There’s no doubt that if the state of American politics were not even worse than it looks, Sarah Palin would be irrelevant.

“For years, I couldn’t tell Sarah Palin and Tina Fey apart,” conservative writer Michael Potemra wrote in a joke that sums up how even many on the right feel about the Tea Party hero. “I finally discovered a surefire way to do it: One of them sounds like a viciously unfair left-wing caricature of conservatives. The other was the star of 30 Rock.”

But the government shutdown made it clear that Palinism is alive and well, if not the dominant philosophy in the Republican Party.

Republicans want to fight for “something,” even if they can’t say what it is.

Everyone but Palin’s fans knows the Fox News contributor will never run for public office again. That would require her to actually work.

Becoming a member of the U.S. Senate minority — the current favorite path of more successful Tea Party heroes, e.g. those who don’t have the last name “the Plumber” — is as close as an elected official can get to receiving a check for nothing. But even that would require constant fundraising that wouldn’t directly fill Mrs. Palin’s pockets.

The former governor has a perfect chance to help her party by running for the Senate in Alaska, in a race that could decide who controls the upper house of Congress. But if she lost, she would prove her irrelevancy in a way that continually threatening to run for president never quite will.

Instead she focuses on being a real-life Macy’s Thanksgiving Day float filled with the angst and anger that drives the Republican base.

Her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas speaks to the “culture rot” that white evangelicals fear that’s exacerbated by the “unmitigated evil” of “big government, regulations, and dependency” that riles Tea Partiers.

There’s no doubt that the middle class is suffering from wage stagnation and a creeping lack of security, the direct result of the success of conservative policies. And the instability that feeds super-sized amounts of resentment.

“They eat better than I do,” one evangelical man told Democracy Corps in a recent focus group.

“They” are people on welfare and food stamps. Wink. Wink.

Palin’s book imagines an America where the most popular and beloved holiday is under attack by a craven, godless left that won’t be happy until nativity scenes are considered hate speech. She’s activating the meme that somehow requiring public institutions like schools and local governments to be inclusive limits Christians’ ability to get their yuletide on.

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  • docb

    Only the willfully ignorant give her the time of day…You guys have to report on the inanity from the right or we would never know they uttered a word!

  • labman57

    Moose Juice — a unique and particularly pungent blend of insipid Kool-Aid, bitter tea, ipecac, and vitriol … personally brewed in the cauldron of the Whining Wannabe from Wasilla.

    Sarah Palin once again demonstrates that she is indeed the reigning Master Champion of the Non sequitur and the Patron Saint of Sophistry.

    I have to admit that I am somewhat perplexed by the irrational line of reasoning being used to explain away the endless barrage of banal sound bites, simplistic fact-devoid assessments, and every-present rash of blunders made by Palin every time she steps up to the microphone. The explanation goes as follows:

    “Sarah Palin cannot possibly be as shallow, petty, inarticulate, and ignorant as she appears to be. Therefore, she must actually be quite brilliant, and the rest of us are simply too stupid to realize how brilliant she is.”

    Sorry, but that’s just a load of disingenuous rhetoric composed of two parts spin-doctoring and one part psycho-babble.

    Stupid is as Sarah does.

    • CrankyToo

      Great left jabs. You are the (lab)man!

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Does this make her one of Spiro Agnew’s “nattering nabobs of negativism”? I gotta admit, though, I really like your “Whining Wannabe from Wasilla”!

      • [email protected]

        Cool how you blend the old with the new. Seems as if things never change.

    • Gerald Larey

      Everybody knows they’re all just waiting for a blouse button to pop!

      • David Waggoner

        i wanna go “motorboat” on those titties!!!!

    • yeehaw

      @labman57:disqus …..I know my English is terrible… but Her is Stupid!!!!!!

