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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has taken to Facebook to spread her conservative message. AP Photo/The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, Robert DeBerry

Since resigning as governor of Alaska in early July, Sarah Palin has used the social networking tool Facebook almost exclusively to convey her thoughts on the issues of the day to her supporters and the media.

The latest missive came late Saturday night when Palin penned a note on Facebook on the passage of President Obama's health care bill through the Senate Finance Committee.

"Those driving this plan no doubt have good intentions, but good intentions aren't enough," wrote Palin. She added that the fact that the specifics of the bill would be worked out behind closed doors was inconsistent with the sort of transparency Obama had advocated during the campaign. "All of this certainly gives the appearance of politics-as-usual in Washington with no change in sight," Palin wrote.

All told, Palin has written 20 "notes" on Facebook since mid-August on a variety of subjects ranging from a statement on the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), a plug for conservative talk show host Glenn Beck and, of course, the now-infamous post raising concerns about end-of-life care contained within the Obama plan.

At the same time, Palin, who was once a dynamic user of Twitter -- she posted 14 tweets on July 23 alone -- has gone largely dormant as a presence on that hottest of social networking sites. Her current Twitter feed largely re-produces links to her Facebook posts and has none of the personal feel of the feed she maintained while still governor of the Last Frontier. (Her new Twitter site has 4,932 followers; her previous feed had a more robust 150,615.)

"Facebook itself is a true testament to American ingenuity and the entrepreneurial spirit; it will remain one of many great sources through which the governor will communicate directly with Americans," said Meg Stapleton, a spokeswoman for Palin.

Several operatives who count themselves as friends of the former governor offered their own thoughts on the "why" behind Palin's attraction to the medium.

Fred Malek, a major Republican donor, suggested that for a politician with very little staff, Facebook's ease of use may well appeal to Palin. "Facebook has benefit of simplicity," he added.

John Coale, a Democratic trial attorney and personal friend of the governor's suggested three reasons for her Facebook focus: "1. No editors 2. Beats Twitter 3. She has a zillion Facebook friends."

As of press time, Palin's Facebook site had nearly 930,000 supporters and each of her posts typically draw thousands of comments on what she has written, comments that are broadly supportive of her. By way of comparison, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (R) has 82,000 Facebook supporters while former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R) has 121,000.

That sort of reach coupled with the direct contact between politician and supporter that Facebook offers makes what Palin is doing potentially powerful, explained one senior party strategist who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about the former governor's strategy.

"Through her [million] Facebook followers she is her own virtual broadcast platform and the size of that platform makes her a player," said the source. "She can create her own reality on whatever she likes in a way that is no different than the balloon boy 'reality' created by cable producers."

Palin has made no secret of her distaste for the media since she emerged on the national stage last summer, arguing repeatedly that the press is pre-disposed against her and will twist whatever she says for their own purposes. She clearly believes that the public image of her created by the media is fundamentally incorrect and is seeking to end-run the media to speak to her backers. (Worth noting: President Obama used a number of social networking tools to speak directly to supporters without the use of the media.)

"My guess is that Team Palin is very twitchy about what they perceive as the hostile 'filter' of the regular media, so Facebook offers a direct way to communicate," said Mike Murphy, a prominent Republican media consultant who has been broadly critical of Palin. "Plus, it's not that big on correct grammar."

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Brown Stays Put: To the surprise of almost no one, Florida Rep. Corrine Brown (D) announced on Friday that she would remain in the House rather than challenge Rep. Kendrick Meek and former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre for the Democratic Senate nomination. In announcing her decision, Brown touted her seniority in the House -- she is in her ninth term -- as the prime reason for her to remain in the lower chamber. "In these difficult times, I can use my position in the House to do even more to help my constituents," she said in a statement. Meek praised Brown as an "effective congressional chairwoman" and a "fierce advocate" for her constituents. Meek has worked to convince national Democrats that the open seat race in the Sunshine State can be competitive despite the wide polling and fundraising lead Gov. Charlie Crist currently enjoys. (Crist faces a primary of his own from former state House Speaker Marco Rubio.

Crist on Radio: Crist is up with statewide radio ads targeting conservatives in advance of next year's primary fight against Rubio. Crist touts his work to reduce the size of government in the ad: "Less government, less taxes," says Crist. "It's more than a slogan. It's my commitment and the record I'll bring from Tallahassee to Washington." Rubio's forces touted the ads as a sign that Crist is getting nervous about the challenge from his ideological right. Rubio's $1 million third quarter ensures that he will have enough money to keep the race, which many conservatives are casting as a fight for the soul of the party, in the public eye for the coming months.

