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Sarah Palin is no Eve Harrington

After former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin strode across the national political stage and chewed up the scenery with her bravura performance at the 2008 Republican convention, I wrote one PostPartisan after another comparing her to the talented, ambitious and fictional star Eve Harrington from the movie "All About Eve." Now that I've seen Palin's Saturday night address to the Tea Party convention in Nashville, I would like to extend my apologies to Harrington. She would never have given such a poor performance.

Sure, Palin brought the Tea Partiers in Nashville to their feet with belittling put-downs of President Obama, including calling him "a charismatic guy with a TelePrompTer." And as with any Palin speech, there was plenty of sarcasm. "When you're 0 for 3, you better stop lecturing and start listening," she zinged. "How's that hopey-changey stuff working out for ya?," she snarked. But after having more than a year to learn the ins and outs of national and foreign policy, to fill in the considerable gaps in knowledge that were on display on the campaign trail, you'd think Palin would do more than lean on platitudes and talking points.

"The government that governs the least governs the best,"said the best-selling author and Fox News analyst who quit being governor after just 2 and a half years on the job. "The constitution provides the best road map towards a more perfect union," she noted. And she told the gathered that she wanted Washington to "adopt a pro-market agenda" that "lowers taxes for small business," "support[s] competition and innovation" and "reward[s] hard work."

To win the war on terror, Palin said, "We need a commander in chief, not a professor of law standing at the lectern." She slammed Obama's "misguided thinking that is seen throughout the administration's foreign policy decisions." Palin didn't like that the president "spent a year reaching out to hostile regimes; writing personal letters to dangerous dictators and apologizing for America." Then she said to mounting applause, "It's time for more than just tough talk. Gah, just like you, probably just so tired of hearing the talk, talk, talk. Tired of hearing the talk."

But it was her response to a query during the question-and-answer session that I found worrisome. She was asked what would her top three priorities be if conservatives take over leadership of the House and the Senate. Getting spending under control was one. A restatement of her energy mantra was another. And then there was this:


And then, I think, kinda tougher to, kinda tougher to put our arms around, but, allowing America's spirit to rise again by not being afraid [applause] not being afraid to kinda go back to some of our roots as a God-fearing nation [applause] where we're not afraid to say, especially in times of potential trouble in the future here, we're not afraid to say, "You know, we don't have all the answers as fallible men and women so it would be wise of us to start seeking some divine intervention again in this country," so that we can be safe and secure and prosperous again.

That's all I needed to hear to be convinced that this raw talent with unending ambition is content to stay unrefined and oblivious to the fact that snark, smirks and sarcasm will only carry her so far.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 7, 2010; 5:26 PM ET
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"That's all I needed to hear to be convinced that this raw talent with unending ambition is content to stay unrefined and oblivious to the fact that snark, smirks and sarcasm will only carry her so far."

Jonathan, I will live in hope that you are right. But then again, you are on the editorial board that saw fit to print an article entitled, "Why are liberals so condescending?" I put it to you that with stuff like you speak of above, it is hard for a thinking person not to be. Or to help wondering, what on earth has become of the Washington Post? And to what degree is the media complicit in the rise of people like Palin?

If I have studied and know something and am confronted with a woman such as the one above who glories in her own ignorance, is society's reward to elevate her and call me condescending? Shame on this newspaper for dumbing down the political dialogue.

Posted by: martymar123 | February 7, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Palin's vacuous diatribes, often sounding like bumper-sticker slogans, are a perfect fit with the rest of what passes for political dialogue these days.

When Palin (or for that matter, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, etc.) talks about liberals doing so-and so, I always think: "Which liberals?"

She doesn't describe anyone I know.

Making their talking points is more important than describing reality.

Yikes!

Posted by: berniesilverman | February 8, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

"You'd think Palin would do more than lean on platitudes and talking points."

Why, when that's all her audience wants?

"The constitution provides the best road map towards a more perfect union," she noted.

That would be the document that doesn't mention a god except to say that there will be no religious test for public office? Good; I wish she'd read it.

Martymar123, I agree with you completely about the decline of the Post and of journalism in general. If intelligent and probing questions were asked, Palin wouldn't have a hope.

Posted by: Rhea1 | February 8, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

How can one not condescend to people who hold views that are demonstrably false? There are millions of Americans who think the Earth is a few thousand years old. If their rejection of science did not have such negative effects on our country, I could respond to this with bemusement. But

Posted by: tony43 | February 8, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Not to mention that this abysmally complacent, cynical, and mendacious woman had to stare down at her own palm on which she had inked her talking points, in order to answer a simple, right-over-the-plate question lobbed to her by a friendly interviewer. This piece of work who snarks at Obama for using a teleprompter and says he has done nothing in the last 12 months. I don't suppose she could find time in her busy schedule of self-aggrandizement, to watch his consummate performance taking questions from the House Republican Caucus last week. 30 minutes of speech -- from notes, but no teleprompter -- followed by 60 minutes, uninterrupted, of serious policy debate, in which he tackled hostile questions (which were mostly disingenuous talking points, read from note cards) entirely extemporaneously, with absolute command of complex policy, vast stores of facts, a keen eye for flimflam, and unfailing civility.

Posted by: herzliebster | February 8, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama makes Palin look good.

That is how badly the hidden history of a Public Official is dogging the fraud.
Obama = Over.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=105764

Posted by: dottydo | February 8, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

It sounds to me like you are saying that if a politician calls upon a higher power for guidance then it follows that we should be afraid of that person. I disagree. In my opinion, Ms. Palin is correct in saying that men and women are fallible and that we should admit it and seek to verify that our actions comport with a code of moral values espoused by an entity with perfect values. Like it or not, many people believe that there IS an absolute right and wrong. I believe that it is necessary to our recovery as a country to attempt to bring our actions in line with that sense of right and wrong.

Posted by: ronaldhays1 | February 8, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is extremely vapid, and relly of no consequence as a national office seeker. Only the tea party kooks who have no where near the numbers to elect her would vote for her anyway.

Posted by: tuttlegroup | February 8, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

It's really easy to criticize other when you aren't doing the work yourself. If she's such a patriot, why does she charge $100,000?

Posted by: DGSPAMMAIL | February 8, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Run Sarah, Run. Lose Sarah, Lose.

Posted by: mraymond10 | February 8, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse


Evidently, Jonathan, you forget, don't know or choose to ignore that our forefathers wrote and discussed throughout the founding of our country that they relied on a higher power, God, to guide and Bless America. It is also in many documents, including the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Palin had already stated in her speech how she would handle our foreign affairs, with Iran, the trials of the Gitmo detainees, etc.

With that said, Obama is 100 times worse than Palin would be as POTUS. Obama is making a total mess of our beloved country. Both domestically and internationally. Our country, thanks to him, is deeper in debt and less safe than ever, because our enemies, as well as our allies view Obama as weak and incompetent leader.

Posted by: janet8 | February 8, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Sarah, dear...

When you call the *Higher Power* to the front, *It* comes, and the caller had better be right with *It* because, *IT* is not to be played with.

Just a few words to the wise...
***

Posted by: Evenfoolsarerightsometimes | February 8, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

And the word is, she did have a teleprompter tucked in the podium. Since she read word-for-word for 45-minutes, and yet turned no pages!

Posted by: 2mtsenie | February 8, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

janet8, Many of our founders were deists and were not sure if there was God or the Great Clockmaker, so they hedged their bets. Ms. Palin's speech was done with a telepromter in the podium and she did have talking points written on her hand. The speech was not filled with policy points or real explanations of anything other than she does not like the way President Obama does anything.
Her set of truths are not truths to everyone. The world is far more complicated than she makes it out to be. She has had 18 months to actually tudy and give us something of substance for a Palin presidency and from what I heard Sat. night and Sun. morning she continues to generalize everything. Are people frustrated? Yes. Do peope want change in Washington? Yes. Do people need some reassurance in this mess? Yes. Ms. Palin's speech and interview gave me no sense beyond statements of assertion that she has any answers.

Posted by: Thinking4 | February 8, 2010 1:42 AM | Report abuse

I keep hearing how the republicans are gonna own all of Congress in 2010, and the White house in 1012...

.........and I keep wondering what women will vote for people who think its just great that Sarah Palin had her choice, but no one else should have one?

Who will ever, ever EVAH forget all the racist crap the republicans have zipped around on the e-mails, even tax supported e-mail, this whole year...the Muslim stamp Bush issued in 2001 is out and about again with narrative blaming Obama for it and claiming it will support terrorism...

Who in their right mind will ever allow the republicans and their enablers into national office again after lying us into war, outing a CIA agent, and bankrupting the country, and its people?

Who is gonna tell Sarah Palin we have seen the republican mantra, lower taxes and smaller government, which turned out to be only for the wealthy, and no one minding the store at all... and not only are we not going there again, we're still waiting for them to come up with some plan to get us out of the mess they made.

Posted by: dutchess2 | February 8, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

@janet8:
You mean the president that has made our country weaker by: 1) increasing drone attacks; 2) increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, 3) launching drone attacks in Yemen; and 4) launching special ops attacks in Yemen?

Oh it must be because President Obama gave a suspected terrorist rights? Wait, President Obama was following precedent set from President Bush...

Please, if we are going to completely reject truth, lets take our comments to Fox News.

I actually agree with Capehart, if Palin would lose her rhetoric and improve her knowledge in certain policy issues she would be a threat. (I disagree with her positions, and think she is unqualified. If she improves in these areas she will be dangerous. She already has a strong loyal following.)

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 8, 2010 1:48 AM | Report abuse

"The government that governs the least governs the best,"said the best-selling author and Fox News analyst who quit being governor after just 2 and a half years on the job."

Perfectly spoken by an inept politician who not only governed to the least of her abilities, but analyzes politics with the least amount of skill.

Please go back to Alaska.

Posted by: hakafos44 | February 8, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I listened to Sarah Palin's address to the Tea Party Convention and I took notes. I didn't hear a single thing that she said that wasn't true. I am a former Democrat that is now an Independent. I believe in what the Tea Party represents. My family is tired of this administrations telling convenient lies. Whoever heard of an intelligent person that has to read other peoples words on a teleprompter whenever he speaks in public. I'm glad that people are starting to wake up and really see the fairy tale that is Obama. This is not a racist comment, my family is Black.

Posted by: sayitlikeitis | February 8, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

It is painfully obvious this woman is a minnow swimming in the Atlantic. Stop giving her the attention she thrives on.

Posted by: case50 | February 8, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

It is so amusing to read the comments "snarking" Palin's intelligence from people like Capehart and the Washington Post and the leftist robots who were sold by the vacuous mantra of "Hope and Change" by an inexperienced buffoon who had abysmal college grades, thinks there are 57 states, corpse-men running around in the military, people speaking "Austrian", and thinks Hirohito was on the Missouri surrendering to MacArthur.

Here is a big surprise for you - Palin had higher college grades than Obama. Prove me wrong.

Posted by: downer1 | February 8, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse

Georeg W Bush turned the United States of America over to the Lord and look where that got us!

Btw: Sarah was reading other peoples words from her TelePrompTer Saturday evening in Operyland, when she wasn't reading other peoples notes from the palm of her hand.

You think a women that can't remember which newspapers she reads, can memorize a speech?

Posted by: joemcnamara1 | February 8, 2010 3:21 AM | Report abuse

"She was asked what would her top three priorities be if conservatives take over leadership of the House and the Senate."

These were actually the three points that she had written on her hand ... tax cuts, energy, and lift American spirits. Despite the helping hand, she still kinda flubbed the prescreened question.

Posted by: frisson | February 8, 2010 3:34 AM | Report abuse

Bottom line is no one is on the fence concerning the self-abdicated governor, now entertainer Palin. No amount of dissembling or dialog is gonna convert one person in either direction. Each just preaches to their converted choir. It's not worth the energy to try.

I think Colbert's line "facts have a well known liberal bias" says it all.

