Run, Sarah, run (set the pace, too)

Thinking Right’s weekend free-for-all. Pick a topic:

Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and her publicity-seeking stunts have finally achieved the attention she deserves: One- or two-paragraph stories that run with those that warn us that sheep on the remote Scottish island of Hirta are gradually shrinking because of global warming. Global warming’s shrunk our interest in her, too.

Are pickups prejudiced? Two Dalton people were killed when the motorcycle they were riding was sideswiped by a motorist who apparently crossed the center lane. A motorist driving a car could have done the same thing. Yet pickup drivers — I am one — are presumed to be aggressive and when a lesser vehicle is involved, it’s always noted that the offending vehicle was a pickup.

Not surprising that among the big cities with the lowest unemployment rates is Washington, D.C., with 6.2 percent. Atlanta ranks 18th, at 9.6 percent. The stimulus creates jobs. For government workers.

Atlanta businesses about to be hit with a sharp increase in city property taxes fall into two camps: those who pass on the entire levy and the mom-and-pop operators who can’t, and therefore take it out of salaries and services. The latter are the kinds that get taxed out of existence.

The cheating by officials at four elementary schools on the CRCT is so dishonest to children and their parents that nobody found to be involved should ever be allowed to set foot on public school property again. The schools are Deerwood Academy in Atlanta, Atherton Elementary in DeKalb, Parklane Elementary in Fulton and Burroughs-Molette in Glynn County. It is simply appalling that despite the evidence Atlanta Public Schools officials still pretend otherwise. “They’re taking the position that there’s no confession, so it didn’t happen,” a state official told the state school board.

A study finds that Georgia ranks 14th nationally in percentage of fat adults and third nationally in fat 10- to 17-year-olds. Georgia is criticized in the report by the Trust for America’s Health for not having strict nutrition standards for school lunches and vending machines. It ain’t the school’s fault. Children eat at the same tables with fat mommas and daddies. The place to start reforming America’s health care system is at the TV snack tray.

Fat Georgians are in training to reclaim a title lost last week. Three circus elephants defeated three humans in an eating contest, downing 505 hot dog buns in six minutes. Humans downed 143.

Take the dog, you take the fleas. The Securities and Exchange Commission votes unanimously to require companies requiring a bail-out to allow shareholders to vote on executive compensation. I agree with the principle. It is, however, an instance of regulators using the bail-out to meddle in management’s business.

Run, Sarah, run. Actually, all candidates should resign to run for higher office. All four of the presidential and vice presidential candidates last year, including Palin, held onto their jobs until they got something better.

If North Korea launches a cyberattack on Thinking Right, I’m drafting every fierce liberal who camps out on my blog and assigning them to Kim Jong II’s blog, Thinking Nutty.

Vice President Joe Biden announced that hospitals have agreed to forgo $155 billion in future government payments so the nonexistent money can be diverted to partially “finance” a new health care entitlement that Democrats want to ram through Congress this year. First of all, the money is an illusion. Secondly, Biden is not authorized to speak for the administration.

The pot smokers have the same solution to California’s budget woes that the Underground Atlanta gambling interests have for Georgia’s: Legalize something objectionable. Surely somebody’s convinced that prostitution is some state’s budget savior.

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Michael H. Smith

July 11th, 2009
6:52 pm

MSNBC MSDNC is too busy pumping out Obumer propaganda to protect their Dear Leader.

Thank goodness to the Internet, a view accidental pieces from CNBC, CNN’s Lou Dobbs and the intentional coverage from Fox, ALL the delusional CRAP from NBC,CBS,ABC and MSDNC cannot brainwash America.

Stop the failure of Obumer-nomics. Demand all remaining TARP funds and PORKULUS monies be redirected and used to provide a totally tax free holiday for all small businesses and individuals in this country until real economic recovery and private sector job creation takes place in full.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 11th, 2009
7:06 pm

One plank in the soon to be passed Health Care plan will be to tax rich white people. You can count on it.

Freakentstein

July 11th, 2009
7:08 pm

“One plank in the soon to be passed Health Care plan will be to tax rich white people. You can count on it.”

You mean that money that will be taxed by those “rich white people” under Cap And Trade there, libtard? Have to admit….. you are hilarious…….. mindless…….. but hilarious.

More! More! More!

Trash.

Please run Palin in 2012!

July 11th, 2009
7:25 pm

Cap and trade pubtard has nothing to do with a health care plan directly, except that it saves money just as our squahing Chambliss’ pissing away 1.5 billion on the F22 like a bug unless McCain gets it done first does. I understand that reading is anathma to all the Palin ignorant clones.on

Among the 20 or so planks in the Health Care Plan which has nothing to do with the watered down plan full of pubtard pork that the House passed recently are these and the funding is going to come from taxing the wealthy who avoid paying taxes in multiple ways including Swiss banks:

the list includes about 20 options, including the following possible new taxes/savings (estimates are over 10 years): (big thanks to Ezra Klein for the summaries)
1. A tax surcharge on those making $250,000 and above. The surcharge might be 2 percent for the amounts above $250,000, more for amounts above $500,000 and 4 percent for amounts above $1,000,000. The House is seriously considering a surcharge. Estimated revenues = $350 to $500 billion.

2. A tax on health benefits above a very high level. If, for example, the upper-end cost of insuring members of Congress were $17,000/year (Via Kaiser study of employer-provided plans, in 2008, the national average insurance for a family of four cost about $12,800), then a tax would kick in when the benefit exceeds that amount by, say 50 percent. Baucus and economists like the concept, but Obama, labor, and many Dems don’t. Estimated revenues = $90 to $234 billion.

