Sarah Palin For President

What the governor of Alaska needs to do to be ready for 2012

palinSounds far-fetched and, to some, totally implausible. But the Republicans are losing potential candidates at a pace that is downright alarming if you believe in a healthy two-party system. The demise of John Ensign’s political career a few weeks ago and the surreal downfall of Mark Sanford last week is enough to send chills through the even the most optimistic Republican strategist. We know that of the 2008 crop, only Mitt Romney seems likely to stay on as a contender. The old stalwarts like Newt Gingrich may get a lot of press, but it is unlikely they can mount a real challenge to Obama in 2012. Yet, the presidential election of 2012 will be more than a simple coronation of Barack Obama if the economy stalls and there is no progress in two important areas: national security and healthcare.

Ballooning deficits and a sluggish economy could alter the mood of America by the time the 2010 mid-terms come up, giving hope to the GOP for the next presidential primary season. This is why Sarah Palin is maintaining a persistent media presence, whether it is debating David Letterman or being the biggest Republican draw on the lecture circuit. She clearly has her eyes set on the presidency and her decision to step down as governor of Alaska later this month will only heighten the interest in her political ambitions.

The latest edition of Vanity Fair brings this possibility forward, though not in a favourable light. Journalist Todd Purdhom paints a picture of a woman with a narcissistic personality, who’s short on knowledge, disinterested in policy discussion, and not ready for primetime. In the end, the story says more about John McCain’s competence and character than it does about Palin, simply because he flubbed his most important decision as a presidential candidate. That said, Palin brought much needed energy to an otherwise lackluster campaign and, to this day, she energizes the base as no other candidate can. Could it be possible she may someday be a candidate for the presidency?

My experience tells me that no one should be written off in a hypothetical context. Barack Obama is proof positive of this. I still maintain that, without Bush, there is no Obama nomination. Palin is a street smart politician who has benefited from being underestimated most of her career. McCain’s disastrous choice may have been fatal to his electoral chances, but it brought Palin to the forefront of national attention. Since then, she has become a celebrity that transcends her party. However, if she is to be taken seriously and considered a viable contender, she needs to change the negative perceptions of her and develop a political profile that appeals to those outside her narrow base.

To do this, she must gradually reduce her exposure and begin to educate herself on the issues. She will not be ready for 2012 by remaining governor of Alaska and playing the celebrity. The GOP has too proud a tradition to have a re-run of the 2008 vice-presidential candidate. Also, the base Palin relies on for support no longer holds the sway it once did. Social conservatism is losing steam as a political movement thanks to the dubious habits of people like Gingrich, Ensign and Sanford, and the election of an African-American president as well as the increased attention paid to gay rights issues shows that Americans have begun to cast their old divisions aside. The future for the GOP lies with fiscal conservatism and strong national security policy—not with turning back the clock. Palin must embrace the values that created the Republican party in the first place—a belief in the individual, a belief in a limited role for the state, and a commitment to equality. The party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and (the pragmatic version of) Reagan is the path to a Republican resurgence. Palin is nowhere on that radar. She is all about celebrity status and controversy.

In the lead-up to July 4, Americans usually reflect on their great democracy. Overall, it is healthy and has shown resilience through the decades. But the Republicans have to become a viable alternative for this democracy to remain vibrant. So is Palin a real possibility for 2012 or 2016? Will she someday be a formal candidate for the presidency? Most definitely. But can she ever win? Based on what we have observed so far, I would say definitely not, though politics has been known to produce some strange developments.




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Sarah Palin For President

  1. My experience tells me that no one should be written off in a hypothetical context.

    My experience tells me that Sarah Palin is done like dinner.

    • Agreed. But the Republicans seem to have this weird Imperial Japan complex and I wouldn't bet against a kamikaze Palin nomination.

    • She has zero content and is in love with herself . Her kids come across as props . But Americans did vote for the moron in 2000 and 2004…..twice (would you believe it , I ask)!

      • "Her kids come across as props"

        I know! Especially that time they gave her daughter a microphone at the convention.

        Oh wait, that was Obama's daughter.

        • Not too smart Steve !

    • Your experience and a portion of wishful thinking…

    • I agree with your hunch; definitely done like dinner. She's been in over her head for a long time now – it must have been a demoralizing experience for her. If she's a candidate in '12, it will only be because the Repubs. are still in a positon of weakness rather than strength. She would be a sacrificial lamb, as other, more smarter, presidential hopefuls will wait till '16, rather than humiliate themselves to the continuing Obama groundswell.

