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Maybe Palin doesn't mind being 'stalked' by McGinniss

I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that Sarah Palin is not genuinely all that upset about journalist Joe McGinniss moving in next door to "stalk" her. I'd say it's likely she sees a clear upside: It gives her grist for exactly the narrative she's trying to spin.

Here, via Ben Smith, is Palin's latest response to McGinniss: She's built a fence between their two houses, and either she or her allies in the media are aggressively publicizing it:


I'm not going to apologize for what McGinniss is doing -- it's unorthodox, to say the least -- but come on now. This plays into exactly the storyline she's been spinning to the Palin Nation hordes for months: Persecuted, aggrieved, real American mom just tryin' to protect her kids from pointy-headed, elitist lamestream media peeping Toms.

Anyone who plays along with her aggrievement is delusional or a chump.

UPDATE, 10:44 a.m.: This item has been slightly edited to be a bit more responsible.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 27, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
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Greg, how dare you call Bill Kristol a chump.

He wears a Harvard tie! A Harvard tie, sir!

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 27, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | May 27, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Is that to code???

Posted by: Michigoose | May 27, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Greg, any indication from the Palin camp whether this compromises her ability to see Russia from her house?

This could seriously damage her foreign policy credit as a Fox analyst.

Posted by: BGinCHI | May 27, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

BG for the win!! (That made me snort coffee, my friend.)

Posted by: suekzoo1 | May 27, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the creep should respond with some artfully crafted topiary:

This is getting fun!

Posted by: sbj3 | May 27, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Or maybe she thinks her back yard borders Mexico.

Posted by: CalD | May 27, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

This is the same stalker creep who bid $60K to have dinner with the Palin's. Good thing he was out-bit.

Yeah, this guy is a bit creepy.

Posted by: TJinCA | May 27, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the picture of the new fence. I found this picture of the house on the 2+ acre estate informing as well.

What nonsense about looking in her daughter's bedroom window and the children swimming - have they bought the lake as well?

Posted by: ivy_b | May 27, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Best update ever...

Posted by: SteveinSacto | May 27, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

For those who are "creeped" out by this writer are you also just as disgusted by the paparazzi who chase other celebrities.

I'm not particularly fond of this brand of journalism either but it really does go with the territory. If you wish to make 12 million dollars as a celebrity....then that's part of the job. The 12 million is supposed to compensate.

Sister Sarah could have done the honorable thing and served out her term as a public servant...perhaps even trying to educate herself about issues upon which she blithely comments without the smallest understanding...oh but I did say honorable...and nobody who is paying attention will confuse Palin with honor or honesty.

Posted by: rukidding7 | May 27, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Did you see Dave's column? The house used to be a halfway house for ex-cons!

Posted by: MichelleHawk | May 27, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Someone should check with the local regs and make sure they built the fence to acceptable height standards.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | May 27, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

OT but important in the grand scheme of today's news.

Heads are finally starting to roll...

Democratic sources say the Obama administration has fired the head of the U.S. Minerals Management Service in response to blistering criticism over lax oversight of offshore drilling.

This cleanup is going to involve far more than just the oil spill. It's time to start reinvigorating the regulatory functions of the U.S. Gov't gutted by the 8 years of Bush/Cheney.

Posted by: rukidding7 | May 27, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@Michigoose: Do they have codes in Alaska!?

@SteveinSacto: Agreed. C'mon Greg. Is it irresponsible to speculate about the Palins? It is irresponsible not to!

Posted by: john7 | May 27, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Typical two faced whining from Quitter Palin.

Wasn't it Palin who wrote about staring over into the neighbor's yard, and about looking at the writer sitting out on the deck.

In quitter Palin's up is down world, she gets to spy on what is going on next door, while whining about her not having any privacy.

Posted by: Liam-still | May 27, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I second SteveinSacto! Well played, Sir.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | May 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Can't imagine how irresponsible it was BEFORE update.

Your paragraph below the photo is brilliantly self-contradictory. As have all your deranged comments on this topic have been.

I still wonder whether Gassy or ruk have hacked you. Your posts are nuttier and nuttier.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Watch out Greg. Sarah might write a Facebook post about this and the whole world will be after you.

Posted by: horace1 | May 27, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

How does this,0,2237800.story

(firing of Obama's MMS) fit with the "oil gusher is Bush's fault for lax MMS" narrative?

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 27, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Mike and Michigoose...

I understand your questions about code violations but you live in civilization.

This is Alaska land of the free where they are probably free to build whatever they want. Look at the new addition they added.
They obviously do not have codes for setbacks and FAR's.

