It begins: Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent, claims Fox News

posted at 8:15 pm on November 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

Via Ace, a tasty pile of shinola straight from the stovetop of disgruntled McCain staffers. It’s too cute by half, as is the detail about NAFTA; they might as well have tossed in a story about her having to guess who’s buried in Grant’s tomb. To believe it, you have to believe she figured out a way to become governor of Alaska while somehow lacking the mental power to piece together which three nations might be involved in the North American Free Trade Agreement. Diehard ‘Cuda-haters like Sullivan will, of course, be more than happy to oblige.

You’ll find another clip from Fox that aired earlier today below the Carl Cameron video. See if you can figure out the thematic link. Exit question: If she’s really this much of an abject imbecile, how did that detail manage to escape the attention of Newsweek? There’s no sign of it in their highlight reel of the dishiest dirt they learned about the campaign, a piece which actually includes a quote from another aide about “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast” as if to prove that they’re not holding back on the ‘Cuda.

Update: The plot thickens.


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As to the Palin is a dummy narrative, I remind you that Reagan was a popularly derided as a former “b-movie actor” and “amiable dunce” (note to the faint of heart – liberals always have portrayed conservatives as stupid or hateful).

Angry Dumbo on November 6, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Don’t even try to compare Reagan with Palin. Reagan wrote his own speeches throughout most of his political career. Sarah Palin didn’t even write the Pitbull line. Reagan had a true conservative philosophy, instead of this BS “reform” mantra that has no significance in and of itself. When Reagan talked about reform, he gave you substance, he explained to you supply-side economics and the benefits of limited government. He didn’t just yabber about “changing Washington” and “cut taxes” every day.

I had originally hoped that Palin would reveal herself to be like Reagan, but it was obvious that what Palin lacks isn’t even intelligence. She lacks a basic sense of curiosity in issues that don’t immediately concern her interests. And for that reason alone, she’s not qualified to be president of the United States. When Couric asked her “why the bailout,” Palin infamously didn’t know the answer, because she never asked herself this question. Her aides probably told her the bailout was necessary, and she bought it.

haner on November 6, 2008 at 3:52 PM

I think that McCain was being pulled in 100 different directions. McCain has gotten his hands dirty plenty of times. It’s the Republicans who thought they could use the same old tricks to bring down Obama.

Not with this campaign. IMO he was much more comfortable thumbing his nose at the Republican base than he ever was actually fighting to win. Making sure that his campaign ran smoothly should have been one of his priorities – we have to give Obama credit for doing that.

American public didn’t give a shit about Rev. Wright when they lost 50% of their retirement funds and tapped out their savings

. So boo hoo – his one note campaign issue got swept away with my 401. I except my President to be able to handle the unexpected.

Also, the media would not let the Republicans bring up the problems with Obama. The MSM (especially MSNBC) protected Obama and trashed anyone who went up against him

. Well maybe McCain needed bigger ones then. Why did he let the media decide how to run his campaign? Be honest – he dabbled in bringing up character issues – his choice – but everytime the media jumped on him McCain backed down.

It was the conservatives who didn’t have the stomach to really learn about Obama well enough to defeat him. The game has changed and the Republicans were not up for the challenge. Instead of backing your candidates, Republicans put them down and gave no support

. What conservatives didn’t support McCain? You mean the talking heads? They bailed on McCain because they saw the writing on the wall and weren’t prepared to be personna non grata in DC

The treatment of Palin by the “men” of Fox News is downright disgraceful. Are they taking notes from Olbermann?

I agree about the “men” of Fox but the same should be said about the McCain camp – that’s the worst.

Not only has the Republicans lost the White House, but the Congress too. Instead of bashing McCain, ask yourself what the hell Bush has done for the conservative movement??? Bush’s legacy is garbage thanks to his ineffectual leadership. You can only prop him up for so long.

The fault, dear katiejane, lies not in the stars, but in ourselves.stefystef on November 6, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Actually while I agree that Bush didn’t do the Republicans any favors it seems to me like conservatives bailed on him when he didn’t march strictly to their agenda. See I’m not a big C Conservative. I’m a moderate who came to the Republican ticket after Palin was picked. IMO she was the only candidate who actually was not part of the problem so even with her shortcomings I thought she might actually be different than the boys in the club.

katiejane on November 6, 2008 at 4:13 PM

This is my second comment post on Hotair.

I am struck by the amount of whining, bickering, and loony ideas that I find in other comments. Boycott Fox? Come on, what affect is that going to have, even if everybody that reads Hotair does it?

This is just a example.

If you really want to make a difference, donate and volunteer to conservative candidates, and most importantly, write editorials in local papers and call local talk radio and explain to people why liberal policies are failures and conservative policies are better. And explain how these relate to people’s day to day lives.

Conservatives will never win unless people understand the reasons behind our ideas and how and why they will benefit. And nobody since Reagan has been able to communicate that effectively. It falls on us. The days when merely championing low taxes for everybody, even the rich and corporations, and deregulation were winning messages are over. We must champion conservative values, but go about reeducating the public on why they are beneficial, and destroying liberal arguments.

So quit whining and back biting, forget about Palin and Romney. I have seen no indication from Palin that she has the necessary understanding of economics or is quick enough on her feet to explain conservatism and fillet liberalism in interviews or a debate, and Romney has no shot, fair or not he comes off as to slick.

Let’s find another great communicator.

