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    P-Day: Sarah Palin One Year Later



    You gotta love John Ziegler (above getting punked by Mudflats mascot Brian the Moose). One year ago today, Sarah Palin was foisted on the unsuspecting public in a mavericky move to top all previous mavericky moves by Senator John McCain, and John Ziegler begame her super dooper #1 fan, happily devoting his life to ride shot-gun in her race to oblivion.

    After seeing him in person at the screening of his puff-umenatry film on Sarah Palin called Media Malpractice: How Obama got Elected and Palin was Targeted, I left wondering how the half-full theatre in Anchorage Alaska could actually manage to hold his bloated ego and still maintain structural integrity. Then I ransacked my bag for some Mylanta.

    Having recently joined the ranks of the unemployed after almost a full three months on the air in Los Angeles, saying in an email that “the series of events that led to this decision [to unemploy him] were completely unforeseen and bizarre” , the former radio host had time to pen a retrospective of the last year which is, in a word, absolutely hilarious. It’s sort of like the Glenn Beck diatribe I posted yesterday, only without the crying and the “I used to be a dirt bag” part. But the similarity in its stunning lack of connection with the actual real world leaves one breathless.

    I’ll share a few of my favorite parts. His primary assertion is this:
    I strongly believe that no public figure in modern America has ever endured more stress, pressure and unfair scrutiny in a more dignified fashion than she has over the past year.
    That’s right. Just this week, a gubernatorial candidate in Idaho said we ought to go out and buy “Palin tags”. You know, the $11 hunting tags that you get when you want to go out and kill a wolf with a rifle. He basically said he was all in support of people going out and hunting Sarah Palin like an animal. Then he said it was just “a joke.” Ha ha.

    And then there was the pastor who declared in his sermon entitled “Why I Hate Sarah Palin” that he was actually praying for Sarah Palin to die and go to Hell, saying that then she’d get what she deserved. One of his parishioners then went to a Palin speaking engagement with a loaded rifle slung over his shoulder, and walked through the crowd of people. “Good for you,” said the pastor.

    And who could forget all the people who called her a Nazi, and the people who showed up outside her speaking engagements with signs saying she was the Anti-Christ?

    Oh wait. Those things happened to Barack Obama. Oops.
    But, all that aside, according to Ziegler, Palin was “prevented from doing [her] day job by a group of loser bloggers who lay awake at night (probably under the roof of their parents’ homes) dreaming of being interviewed by Keith Olbermann.”
    (Looking up at my roof) Nope, it’s definitely mine. Parents nowhere in sight. But there was that one blogger. Who was that again?…. Oh, that’s right! It was conservative blogger Adam Brickley, the kid that started the Draft Sarah Palin for VP blog that was actually credited in part for her nomination, while living in his parents’ basement. And if I recall, Alaska bloggers didn’t actually have to “dream” of being interviewed by Keith Olbermann, because one of us WAS.

    And frankly, if a few “loser bloggers” can keep you from governing a state with less than a million people, perhaps the presidency, or even the vice presidency is not for you. Just sayin’.
    But instead of cracking under this unprecedented pressure, Sarah Palin has proven her courage (and perhaps wisdom) by simply pivoting. While I disagreed with the timing of her decision to resign as Governor (mostly because I knew it would be misperceived as “quitting” by those who didn’t understand the facts on the ground in Alaska), I know it was done out of intentions that in a just world would be rewarded and not condemned. So far, it has also proven to be remarkably effective.
    That’s right, quitting = pivoting! And he disagrees with the quitting because people might misperceive quitting as…well….quitting. And we can’t have that. But even though she quit, and her approval numbers in Alaska have tanked with her unfavorables exceeding her favorables, it’s all been a brilliant strategy. And even though nobody knows where she is, and she’s blown off two critical conservative engagements in Alaska in the last 48 hours alienating the biggest Christian mega-church in the state, the pro-life movement in Alaska, and rich GOP donors, is facing legal questions about her legal defense fund AND SarahPAC…. he thinks it’s safe to say she’s been marvelously effective.

