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The "Going Rogue" tour -- by the numbers

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With so much attention being paid to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's book tour, we decided to put our political nerd cap on -- ok, fine, we always wear it -- and go inside the numbers of where she's stopping and why.

All told, Palin is making 31 stops in 25 states. Florida will see the most of Palin (three stops) while she will make two appearances each in Idaho, Indiana, Ohio and Texas. Palin will make not a single stop in populous states like California or Illinois.

The conventional wisdom that Palin is largely sticking to Republican-friendly areas is accurate if you look at the 2008 presidential performance of the counties in which she is stopping. (A full list of counties and the presidential results in each are after the jump.)

Of the 31 counties, just 11 were carried by President Barack Obama last November. Obama's best performance in a "Going Rogue" county came in Hennepin County (Minneapolis, MN) where he won 64 percent; he took 59 percent in Franklin County (Columbus, OH), Cumberland County (Fort Bragg, NC) and Orange County (Orlando, FL).

The remainder of the counties in which the Palin road show will visit range from leaning Republican -- Allen County (Fort Wayne), where she will stop today, went for McCain with 52 percent -- to strongly favoring the GOP. Five of the counties where Palin will stop to hock her book -- Kootenai (Cour d'Alene, ID), Chaves (Roswell, NM), Benton (Richland, WA), Sumter (The Villages, FL) and Roanoke (Roanoke, VA) -- went for Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) with 60 percent or more in 2008.

Of course, from a purely commercial perspective, Palin's focus on Republican-leaning areas makes sense as it increases the number of books she can sell and the size of the crowds she can draw.

Whether there is a subtle political motivation within the tour, is, like many things related to Palin, extremely difficult to divine. Politico's Ben Smith, who is on the road with Palin wrote this morning that "the stop in Grand Rapids felt like a political campaign event, not a book tour. For a woman written off as a disorganized celebrity on a tour run by monomaniacal book publicists, Palin and her aides were clearly thinking politics."

And yet, Palin's closest advisers -- to the extent there are any -- insist that a 2012 run for president is simply not in her calculus at the moment and that seeing the book tour through a purely political lens is a mistake.

What's clear is that careful consideration went into the cities, counties and states that Palin would visit on the "Going Rogue" tour. But is it a financial consideration, a political one or a little of both?

County by County 2008 presidential results (statewide result in parentheses)

Kent County (Grand Rapids, MI): Obama 49.4, McCain 48.9 (Obama 57)
Allen County (Fort Wayne, IN): McCain 52, Obama 47.5 (Obama 50)
Hamilton County (Noblesville, IN): McCain 61, Obama 39 (Obama 50)
Hamilton County (Cincinnati, OH): Obama 52, McCain 47 (Obama 52)
Franklin County (Columbus, OH): Obama 59, McCain 40 (Obama 52)
Washington County (Washington, PA): McCain 52, Obama 47 (Obama 54)
Monroe County (Rochester, NY): Obama 58, McCain 41 (Obama 63)
Roanoke County (Roanoke, VA): McCain 60, Obama 39 (Obama 53)
Cumberland County (Fort Bragg, NC): Obama 59, McCain 41 (Obama 50)
Jefferson County (Birmingham, AL): Obama 52, McCain 47 (McCain 60)
Duval County (Jacksonville, FL): McCain 50, Obama 49 (Obama 51)
Sumter County (The Villages, FL): McCain 63, Obama 36 (Obama 51)
Orange County (Orlando, FL): Obama 59, McCain 40 (Obama 51)
Benton County (Richland, WA): McCain 62, Obama 36 (Obama 58)
Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ): McCain 55, Obama 44 (McCain 54)
Chaves County (Roswell, NM): McCain 62, Obama 37 (Obama 57)
Greene County (Springfield, MO): McCain 57, Obama 41 (McCain 49)
Washington County (Fayetteville, AR): McCain 55, Obama 42 (McCain 59)
Oklahoma County (Oklahoma City, OK): McCain 58, Obama 42 (McCain 66)
Dallas County (Dallas, TX): Obama 58, McCain 42 (McCain 55)
Bell County (Fort Hood, TX): McCain 55, Obama 45 (McCain 55)
Fairfax County (Fairfax, VA): McCain 50, Obama 49 (Obama 53)
Woodbury County (Sioux City, IA): McCain 50, Obama 49 (Obama 54)
Minnehaha County (Sioux Falls, SD): Obama 49.5, McCain 48.7 (McCain 53)
Hennepin County (Minneapolis, MN): Obama 64, McCain 35 (Obama 54)
Yellowstone County (Billings, MT): McCain 52, Obama 45 (McCain 50)
El Paso County (Colorado Springs, CO): McCain 50, Obama 40 (Obama 54)
Salt Lake County (Salt Lake City, UT): McCain 49, Obama 48 (McCain 53)
Washoe County (Reno, NV): Obama 55, McCain 43 (Obama 55)
Kootenai County (Cour d'Alene, ID): McCain 62, Obama 36 (McCain 62)
Bonner County (Sandpoint, ID): McCain 57, Obama 40 (McCain 62)

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 19, 2009; 10:57 AM ET
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Watch out, Chris! Anybody who figures Sarah out (which is so VERY hard to do because she is SO complex!) will be described as having an inferiority complex! Are you competing with Katie Couric?

The saddest part of this whole charade is that we are really finding out how shallow and gullible so many of our voters are!!

Posted by: Maerzie | November 21, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Nice try, Jake. I'll leave it to deluded fools like you to donate to Palin, she certainly doesn't need money from people like me who know better.

Not to worry, there are plenty of corporations and members of the investment caste who salivate in anticipation at someone so shallow and easily manipulated into doing their bidding ... they'll be donation millions toward Palin running for office. They won't care how much damage she does to the country or the world so long as they get to rake in the cash in the meantime, and they'll have her standing on her head and screaming like a chicken if it'd serve their purposes.

Funny as hell that you paid for her doorstop. What a rube!

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 20, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

All of you convinced that she could never win, who want the GOP to be the minority for a long time, should send your donations now and urge her to run.

http://www.SarahPAC.com

Posted by: JakeD | November 20, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

akcoins, If you actually think that free lunchers are moderates, then I suggest that you put down the glass, and step away from the kool-aid. You will begin to feel much better after a couple of days of no kool-aid.

Posted by: leapin | November 20, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

And by 2012 the free luncher contingent will be measurably largerer than it is now and their average iq is probably around 70


Posted by: leapin | November 20, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"Nothing has changed, it's still the same"
-- The Beatles "Good Morning" (1966)

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite
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Yellow matter custard dripping from DDAWD's eye...

Posted by: leapin | November 20, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Posting it over and over won't make it any more true. Out-shouting everyone else doesn't mean you've made a point.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 20, 2009 2:45 AM | Report abuse

As I was saying, 60 million Americans voted for McCain AND Palin last time around, knowing that he could have croaked, and she would be President of the United States. SIXTY MILLION already voted for her once. Since every indication is that Obama will continue to screw up America, those voters will at least consider voting for her again. She only needs 4.5 million of Obamas voters (or, as I pointed out, nine million of them to stay home, vote for Nader, die). Hopefully, some of the remaining 100 million WOMEN voters out there realize what an historic election this would be. There's got be a few Reagan Democrats left too. If she can sell 300,000 books in one day, she can win. Please see our gracious host's last 50 threads on her.

