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Earmarks help, Palin doesn't

Over and over, politicians in Washington have condemned “earmarks,” language stuck into bills designed to provide money for special projects supported by individual members of Congress. Yet politicians keep fighting for those earmarks -- and there are some members who denounce earmarks in the abstract but then work hard for those that happen to benefit their folks back home.

That may seem hypocritical, but now we know why politicians do it: Voters like politicians better when they show them the money. A new Pew Research Center/National Journal poll released today found that 53 percent of Americans are more likely to vote for candidates with a record of bringing government money and projects to their districts; only 12 percent were less likely to vote for such candidates. The remaining third say the money makes no difference.

That’s a 4-to-1 ratio in favor of delivering the goods. This suggests that voters themselves may actually welcome it when their members have a double-standard: fight spending in the abstract, but make sure we get our share of what goes out. Alternatively, voters may be cynical enough (or realistic enough -- take your pick) to calculate that if money is going to be passed around, they want a piece of it for their communities. And, yes, there are still voters out there who believe government can do good things, and they especially like it when those good things are tangible and close-to-home. The moral: expect to see a lot of ads this fall in which incumbents facing tough races talk a lot about the projects they’ve won for their districts.

Personally, I wish there were less hypocrisy and phony moralism about the whole thing. Members will always fight for money for their constituents, and I’m weary of empty posturing about earmarks. But I don’t expect it to stop.

But if earmarks help candidates, Sarah Palin does not.

Another striking finding from the poll: 38 percent said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate she campaigned for, while only 18 percent said her support would make them more likely to vote for that candidate. President Obama had a mixed impact: 27 percent said Obama’s campaigning would make them more likely to vote for a candidate, 28 percent less likely.

Within those numbers are two others sets of figures suggesting that a lot of Republicans will ask Palin to stay home: Among independents, 36 percent said Palin would make them less likely to support a candidate, while only 15 percent said her support would help that candidate. And Palin turns off more Democrats than she turns on Republicans: 41 percent of Republicans said they’d be more likely to vote for a Palin-backed candidate, but 58 percent of Democrats say they’d be less likely to support one of her favorites.

On net, association with the Tea Party also hurts a candidate more than it helps: 31 percent said they were less likely to vote for a Tea Party supporter, while 22 percent were more likely to give such a candidate their vote. These numbers are yet another indication that the Tea Party represents roughly the right-wing quarter of the American electorate, which was there long before Obama became president.

The bottom line: Count on many Democratic candidates to associate their Republican opponents with Palin and the Tea Party. These numbers suggest that the influence of both peaked during this year’s Republican primaries. Now, they are a net negative for the GOP. And, yes, count on all incumbents to brag about that bridge or building they brought to a street near you.

By E.J. Dionne  | August 3, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
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Comments

Thank God most Americans recognize Palin for the dimwitted imbecile she is.

Posted by: blazertaco | August 3, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully Americans are more bight-bulbed than I have given them credit for after seeing their fawning over Sarah Palin. I don't think it surprises anyone that they would rather see their political leaders bring home tangible benefits to their home state rather than blather on incomprehensibly about ideological issues no one but a select few right wing, neo-Nazi, Christian wackos think we should all be folloing.

Posted by: bkllal6020 | August 3, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I would put EJ and Palin on the same page as far as dim-wittedness goes.

Posted by: mmourges | August 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

This shines a glaring on light on the obvious about the American citizen: I want mine. If you want yours, screw you.

Now, for Palin. Why does this woman matter? How can a Republican in any way support someone who is the epitome of a twit? Why does the press report what she says? She has little government experience, abandoning those who supported her. Her concept of issues borders on stupidity, e.g., her foreign policy credentials are her visual view of Russia. Her support for a candidate usually spells trouble. She's replete with slogans, cliches and platitudes, all the while spewing hate, anger, revenge and lining her pockets.

Stop reporting what she says. Brittany Spears would be better.

Posted by: afshome | August 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Why does the corrupt liberal/progressive POST have a fixation with ATTACKING Palin?

We have super majorities of corrupt Democrats in DC and the POST keeps doing stories on Palin.....

POST = dirty and dishonest propaganda

Posted by: allenridge | August 3, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

As a life-long Republican, I am deeply satisfied to see that Palin provides little assistance to conservative candidates. She is a dolt. Please make her go away...

Posted by: js1960 | August 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin has lost a lot of appeal since she went through the change.

Posted by: jb777 | August 3, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has been instrumemtal in shaping the debate (often via Facebook and Twitter) on the most important issues facing America these past two years:

- Smaller Government
- Smaller deficits
- Lower unemployment by encouraging private sector growth
- Fighting Obamacare
- Defending the US border from the Mexican invasion

Governor Palin has been in the forefront in rallying people around these issues from early 2009. When Republicans were demoralized after President Obama's election and Dem control of both Houses of Congress and a fillibuster proof Senate, Governor Palin showed spirit and determination that encouraged others to organize and resist. The polular revolt Governor Palin helped create put some backbone into Repulican Congressmen who fought a valiant rear guard action against the Obama/Dem army in Congress.

Most Republican candidates in Fall 2010 elections will be fully supporting Governor Palin's positions on all the issues while Dem candidates try to pretend they never heard about Obama or his policies.

Ultimately, Palin's policies will prevail over Obama's words. She already has the President's cahones mounted as a trophy on her wall.

Posted by: jfv123 | August 3, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Governor Palin will never be confused with any scholar (nor will Speaker Pelosi, by the way); however, the Post and it's minions, Dionne and others, want to marginalize Palin while at the same time obsess about her. (There are concurrent op-ed pieces on this woman.) If she is so trivial, so stupid, so doltish, why does the once-great Post keep writing about her? You ignored Jerehmiah Wright and his vitriol, yet will not let up on this woman whose only crime (in your minds) is that she is a Republican.

Posted by: CubsFan | August 3, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

At least with earmarks, you can see and touch the results of your involuntary donations to government. Other stuff the government buys "because it is good for you," like wars that meander on for years, only to end badly, cost a lot and and produce whatever the opposite of benefit is. We went to war against North Vietnam because attacking the Soviet Union was unthinkable. We went to war against Afghanistan because attacking Pakistan and Saudi Arabia was unthinkable. We went to war in Iraq because war with Iran was unthinkable and for other reasons. So far, winning hearts and minds with Predator drones and tens of thousands of troopers has yielded few hearts and minds. Is that the sound of borrowed money swirling down the drain?

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | August 3, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Earmarks are extortions and bribes and are most likely attached to political kickbacks. It shows us that that was the only way to pass Obamacare. Buy the vote? I would rather vote for Sarah Palin and you can vote for corruption.

Posted by: bobilly2 | August 3, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Earmarks are a vote stolen from the people first and a fist full of money for the thief second. Thats why we don't read bills anymore, govern by payoff.very democratic

Posted by: jmounday | August 3, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

BoBilly2...LOL! If you vote for Palin you're voting for a lot more corruption than your local Congressperson.

How's that change working out før ya, bubba?

Posted by: joy5 | August 3, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"Governor Palin will never be confused with any scholar"

There is no such person as "Governor Palin," Einstein.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 3, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

"But if earmarks help candidates, Sarah Palin does not".===========Always believe the exact opposite of planet liberal!!!

Posted by: votingrevolution | August 3, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I got news for you libs.Hilary will never be president nevermind the first women president.Progressivism has been exposed for the lieand evil it is.

Posted by: votingrevolution | August 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I got news for you libs.Hilary will never be president nevermind the first women president.Progressivism has been exposed for the lieand evil it is.

Posted by: votingrevolution | August 3, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

The party that gave us George W. Bush is still trying to stuff Sarah Palin down our craws.

Thank god Americans see through this bimbo.

And thank god McCain lost the election. About now old man McCain would be dead from job stress and Palin would be President.

Posted by: Deirdre_K | August 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dionne why are you always bashing Palin and Bush and the republicans?

You don't have any comments on Maxine Waters? How about Barney Frank,or maybe Charlie Rangel? Do yourself a favor and stop taking your marching orders from Ezra Klein.

Posted by: SayWhat5 | August 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

nothing is more unspeakably sad than when a potentially decent moderate and relatively free-thinking conservative like McCain caves in craven fear of losing an election and kow-tows to a "woman" like Sarah Palin...i wonder how much he had to beg her forgiveness on bended knee before she would deign to campaign for him, that, after her ungracious trashing of him in the first book-she-didn't-write...McCain is a symbol of the entire Right wing selling out to its most unworthy extremist elements...my stomach turns...why dont' we hear more from moderate and sane (if such a thing exists) conservatives with the guts to renounce the madness of their political kin these days?

Posted by: Not2Late2Change | August 3, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

["Thank God most Americans recognize Palin for the dimwitted imbecile she is."Posted by: blazertaco]

You're the only dimwit here. Palin was a State Governor (how about you), lives in the most beautiful State in the Union, was a VP candidate, raises a disabled child, and makes more $$ than the sweat you drop when you're dancing with Richard Simmons after your morning Twinkie break. And she could put up a Three over your pointy head any day of the week.

Posted by: pararanger22 | August 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

It has to be embarrassing for Democrats to see their candidates run from the second coming of FDR because in many precincts his endorsement may be the kiss of death. If you have to compare a lightweight ex-governor who is now a media figure to the Leader of the Free World to make him look less toxic, you're scraping bottom.

Posted by: 1776nik | August 3, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Most days and certainly every week, WaPo criticizes Palin, Tea Party, republicans or anything conservative in an attempt to take attention away from the most incompetent, leaderless and largest gov't ever. These bozos couldn't even find 3 unemployed people w/o a felony conviction to pull at the heartstrings of Americans over unemployment extentions. I'm sure they will blame it on someone else though...leadership is not an adjective used to describe this administration, ever by the koolaid drinking liberals.

