Why the Left Hates Sarah Palin

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It just happened again.

I spend a fair amount of time at my local coffee shop.  I like to do my writing outside and, besides, it gives me an opportunity to try and initiate political conversations with the people who pass by — my hope always being to begin to enlighten them as to what conservatives really believe (and not just what the leftist media tells them.)

Today, the conversation turned to Sarah Palin and my latest acquaintance blurted out: “Oh I hate her.”  Since she did not yet know my politics, and since we were in Los Angeles, it is clear that she expected to hear back what you usually hear back in this city: “Yeah, I hate her, too.”  Instead, I asked her why.

At this point I could have predicted her response because it’s the same response you get from liberals no matter who on the Right you’re talking about: “Because she’s stupid.”  I replied: “Being stupid is no reason to hate someone, but tell me, which one of her policies do you disagree with?”  It wasn’t hard to predict her response: “All of them!”

I continued to push.  “Well, then, if it’s all of them, it should be easy for you to name one.”  Her reply?  “They’re too many to list.”

“So don’t list them, just give me one,” I said.

This went on for awhile until my new acquaintance finally admitted that she didn’t know any of Ms. Palin’s policies.  Before she ran off – Democrats always run off when asked to provide facts to justify their hatred for Republicans – I looked her in the eyes and said, “If you don’t know any of her policies, perhaps you should look into them.”  She promised she would.  She won’t.  If there are two things you can count on with Democrats, they are filled with hate and empty of facts.

But it got me to thinking.  Given that these people don’t know any of Ms. Palin’s political positions, what is it about her that they hate?  It has to be her life story.  Now, to all decent people, Ms. Palin’s life story could not be more laudable.  She married her high school sweetheart to whom she remains married and with whom she is apparently still in love.  In the harshest of climes, she and Todd started a small business which, apparently, they ran well enough to purchase a home and raise a family.  Despite the long hours required to run a family business and raise children, when Ms. Palin saw that the public schools were not doing a good job in educating her children, she joined the local PTA and was so effective there that the people who knew her best – and in small towns like Wasilla there are very few secrets – elected her to be their mayor.

Apparently, Ms. Palin was so effective in that job that the mayors of the other small towns and big cities elected her president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors.  After a highly successful stint as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, she ran an uphill battle against an entrenched Republican governor and was elected to the top position, Governor, of the largest state in the nation.  She did that job so well that her approval ratings – despite having ruffled the feathers of the leading political family in Alaska – bordered on 80 percent.

As Ms. Palin’s political horizons continued to grow, she found out she was pregnant with her fourth child, a baby with Downs Syndrome.  Despite knowing in advance that this child would require even more attention and care than other kids, Ms. Palin opted to give her child – Trig – life.

So, given that those who hate – hate!!! – Ms. Palin know nothing more than these facts about her, what is it about Ms. Palin’s life story that generates this blind loathing?  The answer is that, at every turn, Ms. Palin’s story debunks the myths of victimization and self-centeredness that is at the heart of the modern liberal ideology.

First, Ms. Palin is married with children.  The Democrat Party’s treasured storyline is that women with children – especially those who take care of them themselves – are oppressed, victimized and doomed to a life without personal fulfillment.  Ms. Palin’s life proves them wrong and the Democrats hate her for this.  If Ms. Palin were a Democrat she would have offed the last child before he was born so that she could have more “me” time to pursue her own wants and pleasures.  There is clearly something very “wrong” with this woman who allowed her “special needs” child to live.  They hate her for that.

One of the most obvious demographic differences between the Left and the Right is that people without children – those too self-centered and jealous of others stealing “their” attention, angry and hate-filled “feminists,” radical homosexuals and school children too young to have started a family — are just about guaranteed to pull the lever for anyone with a “D” next to their names.  Those married with children are just as assured to pull the lever for someone from the Right.

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  • Viper 1

    It's mind-boggling to hear the left's repeated accusation that the woman is "stupid". It shouldn't be surprising: the same accusation was leveled against George Bush who somehow managed to survive several hundred hours in one of the most-pilot-unfriendly fighters the Air Force ever had in its inventory. As someone who flew F16's I know you don't pull that off if you're dumb; you wind up in a smoking hole.

