Excellent Article from Joe Scarborough on Sarah Palin

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Hello, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Hello


    Good Article from Joe Scarborough about Sarah Palin. This pretty much sums up why she wont be able to run in 2012. I will try to find the videos from morning Joe as well where he talked to a republican senator on How the GOP feels about her. But basically he said that the vast majority of the GOP dont like her, but she is still a good political tool because she has her base, and they dont want to trash her and alienate the base.

    By JOE SCARBOROUGH | 11/30/10 4:44 AM EST Updated: 11/30/10 9:49 AM EST

    Republicans have a problem. The most-talked-about figure in the GOP is a reality show star who cannot be elected. And yet the same leaders who fret that Sarah Palin could devastate their party in 2012 are too scared to say in public what they all complain about in private.

    Enough. It’s time for the GOP to man up.

    Everybody knows that Palin is a busy woman. The former half-term governor of Alaska stays so busy these days that one wonders how this mother of five manages to juggle her new reality show, follow her eldest daughter’s dancing career and launch her latest frenetic book tour while still finding the time to insult a slew of revered presidents and first ladies.

    You’ve got to admit hers is a breathtaking high-wire act.

    What man or mouse with a fully functioning human brain and a résumé as thin as Palin’s would flirt with a presidential run? It makes the political biography of Barack Obama look more like Winston Churchill’s, despite the fact that the 44th president breezed into the Oval Office as little more than a glorified state senator.

    Still, Palin is undeterred, charging ahead maniacally while declaring her intention to run for the top office in the land if “nobody else will.” Adding audacity to this dopey dream is that Palin can’t stop herself from taking swings at Republican giants. In the past month alone, she has mocked Ronald Reagan’s credentials, dismissed George H.W. and Barbara Bush as arrogant “blue bloods” and blamed George W. Bush for wrecking the economy.

    Wow. That’ll win ’em over in Iowa.

    One can only guess what comes next on Palin’s bizarre road show. Maybe the publishing world’s favorite reality star can keep drawing attention and selling billions of books by spitting on John Wayne’s grave or “manning up” by shooting an American bald eagle.

    Or how about this? Maybe Palin could show up on Fox News and build her weak résumé by tearing down Reagan’s.

    Oh, wait. Been there, done that.

    When Sean Hannity asked Palin whether being in a reality show diminished her standing to be president, the former half-term governor mocked Reagan’s biography, dismissing him as “an actor.”

    Sounding like every left-wing politician and media elitist who ridiculed Reagan for decades, Palin sneered that she could be president if the actor from “Bedtime for Bonzo” managed to do so.

    Reagan biographer Peggy Noonan dismissed the remark as “ignorant, even for Sarah Palin.” Noonan reported that Reagan loyalists were outraged that Palin would stoop to using the old left-wing jab. The Gipper's former speechwriter then used her Wall Street Journal column to strike back.

    Noonan noted that Reagan walked into the White House as far more than an actor.

    The 40th president first led a major American labor union through massive upheaval, toured factories for General Electric for eight years and was California’s governor for two full terms during the Golden State’s most momentous times. Reagan then challenged an incumbent president from his own party and reinvented American conservatism without the help of the GOP establishment or the conservative movement.

    After Palin mocked Reagan’s credentials, the TLC reality show star took aim at the 41st president and his wife. Borrowing again from old left-wing attacks that Democrats used against GOP presidents, Palin channeled Ann Richards by bashing Bush and his wife as “blue bloods” who had wrecked America.

    Palin was perturbed that a former president and his wife would dare to answer a question about whom they preferred for president in 2012. Perhaps her anger was understandable. After all, these disconnected “blue bloods” had nothing in their backgrounds that could ever make them understand “real America” like a former governor from Alaska who quit in the middle of her first term and then got rich.

    Maybe Richards and Palin were right. Maybe poor George Herbert Walker Bush was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Indeed, he was so pampered growing up that on his 18th birthday, the young high school graduate enlisted in the armed forces. This spoiled teenager somehow managed to be the youngest pilot in the Navy when he received his wings, flying 58 combat missions over the Pacific during World War II. On Sept. 2, 1944, “Blue Blood” Bush almost lost his life after being shot down by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.

    With his engine shattered and his plane on fire, Bush still refused to turn back, completing his mission by scoring several damaging hits on enemy targets. His plane crashed in the Pacific, where he waited for four hours in enemy waters until he was finally rescued. For his bravery and service to this country, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three air medals and the Presidential Unit Citation for bravery while in combat.

    What a spoiled brat.

    I suppose Palin’s harsh dismissal of this great man is more understandable after one reads her biography and realizes that, like Bush, she accomplished a great deal in her early 20s. Who wouldn’t agree that finishing third in the Miss Alaska beauty contest is every bit as treacherous as risking your life in military combat? Maybe the beauty contestant who would one day be a reality star and former governor didn’t win the Distinguished Flying Cross, but the half-termer was selected as Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants.

    And now a point of personal privilege. I work hard every day to assume the best of Americans who engage in public service. But I am offended by Palin’s attempt to build herself up by tearing down great men like Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

    Palin is not a stupid woman. But like the current president, she still does not know what she does not know. And she does know how to make millions of dollars, even if she embarrasses herself while doing it.

