Palin in 2012? – by Alan Dowd

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Sarah Palin’s media blitz—including a national book tour, an interview with Oprah, magazine cover stories and cable TV one-on-ones—serves as a reminder that whether you voted for her or against her, whether you love her or despise her, Sarah Palin is a political force to be reckoned with. This is the real reason she drew so much ire from the Left in 2008. And it’s the same reason she may give some Republicans pause in 2012.

The 2012 election is an eternity away, but this much we know: Barack Obama will be on the ballot; if 2008 proved anything, it’s that he is a masterful politician; and in addition to his formidable political and rhetorical skills, next time he will be running with all the built-in advantages of incumbency. Whether his fusion policy/post-partisan shtick will work by then is a subject for another essay. Regardless, Obama doesn’t need any help from the GOP in 2012. Yet if any one of the GOP’s headliners runs as a third-party candidate, Obama would be virtually assured of an easy re-election. And the most likely rogue candidate would seem to be the self-styled rogue herself, Sarah Palin.

Palin’s independent streak is already legendary. She ran an insurgent campaign, the story goes, against Alaska’s GOP establishment. And she surprised everyone by resigning the Alaska governorship last July, just months after being catapulted into the national spotlight as arguably the most talked about vice presidential candidate ever.

As Sen. John McCain’s running mate, she brandished some of the essential ingredients of success in modern politics: She proved her toughness in the face of withering media attacks on her, on her family, on her intelligence and integrity, even on her femininity. She showed an almost-effortless capacity to connect with many voters. And not coincidentally, she was and is telegenic—a crucial trait in this image-driven age, one that really can’t be learned.

In addition, her maverick populism appeals to many, as does her biography, her plainspoken delivery and her anti-Washington, anti-elite attitude—and understandably so in an era of billion-dollar Wall Street bailouts.

Moreover, setting aside the MSNBC-New York Times appraisals of Palin, she was, quite simply, “a national sensation,” as Yuval Levin, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, observes in a review of the would-be presidential candidate. “The striking thing about the last two months of the 2008 presidential race was not Palin’s inability to turn things around decisively for McCain,” Levin reminds us, “but her success in giving McCain a lead for even a short while.” He notes that exit polling indicates 60 percent of those interviewed said McCain’s choice of Palin “had been a factor in their vote. Of these, 56 percent voted for McCain while only 43 percent voted for Obama….Palin succeeded where almost no vice presidential candidate ever has before in winning sustained support for the ticket.”

In other words, no one can question her popularity among a large chunk of voters—and hence her capacity to have an impact on the GOP nomination battle.

Today, she’s clearly laying the groundwork for her own White House run. Leaving the governor’s office has freed her to stay connected with the conservative base, sharpen her policy positions as well as how she presents them, work the speaking circuit, raise money and write a book.

For Palin, as with any other candidate, these latter three are interconnected. Her book deal has already garnered a healthy chunk of change, and she is reportedly commanding six figures per speech.

Good for her. I hope she makes her case well. And if she makes a run for the Republican nomination, I hope she gets a fair shake. If a summertime USAToday/Gallup poll is any indication, she will. Two-thirds of Republicans say they want Palin to be “a major national political figure.” About the same percentage of Republicans—65 percent—would “seriously consider supporting” Palin.

Of course, that same polling indicates that Palin is viewed negatively by “a third of Republicans, two-thirds of independents and eight in 10 Democrats.”

So what happens if Palin runs and then fails to muster enough delegates to win the nomination? Will she play the role of a good point guard, to borrow a page from her bio, and let the nominee take the shot? Or will the self-styled rogue go rogue?

Along with her frontier independence, Palin’s shoot-from-the-hip style makes a third-party run plausible. Make no mistake: Winning the election as a third-party candidate is no more plausible for her than it was for Nader, Perot, Buchanan or other spoilers. But running an insurgent campaign, taking her legion of loyal supporters with her, and siphoning away enough votes to sink the Republican nominee is another story.

 Alan Dowd writes on politics and public policy.

