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Sarah Palin does not speak for me

Sarah Palin took time out from hawking a proposed $1 million to $1.5 million-per-episode reality television show to bemoan House passage of the health-care reform bill. The former Alaska governor warned on her Facebook page today, "We won’t forget what we saw yesterday. Congress passed a bill while Americans said 'no,' and thousands of everyday citizens even surrounded the Capitol Building to beg them not to do it."

I don't know about you, but I tired long ago of Republicans who claim to speak with certainty and authority on what the American people think. When it comes to speaking for the American people, Vice President Biden got it right (even if a bit clunky) at the health-care summit last month. "I'm always reluctant after being here 37 years to tell people what the American people think," he said. "I think it requires a little bit of humility to be able to know what the American people think,..." Palin has never showed much of that.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 22, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
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Excellent post, Mr. Capehart. You echoed what I've been saying for months. Please keep the message going.

Posted by: ANFDC | March 22, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a damn what losers say.
Republicans don't speak for me and surely don't speak for the millions of people who did not vote Republican.

President Obama spent an inordinate amount of time trying to work with Republicans and it is about time he did what he believes in with or without their support.

Posted by: thinkagain | March 22, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Ms. Palin would like to take up the plight of the unemployed Americans as well. Surely she can imagine what it must be like to be poor, unemployed, and possess no marketable job skills. Well omit poor, but two of three isn't a bad match for her.

Posted by: slenon | March 22, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

While her own grandchild is covered under Alaska care.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannyn-moore/granny-palin-overcomes-he_b_470297.html

No wonder why she is at FOX and no one there dares to ask her.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | March 22, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, if you use Joe Biden as your expert opinion poll master, intelligencia and model of humility, you're in trouble. In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate. Who outsmarted whom? And your remarks drip with an arrogance that allows little humility in your comments. By the way, as a left-wing mouthpiece, you really picked the most un-humble politician in D.C. as your example. Biden thinks he really would be president, except the American people are so dumb.

Posted by: RonKH | March 22, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Great commentary, Mr. Capehart! Republicans seems to think they have a monopoly on pronouncing what America thinks and wants. Now that's arrogance!

Posted by: Reesh | March 22, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks. I am so tired of people who claim to know what "the American people think" especially when they made it difficult for people to think clearly about the bill. And when they criticized Democrats for "just following the polls" when it didn't agree with Republicans. This is so hypocritical.

Posted by: Barbara9911 | March 22, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

She speaks for the Springer-type crowd.

Posted by: farid-f | March 22, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin does not speak for me.

No one in my family would ever shoot Moose from a helicopter.

We don't shoot fish in a barrel either.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | March 22, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

But you're not an American Capeheart. You're one of the parasites real Americans have unconscionably let spring up over the past century. That mistake will be rectified soon enough.

Posted by: pcannady | March 22, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

RonKH,

It is arrogant to assume that all people think like Republicans -- where is the humility in asserting their inflammatory, misled, prolife agenda, which is now being used to skew the stakes of the healthcare debate?

Healthcare comes down to one issue: do you believe that "health" is necessary to our economy? To our political stability? Do you believe it is a natural "right," similar to security, education, public roads? I for one do. No one can plan for a catastrophic health emergency -- the costs are too large for any one person to plan for.

Sure, the current bill is not perfect, but it is the first step in the right direction.

Posted by: mathewska | March 22, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Our dear Ms. Corporate, Hollywood, hockey puck Palin speaks only for herself. Saying she knows what American's think is valid, if you like the idea of the blind leading the blind. But good for Sarah, heck of an expalination!

Posted by: hoser3 | March 22, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

RonKH states
"In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate."

Thank God we have access to the videotapes. I cannot recall one instance where Caribou Barbie bettered Biden in that debate. But we progressives are open to convincing so I invite you to cite instance by instance where this illusion occurred.

Posted by: coach777b | March 22, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

"We won't forget what we saw yesterday..." because we all have written it down on our hands.

Posted by: hoser3 | March 22, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

RohKH,
Did you watch the same debate everyone else watched? Because I saw Sarah Palin and she didn't even come close to beating Joe Biden. She also does not speak for anyone but herself. She and her family have healthcare. Why don't we take away healthcare from all those who don't want anyone else to have healthcare and see how they do. Because until you are faced will an illness that can be cured and have no health insurance and can not get the help that you need because you have no insurance you can't speak for anyone. Walk a day in their shoes. I know I have and I have worked eveyday have for the last 25 years and I know what it is not to be able to afford healthcare for me and my child. So while it may not be perfect its a start. Everyone has a right to have some form of healthcare it is not just for the rich.

Posted by: loli1103 | March 22, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The way things are panning out I'm not so sure that PalinInc. or the repubs. or the teabaggers even know what THEY'RE thinking, let alone what the American people are about.

Posted by: hoser3 | March 22, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious who told her to use the phrase "clarion call" becuase I'm sure that she did not come up with that herself.

My child who has lupus and since it's a pre-existing condition, I can't get health-care for her. I want Sarah Palin to come see my poor, sick 7-year-old girl who can barely hold up her head and have her say to her: "I believe that denying you access to health care is a clarion call for action."

When I see posts about people opposing the bill, the responses are always kind of confusing, non-intelligible and the result of misinformation and fear mongering, all of which Palin has contributed to. "Death panels" was her "baby killer," remember?

Posted by: Anna_Maria | March 22, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

RonKH- what you say may be true but whom is this Sarah Pallin (pallin around with movie stars?)?

Posted by: hoser3 | March 22, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

RonKH,

So, the Palin-drone mopped the floor with Biden? That's rich. I suppose you believe she was ambushed by Katie Couric, too?

I think your hockey-mom has taken a few too many pucks to the head. Actually, sounds like you have, too.

Posted by: leftcoastblue | March 22, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I would encourage everyone that is for the healthcare bill to sign up for a facebook page (myself included) and send some of these responses to Sarah Palin herself.

I'm not sure what restrictions are involved for those not in favor of Caribou Barbie, but if the page is open -- she certainly needs to know who will not vote for her in four years!

Posted by: mathewska | March 22, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah told me that she was debating a Mr. O'Biden. Whassup?

Posted by: hoser3 | March 22, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

She doesn't speak for me either. These scare tactics are insulting. I will take legislators concerns seriously when they relinquish the health care tax payers provide for them and the overly generous pensions they vote for themselves!

Posted by: LonghornBuddy | March 22, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, Capehart, Ms. Palin speaks for herself. She has never pretended to speak for you, for me or anyone else. But, she has as much right to speak out as Pelosi and Reid have to pass a bill that time and time again valid public opinion surveys have shown the American public does not want.

Posted by: countryfirst1 | March 22, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

OH Mr.Mr. Capehart quit picking on the queen of twitter will ya!

Posted by: knjincvc | March 22, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The events of the past few weeks have one major benefit to the American citizen, thanks to the Roberts republican court decision we will soon be spared the global warming effect of talk radio and fox snews as the corporate world no longer needs the cost of middle men and women to spew its message, now they can just buy the elections for cash on hand and raise the product prices to cover the "costs". Way to go there morons, LMAO!

Posted by: anOPINIONATEDsob | March 22, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. I'm a little tired of the right-wing use of 'We the People', as if they represent a majority of Americans, much less all of them. You know what's going to stick with me until November? The fact that Republicans *could* have made this a better bill and threw a hissy fit instead. The real cost of the inane droning from Palin and her followers is the loss of a sane center-right to keep the Democrats in check. But as they are right now, I can't vote for the GOP. They remind me too much of children in business suits.

Posted by: ponkey | March 22, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

IN a way you are correct! Palin might not speak for me.. but neither does Obama. Palin doesn't have the ability to destroy the country, but Obama does.. So he is far worse...

Seriously, I thought WAPO readers were supposed to be the "smart" people. If the post office, Medicare and SSN are all basically broke, why the hell does anyone think this will work. I wish somebody would have answered that during the whole debate.. How do you cut a deficit with a trillion dollar entitlement package.. So sad.. Honestly. the next generation doesn't have a chance.. To bad they won't realize it until it's too late.... Thanks baby boomers.. the "me" generation. Oh the irony,, it's their Medicare benefits that will be cut....

Posted by: cjh878787 | March 22, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

It's disgusting that Sarah Palin would make these comments regarding Healthcare Reform, especially since she and her husband (who is Alaska Native) and their children already receive "public health" due to his native birth. Once again those who have could care less about those who don't have. It's simply another case of the "haves" and the "have-nots."

Posted by: Optimist1948 | March 22, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

To cjh878787:

I bet your grandparents have social security.
I bet they are on medicare.
Do your kids go to public school?
Do you drive on interstate highways?
Do you have a kid in the army? Do they receive VA benefits?

What healthcare plan will you have in your dotage? Or, will you work past your ninetieth birthday so you can afford your pills?

Better yet: let's all wait until someone we know is in a nasty car wreck. Are you looking forward to selling your house to cover the extra costs, after maxing out those lifetime benefits?

Go ahead -- save a dime and sign something that states you would rather die than receive medical treatment. Now, that's the kind of country to leave for your kids.

Nothing is perfect, but anybody who honestly thinks Sarah Palin is less dangerous than Obama needs mental healthcare as well -- Gotcha! Your insurance (if you have it) won't pay for it.

Posted by: mathewska | March 22, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow: is this blog or whatever it is a joke? a) Who cares what Ms. Palin says about health care? b) Mr. Biden cautions not to offer opinions on what the populace thinks. However have we not heard so many times that the populace will support the health care bill once they understand its benefits?

Posted by: sar8303 | March 22, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin spews nothing but trite sound bites and she doesn't have a single positive idea to contribute. She is nothing more than the Britney Spears of politics. Shave your head Sarah and join the rest of the celebrities.

Posted by: MOinkslinger | March 22, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

To Sar8303,

Sarah Palin "matters" in the sense that she will likely attempt a bid for the White House. Not to mention that she has a huge impact on the tea party movement.

I'd like to think that such a bid is outlandish, but given the extemeology of the current tea party discourse, it is important that every American opposed to Palintics stand against them -- even on a blog!

Posted by: mathewska | March 22, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

slenon ~ guess you didn't notice (which isn't surprising), but the Democrats are doing everything they can to keep you from noticing the growing ranks of the unemployed in this country.

They've done nothing realistic about it.

Frankly, I don't believe Democrats like you and Johnathon here understand this.

You will when the WarshPost closes its doors of course, but until then you guys are going to stay blind because your leaders (Pelosi and her smarmy bunch) have told you to just ignore the real unemployment rate in this country while we trickbag everything.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 22, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

it is because of people like the above journlist who wrote this piece that obama ended up in office: the very people who are responsible for delving out factual truth did their best to hide whatever negative side of obama existed and outwardly propped obama up each and ever opportunity they got while using every attmept to diminish someone else.

WHO AMONG US, even obama supporters do not know that obama and biden are guilty of the very thing this reporter wants to lay at Palin's feet (keeping in mind too, Palin is not even a candidate or a lawmaker with standing)....

Poll after poll after poll after poll told Biden, Obama, Pelosi, Reid "we do NOT want this healthcare." Never before in the history of this country has democrats and republicans come together to demonstrate AGAINST a potential Law, yet we have this journalist with a story like this? and they wonder why some say Journalism died in 2007? this is a total disgrace.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Anna_Maria ~ we have family members with lupus. It's pretty obvious you are not paying any attention to the most recent findings in the matter.

Hundreds of thousands of people live long, healthy lives with lupus.

BTW, the most recent research suggests that they all live livespans equal to people without lupus.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 22, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

i understand the anger among from some democrats towards mainstream media to the point of completely not even watching some stations. these people were misled. they assumed all the media stories were genuine. they expected the "journalists" to do their jobs and report fairly. it was only after obama was elected that some of them had the guts to even hint at something very wrong and some still try to cover it up.

just how many democrats would have voted for obama if they knew of people like VanJones in obama's past? who would have voted for him knowing he knew of the lovefest among just about everyone of his czars and anita dunn for MAO?

What democrat would have voted for obama if they knew obama was a staunch marxist-leninst in college with the same for a room-mate who both were proponents for marxism and that obama has NEVER publicly denounced his marxist views? WHO??? imo, many of them would have ran the other way - - rather quickly too.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Optimist1948 ~ uh, Todd Palin is entitled to certain native benefits because YOU stole his native land.

That's right, you did it. Now you want to take away that pittance you've allocated to him in return for that land.

You better pray to your god that this doesn't happen to you because when it does there'll be no Americans left who can pity you.

I'm finding it very difficult to believe that we have Leftwingtards who are so hateful toward native Americans.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 22, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

it has recently been discovered that Jim Willis who is obama's current White House Spiritual adviser is a promoter of communism. he runs a magazine called SOURJOUNER which promotes communism. but how many 'JOURNALISTS' who are entrusted with the public trust have bothered to convey that fact to the public?

some of you are literally a complete disgrace. how do you look at yourselves each morning and get through the day?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Capehart, ain't that your momma I hear calling you?

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | March 22, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

polls on healthcare do not favor this bill.
the most recent CNN poll for the 21st had 59% OPPOSING THIS BILL.

again we have so many of you speaking falsehoods to those who do not know better. the own democratic poll found 60% opposed to it.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

sarah palin continues to reside outside the sandboxes of the people who think they are in charge of how she conducts HER life. she is beating all of you at your game and i suppose it is irksome for some of you. what a shame. she will shine despite what you throw at her. Perhaps God put her in the spotlight just to teach many of you a lesson and gave her a baby to remind all of you about a simple thing called love and kindness. the way some of you democrats went after an innocent child is enought to keep you awake at night and force you to really look at yourselves and change your ways.

PALIN ROCKS - WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO - AND WILL CONTINUE TO BEAT YOU AT WHATEVER YOIU ATTEMPT TO THROW AT HER. She's God's instrument and she's making better people out of a bunch of you. Get humble and thank her.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse


-=-=-=-==-==-=-
it has recently been discovered that Jim Willis who is obama's current White House Spiritual adviser is a promoter of communism. ..... now THERE's a story.

-=-=-=-= HOW 'BOUT U REPORT ON THAT?? -=-===

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

correction: that's
jim wallis, not willis who is obama's new spiritual adviser

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm curious who told her to use the phrase "clarion call" becuase I'm sure that she did not come up with that herself.
====================
couldnt possibly be the one who told obma that we had 57 States now can it?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

To ChooseBestCandidate (and other misinformed capitalists):

Have you ever read anything by Marx? Ever read any Marxist criticism? Probably not, for if you did you would know that Marx was FOR PROMOTING THE RIGHTS OF THE WORKERS SO THEY COULD HAVE A SAY IN THE PRODUCTS THEY PRODUCED.

Marxism is nothing but a critique that was meant to help workers capitalize on their own work -- thereby minimizing industrialists who would seek to strip workers of their rights. Just because the USSR exploited it in rather bad fashion does not mean that Marxism is in itself bad. Not even most Marxists agree that communism is essentially good -- most see the value in forms of capitalism.

So, anyone belonging to a union is part of a "socialist" network, the same goes for all of us who depend on laws regulating minimum wage. Do you really think your capitalist boss would have your back?

Have you "capitalists" forgotten the horrors of 19th century industrialism? What about unregulated bankers?

