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Sarah Palin: Herd Runner

"Our nominee doesn't run with the Washington herd," Sarah Palin at the Republican National Convention.

I know I'm a little late to the game of pointing out that Gov. Sarah Palin (R-the state within eyesight of Russia) ran with the Washington herd at the Alfalfa dinner on Saturday. In politics, people say over-the-top things all the time. So, I'll give her a bit of a pass for being a walking contradiction in a fabulous black evening gown (from what I could see from the video clip). But, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, what I can't give Palin a pass on is her consistent choice of style over real substance. Time and time again, when she has been given an opportunity to share her vision for the Republican Party and how it should make its way out of the political wilderness, she has declined.

When Palin spoke to the Republican Governors Association a week after the election, she reverted to the cotton-candy campaign stump speech that proved unsuccessful. When House Republicans invited the life of the Grand Old Party to give a morale-boosting speech to the faithful this past weekend, she begged off. Something about pressing business in Alaska keeping her in the state. Things must have wrapped up pretty quickly, because there she was with the Washington elite she so disdained at the Capital Hilton on Saturday night. Palin's Capitol Hill colleagues were not amused.

Palin's one stab at substance so far was a dud. At first blush, her Feb. 2 op-ed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune seemed like a serious attempt to raise alarm about a pressing issue -- a bill to block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge -- before Congress. But as she points out in the first paragraph, this bill is introduced every year. And my own reporting shows that this perennial bill perennially goes nowhere. Palin gets an A for effort, I suppose.

But said effort is nothing compared to what some of her potential 2012 rivals are doing. I found it interesting that in "The Monday Fix," Chris Cilizza listed five Republicans he views as "the five most influential -- and powerful -- voices in the party today."

Governors from South Carolina (Mark Sanford), Lousiana (Bobby Jindal) and Mississippi (Haley Barbour) made the list. As did former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who has huddled with congressional Republicans to discuss the stimulus bill. Not unlike Palin, the other governors are running their states in the worst economic environment in decades. But Sanford, Jindal and Barbour are also in positions to directly affect the policy direction of the GOP. Sanford is the current head of the Republican Governors Association. Barbour, a former chairman of the party, is seen as a front-runner for the RGA top-spot in 2010. And Jindal talked candidly about the party's need to retake the mantle of ethics and good government.

Cilizza listed Palin as No. 1 because "anything she does is news." True enough. But garnering press attention (famous for being famous, one might say) will do nothing for a party in search of itself and nothing for someone with boundless talent who is unwilling to do the necessary hard work to be taken seriously.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 2, 2009; 10:43 PM ET
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Re: The Big Question

Which one of these GOP hopefuls, if any, will be willing to defend the borders of the United States?
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Border Enforcement + Immigration Moratorium = Job & Eco Sanity

Posted by: tma_sierrahills | February 3, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has no GOP ideas because she has no substance. She has no substance because she is dumb, plain and simple.

Posted by: Toughcookies | February 3, 2009 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Plain has yet to demonstrate anything like gravitas, experience, knowledge or any willingness to listen and learn.

She will make a nice demagogue but she will be even less interesting than our past bushleague executive unless you are looking for discussions of current feminine fashion.

Posted by: palnicki | February 3, 2009 6:11 AM | Report abuse

I have to agree Sarah has no substance. She did not share her vision because she probably doesn't have one that makes sense.
I guess SC Loves their power force Gov Mark Sanford. I am glad I don't live in his state. They may have low taxes in SC. But their state has nothing to offer their people. Their schools are among the worst in the nation. Their children go to school on 14 year old school buses. Now he is making budget cuts to the states school system. They already are probably running on next to nothing. Some towns are contemplating having to close school. What kinda mess is that? I guess education is not his priority. It's keeping those taxes low.
They have so many people filing for unemployment their state has already had to borrow from the government. Yet their governor states it is mismanagement of their Unemployment office. Hello it could be the economy. It could be that even in SC plants have closed and their are no jobs despite your high taxes. It behooves me that a man with his state in the condition it is can be such a powerhouse. I guess it is because he practices that conservatism. Well we see how far that has gotten his citizens. I guess they don't know any better.

As for Palin, I really don't understand the fascination with her. Except she appeals to that Christian right wing( who needs to meet the right Christians and they aren't it. But she doesn't practice what she preaches. What she preaches doesn't make much sense.

After all it was the community organizer who won the election. Not the Senator and the Governor for Alaska.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | February 3, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

The leftist's agenda to smear Palin continues. I would prefer to read about Obama's culture of tax corruption than the governor of Alaska.
Bide: "Paying taxes is patriotic!" Therefore, Obama's cabinet is full of unpatriotic members...

Posted by: totalkaosdave | February 3, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Palin is the female Dubya. When you've been called on by GOD to lead the free world you don't have to improve yourself. Dubya didn't change one iota during his eight years as President because he was perfect. Sarah won't learn because she's perfect. She's an attractive woman and that's it. And for all you Republicans that feel she's qualified to be President let me ask you this. Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Sarah Palin? If you're honest, there's no contest is there?

