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Posted at 6:11 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Sarah Palin needs to 'man up' if she's going to run

By Jonathan Capehart

After reading Robert Draper's profile of Sarah Palin that will run in the New York Times Magazine on Sunday -- the one in which she says "I am" thinking about running for president -- I remain convinced that she won't for three reasons.

First, the half-term governor is a whiner. Palin is still lashing out at aides to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for transgressions during their failed 2008 presidential campaign. She's still complaining about the "lamestream media's" unfairness towards her, whether it's twisting her record or focusing obsessively on her personal life. She bemoans the "left that came out attacking me" and says "they showed me their hypocrisy." And she continues to rail against Republican operatives who take shots at her through anonymous quotes.

Republican operative Mary Matilin said she didn't know Palin well enough "to know if she's developed the thick skin you need to be endlessly resilient, the way Reagan could take things for decades and let them roll off his back." The answer is no, she hasn't. Palin is going to have to quit whining and "man up" if she is going to jump in the main ring of presidential politics to compete for the privilege of having the toughest job on the planet.

Second, to be blunt, if Palin is running for the nomination, she is half-assing it right now. Draper presents a potential candidate whose travel, writing and other pronouncements are seemingly done on the fly. She has aides with no set responsibilities. The result is that requests for interviews, meetings and other events potentially vital to a White House run fall through the cracks. "There is no über-strategy," said Fred Malek. According to Draper, the Republican establishment eminence gris gave her great advice last year.

Focus on amassing a good record as governor, he advised her. Run for a second term. Develop some policy expertise. Do some extensive overseas travel. Generate some good will by campaigning for fellow Republicans.

Palin resigned the governorship of Alaska three weeks later. Despite recent speeches on the economy and other issues, she hasn't developed any policy expertise. Palin has yet to do the extensive overseas travel Malek suggests. But she has generated good will by campaigning for fellow Republicans. And even that hasn't endeared her to the party faithful, especially the Tea Party base. Jon Ward of the Daily Caller wrote yesterday, "Perhaps the least known aspect about Sarah Palin's relationship with the Tea Party is that though almost all in the movement love her and support her, many of them simultaneously have serious reservations about whether they want her to run for president." The disapproval of Palin by the wider American electorate remains very high.

The third, and most important, reason why I think Palin won't run for president is because she is spectacular at being a star. Look how the media hang on her every tweet, Facebook musing or Fox appearance. She's making money hand over fist, still has an outsized role in the Republican Party and national politics and none of the responsibility or accountability that comes with an official declaration. Much of that will disappear if Palin jumps into the presidential sweepstakes. And she will prove that she's not nearly as savvy as I think she is.

By Jonathan Capehart  | November 17, 2010; 6:11 PM ET
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Comments

Thank you for that brilliant commentary. Perhaps now you can enlighten those of us in the dark on why Paris Hilton won't be running for president either.

Posted by: tianyisun | November 17, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand what continues to suggest Palin is newsworthy.

Posted by: gpsman | November 17, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"man-up?" I thought she already was a man. I do wish she does run, assuring Obama and the Dems will win back DC in a landslide. I can see her now, quitting in the mid-term because Putin laughed at her. There are the delusional and then there is palin.

Posted by: mikel7 | November 17, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"I don't understand what continues to suggest Palin is newsworthy."

I guess you've been living in a cave, so I'll give you the condensed version:

1.) She has just become a political kingmaker by wiping out the Democratic majority in the 111th Congress.

2.) Her television show broke all ratings records on TLC: 5 million viewers which is more viewers than Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann can get, COMBINED.

3.) Her next book, due Tuesday, is already a best-seller, and should net her million$.

4.) She continues to draw thousands of people for her speeches and appearances nationwide, on any day of the week. When was the last time our president drew more than 600 people?

5.) She either shapes policy, provokes debate or calls out the Obama administration's lies with a simple Facebook post.

6.) She has years of political experience, has exposed and eradicated corruption in her state and her own party, has put America on the road to energy independence and - unlike Obama, Geithner and Bernanke - knows how to balance a budget.