3. Limit the tax deductions for itemized deductions for those with very high incomes. If their marginal tax rate moves from 35 to 39 percent (when Bush tax cuts expire) then limit the deduction to 28 or 35 percent. This Obama proposal is disliked by Sen. Baucus but is still on the table. Estimated revenues = $90 to $267 billion.

4. Raise the current payroll tax on employees/employers by, e.g., 0.3 percent. Estimated revenues = $275 billion.

5. Consumption or value/added taxes. E.g., tax sugary drinks, beer, etc. These are not progressive measures, and their effect on reducing consumption is unclear. Estimate revenues = $30 to $100 billion.

6. Tax insurance companies for each person they insure. Estimated revnues = $75 to $100 billion.

7. And there are various proposals to cut federal payments to Medicare, which WH Budget Director Orszag is pushing on the grounds, e.g., that once more people are insured, current payments to providers for caring for uninsured people will decrease. Estimated savings = several hundred billions.

Under the current less than full coverage proposals, all they need to do is come up with about $1.2 trillion in taxes or cost savings over ten years, in a system that is costing us $2.2 trillion every year and escalating at 3 to 4 times the rate of inflation.

Get someone to read it to ya.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 11th, 2009
7:27 pm

@ Freakenstein–Any time you want to match your medical experience with mine, bring it and make a fool of yourself.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 11th, 2009
7:30 pm

Freakenstein is a prime example of why the Pubtards have no place in decision making and lose elections except in narrow pockets of the ignorant last in education South.

Full of invective, unable to specifically discuss any issues, and a stranger to reading. Most of these Wootentards are the educational and emotional equaivalant of age 3.

Freakentstein

July 11th, 2009
7:32 pm

“@ Freakenstein–Any time you want to match your medical experience with mine, bring it and make a fool of yourself.”

Tardboy: all I’m bringing up is expense on Cap & Trade. Now go stick your head back up your ass, jackalcrat.

Freakentstein

July 11th, 2009
7:36 pm

“WASHINGTON – The drive to remake the nation’s health care system suffered yet another setback in Congress on Thursday when a pivotal group of House Democrats demanded numerous changes in legislation the leadership was drafting on a fast track. The emerging bill “lacks a number of elements essential to preserving what works and fixing what is broken,” 40 members of the Blue Dog Coalition of moderate to conservative Democrats wrote in a letter to party leaders. To win their support, they said, any legislation would need to be much more aggressive in reining in the growth of health care.”

And you libtards want to destroy nearly 20% of this nation’s economy and turn it over to the federal government. Yeah. Who’s the moron again, asshat?

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 11th, 2009
7:38 pm

What the pubtard is calling cap and trade which is really HR 2454, the Waxman-Markey bill on energy and climate change (aka the “American Clean Energy and Security Act” or “ACES”) passed the United States House of Representatives, 219-212. Eight Republicans voted with the majority, 44 Democrats voted against the bill.

It was a watered down piece of crap full of K Street’s pimping for the coal industry.

The vote was preceded by over an hour of “filibuster” from Minority Leader John Boehner. With only two-and-a-half minutes allotted to him, the Ohio Crier spoke for well over an hour, going page by page through the bill and inventing “arguments,” seemingly on the spot, to whatever language he happened to read. And, no, there is no official parliamentary process in the House for filibustering the way the US Senate does.

Freakentstein

July 11th, 2009
7:41 pm

Well, it’s nice to see someone back Palin up on her “paling around with terrorist” comment. Chicago, Atlanta, DC, New Orleans.. all the libtards that run those metropolitan areas are corrupt…..

http://politics.theatlantic.com/2009/07/pals_around_with_terrorists_palin_wasnt_rogue_after_all.php

Freakenstein

July 11th, 2009
7:45 pm

“It was a watered down piece of crap full of K Street’s pimping for the coal industry.”

Why don’t you ask KKK Byrd (D – WV) how he feels about that. The old fart was ALL for most of libtard legislation – minus Cap & Trade.

Freakenstein

July 11th, 2009
7:50 pm

Yet more proof that the DNC media is NOT biased libtard: [sarc]

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In a follow-up segment, GMA co-host Diane Sawyer pointed out that of the $787 billion allocated in February for the legislation, only ten percent has been spent. Providing White House talking points, Stephanopoulos offered a tortured explanation for how this wasn’t so: “They [the Obama administration] argue, though, that more than ten percent has actually been put to work. They would argue that about 20 to 25 percent has been put to work, because money has been obligated that allows these projects to go forward.” Continuing this charitable analysis, he added, “Even though the check isn’t written until the roads are actually built.”
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You don’t really expect these asshats to be ACCOUNTABLE for our money now, do you? Oh wait, in libtard land, “your” money belongs to THEM.

Freakenstein

July 11th, 2009
7:57 pm

“The vote was preceded by over an hour of “filibuster” from Minority Leader John Boehner.”

Speaking of “filibuster” there, how come you libtards kept your pie holes shut when KKK Byrd yammerd on and on AND ON….. about ANYTHING.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V95eGgZbrU

By the by, libtroll, you DO have an actual bonafide life now, don’t you?

No, of course you don’t. You are the epitome of the sick, mentally deranged modern left.

Freakenstein

July 11th, 2009
8:02 pm

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Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 11th, 2009
8:04 pm

Bird is so sick he rarely votes. Sotomayor coming to a DC Court moving from Ca 2 next week. My terrorist friends and I are partying while you and your idiots piss and moan on a Wooten blog.

Freakenstein

July 11th, 2009
8:06 pm

“1. A tax surcharge on those making $250,000 and above. The surcharge might be 2 percent for the amounts above $250,000, more for amounts above $500,000 and 4 percent for amounts above $1,000,000. The House is seriously considering a surcharge. Estimated revenues = $350 to $500 billion.

