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Sarah Palin Plays ‘The Race Card’ On Martin Luther King Day

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Former Republican nominee for vice president Sarah Palin used the occasion of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to attack the first African-American president of the United States:

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.

(Isn’t the “race card” what Republicans are demanding to stop black people from voting?)

The star of a new show on the Sportsman Channel is referencing an outrage that exists only in the right-wing blog world over the president pointing out — as he has several times — that some people do not like him because he is black.

“Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president,” he said, according to The New Yorker‘s David Remnick.

Of course, right wingers fail to point out the second part of the president’s point. You see, to them, race is a subject that should not be discussed, but only hinted at as a means of destroying the social safety net.

Salon’s Joan Walsh points out what’s going with Palin:

Celebrating Dr. King’s birthday has become a bipartisan affair since Republicans stopped opposing the creation of a holiday to celebrate the slain civil rights leader.

But take a look at this post by MSNBC’s Ned Resnikoff and you’ll see King’s economic beliefs would repulse most Republicans — even if they love using his “content of their character” quote to justify opposing affirmative action. He championed the labor movement, and called for a minimum guaranteed income and the right to a job. These beliefs bear a strong resemblance to the “Five Economic Reforms Millennials Should be Fighting For” that Jesse A. Myerson recently published in Rolling Stone, and which earned him overwhelming ridicule from the same right-wing blog world that’s furious with the president for pointing out the obvious about race.

Mrs. Palin using this holiday to try to shame the president for discussing race is sadly predictable. What would have been shocking is if she had instead used her considerable platform to encourage Republicans to support an extremely moderate fix to the Voting Rights Act.

PS: This Daily Kos diary post from 2011 about what Dr. King “actually did” has gone viral, with both Republicans and Democrats touting its unique insight.

Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr

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139 Comments

  1. old_blu January 20, 2014

    How can I miss her if she won’t go away?

    Reply
    1. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh January 21, 2014

      I have often tried to explain to one of my co-workers that just because I was not present to experience something, that doesn’t mean I missed it. I only miss something if it is something I look forward to. As I have no desire to see the Wasillia Wahoo on TV or in any other media outlet, it would be impossible for me to miss her. Besides, she ensured we have a whole crop of people who mouth statements as moronic, if not more so, than anything that could ever come out of her mouth. So there will always be a clueless wonder waiting in the wings to thrill us with their complete and total lack of an operational clue.

      1. idamag January 21, 2014

        Like one of my friends said, “:What a waste of looks.”

  2. leadvillexp January 20, 2014

    I started this because I thought I might defend Sarah. I am after all a RINO, but alas I can’t. President Obama was right and her answer is just plain dumb. I like her as a person but she should stay out of politics and keep her mouth shut. She should stick to the Sport Channel, something she is good at.

    Reply
    1. stcroixcarp January 21, 2014

      She should try being a stay at home mom, maybe she would be good at that.

      1. Mark Forsyth January 21, 2014

        She should stay on that fishing boat with her husband.If they don’t catch any fish at least they will still have something to do.Hopefully it will not include making any more babies.

        1. Ronald Reagan January 21, 2014

          Hag is menopausal. She couldn’t squeeze out any extra chromosomes, no matter how hard she try. Besides, Todd is banging anything else with a pulse.

  3. Raven January 20, 2014

    She has her own show now? Oh, yay! She should do a special where she takes Dick Cheney hunting! And please, let him use the 12 gauge!

    Reply
  4. WS January 21, 2014

    Yes, who can forget all those impassioned speeches MLK gave where he asked black people to stop playing the race card. Sarah has been to the bullshit mountaintop.

    Reply
  5. disqus_ivSI3ByGmh January 21, 2014

    From The Learning Channel, to Faux News, to the Sportsman’s Channel. What’s next? Maricopa County Community TV?

    Reply
    1. Allan Richardson January 21, 2014

      Not if she upstages the Sheriff. He wants all the attention for himself.

  6. 1guy2 January 21, 2014

    Did Sarah ever start reading Newspapers,or is she going to remain stupid,and use her pretty face as her platform??cheeezz,that is one dumb woman.