7.) Has run a business, raised a family, and is a self-made woman who got NO HANDOUTS nor had to rely on nepotism to achieve what she has.

8.) Is beloved by millions nationwide.

Oh and, by the way, in the time it took me to write this, 460 new fans joined her Facebook page.


Posted by: QuineGeology | November 17, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not about to run for anything. She can't handle unscripted questions.

It's the same schtick Gingritch uses only he sells actual books whereas its a mystery if Palin can even read.

Posted by: lemondog | November 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Palin is not about to run for anything. She can't handle unscripted questions.

It's the same schtick Gingritch uses only he sells actual books whereas its a mystery if Palin can even read.

Posted by: lemondog | November 17, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

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Unscripted? Ummmm, have you actually listened to our president when a TelePrompTer is not available?!?

BTW, WP, what is the deal? 5 "articles" and columns today focused on Palin? You guys haven't scrutinized Obama as much as a candidate or as president. Double standard much?!

Posted by: sagedutch | November 17, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin needs to 'man up' if she's going to run"

Capehart, you wouldn't know a "man" if one bit you in the a**, which probably happens often. Not that there's anything wrong with that....

Posted by: QuineGeology | November 17, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

"Do some extensive overseas travel. "

How do you plan an overseas trip when you don't even know what the names of the continents are?

"Todd, let's go to Asia. Do you remember what the capital of Asia is? Let's land there first."

Posted by: B2O2 | November 17, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart
Are you afraid of a woman becoming president?
Are you afraid of someone that can actually apply common sense to issues vs academic theory?
If Palin is so savvy - why wouldn't she get into the ring and get her ideas on how she would govern into the discussion to establish planks or even to see how much support she can garner?
Why have you (and Dionne, Millbank and Robinson) spent SO MUCH time and ink trying to tear her down if she is such a non-contender?
Though dost whine too much yourself.

Posted by: lynnman1 | November 17, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of "manning up"... The head of the conservative American Family Association is now ridiculing Medal of Honor awardee Sgt. Salvatore Giupta as being too "feminine" for not killing enough enemies while he was saving his fellow soldiers.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/11/bryan_fischer_weve_feminized_the_medal_of_honor_by.php?ref=tn

Those family values conservatives! Always teaching us what's right and keeping us straight. What would we do without them to guide us?

Posted by: B2O2 | November 17, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans who have the real power of how to win elections will not let her run for the presidency. They know the outcome if she is a serious candidate.

Posted by: snoopsmom | November 18, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for Sarah Palin to return the favor and tell Mr. Capehart to "man up". It would seem Mr. Capehart has been reduced to WaPo Gossip Columnist.

Posted by: Rschrim1 | November 18, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

I want her to declare her candidacy for President of the United States. Then I will declare mine. Finally I have found someone easy to beat in a political race. I want a debate. She will refuse because she is an idiot.

I have a military record, a successful business management record , and more years than she has working. I read everything and feel free to discuss any issue.

She supports, we think, a narrow minded right wing religious whacko view of the world. Being a nut case, she came by it honestly.

All the workers in America should take a razor blade to their wrist while in the voting booth, that's what they are doing voting for Palin.

I support nude airline flights. That way no one has to be offended by screening. Plus every passenger should be given a gun while on the flight. That is great libertarian airline security.

Go nude Sarah,then you won't have to talk.

Posted by: COWENS99 | November 18, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Seriously Sarah Palin run for Pres. in 2010?? I think she would be better as a replacement for Oprah when she retires from being the number one talk show host. Her network would do well to hire Bristol, if not Sarah. Sarah is likable but ALL DUE RESPECT Ronald Reagan she is not!

Posted by: Plzhandlethetruth | November 18, 2010 3:58 AM | Report abuse

MAN UP??? Maybe you should sexist down your views of women in politics a notch or ten.

Posted by: shutoz | November 18, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

Jonathan Capehart, are you kidding me?

I'm SHOCKED and APPALLED that a columnist of your merit at such a fine newspaper would use the term "MAN UP."

