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Adios Sarah Palin

Original post made by A Boomer on Jul 27, 2009

Sarah Palin's inauspicious departure speech from the Alaska Governorship is yet one more nail in her political coffin. Petty, rambling, support the troops rhetoric with no clear larger message behind it.

I called her a bottle rocket last summer, and I stand by that characterization. The woman is a light weight mentally, has limited true experience in government, and no coherent point of view.

The convervative movement needs to have some people who can craft a point of view which has integrity and an appeal to those who vote, not those that listen to Rush. Palin ain't it.

Comments (30)

Posted by Donald, a resident of Stanford
on Jul 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Palin is a quitter. Good riddance.


Posted by ten18, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 27, 2009 at 7:21 pm

The Republican Party needs to fulfill its purpose as the opposition party, not as a mirror to the Democrats. The "Party of No" needs to step up and say "No" to Dear Leader Obama, who apparently hasn't heard that word too often in his life. If Sarah Palin remains on the fringes attacking BHO's policies, she will fulfill her purpose.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Whistling past the graveyard, eh, Bucky?


Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 27, 2009 at 8:46 pm

Palin gave a remarkable farewell speech to her fellow Alaskans. Truly remarkable!

It is worth listening to, in its entirety ( Web Link )

I don't know if she used a teleprompter, but she sure did't show it, like Obama does. She is so much smarter than Obama and Biden.

Palin was a huge benefit for Alaska, both in practical and ideological terms.

Good job, Sarah, and good luck, going forward.


Posted by Just Musin', a resident of University South
on Jul 27, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Will she lose her view of Russia now?


Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm

"Will she lose her view of Russia now?"

Assuming that her eyesight has not faded, she will still be able to see Russia from Alaska. In fact, anybody with normal eyesight could do the same.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 27, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I pray to God every night that Palin wins the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, 2016, 2020, etc.. She should make Rush her VP running mate.


Posted by Just Musin', a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm

"Assuming that her eyesight has not faded, she will still be able to see Russia from Alaska."

Really? I thought that was only a Tina Fey line.


Posted by Sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 27, 2009 at 10:40 pm



Palin is now a spokeswoman for the Culture of Life.

She will support like minded Republican candidates and write a book, I hope she makes a lot of money from it.

I believe she has decided not to run herself in any presidential elections
The left just got a clown can get elected Senator from Minn, where are the howls of derision ?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2009 at 2:06 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

People who can differentiate reality from SNL tend not to vote reality. Reality ain't cool.


Posted by The real sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2009 at 4:57 am

Palin has been and always will be a quitter--didn't she quit 5 or 6 colleges before she finally eked out a degree.
She will soon be forgotten and will end up working at the cosmetics counter at the Wasilla Wal Mart--she had her moment in the sun and now she is toast.
unfortunately, Sharom chooses to parrot the words of the senator from Oklahoma with regard to Al Franken--he was democratically elected by the people of Minnesota--why does Sharon not respect that decision. Why does she think there should be "howls of derision"? I did not realize that only people who pursued certain careers were allowed to be elected to public office.


Posted by Feignapalinism, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2009 at 6:41 am

"Assuming that her eyesight has not faded, she will still be able to see Russia from Alaska."

"Really? I thought that was only a Tina Fey line."

Nope, it's a true Palinism. Web Link 12-second YouTube clip. What made Tina Fey's portrayals so hysterically funny was that many of her lines were recited verbatim.


Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 28, 2009 at 7:40 am

I know Palin drives liberals, especially women, crazy with jealousy, but I find it especially amusing that they got on her case for making a true statement about being able to see Russia from Alaska. The joke is on them.


Posted by The real sharon, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2009 at 8:32 am

No, Gary, the joke is on you and Sharon. Palin played you perfectly and now will cash in with a big book deal and some speaking engagments. Soon the republicans, and many have already, will realize that Plain is an empty suit, without any core convictions or any real brains. She has made you intoa big sucker


Posted by Don't get it., a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

I don't get the Palin obsession. She was a VP canditate. Her side lost, and now she's resigned the obscure small state governership she had. And yet her detractors keep jumping up and down on her political grave, shouting and carrying on, belittling her and her kids (and giving her undeserved prominence thereby.)

Some of her defenders, mostly in response, seem similarly over the top in their support of her.

I didn't vote for her ticket, and I can't imagine voting for a ticket she's on. But I don't give her a second thought now that the election is ovr except when I come across one of the Palin hater obsessives - like those in this thread.

Can somebody explain to me the fascination you guys have with Palin. I don't get it.


Posted by WilliamR, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:25 am

The joke isn't that she could see Russia from Alaska, the joke is that that capability was her foreign policy credential.


Posted by Just Thinkin', a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2009 at 11:35 am

Question---
If Madame Hockey Mom was turning over the reins of Alaska government to the new governor, why wasn't she at least in the capital city?


Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:04 pm

The fascination with Palin is that she is hot, has a large family (and loves having it), has a man that loves her and vice versa, has a very successful political career, beat the gld ol boy establishment in Alaska, succeeded in clearing the way for a major pipeline that had been stalled for years, kills her own food with guns and...perhaps above all, she knows how to get along with men. This description does not fit a single leftie female that I know of.

Her foreign policy stances are far superior to those of Biden, her direct opponent, and vastly superior to Obama, who is a complete novice.

