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Sarah Palin is not running for president

Let me repeat: Sarah Palin is not running for president. But if she does, she will blow up like the the Hindenburg if she continues on her current path of sarcasm, negativity and bumper-sticker "substance" instead of pronouncements rooted in intellectual rigor. That she refuses to hide away for even a month for a crash course in Republican and conservative ideals, programs and solutions tells me that she's more interested in being an entertainer than an accountable politician.

I'm sure I sound like a broken record. My critiques of Palin are voiced with the frequency and the "I know best" tone of a backseat driver. But I'm not alone. Chris Cillizza, Margaret Carlson and Marc Ambinder used Palin's speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last week to zero in on Palin's reliance on sarcasm and how it weakens her on the political stage.

Sarcasm is the great weapon of the aggrieved. And no one wields it with as much gusto as the half-term governor of Alaska. "Sarcasm rarely plays well in politics -- particularly among the independent voters who typically decide elections," Cillizza wrote yesterday in The Fix. But he points out that the longer Palin is on the national stage the more sarcastic she has become. While that clearly works for her angry and disaffected Tea Party base, it holds little appeal for moderate Republicans and independents. For them, Cillizza noted, "It's likely to sow some doubts about whether she is up to the task of governing if she is elected to the nation's top office."

"The problem is, [Palin's] speeches are satisfying in the moment but they have no resonance -- because they're all about her," says Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic. And then he puts Palin on the couch and issues this masterful diagnosis. "Palin has the self-confidence of the millennial generation, and the fire of the baby boom generation, but she gives speeches like she's a Gen-X slacker. If she wants to be president, she has to channel the idealism of the boomers, and the sarcasm of Gen X, but focus them not on her enemies, or on the wrongs done to her, but on corruption in government. She's capable of this, but she doesn't seem to want to go there."

Bloomberg News's Margaret Carlson highlights why Palin can't go there in a piece for The Daily Beast. "Palin is like the warrior who could live without a friend but not without an enemy. Without foils, she would have almost nothing to say." And that's fine when your ultimate goal is to translate your adoring crowds into a powerful, yet unaccountable, perch on television and the speaking circuit from which to make political pronouncements, which leads to a more secure financial future for you and your family. That's why the person who should be watching his back is not President Obama. It's Glenn Beck.

By Jonathan Capehart  | April 13, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
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Sarah Palin may not be running for president but, unfortunately, Obama still is. Here a speech. There a speech. Everywhere a speech, speech. When is he going to grasp the concept that the world is not hanging on his every word, and he has to do more than speak to make things happen.

Posted by: rocks1 | April 13, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Palin cares about Palin and how much money she can make. It's a shame the tea-baggers have no clue how much money she is making to say "hopey/changey; community organizer; part time Senator (precious coming from a half-term Governor who did not move up); etc.". She is making fools of them and making big bucks in the process.

Posted by: rlj1 | April 13, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

To "rocks1"

Under George W. Bush, my 401(k) and parallel employee-sponsored defined contribution retirement plan sank to terrifying lows.

Under President Barack Obama, these same plans have regained the staggering losses caused by Dubya's mishandling of the economy and reached new heights.

I'll take a Democratic president over a Republican any day.

I realize that you don't like speeches and probably don't like to read much either, so thanks for reading my response. Hopefully, you understand it as well and don't repeat the mistake of electing another Republican EVER AGAIN.

Cheers.

Posted by: goldengateview | April 13, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is not running for President in 2012....da. Why on earth would she want to take such a radical paycut? It is estimated she has already made $12 million dollars since abandoning her responsibilities as Governor of Alaska. Palin is on the GOP gravy train, why on God's earth would she want to earn only 400,000 a year when obviously she can make millions. This woman is Elmer Gantry in disguise, fleecing her tea party flock.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | April 13, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Capehart may not want to read the latest polling..

LA Times (Apr. 9)
" A new CBS News poll finds that after all the recent negative press, an impressive 24% of its sample views her favorably.
CBS found that a mere 38% view Palin unfavorably, a 3-point IMPROVEMENT from her 41% unfavorable rating in January."

By comparison,
- Reid's unfavorable rating is now 45%
- Nancy Pelosi's unfavorable rating 54%

Rasmussen polling has Obamacare REPEAL at 58% UP 4% in 3 weeks.


- the Democrat in the White House has a 46.4 job disapproval rating

- Congress a job disapproval rating of 75.5, or about twice as bad as Palin's unfavorables.

Can you hear the screaming on the Left yet?

Unlike Congress, however, Palin isn't facing any voters come Nov. 2.

See ya all in 2012 ! : )

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 13, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

If it were PalinCare, then all of the sick people would be allowed to run loose on the plains & tundra of Alaska; and we would have to watch out for the helicopters. Learn to run in a zig-zag pattern.

Posted by: MikeV2 | April 13, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I have asked this question before and will ask it again:

Just what do those who voted for the mcCain/Palin ticket in 2008 think would be so different now if they had won office?

Do you really think that they would have done anything different or astounding in terms of the economy? No - that track was started by George W and would have been continued by whomever would take over the oval office. Do you really think the foreign policy - in terms of Afghanastan would be any different? No - Obama and McCain both supported troop increases.
Do you think the deficit would have suddenly and magically disappeared? No-and I doubt there would have been any dramatic change of course on budgetary issues.

Just what liberties have you lost since Obama became president?

Certainly not the right to free speech as evidenced by the vitriolic protests over the past 12-14 months. Certainly not the right to own and carry guns - also as evidenced by those same protests where Americans showed up carrying firearms...

Certainly not the right to pursue your life as you wish - or not- Have you lost your right to practice or not the religion of your choosing? No.

I am a 50 year old woman who has worked 20 years in a male dominated field (law enforcement). I am absolutely astounded that women - of any age or educational level find Sarah Palin even slightly palatable. Her pandering to the vastily white middle age male crowd of the far right wing is embarrassing. Her snarkiness is a turn off. For every crticism she throws at Obama they come back to her - and stick.

I have said this before and will again - I expect those I vote for to occupy the office of the presidency to be more intelligent than I am - and Sarah Palin is not and MCCain proved he wasn't when he sold his soul to the fringe element of the Republican party by nominating Palin.

I used to be a McCain supporter - his choices and the way he ran his campaign and conducted himself since has filled me with shear disgust. That he helped elevate Palin to the level she is at has also left me disgusted.

Palin will never run for the presidency - it requires sacrafice-knowledge - an abilty to stick with soemthing - and the ability to connect with an audience larger than that which she has surrounded herself.

Posted by: chrisel0 | April 13, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I have asked this question before and will ask it again:

Just what do those who voted for the mcCain/Palin ticket in 2008 think would be so different now if they had won office?

Do you really think that they would have done anything different or astounding in terms of the economy? No - that track was started by George W and would have been continued by whomever would take over the oval office. Do you really think the foreign policy - in terms of Afghanastan would be any different? No - Obama and McCain both supported troop increases.
Do you think the deficit would have suddenly and magically disappeared? No-and I doubt there would have been any dramatic change of course on budgetary issues.

