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Palin's PAC Raises $700,000+



Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin raised $733,000 through her political action committee. AP Photo/The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Robert DeBerry

Update, 4:10 p.m.: Palin has collected at least $200,000 more for Sarah PAC since the reporting period closed at the end of last month, according to a source familiar with the numbers. Palin's resignation -- announced on July 3 -- triggered a flood of donations to the PAC, the source added.

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Sarah PAC, the political action committee formed by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin earlier this year to maintain her national profile, raised $733,000 in the first six months of the year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission today.

During that same time period, Palin spent $276,000 --largely on fundraising appeals and consultants -- and ended June with $457,000 in the bank. None of Palin's contributions came from political action committees, an attempt -- seemingly -- to preserve her outsider and reform credentials.

Palin's largest expenditure went to "Edonation.com/Campaign Solutions", the fundraising company run by Becki Donatelli and based in Alexandria, Virginia. Sarah PAC doled out roughly $106,000 to the firm for fundraising during the first six months of the year. Donatelli and Palin parted ways in late April.

Palin also paid several Sarah PAC staffers monthly stipends including former Republican National Committee finance director Timothy Crawford ($6,000/month), personal/political spokesman Meg Stapleton ($4,000/month) and PAC spokeswoman Pam Pryor ($6,000/month). Palin also made a series of $8,000 payments to IzzyLene Consulting, Stapleton's Anchorage-based consulting firm.

Palin made two campaign contributions during the first six months of 2009. She gave $5,000 each to the re-election races of Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads the way in terms of fundraising by potential 2012 Republican candidates. Romney showed nearly $1.4 million raised through his Free and Strong America PAC at the end of May.

Palin's showing is, however, a sign that she can raise cash at the national level and that she will be a player in the 2010 midterm elections if she, as expected, chooses to involve herself in downballot races.

It is all the more impressive given the chaos that surrounded her operation -- and herself -- over the first half of 2009. If Palin can spend her time out of office organizing a serious national effort, these numbers suggest the financial support is out there to help her.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 13, 2009; 2:05 PM ET
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Comments

I thought that someone said the GOP will "never" nominate her?

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They'd be "stupid" to "nominate" "her"

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 16, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought that someone said the GOP will "never" nominate her?

Posted by: JakeD | July 15, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

This just shows how desperate the Greedy Old Party is but as long as the polls show that only 22% of the voters now claim to be R party members no one needs to be concerned.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | July 14, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

To sperrico, it seems as if our dishonesty and/or idiocy are now firmly established. I'm glad that's over.

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 14, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I think that GWB is smarter than Obama.

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Thank you for providing vitally useful information for readers' time management. I shall endeavor to ignore your posts from now on as your dishonesty and/or idiocy are now firmly established.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 14, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 14, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I think that GWB is smarter than Obama.

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 14, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about what others believe but I think Obama is no smarter than GWB. The difference? Obama is well-spoken and he acts very well playing in his role as an intelligent and his ability to, 'mantenere il sangue freddo', keep a cool head. He still needs speech writers. Something Kennedy didn't do when he spoke at anything other than a formal occasion. Where is the president's purported intelligence?

Posted by: sperrico | July 14, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I heard someone comment the other day that it drives some people crazy that she is still smiling and seems happy with her decision;

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Uh, I don't know of anyone who's angry or perplexed because Palin smiles every time a camera points her way.

Au contraire.

Her inability to grasp the seriousness of issues, her own or the nation's, is perfectly congruent with the impression she makes in every other way, that of a frivolous shallow clotheshorse with a horsetail 'do.

She smiles for the same reason a Miss America contestant smiles, because that's what you do when the bright lights turn your way.

Read her "Op-Ed." Strung-together cliches. This is not a bright woman, not bright enough to see past impressions.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 14, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

You see, as soon as Palin announced her resignataion, I sent her SarahPAC money, & I'll keep sending SarahPac money as well.

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One born every minute

On behalf of Democrats and loyal Americans, I thank you

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 14, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

$700,000 isn't even enough to keep Sarah in the fashionable CLOTHES to which she has become accustomed! A drop in a bucket! What ever ELSE would Sarah, the quitter, need PAC money for?? Obviously, all she wants is the glitter, the notoriety, and the attention of ANYTHING that will accomplish that! She has already demonstrated to all the world that the majority of things to come out of her mouth must be programmed in the day before or NOTHING besides spunk and cockiness is in there, which do appeal to a minority.

I actually hope that political aspirations would demand a little more substance, brains, and quality, which accumulation of knowledge would be evident from a life pattern and not something that can be memorized overnight, to be forgotten instantly after "the test"!

Posted by: Maerzie | July 14, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I think it's extremely amusing that she's smiling. I understand completely why she's smiling. I think conservatives should give her lots of money. Doesn't drive me crazy at all.

Posted by: nodebris | July 14, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I heard someone comment the other day that it drives some people crazy that she is still smiling and seems happy with her decision; and it drives her detractors crazy. Reading through some of these comments there may be an element of truth in that observation.

Posted by: annetta3 | July 14, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

It's insulting that anyone would say the lefty's have a problem with Palin. I stand firm in being in the middle, simply because whether a righty or a lefty, means you support a candidate out of loyalty to the party regardless of whether best suited for the job. I want the best suited for the job. Palin in my eyes is a quitter. Every dollar donated to her cause, supports a quitter. That is the option of the donater and I say good for them. However, there are many just like me, that she should be appealing to and I can't get past the fact she is not a fighter, but a quitter. She has failed her state and those supporting her. When you get through the layers, it feels this quit of her sworn duty is to make money. So, I'm in the middle, and can't seriously consider her presidential material and would never consider her endorsement of any candidate a worthy endorsement.

Posted by: vikkids | July 14, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"Lefty?"

Posted by: nodebris | July 14, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

This is interesting. Lately, Lefty's have won the White House, the US House & the US Senate. And, they're poised to have their new Messiah appoint a full blown racist Lefty to the Supreme Court of the United States.

With all that true, you'd think that the Lefty's would be happy?! But, by reading some of the truly insane posts made below, it's clear that no matter how good Lefty's have it, they're still just as miserable as they were before they gained what amounts to overwhelming political power.

That fact confirms what mental health specialist have known for a very long time. Lefty's are much more likely to be clinically depressed & suffer all types of mental illness, much more than the general (sane) population. Who predominantly don't lean to the extreme political Left.

Btw Lefty's, I like Sarah Palin. I think she's an interesting, thoughtful conservative. It looks like she'll find many ways to shake our pitiful political situation up, in ways we haven't seen since Ronald Reagan.

So, I thought you lunatic Lefty's would enjoy knowing that I'll be helping to keep you all comfortably miserable. Just the way you like.

You see, as soon as Palin announced her resignataion, I sent her SarahPAC money, & I'll keep sending SarahPac money as well.

It's the 1st time in a very long time, that a truly principled conservative has stepped forward in such a bold way. That deserves rewarding, & I intend to reward her as much as I can.