Posted by: Tostitos | August 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

What a stupid article. STUPID. How does one (earmarks) relate to the other (Palin)? Answer is they don't relate at all, but ol' Dionne couldn't figure out a way to bash Palin without coming right out an bashing Palin. What a dope.

Bottom line, in my humble opinion, about earmarks. I'm FINE with state representatives bringing home the bacon for their home state. But if you are working on a bill for, I dunno (and this is just an EXAMPLE), financial reform, DO NOT slip in money for studies on artificial insemination of mosquitoes. If you want money to stimulate your constituents in the field of windmill development, put it in a "green technologies" or "renewable energy" bill, and not one about social programs.

GET THE EARMARK IN SOMETHING RELATED TO THE EARMARK. If you can't, then write something that supports it.

As for Palin....I'm neither for or against her, but ya gotta admit - she's relevant on the political scene, and you might as well get used to it. Not saying that is good or bad, just saying GET USED TO IT - and get over it!

Posted by: uncasquig | August 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Why is Palin in this article? I'm no fan, but why is the Post taking every opportunity to write about her instead of reporting actual news?

STOP WRITING ABOUT SARAH PALIN!

Posted by: legendarypunk | August 3, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I think the irony is that Palin represents the average American. When people look at her, they see themselves. Randomly pluck two or three people out of the population and put them as a presidential or vice and see how they would handle the situation and what their family looks like...while Palin is not the best candidate, she certainly is the average joe...the question is, once elected, will she reform, clean up gov?

Posted by: toggs2 | August 3, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

We have super majorities of corrupt Democrats in DC and the POST keeps doing stories on Palin.....

POST = dirty and dishonest propaganda

Posted by: allenridge
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You left out the corrupt Republicans when they were in the majority. It goes both ways.

Posted by: beeker25 | August 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully tea party "Beckerheads" like Palin will do more damage than good to Reps. and then fade into dusk.

Posted by: changeisconstant | August 3, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

["Hey Dionne why are you always bashing Palin and Bush and the republicans? You don't have any comments on Maxine Waters? How about Barney Frank,or maybe Charlie Rangel? Do yourself a favor and stop taking your marching orders from Ezra Klein."Posted by: SayWhat5]

Couldn't agree more, SayWhat5. I wonder how many politicians want EJD (Egotistical Jerk Dud) to travel to their region for support?

EJDud dishes it out to Conservatives with columns wishing for 'real' Conservatives to return and other high-minded bull but saves none of that for himself or his Marionette - the DNC.

Posted by: pararanger22 | August 3, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

You speak of a politics as usual, which includes waste.

But on a magnitude, near beyond comprehension, are the institutionalized expenditures, that are destroying the financial well being of this country.

Chief among these is allowing the ownership of the Federal Reserve to remain in foreign hands.

Why in the world, are taxpayers subsidizing a small group of European families with our debt service from the money issued by the Fed?

This is beyond absurd.

Buy back the Fed and let the money the Fed is paying to that group of shrewd investors in Europe, go back into our Federal Treasury to pay down the national debt.

Second among our gianormous spending errors, is the practice of ad hoc spending to finance multi-trillion dollar military expeditions.

We just spent two trillion on Iraq, and another couple trillion in Afghanistan, eyes wide shut.

Both of these nations have the resources to pay for what the US spent for its efforts.

In Iraq, the oil pumped can pay for the effort, and the oil companies that obtained contracts through our efforts are in a position to contribute.

In Afghanistan, the world's largest opium producer, the drug cartels, can pay for the infrastructure we have installed in this nation.

The point is, quit giving away trillions in hard earned taxpayer dollars, without thinking about who benefits, and how it will be repaid.

There are limits.

Posted by: lts2 | August 3, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

So you base your entire argument on whether people want other people's money sent to them? That would be like asking kids whether their parents should give them more ice cream or not.

How about some decisive numbers about whether or not earmarks are beneficial? Favored projects for special groups doesn't seem to be well allocated money to me.

Posted by: axxionx12 | August 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

She may have been conceived by McCain and stillborn at the election but she's been reanimated and kept alive by Fox.

Posted by: joebanks | August 3, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has been instrumemtal in shaping the debate (often via Facebook and Twitter) on the most important issues facing America these past two years:

- Smaller Government
- Smaller deficits
- Lower unemployment by encouraging private sector growth
- Fighting Obamacare
- Defending the US border from the Mexican invasion

Governor Palin has been in the forefront in rallying people around these issues from early 2009. When Republicans were demoralized after President Obama's election and Dem control of both Houses of Congress and a fillibuster proof Senate, Governor Palin showed spirit and determination that encouraged others to organize and resist. The polular revolt Governor Palin helped create put some backbone into Repulican Congressmen who fought a valiant rear guard action against the Obama/Dem army in Congress.

Most Republican candidates in Fall 2010 elections will be fully supporting Governor Palin's positions on all the issues while Dem candidates try to pretend they never heard about Obama or his policies.

Ultimately, Palin's policies will prevail over Obama's words. She already has the President's cahones mounted as a trophy on her wall.


Posted by: jfv123

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And here we go . . . a dimwitted moron who supports Palin. Thanks FauxNews for another covert to marginality, stupidity, and ignorance!

Posted by: TheChampishere | August 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha. Voters are so funny. It's as if they are saying, "Do what I want you to do, not what I actually tell you to do."

Posted by: cfeher | August 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Joy5...roflmao, it couldn't be any worse than , let's say, Obama! How's that change working for you? Obama and corrupt earmarks!

Posted by: bobilly2 | August 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

pararanger . . . you forgot to mention that
it took her 5 colleges in 6 years to have a degree in journalism. What an accomplishment!

Posted by: apocrypha | August 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Sarah is a moron,but she is very entertaining to watch, like the Three Stooges in one. Stay Sarah stay!!! We need to be entertained for free.

Posted by: FilmMD | August 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't help contrasting Chelsea Clinton and her husband with Bristol Palin and Levi.

Chelsea is well bred, well educated and tastefully low key.

Bristol and Levi, both high school drop outs, throw themselves at the camera with all the vulgar gusto of Anna Nichole Smith and they are still trying to figure out how many illegitimate children they have between them. And these are the role models of the Republican Party.

Posted by: Deirdre_K | August 3, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

so the trailer trash bimbo is not proving to be an asset to the gop, the american people are smarter than some of our politicians give them credit for.

Posted by: calif-joe | August 3, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

So Dionne thinks Pork is better than Palin ?

Tom Coburn and John McCain identify 100 questionable stimulus projects.

Via Jonathan Karl:

The Coburn-McCain report takes issue with stimulus spending on projects like one that entailed research on how cocaine affects monkeys. The Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center was awarded $71,623 to study what the report calls, “Monkeys Getting High for Science.”

Go a little further down the list and you’ll find even bigger spending. The California Academy of Sciences is receiving nearly $1 million in stimulus funds to send researchers to the Southwest Indian Ocean Islands and East Africa to capture, photograph and analyze thousands of exotic ants.

There’s also funding for yoga and hot flashes.

Yup yoga and hot flashes... Ok by Dionne.

Posted by: Petras123 | August 3, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

At first I wanted question the motives of Mr. Dionne on this. Why tell your competition what moves are bad for them?

Then I realized that Palin, and Palinistas are the types to not only bristle when poked but lash out without strategy. The types that would do the exact wrong thing if only to prove some imbecilic point of pride to insignificant online personalities.

Then, I saw the humor. Then, I saw the results. Then, I LoL'ed.

Palin loves taking angry money from rubes. If she wasn't controversial, they wouldn't pour themselves into a losing prospect.

Posted by: trident420 | August 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Everybody wants their representative in Washington to make sure their interests are represented when the money is divied up.

In an ideal world, every representative and Senator would get a chunk of change based on number of constituents, which they could spend as they see fit, in bills that are concise and transparent. And monkeys will have wings and bees will lose their stings.

So maybe the best goal to aim for is more transparency within the system by forcing bills to conform to the "one purpose" rule? And limit bills to no more than 10,000 words?

Posted by: j3hess | August 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't care for Palin, but the conniptions she seems cause among her detractors are something else. That's worth a vote.

Posted by: NoVAHockey | August 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

THE GOP:

PLEEZE MORE GOD/JEZUS/PALIN

PLEEZE MORE AMMO/ GUNS AND WARS

PLEEZE NO BLACKS LATINOS AND GAYS

Posted by: willemkraal | August 3, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Dionne has done it again. Another article as stupid as he is. Who gives any credit to the Pew Research? A dem creation? For that matter, who gives any credit to Dionne? Are you a member of Journolist, Dionne, or are you a member through WaPo?

Between your newspaper and Obama you have made a heroine of Sarah Palin. She is certainly more qualified and much more American than that pretender in the WH, Obama. Hopefully, we will get rid of the dems soon and Obama shortly thereafter.

Posted by: annnort | August 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

As usual the clueless crowd all chime in with "why are you still writing about Palin?" Aside from the fact that she keeps inserting herself into the political discussion, it's because this poll just came out. And the conclusion will cause candidates to avoid her during the general election - wait and see - so it's of interest. Duuhhhh.

Posted by: orrg1 | August 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I personally think the earmarks thing is more intersting, but no, it's cool, let's turn politics into an E! show.

Posted by: joshlct | August 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

O.K. So that's it then. The Dems are bound to keep the House and Senate in November. Har, har!!