King Roy Returns: Georgia Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine (R), a candidate for governor in the Peach State, has posted a nearly four-minute web video invoking the famous characterization of former governor Roy Barnes (D) as an over-sized rat. The image of Barnes as rampaging rat was first used during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign when then state Sen. Sonny Perdue (and media consultant Fred Davis) ran a web ad of his own that quickly went viral and came to define the race, which the Republican won. Oxendine, one of several Republicans seeking the governor's mansion, is seeking that same sort of effect by attacking Barnes who after eight years out of office is the frontrunner for the Democratic nod. In the Oxendine version of the "King Roy" ad, the Republican is cast as "The Ox" who has "been on duty for Georgia."

Click It!: The irreplaceable Quinn McCord over at the Hotline has compiled all of the third quarter Senate FEC filings into a handy-dandy chart. This one is already hanging in the new Fix home office.

Kerry Hires Sepulveda: Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D) is bringing on Daniel Sepulveda, who is currently serving as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama administration, to serve as a senior adviser in his office. Sepulveda is expected to serve as "point person" for Kerry's work on commerce, trade and business, according to a source familiar with the move. "Danny knows how to navigate the Senate and the administration and brings with him the political savvy and policy expertise to dive in head first," said Kerry. The Massachusetts senator has made no secret of his interest in a possible spot in the Obama Administration in a second term -- Secretary of State perhaps? -- and the addition of Sepulveda could help bolster his team in anticipation of such a move.

Say What?: "It's really not news, it's pushing a point of view and the bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours, ought not to treat them that way." -- White House senior adviser David Axelrod unloads on Fox News Channel during an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos Sunday.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2009; 5:33 AM ET
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PALINPHILIA:

An analytical dysfunction among otherwise rational mainstream media journalists, characterized by an obsessive and laudatory preoccupation with Sarah Palin that appears to be unwarranted by current events or political trends.

***

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OR (if link is corrupted): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (see "stories" list).


Posted by: scrivener50 | October 23, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Great piece. And I think it's particularly interesting to note that Palin has close to a million followers on Facebook while at the same time she came in third in a recent Rasmussen Republican presidential-hopeful poll, behind Huckabee and Romney.

Could new-school social-networking be a better way to gauge candidate viability than old-school polling methods? Check out my take here:

http://www.unfittimes.com/2009/10/19/unfit-for-polling-data/

Posted by: vegas57 | October 20, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The idea of inviting Palin to speak at the university is to tell the kids that they dont have to learn history, science or anything, you can still be at the top of the republican party.

Posted by: lhao333 | October 20, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin has over 200 facebook friends.

Posted by: newbeeboy | October 20, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Posting the same thing repeatedly definitely earns you post counts.

Count Name
24 JakeD
8 drindl
7 ponkey
6 snowbama
5 koolkat_1960
4 depaulconsiglio
3 ceflynline
2 alysheba_3 and 9 others
1 AugustWest1 and 19 others

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 19, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Gee Jake,

How many jobs have I quit? 2. One was at the age of 16 when I worked as an afterschool babysitter. The second was as a tech consultant for HP, when my husband and I moved back to Canada from New York.

How many post-secondary schools did President Obama attend? 3. Occidental College, Columbia University where he earned his B.A. and Harvard Law School. It certainly wasn't 5 to get a Journalism degree.

Posted by: alysheba_3 | October 19, 2009 6:59 PM | Report abuse

No one is as smart as BO. Just ask his makers.

Posted by: leapin | October 19, 2009 5:26 PM

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No, I mean compared to normal, everyday folks. I'm not even aiming that high. Everything about Palin was marketing, and every time she opened her mouth, disaster came out. I can forgive Quayle-isms and people who are just not blessed with a silver tongue, but her death panel garbage was either intentional and unforgivable or pure idiocy.

Posted by: ponkey | October 19, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

and a coward

Posted by: jwiegner | October 19, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

she is still a quitter

Posted by: jwiegner | October 19, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Facebook is Sarah's high-tech, low cost version of Bush's Bubble. (She was already doing that bit where she didn't read newspapers.)

I give her credit in that she has millions more admirers than I ever will. And that's enough to get rich on book sales and speeches, even if it falls way short of what you need to get elected.

