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Posted at 3:12 PM ET, 12/29/2010

Liberal fixation with Palin continues

By Jennifer Rubin

Ezra Klein glances at the Gallup poll showing that there is no single Republican figure around whom the base has "coalesced." Yet he declares:

The closest thing the GOP has to a Bob Dole or a Newt Gingrich -- both of whom were credible national voices in 1994 -- is Sarah Palin, whose interests and messages frequently diverge from those of the Republican Party and who polls very poorly among the broader populace.

Ezra does not point to any empirical or anecdotal evidence to support this assertion. Indeed, recent events suggest otherwise. Her advice was not heeded on the tax deal. Her numbers are sinking as a potential 2012 candidate. And when one talks to Republicans in private gatherings, on the Hill, and even in Tea Party gatherings it is rare to find anyone who labels Palin as the party's leader or who looks to her for guidance on major issues. This is not a slur on Palin; she has an important and essential role in rallying the base, getting under Obama's skin and debunking much of what passes for conventional wisdom.

So who but liberal elites, who pine for a ready made target (in precisely the same way they defined Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the GOP after Obama's election), consider Palin the voice of the right?

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 29, 2010; 3:12 PM ET
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Sarah Palin will not run for the Presidency. She will, as she has stated, support the best candidate. That candidate will be Mitch Daniels. The most qualified to handle the job.

Posted by: wxyz6200 | December 29, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think you have it backwards. Palin is a not a "debunker".

You said

"...Palin; she has an important and essential role in rallying the base, getting under Obama's skin and debunking much of what passes for conventional wisdom."

Palin, more than any politician I can think of in the last 20 years is an "bunk" generator of epic proportions.

I think this is one of the primary reasons Palin gets so much attention- you just never know what kind of ridiculous baloney is going to come flowing out of her mouth next. And she really likes to keep that mouth in motion.

Its kind of like going to the car races because one likes the see the wrecks.

Posted by: dfolk1 | December 29, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't hear anyone talking about Ralph Nader and I want to know why. The Green Party ought to be big with all this Global Warming stuff going on.

We had an African American as President, now it's time to have a Green Party candidate in there; just a logical assumption that would be next.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | December 29, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin as President?? mmmm. Shes not a bad person, but she really just does not evoke the right image for that job. When I see or hear her, I don't get an image of a powerful visionary leader. I tend to get an image of a cutsie cheerleader doing her dance routine. If Americans can't take her seriously, I suspect that leaders of countires like China, Russia, Iran etc will not take her seriously either.

Posted by: DavidPun | December 29, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin's credibility is proportional to the price of gas and unemployment. Gas will be $4/gal this summer and higher as the election nears. Each gas bill and unemployment check will remind voters of drilling and permitting restrictions, EPA regulatory overreach, cap and tax, currency devaluation and Obamacare. Obama can't blame any of these on Bush.

Posted by: fskent | December 29, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

It's not just the liberals. Conservative pundits can't seem to stop talking about Palin either. You had two items on her just this morning on whether she's the frontrunner (Morning Bits) or most credible Republican national voice.

Klein's point is that among Republicans no other elected Republican comes close in the most admired poll. Former President G W Bush is picked by less than half (11%) of the Republicans who chose Palin (26%). No other elected Republican is even listed.

If Palin isn't the most credible Republican national voice, who is?

Posted by: TD01 | December 29, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Who but inbred, racist whitetrash Sarah Palin would be willing to profit fronting for the Roman Anti-Christ's fascist plutocracy's Big Oil, 9/11- committing "Fifth Column?" ...besides draft-dodgers Romney and papist/adulterer Gingrich.

Posted by: iamerican | December 29, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"So who but liberal elites, who pine for a ready made target (in precisely the same way they defined Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the GOP after Obama's election), consider Palin the voice of the right?"

You don't read these comment boards much, do you Jennifer? To a large percentage of the Conservative Movement, Sarah stands for everything that's right with America. Unlike elitist RINOs like yourself.

Posted by: OldWarDog | December 29, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"So who but liberal elites, who pine for a ready made target (in precisely the same way they defined Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the GOP after Obama's election), consider Palin the voice of the right?"

Of course. It's easier for lefties to vilify and demonize Palin, than it is to have an actual debate on the merits (or lack thereof) of their policies.

