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Palin's erratic behavior mars 2010 elections

For many Republicans, the bright, golden haze of Election Day is marred by a thunderhead on the horizon -- the increasingly erratic political interventions of Sarah Palin.

(Michael Gerson elaborates on this much-read post in his Friday column.)

In the past, Palin embodied the populist style of the Tea Party movement while espousing a fairly mainstream Republican ideology. On economic, social and foreign policy, Palin seldom strayed from a simplified, popularized Reaganism. The mama grizzly may have been ferocious, but her talking points came from the Heritage Foundation instead of from darker corners of the right.

But this election season has called that perception into question. Palin's endorsement of Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Republican Senate primary revealed a preference for a shallow ideological purity above achievement, qualification or electoral success. And on Monday, Palin issued a robocall for Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo in Colorado, one of the most divisive figures in American politics.

Tancredo has made a career of fanning anti-immigrant resentment and lobbing ideological grenades. The people who voted Barack Obama into office, in his view, "can't even spell the word vote or even speak English." America would be better off with a "civics, literacy test" for voting. The National Council of La Raza is "a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses." Miami is a "Third World country." Pope Benedict's embrace of immigrants is all about "recruiting new members," in an attempt at "faith-based marketing." "The guy sitting in the White House," says Tancredo, is a greater threat to the Constitution than al-Qaeda. "If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don't we just send him back?"

It would be the worst outcome of this Election Day if the conservative wave were to carry Tancredo into office. The replacement of the supremely decent Colorado Governor Bill Ritter with a nativist who mocks the dignity of the presidency and poisons American political discourse would help discredit the decent aims of the Tea Party movement. But Palin calls Tancredo the "right man for the job." Her endorsement raises the question of whether Palin has any standards for her support other than anti-government rhetoric.

Palin recently took to Fox Business Network to call establishment Republicans "sleazy." "Some within the establishment don't like the fact that I won't back down to the good old boys club," she said. This odd mix of Tea Party Jacobinism and feminist grievance has become Palin's operating style. What many Republicans, establishment and otherwise, don't like is this: The leading figure of the Tea Party movement seems increasingly indifferent to Republican fortunes and increasingly tolerant of disturbing extremism.

By Michael Gerson  | November 2, 2010; 1:14 PM ET
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Clearly, the woman is a classic narcissist. The endorsements have nothing to do with any beliefs she may or may not have, but everything to do with keeping herself in the spotlight. She loves politics and campaigning because all the cameras are pointed at her - it's not immportant to her if there's any logic at all to the message, it's all about being the center of attention.

Trying to use logic and common sense to make sense of what's essentially the manifestation of a personality disorder is a fruitless effort. We would all be better off if we stopped trying.

Posted by: DCLocal20 | November 2, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the scourge of both Dems and Republican establishment figures.

Good. They both need some scourging. I'm a moderate so I'm against crucifixion.

Dems from Harvard and Yale and Republicans from Harvard and Yale have been President since before my daughter (a Junior in College) was born. People call that diversity and democracy.

Where has all that Ivy that gotten us?

It's been all downhill since our last non-Ivy President - Ronald Reagan.

2012 Electoral College Prediction:

285 Palin (Idaho)
155 Bloomberg(Harvard Bus School/Johns Hop)
98 Obama (Yale Law/ Columbia)

God save this great republic from being overrun by Ivy.

Posted by: jfv123 | November 2, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I am an 81 year-old yellow dog Democrat who has voted for a Republican once, my first vote, for Eisenhower. I never told my family.
I'm sort of loving this huge debacle. It's going to be fun watching the Republican establishment trying to put the Palin genie back into the bottle. God, I do love politics.
Obama has been a disappointment but I can never be sorry he won. I did not want McCain for President in '08...... 10 years ago, I really wouldn't have cared....much.
Birthers, climate-change deniers, creationists, anti-Social Security and Medicare, anti-minimum wage, anti-unemployment insurance, anti-aid to dependent children, anti-gay, anti-separation of church and state, anti-immigrant, Constitution re-writers, religious fanatics, Fox, Sharron Angle, Orley Taitz, David Vitter, The Family, Rand Paul, etc., etc.,Have the bit in their teeth. And what a shabby group they are, but Wheeeee!....... 
Fasten your seatbelts, people. It's going to be a bumpy ride! I can hardly wait.

Posted by: m_richert | November 2, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

the Yale/Harvard string is a bit odd, but the idea of voting for an idiot to break it is pretty silly, don't you think?

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 2, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

jfv123:
When you are sick you want the most educated doctor you can find from the top medical school in the country. Get in trouble, you look for the best lawyer from the top law school. But somehow the tea party has convinced you that it doesn't take a top education to solve the country's problems.

Palin not only didn't bother to work hard in school but she hasn't even tried to study the areas in which she is obviously unfamiliar with so that she can be taken seriously. People who cut corners like Palin will always cut corners. That's why she quit her governor's job when the going got tough. And why she only goes on Fox news now to speak only to her followers.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | November 2, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Is this the best you've got?

- The people who voted Barack Obama into office, in his view, "can't even spell the word vote or even speak English."