  • USMCSniper

    She receives support not because she is honest and a breath if fresh air, but this will never pass muster with the media if she ever becomes a serious candidate. They will attack her constantly like frenzied piranahs on a blood feast.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Maybe Dowd's next essay should be how the likes of Limbaugh will effect Palin's chance as running as an independent with his narrow definition of what a conservative should be.

  • Sarah P

    Oh yah, you betcha I'm runnin' in 2012, just as sure as I can field dress a moose. I can't guarantee I'll finish my campaign, or, if I do and win, that I'll finish my presidency. But America needs me because when Putin rears his ugly head, Katie, he comes right over the Alaskan border. He even lost his way a few times and knocked on my door for directions, cuz I can see Russian from my house. Oh yah. I had no idea my trailer trash daughter was havin' sex, cuz the Bible says not to, you know…

  • Fred

    This book tour of Palin's seems reminiscent of Truman's whistle-stop campaigning style of 1948. I think maybe this is a practice run for her; she's just getting the feel of things for how she's going to campaign in 2012. Considering the amount of energy the woman has she could hit several small towns and cities per day with her bus. And that's where her strength will be: in the smaller towns and cities, not in the big liberal cities.

  • Alfonso Barrs

    Re: “Yet if any one of the GOP’s headliners runs as a third-party candidate, Obama would be virtually assured of an easy re-election.”

    “Along with her frontier independence, Palin’s shoot-from-the-hip style makes a third-party run plausible. Make no mistake: Winning the election as a third-party candidate is no more plausible for her than it was for Nader, Perot, Buchanan or other spoilers. But running an insurgent campaign, taking her legion of loyal supporters with her, and siphoning away enough votes to sink the Republican nominee is another story.”

    Third party candidates do nothing but elect Democrats. Many don't stop and consider a three party election allows a minority candidate to win the Whitehouse, like Bill Clinton. When one can win with less than 50% of the vote, which Clinton did, a vote for any third party candidate is a vote for the opposition. The liberal stranglehold on our nation and purse strings is so crucial we can not afford another four years of Obama. The Republicans MUST…and I say MUST because only a vote for Republicans can change the political landscape in our Nation. Hold your nose if you must but we must vote Republican, but first we must make sure we nominate a qualified down to earth Republican, which Sarah Palin appears to be. First, we have to change the landscape in Congress with enough Republicans elected in 2010 to stop Obama's run-away spending and marxist legislation.

  • The_Inquisitor

    “But running an insurgent campaign, taking her legion of loyal supporters with her, and siphoning away enough votes to sink the Republican nominee is another story.”

    What a delightful thought this is if the Republican nominee is a McCain clone. I relish the thought of voting for her under those circumstances. Sending those “me too” Republicans to their well deserved extinction is long overdue.

  • cedarhill

    Hope it felt good. You can go back to therapy now.

  • albarrs

    So what. Democrats are the world's best attack dogs. They even attack each other. Let them attack, that just gets Palin more support.

  • teq

    I want Palin to be a major national political figure but not as President or Veep. She's become such a lightening rod that I think the liberal media would go into a perpetual feeding frenzy which would sabotage her presidency the same way it sabotaged her VP candidacy last year.
    My favorite couple for P and VP in 2012 is General Petraeus and Liz Cheney. Those two are invincible. The slings and arrows of outraged liberals would just hit them and then roll off, like water of a duck's back. I know it's not likely to happen but I sure wish it would. I honestly don't think Obama bin Biden would have a chance against the Petraeus/Palin team once people saw them all in action and could compare.

  • albarrs

    I totally agree about Petraeus/Cheney but neither has made any move to indicate their intent to run. Drafting them won't work. They have to step up to the starting line and let us know their intentions.

  • eerie Steve

    I want to vote for Palin in 2012 so I can vote for her again in 2016? Why?

    Well, somehow, George W. Bush ended Tecumseh curse because the Indians kept him alive so they could create “dead grey hairs” in great numbers. To the Native Americans, Arabs count as Europeans too. It is time to do the Ghost Dance and start the great fight of the TWO GREAT SATANS!