I'm sure you'll all be enjoying that a lot, Lefty's ;-]

Posted by: Just-Tex | July 14, 2009 5:42 AM | Report abuse

Please stop the madness, I hate Sarah the witch. She is the most stupid woman on this earth. She should stop talking so much and get the baby a bottle. She is and act like poor white Alaska Trash.

I don't look at cable news anymore not even Msnbc, I really enjoy Keith. He and Raschel discuss Sarah to much for me. I beleive her Daughter's Baby Daddy, in what he said is the reason she quit her job. After all let your husband take care of you and the kids. Sarah you act like the man of the house. Home which was built with taxpayer money. Sarah tried to upstage Michael Jackson, it didn't work did it. You didn't have to make an anouncement just before the holiday.

Posted by: PatriciaLethridge | July 14, 2009 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, and Dan Froomkin gets the push.

You forgot Kagan, by the way.

On second thought it's possible Palin actually wrote that column. It reads like a seventh-grader's writing, except it's less connected. Oh, look, Sarah Palin is a peer to George Will. She's an intellectual.

If you'll excuse me I think I need to barf.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 14, 2009 12:31 AM | Report abuse

She has to quickly prove she's somehow relevant to something, anything.

So, if Kristol, Gerson, Krauthammer, Will, and now Palin get free reign of the WaPo OpEd page, does that mean it's fair and balanced now? Is it still part of the MSM? Or is it a radical truth-teller now, like Fox and the WSJ?

Posted by: nodebris | July 14, 2009 12:22 AM | Report abuse

And speaking of which there is an Op-Ed posted under the name of Sarah Palin. Nobody believes for a minute she wrote it though.

You really REALLY have to wonder what the hell is happening to this newspaper when they insult our intelligence with the suggestion that Palin can write a paragraph.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I still don't see why this unimpressive fundraising is news. As much round the clock newsplay as Palin gets you'd think she could raise a hundred times this amount. This isn't squat. A lot of us here own houses worth more than SarahPAC. And we's jus' folks.

So why is CC so determined to keep Pain in the news?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

That slogan ought to come naturally to you, zouk.

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

After the libs get done only one slogan is needed.

Got Work?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Good point. She's going to need a lot more cash to run against the MSM too.

Posted by: JakeD

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]Don't forget how freakishly intelligent she is. Ideas just pop-pop-popping into her head.

Know how parked vans with ads on the side get parked at intersections and seen by thousands of drivers? Well I bet Sarah tells her supporters to get tattooed with Sarah campaign slogans, and stand on street corners with their shirts off.

Think of all the money that'll save and what great advertising it would be. YesSIR.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow. That chrisuxcox is prolific........when her mouth isn't full.

Too bad its all a load of hooey.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

"DDAWD: ALL of the money reported in Sarah's PAC was raised in the first six months of this year, BEFORE she quit and was declared politically dead. Her money-making abilities are now diminished. Sure, she can run for President. Anybody who is old enough and doesn't have a police record can run for President. That's not saying much... and $730K is really a piddling amount, all things considered."

Good point about the money being donated while she was still governor. We'll see how she does once she's out. Of course this is nowhere near what Obama raised, but its a different circumstance. I guess it's hard to compare since her situation is pretty unique.

Of course, a much larger percentage of Republican money comes from large donors and I don't really see the corporate interests investing a lot in someone who seems to be pretty unelectable for the time being.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk:

Good point. She's going to need a lot more cash to run against the MSM too.

Posted by: JakeD | July 13, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else?

Posted by JakeD

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No, there are two candidates, one is pro-life and the other one cheated on his wife. Let's say that Alan Keyes isn't running. Who do you vote for?

I won't answer your questions until you answer mine an' *in a civil manner*

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Because of all the change, 700 K doesn't buy what it used to. It barely covers a taxpayer funded date night for messiah and babies got back.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else?

Posted by: JakeD | July 13, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

what do you think about abortion and infidelity?

would you vote for a man who cheated on his wife?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

mavisdarling:

What did you think about the first $1 million raised by Obama?

Posted by: JakeD | July 13, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone wanna bet there's a "third party" stunt in her future? Now there's a sweet hope, she lends her toxic charisma to some ignorance-cult masquerading as a political party and does a Perot to Romney, or whichever snoozelord the GOP runs next time.

Oh bring it own.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Of course she got a flurry of new donations. IT's called pity money. Poor Sarah, those nasty thin-blooded elites hounded her out of office. She really needs to be president an' shake things up. I'm taking my cigar box over to the Coinstar machine at Piggly-Wiggly and sending the money to SarahPAC.

'Cept for what I spend on chaw.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I do agree that the Palin stuff is overdone on this blog (but its all about the traffic and she brings it)

But this isn't insignificant. For someone who the pundits have pretty much declared politically dead, this is a big haul also given that she isn't in the midst of an election, its even bigger. If she is a fringe candidate, its a very big fringe and the ability to raise money is a very important indicator. Not just by virtue of having money, but by virtue of getting people to give money to you. A lot of Obama's success was predicted by the unprecedented amounts of money given to him by unprecedented numbers of people. I don't think Palin can survive a primary campaign in addition to taking on Obama, but she does have a lane to run in if she wants one.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2009 7:44 PM
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I agree. I kinda hope Phalin stays in the game. As long as she still pretends she's going to run, no other GOPer can gain traction. She sucks all the oxygen out of the room, and the money.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Carlossss:

What do you think about Obama idolatry?

Posted by: JakeD | July 13, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh... I didn't see the update. HA HA HA. That's what I call throwing good money after bad. Sarah The Con Artist... whose PAC exists for the sole purpose of paying people like Meg Stapleton.

Posted by: mavisdarling | July 13, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD: ALL of the money reported in Sarah's PAC was raised in the first six months of this year, BEFORE she quit and was declared politically dead. Her money-making abilities are now diminished. Sure, she can run for President. Anybody who is old enough and doesn't have a police record can run for President. That's not saying much... and $730K is really a piddling amount, all things considered.

Posted by: mavisdarling | July 13, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

But this isn't insignificant. For someone who the pundits have pretty much declared politically dead, this is a big haul also given that she isn't in the midst of an election, its even bigger.

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It's an average of $14,000 per state. The price of one cheap new car. Per state. For someone who gets as much press as she does?

And I see no equivalence between the hit counts that a Sarah blog entry gets and her political viability. Everyone loves a train wreck.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

The idolatry of air-head Sarah Palin is yet another display of the collective madness that has marred human society since time immemorial. As Nietzsche noted:
"Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule."-- Beyond Good and Evil
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Posted by: Carlossss | July 13, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

"Thank you for the 123d blog here supporting Phalin. Two or three last week? This is like a Bill Kristol neo-con talking point fest."

