Sarah is the conservative’s Oprah

No question, Sarah Palin is the Republican Democrats love to hate.  They sense in her the small-town, outsider appeal that they find threatening.  She scares them. 

That’s why liberals spend an inordinate amount of time lamenting that she’s not ready for prime time or that poor old unsophisticated Sarah appeals to hayseed conservatives, but otherwise has no possible appeal that could grow the Republicans’ conservative majority into an electoral majority.

I’ve seen her before crowds.  Admittedly, the crowds were Republican.  And one in Middle Georgia was both Republican and Red State. But she has an energy and a connection that few politicians can match.  She’s just as appealing as “former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin” as she would be a “Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.”  Give her three years for the people south of Alaska to see and hear her and she’ll be the Oprah of the conservative movement.  People like her.  People listen.  She connects. She’s real. Oprah picks the books people read.  Sarah will pick the issues people discuss.

The Left knows that.  That’s why she frightens them.

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Redneck Convert

July 8th, 2009
7:50 am

She thinks like us, talks like us, looks like us. Yup, Sarah got the redneck vote all tied up and the election ain’t even started.

Ahm a Ditz Brain in Red Monkey Heels

July 8th, 2009
8:14 am

Run her and make it a slam dunk for us. Winfrey is far better informed. Winfrey runs a multi hundred million dollar corporation. Both of them did much to get Obama elected. Palin sunk McCain who was already sinking.

Palin is far from Oprah Winfrey except in the sense that anytime she runs she helps Obama win. The redneck vote is a shrinking base that is less than 5% of voters so LOL we would love for Palin to run. It will be the biggest stomping in history. She already pushed McCain over the edge and he was stomped because she was on the ticket. Keep misreading the polls.

Palin does not frighten any of the left anymore than high school level Jim Wooten does. She is as poorly informed as Wooten. Wooten’s stream of consciousness articles are like Palin’s stream of Consciousness James Joycian speech.

By all means run Palin, but your party isn’t going to let you. McCain was cowed by the base into passing up equally dead white men and an equally dead white woman Kay Bailey Huchinson for her.

Palin is a perfect clinical example of a Borderline Personality. Wooten doesn’t understand this psychiatric concept, and he’s way too damn lazy to read what it is. Wooten has obviously not read the Vanity Fair article that nails Palin to a “T.”

Liberals spend time trying to educate you that you insulted the country when you ran this moron.

We know you don’t learn from history, so if the dimwit tries to run again, the poorly educated base, like Wooten, naive in political matters, will back her. She won’t get the Republican nomination, but Dems would love you to run her. We’ll smack her down by a much bigger majority than we smacked you down before. Bring it on please Wooten. Your ignorant poorly educated state’s Republicans might back her, but then you’re backing Handel who has gotten smacked down repeatedly and wasted a ton of money in her attempt to steal voting rights.

Palin lied about the cost of her ethics complaints. She lied about the fact they’d go away when she quit. She stupidly said that if she were president, some White House Department of Law which does not exist would protect her. She doesn’t understand the functions of DOJ and White House Counsel and never will.

Her state appointments were pathetic, and the largest cost of the ethics complaints was her stupid vendetta against her former brother -in-law, a trooper.

From Edward Teller in Alaska, and the Anchorage Daily News:

Palin’s claim that $2,000,000 taxpayer (or rather, oil revenue dollars — this is Alaska, after all) have been spent on responding to ethical complaints against Palin.

Problem? Just two days before, on July 1, the Anchorage Daily News, the Juneau Empire, and the Associated Press all reported on figures released by the Alaska Personnel Board about the actual costs of its investigations into ethical complaints against Palin & members of her administration. The costs were considerably less than what Palin claims: $296,042.58.

What’s more, nearly two-thirds of that amount was attributable in no small part to an ethics case Palin filed against herself. As explained by Patrick Forey in his Juneau Empire story,

[T]he timing, scope and other factors of the single largest expense appear to fit the case Palin filed against herself that cost $187,797 to investigate. That’s almost two-thirds of the total $296,042 of all Personnel Board investigations in the last two years.

The self-reported complaint was a means to have a legislative investigator’s findings in the “Troopergate” case reexamined by a Personnel Board investigator. She said publicly that her self-reported complaint was without merit.

Without merit, huh? Do I hear the word frivolous?