    At the same time, the left considered Eisenhower, the architect of the Normandy invasion dumb; Gerald Ford who had a law degree from Harvard (and who was a terrific football player) dense and clumsy, and Reagan, off course, was the poster boy for Republican presidents intellectually unsuited to be elected dogcatcher.

    On the bright side, the left's compulsive need to define Palin as ignorant is gold for the right. It is testimony that they are making a very, very serious–and potentially lethal (politcally) miscalculation: every fighter pilot, trial attorney, or doctor knows–as has every great warrrior to NEVER underestimate the enemy. As a matter off fact survival depends on assuming the enemy could be more dangerous than one might imagine no matter what evidence appears to the contrary.

    The arrogant on the left do not seem to put much stock in such wise counsel and I am almost certain that will come back to bite them big time.

    • Laura

      Sarah Palin has had too many lapses in judgement to be considered intelligent enough to be president. She should have known better than to do the first Katie Couric interview, she should have known better than to put a map with crosshairs on the web, she should have known better than to use the phrase "blood libel". She can't be trusted with the fate of the United States. She might have another lapse in judgement!

      • alan g

        At least, the blood libel comment displayed the narrtive that she tried to project. There is nothing wrong with that, considering the profane language adopted by the left, which is far worse than anything Palin said

      • Cor

        wow! What HUGE lapses of judgement! (dripping Sarcasm) Our current president has had bigger lapses of judgement than that! The Gulf Coast was one lapse of judgement after another. For example not sending more skimmers down there in a hurry. (he only sent 1%) Not allowing foreign help til much later for another. The list goes on and on…….Oh those targets on the map…. Let’s ignore the Bullseye on the map of the Democrats- there’s the pot calling the kettle black! So please give me a break with the stupid map! horror of horrors! As for the blood libel remark she was making a point- but whatever. SNL, jon Stewart and the Left do have the ears of our younger people and they mock and make fun and continually say she is stupid and instead of looking into what makes Alaska different- let’s just mock her when she says you can see Russia from my house. Russia really is just a stone’s throw away, BTW- and we don’t exactly trust them either.. so the governor has a special clearance….. but you didn’t want to know about that.

      • Dan Pet

        The McCain campaign made her do that interview. She was manhandled and overmanaged. And as for that map..please. If that causes people to kill people we are in serious trouble. I guess TARGET should change its logo.

    • CHShane

      Viper, I like the way you write. And kudos to you for your hours in your warbird, "The Jet. Bush DID fly a most pilot-unfriendly, the F-103.
      Watch yer six.
      Call sign; "Shane."

  • Wildthings13

    This article is totally on the money except for one very ignorant part of it…."One of the most obvious demographic differences between the Left and the Right is that people without children – those too self-centered and jealous of others stealing “their” attention, angry and hate-filled “feminists,” radical homosexuals and school children too young to have started a family — are just about guaranteed to pull the lever for anyone with a “D” next to their names. Those married with children are just as assured to pull the lever for someone from the Right."
    This part is about as stupid as it gets. Not true at all. Most people I know who "Hate" Palin have children and are opposite of all described here! Really ruined a good article!

  • zsqpwxxeh

    People hate those whom they fear. Fear is the prerequisite. The liberals know full well that Palin can and will crush their Dear Leader next year, so they say anything to undermine her candidacy. The hatred is a cover for their intense anxiety. The policy differences and personal characteristics are secondary here. You can test this hypothesis: note how easy the left media on the RINOs, who can be either beaten or co-opted. Find out who MSNBC hates–there's your candidate.

    As far as dispensing with Palin in the next election, forget about it. To paraphrase Lincoln about Grant, "I can't spare this woman. She fights."

    • JeremyHeiken

      There is no hatred of Sarah Palin. Your points are pointless. You buy into the article and the author has only proven his case to a set of like-minded individuals. This is all a bunch of bull.

      Sarah Palin's detractors cross the political spectrum; her detractors don't believe in her becuase of an emotional reaction (i.e., "hate"). She is not perceived well due to her lack of qualifications and her lack of intellect needed to handle any significant job in the political arena – as she demonstrates presently.

      She has ambition and she may develop those skills and qualifications at some later date. But she does not process them presently.

      • zsqpwxxeh

        "There is no hatred of Sarah Palin."

        Stopped reading your comment right there, bro.