Posted by: rukidding7 | May 27, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

That fence looks very weathered, for something that is alleged to have just been erected?

What did Quitter Palin do; order a pre weathered fence from Neiman Marcus?!

Posted by: Liam-still | May 27, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse


How does this,0,2237800.story

(firing of Obama's MMS) fit with the "oil gusher is Bush's fault for lax MMS" narrative?

You don't have a real good grasp on institutional culture, do you? The "coziness" at the MMS was years in the making. It's not going to change overnight, and apparently Birnbaum was not doing enough to make it change much at all.

Posted by: horace1 | May 27, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Time to Boycott British Petroleum. They have a past record of reckless behavior. Buy you gasoline elsewhere.

Now this from McClatchy;

"BP wants Houston judge with oil ties to hear spill cases
Scott Hiaasen and Curtis Morgan | Miami Herald

last updated: May 27, 2010 07:54:21 AM

MIAMI — Facing more than 100 lawsuits after its Gulf of Mexico oil spill killed 11 workers and threatened four coastal states, oil giant BP is asking the courts to place every pre-trial issue in the hands of a single federal judge in Houston.

That judge, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes, has traveled the world giving lectures on ethics for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a professional association and research group that works with BP and other oil companies. The organization pays his travel expenses.

Hughes has also collected royalties from several energy companies, including ConocoPhillips and Devon Energy, from investments in mineral rights, his financial disclosure forms show.

Hughes, appointed to the bench in 1985 by then-President Ronald Reagan, declined to comment for this report.

Legal experts say the request for a single judge, while not unprecedented, is unusual, and they surmise BP is seeking rulings from a judge well-versed in the company's issues.

Edward Sherman, a law professor at Tulane University in New Orleans who has closely followed the BP legal maneuvers, said BP probably studied Hughes' past rulings and his caseload before suggesting he take the cases."

Posted by: Liam-still | May 27, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

All, time to clean up the Joe Sestak mess, part II:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | May 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

BG, that was brilliant.

Good catch RUK, as much as I dislike BP, and as much as they flaunted the rules... it is really up to the MMS and Congress to set those rules and administer them. Their lax view of how oil extraction from the Gulf should be regulated is what caused this problem, every bit as much as BP's corner cutting did.

In fact, while I think this attitude towards regulation is primarily at fault we can even lay blame on the President for not shaking up the obviously corrupted MMS sooner (thought Lord knows that wouldn't have prevented this blow out), and Americans in general for absolutely demanding cheap oil at the expense of our ecosystem and habitat.

Posted by: PaulW99 | May 27, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Horace1 "You don't have a real good grasp on institutional culture, do you? The "coziness" at the MMS was years in the making. It's not going to change overnight, and apparently Birnbaum was not doing enough to make it change much at all."

Quarterbrain doesn't have a real good grasp on anything that requires critical thinking.

For example he has no problem with Conservatives screaming about Obama tackling too much when he takes on more than one issue...remember..he couldn't deal with the economy and HCR at the same time..yet sees no inconsistency with griping about...let's see..

Bush left the worst economic in our history aside from the "Great Depression"
Fix that Obama...oh and two unfunded wars take care of them..oh and the combination of the two...the need for a stimulus..2 unfunded wars plus an unfunded entitlement in the Medicare drug program will also leave Obama with a deficit time bomb...fix that in your first year of office...

Ohhh and while your at...DICK Cheney perhaps the WORST elected official in our history has gutted MMS and every other freaking energy regulation he can get his slimy hands on...

And so in Quarterbrain's world...while you are tackling the greatest economic collapse since the Great Depression...while you are attempting to address our horrible health care system..37th in the World...while you are trying to extract us from two unwinnable wars(one of which concocted to soothe George W's ego and enrich Cheney...while you are burdened by an huge immigration problem...make sure you also address 8 years of horrible governance where incompetent buffons were injected into every government agency that hadn't been gutted...ohhhy yeah take care of the deficit too..


Posted by: rukidding7 | May 27, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Boycott British Petroleum. Urge everyone to purchase other brands of gasoline. BP has a history of major fines for past massive negligence practices. The difference between their sorry arsed performance history, compared to their many commercials touting them as a Green Company makes it clear that the real name of the company should not be BP, but instead should be BS.

Boycott the lying weasels.