Sarah Palin is engaging in terminal misrepresentations with nearly every word she utters; and, yet, the mainstream media laps it up as gospel. Basic research of the facts on the ground in Alaska would put the lie to her disingenuous spiel, but that appears to be too much to ask of the worthies.

Ahm a Ditz Brain in Red Monkey Heels

July 8th, 2009
8:31 am

From the Vanity Fair article by Todd Purdom

More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of “narcissistic personality disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—“a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy”—and thought it fit her perfectly. When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig’s condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God’s, and signed it “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”

Palin is an untreated Borderline Personality, and anyone who has spent time admitting them and taking care of their suicidal attempts recognizes this. It’s the reason why she could not focus to be tutored, and to be fair, it would be more difficult than taking a 15 year old who wasn’t motivated and trying to tutor the 15 year old to run for President or VP.

The best thing the Palin family could do is to take some of her book money and get her admitted to John Gunderson’s McLean Clinic at Harvard for treatment:

Borderline personality disorder: A serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual’s sense of self-identity.

Originally thought to be at the “borderline” of psychosis, people with borderline personality disorder (BPD) suffer from a disorder of emotion regulation. While less well known than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), BPD is more common, affecting 2% of adults, mostly young women. There is a high rate of self-injury without suicide intent, as well as a significant rate of suicide attempts and completed suicide in severe cases. Patients often need extensive mental health services and account for about 20% of psychiatric hospitalizations.

While a person with depression or bipolar disorder typically endures the same mood for weeks, a person with BPD may experience intense bouts of anger, depression and anxiety that may last only hours, or at most a day. These may be associated with episodes of impulsive aggression, self-injury, and drug or alcohol abuse. Distortions in cognition and sense of self can lead to frequent changes in long-term goals, career plans, jobs, friendships, gender identity, and values. Sometimes people with BPD view themselves as fundamentally bad, or unworthy. They may feel unfairly misunderstood or mistreated, bored, empty, and have little idea who they are. Such symptoms are most acute when people with BPD feel isolated and lacking in social support, and may result in frantic efforts to avoid being alone.

People with BPD often have highly unstable patterns of social relationships. While they can develop intense but stormy attachments, their attitudes towards family, friends, and loved ones may suddenly shift from idealization (great admiration and love) to devaluation (intense anger and dislike). Thus, they may form an immediate attachment and idealize the other person, but when a slight separation or conflict occurs, they switch unexpectedly to the other extreme and angrily accuse the other person of not caring for them at all. Even with family members, individuals with BPD are highly sensitive to rejection, reacting with anger and distress to such mild separations as a vacation, a business trip, or a sudden change in plans. These fears of abandonment seem to be related to difficulties feeling emotionally connected to important persons when they are physically absent, leaving the individual with BPD feeling lost and perhaps worthlessness. Suicide threats and attempts may occur along with anger at perceived abandonment and disappointments.

People with BPD exhibit other impulsive behaviors, such as excessive spending, binge eating and risky sex. BPD often occurs together with other psychiatric problems, particularly bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and other personality disorders.

Group and individual psychotherapy are at least partially effective for many patients with BPD. A new psychosocial treatment termed dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) was developed specifically to treat BPD, and this technique appears promising. Pharmacological treatments are often prescribed based on specific target symptoms shown by the individual patient. Antidepressant drugs and mood stabilizers may be helpful for depressed and/or labile mood. Antipsychotic drugs may also be used when there are distortions in thinking.

The Anti-Wooten

July 8th, 2009
8:31 am

The winner of this years Iquitarod does not scare the left. In fact, one of the biggest reasons that many of us love to see her name foisted upon an unsuspecting public is that she’s such a surefire loser. Please, please keep her in the public eye and run her.

Get Real

July 8th, 2009
8:37 am

Riiiight Wooten, and I’ve got some fishing ponds in S. Georgia I’d like you construct loading ramps on. The republican leadership despises her more than democrats, which is why the McCain campaign is still dragging her through the mud (Vanity Fair articles) not democrats. She’s nothing more than a quitter in my book, not that her resigning her position has any bearing on me. Although, Sonny could quit now and do far less damage to the state than he has. Go ahead and volunteer for her in your soon-to-be free time, democrats have no worries about conservatives running a woman that wears red monkey high heels, lol. Republicans are the ones frightened she may win the nomination because they won’t see the inside of the White House until 2020. Kinda funny how she rails against the ‘mainstream media’ until she needs to do an interview. You’re just going through a midlife crisis Wooten, and your attraction towards Ms. Palin is deluding your brain.

