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Posted at 4:25 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Palin bites back -- and won't let go

By Stephen Stromberg

Last week, Sarah Palin bit back at those who claim that she has contributed to a nasty tone in American politics. She started with praise for vigorous, free and respectful debate. Then she accused her opponents of arguing in bad faith, and she drew parallels between her critics and centuries of anti-Semitic murderers.

Apparently she didn't see the irony, even after dozens of commentaries -- not just from the left, but from centrists and conservatives -- discussed it. Because Palin went on Fox News's "Sean Hannity Show" on Monday night and praised the calm exchange of ideas -- and then again insisted that her critics aren't acting in good faith.

"And I know that a lot of those on the left hate my message, and they'll do all that they can to stop me, because they don't like the message."

Perhaps Palin has a point about some of those who overeagerly associated her with the Tucson shootings. But she didn't just attack them; she also claimed Monday that the myriad people -- of varying politics -- who criticized her "blood libel" speech last week were just trying to "spin up" a "diversion" from the substance of her message. As one of those people, I didn't need some ulterior motivation to find her words inappropriate and unwise. Neither did the Anti-Defamation League.

Nevertheless, Palin insisted that, really, her critics just dislike those like her who "embrace the time-tested truths that helped build this country." Amazingly, this both says almost nothing about what those truths are -- great job getting that "message" out -- and implies that those who criticize her are anti-American.

However Palin construes her "message," Palin's detractors, of course, actually do take issue with her willingness to say things such as that. Or to use the phrase "blood libel" with reference to her critics. Or her popularizing of the misleading term "death panels" during the health-care debate. Or the chanting of "drill, baby, drill" during the 2008 Republican National Convention. Or the way she dismisses criticism as though it were about everything but the quality of the things she does and says. She has every right to say these things. But that doesn't mean her pervasive use of simplistic overstatement and us-vs.-them-ism is a responsible contribution to public debate. It's not just about her agenda -- beyond "death panels," do most Americans really have any idea of her policy preferences? -- it's about her judgment and her lack of self-reflection.

Palin did say one thing Monday that I can believe, though. "I am not going to sit down. I am not going to shut up." I have little doubt.

By Stephen Stromberg  | January 18, 2011; 4:25 PM ET
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Comments

You have to question if Palin even knew what she was saying; she is so uninformed. She obviously does not get yet why people were so stunned at her equating her petty concerns with the horrible persecution of the Jewish people represented by those remarks. I think the lacks the depth required for many things.

Posted by: withersb | January 18, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

I really doubt that she has serious aspirations of ever entering the political arena again and besides she is all about the entertainment business now. She knows she can make big bucks selling books and doing talk shows and quasi presidential moments. Sarah Palin isn't smart enough to be our president but she is savvy enough to host a radical conservative talk show. We will never hear the end of her -but don't worry, she won't every run this country - SHE WILL RUN HER MOUTH and make lots of money doing it. I will ignore her and even think that many of her constituents do too.

Posted by: flowergal007 | January 18, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I really doubt that she has serious aspirations of ever entering the political arena again and besides she is all about the entertainment business now. She knows she can make big bucks selling books and doing talk shows and quasi presidential moments. Sarah Palin isn't smart enough to be our president but she is savvy enough to host a radical conservative talk show. We will never hear the end of her -but don't worry, she won't every run this country - SHE WILL RUN HER MOUTH and make lots of money doing it. I will ignore her and even think that many of her constituents do too.

Posted by: flowergal007 | January 18, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Your trash piece is predictable, Stromberg.
Sounds very much like the garbage I just listened to from Ed Schultz, msnbc. You might want to tune in. He's trashing Palin now and then will pull in Eric Boehlert, Media Matters, to clinch the deal. Both are left-wing political hacks.

Posted by: bethg1841 | January 18, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Former Temp-Governor Palin is entitled to use the phrase "Blood Libel." She can see Israel from her house.

Posted by: MikeLicht | January 18, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

When people call her out for saying something idiotic she claims it's because the media doesn't like her. She's like the student who failed a course and says it was because the teacher didn't like them. Both should just come to terms with the fact that, they are just not very good at what they do. The failure should hire a tutor and become a better student, Palin should hire some real political consultants and be a better politician.

Posted by: kevin_rigsby19 | January 18, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Palin is a muppet. An ironic, deranged muppet. As if Jim Henson had a bad acid trip.

Posted by: rgray | January 18, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Palin is a muppet. An ironic, deranged muppet. As if Jim Henson had a bad acid trip.

Posted by: rgray | January 18, 2011 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Governor, we have no earthly idea what your message is, other than to continually bash Democrats with some relatively narrow minded insults.

