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Is there a Sarah Palin vileness/absurdity threshold?

A question for fellow reporters and editors: At what point do Sarah Palin's attacks and smears become so vile and absurd that they no longer merit attention? Is there such a point?

Palin, who has broken the mold in so many ways, has defied the laws of political and media gravity in another fashion: Despite the ever-mounting ridiculousness of her claims, she continues to get attention. This isn't so with other figures. Frequently those who traffic in absurdity and smears to get media attention keep upping the ante until their assertions become so grotesque and self-parodic that they are no longer newsworthy.

It's kind of like inflation: Keep printing more money and the value of it keeps dropping. That hasn't happened with Palin.

Yesterday Palin launched a bizarre and rambling attack on a journalist that by any standard should make us seriously pause. Her target was award-winning journalist Joe McGinniss, who has rented the house next door to her to research a book. The short version is that she suggested he might be peeping at her kids.

Palin is siccing her fans on a journalist who might be planning to cover her with something less than outright adoration. Dave Weigel notes that Palin's attack was "strange, unprofessional, and paranoid," and constitued "irresponsible and pathetic bullying."

In fairness, McGinniss is doing something a bit unorthodox, and for that reason this particular standoff is perhaps somewhat newsworthy. But more broadly, as long as Palin isn't an actual candidate for public office, at what point do we stop rewarding every statement from Palin, no matter how vicious or mendacious, with attention? Should there be such a point?

That's a real question, by the way. I'd love to hear what other reporters and editors have to say about this.

UPDATE, 11:31 p.m.: Ruth Marcus makes a detailed case today that the empress has no clothes, which I think makes the above question even more relevant.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 26, 2010; 11:11 AM ET
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Greg,

Please add a link to Ruth Marcus' column in today's Washington Post, since I can not. She takes Palin apart for much the same reasons that you point to.

Here is the beginning of Ms. Marcus' column on Quitter Palin.

"Sarah Palin's fact-free commentary on Paul and BP

By Ruth Marcus
Wednesday, May 26, 2010; A17

Has Sarah Palin learned anything since she was plucked from obscurity almost two years ago? Not that I can tell.

It was not Palin's fault that she was woefully unprepared to be the Republican vice presidential nominee. For that one, blame the petulant, impetuous John McCain.

But Palin has had ample time now, outside the crash course of a presidential campaign, to develop and exhibit some understanding of the issues. Her learning curve, from all the available evidence, is a flat line.

Three unattractive Palin traits have, if anything, been amplified since the election: her unwillingness to buckle down and do the necessary preparation; her tendency to adopt what McCain adviser Steve Schmidt described as a "down is up and up is down" version of reality; and her enhanced sense of injury at the hands of what she oh so cleverly refers to as the "lamestream media."

That would include me.

I've started to write this column several times and put it aside. I worried: Was I being harder on Palin because I disagree with her politically? Was I being harder on Palin than I would be on a man spouting similar pablum? In a world where everyone already has firm opinions about Palin, pro or con, is there a value in pointing out that the empress has no clothes? "

Posted by: Liam-still | May 26, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

thanks Liam. she says it better than I do. will do.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 26, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

There is no threshold anymore. Sarah Palin is the Lindsay Lohan of politics.

Posted by: TM2e2r2l | May 26, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Greg thanks for having the sack to post this. Im sure a bunch of wingers will be calling for your head but screw em, some times some things need to be said regardless.

I should also note that evidently there is a clip of Steve Doocy "joking" that someone might try to shoot McGinniss. Its worth remembering that it was a guy on the same network, Bill O'Reilly who kept up the hyseria against Joe Tiller until an unhinged right winger shot and killed him in his church. You would think they would have at least some level of decency about this.

You would be wrong.

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | May 26, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I think the thought of the clothe-less empress is what makes her such a superstar on the Fox propaganda network. Nothing like a little T&A with a wink to keep your viewership glued to the screen.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 26, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

thx, sg, appreciate that. and TM I like the Lindsay Lohan comparison...

And link added above to that great Ruth Marcus campaign...

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 26, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Greg

You linked the Ruth Marcus piece to the Morning Plum. I read it and I think it has more gravitas than the Weigel piece to illustrate the point you are making.

Weigel points out the brownshirt tactics Palin and her supporters and Fox GOP News (btw sgwhite if you find a link to the clip of Doocy I'd love to see it...that should also be called out by any rational human being as being TOTALLY irresponsible)
but Marcus get to the real point. Why do we act as if this snowbilly has any political credibility. Yes she is popular...so are Paris Hilton and Britney Spears...two ladies how display the same intellectual heft of Palin.

I get why TMZ or pundits wishing to capitalize on Palin's popularity cover her...but when is the "lamestream" media finally going to say enough is enough.

Posted by: rukidding7 | May 26, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is the Lindsay Lohan of politics."

So true.

Posted by: theorajones1 | May 26, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Qb1's rhetorical attempts to attack Obama for B.P.'s spill on the last thread made for amusing reading.

It makes no sense to vote Republican if you think there's been a regulatory failure (and I do think there was). In addition, B.P. was skirting the already weak rules in place.

Imagine the illogic of saying to yourself, darn it, we need tighter regulation and then voting for the party of "Drill, Baby, Drill" and Secret Energy Task forces.

Even now, after 8 years of tax cuts for rich people and deregulation that ended in spectacular failure, the right wing solution is "Gosh darn it, we need more tax cuts and deregulation!"

Republican Senators are now planning to filibuster in an attempt to keep the liability limit for this sort of incident far below what the actual damages may be. Can you say "socialize the risks and privatize the profits?"

P.S. Qb1 wants a fact? Deepwater Horizon's permit to drill in the Tiber field was granted on April 6, 2009. Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009. The MMS officials responsible for oversight of Deepwater Horizon's permit application were careerists whose overly friendly relationship to industry flourished under Bush-Cheney.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | May 26, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I was just about to post a link to that Weigel article in the morning thread. There's about 150 comments, pretty funny.

That said, despite the obvious extreme nature of her paranoia, I wouldn't feel so comfortable with a journalist, who is writing a book about me, moving next door to me either, regardless of how GOOD or bad they are at their craft. Nevertheless, it's just more entertainment for the easily distracted, really.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 26, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Britney Spears goes to Washington.

Posted by: CalD | May 26, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Palin has no clothes? Did someone tell Rich Lowry?

Posted by: Calvin_Jones_and_the_13th_Apostle | May 26, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I just love seeing you Posties go after Sarah Palin on a daily basis. For all your accusations, defamatory statements and insults toward this 'woman of the people', all you do is reinforce your deathly fear of her.
Please keep floundering about in your daily fear and contemptuousness. It keeps the good Ladys name front and center - but not in the way the Postie spinners would hope.

Posted by: pd2710 | May 26, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Bill Maher on Rand Paul: "As if Sarah Palin made it through medical school."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 26, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I could ask the same vileness/absurdity question of Greg Sargent.

Actually defending the creepiness of a journalist who feels the need to move in next door to a family so can write a book about one of them.

I'd be skeezed out by that too. And if you weren't such a vile idiot (there, I answered my own question), you would be too.

I don't need to ask the question of Dave Wiegel. He is clearly vile. I don't care how many awards he's won. Roman Polanski has won awards too.

Posted by: etpietro | May 26, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

You ask: "at what point do they no longer merit attention?" referring to the likes of Ms. Palin.

I would suggest that it's not a point, but a process, and that she's already lost considerable merit and currency with most of us, and that it's the outrageousness of her remarks that grab attention still.

As her currency wanes, her outrageousness must naturally expand, and our bemusement and head shaking remind us how ambition blinds fools to themselves, and how important it is for the public to be vigilant against being led astray by hackers out to do vengeance on a country they don't even begin to understand.

Posted by: thanksforfish | May 26, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant Joe McGinniss, of course.

Creepy perv.

Posted by: etpietro | May 26, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

pd2710: "all you do is reinforce your deathly fear of her"

Hmmm...I thought we were reinforcing our ability to laugh at a joke.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 26, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

someone finally asks the question I've been asking for months. why is this crazy person newsworthy? of course in the end it's rhetorical, because it's obivuusly been determined that news about this most un-newsworthy person sells. i sent an email to the post recently and told them they should create a separate division devoted solely to covering every second of this person's life, because from what i can see there must be a large segment of the populace that will perish if they don't get a many-times-daily dose of sarah. personally I'd be quite happy if I never read or heard her name again, and didn't have to see articles about her with corresponding picture every single day of my life. Not a day goes by without this newspaper showing her picture and printing some kind of article about her. I find it to be a rather fascinating phenomenon, that a person who's famous for being a dolt, a quitter, and a loser earning huge amounts of money for giving an opinion that most won't agree with, and warranting nonstop media attention. quite bizarre.

Posted by: red2million | May 26, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Of course T&A is a big part of the Palin appeal. Why else would she feel the need to include in her Joe McGinniss facebook post that she put on shorts and a tank top before going out to mow her lawn? She knows that kind of stuff "moves the needle" for her band of drooling followers (all the males and probably many of the females too).

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | May 26, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The Palin is not only vile, absurd, but rather ugly for the inside. She has warts down below and in the head. Hanging and burning witches should be brought back to deal with this kind of affront decent society.

Posted by: winemaster2 | May 26, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Hey pd2710, floundering about our daily fear, good lady, you appear to be just as ignorant and uneducated as Palin. Love reading post from people about her who are either so out of touch or just plain stupid, you seen to fit both molds.

Posted by: kburnett1 | May 26, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I am no fan of Palin but it is creepy to have a reporter living next door writing about you. The implication is that he will be peeping in her windows and rifling through her garbage. This may or not be true but everyone has a concept of a nosy neighbor and this situation more than trumps that.

Posted by: kevnet | May 26, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

please,please, PLEASE! Stop wasting space on this woman! I can't tell you how tired I am of seeing here stupid face and hearing her drivel.

Posted by: sux123 | May 26, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

You ain't seen nothing yet boys. We still have the entire year of 2011, in which there will be a number of declared candidates for President (Romney, Pawlenty, maybe Huckabee, Barbour and Thune), and the very large elephant in the room of Palin, using her Fox perch to call attention to herself, and away from the others. Pass the popcorn.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | May 26, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

i wonder what greg sargent would say if someone called obama "vile". apparently being a socialist, of which most of obama's hardcore supporters are in fact, is worse than being "vile" because the former is beyond-the-pale rhetoric while the later is, apprently, perfectly acceptable despite not actually being precise enough to add anything to the political discussion. socialism is specific and its specter is all too real when you have the supporters that obama has.

Posted by: dummypants | May 26, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Having a progressive viewpoint knowing how Sir Francis Bacon idols distort true discovery, I find it hard to not tune out Palin and her positions. Same for intellectual conservatives like Lugar and Powell getting too much of my support and attention. The biases we have distort our views and Palin supporters do seem to suffer from it more than most. She does make some valid points (need for more domestic energy production) and some ridiculous ones (Obama is bought off by BP).

Posted by: jameschirico | May 26, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the Kate Gosslen of Politics

Posted by: lildg54 | May 26, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Today's New York Times has an editorial about Supreme Court Nominee, Elena Kagan.