    Reply
    1. one_veteran January 21, 2014

      But her face gets uglier every day!! I think what she is rimes with Ditch and Witch.

  7. FT66 January 21, 2014

    Will Sarah Palin ever grow up? She is turning 50 next month (11 Feb) and continues to behave like a school girl. Was she really picked as VP contender being on line to lead the country incase need be? Unbelievable!

    Reply
    1. MasterWes January 21, 2014

      Because I defend the Democratic platform over the LIBERAL Republican platform, many people think I am a Democrat. Truth is, I am a realistic Independent. I vote the person, not the party – it is just that the party of NO has produced nothing that would earn my vote.

      I was going to vote for McCain ( NOT Republican ) in 2008; I was skeptical about the hope and change in relation to the established political machine’s resistance ( and I was largely right on that one, it is sad to say ). What turned me OFF of that vote was realizing that Senator McCain, while seeming to be an able statesman at that time, had a heart condition that made me feel that he would NOt survive his first term of office. The thought of Sarah Palin in the White House, having her finger on THE BUTTON, scared the living crap out of me, and that is the reason I voted as I did kin 2008.

      Her possible position in any field of authority including Captaon of the little toy boat in her bathtub, is still something to be avoided at all costs.

      1. RobertCHastings January 21, 2014

        Were you equally afraid when Goldwater ran in 1964, for the situation was no different. Except, perhaps, Palin never stated that a global nuclear war was survivable and winnable.

        1. Gatorman3 January 21, 2014

          Goldwater didn’t win did he? (Nor did Master Wes say that he voted for him)

          1. RobertCHastings January 21, 2014

            Excuse me. Did I say or imply that Goldwater won? It was just scary enough that he ran with everyone knowing how he stood on the nuclear scenario. I did NOT say I disagreed with Wes, I merely asked the question of him whether Goldwater’s running for president was as scary as the possibility of Palin’s having her finger on the button.

          2. Gatorman3 January 21, 2014

            Works for me. Perhaps I misinterpreted. I agree w/ your last comment.

          3. Bill Boltz January 22, 2014

            He may have been too young in 64. I was only 12.

        2. plc97477 January 21, 2014

          Only because she doesn’t know what a global nuclear war is.

          1. TZToronto January 21, 2014

            She could always watch “War Games.”

          2. RobertCHastings January 21, 2014

            I don’t know. I think she, like Goldwater, would love to find out.

          3. Bob Loosemore January 22, 2014

            Oh cummon plc, she would not allow nuclear war with a country she can see from her rooftop or wherever it was.

        3. Bill Boltz January 22, 2014

          Not Yet

    2. RobertCHastings January 21, 2014

      I think McCain was thinking with something other than his brain.

      1. Allan Richardson January 21, 2014

        But he may have had to take some “thinking food” to do so.

        1. RobertCHastings January 21, 2014

          Is that supposed to be some sort of old man joke? Young man, you better chill. Us old guys don’t ALWAYS need help.

          1. Allan Richardson January 22, 2014

            I’m old too, but not as old as “get off my lawn” McCain, at least not mentally.

          2. RobertCHastings January 22, 2014

            Seeing, and hearing, him lately demonstrates that he is well past his “use-by” date. His new theme song should be taken from Shania Twain “It was good while it lasted,but now I’m past it.”

      2. latebloomingrandma January 21, 2014

        Yes, he really did look rather pathetic standing between the trophy VP pick and his trophy wife. It only accentuated his age.

        1. RobertCHastings January 21, 2014

          Reminds me of a story my father told me. Guy walks into a saloon and sits down at the bar and takes his hat off. There is a big frog sitting on his head. The bartender asks, “Where did you get that?” and the frog answers in a deep, gravelly voice, “It started out as a wart on my a–.” Just saying.

          1. plc97477 January 21, 2014

            A perfect description of palin.

    3. idamag January 21, 2014

      When John McCain picked Sarah Palin for a running mate, I wondered if voting for him would be the right thing to do. I thought he had Alzheimers..

