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12/31/2009

Sarah Palin, Man of the Year?

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 6:33 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Sarah Palin, Don Surber’s “2009 Man of the Year”

Sarah Palin

Surber considers several candidates and explains why he chose Sarah Palin.

And here’s my reminder why she’d make a good Republican Presidential candidate: Palin is the anti-Obama.

H/T Instapundit.

— DRJ

47 Responses to “Sarah Palin, Man of the Year?”

  1. Knowing what I know, I’ll vote for her as man of the year. No doubt. But I’ll be back after I link-surf.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  2. Now that’s a good (wo)man!

    Old Coot (d2bd0f)

  3. all i have to say is “Man oh man……”

    %-)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  4. Suber’s essay is really worth the read and his explanation for selecting Palin make perfect sense. On a side note, whoever is doing her highlights should be commended.

    Dana (f64b7d)

  5. Highlights?…Highlights?
    It’s headlights that are important!
    (ducks shoes)

    AD - RtR/OS! (c7228f)

  6. Surber does an excellent job indeed. And his commenters do an excellent follow-up job. She definitely deserves the title of Man of the Year.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  7. OOOOOOUUUUUCCCCCHHHHHH!…

    didn’t duck quick enough….

    damn….

    (butthosearegoodheadlightsarentthey?)

    reff (176333)

  8. AD and reff, I dunno. I’m not too into trapezoidal glasses myself, but they do work for her.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  9. She’s a political climber totally devoid of original ideas. How does that make her the anti-Obama, again?

    Leviticus (30ac20)

  10. Troll forgets that’s the guy he picked, not an anti corruption, pro military, pro businessmaan and woman
    candidate

    bishop (cd6b99)

  11. because she irritates people like you, Leviticus.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  12. Geez, Leviticus, she isn’t the anti-Obama, she’s the proto-Obama.

    They forget so quickly.

    Ag80 (525921)

  13. Palin’s dick is bigger than Obama’s dick.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  14. Off topic: y’all ready for the LAT year in review?

    It’s about ready for you.

    Patterico (b9248f)

  15. but is it bigger than Michelle’s?

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  16. bring it Pat!

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  17. She’s a political climber totally devoid of original ideas. How does that make her the anti-Obama, again?

    Comment by Leviticus

    Levi, you make a good point. She is the twin of Obama.

    Political climber ? Check
    Devoid of ideas ? Check.

    Honest ? Well, she has him there.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  18. Well, I would never put it quite like daley, but he sums it up quite nicely at #13 – highlights and/or headlights notwithstanding.

    I’m looking forward to the LAT smackdown review. It’s always thoughtful of you to provide them an opportunity to publicly correct and apologize for the errors of their ways!

    Dana (f64b7d)

  19. Feh that strike: I’m looking forward to the LAT smackdown review

    Dana (f64b7d)

  20. the #1 reason i like Sarah is because of how she manages to throw so many, allegedly, intelligent people into an intellectual tail spin because of her supposed ignorance….. you’d think that if she was as dumb as they allege, neither histrionics nor hyperbole would be needed to prove it, yet hysteria remains the default setting.

    y’all are amusing.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  21. As Jaime Escalante would put it, she has ‘ganas’ a term for will and courage

    bishop (cd6b99)

  22. Dana – Sorry for the layers and layers of nuance.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  23. red @ 20, that’s called power.

    Dana (f64b7d)

  24. A few school kids go from Minneapolis to Dallas for vacation each year.

    On year, Rahn decides to take I-35 south to Dallas.

    The next year, Barry decides he knows a better way, so they take I-94 west to I-90, then take I-90 west to I-5, then take I-5 south to I-10, then take I-10 east to I-45, then take I-45 north to Dallas.

    The following year, Sherry decides she’d much rather take I-35 south to Dallas but Leonard objects. It’s an old idea.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  25. “Honest ? Well, she has him there.”

    – Mike K

    I doubt it.

    Leviticus (30ac20)

  26. “Honest ? Well, she has him there.”

    – Mike K

    I doubt it.

    Comment by Leviticus — 12/31/2009 @ 9:51 pm

    I don’t, not for a nanosecond.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  27. The dems and liberals like to say Palin doesn’t have a very deep resume, but, they elected a guy with NO RESUME!

    Jim (582155)

  28. Sarah Palin is notable not just for her sensibility, but for the rage she inspires in the nutbag left. Palin is more man than Keith “Señor Soft Stick” Olbermann ever will be — and more woman than he’ll ever get.