Posted by: smileyzjohn | February 8, 2010 3:45 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin dropped the racial slur that the first African American President in the history of the United states needs a teleprompter to speak. The all-white Tea Partiers applauded Palin's racial slur. They knew it was a lie but they showed their acceptance of the bigot's teleprompter lie anyway.

The teleprompter lie is a racial slur aimed at all African Americans since in the mind of a bigot, no African American could possibly speak as well as the President without reading it.

The teleprompter bigots know that the President does not need a teleprompter to speak. But they continue to repeat the teleprompter lie because bigotry depends on lies and the acceptance of lies about those being targeted with discrimination.

Posted by: DCSage1 | February 8, 2010 3:47 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: DGSPAMMAIL
It's really easy to criticize other when you aren't doing the work yourself. If she's such a patriot, why does she charge $100,000? --------------------------------------------- I believe you are a little confused !
Mr. Obama is not doing the job and neither are his Czars. Actually Mr. Obama is doing a great job playing golf and vacationing while the country sinks and the people suffer. For a Community Organizer he doesn't do very good!He doesn't have the faintest of what a president of a country is supposed to do. He being the Oscar winner in Oratory doesn't even speak well enough to even compare his ramble to a High School Senior President. Talks a lot but in essence says nothing. He vaguely even badly quotes what the opposite party media suggests he does to improve. Mr. Obama is all talk but he does nothing, What he says and what he does are two completely different things. He says he is doing Health care for the good of the U.S.A.people, but people do not want "his Health-Care" and does not want to listen and is pushing his agenda no matter what. He says he will pass it no matter what. This man is deaf and blind to the need of the people and all for his own profit and betrayal to the country and its people. If our health care is SO BAD, Why are the Prime Minister of Canada and many, many other dignitaries coming to the U.S.A to be treated for their maladies? Why don't they get care in their own countries where the Health Care they advertise is "so great". Isn't that saying something and sending us a message that Mr Reid Miss Polosi and Mr Obama are doing the wrong thing. When are this people going to wake up and smell the roses? and stop their stupidity and stupid and insane ways? To become the idiotic and annoying people mentioned in history books with and insane no limit spending agenda. So what did Mr Obama do with the $1M won for doing nothing Peace Prize?? Is it already earning dividends in his bank account like the Millions in Mr Gore's and Clinton's accounts?.

Posted by: amapola11 | February 8, 2010 4:12 AM | Report abuse

Best selling author? Havent you been noticing that her PAC is buying her own books? Not sure thats legal. I am sure its not ethical. And can gaurantee using that method anyone with access to big money can become a best selling author no matter the content of the book. She is merely setting up a straw following. How dumb can some people become? Just go to a tea party.

Posted by: waawaazaire | February 8, 2010 4:41 AM | Report abuse

The whole "Obama reads from a teleprompter" line is one of the dumbest arguments I have ever heard in my entire life. So a politician shouldn't read from a prepared speech, they should just either completely memorize or wing it? Sort of like Palin, right? - oh wait, she uses a teleprompter too but for some reason it's okay when she does it.

I'd like to second the comment about the insulting nature of the "Why are liberals so condescending?" editorial. There is a vast, vast gult between being an condescending elitist snob and pointing out that a person trying to occupy an important position is in fact, an idiot who seems to take pride in her idiocy.

I still don't think Palin will run. She can make millions by spewing talking points and platitudes and folsky zingers while never, ever being held accountable for the things she says. If she ran for office and actually won she'd have to make hard choices, compromises, and break promises and then she'd lose her appeal to her audience by being seen as just another politician. By doing what she's doing now she gets to re-live her 2008 RNC days forever, or at least until people grow bored of her shtick in favour of the next folksy, "one of us", straight talking Real Americans. You know, like W.

Posted by: cjpotter19 | February 8, 2010 4:43 AM | Report abuse

We have NO LEADERS...and Gov. Plain is no worse than the dumb-dumb Dabamma who can't remember which lie he has to lie about today!

Posted by: cleverdave1 | February 8, 2010 5:03 AM | Report abuse

The last gasps of a seriously outnumbered left-wing (20%) sounding like Carter's frightened, crapping in their pants, peanut brains of 1980. ROFL

Posted by: Calabrese99 | February 8, 2010 5:06 AM | Report abuse

By now it should be well known....if there's no snark, there's no Palin. It's all she's got.

Posted by: seakeys | February 8, 2010 5:17 AM | Report abuse

It's too funny. In the late summer of 2008 when candidate John McCain announced his curious choice of a running mate, I immediately ran to the computer to do a google-search of the name, "Sarah Palin". I knew next-to-nothing about the woman other than the fact that she was the governor of Alaska. The first thing in her paper-thin biography that stood out for me was the date of her birth: February 11, 1964. I remember that day - distinctly! That was the day my beloved grandma, Loretta Doran Clements, died in South Bend, Indiana at the age of sixty-eight.

But other than that interesting coincidence there was not a heck of a lot in her biography that really stood out. Truth be told, I was more than a little puzzled as to why the GOP would think her an asset to the ticket. The moment she opened her mouth at her first campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio, I could only think of one thing:

Sally Field as "Gidget".

When someone like Sarah Palin can make it as far as she has, it can mean only one thing and it's not a particularly good sign: we are living in a culture that has been custom-tailored for idiots. When a person who can barely put two coherent sentences together without the aid of a teleprompter becomes one of the best-selling non-fiction authors of the decade, that's usually a pretty good indicator that society is spiraling downward at a fairly decent clip. Fasten your seat belts, kiddies!

I had always believed that Monty Python alumni Michael Palin was the funniest person in the world to bear that name. In fact it should be stated for the record that the two Palins are equally funny. The only difference is that Michael works very hard at it. Sarah's funniness, on the other hand, is purely accidental. The woman is a scream; the Buster Keaton of unintentional comedy

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Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | February 8, 2010 5:40 AM | Report abuse

@sayitlikeitis: Who cares what color your family is? I'm black-- and believe me we can be fools too. (didn't the South treat us that way long enough for you?)And what is it with this "teleprompter" crap? The regurgitated FOX talking point has gotten tiresome. They ALL use teleprompters in certain situations, so what? I think it's rich when people like Hannity bring it up while they read the comments from a -gasp- teleprompter. People like you make it easy for them to play you for fools. The President didn't use one when he ran circles around the republclowns at their little confab recently. And as far as lying, the only time the repubs don't lie is when their mouths aren't moving. If you need an excuse to not like this guy, at least try to come up with something intelligent and coherent!

Posted by: dirktazer | February 8, 2010 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'm no defender of Ms Palin, hustler that she is, but I do not object to her (rather poorly stated) desire that our country recognize and seek strength from its Christian roots. This seems entirely appropriate for a largely Christian nation. Of course, I realize that this in anathema to liberals, many of whom deny God or want Him confined behind closed doors.

As for Ms Palin, "How's that hopey changey thing workin' for ya?" says it all really.

Posted by: terencef100 | February 8, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

It is the media that is keeping this street side mountebank in the public eye with the constant reporting.

Yes, the tea bag people are very scary and I can only hope that saner minds prevail but the media needs to stop reporting on her every manufactured thought and move.

The only number I heard about attendance at the tea party this weekend was 600. Come on, there are more people than that at a large grocery store.

Posted by: SwingStateCindy | February 8, 2010 5:59 AM | Report abuse

@amapola11: The fact that you throw a lot of words against the wall (boooring) does not mask the fact that you really are talking nonsense and spouting memorized wing-nut talking points. Sit down kkklown.

Posted by: dirktazer | February 8, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

@terencef100: those are really very general statements you are making, some of the most devout people I know are quite liberal. But I think you know that, you just think your "snarky" slam (ala Palin) it cute and an argument ender. I'll tell you what, let's call a truce: you don't worry about my relationship with god and I won't worry about yours. If that's not good enough for you, let me state that I do believe in hell, and will lend you my GPS.

Posted by: dirktazer | February 8, 2010 6:11 AM | Report abuse

downer1= Here's the proof that YOU ARE WRONG, as you requested: Both Palin and Obama have NEVER released their college grades. Hence you are simply fabricating lies out of thin air.
Both Palin in high school and Obama as an undergrad were not known for stellar GPAs.
However, Obama DID get into Harvard law school and he DID graduate with honors, which demands a GPA of at least 3.5 (wiki.com).
Nothing in Palin's public educational record: her cruise through several colleges and her high school transcript, could find cause to make the same claim about her.

As for your other supposed quotes, please source them...or we're all likely to believe you're just making those up like you did with your whole "college grades" lie.

As for Palin, on FOX News Sunday, "Palin claimed Obama 'expects us to sit down and shut up and accept' his policies.

Asked specifically which policies, Palin said Obama has been condescending with his 'general personality.'"

Poor thing. I guess she hadn't been told what to say if she had been asked for specifics.


Posted by: hazel3 | February 8, 2010 6:12 AM | Report abuse

Palin's shallow and dangerous attitudes were on display, especially during the question-answer time. Example, her foreign policy goals: "We win. They lose." It's as simple as that, she added. Yep...that's the simplest way to start more wars.

Posted by: mkittels | February 8, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Palin is in Politics now for the money...she is ignorant about the world and how it is populated by non americans...

Posted by: pat_donnelly | February 8, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Something about Sarah Palin always gives Mr. Capehart the vapors. The talk of a person's faith shouldn't be discussed apparently. Perhaps if Mrs. Palin went to Jeremiah Wright's church then Mr. Capehart would be comforted.

I'm sure we'll see Mr. Capehart alongside the other easily excitable at MSNBC discussing all things Palin.

The impression I get of Mr. Capehart is this. He sees Mrs. Palin as so working class.

Posted by: Rschrim1 | February 8, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

It is hypocracy to talk about Sarah Palin's "paper-thin" resume without mentioned Obama's even thinner one. You don't like snarky, huh? So why can Obama do the same things without your criticism? And yes....Obama has been condescending. Ultimately, he is supposed to work FOR the American people, so he better start listening to us. We NEED a smaller, smarter and less expensive government that intrudes less into our lives but that will defend this country will full conviction and vigor against its enemies.

That is not the "hope and change" that Obama has been giving us fortunately.

Posted by: honorswar26 | February 8, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

It is hypocracy to talk about Sarah Palin's "paper-thin" resume without mentioned Obama's even thinner one. You don't like snarky, huh? So why can Obama do the same things without your criticism? And yes....Obama has been condescending. Ultimately, he is supposed to work FOR the American people, so he better start listening to us. We NEED a smaller, smarter and less expensive government that intrudes less into our lives but that will defend this country will full conviction and vigor against its enemies.

That is not the "hope and change" that Obama has been giving us fortunately.

But it is what the American people as typlified by Sarah Palin, the Tea Party movement and the vast majority of Americans support.

Posted by: honorswar26 | February 8, 2010 6:23 AM | Report abuse

@honorswar26: Gee it's nice to know that you (who, I would bet a weeks income, didn't vote for THE PRESIDENT)know exactly what he needs to do for the country. I guess the MAJORITY of us who did don't get any input. And enough with "condescending" and "arrogant" dog whistle crap, we know it't just code for "uppity n****r"

Posted by: dirktazer | February 8, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Sara, the current year in 2010, not 1776. Check your calender if you don't believe me. In this age, we have a thing called world trade, where the countries with the most money, the countries that spend there money on there countries infra-structure, education, health care, clean technologies, WIN. In order to make money, you got to spend money. We don't live in the wild west, the gas and buggy days, the whites rule everything days, we live in the new age. It's people like you that are a real threat to America and it's progress. We don't need to go backwards you babbling airhead, we need to go forward.

Posted by: kubrickstan | February 8, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

The Teabagger Convention was a perfect venue for Palin's big speech. Palin's appeal is primarily with the American fringe. There is nothing main stream about it.

If Republicans support this half-baked Alaskan - they do so at their own peril. The independents and moderates are watching. Palin makes it extremely difficult to pick the lesser of two evils.

Posted by: alance | February 8, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

The fact that this snarky know-nothing divisive woman has gotten to the point where she's considered some kind of authority on ANYTHING is a truly sad commentary on this country. She's a charlatan, a quack, and God forbid, if this she were ever given power, she'd be extremely dangerous.