Guess who wrote the editorial?

None other than John Yoo Can Torture All You Want To, Mr. Cheney.

Honestly;

Has the NY Times decided to become the Fox News Of the print media?!

Posted by: Liam-still | May 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

She is the snarky sister-in-law who never gets embarassed and never learns from being wrong .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | May 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the Kate Gosslen of Politics

Posted by: lildg54 | May 26, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? Maybe I am missing something, but a reporter moves in next door to someone to do "unauthorized" research on that person and you think that is acceptable? That is outrageous. If those are not the facts, please correct me.

Posted by: nealyto | May 26, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Look, I don't like Palin, I never have and probably never will, BUT, if some guy who planned on writing a not-so-flattering book about me moved in next door, I would be a little un-nerved too. You know the old saying, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean people aren't out to get you. If the guy wasn't planning on watching her, why did he move in next door?

Personally I think this crosses a line and should be condemned by people on both sides of the political spectrum. This is one of those cases where the left seems to be trying to prove that they're just as nutty as the right.

If you want to prove that you're deserving of some credibility then call a spade a spade. Moving in next door to a subject that you don't like so that you can write an embarrassing book crosses a line - and, unlike the Plum line, that line doesn't change depending on your politics.

Posted by: robertjonezz | May 26, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing absurd or vile about protecting your kids from a stalker journalist...

Am I missing something here?

Posted by: johnrick | May 26, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the luckiest flibbertigibbet in the entire world.

She is making millions off millions of American Right Wing dimwits.

Sarah Palin is to politics, what Paris Hilton is to entertainment.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 26, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The teabaggers have it all wrong: the book's not about Palin at all. It's about Russia, which, of course, he can "see from his house."

Posted by: detoqueville | May 26, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

No news comes out of Wasilla, Alaska. It is such a remote backwater, that the only way a writer could do research, is by spending a lot of time there.

Sounds like Quitter Palin does not really believe that her Wasilla is a part of her "real America", where people are free to choose to live there or not.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 26, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

All, big step forward for DADT repeal:

http://bit.ly/cPeSLf

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 26, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Woman of the people"? YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDING! Sarah Palin it is obvious is looking out mainly for numero uno and nobody else. If she was such a great conservative mother, she'd have let the "first dude" bring home the bacon and stayed at home watching her kids. And as for being "for the people" what a bunch of baloney. This woman the the biggest corporatist out there. If there was anybody in bed with big energy, Ms. "Drill Baby" is the one.

Posted by: dontblamemeivoted4gore | May 26, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has made neither vile nor absurd pronouncements. Anyone who would say she has done so puts on exhibition his severe bias against her.

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | May 26, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

"At what point do Sarah Palin's attacks and smears become so vile and absurd that they no longer merit attention? Is there such a point?"

I think we passed it a few months ago.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | May 26, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

The Arctic Grifter will end her profitable and wildly celebrated ways when the media stops simply transcribing her statements as facts and forcefully challenges her false assertions and outright lies. "There is no there there." It can end with a modicum of effort by the "working" press.

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 26, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Greg Sargent asks why Palin is still getting coverage in the media. He is, of course, asking why the liberal media still cover her.
Short answer: Because she has quite a bit of traction with conservatives and independents. There is no other reason. If she were as vile, absurd and ridiculous as the mainstream media paint her, there would be no reason to attack and rebut her.

She is a frequent target-err-topic of articles because she is popular with a sizable portion of voters.

Sargent is one of many who laments that they can't understand why they keep writing (negatively) about her.

It is a good first step in that you are cognizant of your problem ;)

Posted by: spamsux1 | May 26, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

pd2710, if she is a 'woman of the people' then why is she so resoundingly disliked? Pollster has her fav/unfav average at 35.8% FAV, 52.9% UNFAV. Doesn't sound like a 'woman of the people' to me.

Also, can you name for us any OTHER "women of the people" in history? Or is she the only one worthy of the title in your eyes?

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 26, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Also, I was trying to make a broader case about Palin than just this one particular instance. that's why I linked the Marcus column

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 26, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

The more she is out there and sane people -- or at least those on the edge of sane -- can see her for what she is, the better. Let her be the face of the tea party for as long as the media permits. After all, she is its (angry, ugly) heart.

Posted by: noGOP4me | May 26, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Seeing as how Palin is the political equivalent of "heckuva job Brownie", her criticisms of Obama regarding the spill(baby, spill) ring rather hollow. As usual.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | May 26, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

McGinniss crossed the line between reporting and stalking. Surely, he deserves a restraining order for spying on Palin and her children, but I guess if you relabel stalking to "journalism" everything is OK.

What's actually more absurd is the Post's crusade against Palin. This stream of "I hate Palin" pieces is unprecedented for any public figure in recent memory, and the irony is that the more vapid attacks that the Washington Post sends on Palin, the smarter she looks by comparison.

Posted by: diehardlib | May 26, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Palin IS both vile and absurd but I can't blame her one iota for being upset/feeling violated about this journalist moving in next door to her family to write a book about her. That is absurdly vile and creepy.

Posted by: mikenimzo | May 26, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Palinites sit around in double wides, featuring the finest of wood paneling from the 1970s, and cheer on that O'Reilly reporter that does actually stalk people. The also love them some Malkin, who goes about peering in people's windows to do a hit piece on a kid. But let a real journalist simply take out a lease nearby the subject of their ardor, and the fanboys and girls unleash allegations of child predadation. And then they wonder why we laugh at them.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | May 26, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

"Frequently those who traffic in absurdity and smears to get media attention keep upping the ante until their assertions become so grotesque and self-parodic that they are no longer newsworthy."
______________________________
You mean like Ann Coulter? The political, media and entertainment landscape is littered with types that had no viable prerequisites for being there: pretty people pick up Oscars for "theatrical excellence" or become news anchors at Fox and CNN, a B-grade Hollywood actor becomes President, a fellow who used to oversee the ethical conduct of Arabian horse owners was chosen to oversee the worst flooding disaster in American history. Up is down and down is up.

Posted by: wturecki | May 26, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

dummypants, nice handle because you're a typical dumb conservative. you're entire post amounts to calling obama a name. gee, that must have taken some real thinking (that's sarcasm, which I point out because I doubt you possess adequate intelligence to realize it on your own) Obama isn't guilty of what palin is that resulted in this article in the first place. If obama were making up ludicrous stories, then he'd be called on it just like this miscreant is. pretty funny how most "conservatives" are bible thumpers, when for some odd reason God didn't pass any brains out to to most of you. The ones he did give brains to make a career of convincing the rest of you of an alternate reality. hilarious, but not that funny when realizing that you get to vote whether you're a moronatard or not.

Posted by: red2million | May 26, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

PALIN is AWESOME!

She scares this little tiny wienie liberal men, who I understand hang out at Man's Country on Clark Street in Chicago!

Posted by: theaz | May 26, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

So let me get this straight. A rich author is writing a book about Sarah Palin, so he has moved in next door to her house in Wasilla, Alaska to observe the family. I'm no Palin apologist but I think she has a right to be creeped out by this.

Greg Sargeant - your agenda has gotten in the way of being reasonable. What an idiotic, one-sided piece of drivel.

Posted by: dchilo1013 | May 26, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm certainly no fan of Palin, but it is kind of creepy that some guy arranges to live next door to you so that he could watch your movements and write an unflattering book about you. Of course, she has asked for the celebrity treatment, and has been generously rewarded for playing the role. Anyway, this will certainly not diminish the slavish support she enjoys from her moronic followers, who will become even more paranoid and hateful of their imagined enemies.

Posted by: DaveHarris | May 26, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Amazing the number of people showing up to comment who preface their statement with "I'm no fan of Palin" who then go on to say the same things her fanboys do.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | May 26, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Apparently some folks have reading comprehension issues. The post is clearly meant more broadly than on this one issue.

Either way, this is a big, big step forward for DADT repeal:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/05/ben_nelson_to_vote_yes_on_repe.html

Posted by: sargegreg | May 26, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

theaz

Considering how this bihct abused her office as governor of Alaska, to go after people she didn't like, it is a good thing The Quitter doesn't have the power of government intrusion teeth to back her up anymore. Anyone who runs afoul of Palin ought to watch out, since she has no qulams about using government to shut down, and/or destroy those to whom she has a personal animus.

Posted by: daweeni | May 26, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin proves h.l. mencken's axiom that no man ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the amercian public.

or, in the words of that immortal teabagger poster: "keep your government hands off my medicare!"

Posted by: jimfilyaw | May 26, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey Greg you want some big time stories that could make you another Woodward or Bernstein?

Here some clues:

Man's Country
The late Donald Young
Beau Biden

Fame and Fortune is potentially yours dude!

Posted by: theaz | May 26, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

diehardlib

Please explain how whatever the Post has to say about how stupid Palin in has any effect on increasing her IQ.

Posted by: daweeni | May 26, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

She is an extremely manipulative lady with a vile and ugly character. No wonder, she is revered by the right wingers and crazy tea-party folks....one and the same.

Posted by: kevin1231 | May 26, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

oldabandonedbeachhouse, the point is that even though you may not be a fan of Palin, you can still report on stories in a reasonable manner. Otherwise, you come off sounding rather ignorant and out of touch with reality.

Posted by: dchilo1013 | May 26, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Amazing the number of people showing up to comment who preface their statement with "I'm no fan of Palin" who then go on to say the same things her fanboys do."

Like saying she has the right not to stalked? If that makes me a 'Palin fanboy'....

Posted by: mikenimzo | May 26, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

sargegreg - why use this as the latest example of being vile and absurd when this example doesn't fit is all I'm saying. It kind of hurts the overall point of the post, no?

Posted by: dchilo1013 | May 26, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Answer - vile.

Posted by: password11 | May 26, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Answer - vile.

Posted by: password11 | May 26, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Answer - vile.

Posted by: password11 | May 26, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure I understand why journalists seem so upset with Palin. McGinniss is exercising his rights by being an "unorthodox" creepy weirdo, and Palin is exercising her rights by bringing attention to his creepiness. All's fair, right?

Posted by: sbj3 | May 26, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

daweeni

Quitting was a brilliant decision, even questioned by the many on the right!

She free and has to a great extent been involve in the national dialogue ignoring the duties of an elected office as Obama did and promised he would fulfill his Senate term from 2004!

Now that's integrity, something a CROOK like Obama has no concept of!

Posted by: theaz | May 26, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I dislike Palin's views intensely, and yes, she does scare me, as I think she could easily tip this country into a new era of McCarthy-ism ("real America" etc...). But I think it is objectionable for her future biographer to move in next door. If the intent was not "peeping," or at least observing family behavior around their own home, then there would be no need to be that close. Conservatives will, legitimately, be able to point to liberals non-condemnation of this act as an indication that there are double standards. I would disapprove if a journalist did that to a Liberal figure, and I disapprove when they do it to a conservative.

Posted by: ddqarch | May 26, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

At what point do Sarah Palin's attacks and smears become so vile and absurd that they no longer merit attention? Is there such a point?

Ever hear of Senator Joseph McCarthy?