Posted by: jrwbrit1 | August 3, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

As a conservative, I am so tired of Palin. She contributes nothing of value to our party except rehashed cliches, and she's an intellectual albatross on our vision.

jfv123 thinks she's been "instrumental in shaping the debate." Really? Because where I'm standing, she's actually prevented debate by oversimplifying complex issues, then taunting and insulting anyone who dares try to give the issue the respect it deserves. Case in jfv123's point:

"Smaller Government." Yeah, she's said she wants it, but it doesn't happen just by saying it, it happens by cutting it. So what exactly would she cut? She has no ideas.

"Smaller deficits." Sure, but once again; what do you want to cut? Medicare, Social Security and Defense are the iron triangle of the Federal budget; if you don't cut them, you haven't done squat. Again, she's proposed no specifics.

"Lower unemployment by encouraging private sector growth." Like how? Cutting taxes? And then what? Cutting taxes is good, but the marginal benefits to employment quickly decline. Of course, she would have no idea what I just said.

"Fighting Obamacare." It's not Obamacare, it's the plan we came up with in 1993. It was our alternative proposal to Hillarycare. So you want to fight it, fine. What's your solution? Again, no ideas.
"Defending the US border from the Mexican invasion." Great, put soldiers on the border. Then what? You have 12 million illegals in this country, so what do you do with them? Her answer: "certainly not amnesty, but we won't deport them and they will be expected to work and have the proper documentation to do so." Huh?

To Palin supporters: Please don't call yourself Republicans or conservatives, because you give a bad name to those of us who care enough about our country to give it more than two seconds' thought.

Posted by: Buddydog | August 3, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

So not one but TWO of the WP's liberal idiots feel like they have to write a column about this again?

You people are obsessed. There is no other word for it, and it is downright creepy.

Chalk up another win for Sarah Palin. She has morons like Dionne and Sargent peeing in their pants yet again.

Posted by: etpietro | August 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

As a conservative, I am so tired of Palin. She contributes nothing of value to our party except rehashed cliches, and she's an intellectual albatross on our vision.

jfv123 thinks she's been "instrumental in shaping the debate." Really? Because where I'm standing, she's actually prevented debate by oversimplifying complex issues, then taunting and insulting anyone who dares try to give the issue the respect it deserves. Case in jfv123's point:

"Smaller Government." Yeah, she's said she wants it, but it doesn't happen just by saying it, it happens by cutting it. So what exactly would she cut? She has no ideas.

"Smaller deficits." Sure, but once again; what do you want to cut? Medicare, Social Security and Defense are the iron triangle of the Federal budget; if you don't cut them, you haven't done squat. Again, she's proposed no specifics.

"Lower unemployment by encouraging private sector growth." Like how? Cutting taxes? And then what? Cutting taxes is good, but the marginal benefits to employment quickly decline. Of course, she would have no idea what I just said.

"Fighting Obamacare." It's not Obamacare, it's the plan we came up with in 1993. It was our alternative proposal to Hillarycare. So you want to fight it, fine. What's your solution? Again, no ideas.
"Defending the US border from the Mexican invasion." Great, put soldiers on the border. Then what? You have 12 million illegals in this country, so what do you do with them? Her answer: "certainly not amnesty, but we won't deport them and they will be expected to work and have the proper documentation to do so." Huh?

To Palin supporters: Please don't call yourself Republicans or conservatives, because you give a bad name to those of us who care enough about our country to give it more than two seconds' thought.

Posted by: Buddydog | August 3, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Our father who art in Heaven please grant the trailer living Faux news watchers and Rush listeners their wish and allow Sarah to be the GOP candidate for President in 2012. I pray this in the name of all who value intellect and integrity like that possessed by our current President Barack Obama. Obama is a shoe in two term President with the clowns and dunce show of the NO birds known as Repugnicans. Amen.

Posted by: jbento | August 3, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Enough about Palin, unless you restrict her to the entertainment section. Not good entertainment, just in the section.

Posted by: jckdoors | August 3, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Sarah picked from Google for VP only we learned she's a bimbo idiot. But then it's those Christian Family Values Sarah shows us they we like. Every parents wants their teenage daughter to have a baby like Bristol and of course Sarah did have the affair with Todd's business partner. Writing answers on your hands is a great lesson to our kids. The World Leaders are still laughing at the V/P choice by Republicans. Bristol will wear white at her wedding like Chelsea Clinton, of Bristol will bring her children to the wedding too.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | August 3, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

JFV said these are the most important issues:

- Smaller Government
- Smaller deficits
- Lower unemployment by encouraging private sector growth
- Fighting Obamacare
- Defending the US border from the Mexican invasion

NONE of that happened during Republican rule.

Posted by: vigor | August 3, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

This celebrity gadfly gets way to much media attention.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 3, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Err..Deirdre_K, who was talking about the children? Are you a relative of Dopey or what!!??

Posted by: jrwbrit1 | August 3, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin can throw her weight around in Republican primaries, and she can excite a base of voters. In a few states, she would probably have a positive effect, but in almost all of these states, Republicans have easy victories. The rare exception might be Idaho, where Republicans will struggle to knock off Walt Minnick. In a strongly conservative state like that, Palin might actually have a positive influence in elections. For a lot of competitive races, though, she probably won't be receiving a lot of invitations from candidates to appear alongside them, and she'd do better raising money behind the scenes.

Posted by: blert | August 3, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse


If this dimwit Palin ever got elected to office there would be mass exodus from the US to avoid armageddon.

Posted by: wiz_fan | August 3, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Stay on the stump, Sarah.

We libs, progressives, union folks and voters love you!

Make sure you touch base with Sharron Angle, Randy Paul and Newt Gingrich.

The four of you alone will bring the Republican Party crashing down in flames in November.

Go Sarah, go!

Posted by: apspa1 | August 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

You know what, I get a good laugh at Palin every time I think about the "I can see Russia from my house" bit, but what I find more and more is that she is plain spoken and usually right on target.

If every politician had to give up their career for making a dumb statement, then Joe Biden should be twiddling his thumbs on some Delaware beach right now.

Posted by: 20117 | August 3, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr Dionne must be jealous about Palin who is making a lot of money than he is, by writing book, giving speeches. It is definitely more fun this way than sitting in the office of governor in Juneau, AK.

Posted by: ypcchiu | August 3, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

In New Hampshire where I live, any one can vote in either primary. When Sarah Palin endorsed Kelly Ayotte in the primary, my wife and, I who are both independents, immediately decided to vote against her in the primary. I probably wouldn't have bothered otherwise.

Posted by: koygdb | August 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Deirdre_K | August 3, 2010 12:51 PM
"The party that gave us George W. Bush is still trying to stuff Sarah Palin down our craws."

Not true!

Neo-con and corporatist republicans gave cheney/bush to the religious right wing of the party and by a slim, with the help of SCOTUS, vote the rest of America.

Neo-con and corporatist republicans will "NEVER" give Palin, who quit as governor of Americas largest welfare state, the financial support she would need to run for POTUS.
Neo-con and corporatist republicans destroyed Colin Powell and there is no one like cheney to run with her to pull puppet strings like cheney was able to do with bush.

Palin, Giuliani and of course Gingrich are in the game for the money, PERIOD!

Posted by: knjincvc | August 3, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jfv123 | August 3, 2010 12:15 PM
“Ultimately, Palin's policies will prevail over Obama's words. She already has the President's cahones mounted as a trophy on her wall.”

Well, we know Palin’s a teabagger.

Posted by: knjincvc | August 3, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

It must be a day ending with the letter y, another 'I hate Sarah Palin' blog in the WAPO. Please quit obsessing over her and she might go away. If she holds so little sway that she wouldn't help a candidate, then whey bother writing this tripe? Get a life you liberal losers.

Posted by: je121819 | August 3, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Seriously- who would vote for this lying backwater nitwit, who quit half-way through her term with an incoherent speech?

Oh yeah, I forgot... a teabagger moron.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | August 3, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Not a Palin fan myself, but I can't believe the hypocripsy of Dionne, the Dims and a bunch of posters here. The One we've been waiting for has become more toxic in less than 2 years than it took Bush nearly 2 terms to do, when a Dim candidate hears the One is coming to a town near them for any reason now, they conveniently "schedule" themselves elsewhere. The Dims have to hide from their own constiuents and not come out for townhall meetings, as the One,Pelosi,Reed agenda is so unpopular. Reid's own kid won't even use the his "ol man's last name in his campaign ads! Doesn't sound to me like a ringing endorsement of the Holy Trinity does it? VP Biden is clearly what Big Sis would deem a true "man-caused" disaster and yet EJ and the Dimmy/Lefties continue to obsess with Palin. Liberal Wonderland - Priceless! You Betcha!
P.S. Is It Safe for the One to appear at various Dem candidate campaign rallies at all "57" states yet? And you genuises mock Palin. Barack Hussein Obama, hmmm,hmmm,hmmm.

Posted by: bobcatbuzz | August 3, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Well. . .Sarah Palin notwithstanding, the Republican Party has remained the Party of No. The electorate will remember that and vote FOR the Democtratic Party candidates who are listening to their constituents and responding to their needs. The Party of Yes We Can is paying attention. . .what could be better than that?

Posted by: wwIIbaby | August 3, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Sarah would still mop up the floor with Barry in a one-on-one basketball game.


Posted by: Jerzy | August 3, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"In New Hampshire where I live, any one can vote in either primary. When Sarah Palin endorsed Kelly Ayotte in the primary, my wife and, I who are both independents, immediately decided to vote against her in the primary. I probably wouldn't have bothered otherwise."

Posted by: koygdb | August 3, 2010 2:18 PM
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expect a lot more of this... there are more smart people than idiots out there. how refreshing to hear this poll.

Posted by: bdubdc | August 3, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Bring out Obama to campaign, please! His 0-4 endorsement record is just what Repubs need.