3rd Party Guy

July 8th, 2009
8:39 am

Actually she’s the GOP’s Michael Jackson.

The Anti-Wooten

July 8th, 2009
8:45 am

All kidding aside, it’s not the issues and her stand on them that makes me worry about her in a power of real position. It’s her Pro-Stupidity stances that give me pause.

We need intelligent, well educated and thoughtful people to make this country great and successful. Sarah Palin isn’t one of those people and she’s adamantly opposed to the idea of such people.

Ahm a Ditz Brain in Red Monkey Heels

July 8th, 2009
8:52 am

Here’s one up the Christy Christy Christy (don’t take our religion and guns) Republiican um alley:

Hays Research Group Polls from Conservative Republican Religious Dispatches

Beyond the Spin: Palin Hurt the GOP, According to the Numbers
By Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox

Posted on July 7, 2009, Printed on July 8, 2009

Sarah Palin’s abrupt decision to resign as governor has raised a flurry of speculation across the political spectrum about her current political prospects, and her viability as a national candidate in 2012. Few pundits, however, have focused on what polls actually reveal about Palin’s appeal as a national political figure.

The numbers paint a grim picture for the once-rising star of the GOP.

At home in Alaska, the number of people saying they have a positive view of Palin has fallen precipitously from 89% in May 2008 to just 54% in May 2009 (Hays Research Group). By comparison, in the same May 2009 poll, 76% of Alaskans reported having a positive view of Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, who recently slammed Palin for deciding to “abandon the state and her constituents.”

A look at other national data reveals that on balance, John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin hurt him more than it helped across most segments of the American electorate. The data also reveals a lesson that is often forgotten among political operatives: voters want more than a candidate who holds certain positions or values; the character, tone, and competency of candidates also matter. Voters can and do distinguish between someone who shares their values and someone who would serve the public well.

According to a national post-election survey conducted by Public Religion Research [the authors were the principal researchers at PRR on the survey --ed.], the voting public was evenly split about whether Sarah Palin shared their values (49% agreeing vs. 45% disagreeing). Despite higher numbers identifying with Palin at the level of values, only 18% of American voters said Palin’s selection as McCain’s running mate made them more likely to vote for the Republican ticket. On the other hand, nearly one-quarter (24%) reported that her selection made them less likely to support the GOP ticket, and a majority (56%) report her selection made no difference.**

Among white evangelicals, the religious core of the GOP base, three-quarters (75%) agreed that Palin shares their values. But even among this group, only 3-in-10 said her selection made them more likely to support the McCain ticket. In contrast, a majority (54%) of white evangelicals say her selection made no difference for their support for McCain, and an additional 14% say her selection made them less likely to support McCain. But the real evidence against a successful Palin national campaign appears when we look into the electoral middle, at the attitudes of two important swing groups, white Catholics and political independents.

Among white Catholics, Palin was a clear drag on the ticket. White Catholics supported McCain over Obama (52% to 47%), and nearly 6-in-10 (58%) white Catholic voters reported that Sarah Palin shares their values. However, only 16% of white Catholic voters said McCain’s decision to tap Palin made them more likely to vote for him. In contrast, more than 1-in-4 (27%) reported that Palin’s selection made them less likely to support the GOP ticket, and a majority (55%) of white Catholics said it made no difference.

Political independents were more evenly divided about whether Sarah Palin shares their values (45% agree vs. 49% disagree). But twice as many political independents reported that the choice of Sarah Palin made them less likely to support the Republican ticket than to support it (32% to 16%). Half of all independents said her addition to the ticket made no difference in their support.

So what explains the large gap for many between identifying with Palin’s values and supporting her as a candidate? Part of the explanation certainly has to be her many now-famous stumbles, public gaffes, and lack of knowledge about key policies. But there is another important explanation. There is mounting evidence that the American electorate is turning away from so-called “values voter” wedge politics that Palin represented (recall that Palin launched her career by using an anti-abortion rights hit piece against her opponent in the Wasilla mayoral race, an historically non-partisan position).

