Palin can dish it out, but she can’t take it

Earlier this week, Politico wrote about a trove of e-mails, contained in an unpublished manuscript written by Frank Bailey, a former aide to Sarah Palin, which show the former governor as the petty, vindictive, self-centered and hyper-sensitive personality any halfway attentive observer has long known her to be.

With an enemies list which would put Richard Nixon to shame, Palin is obsessed with every perceived slight, every criticism, every mention of her that is less than glowing praise. She goes after not just liberals, Democrats and the “lamestream media,” as she calls us, but also Republican bigwigs who, she believes, are unfair to her:

“Yes, (Newt/GOP) are egotistical, narrow-minded machine goons … but all the more reason God protected me from getting up on stage in front of ,5000 political and media ‘elites’ to praise him, then it be shown across the nation.” Palin wrote in the e-mail.

“At some point Newt would have shown his true colors anyway and we would have been devastated having known we’d earlier prostituted ourselves up in front of the country introducing him and acting like that good ol’ rich white guy is the savior of the party,” she continued.

Palin has absolutely no business in public life. She is temperamentally unsuited to modern-day politics, where officials and their family members — even children — are subjected to harsh criticism, unfair attacks, scurrilous rumors and even violent threats.

Consider the hateful, mean-spirited harangue to which Rush Limbaugh subjected the First Lady, in which he lambasted her for eating ribs and mocked her appearance. As the WaPo’s Dana Milbank noted:

The broadcaster announced during his show Monday that the first lady “took the kids out to Vail on a ski vacation, and they were spotted eating, and they were feasting on ribs – ribs that were 1,575 calories per serving with 141 grams of fat.”

Actually, the restaurant put the calorie count at 600, but Rush was determined to chew out Obama. “The problem is – and dare I say this? – it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice,” he said. “I’m trying to say that our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.”

What kind of crass and shameless critic would completely distort Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity just to score political points? Oh, wait! Sarah Palin did that, when she claimed the first lady wants to ban desserts. From The NY Daily News:

“Where are the s’mores ingredients?” the sharp-elbowed hockey mom growled in Sunday’s episode of her outdoorsy TLC show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

“This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert,” Palin said mockingly as she rummaged through her kitchen cupboards for graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.

Sarah, grow up.

— Cynthia Tucker

433 comments Add your comment

Wow, that's Pulitzer material

February 23rd, 2011
3:25 pm

With all of the issues we face as Americans, you would think that there has to be something more important to debate than whether or not Palin is self centered. Still waiting on some Pulitzer material from you Ms. Tucker.

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
3:26 pm

Cindy Lou, girl you crazy

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
3:30 pm

I’m not really understanding why you pick on Palin. She is a reality TV star now. Never going to be more than that from here on out other than she will help raise funds for the Repubs. Too polarizing to ever get back into politics. I find it kinda makes you look jealous of her. IMHO

Linda

February 23rd, 2011
3:31 pm

“Petty, vindictive, self-centered & hyper-sensitive,” “temperamentally unsuited,” “hateful, mean-spirited,” “crass & shameless.”
I’ve read this column before.

Kamchak

February 23rd, 2011
3:33 pm

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
3:36 pm

Hey, lighten up, Pulitzer … Some of us have spent two-plus long years biting our nails off as we’ve contemplated the very real possibility that a looney-toon like Palin could become leader of the free world. Hell — there are some people in Alaska who have dedicated their very LIVES to this endeavor. I salute them, and hope they get the medal of honor they deserve. Don’t blame us for wanting to do a little victory dance. You may also want to consider the fact that some have USED the woman as diversion from those very issues of which you speak …

StJ

February 23rd, 2011
3:39 pm

Are we still stuck on Sarah? :roll:

SP

February 23rd, 2011
3:40 pm

Sorry, CT – you’ve lost me. I keep coming back for some good debate, but this diatribe sounds like a 6th grade girl’s fight in a locker room. Maybe you would be better off if you put “I hate Sarah Palin” as your facebook status..

Honest Broker

February 23rd, 2011
3:40 pm

Why is Cynthia Tucker obsessed with Sarah Palin? Palin can’t do anything to you and probably never will.

ConcernedGeorgian

February 23rd, 2011
3:41 pm

Ms. Tucker, You have a nerve calling anyone self-centered. I hope someday, in my lifetime, to see you write something that qualifies you for the Pulitzer Prize!

