If there has ever been a better example of someone being given a national platform who has no business being in the role, it is Sarah Palin. Watch this clip, if you can, or read the transcript courtesy of Steve M. at Booman’s Tribune.
“SARAH PALIN: … He is bringing us back, Sean, to days that — you can hearken back to days before the Civil War, when, unfortunately, too many Americans mistakenly believed that not all men were created equal, and it was the Civil War that began the codification of the truth that here in America, yes, we are equal and we all have equal opportunities, not based on the color of your skin. You have equal opportunity to work hard and to succeed and to embrace the opportunities, God-given opportunities, to develop resources and work extremely hard and, as I say, to succeed. Now, it has taken all these years for many Americans to understand that gravity, that mistake, that took place before the Civil War, and why the Civil War had to really start changing America. What Barack Obama seems to want to do is go back to before those days, when we were in different classes, based on income, based on color of skin. Why are we allowing our country to move backwards instead of moving forward with that understanding that, as our charters of liberty spell out for us, we are all created equal?”
Cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles
What could possibly explain Howard Dean crossing over into la la land and actually saying that Sarah Palin could beat President Obama in 2012. That is the craziest political statement I’ve heard all year. His reasoning is as weak as his apparent grasp on reality. The Hill has some details for us…
“I think she could win,” Dean told The Hill in an interview Friday. “She wouldn’t be my first choice if I were a Republican but I think she could win.”
Dean warns the sluggish economy could have more of a political impact than many Washington strategists and pundits assume.
First of all, Howard, would she be your second or third pick? But not your first? If you were a Republican, that is. That’s some qualifier to the crazy statement that followed. Wow!
It is true that the economy will have a lot of impact on the elections, that’s for sure. But leaping from Sarah Palin, who isn’t even running and won’t, to the fact that she could beat President Obama, even if the economy is still struggling – is just off the hook crazy. In order to win an election, you actually have to run in the primary and win. Sarah Palin doesn’t have the work ethic to do what needs to be done to get to that point. Hell, she quit half way through her first term as governor of Alaska. What makes Howard Dean think that she would actually take on the monumental task of running for president. There is absolutely no freakin way that Sarah Palin could possibly handle that. But let’s just suspend that fact for a second and look at Howard Dean’s point. It’s just astounding how large a leap Howard takes in his thinking. More from the Hill piece…(emphasis mine)
“Any time you have a contest — particularly when unemployment is as high as it is — nobody gets a walkover,” Dean said. “Whoever the Republicans nominate, including people like Sarah Palin, whom the inside-the-Beltway crowd dismisses — my view is if you get the nomination of a major party, you can win the presidency, I don’t care what people write about you inside the Beltway,” Dean said.
Well Howard, there is a good reason why the Beltway crowd dismisses her, have you been in a cave since 2008? The woman has not done anything that would prepare her for consideration as a serious candidate. And that “if” in “if you get the nomination”…well, Howard, you can’t just roll past that “if”, sorry. That’s a 64 pt “if” in a 12 pt world. She has spent the last few years cashing in on her name recognition and it continues to this day. It’s almost laughable even talking about her as a serious candidate, in my opinion. The most obvious evidence that she won’t run is the fact that Fox News has kept her on the payroll. They cut loose New Gingrich and Rick Santorum, terminating their contracts with Fox News as of May 1, 2011, because of their conflicts of interest. Not Sarah, she has no intention and no desire to ever run for office again. That would be way too much work. Just think about how much “gotcha journalism” she would have to endure if she were to run. Blame the inside-the-beltway crowd if you want, but the woman is not running for anything in the near future. I doubt she will ever run for office again. Why would she, she has a compliant media that will cling to her every high-pitched-rising-inflection word salad she utters. She’s got a pretty sweet gig going, if you can get it.
But continuing with the suspension of reality and taking it to Howard’s batshit crazy end. IF she were to actually run and IF she were to actually get the nomination, there is no fucking way she could beat President Obama in a general election. Can you imagine them in a debate? Can you imagine Sarah Palin telling us about “The Palin Doctrine” or her strategy for peace in the Middle East? It’s just so far off the ranch that you have to wonder what could possibly make Howard Dean say such idiotic things. Is it the Obama Derangement Syndrome progressed into a full blow disease which has started eating away at his brain? I’m just asking. Maybe some of you excellent readers can shed some light on that, as you often do.
Update: I just came across this poll at The Raw Story where 2/3 of the people surveyed said they would definitely not vote for Sarah Palin. 42% of Republicans said they definitely wouldn’t vote for her. But of those people who would, she’s taking their money from them. She’s slick!
I started writing this post about a week ago, having no idea that the two subjects of the post, dumb and dumber, would meet up and chow on some pizza. If you added up their IQ’s, you still wouldn’t reach 100. I imagine there was a lot of grunting and pointing going on at this meeting of the stupids.
Cable news and even broadcast news have become vehicles for con artists, egomaniacs and narcissists to make lots of money. There are way too many examples of this in the last few years, but I will just pick a few to focus on. The most recent and blatant example is Donald Trump. He used the guise of “possibly” running for president to promote his NBC show “Celebrity Apprentice”. It was so over the top and obvious, that some in the media even said they knew he was just trying to get publicity and then they would “roll tape” or say “we’ll talk to the Donald right after the break.” So even after admitting that they were being used, they just kept doing it. There were a few days on MSNBC where he was camped out in their studio and they put him on every half hour to spew his bullshit, mostly unchallenged. And he always dropped in several mentions of his TV show, without fail. I watched as MSNBC anchors just sat there speechless as he vomited out his racist, elitist bullshit and in my opinion, did great harm to our society. They helped to perpetuate the underlying racism behind his birth certificate claims and towards the end of his media blitz, the President’s educational accomplishments. That all came to a halt with the complete shellacking of Donald Trump at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. And then the next day, the killing of Osama bin Laden.