If anyone else wants to discuss percentages, let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | November 20, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

So where does Palin get 65 million votes?

What constituencies? What percentages?

Put up or shut up.

I say it would take a parting-of-the-Red-Sea level miracle to elect her, unless the GOP has control over every precinct in the country and tampers with the vote again.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

"Nothing has changed, it's still the same"
-- The Beatles "Good Morning" (1966)

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Official vote total for McCain-Palin: 59,934,814

If anyone else wants to discuss the topic in a civil manner, please let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

60 million to 69 million is not THAT decisive.

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Even with all the online resources available to you, you STILL can't get your facts straight. It boggles the mind.

The actual numbers:

Barack Obama 66,862,039
John McCain 58,319,442

A lot closer to 67 million versus 58

Can't you try just a little harder?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

And by 2012 the teabagger contingent will be measurably smaller than it is now, since their average age is probably around 70

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Hard to believe that someone with such poor reasoning skills would claim to have earned an advanced law degree. The BS meter is slammed against the right pin.

Jake, your "reasoning" is predicated on Palin getting every vote that McCain got. McCain was a doddering old fool by the time he ran for president and he betrayed his own candidacy many times, but none as profoundly as the choice of Palin for VP, a choice that defined him as loopy and irresponsible in the voters' eyes .. however, he was a man of some past greatness who had earned his respect in war and in congressional service.

Palin on the other hand is viewed by 70% (!) of Americans as *unfit for the presidency.*

I've asked you many times, and you've never answered MY question (here comes the idiot dodge, just don't bother stating it, we all know it by heart) about where those 60+ million votes are going to come from.

All she has is the Base, about 17%. Nobody else will vote for her. Not minorities, not women, not the educated (this is where you come in *cough*), not the young. Her appeal is limited to the teabagger crowd, a fringe group without national electoral clout.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Campbell released "Meet Glen Campbell" only a few months ago. He's 70, still singing, still playing, still great.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Does Glen Campbell still have enough of a voice to sing "By the time she gets to Phoenix she'll be over?"

Posted by: ceflynline | November 19, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Obama attended one College and two *Universities*, not community colleges, in pursuit of multiple degrees.

At Occidental College he spent 2 years, no degree; at Columbia University he earned a
Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations
Graduated in 1983; at Harvard Law he earned a Juris Doctorate (J.D.)

If you want to say that Palin flunking out of four *community colleges* before finally getting a degree less demanding and less useful than Home Ec represents a superior level of achievement than Obama's Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, please, by all means, make yourself look like more of an idiot than you already have!

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Or, 9 million disgruntled Obama voters who are pissed that GTMO is still not closed. She only needs to match "new" voters to the extent those that don't vote for him again (hopefully a lot have realized what a mistake it was ; )

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

60 million to 69 million is not THAT decisive. She just needs 4.5 million Obama voters to vote for her instead.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine what would happen if she WON though.

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I'd rather imagine what would happen if I WON the lottery. It'd be a lot more beneficial to me, and to the world, since I would apply a lot of it to preserving species threatened by habitat destruction (while Palin would probably find an excuse to use nuclear weapons in her first week).

And my winning the lottery is a lot more probable than Palin winning a national election.

In case you've forgotten, McCain/Ditz lost rather decisively.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

As our gracious host posted to Facebook, this is "amazing" in terms of Gov. Palin's appeal to the masses. Obama: watch out!!!

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

P.S. Obama went to THREE colleges (God forbid!!!).

If anyone else wants to really discuss why Ms. Palin, working her way through school and taking off time when money ran out, went to five colleges for her degree, let me know (she writes about that in her book too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, if the GOP is already damned for generations, then there's nothing left to lose. Just imagine what would happen if she WON though. 60 million Americans voted for McCain AND Palin last time around. Once Obama runs America aground, I'm sure those voters will at least consider voting for her again. Hopefully, some of the remaining 100 million WOMEN voters out there realize what an historic election this would be. There's got be a few Reagan Democrats left too. If she can sell 300,000 books in one day, she can win.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

People who only go to one university and get real degrees are *elitists*

REAL Americans are dropouts temping at the car wash.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Putting a dim bulb and extremist like Palin on a national ticket would be such an irresponsible act that it would damn the GOP for generations to come (it has already).

Choosing a fundamentalist ditz like Palin for the first female presidental candidate would not advance the cause of gender equality, far from it, it would just lend credence to the perception that woman are unfit for that level of responsibility.

Someone like Hillary Clinton would be a better choice .. someone with actual applicable experience, an educated and logical mind.

And oh, a brain. That helps.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

If you guys are going to refuse to vote for the FIRST woman on a major party ticket for President, fine. But, I don't want to explain that to MY grand-daughters someday.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

Because "ninjagin" claimed to be smarter and more educated than her, all the while denying he was engaging in name-calling, derision, and ad-hominem attacks.

ninjagin:

Care to answer the questions?

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

ninjagin:

What's YOUR highest level of education?

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:01 PM
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4 Community Colleges in 8 years, but I got me a BS in Sportscasting... why, would it suggest I had all the answers. Send Money Now! But book, send cash, i will save you from the black Muslim Communist... whatever, just send me money... pronto. Like Rush Limbo I'm also lending my name to ties, yes neckties. Buy... I get a %....

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 19, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

angriestdogintheworld:

All of my offspring got a copy from me already (shipping was FREE!!!).

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

think of all the swimmyheads that will buy this book and then will be found in their collection when they die. Like a collection of bathroom humor jokes or Reader's Digest, or Field and stream... it tells your offspring you were a soul with limited comprehension skills.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 19, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

kenyan muslim communist

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One really has to wonder what sort of life circumstances could produce a uh person who writes like this.

What combination of poverty, prison, inadequacy, and nastiness would it take to turn out someone so demented?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

I've read her entire book, and I have it right here in front of me. To which page are you referring re: "glorifying wars to avoid jail"?

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

manittou:

Which book "glorifying wars to avoid jail" are you referring to? She never said her family was perfect, but the Manchurian candidate is OBAMA and somehow I think you are referencing CINDY MCCAIN (a different lady) as 'overmedicated'. Are you sure that you are not overmedicated right now?

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

ninjagin:

What's YOUR highest level of education?

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

sarah dominatrix babe military
sugardads? Her family narrative seems complex
not as simple as she pretends.
Perfect cast as smart ambitious Madame who is offered a siege in politics abruptly decides to leave her post as ... or face a persecution for protecting the sexual traffic of children.
Writes a book glorifying wars to avoid jail AND On the top rogue alike becomes a millionaire.
Her family bliss however is rather disturbing
When 'overmedicated'? emerges the sad mindcontrolled not that young but still attractive manchurian candidate agent working for armdealers
Her spark when witholding her thoughts has some charm. However dangerously and sadly supported by the ones whose minds are mostly disturbed after during before wars.
She can't be taken seriously as an original thinker with the vision present history needs to avoid the hell she sells.