Do you really not understand how incredibly sexist that term is?

Posted by: kewuh | November 18, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Well done Mr. Capehart. I'm with you.

Ms. Palin lost me when she winked during the VP debate. As a woman myself, I'm all for women in leadership, but I want them to make it on their own merits - their inteligence, their drive, and their ability to out-think their opponents and their accomplishments. Ms. Palin displays none of those qualities. She instead believes she can make it on spewing shallow bumper sticker slogans, her record of quitting and failing to fulfill her obligations when the going gets tough, and her sharky mean jr. high school vindictiveness and her cutesy momma grizzly schtick and her looks.

You nailed it mr. capehart. Ms. Palin would stand a better chance of hosting Entertainment Tonight than running this nation.

Posted by: notfooledbydistractions1 | November 18, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Man up? You need to man up Joe, and just admit you fear, and hate, Sarah Palin.
Trust me on this one. Once you do, you will feel better.

Posted by: Rightthinkingkindofguy | November 18, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Careful, Capehart; of course, you are correct about Palin's amateur night "ground game" and her lack of traditional credentials, but she can always get some of those. Well, not real ones, but, just listen to her recent speeches - she dropped in a couple of "QE2" references while repeating the know-nothing conservative take on them. I don't think that's enough, but her audiences did. She has huge name recognition, millions of admirers, and there are plenty of donors waiting for her to run. Now, if you said the majority of voters would find her unqualified - I'm with you there.

Posted by: ixam | November 18, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Man up? You need to man up Joe, and just admit you fear, and hate, Sarah Palin.
Trust me on this one. Once you do, you will feel better.

Posted by: Rightthinkingkindofguy | November 18, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I share your opionion that it would be a bad move for her to actually, competitively run for the nomination given your perception of her motivations.

But wouldn't it be perfect to play the "I might run" (drive publicity) announce her intention to run (drive publicity) then drop out before any contests (for family, personal reasons, etc.) and drive more publicity and not have to take the chance of losing a primary?

Posted by: nobake | November 18, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Palin in a nutshell: she and her supporters think its fun to stuff the Dancing with the Stars ballot box to prove that a mediocre dancer can win over three much more talented contenders. What does that prove? That mediocracy is the goal. Obviously, according to Palin, anyone can be president. No intelligence? Who cares? No talent? Not a problem!

Posted by: Jem248 | November 18, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Sagedutch: Obviously you never viewed Obama when he "ate the Republican's lunch" when he appeared before them in Baltimore regarding their arguments about healthcare! No teleprompter, no written notes, that the Republican's brought to the meeting, and Obama recited fact after fact that the Republican's could not answer!!! They, Republican's, were beaten to a pulp! Guess that's why they cancelled the invite to the White House.....cowards...

Guess you watch too much Faux "News" who wouldn't dare show it!!

You should get out more for an education as to what is REALLY factual!

Posted by: ginger470132 | November 18, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Wow, these Palin loons sure are defensive of their Mama Grizzly! Any negative comment bring squeals of outrage from herds of these deranged losers.

Posted by: trbajaz | November 18, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

"I don't understand what continues to suggest Palin is newsworthy."

I guess you've been living in a cave, so I'll give you the condensed version:

**Let's just take these point by point...


1.) She has just become a political kingmaker by wiping out the Democratic majority in the 111th Congress.

**About a third of those she backed failed to win their races. That suggests she is not the biggest factor responsible for wiping out the Dem majority.

2.) Her television show broke all ratings records on TLC: 5 million viewers which is more viewers than Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann can get, COMBINED.

**That is not true. WALKING DEAD earned twice her ratings, which came in at 1.2 (WD got 2.5). She didn't get anywhere near 5 million viewers. TLC might be happy with her ratings but they're not big numbers.

3.) Her next book, due Tuesday, is already a best-seller, and should net her million$.

**She has a committed fan base. What else is news?

4.) She continues to draw thousands of people for her speeches and appearances nationwide, on any day of the week. When was the last time our president drew more than 600 people?