    4. booker25 January 21, 2014

      No she won’t, she is a freaking pea brain.

    5. Bob Loosemore January 22, 2014

      FT Your comment demonstrates a rather less than complimentary opinion of the American education system.

  8. itsfun January 21, 2014

    Obama plays the race care saying people hate him because he is black. Sarah Palin asks him to stop playing the race card. Why is any of this news. He has been playing the race card his whole time as President. She has been complaining about him his whole Presidency.

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    1. karenlou January 21, 2014

      what’s next–Sarah Palin insisting that if Obama wants to be President, he has to go to her plastic surgeon and try to make his skin lighter. What a crock–the Bimbo from the wilds of Alaska insists that he was born in Africa; she insists that he is a Muslim; she says he pals around with terrorists and his medical plans would call for death panels for her parents and Todd’s son; her Dad says that Obama and the IRS are harassing him; and now Palin is claiming that Obama is playing the race card and that she follows the principles of Martin Luther King. The only thing that is more crazier than her comments are how her paid goons and family members hop on the Boards and start calling anyone that disagrees with their opinions belittles the blogger and calls them names. Apparently they are protected by the Constitution and freedom of speech, but anyone they don’t agree with should be bullied and mocked. Please stop trying to kill the messenger if their opinion is different than yours.

      1. itsfun January 21, 2014

        What are you talking about? All I posted was asking what’s new with this? This article only says what has been going on for the last 5 years. Obama plays the race care, and Palin doesn’t like him. You can love or hate either one of them. Have you seen the names I have been called on this site because my views and opinions are different than some of the folks on here?

        1. Bill Boltz January 21, 2014

          It’s an unfortunate truth, itsfun….people are getting rather testy with those having an opposite opinion these days. For me…I’m not sure I wouldn’t play the race card if I was black and president. He has been fighting against a very hateful group in Congress since he took the oath. Politics in the USA is laughingstock to the rest of the world; we look like idiots don’t you think? Anyway, itsfun, continue to speak your mind as always. I hate “Yes Men”.

          1. itsfun January 21, 2014

            Thank you. Yep, I agree our politicians are making us a laughing stock to the world. Our form of government has always been give and take on both sides of the aisle. Now it seems to be a “my way or the highway” type of government on both sides.

          2. Marsha Matthews January 21, 2014

            “Now it seems to be a “my way or the highway” type of government on both sides.”
            You’re right. Both the GOP or Teabaggers are equally obstinate.

          3. idamag January 21, 2014

            And the most hateful of those legislators (I use the term, legislator loosely) are from the land of Jim Crow.

          4. Bill Boltz January 21, 2014

            Oh most definitely! It’s difficult to change the thinking of someone who truly believes the Earth is only 4000 yrs. old.

          5. Bob Loosemore January 22, 2014

            Yes BB, so do I….

        2. chino49p January 21, 2014

          You are a perfect example of ignorance. Obama did not play the race card. What he said was that some people dislike him only because he is Black and that some peolple like him only because he is Black. That happens to be fair & balanced & true. Nutcases like palin, deliberately take ONLY a portion of what someone says and twist it into thier favorite LIE.

          1. idamag January 21, 2014

            Even if he said that, it is true.

          2. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

            Agree….

        3. karenlou January 21, 2014

          You are taking my comments the wrong way–IMO Sarah Palin used Martin Luther King’s holiday to try to call attention to herself and hurl a barb at the President. I think she would benefit from getting professional help for her anger and jealousy issues–or call them need for constant media attention and greed. Whatever…. I agree with you that it is bullying and mean for some posters to resort to name calling anyone who has a different opinion or view than the opinion of the blogger. Debate the issues–but if the subject is Sarah Palin, then stick to the subject rather than thinking you can change the subject to bashing Hillary Clinton or the President or Mitt Romney or Chris Christie or the blogger. Just because we might disagree with something Palin said–or Obama said–we do not have to be called names and told that we are unemployed or on Welfare or food stamps or ????

