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    Angry Telegraph and Anti-War.com compare Sarah Palin to Xena Warrior Princess

    Sarah Palin: The Xena of the War Party- by Justin Raimondo

    I am dazzled but frightened by Sarah Palin - Telegraph


    Sarah Palin: The Xena of the War Party


    The neocons embrace the politics of celebrity

    by Justin Raimondo

    T
    he Palin-mania that is sweeping the GOP reminds me of the publicity surrounding "American Idol," the popular American television program that catapults complete unknowns on to the national stage and gives them a chance at stardom: the anticipation, the gossip, the frenzy (and partisanship) of the fans. In the last days of the old Republic, this is what American politics has degenerated into: "reality" TV.

    Prior to being plucked from obscurity by the neocons who run the McCain campaign, Sarah Palin was a complete unknown. Today, she is the object of a burgeoning cult that proclaims her to be the virtual incarnation of the Republican renewal. And never did a party require renewal like the GOP. What with G.W. Bush's bottom-of-the-barrel poll numbers, after eight years of nightmarish mismanagement on the home front and frenzied recklessness abroad, dispirited conservative intellectuals and activists have been asking themselves "What went wrong?" Now, they don't have to bother with such worrisome introspection, their identity crisis has been indefinitely delayed, all due to the appearance of a messiah on the horizon – Sarah, the new Wonder Woman of the Right.

    So where did she come from, and why has such an obscure figure – formerly mayor of a small town in Alaska, and only lately elevated to the governorship – been raised up so quickly, and mysteriously, like Venus sprung from the sea-foam?

    McCain really wanted Joe Lieberman, the last surviving member of the Scoop Jackson wing of the Democratic party, whose neoconservative credentials, electoral appeal in certain key areas, and ability to provoke the Obama-crats made him the natural choice. Karl Rove, however, is too smart for that: he knew there would be a floor fight over it, and the McCainiac-neocon faction could very well lose – torpedoing the campaign before it got out of the harbor.

    How they prevailed on the headstrong McCain to back off is not known: perhaps the candidate suffered a sudden spasm of common sense, or even diplomacy. He did back off, however, and then they were left with – nothing. Romney, Pawlenty, or some other boring white guy wasn't good enough for the McCainiac high command: no, they wanted something more.

    They knew they had to secure the base, while retaining the cross-party ideological punch Lieberman would have delivered. Their task was to capture the Clinton Democrats, who, prior to Hillary's late conversion to the antiwar cause, were defined ideologically by their more cautious, and even hawkish, approach to the Iraq war issue. Obama staked his claim to the antiwar franchise early on, and Hillary's refusal to second-guess or apologize for her "yes" vote in the Senate on the war question cost her the nomination. By the time she got on board the get-out-of-Iraq train, it had already left the station. The Democrats promised "change" in the foreign policy realm in the 2006 congressional election: they won, but didn't deliver. Obama reminded Democratic voters of that promise: whether he'll keep it, if elected, is another question altogether.

    Yet there are still all those Clinton voters out there, who weren't put off by her unapologetic stance on the war, or her more bellicose statements on Iran: these are the old Reagan Democrats, whom the neocons regard as their natural constituency. Hillary's butch persona, especially during the latter days of her doomed campaign, when she became a veritable street-fightin' gal, is another major theme the McCainiacs latched onto. By some alchemy of ideology and identity politics, the grand strategists of the McCain campaign came up with a formula and then looked around for someone who fit the bill.

    McCain and his top advisors are ideologues who care about one thing and one thing only: war. The glory of it, the utility of it, the necessity of it. It's the McCain panacea, like "free silver" was to William Jennings Bryan and socialism was to Eugene Debs. It's his answer to everything: it solves all problems, and, more importantly, stifles all criticism. If you doubt his veracity, question his good intentions, or point out his inconsistencies, you're attacking a war hero, doubting the divine wisdom suffering is supposed to impart.

    Religion also played an important role in the choice of Palin: she's a member of a dispensationalist sect, within the Pentecostalist tradition, a "born again" Christian who believes in the Rapture and the centrality of Israel in world affairs.