      • alan g

        Palin’s experience and qualifications far outweight those of our illustrious leader now. Therefor e you don’t know what you are talking about. The fact that she isn’t always polotically savvy is proof of her genuine character. In an era of such curruption, including the repubs, this not only refreshing, but demanded for political qualifications, which is sorely lacking now

  • zsqpwxxeh

    And yes, an amusingly high troll count for this article. Confirmation? You guys are not doing a very good job. Back to Kos or Media Matters for refresher training.

  • Pat Bischoff

    I am a far right conservative and like Palin. I like her policies and admire her as a woman. She is not stupid as she seems to succeed at everything she does. We should all be that dumb. My problem with her is I do not think she has the experience to run for president of the most powerful nation on the planet. If she succeeds in running, her chances of winning are nil. Too many people do not like her, even conservatives. What does that tell us? I want a Republican in the White House and feel that if she runs, she will loose with a landslide.

    • zsqpwxxeh

      Pat, you don't need experience to either win the presidency or be a good president. You must have and demonstrate leadership. You must be a leader, first and foremost. Good conservative policies are very important but take a backseat to the ability to lead the nation.

      The Palin hatred is chillingly reminiscent of Reagan hatred in 1980. All the "stupid, unpopular, unelectable" stuff was uttered, plus "he'll start nuclear war" (in place of that we have vicious anti-female attacks tailored to this case). The media gave him no chance right up to the conventions.

      • Questions

        Ronald Reagan was polished, had top-notch advisers and served for eight years as governor of a major state. He was qualified for the presidency. As for Palin: None of the above.

        • Dan Pet

          oh really? and you know this how??

    • evergreen78

      Palin alone has more EXECUTIVE experience than Obama and Biden COMBINED.

      • Questions

        What does that say about her legislative experience?

        • evergreen78

          The President is the Executive. Congress is Legislative. Nobody's talking about her running for Congress.

    • Slinkiecat

      It's only conservatives like you who could cause her to lose if she ran for president. To vote against her (and thus for Obama) would show that you hate conservative values and are a Marxist at heart, one who hopes our country is destroyed and that our children are left with a third-world economy. We know that's what the Democrats want.

      Why not vote in favor of our country?

  • bulldogss

    Note–Pentecostal Christians do not believe or react to the corporeal. If you are aware of this or are one than the following is to be. Gov palin will run third party –no doubt–to stop the rinos and seculars. SP will lose but create a new avenue for Christian Repubs.

    • Slinkiecat

      Sarah Palin is a Republican, and if she runs at all, it will be for the Republican nomination. She is helping via the Tea Party to bring the Republicans back to their conservative roots. Let's all pray she succeeds in that, whether she runs herself or just does as she has been doing, supporting conservative candidates.

  • Laura

    You don't have to know any of Sarah Palin's policies to know she's stupid. Anyone who posts a map with crosshairs, and a list of names to go with them, is STUPID. SARAH PALIN IS TOO STUPID TO EVER BE PRESIDENT!!!! Bob Beckel, the liberal that takes credit for inventing the "targets", didn't use crosshairs, nor names. His invention was a less inflamatory bullseye, not the image of a gun sight .
    On another subject, I think people WITH children (and I have two of my own) could be considered "self-centered" for producing mini-versions of themselves, though mankind is slowly destroying our over-populated planet.

    • zsqpwxxeh

      Anyone who posts a comment like this…oh, never mind. Thanks for contributing so much to the national debate on Palin's IQ. Let's do lunch sometime.

      • Laura

        Would love to do lunch.

      • Laura

        I love your portrait, by the way.

      • Laura

        Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 at the Four Seasons in DC, would be fine! I'm a dumb-as-dirt independent, however, so I'll only bring my crow if Palin should win. Seriously, you don't believe she should be PRESIDENT, do you? Come on.

      • Laura

        I meant order crow, not bring my crow. My dumb-as-dirtishness is showing again!

    • alan g

      Now we are quibbling over crosshairs and bullseyes. How rediculous can you get.

    • Homer Simpson

      Skank breeding is when I agree with abortion!

    • Slinkiecat

      LOL! Even a liberal news site uses "Crosshairs" as one of its nationally broadcast programs. That's not to mention the Daily Kos who uses crosshairs on pictures of Rep. Giffords (Oops! — They have now deleted it). That is a time-honored business and political statement of zeroing-in on the area they need to target (Oops! another now PC forbidden term). This is getting ridiculous!