Just what liberties have you lost since Obama became president?

Certainly not the right to free speech as evidenced by the vitriolic protests over the past 12-14 months. Certainly not the right to own and carry guns - also as evidenced by those same protests where Americans showed up carrying firearms...

Certainly not the right to pursue your life as you wish - or not- Have you lost your right to practice or not the religion of your choosing? No.

I am a 50 year old woman who has worked 20 years in a male dominated field (law enforcement). I am absolutely astounded that women - of any age or educational level find Sarah Palin even slightly palatable. Her pandering to the vastily white middle age male crowd of the far right wing is embarrassing. Her snarkiness is a turn off. For every crticism she throws at Obama they come back to her - and stick.

I have said this before and will again - I expect those I vote for to occupy the office of the presidency to be more intelligent than I am - and Sarah Palin is not and MCCain proved he wasn't when he sold his soul to the fringe element of the Republican party by nominating Palin.

I used to be a McCain supporter - his choices and the way he ran his campaign and conducted himself since has filled me with shear disgust. That he helped elevate Palin to the level she is at has also left me disgusted.

Palin will never run for the presidency - it requires sacrafice-knowledge - an abilty to stick with soemthing - and the ability to connect with an audience larger than that which she has surrounded herself.

Posted by: chrisel0 | April 13, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

excellent column! it's all true - it makes me laugh, but it also makes me sad - because i'm dying for her to run in 2012. obama 82% to her 18%. how much fun would that be???!!!

Posted by: ebproducer | April 13, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe you haters. I can't believe what you haters are saying now. That Sarah is sarcastic. That's so unfair. To sarcasm.

Posted by: calendo | April 13, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that Sarah Palin can be ruled out as a candidate for president or VP. The only thing remarkable about Sarah is her ambition, and that makes her an easy tool for a party lacking popular figures willing to run in 2012. I welcome her attempt to debate Obama and to undergo the sharpened knives of the media once again without the protection of her coddlers at Fox News.

Posted by: wilsonjmichael | April 13, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

If the Republicans can use Palin as a mercenary attack dog and keep their "candidates" out the the direct line and exchange of rhetorical fire they will succeed very well. Democrats have most of the Media lap-dogs gunnin' for Republicans and Republicans will have the Moose hunter gunnin' for them Democrats. A good counter media move actually. Trying to discredit Palin is a waste of time. You certainly don't see Republicans with anywhere near the same zeal going after Keith Oberman et al. Palin is winning this war. You are feeding her.

Posted by: star_key2 | April 13, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

One word: Decoy.

Posted by: star_key2 | April 13, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

chriselo writes:
"What do those who voted for the McCain/Palin 2008 think would be so different now if they had won office ? "

Lets see..

1. The unpopular unsustainable Obamacare would NOT have passed... instead tort reform, taxes on fat Union health benefits (now deferred to 2017), and cross-border competition would have been enacted...

2. The failed Stimulus would NOT have passed. Instead tax cuts on small business would have created at least a million new jobs... instead of the five million lost todate.

3. Foreign allies would be MUCH happier.. think Poland, Britain, Israel, Honduras, Columbia, and Georgia

4. Foreign rivals & enemies would be much sadder.. think North Korea, Iran, Syria, Russia.

5. Oil leases worth billions would have been bid upon across Alaska and most coastal US regions... like in ALL other parts of the world by American companies.

6. Tens of Millions of moderate Republicans, Jewish Democrats, conservative Democrats, and Independants would be MUCH MUCH happier.

7. Obama would be back in Chicago teaching part-time law studies and having tea and discussing Marx and Alinsky with his good friend William Ayers instead of at the White House.

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 13, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

If ever there was a God-Thank him now!!!
I guess coming in third slapped that out the box.

Thank you, Lord. She is just the cheerleader. And, although she has voice-that is it as far as I am concerned. The rest is just wallpaper.

Posted by: Scar1 | April 13, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, like all Republicans in this country are an EMBARASSMENT!!!

Half this country and the rest of the world look at the Republicans in this country and cannot fathom their ignorance and their idiocy.

Hitler, Socialism, Death Threats--all for trying to give sick children medicine.

Democrats are the true patriots in this country. Republicans are lost in their ignorant delusions. Is there anyone that agrees with a Republican on this planet, besides another idiot Republican? Uh, no. Pick your topic, Climate Change, Evolution, Health Care. Nobody agrees with idiots like Palin and Bush and the rest of the clown posse known as REPUBULICANS. Ugh. Disgusting.

Posted by: bartedson | April 13, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

A better idea: Let's stop making Sarah Palin so newsworthy. Every time she makes an appearance her mindless and repetitous twaddle gets covered by all kinds of media as a true news event, as if she were holding some office or in charge of some real instrument of public policy. Does every private citizen on the lecture circuit get this kind of attention? No, and she shouldn't. Shame on the Post and anyone else who keeps giving her so much exposure.

Posted by: bigolbose | April 13, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

But he points out that the longer Palin is on the national stage the more sarcastic she has become.
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I know this sounds petty, but the more sarcastic and strident she has become, the more her voice screeches. I got used to the "you betcha" voice of 2008, but this one is like fingernails on a chalkboard. I noticed it first when the news was playing clips from the Searchlight Tea Party. I just thought I was having a low tolerence day until others commented on the same thing. It is just the timbre of her voice now, I guess, because she hasn't toned it down.

Posted by: creatia52 | April 13, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are like little babies, making lots of NOISE, constantly screaming and crying, ignorant of a reality they don't understand, running around the ankles of President Barack Obama. And Obama barely notices them, as he wins one historic fight after another.

Palin's name shouldn't eve be mentioned in the same sentence as Barack Obama's. He was the president of the Harvard law Review, she took seven years to fail Junior College.

Jeezus, the Republicans in this country are determined to destroy the USA. They almost succeeded with Bush. If he'd stayed in office for six more months, we'd be finished, worse off than the Great Depression.

Posted by: bartedson | April 13, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

As always, you hack, you Dweeb...you refuse to work for a living. Get out of the way...there are Harvard interns wanting your cubicle...

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | April 13, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Little Jonathan feels he should give Sarah Palin advice. He believes that Palin is too sarcastic. Has Jonny ever criticized Howard Dean or Joe Biden for their propestities for sarcasm? Of course not.

Posted by: mhr614 | April 13, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

If we agree that Palin is an entertainer and not a serious politician, then why does the mainstream an corporate media faithfully transcribe all of her daily commentary as if it were news? Her comments are no more news than those made by Jay Leno, David Letterman or Chelsea Handler.

Posted by: pblotto | April 13, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan, Palin is not even competent at sarcasm. She can't even pronounce "nuclear" correctly, yet she tries to use the word as a cudgel. She belongs in the category of "entertainer" along with Rush and Glennda.