I do agree that the Palin stuff is overdone on this blog (but its all about the traffic and she brings it)

But this isn't insignificant. For someone who the pundits have pretty much declared politically dead, this is a big haul also given that she isn't in the midst of an election, its even bigger. If she is a fringe candidate, its a very big fringe and the ability to raise money is a very important indicator. Not just by virtue of having money, but by virtue of getting people to give money to you. A lot of Obama's success was predicted by the unprecedented amounts of money given to him by unprecedented numbers of people. I don't think Palin can survive a primary campaign in addition to taking on Obama, but she does have a lane to run in if she wants one.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 13, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Might as well join Phix Phalin Phest:

Palin's losing weight and her hair is thinning requiring "emergency visit" to hairdresser. Developing...in HuffPo--

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/13/sarah-palin-underweight-a_n_230435.html

Oh well.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

No doubt Sarah's going to try and use the fact she quit for a future presidential campaign. If you want someone that quits in the middle of a job we all know who to vote for...

Posted by: kogejoe | July 13, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

$700,000 ought to be enough for a new outfit!

Posted by: freon1 | July 13, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

"It is all the more impressive given the chaos that surrounded her operation -- and herself -- over the first half of 2009. If Palin can spend her time out of office organizing a serious national effort, these numbers suggest the financial support is out there to help her."
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Thank you for the 123d blog here supporting Phalin. Two or three last week? This is like a Bill Kristol neo-con talking point fest.

What is this? Teamsarah.org?
And what is the point here: that the same fools who put her on the Mac ticket have decided to double-down by giving her money for 2012 run that won't happen? Good money after bad.

The beans are already spilled. Her almost son-in-law Levi has spoken with Palin and says Phalin's in it for the money. She's looking for a book deal and/or a reality/insanity show. Let her do her promotions on her own time, not in the Post. Good grief, even Peggy Noonan trashed her the other day, this time on the record (rather than off-make as before).

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 13, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Well there you go: it's all about the money. Follow the money. Wouldn't be ironic if her money making machine was so successful that she "bought her way" into a GOP position of prominence enough to be a Republican embarrassment who know one could deny. This phenomenon is SO amazing. People wondered how the Roman Empire found itself led by those who with the utmost of incompetence drilled the empire into the ground. Like I said, "Follow the money:" that's where it starts.

Posted by: DarylAtamanyk | July 13, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

@ kathleenrjohnson - Are you sure that's in the oath? Of course, if that's the standard, shouldn't Obama, Hillary Clinton, McCain, Kerry, "W", Gore, be held to it as well? As I recall, all of them left or planned to leave incomplete terms.

@nodebris - There was a loophole. He asked for a post from drivl, not drindl.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 13, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The saga of the Alaskan Hillbillies goes on as Levi or babydaddy brings it to his would- be mother in law. "She wants to take the money and run" says Levi.
When did she NOT want to take the money and run? This is her way out of Alaska.
For those of you who have romantic notions of Alaska, forget them. I've been there. It's cold, dark, and if you are "lucky" enough to live in the panhandle, rains constantly.

Posted by: seemstome | July 13, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

"it would require a constitional amendment"

Shhhh! You let that get out, evangelicals will start to notice that no Republicans have ever seriously pushed for that amendment.

Still, it's amazing that the federal government has never established even the "limitations" on the right that several states individually have managed to implement, despite the GOP having complete control of the federal government. And please don't tell me that it's because of the GOP's devotion to states rights, lest my unseemly guffaw disturb all the other passengers.

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

nodbris, surely you know you cannot ban something that was made legal by the Supreme Court, it would require a constitional amendment.

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What nonsense. Abortion is protected by a law, not by an amendment to the Bill of Rights. It could be overturned by judicial fiat.

And if it ever was going to be overturned it would have been when evangelical Christian George W. Bush was president and had both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court holding firmly onto their own ankles and doing his every bidding.

Didn't happen. Never going to. Even those dummies who remain in the GOP are starting to twig that they only way they will ever get any of that good red meat again is to get someone comPLETEly irresponsible into office, which is why all the hoo-hah around Sarah the Snake-Handler.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

It's about the money -- ego and money.

Enough said.

Posted by: abby0802 | July 13, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

There's no doubt that Palin will raise a lot of $$$. What she does with it will be the interesting part.

As some might say, a fool and his (or her) money are some party.

Posted by: Roofelstoon | July 13, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Sara tries so hard to be classy & sophisticated but she's still trash.

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Appearing classy and sophisticated would cost her all her support. That's the last thing she wants.

When she goes up against Mitt Romney for the nomination she's going to want to appear as un-classy and unsophisticated as she can manage, and paint Romney as the social liberal that he actually is, the fancy-pants banker, the Ivy League educated inauthentic American, with lots of dog-whistle about him not being a Rapture Christian.

Sarah's whole appeal is that she's ignorant, which is to say, a Real American.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

She's just an other washed up Republican who never met a Lobbyist they didn't like. Be serious, what kind of person would donate money to Queen-Sarah. ? Don't forget all the big oil companies in Alaska who want to drill wells in the National Wildlife refuges so they can sell the oil to China & Japan. Sara tries so hard to be classy & sophisticated but she's still trash.

Posted by: wasaUFO | July 13, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox, if the economy keeps tanking the dems will at least lose the House next year

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You expect voters will just sorta magically forget who messed up the economy? What's going to bring about this massive collective amnesia? Those "market forces?"

abracadabra .. the miracle of Chile ... abracadabra .. cutting taxes increases revenue abracadabra .. it's Obama's fault ..

I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

As I have said before, with Palin it's all about the money, fame, and opportunism.

Please, please WaPo, no more Palin!!!!

Posted by: abby0802 | July 13, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

As I have said before, with Palin it's all about the money, fame, and opportunism.

Please, please WaPo, no more Palin!!!!

Posted by: abby0802 | July 13, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox, if the economy keeps tanking the dems will at least lose the House next year, nodbris, surely you know you cannot ban something that was made legal by the Supreme Court, it would require a constitional amendment.

Posted by: vbhoomes | July 13, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

@DrainYou: well-done

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

vbhoomes wrote: "How liberals who are gay and lesbian can rationalize this, I like to know?"

Why don't you ask the born-again christians who keep expecting a federal ban on abortions out of republican administrations? I'm sure they could provide some insight.

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

caebling has the intelletual honesty to admit the obviuos, anrancia12, as the long as the dems promise to put it in their agenda sometime in the future, you think that is great, but of course by the time they get ready to address it they may not be in power any longer.

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OK, I'll bite. Why would the Dems no longer be in power?

You aren't suggesting that the GOP is anywhere near winning an election, are you? Seriously?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

How liberals who are gay and lesbian can rationalize this, I like to know? at least republicans are honest about admitting gay & lesbian issues are not of great interest to them.
Posted by: vbhoomes |
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Pres Obama really has you Wingnut clowns off balance, doesn't he?


You actually believe that because he's dealing with all the stinking turds that BushCo and the Republican party left on his doorstep and that require attention right now before he can get to DADT and DOMA that in the meantime you're going to score political points while pretending to actually care about gay and lesbian people?


Ha Ha Ha!