    How cool would it be to vote for your sister in 2012 so you can vote for your evil Aunt in 2016? I want to see Sarah Palin combine the superficiality of Obama with the blackness of Clinton to form not the evil Black Monster, but the evil Black Monster's MOTHER! Can't you just see here like the black girl on Saturday morning in a sweat suit on the whitehouse lawn just yelling at everyone? That would really screw over the Arabs. Forget Gitmo. How about torture on pirate Island! Sarah Palin all she would have to do to scare the Saudis is given them to the Mexican cartels. Not torture, not superficial torture, but superficial torture outsourcing to Mexico!

  • pneville

    Unless party leaders change the rules to eliminate the winner take all primaries she will be the nominee. No establishment GOP candidate can harness the tea party crowd which includes a vast amount of independants. Her performance in the 2010 races willl be her bonifides for the nomination with the party. The GOP must “rebrand itself” (I hate that term) as the party of main street and Sarah is only one who can do that.

  • BS77

    Eerie….you are insane, but somewhat funny to yourself, no doubt. Get the help you need.

  • BS77

    I'd like to see her run as VP with Mitt Romney…a solid financially smart conservative team. Almost anyone would be an improvement over the money burning socialistas in office now….THe Dems in Congress must be replaced…all the ultra liberals…time to go beddy bye. Our nation deserves better than tax and spend big bureaucracy Democrats….our deficit is running at over 12 Trillion dollars, we owe China a Trillion, Millions are unemployed….millions of homes are foreclosed. We have two leaderless, directionless wars. 2010 should be a turning point.

  • BS77

    The socialist libs and leftists hate her because she didn't go to an East Coast snob school, because she is happy and pleasant. They detest anyone who is self made…they prefer life time politicians, crooks and frauds like Kerry, Dodd, Frank, Schumer….idiots like Durbin and Murtha. They don't like S Palin because she is popular, enthusiastic and tough minded. The lib left media prefers depressing party hacks like Reid and Pelosi. S Palin is a solid backer of our military, small government, reduced taxes, self reliance and traditional values. THe lib media has been awful in spewing lies and propaganda about her and Rush. McCain ran a dismal campaign….he refused to allow S Palin to talk freely it seems. TOo bad.

  • shamspade

    Sarah Palin has expressed her support of the 2-party system and has said that the Republican party platform represents her fundamental beliefs. If she runs, it will be as a Republican. Although accused by her enemies of being stupid, she obviously is not, and her political instincts have made her the favorite of an impassioned Republican base, i.e. the kind of people who vote in primaries and attend the caucuses during an election year. There are legions of women who will gladly work on her behalf, for free, not just because they see her as one of the political class, but as one of their own, which she is. Hard for any other politician to make that claim with much credibility.

  • prudentman

    One of her political assets is she knows that the Republican Party Establishment, including Newt Gingrich is corrupt and staffed with statists. It is remarkable that this group's mindset, which gave Republicans the choice of Dodd and McCain, didn't destroy GWB's campaign like they did his father's led by the elitist arrogance of ignorance of the political hack James Baker.

    In Gov. Palin's book she points out how the “Organization” ran her. I hope she learned that you cannot allow bureaucrats to “run you”. You change them or move on to something else as they will destroy you in government, politics or business as well as themselves. This was a blatant weakness of leadership on her part considering her experience in politics.

    The history of third party candidates is not good. But, we could see a strong Conservative Party with the Republican Party being third in line. The destruction of a party and its replacement has happened in our Democracy and very well could happen again with delineation of Left and Right ideology. In my nearly eight decades of life I have seen much greater changes than effete political parties obliterating themselves as the RNC is doing today.

  • prudentman

    If a Conservative Party emerges with the Republican Party be the third party? I know the problem is that many uninformed voters vote knew-jerked for their party which is the only way Democrats get votes.