Understand the terms or do not use them -- ignorance is dangerous.

Posted by: mathewska | March 22, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is brilliant.
its what irks so many of you.
you claim she is a non-issue,
meanwhile you are so scared you
even go after the woman's innocent
children. THINK ABOUT THAT!

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, you really think that anyone cares to bad talk her children? Her politics, her voice, her take on the issues is all I care about. The same goes for how I see Obama.

There is nothing brilliant about her; she knows how to promote a style and a perspective; and she doesn't even do the latter very well.

I think your hero worship is the problem. It clouds your judgement.

Posted by: mathewska | March 22, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Will Vice President Biden eat some humble pie if Republicans take control of one or both houses of Congress in November in response to the health care bill? Who knows, but I doubt Jonathan Capehart will criticize him like he criticized Sarah Palin.

Posted by: austinrl | March 22, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse


'Have you ever read anything by Marx? "

==============
how many times have you voted for someone who filled his cabinet each being admirers of MAO?

when was the last time you voted for someone whose spiritual adviser is a proponent for communism?

when was the last time you voted for a strong beleiver of marxism in college and has no record of EVER denouncing that mindset?

you can dance around it but it is what it is. you can pretend like you did with coakly that the majority of america realy wants this screwed up bill but you can only pretend for so long - right around about November?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

if Van Jones wasnt enough one would think you got the message when the whiteHOuse christmas tree was adorned with MAO-face ornaments.... but i cant wait to hear just how some of you explain that one away to fit into obama's-always-right-mentality.

i sometimes wonder just what people like you tell your children?

right now we have kids wanting to play instruments to Ave Maria in Everette, WA. and it has reached the Courts because someone is offended because it "sounds" religious. imagine that. another democrat-leftist on the ladder to "changing america."

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I have no doubt that Sarah's reality TV show will cure the nation's insomniacs. All you have to do is switch the show on and before you know it boredom will set-in and you'll drift off into a deep sleep.

Sarah's pithy statements will entertain airheads because shallow is there thing.

Posted by: robertjames1 | March 22, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

until obama began displaying his socialist side some of you were totally against any hint of socialism, but here you are, "oh, yeah - its alright... it's alright." some of you are downright amusing. seriously. i see and hear some career-democrats trying to defend obama and i literally sometimes laugh out loud. these are the very same people who would have had no part in dismantling capitalism in this country, but suddenly obmaa on his little socialist ladder begin with his building blocks and all of you just fall in line? what part of history does that remind you of? has there been a single country that prospered under those conditions? NOT A ONE! they all fight and claw to come here, but here you are digging underneath them to get where they were? its(forgive me) just plain STUPID.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 22, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

@ChooseBestCandidate:

While you are " . . . delving out factual truth . . . " why don't you delve into a dictionary and a grammar text so that you can form a complete, punctuated and correctly spelled sentence. Add some linear thought to it and you still wouldn't have a valid point but it might make it easier for the rest of us to maintain our sanity.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 23, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Again, ChooseBestCandidate ignores the theoretical underpinnings, preferring unexamined scare tactics. Your willingness to commit fully and blindly to one side says more about your fears than anything else.

Any economic structure that goes without restrictions is dangerous -- including both communism and capitalism. You did not answer my question -- do you think the majority of corporations would have the back of their employees if some type of governance did not force them to it? Is the banking industry not a good enough example for you? Willing to go back to the working conditions America had in the 19th century?

On to your next point. All of the white house decorations are intentionally SECULAR -- that's right -- no crosses or churches to be found in the public rooms. And guess what? They always have been secular -- no president for close to a century (maybe more) has used religious ornamentation. Why? It goes against public display of church and state. Check it out on factcheck.org. The White House website probably claims this as well.

Much of what you have said tonight is no more than a bunch of quack theories from Fox. Like the Christmas trees, almost all are easily refutable. Being an admirer of forms of communism is not dangerous. It is not stupid. It is wise to consider alternatives to unchecked greed. It is always greed that corrupts a political system. And of course, our's is no different.

And no -- I was never "against" socialism. How could I be? How could you be? What we have had for a long time is a blend of socialist and capitalist policies -- we're enjoying it right now. I would no more want to give up my kid's right to public education anymore than I'd want to give up my right to open a small business. Wouldn't you say that's a "blended" system?

Posted by: mathewska | March 23, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I can say with just about absolute certainty that, if Sarah Palin says it, she doesn't speak for me. It's as good an axiom as there is - if she thinks no, I think so.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 23, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

The funny thing is that Palin and her entire family is already eligible for government run health care because her husband is and Alaskan Indian.

Posted by: AverageJane | March 23, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

pali is just a skank

Posted by: tuttlegroup | March 23, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Amazing. Only the righties would even consider letting such a minimally intelligent person speak for them while she picks their pockets.

I know some of you are embarrassed. I suppose you might get kicked out the club for saying so, but who would want to belong anyway?

Posted by: st50taw | March 23, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

did she forget that many americans said 'yes'? she must forget, from her alaskan hideaway, that we are a country of +300 million people.

Posted by: delphi1983 | March 23, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

You nailed it. Sarah Palin is a hypocrite and doesn't have a clue about what Americans want except the Right-wing fringe she represents. If there was ever anyone who worshipped the almighty buck, it's Sarah Palin. Shallow and ignorant does not begin to describe her. She wouldn't even know what the word, "humility," even means.

Posted by: sharronkm | March 23, 2010 12:24 AM | Report abuse

So, like, you know, with the healthcare bill, and the moose, I mean the jobs, you gotta have jobs for moose, because you know the real American joes and plumbers who deserve health and care but nor healthcare, here in the real America, I mean, me and Tripp and Trig and Track and Truck and Trekkie and you know, God Bless America.

Hey look. I speak for Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Attucks | March 23, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Tonight, out of morbid curiosity, my husband and I tuned into Palin on Hannity's show. Now there's a pair for the rightwing to be proud of! Ken and Barbie in a lovefest of Obama bashing.

I can think and speak for myself, Ms. Palin. The people of Alaska elected you to do a job, you swore an oath to uphold that trust and then abandoned the kayak in midstream. Don't even entertain the illusion that Americans would elect you for national office.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 23, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is brilliant.
its what irks so many of you.
you claim she is a non-issue,
meanwhile you are so scared you
even go after the woman's innocent
children. THINK ABOUT THAT!"

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate

--------------> It doesn't take me long to think about it. Sarah Palin IS brilliant ---at separating you from your hard earned money.

So please, continue to give all you can to Ms. Palin. And if the wind is just right, you'll be able to hear her laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: kban495 | March 23, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your post Mr. Capehart. I could not agree more. Please add my voice as one for whom you speak.

Posted by: tchristianiv | March 23, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

tell princess pandora palin that she does not speak for me, and she can STFU if she's smart

we'll remember who thought they knew better that Americans

friends don't let friends vote repuglotarded

Posted by: nada85484 | March 23, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

My only question is what is the new U.S.S.A. flag going to look like? I hope we do not use a hammer and sickle on our flag. That would be so unoriginal. As a socialist country now, lets be proud of the crap coming out of Washington these days. It has been bad before, but now it is over the top. WAKE_UP U.S.S.A., we are a sociologist country now and it is only getting worse. Do you remember a place not so long ago named the U.S.S.R? Think about it.....sounds fanatical... really...WAKE-UP!!!!!!

Posted by: y2kbfd | March 23, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan ... be kind to Palin ... she was watching the Immigration Reform March ... you know, the thousands of people the GOP pretty much ignores!

Posted by: paris1969 | March 23, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan ... be kind to Palin ... she was watching the Immigration Reform March ... you know, the thousands of people the GOP pretty much could care less about!

Posted by: paris1969 | March 23, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan ... be kind to Palin ... she was watching the Immigration Reform March ... you know, the millions of people the GOP pretty much could care less about!

Posted by: paris1969 | March 23, 2010 1:18 AM | Report abuse

ronDH,

Believing Palin over Biden is beyond the pale. He at least knows what the Bush doctrine is, that Africa is not a country, and doesn't think "what do you read?" is a trick question by the allegedly liberal media.
Oh, and BTW, he and not she was elected Vice President.

Posted by: Lynn25 | March 23, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Let's not forget that just yesterday the teabagger handlers demanded that they flood the real media with their stuff. So if you feel that the troll nation is on some kind of migration to Wapo central you would be correct. One lump or two?

Posted by: hoser3 | March 23, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate

just how many democrats would have voted for obama if they knew of people like VanJones in obama's past? who would have voted for him knowing he knew of the lovefest among just about everyone of his czars and anita dunn for MAO?

well, seeing as how princess pandora palin's "palin around with terrorists" line worked so well, I would say that about 79 million AMERICANS would have voted for Barack Obama, if princess pandora palin had tried using the line of attack you propose

you have no idea of how America rejects people that Americans determine to be UNHINGED

but keep posting those unhinged rants

you're helping the Democrats and the independant see why they should vote Democratic

thanks for your support

Posted by: nada85484 | March 23, 2010 1:47 AM | Report abuse

ANY politician who presumes to speak for "most Americans" when they're in the minority is laughable. Don't they see that's how they became the minority?

Posted by: fotw | March 23, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

"But you're not an American Capeheart. You're one of the parasites real Americans have unconscionably let spring up over the past century. That mistake will be rectified soon enough."

Posted by: pcannady | March 22, 2010 6:23 PM

I do hope that this is not a death threat, pcannady.

And who are you to think that you can determine who or who is a "real American" or who is a "parasite" and who isn't?

As far as I am concerned, you and those of your ilk are never the "real Americans" but are, rather, the "real parasites" in this country. You feed on the garbage that is spewed out like venom from those who hate and fear.


Posted by: marmac5 | March 23, 2010 1:59 AM | Report abuse

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Let me check the inside of of my hand.... hmm.

Nope, she does not speak for me.

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 23, 2010 2:08 AM | Report abuse

marmac - interesting comment, you chastise someone for what you view as their opinion and arrogance, and then you turn around and commit the same arrogance. WOW - guess you told them!

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 23, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

Palin is an idiot! She's part of the racist morons, mostly from the Southern Republican party, who represent Wall Street, the rip-off Bankers, and the uneducated wackos who can't "get a grip" on taking care of the people of the US. Let's stop stupid, worthless foreign wars, wasting our finest kids for nothing, and create jobs & more jobs, and educate our children.
"Either we educate them today or we build prisons to put them in tomorrow."
An Old EX-Republican.

Posted by: skipfonner | March 23, 2010 3:43 AM | Report abuse

The Republicans are the Party of No. They are led by Boehner, a Hell No kind of guy. Sarah? She's more of a Heck No. More polite, but she's still a No. I like the Democrats' Big Tent. They seem to make room for a range of opinions. They seem pragmatic to me. I like them. They don't all vote the same way. I see that as a strength. They are getting things done. Messy process, but they are behaving competently and responsibly, in my opinion.

Respectfully,
F.M.

Posted by: Felipe_M | March 23, 2010 4:44 AM | Report abuse

palin doesn't even begin to understand what she is talking about. Even with notes on her hands the best she can muster is repeating the bumper sticker on her SUV.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/latest-sarah-palin-speech-opens-sixth-seal,2917/

Posted by: John1263 | March 23, 2010 5:01 AM | Report abuse

Yes, we get it. Sarah Palin has never shown much humility. In other words, she's being uppity. The double standard is appalling. When a man, such as Obama, shows arrogance, it's being a strong leader. When a woman does it, it's because she doesn't know her place. Disgusting sexism is still alive, America.

Posted by: shecallsmemoe | March 23, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

Palin speaks for us? Nope. Palin only speaks for the "Real Americans" she so famously pointed out during her stint as a Vice Presidential pick I, and the vast majority of U.S. citizens, are proud to not be included in her self-centered, childish, fear and war-mongering, tea-bagging definition of a "Real American".

Posted by: swatkins1 | March 23, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
23 March 2010

If Sarah Palin deludes herself into thinking that she speaks for "the American people," that is her business. She is merely exercising her right to free speech.

But if she thinks that the American people agree with her on that point, she is sadly mistaken.

In reality she must be articulating the views of some of those tea partygoers, the "lunatic fringe," the "right-wingers," the congenitally disaffected, as well as a good swath of extremists in the G.O.P. and Christian evangelicals.

But that is as far as she goes.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | March 23, 2010 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin has a right to free speech, as do all of the posters here. I simply disagree with uneducated approach to the role of government. She does not speak for me and now I have used my free speech moment.

Posted by: Thinking4 | March 23, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Of course Sarah Palin does not speak for you. The wicked witch of the West, Nancy Pelosi speaks for you.

That San Fransisco, limosine liberal that just hoodwinked America by passing the bankruptcy bomb call ObamaCare.

Liberal jihadists that seem to hate America.

Posted by: battleground51 | March 23, 2010 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Sara Palan does not speak for me. In point of fact, I'm not at all sure she even speaks for the Republican Party. She speaks for herself, presumably, and a minority of the Tea Party.

The great thing about America is that we're a country of majority rule. Ms. Palin had her chance, and she and John McCain blew it. In point of fact, after Hillary was pushed out of the scene, considering the huge amount of apparent mysogyny and outright sexism in the Democratic proceedings, I considered voting for McCain, who I remembered as a reasonable Republican from his previous tries for the job.

That all ended the first time I listened to Ms. Palin and realized that she was just window dressing, and that the fools in the GOP thought because she didn't actually KNOW anything, she was controllable.

The thought of putting a credulous, inexperienced, yahoo a heartbeat away from the presidency brought me back to my senses.

Posted by: Va_Lady2008 | March 23, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

The claim to speak for all Americans is not peculiar to Palin - it seems to have become a disease among politicians who refuse to acknowledge that Americans differ from each other.

The bill just passed may work, or it may turn out to be a financial disaster. Only time will tell.

But what IS a disaster for America is the enmity Americans seem to bear towards other Americans who think differently.

Posted by: rohitcuny | March 23, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Palin readily admitted just a few short weeks ago, that her parents hustled their kids acrossed the border to Canada for free health care when she was young. Talk about pure ignorance. This fool now claims health care for all Americans, which will not be free, is going to turn our country into a socialist state. Did she not question her own parents about why they took advantage of Canada's free healthcare system and used it continuously? Elevating Palin to celebrity status and taking her serious as an elected official says everything about the calibur of people who now populate the Republican party. They have allowed themselves to go down the drain with undereducated fools, rabble rousing racist trash, and Congressmen and Women who talk like they never left their backwoods outhouses. When did the Republicans decide they would reject intellectuals and decent Americans from their party? What is so terrible about intelligent constituents? If Palin is all they have, they'll continue to look like idiots to decent and reasonable people. The Hollywood that Palin claims to hate is just where she is going trying to make millions of bucks now that her husband has quit working for a living.

Posted by: papafritz571 | March 23, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

mr capehart sarah palin never claimed to speak
for you in the first place and second she
is refering to conservatives and moderates not
progressive and liberals

Posted by: renedemonteverde | March 23, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

1. Palin does not "speak". She utters garbled combinations of words
2. To the extent that her word salads can be considered as speech, she only speaks for lynch mobs, the type we saw in DC last weekend, hurling racist epithets and spitting on lawmakers. Oh, and of course, she speaks for William Kristol, who has the hots for her.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | March 23, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Palin's idea of an 'American' is someone of northern European Protestant extraction. The rest of us just happen to be living here.