    2. awakenaustin January 21, 2014

      Go back to the top of the page. This time read the article.

    3. rockcut January 21, 2014

      itsfun,
      Obama does not play the race card period.

      1. itsfun January 21, 2014

        We will just have to disagree, because I think he does.

    4. jobie2 January 21, 2014

      The President has shown GREAT RESTRAINT on the subject of race, especially when he and most sane Americans know that Republicans, in the name of the Tea Party, have been trying to destroy not only his presidency, but, him personally, since the day of his first inauguration in 2009. They want to make sure that a Black president never, ever happens
      again. As we all know, by 2042, this will be a majority, minority country and all of the Republican/TP obstruction and obfuscation will change that.

    5. idamag January 21, 2014

      Prove it.

    6. Marsha Matthews January 21, 2014

      Please provide irrefutable, empirical evidence of instances wherein President Obama has played the race card. I await said evidence with bated breath …

      1. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

        you will never get any proof from this trolll…

      2. Bob Loosemore January 22, 2014

        Marsha please! Don’t ask itsfun for evidence – that’s very elitist…

  9. waggaze January 21, 2014

    This sounds like something a twit like Palin would say given her Alaskan mentaiity. It is time she fades away into the Alaskan backwoods where is she is at home both intellectually and with her brethren. Palin is the biggest loser the Republicans ever brought forth from the backwoods of traler trash.

    Reply
    1. FT66 January 21, 2014

      She can fade away even now, now if the media will ignore her completely. They should ignore completely what she puts on facebook and what she tweets. Even if she is invited to give any speech anywhere, just ignore her and don’t write/say what comes from her mouth.

      1. Allan Richardson January 21, 2014

        One branch of the media will NOT ignore her; they even had her on their payroll for a while, and they still report what she says as if it makes sense … which, to her deluded base, it does. The rest of the media needs to keep us aware of how deluded they are, lest we “misunderestimate” their passion for their delusion, and they outvote us.

        1. FT66 January 21, 2014

          I agree one branch of media might not ignore her, but they did one time. They put her off for half a year but the rest of the media was still writing about her even up to now.
          This is like a common product. If it is found in every store one goes to and later all stores ignore to put it on display, even if one store will still sells the product, the market will already be gone.

        2. karenlou January 22, 2014

          Sarah Palin seems to have Breitbart News in her back pocket. Seems that as long as she pretends to be a Christian, they will publish anything her staff sends them–without even wondering whether it is just her propaganda or self promotion or whether it is fact. That is almost as good as hiring someone to write her Facebook comments while she is off looking for new wigs or USA or Alaska jewelry. MLK Day comes and no school and instead of making it a family day, she focusses on getting herself media attention with her outrageous comment a day plan.

  10. AlfredSonny January 21, 2014

    Is Palin trying to imply that Alaska is in the boondocks?

    Reply
    1. Ann Baumgarn January 21, 2014

      I don’ think Palin is deliberately trying to imply anything. I don’t think she knows how to imply anything. Implication is sort of a higher art of communication often used by attorneys who skillfully get their message across to juries and judges without actually saying the words that the opposing side might define as legally objectionable.

  11. AlfredSonny January 21, 2014

    Palin is trying that not only men think through their wallets by quitting her low-paying Governor position for several multi-million dollar positions to brainwash and con gullible and ignorant Americans.

    Reply
    1. idamag January 21, 2014

      And some of those men who worship her, if they unzip their pans, their brains will fall out.

  12. John Guerrero January 21, 2014

    Let’s face it!! Caribou barbie and 95% of repuglicons ARE racist. That’s why they love the dog whistle politics so much!! Google Lee Atwater and you will see how he started dog whistle politics for the Saint of the rightwing extremists, Reagan!!

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    1. Jim Myers January 21, 2014

      Lee Atwater repented for all the lies he spread about anyone who opposed the Ultra Right Wing politics of the day.

      Of course, that was not until he found out that he had inoperable brain cancer, and had only a short time to live.