I called for a boycott of NBC until they fire him. I am still not watching that network until his ass is gone. It doesn’t look like it will be anytime soon, so NBC can count on one less viewer and one less consumer buying their advertisers products. I will not watch that network until he is off the air, period. I have also switched over to CNN as my daytime news network. Fuck MSNBC during the day, they simply take the latest meme from the “Morning Meme Generator with Joe” and repeat it on the half hour and then bring on Jane Hamsher or some other firebagger to beat up on the President and ignore his latest accomplishments. They usually have a Republican there to beat up on the president too, their idea of being bi-partisan. I do still watch Lawrence O’Donnell, Rachel Maddow and sometimes Ed Schultz. What else is there for a liberal to watch these days, until I get my cable network off the ground. (Only half joking)
The other example of the cable networks being willing vehicles for con artists is Sarah Palin. She has a documentary coming out and is on a bus tour. She has a fire in her belly, you know. I take Prilosec for mine. But once again, she is teasing the media into thinking she is running for president, when almost everyone says they know she will not. But that isn’t any reason to not pretend like she is and give her all the oxygen in the room. Who gives a shit about Joplin MO, or the radiation in Japan that has dropped off the radar, or the other communities torn apart by tornadoes or flooding. Instead, they are pimping for Sarah Palin and putting money directly into her greedy little, crib-noted hands. They are completely unabashed in giving her all the time she wants. And I’m not just talking about Fox News, this is all the cable networks, broadcast networks and the freakin internet too. I personally have grown tired of laughing at her half-witted sayings and screeching voice.
Mark my words, the next few weeks will be the Sarah Palin chronicles on cable news, they will have well paid reporters following her around, clinging to every word and tweet she spews, speculating about her run for president, blah, blah, fucking blah. And there is no way in hell she is running for president, that’s way too much work. Shit, she couldn’t handle being the governor of Alaska and cashed in while the getting was good.
I’ve been calling this phenomenon the “Balloon Boy Syndrome”, in honor of Richard and Mayumi Heene, the reality show folks who missed the limelight of being reality stars and had to jump up and down to get people to pay attention to them. This syndrome is very contagious, as soon as one network goes with a story, the others follow right along. Long gone are the days of checking sources or confirming stories, that’s for wimps. Run with it, what the hell, they can always spend 20 seconds saying they were wrong, after having beat the dead horse into the ground or followed the empty balloon half way across the country. They wait for the next ding and head off like salivating dogs to the next media created 15 minute fame whore.
The effect of the “Balloon Boy Syndrome” is that it just encourages others to do the same. At one point, I referred to the Republican primary as simply auditions for Fox News. Just today, I saw that Gov. Rick Scott of Florida and Gov. Rick Perry of Texas are both toying with the idea of throwing their hats in the ring. Who can blame them, all they have to do is say a few crazy things, watch the media descend upon them, they get built up, form a PAC, raise a bunch of money, write a book and collect the loot. And these cable outlets and news organizations just play right along with it, no shame, no apologies and no honor obviously. Is it any wonder the media ranks below child molesters in polls. (That may be a slight exaggeration, but who’s going to check on it?)
Did you see Sarah Palin’s speech to the Teabaggers convention? I’ll put it up below but I don’t necessarily recommend that you watch it. As I was watching, I realized that I had to tune out once in a while because I felt my intelligence being lowered and had to break away from the spell. :) I’m only half joking. The stream of consciousness that came out of her mouth was typical Palinism, her interpretation of things is almost like she gets her information 3rd hand or something. You know how when you start a rumor at one end of a table and by the time it gets to the other end, it’s completely different. That’s how I perceive Sarah getting her info, someone told Todd (like Rush Limbaugh or more likely Glenn Beck) and then he retells it to Queen Sarah.
I won’t even attempt to counter the huge pile of crap that she spewed out onto the stage last night, others will have a lot of fun with it I’m sure. I’m more fascinated by the roll she is playing in conservative politics, she basically was wooing the Teabaggers to the Republican Party, saying “come join us, we’re just as crazy as you are.” Now, I guess I shouldn’t be so gleeful at the thought of the republicans hooking up with this group, maybe they can get 51% of the country to believe that crap. I have to always remind myself that America REelected George W. Bush.
Now I’ve seen these images in a couple of places, but I’m not sure if they are from the Onion or not. It made me laugh because at the university I work at, students write on their hands all the time. I think they’re just trying to use less paper.
It says Energy – of course, she’s an expert on energy – being from Alaska!
Budget Tax Cuts – that’s a tough one to sell, huh? The crossed out Budget is funny, she corrected herself as she was writing it, her speech must have been well thought out, huh?
Lift American Spirit – catch phrase of the day!
And now here is her speech to the Teabagger convention, WARNING!!!! YOUR IQ MAY DECREASE WITH EXTENDED VIEWING!!
Sarah and Todd Palin emails, I’m sure there has to be lots of good stuff in there. Fun, fun, fun for the whole family.
James O’Keefe, the sometimes pimp, sometimes phone repair guy has been introduced to those pesky things called laws.
I had to get my fill of rudeness for the day. Warning for those faint of heart.
Here is a most excellent post at a new blog to me W.E.E See You – taking down Jane Hamsher and the haters.