Posted by: manittou | November 19, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

As long as we're extolling the virtues of ordinary small-town Americans of limited education why don't we appoint some unemployed cashier from TJ Maxx to be the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

After all, the idea that the job should only go to someone trained and experience just reeks of elitism.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to bjlopez1130 and lindarc:

We already knew why she quit being Governor (reiterated in the book) because her run for VP made it impossible to continue doing her best job for Alaska. BTW: I voted for a (different) African-American for President in 2008, so I obviously have no problem with that. Nice try, though.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

She's better than you.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Palin may bank millions on her with-book but she's still white trash

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

bjlopez1130, loved your POSTING, Thank You:

Some people see Sarah Palin as the greatest thing since White Bread. I am not one of them. I am not impressed by her. She may say what she thinks. But what she says changes like the weather. There is no consistency just a lot of double talk. At least we know why she quit being Governor of Alaska now. To promote that new book and go out and earn that money not about doing what is best for Alaska. It is about doing what is best for Sarah. The other problem I have with her is the base that support her. These people act like just because we have an African American President their country has bene stolen from them. Please! Spare me! Unfortunately she won't be going anywhere, shutting up and sitting down . She probably will seek the Republican nomination in 2012. America was probably more ready for President Obama then they will ever be for her to be President.
People are entitled to like who they like. I just don't care for her very much. I don't think she is as genuine people thinks she is.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | November 19, 2009 7:31 PM |

Posted by: lindarc | November 19, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

But even a friendly interview can be treacherous. In a sit-down with Fox News' Sean Hannity Wednesday night, Palin DID NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE between Iraq and Iran several times. (saw this with my own eyes…) Hannity did not call her on it, therefore Hannity looked stupid, uncomfortable, and SURPRISED...

"Asked about how to prevent IRAN from getting nuclear weapons, Palin responded by suggesting we get tough with IRAQ.

"We have allies who are as concerned about Ahmadinejad's actions as we are," she said. "Cutting off the imports into Iraq, of their refined petroleum products. They're reliant ... on those imports..... ...and start really shaking things up and telling Ahmadinejad, nobody is going to stand for this."

*******************************************Love this posting...

Posted by: lindarc | November 19, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse


Country 1rst... trouble with the Hillbillies

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RRdRGkmszI

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 19, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Palin is one class act! Like when she hid in the bushes beneath the window of her ex brother-in-law (sisters husband) like a peeping tom trying to get dirt on him for the divorce. We are probably the only state who has had a governor who hid in the bushes beneath someones window. What a claim to fame.

Posted by: akcoins | November 19, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Some people see Sarah Palin as the greatest thing since White Bread. I am not one of them. I am not impressed by her. She may say what she thinks. But what she says changes like the weather. There is no consistency just a lot of double talk. At least we know why she quit being Governor of Alaska now. To promote that new book and go out and earn that money not about doing what is best for Alaska. It is about doing what is best for Sarah. The other problem I have with her is the base that support her. These people act like just because we have an African American President their country has bene stolen from them. Please! Spare me! Unfortunately she won't be going anywhere, shutting up and sitting down . She probably will seek the Republican nomination in 2012. America was probably more ready for President Obama then they will ever be for her to be President.
People are entitled to like who they like. I just don't care for her very much. I don't think she is as genuine people thinks she is.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | November 19, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Great. All over the rural south children are going hungry 'cause Daddy had to pay his GOP union dues by buying "Palin's" with-book.

Gathering dust on the coffee table, next to the pile of dead Pabst bottles.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

she's more popular than the kenyan muslim communist, and a lot nicer to look at too

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | November 19, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic:

Palin sold 300,000 books on the first day it was available (not including all of the pre-sale books) for an estimated $25.6 million economic stimulus package of her own.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-11-19/palins-gold-mine/

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

I thought you didn't believe in Jesus?

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

oh jesus not this crap again

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

ninjagin:

I didn't miss you, and she can name them all for you too. BTW: you didn't answer my question to you.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

@ninjagin: I get this point but I don't agree that the Palinites will help GOP moderates. I agree with the essential point that a legitimate GOP is essential to good government, but we are decades since a legitimate GOP, and all recent evidence is that the Palin / Beck crowd are getting moderates purged. A GOP backlash by moderates is nowhere in sight, they are utterly cowed, nobody is ready to stand up to Limbaugh, Beck, or Palin.

I never had a good opinion of Palin but since her "mashed potatoes" remark, well, I'm not going to post how I hope she ends up but it's pretty gruesome. Indifference to the suffering of animals crosses a serious line for me, and Palin has managed to viscerally disgust me now in a way that has nothing to do with "politics." In my mind she is literally subhuman.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Go Sarah Palin! You are a breath of fresh air after the fetid Marxist/ACORN/SEIU stench emanating from the White House these many months.
You go girl, we are behind you 100%!

Posted by: priley8104 | November 19, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh, JakeD, how I missed your special gift for snark. Glad to see you around. I think I'm certainly better educated than the Gov., though we've had different experiences in life, and living is learning, after all. When it comes down to it, I'm smart enough to know what I don't know, and I can actually tell you what publications I read, so I'm ahead of the Gov. by a long shot.

GoldAndTanzanite, as a democrat with liberal leanings, I want Gov. Palin to stay around as much as possible, for as long as possible. I want to see conservatives reshape their party, whatever party that is, because it makes for good balance. The more that we see of the Gov., the greater the chance of moderates being elected. In my opinion, we need more moderates. Polarizing figures like the Gov. make it easier to identify moderates and easier for voting people to align with them.

Posted by: ninjagin | November 19, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

'Paddle faster... I hear banjos!'

best post of the day.

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Seconded. Pity the ones who need to get it are too young to have seen the movie

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I like her best when she appears in the movies . . that Larry Flynt produces!

Yeah, go Sarah!

That's what I call riding the crest!

Posted by: trenda | November 19, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I think they drafted the apology at the same time they were doctoring the footage!

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GOP SOP.

The lie gets the headlines, the retraction is buried on page 12 of the "Living" section.

Just ask Jesse Helms.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

'Paddle faster... I hear banjos!'

best post of the day.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

What "threats"?!

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

This afternoon, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett proudly announced that Sarah Palin is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand new book. Take a look at — these are some of the pictures just coming into us.” But the pictures that the network chose to display on-air appeared to be old file footage of Palin rallies from the 2008 presidential campaign. Individuals in the crowd are seen holding McCain/Palin signs, and others are holding pom-poms and cheering wildly. “There’s a crowd of folks,” an enthused Jarrett observed, referring to the old footage."

The FCC should pull their broadcasting license. This station is a puerile joke
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Actually, FOX has ALREADY apologized!

I think they drafted the apology at the same time they were doctoring the footage!

FOX is a direct descendent of the Third Reich. Really. We're talking full on Nazis here.

Zig HEIL! HEIL FOX!

Posted by: trenda | November 19, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Just like moderate Americans are getting radicalized because of the events of BO and the neocom statist government and going to "tea parties". I get it now.

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Teabaggers are moderates?

You're demented, and that explains everything about you. With this latest dump you've managed to lower yourself to zouk's and JakeD's level of raw idiocy.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

@leapin, I get it, you see that you've lost an argument so now you are resorting to threats.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

@leapin, so now you are resorting to threats?

