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Donald Kettl
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Leading the 'party of no'

In response to the On Leadership question: As Sarah Palin goes about laying the foundation for a possible presidential candidacy, what could she do to burnish her leadership credentials beyond her conservative base?

Sarah Palin needs to take a page from New York Yankee great Yogi Berra's well-thumbed book: "When you come to a fork in the road--take it." She's doing well so far by leading a group that doesn't want a leader, but in doing so she risks separating herself from the rest of the country. She needs to be able to go down both forks if she's going to earn her leadership chops.

Palin has tapped into a deep vein of profound disaffection with the tea partiers, but it's a weak strategy to bet the future on a group so alienated from politics that the only thing it can agree on is that it doesn't want to be led. She's got a voice that resonates wonderfully with lots of people who just don't like government. Palin is the charismatic poster child for the party-of-no. She taps powerfully into the anxiety of voters who don't much like government and who are worried about their economic futures.

How far can she go by leading with an attitude instead of a plan? She proved in Nashville that she can draw big crowds by tapping into the emerging army of populist/libertarians. But even the tea partiers at some point will need a flag behind which to gather and march. So the first step in building her leadership base is to translate her charisma into a direction. It's one thing to stir people to action. It's another to show them which way to go.

That's the first fork of her Yogi problem. Can she convert her energy into direction and still keep her followers behind her? She's been really good at the former but hasn't shown much of the latter. She needs to begin making the transition if her effort is going to grow legs long enough to keep her going, but it's the puzzle of the 2012 campaign about whether she can do this and still keep her base. Will the leaderless tea partiers stay with her if she tries to lead them?

Down the other fork is the problem of building support to get to fifty percent of the electorate. To get beyond her base, she needs to prove her substantive chops, both to demolish Tina Fey's brilliant caricature that still hangs over her from the 2008 campaign and to branch beyond her intense but narrow base. But those very steps risk undermine her base support.

Yogi explained the Yankees' loss of the 1960 World Series to Pittsburgh by saying, "We made too many wrong mistakes." Palin might have made mistakes so far--but, so far, not too many. If she's going to get genuine leadership cred, she needs to move from sound bites to sound ideas--at least enough to convince her non-base that she's a serious player without being so serious and mainstream that she pushes her base away. We'll learn in the coming months if she can handle that without making too many wrong mistakes.

By Donald Kettl

 |  February 9, 2010; 5:41 AM ET
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There isn't anyine better than Sarah Palin on the national political stage.

She is the leader for reducing the size of government - there in no better qualification.

Posted by: Archarito | February 11, 2010 2:13 AM
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Could it be that Americans FINALLY found a politician that LISTENS- not LECTURES???
Posted by: snowy2

You're joking. You are joking. Yeah, you must be joking.

Palin listen? What you mean is that Palin hears what is popular and repeats it back to her base. Please tell me how that makes anything better?

Palin is like those viral emails about the Hillary Clinton and the Gold Star Mothers. It's so obviously untrue and even the GSMs noted so on their web site, but true believers defend it saying, "It sounds like Clinton."

When you hear what you want to hear, it all sounds good. No matter how very wrong it is.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 10, 2010 10:34 PM
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How can one take seriously Mr Kettl, when he makes statements like:"Palin has tapped into a deep vein of profound disaffection with the tea partiers, but it's a weak strategy to bet the future on a group so alienated from politics that the only thing it can agree on is that it doesn't want to be led."

The Tea Party Movement is united against Big Government, Reduction in spending by lawmakers, and stopping Socializing Healthcare in America.

Mr Kettl, I am not familar with anything elese you have commented on. But I do recognize the "elitist" in you. The attitude of a ununified movement you have associated with the Tea Party appears disingenuous. During the past year the Democrats held majorities in both houses...but could not pass any substantive legislation to advance their agenda. In fact the only thing Democrats agreed upon was how they could waste taxpayer dollars on Pork Barrel projects touted as "economic stimulus". All the while blaming the minority party for their failures to agree upon how big or how expensive a program should be.

The Progressives should be more honest with themselves...Palin scares them, because she has united a voice that would destroy their agenda of fundamentally changing the U.S. into a Socialist country. Thanks but no thanks...I would rather hear "You Betcha" everyday...then "Send Me All Your Money" Or "Sit Down And Shut Up"

Posted by: Lovemercy | February 10, 2010 8:17 PM
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I agree with the fork in the road metaphor. Sarah Palin has taken the "right" fork for her band of followers. She very likely means well, but her candidacy was not taken very seriously. She was selected, after all, by John McCain. The common analysis for his selection, was to offer a woman to voters (somewhat blunting the appeal of Hillary Clinton).

In my opinion, Sarah Palin will remain cast as Washington "outsider." The road from Alaska to Washington is indeed very long, and certainly not well travelled.
Alaska is well known for its libertarian leaning, and might even resent being a U.S. State. Folks go to Alaska when they have had it with Washington politics.

Sarah Palin was elected to Governor because she promised to clean-up corruption around the huge oil politics and oil money in Alaska.

It is hard to imagine anyone strolling into Washington on a REFORM campaign. Reform means CHANGE, and Washington is well known for resisting meaningful change. Business as usual is more about getting re-elected than getting things done. Sarah Palin need only ask President Obama just how difficult it is to implement change in Washington. Note that Obama did NOT promise REFORM, simply CHANGE.

Posted by: rmorris391 | February 10, 2010 5:25 PM
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The reason that so many non-Tea Party people are "frothing at the mouth" is out of concern that someone who seems to be an intellectual "Joan Six-Pack" would be seriously considered as a future President of the United States.

Posted by: WhiskyTangoFoxtrot | February 10, 2010 12:20 PM
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Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911– June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975).

Reagan sold arms to Iran:

In 1986, a scandal shook the administration stemming from the use of proceeds from covert arms sales to Iran

The ketchup as a vegetable controversy or ketchupgate refers to a proposed United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Drug Administration directive, early in the administration of Ronald Reagan, that would have reclassified ketchup and pickle relish from condiments to a vegetable, allowing public schools to cut out a serving of cooked or fresh vegetable from hot lunch program child-nutrition requirements.

Posted by: vze4k4bh | February 10, 2010 7:05 AM
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Posted by: pelham1861 | February 10, 2010 6:34 AM

Like Reagan, who was mocked just as she has been mocked, she has a clear perspective on successful foreign policy,

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Corporate free-speech ruling speaks of shift in Supreme Court
All five justices who made up the majority in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission decision were appointed by President Reagan or worked as lawyers in his administration.

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I am sure the working stiffs who support Palin want corporate America to buy our political system body and soul.
Goodbye wages and workplace safety. Wall Street knows what's best for us?

hello.............

Posted by: vze4k4bh | February 10, 2010 6:57 AM
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And you don't think that an empty campaign slogan of "hope and change" isn't a theme of "attitude"? Sorry, Obama has been campaigning using attitude for a long time....just an empty one that ignores the voices of the people.

Posted by: honorswar26 | February 10, 2010 5:49 AM
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George Bush Put Obama in office.
Talk all you want Bush can never live down the facts:
What party was in office when they blew up the world trade center?

Who was the President in office when they blew up the world trade center?

He started a war or two to make up for it. People were still so turned off the elected Obama.

We would have to forget 9/11 to get the stain off Bush and Republicans. No one has to talk about it. It is SEARED into our guts and our souls.

Do you really think we will ever forgive or forget no matter how much double talk or spin is used on us?

Posted by: vze4k4bh | February 10, 2010 6:47 AM
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Governor Palin is leading...it is a part what makes her who she is. From her teen years on she has lead in her community, school and state.

Millions are organizing in every state to back her in 2012 because she is seen as a leader. She had laid waste the liberal left news media (and even mocks them), she wrote a book that spent 7 weeks atop the NY TIMES Best Seller list (only Colin Powell's came close at 3 weeks in the whole history of the TIMES), she understands in detail energy policy, she is in touch with the majority of Americans on issues of family and faith and has already stood up to the corruption in her own state.

Like Reagan, who was mocked just as she has been mocked, she has a clear perspective on successful foreign policy,

Most Americans know Washington is broken, The Congress is a failed institution (and has been since Watergate & Vietnam) and the cozy relationship between the media and the Democratic Party and career bureacrats has warped our political system.

Therefore...Palin understands we need less elitist studies and committee's and big government and a return to common sense. Americans understand instinctively that common sense provides the answer to quite a lot in life and is the right way to go.

SARAH PALIN has already passed many 'leadership milestones' in her life and those who support her know this. It is the out-of-touch academic and media types who despise her and feel she needs to display more intellectual heft.

We've had decades of such 'heft' in Washington and the nation is broke, the government way too large and the states in crisis. The people want common sense solutions and right now her leadership is providing that.

Posted by: pelham1861 | February 10, 2010 6:34 AM
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Face it: Palin is as attractive to her base as Obama is to his own. THAT is what scares the left and all their minions.

They twist and turn and still can't figure her out. They spin and dig for dirt but alas, it eludes them.

Could it be that Palins' popularity comes from the fact that she has tapped into the raw anger of the American people towards an out of control government? And, yes, I include eight years of Bush as well.

Could it be that Americans FINALLY found a politician that LISTENS- not LECTURES???

Posted by: snowy2 | February 10, 2010 6:19 AM
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And you don't think that an empty campaign slogan of "hope and change" isn't a theme of "attitude"? Sorry, Obama has been campaigning using attitude for a long time....just an empty one that ignores the voices of the people.

Posted by: honorswar26 | February 10, 2010 5:49 AM
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Sarah Palin is George W Bush in a blue dress and a f##king retard.

Posted by: elderbetty | February 10, 2010 5:06 AM
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"Can she convert her energy into direction and still keep her followers behind her? "

The key word here is direction. Does she even know anything about direction? With as little knowledge about society and the world that she has (and she seems not inclined to gather more), how could she form an ideology at all?

Posted by: asoders22 | February 10, 2010 5:02 AM
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Isn't it funny how obamanites believe that he was elected because of his "plan" and not the attitude against bush.

Well all of you obamanites, How is that plan thing going??!!

Posted by: familynet | February 10, 2010 1:50 AM
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"The level of fear that the illiterate libs have for Sarah Palin never ceases to amaze. It must really kill them to realize that Palin's grades were higher than Obama's" At which schools -- hmmmm. Well here's her education path: Hawaii Pacific University in the fall of 1982 and North Idaho College in the spring and fall of 1983.attended the University of Idaho in the fall of 1984 and spring of 1985, and attended Matanuska-Susitna College in the fall of 1985. She returned to the University of Idaho in the spring of 1986, receiving her bachelor's degree in 1987. Now let's look at Obama: Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review

Posted by: postreader118 | February 9, 2010 11:58 PM
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Do we want a president who criticizes her opponent for using a teleprompter but unabashedly writes notes on the palm of her hands in a speech for which she was paid $100,00? Sweet, that shows a lot of preparation and a signal the speech was very important to her. If a group doesn't want you as their leader then why bother spending time on it, right? I suppose if elected president she could quit the White House after 2 years and write her sequel "Going Rogue Again But This Time For Billions."

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | February 9, 2010 11:57 PM
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Palin needs to go AWAY! As a Republican I am ashamed she was even chosen as the VP candidate. McCain lost the election to me on that day. The fact that she has to write simple talking points on her hand says enough. This simple fact proves she will NEVER be ready to lead this country. Palin, do us all a favor and fade into the Alaskan sunset, PLEASE!!!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | February 9, 2010 11:57 PM
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Sarah Palin is taking Yogi Berra's advice when he once said, "when you come to a fork in the road, take it."

Posted by: ablankinship | February 9, 2010 11:41 PM
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To think this lady is even remotely worthy of a presidential candidate is to grossly underestimate human intelligence. Watching her in TV reminding me of the US president images portrait by Hollywood, all about look and theatrical performing.

Posted by: dienh3161 | February 9, 2010 11:36 PM
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"How can Palin burnish her leadership cred?"

By "owning up" that she doesn't have a snowballs chance... and turning the reins over to another bigoted "tea bagger" who also doesn't have a snowballs chance... to win.

