Monday, July 06, 2009

The Sarah Palin Story: Meritocrats Beat Democrats

Sherman Oaks, California

I have a feeling another shoe in the Sarah Palin story is about to drop, but Ross Douthat's NYT column makes the good point that much of the vitriol aimed at Palin was because she was from the wrong class.


Our president represents the meritocratic ideal — that anyone, from any background, can grow up to attend Columbia and Harvard Law School and become a great American success story. But Sarah Palin represents the democratic ideal — that anyone can grow up to be a great success story without graduating from Columbia and Harvard. . . . .

Here are lessons of the Sarah Palin experience, for any aspiring politician who shares her background and her sex. Your children will go through the tabloid wringer. Your religion will be mocked and misrepresented. Your political record will be distorted, to better parody your family and your faith. (And no, gentle reader, Palin did not insist on abstinence-only sex education, slash funds for special-needs children or inject creationism into public schools.)

Male commentators will attack you for parading your children. Female commentators will attack you for not staying home with them. You’ll be sneered at for how you talk and how many colleges you attended. You’ll endure gibes about your “slutty” looks and your “white trash concupiscence,” while a prominent female academic declares that your “greatest hypocrisy” is the “pretense” that you’re a woman. And eight months after the election, the professionals who pressed you into the service of a gimmicky, dreary, idea-free campaign will still be blaming you for their defeat.

All of this had something to do with ordinary partisan politics. But it had everything to do with Palin’s gender and her social class.

Journalists are composed principally of people who are either from the meritocratic class or have decided to ape their manners. Someone like Palin -- who did not concentrate on elite education, who had five children while many women were delaying childbirth, who did not marry a man with sterling academic credentials -- offends their sensibility. There's the temptation to call her a loser, but that term doesn't fit a popular governor selected to be the vice presidential nominee. So a different line of invective was chosen.

The "democratic ideal," to quote the article, is also a direct threat to the meritocratic ideal. Meritocrats push hard for their children to be credentialed by a series of ever-more elite academic and professional institutions. The kids' promotion through the mandarin ranks would be destroyed if too many people could claim a space at the elite institutions (and that includes the top tier of national politics) through dint of talent alone.

People who spent their entire post-pubescence executing an intricate plan to attend a highly selective college, attend a top ten graduate school and obtain an entry-level job at a prestigious organization don't want competition from people who didn't punch the same tickets.

So the Sarah Palins of the world need to be shouted down if they might get in the way.

Palin may, in the end, prove herself unworthy of high office. But journalists have made it clear that they are quite willing to smear a person who's "not our class, dear."

30 Comments:

Anonymous Chris said...

What part of that column's description of Palin's allegedly unfair treatment could not also be said verbatim of Hilary Clinton? It's not working class people that America loves to hate -- it's women.

11:19 PM  
Blogger statboy3000 said...

Chris -- Huh? I'm a fan of neither Palin nor Hillary, but your comment does not compute. When has HRC ever endured gibes about "slutty" looks and "white trash concupiscence"? I can't recall her religion ever being mocked or misrepresented, or Chelsea being tabloid material. (Palin's brood brings it on themselves, really.) Bill Clinton won the presidency twice, and Hillary's a sitting Senator who made a credible run at her party's presidential nomination, so there's not much political defeat to blame on her (other than the failure to bring us socialized medicine).

Yeah, there's a virulently anti-Hillary contingent out there, but they're not the same crowd who likes to dump on Palin. The angles of attack on the two women are so different from each other, that I fail to see the commonality.

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, America loves women. The MSM hates Sarah Palin because she was a threat to Barry. Plain and simple.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

yes i was mistaken, there's not much political defeat to blame on her.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, you were mistaken. Sadly mistaken. Sad. Very sad. Sad I says.

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The case against Palin is as simple as it is obvious:

1. She was hopelessly ill-informed when she was on the national ticket last. She did not understand the economy, foreign policy or even politics.

