September 1, 2008

Little Known Sarah Palin Facts

From the indispensable PalinFacts.com

Sarah Palin knows the location of DB Cooper’s body because she threw him from the plane.

Sarah Palin can divide by zero.

Global Warming doesn’t kill polar bears. Sarah Palin kills polar bears, with her teeth.

Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.

Russia sold Alaska to America because Sarah Palin would not bow to autocracy.

Alaskan wolfpacks give Sara Palin first dibs on their kills.

Sarah Palin will give birth to the man who will lead humanity’s war against the machines.

Sarah Palin drives a Zamboni to work.

Sarah Palin begins every day with a moment of silence for the political enemies buried in her yard.

We'll never know who would win a cage match between Chuck Norris and Sarah Palin because no cage ever constructed can hold her.

The Alaska governor's instant ascent to Frontier Folk Hero explains much of the unhinged rage among Obama supporters. They'd been fantasizing about their genetically nuanced man of the future, their political Tiger Woods, when suddenly they get blindsided by a figure seemingly out of America's buried past, a joyously comic tall tale character in the tradition of Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Annie Oakley, Mike Fink, and Paul Bunyan.

My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer

66 comments:

Dennis Dale said...

That's nothing: Putin saves camera crew from escaped tiger

Anonymous said...

That's right. Palin captures the Republican imagination and puts a face on our vision of the future: a beautiful mom, pro-American, patriotic and competent, against corruption and for individual freedom, with a stable nuclear family with five kids. A hot accent and a familiarity with assault rifles doesn't hurt.

You can almost see Obama cringe from the light. The battle is now joined, we have found our champion.

I am finally ready to giddy up for this election. I couldn't imagine doing it before Palin, but I sent in the max donation to McCain and so did my wife. Three of my friends donated to McCain and we are all going to volunteer. This has re-energized the base in a way that I didn't believe possible.

For the first time in this election, I can see that we have someone who can take the wind out of the media narrative that's built up around Obama. The low-info voter who tunes in late will only react positively to a beautiful mother with Palin's resume, no matter what the media says. Those resentful leftist slanders are just words that dissolve in the face of smiling images.

F*** Obama's vision of a "God Damned America". I say God Bless America and God Bless Sarah Palin. It's on!

SFG said...

Naaah. Obama supporters are pissed because they see the GOP making a smart move and are afraid they're going to lose.

Really, is there any candidate who doesn't get demonized by the other party?

dearieme said...

Yeah, and she runs a patch of real estate only a hundred miles from the Russkies.

Anonymous said...

BWAHAHAHA

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article4641030.ece

“We may be seeing the first woman president. As a Democrat, I am reeling,” said Camille Paglia, the cultural critic. “That was the best political speech I have ever seen delivered by an American woman politician. Palin is as tough as nails.”

...

After Obama’s acceptance speech was wiped from the front pages, even he was forced to acknowledge that she “seems like a compelling person . . . with a terrific personal story”. Republicans are hailing their potential new vice-president as the all-American girl of their dreams.

icr said...

The Alaska governor's instant ascent to Frontier Folk Hero explains much of the unhinged rage among Obama supporters. They'd been fantasizing about their genetically nuanced man of the future, their political Tiger Woods, when suddenly they get blindsided by a figure seemingly out of America's buried past, a joyously comic tall tale character in the tradition of Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Annie Oakley, Mike Fink, and Paul Bunyan.

Seldom have either Dave Barry or Carl Hiassen done better than this.

Anonymous said...

Obama and Biden are already stepping into the trap. They don't know how to deal with this one...and boom, now they're sexists.

Delicious. The media can't easily pull a 180, and they realize it...they pushed the race vs. sex angle during the primaries, about the "history making" aspects of it, not realizing that the Repubs were capable of co-opting this storyline and using it for their own benefit.

The media can't pull a U-turn that quickly...and Hillary isn't going to play ball and hit out at Palin after being snubbed by Barack. BIG problems for Obama/Biden now.


http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/08/31/biden-palins-good-looking/

Joe Biden says there are obvious differences between himself and fellow vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, but they’re not just on policy. She’s good-looking.

“There’s a gigantic difference between John McCain and Barack Obama and between me and I suspect my vice presidential opponent,” Biden said at an outdoor rally Sunday, getting ready to hit the GOP ticket for their economic policies.

“She’s good-looking,” he quipped.

Rohan Swee said...

And the Republican base is rolled once again. Palin isn't running for president, McCain is. Unless Palin's legendary powers include the ability to redeem and reform the half-demented jerk and tool that is McCain, we're still screwed. I'll admit the lady is appealing, and I have to admire the craftiness of whoever dreamed up pulling her out of the hat, but, we're still screwed. As entertaining as it is to watch the Anointed One's proselytes froth at the mouth, we're...still screwed.

