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The rhyme and reason of Sarah Palin's endorsements

After a stretch in which an endorsement from Sarah Palin was considered a rarity, the former Alaska governor has become something of an endorsement machine as of late. In the past week alone, she has endorsed four candidates, ranging from a tea party contender for Senate in her home state of Alaska to the GOP establishment favorite for Iowa governor.

Palin has backed both clear winners and decided long-shots; she's weighed in on behalf of "mama grizzlies," but an extra X chromosome doesn't necessarily mean an automatic endorsement (see Hutchison, Kay Bailey). Some candidates (such as former Redskins tight end and Washington Senate hopeful Clint Didier) have enjoyed her backing long before their primaries; another, Fox News commentator Angela McGlowan, got the Palin nod via a tweet mere hours before polls closed on primary day.

The recent barrage of endorsements also represents a shift from Palin's strategy in March, when she released a target list of 20 House districts, but did not name favored GOP candidates in those races.

We took a look at Palin's recent endorsements and found that if there's any rhyme or reason to them, it's that they're as idiosyncratic and unpredictable as the former governor herself.

That said, Palin's endorsements do break down into a few rough categories, which we've outlined below:

1. Outsiders/tea party candidates: Palin has always touted herself as a candidate running outside the establishment; it comes as little surprise, then, that a fair number of the candidates she's backed this cycle have tended to be political "outsiders" (or have at least been running under that mantle).

Ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) in Kentucky is the most prominent example in this category. Others include South Carolina state Rep. Nikki Haley (R) and conservative Minnesota state Rep. Tom Emmer, who leapfrogged over former state House Minority Leader Marty Seifert at last month's state GOP convention. In Haley's case, Palin's endorsement has translated into recent momentum in the race ahead of next Tuesday's primary; for Emmer, the endorsement likely gave him a boost before his convention win the following day.

In the March Texas GOP primary, Palin aligned herself with incumbent Gov. Rick Perry; while technically not much of an outsider, Perry successfully ran as one in his race against Hutchison. Palin Palin's father and brother also came out in support of businessman Tim James (R) in last week's primary for Alabama governor; James (who may or may not move on to the runoff) had reached out to tea partiers and caught some conservative cred with his "in Alabama, we speak English" TV ad, but he's also the son of the former governor, Fob James. (Palin herself has not made an endorsement in the race.)

Other candidates in this category: Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman, who went down in defeat in last year's NY-23 special, and Didier, a long-shot against establishment-backed Dino Rossi (R) in the Washington Senate race.

2. Establishment favorites: Palin has made a name for herself with grassroots Republicans by backing a series of outsiders, but she's also gone with the establishment in a few cases.

She has taken some heat from the tea party types for her backing of former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in Tuesday's California Senate primary (over state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore), but another good example is in Iowa. There, Palin on Thursday endorsed former Gov. Terry Branstad over businessman Bob Vander Plaats, who is generally acknowledged to be more in the tea party/outsider mold.

Marc Ambinder posits (smartly) that Iowa is the one place where Palin doesn't want to back the loser heading into 2012 -- for obvious reasons.

Palin's biggest endorsement-gone-wrong was Idaho House candidate Vaughn Ward in late March. After the big endorsement, Ward's campaign entered full crash-and-burn mode, which we've attempted to document on this blog but can't really do justice. Despite his troubles, Palin did a rally in Idaho in the days before the primary. All it did was allow her opponents to cite it as evidence that she doesn't necessarily move numbers.

Other endorsees in this category: Tim Burns (lost Pennsylvania special election), Sean Duffy (running for retiring Rep. David Obey's seat in Wisconsin), Adam Kinzinger (challenging Illinois Rep. Debbie Halvorson), Allen West (challenging Florida Rep. Ron Klein).

3. "Mama grizzlies": In a speech to the Susan B. Anthony List last month, Palin predicted that 2010 will be remembered as the year that "common-sense conservative women get things done for our country." Since then, she's backed "mama grizzlies" -- conservative, pro-life women -- in a number of races.

Doña Ana District Attorney Susana Martinez (R), the runaway winner in Tuesday's New Mexico gubernatorial primary, is one such candidate; she's locked in a tight race against Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D) in the fall. Arkansas State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe (R), who is running for the seat of Rep. John Boozman (R) next week, is another (Palin announced the endorsement yesterday via Facebook and Twitter).

Other candidates in this category: Haley and Fiorina.

4. It's personal: A few of Palin's endorsements can be chalked up to little more than happenstance and her personal connections.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), of course, put Palin on the national map when he plucked her from outside the lower 48 and made her his running mate. Despite plenty of bickering between their two camps since then, she returned the favor by backing him over Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.).

Then there's her endorsement Wednesday for Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) little-known primary challenger, Joe Miller. It's going to be hard for Palin's people to decline animosity between the two camps now.

The final endorsement in this category, we're not even sure qualifies as an endorsement. With less than three hours until polls closed in Mississippi on Tuesday, Palin tweeted that supporters should turn out for McGlowan in the race to face Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.). It was about the only thing McGlowan had going for her in the campaign, and it wasn't much; she finished a distant third with 15 percent.

5. The sound of silence: Also worth noting are the several key races this cycle where Palin has yet to endorse. She has hinted at backing former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton (R) in the Colorado Senate primary, but stopped short of doing so in a visit to the state last month. And in next week's Nevada Senate primary, Palin has yet to pick a favorite, even though former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R), a conservative who has been surging in the polls, would seem to fit the bill.

Comments? Questions? Additions? As always, the comments section awaits.

-- Aaron Blake and Felicia Sonmez

By The Fix  |  June 4, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
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"You put in an affirmative action guy - who fills the government with affirmative action appointees."


Ha, ha, ha. You're kidding, right? After eight years of deregulation and stuffing every agency with insiders from industry, the idea that an incoming President can in one year change whole departments filled with career employees is absurd. Even if Obama wanted to do that, unfortunately, he didn't have the opportunity.

Posted by: Koko3 | June 7, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"azarkan: wow, too bad what you post is lost under all the namecalling"

When the Left stops attacking Ms. Palin and conservatives, then I'll stop attacking them. I'm a believer in returning hate for hate. Leftists hate conservatives, and they play to win; we have to do the same.
Besides, as a great man once said: "the last Christian died on the cross."

But I can play nice! Here's a previous post:
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Her endorsements? Good articles in Politico: "Sister Sledgehammer....", the Daily Caller, and Richard Adams/Guardian. I also suggest you listen to the last 5-6 minutes of her speech to the SBA-List. And while not about endorsements, Scott Conroy's recent article on CBSNews.com about Palin's supporters was not only outstanding but objective.

I think Ms. Palin has been very clear about her intentions. She is embarked on two campaigns:
1) change the general make-up of the Republican Party to make it more conservative and far less willing to compromise with the Left and,
2) energize and shape a conservative feminist movement that will challenge the hardline leftist Politburo (e.g., NOW) that considers itself the leader of American women.

So she endorses conservative, pro-life women like Fiorina, Haley, and Martinez. Elsewhere, where a suitable female contender is not available, conservative men like Didier or libertarians like Paul.

In other words, more Bachmann and less McCain. Of course, she endorsed John McCain out of loyalty, which is commendable. But in her speech, she never criticized JD Hayworth. Options are open.

Sarah Palin is a strategist and a gamechanger. And is she gonna kick your a@@? You betcha!
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"I guess we could always ignore you like we do the Corner..."

Better idea for leftists--Ignore Sarah Palin!!

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 7, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Palin has definately helped Haley (SC) and Martinez in NM. Although, Haley has also been endorsed by Romney and a host of other high profiled GOP'ers. Palin's endorsement of Fiorina has helped her R primary campaign. Some others didn't help, but Palin is keeping her name out there now. With all of these endorsements from Palin, the NRSC is fighting a 3 pronged battle now. the NRSC & Cornyn are endorsing Republicans, but so are Palin & sometimes there are 3 ways with Jim DeMint & the Club for Growth endorsing another one. Such is the case in California. Campbell vs. Fiorina (Palin) vs. DeVore (DeMint & CFG). It looks like Fiorina will win, but she also put alot of personal money into the effort. It looks like in Nevada DeMint & CFG will have their way, with an Angle win. Great R primary season!

One other on primaries, in a recent Michigan R primary poll Rick Snyder is now in the lead with the race really tight. I believe Snyder will ultimately win this race and become the next Gov. of Michigan. I predicted this back when Snyder was polling at around 3%. I think Romney will go to Michigan to his aid, as their both business people. Interesting race there. Hoekstra could get Palin's endorsement, or Snyder. Mike Bouchard has a good relationship with the CFG & DeMint. Very good primary in Michigan.

Posted by: reason5 | June 7, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

azarkan: wow, too bad what you post is lost under all the namecalling. There's no reason for it. There have been a few GOPers that have come on here. and we've had great debates, with much exchanging of information. But the namecalling starting with your first post is completely uneccessary. I guess we could always ignore you like we do the Corner...but really, grow up. Yes we insult the person in the article but try and not insult each other. especially with our very first posts. Blanket staements like "fortunately I know how dems and liberals think" do nothing for dialogue and debate, and then you carry on , raising the level of insults with each post.
Oh BobbyWC, where are you? oh right, you left cause you were so sick of CC always using polls from where ever to write his blogs. BobbyWC, a GOPer you could debate with, discuss, learn from, open to different points of view.

Posted by: katem1 | June 7, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Why do wingnuts always write in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS? It doesn't make the swill you spew any more impressive, or any more correct. Instead, it makes you look like an unhinged screaming person who can't find the Caps Lock key.

Posted by: MarkFromOhio | June 7, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

The POINT IS: ANY PERSON WHO PUT ASIDE EXPERIENCE AND CRISIS MANAGEMENT ABILITY WHEN VOTING FOR PRESIDENT - they were EXTREMELY IRRESPONSIBLE WHEN THEY VOTED FOR OBAMA.


AND NOW THE REALITY IS SETTING IN.


We have a third rate government in a CRISIS - FILLED WITH AFFIRMATIVE ACTION APPOINTEES.


You are PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS SITUATION.


IT IS YOUR FAULT THAT BIRDS ARE DYING -


HUNDREDS OF BIRDS.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 6, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse


Today is June 6th- the anniversary of DDay- one our our country's greatest moments- a testament to what the great American Democracy can accomplish.

