Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Palin’


October 6, 2011

After months of political strip tease, Sarah Palin finally decided.  She won’t run for president after all.  Her explanation is that she puts her family, God and the country in that order.

Far more likely she looked at the data and threw  up her hands.  She has the highest unfavourable ratings of any politician in the country.  An ABC poll just out says two-thirds of Republicans did not want palin to run. A late September poll on CNN  showed that Mr. Obama would beat ms Palin by 21 percentage points if an election were held today.

Palin, in my view, is a semi-hysterical woman – a harridan of the first order.  She won’t have any real influence on the campaign.  Can you imgine any of the real candidates suing on bended knee for her endorsement   It’s a laugher.

Even some of the Tea Party feel she teased them, then sold them out.

Why did Palin chicken out?

What do  you think?


May 31, 2011

Sarah Palin is back in the news with her One Nation tour to historic monuments.  Aptly named Rolling Thunder.  Now all the questions are back too.  Will she or won’t she?

On the negative side, she has little or no political infrastructure, not even a formal committee to raise money.  Nor has she campaigned in the primary states like  Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.  So far as I know Palin does not even have a press secretary.

On the positive side for running, Palin says she has “the fire in my belly”.  She has higher name recognition than any other contender.  She just has to pop up her head and the national media aree there to record every twitch and tittle.

Most of the pundits don’t think she is running.  David  Brooks of the N.Y. Times:  “She can manage her brand.  But running for president is not American Idol.  She’s just not a team player.  This is a team sport.”

And the polls do not favour her.  An average of several polls shows Obama trouncing Palin by 20 points.

Others have said that Palin is so flighty and unpredictable that she must be in the midst of menopause.  No wonder she is erratic.

Here’s a hint.  Palin is a paid contributor to Fox News.  Fox dumped Gingritch and Santorum when they showed signs of running.  Why have they not dumped Palin.  Because I believe Palin told Fox in deepest secrecy that she does not plan to run.

Will Palin run?

What do you think?


October 1, 2008

A growing number of columnists are raising the question of whether Sarah Palin could be president if anything happens to John McCain. Given her disastrous series of interviews that is not surprising. What is surprising is how many of the columnists are true-blue conservatives. The distinguished conservative columnist for the New York Times, David Brooks, says Palin’s answers are so painful that he can no longer watch her.

Now Bob Herbert in the Times raises explicitly the question of whether Palin should be replaced. He notes that the McCain campaign has done its level best to shield Palin from most serious journalists. He goes on to say that the idea the voters of the United States might install someone in the vice president’s office who is too unprepared or too intellectually insecure to appear on, say, “Meet the Press” or “Face the Nation” is mind-boggling.

Surely the alarm bells should be clanging. You wouldn’t put an unqualified pilot in the cockpit of a jetliner. The potential for catastrophe is far, far greater with an unqualified president.

Sarah Palin’s lack of qualifications was most evident in her CBS interviews with Katie Couric. Palin trotted out again the preposterous notion that being able to see Russia from Alaska gave her some kind of insight into Russian affairs.

At the very least the infantile repetition of this bit of trivia as some kind of foreign policy bona fide for a vice presidential candidate should give us pause.

Ms Couric went on and asked Ms Palin to explain how Alaska’s proximity to Russia “enhances your foreign policy credentials.”

“Well, it certainly does.” Ms Palin replied, ” because our, our next door neighbours are foreign countries, there in the state that I am executive of. And there …”

Gently interrupting, Ms Couric asked, “Have you ever been involved in negotiations, for example, with the Russians?”

“We have trade missions back and forth,”. said Ms Palin. “We do. It’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to our state.”

If Palin resorts to this mumbo-jumbo during her debate with Joe Biden Thursday night I predict her candidacy will collapse. I hope the moderator, Gwen Iffil will just let Palin ramble on hanging herself in the process. I also hope that Joe Biden has the grace not to interrupt her.

Can you imagine the situation if Palin were asked a question like this: “In the financial bailout that Congress is now considering would it be better to use public funds or private money?” The verbal carnage from Palin would be something to behold. This has nothing to do with Palin being a woman. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson would have made a fine Republican vice-presidential candidate. It has everything to do with the growing perception that Palin is in over her head.

Palin’s problem is that she uses her memory, not her intellect. Watch her Thursday night frantically trying to consult the cue cards in her head – stuffed their by McCain’s handlers.