Posted by: DrainYou | July 13, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

$700,000 is a lot of money, but it doesn't translate into votes. It's my belief that Gov. Palin could possibly win the nomination in 2012; the base loves her, and they're the ones who turn out in primaries, whether or not the people who actually run the party want her or not. Her negatives are incredibly high outside the Republican base, though, and I think she'd be slaughtered in a general election.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | July 13, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

caebling has the intelletual honesty to admit the obviuos, anrancia12, as the long as the dems promise to put it in their agenda sometime in the future, you think that is great, but of course by the time they get ready to address it they may not be in power any longer. How liberals who are gay and lesbian can rationalize this, I like to know? at least republicans are honest about admitting gay & lesbian issues are not of great interest to them.

Posted by: vbhoomes | July 13, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, as we await the repeal of DADT, the Pentagon is seriously contemplating a complete ban on tobacco in the armed forces. My god, that could even include urinalysis!

Now THERE would be a serious social advance, LED by the armed forces.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

caebling: Please explain to me why the democrats hold huge majorities in both houses and the Executive Branch but have not lifted a finger to make legal, gays and lesbians in the military? Obama has offered no leadership in this area but what is stopping the dems in Congress to amend the UCMJ to change the policy? Could it be, they just want the money and votes of gay and lesbians but don't think your cause is worthy of any political capital?

Posted by: vbhoomes
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And Big Dick Cheney is so open on this issue he pushed to repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell? He pushed for gay marriage recognition?

President Obama knows that all things come in good time. It's best to let the military institute a new policy rather than have it forced on them. Give it some time....

Posted by: arancia12 | July 13, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

vbhoomes - Hey, I can't disagree with that. They are all politicians and, hence, liars and hypocrites. That fact transcends political philosophy. Both parties pander to their constituents to get elected and then discard them like last week's newspapers when they don't need them anymore. I was just wondering how Cheney rationalizes is private reality with his public professions.

Posted by: caebling | July 13, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

vbhoomes,
Keep telling yourself that and in the meantime, after we're done getting a good healthcare bill passed, we're going to repeal DADT and DOMA.


PS - don't forget to defend Darth in his upcoming hearing for lying to congress, he's depending on nutjobs like you for support!

Posted by: DrainYou | July 13, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

733k will buy a lot of cool threads. You go, girl!

Posted by: Kelly14 | July 13, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

SAINT wrote: As a member of the National Council for a New America, I hope Sarah is ready to be a Team Player.


You need to read up a bit more. Mrs. Palin plans on breaking off into a splinter party that she thinks she can control. Whether she runs for president or whether she tells her wingnut constituency who they should vote for she is the farthest thing thing from a "team player" you will ever see.

What did you think she meant when she kept repeating she is a maverick?

Posted by: arancia12 | July 13, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

caebling: Please explain to me why the democrats hold huge majorities in both houses and the Executive Branch but have not lifted a finger to make legal, gays and lesbians in the military? Obama has offered no leadership in this area but what is stopping the dems in Congress to amend the UCMJ to change the policy? Could it be, they just want the money and votes of gay and lesbians but don't think your cause is worthy of any political capital?

Posted by: vbhoomes | July 13, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Vitter
Sanford
Ensign
Palin


It's like the entire Republican party is having a complete mental breakdown.


Where's JakeD? ;)

Posted by: DrainYou | July 13, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Drainyou, How ironic is it then that Dick Cheney is open and liberal on Gay issues and Obama is a bigot. Whats a liberal to do?

==

Obama's not a bigot, he's just not putting forth a lot of effort for gay causes. And if he was you'd be dissing him for trying to do too much at once.

Cheney not a bigot? As if he'd be playing that "states rights" tune without a lesbian daughter, as if he'd lift a finger in support of civil rights. "States rights" is just dog-whistle racism and dog-whistle anti-environmentalism, as everyone knows.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"How ironic is it then that Dick Cheney is open and liberal on Gay issues".____ Having a lesbian daughter sort of changes one's perspective, doesn't it? Interesting how Cheney can compartmentalize the fact that his daughter is a lesbian and keep that fact from intruding on his other fantasies.

Posted by: caebling | July 13, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Awesome........sell your trailers.....donate to Palin. Half of it goes to campaigns and the other half goes into a hole.

Posted by: theobserver4 | July 13, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

"Palin also paid several Sarah PAC staffers monthly stipends including former Republican National Committee finance director Timothy Crawford ($6,000/month)..."


And yet only $10,000 was given to any compaigns. Way to redistribute funds, Sarah! SarahPAC is a true socialist organization. From donor's pockets to her friends bank accounts...

Posted by: arancia12 | July 13, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Drainyou, How ironic is it then that Dick Cheney is open and liberal on Gay issues and Obama is a bigot. Whats a liberal to do?

Posted by: vbhoomes | July 13, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the Log Cabin Repubs have always baffled me. Just like with all minorities, why anyone in their right mind would want to belong to a party (Republican) that hates them to the core is beyond me.

==

Log Cabin has wavered a few times I think, they don't always roll over when anti-gay bigotry becomes prominent in GOP campaigns.

But the guy I'm talking about is totally on board, he reveres Palin. I avoid him because his roommate is a friend of mine and I don't want to make trouble for him, but yeah, it's just amazing. Wonder how he'd feel if someone as demented as Palin actually won and put some of its fundamentalist ideas into practice, like trying to pass laws to bring back castration for homosexuals or something like that.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

$700k is nothing. It's two shopping trips for the Palin family with enough left over for a nice moose stew dinner.

Posted by: arancia12 | July 13, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Today's hearings alongside coverage of Sarah is a reminder that the supreme court liberal versus conservative votes hang in the balance. Kennedy and the liberals are getting up there in age. The next president should be able to tip the balance one way or another. Today's hearings are a joke. This selection was decided with Obama's election.

Posted by: kenpasadena | July 13, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

chrisfox8,
Yeah, the Log Cabin Repubs have always baffled me. Just like with all minorities, why anyone in their right mind would want to belong to a party (Republican) that hates them to the core is beyond me.

Posted by: DrainYou | July 13, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of tea, what happened to all the 4th of July tea parties?

==

fizzled like a wet sparkler

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

So Zouk, can you name a single publication from GWB's days as a Yale law student? In order to be considered for acceptance into Yale one needs to score a 165 (out of 180) on the LSAT. Do you honestly expect people to believe that GWB has the academic and intellectual capability to do that? No, his daddy's money got him into and out of Yale. On the other hand, Obama was the EDITOR of the Harvard Law Review. Are you denying that fact?

Posted by: caebling | July 13, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

There are a few names on her paid list who really should have been run out of GOP politics a long time ago. It's dissappointing to see that Palin got suckered into hiring the same-old, same-old of hired help who are talentless, but well-connected enough to get paid to play politics. Merit means nothing, results mean nothing -- it's all about a small group of these folks all just taking care of each other. What a scam.

Posted by: cougar49 | July 13, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

When Palin first started running for Veep I thought the whole "folksy" thing was an act, a dumbing-down to appeal to that stratum of the Republican base that is alienated by politicians who speak advanced English.


But then I realized, no, it's not a cunning act of political theatre, she actually is a complete and utter dumbsh*t.


I'd love to see a Palin/Bachmann ticket in 2012 - Palin could call herself the "smart" one.