  2. "McCain's disastrous choice may have been fatal to his electoral chances"

    I have yet to see any evidence that McCain could have won, or even come any closer, with anyone else as his VP nom. Therefore, I don't see how the pick was "disatrous".

    • I don't think Parisella really thinks about what he's writing.

      He writes "McCain's disastrous choice may have been fatal to his electoral chances" and a two sentences later writes "That said, Palin brought much needed energy to an otherwise lackluster campaign and, to this day, she energizes the base as no other candidate can."

      I am curious to know why Palin was a disastrous pick when she energized base like no one else and is one of the few leading Repubs who is actually conservative. McCain, and his senior staff, was the disastrous choice, not Palin.

      • I don't think Parisella really thinks about what he's writing.

        Has this ever not been the case? Parisella's MO is to pick one of a rotating handful of about three positions, work backwards from a conclusion, and sprinkle with supporting arguments cherry-picked from the past one to six months of American punditry.

        • Better than your dull blither.

      • I think Parisella is stating that when she first joined the MCain campaign, she did exactly what they wanted- she energized the ticket. But once she started showing her ignorance in interviews, dodging questions in the debate, and then became completely inaccessible to the media, she became a disastrous pick. People may dislike Biden, but still felt that if something happened to Obama, he could take over. It became quite clear quite fast that the same could not be said about Palin. McCain stopped speaking to her, for heaven's sake.

    • Indeed. Those who don't see it are, shall we say, indoctrinated?

    • Steven M. ,you are right he just did not have a chance unless Obama shot himself in the foot, which sadly he did not (sorry my opinion). The idea of the Palin pick was to pick someone out side of the box that would spark the more conservative side of the party!

  3. Sarah Palin For President

    First thing I have agreed with something you wrote, Parisella, in who knows how long.

    Palin has the royal jelly because she comes across well on tv and that's a huge plus. Studying up on Kazakhstan and how it affects geopolitics is the easy part.

    The only reason McCain did as well as he did was because of Palin and the base that loved her. I am always curious to read Dems perspective that Repubs shouldn't nominate the most popular con/repub person in the party and, instead, should focus on becoming more like Dems and nominate the person least loathed by lib chattering class. And that VF article is going to help Palin, not hinder her. The word is out that McCain people are trashing Palin in order to shift the conversation away from how incompetent McCain senior staff were.

    Palin for 2012!

  4. Sarah Palin For President

    First thing I have agreed with something you wrote, Parisella, in who knows how long.

    Palin has the royal jelly because she comes across well on tv and that's a huge plus. Studying up on Kazakhstan and how it affects geopolitics is the easy part. The only reason McCain did as well as he did was because of Palin and the base that loved her.

    I am always curious to read Dems perspective on why Repubs shouldn't nominate the most popular con/repub person in the party and, instead, should focus on becoming more like Dems and nominate the person least loathed by lib chattering class. And that VF article is going to help Palin, not hinder her. The word is out that McCain people are trashing Palin in order to shift the conversation away from how incompetent McCain senior staff were.

    Palin for 2012!

    • As someone who would be a registered Democrat if I was a United States Citizen….

      Palin for 2012!

    • Please, please nominate Sarah. Please.

      SNL will be out of material in 2012 unless she runs ,Romney is so boring.

    • If studying up on Kazakhstan and how it affects geopolitics is the easy part, what is the hard part?

      • Being a foxy Christian mother of thirteen (guessing) who is more feared by arctic animals than Michael Jean.

        Sarah Palin would be an excellent nomination for the Republicans in 2012 because of what she inspires…. pure hatred. Politics is about divisions, and no one has proved better at contrasting "us" vs "them" than Mrs. Palin.

        • " Palin has the royal jelly " …. fortunately that lovely hair covers it well.

    • It's important to try and be moderate in large elections. Barak Obama was seen as a right leaning black man, who went to church and didn't like gay marriage. And was also seen as a environmental powerhouse and a supporter of gay rights by the people on the left that wanted to see him that way.

      Highly electable.

      People on the left see Sarah Palin as completely unelectable. You cut out at least half of the votes by pushing a candidate who's qualifications for winning only depends on being popular with republicans. It's a losing strategy, as politicians need to be able to play on both sides of the court to win.