Will June 2010 be remembered in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida as a time when our Country rose to the occasion of a national threat, created by private industry and facilitated by poor governmental supervision, that was solved by our Federal Government, or will these States and the other 46, rue the day that OUTSOURCING became a strategy that our government used to solve our crises?

Posted by: thecannula | June 6, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

"Mr. Salazar, for example, assured the public on May 2 that the administration was keeping its “boot on the neck” of BP. Next he was being publicly chastised by President Obama for using antagonistic language." NY Times

I know it seems self serving, but if dropping polls makes Obama actually DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE instead of playing Rex Reed , then DROPPING POLLS ACTUALLY WILL HELP THE GULF!!!

(right you Drindl and 12Bar you?)

Gallup 6/2 - 6/4 1547 A 46 47 -1

Oops- THAT's 46% APPROVAL and 47% DISapproval in the latest Gallup- the other RCP polls were taken earlier-

Posted by: thecannula | June 6, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Elections have consequences


You put in an affirmative action guy - who fills the government with affirmative action appointees.


AND all of a sudden the safety standards aren't being applied and a permit for an oil rig is given by Obama to BP.


THIS IS WHAT THE DEMOCRATS HAVE DONE TO THIS COUNTRY.


How many times did people say Obama had no experience - and how many times did you tell yourselves you didn't care.

YOU SHOULD CARE NOW.


THIS OIL SPILL IS THE DIRECT RESULT OF THE DEMOCRATS PUSHING AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION GUY WHO HAS LITTLE IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 6, 2010 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Someone please take out the trash, it stinks in here.

The whole "liberal fascism" thing won't pass the laugh test either. Don't forget, Rovism failed.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 6, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

"Your vicious words and hateful attacks are inappropriate and uncivilized. They are meant to shut down dialogue and the exchange of ideas and opinions. Shame on you."

I'm not interested in "dialogue" with lying leftists. And I couldn't care less about what you think.

And as far as shutting down dialogue...please hypocrite, read the leftists posts. They define intolerance.

So save your lies for leftists who believe them. I've seen, read and heard too much about your kind to be fooled by your silly blather or deception.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 6, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

"most anti-intellectual cretin "

Noacoler, that is your title. Don't run from it-embrace it!

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 6, 2010 1:30 AM | Report abuse

"most anti-intellectual cretin "

I thought you had that title.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 6, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Nothing in this life more phony than a wingnut trying to sound like an idealist.

Hint, trashcanistan, don't hit others about the Enlightenment in the same post where you're coming to the defense of the most anti-intellectual cretin in modern politics.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 5, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

What the hell is this "Azarkhan" nutjob? Another right wing nitwit trading in caricatures. Free speech at universities? WTF?

Yeah and holding BP responsible for its own carelessness, yeah, how totalitarian. Go lick Limbaugh's crusty little star, cretin.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 5, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Azarkhan


You don't even know me or what I stand for.

Your vicious words and hateful attacks are inappropriate and uncivilized. They are meant to shut down dialogue and the exchange of ideas and opinions. Shame on you.

Furthermore I don't know you, I have no desire to know you. I don't think I would like you very much.

Have you ever heard the expression, "Treat others as you want to be treated?" Try it sometime, you might even like it.

Posted by: serena1313 | June 5, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

"What Sarah stands for is anathema to the Enlightenment Principles this country was founded"

No leftist. What YOU stand for is against the Enlightenment.

Your antecedents lie with Marx and Lenin. Your censorship of free speech at universities, the insidious idea of "political correctness", your willingness to ally yourself with illegals solely for the purpose of clinging to power. Your support for a swine like Michael Posner who dared compare a legitimate law passed in a democratic manner to totalitarian Communist China. What an a@@.

Don't EVER pretend to be for freedom. You are for lies and hypocrisy, for racism and race identity politics, for destroying America so you can rebuild it in your own inflated, arrogant, and hateful image.

You disgust me.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 10:21 PM | Report abuse


I apologize for the multi-postings, I did not realize new comments are posted at the top rather than the end.

Posted by: serena1313 | June 5, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah seems to have adopted a new fetish for endorsing candidates. Does she know what they stand for? Did the candidates ask for her endorsement? If so, it sure hasn't worked out well for them.

Insofar as her endorsements go, (I believe) Rand Paul (R-Ky) is the only candidate who won a primary. But that is not saying much considering he favours dismantling the Department of Commerce, Education and Agriculture not to mention his views on civil rights. Paul has lost a lot of ground and is barely ahead in the polls, now. Oops.


Sarah also endorsed Clint Didier for the Senate with whom she refers to as a "selfless, commonsense conservative." Didier's 1,000 acre Pasco Farm benefits from direct federal crop subsidies as well as government subsidized irrigation water. Oops.


She endorsed Vaughan Ward for Idaho District 1. He ran McCain's 2008 campaign in Idaho, but didn't bother to vote that year. And he plagiarized one of President Obama's speeches. The week-end, starting Friday Sarah went to Idaho to endorse him, Saturday he fell in the polls, and by Sunday The Idaho Statesman endorsed Ward's opponent, Raul Labrador, calling Ward untrustworthy. Oops.


Sarah endorsed the loser in both NY-23 and Pa-12. Oops.


What Sarah stands for is anathema to the Enlightenment Principles this country was founded. Her only appeal is to a dark, e_motional place where intellect, logic and reason do not exist, but ignorance, revenge and drama do. Thereby it goes to reason why Sarah's endorsement is the kiss of death, aside from the candidates, themselves.

Posted by: serena1313 | June 5, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Sarah seems to have adopted a new fetish for endorsing candidates. Does she know what they stand for? Did the candidates ask for her endorsement? If so, it sure hasn't worked out well for them.


Apparently not everyone wants Sarah Palin's endorsement. A few of the states' local Republican party leaders do not want Sarah interfering in their local elections. Each state is unique. They have different issues, different needs and different political goals. But Sarah doesn't care, she does what she wants.


Insofar as her endorsements go, (I believe) Rand Paul (R-Ky) is the only candidate who won a primary. But that is not saying much considering he favours dismantling the Department of Commerce, Education and Agriculture not to mention his views on civil rights. Paul has lost a lot of ground and is barely ahead in the polls, now. Oops.


Sarah also endorsed Clint Didier for the Senate with whom she refers to as a "selfless, commonsense conservative." Didier's 1,000 acre Pasco Farm benefits from direct federal crop subsidies as well as government subsidized irrigation water. Oops.


She endorsed Vaughan Ward for Idaho District 1. He ran McCain's 2008 campaign in Idaho, but didn't bother to vote that year. And he plagiarized one of President Obama's speeches. The week-end, starting Friday Sarah went to Idaho to endorse him, Saturday he fell in the polls, and by Sunday The Idaho Statesman endorsed Ward's opponent, Raul Labrador, calling Ward untrustworthy. Oops.


Sarah endorsed the loser in both NY-23 and Pa-12. Oops.


What Sarah stands for is anathema to the Enlightenment Principles this country was founded. Her only appeal is to a dark, e_motional place where intellect, logic and reason do not exist, but ignorance, revenge and drama do. Thereby it goes to reason why Sarah's endorsement is the kiss of death, aside from the candidates, themselves.

Posted by: serena1313 | June 5, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse


Sarah seems to have adopted a new fetish for endorsing candidates. Does she know what they stand for? Did the candidates ask for her endorsement? If so, it sure hasn't worked out well for them.

Apparently not everyone wants Sarah Palin's endorsement. A few of the states' local Republican party leaders do not want Sarah interfering in their local elections. Each state is unique. They have different issues, different needs and different political goals. But Sarah doesn't care, she does what she wants.

Insofar as her endorsements go, (I believe) Rand Paul (R-Ky) is the only candidate who won a primary. But that is not saying much considering he favours dismantling the Department of Commerce, Education and Agriculture not to mention his views on civil rights. Paul has lost a lot of ground and is barely ahead in the polls, now. Oops.

Sarah also endorsed Clint Didier for the Senate with whom she refers to as a "selfless, commonsense conservative." Didier's 1,000 acre Pasco Farm benefits from direct federal crop subsidies as well as government subsidized irrigation water. Oops.

She endorsed Vaughan Ward for Idaho District 1. He ran McCain's 2008 campaign in Idaho, but didn't bother to vote that year. And he plagiarized one of President Obama's speeches. The week-end, starting Friday Sarah went to Idaho to endorse him, Saturday he fell in the polls, and by Sunday The Idaho Statesman endorsed Ward's opponent, Raul Labrador, calling Ward untrustworthy. Oops.

Sarah endorsed the loser in both NY-23 and Pa-12. Oops.

What Sarah stands for is anathema to the Enlightenment Principles this country was founded. Her only appeal is to a dark, e_motional place where intellect, logic and reason do not exist, but ignorance, revenge and drama do.

Thereby it goes to reason why Sarah's endorsement is the kiss of death, aside from the candidates, themselves.

Posted by: serena1313 | June 5, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse


Sarah seems to have adopted a new fetish for endorsing candidates. Does she know what they stand for? Did the candidates ask for her endorsement? If so, it sure hasn't worked out well for them.

Apparently not everyone wants Sarah Palin's endorsement. A few of the states' local Republican party leaders do not want Sarah interfering in their local elections. Each state is unique. They have different issues, different needs and different political goals. But Sarah doesn't care, she does what she wants.

Insofar as her endorsements go, (I believe) Rand Paul (R-Ky) is the only candidate who won a primary. But that is not saying much considering he favours dismantling the Department of Commerce, Education and Agriculture not to mention his views on civil rights. Paul has lost a lot of ground and is barely ahead in the polls, now. Oops.

Sarah also endorsed Clint Didier for the Senate with whom she refers to as a "selfless, commonsense conservative." Didier's 1,000 acre Pasco Farm benefits from direct federal crop subsidies as well as government subsidized irrigation water. Oops.

She endorsed Vaughan Ward for Idaho District 1. He ran McCain's 2008 campaign in Idaho, but didn't bother to vote that year. And he plagiarized one of President Obama's speeches. The week-end, starting Friday Sarah went to Idaho to endorse him, Saturday he fell in the polls, and by Sunday The Idaho Statesman endorsed Ward's opponent, Raul Labrador, calling Ward untrustworthy. Oops.

Sarah endorsed the loser in both NY-23 and Pa-12. Oops.

