Tag Archive: Sarah Palin

11 April 2010

Remember when Sarah Palin popped off with this famous quip from the September 2008 Republican National Convention?

I guess a small town mayor is sort of like a “community organizer,” except that you have actual responsibilities.

If I had hackles to raise, it woulda raised ‘em.  I was offended by her statement, demeaning and dismissive as it was, and not backed up by any real meat on her side of the argument either.  From what I hear, some mayors (and half-term governors) don’t take care of their actual responsibilities.  Of course, none of that Palin-intrigue had come out yet, at the rather dour Republican convention. Not long after the convention, I found this wonderful motivational creation:



Some blithering-idiot talking points never die.  Today I read over at Salon.com that Sen. David Vitter, speaking at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference this weekend, was spouting this same crap.

… Vitter strolled out to introduce former Sen. Rick Santorum — and to push back a bit against President Obama. "If that’s the choice in 2012, I’ll take a TV personality over a community organizer any day," he said.

TV personality? Whoever could he mean?

Presumably Sarah Palin, according to the punditry.  I have to admit, my mind went to Glenn Beck, but whatevah, and of course, The Media Creation Which Is Palin is the correct answer.

Steven Benen responded with a sentiment I can relate to.

… the snide, condescending denigration of community organizers among right-wing leaders got tiresome quite a while ago. Working with communities in a bottom-up model may seem worthless to the modern Republican Party, but community organizers deserve respect. ….

…. Community organizers tend to be all the more necessary when American families are crushed by the bankrupt governing philosophy of clowns like David Vitter.

If Republicans want to ignore this often-thankless work, fine. But let’s not pretend that community organizers deserve this kind of right-wing derision.

Benen also points out that the Community Organizer label the right sometimes sticks on Obama is not only not a negative, but it’s not the full picture either:

Obama worked for three years a community organizer — working with churches to create opportunities in economically depressed areas — more than two decades ago. He went on to become a lawyer, a professor, a state senator, and a U.S. senator, before seeking the presidency. A few too many on the right make it sound as if Obama went from being a community organizer to a national campaign. This overlooks nearly all of the man’s adult life

And I am struck by a weird pairing:  the Tea Partiers, Patriots and all such groups are supposedly built of those salt of earth, honest to God, down home real Americans.  Sounds grass roots to me, even if some of the push has come from major organizers like Dick Armey et al.  And isn’t community organizing, ya know, kind of a grass roots thing?  Aren’t these folks on the right wing, the tea partiers, making efforts to build a groundswell in local government and state government through taking over precinct groups, and electing adherents to that line of thinking to office?

What the hell do they think community organizing is?


8 August 2008

Sarah, oh Sarah…

Ms. Palin, has received a lot of attention for her most recent Facebook posting, including this nugget,

Palin-StridentThe America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.

This woman is nuts.  She’s not helping, either, by spreading lies.   I don’t believe there’s any “death panel” being mandated by Obama, where Evil Bureaucrats decide whether people are worthy of health care.  If such a system were being proposed, it would be evil.  But it’s not there.

As far as I can tell, this whole “Obama wants to kill off the infirm” is based, with hysterical overlays, on a small part of the health care bill, where doctors will be able to bill for a patient-requested consultation on end-of-life issues, once every five years.  Note:  patient requests it, it’s not mandated, it reimburses doctors for something they currently must do for free with their Medicare and Medicaid patients, the consultation is done by the patients doctor and not by some government Death Panel.

Good lord!

What is wrong with these people?  I know the left can get kinda hung up on conspiracy theories from time to time, but this stuff is  unbelievable.  As many have noted over the last few days, you couldn’t write this stuff.

31 July 2009

I didn’t used to be much of a fan of William Shatner, largely because I didn’t like Captain Kirk when I was a kid. I like him better now, but still find him to be a strange, strange man.

I haven’t been much of a Sarah Palin fan because she billed herself as competent to lead our country, and then said stupid and offensive things, sometimes outright lies, in her shrill voice and extreme tone.

I’ve never been much of a fan of beat poetry, bongos not withstanding, viewing it as rhythmically strange and annoyingly hoighty-toighty. Beat poets always seem to take themselves far too seriously.

But bring these three together, and magic happens. Who’da thunk? William Shatner, doing Sarah Palin speeches and tweets to the smooth backup of wood bass and bongos… somehow, it all fits together soooooo well…

Thanks Bill!

27 July 2009

A few thoughts on the day Sarah Palin steps down as the Governor of Alaska.

I’ve had a few whacky ideas about Palin over the months since she came on the scene at the 2008 Republican Convention, mostly inspired by her whacky behavior on the campaign trail.  The main one, which didn’t prove to be true whatsoever, was that John McCain and/or his campaign team picked her for VP as a bait and switch move.

My idea was that they’d put Palin out there, inspiring everyone with her snappy speeches and her appeal to what has become known as The Base.  Then within a few weeks, she’d step down for some reason ("special needs baby" woulda worked, but it could have been anything) and McCain would pick some OTHER extreme conservative for VP running mate, but someone not so extreme.  The new pick would compare quite favorably and appeal to a more voters, and yet be someone The Base would be willing to vote for.  With the right pick, maybe McCain could have won the White House.  Alas, poor GOP, it was not to be.

Now, had the McCain camp followed my scenario, Palin would have been out of the picture before anyone had a chance to discover how out-there, how thoroughly  immersed right-wing-nuttery she was, and before her lack of experience was so disturbingly exposed by Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson and others.

I just didn’t think the GOP was that clueless.  I really thought they had something more clever up their metaphorical sleeve.


Anyway, reflecting on Palin’s resignation, I have another whacky thought.  The current playlet, which I hope proves just as unconnected with reality as my Bait and Switch scenario,  is that Palin is stepping down to join her husband in spirit and membership in the Alaskan Secession Party (or whatever it’s called), going on from the Governors office to help free Alaska from the oppression of the new Kenyan Socialist friend-of-terrorists Muslin now running her sacred America.

Gawd, hope I’m wrong.  I’m probably wrong.  Right?

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