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Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Who is reading about Sarah Palin -- and why?

By Richard Cohen

Sarah Palin.

The reason I started this post with the name Sarah Palin is that two weeks ago, when I wrote about Palin and Michelle Obama, my column was recommended on Facebook around 11,000 times. I credit some of that number to interest in Michelle Obama -- but most to what is clearly an insatiable interest in all things Palin. In show business, they would say that the woman has legs.

Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin.

The spectacular interest in Palin comes not, as you might imagine, from her fans on the political right. Nor from those who share her love of (dead) bears or those who can relate to her reality television show, in which you never see a book in her house. In a fascinating New York Times op-ed piece, Charles Blow tells us that what he calls an "obsessive-compulsive fascination" with Palin comes from the left. He begins the column by vowing never to write "the name Sarah Palin until she does something truly newsworthy." I shall take up the slack.

Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin.

I believe that when the name of Sarah Palin appears in a post such as mine, all sorts of alerts are automatically issued by some sort of computer mechanism that I cannot begin to understand. Texts are sent to phones and possibly toaster ovens and things happen by way of Twitter and Facebook and even, I think, the town crier -- "Eleven o'clock and someone is writing about Palin!" -- and that is how someone like me gets 11,000 or so mentions or referrals of, to coin a phrase, whatever.

Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin Sarah Palin.

But why?

Alas, Blow is long on data but short on explanation. He tells us that CNN, sort of the neutral control group, mentioned her name 800 times from Nov. 3 to Dec. 2, but the number for "left-leaning MSNBC" was 1,000, while Fox News, a redoubt of the right, mentioned her only 600 times -- and she works for that network. Again, why?

Two reasons. The first is that the left is sincerely mystified by Palin. It finds it hard to understand how someone so clearly clueless about so much could possibly be considered a presidential candidate. The left, you see, has long thought that there ought to be some connection between intelligence or learning and the right to govern. This helps explain its infatuation with Barack Obama, who, along with his wife, is accredited by no less than four Ivy League institutions -- Harvard twice and Princeton and Columbia, once each. George W. Bush, too, had an Ivy League background, but everyone knew that was a fluke and that he thought that learning -- book learnin', as it is sometimes called -- interferes with instinct, which is better than knowledge, anyway, and which is also why we are still in Iraq.

Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin.

The second reason is much more ominous. The left just doesn't get America. I say this as a fellow-traveler of liberalism and as one who recognizes that many liberals fear the heartland. They see it as a dark place of primitive religions and too many guns. For such a person, Palin is the perfect personification of the unknown and feared Ugly American who will emerge from the heartland to seize Washington, turning off all the lights and casting America into darkness. The left does not merely disagree with the right; it fears it.

As for myself, I trust America to distrust Palin. The polls at the moment show her with considerable, but not overwhelming, support as a GOP presidential candidate, but in many of them she trails Mitt Romney and runs virtually neck and neck with Newt Gingrich. At this point, though, the polls are meaningless. They are ways for voters to send a message, to express dissatisfaction or anger. They are far from a commitment to a particular candidate. Palin's support will diminish as other candidates question her credentials.

Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin.

In the meantime, as with all celebrities, she will be used to sell products -- everything from soap to People Magazine to MSNBC's nighttime shows. I intend to use her the same way -- Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin -- and to boost the popularity of my pieces, to trigger alarms and interest among my nervous liberal brethren. And because I have a hard time spelling Kardashian.

By Richard Cohen  | December 6, 2010; 11:34 AM ET
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Best to ignore Sarah. She has nothing to offer except criticism.

Republicans have side-stepped fiscal responsibility by wanting to extend tax cuts to top earners - banking/Wall Street bonus recipients, those with $10M corporate bonuses and others who milked TARP and stimulus money, oil and gas profiteers and speculators, people who've made millions from giving speeches/selling books, etc. - in other words, those who've gotten money from struggling consumers, government programs, and taxpayers, while using the social issues as a diversion from the country's problems. I've never heard of anyone losing their job or home because of social issues, yet the Republicans keep them out front.

Tax cuts to upper earners are saved - they never "trickle down" or circulate in the economy. Teabaggers whine about TARP but they let this issue slide - they make no sense at all.

Posted by: chris76543 | December 6, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Mr Cohen. It appears you do SOME research. Therefore Pentecostal Christians are on your SOME list. Did you know, as one example of SOME, Pens(short)are grounded in non-corporeal theology? Let us try this SOME. Did you know non-corporeals are the (for the secular)Spartans of the Pens? Their political manager is Jesus not B Bush or Rowe. In short(WIKIPEDIE WOULD HELP ON PENS 101)they do not react to the EPHEMERAL.--I stop here==Bored

Posted by: bulldogss | December 6, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"Palin's support will diminish as other candidates question her credentials."

I disagree. Palin's support will diminish when Republicans come up with a unified plan to fix what's wrong with the country (backed up with pros/cons, numbers, and results - like those of Mitch Daniels/Indiana. We're tired of hearing rhetoric, and Republicans are making a mistake by following Palin instead of going around her. Part of problems is they have no good ideas - this was shown by McConnell saying his main concern is making Obama a one-term president, then Republicans extending tax cuts to support wealthy contributors. It's already starting to look like Cheney/Bush III if Republicans win the presidency.

Posted by: chris76543 | December 6, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Who is reading Richard Cohen -- and why?

Posted by: kirnosnorbin | December 6, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

America has had over two years to watch Palin speak from the heart, while listening to Obama speak from a teleprompter. They’ve heard her relentless calls for a strong military, while watching Obama try to appease (instead of destroy) terrorists the world over. They’ve heard her defend the free market, while living with the ramifications of Obama’s stimulus package, nationalization of industry, and takeover of health care.

The American people have even seen a microcosm of a Palin-versus-Obama matchup via the 2010 midterm elections in which 30 of 43 of the House candidates she endorsed won, as did 7 of the 12 Senate candidates she supported. Moreover, those elections proved that while rank-and-file citizens largely support Palin’s worldview, they are rejecting Obama’s.
No wonder CBS News’ Nicolle Wallace said of Palin: “She is one of the shrewdest political figures in our country at this moment. She’s also one of the most electric.”

So while the pundits guess, stabbing blindly into the air in an attempt to come up with proof of whether Palin will or won’t run, the rest of us should just sit back and watch her go, because she’s running for the White House right now.

And if I had to place a bet on who wins in 2012, my money would be on Palin.

Posted by: idesign | December 6, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen, you are spot on about Palin. I am not 100% with you on the liberal's fear of rural America, I think you are truly overstating it. But the liberal hype over Palin will be over as soon as she stays where she belongs: on reality TV, being famous for being famous, in ranks with Paris Hilton and Kate Gosselin, a notch below B. Spears - and along with her "good American family" that she gladly undressed and put up for sale. As long as Palins stay firmly out of politics and in tabloids, most people would not care about them.

Fox News outsmarted American public by constantly throwing fuel into the fire and pumping up Sarah's political ambitions, and that infuriates a lot of people who are fearful of her potential entry into the world of real national politics.

To clarify my political affiliations: I am a former registered Republican, no more - thanks to GOP infatuation with Palin.

Posted by: tg11 | December 6, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

America has had over two years to watch Palin speak from the heart, while listening to Obama speak from a teleprompter. They’ve heard her relentless calls for a strong military, while watching Obama try to appease (instead of destroy) terrorists the world over. They’ve heard her defend the free market, while living with the ramifications of Obama’s stimulus package, nationalization of industry, and takeover of health care.

The American people have even seen a microcosm of a Palin-versus-Obama matchup via the 2010 midterm elections in which 30 of 43 of the House candidates she endorsed won, as did 7 of the 12 Senate candidates she supported. Moreover, those elections proved that while rank-and-file citizens largely support Palin’s worldview, they are rejecting Obama’s.
No wonder CBS News’ Nicolle Wallace said of Palin: “She is one of the shrewdest political figures in our country at this moment. She’s also one of the most electric.”

So while the pundits guess, stabbing blindly into the air in an attempt to come up with proof of whether Palin will or won’t run, the rest of us should just sit back and watch her go, because she’s running for the White House right now.

And if I had to place a bet on who wins in 2012, my money would be on Palin.

Posted by: idesign | December 6, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

It is astonishing anyone would buy, much less read the book. She didn't write it, she isn't known for anything literary.

She claims she is the new Standard Bearer for the Civil Rights Movement. Haven't heard anything from her and Glenn Beck since that day on the Mall in D.C.

She is a Fraud, as is the entire Tea People Movement.

Posted by: gthornton2 | December 6, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious

Posted by: Tom_from_AnnArbor | December 6, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"Palin's support will diminish as other candidates question her credentials."