Posted by: JJORourke | May 26, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Poor Sarah. Being from the Northwoods originally I recognize her for what she is. Every small town in the North woods has a Sarah. They are even more entertaining on saturday night at the local tavern.

Posted by: johnturkal1 | May 26, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

No dchilo, the point is that these are liars. They somehow think that people actually believe them when they say they are not fans of Palin.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | May 26, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a joke. She is entertaining though.

Sarah Palin give hope to the segment of America that embraces ignorance as if it were a gift. If someone as moronic as her can run for president then, they feel, there is hope for them.

Sarah Palin is the Queen of the morons. She is almost a quick IQ test, those who love her are sub-85 IQ.


If it were not so real it would actually be funny, but alas she is serious.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | May 26, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

It’s easy, Greg. Most Americans simply see Sarah in a completely different light, than you do. In fact, completely the opposite.
We believe that as long as Sarah promotes Conservative beliefs, and values, she can do no wrong.
Greg, the picture that you post, shows you as an apparent, intelligent guy. I’m surprised that you, an “intelligent guy,” cannot perceive, and understand how those of us, on the Right, respond to, and look up to, Sarah. Even if she lied to us, which we don’t believe that she ever did, we’d still attempt to believe in, and love her. We simply believe in, and trust her. Probably, similar to how you might believe in, and trust O’bama, Nancy Pelosi, or Harry Reid. Those three we trust, not at all.
Further, Greg, I’m amazed that you’d use the analogy of inflation. You’re drawing attention to the fact that an Administration, that you apparently, support, is gradually bankrupting the Nation. This will cause you to lose points, with the O’bama Administration.
But, back to Sarah, we love Sarah, and believe in her. We’d still believe in, and care for her, even if she should “accidentally” shoot, with her new AR-15, the guy who’s stalking her and her family. But, we wouldn’t expect you to understand that kind of devotion, Greg.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | May 26, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I see the liberals have their panties all tied up in a bunch once again. Palin is worth the somewhat inane commentary she provides just to see liberals goes insane and get their panties up in a wad. This guy McGinnis is going to sit on the porch and watch Palin do her gardenwork, sit by the pool and so on. It is creepy if nothing else.

Posted by: rodlang | May 26, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

There is nothing in McGinnis behavior to suggest that he has any interest in oggling "Little Piper". My biggest complaint with Palin is that she has no problem inserting her children into stories. If she wants to inform her fans that she finds it creepy that McGinnis moved in next door to spy on her, fine. But why bring the kids into it? Now two of her children will grow up thinking old men lust for them in their hearts. Growing up in the public eye is hard. What mother adds this kind of garbage to score cheap points?

Posted by: mumof3 | May 26, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah got two columns in today's Washington Post about her.

So, high-fives all around for more and more free publicity!

Posted by: summicron1 | May 26, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Just stop reporting on this idiot and everything will be fine.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 26, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Moving many thousands of miles to camp next door to a living subject — that's "a bit unorthodox"? You're being far too generous.

Let me give it to you straight: The moonbat far left's obsession with destroying Gov. Palin has finally turned terrifyingly creepy and dangerous.

Gov. Palin's mere existence continues to expose the utter depravity of the left.

Posted by: thebump | May 26, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Her house is on a two-acre lot, according to Zillow. How likely is it that anyone can see in her windows? I would have thought any journalist reporting this story would have checked that, because it's central to the creepiness factor.

Posted by: rhinoceri | May 26, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Please; less "stupid Sarah", More "naked Levi".


thank you

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 26, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

If the press (in any form) insists on covering Palin, do it in the entertainment sections/segments. She is not a politician, nor a "pundit". She is, however, a paid entertainer, albiet a useless one.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 26, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a joke. She is entertaining though.
Sarah Palin give hope to the segment of America that embraces ignorance as if it were a gift. If someone as moronic as her can run for president then, they feel, there is hope for them.
Sarah Palin is the Queen of the morons. She is almost a quick IQ test, those who love her are sub-85 IQ.

If it were not so real it would actually be funny, but alas she is serious.
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Sarah, "a joke"?? Compared to what?? Not, compared the the little black Marxist, who's taking the Nation in to ruin, as we type? You guys on the Hard Left, have somehow left the logic, and clear thinking of the American People. It's a shame. I'm more amazed by those who voted for O'bama, and have now come to regret it, especially Jews, and Blacks.

Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | May 26, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"The short version is that she suggested he might be peeping at her kids."

In which case, shouldn't someone be calling the cops? Have they done so? Has McGinnis been charged?

Posted by: Skowronek | May 26, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I certainly hope there is a threshold, or at least a quota on how much of her idiocy gets reported as if it were from someone intelligent. True, she has followers, but let her get to them on her own: Jane Pauley is funny, SP is scary and should be contained.

Posted by: esthermiriam | May 26, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Todd Palin hasn't dismembered at least a few people in the media by now.
Todd Palin has shown a lot more patience and restraint in the face of the media's personal atttacks on his wife and kids than I would.
Mr. McGinness may be crossing the Todd Palin patience threshhold by moving next door. The only conceivable reason to do so is to intrude on their family life.
I advise Mr. McGinness to keep his distance from the children.
Mr. McGinness should not forget that in some parts of the country men still have an ample supply of testosterone.

Posted by: jfv123 | May 26, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? Maybe I am missing something, but a reporter moves in next door to someone to do "unauthorized" research on that person and you think that is acceptable? That is outrageous. If those are not the facts, please correct me.

Posted by: nealyto
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What you are missing is something we all cherish, freedom. Outdoors she is fair game, photographs through slits in blinds is illegal, a right to privacy. Good fences make good neighbors and after making more than 10 million last year Palin certainly can afford one.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 26, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

as much as i love to deride palin, i gotta agree that having an adversarial reporter move in next door to me would tic me off, too.

Posted by: skippybkroo | May 26, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Alternatively to he stalker/creepy conspiracy theories, maybe McGinniss simply rented the house next door to Palin's knowing that it would generate lots of newsworthy controversy that would translate into lots of free publicity for his book.

Anything interesting he can pick up with a video camera connected to a telescope would just be a bonus.

Posted by: Gallenod | May 26, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a joke. She is entertaining though.
Sarah Palin give hope to the segment of America that embraces ignorance as if it were a gift. If someone as moronic as her can run for president then, they feel, there is hope for them.
Sarah Palin is the Queen of the morons. She is almost a quick IQ test, those who love her are sub-85 IQ.

If it were not so real it would actually be funny, but alas she is serious.
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Sarah, "a joke"?? Compared to what?? Not, compared the the little black Marxist, who's taking the Nation in to ruin, as we type? You guys on the Hard Left, have somehow left the logic, and clear thinking of the American People. It's a shame. I'm more amazed by those who voted for O'bama, and have now come to regret it, especially Jews, and Blacks.
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Ps, rodlang, Isn't if fun, watching the Lefties, with their Panties, in a wad??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | May 26, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

You need to title this piece, "Forgetting Sarah Palin."

Posted by: joeff | May 26, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is the Lindsay Lohan of politics." Someone beat me to the punch on this one. Actually, I was going to say Paris Hilton. LiLo actually had an acting career at one time, but Paris is famous for being famous. Does half a term as governor count as a "career"?

Posted by: n_mcguire | May 26, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I am guilty of helping Palin stay relevant. I read everything anyone puts in front of me about Palin. Not that I take her seriously. Palin is a sad clown. But I can't seem to turn away. As long as Palin sells papers, we will be reading articles about her. But anyone who thinks she is relevant is crazy.

Seriously, all you people who think Palin is relevant are crazy.

Posted by: kuato | May 26, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Note to Witless from Wasilla: YOU ARE NOT THE EMPRESS OF THE UNITED STATES! Have you even seen McGinnes? Your "swimming holel" is a huge lake. So now you have the power to decide who gets to live next to you? Oh, by the way, your boy in Idaho, Vaugh Ward, really loves Obama.

Posted by: BBear1 | May 26, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the group who thinks that having the writer of an unauthorized biography move in next door is very creepy. What exactly does McGinniss hope to find out about Palin from that vantage point? Although the comment above about free publicity for his book does sound reasonable. Still....Creepy creepy creepy.

Posted by: iluvkay | May 26, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Yes, there is a point. Mr. Sargent, please let it be now. I urge you, and all of your colleagues, to please stop giving this woman attention. Had John McCain not elevated her to this position, no one would care what she thinks, says, or does. She'd be just another failed politician. She laughs all the way to the bank every time you and your colleagues write about her, so please just stop. Please. I beg you.

Posted by: rhalter3633 | May 26, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I like the Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan comparisons. I was thinking it was KATE GOSSELIN.

Posted by: BBear1 | May 26, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Shadowsmgc? "Little black Marxist?" Geez, racist much?

Posted by: rhalter3633 | May 26, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Sure, Palin can bring the Joe McGinniss move to light. Nothing wrong with that and I don't think Sargent has a problem with that. What Palin can't do is accuse the guy of being a pervert and wanting to spy on her kids when there is no evidence whatsoever to support such an accusation. The facts are McGinniss moved next door, and is writing a book about Palin. That hardly makes the man a pervert who is peeping on her kids. Unprofessional? In my opinion, yes. Creepy, perverted,a peeping tom, a stalker? Nope.

Posted by: ashotinthedark | May 26, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I certainly hope there is a threshold, or at least a quota on how much of her idiocy gets reported as if it were from someone intelligent. True, she has followers, but let her get to them on her own: Jane Pauley is funny, SP is scary and should be contained.

Posted by: esthermiriam | May 26, 2010 1:12 PM
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I'm sorry to disappoint, but, there's no threshold, quota, or limit on Sarah, and her activities. We don't think that anything that Sarah does, is idiocy. We like her. We love her. Your complaints are falling upon mainly deaf ears. It's as if you're disparaging, and making malicious remarks about my Sister, or my Cousin. We take offense. I'm glad that Sarah's popularity, is still as high as it is, and I'm glad for every dollar she earns.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | May 26, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I think the point where Sarah became absurd and vile enough to warrant obscurity has long since passed.

And, if it takes her smearing *one of their own* fellow writer/journalist/pundit, etc. for the media to finally wake up and tune her out, then I say "Better late than never."

Posted by: VAreader | May 26, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Reporters like to seek information from neighbors of the people they are doing research on. Sounds like Quitter Palin is desperately afraid of what those neighbors will reveal about her.

The writer just rented a place next door. Palin has no right to complain about who moves in next to her.

Big Tough Talking Sarah, scares easily. Notice how she is using the baby as a prop once more, even though she is on the road so much, she rarely sees him.

The writer is doing research on her, not her child. Only a sick woman would use her child as a disgusting foil, to smear the journalist.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 26, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Lurking out there is some palin scandal. I can't wait, for it will be the end of her incessant BS.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | May 26, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

as much as i love to deride palin, i gotta agree that having an adversarial reporter move in next door to me would tic me off, too.
Posted by: skippybkroo | May 26, 2010 1:16 PM
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What's your opinion of O'bama??
You cannot "possibly" enjoy deriding, harssing, and criticizing Sarah, as much as I can enjoy criticizing O'bama, the Doom of Amrica.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | May 26, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"Frequently those who traffic in absurdity and smears to get media attention keep upping the ante until their assertions become so grotesque and self-parodic that they are no longer newsworthy."