  5. No matter where Sarah goes, she draws crowds like no other politician can. Look at her recent trip to Albany, a crowd almost equal to the population of the town showed up to see her. Anyone who can make speeches the way she can has it. As for all the nasty stuff being said about her, some of its coming from the McCain ex Romney staff that are rooting for Romney in 2012 so they will have jobs again on the election circuit. The rest is coming from Dumocrats that are scared spitless.

    • If she's so concerned to draw big crowds, she should choose the Easter Bunny as her running mate.

        • I think most Republicans are smart enough to know that Sarah Palin would be a disaster as president … no matter who she chose as a running mate. She may electrify the base but that base is growing smaller and smaller every day. She does nothing for non-base republicans.

      • She could probably outrun the Easter Bunny; but who said SHE was concerned about it?

    • Absolutely Ed. So, uhm, nothing to her huh? She ROCKS, and the left is scared beyond belief. Reagan sweep v2.0!

      • The best part is her followers have such rock-solid political instincts.

      • Speaking from the right, she may indeed rock, but she embarrasses the hell out of me. If this is all the Republican have to offer, then we should be very scared. To be honest, I'm sure the Dems are lapping all this up. What better way to assure another 4 years of this Socialist crap then to have Nailin' Palin run against St. Obama…

    • When Palin walked in the parade in Auburn, NY, it was not she who attracted all those people to that sleepy little ville, but the event which happens there annually. That's right. She might have attracted some pro (and anti) palinistas, but the majority of the attendees were there for something else.

    • The only reason people show up to see Palin is the sexiness she apparently exudes. Palin as President would be the biggest joke of all politics in the USA, ever. Grow up. Obama is the only light the USA has seen since that country began in 1776 because he seeks to elevate people, not drag them in the mud like pigs, er, moose or fish?

  6. Actually I thought this was one of Parisella's better articles. He made a few good points. Palin is clearly interested in the Presidency and does have a lot of work to do before she can win it as a Republican; Parisella makes a good case here.

    That said there were the usual bits of idiocy. I liked this
    "Also, the base Palin relies on for support no longer holds the sway it once did. …the election of an African-American president as well as the increased attention paid to gay rights issues shows that Americans have begun to cast their old divisions aside. "
    Id est, the Republican base is largely composed of racist bigots. Nice, Parisella. Typical leftist talking point, but not terribly accurate. Let's try and remember that the only Ku Klux Klansman in the US Senate is a Democrat, sensibly enough, since they were the party that tried to block Civil Rights legislation through the 60's and 70's.

    The other talking point, about how Republicans need to turn away from social conservatism and move toward the Democrats is also wearisome. It worked so well for McCain, Dole, and Bush Sr. Not like the electoral failures of social conservatives such as Bush Jr. and Reagan.

    The point about needing to put aside celebrity and become more of an intellectual is valid. More is expected of her than would be of a Dem candidate. A Dem VP candidate can be a complete moron who doesn't know which President governed during the Great Depression (witness Biden!); a Republican needs to have it on the ball or they become easy prey for media who will not hesitate to question the parentage of their children, the validity of their choice to be in politics rather than in the home, and the rumored/invented/possible criminal histories of various family members (witness Palin).

    • Palin is not remotely ready to be a Presidential candidate, but more importantly, there are no signs that she is getting herself ready. She could never survive an 18 month campaign. I can't imagine how she could ever have a debate with someone like Romney about health care or tax policy.

      She is very telegenic, but right now that's all she has going for her. It won't even get her through the Republican primaries, let alone the general election.

  7. Gaunilon and jolyon must be the same people. They feed the usual right wing talking points . Palin is not a serious candidate and reading the VF article convinced me even more .Thanks John for including it(saves me money) . The republicans are very hypocritical and are lost in character assassination .But they are up against someone t(Obama) that is 5 steps ahead of them . Forget 2012 , guys !

  8. I've watched politics my whole life and few politicians have been as cringe inducing as Sarah Palin. More than being incompetent, I believe that she could be truly dangerous, and given the recent leadership of the US, that's saying something.