Posted by: mitch600 | February 3, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Palin's appearance at the ball was just another example of the incredible bad taste coming from Washington in this moment of history. One's thoughts stray and we are back in the late 19th century. In Saint Petersburg the gilt and mirrored ballroom shimmers in the gaslight, jewels and medals dazzle on the doomed figures who will dance and whirl until the early dawn. Meanwhile the coachmen, representing the the hoi polloi, the forgotten, the unimportant, sit in the freezing air, waiting with their patient horses for the revels cease. Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.....

Posted by: elizabeth6 | February 3, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Palin understands and has always understood the faux populist con game played by Republican politicians since the 80's in order to bait the rubes and she outdoes most at it - join a loony anti-science fundamentalist church, make your homophobia and opposition to abortion (and effective sex education) clear, taut your love of guns and hostility toward separation of church and state, etc. It's worked wonderfully so far. The hicks, predictably, adore her.

Posted by: Dieterman | February 3, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, dear, your fifteen minutes are SO over.

Posted by: Blue_Moose | February 3, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of a number of her political positions, but I do have to say that she looks outstanding. Despite the criticism that she took during the campaign for wearing expensive clothing, I honestly think that was all money well spent. After all, she is a celebrity, and we shouldn't fault her for keeping in style and making politics more interesting.

What she does need to do right now is to develop some depth and sophistication in her policy thinking and to craft some more nuanced positions. She needs to get the best and most thoughtful advisors, to read as much as possible about all angles of the issues, and to deal with complexity and shades of gray, rather than just black and white. If she does all that (not very likely in view of her other commitments), then she has potential. Until then, she's not ready.


Posted by: John_D | February 3, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Boundless talents? Like what, look good in an evening dress? We have serious problems as a country and this fluff is the best the GOP has to offer? Little wonder they've driven us into the ground. They think we're all stupid.

Posted by: SarahBB | February 3, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of Palin, but what's wrong with style over substance? It worked for Obama.

Posted by: whitwhit | February 3, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

The leftist's agenda to smear Palin continues. I would prefer to read about Obama's culture of tax corruption than the governor of Alaska.
Bide: "Paying taxes is patriotic!" Therefore, Obama's cabinet is full of unpatriotic members...

Posted by: totalkaosdave | February 3, 2009 9:47 AM

//

Please, please support Princess Dimbulb as the GOP candidate in 2012. She'll gather the rabid the voters like this into one rabid herd, and lead them right over a cliff.


Posted by: Attucks | February 3, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

whitwhit,

YYYYAAAAAWWWWNNN, Typical GOPer. Nothing to say just insults. And to Sara Palin:

I can see your political career disappear from my house.....

Posted by: rharring | February 3, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Is no one in the national press considering Mark Sanford's record as governor of South Carolina? In Washington DC distance may increase fondness, but here in Columbia, South Carolina, he has earned the disgust of Republicans and Democrats alike. He is a hardline libertarian and a narcissist who has been unable to work with anyone in the state. His activities as governor have been directed towards posturing and preening for the Grover Norquist crowd. Sadly, he has not displayed any notable intelligence or creativity even in that. We long for a governor who is actually interested in governing South Carolina for the benefit of its citizens.

Posted by: Teague_L | February 3, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The media has once again failed to do its duty in reporting on Sarah Palin. The real problem is the media is still going only for the superficial and not reporting on her lack of substance. What the America people want to know now about the gala that Sarah attended this past week. Did she pay for her own evening gown? Who picked up the tab for her flight out of Alaska? Did she make a fool of herself yet again? Why are Republican men so in awe of the former beauty Queen? The Washington Post needs to dig deeper into her attempt to extend her 15 minutes of fame!

Posted by: Lavinsr4207 | February 3, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

NPR's correspondent, who attended the gala, reported that Sarah Palin stood in a very long line waiting to shake hands with President Obama. That's how it should be.

Substance, education, ethics, true family values, and incredible hard work and struggle (all of which Obama demonstrates) WIN over cutesy-pie gimmickry and impulsive dim-wit glitz.

That said, I hope and trust the Republicans will choose Palin in 1212. Please, please, please! Make it easy for Dems to win.

Posted by: cturtle1 | February 3, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

bjlopez1130 is so right about Sanford and the woeful state of the state of SC. I've lived in SC for 10 years and am constantly amazed at how this state seems to make all of the 'worst in the country' lists (e.g., unemployment, education, teen pregnancy, domestic abuse, etc.). The only thing Sanford has going for him is that he looks like he's out of central casting--and the media eats that up. Who cares if he hasn't done anything good for his state?