Posted by: ablankinship | March 23, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

FDR: "All we have to fear, is fear itself."

Palin, GOP, TEA: "All we have is fear."

Posted by: hitpoints | March 23, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm finding it very difficult to believe that we have Leftwingtards who are so hateful toward native Americans. Posted by: muawiyah


Typical conservative overreaching. There's not a single Democrat, progressive, or liberal you can point to that "hates native Americans." The problem is personal - nobody likes you.

Posted by: washpost18 | March 23, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Neither of them, Joe Biden nor Sarah Palin, can speak for me. Neither of them have ever spoken to me nor asked for my opinion of anything.

All things considered, I've got more respect for Joe Biden. He hasn't turned himself into an attention-seeking idiot who will say anything, do anything to keep the media attention on himself, like Sarah Palin has done.

The media needs to make Sarah Palin hush up and go away---no more SP quotes, no more 'what is she doing now' stories. I DO NOT CARE!!!!!

Posted by: momof20yo | March 23, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is Queen of the trailer park low-life types and, of course, hockey moms. If they want her opinion, fine. To me she is just a joke, and one in bad taste at that.

If defeating the Health Care Reform was so important, why wasn't she there herself to stand with the Tea Partiers (they sure could have used a few more numbers)? I guess she was just too busy with her important "image work" at whatever elite Make-over Spa she's visiting?

Posted by: vanmeter1 | March 23, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

mr muawiyah

you just got pwnd...

Posted by: tindal0s | March 23, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

washpost18, tindal0s ~ which proves my point ~ you people (Leftwingtards) are nothing more than constipated haters.

Whether or not anyone likes me is not the issue ~ I don't give a big rat's a$$ ~ but you presume to be in charge of the country.

Very shortly the citizenry you hate will be tossing you into the gutter where you belong.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 23, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin's fairy godfather, John McCain, has just demonstrated the leadership skills of conservatives/Republicans:

" 'There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year,' McCain said during an interview Monday on an Arizona radio affiliate."

Did I miss something? Was there cooperation before? And so now he's going to take his toys and go home?

I hope people understand that this is the Sarah Palin way, too: If the elected majority accomplishes something they said they'd do all along, than that is tyranny, the Apocalypse, and Armageddon, all at the same time. And whatever you do, make sure the other party never makes headway on real issues in case you look bad for wrecking the country on your watch.

Party before country, every single time.

Posted by: BlueDog1 | March 23, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

She used to go to Canada to get her healthcare...

Posted by: vigor | March 23, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

"Do you minbd if I call you Joe?"

What cornpone....She never once called him Joe. A charitable assesment of her performance would be "incoherent".

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | March 23, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin can't speak for herself without writing on her hand.

Posted by: Denny_98 | March 23, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I waited throughout the House debate and hoped that a supporter of the bill would rebut the absurd and continuously stated claim that the Republicans spoke for "all Americans." At last, Mr. Capehart challenges it. Thanks.

Posted by: fowen | March 23, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

'Have you ever read anything by Marx?
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Groucho And Me (Paperback)
Groucho Marx (Author)

"The trouble with writing a book about yourself is that you can't fool around..."

Posted by: rlampe | March 23, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

One thing became clear in Nov. 2008: the American people think Palin is a blowhard loser.

Posted by: Bugs222 | March 23, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate. Posted by: RonKH
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So the parallel, anti-universe is checking in! Great!

I think it's humorous that the GOP has been pounding on their belief that the country doesn't want HCR after electing a Democratic President and 60% of Congress who campaigned to do precisely that. They promised, the country voted and then they delivered. What a concept!

Next up: Financial Reform.

Posted by: tfspa | March 23, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Boy, you have hit one of my pet peeves right smack on the nose. Although, it is John Bohner who strikes me as supremely arrogant every time he talks of what "Americans Want".

As for Palin, there is an expression that sums her up: Losers never quit and quitters never win.

Posted by: koygdb1 | March 23, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Palin readily admitted just a few short weeks ago, that her parents hustled their kids acrossed the border to Canada for free health care when she was young.

Posted by: papafritz571 | March 23, 2010
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LOL! I just love the lies and spin deranged Palin haters spew.

Palin's parents took their kids into Canada to the closest hospital for emergencies. The health care was NOT free - they paid for it with their own money.

Posted by: anna_78750 | March 23, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

"Very shortly the citizenry you hate will be tossing you into the gutter where you belong."

Posted by: muawiyah ---

Obviously, muawiyah, you forgot that we are ALL AMERICANS. Take a look at the last line of the Declaration of Independence:

"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

And by the way, the Declaration was written by people who wanted CHANGE, instead of the same outmoded, dessicated, belief in some divine right of a greedy king. For the people, by the people. Healthcare is FOR THE PEOPLE.

BOOYAAH!

Posted by: mathewska | March 23, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

There is a small segment of the voters in America who have "awfulized" thier vision of our county as a Stalin-like dictatorship headed for certain disaster.

It is a real head-in-the-sand disservice to the rest of us who see this as the only country in the world that may stumble and bumble along without a dictator, but still seems to come out on top.

You want to see what we are vs what the bagger, birthers, no-sayers, and epithet spewers think we are? Look at the Olympic results of free people pursuing their dreams- vs the result of the USSR.

Now tell me you think we are doomed to certain slavery: GMAB!!

Posted by: Fiftyeight | March 23, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Did all this start with "All in the Family"? We used to laugh at the absurd rantings of Archie, but now people take such dribble seriously. Listen to Sarah Palin or Rush Limbaugh, close your eyes, and you can see Archie in all his glory. Difference is in intent; "All in the Family" helped us face the folly of our bigotry and racism whereas the Limbaughs and Palins promote it. Ironically, both make money.

Posted by: gss49 | March 23, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Capehart, if you use Joe Biden as your expert opinion poll master, intelligencia and model of humility, you're in trouble. In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate. Who outsmarted whom? And your remarks drip with an arrogance that allows little humility in your comments. By the way, as a left-wing mouthpiece, you really picked the most un-humble politician in D.C. as your example. Biden thinks he really would be president,

except the American people are so dumb.

Posted by: RonKH | March 22, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse
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Actaully the AAmerican people are really smart..

YOU speak only for yourself..

So FOX OFF.

Fei Hu

Posted by: Fei_Hu | March 23, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, the most popular hysteric at the Salem Witch Trials. I seem to remember fellow Republicans advising her to go out and educate herself about the world so that she could appear knowledgeable if she ran again. Instead, she's become a for profit corporation using mash ups of other people's ideas and slogans to advertise herself as legitimate. Sarah Palin doesn't speak for anyone; she's a poster on a wall.

Posted by: Koko3 | March 23, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is brilliant.
its what irks so many of you.
you claim she is a non-issue,
meanwhile you are so scared you
even go after the woman's innocent
children. THINK ABOUT THAT!"

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate

This spot-light loving bimbo wants to host her own reality/tour guide show, and you STILL think she's qualified to stand as a president of anything more than her own community association?!

"Brilliant"?

Really?!

Posted by: EdgewoodVA | March 23, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I tire when any of them, not just Republicans claim this, and they ALL do.

Posted by: bill_delgrosso | March 23, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

She doesn't even speak for herself most of the time. She is handed cards to memorize, and then she hits the zingers, but really has no idea what she is talking.

Her "death panel" quip was devastating, but mostly to the elderly who will not be given a choice for hospice care over expensive, invasive, and ineffective end of life care.

Thanks a lot, Sarah! You got a good line, and now you are going to cost the government and the elderly as a result of your cutesy but irresponsibility rhetoric.

Posted by: AxelDC | March 23, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

choosebestcandidate — I have known Jim Wallis for 30 years. He is no more a Communist than Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan or any other of your right-wing heroes were Communists. What he supports is Christian ideals based on his interpretation of the teachings of Christ. Believe it or not, Christ taught that we should take care of those among us who have very little personal power, the most vulnerable, like widows and orphans. Christ taught that if someone asks us for our coat, we should give our shirts as well. Christ taught that we should love our ENEMIES and not say evil against them. If that is not what you are for, than you can denounce Jim Wallis' theology. But don't just ignorantly label him as the most disgusting thing you can think of.

Posted by: dmiller3 | March 23, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Limbaugh is another- yesterday he said that the Democrats are B*****ds, and "We need to wipe them out." How is that for positive engagement? The Republicans have now gone from the party that wants to make you afraid of something and then give you something to blame for that fear to the party threatening violence and racial and sexist epithets. Instead of really detailing and selling their case to the American people about alternatives to the Democratic plans, they just refute the Dems plans with vindictive adjectives, they castigate and name call: they threaten. So the lunacy of Palin wanting to be paid a million dollars each episode is wholly part of the delusion.

Posted by: poppysue85 | March 23, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

choosebestcandidate — I have known Jim Wallis for 30 years. He is no more a Communist than Barry Goldwater or Ronald Reagan or any other of your right-wing heroes were Communists. What he supports is Christian ideals based on his interpretation of the teachings of Christ. Believe it or not, Christ taught that we should take care of those among us who have very little personal power, the most vulnerable, like widows and orphans. Christ taught that if someone asks us for our coat, we should give our shirts as well. Christ taught that we should love our ENEMIES and not say evil against them. If that is not what you are for, than you can denounce Jim Wallis' theology. But don't just ignorantly label him as the most disgusting thing you can think of.

Posted by: dmiller3 | March 23, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Enough about Palin. She's irrelevent.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 23, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

If she has to write the principles she holds close to her heart, on her hand...she certainly cannot speak for me. About 60% of the bankruptcies in this country are caused by medical bills. Write your Rx for that on your hand & let us get a peek. Then we can talk.
BTW, I seem to recall that Sarah "Mooselady" Palin was going to contribute her speaking fee for the "Tea Party" Convention around $100,000 to "the cause". WaPo please verify to see if she kept her word.

Posted by: foyelady | March 23, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate.

Mrs Palin didn't answer the questions posed to her by the moderator. That indicates she didn't have an answer for those questions.


Who outsmarted whom?

Perhaps you don't realize this but today one is the Vice President of the United States and one is a talking head on the fringe of wingnut media...if we use results to determine who won the exchange in most peoples minds, there's little question "who outsmarted whom"

Posted by: dijetlo | March 23, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

washpost18, tindal0s ~ which proves my point ~ you people (Leftwingtards) are nothing more than constipated haters.

mr muawiyah -

I find it quite ironic you would label me
a "...tard" on a blog reguarding Sarah Palin...
I'm sure she and her family are applauding
you at his very moment...

pwnd... again...

Posted by: tindal0s | March 23, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

While some polls show that the people didn't favor the bill,here is the reason. About 23% of those polled said the bill should go FURTHER! Added in with those that support it, about 60% support reform. Not exactly the MOOSE HUNTER'S base!!

Posted by: hughsie48 | March 23, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin speaks for me? Not.
She doesn't speak for any member of my family, either.
She speaks only for those whose identities are so weak that they can believe in themselves only when they are taking positions at odds with everyone around them--and, apparently, with reality.

Posted by: jlhare1 | March 23, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

You're absolutely right Mr. Capeheart.

Of course, you missed another pertinent point - when she's speaking, she needs to actually say something. Ms. Palin has a gift of serving up the most nonsensical word soup I've ever heard. A whole lot of words that say absolutely nothing of any substance. Perhaps the only way to make any sense of what she's saying is to be under the influence of mind-bending pharmaceuticals - or to kill of a full working portion of your brain. It's a clear indication that she has no actual comprehension of the issues she's talking about - she's covering her lack of comprehension with an overabundance of verbage.

No she doesn't speak for me. I can certainly find better ways to spend that much money. In this case, flushing it down the toilet would be equally satisfying. I wouldn't waste the time watching her progam. Her voice and dialect are like fingernails running down a chalkboard, and I personally couldn't care less about life in Alaska.

Posted by: JilliB | March 23, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin: you can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think.

Posted by: katem1 | March 23, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

muawiyah, I didn't steal anything from anyone. Isn't this MY native land since I was born here too?

For the fools who think Palin won the VP debate, they must have missed the actual debate and gotten their opinion about who won from rant radio. Palin didn't debate. She completely ignored all the questions and repeated cliches from her stump speeches, dontcha know, wink wink.

Posted by: fingersfly | March 23, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin does not speak for me", says the liberal. Of course not, and that is her strength.

Posted by: JohnGalt9 | March 23, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin and the Republicans will never, never speak for me.

Posted by: francinelast | March 23, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Republican leadership consists of: Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Roger Ailes etc.

When an elected GOPer strays from what is politically correct they get their knuckles rapped on the air and meekly return to their place in the cave.

You now reap the whirlwind, Party of Hate.

Posted by: tojby_2000 | March 23, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

You're absolutely wrong, Mr. Capehart! You don't understand the working public nor do you understand the entrepreneurial spirit that is the fabric of this country. How dare people quote the Bible with the passing of this bill and attach it to this president when he steps on Christian morals and values! I am insulted! The Chicago mob (slimy politics rammed down our throats and back room shady deals) landed in D.C. and we now all know what Chicago suffers with...taxpayers used as pawns to feed their machine!

Posted by: sisugal | March 23, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

NO politician speaks for me.

Posted by: ceebee2 | March 23, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

John McCain said the same thing, insisting that passage of Health Care Reform had "angered Americans" and that Republicans would seek to repeal the bill and would use the issue in the November elections.

Bring it on. The Republicans are going to repeal this? How stupid are they going to look with a message of "we're going to throw 30 million people off of health care and allow insurance companies to go back to denying coverage to sick children." Sounds like a plan, I can hardly wait for November.

Posted by: Rogers222 | March 23, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

"What I dislike most about Obamacare though is this notion that the leftists in Washington think that they can pass this thing through, cram it through, with disregard to consider the will of the people, disregard of these constitutional legal traditional processes which have thus far been used in America's processes to allow policy to be adopted that do adhere to the will of the people."

-- Sarah Palin, actual quote.


Posted by: Rogers222 | March 23, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Just this once I will quote the Minority Leader--Brainturd...HELL NO! Palin does not speak for me!! Palin doesn't know her a.s.s from a hole in the wall, so who does she think she is defining what the American people want? I love how the Rethuglicans want to cite what the "majority of Americans" want. Dumb a.s.ses they combine the numbers of those who do not support the current HC Bill. Included in their numbers are those Americans who don't think the current bill goes far enough and therefore do not support the bill. That's a far cry from not supporting the bill because "they don't see Amerika like Palin and her ilk see Amerika...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 23, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse


What did she say?

"What I dislike most about Obamacare though is this notion that the leftists in Washington think that they can pass this thing through, cram it through, with disregard to consider the will of the people, disregard of these constitutional legal traditional processes which have thus far been used in America's processes to allow policy to be adopted that do adhere to the will of the people."
-- Sarah Palin

Dumb.

Posted by: mcstowy | March 23, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

"I'm always reluctant after being here 37 years to tell people what the American people think," he said. "I think it requires a little bit of humility to be able to know what the American people think,..." Pretty telling in itself. He has been a representative of Americans for 37 years and he has no idea what they think.....for once I believe him. He, like the majority of the Democratic Party and a signficant number of Republicans, haven't a clue...rather like the WaPo editorial staff...very out of touch with reality. Mainly because they will not listen.