What Sarah stands for is anathema to the Enlightenment Principles this country was founded. Her only appeal is to a dark, e_motional place where intellect, logic and reason do not exist, but ignorance, revenge and drama do.

Thereby it goes to reason why Sarah's endorsement is the kiss of death, aside from the candidates themselves.

Posted by: serena1313 | June 5, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse


Sarah seems to have adopted a new fetish for endorsing candidates. Does she know what they stand for? Did the candidates ask for her endorsement? If so, it sure hasn't worked out well for them.

Apparently not everyone wants Sarah Palin's endorsement. A few of the states' local Republican party leaders do not want Sarah interfering in their local elections. Each state is unique. They have different issues, different needs and different political goals. But Sarah doesn't care, she does what she wants.

Insofar as her endorsements go, (I believe) Rand Paul (R-Ky) is the only candidate who won a primary. But that is not saying much considering he favours dismantling the Department of Commerce, Education and Agriculture not to mention his views on civil rights. Paul has lost a lot of ground and is barely ahead in the polls, now. Oops.

Sarah also endorsed Clint Didier for the Senate with whom she refers to as a "selfless, commonsense conservative." Didier's 1,000 acre Pasco Farm benefits from direct federal crop subsidies as well as government subsidized irrigation water. Oops.

She endorsed Vaughan Ward for Idaho District 1. He ran McCain's 2008 campaign in Idaho, but didn't bother to vote that year. And he plagiarized one of President Obama's speeches. The week-end, starting Friday Sarah went to Idaho to endorse him, Saturday he fell in the polls, and by Sunday The Idaho Statesman endorsed Ward's opponent, Raul Labrador, calling Ward untrustworthy. Oops.

Sarah endorsed the loser in both NY-23 and Pa-12. Oops.

What Sarah stands for is anathema to the Enlightenment Principles this country was founded. Her only appeal is to a dark, e_motional place where intellect, logic and reason do not exist, but ignorance, revenge and drama do.

Thereby it goes to reason why Sarah's endorsement is the kiss of death, aside from the candidates themselves.

Posted by: serena1313 | June 5, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Not worried about Boxer since as a 20 year HP sharehholder Oi know and Ca soon to learn how like BP Ms Fiorina drove HP in the ground and then ford. Since Fiorina has left earning and growth have doubled
under it's new CEO Hurd .After Enron and BP Ca is not interested in failed oilcdrilling loving CEOs.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 5, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

"If you think the GOP would do better, then why have they not come forward with the answer to the problems in the Gulf?"

The "problem" is that Americans expect Pres. Obama to act like a Commander-and-Chief. Instead, he's behaved like a silly a@@ lawyer. Accusations, bash BP, criminal probe, financial liabilities, Steadman to the gulf, blah, blah, blah.

Meaawhile, we are witnessing an environmental catastrophe that may effectively kill marine life in the Gulf of Mexico for decades. Doubtless the pollution will also spread to the Atlantic.

No one expected Obama to stop the oil leak. But having Commissar Salazar snarl about "a boot on the neck" was both disgusting and counterproductive.

Salazar and Obama should have got their a@@ to the Gulf to ensure that EVERYTHING was being done to at least save the beaches and marshes. Furthermore, every effort possible should have been made to collect the oil before it connected with the main currents.

Instead, next to nothing has been done. Pretty sad. All of us expected so much from The One.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Obama took almost a million dollars in campaign cash from BP.

Deleted other nonsense from 37thand0street
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Obama and Biden received just over $71k, Palin and McCain, $36k. Both donations from BP Oil

However, total donations to their campaigns were $900k to Obama/Biden and $2million to McCain/Palin from all of the big oil companies.

Try to get your facts straight. As to the $71k being a reason for President Obama to show favoritism to big oil now? Sure, out of $750 million in donations, a donation that is the equivalent of less than 1% of all donations is NOT going to have that effect on any campaign. If you think the GOP would do better, then why have they not come forward with the answer to the problems in the Gulf? Because they don't know anymore than this administration, including the totally lacking in expertise regarding energy, Palin.

Posted by: KATE1230 | June 5, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

"You go ahead and strut that "the Left" is "terrified" of that tramp, and on your good days you might actually believe it."

There's only one tramp here, and its name is Noacoler.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Ms. Palin is young, only 46. She doesn't have to run for President in 2012. She can afford to wait.

==

No, she can't.  

As long as she was staying out of the sun up in the Arctic Circle her looks stayed ahead of her age.  Compare pics from back then to pics after two years of riling up the rubes at speeches in temperate zone sunlight.  Now fast forward two more years, and she isn't going to be the stuff of "Hot Chicks Vote Republican" anymore, she's going to be Hillary Clinton with dark hair, jowelly and saggy and crepey around the neck.  And if  you think her "broad" appeal is going to outlast her T&A appeal, you're kidding yourself.

Yeah, she's pushing the GOP away from compromising with "the Left," all the way to "getting nothing done" and "appealing only to the nutjobs."  Seen a burgeoning Tea Party rally?  Nope.  A dozen or so smokers waving around signs with racist slogans.  That's not close to a national movement of power.

You go ahead and strut that "the Left" is "terrified" of that tramp, and on your good days you might actually believe it.  Once the smoke clears though she's doing the Lord's Work .. marginalizing the GOP.  Pushing it so far right that it can't win elections.  Me, on "the Left," I'm happy with that.

Off to the ol' collective ...

Posted by: Noacoler | June 5, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Silly leftist. You should worry more about how Barbara Boxer will fare in November, and not so much about Sarah Palin. Ms. Palin will notify you in due course as to her intentions.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Actually we wish Sarah all the luck in the world in 2012. How about that for leftist hate. Even better let her take over Steele's position as GOP Chair. The sooner the better , Why do you insist on waiting until
2016? Do you expect her to show in Ca campaigning for Carly now that it looks like she will be your nominee. Can t wait for her to show up in
Santa Barbara and LaJolla chanting Drill Baby Drill. That should go over big in Ca.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 5, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Ms. Palin is young, only 46. She doesn't have to run for President in 2012. She can afford to wait.

You leftists should be glad--more time to slaver and drip with hate!

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

"your vile comments about Obama"

Sorry pumpkin-just responding to vile comments about Ms. Palin!

Her endorsements? Good articles in Politico: "Sister Sledgehammer....", the Daily Caller, and Richard Adams/Guardian. I also suggest you listen to the last 5-6 minutes of her speech to the SBA-List. And while not about endorsements, Scott Conroy's recent article on CBSNews.com about Palin's supporters was not only outstanding but objective.

I think Ms. Palin has been very clear about her intentions. She is embarked on two campaigns:
1) change the general make-up of the Republican Party to make it more conservative and far less willing to compromise with the Left and,
2) energize and shape a conservative feminist movement that will challenge the hardline leftist Politburo (e.g., NOW) that considers itself the leader of American women.

So she endorses conservative, pro-life women like Fiorina, Haley, and Martinez. Elsewhere, where a suitable female contender is not available, conservative men like Didier or libertarians like Paul.

In other words, more Bachmann and less McCain. Of course, she endorsed John McCain out of loyalty, which is commendable. But in her speech, she never criticized JD Hayworth. Options are open.

Sarah Palin is a strategist and a gamechanger. And is she gonna kick your a@@? You betcha!

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Azarkhan concentrate
The topic is the significance of Palin s endorsements not your vile comments about Obama.Apparantly it is difficult for you to comprehend
that her 44per cent approval rating in Alaska is problematic
for her national aspirations.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 5, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice cherry picking. The trend still favors Obama.
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html

I suspect the numbers favor Obama even more once you place a person against him. The Rs have no credible candidate.

Posted by: trep1 | June 5, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Cannula-
Regarding your campaign of mis-information & mis-guided blame for the BP oil spill:
1) The majority of the blame goes to Todd Palin's long-time employer. It's BP who did the drilling, made the mess and will (eventually) be forking over big bucks for damages.
2) Secondary blame goes to GW Bush for 8 solid years of deregulation. Bush and Cheney turned the regulation of oil drilling into a free-for-all. Eight years of "do as you please" has been thrust upon Obama. It's the Republicans who are to blame.
3)We shouldn't be using fossil fuels in the first place. Obama, Gore and most other so called "extreme leftisits" realize that oil is an unsustainable energy source for the future. Our dependency on oil is arguably at the root of the blame game.

Drill, Baby, Drill causes more problems than it solves. The proof, unfortunately, is washing up on our beaches. Like you, I wish Obama could somehow swim down to the ocean floor and cap the leak. But he can't & it's proposterous to blame him for this tragedy. At least Bush gone. Bush would have appointed Mike Brown and said, "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job,"

Posted by: alsag | June 5, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Child, please. Only 46% approve of Obamao.

http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

"Today's Gallup poll: 47% of Americans disapprove of Chairman Obamao."

Ok, doesn't this mean the 53% approve? The witty response of Palin supporters.

Posted by: trep1 | June 5, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

"interesting Azarkan since a PEW poll
this week found that only 44% of the
voters who know Palin best, Alaskans,
agree with you." leichtman1

Today's Gallup poll: 47% of Americans disapprove of Chairman Obamao.

OK doofus, any more polls you wanna share?

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the run down, Chris.

Giving endorsements is often the strategy of getting endorsements. She's planning on running for president, as a Republican.

Palin is running the same outsider-insider strategy that got her Alaska governor. Soon she'll assassinate a few party leaders for the public show, while continuing to collect favors from insiders. She's re-playing her Alaska strategy.
http://smartvstupid.com/2010/06/04/is-sarah-palin-americas-baghdad-bob/

Posted by: jimmyzuma | June 5, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the run down, Chris.

Giving endorsements is often the strategy of getting endorsements. She's planning on running for president, as a Republican.

