David Lightman and Sean Cockerham
McClatchy Washington Bureau
June 3, 2015
WASHINGTON — Sarah Palin has disappeared from the 2016 presidential campaign.
The former Alaska governor continues to tease about running, just as she has almost since the day she was defeated as the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.
But since she spoke at two early presidential showcases this winter, including one where her rambling monologue was blasted by conservative activists and analysts, she’s essentially been missing in action.
Since late February, she’s stayed away from the eight other forums, events held almost weekly. She did not attend the most recent meeting, Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s candidate summit Tuesday in Orlando.
Organizers of these events usually want her, but Palin routinely turns them down and sometimes doesn’t even respond. In some cases, sponsors have stopped asking her.
In political battleground South Carolina, for example, she was not asked to either the party’s Silver Elephant Dinner May 1 or the state Republican convention the next day.
“I’m aware of no one in the Republican Party’s leadership who communicates with Gov. Palin or her team,” said South Carolina Republican Chairman Matt Moore.
If I were to mirror the example of the delusional right-wing folks who have spent seven years creating apocalyptic fantasies about how Barack Obama is a communistic, Muslim Antichrist, I could probably manufacture some scary characterizations of the first announced candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz — but I won’t. Instead, I want to compare him favorably to his ideological soul mate, Sarah Palin, which may be even more scary.
Ted Cruz is Sarah Palin with a jurist’s brain.
Once again Sarah Palin gave us some of her word salad. In response to Elizabeth Warren suggesting that we raise the minimum wage for everyone including people who work at fast food restaurants she had this to say. See if everything she said makes sense to you.
Now I would argue that technically liberals also usually regard minimum wage jobs as “stepping stones” as well, and the fact that we support minimum wage laws doesn’t change that. I would also argue that just about no one besides the folks at PeTA and other extreme “animal rights” organizations would ever regard someone as evil for not going vegan or working at a restaurant that serves meat. However, I think someone else could do better explaining what she said. Here’s some brilliant analysis from the world’s smartest cat.
Not only would trying to impeach President Barack Obama fail miserably, says this commentator, but it would destroy what’s left of the GOP.
And former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is just being a pain in the ass, essentially. Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, describes Palin to a T.
On the other hand, Ms. Palin does seem to represent a certain mind-set. What matters to her is not mastering issues or even being conversant on them; it’s politics as theatrics, as a show, as a way to prove one’s purity. The conservatism of prudence and of realism, of moderate temperament and judicious judgments, seems alien to her. She wants to fight, even (and maybe especially) if it means losing. And notice the threat, too. She’s calling for Americans to “vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment.” So voting for President Obama’s impeachment isn’t enough; those who even hesitate to do so deserve scorn. Impeachment of the president has now risen to a self-evident truth. For Ms. Palin, advocating a suicide run isn’t enough; she wants to punish those who don’t join her in self-immolation.
Wehner had better brace himself for the cries of outrage from Palin’s fanbase.
A long article but a very good background review of the past and future Senatorial elections in Alaska. Popcorn is going to very hard to find this election season in Alaska.
by Donald Craig Mitchell
June 1, 2014
To take control of the U.S. Senate in January, in the November general election the Republican Party needs to win six of the eight seats that Charlie Cook, Stu Rothenberg, and other pundits who pay attention to such things say are up for grabs. One of those seats is occupied by Mark Begich, Alaska’s first term Democratic senator.
Those same pundits say that the likelihood that Begich will be reelected in November is a toss-up. Except for Nate Silver, the wunderkind du jour of algorithms, who last month gave Begich a slight statistical edge. But Silver rightly cautioned that the outcome of the Alaska Senate election may be “the hardest race to forecast” because, with voters scattered in villages and small towns from Barrow south to Ketchikan, polling on the nation’s Last Frontier “is often erratic.”
In a state in which Barack Obama won a dismal 38 percent of the vote in 2008 and did only 3 percentage points better in 2012, Mark Begich should be a Dead Man Walking.
My personal opinion is that Sister Sara Phalin’s endorsement is the “Kiss of Death” for any candidate. I don’t think anyone she has endorsed has won anything other than a primary election.
For a few years Palin has run her mouth leaving the listener wondering what it is she actually said. Funny thing though, her fan base seems to understand it all. What sounds like garble to most comes out like sweet political commentary to the Tea Party and Wingnut crowd.
At Little Green Footballs the reference of her speeches as Word Salad has been used for some time. And, every time I hear it, I’ve had thoughts of how to capture that in a animated graphic.
So enjoy it LGF members. Feel free to tweet it and be sure to credit Little Green Footballs and LGF member ObserverArt.
By Robert Costa
The Washington Post April 29, 2014
CLIVE, Iowa — Inspired by the possibility of a Sarah Palin presidential run, Peter Singleton moved to this suburban community from California in November 2010 and booked an extended stay at the Days Inn on 114th Street. Palin was a tea party queen-maker at the time, and true believers such as Singleton could sense a bid for the White House. For the next 10 months, he rallied Iowans to the cause.
But there would be no second political act for Palin, and many supporters have moved on. Singleton said he still admires the former Alaska governor and follows her on Facebook, but politically she holds little sway over him. Singleton didn’t even bother to attend Palin’s speech Sunday afternoon a short drive from here because he disagreed with her endorsement in Iowa’s Republican U.S. Senate primary.
Sarah Palin gave a speech to members of the National Rifle Association, gathered in Indianapolis this weekend. She said something that struck me as sacrilegious. I’ve long defended Palin against the offensive treatment she’s received at the hands of a blatantly biased media, a media that collectively lost its mind the moment she entered the national stage. But that hardly means she must be defended at all times.
What did she say? Here’s how The Hill reports it:
“They obviously have information on plots to carry out Jihad,” she said at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual meeting on Saturday evening, referring to prisoners. “Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen. Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.”
Emphasis mine. When my husband (who was baptized 10 years ago today, as it happens) told me about this, I had a hard time believing that she actually said it. Not just because baptism couldn’t be taken more seriously in traditional Christianity but because the media routinely misquote or fail to provide context for quotes. But the video makes the statement seem even worse.
So why did the crowd cheer when she said it? And why did some folks defend or downplay the statement on Twitter? I couldn’t begin to say, but they shouldn’t have done so.
Why you ask? Well it is quite simple really - the right has built up a fetish - a sexual fetish over righteous violence (read: ‘Christian based campaigns of fantasizing of violence towards Islam, GLBTI people, Mexicans, communists, et al)
They have turned guns and bombs into sexualized objects of fantasy and attraction, of virility and fertility, of patriotism and of religious duty.
That. Is. Why.