Posted by: staterighter | March 23, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Chocolate, she may be God's candidate and
brilliant but she is uninformed and has been pathetically embarassed on natl. television and has repeatedly shown her lack of foreign affairs knowledge to the point of the dialogue becoming well, nonsensical. Not even electable. Not even a plausible candidate. Better put your hopes on Mitt, Palin would be a waste of effort, anyone with any political knowledge
knows. Noone is that dumb.

Posted by: huckstered | March 23, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Heaven forbid that progressives and liberals should have a mouthpiece like Mr. Capehart. It's only the right-wing conservatives who can have mouthpieces, for example Rush "Where Did I Put Those Drugs?" Limbaugh and Glenn "The DJ" Beck. Only they aren't really mouthpieces - they seem to be the real leadership behind the GOP's in-your-face brand of politics and Sarah "The Pit Bull with Lipstick" Palin is now jumping on the gravy train. Soon she will join Rush and Glenn in the "misinfortainment" industry where she will bash the media for its liberal agenda, even though she and her comrades are part of the media... Oh the hypocrisy!

Posted by: dritchie57 | March 23, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

pcannady decreed: "But you're not an American Capeheart. You're one of the parasites real Americans have unconscionably let spring up over the past century. That mistake will be rectified soon enough.
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This American citizen is your problem, Repugnicans. Like the passionate followers of Adolph Hitler, your party hosts a very sizable number of people who divide our country into those who are real and unreal. BTW: The "parasite" slur was pure Goebbels, pcannady.

FYI: Real Americans are people with legal citizenship, not a subset limited to those who hold to a particular set of beliefs.

Even hate mongers who believe otherwise are real Americans.


Posted by: tojby_2000 | March 23, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"...In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate..."
Posted by: RonKH
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LOL...in a word "delusional", LOL..."uh, can I call you Joe...o.k. cause I have some jokes that I've "practiced" where I call you Joe, o.k." LOL; I so miss Tina Faye and her realistic impressions of the Pitt Bull in Lipstick, LOL...Joe Biden had to dummy himself down so he wouldn't come across as being a bully smartypants against idiot Palin, LOL..."I can see Russia from my house", LOL...so, because I can see the White House from my office window, does that make me the President? Just asking, LOL...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 23, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Why quote anything Palin says. Why does the media give her attention. Who cares what she twitters?
Her own handlers said she had no knowledge of this country or the history of this country. So why does she need to take up space here.

Posted by: mac7 | March 23, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

"I do hope that this is not a death threat, pcannady."

It's a prediction of a policy of mass deportation once we crush your side into dust. I don't think anyone here thinks that Capehart has the balls to fight for his beliefs.

"And who are you to think that you can determine who or who is a "real American" or who is a "parasite" and who isn't?"

A real American, unlike yourself. I thought I made that clear.

Posted by: pcannady | March 23, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I resent Palin thinking that I am one of her racist, homophobic, know-nothings!

She does NOT speak for me!!!!!

Posted by: Utahreb | March 23, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely, why should I think a politician can speak for me, when I can get an opinion columnist to do it!

Posted by: MikeMcLamara | March 23, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

What did she say?

"What I dislike most about Obamacare though is this notion that the leftists in Washington think that they can pass this thing through, cram it through, with disregard to consider the will of the people, disregard of these constitutional legal traditional processes which have thus far been used in America's processes to allow policy to be adopted that do adhere to the will of the people."
-- Sarah Palin

Dumb.
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That's what she gets for trying to use big words that she pick up from the President's speeches like "notion", LOL...dumb b-ouch, LOL...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 23, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

It is clear that in order to be right wing you have to be uninformed. These comments demonstrate it. The Wall Street Journal asked Americans would "America be better off with or without the Obama health plan.' The spread was not large but the answer from most Americans who choose was BETTER OFF. THAT IS THE ONLY POLL THAT ASKED THE RIGHT QUESTION. But the right wing will continue to lie, posture and go their brain washed way. If you only listen to Rush and watch Fox you choose to live in ignorance.

Posted by: withersb | March 23, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin speaks, thinks, cares about only herself. It still amazes me that she has any following at all. It's a glittering package, I guess, and a beauty queen that dazzles some people. But all that glitters is not gold. Sarah Palin is about Sarah Palin.

The GOP is mainly using that phrase "The American People think . . ." because they want us to believe that. AS IF people agreed. The ones who don't analyze or think very much are the ones happy to be told what to think. The GOP is happy to tell them what to think.

All that blather about "tyrrany"? It's the GOP tyrannically defining the ideas and beliefs of their sector (smaller every day) of the American people we ought to worry about.

Posted by: cturtle1 | March 23, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse


Awake America.
Obama did not care that BIG majority of Americans does not support his health plan.
"A PLAN OF THIS MAGNITUDE MUST BE BYPARTIZAN" ,
and not decided by an unscrupulous unamerican troika.
This plan will be "historic" because of dirty tricks ,disguised bribes ,bought votes ,unions tax reliefs , voters intimidations,closed doors deals and other (unknown yet) means and not because the will of American people.
Obama fans will change their opinion in the moment the 16000 or more recently hired IRS agents will knock their doors to pay for 32 million newly insured and also for HEALTH INSURANCE and WELFARE of a big part of the 16 million illegal immigrants which he intend to legalize .
Taxing the rich , his solution , never worked because those rich people are smarter than us.
Awake America. or PAY .

Posted by: yonasolo | March 23, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Chocolate, she may be God's candidate and
brilliant but she is uninformed and has been pathetically embarassed on natl. television
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Let's test that theory...scriptue says that when God blesses you he adds no sorrow; well Palin is the sorriest excuse for a politician (or whatever it is she calls herself) that I can remember in my lifetime; so no, she is not God's candidate...maybe god's candidate...yeah, that she may be, LOL...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 23, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse


Awake America.
Obama did not care that BIG majority of Americans does not support his health plan.
"A PLAN OF THIS MAGNITUDE MUST BE BYPARTIZAN" ,
and not decided by an unscrupulous unamerican troika.
This plan will be "historic" because of dirty tricks ,disguised bribes ,bought votes ,unions tax reliefs , voters intimidations,closed doors deals and other (unknown yet) means and not because the will of American people.
Obama fans will change their opinion in the moment the 16000 or more recently hired IRS agents will knock their doors to pay for 32 million newly insured and also for HEALTH INSURANCE and WELFARE of a big part of the 16 million illegal immigrants which he intend to legalize .
Taxing the rich , his solution , never worked because those rich people are smarter than us.
Awake America. or PAY .

Posted by: yonasolo | March 23, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Pretty good yonasolo, you hit every talking point in one paragraph, LOL...16000 IRS tax collectors, another delusional comment, LOL...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 23, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Who CARES what Palin says? She's a QUITTER.

Quitters are LOSERS and she rightly belongs to the GOP/Teabagger fringe.

Posted by: B-rod | March 23, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Who CARES what Palin says? She's a QUITTER.

Quitters are LOSERS and she rightly belongs to the GOP/Teabagger fringe.

Posted by: B-rod | March 23, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

The first problem is that the author Capehart doesn't understand that Governor Palin is not "hawking a show" ... these are offers made by TV networks to do a series on Alaska because people who have never been there are dismiss it through ignorance because they don't know anything about it and Governor Palin would obviously do a good job at explaining what her state is and this would attract a large audience which is their business

The second problem appears to be that the that the author doesn't seem to understand that Democrats have been telling Americans what they think for decades and Republicans today are reflecting what people think which is that liberals are sinking in the polls like a piece of lead far faster than Bush 43 ever did.

The third problem is that quoting Vice President Biden, who has the mouth of a loose canon rolling around on the decks, is an absurdity and when you add all of these negatives together it tends to makes Capehart appear as a dead head.

Posted by: Slager21 | March 23, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I do not really put a lot of stock in polls for exactly the reasons Vice President biden mentioned. Beyond that polls can be manipulated and the results can be obfuscated. For example the CNN/ORC poll that everyone keeps citing is extremely misleading without the breakdowns. 39% approve of the bill the House passed while 59% oppose. However, in the breakdown, 39% favor as is, 43% oppose because it is "too liberal" and 13% oppose because it is "not liberal enough." Thus, the 59% opposition includes 13% who wanted a public option or a single payer, what I call the "Michael Moore people" and like Michael Moore, they are slowly drifting on board, so anyone who believes that the 59% oppose means Republicans have somehow put themselves in a better position is insane.
http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/22/rel5a.pdf

Posted by: Prosperity2008 | March 23, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Jonathon - why such an obsession with Ms. Palin and what she thinks? She is just a reality show actor and commentator.

Posted by: sarno | March 23, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what restrictions are involved for those not in favor of Caribou Barbie, but if the page is open -- she certainly needs to know who will not vote for her in four years!

Posted by: mathewska
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And interupt her delusion...heck no! You must not know how desperate many of us are to get our favorite comedian back on primetime. I'm suffering from laughter withdrawal, because I can't bring myself to watch Faux Noise which is basically the only place she can be found on a regular. I hope and pray that she gets a reality show...I will be one of those uninterested in her politics, so interested in her gawf who will so inflate her numbers...popcorn anyone, LOL...

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 23, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Dear Slager21,

You should have clicked on the link in Mr. Capehart's article. Please read the part below that specifically states that the former Governor PITCHED the show. And thank you for pointing out just how pathalogical conservatives are in reconstructing reality.

How many liberals protested against the invasion of Iraq? And were they listened to? I think even in your altered reality you know the answer to that. So please, do not even try to say that liberals have had their way lo these many years.

"Sources say A&E Networks and Discovery Communications want to acquire Palin's project, which focuses on the ex-governor giving a guided tour of her native Alaska -- visiting fishing boats, taking a trip to a gold mine, to cite a couple examples. Mark Burnett is executive producer.

The former Alaska governor initially pitched the show to broadcast networks. Given the show's laid-back nature theme and lack of high-stakes drama that tends to typify broadcast reality hits, industry executives see cable as a better fit for the show."

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, like all repukicans have selective memory about EVERYTHING, relentlessly stating what the "American people want and don't want", whichever best suits their ranting at the moment. American people speak what they "want" in the ballot box, and as always we will see in 224 days just what that is. Polling is baseless and pointless unless every voter is called, funny I've never been called once in a poll, they are calling the same folks over and over again I guess. It will be fascinating to see the response of the
millions when President Obama goes on the
road Thursday or Friday to rally the people for the HCR. That will be a much better barometer for "what America wants".
It spoke volumes in 07' and 08', and still
speaks volumes today, and that is what Palin and all repukicans can't conjure or
forget. 224 days until SWEET TUESDAY!!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 23, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Yoyu are right.

These right wing nutjod dundrheads can't seem to get it through their thick skulls that they are the minority.

They speak as if they were the majority,
and have only extremists hate to stoke.

If you thought the GOP BS was flying before, the Becks and Limbaughs are on a mission to stoke so much anger and hate, hoping that someone does take matters into their own hands - simply trolling for an assasin, essentially - after which they would say: "Who, me?... I was only kidding, didn't think anyone would...I'm just an entertainer!"

Posted by: jfern03 | March 23, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

My only question is what is the new U.S.S.A. flag going to look like? WAKE_UP U.S.S.A., we are a sociologist country now and it is only getting worse. Do you remember a place not so long ago named the U.S.S.R? Think about it.....sounds fanatical... really...WAKE-UP!!!!!!

Posted by: y2kbfd | March 23, 2010 1:13 AM |
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Socialism educates every public school child in the country.
Socialism keeps our elderly healthy.
Socialism helps families get by when a job is lost.
Socialism fixes potholes.
Socialism keeps our food safe.
Socialism has been a major part of the political and "social" makeup of this country since it's inception.

Next issue.................

Posted by: eddie111 | March 23, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Dear Slager21, Perhaps you should have actually opened the link Mr. Capehart provided, then you would have read where A&E says Mrs. Palin pitched her show to them.

Thanks for pointing out just how pathological conservatives are in altering reality. You really think a couple of thousand people entail all of America and you really think Mrs. Palin speaks for all of America.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Why single out Palin? Every politician uses the term, "The American People" when they hold forth on what's best for their particular view. I find that laughable no matter who says it, because none of them have a clue what I think or what you think, nor do they care. For example, one blowhard from Ohio, hint: he sees UFOs, says that all the time, but when this American people tries to send him a message his web page only wants to hear from those who can vote for him. In fact I didn't, nor would I, vote for him, and he has no right, therefore, to speak for me. I speak for me.

Posted by: Rodin | March 23, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Palin knows what America thinks because she thinks only her supporters are real Americans. The rest of us are just illegal immigrants, minorities, intellectuals, socialists, or some other group of "them" she can write off and dismis as un-american for not thinking like she does.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 23, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Christianity in America has been totally corrupted by politics and greed.

I watched a video clip of an old, white guy with Parkinson's Disease sitting on the ground with a sign, saying nothing, but obviously advocating reform because he was being screamed at by tea partiers in Washington the other day. They literally spewed spittle on the man as they screamed at him, they were so angry. He sat their quietly as they verbally abused him. These were all well dressed white men who I am sure some if not all think of themselves as Christians.

I grew up in a southern, fundamentalist Christian home, going to church Sunday mornings and evenings, mid week choir practices, and other Christian social activities. I got saved as a young teenager. But the events of the past several decades (I am a boomer) has led a large segment of Christianity to be led astray by politics to the detriment of Christ's teachings. I totally understand Christian opposition to anything abortion; but this view held by many that if you are pro reform, you must be a deadbeat too lazy to work and looking for government handouts is just too narrow minded and not accurate at all; I know too many good, honest, Christian people that are suffering under financial hardships regarding health care; it's just not realistic to think that people in their 40's and 50's are not going to have health problems, whether by sickness or accident, that puts theme out of the work force and forces theme to lose their insurance are all just a bunch of deadbeats. I didn't see too much compassion on that older gentleman at the tea party the other day.
There but by the grace of God go thou---

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | March 23, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Poll after poll after poll after poll told Biden, Obama, Pelosi, Reid "we do NOT want this healthcare." Never before in the history of this country has democrats and republicans come together to demonstrate AGAINST a potential Law, yet we have this journalist with a story like this? and they wonder why some say Journalism died in 2007? this is a total disgrace.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate
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Actually the polls have shown that people wanted to reform healthcare but all that got skewered by misinformation and talking points during the legislative process. Even the insurance industry wanted to work with the administration to reform it because they know it is unsustainable.

Like I said in the past, Obama should have sheperd the bill from start to finish in order to get the right kind of legislation instead of farming it off to Congress who are beholdened to various special interest groups.

Posted by: beeker25 | March 23, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin should be telling her followers NOT to act out violently because of the health care reform law. She says she wants to serve the country. She connects well with the type that might carry out attacks on America. She should speak out preemptively.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 23, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm getting old, I forgot to mention something. I SINCERELY hope that all things repukican remain the same, and get stronger, namely: that their mindless crusaders like Palin continue to haul the
mindless followers around on the chain around their brains, and the dumbing down of said followers reaches the greatest heights. The end result will be that only the mindless will vote for anything repukican, and that is well and good. We
saw the best of what they have to offer last week-end in D.C., inside the halls of
justice and outside, they showed their true colors, blazingly, MORE, MORE, MORE,
MORE !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 23, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

One of the biggest problems the republicans face is the lack of contact with working America, a Joe plumber just would not do the job, Republicans need to leave the idea that they can always interpret the will and the need on the people, more that politicians they are acting as professionals of power.