Svigor said...

We'll never know who would win a cage match between Chuck Norris and Sarah Palin because no cage ever constructed can hold her.

This last is adding insult to injury, since these were all swiped from Chuck Norris and Find/Replaced.

And Palin's accent can't be sexy if a previous poster here was right about her Minnesota-style accent.

There's nothing sexy about that accent.

WLindsayWheeler said...

McCain is still a loser. The Palin pick was a gimmick just like Obama's $1000 rebate to US families with Oil company profits. This is what democracy is---buying off the electorate.

It is time to return to Monarchy and end these shenanigans.

Furthermore, even though I like Palin, she is a conservative, the place of the woman is NOT in leadership positions. The pick of Palin shows that McCain is NOT a conservative but just another radical progressive. Women do NOT belong in politics nor should be voting. It is all nihilism.

I am still voting "None of the Above".

Skip G. said...

Oh how I wish John McCain and Sarah Palin would win the White House.
It makes me feel good when I think about her and see her, because you are right Steve, she IS a mythic American hero.
I can see her swinging snotty Democrat cynics by the tail like Paul Bunyan taming Timber Wolves.
America does NOT need more soulless self-morphing cyborgs.
We need a red-blooded fearless pioneer woman holding off the bad guys with a flintlock musket and a determined glint in her eye.
Surely she will give the GOP a big boost from voters with families.

travis said...

I'm tired of hearing how, by selecting Palin, McCain is going after "Hillary voters." I'm sure that's true to an extent, but does anyone believe Clinton beat Obama by 40 points in West Virginia and Kentucky because those states are full of Hillary lovers? Many people were not so much voting for Hillary as they were voting against Obama, the media, and the whole SWPL crowd. Palin won't win over feminists, but she will help McCain considerably with rural voters, male or female, in all 50 states.

Anonymous said...

Off topic, but iSteve's favorite actress/"nazi" eugenicist, Jodie Foster, is pregnant with a brand new Uberbaby:

Baby rumours surround Jodie Foster

http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=5&ContentID=95434

Anonymous said...

Exactly right with the frontier stuff. I was thinking the same thing -- I gotta start blogging.

For God's sake, the woman hails from Idaho, longtime in Alaska. Alaskan native (in more ways than one) husband for sure 'rooted' in his community. A passle (sp?) of kids. Man o' schevitz, image-wise at least she is the neocon/neolib/cosmotarian's worst nightmare.

As an aside, someone should remake all those old Wonderful World of Disney versions of American tale tales.

Stopped Clock said...

She and McCain should send a few bucks to Obama's half-brother in Kenya.

Anonymous said...

This is mean but Palin represents the kind of white Republican that Sailer touts on this website - Middle Class, Parochial, Pro-Gun, Christian, non SWPL like.

I've seen several pics of her husband and I can already sense that the "white trash" tabloid stories will be filling up the pages of the Enquirer for the next four years if she is elected. I've never seen a photog of the guys in a suit - jeez. Can't the Republicans do any better.

colle said...

Unhinged rage? I don't think so. Anyone under 35 would laugh at you for claiming that the site is malicious. That site is more of a humor site, modeled off of the Chuck Norris Facts, of which Chuck Norris is a icon in this thing called popular culture.

Anonymous said...

MSM reporting this morning that 17 yr old Bristol Palin is "about 5 months pregnant".

Supposedly this info is being released to the press to end the Sarah Palin mother-or-grandmother rumors.

Yes, teenage Bristol Palin intends to marry the father. And supposedly McCain knew about this Bristol Palin pregnancy. I say bulls@!#.

What drama. What f@!#ing nonsense. There was no real vetting. There is probably an endless number of Sarah Palin scandal eruptions in our national political future. She is looking more and more like the ultimate grasping lunatic social climber.

I bet Sarah Palin has a long trail of lunatic incident coverups behind her. This is a female version of Bill Clinton. Psycho ambition from the hinterland and lots of collateral damage including in her own family.

Thanks, McCain!

miss marple said...

Yes, but will she do anything about this...

IT IS NOW ILLEGAL TO REPORT ILLEGAL ACTIVITY.

Hospital chided for reporting illegal applicant
By ANABELLE GARAY –

"CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) — Maria Martinez' attempt to land a cafeteria job at a suburban Dallas hospital got her arrested, jailed and deported. (Yes, this is called enforcement and it obviously works!)
She did use a counterfeit social security on her application to Trinity Medical Center, but her relatives and supporters wonder whether the hospital overreacted by calling the police. (Hmmm, would they have said the same if I had applied for the job using a fraudulent ID???????)
A spokeswoman for the medical center here contends the hospital was simply following policy and has a responsibility to report criminal activity, including possible identity theft."