    Nevertheless, according to Ziegler, we’ve learned a lot from the whole Sarah Experience.
    That to the media if you are a young, good looking, charismatic, non-white male [sic] without a long resume and are a conservative running for Vice-President, you are an embarrassment to the country. But if you are a young, good-looking, charismatic, non-white male without a long resume and are a socialist running for President, you are the Second Coming.
    Yes, I think he meant to say “female” in the first part of that sentence, but I’m sure nobody noticed. I mean, one more thing that didn’t make any sense in there….whatever. The point is that their resumes are the same length. The fact that one line says “Constitutional Law Professor” and the other says “Mayor of Wasilla” doesn’t matter. President of the Harvard Law Review vs. Sportscaster? They each take up one line, so let’s not quibble. And actually if you add up Sarah Palin’s college career, it’s five lines on a resume because she went to five different schools. Obama only went to two, so HA! She’s more edjicated.

    I could have fun with this all night, but I’ll end with the only thing I agreed with:
    That August 29th, 2008 was a seminal moment in our politics and media which has changed, perhaps forever, the rules of engagement in a way that may make it impossible for conservatives to ever fully recover…
    Absolutely. It taught us that when a candidate acts recklessly and nominates an unvetted, unqualified running mate, it won’t work out well. It’s hard to say whether it reflects more poorly on the person who risked the leadership of the nation on a whim; on a gamble to “win the game.” or whetehr it reflects worse on the person who, despite an obvious lack of qualification and basic knowledge actually says “yes” without blinking. It does go to show that neither is fit to lead the country, and it also shows that the American people, unlike the Republican leadership, were actually paying attention.

    Conservatives may never fully recover because they don’t deserve to.
    So Happy P-Day to everyone out there. Don’t forget those lessons we learned from McCain-Palin. Raise a glass and thank all those voters out there who were paying attention, and all the Republicans who had the sense to jump ship, and all the bloggers who never took their eye off the ball, and everyone who helped us dodge the bullet.

    Cheers.
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    It feels like 10 years.

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    I forgot it's been a year since Palin began her reign of terror. Time flies when you're laughing at somebody.

    While I disagreed with the timing of her decision to resign as Governor (mostly because I knew it would be misperceived as “quitting” by those who didn’t understand the facts on the ground in Alaska),
    Seriously? Resigning her job would be 'misperceived' as quitting? On what planet?

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    I think we should consider a class-action suit against McCain for picking her as running mate and making her a national spectacle. I feel like he fucked with my mental health. Can you sue someone for pushing you to the brink of insanity?

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    ^^McCain's political stunt of picking Palin cost him the White House and now he's forever linked to her. That's the best revenge.

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    A Year of Sarah Palin. What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.

    29 08 2009 [This article is cross-posted at The Huffington Post]

    What a difference a year makes. A year ago today, after being stunned by McCain’s VP pick, I had finished writing a piece called “What Is McCain Thinking? One Alaskan’s Perspective.” It’s hard to imagine a time when the country was asking “Sarah Who?” but it was only one short year ago.

    One of the selling features of Sarah Palin was her astronomically high approval ratings in the state of Alaska. After all, how could a governor have positives in the high 80s or low 90s and be anything less than an ace in the hole? So, McCain must have thought. The answer became obvious, and embarrassing to those of us in the Last Frontier. We weren’t paying attention.

    During the gubernatorial debates in Alaska in 2006, Palin said to her opponent, the infinitely smarter and more qualified Andrew Halcro, “Andrew, I watch you at these debates with no notes, no papers and yet when asked questions you spout off facts, figures and policies and I’m amazed. But then I look out into the audience and I ask myself, ‘Does any of this really matter?’ “ That may have been her shrewdest political statement. To Alaskans at that moment in time, it didn’t matter. She was cute, she was spunky, she was gonna take it to the man, she had a scrumptious family, she was an underdog, she was one of us, and she had….charisma! That’s all we needed to know.