      Our country is at war, again defending our liberty. Why do you liberals want to keep chipping away at our liberty and substituting government to take away our expressions that have been used for centuries? Why must you revert to calling every Republican candidate "stupid" without ever knowing how any of them have outsmarted your "brilliant" Democrats, all the way from Gen. Eisenhower through GW Bush? Some of you who offer such comparisons seem to be a whole lot less qualified to judge their intelligence than they are. I may not be brilliant myself, but I do know Sarah Palin is far smarter than the average Democrat voter.

  • zsqpwxxeh

    One blog tactic seen in this very thread is the half-literate/incoherent pro-Palin comment, set up as a strawman for the trolls to attack. "See, she is supported by extremist fanatics, etc." is the seed they want to plant. Target: all you dumb-as-dirt independents, so susceptible to manipulation and bribes. Obama needs 2/3 of you to vote D next year. Let the games begin.

  • Amanda Moserski

    Palin has not declared her candidacy for president but yet the leftists are going on and on about how unsuitable she is for that position. One would think that Plain's detractors and haters would stop their unwarranted critique of her, but they just go on on and on and on in their hatefilled speeches and articles. Their malice, ill-will, and mean-spiritness directed towards her know no bounds. They hate her because she stands for everything they don't. Pro-life, a hands-off governemnt, less spending, less taxation, anti-political correctness. And then she has the audacity to freely and often criticize the leftists' darling, Obama, and his Obamacare and policies. They hate her because she freely speaks her mind and people listen, and they are unable to stop her.

  • adam

    Last I checked, she was MRS. Palin, not Ms. Any reason you are not acknowledging her marriage? I've come to expect this kind of disrespect from the NYT and LATimes, but not here.

    Newsbusters did a piece on this disrespect back before the election: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2

  • M Wright

    Thank God, I get to cancel out your vote I can't believe how crude some of these comments are!!

  • joel knudson

    I think some people are turned off by Palin's Christian faith because it is not manifested by earthly perfection;and I think some people are turned off by her beauty because it is manifested by earthly perfection. After all, "Christians are not perfect,just redeemed",the bumper sticker says.

  • USMCSniper

    Liberal women are totally useless is a factual observation of Ann Coulter. Hillary Rodman Clinton is a total failure at everything she ever attempted and a stupid pathological liar. Whiny Barbara Walters big claim to "diversity" lately is in her book where she says she was f*&king a negro for a year while she was a co-anchor with Harry Reasoner who is way out of her league. Ever since women were granted suffrage in the 1920s, our government has ballooned to astronomical proportions due to liberal women. Liberal women voted for each and every social welfare program that came down the pike, and their male counterpart liberal idol FDR helped fuel the burgeoning government by implementing the NEW Deal era. Obama is our President instead of McCain because they liberal women appear to have a Kim Kardasian syndrome.

  • USMCSniper

    Part 2: All the failed social welfare programs of our history including LBJ's Great Society menace were created with the help of the liberal female vote and with the lesbian liberal femanazi vote. Not only is the liberal female vote detrimental to the growth of America's culture, but an occasional liberal political hack seeks higher office, i.e. Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi. Have we ever seen a liberal woman that was willing to either fight for our military objectives, or one that would actually support any or all of our wars? I think not. Conservative women are the opposite as they realize just how important our military is, and they won't vote to increase our deficit by supporting any of the useless tax burden welfare programs. The greatest female leader our world has ever seen was a Republican in Margaret Thatcher. Sarah Palin is an American version of margaret Thatcher.

    • Questions

      Mrs. Thatcher actually was quite well-read and had plenty of experience in Parliament. When she took over as PM in May 1979, she hit the ground running because she really was ready. Mrs. Palin just doesn't inspire the same kind of confidence. That's especially relevant since I'm not a Brit.

  • Lyndon Johnson

    The Left, and any sane person for that matter, hates Sarah Palin because she's an idiot. Very simple. Dumb article btw.

    • alan g

      Hey Lyndon, Who ever dug you back up, should have let sleeping dogs lie.

    • Slinkiecat

      I guess you also hate the dumb ones who voted for Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Schumer, Kucinich, Ellison, and all the other crazy liberals who are trying to destroy our great country. Stupid is as stupid does.

