Sarah Palin’s Not So Stunning Announcement

Back on May 24, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell slammed The New York Times, much of the media, and Sarah Palin for furthering the always-ridiculous notion that Sarah Palin would run for President. He’s a bit long with his commentary, but O’Donnell deserves props for having said all of this four-and-a-half months ago.

Money quote:

The day that it becomes absolutely clear to everyone who doesn’t already get it, that Palin will never run for President, on that day, she becomes worth half as much—or less—as a reality TV star.
– Lawrence O’Donnell / 2011.05.24

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“You gotta realize there’s consequences to that action”

That’s Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, speaking on MSNBC on March 25 in response to Sarah Palin’s “crosshairs” campaign. Giffords was shot in the head today at an event in Tuscon. 18 were injured; 6 were killed.

Arizonan John McCain defended the gun rhetoric:

I have seen the rhetoric of ‘targeted districts’ as long as I’ve been in politics. … To say that there’s a targeted district or that we ‘reload’ or ‘got back into the fight again.’ Please. … Those are fine. They’re used all the time.”

Only two of the congressmen targeted by Palin went on to re-election in November. One was Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona. Of course, elections aren’t the only means of getting rid of elected officials…

If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.
– 2010 Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle

There are hundreds of examples of this type of rhetoric and imagery from the right over the last couple of years. They’ve also used similar language concerning members of the federal judiciary. (Federal Judge John Roll was killed in today’s shooting Tuscon, though his appearance at the event seemed to have been unplanned.) See Senator John Cornyn’s April 2005 comments.

It’s all sickening.

I’m glued to MSNBC’s continuing coverage. (I’m glad I’ve got my free DirecTV right now. It’s times like this that I most appreciate access to a live television service).

Gabrielle Giffords is considered a Blue Dog Democrat, but she’s also in one of the most Republican districts that a Democrat has managed to hold. She was one of three congressional candidates that Keith Olbermann donated to (and was subsequently suspended for doing so) last cycle, and that’s good enough for me. Yes, it would be tragic if any member of congress were assaulted. But Giffords is a highly-respected member of my party, so it hits me harder than it might otherwise. The accused shooter may not have been influenced by the harsh vitriol from right-wing media. However, this horrific events shines a gigantic spotlight on the political divisions within our country and that one side has been behaving in a far more irresponsible manner than the other. I can only hope this is turning point in how political discourse proceeds in this country.

American Idiot: Deficit Crusader

(h/t Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish)

But Obama’s the one screwing over our grandchildren.

Sarah Palin says President Obama’s proposed 2011 budget is “immoral” because it increases the national debt, which she called “generational theft.”

Palin told the national “tea party” convention Saturday that America’s national debt, which is held largely by other nations, “makes us less free” and “should tick us off.”

By the way, the largest state debt-to-GDP-ration? Former half-governor Palin’s Alaska.

When the former vice presidential candidate resigned as governor of Alaska in the summer of 2009, she left the state with a 70 percent debt-to-GDP ratio — the highest state debt burden in the United States.

American Idiot

[Obama has been] taking so doggone long to get in there, to dive in there and grasp the complexity and the potential tragedy that we are seeing here in the Gulf of Mexico.
– Sarah Palin, 5/23/2010

Palin criticizing Obama for not grasping the complexity of something is like Lady Gaga bashing Mother Theresa for wearing too much makeup.

Spill baby spill

(Photo by J.D. Pooley/Getty Images)

Where’s Half-Gov. Lipstick now? Isn’t she an expert on oil and the environment?

(September 18, 2008)

Didn’t follow that?

Oil (of coal), of course, is a fungible commodity and they don’t flag, ya know, the molecules where, where it’s going to where it’s not but and in the, in the sense of the Congress today they know our very, very hungry domestic markets that need that oil first. So I believe that what Congress is going to do also is not to allow the export bans to such a degree that it’s Americans who get stuck holding the bag without the energy source that is produced here, pumped here, it’s gotta flow into our domestic markets first.

Ladies and Gentlemen…The President of the United States

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The fact that we even know who this person is should be blamed squarely on John McCain, who recklessly insisted a year ago that Sarah Palin was the best choice of a running mate suitable to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. You know all those folks declaring that Obama is a Marxist, a Fascist, or a Hitler? They got their legitimacy when a United States major party Vice-Presidential candidate declared at her rallies that Obama had been “palling around with terrorists”. That health care town hall rage that brought out the birthers and gun enthusiasts had little to do with concerns about health care and everything to do with the fear that American just doesn’t look like it did 30 years ago, that Sarah Palin’s “real” America is gradually fading away.

46% of American voters preferred the ticket with the total nightmare that is Sarah Palin. Whatever you may think of the state of the nation right now, can you fathom, knowing all you know now about former-Governor Palin, an America with a President Palin at the helm?

By the way, the artist who did that portrait has done similar pancake portraits of other personalities, including Barack Obama.

Make It Stop

My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaska’s investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars.
– Governor of the 50th State, for whom English is her first and only language, I believe, and who, despite never having released her medical records, has no known history of stroke or brain injury, and whom 40% of Americans believed to have been qualified to be President of the United State