Posted by: DrainYou | July 13, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

The Palinites (Teabaggers) are the ones who are to stupid to know that they support an ideology and a party that doesn't give a damn about them.

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I can beat that. I know a guy whose roommate is a gay Republican. He had pics of McCain and Palin on his fridge and he has a small reverently framed pic of George an' Laura that you'd think was his own mom and dad.

My friend tells me that the day Palin resigned he was hyperventilating. Literally.

I'd love to confront the guy about his allegiances. Voting for people who hate him, who try to inflate bigotry against him into support. You really need to wonder about someone like that. Remember what Captain Williard sayd about Colonel Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now" ... needless to say that guy is defensive as hell.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of tea, what happened to all the 4th of July tea parties?

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 13, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the woman who can't even name a single newspaper is smarter then the editor of Harvard Law Review.

....who can't name a single publication in that realm or a single scholarly work ever in his academic life.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Plus I will send $1000 to all my supporters if they just find a single intelligent thing a Lib ever said."____ "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies." - Thomas Jefferson, a true liberal. Start writing those checks Zouk.

Posted by: caebling | July 13, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

The Palinites (Teabaggers) are the ones who are to stupid to know that they support an ideology and a party that doesn't give a damn about them.


The best part about this (for our pleasure) is they actually spend their spare time and money protesting against their own well being.


Palin is the perfect represitive for these goons.

Posted by: DrainYou | July 13, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I can see it now.... a "Palin / Joe the Plumber" ticket for 2012... it reminds me of the Jim Carrey movie.... "Dumb and Dumber"

Jim

Posted by: JimB4 | July 13, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

zouk must be drinking the same kool-aid as jaked. he's comparing Palin to Ronald Reagan.

==

These knucklewalkers are still saying that Palin is more experienced than Obama and .. you ready for this? .. that she's SMARTER.

Yeah, the woman who can't even name a single newspaper is smarter then the editor of Harvard Law Review.

Mayor of a small town of trailer trash, governor of a state with fewer people than a single rural county in an east coast state. And quitting THAT as soon as it stopped being "fun."

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"I just hope those Repubs don't make that same mistake they did with that moron Ronnie..."**** Unfortunately the republican party does not have anyone like RR in it's leadership ranks. Whether or not you agree that RR was a good president, he was a leader with a clear vision of the future that he was able to communicate to the masses. Name one republican on the national or regional stage with that ability. Mitt Romney? Huckabee? PALIN????!!! What I have witnessed over the last 40 years I've been voting (as a Republican in every presidential election except the last) is dumbing down of the Republican party. Where is the intellectual base of the Republican party - the William F. Buckley's who could make a cogent, compelling case for conservatism? Can anyone honestly say that GWB carried the torch of RR and Buckley? Until the Republican party can drop it's single issue politics and address the needs of the US in the 21st century it will remain the "loyal opposition.

Posted by: caebling | July 13, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I donated $1500 to Obama last year. Five hundred more like me would equal all Palin has raised from the ENTIRE COUNTRY. This is NOT news. There needs to be an "ONLY" in the title

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

zouk must be drinking the same kool-aid as jaked. he's comparing Palin to Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 13, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the person that wrote the other day that Cilliza keeps writing these Palin pieces so he doesn't get canned like Froomkin did.

$700K is nothing in national politics.

Newt raised more than that without trying but there's no story on that.

Posted by: Heerman532 | July 13, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"Here's another offer tailored for the brain dead Lib crowd:

If you just vote for me, I will offer you health care for life, no charge.

If you donate to my campaign, I will cure global warming, I mean cooling, I mean change, no wait, change is good, I mean I will cure all pollution, no matter the cost, except you won't have to pay, corporations will.

If you flock to my rallies and chant for me, I will continue to make empty speeches and big promises.


and I will project timidity, cowardice and surrender to all our enemies. Our friends will get the tough treatment they deserve for standing by us all this time.

Plus I will send $1000 to all my supporters if they just find a single intelligent thing a Lib ever said.

and no one pays for any of this. I know magic."
*****************************************

The only thing resembling "brain dead" here is the fantasy you posted above which would concluded that you are the only "brain dead" person here. It makes you feel good to make up your own stuff then repeat it so as to make liberals look stupid - when in reality, it is you who ends up looking stupid.

I know these things will cost money - and YES, I have always known it was going to cost money - I go forward knowing full well that my taxes will increase in order to pay for it. I choose that path - nothing brain dead about that. I suspect many others who voted for Obama reached the same conclusion.

This country is slowly but surely lagging behind the rest of the world - we seem to want to be nothing more than a military mite - screw the citizen by God, our military can whip your military and that's all that matters! (Rethug motto).

A nation is only as strong as it's citizens.

Posted by: Kathy5 | July 13, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I just hope those Repubs don't make that same mistake they did with that moron Ronnie and that dimwit W. Imagine trying to win an election against such a brilliant Liberal with two losers like that.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm tempted to donate to Sarah Pac myself. Making sure that she can keep broadcasting her message and maintain a highly visible presence is the best insurance the nation has against return of the Republican wrecking crew to a majority in congress and a seat in the Oval office.

Posted by: mattislavin | July 13, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Zouk 2012!

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

700,000+ in contributions.... Just goes to prove the old P.T. Barnum adage; "There's a sucker born every minute".

==

After the election she had 80,000 committed supporters, already organized into local groups, ready to go door to door, ready to rally, ready to help her advance in politics. Sarah pretty much ignored them, didn't even answer emails.

Feature that this hally-booed $700K represents less than ten bucks apiece from the JakeDs out there who'd lay themselves across train tracks for Palin.

Call it a cigar box of pennies and nickels.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

>>To mtcooley, do you understand the Obama personality cult as well?

She actually. And pointing out that people that they deride for flocking to Obama are pretty much cut from the same cloth as those that flock to Palin.

I'm not holding myself out as an expert so maybe stop projecting? Understanding doesn't mean I'm some kind of scholar on the subject or that I percieve myself as more knowledgable because I definately know I'm not the end all of information.

Posted by: mtcooley | July 13, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

If she is raising this kind of cash now she is the classic example of the Peter Principle or the late Sen. Moynahan's maxim about "Defining deviancy down"

Posted by: MerrillFrank | July 13, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Palin campaign for Democrats?

Not even many Republicans want to be affiliated with her. Only one I can think of is fellow secessionist Rick Perry.

She's babblous! And drivelous! And dumb as a hippopotamus! She's girly! And nasty! Her candidacy a travesty! She's winky! And giggly! She doesn't know geography! Or policy!

Endorse me! Support me! I don't want to win anyway!

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Liberal ~ "You do what you want, and I will do what I want as long as we don't mess with each other's rights."

Conservatist ~ "What I do is the right way and what you do is new to me, and therefor it is wrong. Do things my way because that is how it has always been done."

Posted by: Independent4tw


the pinnacle of Lib thought amounts to a minor mole hill on this blog.

I am not sure I have seen anything more innane. the Lib brain trust is safe in the hands of Springsteen.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"To nodebris, you will then agree that no one actually believes the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" exists?"