2. She did not have an understanding of some of the fundamental aspects of our polity - separation of church and state, the sanctity of individual rights that cannot be taken away by an enraged religious majority and the constitutional obligations of the president.

3. She showed that she had neither the temperament required to master the great complexities of the problems that she would face nor the intelligence to grapple with issues beyond issuing sound bytes for the news cycle.

4. Her communication spans the spectrum from the hideously incoherent to the helplessly wrong.

5. Her strong suit is to inflame the resentments of the rural middle class and to inflame the masses against 'cultural elites.' In other words, a Karl Rove Act - II.

Her sin was not that she did not go to an ivy league institution. It was that she had not the intelligence, the industry nor or the integrity that would impress the admission officer of a community college.

She correctly labeled herself a pitbull terrier. Not the most intelligent of the canine species, it is known for its ferocity and uneven temperament.

It is easy to get carried away by the democratic ideal - a high school educated John Doe taking on a corrupt elite. The world we live in very different from the world of Andrew Jackson and even Truman. The presidency of this county makes demands on a woman or man to have the intellect and cognitive tenacity to deal with hugely complex problems and to choose between very alternatives that are seemingly simple but have enormous consequences for humanity. It is a role that calls for talents that most - overwhelming majority of - Ivy League grads do not have. To reduce this office to the Frank Capra romance of citizen Joe vs. corrupt intellectuals does the country a disservice.

5:37 PM  
Blogger grumpypuppet said...

When did the right become such whiners?
You guys sound like Al Sharpton circa 1982.
There's one reason and one reason only why Palin is being portrayed as an idiot--
not a lack of education....
not a lack of pedigree--
not the MSM's alleged agenda--
No, she is portrayed as an idiot because every time she opens her mouth she sounds like one.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

please note: i wasn't "mistaken." i am not going to engage anyone who believes "there's not much political defeat to blame on" hillary clinton. i took some liberties in my post (fine, she isn't mocked for "slutty" clothes -- but she is certainly mocked for her clothes) but i didn't say anything as categorically inane as this. her loss in the democratic primary is considered by tens of millions of people to be the biggest poltical catastrophe of their lives and suggesting otherwise is ridiculous.

4:13 AM  
Anonymous Terrence said...

The laundry list of attacks (posted above by anonymous) on Palin's intelligence are rubbish. Why is it that liberals feel compelled to label all Republicans as both stupid and evil? While Democrats are both smart and good-- all the time? Did ya ever wonder about that? I have. It's about feeling good about yourself, that's all. The Democrats are the Good, Smart, Shiny Happy Party because that's the one the Liberals support. The Republicans are the Dumb, Evil, Naziesque party because they stand in opposition. Also, it takes a bit of effort to critique someone's positions on the issues. It's a lot easier to just call them stupid.

Remember how much of a brainiac Kerry was supposed to have been? Turns about Chimpy Bushitler's grades were better than John "I got a medal for shooting a fleeing VC in the back" Kerry. Why don't you Google The Goracle's college transcript? He barely kept his head above water. Biden? He told Katie Couric that FDR was president when the stock market tanked in 1929 (sorry, wrong) and that he went on TV to calm the nervous public (don't think they had TV in 1929). But Biden wasn't painted as a MORON for that one because he is part of the Shiny Good Party. The list of stupidities coming out of Biden's yapper is as long as my leg. Pelosi? Oh yeah, she's another genius.

What about Obama saying there were 57 states, or that 10,000 people died in the Kansas tornado disaster last year? Why is Barry surgically attached to his teleprompters? Ever wonder? I'm sure Bush wouldn't have been trashed if he did the same thing. The problem with Barry is that he says "um" so many times, it's um difficult to um, not think he's um a dunce. Difficult, that is, if you're a member of the Shiny Good Party. No wonder Barry's college transcripts are locked up. Maybe someday we'll be able to compare his grades with Bush's, but I doubt it. It wouldn't really be fair though, I admit, because Barry's a black man, so he should be given a break when it comes to grades. I mean, he supports the notion that black men (sorry, I grew up before Jessie "Welcome to Hymietown" decided he liked "African American" better) need extra help when trying to measure up against Whitey.