    That reality hardly makes Palin unique, but this is one Republican who would prefer that the former half-term governor promote her reality shows and hawk her books without demeaning the reputations of Presidents Reagan and Bush. These great men dedicated their lives to public service and are too good to be fodder for her gaudy circus sideshow.

    If Republicans want to embrace Palin as a cultural icon whose anti-intellectualism fulfills a base political need, then have at it. I suppose it’s cheaper than therapy.

    But if the party of Ronald Reagan, Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio wants to return to the White House anytime soon, it’s time that Republican leaders started standing up and speaking the truth to Palin.

  2. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    i dont know a single republican that wants palin to be president. so when i read comment like "if republicans want to support palin, go right ahead" i am confused as to who they are talking about.

    i think the reason you see palin center stage is because it is still too early for someone else to come out. let her be the lightning rod that drives the media insane. better for the stealth play that comes later. and when it does, hopefully she'll step down and let an adult play the game.

    it could be that this is exactly her plan. if so, then it could be that she is far smarter than many (including me) give her credit for.
  3. Hello


    Bingo! you hit the nail on the head, Palin is nothing more then a tool right now for the republicans, she absorbs all of the lefts vitriol, and she makes herself rich in the process, Scarborough hit the nail on the head, all of the respectable GOP candidates hate her behind closed doors, but they will not totally denounce her in public because she has a small base of people who support her who they can use in the upcoming elections. There is no way she will run in 2012 but she will definately be an integral factor in the race, and she will make herself filthy rich along the way.

  4. Christie will be the nominee. Too much "important" media from the right fawning on him to not be. Palin will continue to man the pom poms which she's proven she effective at. Buckley would be turning over in his grave if he found out she was the nominee.
  5. Hello


    Cant find the whole video, but this was on morning Joe this morning and Shadegg dodges the question the whole time not saying he believe sarah palin would make a good president. If someone finds the whole interview please post it. Otherwise check the link to watch him dodge the question. There isnt an intelligent republican in their right mind who thinks she would make a good president. It doesnt surprise me that this video of all these conservatives mocking her is nowhere to be found.

    This sums up how the GOP feels about her, and Pat Buchanan chipped in at the end saying that Sarah Paling was nothing but a good tool to conservatives, or something along that line. Check out the video and try to find the full one.

    She is nothing more then a good political tool, and they will tell her that come 2012, continue making yourself rich, and bringing in a base of people who like you and we wont bury you, otherwise its lights out. She may be stupid but shes not completely retarded she has a good gig going on making herself rich, and flirting with the idea of running just to piss off liberals, and liberals continue to take the bait hook line and sinker, and make her front page news, even though the GOP already knows there is no way in hell she will run/win.

  6. I'm a Republican. If you can toss Obama, I'll take Palin. We'd all be better off. [​IMG]
  7. The thing that bugs me is that we're supposed to be concerned about the majority of the GOP not liking her. As if that should be the barometer of good judgement.

    Who the hell likes the majority of the GOP right now? The majority of GOP seems to just be a slower train ride to progressive hell, hell bent on becoming the next whig party.

    The majority of the GOP have a fine talent for folding like rusted lawn chairs. Did you hear the drivel today regarding the "bipartisan" meeting with Obama? Good grief, puke in the mouth.

    And also today we hear of the food bill, now conceding on healthcare, etc. Palin has more fucking balls right now than anyone of these pandering drip heads in the GOP. She's on a path of "I don't care who I piss off" which is contrarian to just about any politician I can think of.

    I frankly don't care if it's Palin. It's what she represents and stands for, that's what this is all about! And what she stands for is everything the current state of our government doesn't want to see change and it's everything we desperately need to have change. Thus the ad nasum of making sure the public sees her as an evil idiot, blah blah blah.

    It's all one big circus run by Barnum & Bailey. Palin very well could be the person who begins the bankruptcy proceedings of the Ringling Bros. And if it needs to be her to make that happen, then I'm all for it.
  8. JamesL


    Fat chance!

  9. Hello


    In terms of the GOP not liking her, and them being assholes I agree, and i agree with your other thread, all the fake conservatives got to beat it. What im saying is she is unelectable, and she is far more useful as a tool for the GOP to win again in 2012 then she is as a legitimate contender. If she can make the message loud and clear that we wont allow anymore big spending republicans into office then she has served her purpose, and she has rallied the fiscal conservatives and may get people to support a true fiscal conservative.

    However she is completely unelectable, her reality show makes her look like even more of an idiot, i actually subjected myself to that one night, she is basically what everyone assumed she was. A ditzy highschool beauty queen. She can not win, and she is better used as a pawn, she can continue enriching herself, while flirting with the idea of running, and she can send voters towards a legitimate candidate who can win. Its win win.

    I can not support a dumbass like Obama, nor can i support someone as stupid as her. I only hope she serves an intrigal role in winning the election for the right, and shifting republicans towards true fiscal conservatism. I could care less about all the religion, guns, and social issues, i just want a candidate who is capable of coming in and taking apart government limb from limb. Like you, i do not want an establishment candidate to win, i want someone new, and a true fiscal conservative to win, If Christie was to run, i would move to wherever he was running from and do what i could to help his campaign.

    #10     Nov 30, 2010