      1. paganheart January 22, 2014

        I remember that. Always thought it was proof that Karma is a bitch and she bites….

        1. Jim Myers January 23, 2014

          Yup! Sometimes we do pay for our sins.

    2. irishtap January 23, 2014

      Absolutely true.

  13. siobhanne January 21, 2014

    Why, oh why can’t she just go away? She makes republicans look like fools.

    Reply
    1. RobertCHastings January 21, 2014

      Oh, come on, they don’t need her help.

      1. siobhanne January 21, 2014

        These days, I’d have to agree.

  14. Jambi January 21, 2014

    For once, I wish she would shock the media and say something constructive, positive, or complimentary….But you can be sure that’s not going to happen,,,She’s got an “image” to bolster for the “Right-Red-Necks”

    Reply
    1. karenlou January 22, 2014

      when your heart is so black and full of hate, there is no way that Palin can even post any positive comments. She mocks the President and beliefs of Martin Luther King and then praises the Seattle Seahawk player who showed such poor sportsmanship last Sunday. Two of a kind–both Richard Sherman and Sarah Palin are self centered bullies who run off at the mouth without thinking.

  15. Moshulu January 21, 2014

    “Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.”

    Some stupid white people like Palin are too dumb to understand when they say something like that, they too are “playing the race card.” But that’s the life of Palin, stupidity!!

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  16. Sherry Anderson January 21, 2014

    Why do we pay attention to this idiot???

    Reply
    1. Allan Richardson January 21, 2014

      The only reason to pay attention to this idiot is to remind ourselves what the right wing nut jobs take seriously in their delusions. If we forget that, we run the risk of EXPECTING them to think and act RATIONALLY, and we will surely be disappointed … and worse, OUTVOTED.

  17. Salvador Tovar Mengibar January 21, 2014

    This overly ignorant woman makes me sick! Only the right wingers love her idiocies. The best we can do is ignore her and she will finally dwindle away from our dreary existence.

    Reply
  18. Gr8shoes January 21, 2014

    Why do we even bother to give Palin the coverage she so desperately seeks? She would be irrelevant if platforms such as National Memo would stop commenting on every inane thing she says. Yes, her facebook post is ridiculous, but really does anyone expect thoughtful and reasoned commentary from her? Those who think she is wonderful will never be swayed by the likes of me or the National Memo; we’re automatically assumed to have a liberal bias, Memo don’t give her additional “lame-stream media” fodder, please. Thank you very much

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    1. idamag January 21, 2014

      Maybe the news media is afraid she is going to run for president and wants the public to know she is nuts. With enough money poured into her, the low information voters could be persuaded she was smart and good for the country.

      1. Marsha Matthews January 21, 2014

        Nah, I think the Quitter-In-Chief has managed to dissuade all but the lowest life forms that she’s qualified however, being the narcissistic sociopath she is, her massively, self-inflated sense of importance blocks passage of this reality to her one remaining brain cell.

  19. JDavidS January 21, 2014

    Dear Airhead:
    You’ve had your 15 minutes of fame, now kindly just fade away into oblivion, where you so rightly belong. You’ve had nothing constructive to add to any conversation and your opinions are, to put it politely, batty. Every time you open your mouth you prove that the only thing you use your brain for is to prevent your ears from coming together. Perhaps you could use the free time to study the constitution and the function of the three branches of government, subjects you’ve proven to know absolutely nothing about. I’ll give you a head start…the government consists of the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial branches.
    Good luck in the future and thanks for coming out…I think.

    Sincerely,
    Sane People Everywhere.

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    1. idamag January 21, 2014

      good post!

  20. gigimn January 21, 2014

    When will people just start ignoring this pitiful creature ??

    Reply
    1. plc97477 January 21, 2014

      Just as soon as she stops being dangerous to democracy.

  21. Alice Mechler January 21, 2014

    Why in the world is anyone paying attention to this twit? I will not share this story with friends…..because I refuse to give her any attention or help spread her idiotic views. The only way to rid us of this moron is to ignore her!

