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11/15/2010

Palin’s Critics Have Been Refudiated (Updated: Ratings Smash!)

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 1:08 pm



[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; send your tips here.]

Actually not really, but I had to work the word of the year into the headline, right?  Read on:

“Refudiate,” Sarah Palin’s widely ridiculed mashup of “repudiate” and “refute” — though she was far from the first to use the word — has been named 2010 Word of the Year by the staff of the New Oxford American Dictionary.

This is a direct link to the Oxford Press blog on the subject.  So between this and Paul Krugman recommending the use of death panels, she is having a very good week so far.

Personally I never understood the screeching over the whole “refudiate” thing.  Words are made up in our language all the time.  I mean when Mary J. Blige sang that we “[d]on’t need no hateration, holleratin’/In this dancery” I don’t think anyone called her stupid.  She was just making up words.  Not to mention that often words get their meanings changed drastically in our culture.  The word funk existed before George Clinton and James Brown sang a note, but it only (relatively) recently became attached to a form of music.  And the idea that it could be a good thing to be “bad” didn’t start with Michael Jackson, but he was reflecting a fairly recently emerging slang use of that familiar word.

So picking on her over this amounted to prejudice toward Palin.  They were convinced that she was a moron, so when she used a word that wasn’t formally a word in the English language, the assumption was “here!  We have found it!  Proof she is a moron!”  And when she pointed out that all kinds of people make up words, including Shakespeare, they only mocked her more.  It was pure prejudice.

So enjoy your vindication, Sarah.  I mean, I still don’t want you to be the Republicans nominee for president in 2012, but it’s nice to see the underdog win a few.

Update: And it gets even better for her.  Her show was a ratings smash.  I mean it wasn’t quite “Jon is cheating on Kate and leaving her with Eight” ratings, but five million viewers is fairly respectable for, ugh, reality TV.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

95 Responses to “Palin’s Critics Have Been Refudiated (Updated: Ratings Smash!)”

  1. One only has to scroll through the Urban Dictionary to see that language is somewhat always in a state of flux. We could list oodles of words whose meanings have changed over time, as well as new words added to our lexicon. Refudiate? Surely Lewis Carroll would have been pleased to see this new portmanteau.

    (I love Palin’s cheeky slap back at her critics with the Shakespeare comment. She’s got moxie, that one.)

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  2. Dana

    You’re having way too much fun with the slang. 🙂

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  3. Shh … it’s all part of her strategery.

    aunursa (69b3db)

  4. She didn’t need to point to shakespeare. Shatner already showed us she was quite a poet.

    imdw (a544ba)

  5. I would have watched but it was past my bedtime. I hope they rerun the episodes or do a DVD because I love Alaska.

    Mike K (568408)

  6. SP’s AK:
    Absolutely fabulous photography, except when they obscurred Joe McGinniss (but it was done in a professional manner – even if his actions aren’t).

    AD-RtR/OS! (e9ff94)

  7. What’s your point? She got a lot of viewers? That’s no surprise. Everyone knows she is a ratings draw.

    By the way, where is that celebrity president Obama commercial?

    John Stanford (323512)

  8. Mike K: I’m a Palin fan, would have watched it just to see the family interactions, however the Alaskan scenery and the critters (close-up stuff of brown bears, etc.) were magnificent. I hope you get a chance to see it.

    Old Coot (f73cf0)

  9. Old Coot, that sounds great. I’ll need to see if I can get this from Hulu or Netflix.

    John, if you don’t like us talking about this interesting news, that’s OK. Why not go find something you think is interesting?

    The best thing about Palin, whom I like but do not adore or worship or particularly want in the White House or anything, is that she really ticks off all the right people. She can just walk around some pretty scenery and people’s heads are popping in New York.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  10. And next week, she puts down the fishing gear, and picks up a GUN!
    Oh, the Humanity!

