Tag archive for Sarah Palin

Blame the media: the national political sport

Sarah does it — blame the media — although her attacks have become so reflexive and removed from reality  that the insults have lost their sting, methinks:

Hey Gobsmacked Lamestream Media

Bernie does it:

And I think if we had a media in this country that was really prepared to look at what the Republicans actually stood for rather than quoting every absurd remark of Donald Trump, talking about Republican Party, talking about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the top two tenths of 1 percent, cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Medicaid, a party which with few exceptions, doesn’t even acknowledge the reality of climate change, let alone do anything about it, a party which is not prepared to stand with women in the fight for pay equity, a party that is not prepared to do anything about a broken criminal justice system or a corrupt campaign finance system, I think, to be honest with you — and I just don’t, you know, say this rhetorically, this is a fringe party.  It is a fringe party.  Maybe they get 5, 10 percent of the vote.

Barack does it:

A job well done is about more than just handing someone a microphone.  It is to probe and to question, and to dig deeper, and to demand more.  The electorate would be better served if that happened.  It would be better served if billions of dollars in free media came with serious accountability, especially when politicians issue unworkable plans or make promises they can’t keep.  (Applause.)  And there are reporters here who know they can’t keep them.  I know that’s a shocking concept that politicians would do that.  But without a press that asks tough questions, voters take them at their word.  When people put their faith in someone who can’t possibly deliver on his or her promises, that only breeds more cynicism.

And the afore-unmentioned candidate unmentioned by the Prez, Trump of course, has turned blaming the media into a post-modern form of national bullying. The Donadld’s attacks have become extraordinarily personal and vicious, and the candidate for the most powerful position on earth leads a frightening virtual mob of supporters against members of the press, as shown in this Vocativ graphic.

Megyn Kelly’s crime? She was to be a question of The Donald and other GOP candidagtes in a debate. For doing her job his followers used these words in tweets and messages to her accounts, Fox News said:




















Interestingly Hillary has not attacked the press, to my knowledge, perhaps because she’s more aware than male candidates of how unfair these attacks can be.

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Sarah Palin: She’s no Julie Andrews

The critics don't like Sarah's new reality show. Alexandra Stanley complains:

In a way it’s like “The Sound of Music” but without the romance, the Nazis or the music.

Steve Brodner, for The New Yorker, artfully makes the same point:


Don't think Sarah will care what some New York smarties think. But when some of her fellow FOX News pundits disrespect her show — in candid comments, thinking they were off air — well; that's got to sting. 

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Sarah Palin’s to Run on “Drill Baby Drill” Platform

As predicted in this space a week or so ago, Sarah Palin is running for president on a pro-oil and gas development platform.

In the the next few months and years, assuming she doesn't flip out and self-destruct, she's going to become Ms. Drill Baby Drill.

Inevitably, she will ignore or mock global warming. She has no choice. Her whole career is predicated on business as usual, pollution as usual, fossil fuels now and forever, more and more, and devil take the hindmost. As she (or, more likely, her flack) wrote in the Washington Post today:

Many states have abundant coal, whose technology is continuously making
it into a cleaner energy source. Westerners literally sit on mountains
of oil and gas, and every state can consider the possibility of nuclear

Wow. Forget about the strangely fractured sentence construction. Just notice the pro-coal, pro-oil and gas, pro-nuke stance. She might as well call for more for more global warming right now, instead of simply pretending the problem doesn't exist, as she does by not mentioning it once in the op-ed.

Grist's editor Russ Walker put together an answer to Palin on Grist, but to yours truly, what stands out is not Palin's misleading claims. (What else is new with her?)

What stands out is her self-centered assumption that support for fossil fuel production and consumption will make her popular, as if global warming simply isn't happening.

After all, what could matter more than this?


Update: Think Progress points out that a few months ago, Palin supported cap and trade.

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Palin to Run on Oil Development Platform in 2012

Really. Outside of her flaming display of hurt feelings, it's about the only thing that makes any kind of sense in her resignation "statement" (if we are so generous as to characterize it in that way).

(You'll have to ignore the eccentric capitalization and odd verb choices; clearly, Palin without a speechwriter is like Bush on steroids — all the malapropisms, but none of the focus.)

We aggressively and responsibly develop our resources because they
were created to be used to better our world… to HELP people… and we
protect the environment and Alaskans (the resource owners) foremost
with our policies.

Here's some of the things we've done:

We created a petroleum integrity office to oversee safe development.
We held the line FOR Alaskans on Point Thomson – and finally for the
first time in decades – they're drilling for oil and gas.