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (9eb641)

  29. Not sure about her dick, but her guns are way bigger than his, er, gun. (Does he have a gun? Personally I find him off-putting and androgynous.)

    Unapologetic Palin-lover here!

    Peg C. (c3fd4c)

  30. First time for me to this blog & I really like it, even from southern Oklahoma (Cotton County). I had to comment on one news article & this the one.

    Most Americans are fed up with both, corrupt pol. parties & their members who are in for decades. Palin offers change outside the ‘system’.

    Because both pol. parties are part of the ‘corrupt system’ then they cannot make the necessary changes. They are part of the problem & only an outside force can truly make changes. So, I hope Palin can run in 2012, if some ‘lone gunman’ doesn’t shoot her.

    Grey Wolf (3899c0)

  31. i think i spotted a small flaw on her left cheek .this should be added to the other equally importent disqualifications for high office

    clyde (281d90)

  32. From Surber:

    The question anymore is not whether she is ready for the presidency — unlike our current president, she has had her mettle tested in fire several times now and passed with quite more than a gentleman’s B+ — but rather the question is whether she is too pretty to be president.

    Not sure how low we want to set the bar for mettle being tested for presidential qualifications. Surber makes it sound if withstanding vile criticism and innuendos is all that is needed. By that standard Patterico should be nominated.
    I’d have been much more impressed if she had not resigned as governor and shown her mettle that way. To many it looked as if she chose the easier path to wealth and quit more for that reason than any stated reason.
    She may energize the Republican base in 2012 but I think Americans may have learned their lesson about personality contests and prefer more seasoned and mature leadership who has some detailed proposals for solutions rather than snappy one liners.
    A million books sold and a million followers on Facebook is far short of what she would need to capture the nomination or even win the election.

    voiceofreason2 (575445)

  33. Comment by clyde — 1/1/2010 @ 10:16 am

    The flaw was added by her cosmetic-consultant to deflect attention from the flawless highlights.
    ((ducks more incoming shoes))

    AD - RtR/OS! (cd4296)

  34. Comment by voiceofreason2 — 1/1/2010 @ 10:42 am

    Seeing as the Office of the Governor was tied in knots dealing with all of the bogus “ethics” complaints, and that she and her family were facing a financial melt-down dealing with same, do you think that anything would have changed if she had not resigned?
    Or, if she had continued, and had released this book while sitting in the Gov’s chair, just how many more “ethics” complaints would that have generated, not counting the complaints that would (perhaps rightfully) have come in as she absented herself from AK doing a book-promotion tour (though we don’t see that type of effort to hamstring politicians of the Left when they release their books – which don’t generate anywhere near the sales that Mrs.Palin’s has – in fact, those pols are celebrated on the morning network shows to push their sales).

    Frankly, I think that she was concerned for Alaska, and it was that concern that led her to leave Juneau before the vicious campaign of the Left bankrupted her family, and grid-locked the administration of Alaskan government.

    AD - RtR/OS! (cd4296)

  35. Re #’s 31,32,33

    I think her mettle was tested by 1. rising to governor by working against both the opposition party and the entrenched scoundrels of her own party, 2. to have negotiated the largest single public works project in the nation’s history on a natural gas pipeline, 3. had a popularity rating of over 89%, and 4. held her temper dealing with the McCain campaign staff.

    In particular, anybody who prevails over both the opposition and the entrenched machine of their own party has something going for them, I think.

    should be added to the other equally importent disqualifications for high office Comment by clyde
    I think he meant that to indicate how trivial the objections are.

    To some degree we do have to ask what are adequate qualities that we can realistically expect.

    Yes, it would be nice to have someone who:
    1. pulled GM out of it’s current problems, told the unions and the feds to get out, and saw stock soar
    2. After serving in the rangers for 4 years went back to west point to get a commission, was called by Delta, singlehandedly captured OBL
    3. Served admirably as mayor of NYC and governor of California, pulling it out of financial crisis
    4. Has a family that doesn’t care if they’re trashed by the media
    5. never set foot in the Senate to describe political enemies as “my fellow senator”.