Palin is running the same outsider-insider strategy that got her Alaska governor. Soon she'll assassinate a few party leaders for the public show, while continuing to collect favors from insiders. She's re-playing her Alaska strategy.
http://smartvstupid.com/2010/06/04/is-sarah-palin-americas-baghdad-bob/

Posted by: jimmyzuma | June 5, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

with republootards, you need to follow the money

who does sarah paylin endorse ???

whoever gives sarah paylin the most money

that wasn't so hard to figure out

sarah paylin is a grifter, fleecing the repuglootard rubes for whatever she can get

if you are going to keep writing about sarah paylin, you really need to add the word "GRIFTER" to your spell check program

Posted by: nada85484 | June 5, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I can read the right wing diatribes just fine
brigade. Exactly waht is that YOU obviously
cannot understand when his post describes
leftist bottom feeders who shamelessly spread lies about Palin. When I return this evening from Vancouver I will gladly share the poll of Alaskan voters I read last week that stated that Alaskan voters now disapprove of Palin. Again try and understand the concept of sarcasm when I posted that the poll
directly deals with Azarkahan's diatribe
and juvenile name calling, which you seem
to be OK with, describing anyone
on the other side he disagrees with. My
point: Palin is finished on the national stage when she cannot even garner a plurality of voter support in Alaska. He attributes her low favorability to leftist
bottom feeder 'lies' which it obviously is not. Try again as hard as that is old friend to his actual words in the 9:28 am post.
If so called leftists are spreading lies
about Sarah, then why is she polling
so poorly in her home state; that is the crucial question when discussing her career beyond selling her books at Costco for $4.98??

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 5, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I can read the right wing diatribes just fine
brigade. Exactly waht is that YOU obviously
cannot understand when his post describes
leftist bottom feeders who shamelessly spread lies about Palin. When I return this evening from Vancouver I will gladly share the poll of Alaskan voters I read last week that stated that Alaskan voters now disapprove of Palin. Again try and understand the concept of sarcasm when I posted that the poll
directly deals with Azarkahan's diatribe
and juvenile name calling, which you seem
to be OK with, describing anyone
on the other side he disagrees with. My
point: Palin is finished on the national stage when she cannot even garner a plurality of voter support in Alaska. He attributes her low favorability to leftist
bottom feeder 'lies' which it obviously is not. Try again as hard as that is old friend to his actual words in the 9:28 am post.
If so called leftists are spreading lies
about Sarah, then why is she polling
so poorly in her home state; that is the crucial question when discussing her career beyond selling her books at Costco for $4.98??

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 5, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I can read the right wing diatribes just fine
brigade. Exactly waht is that YOU obviously
cannot understand when his post describes
leftist bottom feeders who shamelessly spread lies about Palin. When I return this evening from Vancouver I will gladly share the poll of Alaskan voters I read last week that stated that Alaskan voters now disapprove of Palin. Again try and understand the concept of sarcasm when I posted that the poll
directly deals with Azarkahan's diatribe
and juvenile name calling, which you seem
to be OK with, describing anyone
on the other side he disagrees with. My
point: Palin is finished on the national stage when she cannot even garner a plurality of voter support in Alaska. He attributes her low favorability to leftist
bottom feeder 'lies' which it obviously is not. Try again as hard as that is old friend to his actual words in the 9:28 am post.
If so called leftists are spreading lies
about Sarah, then why is she polling
so poorly in her home state; that is the crucial question when discussing her career beyond selling her books at Costco for $4.98??

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 5, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

7 reasons the political tide in America will turn Red as the Beaches turn Black

1. The leaking Well was approved during the Obama Presidency
2.Obama's agency- the MMS- failed to properly oversee the safety procedures that govern the well, resulting in the forcing out of office the head of the MMS
3. Weeks before the disaster Obama made a speech calling for More Deep Sea Oil Exploration
4.. Following the recognition of the devastating magnitude of the leak- this was not a self contained minor spill- rather than appoint a federal official to take charge and coordinate the efforts at capping and containing, using BP and other resources-military and private, Obama stood by and critiqued BP, while throwing tar balls for the cameras on the Gulf beaches, as seen on the nightly news.
5. To date Obama has not forced BP to pay one Louisiana citizen one check for their efforts in assisting in the cleanup/containment- as promised.
6. BP has set up a website to obtain public suggestions for capping the well_WHERE is the government's- BP is a FOR profit entity and will decide what to do on a proift/loss basis.
7. This is NOT BP's problem- this is OUR problem- these are AMERICANS being displaced, AMERICA being defiled, AMERICAN wildlife being slaughtered by a MULTINATIONAL company run by Brits!

- So wake up your inept, inexperienced community organizer of any color and get him to find a federal official who knpws what the hell he or she is doing and show some leadership.-

Posted by: thecannula | June 5, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

"Now, as far as her endorsements go, I think that there is a proverbial guy behind the guy behind the guy in how she makes her choices."

For an asinine leftist, this passes for deep thought.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse
________________________________________

Typical Palinbot response. Anyone who criticizes Palin is an asinine leftist. Nevermind she also revolts many moderates, independents and reasonable conservatives like Bruce Bartlett, George Will and how she alienated Walter Hickel, former Alaska
governor who was an initial supporter.

All Palinbots can say when pressed as to her positions and when it is pointed out that her relationship with facts is non-existent is that critics are jealous hags or unAmerican leftists or that they like her because she annoys liberals? Really? That is the basis for evaluating one's fitness for high office? Not an ability to address questions clearly and without blaming the "lamstream media" when the ability to answer simple questions is not there?

The Palinistas never argue facts or merits. Just soundbites, like Palin. All they can offer is snark and name calling.

The one good thing is that most polls taken show her at 60% to 71% negatives. While some of the people she's endorsed in primaries have won, it will be interesting to see how they fare in general elections.

Posted by: Handsome19781 | June 5, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Snow White vs The Seven Dwarfs

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

Posted by: ymchoo | June 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. "The rhyme and reason of Sarah Palin's endorsements"?? Simple. "eeenie, meenie, myniee, moe", or the more sophisticated "rocks, papers, scissors". This idiot is absolutely unable to intellectually grasp more than that. Now, she may be looking to 2012, and at some point, she'll have some 3rd grader calculate the percentage of endorsements she got right, so she can point to that as sign of her keen political insight/influence, but how she chooses them is a complete crapshoot....

Posted by: JohnnyRingo1 | June 5, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Chris, isn't this moron's 15 minutes of fame over? Your co-worker George Will says that if the gop nominates her for president, they will lose 44 states.Here's hoping the gop does just that.Palin, the un-educated wingnut queen.

Posted by: paprikaofm | June 5, 2010 10:07 AM
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Gee, that would put her right up there with McGovern and Mondale. Well, not quite that bad.

Posted by: Brigade | June 5, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Azarkhan wrote,
"I'm really, really trying to understand the mentality of anyone that supports her..."

"Really? Fortunately I've always understood the mentality of leftists/liberals. They are bottom feeders who shamelessly spread lies and smears against anyone who disagrees with them."

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Then leichtman1 wrote,
"interesting Azarkan since a PEW poll
this week found that only 44% of the
voters who know Palin best, Alaskans,
agree with you. So I guess you are suggesting that the 56% of Alaskans
who disagree with you must be leftist
bottom feeders(classy remark) as you describe them."

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Read the post old buddy. He didn't say only leftist bottom feeders respond negatively in a poll you didn't bother to describe. Did the poll really ask how many Alaskans agree with Azarkhan? All he said was that he understands you.

You'll be able to keep up after a couple more pulls on the jug.

Posted by: Brigade | June 5, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The Democrats: not only does their Emperor have No Clothes, but they need an Emmanuel Goldstein to Keep Hate Alive!

Face it, Cilizza, you wrote this column to get Hit Count. Didn't you?

Posted by: section9 | June 5, 2010 8:41 AM
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Works every time. Do you ever see more liberal morons and hatemongers gathered in one place than when a Palin thread appears?
I think part of it is that most liberal males look like a cross between a space alien and the hind end of a mule---like Colmes, Carville, Waxman, Olbermann, etc---and are bitter because they've been rejected by too many nice looking women.

Posted by: Brigade | June 5, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm really, really trying to understand the mentality of anyone that supports her and doesn't get the obvious conclusion that she is completely unfit to lead a PTA board?

Posted by: alsag | June 4, 2010 11:43 PM
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First try to understand how to shake piss out of a boot, or why most people wipe their butts after they take an alsag.

Posted by: Brigade | June 5, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

alsag wrote,
"Sarah Palin is, by far, the most dangerous person on the planet since Adolf Hitler. No, it's not a joke or an an exaggeration."
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If any of alsag's friends or family members are reading this---the poor soul needs to be committed before it hurts itself or someone else.

Posted by: Brigade | June 5, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"Only in America could a lightweight/nitwit" like Barack Obama be elected President.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Only in America could a lightweight/nitwit like Palin command such attention. Thanks so much to Cranky Old Man-Get Off My Lawn John McCain. (The worlds sorest loser)

Posted by: gwbush2323 | June 5, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Chris, isn't this moron's 15 minutes of fame over? Your co-worker George Will says that if the gop nominates her for president, they will lose 44 states.Here's hoping the gop does just that.Palin, the un-educated wingnut queen.

Posted by: paprikaofm | June 5, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

interesting Azarkan since a PEW poll
this week found that only 44% of the
voters who know Palin best, Alaskans,
agree with you. So I guess you are suggesting that the 56% of Alaskans
who disagree with you must be leftist
bottom feeders(classy remark) as you describe them.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 5, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

interesting Azarkan since a PEW poll
this week found that only 44% of the
voters who know Palin best, Alaskans,
agree with you. So I guess you are suggesting that the 56% of Alaskans
who disagree with you must be leftist
bottom feeders(classy remark) as you describe them.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 5, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

"I'm really, really trying to understand the mentality of anyone that supports her..."

Really? Fortunately I've always understood the mentality of leftists/liberals. They are bottom feeders who shamelessly spread lies and smears against anyone who disagrees with them.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"Now, as far as her endorsements go, I think that there is a proverbial guy behind the guy behind the guy in how she makes her choices."

For an asinine leftist, this passes for deep thought.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it is very complicated.

Sarah Palin is endorsing candidates uncompromised by affiliation with rackets and/or organized crime in government. (I mean, come on, that NY race with the Pizza Parlor Mafia-elected Princess as GOP candidate? Who joined the WH to defeat Hoffman? LOL)

Anybody unhappy with the way GOP Congress acted under George W? Clearly Palin is with certain members, hence why she is squaring off against the old boys GOP racket endorsements to produce clean candidates to run in the fall.

Fiorina is the most interesting endorsement, I think, because of her collison with racketeers on the board of HP years ago. Not only does Palin think she can win, but I bet she sees Fiorina teaming up with McCain to start breaking up the long-time GOP rackets before going after the Democratic ones. (McCain knows where the bodies are buried and who put them there.)

