The dust from the election slowly settles, and it's time to "move on" again, back to our "daily business." However, this headline by UK Guardian shouldn't be missed:
"Without the energy of the Tea Party, we wouldn't be looking at Speaker Boehner," Nicolle Wallace, a senior John McCain aide who has had a number of high-visibility clashes with Palin, told MSNBC television. "Republicans accept we made some tradeoffs."
But maybe not for long. Palin's aggressive intervention in the midterm elections – and the mixed results – has refocused attention on her personal flaws as presidential material.
She may be a heroine to the Tea Party activists, capable of firing up the deeply conservative wing of the party. But she is poison to the broader electorate – in opinion polls, two-thirds still think she is unfit to be president – and she has shown she values ideological purity over electability.
That could present some conflicts further on to Republicans looking to build on their big gains in Congress before the 2012 elections. Palin made it clear yesterday that she is expecting payback, and that Republicans can not take her or the Tea Party activists for granted.
"Flawed presidential material" or not, Sarah Palin is going to run for President. She can! She will! She must!
However, there are some very silly people in the media who haven't understood yet that Palin wants nothing more than the Presidency, that she is simply obsessed with it, and that rational thinking has nothing to do with it at all. Well, they are going to find out soon.
Speaking about the "lamestream" media: On election night, Sarah Palin was interviewed on Fox by Shepard Smith. He asked a very important question: If Palin runs for President, will she "step out of the box" and talk to other media, apart from Fox, a channel which is giving her, as Shepard Smith puts it, a certain degree of "protection from other media outlets?"
Her answer couldn't have been more clear:
"I will not talk to reporters who have an obvious bias or vendetta or are going to turn my words into something that they are not meant to be and take these out of context. I would much rather be able to speak to the people without that lamestream filter that would pervert what it is that I am trying to say. I've lived through it. I don't need it. And, we have a lot of problems in the world of journalism today, much more biased, I believe, much more unethical that it was when I received my communications degree many many decades ago. But back then, Shep, we learned the who? what? where? when? and why? of journalism and we reported the facts and then the viewers and readers made up their own mind. It's not like that anymore."
So, ABC, CBS, NBC, Politico, Washington Post, New York Times and whoever else is out there who is biased and potentially un-American, please don't expect to get any face-time with the Queen. She doesn't want you, she doesn't need you, and like any good "dictator in training", she will stick by her No 1 rule: Control the message.
So how does Sarah plan to deal with the media when she is President? Will she give press conferences? Why am I even asking? Aren't these press conferences just an unproductive waste of time anyway? Who really needs to talk to all these nosy reporters with their silly, meaningless questions, when President Palin can just go on Hannity and explain herself without being hassled by evil gotcha journalists? It's much more time effective as well, isn't it!
Well, if I had so many dirty secrets like Sarah Palin, I wouldn't want to talk to the media either...
Meanwhile, the media slowly starts to realize that Sarah Palin is an extremist. You don't say! OK, snark aside. It's long overdue that the media finally discovers the "real" Sarah Palin - the woman who started her political career while being firmly embedded within the right-wing AIP-fringes in Alaska (also HERE).
It is also no concidence that Sarah Palin was photographed as mayor in 1995 at her desk with an article in front of her which was published by the John Birch Society - a fact which the "Birchers" confirmed themselves.
Michael Gerson discovered Sarah Palin's extremism and wrote in the Washington Post on Tuesday about Sarah Palin's endorsment of Tom Tancredo in Colorado:
But this election season has called that perception into question. Palin's endorsement of Christine O'Donnell in the Delaware Republican Senate primary revealed a preference for a shallow ideological purity above achievement, qualification or electoral success. And on Monday, Palin issued a robocall for Constitution Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo in Colorado, one of the most divisive figures in American politics.
Tancredo has made a career of fanning anti-immigrant resentment and lobbing ideological grenades. The people who voted Barack Obama into office, in his view, "can't even spell the word vote or even speak English." America would be better off with a "civics, literacy test" for voting. The National Council of La Raza is "a Latino KKK without the hoods or the nooses." Miami is a "Third World country." Pope Benedict's embrace of immigrants is all about "recruiting new members," in an attempt at "faith-based marketing." "The guy sitting in the White House," says Tancredo, is a greater threat to the Constitution than al-Qaeda. "If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don't we just send him back?"
It would be the worst outcome of this Election Day if the conservative wave were to carry Tancredo into office. The replacement of the supremely decent Colorado Governor Bill Ritter with a nativist who mocks the dignity of the presidency and poisons American political discourse would help discredit the decent aims of the Tea Party movement. But Palin calls Tancredo the "right man for the job." Her endorsement raises the question of whether Palin has any standards for her support other than anti-government rhetoric.