No need to wait so long. Palin is well aware of the fact that all any primary opponent has to do is note that she quit half way through her term as governor and ask would she do the same as president.

She is FAR more interested in milking cash from her adoring hordes than doing any real work.

Posted by: CardFan | December 6, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I actually wrote about this months ago. http://mediastrut.com/2010/08/palins-influence-wanes/#more-316
When I saw the Charles Blow article I agreed...one of my strongest points is that she has become an enjoyable target to mock. And just like it did during the primaries, it is making her a stronger and more popular.

What I don't get is how anything Sarah Palin does is still interesting or funny or surprising. For any number of people, celebrities etc the American public is pretty good about adhering to the 15 minutes of fame rule. Yet and still, even with all her ubiquitousness, America still doesn't appear to be suffering from Palin fatigue.

Final thought: Reality TV has launched so many stars at this point, the more I see Palin capitalizing off of that, the more I do fear it will make her viable. That whole voting-for-someone-you'd-have-a-beer with sentiment seems to still be strong. And Romney and Huckabee aren't drink a beer with you types. Romney probably drinks fancy wine and Huckabee probably abstains from alcohol altogether.

Posted by: MediaStrutdotcom | December 6, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, she does explain why poor, rural types support the GOP-they really are stupid

Posted by: PepperDr | December 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse


Who cares about Palin?

The Palin-obsessed Left, RINOs and the low-rated MSM sites and columnists.

Posted by: janet8 | December 6, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

For a Pentacostal who pushed religion but openly admits to not going to church?????? The extreme R loves her family values?????? Look at her family?????? What family values????? Anyone can run around a spew religion and the Republicans jump on the band wagon. .....What I really hate about Sarah is the way she twists words and Republicans are too dumb to see it. Like, Obama is the most pro abortion president we have ever seen......He is pro choice...never have I seen him run around saying he is for abortions....he is just pro choice.

Posted by: clr1390 | December 6, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

idesign is an idiot.

Posted by: letemhaveit | December 6, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a retard.

Posted by: motogp46 | December 6, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

It's funny. Whenever a Palin supporter posts a well-structured argument (note that I didn't say well-reasoned), it's not all that hard to find it's copied from somewhere else..

So, idesign...you might want to reference the source of your statement:
http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/will-palin-run-she-already-is/

Posted by: db_in_va | December 6, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

idrool: "America has had over two years to watch Palin speak from the heart,"

You mean speak from the hand, numbnutz. Palin's cold, hard heart is smaller than the Grinch's.

Posted by: Observer691 | December 6, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

All of this Sarah Palin publicity is a part of the leftist conspiracy to win the White House again in 2012 by securing the nomination for Sarah.

If she obtains the nomination the Dems. will be a mortal lock to not only keep the presidency but also to regain the House and to expand their majority in the Senate.

They are being aided and abetted in this conspiricy by the "liberal media" who provide her with unwarranted coverage.

She will do fine if she stays off of the talk shows, avoids interviews (with the exception of those on Fox) and refuses to be a contestant on Jeopardy.

Posted by: WESHS49 | December 6, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Can you spell Paris Hilton? Same depth. Go for it!

Posted by: sellingpencils | December 6, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

As someone who is about as likely to vote for Palin as Obama (zero chance) I found the articles last week comparing the two to be fascinating. Of course the unhinged left scoffs at the notion, but both have a whole lot in common. They infuriate the other side and excite their supporters. Neither is qualified to be President and both are empty suits. The left, as Cohen predictably does, points out Obama has two Ivy League Degrees. They always fail to mention he didn't get in a top tier school as a Freshman, something those of us whose children were accepted by Harvard as Freshman can't help but note, and was a transfer student to Columbia, a back door way for kids who can't cut it for freshman admission. You never see any allusion whatsoever to the possibility Obama was the beneficiary of Affirmative Action, of course. It is curious that he won't release his grades or test scores like Bush, Kerry and Gore. Maybe there is a reason. The other comparisons are obvious. They are probably the two most significant political figures in America today, but in a rational world, neither would be considered qualified to be President in light of their lightweight backgrounds. Each is properly vilified by their opposition and elevated disproportionately by their supporters. Priceless. It is scary for many of us to now admit Hillary Clinton was the only qualified person who came close to being elected president.

Posted by: beachbum09 | December 6, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Can we be honest? Palin is COMPLETELY unique as a female politician! There is not one other female politico of any prominence that is "bangable." I will admit it! If she were just an ugly moose from Alaska, no one would care. She is the Anna Kornikova of politics. Male Critics are so nasty because we have a clear case of reaction formation. As liberal types, we overemphasize her political unsuitability and obvious lack of intellectual curiosity but we still love to talk about her. If Hillary looked like Palin and Palin looked like Hillary, Hillary would have been President and conservatives would be obsessed with her. As for female supporters of Palin? I don't know...

Posted by: Daedulus | December 6, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The liberals are busy hanging Palin around the necks of conservatives, knowing the independents can see her for what she really is, and what she really is not. They're trying to tell us that all conservatives are as clueless and shallow as she is, and that voting for any conservative is voting for her.

Sorry liberals, it won't work. We can see the difference. So what if all of her adoring fans are conservatives, exactly the kind of people the liberals say they are - not all conservatives adore her. In fact, this is what Cohen's editorial here is saying. He's not impressed by this liberal smear.

The funny part about this is that so many conservatives are falling for it. So many conservatives are in fact as stupid and clueless as the liberals say they are. This is where I have to stop myself from laughing or I'll start choking .... stop it, you're killing me!

Hey, I liked the three stooges a lot when I was a kid. That's what this all is, the three stooges bashing each other and the other fools in the film as well.

Posted by: eezmamata | December 6, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Um, you do Cohen, and all the other neoLib Soros puppets! You never go more than a day or two without an OPED about her. She took over after "blame it on Bush", which is still a fall back topic.

Posted by: trjn30 | December 6, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"other neoLib Soros puppets ..."

Hah! So says the Koch ring conservatives. How does it feel to lick the boots that are kicking you?

Posted by: eezmamata | December 6, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for a brave journalist to call Sarah Palin out for what she is - a complete fraud! Palin is a fraud. Palin is a fraud. Palin is a fraud. And once again, Palin is a fraud and a phoney and is toally unqualified to sit in the Oval Office.

Posted by: shellfizzle | December 6, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Sorry liberals, it won't work. We can see the difference. So what if all of her adoring fans are conservatives, exactly the kind of people the liberals say they are - not all conservatives adore her. In fact, this is what Cohen's editorial here is saying. He's not impressed by this liberal smear.
Posted by: eezmamata | December 6, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

What? What exactly is your point here?

An interesting development since the 2008 election has been attempts from conservatives to continue to hang onto their self respect by pointing out that, no they don't like Sarah Palin, and those of us who are thinking conservatives understand that she's a dingbat. Usually followed by some recitation of Mitt Romney's strengths.

Hey, you guys certainly don't think that Democrats are responsible for Ms. Palin's rise in visibility? (Yeah, I know, a lot of us are fascinated by her, in a car crash sort of way)

So, fine, stop drawing equivilances between a Harvard grad and a 5 school small town sportscaster, and join with those of us who would like this country to move forward.

Stop supporting the pary of cliched reactionism, and man up, and tell Fox News, Sarah Palin, and Michelle Bachman that you'd rather have your conservatism with a dash of reason.

Who knows, it might work?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 6, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

let's be real honest folk, if Sarah Palin looked like Susan Boyle we wouldn't be having this conversation. Anybody on TV is a product, but none so much as the good looking.

Posted by: maf53 | December 6, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

beachbum09, interesting points you make. Can you elaborate on why neither Obama or Palin are 'qualified' to be president? Regardless of degree or where they went to school or when they got accepted (and a BIG congrats on getting you child accepted to Harvard as a Freshman!), I don't see how anyone could think she's at all on the same intellectual playing field as he is (um, starting with basic grammar and then going to the reading level of the books each of them 'wrote').

And finally, I'd love to know who you DO feel is qualified to be president.

Posted by: db_in_va | December 6, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

who cares about Palin? You do. As you said, everytime you write about her, you get more readers. For you columnists, it's all crass commerce.

For the libs, it's just another derangement syndrome. I think you're on to something about how the left fears the real America. As only 20% of the country, they can't understand why no one thinks like them or likes them.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | December 6, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Can she write?? We know she doesn't read

Posted by: fairness3 | December 6, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Cohen proves the whole point. The only reason that people write about Palin is to get there hits up, which raises their ad revenue, and therefore the likelihood they they won't get the axe. So Mr. Cohen I'll do you a favor NUDE PAM ANDERSON there your career is safe until the next round of budget cuts at the WP.