    AD-RtR/OS! (e9ff94)

  11. That figure is 4 times what Keith Olbermann gets on a five-day weekly broadcast. But I suspect that even bass fishing tournaments draw more viewers than he does.

    Pat Patterson (56dc55)

  12. John

    i explained that i don’t want her to get the nomination and that i just liked seeing the underdog win a few.

    so please do not start out with misplaced hostility.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  13. I wish I could remember the exact words she used in the program to describe how big Alaska is; something like if you explored 1000 acres of Alaska each day, it would take 900 years to see it all. I suck at math, don’t ask me to verify those numbers.

    Old Coot (f73cf0)

  14. “And next week, she puts down the fishing gear, and picks up a GUN!”

    AD – I hope they show her killing a turkey for Thanksgiving. Remember the shot of her standing in front of a place where they were killing them during the 2008 campaign and how it drove the libs nuts!

    daleyrocks (940075)

  15. The major difference being…. Shakespeare knew when he was making a word or phrase up. It wasn’t like Palin’s um-er-I-meant-to-say-that-cuz-I’m-like-Shakespeare.

    Kman (0ad479)

  16. The scenery was stunning (I visited Alaska in 2003) and the photography was absolutely a smash. Why, It’s almost as beautiful as TEXAS but with lots more snow.

    GM Roper (a0b04a)

  17. “AD – I hope they show her killing a turkey for Thanksgiving. Remember the shot of her standing in front of a place where they were killing them during the 2008 campaign and how it drove the libs nuts!”

    It was right out of a Christopher Guest movie.

    imdw (425841)

  18. daley

    any person who actually eats meat who gets freaked out by her being in front of that machine is a giant hypocrite.

    mind you, my wife does the “food with faces” thing on it, and being fully hypocritical, i don’t touch that crud with a ten foot pole. but i don’t call her awful for sticking her fork into some poor creature’s cheek and ripping off a chunk of meat. in her culture, they are less squeemish about the fact that this meat comes from animals, that had faces on it, that’s all. i can’t stop being squeemish, but i recognize it for what it is.

    Aaron Worthing (e7d72e)

  19. daley…
    You’ll have to tune in to find out, but the promo’s just showed them with the older girls at a skeet/trap range IIRC.

    AD-RtR/OS! (e9ff94)

  20. Shakespeare knew when he was making a word or phrase up

    And the evidence for this proposition is?

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  21. Rather see a travel show with Michael Palin.

    Kman (0ad479)

  22. The best thing about Palin, whom I like but do not adore or worship or particularly want in the White House or anything, is that she really ticks off all the right people. She can just walk around some pretty scenery and people’s heads are popping in New York.

    This too gives me great pleasure. I love how she is so in control of those who hate her. And they just keep getting played. (I don’t particularly want her in the WH either).

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  23. #14, Oxford says she was not making it up. “Although Palin is likely to be forever branded with the coinage of “refudiate,” she is by no means the first person to speak or write it.” So where’s your point gone?

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  24. “This too gives me great pleasure. I love how she is so in control of those who hate her. And they just keep getting played. (I don’t particularly want her in the WH either).”

    An amazing example of this was when her facebook page picked a fight with that wall street journal reporter.

    imdw (7b0243)

  25. imdw,

    Heh. You never fail to amuse me. Maybe it’s the painfully obvious posturing, or you really are just that funny. No matter…

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  26. She can just walk around some pretty scenery and people’s heads are popping in New York.

    it really would be nice if we could dial down the hostility between people in (NYC/SF/LA) and Texas, Ohio, etc.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  27. AD – Her hunting with Ted Nugent would be kind of cool. Sit around the gut pile and share stories.

    daleyrocks (940075)

  28. Stop voting for the likes of Boxer, Pelosi, Sanchez,
    and Brown, and we’ll look into that

    narciso (82637e)

  29. aphrael, as long as the Katie Courics of the world use their media mouthpieces with terms like the ‘great unwashed’ when referring to those not in NY or SF/LA, then the hostility can only continue.