2. A tax on health benefits above a very high level. If, for example, the upper-end cost of insuring members of Congress were $17,000/year (Via Kaiser study of employer-provided plans, in 2008, the national average insurance for a family of four cost about $12,800), then a tax would kick in when the benefit exceeds that amount by, say 50 percent. Baucus and economists like the concept, but Obama, labor, and many Dems don’t. Estimated revenues = $90 to $234 billion.

3. Limit the tax deductions for itemized deductions for those with very high incomes. If their marginal tax rate moves from 35 to 39 percent (when Bush tax cuts expire) then limit the deduction to 28 or 35 percent. This Obama proposal is disliked by Sen. Baucus but is still on the table. Estimated revenues = $90 to $267 billion.

4. Raise the current payroll tax on employees/employers by, e.g., 0.3 percent. Estimated revenues = $275 billion.

5. Consumption or value/added taxes. E.g., tax sugary drinks, beer, etc. These are not progressive measures, and their effect on reducing consumption is unclear. Estimate revenues = $30 to $100 billion.

6. Tax insurance companies for each person they insure. Estimated revnues = $75 to $100 billion.

7. And there are various proposals to cut federal payments to Medicare, which WH Budget Director Orszag is pushing on the grounds, e.g., that once more people are insured, current payments to providers for caring for uninsured people will decrease. Estimated savings = several hundred billions.

Under the current less than full coverage proposals, all they need to do is come up with about $1.2 trillion in taxes or cost savings over ten years, in a system that is costing us $2.2 trillion every year and escalating at 3 to 4 times the rate of inflation.”

“Get someone to read it to ya.”

Don’t need to, libtard. You have said it all. You believe that horsepiss. What an absolute PATHETIC sucker. You gonna let your beloved gubment tell you what kind of car you WILL drive and how much electricity your home WILL suck up and who your doctor WILL be?

My GOD how more pathetic, out of touch, and just… well… disgusting can libtards like you be for the future of the FREEDOM of America.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 11th, 2009
8:06 pm

There’s no one on this blog whose a pubtard who would know the difference between Bob Byrd and Larry Bird except that they and Palin ID with the racisism that used to be part of Bob Byrd’s mantra.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 11th, 2009
8:08 pm

1. A tax surcharge on those making $250,000 and above. The surcharge might be 2 percent for the amounts above $250,000, more for amounts above $500,000 and 4 percent for amounts above $1,000,000. The House is seriously considering a surcharge. Estimated revenues = $350 to $500 billion.

2. A tax on health benefits above a very high level. If, for example, the upper-end cost of insuring members of Congress were $17,000/year (Via Kaiser study of employer-provided plans, in 2008, the national average insurance for a family of four cost about $12,800), then a tax would kick in when the benefit exceeds that amount by, say 50 percent. Baucus and economists like the concept, but Obama, labor, and many Dems don’t. Estimated revenues = $90 to $234 billion.

3. Limit the tax deductions for itemized deductions for those with very high incomes. If their marginal tax rate moves from 35 to 39 percent (when Bush tax cuts expire) then limit the deduction to 28 or 35 percent. This Obama proposal is disliked by Sen. Baucus but is still on the table. Estimated revenues = $90 to $267 billion.

4. Raise the current payroll tax on employees/employers by, e.g., 0.3 percent. Estimated revenues = $275 billion.

5. Consumption or value/added taxes. E.g., tax sugary drinks, beer, etc. These are not progressive measures, and their effect on reducing consumption is unclear. Estimate revenues = $30 to $100 billion.

6. Tax insurance companies for each person they insure. Estimated revnues = $75 to $100 billion.

7. And there are various proposals to cut federal payments to Medicare, which WH Budget Director Orszag is pushing on the grounds, e.g., that once more people are insured, current payments to providers for caring for uninsured people will decrease. Estimated savings = several hundred billions.

Under the current less than full coverage proposals, all they need to do is come up with about $1.2 trillion in taxes or cost savings over ten years, in a system that is costing us $2.2 trillion every year and escalating at 3 to 4 times the rate of inflation.”

We’ll pass it while you watch.

Freakenstein

July 11th, 2009
8:10 pm

Oops. Didn’t mean to copy a tard’s entire post.

Meanwhile in libtardland, Californification of libtardism is coming through fruition. Sad, actually.

http://www3.signonsandiego.com/stories/2009/jul/09/lz1e9dabish224935-tax-increases-costing-vital-loca/?opinion&zIndex=129010

Freakenstein

July 11th, 2009
8:13 pm

“We’ll pass it while you watch”

And we’ll watch you pathetic marxist asholes on the left continue to dig your own graves. Go ahead! Shift more left. PLEASE>

Freakenstein

July 11th, 2009
8:15 pm

“There’s no one on this blog whose a pubtard who would know the difference between Bob Byrd and Larry Bird except that they and Palin ID with the racisism that used to be part of Bob Byrd’s mantra.”

Yeah, and you are one of the many and proud libtards who ignored that RACIAL attack in Ohio I posted here earlier. GFY.

Freakenstein

July 11th, 2009
8:22 pm

Is it just me, or is someone on this blog JUST getting a little obsessed? Con derangement syndrome perhaps? (Yeah that’s right you libtard punk, we Conservatives are still here, FREAK).

Now on to REAL news that matters. Most of us foreign travelers who have had the displeasure of visiting Paris know this already, but, this just is so sweet: Frogs are the worst tourists in the world. Hell I could have told you that.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090709/lf_nm_life/us_france_tourists

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 11th, 2009
8:32 pm

I don’t read anything a pubtard links/pastes–better things to do–much better. Anyone who reads pubtard crap, listens to Rush/Faux/Levine is wasting their life and they don’t read books worth the paper they’rewritten on.