But, her message? Lord knows what that might even look like.

Actually, it's not really about just Governor Palin's message, but the entire Republican party's message.

Taking a long view of our country's politics over the last 45 years or so, you can see the transition from a party with some honorable ideas.

In 1968, Richard Nixon spoke about the "Silent Majority" and spoke of "law and order". This went over well with those in the south, and Democrats have had trouble since then in capturing he south.

President Reagan proposed trickle down economics and spoke out against big government. (On paper that sounds nice, but I've yet to hear anyone explain to me how a hugely populated country can escape having some form of "big" government.)

In any case, if you're with me so far, President Nixon had law and order, and, I almost forgot, a secret plan to get us out of Vietnam.

President Reagan had his economic philosophy.

As to Bush the younger, prior to 9/11, there were already some wondering about what exactly was his administation stood for. With the horrible attacks in 2001, Bush the younger found his issue, and it's fair to say, won re-election in 2004 running on the "we'll keep America safe" platform. (A load of malarkey, no politician has spoken the truth about terrorist attacks yet, but that's for another time.)

9/11, however, solidified in many people's minds the thught that the Republican party was the party that was patriotic, and "for America". For those who hold up our country in the same way that they view their religion, this is enough to vote Republican until well in the NEXT century.


So, that brings us to today's Republicans , whose sole objective in governing is to make sure that they say no to anything that the President and/or Democrats in congress want to do.

That's their platform, period.

During the Reagan years, Republicans made great inroads in the between 20-30 year old crowd. These folks are still around, and many will still vote Republican, even if they have no clue what the party stands for. (I guess there is a benefit to this, in that you can change your position depending on the way the political winds blow)

But, really! What is the Republican platform? We do know for sure is that they want folks, really rich folks, to not have their taxes increased, even if it means running larger deficits.

Is this responsible? Remember, this is also the party that didn't raise taxes one cent when we initiated two wars. 8 years later, we have gone from a projected budget surplus to huge deficits.

Apparently, any compromise to move our country in the right direction won't be allowed, because more and more the Republican base is demanding idealogical "purity". It's too bad they forget about the 50% of us that don't vote Republican.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | January 18, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I have a dream. I dream that, owing to the ongoing disarray within the GOP, and the disheartening of the traditional conservative base by the shenanigans of the likes of Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, that TEA party activists will be successful in securing the 2012 Republican nomination for Sarah Palin. It is difficult to imagine that the rank and file could forget that her propulsion to the forefront of rightwing politics was the result of the McCain campaign's cynical supposition that thousands of disaffected Democratic women would vote for anything in a skirt, or that no one would recall that she unceremoniously dumped her duty to Alaskans in pursuit of wider fame and fortune, but she surely would be the dream candidate, from this Democrat's point of view. It won't happen, of course, but I love the image of a campaign to see just how far the fear-mongers of FOX and talk radio can push the country toward the dark edges of demagoguery. Our electorate may sometimes be stupid--witness this last election--but they are not insane. Alas, Sarah, there are too many thinking conservatives out there to ever let it happen, but we liberals would surely enjoy a Palin for President campaign.

Posted by: sailorashore | January 18, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Palin holds power and influence, otherwise her words would not garner such heated responses. "Blood libel" has been oft used to indicate unwarranted blame----ya'll protest too much!

Posted by: AnnfromIA | January 18, 2011 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is an idiot almost unparalleled in modern history. Too dumb and self righteous to understand when to just shut up. She doesn't seem to know that she has met the enemy and the enemy is herself.

Posted by: USblues2 | January 18, 2011 11:44 PM | Report abuse

withersb and USblues2:

If Governor Sarah Palin is an idiot or uninformed, what does that say about you? Have either one of you ever been a state energy chairman, state governor, a NYT bestselling author, a highly-paid speaker and news commentator or the VP candidate for a major party? Pretty good for a ditzy housewife, huh?

Posted by: sandbear | January 18, 2011 11:54 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin was able to look at herself dispassionately, she'd see a prom queen who is unwilling to relinquish the limelight and poorly informed enough to think that she deserves respect from all quarters. Her divisive and reactionary comments continue to amaze.

Posted by: nsonymous | January 18, 2011 11:56 PM | Report abuse

What is it about Palin that drives you guys wild. Is it that you don't have Bush any more so you've latched onto Palin. Please, if you don't like her, let it be. There are a lot of people out there you can chose to not like. This really isn't a healthy obsession. Oh, by the way, why don't you say what was wrong with what Palin said. It doesn't have the very limited definition the left wants to put on it. To falsely accuse someone seems a pretty appropriate use of the term.