Posted by: fizzy1 | April 13, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

For a country that holds dearly to the concept of "We the People," one can only shake one's head at the GOP's "he11 no!" philosophy. Is it because they still have ho idea what they stand for? Given the multitude of sexual and ethical scandals under the Bush administration, and the mess itself known as the Bush years, they know they can't platform as the moral party. Given their growing and vocal hatred for anyone whose opinion differs, they can't platform as the compassionate party. So where does that leave them? Right now, as nothing more than a party that has no idea what it is, what it stands for, but just wants to "get" the other party. As they lurch from one philosophy to the next trying to gain traction, maybe eventually something will resonate with the American public in general. Until that time comes, if it ever comes, the sideshow continues.

Posted by: woebegoner | April 13, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin may not be running for president but, unfortunately, Obama still is. Here a speech. There a speech. Everywhere a speech, speech. When is he going to grasp the concept that the world is not hanging on his every word, and he has to do more than speak to make things happen.

Posted by: rocks1
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Typical stupidity from someone who doesn't know what he's talking about or how our government works.
Do you think Health Care Reform passed itself? It was passed, in large part, because of President Obama's tireless work ethic and energy, and not just in front of the cameras, but in the halls of Congress. Whether you like HCR or not, it's passing is a great legislative accomplishment by a skilled legislator. Obama's clear vision and great organizational skills have made more good things happen in 15 months than our previous "leader" made happen in his whole two terms. Not bad for a mere "community organizer", eh?

Posted by: cjbass55 | April 13, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

My mother always said that our family of 7 children came from a long line of teasers, and that's why we were so sarcastic. It took me many years to mature to the point that I could see sarcasm as a mark of the insecure, and intellectually stunted. So, I guess that suits Palin just fine. I do not think we should expect any more of her.

Posted by: TJG1 | April 13, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Ironic isn't it? " teabagger" is a vulgar sexual innuendo that implies that someone has a dick in his mouth. Normally that is the sort of thing that liberals would celebrate but in this context it used as a pejorative. Those zany liberals! They can celebrate any perversion except a differing opinion.

Posted by: carlbatey | April 13, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

pvilso: Not sure what your point is. Palin is getting those ratings as an entertainer. She doesn't have a real job now. Those are pathetic ratings for an entertainer.

Sounds like Capehart is right on target.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 13, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an opportunist. She has achieved significant wealth and fame since the McCain veep nomination. She quit as governor because she was receiving negative press, the decisions were getting harder--such as gold mining in the Bristol Bay watershed--and she saw plenty of $$$$ ahead on the lecture circuit. Her snarky speeches rile up the Tea Partiers and she likes the attention. It's easier to be loved lavishly by the far right than to stay and fight in Alaska. However, I suspect she has ambitions of further political office. We Americans readily elect popular actors as pols and she will tire of the lecture circuit and Discovery travelogues by 2012. Most of her constituency doesn't engage in rational or intellectual thought anyway so a high political IQ is not something she will ever need. If she is elected president I suspect she will quit within 2 years and bask in the glory of being the first woman elected to the highest office. This seems consistent with her behavior. She reminds me of my teenage son that has a difficult time maintaining focus.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | April 13, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

She's running for Glenn Beck!! Beautiful!

This writer is a keeper, he's going in my bookmarks.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | April 13, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Palin has no depth to do anything other than what she's been doing. She isn't going to change, because she can't change.

Posted by: James10 | April 13, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

"she's more interested in being an entertainer than an accountable politician."

Well, duh.

Posted by: multiplepov | April 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

chriselo writes:
"What do those who voted for the McCain/Palin 2008 think would be so different now if they had won office ? "

8. 19 million students would NOT be facing new higher interest rates on their student loans starting this July. Obama will borrow at 2.9% and lend it at 6% or more.. to normally soon-to-be debt-burdened young people.

9. Congress would NOT be losing its gold-plated health care plan as now appears according to the Congressional Research office due to contradictory and poorly drafted language.

Ok Ok this last one looks like an unintended Obamacare success story... but it took days of analysis by professional researchers to determine it.

How many Americans have professional researchers mining the 2400 page bill to understand their healthcare options ?

Who knew ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 13, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

All those people complaining about the stimulus package are deluded. While there is debate on the exact number of jobs created, the number has certainly been in the millions. If it hadn't passed, then the jobs situation would be even worse than it is. Potentially a lot worse.

The health care bill was a great accomplishment. It means that hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths of our fellow Americans will be averted, as well as the drag of the huge number of medical bankruptcies on families and our economy.

Tort reform has passed in several states and has proven very ineffective at controlling health costs. That is a simple fact, not opinion. Check it out (I presume that republicans know about Google). The other ideas they presented were useless in the minds of most people knowledgeable about health care.

This President has done an excellent job. He has already insured himself a place in history as one of the greats with the passage of health care reform.

If Republicans don't like it, then they need to win elections. Elections have consequences. Obama has done exactly what he said he would do in his book 'The Audacity of Hope', as well as his campaign.

The fact that he has angered so many lefties is a strong indicator that he governs right near the middle.

Posted by: reussere | April 13, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

another day another bimbo story at the wapo, what gives?

Posted by: calif-joe | April 13, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Where are the leaders of the Republicant party? All I hear are media types, Palin, Beck, Limpbaugh, O'really, and Hannity. Or disgraced ex-politicians Newt, Armey, Cheney and the like. You'd think that as much criticism as they have for this administration, that there would be someone credible to speak for the party of no. Michael Steele perhaps? Oh, that's right, he's busy out spending the RNC's money.
No, there is no voice of reason for the conservatives. That's why they make up their own facts. It's easier than remembering real numbers.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | April 13, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Dear mhr614 ("April 13, 2010 3:51 PM")", please keep your hands off Howard Dean's and Joe Biden's propestities. Some things should remain private.

Posted by: LeighOats | April 13, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

What else does she have but sarcasm? Sarah Palin is a political spokesperson, not a serious politician. She's the face of a commercial operation, not unlike the lady in the Popeye's chicken commercials. No one knows the business genius making billions for the company. In business, you can have the commerical face separate from the brains of the operation who is rarely if ever seen. That model, however, doesn't work in serious politics. The commercial face and CEO is one in the same, which means that person has to have commerical appeal AND brains. Sarah is running a commercial operation not a serious political operation. The public recognizes this. Unfortunate for the public, the mainstream media doesn't.

Posted by: NMP1 | April 13, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The last time I recall, one of the presidents duties are making speeches. Palin has a duty to spread hate and fear to the weak! How is that working for you, Palin? Or should the question be, how much longer will people cling to every nonsense speech that you continue to make?

Posted by: kebred | April 13, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart is a liar. He wouldn't have an original thought if it jumped into his lap. SARAH PALIN is doing just fine, thank you. Intellectual 'rigor' , as you call it...is that what you and those lame egotists on Morning Joe do? LOL LOL

True intellectual rigor is being able to identify problems and solve them. That normally does not require a study, a government bureau, a newspaper op ed, or a parlor game in ever so know-it-all Washington DC. Palin is Reagan and she will do just fine. Whereas you, Jonathan, will continue to be small, sarcastic man who has never once sought to find something positive in Sarah Palin. For a woman who is a role model to millions it seems your intellectual 'rigor' is found wanting. Sorry you are so bitter about our nation. Sarah Palin loves it and many love her for it.