Talk about stupid. We have a president now who sat in a pew for 20 years listening to some nut scream about how the CIA created the AIDs virus to kill black people. Now we're hearing that the Porkulus (the one that was so super-urgent it had to be signed into law without anyone reading it) hasn't worked, but that we need another one pronto -- even though the majority of the money from the first Porkulus is still fermenting in Pelosi's ass. Good Party or Evil Party, we're all screwed equally now, but at least the country is getting a great lesson on why the Dems are the real threat around here. You can carp all you want about hockey moms from Alaska, but Barry is burning down the house with his own particular brand of stupidity-- and demonizing Palin won't distract the country from that sorry fact once unemployment busts through 10%. By the way, Michelle's ass is too big as well. So there.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

I can only hope the braindead liberals you so beautifully skewer are able learn from such a shining example of egalitarianism and reasonableness. Fifty-six states -- wow.

You have grown up to become a political embarrassment to our society. That is all.

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Terrence said...

Like I wrote, it's easier to call people stupid than to address the substance of their views. There is an obvious double standard when it comes to media's critique of the intelligence of our politicians. You can't deny it, so you don't try.

1:36 PM  
Blogger grumpypuppet said...

As Henry Lee said so famously during the OJ trial:
Garbage in. Garbage out.
Terrence begins his simplistic argument by regurgitating something he must have heard from Hannity or that fat fuck on the radio:

Why is it that liberals feel compelled to label all Republicans as both stupid and evil? While Democrats are both smart and good-- all the time?

Thus Terrence begins his mindless rant on a foundation of nonsense.

Guys, the real question is this: Who turned the GOP into a bunch of pussies?

Palin, self-pitying and paranoid as always ("people are picking on Trig?" Huh? Who?) claimed she was the victim (the GOP's new favorite word) of tons of frivolous lawsuits. Yes, the Anchorage paper actually did some digging and found this to be untrue. Almost all the suits came from Alaskan Republicans, before she hit the national stage.

And Terrence, if you're going to reply, don't spew back the latest talking point from one of your heroes, tell us how you really feel.

12:18 AM  
Anonymous Terrence said...

Wow, you are Grumpy.


Please just limit yourself to refuting MY arguments-- not that "fat fuck's". I hope you don't hate fat people as I could lose a few pounds myself. How do you feel about obese Democrats? Anyway, I don't like Hannity much and I live outside the Great Satan, so I can't listen to Rush, though I do appreciate the way he torments liberals. He's stupid and evil in addition to being overweight, right?


Anywho... Please address:


1/ Did the media spend a lot of time discussing how John Kerry was more deliberative, thoughtful (and by implication) more intelligent than George Bush? What was the result of a comparison of the Bush vs. Kerry records at Yale? On a related note, you should also Google on the disparate treatment the media gave the release of the Kerry/Bush military records. Bush has signed the form that releases the records to any and all interested parties. Kerry said he was going to. Instead, he released them to two select news organizations (The Boston Globe and one other, I can't remember now). Anyway, you might want to check how hard the media came down on Kerry for refusing to release his records.


2/ How about Biden? Did he make the comments about FDR shortly before the interview with Couric that created such a firestorm about Palin's supposed idiocy? Was there a similar uproar over Slow Joe's comments or did the media just let that slide? Whether or not you believe that the media let it slide because Joe is a member of the Shiny Happy Party (as I do), it should be pretty easy to compare the amount of media coverage over the two events. Of course, it would be helpful if you were paying attention to both the conservative and the mainstream media during that period. If you were reading the NYT and watching Anderson Cooper, any double standard probably didn't show up on your radar.