Posted by: crete | December 6, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely!, gthornton2 !!!!
"It is astonishing anyone would buy, much less read the book. She didn't write it, she isn't known for anything literary.

She claims she is the new Standard Bearer for the Civil Rights Movement. Haven't heard anything from her and Glenn Beck since that day on the Mall in D.C.

She is a Fraud, as is the entire Tea People Movement.

Posted by: gthornton2
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Recently, I nearly fainted with astonishment as I saw a yuppie looking lady actually put a copy of one of Glenn Beck's "Book"s in her shopping cart ?? Maybe she was going to use it to start fires in her fireplace? Or-(God Forbid) she is one of the many Fox brainwashed ditto heads.

Posted by: lufrank1 | December 6, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I hope you are on to something, but, I'm not so sure that the whole of America is smart enough not to elect Palin.

Posted by: slovelace | December 6, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

If Palin was President, we wouldn't be in the "obama depression." The democrats and obama are responsible for the sub-prime meltdown. Resign obama, resign for the good of the country.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | December 6, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Please, please. please stop writing about this Alaskan dimwit.

She's nothing more than a modern-day real-life incarnation of that brain-dead character played years ago by Penny Marshall in "Laverne and Shirley."

Ms. Marshall performed the role of the moronic, ditzy-doofus woman tongue-in-cheek to perfection.

Palin, on the other hand, seems to look on that character as a role model.

Posted by: loulor | December 6, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin's new book has been relegated to the bottom shelf of the book bin at my local Smith's Supermarket. Her first book took up most of the top of the book bin for months.

I think the fascination with all things Palin is waining. It wained for me about a two years ago.

Posted by: arancia12 | December 6, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

It is the far left that is obsessed with Palin. Most of the Conservatives I know think she is interesting, sometimes funny, maybe not Presidential material, but I don't know anyone obsessed with her to the level the the Washington Post, NYT, Huff Po and other publishers of far left news and comment.

Get over her and start focusing on what a horrible job our lazy President is doing.

Posted by: asdf9876 | December 6, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen,

To many people, what a person BELIEVES is more important that what the person DOES, and is more important than the ability to ANALYZE. This is why R's always focus on beliefs. "My opponent belives in big government... I believe you should keep what you earn."

Posted by: philiphdc | December 6, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

You and all of your friends in the DC media establishment obviously do, or else you wouldn't comment on every batty thing she tweets.

Posted by: jbanks979 | December 6, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Palinbuttsniffer wrote: "It is the far left that is obsessed with Palin. Most of the Conservatives I know think she is interesting, sometimes funny, maybe not Presidential material, but I don't know anyone obsessed with her to the level the the Washington Post, NYT, Huff Po and other publishers of far left news and comment."

Child, please. Who do you think is buying her awful books, watching her awful tv shows, paying for her awful speeches, and spending hours voting for her daughter's awful dancing?

Hint: It's not anyone on the "far left," moron.

Posted by: Observer691 | December 6, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

She is a false figurehead:

She did not write her books and she doesn't write her Tweets and she doesn't write her opinions that show up in newspaper.

She is a complete fiction.

Posted by: vigor | December 6, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

LOL, I resolved last week to NEVER click on an article with Sarah Palin's name on it in the futile hope that if people would just start ignoring her the media would stop writing about her. I have to admit that the title of this article sucked me in! Like someone with a substance abuse problem I now resolve again to ignore all things Palin, please, please make her go away!

Posted by: pezbb | December 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

liberals don't fear rural America. Liberals fear IDIOTS!!!!

Posted by: noneckmd | December 6, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Richard Cohen at his snottiest, elitist best. What an A hole.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | December 6, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse


db in va: You wrote:
beachbum09, interesting points you make. Can you elaborate on why neither Obama or Palin are 'qualified' to be president? Regardless of degree or where they went to school or when they got accepted , I don't see how anyone could think she's at all on the same intellectual playing field as he is (um, starting with basic grammar and then going to the reading level of the books each of them 'wrote').

And finally, I'd love to know who you DO feel is qualified to be president.
++++++++

I think Palin has the kind of street smart, savvy intelligence sorely lacking in Obama. She is very clever and has manipulated the media and her supporters in a very impressive way. I know the liberals gush about how cerebral and intellectual Obama is, but I don't see any evidence of that other than what Axelrod says. He may talk like someone from a college campus, but out here in the real world a lot of what goes on in college campuses that they claim is intellectualism is actually a bunch of sophomoric nonsense and self-congratulating
puffery. I will never understand why someone would hide out in the Ivory Tower and deal all day with a bunch of 19 year olds who know little but think they know everything. The there are all the famous stories about the pettiness and bickering that goes on in various Faculty Committees, so as one who spent a bunch of time in school, I never looked back at my Profs as people who would necessarily do well outside the academic bubble. I think in many ways that type of so-called intelligence is vastly over-rated. All the Ivys are the ones who got our financial system and political systems in such a mess, so I don't see them as the masters of the universe some do. As far as who is qualified to be President? Managers. Governors who-sorry Sarah- have run big things and large government bureaucracies well and who have business sense. Some blend of the skills of Chris Christie, Bobby Jindall, Mitch Daniels, Tim Pawlenty, Jeb Bush and others. Even Romney, but I think the religious bigots on both sides would have none of him. I think there are some Democrats with those skills, but none come to mind right away. We have to have a leader with the backbone to get the spending under control and convince people that we have to suffer unimaginably painful spending cuts and a retreat of the Federal government into a lesser role. Someone who can stand up and say we have to cut Medicare, Social Security, education, transportation, green energy, defense and all the goodies that come from our bankrupt Federal Government. I think Cristie could stand up and do that - he is not ready yet- and Daniels has to a great extent in Indiana and has the OMB experience. I keep hoping our electorate will reject flash and elect some uncharismatic, green eye shade type who has the resilience to take on all the trough feeders. I'm not holding my breath waiting for that

Posted by: beachbum09 | December 6, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@idesign - Gee another teabagging troll.

Posted by: cholly85241 | December 6, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Here's a new amateur vlog on Sarah: http://tv1.com/vlogs/213/posts/300

Posted by: Read411 | December 6, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

As a follower of US news from Australia I am astounded that this women has the audacity to think she has anything to offer in any way shape or form. I also can't fathom how some one who calls themselves a christian can be so critical and hostile to others beleifs a faiths. If ther is a God please don't let SP end up in any position of power.....for the sake of the US and the rest of the world

Posted by: aussie7 | December 6, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Sarah Palin? YOU do, Little Dick Cohen, and the rest of the libby lib media. Rush is right--libs will let you know who they fear, and you don't fear anyone more than Sarah Palin based on the amount of ink you spill over her. I dare you to go even the rest of this year without including the word "Palin" in any of your missives.

Devon Spurgeon

Posted by: kbarker302 | December 6, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Were it not for the major media outlets, Sarah Palin would be Sarah...who?

This person was single-handedly responsible for the dismissal of McCain by the voters last election, and will be responsible for the re-election of Obama, should she choose to "run" and be feted by fawning media morons.

And THAT is the BEST reason to ignore this amoral cheerleader-gone-wild.

Posted by: wcmillionairre | December 6, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

MAD DOGS AND LIPSTICK

"The left," i.e., the majority of Americans, are obsessed with Sarah Palin in the same way they would be about a suddenly appearing lump on their head that they feared might be malignant. It's not her as an individual but what she represents. Who can forget the wild-eyed mob at the Republican convention mindlessly chanting "Drill, Baby, Drill?"

Palin compared herself to a pit bull with lipstick. But what if you knew that the pit bull was rabid and it was running through your house? What if your family members were acting as if it were just a cute dog and were puzzled about why you were so upset.

Palin wants us to "party like it's 1773." She and her supporters would swap the American Eagle for a rattlesnake. She represents the "Me Generation" on steroids, as in "Don't Tread on ME."

We obsess about things that pose an imminent threat, especially when others seem oblivious to the threat. Adolf Hitler also seemed like a mindless gadfly in his early days. But he carried the same appeal to "the folks" and an imaginary past as Palin does.

Gross ignorance, jingoism, arrogance and appeals to fear are a real threat to our country. We know that because we barely survived eight years of Warpresident Bush's insane reign.

As long as Sarah Palin is even remotely considered presidential material, she is cause for panic.

Posted by: motorfriend | December 6, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"We have to have a leader with the backbone to get the spending under control and convince people that we have to suffer unimaginably painful spending cuts and a retreat of the Federal government into a lesser role."

That's a very pleasant fantasy. There isn't anybody who could do that, anywhere. Neither party is able to select someone like that. Since the primary voters are the True Believers on either side, what these candidates say is far more important than what they do.

