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Is Michele Bachmann the New Sarah Palin?

January 29, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Based on the simplicity of thought, the profound ignorance and intellectual void, one would have to say that Michele Bachmann is indeed the new Sarah Palin.  But she has other similarities, like her ability to get signficant media coverage – either in horror (MSNBC), flattering (Fox “News”), or most recently CNN showing her entire Tea Party rebuttal to Obama’s State of the Union address that came immediately on the heels of the official Republican Party rebuttal that was delivered by Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Bachmann’s Tea Party stunt reveals that a lot of the Republican Party is both embarrassed and scared by the Tea Party in general, and Palin and Bachmann specifcially.

Consider that prominent elected Republican officials reacted to Bachmann’s appointment to the House Intelligence Committee by calling it like “Jumbo Shrimp.  Oxymoron.”  Or another “Is that a punchline?”  But neither would go on record.

When Jason Chaffetz was ballsy enough to criticize Bachmann for grandstanding with a Tea Party rebuttal in competition with a Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union address, he quickly had to take back his criticism with a press release that came out – get this – from Bachmann’s office.

Representative Joe Walsh of Illinois (a Tea Party favorite) did not back down on his criticism of Bachmann:

“She was out of line. She had no business stepping on the official Republican response to the State of the Union. I can say that to you saying I’m a fan of Michele Bachmann’s. She and I think the same on virtually probably every darn issue.”

The other things Bachmann has in common with Sarah Palin is the ability to rile up the religious right base, and to raise lots of money.  She raised $13 million in her last election to her oponent’s $4.3 million (which would have been considered enormous in other times).

Why do we seem to celebrate ignorance, vapidity and viciousness in this country?  Whether it’s Jersey Shore or Palin or Bachmann, it’s all a part of the coarsening and dumbing down of America.

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Palin Snarks at Obama’s State of Union Address

January 28, 2011 · Leave a Comment

In Palin’s Facebook response to Obama’s State of the Union Address, it seems clear that she is positioning herself for a run at the Presidency.  Given her increasing negatives, this must be a welcome scenario for the Democratic party – the possibility of a well-funded divisive Republican primary.  To date officially non-candidate candidate Romney has raised over $9 million and Palin $5.5 million.

Unfortunately for the gravitas-challenged Palin, she chose to act in her typical churlish and IQ-challenged manner, saying that his “Winning The Future” speech could be best characterized by the acronym formed by the first letters.  Sarah Palin you are ridiculous.  Keep it up!  Seriously, keep it up!  We love it.

Read about it in the LA Times.

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Palin Positioning for Possible 2012 Presidential Run

January 21, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Despite polls showing Palin’s unpopularity at stratospheric levels of 56%, her advisors are continuing to make sure that she is positioned to be able to compete for the Republican presidential primary should she choose to run. 

While most political strategists consider an unpopularity rating over 50% as career-ending, Palin is planning to give tow speeches in the important swing state of Nevada, while her team continues to make overtures to key Iowa activists in that early caucus state.  She is expected to talk about guns to a friendly crowd, and in keeping with her recent speech on the same night as Obama’s speech at the Arizona memorial for the Giffords shooting tragedy, one of her speeches will be next Tuesday – the same night at President Obama’s State of the Union speech.  Clearly she is trying to get news coverage on the same night as the President, setting herself up as an equal alternative to the President.

Other Republicans who are clearly also positioning themselves for a the Republican primary include Mormon Multi-Millionaire Mitt (Romney), Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Let the games begin!

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Stephen Colbert “Nails It!”

January 20, 2011 · Leave a Comment

 

As is so often the case, Stephen Colbert has said it best in his mock rebuke of “Morning Joe” cohost Mika Brzezinski:

“Mika, you need to buck up.  I know you think this story has no purpose other than keeping Sarah Palin’s name in the headlines for another news cycle.

I know you think she has nothing to offer the national dialogue, and that her speeches are just coded talking points mixed in with words picked up at random from a thesaurus.

I know you think Sarah Palin is at best a self-promoting ignoramus, and at worst a shameless media troll who will abuse any platform to deliver dog whistle encouragement to a far-right base, that may include possible insurrectionists.

I know you think her reality show was pathetically unstatesmenlike, and at the same I know you think it represents the pinnacle of her potential, and that her transparent desperation to become a celebrity so completely eclipsed her interest in public service so long ago that there would be more journalistic integrity in reporting on one of the lesser Kardashian’s a#& implants.

I know, I know that when you arrive at the office each day you say a prayer that maybe, just maybe, Sarah Palin will shut up for just ten f*&cking minutes.

I know, I know because I can see it in your eyes.

But guess what Mika, that’s the gig.  It’s only January of 2011 kido.  You still have at least two years ahead of you.  You want to stay in this game you dig deep.  You find another gear.  You show up to work every day, get your hair and makeup done.  You slap on a smile.  You get on T.V., and repeat what Sarah Palin said on Hannity last night right into the lens.  You know, news. 