I doubt he classified all of Obama's voters this way. For some of them, it is surely true.

- America would be better off with a "civics, literacy test" for voting.

No, we'd be better off if every voter knew less about the country's situation. What else operates in this way? Does IBM consult the janitors when they make decisions affecting the future of the country? Should a clinically brain dead person who can still walk and make an 'x' be able to vote? What about smart, informed kids? We have standards for a reason. It would be the left who opposed such a test, because they know their voters.

- The National Council of La Raza is "a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses."

They care about the future of white and black Americans as much as they do about Latinos? Ipso facto racists.

- Miami is a "Third World country."
In some ways it is. This is the worst comment in the bunch, though. Miami is still in America, after all, and is brilliant and beautiful in many ways.

- Pope Benedict's embrace of immigrants is all about "recruiting new members," in an attempt at "faith-based marketing."

I guess we missed the Pope's addresses on all of the other migrant flows around the world. Or the report about how Latinos are abandoning Catholicism.

- "The guy sitting in the White House," says Tancredo, is a greater threat to the Constitution than al-Qaeda.

This is now self-evidently true to anyone who believes in even a remotely fixed interpretation of the Consitution. Only the livingest breathingest constitution would not be threatened by the likes of Mr. Obama. But for its constraints, he would be an American Hugo Chavez.

- "If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don't we just send him back?"

She said it, can you blame us for noticing? His talents and opinions are certainly more suited to a small African nation which does not have such a rigid constitution.

Lay off Miami, Mr. Tancredo. Otherwise, keep punching.

Posted by: GregBuls1 | November 2, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow
GregBuls1 your racism is thick !!


ISA

Posted by: vettesport | November 2, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I bet my shoes that what follows will not be posted, but is ok is all over the NET anyway in some others many places;

FEAR?,...OR MONUMENTAL TERROR ABOUT SARAH PALIN?...TAKE A PICK.
______________________________________________________________

'POLITICO',,,SUGGESTS THAT."... GOP SHOULD STOP SARHA PALIN...,"for if she does adquire presidential nomination for the GOP,...Obama will crush her..."
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/44449.html

In addition, the newly adopted Obama worshiper ,Juan Williams said (praphrasing)"...even if she becomes a presidential candidate for the GOP ...she is not match for Obama..."
----------------------
How about that?

Well,well,well, are they terrorized by the good governor or not?

All is pointed at one thing, CLEARLY SARAH PALIN IS THE ONLY ONE POLITICAL FIGURE THAT THE DNC AND ITS ASSOCIATES FEAR MOST!

Any other potential candidate from the republican spectrum is not considered (BY THE LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT FACTIONS) powerful enough to give a good battle for the incoming 2012 presidential elections.

Evidently they feel highly confortable to compete (and win) over anyone from the republican area,..... EXCEPT! GOV SARAH PALIN.

That is the reason why even on NOV 1...even before the MID-TERM ELECTION STARTED they launch the idea with the hope that will take momentum against the good governor...

.And why is this?....smple, BECAUSE THEY; KNOW THAT THE OLD SCHOOL OF DEAL-MAKERS / SOLD-OUT RINO-TYPE REPUBLICANS,....all that RANCID PACK OF POLILTICIANS THAT ARE USE TO DO 'DEALS ' , and ' COMPROMISES' with the POLITICS AS USUAL MIND-SET THERE IN WASHINGTON, they ALL are EXTREMELY afraid and terrorized (AS THE OBAMA GANG IS ) THAT Sarah Palin IS a very well ACCOMPLISHED FIGHTER AND ELIMINATOR OF CORRUPTION AND SO SHE HAS THE CAPACITY AND WAYS TO WIPE-OUT THE FRAUD AND CORRUPTION OUT OF WASHINGTON AS SHE DID IN THE GREAT STATE OF ALASKA ...correct so far?

As result, their CORRUPTED POLITICAL WORLD WILL CRUMBLE AND THE POWER WILL BE IN THE CORRECT PLACE....ON PEOPLE HANDS,...and so the american public will have their VOICES HEARD and taken into consideration SERIOUSLY....quite different than what is happening rigth now with the current INSIDIOUS AND DESTRUCTIVE SOCIALIST-ORIENTED OBAMA GANG.

So there,...simple and clear.

I don't think that any of us needs a phD in astrophysics to understand this one...correct?

Input anyone?

Opinions welcome.

Daniel Cabrera
Merrillville,Indiana

Posted by: morcab | November 2, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

why on earth would anybody be surprised that palin would prefer other criteria than achievement and qualification, when she herself has done so little and is woefully unqualified? she knows herself to be great, and so prefers others with the same sterling qualities as her own.

Posted by: jrm1 | November 2, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson, with all due respect, YOUR Party named this imbecile as candidate for Vice President.

YOU brought her to the table, now it's YOUR turn to take away her chair and megaphone.

...and don't worry, we won't be voting for her for ANYTHING!.

Posted by: vigor | November 2, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

First commenter, DCLocal20, you hit the nail on the head!

