Sarah Palin Urges Tea Party to Join Republican Party

Feb 19 2010 Published by under Featured News

Sarah Palin Urges Tea Party to Join Republican Party

Tea Party Queen Sarah Palin stuck the knife of betrayal into the cause yesterday while speaking at an event hosted by the Arkansas Republican Party.

Sarah Palin warned her audience that the Tea Party is not strong enough to run its own candidate. She urged them to pick a Party, reminding them that the Republican party is most in line with the Tea Party’s values of “small government”. Yes, she said this with a straight face in spite of Republicans, including herself, growing government and creating deficits for the past 40 years.

The Mavericky Rogue one has cashed the Tea Partiers’ checks and accepted their crown as Queen of the Tea Party, and now the Queen urges them to mainstream it on over to the GOP.

Now, why would she do that when she has them in the palm of her hand (along with her three main “ideas” for America)?

The last few months since Palin’s book was released have been challenging for the half-term governor: Palin’s sweetheart deal with the media has taken a turn for the ugly; in fact, this last week in the press was particularly brutal on Palin. In addition, America has suddenly been treated to thousands of Palin emails which were requested by MSNBC in 2008, but which were not released (even in their current redacted and withheld due to “privilege” state) until two weeks ago. Emails that proved secessionist party member Todd Palin ran his wife’s governor’s office. And the latest polling shows that 71% of the country does NOT want Palin to run for the Presidency (leaving us with grave concern for the other 29%).

Just months before, Palin was a media darling being courted as a uber successful (another Right Wing Orwellian manipulation) “author”. But the WMD narrative masters running the GOP, with an eye on 2010 and 2012, have shrewdly manipulated the “mood of the country” by dropping warning tidbits and teasers inviting endless criticism of Palin. Nothing she can’t recover from if she straightens up and flies right. This is what the GOP does best, after all…. When they’re not obstructing America’s safety and progress.

I’d wager that Palin was put on notice after the release of her largely unreadable (due to the need to fact check every line) hagiography in which the then “Goin’ Rogue” quitter took aim at the Holy Puppeteers behind the GOP machine.

Palin played that game of pitting herself against Republicans and claiming the “reformer” mantle successfully in Alaska; However, in spite of Palin’s misunderstanding, Alaska is not actually a microcosm of America. The GOP party machine at the national level plays a game Palin doesn’t grasp and can’t control. She thought she could get the Tea Partiers behind her and use them to control the GOP, bending the national party to her will as she used her “reformer” image to blindside the Alaskan Republican party. But Palin miscalculated.

I’m sure she was warned before her book came out, but with Mary Glazier (her spiritual warfare advisor who first informed Palin that she was “mantled for the Presidency”) feeding Palin the ego crack necessary for a narcissistic puppet of a faux populist movement, Palin blindly hurled herself into the eye of the GOP hurricane.

And she was met with the resulting sudden release of emails, leaks of campaign tidbits, humiliating public fact-checking of her “memoir” and even her erstwhile mentor, The Dick of War Crimes, refusing to endorse her. All of which has indeed turned public opinion the way the GOP wanted it to.

Against Sarah.

Her attempt to merge the Tea Party with the GOP is the dim dawn of panic as she frantically attempts to correct her impending collision (and resulting inevitable implosion) with the patriarchal, authoritarian leaders of her party. Leaders who, despite running Palin as a VP, have no intentions of letting any candidate (let alone a woman) destroy their 2010 or 2012 chances.

Palin seems to have misunderstood that glass ceiling charade. She didn’t get that they weren’t serious. She didn’t understand, even as she made her Faustian deal with the devil, that she was their puppet. She had power only so long as they want to grant it to her.

Which means she has no power until she regains Big Daddy’s approval by doing things his way. Doesn’t the “progress” for women just warm your heart? Aw shucks. I’m getting’ all misty for red CFM pumps and short skirts. One day, we will all shatter the glass ceiling and be used as a sex object. And we can thank Sarah Palin’s ego for it.

Palin, with an eye on 2012 (which is sort of like her eye on Putin, only scarier), is trying to get back in the good graces of the Republican party leaders. So here we are, watching a desperate Palin try to sell her dwindling Tea Party fans on the GOP.

And by dwindling, I mean: “Less than half of the seats in the lower bowl were occupied, and the entire upper level was shrouded by black drapes.” Ouch. “Shrouded” in black is never a good thing when describing a possible candidate’s public speaking events. More help from her friends in the RNC, I’m sure.

Palin is trying to save her RNC hide by urging her Tea Party fans to go GOP. If that ain’t goin’ rogue, what is?