There aren't enough bigots around that would allow someone like her to be elected president.

But the stupidity of the American electorate surprises me every day though.


Posted by: helloisanyoneoutthere | February 9, 2010 11:20 PM
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When asked how Obama could win in 2012, Palin said he needed to get tough and declare war on Iran. What kind of idiot speak is that??? What a nut!

Posted by: GenuineRisk | February 9, 2010 11:01 PM
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"what could she do to burnish her leadership credentials beyond her conservative base?"

Get a nose ring...

Posted by: jnardo | February 9, 2010 10:59 PM
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Leading? ROFL, Obama had a Super Majority. a rare occurence and HE FUMBLED THE BALL. He stunk up the place so much that independents and some of his party left him..,
Hey Kettl, are bribes, earmarks and behind closed doors good leadership...

Yet another WP worthess article...

Posted by: sophic | February 9, 2010 10:51 PM
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bnw173

Congratulations! You didn't get any facts right! You win the prize!

Posted by: michael4 | February 9, 2010 10:49 PM
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Thank goodness for the Party of NO when the Party of Crap is in Washington...

Donald F. Kettl is dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland

There is one school to cross off your list unless you don't mind your kid poluted with progressive crap of big gonvernment bondage...

Posted by: sophic | February 9, 2010 10:46 PM
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Hey Palin, did you know the Democrat Empty Suit in Chief established a new military branch? They are not using Corpsman though, they are looking for CORPSE-MAN...ROFL, and this was with the Teleprompter ON...
And Palin did you notice that the Empty Suit in Chief has to bring a teleprompter into a first grade class to talk with them? I bet the teachers got a chuckle out of that...

Hey Palin, you were a very successful mayor and governor, why do you think the leftist hate you so much when they put a true Empty Suit community organizer in the White House...

Posted by: sophic | February 9, 2010 10:42 PM
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Isn't it just remarkable how all these progressives, while demeaning and mocking Sarah Palin, all want to chip in with advice on what she should be doing. This Kettl brain says she has an attitude and no plan. How does he know whether she has a plan or not? Did she plan on defeating Joe Biden in the debate? Whether or not she had a plan, she beat him. Did she plan on writing a best-seller? Did she plan on putting Charlie Gibson in his place? Sarah Palin's record now stands at about 200- 1, the 1 being the loss to Katie Couric, and Couric would be a fool to give her a rematch. And if you think Tina Fey got over on Sarah Palin, Mr. Kettl brain, you've got a tin ear. She has beaten the corruptocrats in Alaska, David Letterman, Rahm Emmanuel and the Washington Post is going broke buying ink to write about her. Oh, by the way, isn't it cute and professional for the Dean of the School of public policy to write for publication the words "party of no" Hmm, where have we heard that before. You're outta here, Mr. Yogi Kettl.

Posted by: chatard | February 9, 2010 10:32 PM
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Attitude" but no "plan?" Sounds a lot like Obama who has no healthcare plan of his own and a dictatorial attitude if ever there was one. I just love listening to the socialist-fascist liberals who call Palin names like bimbo. They are scared to death of her and her real plan, which is to throw the socialists overboard.
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I sure as hell hope she is the leader cause when she opens her mouth in her first debate she will be toast. She really already is but the GOP and Tea Baggers will use her as a show pony til they get serious and throw her overboard. Its about the money she brings it in and they need it...but they know they can never win with her.

Posted by: patisok | February 9, 2010 10:32 PM
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Here's a bipartisan effort we all can agree on and Palin can be helpful by reaching out to trouble Democrats...after all education is very important...
Hey Palin, I think you should show Obama how to give an effect speech with just four or five words written on his hand instead of having to drag all those teleprompters around, even to talk to first graders...
Also Palin, if Obama is a slow learner while you're are teaching him, do you think in the meantime he should have his teleprompters programed Phonetically, rather Fonetically? You know to avoid those embarrassing Magna Cum Laude mistakes like "Corpse-man".
Yes, I think Palin can be very helpful in this bipartisan effort...
In addition, she could conduct speed reading classes for the challenged Democrats in congress that can't read the trillion dollar pork packages that they put their X on

Posted by: sophic | February 9, 2010 10:31 PM
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You got to be kidding me. You think a person who took 5 years and 5 colleges to finish one degree, a person who puts notes on her hand for a prearranged interview,speaks to a party of birthers and bigots and quits with two years left of her Gov.'s term unfinished could be taken seriously. Is that really what America has come to that folks really believe she is anything but a pretty face with a high school education at best. Can you see her in high level talks with say Iran (if she does not bomb it first) or Russia or China. If she is the best we can do we are headed to 3rd world status. PDQ

Posted by: patisok | February 9, 2010 10:25 PM
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Sarah Palin has no chance of being taken seriously anymore. All serious observers have observed her numerous faults. She should just go ahead and fulfill her plan to be an entertainer, which is exactly what she is qualified to be. It is a good job for her, she can make a lot of money, and be famous and that is all she wants.

Posted by: larry9 | February 9, 2010 10:23 PM
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No one's scared of Sarah Palin. She's a lady with glossy lips and a perfect manicure. And barely anything else. She donated the $100K back to the tea party people? WHAT? Why not just speak for free? If you earn $100K, and then you donate it back, I believe you have just taken a tax hit. She needs the money, wants the money, and she got caught with her fingers in a big bowl of it.

No, we're not scared of Sarah Palin. We're afraid of our fellow voters. We don't trust each other.

Here is a comment from another Post blog that I think explains why reasonable people worry about Palin. I have never heard the problem explained better:

"We had eight years of George W. Bush, a transparently hollow man, so I'm taking the vacuous Sister Sarah very seriously. Americans have come a long way down the road to our current state of de-evolution (texting while driving? obesity epidemics?) and many of us vote for the regular guy that you'd want to have a beer with or the pit bull hockey mom. It doesn't take genuine substance to get elected in America. It takes an Academy Award level performance as a "regular" person, just another working class stiff fed up with DC just like you are. And then when they're in, the Cheney's and Rumsfeld's and Summers and Rubin's take over. And the curtain remains closed on how our country really operates. I shudder to think of the kind of people that Sarah would turn us over to."
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Posted by: UsedToBeGOP | February 9, 2010 10:20 PM
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Sarah Palin is the poster girl for all the people who never bother to follow politics and just pick up a few phrases in the tavern. She is a favorite of all the people who never watch anything but the entertainment channels because they see themselves in her empty brain.

Posted by: Maerzie | February 9, 2010 10:08 PM
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Palin and the Tea Party have the potential to get some angry voters out for the mid-term elections this year. It's bound to help the GOP, whose strategy of blocking all legislation makes Dems look ineffectual. Hence the Dem base is dispirited, mid-terms look bad for them.

On the other hand, if Palin maintains high visibility she will have many opportunities to display her vacuousness, and could inspire Dems and Indies to get out and vote against the party she stands for.

Posted by: michaelmelius | February 9, 2010 9:55 PM
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"Palin might have made mistakes so far--but, so far, not too many. If she's going to get genuine leadership cred..."
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Are you insane? Not too many? What has she done right?

Posted by: michael4 | February 9, 2010 9:50 PM
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Mrs. Palin needs to provide leadership and give speeches and interviews to outline and explain plans that make common sense. However, there is a simple reason for the gaffs and incomprehensible gobbledygook she spouted during the campaign that led to Tina Fay’s exquisitely accurate and damning caricature of her. She lacks sufficient intelligence to explain anything at all complex and as soon as she is in public and under pressure it is obvious she cannot do the job. Democrats fondest hope is that she is the Republican (or even better independent) candidate for President next election.

Posted by: infrederick | February 9, 2010 9:34 PM
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Hello!!! Sarah Palin will not be running for President. She is going into the entertainment business where she will make more money. I cannot believe people don't see that.

Posted by: pe966 | February 9, 2010 9:29 PM
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Isn't America a really GREAT country. Well, so is Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Japan etc. But these learned it from U. S.What we really need in this country is the "opt-out"rule. If you don't like things, the Government will buy you a ticket to somewhere else.But, then the press & folks who like to write "comments" would not have nearly as much fun.So, GOD BLESS SARAH & her righteous right bigots for providing so many opportunities to "vent".May she run in 2012 so voters can effectively send her into retirement.

Posted by: tlrasnic | February 9, 2010 9:27 PM
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Palin has no intention of acquiring any substantive plans, positions, or anything else that might distract from her image.

It should be clear that Palin's popularity with a certain segment of American society is not in spite of, but BECAUSE of her Olympic-level stupidity and ignorance. She serves as a mirror to that part of the population that is proud that they know nothing about the world.

If Palin actually proposed something real, she would have to talk about it - and then her stupidity would seem more embarrassing, less decorative. So count on her to continue making more speeches like she did to the Teabaggers and to take that momentum to the Republican nomination in 2012. But it's too soon to say whether she can win.

Posted by: bigbrother1 | February 9, 2010 9:18 PM
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The WP loves a Palin story. It is one of the few draws to their failed rag.

Posted by: 12oreo | February 9, 2010 9:15 PM
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It is indeed a novel approach but reflective of our times: Can someone talk their way into the Oval Office with little more than the gift of gab?

I no earlier period in our history has their been such a proliferation of con artists, but this time they are in our institutions as well as on the street.

The banker that demands higher interest outside the contract terms, the health insurance company that refuses to pay bill after accepting premiums, car dealer finds an angle out of warranty repairs, the landlord that overwitholds on the rental deposit.....and on and on

I have never seen such a proliferation of con artists in America...

And then, as if on cue, Sarah Palin

Posted by: hlpwen | February 9, 2010 9:09 PM
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She sure makes a lot of ching-ching for "leading" the peanut gallery. The peanut gallery never leads. It is not in their nature. You ever been involved in a raucous, unruly group of people that has to get anything done? What ultimately happens is about 1/3 of the people try to get things done, 1/3 of the people scream and complain and mock the doers, and the other 1/3 laughs. The result, the 1/3 of the people who tried to get anything done get frustrated, and storm out, yelling "you fill-in-the-blanks think you can do better? YOU be the leader." The peanut gallery leaders then look around, stunned. After a pause, they go back to mocking the people that left, and nothing gets done.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Tea Party.

Posted by: steveboyington | February 9, 2010 9:00 PM
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She has no future except at Cluster-Fox...She and Ailes-beck will all go down together.

Absolutely clue-free...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | February 9, 2010 8:31 PM
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Sarah needs a tee shirt saying,its all about ~me me me~, and stupid stamped on her forhead but even then the tea baggers would still worship her because they are not any more intelligent than she is,birds of a feather flock together.

Posted by: smorrow | February 9, 2010 8:21 PM
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what could she do to burnish her leadership credentials .... Hm . Brain transplant?

Posted by: monk4hall | February 9, 2010 8:19 PM
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First and most important of all, Sarah Palin has to be educated, starting from grade one.

Posted by: renfieldc | February 9, 2010 7:59 PM
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The level of fear that the illiterate libs have for Sarah Palin never ceases to amaze. It must really kill them to realize that Palin's grades were higher than Obama's.
Posted by: oldno7

And what exactly were the delightful Mrs. Palin's grades?

Posted by: arancia12 | February 9, 2010 7:57 PM
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The level of fear that the illiterate libs have for Sarah Palin never ceases to amaze. It must really kill them to realize that Palin's grades were higher than Obama's.

Posted by: oldno7 | February 9, 2010 7:15 PM
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Please, journalists, would you please stop paying so much attention to this narcissistic nincompoop?