Posted by: Publius1969 | December 29, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"So who but liberal elites, who pine for a ready made target (in precisely the same way they defined Rush Limbaugh as the leader of the GOP after Obama's election), consider Palin the voice of the right?"

Jenny, baby! this was your opportunity to set us liberal elites aright by giving us a list of your top 10 leaders of the GOP. If it isn't Sarah pr Rush... who is it? We don't even need you to come up with 10... 5 will do.

If we've gotten it wrong since Obama was elected, why haven't you identified who the GOP leaders are in all that time? Tell you what... if 5 is too hard... tell us one. Tell us one person who the GOP turn to for leadership.

Till you do, we'll keep looking at the polls and the behavior of your party and make our own assumptions.

Posted by: rickp644 | December 29, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that was really the point of his post. He might have said that Palin was the closest the GOP had to a leader, and maybe that isn't true, but I think the primary thing he was driving at is that they have yet to establish a clear leader.

Posted by: JackLumber | December 29, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Ezra Pine is a twit. He does not help his own cause by chewing his fingernails and nattering on about this woman, who is also a twit. The less said about her, the better, OK, Ezra? Got that? Jeez, use some basic political and psywar common sense...

Posted by: Tambopaxi | December 29, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer, make no bones about it, a Palin contest with Obama is a dream come true for Democrats, Progressives, Independent thinkers alike. While as divisive as the Party of No has established itself, that election would prove whether this nation has the intellectual capacity to function as a democratic union. The only moral intolerance viable should be against the hate, anger, greed, and exclusionist dogma exhibited by the Palins, Becks, and Limbaughs.

Posted by: TexasCynic1 | December 29, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

iamercan: You must have graduated from Harvard if that is all the nasty names you could come up with. Too bad you didn't have a decent education so you could have contributed to the dialog.

Posted by: Ubly | December 29, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Anything journolister Ezra Klein says about Sarah Palin is tendentious nonsense. We know that already. When has she ever claimed to be the "voice of the right"? As Governor of Alaska, she was a moderate who worked with Democrats to get legislation passed. She frustrates the Left and the Right, because she is unique; she can't be classified or put in a neat little box.

Posted by: bubbasouth | December 29, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse


Snow White leads The Seven Dwarfs

The GOP will soon be known as the Party of Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs with Sarah "Snow White" Palin leading such GOP Dwarfs as Huckabee, Gingrich, Pawlenty, Thune, Barbour, Romney and Ron Paul. When Snow White leads, The Seven Dwarfs follow.

Posted by: mirroronthewallmirror | December 29, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

You're being a little unfair to Ezra, and somewhat misleading. The poll results for the "most admired man or woman" that he showed (but which you did not) indicate that Palin is the only Repub political figure to reach the top 10 (former Pres Bush received the next highest ranking). The main point he was making is that...at this point...there doesn't appear to be a front runner or leading voice. He didn't say Sarah is the clear choice or even likely choice...so why not wait for him to say something you actually disagree with before attacking him as a clueless, liberal elite.

Posted by: wswest | December 29, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

With six years as an intelligence analyst in the Army and 20+ years in human resources and sales, I'm more qualified than the current occupant of the White House. Governor Palin was on the city council, mayor, state energy commission and governor of our largest state, as well as a business owner. I will raise $2 million dollars for her campaign if she runs.

Posted by: sandbear | December 29, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

With six years as an intelligence analyst in the Army and 20+ years in human resources and sales, I'm more qualified than the current occupant of the White House. Governor Palin was on the city council, mayor, state energy commission and governor of our largest state, as well as a business owner. I will raise $2 million dollars for her campaign if she runs.

Posted by: sandbear | December 29, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

My fixation is for the pathetic excuse we have for journalism in this country that gives a braindead sack of crap like Palin coverage. Our country is so screwed

Posted by: timebanded | December 29, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a cheerleader for conservatives. She is very good at it. She will not be nominated for a presidential run. I'm sure of that.

Posted by: battleground51 | December 29, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

That lazy p-i-- Palin could care less about having to do something real, you know like a job. She just wants the money and publicity. You're enabling her by paying her any attention much less this garbage.

Posted by: unemployedmarch | December 29, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is also very good at distracting and consuming liberals. That is an important function.

Liberals are easily distracted and easily knocked off balance. Palin put them in a full-blown panic in 2008.