Really? Does this mean the Washington Post will stop reporting the repugnant things that Pat Robertson has to say? I'm completely serious.

I'm not talking about WaPo.com including a bit about PR in a blog post or reposting a wire story originally published in the BFE Daily News... I'm talking about stories published in the Washington Post print version and originally reported by Washington Post staff writers.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | May 26, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

For a variety of reasons there should be much less coverage of Palin. To start, she is no longer a candidate. Simply that she speaks is not in itself newsworthy, nor, really, is the content of the speech. catalog it and trot it out if she runs, but otherwise, blackout. Her absurd and uninformed ramblings are validated rather than exposed by continuing to give her a center stage role.

But it is for another reason that I think she should get a lot less coverage. We are facing myriad serious issues in economic volatility, energy price volatility, alternative energy needs, transportation infrastructure, domestic and geopolitical tensions, and more. We need to take a small step toward a collective maturity in this country. There is very little time to waste and we have got to awaken from our stupor and our petty, low level bickering and take on the issues of our times with, yeah, some levity, but also with a marked degree of earnestness.

Everytime we feed the beast of diversionary issues and ideologue politics, we waste precious, precious time. Rising China, declining fossil fuels, a collapsing casino market paradigm and the urgent need to reinvigorate our economy with something more sustainable--these things are not your garden variety issues. They are big, confluent, and urgent. We don't want to look back and see the mess we let happen while the band played on.

Yes, Palin should no longer be click worthy unless she is a serious contender for office. Otherwise, she's just a one step up reality-on-the-road show. We've got more important things to talk about. And it would be nice for the conservative voices of reason--if there are any left--to be given the play currently alotted to Palin, Flabby Limbaugh and their ilk.

Posted by: lindsaycurren | May 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Only now this question arises? Palin's character already was clear during the 2008 election. The question now is why the media keeps fawning over her. One explanation that we can rule out is that the media has a bias AGAINST good looking women.

Posted by: rjoff | May 26, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Listening to someone who is a Quitter, as if they have something useful to say, is fail.

Posted by: HillRat | May 26, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Righties like to repeat the false idea that Dems are "afraid" of Palin. Not afraid at all, righties. We're just constantly astounded at the idiocy that flows from her brain via her mouth. Quite fascinating to think that there are people dumb enough to listen to her and believe what she spouts...that's all. It's like watching a B movie, you know it stinks but you want watch it 'til the end anyway.

Posted by: clairevb | May 26, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Reporters like to seek information from neighbors of the people they are doing research on. Sounds like Quitter Palin is desperately afraid of what those neighbors will reveal about her.

The writer just rented a place next door. Palin has no right to complain about who moves in next to her.

Big Tough Talking Sarah, scares easily. Notice how she is using the baby as a prop once more, even though she is on the road so much, she rarely sees him.

The writer is doing research on her, not her child. Only a sick woman would use her child as a disgusting foil, to smear the journalist.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 26, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse
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Lurking out there is some palin scandal. I can't wait, for it will be the end of her incessant BS.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | May 26, 2010 1:42 PM
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I don't think Sarah's "scared" She's frontier Woman. Moose hunters don't frighten easily.
If the sneaking reporter/Writer takes pictures of her children, especially in stages of undress, charges likely will be brought against him.
Sarah didn't "quit." She's told you that she's reloading. Don't you believe her? Besides, she's earned much more money, as a Non-Politician, than as she could have, as Governor. I'm voting for Sarah, again, in 2012.
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Sorry, Adrienne, there'll be no scandal. You're going to have to live a long time, to see one from Sarah.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | May 26, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

Did one of your unhinged commenters hack your blog?

Assuming not, you've officially jumped the shark and lost all credibility with this absurd post, defending a creepy stalker "journalist" and trashing his victim with strident language fitting of a hack like rukidding or Gassy the Clown. It is nothing but another substanceless flame -- no, worse, because what little substance it has is so perversely twisted.

It is also supremely hypocritical. As someone above noted, it's yet another in the endless stream of WaPo "I hate Sarah Palin" screeds, ending with yet another plea -- when will we stop paying attention to Palin!!??

Very much like the parent-murdering orphan's plea.


Posted by: quarterback1 | May 26, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Ps, rodlang, Isn't if fun, watching the Lefties, with their Panties, in a wad??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc
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Sounds like Sarah is the one with her panties in a wad. A writer moved next door to her. Perfectly legal. He has not broken ONE LAW. Too bad if he doesn't worship her.
Sarah's probably afriad he'll hear her and her husband screaming at each other.
What a bunch of crybabies.

Posted by: cjbass55 | May 26, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

"Qb1's rhetorical attempts to attack Obama for B.P.'s spill on the last thread made for amusing reading.

It makes no sense to vote Republican if you think there's been a regulatory failure (and I do think there was). In addition, B.P. was skirting the already weak rules in place.

Imagine the illogic of saying to yourself, darn it, we need tighter regulation and then voting for the party of "Drill, Baby, Drill" and Secret Energy Task forces. "

That would be strange if I had made such an argument, but of course I didn't. You didn't read very carefully. I specifically said I don't blame Obama. I argued that it is illogical for liberals like you to blame lax regulation by Bush.

"P.S. Qb1 wants a fact? Deepwater Horizon's permit to drill in the Tiber field was granted on April 6, 2009. Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009. The MMS officials responsible for oversight of Deepwater Horizon's permit application were careerists whose overly friendly relationship to industry flourished under Bush-Cheney.~

How remarkable that you think this is a defense and vindication of Obama and pins blame on Bush.


Posted by: quarterback1 | May 26, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Sarah's "scared" She's frontier Woman. Moose hunters don't frighten easily.
If the sneaking reporter/Writer takes pictures of her children, especially in stages of undress, charges likely will be brought against him.
Sarah didn't "quit." She's told you that she's reloading. Don't you believe her? Besides, she's earned much more money, as a Non-Politician, than as she could have, as Governor. I'm voting for Sarah, again, in 2012.
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Sorry, Adrienne, there'll be no scandal. You're going to have to live a long time, to see one from Sarah.
Dennis


Posted by: Shadowsmgc
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Yeah, Half Governor Palin ran away from the scandals she brewed up during her term in Alaska.
And as for 2012, you will not have the opportunity to vote for her then or ever. Sarah Palin will NEVER run for public office again. Too much work. Too many pesky media elites to answer to. Not enough money in it.

Posted by: cjbass55 | May 26, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the fascination with Palin is like watching a trainwreck: you can't believe it's really happening and you can't look away--and she knows it.

Also--so she wants to protect her kids. Fine. Why does she have to go off the deep end mentally and verbally to do it? Why does personal dignity NEVER figure into what she says?

Or at least, how is it that she has no idea how bizarre what she thinks is, and therefore take more care to appear credible and rational if she has an idea, a protest, an issue to put across? She apparently has too little emotional discretion to even protect herself in the long run. That's the trainwreck part!

Posted by: quietobserver | May 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Conversation about Sarah Palin-endorsed "PRO-FAMILY" candidate Nikki Haley:

—— SMS ——

From: Jim Davenport
To: Will Folks
Sent: May 14, 2010 7:31 PM

What is this stuff about ur having an affair with Nikki Haley?
Jim Davenport-AP_ 803-917-9562

—— SMS ——
From: Will Folks
To: Jim Davenport
Sent: May 14, 2010 7:32 PM

?

—— SMS ——
From: Jim Davenport
To: Will Folks
Sent: May 14, 2010 7:33 PM

Call. Talk.

—— SMS ——
From: Will Folks
To: Jim Davenport
Sent: May 14, 2010 7:39 PM

Can’t talk right now. You are not writing on this are you?

—— SMS ——
From: Jim Davenport
To: Will Folks
Sent: May 14, 2010 7:40 PM

Supposedly someone is. Just chasing tip.

—— SMS ——
From: Will Folks
To: Tim Pearson
Sent: May 14, 2010 7:37 PM

Davenport is texting me asking about this now. WTF? Did something happen at Palin event?

[...]

—— SMS ——
From: Tim Pearson
To: Will Folks
Sent: May 15, 2010 2:57 PM

I think we both deny it. I think an affadavit is something we can beat down. Legally and politically.

—— SMS ——
From: Tim Pearson
To: Will Folks
Sent: May 15, 2010 2:58 PM

I’m telling you man, we keep this under wraps and nh is going to win.

—— SMS ——
From Will Folks
To: Nikki Haley
Sent: May 17, 2010 2:43 PM

FYI … I’m denying any report that I said anything to anyone and refusing to dignify politically-motivated rumors with a response.

—— SMS ——
From: Will Folks
To: Tim Pearson
Sent: May 21, 2010 2:46 PM

Sources telling me wes is bragging about a pciture.

—— SMS ——
From: Tim Pearson
To: Will Folks
Sent: May 21, 2010 2:48 PM

I dunno man. I think they’re just trying to get someone to jump. This is like the 4th diff kind of evidence he’s claimed to have.

—— SMS ——
From: Tim Pearson
To: Will Folks
Sent: May 22, 2010 5:50 PM

Ok. Call me as soon as you can. I’m with michael and nikki so as soon as I’m back in the car I can’t talk. Need to chat before she sees davenport.

http://www.fitsnews.com/2010/05/26/haley-gate-the-storm-before-the-storm/

Ummmmmmmm... OOPS!!!

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 26, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Righties like to repeat the false idea that Dems are "afraid" of Palin. Not afraid at all, righties. We're just constantly astounded at the idiocy that flows from her brain via her mouth. Quite fascinating to think that there are people dumb enough to listen to her and believe what she spouts...that's all. It's like watching a B movie, you know it stinks but you want watch it 'til the end anyway.

Posted by: clairevb | May 26, 2010 2:02 PM
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Anyone who watches "B" movies, is truly acclimated to wasting time.
I'd not contend that all you Lefties, are "afraid" of Sarah. Only the smarter ones that can conceive of a real threat. There are many of you that are Jealous, and Envious of Sarah. Those are the ones that I like to tease.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | May 26, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

--"Sarah Palin is the Lindsay Lohan of politics."--

I guess that makes Joe McGinniss, Greg Sargeant, David Weigel, Ruth Marcus and others slavering paparazzi. Palin is their bread and butter. They should thank her.

Posted by: msoja | May 26, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

"If the guy wasn't planning on watching her, why did he move in next door?"

A better question would be, why did Sarah Palin remove Wasilla's building code requirements and then build that behemoth of a house so close to an existing, smaller house? It's her own fault that they're so close. And if you look at the pictures you can see that the rental house's windows are far below the windows of Palin Monstrosity #1 (not to be confused with the equally ugly Monstrosity #2 built next to it). Sarah and Todd grifted free building materials from the Sports Center to build that house, they skirted building permit requirements, and now they're reaping what they sowed-- the rental house's owner has rented it to whoever she wanted to.

Mr. McGinniss is going to be interviewing a lot of people in Wasilla. It makes sense that he'd want to stay there. I'm just surprised that he managed to rent from anyone-- that town has been so terrorized by the Palins. He'll be lucky if Willow doesn't decide to try another spot of vandalism since the first one worked out so well (for her, not for the boys who were charged at the Palins' behest).