Electioneering is a science, just like any other marketing scam.

Everybody screams 'no more earmarks', with their party armband and signs waving, but as soon as they get in the voting booth they listen to which candidate is bragging the most about bringing home the bacon.

The reason all our politicians are liars and hypocrites is because all the democrat and republican faithful are liars and hypocrites. Our politicians are faithfully representing their constituency, just as designed.

Posted by: eezmamata | December 6, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

So glad to see you hailin'
Sarah Palin
While the left is railin'
And she leaves them wailin'
Sarah Palin
Guys want to be sailin'
with Sarah Palin
Ah...Sar-Ah

Posted by: johncf | December 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Get over her and start focusing on what a horrible job our lazy President is doing.

Posted by: asdf9876
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And yet you posted about La Palin here and you did not address the job our President is doing.

Too lazy to put some facts behind your whine?

Posted by: arancia12 | December 6, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have side-stepped fiscal responsibility by wanting to extend tax cuts to top earners - banking/Wall Street bonus recipients, those with $10M corporate bonuses and others who milked TARP and stimulus money, oil and gas profiteers and speculators, people who've made millions from giving speeches/selling books, etc. - in other words, those who've gotten money from struggling consumers, government programs, and taxpayers, while using the social issues as a diversion from the country's problems. I've never heard of anyone losing their job or home because of social issues, yet the Republicans keep them out front.

Tax cuts to upper earners are saved - they never "trickle down" or circulate in the economy. Teabaggers whine about TARP but they let this issue slide - they make no sense at all.

Posted by: chris76543 | December 6, 2010 12:30 PM |
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I find these self-serving, delusional statements so contemptible.

Since the 1930's Democrats have controlled the Congress for exceptionally long periods of time; and oftentimes they have controlled the White House as well.

Yet during all those times of near absolute power they seem incapable of restoring equity to the tax structure and the economy.

Here's why:

During the Gulf Oil Spill crises Obama's first thought was not to go to the Gulf Region and express presidential concern over this disaster. His first thought was to fly to SF and attend fund raisers for Boxer. Later that night Obama drove to the Billionaire Getty Mansion where for a "donation" of $20k concerned Democrats received a private audience with Obama where they could discuss the serious issues confronting them. Presumably they received a high return for their investment.

Look at the Democratic roster for both the House and the Senate: it is nearly impossible to find a Democrat who is not a mega mega millionaire. And in many cases these people have spent a lifetime of "public service" yet somehow they were able to amass a fortune.

Kerry paid $7 million for a yacht and then tried to hide it to evade paying taxes.

Rangel just spent $2 million trying to avoid the "terrible" punishment of the 1 minute censure.

The Clintons left the White House bankrupt yet now have a net worth over $100 million.

So spare us the Democratic talking points of "Republicans, trickle down, Palin, go boom....".

To me the Democratic party faithful have always resembled a bunch of serfs waiting around master's table in the hope that just a few crumbs will fall to them.

Posted by: krankyman | December 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Good grief. Some of the posters appear to believe that the economic/financial meltdown is all Obama's fault. The meltdown first reared its ugly head in 2007. It was Hank Paulsen and Ben Bernanke, along with the Bush administration, who initiated TARP and the first stimulus package. The term "too big to fail" was not coined under the Obama administration.

I'll grant that the recovery has been non-existant under Obama, but we may be paying the price for collectively spending what we didn't have for many years, irrespective of who occupies the White House.

In addition, many people who claimed that Obama was politically inexperienced are right. The Republicans were eating his shorts even before the last midterm elections.

And speaking of inexperienced - who quit her job as governor of Alaska, (A state where everyone gets a check from oil revenues - can you say socialism?) and is also politically inexperienced?

Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin.

Posted by: MillPond2 | December 6, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, as is evident in this thread at least this much remains consistent amongst the Left - they post the most insulting comments. Always so quick to denigrate other posters and use derogatory language to make their point. It never ceases to amaze me that Liberals have the audacity to complain about the civility of Conservatives. Then again, hypocrisy is a hallmark of Liberalism.

Posted by: Snowdog | December 6, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Palin?

Ummm...three of today's eight WaPo op-ed pieces are about Palin and none of them have nearly as much to do with her politics as they do with an inexplicable and unhealthy fear that she seems to generate among the left.

The left is obsessed by Palin and her family to a degree that is embarrassing and borders on a kind of virtual stalking.

It's nice to see a number of comments here by folks who understand this: That the right in general finds her amusing and a rough and tumble fighter for conservative issues but not presidential material.

Maybe some time with the local neighborhood shrink would help lefties sort out their issues with Palin and her family. Who knows, with a little help y'all might be able to live normal lives again some day.

Posted by: tom75 | December 6, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"The left just doesn't get America."

This is the best explanation.

Posted by: Jim33 | December 6, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

when you write her name over and over, you give her credibility, she does NOT deserve it. neither does the rest of us.
cohen,you and the rest of the baggers pray she is your white saviour.she is not.after the bushwacked 8 years sane rational americans will not let it happen again.
did you ever consider not writing her name again, ever?

Posted by: ninnafaye | December 6, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"one who recognizes that many liberals fear the heartland. They see it as a dark place of primitive religions and too many guns."

That's the straw man that Palin would have everyone believe. Whether one comes from the left or right, the reason to be repulsed by Palin is that she's first and foremost a demagogue. There are plenty of religious people and gun owners who object to Palin's "real Americans" rhetoric, which is a euphemism for bashing ethnic and religious minorities.

Posted by: Carstonio | December 6, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh but Master Cohen the Left is expert at "Electing the Clueless", witness the election of TheOne by The One's We've Been Waiting For! So much for the multiple "IVY LEAGUE" degrees, huh? And if you Dimwits are so hell-bent on extolling the Intellectual Virtues of TheOne over that other IVY Leaguer, Bush The Dunce, why is it Bush had the cajones to let the public see his education records, being that he is a Dunce and all, yet that Superiorly Intelligent All-Knowing 57stater has keep his hidden even from Mr. Wikileaks? Hiding Something there? You Betcha!!!!!

Posted by: bobcatbuzz | December 6, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

She's Icarus. Someone explain it to her.

Posted by: sidprejean | December 6, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

kirnosnorbin: Obviously YOU are reading Cohen. You'll have to answer your own question about "why", but I assume it's for the exact reason Cohen says - because he mentioned Sarah Palin.

Posted by: allknowingguy | December 6, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Why the fascination ? why the fury and vitriol on the Left ?

Liberal feminist Elizabeth Wurtzel writing in The Atlantic (Nov 23 2010):

“I suppose I should confess: I like Sarah Palin. I like her because she is such a problem for all these political men, Republicans and Democrats alike,.."

"The Democrats are total morons for not finding their own hot mama before the Republicans did so first, or maybe I should have left off the qualifiers and called it straight: the Democrats are just plain morons, at least where women are concerned.”

Wurtzel adds: “It’s a sign of another thing: that liberal men are wimps who can’t handle the hot potato that is a combination of feminine sexuality and female political brilliance.”

Ouch. Ouch.

Posted by: pvilso24 | December 6, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

It is remarkable that you can reach the position of getting an Op-ed at the Washington Post and not understand how Sarah Palin name comes to surface of news every day. You must know by now that if you want your article read you simply use Sarah Palin's name and then come up with the greatest insult of the day. Google then weighs it Sarah disparaging content and if you have the better insult your article gets to Sarah's first page of her Google Search. The pick the top three daily. You either write that she is stupid, crazy, or incompetent (all three guarantees you first page)and you get the most hits for the news day. Oh! I forgot to add that if you call her a liar, that usually gets a lot of attention. Sarah has written many an op-ed (yes before she was John McCain's pick) in your paper, but good luck on that search. Four or five pages down. Articles on China, Iran, Israel, England, Mexico, South America, that country Africa, our friend N.Korea have never managed to make Google's First Page under Sarah name. Articles about Sarah's governing of Alaska, how she defeated the Big Three Oil companies (after 30 years of corruption). No leads into what Sarah is saying on her Facebook that day, no you have to go there yourself to find out what lurks in the mind of Google's most infamous evil possessed, baby lying, retarded politician.

Please spare me Cohen. Your jealous of seeing others writers getting the notoriety as the Washington Press Corps, MSM,and LEFTIST Pundits play Lord Of The Flies with a captive Sarah Palin. Writers and the media are simply lazy, and taking another shot at Palin fills the requirement and makes the deadline. Of course if you wrote nice or positive things about her you would get crucified (Joel Klein is still recovering from Primary Colors). Just like a young Conservative Starlet in Hollywood, one compliment about a Conservative and your never heard from again.