Posted by: battleground51 | December 29, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah is everything that is right with America then the the sum of what is right with America is close to ZERO.

Sarah is a quitter! When did American's value a quitter.

Okay, the right did elect another quitter "W" who couldn't even HONOR his military commitment. And the right reelected Vitter and Ensign -- adulterers (another way of saying they aren't true to their ALLEDGED family values -- quitters.

I guess Sarah WILL BE the next President. Elected by those that value quitters, phonies, adulterers, toilet trolls, BORROWERS (because conservatives borrowed 83% of the national debt handed to Obama).

As a nation with its values sold out by the right -- Sarah is what we've got to look forward to -- a QUITTER.

Posted by: Freethotlib | December 29, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

sandbar..for someone who claims to have so much on the ball, I don't see how you could support that narcissistic lying fool, Sarah Palin for anything other than maybe dog catcher. She was the "mayor of Wasilla" Woopie!! Such an honor. How large is Wasilla, anyway? And when you call her Governor, it should be half-governor since she didn't have what it takes to finish the job. Watch the prank on youtube played on her by the guys from Canada and then tell us how smart she is. Britney Spears can take a back seat to Sarah when it comes to being a bimbo.

Posted by: CorrineK | December 29, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Why would Sarah Palin give up her multi-million dollar speaking engagements, reality shows, and book deals to take a job that pays less than $500,000 a year?

Sarah Palin is just like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Ann Coulter, and all of the other conservative "talking heads". She will say and do anything to keep herself in the spotlight to keep the money coming in.

Don't get me wrong; there are extreme liberals that do the same, it is just harder for them to get a following because liberals usually look for facts whereas conservatives go on emotions.

If I were able to get people to pay me to say whatever, I would do it! She has found a niche for herself and running for president would ruin that.

She'll keep doing what she's doing and, if the GOP takes the White House in 2012, she'll say that the Republican president is not Republican enough. Whatever she can do to keep the TV shows, book deals, and speaking engagements coming!

Posted by: nst101 | December 29, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and battleground...you say that Sarah put Liberals into a panic in 2008. In your dreams. IF (and that's a big IF) anyone was worried, it was no doubt because they remember 2000 and 2004 and the republicans penchant for electing ignorant fools. After watching Palin and listening to her, I really think GW has one up on her. He's not quite as ignorant and not QUITE the liar Grizzly Mama is.

Posted by: CorrineK | December 29, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

If you want to find out who is most obsessed with Sarah Palin, take a look at the source of where most articles about her originate.....The Associated Press.


The AP used to be a highly-respected news source. Now it seems the AP has the same quality and reliability as the National Enquirer----not worth reading if you want truth and facts.


Sarah Palin's own credibility (not that she had much to begin with) is long gone. Lately, all we hear from her is insults and general shrewishness.
Sarah Palin is the un-invited person who crashes the party, who continuously makes a fool of herself, but refuses to leave.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 29, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

sandbear,

Nice resume, but you and Palin combined dont have the experience Obama has. I guess you dont count being President of the United States for two years as experience. Something Palin can come close to. Do you quit like Palin?

Posted by: rharring | December 29, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

She's a Witch!

...

She turned me into a newt.

Posted by: WillSeattle | December 29, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

If nature abhors a vacuum, so does politics. In the absence of a strong, identifiable, and reasonably attractive national leadership, bogus self-appointed quacks rush in to fill the void. Hence Palin. Hence Limbaugh. Hence Glenn Beck and the rest of Fox News' Rupert Murdoch sock puppets (I except Krauthammer from this generalization). They're all the Democrats have to attack. If even one reasonably charismatic authentic Republican spokesman were to emerge, Palin and her entire ilk would cease to occupy center stage in a minute. But, unfortunately, the Republicans seem to have nothing better to offer than the highly oporific Mitt Romney.

Posted by: dfs1 | December 29, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

If nature abhors a vacuum, so does politics. In the absence of a strong, identifiable, and reasonably attractive national leadership, bogus self-appointed quacks rush in to fill the void. Hence Palin. Hence Limbaugh. Hence Glenn Beck and the rest of Fox News' Rupert Murdoch sock puppets (I except Krauthammer from this generalization). They're all the Democrats have to attack. If even one reasonably charismatic authentic Republican spokesman were to emerge, Palin and her entire ilk would cease to occupy center stage in a minute. But, unfortunately, the Republicans seem to have nothing better to offer than the highly soporific Mitt Romney.