So it’s Palin and who else in 2012.? I can’t get you numbrains to name your candidates. Wh aoever they are, we’ll bury em. You keep drifting right, and hopefully we can push Obama and this Congress left.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 11th, 2009
10:19 pm

Holder finding the seed to possibly begin growing a pair:


Holder Weighs Inquiry Into Alleged Torture
Attorney general may appoint a prosecutor to investigate CIA treatment of terrorism suspects, despite resistance from administration.

World awaits input from Borderline Narcissist Palin who hasn’t a clue. Michael Steele “What me Worry?”

Addington hiding and not available for comment.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 11th, 2009
10:21 pm

AJC: We don’t know from notin’ bout no CIA but we are doing in depth coverage of Atlanta Housewives. After all, “We Be Cox”

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 12th, 2009
2:16 am

YOU GUYS ARE RIGHT ABOUT ROBERT BYRD BEING A KKK DEMOCRAP,BUT REMEMBER ALL OF THE KKK REPUBLICANS FROM THE SOUTH USE TO BE THE DIXIECRATS LIBRALS UNTIL BLACKS GOT THE RIGHT TO VOTE,REMEMBER THERE ARE HARDLY NEVER ANY BLACKS AT REPUBLICAN RALLIES BECAUSE THEY ARE NOTHING OTHER THAN A KLAN RALLY,AND ALSO YOU GOP HYPOCRITES FORGOT ABOUT REPUBLICAN DAVID DUKE FROM LA WHO WAS A KLANSMAN AND SKINHEAD,POINT 1 FINGER,AND YOU GOT 10 POINTING BACK AT YOU!

EVIL REPUBLICANS TIME IS UP

July 12th, 2009
2:24 am

FREAKENSTEIN REMEMBER WE BOMBED THE WRONG COUNTRY DEALING WITH IRAQ KILLING ALL THOSE OLD AND YOUNG ARABS IN IRAQ,YOU REDNECKS DID’NT SAY ONE WORD ABOUT 2 MILLION IRAQIS BEING KILLED FOR NOTHING,BUT YOU POINT OUT ONE BEATING BY BLACK TEENAGERS AND CALL THEM TERRORIST,BUT WE BOMB EVERYBODY THAT CANT BOMB BACK,AND YOU RACIST BRAG ABOUT BOMBING AND KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE! THE RACIST REDNECK CRACKER IS THE TERRORIST,LIKE THE KLAN,ERIC RUDOLPH AND TIMOTHY MCVEIGH!

Michael H. Smith

July 12th, 2009
6:16 am

“WE BOMB EVERYBODY THAT CANT BOMB BACK”

Really?

Did you thank Ted Turner for borrowing that Anti-American line of stupidity?

The somebody that did bomb back.

Are you still laughing liar?

Michael H. Smith

July 12th, 2009
6:20 am

If so, try this clicking this link. Maybe it will work where the other one didn’t.

The somebody that did bomb back.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

John Silver

July 12th, 2009
7:03 am

Yes, yes, YES!
Run Sarah run, and take all your simpleton religious nuts with you. Go find a country that wants a theocracy, or go found your own country. Please, run and run far away.

Michael H. Smith

July 12th, 2009
7:10 am

Oh what a tangled web liberals weave, when first these socialist practice to deceive.

Go found your own country is very good advice for the socialist liberals to use.

A guide to the political left

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/default.asp

Michael H. Smith

July 12th, 2009
7:25 am

Quite an elaborate tangled web, indeed. No wonder Rep. John Conyers (D) stops any attempt of a Congressional investigation of ACORN. Even if he didn’t the mainstream news media would never report the facts revealed.

MainStream Media Mouthpiece for ACORN And Families USA

According to Discover the Networks, Families USA is a member of the “Progressive States Network”, which works closely with (you guessed it) ACORN and the SEIU. These ultra-partisan groups have truly one agenda: big government. During his presidential campaign, then-Senator Obama spoke to a conference of Family USA activists and promised, “I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country.”

http://aconservativeedge.com/2009/04/09/mainstream-media-mouthpiece-for-acorn-and-families-usa/

When the government controls your healthcare you are gambling against fixed odds in a rigged game. Best shoot craps in the alley or go to Las Vegas and wager against the Mob owned casinos

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:01 am

If you mention acorn on a political blog, you know you’re a loser. They have no impact on anything–it makes you a squirrel.

As someone who has been in health care all my adult life, the insurance companies are controlling health care. The pubs don’t understand any of the plans, because they’re the loser party of no notin’.

There will soon be a public option, and the fact that a few wingnuts don’t want it because they don’t understand it because they don’t read and because they know zero about medical care insures it will happen and should happen.

The government is not going to control your health care–you and your physicians are. But there is going to be a public option that there should have been from the beginning to compete with insurance companies who have been screwing patients and doctors forever.

No more big 3 insurance companies cutting off insurance for 20,000 patients in the last 5 years because they needed medical care.

Doctor’s Note By DEBORAH SOLOMON
As a former practicing physician, governor of Vermont and head of the Democratic National Committee, did you write your new book, “Howard Dean’s Prescription for Real Healthcare Reform,” to appoint yourself as the go-to person on health care policy? What, exactly, is your role in all this?
My role is to try to get the Democratic Party to do the right thing. I believe that if we don’t pass the health care plan with the public option, it won’t be health care reform, and we’ll lose a tremendous number of seats in 2010.

By “public option,” you refer to a plan that would give most Americans a choice between their current health insurance and a new Medicare-style public plan. Which is very different from the sort of comprehensive single-payer plan the Canadians have.
You’ve got to start from where you are, not from where you wish you were. The Europeans have much more comprehensive and cheaper health care plans than we have, but they got there because their health care systems were essentially destroyed during World War II. We grew our private health care system around World War II — the only way that American employers could give their employees a raise was to enhance health-insurance benefits — so to change it to a totally public plan is crazy.