So Rich, lets be honest here. You know what you have to do to get read. Google is in the Obama administrations back pocket, and there isn't an ounce of remorse destroying the reputation of a woman who just wanted to be the best public servant in the country, but the Obama Administration had it's tools and just like Blagoidavich, and almost Patterson, they decided to take Sarah Palin don in Alaska. Only with this Public Servant knows how to play in the real world and she is not going away. The only thing Google, yourself and so many in the MSM has accomplished is to EXPOSE yourself. You have gotten silly, reckless in your pursuit to destroy her and now every gets it. Keep writing about Sarah. Keep your Sheep laughing. When she winds up in the White House not a one of you will have a clue how she got there. We are simply repeating Reagan's rise to the Presidency. Sarah learned from the Clinton's: it is better to be in the news every day, good news or bad news, than to not be talked about. Sarah is in your face and she's not going away.

Posted by: DMac8889 | December 6, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Funny, funny, funny article!

Posted by: tebarnes | December 6, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Palin is "dumb" or “clueless” to many posters... I ask compared to whoem ? Harry "incoherent" Reid ? “gaffe-prone” Biden ? unpopular Nancy Pelosi ?

Palin abandoned the Governor's jet, the chef and the chauffeur, and cut the Alaska State budget by 10%... all leadership behaviors likely to be popular with Americans. Compare her with Nancy "I want a bigger jet" Pelosi... and Palin's the dummy ?

Palin ran a town and a state and left both with high popularity... she must be really dumb !

Palin's family faced bankruptcy.. a half-million in debt... so she retired as Governor.. handing off power to a popular Republican and made millions selling books and touring.. thats dumb ?

Palin's Op-Eds and Facebook articles on energy, jobs and health care mirror the majority of Americans concerns... but she's the dumb one ?

Palin led a successful popular Tea Party movement that has retired a record number of Republicans and Democrats in Congress this year. Led a historic victory !

Contrast her success with Defeated Democrats who re-elected as their leaders: Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi !

Who are the dummies again ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | December 6, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

If there are clowns out there who think Sarah Palin is a viable contestant for the presidency then I nominate Lady Gaga as well, she's smarter, more compassionate and dresses distinctively. Palin reminds me of the "Twilight Zone" episode in which a department store mannequin comes to life only to be eventually returned to the land of the nonliving.

How a woman who is as common as Sarah can pretend to be such an elitist is beyond me? If there is a God then she won't become president because you might as resurrect Ignatius J. Reilly and make him president. If we're going to be a confederacy of dunces we might as well has a master at the helm.

Sarah is only in the game for the money she can make from FOX news and publishing books that put h er forth as the expert on everything while knowing absolutely nothing except how to make babies and put on make-up.

She couldn't even finish off her term as governor! Yet people would put their faith in her to run a country. I wouldn't want her to be the Governor of my home state of New Hampshire! She's not qualified to run a dairy farm much less govern anything. Hey she even ignored her children until one of them ended up pregnant out of wed lock.

Posted by: davidbronx | December 6, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What I ADORE about Sarah Palin is how many insecure, left-leaning schmucks are scared out of their gourd of her.

Posted by: craigslsst | December 6, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

If Palin was President, we wouldn't be in the "obama depression." The democrats and obama are responsible for the sub-prime meltdown. Resign obama, resign for the good of the country.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY |
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Hey Chilly Willy, you loser friend Bush put us in this mess along with all the other loser Republicans. Got it Chill Boy?

Posted by: Classic60 | December 6, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

My theory is that Palin gets to much attention because she represents this dangerous new Right Wing fanatacism in all its glory. Sadly, the Koch Brothers-driven media is giving her credibility.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | December 6, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Cohen has really written an article about nothing.. except mention Palin's name and added a typical liberal media comment: "clueless"

Why never discuss her family background ? humble working class roots ? Her political triumphs ? - think successful Tea Party Leader, Mayor, Governor...

Why never discuss her popular positions on family, faith, the economy, BIG Government, energy, and American exceptional-ism ?

Why just the endless repetitive mud-slinging ?

Because she is successful and powerful and popular.. and the Left hates that in a Christian conservative women.

Posted by: pvilso24 | December 6, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin? I too am mystified by the media fixation on her. I note, however, that much of the fixation comes from middle-aged male journalists. Chris Matthews is just about the worst of the lot. My theory for the media fascination: Sarah Palin is good looking. She is clearly not presidential material. She was not even up to governing Alaska. She is getting rich and has been able to stretch her "15 minutes of fame" into a much larger run. World experience? Not much. Education and insight? Well, uh, no. In fact, she is pretty mean-spirited. Nice legs? Yep. Nice figure? Oh, yeah. Sense of style? Well she cleans up nicely. I would bet, however, that if she put on about 30 pounds or so then media interest would dry up rather fast. There. I said it. BUT, America being what it is, she could probably lose that extra tonnage, get someone to write a tear-jerking crappy book about it for her and claim it as her own, appear on "Oprah" hawking the book, and get yet another good run at that "15 minutes of fame" and have another dip into the money trough. The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Indeed.

Posted by: timka | December 6, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand SPalin but cannot resist reading about her. Why? Same reason I might rubber neck while passing a vehicle accident scene... morbid curiosity. Speaking as a center right independent who is disgusted with pretty much all politicians in this country right now, regardless of party affiliation, I am incredulous that anyone can consider her even marginally qualified to run her local school board, let alone a city, state and potentially the whole country. As such, I read about her latest moronic pronouncement, or watch her latest inane rant with the aforementioned morbid curiosity, somewhat amused by her complete lack of understanding and knowledge of just about everything, while at the same time horrified by the fact that enough of my fellow Americans support her that she has become quite a significant force in US politics. John McCain has a lot to answer for. To think I contributed to his presidential campaign and came close to voting for him in 2008 (I couldn't do it after he selected SPalin as his running mate).

Posted by: sensible2001 | December 6, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Let's take on the Ivy League thing: for starters we are all too aware of Affirmative Action. Getting to Ivy League is nothing more than a lifestyle choice for the Chosen (see the Kennedys, Bushes, and Affirmative Action). Other than a deep voice and good looks, Obama has not shown this great intellect, and has never put forth his academic record.

More importantly, life does not end when you in your early twenties. Leadership requires experience and a Spine. Obama has neither. Palin has it in Spades. Her entire public career she has not only battled an opponent, but a severely biased Press Corps. Can't say that about the anointed one, who has had a red carpet laid down for him (because he graduated from the Ivy League - that's an adult accomplishment?).

You keep living in your world of "making -it-up." All these "facts?" that Sarah Palin doesn't read, is not smart, is just made up and has been disproved, at least by those that actually bother to find out the facts. Most of your readers have no such intention, it doesn't keep the narrative going. I suggest you read her current book with an open mind, but I know that is asking too much. Regardless her supporters know why we support her and your readers will remain clueless. Clearly we don't see the same person as you or your readers do.

I'll just leave you with these thoughts: It doesn't matter how smart you are if you are governing with the wrong ideas. It is quite easy to govern with success with the RIGHT ideas.

Posted by: DMac8889 | December 6, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand SPalin but cannot resist reading about her. Why? Same reason I might rubber neck while passing a vehicle accident scene... morbid curiosity. Speaking as a center right independent who is disgusted with pretty much all politicians in this country right now, regardless of party affiliation, I am incredulous that anyone can consider her even marginally qualified to run her local school board, let alone a city, state and potentially the whole country. As such, I read about her latest moronic pronouncement, or watch her latest inane rant with the aforementioned morbid curiosity, somewhat amused by her complete lack of understanding and knowledge of just about everything, while at the same time horrified by the fact that enough of my fellow Americans support her that she has become quite a significant force in US politics. John McCain has a lot to answer for. To think I contributed to his presidential campaign and came close to voting for him in 2008 (I couldn't do it after he selected SPalin as his running mate).

Posted by: sensible2001 | December 6, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

It seems the only people who are reading and caring about Sarah Palin so much are the people who fear her most. The anarchists, atheists, communists, socialists, criminals and leftist democrats!

Posted by: IamWright | December 6, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Palin ever get her Koreas straight?

Posted by: SmallBusiness | December 6, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"America has had over two years to watch Palin speak from the heart,"

Yeah and it still sounds like blah, blah, blah, boom, boom. Chick can talk more and say less than anyone I've heard.

Posted by: chris76543 | December 6, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Who's Sarah Palin?

Posted by: tomswift96 | December 6, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

When people start spewing about THE left, THE right, THE far right, THE far left, liberals, conservatives -- when they start labeling and stop thinking -- I tune out. Politics has devolved into the shouting talking points. It's job-killing and anti-small business. Except for the consultants writing the talking points.