**Her rally with Glenn Beck pulled in about 67k attendees to the National Mall. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert about doubled that (or better). She was beat by two basic cable comedians. What does that tell you about her unbelievable popularity?

5.) She either shapes policy, provokes debate or calls out the Obama administration's lies with a simple Facebook post.

**I don't think Obama gives a damn what Sarah Palin thinks. To that extent, she doesn't shape anything other than the opinions of a small number of like-minded dopes.

6.) She has years of political experience, has exposed and eradicated corruption in her state and her own party, has put America on the road to energy independence and - unlike Obama, Geithner and Bernanke - knows how to balance a budget.

**And she quit her term as governor halfway through. You think that's a selling point with the American people? BTW, the only way Alaska's budget was balanced was due to massive federal subsidies and pork leveraged by Sen. Ted Stevens (RIP), not because Sarah's a brilliant economist. (She isn't.)

7.) Has run a business, raised a family, and is a self-made woman who got NO HANDOUTS nor had to rely on nepotism to achieve what she has.

**See above. Federal money and pork. Alaska eats it for breakfast.

8.) Is beloved by millions nationwide.

**And hated by even more millions nationwide.

Oh and, by the way, in the time it took me to write this, 460 new fans joined her Facebook page.

**As Barnum said, "There's a sucker born every minute."

Posted by: dbitt | November 18, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

All you petty little whimps just can't stand it when any conservative (especially one that is an honest, straight-talking independent woman) is demonstrably successful and well-liked by a sizable segment of the population. So, the single ongoing effort continues to tear her down, denegrate and discredit her, even BEFORE she's decided what to do. She is a THREAT and these hysterical, flailing insults and negative comments prove it. Me thinks, thou doth protest too much.....

Johnny boy, as for your condescending, simple-minded assessment, I believe it is seriously flawed. First, your definition of "whiner", includes pointing out the TRUTH, regarding the double-standard and bias thrown her way at EVERY turn, included from the Stupid side of the GOP (which still seems to be quite active, unfortunately).... who in their right mind wouldn't complain.? But she's still here , isn't she???

Second, she's half-assed at running.. when she's not yet decided to???....What???? Only the contorted logic of a typical liberal drone could come out with that gem of intellect. Oh yeah, and the GOP wizards have such good successful advice to give her. She shows enough intellegence to tell them to go pound sand.

Finally, your last point may be correct, in that she'd likely take a serious pay-cut if she won. Frankly , I'm glad for her, either way; plus I love to see all you lib/drones in such distress! You so deserve it!!

Posted by: Shrimper | November 18, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

The article was very direct and nailed the issues..Problem -many in her gang do not want someone who has the credentials or decernment to govern--They think the World will accept a clueless -soulless scripted ninny because they have!

Posted by: jetlone | November 18, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Quine, the Democrats would like nothing more than to see Palin as the GOP nominee.

The reason is that while, yes, there are millions of tiny-brained morons who feel like you do about Palin, there are MANY MILLIONS MORE who would not vote for her for president if YOU were the other candidate.

So by all means, keep watching her shows, buying her "books," and sending her money. Most of America is laughing at you.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 18, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I love that you think she should Man Up. Let's apply all of the issues that you bring up against our current idiot in charge. Huuummmm, makes Sarah look a lot better already. Let's see first the Whiner in chief doesn't like Fox news telling the truth and has spent many happy hours whining about it. Thick skin? I understand that even the mention of the economic problems sends him into seizures. Spectacular at being a star, well you got me there because his star has definately faded, but maybe if he learns how to juggle or something he could still get a job at the circus.

Posted by: 2012anewstart | November 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

She has done nothing, nothing to enhance her knowledge of world wide affairs or expand her knowledge base about the government.
She tweets and face books like all the kids.
She thinks about running.
Why?
Because people send her money. For nothing.
And if she wasn't "thinking" about running, why would you send money to a millionaire? Her legal bills were paid for by the state and were no where near the amount she stated.
She quit 2 state jobs, one that she was elected to by the people. Not to become president, but to write a book, not about policy, but about her family and America.
She endlessly criticizes POTUS Obama, but offers no alternatives. We don't even know whose writing those, for God's sake, they sound to intelligent for palin.
She wants the power, NOT the responsibility of the presidency. Would she quit half way though? You betcha!
Her own words were, I'd rather be out here free then in some stuffy office.
I think that was the first honest thing she has said to the American people.