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  30. #29, I agree, and I say this as a Brooklynite.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  31. Yeah but when even a guy from Nebraska makes a West Virginia incest joke, it kind of ruins the narrative that this is a town/country or coastal/central thing.

    imdw (a863d5)

  32. it really would be nice if we could dial down the hostility between people in (NYC/SF/LA) and Texas, Ohio, etc.

    Comment by aphrael

    No offense was intended. I was simply making a joke.

    On second thought, I think you’re just mentioning that there’s a lot of hostility to Palin in some parts of the country. It’s a shame we’re so divided.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  33. Dustin: no offense was taken. 🙂

    But I do notice a great deal of rhetorical hostility from the urban left against “hicks”, and from the rural right against NYC and other urban “elitists” … and I thin that both of these are seriously harmful.

    Dana, granted that I don’t watch TV, but i’m unaware of a usage of “the great unwashed” which isn’t ironic.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  34. Narciso: get the Republican party of California to run some decent candidates. 🙂

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  35. aphrael,

    Rick Kaplan, her executive producer, says that “when she’s on the road—in Iraq with David Petraeus—she has a great way with people. People like her and she likes them. There are anchors who consider being on the road a pain in the butt. She really looks for opportunities to feel the earth and touch people.”

    That’s why Couric has spent recent weeks in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is touring what she calls “this great unwashed middle of the country” in an effort to divine the mood of the midterms. October 2010

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  36. For ‘those with a copy of the home game’ what in the last 2 years has she been wrong about, she was right about what Obama’s background would lead too, Gitmo detainees, tax policy, the stimulus, the auto bailout, missile defense, the war on terror, needless to say domestic oil exploration, the outlines of health policy, the special ‘genius’ of Joe Biden

    narciso (82637e)

  37. The LA Times runs an unprecedented article by a lefty praising Reagan and criticizing Palin as unworthy of the Gipper’s great legacy.

    Amazing how that retroactive lefty admiration for Reagan works.
    /sarc

    Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (ef179c)

  38. I want to know what I need to do to get my word “obfuriate” the attention it rightfully deserves. I believe it was originally coined to describe another’s post here at PP, such as, “That person keeps writing obfuriating things!!”

    Obfuriate- to infuriate by obfuscating; to obfuscate leading to intense frustration and anger (obfuscation leading to infuriation).

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  39. Comment by aphrael — 11/15/2010 @ 3:00 pm

    Change your registration, and work from the inside to effect the changes you desire.

    AD-RtR/OS! (e9ff94)

  40. @20

    Yeah, Kman.

    It’s a shame that there’s only one channel on TV and there’s no way to turn it off.

    malclave (1db6c5)

  41. and from the rural right against NYC and other urban “elitists” … and I thin that both of these are seriously harmful.

    Let’s remember who initially started this new round of flamewars – our ridiculously partisan and elitist POTUS. What on earth could anyone in flyover country have thought after the infamous “clinging to their guns and religion” comment, other than what an arrogant ass? He’s still doing it, btw – last week’s comments indicating that the rest of the country’s just too stupid to recognize his holy awesomeness just makes this divide even further – what a fraud of an alleged leader he’s turned out to be.

    Dmac (498ece)

  42. Dmac, it has never, ever been about what BHO does or knows.

    It is about how people who voted for him feel about themselves…for having voting for the idea of him.

    Honestly, look at the background and actions of the man. And some folks would rather be waterboarded than admit that they were wrong about something.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  43. I think I made up the word “dickweed” when I was 7 and it has caught on pretty well.

    Another great word/nonword is “douchebag” and the person who made that up is a fucking genius.

    Torquemada (a8a9b2)

  44. “..some folks would rather be waterboarded than admit that they were wrong…”

    Good thing they’re all “free spirits” because the torture they will have to endure is the new security proceedures at TSA.

    Hey, I’m from the Government, and I’m allowed to grope your privates!