Posted by: shstl | November 2, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I tried to post Gov. Palin's own words on another thread and they were turned down as too explicit. Here's what she said about two reporters:

In an email to the Daily Caller, Palin wrote “I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers…really, they are… I’ve seen it myself…but I’ll only give you the information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these ‘facts’ to an ‘anonymous source’ and I’ll give you more.”

She was angry that the reporters mentioned "Republican operatives who didn't want Gov. Palin to be the 2012 Presidential Candidate for the party. Instead of directing her ire at the operatives themselves, OR thanking them for giving her a heads-up on the obstacles she will face, she launched into this nasty tirade.

Posted by: MinnyMa | November 2, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Gerson, you and your ilk created this monster (well, John McCain take most of the credit, but the conservative media stood by this woman when the rest of the country could see quite clearly that she was not qualified to be the VP candidate). When the celebrations end after this election the Republicans are going to realize what they have done: they have given credibility and political clout to a bunch of loons who could never be elected on their own account. If the Tea Party people ran under a Tea Party platform and the Tea Party name they would be unelectable. So the thanks for the Tea Party "success" belongs to the Republican party. They will be the ones to pay the price.

Posted by: gposner | November 2, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Mama grizzlies are famous for blind rage. How many innocent people have been viciously mauled or killed because they just happened to walk between a cub and it's mother? Palin unwittingly picked the one animal that truly does describe her to a T, it just isn't the image she thinks she's projecting.

Posted by: AverageJane | November 2, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Poppycock!Palin has been brilliant!The fruits of her labor are about to be beheld as opposed to the incompetent buffoonery of "Harvard Law Graduate" Barack Obama.What's wrong with electing people to public office who don't have Ivy League degrees?The characters we've elected who did have been complete dunces....Palin is bright,attractive,inspirational,charasmatic and refeshingly anti-Establishment.Not to mention incredibly sexy....Can we say the same for an Ivy League idiot like Chris Coons or Freddie-Mac disaster Barney Frank?

Posted by: Robo14 | November 2, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Poppycock!Palin has been brilliant!The fruits of her labor are about to be beheld as opposed to the incompetent buffoonery of "Harvard Law Graduate" Barack Obama.What's wrong with electing people to public office who don't have Ivy League degrees?The characters we've elected who did have been complete dunces....Palin is bright,attractive,inspirational,charasmatic and refeshingly anti-Establishment.Not to mention incredibly sexy....Can we say the same for an Ivy League idiot like Chris Coons or Freddie-Mac disaster Barney Frank?

Posted by: Robo14 | November 2, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The top educators are theives, Wall Street, Government an Judges, Governers,all have excepted dirty money to pad each others pockets an kick Americans in the face. Look at us we get the best retirement an benefits galore. While we rape every citizens wallet through Social Securites Rip OFF an hight cost of Health Care for us but not them. I demand the Government to give their retirement benefits to illegal immagrants let them see how it feels to be robbed of benefits.

Posted by: JWTX | November 2, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The top educators are theives, Wall Street, Government an Judges, Governers,all have excepted dirty money to pad each others pockets an kick Americans in the face. Look at us we get the best retirement an benefits galore. While we rape every citizens wallet through Social Securites Rip OFF an hight cost of Health Care for us but not them. I demand the Government to give their retirement benefits to illegal immagrants let them see how it feels to be robbed of benefits.

Posted by: JWTX | November 2, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

The whole Ivy League elite argument is a red herring designed to breed resentment among lower educated white working class Americans. David Koch, a key backer of the Tea Party movement (some even have called him a father) is grad of MIT, as is his brother Charles.

The issue is not that Palin is an alumnus of the U of Idaho. It is that she lacks intellectual curiosity or engagement; has no interest in knowing anything about issues beyond soundbites, which have been debunked by fact checkers. Her whole debate performance was scripted because of poor debate prep discipline and she couldn't answer questions as asked.


http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/02/debate.transcript/

http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Steve-Schmidt-John-McCains-Strategist-Says-Sarah-Palins-Answers-In-Joe-Biden-Debate-Were-Scripted/Article/201004415621088?f=rss T

This was AFTER the bar had already been so lowered to have shorter Q&A times and no direct extemporaneous exchanges between candidates.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/us/politics/21debate.htm?

Any "policy" she has put forth is simply regurgitated Bush policies of tax cuts for the top tier and deregulation, which have been proven to be long term detrimental. The greatest middle class growth took place after WWII, when the top tax rates were 90%. The vaunted 1980s and 2000s gave the U.S. ballooning deficits, financial crises (S&L; insider trading scandals; current crisis); stagnant wages, offshoring. The argument that unions cost U.S. jobs not borne out as prices have never dropped even though labor and payroll costs have significantly dropped. Any economic growth in '80s and '00s financed by borrowing and mainly asset speculation and bubbles i.e. stock/LBOs or real estate; not actual hard goods production. If one listens to Palin closely and can get through her shrill screeching, she intends to turn U.S. into mix of El Salvador and Iran; hands off of business and no recourse for Joe Public for fraud, discrimination, pollution, low wages, unsafe conditions or products and rotted meat but ministry of virtue and vice for what private citizens opt to do behind closed doors; feudal theocracy. The TP small government rhetoric is code for let business run wild but regulate people wanting to have an abortion or regulate who marries whom or smokes dope.