    • Please define incompetent – Palin has had success in her political career – as a governor – which few politicians (including The Obama) can show (so clearly she must be incompetent!) and in family (you may criticize that her daughter is a teenage mom, but the family did not fall apart and provides her with a lot of support – gee how incompetent of them!). You fall into the typical feminist position – since Palin is a Republican woman who largely has had success without all the trappings provided to 'help' women, she therefore is wrong, incompetent and stupid.

      • I'm afraid she's wrong, incompetent, and stupid for a host of other reasons.

        • Such as, or are you one of the many who delight in throwing out those words without every having to provide examples? That is the height of intellectual laziness and we saw enough of that during the US election from the main stream media.

          • I'm sorry, Maureen, but my examples include virtually every statement she's ever made on every subject. I honestly cannot believe that someone like yourself, capable of composing a complete sentence, thinks Palin is more than a symptom of America's political gangrene. What is your pet issue, incidentally? There must be one, it's the only explanation. Abortion?

          • Listen to Palin get pranked by 2 Montreal DJs
            Her inability to sniff out this prank is painful – you actually start to feel sorry for her.

            You can try to rewrite history all you like, but Palin's words speak volumes here[youtube m38kNLSEras http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m38kNLSEras youtube]

      • Palin's success running Alaska is NOT and impressive mark of success and political experience. Alaska has a polulation about 5% smaller than Edmonton, no sales tax, no income tax, and is SWIMMING in oil and gas royalties and federal subsidies.

        The hardest part about being Governor of Alaska is figuring out how to spend all the oil money in a way that will make the people want to keep you as Governor of Alaska. With no taxes AND well funded state services, a blind, deaf monkey could run the state.

        • California is swimming in oil, had lots of people and had an excellent technological, farmingl and industrial base. It is all gone thanks to the democrats. Huge state taxes, declining businesses, skilled population leaving in droves, no power supplies as they always voted against building any, poor schools, now giving IOUs as they are broke, last auto plant is closing, need I go on. Alaska is one of only 3 states that does not have a negative budget. Guess it must be pure luck!

          • Alaska is one of only 3 states that does not have a negative budget.

            Again, HUGE oil and gas revenues, large subsidies from the federal government, and a TINY TINY population. They've got money literally POURING in from the feds and the oil companies, and less than 700,000 people to spend it all on. OF COURSE they don't have a negative budget. That's what happens when your state gets lots and lots of money from private companies and the federal government and has a population smaller than Edmonton to spend all the cash on!

            Your comparison to California is idiotic. I don't even know where to star in debunking a comparison between a state of 686,293 people and a state of 36,756,666 people. How about just comparing federal spending? For every dollar Alaska sends to Washington in federal taxes, they get back approximately $1.85. For every dollar California sends to Washington, they get back approximately 78 cents. Add to that all the oil revenues Alaska gets, and the sub 700,000 population and, as I said, a blind deaf monkey could make the numbers work for Alaska.

      • Please itemize the successes which you claim Palin has achieved in her shortened tenure. And please name any other lame duck governor (except perhaps republican Paul Celucci of MA) who bailed for no reason except that they did not want to be a lame duck governor.

        As for Palin's smarts… all I have to do is listen to that journalism major and come to the proper and predictable conclusion: she ain't too bright.

  9. Just more Palin-bashing from the brain-dead elite.

    Speaking as a real Ivy-league educated Republican, Sarah Palin is the leader of our party. The nomination in 2012 is hers to lose.

    • Ivy league?

      Dartmouth I presume.

    • Ivy league?

      Darmouth I presume.

    • She's lost it already.

      Come on people… the accident is over… nothing happening here, move on.

  10. Palin would win because most people will react against the pompous, anti-Palin blowhards who deign to offer the unwashed masses their opinions on why she isn't suitable. You are so up your own butts you can't see your criticisms of Palin actually apply to Obama. The narcissistic personality (where start on this one), who's short on knowledge (anyone here speak Austrian?), disinterested in policy discussion (I know all the answers already) is in the White House now.

  11. I really like Sarah Palin, if for no other reason than her very existence infuriates leftists the world over.

    She's already got the social conservative populism factor squarely in her corner. Romney has the Wall Street republicans. Personally, I think her best shot would be to pick three or four of the libertarian wing's most dynamic and defensible ideas (end the Big Government drug war, end corporate welfare, help bring a billion people out of poverty by taking on America's agriculture subsidies and tariffs) and perhaps take a page out of Harper's book by dramatically curbing how much private donors can contribute to political campaigns. All these things could make American voters see Republicans (and Palin) in a dramatically different light.