...

'"For an employer to go ahead and take it upon themselves ... to report that is unusual," said immigration attorney Kathleen Walker. "There's no obligation on my part to go call law enforcement."
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Carl Rusnok agreed, saying employers and local police typically don't have the training needed to determine whether someone is in the country illegally."

(Woman caught red-handed committing identity fraud but not culpable for her crime b/c she is a latina.)

...


"Immigration attorneys and advocates are concerned that many employers have become overly cautious, to the point that they might be bending or breaking the law.
"When people are being prescreened before a decision to hire is being made, then you could have exposure to discrimination charges," said Walker, an El Paso lawyer and former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association."
(Checking references and using e-verify on identity documents is now discrimination? )

...

"Martinez, a single mother of a 3-year-old son and a teenage daughter, acknowledged buying the social security card for $110 at a Wal-Mart., according to police records. She also had a second social security card and two counterfeit cards stating she was a legal permanent resident.
She had planned to fight the state charge, but after being held in jail for nearly three weeks, she agreed to be deported to Mexico. Her son joined her there.
"She told me to please forgive her," said Martinez' 19-year-old daughter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she also is in the U.S. illegally. "She told me she wasn't strong enough to fight."'(Strong enough to fight the great evil of having to obey the same laws as everyone else? But the Martinez' are special and deserving because they thought it was a good idea to enter a foreign country without documentation, therefore the rules don't apply to them.)


Will our superhero Sarah Palin, right this injustice?

Will she move to disbar lawyers who aid and abet criminal activity by threatening to launch fraudulent lawsuits designed to intimidate employers?

Will she support employers efforts to hire only applicants who are legally allowed to work in this country?

Or will she succumb to the stultifying, decades long barrage of lies b/c it's easier and people will like her?

Is it in fact going to become a crime to report a crime committed by a latino?

Martin said...

"Anonymous said...

That's right. Palin captures the Republican imagination and puts a face on our vision of the future: a beautiful mom, pro-American, patriotic and competent, against corruption and for individual freedom, with a stable nuclear family with five kids. A hot accent and a familiarity with assault rifles doesn't hurt."

There's only one teensy little problem. She's not running for President. John McCain is. Coauthor of McCain-Feingold and McCain-Kennedy. Senator "Im so g*dd*mned righteous, please forget I was one of the Keating-5" McCain. Senator John "I'll build their g*dd*amn fence if that's what they want" McCain.

From what I've seen of her, I like Sarah Palin too. But I expect she'll have as much influence on a McCain administration as Dan Quayle had on the Bush administration. McCain isn't exactly known for being a good listener or for soliciting advice from other people.

Anonymous said...

I always thought that I was a conservative.

But if being a conservative means having to vote for a woman, then I guess that I'm not one.

sj071 said...

Great blog. In regard to little known Palin fact, she has just confirmed that her teenage daughter is pregnant. You can read it here:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article4655895.ece

If America would get over dreaded 'sex issue' it would become a truly great country.

Ronduck said...

5 kids, one with Downs Syndrome, a full time politician and a wife. How does she actually get all of this done? Does she have a nanny, maybe a Dominican or an Eskimo?

Anonymous said...

The Alaska governor's instant ascent to Frontier Folk Hero

You've got to be kidding. A propaganda site comes up with some jokes that even funny and she becomes a folk hero? That's really dumb.

The jokes are perfectly in piece with the stupid cocky-jock mentality of George Bush, the world's laughing stock. If you really want to elect someone hard, do that, not media creature buffoons like Bush or Palin.

This election really doesn't make anyone respect Americans. Instead of electing whoever you think will make the best President you want to elect an completely imaginary embodiment of your 'values'.

I'm kind of surprised at people here calling Palin beautiful. She's not bad looking for her age, but beautiful is kinda stretching it. For what it's worth, I think Michelle Obama is better looking.

Anonymous said...

Given the speed of developments in this pregnancy scandal, Palin may soon morph from a frontier folk hero to white trash.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I think Michelle Obama is better looking.

No one can accuse Steve of not having a diverse readership.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin has 5 kids and her 17 year old daughter has a bun in the oven.
Hats off to 'em, them Alaskan girls sure know what their uteruses are for!
According to one of Steve's tables from '04, doesn't Alaska have the 2nd or 3rd highest fertility rate?

-Vanilla Thunder

Born Again Democrat said...

It's surprising to me how many commenters here are opting for McCain because of Palin. As if McCain's "Invade the world, invite the world" policies were any better for the fact.