    Reply
  22. jcurtis595 January 21, 2014

    I BLAME THE PRESS FOR SARA PALIN. STOP REPORTING WHAT SHE HAS SAID, PLEASE STOP. She is not a real opinion maker. She is a nut case and a bitter loser whose only purpose in life is to get rich by saying more and more outrageous things to get more and more speaking gigs at $100,000 or more a pop. By continuing to report her outrageous comments the press is making her richer and richer. STOP IT.

    Try covering the news more (world news in particular) instead of all this political idiocy of what this or that loser or bigot said today.

    Jay Curtis (author of THE CODE)

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  23. Kurt CPI January 21, 2014

    Sarah Palin has zero credibility. She’s less significant than the guy on the corner with the homemade cardboard end-of-days sign. Why anyone even acknowledges anything that comes out of her mouth is beyond me. Our grandchildren’s history books will be devoid of any reference to her.

    Reply
    1. Allan Richardson January 21, 2014

      The stereotype of the cardboard sign brings back memories. When I was a child, I read Mad when I had a chance, and one month they ran a full-spread cartoon about Southern California (remember, this was in the 1950s), with a “where’s Waldo” clutter of people and dialogue balloons making a total of a couple of dozen jokes. In one corner, a resident and a newcomer see a man with a long beard and dirty white robe on roller skates carrying a sign saying “THE END IS NIGH” or some similar saying. The newcomer says he has heard of all the nut groups in California. The resident corrects him, saying THAT one is just a Republican; he hasn’t SEEN the nut groups yet. The last few years I have wondered if that cartoon was drawn by a time traveler from 2014!

  24. irishtap January 21, 2014

    Sarah Palin is an embarrasment to the honorable profession of public service and only adds a measure of unneeded ignorance to society. Imagine, as she has done, committing your life to repudiating critical thinking in effort to dumb down human beings while cashing in on your unworthy celebrity.

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    1. karenlou January 22, 2014

      Rather pathetic when Sarah Palin says she stays around “to piss people off.” Sounds like something a second grader might say. Seems like she never matured past second grade–so wrapped up in herself and her opinion–she cannot even relate to anyone unless they are a cheater and member of the mean girls club. Was so bad as Alaska’s Governor-spent the day shopping for clothes or jewelry and on the phone trying to get the photographers and magazines to come give her interviews to promote herself. Finally retreated to living in her own home because people in Juneau were wearing pins saying “where’s Sarah?” and the media was reporting about all the wild antics of her out of control teenagers. Sarah has hired all those spinmeisters trying to rewrite history–but Juneau police records show the truth.

      1. irishtap January 22, 2014

        Spot on.

    2. latebloomingrandma January 22, 2014

      Uh—don’t you mean refutiating?

      1. irishtap January 22, 2014

        No. There is no such word as refutiate – at least not in any dictionary I’ve used.
        But have a nice day.

        1. latebloomingrandma January 22, 2014

          I was just mocking Sister Sarah. Remember when she made up the word “refutiate” in one of her intelligent rants?

          1. irishtap January 22, 2014

            You’re right, I forgot.

  25. Jim Myers January 21, 2014

    Without the likes of Sarah Palin and her cronies, what would we have to laugh about?

    Reply
    1. Mark Forsyth January 21, 2014

      She definitely is giving the Beverly Hillbillies a run for their money.

      1. Jim Myers January 22, 2014

        I like the comment.

        Thanks,

        Jim

  26. Jim Myers January 21, 2014

    Imagine if she somehow did become President of The United States? The only good thing I could see coming from this would be that she would probably resign after a short period of time.

    After all, can you imagine what Fox would pay her as a commentator if her correct title were Madam President?

    Reply
    1. karenlou January 22, 2014

      Palin would take that job with FOX even if she got no pay–they are the only ones who call her Governor even though she never finished her term.

      1. Jim Myers January 22, 2014

        You may be right. However, I think she loves the money more than anything else.