Posted by: ggwalt | February 8, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who listens to Sarah Palin speak and who cannot see for themselves how unprepared she is for higher office should be ashamed or embarrassed. How obtuse does one have to be to consider for a nanosecond voting for this shallow ideologue? Everything about this poser is false including the sales of her autobiography, bought in large numbers by her PAC. The damage that she has wrought the GOP is severe and not likely over yet. Unfortunately, the damage she may do to our nation is also great.

Posted by: wilsonjmichael | February 8, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Seems to me we are now looking at the Tea Party and "our Sarah" is their Mad Hatter.

Posted by: OhMy | February 8, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

A bitter quitter loves to Twitter, call you honey, grab your money -- then gnaw the head off her son's bunny.

Posted by: chimezatmidnight | February 8, 2010 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Platitudes, eh?

How about these gems: "hope and change" and "sure, we have no money for this proposal, but we can pay for it by taxing the rich".

Posted by: diehardlib | February 8, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of snarkey ...

Posted by: jpfann | February 8, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

"How's that hopey, changey stuff working out for ya?"

Just fine, thank you. We've got a president with a vision for our future, one that wants to bring us into the 21st century even though your side is dragging their feet and kicking and screaming. He wasted no time in raising our image in the world - in fact, he was given a Nobel Peace Prize. One who wants to shore up the middle class and add more people to it. With a little cooperation from your side (just a couple of votes will do), he'll put us on a sound path for our future and undo some of the damage done in the eight years before he was elected. And Sarah, I'm so glad "Joe" is there instead of you.

Posted by: MNUSA | February 8, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Like Patrick Buchanan says, she was showing the red meat.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 8, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

@sayitlikeitis. Aside from the fact that you pointed out that you're a black family. I just wonder what other Country can you see from your back yard?

Posted by: phyllisr5 | February 8, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin is loved by many Americans who, like her, did not graduate from college, do not want to hear from a professor of constitutional law,like a person who looks and sounds like them and knows that the big guy in the sky has all the answers...so she doesn't have to have them. She can hire staff to help her understand the constitution...if she needs to know...and that is reality...

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | February 8, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

so wait, are you telling me that she read the line about Obama and the teleprompter off of her teleprompter?

are you people retarded?

no, seriously...

Posted by: vigor | February 8, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Update: Obama is set to meet with both republicans and democrats on TV to hear health care reform proposals...from both sides.

So much for that foot-stomping, pouty demand that "he better listen to us."

The saddest part of the Palin appearance at the tea party convention or anywhere, for that matter, is that she is so lacking in ideas. It's all snark with her, nothing constructive.

If Palin were to be invited to this meeting with Obama, she would have nothing to offer... and a real exchange of ideas would certainly not be the venue for her hopey-changey-speak.

Posted by: hazel3 | February 8, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

"racial slur that the first African American President in the history of the United states needs a teleprompter to speak."

That's a stretch. But I'm pretty sure your criticism of Palin is sexist.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | February 8, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

The attendance says it all. Why the Washington Post and other media insist on covering a "convention" attended by 600 as a major political event is beyond me. Palin repeats the same speech over and over and over. Is there any coverage whenever Tim Pawlenty or Bobby Jindal give a speech. No. And they are actually governing. I live in Orlando and there is no visibility locally to the tea party. It's a cable event.

Posted by: chucko2 | February 8, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Sarah's speech WAS snarky. But then, so are Obama's speeches. Come to think of it, so are MOST speeches given by politicians or their spokespeople. But whether or not anyone thinks she's a credible future candidate, she is right about two things: We NEED a COMMANDER IN CHIEF. And, we need a REPRESENTATIVE government. We are currently lacking both.

Posted by: Brensarg | February 8, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Most of that audience looked bored. Which is a hopeful sign.

Posted by: AverageJane | February 8, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's brand of cartoonish, anti-intellectual conservatism makes Sean Hannity look like William F. Buckley, Jr.

Posted by: wtpatton | February 8, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

My gracious, such a severe finger wagging, while providing yet another opportunity to air Sarah's gratuitous attacks on Obama from teabag land. Mercy. But it's no surprise anymore, coming from a newspaper that would publish as stupid an editorial as the one written by a college professor about the plight of condescended-to conservatives. Sound of one hand clapping for the Post.

Posted by: dudh | February 8, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

You know what Jonathan, I totally agree with Marty. I'm sick of the Washington Post dumbing down our politics and giving these irrational and destructive voices a national platform. It's so visible that you're only doing this to deflect conservatives' (read: Fox News Channel watchers) completely false charges that the MSM are ultra-liberal and suppress conservative viewpoints. Therefore, you feel like you need kid-gloves when discussing Sarah Palin. You know, for some reason, you are very tough when it comes to "gay" issues (same sex marriage, don't ask, don't tell). Whenever I see you discussing those issues, hey, you seem to have a backbone and a definitive point-of-view that holds up even to silly conservative/religious counter-charges. Why can't you show that backbone when it comes to political issues (and charlatans)? To say Sarah Palin has "raw talent", like this is American Idol. She doesn't read, she doesn't study, she has no necessity for understanding the way the world works, she's comfortable in her naive, pathetic, small-minded worldview. In any other country in the world she'd be laughed at and simply cast aside as exactly what she is...insignificant. But you damned spineless reporters keep propping her up, YOU keep her in the news, YOU keep her relevant, even though she's only relevant to the ever-decreasing population of "small-town America." And you never make that point! IF "regular Americans" were such a dignified and glamorous status symbol to achieve, why are the masses of Americans moving to the cities? Oh, because that's where the wealth is created? Where American culture is expressed and defined? Shame on you Jonathan, this article is EXACTLY the reason I cancelled my home subscription.

Posted by: sachancp | February 8, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe the level of some of the comments I read. What on earth does it matter whether the president or Sarah Palin uses a teleprompter? I would expect anyone who has any hope of delivering a coherent message would use one. This is only one of the silly criticisms of our president. I don't agree with everything he has done, but I find the degree of obstructionism incredible. I thing one of the greatest needs of our country right now is to reform the Senate. One day the Republicans will be back in the majority and the temptation will be for the Democrats to continue the stalemate. Is it possible that there are 60 Senators (Democrat or Republican) that realize that the present procedures are not serving the country. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa should be supported in his attempt to limit the filibuster. Republicans who really believe in DEMOCRACY should support him.

Posted by: kabob41 | February 8, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, I tend to agree with you except for one point, "raw talent". You still haven't seen that Sarah Palin is giving it all she has. This is not "raw talent", this is as polished and refined as she's going to get. She can quote the intellectual leaders of our revolution, but then in the next breath she puts down intellectuals as if they are some how un-American. If Sarah had been in charge of the revolution, we'd still be flying the British flag in this country. If this is what America really wants today, God help us all.

Posted by: Mezee | February 8, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Palin showed that she is uninformed and lacking in curiousity, but she also showed us why she is that way. When asked a question about her oldest son and his thinking, Palin said with apparent pride that she doubted if he had ever watched CSpan.

She seems to be proud that one of her children had never watched CSpan. I doubt that she has ever watched CSpan.

Palin revealed that she is not interested in seeing the workings of our Congress or the non-partisan and open coverage of important political events in the U.S. Perhaps the unpolished truth is a threat to her beliefs. There is, after all, nothing more threatening to unfounded beliefs than the truth.

She has the intellectual curiousity of a clam. I'm sorry I'm insulting a clam.

Posted by: goodgovernment | February 8, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Don't you have a five minute fantasy session with your obama spread in GQ?

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 8, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Quote: The constitution provides the best road map. Not if you were black. Blacks were property just like my cat. And my cat does not vote either.

It is sometimes good that we don't always think as it would give a person a headache. In the case of many american people they don't think either. It points to the low level of education that they have. And without a good education you can not have democracy. At least that is what Thomas Jefferson had in mind. And certainly this seems to be the case with our dysfunction government. Sara Palin maybe our future and may God help us!

Posted by: artg | February 8, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Our news media, at least the for profit media, are responsible for creating the people that flock to Palins lynch parties. We won't find them or her doing lengthy discussions about issues and solutions because its hard to hate an issue. She is the darling of much of the news media because emotions sell and she is all about the emotion of hate.

Posted by: tryreason | February 8, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Condescension? What condescension?


The word for today, "liberal" boys and girls, is "irony"....

Posted by: scotpowell | February 8, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

It's not about liberal vs. conservative. I listened intently to the Tea Party reps and to Ms. Palin. Stupidity is chosen ignorance when all facts are presented. This is why the Tea Partiers and Ms. Palin are truly stupid people.

Posted by: MyTulsecoPost | February 8, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Thinking people need to step back, take a breath and give thanks. Palin and the Tea people are fracturing the right and encouraging un-electble candidates. The further they drift to the right, the more they push the electorate to the center. This is very good news. All of the republicans who have won recently ran away from the right as moderates. Brown is pro-choice! He is the anti-Palin. This fracture will cause more democrats to be elected and the republicans who win will be moderates. Thank you tea people, Thank you Sara!

Posted by: formerrepublician | February 8, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

These posts are full of condescension. She actually put forth her political views in that speech partly by saying what she is against--e.g., the foreign policy of our pansy of a President, his health care mess, his failure to create any jobs. And Capeheart, the last quote is something that needs to be done. Dems are trying to turn us into a welfare nation. They want us to emulate all the huge African American women in the District who live off welfare their whole lives and then pass their failures down to their children. Dems don't think their is any dignity to having a job and supporting yourself and your family. That is why the Dems will lose big in November and in 2012. That is why we need Palin as a Preident.

Posted by: columbiaheights | February 8, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Make up your mind! 'A joke' (David Brooks, NY Times), or 'The Maestro'?

Posted by: MikeMcLamara | February 8, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

She's a retard.

Posted by: cllrdr | February 8, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Columbia Heights,
You look good in tights!
Your bounty it never is failin'!
Your brains are unique,
Your nadir's your peak --
And your wailin's just like Sarah Palin's!

Posted by: chimezatmidnight | February 8, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr Capehart for highlighting what I think was a largely unnoticed and under-reported moment in Ms Palin's speech. Or maybe everyone just presumes it was another thoughtless pandering remark from this airhead. One has to wonder, if she were in the oval office, just how exactly making America "God fearing" again, and dependent on 'divine intervention', would translate into day to day reality. One strongly suspects theyd translate the way they always have, in every barbarian society since time began. Into unquestioning obedience to the Leader, since he/she is God's conduit on Earth, and into merciless savagery to everyone not getting with the new program. Since theyre 'goin against God' so must by definition be Evil with a capital E.

Posted by: DoctorT1 | February 8, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Will there be a place for her witch doctor in her Cabinet?

Posted by: trace1 | February 8, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

She's making jokes about Obama using a teleprompter and this morning on CNN they showed how she wrote notes on her hand and kept looking at them during her talks! It was unbelievable! But you could actually see them! What a clown. And i would love for someone to ask her, if she is so against "socialism", why is that her state is the only one in the country redistributing the oil wealth to its citizens? Every year, Alaska writes a check to people who did not earn the money. Doesn't that qualify as "socialism"? The redistribution of wealth?

Posted by: hchattaway1 | February 8, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Janet8:
"Our country, thanks to him, is deeper in debt and less safe than ever, because our enemies, "
President Bush and the Republican congress were our enemies???

LOL!

God Bless Alaska
my home, sweet home.

Posted by: edlharris | February 8, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

If the likes of Sarah Palin and Scott Brown are the hopes of the right, then progressive democracy in America has little to fear. However, the cynical and self-serving rightist strategists who foist these hollow personalities on the public are much to be feared. Keeping the public riled against an honest man who has gone to Washington amid a blizzard of political and financial woes created by none other than the very critics of his efforts has taken more patriotism and courage than any of Obama's detractors will ever admit.