Glen Loury suggests Palin is intended to be a "poisoned pawn," whose intent is to shift the discussion to God and Guns and the issure of experience, and away from the themes Obama prefers.

Obama isn't biting, however, even if his more deranged left-wing supporters are. Might this be an opportunity for him to do a Sister Soulja on his lunatic fringe?

Meanwhile, Palin is vulnerable on the issues of her honesty and integrity: she supported the bridge to nowhere to the very end, and thus told a whopper at the outset. And apparently she lied about not putting pressure on the official she later fired for not firing her sleazy brother-in-law. This is the subject of an ongoing investigation that was unanimously approved by the Alaska legislature.

Finally, Palin is stonewalling on the e-mails that relate to this latter charge, in contradiction of her pledge to run an open and transparent administration.

These are valid chinks in her armor, which if exploited skillfully will reflect poorly on McCain's judgment in choosing her in the first place.

The fact of her being unqualified to be President of the United States goes without saying in many people's minds. No need to even mention it.



BTW, is knee-jerk partisanism somekind of tribal genetic trait? It would seem so to judge by both sides in this Palin embroglio. What a species we are!

SKT said...

I gave $100 to McCain on Friday, because initially I was pleased by socially conservative pick.

But the news of Palin's daughter being pregnant, was a major turn off.

Look, I'll be consistent here: I didn't like Bill Clinton, because he was poor trailer trash that couldn't keep his pants on. I feel even less sympathy for a family of supposed religious conservatives, where the daughter gets knocked up at age 16.

I don't know if I want trash like this anywhere near the White House.

The Palin's aren't out of the frontier, they're "straight out the trailer" like Kid Rock.

This is why boring people like Mitt Romney are usually a safer bet.

Lucius Vorenus said...

Svigor: There's nothing sexy about that accent.

Legions of Frances McDormand/Fargo fans beg to differ.

Lucius Vorenus said...

Vanilla Thunder: Hats off to 'em, them Alaskan girls sure know what their uteruses are for!

Hear, hear.

Anonymous said...

This election really doesn't make anyone respect Americans.

FYI, that kind of stuff works at Democratic Underground. There you'll find all kinds of weak kneed traitors who find nothing more pleasurable than trashing their countrymen to gain the approval of stupid snobs from abroad.

Doesn't work among the right. We know that America is powerful *because* it's right wing, because it's capitalistic and militaristic and "racist" and all the rest. So I don't really care what snide Euros think about America. Euros explicitly want America to be weaker, not stronger ("multipolar world" ring a bell?), so anything you advise for us is not likely to be beneficial.


For what it's worth, I think Michelle Obama is better looking.

HAHAHAHA. Michelle Obama is gruesomely ugly. You must be reading this website in Braille. Compare and contrast:

Michelle Obama:

http://obambi.wordpress.com/2008/06/02/early-michelle-oh-hell-no/

Sarah Palin:

http://www.usmagazine.com/files/palin-miss-alaska-b.jpg

Palin isn't running for president, McCain is.

No, McCain is 72 years old with a history of cancer. You go and plug his stats into any kind of actuarial engine, and you get less than 50% odds that he'll make it to 75.

Palin will be president, probably within the first term.

Anonymous said...

As for the "white trash" comments on Sailer's blog...seriously? A white girl who has children = "white trash"?

You do realize that you're parroting the left's anti-natal propaganda, right? Recall that they pump up whites like Obama's mother, who also had a child at age 17 -- because that child was for "love" (= lust) with an African who predictably stepped out forever as soon as the stepping was good.

Yet no one called Obama's mother white trash. Hmmm, wonder why?

By contrast, this girl will be keeping her child and marrying the father. Yeah, "white trash".

James Kabala said...

Does Steve really not know that is the all copied from the famed Chuck Norris Facts website? The ones that mention Alaska specifically are probably original, and maybe some others are as well, but on the whole this is a ripoff, not some guy's original idea and certainly not a sign of "folk hero" status.

testing99 said...

Yes, Alaska has high fertility because working class people can afford kids. Real estate is cheap and tough work earns good money. Based on resource extraction.

A lot of the opposition to Palin has to do with class -- the anonymous comments all remark on: lack of Harvard credential, working class background, husband not in a suit but on "Deadliest Catch" as a fisherman and oil worker.

Which is the frontier myth, that's why all those History Channel / Discovery series Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, Tougher in Alaska, etc. do well.

Reality check -- there are far more "white trash" voters, i.e blue collar working class types, than "tragically hip" knowledge workers. A LOT more.

Just because the media depicts the US half black, half trendiod, does not make that actual demographic reality. Blacks are only 12% of the population, and THEIR fertility is declining (among the 40% that are middle class anyway).