    As one who worked for the Barry Goldwater campaign it must be remembered that he brought Ronald Reagan to a much different Republican Party which was controlled by Limousine Liberals rather than effete statists as it is now.

  • annien

    People called into c-span about a book, “The Persecution of Sarah Palin”, and I found it so telling that one caller was irate that they were being blamed (the left) because she can't handle tough questions. Are they kidding, Obama enjoyed a love fest of questions and occasionally when he got a mildly tough one he answered with such babble it was taken as a given example of his brillance.

  • Carterthewriter

    The only way we are going to straighten this government out is to find someone who is nat attached to either party. If Sarah fits that catagory, then screw the media and make the necessary changes. People have to start realizing something has to change before it is too late. Illimanate the radicals from our government.

  • USMCSniper

    Mareen Dowd should volunteer for a 15 month tour in Afghanistan as a comfort lady so she can “luv you longtime” instead of being such a bitter bitch!

  • USMCSniper

    Yassah, dis Sara P dat jus post abuf dun har luvs har Mandingo Man Obama aun his choculut luv hamma, Yassah she dun gon black un she nebber cummin back Yassah.

  • USMCSniper

    Now, now take your meds like Nurse Ratched told you told. You frontal lobotomy is scheduled for tomorrow morning and funded under the new Obama Healthcare bill.

  • bryanah

    America is not ready for a woman president. And never will be or should be ready. Our Islamic enemies have no respect for us now but with a woman as president they will unleash their suicide bombers, etc on America. Are we ready for that?

  • hulda clark

    I really appreciate your work .its great.

  • 111name

    'Bama's “rhetoric skills” = lies. The rest of Washington “lords” – the same.
    BTW – No article about finally exposing conspiracy of lies about non-existing climate “warming”? Tsk, tsk, David.

  • FairestWitness

    Sarah Palin will be the next President of the United States. That's what I feel in my heart and I will support her run for the WH. Go Sarah!

    If she loses the nomination, she won't go rogue as a 3rd Party candidate. She's too smart for that. There's always 2016. She has a long and bright future.

  • FairestWitness

    BS77, the left hated GWB and he did go to those snobby schools. The Left just hates traditional America.

  • myx0mop


    Palin/Petraeus 2012

  • bubba4

    Yes, lets start making decisions based on what the terrorists think about women.

  • MarkR

    Love her!

  • BS77

    Yes, America is ready for woman president…especially a tough minded conservative woman like S Palin. Who cares what our enemies think, want, respect or don't respect anyway, Bryanah? One thing, I d like to see the President take care of business in Iran; level their nuclear weapons factories….and turn them into smoking piles of rubble. Now that would be comforting.

  • bubba4

    Palin isn't interested in being President. I'm sure she wouldn't mind the position if it was given to her, but she won't fight for it again and running her would be political suicide.

    She is where she wants to be…writing books and making lots of money.

  • Storm_Rider

    Sarah Palin gets my vote; and I wouldn't write off a thrid party possibility because times are changing. Americans realize the two party system is broken; enabled by the “Living Constitution” (Orwellian Newspeak for Dead Constitution) it has degenerated into Marxist Class Struggle.

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  • Steven L

    To have a chance she needs to educate herself in many issues (indise and outside the US) unrelated to populism. Then she may become a significant and powerful force to reckon with.
    The left is OBVIOUSLY and visibly scared of her and they show it.
    I love it.

  • davidhorowitz

    Does she still think that Africa is a country, or does she have that figured out yet?

  • Carterthewriter

    They'd all be AWOL if she ever did. Soldiers have better sense than anyone employed by the New York Times, draft dodgers, the lot of 'em.

  • Carterthewriter

    A not so funny idiot, I presume.

  • Carterthewriter

    Grab a straw and make a valid point using your own identity.

  • sjbn

    From her interview with Bill O'Reilly:

    O'REILLY: Do you believe that you are smart enough, incisive enough, intellectual enough to handle the most powerful job in the world?