    Gone was the stale, old, corrupt crankiness of Frank Murkowski, our former senator turned governor turned most loathed politician in the state. The lure of the bright shiny object was irresistible. Palin clobbered Murkowski in the primary, with the incumbent garnering a humiliating 19% of the vote. The devastating blow added to her appeal, and the promise of a Cinderella story in Alaska’s future. Who doesn’t love Cinderella? And the rest is history.
    In many ways, it seems longer than a year. Much longer. Palin went back to Alaska, where her life turned into a nasty soap opera. There were revelations from McCain’s staff about her behavior on the campaign trail; she was hit with a myriad of ethics charges (some of which, contrary to Palin’s claims otherwise, stuck); she bailed on her relationship with the state’s legislators and played politics with the federal stimulus plan; she got into a dog fight with Levi Johnston; she began a series of odd Twitterings, replete with a six-part ramble on Mommy Bear; she resigned amid chaos and deception, only to return as a diva on Facebook.
    The very democrats who served as a catalyst to the passage of Palin’s grand ideas for a gas line were thrown under the bus. The Republicans who called Palin a “socialist” during her early governorship were already there. There’s an old saying – “How do you get Nellie back on the farm once she’s seen Par-ee?” It became obvious to everyone when she returned to Alaska that she was wearing a metaphorical ”Hi My Name is Nellie” name tag on her designer lapel. We were the farm, and the glittering white marble world of Washington D.C. and the great “Outside” was most definitely Par-ee.

    As Geoffrey Dunn notes in his excellent piece on The Huffington Post today, another strange phenomenon became apparent – an obsession with Barack Obama. The moment Palin started slamming community organizers, and talked about “pallin’ around with terrorists,” and telling the swooning crowds that Obama didn’t see America like “we” see America, it began. She had found her niche, but in her home state where Obama either trailed or lead McCain by a mere 3 percentage points before her nomination, it didn’t play well. Neither did her bizarre habit of committing to events, and then cancelling at the last minute, denying she’d ever said she would attend. First it was the national GOP who bore the brunt of this passive-aggressive event coordinating. But this week she did it twice, right here in the state, ostensibly accusing the predominant mega-church, and the head of Alaska’s pro-life movement of lying. From the moment of her nomination until the day of her resignation, her numbers sank. It was like watching a slow motion film clip of the Hindenburg. The week after her resignation, the dirigible hit the dirt, and her negative numbers topped her positive numbers for the first time in her home state.

    Alaska doesn’t like a quitter, and the majority of Alaskans grew tired of having her speak for us.

    But some Alaskans stuck with her anyway. Acknowledging her unsuitability for public office meant to acknowledge the horrible mistake Alaskans had made. We’re already “on the farm.” We don’t need to give all those folks in Par-ee another reason to look down their noses and ask, “What the Hell is the matter with you people?” But they asked anyway. And we really had no good answer, other than to look at the ground and scratch our toe in the dirt and say, “I guess we weren’t paying attention. Sorry…”

    But, I won’t allow Alaska to take all the blame. You’d like to think that anyone worth their salt, whose served in the senate for ____ administrations, would take a little time to find out about the person who would take the helm of the ship of state if you were to suddenly meet your maker. It’s called “vetting,” and it’s a good idea. If the buck stops in the oval office and it is there that the responsibility lies, I wonder why nobody was asking Arizonans “What the Hell is wrong with you people?” Perhaps I’m a little bitter. Alaskans have been picked on an awful lot this year.

    The Blame Game has become the favorite pastime of the Palin camp. It’s Barack Obama. It’s the ethics complaints. It’s miscommunication. It’s the Republicans in the Legislature. It’s the Democrats in the Legislature. It’s her daughters ex-fiance. It’s the damn “law”. It’s a misunderstanding. It’s socialism. It’s the media. It’s haters. It’s bloggers. It’s a diabolical cabal of event coordinators across the nation telling lies.

    And the way that each of these entities (regardless of size) was dealt with, was with a big, fat sledgehammer. Barack Obama? Pals around with terrorists. Ethics complainers? Hope they get “backlash.” Legislators? Don’t give them face time. Levi Johnston? Liar and money-grubber. The law? Ignore it. The media? Quit making stuff up! Haters? You’re jealous. Bloggers? Threaten to sue them.

    Nuance is not the ex-governor’s forte.

    And how did those strategies work out?