Posted by: termiteavenger | January 19, 2011 12:05 AM | Report abuse

No one in recent history has been the victim of such slanderous mud-slinging to the extent that Governor Palin has suffered. One needs only to read the garbage that passes for opinions to see what I'm referring to. Sarah Palin is a great American, and for this she is despised by so many to the left of center. If she decides to run for President in 2012, she'll certainly get my vote, and the votes of the great majority of middle America. She and her family represent the very best in American society. Some of my fellow commenters show hatred for Palin, but I suspect its just a bad case of jealousy !!

Posted by: hughjgrant | January 19, 2011 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Stevie, you all in the vast far left wing conspiracy MSM have an irrational obsession with Palin. She has you scared to death (just joking about the death thing; I kknow how sensitive you are) because she espouses American values, things you in the MSM detest. LOL

Posted by: goldenco5 | January 19, 2011 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Let Sarah Palin be, and she will self-destruct in due course.

Posted by: Carlossss | January 19, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Why should she "let go"? Does the Left ever let go? Did the Left "let go" when they knew 82% of Americans opposed Obama's healthcare plan? No. There will be no letting go. There will be no accepting of the olive branch extended by Obama...only after suffering staggering defeats in the mid-terms. The Left is on it's heels now and this is not the time to be letting go of anything. Finish them off Sarah. Shove it down their throats!

Posted by: GaboonViper67 | January 19, 2011 12:47 AM | Report abuse

@JohnDinHouston said, "President Reagan had his economic philosophy."

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Yeah... tripling the national debt in 8 years is quite an 'economic philosophy'.
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@GaboonViper67 said, "Did the Left "let go" when they knew 82% of Americans opposed Obama's healthcare plan?"

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a) why do you call it Obama's healthcare plan when he stayed completely out of it and let the House write it? Only at the end did he bring them all together and say "you've been working on and debating this for over a year; git-r-done."

b) you must mean 82% of repugnant ones opposed it. That would be the 82% of them that are already on their socialist medicare, so they don't care what happens to anyone else.

Posted by: Darr247 | January 19, 2011 1:11 AM | Report abuse

I find Sarah Palin's repeated use of the word "debate" curious. She doesn't debate. She issues tweets and Facebook responses. She issues statements via edited videos from her home studio in Wasilla. That is not a debate.

I am a high school English teacher. She needs to think back. When my students have a debate, there are two sides, they do research, make statements, and refute each other's statements. It would be kind of like she did in the Debate with Joe Biden --- only she didn't debate then, either. She chose not to answer the questions posed and answered the questions in her head.

She keeps talking about this "national debate" but there isn't one. There is just nasty name calling.

Posted by: arvad | January 19, 2011 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Turn back the clock, just a little bit- 2007.
Now ask yourself, "Sarah Palin who?"

It is still a relevant question.

Posted by: bluedawg1 | January 19, 2011 1:54 AM | Report abuse

Palin's message is Palin.

Posted by: nastycelt | January 19, 2011 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, self-centered,egocentric, narcissitic, pathological lying all trademarks of a spoiled child or a sociopathic adult.

Why doesn't this airhead just go away? Not only is she a disgrace to the Republican party, she's a disgrace to the country.

Posted by: affable100 | January 19, 2011 3:09 AM | Report abuse

As was once said about Oakland, "There's no there, there".

Posted by: affable100 | January 19, 2011 3:10 AM | Report abuse

GO SARAH GO SARAH GO SARAH...I love it when the left lets us know who they are scared of and sister they are scared of you.

Posted by: Bob1235 | January 19, 2011 3:40 AM | Report abuse

Lets face it there are a lot of people out there who fall for the republican rhetoric. They hook them with religion, real them in with patriotism, bring them on board with immigration, then gut them with legislation that only benefits 1 percent of them. They've been had... hoodwigged.. run a muck.. and they don't even realize it.

Palin's past accomplishments are admirable to say the least. She even has a very nice family, I've seen them on tv. Intelligent? Perhaps, but she is far from presidential material.

I would like to discourage everyone from voting her president. Our national security depends on it. We. need her to continue to watch russia from her house.

Posted by: wonderifucan | January 19, 2011 3:48 AM | Report abuse

Go sarah go sarah... divide the republican vote... go sarah go sarah

Posted by: wonderifucan | January 19, 2011 3:57 AM | Report abuse

Sarah does not deserve the use of "Governor" when being referred. What other former Governer is called "Governor" this or "Governor" that after they quit the post they were elected to? It's a Fox News way of trying to elevate her to a level that she is not worthy of nor has earned.