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Chris Matthews Slams Sarah Palin for Not Knowing the Founding Fathers

Jan 14 2010 Published by under Featured News

On his MSNBC program Hardball tonight, host Chris Matthews took Sarah Palin to task for not knowing who the Founding Fathers were during her interview with Glenn Beck yesterday. Matthews said, America was the book she didn’t read, yet she is running around this country as this patriotic icon of American what?”

Here is the video:

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After playing the clip of Palin struggling on Beck, Matthews said, “You know in school when you didn’t read the book, and you had to answer the essay question on the book and you didn’t read it. I thought the book was really interesting at times, sometimes it was boring, but a lot of it was really interesting. The book you didn’t read, that’s her story. America was the book she didn’t read, yet she is running around this country as this patriotic icon of American what? She doesn’t know us. How can you not say Ben Franklin? How can you not say Thomas Paine? Thomas Paine is a major hero of the teabaggers and he should be a hero to all. She doesn’t know the names of the Founding Fathers.”

Matthews also wondered why Sarah Palin can’t answer simple questions. As I pointed out in my initial post about her Founding Father struggles yesterday, this was not a hard question. Glenn Beck threw her a total softball and she struggled to come up with Washington.

This is heavy criticism from Matthews who has been known to gush over the charisma and political it factor that he believes that Palin possesses. The reality is that when struggles with simple questions she reinforces the widely held notion that she lacks even a rudimentary understanding of basic US civics.

She could have picked any Founding Father, but if she was a savvy politician she would have named Thomas Jefferson, or pandering to the teabaggers and their warped misunderstanding of Thomas Paine, but should couldn’t even figure that out because that devious Glenn Beck hit her with a “gotcha” question.

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Palin Bans Bloggers and Local Media from “Public” Book Signing in Alaska

Dec 22 2009 Published by under Republican Party

BANNED! Palin Bans Bloggers and Local Media from “Public” Book Signing in Alaska

Palin banned Alaskan bloggers and local radio and TV host Shannyn Mooore from her “public” book signing held today in Wasilla, Alaska. The event was held at the Menard Sports Complex that Palin championed which left Wasilla 20 million dollars in debt, due to Palin’s failure to get clear title to the land before building on it.

While Palin has refused to allow any media to ask her questions on her “book” tour, she’s graciously deigned to allow them all to photograph her incredibly shrinking self to their hearts content as she breezed past them in the rope line to Costco from her prop bus. But now she’s laid down the new law and is not even allowing her fellow Alaskans inside the venue where she held her last book signing in Alaska. She had the local bloggers/media identified by pictures, and on a “Banned” list, enforced by local police.

Gryphen from Immoral Minority (an Alaskan blog) explained as he was being escorted out by police, “Another reporter headed toward the entrance overheard us and asked us if there were REALLY a “banned list”. “Yes there is, and we are on it” was our reply. “I have never heard of that!” she said. Welcome to Sarah Palin’s Wasilla.”

http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/2009/12/banned-making-it-on-sarah-palins.html

And they call her “Bush lite”? She’s Bush Major.

For someone who whines about her first amendment rights (which Palin interprets to mean her right to lie and insult others without pushback), Palin shows no respect for the real intention of the amendment.

The First Amendment prohibits the Congress from making laws “respecting an establishment of religion”, impeding the free exercise of religion, infringing on the freedom of speech and infringing on the freedom of the press.

Sarah wants to establish Christian biblical law over the USA and infringe on the freedom of individuals and the press to say and write what they choose.

In fact, the folks populating the book signing were largely from her Dominonist church and included such respectable folks as Eddie Burk, local conservative talk show host who has worn T-Shirts proclaiming himself “H8TR” and a “homophobic, Red Shirt, Bible-Thumping, Gay Bashing, Tea Bagging Racist, White Guy Bigot”. So, those folks are OK. This is who she associates with and considers “friendly” media, so she gives them full access.

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But she’s banning local progressives who have called her out on her lies, who write for Huffington Post and have been on MSNBC discussing Palin’s tanking Alaskan poll numbers, among other Palin particulars.

Nothing like a coward hiding from the truth and banning people who disagree with them to say “I love America!”.

Gee, can you imagine if this person had come any where near the White House? Can you image Palin having the courage to face armed teabaggers wearing “Water the Tree of Liberty with Blood” t-shirts at her Presidential rallies, as Obama has bravely done?

It seems Republicans always need to take away the freedoms they crow about. It seems like they’re always hiding and stifling free speech, among other rights.

Sarah Palin, book-banning hopeful, has now become a proud endorser of media-banning.