Posted by: risandy | February 9, 2010 7:09 PM
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I personally hope that she is nominated for President by the Tea Baggers. I hope that prior to that, she is the main spokeswoman for the Tea Baggers, because if she continues on the road of ignorance she's on now, the party will be seen for what it really is: a collection of angry white Americans who have problems with an African-American man being their President.
Those who wish to crush Obama know they can't speak in a prejudicial way, but my guess is, the anger is about that, and, about not having a voice for their frustration. Their frustration is understandable. I feel frustrated, too, over the complete disintegration of our two party system willing to work with one another. I fear for my country, perhaps, as much as many of them do.
However, when everything's stripped away, there is a cold callousness about people who would most likely be happy if the government ONLY consisted of the Defense Department; the Intelligence Agencies; Homeland Security; Social Security. Forget the rest. Down with every other program, so that individuals could keep all their money for themselves. The heck with all the elements of our social fabric that need updated and improved.
There is no concern for fellow Americans who are less well off. There is no concern that more than 50 million Americans have no health insurance. There's no concern that our education system is stumbling badly. The roads .. if there are potholes on the roads, I'll replace my own shocks. I don't want government building new roads, or even maintaining them. That a spokesman such as Tom Tancredo can speak with such a racist, ethnist tone, and get support, shows that there are deep veins of hatred among many Tea Baggers.
Palin could have distanced herself from such comments, had she wanted to suddenly seek the "high ground" for leading that Party. She could have discouraged that type of talk from her key note podium. She could have listed all the points of a government as seen by Sarah Palin. Instead, she dissed Obama for using a teleprompter (as if Bush didn't), when she hastily wrote crib notes on her palm, and then actually, actually ... used them while answering questions that had been submitted from the audience v. taking them off the cuff.
Sarah Palin is not a leader. She's a savvy follower pretending to be a leader. Pay attention to the tone of the crowd, and then speak with sound bytes to pretend she's on top of those same points of view.
I wonder just how vacuous she really is.
Crib notes.
Wow!
100K for that kind of speech?
Amazing.

Posted by: zennheadd | February 9, 2010 6:40 PM
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****WHY*** do supposedly serious journalists keep writing about this moron? Leave her to the tabloids next to the aliens.

Posted by: opinionated4 | February 9, 2010 6:31 PM
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Palin's intellect, knowledge and skills are of pygmy proportions. Why are we even having this discussion.

Posted by: NYCman | February 9, 2010 6:28 PM
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I wouldn't hold it against Sarah if she put a couple of notes on a piece of paper like a grown up OR if the notes weren't the answer to a staged question OR if the question wasn't, "What are your core beliefs?" But when a potential presidential candidate writes on her hand like a junior high school kid AND when the question is a softball staged question AND when she can't remember what her CORE beliefs are without writing them on her hand----then I think it's legitimate to look at her and be appalled. A week ago the President of the United States went head to head with all the Republicans in the House of Representatives for an hour and a half of unscripted hardball questions. He didn't need notes. He didn't have access to the questions in advance. He did prove that he knew in intimate detail the national and international business of this country. No less can be expected of anyone who wants to hold that job. And Sarah so obviously longs for and dreams of getting that job. She says if Obama wants America to choose him again that he should start yet another war; this time with Iran. Anybody want to guess how Sarah would like to be popular if the country was crazy enough to elect her? She's dangerous precisely because the least intelligent people in the country are enamored with her and she misleads them with inaccuracies and innuendo. I'll be glad if she ever has to actually take real, unscripted questions. Tim Russert would have eaten her for lunch because he would have been fair to her and she can't withstand that kind of attention. She needs FOX News to soft ball everything for her. A real leader. NOT!

Posted by: karela | February 9, 2010 6:24 PM
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Retarded,retard,retards! What is in a name with a Mom who makes Hustler Magazine and acts like a Lap dancer is hardly in the vein to not call her faction retards. Like Megan Mc Cain knows these are just snake oil sales people. Who cares and why does this idiot interest you to report on when we have a world to save and this idiot could not even remember the topic to discuss. Give me a break, what kind of people are these that support a Barbie Porn Star?

Posted by: thomascanada | February 9, 2010 6:18 PM
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Leading with an attitude instead of a plan? You mean a carbon copy of the Obama campaign?

The wapo, among others, steadfastly refused to corner the o on exactly what hope and change meant.

Instead, concentrated on his preternatural (now clearly in doubt) intelligence, gift of oratory (thank you, TOTUS) and the willing gullibility of the American left.

So, why is the country in a tailspin?

Not because of Palin.

No matter what that fat goof Gibbs writes on his hairy, sweaty, little palm.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | February 9, 2010 6:01 PM
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There is nothing the delightful Mrs. Palin can do to make herself a viable candidate. Like so many before her, she believes her celebrity status is the same thing as being competent.

How many minor celebs left their popular shows to make it big in movies only to discover their small screen talent did not translate to big screen.

The presidency is too important to find out through failure just how incompetent and small she really is.

Posted by: arancia12 | February 9, 2010 6:00 PM
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What did Barry the incompetent boob Obama run on? Barry ran against the specter of GW Bush though Bush was not running for president.

How silly these WaPo hacks are it was fine for the Dims to be the opposition party and the party of dissent when they are were the minority.

Andbody But Barry.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 9, 2010 5:30 PM
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Don't worry right wingers if she doesn't get elected the Supreme Court can do what they did in 2000 for Bush and give it to her. She probably won't get all the minority vote though like Bush, she'll get 100% of the court's African American vote but I doubt that she'll get the Latin vote. At least Bush will be able to say he got 100% of the minority vote in 2000 and she only got 50%. Then maybe you'll get lucky 4 years later and she'll steal another election. That is the way of the Republican party these days lie, cheat, steal, whine, anything to secure the office but doing something for the country or the people. But make sure you help the corporations and go the China for the big bucks. True American.

Posted by: bally79 | February 9, 2010 5:27 PM
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She's good for a laugh if nothing else.

Posted by: rj2008 | February 9, 2010 5:26 PM
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Mrs. Palin is playing to the form that got her selected as the VP nominee. She was picked as a game-changer (i.e. help us lose by less than expected) and because they felt "good" about her; whether it be nominally her conservatism or for her other attributes. Facts, preparation and credulity were NEVER a part of the package. She is still giving her convention speech. Its all quips, winks, generalities and non sequiturs. That said, she could get elected. America chose a black guy as its president because he was the safer pick in a time of crisis. Leadership on the other hand is not possible for her. As an aside, can somebody censure Sen. McCain for gross negligence and recklessness in releasing Palin-pox on the lower 48.

Posted by: sdrichrads6 | February 9, 2010 5:20 PM
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"..Palin might have made mistakes so far--but, so far, not too many..."

Where have you been? Just the things that she was saying or doing when she was governor and running for VPOTUS is enough to disown her completely. Are you trying to give her a pass because she's a woman? Answer these questions for me. Why five schools in six years? Does this provide clues as to why she quit as governor? What was the budget like when she was mayor of Wasilla? Why did she take per diem while staying at home instead of the state capitol? Although it may not be a crime in politically corrupted Alaska, do you think it is unethical? What inspired her husband to become a member of the AIP? Why did Alaska have the highest incident of rape of woman and children? And as governor what was the controvery with the rape kits? Was it the morning after pill in the kit? Why did she have to pay back taxes? What was the true ruling against her concerning trooper gate? Not to many mistakes? Well let her answer those questions for a start and we'll judge for ourselves instead of you judging for us.

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 9, 2010 5:16 PM
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Run, Sarah, run! Barry will swat you like a fly!

Caribou Barbie needs to write notes on her manicured hand! Where's that half-million-dollar wardrobe?

Birthers and wingnuts and KKK members to the front of the welfare line!

Yeagh!

Posted by: bs2004 | February 9, 2010 5:10 PM
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Palins a flake. If the GOP wants to be electable, they better develope a serious candidate.

Posted by: almelbe | February 9, 2010 4:59 PM
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You are being generous by merely entertaining a discussion about Palin and leadership cred. Her resignation, using PAC money to buy her own book, and crib notes for a speech to the most mentally-challenged extremists in the nation reveal a total lack of ability to lead significant numbers of people. Palin truly is becoming her character in Larry Flynt's classic Who's Nailin' Paylin?

Posted by: revbookburn | February 9, 2010 4:55 PM
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I don't doubt anything anymore. After all Bush was "elected" twice. In any event, it is sad to see that the country regarded as the world's superpower, with an incredible nuclear arsenal, with the most Nobel Prizes, the most PHD in the worls, is even discussing the possibility of a President Sarah Palin, it should be considered a joke, but that it is not, and this is exactly why I am so worried. Sarah Palin is intelectually challenged and if elected President one should expected alot more mistakes, lies, and exploitation of this country than in any other previous administration. The group that is currently behind her right now is even more clueless than she is or (a few of them) has a lot to gain with this person leading the "herds of the free world". We should move on to serious subjects and let this joke run its course dry.

Posted by: ebrazuca | February 9, 2010 4:50 PM
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The writer of this article is an elitist pseudo intellect who does not have the knowledge and wisdom to back up his so-called credentials.
He obviously thinks Obama is just wonderful.

Posted by: fgoepfert1 | February 9, 2010 4:48 PM
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Now I don't think much of Sara Parlin, but haven't there already been male Presidents that were just as bad?

Posted by: slovelace | February 9, 2010 4:36 PM
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"Donald F. Kettl is dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland "

Yes, scratch that University off the list of schools you want to send your kids to avoid mind corruption...

Thank goodness for the Party of No when the Party of CRAP is in Washington...

Kettl, I'll be happy to be a guest speaker in your classroom to correct all the BS you've been feeding them, that is if you still teach not just take government money for doing nothing...

Posted by: sophic | February 9, 2010 4:31 PM
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Sarah Palin needs that "fork" stuck in her...She's done!!!


Posted by: demtse | February 9, 2010 4:28 PM
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Here's a bipartisan effort we all can agree on and Palin can be helpful by reaching out to trouble Democrats...after all education is very important...

Hey Palin, I think you should show Obama how to give an effect speech with just four or five words written on his hand instead of having to drag all those teleprompters around, even to talk to first graders...
Also Palin, if Obama is a slow learner while you're are teaching him, do you think in the meantime he should have his teleprompters programed Phonetically, rather Fonetically? You know to avoid those embarrassing Magna Cum Laude mistakes like "Corpse-man".
Yes, I think Palin can be very helpful in this bipartisan effort...
In addition, she could conduct speed reading classes for the challenged Democrats in congress that can't read the trillion dollar pork packages that they put their X on

Posted by: sophic | February 9, 2010 4:23 PM
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I think it would be oh so entertaining to see Sarah run for President and have to debate President Obama. She doesn't have enough hands to "crib" for it!

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | February 9, 2010 4:20 PM
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Her negatives show no sign of going down, and they're substantial. Elections are won by grabbing the middle, and independents by and large are rightly very wary of her. It would be a miracle, given the broadbased scorn with which she's regarded outside her fan base, to even win the Republican nomination. Any national name Republican would beat her--and probably by a lot. She's too arrogant to change course--didn't when the bloom faded during the '08 campaign; why would anyone think she'd do so now?

Posted by: bitterblogger | February 9, 2010 4:08 PM
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S. Palin lost me a long time ago. recently she cemented that idea with something tangible - I'll explain.

In the days prior to science, most uneducated folk pointed to the sky and said, "God wills it", and moved on.

Now that science has solved many of life's unknowns, we can say with some surety that Gravity is the force that causes things to fall out of the sky, and that illnesses are caused by microorganisms. In so very many cases - science, sociology, anthropology, biology, we have bit-by-bit discovered that what we once thought of as "god's work", was actually pretty easily understood my a fairly bright individual.

What gets me about S. Palin, is openly claiming her ignorance in many things easily understood with a little educations, but instead, she relegates all of the things she is ignorant to as "divine".

Now that seems too weak to me. A spritual cop-out is nothing like I'd want to see occupying the highest office in the land, or even the lowest office in the land.

She's a bible-thumping loon, content only with the teachings of one book - the bible.

There has been much done since the writing of that opus.

So much more, but there you have it: Medieval Sarah, blaming the environmental shifts on "god's will".

Look over there, S. Palin. It's Russia. Okay.

Look up in the sky, S. Palin. What do you see? smog? Look over there, S. Palin, in china, or anywhere factories exist. That's smoke in the air, and all those airplanes, they create smog, too.

Use your eyes; you will see.

Use your brain; again, you will see.

But don't refer to an old book that has been many times over superceded in its content by actual history, and life ,and discovery, and those willing to put down the book of God and replace it with the book of man's truths.

Sarah still does refer to the god book for times when her brain runs out.