  27. howa4x January 21, 2014

    Palin was the first one to start that Obama is not one of us and he is a Muslim. She has been beating that drum for a long time and it has traction with the far right. This is the way she stays relevant with them. She has racist appeal.

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  28. Kizichka January 21, 2014

    I don’t think Sarah was playing “the race card”. It is my understanding that she REALLY likes black guys!

    Reply
    1. Justin Napolitano January 21, 2014

      A black guy would not go near her: they have standards.

  29. Marsha Matthews January 21, 2014

    The Wasilly Hillbilly’s rank stupidity strikes again …

    Reply
  30. Mark Forsyth January 21, 2014

    Sarah should be a Limbo champion by now.She is always trying to see how low she can go.Someone should give that gal a swift kick in the pants and perhaps reposition her brains.

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  31. MARK FREDERICK January 21, 2014

    OBOZO plays the race card everyday of his life, he is nothing but a sorry lying faggot SOB, IMPEACH the slug before he does one more stupid thing.

    Reply
    1. Marsha Matthews January 21, 2014

      Awww … why so angry, boo?

    2. mah101 January 21, 2014

      We’ve always had stupid mean people, but now the internet gives them a voice and we call this progress.

      1. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

        Actually they are called trolls….

      2. MARK FREDERICK January 21, 2014

        The only stupid people I know voted for Obama Bin Lying in the last election, I hope you are enjoying your change.

        1. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

          Trolls exist for the spotlight. Often ignoring them will
          either make them simply go away or they’ll say even more ridiculous
          things making them look foolish and desperate.

          If you feel you HAVE to respond, wait at least an hour. Decide if you really have to take action at all.

          Be nice. Anger only encourages response. Something very short and to
          the point like “thank you for your point of view”. is enough. The more
          you say, the more you feed ‘em.

          if your followers respond angrily the whole thing can escalate
          quickly too. After all, you’re not the only one who can encourage the
          troll. Laugh it off or kill them with kindness by thanking them for
          their viewpoint and passion and ignore any further responses.

          Don’t attempt to show them the error of their ways. That just
          encourages them. Logic, reason and statistics only give fuel to the
          fire.

    3. hal621 January 21, 2014

      oooohhhhhh….someone piss in your wheaties this morning//

      1. MARK FREDERICK January 21, 2014

        Did someone crap in you face !!!

        1. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

          Trolls exist for the spotlight. Often ignoring them will
          either make them simply go away or they’ll say even more ridiculous
          things making them look foolish and desperate.

          If you feel you HAVE to respond, wait at least an hour. Decide if you really have to take action at all.

          Be nice. Anger only encourages response. Something very short and to
          the point like “thank you for your point of view”. is enough. The more
          you say, the more you feed ‘em.

          if your followers respond angrily the whole thing can escalate
          quickly too. After all, you’re not the only one who can encourage the
          troll. Laugh it off or kill them with kindness by thanking them for
          their viewpoint and passion and ignore any further responses.

          Don’t attempt to show them the error of their ways. That just
          encourages them. Logic, reason and statistics only give fuel to the
          fire.

          …..

    4. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

      A social media troll is someone who seeks to lure or bait people into negative, disruptive rhetoric for their own edification or to commandeer an otherwise free-flowing discussion among colleagues.

      Mark Frederick chooses to belittle those who seek the information and discourse as well as those who try to provide it. He simply has no interest in anything that is not self-serving…..his intent has nothing to do with community building or public enlightenment.

      I think this poster qualifies….

    5. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

      So how should you deal with trolls?

      Ignore them. Trolls exist for the spotlight. Often ignoring them will
      either make them simply go away or they’ll say even more ridiculous
      things making them look foolish and desperate.

      If you feel you HAVE to respond, wait at least an hour. Decide if you really have to take action at all.

      Be nice. Anger only encourages response. Something very short and to the point like “thank you for your point of view”. is enough. The more
      you say, the more you feed ‘em.

      if your followers respond angrily the whole thing can escalate
      quickly too. After all, you’re not the only one who can encourage the
      troll. Laugh it off or kill them with kindness by thanking them for
      their viewpoint and passion and ignore any further responses.