Posted by: mgardener | November 18, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The reason the Tea Party loves Sarah - they all bought the Hustler video "Who's Nailin Palin" and the guys are salivating over keeping her in front of the cameras so they can fantasize.
Give her credit - she's a great media star. Heck, why finish out your term as Governor (public service and all that malarky) when you can quit and earn about $10 Million a year, and even your hypocritcal dorky daughter gets 6 or 7 figures. You Go Girls! You've already earned more this year than I'll earn in my lifetime

Posted by: humbleandfree | November 18, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Ah Johnny, tis a loyal ComPost columnist ye are. Writing terible things bout that sweet lass Sarah Palin and why she can't be President. Your reasons, I'm sure, are good ones. Your big mistake is that as a Post employee, you support Obameh, who is the President now and an inexperienced, incompetentent, Socialist who does'nt even seem to like America; who refuses to acknowledge our enemies, but defers to them; who is reluctant to protect Americans for fear of angering his radical base; who possess an abnormal intolerance for criticism or dissent; who, quite frankly, advocates frightening policies that will destroy this country. Yet, as always with this once-great paper, another mandatory column trashing Palin, who may not be qualified to be President, but who is most definitley more qualified than the "man" sitting in that chair now.

Posted by: CubsFan | November 18, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I don't think palin will run because she has a really fun job now that pays very well and isn't particularly hard work. That job is promoting Sarah. She wasn't even in Alaska on election night holding Joe Milers hand -- she was in NYC living the high life. Does this tell anybody, anything?

Posted by: Sandydayl | November 18, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Succinct and correct article. Sarah Palin and the rest of her trailer trash clan are making too much money for doing nothing to actually run and lose. Then, the gig would be up. In campaigning, she would actually have to make some sense to people with actual brains.

Palin can't even run a household, let alone a state or a country! She should man up, as she is fond of telling others, and instill some values in her drug-dealing, promiscuous, foul-mouthed, unemployed, spoiled brat brood. The woman is a fake, laughing all the way to the bank.

Posted by: hockeymom1 | November 18, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

And Jonathan, you know all about maning up.

Posted by: hartwr1 | November 18, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is smart. She saw a way to make money and she has gone all out and all the media has fallen for it. The media has made Sarah Palin and her ego is so big she really believes she could be elected President. The Republicans see her as a person that can bring in the money, but I don't believe they will support her run for the Republican nominee for President.
McCain is still kicking hisself for creating the monster.

Posted by: collegebound1 | November 18, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

1.) She has just become a political kingmaker by wiping out the Democratic majority in the 111th Congress.

AND...wiped out a Republican majority in the Senate. Nevada, Conn., and CO were Republican locks before Palin got involved. Kingmaker, please. Rabble rouser, yes.

Posted by: Daedulus | November 18, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

We can’t let Tea Party candidates in Congress and many Republicans in Congress get away with denouncing Healthcare Reform and then accepting its benefits as well as health insurance from the federal government. Their devotion to small government should begin with their own wallets and medicine cabinets.

I am writing to you because I think Tea Party candidates elected to Congress and many Republicans in Congress need to take a pledge that they will refuse any benefit from so-called Obamacare and federal health insurance.

They should pledge to:

1) Refuse federal health insurance for themselves and their families. If they accept it, they should pay the full monthly premium, that is, both their share and the share the government pays for them.

2) They should refuse the benefits of recent reform, namely:
· They should refuse coverage for themselves and their families for any pre-existing conditions. This went into effect in July.
· They should refuse coverage for any adult children up to age 26. This went into effect in September.
· They should refuse free benefits of preventative care, such as mammograms without co-pays, which went into effect in September. They should pay those co-pays.
· They should accept lifetime limits on coverage, which means they are willing to accept bankruptcy if they contract a major illness.
· They should let health insurance companies deny their children coverage if the children have pre-existing conditions. This went into effect in September.
· If senior citizens, they should refuse prescription discounts that become effective in January 2011.
· If senior citizens, they should refuse free preventative care that becomes effective in January 2011.