Sad.

Posted by: pgibson1 | February 9, 2010 4:01 PM
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Don, I think you give Palin too much credit for her ingenuity and smartness. She cannot change, she is lacking in multi-tasking, in current events, in basic knowledge. However, she is not lacking in Hutzpuh! As the saying goes, "a smart man knows his limitations", on the contrary, Palin seems to think that she has no limitations and is trying to capture the Republican vote for her own edification. Beauty Queens are known to be narcissistic and this one is no exception.
She would have been well advised to go into the advertising business where all she had to do is show her body and smile with that wink of an eye. It's cutesy and appeals to a broad range of apple pie moms and pops. Sales on Pot Pie would soar.

But the question is can she govern? No and No. The First Dude would be taking over the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meeting with dignitaries to work out oil imports and doing the same thing he did in Alaska. Meddling is one thing advising is another. And do you want a President to quit when the going got tough and it does.

As a professor, I would hope you cringed when they pointed out the crib notes written on her hand. Basic notes but my goodness, my Border Collie can remember more than she can.

So in closing, I reiterate, you give her far tooooooo much credit!

Posted by: beachbum1938 | February 9, 2010 4:00 PM
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Sarah Palin is a clown.

The tea-baggers who show up and pay $ to worship her are clowns.

The best chance for another Obama administration in 2012 is for the republicans to run Palin for the presidency.

Posted by: daveque | February 9, 2010 3:51 PM
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Republicans should start reading about policy and political theory, then stop reading bumper stickers for pithy zingers and ignorant sound bites.

Posted by: ccs4756 | February 9, 2010 3:49 PM
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The only fork there is, is the one in her.
She is DONE!

Posted by: beachbum1938 | February 9, 2010 3:37 PM
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What has this country come to when a publication such as The Washington Post wastes so much space on someone as vacuous as Sarah Palin? This woman cannot even remember her so-called core values without crib notes. As Twain said, "There's nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot." And that goes for her followers too.

Posted by: gtinla | February 9, 2010 3:28 PM
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Frankly, I love Sarah Palin. I'd be very surprised to learn the Democrats are not surreptitiously slipping money to her PAC to keep her current and talked-about, because they should love her, too. She's the best opportunity to split the Republican vote to come along in a long, long time - a conservative Ralph Nader in a vaguely pretty package. Her occasional appearances to flip chunks of red meat to her adoring sadomasochistic base should have conservative strategists worried, because their number is not nearly enough to win her the presidency. At the same time, she's taking ownership of a fairly substantial voting bloc who will stay home if she's not the Republican nominee. Every time she makes another foray into the public eye, which she clearly loves, she turns off independent voters with her braying, clueless wanderings and devoid-of-substance, run-on sentences.

She places a much higher priority on being "folksy" than being informed, and is arrogant enough to believe nobody grasps the essential emptiness of her technique. Recent polling establishes that Republicans generally regard her as a loose cannon, but her conceit prevents her from changing course. She's unelectable, but her fans will accept nobody else.

She's a gun held to the GOP's head, and I say, "You go, girl!!"

Posted by: marknesop | February 9, 2010 3:24 PM
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Seriously quit writing about her. She has cashed in to be a TV personality and has a lot of fans, so do Rush, Bill OReilly etc. Guess what? None of them will ever be elected to any office. Anyone who pays money to see her speak is just a sucker.

Posted by: scmtneer | February 9, 2010 3:16 PM
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Palin needs to learn what once was taught in high school, civics and American history. She needs to read, read, read, listen, listen, listen and learn, learn, learn. She is obviously a bright, quick woman. She is, just as obviously, stunningly ignorant. Unfortunately, I don't think she is any more ignorant about the Constitution and the way governments work than at least 80% of all college graduates. I saw the results of a legitimate test of knowledge of the U.S. government. Members of the U.S. House scored 44%. Now, THAT is scary.
Personal request:
If you are over 13 don't refer to Republicans as Rethuglicans.
If you are over 13, don't refer to Democrats as Demorats.
If you are over 10, don't say Democrat Party, say Democratic Party.
The word Democrat is a noun. It names a person, place or thing.
IIf you are over 10, say Democratic Party.
The word democratic is an adjective. It describes a noun, as in Democratic Party, Democratic vote, Democratic idea.
To do otherwise hints of ignorance, nothing more.

Old Liberal

Posted by: m_richert | February 9, 2010 2:58 PM
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She seems to have a lot of conservative fans who clearly spend too much time on MILF websites, but for the rest of us, she's just Sarah "the quitter who couldn't finish dinner" Palin, a grandstanding babbling moron with notes inked on her palm, fleecing the rubes out of their cash, and boring the country with lame snark.

She left Wasilla, a tiny town of 5,000 people, $30 million in debt. Maybe she should work on helping them make that up.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 9, 2010 2:58 PM
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I don't get it. Why is anyone lending this woman so much credibility? She will never hold high political office, she has no intellectual capabilities, no understanding of world affairs, no grasp of constitutional law, and no understanding of global economics. She has a delivery that is drippingly sarcastic, pointedly hypocritical and all with a voice that only a grackle could love. Mark my words, anyone with this level of blind, self centered, selfish ambition will in time be the source of her own ultimate demise from the world stage. She is the pet rock of the decade, nothing more.

Posted by: updoc101 | February 9, 2010 2:56 PM
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It's much eassier to understand Saddam going into Kuwait now, he just couldn't wait any longer to exercise his commander-in-chiefy thing!

Posted by: Wildthing1 | February 9, 2010 2:39 PM
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Obama is much more equipped than Palin to handle multiple complex issues. His legal sophistication in and of itself makes him more qualified to run government and handle politics than Ms. YOU BETCHA!

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 2:32 PM
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How is her message any different than Obama's while he was running for president? He was full of populist rhetoric, anti-Bush speech and high level ideas with little depth. In fact, once Obama provided "meat" to his ideas, his popularity fell sharply.

I'm not a Palin fan and wish she would disappear but I don't understand the hatred towards her. She has the right to do anything she wants and I find it interesting the liberal left, who claims to be so tolerant, is so intolerant of her.

Why no articles on the inarticulate and often dim-witted Nancy Pelosi? She is third in line to be President yet likely the dumbest person in Washington. She's says something ridiculous daily and has a big say in the legislative process. Why no outrage with her? Given her position, wouldn't articles on her be more appropriate/important?

And to a lame media, why wasn't there the same "investigative" reporting on Obama that we see with Palin? Neither is qualified to run this country but only one received the scrutiny.

Posted by: Tostitos | February 9, 2010 2:18 PM
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Here we go again, wasting more time and effort on someone who has never put in either; this is like noticing Rush and Glenn. Ye gods and little fishes, the Republic is in tatters, and we are concerned about natters, not what matters!

Posted by: mini2 | February 9, 2010 2:11 PM
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I'll give this to the Teabaggers... She's a MILF I'd like to teabag... as long as she doesn't talk. That would ruin the moment!

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 2:03 PM
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And how did Obama become President? Based on his attitude!!! Why shouldn't we elect Sarah Palin, at least we would have a 'real' American in the office and not someone all concerned about their image!!

Posted by: RadicallySane | February 9, 2010 2:02 PM
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She's fine.

As long as she's bound and naked.

Posted by: trenda | February 9, 2010 2:00 PM
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Sarah Palin can NEVER become qualified to be President.
She has proven herself a quitter.
She has proven herself incurious, ignorant, and willfully so.
She has proven herself willing to divide the country into Real Americans and Not Real Americans, based solely on political views.
She has proven herself a tool of corporations, and she will sell our environment to the highest bidder.
She has proven herself a false folk-hero, who accepts money for a book she didn't write and for a speech that paid more in one evening that any 3 of the tea-baggers there would make in a year.
But what convinced me that Sarah Palin is simply INSANE is this...
her recommendation that President Obama "play the war card" in order to get more votes in 2012. Her idea of a valid re-election campaign is to start a 3rd war just to appear tough on national defense.
The sheer brazen ignorance and callousness of that remark cannot be downplayed. Our men and women join the military for various reasons, but I'm sure they wouldn't want to fight, kill, destroy, and die just so someone, anyone, can have an easier re-election bid.
That glib little "play the war card" has revealed Palin for the monster she really, really is.
She is a religious fundamentalist who believes that the world is 6,000 years old and that dinosaur bones are just a trick played by Satan to make people think the world is older.
She is a corporate shill who would support the kind of de-regulation that will only lead back to the same kind of mess that George Bush landed us in, with inflated monetary "instruments" that come crashing down around us.
She is the kind of anti-environmentalist who would drill on all 3 coasts while ignoring ideas like conservation and fuel-cell technology, who would look the other way as species after species disappears, and who would allow companies to pollute, contaminate, destroy, rape and ruin anything for a profit.
She is the kind of anti-feminist who would champion the overturning of Roe-V-Wade, who would have women become second-class citizens, and who would argue against equal pay for equal work.
She is the same kind of incurious, non-reflective, intellectually-shallow moron that we were saddled with for 8 years.
But mostly, she is the type of person who would think little or nothing of unleashing the horrors of war, and all the suffering that both sides experience, in exchange for...votes.
She will NEVER be qualified, period. Anyone who thinks that she is, is simply delusional or stupid. Or a greedy Republican who only cares about money.

Posted by: artatlarge | February 9, 2010 1:59 PM
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So many countries and only time for a few wars!

Posted by: Wildthing1 | February 9, 2010 1:57 PM
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"Reagan believed in the ability of the American people to take care of ourselves"

"Reagan may have resisted calls for tax increases, but he ultimately supported them. In 1982 alone, he signed into law not one but two major tax increases. The Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (TEFRA) raised taxes by $37.5 billion per year and the Highway Revenue Act raised the gasoline tax by another $3.3 billion.
According to a recent Treasury Department study, TEFRA alone raised taxes by almost 1 percent of the gross domestic product, making it the largest peacetime tax increase in American history. An increase of similar magnitude today would raise more than $100 billion per year.
In 1983, Reagan signed legislation raising the Social Security tax rate. This is a tax increase that lives with us still, since it initiated automatic increases in the taxable wage base. As a consequence, those with moderately high earnings see their payroll taxes rise every single year.
In 1984, Reagan signed another big tax increase in the Deficit Reduction Act. This raised taxes by $18 billion per year or 0.4 percent of GDP. A similar-sized tax increase today would be about $44 billion.
The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 raised taxes yet again. Even the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which was designed to be revenue-neutral, contained a net tax increase in its first 2 years. And the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 raised taxes still more.
The year 1988 appears to be the only year of the Reagan presidency, other than the first, in which taxes were not raised legislatively. Of course, previous tax increases remained in effect. According to a table in the 1990 budget, the net effect of all these tax increases was to raise taxes by $164 billion in 1992, or 2.6 percent of GDP. This is equivalent to almost $300 billion in today's economy."

Posted by: knjincvc | February 9, 2010 1:56 PM
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Palin reminds me of the young women in junior high school who had already decided that makeup, fashion, and being popular were of greater importance than education. There were always groups of young men who were willing to forego education for athletics, motor shop, and popularity. In the days when it was still permissable to track students based upon academic ability, Palin and her husband would have been tracked for non-academic futures.

Too bad we gave up tracking. Too bad those lacking in intellectual curiosity out bred those who possess intellectual curiosity.

The only thing left to do is to treat Palin and company as if they were still in junior high and start rumors about her until her hair falls out.

Posted by: slenon | February 9, 2010 1:55 PM
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This is the third article about this twit in today's WaPo that I am using to rail against those who support her. No, I did not read any of the articles as that is a total waste of time. I would rather waste time pointing out the stupidity of the U.S. of Arrogance for supporting her. TFL, Ken GO SAINTS!!!!!

Posted by: kentigereyes | February 9, 2010 1:53 PM
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Repeating false talking points (from your Palms) is not leadership.

And this lady does not even have the capacity to remember these talking points that she resorts to writing cheat notes on your hands ....Please!