Many Democrats were hoping you would be named secretary of health and human services. Why aren’t you part of the Obama administration?
That, I don’t talk about. Any surmising would just be surmising.

So what’s wrong with surmising? It’s one of the great purposes of the human brain.
I don’t surmise on that subject. If you want to get the answer to that, you’re going to have to ask people in the administration.

Would you say there’s bad blood between you and Rahm Emanuel, who ripped into you in the 2006 midterm election for proposing that Democratic staff and resources be placed in all 50 states?
We certainly had different opinions about how to win back the Senate and House. I’ve been to the White House since then and had a very cordial lunch with Rahm and with David Axelrod in Rahm’s office. We’re all office eaters.

Many observers thought you were vindicated when Obama won the election by using the 50-state strategy you devised.
I think it’s true, but he’s much more disciplined than I was.

How could he be more disciplined than you? He still smokes.
He didn’t say things that I said. Most people who need to be president of the United States need to be not in everybody’s face as much as I am.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:10 am

July 12, 2009
Op-Ed ColumnistShe Broke the G.O.P. and Now She Owns It By FRANK RICH
SARAH PALIN and Al Sharpton don’t ordinarily have much in common, but they achieved a rare harmonic convergence at Michael Jackson’s memorial service. When Sharpton told the singer’s children it was their daddy’s adversaries, not their daddy, who were “strange,” he was channeling the pugnacious argument the Alaska governor had made the week before. There was nothing strange about her decision to quit in midterm, Palin told America. What’s strange — or “insane,” in her lingo — are the critics who dare question her erratic behavior on the national stage.

Sharpton’s bashing of Jackson’s naysayers received the biggest ovation of the entire show. Palin’s combative resignation soliloquy, though much mocked by prognosticators of all political persuasions, has an equally vociferous and more powerful constituency. In the aftermath of her decision to drop out and cash in, Palin’s standing in the G.O.P. actually rose in the USA Today/Gallup poll. No less than 71 percent of Republicans said they would vote for her for president. That overwhelming majority isn’t just the “base” of the Republican Party that liberals and conservatives alike tend to ghettoize as a rump backwater minority. It is the party, or pretty much what remains of it in the Barack Obama era.

That’s why Palin won’t go gently into the good night, much as some Republicans in Washington might wish. She is not just the party’s biggest star and most charismatic television performer; she is its only star and charismatic performer. Most important, she stands for a genuine movement: a dwindling white nonurban America that is aflame with grievances and awash in self-pity as the country hurtles into the 21st century and leaves it behind. Palin gives this movement a major party brand and political plausibility that its open-throated media auxiliary, exemplified by Glenn Beck, cannot. She loves the spotlight, can raise millions of dollars and has no discernible reason to go fishing now except for self-promotional photo ops.

The essence of Palinism is emotional, not ideological. Yes, she is of the religious right, even if she winks literally and figuratively at her own daughter’s flagrant disregard of abstinence and marriage. But family-values politics, now more devalued than the dollar by the philandering of ostentatiously Christian Republican politicians, can only take her so far. The real wave she’s riding is a loud, resonant surge of resentment and victimization that’s larger than issues like abortion and gay civil rights.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:13 am

That resentment is in part about race, of course. When Palin referred to Alaska as “a microcosm of America” during the 2008 campaign, it was in defiance of the statistical reality that her state’s tiny black and Hispanic populations are unrepresentative of her nation. She stood for the “real America,” she insisted, and the identity of the unreal America didn’t have to be stated explicitly for audiences to catch her drift. Her convention speech’s signature line was a deftly coded putdown of her presumably shiftless big-city opponent: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.” (Funny how this wisdom has been forgotten by her supporters now that she has abandoned her own actual responsibilities in public office.)

The latest flashpoint for this kind of animus is the near-certain elevation to the Supreme Court of Sonia Sotomayor, whose Senate confirmation hearings arrive this week. Prominent Palinists were fast to demean Sotomayor as a dim-witted affirmative-action baby. Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard, the Palinist hymnal, labeled Sotomayor “not the smartest” and suggested that Princeton awards academic honors on a curve. Karl Rove said, “I’m not really certain how intellectually strong she would be.” Those maligning the long and accomplished career of an Ivy League-educated judge do believe in affirmative-action — but only for white people like Palin, whom they boosted for vice president despite her minimal achievements and knowledge of policy, the written word or even geography.

The politics of resentment are impervious to facts. Palinists regard their star as an icon of working-class America even though the Palins’ combined reported income ($211,000) puts them in the top 3.6 percent of American households. They see her as a champion of conservative fiscal principles even though she said yes to the Bridge to Nowhere and presided over a state that ranks No.1 in federal pork.

Nowhere is the power of resentment to trump reason more flagrantly illustrated than in the incessant complaint by Palin and her troops that she is victimized by a double standard in the “mainstream media.” In truth, the commentators at ABC, NBC and CNN — often the same ones who judged Michelle Obama a drag on her husband — all tried to outdo each other in praise for Palin when she emerged at the Republican convention 10 months ago. Even now, the so-called mainstream media can grade Palin on a curve: at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week, Palin’s self-proclaimed representation of the “real America” was accepted as a given, as if white rural America actually still was the nation’s baseline.

The Palinists’ bogus beefs about double standards reached farcical proportions at Fox News on the sleepy pre-Fourth Friday afternoon when word of her abdication hit the East. The fill-in anchor demanded that his token Democratic stooge name another female politician who had suffered such “disgraceful attacks” as Palin. When the obvious answer arrived — Hillary Clinton — the Fox host angrily protested that Clinton had never been attacked in “a sexual way” or “about her children.”