3/ On Nancy, I'd just refer you to her recent pitiful press conference trying to explain how she was briefed on waterboarding in the wake of 9/11, kept her yapper shut until it became a winning issue for the Dems, and then decided she was repulsed by it. Her bizarre comments generated a lot of coverage among conservative media outlets because she was effectively saying that another member of the Shiny Happy Party (Leon Panetta) was a piece-of-shit liar. Anyway, I think you could make an argument that her press conference is pretty solid evidence that she is stupid. I would argue that it also proves she is Evil, but that's me. This controversy flared up again last week, you may have noticed, though I'm not sure if you would agree that her failure to stop digging is indicative of how stupid she is.

more...

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Terrence said...

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4/ On Barry, I sure hope you are aware of the extent of his telemprompter dependence, though you may not have seen him get bogged down in "um, um, um, um" as his speeches are speeches, his townhalls are speeches, and his press conferences are speeches. Google Helen Thomas on Youtube and you'll see her latest thoughts on that, though I hope you have already seen that video given that it does concern very rare criticism from the MSM. No, it doesn't disprove my thesis, but it is a hopeful sign.


Also on Barry, it is true that we have no idea what his grades were like in school, nor do we have even a remotely complete understanding of many aspects of his personal background-- because the MSM doesn't really want to know, except if it helps them sell Obama memorabilia (check the NYT site; I believe they were selling a poster of "wet Obama" for some time, though stocks may have run out.


5/ On my aside about Jessie, I assume you have less interest in defending him these days as he wants to cut Obama's "nuts off." Anyway, my one life goal is to run across Jessie at Grand Central, walk up to him and welcome him to "Hymietown." I assume you may have to Google that reference as well.


How's that for mindless ranting, etc? I think the problem is that you just don't understand a number of the references I've made. That's not your fault-- you're probably just not exposed to them.

It reminds me of the kids that one of my professors back at college had to deal with. My professor was jewish, and a lot of the kids in his dorm had never seen a jew before. They would check to see if he had a tail when he took a shower. Sorry to sink to your level a bit here, but I haven't had my coffee yet, and I think the anecdote illustrates my point. You're not an antisemite-- just probably someone who just doesn't have access to the same information as I do (replace "jews don't have tails" with "all republicans are not evil"). However, I would point out that those tail-hunters didn't have access to the World Wide Web, and you do sir.


Therefore, I would suggest that you do a little research on the web via Google and Youtube, and you may start to see what I mean. Of course, I wouldn't advise you to rely on the Web for all your information on politics, but it does help, especially while we have an MSM that is slavishly in thrall to Barry.

Again, please address my arguments as stated above. Was I correct about Kerry vs. Bush? How about Biden's comments on FDR? Is Barry prompter-dependent and did he make a number of stupid claims during the campaign that did not get much coverage? Did Pelosi make a fool of herself in that press conference? Do jews have tails?

All the best, TK

10:59 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Leaving aside how secure this bizarre business about the teleprompter makes me feel about Obama's vulnerability -- Terrence, you went to school at BU for Christ's sake, not the College of Carson City. Which students at BU "had never seen a jew before" -- the clinically blind ones? Your point is so ludicrous that the only remotely plausible explanation for it is that you forgot to omit it from whatever the hell it was you were plagiarizing. It's like in "Crimes & Misdemeanors" -- "you were probably wondering about all the referneces to Dublin...."

You know, despite the blow you intend to strike for worldwide Judaism when next you spot Jessie Jackson in midtown, I don't think I'm speaking unreasonably when I observe that there is something vaguely nauseating in the appearance of a sentence like "You see, my professor was jewish" in a half-baked screed like yours. Your prose isn't coherent enough to presume on anyone's goodwill -- and that's notwithstanding the aforementioned absurdity of the alleged point you're trying to make there.

Word to the wise. You have been living too long in the company of uninterested or sycophantic counterparties to make creditable written argument anymore. Sorry to have to write that but I'm not going to sit by and see my opinions defamed without rebuttal, regardless of imbecility of your technique.

1:00 PM  
Blogger PKL said...

Looks like the Balliol and Oriel boys are having a row.

But here are the important questions:

How can Oxford University retain its flavor when the colleges are becoming vassals of the university?

How independent, for example, is St. Catherine's College when its seed money came from loans and grants from the University Chest?