      At least Sarah Palin would not have sold out our medical care system, our car manufacturers, our oil companies, etc., to destroy jobs and turn us into a socialist nation. The idiots are all on the left.

    • Dan Pet

      Why would you hate someone who is an idiot. That would be mean and petty, right? No one hates someone for being stupid. They have pity for that person. Lyndon, you are a liar.

  • Sam

    Way to keep the liberal vs. conservative bitch-fest alive and well with such an inane article.

    • Stephen_Brady

      It simply brings out folks like you, so that we can see who the enemy (whoops! I used the language of hate and violence, there!) truly is.

  • BLJ

    Liberalism is a mental disorder. Always has been, always will be.

  • ebonystone

    The leftists make much of Palin's supposed stupidity and inexperience.
    In regard to her stupidity: well, she can speak a sentence without faltering and without reading it off a teleprompter; she can pronounce words like "corpsman" properly, and she knows the U.S. is not made up of 57 States. All of these are beyond the ability of our present oh-so-intelligent President. I don't know if she's ever been asked about the meaning of "e pluribus unum", but she could not give any response more wrong than that of super-brain Algore, former Vice-President, failed presidential nominee, and "father of the internet" — he got it exactly backwards. It would be interesting to compare Palin's SAT scores with those of Obama, Biden, and Pelosi.

  • ebonystone

    In regard to her inexperience, she's scarcely the only one with her record:
    She did work in community organizing (the PTA). Obama ditto.
    She was elected to a few terms at minor posts (city councilman and mayor). Obama ditto (as state senator)
    She was elected to, and completed a partial term at a major post (governor). Obama ditto (U.S. senator).
    Inexperience and stupidity seemed to work for Obama, so why not for Palin?

  • http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-portland/allan-erickson Allan Erickson

    Excellent Evan. They also hate her because she is an outspoken Christian. Christians are supposed to shut up, according to the Left. And, they hate her because she poses a direct threat to their political ambitions. ('If you can beat 'em, destroy 'em.') Terrible to realize a Obama launched the campaign against her, and he no doubt encourages it to this day.

  • Ricki Smith

    I worked on the PTA, was elected to a local office, had kids, and married my college sweetheart to whom I'm still married 48 years later. Should I be a national spokesperson on anything? God help us all, should I be President? Please…..enroll in your local community college for "Basic Logic and Politics." If Sarah Palin is the most credible conservative candidate, then conservatives are today's Confederate States of America. She's America's conservative last illusion.

    • Stephen_Brady

      You mean the South will rise again? Cool!

  • BLJ

    Keep drinking the kool-aid Ricki. Palin or not, the conservatives will be poised to take over from Comrade Obama in 2012 (if there is still a country left). Anyone who supports him is a traitor to this great country.

  • Slinkiecat

    Of course it would! Do you recall their insane vitriolic comments against conservative judge Clarence Thomas when he was nominated to the Supreme Court? They view any conservative minority as a "sellout" and seek to destroy, not just defeat, them.

    Condoleezza Rice was the darling of the right, but she declined to run for political office after serving as GWB's Secretary of State because she knew how hateful the left was against conservative black women. She lacked the determination and fire of Sarah Palin, and bowed out. The libs hate conservative women just because they don't need the left to define who they are.

  • Bill

    The saddest thing about this commentary is that author starts so well and ends in such nonsense. Maybe he was trying to be satirical and didn't mean most of what he said, but the tone suggests that he actually believes the nonsense that he spouts.

    I agree that a big problem with many of Mrs. Palin's enemies is that they dislike her because they are told to dislike her. Many of them don't examine the issues and decide where she's right or wrong. They simply decide that she poses some vague threat to what they see as the established order of things. I've also had these kinds of conversations where someone just spouts hatred of Mrs. Palin because hating her and thinking she's stupid is what they think they must do to be one of the "cool kids."

    Of course, I said "many" of her enemies. Others have specific issues on which they disagree with her. I may disagree with them on those issues, but their position is based on their view of the world and follows logically from that viewpoint. Some of these people have the same primal revulsion to her while others just dislike her for the stands that she takes.