Posted by: jparks99 | December 6, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Well put. RC is right on the money here.

Palin is the perfect candidate for President of the gauzy and fictional USA that is mythologized on TV. All entertainment, platitudes, and certainty.

We neglect to read about her at our peril because Palin's administration would be the end of America as an influential world power. She is Shiva.

Posted by: roboturkey | December 6, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

She speaks for all the morons in our society, which is a fast growing constituency.

Posted by: johng1 | December 6, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Cohen - the some of us read about her is because we can't believe what is so fascinating, about a truly uninformed, thin-skinned, redneck, from Alaska. I could see if she really cared about this country, she doesn't, she knows nothing about this country or the world, for a person aspiring to be......................president????

her and president don't even go in the same sentence..

Posted by: sshipman1 | December 6, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Left wing kooks have to have a right wing bogeyman (or in this case person) to hate in order to feel complete. Bush Derangement Syndrome was replaced by Palin Derangement Syndrome. If Palin didn't exist it would be somebody else.

Posted by: standard_guy | December 6, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I suppose intelligent people can disagree on whether Palin has been treated fairly or not by the media, and I suppose she might have some great reserves of intellect, leadership and integrity that have been rigorously undisplayed up to now. That said, the reality of the situation is that this woman is a national punch line and will get only worse with age.

The problem is that the loudest voices on the Left (and Left or Right loudness seems to correlate highly with intolerence if not outright rhetorical thuggery) have been so reflexively condescending of anyone not sharing the liberal dogma that they have no credibility when a truly dangerous boob like Palin comes along. Put that together with a Republican Party that was looking for any lifeline in its maelstrom of defeat and there is no effective voice of sanity. I'm not on the Left, but we have common ground on the need to keep on poking until the air finally leaks out of this balloon. Every time she opens her mouth, she demonstrates that there is much less there than meets the eye - keep her talking.

Posted by: pt200386 | December 6, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Well the simple answer Cohen is this, People fear what they don't understand. It's easy to call the woman stupid and a moron. In fact it's just plain lazy. Why not challenge her on the issues!?? The reason this doesn't happen is the fact that most Democrats don't know the issues and get most of their information about politics from the Daily Show, Bill Maher, and MTV news that's why! That's the reason we have an American Idol president.

Posted by: skins91r | December 6, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I would pay Sarah Palin $20 to wash my car while wearing a white T-shirt. Other than that, I've got no use for her. Heck, I'll make the same offer to Bristol.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | December 6, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Richard I bet couldn't find a gun a skinning knife or fishing rod in your house or probably condo. The left fears the average American becasue they are close minded fools who are more at home at a Starbucks than they are in forest but yet they are the so called champions of the environment. The average leftie is fake who tries to fit in by doing what other lefties tell them that must do or say in order fit with the other fakes and phonies they associate with. They all sing the same boring tune. The fact is without electric power, lattes, Blackberry's and their computers the average city dwelling leftie would have succumb to Darwin's rules of natural selection long ago. Just remember that your existence Richard is very tenuous and it depends on the very people the left derides everyday as ignorant and to stupid to know what is good for them. I suggest that if you want to see ignorance in it's purest form all you have to do is look in the mirror.

Posted by: DCalle10411111 | December 6, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Sara Palin is the best thing that has ever happen to the Democratic Party. By the time she get through disrupting and splitting the Republican party, the Dems will have the upper hand.

Posted by: changeisconstant | December 6, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Sara Palin is the best thing that has ever happen to the Democratic Party. By the time she get through disrupting and splitting the Republican party, the Dems will have the upper hand.

Posted by: changeisconstant | December 6, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about $arah Palin? Are you kidding? The MSM can't get enough of her. If you people didn't have to have a headline about her every single day, the public would lose interest.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | December 6, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Sara Palin is the best thing that has ever happen to the Democratic Party. By the time she get through disrupting and splitting the Republican party, the Dems will have the upper hand.

Posted by: changeisconstant | December 6, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the largest waste of print and video media since howard stern . Both are hot air gasbags . Ignore them and they will go away .

Posted by: wts1574 | December 6, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick of hearing the name Sara Palin. I think the fascination with her is that she is such an idiot nobody can believe that McCain even selected her to be VP on the ticket. She revels in ignorance and wears it as a badge of honor. She's like the proverbial car wreck that one doesn't want to see but can't help but look as they pass by.The mere fact that there are folks out there who are buying her books and watching this ridiculous show is mind-boggling. I guess Palin's fame really speaks to the level of intellect in our electorate and population in general.

I bet she doesn't run but is leading us on to think that she will so she can rake in the bucks and her nutty followers are lapping it up like premium dog-food

Posted by: daygrrrrl | December 6, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

In 2008, Barack Obama was everything the left (liberals) wanted in a candidate, intellectual, eloquent, charming and black, to galvanize the base and bring the left together behind a common cause - to take back the White House. Now, Sarah Palin is everything the right (conservatives) want in a candidate, passionate, deep feeling, strong, practical, self-reliant and a woman, to galvanize the base and bring the right together behind a common cause - to beat Obama. She doesn't have to be smart, she just has to beat Obama. lol.

Just wait till they get her a teleprompter too. lol.

To beat a Star you need a Star, and this gal's got it. lol.

Posted by: darkasnight1234 | December 6, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

DMac8889 says:
"Obama has not shown this great intellect, and has never put forth his academic record."

and

"...because he graduated from the Ivy League - that's an adult accomplishment?"

Well, yes. It is. You fail to mention that he did so from Harvard Law Magna Cum Laude. And that he was elected president of the Harvard Law Review (no mean feat).

And he had graduated from Columbia - right on time - with a degree in Poli Sci with international relations.

And yet you want to see his actual grades??? Let's see you or sweet Sarah accomplish anything of the kind.

Posted by: Pamsm | December 6, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

She should stay in Alaska.

Posted by: fudador | December 6, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Her 15 minutes has run way too long. Please, let it be over soon. Anyone who believes that she should be in charge of anything needs to seek help immediately before they hurt themselves.

Posted by: Denny_98 | December 6, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post is obsessed with Sara Palin, she's featured on the front of the online edition sometimes two or three times a day.

Posted by: geo82170 | December 6, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Mrs. Palin represents a large number of Americans who want to "Keep it simple." It is either this or that. If it is about God and the Bible...it is true. For those who are perhaps, too highly educated...who did not grow up in a small town or outside a small town on a farm...Mrs. Palin and her family are "real Americans." I know...blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately, Andy Warhol is not here to paint her picture for all to buy - posters. But, her celebrity is cresting and she and Bristol are on the down side now. Her husband has the good sense to stay out of the way. She will make the money to send her kids and grand kids to college. What is not to love? She will not run for President, but she will earn money for her celebrity. Americans love folks who are rich! Don't we still love the folks on Wall Street. Rich folks? Yeah, baby!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | December 6, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Liberals have been calling GOP politicians ''stupid'' for as long as I can remember. That's the classic liberal response to people they disagree with. Plus, I think a pronounced regional accent of any kind is a deal breaker for our open-minded liberal friends.

As far as the Ivy league thing goes...based on the past couple of years that no longer impresses me. It used to. The genius cluster currently running our major public and private institutions obviously..let's just say maybe we should give the kids from State U a shot. They certainly can't do any worse and might actually do very well.

Posted by: august2 | December 6, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

You're darn right we fear the reactionary right. Barry Goldwater's cauldron of fear, selfishness, and hatred vomited out an army of megachurch zombies from Flyoverland, covering whole world in darkness for eight solid years. They left behind a legacy of torture, lawlessness, willful ignorance, pointless belligerence, superstition, unfettered cupidity, and deliberate coddling of the already-rich and powerful. And these same people only lost their grip on power for eighteen months before starting to "Take back their country." Beware.

Posted by: hayesap8 | December 6, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Give Sarah credit where credit is due. She didn't get the boob job and her butt padded for nothing. She knows that she is seen as HOT! By the men on the Right and admired by the wanna be Hot women of the Right. Especially those who don't have the blond hair Maryland Monroe ditsy kind of appeal. Add a little racial innuendo and you have a anti intellectual, militia, super star. They will combat nuclear bombs with fertilizer! And feed their overweight diabetic children whatever the Momma Grizzlies darn well please. Yeee!Hiii!

Posted by: minco_007 | December 6, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama is the first "affirmative action" President. Does anyone know his grade averages? What were his SAT stats? I know nothing about this man.