Posted by: Mandy_M | January 19, 2011 4:27 AM | Report abuse

The Media and the Liberals all hate her because she stands for God, family and country.

"Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand." Daniel 12:10

God bless Sarah Palin

Posted by: amos3_3 | January 19, 2011 4:49 AM | Report abuse

She's not very smart. Not very well educated, and she says a lot of stupid things. People who follow her are just dumber than she is, and that's scraping the bottom of the intellectual barrel to begin with.

Only idiots and whack jobs support her clownish behavior.

Posted by: Nymous | January 19, 2011 4:57 AM | Report abuse

Stephen Stromberg and the anti-Palin commenters make Sarah Palin's point for her. The Left and the Establishment Republicans will go to any lengths and issue any lies to discredit her; in doing so they show how illegitimate are their claims to intellectual superiority. Sarah's critics are hacks, pure and simple.

Posted by: danny70000 | January 19, 2011 5:30 AM | Report abuse

The post a few comments above by amos3 at 449am is SCARY.
"She stands for God, family, and country."
Simple people vote for simple idiots.

And people..She is no governor! She's a quitter and consequently can't hold that title any longer.
Let her define the republican party. It could be their demise eventually....

Posted by: nolana | January 19, 2011 5:53 AM | Report abuse

Whomever her handlers are they are not doing a good job as she is slipping in the polls. But as many point out I don't think she is about politics, she is about cashing in on her popularity amoung a small easily influenced crowd. The people who take their orders from Rush, watch only Fox News and do not think for themselves. How could anyone capable of rational thought support her?

She thought North Korea was our ally. She thought one could Russia from Juneau, Alaska despite it being 4400 miles. These show an ignorance that is both deplorable and dangerous and she should not be considered for public office. She would make us a laughing stock of the world. I've yet to hear a good defense to these gaffes.

I think she should talk all she wants however, its her right. The more she talks the more people who wake up to her profound stupidity. She will always have the support of the sheep herd of the diehard right incapable independent thought. But she is seriously damaging her brand.

I think much of her appeal is based on her looks. But politics is not modeling. Sarah Palin has shown to be incompetant in all but the most structured interviews. She only talks on Fox now as they are interviews without journalistic merit that protect her and do not subject to her to any real questions.

Our founding fathers did not think Women should even vote. The Bible says Women should be seen but not heard. I don't agree with either of these sentiments but I might make an exception for Sarah Palin.........

Posted by: ThomasPaine2099 | January 19, 2011 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Palin seems to have gained favor by being the cheerleader for GOP conspiracy theory that Dems want to destroy the country.

Never has the ol' "baffle 'em with bs" technique been so obviously fantastically successful.
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Posted by: gpsman | January 19, 2011 7:53 AM | Report abuse

Snow Snookie...

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 19, 2011 8:15 AM | Report abuse

http://vodpod.com/watch/1154047-in-the-land-of-queen-esther-the-unauthorized-sarah-palin-story-part-one

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | January 19, 2011 8:27 AM | Report abuse

What struck me most about Palin's "blood libel" speech was her remarkable claim that accusations against her can incite violence, but her accusations others cannot. Either inflammatory rhetoric incites violence or it doesn't. Words don't lose their power depending on which sides utters them. Her spokesperson reiterated that incredible claim as well. Caribou Barbie should remove her ignorant self from the political scene, spend a few decades reading rather than talking and she may be ready for a microphone at some point in the future.

Posted by: fingersfly | January 19, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

What struck me most about Palin's "blood libel" speech was her remarkable claim that accusations against her can incite violence, but her accusations others cannot. Either inflammatory rhetoric incites violence or it doesn't. Words don't lose their power depending on which sides utters them. Her spokesperson reiterated that incredible claim as well. Caribou Barbie should remove her ignorant self from the political scene, spend a few decades reading rather than talking and she may be ready for a microphone at some point in the future.

Posted by: fingersfly | January 19, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

No one in recent history has been the victim of such slanderous mud-slinging to the extent that Governor Palin has suffered. One needs only to read the garbage that passes for opinions to see what I'm referring to. Sarah Palin is a great American, and for this she is despised by so many to the left of center. If she decides to run for President in 2012, she'll certainly get my vote, and the votes of the great majority of middle America. She and her family represent the very best in American society. Some of my fellow commenters show hatred for Palin, but I suspect its just a bad case of jealousy !!