Posted by: mikenmidland | October 19, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

"No, she really just isn't that smart."

No one is as smart as BO. Just ask his makers.

Posted by: leapin | October 19, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

It must be someone else's fault that he is not convincing and people otherwise don't want to follow his neocom statist destructionist path.

Posted by: leapin | October 19, 2009 5:09 PM

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No, she really just isn't that smart.

Posted by: ponkey | October 19, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

The vapidity that the NeoCom Statists attribute to Palin is showing up with Big A-Rod and BO looking for more Americans and American businesses to demonize because he can't convince people to just sign on his agenda and not ask questions. It must be someone else's fault that he is not convincing and people otherwise don't want to follow his neocom statist destructionist path.

Posted by: leapin | October 19, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Woo-Hoo!

http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/10/19/sarah-palin-low-poll-numbers-2012.aspx

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 19, 2009 4:01 PM

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Palin can't win a Presidential election, and the GOP won't run her. The damage she gets to do is limited to standing on the sidelines, injecting harebrained baloney into the minds of America's willingly misled.

They almost certainly won't run McCain again, which is a shame, because I could vote for him if he wasn't surrounded by a bunch of right-wing crazy. Mike Huckabee makes me a little sad, too. If I didn't think he'd try to put a little drop of Jesus in my thermos each day, I could like that guy.

Posted by: ponkey | October 19, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 19, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

BTW, both of 0bama's books together, in all formats, hardcover, paperback and audio sold 1.44 million. Who wants to bet that Palin's book will beat that mark by a mile.

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Palin's book will be in the quick-sale shelves within two weeks of release, and not one in a hundred copies bought will be read.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 19, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

My god look at all the JakeD posts (don't bother reading them though, they're all the same)

That guy must be spanking it every fifteen minutes to Palin.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 19, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

now all that Obama needs is an Iranian hostage crisis. Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 2:14 PM

That's sick, Jake. Your momma did not raise you right.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 19, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Jaked wrote: alysheba_3: How many colleges did Obama attend? You ever "quit" anything in your life (let me guess, you will QUIT posting here so as to not answer my question ; )

Such a Bully-Boy way to treat a newbie. Obama went to three colleges, all of them rather competitive, and each of them a step up from the previous school. Why would you want to compare Obama's scholastic record with that heap of 'good enough' colleges Palin attended?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | October 19, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I see joked is now trolling Hannah Montana's facebook page. I think the authorities might want to keep an eye on joked.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 19, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

After he had been abducted by space aliens, but before he had Britney Spear's child.

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2009 2:05 PM

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I'm pretty sure I read on the internet that Obama is actually Elvis *and* JFK. Personally, I think he killed Paul McCartney and replaced him back in the 60s, thus he is clearly not eligible to be the President. The fluoride he puts in my water each night magically makes me immune to cognitive dissonance.

Posted by: ponkey | October 19, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Last post to ceflynline (I promise):

Facebook recently differentiated between personal Facebook pages and "fan pages" for public figures. For a personal Facebook account, you have to request to be "friends" with someone and be accepted by the other person; The real Sarah Palin has an official Facebook fan page, which anyone can join, at:

http://Facebook.com/SarahPalin

(she's up to 931,193 fans so far ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

MY, Joked just has nothing else to do at all but post here that everythiing single minute. Sad.

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

P.S. had Obama lost, he would still be around as a U.S. Senator (only because Jack Ryan couldn't keep it in his pants ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

kedavis:

Perhaps you never heard of Al Gore? Back in the real world, Ronald Reagan lost in 1976 but came back to defeat Jimmy Carter four years later -- it has happened, it will happen again -- now all that Obama needs is an Iranian hostage crisis.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Here's another funny spoof of Obama's current Facebook page:

http://www.slate.com/id/2217225/

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this will help HER win next years Nobel Peace Prize.

WashPost, why is she still news?
When ever has a (sore) losing candidate gotten so much attention after losing?

Never

Had Obama lost and still been around like this every week ... he would have been called xyx

Posted by: kedavis | October 19, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"There is also no evidence that 0bama wrote either one of his books, but there is increasing evidence that Bill Ayers wrote Dreams of My Father."

After he had been abducted by space aliens, but before he had Britney Spear's child.

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"increasing evidence that Bill Ayers wrote Dreams of My Father"

You know that when you multiply zero, the result is still zero, right?