Posted by: KaneMan | February 9, 2010 1:51 PM
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T birvin9999: Eight years with congress and presidency of one party... an economic meltdown which made YOUR president said was no problem in July of 2008 and then ran to congress in the middle of the night in August/September of 2008 urging the passage of a bail out? A recession that was "official" in April of 2008? A government that was inept? No regulations to keep corporate america and wallstreet in line? You have a set of bal*s on you!

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 1:51 PM
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How far can a fraud go without a plan? Look what we have as prez.

Posted by: birvin9999 | February 9, 2010 1:41 PM
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i think charisma is in the eye of the beholder....i find her as charismatic as a tapeworm.....i think you really have to be lacking to get reeled in by this woman's charisma....good looks for her age are one thing...but charismatic??......

Posted by: kiler616 | February 9, 2010 1:41 PM
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She is raking in bucks hand over fist all the time pulling the wool over your eyes.
She is just as big a fraud as Obama, they are peas in a pod

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | February 9, 2010 1:37 PM
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Palin,

Though clever, is not yet, and may never be, ready to be president of the USA. Her base is only a slight percentage of the Republican base, which right now stands at 24% of the electorate.

She may win the Republican nomination because those who do support her may get more participation than those who oppose her. Plus she will be running against people who haven't been in the limelight since the last election - Mitt and Huckabee.

But once she is faced off with Obama, it will be hard for her to get the independent vote and possibly the centrist republican vote.

And Obama has already given us a glimpse of how he will attack her: In the State of the Union, he finished with the line I Do Not Quit. This line was overlooked, but I think it was deliberate and politically brilliant.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | February 9, 2010 1:31 PM
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How about Palin and Obama in an unscripted discussion of the issues facing the country. No teleprompters, no hand writing, no guns. Whaddya think tea-partiers?

Posted by: mikey4 | February 9, 2010 1:28 PM
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I heard the only reason Obama ran for POTUS was to promote his books. Getting elected was a surprise.

That is why he had no clue of the mess he was inheriting. heh heh.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 9, 2010 1:25 PM
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... that said, G.W. and Palin are the types I'd like to have a beer with and qualified to lead because they're.... regular folk?

The right - dumb!

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 1:22 PM
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Look... Americans are fascinated by celebrities, those who are wealthy, big personalities, sports, reality tv, saving a buck, etc. They aren't savvy from a political standpoint and they aren't educated (BEYOND how to make a buck). They lack interest in history, foreign relations, other cultures and languages, science, knowledge, etc.

So does it suprise you that a complete ignoramus like G.W. gave us:

- There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

- "Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?" —Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

- "You work three jobs? … Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that." —to a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005

- "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream." —LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

Ah - the ignorant right... ya gotta love the lil numbskulls!

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 1:18 PM
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The "mainstream media" continue to promote mindless quitters, opportunists, and wildlife slaughterers by continuing to write about them and keep them on the front page. Why doesn't the press write about and thereby promote something worthy of thought, such as a solution to the problem of how to stop insurance companies from dropping paid subscribers when they get sick? There continue to be paying insurance customers dying out there because those they paid choose not to deliver the services paid for. (After all, how can a good capitalist corporation make big profits by actually delivering expensive services?) But why worry about that when there's a cute, sassy, wolf-slaughtering moron to amplify?

Posted by: Student_Of_Irony | February 9, 2010 1:18 PM
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........How far can she go by leading with an attitude instead of a plan?

Uh, Bush faked it for 8 years....

Posted by: wesatch | February 9, 2010 1:06 PM
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If she has any conscience at all, she will shut up and go back to Alaska to help the state with its climate-change problems, which are real and which she knows about. That would give her a chance to demonstrate leadership and the exercise might knock some sense into her head.

Posted by: derPandit | February 9, 2010 1:05 PM
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Tea baggers enjoy watching Sarah Palin vent and spew all the "rehearsed" verbal bombs because they wish they could think of things like that (but they aren't glib enough so they end up calling people T*rds, liberal weenies, and Maoists - see previous comments - and frequently mis-spell four letter words on their signs).

The rest of us enjoy Sarah because it means that we don't have to wait for Saturday Night Live. Heaven help the Republican party if she does win the nomination in 2012 (she won't). If nominated, she'll quit in mid-election to advance in some other direction. I wonder which one . . .$$$$

Posted by: deniskiely | February 9, 2010 1:04 PM
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Palin taps into fear and outrage - the time tested tools of any demagogue. Show her the money - she'll be placated by fame and fortune. Leave the power to those who can lead responsibly.

Posted by: MDPhDinChevyChase | February 9, 2010 1:01 PM
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Terrific idea MRGB! Let's fire all the professors ... and, why stop there ... fire all our teachers too! Down with education! Our children don't need to be able to think for themselves, not when they can follow lock-step behind the pandering platitudes of a lying, conniving self-serving retard like Sarah Palin!

Three cheers for ignorance and one more for all the stupid people!

Posted by: burtonpaul | February 9, 2010 12:54 PM
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Palin is a bubble-head. If she has to write GOP core values on her hand to remember them, she is only SNL fodder, not a serious candidate.

Posted by: John0123 | February 9, 2010 12:52 PM
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Palin was an innocent bystander until McCain's campaign bosses picked her as a long shot running mate. Given early poll bump, that was a good move, knowing McCain's slim odds. She has cashed in handsomely from this cosmic event; but she has no chance on making it on becoming a politician on national scale. So, please don't ask this type questions. Meanwhile I am absolutely incredulous that 46% of voters actually went for her. This shows how important politics of identity are.

Posted by: Max4 | February 9, 2010 12:51 PM
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MRGB ain't never seen a smart man he liked.

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 12:42 PM
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She is living the dream - making bucks no doubt. Still, it's no substitute for lucidity - being intelligible.

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 12:41 PM
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Kettl = Clueless. Professor, you need to get out of the classroom and see and hear what the American people want. The only politics we are alienated from is the self centered politicians who believe they are royalty.

That era is over for American politicians. Too bad we cannot vote to get rid of like minded professors in our universities

Posted by: MRGB | February 9, 2010 12:40 PM
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Sorry folks - Palin is brilliant.

She's making a boatlaod of money off her wackie nonsensical sing song speeches. She's full of populist double speak and platitudes but short on substance.

The problem is just enough people love listening to her to keep the cash rolling in for the rest of her 15 minutes of fame.

Briliantly, she's shamelessly cashing in at every opportunity. She's taken a page from the Glenn Beck playbook - say whatever it takes to stay in the news and make your paying base happy.

She's living the American Dream - and it's making her rich.

Posted by: stephenrhymer | February 9, 2010 12:19 PM
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I wonder how many neanderthals would be into Palin if she weren't a cougar... hmmm

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 12:17 PM
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I don't think Pretty Palin has an eye toward high political office. She wants the power of the pulpit while avoiding the responsibility of a president.

Posted by: tojby_2000 | February 9, 2010 12:15 PM
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She's a quitter. She couldn't even last a full term as governor. And what useful things has she done since she quit? Made herself wealthy and peddled a book written by a ghost writer. Really, this is the best the Republican/TeaParty folks have to offer?

Posted by: homer4 | February 9, 2010 12:05 PM
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YES frankn1, get rid of the intellectuals! Isn't that what Stalin and the Soviets wanted too? Ya gotta love this populist movement on the right... their motto should be: if they sound intelligent, shoot em! We'd just all bez betterz off with som a them thar common folk who hate government runnin' government!

You anti-intelligence people should go start a country under YOUR god, with only your approved books (bible and books on god) with plenty of intolerant folks screaming at each other about who's a good citizen and who "ain't"... And hang up pictures of your ignorant and/or hateful idols: Joe McCarthy, Nixon, skin heads, David Duke, anyone who attend book burning ceremonies, Tim McVeigh, Hitler, Palin, Ann Coulter, etc. Enjoy the stupidity in your country!

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 12:04 PM
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Answer: There is no limit to how far she can go with speeches with no content. My how quickly we forget, remember the last major republican moron, he served two terms, beating beating a much more competent adversary the first time, and turning a war hero into a coward, ironically in the same war that he spent working for a congressman under the guise of military service...

and yes Palin does definitely = Moron

the problem is, there are alot of Moron around who let the talking heads on TV do their thinking for them.

Posted by: keirreva | February 9, 2010 11:53 AM
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Sarah Palin is either delusional, opportunistic, or both. Anyone who quits the governorship of a State in midstream is not national leadership material - unless she thinks her husband Todd is, It appears that he was more than just a consultant during her gubernatorial days.

Posted by: MillPond2 | February 9, 2010 11:51 AM
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some people are as dumb as they look

Posted by: barferio | February 9, 2010 11:50 AM
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Obama is an extremely intelligent and well-educated man. He taught Constitutional law. You may not like his politics but that is a different issue. Sarah palin is not well-educated and has not shown herself to be particularly intelligent. Calling the president just a guy with a teleprompter was particularly dim-witted. Obama has already shown he excels when he is speaking off the cuff -- he revels in it -- thus the invitation to the Rs for a healthcare forum. The Ds can only hope and pray she is the Republican nominee in 2012.

Posted by: postreader118 | February 9, 2010 11:50 AM
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This country not so much needs Palin but deserves her. George Bush would look like a world class brain surgeon compared to Sarah and the "First Dude". Does he, "the Dude" (sorry to the real dude, I'm into the whole brevity thing) get the launch codes also? I really do think that they should have literacy tests for all, as long as we're taking back our country, let's dig up Ike and see if he will be president again and repeal the last 15 amendments to the constitution especially that pesky ones about women voting and slavery.

Posted by: seasail | February 9, 2010 11:50 AM
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Part of me wants her to run for president so I can throw back the whole "all speeches no substance" argument conservatives always claim Obama is about. And hopefully someone will ask "what are the specifics she has that's different from the other regurgetated things the other Republican supporters say?" I want her to run for president because I want the Republican candidates themselves (i.e. the likes of Huckabee or Ron Paul) by their sheer experience and intelligence to expose her for what she is-just another token rally-rouser and gossip conduit for FoxNews that's utilized by the real political leaders (both Republican and Democrats). But then I think to myself..."I'm just thinking like a typical Republican!"; hateful, distrustful and vendictive. Instead I need to start thinking like a real Christian...but that would mean I would have to be caring enough to have a bleeding heart-to include loving my enemy, promoting justice not revenge and knowing the difference and then not talk bad about Palin like they talk bad about Obama (i.e. according to the Bible, spreading gossip is a sin). Nahhh! It's easier to not think like a Christian...so as soon as she stumbles I'll make sure to get as much mileage as I can out of her misfortune to validate my biases against her. Heck what Republican who claims to be Christian acts like one anyway? Certainly not Palin.

Posted by: callosumlink | February 9, 2010 11:46 AM
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"Reagan believed in the ability of the American people to take care of ourselves"

No, Reagan believed in the ability of corporations to regulate themselves and control the rest of us. Thanks to his trickle down policies, we have the widest wealth gap in the industrialized world with just 20% of the people owning 85% of the wealth. Wealth isn't being spread in this country; it is being hoarded. It's no surprise that the 80% of the population who have to fight over the remaining 15% of wealth would be angry, frustrated, etc. The irony is that many of them direct their anger at the wrong people.

And don't forget, Reagan is the one who gave amnesty to all of those illegal aliens. Trickle down economics, amnesty for illegals, and bailouts for the savings and loans--God bless Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: writinron | February 9, 2010 11:43 AM
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Palin = Moron
'nuf said

Posted by: FordPrefect | February 9, 2010 11:41 AM
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Palin has tapped into a deep vein of profound disaffection with the tea partiers, but it's a weak strategy to bet the future on a group so alienated from politics that the only thing it can agree on is that it doesn't want to be led.

Donald F. Kettl is dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, What else did anyone expect from the liberal academic crowd.

professor, you need to get out of the classroom and see and hear what the American people want. The only politics we are alienated from is the self centered politicians who believe they are royalty.

That era is over for American politicians. Too bad we cannot vote to get rid of like minded professors in our universities

Posted by: frankn1 | February 9, 2010 11:39 AM
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For starters, Mrs. Palin should ditch the unprofessional "Im just your average guy" shtick or the "Can I call you Joe?" routine. No! To you and most everyone else he is to be called Senator Biden. And you are not "Sarah" like you were competing with "Oprah", you are former Govenor Palin. This is a serious arena which demands post pubescent behavior.