    PALIN: I believe that I am because I have common sense and I have — I believe the values that are reflective of so many other American values. And I believe that what Americans are seeking is not the elitism, the kind of a spineless — a spinelessness that perhaps is made up for that with some kind of elite Ivy League education and a fat resume that's based on anything but hard work and private sector, free enterprise principles. Americans are — could be seeking something like that in positive change in their leadership. I'm not saying that that has to be me.


    I wonder if Dick would be available for another stint as the man behind the curtain of the Great Oz. Maybe Nancy Reagan could stand just behind her and coach.

  • CowboyUp

    They'll do that to any effective or top Republican. Expect it.

  • CowboyUp

    Amen, I agree with the sarcsm.

  • xyz

    If it's sarcasm then it's the only intelligent thing I've seen him say

  • Iamsamualtoo


    Watching the charter assassination of Sarah Palin by coastal urban elitists has made me wonder, is she hated because it is perceived she is a throwback redneck coming out of flyover country with no new ideas to save us? Or, is it the anti elitist back to basics ideology she wears on her sleeve?
    I find it a bit interesting that there is another” back to basics” American woman out there that is loved and is being totally embraced by the intolerant urban elite as one of their own, She has expressed most of the same anti elitist, back to basics ideas that Sarah Palin has expressed. She is young smart and beautiful and demonstrates real compassion every day in the deeds she performs. She has billions of dollars at her fingertips and is using them in a very back to basics fashion not unlike Sarah has. In interviews you could exchange sound tracks on education reform and be pressed to tell the difference between her and Sarah Palin.
    Her compassion is undeniable her intelligence shines like a beacon; she is embraced by the intolerant elite media. Sounds like presidential material, There is only one problem, At this time she views us as a bunch of spoiled rotten entitlement babies living beyond our means wreaking the engines of prosperity and stealing from the future. She is waiting for us to grow up a little and become responsible citizens, I told you, she is smart.
    I feel a bit warm and fuzzy just knowing that she is out in the world doing good.
    Also, I would have to conclude that it is Sarah Palin’s flyover redneck image that drives the hate, not the back to basics message she carries on her sleeve similar to Ms. Gates.

  • suprkufrb

    As a totally unskilled Canadian pundit, I predict that Sarah will be the next president of the USA. Why? In the first place, Americans (and the rest of the free world) are three years from now going to be so nauseated by Barak Hussein's shameless grovelling before our enemies that the GOP presidential candidate will be the proverbial “yellow dog,” assured of election.
    Now, why Sarah? Primarily because she has breathed life into a comatose Republican party which without her was doomed to possible extinction. After the election, I became furious with the McCain campaign's having shanghaied such an
    eloquent and marketable spokesperson for traditional American values and the spirit of fair play before she was ready for prime time. Now, I'm not so sure; every politician, of whichever stripe, must have his nose bloodied at some point, as a rite of passage. As events unfolded, in Sarah's case it was on prime-time TV at the national and international level. Sorry, lefties, she weathered the storm with flying colors.
    Despite how the groupthink media try to depict her, Sarah is a highly intellegent and eloquent spokesperson for the fundamental values which have brought our civilization to its present benign, sophisticated and tolerant level.
    Not only is she going to be President – she's going to be a great President.

  • JJR362

    Isn't it interesting that Oprah is ending her TV program next year with many visits to the White House? You don't suppose they are setting up for a removal of Joe Biden in the next election. Sure is tough to beat all that money she'll bring to the table and imagine who many fictious people they can dig up without anyone finding out until it's too late.

    Let's fight this with Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck team, Wow, as the Christian song says” I can Only Imagine”

  • WTF_Idiots

    Palin WHAT in 2012? Is that when she's getting her GED?

  • Collinsdad

    WTF- Sure, right after you stop taking the “short bus”.

  • Steven Brady

    You seem very “useful”.

  • WTF_Idiots

    Collinsdad – haha.. good one! Sarah is actually my seat mate! She drools a lot. Maybe that's why you think she's so sexy?