In our post-election survey, an overwhelming majority (73%) of American voters agreed that “people of faith should advocate for policies that protect the interests of all and promote the common good” compared to only 22% who preferred pursuing “policies that protect their values and way of life.” By a nearly 2-to-1 margin, those favoring a common good politics said Palin’s addition made them less likely to support the GOP ticket (27% less likely vs. 15% more likely).

The avalanche of coverage since Palin’s resignation indicates that pundits are likely to continue their conjectures about Palin’s motives and political future. But the numbers reveal her limitations as a national political figure, and her serious liabilities among virtually every religious and demographic group outside of the GOP base. Moreover, the numbers reveal that voters across the political spectrum are looking not only for candidates who share their values, but for candidates who can ably serve the common good.

**Note: The post-election survey cited above was conducted November 5-7, 2008, among 1,277 voters by Public Religion Research for Faith in Public Life in partnership with Sojourners and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D. is president of Public Religion Research and author of Progressive & Religious: How Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist Leaders are Moving Beyond the Culture Wars and Transforming Public Life. Dr. Jones is also a Visiting Fellow in Religion at The Third Way and a regular columnist for the online magazine

Prior to joining Public Religion Research, Daniel Cox worked as a Research Associate at the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. In 2007, Dan played a major role in the groundbreaking Religious Landscape Survey, a large public opinion survey on religion and politics that interviewed over 35,000 Americans. His writing has appeared in numerous national news and religious publications including the New York Times, ABC News, CNN, Newsweek, World Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, and the Orlando Sentinel.


July 8th, 2009
9:06 am

The social conservatives and the Democrats are the only ones who love Sarah Plain albeit for entirely different reasons. The political conservatives wouldn’t touch her with a $10K campaign contribution.


July 8th, 2009
9:06 am

I’m sorry, Jim, but your idea of appealing and mine are different. Other than for entertainment value (as I construct counter-arguements to her points and laugh at her), watching her speak is a mixture of painful and as stimulating as watching the tap drip.


July 8th, 2009
9:07 am

Jim when did you master the literary technique of irony?

That woman will “pick the issues we discuss”??? Maybe at the monthly meeting of the Wasilla Book Burners Club. But that is about it.

And scares who exactly? She is a non-Republican’s wet dream, my man! And people all over the country are just praying (get it?) that she runs for ANY office. But alas, not for the reasons that her lamebrain “conservative’ “base” think.

Please forget these silly attempts at erudite hyperbole and stick with what got you here and keeps your otherwise lost and desperate ostriches with a glimmer of hope – outright yellow journalism…


July 8th, 2009
9:17 am

“The Left knows that. That’s why she frightens them.”

Sarah Palin should frighten everyone, JW. To think this numbnut warrents consideration for POTUS given her history is disturbing to say the least. I wonder how many lives she up-ended in Alaska with her selfish and cowardly resignation? I can’t understand why any true conservative would continue to defend this woman.

Ahm a Ditz Brain in Red Monkey Heels

July 8th, 2009
9:19 am

The Jim Wooten who writes the serious articles making a plea for fiscal responsibility in Georgia or educational reforms (however misguided) seems to be a separate self from the individual who writes articles as goofy and poorly reasoned as this one.

It is amazing and laughable that Wooten can listen to or read Palin’s speech and interviews during the last week and seriously believe that Democrats are afraid of her.

To the degree that a portion of your party clings to this construct, your party is doomed.

Palin could not get a serious job at even a deteriorated, diminished newspaper at like AJC or any of the other Cox newspapers or media outlets. Maureen Downey ,Cynthia Tucker, and Jay Bookman who were kicked off your editorial board (Bookman reduced to two columns, Tucker shipped to DC, and Downey muzzled to talk about education in Georgia when her talents should be given free reign toward a panoply of topics) are all infinitely better qualified to be President of the U.S.

The difference is that they can all speak and write coherently. Palin cannot, and Palin doesn’t have 1000th of the command of domestic and foreign issues as these 3 columnists your right wing leaning paper, Cox, and right winger Julia Wallace kicked off the editorial board a couple months ago.

Churchill's MOM

July 8th, 2009
9:29 am

Thank you for writing something positive about our next President.

**************Handel 2010***************Palin Sanford 2012******************


July 8th, 2009
9:29 am

As I’ve said many times before,I like Mrs. Palin.I respect Mrs. Paln,but I see no Presidency in her future.