      Don’t attempt to show them the error of their ways. That just
      encourages them. Logic, reason and statistics only give fuel to the
      fire.

      1. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

        A very much appreciated THANK YOU to NM editors for their incredible diligence at removing the trolls…

    6. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

      ignore this mark frederick

  32. mah101 January 21, 2014

    Sarah Palin is nobody. This endless resuscitation of her existence is only due to the news media pointing out her acts of flagrant stupidity for their own monetary gain.

    Please National Memo and everyone else in the media, stop telling us what Sarah has to say. She is meaningless, stupid, vacuous and idiotic and I DON’T CARE.

    Reply
    1. plc97477 January 21, 2014

      Unfortunately she still has a large following.

      1. Mark Forsyth January 21, 2014

        That would be flies.

      2. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

        Yes—-her very large ego….

  33. booker25 January 21, 2014

    Sarah plays her card, the racist bigot card.

    Reply
    1. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

      “you betcha”

  34. Justin Napolitano January 21, 2014

    Palin is a cheap whore.

    Reply
    1. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

      lets qualify it to political whore as a vernacular 🙂

      “cheap political whore”………a who is engaged in politics, who is ineffective at politics, with
      little financial support, and will sell out the political positions of
      their constituents for a very small political and or financial gain.

  35. Rene Isaac-martin January 21, 2014

    I blame Sen. McCain and the press for creating this ding bat. Not to mention that we all feed her insane crave for attention each time we talk about her.

    Reply
    1. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

      I blame the American people who took her seriously as a real candidate.

      i love Tina Fey’s exposing her…

  36. daniel bostdorf January 21, 2014

    I want to commend Mr. Sattler for this article as it has provided some lively posts as well as exposing some nasty trolls..

    The artilce’s fundemental point is this….and I hope we can get back to it and avoid this bumper sticker bomb throwing at Palin and each other..

    “Mrs. Palin using this holiday to try to shame the president for
    discussing race is sadly predictable. What would have been shocking is
    if she had instead used her considerable platform to encourage
    Republicans to support an extremely moderate fix to the Voting Rights Act.”

    Reply
  37. DBH316 January 21, 2014

    FCOL! Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s only Sarah Palin! Bill Cosby and Steve Martin make you laugh in an entirely different way, but Sarah is just as hilareous in a different way. She is the Stooge of Absurdity, which for me continues to demonstate the mentality of the Tea Party and GOP. Everytime she opens her mouth, she offends another segment of our society and makes them Progressive, Liberal or more Democratic than they were before she spoke. Personally I think she is worth more on the campaign trail to Democrats than she is to the Whaa Hoo Warriors of the GOP.

    Reply
  38. charles king January 21, 2014

    You do not have to do any (Critical Thinking) abou this subject Just Use Some Common-Sense and I am sure you will make the right decison to handle this ass-ache. Thank You are the magic words in my book. I Love Ya All, also be able to recognize the meaning Of Plutocracy Vs Democracy check it all out in Webster’s Dict. C. E. KING

    Reply
  39. 1olderbutwiser1 January 22, 2014

    With Sarah Palin, we may have equal opportunity for white people. Very strange concept for a nation headed up by a black guy. Blacks show racial prejudice in most of their public actions, whites are far more fair. You don’t have to agree with that; being politically conditioned to think otherwise is what is bringing this country down. Why not learn to think for yourself based on personal experience? Don’t be a mindless flunky. In your heart, you know I am right.

    Reply
  40. Fido Shery January 22, 2014

    Since parents have various ways to advance their children’s interests, we should recognize that inheritance is a superior moral choice compared to other options, such as nepotism.

    Reply
  41. Jakie Lewis January 23, 2014

    Palin is the Joker in her deck of cards. I will never forgive John McCain for launching this shill on the rest of the country.

    Reply
  42. Jimmy Agler January 24, 2014

    With well spoken,educated and informed voices available from both sides why do we have to be subjected to the lowest common denominators ad naseum?

    Reply

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