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Pondering Palin

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by The Bare Knuckled Pundit, Jul 8, 2009.

  1. The Bare Knuckled Pundit

    The Bare Knuckled Pundit Active Member

    May 21, 2009
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    Charleston, WV
    To paraphrase the old Oldsmobile commercial, Sarah Palin ain't your daddy's politician.

    If there were any doubts about the credibility of Palin's claim to being an unconventional pol, they were laid to rest this past Friday. Surrounded by family and friends with a picturesque Alaskan lake as her backdrop, the self-styled maverick announced not only would she not seek re-election to a second term, she would resign as Governor of Alaska with 18 months left in her freshman one.

    Catching the political world completely off-guard while turning in a classic Palinesque performance, the former beauty pageant queen-cum-mother of five-cum-Governor-cum-former Republican vice presidential nominee-cum-grandmother of one cheerfully interlaced sports metaphors with condemnations of her detractors and antagonists. In a meandering and disjointed statement, Palin assured supporters that while she was leaving public office, she would nonetheless continue to fight for the issues near and dear to her heart - energy independence, family values, minimal government and a strong national security. Serving not only as the foundation of her policy agenda, they were also the focal points of her stump speeches during her ultimately unsuccessful run for the vice presidency alongside Republican presidential hopeful John McCain.

    Many view McCain's choice of Palin as his running mate as the political equivalent of raising Lazarus from the dead. Though many in the media and punditocracy dismissed the mother of five as an inarticulate rube and hapless hillbilly, her selection solidified the Republican base while reestablishing McCain's bona fides as an independent-minded maverick. In the process, the resulting media and internet frenzy sparked by McCain's unexpected choice temporarily put the Republican ticket back into the electoral game. A game that up until then had been dominated by Democratic nominee Barack Obama's political home runs accompanying what appeared to be a pitching shut out of his Republican rival. Having unified the conservative base, Palin then proceeded to electrify it with her magnetic personality, brilliant smile, gleeful combativeness and unapologetic defense of family, God and country. Proudly on display during her resignation announcement, these qualities have underpinned her ability to remain in the media spotlight and the hearts of Conservative activists since the November electoral loss.

    Covering a laundry list of reasons for her unexpected departure, Palin highlighted mounting legal and administrative expenses for both taxpayers and her family. Incurred in the defense of a series of seemingly unending ethics complaints against the first term Republican governor, the Palin family's legal bills are estimated at roughly $500,000. Many speculate that the economic and emotional costs of repeatedly fending off allegations of impropriety and corruption were major factors in Palin's decision to leave office 18 months before the completion of her term.

    Prior to her announcement, Palin was considered to be among a rapidly dwindling pack of contenders for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Subsequent to it, the media, blogosphere and punditocracy have been a buzz with speculation that the erstwhile beauty pageant queen was less than completely candid about the reasons for her abrupt resignation. With a firestorm and threats of legal action sparked by allegations that the motivating factor was an impending Federal indictment, the FBI took the unprecedented action of issuing a public denial of any investigation of the greatly maligned mother of five and recent grandmother of one.

    Palin's unheralded exodus and sphinx-like reasoning adds to the frustration of her media critics and political detractors. Confounded by her Reaganesque political Teflon-coating and ability to seize the spotlight, their disdain and contempt are palpable as they smirk condescendingly at her conducting an interview in fishing waders. What they fail to see is that Palin's folksiness and common man colloquialism are part and parcel of her appeal. Her genuineness and candor befuddles those who speak through politically correct filters. When one changes their personality to suit the environment much like Palin does in choosing appropriate footwear, they find it near impossible to relate to her or understand her ability to inspire such fierce loyalty among her Conservative base.

    Further complicating the ability of her critics to grasp the Palin phenomenon is the fact that she refuses to fit neatly into their preconceived notions of Conservative women. Among the perplexing peculiarities Palin confronts them with are...

    -She is a successful woman that places her marriage and family as the centerpiece and foundation of her life. Standing in stark contrast to hard-nosed feminists that believe marriage is legalized slavery; Palin speaks glowingly of her high school sweetheart husband, saying “….two decades and five children later he’s still my guy.”

    The mother of three “strong and kindhearted” daughters, a son in the Army about to deploy to Iraq and a “perfectly beautiful baby boy” with Down’s syndrome, Palin’s life is a testimony to women’s ability to have a full home life while at the same time experiencing career success. Palin’s life boldly says to women, “You can have it all and not feel guilty or incomplete.”

    -“Family values” are more than just a campaign slogan to Palin; they are a way of life. When prenatal testing disclosed that baby Trig had Down’s syndrome, Palin carried on with the pregnancy nonetheless. Informed by her strong religious convictions and anti-abortion beliefs, the Palin family celebrated the birth and the “unspeakable joy” that God had granted them.

    -She destroys media and Liberal stereotypes of Conservative women as either shrill shrews or hapless hillbillies. Neither Ann Coulter nor Daisy Duke, Palin is confident without being boorish; intelligent without being arrogant; principled without being archaic and despite David Letterman's best attempts to portray her otherwise, sexy without being cheap, tawdry or cartoonish. Palin’s style and image says, “Conservatives can be cool, sexy, intelligent and successful all at once.” She is the 21st Century version of the 70's "Charlie" perfume girl. In a word, she is dangerous. Still.