From day one of her political career Palin has believe the fastest way of improving the government balance sheet is dismantling the rackets in it and getting rid of the racketeers.

An awful lot of us on both sides of the aisle agree with her.

Posted by: LauraVW | June 5, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Go back and see which of those candidates had the biggest warchests. I bet that is the more common denominator in the Former Governor's decision-making.

Posted by: Odquest | June 5, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

"They see things one way and very much like a dictatorship and everyone is to be sheep...."

An excellent description of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

"They see things one way and very much like a dictatorship and everyone is to be sheep...."

An excellent description of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Azarkhan | June 5, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I think Sara Palin is a prop and prop only for the AIP as it expands to lower states with the same belief of a select few. Just media make it seem bigger than it really is.

I am of the opinion they are people that are society's misfits and misguided individuals. The reason they will never get anywhere is because they are far too diverse in their beliefs and all too stubborn to give in to anyone else's. They see things one way and very much like a dictatorship and everyone is to be sheep but problem is they all want to dictate.

Posted by: mac7 | June 5, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

My God, we've already got ONE Hitler comparison and someone wants Palin "taken out".

I guess Godwin has left the Building.

That's what we conservatives like about Sarah. She drives the Left up the freaking wall. You poor babies. You were casting about for someone to replace your precious Bush so you could have your Minute of Hate, and Palin was nice enough to provide her Good Self.

The Democrats: not only does their Emperor have No Clothes, but they need an Emmanuel Goldstein to Keep Hate Alive!

Face it, Cilizza, you wrote this column to get Hit Count. Didn't you?

Posted by: section9 | June 5, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Now, as far as her endorsements go, I think that there is a proverbial guy behind the guy behind the guy in how she makes her choices. I think people within her circle evaluate the power bases in each contest and tilt the endorsement that will likely result in an IOU.

For example, the Tea Party is not a major forec in California. Most CA Republicans are of moderate Pete Wilson/Tom Riordan stripe and Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina fit that mold. CA GOP power base is likely going to be more oriented to establishment Republican types.

In Kentucky, South Carolina and Alabama, the Tea Party has gained traction as well as those areas tending to be more religious/social conservative in general. So, Palin will endorse the more right wing candidates in those contests. Interestingly, Rand Paul is too far right for even Mitch McConnell, George W.Bush's waterboy on the Hill.

Iowa is an interesting pick, given Mike Huckabee won there in 2008 and it would seem the logiacl choice to back a more right leaning candidate. It is possible she is simply covering her bases there with Iowa's GOP insiders who actually determine the caucus rules.

I think Palin has not endorses in Colorado because her guy behind the guy behind the guy has not yet evaluated the power base in CO. It is a swing state and CO Republicans tend to be more moderate on social issues; fiscally conservative. The Tea Party has not taken off in CO.

In my state, New Mexico, her candidate, Susana Martinez won primary. However, Martinez also ran some hard hitting ads against former state GOP boss Allen Weh and her campaign was directed by same group that helped Republican state representative and businessman Richard Berry oust longtime Albuquerque mayor Martin Chavez from City Hall. That race was always close and it is up for debate of Palin pushed Martinez over or if Weh's time as GOP chair, which was not very succesful in getting the statehouse in any capacity, was a factor as well as Weh's support for Bush's immigration plan, which Martinez called amnesty.

I think in near future, Palin will slowly fade from fascination and relevance, just as Kate Goseelin and Lindsay Lohan have.

Posted by: Handsome19781 | June 5, 2010 4:01 AM | Report abuse

alsag,

Totally agree with Hitler comparison: mediocre intellect who at time of economic and political turmoil found a home among a mix of religious/social conservatives, frustrated corporate elites and Germany's military industrial complex. He was dismissed as a clwon by Weimar govt; only polling 37% in 1932 German presidential elections and his party only had 1/3 of Reichstag seats. Yet, he became chancellor.

He too offered simple soundbite solutions, talking of "real Germans" and blaming woes on "others"-Jews, communists, intellectuals. etc. And, like Palin, he was able to deliver a short term boost to germany, just as she did with windfall tax and distribution. Germany moved out of their 15 year depression, inflation dropped and Volkswagen became a powerhouse equal to Ford and GM. Yet, we also witnesses the travesty of the Third Reich.

The only difference is that Hitler reportedly did some heavy lifting with respect to policy and war management; he was reputed to be a very hands on person and many times overrode his advisers. Palin has been a cipher of various power interests over the years and has shown no intellectual curiosity about any issue. It is reported that the windfall tax policy had to be crafted and re-done several times by legislators and aides because of her unwillingness to actually learn about state's petroleum sector economy; simply wanted to buy a boost in poll numbers, which she did...

Posted by: Handsome19781 | June 5, 2010 1:16 AM | Report abuse

Hey drray -

I'm kinda impressed that a Palin supporter is on here and actually knows how to read! I'm just curious, which part of Sarah Palin do you find appealing? Her intellect, political record, leadership, energy stance, wildlife policy, foreign policy, trade policy, fraud allegations, candidate endorsements, for-profit endorsements, good looks for a milf?????

I'm really, really trying to understand the mentality of anyone that supports her and doesn't get the obvious conclusion that she is completely unfit to lead a PTA board?

Posted by: alsag | June 4, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey drray -

I'm kinda impressed that a Palin supporter is on here and actually knows how to read! I'm just curious, which part of Sarah Palin do you find appealing? Her intellect, political record, leadership, energy stance, wildlife policy, foreign policy, trade policy, fraud allegations, candidate endorsements, for-profit endorsements, good looks for a milf?????

I'm really, really trying to understand the mentality of anyone that supports her and doesn't get the obvious conclusion that she is completely unfit to lead a PTA board?

Posted by: alsag | June 4, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

"Jralger", there IS "NO" official "head of the Republican Party" because their really IS no organized "party" anymore. Everybody ran off on their own little disorganized TANGENTS, and never the twain shall meet, obviously, as nobody agrees on ANYTHING!! That's why it's called "the Party of NO!"

Actually, Rush Limbaugh has been talked about as the "unofficiaal" leader, and SOME leader he'd make! You'd probably be required to shout and cry and pound the table each time you vote!

Posted by: Maerzie | June 4, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

What's the matter Cilizza? No other political news to write about? Let me lay it out. The candidates Sarah Palin endorses have asked for her endorsement. Some people don't want her endorsement. So what's your point? That the people who ask her for an endorsement shouldn't want it? You express surprise at the number of candidates who ask her for an endorsement, even though you may not think much of anything she has to say. Hard to figure, right.

Posted by: drray | June 4, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is, by far, the most dangerous person on the planet since Adolf Hitler. No, it's not a joke or an an exaggeration. She promotes fear and intolerance, changes her agenda daily,talks incessantly about "real Americans" (as if the majority of us aren't 'real' because we read and have a well thought out viewpoint that in conflict with "Spill, Baby, Spill), she's quit everything she's tried, can't lead, can't read and promotes abstinance & values when she can't even keep order under her own roof.
I'd like to say that some of it looks good on paper, but even that isn't true. Her abuse of power is despicable. For someone that claims to hate government, she sure seems to be in quite a hurry to take over. Her polatrizing view of 'new world order' is beyond disgusting. It's actually dangerous - in a Hitler way.

Posted by: alsag | June 4, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

What credentials does Sarah Palin even HAVE at all to be "endorsing" anybody? If I were running for even dog-catcher, I'd run as fast as I could just to get away from that danger. Everybody she "endorses" gets labeled as a loser, "L", and then LOSES! Do these candidates HAVE to let her "endorse" them? It's like having a big, RED "L" printed on your forehead!

Posted by: Maerzie | June 4, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the list. If any of these candidates show up on my ballot I'll know immediately to check the opponent's box.
Mama grizzly makes me run for the door faster than Goldilocks.

Posted by: talitha1 | June 4, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

So another celebrity in America makes another endorsement. And who really cares. It's not like Sarah Palin is officially recognized as a National Party spokesperson. Not officially. For to me Ms. Palin has become something like Al Gore. Except without the eperience of holding Office or influencing World direction. So then, with that said, who from the GOP is their spokesperson this year? Is it still Joe the Plumber? As a registered Republican, I'd like to know. Before November, please.

Posted by: jralger | June 4, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a dangerous cult leader. She needs to be taken out.

Posted by: harryejones | June 4, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Palin is no more then a shrewd huckster she is moron with no class ,no
intelligence and yes she is shrewd but that does not make her smart she is a soulless lowlife and her fans are just clueless idiots

Posted by: lildg54 | June 4, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Oil spilling out of the well on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico-

12,000-19,000 barrels a day

Amount being siphoned by new cap on the slated cut/loose

seal-

1,000 barrels a day

Days of massive oil spillage-

49 and counting till at best August


Number of US Sailors, Marines, Soldiers actively involved in

sealing the leak-

0

Value of a seasoned leader at a time of historic national crisis-


Priceless (and wanting)

Posted by: thecannula | June 4, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

==================
thecanunula....What exactly would the sailors, Marines and Army Troops to help stop the leak? Do we have some new "super troops" that can go down a mile underwater?

Posted by: YankeeTexan | June 4, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

37--you didn't see it then.

do you ever stay on topic?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 4, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Sarah "drill, baby, spill!" Palin has all the answers.

Posted by: angie12106 | June 4, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Oil spilling out of the well on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico-

12,000-19,000 barrels a day

Amount being siphoned by new cap on the slated cut/loose

seal-

1,000 barrels a day

Days of massive oil spillage-

49 and counting till at best August


Number of US Sailors, Marines, Soldiers actively involved in

sealing the leak-

0

Value of a seasoned leader at a time of historic national crisis-


Priceless (and wanting)

Posted by: thecannula | June 4, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it just so cute when these wingers talk with their other monikers?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama didn't state anything.


Obama's plan to cook the books with temporary census workers was caught before 8 AM.

Obama is falling apart -

The country needs a statement from Obama that HIS APPOINTEES AT MMS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LACK OF PROPER SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS.

OBAMA GAVE BP THE PERMIT FOR THIS OIL RIG.

Clearly Obama took almost a million dollars in campaign cash from BP.

Clearly, this is a mess.

What did Obama say at the press conference ?