Posted by: danielm26 | March 23, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I've said it a thousand times and I will say it again.

As an AMERICAN, Palin, the Republican, or anyone else that opens up their mouth and says, Americans this and Americans that.... DO NOT speak for me, nor do they know what I am thinking.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 23, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I've long been wary of what my mother termed "opportunists" and have passed off what Gov. Palin says without much concern. However she was right about one thing: there are thousands (maybe hundreds of thousands) of people who followed the nay-sayers and believe(d) the pap being fed to the public with regard to health care reform. But there are millions (I'd have to think) who have run into the stone wall that has been our insurance system. There are many good measures in the bill that was passed. There might have been many more but for the vociferous obstruction of a lock-step Republican national representation.

The things we will find wanting in near-future years, however, will cause us to revisit with some bitterness this topic. We did nothing to establish what reasonably priced insurance should cost; a public option would have done that. We did too little to end fee-for-service instead of outcome or effort-based compensation to providers. We will be looking at ways to reduce the number of policy offerings; most people want pretty much the same things in health coverage - the multiplicity of plans increases management overhead and does nothing to deliver better health care. There are more things.

We had months of meaningless bickering, the Republicans staying far from offering anything of use to the public while acting all upset that treasury money would be spent. Which they didn't when ordering new air tankers for the Air Force, new nuclear submarines, carriers, weapon systems. Which they didn't worry about when reducing taxes on those most able to pay taxes, the wealthy and wealthy estates. So here we are. A little bit ahead of where we were last year at this time and still a long road ahead.

Hello, fellow Americans.

Posted by: Jazzman7 | March 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? You are wasting time bemoaning what a Palin says on her Facebook page? Who cares? All the while this buffoon in the White House keeps saying: All of you people that don’t agree with me on health care reform simply don’t understand what I am saying. I am smarter than you and know what is best for you.

Obama may be the most arrogant person alive today. He has never displayed a shred of humility.

This President and this Congress sure as hell don’t speak for me (or the majority of Americans).

Posted by: pcasady | March 23, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, like all repukicans have selective memory about EVERYTHING, relentlessly stating what the "American people want and don't want", whichever best suits their ranting at the moment. American people speak what they "want" in the ballot box, and as always we will see in 224 days just what that is. Polling is baseless and pointless unless every voter is called, funny I've never been called once in a poll, they are calling the same folks over and over again I guess. It will be fascinating to see the response of the
millions when President Obama goes on the
road Thursday or Friday to rally the people for the HCR. That will be a much better barometer for "what America wants".
It spoke volumes in 07' and 08', and still
speaks volumes today, and that is what Palin and all repukicans can't conjure or
forget. 224 days until SWEET TUESDAY!!!

Posted by: patriotgmalou | March 23, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm having a tough time figuring out who is the biggest piece of selfish, unamerican, vile, lowlife Palinite garbage on this board: muahahaha or pcannady.

Can someone help me out? Thanks.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 23, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

The cognitive dissonance of the White Old Party from Fox 'News', Drudge, Beck, Palin, down to the ugly American and the T-Baggers is off the chart. I'm not a Democrat, nor am I fan of Pelosi or Reid, but there is something terribly wrong with the Right Wing. I dig Ron Paul and Adam Kokesh, but the T-Baggers in their Echo Chambers are so full of fear. Republicans are way too afraid of Obama, Terrorists, Immigrants. As the wise Philosopher Yoda stated, Fear leads to Anger, Anger leads to hate, Hate leads to suffering.

Posted by: BornAgainAmerican | March 23, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin didn't win the debate with Biden because she didn't participate in the debate. She proudly told the moderator that she would ignore the questions and say what she wanted (that is, the canned soundbites she had stored in her tiny brain).

Therefore, she lost. If you think she won, you're an idiot.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 23, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Slagheap21: "The first problem is that the author Capehart doesn't understand that Governor Palin is not "hawking a show" ... these are offers made by TV networks to do a series on Alaska"

Um no, numbnutz. Quitter Palin APPROACHED the networks first. They didn't go to her. That is exactly what "hawking a show" means. Do you prefer "pitching a show"? Same thing.

In short, you lose.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 23, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your comments. I am still amazed that Sarah Palin was taken seriously as a candidate for VP or that she still has any followers at all. By the way, someone would have to pay me to watch her in a television series .. I cannot imagine a bigger waste of time.

Posted by: Beaplum | March 23, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan, Jonathon, Jonathan. Either you're naive or disingenuous. About 99.99% of politicians say something like "The American people know..", Americans want..", "Americans demand..." etc. etc. Even Obama uses this expression. It's a bunch of baloney and no one pays any attention to it. Why do you? When are you and other liberals going to stop bashing poor Sarah Palin. It's a year and a half since she lost election. Think about something consequential.

Posted by: Paaa | March 23, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

What you seem to neglect is the fact that there were many repeated polls out there that said the American public did NOT want this health care bill.

Do you think those people were lying? Or were their opinions and wishes less than important to Democrats?

It is the old story of the bully on the playground, or of the rapist who overpowers his victim! Those in power overcome the weak or those in the minority who they disagree with. Why do they do that? Mainly because they have the power and size to do it.

Somewhere along the way, disregarding ethics and morals, and winning in those circumstances can only belong to a vainglorious bunch.

It is sad that America has come to this! Democrats, intent on winning at any cost, forsake any and all principles they ever had. What kind of victory can be honored when those who won, used streetfighter tactics?

I'll stick with Sarah Palin who you liberals and progressives disdain, mainly because she is not ashamed to say that she looks for guidance from God for the path in life that she travels. She did not resort to abortion because her son has Down's Syndrome as you self-centered liberals would do. She knew that abortion is a sin, and amounts to ending the life of one of God's people.

The trouble with Democrats is that they think they are above God's laws and that what God says doesn't apply to themselves. Forget principles, forget ethics, forget morals; they don't apply to Democrats!

Foolish pride; and what doesthe Bible does say? "Pride goeth before a fall."

Posted by: rjloftus | March 23, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"it is because of people like the above journlist who wrote this piece that obama ended up in office"

No, actually, it's because of people like me: a white, 67-year-old male who enthusiastically voted for him.

We already chose the best candidate. Your moniker is so last Tuesday!

Posted by: thrh | March 23, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

My first thought was that if Mrs. Palin did a reality show she would never be electable to the presidency.

However, the Republicans have a real penchant for electing the Hollywood elite. After all, our only actor/President is the conservative messiah.

If Death Valley Days and Bedtime for Bonzo doesn't lock one out of the White House then Sarah Palin's Big Alaska Adventure won't either.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

From the various polls it appears that we Americans are split evenly on the health care bill. However, to Republicans, Palin has stated as much, the only real Americans are those that agree with them. The other 50 percent are, quoting Rush Limbaugh, "ba%t*ds who we need to wipe out." Would they like a final solution to eliminate the pests? Limbaugh essentially has proposed that.

Posted by: csintala79 | March 23, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan, Jonathon, Jonathan. Either you're naive or disingenuous. About 99.99% of politicians say something like "The American people know..", Americans want..", "Americans demand..." etc. etc. Even Obama uses this expression. It's a bunch of baloney and no one pays any attention to it. Why do you? When are you and other liberals going to stop bashing poor Sarah Palin. It's a year and a half since she lost election. Think about something consequential.

Posted by: Paaa | March 23, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for this post. Excellent observation from both you and Vice President Biden.

Posted by: laelyn | March 23, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Awake America.
Obama did not care that BIG majority of Americans does not support his health plan.
"A PLAN OF THIS MAGNITUDE MUST BE BYPARTIZAN" ,
and not decided by an unscrupulous unamerican troika.
This plan will be "historic" because of dirty tricks ,disguised bribes ,bought votes ,unions tax reliefs , voters intimidations,closed doors deals and other (unknown yet) means and not because the will of American people.
Obama fans will change their opinion in the moment the 16000 or more recently hired IRS agents will knock their doors to pay for 32 million newly insured and also for HEALTH INSURANCE and WELFARE of a big part of the 16 million illegal immigrants which he intend to legalize .
Taxing the rich , his solution , never worked because those rich people are smarter than us.
Awake America. or PAY .

Posted by: yonasolo | March 23, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Either you're naive or disingenuous. About 99.99% of politicians say something like "The American people know..", Americans want..", "Americans demand..." etc. etc. Even Obama uses this expression.
Posted by: Paaa
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The difference being, President Obama was elected by the majority and Mrs. Palin was rejected by the majority. So President Obama can actually say these words with some credibility. Credibility has never been Mrs. Palin's strong suit.

Repeated polls may have showed Americans didn't want this bill but repeated polls showed Americans do want health care reform.

Americans couldn't get the bill they wanted because of the Republican Party of No obstructionists. We got an imperfect bill but it is a start. It can be made better.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

"Limbaugh is another- yesterday he said that the Democrats are B*****ds, and 'We need to wipe them out.'"

I thought he was going to Costa Rica if the health care bill passes. It was one of the chief reasons I supported it.

Posted by: sjpatejak | March 23, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin should invite Glenn Beck and Limbaugh to her next session with her "witch doctor"..... Have him perform a little "three-some" of exorcism on these very, very sick puppies!

Posted by: motiv8ed | March 23, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Palin is an inspiration to quitters around the country. Please don't disrespect those who fail at life; it's not their fault.

Palin is an inspiration to cheaters around the country either, who for no fault of their own have to write their answers on their hands.

Republicans today have become nothing more than frothy-mouthed brown shirts.

Posted by: HillRat | March 23, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Dear Slager21, Perhaps you should have actually opened the link Mr. Capehart provided, then you would have read where A&E says Mrs. Palin pitched her show to them.

Thanks for pointing out just how pathological conservatives are in altering reality. You really think a couple of thousand people entail all of America and you really think Mrs. Palin speaks for all of America.

Yes arancia12 I read the article and Governor Palin did not "pitch a show" she made an offer or proposal to do a show on Alaska to network TV and now it is up to the networks to make a decision. I personally believe that it wiould attract a large audience and has the potential of making the networks a lot of money but this is up to them to decide.

No, I don't believe that Governor Palin speaks "for all of America" because she obviously doesn't. What I believe is that Governor Palin is among America's strongest charismatic figures because she can attract much bigger crowds than the current President. And yes I think that it is a proven fact that strong liberals in this country are counted as 5% of the population and strong conservatives are counted as 9% and that 5% is about half as big as 9% which makes 5% look like a very lonely number.

Posted by: Slager21 | March 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Palin, part of a dying fringe clinging to a last gasp that somehow her breed may still mean something in America's diverse future. It may take 50 years or more, and they will make a lot of noise on the way down, but their message has begun its slide into irrelavancy.

Posted by: rgrossman | March 23, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

it must be nice to either use the native indian clinics the "first dudes heritage" allows them to use or to slide across the border into canada and use their universal health care system as she claims her parents did for doctors for her brother when he burnt his ankle decades ago it depends where she is talking did they take him to Juneau or into Canada? She lies like a wounded goose ........oh thats right she's a politician if her mouth is moving she's a lying

Posted by: mikey30919 | March 23, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

An electoral minority that claims the exclusive right to speak for "the people" is a clear symptom of a authoritarian mindset.

Posted by: ACD-pa | March 23, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

As an ex-Republican who tired of all the proclamations and incompetence of those elected Republican politicians who purported to know exactly what "American People" want, I finally had enough. The present Republican Party is a dim shadow of Bill Buckley's Republicans of bygone years. Today's "Conservative" is mean-spirited, angry, unwilling to consider a different point of view, bigoted, and "convinced" that his (or her) opinion is the only one that counts. "Do as I say, not as I do" is a mantra for many of today's "conservatives". Also, if you don't know the answer or anything about what is being discussed, make it up as you go.....
The party of NO lost me (reluctantly) because I love my country a hell of a lot more than any group of political bullies...

Posted by: searider | March 23, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Because of all the misinformation peddled by both sides of the healthcare debate for the last 12 months, I do not know if I believe in it or not. The WPO does not encourage meaningful discussion on posts such as this. Rather they encourage hyperpartisan drivel, as that gets more controversy and more posts, and more and more advertising money.

Does anyone out there know of a blog on current political affairs that encourages factual discussion, and opinion that while strongly held is expressed without calling other people childish names?

Posted by: kermit5 | March 23, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Capehart - why the dig on Sarah Palin ?

Can't you just criticize her politics ? not her desire to showcase Alaska ?

And why not admit she is right ? All the polls consistently show solid majority and strong opposition to Obamacare.

Opposition that is BI-PARTISAN !

Even Micheal More expressed disgust on CNN over what he described as the transfer of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to the fat cats on Wall Street: BIG Pharma, BIG Healthcare, BIG Insurance.

Which party is the party of BIG Business ? I'm confused these days.

Posted by: pvilso24 | March 23, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

The very notion that no one should get health care unless some company makes a profit from it, is improper. And certainly not Christian.

Posted by: asoders22 | March 23, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Other than showing her ignorance, Palin hasn't shown much of anything else, let alone humility. Airhead.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | March 23, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone out there know of a blog on current political affairs that encourages factual discussion, and opinion that while strongly held is expressed without calling other people childish names?

Posted by: kermit5
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Good luck finding one. People are by nature partisan.

You post just shows the lack of critical thinks skills in use today. The WaPo is a FOR PROFIT paper. That means they use whatever methods works to bring in readers, make money, and stay in business.

If you were looking for genteel discussion a newspaper blog is probably not the place to find it. Try your local library.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

No, I don't believe that Governor Palin speaks "for all of America" because she obviously doesn't. What I believe is that Governor Palin is among America's strongest charismatic figures because she can attract much bigger crowds than the current President. And yes I think that it is a proven fact that strong liberals in this country are counted as 5% of the population and strong conservatives are counted as 9% and that 5% is about half as big as 9% which makes 5% look like a very lonely number.


Posted by: Slager21
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Then one wonders why "strong conservatives" didn't get out the vote and put your charasmatic woman in office. Yes, she'll be great in the reality show she pitched, yes pitched, to the networks but she doesn't speak for anyone but herself.

Personally, I couldn't care less about charisma.

You might go back a few years and find the study where most people who identified themselves as conservative also strongly identified more with the individual values of liberals. They simply didn't realize that the values they hold so dear are actually liberal values. Conservatives have done a such good job of name-branding liberals as bad that people are afraid of the name...but not the values.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate. Who outsmarted whom?

Posted by: RonKH
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Which "debate" did YOU see?

During the ONE "debate" seen by everyone else, Sarah Palin stated at the very beginning that she was NOT there to answer questions and participate in a real debate. She then proceeded to recite some written-down slogans and talking points that she stuck to throughout the "debate".

It wasn't a debate at all. It was a Sarah Palin campaign appearance with Joe Biden and the moderator used as props.

Next time, get your lie straight.

Posted by: ceefer66 | March 23, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Palin: "...and thousands of everyday citizens even surrounded the Capitol Building'''"

They must have come to the Capitol in shifts. At no time were there more than a few hundred.