The Republican party and allies from all bizarre walks on the right are happy to have Democrats absorb the fallout from their failed governance. Stand in the way, make things look as seedy as possible; why not? It all falls on the shoulders of the majority party and the President. Understanding politics and the erosion of trust in the face of petty but persistent criticism should be what is taught in American history and civics. Since it is not, instead the public looks to who seems ascendant rather than to its own interests. We suffer for our ignorance.

Posted by: Jazzman7 | February 8, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

"Don't approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear or a fool from any direction." Good advice, especially if you substitute the word "fanatic" for "fool".

The hypocrisy is overwhelming - how else to explain a witch doctor blessing in a church? How else to explain a pregnancy that is supposed to support the abstinence-only program?

McCain is to blame for loosing this woman onto the political scene and I can't wait to vote AGAINST him in November.

Posted by: Utahreb | February 8, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Surprise, surprise - another BIGOTED African American male.

The sexism of the Post and the prejudice of it's readers is getting to be too much.

Time for WOMEN to stand behind eachother and move to the FRONT of the line for ONCE!

Posted by: mgd1 | February 8, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

"These posts are full of condescension."

Right. Witness here the introduction of the new "condescension" card which allows one to equate real human thought, study, and education with parroted talking points.
Thank you very much, Washington Post editorial board, for giving a leg up to what we old timers would have called balderdash.
It is what it is.

Posted by: martymar123 | February 8, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Liberals, democrats and suburbanites shouldn't be so scared of Palin and the teabaggers.

These are relatively uncertain times we live in and those folks are riled up.

Be thankful that they are being led by an opportunist like Palin vs someone who might actually believe in starting a bloody revolution instead of installing a tanning bed. (on that topic; is Palin trying to look Black?)

Posted by: jeremyisett | February 8, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is front page on every newspaper in the country. She is the subject of every political blog, she is the headline of every liberal news site. Now, I ask, why is that?

She isn't a candidate, as she was with McCain. There is no obligation whatsoever to cover her, or giver her an inch of press. She is nothing more or less than a protester. How much coverage did war protesters get? How much coverage to protesters get in the elections? How much at the G20? The answer is - close to none.

If you are reading all this Sarah Palin coverage, and not wondering what the media role is in building up this new political "creature" - you are simply incurious beyond hope.

Remember - there is no obligation to cover a commercial speech such as this. None. Did we get this kind of coverage when Howard Zinn or Ralph Nader gave a speech? Do you wonder why this nasty, highly aggressive, angry, divisive. insulting, conservative rhetoric, which is already filling the AM airwaves 24/7, is so readily copied into front page coverage?

Think about it.

Posted by: markstephen | February 8, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

""How's that hopey-changey stuff working out for ya?,""

Just fine, you twit.
I paid $2000 less in fed income taxes last year.

Posted by: phillipmarlowe | February 8, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

She is doing a great service for liberals and moderates. What's even better is that she doesn't have the sense to figure that out herself.

If all goes well she will rip huge chunk of the GOP base right into a 3rd party. There in lala land anyway - she would be their perfect leader.


Posted by: jbryson2 | February 8, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow! Talk about snarky!

Posted by: WestTexan2008 | February 8, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

She criticizes Obama for using a teleprompter while at the same time she reads notes written on her HAND!! Reminds me of a 6th grader.

Palin's third rate experience reading the sports has come in handy when standing at the podium. But ... there isn't anything going on inside. She is a walking talking point.

She could bone up on world affairs until she dies and never have the skills and/or intelligence required to deal with complicated and sensitive diplomatic issues. I cringe to consider that she would ever be in a position that may impact mine or my family's life.

Time will take care of Palin but in the meantime we should encourage her to go to Haiti, rescue children and perhaps try and sneak them into Cuba.

Posted by: cuppajoe | February 8, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Condescension? I've never heard a more condescending politician than Sarah Palin. Every word she says drips with condescension. Her entire shtick is condescending to people she has deemed "fake Americans". She's even condescending to her constituencies, taking them for granted and making money off of them. She has such obvious disregard for the intelligence of the people who support her that she clearly does not believe that she need work hard to improve her understanding of policy. She knows that her supporters won't bother to do the legwork to at least critique her a bit before they give her their money and support, because she regards them as sheep.

I'm appalled by the idea that some people dream of a president so bereft of ideas who has no regard for the American people in comparison to the one we have, who treats us like adults and our Democracy like a Democracy.

Ms. Palin has obvious disregard for vast swaths of the population of our country. Say any crazy thing you want about our President (and oh, people will), but at least the man has the decency to recognize that there are other point of views out there and to use them if they are good ideas. Unfortunately for the right, President Obama is devilishly good at proving the intellectual vapidity of most of their ideas.

Because she can not respect those who disagree with her, Sarah Palin will never be president.

Posted by: RoninJoey | February 8, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

There have been several comments here and made by extreme right wing religious consertives that imply that the founding fathers were all God fearing extreme right wing religious consertives. That is not true. Many of the early presidents and patriots were Deists or Unitarians.

Posted by: Ralph_Indianapolis | February 8, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

This infintessimal part of the electorate make a hugely disproportionate amound of sound and fury because, like Palin, they provide "Excellent Audio/video Sensationalism" and spectacle.

Will the nations's media cover me if gather 600 people to protest the conservative agenda?

If they want to devote journalistic resources to this movement,why not a consistent and in-depth analysis of it's true size and impact?

Yeah, I know; if they did that they'd lose a ratings spectacle on a par with those other so-called reality shows.

Why not some coverage on the demgraphics and their origin of the tea-party? That could be hugely informative.

Posted by: interactidiomas | February 8, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"The government that governs the least governs the best," says Palin. That means that if elected she will spend most of her time at Crawford,( never Wassila, it's too cold), and Fox News studio, lecture tour, etc.

Can you imagine the state of the nation if Sarah was in charge during the financial crisis? "The government that governs the least governs the best. Dear Lord, NO.

Posted by: caesarganz | February 8, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

You're just scared of her cause you're an elite intellectual snob who reads books and understands issues. Slogans are what rile up the rubes, not policy. Her base doesn't understand what they like......only what they hate. She feeds on that hate and uses it to cash in.

hopey-changey

marxist

professor

I hope she wins the nomination for the Repubs. She's still envious that Obama got 2 degrees in serious fields and she took over 6 years to get a journalism degree. If she hates learnin' so much why did she bother with a degree?? She could have stayed with her high school education and become a rock jock like that crying baby Beck or Limbaugh.

Posted by: theobserver4 | February 8, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

The woman is an idiot as are all of her supporters.

Posted by: davidsawh | February 8, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

'Palin brought the Tea Partiers in Nashville to their feet with belittling put-downs of President Obama, including calling him "a charismatic guy with a TelePrompTer."'

Talk about pots and kettles. Change the gender and you've nailed her. Obama is a far more eloquent extemporaneous speaker than Palin could ever hope to be.

Posted by: yellojkt | February 8, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Ah, as Mrs. Palin might call it, that funny little feller of American political life: anti-intellectualism.

He's been around since Day One and is still going strong, I see.

Many many American politicians have made a lot of hay with anti-intellectualism -- you know the 'just folks' ploy that paints the political adversary as a 'pointy-heated intellectual' or a 'law professor.'

You know, the alleged power of common thinking over book learnin'.

Palin, interestingly, has put the cherry on top -- one we haven't seen for more than 100 years -- a call by an actual American politician for prayer as a answer to problems of governmental policy.

Sarah Palin has a lot in common with the last guy to do that, William Jennings Bryan. But they're different, too. He was said to be good-looking as she is. And they both press all the right buttons -- faith, motherhood, anti-intellectualism, rural, etc. But she's a woman and he was a dude. She's a Republican and he was a Democrat. Bryan actually had ideas (monetary reform, direct election of senators, prohibition of alcohol -- OK, they weren't all winners). She's still got nothing, no ideas; not one, at all. She was asked for them in front of the friendliest audience that could be assembled and she was paid to be there, and not one idea, other than the ideas that even the people that used to back them agree got us into this financial and foreign policy mess. Her message basically was: Obama, how dare you try to clean up our beautiful mess.

So, if our history is any guide -- and Palin is clearly in a crowd that believes American history is an inerrant succession of triumphs (except for that 2008 election, of course) -- Palin will lose, and big.

This is an iron law of American politics -- any good ideas from populists are adopted (populists say 'co-opted') by the major parties and the populists themselves never get elected dog-catcher.

But successive electoral loss does put a very attractive chip on their shoulders, which they carry with them through life, their tiny group of core supports heaping roses upon it, until, at the end of a long life, the "Great Populist" breathes their last, and their eulogists wonder, alternately, how a person so 'popular' was never elected, and how they got to be so 'popular' in the first place.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | February 8, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

B-I-M-B-O.
she gives a new meaning to the word.

Posted by: crenza | February 8, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Sara Palin says: "You know, we don't have all the answers as fallible men and women so it would be wise of us to start seeking some divine intervention again in this country," so that we can be safe and secure and prosperous again.

I guess she thinks she is the only one in touch with the Divine. Add arrogant to snarky, smirks and sarcasm.

What a dangerously shallow ditz.

Posted by: go4it | February 8, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

It's not hard to understand the popularity of Sarah Palin. In politics today, telling the truth and talking straight to the "people" is the surest way NOT to get elected. Best to keep the language simple and "mavericky." The fixes require tough medicine for everyone, and we are not good at taking our medicine. Mending the American budget requires a mix of cuts and overhauls to Medicare and Social Security and targeted tax increases (or a complete redo of the tax code would be even better) and these are not likely anytime soon since we are under the complete hypnosis of big corporations and Wall Street. And, the fixes will be tough on all Americans. Sarah is very attractive and shows well on tv, and among the group of the current leaders of the GOP such as Newt Gingrich and Rush Limbaugh, she is refreshing I have to admit. Her message has zero substance b/c she has zero substance, and snarky is working. After all, no, no, no is working well for the GOP. Sarah allows us to run away from our problems by trivializing them, and we really don't want to hear the difficult and technical explanations of the problems anyway. It is not a good sign for our society when we perceive the "intellectual approach" to be the problem and that the solutions are "kinda simple and mavericky." Rouge is NOT what we need. We need good ideas and to make difficult choices. Our current economic system is not sustainable and our deficit burdens are crippling. We need to elect leaders, demo or repub, that will solve the problems. Sarah is not a viable candidate, but I hope her weaknesses will wake us all up to the fact that simplistic and snarky is not going to solve anything.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | February 8, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I have to switch my mind into simpleton mode just to try and understand what she is saying.
You'd think that she would have taken suggestions to heart--even from her supporters--about at least attempting to learn SOMETHING about civics, history and proper English usage after a year on the national stage. What does it say about the Iquitarod Queen and her teabagging admirers that they are all hostile to book learnin'?
I hope the time never comes that the Dixiepub elite sees Sarah as the dangerous dunce she is; that they continue to let her stand front and center on stage spouting her ignorant babble to an equally ignorant audience. That way, we can be rid of the lot of 'em come the next election.
No one in their right mind would ever put this motly crew in charge of anything again . . . I hope.

Posted by: hyjanks | February 8, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

All the liberals' comments about Sarah Palin give truth to the recent Post article about how condescending liberals are. The best part is reading all the misspelled words in the comments calling Sarah Palin dumb. She wiped the floor with Joe Biden in their debate. Perhaps liberals would like her better if she mumbled "ummm" 187 time like Obama did at the Republican meeting recently when he didn't have his teleprompter.

Posted by: oldno7 | February 8, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

All I heard from Palin were platitudes and contradictions of thought, delivered in a whiney, snarky voice. She dissed Obama for using a teleprompter, and yet she had crib notes written on her palm. Since her speech was poorly delivered, she should have considered a teleprompter, like the one she used at the Republican convention where she gave a much better though no less snarky and error-filled speech. Palin is just one big political gimmick writ large. To think that millions consider her presidential timber makes me fear for my country.

Posted by: DWSouthern | February 8, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't it be kinda fun to have a beer with GWB III right now; and barf it up all over Sarah Palin?