Posted by: Kansasgirl | December 6, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Why are so many people obsessed with Caribou Barbie? Because she's good entertainment. We're all waiting for her next major faux pas. Watching her is like watching a slow motion train wreck. You get to see the carriages get all mangled and all the blood and gore in slo-mo. Morbid? Yes! But fascinating nonetheless. Also, we progressives are morbidly fascinated how ANYONE could be stupid enough to think that she'd be anything other than the most disatrous US president the world has ever seen, even worse than Bush Jr. But there are people who believe that and a frightening number of them. There have been many studies that show that people (mostly) equate intelligence with beauty. I'll grant that Palin IS attractive, but she really proves the the point that too many people judge the book by its cover. What her supporters don't seem able to accept is that when they get this nice glossy coffee table book home, they're going to find that the pages are either blank or covered in meaningless doodles.

Posted by: ScottFromOz | December 6, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I have never voted for a democrat...no intention of doing so.

Unaware of any republican that has a clue or a backbone.

Sarah Palin....find an igloo...buy an igloo...enter the igloo...stay inside until I give you the signal.

FIFA is much more relevant than any other government. Most governments are simply pension plans that can grant visas.

Posted by: EliPeyton | December 6, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

The reason people on the left love hearing and writing about Sarah Palin is because they can't wait to hear what incredibly stupid thing she will say next. It's 1) funny and 2) gives credence to the idea that the Tea Bagger right is ignorant.

Posted by: smt123 | December 6, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The libs like you Cohen love focusing on Palin not because it get's you ratings, but because it is easier than talking about what is really at issue with the Democratic party.

That Obama is a failure.

Posted by: DaveLopan | December 6, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

The libs like you Cohen love focusing on Palin not because it get's you ratings, but because it is easier than talking about what is really at issue with the Democratic party.

That Obama is a failure.

Posted by: DaveLopan | December 6, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Has this doofus really never heard of a GoogleNews Alert? Does he genuinely feel it to be an impenetrable mystery? Wow. Well, he's still the smartest and most with-it Lefty in the stable. No wonder he sits on this lofty perch at the Post. The name of the blog is high-larious. He is the Post Partisan, not a non-partisan but if you are not as smart as, say, Sarah Palin (or Trig Palin? Too much?) you might be fooled, though briefly.

Posted by: megapotamus | December 6, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of "religous beliefs/ non believers'"_reality says idesign has more in his camp so
Prayer is the only answer. Common sense isnt so Common.

Posted by: forreal2 | December 6, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

idesign

Po widdle guy!

How to tell you?

Palin did not write her book... whatever is in it came from some ghost writer's heart...

Palin is a potty mouth, she speaks ill of more than half the whole country, and opines on stuff she has not the first clue about.

That's how you can tell she did not write her book, and if you think it came from her heart, you are watching the wrong part of her anatomy.

Posted by: dutchess2 | December 6, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Who is reading about Sarah Palin?

No one. Her supporters can't read (or write -- the Palinite baggers keep misspelling their n-word signs). And Ms. Phalin has admitted on TV to being unable to cite a single newspaper she has read.

Other than the position on black males that she once shared with Gregory Charles Royal, she has yet to articulate a coherent policy position on anything. So what's there to read about her?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 6, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Another worthless column by Cohen. Why do people pay this man?

Posted by: chatard | December 6, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

"The left just doesn't get America. I say this as a fellow-traveler of liberalism and as one who recognizes that many liberals fear the heartland. "

Cohen posits a falsehood here, namely that the few million living in the heartland ARE America, much more than the so-called liberals he's too cowardly to admit he symphatizes with. No, he's a mere fellow traveler (he learned from his grandparents that it's best to stay neutral in times of conflict between the great White Sahib and nornal thinking people.

Since we 'liberals' actually PAY for America, it is WE who are America, much more than them Red States! Until they actually stop leeching off our taxdollars they ought to shut the F... UP!

Why are we even listening to them? Okay, we're lazy and easily discouraged to get the other 50 percent to the polls.

"the heartland (...) a dark place of primitive religions and too many guns."
Cohen intended this as a slight mockery of progressives but he's actually correct here.

the heartland ... what's not to hate? They'd kill us if they could, and they'd be happy to do so. I say let's beat them to it, we're smarter anyway. Self-righteous bunch of lying hypocrite hicks, always voting for prostitute-junkies like Vitter, while he claims "Family Values". Says a lot about THEM, more than about him.

Posted by: CrashTestSmartie | December 6, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Tax cuts to upper earners are saved - they never "trickle down" or circulate in the economy. Teabaggers whine about TARP but they let this issue slide - they make no sense at all.

Posted by: chris76543 | December 6, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Typical Juchebag. Hey, Hopetard it is not your money. Get over it. You should be more concerned about all the bottom feeders who pay no tax at all and are on the public dole. Yea, you know who I am talking about: all the entitlement scammers who show up for their free handouts with their cell phones and blackberrys, sporting their new braids and hair extensions and their fancy fingernails. So inconvenient for them to pry their phat a$$es away from the big screen LED tv's they have to get their entitlement check. You need to worry how much the non-producers and bottom feeders in this country are sucking up rather than the money you want to steal from the successful, who still pay more in tax than you ever will. Shill.

Posted by: 65apr | December 6, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I actually read "Going Rogue" and found it a real farce. She spent pages crying about how everything she says or did was twisted by the lamestream media or taken out of context. And then in the next paragraph she hits Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle with the same garbage her network threw at him like it was God's truth. She never stops to contemplate the fact that he could be the victim of vicious gotcha journalism too. A person who hasn't learned that there are 2 sides to every story and the actual truth by the age of 46 is one that has no business even thinking of being qualified to be dog catcher, never mind president.

Posted by: AverageJane | December 6, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Tax cuts to upper earners are saved - they never "trickle down" or circulate in the economy. Teabaggers whine about TARP but they let this issue slide - they make no sense at all.

Posted by: chris76543 | December 6, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Typical Juchebag. Hey, Hopetard it is not your money. Get over it. You should be more concerned about all the bottom feeders who pay no tax at all and are on the public dole. Yea, you know who I am talking about: all the entitlement scammers who show up for their free handouts with their cell phones and blackberrys, sporting their new braids and hair extensions and their fancy fingernails. So inconvenient for them to pry their phat a$$es away from the big screen LED tv's they have to get their entitlement check. You need to worry how much the non-producers and bottom feeders in this country are sucking up rather than the money you want to steal from the successful, who still pay more in tax than you ever will. Shill.

Posted by: 65apr | December 6, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Palinbuttsniffer wrote: "It is the far left that is obsessed with Palin. Most of the Conservatives I know think she is interesting, sometimes funny, maybe not Presidential material, but I don't know anyone obsessed with her to the level the the Washington Post, NYT, Huff Po and other publishers of far left news and comment."

Child, please. Who do you think is buying her awful books, watching her awful tv shows, paying for her awful speeches, and spending hours voting for her daughter's awful dancing?

Hint: It's not anyone on the "far left," moron.

Posted by: Observer691 | December 6, 2010 3:25 PM


And yet it is delightful to watch the liberally impaired left, sitting in their padded round rooms, go crazy throwing their own feces at each other at the mention of "Palin" Been to a zoo? The you will know what I mean.

Posted by: 65apr | December 6, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

No, Mr. Cohen. There is a vast contingent that wishes the media would just shut up about her already (I refuse to write her name). Is there anything new about her that we don't already know? Is she any more fit for office now than she was before? It's self-perpetuating hype. Please, find something else more substantive to write about.

Posted by: graphchick1 | December 6, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Palin gets column-inches in the WaPo is that she has two humongous boobs. Mesmerised, as McCain's handlers were, by mammaries. All of you Washingtonians looove boobs. Except when they are on Albert Haynsworth's chest. OTW, you lamers wouldn't pay her any attention. Now, think about football. Oh, yeah, B-ball. Oh yeah, GOVERNANCE. Hometown papers are so **small**!

Posted by: reid2 | December 6, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"If Palin was President, we wouldn't be in the "obama depression." The democrats and obama are responsible for the sub-prime meltdown.
Posted by: COOLCHILLY | December 6, 2010 3:05 PM | Rep"

If Palin were President, we'd be bombing Iran and probably N. Korea. Iran would bomb Israel in retaliation, and the West Bank would be gone. Tax cuts? Who cares...we'd be building bomb shelters like in the 50's, and all her card-carrying citizen militia friends would be running around with their guns. Just how do you imagine a Palin Presidency would have created jobs out of the Bush economic mess? Seriously...she never gives us details, since you are so cock-sure she'd be a great POTUS, please share.
And by the way, I live in the heartland, and am a liberal Christian. I do not condone abortion, but I am not God and therefore believe it is a personal decision. I also abhor war and the death penalty, and do not own a gun. I am not afraid of anyone, particularly folks who need to hide behind guns and ghost written novels slamming anything not her cup of tea. Nothing to fear there. Eventually even the right will tire of her endless smarminess.