The Rev. Al said the reason that Obama got elected was named Michael Jackson.Now there’s somrthing I never thought of,Al.


July 8th, 2009
9:30 am

Droll, Jim. Very droll. Glad to see you have moved into the Redneck/Captain Freedom satire market. You do it well.


July 8th, 2009
9:30 am




July 8th, 2009
9:40 am

Palin is resolutely, proudly ignorant… incurious, anti-intellectual, and distinctly pro-stupid in all her statements.

The fact that she has any appeal at all to the Republican faithful is the scary part. Who knew that the Know-Nothings were staging a comeback?

“Vote Palin: Because Thinking Is Haaaaaarrrd!”

If that slogan doesn’t scare you, you don’t care much about the future of America.

GOP is gone

July 8th, 2009
9:47 am

Was that rally in “Stupidville” GA? I heard she was a bit hit with them.
And with the head of Stupidville’s cheer squad, Churchills mommmy.

Ahm a Ditz Brain in Red Monkey Heels

July 8th, 2009
9:48 am

Wooten is oblivious to the large number of poverty stricken, literally starving citizens in Alaska who have been abandoned by Palin whether she stayed in office or not. Palin refused to appoint a head of the agency responsible for helping these people to get fed, keep shelter, and get medical help that the legislature provided for in a Bipartisan way.

The lying borderline personality blathers about special needs children, and the only thing Palin knows or understands about a special needs child is how to make one.

She cut funding for special needs kids by 62% if you read the budgets fromher office FY 2007 (pre-Palin), 2008, and 2009. She ridiculed fruit fly research, which happens to be part of infrastructure of genetic research in 2009 and 2010 on preventing trisomy birth defects.

The best news Dems and so-called poll-Independents can possibly get is that the Repubs take the road to nowhere and run her in 2012. The Repubs are going to see an historic loss of control in Congress and the White House during the next 20 years.


July 8th, 2009
9:58 am

Jim…liberal Democrats will always tell you volumes about people or issues they fear…by their knee-jerking and slandering. Sarah Palin scares the absolute be-jeebers out of these secular, anti-USA morons..whether it be in the party, media, Hollywood, academia or music.

Ahm a Ditz Brain in Red Monkey Heels

July 8th, 2009
10:06 am

Clyd’s comments may be based on his instinct for kindness, and that subconsciously or consciously he pities Palin. However, when you do a critical analysis of her speeches during her 2 month campaign run, they were clearly xenophobic racist hate speech. And on a psychiatric level, her disheveled, rambling, grandiose and bizarrely superficial speech is clearly that of a DSMIV clinical Borderline personality best described in Harvard and McClean Clinic psychiatrist John Gunderson’s books.

The books and psych literature articles on narcissism by Otto Kernberg at Will Cornell and Heinz Kohut also capture the essence of Palin’s severe mental illness.

Palin clearly displays 1) regression to the regulation of infantile narcissism 2) narcissitic choice of object and a full blown untreated narcissistic personality disorder.

The comments above by AmVet, Munch, GOP is Gone, Catlady, and Davo perfectly capture how this disordered sick lady responds to the pressure of trying to get her head around national political issues.

The major problem that is cauing so many Republicans to scream for Obama’s head besides their embittered bias and anguish at continual loss of most elections in 2008 and 2006 is that the problems he is tackling are not going to be solved in months. In fact, the health care changes proposed will not kick in major dividends in the economy for many years, nor will the economic changes. It took about 25 years beginning with Reagan, propelled by Greenspan, Gingrich, Phil Graham, Paulson and the Goldman Sachs 5, Bob Rubin at Citi, and partly Geithner at the NY Fed to put the catastrophe in motion. It’s going to take many years for Obama’s teams adjustments to correct the disasters.

Passing a public health care plan is one substantive and concrete way to begin correcting the economic fiasco/disaster, and the Dems are preparing to roll over the Republicans if necessary. They will not succeed in destroying a public health option which should be a single payer option.

Of course the SarahPac ditzheads are simply too biggoted and too stupid to understand this. They are among the poorly educated. You could get a splendid education at UGA if you chose to apply yourself. The AJC’s political columnists from there underscore this. But they didn’t.