Posted by: pelham1861 | April 13, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a narcissist, and a screechy one at that. Her pitch is getting higher and shriller as she continues to demand that all spotlights focus on her, her, her! If she had one single iota of interest in bettering her country, she'd study the issues, create policy positions, balance her tirades with an occasional admission of what's going well. Nope, Sarah is all about Sarah.

She's intellectually lazy, monumentally incurious, and to top it off, thinks sarcasm is a cool way to gain popularity. Reminds of George Bush, only she's worse.

Posted by: cturtle1 | April 13, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

The Margaret Carlson article you referred to is at the Daily Beast, not Bloomberg. The correct link is here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-04-11/sarah-palin-steals-the-show/

Posted by: kejia32 | April 13, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin's sarcasm may only get her so far, but there's no limit to Leftist stupidity.

They even have awards for it (see Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Peace Prize - modern version, etc.).!

Posted by: NeverLeft | April 13, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Says carlbatey ("April 13, 2010 4:05 PM"):

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Ironic isn't it? " teabagger" is a vulgar sexual innuendo that implies that someone has a dick in his mouth.

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Dear anatomy novice Carl, your foot is in yours. It's time for your brain to accept an infusion of research.

Posted by: LeighOats | April 13, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart is entering dangerous territory when his hatred of a public figure drives his writing.

Take this morning's editorials: The Post, in their infinite wisdom, hates McDonnell so much and was so eager to trash him that they implied Blacks are illiterate. So in calling someone racist, they based their argument on racist suppositions.

Capeheart's desperate hatred of Palin in showing through...and it's not making for compelling reading -- one can find more well-written rants on the Post's message boards.

Posted by: diehardlib | April 13, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Who knows if Sarah Palin will actually run for another elected office. She has earned some $12 million dollars since resigning from Alaska Governor. She looks a lot like an entertainer/spokesperson for corporate sponsors. I wouldn't be too surprised if her photo shows up on the "Moose Drool" beer label. And why not, Moose must fear her hunting skills.

But you can hardly blame her for seeking fame and fortune in american politics. Where else on earth can you be entertained, repulsed, and revived and even saved from your evil ways? The self-righteous always find a way to speak loudly, even if others are not interested. Apathy is an american tradition.

Posted by: rmorris391 | April 13, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, yeah-let's have a collective nightmare, okey dokey? She's elected president, and after a short honeymoon, full of adoration and fawning poop-heads, she dedides she just doesn't want to be president anymore. You betcha-shoot-she
kinda thinks she would rather do something a little more exciting and important than president, like-----------how's about a leading role in the next block buster flick, " HELL NO"? She just waves buh-bye, and goes on her merry way!!! Her VP Bachman would have to take over, OMG, OMG, nothing to worry about then, right?

Posted by: patriotgmalou | April 13, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse


She might as well stick with sarcasm and negativity. Well-crafted arguments, coherent rhetoric, and intellectual rigor seem to be well above the capabilities of modern Democrats.

Posted by: NormReisig | April 13, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Capehart argues for "intellectual rigor" by Palin.

She was making a partisan speech to a partisan Republican audience.

She was critiquing Obama's failed policies and broken promises.. think balanced budget, energy independence, transparency, pro-Israel, even pro-democracy - reference poor Honduras.

If you want "intellectual rigor", why not apply it yourself to her actual record of governance - bipartisan and actually moderate Republican ?

Her 10% budget cuts ? Her elimination of executive perks (jet, cook, chauffeur) ? her veto off an anti-gay rights bill even ?

Why have you not bothered to read Palin's heavily-fact-checked biography ? (11 AP reviewers)... that the liberal NY Times reviewer Stanley Fish "found compelling and very well done." ?

Why no mention of her substantive detailed and sourced Facebook policy postings on health care ? Her Post and New York Times Op-Eds on job-killing Cap & Trade, energy diversity, or the Alaskan environment ?

Where is your "intellectual rigor" Mr. Capehart ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 13, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I would like to thank Sarah for stepping down as governor to cash out which is best for a mother with a down syndrome baby and teenage daughter with child to support. The rubes in the Tea Party will rush to get her book and pay to see her speak, but that still won't make president Obama take her nor Ahmadinejad's advice. She may be good in Steele's spot as a fundraiser/ GOP organizer. As far as POTUS she still has not shown she has what it takes. A series of postitions to give weight to critic is not evident. She does make coin with 2 new TV contracts, book sales and speaking fees.

Posted by: jameschirico | April 13, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Exactly. She's running for Kathleen Parker's job. It only took her five different colleges to finally get partway there. But never mind, one of these years she'll win one of them Pewlitz .. Pulutz ... Pooletz... y'know, that fancy prize they give to writers.

Posted by: laboo | April 13, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

She's becoming a Vaudevillian just like Beck. Says anything and everything to work the crowd, regardless of truth or class. She's an embarrassment.

Posted by: dcperspective | April 13, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: pvilso24
Where is your "intellectual rigor" Mr. Capehart ?
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Intellectual rigor? In the WAPO?
Ha Ha Ha Ha---Good one!!

Posted by: NormReisig | April 13, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that Sarah Palin is an elitist, rich snob with her rich friends and her flying all over the country giving speeches and having Washington friends.

We need a politician in this country that comes from the ordinary people, not the rich people like Sarah Palin.

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | April 13, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I certainly hope that a woman will shatter the glass ceiling, but you have to hope the person that does it is worthy of the achievement. Tina Fey is more fitting, actually.

Posted by: janecolby | April 13, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

pvislo24 writes: If you want "intellectual rigor", why not apply it yourself to her actual record of governance - bipartisan and actually moderate Republican ?

Her 10% budget cuts ? Her elimination of executive perks (jet, cook, chauffeur) ?
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Cool. Which part of 'elimination of perks' was charging travel expenses to the taxpayers of Alaska that she incurred while living in her own house?

And which part of 'fiscal prudence' was spending taxpayer money pursuing the largest U.S. state-government owned (ie, SOCIALIST) energy pipeline project in history?

Posted by: 1EgoNemo | April 13, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Capehart writes like he belongs with the Kool Aid crowd at MOVEON.Apparently he failed to notice our presidential pretender launched a sarcastic response to Palin`s reasonable criticism of his proposed nuclear arms agreement.Palin responded to Obama`s sarcasm with a withering salvo that chafed pseudo journalists like Capehart who are among Obama`s adoring media praetorian guards.

Posted by: bowspray | April 13, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

It the people know what's good for them and good for America they would run like hurricane winds from Palin and those other Republicans who would sell their souls to get the support of the "tea Party" America deserves better than that.