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

By their defenders shall ye know them.

Look what kind of jetsam comes out for Palin.

Any questions?

And oh, Palin does not embrace Christian values. Fundamentalism isn't Christianity, it's a cognitive disorder that spans all the major religions. Jesus taught tolerance, and since when has Palin talked tolerance?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Paddle faster... I hear banjos!

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | November 19, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

ninjagin:

Gov. Palin IS smarter than you, better at contemplating the issues and establishing direction, and even better at communicating (or don't you think that was an ad-hominem attack either?).

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

As I have commented here (repeatedly) in the past, I find Gov. Palin to be a remarkable person, with incredible magnetism and a real ability to energize the disenfranchised people in the GOP. She's a conservative's dream - attractive, spunky, down-to-earth and very much on-the-attack, nevermind the backdrop of strong christian values. If you're on the right, what's not to like?

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Uh, how bout the fact that she's an idiot and she's electoral poison?

It's the other side that's so happy to see her remain in the news. Haven't you figured that out yet? Do you really think the right is going to make national progress with only 17% of voters?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Eww. Thread still in sewer I see. Seems like all the vermin come out in the evening.Give it up JRM, they're a waste of your time.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

The ACLU lawyers could well argue police brutality, KSM gets set free

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If you really think there is any chance of this then you should go see a psychiatrist. Ignorance alone cannot account for such a twisted and bizarre idea.

See if you can rent a nuclear-powered hydraulic speculum, sounds like you have an urgent need for one.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 19, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

leapin, If you actually think that tea baggers are moderates, then I suggest that you put down the glass, and step away from the kool-aid. You will begin to feel much better after a couple of days of no kool-aid.

Posted by: akcoins | November 19, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

As I have commented here (repeatedly) in the past, I find Gov. Palin to be a remarkable person, with incredible magnetism and a real ability to energize the disenfranchised people in the GOP. She's a conservative's dream - attractive, spunky, down-to-earth and very much on-the-attack, nevermind the backdrop of strong christian values. If you're on the right, what's not to like?

People admire her because she's just like they are, and she doesn't sugar coat her opinions, and she talks like they do and she believes what they do. I have no doubt that she believes what she says. She has a lot of followers because of this. She's smart (regardless of what my fellow democrats may say), and very easy to underestimate, in my opinion.

I don't agree with her on most issues, and I find that she lacks depth. She rambles a lot, so it's hard for me to pick out her positions. It seems she knows the answer to everything, and that she sees every solution as simple and obvious, and that's a little frightening to me. I prefer politicians and political personalities that can show some deep consideration of issues, and identify the areas that are complex to think about. I don't want political leaders that are like me. I want them to be smarter than me, better at contemplating the issues and establishing direction, and I want them to be better at communicating than I am. She's none of that, regardless of where she stands on political issues.

I'll probably read her book, though I certainly won't pay money for it. I want to make up my own mind about what she and her co-writer have to say. I'm troubled by some of the reviews that have highlighted the amount of drama and back-stabbing there seems to be in the book. It doesn't make her look very dignified, but I hope it doesn't set her back.

To both my right-wing friends and my lefty brethren: Take note! There's been no name-calling in my post, no derision, and no ad-hominem attacks. Let's keep it civil, share our points of view, and show a little respect for each other.

Posted by: ninjagin | November 19, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

@JRM2

"You ignorance is showing. It is a known fact that moderate muslims were radicalized because of the events at gitmo and abu ghraib which directly resulted in the deaths of American lives."

Just like moderate Americans are getting radicalized because of the events of BO and the neocom statist government and going to "tea parties". I get it now.

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

nihao1: Being from Alaska, I find that most people don't have a grasp of Sarah's governing skills. You hit the nail on the head. The legislature had a hard time dealing with her because she would talk to them about things that needed to be done, but wouldn't work with them, and wasn't willing to roll up her sleeves and get down to the nuts, and bolts of governing. She didn't want to be bothered with the minutiae of day to day government.

Posted by: akcoins | November 19, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

She's dumb because she didn't go to marxist Harvard Law or Yale? Yeah, the guys and gals who went there have done a stellar job in DC haven't they? Just look at how your boy Obama has done as president. I mean, come on! He's so smart that the economy is not improving at all, unemployment is rising, he's trying to do the impossible task of decreasing the deficit while at the same time massively increasing spending! WHAT A GENIUS!!!!! ALL OF THE MARXIST LIBERALS AND BELT WAY POLITICIANS ARE SO FREAKIN' SMART!!!!!! MY GOSH!!!!!! HOW WOULD WE EVER SURVIVE WITHOUT THEM?!?!?!??!?!?

Posted by: ForMcCain | November 19, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Forget it, leapin. They don't even think Nidal Hasan killing 13 soldiers was a big deal either.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

“swear, if this thread gets any more retarded it's going to get sued by the Special Olympics for copyright infringement.”

Is this in regards to the inappropriate Obamanism regarding bowling?

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@leapin,
You ignorance is showing. It is a known fact that moderate muslims were radicalized because of the events at gitmo and abu ghraib which directly resulted in the deaths of American lives.

Are you telling me that "torture" and indefinite imprisonment without any charges being filed has any moral ground?
You and your guys got nearly everything wrong, now it is time for the adults to clean up your disasters.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I swear, if this thread gets any more retarded it's going to get sued by the Special Olympics for copyright infringement.

Posted by: BigTunaTim | November 19, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

@ JRM2

“fan the flames of terrorist recruits” – I’m going to sign up to be a terrorist because like-minded people were caught involved in terrorism and, darn, people got upsetand, by golly, imprisoned them. What gall that they don’t let us kill them!

“ in a court of law justice will be served and there will be no question.” – Yes, this will impress people who whole life is dedicated to destruction. And it will really impress them if their fellow terrorist is given the death penalty. See “fan the flames of terrorist recruits”.

“France treats terrorism as a judicial matter, they haven't had a terrorist attack in over ten years” - Just rampaging, rioting Muslim youth overturning cars and setting fires.

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

nihao1:

You just mis-typed "differntiate" [SIC].

Case closed.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

@leapin - your knowledge of terrorism seems quite limited. Do you know how many American servicemen and women died as a result of Gitmo and Abu Ghraib? It was because there was no moral high-ground to be had by imprisoning and torturing the innocent and guilty alike.

In a court of law evidence is presented and a judgment based on that evidence is made. In these cases, using military tribunals would serve to fan the flames of terrorist recruits, in a court of law justice will be served and there will be no question.

That is how a civilized society works.

France treats terrorism as a judicial matter, they haven't had a terrorist attack in over ten years.

Spare the juvenile insults and the Fox talking points and try to look at reality. Your guys screwed up, we are trying to correct their mistakes and it won't happen in a minute and it may not happen in a manner that you approve of but you are not the authority in this matter.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing about Sarah Palin that disturbs many of us. She doesn't spend the time to understand the issues. She seems to lack interest, or at best, doesn't have the attention span to complete the task. As an example, in her vice presidential briefings, she was interupted by a McCain advisor that clearly understood prepping her was going to be an impossible task. There was too much to catch up on, and it only takes one slip. So he told her to speak from the heart and play emotions. She does that well. That's not the leadership we really need, but it can generate votes. Another example of her lack of a span of attention - she can't make it 4 letters into differntiate Iraq from Iran. Case closed.