    AD-RtR/OS! (e9ff94)

  45. @42 Hey, I’m from the Government, and I’m allowed to grope your privates!

    (insert joke about the repeal of DADT here)

    malclave (1db6c5)

  46. Sarah is yummy. Tina Fey can suck it.

    Jones (72b0ed)

  47. Hey, I’m from the Government, and I’m allowed to grope your privates!

    hopefully left and right can come together to condemn this one.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  48. That reminds me, PBS counterprogrammed that Kennedy Center tribute to Tina Fey, and they trampled as if by Zombies, for their troubles

    narciso (82637e)

  49. Bradley:

    Amazing how that retroactive lefty admiration for Reagan works.

    Sarcasm noted, plus the admiration only exists because Reagan is dead.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  50. It’s fun to note that David Frum has jumped on the bandwagon of critics and doubters,

    Palin doesnt know how to use a gun http://ind.pn/aToH6q (h/t Andrew Sullivan) about 6 hours ago via TweetDeck

    It’s all the more amusing because he hat tips noted outdoorsman, Andrew Sullivan.

    The rabbit trail leads to Guy Adams, an L.A. based writer for the UK Independent. His outdoorsman bio reads,

    Guy Adams is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent. He lives in Malibu, and divides his time between the local beach and the Hollywood Hills. He headed out west in May 2008, and has being trying to make sense of the First City of Showbusiness ever since.

    Perhaps he is knowledgeable about guns, fishing, and boating, but seriously, Todd Palin, professional fisherman/boater and hunter, would not catch such a problem if it existed?

    Not to mention that during the campaign, her father discussed her first moose hunt and the family’s hunting together, butchering their kill; rifle training in Kuwait, working with Todd on the boats, etc.

    Desperation is not becoming.

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  51. I should have posted this on a newer thread than the “GOP Scrambling for Alternatives” thread, so I’ll amalgamate and cross-post it below.

    As I said, Lisa Murkowski is so running (here she’s showing her loyalty to the current Democratic President, relying on her record to set her apart from him as independent).

    If she follows the strategy I outlined, she has a shot … at the nomination. A long shot, yes.

    If she gets the nomination, she’ll win the general election in almost any economic environment running up the middle with the Democratic party machinery, Hillary Democrats, and centrist swing voters supporting her. Further, if it wasn’t for her dad, she’d have always been more comfortable as a Democrat all along.

    That fact — that she would actually win the general — may way heavily on Democrats if Obama keeps going on his empty suit plummet.

    The other thing she’ll have going for her is a minor populist legend as having been the person who defeated the tea party extremist (that’s how she can portray it anyway) in an honest-to-goodness 3-party race write-in campaign (more popular than Palin is in Alaska too, I’ll add).

    I think she’s a serious threat if she decides to go for it … and she’s thinking about it.

    Christoph (8ec277)

  52. *weigh

    Christoph (8ec277)

  53. p.s. One should really read the comments in the Guy Adams’ little hit piece: “Revealed: Sarah Palin doesn’t have a clue how to fish or shoot”. He is soundly taken to task by readers who are apparently themselves hunters and fishermen…

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  54. Who would you take your chances with pointing a gun at you, Sarah Palin or a typical journalist? If the question was trusting to shoot or not shoot, I’d go with Palin. If the question is whether you will get hit or not once the shot is fired, I’d go with the typical journalist.

    The next question on the blogosphere will be, “Who’s the worst shot, Palin or Cheney?”

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  55. Yeah, the comments at Guy Adams’ hit piece using honest broker Andrew Sullivan as his source eviscerate Adams. That is a stupid attack and deserves to fail; he deserves to be lampooned as well. He’s hurt his credibility and should publish a retraction and apology. I won’t hold my breath.

    I say this as someone with quite a bit of outdoor experience (including living off the land alone for 3 months as a teenager in Canada) and with firearms (mostly army infantry experience plus hunter safety courses, but all my actual hunting was small game and done with more primitive weapons).