And by "everyday citizens" she must mean "citizens who have the luxury of dropping everything so they can go to Washington to protest against health care for all."

Posted by: dgloo | March 23, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Dear Slager1, just because you apparently didn't READ the link, I've posted the pertinent paragraphs below.

Mrs. Palin did not make an offer to do a show, she PITCHED the show, premise and price included.


"Palin is asking for between $1 million and $1.5 million per episode, a hefty amount for a first-year cable series.

The former Alaska governor initially PTICHED the show to broadcast networks. Given the show's laid-back nature theme and lack of high-stakes drama that tends to typify broadcast reality hits, industry executives see cable as a better fit for the show."

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey RonKH, I was going to comment on your good 'ol homerism but it would just be wasted.

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | March 23, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Whether because of stupidity or design, SP is little other than a TV caricature--a "buzz personality" that pushes emotional buttons and generates endless content-free insult fests. She derails entire elections for months, simply by calling attention to her wardrobe, failing at interviews and debates, and provoking race, class, and culture wars. Such distractions have their uses in the Right's hands. Think about that, please, when you give her even a paragraph in a major newspaper--especially one that asks for comments. Otherwise, good post.

Posted by: sjohnston1 | March 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate. Who outsmarted whom?

Posted by: RonKH

Obviously Palin outsmarted you. If you think, "Say it ain't so, Joe" is a master stroke of debating skill, then maybe you have a point.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Slager21 - Interesting numbers. Did you get them from Resigned-in-Mid-term-To-Hawk-A-Book-Gov Sarah?

But if you take a quick look at some facts - you have a 40 hour week, week-ends off, sick days and annual vacation because of those dreaded liberals.

You have health care, Medicare when you retire, SSA retirement benefits and unemployment coverage because of those dreaded liberals.

When you bought your home did you hear the letters "FHA"?

If you are not a white male property owner can you vote?

Those damn liberals again.

And what have conservatives done for us? The Great Depression for one. In fact, hasn't a severe recession coincided with every republican presidential term since Nixon resigned? Let's see - Ford, Reagan, Bush the Elder, Bush the Younger - check, check, check and check.

What was your point again?

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | March 23, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

American people. We must stamp out the ludicrous lies and fear mongering from the SHEET(KKK) formerly known as Tea Party and its benefactor the Republican party. Get the word out of how this bill will bring down the deficit which exploded under Dubya who took us to war based on a lie and gave out tax breaks to the wealthiest while hiding the cost of the war from the budget. They need to know that they cannot be kicked off insurance any more due to an illness or kept from it due to a preexisting condition, that their children can be on their parents policy until the age of twenty seven and on and on and on. The Repugnicans talk that they will rescind the bill knowing full well that that is impossible for them period. the democrats will get stronger day by day due to this historic bill today and for that God Bless Americas democracy and its fairly elected leaders. TODAY HEALTH INSURANCE REFORM BECOMES THE LAW OF THE LAND! ALL THE OVERHEATED RHETORIC BECOMES REALITY TODAY!

Republicans please take your lies and fear mongering your we are going to kill grandma, we are going to have government takeover of heath care, we are going to become a socialist country, your vile epitaphs shouted at American civil rights hero John Lewis take all your ignorant signs and slogans, your incitement to violence and stick them all where the sun don't shine. You are sore losers of the worst kind and your small tent is shrinking into just some old white southern men who cannot stand the sight of what Americas future is or the fact that our nations fairly elected leader os of mixed race.
Our nations strength has been and is its diversity period. Women, African Americans, Hispanics, Youth and the Higher Educated are the solid and courageous base of the Democratic Party and its leader Barack Obama.
I am proud to have served this nation on the battlefields of Vietnam and to have sent my son to Iraq on two tours. This is the nation we sacrifice for and are proud of the one that takes care of its own and is not just about ME ME Me. We are not a nation that shrinks its aspirations, We do what is hard and we shape our own destiny that is what makes us the United States of America. OBAMANOS AND GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Posted by: jbento | March 23, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

TRY TO BE FAIR. I DIDN'T SEE SARAH IN THE WELL OF THE HOUSE. PICK ON THOSE FOLKS.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | March 23, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Are there valid reasons to be skeptical, even opposed to the bill? Yes. But these reasons do not include the kind of garbage that Palin, Limbaugh and other trash-talkers spewn during these long months of debate!

The Republican party has only itself to blame for not getting a bill more to their liking. They were not in for proposing solutions, just to say no so they could throw a big wrench in Obama's presidency. Well, fellas, that didn't work quite as planned!

And when you spend your day spewing obscenities such as "death panels", "socialism" and "tyranny" for a reform that will finally enable most Americans to escape destitution if they ever get cancer, you don't deserve ANY credibility.

I think that now, the Democrats are going to be on a war path. Some of them may fall, but I think that they will keep both Chambers. And, with a little luck, they may even gain. That would be just perfect, because the Republicans, for their callous behavior, deserve a lesson.

Posted by: skidooman1 | March 23, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

DOES MYSOGAMY RHYME WITH SHINY SHOES? YOU'RE RIGHT. BUT YOUR TRANSPARENCY IS SHINY THROUGH, TOO.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | March 23, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin, as governor of Alaska, can lead the fight against the bill. With a stroke of a pen she can refuse to involve her state in the process and provoke a Constitutional crises!!

Oh wait .... She quit to avoid ethics investigations.

Never mind.

Posted by: Andrea_KC | March 23, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

DOES MYSOGAMY RHYME WITH SHINY SHOES? YOU'RE RIGHT. BUT YOUR TRANSPARENCY IS SHINY THROUGH, TOO.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1
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Dan, are you refering to the shiny, three inch, peep-toe, heels Mrs. Palin is wearing in the picture accompanying the article linked to in Capehart's piece?

Cuz I was wondering about them too. No self respecting Alaskan wears those things in the snow! Only a woman who goes from the office to the SUV can afford the tomfoolery of those puppies!

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Part of the deal with Cluster-Fox with her new studio and reality (???) show is that she spews EVERYTHING that Ailes sends her in the mail - regardless of how low her IQ score appears to be and actually is in real life..

Having her pop up like a prairie dog at every turn when Ailes thinks there is some oblique point to be made and they need someone REAL stupid to articulate the point, POOF!! There's sister...live from her fake background alaskan hub with a wig on..

What a hoot...and amazingly predictable...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | March 23, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is God's instrument"? Well that just proves that God does have a sense of humor!

Posted by: WingsofCrystal | March 23, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

By Republican definition, the rest of us aren't Americans.

Given the Republican view of the world, therefore, they can claim to speak for all Americans.

Posted by: seahawkdad | March 23, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Who is this Palin person you keep referring to?

Posted by: MDLaxer | March 23, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Boob Palin speaks for no one but herself, her bank account, and the loony rabble that worships her.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | March 23, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

If Caribou Barbie looked like Candy Crowley, she'd be ignored by the hard right. That about says it all.

On the other hand if she had Candy Crowley's smarts, she'd be worth listening to. Neither is true.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | March 23, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Well, Capehart, Ms. Palin speaks for herself. She has never pretended to speak for you, for me or anyone else. But, she has as much right to speak out as Pelosi and Reid have to pass a bill that time and time again valid public opinion surveys have shown the American public does not want.
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Palin's message;

"WE won’t forget what WE saw yesterday. Congress passed a bill while AMERICANS said 'no,' and thousands of everyday citizens even surrounded the Capitol Building to beg them not to do it."

The use of the word "we" and "Americans" implies she wasn't just speaking for herself. She was speaking on behalf of Americans in general. The GOP has used this tired line again and again, as if the party having the largest number of representatives doesn't represent the actual people, rather the party whose views happen to coincide with any given day's poll results speaks for the people - except when they're in charge of course than it's a completely different story.

Posted by: cjpotter19 | March 23, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin suffers from "EXCESSIVE STUPIDITY".

Posted by: austininc4 | March 23, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Capehart. I have heard Sarah Palin endlessly proclaim that the American people don't want health care reform. I think that the ''American people '' she and the rest of the GOP are referring to, is the GOP.

Posted by: Lalady | March 23, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"WAKE_UP U.S.S.A., we are a sociologist country now." WTF???? A SOCIOLOGIST country? Jeez, how can these people even pretend to being taken seriously. Total stupidity and baseless terror: an explosive combination. Very scary.

Posted by: stephenlouis | March 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Palin not permitted to say what the "American people want" but Obama and the DEMs are certain they know what the "American people need"??!!?? Well, all opinion polls show that substantially less than 50% support for this bill -- so it is accurate to say she doesn't speak for all Americans but she is apparently sharing the views of the majority of Americans.

Posted by: Chad32 | March 23, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Anybody that would listen to that "QUITTER--LOSER PALIN" are just as "DUMB AS SHE IS"!!!!!!!!!!!
Why is she even spouting off, when she isn't in politics anymore??????????
Sarah, go back to shooting Caribou--Wolfes---read a magazine, etc.
Just stay out of politics, as you never were, or never will be of any use to the G.O.P. anyway.
Now, that;s bad when you aren't of any use to that party,, as thet accept most anyone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dallan46 | March 23, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart - I've noticed that sometimes when I've posted - the Post will sometimes give you a message that says you've posted too many for the day. Today, I've noticed the same person have posted at least 15-20 times and another poster the same. I just happen to notice it today because I was jotting down the poster that I wanted to respond to - and came to realize they were busy writing comments. I've often wondered by recently the polling seems off - I think the same thing is happening there -- the same people are being polled - over and over.

Posted by: phyllisr5 | March 23, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

The scariest thing in the world was the thought that John McCain would die and SARA PALIN would become POTUS. I still get chills and nightmares thinking about that.

I’m in therapy now that I will be able to get health care. I keep hearing “Gosh Darn It” in my head. Make her go away. LMAO !!!!!

Posted by: letsgetreal | March 23, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin will never speak for me.This woman increased the number of wolves that could be shot and killed from a helcopter along with the slaughter of moose. She couldn't even handle the job as governer and quit. I'm not a quitter and this person will never speak for me.

Posted by: bigfrog1 | March 23, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

cjh878787 says: '' Palin doesn't have the ability to destroy the country.''

She has the ability to destroy the Republican Party and I, for one, thank her for that. She's doing a stellar job.

Posted by: Lalady | March 23, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin does speak for me.

Mr. Capehart does not.

Posted by: any1 | March 23, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah the QUITTER is the Pimp of all PIMPS!
She knows that Republicans especially the Tea Party type enjoy arrogant banter and belligerence as a sign of strength. Never mind that it is not based in fact or if the Blow-Hard is capable of basic grammar and simple thought. Historically challenged and politically unprepared. She laughs at the ignorance of middle America all the way to the Bank. You betcha! wink! Wink!

Posted by: minco_007 | March 23, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin does speak for me.

Mr. Capehart does not.

Posted by: any1
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Have you ever thought about speaking and thinking for yourself?

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow, people love to chime in on Sarah.
This is not really related to the article, but I just have to say:
Sarah Palin will NEVER, EVER, E V E R hold an elected office in this country again.
Too lazy, not enough money in it...

Posted by: cjbass55 | March 23, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin not permitted to say what the "American people want" but Obama and the DEMs are certain they know what the "American people need"??!!?? Well, all opinion polls show that substantially less than 50% support for this bill -- so it is accurate to say she doesn't speak for all Americans but she is apparently sharing the views of the majority of Americans.

Posted by: Chad32
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Christ, Chad! Have you never had a civics class? You must know the President, who is a Democrat, were ELECTED.

Mrs. Palin was NOT elected. She quit on the people who did elect her. So yes, she has a right to speak. She does not have a right to say she speaks for the American people.

Less than 50% may not have supported the bill but more than 50% support health care reform. This bill is the best we could get given GOP obstructionism. In this case, something is better than nothing.

The American people spoke last November, or didya miss that?

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

mathewska ~ the Declaration of Independence was written by people who wanted the rights they were born with AND wanted a government that would respect those rights.

You people want to deny our fundamental rights and place a tax and debt burden on us that we can never pay.

That's why you will be overthrown and tossed into history's gutter.

Don't try to hijack our Declaration of Independence again Tory!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 23, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

tindal0s ~ an explanation ~ I was calling you pukes "Leftwingtards" long before Sarah's baby was born.

The term is based on the Algore's discussion of those with extra chromosomes though, so learn to love it.

Al himself hasn't said these terms shouldn't be used, and Sarah Palin was more concerned with the entire phrase you people used ~ had to do with "f------retards" ~ and I'm not using that term.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 23, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

RonKH said,
"Capehart, if you use Joe Biden as your expert opinion poll master, intelligencia and model of humility, you're in trouble. In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate."

In what parallel universe were you watching the debate? Moosemouth was trounced by Biden.

Posted by: missgirl | March 23, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

ChooseBestCandidate said
"it has recently been discovered that Jim Willis who is obama's current White House Spiritual adviser is a promoter of communism."
Gee, last time I checked communism wasn't illegal-so why should it matter to you? Like I believe any of the tripe you spout.

Posted by: missgirl | March 23, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Hi Folks:
I threatened to vote my congressman out if he voted for the present health care bill. He voted for it anyway. Canada (that socialist haven) pays about $3800 per citizen for health care. We pay $7500 per patient. It seems that any reasonable person would see that there is something wrong with our health care system. I'll vote for a member of either party that will do something to reduce the cost of health care. Repealing the present plan is simply self-destructive. Clearly, most Americans support some kind of health care reform. It's also clear that most don't like the present plan. Fix it!! Perhaps folks on both sides could come up with a better plan??

Posted by: Fergie303 | March 23, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Palin speaks only for herself. As an Alaska resident she certainly DOES NOT speak for me - I'm just glad that this double-digit IQ media-darling isn't my governor anymore. Intelligence and in-depth knowledge of current issues need to be a requirement of our leaders - and Ms. Palin is in possession of neither.

Posted by: rogerdipaolo | March 23, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The Alaskan squirrel eater could have done a lot had she remained governor of Alaska. But she ducked tail and quit.

So who gives a rats behind what she now thinks?

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | March 23, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

mathewska ~ the Declaration of Independence was written by people who wanted the rights they were born with AND wanted a government that would respect those rights.

You people want to deny our fundamental rights and place a tax and debt burden on us that we can never pay.

That's why you will be overthrown and tossed into history's gutter.

Don't try to hijack our Declaration of Independence again Tory!

Posted by: muawiyah


Mmmhmm. And of those signatories how many were Native Americans since that's your newest favorite-ist rhetoric for attempting to gain some kind of moral high-ground? Where exactly is your loyalty - to the United States of America or one of the sovereign tribal governments?

Posted by: washpost18 | March 23, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

That comment from Palin does not surprise me because she does not understand how a democracy works. So Sarah, let me explain in a way that a person with a 60 IQ or less should understand. We elect our officials who in turn manage our government, if we do not think those officials are doing a good job, we vote them out. If we do not think that a candidate is qualified to manage our government we vote against them (you should be familiar with that one). The HCR Bill was passed by a majority of our representatives and signed by the President we elected (ouch that must hurt). That is what we call a representative democracy. Just because a bunch of ignorant people go to Washington and protest does not mean that our elected representative have to listen to them. Their voices will be heard come November and in 2012, that is when you get to change the ways things are done. Just like the American people did in 2008. I know that Sarah is a big fan of "mob rule" but that is why she is not VP and instead is scamming the most ignorant segment of the American people (and cashing in on their ignorance)... Being loud and obnoxious does not make anything right, it is just loud and obnoxious.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | March 23, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The country is about evenly divided on the issue of health care, and many who poll against the bill do so because they don't think it goes far enough. Further, there are 306 million people in the country. The "thousands" that Palin says surrounded the Capitol Building are a very small and particularly rabid percentage of the public. They, more than most, deserve to be ignored.