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BWHHHAHHHHAHHAHAHAHAH

Posted by: racerdoc | January 19, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

No one in recent history has been the victim of such slanderous mud-slinging to the extent that Governor Palin has suffered. One needs only to read the garbage that passes for opinions to see what I'm referring to. Sarah Palin is a great American, and for this she is despised by so many to the left of center. If she decides to run for President in 2012, she'll certainly get my vote, and the votes of the great majority of middle America. She and her family represent the very best in American society. Some of my fellow commenters show hatred for Palin, but I suspect its just a bad case of jealousy !!

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I guess the continual bringing up of Obama's place of birth and question of citizenship doesn't count, as well as the questioning of his academic credentials. I guess it's okay for Ms. Palin to claim that Obama "pals around with terrorists".

Back in the day, I guess it was okay for people to claim the Clintons were murderers.

Ms. Palin can definitely dish it out. (On Hannity, she claimed all liberals had no values. Since I'm a liberal, I guess she means me, too. Just like when she claimed who she considered "real" Americans to be.)
But she can't handle it. Say a negative about her, and you're a hater. I, for one, have never heard anyone whine so much about criticism handed her way, then in the next sentence criticize a whole class of people!

Posted by: mbcullen | January 19, 2011 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I am no fan of Sarah Palin. But what I find truly ironic about the articles written by many WoPo writers (and others)is the constant refrain of wishing Ms. Palin would keep quiet for a change; yet, the same writers insist on covering her every move and word. The best way to shut up Sarah Palin is to stop giving her a platform from which to speak. Stop writing about her. Stop quoting from her. Just stop all the coverage of her. Then, I promise, she'll go away because without this constant coverage of her every move, Ms. Palin is nothing more than a reality television performer.

Posted by: nsforster | January 19, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

We all know what Palin is against, sort of. She's against Obama, Democrats, liberals, the mainstream media, health care reform, gun control, east coast elites, taxes, American Muslims, ....

But as far as I can tell, Palin's has never gone any deeper into what she is _for_ that the bumber-sticker phrase, "common sense conservatism", whatever the heck that is. And let's face it, the conservative message over the past two, when she gained national attention, has been long on invective and very short of commonsense.

Posted by: tunkefer | January 19, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Whiners do not bite..they hit and run for cover! She is a waste of time that could be used to report worthwhile'news'...QUIT GIVING THE TRASH INK!

Posted by: jetlone | January 19, 2011 10:03 AM | Report abuse

For someone who purportedly has no relevance this lady certainly has you libs in a 'twit'.

Get over it! She will never run for the presidency and she most probably couldn't win if she did (you libs might actually like that scenario).

She does have the right to say what she believes and what she thinks just like your exalted 'Messiah', the Obama king.

With the recent revelation of the Governor of Hawaii that no one can find Obama's long form certificate of birth you may have a great deal more to be concerned with that Palin.

You just might be backing an illegal president.

How are you going to handle that?

Posted by: dharper2 | January 19, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Left, right, in the middle, or, just don't know - it doesn't matter, just about everyone understands what civility is. Unfortunately, or, fortunately - depending on where you stand, Sarah doesn't. If she did, she wouldn't attract total media attention everytime she opens her mouth, grips the podium and screams. This made her a world-wide celebrity, a best selling author, and - a millionaires.

Posted by: Incoming1 | January 19, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I've said it before and will say it again... IMHO, Sarah Palin has no interest in running for office and doing real work for a living. I believe she'll simply continue her bomb throwing in order to milk the rubes that adore her for every dime she can get. In this light, she will indeed not shut up.

Posted by: CardFan | January 19, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Palin is a Best selling Author only because Right Wing Media buy up her books and give them away or provide a discount price to anyone wanting a paid subscription to their drivel news letters.

Posted by: ddoiron1 | January 19, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Palin has jumped the shark. The GOP has all but abandoned her. She served her purpose for 2010 but now is a liability for 2012.

If she runs for President as the GOP candidate, which she will not, she will be decimated by the other GOP candidates in the primaries. Her Joe McCarthy moment in the sun is over.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | January 19, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

You liberal democrats are a joke. I never heard of so much whining and crying. You remind me of the school yard bully. You push and push and flap your jaws like a bird trying to fly for the first time. But when your backed up in a corner, you start whining and crying just like the school yard bully. You seem to have this idea that you are the only people who know anything. You think you have all the answers but it's just a lot of noice. If you are so glorious and so well informed, tell me again he won the elections in November. I think I've heard the term; "We took a shellacking in November"! I'm also amused at your opinion polls. If I want a poll to substantiate my agenda, I interview the ones who display the same beliefs I do. That poll will always give me the numbers I'm seeking. Just like a good CPA; How do you want the numbers to read? I received a telephone call one day and was told they were taking a poll. The first question asked was; What political party was I affiliated with? They quickly ended the call when I told them I was a Republican. I use to become upset when reading the comments in the Post but now they are comical. I just consider the source!