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Damn. You never get too old to learn about professionalism. I recall Obama calling Hillary and Biden Senator Clinton or Senator Biden a few times in the debates but it was Hillary or Joe 99% of the time.

So this professionalism works just one way. At least she asked permission.


Remember the SOU, in the Primary, where Obama and some of his friends passed where Hillary was sitting and Obama turned up his nose and ignored her and all the others shook her hand. He said he hadn't seen her. He lied.

Showed great maturity to go with all that community organizer experience. Heh heh

And he got elected POTUS. Bush and Obama prove Palin or anyone else can be elected POTUS. It seems it is going to be close race for which one of them turns out to be the worst POTUS in history.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 9, 2010 11:37 AM
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If Ms. Palin wants to be President, she will have to propose a concrete program. Something more concrete than "Hope and Change" and "Yes We Can."

As a private citizen, holding no office and no position in a political party, almost three years before the next Presidential election, however, Ms. Palin has no obligation to hire staff and make such detailed proposals now. She currently has no seat at the political table other than as a commentator, with a huge following of people who are interested in hearing her thoughts. She is currently playing the role of "Community Organizer" getting the community organized and energized.

The question the article asked is when Ms. Palin needs to be more concrete. The answer is simple: when she starts campaigning in Presidential Primaries in early 2012. That's the same answer for any private citizen who may desire to be our next President.

Until 2012, Ms. Palin should do what any general preparing a popular uprising would do: keep her powder dry, scout her opponents' positions, keep her opponents disorganized and confused, recruit her army, prepare her troops to do battle, maintain morale, and not shoot until she sees the whites of their eyes.

It worked once before in America. Maybe it will again. This time with ballots instead of bullets.

Posted by: jfv123 | February 9, 2010 11:32 AM
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Oh come on Mr. Ketti. Kitty Palin will never earn her leadership "chops." We must never forget that this woman is fatally stupid in a way that that no amount of new experience or education can remedy. Her latest learned pronouncement? Global warming science is "snake oil." My, what a powerful & original statement that is! The only thing she's good at is flouncing around at Tea Party conventions and picking up big pay checks.

Posted by: irkulyen | February 9, 2010 11:29 AM
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How can anyone defend or excuse this level of raw stupidity?

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How about: the same reason you and your kind defend Obama's ignorance. Got it.

And I hat sexists.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 9, 2010 11:19 AM
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"Palin might have made mistakes so far--but, so far, not too many."
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Posted by: A-Voter | February 9, 2010 11:08 AM
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Classic. How's that cribby note thing working for you, shallow one?

Palin exposes her 7th grade mentality with writing crib notes on her hand.

I waiting for her to show up on politicians Gone Wild.

Posted by: bigbarto | February 9, 2010 11:05 AM
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To US-conscience: You sound like the DUH....

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 11:01 AM
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You know what make a mint? - - Palin on a show like Jeopardy! Can you imagine her responses? For example: Answer: These prominent figures were involved with the Boston Tea Party. Question from Palin: Come on now, dawgonit, we all know those people up in Boston aren't real Americans who get involved with tea parties! It's a trick question!

Does anyone think she would win more than say - oh - 100 bucks?

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 10:59 AM
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For starters, Mrs. Palin should ditch the unprofessional "Im just your average guy" shtick or the "Can I call you Joe?" routine. No! To you and most everyone else he is to be called Senator Biden. And you are not "Sarah" like you were competing with "Oprah", you are former Govenor Palin. This is a serious arena which demands post pubescent behavior.

Posted by: geopoet | February 9, 2010 10:57 AM
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How far can she go with an attitude instead of a plan ? Oh, I dont know, it worked Obama !

I cant believe Obama said in an interview, when asked about his falling approval numbers, "well...they where good one year ago." UM DUH - that was before you started your job - dingo boy.

Posted by: US-conscience | February 9, 2010 10:54 AM
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What a joke - Palin writing crib notes on her palm.... And yet her follwers will say - - ain't she just the nicest, ordinary, gal-next door kinda gal?


Yah, Bubba - I just don't want that "gal" in charge of the company I work for... nonetheless the country!

Posted by: ANTGA | February 9, 2010 10:49 AM
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Remember: Palin has a limited audience that does not and will not reach plurality proportions under any circumstances. Flame on Sarah!

Posted by: fizzy1 | February 9, 2010 10:49 AM
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Posted by: A-Voter | February 9, 2010 10:48 AM
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There is nothing Palin can do to improve herself - she is what you see - has been and always will be - dense with no insight, unable to grasp the big picture, too stupid to realize her own limitations. She is a narcissist who cares only about her own needs and feelings. Why the H are you writing about her?? Oh yes, I forgot - 'cause she's hot!

Posted by: deltadelta | February 9, 2010 10:44 AM
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She is an amazing circus act. Please never leave, her stupidity is way too much fun!!

Keep it coming... you betcha!

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Posted by: A-Voter | February 9, 2010 10:43 AM
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Sara Palin is like...when you go to the grocery store, you find a discount item that's half off, you buy it thinking your gonna save some money and still get what you wanted. Then you go home and take one bite and realize that you bought something stale and rotten and worthless. That's right folks, Sara Palin is nothing but a rotten banana.
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Damn. Two questions come to mind immediately. 1) What kind of groceries do you frequent? and 2) you must be one dumba**ed shopper.

All I would have to do was take it back if it was spoiled. I would know that before I cooked it though. Damn.

I don't think you should be bashing other folks if you take bites of rotten bananas.
heh heh. Damn sexist t*rds.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 9, 2010 10:41 AM
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I want to say she will not advance too far, however, look at George W. Bush who is a perfect example of the Peter Principle. Snarkiness will only go so far without substance and really only appeals in the end to Obama/Democratic haters. Having to ink crib notes on your hand to remind you of your "core" beliefs doesn't install too much confidence in her and makes one wonder what her real agenda is (besides making lots of money off her admirers).

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | February 9, 2010 10:39 AM
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It appears that the Washington Post has begun to sensor comments. What took so long? It wants flood the pages with kinds of right wing non-sense that it is so famous for. Lets see if this comments appears.

Posted by: kevin1231 | February 9, 2010 10:37 AM
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Yes, Africa is now a country. Yes, the VP controls the Senate and tells them how to vote. Yes, all the "real Americans" are white and live in the boondocks. Yes, Alaska should secede from the United States.


You betchs - wink, wink - and since the choice in AZ in the primary election is dumb (Hayworth) and dumber (McCain) we know who she is campaigning for, don't we? Yep - the dumber of the dumb. Can't wait to vote AGAINST McCain even though the choice is the lesser of two evils.

Posted by: Utahreb | February 9, 2010 10:35 AM
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20% of the public believes everything they hear; another 20% believes what they want to hear. With these statistics, Sarah Palin has no need to develop leadership qualities; the herd of sheep is waiting with abated breath.

Posted by: juke2 | February 9, 2010 10:34 AM
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What leadership? All she ever does is to spout slogans and generalizations. On top of it, she needs a "palm-prompter" to remind herself of "core" talking points,
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I get a kick out of you Obamafools mentioning her notes on her hand. Don't you Obamafools realize your condescending only help her gain support. Your Baby has to read his whole speech Remember the ers, ahs, oh, uhs, from the debates. Stammered and stuttered like Mel Tillis.

Talking about having to write down her core values. Why does Obama need a teleprompter to recite his core values?

Because they change every week> He never says what he means or means what he says.

Deny it. He makes Kerry look solid.
Where does he stand on Gitmo? Who knows. What happened to the single payer he had to have in his health bill? Who knows? Public option? Who knows?
Bring the troops home? Who knows? On and on and on....

Yep, if your core values keep changing, note on your hand won't work.

Every time you ridicule Palin on her hand notes you bring Obama's teleprompter addiction into play. Hypocrites? Don't you see how ridiculous you t*rds look?

You know, common folks kinda like common folks. Most common folks have written note on their hand. I even write my grocery list on my hand if I have a short list.

I don't think educated elitist would understand that?

Posted by: bnw173 | February 9, 2010 10:31 AM
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Posted by: A-Voter | February 9, 2010 10:30 AM
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Sara isn't attracting people to her...she's an amusement, like watching Cops, knowing every week the dumb criminal(Palin) will get caught. Sara Palin is fun entertainment with cheat cheats.

Posted by: kubrickstan | February 9, 2010 10:25 AM
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The ad hominem attacks on President Obama are expected and indicative of the paucity of intellect behind them. Why does she continue to appeal to the angry, white, disaffected, old-guy crowd? Precisely because she's spewing all this fluffy nonsense which passes for informed commentary in her fuzzy brain, and they love it! It's what they want to hear. This is a political marriage made in heaven: a candidate without a brain and a no-brainer audience. What could be more symmetrical? Why are people surprised? At least it's cheap entertainment because taking a taxi down Pennsylvania Avenue is as close to the White House as she will ever get.

Posted by: sailmaker1943 | February 9, 2010 10:24 AM
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Sara Palin is like...when you go to the grocery store, you find a discount item that's half off, you buy it thinking your gonna save some money and still get what you wanted. Then you go home and take one bite and realize that you bought something stale and rotten and worthless. That's right folks, Sara Palin is nothing but a rotten banana.

Posted by: kubrickstan | February 9, 2010 10:21 AM
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And for all of you who have rushed to denigrate Ms. Palin I ask:

Why is she attracting so many people in this country?

Sarah Palin has hit a nerve and not even all of you along with the liberal media will be able to stop her! And that is killing you!

You see, the majority of people in this country are center individuals and when we observe the current President and those in Congress who follow him, take a sharp left and start to ruin everything that this country stands for, we simply reject it.
Sarah Palin has become that symbol. In America, we prefer Action more than Words. And this is all that this President has been able to deliver. He is OVEREXPOSED and too many are tired of him after a year of listening and listening to his speeches.

And while Ms Palin could not necessarily be the best candidate, she continues to be a magnet and force that is keeping our hope alive through these purgatory that is the current Presidency. And we cannot wait for these next 3 years to fly. We need to regain our balance.

Yes, the american people should not be underestimated. They are shrewd and quick to smell when we have a rotten lemon in our midst and that is not Sarah Palin!

Posted by: Hispana | February 9, 2010 10:15 AM
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Perhaps the vision of seeing Sarah Palin elected President of the United States should be accompanied by the prospect of watching her favorite "witch doctor" perform his rituals on her as opposed to taking the oath of office!

Posted by: motiv8ed | February 9, 2010 10:14 AM
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Sara Palin is a F##k-ing retard and so are the tea brains that follow her. And I don't say this as a JOKE...Sara.

Posted by: kubrickstan | February 9, 2010 10:13 AM
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What leadership? All she ever does is to spout slogans and generalizations. On top of it, she needs a "palm-prompter" to remind herself of "core" talking points,

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The electorate buys that BS by the barrel. For instance, even a $12,000 a year community organizer can get elected by such slogans as: "change you can believe in", "I will bring a new tone to Washington", "above the fray", on and on and on....

The drunk before had "Compassionate change", "a guy to have a beer with", "Washington outsider". on and on and on...

T*rds buy that BS like crazy. It isn't the experience, it is the slogan, and they can be downright lies too.

Amazes me.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 9, 2010 10:07 AM
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As a liberal, I beseech all you Palin fanboys to run her in 2012. Please I beg you.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | February 9, 2010 10:07 AM
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I gave Palin a fair chance early on, thinking she might be up to the challenge. I find her shallow, uninformed, and goofy. She is full of platitudes and nothing else. Still do not know why McCain selected her. Each time she opens her mouth I feel sorry for her family and reputation. The woman should never, ever run for national office. I have professional coworkers who are more qualified.

Posted by: TheTruthTeller | February 9, 2010 10:06 AM
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Yogi Berra would be a better President that Shallow Sarah.

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | February 9, 2010 10:06 AM
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I'd rather vote for Tina Fey.

Posted by: acebojangles | February 9, 2010 9:55 AM
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Sarah campaigning AGAINST the Tea Party candidate in Arizona. Bet they never saw that coming.