    But in the meantime, I think her record as governor,even if brief, probably has more to be proud of than Clinton’s or Carter’s,

    MD in Philly (d4668b)

  36. But in the meantime, I think her record as governor,even if brief, probably has more to be proud of than Clinton’s or Carter’s,

    Probably? Compare the achievements first – Carter served one term and Clinton was governor for ten years. Palin – 2 years.
    I just pose the question I think some are asking in regards to Palin as well as Obama “Are we satisfied with settling for “just okay” or should we demand better?”

    voiceofreason2 (575445)

  37. It’s not how long you stick around, it’s what you do while you’re there that counts.

    AD - RtR/OS! (cd4296)

  38. You know, VOR2, if you’re looking at years in office or at her choosing to step down without looking at anything else, I strongly suggest you refrain from voting ever again because you are woefully ill-informed and your vote is not necessarily one that benefits this nation. If you actually do a little homework instead of declaring Senator Byrd by far the most qualified to be President, perhaps you will become better educated.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  39. “Honest ? Well, she has him there.”

    – Mike K

    I doubt it.

    Comment by Leviticus

    I know you doubt it, Levi but do you have a reason to doubt it ?

    VOR2, I don’t think she will be the nominee of the Republican Party. One question is whether, if the Republicans look inept in choosing a nominee, could she be the nominee of the tea parties ?

    I don’t know how 2012 is going to go. There are a number of scenarios that are hard to predict. What if the Republicans take one or both houses of Congress in 2010 ? Obama can then go the Clinton route and triangulate, which might save his presidency as it did Clinton.

    He may be too much of an ideologue and lack the savvy advisors that Clinton had. If so, there may be a huge groundswell against him.

    On the other hand, if the Republican Congress stops his agenda and the economy starts to recover on the basis of reduced uncertainty about the future, he might be able to take credit and, like Clinton, run well against some hack the GOP puts up in the assumption that anybody can beat Obama in 2012.

    Republicans are that stupid. I don’t think Sarah is that dumb. She might build a consensus around the tea parties and help them take over the party or split the party. A wise Congress might follow her and we could see a split between the Congressional and Presidential wings of the GOP. That has happened before.

    A lot depends on taking at least one house of Congress this year. If that doesn’t happen, the country may not be worth saving.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  40. Many awards for Mrs. Palin~! BIGGEST LIAR, Man of the Year, AND she is neck and neck with Carrie Prejean for the BIGGEST DOUCHE of 2009!!! Go Sarah!

    DEO (653a5f)

  41. To voiceofreason2 at #35-

    AD – RtR/OS and John Hitchcock reiterated my point, which you seemed to have missed. In the scant 2 years of being governor of Alaska, I bet she has more (worthwhile) accomplishments than the total 14 years or so of Gov.s Carter and Clinton combined.

    MD in Philly (d4668b)

  42. She certainly didn’t spend a lot of taxpayer funds on having the State Police round up dates.

    AD - RtR/OS! (cd4296)

  43. MD and John Hitchcock,

    Anyone but Obama is not a very viable message. In addition some of the Palin supporters seem to have a pretty emotional attachment to her as the de facto nominee and leap through some real hoops to come to the conclusion she is the best qualified person to be president. Whether you think her reasons for quitting/resigning are the ones she stated is not the point – the point is that a lot of people are skeptical and have a legitimate criticism.
    And John, suggesting that because someone doesn’t agree with you makes their vote a detriment to the country is rather silly don’t you think.

    Mike K,

    I think that what she does to help with the 2010 elections will really show what her interests are and how effective she is. If she digs in and really pitches in for the good of the GOP my opinion of her will be much better.

    voiceofreason2 (575445)

  44. A lot of people were misinformed or disinformed that is how we got Obama in the first place. a refusal to consider the facts doesn’t put you in good stead.

    bishop (cd6b99)

  45. “…the good of the GOP…”

    That is almost entirely in the hands of the elected representatives of the GOP in Congress.
    They will make or break the reputation of their party.
    At this point, my opinion is that Sarah Palin doesn’t so much consider herself as a Republican, but as a conservative/independent,
    and we will see her at a great many TEA Party events, but very few GOP campaign rallies (if any).

    AD - RtR/OS! (685f75)

  46. VOR2, stop trying to put words into my mouth in order to torch your straw-man. I very clearly placed a qualifier in my statement where I was very careful not to put words into your mouth (despite the fact I actually heard those words by what you said). And I stand by what I said, not your torturing of what I said, but what I said.

    John Hitchcock (3fd153)

  47. John,
    You said I shouldn’t be allowed to vote because I am woefully ill informed. You don’t know me any better than I know you. That’s just being childish on your part.
    Like I said your apparent emotional attachment to the idea of a Palin presidency is fogging your objectivity.

    AD:
    The example is Reagan who did a lot of work for republicans. To think a third party will do anything more than keep dem seats safe is not realistic in my opinion.

    voiceofreason2 (011cc3)


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