The Palins purchased the house on the OTHER side of their compound with Palin's ill-gotten gains. But they were too cheap to do it on this side.

It's hard for me to follow the "privacy" argument of a woman who built a studio in her home so she could spit out her vile stupidity at will.

Posted by: More_Cowbell | May 26, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Nikki Haley couldn't WAIT to get to the South Carolina Govs mansion for HER trip on the Appalachian Trail.

That Sarah Palin, she really knows how to pick 'em. Those PRO-FAMILY (sleeping around) type of candidates! Hahaha.

GOP. It would be funny if... oh wait, it IS funny.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 26, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"At what point do Sarah Palin's attacks and smears become so vile and absurd that they no longer merit attention?"

I guess at the point that journalists (and particularly ones who are "award-winning" such as "Joe McGinniss") stop investing so much time and energy covering her. He "rented the house next door to her to research a book"?! Absolutely bizarre (not to mention creepy). Doesn't he have a life of his own? Can't he find a more significant subject to stare at 24/7 (for who knows how long)?

I'm really loathe to say this--because I detest Palin's political views--but I'm completely with her on this one. McGinnis's renting a house next to the someone he plans to dissect is more vile and absurd than any comment Palin has made about him.

Posted by: multiplepov | May 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"That is absurdly vile and creepy."

I see it that the reporter moving next door is more 'threatening', than vile and creepy.

Because he is threatening:

When the truth about Sarah Palin and who she really is comes out, she will be done. She is milking her 15 minutes of fame for every penny it is worth... and nothing more.

I feel sorry for her 'marks'.

Posted by: vigor | May 26, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

She is boh vile and absurd. but nmostly dangerous because like limbaugh, beck and hinity there are a group of fanatics who hang on her every ignorant fictional insane demagogue word. She is a massive threat to the nation, like demagogues always are.

Posted by: John1263 | May 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Shadowsmgc: "Only the smarter ones that can conceive of a real threat"

Ummmmmm, what IS the "real threat"?

That she's going to help John McShame beat Barack Obama?

Btw, is your "real threat" anything like what goes on in "REAL AMERICA"???

Hilarious.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 26, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Love the "Lindey Lohan of Politics." That should be her moniker from now on.

She is so vile and disgusting it is like watching a train wreck--you cant look away even though you know you should.

Of course if the press stops paying attention to her look for the vivid entertainment release of "global warmin', todd and sarah meltin' the igloo......."

Posted by: John1263 | May 26, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Can an idiot be vile and absurd? Or does the idiot get a pass? Well this idiot is also laughing all the way the bank.

Posted by: bgreston | May 26, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

"Sounds like Sarah is the one with her panties in a wad. A writer moved next door to her. Perfectly legal. He has not broken ONE LAW. Too bad if he doesn't worship her."

[Posted by: cjbass55 | May 26, 2010 2:10 PM]

The fact that McGinniss is within his rights is irrelevant. What he's doing is unprofessional and plain creepy. There's plenty of ways for a stalker to harass its victim without technically breaking any law.

Someone else wrote that the only way to research Wasilla, Alaska is to go to Wasilla, Alaska. That's a valid point. However, I'm sure the house next door to Palin's was probably not his only option. His decision to move in next door reeks of tabloid journalism.

Posted by: FlyersFan27 | May 26, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I Predict That Quitter Palin will seek the Republican Presidential Nomination in 2012.

Her Campaign Button Will Say:

Palin For President: 2013-2015

Posted by: Liam-still | May 26, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the Tonya Harding of politics.

Within a couple of years she’ll be reduced to female boxing, mud wrestling, and signing autographs for $5 at boat shows. I can see her pimping left over copies of “Going Rogue” from the back of a rusted out pick-up in the Wasilla WalMart parking lot.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 26, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Vile or absurd? Sarah Palin massacres the either/or fallacy.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | May 26, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I finally realized who Ms. Palin reminds me of: Elsa Sullivan Lanchester, who did a lot of work as an actress, raised in Britain. She was most noted for her turn as The Bride of Frankenstein in the movie of the same name and her hairstyle in that role was a sort of the same weird beehive bouffant thing that we have seen Ms. Palin sporting. There are some coloration differences, but Ms. Palin makes as much sense as Ms. Lanchester in that role, who had only a couple of lines as she was courted by Boris Karloff's scary monster character: "Achhhh! and "Reow!" His lines were: "Rrrrr" and "Urrrr". So as we go back into film history we find some interesting clues into American politics in the modern age.

Posted by: michaelgury | May 26, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I totally agree that Palin is an idiot who will do anything to attract attention, including sacrificing the privacy of her children. I hope she runs for Prez, defeats the other Repubs, and flames out gloriously, giving us four more years. However, I think McGinniss has crossed a line. He could have rented a place in town, not right next door. Anyone would be creeped out. Of course, with the $$ she is earning in speaking fees, she can easily afford a privacy fence. Maybe she already has one. Who knows? Who cares?

Maybe the WPost could list her stupid remarks and counter with the facts just once a week instead of giving her so much press. She is free, cheap entertainment, but why waste the precious space on her?

Posted by: Whazzis | May 26, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Memo to conservatives: It is you that fears Obama far more than anyone from Sarah, including her brother-in-law and Levi. How's that drill baby drill thing working out? Still praying for a pipeline? How did her Wasilla budget look without oil royalties? Did voters get rid of Bennett or did the Club For Growth pack the caucuses for a few hundred thousand? This speedreader read all the newspapers on her hand. Lydia Green must think she is a wonderful feminist. Are you having fun yet, I am?

Posted by: jameschirico | May 26, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I just love seeing you Posties go after Sarah Palin on a daily basis. For all your accusations, defamatory statements and insults toward this 'woman of the people', all you do is reinforce your deathly fear of her.
Please keep floundering about in your daily fear and contemptuousness. It keeps the good Ladys name front and center - but not in the way the Postie spinners would hope.
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Ooh! Ooh! Fear! Fear! Flounder! Bluefish! Blowfish! Palin!

I'm just afraid she might actually shut up before November's election, thus boosting the GOP's chances of success.

Posted by: st50taw | May 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Shadowsmgc,
If Palin runs for POTUS, I'll match ANY contribution that you make to her campaign, dollar for dollar. I want nothing more than for her to be on the ballot in 2012.

Afraid of Palin? Hell no. She is simply a feckless moron who manages to make right wing imbeciles like you swoon. If she can't handle a marshmallow interview with Katie Couric, why do you believe that she could prevail in an actual debate with anything or anyone whose rhetorical skills were at least comparable to your average invertebrate?

Obama spanked the ENTIRE GOP HOUSE DELEGATION - AT THE SAME TIME, and you think Palin could last more than five minutes on the stage with a skilled orator who has proven his intellect? Please, Palin would be on the floor behind the podium, rocking back and forth in a fetal position, sucking her thumb while quietly sobbing”Mommy!”

Palin is going to auger in spectacularly sometime in the near future in a manner that won’t even allow for goobers like you to support her any longer. She is a liar, she is a grifter, she is a buffoon.

And you support her. ‘Nuff said.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Greg: Why don't you publish your address on this page, so we can "observe" you at home.

I'm guessing you probably wouldn't have the guts to walk the walk -- and assuming you don't, you owe Palin a big apology here.

It's one thing to follow a public figure around, but McGinniss is stalking an entire family -- including children. That is wrong by any standard of decency.

Posted by: diehardlib | May 26, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Vile XOR absurd? No way, she's vile AND absurd.

Posted by: hitpoints | May 26, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin is no different than any other politician. She is a lier and on-the-take just the rest of them. Does not matter which political party a politician belongs to, they are all the same low-life crooks who only give a damn about getting whatever they can for themselves.

Posted by: cafm70 | May 26, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Sestak White House scandal called 'impeachable offense'

Adios Barry!


Posted by: FraudObama | May 26, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"Nothing like a little T&A with a wink to keep your viewership glued to the screen."

Works for me.

Posted by: LeePefley1 | May 26, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse


Sestak White House scandal called 'impeachable offense'

Adios Barry!


Posted by: FraudObama | May 26, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

DON'T FENCE ME IN -- was the mantra back in the old west. Ranchers didn't like fences, and neither do Alaskans! Alaskans don't like to be fenced in by "outsiders." Alaskans don't want anyone telling them how to hunt, or fish, or give unwanted advice. Alaska is a lot like the old west's ranchers. McGinniss is like a sheep herder, but everyone knows you can't herd Palins.

Posted by: rmorris391 | May 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Why so many columns and posts on someone so, evidently, irrelevant?

Posted by: ravcolt | May 26, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

But... but... but...

Bristol Palin said -- under oath -- that she lives in the middle of nowhere.

How can there be a next door neighbor so close as to see into Piper's bedroom if they live in the middle of nowhere?

And what is Sarah Palin's obsession with people molesting her daughters? She claimed both Bristol and Willow were threatened with gang rape while in school (although she never bothered to tell anyone) -- and now she's claiming this guy flew to Alaska to ogle Piper?

Posted by: Darklady | May 26, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse


Sestak White House scandal called 'impeachable offense'

Adios Barry!


Posted by: FraudObama | May 26, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse


Sestak White House scandal called 'impeachable offense'

Adios Barry!

Posted by: FraudObama | May 26, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry to pull back the curtain on the Wizard of Oz, but the lamestream media's obsession with Palin is simply a part of the incredibly adept left-wing consipiracy. As long as they keep Palin in the limelight, she will continue to split conservatives. If she manages to keep "pissing off" liberals, the right wing has no chance of success.

So, Either that, or liberals are allergic to the kind of false reasoning Palin inspires in the conservative base: "she hates the media, I hate the media, so everything she does/says is great. They simply can't stand seeing such willful ignorance constantly rewarded.

Long live the pig's lipstick.

Posted by: mcpuckett | May 26, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

palin fans are some real winners. shadowsmgc, aka dennis posted what I find to be for them most part incomprhensible, but I did glean this nugget of wisdom from his post: we'd still love her if she executed her new neighbor with an AK-47. No wonder Palin is popular, her fans all appear to either have escaped from a mental insititution, or somehow escaped being in one to start with. talk about loony tunes.

Posted by: red2million | May 26, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Never fail to get chuckles from you far lefties. Wow! When it comes to Sarah Palin you folks better check to see if your rabies shots are up to date.

Posted by: pd2710 | May 26, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The media just can't stop beating a dead moose...

Posted by: ozpunk | May 26, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

--"As long as they keep Palin in the limelight, she will continue to split conservatives."--

Yep. I've predicted that some of the current critics will begin to find things to respect about Palin a little closer to election time. You know, just a few things that can be pushed against other GOP hopefuls, until the nomination is set, and they can then turn, again, with the old vengeance hidden within their rotten selves.

Posted by: msoja | May 26, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I think it's awesome that the author of this blog actually participates in the comment session. Much respect.

Posted by: Aerowaz | May 26, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? Maybe I am missing something, but a reporter moves in next door to someone to do "unauthorized" research on that person and you think that is acceptable? That is outrageous. If those are not the facts, please correct me.