Palin recently took to Fox Business Network to call establishment Republicans "sleazy." "Some within the establishment don't like the fact that I won't back down to the good old boys club," she said. This odd mix of Tea Party Jacobinism and feminist grievance has become Palin's operating style. What many Republicans, establishment and otherwise, don't like is this: The leading figure of the Tea Party movement seems increasingly indifferent to Republican fortunes and increasingly tolerant of disturbing extremism.
Extremism? Yup yup, you betcha!
The "lamestream" doesn't need to look further than Sarah Palin's notorious twitter account.
Take a look at Sarah Palin's "favorite tweets." UPDATE! Sarah now deleted all her "favorites" on twitter - I also saved a PDF-copy of this page earlier today, together with this screenshot:
Interesting...what is Ann Coulter tweeting about?
The link that Ann Coulter provides leads us to this picture:
"THE BLOOD OF JESUS AGAINST OBAMAHISTORY MADE 4 NOVEMBER A TALIBANMUSLIM ILLEGALLY ELECTEDPRESIDENT USA: HUSSEIN"
Oh yeah, which real American wouldn't want to "favorite" this tweet!
Pastor James David Manning is a rabid Obama-birther, a vicious hate-monger who is obsessed with labeling Obama "Hitler." He made his rounds in various TV-shows, and fortunately he was also interviewed by Jason Jones from the "Daily Show", which turned out to be the PERFECT venue for him - watch for yourself:
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
I watched this clip when it came out, and it was always one of my favorite Daily Show clips ever.
OMG, I have something in common with Sarah Palin: We both have a "favorite" which includes statements by James David Manning.
God help me!
The nutty Pastor Manning published a new video yesterday, explaining how much he despises Sarah Palin!
Karma is a bitch, Sarah! ;-)
Manning: "Sarah Palin is a dipsy-doodle!"
Sarah Palin now deleted all her favorites on twitter!
Well, I guess we gotcha you there, Sarah.
Earlier today, I also made a PDF-copy of this page, see HERE.
Rebecca!! Rebeccaaaaaaa!!!!!!!! Make this go away!!!!! NOW!!!!! REBECCAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!
Sarah, you don't even know how to handle twitter, and you want to become the most powerful person in the world?
Can somebody wake me up, please? I think I am dreaming.
You really are a dipsy-doodle, Sarah!
Sarah Palin wrote to Jake Tapper from ABC News and tried to "explain" the incident!
Her excuse: The blackberry didn't know what he/she/it was doing!
“Jake, I've never purposefully ‘favorited’ any Tweet. I had to go back to my BlackBerry to even see if such a function was possible. I was traveling to Alaska that day...it was an obvious accidental ‘favoriting,’ but no one can mistake that Ann Coulter was obviously being tongue in cheek with that Tweet. Shall I correct this with whichever wonderful media outlet ran with this (an obviously bored reporter...since there must be nothing going on in the world today, like, um, ramifications of a shake up of power in the U.S. House of Representatives?).”
I know you are reading this. Let me explain: "'Favoriting' a tweet" is not function in the Blackberry, ok? It's a function in this little twitter thingy which you love to use every day to spread your wisdom.
You favorited not just one tweet, but six tweets in total, including a fundraising appeal to SarahPAC. To refresh your memory, these were your "favorited tweets" before you deleted all your favorites today (larger screenshot HERE):
Sarah, you don't know how to handle your twitter account, and in fact, you don't know how to handle anything. Please go to your doctor in Wasilla, continue with your treatment and care for your family. Many thanks.
Try to take responsibility for your actions, just try, only once, ok? After all, you want to become the most powerful person in the world, and this person should have a certain idea of what "responsibility" looks like.
Anderson Cooper was on the case yesterday on CNN and did a good job, but what truly stood out were the statements by his guest, Marc Lamont Hill, who sent out the original tweet and who didn't let Sarah Palin "off the hook." Afterwards there was also an excellent interview with Jim Vandehei, executive editor of Politico.
UPDATE 5: The pitfalls of sarcasm
In the eyes of the Palinbots, Sarah Palin's latest cock-up is of course just another "non-scandal." Surely almost everyone favorited tweets by accident before, right? Doesn't it happen every day?
Well, this was apparently the general line of thinking for Sarah Palin's fan who sent the following tweet to ABC journalist Jake Tapper, who responded promptly:
Haha...LOL...good one, Jake!
But, but....Jake!! Didn't you know that when you use sarcasm or irony, you have to EXPLAIN to Sarah Palin's fans that you just were sarcastic or ironic? Because you see, Jake, in Sarah Palin's world, sarcasm and irony does not exist, because "above average" intelligence is sometimes required to "get" the "joke." Therefore Sarah Palin would immediately ban all expressions of sarcasm or irony for being "too confusing and potentially subversive" if she ever became the Queen of the USA.
So you shouldn't be surprised that Sheya from Conservatives4Palin and PalinTV, who in real life is a Jewish folk singer based in London, UK, God bless her, did not really understand what you were trying to bring across in your tweet:
"It happens to the best of us."
Yes, you are SO right, Sheya, it does, it does!
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