What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

When Governor Sarah Palin was selected by John McCain to be his running mate, the progressive blogosphere ran yellow with fear as prominent progressive bloggers and diarists learned about the selection. "Game changer" was the widely used term. When she delivered her venomous, hateful convention speech, some even said she was at least an equal to Hillary Clinton. PUMA's like Geraldine Ferraro rushed in to announce the immenent doom of the Obama campaign. There were wobbly knees everywhere.

But as time passed by, the public got to learn more about all the things I already knew about her. They discovered that she was a right-wing dominionist, born and bred in the heart of Black Helicopter country. They discovered how cozy she is with xenophobic seperatists orgazinations bent on leaving the country. Her pettiness came to light with Troopergate. And this supposedly self-reliant fiscal coservative had no trouble freeloading off other people, whether it be Republican donors or Alaska taxpayers. In other words, she was exposed as a fraud and a joke.

Now that we have prevented her from walking into the West Wing of the White House, it's time to decide what we should do with her. Should bring her governorship down, or should we keep her isolated in the Arctic? You'e thoughts, please.

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Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

We should contribute to her 2012 campaign.  The longer she stays around, the more discord she can sow between the moderates and the social conservatives.

by KTinOhio 2008-11-05 12:07PM | 0 recs
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We should contribute to her 2012 campaign.  The longer she stays around, the more discord she can sow between the moderates and the social conservatives.

When you get these inspired comments, put them in BOLD PRINT so no one can miss them!

by QTG 2008-11-05 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

And yet W  got in to the WH. Wouldn't be surprised if Rove gets deeply involved with shaping her as his next political project ala W.  He picks the emptiest heads he can find, that seem pathetically un-winnable & makes them the one.

by jrsygrl 2008-11-05 01:19PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

Yeah, but remember that W ran as a "compassionate conservative," and a "uniter, not a divider."  Palin has already outed herself as a divisive, grasping nutter.

Plus, there will be nothing left of her after the McCain campaign blame game is done.  Itemized list of over $150,000 in clothes, anyone?

by username 2008-11-05 01:26PM | 0 recs
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You betcha!  The McCain campaign staff is already cleaning up his image by blaming her for the negative stuff and telling tales about her use of campaign staff's credit cards to shop for the entire family.  She should scurry back to AK ASAP.

I'll happily help out her opponent when Palin comes up for re-election.

by GFORD 2008-11-05 01:40PM | 0 recs
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"Compassionate Conservative" was just the catch phrase of the moment; they'll just come up with another gimmick for her.

W was/is the biggest steaming pile of crap & they made a case for him which means it can be done for anyone, in my opinion.

by jrsygrl 2008-11-05 02:27PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

I agree it's just a catchphrase, but I don't think W had a reputation as a hard-liner as Governor of Texas.  In fact, the key is that he was basically a blank slate.  He always seemed like an idiot, but I don't think he was obviously a hard-liner until after being elected President.

He won the first time by playing a moderate outsider, and the second by driving the base.  I don't think Palin could win by driving the base, and she has already established her hard-right (and stupid) bona fides.

by username 2008-11-05 02:57PM | 0 recs
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I find it weird that noone finds W to be a radical; the whole point of nominating him for Karl Rove was to motivate the radicals!

by jrsygrl 2008-11-15 05:41AM | 0 recs
So true

You never know what kind of "new product" the right wing will fall for.  

by Betsy McCall 2008-11-05 03:41PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

I'm tempted to say ignore her.  The more attention we giver her the higher her star may rise in the far right heavens. She was a poor choice she should be forgotten and relegated to the footnote in the history books.

While I have heard the same praises you have from the chattering class on the far right. I think this will die off as serious reflection starts to take place. One can only hope.

by jsfox 2008-11-05 12:17PM | 0 recs
Point and laugh

Seriously, we've done enough.

I was afraid of Palin, because I thought she was much smarter than she is, and that she wouldn't have agreed to the VP position if she had any easily-exploitable fatal flaws.

I was wrong.  

She's still the "Evangelical's Obama," but the evangelical movement is only a shadow of what it once was.