I assume Dems will attack Palin for not demanding her kid get an abortion, working as a mother (reality: ALMOST ALL Mothers MUST WORK for economic reasons) and other idiot moves designed to get votes for McCain-Palin.

The problem is that the tragically hip crowd is so removed and socially isolated from demographic reality they have no clue -- from movies (continuously declining ticket sales), advertising (half-three quarters blacks depicted, nerdy white guys seen desperately seeking tough black guys approval), television (a female/gay ghetto) and news (turning off half the population by being a part of the Democratic Party), move after move is just plain dumb.

Dumb due to social isolation and cluelessness about the real not imagined demographics. As incoherent as the P Diddy rant on Youtube (short version: Alaska has no Blacks or crackheads, therefore Palin is a bad pick and "black youth are our future.")

Most Neocons though like Palin a lot: Andrew McCarthy, Mark Steyn, etc. Frum doesn't like her, but then he's Frum.

Anonymous said...

What interests me, as a Brit, is that Sarah & hubby probably were not aware that Bristol (while being a city in south west England) is also a slang term for breasts. eg "Phwoar! Look at the bristols on that [girl] mate!"

You never hear it used in the singular however, its always bristols plural. Like hooters in fact.


Probably rhyming slang in origin?

icr said...

Unhinged rage? I don't think so. Anyone under 35 would laugh at you for claiming that the site is malicious. That site is more of a humor site, modeled off of the Chuck Norris Facts...

You're a little confused. I think the unhinged rage can be found at the ultra-serious leftie sites, not that joke site. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

Anonymous said...

Palin is an interesting archetype (just like Obama). The main difference between these two candidates is that Obama is more of a one-off (there's just not that many supersmart part-black guys, and even fewer with the specific ambition to be president) whereas Palin may herald a mostly matriarchal global future. Just like being white or christian is a populist, majoritarian characteristic in America, so is being a woman.

Obama's narrative is a hyperpander to the maternal instincts of white women, and a celebration of a maximization of their reproductive freedom in American mythology. But that might be seen as a last ditch effort to retain patriarchal American leadership that didn't quite make it to the finish line.

Palin's introductory speech, where she called herself the fulfillment of what Hillary Clinton started in the 2008 election cycle may seem very prescient soon.

Hopefully Anonymous

http://www.hopeanon.typepad.com

icr said...

Roundup of Obamaite hysteria on Palin:
http://proteinwisdom.com/?p=13191

http://theanchoressonline.com/2008/08/31/palin-bad-mother-bad-woman/

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/8/29/183255/841

Lugash said...

I am Lugash.

Another entry in SWPL: "Just right" size families.

One child is OK. The parents might over-parent the child.

Two is perfect. No over-parenting, not enough to completely take mom off the career ladder, doesn't lead to overpopulation.

Three is pushing it. Anything past that is nuts, and probably indicates some sort of (Christian) religious fundamentalism.

Palin must have screws loose if she has five.

I am Lugash.

jate said...

I'm a bit baffled about the loving acceptance this pregnancy has brought from conservatives. I'm curious as to whether they would've been so generous if this had happened to Chelsea Clinton, or if it would've been taken as more evidence of how detestable Bill & Hillary are & as a sign of poor parenting. If Obama had a pregnant 17-yr-old daughter - would we be cheering? I really doubt it.

It's starting to sound like, "Did our party commit the transgression, or did the other party do it?" is how we determine whether something is good or bad.

Anonymous said...

Look, white women need to have babies pronto. The media will make any argument to stop that from happening.

Think about all the messages here that people seem to have internalized:

1) It's racist if whites tell whites to have babies
2) It's racist if whites point out that Hispanics and blacks are having far more babies
3) It's racist if whites notice that they are paying for Hispanic and black babies
4) It's sexist if anyone advises white women to love men and have babies rather than hate men & embrace empty careerism
5) It's sexist to have an antipathy to killing your child for convenience
6) It's sexist to expect the parents of an unexpected blessing to get married
7) It's low class for white women to have babies early in life
8) It's a mark of liberation and enlightenment for white women to have sex with black men
9) It's racist to point out that black males have the highest domestic violence, AIDS, abandonment, incarceration, and poverty rates among all males (hardly what you'd want in the father of your daughter)
10) It's fun and glamorous to have sex with tons of random men, as portrayed in Sex and the City
11) It's anti-environmentalist to have children, because you should think about the planet and the impact of overpopulation

One can go on and on. This only scratches the surface of the media messaging. Why are young white women who have children and marry the fathers "trailer trash" while blacks who practice de facto polygamy are brave "single mothers" and "disenfranchised youths"?