Posted by: nodebris | October 19, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

gatshanson1:

Welcome aboard. Don't bother with the drive-by posters who won't even post again.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hannah Montana ONLY has 523,893 fans.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

jaimebarry, I've been banned from what is probably your favorite site, the Huffington Post. They ban anyone who takes them to task for some of the stuipd things they post there.

There is also no evidence that 0bama wrote either one of his books, but there is increasing evidence that Bill Ayers wrote Dreams of My Father.

BTW, both of 0bama's books together, in all formats, hardcover, paperback and audio sold 1.44 million. Who wants to bet that Palin's book will beat that mark by a mile.

Posted by: gatshanson1 | October 19, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

$arah Painin, the object of funny mental lust, once again receives unmerited WaPo attention. This superfluous story is presented along with the prerequisite celebrity head shot.

Posted by: whocares666 | October 19, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Palin quit her job as governor, and now she spends her time sending out worthless opinions about things she knows nothing about.
This is how she spends her days....sad, very sad.

Posted by: MUPPET | October 19, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

alysheba_3:

Did you "quit"?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Now Sarah uses Facebook to talk to her friends, instead of her pink Princess phone.

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

ponkey:

I thought she quit her account? Besides, Hannah Montana is too young to become President (oh, wait, that's right -- Constitutional qualifications don't mean anything anymore now that pResident Obama got in ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50 writes:
"Palinphilia: ..."

Nice one, scriv.

Posted by: mnteng | October 19, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Once again, CC, why all the talk about schisms in the DEm party, when you have never yet acknowledged that really HUGE elephant in the room is the developing schisms in the R party?

The teabaggers hate R's for instance, almost as much as they hate Dems. And they are a big chunk of the R 'base.'

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

930,949 fans and counting ...

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 1:17 PM

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That's excellent. In that case, she has just under half the political clout of Hannah Montana. Based partially on their social networking metrics, but primarily on their relative abilities to reason, I would probably still be forced to vote for Hannah Montana in a political run-off between the two.

Posted by: ponkey | October 19, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

alysheba_3:

How many colleges did Obama attend? You never "quit" anything in your life (let me guess, you will QUIT posting here so as to not answer my question ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Gee Chris, did you miss the story about Palin putting her resume up on LinkedIn? Interestingly enough she did not list all the post-secondary schools attended (silly really cuz' everyone knows thanks to her failure at a run for VP), and left off the thing she is best at, "Quitter".

Posted by: alysheba_3 | October 19, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic, then, Gov. Palin actually has OVER 931,000 fans now on Facebook!!! Thanks to the Cillizza Bump (ONE MILLION, here we come : )

If you are a fan, please sign up here:

http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin?ref=search&sid=690487259.1781758158..1

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: At least 100 banks never failed on GWB's watch

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That is too simplistic thinking.. First of all, many of the banks were pushing people all kinds of loan products that includes exotic mortgages (subprime, piggyback (in some cases without the person knowing they had it), interest only,and etc)) that enable them to make money from the interest payment then they take the portfolio to the credit rating agencies (whichever offers the AAA rating got paid) before it was packaged into series of securitization to sell to investors in various markets including the investment banks. Second many of these investments banks did not have any liquidity to cover those debt plus were rolling over those debt to continue thus the bubble. The problem started back in 2006 before it cascaded into what happened in the fall of 2008. The results: Bear Stearn, Lehman and Merrill Lynch went under because they had been leveraged 30 to 40 times what it is considered normal and the government had to bailout some of these banks which includes FNMA and FHLMC. As you can see, many of the banks are continuing to write down those toxic investments thereby impacting the quarterly earnings.

Bush's policies encourage people to spend money by extracting the home equity which buffet the downturn in 2001 and 2003.

You need to get your facts straight before you rattle off some thing good under Bush.

Posted by: beeker25 | October 19, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

ponkey:

930,949 fans and counting ...

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

So, when Obama uses Facebook, it's good, but when Palin uses Facebook, it's not? How many "friends" did Obama's Facebook page get up to?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:15 PM

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JakeD,

I can't tell where you're coming from at all. I couldn't care less who uses Facebook, much less how many Facebook friends they have. I just think Palin has proved herself a complete idiot, and I'm amazed anybody listens to her anymore, regardless of the medium.