Posted by: pumor | February 3, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's dress and vision is not what the American people are worried about at this stage of the game. What we are worried about is the media doing its job of vetting the nominees, and the game-plan that is being pushed in Washington under the current administration. You talk about dresses but you are not seeking hard answers to the spending of billions to trillions of dollars. Is this above your intellectual ability or is it just convenient to attack someone who is not elected and wont be an issue for at least three more years. The President ran on change and we are now looking at recycled, tax evading political veterans taking our country into a direction that no-one knows will work. All the money is given with no strings so the people who messed us over once, and is now given a new infusion of cash with no benchmarks for success. Stop the political journalism and just DO YOUR JOB as a reporter and find the facts and give them to the public. We will make up our minds without slanted journalism. For everyones sake I hope Obamas plan works, but, just keep the reporing honest, which many reporters have an impossible time doing.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | February 3, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

THE ONLY THING CURRENTLY WORSE THAN PRESIDENT BUSH JR. WHOULD BE SARAH DUH AS A U.S. PRESIDENT.

Posted by: usapdx | February 3, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Cilizza listed Palin as No. 1 because "anything she does is news."
________________________________________
Yea, anything that Blagojevich did was also news. Go Figure.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | February 3, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

If Palin is the front runner for the GOP...there's not a lot to be concerned about. Someone follow up on this.

Palin went to GA. and campaigned for Chambliss. Chambliss has used racially loaded, us-versus-them rhetoric in his campaign before. Just prior to Nov. 4th, Chambliss bluntly warned his white base that “the other folks are voting,” adding that the “rush to the polls by African-Americans early” has “got our side energized early, they see what is happening.”

Her other racist interaction was with the "Alaska Independence Party" (AIP)that wants to make Alaska a Foreign Country- separate from the USA. Palin's husband, Todd, was a LONGTERM member of the AIP until her political career started to take off.

Todd and Sarah have both attended several AIP conventions. Sarah has been photographed reading an article by the John Birch Society calling for a NEW Constitutional Convention- which would overthrow our existing US Constitition.

Posted by: lindarc | February 3, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

It amazes me that the left continues it's quest to smear this Alaskan Governor.

She is NOT some comedic sidekick but a servant of our government.
Atleast she pays her taxes....leave her alone for god's sake.

Yes, I said God's sake, hope I didn't offend any liberals.

Posted by: blevins20061 | February 3, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin doesn't work. Doesn't read. She has no brains. No loyalty to the Republican party. And no common sense. Standing in front of the turkey grinder and blathering on and on. Haven't we had enough misery with George and Dick?

Posted by: WingsofCrystal | February 3, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the left continues to love to smear Gov Palin. Their sexist, rude, and childish remarks make me glad that I will vote Republican till the day I die. I'd like to remind the left that 59 million Americans did not vote for Obama. The smug left can enjoy their day in the sun now, cuz all Obama is doing is continuing Bush policies - he's got nothing new under the sun yet - he's all rhetoric.

Posted by: steven7753 | February 3, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

If Palin is the front runner for the GOP...there's some things they need to know. If the media is doing its job of vetting, follow up on this.

Her questionable interaction with the "Alaska Independence Party" (AIP) that wants to make Alaska a Foreign Country- separate from the USA. Palin's husband, Todd, was a longterm member (up until mid 2008) of the AIP until her political career started to take off.

The AIP is part of a network of extreme, often violent, right-wing secessionist groups across the U.S. associated with neo-Confederate, White Power and ...

Todd and Sarah have both attended several AIP conventions. Sarah has been photographed reading an article by the John Birch Society calling for a NEW Constitutional Convention- which would overthrow our existing US Constitition.

Posted by: lindarc | February 3, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

She's not bright by any means. It's hard to be surprised when she falls short of even minor expectations. But it's worse to expect her to fix the party that foisted her -- unvetted -- upon the nation simply because they needed a female candidate.

Posted by: sarahabc | February 3, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, you haven't done your homework. Governor Palin has repeatedly for over a month expressed her substantive problems with the current NONstimulus package.

How about not giving your colleagues in the news business a pass for refusing to report on her statements?

Here, I'll do it for them and for you:

January 12 - http://www.gov.state.ak.us/archive.php?id=1601&type=1

February 1 - http://www.gov.state.ak.us/archive.php?id=1618&type=1

February 2 - http://ktuu.images.worldnow.com/images/incoming/congress_stimulus_letter.pdf

Posted by: hrh40 | February 3, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The leftist's agenda to smear Palin continues. I would prefer to read about Obama's culture of tax corruption than the governor of Alaska.
Bide: "Paying taxes is patriotic!" Therefore, Obama's cabinet is full of unpatriotic members...

Posted by: totalkaosdave | February 3, 2009 9:47 AM

...................

Where is the smear?

She doesn't need help from anybody for what I've seen so far. She's perfectly capable of smearing herself. Please, give me a break!

Posted by: eaglestrk01 | February 3, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Just like Bush, she's all hat and no cattle.

Posted by: cubbyblue7 | February 3, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart,

I really don't understand your obsession with Sarah Palin. She seems to be a frequent topic of conversation in your blogs. Might I recommend you turn your sights to the front few pages of any paper spur some conversation to matters that are significant.