    Pointing a weapon in a safe direction other than the ground to load it is hardly unusual. Same with carrying it: pointing at the ground is only one of the alternatives taught in hunter safety courses.

    Actual hunters here could verify this. But the piece is so ignorant (and biased relying on noted liar/freeloader Levi Johnson and Palin conspiracy theorist, Andrew Sullivan) it can and should be laughed at.

    Christoph (8ec277)

  56. #48,
    What an arrogant jerk! My father loved fishing all his life. He had and could use fly casting equipment, but he mostly used spinning reals. He did not find it boring and repetitive to stalk and go after the big trout in the deep pools and snags they lurked in. To call a national figure with Sarah’s stature and reputation a liar and a fraud over such ignorant arrogance is outrageous. To tout him as an expert should ruin anybody’s credibility, if they had any. His ignorance is as discrediting as Johnston’s proven and admitted dishonesty. Try again.

    Machinist (74634b)

  57. Machinist, you’re right. It’s amazing that anyone would cite Levi Johnston after his confession and subsequent horrible behavior.

    It ruin the Independent’s reputation. If only they had one, as you say.

    Christoph, would you care to place a wager that Murkowski is running for the Presidency in 2012?

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  58. um er… it >should< ruin their reputation.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  59. I’m no fan of Palin being the next GOP nominee, but I’d rather have her by my side in a survival situation or gunfight than the folks behind that laughable smear piece.

    Christoph (8ec277)

  60. If the modern measure of vindication is having one’s malaprop added to the same dictionary that this year also ceremoniously added the word “bromance,” then I respectfully submit that the coinage of vindication has been devalued.

    Ken (2e87a6)

  61. Oh, and I suspect Levi Johnson knows how to use a firearm … and would run away.

    Christoph (8ec277)

  62. Dana-

    Thanks for that link. Elitist snobbery comes to fishing, “She doesn’t really know how to fish, she’s using a spinning reel. I bet she was using spin-casting until last week.”

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  63. There were a lot of great comments there, but the threadwinner was understated:

    teddlybar said:

    Just curious Mr. Adams. When was the last time you tried fly fishing in a boat with 5 people, two of them small children? Perhaps since your such an expert, you’d care to enlighten us on the technique you and your fishing companions use to make it an enjoyable experience for all concerned.

    Christoph (8ec277)

  64. The sad part of the link is the number of people who agree with the article. Probably all people who think landing on the moon was a hoax.

    MD in Philly (3d3f72)

  65. Dudes, watch these two short videos. She is positioning herself to be able to run … and doing a good job of it.

    Christoph (8ec277)

  66. I forgot to mention I first read about this at Ricochet and then dug further into it.

    On a side note: I suppose we should be thankful that Mr. Sullivan’s meds are clearly working as he is not obsessing over Palin’s uterus. That he is still intent on disproving her credibility however reveals he’s still not ready to quit her. Conflicted as always.

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  67. It’s ironic she says this, after Krugman proves not only that there are death panels, but sees them as salutary

    narciso (82637e)

  68. 1. Obama’s Presidency is languishing so much he just received a mammoth shellacking

    2. Murkowski became the 2nd ever Senator to win a write-in campaign in a 3-way race, defeating both the tea party candidate and Sarah Palin

    3. Murkowski is truly a RINO — she’s a Republican because her dad was, however most here would agree she’s pre-disposed to being a Democrat in terms of temperment and political philosophy

    4. Today — running on a post-historic election high — Murkowski chose to offer public support for the Democratic President in office, saying when he does well, the country does well

    5. Today — Murkowski made very clear and public her remaining post-election-victory emnity with the current Tea Party (and therefore the victorious wing of the Republican Party), describing the popular in a liberal state “Mike Castle” as someone who would have made a great Senator and therefore the kind of moderate Republican she could work with and support (not even Olympia Snowe would come out now against the Tea Party like this)

    6. Today — as you’ll see above, she undermined as not intellectually curious the GOP-base favourite for 2012 nominee Sarah Palin, whom Murkowski sees as her likely opponent in the immediate future as she was in the past

    7. Today she let Katie Couric describe her as a liberal Republican without a whim nor whisper

    Murkowski is strongly considering switching parties and running for President in the Democratic primary as a moderate choice, attracting Hillary voters and centrists and Democrats who want to win and who think Obama went too far.