    So far, the article is pretty good. Then the author takes a detour into his own twilight zone of ignorant assumptions. For instance, he says that not having kids pretty much guarantees that someone will vote Democrat. I'm a 47 year old bachelor with no kids, and I've never voted Democrat at the national level. The real statistics are that single people vote Democrat by about a sixty to seventy percent mark, but sixty percent is a far cry from a "guarantee" that someone will vote Democrat. He gives a list of reasons why someone would not have kids. They include selfishness, support for the radical feminist or homosexual agenda, and one or two other damning accusations. I'm neither feminist nor homosexual. I guess people are always quick to accuse someone else of being selfish, but at least I'm not selfish enough to have jumped into a bad marriage and produce kids from that marriage. Maybe the right lady will come along some day, but I'm past the age when having kids is good for me or them.

    Among his other baseless accusations is that Democrats are people who have never done physical labor or owned their own business. The disconnect between reality and someone who writes for a living is pretty amazing. In the field of engineering, I've worked with plenty of professionals who have never made their living on physical labor or owned their own business. They are still overwhelmingly conservative Republicans.

    Maybe Mr. Sayet sees Palin haters so well because he sees the face of the same kind of thinking when he looks in the mirror every morning.

  • manonthestreet

    How many of you posted comments work or in some way are membersof the democrat party.
    Everyone above me with a posted hateful comment wants to move to Greece.Bye …

  • wonky

    I honestly hate reading biased articles. Anyone that's so blinded by a certain party doesn't really have the brain capacity to write about grown-up stuff. You see there's much more in social leadership than "having good policies". It comes down to being a natural leader and taking charge- making decisions in the best interest of the people if you will. Palin is fine on some levels, but to put it bluntly, she's can't even make complete sentences and there are people advocating her to run as a presidential candidate. This very idea sickens me because it seems as though any half-wit can make decisions for 307,006,550 people.

    Instead of writing absent-minded dribble in your next article, perhaps you should open your mind a bit more and realize that it's not just about two parties anymore.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Are you aware that all articles regarding politics are biased? It's inevitable. Ifyou truly hate eading biased articles, it's probably time to stop reading …

  • Stephen_Brady

    And you're "not to the left of anything"?

    Did Viper's well-written comments challenge your narrow view of the world?

  • furian

    I love Sarah Palin because:1) She is honest, it is something other decent honest people can connect with. 2) She is a family woman, she can hunt the food, skin it, and cook it up, and raise the babies as well…it's more like she is real, not fake and pathetic like most liberal women I know, she enjoys the little things in life, decent folk connect with that. 3) She is a Solid Christian woman, she doesn't stick it in your face, she lives it because it shines through her heart, God fearing people connect with that. 4) She has started from scratch in a business and made it successful through ingenuity and hard work, wasn't given to her, she went to bed tired yet proud of her day's work, the working person connects with that. 5) She did a great job as mayor, chairwoman, exec, business owner, and governor.

  • furian

    Sarah Palin is a throwback, a throwback to the times when this country used to be great, as we totter on the edge of becoming a banana republic under the lack of leadership Hussein has provided, many of us see the lifeline. It is one that beckons to us, of a nation once great, once proud, once strong, and eager to set the sail right again. The current atmosphere the left engages in producing leads us down a dangerous slope. They are like the Nazi propaganda machine, fabricating hatred for a woman that just doesn't deserve it. If she is attacked from this incitement, I guarantee you all bets are off in civility in this country. I will not be silent, I will not be civil, I will challenge every liberal I come across. Tread carefully in your foul meanderings and cursed blood libel.

  • furian


    for those liberals that want to see what stupid truly is..LOL

    • quacklikeaduck

      This proves nothing for what you are trying to show. He was even laughing at himself because he knew it was a mess of words. He was so fired up about the topic of health care reform that he could not talk straight for a few minutes — very refreshing compared to a certain other person who just plain has no clue what she/he is trying to articulate most of the time, unless prior memorizing and coaching is involved.

      As far as Obama being able to speak well when it really matters, just compare his recent speech in Tucson to a video clip out on facebook that same day. Obama was a human being, Palin was a troll.

  • NickMcAvelly

    I seem to remember America getting all excited about the person who's currently in the job of President coming from a background that was not your traditional route to the top. Apparently coming from a less-than-privileged background was a good thing. And now it's not.

    Apparently working your way through college and getting a degree the hard way isn't good enough to qualify as 'educated' in America. Who decided that? What a slap in the face to anyone who's done so. (Way to get potential voters on your side, btw!) What exactly makes someone who got daddy to pay their tuition fees smarter than someone who worked and studied at the same time, so that they could pay their fees themselves?