Posted by: PitchMan99 | February 3, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

RE:Sarah Palin........
you had said on MSNBC..you had recently heard of her advocating of the ariel killing of wolves and bears. the very day she was nominated as VP, i youtubed her name..there were vids. all about it, actually showing dead wolves, being dragged, half dead. they were soon taken off youtube.
the issue i have is ethical.
how can a person advocate the innocent killing, suffering of any animal.
and in the next breath say..you care??
about life.
if one cares about people.
they must care about animals.
we all share this world, and have to live together.
and you know what??
we donot need guns to make our world a better place.
the abscence of guns promotes a new kind of peace. the waining of crimes.
just my opinion. Peace to all.
god help the wildlife in Alaska.

Posted by: jelizbooki | February 3, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin's a joke. We need a real fiscal titan like Mark Sanford to take the helm. Talk about substance over style. Just last week I signed up to draft him in 2012 at:

http://www.draftsanford2012.com

Posted by: Atlas573 | February 3, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey Wings of Crystal.....don't fall and break them. If Mr. Obama is just "continuing" W's policies then what the heck are YOU complaining about. Isn't that what you and Rush want...more failure for America? More republican whinning? Oh,oh,oh thank GOD you LOST. It took glorious GOD almighty to get LIBERALS throught the last eight years of this maddness and hypocracy.

Posted by: alanclarke | February 3, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Those Palin Days
(sung to the theme of “All In The Family”)


Sarah was a pageant queen,
Todd just rides a snow-machine,
Parents of a pregnant teen.

Those Palin days.

And she would be in Washington,
If she had won that election.
But we can thank the Lord above
For huge voter rejection.

Guv’nor of a welfare state,
Preaching politics of hate,
We all remember “Trooper-Gate”

Those Palin days.

Posted by: Lynnrockets | February 3, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the left continues to love to smear Gov Palin. Their sexist, rude, and childish remarks make me glad that I will vote Republican till the day I die. I'd like to remind the left that 59 million Americans did not vote for Obama. The smug left can enjoy their day in the sun now, cuz all Obama is doing is continuing Bush policies - he's got nothing new under the sun yet - he's all rhetoric.

Posted by: steven7753

-party before country.......BRAVO

Posted by: theobserver4 | February 3, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Stupid is as stupid does.

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 3, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Mark Sanford a "fiscal titan"? The mind (informed by actually having lived in SC during his years as governor) boggles. No, he is not.

Posted by: Teague_L | February 3, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

SARAH’S ISLAND
(Sung to the theme of “Gilligan’s Island”)

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a strange kinship
That started with the First Dude, Todd
And ends with Baby Tripp

Wife Sarah was Alaska’s guv’nor
Her husband a drop-out
Five children with really strange names
Hillbillies there’s no doubt. Hillbillies there’s no doubt.

The election started getting rough
Mack needed a V.P.
He focused his attention on the Great White North
His savior Sarah P. His savior Sarah P.

She could not handle interviews her strategy was
Senile
Too “Mavericky”
“You Betcha’s” too
“Joes Sixpack and the Plumber”
“Hockey Moms”
“The Pitbull with Lipstick on”
and, a Beehive hairstyle.

So this is the tale of the Palin Clan
The campaign was reduced to dust
Bristol had a baby boy
Levi’s mom, a bust

Sarah and her husband, Todd
Returned to the family nest
She had some softball interviews
Tough issues weren’t addressed

No Charles, no Kate, no CNN
Sure no M-S-N-B-C
They all use “Gotcha Questions”
That’s not her cup of tea
So join them here each week good friends
Fox, you can stay awhile
Greta and Hasselback will be here too
Here on “Palin's Isle”

Posted by: Lynnrockets | February 3, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Please take a close look at SC before trying to draft Sanford. All Sanford has done is argue with the statehouse (strongly Republican-dominated). The deep problems of SC (last in the nation in too many categories) certainly existed before Sanford, but he has done nothing to help improve the situation. His complete inability to work with others - even those who agree with him - should disqualify him for the office of President.

Posted by: jk_newhard | February 3, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Heavens! Palin is the ignoramus "supreme". She is the champion of he know-nothing-and-proud-of-it crowd.

Do we really want someone who is an illiterate twit with no knowledge or interest in the outside world? We just had eight years of an ignoramus in the White House. Behold his legacy!

Posted by: Gatsby1 | February 3, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart:

Your obsession with Gov. Palin has passed the level where any normal person would consider it unhealthy. Respectfully sir, seek help with this problem.

Posted by: Provincial | February 3, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone with a seriously HIGH IQ, would not even entertaining the slightest notion of considering Sarah Palin for any office higher than the mayor of a small town. Perferably, not more than 9,000 in population.

Posted by: demtse | February 3, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Living in the South, I will never forget Governor Palin's ingratiation of herself in 2008 with the most retrograde, most shamefully racist persons in our community. That gorgeous evening dress is a thin veneer on the rotten underbelly of the Republican Party's "Southern Strategy." To say that the Governor lacks substance is to forget the very substantive harm that she perpetrated against citizens who need to be led out of darkness, not into the filthy swamp of racially-polarized politics.

Posted by: kjstjohn | February 3, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hum...