Mu'Min M. Bey said...

Testing99,
Just want to point out that Black women have a lot more abortions accross all class lines, hence the reason for the somewhat slight dropoff in Black American fertility rates. Black women have more abortions per capita than White, Hispanic or Asian women, this is easily documented. However, even w/this fact being stated, Black women have more kids than do White women, I think by a factor of two to one.

Just wanted to toss that into the mix. And I have no problem w/Palin's daughter at all.

Salaam
Mu

Anonymous said...

Palin may herald a mostly matriarchal global future

I dont wish to be harsh but ultimately that future will never fully develop. I dont want to offend the laydeez but matriarchal leadership (other than an occasional one-off) only occurs to the degree which men allow it.

A state led by a succession of women will be weakened to the point where stronger nations (led by men) will seek to overcome it. If they succeed then it will be those men in charge. If they dont, it will be because men in the matriarchy stepped up and took charge and repelled the opposing patriarchy.

Look back in history, where are all the tough matriarchies? Non-existent or didnt last. If it were a viable form of human organisation there should be few persisting here and there.

I think someone pointed all this out in some form on isteve a while back.

Dont bother bringing Maragaret Thatcher, remember I already have my occasional one-off get out clause, see above!

Anonymous said...

...completely imaginary embodiment of your 'values'.

As regards liberals, that's the most succinct description of Obama I've read in a long time.

Truth said...

"Yet no one called Obama's mother white trash. Hmmm, wonder why?"

Sure someone did!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
khuu-RhOBDU

Anonymous said...

Jate,
You're right, that's why I can't stand politics. If the media weren't so into the election the three-wring circus of the election I wouldn't care.

mnuez said...

I was hoping that someone, somewhere, claiming to be conservative or even an independent-thinker would express some outrage at the awesome irony of McCain's pick for VP. Thankfully, out of the dozens of commentors at Isteve, a precious few do not disappoint.

Now I personally don't care for the politics or personalities (or even potential positions) of either presidential candidate or party. Nonetheless, I care for McCain's positions even less than I do for Obama's which is why, given this stinky dichotomy, I'm holding my nose and fully supporting Obama.

So I wouldn't be a Palin supporter in any case.

But why is it that so few (similarly nose-pinching) conservatives don't have the balls to honestly critique this choice rather than being all giddy about it? Yes it's delightfully, mischievously pleasurable that the Right is trying to beat the Left at their own game. It's funny, it's awesome and it brings a smile to one's face to think of the deflated disappointment in the Obama campaign as they were relishing having Obama incisor Rommel/Romney and they now cringe in terror at the fear of Biden being anything but absolutely deferring in his debate with his opposing candidate lest he look like an Evil White Male threateningly encroaching upon a young sexually-available woman.

But side in side with the giddiness, where is the Conservative sputtering outrage at McCain's flippantly violent anti-conservative first presidential decision? His SOLE presidential decision to date and the one that has a very good chance of being the MOST IMPORTANT one that he'll ever make (he's 72, constantly cancerous, and the proprietor of A ROOMFULL of serious files on his health history) is to appoint as very potential president-to-be someone whom:

- He met with only TWICE in his life before deciding to entrust THE FATE OF THE COUNTRY (and the world, and the future - to whatever degree Presidents influence those) to her. Does anyone think he would be similarly flippant about entrusting the fate of his children to her? or his wealth?!

- Has such an AMAZINGLY thin resume that WE HAVE NO REASON WHATSOEVER to assume that she'll be a remotely capable President of the United States of America.

- Is a wishy-washy beauty-queen sports-caster ALASKAN mother of five who, as Dennis Dale points out COULD ONLY possibly have been chosen as Vice President in a world where political actors are viewed no differently by the newsmedia and the masses than are movie actors.

- Is a woman.


Holy of Holies, did I just say that?! Blasphemy of Blasphemies! To the pillory at once!

Now, far be it from me to approximate at the political effectiveness of women in general or of particular types of women in particular (though I will comment that Golda Meir was largely responsible for the tragedy of the Yom Kippur war, Indira Gandhi doesn't seem to have done all too much good for India and Margaret Thatcher...well, fuck Margaret Thatcher. Britain still isn't out of the social hellhole that her stupid policies created).

But I'm serious about my ambiguity/ignorance. It may very VERY well be that humankind would be best served by having non-testosterone generated individuals in key positions of power. That's a worthy subject for investigation but it isn't my subject of interest in mentioning the fact of her being a female ("gender" is too slight a term here).

The question is one of simple, traditional, biologically preferable, Family Values.

