Saturday, July 04, 2009

Picking Up Her Marbles

If death comes in threes, and political deaths are no exception, who's next after Sanford and Palin?

We'll see if she's born again, either in 2012 or later. But for now her resignation (and her bizarre announcement of it) confirms how much was at stake for this country last November. The months since have not gone well for her, and in that sense her quitting is a desperate and understandable attempt to stop the clock. Do it now, while some still think of her up on that stage in Minnesota -- fresh, composed, and articulate. This is a politician who does not age well. In American political history at the national level, has any figure ever been simultaneously so charismatic, fascinating, frustrating, and terrifying?

As time passed, Palin's appeal exposed some dark undercurrents in the national character, and this will demand vigilance now as her orphaned supporters lash out at those who "brought her down." Frustration and anger were growing on the Right, especially on the fringe, even before she quit. Absent a miraculous upturn in the economy, it increasingly feels like there's some sort of seminal socio-political event brewing out there. Her resignation could hasten that or bring it into sharper focus. It's unlikely to defuse it.


Anonymous KAIMU said...


I think she is a "non-event"!

She was a waste of a vote and her only real appeal was to the female voters, just like Biden was chosen for his "old white guy" appeal! Its pandering ...

I never liked McCain or Palin or OBAMA or Biden ...

Looks like I was right not to vote for any of them!

Keep your "lesser evils" rationale because its not working ... Its simple ... ITS NOT WORKING!

7/04/2009 12:19 AM  
Blogger CMike said...

Huey Long.

7/04/2009 6:37 AM  
Anonymous SoCal Bill said...

"a miraculous upturn in the economy" will only make them more crazy. Their only hope is Obama failing miserably. My prediction for the next 3 to 7 years is these people drowning in their own bile. The best course of action is not to be nearby when they go off...

7/04/2009 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found her scary last fall, and I find her even scarier now. As a Dem, I know we dodged a bullet when Edwards didn't go far in the primaries. As a citizen, the country dodged a big one when we didn't get her as our VP.

7/04/2009 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spent the fall attacking Obama and the spring crying about being attacked.

total Christianist D.B.

7/05/2009 9:55 AM  
Anonymous RW said...

In Palin's case I buy the argument that she has decided the money is better and its acquisition less complicated on the talk and book circuit; if that is the case then dumping the current gig now before her national brand erodes further makes sense, never mind the reasons she gave.

That there are folks who claim to see Palin as better (or at least no worse) than a thoughtful and analytic politician such as Obama does not speak well of our education system but perhaps does help explain our declining status as a nation.

7/05/2009 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's now Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter rolled together, like a massive wad of $1000 bills.

Like Limbaugh, and Coulter, and pornography,and Mexican drug lords, she'll keep the cash registers ringing because our country gives these people a market. We seem to want and need them more than they need us.

If we, as a country, make another vacuous blowhard rich, put another narcissist at the top of our pyramid, is this really about them, or us?

7/05/2009 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our proliferating losers and declassed petit bourgeois only need a leader. If they've got one they don't need votes, they don't need funds, they don't need the RNC - they're an unstoppable movement. Why not Palin? It isn't that hard to lead a howling mob toward revenge. She can do it.

7/05/2009 11:49 PM  
Anonymous KAIMU said...


The fatal error 99% of US Voters make is waiting for the "elected" to CHANGE. That has been a fools bet since Hoover and FDR ... like "Waiting For Godot"!

Instead WE THE PEOPLE need to CHANGE ... Imagine the "audacity"?

7/06/2009 3:35 AM  
Anonymous Inthon said...


Right as always.

7/06/2009 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


7/06/2009 3:08 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

I am honestly wondering if there's not some personal crisis going on. I'm no fan of the woman, but she sounded as if she was on the verge of panic, which seems out of character for her.

I hope I'm wrong and she's just doing it for the money.

7/06/2009 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In American political history at the national level, has any figure ever been simultaneously so charismatic, fascinating, frustrating, and terrifying?

Lot of people didn't like FDR.

7/07/2009 8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lot of people didn't like MLK either.

7/07/2009 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Father Coughlin.

7/07/2009 8:28 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I posted something along these lines last night - what does how close she got to the Presidency say about this country?

Looking forward to your return to posting.

7/07/2009 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seen Palin's latest interview? She is not charismatic, fascinating, frustrating or terrifying. She is S-T-U-P-I-D!

7/07/2009 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palin? It's all about using the moment, or anything else, to make money.

Next? Maybe watching this might help: Political Party Time

Otherwise, Nevada's John Ensign. Although, how much do you think David Brooks would take to, name names, (A Republican Senator 'Had His Hand On My Inner Thigh' For A 'Whole' Dinner Party).

7/10/2009 9:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin is a colossal waste of time. She makes lots of noise to draw attention to herself, but she's a disaster for the country. No doubt, like Limbaugh, she can make a lot of money at the expense of the country. If she didn't look "pretty" she would not be getting the attention she is, which is a sad commentary on our country's priorities. It's too bad the real Alaskan voice is not being heard.

Is there anyone doing this kind of reporting:

"Keeping the Spotlight on Lobbying Outrages and Economic Hard Times"

"I'm pleased to announce the launch today of two new HuffPost features designed to keep the spotlight on two vital stories: the overwhelming role that lobbying is playing right now in undermining reform (of Wall Street, energy, and now health care), and on the full extent of the economic hardship caused by the ongoing downturn."

7/11/2009 1:18 PM  
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The fatal error 99% of US Voters make is waiting for the "elected" to CHANGE.

7/12/2009 2:28 PM  
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