Dick Armey also campaigning against the Tea Party candidate in Arizona, double whammy!

Scott Brown (Mass) adding insult to injury (campaigning against the Tea Party in Arizona, next to Dick and Sarah.)

Just when you think it can't get any funnier.

Posted by: wmboyd | February 9, 2010 9:55 AM
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Palin is in it for the attention and the money. Her schtick will wear thin once people realize she has literally nothing to offer than conservative platitudes. Loadmaster, you're Libertarian talking points are laughable. I'd like to see you explain them in any intellectually defensible way. If it wasn't for someone else giving you talking points (get rid of Medicare and Social Security...really??) you'd have nothing but inchoate rage to spew.
President Obama, while making more than a few rookie mistakes, is twice the president that Bush ever was and all I can say is thank God McCain/Palin lost the election. If you think the recession is bad now, think what a bunch of useless "across the board" tax cuts would've done..........

Posted by: BigAl70 | February 9, 2010 9:52 AM
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Sarah Palin may in her mind have a shot at becoming President. Perhaps there are a few rapid Tea Party members who think she is of presidential mettle. Sorry folks, Sarah Palin moves further away from being President every time she opens her mouth or glances down at her hand. Whether it is jumping on Rahm Emanuel, but not on Limbaugh for using the r word, or needing palm notes to answer questions she was given in advance, Sarah is her own worst enemy. The biggest beneficiaries of her self inflicted wounds are the good old boys of the Republican party. Their bona fides will look much better in comparison to Sarah.

Posted by: merrylees | February 9, 2010 9:51 AM
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if you want someone who can say really dumb things, someone without a clue about anything, someone scary, keep talking about Palin. Hey! How about Paris Hilton!

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Your guy stated: "We live in the greatest country in the world. Join me and help me change it". Damn. if you "ain't". Not for the better though.

Bring on Palin and Hilton. For sure, it couldn't be worse.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 9, 2010 9:50 AM
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I still wannna bone her.

Posted by: ukangitmynutz | February 9, 2010 9:44 AM
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It's time for the weekly "anti-Palin" struggle session!

The group-think of the lib weenies at the Wash Post make Mao's apparatchiks look like iconoclasts.

Posted by: pgr88 | February 9, 2010 9:42 AM
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Today (see NYTimes article) Palin joins Scott Brown and Dick Armey campaigning for John McCain against the Tea Party candidate in Arizona. That adds a real twist to 2010 elections. You won't see that on Fox News.

Posted by: wmboyd | February 9, 2010 9:40 AM
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What leadership? All she ever does is to spout slogans and generalizations. On top of it, she needs a "palm-prompter" to remind herself of "core" talking points, such as energy, tax cuts, and lifting the Amrican spirit, ampling demonstrating that she has no core beliefs/values other than lining her own pockets and get as much media attention as possible.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 9, 2010 9:40 AM
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Barbie for President!

Posted by: patrick3 | February 9, 2010 9:35 AM
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Chris Matthews night of SOU speech:

"You know, I was trying to think about who he was tonight. And, um, it’s interesting. He is post-racial by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two."

MSNBC's top two anchors, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, had nothing to say about Matthew's comments, although the Countdown host did appear to be taken by surprise.

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she's a dingbat with a hand prompter. Love the way FOX defended her last night.

Posted by: gregorysherard | February 9, 2010 8:51 AM
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Liberals are now racist and sexist. I thought by definition they couldn't be. Better clean your Liberal hen house. You've got a lot of foxes.

I have never heard such sexism in my life than has been spewed at Palin and Hillary by Liberal Obamanuts. Hillary was a fellow Dem too.

Matthews was bashing Palin last night. Practicing his sexism.

Why hasn't he been fired by MSNBC after his above racial comment. Those pretty words must have gotten to his legs and the tingle got to his brain and he made that brainless comment. Seems he considers Obama black all the time unless his leg is tingling. Isn't that racism.

Where is the outrage. Has the WaPo even mentioned it.

I am not close to being an Obama fan. I never think of him being Black. He looks like Obama. Smirky, arrogant, and a Wussy. I haven't seen anyone who looks like Obama. He is a pretty good looking young man, until he turn on the arrogance. Then he looks like George Bush II. An arrogant human being.

Gregory, we common folks kinda like that hand teleprompter. Doesn't look so elitist. Seems she is smart enough to not need to read her whole speech. 40 minutes on 6 woords. Hmmmm.

She only had about 6 words on her hand. She didn't try to hid the notes, Raised her hand , palm out hundreds of times.

Where does Obama "hide" his teleprompter?

Posted by: bnw173 | February 9, 2010 9:35 AM
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Charles Krauthammer gave some sage advice to her last winter "take 2 years to read a book" (on Fox News).

She's still got the same message she wrote on her hand a year ago and has not taken Charles's advice. Lower taxes (specifics please), rein-in spending (she did say cut everything, not just somethings...guess that includes DOD), end energy dependence (explained as drill baby!) and bomb Iran.

She should use that Sharpie for more than just having the only non-white hand in the room or maybe get another ghost writer to pen some details to her message......or

follow Krauthammer's advice.

Posted by: wmboyd | February 9, 2010 9:34 AM
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When you come to a fork in the road--take it." The same thing can be said for our current President, he gives no direction to the party. “If she's going to get genuine leadership cred, she needs to move from sound bites to sound ideas--”. Well President is very good at sound bites, takes no responsibility and still blames President Bush for the world’s problems. This article should be written about President Obama, but we all know that would be taboo for the Post.

Posted by: 1hooah | February 9, 2010 9:23 AM
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"Palin has tapped into a deep vein of profound disaffection with the tea partiers..."

It is easy to sell cheap heroin to heroin addicts.

Posted by: TedfromRichmond | February 9, 2010 9:14 AM
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Palin is a liar, a hypocrite, and a delusional moron.

The recent news about her misuse of state confidential info on emails with her husband (off the state email network of course) prove she cannot be trusted and that she has no ethics.

Spare us from this boob.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | February 9, 2010 9:13 AM
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Oh Don..I forget why we keep saying NO to you guys. I found this in this morning edition of www.americanthinker.com. It's pretty much sums everything up.

Here are the "no" answers conservatives need to continue upholding:

No, I do not want to pay more in taxes for inefficient, bureaucratic, behemoth agencies and legislation.

No, I do not want my hard-earned money going to people who cannot or will not work as hard as I do. If I want to help those people, I'll do so voluntarily.

No, I will not support a budget in which we are spending more than we are collecting.

No, I do not approve of selecting certain companies to bail out when they have financial troubles. No business is too big to fail.

No, I do not want to diminish the power of business and industry by stifling their productivity and job-creating capabilities by taxing the very entities upon which the majority of Americans rely. Not all of us can earn six figures while sitting comfortably in a congressional chamber three days a week.

No, I do not want government regulating something as vague as "climate change," or any other highly disputed natural occurrence.

No, I do not want us to curb our natural resource exploration for the sake of the environmentalist lobbies. We need to find and utilize more reserves of oil, coal, and natural gas.

No, I do not want the government telling me how or where to educate my child.

No, I do not want the government involved in my personal health care. I can take care of myself. And I will take care of family and friends who need health assistance.

No, I do not support killing fetuses, regardless of their stage of development. If we are not allowed life, then liberty and the pursuit of happiness are meaningless.

No, I do not support the destruction of fetuses for scientific research, no matter how important a potential discovery may be.

No, I do not want illegal aliens absorbing resources and influencing legislation designed for American citizens. Everyone is welcome in our home; just come in the front door.

No, I do not want dictatorships to possess nuclear weapons.

No, I do not want terrorists tried in American courtrooms with the rights of American citizens.

No, I do not want al-Queda, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, or other actual or potential terrorist organizations to strike American citizens, American soil, or American allies ever again. Therefore, they need to be killed as quickly as possible.

So - NO it is!!!!!

Posted by: Loadmaster | February 9, 2010 9:13 AM
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" ... populist/libertarians. ..."

What part of social conservatism has anything to do with libertarianism? Big Government Religion is what these social conservatives want. Just where in the hell do you find any libertarians who are fans of the social conservative movement to force christianity over the consitution?

Posted by: barferio | February 9, 2010 9:07 AM
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Don, may I call you Don?

Have you ever met Sarah Palin or your just going by what you read in the MSM (yours)? In order to understand where she and millions like us come from..you must put down the kool aid and remove the blinders. If it's not Sarah what over conservative would you pick on..McCain..too late, No matter who's out front you guys are going to throw knives at them.

Bottom line is, we don't give a darn what you tree hugging dirt eaters say or do.

Posted by: Loadmaster | February 9, 2010 9:07 AM
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I'm sorry, but "reporters" continue to give this creature credibility when she should treated like a mentally challenged and corrupt re$tard. There is nothing good in this creature, carbon based animal and nothing you say or spin will change that.

Posted by: msilva2 | February 9, 2010 9:04 AM
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Don't underestimate America's vulnerability to an aggressively unintellectual persona. George W. Bush served two terms after all. We are a simple people and simple people want simple solutions, and now. And when you have FOX and the relentless right wing mega media juggernaut blasting attacks 24/7, the stage is set for another fake populist president. The Democrats have nothing to compare to it. The GOP will regain power, I don't doubt it for a moment. But this time, they're going to come back feeling mandated and vindicated so look out.

Posted by: curtb | February 9, 2010 9:04 AM
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she's a dingbat with a hand prompter. Love the way FOX defended her last night.

Posted by: gregorysherard | February 9, 2010 8:51 AM
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Posters here who wax poetic over this national disgrace of a movement leader need to have their keyboards taken from them.

Ridiculous tripe.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | February 9, 2010 8:50 AM
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Palin is beyond help. A lost cause.


As for those people who "just don´t like government" Do those people ever stop to think what would happen without it ? And what did go wrong during those years of massive deregulation ?


Posted by: wernerthomasi | February 9, 2010 8:43 AM
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Sarah is a personality. It is doubtful that she has either an ideological plan or practical plan for getting the nation on track. So far she has proven to be an opportunist. She is good at the smarmy, catty remark that appeals to certain people, but doesn't smack of leadership. Early on she was a supporter of Todd's half baked state's righter organization, but distanced herself from that when she saw that she had national potential. She is a pretty face, and is likely to change her allegiance as necessary to increase support. Any plan will have to come from advisors, and they will have to dumb it down to fit her vocabulary for her to be the talking head conduit. In the past week she has proven to be a hypocrite, pillorying Emmanuel for using the “R” word and excusing its use by Limbaugh, and digging Obama’s use of Teleprompters while reading what she believes from crib notes on her hand. She is as insincere and craven as any politicians, just with worse grammar and a greater lack of knowledge of anything other than hunting and fishing.

Posted by: csintala79 | February 9, 2010 8:43 AM
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There is nothing in Sarah Palin's history that would suggest that she wants to lead anything but her self-aggrandizement...

The tragedy of her flitting from one tea bag to another in this life is that she wraps it in some kind of a Christian motif...In practice, she is the antithesis of Christian grace in every aspect of her life...

There always will be, however, 30% in America who will never know the difference between grace and stardom and are forever looking for a new tea bag to dip into the water...I give goofy Todd about 6 months before being thrown out with the old tea bags...

One might say, "You can't put new tea in old bags!"

Stan Moody
www.stanmoody.com

Posted by: StanHunts | February 9, 2010 8:41 AM
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I like to show the utter lack of maturity of the tea-birthers by noting that; given the same, "beliefs," if you switched out the dumb and poorly informed, but sexy Palin with the wise and knowledgeable but unsexy Candy Crowley, their movement would fall apart.

These people are the summa of shallowness and ignorance in America: The Ignorance Party. Vote for them at your own peril.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | February 9, 2010 8:39 AM
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"How far can she go by leading with an attitude instead of a plan?"

We elected a guy with no plan because he was half-black and could use proper english (mostly). I would say that means just about anyone can be president now.

Posted by: fishcrow | February 9, 2010 8:30 AM
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Yes, "Sarah's" fork in the road, like we all khow her as a sister. What bull.