    This latter belief is a theological verity with the dispensationalists, who make up the rank-and-file of the GOP's electoral machine: after the Rapture, when the anointed are raised up to heaven and the rest of us are left on earth, the church will be represented by the Chosen People of God – the Jews. According to the biblical prophecy, they will gather together in the land of Israel, their historic home, and this signals the coming of the End Times. Israel, for the dispensationalists, is the key issue: its interests must be defended at all costs, even above the national interests of the US. Israel is, in short, a non-negotiable item, and it's easy to see how this fits very neatly into the neoconservative agenda.

    According to news reports, Palin was diverted away from a fundraiser for a pro-life group headed up by Phyllis Schlafly so she could attend a grilling session conducted jointly by AIPAC and Lieberman, but this hardly seemed necessary. After all, the woman has a little Israeli flag in her office. I'm sure, however, her interrogators gave her a few useful pointers. Maybe they asked her about that pastor who came to her church and delivered a sermon explaining that Jews were doomed to suffer eternally from terrorist attacks in Israel until and unless they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Yes, the lady has her own Jeremiah Wright. As Rachel Maddow remarked the other day – in between bouts of panicky hysteria over Palin's instant stardom – the parallels between Palin and Obama are pretty striking.
    The McCainiacs chose Palin out of jealousy: they wanted an Obama of their own, and since they couldn't have one, they settled on Palin – the Bizarro Obama. Yes, she's fresh, new, a self-anointed outsider in this Year of the Maverick – but she's the complete opposite of Obama in every other imaginable way. She's aggressive, even a bit snarly, while he's soft-spoken and calm, a reversal of gender roles well-suited to Bizarro World – albeit one the writers for Superman Comics in the late-fifties and early sixties never imagined.

    Oh, the irony! A campaign that put out a television ad comparing Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton has now created a celebrity candidate of its own: Sarah Palin, the Caribou-hunting tough-talking feisty little lady from Alaska, with the showgirl legs and the spine of steel. The Brits are already likening her to Maggie Thatcher.

    Sarah, who looks – and acts – an awful lot like Xena, the Warrior Princess, is the perfect messenger for the GOP's credo of unmitigated militarism. Her speech to the Republican convention was, in large part, a continuation of the theme of the previous night: aggressive nationalism rationalized by religious fervor. The references to God were interspersed with worshipful references to all things military along with a full catalogue of all the current neocon targets: not only Iraq, but Iran, Russia, and "dangerous enemies" who are oil-rich (the Saudis?). The anti-Russian trope has been taken up with special alacrity by the McCainiacs, who are touting Palin's position as commander-in-chief of the Alaska National Guard and her proximity to the Russkies to highlight her readiness to take the helm in the Situation Room. I wouldn't be too surprised to hear tales of Commander Palin's derring do when confronted with previously unreported Russian incursions across the Bering Strait.

    The Palin choice is really all about the internal politics of the GOP, as much as it is about the hubris of McCain's handlers. With the party led over the cliff by the neocons, whose Iraq adventure has cost them control of Congress and likely the White House, it was necessary to start anew. By reaching back into the party grassroots, and playing the gender card, the neocons could retain control of the GOP instead of being blamed for its demise – and, perhaps, hold on to the White House.

    It's a big gamble, because Palin's unreadiness to be President, in the event of McCain's untimely demise, is all too apparent. Far from injecting a youthful note into the campaign, Palin's physical presence next to the Old Man only underscores his advanced age – and the prospect of President Palin staring us in the face. If that doesn't scare voters, then nothing will.
    Palin's role is the traditional one assigned to the vice president, as candidate and office-holder: she is the attack dog, in what will be a campaign very much concerned with foreign policy issues. Expect her to be the point-woman on the alleged threat represented by Russia: after all, it wasn't so long ago that the Alaskans suffered under the Czars' yoke, and, to add insult to injury, were sold to the Americans for a truly paltry sum. If I were an Alaskan, I'd resent that, and there's evidence Palin did, too: at least that's one explanation for her flirtation with the Alaska Independence Party, which advocates secession from the US. But her secessionist days are over, I believe: in the future she'll be attacking the secessionist Ossetians as Russian agents-of-influence and defending US intervention there, as in Iraq, as a mission divinely ordained.

