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Oh, Sarah

My girl is at it again. Of course, I'm talking about Sarah Palin, the esteemed and put-upon governor of the great state of Alaska. She granted an interview with a conservative documentary flimmaker who believes that President-elect Obama got a free ride to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and that Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president with Sen. John McCain, was the victim of a nasty, lefty media establishment. Please. Palin was -- and continues to be -- her own worst enemy.

In the "How Obama Got Elected" interview, Palin cracks wise about Tina Fey (for making fun of her) and Katie Couric (for trapping her with "duh" questions) and the McCain campaign (for sending her back to Couric for more embarrassment). Her list of grievances is long. Her snarky asides and put-downs are more "Mean Girls" than "West Wing." (Ruth has noted the comments about Caroline Kennedy and double standards.) When will Palin learn to brush this stuff off?

Look, Palin is well within her right to complain about the press' treatment of her family and the glee with which some pursued the rumors that Trig was really Bristol's baby. As candidate Obama said during the campaign, families should be off-limits -- no matter how ripe for scrutiny they may be, I might add. But I desperately want Palin to disappear. Not simply because she's like the back-talking kid in class who holds grudges with more facility than the day's lesson. But because that's the only way she's going to grow into and live up to her potential.

Right now, Palin is an empty vessel with no policy prescriptions for the myriad problems facing the nation or her own party. She would be wise to spend the next three years studying and formulating a world view rooted in facts. This is what Rudy Giuliani did after a less-than-stellar campaign for mayor of New York City that saw him lose to David Dinkins in 1989. He roared back four years later to serve two terms. Palin must do the same if she's ever going to expand her popularity -- or be taken seriously by anyone -- beyond that narrow, aging and shrinking band of the Republican Party that likes things the way they were 20 years ago.

And Palin has not a moment to waste. Folks with more experience on the national stage and with national issues are asserting themselves. For instance, while she's whining about her treatment in the 2008 presidential race, former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential also-ran Mitt Romney is getting ready for a visit to Capitol Hill next week, according to Politico, "to offer House Republicans his policy prescriptions for the ailing economy at a hearing … to discuss the pending stimulus package."

Until Palin is ready to do the same thing, she should step off the national stage.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 10, 2009; 1:05 PM ET
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In the alternative universe that neocons and their supporters live in, Palin herself and her supporters thought she was the next Maggie Thatcher. Even when they did not, you hear nonsense like she is not running for president (the only needed qualification for a veep is the ability to take over the reins). Everyone is entitled to have a bad day (Couric interview), but a bad month shows incompetance. Most of the nation has moved beyond 10 second sound bites as shown in the last election. I doubt she will part of any Republican executive team in the future. She does not realize her shortfalls and has not made efforts to improve herself. As a sidebar Sowell of the National Review said Libby was convicted of outing Plame when Novak the traitor did it first. He was convicted of lying to investigators. Fitzgerald was trying to prove the conspiracy to out Plame, which alerted Colin Powell that he had been lied to with altered analysis. Challenged by Wilson's no Nigerian yellowcake going to Saddam(Wilson served as ambassador under Bush41) a state secret was given away.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 10, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Poor Sarah is stuck in high school.

Posted by: whocares666 | January 10, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin suggested that a reason she was attacked was because she was not of the proper class. Several presidents (most recently Obama, Clinton and Nixon) came from even humbler roots. She misses the point... Palin consistently proved that she was incapable of elaborating beyond the most basic of talking points. I didn't need a left-leaning press to tell me that she was vacuous. By and large, most Americans want the best and brightest to run this country. People might honestly disagree over Obama's experience or agenda, but there is no doubting his intelligence. Any honest observer of the election cycle would agree that Obama, McCain, Ron Paul, Romney, etc. were performing on an entirely different level than Palin.

Posted by: jimestw | January 10, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Compared to an empty-headed bimbo like Pelosi or a vapid insufferable twit like our messiah in chief, Gov. Palin projects enormous appeal.

And the more the hypocritical sicko elites trash her, the more appealing she gets.