Posted by: nihao1 | November 19, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

You just can't make this up.
The same bunch of liberal slimeballs now whining about Sarah Palin going to Fort Hood to: "capitalize on the Fort Hood massacre", didn't see anything wrong when their messiah Fuehrer Barack Obama gave a speech there right after the massacre, telling everyone how badly we (evil and nasty white Americans) treated the poor Indian natives 100-200 years ago, as if that excused this Islamofacist terrorist act on Americans.
Have you liberal Obama--worshippers no shame!

Posted by: armpeg | November 19, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

So Obama goes to Chicago for his book tour,
so waht, is he going to Texas??
What is the point to this story?
She goes to the people that are most likely to be interested in what she has to say!
Duh!

Posted by: jpalm32 | November 19, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

So Obama goes to Chicago for his book tour,
so waht, is he going to Texas??
What is the point to this story?
She goes to the people that are most likely to be interested in what she has to say!
Duh!

Posted by: jpalm32 | November 19, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"leapin lizards
WHY ARE THE RETHUGS so afraid of the BEST DARN JUSTICE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD."
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because it's incredibly stupid to give terrorists an incentive to commit terror on US soil compared to overseas.

It's stupid, but understandable, that a lib is not to be able to tell the difference between an act of war and a crime.

One lib "activist" judge or a lib juror with a grudge to fulfill could result in a verdict with terrible,unintended consequences.

The anti-American propaganda value is obvious.

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What did you guys think of her Hannity interview where she didn't even know the difference between Iran and Iraq?

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Moose Poop by any other name would smell as sweet.

Posted by: benighse | November 19, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Uh, well, OK. And the point of this "analysis" is --- ?

Posted by: bubba31138 | November 19, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that's all you can come up with.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

""To drindl: Palin is NOT capitalizing from the Fort Hood incident. She was already booked the BEFORE it happened."

Then she should cancel it, to show respect for the dead. To go there now is cheap and cynical.
Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 12:30 PM"
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Maybe she should "stop makin' things up" for the sake of the troops.

Posted by: JRM2 | November 19, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is a hottie. Michelle Obama looks like a Klingon from Star Trek. Hillary Clinton has thunder thighs and her own husband tries to stay away from her as much as possible.

Sarah Palin will evantually get her own talk show like Harpo where she can read off of teleprompter.

Posted by: Italiaxxx | November 19, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, Sarah "Cheating Her Alaskan Supporters Out Of Their Gubernatorial Votes" Palin can't even handle the pressure of an ultra-friendly, softball interview from Sean Hannity. Asked about preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon she proceeded to go off into an elaborate answer in which she urged us to start putting sanctions on IRAQ. Iran...Iraq...when you're not ready for primetime, who can keep all those countries straight.

Sad, really.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM7Xhg0WIbU&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: ozma1 | November 19, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

thomp: Readers Digest filed for bankruptcy
And your point is?
Readers Digest was only an example of a business buying a book in bulk and giving it away to THEIR NEW CUSTOMERS!!!Just because it didn't work for Readers Digest doesn't make the book promotion gambit that many businesses use on occassion-- including liberal and Democrat ones--a failure.

Posted by: armpeg | November 19, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Blog fell into a sewer. Time for the sane to depart.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"you're number one poster belongs in the funny farm. all that free time with no job has its downside. no one else to talk to, guess what happens?"

projection:
the tendency to ascribe to another person feelings, thoughts, or attitudes present in oneself, or to regard external reality as embodying such feelings, thoughts, etc., in some way.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the "white-trash" America. I sure the best trailer parks can be found within a 30 mile radius.

Posted by: bobbarnes | November 19, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

ZOUK
Right on. The Facists, Socialists and Communists on here all believe that the government should be like their mommy and daddy. Government to them should control all businesses and dole out the freebees to all the annointed ones--i e the politically correct ones.
They might call themselves liberals and/or Democrats but they're nothing but facists, Communists, and Socialists.

Posted by: armpeg | November 19, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The Fix? The fix is one way of saying she is "cashing in"-a sure fix for Bush's economy leftover. Other than that-the cover on Newsweek said it all-Levi just decided to stripe with his and she was the "belle" proclaiming how upset she was to use the "we love short shorts theme".

Posted by: Scar1 | November 19, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"At least she knows there are not 57 States."


it's sad when that's the best you can do.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax Co. #s are definitely wrong. It was 60-39 Obama. McDonnell-Deeds was 51-49; maybe that's what he was pulling?

Posted by: ADSinVA | November 19, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

You know, when I play poker, every now and then I come across someone who thinks he's heads and tails above the rest. The one that gives everyone else instruction on how we should be playing, complains to the dealer about how bad everyone else is. Of course, then he proceeds to blow off all his chips on a poorly timed bluff and yell at me for making such a stupid call.

There's no money involved in this message board. I guess some credibility is as stake. But the people like zook who feel the need to go around telling people how smart he is and how dumb everyone else is. But yet, only a small minority of Americans share his views, but yet he can't articulate his views, so he copies and pastes, he can't debate, so he never responds to anyone, and is just doesn't have a grasp of logical reasoning.

Loser at the poker table and loser at life.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 19, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

armpeg wrote more or less:
"Readers Digest and many others have been doing similar promotions for 50+ years and more."

Reader's Digest filed for bankruptcy. IIRC . . .

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/20/AR2009082002841.html

Posted by: thomp | November 19, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Whenever I hear or see the oblations of the Sarah idolaters, I can't help hearing the word's of Lennon's Working Class Hero in the back of my mind:

Keep you doped on religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still [effing] peasants, as far as I can see.

Posted by: nodebris | November 19, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

At least she knows there are not 57 States.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

justmike, I understand.
I am here less and less too.

It was your reference to the Sin of Onan,
I thought funny.

Enjoy your reading,
I do mean that,

S2

Posted by: shrink2 | November 19, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

LOL--doesn't know the difference between an 'n' and a 'q'

"During her interview with Sean Hannity that aired last night, Sarah Palin made an interesting declaration: That we need to prevent a nuclear Iran by cracking down on "Iraq."

Hannity asked what can be done to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons. In her response, Palin seemed to be confused between Iraq and Iran:

"We have allies who are as concerned about Ahmadinejad's actions as we are. We need to be working closer with France, and with Britain, and start, not just considering, but seriously taking steps towards the sanctions that we hear all about but we never see any actions towards, though.

"Cutting off the imports into Iraq, of their refined petroleum products. They're reliant -- 40 to 45 percent of their energy supply is reliant on those imports. We have some control over there.

"And some of the beneficial international monetary deals that Iraq benefits from -- we can start implementing some sanctions there and start really shaking things up, and telling Ahmadinejad, nobody is going to stand for this."

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I bought 10 copies at $8.99 each. Does that qualify me as a conservative book club and/or think tank?

BTW: for those of you who were wondering, I took back the Corvette to GM yesterday and now Obama has to sell it as a USED car (I enjoyed driving it, much better than renting a car ; )

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Newsmax has been hawking it for $4.95 for weeks now. What else is new? Noboby's gonna be paying full price for a cheesy comic like that.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

kare1 (back on topic):

Have you even read Palin's book? The answer to your questions are right there.