I have faith in you kid, you can do it.  I’ll see you in New Hampshire.  I’ll buy.”

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Bad Polling Data for Sarah

January 19, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Sarah Palin got more bad news this week when two polls measuring favorability/unfavorability ratings were released.  In both polls Palin’s unfavorable ratings went up significantly as compared to before the mid-term elections, while favorable ratings ticked down slightly.  Overall Palin has between a 15 and 20 point unfavorable gap.

CNN/Opinion Poll:

Unfavorable = 56%

Favorable = 36%

USA Today/Gallup Poll:

Unfavorable = 52%

Favorable = 38%

These poll results underscore how badly Palin fumbled her reaction to the criticisms following the Arizona shooting tragedy.  It seems clearer than ever that Palin is not electable.  I believe she will toss her hat into the ring for President in order to maintain a national presence, keep her speaking fees high, and ensure a seat on the gravy train she was able to obtain after McCain’s hasty choice of Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate.  Palin can still inflame and energize the base – white, rural, older Christian voters who are afraid, and in the words of the Tea Party “want our country back” from the multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-religious (and areligious) reality. 

Sadly, despite these numbers, we are likely to have to suffer more of Palin’s brand of demagoguery and her confident assertions despite her lack of intelligence and understanding of the core issues of the day, her lack of ability to appeal to citizens outside her core constituency, and her unelectability.  The Republican party would do well to come up with a strategy to neutralize her ability to make the primary so bruising as to harm their ultimate candidate.

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On Hate

January 18, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Given the national grieving over the shooting tragedy in Arizona and the healthy resulting discussion on the tone of political discourse, I thought it worthwhile to talk about running a site like hatepalin.com.

When this site was first launched, I received a lot of comments about it being inappropriate to hate anyone (including from my mother).

Let me be perfectly clear: we do not condone violence of any kind against anyone based on their political beliefs.  You will not see here hyperbolic screed designed to inflame readers.  You will not read violent or militaristic metaphors when describing Sarah Palin or the battle with her ideas.

What we hope you see is the bright light of truth, thoughtfulness and intelligence applied to what we believe are naive, simplistic and wrong-headed policies and approaches to life and politics.  As we said on our “About” page from the start, we don’t really HATE Sarah Palin, but we do hate her policies and what she stands for, and we think that her points of view are not only inconsistent with a healthy democracy, but are simply bad for America.

We will continue to collect tidbits that highlight Sarah Palin’s interaction with the world and why we think she is bad for America as long as she has a national stage which amplifies her radical views.  But please always remember that while we hate Palin the political operative, we bear no hard feelings toward Sarah Palin the person.  We actually wish her well.  Just not on the national stage.

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Tone-deaf Palin’s Political Future in Peril

January 18, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Yesterday Palin gave a live interview to Sean Hannity on Fox News which revealed both how politically tone deaf she is, and he reactions from within the GOP demonstrate that she is on the outs with most of the leaders of that party. This incident shows starkly why she does not have the political intelligence for a role in national politics.

Palin was very quickly dragged into the national discussion about how the divided and rancorous tone of political discourse might cause unstable people to acts of violence following the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and others in Arizona. She waded in full force, but instead of rising above the argument that her words (and maps with crosshairs, and frequent “reload” messages) should be held partially responsible, she made it all about Sarah Palin. That’s all she knows how to do.

So she played the victim of powerful media, someone who was being silenced. She even chose to release a poorly timed video statement on the very day that President Obama gave a widely praised speech about unity and the national character. But Sarah’s speech was all whine and victim and playing to her base. It did not reach out to the whole nation, it reached back to her base.

She also accused her critics of participating in blood libel a reference that was both incorrect in its application and deeply offensive to Jewish people.

But Sarah had some time for introspection and good advice.  She could have anticipated questions – even from the friendly Hannity/Fox News corner – and prepared for them.  But it did not appear that she did any of those things.  Predictable questions were fumbled with inadequate answers.  She came across as defensive, angry and whiny.

At a time when even Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck seemed to sense the mood of the nation and make conciliatory gestures toward healing and unity, Sarah Palin continues to attack her critics and seems to miss the greater themes brought out by the Arizona tragedy.

Following her performance on Hannity many normally supportive voices within the GOP are distancing themselves from Sarah Palin.

Business Insider even published a piece titled “It’s Time to Bid Goodbye to Sarah Palin’s Presidential Ambitions.”  We can only hope.

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Why Palin Will Never Be President

January 13, 2011 · Leave a Comment

Did you see both the pathetic 7 minute segment posted by Sarah Palin and President Obama’s speech on Wednesday, 1.12.2011?
Please watch these back to back.

I’ll give you my summary:
Palin – Insensitive to the moment; inappropriate use of “blood libel” to describe her perceived persecution by critics following the Arizona tragedy; revealing a self-centered egotism that can only comment on something in terms of herself; attempts to defend the current vitriolic tone of political discourse by reaching back to the 18th and early 19th centuries where differences were settled by pistol or sword duels. In a word, pathetic. We see why she’s a quitter and will never be President. Her handlers, who decided this was the moment she should choose to speak out, should be charged with political malpractice.