Posted by: dfs1 | December 29, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Willseattle,

That is classic....

But i got better.....

Your the man

Posted by: rharring | December 29, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Liberal fixation with Palin continues
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That's because she's highly "predictable", highly "silly", highly "childish", and highly "partisan".

When the Right-Winger's stop picking these highly predictable silly childish people, or when they stop picking themselves to be the voice of the party, then just maybe the Right will be able to get somewhere.

Otherwise, it's just one predictable silly childish person after another, and another and another.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 29, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse


The democrats have NO ONE who is equal to Sarah Palin in reader's interest and that is why the WaPost has daily Sarah stories. She is interesting for readers and that means money. obama is president, but he is a boring person. So who else is there? This is pure jealousy by uber-libs.

It doesn't matter if Sarah decides to run for another office. She looks great on t.v. and people love to read about her to either express their disgust or pleasure. But, she has their interest.

Posted by: familynet | December 29, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

What "liberal" fixation are you talking about? It's you hacks in the media who will not allow this half-wit part time governor to simply crawl back under the rock from which she emerged. Perhaps it is a national sport to watch Palin make a fool of herself time and again.

Posted by: markappraiser1 | December 29, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

By not refutiating (Palin's new word) Palins outrageously false claims and her deliberate mis-characterizations, the conservative establishment validates her.

Other than a few brave conservative pundits, the right will not openly admit what so many know to be true: Palin's ruminations on almost everything are sophomoric, poorly informed and just plain demagogic. Yet few will risk offending those who see her as The Great White Hope

Posted by: Dive4Blood | December 29, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

" ... it is rare to find anyone who labels Palin as the party's leader or who looks to her for guidance on major issues."

Oh, really? How about this? Write a blog about any other Republican leader and compare the responses to the number of comments you get about Palin.

She's the leader; deal with it.

Posted by: mypitts2 | December 29, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Sandbar, what makes you think that 6 years in Army "intelligence"(a misnomer if ever there was one) and 20 years in sales qualifiesyou over Barack Obama? What an egomaniac!
As for Palin- the governor of Alaska(whomever that might be) has less responsibility than the Animal Control Warden of Fairfax County. And she didn't even finish out her term.

Posted by: markappraiser1 | December 29, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

The democrats have NO ONE who is equal to Sarah Palin in reader's interest and that is why the WaPost has daily Sarah stories.
Posted by: markappraiser1

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You're right.

We don't have anyone who is equal to Palin's ignorance or who is also that strange.

Strange creature's and strange human beings have a tendency to attract large numbers of people, who are only interested in learning about the strange behavior of the person or learning about the unusual features of a creature that they have never seen before.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 29, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Sarah "Look at me! Look at me!" Palin spews streams of outrageous inanities designed specifically to garner public attention. Then her supporters attack her opponents for not ignoring her. Yeah, right.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | December 29, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

As a Hillary 2008 backer, still unimpressed with Pres. Obama, I am greatly amused at the both the hype and vitriol directed at half-term Gov Palin--who may or may not be as 'qualified' to seek the presidency as half-term Sen. Obama was in 2007-8.

The fixation on Sarah Palin could mean that our mostly male pundit-ocracy is mostly heterosexual & bored silly.

If they were so obsessed with Mitt Romney or Sen. Thune, I would be truly worried.

Posted by: bjerryberg | December 29, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you Jennifer. I think it's fascinating that a carnival huckster like Palin gets as much attention as she does, from ANYONE.

Posted by: SmallBusiness | December 29, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Who but inbred, racist whitetrash Sarah Palin would be willing to profit fronting for the Roman Anti-Christ's fascist plutocracy's Big Oil, 9/11- committing "Fifth Column?" ...besides draft-dodgers Romney and papist/adulterer Gingrich.

Posted by: iamerican | December 29, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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Here's a fine example of the viciousness that the WaPo "journalists" love to provoke with their constant barrage of Palin and Palin family member nonsense articles.

It doesn't really matter whether Palin is qualified to run for the presidency and it matters even less whether you agree with her politics. The simple fact is that she and her family have done nothing to deserve this type of viciousness. The media is responsible for the constant attacks. She has been targeted because she is a strong woman and a Republican. That is the bottom line.