Posted by: NoWeCant | August 3, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Sarah doesn't care. Its all the about the money with her. If not, she wouldn't have quit her day job.

Posted by: lauther266 | August 3, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Actually, aren't "earmarks" the whole idea? If a county, municipality, whatever, needs improved transportation or such, but can't afford to pay for it, its representatives go first to the local and state reps, then to its federal ones, no? The point is not the evils of earmarks per se, nor politics per se, but bad, wasteful "stuff" that doesn't improve anything but a few individuals' bank accounts. Representative government requires that we be vigilant, which requires work that we often shirk, and education that we are too often too lazy to obtain…

As for Joe Biden's gaffes - they don't come anywhere near those of Sarah Palin or President G. W. Bush; his are nowhere near as fun as theirs!

Posted by: jujones1 | August 3, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Dionne's factual observation about "ear marks" is high on the mark for a lot of states. Especially, those "RED" states, whose Congress person was raising all kinds of holy hell bashing President Obama about Gov't Stimulus money and bailouts, and yet these same Congress people were running back to their RED states talking and campaigning about all of the hard work they accomplished to get those federal stimulus dollars. Earmarks may help, but they need to give President Obama some credit for the billion dollar stimulus earmarks for their sorry behind RED states.

As far as Palin the Barracuda is concerned, I would never vote for any candidate that she campaigned for. Because, if I did, it would be like me voting for the spawn of Satan.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | August 3, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Earmarks are wrong. Your statistics are used to justify your article. In actually 47% do not care or do not want earmarks against 53% that are money sucking entitlement poeple who want to screw the rest of us. Budget is a misnomer for the Congress. It suggests that the Congress looks at how much money it brings in or has (like a responsible person) then then BUDGETS it to meet what they can afford. Congress long ago forgot what a budget was supposed to be. NO MONEY SHOULD BE SENT OUT IF IT IS NOT VETTED THROUGH THE BUDGET PROCESS, NOT A VETTING THAT INCLUDES ONE CONGRESSMAN/WOMAN ASKING THE OTHER TO SUPPORT THEIR EARMARK IF HE/SHE SUPPORTS THEIRS!

Posted by: staterighter | August 3, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

While this poll seems like good news, it leaves out an important variable; motivation.
Sarah might turn off far more people then she attracts, but she is still a great motivator to get people excited enough to vote.
Last I read, less then half of all eligible American voters bother voting in a non-presidential election year.
So its all well and good that most Americans understand sarah palin is an idiot and anyone she supports should be voted against, but if those very same clear thinking voters dont vote, it doesnt matter.
You can be damn sure every crackpot teabagger wearing a tin foil hat is gonna be voting on election day.

So please, I'm begging you; if your IQ is over 90, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE!

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 3, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Will Ms. Palin continue to wear her MC HAMMER glasses, donning them after she puts her mascara on with a turkey baster? Does anyone know the answer to this?

Posted by: password11 | August 3, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"So please, I'm begging you; if your IQ is over 90, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE VOTE!"

Posted by: MarilynManson
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this has always been the case... it is just too hard to get mass people out to vote. if more people had voted in 2000, we certainly would not be on the road we were sent on then.

Posted by: bdubdc | August 3, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Once again EJ is wrong as the post showed that 10 out of the 15 candidates she supported won their primaries or elections.....a much better percentage than those supported by Obama.

This is yet another desperate article by Dionne to push Obama's socialist agenda while ignoring reality.

Posted by: Realist201 | August 3, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Dionne seems to think it is OK that politicians bribe the electorate by 'delivering the goods'. This is the essence of the problem. This is why we have career politicians. Instead of doing the country's business, they are doing their 'get reelected' business.

Our government has been out of control since the 1920's. Why we, the people, have allowed these characters to run this country in to the ground. They create unfunded mandates for the country, the states, and smaller municipalities. When shown the lunacy of it, they create more.

I mean look at the current clown car running the country. They say jobs are number one. Yet the way they see to create jobs is to tax us more. Create a tax on the uninsured. Keep businesses guessing as to future growth, by promising punishment after punishments. I am sure the best way for businesses to see future growth is to promise far reaching energy taxes, promise more taxes over health care, promise a VAT, waste tax payer money all over the place, and have the country divided into victim groups which they play against each other.

yeah, that the jobs ticket! We are so screwed, the people who truly do not like this country are in charge. Even with radical liberals in charge, liberals are still angry. Why all the anger?

Posted by: thelaw1 | August 3, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The numbers show people are seeing Palin and the Tea Party for the hypocrits they really are.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | August 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Palin is making these guys scared. They would not keep up the full force attack machine if they thought she is inconsequential. Keep her talking, that should be the response, but no, they want her to go home. I wonder why? If she is toxic, why not egg her on? I would think Dionne and his ilk would love to see her keeping it right in our face.

But, no, they want her to go home. They want her to sit down and shut up. I think she is overrated, but why act like she is scaring you, just ignore her.

The attack machine is in fine working order and Palin is in the crosshairs.


When are we going to go back to when the government governed and not ruled, as we have it now?

Posted by: thelaw1 | August 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Why do homosexual men such as EJ Dionne and Eugene Robinson continue to write articles about someone who has no vote in either The Senate or Congress? What are you guys scared of? How about writing about the Liberal Legislators who actually do have a vote and are runing this country? Just curious. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | August 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@BuddyDog...You are right in your point. Many people & politicians talk about smaller goverment but have no idea how to reduce the size of government. The same people talk about reducing the deficit but they won't touch S/S..Medicad or Medicare or military spending. Ideas are great but to put them into action takes a backbone, which when elected to Washington, one must give that up. I hear a lot of people and politician spewing out talking points but that's all it is. No one has an idea what to do because if it gets to close to home, any cuts in spending or programs, both side of the aisle would kill it. It will take more than people wearing tea bags on their hats to get things done. As stated before, it will take a backbone. Would anyone be in favor of

:Killing any program on building new naval carriers?
Cuts in Pell grants etc
Stop Indirect subsidies, Infrastructure subsidies, Export subsidies, Procurement subsidies, Consumption subsidies.. How about $15 billion and $35 billion a year in subsidies for oil?
The point is this, we can all talk all we want and defend some of the programs above that I mentioned but remember there are others who will defend their programs also. Until we have someone who is willing to piss people off, make the hard choices and have conviction to carry it through, nothing will ever get done.

Posted by: Realistic5 | August 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Interesting except its not

While polls are merely foils for political punditry, results are another thing

Perhaps it has to do with the candidates she picked (easy wins) but there is no denying Palin’s influence in the primary elections – I believe 8 of the 11 races she endorsed either won or went on to win in a runoff

What that portends for the midterms is anyone’s guess but apparently E.J. knows the answer via an August Pew poll

Posted by: dansteinberg | August 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Uh oh, I guess this means Dems are going to do really well in November.

Dem candidates are running from Obama.

They won't be seen with him.

So much for the Golden Touch.

10% unemployment.

Triple GWB's debt and still in recession.

That's what people care about.

Dems are toast.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | August 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

It's only "pork" when the money gets spent in someone else's back yard. That's nothing new.

Posted by: js_edit | August 3, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Bush was poison in campaigns. Palin is a deranged luantic.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | August 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Out of all the moronic, dimwitted posts from slavering Palinbots on this board, the award for the most moronic, most dimwitted post goes to...

pararanger22!

Congratulations, Cletus!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Palin's support would be the kiss of death for any candidate I would vote for. She is arrogant, untruthful, incapable of logical dialog, and that voice of hers would make anyone run for the hills.

Posted by: sharronkm | August 3, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

bobilly2: "I would rather vote for Sarah Palin and you can vote for corruption."

The delicious irony of your statement is that Palin was the Earmark Queen.

Did you not know this or were you being ironic?

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | August 3, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Only 41% of those surveyed in a USA TODAY/Gallup on Tuesday through Sunday approved of the way Obama is handling his job, his lowest rating in the USA TODAY/Gallup Poll since he took office in January 2009.

Posted by: geo82170 | August 3, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

You really do have to pity Dionne sometimes. He's just so disconnected from reality, so obsessed with dragging his outdated ideology from the ash-heap of history, so desperate to believe the partisan talking points his masters feed him.

Sad.

Posted by: thebump | August 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"Winners never quit, and quitters never win" -- Saint Vincent Lombardi

Posted by: dpc2003 | August 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

bobilly2 - Don't forget, Palin unexpectedly resigned in the middle of her term as Gov of Alaska specifically because they were about to start an ethics investigation of her that she knew would put an end to her political career.

I am guessing you didn't know that, either...

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | August 3, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"Earmarks are extortions and bribes and are most likely attached to political kickbacks. It shows us that that was the only way to pass Obamacare. Buy the vote? I would rather vote for Sarah Palin and you can vote for corruption."

You make me laugh. Palin had no problem with earmarks! She's as hypocritical as the rest of Washington!

Posted by: sammalone1 | August 3, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Sarah's causing the libs to have nightmares...

Posted by: corebanks1940 | August 3, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Let's see....Palin and Tea Party are both perceived negatively by a significant number of Americans....yet they both get a ton of press and punditry attention, as if they matter.

THEY DON'T MATTER...other than as an indicator of how the mainstream media uses the loud and flashy and controversial to distract Americans from what really matters.

If 20% of the Tea Party candidates win in November, I'll be surprised. If Palin makes it much past New Hampshire in the primaries, I'll be likewise.

Dumbed down America: Still not that dumb. It's just that the stupid can still captivate the lowest common denominator as their flicking through the news stations.

Posted by: AdHack | August 3, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

New numbers suggest E.J. should get a life, a socially-useful skill, and a real job.