Posted by: tmay33 | January 19, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I'd be pretty steamed if someone accused me of inciting murder, or implied that I was an anti-Semite because of a perfectly defensible word choice. And I'd probably snap back like any ordinary raving lunatic.

That aside, this string of comments reveals once again the Left's obsession with Palin. It goes beyond all reality and seems to grow even as the possibility of her becoming a presidential nominee diminishes.

Why does the Left need Palin so much?

For that matter, why does Palin need the hatred of the Left so much?

Posted by: hambya | January 19, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

It is very odd, this creepy leftist obsession with Sarah Palin. After all, she won't be elected president; she holds no public office; and she poses no threat to Obama at all. Yet the left constantly draws her back into the public arena with their over-the-top slander and "debate" of her (such as the absurd claim that she inspired the Tuscon shooter). Very weird (and dumb) of the left to do this.

Posted by: dminnich312 | January 19, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

She calls out the left for what they are and they hate her for it ... get used to it she isn't going anywhere ....

Posted by: cunn9305 | January 19, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Stromberg, I 'm not sure if you are just ill informed, a journalistic flunky or just another WaPo liberal trying to influence public opinion.

The term "blood libel" is now a commonly used phrase. Palin used in properly and you know it. Second, the shootings in Tucson have been proven to be a non-political act by a madman. No evidence, NONE, that connects the rampage to either the left or the right.

I'm not a Palin supporter, but I am a fairness advocate. There has been no fairness involved by the leftist media in this matter. No surprise to me. The leftist media hires only those journalist that have never had Journalism 101. Or, if they had it, they flunked it.

However, as Rahm Emmanuel espouses, "never let a good crisis be wasted", the left with the help of the media has used the Tucson massacre to get rid of Palin as a potential GOP candidate. One down, who's next?

Posted by: thehamptons1 | January 19, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

to all,

let me preface my remarks with:
1. i'm NOT a Sarah Palin supporter or one of her millions of fans.
2. Sarah Palin is NOT running for any office in 2012 & will NOT be the candidate for POTUS of THE TEA PARTY in 2012 or any other year
AND
3. look for Sarah to be the next junior US Senator from AK.
(we Tea Partiers WILL support her run for Senate.)

nonetheless, Sarah Palin is a great deal smarter & vastly more qualified than the current male occupant of 1600 Penn Ave.

IF Sarah Palin had been asked by a child (as BHO was during the 2008 primary season), "Senator, what is your favorite movie?", i'd bet that Governor Palin would have been able to NAME her favorite/some/any movie title (after all the girl-child asked BHO which was HIS favorite!), without getting "the deer in the headlights look", stammering, stuttering, making STUPID/off-point jokes, looking wildly around for "help" from someone/anyone else and/or trying to dodge the child's question.
(otoh, Michelle IS smart & qualified to be POTUS. = we elected the WRONG Obama, as BHO is a weakling, a "scripted" fool, a LOUD-mouth & a MEAN-spirited, arrogant, dolt of the first class.)

note: IF you are reading this & are as angry & disgusted as our members are with the mess that BHO, his coven of Chicago thugs & the DIMocRAT "leadership" has made of our country over the last two years, join your local TEA PARTY & help us return this country to being the CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC that the founders intended it to be/remain. - you will be warmly welcomed & "put to work" to help us fix the mess!

just my opinion.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | January 19, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

As a woman, it embarrasses me that she is the most visible woman in politics today. She embarrasses me on behalf of our gender, and if she were ever to be the first female President of the United States, it would set back the cause of equality for women by decades. NOT because she is an antifeminist, but because chauvanists would say: "See? Women are too stupid to run things." And about her, they would be right.

Posted by: lilifreak | January 19, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing on these threads how the "righties" are always claiming that the "lefties" are attacking poor $arah Palin and saying all of these awful things about her...that she is about God, country and family. Well, "righties", you seem to be real full of attacking Pres. Obama, and calling him all kinds of names, but just like your idol, $arah, your defenses go way up.

$arah is not, and I mean NOT, smart. She is an egotistical, self-indulgent, narcissistic, ideologue. She loves attacking, but cannot take it when she is given the same medicine she loves to give. Her little one-line supposed zingers tells much about her intellect. She was a mean girl, and mean girls grow up to be mean women.

Presidential material...NOT!!! Almost every single person on this thread who defends $arah and her ideology say the same things. She's a liar and plays into those little people's fears and prejudices. The hood came off and the lipstick on a pig was put on. She's offensive and un-American. She doesn't know what principles this country was built on.