We have AGIA, the gasline project – a massive bi-partisan victory
(the vote was 58 to 1!) – also succeeding as intended – protecting
Alaskans as our clean natural gas will flow to energize us, and
America, through a competitive, pro-private sector project. This is the
largest private sector energy project, ever. THIS is energy

And ACES – another bipartisan effort – is working as intended and
industry is publicly acknowledging its success. Our new oil and gas
"clear and equitable formula" is so Alaskans will no longer be taken
advantage of. ACES incentivizes NEW exploration and development and
JOBS that were previously not going to happen with a monopolized North
Slope oil basin.

In other words, Palin's most noteworthy accomplishments as a governor, according to Palin herself,  all relate to oil and natural gas development.

Logically, one can only conclude that this will be her platform for a national run. "Drill, Baby, Drill II."

And then she concludes:

In the words of General MacArthur said, "We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction."

Wow. Steve Brodner takes a look at this craziness and makes the suddenly obvious connection to another flaming narcissist:


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Sarah Palin Makes Fun of an Old Man

From an interview with Sarah Palin in Runner's World:

"I used to joke around with John McCain during the campaign about
coming jogging with me. And once I asked him what his favorite exercise
was, and he said, 'I go wading.' Wading. He lives on a creek in
Arizona, so he goes wading. That cracked me up."


No wonder the McCain campaign is still pissed.

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Why Sarah Palin Needed a $150,000 Makeover

According to Federal election campaign records found by Politico, Sarah Palin has spent over $150,000 in the last two months on clothes and hair styling, including $49,000 at Saks Fifth Avenue and $75,000 at Neiman-Marcus. (By contrast, the most Hillary spent on clothes in her long campaign was $3,000.)

Why so much? Maybe this picture from Getty Images, via the Los Angeles Times, offers a clue…


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Palin Takes Global Warming Advice from Exxon-paid “Scientists”

For years environmentalists have been pressuring the US Department of the Interior to list the polar bear as a species threatened by global warming, arguing that their habitat — specifically, polar ice — is at risk.

There is no doubt that polar ice is shrinking dramatically, a fact the scientific consensus links to global warming: for a dazzling graphic version of this truth, see this from the Wall Street Journal.

This past May, the government agreed with the environmentalists — in part. The polar bear was listed as "threatened," but not granted a "critical habitat" to protect its livelihood, which makes the ruling more symbolic than meaningful.

Nonetheless, Sarah Palin as the governor of Alaska recently sued the Department of the Interior to overturn the ruling, arguing in part that such a ruling would "deter such activities…as oil and gas exploration and development."

Now it turns out that she and the state based their argument on a clutch of denialists, including the notorious Exxonians Willie Soon and Sallie Baliunas, who with five other deniers wrote a paper (available here) that claims "Climate models are simply not skillful for the projection of regional sea-ice changes in Hudson Bay or the whole Arctic."

If you look more closely, you’ll see the paper doesn’t seriously challenge the skill of the climate models, which actually has been quite good — if anything, a little conservative — at predicting sea ice decline.

Instead it brings up other climate change denier talking points — specifically, solar variance — which Real Climate patiently debunks in a post called cuckoo science.

Maybe I’m idealistic (alright, I am) but I think that if this subject comes up in the debate tomorrow, Joe Biden should reference the fact that Sarah Palin is drawing her "scientific" arguments from outlier denialists funded in part by Exxon.

As The Guardian reported yesterday (see here):

The paper, entitled Polar Bears of Western Hudson Bay and Climate
, has been criticised for relying on old research and ignoring
evidence that Arctic sea-ice is melting at a quickening pace. Walt
Meier, a world authority on sea ice, based at the National Snow and Ice
Data Centre, said: "The paper doesn’t measure up scientifically."

co-author of the paper, Willie Soon, completed the study with funding
from ExxonMobil – which has oil operations in Alaska’s North Slope – as
well as from the American Petroleum Institute. Soon was a former senior
scientist with the George C Marshall Institute, which acts as an
incubator for climate-change scepticism. The institute has received
$715,000 in funding from ExxonMobil since 1998.

That won’t hurt Palin with the GOP base, as Tom Toles points out below. But it could remind Independents and undecideds that she is not nearly the enemy of big oil she claims to be.


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Sarah Palin and the Dinosaurs

Is Sarah Palin a full-blown creationist who believes, 19th-century style, that the earth is only 6,000 years old? Or is she a little more evolved than that? Here’s some first-hand testimony from an Alaska resident:

I first met Alaska Governor and GOP
Vice Presidential aspirant Sarah Palin when she was on the City of
Wasilla Planning Commission. I appeared at one of their meetings, along
with my boss at that time,
now-convicted ex-Allvest CEO, Bill Weimer.
We were presenting a proposal Allvest was working on, in conjunction
with a Wasilla-based mental health clinic, to open a community
corrections project there, and needed a facility permit.

that time, I remembered her, because she seemed to be the only person
on the commission who had actually read our proposal. It was obvious
from her questions.

the encounters I’ve since had with Sarah Palin, two that brought up her
faith, have become important, in light of the possibility that she
might someday soon be in charge of thousands of thermonuclear weapons.