Posted by: ponkey | October 19, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

But those 4 posts by "depaul" are exactly the same (Excel doesn't tell you that, does it ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, CC had a mention of Obama's use of social media during the campaign, so any reference to that is on topic. So, since snowball objected to any mention, it seemed that he was upbraiding the first comment mention Obama, that of CC.

As far as characterizing posters, that's umm above my pay grade. I got tired of blog clog in the late summer and was curious as to how bad it was. There's been a bit more variety of late, so it didn't seem necessary. For example, today's thread count so far is:

11 JakeD
4 depaulconsiglio
4 snowbama
3 ceflynline
3 koolkat_1960
2 drindl
2 jaxas
2 mark_in_austin
2 newbeeboy

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 19, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

ABC News's Web site includes the article "Is Obama 'Too Nice' to Make Tough Decisions?" by correspondent David Kerley. The piece begins:


With problems for the president in Afghanistan, health care and unemployment, some critics on both the left and right are asking: Is the president essentially "too nice" to make the important decisions?

We know Obama has little reluctance in employing the us-versus-them class struggle rhetoric against private enterprise. He's accused surgeons of removing legs and tonsils for the money. (The American College of Surgeons pointed out his statement that a surgeon receives $50,000 for a leg amputation was a little off; Medicare pays between $740 and $1,140). Obama has no qualms sending his flunkies forth to attack Fox News. On Saturday, he personally claimed that health insurers are “filling the airwaves with deceptive and dishonest ads.”

Too nice? Not hardly. Indecisive? Definitely. Dithering? You bet. Waffling? Absolutely. Unqualified? The answer increasingly becomes apparent. While Obama repeatedly says he wants to make things clear, rarely does he provide specifics.

As he stumbles and vacillates and falters, we've seen the mainstream media supply an arsenal of excuses for Obama's failings. He inherited it all from Bush. He set too ambitious an agenda. Large Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress aren't enough. He's so terribly brilliant and nuanced that it takes the American public quite a while to catch up with him.

And now an excuse is he's just too nice. That's as empty as Obama's promises, and will last about as long.

Posted by: snowbama | October 19, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

"M" is for "Moonbat."

Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

This is funny the wingnut hero is a socialist:

Glenn Beck says he gathers his inspiration from political philosopher Thomas Paine. The title of Beck’s book is Glenn Beck’s Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine. Think Progress has unearthed startling evidence that Paine held radical notions about social justice and wealth redistribution.

In his 1796 tract, Agrarian Justice, Paine writes:

It is a position not to be controverted that the earth, in its natural, cultivated state was, and ever would have continued to be, the common property of the human race. In that state every man would have been born to property. He would have been a joint life proprietor with rest in the property of the soil, and in all its natural productions, vegetable and animal.

Paine then goes on to claim that in order for the dispossessed to earn their rightful part of this common inheritance, it is necessary to charge wealthy landowners ground-rent that would be used to…

[C]reate a national fund, out of which there shall be paid to every person, when arrived at the age of twenty-one years, the sum of fifteen pounds sterling, as a compensation in part, for the loss of his or her natural inheritance, by the introduction of the system of landed property. And also, the sum of ten pounds per annum, during life, to every person now living, of the age of fifty years, and to all others as they shall arrive at that age.'

Who knew?

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

THE MOST FAMOUS MOONBAT OF ALL

Posted by: snowbama | October 19, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

At least 100 banks never failed on GWB's watch.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

That would mean not being the hypocites that they are.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I think we should have a rule that all liberals are not allowed to criticize anyone that does basically the same thing as their messiah.

for example, squashing dissent or declaring certain media outlets as the enemy.

Posted by: snowbama | October 19, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

simonleonard:

Assuming that Chris Cillizza is NOT one of her Facebook friends, nearly 930,000 others "care" about her too. That's slightly more than "[n]obody".

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, another entry in the short Wingnut Lexicon/Alphabet Primer.

T is for "Teleprompter."

Repeat endlessly.

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

bsengel1:

Obama has speechwriters and teleprompters. Your point is ...?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

jaimebarry:

I was kicked off the Obama blog site during the campaign too. Your point is ...?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Chris - you at least twice implied that Sarah Palin wrote ("penned") her facebook posts. I think that a) there is no evidence that she has written them and b) it is in fact highly suspect given the differences between the way that she speaks and the way those notes are written. It is much more accurate to say that she has posted to her facebook account rather than making the leap that she has actually written what she posted.