Posted by: bethg1841 | December 29, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Who but inbred, racist whitetrash Sarah Palin would be willing to profit fronting for the Roman Anti-Christ's fascist plutocracy's Big Oil, 9/11- committing "Fifth Column?" ...besides draft-dodgers Romney and papist/adulterer Gingrich.

Posted by: iamerican | December 29, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

==========================================
Here's a fine example of the viciousness that the WaPo "journalists" love to provoke with their constant barrage of Palin and Palin family member nonsense articles.

It doesn't really matter whether Palin is qualified to run for the presidency and it matters even less whether you agree with her politics. The simple fact is that she and her family have done nothing to deserve this type of viciousness. The media is responsible for the constant attacks. She has been targeted because she is a strong woman and a Republican. That is the bottom line.

Posted by: bethg1841 | December 29, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal, I can't speak to why many liberals think Mrs. Palin is the voice of the right. What I can say is that I am often fixated on those who I think will harm the country I served for 24 years.

If someone is dangerous, say Charles Manson or Joe McCarthy, I tend to want to ensure the rest of the country knows how truly bad for the country they are.

Mrs. Palin is such a person. She will be disastrous as president and is awful for the country now. She does not understand the Constitution nor how to govern. She's a quitter and a gold-digger as well as being the kind of woman who has gotten by on her looks and charm but little talent.

So that explains why I am fixated on her. She could just hoodwink a bunch of horney rightwingers into electing her and that is simply unacceptable.

Posted by: arancia12 | December 29, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

As a liberal, I can't speak to why many liberals think Mrs. Palin is the voice of the right. What I can say is that I am often fixated on those who I think will harm the country I served for 24 years.

If someone is dangerous, say Charles Manson or Joe McCarthy, I tend to want to ensure the rest of the country knows how truly bad for the country they are.

Mrs. Palin is such a person. She will be disastrous as president and is awful for the country now. She does not understand the Constitution nor how to govern. She's a quitter and a gold-digger as well as being the kind of woman who has gotten by on her looks and charm but little talent.

So that explains why I am fixated on her. She could just hoodwink a bunch of sweaty, hot rightwingers into electing her and that is simply unacceptable.

Posted by: arancia12 | December 29, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

With six years as an intelligence analyst in the Army and 20+ years in human resources and sales, I'm more qualified than the current occupant of the White House. Governor Palin was on the city council, mayor, state energy commission and governor of our largest state, as well as a business owner. I will raise $2 million dollars for her campaign if she runs.

Posted by: sandbear | December 29, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Boy, oh boy - do tell, in all of your years as a human resources person, I'm just betting that you never had to interview candidates for, oh, say the President of the United States.

The "unqualified" canard is probably the lamest attack against President Obama that's been used to date.

(The second lamest is "let's put a candidate in the White House that's had to meet a payroll" Since when does running a for profit business resemble the job of President of the United States?)

But do tell me, what exactly makes for experience that qualifies one for President of the United States?

It's pretty fair to say that a Senator would probably understand how Washington works, but only from the viewpoint of being a Senator, not as President.

Some Governors would be able to claim executive experience that might translate to helping them perform the duties of President, but no governor has command over military forces, and no governor has to deal with foreign relations in the way that the President has to.

In the 21st century, though, there are few states that have a demographic that meets that of all of America; many governors, while electable, would only be used to governance as it relates to a state that is mostly a "blue" state or mostly a "red" state.

And, while I know that some folks on the right side of the equation have been known to say, "He's not my president" and some folks on the left don't understand that President Obama is the president of ALL American citizens, the job IS President of the UNITED States; not President of the left or of the right. Our great national temper tantrum known as the Tea Party has a huge amount of trouble understanding this distinction.

And quite honestly, I'm freakin' tired of people such as yourself and many conservative folks in the country letting their emotions lead them around by the nose when it comes to President Obama. As I like to say about President Bush, on most of the things that he did while in office, reasonable people can disagree.

Apparently, though, there is something about those that claim the conservative mantle in the 21st century that leads them to believe that what they feel requires no explanation, and somehow you are entitled to a president that suits your exacting specifications. Thank God that our country is not designed to be that way.

Or, put simply - Aaahaaa, go on and stick it in your ear.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 29, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse


Of course. It's easier for lefties to vilify and demonize Palin, than it is to have an actual debate on the merits (or lack thereof) of their policies.
Posted by: Publius1969
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Dearheart, I'll debate the merit of the left's policies (whatever that is) when Mrs. Palin has an actual debate about policies and issues with anyone other than a keyboard.