    • jointerjohn

      She is indeed hollow, vacuous, and stupid, but that plays very well to a stupid public, which is the soup in which we cook. The common culture of this country has baised itself in ignorant TV, 24 hour a day sports, and so much other brain-deadening influences it has become just stupid enough to take her seriously. Add in the “Jesus is coming back to take us to paradise” dumbasses and you have a population you can gather by tens and still not get a credible singular IQ.

      She is just playing the numbers, appealing to our stupids.

  • Oarboar

    If your personal relationship with God is threatened by someone saying “Happy Holidays,” then either your relationship with God is very weak, or your God is very weak. Choose one.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      It’s either that or your ego is so delicate that you have to take to the airwaves to decry the politeness offered to you by people who may not share your beliefs.

      • Dominick Vila

        Or you are so determined to benefit from the ignorance, fears, and prejudices of some that you don’t hesitate to make the most ridiculous statements imaginable to score a few points.
        The truth, however, is that when it comes to Sarah Palin she is not as dumb as some people think. She is laughing all the way to her bank…
        The ones that should be pitied are those who pay attention to people like her.

  • Lynda Groom

    If anyone is being scared by listening to that woman they have larger problems on their plate. Lord that woman is dumb.

    • highpckts

      Oh I have plenty of relatives that believe every word! God help us!!

    • Dana Es

      Sarah does indeed scare me — just the very fact that people like her actually exist is scary indeed.

  • Jimmy L Aldrich

    @ Silence Dogdoo. No the website had issues the ACA is fine and helping people. Try again.

    • Independent1

      Jimmy, did you notice that Dogdoo didn’t mention that when Georgie Boy rolled out the Medicare Part D website back in 2003 that it was such a horrendous disaster that it took almost 6 months to get it working at even a respectable level?? Of course, GOP lovers are never going to admit that a snafu that occurred when one of their guys was in office was even a far worse disaster than a snafu that occurs when a Dem is in office.

  • Pretty Little Ballcrusher

    Yes, being indebted to China is JUST LIKE SLAVERY. “and this isn’t racist…” I hate her.

    • Independent1

      When are the clueless Republicans going to wake up to the fact that China holds only about $1 trillion worth of our national debt (out of about $17Trillion) and all idiots like Sarah are doing is highlighting their stupidity by overplaying the situation. Here’s an excerpt from an article published in the Denver Post on the national debt:

      The bulk of the national debt — soon to exceed a staggering $17 trillion — is held by the Federal Reserve, Social Security system, various pension plans for civil service workers and military personnel, U.S. banks, mutual funds, private pension plans, insurance companies and individual domestic investors.

      China is responsible for just a shade over 7 percent of that total debt. And while it remains the single largest foreign lender (just ahead of Japan), China slowly has been trimming its holdings, down from nearly 10 percent a few years ago. Overall, all foreign investors — including national central banks — account for roughly one third of the total outstanding federal government debt.

      • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

        When are the clueless Republicans going to realize that they are the ones who wrote most of the IOUs to China?

        • Independent1

          Many Republicans most likely realize that, but of course, to them, absolutely none of the disasters that befell America during Bush’s 8 years in office were his fault. (Also, when will Republicans stop trying to deflect the criticizm that many of us have about Bush’s disasterous 8 years in office in which he and his totally incompetent GOP Congresses enacted one unfunded piece of legislation after another which are even today (5 years later) still running up virtually all of our current deficits???)

      • Lola Johnson

        Was not aware of this. Thank you.

        • Independent1

          Another tidbit most Americans don’t realize, is that despite our large debt, America’s debt to GDP ratio is still the lowest of any similarly non-communist industrialized nation in the world. Because as the Denver Post article points out, the American government owes itself about 4.8 trillion dollars (among the programs described above), the CBO published recently that America’s debt to GDP is about 73% (in calculating a country’s debt to GDP you don’t include the debt that the government is just shuffling around around amongst its many accounts). Wheras, virtually every other similar nation to us on the planet runs a debt to GDP of over 80%; even Canada’s recently was over 87% and Japan’s runs close to or over 100%.