Posted by: sabrina2 | April 13, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is one of the most impressive women I've ever seen , if not THE MOST impressive

She manages to stir me up , she's real , I wish her to become POTUS in 2012

Posted by: michel1835 | April 13, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why there is no comment section available for the front page article titled:

"Calif. students find Palin contract in trash"

"Among other perks, Palin will fly first class - if she flies commercial. If not, "the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger ...," the contract specifies. She also must be provided with a suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel. "

"And organizers better not forget to stock her lectern with two water bottles and bendable straws."

Queen of the teabaggers, flying around in a Lear 60, requiring a suite and two rooms in a "deluxe" hotel. Gotta love it.

Posted by: frantaylor | April 13, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Sarah "The Bimbo" Palin isn't going to run for anything. It's perfectly obvious to me, and it has been for some time now, that Sarah's first aspiration is to be wealthy, her second is to be a celebrity.

There's no way Sarah is going to stop participating in $100,000 speeches to the psychos for doing nothing more than saying the magic word: "teleprompter".

If Sarah ever does even attempt to return to politics, no sooner than she realizes that means returning to accountability, and accuracy, she going to run as far as she can and as fast as she can.

Right now, Sarah doesn't even have to deal with reality, because the people who are paying for her performances are basically telling her what they want to hear, so there will be no "fact checking" and no "opposition".

Get real people!

It seems Republican's can never tell when they're being taken for a ride.

Posted by: lindalovejones | April 13, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Jonathon for another well reasoned and enjoyable sendup of Sarah Palin. It brightened my day.

Do you see how the wingnuts respond to your column? Reason doesn't mean diddly to them. They look forward to November and think it will be hilarious and great fun to send the country back to the Dark Ages.

We have a tough fight ahead. To you Dems, don't lose hope if we lose in November. Keep talking to each other and make yourselves heard. And keep up your attacks on Palin and Co. Your cause is worthy.

Posted by: DavidH3 | April 13, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has nothing to offer this country except sarcasm and T&A. She is completely devoid of any ideas and incapable of formulating policy. Do you really think she would be capable of meeting 49 world leaders and engaging them in a strategy to limit nuclear materials to keep the world safer, as President Obama did today on 4/13/2010? The answer is a resounding NO. I have yet to hear a single coherent word come out of her mouth.

Posted by: Leathnm | April 13, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has nothing to offer this country except sarcasm and T&A. She is completely devoid of any ideas and incapable of formulating policy. Do you really think she would be capable of meeting 49 world leaders and engaging them in a strategy to limit nuclear materials to keep the world safer, as President Obama did today on 4/13/2010? The answer is a resounding NO. I have yet to hear a single coherent word come out of her mouth.

Posted by: Leathnm | April 13, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey michel1835, who will be her running mate? John McCain was too old for her.

Maybe Stewie Griffin will take the job, after all he is a natural for the part, because they both have the same level of education, and they were both on the same TV show: "Fake Outrage".

Posted by: frantaylor | April 13, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

USA Today states" Lieberman described Sen. John McCain's former running mate as "warm and likable," and warned her opponents not to dismiss her or what she has to say. " Agreed. People should listen carefully to her empty prepared talking points. W Bush was enough ignorance for a lifetime of a thinking person.

Posted by: Indigoflow | April 13, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Capehart, stop wasting ink on this twit and write about important stuff. And I don't mean Anna Nichol Smith, Tigger Woods, Paris Hilton, etc., etc., etc. If ya gotta ask what do I mean, find another job. TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | April 13, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

$arah Paylin is running to the bank.

Posted by: whocares666 | April 13, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

My problem with evaluating Palin is that the media are simply choking with attacks on her by Democrats. If I go on youtube and search for Sarah Palin, what turns up right away is attacks on her by Democrats. It is pretty hard to find something BY her.

Maybe she deserves the opprobrium she is getting, and maybe she is not. But Democrats, if YOU will pipe down for a while, we independents will be able to judge for ourselves what SHE has to say.

If she is stupid, we will find that out. If she is not stupid, we will find that out. But you are not letting us evaluate her at all.

Capehart says, " But I'm not alone. Chris Cillizza, Margaret Carlson and Marc Ambinder used Palin's speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference last week to zero in on Palin's reliance on sarcasm and how it weakens her on the political stage."

Fine, but I wish he had put in a link to HER speech so I could see what SHE said. I am not really interested in what Chris Cillizza, Margaret Carlson and Marc Ambinder have to say ABOUT her.

Posted by: rohitcuny | April 13, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Capehart argues for "intellectual rigor" by Palin.

She was making a partisan speech to a partisan Republican audience.

Where indeed is the "intellectual rigor" by President Obama ?

Obama chose to support a left-wing Dictator friend of Chavez, a man who complained about Jews beaming telepathic waves at him... instead of supporting Honduran democracy. Who would have guessed ?

Obama recently took 17 minutes to Answer Whether or Not We’re Taxed Too Much... without, you know, answering. (source: TRIFECTA)

Obama, Pelosi and Reid produced an unreadable, unsustainable, gimmick-loaded, unpopular, contradictory 2400 page healthcare monstrosity... that raises taxes, healthcare costs, and the costs of 19 million student loans !

Who knew these folks were well so "intellectual rigorous" : )

Me ? I'd just like a little more common sense.

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 13, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about the glass ceiling, but That Voice may well break a wineglass one of these days. Would the world put up with an almost daily dose of it for four years? Calling Phoebe Dinsmore!

Posted by: LeighOats | April 13, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Well if she does run and win.....we all will know fo' sho that we are in a sh1t load of trouble.

Posted by: chynna12169 | April 13, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

this is a good article for the unemployed, and people living in the streets from house forclosure-- i'm sure they hope she runs for prez..another vote for baraq will doom people

Posted by: darin_holmes | April 13, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin certainly thinks she's running for President.

Posted by: ejs2 | April 13, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

"It is pretty hard to find something BY her. "

Hey why don't you go to HER web site, sarahpalin.com

On this page you will find every single piece of intellect she has ever produced.

Posted by: frantaylor | April 13, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

chynna12169 posted:

"Well if she does run and win.....we all will know fo' sho that we are in a sh1t load of trouble."

As opposed to the current wonderful situation we find ourselves in ? 5 million lost jobs ? massive unsustainable debt piling up ? laughed at by enemies ?

Do you have a nice save Washington job these days ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 13, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Every cloud has a silver lining ... this one has TINA FEY!

Posted by: HughBriss | April 13, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

"Sarcasm is the great weapon of the aggrieved. And no one wields it with as much gusto as the half-term governor of Alaska." It's really pathetic that this writer doesn't see the comedy of his own hypocrisy!!!

As Dennis Miller would say: "I love Sarah Palin. She annoys all the right people!"

And as an anti-socialist-obummer lifelong Democrat, Sarah Palin's "sarcasm" works incredibly GREAT for me! If she runs for political office, I, as a lifelong Democrat, plan to vote for her just to annoy the right people.

Posted by: pouran-doukht | April 13, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Hello? Is anyone out there?

Sarah Palin not running for anything except the almighty buck.

And she's winning at that, big time. Could there be a confluence of events that could carry her to the top of a Republican convention in the future? Oh, sure. But that's very unlikely.