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
3:42 pm

Oh, and lest we forget — it was Palin who arguably began the whole assault on my president’s CHARACTER, a real low in politics. The woman has all but single-handedly changed the discourse of this nation from one of spirited disagreement to outright vitriolic anger (Tucson, anyone?) She personifies everything WRONG with this country and deserves all the “Nyaah nyaahs” coming her way, IMHO. My anger and disgust with her knows no bounds right now, and I hope she crawls back north in abject disrepute. SO THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TruthBeTold

February 23rd, 2011
3:42 pm

@Hankie Aron – Are you serious?

Sarah Palin

February 23rd, 2011
3:42 pm

Y’all love me! Y’all really love me! Thanks for the attention, Cynthia…good to know you’re thinking about me! Muah!

Wow, that's Pulitzer material

February 23rd, 2011
3:44 pm

@ Ship of Fools

I suppose that I can be easy on you for wanting to take a victory lap, but the fix is in. No amount of hate filled rhetoric from Pulitzer prize winners will change the fact that Americans are not happy with the direction in which we are headed. That being said, I can’t stand Palin either.

Chris

February 23rd, 2011
3:46 pm

Cynthia, grow up and stick to the issues. The name calling and demagougery coming from you recently is tiresome. And you are not a part of the “lamestream media”. You are a liberal opinion columnist. Big difference. You’re no different than Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh. Only not as nearly as successful.

old white guy

February 23rd, 2011
3:46 pm

I thought this was a good article. Sarah Palin is still dangerous in that there are still some morons out there that would vote for her. Richard Nixon was a small-minded, vindicitive SOB and look where it got him. We do not need another person of that mentality in any position of power.

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
3:47 pm

Sorry, Pulitzer, but not all Americans are unhappy with the direction we are headed. Obama was not given a chance at all. Not one. In fact, I believe he may have been our very LAST chance, and it has been squandered. That being said:

Obama 2012: The only adult in the room!

IloveGeorgia

February 23rd, 2011
3:51 pm

GROW UP CINDY!!!!!

granny godzilla

February 23rd, 2011
3:52 pm

Chris

February 23rd, 2011
3:53 pm

You know your side is loosing the argument when you see childish rants like this. Next thing you know some moron will prank call Gov Walker pretending to be one of the Koch brothers. Oh wait….

StJ

February 23rd, 2011
3:54 pm

“We do not need another person of [Nixon's] mentality in any position of power.”

Ummmm . . . . too late. That ship sailed a couple decades ago, I think.

Ivan

February 23rd, 2011
3:56 pm

After reading Cynthia Tucker’s blog above, consider the hateful, mean-spirited harangue to which she quotes something Limbaugh said 2 days ago, and then quotes something Palin said 2 months before that; as if she’s following his stead about the Obama rib dinner.

More petty desperate-reaching spin. Cynthia, gow up.

buck@gon

February 23rd, 2011
3:57 pm

Sarah Palin is polarizing, controversial and divisive who can’t take it?

Cynthia Tucker is an award-winning columnist, who can “take it”, yet who sits behind her editorial management desk never responds to her critics?

I don’t get it. Can somebody pinch me to see if I’m awake?

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
4:00 pm

Truth- yes. No sarcasm needed

Dave R.

February 23rd, 2011
4:02 pm

Let’s see. Cynthia writes a column decrying Sarah Palin, using what a loser WaPo columnist claims Rush Limbaugh said about the First Lady.

Does anyone else see the disconnect here?

Frankly, Cynthia fails to get from “A” to “D”, and earns herself a big “F” in the process.

Palin Derangement Syndrome runs deep in the questionable minds of some libs, that’s for sure.

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
4:02 pm

Someone clue me in — Is the venom against Ms. Tucker coming from “the right,” or “Tea partyers,” or “Palin lovers?” I don’t get it. The woman is in celebratory mode! Ms. Tucker’s rant pales in comparison to the Palin crap we’ve been bludgeoned over the head with for the past 2+ years. Give her a break!!!

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
4:04 pm

Ship of Fools- it’s coming from average conservative Americans and we can have our opinion of Tuck just as well as she can have of Palin.

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
4:04 pm

I personally don’t care too much for Palin but I don’t see the need to bash a woman in political circles who doesn’t hold a position in politics

guy

February 23rd, 2011
4:05 pm

CT is a 100% true racist. There are plenty on the other side just as bad.Why do these people,on both sides,keep on and on over and over ctitizing each other.Could it be they get paid to stir up crap? Surely not?
SICKOS!!!!!