Posted by: arancia12 | December 29, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Palin gets attention because she's a wackadoo.

Posted by: valerie14 | December 29, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh for crap's sake, I missed your comment about Alaska being our largest state - That's known as the fallacy of comparison; using a metric that doesen't logically tie to your argument.

I'm quite sure that a governor of Alaska with their experience in dealing with the the huge metropolitan area of Fairbanks would know JUST how to handle a country that includes the giant and diverse metropolitan areas of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Houston.

You say what? You were an intelligence analyst? I'm guessing those skills don't translate really well to analyzing political theory in the 21st century.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 29, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

With six years as an intelligence analyst in the Army and 20+ years in human resources and sales, I'm more qualified than the current occupant of the White House. Governor Palin was on the city council, mayor, state energy commission and governor of our largest state, as well as a business owner. I will raise $2 million dollars for her campaign if she runs.

Posted by: sandbear
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With 24 years as a nuclear policy analyst in the military and 6 as a nuclear incident response trainer with the DOD, I am more qualified than you to judge capability.

When Mrs. Palin was parading in a swimsuit I was serving my country. When she quit her job I was still serving my country.

She hasn't uttered a single intelligent sentence since she was elevated based on her sex appeal and to counter Hillary Clinton.

Mrs. Palin may have played at those jobs but she didn't do them well.

Go ahead, raise 2million. It will only go into the lovely Mrs. Palin's bank account.

Posted by: arancia12 | December 29, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Of course. It's easier for lefties to vilify and demonize Palin, than it is to have an actual debate on the merits (or lack thereof) of their policies.
Posted by: Publius1969
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Dearheart, I'll debate the merit of the left's policies (whatever that is) when Mrs. Palin has an actual debate about policies and issues with anyone other than a keyboard.

Posted by: arancia12 | December 29, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, heck, arancia12, I'd be glad if right wing folks that post in these comment sections would have an actual debate about issues.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 29, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Of course. It's easier for lefties to vilify and demonize Palin, than it is to have an actual debate on the merits (or lack thereof) of their policies.
Posted by: Publius1969
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Dearheart, I'll debate the merit of the left's policies (whatever that is) when Mrs. Palin has an actual debate about policies and issues with anyone other than a keyboard.

Posted by: arancia12 | December 29, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, heck, arancia12, I'd be glad if the right wing folks that post in these comment sections would have an actual debate about issues. Any from the right a that rises above the level of "I don't like him and he's JUST wrong" is so rare as to be unheard of in the last two years.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 29, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Of course. It's easier for lefties to vilify and demonize Palin, than it is to have an actual debate on the merits (or lack thereof) of their policies.
Posted by: Publius1969
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Dearheart, I'll debate the merit of the left's policies (whatever that is) when Mrs. Palin has an actual debate about policies and issues with anyone other than a keyboard.

Posted by: arancia12 | December 29, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh, heck, arancia12, I'd be glad if the right wing folks that post in these comment sections would have an actual debate about issues. Any from the right a that rises above the level of "I don't like him and he's JUST wrong" is so rare as to be unheard of in the last two years.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 29, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Please excuse the double post; ususally that's my fault but not this time.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | December 29, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Palin has helped Alaska in one respect: tourism. People now want to visit Alaska. They won't be disappointed. It's extraordinary. Adn you can shoot animals :) I voted for Nader in 2000. Can't afford to vote for green party next election as my vote is too important. Better to get involved in conservation and donate to green organizations.

Posted by: thermalf | December 29, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I love how the Left thinks stupid women are the sole purview of the Right.

Ever listen to Marcy Kaptur or Maxine Waters? Sarah looks like a Rhodes Scholar compared to those two.