    Regardless of where Palin ultimately lands, be it on the lecture circuit, behind the microphone of a syndicated radio show, the anchor desk at ESPN, hosting her own television talk show or news journal, in the glossy pages of Playboy, or the white oval walls of an office at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, a few things are certain. She will continue to beguile throngs of passionate Conservatives, confound and irritate legions of Liberals and will invariably surprise all of us in her own unique, unconventional, mavericky way just by being true to herself and who she is regardless of what anyone else may think.

    What's that sound in the distance, faithful readers? Oh yes, that's the sound of Sarah marching to the beat of her own drum. You betcha!

    Stay tuned for further updates as events warrant and we see what next accomplishment the moose-hunting mom from Wasilla eventually adds to her impressive and growing resume.
  2. pocketfullofshells

    pocketfullofshells Well-Known Member

    Jan 17, 2008
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    land of 10,000 lakes and 2 senators again
    its true she is not, my dad who voted McCain...said she was a idiot and hated her....come to think of it, never did find out, he almost changed votes do to her, maybe he did ....doubt it, but maybe
  3. Pandora

    Pandora Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2008
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    The people's republic of Eugene
    Great post!

    ASPCA4EVER Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2009
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    Land of the JAYHAWKS-ROCK CHOCK Jayhawk, KU
    GOD FORBID...most of those people were able to carry on a discussion when seated in front of an interviewer...they just weren't intelligent and insightful while reading from a well written/well practiced speech.
    If you are going to totally ignore the GOP base and 'MAVERICK' your way through the political process, this would beg the question of 'WHY', why would you just not register as an INDEPENDENT and go your own way...march to your own drummer??? Oh, that right, she 'USED' the republican plat form to get elected to those seats prior to landing the Governors job...hmmm
    It would be fair, I believe, to look at the total number of days that she was in the Governors Mansion actually working...before you provide her with more accolades.
    Yep, turning that 'SURPIRSE BOMB SHELL' into a 'DISNEY LAND' resignations/media hyped moment without reaching out to any other of the top GOP base was questionable and thoughtless for the masses that supported her...but very telling for her 'MAVERICK PESONALITY'. WHY, WHY, didn't she look into her own registered party for support and ideas??? So she wanted to bail out...so just stand up there and tell the entire world that "I'm done and I'll not run for re-election"...black / white, plain and simple...but that meandering/helter-skelter filled, why I'm leaving and why I've decided was as off topic/confusing as most of her one-on-one interviews...and she wrote that farewell speech!!! LMAO
    Too true on this we will agree...and it wasn't until I did the RESEARCH and read some more about this 'UNKNOWN MAVERICK' that I found her credentials to be very lacking and questionable...but then nobody called me to ask my opinion...LOL And it was the 1 thing that shot life back into his poll numbers and she managed to pull/ignite the masses more then any 1 thing that John McCain was attempting to do on his own!!! WHY...did that surprise you? John's boat was sinking and needed a plug for that boat!!! Who knows whether or not a different candidate would or wouldn't have had the same impact???
    WOW...you make her sound so, well so 'magical'...yet when she has to speak and doesn't have the well practiced/well rehearsed paper to read from, she's as difficult to understand and makes many, many thoughtless rambling verbal errors {this last hand written speech was exactly the way that her thought processes work...befuddled/obfuscatative/meandering...yet perky and smiley at the same time} ;)
    Yep, that was some looooong drawn out reasoning and she is still explaining all of those points that were so confusing and befuddled from her first 'FAREWELL AMERICA' speech! LOL
    Yet, you seem to intentionally ignore the places that she became her own worst enemy and provided the weapons/verbal backlash that the questioning public had the right to ask...WTH did she mean and WTH was she talking about. Her constant 'make a statement' and then have to be interviewed numerous other times to explain that explanation...happened more often then not...yet her worshipping/faithful/forgive her anything and everything fan club...just keep overlooking those finite negative flaws of SARAH PALIN. She was gored by her own PETARD!!! LMAO
    Well is certainly helps to be able to make a point without the multiple re-interviews to explain your answers...but then I enjoy a well spoken/factual speaker that doesn't come across as a 'tent revival preacher' that works the crowd up into hysteria and feels so good at the time but when they leave the tent wondering, WTH did she mean???
    <<deleted the rest due to the sticky/sweet/platitudes that just are sooo over the top>>
    WOW, do you think that she'll change party affiliations and try to become an INDEPENDENT...because I'm not so sure that the GOP will be supplying the $$$ nor the band to that parade...she may be playing to the sound of crickets and utter silence...well except for those blind/deaf/dumb who can't to do the research and would rather choose to be lead around by their nose instead of their logically thinking/factual thought processes!
    Yep, yes indeed that media hound won't just be able to walk away into oblivion...she absorbs the spotlight much as with a 'BLACK HOLE'...things go into that cranium and they just don't come out the other side!!! :D:D:D

    I will venture a guess...that while a simple minded one could draw the dots between a Governor that quits before the job/term is completed...to the current elected president, who chose to run for presidency before his Senate seat/term was up...{there is one around here who managed to complete that 'magic marker' connection} There is nothing farther from the reality of these two elected officials...yet, the simple minded are quite often confused by facts and bedazzled by the loud rantings and confused posters too!!!

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