You fault Palin for not leading the GOP revival ? but can't help yourself mention her dress ? : )

Have you considered she might be focused on her now-struggling State ? Maybe even generously allowing others like Jindal and Steele to get some needed visibility ?

IF Palin, currently the clear GOP favorite, had instead been out there in front of the GOP leadership reviews... you'd probably attack her for being a dominatrix and trying to take over the party.

Sorry guys.. Palin already owns the GOP. Her crowds dwarfed John McCains and often exceeded even the Messiahs. Despite the Messiah, John Who, Bush-the-hated, a financial crisis, and a sinking economy.. she got 58 million votes.

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 3, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin's 58 million votes and 3 dollars will buy her a latte at Starbucks.

Posted by: leftcoaster | February 3, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

THE WASSILLA HILLBILLIES – PART 2
(sung to the theme of “The Beverly Hillbillies”)

Come and listen to a story ‘bout a gal named Sarah

Not too many brains but a whole lot of mascara.

Her hair is in a beehive and she has some lipstick too,

She tried to run for V.P. but she didn’t have a clue.


Knowledge that is, Bush Doctrine?, Job of V.P. ?


Well the first thing ya know Obama left her in the dust,

Then we all learned about her in-law in a bust.

She said, “The Johnston family are so dumb that they just drool”

Then daughter Bristol and Levi dropped right on out of school.


Embarrasment that is, Birth’n Babies, Quittin’ Jobs.


Well now its time to say good-bye to Sarah and her kin,

The First Dude and his wife have some wounds that need lick’n.

The whole Palin clan now studies the encyclopedia,

So they can handle “Gotcha Questions” from the mainstream media.


Couric, that is. Charlie Gibson, Tina Fey..

Y’all come back now, y’hear?

Posted by: Lynnrockets | February 3, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Style over substance? What would you expect from a former beauty pageant contestant?

I'm not a GOP member, as you can see from my profile avatar and previous posts, but as a disinterested third-party observer my best advice to the GOP if they want to become relevant to mainstream America again is to get the Christofascists out of it, or at least tell them to shut their pieholes. It was Ronald Reagan's fault for inviting these American Taliban into their "big tent" in 1980, whereupon they grew like a cancer and gave a basis not only for spawn like Dubya and Palin, but also to diminish our standing in the world. They're what make the GOP a laughing stock. Barry Goldwater is no doubt spinning in his grave as we speak.

Posted by: bucinka8 | February 3, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

As Ron White says, "You can't fix stupid."

Palin cannot be fixed for public office. I can definitely see her working on Wheel of Fortune, or hosting some terribly shallow talk show.

Posted by: laserbeam | February 3, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

The ONLY reason the Republican PTB want her out front is that they know they can stick their hand up her back and get her to puppet anything they want .. just like George Bush in all but the last six months. I mean, did you see the poor guy trying to make nice with the public before he left .. with Chaney on the sideline.

Anyway, luckily for those of us who usually vote Republican (not last time .. Palin?) there are plenty of great young governors and senators .. and more, waiting on the sideline. Looks hopeful but let's hope that the big money doesn't pull a fast one again.

Posted by: tslats | February 3, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama and substance don't go together, guys. I can still hear him stuttering "I agree with Sen. Clinton" time and time again.
PLEASE, Mrs. Clinton should have been the President, not Mr. Obama.
As for Mrs. Palin, she's a lot smarter than most of you leftwing nuts, Obama's blind followers.
Give me a break.

Posted by: Veridico | February 3, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

MOVIN’ ON UP
(sung to the theme of “The Jeffersons”)

Sarah’s movin’ on up
To a double wide
With Todd, the First Dude and kids by her side
Movin’ on up
To a double wide
With Levi and his mom, gettin’ high.

Grindin’ turkeys on TV
Putin’s raising his head
Hey, there’s Senator Stevens
Bristol, get out of his bed
The Palins are now in the big leagues
The last election was hexed
It’s Sarah and Todd and Bristol and Levi,
Piper is sure to be next.

Sarah’s movin’ on up
To that double wide
It’s a deluxe apartment when they’re high
Movin’ on up
To that double wide
I sure wish they’d go there to just hide.

Posted by: Lynnrockets | February 3, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

This past weekend I had the chance to talk to a friend who predicted Palin was going to wip Obama's behind, back in early September. When I gently chided him about his failed prediction, the first thing he did was shake his head, smirk and say, "Why did she have to open her mouth?"

Now Joe the Plumber is an advisor to the GOP? Wow I must be in heaven because it can't get any better for the Democrats.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 3, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

So Saray Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and "Joe" The Plummer are going to spearhead the "new and improved" GOP? I think that's wonderful! This will guarantee the Democratic Party dominance for years to come!

Posted by: logcabin1836 | February 3, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Vision? The only vision Sarah Palin has is used up keeping an eye on Russia, or occasionally that little "country" of Africa.

Posted by: bretb | February 3, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Give Palin a break. She seems to be a bit out of source having to pall around with people that pall around with a guy that palled around with terrorist....LMAO!