Posted by: zjr78xva | January 10, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Expecting a prospective Vice President to be capable of stringing together three coherent sentences is hardly elitist.

Posted by: jimestw | January 10, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Stupid, vindictive, classless, nasty, cutthroat. Palin is exactly what we DON'T need in Washington.

Posted by: trace1 | January 10, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

As much as I despise Palin, I will admit that she does possess a rare quality that a persuasive politician needs to grab women and men attentions alike, but that same quality does NOT grab these people in the same manner.

It has been said that in the past Palin has won beauty contests, and as a result, she seems to think she is quite special. Although I must admit that she is not hard on the eyes particularly for men, as an observant female, she seems to push her 'winks' and 'you betcha's' just a little too far when it comes to men and most wifes aren't very happy about the reaction they see in their husbands. [In other words, from what I have observed, most men appear to have a h*rd on for her and that is no way for her to endure herself to their wifes.]

From reports I have read via a variety of sources, it appears Palin 'uses' her looks to get what she wants. Now if she were educated in global matters as well as domestic issues, was not as divisive and polarizing, had the ability to think on her feet when questions are thrown at her and had the knowledge required to discuss political history and even broader events intelligently, then perhaps she could emerge as a political leader of the GOP. However, since most high school students know more about civics than Palin does at this time, it is unlikely that she will have any support outside her small base of the GOP.

Her angry discussions with GOP-related news organizations, or in this case, Mr. Zeigler who is also a Republican, are televised and continue to grate us with a constant reminder to all who follow politics that this effort of hers is contraindicated at this time because it only serves to remind us all that she did not win the election, is unable place any blame upon herself for her loss, and with each passing interview, comes across more angry than the last. She is certainly not helping herself by any measure.

One of the most important things a good politician should be able to easily do is speak well. The very fact that Palin is completely unable to constuct a concise and clear sentence, and continually massacres or butchers the English language with words that run on at length and have no meaning, is the most damaging aspect to her attraction. So it is not only vital that she learn to discuss civics, political history, and world and domestic issues, but she must also learn to speak in concise and clear sentences in order to discuss those subjects because without proper English, it is impossible to convey thought.

Since she never appeared on Meet the Press or other meaningful news programs with any caliber, it continues to amaze me that she believes she is prepared to run for national office.

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | January 10, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

No 44 yr old is an "empty vessel". No sitting governor has failed "to grow into her potential." Oh. You mean like Bush did when he became POTUS? HELP!

She's no harmless newbie. Thank goodness, most of America seems to have outgrown her.

Posted by: jhbyer | January 10, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Posted by: andio76 | January 10, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Well said, MadasHelinVA. Her blame-shifting suggests she rejects learning experiences. That alone is a deal-breaker for me.

Where does a governor get off claiming class bias from journalists? She must mean her origins, except her parents have college degrees. Her dad taught high school biology. Both her parents were considered "important" people in her hometown. What does she know about the journalists whose opinions she rejects? Ah, that's her problem.

Posted by: jhbyer | January 10, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

zjr78xva:

"a vapid insufferable twit like our messiah in chief" ...

You're referring to Bush, right?

Posted by: jprice2 | January 10, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"But I desperately want Palin to disappear."

Of course this hypocrite hack doesn't want her to go away. Who else is he going to spew his lame partisan venom at when Bush is gone. Capeheart's hypocrisy is laughable but what else do you expect from partisan hacks?

Posted by: bobmoses | January 10, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

How about Senator John McCain throwing Governor Sarah Palin under the Straight-Talk-Express bus on "This Week:"

GS: “Let me switch to the politics of the Republican Party. You said, after the election, that Governor Palin has a bright future in your party. Does that mean that, if she does chooses to run for president, she can count on your support?”

McCain: “Oh, no. Listen, I have the greatest appreciation for Governor Palin and her family, and it was a great joy to know them. She invigorated our campaign. She was just down in Georgia and invigorated their campaign. But I can’t say something like that. We’ve got some great other young governors. I think you’re going to see the governors assume a greater leadership role in our Republican Party. Pawlenty, Huntsman… “

GS: “But why not? (inaudible) she was the best person…”

McCain: “Sure. Yes.”