Her "real America" rhetoric is eerily similar to the early Nazis; refused to accept Germany lost WWI and blamed the Jews and "others" for the loss. Palin and the TP blame ACORN and SEIU; claim "their" country was "stolen," implying educated urbanites and minorities infringed on "their turf." Her claim that rural small towns = real America implies educated urban dwellers and minorities are sub-human scum worthy of eradication. Because of Holocaust, the Jewish people say Never Again. Rational Americans must say Never at All!

Posted by: Handsome19781 | November 2, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe it's taken Mike Gerson two years to figure out Palin is nuts.

Better late than never, I guess.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | November 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

What I've heard from :

The First Dude? He wasn't the first.

Do the math. Her first child was born less than nine months after they were married.

Her family values are loud but flexible, especially when it comes to her. She never holds her last baby in public.
She gives "IT" to to her daughter.
(I think that is disgusting.)


Posted by: law1946 | November 2, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I think that when they picked Palin as their VP nominee, the GOP sowed the wind. Unfortunately, should Ms. Palin, by some bizarre combination of circumstances, actually ever win national office, we will ALL reap the whirlwind.

Posted by: Lamentations | November 2, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

What I've heard from :

The First Dude? He wasn't the first.

Do the math. Her first child was born less than nine months after they were married.

Her family values are loud but flexible, especially when it comes to her. She never holds her last baby in public.
She gives "IT" to to her daughter.
(I think that is disgusting.)


Posted by: law1946 | November 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

What I've heard from :

The First Dude? He wasn't the first.

Do the math. Her first child was born less than nine months after they were married.

Her family values are loud but flexible, especially when it comes to her. She never holds her last baby in public.
She gives "IT" to to her daughter.
(I think that is disgusting.)


Posted by: law1946 | November 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

And she has no idea what Jacobinism means

Posted by: maurban | November 2, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

morcab,

Let me break it down for you so you can understand. When you cant answer what magazines you read your not ready for prime time office. When you cant name a supreme court ruling, your not ready for prime time office. When you cant remember the name of the person you are debating and have to call him by his last name because in your feeble mind you think his last name is O'Biden instead of Biden (And she actually called him O'Biden during the debate) you are not ready for prime time office. When you quit the position you were elected to because people want to investigate how you conduct business (Gee wonder why Clinton didnt quit), you are not ready for prime time office. When you head cheerleader Glenn Beck asks you which of the founding fathers is your favorite and you get that deer in the headlights look and cant answer till he prods you again for an answer, YOU ARE NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME OFFICE.

GOT IT.............

Posted by: rharring | November 2, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

jfv123:
When you are sick you want the most educated doctor you can find from the top medical school in the country. Get in trouble, you look for the best lawyer from the top law school.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | November 2, 2010 2:32 PM

=========

No, that's what you would do. I don't care what school they are from. I want the best doctor, not the best doctor from the top medical school. I'd even settle for a lawyer from Harvard if he were the best.

Posted by: robert17 | November 2, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

And if Palin is increasingly putting all her eggs in the Tea Party basket, then she'll go down when they go down. She's obviously not trying to play along with the established Republican Party. This country is more centrist that anything, and any candidate who is too far left or too far right will not win a Presidential election. Also, there's something about her that just doesn't seem right, and if she does run for President I wouldn't be surprised to see some skeletons come out of the Palin closet.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | November 2, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

morcab,

Let me break it down for you so you can understand. When you cant answer what magazines you read your not ready for prime time office. When you cant name a supreme court ruling, your not ready for prime time office. When you cant remember the name of the person you are debating and have to call him by his last name because in your feeble mind you think his last name is O'Biden instead of Biden (And she actually called him O'Biden during the debate) you are not ready for prime time office. When you quit the position you were elected to because people want to investigate how you conduct business (Gee wonder why Clinton didnt quit), you are not ready for prime time office. When you head cheerleader Glenn Beck asks you which of the founding fathers is your favorite and you get that deer in the headlights look and cant answer till he prods you again for an answer, YOU ARE NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME OFFICE.

GOT IT.............

Posted by: rharring | November 2, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse


Same for Obama:
When you say there are 57 states, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

When you make a comment that American does not consider itself a Christian Nation, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

When you travel the world apologizing for the misgivings of this great country that has given it's blood to free nations all over the world, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

When you sit in a racist church for 20 years all but denying you never heard Rev Wrights racists rants against white america, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

When you ignore the National Day of Prayer unlike the Presidents beofore you but honor Islam on it's holy day, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

Liberals Suck and have never been ready for Prime Time Office.

Posted by: Cobra2 | November 2, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Dear Cobra2,

We may suck but we are not so ignorant or stupid that we would follow Sarah over the cliff's edge like her lemming followers.

We may suck but most us know that it is not proper to file claims for expenses that were never incurred.

We may suck but most of us know that we must report major changes to property (a house) need to be reported to the assessors office.