Does it make a difference, whether the one supported is not believed or merely unbelievable?

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

chris: see my post of 3:54. We agree on the suicide cult scenario.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 13, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

$700,000+ in contributions.... Just goes to prove the old P.T. Barnum adage; "There's a sucker born every minute".

Posted by: caebling | July 13, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are so thick, they donate so much money so that she can continue paying for all the power abuse complaints. Wow! I guess you can't expect common sense from the same people who wanted to put her ONE heartbeat from the presidency of the United States of America!

She traded her position as governor for 9 million dollar book deal. That makes sense. Please continue donating to Sarah PAC. LMAO

Posted by: angelou | July 13, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

PUHLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZE RUN SARAH!!!

It means exposing the hypocrisy, lies, failed ideology, complete lack of ethics and morality of Palin and her kind.

Also I think its GREAT that the Wasilla hillbilly will be defining what it means to be a NEOCON FUNDAMENTALIST to the rest of the nation.

Palin is undereducated and unqualified for leadership because she has ZERO ETHICAL BEARINGS.

Palin IS THE PERFECT SPOKESPERSON FOR CONSERVATIVE FUNDAMENTALISTS and so she MUST run... After all, she IS A SECESSIONIST MEMBER OF THE SECESSIONIST, USA HATING ALASKA FIRST "AKIP" PARTY.
She MUST run!

THAT WAY WE CAN REJECT 100% YOUR FAILED IDEAS ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!

Posted by: onestring | July 13, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

the brain dead Lib crowd

but I repeat myself.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 3:49 PM
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Because conservatives are, by definition, not creative enough to come up with anything new, else they be branded a liberal.

Posted by: Independent4tw | July 13, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are so thick, they donate so much money so that she can continue paying for all the power abuse complaints. Wow! I guess you can't expect common sense from the same people who wanted to put her ONE heartbeat from the presidency of the United States of America.

Posted by: angelou | July 13, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Here's another offer tailored for the brain dead Lib crowd:

If you just vote for me, I will offer you health care for life, no charge.

If you donate to my campaign, I will cure global warming, I mean cooling, I mean change, no wait, change is good, I mean I will cure all pollution, no matter the cost, except you won't have to pay, corporations will.

If you flock to my rallies and chant for me, I will continue to make empty speeches and big promises.


and I will project timidity, cowardice and surrender to all our enemies. Our friends will get the tough treatment they deserve for standing by us all this time.

Plus I will send $1000 to all my supporters if they just find a single intelligent thing a Lib ever said.

and no one pays for any of this. I know magic.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 3:46 PM

You want to know some intelligent things that liberals have said?

Check the constitution. It was written and signed by Liberals to save Americans from the Conservatives of England.

In fact, every single freedom you have is because of a liberal.

Liberal ~ "You do what you want, and I will do what I want as long as we don't mess with each other's rights."

Conservatist ~ "What I do is the right way and what you do is new to me, and therefor it is wrong. Do things my way because that is how it has always been done."

Posted by: Independent4tw | July 13, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

koolkat, I thought it was noteworthy in the sense of your second alternative proposition.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 13, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"To koolkat_1960, time will tell."

Yes Lisa, the GOP might have a collective death wish. If so, Palin is the girl for them!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 13, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"To koolkat_1960, time will tell."

Yes Lisa, the GOP might have a collective death wish. If so, Palin is the girl for them!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 13, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Lisa421 wrote that Palin swore on a Bible that she would govern Alaska for 4 years. Well, Obama, Biden, Edwards all swore that they would serve as Senators for 6 yrs, but neither did. They went to part-time and still drew full time salary while running for President. Palin did not do that.

What bothers people like Liza is that Palin is pretty, not from the Ivy League and choose not to abort a special needs child. But then lets not give Lisa too much credit for stirring up the pot.

Posted by: gsms69 | July 13, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but in this day and age, 733K is a mere drop in the bucket. I truly thought she could have raised a lot more $$ than THAT, given the way some folks just GUSH about her. I suppose when people are rolling up pennies and nickels to send, it doesn't add up very fast, does it? She reminds me of those slimeball TV preachers from the 80's, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.

Posted by: mavisdarling | July 13, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How much of her funds will be dedicated to getting new pairs of her MC HAMMER glasses? We need to be sure the she continues to wear these things, as she might bust a rhyme at anytime when she dons them.

Posted by: ratsmoker | July 13, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Now with all that money coming, the pin head can go out and buy some swell new clothes. Just a matter of time before she mis-spends the PAC money and gets caught. After all, she apparently couldn't even master the concept of "per diem" money and charged the state for living in her own house!


Posted by: EdSantaFe | July 13, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

To gsms69, I was responding to that claim, not making it myself.

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, a third-party run is the only way this person will run for president in 2012. You need to understand that the Republican Party will never allow her to be its nominee. Zero chance of that.

==

I wouldn't be so sure of that. There are no strong indications that the GOP is anything but a suicide cult. Every attempt they make to move center is rebuffed, and every appeal outside the base is deprecated. They're thinking like victims, "awash in self-pity" as Frank Rich put it, more ideological than ever. It would not surprise me a bit of they ran Palin.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Just a little confused: the headline speaks of $700K+ being raised and yet the net is $457K. So it costs $.50 for every dollar raised. I guess that's impressive. Maybe she'll even get a "quitter's" bounce. Whacha think?

Posted by: eddiehaskel | July 13, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"bhoomes, did you read SHP's comment that she would support Ds as well as Rs under some circumstances?

If you did not, I will try to find it for you. I thought it was noteworthy."

Noteworthy as in nutty? What Democrat is going to allow this hack to campaign on his/her behalf? Maybe some wacky longshot.

Or noteworthy as in not true? Palin can't campaign for Democrats and expect to have a shot at the GOP nomination in 2012.

In short, the remark is worthless.


Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 13, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

the brain dead Lib crowd

but I repeat myself.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

To koolkat_1960, time will tell.

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Lisa421 wrote that Palin swore on a Bible that she would govern Alaska for 4 years. Well, Obama, Biden, Edwards all swore that they would serve as Senators for 6 yrs, but neither did. They went to part-time and still drew full time salary while running for President. Palin did not do that.

What bothers people like Liza is that Palin is pretty, not from the Ivy League and choose not to abort a special needs child. But then lets not give Lisa too much credit for stirring up the pot.

Posted by: gsms69 | July 13, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Here's another offer tailored for the brain dead Lib crowd:

If you just vote for me, I will offer you health care for life, no charge.

If you donate to my campaign, I will cure global warming, I mean cooling, I mean change, no wait, change is good, I mean I will cure all pollution, no matter the cost, except you won't have to pay, corporations will.

If you flock to my rallies and chant for me, I will continue to make empty speeches and big promises.


and I will project timidity, cowardice and surrender to all our enemies. Our friends will get the tough treatment they deserve for standing by us all this time.