    Christoph (8ec277)

  69. I’m no fan of Palin being the next GOP nominee, but I’d rather have her by my side in a survival situation or gunfight than the folks behind that laughable smear piece.

    that may be strictly true Mr. Christoph but there’s a lot of other reality tv stars I’d rather have by my side if it came down to a survival situation or a gunfight than opportunistic quitty Sarah Palin.

    A lot like dozens and dozens.

    I’ve thought about this a lot.

    happyfeet (42fd61)

  70. Actually you sound like you would get along with Kate Gosselin, pikachu, she’s single after all

    narciso (82637e)

  71. feets, I think Mccain would take Snooki as his battle buddy.

    I’d take my chances with Sarah. She might make me look like a lousy shot, same as my wife does.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  72. The most troubling part of comment #48 is that David Frum tweeted Sullivan, who got his info from a journalist at the Independent – whose reputation is, shall we say, less than stellar.

    This would be the same David Frum who instructed us last week in the NYT,

    Too often, conservatives dupe themselves. They wrap themselves in closed information systems based upon pretend information.

    Ironic, no?

    Dana (8ba2fb)

  73. epistemic closure ‘it’s what’s for dinner’ but what do you expect from a paper owned by a Russian oligarch

    narciso (82637e)

  74. Comment by Dana — 11/15/2010 @ 5:58 pm

    This Brit twit is completely gutted, skinned, and filleted in the comments on that link.

    AD-RtR/OS! (e9ff94)

  75. feets – I would let Sarah touch my junk and I would not have her arrested afterward.

    daleyrocks (940075)

  76. daley, you’ve solved the problem at TSA.
    Turn security over to the airlines, and they’ll hire Chippendale dancers, and Playboy Bunnies to “man” the security checkpoints.
    They’ll have to buy a lot more planes!

    AD-RtR/OS! (e9ff94)

  77. AD-RtR/OS! – Napolitano says you can request same sex groin checks, but I’d go the other direction personally. That’s just the way I roll.

    daleyrocks (940075)

  78. Actually, same-sex is the SOP for TSA.
    My proposal is just the opposite.

    AD-RtR/OS! (e9ff94)

  79. oh my goodness Mr. daley.

    Me I would tell Sarah no you can’t touch it go away and then tell a grownup what happened.

    happyfeet (42fd61)

  80. Meanwhile, what’s the phrase that properly describes Cornyn’s little stunt, it’s like the learning curve is zero,

    narciso (82637e)

  81. “Me I would tell Sarah no you can’t touch it go away and then tell a grownup what happened.”

    Mr. Feets – You could try Stop Drop Roll, I hear that works too, or look for a McGruff house.

    daleyrocks (940075)

  82. Hope Sarah Palin makes all the money she can and enjoys life to the fullest. But if she really wants to be President, she would have a much stronger argument if she had kept her day job of Alaska governor.

    Bugg (4e0dda)

  83. Yes, and she would have had to sell her house, the state would still be processing the 50th ethics complaint, and she would have been silenced on most
    of the major issues of the day, which is kind of
    the way some of you want it.

    narciso (82637e)

  84. narc. bugg

    I agree, that quitting probably has ended her political career, or at least set it back, big time.

    But… narc is right. It was too easy to file an ethics complaint, and 50th complaint ain’t quite right: more like 500th. And often over frivolous crap like when her husband was dog sledding she wore a team jacket.

    The irony is that if you read her book, you realize that she wrote the ethics law that was biting her in the keister. Which doesn’t make the law less ridiculous, but it does say she screwed up on it.