Posted by: sold2u | December 29, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The liberal outrage over Sarah Palin does seem somewhat hysterical. She ought to feel flattered that people who see themselves as on the other side of several issues from her are just so besides themselves over everything she does. Palin just doesn't fit the politically correct image of an independent, opinionated, politically involved, intelligent, and influential woman that has evolved on the left side of the isle. And neither do any of the other cadre of women speaking up for themselves who see her as a role model. Her critics think it's just not right. She doesn't have the correct attitude about abortion or birth control. She's not dismissive enough of Todd. She didn't attend college at one of the seven sisters. People who haven't yet wrapped their heads around the real consequences of all those post menopausal hormones that were once upon a time touted as a fountain of youth think she's stupid. People who make no connection between the miserable infertility that has grown out of our birth control technology and attitudes about casual sex recently promoted by some of our social engineers say Palin doesn't really understand women's issues. The women who criticize her think of themselves as Eleanor Roosevelt, and they think Palin's not like Eleanor at all because she hunts. Palin scares them, and she scares their men too.

Posted by: drray-yup | December 29, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

iamercan: You must have graduated from Harvard if that is all the nasty names you could come up with. Too bad you didn't have a decent education so you could have contributed to the dialog.

Posted by: Ubly | December 29, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

"Ezra does not point to any empirical or anecdotal evidence to support this assertion."

Or, after glancing at the Gallup poll, he probably noticed she was the most admired woman among Republicans, while no potential 2012 candidates showed up on the most admired man list.

Posted by: hfl2001 | December 30, 2010 2:48 AM | Report abuse

The best way to identify the true leader of American conservatism is not by the support that he or she enjoys among GOP voters (as in Gallup). Rather, you simply ask who does the liberal/left of the US and Europe hate the most with the hatred of despair, subject to endless ridicule, and endless assassination of the character, intelligence and competence.

Who else but Sarah Palin?

Posted by: genecarr100 | December 30, 2010 4:08 AM | Report abuse

The media wants to see Palin run because she is like the sideshow freak at the circus- everybody will want to stop and see her.

The liberals want her because she is not a threat.

Posted by: RUexperienced | December 30, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

****** "Governor Palin was on the city council, mayor, state energy commission and governor of our largest state" *****

Give me a break.

She was mayor of a small town of 7000 people and 70 employees. A Wal Mart manager has more people than that on the payroll.

And Alaska is the largest state??? It is the second smallest state in population, right behind Vermont.

You people have to stop your ridiculous heroine worship- you are making a questionable politician look even worse.

Posted by: RUexperienced | December 30, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

iamercan: You must have graduated from Harvard if that is all the nasty names you could come up with. Too bad you didn't have a decent education so you could have contributed to the dialog.

Posted by: Ubly | December 29, 2010 11:46 PM | Report abuse

Who but inbred, racist whitetrash Sarah Palin would be willing to profit fronting for the Roman Anti-Christ's fascist plutocracy's Big Oil, 9/11- committing "Fifth Column?" ...besides draft-dodgers Romney and papist/adulterer Gingrich.

Posted by: iamerican | December 29, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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Here's a fine example of the viciousness that the WaPo "journalists" love to provoke with their constant barrage of Palin and Palin family member nonsense articles.

It doesn't really matter whether Palin is qualified to run for the presidency and it matters even less whether you agree with her politics. The simple fact is that she and her family have done nothing to deserve this type of viciousness. The media is responsible for the constant attacks. She has been targeted because she is a strong woman and a Republican. That is the bottom line.

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Truth is immaterial in America, now? The social stigma against inbreeding, or even its biblical prohibition, has been forgotten? Look at her father's face.

We are a nation founded on Righteousness, in covenant with the Creator. Does G-d not realize Sarah Palin is inbred whitetrash when it is transparently obvious to any who isn't?

How long shall we continue this charade ignoring the proof that Bush and Cheney committed 9/11 and pretend "Annuit Coeptis" pertains? 

G-d is not mocked. Woebetide a people turned away from the Source of all life, blessings, strength, safety, and health. The writing is on the wall for all to read. theamericanfundament.blogspot

Posted by: iamerican | December 30, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Jennifer's statement that "in Tea Party gatherings it is rare to find anyone...who looks to [Palin] for guidance on major issues" is quite false. Anyone paying attention to 'baggers rants could discern that Palin was a heroine of the cause.

Repubs are terrified by Palin because they know she's the choice candidate of their base and they also know that a Palin Obama contest won't even be close. I find this predicament extremely gratifying. It's like being mugged and as the mugger runs away with your wallet he trips and falls and shoots himself in the leg. Ha, ha, ha.

