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Sarah Palin Slips into Self-Parody

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From The Conservative Bible, the National Review:


Sarah Palin Slips into Self-Parody

Her recent performance in Iowa should disqualify her from any role in the GOP going forward.
By Charles C. W. Cooke


In Des Moines this past weekend, Sarah Palin gave a speech, and at long last the vultures began to circle. “A tragedy,” declared Joe Scarborough, on Morning Joe; “bizarro,” ajudged the London Times’ Toby Harnden; “an interminable ramble,” said Iowa professor Sam Clovis. These, alas were among the kinder adjectives.

In the Washington Examiner, Byron York treated those who missed the address to a brutal dissection. First, he recorded, Palin subjected the crowd to an “extended stream-of-consciousness complaint about media coverage of her decision to run in a half-marathon race in Storm Lake, Iowa.” Next, she offered up some self-righteous “grumbling about coverage of a recent photo of her with a supporter” and a litany of “objections about the social media ruckus over a picture of her six-year-old son Trig.” And, finally, she embarked upon a “free-association ramble on Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the energy industry, her daughter Bristol, Margaret Thatcher, middle-class economics . . . women in politics, and much more.” All in all, York proposed, this did her no favors at all. Rather, the “long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech, left some wondering what role she should play in Republican politics as the 2016 race begins.”

This, I think, is a good question, and one to which I have a modest answer: How about . . . none? Instead, Palin should leave the field to those who are in possession of genuine political aspirations, and she should refrain from treating the Republican party as if it were a little more than a convenient vehicle for her private ambition. In the meantime, conservatives who are finally cottoning on to the ruse should recognize that this Iowa sojourn was not an aberration or a blip, but the foreordained culmination of a slow and unseemly descent into farce that began almost immediately after Barack Obama was elected in 2008. So Sarah Palin has become Amy Winehouse? Of course she has. How else exactly was this going to end?

“It would be hard to say,” York observed drily, “that Palin’s 35-minute talk had a theme.” But, one might ask, “Do they ever?” For a long while now, Palin has not so much contributed arguments and ideas as she has thrown together a one-woman variety show for a band of traveling fans. One part free verse, one part Dada-laden ressentiment, and one part primal scream therapy, Palin’s appearances seem to be designed less to advance the ball for the Right and more to ensure that her name remains in the news, that her business opportunities are not entirely foreclosed, and that her hand remains strong enough to justify her role as kingmaker without portfolio. Ultimately, she isn’t really trying to change politics; she’s trying to be politics — the system and its complexities be damned. Want to find a figure to which Palin can be reasonably compared? It’s not Ronald Reagan. It’s Donald Trump.

Some people contain within them a magical quality that leads their fans toward idol worship, and, for whatever reason, Palin appears to have it in spades. But, as she has discovered for herself of late, this can be a decidedly mixed blessing. On the upside, cults provide their beneficiaries with a ready-made army of apologists and sponsors — people, that is, who have primed themselves to push back hard against the most modest of slights and to exact a price from anyone who exhibits the temerity to criticize their focus. On the downside, cults can serve to inoculate their subjects from legitimate judgment and to ease their descent into inadvertent self-parody. Partly because the media has been reflexively unfair to her, and partly because they feel generally put upon by the culture at large, Palin’s fans have of late provided her mostly with the latter service. Last weekend’s speech was the direct result of that tendency.

Consider, if you will, what happens to a person who suggests that Sarah Palin is anything other than saintly. Right off the bat, they are accused of disliking America or Alaska or conservatives or mothers or the working class — or even women in general — and then they are informed that their “hatred” is showing. Next, their motives are questioned and their supposedly secret “agenda” is exposed for the world to see, for no right-thinking person could dislike Palin on the merits, natch. “I hope you enjoy your elite cocktail parties,” the apologists will say, and then they will huffily tell you that they “hope signaling that you are ‘one of them’ was worth it.” And finally — as is the case when one expresses disapproval of other cult figures, such as President Obama, Ron Paul, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and Paul Krugman — it is presumed that all animadversion must be motivated by envy or by snobbery or by secret admiration, and that it can therefore be safely ignored. “What have you done,” they will ask, “that compares to my paragon of virtue?” All told, it’s really quite pathetic.
 

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RINO'S hate Sarah MORE than Swillery...and WE know why!
 

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Sigh. Finally, people see her as the idiot she is. Imagine this bimbo in office. Oy.
 

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Sigh. Finally, people see her as the idiot she is. Imagine this bimbo in office. Oy.

Swillery would be better?...a Liar, murdered, and corrupt?
 

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No Bimbos!!
 

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Much more Sarah-Bashing at the link.


This is exactly what Liberals and everyone with an ounce of comment sense has been saying for years: Sarah Palin is a know-nothing clown.

then you have nothing to worry about. You libtards should be glad she might run.
 

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Since most of the left thnks Palin is a nothing nobody, one has to wonder why they give a shit about what she says or does??

Palin is no dummy and she was a damned good Gov in Alaska. If she decides to run I'd consider voting for her. She's head and shoulders above that fuck who occupies the White House right now.

Time will tell.
 

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Since most of the left thnks Palin is a nothing nobody, one has to wonder why they give a shit about what she says or does??

Palin is no dummy and she was a damned good Gov in Alaska. If she decides to run I'd consider voting for her. She's head and shoulders above that fuck who occupies the White House right now.

Time will tell.

Palin today bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Governor Palin of Alaska that she once was.
 

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She's definitely problematic for the party. She clearly has value if they can keep her in her lane, "firing up the base" and all, but any time she has mainstream exposure (any time the Democrats can get her mainstream exposure), she's a liability.

If she decides to run and she gets into the debates, yikes.

Let's just not, huh?

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the op has a real hate on for Women. and has no problem showing it for everyone to see

such a pathetic little person
 

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Nothing to see here. We need to worry over Mrs. Palin and what she's up to

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January 27, 2015 - 8:37 am

The former vice chief of staff of the Army warned the Senate Armed Services Committee today that al-Qaeda has “grown fourfold in the last five years.”

“AQ and its affiliates exceeds Iran in beginning to dominate multiple countries,” retired four-star Gen. Jack Keane testified.


Using a term that the Obama administration now eschews, Keane called radical Islam “the major security challenge of our generation.”

all of it here:

General Tells Senators al-Qaeda Has 8216 Grown Fourfold in Last Five Years 8217 PJ Tatler
 

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Since most of the left thnks Palin is a nothing nobody, one has to wonder why they give a shit about what she says or does??

Palin is no dummy and she was a damned good Gov in Alaska. If she decides to run I'd consider voting for her. She's head and shoulders above that fuck who occupies the White House right now.

Time will tell.

Palin today bears no resemblance whatsoever to the Governor Palin of Alaska that she once was.

Oh and your an expert on Palin. Do tell.

Of course your another lefty who thinks she's useless while telling everyone what a great POTUS Barry is.

Talk about useless. Thats Barry to a tee.
 

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