Plus I will send $1000 to all my supporters if they just find a single intelligent thing a Lib ever said.

and no one pays for any of this. I know magic.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

To kathleenrjohnson, time will tell. In the meantime, were you equally as outraged by Obama taking an oath on a Bible that he would serve in the U.S. Senate for SIX years?

Posted by: Lisa421

==

Maybe I was wrong about you being smarter than Jake, this post sounds pretty damned dumb.

Obama resigned his Senate responsibilities to take on greater ones.

Palin resigned her gubernatorial responsibilities because she wasn't getting her own way as reliably as she used to, the job was starting to requires some "actual responsibilities," so it stopped being "fun."

If you can't see the difference then you probably really are Jake.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"To koolkat_1960, if she decides to run as a Republican, I would guess the Grand Old Party. Don't rule out a third party run though."

Lisa, a third-party run is the only way this person will run for president in 2012. You need to understand that the Republican Party will never allow her to be its nominee. Zero chance of that.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 13, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

bhoomes, did you read SHP's comment that she would support Ds as well as Rs under some circumstances?

If you did not, I will try to find it for you. I thought it was noteworthy.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 13, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

To nodebris, you will then agree that no one actually believes the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" exists?

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Palin has continued to prove her celebrity prowess... and continues to collect lots of money from lots of supporters. However, the money is rarely spent wisely and has, so far, failed to win the minds of enough people to win where it counts.

==

Everything about her post-campaign appeal has been mismanaged, as columnists have chronicled over and over. She ignores advice from people trying to help her, she doesn't even return calls.

Money sent to Palin is money not sent to GOP candidates for ads. By all means, donate to SarahPAC.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Lisa421, I'd say the biggest difference between the Flying Spaghetti Monster and Palin is that the former's advocates realize they are promoting a joke.

Or maybe it's that one of these two jokes has a valid point behind it.

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

To kathleenrjohnson, time will tell. In the meantime, were you equally as outraged by Obama taking an oath on a Bible that he would serve in the U.S. Senate for SIX years?

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

VTDuffman did a pretty good job a few threads back of showing up zouk as the inveterate liar he is regarding the $1k post. Zouk hasn't been able to respond coherently to that. Holding his manhood cheap, he instead reverts to his typical inarticulate, simian babbling and poo-flinging. Big surprise there. I'm good ignoring him, and will revert to that mode soon; it's just that his $1k post was so many miles beyond his previous record for idiocy, I thought it deserved some special recognition.

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The difference is, Palin can collect lots of money from lots of supporters because of her celebrity status. Likewise, Obama also used his celebrity status to collect lots of money from lots of supporters. Paris Hilton could also collect lots of money from lots of supporters. Bill Gates could also collect lots of money from lots of supporters. Eric Schmidt could collect lots of money from lots of supporters. Steve Jobs could collect lots of money from lots of supporters.

The reality, however, is that the mere act of collecting lots of money from lots of supporters doesn't, by itself, win the Presidency or, by itself, power. You need to be able to gain celebrity status to set yourself apart from any other "Joe Schmo"... then you need to spend that money wisely to gain vote-based support and to spread your message... then you have to win the minds of the people to want your message to come true, thus winning their votes.

Palin has continued to prove her celebrity prowess... and continues to collect lots of money from lots of supporters. However, the money is rarely spent wisely and has, so far, failed to win the minds of enough people to win where it counts.

She would really be better off running a charity. It would do the world a whole lot more good collecting all of that money to help people than it would be to collect all of that money to help herself unsuccessfully.

Posted by: BIGELLOW | July 13, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

To koolkat_1960, if she decides to run as a Republican, I would guess the Grand Old Party. Don't rule out a third party run though.

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Lisa421

Sarah also took an oath on a bible that she would govern Alaska for four years.

I, for one, am not holding my breath that she will do all she says she will do. And so far, not many are taking her up on her offer to help them campaign. Time will tell.

Posted by: kathleenrjohnson | July 13, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"We observe today how the promise of free money can hijack a loony leftist mind. they seize upon the notion and follow it, to the exclusion of all else, despite never actually demonstrating that they warrant the gift.

On the surface it seemed easy enough, to a loon, cutting and pasting is a really good defense. but to anyone with an actual brain, finding an intelligent thought buried deep in Lib orthodoxy is nearly insurmountable.

Keep trying Kook.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 3:24 PM"

You are right. It is much better to ramble insults at liberals then it is to supply some kind of argument against debating them.

Posted by: Independent4tw | July 13, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Lisa421 writes
"Sarah's staying whether you like it or not. She said she's not only staying involved in national politics, but she plans to jump back into the national scrum when she leaves office at the end of the month."


She is certainly performing a valuable service as the wedge that drives the GOP in two. I thought the 2008 losses would be enough to do the trick, but was apparently wrong. Soon to be former Gov Palin is helpfully finishing the job.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/washingtondc/la-na-palin-gop13-2009jul13,0,2642211.story

The more interesting question is who will appear from the remnants of the party and rebuild it into something that contributes positively to the political dialogue in this country.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 13, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

As a member of the National Council for a New America, I hope Sarah is ready to be a Team Player.
There is appearing to be a consensus that Mitt Romney is demonstrating remarkable Statesmanlike qualities-especially in his Speeches and Op-Eds.
The role of 51Rst. Senator, or the Lousy Title used-"VP";
is what seems to be the biggest question for any sort of "Team"?!

Allow me to make two suggestions "Team":

Get the Newt on Board for Veep;

and Sarah as the GOP Spokesperson!

Sorry Mr. Steele, but your appeal is simply not as great as hers, and I feel Sarah would light a Fire at the Helm making the best of her Appeal!

Huckleberry is doing great at Fox.

The other members of the NCNA are good where they are, or as in Jeb's case, be used in the Administration of Romney/ Gingrich!

LOL! :-D

I know it is going to come out, so allow me to say it First!:

Willard and the Newt! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | July 13, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lisa nobody needs to poke fun at organized religion, the fact that allegedly educated people only believe in some invisible spirit but make vital decisions predicated on that belief is already satirical enough.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

vhoomes - CC is no fool. when all the substance dries up on this blog (takes about 5 minutes these days with all the loons in residence), all he has to do to drive traffic is to post something, anything on Palin to get all the angry, leftist deranged haters out of the woodwork.

It's like a cockroach filled apartment. turn on the light (post something intelligent) all the Libs flee. Turn off the light (post something vacuous and emotional) and the Libs emerge en masse.

Of course just becasue they are here doesn't mean you will find a single intelligent thing from them. Just try.

I offered a "reward" for an intelligent Lib posting. Instead of finding one, they went after the money with their stupidity. typical huh?

now as the "wronged" party, they will consult their attornies and the ACLU.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

To chrisfox8, a "better way to lose" would be for Obama to run the economy ashore. I hope that you and every Democrat you know are putting your money where your mouths are and contributing to Palin's website.

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

"And what better way to lose than to run that Palin idiot? She has the brains of a dead hearing aid battery, she has the organizational skills of a centipede, she can't take direction, she's proud to be ignorant."

Hey, don't make fun of centipedes. They are organized enough to get all those legs to work in sync.