    • Exactly spot on Ben. What people fail to see is that she is a VERY popular Governor of a VERY rich state. She's worked her way up from the PTA, not just been sponsored by some rich individual (cough*George Soros*cough). Sarah is what got the Republicans as much as it got! We'd have been down 20 points or more vs the 5 points we lost by. The one thing is that Osama, er, bama will have ruined this countries economy so badly with his Democrat Congress that 2010/12 should be a near clean sweep.

    • Exactly spot on Ben. What people fail to see is that she is a VERY popular Governor of a VERY rich state. She's worked her way up from the PTA, not just been sponsored by some rich individual (cough*George Soros*cough). Sarah is what got the Republican Party as much as it got! We'd have been down 20 points or more vs the 5 points we lost by. The one thing is that Osama, er, bama will have ruined this countries economy so badly with his Democrat Congress that 2010/12 should be a near clean sweep.

      • "a VERY popular Governor of a VERY rich state"

        Yes, but perhaps those two things are CONNECTED?

        I'm sorry, but SATAN could be a popular governor of a state with a population smaller than Edmonton's that's drowning in oil and gas royalties and federal subsidies and as a result has large amounts of money to provide impressive public services to it's tiny population, without having to levy any taxes whatsoever on them to pay for it all.

        It's not hard to be a popular governor in a state where the toughest decision you have to make is how to spend all the money you've got sitting around.

    • What are the odds that Palin would pick even one of those libertarian ideas and run with it?

      What are the odds that the party would let her pick even one of those ideas?

    • I like Palin because her close association with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party shows her to be a true-blue and very Patriotic American the likes of whom this country has not seen since Jeff Davis and John Wilkes Booth.

  12. The slipshod McCain campaign (including how poorly they used Palin, ending up making her look even dumber than I think she is), merely widened a gap created by eight years of Bush-Cheney. No Republican alive could have overcome that, unless Obama had decided to name Osama bin Laden as his running mate.

    And I say that as someone who on my own blog recommended her as McCain's running mate back in June, long before most folks had heard of her. I didn't think she'd let McCain win, but that she would provide the energy cited above.

    She will continue to energize the base if she runs in 2012 or 2016, but will probably lose the nomination to someone more politically aware and with a broader appeal. Though as a liberal, part of me really hopes she's the nominee, which might help the Dems expand on their Congressional majority.

    • "Though as a liberal, part of me really hopes she's the nominee, which might help the Dems expand on their Congressional majority"

      Im thinking your liberal majority will be run out of this country on rails by the time the next election rolls around. god willing..if we have a country left after the congressional dems and obama spend the last dime we have along with the cap and tax bill that will make energy unaffordable.

  13. i was a dem. since obama, i'm for palin

    • Sharp…. concise ….. balanced…. insightful.
      Tony, you rock

  14. A most brillant analysis. Parisella is the number one Canadian analyst of the US political scene.

  15. I really hope that GOPers are that deluded that would indeed make Palin their candidate in 2012.

    Then again… We are talking about a country that elected GW twice in a row. Palin just might have a shot.

  16. I didn't RTFA, but Palin for 2012! If the author believes that "a healthy two-party system" is just now in jeopardy, he's as clueless as Palin. Such a system hasn't existed in the US within the last 3 decades . She's completely representative of middle America – superficially attractive, yet completely ignorant of anything that has ever occurred or is occurring outside of her sheltered existence. After Messiah Obama's about-face on the wars and pretty much every other principle he supposedly stood for (which certainly has come as no surprise to me), I find it hard to believe that educated people sincerely believe that it even slightly matters which party or person holds the Presidency.

  17. I would be so disappointed if Sarah Palin disappeared from US politics. It takes a village to produce an idiot, and besides she's busy destroying the Republican party.

    • No Jack, she's trying to restore it to what it was.

    • No Jack, she's trying to restore it to what it was. perchance to destroy what it has become, Dem-lite.

      • Definitely. When Lincoln joined it it was actually known as the "Wacko Party," but old Abe insisted on rebranding.

