Mea Culpa on Palin: She Sucks.

(cross posted at kickin it with cg and motley moose)

Matt - one of the reasons I started my site is because I know so many on the so-called left who secretly admire Sarah Palin for various reasons but can't reconcile it politically or acknowledge it publicly.

There are a LOT of us.

I think there is a way to do both - critique her whackadoodle aspects and enjoy other things about her, the diva/pretty tomboy notwithstanding.

She is something totally new down here. I'd rather deal with it than try and repress it away, because we know where repression lands us.

Plus, she's just flat out totally sexy. Just because I say so doesn't mean I'm ever going to vote for her lol

Well - that pretty much sums up how I felt about Sarah Palin up until about 5 minutes ago. True that I often cringed with the winking, Clinton references and the strange phrasings - but usually it was with a smile.  I despised the sexism Palin was a subject to and was saddened to see my fellow progressives go so far astray from their values when it came to 'Bible Spice' and 'Caribou Barbie.'

But it would appear that I was dead wrong about this horrible person.

Wayne Anthony Ross, her choice for attorney general, has an alleged fondness for rape jokes and doesn't like homosexuals.

Ross, who once described gay people as "immoral degenerates," was quizzed this week about how he would view cases involving homosexuality as the state's top legislator.

"Let me give you an analogy -- I hate lima beans," Ross told a legislative hearing into his nomination.

"I've never liked lima beans. But if I was hired to represent the United Vegetable Growers, would you ask me if I liked lima beans? No. If I disliked lima beans? No. Because my job is to represent the United Vegetable Growers."

A letter from Leah Burton, a lobbyist on children's issues and domestic violence, has caused an uproar, hogging headlines and infuriating some of Alaska's most outspoken bloggers, who play a critical role in reporting politics in the remote and far-flung state.

Burton alleges that in 1991, she heard Ross say at public meeting that domestic violence "wouldn't be an issue if women would learn to keep their mouth shut."

At the hearing, Ross denied making that statement, and also denied making the suggestion in the same conversation that it was acceptable for a man to rape his wife.

For the sake of Alaskans I only hope that she is out of office soon enough. To my fellow progressives - I apologize for the folly of my ways.

Tags: attorney general, Mea Culpa, progressives, Sarah Palin, sexism, wayne anthony ross (all tags)

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25 Comments

seriously - sorry.

by canadian gal 2009-04-14 06:00PM | 0 recs
I don't know whether you followed the

discussion about Palin here. But at Nancy K.'s diaries supporting Palin, some of us had repeatedly pointed out that during Palin's time as Mayor of Wasila, her Chief of Police Charlie Fannon wanted rape victims for pay for rape kit tests. They opposed Gov. Knowles sexual assault bill where Alaska proposed to cover such costs.

http://www.americablog.com/2008/09/wasil la-charged-rape-victims-for-their.html
http://www.frontiersman.com/articles/200 0/05/23/news.txt

Palin is not just run of the mill conservative. Her values are totally obtuse and in the above case was immoral.

by louisprandtl 2009-04-14 06:12PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't know whether you followed the

yes i followed that story.  but i wasn't convinced her involvement in that legislation was explicit.  that said - the naming of this douchebag tells me all i need to know about her.

by canadian gal 2009-04-14 06:32PM | 0 recs
Re: I don't know whether you followed the

Do yu really want to use a reference that refers to women's hygeine to insult Palin?  Palin's politics are atrocious and she is the enemy of every animal in Alaska inculding Turkeys, but do you really want to  use a references to female hygeine as an epithet--

by linfar 2009-04-16 08:54AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't know whether you followed the

Overly sensitive much?

by JDF 2009-04-16 09:40AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't know whether you followed the

If it soothes your worries, it is possible to douche the anal cavity, too.  My ex-roommate had a device.  

by mikeinsf 2009-04-16 10:56AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't know whether you followed the

well i was calling her AG pick that "epithet' - and i rather think the name is fitting for him.

by canadian gal 2009-04-16 11:28AM | 0 recs
Re: Mea Culpa on Palin: She Sucks.

I still love ya.

-X

by Xris 2009-04-14 06:25PM | 0 recs
xris!!!!

how are ya?  haven't seen you for a while - come on by the moose, i think you'll like it.

by canadian gal 2009-04-14 06:33PM | 0 recs
Re: xris!!!!

come on by the moose?  You must explain this to me.  If you don't I'll just assume you are flirting with me:P

I only read a few select diarists nowadays on here and you are always the first I look for.  

by Xris 2009-04-14 06:37PM | 0 recs
Re: xris!!!!

of course im flirting ;) - this is what im talking about.

by canadian gal 2009-04-14 06:42PM | 0 recs
Re: xris!!!!

Wow a good blog to read again.  I can't handle most of the old blogs I used to read because they either rip conservatives all day or hate everything Obama does.  I have always been a little to the left but not much more than that and just happen to have a creepy man crush on the O Man.  

Thank you so much for showing me that site.  I will check it out.

by Xris 2009-04-14 07:23PM | 0 recs
Re: xris!!!!

Yeah, I agree but always forget. Think I might finally make the switch and replace MyDD in my bookmarks with MM.

by vcalzone 2009-04-14 07:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Mea Culpa on Palin: She Sucks.