  • NickMcAvelly

    It's worth taking a look at this argument about the existence of a 'climate' which promotes violent acts such as the shooting in Arizona. If such a 'climate' exists then it is, by definition, something that is far-reaching and multi-faceted, and which involves many people and many different events. It is absurd to assert that there is a political 'climate' which pervades the entire country, one which has fundamentally altered the nature of political discourse in the USA, which exists only because one politician (actually an ex-politician) used a certain graphic design on some map. A single event is by definition, one thing. A 'climate' is something else entirely.

    Even if one grants for the sake of argument that such a 'climate' exists, then it follows that all the different aspects of that 'climate' would need to be examined in order to say anything meaningful about it. That would involve an honest, fearless examination of the way the mainstream media have treated Sarah Palin since she emerged on to the national political scene.

    Of course that will never happen.

  • NickMcAvelly

    It's worth taking a look at this argument about the existence of a 'climate' which promotes violent acts such as the shooting in Arizona. If such a 'climate' exists then it is, by definition, something that is far-reaching and multi-faceted, and which involves many different people and events. It is absurd to assert that there is a political 'climate' which pervades the entire country, one which reflects a fundamentally altered state of political discourse in the USA, which exists only because one politician (actually an ex-politician) used a certain graphic design on some map. (And which only arose after they did so.) A single event is by definition, one thing. A 'climate' is something else entirely.

    Even if one grants for the sake of argument that this 'climate' exists, then it follows that in order to say anything meaningful about it, all the different aspects of that 'climate' would need to be examined properly. That would involve an honest, fearless examination of the way the mainstream media have treated Sarah Palin since she emerged on to the national political scene.

    And of course, that will never happen.

  • Fnord

    We dont hate Palin, not at all. She is earning her fare as a media-celebrity and promoting her political message at the same time. Fair enough. But we do hate even the very idea that she could become Commander in Chief of the largest military force in the known universe. Sorry.

    • Stephen_Brady

      She's just as qualfied to the Commander in Chief as Obama. Except for the occasional general, like Eisenhower, every President learns "on-the-job". That's why they have the Defense Dept., the Joint Chiefs, and dozens of other military officers to advise them.

    • deek

      I didn't realize she was being considered for President of China since you mention the Chinese military. I'm sorry too. Sorry that your ignorance appears to be rather blissful.

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  • Dan Pet

    And you prove his point. Well done.

  • AL__

    The leftist slugs hate Sarah Palin because she is a PATRIOT.

  • Disaster_Master

    I would love to see an article from either side that omits the words hate, stupid, dumb, intellectual, liar, and any other personal qualifier. Discuss the policies. No one could live up to the standard the media seems to think is required. Who doesn't misspeak, jumble metaphors, make mistakes, etc. If you get down to the root of things, you either agree with the policies or you don't, you decide if you can accept some compromise or not, discuss options and come to some agreement, or not, but this constant barrage of gotcha and personal attacks is in and of itself intellectually lazy. Here is a thought, so you don't like her. Your right. Now why do we have all of this debt and unemployment? Why Is the Chinese leader here disparaging our country and about to dominate the world. Donald Trump made a great statement the other day, we should immediately place a 25% tariff on all Chinese goods. In one swoop that would resolve our debt! No, we continue to just call each other stupid, liars, etc. etc. etc. The point to htis article was that folks just don't get past these personal attacks and look at what is important. We have a world full of bullies not problem solvers. What did bullies do? Pick on the kid with glasses, who stuttered, etc. Ahhhh just random thoughts, back to work.

  • Ken Eliasberg

    Absolutely on the money, Evan – the left peddles nothing but garbage and hatred, while accusing the right of doing such – it's called projection. Great column. Ken Eliasberg

    • quacklikeaduck

      The left and right are 2 sides of the same coin. While you guys trade insults the country is being 'run' by powers that could care less who is in the White House. As long as big business keeps throwing dollars at DC politicians it does not matter about left and right. And Palin would be there holding both hands out if she ever tries to make it to DC, just like all the others before her in the past 40+ years.

  • guest

    Please tell me where the school or college or technical college is located so my child can enroll to be President. Was Obama, Bush, Bush, Clinton, Regan, Lincoln , Ike, Truman graduated from there? I would really like to know it's name and where it is located. A school that will "QUALIFY" you to be President. What a wonderful idea you TWIT!!!!!