          So although are debt is still higher than one would like it to be, IT IS NOT!! The big bugaboo that the GOP has been trying so hard for the past 5 years to make it out to be (only of course, because a Democrat and not a Republican has been in office).

    • CrankyToo

      Crush her balls, Pretty!

  • Budjob

    I believe if we would extract Sarah’s brain,and put it n the edge of a razor blade,she would think she was on a four lane highway.She is as dumb as a God damn tree!!

    • highpckts

      Don’t demean the trees!! At least the trees are good for a number of things such as fuel and cleaning the air!! Palin is useless!!

    • Bowlerboy

      Now, now, let’s be kind! To call Sarah Palin “dumb as a tree” is an insult to trees and other forms of life throughout the plant kingdom.

      Weren’t the Ents smart enough intellectually and compassionate enough emotionally when the Hobbitts asked them to help save Middle Earth from the evil wizard assuring and his ugly Orc army? Of course, they were.

      Isn’t the Geico tree who falls in the forest smart enough to decipher the philosophical riddle that if a tree falls in the forest, it actually does make a sound? Naturally, it is.

      If Sarah Palin were a tree, her bark would screech out such a constant, high-pitched whine that laughing hyenas would be irresistibly drawn to make it their central pissing post for relieving themselves of all the toxic pressures building up inside their guts, which, come to think of it, is exactly what her attraction must be for the laughing hyena counterparts in the human segment of the animal kingdom, namely the Tea Party.

      As long as they have Sarah Palin around, they need not complain about not having a pot to piss in.

    • plc97477

      I am not sure trees aren’t smarter.

  • John Pigg

    It’s time to write off Sarah Palin as a former has been. Stories like this continue to keep her influence alive.

    • Independent1

      It’s unfortunate that the media has to perpetuate the existence of total idiots like Sarah – it probably does bring in some money – which is what it’s all about.

      • plc97477

        I think it is all about the comedy. You have to admit her stupidity is very funny.

        • Independent1

          I guess I would if there weren’t so many Americans who are so clueless that they actually believe what this total idiot says and actually vote the way she says they should.

    • plc97477

      Or maybe a former never was.

  • paganheart

    Seems to me that if Mrs. Palin was really that concerned about “Culture Rot,” she and her offspring would not have stooped to the level of doing “Reality” TV shows, thus putting themselves in the company of the Kardashians, the Gosselins, and people with names like “Snooki” and “Honey BooBoo,” in the wretched cesspool of culture rot that is “Reality” TV.

    In other news, Bristol’s deadbeat baby-daddy is suing for joint custody:,,20753924,00.html

    Sometimes I think the reason that Palin and the rest of her ilk on the right preach so loudly about “morals” and “values” and “faith” and “traditional families” to the rest of us is that they are complete failures at raising their own children with good values, and/or living by good values themselves. Projection is reflection, after all….

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Ah, but the reality TV gig was how she got across to the Duck Dynasty crowd, giving her a fertile audience to spread her vitriol.

    • rustacus21

      Hahaha!!! Great observation!!! She is, but is also quite unaware of being the proverbial ‘butt’ of the joke on contemporary conservatives!!! How dense is this chick? Obviously…

  • miketothad

    Sarah Palin is a true piece of __it.

  • Jason’s Robot

    I do appreciate her tactics to spread fear using ‘others’ as the boogyman.
    But the fact is: her scary people of China own under 8% of our debt.
    If Palin was really concerned about it – We could pay them off (or buy the debt back) pretty quickly with cuts to the Pentagon budget and raising some taxes.

    • Jason’s Robot

      Also – If she cared about future generations, she’d be concerned about the clustercrap being left by not acting against pollution* and climate change.
      *air, water, and soil

      But let’s not kid ourselves. Palin’s only concerned about her bank account and celebrity status. It’s all about the-here-and-now for her.


    Snooki Palin couldn’t sit still and watch Rapheal Cruz take away her bumpkin wingnut money so she brought Christmas back up again.