Posted by: rcvinson64 | February 3, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Talent? Mr. Capehart, surely you jest. Reading cue-cards or rallying the masses with bottom-feeder rhetoric does not require talent.

Posted by: mykaladrian | February 3, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"Therefore, Obama's cabinet is full of unpatriotic members..."
Totalkaosdave: Nice steal from Jonah Goldberg's latest column. You learn your talking points very well, no? Try harder next time, poster.

As for the column: I am *no* Palin fan, but puh-leeze, Mr. Capeheart: Enough. The woman lost; she's out of the picture. We don't want to hear about her. We don't care about her. (Well, maybe her creepily slavishly devoted fans, do -- but the rest of us? Not so much.)
Please write about someone worthy of your time, Mr. Capeheart. Palin isn't.


Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 3, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

i have been reading all our comments RE: MS PALIN.
heheee..no matter what we say or think about her..judge her in our own way.
Jonathan said it right, me too:
"sarah palin" should go away for a long time, study, learn ...........
"re emerge."
sorry, to me it is funny, that a 45 year old woman, in politics.
must study and learn.

fyi: in today's world, ...put a lovely evening gown....on any woman. make up,

it does not mean a thing. insofar as their brains, iq, lalaallalaalla.

Posted by: jelizbooki | February 3, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse


She really scares you guys, doesn't she?

You should be nervous. Most people like her, and she's going to be around for a long time.

Posted by: colin4 | February 3, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

you are right....we are nervous.
that ignorance prevails.
sorry...maybe you need to study too.

Posted by: jelizbooki | February 3, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a great lady.
She is a great governer. The people of Alaska love her. She is also smart, and well educated.
You Palin bashers have done nothing. You did not run for any office, you have not served the public in a good way. You just blab away, and follow the first blabber. Nothing original comes from you.
Go get an education, and then write about your accomplishments

Posted by: heidio | February 3, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"She really scares you guys, doesn't she?"
Posted by: colin4

Mmmm... nope. And most people don't like her. Take your slavish devotion elsewhere, poster (and heidio, as well). It's nauseating.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 3, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I challenge any Palin supporter to replay her responses at her debate with Biden. She strings together random thoughts and sound bites and uses her voice to emphasize those sound bites but when you listen only to her response or read it the truth is clear -- incoherent thought, nothing said of substance, no original thoughts. I was horrified that this person was thought to be qualified to be VP -- perhaps dog catcher, in a small town, and a committee to do the work . . . oh yeah, that was her job as Mayor. It is sad that some people think she is qualified, I guess after W Republicans realize they have no new or good ideas so they have to go for sex appeal and hope voters are stupid.....

Posted by: Lemon7221 | February 3, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Palin can't keep up with herd because she is the mental runt of the litter. She is the Parris Hilton of the GOP. Why the media is paying any attention to her is unfathomable. No one else wants to!

Posted by: surfer-joe | February 3, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Like Jonathan said..weeks ago:
Sarah Palin needs to go away for a long time, and STUDY, learn about what she is talking about.
(don't quote him me)...you get the gist.
in the meantime, learn to live peacefully in Alaska, with all the wildlife.
not kill them.

Posted by: jelizbooki | February 3, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

THE PALIN BUNCH
(sung to the them of “The Brady Bunch”)


Here’s the story of a gal named Sarah

Who was the Governor of State number 49.

Then John McCain came lookin’ for a V.P.

And that sounded just fine.

Here’s the story of Todd the First Dude

He had a D.U.I. and drove a snow machine.

He couldn’t count to ten on his fingers

With just his G.E.D.

The election didn’t go the way they planned it

Our girl Sarah couldn’t handle interviews.

The media exposed her dearth of knowledge

Except for Fox News and that blonde chick from The View.

The Palin Bunch, the Palin Bunch

That’s the way they became the Palin Bunch.

Posted by: Lynnrockets | February 3, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

lynnrockets, you rock!!! You and Maureen Dowd would totally own the oped pages!!!! I LOVED your ditties!!!

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | February 3, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

This is a strange, unsubstantive piece.

Thesis: Palin has no substance.

Example 1: gave campaign stump speech at RGA that reporter claims was nonsubstantive

Example 2: begged off GOP congressional retreat at the Homestead in favor of Alfalfa Club (which, btw, the very-substantive President Obama attended)

Example 3: Op-ed column concerned a topic that the reporter deems unsubstantive and quixotic

Example 4: Another reporter listed her at one of the top 5 GOP politicans to watch, but only for nonsubstantive reasons.

Conclusion: Palin is nonsubstantive because reporters say she is. A tautology - X is true because I say it is (and I am supported in that by my colleagues). That is precisely the kind of deep logic that journalism school teaches! You, sir, are truly a god-gifted logician, and you should be proud of the critical reasoning skills that you have developed over the many years of your career.

It is no wonder that journalism is dying.

Posted by: VirginiaPerson | February 3, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

There was a time when the country would elect a simpleton willing to spew the party line -- that was 2000 and 2004. Unless Palin bones up and crams for the next four years, forget about it.