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  • hmg

    All the Palin haters posting here need to read Camille Paglia, and her take on Palin.

  • JeremyHeiken

    Why is it so hard to understand that there are many moderates and conservatives out there that do not have any interest in Sarah Palin as a political force whatsoever? The reason being is that she lacks any meaningful skills or intellect. Period. Done. She is a nonstarter as a candidate. She has no resemblance to the ill-fitted narrative assigned to her as part of the 2008 election. My own mother, who has never voted for a Democrat in 60 years of voting, refused to vote for her on the ticket in 2008.

    Peggy Noonan refers to her as a nincompoop in a November WSJ op-ed for good reason (in that she makes absolutely no sense, and she is an offense to anyone with a above average intelligence). Does that make Noonan on the left?

    Clear your head and make a meaningful assessment here.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Are you not aware that there are differences in the conservative movement? Peggy Noonan, whom you seem to respect, is an establisment Republican, meaning that she will probably push for establisment candidates like Tim Pawlenty or Mitt Romney.

      Given my "druthers" (I put the term in quotations so that you will know that I understand that it isn't really a word), Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence, or Marco Rubio would be at the head of the ticket (Huckabee, because I know him, and he's a class act, besides being a conservative with a tremendous ability to articulate his ideas). But I have nothing against Sarah Palin, and believe that a Palin Presidency would benefit this nation infinitely, after four long, destructive years of Obama.

      My head is quite clear, thank you, now that I am years out of the university. Having gained a stake in America, I want what's best for her. Sarah Palin, if she runs and agains the nomination, would be what's best for America for 4-8 years.

  • Colombus

    I like her because she gave a new meaning to the term "bagging you own groceries."

  • Barak Obaaaaaa

    The hate shines through, from the hostile Dems who responded to this very perceptive piece. Seems the call went out on HuffPo and KosKids for a concerted response. LOL!

  • zsqpwxxeh

    Troll saturation effort here. Returning to this thread from yesterday, and it's still going strong in the combox! 25, 8, 27, 13, 38 comments for the other articles; coming up to 250 for this one.

    Now ask yourself: Why? Why would this article attract so much critical attention from the liberals (and conservatives rising to defend it)? The left is utterly obsessed with Sarah Palin. If she were the idiotic, pusillanimous, malicious, irrelevant fool she they say she is, they would just ignore her or indeed promote her candidacy as she would be easily destroyed by the One in 2012. Rationally the only explanation for this mountain of mendacity is startlingly clear: Palin is the Left's Worst Nightmare. She will clean their clocks and they know it.

    • quacklikeaduck

      This blog post was/is for some strange reason on the google news page as a top story for palin. It would be equally strange to have a commondreams article as a headliner on google news page.

  • CJinMadison

    Boy, any article that can so incense the Liberal trolls is okay by me.

    I, too, am baffled by the hatred. It is intense, and it is confounding. If only the average Liberal could express one-tenth of that hatred toward the murderous Islamofascists who are truly trying to destroy this country… or towards the Jarrod Loughners… or towards the impersonal $14T debt! Now, THERE are some things to get worked up about.

    But, seriously… if Palin is so stupid, and shrill, and ignorant, and phony… then let it go. I think Ed Schultz is stupid, shrill, ignorant and phony… but, I can go weeks and weeks and not think about him, discuss him, or blog about him. Amazing…

  • jillosophy

    Here’s another excellent analysis that you all should read:
    January 19, 2011
    Why the Left Hates Sarah Palin
    By Robin of Berkeley

  • quacklikeaduck

    While the illusion of left vs right continues, the good 'ol USA keeps losing ground to other global economic forces. The revolution will not be televised….

  • Ryan

    I don't hate Sarah Palin. I don't like her.
    Most liberals I know don't hate her either. They think she is a bit dingy, but overall not too much of a person to be afraid of.
    Most liberal leaning people I know would have done the same exact thing Palin did regarding her 4th child.
    Sure, their are crazies out there who "hate" Palin because she is a Republican, or ultra conservative (which she is) or because of one of many reasons.
    But most liberals/Dems don't "like" her because she does not represent women very well intellectually. This is common sense. Is she dumb? Certainly not. But a person worthy of being President of the US? Hardly.