To put it directly, it is jealousy. Lefties, especially women, cannot compete with her, so they trash her. This jealousy works in her favor, because it keeps her in the limelight.


Posted by Perspective, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Gary, I agree. The obsession with Palin by the left is akin to the playground bully keeping his eye on the one he knows is a threat to his reign of terror.

Palin stands for everything the leftists hate...courage, ( no whining victim here!), faith, guns, a verifiable history of donating time and money, a traditional family, a wedding certificate, traditional upbringing, lots of kids, belief in all life, money-where-her-mouth is ethics, a disabled kid she CHOSE, worked her own way through college and up the political ladder with no affirmative action or leftist help, small town background, gorgeous and female, a smile, optimism, a belief in all that is good about this country, and a belief that each person in this country has an inherent right to be free from government control, "compassionate" or not.

She is the antithesis to the velvet chain mentality of the left.


Go Palin!!


Posted by Palin fantasy, a resident of Stanford
on Jul 28, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Gary and perspective have come up with a fantasy version of palin since the real one has been a bust.


Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm

"Gary and perspective have come up with a fantasy version of palin since the real one has been a bust."

Well, I dunno...I just stated facts about her. Please be my guest, and refute my statements. She is hardly a bust, since she is still under your skin. BTW, she can, indeed, see Russia from Alaska, since there is only about two miles between the two.

I welcome the Palin haters to keep it up...it only helps her. The leftist elites simply cannot understand this. It reminds me of Mary McGrory, the Washington Post liberal columnist, who, after the landslide victory of Reagan, said (words to the effect of), " How could this happen? I don't have a single friend who voted for him!". Reagan went on to win the cold war, without her help.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 28, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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Posted by Palin fantasy, a resident of Stanford
on Jul 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm

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Posted by samuel, a resident of Stanford
on Jul 28, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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Posted by A Boomer, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm

She is an intellectual lighweight.

Her family values set a confusing example.

Her ability to handle the pressure of the media and others on the 48 is questionable.

She would not even be getting the book deal had she not been tapped by McCain, nobody heard of her prior to last year's convention on the 48.

Nice gal, made some scoundrels get out of Alaska state politics, in over her head beyond that.

As regards Franken as entertainer turned public official, Sharon, Reagan, Arnold, Sonny Bono and several others come from that background. It is a cheap shot, and you should know better


Posted by Gary, a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm

"She is an intellectual lighweight."

That's what was said of Reagan, but he went against the advice of the so-called intellectual heavies, including those on his own team, and won the cold war. That makes him the heaviest of intellectuals in my view.

There are different types of intelligence. Get good test scores, then go to Harvard is one type. Understand the real world is another type. Sarah Palin is of the latter, not the former. So was Reagan. The former rarely understand the real world. For example, FDR was considered a real lightweight by the intellectual elites, even though he was from the elite class, but he got the job done.

Her family values are lived out in real time, and she connects with so many others who travel through the family space. I doubt that they are confusing to real families.

She handled the pressure of the media in spades, and is now on the attack. Atta girl! Listen to her entire farewell address to Alaskans...she is so much better than Obama, who is completely scripted.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 28, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

As I have said before, long after Palin finally leaves the scene, the Midwest will still receive cheap gas from the Palin pipeline. The only thing longer lasting is the debt the other politicians of both parties are buying today's votes with.


Posted by Don't get it, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jul 28, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Wow, you Palin haters really are serious. I still don't get it, but find the obsession curiously fascinating.

I suppose both sides have their share of crazies. The right currently has the birthers - who are smaller in numbers, but every bit as unhinged as the Palin haters. I'm grateful for that. Our politics is getting way too ugly, and if the birther nonsense spreads as far as the Palin-phobia craziness has, I'd start to be worried that there's no sane center left.


Posted by Peter, a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2009 at 7:52 pm

Walter, you tout Palin's pipeline again and again as one of her accomplishments. It's not anywhere near a done deal, and she didn't come up with the idea in the first place. You probably should check you facts, as Politifact (which holds politicians of all stripes accountable) has done. Here's a summary of two of their articles from 2008: "...there's a lot to say for the idea of a natural-gas pipeline of the sort Palin proposed. But she didn't dream up the idea, and she didn't get construction started, as she frequently implies. Alaskan officials and oilmen have seen their hopes for a pipeline dashed for decades; Palin might simply be the latest in that long line."

Here are the articles: Web Link and Web Link

The Alaska Daily News has reported that "...TransCanada has not promised to actually build the gas line, one of the state's grandest and most frustrated economic development dreams. The state license ... is not a construction contract and does not guarantee a pipeline will be built. Rather, it's an exclusive deal under which the state will provide up to $500-million plus other incentives, such as a coordinator to speed up permits, in exchange for TransCanada doing its best to secure the customers, financing, and U.S. and Canadian regulatory clearances."

In addition, the negotiations with the Canadian First Nation tribes alone will probably delay any pipeline for at least ten years, because it will cross their lands and they have some say in whether it will or not.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2009 at 6:09 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Abe did not personally build the transcontinental railroad, either. Palin pushed the project past a critical step. Is it a done deal? Nothing is ever a done deal in the current rejection of public interest period. The straw dog factory is working overtime, lately.


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