From McClatchy:

"BP worker takes 5th, making prosecution a possibility
Erika Bolstad, Joseph Goodman and Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Newspapers

last updated: May 27, 2010 07:54:21 AM

WASHINGTON — A top BP worker who was aboard the Deepwater Horizon in the hours leading up to the explosion declined to testify in front of a federal panel investigating the deadly oil rig blowout, telling the U.S Coast Guard he was invoking his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination.

The move Wednesday by BP's Robert Kaluza raises the possibility of criminal liability in the April 20 explosion that killed 11 and five weeks later continues to spew hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day.

Wednesday's government hearing in Louisiana, however, failed to determine why — despite unusual pressure and fluid readings on the rig — a BP official decided on the day of the explosion to proceed with removing heavy drilling fluid from the well and replacing it with lighter-weight seawater that was unable to prevent gas from surging to the surface and exploding.

Employees and experts testified that in the hours before the explosion, they witnessed a power struggle over that decision — the kind of argument common among the different parties that lease and run complicated offshore drilling operations, but one that this time, had deadly consequences.

One employee who worked for the rig owner, Transocean, was so mad after the fight that he warned they'd be relying on the rig's blowout preventer if they proceeded the way BP wanted.

"He pretty much grumbled, 'Well, I guess that's what we have those pinchers for,'" the rig's chief mechanic, Doug Brown, said of Jimmy Harrell, the top Transocean official on the rig. "Pinchers" was likely Harrell's reference to the shear rams in the blowout preventers, the final means of stopping an explosion.

BP, though, had ultimate authority over drilling decisions, and Brown said in sworn testimony Wednesday that the BP official at the meeting stood up and said, "This is how it's going to be." "

Posted by: Liam-still | May 27, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse


you don't have much grasp on logic, do you?

Your comrades here contend -- without ever providing any specific facts -- that the disaster is obviously the Bush admin's fault because of lax MMS regulation. And they contend that the Obama admin is blameless both as to the disaster and the response.

All that despite the fact that Obama had been in charge well over a year. Now his MMS head is being fired.

You yourself say her firing is because "apparently Birnbaum was not doing enough to make it change much at all." So, even assuming that lax MMS regulation "caused" the disaster, by your own admission the Obama admin has been no more competent than the Bush admin.

And, since it happened well over a year into Obama's watch, reasonable people might think the blame is his. At a minimum, the "Bush's fault" narrative is becoming laughable. Like your inane comment.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 27, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse


I'm going to ignore the rest of your retreaded idiotic rant and just call you out on one factual assertion:

Please substantiate for everyone which war was started to "enrich Cheney," and provide some proof.

We know you claim to never say anything that isn't factual and proven, so prove it up. Then we'll all know just how brilliant and insightful you are.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 27, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse


When was the drilling permit for this site granted?

Of course, you will likely point to news that "Instead, a site-specific exploration plan filed by BP in February 2009 stated that it was "not required" to file "a scenario for a potential blowout" of the Deepwater well." and they were granted that.

Obama had been in office for almost a month by then, so surely he must bear responsibility...right?

Posted by: horace1 | May 27, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse


The last time the United States went to war against Iraq, Dick Cheney did very nicely from it.

Having served as Defence Secretary, and basked in the reflected glory of the US military's surprisingly rapid advance across the desert sands to end the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, he then managed to reap benefits of a very different kind once the war was over and he left government to become chief executive of Halliburton, the Texas-based oil services company.

When the United Nations relaxed its sanctions regime in 1998 and permitted Iraq to buy spare parts for its oil fields, it was Halliburton, under Mr Cheney's leadership, that cleaned up on the contract to repair war damage and get Saddam Hussein's oil pipes flowing at full capacity again. Two Halliburton subsidiaries did business worth almost $24m (£15m) with the man whom these days Mr Cheney calls a "murderous dictator" and "the world's worst leader".

Since taking over as George Bush's vice-president, Mr Cheney has severed all formal ties with his former employer, notably when he cashed in $36m in stock options and other benefits at the height of the market in August 2000.

Mr Cheney, who has gone from warmonger to dealmaker and back to warmonger, is just one example. Donald Rumsfeld, the current Defence Secretary, has repeatedly raised the spectre of Iraq's arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. But in 1983, when Mr Rumsfeld was President Reagan's special envoy to Iraq, he turned a blind eye to Iraqi use of nerve and mustard gas in its war with Iran, concentrating instead on forging a personal relationship with the Iraqi leader, then considered a valuable US ally.

Dick Cheney: Soldier of Fortune

But of course QB you see this as simply a COINCIDENCE. 36 million from the first Gulf War and even more from the second.