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The ACLU lawyers could well argue police brutality, KSM gets set free, and the federal government sued for mega bucks. Were talking an Obama type debt number settlement. You have to start believing that BO and his neocom statist’s hatred for America runs deep. After the start of the destruction of our economy and now this it not implausible, given the wtf nature of this administration, that sometime after reaching total US destruction that BO will fly off somewhere in a black helicopter to admire his handy work and will never be seen again.

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

____________________________________

leapin lizards
WHY ARE THE RETHUGS so afraid of the BEST DARN JUSTICE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD.


An on the PALIN EFFECT -- is she SHOOTIN books across that tiny little strait to RUSSIA from her house.

Posted by: kare1 | November 19, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The tour stop in Roswell is incredibly appropriate. Maybe Palin can be elected president of Area 51.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 19, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I think the aliens would be afraid of her LOL

Posted by: lildg54 | November 19, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

armpeg, you don't really expect these kooks to understand anything about the market.

they are still mesmerized by the Messiahs ability to part oceans, save the planet, win by surrender, defeat with bowing and scraping and above all, his market abilities to improve quality, add customers, increase coverage while lowering costs and eliminating all screening.

I must say I might be impressed. I love it when the Easter bunny brings me free stuff.

Posted by: ZOUK | November 19, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Shrink2, I'm returning long enough to agree with you that are some humorous and worthwhile bits, but you have to wade thru so much repetitive drivel and garbage that it gets disheartening. So I'm going back to my library books. For what it's worth, Im recommending the Jack Reacher series, by Lee Child.

Posted by: justmike | November 19, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

wheeler45 is lying by ommission, when he/she/it claims that Newsmax is buying Sarah Palin's book in bulk, and selling it for $4.98. What he/she/it is leaving out is that Newsmax is using the book to promote their product, which is a common practise among businesses. They'll get their investment back ten fold (or more) with this promotion. Readers Digest and many others have been doing similar promotions for 50+ years and more.

Posted by: armpeg | November 19, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

See that Page Up button over there on the right? It is there for a reason.

Posted by: shrink2


yup. avoid the drivl. of course with the volume of swill, it may wear out pretty quick, causing total failure. perhaps this is what happened to Barry.

Posted by: ZOUK | November 19, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

justmike, see ya!

I for one, am not masturbating.

It is true I don't read most of what gets posted, but some stuff I read makes me laugh, which (studies show) is valuable and some people post links to stuff that is valuable and there are a few people who do careful work and excellent analysis.

See that Page Up button over there on the right? It is there for a reason.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 19, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

the drivl effect

Posted by: ZOUK | November 19, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The one sure thing you can bet on is that, unlike Hillary Clintons book, real Americans will buy it. Hillary Clintons book was purchased mostly in bulk by America's Communist Workers Party unions as a form of kickback to the Clintons. Without the unions bulk book purchases, few Americans actually bought her book because she had very little that people really cared about to know (although I would have liked to have heard about the Clinton's stealing a lot of the White House furniature when they left it, something the Democrat Socialist--controlled MSM censored).
Sarah Palin's book interests people, which will increase her book sales without the need for union bulk purchases. Sarah is one smart woman!

Posted by: armpeg | November 19, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I hate to bust you palin worshipers bubbles but newsmax.com bought over 50,000 copies of Going Rogue and are selling it for $4.98. When a book reaches 50,000 copies, it is considered a best seller - hmmmmmm. A Real Best Seller? I don't know. But the Far Right groups have been doing this for years: Buying over 50,000 of a conservative author's book and then claiming it is a best seller. The public is conned everyday by either corporate advertisements or Far Right Conservative pundits. But hey, if they want to waste their money on this quitter, have at it. More power to her - hope she takes those nut cases for all the money she can. She isn't getting any of my bucks. AND there are over 20 out right lies in the book that have been identified so far. Why do I want to pay to read lies? I can go to fox news and get lies free. In fact they went to court to get a ruling that they could lie!!! Since Sarah appears on Fox quite a bit that means that Sarah can lie to!!!

Posted by: wheeler45 | November 19, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to think that anyone posting anything (including myself) on these comment threads is basically just masturbating. We're only pleasing ourselves, nobody is impressed, and about half of us are disgusted by most of what we read here. So, good-bye.

Posted by: justmike | November 19, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

No doubt many people are working to destroy her reputation, some believe Sarah herself is working on that, but there is nothing anyone can do about her character.

Posted by: shrink2 | November 19, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Everything is political-even the levels of local public confidence in Chinese made vs. imported vaccines: from the China Post
The epidemic control center in China has to be careful to avert any possible "public complaints or grievances" in advance of the 3 in 1 elections.

So the Going Rogue tour is like visiting Iowa-its all an obligatory set up for a run, and if you can get your publisher to pay for it, so much the better.


With the Dec. 5 three-in-one elections for local government and council posts approaching, Wu said the ad hoc Central Epidemic Control Center (CECC) should closely monitor public reaction about the various epidemic prevention measures, including class suspension, vaccination and polling station arrangements.

"The CECC should factor in general public demand and exercise proper flexibility in epidemic control measures to avert any possible public complaints or grievances," Wu said.

Posted by: mesondk | November 19, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Sarah really sends the loons into a tizzy. as if posting hundreds of no content swill was insufficient, now we have several hundreds. Not an intelligent thought or idea in the bunch. they are not afraid, worried or concerned, as evidenced by all the ignoring going on around here???

CC - are you now the Springer of blogging? you're number one poster belongs in the funny farm. all that free time with no job has its downside. no one else to talk to, guess what happens?

If you want to sell books, don't go to where the idiots have no need to read, because KRazy Keith and retching madcow provide all the truth serum needed. no thinking required. in fact, you could have even gradubecated from a government school and still think you are the cat's meow. or in most cases, no edubacation at all.

Ever seen a resume with no education listed? would you hire that person? Oh wait, Obama won, I keep forgetting. must be a loony liberal thing. maybe a summit will fix it. stand by for a few months while the decider decides whether to decide or not.

Posted by: ZOUK | November 19, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news to everyone? Conservative book clubs and think tanks buy thousands of copies of "bestsellers" by Coulter, Hannity, et al, and then sell them cheap to their members. That's why they chart so well on the best sellers list.

It's not a bad tactic, but why no one realizes this is beyond me.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 19, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

nodebris:

There's actually TWO stops in California (as you noted, per the "stars" on that map TBA ; )

Posted by: JakeD | November 19, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Why is this news to everyone? Conservative book clubs and think tanks buy thousands of copies of "bestsellers" by Coulter, Hannity, et al, and then sell them cheap to their members. That's why they chart so well on the best sellers list.

It's not a bad tactic, but why no one realizes this is beyond me.