Posted by: jpost1 | August 3, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin will never be President of the United States.

Posted by: Leathnm | August 3, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

EdSantaFe: Sarah Palin is just a greedy dullard. Sharron "Right" Angle is a deranged lunatic.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 3, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

To this day I still can't figure out why people are so intrigued by this lady.

As a governor she ran on a platform or ethics reform, and "new energy for Alaska".

Although I typically vote Democrat, it didn't bother me that she won the governorship. Right away she worked across the aisle with the Dems to get ethics reforms passes, revise the oil revenue taxes, and cut checks to every Alaskan for the purpose of off-setting high fuel costs.

Then things started to change. We found out that she hated Juneau (the capital) and was never there. She was living in Wasilla at her house and commuting to Anchorage to work. All the while collecting travel per diem because her "official" duty station was Juneau. This wasn't a huge deal, but enough to make Alaskans scratch their head. In the end she paid it all back, plus the taxes owed on it (something like $18,000).

Next she used her position of power to fire the commissioner of Public Safety Walt Monegan because she wanted Walt to fire a state trooper that had been married to Palins sister. The trooper in question had skeletons in the closet, but had already been punished by public safety for his misdeeds prior to Walt taking the commish position. Walt had worked for the Anchorage Police Dept. from 1976 until Palin hired him in 2006. Walt had a great reputation as a law enforcement officer and was well liked by everyone that worked with/for him. Even if Walt wanted to fire the guy he couldn't based on the circumstances and protections through the union.

There's plenty of other things this lady did that's worth mentioning but I'm sure those things will come out over time.

The bottom line: Sarah Palin grew up in a small rail belt community outside of Anchorage. Wasilla is a red neck mecca full of people that impersonate the REAL Alaskans that live off the road system in rural villages, where they truly live off the land. The Wasilla red necks have an enormous sense of entitlement. They don't care about finishing school because there is plenty of work up on the north slope working for the oil companies. In these jobs they work two weeks on and have two weeks off. The two weeks off is used to play, i.e. go fishing, hunting, four wheeling, snowmachining, partying, etc. They typically vote for Republican politicians because they identify with the small govt. rhetoric, yet we Alaskans are an expensive habit to keep. We receive an enormous amount of federal dollars each year for our roads, and social services. We also don't pay state taxes, and each year receive a dividend check from the state coffers based on investments from our oil income.

We also have a small population, hovering around 680,000 people. We are able to keep relatively close tabs on our politicians. In this state Sarah Palin and family are joke material. We don't take her or her family's shenanigans seriously, and we have a difficult time understanding why folks in the lower 48 are so mesmerized by her dim wit.

Posted by: burlydave | August 3, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

palin needs to do her patriotic duty and get out and remind voters from coast to coast what being a conservative republicon is all about.

Posted by: John1263 | August 3, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

palin needs to do her patriotic duty and get out and remind voters from coast to coast what being a conservative republicon is all about.

Posted by: John1263 | August 3, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Palin roolz E.J. droolz

Posted by: thebump | August 3, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah's causing the libs to have nightmares...

Posted by: corebanks1940
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actually, it is quite the opposite... we relish the idea as having her in the media spotlight, because it can only harm the cause for which she fights.
bring it on!

Posted by: bdubdc | August 3, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

palin needs to do her patriotic duty and get out and remind voters from coast to coast what being a conservative republicon is all about.

Posted by: John1263 | August 3, 2010 3:47 PM

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That seems to be exactly what she's doing LOL

Posted by: js_edit | August 3, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey, lay off Sarah Palin. Let's hope the Republicans nominate her in 2012. It could lead to an Obama landslide.

Posted by: wbmoffett | August 3, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Palin was selected as one of America’s "Top 10 Most Fascinating People" of 2008 for a Barbara Walters ABC special on December 4, 2008.In April 2010, Sarah Palin was selected as one of the 100 World's Most Influential People by TIME Magazine.

Posted by: corebanks1940 | August 3, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin casts a celebrity like shadow over politics and she is popular not for her ideas, for she has none, but for her appearance and demeaning comments. She serves as the Obama attack dog. There is no chance a woman who couldn't hack being governor of Alaska (not exactly a difficulty state to manage BTW) will be elected president. We don't really worry about a Palin threat to the WH, but we progressives love to rail her b/c she is combative with ridiculous statements like death panels.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | August 3, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Palinbot droolers, if you think so many people are scared of Palin, by all means make her the GOP nominee in 2012.

Go ahead, we dare you!

LOL idiots.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 3, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

With all her many real and imaginary flaws, E.J., she's something you'll never be: a REAL woman.

Posted by: phvr38 | August 3, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Why are are the liberals and why is the Washington Post so Afraid of
Sarah? Was it something she said?

Posted by: corebanks1940 | August 3, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

jfv123:You Palin rightwingers talk about smaller government-yet when something happens like the oil spill you raise cane because the government didn't respond quickly enough for you--that's being a hypocrite you can't have it both ways.You talk about less spending yet George Bush and the republican's ran the national deficit through the roof although when Bush took office president Clinton left hin a 250 billion surplus and in less than six months Bush had us in debt with his two usless wars that are still breaking our treasury.What it comes to is you nor Palin made any sense.

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | August 3, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

In today's episode of Soap Opera Sarah, she is flabbergasted one again to find condoms in Levi's Levi's as she does the wash. Despite a abstinence booster class for him and Bristol, he is either having sex with her again or with someone else.

Meanwhile, Fox News loops a segment about the impertinence of
"non-believers" asking to see Trig's birth certificate, and the evil liberal neighbor is apparently recording her arguments with Todd over who has the bigger "cajones" in the family.

Posted by: areyousaying | August 3, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama's at 41% approval.

Just another crooked Chicago pol.

Dem Congress at 11%.

Pelosi, Rangel, Waters...makes you puke.

10% unemployment as far as the eye can see.

Obama's deficit triple what Bush's was.

Dem candidates running from him like poison.

I can't wait for November.

A NEW BROOM IS GOING TO SWEEP CLEAN.

Low taxes for all, reduce gov't spending across the board for all programs.

Bye, Bye hard core Left.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | August 3, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that's why 10 of the 14 candidates Palin endorsed won their races.

For example:
SC Nikki Haley endorsed by Palin - and won.
CA Carla Fiorina endorsed by Palin - and won.
IA Terry Branstad endorsed by Palin - and won.

Facts are stubborn things, aren't they?

Posted by: spamagnet987 | August 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

You Libs are so afraid of Palin! Your misogynists... You cant argue issues, you just call her names... Losers! Libs are pathetic... We win on all the issues, all you libs can do is call people names.. Liberalism is dead... Europe has shown your stupid ideas fail everytime... The world mocks you and Obama and you sit in your Mommy's basement playing video games.... Clowns!


Posted by: 2010Rout | August 3, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I suppose that's why 10 of the 14 candidates Palin endorsed won their races.

For example:
SC Nikki Haley endorsed by Palin - and won.
CA Carla Fiorina endorsed by Palin - and won.
IA Terry Branstad endorsed by Palin - and won.

Facts are stubborn things, aren't they?

Posted by: spamagnet987 |

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ROFL! In the primaries. That's the whole point of this story. Too bad you missed it.

Posted by: js_edit | August 3, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

By the way, what's Obama's endorsement/won record?

Oh, yeah, zero for three. Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts . . .

Keep reading those polls, E.J.!

Posted by: spamagnet987 | August 3, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

the Washington Post, and the JournOlistas who work there, are OBSESSED with Sarah Palin. They are doing a lot of heavy lifting for the DNC, we presume in hopes of getting paid somewhere down the line, or maybe just in hopes of not getting thrown in prison when the gulags start cranking up.

Posted by: chatard | August 3, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"I suppose that's why 10 of the 14 candidates Palin endorsed won their races.

For example:
SC Nikki Haley endorsed by Palin - and won.
CA Carla Fiorina endorsed by Palin - and won.
IA Terry Branstad endorsed by Palin - and won.

Facts are stubborn things, aren't they?"

Posted by: spamagnet987
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won their PRIMARIES.

Posted by: bdubdc | August 3, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse


As can clearly be seen, in no year did the national debt go down, nor did Clinton leave President Bush with a surplus that Bush subsequently turned into a deficit. Yes, the deficit was almost eliminated in FY2000 (ending in September 2000 with a deficit of "only" $17.9 billion), but it never reached zero--let alone a positive surplus number. And Clinton's last budget proposal for FY2001, which ended in September 2001, generated a $133.29 billion deficit. The growing deficits started in the year of the last Clinton budget, not in the first year of the Bush administration.

Keep in mind that President Bush took office in January 2001 and his first budget took effect October 1, 2001 for the year ending September 30, 2002 (FY2002). So the $133.29 billion deficit in the year ending September 2001 was Clinton's. Granted, Bush supported a tax refund where taxpayers received checks in 2001. However, the total amount refunded to taxpayers was only $38 billion . So even if we assume that $38 billion of the FY2001 deficit was due to Bush's tax refunds which were not part of Clinton's last budget, that still means that Clinton's last budget produced a deficit of 133.29 - 38 = $95.29 billion.

Clinton clearly did not achieve a surplus and he didn't leave President Bush with a surplus.

So why do they say he had a surplus?

As is usually the case in claims such as this, it has to do with Washington doublespeak and political smoke and mirrors.

Understanding what happened requires understanding two concepts of what makes up the national debt. The national debt is made up of public debt and intragovernmental holdings. The public debt is debt held by the public, normally including things such as treasury bills, savings bonds, and other instruments the public can purchase from the government. Intragovernmental holdings, on the other hand, is when the government borrows money from itself--mostly borrowing money from social security.