Posted by: MickNamVet | February 8, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Clearly, the Sarah Palin that "governs least, governs best." I bet Alaska is very happy now that she's QUIT governing. Was that also God's will?

Why do the GOP "leaders" least equipped to actually govern rise to the top of that party? Why do they hate smart people?

Sarah Palin denigrated and despised President Obama (sounding every bit like a teenager who is jealous of someone more "popular" than she) calling him names, but also contradicting her own picture of him. Which is it, Miss Sarah? Is Obama some charismatic airhead who can't speak without a teleprompter, or is he a "law professor" who lectures with such depth that she "gets bored"?

Those two portraits, both intended to be unflattering to Obama, are unflattering to Sarah Palin, who comes across as a nasty, sniping, high-school girl who got to a certain level with good looks and charisma and now is upset that someone with actual depth and brains is surpassing her. But why does she want the headaches of being President? She couldn't handle Alaska.

Do her defenders want to dispute her snarkiness? This isn't Reagan, folks. Reagan had a sincere, deep love of his fellow Americans and got ahead with statements that created a vision of optimism. Palin seems to be the voice of a snarky, decidedly un-Christian attitude of "hate thy enemy". The woman is into promoting herself and a literal minded version of God.

What does she have to offer the country?

Posted by: cturtle1 | February 8, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

There's no way this country will elect an uninformed and intellectually lazy person like palin for president - especially when we're still paying the price for the last uninformed intellectually lazy president - GW Bush.

When she winked into the camera during the VP debate, I could no longer take her seriously. I want a woman in the white house, but I want one that's capable, competent and one that is elected for the right reasons.

Posted by: NotFooledTX | February 8, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Talk about the snark. Why don't the majority of you useless liberals, just face facts. Obummer is a real bummer, our country's economics are in the toilet and our congress is full of liars, cheats, and thieves. Talking down Sarah Palin only emphasizes the ignorance on the left, and ongoing uncivil discourse with anyone who may believe in God. I do promise this, those of you who mock God, I pity you. You will pay with your very souls for eternity.

Posted by: candyzky | February 8, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

She snarks Obama's use of a teleprompter (which she herself used at the 2008 convention)but then can't deliver to a bunch of adoring Baggers without writing cues on the palm of her hand. Are ya 12, Sarah? If I paid all that money to listen to you for 45 minutes, I would sure expect a little more grown-up behavior from you. What does the far right have against intelligence, anyway?

Posted by: creatia52 | February 8, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Totally agree with martymar123.

Posted by: wturecki | February 8, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

It's painfully obvious that Palin's pissy quips and Jesus mantras are all that's left in her already-meager lexicon.

She brags about her (alleged) ability to speak (allegedly) coherently without a teleprompter, but then rambles on and, um, uh, you know, it's kinda like...on. She and her special effects team are too busy browsing Vogue to see how vapid she proves herself time and time again. She could actually use a teleprompter! Her carefully-manicured hand isn't big enough to carry her through a presentation, much less a debate.

So then she falls back on the Republican magic bullet: God. One reason so many of us complain about all the God talk isn't because we're morally bankrupt; it's largely because the GOP can't shut up about it. The message from the politico-thumpers is clear; if you don't point skyward after every touchdown and you're able to talk about (and exhibit) integrity without citing Bible passages ad nauseum, then you're on the devil's side and all your points are moot. Weak.

There's a difference between a quip and an astute remark, and mraymond10 cites a good one: "Run, Sarah, run." Talk yourself right back into your back yard where you belong; maybe your Russian neighbors can stomach your blithering for a while.


Posted by: EdgewoodVA | February 8, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

She tosses a word salad like that, has crib notes written on her hand, it's Saturday night... are you sure that's not Tina Fey on SNL?

Posted by: leftcoaster | February 8, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Didn't we just have eight years of a President (2000-2008) who hated governing and hated government (but didn't mind wars) and also prayed for God to fix everything? How did that work out for ya?

Seriously, if Sarah Palin is not about Hope and Change (in her words, "hopey-changey thing") then we can only assume she's all about . . . what? God? Jesus?

What will the Palin bumper stickers say? Same-Old GOP Platitudes!

The GOP have nothing to offer!

Posted by: cturtle1 | February 8, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

"The last gasps of a seriously outnumbered left-wing (20%) sounding like Carter's frightened, crapping in their pants, peanut brains of 1980. ROFL"

The last gasp of a seriously frightened extremist right wing (5%) sounding like Nixon's paranoid, sucking their thumb, cloth coat brains of 1972. ROFL. See how easy it is to turn your own pointless insults back on you? But nothing really got *said,* right?

And I love how desperately "amused" extremist conservatives always try to sound when they lob their little bombs. They're always LOL or ROFL, trying to take make themselves sound sophisticated and amused when they're really terrified and striking out any way they can--i.e., with driveby comments lacking any sort of substance.

Posted by: NYC123 | February 8, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Yes, Palin should hold the snark. That is reserved for hack newspaper jerks, msdnc "hosts and hostesses" and liberals in general.

How dare Palin make fun of the One?

Posted by: bandmom22 | February 8, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan,

Would you do me a favor.. particularly next time you are with the Morning Joe crew and they bring up Palin's potential as a future national candidate. Tell them she will NEVER be President or elected to any national office that requires a majority vote.

Have you checked out her approval rating among African Americans? She is LOATHED! Hispanics? Not much better. Demographics will determine 2010/2012, particularly 2012 and last time I checked Sarah Palin, nor the Republican party for that matter have done much to improve their numbers there.

So the press can continue entertain and ponder her fantasies of holding national office one day but the reality is..it will never happen.

Posted by: wendyham | February 8, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Palin continues to create more division for the Party of No and will personally deliver the 2012 elections to the Democrats. She'll continue to ignore everyone else because its what a diva does. As one of the most dangerous women in Conservative circles, to disregard her and her brand of me first politics jeopardizes the liberties of the majority of Americans.

Posted by: pv2bdrco | February 8, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Much of the criticism of Palin (vapid, thoughtless, clueless, mean) is reality based but besides the point. Palin is a classic demagogue who understands her audience and knows how to inflame them. She is a born provocateur who gains stature in the eyes of her audience by the enemies she attracts (the so-called intellectual elite,
ie anybody with some modicum of education).
Such demagogues of the right were be quite influential in Europe before WWII. The Europeans have learned by bitter experience what listening to them leads to. Americans have been fortunate until now that they have never achieved sufficient power in the US to cause lasting harm. McCarthy was perhaps the most influential US politician of that ilk, thankfully there was enough decency in the political class in those days to put an end to his shenanigans.

Posted by: serban1 | February 8, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"Which liberals?"

Republicans like to characterize the whole Democratic party as liberal. Really, the term should only be applied to the left of the party. Liberals do in fact exist and are almost as irritating and detrimental to change as the Tea Party/Evangelical branch of the Republican Party. We really need to do away with both extremes and rule from the center if we want to make any progress. The centrist democrats are probably willing to do so, but right now, the whole Republican party is ideology bound which squashes any chance at compromise.

Posted by: hdimig | February 8, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

This woman is a cartoon, a tragic joke.

I would feel sorry for the hopeless stupidity of her followers, if they weren't turning this country into the laughingstock of the world.

Posted by: drindl | February 8, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is such a cowardly fraud.

Can any of her supporters justify why she's outraged when Emmanuel calls people "retards" but she thinks it's just fine when Limbaugh calls the exact same people the exact same thing?

Go ahead...I dare ya!

Hypocrites!

Posted by: solsticebelle | February 8, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin quit as Alaska governor because she did not want to do the hard work of governing a state. The job of president is several orders of magnitude harder than that. Why would she run for president when she can be a babbling head for the Insane and Unbalanced Network, and get paid more than the president for nothing more than running her mouth.

Posted by: dataflunky | February 8, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The simple fact that, Ms. Palin this clearly under gifted woman would be considered for any serious elected office, by any serious group is sign of the deep ingrained ignorant strain in the American public. Take our Country Back! From What? Free and open elections? Society is destroyed by unthinking people like Ms. Palin. Out for a buck and spew nonsense.

Posted by: fare777 | February 8, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Good God, help us all. As if this country doesn't have enough problems we have to deal with this bimbo running around flapping her jaws. I can't decide who scares me most. Her or her supporters.

Posted by: bretb | February 8, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

The problem with Sarah Palin is that she (and her followers) don't want to have to THINK. It takes too long, it doesn't lend itself well to the simplistic sound bites of which they are so fond, and it might lead to some terribly inconvenient conclusions...we might REALLY need to find renewable sources of energy. It might be that the current administration made very unpleasant and undesirable decisions and actually DID save the economy from total ruin. It might mean that that forcing people to have healthcare insurance IS the only way to keep ERs free to treat real emergencies (short of allowing all these libertarians to die in the parking lot since they don't have insurance).

The Tea Party is a misnomer - they used the wrong drink in their name - it is really THE WHINE PARTY.

Posted by: CathyDawkins | February 8, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"It sounds to me like you are saying that if a politician calls upon a higher power for guidance then it follows that we should be afraid of that person. I disagree.
Posted by: ronaldhays1 | February 8, 2010 12:28 AM"

Go back and read this again. She was asked to state her top three priorities for a conservative-controlled congress. Seeking divine intervention in American affairs was her third priority for such a Congress. Do I want Congress seeking to apply what they perceive to be God's will to the legislation they write and pass, to the candidates for courts and key government agencies? No. And that's what she meant, once you wade through her convoluted, nearly incoherent way of expressing it. How did she ever manage to get a degree in Communications?

Anyway, yes, I find anyone who says it should be a top priority of Congress to pursue religious goals to be quite frightening indeed. There's a reason why the First Amendment is the FIRST Amendment: our Founders knew full well the history in the American colonies when government provided the power behind religious practices ... people who didn't attend church enough times per week were put in the stocks; people were executed for witchcraft. The Founders fully intended a wall between the government and the practice of religion in America because power ALWAYS subverts faith. ALWAYS. And any politician who proposes that government become involved in the interpretation of God's will as it applies to matters of state is a threat to the most fundamental of our freedoms.

Posted by: windrider2 | February 8, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

We should all be very scared. The idiocracy of the American public is astounding, IMHO. Perhaps we should allow only those who could pass a citizenship test to vote....most citizens could not even do that. That would knock out all the Palin supporters as well as most of the Republican supporters - they always seek the lowest common denominator. Most of their supporters do not even realize that the Republicans care nothing for anyone but themselves and the rich.

Posted by: RYEBREAD1 | February 8, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

For the Snark was a Boojum, you see!

Posted by: forlornehope | February 8, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Ugh-David Letterman nailed it when he started calling her "Bible Spice," which she will now always be in my mind; although frankly, that may be an insult to Victoria Beckham, who has been known to give smarter interviews. Ms. Palin certainly rings a bell with a huge block of voters who mistake sniping for wit, sarcasm for intelligence, and platitudes with an actual program or agenda. But this woman would be lost in the White House, and the thought of her anywhere near 1600 Penn Ave chills my blood. You want a GOP woman as POTUS? No arguments here! Bring back Elizabeth Dole, next to whom Sarah Palin is a shameful lightweight.

Posted by: SHansen1168 | February 8, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

It sounds to me like you are saying that if a politician calls upon a higher power for guidance then it follows that we should be afraid of that person. I disagree. In my opinion, Ms. Palin is correct in saying that men and women are fallible and that we should admit it and seek to verify that our actions comport with a code of moral values espoused by an entity with perfect values. Like it or not, many people believe that there IS an absolute right and wrong. I believe that it is necessary to our recovery as a country to attempt to bring our actions in line with that sense of right and wrong.

Posted by: ronaldhays1
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Do you suppose Mrs. Palin would be happy if that higher power were something other than the Christian God? Probably not.

Yes, there are those who have an absolute belief in right and wrong. They do not have to be Christian to have this belief. Many atheists have beliefs in absolute right and wrong and many do far better things than some Christians or others who believe in a higher power.