Posted by: bsengel1 | October 19, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

As of press time, Palin's Facebook site had nearly 930,000 supporters and each of her posts typically draw thousands of comments on what she has written, comments that are broadly supportive of her.

This is because negative/contradictory comments are deleted and the poster blocked. Dissent is not allowed.

I posted a comment on her "death panel" post about the proclamation she issued as governor about end-of-life decisions and the supposed death panels in HCR (that did not exist). My post was deleted and I was blocked.

Posted by: jaimebarry | October 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Here's a web site that tracks the number of Facebook friends each politican has (at least Palin is beating Biden ; )

http://techpresident.com/scrape_plot/facebook

She's beating McCain's total from the campaign too:

http://techpresident.com/scrape_plot/facebook/2008

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Further proof that Palin is a middle-aged high school girl.

Posted by: drindl | October 19, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

getting more actually done on the national stage

We must pry the crumedgeon paws of the leftist media from the cold dead body of liberalism.

Posted by: snowbama | October 19, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

ceflynline:

Keep in mind that Obama "De-friended" Rev. Wright on Facebook during the campaign too:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andy-borowitz/obama-de-friends-wright-o_b_99376.html

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

bigbrother1 and ponkey:

So, when Obama uses Facebook, it's good, but when Palin uses Facebook, it's not? How many "friends" did Obama's Facebook page get up to?

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

These libs are actually whining about Palin's Facebook page when SHE is getting more actually done on the national stage with it in a few posts than the entire White House apparatus has in NINE MONTHS!!!

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"simonleonard:

I care about Palin and maybe you will too when she is sworn in -- I promise that she won't flub the Oath of Office like Barry did -- as President of the United States on January 20, 2013."

Really, joked? You care about Palin? I never would have guessed from the hundreds of salivating posts from you about her.

And remember, keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars!

Your fantasy is very entertaining. Fortunately you have spared us the rest of your Palin fantasies.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 19, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

simonleonard:

I care about Palin and maybe you will too when she is sworn in -- I promise that she won't flub the Oath of Office like Barry did -- as President of the United States on January 20, 2013.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"It would be reckless to make a decision on U.S. troop level if, in fact, you haven't done a thorough analysis of whether, in fact, there's an Afghan partner ready to fill that space that the U.S. troops would create and become a true partner in governing the Afghan country.” -- White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, on CNN today

What was that big to do in March then? Are these clowns capabale of making a single decision?

Posted by: snowbama | October 19, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

C'mon Chris. Nobody cares about Palin any more and your obsession about her is leaving me wondering...

Posted by: simonleonard | October 19, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Before Obama goes much further bashing the health insurance industry, let's review what Obama said during the 2008 presidential campaign. He made two promises that attracted crucial support from independents. He promised "a net federal spending cut" and to "cut taxes for 95 percent of American workers." But from his first day in the Oval Office, Obama has been on a spending binge of such unprecedented magnitude that the federal deficit this year is more than $1.4 trillion, or nearly three times what it was under George Bush in 2008. If Obama's health care reform plan becomes law, the deficit will be even bigger.

In view of these facts, it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that Obama's campaign promises were just so much ... smoke and mirrors. Not only were Obama's bullying remarks Saturday harsh and hypocritical, they also sounded desperate, shrill and divisive. Not what one expects from a president promising bipartisan reform.

"It's smoke and mirrors," he said. "It's bogus, and it's all too familiar." He sees it every morning while shaving.


Posted by: snowbama | October 19, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Cillizza's still trying to get on Palin's personal friend list. Maybe this piece will do the trick.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | October 19, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Oh good, Sarah's talking again. I wonder if we'll get more 'death panels' idiocy. I can't believe anybody can still take her seriously after that nonsense.

Posted by: ponkey | October 19, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Have things gotton this bad for Ms Palin?
Poor Sarah. We should take all of her musings as entertainment.
Thant's right. For entertainment purposes only.

Regards,
dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | October 19, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Have things gotton this bad for Ms Palin?
Poor Sarah. We should take all of her musings as entertainment.
Thant's right. For entertainment purposes only.

Regards,
dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | October 19, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Have things gotton this bad for Ms Palin?
Poor Sarah. We should take all of her musings as entertainment.
Thant's right. For entertainment purposes only.

Regards,
dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | October 19, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Have things gotton this bad for Ms Palin?
Poor Sarah. We should take all of her musings as entertainment.
Thant's right. For entertainment purposes only.