  • Collinsdad

    You get the last word! I can't match wits with one such as you. The images are just too vivid and its breakfast time where I am at. I know you Palin haters love to stick to the issues and I can't possibly compete with your deep insights.

  • bearone7777

    If this yrs. election is a indication of anything it is that we as a people are bound to nobody or one party or another. Sarah Palin is a BREATH of fesh air that we all need for this country. If we can see a man that is so inexperienced that he really needs help tying his shoes than I think that if she was elected she would do just like TONY-“THE TIGER” use to say SHE WILL DO “GREAT” GOD BLESS SARAH PALIN.. RUN SARAH PLEASE.

  • WTF_Idiots

    You betcha!
    That said, give me one issue that Sarah has legitimately weighed in on… death panels don't count there, slappy. OK? (wink wink)

    Here is my favorite Palin talking point, besides death panels of course…. It starts with You betcha!

    and ends with
    You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! You betcha! wink-wink

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  • Collinsdad

    All right WTF this is my last post to you. Sorry but you are getting on my nerves and listening to your 3rd grade attacks is boring. I have a 6 and 4 yr. old and they have more self control than you. I am not going to get deeply into specific issues with you but will advise you on what to do (but you wont because leftists like you never read the stuff you need to read-but you will lie and say you do). But here goes- read the constitution and pretend its not a “living document” and that the founders really meant what they wrote about limited government and states rights. Read Mark Levin's liberty and tyranny and see if you can answer his arguments. Tell me HOW we are going to pay off the debt we are bequething our children and grandchildren for generations to come. Also, tell me how terrorists who planned 9/11 are getting constitutional rights and protections that you and I as citizens have the right to. Tell me how a guy who blows away 13 soldiers at Fort Hood and injures multitudes of others is somehow not to be prematurely judged (as a terrorist)as he the Messiah did when officer Crowley arrested Professor Gates. Tell me how a candidate like your Messiah states that he will give the middle class (95% of us) a tax cut and now is proposing massive tax increases via Cap and Tax and health care reform (every independent body who has examed it has determined it will be a massive tax increase over the long haul). Tell me how your Messiah has managed to NOT make a decision on Afghanistan where the general he was going to follow hell or high water has stated what is needed and has been stone walled all along the way and NOW your Messiah is going to charge a 1% tax on people making 150,000$ or less to help fund the war.( By the way my 25 yr. old son is on his third tour protecting us- yea even you-by the way ever serve? good for you if you did-I was in the Vietnam era- but hey if you didn't I understand ,but maybe you would understand better if faced with an enemy monitoring your every move and not giving a damn whether you were liberal or conservative )Tell me how your Messiah is going to deal with our #1 ally in the Middle East by allowing a regime that he was so eager to negotiate with make him look like a fool as they (Iran) ramp up to nuclear status. — I could go on and on with this crap- but I know that you will come back with democratic talking points and blame Bush statements and then go into your third grade act on Palin. You guys are so predictable its a joke. I can't believe I spent this much time on you- but I have compassion on drones. You are a drone who NEEDS childish ad hominem attacks to buttress your weak as-ed positions. I am done with you and this thread as I have heard your talking points and Palin has more than adequately dealt with these issues. You guys love to hate her because she scares the hell out of you. I laugh at you but get weary attempting to reason with a drone who only sees and hears what is fed to him by the Lame Stream Media. Go back to Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow and strengthen your barbs and 3rd grade monologues. I won't see your response (oh poor me!-but am sure it will be filled with Palin jokes- have fun!) I'm out.

  • WTF_Idiots

    I would never waste one second of my time reading anything by jackass Mark Levin.

    I don't know how anybody pays off $12 trillion. I DO know that Bush added more to the national debt than anybody in American history, and we have absolutely nothing to show for it except a bunch of dead soldiers and about 10% of people out of work and a disaster of an economy.

    What about the battered Earth we are bequething to our children and grandchildren? Why do you right wing monkeys dismiss that?