Still only six sand barriers are being built.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Ms. Palin is endorsing her MC HAMMER glasses? These things really look great on her, much better than they did on the HAMMER.

Posted by: password11 | June 4, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Ms. Palin is endorsing her MC HAMMER glasses? These things really look great on her, much better than they did on the HAMMER.

Posted by: password11 | June 4, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Ms. Palin is endorsing her MC HAMMER glasses? These things really look great on her, much better than they did on the HAMMER.

Posted by: password11 | June 4, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Ms. Palin is endorsing her MC HAMMER glasses? These things really look great on her, much better than they did on the HAMMER.

Posted by: password11 | June 4, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

37--
you must not have caught his short press conference in LA today, before he left for a car trip of 2 hours (weather was bad for helicopter) to Grand Isle.

He stated everything, straight and to the point.
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Got one for ya here folks. The rhyme but not the reason:

Oh say can you see,
By the light of her porch
What so proudly we think,
That she’s the GOP’s last hope
Who’s God’s hand and twangy voice
Through her busy schedule
Gave proof to us all
That she was quite indeed clueless
Oh say does Saint Palin keep talking and talking
Through the land of the moose
And the home of the bridge

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 4, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

thecannula


This is what happens when people say a candidate for President has NO EXPERIENCE AND HAS DONE NOTHING IN HIS LIFE.

And then the country elects the guy - and he has NO IDEA WHAT HE IS DOING.

The American people - the democrats IGNORED EVERYONE WHO SAID EXPERIENCE IS IMPORTANT

Now we have a bunch of affirmative action appointees - who are just sitting around doing little.

I am SO HAPPY THAT WE HAVE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION APPOINTEES RESPONDING TO THE OIL SPILL - THEY ARE RIGHT ON IT.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Things can't get worse with Sarah Palin in the Government. So why hesitate? The faster this country crushes, the faster we will have it back and rebuild it from scratch.

Think positive.

Posted by: holocaustgaza | June 4, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama's administration approved the well, his MMS didn't oversee it, this is day 49 and he still allows BP to try the 4th attempt at saving the gulf coast this week, he allows the wrong saw to make the cuts on the well- so there cannot be a tight seal- because the diamond blades are dulled from previous use- his Navy sits on the sidelines doing nothing to attempt to stop this historic leak and resulting devastation- in NYC one can be arrested for abusing a dog but Louisiana thousands of seabirds are being strangled in oil and the President of BP is making commercials-Obama makes lovely speeches and throw s tar balls on the beach- We are the strongest country in the world, with the best military but we have an author/orator/community organizer for a leader and our children and their children's children will suffer for our poor choice in 2008.

Posted by: thecannula | June 4, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Uh, let me see if I understand this.

Rational, educated, thinking human beings consider Sarah P one of them?

No, wait! Rational human beings actually think her opinion is worth something?

The fundamentalist may be right. With Sarah P and her followers as evidence there is no such thing as evolution. And there may not be any intelligent life on the planet. At least not in the right-wing.

Aren't these the same people who thing drug addicted Rush Limbaugh is rational, too?

Nope. Nary a drop of intelligent life. Something about "the end of days" comes to mind. At least the end of this country.

Posted by: BigTrees | June 4, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

37--
you must not have caught his short press conference in LA today, before he left for a car trip of 2 hours (weather was bad for helicopter) to Grand Isle.

He stated everything, straight and to the point.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 4, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse


Meanwhile, the political pressures are building for Obama to give the nation what the MEDIA SAYS THE NATION REALLY NEEDS: A PHOTO OP OF OBAMA HUGGING A FISHERMAN.


You see- somehow the media is building up steam - building up pressure - because the NATION HAS NOT YET SEEN OBAMA HUG A FISHERMAN ON TV.


As if that will soak up all the oil in the few seconds it takes for that photo op to show up on every tv in the country.


No, it doesn't work that way.


The OIL IS MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA TO CREATE ADEQUATELY COMPELLING STORYLINES.


The Anchors have an hour each which they have to fill EVERY DAY.


The OIL IS JUST MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA STORYLINE-TELLING COMMUNITY.


They have to CREATE A STORY: Obama is not doing ENOUGH TO CREATE PHOTO-OPS.


What is WRONG WITH A OBAMA, HE MUST BE TONE-DEAF - HE JUST ISN'T DOING ENOUGH TO FILL THE MEDIA'S AIRTIME WITH PHOTO-OPS, STORYLINES AND DRAMA.


Maybe they could have a show-down between Hayward and Obama - some sort of SMACK-DOWN ON THE BEACH -


Obama can scream, "Look at this tar-ball"- and Hayward can pretend to care -


AND then Obama can scream - "you better care"


And Hayward can say "I care"


Then Obama can say "Not Enough"


Hayward can say "I care enough - it's you who doesn't care - you racist."


Obama says "I'm not a racist - you are the one with the British accent."


Then the two engage in a dramatic fist fight


The two have a SMACK DOWN - REPEATEDLY PUNCHING EACH OTHER AS THE WAVES CRASH ON THE BEACH and finally the two PHYSICALLY STRUGGLE and roll around in the sand - which causes the two of them to fall into the surf - as the waves wash over them,


Just as the two pause - and you think the two might kiss - the first oil drifts onto the beach.


NOW THAT WOULD BE GOOD TELEVISION.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Mama grizzlies rule!

Posted by: thebump | June 4, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Good or bad, I like reading about President, er, Sarah Palin. Keep up the good work.
- josephlcooke.blogspot

Posted by: 1911a1 | June 4, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Once again.... The washington post just cant get enough of Sarah Palin! Can't you find something more interesting to write about? gez....

Posted by: motslots | June 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Once again.... The washington post just cant get enough of Sarah Palin! Can't you find something more interesting to write about? gez....

Posted by: motslots | June 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Susanna Martinez (NM) was the front runner before Palin endorsed her.

Palin doesn't get any credit for her win.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

It's hard for me to believe that the individual who coined the defiant battle cry, "drill, baby, drill," is in demand right now.

Posted by: zephyr99 | June 4, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

@bwj: shirley you jest

Do you think the sort of uh person who trumpets Rasmussen polls care if they're true or not? You know who these uh people are .. the "cutting taxes increases revenue" crowd, the "Saddam had WMDs" crowd, the "environmentalists cause oil leaks" crowd.

The crazier and more absurd the idea, the more contrafactual the assertion, the tighter the embrace.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Has Mrs. Phalin made any major policy statements since she famously explained her most important "policy" to trombonist Gregory Charles Royal?

Just askin'?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 4, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

BTW, yesterday, Kos totally destroyed the credibility of Rasmussen polls. Raz's game is exposed.

Kos explains how, in key races, Rasmussen starts out with a bogus poll to allow the candidate he's pushing to claim a false "momentum" narrative. Raz then later releases a more reality based poll since the first one is usually so out of whack with all the legit polls. But, imporatnatly, the FIRST false-narrative poll gives the rightwing media a basis for proclaiming their candidate is ahead, or gaining momentum, when they actually aren't.

Kos excerpt:

"After revelations broke that Blumenthal had, that one time, accidentally exaggerated his military service, Rasmussen rushed out a poll showing a Democratic cataclysm in Connecticut:

Dick Blumenthal (D) 48
Linda McMahon (R) 45

Three polls followed, including ours, showing that Blumenthal had, actually, lost no support, and still had a massive lead.

Quinnipiac: 56-31
Greenberg: 55-40
R2K for us: 52-33

His narrative-setting efforts busted and discredited, Rasmussen soon rushed out another poll showing that, oh well, maybe Bluementhal still leads big after all:
Dick Blumenthal (D) 56
Linda McMahon (R) 33"

http://m.dailykos.com/stories/2010/5/28/870893/-Rasmussens-mid-course-corrections.html
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If the early politico.com article didn't finish off Raz as a legit pollster, this Daily Kos post probably will.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 4, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey rcc_2000, two checks

(1) Your response to 37th was the first he's gotten here in weeks. That will keep him here even longer. Thanks a lot. Dude, the guy is a meth addict, he's completely deranged, even the politically like-minded skip over his unintelligible posts. Join us in doing so.

(2) If you're going to call someone an idiot it helps to get the your / you're thing straightened out.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Some crazy lady is endorsing candidates...who cares?

Posted by: emcglaughlin | June 4, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

That mention up above is the first time he's gotten any ink in two weeks. I wonder if he can eat with that muzzle on so tight?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 7:01 PM
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No prob. They'll poke straw through the muzzle for a yummy vanilla milk shake at Rand's favorite whites-only lunch counter.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 4, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Who cares what this quitter thinks?

And she's entirely predictable. She's a right wing loon who endorses other right wing loons, no matter what party they belong to.

Posted by: solsticebelle | June 4, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Your pal Obama tried to pull a fast one on everyone - and they tried to pump up the census job figures.


Turns out that 411,000 of the 433,000 jobs created were temporary census workers.


Bummer that everyone figured that out before 8 AM today-


So Obama caused the stock market to fall 300 points today.


Unbelievable


Meanwhile - all the posters on here CLAIMING that Obama has done such a great job on job creation.


Where is it ?


Obama's stimulus DID NOT WORK - IT IS A COMPLETE DISASTER.
Posted by: 37thand0street

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Your an idiot. The Census is required by the Constitution. No one pulled a fast one. The number of temporary workers are part of the statistic. Again, your an idiot because this will also show as a drop in the next couple of months which will not look good statistically.

You are so blinded by your hatred for Obama you make remarks that make you sound like a moron (alternative answer: you are a moron)


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Posted by: rcc_2000 | June 4, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Fake 37, good news.

Your mom has waiting for you upstairs a mayo sandwich with a double glop of Miracle Whip. Yummy. And for a vegetable, your favorite--ketchup. So after you finish your self-abus-, er, TV watching, come on up from the basement for the good eats.

Enjoy.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 4, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Remember when Rand Paul won the nomination? He was the man of the hour.

Then .. he opened his mouth. Uh-oh.

That mention up above is the first time he's gotten any ink in two weeks. I wonder if he can eat with that muzzle on so tight?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Famous quotes:

"Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead." Admiral Farragut

"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." President John F. Kennedy.

"I have a dream." Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Got to go to the ladies' room." Mrs. Todd Palin
___________

BTW, has Phalin yet answered the question: what newspapers do you read?