Posted by: rlampe | February 3, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Another prejudicial and bigoted article by a black male Washington Post writer.

Prejudice and sexism is as ugly as racism - and from Obama to Capeheart I have no tolerance for the ongoing woman bashing.

It is time for American women to take a stand and put an end to discrimination - even if it comes from a black man, it is intolerable and inexcuseable.

And it is an unaccepatable pattern with the Washington Post.

Posted by: mgd1 | February 3, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the female Dubya. When you've been called on by GOD to lead the free world you don't have to improve yourself. Dubya didn't change one iota during his eight years as President because he was perfect. Sarah won't learn because she's perfect. She's an attractive woman and that's it. And for all you Republicans that feel she's qualified to be President let me ask you this. Kay Bailey Hutchinson or Sarah Palin? If you're honest, there's no contest is there?

Posted by: mitch600
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OMG...never thought these words would part my lips...but how dare you insult our former President in this manner...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 3, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

NPR's correspondent, who attended the gala, reported that Sarah Palin stood in a very long line waiting to shake hands with President Obama. That's how it should be...

Posted by: cturtle1
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LOL...yeah, I guess she now sees Ah-merika like he sees Ah-merika, lol...who woulda thunk it...Hicki-Princess Palin standing in line to "Pal around" with President Obama...next...Joe the Plummer--oh that's right he don't have time, he's too busy putting the Repukes plan together to "fix the economy". Hey didn't McCain announce publically at one of his rallies that he planned to take Joe the Plummer with him to Washington...now let's not forget that it was disclosed early in Joe the Plummer's "campaign" that he had failed to pay his taxes...Joe the Plummer the "real" leader of the RNC, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 3, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Conclusion: Palin is nonsubstantive because reporters say she is. A tautology - X is true because I say it is (and I am supported in that by my colleagues). That is precisely the kind of deep logic that journalism school teaches! You, sir, are truly a god-gifted logician, and you should be proud of the critical reasoning skills that you have developed over the many years of your career.

Posted by: VirginiaPerson
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Well, no...actually she is nonsubstantive because...well because she is, lol...you Repukes kill me trying to blame the media for the absolutely dumb things that came out of Palin's mouth unscripted. "I have foreign policy experience...well because I can see Russia from my house"...smart...so damned smart that Palin is...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 3, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

She really scares you guys, doesn't she?

You should be nervous. Most people like her, and she's going to be around for a long time.

Posted by: colin4
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Oooow yeah...shaking in our boots...nervous, very nervous (what exactly are we nervous about--huh, lol?)...sick with nervousness and shaking uncontrollably...around around around...very long time....oooowwww shaking and very nervous, lol...I'm shaking so bad...then again it's probably because I can see snow from my window, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 3, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Why is anyone still talking about this bimbo? Please. Her fifteen minutes of fame ended at 8:00PM EST 11/4/08. Let's move on, the joke was only funny once.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | February 3, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

In response to Heido's post:
"You Palin bashers have done nothing.... Go get an education, and then write about your accomplishments."

I'm glad that you mentioned education. Our nation, which numbers over 300 million, offers easy access to a college education. Why is it that millions of Republicans form their opinions on politics, science, and the economy based upon the expertise of three men (Limbaugh, Hannity, and Glenn Beck) who never obtained a college degree?

I would never look down upon those who never went to college. I'll be the first to admit that many are smarter than I am. Some chose even nobler paths, like joining the military. But these glorified DJ's, as well as their listeners, are always the first to say that Obama has no resume or credentials. What about their own?

Posted by: jimestw | February 3, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

And she's white, too. Jeez Louise!

Posted by: kdfal | February 3, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Republicans who think the next president is going to sweep the general on the basis of who looks fabulous in a black evening dress are going to be very disappointed. On the other hand, they can always blame their disappointment on Democrats.

Sarah Palin is so thick, she's soundproof. You could swing her by the heels and use her to crush thick things. What she is is glib and smug - qualities Republicans much admire, and often mistake for intellect. There's no real shame in not being smart; plenty of people are dumb, and know it. Sarah Palin is dumb, but she doesn't think anyone notices. That happens when you appear before canned crowds who would scream in ecstasy if you read the telephone book, or can rely on sympathetic right-wing talk show hosts to froth at the mouth next day in sympathy if you do poorly in an interview because you didn't know anything about any of the questions.

By all means, push Sarah Palin into the ring in 2012. Maybe America will be ready for another dumb president by then, you never know.

Posted by: marknesop | February 3, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

fyi, THE ONLY RACE and GENDER issues.
have been brought up by ignorant
people such as yourself.
you know who you are.
the funny part is.....you sucks are the only lowlifes who care.

we care about issues, and our future, about peace and understanding.
you live in a sad world if you believe race and or gender makes a difference.
the topic today.
was not about color or gender.


Posted by: jelizbooki | February 3, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't get why you are even still talking about Palin. It's like continuing to consider Joe the Plumber's intellect in matters such as foreign policy. You don't talk about it anymore because there is nothing there. Sarah Palin never had a vision. She is not bright, she is not intellectually curious and seems to know next to nothing about anything outside of local politics. Get a new subject.