Obama – Rising above the political; combining a subtle combination of honor, challenge to be our better selves, and a call for unity; holding out compassion and hope.

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"Talk From The Hand" – Sarah’s Lesson in Hand Writing?

February 9, 2010 · Leave a Comment

As if we needed any more proof that Palin is a bad flashback to the popular-but-not-that-bright-and-mean-spirited-high-school-cheerleader we all knew, we have the video from her speech to the “National Tea Party Convention” and subsequent interviews where she referenced notes written in ink on the palm of her hand.

Besides being horribly unprofessional (perhaps it was, as Jon Stewart noted, a way to claim the populist position against all those fancy people who use “memory”), it was awfully ironic – nee hypocritical – since she had just excoriated Obama for using teleprompters.

To top it off, the words she had written were hardly difficult point to remember. She had written: “energy, tax cuts, lift American spirit.” That’s the stuff of oratory for the ages.

Sarah – how’s that stupid-y bush-league-y foot-in-mouth-y thing goin’ for ya?

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Palin set to be trapped in rubble of Tea Party Convention collapse

January 30, 2010 · Leave a Comment

As reported on hatepalin.com previously, Palin has agreed – and now reaffirmed – her commitment to speak at the first Tea Party Convention.  The convention, however, is in disarray.  The for-profit organization who is pulling the convention together is anything but a recognized leader in the nascent movement.  The convention itself is under fire from all sides, including other tea party factions who are abandoning ship faster than abstinence pledge teenagers on prom night.  Reports of massive numbers of unsold tickets, unfilled sponsorships put the financial footing of the convention in doubt.  The convention is set to start on Thursday, February 4th.  The financial condition of the convention places doubt on the ability of Palin to collect her speaking fee, widely reported to be $100,000 or greater.

Here’s the summary printed in mainstream news aggregator The Week.

Tea Party ‘scam’: Is Palin in?

Just days away, the first national Tea Party Convention is collapsing under a cloud of scandal. Will star speaker, Sarah Palin, jump ship?

 Will Sarah Palin help keep the Tea Party movement alive? (James Leynse/Corbis)

Best Opinion: Right Wing News, Melissa Cloutier, Mother Jones…

After organizers snagged Sarah Palin to headline the first national Tea Party Convention, the event’s success took on an air of inevitability. Since then, however, critics across the political spectrum have attacked the convention (scheduled to unfold Feb. 4 in Nashville) as a money-making “scam,” a disorganized “debacle” and — with its “lavish” lobster dinners and pricey tickets — a betrayal of the movement’s populist stance. Now, citing ethics concerns, other key speakers are dropping out, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, and all eyes are on Palin. So far, Palin is sticking by her commitment, for which she’ll reportedly be paid $115,000, even as the event threatens to collapse: “You betcha,” she said yesterday, “I’m going to be there.” Will she get out while she can?

No, she’s in too deep: At this point, “even if Palin would like to walk away” she can’t, says John Hawkins at Right Wing News. Without Palin, “the whole convention falls apart…and a lot of good people would be disappointed.” That’s why she’ll show, not just — as some critics charge — because she wants $115,000. Palin’s made it clear she won’t profit from the event, even if she’s been “a little fuzzy” about where exactly the money will be going.
“The problem with the Tennessee Tea Party Convention”

Palin must expose this scam by dropping out: This corrupt “ruse” of a convention is destroying the larger Tea Party movement, says grassroots organizer Tami Killmarx, as quoted by blogger Melissa Cloutier, and loyal Tea Partiers want Palin to expose it. Event planners don’t care about letting rank-and-file Tea Partiers “hear Sarah Palin” speak. They just want to “make money” and “get in bed with the GOP.” Do the right thing, Sarah!
“BREAKING: Tea Party Nation’s Judson Phillips: “I Want To Make A Million From This Movement”

Are you kidding? Palin’s the scammer: Unquestionably, the Tea Party Convention is all about making a profit, says liberal blog Prairie Weather. But don’t think that “taking a lot of money out of the pockets of populist supporters” will “faze Sarah Palin.” Sorry, but “this is what happens when political opportunists” like Palin “take over” a “loosely structured, loud, and naive” political movement “largely made up of people who proudly reject fact and reality.”
“Tea Party embarrassment and opportunity”

Maybe she should just call in ‘sick’ to avoid humiliation: The $349 tickets to hear Palin speak are selling very poorly, claims Tea Party activist Anthony Shreeve, as quoted by Mother Jones. For her sake, I hope she finds a way out: “It’s going to be really embarrassing for her to walk into a half-empty room.” Contractually, “she is allowed to send a representative if she can’t make it if she’s sick or something. Maybe she’ll come down with the flu.”
“Sarah Palin’s Tea Party dinner disaster”

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