    Attacking the president with vitriol made her the Democrats’ number one fundraising tool. Ethics complainers mentioned in press releases? Brought lots of attention to the ethics complaints. Freezing out the Legislators on both sides of the aisle meant nobody really felt like ‘playing ball’ any more. Levi Johnston is probably going to be writing a book, and I’m betting it will outsell the puff piece “Everything I Need to Know I Learned Playing High School Basketball.” Shredding the media and then asking them to be nice to you is generally not a good PR strategy.

    And the bloggers? Well, every time she, or any of the pro-Palin websites or blogs acknowledge local Alaskan bloggers, it gives them more traffic, more attention, a more interesting story that people want to hear, and more credibility. Maybe I shouldn’t let that little secret slip.

    But it has been a fascinating year. The Clinton years when people opened one eye and said, “Everything looks pretty good I guess,” and then rolled over and went back to sleep are gone. America has awakened. The conservative movement did not believe that Barack Obama could get elected, and like a beast who is cornered and threatened with its own mortality, it is raging. Nobody could have imagined the conditions today last year when everyone was frantically Googling Sarah Palin; that she and McCain would have been roundly defeated, that the country would have elected Barack Obama, that she would not even last one term as governor, and that such ugliness would have awakened in American politics.

    Last year at this time, I was gobsmacked, looking at my blog stats and thinking, “Wow. I guess people DO want to know about Sarah Palin!” What a long, strange trip it’s been. Next year on “P-Day?” It’s anyone’s guess.
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    During the gubernatorial debates in Alaska in 2006, Palin said to her opponent, the infinitely smarter and more qualified Andrew Halcro, “Andrew, I watch you at these debates with no notes, no papers and yet when asked questions you spout off facts, figures and policies and I’m amazed. But then I look out into the audience and I ask myself, ‘Does any of this really matter?’ “ That may have been her shrewdest political statement. To Alaskans at that moment in time, it didn’t matter. She was cute, she was spunky, she was gonna take it to the man, she had a scrumptious family, she was an underdog, she was one of us, and she had….charisma! That’s all we needed to know.
    And that's why Alaska deserved Palin. Anytime a politician implies in a debate that facts, figures and policies don't matter that's a HUGE red flag.

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    Is getting it from the media (and many people here) as bad as Hillary Clinton did as first lady. I do not agree with Palin's politics but the attempt to make her out as an idiot is due strictly to the fact she is a woman. let's face it we are big enough to have a minority as president but not enough (yet) to have a woman......disgraceful.

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    Take it away, peeps!

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    I couldn't care less. I can't believe people are still posting threads about her. Even on most right wing sites she's off the radar. A non-entity. The only people that still show any interest are the semi-deranged extremists on the right and left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no bad days View Post
    Is getting it from the media (and many people here) as bad as Hillary Clinton did as first lady.
    No, Hillary got it because her husband borked a chubette and she didn't leave him.

    I do not agree with Palin's politics but the attempt to make her out as an idiot is due strictly to the fact she is a woman.
    YEaaaaaaaah it has absolutely NOTHING to do with her saying and doing stupid things at ALLLLLL.

    let's face it we are big enough to have a minority as president but not enough (yet) to have a woman......disgraceful.
    uh.. she wasn't running for president....

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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    I couldn't care less. I can't believe people are still posting threads about her. Even on most right wing sites she's off the radar. A non-entity. The only people that still show any interest are the semi-deranged extremists on the right and left.

    The proverbial dead horse.
    Oh come on, lots of people go to the circus to see the freaks.. how is this any different? She's a sideshow attraction that keeps growing more arms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    And that's why Alaska deserved Palin. Anytime a politician implies in a debate that facts, figures and policies don't matter that's a HUGE red flag.
    She didn't say that quote during a debate, but after one of the Alaskan gubernatorial debates to him in private.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no bad days View Post
    Is getting it from the media (and many people here) as bad as Hillary Clinton did as first lady. I do not agree with Palin's politics but the attempt to make her out as an idiot is due strictly to the fact she is a woman. let's face it we are big enough to have a minority as president but not enough (yet) to have a woman......disgraceful.
    No what's a disgrace is that someone think she was picked on because she's a woman. Truth is, she made any smart woman with common sense, pissed. She is an idiot who didn't know simple things taught in social studies in jr. high.


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