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
4:06 pm

Got one for you guys-

Try to comprehend the hypocrisy of a Congress that requires every citizen to prove that they are insured…..but does not require everyone to prove they are a citizen”

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
4:07 pm

Hey, Dave R.:

Questionable minds? Can you please define?

PDS is bunk made up by her apologists … Palin is responsible for a LOT of the bad vibes in the country you can all but smell at this point. I’m mad as hell about it, too. What a lot of time wasted on a very dangerous buffoon. If you cannot see the gravitas of the situation, you need to get YOUR head examined (just sayin). BTW, ” … loser WaPo columnist CLAIMS …” is not a “claim.” It is true. I saw it and was astounded. These jokers are losing the attention of the media and they’re going off the deep end about it. What does THAT tell you about them?

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
4:07 pm

Liberals- can’t live with them, they can’t live without us.

Kamchak

February 23rd, 2011
4:09 pm

I don’t see the need to bash a woman in political circles who doesn’t hold a position in politics

When you start calling out others for bashing Jimmy Carter you will begin to have a point.

But until then, how about a nice big cup of STFU.

Wow, that's Pulitzer material

February 23rd, 2011
4:09 pm

@ Ship of Fools

I said that I would give you a break. Ms. Tucker, on the other hand is an entirely different matter all together. She appears unable to write about anything remotely worthy of debate. I admit that we don’t share the same views, but I love a good debate on relevant issues. That is why I still read her column, hoping to find something of importance instead of the same old copy and paste.

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
4:10 pm

Hankie (?)

She does not hold a political position. Of COURSE she doesn’t. However, she ALMOST DID. That is the point. BTW, I’m a progressive (duh). I’ve known a lot of conservatives in my lifetime, but the conservatives I’ve known DO NOT APOLOGIZE for Palin. They’re a little smarter than that, thank you very much.

Wow, that's Pulitzer material

February 23rd, 2011
4:13 pm

Jimmy Carter? Who gives a rip about Jimmy Carter. Really?

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
4:13 pm

Well, Pulitzer, thanks … but don’t buy your bit about still reading her column. If she is one who does the “same old copy and paste,” then what are you still doing here?

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
4:16 pm

Oh, Hankie, Hankie …

I’m a 57-year-old liberal. Also:
1. I’ve worked for the past 40 years, just like you.
2. I’ve NEVER taken a dime from the government, just like you.
3. I never INTEND to take a dime from the government, just like you.
4. I do, however, have compassion and believe in government assistance for my fellow human being in need, unlike you.

What part of “liberal” have you never understood?

Wow, that's Pulitzer material

February 23rd, 2011
4:16 pm

I’m waiting on my kids to get out of after school activities and needed something amusing to do while sitting here.

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
4:17 pm

Kamchak- Who is Jimmy Carter? Wasn’t he a peanut farmer or something. Oh and I’ve got a warm cup just waiting for you pal, wouldn’t you know it, same stuff.

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
4:18 pm

Me too, in a way. Bored. Had the day off, today. Waiting for my husband so we can go walk our bored doggies …

Hey, did you hear about the one …. ???????????

willie lynch

February 23rd, 2011
4:20 pm

Palin and her disfunctional family are a step away from the Jerry Springer show.

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
4:22 pm

Point 4 Ship of Fools- for myself completely not true, thanks for judging me

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
4:22 pm

without knowing me ship

Drifter

February 23rd, 2011
4:23 pm

To get any more enemies, she would have to be…..Obama. Her biggest asset is her ability to drive the left crazy and as much attention as y’all give her, she’s a master at that.

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
4:23 pm

Hankie — apples and oranges.

Everyone being insured keeps rates down. Carrying papers is burdensome and discriminatory.

I M H O

Whoooooo hoooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really last word

February 23rd, 2011
4:24 pm

Hankie Aron

February 23rd, 2011
4:24 pm

BTW- In fact just last Christmas I bought two needy families Christmas for their kids and dinner. Enjoy your dog walk.

jconservative

February 23rd, 2011
4:24 pm

Interesting debate.

I have yet to see a Palin supporter able to explain her quitting on the people of Alaska.

There was a day in the USA when we frowned on quitters. We taught our children not to be quitters. Now we elevate quitters to stardom.

Curious.

Ship of Fools

February 23rd, 2011
4:25 pm

Hankie —

It appears that is all most of us are doing in this comment section — judging … no?