Sarah is ignorant, a quitter and not overly honest. Her constituency is her - ignorant.

Posted by: Freethotlib | November 2, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah who?

Posted by: CherryTheTart | November 2, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

These fools are supporting Palin because she's a republican. Not because she's intelligent, capable, a hard worker, cares about people other than herself, or any other reason people might support a leader, of whatever political philosophy.

She's a republican. That tells you all you need to know about both Sarah Palin and her supporters.

Posted by: eezmamata | November 2, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I bet my shoes that what follows will not be posted, but is ok is all over the NET anyway in some others many places;

FEAR?,...OR MONUMENTAL TERROR ABOUT SARAH PALIN?...TAKE A PICK.
______________________________________________________________

'POLITICO',,,SUGGESTS THAT."... GOP SHOULD STOP SARHA PALIN...,"for if she does adquire presidential nomination for the GOP,...Obama will crush her..."
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/44449.html

In addition, the newly adopted Obama worshiper ,Juan Williams said (praphrasing)"...even if she becomes a presidential candidate for the GOP ...she is not match for Obama..."
----------------------
How about that?

Well,well,well, are they terrorized by the good governor or not?

All is pointed at one thing, CLEARLY SARAH PALIN IS THE ONLY ONE POLITICAL FIGURE THAT THE DNC AND ITS ASSOCIATES FEAR MOST!

Any other potential candidate from the republican spectrum is not considered (BY THE LIBERAL-DEMOCRAT FACTIONS) powerful enough to give a good battle for the incoming 2012 presidential elections.

Evidently they feel highly confortable to compete (and win) over anyone from the republican area,..... EXCEPT! GOV SARAH PALIN.

That is the reason why even on NOV 1...even before the MID-TERM ELECTION STARTED they launch the idea with the hope that will take momentum against the good governor...

.And why is this?....smple, BECAUSE THEY; KNOW THAT THE OLD SCHOOL OF DEAL-MAKERS / SOLD-OUT RINO-TYPE REPUBLICANS,....all that RANCID PACK OF POLILTICIANS THAT ARE USE TO DO 'DEALS ' , and ' COMPROMISES' with the POLITICS AS USUAL MIND-SET THERE IN WASHINGTON, they ALL are EXTREMELY afraid and terrorized (AS THE OBAMA GANG IS ) THAT Sarah Palin IS a very well ACCOMPLISHED FIGHTER AND ELIMINATOR OF CORRUPTION AND SO SHE HAS THE CAPACITY AND WAYS TO WIPE-OUT THE FRAUD AND CORRUPTION OUT OF WASHINGTON AS SHE DID IN THE GREAT STATE OF ALASKA ...correct so far?

As result, their CORRUPTED POLITICAL WORLD WILL CRUMBLE AND THE POWER WILL BE IN THE CORRECT PLACE....ON PEOPLE HANDS,...and so the american public will have their VOICES HEARD and taken into consideration SERIOUSLY....quite different than what is happening rigth now with the current INSIDIOUS AND DESTRUCTIVE SOCIALIST-ORIENTED OBAMA GANG.

So there,...simple and clear.

I don't think that any of us needs a phD in astrophysics to understand this one...correct?

Input anyone?

Opinions welcome.

Daniel Cabrera
Merrillville,Indiana

Posted by: morcab | November 2, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse
-------------------------------------------


Well if it's a hyperbolic, completely devoid of fact, rant written in Caps Lock then it MUST BE TRUE! *laughs*

Seriously, who copies and pastes some moron's chain mail as if that means anything at all?

The fact that some of you even bother to cite this sort of garbage seriously makes me question your intelligence and/or sanity.

Posted by: cjpotter19 | November 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

No better entertainment than watching mama grizzly getting eaten by her cubs.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | November 2, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

When you make a comment that America does not consider itself a Christian Nation, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.
That ll never be the same, as the numbers of self identified "Christians" dwindle over time, making the remaining members that more extreme and paranoid.

Liberals Suck and have never been ready for Prime Time Office.

Well, thats just plain rude. Good luck with the next feudal lord, i mean Repub.

Posted by: sherlockjt | November 2, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

It's always interesting when the GOP starts knocking their own. And as it appears, there are the pro and anti forces where Ms Palin is concerned. Gerson has decided to stand with Rove. But even McCain has held off on "endorsing" his veep running mate saying it's premature to do so. Fact is, there isn't much to endorse here - her philosophy is unformed, her choices for candidates are uneven., but her theatrics are in full bloom. Yes, McCain created this lady pol, but let's give lots of credit to the news media for amplifying every sneeze, every bump encountered in her journey, and every triumphant primary win. This type of notoriety has her believing she really has what it takes, and if there are no other GOP candidates in 2012, she will be the sacrificial lamb and take on Obama. It's laughable, except that in the crazy political climate existing today in our country, nothing is laughable anymore.

Posted by: robinx | November 2, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Aww c'mon man. She's stunningly beautiful, really entertaining to listen to, and she endorses radicals that win primaries and lose generals to democrats.

PALIN 2012!!!!!