Posted by: rgray | December 30, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has a large enough following among the extreme (angry) right and continues to stir them up with misleading comments. Of course that warrents paying some attention to her, it's not rocket science after all. When she starts saying things based on facts and grounded in reality, the "fixation" will go away. Those of us waiting for her to stop misleading everyone are not holding our breathe, with her it's all about fame, money, and attention and not about the truth.

Posted by: craighenslin | December 30, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

"... Sarah Palin is also very good at distracting and consuming liberals. That is an important function.

Liberals are easily distracted and easily knocked off balance. Palin put them in a full-blown panic in 2008. ..."

Please, please distract us again with Sarah Palin in 2012. One full-blown panic is not enough.

Posted by: tuakulayi | December 30, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

sold2u:Ever listen to Marcy Kaptur or Maxine Waters? Sarah looks like a Rhodes Scholar compared to those two.

Hah! How's about Barbra Boxer -- and who can forget Pat Schroeder from Colorado ;)

Posted by: aardunza | December 30, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Marcy Kaptur is one of the few in Congress with even a vague notion of the utopian ideals enshrined in Our Creed's three mottoes...Sanders is another. Fascism didn't triumph buying politicins of integrity. How many thousands on Capitol Hill witnessed the proof of draft-dodging perverts Bush's and Cheney's treason's "lumbering turn directly overhead" as the report of the explosion and odor of cordite rolled past?

Posted by: iamerican | December 30, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Palin is much too lazy and now addicted to money to ever go through the hard long campaign for national office.

Posted by: keb777 | December 30, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Yes, liberals are still fixated on Palin. She is the face of what we don't want to go back to. Reagan, Bush 1, and Bush 2 were more than enough.

Palin herself is the car wreck we pass on the way to work: we have to slow down to look, rarely see anything, but we're horrified when we do see something.

I do not see anyone, Democrat or Republican, who could defeat Obama if the election were held today. In 2012, who knows? Many on the left would be open to a different Democrat presidential candidate, but I see no one better than Obama.

Posted by: ptgrunner | December 30, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

The fascination also lies in utter incredulity. Listen you supporters - this is true. Liberals, moderates and intellectually and emotionally intact conservatives and libertarians really don't understand how you can support her. It's not a matter of policy - she doesn't seem to have any - Its just that she is so uninformed and childlike in her approach to debate and politics. To the rest of us, it seems so darn obvious how little she knows and how power hungry - no - fame hungry she is. Of course I'm fascinated. Elitist? Jeez, I mean we American's used to value intelligence. We didn't want our leaders to be the lowest common denominator. That's it. I mean how can you hope to convince someone of her ability to lead, when the idea of her leading the greatest nation on earth seems sooooo ludicrous to so many? I'd take Obama over her even if he were an African born muslim!!

Come on, how can you not want to miss more like this? From a vice presidential candidate?!!!

"Well, let's see. There's -- of course -- in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings."
Sarah Palin
Unable to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, October 1, 2008.
"All of 'em, any of 'em that have been in front of me over all these years."
Sarah Palin
Unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, October 1, 2008.
"I'll try to find you some and I'll bring them to you."
Sarah Palin
Asked by Katie Couric to cite specific examples of how John McCain has pushed for more regulation in his 26 years in the Senate, CBS News interview, September 24, 2008.
You know what? I'm intelligent, a respected professional - and I don't know how to answer those questions well. BUT I AM NOT RUNNING FOR OFFICE! Of course, if that's the only way out of Alaska to a nice warm place like Arizona and the way to get a reality show and Fox money for the occassional "opinion".......

Posted by: Neurotech | December 30, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

This title is misleading - Palin's followers are fixated - they have no alternative. Those left of Palin's politics (MANY) are somewhat obsessed (the odd human tendency of watching a trapeze artist/waiting for a fall), but they haven't pinned their hopes on one person. Sarah's has turned politics into a sideshow. I agree with first poster and hope Mitch Daniels is the nominee - I'm not sure I agree with his education policy, but the guy knows numbers and how to deal with fiscal issues.

Posted by: chris76543 | January 1, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Jennifer,

Hope you've seen Jon Chait's response, which points out your own "fixation" with the half-term governor.

Also, the reason people called Limbaugh the leader of the Republican party is because he's the party's only member who seems to be above criticism. Every single time a politician has said the slightest thing against the man, the "countdown to apology" begins. Say what you will, but Limbaugh OWNS the rights politicians.

Posted by: nitpicker | January 2, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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