Posted by: corebanks1940 | August 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

ROFL! In the primaries. That's the whole point of this story. Too bad you missed it.

Posted by: js_edit

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The point of E.J.'s article is that he is besotted by polls. I gave the results of the only polls that count: actual elections (both with Palin's and Obama's support).

E.J. is so wrong so often that he's an excellent predictor -- of what WON'T happen. Sort of like a reversed compass. If he points North, I'll look South.

Posted by: spamagnet987 | August 3, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Go, Sarah, go! (I'm a Democrat.)

Posted by: gtinla | August 3, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

On review, I see I misstated Obama's endorsement record. I said he was zero for three. I was wrong and I apologize.

Obama endorsed Sen. Specter and lost that one. The correct record is Obama is zero for four.

Posted by: spamagnet987 | August 3, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

ROFL! In the primaries. That's the whole point of this story. Too bad you missed it.

Posted by: js_edit

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The point of E.J.'s article is that he is besotted by polls. I gave the results of the only polls that count: actual elections (both with Palin's and Obama's support).

E.J. is so wrong so often that he's an excellent predictor -- of what WON'T happen. Sort of like a reversed compass. If he points North, I'll look South.

Posted by: spamagnet987

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I hate to tell you, but primaries don't mean much...other than that they determine the party's choice for who will run in the real election.

Just ask John McCain, or John Kerry, or Bob Dole, or Al Gore, or...

Posted by: js_edit | August 3, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

WillemKraal.
I'm a Black conservative are you and Palin
saying I have no place in the GOP?
Is that what you are saying about Michael Steel, and any other Black conservative?

Posted by: turnerb1 | August 3, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

They Clowns but they not laughing..They Emmitt Kelly clowns

Posted by: corebanks1940 | August 3, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin lacks knowledge in political subject matter. She is a republican and tea party fool...

Posted by: water11 | August 3, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

While Sarah Palin turns off most American voters, there are Congressional districts where they just love her. Unless this was left out of the report on the survey, the survey appears present just national figures -- and does not identify those regions or Congressional districts where her effect on voters may be the opposite of her national effect. Despite this poll, Palin remains a possibly formidable force in 2010 and 2012 -- although if voters actually want substance she will soon fade away and rarely be heard from again (then again, it seems like Republican/T Party voters won't let substance, nor the facts, get in the way of their extreme right wing ideology).

Posted by: dl49 | August 3, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I truly like Sarah, but this is not another day at the office for this country. It might be wise for her to sit this one out and her support should not be so vociferous.

Sarah you have my vote for a .......... well just about everything other than a politician. If I would never be one that should tell you soemthing, go home and love your family and community wherever you decide to call home.

Posted by: jakesfriend1 | August 3, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

The corollary to the findings of the earmarks poll: "Big Government is any government that doesn't directly benefit me. Government that benefits me is, by definition, properly limited government." I remain hopeful, however, that underlying the poll is a recognition by most Americans that, despite its shortcomings, government is largely a force for good in people's lives.

As for the Palin poll, its clear that she and the Tea Party are viewed favorably only by the far right conservative minority. Unfortunately for the Republican Party, it is that group that controls the party nominating machinery in many states. That is why I do not see myself voting for a Republican again in the near future, despite the fact that I have often supported Republican candidates (including George W. Bush -- twice!!) in the past.

Posted by: patcopp59 | August 3, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"New numbers suggest Palin should stay home ahead of midterms" and shut her f.ucking mouth for good.
On second thought, she should maintain her level of stupidity and ignorance and keep vomiting right-wing crapp.

Posted by: analyst72 | August 3, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Balderdash. She looked great referring to cojones.

Posted by: DANSHANTEAL1 | August 3, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

"New numbers suggest Palin should stay home ahead of midterms" and shut her f.ucking mouth for good.
On second thought, she should maintain her level of stupidity and ignorance and keep vomiting right-wing crapp.

Posted by: analyst72 | August 3, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse
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Stupid is as stupid says....you win the cake today

Posted by: corebanks1940 | August 3, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

That may seem hypocritical, but now we know why politicians do it: Voters like politicians better when they show them the money.
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Come on, EJ--I can't believe you're just now figuring this out.

Posted by: bucinka8 | August 3, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Why raise your blood pressure...read The Washington Times!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Palin is simply a political Snookie.

Posted by: truth1 | August 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Why raise your blood pressure...read The Washington Times!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 3, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Honestly I'm sure Sarah's a nice person, but when she delves into things other than a-huntin' and a-fishin', she's just in way over her head.

Posted by: blazertaco | August 3, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Why raise your blood pressure...read The Washington Times!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | August 3, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

America (real America) is in love with Palin. She has more stones than that prissy Harvard boy in the white house.

Posted by: mpg515 | August 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey EJ when you going to do a story on Obonehead's falling poll numbers? You are such a hack.

Posted by: theBozyn | August 3, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

If polls show this and they show that about Palin, you wouldn't know it by the crowds Palin keeps on getting. CNN covers Palin more then they do Obama because it's good for ratings. What's Obama good for other then the racist, socialist, Marxist and communist in this country who thinks he's doing a good job. Palin is wanted where ever she goes. There aren't any candidates or movements running from Palin the way Democrats are running from Obama. Obama will never be as popular as Palin until he learns to speak American. Obama spent his whole life learning socialist speak and it shows in every word that comes out of his mouth and that is indisputable.

Posted by: houstonian | August 3, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

If polls show this and they show that about Palin, you wouldn't know it by the crowds Palin keeps on getting. CNN covers Palin more then they do Obama because it's good for ratings. What's Obama good for other then the racist, socialist, Marxist and communist in this country who thinks he's doing a good job. Palin is wanted where ever she goes. There aren't any candidates or movements running from Palin the way Democrats are running from Obama. Obama will never be as popular as Palin until he learns to speak American. Obama spent his whole life learning socialist speak and it shows in every word that comes out of his mouth and that is indisputable.

Posted by: houstonian | August 3, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

EJ Dionne has never had a real job in his life. Is there some way we can make this happen? Anything to get EJ's retarded opinions out of the Washington Post.

Posted by: Indpnt1 | August 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank God most Americans recognize Palin for the dimwitted imbecile she is.
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Hopefully Americans are more bright-bulbed than I have given them credit for after seeing their fawning over Sarah Palin.
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If all it took to keep a presidential candidate out of office were simply to not vote for him/her, that would be fine. But from the 2000 and 2004 "elections," we know quite well that that is not the case. What if she's the GOP nominee AND the CEO of the company that manufactures the voting machines declares, as he did in 2004, that he would do whatever it took to deliver the GOP nominee to the White House? This is what you all should be very, very afraid of.

Posted by: bucinka8 | August 3, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Government spending is only "pork" or "Socialist" when it goes to someone other than me.

News reporting is only "slanted" or "biased" when it tells me something that I don't want to hear.

God Bless America.

Posted by: js_edit | August 3, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how upset Palin sycophants get when you criticize their dimwitted Barbie Doll heroine. They just can't accept the fact that most of America flees from her in terror.

Posted by: blazertaco | August 3, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama 0-4 on his endorsements let's see a lot more of him huh E.J. LOL.

Posted by: jlbliemeister | August 3, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I pray that our congress will do what's best. The days of just bringing home the bacon are gone the cupboard is bare. It's time not to bring home the dollar but make sure that dollars are spent wisely, not just at home but for the nation. We can't afford it. I'd support a candidate that didn't bring home the bacon as long as they stopped everyone else from taking home the bacon.

We don't need to stop all government spending but we need to be wise about what we do spend. Remember the deficit?

Posted by: cliftono | August 3, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal I can admit that Sarah Palin terrifies me. The thought of such a dimwitted woman being close to real power should terrify ALL Americans. And it does. Hence her terrible poll numbers.

Posted by: blazertaco | August 3, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

WaPo satisfies the prurient interests of the fundamentalist white ringers and to attract them a celebrity head shot is included.

Posted by: whocares666 | August 3, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is one of the leaders of the fascist/corporatist reactionary right that wants to impose their beliefs on us. Palin is a disgrace to the American system, having that Down's Syndrome child when it would have been better off being aborted- if it is even her kid. She appeals to the bigots and idiots throughout America, those bigots in small towns that want to return to the good old days of segregation or slavery and corporate domination of our politics and economy. If Palin wins the Republican nomination and she likely will because she appeals to the bigots and idiots in that party, the Obama Adminitration should declare a state of emergency and cancel the 2012 elections, preventing this fascist from destroying our country.

Posted by: Pelosiforpres | August 3, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Palin is America's greatest scam artist, preaching to her bewildered followers as she rifles through their wallets.

Posted by: blazertaco | August 3, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, gosh, darn, just the other day Sarah was a-tellin' us what was wrong with the country, and now we're a-tellin' her what's wrong with her. It's almost magic.

Posted by: johnstonrw | August 3, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, gosh, darn, just the other day Sarah was a-tellin' us what was wrong with the country, and now we're a-tellin' her what's wrong with her. It's darn near magic, sorta spiritualistic.

Posted by: johnstonrw | August 3, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Darn, I was hoping that the Tea Klan was too stupid to realize that she is an albatross around their necks... Well, actually it is the GOP who may realize the danger in Palin endorsements but the Tea Klanners will still listen to her and she will deliver. Her loyalty is not to the GOP but her EGO.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | August 3, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: katem1 | August 3, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

js1960: Even though I'm a Democrat I agree with you for probably much the same reason that you feel. The Republican party should not need the help of charismatic idiots to win races (nor should the Democrat party, which in my opinion does not, at least not at the present).