If she's all about God, country and family, then (1) she should read the bible a little more often; (2) she should understand the history of this country a little more intellectually; (3) she should supervise her children more so that she doesn't have another pregnant daughter. Bristol is just as nasty as her mother, and now the other daughter is following in her mother's nasty footsteps.

So, righties, get a grip. She's no Ronald Reagan :( She's more like a Joe McCarthy!!!

Posted by: bander2400 | January 19, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

"Although initially some media coverage tried to link the shootings to Tea Party anger at President Obama’s policies, just 28% of Americans view the shootings in Arizona as the result of political anger in the country. Fifty-eight percent (58%) say instead that it was a random act of violence by an unstable person." RASMUSSEN

How many hypocrites and scapegoaters does it take to pen more libels about one woman who is not even in office...yet?

Enough working for the WaPo for a minion.


Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | January 19, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

"If Governor Sarah Palin is an idiot or uninformed, what does that say about you? Have either one of you ever been a state energy chairman, state governor, a NYT bestselling author, a highly-paid speaker and news commentator or the VP candidate for a major party? Pretty good for a ditzy housewife, huh?"

You're correct, cletus. What is great about this country is that morons like Palin can indeed do such things, mainly because even more stupid morons will vote for her or pay to read/listen to her gibberish.

Posted by: Observer691 | January 19, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

"She's a woman and you ought to have condemned it." ~ Hannity on criticizing Sarah Palin

Really? She should not be criticized with the tenacity with which she criticizes others because she's a women? Unfortunately, this attitude appears too often to be the motivation behind some of her support. An instinct to come to the aid of a wounded bird... are role she is masterful and feigning for personal gain.

Posted by: pgs70 | January 19, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I am one of those that delight the hard-right supporters of Private Citizen Sarah Palin. I bark and yelp, twisting in furious circles at the sound of her voice issuing some new provocation to me and my kind.
The ultra-conservative bloggers, the talk-radio hosts and their comrades commenting on the op-ed pages are right: she does drive us (the left, the liberals, the Democrats, the moderates, the well-read, the reasonable, the thoughtful) crazy; getting us “where we live.” I am chagrined that she can “push my buttons” with such ease. However, those flocking to Palin’s banner misinterpret- willingly or not, the “why” of it all.

Contrary to what they put forth as the reason for our obsessive fury regarding the rise of this phenomenon, we do not feel threatened by her- not directly, anyway. We don’t fear her becoming the President of the United States, and in fact harbor the hope that she can somehow wrestle the nomination away from more traditional conservative Republican candidates. We take heart in her national poll numbers indicating her unelectable outside the Republican-fold, and enjoy the squirming of the Republican establishment as they contemplate their being denied the oval office, as they have been denied the senate-majority, ala O’Donnell and Angle. With every new gaffe, each new piece of evidence indicating a lack of intellectual investment, we can see national office slipping farther and farther beyond Palin’s ambitious grasp. What drives everyone from the moderate right to the liberal left into Pavlovian-spasms of indignation and incredulity is what she represents.

Conservatives assert the United States of America is ideologically conservative, and perhaps, that is true in some senses. However, over the last one hundred years we have decided that women and African-Americans can participate in electing our leaders; that segments of religious thought will not restrict or prohibit what we read, learn or teach. We have gone from mocking and disdaining “long-haired” intellectuals to honoring the Bill Gates, Steven Hawkings and Carl Sagans among us. All of us can live where we want, worship as we like. It’s even getting to the point where we can love and marry whom we want. Seventy years ago, the vast majority of Americans had never traveled beyond our borders, nor had much interest in doing so. Since then, generations of Americans have sought out the world; to engage it, learn from it and participate in it- from the Peace Corps to Rotary International Exchange groups. In 1941 we culled Japanese-Americans from our midst, because we doubted they were “Real Americans;” but we belatedly came to our senses, apologized and attempted to atone for our mistakes, with tangible cash. 100 years ago, as the railroads spread cities and industries across the continent, wiping out buffalo herds and other species in the process, a Republican President saw the natural environment was something to be treasured and protected- and institute

Posted by: interactidiomas | January 19, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

If Palin is such an insignifiant nitwit, what does that say about the writer;
Gorsh, they won't let me write about anything important so to keep in practice, kinda like "target shooting", I will trash insignifigant nitwits, just for fun!

Posted by: PhillupSpace1 | January 19, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many of you "intellectual genius historians" even new what the phrase "blood libel" meant or referred to before you read or heard about it in the gossip and entertainment news of the media left. You people have no intelligence but to follow like mice and be steered as puppets by the likes of immoral, illiterate, left wing self imposed elitist, who spew lies on a consistent basis. They should be barred from broadcasting the news and branded as fictional entertainment where they can spew their vial hateful remarks as much as they want and try to entertain you into believing lies about people, our country and our history. My point; do you believe that the phrase "separation of church and state" is in the constitution? Talk about an abused phrase.