Posted by: cletus2 | February 3, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Anyone that endorses or thinks this complete airhead could be president,you should be sent to Alaska and made to point out Russia. To enter the VP slot and say your opponent pals around with terrorists,which is a blatant lie,should've sent up the red flag. She couldn't even name a paper or mag she supposedly read. I have been on this earth for over fifty years and have NEVER seen any man or woman as ignorant of everyday people or their lives as Sarah Palin.

Posted by: walkman1956 | February 4, 2009 12:58 AM | Report abuse

I would add my disappointment that not a single republican stands up to suggest they can't handle another dumb candidate.

It turns out new RNC Chair Steele hired several busloads of homeless men from Pittsburg to go to Maryland to distribute flyers that were written so as to convince those who read them he was a democrat...

This kind of sameo sameo lie, cheat, steal, destroy your opponent rather than come up with new ideas to attract voters spells more losses. Those who think Sarah Palin can run a country when she can't even handle an interview are in serious denial.

Posted by: dutchess2 | February 4, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Did I miss something? Has the governor of Alaska become the VP, President, been nominated to to some major federal office? Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Focus on Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, anything but the guys in Washington who are trying to piss away $1 trillion. She must really have some people frightened. That alone makes me think that maybe I should look into her a little more.

Posted by: mgochs | February 4, 2009 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin happens to be a pretty woman with something to say. Which is what the MSM loves. Right now, conservatives need a voice, one with clarity, depth and the ability to lead. Mrs. Sarah Palin is truly not that person. Her opportunity to shine came when McCain chose her as his running mate. We all saw that she had no depth and added nothing to the ticket that would make most of us vote for him/her. Imagine if McCain chose Kay Bailey Hutchinson. He might have won the election. However, 46% still voted for his ticket, Wow. The Voters, we are our problem.
If Mrs. Palin has higher political aspirations in the future, she needs to roll her sleeves up and do some meaningful natioanl political and policy work for a few years and then come back into the lime light. However, I think she's a bird of a different feather. A peacock, maybe!

Posted by: bestowens | February 4, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

It does not surprise me that Chris Cilizza would put Sarah Palin at the top. Chris is a media creature. And Palin is a complete media fabrication. So many in the media are now like Chris. They seem less interested in substance than style thus, Palin for them, offers up oodles of saucy stories and ratings.

And what if she runs and gets elected? They don't really believe that will happen. But, the thing that worries me is whether they really care. As long as she brings in ratings.

Posted by: jaxas | February 4, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

"...someone with boundless talent who is unwilling to do the necessary hard work to be taken seriously."

Jon, Jon, Jon. Are you seriously suggesting that Palin has "boundless talent"? Doing what?

Posted by: kjohnson3 | February 4, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey Jonathan, i hope u read comments. i write blogs on google, i just cked my google acct, and the Post has me MISQUOTED.
RE:SARAH PALIN. " Heido" commented......you guys show it as jelizbooki. normally, i would not care...i am so not a SP fan, in particular, her lack of care for wildlfe and nature in general. i didnot want to put this in your blog, however, i had no other contact info. plz, corect this for me. ty

Posted by: jelizbooki | February 4, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Please God...I've been good.

Make it "Palin/Plumber 2012"

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 4, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"Prejudice and sexism is as ugly as racism - and from Obama to Capeheart I have no tolerance for the ongoing woman bashing."

Soooo....By your logic, any woman, no matter how incompetent, is immune from criticism?

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 4, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

THE PALINS
(sung to the theme of “The Monkees”)

Here we come,
With mukluks on our feet.
We’re headin’ down to the Johnstons’
To buy some Oxy-C.

Hey, Hey, we’re the Palins
No terrorists pallin’ around.
You betcha that we can see Russia,
When Putin flies right over our town.

We’ve all had teenage pregnancies,
Bristol, Levi, Todd and me,
We don’t care too much for Schoolin’
We’re happy with our G.E.D.’s.

Hey, Hey, we’re the Palins
We’re grindin’ turkey heads by the pound.
Our clothes from Neiman Marcus
Are now sittin’ in the Lost and found.

Posted by: Lynnrockets | February 4, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

You are so scared of Sarah Palin, aren't you? She's the front runner for the GOP and a woman when women are 54% of the electorate and your little game is to keep knocking her down. We women will remember in 2010 and 2012.

Posted by: BettyM47 | February 4, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

hey bettym47.
i am a woman..i totally believe u r wrong.
i am sorry for you and all the others that believe SP is smart.
look at youself in the mirror,
hey...by, the way..
when was the last time you had an IQ TEST?
HEE,hhee....just as i thought!
i am not scared of SP, i am scared a "woman" with an IQ..such yourself.
sorry, betty...maybe u and sarah can bunk together........in Alaska. stay there..educate one another.
she might even teach you how to kill an innocent wolf.
think about that, when you pet your dog tonite.......sweet Betty.

Posted by: jelizbooki | February 5, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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