Americans have short memories, but it’s hardly ancient history that conservative magazines portrayed Hillary Clinton as both a dominatrix cracking a whip and a broomstick-riding witch. Or that Rush Limbaugh held up a picture of Chelsea Clinton on television to identify the “White House dog.” Or that Palin’s running mate, John McCain, told a sexual joke linking Hillary and Chelsea and Janet Reno. Yet the same conservative commentariat that vilified both Clintons 24/7 now whines that Palin is receiving “the kind of mauling” that the media “always reserve for conservative Republicans.” So said The Wall Street Journal editorial page last week. You’d never guess that The Journal had published six innuendo-laden books on real and imagined Clinton scandals, or that the Clintons had been a leading target of both Letterman and Leno monologues, not to mention many liberal editorial pages (including that of The Times), for much of a decade.

Those Republicans who have not drunk the Palin Kool-Aid are apocalyptic for good reason. She could well be their last presidential candidate standing. Such would-be competitors as Mark Sanford, John Ensign and Newt Gingrich are too carnally compromised for the un-Clinton party. Mike Huckabee is Palin-lite. Tim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal — really? That leaves the charisma-challenged Mitt Romney, precisely the kind of card-carrying Ivy League elitist Palinists loathe, no matter how hard he tries to cosmetically alter his history as a socially liberal fat-cat banker. Palin would crush him like a bug. She has the Teflon-coated stature among Republicans that Romney can only fantasize about.

Were Palin actually to secure the 2012 nomination, the result would be a fiasco for the G.O.P. akin to Goldwater 1964, as the most relentless conservative Palin critic, David Frum, has predicted. Or would it? No one thought Richard Nixon — a far less personable commodity than Palin — would come back either after his sour-grapes “last press conference” of 1962. But Democratic divisions and failures gave him his opportunity in 1968. With unemployment approaching 10 percent and a seemingly bottomless war in Afghanistan, you never know, as Palin likes to say, what doors might open.

It’s more likely that she will never get anywhere near the White House, and not just because of her own limitations. The Palinist “real America” is demographically doomed to keep shrinking. But the emotion it represents is disproportionately powerful for its numbers. It’s an anger that Palin enjoyed stoking during her “palling around with terrorists” crusade against Obama on the campaign trail. It’s an anger that’s curdled into self-martyrdom since Inauguration Day.

Its voice can be found in the postings at a Web site maintained by the fans of Mark Levin, the Obama hater who is, at this writing, the No.2 best-selling hardcover nonfiction writer in America. (Glenn Beck is No.1 in paperback nonfiction.) Politico surveyed them last week. “Bottomline, do you know of any way we can remove these idiots before this country goes down the crapper?” wrote one Levin fan. “I WILL HELP!!! Should I buy a gun?” Another called for a new American revolution, promising “there will be blood.”

These are the cries of a constituency that feels disenfranchised — by the powerful and the well-educated who gamed the housing bubble, by a news media it keeps being told is hateful, by the immigrants who have taken some of their jobs, by the African-American who has ended a white monopoly on the White House. Palin is their born avatar. She puts a happy, sexy face on ugly emotions, and she can solidify her followers’ hold on a G.O.P. that has no leaders with the guts or alternative vision to stand up to them or to her.

For a week now, critics in both parties have had a blast railing at Palin. It’s good sport. But just as the media muttering about those unseemly “controversies” rallied the fans of the King of Pop, so are Palin’s political obituaries likely to jump-start her lucrative afterlife.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:22 am

To go forward, GOP must snap out of its Sarah Palin spell
By Mike Murphy Major McCain (Loser) Adviser

Thursday, July 9th 2009, 4:00 AM

Gov. Sarah Palin is the political train wreck that keeps on giving. First, she was an awful choice last year as John McCain’s running mate. I came to this conclusion with regret – I am one of McCain’s biggest admirers.

But facts are facts. An inexperienced governor of a small state, she lacked the experience to be President and brought nothing to the ticket except a surefire knack for exciting voters who were already reliably Republican. It was a strategically awful choice, and I said so – both on and off microphone – at the time. Most pundits thought I was wrong. Look at the crowds she can draw, I was told. She “excites the base.”

Phooey. Every presidential election year brings forth some new nugget of conventional wisdom from the media elite that totally misses the real picture. Last year, the big wrong idea was this notion that base voters have somehow become the new swing voters. We are now told the party base – those voters who will vote for a bag of cement if it has an R or D attached to it – must be carefully appealed to, romanced and appeased.

Under that funhouse reasoning, Palin was an inspired pick.

Unfortunately for McCain, the actual swing voters, the independents who do determine the winner of the election, didn’t buy into this fantasy at all. After a three-week sniff, most couldn’t run away from Palin fast enough.

Yet even after she helped cost McCain the election, Palin’s great charm endured, at least among many grass-roots Republicans. At least until her astonishing self-immolation during a hastily organized backyard press conference last week, where she gamely competed with honking geese to resign midterm as Alaska’s rookie governor. Today, in the wake of that debacle, it is puzzling to many outside our party how some Republicans can still see her as an appealing candidate for the party nomination in 2012. This begs the question: Why is there still so much Republican love for Sarah Palin?

Other politicians are more reliable conservatives; Palin ran for governor on a set of populist issues usually linked to Alaska Democrats. She lacks any real accomplishment – no military or private-sector career of note, no academic achievement beyond a frenetic bounce between five colleges, including a sun ‘n’ surf-oriented outfit in Hawaii. She has served only two years as governor of a small and uniquely easy-to-govern state (other governors pine for Alaska’s small population and billions of dollars in easy revenue from oil production), a job she has now abandoned.