June 1997, both Palin and I had responsibilities at the graduation
ceremony of a small group of Wasilla area home schoolers. I directed
the Mat-Su College Community Band, which played music, and she gave the
commencement address. It was held at her church, the Wasilla Assembly
of God.

Palin had
recently become Wasilla mayor, beating her earliest mentor, John Stein,
the then-incumbent mayor. A large part of her campaign had been to
enlist fundamentalist Christian groups, and invoke evangelical
buzzwords into her talks and literature.

the ceremony concluded, I bumped into her in a hall away from other
people. I congratulated her on her victory, and took her aside to ask
about her faith. Among other things, she declared that she was a young
earth creationist, accepting both that the world was about 6,000-plus
years old, and that humans and dinosaurs walked the earth at the same

I asked how she
felt about the second coming and the end times. She responded that she
fully believed that the signs of Jesus returning soon "during MY
lifetime," were obvious. "I can see that, maybe you can’t – but it
guides me every day."

next discussion about religion was after she had switched to the less
strict Wasilla Bible Church. She was speaking at, I was performing
bugle, at a Veterans ceremony between Wasilla and Palmer. At this time,
people were beginning to encourage her to run for Governor.

again, we found ourselves being able to talk privately. I reminded her
of the earlier conversation, asking her if her views had changed. She
was no longer "necessarily" a young earth creationist, she told me. But
she strongly reiterated her belief that "The Lord is coming soon."

As always in the blogosphere, draw your own conclusions. My sense is that Palin simply doesn’t care about science or fact (as evidenced by her repeated repetition of the Bridge to Nowhere Lie, among others). I loved Tina Fey’s line in the Saturday Night Live routine last night in which Palin, visiting New York, talked about "that goofy Evolution Museum" — that is, the Museum of Natural History.

That’s about right, I suspect.

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McCain Wants To Postpone Debate: Quips Fly

John McCain announced today he was suspending his campaign and wants to postpone the Presidential debate scheduled for this Friday until next weekend, which would mean putting off the Vice-Presidential debate until who-knows-when. 

This incited a veritable rainstorm of quips, which are still coming in:

Barney Frank: "It’s the longest hail Mary pass in the history of either football or Marys."

David Letterman (whose interview tonight with McCain was postponed as well): "This doesn’t smell right. This isn’t the way a tested hero behaves. I think someone’s putting something in his Metamucil… He can’t run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she? What are you going to do if you’re elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We’ve got a guy like that now!"   

Anonymous Democratic Strategist: "If you were wondering how bad McCain’s pollster was telling him things are, there’s your confirmation."

Commentator sj at Rod Dreher: "This is Tonya stopping to tie her shoelace."

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Alaskan Editor on Sarah Palin: “Woefully Unqualified”

Steve Lopez, who has a movie coming out this Christmas called The Soloist, is probably the most popular and best-paid columnist in Los Angeles. He’s popular for good reason. He takes on tough issues, including homelessness, illegal immigration, and school bureaucracy, but with bracing good humor.

This weekend he went to Nome, Alaska, to test Sarah Palin’s idea that being able to see Russia gives a person a sense for foreign policy. It’s a good column (and has a video version, if you prefer video).

But best of all, he introduces us to a crusty newspaperwoman named Nancy McGuire, who wrote her own super-blunt column on Sarah Palin for the Nome Nugget, called Lies Fly (see the editorial on this page).

McGuire is a little like Hildy Johnson thirty years later, if Hildy Johnson after "His Girl Friday" had busted up with Cary Grant and impulsively moved up to the Arctic Circle to start over. She’s Ms. No-Nonsense:

Sarah Palin claims she has foreign policy experience because Alaska shares borders with Canada and Russia. Someone please whack her over the head with a geography book.


Sure itʼs flattering that an Alaskan was picked to be McCainʼs running mate. We Alaskans are proud of our state, but letʼs face it; Palin is woefully underqualified to be anywhere near the oval office. It kind of makes one want to go out and find a moose and put lipstick on it.

Lopez, impressed, told McGuire that she might be in line for Secretary of State, since she once actually did come close enough to Russia on a plane trip in college to be chased off by a Soviet MIG fighter.

"I‘ll go for president," she said, noting that she has more Russia experience than Palin. "I’ve seen it closer."

Below Steve Lopez tries to see Russia from Nome, but discovers an island in the way.

[Photo by Myung Chun]


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