My understanding is that family values are of some import to conservatives. Putting aside the question of female prowess in the steely halls of power, is there no Conservative corner remaining for questioning whether the world is best served by having them there in the first place? Whether Palin's family is best served by having her there is something best left to his doctors and her lawyers - but what of the country? What of the Role Model that she'll become? What of the awesome effect this will almost certainly have on the future of heterosexual relationships, marriages, families and birth-rates in this country? Good God, has nobody thought of this?!

As long as it was only "Those Liberals" who had their public sex-scandals, their tabloid triple marriages and their public-property women, most families could raise their children with the understanding that "those are the bad guys and we're not like them". But after wildly cheering-on and subsequently electing the hyper-promiscuous blouse-lifting Arnold Schwarzenegger, religiously bowing before the "golden microphone" of "El Rushbo" and - now - wildly cheering on AS REPRESENTING THE BEST OF CONSERVATIVE VALUES Ms. Sarah Palin... what Conservative future can there possibly be in this country?

Unless by "conservative" we mean nothing but Wall Street. Then we're doing just fine.

mnuez


P.S. For a high-definition, black and white snapshot of the turning point in the war on traditional family values that Conservatives have since lost (so much so their supposed spokesmen hurriedly trip over each other in their race to out-radical their radical adversaries) read Dabney.

Seriously, you'll thank me, read Dabney.

Parentalcation said...

At first, I was in major Palin defense mode over at my blog, but it occurs to me that as long as McCain can ride it out, she really is his only hope.

No matter what mud and dirt is thrown at her, the fact is that she is pretty without being threatening, charming, well spoken, and likeable.

She makes Obama look as interesting as Joe Biden.

Mark said...

If America would get over dreaded 'sex issue' it would become a truly great country.

Just think - if we were OK electing pervs who enjoyed orgies and wife-swapping, Barack Obama would never have been elected senator!

I'm curious as to whether they would've been so generous if this had happened to Chelsea Clinton, or if it would've been taken as more evidence of how detestable Bill & Hillary are & as a sign of poor parenting.

How do you know it didn't happen to Chelsea - or the Gore girls or John Kerry's daughters? The difference being that they would've been rushed off to the local PP clinic.

In fact from what I can tell, there are far too few politician's daughters getting preggers in their teen years. Way too few, based on just basic probability combined with the general randiness of our political public servants. We all know why.

People for the most part actually do tend to practice what they claim to believe. Of the top 10 states in abortion rates, 8 voted for Kerry in 2004 (only 19 states voted for him overall).

Look, white women need to have babies pronto.

Bristol's only 17. If her mother is any indication, she's got 30 solid years of babymaking left in her!

Lucius Vorenus said...

The Trailer Trash wing of the GOP would officially like to invite all of you SWPL nihilists at iSteve to go straight to Hades.

Bristol Palin r00lz: You go, girl.

And Levi "F---in' Redneck" Johnston is teh r0x0r.

Sweet Home Wasilla, Lord I'm Coming Home to You...

Mark said...

Mark Steyn on Sarah Palin:

Next to her resume, a guy who's done nothing but serve in the phony-baloney job of "community organizer" and write multiple autobiographies looks like just another creepily self-absorbed lifelong member of the full-time political class that infests every advanced democracy.

Yes.

CJ said...

The Palin's aren't out of the frontier, they're "straight out the trailer" like Kid Rock.

While Kid Rock's behavior indeed leaves a great deal to be desired, he grew up in upper middle class Romeo, MI, as the son of millionaire car dealer Bob Ritchie, who owned two large Detroit-area Ford dealerships.

BTW, Kid R. was a big supporter of the Iraq invasion, quoted in 2003 as saying of Saddam Hussein, "We gotta kill that motherf***er". I don't know of any plans he has to go into politics.

Anonymous said...

"You've got to be kidding. A propaganda site comes up with some jokes that [are not] even funny and she becomes a folk hero? That's really dumb."

I gotta agree with Mr. Anonymous here. I think Steve let his childish imagination run away with this one. Good thread, though.

headache said...

I think Palin is terrific. But McCain's open-borders and neocon baggage is unfortunately part of the package.
On the other hand, Obama being Soros's picture boy does not really do anything to the fundamentals of the neocon shtick. It’s all about world domination for a select few, either through manipulation of elections (Soros's style) or through massive force (neocon style).

headache said...

Stopped Clock said...

"She and McCain should send a few bucks to Obama's half-brother in Kenya."

Why? Surely Obama is responsible for his half-brother before McCain/Palin? Or would this simply be because they are white, and Obama being "black" is automatically off the hook? In South Africa the only people giving beggars and other poor people money are the whites, who are being driven out regardless. Blacks are known to give nothing to their own poor, and off course another race's poor.