She wouldn't have a chance at winning a national election. She doesn't have the intellectual horsepower, and can't hide that fact.

The American people know exactly who she is. A charlatan, who is simply playing to the disenfranchised Tea Party base that makes up what? 10% of the country? Maybe.

She's nothing more than political entertainment, and is laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: Adirondax | April 13, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Solemnly does Mr. Capehart aver that "Sarcasm is the great weapon of the aggrieved."

So true. Whenever I tune in Jon Stewart I darest not laugh -- I can but shake my head in sorrow at this pitiful aggrieved soul.

Not! Sometimes sarcasm is just funny, and sometimes it conveys a larger truth. While Gov. Palin may not necessarily be a great wit, she nevertheless can be quite devastating with a zinger, because she's usually spot on. Whether the subject is death panels or fraternizing with terrorists, she nails it perfectly. She's a breath of fresh air and that's why people love her.

Fear the barracuda, moonbats!!

Posted by: thebump | April 13, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow! You mean hyper-partisan Washington hacks like Caphart and Cillizza don't like Palin?

I love all of these ankle biters who hang on the every word of someone they deem to be ineffective. Go figure.

Posted by: bobmoses | April 13, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

"Every cloud has a silver lining ... this one has TINA FEY!"

Just one? Some things generate more than one!

obummer-nation has spawned anti statist/socialist Tea Party Movements, tax reform awakenings, useful idiot awakenings, 2010 elections, 2012 elections.....winds of change a-coming....yes, we can, yes, we will......

Posted by: pouran-doukht | April 13, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a masterful baiter. Best way to deal with a baiter is to resist commenting. Takes the wind right out of their sails.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | April 13, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What you're missing here is that Palin's fans LIKE that her speeches lack substance (don't have to think that way), paint a sarcastic picture of her opponent, and exaggerate her own good points. They eat it up. How else can you explain the book sales, the TV shows, etc.

Posted by: sarahabc | April 13, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

To chrisel0:

Your comments read like bullets from Beck's chalk board. Non sensical and devoid of reality.

Posted by: amycwest | April 13, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

To chrisel0:

Your comments read like bullets from Beck's chalk board. Non sensical and devoid of reality.

Posted by: amycwest | April 13, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

She learnt from her nusband how to throw snow balls round corners.
The Pacific rim skill in such trajectory was not unknown to the Australian aboriginal who discoverd something which returned to plague the inventor - boomerang.
In tribal Alaskan dialect Mrs Palin is using soarrinsarkasm which plagues upon the face of a target round a corner.

Posted by: abovetheassault | April 13, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

what? Palin is sarcastic? I thought it was satire.

Posted by: mimo1 | April 13, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Ok. I'm going to say this. As a mid-aged white woman, here is what I think Sarah Palin's appeal is:

She not only rouses those who would perpetrate fear-mongering, she makes those who are afraid of things that haven't yet happened to them - but just might. She incites the “followers” that don’t have the sense or intellect to make their own decisions, but follow the right-wing radical crowd like sheep to the slaughter. Thanks to their undying loyalty to FOX news, Rush and the like.

She is only out for her own monetary gain. And is doing a bang-up job of it. She quits her job as Governor of Alaska with a long-winded, hard to follow explanation that makes no sense at all. But interestingly, amid several ethics inquiries. She was anointed the VP candidate to McCain without vetting. Why exactly did that happen? I think he was just enamored with her. Pretty woman that he can use to counter the “black” nominee and appeal to those that wanted to see a woman on the ticket. A nod toward Hillary. So this goes to my point.

Sarah is a relatively young, attractive woman. She spews the nonsense that the Republican/Tea Party base eats up. Look at the dynamics of those groups. Older white men. Back country folks that don’t take the time to look at the issues and the actions taken to fix the problems facing this country. She’s pretty to look at. She appeals to the demographic that would rather look at her than care what it is she is saying. This is a calculated move? Because it brings more money home to her own pockets. She quit the governorship because it was more financially beneficial to her. No other reason.

The Republicans/Tea Party devotees see her, get some kind of a hard-@@ for her and can’t look the other way. But to people with some level of intellect or those who look at both sides of the issues and make an informed judgment…she is a joke. And those that hang on her every word are destined to lose quite a bit of their own hard-earned money supporting a person that is only out for her own gain…no matter the consequences.

Posted by: Sofie230 | April 13, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

The problem for Palin is that in order to run for office again, she has to go home to Alaska, to file and run. And it seems that an awful lot of Alaskans, including Republicans (the dominant species there), are really rather ticked off at Palin because she abandoned the state and her responsibilities as governor to go traipsing off and make millions of dollars preaching about responsibilities.

Many of the ethics complaints against Palin were filed by former supporters and fellow Republicans (as well as one very determined gadfly, let's be honest here), disgusted with the way she ran on ethics issues and then immediately began the same kind of unethical behavior she ran against.

Palin won't run for office because she can't handle the accountability, the scrutiny or the criticism. She's perfectly well suited for what she's doing now: being a media star. She's perfect for the Fox News/reality TV/American Idol generation: vapid, insipid and shallow as a dry stream.

Posted by: windrider2 | April 13, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

If the Tea Partiers believe that Sarah Palin feels their pain, perhaps they'll appreciate the following contract terms her handlers negotiated for her appearance at a California State University, Stanislaus event:

Palin will fly first class — if she flies commercial. If not, “the private aircraft MUST BE a Lear 60 or larger” . She also must be provided with a suite and two single rooms in a deluxe hotel. The contract, dated March 16, does not include compensation details for Palin, but she typically commands speaking fees as high as $100,000.

Palin is nothing but an entertainer who is taking advantage of a bunch of gullible fools to make herself rich, just like Glenn Beck.

Posted by: emm2 | April 13, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

If you had a brain tumor, would you want neurosurgeon Barack Obama or neurosurgeon Sarah Palin to remove it? Enough said.

Posted by: charleskarrlaw | April 13, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Could Palin be a Manchurian teabagger? Secret democratic weapon to destroy the t-party movement?

Only the Shadow knows... in the mean time she's great entertainment!!

Posted by: knjincvc | April 13, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine what a mccain palin USA would look like right now? Bread lines, a collapsed financial and auto secot, no doubt dragging much of the rest of the economy behind it. mcklame wanting to attack iran and north korea but not having enough money left in the treasury to feed the soldiers.
How's that mavericky thingy workin' out for ya?

Fey nailed palin right on her pointy little head last weekend on SNL. If you didn't see it go to their websight and check it out. Hysterical.

Posted by: John1263 | April 13, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I think the closer she comes to running for president the more she will weigh her financial options of being a presidential candidate who may not win nor may not actually want the responsibility of being leader and the money and attention she can garner being a sideline thorn in the democrats side as a TV personality. The auther was right by saying watch out Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh. I see a feud between the three over their conservative audiance.