GS: “… to succeed you if something had happened to you?”

McCain: “But now we’re in a whole election cycle. Have no doubt of my admiration and respect for her and my view of her viability, but at this stage, again…”

McCain: “My corpse is still warm, you know?”

So it was all a political ploy!

Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | January 10, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

"...because that's the only way she's going to grow into and live up to her potential."

Potential? What potential? The only potential that groundlessly self-adoring bimbo has that I can see is to host a perpetual whine and cheese party.

Posted by: nicekid | January 10, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

It comes to this on Sarah Palin:

We expect our President and Vice President to be Statesmen (or Stateswomen).

Winking in a debate, the red leather jacket, the cute aphorisms - I don't care if she's actually brilliant (which I doubt - I admit she's cunning, though), she does not carry herself in a manner befitting a head of state. And I don't think she ever will - she enjoys the whole "maverick" thing too much.

After 8 years of Clinton and 8 years of W., I think it might be nice to have a POTUS who seems to actually respect the office of the Presidency.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | January 10, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I believe Sarah Palin has no potential. Evidence? During the campaign when first describing her potential, future duties as Vice President, she got it wrong and became the butt of jokes from political commentators and late night comedians alike. Her reaction? Clearly, she did not study to learn those duties or even how to explain better what she had meant. We know this, because many times thereafter she faced efforts to get her to explain those duties, and she never got it right. Astonishing behavior for a politician, which we cannot explain unless we posit that she is incapable of learning.

Posted by: jclarke3 | January 10, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

"She would be wise to spend the next three years studying and formulating a world view rooted in facts."

She's Bush with buzooms. The same light-hearted failure to accept any responsibility for outcomes, the same anti-intellectual, incurious outlook, the same incoherence, the same mayhem of the English language. There's no way to fix that, and the Republicans who dote on it wouldn't want you to. If you liked Bush, you'll love Sarah. If you thought Bush was qualified, Sarah is ready to be President, right out of the box.

Say what you like, of all people familiar to the public, she best personifies the Republican "brand." Isn't it really the rest of you in the Republican party that need to spend the next three years studying and formulating a world view rooted in facts? I'm sure that, once you settle on whatever you think that is, Sarah will wheel right around and hawk it to the "base." In the meantime, no need for her to go breaking her little brain.

Posted by: fzdybel | January 10, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is not fit to be a crosswalk monitor. She is juvenile and mean. Revenge is what she excels at. What would happen if some child made her angry? Would she protect the child or let them get run over by a car? I honestly believe she might opt for retribution instead of protection. I guess she is a perfect fit for the Republicans.

Posted by: jimwalksdogs | January 11, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

===============================================

Que Sera, Sera!


Whatever fool she will be, will be!


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Posted by: AMemberofHumanSociety | January 11, 2009 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Sara Palin is incredibly ignorant, unbelievably dishonest, absolutely lacking in self awareness and completely narcissistic. Anyone with a brain and the acute perceptions of a 12 year old can read her a mile away

Posted by: jonesjay | January 12, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

It seemed a bit mysterious, why Governor Palin's health records were such a secret, and only released on the eve of the election. She seemed adamantly determined to keep those personal health records from advanced public scrutiny, a most unusual stance for a candidate for such high office. What on earth was the lady hiding so grimly?

Could it be that, since the date of her first delivery is known and also the date of her marriage, being a public record, is also known . . . that her health records would reveal to all that this first birth was not premature, but full term, and that it strongly indicated the conception occurred before her marriage?

And that is exactly what the medical record showed, that the birth of her first child was full "term," which means 9 months, plus or minus 2 weeks. Yet the lady gave birth only 8 months after her elopement marriage. Such marriages are often rushed, for pregnancy reasons, and that seems to have been the case here.

This certainly would have been damaging in the election for one who professes such fundamentalist views and such personal virtue as the Alaska governor. She, after all, has been an ardent promoter of premarital chastity and abstinence, and an equally ardent opponent of sex education.

Seems to make her a hypocrite, no?