James Kabala said...

Mark: True (although we shouldn't assume this is the case without evidence), but sometimes the unlikleist people have attacks of conscience and keep the baby, and I doubt that if such an attack of conscience happened in the Clinton/Gore/Kerry families the people here would be applauding the contribution to fertility.

Svigor said...

Yeah, anyone who doubts the SWPL hatred of "breeder" whites should check out the venom spewed at the Duggars (sp?) and their brood wherever comments are allowed (I saw a couple articles and I was astonished at the outright hatred).

Anonymous said...

People--remember. The Obama campaign employs hundreds of bloggers who make it their business to be out and about. Perhaps giving us such gems as "Michell O. is better looking than Sarah P.", or "Palin = trash."
I've thought about it for about a minute and am convinced that no thinking reader would say such a thing in all seriousness and sincerity.

I'm not sure if Sarah Palin is beautiful as that's a matter of opinion, but after "broken soul" "hate whitey" Mrs. O--well, only an pro-O blogger could find Mrs. O lovely.

professor said...

anonymous said:
"Dont bother bringing Maragaret Thatcher, remember I already have my occasional one-off get out clause, see above!"

Thatcher, with her Reaganesque deficits, did not save the UK. North Sea oil and gas saved the UK from oblivion and a standard of living equal to that of eastern Europe. The UK was on the road to socialist hell when the North Sea oil was discovered.

Now the North Sea is in rapid decline, the UK is suffering from a collapse of the same finance/housing/immigrant based economic scam as in the U.S., and the UK will be right back on track to socialist oblivion.

frank said...

Within days these pro Palin posts are going to be the most embarassing cringeworthy things Steve has ever posted. Frontier legend? A former sports journalist with blow dried hair? It's taken about 48 hours to expose her as a complete fraud - in bed with every corrupt Alaskan politician, lying about her resume, abusing her office to take personal revenge, and apparently blitheringly ignorant about most of the things Presidents are supposed to know about, i.e. foreign policy, the economy, etc. And don't forget folks, Alaska is essentially a socialist state running off oil revenue.

TCO said...

I was hard core for Palin and basically still am. She really IS a citizen, not an elitoid. That picture of her mucking tackle on the fishing boat is classic. How many gals or men in the East Coast political circles can even imagine getting their hands dirty like that.

I was concerned with the mother/grandmother story, NOT because of Bristol being pregnant, but because it would be a LIE for Sarah to say she was a mother when she wasn't. It's MUCH MORE about the lying to me than about the sex.

Think the DKOS nastiness (which even included argument that Trig was brother/sister incest) was outrageous. Could care less about the current Bristol baby.

If it does somehow result that Sarah lied and Trig was Bristol's, I will return to being upset. I would actually appreciate definitive proof that Sarah is the mother. (DNA, birth certificate, interview with delivering physician).

frank said...

That picture of her mucking tackle on the fishing boat is classic. How many gals or men in the East Coast political circles can even imagine getting their hands dirty like that.

What dream world do you people live in? Working on fishing boats is actually a summer job that quite a few East Coast I-Bankers and academic types can claim. Remember how many of them summer in Maine and the Cape. And working in canneries in Alaska used to be almost de rigeur in many hippy circles.

Anonymous said...

@ TCO

"If it does somehow result that Sarah lied and Trig was Bristol's, I will return to being upset. I would actually appreciate definitive proof that Sarah is the mother. (DNA, birth certificate, interview with delivering physician)."

With all due respect, that's one of the stupidest comments I've ever read on this blog. You do understand that Bristol is 5 months pregnant, don't you?

It's not like it was a secret. It's not like she was hiding it. She's wearing an engagement ring because she's engaged to the man by whom she is already 5 MONTHS PREGNANT. Q.E.D. it is NOT biologically possible for her to have given birth in April.

You obviously have no spouse and no children.

~pfish

icr said...

What dream world do you people live in? Working on fishing boats is actually a summer job that quite a few East Coast I-Bankers and academic types can claim. Remember how many of them summer in Maine and the Cape. And working in canneries in Alaska used to be almost de rigeur in many hippy circles.

Yeah, Japs(of the Hebraic variety) are well known for working on fishing boats and in canneries. Midwestern WASP HRC did, however, work one summer at an Alaskan cannery these days staffed almost entirely by non-English speaking Hispanics.

If you're serious about all those elite East Coasters who have recently worked on fishing boats and in canneries you should provide some links. And I don't think that working in the fishing industry for one summer as a college student is germane to much of anything.

Anonymous said...

Professor re Margaret Thatcher. Interesting points. I was thinking specifically of the Falklands war when I wrote that rather than in general.