Posted by: johnk1000 | November 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

It's always interesting when the GOP starts knocking their own. And as it appears, there are the pro and anti forces where Ms Palin is concerned. Gerson has decided to stand with Rove. But even McCain has held off on "endorsing" his veep running mate saying it's premature to do so. Fact is, there isn't much to endorse here - her philosophy is unformed, her choices for candidates are uneven., but her theatrics are in full bloom. Yes, McCain created this lady pol, but let's give lots of credit to the news media for amplifying every sneeze, every bump encountered in her journey, and every triumphant primary win. This type of notoriety has her believing she really has what it takes, and if there are no other GOP candidates in 2012, she will be the sacrificial lamb and take on Obama. It's laughable, except that in the crazy political climate existing today in our country, nothing is laughable anymore.

Posted by: robinx | November 2, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Despite her criticism of main stream media, the same media has made Palin into a multi-millionaire who will never have to work another day in her life. Whether her political fotunes rise or fall she is most certainly on easy street.

Posted by: johnk1000 | November 2, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

as an independent voter who does NOT want to vote for Obama in 2012 I'm asking you republicans not to select Palin as your candidate.

Just because the liberals hate her does not make her worth your time. If that's all the requirement you need ... well, the liberals hate lots of other republicans too.

There's only one possible reason to vote for Obama in 2012 -- Sarah Palin.

Posted by: eezmamata | November 2, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Cobra2,

Sat i a racist church for 20 years? So are you saying NOW he is not a muslim. Please what you have given me is minor compared to Palin. The fact that you even think Obama is a dumb as Palin shows how shallow your education level is. I dont remember us starting to celebrate stupidity in this country, i guess you and Sarah are the poster children for that. So good luck. Oh and one other thing, National prayer day was established in 1952 but wasnt made an actual day until 1988. So should we shun all Americans who dont celebrate Jesus on Xmas?

Posted by: rharring | November 2, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

If Christine O'Donnell somehow wins today, we'll soon see a lot fewer articles like this one and a lot more along the lines of "I for one welcome our new Alaskan overlord."

Posted by: Mahon1 | November 2, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Same for Obama:
When you say there are 57 states, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

WHEN YOU IGNORE THAT THAT WAS A SLIP OF THE TONGUE REFERENCE TO THE 57 JURISDICTIONS THAT NOMINATE DELEGATES, YOU ARE BEING DISINGENUOUS

When you make a comment that American does not consider itself a Christian Nation, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

ACTUALLY THAT'S A QUALIFICATION. IT'S NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION, AND OUR FOUNDING FATHERS WOULD ROLL OVER IN THEIR GRAVES AT THE SUGGESTION THAT THEY HAD CREATED ONE. THE CONSTITUTION BANS CONGRESS FROM PASSING ANY LAW RESPECTING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION AND BANS ANY RELIGIOUS TEST FOR ANY OFFICE. THE TEA PARTY IS MORE DELUDED ON THIS SUBJECT THAN EVEN THE EVANGELICAL RELIGIOUS RIGHT.

When you travel the world apologizing for the misgivings of this great country that has given it's blood to free nations all over the world, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

NEVER HAPPENED

When you sit in a racist church for 20 years all but denying you never heard Rev Wrights racists rants against white america, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

THIS IS SO TIRED I'M NOT EVEN GOING TO BOTHER

When you ignore the National Day of Prayer unlike the Presidents beofore you but honor Islam on it's holy day, you are not ready for Prime Time Office.

WITH ACCURACY LIKE THIS I'M NOT SURE WHY I AM BOTHERING

Liberals Suck and have never been ready for Prime Time Office.

Posted by: JoeT1 | November 2, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes (said in somber tones), that Palin is too too wacky. What we need are good Republicans who roll over whenever the dems tell them to.

Well, screw that. You can start dispersing your hate now because a Helluva lot of them just like her are going to Washington.

Posted by: standard_guy | November 2, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Poppycock!Palin has been brilliant!The fruits of her labor are about to be beheld as opposed to the incompetent buffoonery of "Harvard Law Graduate" Barack Obama.What's wrong with electing people to public office who don't have Ivy League degrees?The characters we've elected who did have been complete dunces....Palin is bright,attractive,inspirational,charasmatic and refeshingly anti-Establishment.Not to mention incredibly sexy....Can we say the same for an Ivy League idiot like Chris Coons or Freddie-Mac disaster Barney Frank?

Posted by: Robo14 | November 2, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

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Oh for goodness sakes! I'm sure most American people would rather have a President who is smarter than a fifth grader to be the leader of the most powerful country in the world. No one is saying they have to have an Ivy League education but I find it interesting reading how much people now disdain an Ivy League education. A few years ago people were up in arms about Affirmative Action because they blamed it for their inability to get into a top notch school. Having an education from Harvard, Yale, Princeton and the other Ivy League or Big ten schools was prestigious and what many high school graduates strives for UP UNTIL President Obama. Now you people act as if it means nothing. The President's accomplishments in undergrad and Harvard Law school in a white male would be lauded, congratulated and held up as something special. Now you people are trying to say it means nothing. Yeah, right!