Christians have claimed this as a Christian nation since before it was founded. Has that made us a better society? You say we have to recover as a nation, so where have Christians been all this time? Are they so weak they cannot make a difference unless all Americans submit? Jesus might argue with that.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 8, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Now comes Palin with the aging slur against Obama's use of teleprompters. These are used everywhere, including those used by broadcast newscasters. How much better it is than to see a speechmaker often looking down at a script on a dais.

Finally and importantly, Shrieking Sarah used teleprompters in her ludicrous campaigning. For example, in an often-run video of her in Ohio, jumping about on the stage more like a newly designated Mom of the Year or a Prom Queen than as a serious contender for the office of Vice President, there are plainly in evidence her teleprompters. This scene is the one in which a large banner labelled "Victory" with the shape of the State on it is in the background.

Posted by: janus555 | February 8, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

She must have been so rattled at the prospect of speaking in front of an audience that she actually held her hand up so everyone could see her ''notes"...what a ignorant, STUPID, dingbat!!!!

Posted by: slamming | February 8, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Leave off the snark? No way! That's all she's got.

The conservatives in this country don't have anything to offer. There is no solutions, no suggestions, no clues. They have lots of hate and fear to spread around and some history to rewrite. Most of them don't even understand it is the Republican fiscal policies and de-regulations over the last 30 years that drove our country into the ditch.

Posted by: BigTrees | February 8, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

What Recovery????

This joker in the white house
has never even said the R'
word, Recession recession
recession!!!
Is he going to do anything at all?
there are people getting 93 WEEKS of
unemployment!
and the media is fixating on palin
and barack is trying to shove healthcare
down our throats!
Wake Up Washington!!!
There are alot of unemployed americans
who are not buying your Recovery BS!

Posted by: simonsays1 | February 8, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Your party's cynical decision to elevate an attractive narcissist to be your Evita proved that you people have no interest in constructive governance.
Sarah, Rush, Glenn, Sean, Ann etc. are your avatars and you now live by their sorcery.

Posted by: tojby_2000 | February 8, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

MickNamVET: EXCELLENT idea!!!!

Posted by: slamming | February 8, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Gee, sayitlikeitis, I guess you missed Obama's excellent showing in the meeting with the Republicans. No TelePromTer there. And he didn't need to write anything on his hand, either.

Posted by: notation | February 8, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

If our Founding Fathers could somehow be resurrected and exposed to all of this I can imagine them saying: "What in the world have you done to the remarkable instrument we gave you?" I can imagine Franklin shaking his head in bewilderment and shame that the miraculous Republic they gave us has been demeaned to such a status that an imbelcile like Sarah Palin can actually be take seriously.

I can imagine Jefferson wincing in embarrassment at the phrase "hopey-changey" and wondering what has become of our dialogue that it has descended into such pedestrian pettifoggery. I can imagine Washington being appalled at Palin's preposterous suggestion that America's military should be more energetically interventionist given his aversion to "foreign entanglements". And what would Jefferson make of her insinuation that the curtain seperating Church and State be lifted (presumably so her form of zealous religious fundamentalism be a bassis for policy)?

I would bet that old Ben Franklin would be reminded of the question he was asked having just finished the Constitutional convention, that being what they had wrought: "A Republic, IF YOU CAN KEEP IT." Franklin was worried principally about the heated factions that might arise out of an abundance of such freedoms.

Now we know what Franklin meant.

Posted by: jaxas70 | February 8, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

"I have no idea how conventionally people [run for the White House]. How they open a door that perhaps isn't even open. I don't know how any of that stuff works. I'm just appreciative of having some good information at my fingerprints now."
-- Sarah Palin
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Presidential material in the Tea-bagging Universe.

Posted by: st50taw | February 8, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

What sayitlikeitis didn't say is that the family's last name is Black.

Posted by: JakeD3 | February 8, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

terencef100 posted: "Well, I'm no defender of Ms Palin, hustler that she is, but I do not object to her (rather poorly stated) desire that our country recognize and seek strength from its Christian roots. This seems entirely appropriate for a largely Christian nation. Of course, I realize that this in anathema to liberals, many of whom deny God or want Him confined behind closed doors."
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Why are you assuming liberals are all atheists? There's nothing wrong with seeking strength from God, but our insisting our Nation should be ruled on ONLY Christian principles, then tell me which Christian religion is the one that should rule this country an is the only accceptable one?

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | February 8, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Please note that Sarah Palin used 3 telePrompters, as do most public speakers, during her Saturday night speech: left, right and podium. She used her palm notes during the Q&A period. Not sure why there's a perception that she was speaking from paper notes during her speech; she wasn't. TelePrompters are designed to be inconspicious, but they were there - they are the current technology and is used by most speakers in large venues (have been for years).

Posted by: gsross | February 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Why is Capehart so .. well condescending ?

Sarah Palin managed to draw 1000 enthusiastic Tea Party organizers on a Saturday night before the Superbowl. She drew 240 journalists, live coverage from the cable networks... major newspapers wrote surprisingly flattering coverage... that includes the New York Times, the LA Times and the Washington Post.

She repeated her mantra of lower taxes, less spending, smaller government, energy diversity that has the support of well ..all those stupid Americans !! heck the majority !!

She spoke common sense on health care (time for a reset), terrorism, and leadership (keep the Tea Party movement independent! )

She connects with Americans except for elitists and liberals who loathe her.

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 8, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

dottydo wrote:

"It sounds to me like you are saying that if a politician calls upon a higher power for guidance then it follows that we should be afraid of that person. ..."
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Then it sounds, once again, that you hear what you want. The author of this article was saying that a leader stating a significant part of their 'platform' is that we, as a nation (implying on governmental levels) endorse a national religious view (particular to a specific religion or not) is contrary to the Constitution and dangerously threatens the separation of church and state.

Leader with individual faith: fine
Leader calling for religious rhetoric espoused by the state: WRONG!

Posted by: grantmh | February 8, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Oh Please Republicans, run this woman as your candidate in 2012 for president. This will be the final affirmation to the stupidity of your party.

Posted by: RockStorm_Radio | February 8, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

When I hear Sarah Palin say we need a Commander-In-Chief and not a Professor of Laws, and criticizes giving persons their due process rights, I hear a person who either doesn't understand how the Constitution works, or is vowing to ignore the Constitution. Either proposition is scary indeed...

Posted by: Sgerat | February 8, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Obama is an idiot and the worst President we have ever had. He wants to make us all welfare queens like his mom. Sorry, I don't want any of that and I will never vote for a Dem again.

Posted by: columbiaheights | February 8, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"It's time for more than just tough talk. Gah, just like you, probably just so tired of hearing the talk, talk, talk. Tired of hearing the talk." Palin.

It is sad that it does not occur to this woman that she is doing infinitely worse than Obama! yak, yak, yak and I was also dead tired of hearing her talk last night. It was vapid and without substance, in spite of the fact that she had cribbed points on her palm(s). Well, there was no shot of the other palm. Usually, if one palm has pointers, the other one has too.

A lectern with a teleprompter would have been better props for Palin if she wanted to avoid the rambling and ranting that she indulged in. I very much hope that the Republicans build her up as the candidate to challenge Obama in 2012. I would even be willing to send her campaign a couple of bucks!

Posted by: calexo | February 8, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@candyzky: o shut up

Posted by: dirktazer | February 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Watching and listening to former Governor Palin stretch the limits of English grammar and diction to breaking point should prove to anyone in the audience that she cannot become president. It is nothing to do with her politics, but rather her simple inability to string two thoughts together in fashion that anyone outside her head can reasonably understand.

I work for an international organization that relies heavily on professional interpreters to conduct business. One of our interpreters (fluent in five languages) remarked to me recently that she cannot see how a future “President” Palin could function at a summit or other international gathering. Once she strays from a prepared text, even the most talented interpreter in the world would be lost trying to express her words and thoughts coherently to any interlocutor. How could she represent America abroad when no one can understand what in blazes she is trying to say? How do you translate meandering gibberish into another language?

Posted by: RaoulDuke1 | February 8, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

AS A HARD-RIGHT FISCAL WINGNUT, I'll disappointedly have to agree with most of Mr. Capehart's comments. Maybe Mr. Brown...

Posted by: brussell51 | February 8, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

If your audience wants to hear a politician sell snake oil like letting God back in to politics, Palin will accomodate. But like all her other lame talking points, ask her what exactly she means, and she would need more than notes on her palm, because she gives clueless a bad name.

I don't even need a warm body to read her list of talking points.

Posted by: JoeT1 | February 8, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

America, America. The fact that a large number of voters out there -- teabaggers or whatever -- ready to support her bid for presidency is astounding.

Rule by "divine intervention"! And how would that take place -- god whispering in her ear or Bishop Muthee, who exorcised her,in Wasilla, will do the interpretation?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/02/sarah_palin_is_no_eve_harringt.html

Posted by: probashi | February 8, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Her talk, talk, talk, talk and saying nothing is certainly talk I'm sick and tired of. Why someone with so little that is constructive to say gets so much air time is beyond my mental reasoning.

Posted by: SarahBB | February 8, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse


America, America. The fact that a large number of voters out there -- teabaggers or whatever -- ready to support her bid for presidency is astounding.

Rule by "divine intervention"! And how would that take place -- god whispering in her ear or Bishop Muthee, who exorcised her,in Wasilla, will do the interpretation?

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2010/02/sarah_palin_is_no_eve_harringt.html

Posted by: probashi | February 8, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Like, I'm not looking forward to, you know, three more years of Palin's cliches about freedom and, man, that Bible-thumping, you know, and complaining about stuff without any solutions, dude. Like, you know?

Posted by: jaynashvil | February 8, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

What Recovery????

This joker in the white house
has never even said the R'
word, Recession recession
recession!!!
Is he going to do anything at all?
there are people getting 93 WEEKS of
unemployment!
and the media is fixating on palin
and barack is trying to shove healthcare
down our throats!
Wake Up Washington!!!
There are alot of unemployed americans
who are not buying your Recovery BS!

Posted by: simonsays1
__________________

What world do you live in? Read much? Below is a quote from President Obama's speech in Baltimore along with the link. He clearly mentions recession and has consistantly addressed the recession.

The reason we aren't in a DEPRESSION is because of the things he has done. I see you complain a lot but do you have any suggestions?

Since Republicans love the free market so much, how about letting it right itself? Well you'd see a lot more pain and unemployment if that were to happen.


"As we stand here today, our country is still reeling from a RECESSION that’s as tough, as deep and as dire as anything that we’ve known for generations."
President Obama 29 Jan 10
http://baltimore.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2010/01/25/daily42.html

Posted by: arancia12 | February 8, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Her talk, talk, talk, talk and saying nothing is certainly talk I'm sick and tired of. Why someone with so little that is constructive to say gets so much air time is beyond my mental reasoning.

Posted by: SarahBB | February 8, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

If Palin ever gets near the Oval Office, she's right: the country will definitely be in need of some divine intervention.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | February 8, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Why is Capehart so .. well condescending ?

Sarah Palin managed to draw 1000 enthusiastic Tea Party organizers on a Saturday night before the Superbowl. She drew 240 journalists, live coverage from the cable networks... major newspapers wrote surprisingly flattering coverage... that includes the New York Times, the LA Times and the Washington Post.

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So you're saying popularity is proof of competence? Like cheerleaders in high school are popular? Like the high school quarterback is popular? Really.

So the NYT and the LAT showed basic respect for the delightful Mrs. Palin and you take that as proof of her ability to govern. And then you voted....

Posted by: arancia12 | February 8, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The delightful Mrs. Palin even ripped off her quip about the hopey/changy thing. Wingnuts have been using that for months.

Not very creative is she?

Posted by: arancia12 | February 8, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The difference between a thinking person and a nonthinking person is as easily defined as reading Kabob41, and then reading Columbiaheights.

I would have you arrive at the same definition by listening to Obama speak to the House Republican caucus and then listening to Palin address the Tea Party, but a host of you would have called me condescending.