3) If they truly believe in small government, they should prevent the federal government from enacting health care reform benefits just in their districts, such as blocking small businesses from receiving assistance in paying premiums; blocking assistance to elderly people in their districts who hit their Medicare prescription drug coverage (the “donut hole”); and blocking coverage for early retirees in their district.

When is someone going to call these people out? Please use your professional powers and responsibilities by asking Tea Party candidates and many Republicans in Congress to take this pledge. They want small government—let’s give it to them.

Sincerely,
Michael Thompson
Washington DC

Posted by: michaelt | November 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Riddle me this, Batman: After demonstrating, quite convincingly and point-by-point, what a tin ear this woman has for anyone's counsel but her own -- including those with a vested interest in her political success (ie GOP puppeteers), how can you possibly end by asserting your belief in her "savvy"?

The only think she savvies is how to keep the publicity machine a-churnin' and the bucks-a flowin', you BETCHA! Congratulations on being a cog in her wheel.

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | November 18, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I have the T-shirt slogan all ready to go: Sarah Palin 2012-2014!

Great post dbitt! I was about to write some witty replies to QuineGeology's hilariously twisted take on the whole Sarah Palin phenomonom, when I happened upon your reply to the Palindrone. That is a new word I invented; it refers to people who are caught up in the cult of personality surrounding Palin; it also refers to anyone stupid enough to watch her show next week. ROFL

Posted by: CMAN27 | November 18, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Palin gives DC insiders like Fred Malek and John Coale a little somethin'-somethin' from time to time to keep them around. They give her a (thin) veneer of respectability.

Lord knows her trailer trash family is doing its best to keep that veneer thin.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 18, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

This is really the only way that the right can get 'full scale, nuclear revenge' on those who elected the current monarch.. and I will say.. it would be fitting punishment for that portion of the electorate.. and no less scary (than Obama)for the entire electorate. She may be more masculine than MetroMan.

Posted by: newbeeboy | November 18, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

This is really the only way that the right can get 'full scale, nuclear revenge' on those who elected the current monarch.. and I will say.. it would be fitting punishment for that portion of the electorate.. and no less scary (than Obama)for the entire electorate. She may be more masculine than MetroMan.

Posted by: newbeeboy | November 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

This is really the only way that the right can get 'full scale, nuclear revenge' on those who elected the current monarch.. and I will say.. it would be fitting punishment for that portion of the electorate.. and no less scary (than Obama)for the entire electorate. She may be more masculine than MetroMan.

Posted by: newbeeboy | November 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

J.C. should never tell anyone to 'man up'.

Posted by: newbeeboy | November 18, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Please stop writing about her.
Please do not mention her ever again.
Please make her go away.

Everything she does is a) to make money, and b) to spread her Mean Girl meanness around.
Paying attention to her gives her just what she always wanted: fame.

Please, Media, find a way to ignore her.

Posted by: Victoria27 | November 18, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Michael Thompson:
Agree wholeheartedly. You want smaller government? Don't get yourself elected. You don't want "Obamacare"? Buy your own insurance, don't use what that government job provides.

And since the Tea Partiers are convinced the president is a Socialist, please find out how much it costs to educate your children, and PAY IT. Don't let me (childless me) pay taxes to educate your child. That indeed is socialism.

Isn't it funny how these tea partiers are always worried about someone having a hand in their pocket, yet they never stop to look at the ways they themselves have their hands in other peoples' pockets??

Posted by: Victoria27 | November 18, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

[@ 5:58 PM on November 18, 2010 Victoria27 Posted: "...wholeheartedly...worried..."]

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Posted by: SpendNomore | November 18, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is the best candidate the Republicans have so she should definitely run for President.

Posted by: roadman67 | November 23, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

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