    Because the Constitution is a document that outlines the rights of man #1, and the rights of Americans #1A. It's my belief that the Founding Fathers thought that all man are to be treated equally. They crafted the Constitution guided by the principals that ALL men should live by… that includes their idea of JUSTICE.

    Is your measure of a terrorist anybody who commits mass murder? If that's the case, then fine. Say he's a terrorist. That makes McVeigh and Nichols terrorists. Yes? They're white though. Can they possibly be terrorists?? What about the Christian fundamentalist who walked into a church and blew away a bunch of people in Tennessee?? Terrorist? The Gates thing was about race relations in America. Not freaking terrorism, you jackass!! hahaha. You're an idiot.

    Tell me why YOUR messiah W. NEVER made ANY decisions on Afghanistan in SEVEN YEARS. My guy has been in office SEVEN MONTHS.

    Who else is going to fund the war, you stupid ass? Seriously. You're just a blind ideologue. You have no clue. I can't even believe I'm wasting my time on your dumb ass.

    HAHAHA. I always LOVE this one. YES, dickface, I served 4 years in the Air Force before going on to earn my B.A. Yep, believe it, you ignoramus, lefties SERVE TOO! My dad, a hard lefty, has two Purple Hearts from Nam.

    That's it, man. I can't take it anymore. You're a first class IDIOT. I'm not wasting any more time on you. F**k off.

  • WTF_Idiots

    Oh, and another thing. By the time YOUR guy was in office for just over 7 months, the WTC was destroyed and 3000 innocent people were dead. Yeah, good work W! Guess he should have read those memos, huh. Open your eyes, s**t for brains.

  • sjbn

    When asked what she'd like Obama to do in relation to the war in Afghanistan Palin said, “I want him to listen to his advisers,” and added. “That's what he asked for.”

    Not surprisingly, Democratic National Committee Communications Director Brad Woodhouse responded: “It's not surprising that someone who doesn't know the difference between Iraq and Iran, whose outrageous claims on health reform have been repeatedly debunked and whose book has been called ‘fiction’ by members of her own party would get the facts wrong or, worse, simply lie on this.”

    “Just in the past four weeks the president has met with troops on bases in Jacksonville, Alaska and South Korea and the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M,” Woodhouse said. “While it's not surprising that Sarah Palin will lie and ignore the facts to appeal to the right wing, tea party fringe of the Republican base, what is surprising it that anyone else would pay attention to what she has to say.”

    Who's paying attention?

  • sjbn

    “Sarah is a highly intellegent and eloquent spokesperson for the fundamental values which have brought our civilization to its present benign, sophisticated and tolerant level.” , please see “Orwellian use of language”

  • thinker1

    YES, Sarah!!! Finally a person with a three-digit IQ for the WH!!! :)

  • thinker1

    It was Pelosi, not Palin, to whom there is no difference between Iraq and Iran, but our socialist rags wouldn't tell the truth if their existence…. :) …bingo!!! :)

  • antioli

    The third party in upper new york state is the Republican Party. The Major Parties are the Conservative and Democrat parties.
    I am afraid that none of the parties are what the public wants.
    The County Republicans placed a candidate in contention that pressed the negative buttons of the Republican voter. As a result they flooded to the Conservative party of NY.
    Yet no sooner than the success of the third party came out than the same old Rinos fought to get infront of the parade and lead it. Dick Army,and the Club for Growth immediately muscled them selves onto the spot light as possible leaders. Both are the arch types of the people that created the Republican political catastrophe. Along with Alan Greenspan and Phil Graham , Dick Army was one of the main engineers of our current economic collapse.
    Later the public will find out that this new party is just a carbon copy of the very Republican Party they threw out of office because of the economic collapse.
    This new party will wither and die when the public realizes this.

    The public wants, needs and deserves party that represents the needs of the people.

    And Sarah represents only a superficial change. She has already started to waffle on the issues especially the main ones. She is no Joan of Arc or even Margret Thatcher.

    Want a candidate then resurrect Bernanke's old professor Hyman Minsky..To bad he is dead I think.