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Is it no longer a free country? When were you appointed to make the rules?

Posted by: michael4 | May 26, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is worth her weight in gold. She is another national treasure. Why? you ask.

Because she keeps all the mealy-mouthed liberals' panties in a wad, hysterical and off balance. It's wonderful!

When you pinheads are covering her antics, it distracts your attention from things that really matter.

Like freeing America from the "progressive" pinheads of the ObamaNation.

Now that's really important and that's what thinking, American patriots are talking about. November!

Posted by: battleground51 | May 26, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

"Palin, who has broken the mold in so many ways, has defied the laws of political and media gravity in another fashion: Despite the ever-mounting ridiculousness of her claims, she continues to get attention."
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Broken the mold? Defied the laws of political and media gravity? Hardly.

It's true that despite the ever-mounting ridiculousness of her claims, she continues to get attention. But the same could be said of Limbaugh, Beck, Bachmann, and a host of other right-wing charletans and liars.

Palin's pretty good at spreading the B.S., but let's not give her too much credit. The reason that she and so many others continue to get away with it is because the mainstream press is more interested in he said/she said "balance" than it is in doing its job, checking the facts, and calling liars out on their lies.

Posted by: js_edit | May 26, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Dear Greg, Thanks. Our campaign to use every available writer and every available tool at our disposal to smear and attack and campaign against Sarah Palin is coming right along. Try using the word "gravitas" in your attack pieces, Greg. Tomorrow, we'll let Gene Robinson and Steve Pearlstein attack Palin. Then it will be Katrina and Sally's turn and we'll keep rotating like that until after the November elections and then we'll rest up and start preparing for 2012. Thanks, Sincerely, Tim Kaine.

Posted by: chatard | May 26, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

The Swag-Hag is BOTH - vile & absurd. She has done everything required and continues to prove this to be true. She's treated the people of Alaska like they didn't exist...she treated her 'staff' like they weren't even there..she treated the people that came out to buy her 'book' with disgust and ignored most of them... she lied to them as she took Graham's Lear instead of the bus she promised... her political endorsement is now poison... she's built a Cluster-Fox studio at her house...

AND is now trying to build a fortress fence around her 'compound' on a lake in Alaska where her NEW next door neighbor, Joe McGinniss (celebrated author and writer) who is researching a new Comic Book about the Swag-Hag and her minions...

Seems contractors worked thru the night to finalize that fence !! Here's a pic...

http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/the-new-palin-fence/

Har... har... har....

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | May 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

From my far away vantage point perhaps I can draw an analogy between Sarah Palin and a similar situation that arose in Australia a few years back.

A woman formed a new political party that espoused far right politics, she became an instant celebrity and garnered blanket media coverage, filled halls all over the country with rabid supporters.

When the day came for the people to cast their ballots, which in this country is compulsory, she gathered LESS than 5% of
the vote.

I would suspect Sarah Palin's `political clout' is in the same category.

Posted by: tjmaller | May 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps she's the long lost identical cousin of Little Danny Quyale.

Posted by: areyousaying | May 26, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I reached that point the second she reached the stage of the RNC convention. Period.

Posted by: mtravali | May 26, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Why the viciousness?

If you disagree with her then disagree . . . but all you haters need to get a serious life!

We have Weiner the "whiner" going after Goldline on a political witch hunt but no stories about it.

You have Joe Biden swaring into the microphone on national television but you obsess about a conservative woman and attack her because you're a bunch of sexist haters.

That's all I see in this . . . you can't stop at challenging her view so you have to take all the cheap shots you can.

You're a disgrace.

Posted by: reddog62 | May 26, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

What purpose could this reporter have in going to the extraordinary length of buying a house next to Palin? Even if you don't like Palin this should disturb you. What benefit will he get from living next door for his book? The only thing I can think of is seeing their day to day activities, recording them, and then drawing conclusions from this information. This is creepy and she is right to show what this guy is up to.

You say she says vile and absurd things, but all you reference is her telling about the weird reporter who moved in next door to spy on her. That doesn't seem vile or absurd at all. You seem biased.

Posted by: onefinalstep | May 26, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a soft racist, religious extremist and not very literate person. And wants to make money in a hurry. She has found the target audience who will pay to listen to her, and she will exploit it as long as she can.

Posted by: ak1967 | May 26, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has made neither vile nor absurd pronouncements. Anyone who would say she has done so puts on exhibition his severe bias against her.
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Your tea crock runneth over and you have BDS (Bush Delusional Syndrome)

Obama's a terrorist

Death panels

reload

All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years." --Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads

Well, let's see. There's ― of course in the great history of America there have been rulings that there's never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but ―" --Sarah Palin, unable to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade

I think on a national level your Department of Law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out." --Sarah Palin, referring to a department that does not exist while attempting to explain why as president she wouldn't be subjected to the same ethics investigations that compelled her to resign as governor of Alaska, ABC News interview, July 7, 2009


"Who calls a shot like that? Who makes a decision like that? It's a disturbing trend." –Sarah Palin, pushing a conspiracy theory that "In God We Trust" had been moved to the edge of coins by the Obama administration (the change was made by the Bush administration in 2007 and was later reversed by Congress, before Obama took office), West Allis, Wisconsin, Nov. 6, 2009

We realize that more and more Americans are starting to see the light there and understand the contrast. And we talk a lot about, OK, we're confident that we're going to win on Tuesday, so from there, the first 100 days, how are we going to kick in the plan that will get this economy back on the right track and really shore up the strategies that we need over in Iraq and Iran to win these wars?" --Sarah Palin, suggesting we are at war with Iran, FOX News interview, Nov. 1, 2008

Posted by: areyousaying | May 26, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The only bullies on this block are the ones writing "vile" things about Ms. Palin.

She scares you because she is so popular. She's the popular good-looking cheerleader that doesn't sleep with the quarterback and get stoned at the Fri-nite party and you don't know what to do with her.

This is hilarious!

If she was a pro-death abortion advocate you would think she was the cat's meow.

The "prejudice" against her and bigotry is astounding - she's made something of her life and you can't stand it.

Posted by: reddog62 | May 26, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Some good people think that any criticism of Palen stems from fear of or contempt for her. That's a limited way to think. I'm not afraid of her. I'm always afraid in general that in times of stress there is a tendency to turn, albeit temporarily, to easy solutions and bumper-sticker reasoning. With her outsized cross and her gaudy flag (so so reminiscent of Gerald L. K. Smith, the American fascist in the 40s and 50s) and her heavy leather look (just perfect for the RNC and strip joints), she's a money-making demagogue, one that knows how to pimp the media (and they know how to pimp her). I don't fear her, though. As for contempt, she's not worth the effort.

Posted by: lstrauss2 | May 26, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

$arah who?

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 26, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

What's funny is that I think part of the reason columnists keep giving her air time is because she's the embodiment of what progressives think the right is all about: inflammatory, out of touch, ignorant, etc. The fact that conservatives rally around her is bizarre.
If you really want to get going on a conspiracy theory; isn't she the kind of coach you'd want to play against?
Seriously, if I was going to prop up a leader for the opposition, I'd pick a half-baked trainwreck-in-waiting and then grab a frosty iced tea. Let her do the work from there.
I'm hoping she can stumble all the way to 2011 and decides to make a run for the White House. The gift that keeps on giving. Keep on giving her air time and our fantasies of a second Obama term may all come true.

Posted by: dccamp68 | May 26, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I just feel sorry for the mentally-challenged drones that fall for this woman's nonsense. Then again if you're that dumb, maybe you deserve to get fleeced. Mostly I just wish she'd go away. She lost the '08 election, quit on her constituents in Alaska, and hasn't done a thing since...how is she newsworthy??

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 26, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I hate to be awful, BUT....

Sarah Palin should be crowned "The Queen of the Anti-Intellectual Movement". All that rambling about God, country, and just-say-the-opposite crap is just so lame and ridiculous. How much credibility can a person whose views on life can be summarized with the phrase - "You betcha hockey mom!" be afforded? Too much, I say…

BTW, maybe he moved in next door to see Russia? She has such a great view of it from her house…. Too easy I know, but so is she!

Like fish in a barrel folks!

Posted by: Atheist1 | May 26, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

leave Sarah Palin alone. u people out there know more about who came out of the closet than u do about an American patriot! People dont want to know the truth about where we are headed in this Fed run country.I say secede from the U.N. stop bying from abroad, and stop feeding countries that hate us but continue to take from us. Yall know more about Lindsey Lohan than u know about your country and who actually runs it.

Posted by: aksa | May 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

There is no reason to be in the house next to Sarah Palin while writing a book about her except to spy on her in her backyard and peer through her windows.

I feel sorry for Greg Sargent's daughter when she faces a stalker and Greg Sargent laughs at her.

Posted by: Delongl | May 26, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Put away all of the sharp objects and use very small words when posting to this thread: Palinbots in da' house!

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 26, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"At what point do Sarah Palin's attacks and smears become so vile and absurd that they no longer merit attention? Is there such a point?"

Frankly, the only people who are lavishing attention on Ms. Palin and her "views", are the media.
So you tell, me, Greg; when are YOU going to quit wasting my time with attending to Ms. Palin?

Posted by: wcmillionairre | May 26, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute here. We probably need to throw a penalty flag on Greg Sargent. The ex-gov is writing on her facebook page. SHe is using a forum for bloggish thought to say bloggish things.
She is not currently running for office. She is holding her own as a national celebrity in an undefined hybrid non-politician/politician status.

She is using a forum to fight back at what looks like a very intrusive and nosy writer. McGinnis is the heel here. What exactly IS that jerk doing next door to the subject of his next hit piece. Creepy indeed.

I am not a Palin fan. However, I am a fan of effective unconventional tactics. Give points to the ex-gov for taking on McGinnis on her own turf with her own resources. I would do the same thing. Despite what Marcus and Sargent are saying, the ex-gov is learning quickly. Mostly about her national power base and how much latitude they will give her. If she keeps her natural audience happy she will stay wealthy and influential, which seems to be her goal.
Palin is more Reaganesque than Reagan. Teflon coated, oblivious to facts, and somehow, as if by magic, credited wih being a "communicator". I can see her smoking the other R's for 2012.

Posted by: roboturkey | May 26, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay Lohan should get an apology for being compared to Sarah Palin.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 26, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Where is the NOW crowd right now?

The only thing that really surprises me is that she keeps going even at the relentless attack machine that prints hate columns ad-nauseum against her!

I don't like what our president is doing but I can separate policy from personality.

You lefties want to be seen as intelligent?

Learn how to do this. Separate the issues from the people - otherwise you're just a shill for the extreme end of your party which makes you an a**.

Posted by: reddog62 | May 26, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Can't she be both?
Wasn't that point reached long ago?

Posted by: parkerjm71 | May 26, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I find the byline vile as well as most of the posts. Get a life, people. Are your lives so boring that you live for the daily WaPo opinion pieces on Palin. Get those attack fingers ready. There will be at least two tomorrow.