The answer is that Palin profits mightily from a Republican blind spot. She has all the right smirking enemies in America’s media elite. To them, Palin reeks of flyover America, that vast and corny collection of Nebraskas and Alabamas where the Army can always meet enlistment quotas and Tina Fey’s private jet stops briefly to refuel. Red state Republicans see the snarky, elite attacks on Palin as an attack on them. And in some ways, they are.

The enemy of their enemy is just fine, thank you.

So even now, after a bizarre resignation spectacle that should lead any levelheaded Republican to cringe at the idea of letting Palin within a thousand miles of the GOP nomination, she may have enough support to attempt a run for President.

She’ll lose, of course, almost certainly the Republican primaries and certainly the general election. Palin’s GOP is still only one part of that Republican base, and her slice will shrink after last week’s hara-kiri. Many of her one-time admirers will shake their heads and grumpily admit to themselves that those liberal jerks in the media elite might have been right about this one after all.

But for some in our demoralized party, the romantic joy of fighting the good fight alongside the most hated enemy of our own enemies is still a seductive idea, at least for now.

booger

July 12th, 2009
10:23 am

Please run Palin……

I hope you didn’t get your numbers on health care from the same source you got your 4 trillion dollar Iraq war cost. What a joke.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:25 am

Palin Loser

That resentment is in part about race, of course. When Palin referred to Alaska as “a microcosm of America” during the 2008 campaign, it was in defiance of the statistical reality that her state’s tiny black and Hispanic populations are unrepresentative of her nation. She stood for the “real America,” she insisted, and the identity of the unreal America didn’t have to be stated explicitly for audiences to catch her drift. Her convention speech’s signature line was a deftly coded putdown of her presumably shiftless big-city opponent: “I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.” (Funny how this wisdom has been forgotten by her supporters now that she has abandoned her own actual responsibilities in public office.)

The latest flashpoint for this kind of animus is the near-certain elevation to the Supreme Court of Sonia Sotomayor, whose Senate confirmation hearings arrive this week. Prominent Palinists were fast to demean Sotomayor as a dim-witted affirmative-action baby. Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard, the Palinist hymnal, labeled Sotomayor “not the smartest” and suggested that Princeton awards academic honors on a curve. Karl Rove said, “I’m not really certain how intellectually strong she would be.” Those maligning the long and accomplished career of an Ivy League-educated judge do believe in affirmative-action — but only for white people like Palin, whom they boosted for vice president despite her minimal achievements and knowledge of policy, the written word or even geography.

The politics of resentment are impervious to facts. Palinists regard their star as an icon of working-class America even though the Palins’ combined reported income ($211,000) puts them in the top 3.6 percent of American households. They see her as a champion of conservative fiscal principles even though she said yes to the Bridge to Nowhere and presided over a state that ranks No.1 in federal pork.

Nowhere is the power of resentment to trump reason more flagrantly illustrated than in the incessant complaint by Palin and her troops that she is victimized by a double standard in the “mainstream media.” In truth, the commentators at ABC, NBC and CNN — often the same ones who judged Michelle Obama a drag on her husband — all tried to outdo each other in praise for Palin when she emerged at the Republican convention 10 months ago. Even now, the so-called mainstream media can grade Palin on a curve: at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week, Palin’s self-proclaimed representation of the “real America” was accepted as a given, as if white rural America actually still was the nation’s baseline.

The Palinists’ bogus beefs about double standards reached farcical proportions at Fox News on the sleepy pre-Fourth Friday afternoon when word of her abdication hit the East. The fill-in anchor demanded that his token Democratic stooge name another female politician who had suffered such “disgraceful attacks” as Palin. When the obvious answer arrived — Hillary Clinton — the Fox host angrily protested that Clinton had never been attacked in “a sexual way” or “about her children.”

Americans have short memories, but it’s hardly ancient history that conservative magazines portrayed Hillary Clinton as both a dominatrix cracking a whip and a broomstick-riding witch. Or that Rush Limbaugh held up a picture of Chelsea Clinton on television to identify the “White House dog.” Or that Palin’s running mate, John McCain, told a sexual joke linking Hillary and Chelsea and Janet Reno. Yet the same conservative commentariat that vilified both Clintons 24/7 now whines that Palin is receiving “the kind of mauling” that the media “always reserve for conservative Republicans.” So said The Wall Street Journal editorial page last week. You’d never guess that The Journal had published six innuendo-laden books on real and imagined Clinton scandals, or that the Clintons had been a leading target of both Letterman and Leno monologues, not to mention many liberal editorial pages (including that of The Times), for much of a decade.

Those Republicans who have not drunk the Palin Kool-Aid are apocalyptic for good reason. She could well be their last presidential candidate standing. Such would-be competitors as Mark Sanford, John Ensign and Newt Gingrich are too carnally compromised for the un-Clinton party. Mike Huckabee is Palin-lite. Tim Pawlenty, Bobby Jindal — really? That leaves the charisma-challenged Mitt Romney, precisely the kind of card-carrying Ivy League elitist Palinists loathe, no matter how hard he tries to cosmetically alter his history as a socially liberal fat-cat banker. Palin would crush him like a bug. She has the Teflon-coated stature among Republicans that Romney can only fantasize about.

Were Palin actually to secure the 2012 nomination, the result would be a fiasco for the G.O.P. akin to Goldwater 1964, as the most relentless conservative Palin critic, David Frum, has predicted. Or would it? No one thought Richard Nixon — a far less personable commodity than Palin — would come back either after his sour-grapes “last press conference” of 1962. But Democratic divisions and failures gave him his opportunity in 1968. With unemployment approaching 10 percent and a seemingly bottomless war in Afghanistan, you never know, as Palin likes to say, what doors might open.