July 8th, 2009
10:17 am

Howard: Are you saying that the prospect of an idiot gaining political power DOESN’T scare you?

That’s scary in itself!


July 8th, 2009
10:21 am

Dear Ditz Brain,
I want to see Obama stop his foolishness and concentrate on the economy.It’s not all that good,you know.After people are back to work,then I’d be willing to talk health care reform and other social programs ’til the cows come home.As I’ve said on many,many occasions,I don’t trust Obama.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 8th, 2009
10:22 am

John W. Meriwether, the former Salomon Brothers star who founded the
hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management that spectactularly blew up in
the late 1990s, appears to be closing down his current hedge fund.

Bloomberg News, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported
Wednesday that Mr. Meriwether plans to shut the main fund at his JWM
Partners, which it said lost 44 percent between September 2007 and
February 2009.

Several prominent hedge fund firms have recently closed their doors
after a bruising year for the industry. JWM Partners managed about $1
billion at the beginning of 2008, Bloomberg News said.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 8th, 2009
10:24 am

The Chinese carmaker Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp. is
trying to outmaneuver Magna International in the race for Opel with an
offer that foresees less state aid and fewer job cuts,

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 8th, 2009
10:25 am

The New York Times Company will accept initial bids for The Boston
Globe through late July, postponing a deadline that had been set for
Wednesday, The New York Times reported.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 8th, 2009
10:27 am

In a sign of the difficulties facing the development of wind energy,
the legendary Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens is suspending plans to
build the world’s largest wind farm.

Big Bucks GOP doing the Lords work

July 8th, 2009
10:29 am

A federal jury on Tuesday ruled in favor of Maurice R. Greenberg, the
former chief executive of the American International Group, in a case
involving $4.3 billion stock dispute.

Hillbily Deluxe

July 8th, 2009
10:34 am

The elites hated Gene Talmadge but the people loved him.


July 8th, 2009
10:37 am

Good for the quitter. Cash in like this guy:

Sen. Johnny Isakson’s Shady Dinner With Lobbyists: Crashing The Party

Just a good ole corrupt boy.

Get Real

July 8th, 2009
10:37 am

Please limit Big Bucks number of posts, sheesh. I can find my own informative articles to read with no help man. Wooten, the people have spoken (with the exception of nonpatriots such as Howard calling people who disagree with him anti-USA, as if), Palin is not what you think she is.


July 8th, 2009
10:39 am

Good, Jim Wooten, oh so good this morning. You have pictured Sarah Palin in fine fashion. and you certainly proved your point about liberal fear of her.

Looks like the DNC has put several “bloggers” hard at work here in their usual hate-fests of a fine Rpublican. The better Palin looks the longer they rattle on. They don’t want to waste their long experience in hating Bush so now it is going to be Palin.

The Dems got by on empathy and eloquence last election. What was underneath that is still questionable. Now they fear the “real thing’ because Americans yearn for the real thing; a leader who appreciates this country, acts like they love it and knows that money does not grow on Chinese trees.

Keep up the good work, Jim. We need it here.

Kayaker 71

July 8th, 2009
10:42 am

Interesting piece in the NYT today regarding Buckwheat’s visit to the Soviet Union. Appears that the students at the Moscow University graduation didn’t have much a thrill running up their legs. There was no interruption of TV broadcasts, the speech, and other speeches that he made were not disseminated to the public through the media. His wife made a couple of visits to a hospital but said very little. His narcissism didn’t appear to excite the Soviets very much. Looks like they realize that he is a lightweight….. something that 46% of the electorate realized during the election. His “star power” didn’t seem to work with the Russians. It is doubtful that he is making much on an impression on them as well as those in the Muslim world. I think that Sister Sarah would have fared much better. She couldn’t have done much worse.


July 8th, 2009
10:48 am

Can anybody name one Democrat, let alone any liberal, who fears Sarah Palin? Now they may not like her, but trust me, they are hoping that Sarah Palin remains active in national GOP politics for a good long while.


July 8th, 2009
10:56 am

You have to hand it to the lame-brains. They are nothing if not loyal to other lame-brains. Thanks for the laugh, Dusty.

get out much?

July 8th, 2009
11:02 am

It says something about the conservative movement when they have gone from leaders like Barry Goldwater and William F. Buckley to Sarah Palin.