Regards,
dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | October 19, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin needs to stop wearing thongs. She just won't get out of the porn industry any other way.

Posted by: swatkins1 | October 19, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

"Palin's Strategy" is an OXYMORON.

Nothing else to say.
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Posted by: swanieaz | October 19, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Palin is still the small-town high school girl trying to maintain her position atop the social hierarchy. Now instead of freshmen and sophomores to bully, she has her pathetic legions of Facebook friends to issue pronouncements to, in short bits they can understand.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 19, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"Snowball is telling CC to stay on topic? Oh, the irony. We're a split Facebook couple. Mrs. Blade is reasonably active, I don't bother. There's too many time sucks already in life. I can see why this works for Palin, though it's more appropriate as a political celebrity, than a pol. BB Posted by: FairlingtonBlade "

Actually, he is telling ME to stay on post. Go figure.

The real reason for popping in again is to ask, since tracking posters seems to be one of your peccadilloes, that you come up with something of a who's who of WAPO posters.

Here is my offering:
ceflynline: Old, fat, crotchety. Definitely liberal. Seeks to see the aspects of a thread that aren't being belabored beyond endurance. Wishes that someone would start a center right party so that for the rest of his life the democrats would hold the White House and Congress in its less than disciplined grip.

Posted by: ceflynline | October 19, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Palin's addiction to Facebook only adds to the sophomoric aura about her entire political carer. It's all a big joke.

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | October 19, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Snowball is telling CC to stay on topic? Oh, the irony.

We're a split Facebook couple. Mrs. Blade is reasonably active, I don't bother. There's too many time sucks already in life. I can see why this works for Palin, though it's more appropriate as a political celebrity, than a pol.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | October 19, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

O do not believe for a minute that Palin will be a serious contender for the Presidency. But, assume the worst. And assume she wins.

It would be the worst disaster for the country one could possibly imagine. It would confirm to the rest of the world that America is no longer a serious country intellectually. It would also frighten the rest of the world into a dawning realization that the most lethal, most advanced, most sophisticated military machine ever devisied in history, the most destructive force ever devised, is in the hands of a certifiable moron! It would be the equivalent of a five year old with an assault cannon!

Posted by: jaxas | October 19, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I have little confidence in this Facebook phenomenon. To me, it is little different than the preaching to the choir that goes on with talk radio. I am sure it serves as a balm for all of those angry Obama critics and will convince Sarah Palin that she has a vast army of support out there justifying a run for the Presidency.

But the truth is it is little more significant than her poor performance as a Vice Presidential candidate. I caught the distinct impression that she and McCain were deluded into thinking that all of those crowds they were getting was somehow representative of of some great political movement out there sufficient to be electorally maningful. It turned out to be a mismpression then and--just as with Glenn Becks's childish misimpression that the Tea Parties have any real electoral significance--it will be just as meaningless now.

I do expect the GOP to make some gains though. But I would bet that those gains will be more along the lines of traditional midterm gains and will be with the more moderate republicans gaining office.

Posted by: jaxas | October 19, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Now she has crawled in a hole and pulled the opening in around her. She intends to talk only to friends.

This thread is not about Barry. Stay on topic.

Posted by: snowbama | October 19, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

ceflynline:

So, you mean that she's "ignoring" negative comments kinda like you usually ignore me? I think you just proved my point. Unless you REALLY don't think she's heard about Levi posing nude.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I just can't imagine anyone considering Palin for president. Palin to me is so uninformed on any major issue that only an ignorant person would listen to her.Why does the national media give any time or space to such a air head?

Posted by: LDTRPT25 | October 19, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

The Facebook strategy proves what a simpleminded dope Palin is. Discussing policy on Facebook is beyond laughable. She does it because she can talk in tiny soundbites. I use Facebook to tell people what I did over the weekend with my kids. She is pathetic.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 19, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Palinphilia:

An analytical dysfunction among otherwise rational mainstream media journalists, characterized by an obsessive and laudatory preoccupation with Sarah Palin that appears to be unwarranted by current events or political trends.

***

GRASSROOTS GESTAPO SEIZES POLITICAL POWER BY VIOLATING CONSTITUTIONAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Is THIS how the extreme right seeks to retake political and social control of America -- via a "Grassroots Gestapo" enabled by powerful reactionary forces in federal and local government agencies and commands...