Every graduate student accepted by a university department is guaranteed a spot in a college; doesn't that make the poorest colleges -- Harris Manchester, Templeton Green -- mere dormitories?

Does intercollegiate rivalry for properties within the legal residence limit -- ten miles of Carfax -- lead to overpayment, e.g., the premium payed by Keble College in its bidding war with St. John's College over the Acland Hospital site?

Whatsoever shall our Queen and country do to rectify this sorry state of affairs?

3:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris:

My post was addressing the points made by Grumpy, not you.

As far as the jewish professor who explained during class that when he went to university he had to cope with students following him into the bathroom to check on his tail, you should be careful about who you accuse of plagiarism. I would have thought you would have been more careful about throwing your feces around. Warren was in the same class. You might want to ask him, though he slept through most of it.

I note that you haven't added anything to the discussion, aside from personal attacks, which I didn't expect.

3:37 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

terrence - i misread your post and thought you meant the guy was getting followed around as a professor at BU. sorry - i'm gulping down about 10 percoset a day due to a back injury and my brain is fried. there was no call for half of what i wrote.

7:15 AM  
Anonymous T said...

No worries. Take care of yourself. Best.

9:13 AM  
Blogger grumpypuppet said...

Terrence,

Based on your rambling, incoherent arguments it is easy to see why you're such a fan of Sara Palin.

Since you make so many assumptions, let me set the record straight:

1) I am Jewish
2) I also went to B.U.
3) I was an activist Republican for many years but left the party because there were too many people who-- well, who were like you, frankly.
4) I spent more than a decade as a news producer at one of the big 3 networks.

Bottom line: Unlike you, who's just playing the one-sided victim game, I actually know what I'm talking about.

Is there a subtle-- key word: subtle-- liberal bias in the MSM? Yes. Does the profession tend to attract liberals more than conservatives? Yes. Do these people attempt to be unbiased? Absolutely. Is there ever pressure from up above to follow an agenda? Absolutely not.

I'm not going to get into a tit-for-tat with you on Biden. He has a deserved reputation for making faux pas. He's also a very senior Senator who is well-versed on the issues.
If you can't see the difference between Biden and Palin's reckless disregard for facts, her shocking inability to articulate a cohesive sentence and her wacky, Ross Perot like behavior... well, then go ahead--back her candidacy in 2012 and see where it gets you.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous T said...

Grump:

1/ I'm not a big fan of Palin. I actually don't like her very much, but for superficial reasons-- much like I can't stand "Friends" or ginger with my sushi.
2/ You mispelled her name.
3/ I never said I went to BU.
4/ The fact that you are Jewish is not relevant. I used the "jews with tails" thingy because it was as clear an example of stupidity that I could come up with. Perhaps I should have used something from Jimmy the Greek (the "extra ligament" thingy).
5/ Your work history is not relevant. My work history is not relevant. How "smart" or "good" you are is not relevant. I have no doubt that you have a lot of experience. I have no doubt that you are intelligent. I'm sure you're a nice person. Unfortunately, none of that serves to dissuade me of my views on this subject. You are going to have to do much better than that.

For starters, I would suggest you back up your assertion that Palin showed a "reckless disregard for the facts." I won't even ask you to prove that she was a worse than Biden on this point. Please just provide me with some examples. I'd love to hear them.

If you are so confident of your position here (and I am sure you are), then persuade me. Win me to your case. I am more than happy to admit the error of my ways, but you haven't refuted anything I've said. Take a look at my previous post. If anything was factually incorrect, let me know.

The silence has been deafening so far.

Warm regards, T

4:31 PM  
Blogger grumpypuppet said...

Terrence--

I did not bring up my experience as a network news producer to show off, or to prove to you that I am smart, or have qualifications. I brought it up because I have lived in the belly of the MSM beast and I understand how it thinks and how it works.
My previous posting refutes the assumptions upon which your arguments rest.
Andrew Sullivan has cited 32 verifiable lies from Mme. Palin. You may read more by following this link:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article6688848.ece

As for my misspelling of Palin's first name-- my bad. My girlfriend's name is Sara and spells it without the 'h.'