    • Well I guess you are the prefect example of the village idiot since all you can do is throw out words rather than providing concrete and real examples (as opposed to the made up ones such as Palin saying that she can see Russia from her house, which anyone knows was what Tina Fey said on a SNL, but the MSM has been too lazy to correct so they repeat it over and over and over again)

    • Thanks for your comments, Jack. If it takes "a village to produce an idiot", that may be because there is only one social conservative per village. I think you do miss one point, however. She's also nasty. As a father of 2 beautiful girls, I can't imagine how any parent could drag their 16 year-old pregnant daughter onto national stage and humiliate her in front of an entire nation to show how she herself adheres to "family values". What rank hypocrisy. Where is the love there? Political expediency apparently takes precedence over "family values".

      • Hear hear. I wonder if she's isn't too stupid to know what she's doing, however: total self-absorption and unintentional cruelty go hand in hand.

      • Hear hear. I wonder if she's isn't too stupid to know what she's doing, howeve: total self-absorption and unintentional cruelty go hand in hand.

    • I think Sarah Palin is a fembot from the future sent by the dirty socialist Dems to destroy the GOP. Why do all waste so much time on her anyway?

  18. If Sarah Palin were not sexy she wouldn't get the time of day from any man. Come to think of it, she will still not.

  19. I support Sarah Palin for the Republican Presidential Candidate.

    Mind you, I support anything that isolates social conservatives from having any power.

  20. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? This hillbilly chick makes Dubya look like a genius!

  21. WOW!
    She is my candidate. great looking , articulate , strong family values!

  22. The Republican Party will never revive itself until its sanctimonious bible tumping pantheon Sanford,Gingrich,Limbauch,Palin,Ensign,Vitter and hypocrites yet to be exposed stop being two faced……..

  23. No worse than Obama.

  24. You are precient. She just announced that ashe will resign as Governor before her term is over. Kudos!

  25. You are prescient. She just announced that she will resign as Governor before her term is over. You might be right.

  26. You are prescient. She just announced that ashe will resign as Governor before her term is over. You might be right.

  27. She is done now….no one likes a quitter. She ended u with the expeirence of just a couple years as a Governor with much of that time running for National office or as a National celebrity. No accomplishments and ends up quitting. There has to be another shoe to drop here and it isn't her announcement to run for President.

  28. A religious idot is what the USA really needs. Wasn't GW Bush enough?

  29. Maureen, are you telling us that you must be a 'Real Woman' and follow your man two steps behind as the Southern Baptist preach……?!

  30. You must be joking. Who else is on Governor Spice's ticket, Homer Simpson? The world has gone mad.

  31. Want to evaluate Ms Palin for yourself?

    Listen to her get pranked by 2 Montreal DJs
    Ms Palin's inability to sniff out this prank is painful – you actually start to feel sorry for her.

    You can try to rewrite history all you like, but Palin's words speak volumes here[youtube m38kNLSEras http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m38kNLSEras youtube]

  32. Why not Newt Gingrich? For the six years he controlled Congress, it was the only time in the previous four decades when government spending was under control.

  33. Those on this thread who think Palin's unelectable, fine. Reasonable opinion.

    However, it's all too common to see leftists going after Palin on a personal level. In particular, lines like this "It takes a village to produce an idiot" and this "Never go full retard" are striking. Symptomatic of the Left's hatred, I suppose, but since she's clearly very bright, are they also barely concealed insults directed at her mentally retarded son?

    As a more blatant example, this was recently posted at leftist hotbed the Huffington Post by writer Erik Nelson:

    "In Sarah Palin's resignation announcement she complained about the treatment of her son Trig who always teaches her life lessons. She said that the "world needs more Trigs, not fewer." That's a presidential campaign promise we can all get behind. She will be the first politician to actually try to increase the population of retarded people. To me, it's kinda like saying the world needs more cancer patients because they teach us such personal lessons.
    Her first act as President: To introduce a Pre-K lunch buffet that includes lead paint chips. Sort of a Large HEAD-START Program.
    She will then encourage women to hold off on pregnancies until their 40's just to mix up some chromosomes.
    She now is in favor of abortion only in case of diploid birth.
    Her policies will increase jobs because Wal-Mart is building new stores each day and someone has to be the greeter.
    This will lead to smaller government because fewer Americans will have the cognitive ability to hold a government job.
    Look, she says she's resigning as governor because people are making attacks on her and Trig. If she ever did become president, all Osama bin Laden would have to do to defeat the United States is Photoshop a picture of Trig and she'd surrender the country that night. As she said, "That's not politics as usual." It isn't. Politicians don't usually quit for so stupid of reasons."