It’s more likely that she will never get anywhere near the White House, and not just because of her own limitations. The Palinist “real America” is demographically doomed to keep shrinking. But the emotion it represents is disproportionately powerful for its numbers. It’s an anger that Palin enjoyed stoking during her “palling around with terrorists” crusade against Obama on the campaign trail. It’s an anger that’s curdled into self-martyrdom since Inauguration Day.

Its voice can be found in the postings at a Web site maintained by the fans of Mark Levin, the Obama hater who is, at this writing, the No.2 best-selling hardcover nonfiction writer in America. (Glenn Beck is No.1 in paperback nonfiction.) Politico surveyed them last week. “Bottomline, do you know of any way we can remove these idiots before this country goes down the crapper?” wrote one Levin fan. “I WILL HELP!!! Should I buy a gun?” Another called for a new American revolution, promising “there will be blood.”

These are the cries of a constituency that feels disenfranchised — by the powerful and the well-educated who gamed the housing bubble, by a news media it keeps being told is hateful, by the immigrants who have taken some of their jobs, by the African-American who has ended a white monopoly on the White House. Palin is their born avatar. She puts a happy, sexy face on ugly emotions, and she can solidify her followers’ hold on a G.O.P. that has no leaders with the guts or alternative vision to stand up to them or to her.

For a week now, critics in both parties have had a blast railing at Palin. It’s good sport. But just as the media muttering about those unseemly “controversies” rallied the fans of the King of Pop, so are Palin’s political obituaries likely to jump-start her lucrative afterlife.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:29 am

My numbers on health care are dead on. The top 3 insurance companies recisioned 20,000 people in the last 5 years. Happy to wake you up. How many patients have you seen over the last few years booger?

The fortunate thing is we have the votes to get a public plan done. I’ve included the planks that are being considered. Lead, follow, our we can shove you out of the way.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:34 am

WellPoint’s Blue Cross of California subsidiary and two other insurers saved more than $300 million in medical claims by canceling more than 20,000 sick policyholders over a five-year period.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:39 am

My figures come from medical data bases that track actual insurance company moves booger. I deal with this every day; you don’t. I’ve watched the insurance companies from the position of having to deliver medical care for years; you haven’t, and your ignorance and lack of experience shows.

I don’t see you offering alternative facts and figures. It is the juvenile tactic of republicans here and in office to trash figures but of course not to offer any alternative plans and figures of their own and you match this profile.

What’s the booger health care plan? More of the same ain’t gonna happen and watch what I say come true in the next few months.

booger

July 12th, 2009
10:40 am

Palin in 2012…..

I believe there is an unhealthy infatuaion with Palin as well. However, I think the infatuation is by liberals. We have two long winded liberals with Palin in their moniker, Jay has devoted more time to Palin in the last two weeks than anyone in a long time. Half the liberal comments seem to be about her. And the message is always the same….. Conservatives should get over Palin. Anyone ever heard of projection.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:43 am

strong>Let’s all mobilize behind Palin. We want her badly. You can do it base. Make us happy. Make that fish run happen. We want the sick Borderline personality and her manic stream of consciousness speech to run against.

Palin in 2012 Make Our Day!

July 12th, 2009
10:46 am

Booger–

The subject of this blog by Wooten is Palin. I’m on topic. And if you want to talk infatuation read the comments on Obama on this blog and on any other.

Palin thrust her imbecility into the news, and Republicans are coming out of the woodwork like Murphy and Noonan and McCain’s people to trash her. I’ve been happy to reproduce them.

And as Schrum said, expecting results from Obama after 6 months is like expecting Berlin to fall the day after “D” day.

booger

July 12th, 2009
10:47 am

Palin in 2012….

I did not direct my comment on health care numbers to you. I directed it to Please run Palin who yesterday told the readers that the Iraq war cost 4 trillion dollars. Still, I would like to know exactly what I said which showed my ignorance about health care cost. I just checked, and I did not say a thing. I guess you just had a little venom left in your mouth and couldn’t contain yourself.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 12th, 2009
10:50 am

Let’s be clear. The Iraq war has already cost 3 trillion dollars and it will be 4 trillion soon. Ist linked a book with hundreds arof references to cost itemizations from the Bush administration. It’s a hemorrhage that is wrecking the economy.

In January when Bush left, we were losing 750,000 jobs per month. We’re losing half that now.

booger

July 12th, 2009
10:54 am

Palin in 2012….

Why are you defending Obama’s record to me. I didn’t mention him once.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 12th, 2009
10:57 am

Please run Palin……

From BoogerI hope you didn’t get your numbers on health care from the same source you got your 4 trillion dollar Iraq war cost. What a joke.

The only figure I quoted was from multiple medical data bases that do nothing but track insurance company actions. Again the top 3 companies cut 20,000 peoples’ insurance off during the past 5 years. That’s a fact One of them was California Blue as I’ve stated. The insurance companies don’t deny those figures.

Multiple data bases from the insurance companies overbilled patients billions and Coumo has clawed them back I in a legal action that was multistate. I can easily retrieve the figures. I’m in this every day–I have to follow them.

We are going to take medicine back from the insurance companies who are screwing patients and doctors right and left.

booger

July 12th, 2009
10:59 am

Please run Palin….

Official pentagon records which congress has accepted…. The total cost of the Iraq war at the end of this fiscal year will be 694 billion dollars. Just google “Iraq war cost” and you’ll get the same number from several sources. we are spending 87 billion this year.

Please run Palin in 2012!s

July 12th, 2009
11:00 am

I’m defending Obama’s record in every area but his reprehensible civil rights stance and I’ve been clear about that and I’m defending it because it’s beating all the losers who back Palin and the dead white men walking. If Palin is your candidate, and right now she can beat Romney, Jindal, Barber, Pawlenty because the base is delusional and loves her, you’ll get killed in 2012.