Posted by: Independent4tw | July 13, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

We observe today how the promise of free money can hijack a loony leftist mind. they seize upon the notion and follow it, to the exclusion of all else, despite never actually demonstrating that they warrant the gift.

On the surface it seemed easy enough, to a loon, cutting and pasting is a really good defense. but to anyone with an actual brain, finding an intelligent thought buried deep in Lib orthodoxy is nearly insurmountable.

Keep trying Kook.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Lisa: What party do you think Palin will be the nominee for in 2012?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 13, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

She sure as heck is running for something...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | July 13, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

To nodebris, I would submit that the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" has no strong support from any Americans, as it is used simply to poke fun of organized religion. Not even Mr. Henderson believes that the "Flying Spaghetti Monster" actually exists.

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

More proof that rightwingnuts are morons: Every dollar contributed to this small-town hack.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 13, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh, make no mistake, Lisa, I want the GOP to run this idiot woman for president in 2012, and so does every Democrat I know. We are mad with glee that the GOP could emerge from two stinging electoral losses determined to have more of them.

And what better way to lose than to run that Palin idiot? She has the brains of a dead hearing aid battery, she has the organizational skills of a centipede, she can't take direction, she's proud to be ignorant.

Yes, please, by all means, keep her front and center, as long as we can mute the sound!

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

You got my $1K yet, zouk? Or are you still trying to worm out of it, you little weasel?

Sorry about your condition, vbhoomes, but most Americans have a memory that stretches longer than six months. I'll remind you of that again tomorrow, if it helps.

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

To chrisfox8, you may be tired of her, but plenty of Americans are not (and are donating to her staying in, hopefully to run for President in 2012). Make fun of her and her supporters all you want, but as ZZim points out, ignore her at your own peril. I was also asking mtcooley about personality cults because he brought it up first and holds himself out as an expert.

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Frankly I have grown tired of this Palin obsession on both sides. Of course with unemployment soon to be in the double digits, democrats want americans to forget how bad they have screwed up the economy.

Posted by: vbhoomes | July 13, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Nothing like a Palin article to get the lefty loons all riled up.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"Palin has pretty strong support from millions of Americans."

So does the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article. Palin has pretty strong support from millions of Americans. It would be unwise to ignore her.

Posted by: ZZim | July 13, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Interesting article. Palin has pretty strong support from millions of Americans. It would be unwise to ignore her.

Posted by: ZZim | July 13, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Anything to keep the name in print. The medium is the message.

Posted by: whocares666 | July 13, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

To bsimon1, Sarah's staying whether you like it or not. She said she's not only staying involved in national politics, but she plans to jump back into the national scrum when she leaves office at the end of the month.

==

hahahahahaha

(1) Hold gun firmly.

(2) Aim at left foot

(3) Fire

(4) Aim at right foot

(5) Fire

(6) Aim between eyes

(7) Fire

Just watch the GOP candidates leapfrogging over one another in their eagerness to be affiliated with Sarah the Ignorant.

Watch the GOP candidates mad with glee at the sight of themselves with Sarah in their campaign ads.

Watch the former GOP candidates looking for work.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is the best thing that has ever happened to American politics."

Wow. Better than Washington and Lincoln, even? Impressive.

But then, you probably think "The Man Show" is the best thing that ever happened to American entertainment, and that Fox News is actually fair and balanced.

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

To mtcooley, do you understand the Obama personality cult as well?

==

You uh people have been pushing this "Obama celebrity" BS since the early campaign. It didn't save McCain and it won't save the GOP. Feel free to keep it up though since it just underscores that what remains of the GOP is nothing but a pack of liars, crybabies, busybodies and self-pitying whiners, no wonder the only supporters left are victim-thinking rednecks.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

To bsimon1, Sarah's staying whether you like it or not. She said she's not only staying involved in national politics, but she plans to jump back into the national scrum when she leaves office at the end of the month.

"The former Republican vice presidential nominee said she plans to write a book, campaign for political candidates from coast to coast — even Democrats who share her views on limited government, national defense and energy independence — and build a right-of-center coalition.

"I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label or affiliation," she said during an interview published Sunday in The Washington Times.

Palin shocked critics and allies alike when she announced on July 3 that she would leave the governor's office while in the middle of her first term. The governor chose not to seek re-election and suggested it was unfair to hold onto the office as a lame duck. Instead, she will step down July 26 and pursue a national profile. She has not said whether she is building toward a presidential campaign for 2012.

Republican Women Federated of Simi Valley announced Palin was scheduled to speak to the group's private gala on Aug. 8 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The event — reporters will not be allowed to attend — will take place in an airplane hangar that houses a retired presidential aircraft Air Force One ..."

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

POINT OF INQUIRY:

Can Palin use PAC money for legal consultants and/or defense?

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | July 13, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER Palin thread?!? Aren't we sick of that stupid harpy YET?

But hey, 700 grand toward keeping her in the news is fine with me (and don't kid yourselves it's for anything else). Better still if she's delusional enough and the GOP is suicidal enough to nominate her for 2012. She'll never get any smarter, never become more disciplined, and never discover her voice's lower register. She'll be squeaking about the "pry-vit secter" and "this country" and whining in self-pity for the next ten years.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | July 13, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

To mtcooley, do you understand the Obama personality cult as well?

Posted by: Lisa421 | July 13, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"Palin is the best thing that has ever happened to American politics."


I, for one, wish my own governor would follow her lead - and quit.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | July 13, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Palin is the best thing that has ever happened to American politics. She is for the people and not for the politicians. Anyone who can't see that deserves all the damage that Obama is doing to this country. For all the low-life's and poor that think Obama is going to help you, you have a wide awakening coming your way. For all the stupid people who voted for Obama, you are all delusional fools.

Posted by: shaolin_kempo15 | July 13, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The financial support might be out there but I think Romney is in a better place to get it number wise. I understand the Sarah personality cult but maybe you should keep a closer eye on Mitt. He seems to be focusing on the prize a bit better in my opinion.

Posted by: mtcooley | July 13, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I was watching TV this weekend, and finally figured out who soon-to-be-former Governor Palin looks like:

Has anyone here ever seen the movie "Varsity Blues?"

Posted by: VTDuffman | July 13, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I believe the National Media missed the trigger in Palins resignation, the Gay debate finally reached Alaska this June. A change in the City Charter of Anchorage on non-discrimination resulted in near riot conditions. As Governor... Palin was muzzled, even though she felt she could speak for the 80% majority that did not want the change. For goodness sakes, the local Moral Majority affiliate ran t.v. commercials that asked if you wanted your daughter to use the same bathroom as the transgendered. Look for her to link herself to this movement. Gay marriage worked to keep repugs in power in '04, and the political forces that used that will now have someone who can drive the ball down the court. Ronald Wilson Reagan (666) was not one of them (although they claimed him), but Palin is a "believer".

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | July 13, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I applaud her success in convincing Republicans to contribute to their own self-immolation.

Posted by: nodebris | July 13, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

All it takes is for Libs to announce their actual intentions.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | July 13, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

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