Posted by: alfeldzamen | January 12, 2009 5:32 AM | Report abuse

Get off Sarah Palin's back!! Get on congress and the pres elect to get the economy moving!!! Do something except try to sell you newspapers!! Investigate why Obama has his records sealed. Find out who he gave money to and took money from. Illinois is roiling from their governor's misdeeds and you talk about Sarah? Obama is messed up in there somewhere and you are too foolish to find out. Sarah Palin has more common sense and experience than Obama will ever have.

Posted by: annnort | January 12, 2009 6:53 AM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin has more common sense and experience than Obama will ever have."

Uhh....you wanna throw out some examples there, bub? Or are you one of those standard-case Repubs that just shoot off their mouths without a hint of facts to back up your statements? Come on! Don't be shy...you can do it!! Tell us!

Posted by: cheez | January 12, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Recall that Alaska's revenue comes almost entirely from taxes and fees on the oil industry; also recall what has happened to the price of oil in the last couple of months. Governor Palin will have ample opportunities, over the next year or two, to prove her ability to govern and to manage a budget crisis.

Posted by: kcc3 | January 12, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is well within her right to complain about the press' treatment of her family"

I would generally agree with the exception of when a candidate uses their family as a qualification for office, when her own daughter fails to follow basic advice she is espousing (abstinence), or when she herself won't address valid questions about her first child (was it really full term) by not releasing her medical records. Sorry Palin's family was entirely free game once she brought them into the equation by continually using her great family situation as a reason for her to be VP.

Lets see her answer how her future son-in-law got his job on the oil rig without the necessary qualifications only to quit when that was brought to light.

The list of Palinisms goes on and on...

Posted by: rpixley220 | January 12, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad that Sarah Palin has properly identified the "Liberal Media" because this should mean that her fellow Republicans will be in favor of reinstating "The fairness Doctrine".

I mean, since it is apparently a "liberal media" then they ought to be for it right?

Posted by: JRM2 | January 12, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"a vapid insufferable twit like our messiah in chief, Gov. Palin projects enormous appeal."
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Right, a Harvard Law-School graduate, constitutional professor with a degree in international relations against a beauty queen-take six years to get a two year degree in broadcast journalism nit-wit who can't even answer basic policy or 5th grade geography questions.

Furthermore, as for her appeal, she was one of the main reasons McCain lost the election.

Check her stats ding-dong

Posted by: JRM2 | January 12, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

After the way Palin trashed all the folks they needed to attract to win, I would say there is no there there.

She needs to stay in Alaska, and I doubt any regrooming will help.

Posted by: dutchess2 | January 12, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Bob moses wrote (in response to Capeheart:) "Of course this hypocrite hack doesn't want her to go away ..."

The only hypocrite hack is you, bob. And if Palin looked like Harriet Miers, you wouldn't care one whit about her.
It's a new year, poster. Why don't resolve to quit whining about things no one really cares about?
For the record, I could care less if Palin wants to talk about her experience, or if Capeheart wants to kvetch about it.
Too bad you apprently do.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | January 12, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Props to MadasHelinVA, for the most intelligent post on this forum. You sum up Palin beautifully, poster. Too bad some of the more fawning syncophants slobbering over Palin here probably didn't read it.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | January 12, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Nothing Gov. Palin makes much sense. Perhaps if the Post and similar media stopped paying attention, she will go away or remain on right-wing talk shows - that would be O.K. too.

Posted by: HGTj | January 12, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Capehart says Palin should spend some time studying to achieve her potential. In fact, it appears that Palin, who is already 44, is not interested in studying anything. A meandering student at best, judging by her college years, and someone who at that advanced age could not tell Katie Couric what she reads (!) in answer to a softball question -- is not a person who is likely to sit down and study anything. Give it up, Palin-lovers. She's a has-been, and we can count ourselves lucky. Even McCain is no longer a fan. Why exactly should we be hanging around waiting on this beauty queen to learn study habits??

Can you imagine Obama not being able to name what books and magazines he reads? Oh, that's right, he's answered that multiple times, always with depth and coherence and evidence of having actually read -- to educate himself, even beyond his Columbia and Harvard educations.