Posted by: clw743 | March 23, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

rcc_2000- I guess maybe you need to study the difference between a democracy and a representative republic. The concept behind a representative republic is that the representatives are suppose to represent the people they serve. While the public gets their opportunity on a regular cycle to vote, in between votes the representative isn't suppose to knowingly contradict the will of his or her constituents. This issue is rather moot at this time, but do remember that there was bipartisan opposition to this bill amongst our representatives, but no bipartisan support, so that should speak very loudly. In addition, all of the polls showed the American public did not want this bill passed. So, Palin wasn't talking from nowhere like you like to say, was reciting only what is well known. People like Capehart just need to get over their Palin fixation, she's fully entitled to her opinion.

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 23, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What I will remember most about the "thousands of Americans surrounding the Capitol" during this debate was their disgraceful, racist, homophobic rants and how their near-riotous behaviour was egged on by Republican congressmen with as much integrity as they have civility.

Posted by: ramseymanagement | March 23, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

So hypocritical that Republicans used to preach under Bush that they didn't govern by polls, instead by doing what they thought was "right," -- but now that they are out of power, they seem to think they know the will of ALL of the American people and that the Democrats who won the last election (which I think is an more of an indiation of the Will of the People) need to do only what the "American people" want.

Any Republicans want to take a shot at explaining this flip flop on governing by polls?

Posted by: jvlem | March 23, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

ramsymanagement: I only heard that it was alleged that one person shouted racial slur and Congressman Lewis and a slur at Congressman Frank. I don't recall anyone stating or alleging that the thousands who gathered were "ranting" these things - so don't state they were. If these incidents occurred they were isolated and the acts of a very few. If republican representatives participated in this activity, or if it was prevalent, it surely would be on tape and would now be broadcast every few minutes on NBC.

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 23, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

jvlem - Wow, so the republicans are hypocritical but you seem to be saying that democrats, who are now flipflopping the other way, aren't hypocritical? Sort of like the school children pointing fingers at each other and shouting, no you said!

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Right on Mr Capeheart.

I am equally bugged by the GOP politicians mis-using the phrase "the American people are against this bill".

Heck I am very pleased with the passage of this bill as are millions of other Americans.

Posted by: jbharwada | March 23, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

jbharwada - are you equally upset when the democrats do it?

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 23, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

fr kh:

>...In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate. Who outsmarted whom? ...<

A better question to ask is: Who won the election? NOT the ice queen!

Posted by: Alex511 | March 23, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

mr. muawiyah

you are the gift that just keeps giving...
I'd forgotten the Al Gore / Ollie North
dustup from 16 years ago...
the phrase "the extra-chromosome right wing" seems appropriate for this thread
don't you think ? Sarah even has her own
'Poster Child'... how convenient...

if it walks like a duck...

just sayin'...

Posted by: tindal0s | March 23, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

tindal0s ~ more appropriate would be for the Algore to crawl a mile uphill on his knees through broken glass beer bottles as penance ~

BTW, where the devil is the Algore? We needed him to come over and clear about 4 feet of Global Warming off my laundry!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 23, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

The only reason these politicians on whatever side of the aisle claim the mantle on what the "American People" want and don't want is obviously because they want to give the impression that they are on the side of righteousness. The fact is we are a deeply divided country and there are those who support the president's reforms and those who don't. The hope is that the same majority of people who voted for Barack will come out and support the Democrats in November. If not, we go back the bush years and even further to the failed economic policies of Ron Reagan. The fact is the whole system is broken and its going to take a unified country to fix it, so we can stop this constant back and forth which fails us all and fails to address our national and global ills.

Posted by: chukwumazulu | March 23, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: termiteavenger:

"jvlem - Wow, so the republicans are hypocritical but you seem to be saying that democrats, who are now flipflopping the other way, aren't hypocritical? Sort of like the school children pointing fingers at each other and shouting, no you said!

How are "who are now flipflopping the other way"? You seem to be projecting, because you are essentially doing exactly what you describe.

Posted by: jvlem | March 23, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Great Country America.

This weekend we witnessed history in action. After a near century of debate, thought and process, finally a health care bill for all citizens.

Sunday we saw Boehner and his bunch of drunk fraternity again critize and lie to the American people. They are echoing the voice of their leaders Limbaugh and Beck.
SAD,SAD.

Dear McConnell and Boehner: now that we have healthcare, the entire country is waiting for the plug to be pulled on grandma, will it happen or are you lying.

Please respond before the first Tuesday in November.

Sincerely,
The American Voter

Posted by: COWENS99 | March 23, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate.
Posted by: RonKH

People's ability to hear what they want to hear can never be overestimated.

No matter. Sarah has the right idea when she seeks to get paid for the reality show she and her family put on.

Posted by: turningfool | March 23, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

this is exactly what they get(the republicans),rather then sit down and try to compromise, they were so bent on beating the president,all i heard from them was no no no,they were so blinded by what they wanted and making the president look bad,they didn`t even realize how bad they were making themselves look. as for palin,why bother mentioning her at all.
Get over it already,it is done.

Posted by: wonder4 | March 23, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin's 15 minutes will be up soon enough. She's a quitter. A moron. And doesn't speak for me or anyone I know.
Republicants just can't tell the truth. It's in their DNA.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | March 23, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin doesn't even speak for herself, let alone anybody else. She used Canadian health care as a child, uses comprehensive Alaska state health care today, failed to teach her daughter anything meaningful about "abstinence" that is supposedly the Republican solution to family planning, and pretty much goes out of her way to contradict herself with everything that comes out of her mouth.

Posted by: lartfromabove | March 23, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Not very nice picking on cartoon charachters Mr Capehart. Better watch out or Roger Rabbit's gonna beat you up for picking on his girlfriend.

Posted by: cmsatown | March 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

MISS PALIN WOULD YOU AN GONGRESS PAY MY ELECTRIC BILL OF $750.00? WOULD ALL OF YOU HELP ME PAY $400.00 HEALTH INS.? WOULD ALL OF YOU HELP ME PAY THE HIGH COST OF FOOD AN GAS? YOU PEOPLE ARE SO OUT OF TOUCHE WITH REALLITY! AN BRAZENLY REFUSE TO DO ANYTHING TO HELP! GONGRESS DOES NOT HAVE A CARE IN THE WORLD. WE ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET WHY IN THE HELL IS NO ONE TALING ABOUT THIS ?

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Posted by: linjian76 | March 23, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Let me be the first to nominate Ms. Palin as the first recipient of the first ruling of the first Death Panel committee meeting. If she declares what Americans want one more time then throw the switch.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | March 23, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Ever since ~2003 the GOP has spoken with a unified voice. You counld see this when various faces (Powell, Rice, Ashcroft) would appear on Sunday morning TV and say not just the same things but also use exactly the same words. I do word counts frequently and it seems that in 2009 and 2010, Republican leaders on TV mouth the words "the American people" every 75 seconds. I have no doubt that their handlers tell them to do this.

This past Sunday Boehner said three times "We have the best health care system in the world" which surprised me because everyone else has put this fiction to bed.

Posted by: rbdave | March 23, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that Sarah Palin is from the most Socialist state in the union.

The distribution of oil money to citizens is a government redistribution of wealth. I don't understand why Alaska doesn't redistribute from fishing and tourism too.

It seems like once you are on the slippery slope to Socialism there is no turning back.

Posted by: Pensfans | March 23, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Grifter does not speak for me.

Thanks.

Posted by: AnotherVoter | March 23, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

ChooseBest:

I subscribe to Pastor Wallis' newsletter "Sojourners" and I can tell you that he promotes charity and justice, not communism. Visit his website (Sojourners.com) and see for yourself. He is a loving, intelligent, reasonable man (who is pro-life, by the way). You know NOTHING about him or his views, and yet you go on record with a false characterization of his agenda in an attempt to smear President Obama by association. THIS is why so many people think that you and your fellow Tea Partiers are N-U-T-S, and more and more centrists are waking up to your BS. The wave of populist anger you have been riding has crested, and is about to recede back into the briny main. If Republicans continue to cater to your kind, the dems will GAIN seats in November, not lose them...

Posted by: ebolstad | March 23, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

It may just be best to ignore the racist venom coming from pcannady:

"You're one of the parasites real Americans have unconscionably let spring up over the past century. That mistake will be rectified soon enough."

However, for evil to prevail, all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing, so here goes:

How much more American can you get than the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."?

What do you mean by the past century? Perhaps you are referring to the Civil Rights Act, which wasn't even 50 years ago. It sounds like you are in need of a lesson in U.S. history, both as to how the U.S. came to exist, and how it has struggled mightily since its inception against persons like yourself who hate the principle on which the country was founded -- that all men are created equal.

So, pcannady, how long have you hated America? Why don't you just leave instead of threatening people who love America because of what it really stands for?


Posted by: emm2 | March 23, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Lucky for the rest of us, Ms. Palin speaks for an ever shrinking percentage of our great nation.

At its most diverse, I'd say Ms. Palin speaks for the demographic and cultural makeup of Idaho.

Nothing wrong with Idaho, but it doesn't have the first thing to do with a lot of other parts of America, that are maybe urban, not totally white-protestant, and who like things like sushi and freedom from right-wing paranoia.

Posted by: itstrue | March 23, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

RonKH: So you think Palin mopped the floor with Biden in the debate. Who is vice president---who won??hahaha

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | March 23, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

from the N.Y.Times -

A few weeks ago Sarah Palin sarcastically asked an audience "How's that hopey changey thing goin' for ya?" At last the Democrats have answered her: "Just fine, how you doin' with fear and anger?"

et tu Sarah ?

Posted by: tindal0s | March 23, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

The American people are deeply split on this. Therefore, NO party or person can claim that they speak for the American people. Not Biden, not Palin, not the Tea Baggers, not the Dems, not the Repubs, not Obama, not Pelosi, not Reid, not McConnell, and not Boehner. Certainly not Limbaugh and Beck.

But as for whose counsel I'll be seeking, in any event it won't be Palin's. And as for which folks are on the side of history, it isn't the Republicans.

Posted by: post_reader_in_wv | March 23, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin "mopped the floor" with Biden in their debate? (the one and ONLY debate they had, because her ticket wouldn't risk any more than one) She didn't answer a single question directly, and one of her answers quite clearly revealed that she didn't even understand the role of the vice presidency (and probably still doesn't). Biden showed incredible restraint and a generous spirit by not ripping her to shreds... because he'd have been acused of sexism if he'd have gone after her the way she tried to go after him. I'll give Palin this: she commands attention; but she merely uses this attention to self-promote, spreading vitriolic, vacuous nonsense all along the way. It was when she got in the game that the overall political tone went from ugly to hideous. One day, none of us even knew who she was, and the next day, she was standing at the podium in St. Paul, winking at us while spewing mindless invective about Sen. Obama. It was (and remains) surreal. Still, her potential should not be underestimated: somehow, none of us can seem to look away... and it's not just because she's cute. I don't watch reality TV, but I have to admit, I MIGHT watch her show, and I can't even really explain why.

Posted by: ebolstad | March 23, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Didn't she get healthcare in Canada as a kid? Isn't that cheating? Do we reward cheaters? Republicans.

Posted by: katman13 | March 23, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The Current GOP political strategy in Washington reminds me of Iraq in 2005. The Sunni leadership demanded that all Sunni’s boycott the election. Then they spent the next 5 years complaining that their demands were not heard or represented in the new laws governing the country. For as long as GOP leadership decides to prevent instead of participate in legislation, their voices (or ideological imprint on new bills) will not be heard. Due to this decision, (with the exception of street protests), close to half of the people in this country have no voice. Perhaps what people should remember this November is; if you are a conservative you spend the last 2 years being silenced by your representatives.

Posted by: dncevans | March 23, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans bitterly denounced the legislation Tuesday, and more than a dozen GOP state attorneys general promptly filed lawsuits challenging it as unconstitutional."

Declaratory and injunctive relief is appropriate and is available for Plaintiffs, as a tool of the Court to protect Plaintiffs from future abridgment of their rights.

Plaintiffs show a "real" or "immediate" threat to their rights being further abridged and that a substantial and immediate irreparable injury exists, See City of Los Angeles v. Lyons, 461 U.S. 95, 111 (1983) (quoting O'Shea v. Littleton, 414 U.S. 488, 502 (1974) that Plaintiffs' suit is not premature.

Posted by: kwoods2 | March 23, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

To all Conservatives, Republicans, Independents and Tea Party Members.

This is easily defeated in unity.

It is time to throw the tea (Health Care Insurance Policies with Insurance companies) overboard.

The Tea is the insurance companies' policies, not the Senate Bill (HR 3590).

The Senate Bill is a mandate to buy the tea (H.C. Insurance Polices) against our individual rights, but the
tea is the insurance policies.

It is time for all healthy conservatives and Tea Party members to throw out their insurance polices.

If we have a large portion of American public, that are healthy at the moment,
throwing out their insurance policies, in other words boycotting the insurance companies, then it will bring the insurance companies to their knees.

Conservatives and Tea Baggers with health conditions should stay on their polices to
help choke the system.

With the Healthy buyers throwing out their plans, and the unhealthy buyers keeping their plans, the Insurance companies will starve, as they need the money from healthy customers to pay for the unhealthy customer policies.

Also, since we know that the liberal buyers will continue to use their polices it will cause a great drain on the system.

The Insurance Companies will have no choice but to deal with the consumers and petition the government to listen to the consumers.

The (HR 3590) mandate does not go into effect until 2013 so we have some time to choke the awful grip of Senate Bill (HR 3590) mandate(the teeth of the bill) before it goes into effect.

All state governments should sue the Federal government for this unconstitutional mandate,
as well, we need the courts involved quickly.

Throw the tea overboard, petition the courts, thus peaceful resistance.

Posted by: kwoods2 | March 23, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

If losing, quitting, and whining ever become Olympic sports, I see gold in Sarah Palin's future.

Posted by: cogito1 | March 23, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

wonderful strategy kwoods2, i'm sure in a previous life you were first in line to take a one way trip on the Titanic...

Posted by: tindal0s | March 23, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

So I guess whenever Pelosi or Obama say they are "doing things for the American people" or whatever other garbage they spew you also take umbrage right? Cause I can tell you, neither of those two will EVER speak for me....

Posted by: websterr1 | March 23, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Democrats don't speak for me, and they certainly didn't speak for well more than half the country when they voted for this "healthcare" mess.

If there's anything a lib can't stand, it's an outspoken conservative woman. Gotta keep the woman in her place, right libs?

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | March 23, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

She ain't a-speakin' -- and she ain't a-listenin' either.

The theme for her "reality" show will be "There Goes Wailin' Palin".

Posted by: chimezatmidnight | March 23, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

It's not just Sarah Palin that loves to use that line. I hear lots of Republicans saying the same thing, and it really irritates me. Lots of us Americans don't agree with these Republican zealots.