Posted by: ged0386 | April 13, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

After reading this column and the links within, all I thought was "So much in-depth analysis of one who lacks any depth whatsoever." Is there REALLY that much to think about? She hit the lottery when McCain got desperate, now she is cashing in. She doesn't put nearly as much thought in to it all as all the analyzers do. "Quit this Governor thing, make lottsa' speeches, make lottsa' money!"
And I love the never ending comments about Obama's speeches. The current President, unlike his predecessor or Saint Sarah, is articulate, so of course the right-wing fan club has to drone on about too many speeches and teleprompters and HARvard and whatever else. Get over it, the black Democrat is intelligent and knows how to speak well.

Posted by: SamBrown2 | April 13, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"she abandoned the state and her responsibilities as governor to go traipsing off and make millions of dollars preaching about responsibilities."
I defy any supporter of Palin's to deny the truth and validity of that statement. She quit in mid-term as elected governor to go sell books, and ANYone really believes she could be elected to any office again, no less President of the U.S.? C'mon.

Posted by: SamBrown2 | April 13, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"Sarcasm is the great weapon of the aggrieved. And no one wields it with as much gusto as the half-term governor of Alaska."

Excuse me, but didn't you mean FORMER half-term governor?

Posted by: mwfree | April 13, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I would love to be a fly on the wall around the Palin kitchen. I'm sure they're laughing all the way to the bank and mocking the idiots that love her.

Posted by: DGSPAMMAIL | April 13, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

charleskarrlaw posted:

"If you had a brain tumor, would you want neurosurgeon Barack Obama or neurosurgeon Sarah Palin to remove it? "

Good question !

Barack would ask if you had health insurance... if you didn't he'd report you to the IRS for the mandatory penalty fee... unless you were an illegal immigrant.

Barack would ask if you have a "death penal" exemption from one of the new 159 commissions established to manage health care.

Barack would ask you why you waited for 2 years... you'd tell him about the shortage of doctors caused by reduced fees and early retirements... you'd mention the long wait times (as in Europe) to see first the referring family or public clinic physician ... then the long wait for his specialist services.

Barack would than dither or give a speech criticizing Israel.. ok I made that one up : )

Barack would than book the surgery to be performed in his Union-staffed Monday-Friday office hours only.

Barack would perform the surgery using a only a made-in-America scalpel.

Outcome ? You may or may not survive... with outcomes similar to that enjoyed by most Europeans.

Sarah Palin, neurosurgeon, operating out of her state-of-the-art private clinic with German technology would probably direct a technician to use the laser scalpel to remove the tumor.. all within weeks or days of the original diagnosis... as is today mandatory in ALL states whether or not you could pay.

Outcome ? You would likely survive... with successful outcomes as enjoyed by most Americans today.

Sorry mate.. I'd pick Sarah : )

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 13, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, there are absolutely no doubts about whether she is up to the task of governing...because she isn't, doesn't want to, and can't. She governed badly for a half-term in Alaska, then bailed when someone waved a stack of greenbacks in front of her face. Sarah has only one thing on her mind, and its green, but not environmentally green. The tea-baggers and their buddies in the Republican party are the biggest bunch of saps there ever was. Keep it up Sarah, keep diverting money that could be used to win political campaigns into your bank accounts. We love it.

Posted by: Chagasman | April 13, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Though she is more extreme in her views, Michelle Bachmann is a much more polished political figure than Sarah Palin is or ever was.

I suspect that we will continue to see more of Sarah Palin from now until November, then she will slowly fade away from the limelight once the real race for the Republican nomination begins in earnest. She is not seeking the GOP nomination (because she's probably aware that she could not win it if she were), but she can hold some of the tea partiers in line for Republicans at least until after November.

That said, I still think Republicans are doomed in 2012 (I expect Barack Obama to be a two-full term president barring some as-yet-unmaterialized disaster on his watch), and that it will only become clearer once Obama's 2012 opponent is finally unveiled.

President Obama won by a 52-47 margin in 2008, so technically he doesn't even need to reach out any further in order to win re-election. If his opponent is Mitt Romney, how many protestant GOP faithful are going to hold their nose and vote for a Mormon? If it's Ron Paul (whose captured the most straw poll votes thus far this year), how extreme will his views send Republicans into the almanac as a once-been party? If it's Tim Pawlenty or Bobby Jindahl, Democrats will win in a cakewalk.

There is still plenty of time for some unknown to enter the race (and usually at this point in time the ultimate winner and party nominee isn't even on the electoral map yet), but it almost certainly will not be Sarah Palin. Michelle Bachmann would be a far better bet just for pure polish...

Posted by: sthomas1957 | April 13, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

I haven't read all of the preceding comments--sorry. If someone else has said it, I apologize, but Mrs. Palin can be described as "a half term governor" or, a half baked Alaska.

Posted by: fowen | April 13, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

I'll say one thing, Sarah certainly has more class than the people commenting on this site.

Posted by: Kansasgirl | April 13, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Chagasman posted:

"She governed badly for a half-term in Alaska, then bailed.."

Really ? She left early yes as one of the most successful and popular Governors in the country.

She handed power to a well-respected Republican Lieutenant Governor.

She left behind 30+ frivolous ethics charges launched by Soros-backed groups which threatened her family with bankruptcy... a cool half-million in lawyers fees - her salary could not cover.

This "dumb" broad, freed of the constraints of public office, was able to: * join FOX (the most popular and trusted cable news network (47% vs 37% for CNN)
* promote her biography - the liberal New York Times reviewer Stanley Fish, "found compelling and very well done"
* tour and speak widely and influence politics in the lower 48
* make millions in book sales and give her family financial security
* start a long but necessary campaign to challenge the socialist policies of the Democrats.

If this is "bailing".. than America needs alot more "bailers" like our amazing Sarah.

You betcha !

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 13, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I have absolutely no problem with Obama giving speeches. It comes with the territory of being President. He collects a government paycheck paid for by tax dollars. When CSPAN chooses to telecast live Palin speeches, Limbaugh pomposity, and so forth when Obama is giving a live speech of national importance - we only have one President - then I wonder about CSPAN. I know that Republicans tried hard to politicize all aspects of government and media outlets.

I was reading a world history book today and was fascinated with the rise of Hitler prior to WW II. I wonder which rightwing radical will rise on the national stage to become out Hitler. Believe me, people like Obama never become Hitlers, contrary to the teaparty signs. Racism and totalitarianism are all about what the current crop of hothead conservatives are all about. Hitler was able to undermine confidence in government. His antidemocratic, anticaptialist, and antigovernment agenda eventually won the day.

Posted by: EarlC | April 13, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Sarcasm is the only appropriate reaction to a slacker community agitator who thinks he's a messiah.

Posted by: thebump | April 13, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

chriselo -- well said, couldn't agree more.

pvilso24 -- nice counter-points to chriselo, still I think you miss the mark.