If this AIPAC controlled hack newspaper had any decency they'd ignore the ignorant lies and insincere bs that flows out of her empty head. The Israel Lobby would OWN this woman in about ten minutes is she was elected to anything higher than school board.

Posted by: AIPACiswar | February 9, 2010 8:30 AM
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"....she risks separating herself from the rest of the country. "

You mean separating herself from the liberals at the WAPO? Good!

As for the the "party of no." Good. The US doesn't want the socialist snake oil that Obama, Reid, & Pelosi are selling. Saying no to them is the correct course of action.


Posted by: NormReisig | February 9, 2010 8:29 AM
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Of the few moderates left in the Republican party most believe that they have lost their way. They have become a party of fundamentalism with few new ideas and only obstructionist inclinations. The midterm elections will be long on finger pointing and short on policy debates because the Republicans don't have any ideas. Sarah is perfect for this venue if the news media can conceal her ignorance when she is debating her opponents. Don't count her out because as things stand now with the Republican party, she is their logical leader.

Posted by: tryreason | February 9, 2010 8:25 AM
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Palin is a quitter. There's no other word for it. She quit the Governorship when it got too hard, and she'd do the exact same thing from the White House. There's a reason she attended six colleges before one relented and handed her a degree.

Posted by: gasmonkey | February 9, 2010 8:20 AM
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"We are lost with Obama/Pelosi/Reid."

I see this writer was literally born after November 2009, when Bush and the Republicans almost led up into the Second Great Depression after which the U.S. perhaps would have gone the way of the dinosaurs and the former Soviet Union.

Still I am impressed that ANGELSFLIGHT22 has learned to write sentences and type on a computer (even if the content is completely incoherent) in only one year. That could be a record.

Posted by: jjedif | February 9, 2010 8:20 AM
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What is with all of this teleprompter bu11sh!t? Reagan, BushI, Clinton, BushII, all used a teleprompter. Sarah the Retartd (satirically speaking) used a teleprompter throughout her VP run. Why the hate for Mr. Obama using the very same device.

Posted by: ginabw | February 9, 2010 8:17 AM
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Sarah Palin wouldn't last one round on "Are You Smarter than a 5th-Grader, even if she used her peek, her cheat and her save. She's that stupid and that ignorant so how could she possible change into something else?

Posted by: jjedif | February 9, 2010 8:13 AM
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The headline is "Sarah's fork in the road." If the article were about John McCain, would the headline read, "John's fork in the road?" I don't think so. Why do you refer to her as Sarah rather than Palin?

Posted by: Frank53 | February 9, 2010 8:12 AM
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I hope she will take the fork in the road that leads to oblivion.

There is nothing she can do that would undo all the stupid, mean, destructive things she has already done.

I wish the media would stop reporting on her every breath.

Posted by: SwingStateCindy | February 9, 2010 8:09 AM
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Sarah Palin's plan is to make bank by entertaining her disaffected, right-wing audience. The fact that she quit the job of governor of a very small state shows that she has no real interest in, or skill in, or ability in, actually running a government.

So, she is trading her celebrity for coin, and shaking down the rubes.

Posted by: kamdog | February 9, 2010 8:03 AM
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What hypocrisy..both from the author and the snide comments of the Left below...
Attitude is what we get from our Scolder in Chief, who had no executive experience, has shown no leadership and is simply in love with himself and his voice (long as a teleprompter is around) and has yet to deliver on any major campaign promise..except doing the non leader thing and blame everyting on his predescessor.
You folks NEVER asked these probing questions of Obama and look what it got you.....a loser...Chicago Olympics, GITMO, Iran talks, Healthcare, Asia trip, North Korea talks, national security (two attacks on our soil since he took office)..and all he does is play more golf in one year than Bush did in one term and spend more money in one year than ANY president did ever...and fudge the numbers to say the deficit was already high.
We are lost with Obama/Pelosi/Reid. The only good thing is they are so arrogant they will continue their current path until they drive themselves right off the cliff...here's hoping they don't take America with them.

Posted by: angelsflight22 | February 9, 2010 8:03 AM
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I don't know that she is going to have a policy very soon. She comes across to me as an appealing woman, but one who lives at the "common folk" level and without any concern with real policy issues. It is ridiculous and hostile to call her "meanspirited, and cynical" as bayareafan has, but "dangerously ignorant" does seem right.

Posted by: rohitcuny | February 9, 2010 8:00 AM
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The only thing I can see that Palin is really interested in is hauling in a great deal of money. Eventually, she will be very rich (at $100,000 a speech). When no one is willing to pay her anymore, she will just fad away. It is a waste of time to take her seriously, she has no intention of running for president. That is just part of the nonsense she uses to keep the money flowing in.

Posted by: banewman1 | February 9, 2010 7:55 AM
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The media keeps giving Sarah Palin the attention she craves. Even when the media calls her under-educated, un-informed, or pathetically amateurish, the media gives her the attention she craves.

The media needs to keep the cameras away from Sarah Palin. She is not a viable political candidate. She is not a woman who has a 'message' the world needs to hear. Sarah Palin is a woman who has found a bunch of fools who will give her money as long as she keeps them believing 'she's one of them'.
We do not need to repeat history. Hitler started off in exactly the same way as Sarah Palin--seemingly harmless until his greed for power and world domination took over. And we all remember sadly how that ended.

Posted by: momof20yo | February 9, 2010 7:55 AM
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Definition of Sarah Palin'public persona: Meanspirited, cynical and dangerously ignorant. If this is what America seeks in a leader, God help us all.

Posted by: bayareafan | February 9, 2010 7:54 AM
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BEARBANK, It may be giggly fun to throw the "Socialist" word around, but there is nothing behind it but foaming fringe rhetoric. You have indeed been heard, and we utterly reject your lack of ability to think for yourself.

The real United States "Socialism" is Corporate commodification. Corporations use Communist style propaganda every single day to get you to do what they want. Every time you shop at WalMart, you are being indoctrinated. Every time you fall for big Pharma or big Oil's "Green" campaigns, you are being seduced to continue buying their merchandise. Corporate lobbyists on Capitol Hill are doing everything in their power to make sure their socialist grip over us is never relinquished.

You think you are living in a free market, free to choose society? You have been marketed and utterly seduced into the commodity culture. Cradle to Grave Corporate commodification of America. There's your real boogey man.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 9, 2010 7:50 AM
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Why weren't and why aren't these questions being asked of the fool the American people actually elected?

Posted by: hammeresq | February 9, 2010 7:50 AM
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In interviews with several of her Tea Party supporters yesterday two of their comments stand out: From an obviously upper class participant - 'we need a president who will do away with the taxes that are now robbing us of our [individual] wealth and second 'what we need is a solid Christian president. Call the non supporters, myself included what you want, but I am far from being an idiot nor the puppet of her supportive corportations funneling her [campaign] dollars. This is essentially a more polished and enlightened woman who was the VP candidate but still the uninformed woman whom I could never trust to be the leader of this country; ironically it would likely be her spouse 'the big dude' who would pick up the 3 a.m. telephone call from the DOD at a time of national emergency. No thanks!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | February 9, 2010 7:49 AM
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please explain how Obama is Socialist

he proposed $400 billion of cuts from Medicare, hardly a Capitalist program, and Sarah's running mate introduces legislation to restore those cuts, moreover GW Bush expanded Medicare more than any pres since LBJ with his Part D drug plan, whose net cost to the government has been higher than Obamacare's would be

just because GOP prefers to borrow, instead of tax, doesn't make them any less Socialist

Posted by: tgt111 | February 9, 2010 7:46 AM
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Never imagined that Tea Partiers would have fallen to such depth of deprivation,

to clap and cheer an immoral women like Palin as their choice to lead America

God bless and save America from such patriots

Posted by: chaffcutter | February 9, 2010 7:45 AM
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"Palin has tapped into a deep vein of profound disaffection with the tea partiers, but it's a weak strategy to bet the future on a group so alienated from politics that the only thing it can agree on is that it doesn't want to be led. "


The key word here is "strategy". Palin is showing her depth of critical thinking skills...(none)...by embracing a disaffected group of fringe non-thinkers. As long as she is accepted at these fringe rallies, and as long as her ego is stroked, she will continue to believe she is the next coming of Jesus Christ, and that she indeed has a strategy. Palin is incapable of looking past the shrubbery to see the forest. Her words, just like Joe McCarthy's, are nothing but fertilizer for the American Taliban.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 9, 2010 7:41 AM
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"Attitude" but no "plan?" Sounds a lot like Obama who has no healthcare plan of his own and a dictatorial attitude if ever there was one. I just love listening to the socialist-fascist liberals who call Palin names like bimbo. They are scared to death of her and her real plan, which is to throw the socialists overboard.

Posted by: Bearbank | February 9, 2010 7:27 AM
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She had a lifetime in which to "burnish" her credentials. Why start now? She has a very limited aptitude to begin with, so she is better off sticking to sound bites and ideological talking points - even if she doesn't fully comprehend what she is saying or the ramifications of her positions. She should stick to being a cultural enigma. After all, it helped her to achieve political/celebrity status.

Posted by: rbrent516 | February 9, 2010 7:22 AM
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"How far can she go by leading with an attitude instead of a plan?" In this nation, she can go as far as her corporate masters will use their "freedom of speech" to take her.

Posted by: halifar59 | February 9, 2010 7:22 AM
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Holy cow! I can't believe there are actually people/media talking about this bimbo being the President of the United States of America. The fact that she claims to be a "grass roots" down home kinda girl doesn't qualify her, nor does the crowd gathering ability she has. Please America come to your senses, if you want someone who can say really dumb things, someone without a clue about anything, someone scary, keep talking about Palin. Hey! How about Paris Hilton!

Posted by: prwolfe | February 9, 2010 7:20 AM
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As if a simple crash course on domestic and international issues could fill the cavernous void created by a lifetime devoid of intellectual or academic pursuits. If her so called strain of common sense was all that was required to grasp and solve the nations's myriad challenges, PTA meetings and coffee clatches would be the next venues for economic summits, national defense policiy formulation, etc. Let's face it, she is a genuine fraud as a leader.

Posted by: rbrent516 | February 9, 2010 7:16 AM
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I find it amusing that very boring liberals are upset by a woman who is funny and yet inspiring at the same time. She doesn't need to lead because the people know where they want to go and it is to smaller government and less interference in our lives. You don't need a leader for that, you just need someone to articulate your ideas. Reagan believed in the ability of the American people to take care of ourselves, we are adults, not children who need a nanny. If we are allowed to be the best we can be, then we take care of ourselves and our own and even have the charity to take care of those who may not be able to make it on their own. The government on the other hand is a thief who steals from the ablest amoung us and spreads the wealth around mainly to those who don't deserve our help and a mere pitance goes to those that do. The politicians get rich and the poor get poorer.

Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA | February 9, 2010 7:14 AM
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Don, I can't say I disagree with what you've written but I wonder how it is still possible given the degree of petty name calling, lack of depth and even the sinking to the level of writing priorities on her hand that a professional writer such as yourself could seriously write this article.

Mrs. Palin had the opportunity to go off and spend time becoming something more than a celebrity for the angry... she could not keep away and actually improve her substantive side...

I suppose that to write that Palin is not serious would have the immediate impact of making her even more prominent, nevertheless it seems tedious to be tracking so closely the career of a person who has no intention or desire to be a serious solver of our nation's (or even her own state's) problems...

Posted by: Rickster623 | February 9, 2010 7:14 AM
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For those who see character as an issue, no amount of "policy puppeteering" will work. As a four year old in wet diapers is apt to say, "What, me change?" While I could be far more technical and analytical, there is no point. Most people know it when they see it, and character transcends party lines and rhetoric.

Posted by: kerrplunk | February 9, 2010 7:07 AM
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You mean a mistake like repeatedly calling hospital corpsmen corpsemen? That kind of ignorance is especially embarrassing coming from the commander in chief. Maybe if he had taken the time to write his talking points on his hand instead of reading a teleprompter he would have learned the correct pronounciation.

Posted by: hit4cycle | February 9, 2010 7:03 AM
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