There is no conflict of interest and the cowardly lion really believed all that crap about WMD even though it is now well documented that the Intel community ALSO presented the other side which Cheney CONVENIENTLY IGNORED.

When PT Barnum was talking about a sucker born every minute he had you in mind Q.B.

Posted by: rukidding7 | May 27, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

maybe someone should delete all ot comments. why do you allow trolls to hijack your comments section?
And I think Palin is thanking god right now for all of the attention. I'm surprised she didn't hire a reporter to live next door in the first place.

Posted by: merlallen1 | May 27, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse


Do you think no one will notice that you TOTALLY WHIFFED in trying to substantiate your ridiculous claim?

You cut and pasted a nice little smear piece about money earned by Cheney in the 1990s. But your claim was that the Iraq War -- remember, that was 2003 -- was "concocted" for Bush's ego and Cheney's enrichment.

You haven't supplied a single fact supporting that claim. That's because you are just a strident, flaming ideologue to whom facts are irrelevant.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 27, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Btw, ruk, here is the verdict on your corrupt party's allegations that Cheney was "enriched" by Halliburton as VP:

That's right: "False"

You are just repeating lies.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 27, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse


Still bobbing and weaving I see.

The explosion happened well over a year after Obama took over. He just fired his director of MMS -- which are are told by you liberals was the agency that allowed the disaster.

Lax inspections, we are told. Why was Birnbaum just fired again?

I can't wait until you start blaming Bush for the Obama WH's felonious attempt to bribe Joe Sestak out of the race.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 27, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Greg, I missed what you said that was less than responsible. Drat. What a tease.

Posted by: KathleenHusseininMaine | May 27, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Quarterbrain...let's see if you can connect the dots...probably not..let's see if you even freaking see the dots..

1.) Do you still believe there was WMD in Iraq?
2.) Do you understand that the Intel community has acknowledged that Cheney/Bush knew there was some who were skeptical of WMD assertions?
3.) You obviously skimmed ONE link I gave you. Cheney made 36 million in Halliburton stock after the FIRST Gulf War
4.) He made additional millions billions for all of his cronies because of the Second Gulf war. If you could read you would have ascertained that.

Fact...NO WMD IN Iraq...foolish stupid war for WHAT reason?

Fact..Dick Cheney's personal wealth increased DRAMATICALLY as a result of BOTH GULF WARS.

You look at that as just a coincidence...I look at that as a HUGE conflict of interest and the result of despicable decisions by a cowardly 5 deferment lion.

You want to be a sucker...fine...want to learn something read Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine."

Q.B. your side's policies have all been huge have NO SUCCESS TO POINT OUT so you simply do your knee jerk attacks on lefty secular socialist libruls.

Your side is a failure and so are you!!!!

Posted by: rukidding7 | May 27, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

How many more times do you plan to confirm that you made a false charge?

I read your links. And I connected your "dots." They connect to nothing.

"Cheney made 36 million in Halliburton stock after the FIRST Gulf War"

Totally irrelevant to your claim, which, to REMIND you, was that the IRAQ WAR was "concocted" to "enrich" Cheney.

"He made additional millions billions for all of his cronies because of the Second Gulf war."

No, actually, if you had any logical capacity, you would know that NONE of your links even shows that.

But, again, it is IRRELEVANT, because your claim was that the IRAQ WAR was "concocted" to "enrich Cheney."

Not unnamed and amorphous "cronies." Not Halliburton. But Cheney.

As the Factcheck article I linked conclusively shows, your claim that Cheney was "enriched" is patently FALSE, let alone your claim that the war was "concocted" to enrich him. No comment on that? How unsurprising.

Thank you for exposing your complete lack of integrity and credibility.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 27, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm quite sure McGinnis had no need or desire to stalk, spy or peep on $arah, as he got exactly what he wanted out of his publicity stunt of moving next door. There is nothing McGinnis and Random House could have done that would be a better marketing ploy for his upcoming book. He exacted a hissy fit from $arah via a Facebook entry that provides enough fodder for a chapter in itself. Now, as an appendix to the episode, an ugly fence that serves no purpose whatsoever. Perhaps $arah doesn't mind having McGinnis next door to her as she's getting a load of publicity out of it herself.

Posted by: lapeache | May 27, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

“You haven't supplied a single fact supporting that claim. That's because you are just a strident, flaming ideologue to whom facts are irrelevant.”

And the last time you cited any verifiable facts to buttress any of your arguments was....


Truly, there is nobody presently alive who is less conversant with facts than yourself.