Huckabee would still crush her if they went head-to-head as leaders of the evangelicals, because he's, you know, really good at making ideological enemies feel good about him, while she's terrible at it.  Plus, he's a man, and evangelicals are pretty broadly sexist.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-05 12:18PM | 0 recs
Last paragraph is spot on

If they wanted to stir the Evangelical base, Huckabee would have been a great choice.  Instead they chose this petty bubble headed bimbo.

by lombard 2008-11-05 12:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Point and laugh

I wouldn't say she's the evangelical's Obama, since Obama has at least competence to offer everyone.  I would say instead that Huckabee is the evangelical's Obama, because he inspires the hell out of them but still has at least compassion and decency to offer the rest of us.

by username 2008-11-05 01:33PM | 0 recs
True enough

Hucks isn't quite the rockstar that Palin is, however.

Despite, you know, the fact that he actually IS a rockstar on a certain level.  Dude can work a guitar.

by Dracomicron 2008-11-06 05:09AM | 0 recs
Let Sarah be Sarah.

Let Sarah be Sarah. I agree with the GOP base on this one. The right-wing GOP base SHOULD rally around Palin as the party's next standard bearer. Their judgment can be utterly relied upon - to keep the Republican Party weak, angry, alienated, and too toxic for the average American.

Palin is not, and can never be, a national leader. During the late campaign, she decisively defined herself as the candidate ONLY of selected, rural right-wing parts of America. Palin went around the country addressing rural and small town, mostly white audiences and telling these people they are the only "real" Americans, the patriotic "pro-America" Americans, and she actively promoted the idea that everyone else was anti-America, didn't count, etc. That's a formula that will lose the big election every time. By all means, let us encourage the GOP refashion itself as a weak, regional party,  by internal purging and by selecting Palin to lead it.

Palin is a joke - she is absolutely, by her own definition, incapable of leading the nation. The GOP that rallies around her doesn't seem to get it - and that's good. For the whole nation, not just Democrats.

by urban shocker 2008-11-05 12:28PM | 0 recs
Yes, and as a small town American

I resented her shallow and manipulative techniques.  I also found them insulting to small town Americans' intelligence and I bet a large portion of small town residents felt the same.  Let's remember that Obama appears to have outperformed (except perhaps in the South) all recent Democrats (except Clinton) in small town America.  

If Palin believes the tripe she prattles, she really has a limited view of small town Americans.  Many of them have substantial bigger city experiences (for example, going to college there, living there for periods, going there for recreational purposes, visiting relatives or friends there) in their backgrounds and are not nearly as hostile to urban locales and folks as Palin imagines.

by lombard 2008-11-05 12:53PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

 She had the look of genuine surprise on her face last night at the Concession Speech - no one gave her the memo. SARAH B FAILIN

by QTG 2008-11-05 12:33PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?
I heard on Randi Rhodes this afternoon (so take with a grain of salt) that Palin wanted to give her own speech after McCain's concession speech.
What a hoot if it's true- I would have loved to have heard THAT speech!
by skohayes 2008-11-05 02:13PM | 0 recs
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It wasnt just Rhodes. I read this in other outlets.

by Pravin 2008-11-06 07:00AM | 0 recs
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I say we try to bring her down.  She may seem harmless now but most of the electorate is pretty fickle.  If the coming recession is as bad as it seems, 2012 may not be a cakewalk.
by ramfar 2008-11-05 12:55PM | 0 recs
Leave her in Alaska

We may not be able to do anything about Sarah Palin. Palin may just put herself in the Alaska Senate seat somehow.. she'll have it as long as she wants it. However, she references to be an "outsider" do you really think she'd like to be one of fifty in the Senate and have to be in Washington all the time?

Palin wasn't as smart as I thought. She'll be no threat and if she gets elected, there's nothing we can do about it because Alaskans have already spoken. They are more than content with their disgraceful leadership.

Mobilize, give it a go. Dont concede anything to the GOP. Crush them.. Our country will be better off for it.

by falcon4e 2008-11-05 01:00PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

More likely Sarah will name Todd as her Senate replacement to a resigned Stevens.  