Posted by: joggle | August 3, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse


This woman is not a finer example of how those who practice white supremacy will never get tired of perpetrating a fraud on the body politic...

Posted by: demtse | August 3, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

"Chelsea is well bred, well educated and tastefully low key."

Yes, tastefully low key, except for the $3M wedding and pictures in every newspaper and her daddy & mommy getting a no-flight zone established by the FAA

But other than that, yes, tastefully low key.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | August 3, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Politics 101. Money spent on us is good; money spent on them is bad.

Posted by: lhale3 | August 3, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"Chelsea is well bred, well educated and tastefully low key."

Yes, tastefully low key, except for the $3M wedding and pictures in every newspaper and her daddy & mommy getting a no-flight zone established by the FAA

But other than that, yes, tastefully low key.
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Do you think the no fly zone could be because Bill Clinton is a former USA President and his wife is currently Secretary of State? As for the dress, I should hope our very few former Presidents, regardless of political party, should have been able to achieve some success after going through what is actually a low paid job as President of the USA. Many chief executives, at dozens of USA companies, make on average voer 10 million a year. Her dress is really chump change.

Posted by: magnifco1000 | August 3, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

afshome .. the left's view of Palin is warped by the SNL denigration of her ... most of the things she is supposed to have said were the creation of the SNL writers and the too real impersonation by Tina Fey.

At this point in time it is almost impossible to know which of them should get the attribution for any particular comment.

What's truly hysterical is that most, if not all of y'all casting aspirsions at her are the same people who listened to Barak Obama when he pronounced "corpsman" (a military medical care-giver) as corpseman. Bet you either didn't even notice or if you did you chalked it off to a mistake.

What was your reaction when Obama said he'd been to all of the 57 states except one. Surely ANY Harvard Law School and Columbia University graduate would know there are only 50 states in the USA.

The hatred of Palin is an indication that she has made a significant impact.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | August 3, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Here I was, thinking that I was going to read a blog in which Dionne criticized the Democrats for not stopping earmarking (as the Republicans have) and to my (faked) shock he turned this into a positive.

How about the earmark that Frank and Waters put into TARP to protect her own investments not her constituents? How is that one going over?

Posted by: d-35 | August 3, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

bkllal6020 ...ideological issues? you mean those pesky provisions in the Constitution?

Gee, I hope you don't let reality get in your way while you're applauding the "pork" brought home to you by your snakeinthegrass Earmark Congressperson! Never mind that President Obama and his Congressional "useful idiots" are bankrupting the nation while they are lining their own pockets.

Posted by: Hazmat77 | August 3, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

demtse ... practice white supremacy?

Where do you get your Facts?

You do know what the word Fact means, don't you?

Posted by: Hazmat77 | August 3, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

One thing that's funny about threads like this with lots of comments on it, especially threads about $arah, is that you can easily tell exactly when a link to the article was posted on some goofball right-wing website. The result is a little "knot" of dopy conservative comments over a very short period of time.

For example, a link must have been posted on one of these wingnut sites just after 1 PM on August 3, because look at all the Palinbots who dutifully typed in republican talking points between 1:05 and 1:07!

Posted by: MarkFromOhio | August 3, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Pelosiforpres ... you bw teetering on the precipice of stupidity.

Check a dictionary ... Calling Palin a Fascist denotes your lack of intelligence.

On second thought I figured you might not know how to use a dictionary, so here is the officil definition:

" fas·cism (f²sh“¹z”…m) n. 1. Often Fascism.a. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism. b. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government. 2. Oppressive, dictatorial control."

Posted by: Hazmat77 | August 3, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

“Members will always fight for money for their constituents, and I’m weary of empty posturing about earmarks. But I don’t expect it to stop.”

Pretty misleading Mr. Dionne. If there are 220 representatives who support a bill with earmarks, it’s going to pass. “Taking the high road” and refusing to request earmarks for your district is not going to stop them. It just means your district gets nothing, but your constituents still have to pay their taxes to fund the earmarks. Also, any funds set aside for earmarks that aren’t claimed are appropriated by the Executive Branch and spent as they see fit. Until we can get congress to eliminate the earmark process, we should insist that there is total transparency as to who is requesting and how much.

“But if earmarks help candidates, Sarah Palin does not.”

Sarah Palin has no political significance, either as a potential candidate or a pundit. She is however an effective tool for the “left” and the extreme “right” who use her to whip their followers into a frenzy. It would be nice if the Washington Post were above such tactics, but apparently not.

“Count on many Democratic candidates to associate their Republican opponents with Palin and the Tea Party.”

Both of which are pretty irrelevant in the scheme of things. So it seems pretty sad that Democratic candidates will focus on this rather than on important issues.

Change indeed.

Posted by: MDLaxer | August 3, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Gee thanks E.J. I'm sure you and the left-leaning/socialist WaPo writers have only the best interest of Republicans at heart in your kind article.

So, How many anti-Palin hatchet jobs have you and your little poison pen written in the past two years? Palin must sure scare the h#!! out of you and your short-sighted progressive friends.

Posted by: NormReisig | August 3, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

MarkFromOhio ... don't be shocked but many from the right of center actually read WAPO .... can't beat it for hypocrisy and laughs.

I notice you have no specific points to recite, merely derogatory remarks at other posters.

You must think quite highly of yourself, although why you would is suspect.

Have a nice night....

Posted by: Hazmat77 | August 3, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

@buddyDog: If there were more conservatives like you this country would be in much better shape.

Posted by: JRM2 | August 3, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has been instrumemtal in shaping the debate (often via Facebook and Twitter) on the most important issues facing America these past two years:

- Smaller Government
- Smaller deficits
- Lower unemployment by encouraging private sector growth
- Fighting Obamacare
- Defending the US border from the Mexican invasion

Governor Palin has been in the forefront in rallying people around these issues from early 2009. When Republicans were demoralized after President Obama's election and Dem control of both Houses of Congress and a fillibuster proof Senate, Governor Palin showed spirit and determination that encouraged others to organize and resist. The polular revolt Governor Palin helped create put some backbone into Repulican Congressmen who fought a valiant rear guard action against the Obama/Dem army in Congress.

Most Republican candidates in Fall 2010 elections will be fully supporting Governor Palin's positions on all the issues while Dem candidates try to pretend they never heard about Obama or his policies.

Ultimately, Palin's policies will prevail over Obama's words. She already has the President's cahones mounted as a trophy on her wall.

Posted by: jfv123
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Translation: I'm Palin's publicist and that bimbo is going to kill us in November if she doesn't shut up.

Posted by: st50taw | August 3, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear EJ:
Thank you SO MUCH for your advice to us. As always, we are completely convinced that you have our best interests at heart and will be CERTAIN to take your advice and keep Governor Palin -- who is a proven vote booster -- under lock and key until after the election is over.
Not.
Yours truly, The Republican Party

Posted by: DorothyfromColumbus | August 3, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Why is WaPo focusing so much time on Palin, a former Alaskan governor? Shouldn't the WaPo focus its time on dropping poll numbers for Obama or the fact that Democrats running for office in November are dodging him on their campaign trails??

Posted by: bmayhewbz@hotmail.com | August 3, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Dionne, how about writing an article about the people in DC who are actually casting votes in the congress and senate. This woman you are all so obsessed with has no power to pass laws that affect us all. What foolish, pointless drivel you spout.

Posted by: BadNews | August 3, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Another column of DNC talking points.

Maybe Obama could attack Palin when he stumps for these Democratic candidates. Oh wait, no candidates want Obama to come anywhere near their campaign.

Posted by: Delongl | August 3, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

"Why is WaPo focusing so much time on Palin, a former Alaskan governor?"

So tell us, what brings you here?

Posted by: fzdybel | August 3, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

...If she is so trivial, so stupid, so doltish, why does the once-great Post keep writing about her? ...

Posted by: CubsFan
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Same reason we had to hear about Lindsey Lohan and Charlie Sheen all day yesterday. The "celebrities" seem to be the only important news topics anymore. Palin is basically cut from "reality show" cloth, as so she is treated that way by the media. Nobody wants to cover the two very expensive wars we have going on, nor do they want to deal with the BP leak, WikiLeaks, or anything else that requires their brains to actually process information.

Posted by: jgmann | August 3, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

You gave Palin to much information. Let her run around reading from her hand, making more stupid remarks, and endorsing the ultimate nutjob 'tea party' psycho candidates. It works wonders for exposing the current political landscape of GOP and other fringe types.

Posted by: revbookburn | August 3, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

There are so many smarter women in America than Sarah Palin. So why is she the only thing Republicans have on their team worth talking about..

Posted by: thebobscott | August 3, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I am an independent who vote for anyone but a Democrat in 2012. Palin is a joke - she should bow out now to prevent other swing voters from being put off by the Republican party.

Posted by: samwoods77 | August 3, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

thebobscott said:
There are so many smarter women in America than Sarah Palin. So why is she the only thing Republicans have on their team worth talking about.
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It's the Dems and the WaPo that keep Sarah in the limelight.

They fear her because she breaks the stereotypical liberal mold. She doesn't say the things a liberal feminist should, so she is a threat and must be destroyed. The WaPo is just playing it's assigned role here.

Posted by: NormReisig | August 3, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I want whatever Norm is smoking.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | August 3, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Don't smoke, that's why I'm not a Democrat!

Posted by: NormReisig | August 3, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

You Libs are so afraid of Palin! Your misogynists... You cant argue issues, you just call her names... Losers! Libs are pathetic... We win on all the issues, all you libs can do is call people names.. Liberalism is dead... Europe has shown your stupid ideas fail everytime... The world mocks you and Obama and you sit in your Mommy's basement playing video games.... Clowns!