    What the hell is wrong with you people?

    • She's clearly very bright….. try watching the post above where she gets pranked by 2 DJs.
      True, anyone can get caught in a gag, but she does not catch on at all…… at all

      Personal insults can be avoided by assessing her ability to actually do the job – and friend – if you want this woman to be President, then I worry about the future of the USA

      • Danby, did you even read the diatribe above? Personal insults are one thing…taking shots at infants with Down's Syndrome takes a special kind of nasty.

        There is a difference between wanting her to be president and wanting her and her family to be treated with a modicum of the basic respect that's owed to any human being. I don't think she's presidential material (yet), but that doesn't mean pepole should be making jokes about her underage kids getting knocked up, or taking shots at an infant with Down's Syndrome. If we can't even agree on that, then there really is no hope for political discourse.

        • Once again she has cited the oh-so-cruel attacks on her family as a motive for her actions; but actually it is now clear that she is going to be preparing her 2012 presidential bid. So once again she has used her family as a prop. She gives them no respect — probably couldn't, since she is plainly so self-absorbed — so the blame-game starts with her, if we care to play it.

    • Gaunilon, "Never go full retard" was not a reference to her handicapped son but to herself, as you might have guessed by clicking on the link I provided to her Couric interview before attacking my good faith. Personally I find it disgusting how the anti-abortion crowd is so eager to slobber all over the poor child, as though they were happy he was born handicapped — gives them a reason to "celebrate life," after all. Can't we just leave infants out of politics? And I don't mean you.

    • Gaunilon, "Never go full retard" (from "Tropic Thunder") was not a reference to her handicapped son but to herself, as you might have guessed by clicking on the link I provided to her Couric interview before attacking my good faith. Personally I find it disgusting how the anti-abortion crowd is so eager to slobber all over the poor child, as though they were happy he was born handicapped — gives them a reason to "celebrate life," after all. As to taking "village idiot" as a reference to him, don't you see that willfully misreading my intent is itself a rhetorical exploitation of a mentally handicapped person? Hypocrisy, thy name is Gaunilon.

      • If that was a misread of your intentions then well and good, since it holds promise that you aren't as vicious as at least one writer at HuffPo. The regularity of the retard references in this thread did not seem coincidental, but perhaps it's just the epithet requiring the least creativity.

        As to it being a wilfull misreading, that is what one might call "attacking my good faith" if one were the hypocritical sort. I leave it to you to draw the obvious conclusion here.

        And as to the anti-abortion crowd (interesting that you bring up abortion as soon as one mentions a mentally handicapped child, isn't it?) we're just happy she didn't kill the kid as 90% of Canadian women would on receiving the prenatal diagnosis. Free choice, you know. My body my temple. His body, still my temple. In that, at least, Palin has shown herself to be considerably less self-absorbed than most.

      • If that was a misread of your intentions then well and good, since it holds promise that you aren't as vicious as at least one writer at HuffPo. The regularity of the retard references in this thread did not seem coincidental, but perhaps it's just the epithet that requires the least creativity.

        As to it being a wilfull misreading, that is what one might call "attacking my good faith" if one were the hypocritical sort. I leave it to you to draw the obvious conclusion here.

        And as to the anti-abortion crowd (interesting that you bring up abortion as soon as one mentions a mentally handicapped child, isn't it?) we're just happy she didn't kill the kid as would 90% of Canadian women upon receiving the prenatal diagnosis. Free choice, you know. My body my temple. His body, still my temple. In that, at least, Palin has shown herself to be considerably less self-absorbed than most.

        • You're like a case study in fanaticism (which incidentally God doesn't like and may punish you severely for in the afterlife). The reason there are so many references to mental deficiency here is that we're talking about Sarah Palin, who has an IQ of 90. Grow up.

          • Where did you hear that her IQ was 90?

          • Oh, sorry, I may be misusing the term; I thought 100 was average, but a little googling ("Sarah Palin", "IQ of 90") tells me people are congratulating Palin on having an IQ of 90. I meant to imply she was dumb as a Shih Tzu.