  • Larry StCroix

    If she ran for Senate out of Alaska she would lose by a landslide, Alaskans have little tolerance for quitters & she is not liked

    • Independent1

      Now if we could only get more folks outside of Alaska to realize how truly worthless her blathering is, such that she would fade into the netherland and never be heard from again in the political sphere.

      • nirodha

        She could continue to sharpen up her foreign policy experience by sitting out on the Alaskan tundra and looking over the horizon toward Russia.

  • bob shipp

    A Macys float??? Sarah is more like one of those giant gas bag balloons!

  • [email protected]

    If it was up to the Republicans they would repeal ACA, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Food Stamps, Voting Rights Act, Civil Rights Act, Clean Water Act, EPA, Religious freedom for anyone not Christian, Interstate Highway, etc., etc., but would strengthen corporate welfare, Oil Subsidies, Open Up Strip Mining in the national park, Clear cutting of lumber in National Parks, Eliminate National Park system, Oil drilling in Great Lakes, open hunting of any and all wildlife including Bald Eagles. Stand your ground against all blacks and minorities, shooting of Mexicans anywhere near the Southern boarder. Just need to preserve the purity of the American Way of Life.

    • Independent1

      The sum of what you’re saying is: Republicans would repeal everything that makes life for those in the 98% bearable, while pursuing all those things that results in stuffing more money into the pockets of people who already have more money than they can realistically spend in 10 lifetimes (without burning it and virtually throwing it away).

    • plc97477

      I would add democrats to the list the repugs would like to stand their ground against.

  • rustacus21

    … as I continue finding concrete, solid evidence of our nations Liberal/Progressive, civic societal roots, I continue to be astounded at the fact that ‘still’, there are so many fellow American’s – ordinary citizens & professional journalists alike – that give this simple minded ‘child’ a platform for her madness. She is insignificant. What she ‘blathers’ on about is irrelevant. There are certainly more crucial subjects (Public Education, demand-side economic superiority, economic parity, achieving sanctity & autonomy for our politics & subsequent systems, bringing oversite of government & business back in the hands of an engaged, intelligent, empowered & activist citizenry, etc., to name a SMALL few subjects…) worthy of our attention, than wasting it on what we already know about Mrs Palin & her ilk… In fact, I’m re-reading the Federalist Papers & ran across a marvelous anticipatory forethoughtful essay by James Madison, who sought to preempt clownish characters like Palin, Cruz, etc., in advising we keep mindful of the Constitutional tools at our disposal, which guarantee we maintain an uncluttered ‘vision’ of what our Democracy should look like & strive toward, simultaneously. Obviously, no Democrats nor Independents have bothered reading this invaluable legislative & citizen activist ‘mechanism’, that doubles as a weapon to combat the same anti-Democracy factions James Madison, as well as we in this current age, are having to engage in non-stop, pitched battles with – STILL! In spite of the FACT that the (citizen) majority continuously demand Constitutional Democracy – from DAY ONE!!!

  • Budjob

    If we could extract Sarah’s brain and,place it on the edge of a razor blade,she would think she is on a four lane highway!

  • Lovefacts

    Anyone you relies upon Merry Christmas to reaffirm their faith, doesn’t have much belief to begin with. However, as a Jew, I’m thrilled with “Happy or Merry Holidays.” It means that person or business understands other religions and holidays have value. And no matter how often Palin and her ilk declare because they’re the majority it should be so, they won’t win. They seem to have forgotten–if they ever knew–our founders said the Constitution was for the protection of the minority against the tyranny of the majority. And let me tell you, around Christmas and this phony war against it–great fundraising gimmick–I’ve never felt more in the minority.

  • [email protected]

    Sarah Palin is like an five year old. If you ask her a question, and she does not know the answer, but she wants to respond to the question, she just makes things up on the spot. There are Utubes where she just makes the most ridiculous statements on the most basic civics questions.