That's a real brain buster, isn't it?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 4, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse


The democrats are basically EATING CROW right now - on EVERYTHING THEY EVER SAID ABOUT KATRINA.

It is a small consolation.

THE SCARY THING FOR THE NATION: The democrats who claimed they knew so much better now look like COMPLETE IDIOTS.

The democrats are not qualified to govern.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse


The democrats are basically EATING CROW right now - on EVERYTHING THEY EVER SAID ABOUT KATRINA.

It is a small consolation.

THE SCARY THING FOR THE NATION: The democrats who claimed they knew so much better now look like COMPLETE IDIOTS.

The democrats are not qualified to govern.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Clearly Obama's priorities are his AGENDA and politics


The economic crisis - and the oil spill - are irritants to Obama.

Obama SIMPLY DOES NOT CARE ABOUT CRISIS MANAGEMENT.

All Obama cares about is his agenda - and pushing through his left-wing agenda - whether the American people want it or not.

It is a sad sad character flaw on Obama - he has no experience - and it is completely showing how bad he is.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The cutesy reference to "Mama Grizzlies" makes me nauseous. Why do the corporate mainstream media spread this nonsense?

Posted by: ejs2 | June 4, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the political pressures are building for Obama to give the nation what the MEDIA SAYS THE NATION REALLY NEEDS: A PHOTO OP OF OBAMA HUGGING A FISHERMAN.


You see- somehow the media is building up steam - building up pressure - because the NATION HAS NOT YET SEEN OBAMA HUG A FISHERMAN ON TV.


As if that will soak up all the oil in the few seconds it takes for that photo op to show up on every tv in the country.


No, it doesn't work that way.


The OIL IS MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA TO CREATE ADEQUATELY COMPELLING STORYLINES.


The Anchors have an hour each which they have to fill EVERY DAY.


The OIL IS JUST MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA STORYLINE-TELLING COMMUNITY.


They have to CREATE A STORY: Obama is not doing ENOUGH TO CREATE PHOTO-OPS.


What is WRONG WITH A OBAMA, HE MUST BE TONE-DEAF - HE JUST ISN'T DOING ENOUGH TO FILL THE MEDIA'S AIRTIME WITH PHOTO-OPS, STORYLINES AND DRAMA.


Maybe they could have a show-down between Hayward and Obama - some sort of SMACK-DOWN ON THE BEACH -


Obama can scream, "Look at this tar-ball"- and Hayward can pretend to care -


AND then Obama can scream - "you better care"


And Hayward can say "I care"


Then Obama can say "Not Enough"


Hayward can say "I care enough - it's you who doesn't care - you racist."


Obama says "I'm not a racist - you are the one with the British accent."


Then the two engage in a dramatic fist fight


The two have a SMACK DOWN - REPEATEDLY PUNCHING EACH OTHER AS THE WAVES CRASH ON THE BEACH and finally the two PHYSICALLY STRUGGLE and roll around in the sand - which causes the two of them to fall into the surf - as the waves wash over them,


Just as the two pause - and you think the two might kiss - the first oil drifts onto the beach.


NOW THAT WOULD BE GOOD TELEVISION.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

When Sarah Palin admits that she's running for President, she'll expect a few of these 'endorsement' favors to be returned.

As a female who will NOT be voting for Sarah Palin, her endorsement of other 'mama grizzlies' and their little "cubs" means very little to me.

Knowing that Sarah Palin has attached herself to these other women like a leech, thinking that she'll ride into the White House on their skirt hems, cuts to zero any chance that I'd vote for any of them.

I can't wait to see videos of the mudball fight which starts seconds after Sarah Palin announces her candidacy for President. (yeah, you know she's going to, she's just that stupid)
Sarah thinks her 'privacy' has been invaded too much now? Just wait till all those mudballs start hitting her square between the eyes. She won't be able to handle it, and neither will Todd.
Anyone want to guess how long it takes for Todd and Sarah Palin to blow up on national TV? Or will it happen on Facebook and Twitter?

Posted by: momof20yo | June 4, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Your pal Obama tried to pull a fast one on everyone - and they tried to pump up the census job figures.


Turns out that 411,000 of the 433,000 jobs created were temporary census workers.


Bummer that everyone figured that out before 8 AM today-


So Obama caused the stock market to fall 300 points today.


Unbelievable


Meanwhile - all the posters on here CLAIMING that Obama has done such a great job on job creation.


Where is it ?


Obama's stimulus DID NOT WORK - IT IS A COMPLETE DISASTER.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Your pal Obama tried to pull a fast one on everyone - and they tried to pump up the census job figures.


Turns out that 411,000 of the 433,000 jobs created were temporary census workers.


Bummer that everyone figured that out before 8 AM today-


So Obama caused the stock market to fall 300 points today.


Unbelievable


Meanwhile - all the posters on here CLAIMING that Obama has done such a great job on job creation.


Where is it ?


Obama's stimulus DID NOT WORK - IT IS A COMPLETE DISASTER.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

It's simple: She endorses long-shot tea-party loons to keep her outsider, feel-good, grass-rootsy, mama-bear credibilty going with people who prefer to vote their emotions rather than think things through.

Then she delivers those voters, hook line and sinker, to whichever corrupt, establishment, helped-ruin-the-country, GOP candidate has the highest bid.

Posted by: rwolf01 | June 4, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

This American could care less what a narcissistic grifter thinks nor how much she cashes out from her supporters. Conservatives like Lugar though get my rapt attention.

Posted by: jameschirico | June 4, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

ibwilliamsi


We have been over this before


This is Bill Clinton's recession

Bill Clinton deregulated the derivatives markets


and Bill Clinton repealed Glass Steagall

We know you want to blame Bush for everything.

facts are not behind you.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Hates Sarah palin because she is smarter

==

Oh, hahhhahahaaha *gasp* ah, hohohojho

warn me before you do that again please

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Please, that should always read "COVETED extra x chromosome."

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 4, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

"rand paul, son of a millionaire congressman is an "outsider"
LMAO!"

No kidding.

I wonder if Rand Paul's ever been in the car singing along to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son."

Because if he has...what a damn hypocrite!

Posted by: Gover | June 4, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Sarah rocks. She's a great cheerleader (not Presidential material as she is too controversial). I have nothing to fear by what she says. I have everything to fear by what Obama says.

Posted by: 45upnorth | June 4, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Every time the Palin warts itch the b**** has to scratch.

Posted by: winemaster2 | June 4, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

And to think, you right wingers could have depressed the hiring numbers even more if you just filled out those damn census forms.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 4, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

rand paul, son of a millionaire congressman is an "outsider"
LMAO!

Posted by: newagent99 | June 4, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

This obsession with celebrity $arah is ridiculous.

Posted by: whocares666 | June 4, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse


oh, it makes me so happy that Palin backed McCain and not Hayworth. I'm just giddy.

Nikki Haley - Palin better distance herself from her. Haley's a working girl, no?

And her new gig --tweeting candidates only HOURS or minutes before the poll closes. No one listens to those. Probably wants to make sure she tweets them before a scandal breaks out.

And remember, she shot all the Mama Grizzlies from her porch !!!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 4, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

......"candidate running outside the establishment..."

way out....like Mars.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 4, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Friday is Ped Bingo day

Hates Sarah palin because she is smarter and more succesful, admitely a low bar in Peds case.

P

wants others to ignore posters she doesn't like although she won't.

E

can ped come up with a third idea to make Bingo? She has all weekend with nothing else to do.

Posted by: Moonbat | June 4, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Crying John Boehner = One Trick Pony


You really don't need any more proof that the Republicans are utterly bankrupt of governing ideas when all they can come up with is undoing health insurance reform. It's become the mantra, despite all evidence of the very limited appeal of that message.

http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2010/07/60-minutes-poll-201007?currentPage=10


It's their answer to everything, including the jobs report.


In a press release, House Minority John Boehner (R-OH) claimed that "stagnant private sector job growth" is proof that the Recovery Act has "fallen well short" -- which is a departure from his previous declaration that the stimulus bill "didn't create any jobs."


On his Twitter feed, Boehner also argued that the report "underscores the need to repeal" the Affordable Care Act:


The Republicans have nothing to offer beyond appeasing their crazy Teabagger base. If they can't obstruct, they have to promise to undo. There's nothing left of the modern Republican party, they are completely brain dead.


Posted by: DrainYou | June 4, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Lame-o's like 37th&Ostreet complain about Obama's stimulus not working. We wouldn't need the stimulus if it hadn't been for his boy GW and the Republican Controlled House and Senate. kwitcherbichin, you sound like a fool.

Posted by: ibwilliamsi | June 4, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Chris, people are starting to talk...

***


ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

Politics and politicians are neutered by their own naivety -- and by a refusal to believe that extremist evil lurks on America's dark side:

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

Gulf oil spill diverts attention from domestic atrocities against American citizens...

HOMELAND FUSION CENTERS SILENTLY ASSAULT, IMPAIR 'TARGETED' AMERICANS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE RADIO FREQUENCY WEAPON SYSTEM, COMMUNITY VIGILANTISM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE: VETERAN JOURNALIST

Are political leaders "targets" too?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

VIC LIVINGSTON IS ON FACEBOOK...

When he's not being censored by Homeland fusion center "information systems" defense contractor witch-hunters.

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 4, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street: please don't do funny...you are much more suited to annoy everyone here with your patented hysterical rants highlighted with endless streams of CAPS and misguided allusions to racism. But if you take your meds regularly, you can instead wait more peacefully incommunicado until 2012 when all your dreams are surely going to come true. It will be a time for bragging and celebration on the net.

If you feel weak and start heading to your computer keyboard in the interim just think how much smarter Palin will be by 2012. As you well know, her experience as a half term as governor is qualification enough for the Presidency especially when multiplied by the experience of ruling a city of almost 8,000 people and having a cable show.

Rest easy my friend - all the damage Obama has done to you can be reversed very quickly. Bottoms up!

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 4, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

12Bar and Shrink


Your pal Obama tried to pull a fast one on everyone - and they tried to pump up the census job figures.


Turns out that 411,000 of the 433,000 jobs created were temporary census workers.

Bummer that everyone figured that out before 8 AM today-


So Obama caused the stock market to fall 300 points today.


Unbelievable


Meanwhile - all the posters on here CLAIMING that Obama has done such a great job on job creation.


Where is it ?