Posted by: bethg1841 | May 26, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Even Lindsay Lohan knows that Africa is a continent.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 26, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I just feel sorry for the mentally-challenged drones that fall for this woman's nonsense. Then again if you're that dumb, maybe you deserve to get fleeced. Mostly I just wish she'd go away. She lost the '08 election, quit on her constituents in Alaska, and hasn't done a thing since...how is she newsworthy??

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Driving you crazy my friend, isn't it?

Get a life - a job - a new hobby

I'm out.

Posted by: reddog62 | May 26, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but the absurdity of most of the comments here has forced me to join and respond.
1. McGinniss has turned himself into a pathetic tabloid journo with this. Anyone with any sense knows he's doing it to get under Palin's skin and be witness to any family issues.
2. Does anyone else find is absurd that Sargent is complaining about why the press still writes about Palin, why he, the press, is writing about Palin. She is only relevant if you make her so. If you don't want people to talk about her stop writing about her and change the conversation.
3. The one thing libs have never understood is its only they that have such a high opinion of themselves. When you talk down to people and treat them with disrespect they will not listen to you. When you say that tea party supporters or palin supports are dumb, uneducated and poor your doing your argument a huge disservice. I'm not a Palin supporter myself, I think she damaged goods for a number of reasons but I respect the tea party movement for a number of reasons also. I know a lot of very successful, independent people who came from average backgrounds who built their business up by a lot of sacrifice, hard work and determination. These are not dummies, I'm willing to bet very few of the posters on here have ever built their own successful business, withheld paying themselves to make payroll and taxes. Most would be teachers, scientist, union members or some other professional. Not that there's anything wrong with those we just have to understand that its our experiences in life that make us who we are. When the people I speak of see what's going on with politics its understandable that they get upset.
4. If you want your opinion to be listened to and respected for some kind of common ground, don't start of by belittling the other side, if you do, you just come off immature and pathetic (not your intended result I'm assuming).

I'm expecting some sort of pathetic response by some (which just makes my point) but I really hope at least one of you stops and thinks.

Posted by: boles123 | May 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but the absurdity of most of the comments here has forced me to join and respond.
1. McGinniss has turned himself into a pathetic tabloid journo with this. Anyone with any sense knows he's doing it to get under Palin's skin and be witness to any family issues.
2. Does anyone else find is absurd that Sargent is complaining about why the press still writes about Palin, why he, the press, is writing about Palin. She is only relevant if you make her so. If you don't want people to talk about her stop writing about her and change the conversation.
3. The one thing libs have never understood is its only they that have such a high opinion of themselves. When you talk down to people and treat them with disrespect they will not listen to you. When you say that tea party supporters or palin supports are dumb, uneducated and poor your doing your argument a huge disservice. I'm not a Palin supporter myself, I think she damaged goods for a number of reasons but I respect the tea party movement for a number of reasons also. I know a lot of very successful, independent people who came from average backgrounds who built their business up by a lot of sacrifice, hard work and determination. These are not dummies, I'm willing to bet very few of the posters on here have ever built their own successful business, withheld paying themselves to make payroll and taxes. Most would be teachers, scientist, union members or some other professional. Not that there's anything wrong with those we just have to understand that its our experiences in life that make us who we are. When the people I speak of see what's going on with politics its understandable that they get upset.
4. If you want your opinion to be listened to and respected for some kind of common ground, don't start of by belittling the other side, if you do, you just come off immature and pathetic (not your intended result I'm assuming).

I'm expecting some sort of pathetic response by some (which just makes my point) but I really hope at least one of you stops and thinks.

Posted by: boles123 | May 26, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I would pay good money to watch a trivia contest between Lindsay Lohan and Sarah Palin. Heck, let's throw Levi Johnston in the mix for fun.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 26, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin supporters almost always fall under one of two categories:

1. Horny middle-aged men who pathetically think $arah's going to leave the First Dude for them.

2. Bored talentless housefraus who are taking a break from Oprah and living vicariously through $arah for a year or two.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 26, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to watch $arah run from Nikki Haley once her sordid affair is revealed through emails and other evidence in the coming days. Forgot about that one, did ya? I didn't. Good times.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I know a lot of very successful, independent people who came from average backgrounds who built their business up by a lot of sacrifice, hard work and determination. These are not dummies, I'm willing to bet very few of the posters on here have ever built their own successful business, withheld paying themselves to make payroll and taxes.
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I know people like that. Some are conservative, some are liberal, some are a little of both. What's your point?

Posted by: st50taw | May 26, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Greg, your question is something that many readers have been asking for months. Sarah Palin is not an elected official and is not a candidate for any office. She is a private citizen who makes her living by selling her political opinions. If some news outlets want to pay her to provide commentary, that's fine. Those that care about her opinions can tune in. If there are groups that want to pay her to speak, that's also fine. If there are people care to read her books, that's fine too.

What is not fine and is frankly mystifying is the coverage she receives from major media outlets including the WAPO for simply engaging in her chosen business endeavor.

Rush Limbaugh is paid to pontificate. Like Palin, he understands that making outrageous statements is good for ratings. While his name creeps into the news now and then, respectable news outlets do not feel it is their duty to breathlessly report every word he utters.

Keith Olbermann is another paid pontificator. Do you feel the least bit compelled to ask other editors if everything that comes out of Keith's mouth is news? Of course not!

There is real news out there to be covered. From time to time, Palin may be part of it. When that happens, cover it, but please, please, stop reporting Sarah's incessant Tweets and Facebook postings as though they were news. It may not have dawned on you and your colleagues in the Fourth Estate yet, but those who want to know what Sarah Palin is Tweeting don't need you to tell them.

Posted by: exco | May 26, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

She is vile, venal, and absurd.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | May 26, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Hello Sarah? This is Rand. Come up to my room so we can discuss free-market-libertarianism and free trade exchange. I'll bring the oil and white sheets.

Posted by: revbookburn | May 26, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

What does $arah Palin have to do with business? Other than fleecing her dimwit followers for all of their life savings, what businesses has she run?

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | May 26, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm as liberal as they come, but renting a house next to Palin so you can be "closer" to her for your unauthorized bio is creepy, vile, and absurd, if you ask me.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | May 26, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I'll ask the same question about you and your chohorts -- are you vile or absurd . . or both?

Posted by: RBCrook | May 26, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

It's stalking. Reverse the roles, with a conservative paparazzi journalist and a popular liberal democrat politician, and the libs would be choking in their bile (which they'll do anyway -- look no further than this comment thread). Common decency? Nah. Noone of that here.

Posted by: pyellman | May 26, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

As a progressive I enjoy Sarah and her followers. Just like I enjoyed the 60s TV series Batman, so bad it was great producing belly laughs.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 26, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Are we STILL talking about "Silly Sarah Gets All Paranoid (Again)"? Look, she chooses to live in the limelight, and like all who choose that life, she has thus forfeited her "right" to privacy. Period.

McGinniss isn't living in a tent in the woods with a telescope on her - he rented a house that that happens to be next door to Palin's. Great for him; not so great for her, but so what? Is Palin suggesting that this isn't a free country? Is she saying that McGinniss can't rent the place next door because she didn't give her approval? Or can't a guy make a living in Palin's world if it displeases her? Somebody's getting a little too big for her britches...

Posted by: borntorun45 | May 26, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Is she vile or absurd? I vote for vile and absurd.

Posted by: arancia12 | May 26, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Dema! Pubs! Get ready! Time for one of your bi-weekly hits of Sarah -- the new red meat!

Wait! Bonus time! Two WaPo columnists in one day Slammin' Sarah! A double-header! Dems and Pubs alike must be ready to pop over this!

Posted by: srb2 | May 26, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Another column about Palin. Palin: 1, Sargent: 0.

I can't stand her either, but this column hardly makes any sense. Palin gets coverage because people read about her, hence clicks, hence revenue for news sites like the Washington Post. You know, the paper that pays Sargent...

Posted by: LouisTheRogue | May 26, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to think maybe some people who hated Bush.have simply transferred that over to Palin...maybe they need someone to hate. Odd, considering she isn't in government so she has absolutely no real impact on their life.

Posted by: termiteavenger | May 26, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? Maybe I am missing something, but a reporter moves in next door to someone to do "unauthorized" research on that person and you think that is acceptable? That is outrageous. If those are not the facts, please correct me.

Posted by: nealyto |

There is nothing absurd or vile about protecting your kids from a stalker journalist...

Am I missing something here?

Posted by: johnrick

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Yeah, you're both missing something incredibly obvious. Mrs. Palin is a public figure. She is not a Governor or Vice President. She has no impact on the security of the United States.

Anyone can move in next door to her as long as they buy or rent the property. Anyone. Because this is America and while it may be very annoying to her, it is legal.

I thought you conservatives were all about freedom and individual rights. As long as Mr. McGinnis doesn't trespass he has every right to live next door.

I don't like my neighbor either. Are you going to post that my neighbor is creepy and should be forced to move or does your sympathy only extend as far as those strappy, peep-toe, wedge-soled, fire engine red sandals Mrs. Palin sports?

Posted by: arancia12 | May 26, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"Frequently those who traffic in absurdity and smears to get media attention keep upping the ante until their assertions become so grotesque and self-parodic that they are no longer newsworthy."


Uh . . .continuing to give Sarah Palin attention of any kind will not make her go away---like she should have the day after the election she lost.
She hasn't been 'newsworthy' for a long time, but for some reason, reporters like the one writing this story, continue to keep talking about Sarah Palin.


MAKE SARAH PALIN GO AWAY!!!! QUIT WRITING NEWS STORIES ABOUT WHAT SHE IS DOING, WHAT SHE IS SAYING, WHICH 'ANIMAL' SHE IS CALLING HERSELF THIS WEEK.

Posted by: momof20yo | May 26, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Will people please stop calling this sellout "Governor"!!!!!!!

Posted by: Chops2 | May 26, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Palin is joke. Anyone who thinks she is presidential material is an idiot.

She'll never hold office ever again.

It's too much work for her ten-watt brain, and certainly not enough money.

That's the only reason she quit being governor; to cash in on her fleeting celebrity before her face and body start sagging.


Posted by: BirchMan | May 26, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually I'm not sure that typically "those who traffic in absurdity and smears to get media attention keep upping the ante until their assertions become so grotesque and self-parodic that they are no longer newsworthy".

Witness Newt Gingrich, who was unceremoniously dumped as Speaker after a series of personal and political scandals in office, still gets to indulge in his bomb throwing ways on all the mainstream media news channels.

His latest "grotesque" assertion has been that the Obama administration is as dangerous to America as the Nazis were to Europe, and he continues to be invited to the news shows to share his opinion.

On the other hand maybe this phenomenon of Gingrich and Palin has something to do with the nutjob right wing and the desperate attempts by the mainstream media to seek "balance".

Posted by: sambam | May 26, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Nice pair of hit pieces today WaPo hacks. You just don't know what to with Sarah do you. Your frustration is showing. Every candidate Palin has endorsed has won. Deal with it lefties. Nothing you can do about it.

Posted by: BadNews | May 26, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Paul in 2012 has a nice ring.

Posted by: johnstonrw | May 26, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse


Palin is both absurd, and stupid!