Palin joins Nixon in having an official “Enemies List”. Well done, Sarah. And here I thought her resignation speech “You won’t have Sarah to kick around anymore” was her sole Nixon connection. Much to be proud of, this Christmas season, eh, Sister Sarah?

Republican leaders don’t allow dissent. That’s just how they’re “wired”.

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Book Review: Sarah From Alaska

Nov 27 2009 Published by under Featured News

The book Sarah From Alaska by Scott Conroy, and Shushannah Walshe, who were both embedded with Sarah Palin’s vice presidential campaign, manages to accomplish the seemingly impossible. It offers an objective account of Sarah Palin’s fast rise and abrupt resignation. There is lots here for both Palin’s fans and critics.

One of the first things that you will notice when reading this book is that it is comprehensive. Early on, we hear from Sarah Palin’s parents who talk about their daughter as a child and teen. The authors chart Palin’s rise from local mayor to governor to vice presidential candidate mostly through talking to people who were aides to or worked for her. Conroy and Walshe conducted 190 interviews for the book.

They capture not only the changes in Palin’s politics, but also her personality. Sarah Palin went from being a politician whose calling card was compromise to someone who maintains hard line conservative positions. Personality wise, she went from being the governor who would just pop by legislator’s offices to say hi, to being antagonistic and guarded when she got back to Alaska.

Palin’s good and bad points get lots of coverage in this book. She can be kind, generous, and thoughtful. She can also be petty, vindictive, and cold, especially when it comes to firing staff. Palin also seems to lose sight of the big picture as she gets herself bogged down by constantly trying to either enhance or protect her image.

One of the most interesting elements of this book is that it doesn’t take sides in feud between the Palin and McCain camps. It does go into detail to explain how fragmented and dysfunctional the McCain campaign was, and how the addition of Palin to the ticket is was both a lifeline and an anchor for McCain’s electoral prospects.

The reader is bound to learn things that they didn’t know. For instance, Sarah Palin was so uncomfortable with cost of the designer clothes that the McCain campaign bought for her that staffers had to take the price tags off of items before she tried them on. Some of the stories about Palin, like the clothes, turn out to be wrong, while others, such as her thin skin and obsession with anonymous bloggers are accurate.

Nothing is left out. The book covers everything from her rise to her resignation and subsequent Twittering and Facebooking. Writing an objective book about a person as polarizing as Palin does come with the risk that the book may turn off both Palin supporters and critics, but Conroy and Walshe provide so much insight and information that the finished product ends up having something for everyone. If you are looking for a Palin book that offers a neutral portrait of her, than this is the read for you.

Palin supporters will love certain parts of the book and loathe others, while her critics will find plenty of ammo in it to boost their claims that Palin is not ready for the big stage in American politics. In an age where everyone has an agenda, it is refreshing to read a book that is not pushing one.

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Palin Campaign Adviser Claims Sarah Made Up Parts of Her Book

Nov 16 2009 Published by under Republican Party

During a report on the NBC Nightly News, Andrea Mitchell dropped an interesting little nugget about Sarah Palin’s new book. According to her adviser, Nicolle Wallace, Sarah Palin never took notes on their conversations, or called her to fact check anything. Wallace called the conversations in the book fabrications.

Here is the video:

Mitchell quotes Wallace as saying, “Campaign aide Nicolle Wallace tells NBC News, ‘I never saw her take a single note, and she never contacted me for any fact checking.’ Wallace says all the conversations in the book are just fabricated.”

Would anyone really be surprised if Sarah Palin made up the conversations in her book? If have learned anything about Palin over the past year, it is that she is intellectually lazy. She was a vice presidential candidate who didn’t want to study for the debates, and she has never seemed overly concerned about understanding the issues.

It is a little hard to believe that the conversations are accurate when Palin didn’t take notes. Even without notes all she, or her ghostwriter, had to do was contact people like Wallace and do a little fact checking, but when has Palin ever been about facts? Nicolle Wallace wasn’t just some McCain staffer. She was a senior adviser to McCain, who became Palin’s senior adviser when she joined the campaign.

It is only a matter of time until we find out that the picture that Palin’s ghostwriter paints in the book is not an accurate one. Everyone expects Palin’s own book to contain her perception of the events that surrounded the 2008 campaign, but she should at least get the conversations correct, but this book isn’t about accuracy. It is about making Sarah Palin rich, and keeping her in the public eye.

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Palin Threatens to Call Out Obama on Imaginary Death Panels

Sep 10 2009 Published by under Featured News

Last night President Obama called death panels a lie in his joint speech to Congress. Obama also promised to call out anyone who spreads lies about healthcare reform. This led Sarah Palin to not only continue to stand by her death panels claim, but also promise that she will call out Obama on death panels, but there aren’t any death panels, so this should be interesting to say the least.