I believe abortion is wrong in most instances; we need to find a way to secure our borders as part of an overall immigratin plan; I believe there is a segment of Islamic society that is extreme and dangerous; I believe welfare needs to be limited and short term; and, the federal government needs to promote traditional family, as the results of unwed, uneducated nonworking parents is a cstastrophe. Yet, because I believe President Bush's war policy was uninformed, and his failure to rein in a Republican Congress, and his failure to take on the problems in Medicare when he had an opportunity to do so was a great mistake, leads family and friends to scream "Liberal" at me on any occasion politics is discussed. And, I mean scream. Most of the comments in this post that oppose Obama claim they do so from an ideological conservavtism. Where I come from that is called a load of baloney. Niether the folk in this post nor Sarah Palin would recognize William F. Buckley if his ghost took up residence in their basement.

The problem with Sarah Palin is not that she is not as bright as Obama, or that her college grades were not as good, or that she cannot speak as well as he extemporaneously. The problem is that she openly practices demagoguery, and is worshipped by people that think confident, but shallow jingoism is preferable to thinking and analysis. Why do Palin supporters and Tea Party joiners think it absolutely right for Palin to say we are human and fallible, we will make errors and should look to our creator for forgiveness and guidance, and then say Obama is a national disgrace for acknowledging to the Arab world that as a nation we have not always pursued the best policy?

If wanting a leader that understands the world is complicated place, our power is limited, and there will not always be perfect answers so we need to take our time and make judgements from our head, not our hips, is condescension, then have at me. I am a condescending liberal.

Posted by: kermit5 | February 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Kermit, let us all know when you are done l*cking Obama's a**. You and Obama think you can fool us into believing we share values by what you say, but I know Obama (and I assume you) does not share values with me. Actions speak louder than words. His entire agenda is to make us all like dumb welfare queens--completely dependent on the govt for everything but toilet paper.

Posted by: columbiaheights | February 8, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

What is the furor over her handful of notes?

I mean, it was her witch doctor who taught her to be a palm reader.

Posted by: chimezatmidnight | February 8, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

To Columbiaheihts: Too bad my assumption that I would get an unthinking mean spririted response proved true. You are certainly correct on on one matter - we do not share values. This is a matter for which I will be forever grateful to my Creator.

Posted by: kermit5 | February 8, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Here is a big surprise for you - Palin had higher college grades than Obama. Prove me wrong.

Posted by: downer1 | February 8, 2010 2:30 AM | Report abuse
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Better yet, prove your are right!

Posted by: republicrat | February 8, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Even though there are millions of right wing nuts who believe the earth is only a few thousand years old, what does that have to do with the socialistic and weak foreigh policy/defense put forth by Obama and the Democrats.

Message to left wing kooks: It's not enough to believe that you are smart, you need to make smart sound decisions. The Democratic Party and the Republican Party are both basically incapable of making smart sound policy decisions in fear of losing elections.

Independents will continue to keep throwing out the party in power until fiscal sanity is restored.

And yes, I believe Palin is a nut/kook.

Posted by: MickPack | February 8, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I am having a real issue with her, primarily because she spews vitriol without offering real solutions. The conservative base spends much of its time blasting liberals instead of offering alternatives. Their policies of tax cuts didn't work the last 8 years, along with their mantra of "trickle down economics." The conservatives are hell-bent on stopping anything Obama tries to do, and because of this, government is dysfunctional. We don't need more Palins, Limbaughs, Becks, Hannities of the world. We desperately need National leaders who are problem solvers and those that work together for the common good.

Posted by: nancielea | February 8, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Here is a big surprise for you - Palin had higher college grades than Obama. Prove me wrong.

Posted by: downer1 |
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Where? At an Ivy League school? Don't think so, bubba.

Posted by: notation | February 8, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

God help us if she somehow gets elected.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | February 8, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

We NEED a smaller, smarter and less expensive government that intrudes less into our lives but that will defend this country will full conviction and vigor against its enemies.

Posted by: honorswar26 | February 8, 2010 6:21 AM

And yet, we let seven individuals sit on a court for life and have no problem with them intruding on our lives.

Posted by: republicrat | February 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth, a decades of honest hard work by millions of women battling the stereotype that women are airheads goes down the tubes.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | February 8, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Kermit, thankfully, I doubt we even share a creator. You're an idiot. I am surprised you were able to take out some time (from l*cking Obama's a**) to respond. Have fun tossing salad.

Posted by: columbiaheights | February 8, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

It sounds to me like you are saying that if a politician calls upon a higher power for guidance then it follows that we should be afraid of that person. I disagree. In my opinion, Ms. Palin is correct in saying that men and women are fallible and that we should admit it and seek to verify that our actions comport with a code of moral values espoused by an entity with perfect values. Like it or not, many people believe that there IS an absolute right and wrong. I believe that it is necessary to our recovery as a country to attempt to bring our actions in line with that sense of right and wrong.

Posted by: ronaldhays1 | February 8, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse


Hey Ron...Let's say for example that you and I are in a motorcycle accident. I say you're at fault. You say I am. We both pray on it and we're both certain that an entity with perfect values is on our side.

Who wins?

Posted by: Attucks | February 8, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Kermit, let us all know when you are done l*cking Obama's a**. You and Obama think you can fool us into believing we share values by what you say, but I know Obama (and I assume you) does not share values with me. Actions speak louder than words. His entire agenda is to make us all like dumb welfare queens--completely dependent on the govt for everything but toilet paper.

Posted by: columbiaheights
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The fact that you need to resort to accusing your opponent of sodomizing and fellating Obama is evidence you have no valid point to make. The case is closed when you make ridiculous hyperbolic statements like the one in your last sentence. What hogwash.

Posted by: notation | February 8, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Obama's resume is thinner than Palin's?

Let me see - mayor of Wasilla (pop. 5500), political appointment to an energy board, and then quitting after 2-1/2 years as governor of Alaska (pop. 660,000) vs. honors Harvard Law grad, community organizer, University of Chicago law professor, eight years in the Illinois state legislature, four years as a United States senator, and now president of the United States.

Where is her "thicker" resume? Oh, and for an interesting bit of research, go back and read some of the minutes of Wasilla City Council meetings.

Posted by: jsg2 | February 8, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

OK so, what’s with the ‘again’ part, in “divine intervention again in this country”? Which historic American events does she consider to have been an act of God;

- Washington crossing the Deleware
- Jack Benny and Richard Nixon playing the Missouri Waltz together
- the Army distributing blankets infested with Typhoid fever to plains Indians
- the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act
- invention of the snowmobile
- etc. etc.

Just curious. Because honestly in my high school social studies classes, the whole divine intervention thing was really kind of glossed over.

Posted by: eyeswideopen2 | February 8, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Palin should slither right back into the snake hole she came from.

Posted by: mtravali | February 8, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart clearly does not appreciate how Sara Palin has dedicated her political career to one of her closest held beliefs, that a "government [governor] that governs least governs best." What better example of her dedication and integrity do we need than cutting short her term of office as governor of Alaska in order to govern least and thus live her words.

Posted by: gratianus | February 8, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Here is a big surprise for you - Palin had higher college grades than Obama. Prove me wrong.

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Where? At an Ivy League school? Don't think so, bubba.

Posted by: notation | February 8, 2010 12:44 PM |

God help us if she somehow gets elected.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | February 8, 2010 12:45 PM |
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From which of the five (5) community colleges she sometimes attended?

Posted by: mtravali | February 8, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a charismatic gal with a "Hand-0-Prompter" instead.

If she looked like Golda Meir nobody in the republican-teabagger party would give her the time of day.

She's their fantasy girl, their pin up, their Playboy centerfold object of desire.

Kind of creepy, actually, for a bunch of holier than thou Christians lusting after a married woman don't you think?

Posted by: cfeher | February 8, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm no Sarah Palin fan, but I was embarressed for her. I wonder what has she been doing for the past year? clearly not reading and studying the issues. Sarah Palin rambles on and on and says nothing. She offered no new ideas on anything.

Posted by: bward40 | February 8, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

If BS were dollar bills Palin could pay off the national debt.

Posted by: WESHS49 | February 8, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

All you neo-nutzis fawning over Palin - you had better start thinking with your topmost appendage instead of you lower ones - there is no way this woman is going to run for president; she knows she is so popular because all she has to do is give talking points to the masses who agree with her; she is terrified about having to go head to head with anyone in a debate in which she would have to prove any knowledge and expertise in any given subject - she'll continue to give pep speeches at big dollars a pop and not have to answer to anybody - easy money; less stress and studying--

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | February 8, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Notation must be a Harvard grad which means the rest of us should bow down to him. In fact, all the liberals posting on here are so smart. I bet you guys all have ivy-league educations. If the current administration is any indication, an ivy-league education means squat.

Posted by: columbiaheights | February 8, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

ronaldhays1 wrote: In my opinion, Ms. Palin is correct in saying that men and women are fallible and that we should admit it and seek to verify that our actions comport with a code of moral values espoused by an entity with perfect values.

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Nobody disagrees with your thinking. The majority of people adhere to a morality that has been validated as acceptable over thousands of years. But Sarah Palin is not saying what you are saying.

Sarah Palin is advocating that the United States make "morally equivelant" statements, and act as though these statements are backed by God. In other words, Palin and conservatives want to hide their petty human immoral actions behind "God's Will", and then say that God commanded they do what they do. And they will do this whether or not it flies directly in the face of what God would have said or done.

This has been the problem with religion being hijacked by a few totalitarians in the past. And Sarah Palin's lemmings should not be surprised when their sons and daughters are asked to fight in the name of a hijacked religious ideology.

How utterly revolting.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

We are still recovering from the divine interventions during the Bush administration and the darksided side of things combined.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | February 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

So, Let's Recap The First Three Weeks of this Administration:

1. The American people elect a president with a total of 142 days experience as a US Senator from the most politically corrupt state (city) in America whose governors have been ousted from office.
The President's first official act is to order the close of Gitmo and make sure
terrorists civil rights are not violated.
(honest mistake?)

2. The U.S. Congress rushes to confirm an Attorney General, Eric Holder, whose law firm we later find out represents seventeen Gitmo Terrorists.
(An honest mistake?!)

3. The CIA Boss appointee, Leon Panetta, has absolutely no experience, has a daughter Linda, we find out, who is a true radical anti-American activist and a supporter of all the Anti-American regimes in the western hemisphere. (There were socio-economic factors involved!)

4. We got the second most corrupt American woman (Pelosi is #1) as Secretary of State; bought and paid for. (You can put lipstick on a pig, but it still stinks!)

5. We got a Tax Cheat for Treasury Secretary who did not properly file his own taxes for 12 years.
(He misspoke!)

6. A Commerce Secretary nominee who withdrew due to corruption charges.
(Another honest mistake???)

7. A Tax cheat nominee for Chief Performance Officer who withdrew under charges.
(Hmmm... another screw-up?)

8. A Labor Secretary nominee who withdrew under charges of unethical conduct.
(Ok, maybe this person was just plain stupid.)

9. A Secretary HHS nominee (Daschle) who withdrew under charges of cheating on his taxes.
(I'm running out of excuses for these idiots!!)

10. Multiple appointments of former lobbyists after an absolute campaign statement that no lobbyists would be appointed.
(I am getting a headache!)

All this occurred just during the first three weeks. . . but who's counting?

Posted by: Mike542 | February 8, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin reflects her base of support perfectly with her too-cute-by-half attempts at being witty.

Unfortunately, she doesn't appear capable of proposing any actual policy positions - at least none that require more detail than can fit on a bumper sticker.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | February 8, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Notation must be a Harvard grad which means the rest of us should bow down to him. In fact, all the liberals posting on here are so smart. I bet you guys all have ivy-league educations. If the current administration is any indication, an ivy-league education means squat.

Posted by: columbiaheights
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Honey, if I'd gotten no further than 8th grade, I'd still be far ahead of you.

Posted by: notation | February 8, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Why so many Palin insults ?

Maybe more people should read her biography, Stanley Fish (liberal reviewer for the New York Times) has described as "compelling and a very good read".