Posted by: catmomtx | November 2, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Well EEZMAMATA,

The elections are not about what YOU want but what the American people want. If you dont want to vote for Obama that is your choice. And right now his approval rating is way over any one else out there from the GOP.

Posted by: rharring | November 2, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

First I agree Palin isn't a very strong candidate. However, as unqualified as she is, she is still better than any Democrat.

Democrats have no clue why liberal policies kill jobs, hurt the poor, hurt minorities, destroy families etc etc.

You can't regulate and tax your way to prosperity. Democrats are clueless.

Federal spending of tax dollars is simply a shell game. You are taking money out of the private sector and moving it to the public sector.

You can get a small sugar rush now but in the long run you still have to pay the credit card. Nancy Pelosi took over in 2007 and added 5 trillion in debt our children and grand children will have to pay for.

The Tea Party gets it. Thank God for the Tea Party.

Posted by: TimC4 | November 2, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Lord, how much (metaphorical) ink is spilled over this female figure. And she's not worthy of notice? Tsk tsk.

Posted by: qoph | November 2, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Timc says:

"Democrats have no clue why liberal policies kill jobs, hurt the poor, hurt minorities, destroy families etc etc."

Not really into facts are you? Lets look at the facts compared to your fact-less rant:

Gop job creation,

Combining Nixon - Dubya the GOP created

GOP created: 31.1 million jobs with 5 presidents spanning 28 years.

Dem created jobs: 33 million with just 2 presidents spanning 12 years.

Budget deficit:

hile the debt did go up every year during Johnson’s time in office (1963-69), he was the last president before Clinton to submit a balanced budget, and Johnson did this during a time of a very hot Cold War. Johnson’s average was a debt increase of 3% for the six years he served. He had a Democratic Congress to work with all his years in office.

Even Nixon (President from 1969 to 1974, when he resigned in disgrace) only had one year when he raised the debt more than 6%, 1971. His average was 5% for the six years he was in office. Between uncontrolled inflation and Ford’s conservative bend the debt increased 17% his first full year in office (1975), and 13% his second (1976). Ford’s plan to impose a policy of price controls failed to bring government overspending and inflation under control.

Starting in 1977 President Carter tried to control government spending even during inflationary times. The national debt increased an average of 9% per year while he was in office, and his policies eventually brought inflation under control with the help of a semi-cooperative Democratic Congress. He was thrown out of office after one term for making and implementing the hard decisions required to cut spending and deal with the energy crisis. (Had we followed his policies all these years we would not be dependant on foreign oil as we are now under Republican leadership.)

As President Reagan entered office in 1981 he repeatedly called for a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, yet never submitted a balanced budget himself[7]. Many on the right reflexively blame the Democratically controlled Congress for the “big spending” during his administration, even though Republicans controlled the Senate for the first six years of his two terms. Only during the last two years of the Reagan administration was the Congress completely controlled by Democrats, and the records show that the growth of the debt slowed during this period. It appears that the frequently referenced Reagan’s Conservative mythology is contrary to the truth, he was an award winning, record setting liberal spender and government grower.


The fact is that Reagan was able to push his tax cuts through both Houses of Congress, but he never pushed through any reduced spending programs. His weak leadership in this area makes him directly responsible for the unprecedented rise in borrowing during his time in office, a

Posted by: rharring | November 2, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again...another smear campaign. Always taking things and twisting them around so as to try to marginalize the subject. Palin has always been consistent. Maybe she has lost a little of her patience lately. But she is more stoic and has more patience than anyone I know. I don't know how she could have kept her cool as long as she has. The radical left and the "good ol' boy's club" Republicans are afraid of her because she is a threat to both. So, they throw everything they can at her focusing all their energy on defeating and marginalizing her. Still, she maintains and I respect her for it.

Posted by: JanineC4 | November 2, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Why is anyone surprised or shocked at anything this woman says -- she has proven again and again that she is just plain stupid. Sadly, there are many like her who buy into her beliefs and many others who are willing to manipulate them for their own purposes.

Posted by: Eyelyoness | November 2, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Republican and other assorted members of the extremist right wing fringe element:

As ye sow, so shall you reap.

Posted by: seattle_wa | November 2, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Gerson,
I urge you to re-examine your current perceptions of Sarah Palin. After 50 years of observing politics and politicians, I am finding Ms. Palin refreshing and invigorating. As opposed to what most politicians do, that is, they say what they are opposed to and not what they support, Ms. Palin actually states her opinion.
Palin's endorsement of Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Republican Senate primary is in no way representative of her overall endorsement package, yet you extrapolate and generalize based on merely one case. O'Donnell is not experienced nor polished and has made some gross errors in her expressions, but she does seem to represent the majority of our citizens - but the damage was done and she got soundly trumped in the polls.
Oh, and by the way, Ms. is a perfectly acceptable substitute for Mrs. I am well aware that she is married, I just choose to keep her labeling more neutral. I somehow think some people would choose to use that as an additional label in their sexist approach to the actual issues.
So, Michael Gerson, please present a balanced and objective argument if you do so chose to smear Ms. Palin's name in the future. I urge you not to cherry pick individual events but to follow issues on the whole, only then should you characterize someone based on a full investigation. Gather all the facts, present the whole story, and then make your conclusions. This article appeared clearly biased and fact free.