Posted by: smgess | December 6, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

She is as fishy as the Alaskan halibut and salmon she catches on her reality show. I strongly suspect the whole SP phenomenon is a sham and we are naive idiots to deal with any of what we read, hear, or even see, at face value.
I think someone will come forward with the goods that send her packing, but not before she makes her millions.

Posted by: jannisprods | December 6, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

"Roboturkey" has it right, "Palin is the perfect candidate for President of the gauzy and fictional USA that is mythologized on TV. All entertainment, platitudes, and certainty."

It's the age of marketing.

Posted by: Aerowaz | December 6, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

sarah, sarah, sarah, what a wonderful name, I can just see on the White House mail box.

Posted by: tonyscc | December 6, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cohen,
Repeating "Sarah Palin" many times in your article may get you a higher ranking in the search engines. Maybe that's the point of your article.

Posted by: wrmatthews | December 7, 2010 2:06 AM | Report abuse

I am OBSESSED with ALL things Palin from the first time I heard her speak at the 2008 Republican National Convention. I followed up, learning about her background and accumplishments which libs like this lazy lout always ignore or devalue.

From her many accomplishments in Alaska: 1) cleaning up the corrupt Alaskan Republican party, 2) dealing with the powerful oil companies, 3) chairing the National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, (WHEW!) 4) managing the poltical and regulatory end of building the new Alaskan oil pipeline to the lower 48, 5) supporting our troops as governor (plus her son was in Iraq), 6) fighting to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, and 7) kicking political ass since she resigned as Governor (because 80% of her and staff's time spent dealing with frivolous ethics complaints that could be filed by ANYONE ANYWHERE - and were), I believe she has the character, the judgment, the experience, and the political infighting skills to be president.

Go Sarah!
.

Posted by: thespin | December 7, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I read Obama's supporters comparing his record to Palins. The reason all the Libs keep bringing up his Ivy-League education is because he has had no other accomplishments. I am not impressed that he went to the Ivy-League. So have thousands of others. The LEFT/MSM plays this up because they know the Democratic Party uses the Ivy-League as a farm team to fill their ranks, so therefore it must have some great importance. It doesn't and shouldn't. Its a nice resume sound piece, but unless your major is in the medical field or engineering, or mathematics your nobody special. Especially Law. The realty is Obama accomplished squat up to being elected US Senator from Illinois. He ran behind a Democratic machine in a Democratic State, big deal.

Now lets compare Palin. In her late twenties she was elected as a councilwoman in a town where every other councilman was in their fifties. After six years she took on a nine year popular mayor(they changed the law to only allow two 3 year terms during this election). She got beat up by the press, saying she would be bold enough to take on the local bureaucrats. She won because she had a Conservative agenda. She asked for the resignation of every Bureaucrat in the town on the first day. It didn't make her popular. She was reelected with 70% of the vote. I won't bore you with her entire career. Only when she ran for Governor, beating two previous Governors (one hoping to use the seat to run for the Presidency), the Press Corps stated she wasn't smart enough. Her appearance wasn't commanding enough. Her Conservative credentials were polarizing. She couldn't hope to win and would finish an embarrassing 3rd in a 3 way race. Of course she won. Within two years she had an approval rating of 93%. The highest of any politician in the country. Within Republican circles there was little doubt that some day she would be Presidential timber. Sarah Palin was never the smartest politician on stage, but she knew the Right agenda to govern by and she knew how to execute it. Chris Christie is popular among Republicans, but Sarah accomplished in Alaska in two years what he is attempting to do in NJ. It is not surprising that the LEFT/MSM felt it necessary to destroy Sarah Palin Reputation to the point, many comment here believe the silly nonsense they read about her. They created an image of her that is not based in reality. She returned to have the Obama Administration sending their dogs after her to financially make it impossible for her to continue as governor. She was forced out. Did she quit challenging the Obama Administration. No she has taken them on with great success. Sarah keeps succeeding whatever she takes on. She wasn't in charge of the McCain campaign, and many working for that campaign had it in for her. Sarah has taken on both Political Parties in her career. She has had no choice if she wanted to succeed. People admire her for overcoming challenges and that she has no agenda.

Posted by: DMac8889 | December 7, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Thespin wrote:

"I am OBSESSED with ALL things Palin from the first time I heard her speak at the 2008 Republican National Convention. I followed up, learning about her background and accumplishments which libs like this lazy lout always ignore or devalue.

From her many accomplishments in Alaska: 1) cleaning up the corrupt Alaskan Republican party, 2) dealing with the powerful oil companies, 3) chairing the National Governors Association's Natural Resources Committee, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, (WHEW!) 4) managing the poltical and regulatory end of building the new Alaskan oil pipeline to the lower 48, 5) supporting our troops as governor (plus her son was in Iraq), 6) fighting to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, and 7) kicking political ass since she resigned as Governor (because 80% of her and staff's time spent dealing with frivolous ethics complaints that could be filed by ANYONE ANYWHERE - and were), I believe she has the character, the judgment, the experience, and the political infighting skills to be president.

Go Sarah!"
_________________________________________

Good grief..please put the bottle down!

Posted by: Don4 | December 7, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

When did success in this country in and of itself become a crime. Just because someone is making a high annual salary does not itself justify confiscation via taxing.

Regarding Palin - I would prefer her to be president than Obama. I judge her to be a better politician and she has a great deal more in the way of common sense than he will ever manage to develop.

Posted by: Otiose1 | December 7, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is really, in her heart, pro-choice. Do you doubt for a moment that she would disagree with anything on this website:

http://hubpages.com/t/3de91

Posted by: JackBurton1 | December 7, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

If Obama and Mrs. Obama are so well educated, why are they so clueless? Both seem spectacularly out of touch with the rest of the country. That they both got into Ivy League schools and graduated speaks more to affirmative action than any real achievements on their parts.

Posted by: jiji1 | December 7, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Reading this column made me feel . . . off somehow - like I'd just watched someone engaging in - how did they used to say this? - self-gratification. Hope you feel all better now, Richard.

Posted by: AnJo1 | December 8, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey supposed smarty pants Cohen, the "Ugly American" from the book of the same title, is actually a hero. A liberal hero. ;-)

Posted by: bresnik | December 8, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey supposed smarty pants Cohen, the "Ugly American" from the book of the same title, is actually a hero. ;-)

Posted by: bresnik | December 8, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

For those who are focused on the standard of choosing a presdient on the basis of whether he or she would be your beer-buddy, please note that Mitt Romney does not drink ANY alcohol. He is, like all sincere Mormons, a teetotaler who neither drinks any alcholic beverage, nor smokes, nor uses recreational drugs. He is an outstanding representative of the school where he was valedictorian, Brigham Young University, which has been consistently awarded the "Stone Cold Sober" award each year, just above the Air Force Academy.

Now you may be a fan of the "spending like a drunken sailor" mood of Congress and President Obama the last two years, but if not, you might want to consider how it would help America to have someone in the White House is sober and clear eyed morning, noon and night--and would have similar folks on his staff.

Indeed, John McCain's daughter was reported saying that she was glad her dad did not pick Romney as a running mate, because his sobriety would have put a crimp in the party wagon that was the (loser) McCain campaign in 2008. Yup, she has her priorities.

Posted by: coltakashi93 | December 8, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

The lefts criticism of Palin's lack of "education" is very telling. The question of What education qualifies a person as Educated seems to be unquestionably answered by the left as Ivy League schools.

The problem is that all other educated Americans, regardless of the degrees, experiences or accomplishments, are to the left, "uneducated" and I guess need not apply. Woe to Lincoln, Truman, Rockefeller and Edison, pure idiots, along with every Phd from a State University and self made billionaire in this Country, including PTA presidents who become governor.

The fact that your daddy is upper crust, or you are a beneficiary of affirmative action, got the right connections, or just that you one limited ability is that you excel in is taking standard tests, you're a genius and qualified for the fast track to the board room or white house.

All other Americans better have millions to payoff the powers that be for access into the circle of "educated" or sit on the side lines and be governed by the qualified.

75 years of having the "educated" with their ivory league values ranging from economic to social policy has driven this country to near second rate status and are rapidly wiping out the opportunities of the the rest of us so called "uneducated" Americans.

Given all this with regard to Palin, I am not sure if she is qualified to be President, but I am sure based on her qualification so far she has the right education to govern doctors, lawyers, research lab scientist, successful business owners, high school teachers and many other uneducated Americans.

Posted by: Themistocles | December 11, 2010 5:12 AM | Report abuse

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