Palin wrote in her Facebook response to the president’s speech that, “In fact, after promising to “make sure that no government bureaucrat …. gets between you and the health care you need,” the President repeated his call for an Independent Medicare Advisory Council — an unelected, largely unaccountable group of bureaucrats charged with containing Medicare costs. He did not disavow his own statement that such a group, working outside of “normal political channels,” should guide decisions regarding that “huge driver of cost … the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives….”

She promised to call out Obama, “He did not disavow the statements of his health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, and continuing to pay his salary with taxpayer dollars proves a commitment to his beliefs. The President can keep making unsupported assertions, but until he directly responds to the arguments I’ve made, I’m going to call him out too.”

All you need to know about the political relevancy of Sarah Palin is that President Obama delivered his address on healthcare to tens of millions of people, while Palin took to her Facebook page to reply. Her attempt to cling to the death panels charge reeks of desperation. It is also delusion for Palin to continue to state that death panels are real, even when top members of her own party have said that they aren’t.

It is also an ego driven fantasy for Palin to think that she possesses the stature to take on Obama. We all know that Palin is yearning for the spotlight again, and what she is trying to do is position herself as leader of the GOP, but when she quit her job as governor of Alaska, she lost any relevancy that she had in the current political discourse.

Palin can try to take on Obama, but the president probably won’t even know that she is there. The bloom has come of the rose that was once Palin’s political future. Even worse than being a has been, she is fading into the background as a political never was. Palin may come back to run in 2012, but she will never capture the stardom that she was poised to achieve last year.

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Protester Invokes the U.S.S. Constitution to Argue Against Healthcare Reform

Sep 01 2009 Published by under Featured News

At a town hall protest in San Diego over the weekend a town hall protester tried to say that healthcare reform is unconstitutional, but it didn’t quite come out that way. He said, “I got a book here called the U.S.S. Constitution.” Ahoy, matey, the U.S.S. Constitution may not give the government authority to reform healthcare, but the U.S. Constitution does.

Here is the video courtesy of Think Progress:

The U.S.S. Constitution scholar said, “Everybody’s seen this before. And you know what? I’ve this book three times now, and I’ve referenced it dozens of times and I can’t find one little paragraph in here that says the government has the right to take over our health care.”

Look, this is the Sarah Palin/Michele Bachmann rule. If you are going to quote talking points in front of a television camera, you better get them right or else you are going to look like a moron. Other protests said that God will take care of healthcare, and Obama’s church was based on racism. One guy was babbling about toilet paper in Cuba. This was a total fringe freak show.

I don’t know why any politician is worried about these protesters. The vast majority of them have no clue what they are protesting. What they have in common is that they are old, white, and angry about the election of Barack Obama. These people may have read the Constitution, but I doubt that they actually know what is in it.

The federal government has the legal authority to reform healthcare, and that is what they are going to do. I wonder what is going to happen to these angry people after healthcare passes. Are they going lock themselves in their houses and commiserate with the warm television glow of Glenn Beck, or will they attach to another fringe cause?

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Barack Obama and Ron Paul Named Internet Politicians of the Year

Apr 20 2009 Published by under Featured News

The Institute for Politics, Democracy, and the Internet is giving out its Golden Dot awards today and tomorrow at the Politics Online Conference. The awards recognize the best intersections between politics and technology. Barack Obama and Ron Paul were named the Democratic and Republican online politicians of the year.

Barack Obama’s was voted the best candidate website, while Ron Paul’s was voted the most networked Republican campaign, and Obama’s was its Democratic counterpart. Obama also won for awards for best online campaign and the best online get out the vote campaign. Obama’s Yes We Can video won for the best supporter created web video, and Obama won the Democrat Technology Impact Moment of the year for his announcement of Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate.

The big Republican winner was the Prop 8 movement, which was voted the Republican Technology Moment of the Year, and the Best Online Advertising Campaign. Prop 8 was also named the Republican Outstanding State and Local Campaign. 2008 Republican nominee John McCain won the award for Best Campaign Video for “The One.” The only Sarah Palin related award was for Best Online Game for Dress Like a Palin.

There were no upsets in these awards. Obama and Paul dominated the Internet in 2008. Obama’s campaign website was not like anything we have seen before. It was the perfect mix of online activism and information resource. Ron Paul has turned social networking into an art form. The GOP may think that they are catching up through Facebook and Twitter, but their efforts on those two platforms are still light years behind the way Rep. Paul organized.