July 8th, 2009
11:08 am

Wooten. Believe me, I know comedy and this ain’t it. You are not the Lt. of Laughs, Steven Hauk. What’s next, polkas?

Chris Broe

July 8th, 2009
11:17 am

Grading Wooten.

Sarah/Oprah. Wooten masterfully weaves two seemingly unrelated media icons together… (Their names do both end in “rah”, so I can see how a veteran wordsmith would put the two together for a piece, although I do admit I wouldn’t have spotted it.)

What Wooten slyly implies is that Sarah’s new higher calling is not about being able to see Tibet from her belfry. No. It’s about Sarah’s transformation from a misunderstood governor giving a rambling, incoherent resignation speech to a eloquent and charming international television superstar whose influences transcend both race and gender.

Sarah’s Belfry. Oprah Winfrey. The more you look at Wooten’s piece today, the more sense it makes.



July 8th, 2009
11:19 am

Wasn’t Goldwater the guy that set the current political stage for the South?The one that has Republicans limited to the states where people actually vote for them? If memory serves me correctly he perished on the sword of civil rights.


July 8th, 2009
11:40 am

Sarah Palin declares “I am not a quitter.”

Facts: Palin has now QUIT every elected and appointed public position she has held. Also. She quit four colleges before she got a degree at her fifth.

“I am not a quitter.” Ranks right up there with “I am not a crook.”

Clyde…Goldwater was many things, but the real ascendancy of the Republicans’ race-based Southern strategy occurred with the Nixon campaign of 1968.


July 8th, 2009
11:56 am

The Democrats fear Sarah Palin about as much as the Republicans feared Thomas Eagleton.

Road Scholar

July 8th, 2009
11:58 am

Churchill’s Mom: “Palin Sanford 2012″
Since you have such insight, are these paired together to be “soul mates”? Their speeches will be so long and rambling that they may make them into a mini-series! Comedy channel?


July 8th, 2009
11:58 am

Oh, Jim, you have really done it this time. Please, bring her on as opposed to keeping her locked up like her Republican handlers did, and continue to do. Here are a few suggestions,

1. Let have her debate Obama or Hillary on a range of subjects: constitutional law, foreign policy, fiscal and monetary policy, separation of church and state, etc.
2. Would love to see her on more college campuses: Notre Dame, Harvard, Yale, Vanderbilt, University of Chicago, Stanford, etc.
3. Would like to how she would handle the current Iranian situation. Is she still a proponent of the “axis of evil” syndrome? Is she for negotiation or bombing them out of existence?
4. What are her transportation thoughts besides highways and how to fund them.
5. We know she is an avid supporter of oil (”drill baby drill”)policy, but what about alternatives. Does she have any ideas about the long term energy issues as it regards pricing, global supply, national security?

So you suggest many of us are scared of Sarah. Me thinks that is a figment of your imagination. Bring her on, right now.

I could go on Jim, but I won’t. And one thing more. I would like to see her articulate some of the above in coherent and complete sentences.


July 8th, 2009
12:06 pm

It’s too bad that Sarah’s just another embarrassment to the Repub Party — it sure was gonna be fun running against her in 2012 again!


July 8th, 2009
12:25 pm

Hillary Clinton was a Goldwater Girl back in them,thar Days.Ain’t politics strange?


July 8th, 2009
12:39 pm

Greed and fear or Horse and a Woman?

Get Real

July 8th, 2009
1:08 pm

Would love for Kayaker71 @ 10:42 to meet me somewhere and call me Buckwheat. What some will say behind a keyboard that they would never say to someone that would whip that arse. You represent Republicans well though.

Elephant Whip

July 8th, 2009
1:28 pm

Kayaker 71:

Nevermind the new agreement–between the two arch-enemies of the Cold War–to reduce nuclear arsenals, which Obama and the President of Russia reached around the first day of the visit.

And can you really see Russia taking Palin seriously?


July 8th, 2009
2:30 pm

I was just watching CNN news and a Republican representative was telling one of the Obama administration reps that the job creation is unacceptable. My answer to him would be that the Republican party is unacceptable because they have come up with NO viable alternatives and the only thing they can do is be negative. Too bad that the Republican representative doing the talking has no clue that he is part of the problem and his, and his party’s negativism, does nothing to change things for the better. Too bad the the Grand Old Party has so many political hacks dragging it down.