Sarah Palin. Nutcase.

by Charles Lemos 2009-04-14 06:56PM | 0 recs
So Glad You Came Around

She's proven herself to be everything I suspected she was. Self-serving, egotistical and no longer even PRETENDING to care about getting anything of value accomplished. And her friends are definitely awful.

John McCain managed to dig up some of the worst possible people for his campaign. Can you imagine if he'd actually won?

by vcalzone 2009-04-14 07:22PM | 0 recs
Re: So Glad You Came Around

And extended kudos to Tina Fey for completely understanding who Sarah Palin was from the very beginning. I thought the line from the sketch with McCain where she said she was never going back to Alaska was a little too cynical, that she cared about her state. I guess now I see it differently. You don't put out press releases about your daughter's ex-boyfriend if you're serious about doing your job.

by vcalzone 2009-04-14 07:25PM | 0 recs
I could understand a lot of the early infatuation

with Palin...

The raw anger from older women, who saw Senator Clinton get treated like dirt.

But, right from the start, I thought one thing about Palin: they picked her for her looks.

And, her looks, that is what she has ALWAYS played to get ahead in her life. Just like Bush played his family connections.

Seriously, you take Palin, and transform her to look like Oly Snowe (who, btw, is 10 times more qualified to be VP or Prez) and, no way all those conservative males fall all over themselves for Palin.  

Now, do men use their looks to get along?

Yup. Obama is photogenic, no doubt. And that helps him and he knows it. But that is not all he has going.

So, I thought of all the crap Hillary Clinton had taken from the right, her looks, being compared to a Lesbian (as if there was something wrong with that) and other insults about her appearance?

Then, to see WHO the Republicans picked, and who they passed over, it was BLATANT sexism.....A lot of these guys were the same people that insulted Hillary AND Chelsea for their looks?

So, how come the Pumas were making fast friends with this crowd, since they were the defenders of Senator Clinton over anything? It made no sense?

And, I thought the defense of Sarah when she was being commented on as Sexism was crazy.
It a man does that bone-head interview with Katie Courice, yes, it's a different set of insults, but he doesn't get a free pass?

Seriously, the ONLY way I think Palin is acceptable to the Clinton crowd is her sex.

No honest female liberal in their right mind can look at her policy positions, and think "If this were a man, I would still support them"....

No, Palin got a pass with the Pumas because of her sex, pure and simple.

Now, can I understand a blinding anger that shapes opinion.

Yup, hell, you see it everyday on these boards.

But, in the end, I saw her for what she was.

An very ambitious woman, smart, very pretty, ruthless and totally dishonest.

And farther to the right then Bush, McCain, Romney, etc.

And, that we would be in taking a step down from Bush if she was in the WH, and that is saying something.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-14 08:26PM | 0 recs
Re: I could understand

smart?

;-)

by JDF 2009-04-16 09:43AM | 0 recs
Ok...

How about Street Smart? Or wily?

I don't get she is thick as a brick, smarter then Bush...(of course, that is setting the bar low.)

I think we shouldn't think she is a moran, unlike her followers, who clearly are.

To me, she is savy, and cunning, I don't underestimate baseline survival intelligence.

Disengenious and dishonest? Incourious and bone-headed in her beliefs? Probably.

Over her head in the VP race. Surely.

But, I don't think she is stupid.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-16 10:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Mea Culpa on Palin: She Sucks.

no shit.  identity politics can be very blinding...

(sorry if that seems harsh, but it is what it is)

by bluedavid 2009-04-15 06:44PM | 0 recs
I guess I missed this

I had no idea you were sympathetic to her. I don't mean this insultingly, but was it her gender that allowed you to look past her obvious flaws (intellectually incurious demagogue with far right positions)?

by mikeinsf 2009-04-15 06:50PM | 0 recs
Re: I guess I missed this

gender is irrelevant to me.

i don't agree with most of what she stands for, but politics aside - aspects of her personality are undeniably appealing.  i kind of admired her tenacity and toughness for standing up to the extreme amount of scrutiny and attacks that came her way.  

coming after a long primary in which sexism was reawakened for the world to see, i suppose i felt a bit more empathy towards palin than i might of otherwise.  but most certainly -no matter how terrible this woman is - the sexism thrown at her was/and is appalling.

besides im certainly far from alone in this. case in point.

Love Her Pix * Hate Her Politics * Embrace the Ambivalence!

needless to say, it seems that i have got on board the pds bus ;)

by canadian gal 2009-04-15 07:23PM | 0 recs
oh lordy

tenacity and toughness?  what did she do that was tenacious and tough?  constant whining about the media doesn't seem like tenacity or toughness.  this is just identity politics uber alles.

by JJE 2009-04-16 05:44AM | 0 recs
Re: oh lordy

well i guess we'll just have to disagree here.  with me explaining my position and you telling me no - its just identity politics.

by canadian gal 2009-04-16 11:31AM | 0 recs
Toughness is a dime for ten dozen.

Smart and compassionate, a lot less so, especially in this country.

by ReillyDiefenbach 2009-04-16 02:25PM | 0 recs

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