Posted by: ggwalt | March 23, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Lots of us Americans don't agree with these Democrat zealots.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | March 23, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Obama/Biden because Palin just didn't appear to be presidential material if something happened to McCain. Was I ever wrong. Obama might be the shining example of affirmative action gone wrong. How did someone with as little intelligence in the matters of governing get to be president. I have only myself to blame. Bur I won't be fooled again. Palin looks like a better choice at this point.

Posted by: jjlj | March 23, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin thought she was responsible for getting Scott Brown elected.

I guess health care reform shows just how irrelevant she really is.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

So I guess whenever Pelosi or Obama say they are "doing things for the American people" or whatever other garbage they spew you also take umbrage right? Cause I can tell you, neither of those two will EVER speak for me....

Posted by: websterr1
_____________________

ANOTHER conservative with no critical thinking skills!

President Obama was ELECTED by Americans. He may not speak for you but he still speaks for the country.

Sorry, but like John McCain, you seem to have forgotten who lost the elections.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin is brilliant.
its what irks so many of you.
you claim she is a non-issue,
meanwhile you are so scared you
even go after the woman's innocent
children. THINK ABOUT THAT!"

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate

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I'd hardly call Bristol "innocent" or is Sarah claiming it's a virgin birth thing.

I believe the RNC made a statement of Republican values when Bristol Palin stepped out on the convention stage and the delegates gave a single, drop out, pregnant girl a standing ovation. And now incredibly this drop single mother is doing a reality show.

Can you remember when there was a fictional Murphy Brown, educated well paid working single mother? ... my God, the conservatives thought it is immoral and indecent and a bad example for youth. Now they're pimping a real unmarried drop out mother where her "job" IS a reality show.

But you don't see liberal or progressive carrying around signs of Sarah Palin in a casket. I suppose if we were really afraid of her we might do that and maybe make up that she was born in Manitoba, Canada or some silly thing.

Posted by: James10 | March 23, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

One of the issues that Barrack Obama campaigned frequently on in 2008 was health care reform. Obama won the election and his popular vote total was 52%. Where do his critics get off saying that he is not listening to the will of the people?

Posted by: dldbug | March 23, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that when former Gulliblenator Palin's show is canceled before 13 episodes are aired, she scream "Death panel! Death panel!"

Posted by: chimezatmidnight | March 23, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Yes Capehart,,,we get it.
Only your fellow Marxist are allowed to speak for you.

Posted by: dashriprock | March 23, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES at NO TIME does Sarah Vacuous, John ("no color known to nature") Boehner or any other such idiot speak for me, and I am a libertarian-socialist American person tracing heritage to the colonial revolution. Speak for me in the guise of knowing the "American people", and fear my brand-smacking new, activist-judiciary-granted 2nd Amendment rights!

The pies SHALL FLY!!!!!!!

Posted by: fr3dmars | March 23, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

To pcannady:
What do you plan to do to rectify the "mistake" of which you speak? Your attempt to hint at some sort of threat against anyone you & yours don't deem "true" Americans is as pathetic & ineffectual as I have no doubt your life actually is. Losers like you are why I vote Democratic.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | March 23, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

No graduate study in any field, not even economics or law.
An unfinished governorship in Alaska.
A new born that needs her at home.
No foreign work or study experience.
No ability in a foreign language.
Palinisms that are completely forgetable.
Unable to see the total complexity of American society.
So, go to school and work abroad and I will vote for you in 20 years. I am 65.

Posted by: kathleenmacpherson | March 23, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Be cautious Capehart, Sarah "I Quit Now Show Me The Money" Palin may have copyrighted her
comments on Facebook and will send you a bill for quoting her.

Posted by: apspa1 | March 23, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

NoWayNotNow -

you must be tired from all the planning and shared intelligence over at FoxNation,
that would explain why you chose to troll here...

btw, your nick wouldn't happen to be what you said to your daddy before he turned out the lights last night would it, outspoken conservative woman ?

Posted by: tindal0s | March 23, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't speak for most Americans. Biden doesn't (f'n) speak for most Americans. None of you baby-killing libs speak for the rest of America, either. At least this new healthcare bill, with its BS executive order, will help keep so many of you libs out of the gene pool. Abort away, lefties! It's good for America.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | March 23, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

So,let me be clear here now,and so Yep,You betcha the next President of the United States Sarah Palin most defintiely does speak loud and clear for me and that goes no whether you Obamafool Kool Aid Drinkers
Liberal Democrat Commies like it or not!...

And,Iam a Registered Independent Voter here
in Phoenix Arizona,but I do add Sarah Palin
is making her first big mistake,to come here and support RINO Amnesty John McCain,
who many Arizona Voters see as a Pandering
to LARAZ and Illegal Alien Lover Loser that
we will vote out this year on election day
2010 and we urge the voters in all RINOs
such as RINO Lindsey Graham,the cute little
McCain pet lap dog,RINO Oylmpia Snow and
RINO Susan Collins to vote them out as well
in their home states. Throw all RINOS Out
right along with every little Communist Democrat Obamacrat Loser in 2010 and 2012!

Posted by: KarenKay2009 | March 23, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I do not agree with Palin on almost any issue.

But being a retired 30 year U.S. Marine I think she is about the only person in politics who would cover my back when things got tough.
Biden would also.

Obama would take off for the hills. Or hide behind Madam Speakers skirt's.


Posted by: travisg2 | March 23, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The polls show the American people are against this health care debaucle. Anywhere from 55% to 59% are against and 35% to 39% are for.

So Capehart is right in saying Sarah Palin doesn't speak for him. But in general, given the polls, Palin does speak for the American people.

We got hosed by this process. As far as Sarah Palin is concerned, she does speak for me. She is the first political leader to be as dead on on the issues as I am since Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: ReaganTMan1 | March 23, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has a serious psychological condition. I can't diagnose it, I'm not a Doctor but I'm sure there must be a medication to allay the symptoms of Narcissism.

Posted by: fabricmaven1 | March 23, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

ahhhhhh...

the whining of the right-wing fringe...

the Losers Lament...

'tis music to my ears...

my advice to you is to get an education,
'cause you're gonna get schooled again and again... fools...

Posted by: tindal0s | March 23, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break. All politicians of all stripes claim to speak for their constituents (true but also not true), and they all constantly invoke the American people. It's a time-honored cliche. Gov. Palin is no better or worse.

Here's what I tired of long ago: Arrogant, ignorant journalists attacking Gov. Palin to score points with their pointy-headed friends.

Posted by: thebump | March 23, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

OK, so the health care bill passed. So, why are you libs still so angry. You should be happy, you got what you wanted. This negative fixation on Palin can't be healthy.

Posted by: termiteavenger | March 23, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse


with grace & style jonathan
well written

Posted by: mgbgt95 | March 23, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Before passing along so much invective. Try reading a few books to see the parallels of the 30's and now. Start with The Forgotten Man. Then, read New Deal Raw Deal. Then, read The End of Prosperity. Also google Generation Zero. Also google.. Moody's + April 15. Moody's sets the credit rating for countries.... Read what they say about overspending by the US. The key statement in March 15th report addresses Social cohesion. Reading all the emotional...responses on this blog...makes me wonder if the choas is closer then Moody's projects.

Now is the time to stop yelling. Start reading. Then, take action. Identify candidates that are causing the insolvency....promising to tax others...and committing to delivering what they cannot deliver. Vote them out of office.

Posted by: SigBeretta | March 23, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Palin speaks for Palin. First she got famous. Now she wants rich--and she's getting there. She's far too egocentric and self-centered for the dailiness of governing; no, she'd far rather prance and preen in the spotlight. And it takes zero brains to 'commentate' safely from the sidelines as AM 'talk' radio and Fox media demonstrate 24/7.

Posted by: ctenwith | March 23, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

RonKH wrote: "In case you didn't notice, Sarah Pallin mopped the floor with Biden's answers during their debate. Who outsmarted whom? And your remarks drip with an arrogance ..."

Read Game Change. Palin certainly did NOT mop up the floor, she merely did not fall on her face b/c she ignored the actaul questions and just said whatever she wanted to say (from her talking points) on whatever subject Gwen Ifill brought up. And it wasn't because she was humble it was because she was ignorant and terrified, as was McCain's campaign staff who knew how truly unprepared (to be pres., not just for debate) she was.

Posted by: sgoewey | March 23, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I am sick of being told what Americans think or want by people like Palin, an irresponsible opportunist.

Posted by: celestun100 | March 23, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

As an everyday citizen, it bugs me that Sarah thinks I didn't want the healthcare bill to pass, when I did.

Posted by: celestun100 | March 23, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: shecallsmemoe
Yes, we get it. Sarah Palin has never shown much humility. In other words, she's being uppity. The double standard is appalling. When a man, such as Obama, shows arrogance, it's being a strong leader. When a woman does it, it's because she doesn't know her place. Disgusting sexism is still alive, America.
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The disgust so many people feel for Palin has nothing to do with sexism. It has to do with the fact that the woman is a pathological liar, has delusions of grandeur, and is a total hypocrite. The reason Sarah's place is on the dunghill of history is not her gender, it's her character, or lack thereof.

Posted by: greeenmtns | March 23, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: arancia12

President Obama was ELECTED by Americans. He may not speak for you but he still speaks for the country.
*****************************************************************
He speaks for about 50% yeah. That's about as high I think it will ever be, and it seems to be going down.

Posted by: websterr1 | March 23, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I am definitely in the Amen section on this one. Everytime a politician starts pontificating on what the American people think, want, etc, I want to reach through the TV and slap them. A congressman is authorized to speak only for the majority of his district and a Senator for the majority of his state. The USA/today poll indicate that currently among those polled 49% support this legislation with 40% opposed. But a poll is a survery and by their nature have very poor validity and reliability and cannot possibly be generalized to a population of 300 million. It is deceptive for pundits to claim based on polling that the American people think, want, etc as the truth is they are only reporting the results of a telephone interview with 1000 to 2000 individuals.

Posted by: xclntcat | March 23, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

This past week alone 5 democratic offices have had bricks or a rock thrown through the glass. One had a note that threatened bricks first, bullets next. Palin's facebook page has reload against the liberals, Beck has always called for arming oneself and protecting our freedom. The sign on the White House lawn if not Brown then my Browning. These people have stepped over the line. Does someone have to die before the radical rhetoric stops? Is an extra buck in the bank account worth an American's life? Have you no shame?

Posted by: jameschirico | March 23, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? You are wasting time bemoaning what a Palin says on her Facebook page? Who cares?
Posted by: pcasady
===========================================================================
Read my post on the people sent over the edge. It is no waste of time stopping someone getting murdered because some talking head cajoled them to do so. Beck's Obama is taking away your guns got a Pittsburgh policeman shot. I care very much and so should any rational American.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 23, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Many of the anti-health care commentators on this blog forget that every American will "own" this new legislation, just as we have ownership in public education, our highways, etc.

There is nothing "socialist" in that, but there is the guarantee, as in the Declaration of Independence, that we "mutually pledge our lives and fortunes."

This country was not founded on bootstrap independence, but on the idea that colonies could work together as states -- mutually pledged.

Posted by: mathewska | March 23, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Oh! Democrats don't do that? What I am sick and tired of is commentators like you. Why don't you shut up and listen to both sides of every argument instead of putting down anyone who disagrees with you simply based on what political party they happen to follow. Democrats are no better than Republicans and neither will do what is best for the country until they start listening to each other and to the voters.

Posted by: michaelhoxie | March 23, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh cut her some slack. She probably had gloves on and didn't know what to say.

Posted by: abigsam | March 23, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

michaelhoxie

If you are responding to me, did I say Republican? No, I said "anti-health care," which could be either side of the coin.

You did not read my post for content. You're a spouter, which isn't much good for anything.

Posted by: mathewska | March 23, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Aside from being a Quitter ... a less-than-believable ... a money-chasing b%#@h ... she is America's current joke ! !

Once, I laughed at her ... now, she is an embarrassment to Americans everywhere !

Posted by: loretoguy | March 23, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm one citizen who is proud of our elected representatives. It is always hard to go against what is comfortable, thankfully we have an example to follow.

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.
1 John 3:17-18

Posted by: CHP33 | March 23, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: arancia12

President Obama was ELECTED by Americans. He may not speak for you but he still speaks for the country.
*****************************************************************
He speaks for about 50% yeah. That's about as high I think it will ever be, and it seems to be going down.

Posted by: websterr1
_____________

I didn't vote for George Bush...twice. But I fought in his wars.

He didn't speak for me but he spoke for our country.

I guess as a veteran I have better manners than you do. But guy, at least try and be decent.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Here's what I tired of long ago: Arrogant, ignorant journalists attacking Gov. Palin to score points with their pointy-headed friends.

Posted by: thebump
________________-

Here's what I tired of long ago: calling a woman who quit on her constituents Governor just because you like the way she looks in her pointy-toed shoes.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

I do not agree with Palin on almost any issue.

But being a retired 30 year U.S. Marine I think she is about the only person in politics who would cover my back when things got tough.
Biden would also.

Obama would take off for the hills. Or hide behind Madam Speakers skirt's.

Posted by: travisg2
____________________

I only spent 24 in the military but I am a woman. I believe Mrs. Palin would con someone else into covering your back. She would be too busy doing her little turn on the catwalk.

Trust me, Travis. Women like her were no friends of hard working tough women in the military.

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama doesn't speak for most Americans. Biden doesn't (f'n) speak for most Americans. None of you baby-killing libs speak for the rest of America, either. At least this new healthcare bill, with its BS executive order, will help keep so many of you libs out of the gene pool. Abort away, lefties! It's good for America.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow
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You must mean "American baby killing libs" cuz you want to know how many Iraqi babies were killed in the war? Oh that's right, they don't count. They were killed because of good old fashioned conservative values and they were heretics so they just don't count do they?

Posted by: arancia12 | March 23, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

the illegitimate grandmother does not even speak for herself.after she gets booted off"dancing with the stars", maybe she'll quietly go away and keep an eye on those kids, we don't want any more mistakes.

Posted by: ninnafaye | March 23, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

"None of you baby-killing libs speak for the rest of America."

Stupid and priggish right to lifers are usually the same people who do not want to pay out food stamps or healthcare for welfare babies -- someone like you would feel better knowing they are simply starving, enjoying that "right to life".

Posted by: mathewska | March 24, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse


"Palin nears a reality show deal"

Oh, come on now!

A "reality show?" A "reality show" featuring Sarah Palin?

If that's supposed to be reality, please Lord, come take me now!


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | March 24, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

When the time for paying the hospitals begin, I hope the government is as fast as it is in signing the bill.

Posted by: spidermean2 | March 24, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Since medical marijuana is now legal in California, how much can the government afford to pay the needs of wily drug addicts?

Smoking pot and the government gets to foot the bill. Wonderful.

Posted by: spidermean2 | March 24, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

"Palin readily admitted just a few short weeks ago, that her parents hustled their kids acrossed the border to Canada for free health care when she was young."

Wow, did she really? Can someone provide a link? I would be very interested to have confirmation of that tidbit.

Wouldn't her parents have had to provide some sort of paperwork proving that they were Canadian citizens? I know it was a long time ago, relatively speaking.

Posted by: Skowronek | March 24, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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