3:23 AM  
Anonymous T said...

First, sorry about pointing out the Sara thing, but I couldn't help myself given the "incoherent" stuff you've been peddling.

You haven't refuted anything, however. All you've done is trot out the usual invective, such as "spewing," "incoherent," and "rambling" without actually engaging me on the substance of my arguments.

Also, a couple of posts ago, you claimed that I was getting my views from Hannity and that "fat fuck." Now, instead of defending yourself, you paste in a link from Andy. That speaks volumes for me. However, I'm glad Andy's weight issues haven't scared you off. He is often on the mark, especially his recent series of posts on the protests in Iran, but I hoped you might do better than yea olde cut and paste.

Also, trust me, I didn't think you mentioned your work experience to show off.

Moreover, I was trying to highlight the emphasis you seem to place on yourself (through your personal life story) and me (through my alleged incoherence, rambling, love for "fat fucks," etc.) instead of combating me in the octagon of ideas.

You still haven't convinced me. Why don't you try writing out your thoughts?

I'd love to hear them.

Regards, T

7:21 AM  
Blogger PKL said...

I just want to point out that Sara is smart and hot, and Grumpy Puppet is a numbskull if he does not marry her.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous T said...

Also, please let me add...

I'm sure a number of Andy's points are relevant and I'm sure a number of them are pure horeshit. I will also admit that asking you to prove that a politician has lied was a foolish thing to ask and distracts from the main point I am trying to make in this string.

Let me explain.

My beef isn't with the Democrats, it's with the media that is enabling the Democrats in their abject power grab. If the media was in thrall to the GOP, I'd be against the GOP instead.

I live in a country where there is one bereaved military mom who is also a rabid moonbat, so rabid that she thinks Pelosi is a fascist. How would you feel if Sheehan was rabidly pro-war? Would you wonder why the only military mom on the TV was shouting about how we need to expand the war in Iraq? If Obama starts a war, do you think we'll have a Sheehan analog, or do you think we'll be flooded with coverage of military heroism?

If there is a major terrorist attack in the US and Obama decides he needs to call for martial law, do you think the media will be concerned about this, or might they just decide to support the One?

If there is such an attack, and it is learned that the attackers had been in the country since before Bush left office, do you think the media would overlook this fact as they did in 911?

If Condi Rice were to get caught stealing docs from the national archives about the war on terror (Google Sandy Berger), do you think the media will do less than screech for her to be burned at the stake?

If McCain had referred to someone as a "typical black person," do you you think he would have had five minutes to prepare before being trampled to death by the MSM?

Look, this is a laundry list, a data dump, a ramble so to speak, but it serves a purpose.

I'm trying to point out that the MSM isn't slightly biased, it is on all fours, barking and panting for Barry, humping his leg, begging for a belly scratch. It's sickening. If the MSM was acting this way toward the GOP, I'd be equally pissed off. We need an MSM that holds both sides to account, otherwise we end up with inexperienced bullshit artists with their finger on the nuclear button.

I don't know what you really think about this. I have a hard time believing that you don't see the same kind of bias that I do. Again, I'm not going to pretend to know what goes on in your head, but I think most people on the Left see this media hypocrisy and just decided to ignore it because they figure the Dems are good and the GOP is evil, so why worry?

And that's exactly what I'm getting at. We need to worry when someone like Palin is turned into Satan's mistress while someone like Hillary Clinton is Secretary of State. Do you really believe that Sullivan would have a hard time listing up all of her lies?

The point is that he won't, just like he won't point out Barry's bullshit. And that's the danger. The MSM is there to criticize both sides, not attack one and shill for the other. Unfortunately, they've done such a great job that I don't think most people in the US even know which way is up anymore. It's the main reason why the Porkulus was based and will (wait for it) nuke the dollar and blow out inflation.