Double-dippin' at the old guv'mint trough is the Palin way.

by wblynch 2008-11-05 01:29PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

I actually expect Palin to name the Lt. Gov if Stevens holds on.  Parnell, I think.

I was worried about Palin.  Palin had huge flaws, but the McCain camp also messed up the "introduction".  That said, one important reminder to everyone - some of the exit polls suggested that readiness was the main issue on Palin.

I don't think she'll be a threat in 2012.  I would look towards someone like Mitch Daniels to rise up, particularly if the economy is still a mess at that point.  Maybe Mitt.  Very early, so hard to think too deeply on things.

That said, I think she has time to reinvent herself.  That means going back to Alaska and governing, becoming more involved in the conservative national scene through such events as CPAC, and so forth.  My guess is that, considering she won her governorship partly through Frank Murkowski's nepotism, that she'll back off of appointing herself as Senator, further allowing her to maintain that outsider's visage.  2010 is a different equation, if she opts to challenge another Murkowski.  I expect her to become more active in national conservative circles, particularly since she has a lot of the conservative media's support.  Depending on what happens in 2012, she could be back on the scene in 2016.

Short of it is, if possible, the Democrats need to attack.  If she runs against Murkowski, then we need to field our strongest challenger there.  If she goes for another term as governor, I'd love to see someone like Begich give it a go there.  I think it's best to push her aside ASAP than risk having a threat develop down the line.

by toonsterwu 2008-11-05 02:02PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?
Hey, she has to donate all those clothes she bought (even spent $40,000 on Taahd's wardrobe, I hear.) to charity. Go back to being a hockey mom instead of a Saks 5th Ave gal.
Life in Alaska won't seem so much fun to her now, so I see her going for the Senate seat when her term expires.
by skohayes 2008-11-05 02:17PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

Play fair

Play clean

Everything done to Palin will be done to us.

We have lost moral ground when they do the media blitz against our next time as was used against Palin.

If she is the 2nd coming of Reagan this is gonna suck hard.

by dtaylor2 2008-11-05 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

And if "us" is a babbling, born-again idiot, "us" will deserve every bit of it, and I want no part of "us."

by username 2008-11-05 02:58PM | 0 recs
what should we do? Go to Alaska

and destroy the GOP there. Her popularity there helps her a lot. We've seen what small state governors can do, including get elected President twice. She's being largely unscathed, as Bush is taking all of McCain's heat.

by Lakrosse 2008-11-05 03:07PM | 0 recs
What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

We should encourage her and her supporters to get her to run for potus.   Think about it.   Joe Biden never attacked her record in the debate despite some low hanging fruit, he never went there.  She basically did 3 national interviews other than FOX, and she failed miserably.  

News is coming out she didnt know the countries involved in NAFTA, didnt know Africa was a continent, etc.   Does anybody in their right mind think she could hold up on a national campaign?    Imagine her having to go through debate gauntlet where her record will be attacked.    Imagine her having to sitdown for an hour on MTP, or face the nation.   Imagine her giving lengthy taped interview to newspaper editorial boards.    She simply does not have that capability or intellect.   Sure shes gov of Alaska but look at the corrupt nutballs that state produces.   As a democrat theres nothing more I would like that to go against caribou barbie in a presidential election.  She would a gaffe super machine.    

by realistdem 2008-11-05 04:27PM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

If McCain wanted to select a Christian nut from a loser state, he would have been wiser to select Bobby Jindal. He too hails from a state where the standards of competence are so low in both parties, that he could have easily looked good for the Republicans. Plus, he is a lot smarter than Palin.

by Pravin 2008-11-06 07:04AM | 0 recs
Re: What Should We Do About Sarah Palin?

Sarah Palin is going to be inspiring for the right wing nuts in the country and will generate record turnouts among that base. But she will also alienate the George Will conservative and the more moderate members of the party.

Freepers are already turning on McCain for these Palin tidbits. Their opinion of Palin seems unaffected by these devastating leaks.

by Pravin 2008-11-06 07:02AM | 0 recs

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