McCain’s campaign website suffered for the same reason that Hillary Clinton’s did. They both were fine until the money ran out. One of the areas that each of these campaigns cut back was their websites. It was noticeable for Clinton after Super Tuesday, and McCain’s website started off with bells and whistles, but was never updated enough.

People forget that when Hillary Clinton had the fundraising advantage, she was churning out net videos on her site, but Obama was better at using his site as a community and an organizing tool. I visited these sites on a daily basis, so I have my own opinions on the subject. In general Democrats are ahead of Republicans in this area. Republicans, except for Ron Paul, don’t get that their sites should be used, not only for fund raising, but for information and networking.

Supporters go to these sites to get news, and meet other people who share their views. Too many Republicans still aren’t using their sites to their full potential. The website should be a destination point for multiple reasons. Republican websites also tend to be less attractive, and not as easy to navigate, which to me points towards the candidates’ lack of emphasis on the web. I think that Obama and Paul have shown what the Internet can do, so I expect that candidates from both parties will become much more aggressive with their Internet strategies.

The Full List of Winners

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Attorney Michael Steele Gets the First Amendment Wrong

Mar 20 2009 Published by under Featured News

What is it with Republicans and not understanding the Constitution? Today, RNC Chairman Michael Steele was on Bill Bennett radio show and he agreed with a caller that the ban bill of attainder is part of the First Amendment. Of course, the ban is located in Article 1 Sec. 9 of the Constitution. How can an attorney not know this?

Here is the transcript from the great people over at Think Progress:

CALLER: I noticed a couple people now talking about the Constitution and I’m told on the law they are currently trying to pass in order to tax all of the bonus pay. Well I believe, well, actually I know it is against the constitution. I believe it is the first amendment that specifically states that a law cannot be passed to specifically target a person or a group of people.

STEELE: That’s right!

CALLER: And we’ve got a president who is supposedly a constitutional scholar.

STEELE: Right. Right.

In case anyone doubts the transcript, here is the audio:

Does anyone else get the irony of the caller questioning Obama’s credibility as a constitutional scholar, then getting the constitution wrong himself? Here is the provision that they are talking about in Article 1 Sec. 9 of the Constitution, “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.” The First Amendment is in the Bill of Rights with are the first ten amendments to the constitution. They aren’t the same thing. To quote the First Amendment, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. “

Of course Steele is a business attorney, which I guess means that he doesn’t have to have a firm grasp of the Constitution. Even worse host Bill Bennett graduated from law school too, and no one sought to correct this caller. How can the Republican Party be trusted to lead the country, when their new generation of leaders like Michael Steele and Sarah Palin don’t understand the what exactly is in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Critics do have a valid point when they question the constitutionality of bill that passed the House yesterday, but they would have more credibility if they could demonstrate a basic grasp of the Constitution.

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John McCain Doesn’t Have his Daughter’s Back

Mar 17 2009 Published by under Featured News

Today, in his “Twitterview” with George Stephanopoulos Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) refused to defend his daughter Megan in her feud with Laura Ingraham over Ingraham calling his daughter fat. Thus, McCain exhibits more father of the year type behavior.

Stephanopoulos ask McCain about his daughter and Ingraham, and here is what McCain said, “I’m proud of my daughter and she has a right to her opinions, like any family we agree on some things and disagree on others.” Wow, what a completely wimpy answer. If he didn’t want to jump into the feud, he could have given the same answer, but also added something about loving his daughter, and her weight not having anything to do with the discussion.

Megan McCain is 24 years old, so no one should be expecting her father to fight her battles for her, but to give such a politically neutral answer, illustrates what a soul less dead fish of a man John McCain really is. He gave that same answer almost word for word last year on the campaign trail when discussing Sarah Palin. This also shows that McCain the maverick was a myth, when push comes to shove Sen. McCain will always retreat and avoid conflict. This is not the kind of man who would have been a good leader for the nation.

I do understand the value of having tough, independent children who can survive on their own, but what kind of father would be ok with his daughter being called fat in the media? The problem isn’t that McCain didn’t want to get involved in this spat. He is a U.S. Senator and getting involved would have blown this thing up like adding gas to a fire, but I don’t know many parents who wouldn’t even go as far as expressing his love for his daughter in this situation.

Megan McCain already has shown that she is more than capable of handling herself, but a little support from her old man might have been nice. Republicans cried foul about media profiles that painted McCain as a cold, emotionally distant man with a temper, but all his comments today did was reinforce that perception. If McCain doesn’t have the political courage to address an issue with a talk show host, then how would he have had the courage to make the tough decisions as president?

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