You say whatever the bloated pedophile Limbaugh tells you to. Limbaugh opens wide his Oxycontin hole and spews bilious lies for three hours per day, so you think it only fitting that you should emulate his behavior. Does your hero worship of Lord Lard@ss extend to becoming a junkie pedophile as well?

You got all bent out of shape when I quoted - DIRECTLY QUOTED - your lord and master bloated pedophile Limbaugh’s words and then you angrily defended him. Are you still on that jag? You imperiously demanded, no - DEMANDED! - that I produce evidence to back up my claims, yet you never felt compelled to identify any errors in my quotations. Here’s a clue Perry Mason: the quotations themselves ARE evidence. That’s why they are called “quotations.” What, didn’t you cover that during your time at “top 5 law school?” It’s time to put up or shut up, lawyer boy. Produce ANY evidence that I fabricated a single quote from the bloated pedophile Limbaugh.

You are a teabagging acolyte of FauxNews, Beck, Limbaugh, and Palin, yet you would have us believe that you are some kind überintellectual super genius constitutional scholar. Let me spell it out for you: being a super genius in any sphere of knowledge and being a fawning acolyte of Limbaugh, Palin, et al., are mutually exclusive. By self identifying as a teabagging Limbaugh dittohead, you forfeit all claims to intellect and sentience. You aren’t even especially bright by teabagger standards.

Feel free to bombard us with factual evidence to back up any of your laughably ridiculous claims. Why don’t you start by debunking the Limbaugh’s quotes I provided, if you can.

Or better yet, show us all your impressive diploma from “top 5 law school.” The multicolored crayon gothic script is especially impressive.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 27, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Gassy the Clown does keep pushing the frontiers of Plumline absurdity ever outward.

"And the last time you cited any verifiable facts to buttress any of your arguments was...."

. . . above, where I linked a Factcheck article conclusively demolishing ruk's false claim that the Iraq War was concocted to enrich Dick Cheney.

Before that . . . yesterday I cited examples of Antonin Scalia's friendships with liberal judges, and linked multiple proofs refuting Liam the Liar's assertions to the contrary. Proofs like the NYT quoting Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Should we go on? Would you like to recall some of the many facts and proofs I've given that showed you to be a liar?

Like your claim that Fox doctored transcripts of an interview with Dick Cheney. Like your foolish assertion that law schools do not use letter grades. Lies large and small, that is your stock in trade, as I've proven over and over.

Not just asserted, as you do, but proven.

"You got all bent out of shape when I quoted - DIRECTLY QUOTED - your lord and master bloated pedophile Limbaugh’s words and then you angrily defended him. Are you still on that jag? You imperiously demanded, no - DEMANDED! - that I produce evidence to back up my claims, yet you never felt compelled to identify any errors in my quotations."

The facts are:

You posted alleged quotations of Limbaugh, which you cribbed from leftwing blogs, each of which you said was easily verified.

I noted that your allegations included, inter alia, false, fabricated quotations. I demanded nothing.

You "imperiously demanded" that identify and prove your false quotations.

I demurred and told you that the burden of proof is on you. I told you to do your own research, since you said that each quotation was easily verified. Either you did the research and knew you lied, your you didn't do the research but took compound hearsay from leftwing blogs as gospel. Either way, you are a liar.

I was never on a "jag," but you obviously were and are. The last time you again brought up your Limbaugh fabrications, you promised to post a detailed refutation. That was just last week. Guess you lied again.

"Here’s a clue Perry Mason: the quotations themselves ARE evidence. That’s why they are called “quotations.” What, didn’t you cover that during your time at “top 5 law school?”"

So, putting a statement in quotation marks and attributing it to someone is itself the "proof" the person said it?

You must be drunk or on serious drugs. Or certifiably insane.

Here are some quotations for you, which, by your rule, are self-authenticating:

Gasman said:

"I am a drunken pedophile."

"I am a dunce and a liar."

According to you, those quotations are self-proving. Since they are in quotation marks and attributed to you, they are the proof that you said these things.

And, no, they didn't teach us that in law school.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 27, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

In case you monitor this thread still, please watch tomorrow for a response. I don't play that game of lurking in earlier threads.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 28, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

I tremble in fear of retribution at your mighty hand.

Posted by: quarterback1 | May 28, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I am ashamed of the Washington Post for posting such trash. How could anyone possibly thrive on their privacy being invaded in this way? It's like saying, "Oh, X was raped, and she got a lot of mileage and now that she's being stalked again, she's relishing the publicity.

Why the hell are the building a wall anyway?

Your, the 'commentator' should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by: kisscom | May 29, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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