Obama's stimulus DID NOT WORK - IT IS A COMPLETE DISASTER.
________________________________________
Then I suggest you direct your anger at the private corporations that should be doing the hiring. You complain that Obama's not doing his job, but when the only organization that is hiring is the government, the only organization he does have any control over..

Posted by: PeterPamZ | June 4, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The economy is in a complete mess - the euro is down again - which means the dollar is up.

The thing is - we want to increase our exports now - and a stronger dollar is not the way to do it.

So Europe is weaker for us - and there is a crisis looming in China - that boom is going to burst at some point in 9 - 12 months.


AND NOW job creation in this country has been practically HALTED.

The private sector job creation is NOT even keeping pace with population growth.


Obama's economic policies are a COMPLETE DISASTER.

All Obama wants to do is move on from economic policy - and start rasing taxes again - which is JUST THE WRONG ECONOMIC POLICIES TO HAVE.

Cap and trade - another tax increase that Obama wants.


It's a joke

AND all you hear is the democrats on this blog - completely caught up in LYING - AND TRYING DEFEND THE CRIMES OF OBAMA.

We need an Independent Prosecutor


We need LOWER TAXES, NOT MORE TAX INCREASES.


Just wait - Greece could still pull out of the Euro - devalue all that debt in the process.


That might put some FRENCH BANKS into serious trouble.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

poor chris -- lost the weekly WaPost drawing on "Your turn to find something to write about St. Sarah."

Really, why do you guys continue to pretend she's worth covering, especially since the gist of all your coverage of late -- at least judging by the headlines -- is that her 15 minutes are done?

Posted by: summicron1 | June 4, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

12Bar and Shrink


Your pal Obama tried to pull a fast one on everyone - and they tried to pump up the census job figures.


Turns out that 411,000 of the 433,000 jobs created were temporary census workers.


Bummer that everyone figured that out before 8 AM today-

So Obama caused the stock market to fall 300 points today.

Unbelievable

Meanwhile - all the posters on here CLAIMING that Obama has done such a great job on job creation.


Where is it ?

Obama's stimulus DID NOT WORK - IT IS A COMPLETE DISASTER.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I know, just trying to break up the monotony.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Wonder why 37th even bothers, nobody even reads that incoherent drivel, much less responds. Guess that's what happens when you do stimulants around the clock.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, the political pressures are building for Obama to give the nation what the MEDIA SAYS THE NATION REALLY NEEDS: A PHOTO OP OF OBAMA HUGGING A FISHERMAN.


You see- somehow the media is building up steam - building up pressure - because the NATION HAS NOT YET SEEN OBAMA HUG A FISHERMAN ON TV.


As if that will soak up all the oil in the few seconds it takes for that photo op to show up on every tv in the country.


No, it doesn't work that way.


The OIL IS MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA TO CREATE ADEQUATELY COMPELLING STORYLINES.


The Anchors have an hour each which they have to fill EVERY DAY.


The OIL IS JUST MOVING TOO SLOWLY FOR THE MEDIA STORYLINE-TELLING COMMUNITY.


They have to CREATE A STORY: Obama is not doing ENOUGH TO CREATE PHOTO-OPS.


What is WRONG WITH A OBAMA, HE MUST BE TONE-DEAF - HE JUST ISN'T DOING ENOUGH TO FILL THE MEDIA'S AIRTIME WITH PHOTO-OPS, STORYLINES AND DRAMA.


Maybe they could have a show-down between Hayward and Obama - some sort of SMACK-DOWN ON THE BEACH -


Obama can scream, "Look at this tar-ball"- and Hayward can pretend to care -


AND then Obama can scream - "you better care"


And Hayward can say "I care"


Then Obama can say "Not Enough"


Hayward can say "I care enough - it's you who doesn't care - you racist."


Obama says "I'm not a racist - you are the one with the British accent."


Then the two engage in a dramatic fist fight


The two have a SMACK DOWN - REPEATEDLY PUNCHING EACH OTHER AS THE WAVES CRASH ON THE BEACH and finally the two PHYSICALLY STRUGGLE and roll around in the sand - which causes the two of them to fall into the surf - as the waves wash over them,


Just as the two pause - and you think the two might kiss - the first oil drifts onto the beach.


NOW THAT WOULD BE GOOD TELEVISION.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 4, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | June 4, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Of course I see patterns in clouds, but unlike whatever bimbette wrote this column, I know their nothing more than machinations of the visual cortex, they're not real.

You probably know better than I, vision is a synthesis. Eyes aren't digital cameras. But this article is about politics, not vision, and the idea that Palin has a strategy ignores the evidence that she lacks a brain.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

"Do you see patterns in clouds too?"

I do. Don't you?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey, when is BP going to turn off the magic valves that will stanch the "up to 20%" greater volume* of oil they let loose?

Oh whoops, it is too early to declare failure, that happens over the weekend.

*Baghdad Bob works on the flow volume committee

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Now this is a hoot. You think Palin has a strategy? Like a chessmaster, thinking many moves ahead?

You're nuts.

When Palin reaches the end of a sentence she'd forgotten what she said at the beginning of it. She babbles like a toddler.

Do you see patterns in clouds too?

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I think she stayed out of Nevada because her dad likes Tarkanian. I think her dad even is in an ad for Tark.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | June 4, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I had noticed Fix post count down a bit lately, figured it was because thinking people found somewhere to talk politics where they could track each others' thoughts. No matter...time to trot out Old Reliable.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 4, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? She continues to be extremely unpopular nationwide (her negatives have grown to 53% and her positives are down to 36% http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0610/The_filter_wins.html ) and there is no proof that her endorsements mean anything or show any pattern except as another way to get news coverage for for the very private Arctic Grifter.

Chris - I would be happy to secretly pass on to you in advance my own random and potentially debilitating Wasilla style endorsements. Should you be busted by the lamestream media you can alibi it as being weakened by "Chicago Style Politics TM RNC" (since Washington was so clean until Obama sullied it with real hard-assed politics) or maybe you could say you just "misremembered" a la Kirk.

I will also include a baker's dozen tea bag set in the deal if you act within the next 18 minutes.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 4, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Great! Thanks for providing a List of who NOT to support, i.e., if endorsed by Palin, bound to be a right wing nut case!

Posted by: lufrank1 | June 4, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"More likely, she's endorsing candidates when she sees a way she can benefit from endorsing them, like bolstering her "outsider" cred by endorsing outsiders. "

Just like Jimmy Carter. Perhaps she'd like to follow in his footsteps.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | June 4, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

The Fix could have saved itself some time & effort by limiting the post to this paragraph:

"We took a look at Palin's recent endorsements and found that if there's any rhyme or reason to them, it's that they're as idiosyncratic and unpredictable as the former governor herself."


Left unanswered is why they bothered with the rest.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 4, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Ech. "Common-sense conservative women." As Noacoler noted in a post a few days ago, "common sense" is political code for "too lazy to back up one's statements." It's one of those terms in politics that just makes me want to leave a bag of flaming dog doo on the front porch of the person who uses it, like "hard-earned."

I would suggest that those who believe Sarah Palin is just picking candidates as she fancies them aren't giving her enough credit. More likely, she's endorsing candidates when she sees a way she can benefit from endorsing them, like bolstering her "outsider" cred by endorsing outsiders. Palin, I imagine, thinks long and hard about each endorsement to determine whether the potential boost for her is worth the lumps she could take should the candidate make a fool of himself/herself or get stomped by the Democratic candidate in the general. She has to pick candidates who will either a) put up a good fight and draw a positive reaction from the Tea Party crowd in the primary, but ultimately lose to a more entrenched Republican, or b) win the primary and head into the general against a Democrat who has no chance of winning, such as in a heavily Republican district.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | June 4, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Palin's not the only stone cold stupid Republican these days....


La Republican Governor Jindal: Cancel The Moratorium On New Deepwater Oil Drilling!


Bobby Jindal has officially jumped the shark:


"Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal wrote President Obama a letter on Wednesday criticizing his decision to implement a temporary moratorium of deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico."


"Arguing that his state had already suffered crippling economic consequences, the Louisiana Republican urged Obama to rethink his decision to suspend activity at 33 previously permitted deepwater drilling rigs -- including 22 "currently in operation off the Louisiana coast."


"Joining Jindal in his call to lift the moratorium is Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) who accused the Obama administration of pursuing a policy that "could kill thousands of Louisiana jobs."
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/03/bobby-jindal-obama-letter_n_599226.html


If you ever had any doubts about whether Republicans/Jindal's attacks on Obama were merely attempts to redirect anger towards government and away from the oil industry, Jindal's letter should make things clear. After weeks of slamming President Obama for failing to wave a magic wand that would make the oil spill go away, Jindal wants to double down on the very policies that allowed this disaster to occur on the first place.


How does anybody take him seriously now? He's no better than a BP oil industry shill. Never underestimate a Republican's capacity for stupidity.

Posted by: DrainYou | June 4, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I think what is going on is that Palin has found a way to make money from her endorsments. The part that is hard to figure is whether canidates pay to get the endorsement or pay not to get the endorsement.

Posted by: jb777 | June 4, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I would just like it noted that what you hinted at in the beginning is probably true: there is no particular ryhme or reason to her endorsements. She endorses each person for whatever reason at the moment makes sense to her. Categorizing them is for us to talk about, but your catergorie are likely meaningless to Palin - she's just doing whatever she wants, for whatever reason strikes her fancy.

Posted by: erikpdumont | June 4, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

i don't have to look far to find articles about this most un-newsworthy person in this paper any day of the week, but I am curious as to why the article about the robocalls by greg sargent no longer appears. why was it pulled? plain lovers made too much noise about it? does this paper love this woman or what?

Posted by: red2million | June 4, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

i don't have to look far to find articles about this most un-newsworthy person in this paper any day of the week, but I am curious as to why the article about the robocalls by greg sargent no longer appears. why was it pulled? plain lovers made too much noise about it? does this paper love this woman or what?

Posted by: red2million | June 4, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

What's the matter, Pawlenty and Thune haven't done any column-worthy stunts lately? Why are we still hearing about this bimbo?

An extra X chromosome is a fatal condition. Maybe you guys should find a 12-year-old to proofread your stuff.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 4, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, hasn't everyone that Sarah Palin endorsed lost?

Things must be reaaaalllly slow in DC... yawn.

Posted by: drindl | June 4, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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