Posted by: 2010Rout
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Really? Aside from Greece, who else is in worse shape than we are? Some might just as bad off, but at least they all have health insurance

Issues? The GOP doesn't have any IDEAS on the issues. The last few IDEAS they did have were a really stupid war, really stupid tax cuts, really stupid dismantling of our regulatory structures, really stupid interference in what should be people's private decisions, a good idea for prescription drugs spoiled by a really stupid decision not to pay for it (goddam spendthrift budget busters), and most recently, the really stupid defense of a company that polluted the entire Gulf of Mexico and a company that killed a couple of dozen miners by short-cutting regulatory requirement in the name of conservative's true God - money.

Yeah, you're the future all right - the Planet of the Apes.


Posted by: st50taw | August 3, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Nice try. Feeble, incredibly myopic and a textbook example of cherry-picking data to make a case in a way emblematic of the left's inability to have failed utterly in its attempt to take out Palin.

First, potential Presidents are not elected on their power to give endorsements that propel other candidates into office.

As 2008 demonstrated, a president elect merely need to have ridden the wave of the current zeitgeist.

More appropriately, Obama is spinning in at an almost unprecedented rate. His job approval rating today is at 41% according to Gallup--down 4% in a week.

Independents are done with him (41% now consider themselves conservatives as they drift to the right--down to 38% of indies who support him from 56% a year ago)-- and the first-time voters that came out in masse in 2008 forObama are a fickle, uninformed lot who will not stampede the polls in 2010. Count on it.

Here again, we see the left with a steady hand ready to deliver a mortal wound to itself. Obama is on the ropes, the house in all likelihood will be under control of Republicans after the midterms, but the REAL issue is Sarah Palin. That focus either revels abject stupidity or runaway fear.

I cannot wait for the wailing and lamentations from the left when
the morons who catapulted their guy into the White House experience the sickening epiphany of discovering he has a glass jaw and will go down when he faces a puncher.

Posted by: jcarpenter06 | August 3, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Stop the presses! In a very special Tuesday night episode of Soap Opera Sarah, Bristol calls it off with Levi again. Apparently those condoms Sarah found in Levi's Levi's while doing the laundry weren't just for Bristol after all:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100803/world/us_people_palin_johnston

Posted by: areyousaying | August 3, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin's appeal is limited to the quarter of the electorate on the far right wing? Well that works well for those of us who would hate to see her in an actual position of responsibility; and it works well enough for her; that's still a large enough market for her to capitalize on her name with book deals and speaking fees. She had better invest it well however. Something new and shiny will come along to grab the attention of her current constituency.

Posted by: daubry | August 3, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, E.J. dreaming again......

Posted by: JPMcC | August 3, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line: Count on many Democratic candidates to associate their Republican opponents with Palin and the Tea Party.
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That has been the your bottom for some time now. You and your fellow liberal JournoLists will keep pushing the progressive agenda day after day. The "Politics" page is a good example. Attacking and scrutinizing conservatives seems to dominate the page. Where is your politically balanced scrutiny of the liberal candidates? Not there? I don't expect to see any before November.

By the way, Dionne, Palin is not a candidate for any political office. Enough!

Posted by: bethg1841 | August 3, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

katem1, nice Dorothy Parker touch! What about Sarah and her glasses, while we're at it?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 3, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

so... Washington Post keeps focusing on Palin - who is a big nothing - I guess to distract us from Obama - who just hit his lowest point (yet) in Gallop Polling today - 41%

Posted by: georged1 | August 3, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Yahoo! Bristol Palin again proves that its all about money....

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2010/08/bristol-palin-calls-off-engagement-to-levi-johnston/1

Turns out the same day they announced to the world they were getting married they split up. Did Sarah keep it quiet until now, just to soak up as much money as she could until the news broke?

What a family! What a joke! Sarah would force absintence education on America's teenagers, even when her own daughter is laughing at her? Stupid trailer trash. Money grubbing celebrity goobers. Only people who subscribe to People magazine love and would vote for Sarah Palin. The woman is a horror show. Her husband would divorce her if it wasn't for the money she's rooking her fans out of. Wait till she no longer brings in the big bucks, and she will find herself haunting the singles bars, futilely trying to get attention from even the lowiest lounge lizard.

Posted by: Chagasman | August 3, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Levi and Bristol aside, I heard Sarah was speaking Spanish. Has anyone asked her for her papers yet?

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 3, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Levi and Bristol aside, I heard Sarah was speaking Spanish. Has anyone asked her for her papers yet?

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 3, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Wait till she no longer brings in the big bucks, and she will find herself haunting the singles bars, futilely trying to get attention from even the lowiest lounge lizard.

Posted by: Chagasman | August 3, 2010 11:05 PM
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Isn't that how she hooked up with Levi?

Can you say "BOOTY CALL"?

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 3, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I seriously hope Palin runs for president (she probably will be; the republican party has never been known for nominating intelligent candidates; it must be that whole inbreeding thing that makes them do it). I want to hear the republicans whine about a media plot then.

Republicans would be a great joke if they weren't so anti-american.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 3, 2010 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Bush is a MIMBO
paLin is a BIMBO

What does that make their followers?
Not very bright.

ISA

Posted by: vettessman | August 3, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Why does the corrupt liberal/progressive POST have a fixation with ATTACKING Palin?

We have super majorities of corrupt Democrats in DC and the POST keeps doing stories on Palin.....

POST = dirty and dishonest propaganda

Posted by: allenridge | August 3, 2010 12:01 PM

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Why are you posting here then, ret@rd!

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | August 3, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

@Cubsfan:

Sarah Palin has committed no crime. Yet she is worthy of attack because she fancies herself a national leader while having no evident grasp on issues of importance, little education or evidence of intellect, and certainly no actual policy positions.

She is full of slogans and ambition. Not much else.

It's certainly worth keeping track of truly unqualified people who have sought and may again seek high national office.

Posted by: MikeB8 | August 3, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

When the going gets tough, the tough quit halfway through their first term.

Posted by: bpai_99 | August 3, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Wowie this gives me goose bumps! I love clowns like Dionne stabbing widly into thin air trying to strike at anything. Let's face it, your progressive agenda is toast. Dems are toast in November, and Obama will face a mutiny in the next election by Hillary.

I'm I sure? YOU BETCHA!

ROFLMAO. Joker.

Posted by: zap123 | August 3, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse


Palin pushes folks one way or another. I could have voted for McCain in '08; but when he picked Palin, I voted for Obama.

There are a lot of folks like me out there.

Posted by: mbus | August 3, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

If you're keeping track at home, here's how many times EJ Dionne has been correct this year...zero.

He was convinced Coakley was going to win Massachusetts.

He told us how Clegg was going to whoop Cameron...

and, then told us there was no way the British conservatives were going to side with the LibDems.

To borrow a line from a college basketball coach when talking about one of his detractors who was a CBS sports man, "I knew we were going to win, when I heard him pick our opponents to win in the pre-game show. I think he picked the Germans in World War II".

EJ probably knows the least about politics on the entire WaPo staff....and that's saying something. Remember this is a staff with Ruth Marcus.

Posted by: d-35 | August 4, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Missouri Votes to Block Obama Health Mandate

Voters overwhelmingly reject a key provision of the president's health care law, sending a clear message to Washington and Democrats ahead of midterm elections

Posted by: corebanks1940 | August 4, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

Non-sequitur much Mr. Dionne? Pork projects and logrolling vs. Sarah Palin?

Where do you get this stuff?

Robert Fuller
Hopewell, NJ

Posted by: fuller1 | August 4, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Cubsfan, what galaxy do you live in? The media tries to marginalize Palin? That's preposterous! Palin would be absolutely nothing without the media. She loves the attention they lavish on her.

Look. Palin marginalizes Palin with her own stupid fundamentalism. As far as most of the country goes, she has consistently polled negative with a majority of the country. Why? Because most people outside the media bubble and fizz and not swept up in the tea party propaganda see here for just what she is--a feckless, cynical, partisan opportunist out to grab as much treasure as she can before it all ends. She is a the female version of Huey Long with about as much moral heft as he had. She is a fundamentalist, Biblical literalist whose verbal syntax is on a level with an average adolescent and with a view of the world that in every way matches old Joe McCarthy.

Anyone who has watched her and heard her speak if they are truly honest and have a smidgen of intellect can tell instantly that this crawfish is not ready for prime time--except maybe in some silly, pedestrian reality show.

Posted by: jaxas70 | August 4, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

E.J Dionne, and the rest of you clowns at the wapO: this is just getting creepy. You are entering "stalker" territory with your obsession with Mrs. Palin. You -- E.J. Dionne -- giving the Republicans advice on how to to improve their electability? The same E.J. Dionne who's only other writing topic (other than Sarah Palin) is attacks on Republicans? But really, it turns out to be just another vehicle for attacking Mrs. Palin in some weird convoluted, nonsensical fashion.

By the way, I think Ms. Palin threw an apple core out her window into a field today, you'd better get some wapO reporters over there.

Weirdo.

Posted by: pyellman | August 4, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Why is WaPo focusing so much time on Palin, a former Alaskan governor? Shouldn't the WaPo focus its time on dropping poll numbers for Obama or the fact that Democrats running for office in November are dodging him on their campaign trails??

Posted by: bmayhewbz

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because the wapoop editor know that hundreds of $arah paylin's mindless teabagger terrorist minions will attempt to refudiate the many accurate descriptions posted by intelligent thinking voters

so the wapoop doubles or triples their traffic when the wapoop writes about the train wreck $arah paylin

$arah paylin and the teabagger terrorists are like a train wreck

you don't really want to see in, but you can't look away

Posted by: nada85484 | August 4, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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