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 19, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

It's not unusual for an author of a book comming out to hit the areas of the country where the book is most likely to sell, so Sarah Palin speaking and signing her books in mostly patriotic working class cities around the USA is no big deal. While liberal authors (actually facist, Communist, and Socialists, depending on degree of fanaticism) of new books market them in areas where America--haters live and show up at the all-liberal talk shows where any America and American military--hating speech is wildly applauded, Sarah is hitting what's generally thought of as 'fly-over country', where the real Americans live and work. These areas are also where they still believe in free speech and the Constitution, unlike in liberal areas where all non-liberal speech is shouted down, rocks get thrown at the speaker, and where violence and looting is usually the result.
Sarah Palin is one smart woman who'll probably double and triple her $1.25 million she's already received from the publisher with her speaking tour. No wonder all the liberal Obama--worshippers and America--haters hate her, and use any means to try to destroy her character and reputation.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
So let me get this straight.. if you are not in one of these towns then you're un-Americanp; I feel fortunate to have someone like you to tell me who is and who isn't American; your name must be Sookie Stackhouse since you obviously can read minds!
And it heartenes me to know that Palin is hawking her books only in your "real American" locations, nice to know it's only bigots like you that she's taking money from! You want to help her exploit you and get rich in the process, that's fine!

Posted by: PeterPamZ | November 19, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Good point, dawd. This blog is supposed to be about politics, not celebrity slurping. Palin is 100% pure Hollywood, about nothin but show business and carny hawkers and rubes.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"To me, Palin is more a personality than a politician. More akin to Lindsay Lohan than Lindsey Graham. Sure she has opinions on public policies, but so do countless other celebrities"
-----------------------------------------
Just like the country's biggest celebrity
and personality, non other than Bookcooker Obummer!

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The stars on the map don't match the list of cities.

Posted by: nodebris | November 19, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Interesting tour that includes no stops in California and two in Idaho.

Posted by: nodebris | November 19, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"Although considering that her 'book' was already available dirt cheap by the time it hit the stores, perhaps 'hock' is what he meant.

Posted by: drindl"

Yeah, this seems to happen with all the conservative bestsellers. They sell billions of copies of their books, but somehow always end up in the bargain bin within a week.

As for Palin, this blog is supposed to be a sort of niche political blog for people really into politics. To me, Palin is more a personality than a politician. More akin to Lindsay Lohan than Lindsey Graham. Sure she has opinions on public policies, but so do countless other celebrities. What's next, the Jon Voight watch?

Yeah, she commands a lot of attention, but so does Brangelina. And the latter is more versed in international affairs. Let's at least see her do something political before devoting five entries a week to her.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 19, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Sure, the WaPo hates Sarah Palin! That's why the write these drooling puff pieces abuot her every day. They couldn't be any more slavish if she paid them.

The warped lens some see the world through.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I agree koolkat. Too funny. But the aliens don't want her back. Too dumb. That's why they dumped her here to begin with.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

In the spirit of the season, thank you. It's especially gratifying that the Washington Post has been so veminant in its hatred of Sarah Palin over the last year and a half, but has done so much to make her a superstar. Now you are helping her sell books and enriching her bank account. She owes so much to you. Even though you are losing subscribers every day, and your influence is waning, you've been so helpful to the Palins. You helped turn Virginia bright red. Can you help elect the first female president in 2012? Keep up the good work.

Posted by: kenpasadena | November 19, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The tour stop in Roswell is incredibly appropriate. Maybe Palin can be elected president of Area 51.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 19, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

When does "Sheriff" Joe Biden's new book come out? I'm willing to pay full price.

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

It's not unusual for an author of a book comming out to hit the areas of the country where the book is most likely to sell, so Sarah Palin speaking and signing her books in mostly patriotic working class cities around the USA is no big deal. While liberal authors (actually facist, Communist, and Socialists, depending on degree of fanaticism) of new books market them in areas where America--haters live and show up at the all-liberal talk shows where any America and American military--hating speech is wildly applauded, Sarah is hitting what's generally thought of as 'fly-over country', where the real Americans live and work. These areas are also where they still believe in free speech and the Constitution, unlike in liberal areas where all non-liberal speech is shouted down, rocks get thrown at the speaker, and where violence and looting is usually the result.
Sarah Palin is one smart woman who'll probably double and triple her $1.25 million she's already received from the publisher with her speaking tour. No wonder all the liberal Obama--worshippers and America--haters hate her, and use any means to try to destroy her character and reputation.

Posted by: armpeg | November 19, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Sigh -- too bad the Post doesn't edit anymore:

hawk2  [hawk] Show IPA
–verb (used with object)
1. to peddle or offer for sale by calling aloud in public.

Although considering that her 'book' was already available dirt cheap by the time it hit the stores, perhaps 'hock' is what he meant.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"Five of the counties where Palin will stop to hock her book...."

Geez- I thought she got a pretty impressive advance. If she is already to the point she has to pawn her books, I wonder what will become of her reputation as fiscally responsible.

Or did you mean she was going to hock her book- as in cough and spit it out?

Please, a little clarity in reporting. Spell check does not resolve all mistakes.

Posted by: jhherring | November 19, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Maybe when she visits Roswell, the mother ship will return and carry her home.

Posted by: nodebris | November 19, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"BO will fly off somewhere in a black helicopter "

LOL. yawn... booooooooring.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

The ACLU lawyers could well argue police brutality, KSM gets set free, and the federal government sued for mega bucks. Were talking an Obama type debt number settlement. You have to start believing that BO and his neocom statist’s hatred for America runs deep. After the start of the destruction of our economy and now this it not implausible, given the wtf nature of this administration, that sometime after reaching total US destruction that BO will fly off somewhere in a black helicopter to admire his handy work and will never be seen again.

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

you got it turned around, clown.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I want Holder the bedwetter to quit shivering in craven fear of Lindsay.

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

PALIN PRESIDENTIAL AMBITIONS -- OR A DESIRE TO BECOME A RICH MEDIA POWER-BROKER?

In defense of Chris Cillizza, this column is no "toe-licking," to quote one retort, but a reasoned analysis of why this Palin book tour has a strong political dimension.

However, such a politically-based strategy could be aimed at reinforcing Palin's drawing power as a fund-raiser, a mission that would be consistent with her pursuit of a lucrative career in media, perhaps as a talk show host -- as opposed to her being a credible presidential prospect.

I'd further argue that those who think she's a credible candidate vastly underestimate the wisdom of the American people and the political acumen of GOP leaders who already have been burned by Palin's rogue behavior, and her obvious disloyalty to John McCain and his staff.

***

URGENT TO: TEAM OBAMA, AG HOLDER

Did this rogue "program" help drive the Fort Hood shooter over the edge?

SECRET MULTI-AGENCY FED PROGRAM SILENTLY TORTURES, IMPAIRS, PERSECUTES U.S. CITIZENS WITH MICROWAVE/LASER RADIATION WEAPONS AND LOCAL VIGILANTISM, SAYS MAINSTREAM JOURNALIST

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR (if links are corrupted / disabled): http://NowPublic.com/scrivener RE: "GESTAPO USA," GOV'T TORTURES ME WITH SILENT MICROWAVE WEAPONS, SAYS EX-HONDURAS PREZ"

Posted by: scrivener50 | November 19, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

'Best Indian accent gets free donuts at Dunkin today courtesy stimulus money from Uncle Joe Biden.'


should that go to bobby jindal?