        • Is it such an admirable choice to have a mentally-challenged child while you are making your way to the the White House? What time does she think she can devote to her beloved son if she is planning on running for President? There is nothing wrong with choosing to end a pregnancy when you know you will not be able to sufficiently care for your child as you have 4 others ( and a 16 year old who is pregnant) and you are trying to make a political career for yourself. It is pretty deplorable that you choose to have the child, use it as a political advantage, and then what, place it in the hands of a nanny to raise while you run the country? ( It's not like Todd would step up)

      • as you might have guessed by clicking on the link I provided to her Couric interview before attacking my good faith.

        Your good faith? That's a pile of bullsh!t Jack. You are the one who on a previous thread stated that the Palin children deserve everything that has been thrown at them "because of who their mother is", so your moral righteousness rings rather hollow. You don't seem to have any problem with someone attacking a child with Downs Syndrome in the manner that was described above, so long as that child belongs to Sarah Palin. You've demonstrated your clear contempt for the Conservatives for their disrespect of Parliament, etc, but even they haven't stopped to attacking the special needs children of their opponents. That requires a special kind of nasty; but of course you wouldn't know or care anything about that.

        And for your information, Palin has not cited any reason for why she quit politics yet, so enough of your lies.

  34. Seriously – palin for president? why don't they just hang a bullseye in the centre of the USA and say "bomb us, please"!
    She has the IQ of an iceberg — one that would sink the US into the depths of hell .. and take the rest of the free world with her

  35. Have we not already seen what religious idiology has done to the USA over the last 8 years? Do we need to see someone even more fundamentally insane running our nearest NUCLEAR EQUIPPED neighbour?

    "It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
    — Carl Sagan

    The world can not afford even one more crazy person in ANY position of power or control over ANYONE else!

  36. No wonder Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska! She wants the White House!

  37. Sauerkraut: Patriotism is too often the refuge for scoundrel……

  38. ''WOW! She is my candidate. great looking , articulate , strong family values! '' -Joetheelectrician

    You forgot DUMB.

    • I think you are biased , Nick . This girl is going places and you are stuck with Obamaitis!

  39. Didn't anybody learn from G.W. Bush!!!! Cummon. Get a grip.

  40. Sarah Palin could step up to a podium and literally gobble like a turkey – which is pretty much what that "resignation" speech was – and her supporters on the far right would still be declaring her the next Ronald Reagan. By all means – run Sarah Palin for President in 2012. Go for it. What an absolutely great idea.

  41. You've got to admire Palin for her steadfast commitment to conservative principles and values. But being a political leader takes a lot more than commitment; it also requires a high IQ and an educated mind. Sadly, the deficits regarding the latter are what's holding her back and will ultimately prevent her from achieving her goals.

    • Truth be told, if she retired from the public eye for 2 years and educated herself, she might be able to make somethign of herself. But alas, she is too busy attacking David Letterman to make herself a more legitimate candidate.

  42. That Sarah could get a crowd of true-believers to chant "Drill,baby,drill!" brings to mind images of Munich in the 1930's.

    • I don't remember Hitler's fans clamoring to drill for oil in Alaska. Or perhaps you mean that any chanting at a rally is inherently Nazi. I invite you to go and say that at the next union rally, pro-Obama rally, or Code Pink rally you attend.

  43. Just wait. There's more to come. Bwahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. In the field and arena of organizational psychology there is "contrast effect or bias". In essence when other candidates are so very poor that they cannot succeed then the other remaining candidate (Sarah Palin) takes on an enormous and inflated personal presence that is much larger than reality and they (she) actually begin to believe in an unrealistic expectation of becoming President of the US.

    She does it well but unfortunately (for theRepublicans) or fortunately (for the Democrats) this leads to the further personal unrealistic expectation that she is viable and can beat Obama at jogging (as she challenged yesterday) or as President.

    The more she engages in this self-fulfilling fantasy that only she truly believes, the closer the Republicans in 2012 will begin to "dust off" Romney or Huckabee or even a rehabilitated Mark Sanford. Palin is a loose cannon not "street smart" enough or intellectually astute enough to "dishonestly" know and admit what she "honestly" does not know! .She cannot resist hogging the headlines even negatively because it is very clear that is how she is illogically & irrationally programmed (DNA) to self-destruct. These are not Presidential characteristis or qualities.Not to worry.
    Steven. H. Appelbaum

  45. If Sarah's going to run for president in 2012 who is the power behind her sought after throne? Surely she can't run on ego alone.

  46. Sarah Palin getting ready for a Presidential election in 2012? How about a psychiatric evaluation first?!

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