Posted by: surfer-joe | May 26, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a fan of Palin. She strikes me as intellectually lazy. She appears to be little more than a political opportunist.

That said, your column leaves me cold.

Vile: "morally base or evil; wicked; depraved; sinful."

So, Greg, the woman is "vile" because she doesn't like the fact that her new next door neighbor moved in with the singular purpose of spying on her and her family and writing a noxious tell-all book about what he uncovers? Give me a break.

If Dick Morris moved in next to Nancy Pelosi with the same intent, you'd be having a cow.

Posted by: cynicalidealist | May 26, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Palin's fall from grace is just another example of the stunning ongoing collapse of the Republican party: the party of No, the party of No Ideas, begging for whacko suggestions on a website, disliked by voters, plagued at every turn by cuckoo clock tea partiers like Fox news' Palin, and bigot Rand Paul. Advice to Republicans: run.

Posted by: dudh | May 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Palin is neither Vile, nor Absurd.

In fact, she is actually common, but not in the 'ubiquitous' meaning.

She's pedestrian, mean, average, and for some absolutely mind-boggling reason, she's absolutely fascinating to folks who really, really, REALLY should know better. Educated, considerate, thoughtful people, who are utterly smitten with her commonness.

I wish I could explain it...I wish anyone could.

Posted by: FredEvil | May 26, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I've always said she's both vile and absurd. She's also a shameful political opportunist.

Posted by: Gary12 | May 26, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Vile? Aren't we getting carried away here. Palin is vile because she loves this country. She's vile because she talks about this country in a positive way. She's vile because she doesn't attack this country and wants a socialist society. What's so vile about assembling with American's who cares about the direction this going is headed. Vile is everything that goes against the far left thinking of President Obama. If Palin embraced the racist accusations of the Tea Partiers by President Obama and the Democrats, then she would be accepted. Right. If Palin hated this country, she wouldn't be vile would she. If Palin just shut up and went away and looked the other way while President Obama bankrupts and destroys this country that would be OK. Right. As long as Palin exercises here freedom of speech and talks about rights, choices, and the Constitution, she's vile.

Posted by: houstonian | May 26, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin can be called all sorts of derogative names, from comic flop to evil moron, but these are mild compared to the truth. She would be more aptly described as RADIOACTIVE with her policies now ENTIRELY debunked - the "drill baby drill, at any cost", mantra of the simpletons.

I have four pet chickens and plenty of recently-shed feathers, and I know plenty of people with some tar down south who might like to donate some for a good tar-and-feathering!!!

Posted by: icurhuman2 | May 26, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a vindictive twit and will go after anyone who calls her on her lies and her infantile reasoning. I believe the beanbaggers, er, the teabaggers and the weirdos who own and run Faux News, love her because she speaks down to their level of intelligence. One has only to listen to people like Rusty Limpballs, Sex-talk O'Reilly, Druggie/Drunkie Beck, Metooer Hannity and one can see how utterly low their political party has sunken. Even McConnell and Boehnner appear to exhibit otherworldliness when to they go before the cameras with their latest whine.
I wonder if any Republican Congressmen loathe hearing that uneducated Wasilabilly
speak for their party.

Posted by: papafritz571 | May 26, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Anybody who can wreck the liberal insanity is indispensable to the USA.

Posted by: johntu | May 26, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Vile? Aren't we getting carried away here. Palin is vile because she loves this country. She's vile because she talks about this country in a positive way. She's vile because she doesn't attack this country...
Posted by: houstonian

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She doesn't attack this country but she attacks this country's people. Sorry, dude, I don't see much difference.

And please. Enlighten us as to who "attacks" this country and how.

You need to calm down, take a few deep, cleansing breaths, and put down the Kool-Aid.

Posted by: arancia12 | May 26, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay Lohan? Britney Spears? I'm more worried about her being a present-day version of Sen. Joseph McCarthy...

Posted by: realworld51 | May 26, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Why should Palin's false accusations about her kids surprise anybody? False abuse accusations happen all the time in our politically correct society. She gets away with this because she's a woman.

Posted by: boringmike | May 26, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Why should Palin's false accusations about her kids surprise anybody? False abuse accusations happen all the time in our politically correct society. She gets away with this because she's a woman.

Posted by: boringmike | May 26, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

The average hipster-left WP readers represented here are right that Palin isn't presidential material. But Greg Sargent need only look in the mirror to know why her every utterance gets attention. He and all the MSM will yammer about her till she enters primaries in 2012. If she falters they'll prop her up, even registering as Republicans if necessary to vote for and help her win primaries. As Republican nominee she'll be the guarantee of another 4 yrs of Barry the socialist (oops, progressive, right?) striving to snuff out the American idea.

Posted by: kelpius | May 26, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Caribou Barbie fulfills a need for boldly stated falsehoods. She was hired for that role by John McBush's A-Team, and now she's escaped the GOP lab like an airborne disease.

I like to compare Palin to the estimable Candy Crowley of CNN, who with ten times Palin's brains gets 1/00th the attention. On the other hand, if Palin had Candy Crowley's figure, she'd be selling household accessories on the Home Shopping Network.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | May 26, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I do believe the delightful Mrs. Palin has jumped the shark.

Posted by: arancia12 | May 26, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is the Lindsay Lohan of politics."

Very unfair, as Lindsay Lohan has made at least a couple of films to prove she actually can act; that is, when she's not engaged in the more serious business of trashing her life.

What does Half-Term Sarah have to show, really? Just trash.

Posted by: washpost29 | May 26, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

It is so, so funny. Obambi's "fellow travelers" are so scared of Palin that they absolutely turn to quivering jelly whenever she makes a statement. Yes Demrats - your hands will never touch her, so quit fantasizing. Think instead of the "Traveling Pantsuit". You guys are just too funny.

Posted by: emyers12345 | May 26, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Greg for attacking Palin today. We'll let Gene and E.J. do it tomorrow since you and Ruthie did it today. And we'll keep it up until after the Nov. elections. Then we'll take a break and get ready for the 2012 elections. Thanks again, Sincerely, Tim Kaine.

Posted by: chatard | May 26, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

"The Political Lindsay Lohan" - excellent!!! I don't think she could survive rehab, though - doing so requires being honest with one's self.

Posted by: kemp13 | May 26, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Let the hate flow through you, libs!

Posted by: pyellman | May 26, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

I just love seeing you Posties go after Sarah Palin on a daily basis. For all your accusations, defamatory statements and insults toward this 'woman of the people', all you do is reinforce your deathly fear of her.
Please keep floundering about in your daily fear and contemptuousness. It keeps the good Ladys name front and center - but not in the way the Postie spinners would hope.

Posted by: pd2710
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This poster confirms that denial is not just a river in Egypt. God dude (or dudette) you must realize Sarah Palin will never, never ever ever run for elective office again. You do know that don't you? Come on, she's cashing in. Cool for her but dupes like you that think she is anything but an entertainer, well, you're sad...

Try a class in ceramics or maybe yoga.

Posted by: Observer001 | May 26, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

The average hipster-left WP readers represented here are right that Palin isn't presidential material. But Greg Sargent need only look in the mirror to know why her every utterance gets attention. He and all the MSM will yammer about her till she enters primaries in 2012. If she falters they'll prop her up, even registering as Republicans if necessary to vote for and help her win primaries. As Republican nominee she'll be the guarantee of another 4 yrs of Barry the socialist (oops, progressive, right?) striving to snuff out the American idea.

Posted by: kelpius
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Hey sunshine do you EVER get out of your mom's basement?

Posted by: Observer001 | May 26, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, dip ya in sheep dip!

Sarah Palin is far more refreshing, interesting and full of honest spunk than the lying, deceitful, boring, teleprompter dependent President who has bankrupted the country in 16 short months!

No matter what she says, Sarah Palin is still more of a woman than Obama will ever be as a man. He is finished.

Instead of focusing on her, why not tell us all what great things Obama has been up to. Just read the new Obama Bingo card for pat phrases.

And try not to be so obvious in your yellow journalism.

Posted by: greatgrandmasue | May 26, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Greg writes:

In fairness, McGinniss is doing something a bit unorthodox, and for that reason this particular standoff is perhaps somewhat newsworthy. But more broadly, as long as Palin isn't an actual candidate for public office, at what point do WE stop rewarding every statement from Palin, no matter how vicious or mendacious, with attention? Should there be such a point?
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Question: Who is "we"? Countless bloggers have asked that "journalists" give the Palin nonstory a rest. It is National Enquirer type stuff and it the boredom level in cyberspace has reached alarming proportions.

If the editors are at fault, do take a quick glance at the threads and forward them to the powers that be.

That said, I have no illusions about Joe McGinness, and what he is doing now is distinctly Palinesque. Opportunistic, shlocky, sleezy.

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | May 27, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Let the hate flow through you, libs!

Posted by: pyellman |

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I feel that same way about Mrs. Palin as I feel about the people in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKpJhXdqyBc&feature=PlayList&p=755D792673F5D094&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=1

It's not hate. More like, WTF?

Posted by: arancia12 | May 27, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Vile and absurd? Typical vitriolic attacks against Palin from the Washington Post and their crackpot "journalist."

If some "journalist" decided to move in next door to Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn in order to document their train-wreck personal lives, you people would be screaming and crying about the terrible "injustice" of it all. But then again, you and your ilk do not live among real people or in any sort of reality - you live in Washington, which is full of pretentious, superficial, arrogant, elitist fools clamoring for each other's approval.

How pathetic.

The reason so many people in Middle America love Sarah Palin is that she is everything you are not - a real person. You know, the kind you mock and sneer at.

The only thing about this discussion that is vile and absurd is this column.

Posted by: Jan99 | May 27, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

"I thought you conservatives were all about freedom and individual rights. As long as Mr. McGinnis doesn't trespass he has every right to live next door. "

This is what surprises me about the complaints. I think it's a bit creepy for the reporter to move in next door, but he is following the law and within his rights to live there.?

I am continually amazed by people who will scream about someone living in a house and not violating any sort of law but will consider that the Civil Rights amendment was a mistake, kinda like Roe vs. Wade.

It's not the Bible. You don't get to just follow the bits you like...

Posted by: silver_lining_karma | May 27, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Let me understand this. I voted for Obama and rejected Sarah Palin. But now she's objecting to this creep moving in next door to write a hostile piece about her and SHE'S the bad person?

Have these idiot columnists and their lunatic supporters gone NUTS? I'm starting to like Sarah more and more. She's the only one making sense. You people are truly deranged.

Posted by: melk1 | May 27, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, like you wouldn't have gone nuts if Ann Coulter moved in next door to Obama in 2007.

No wonder the MSM is dying. You guys can't even understand how absurd you sound.

Posted by: daveprice74 | May 27, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Two of the best lines out of all of this:

Sarah Palin is the Lindsey Lohan of politics.

Sarah Palin is the Tonya Harding of politics.

Personally I think the second line is better. Tonya Harding was an attention-hungry superstar wannabe with the heart of a thug, and so is Palin.

Lindsey has so many family and substance abuse problems you can feel a little compassion for her, but she doesn’t strike me as being a thug. Not bright, but not vicious.

Posted by: quietobserver | May 28, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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