...deploying silent, mind- and body-degrading microwave/laser directed energy weapons systems against perceived political enemies and other Americans...

...who have been systemically and unjustly targeted by a secretive executive branch multi-agency coordinated action program...

...sold to naive Obama administration officials as necessary components of the "war on terror"?

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR (if link is corrupted): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA" (see "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 19, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I ordinarily try to ignore JD, but that last is totally fatuous.

Sarah "went rogue" BECAUSE she got all that negative feedback from the press.

Now she has crawled in a hole and pulled the opening in around her. She intends to talk only to friends. Literally, if she is on Facebook, because to post on Facebook you have to be an accepted friend. Post anything hurtful to Tha (I meant that) Candidate and she, or her first readers, take you off the friend list.

Why did the divine Miss P choose to vacate to cyberland?

Because the real world isn't a space she can deal with.

I DO hope you get SP as your candidate in 2012. Even the Republicans couldn't invent a worse candidate.

Posted by: ceflynline | October 19, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

"the bill would be worked out behind closed doors was inconsistent with the sort of transparency Obama had advocated during the campaign"

Is it just me or has every GOP mouthpiece uttered this exact sentence over the past 72 hours?

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | October 19, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Those barely literate posts will come back to bite her should she run. Imagine the fun opponents can have with direct quotes -- I dare say her fans are more forgiving of garbled syntax than the public at large. There's a reason most public figures gladly have editors review their work before they release it.

The Fix cites endorsements of Corzine but fails to mention WaPo's endorsement of Deeds this weekend?

Posted by: nodebris | October 19, 2009 10:10 AM | Report abuse

ceflynline:

I'm sure her book is called "Going Rogue" exactly because she's never heard a negative comment about herself. Perhaps you should take a look at her resignation speech.

Posted by: JakeD | October 19, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Interesting take on the "Facebook" process, ceflyline. I am no Luddite - I can strip and build a computer and I favor Linux - but I would not go near social network. Thus I have no personal way to rate its impact or significance. I value your contributions here and am assuming you have nailed a significant aspect of the story. Thanx.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 19, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Facebook ans its brethren do offer a politician access to an audience that isn't controlled by the "Media".

It also guarantees that that politician only gets feed back from that audience. It is self reinforcing, (especially when it adds the obvious filter of staff first readers) so that whatever the politician puts out seems to resonate with the electorate.

When, and in Palin's case the when is whenever, she coughs up yet another palinesque inanity the reaction in the real world ONLY gets back to her as, "Look at all the press time we are getting." The first readers keep the negative posts off her reading lists, so she actually reads only the positive stuff, and tries again.

In the general election she finally faces the few who posted adverse comments, and the multitude who never paid any attention to her in the first place, and now all her well developed Palinisms, the ones she has been honing in cyberspace, come out in her campaign, and she goes down in a bedlam of derision.

And she will go down CERTAIN that she was going to win, because she never once heard a discouraging word.

Obama did use his channels of communications, but he never stopped using the normal public real world media as well. There is where the feedback you need to comprehend reality comes from.

Sarah doesn't quite get that concept, and her advisers aren't going to try to get her to understand.

She may very well be the republican standard bearer. When she is the Dems will have any wonderfully descriptive term you choose to insert here.

Posted by: ceflynline | October 19, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

It’s time to stop talking about healthcare reform and start SINGING about it!! See “Healthcare Fighting (King Fu Mix)” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nc1VwJOb9Y

Posted by: thincaboutit | October 19, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

So Palin "can create her own reality" on Facebook - how nice. Since she lives in a world of wild imagination, this is the perfect place for her.

Posted by: Utahreb | October 19, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

She should hire David Plouffe.. even if she has to put the gun to his head.. then she could be the POTUS.

Posted by: newbeeboy | October 19, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

The Bible tells us what to do with Palin in Exodus 22:18.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 19, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Who cares? For her to get votes, she will need to put guns to voters' heads.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | October 19, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Palin's social networking is merely copy-catting.. of Obama's successful internet strategy.. pick the time and place of your message output.. simple, cheap and effective.. the regular media is quickly falling to the wayside.

Posted by: newbeeboy | October 19, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

The link to Edsall's article is worth the time. Thanx, CC.

Reason5, if you read Edsall, pls comment. And also - please email me at

mark_in_austin@operamail.com

Posted by: mark_in_austin | October 19, 2009 7:41 AM | Report abuse

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