    ~ Justin Raimondo
    I am dazzled but frightened by Sarah Palin

    By Vicki Woods
    Last Updated: 12:01am BST 06/09/2008

    A week ago Friday, Senator John McCain appeared to have boobed spectacularly when he announced that a woman nobody had heard of was his running mate. I looked up Alaska in the atlas for the first time since I left school: it took up two pages and I couldn't find the capital. (Juneau, not Anchorage.)



    Sarah Palin: A pretty woman in heels and a true believer in the warfare state
    .

    So I spent the week reading "Who the hell is Sarah Palin?" stories and looking up more about Alaska (population 657,000 - a smaller number than in Birmingham or Belfast. Blimey). By Thursday she was a national joke because of her Beverly Hillbillies family and their wacky names and teen pregnancies. So I sat down to watch her speech with my heart in my mouth. Poor woman! Shoved into the Republican machine by cunning Karl Rove, Bush's Svengali, so as to get the Hillaryite Democrats to vote Republican. (Not to mention the Dems who won't vote for Obama for lower, more visceral reasons.)

    And then she tripped on to the stage, a pretty woman in heels, with only her eyes suggesting a deer in the headlights. Her voice was tense as she delivered the words of the party machine, but the applause that exploded every time she grinned warmed her up.

    She was talking to the women in the hall. Clever. She's pretty enough to get the men gurgling, but professional women in America don't like watching other women using "womanly wiles" on mixed audiences.Flashing your assets is for film stars, not politicians. Tina Brown said she cracked America when she learned to talk to women.

    Her best joke: "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pitbull? Lipstick!" Delivered with Joan Rivers' timing, it was also an ad lib that wasn't in her printed speech. She was addressing women when she praised her husband, a hunk who grinned when she said he was a "nice package". The pun wasn't lost on the crowd.

    When she introduced "my son Track" (TRACK?), who is off to Iraq, she had them in her manicured hands. "What a beautiful family," said the old geezer who "picked" her (I still think Karl Rove picked her).

    A beautiful family. Two high-school dropouts (one the boy-soldier, the other a pregnant teen with her shotgun husband-to-be. (The Republican machine had wiped his Facebook page, with its remarks: "I'm a f------ redneck" and "Don't want no kids". They also cut his hair before they flew him to the convention.)

    Public women have a hard time, *so I loved watching her triumph. And a woman of 44, no less. She looked great. Demure beige jacket, knee-length skirt, heels. Public women have trouble with clothes. It's either a masculine uniform (Condoleezza Rice in dull pantsuits - yes; Hillary Clinton in lime green and teddy-bear orange *- eeuw).

    Forty-four is a tricky age for men, but it's when an ambitious woman is in her prime. Margaret Thatcher was 44 when she became secretary of state for education: 10 years later she was prime minister. Sarah Palin is already being touted (by pro-Republicans) as a cross between Thatcher and the Great Communicator Ronald Reagan. (She's neither.)

    Pro-Democrats are not so united. They're struggling between liberalism (ie attacking her for her pro-life stance) and feminism (ie supporting her for being "just a mom", while fretting about whether she can run America with a Down's syndrome baby).

    When she got to the meat of her speech, it was Dubya's Axis of Evil again. I don't mind what America does at home; it's their foreign policy that scares me. Sarah Palin is a true believer in the warfare state: ready to fight as many "dangerous foreign powers" as Bush and Cheney think are out there: never mind Iraq, let's tool up for Iran!

    And the Rooskies! She said: "With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers." Oh, yes? If Russia invaded Georgia to control a vital pipeline, they need better maps. And if energy is "a weapon", I'm feeling nostalgic for WMDs.