Posted by: joelhar1 | November 2, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not going far. She has peaked. At the moment, the Republicans, though dominant, lack a credible voice at the top. That lack may cost them their chance at the Presidency in 2012. The past has shown that a strong current of public support cannot make up for the lack of a viable candidate at the top of the presidential ticket.

Posted by: samsara15 | November 2, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

{If Christine O'Donnell somehow wins today, we'll soon see a lot fewer articles like this one and a lot more along the lines of "I for one welcome our new Alaskan overlord."}

Ding, dong, the witch is dead, the witch is dead, the witch is dead! Now maybe O'Donnell will take an honest job instead of being a career politician and loser of elections. Then she might actually earn enough to pay her taxes like the rest of us!

Posted by: Throwin64 | November 2, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Gov Palin for the Republican victories today. You have worked hard and tirelessly to bring out the Conservative voters and give them hope. Thank you thank you. Though the liberals will sling mud and worse at you and have, you have stood tall and ignored them. And look where we are today! By 2012, the liberals will be so discredited, they will be out in the wilderness for many years to come. Keep exposing them, keep encouraging us sane people..to not lose heart.. that we can win... thank so much!!! Repubs take over house... whooee.. and let's wait and see how many seats in the SEnate.
Good job girl.!!!

Posted by: rickshawjim | November 2, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh God. Hell must really be freezing over because I TOTALLY agree with every word that Gerson has written here. BRAVO! John McCain should be ashamed of himself for unleashing this rightwing nutcase on America!

Posted by: wood371 | November 3, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

The Final Days must truly be at hand. I FULLY agree with a column by Michael Gerson. But Michael, why did you not body forth with your accurate assessment of Ms. Palin long ago, when your newly-found courage might have had some salutary effect?

Posted by: bloommarko4 | November 3, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of erratic statements, I can think of several dozen that have come out of President Obama's mouth that have been consistently ignored by Gerson and the newspaper he works for. Of course if you are a Communist or if you hate your country, you would not find these statements erratic. What is mainstream has been redefined by the leftists in the media and so it is never surprising what they believe constitutes the norm. They have found out yesterday that many disagree with their assessment. Cheers.

Posted by: lavistabb | November 3, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

If there's a silver lining to the Tea Party mobilization and contribution to the GOP reclaiming the house, it is this: The believe they are on a (God-given roll) they will absolutely do everythig they can to nominate Palin- and they might well do it? And what Angle did for Reid, or O'Donnell did for Coons will pale in comparison to how big Obama will win in 2012.

Of course there is an easy way out for the more pragmatic elements in the GOP Deathstar- Palin has made it quite obvious that she can bought off. But she will make them pay handsomely for her recusing herself from their campaign

Posted by: interactidiomas | November 3, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Palin HAS NO CLASS. She is a sleazy as they come. And now, she's stuck on the GOP like molasses. Good luck GOP, you're dancing with the she-devil...and you asked for it. She's going to take your party over a cliff.

Posted by: B-rod | November 3, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse


God save us from her.

Posted by: danw1 | November 3, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

HA!! Speak for yourself, Mr Gerson. Mrs. Palin's idiocy was abundantly clear to some of us when she talked about seeing Russia from her backyard, couldn't name a newspaper she read and enjoyed her time with "real Americans". The rest of knew she was a loon 2+ years ago. You're late arriving, but welcome aboard.

Posted by: CardFan | November 3, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Don't blame us. Blame the media. You're the idiots who pretended she was a realistic candidate in 2008, thereby giving every dumb hick without an education a heroine for years to come.

Posted by: ExConservative | November 3, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Careful, MIKEY. Your disparaging your soon-to-be Lord and Master. Good luck seperating yourself from the glorification of ignorance now embraced by the majority of your ilk.

Posted by: mrtimmaulden | November 3, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

It's rather typical of the Democrat play book. Divide and conquer. The media spoon feeds us their version of the news and then they get upset when we don't follow them (the media) blindly like mind numb robots. If you don't get traction on beating her up on the issues she believes in them attack her personally and call her names. Sticks and stones may break my bones but names shall never hurt me. I used to infuriate the bullies on the playground with that one, I wonder how the Democrats feel when it's applied to them. The problem is that the free people of this country are still too intelligent to believe most of the guano that is being written in any of the financially ailing liberal papers still printing today. But fear not, with the Education Administration wasting billions of dollars making sure that all children are taught to the lowest denominator and the teachers unions there to enforce it it won't be long.

Posted by: acutrona | November 4, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

I've seen/heard many people claim that Sarah Palin has such "great political instincts." I just don't see it. If she aspires to be President of ALL AMERICANS, she does herself no favors by calling the GOP establishment "sleazy" and using terms such as "real Americans" as she has done in the past. More often than not, Sarah Palin is her own worst enemy.

Posted by: JFredSmug | November 4, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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