Anyway, that's where I'm coming from. Do me a favor, don't reply with insult-lined condescension this time, OK? I'd like to end this thing soon, and I really would like to understand your point of view.

8:37 AM  
Blogger grumpypuppet said...

No insults or condescension?
Well, then I wouldn't be the grumpy puppet, would I?
Look, if you're really trying to understand my point of view, here goes:
I spent 10+ years in the MSM trenches. I know how stories get on the air, who is putting them together and what the gatekeepers are looking for.
I am telling you that your premise is incorrect.
Most media professionals take their roles seriously. Yes, they tend to be personally liberal and that can't help but taint their reporting, but they do the best they can to overcome this. There is NEVER any directive from above regarding any kind of a political agenda. NEVER EVER EVER.
The management of these organizations are not interested in anything but eyeballs.
Therefor, while they love the Sarah Palin saga (pure tabloid gold) they also didn't hold back during the Lewinsky scandal. If a story's got legs (no pun intended) they attack with everything they've got.
Now Terrence, and this is my final word on this topic, here's your disconnect.
The media is supposed to reflect what is happening, to hold a mirror up to reality.
The problem people like you have is you don't like what is happening.
FACT: The GOP is rallying around an inarticulate diva who sounds ridiculous every time she speaks.
Terrence's Spin: The MSM is picking on her.
FACT: Through reckless, leftist type spending, (read the Cato institute report that W spent more on domestic giveaways than any president since LBJ) we are in an economic mess.
Terrence's Spin: It's Obama's fault and the media hates Bush so they don't blame him.
FACT: The Iraqi war was not well planned nor well executed.
Terrence's spin: The MSM didn't report on the good news enough.

The problem, Terrence, is that you and people like you are tearing this country apart by creating an alternative reality-- a make believe world-- where Republicans are white nights and Democrats are unpatriotic socialists and when reality does not conform to this belief and the MSM report on that reality as it is-- not the way you wish it to be-- you lash out.
Terrence, as a former Republican I say this:
1% of your problem is the MSM.
99% is the party itself.
Try this.
See if the GOP can get back to a message of smaller government and really mean it.
See if the GOP can get back to believing in individual freedom, liberty and greatness.
See if the GOP can remove the albatross of the religious right, which has corrupted the core Goldwater message of getting the government out of our lives (which includes out of our bedrooms).
See if the GOP can embrace new ideas and intellectuals again.
See if the GOP can give the Palins and Ann Coulters and Sean Hannitys and the born again "agents of intolerance" a big, hard, swift kick in the ass.
Do those things.
Change the party.
Change yourself.
And I guarantee you won't be bitching about the MSM anymore.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PKL said: "I just want to point out that Sara is smart and hot..."
Finally, something in this thread almost worth discussing.
Palin, whether "Sara" or "Sarah," is politically dead until she proves otherwise. Personally, I would never throw a vote in her direction, however, the Left's gleeful bashing of the soon-to-be-former Gov. is a painful example of at an attempted 132rd trimester abortion.
Just shut the F up and let her bury herself.
In other words, "Don't feed the slutty MILF troll."

1:06 PM  
Anonymous T said...

Grump:

Thanks for the advice, but no thanks.

I'm not ready to love Big Brother yet and I can't help but remember that we haven't always been at war with East Asia.

By the way, the "reality" trope is one of the crustiest and least interesting in the average liberal's quiver. I thought you might be able to do better than that.

If you don't think the MSM has targeted Palin, then I don't know what to say. You still refuse to address my point about Biden's FDR on TV gaffe, except to acknowledge that Biden is a moron.

Also, I don't know where you come up with all the "spin" allegations. I don't think you even bother to read what I've written.

One last point, I never said the MSM ineptitude was a conspiracy. I think it is more likely the result of too many dickheads working in one industry.

See you in 2012.

1:53 PM  
Blogger statboy3000 said...

I'm astounded that PKL advocated marriage. That is the most unexpected comment in this thread.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous t said...

http://www.conservatives4palin.com/2009/07/palin-hairdresser-nyt-was-full-of-crap.html

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