    Fair or not, she is not the best candidate the republicans can field. i hope they pick someone else to run. Which is not hating on her, but facing facts.

    Aaron Worthing (b8e056)

  85. Mr.Worthing, I just much more energy from the Right criticizing Palin than….promoting an alternative. It’s like the critics want Democrats to win the White House in 2012.

    Eric Blair (bb2f5f)

  86. Yes, this was the problem, William Allen, kind of
    the ‘Frank Costello’ meets Mr. Potter, had bought
    up a good part of the machinery, of the State, he had also secured the FBI’s special attention, ahem,
    when they used him to target Sen. Stevens. The law was written to neutralize any undue complaint, by it’s public exposure, yet they used the loophole,
    much like they turned the write in ballot, into a tool of their own choosing

    narciso (82637e)

  87. I think she’s a serious threat if she decides to go for it … and she’s thinking about it.

    WTF? You sound as if you’re sorely missing out on much – needed oxygen with this meme/rant. Seriously, go to Freepers with this stuff, they love it. Mukluk’s got about as much chance as Huckabee, which is about nada.

    Dmac (498ece)

  88. Palin can just go on her merry and keep giving her seal of approval and endlessly coming up with new slogans such as Grizzly Bear Mamas and that kind of ilk, while laughing all the way to the bank. A POTUS run would ruin all of that, I think.

    Dmac (498ece)

  89. Regardless of the ongoing debate about he matron, the daughter is still on “Dancing With the Stars.”

    I don’t watch the show unless my beloved wife and daughter do so. We all agree that Bristol is not very good.

    Yet, there she is, still standing.

    I may not know a lot about popular culture, but I believe that Bristol’s continuation in the contest is about to explode into a real pop-culture and political controversy.

    I may be wrong, but I don’t think so.

    Ag80 (827a00)

  90. Substitute “he” for “the” please. Stupid typo.

    Ag80 (827a00)

  91. For all of Palin’s critiques of the lamestream media….

    imdw (e66706)

  92. The irony is that if you read her book, you realize that she wrote the ethics law that was biting her in the keister. Which doesn’t make the law less ridiculous, but it does say she screwed up on it.

    I agree. It was part of a great record of reform, but it shows you can go too far and have a side effect. On the whole, Palin’s reforms made Alaska drastically cleaner, even though there’s a long way to go. I call this good learning experience for executives. Governing for a good bunch of years should prevent these mistakes from happening in the White House.

    Mr.Worthing, I just much more energy from the Right criticizing Palin than….promoting an alternative. It’s like the critics want Democrats to win the White House in 2012.

    Comment by Eric Blair

    To be sure, I do not think these people want the democrats to win in 2012. I’ve seen a few times where the Palin detractor names an alternative, and that alternative is quickly turned into a pariah by the few most highly devoted Palin fans.

    However, someone else will have to step up eventually. I think a few will step up who are excellent candidates with the ability to govern very well and also win the election… if Palin endorses them.

    She’s earned the trust of a lot of people, and that’s giving her say over what happens in 2012.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  93. One wonders what did she do so wrong that makes her un electable, compared to Huckabee whose naivete, to be perfectly charitable has actually led to death; Romney, whose state labors under the prototype of this horrid health care law, which from the results of the last election, seems not that easy to reverse. That she didn’t answer the idiot questions of that anodyne newsreader, who was too lazy to actually research her subject. That she trusted the likes of the McCain camp’s mercenary clique of advisors, Has she not been right in the things that have mattered in the last two years; Does honor and integrity matter anymore, they clearly don’t by the looks of news from her home state.

    narciso (82637e)

  94. For the record, i do not want the dems to win in 2012. And my critique of palin amounts to a line here or there. i am not devoting much energy to it, because it really is mostly because she quit. not much else to say about it, and not much she can do, between now and 2012 about it.

    Aaron Worthing (b8e056)


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