Posted by: cturtle1 | January 12, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I am soooooooooo tired of Sara Palin. Google "Sara Palin" and you get 26,000,000 hits. Will there soon be Sara Palin action figures, a Sara Palin theme park where you can kill wolves from a helicopter, burn bad books, and hang out with Adam and Eve as dinosaurs eat Liberals, etc.

Aren't we all soooooooooo tired of Sara Palin. She got more than her alloted 15 minutes of fame. Can you please just drop her for while. Pleaaaaaaaaase?????? Argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mickster

Posted by: mickster1 | January 13, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

I find it amazing how "Talking Points Barbie" does not take ANY responsiblity for HER actions. I agree with Capehart. If she really wants to be taken seriously, she needs to retool herself...for YEARS! She has gotten by on her looks and personality for a long time. She doesn't need to prepare herself for the democrats, she needs to prepare herself for own party leaders who will be going after the nomination and HER as well in 2012.

Posted by: kayebradley | January 13, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Compared to an empty-headed bimbo like Pelosi or a vapid insufferable twit like our messiah in chief, Gov. Palin projects enormous appeal.

And the more the hypocritical sicko elites trash her, the more appealing she gets.

Posted by: zjr78xva
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you forgot to add "And the more the hypocritical sicko elites trash her, the more appealing she gets...to paste eating morons who love stupid more than they love Jesus."

shrinking base indeed...

Posted by: LABC | January 13, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

How did the daughter of a TEACHER learn to speak so incomprehensibly? It must have been beauty queen school, because she sounds just exactly like Miss (Such As) South Carolina.

She gives Alaskans, women, and mothers a bad name. (Maybe her daughter couldn't understand her "birds and bees" speech.)

Posted by: RealCalGal | January 13, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The latest I read on Palin (although, of course, I too wish she would go away) is that AK has shot 60 wolves from the air and 40 wolf pups execution style, and she wants to kill 600 more.

Posted by: jimsbier | January 13, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

There is a need to discredit Palin, but no sense of what to do or how to do it. So we get these mindless constructs that never get anywhere. Sort of a "fill in the blanks" attack.

Brilliant.


I guess.

Posted by: gary4books | January 14, 2009 5:29 AM | Report abuse

Palin's medical history revealed her first birth was full term, which means 9 months, plus or minus 2 weeks. Yet the baby was born only 8 months after her marriage. So it was conceived before her marriage! A hurried elopement at that.

This, from the abstinence-promoting, fundamentalist, anti-sex education, "virtuous" politician! What a hypocrite!

Posted by: alfeldzamen | January 14, 2009 6:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey Sarah, do us a favor and die already, will ya.

Posted by: pgiaquinto | January 14, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Poor Gary Cooper. Palin allows us to see how horribly wrong Coop played his character in High Noon. Palin shows us that the true rugged character of the American West lies in perpetual whining.

Posted by: hoeya | January 14, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Camile Paglia on Katie Couric: “And let me take this opportunity to say that of all the innumerable print and broadcast journalists who have interviewed me in the U.S. and abroad since I arrived on the scene nearly 20 years ago, Katie Couric was definitively the stupidest."

"As a guest on NBC’s ‘Today’ show during my 1992 book tour, I was astounded by Couric’s small, humorless, agenda-ridden mind, still registered in that pinched, tinny monotone that makes me rush across the room to change stations whenever her banal mini-editorials blare out at 5 p.m. on the CBS radio network."

"And of course I would never spoil my dinner by tuning into Couric’s TV evening news show. That sallow, wizened, drum-tight, cosmetic mummification look is not an appetite enhancer outside of Manhattan or L.A. There’s many a moose in Alaska with greater charm and pizazz.”

Posted by: pvilso24 | January 14, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is a lightweight, with high school social skills and snarky appeal to bigots. She probably won't go away, but can't we just assign on poor journalist to cover her rants and ramblings, and bury her responses along about page 6, the woman just isn't first class news.

Posted by: stoc2000 | January 14, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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