    Her jibes at Obama were well crafted. She said "victory in Iraq is finally in sight and he (Obama) wants to forfeit". The hall roared, but I thought: finally? It's been six years since Mission Accomplished. And you're still not "winning". She said: "Terrorist states are seeking nuclear weapons... he wants to meet them without preconditions. Al Qaeda still plot to inflict harm on America... he's worried that someone won't read them their rights?" Cheers, roars, hoots of USA! USA!

    Joe Biden, the poor man who now has to debate Xena, Warrior Princess, said that her speech was "skilfully written and skilfully delivered" - a gentle way of saying: "Give Karl Rove his due: he gets a cracking speech out." It was skilfully written. The word "nuclear", which gave Mr Bush such trouble (noo-kye-lar) was carefully written out as "new-clear" on her teleprompter. This was spotted by an eagle-eyed blogger who (I'm guessing) is not a Republican sympathiser. And nor am I, though you guessed that already. So *one (feminist) cheer for Sarah Palin.
    How fucking dare they. Xena is the baddest bitch known to man, and they compare her to that mooseball tickler Sarah Palin?! How insulting!! She WISHES she was Xena. Don't misuse her good name for some fraudulent "strong" or "tough" ex-beauty queen female. Scary? OH PLEASE. If you're scared of Palin you probably are still afraid of the boogeyman. Ain't nothing scary about that igloo hockey mom.
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    Sarah: Warrior Pit Bull Princess

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    *Counting down the days to the Veep Debatez*

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    Damn this paragraph is spot on!
    McCain and his top advisors are ideologues who care about one thing and one thing only: war. The glory of it, the utility of it, the necessity of it. It's the McCain panacea, like "free silver" was to William Jennings Bryan and socialism was to Eugene Debs. It's his answer to everything: it solves all problems, and, more importantly, stifles all criticism. If you doubt his veracity, question his good intentions, or point out his inconsistencies, you're attacking a war hero, doubting the divine wisdom suffering is supposed to impart.
    How they prevailed on the headstrong McCain to back off is not known
    simply put, McCain is not headstrong anymore

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    The word "nuclear", which gave Mr Bush such trouble (noo-kye-lar) was carefully written out as "new-clear" on her teleprompter. This was spotted by an eagle-eyed blogger who (I'm guessing) is not a Republican sympathiser.
    I would love to see a screen shot of this!

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    LUCY LAWLESS RESPONDS!!!!!!111111ONEONEONE

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    Hi guys!


    Someone asked me today if I knew that Sarah Palin's supporters are calling her “Xena.” I had to ask, "Oh, is Sarah Palin a lesbian too?!" I don't see it on her bio anywhere . . . nope, not there.

    Curiously, in her earlier life, Xena traded motherhood for a career as an evil warlord. Hmmmm . . .


    But you have got to feel sorry for the kids of Obama and Palin. As a child, my Dad was Mayor of Mount Albert in Auckland, New Zealand. When I was 13 years old, the Springbok rugby team, from South Africa, toured NZ, sparking riots in the streets. South Africa was then deeply entrenched in a system of Apartheid, in which a minority white government enforced strict racial segregation and discrimination. New Zealand homes were bitterly divided between those who “just wanted a good rugby match,” (rugby being the national sport), and those who felt any truc with the South Africans amounted to tacit support of their regime. The main rugby pitch in NZ was located in Mount Albert and I remember being home ill from school during a period of bomb threats to our house.

    Even in a period of stability, there are so many people who are enraged that their water rates go up, enraged when they don't like a certain law, enraged when they don't take their medication, who think nothing of ringing the children of the public figure and letting them have it. It's incredibly frightening and hurtful to have your beloved parent mocked, suspected, hated.

    I can't imagine how it must be in these days when so much is at stake and fevers are so high. It's gotta be murder. Mr. Palin and Mrs. Obama are going to have their work cut out for them filling in the parental voids while their life partners are chasing their goals.

    Mind you, Chelsea Clinton worked out all right. Improbable, but seemingly true.

    I've been off doing a role on CSI: Miama which airs around Oct. 20(?) I play a tart with no heart, for a change.

    Also, look for me on The L Word at some point. Can't tell you anything about that -- it's deep in the closet.

    L

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    ^I like the lesbian and evil warlord comments.

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