Posted by: hanocul6 | January 19, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

No one plays the victim better than Sarah...except maybe Glenn Beck. They are only trying to show us the truth, how can we possibly resist?

Posted by: danw1 | January 19, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Google:

Prince Eric Fuller
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Typical libperv.

Posted by: drowningpuppies | January 19, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Bash Sarah Palin all you want, but it isn’t going to alter the fact that President Obama is a socialist liar and his administration is a crazy house of eco-loons, crypto-Marxists, progressives, collectivists, surrender monkeys and anarcho-lesbian harpies. Sarah Palin remains the figurehead for the counter-revolution.

Altogether now: “She’s not a Harvard lawyer but she knew what the Founders meant…”

Posted by: QuineGeology | January 19, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

To bethg1841: if you consider Ed Schultz a left-winger, you know very little about his political history or about his current political point-of-view. He's a former Republican and a clear CENTRIST, even pro-gun-rights. You're entitled to your own opinion, Beth, but you're not entitled to make up the facts on which you base said opinion.

Posted by: marcywrite | January 19, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Sarah doesn't understand that we all pretty much agree with about 80% of American values, with another 10% of those values being fairly close, except for how we frame them, and she gets all wizzed up about nthat last 10% that very few actually agree about, but most people know is opinion and politics anyway, and that's where she wants to plant her flag - and everyone else's.
But while she wants to fight over getting the rest of us to agree with her on what's the best way to fer-sher handle this last 10%, she's believing the rest of us are dopes about the other 80-90%.
In fact this is the problem with most idealogues in politics, and why they grate at their opposition.
They lack any real understanding or empathy for those who differ with them and wind up turning into drama queens and buffoons...

Posted by: thanksforfish | January 19, 2011 5:41 PM | Report abuse

A mr j MILLER ( a palin teabagger) was defeated in his Bid for US senator he had his minister of propagander , talk show host a Mr Fagain to attempt to have others with the name close to this opponet (L Macowski) place their names on the ballet to confuse the voters ! Wasnt this treason? yet freedom loving gun toting christian S Palin remained silent ..shount she and the american way teabagger faught tooth and nail to have that ended??? not a word , then is Palin not also a treator

Glen Bck told his listening public ,that shoud any harm come to Palin "it would bring down the republic!" was he issuing orders to Palins sheep to revolt . ... !isnt that also treason ? and again Palin remains silent .. ...

what it looks like we have is a modren
dictator in america!

Posted by: mcctogglo | January 20, 2011 12:05 AM | Report abuse

The public is finally coming around to seeing the true Sarah Palin. Instead of smiling and nodding while talking about murders and national tragedies, she should have shown some humility. I was compelled to create a visual commentary of her political rhetoric and its effects on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html Drop by and let me know what you think.

Posted by: dregstudios | January 20, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The public is finally coming around to seeing the true Sarah Palin. Instead of smiling and nodding while talking about murders and national tragedies, she should have shown some humility. I was compelled to create a visual commentary of her political rhetoric and its effects on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html Drop by and let me know what you think.

Posted by: dregstudios | January 20, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin, the gift that keeps on giving to Liberals, Progressives, Democrats, Independents everywhere. We all love Palin for the serious damage she does to her Conservative base and herself every time she opens her silly little mouth. Sarah, your glaring ignorance precedes you. Now Sarah, I know that you don't understand big words like 'precedes' so for you, just this once, I will explain it to you mmmkay? it means that, wherever you go now, and you speak to people, they know and are waiting for the next ignorant, arrogant, self serving, rude, misinformed, comical, dimwitted, ridiculous statements you are going say next.. yeah, like when K-Todd asks you if he can borrow your credit card again, or drive your new truck, kind of like that.

Posted by: Hillary08 | January 21, 2011 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Hillary08; all,

inasmuch as Sarah is about TEN times as smart as BHO, what does their brainlessness selection of "the wrong obama" (instead of HRH) say about the IQ of the DIMocRATS "leadership" & the chances of any DIMocRAT winning anything significant in 2012 & in the elections that follow?

BHO is an angry little weakling, a SELF-important fool, MEAN-spirited & a BIG-MOUTH of the first rank. = in other words, he is TYPICAL of the clueLESS nitwits on the extreme left of the political spectrum.

laughing AT him & the other members of "the progressive ruling class".

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | January 21, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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