If I may respond:

1. Health Care Reform -- It's just beginning to more change. Watch this, if any Repub or Dem has the gumption to put forth tort reform I suspect Mr. Obama will sign the bill should it get to his desk. The man is governing from the center...heck, if this were 1974, he'd be governing from the center-right! And Unions have a (deserved) bad rap in our lifetime but in the beginning, dude, they helped redistribute wealth. This created the vast middle class most of us live in today. and THAT is what made America great. Put $$$s in my pocket, I can put food on the table; I can put a roof over my families heads; I can ensure the health of my children. And it sets me free to create more wealth. If all one does is worry about the next meal, well, you're talking about subsistence level living. And all ones energy is spent hunting & gathering.
2. I think we all over estimate the value of CONTINUALLY cutting taxes. And as bad as the times were -- and that is the worst Ive ever seen in my 54 years -- we didn't have the time to put cuts in place. Let's work on that going forward.
3. Sometimes a relationship needs to change to be sure it remains fresh, active, dynamic and current.
4. See above
5. Let's not drown all our coastlines with spilled oil. Let's see how things go off the Virginia coast first.
6. I dunno, maybe. But take off the cable news/mainstream media/24 hour gotcha beer-goggles and do some reasoned thinking. The man saved Wall St first; then a large portion of our manufacturing economy second. You and me on Main St -- well, a work in progress.
7. Bill Ayers -- Really?
8. Cannot say -- I just don't know on that one
9. Amen.

See, differing sides can sometimes agree & can also disagree reasonably.

Posted by: dabonner | April 13, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin doesn't even have what it takes to be governor of Alaska. Instead of doing the responsible thing and quietly govern her state, she drops out to give red-meat speeches. I wouldn't vote for a quitter.

Posted by: ablankinship | April 13, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Palin=Sacasm=Republican=Dishonesty=Palin

Posted by: gmoore40 | April 13, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

How can anyone accuse Sarah Palin of being shallow while accepting Joe Biden as potentially President of the United States? Granted that Palin is basically a bomb thrower, but they do land on target from time to time. Democrats are still feeling the the effects of the "Death Panel" charge. That's because it is substantially true. No doubt that the new law mandates something like what Oregon has in place. or more recently, the attack on Obama's new nuclear policy, which had Obama scurrying back like a crab.

Posted by: RobbyS | April 14, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

dbonner, you expressed confusion...

Obamacare needed billions to pass budget reconciliation neutrality with parliamentary approval, hence the need to raise BILLIONS from a surprise last minute Government takeover of student loans nation-wide. Nah its not socialism really is it ?

This takeover was "tacked-on" really in the last week of the year-long plus debate. Like really no public debate.

Only now.. is its implications are becoming known.. millions of low-cost student loans expected to double in cost to pay for you know.. healthcare !! Starting this JULY ! The additional costs may average thousands per student over the many years needed to pay them off.

Wait until often liberal students and their parents-often-on-the hook find out. As this young group normally leans Left, the Dems are going to find out quickly that they have shot themselves in the foot or maybe the head even ?

Repeal support stands today at 58% ... four points higher than 3 weeks ago. By Sept ? add a few million liberal students and parents suddenly aware that "free" healthcare has a new student loan cost.

Repeal support could pop above 60%.

Posted by: pvilso24 | April 14, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

to all, but especially to the DIMocRAT lunatics (the FEW that can actually read!),

on her worst day, Sarah Palin is about TWICE as bright as the FOOL, nitwit & union bosses' PUPPET, that currently resides at the WH.
(Michelle has the BRAINS & BHO has only THE MOUTH.)

turn off his teleprompter & BHO gets "the deer in the headlights look", stammars,stutters, stares vacantly into space & cannot "string together" two coherent sentences. = folks, we voters elected a DUNCE, who reads well but does nothing more important than that, as POTUS. = POOR, POOR America!

i saw "the fool, who's on the hill" in the early summer of '08, twice & in person.
during one of those times, there was a "power failure" & he couldn't think of anything to say that sounded even HALF-educated. - i then said to myself, "What a LOSER. his campaign ends here."- sadly, i was dead wrong about that.

further, until/unless the DIMocRAT Party DUMPS the KLANSMAN (Robert "KKK" Byrd, DIMocRAT of WV) out of office & out on the street, onto his pointed head, the DIMs will remain "The Party of PREJUDICE,lunatics, MORONS, the brain-DEAD & BIGOTS".
(IF i was fool enough to be a DIMocRAT, i would hang my head in shame that i was "associated with" a party like the DIMocRATS currently ARE!)

as for the election of 2010 & 2012, the DIMocRATS chances of re-election are two = slim & none.
(the election in this NOV will be a BLOODLETTING for the DIMs. that's precisely what the RATS deserve.)

just my opinion.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 14, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I say let her run for president if she so chooses. She'll be in for the shock of her life if she thinks it will be a cake walk like when she was hand picked to be the VP candidate. Running for president is going to mean competing against other republicans for the nomination and they never play nice. I can just imagine the first republican debate. They'll wipe the floor with her!

Posted by: StJamesGirl | April 14, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is truly a narcissistic mess--a snarky, self-absorbed, braying jackass.
Someone needs to tell this mentally unstable woman she is not qualified to be the leader of the party of The Backward People.

Posted by: naughtymonkey | April 14, 2010 3:45 AM | Report abuse

naughtymonkey,

well, based solely on your post, you're certainly well-named. PITY that you aren't bright enough to know that Sarah Palin is NOT the leader of ANYTHING & will NOT be.
(we Tea Party Patriots "showed her the door", when she made a "run" at being our "leader". = we do NOT, for your information, HAVE a "leader". instead, we have about 3,000,000 leaders. that's why we call our selves the USA's largest DIS-ORGANIZATION.)

Sarah Palin is WELCOME to speak at our rallies, just as every other TPP is, but she is NOT & will NOT be.

despite having NO single leader, the TPP are going to SLAUGHTER the DIMocRATS/leftists at the polls come NOV 10 and do the rest of the job on BHO & his gang of thugs in NOV12. ===> the DIMocRATS are DONE, FINISHED & soon to be "history", as a real force in American politics.

even my family, which is FILLED with small farmers, OCAWU members, plumbers, retail workers, mechanics, teacher's union members & other "traditional Democrats" are FINISHED, once & for all time, with the DIMocRATS.
(fyi, when you lose the "rank & file" of union familes and the mainstream/conservative religious people, you are FINISHED as "the working man/woman's party", forever.)

our family (all 30+ voters) in mass will just say NO, NO, NO to every single DIMocRAT & to BHO this fall & in 2012.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 14, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

to CAPEHART,

WHAT would you know about "intellectual rigor"? = everyone here, even the ones who enjoy your editorials (like ME for example!) spend a lot of time laughing AT & making sport of your SILLY, simplistic, DIMocRAT "talking points" parroting & opinions.

oh, i know that you work for "the washington COMpost", but can't you do better?

btw, WHEN are youn going to write an OP-ED, DEMANDING that Prince Harry Reid & the DIMocRATS party, while Reid's still IN the US Senate, DUMP Robert "KKK" Byrd (DIMocRAT of WV) out on his pointed little head, as he is a filthy, stinking KLANSMAN, who is taking up space in the floor of the Senate?
(inquiring minds want to know.)

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | April 15, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

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