It’s true that Palin is now in McCain’s Arizona home being pumped full of information by two of his closest aides. Maybe it would be better to let Palin be Palin.

This much is certain. If Palin gives another Katie Couric performance Thursday night, it would behoove John McCain and the Republican party to put the country first – as Mr. McCain loves to say – and find a replacement for Sarah Palin on the ticket.

Do you agree?


September 16, 2008

What politician believes that God guided the war in Iraq; that tax cuts for the rich will trickle down to the poor; that climate change is not man-made; and that it is better to be obstinate than candid?

George Bush, you say. What about Sarah Palin? Or to put it succinctly. Isn’t Sarah Palin just George Bush in a skirt?

Isn’t it interesting too that the McCain brain-trust have decided that at least part of the time the candidate and Palin will travel together. The reason? So that Palin will draw larger crowds and give the McCain campaign frequent shots of energy.

Doesn’t that image raise the hairs on the back of your neck? McCain needs energy from his vp. Will he still need it if and when he gets to the Oval Office? Or as Frank Rich put it in the New York Times on Sunday “John McCain is too weak to serve as America’s chief executive…. A McCain victory on Election Day will usher in a Palin presidency with McCain serving as a transitional front man, an even weaker Bush to her Cheney.”

When McCain, now in his seventy-third year, goes for his afternoon nap, will Sarah have her fingers on the nuclear buttons?

Of course, the choice of Palin reflects far more on Mcain than it does on Palin. As the Times editorialized: “If he seriously thought this first-term governor — with less than two years in office — was qualified to be president, if necessary, at such a dangerous time, it raises profound questions about his judgement. If the choice was, as we suspect, a tactical move, then it was shockingly irresponsible.”

Am I one of the few who think this Palin woman is a threat to national security, playing, as she did, with the idea the United States might have to go to war with Russia to protect Georgia or the Ukraine? A bigger threat than Hussein ever was.

Palin claims she has foreign policy experience because she can see Russia from her window?

I can see a restaurant from my window which I guess makes me a cook.


September 2, 2008

A debate is now raging — among women more than men – about whether Sarah Palin should have accepted John McCain’s invitation to become his vp. Interestingly, it is conservative evangelical women who are circling the wagons to defend her and professional and working class women who are questioning her appointment. (For more on this aspect check out

The crux of the debate is whether a mother of five, one of them a downs syndrome special child, another a pregnant teenager, should be running full time for the second highest office in the land.

As Sarah Palin becomes better known, her household situation raises more questions. For example, three days after giving birth to her Downs syndrome child, she returned to work in the governor’s office. Obviously too she decided McCain’s offer was more important than protecting her pregnant daughter from national scrutiny.  (So much, by the way, for Palin’s reliance on abstinence).

And there are other questions about Palin. She has now hired a lawyer to defend her in a case where she fired an underling who wouldn’t fire her brother-in-law who was in a bitter divorce case with Palin’s sister. She also once belonged to a party that wanted Alaska to seccede. Her husband was once arrested on a drunk driving charge. None of this may be relevant but it certainly raises questions about whether McCain vetted her sufficiently.

But we come back to the question of whether Palin can be a loving effective mother while being a full time vice president.

What do you think? Should Palin have accepted?

Is there anyone who thinks Palin should bow out of the race?


August 29, 2008

Palin? Who he? Duh.

Sarah Palin, John McCain’s choice to be vice-president, has served on a town council, as mayor of a city of 9,000 and has been serving as governor of Alaska for less than two years.

Today, on his 72nd birthday, John McCain put Sarah Palin, 44, a heart beat from the presidency.

Is this a smart move or is it an unacceptable risk.

McCain argues at every turn that Obama does not have the experience to be commander-in-chief.

What about Palin? Is she ready to command American forces and take on the leadership of the free world? Just to ask the question is to see how ridiculous it is.

How do you think Palin will stand up to Joe Biden? I thought so.

It seems to me that with this hair-brained move McCain has taken the experience issue off the the table. To be fair, McCain has picked an unexpected fresh face. He is not playing it safe (as Obama did with Biden). But I suggest the risk of choosing a woman with so little experience to be a heart beat from the Oval office is a risk that is unacceptable.

What do you think?

Finally, is there a person in the world who thinks Sarah Palin would have been chosen McCain’s vp if she were a man?