If Sarah is a "bimbo" or an "under gifted" "cartoon" why did cable networks give her live coverage ?

Why did 240 journalists show up ? why the flattering front-page coverage by the Post ? the New York Times even ?

Why so few attacks on her actual rather popular positions ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 8, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Get used to President Palin.

(1) She'll win the Republican nomination, unless a Republican emerges who people trust won't let Republicans backslide into wasteful spending once the Republicans have power. Ms. Palin's strength is that a lot of people trust she won't do that. It's also a reason establishment Republican politicians oppose her. People no longer trust Republicans or Democrats.

(2) The Republican nominee will win in 2012, unless the current occupant of the White House changes course quickly. 2012 is a re-election campaign. When a President is running for re-election, its always about the then current President, not the challenger. The 2012 will be about the President's mistakes. He's piling up mistakes. Running against George Bush again won't work in 2012.

It's remarkable for someone who is so "dumb," at least according to her opponents, that Ms. Palin is building a campaign based on the cards she has been dealt.

- The political book that criticizes Ms. Palin is easily neutralized. Review the tape of the debate with Biden. She either tied or beat Biden. How did she do that if her debate prep was so bad? Voters will react to the debate outcome, not inside sniping.

- The two high and mighty TV anchors where Ms. Palin performed poorly will both be unemployed by 2012. So, who won and who lost?

- Ms. Palin freed herself from being a target in Alaska from spurious ethics charges by resigning.

- She also freed herself to travel to the "lower 48," which no governor of Alaska can do enough to be President, because of the distance, time and expense.

- She turned her Facebook page into a national political rallying point for conservatives. Low budget national action communication that appeals to young people and Washington outsiders.

- Ms. Palin is getting continuing national exposure whenever she wants by force of personality.

- She's patient. She doesn't have to commit herself now to a particular legislation program as she holds no office. "Don't shot until you see the whites of their eyes" is pertinent. As a hunter, she knows that you shoot the animal that is in front of you during humnting season. That won't be until the 2012 primaries. Until then she's wise to position herself to get the best shot when the time comes.

Pretty smart for such a "dumb" candidate.

Posted by: jfv123 | February 8, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I suppose what we really need is a president who walks off the job once elected and lets the rest of the administration run the country. Having walked off on the Govenorship appears to show it was just a credential for future campaigns to begin with in the same mode as we see with the Senate where a Senator can't run who has been in office so long that they have too many votes to defend and explain.

Posted by: Wildthing1 | February 8, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I think I now know what Sarah Palin's platform will be should she decide to run for president. She's for God, country, mom, apple pie, tax cuts, no debt and spending cuts (although she won't say where). That and her knack for demonizing her political opponents obviously has a strong appeal with many of her admirers.

The only problem I see is her caveat that the job of actually governing the country and being in charge of things has to be something that she beieves is right for the country and right for her family.

This tells me she may have to settle for staying on the sidelines where she is most the comfortable, and where she can continue to take potshots at those she feels aren't real Americans, and continue to soak in the accolades of those who can't get enough of her special way of appealing to their baser instincts.

Just remember, it's all being done in the name of God and country and real Americans.

Posted by: kenger1 | February 8, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a B-actress portraying an opportunistic politician on a television drama who's trying to convince as many people as possible that she possesses qualities suitable for a leader. That she has succeeded to the degree that she has proves Abe Lincoln right once again: "You can fool some of the people all of the time". I'm starting to think that there is a big chunk of our country that has some difficulty separating reality from television fantasy. This woman is so tranparently hollow that I have to shake my head in amazement at how easily people are taken in by a media image.

Posted by: tvanzandt | February 8, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

You kmow,I really think these Neo-Con, Teabaggers are on to something. I have been going to Mass all my life and praying etc. They seem to have a direct link to God. I mean "Divine Intervention" seems to always be on their radar.I know Bush used it when he invaded a country for no reason and tortured people and lied about it. Why? Because he already told us it was God's will.I know Jesus loves it when we start wars, torture people and more importantly "Feed the Wealthy!" I'll bet Jesus is a little upset with our little Sarah for only getting 100K for this speech.That's right. If you think God loves poor people,you're nuts! Bless you Sarah for your hotline to "The Big Guy!"

Posted by: hughsie48 | February 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Capehart saw "all about eve?" this guy is erkel.

Posted by: edwardlee35 | February 8, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

If the majority of voters actually elect Palin as President .......

We will get just what "that majority" deserves. Religious bigotry, Government regulation of Women's bodies and choices, the ultra-rich getting even more than their 90% of total wealth, deforestation, water pollution, air pollution, unhindered global warming, assault rifle toting anywhere, and total ignorance and disaster in international affairs. That's just for starters.

Posted by: lufrank1 | February 8, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"she knows she is so popular because all she has to do is give talking points to the masses who agree with her;"

Yeh. She is basically a talk show host. She is pretty MILFy though.

Posted by: hdimig | February 8, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin the Quitter is a re-occurring theme.

Palins’ early retirement from the Governors seat was motivated in part by Democratic (Soros-funded) efforts to bankrupt her family.

She had accumulated a half-million dollars of legal bills (4 times her annual salary) fighting frivolous ethics complaints allowed under a liberal Alaskan law. One complaint was that legally donated funds could not be used to defend against frivolous ethics complaints !!

I suppose Liberals preferred she stay in Alaska and slide into bankruptcy. How dumb are they ?

Instead she headed to the lower 48 and earned millions on a book tour, landed a plumb job on Americas' biggest and most trusted cable network (yes FOX : ) and is positioning herself as a leader of both the Tea Party movement and the Republicans.

How dumb can she be ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 8, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, Sarah has managed to elevate her status beyond that of PTA President or Soccer Mom where she really belongs. Her visions of grandeur have been consistently encouraged by those that would use her churlishness to their own advantage. With an obvious lack of curiosity and intellectual initiative, Palin infuriates intelligent American women because we have worked hard to elevate ourselves to a higher standard through education and discipline. I'd have had more respect for her if she talked less and listened more.

Posted by: JenAZ | February 8, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Nothing wrong with having some points noted on a piece of paper or palm of your hand. Obama has teleprompter to get him through!!

She will have to prove lot more to be ready for 2012.

She only works with common sense and that is why she reaches a lot of people.

Posted by: 68b2b | February 8, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Palin infuriates intelligent American women because we have worked hard to elevate ourselves to a higher standard through education and discipline."

She compares poorly to Hillary Clinton. I hope another viable woman candidate pops up. I was looking forward to voting for one in 2008 but it didn't work out.

Posted by: hdimig | February 8, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Even though she has at least as much air in her head as Dumya, you have to give her credit for finding a way to make 100K in an hour, more than most people make in two years. Divine intervention maybe?

Posted by: mongolovesheriff | February 8, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

@Honorswar26: It is hypocracy to talk about Sarah Palin's "paper-thin" resume without mentioned Obama's even thinner one.
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Obama:

- JD, Harvard Law School (President of Law Review)
- Professor Constitutional Law, University of Chicago (10 years)
- Civil Rights attorney (10 years)
- State Senator (7 years)
- U.S. Senator (4 years)

In what universe is this a "thin" resume? Certainly in terms of jobs that require professional qualifications rather than 50%+1 vote, Obama vastly outclasses Palin. Interesting that many who criticize Obama's "inexperience" (only in elective office) are the same people who rail against "career politicians."

Posted by: mvelikonja | February 8, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I am a Christian. I beleive in God and Jesus Christ and have to ask what does any of that have to do with anything except that my faith is exhibited in the manner in which I treat my fellow man/woman kind?

sp and her followers ascribe to an ideology that the Bible dispelled with the birth of Jesus which ENDED the Old Testement wrath of God approach and relaced it with a love thy brother belief system.

REAL Christians are required to love and not judge others for judging is God's peragative. sp and her followers are full of hate, judgment, false beliefs and intolorance.

I believe that if Jesus Christ appeared today to reiterate His teachings of love for mankind NOT money, taking care of the poor, reaching out to, and not demonizing sinners, etc. He'd be crucified by the very same people that ascribe to sp's, the tea-partiers an conservatives version of Christianity all the while claiming to know and love Him.

Posted by: roxlaw | February 8, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

As to: -- "ambitious and fictional" star Eve Harrington from the movie 'All About Eve.' Now that I've seen Palin's Saturday night address to the Tea Party convention in Nashville, I would like to extend my apologies to Harrington. She would never have given such a poor performance.

Might "Sir Jonathan" be an "ambitious and fictional" journalist? "Ma boy" -- go get a life, where truth and responsibility are the route to respectable success.

Posted by: MNConservative | February 8, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Why doesn't anybody ever talk about Sarah Palin's "looks?"

I don't think she is stupid but I do think she is abysmally ignorant and happy to be so. That being said, she is also a babe. If she looked like Phyllis Schafly she would never have been heard of outside of Wasilla.

A gorgeous air-head- think Jessica Simpson. Give credit where it is due.
Signed,
A Liberal, of course.

Posted by: m_richert | February 8, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see someone do a study on how and when America got to the point that willful ignorance garnered $100,000 speaker fees and press coverage from the Washington Post, CNN and Faux News. There had to be a specific date that we crossed over the sufficiently dumbed-down line.

Posted by: CardFan | February 8, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

IDIOT gal

Posted by: monet767 | February 8, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Braindead and stupid at best!

Not too good at being a mom.....BRISTOL?????

Posted by: monet767 | February 8, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Was she taking her GSAT test??????


using hands, omfg TO THINK

Posted by: monet767 | February 8, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Obama makes Palin look good.

That is how badly the hidden history of a Public Official is dogging the fraud.
Obama = Over.

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=105764
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There ya go! The d-baggin' quenn speaks to the d-baggin fool. so it MUST be true!
Don't come here and post a link to WND. This is the Washington Post, not a right wing fantasy doosh bagging site...

Posted by: md83 | February 8, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"The government that governs least governs best"

Yes, a comparison of Somalia and Denmark confirms this...

Posted by: jmp66 | February 8, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to see someone do a study on how and when America got to the point that willful ignorance garnered $100,000 speaker fees and press coverage from the Washington Post, CNN and Faux News. There had to be a specific date that we crossed over the sufficiently dumbed-down line.
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Could it have been the point when we elected Bush to a second term?

Posted by: notation | February 8, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

dottydo wrote:

"It sounds to me like you are saying that if a politician calls upon a higher power for guidance then it follows that we should be afraid of that person. ..."
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Then it sounds, once again, that you hear what you want. The author of this article was saying that a leader stating a significant part of their 'platform' is that we, as a nation (implying on governmental levels) endorse a national religious view (particular to a specific religion or not) is contrary to the Constitution and dangerously threatens the separation of church and state.

Leader with individual faith: fine
Leader calling for religious rhetoric espoused by the state: WRONG!

Posted by: grantmh | February 8, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse


I didn't write any such thing.
Do not make up things I said, and then put my name on it.

Posted by: dottydo | February 8, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Capehart's description of Palin. Her use of snarks, smirks and sarcasm will only speed along her demise. Obama will chew her up and spit her out and I'll be cheering HIM ON!

Posted by: twistbar67 | February 9, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

pvilso24:

So Sarah's a smart and respectable leader for being scared away from a semi-legitimate job as Governor? She didn't "retire;" she QUIT before she was even halfway through because she couldn't handle the pressure, solve the problems she got herself into, and follow through on her responsibilities.

Instead, she ran from impending money problems by posing and manipulating her way into an alluringly high-paying job, flinging useless witticisms in front of gullible lackeys who are addicted to her charisma (if you can call it that). She gets the attention, power, and the money for serving almost no one but herself.

Hmm. How about the inner-city kids who drop out/flunk out of school, hook up with a bunch of power-hungry gangsters who use intimidation to control their turf, get their gullible followers hooked on crack and wear their bling like "employee of the year" awards....

What has really been accomplished by any of them?

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | February 9, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I used to believe that the Mayan prediction about 2012 was bunk. If Palin gets elected in 2012 I know now what they saw in the future.

Posted by: don1959 | February 9, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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