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Military wants the bedwetters to quit shivering in craven fear:

"27 retired generals and 5 retired admirals delivered a letter to Congress today supporting the closure of Gitmo and decrying Republican fear-mongering over trying Khalid Sheik Mohammed in New York.

We have watched with disappointment efforts to engender fear among the American people about the prospect of bringing suspected terrorists to the United States for trial. Our federal justice system has a proven track record of successfully prosecuting terrorists and incarcerating them safely in our prisons. Our courts have convicted 195 terrorists since 9/11. Meanwhile, there have been only three successful prosecutions of terrorists by military commissions over that same period; two of those found guilty were released in less than a year. Those convicted in our federal courts, including many al Qaeda terrorists, are serving long sentences in federal prisons. The highly respected American Correctional Association, the nation’s largest corrections organization, in a recently passed resolution assured the American public they "would be safe from harm and free from danger should any detainees be transferred to a facility or facilities within the United States." Our prisons currently house more than 150 convicted terrorists and none has ever escaped."

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Best Indian accent gets free donuts at Dunkin today courtesy stimulus money from Uncle Joe Biden.

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"On Tuesday, GOP Congressman Louis Gohmert of Texas suggested that Democrats wanted to see another terror attack on America, saying that the only reason to hold 9/11 trials in the U.S. was if "they're trying to create a new jobs bill by allowing terrorism back in New York."

Yesterday, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Vollen fired back, saying that Gohmert's comments illustrated that the Republican Party has been taken over by right-wing extremists:

"Congressman Louie Gohmert’s outrageous comments not only insult the victims of 9/11 and their families but also offer the latest evidence that the Republican Party has been taken over by right-wing extremists. House Republicans should immediately condemn Congressman Gohmert’s offensive remarks.

"Whether they’re attending ‘tea party’ rallies featuring Holocaust imagery, comparing health insurance reform to terrorism, or staying silent about plans to burn public officials in effigy, the tenor from House Republicans grows more alarming by the day.

"It’s long past time for the House Republican Leadership to speak out against this disturbing pattern of increasingly extreme rhetoric from their ranks."

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Ring Master Holder is going to hand out a free Miranda Rights card with his new book “In the Woodshed with Lindsay”.

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

It's the rightwing echo chamber, margaret -- nothing from outside penetrates the walls.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I can see the 57th state from my patio!

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"To drindl: Palin is NOT capitalizing from the Fort Hood incident. She was already booked the BEFORE it happened."

Then she should cancel it, to show respect for the dead. To go there now is cheap and cynical.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Is there going to be a "Sheriff" Joe Biden tour to counter Sarah's success?

Posted by: leapin | November 19, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I think the Fix is the only person alive who is wondering if Quitter Palin is running for the presidency in 2012. I'm surprised by his confusion -- he writes a political column and appears on TV and all.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 19, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

To drindl: Palin is NOT capitalizing from the Fort Hood incident. She was already booked the BEFORE it happened.

Secondly, Palin has stated she will contribute all the profits from her book signing event at Fort Hood to the families of the victims.

So no, it's not creepy and you may want to check your "facts" before you spew out the lies.

Posted by: TJinCA | November 19, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

On track, as usual, to drain all intelligence from the thread.

did someone bring the outhouse indoors?

I leave you to it. Maybe you can scare off the rest of the posters and relegate the blog to a single moonbat's ego site with fewer than 20 visits a week.

all we need now is the appearance of the third stooge to complete the spiral into complete idiocy.

Posted by: ZOUK | November 19, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"Who knew Hawaii was off the coast of Texas?"

That's right. Sarah says you can see it from El Paso.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Who knew Hawaii was off the coast of Texas?

Posted by: Bondosan | November 19, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

It's you MSM types who are paying 'all this attention' to palin's book tour. The rest of us could care less. But that's the Bubble for you.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

mbc: Good catch. According to the county website, Obama/Biden crushed McCain/Palin, 301k to 200k.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | November 19, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"This afternoon, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett proudly announced that Sarah Palin is “continuing to draw huge crowds while she’s promoting her brand new book. Take a look at — these are some of the pictures just coming into us.” But the pictures that the network chose to display on-air appeared to be old file footage of Palin rallies from the 2008 presidential campaign. Individuals in the crowd are seen holding McCain/Palin signs, and others are holding pom-poms and cheering wildly. “There’s a crowd of folks,” an enthused Jarrett observed, referring to the old footage."

The FCC should pull their broadcasting license. This station is a puerile joke.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Even after a full year in office by Barry, Ms. Palin is still more experienced, has made more executive decisions (who hasn't) has fullfilled more promises and is more trustworthy. She has created more jobs, done more for energy policy and has more power in her facebook page on health policy.

so if all the Liberals say about her is true, what does that imply about poor misfit Barry O?

Posted by: ZOUK | November 19, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The stops fit right in with Palin's mantra that only conservative areas of the country are worth existing. It's a sad day when a potential presidential candidate personally writs of chunks of the country.

So no aid from a President Palin if a hurricane strikes a Dem county in Florida?

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | November 19, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Palin's two Ohio stops in Cincinnati and Columbus are both in cities and counties that were carried by Obama, with Columbus/Franklin County being a landslide win for Obama and Cincinnati/Hamilton County a narrow win for Obama very reflective of the statewide vote between the two tickets. So she is not hitting the most Republican areas in Ohio.

I suppose it could be argued that while on the surface it might have made more sense for her to schedule her tour for one of the smaller, more Republican towns of the western Ohio right-wing base like Hamilton or Springfield, it is true that the counties which surround Columbus/Franklin County in Central Ohio, and the counties adjacent to Cincinnati/Hamilton County in Southwest Ohio are heavily Republican and have grown in population in recent years.

Counties like Butler, Warren and Clermont in Southwest Ohio and Delaware, Licking, Madison, and Fairfield in Central Ohio were all sparsely populated and largely rural twenty-five years ago, but now have much larger, mostly heavily Republican and very conservative Republican populations. These are the counties that were the backbone of Bush's surprise Ohio victory in 2004 when despite Kerry winning by larger-than-usual margins in most urban areas and higher-than-usual turnout in the larger population centers, Kerry still lost the state due to being overwhelmed in the "growth" counties----the "exurbs"---surrounding Columbus and Cincinnati.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 19, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I assume that from now on, the Fix will have a daily Palin toe-licking like this.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Eric -- her capitalizing on tragedy and demogoguing this incident, her carrion-feeding on the bodies of these dead, I would imagine offends the families involved. Not to mention is carefully calculated to stir up hatred and fear of Muslims.

You really can't stoop much lower than this gutter trash.

Posted by: drindl | November 19, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Not sure the Fairfax County numbers are right. Did McCain really beat Obama 50-49? I thought the margin was more like 60-40 Obama.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | November 19, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Not sure the Fairfax County numbers are right. Did McCain really beat Obama 50-49? I thought the margin was more like 60-40 Obama.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | November 19, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Is anyone else midly creeped out by the Ft. Hood apperance? Nothing like making a naked buck off of tragedy.

Ya know, I go to conventions on a regular basis with lines that make these book signing look like child's play. I'm talking lines over 10,000 people long. This book deal thing doesn't impress me much.

Posted by: EricS2 | November 19, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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