Aurelius317 on November 6, 2008 at 4:24 PM

The point is not comparing Palin with Reagan but the attack on someone perceived as a dangerous opponent in the future. Dan Quayle received the same treatment (as did George W. Bush). Basically, the game plan is to attack and ridicule any Christian Conservative who is rising in national prominence and has some chance of running for President in the future (4-8 years), as dumb, stupid, and incompetent. The easiest way is to find some silly, irrelevant comment or answer and repeat it constantly to attack and undermine any chance the general public might respect and vote for this person in the future. (The best example of this was Dan Quayle and the famous Potato incident – where he was given the wrong spelling of Potato and ridiculed for using the answer he was given by the Spelling Bee committee.) The Africa comment was leaked to make sure Palin would never again run for national office (President or VP).

Why is there an apparent shortage of Christian Conservative politicians at the national level? Liberals taget them early and take them out BEFORE they have a chance to gain any momentum. Thus leaving candidates like McCain and Dole to go the distance and they just can not motivate the conservative base and the ‘silent majority’, ‘Reagan Democrats’ and middle America like a Reagan, Bush, or even a Palin.

jerseyman on November 6, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Haner, I don’t wish to argue, I think we are basically in agreement. My narrow point is that conservatives lose when we pick up the media narrative. For so-called conservatives to attack Palin at this point is distasteful in the extreme. McCain’s staff vetted her, but now stab her in the back? To attack Palin at this point is at best counterproductive and at worst self-serving.

McCain and his staff are trying to get in the media’s good graces by trashing Palin. I just don’t see what anyone who sees themselves as a conservative gets by bringing down Palin.

Being a “conservative” has never been some kind of intellectual, members only social club where only National Review subscribers need apply. Palin earned my respect by entering the political arena when called. That she may not have been ready for her close up speaks more to the competence of McCain’s staff than to Palin’s qualifications as a conservative.

I stand by my earlier statement, McCain is a painful kidney stone the Republican party needs to pass before it can get back to full health.

Angry Dumbo on November 6, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Don’t even try to compare Reagan with Palin. Reagan wrote his own speeches throughout most of his political career.

Excuse me? Reagan wrote his own???
Gee, you need to tell Peggy Noonan that one. *LOL*

stefystef on November 6, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Becasue George H. Bush, Dole, and McCain were not full-blooded conservatives, they had trouble holding the majority of the American people when they wandered off the conservative reservation. Bush “Read my lips” and McCain Amnesty, Fannie bailout, and ANWR could never find traction beacuse they were missing on a few wheels. A true conservative needs to run on a 4-wheel basis. McCain could not attack Obama on many liberal issues (bailout, ANWR) because he voted with him.

jerseyman on November 6, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Conservatives will never win unless people understand the reasons behind our ideas and how and why they will benefit. And nobody since Reagan has been able to communicate that effectively. It falls on us. The days when merely championing low taxes for everybody, even the rich and corporations, and deregulation were winning messages are over. We must champion conservative values, but go about reeducating the public on why they are beneficial, and destroying liberal arguments.

So quit whining and back biting, forget about Palin and Romney. I have seen no indication from Palin that she has the necessary understanding of economics or is quick enough on her feet to explain conservatism and fillet liberalism in interviews or a debate, and Romney has no shot, fair or not he comes off as to slick.

Let’s find another great communicator.

Aurelius317 on November 6, 2008 at 4:24 PM

Much as I like Sarah Palin, I must admit Aurelius is right. Ronald Reagan spent years in the hinterlands writing, thinking, and talking about conservative ideas. He had the knack of being able to distill complex ideas to their essentials (which of course led the liberal elite to dismiss him as a ‘dunce’), and to communicate them brilliantly. Maybe Gov. Palin in a decade or two will be able to play in the major leagues, but it’s pretty clear she was brought up from the minors too early. In the meantime, we need to look elsewhere—maybe to Louisiana?

MrLynn on November 6, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Excuse me? Reagan wrote his own???
Gee, you need to tell Peggy Noonan that one. *LOL*

stefystef on November 6, 2008 at 4:32 PM

I’ll back haner on this one. Reagan did write most of his speeches throughout his political career, if not necessarily while the POTUS.

Point is this infighting is counterproductive. I would prefer to hear specifics on policy issues, should the GOP support cap and trade like McCain, or in what form should the party propose to reform health care.

This infighting is creating a vacuum the democrats are only too willing to fill. Support your Republican congressman if you have one you like or find one you do like and give them support. The party needs new leadership and this Monday morning quarterbacking does not move us any closer to that goal.

Angry Dumbo on November 6, 2008 at 4:41 PM

One liner associations that took down conservatives from the Presidency/VP:
George H Bush – Read my lips
Dan Quayle – Potatoe
Sarah Palin – Africa/wardrobe

W was able to dodge this bullet although there were many to dodge and many close, non-fatal hits.

jerseyman on November 6, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Palin’s rant on jouralism sounds like a word by word expression of Vladimir Putin’s views on “managing” the media. If only Sarah were in charge, she could keep those journalists under control and stop Couric from asking those “unfair” questions that expose her ignorance.

bayam on November 6, 2008 at 8:01 AM

Just like Obama kicking off planes/attacking people that question him right?

scrubbiedude on November 6, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Not with this campaign. IMO he was much more comfortable thumbing his nose at the Republican base than he ever was actually fighting to win. Making sure that his campaign ran smoothly should have been one of his priorities – we have to give Obama credit for doing that.

McCain was not thumbing his nose at the Republican base. He was trying to get the base to think rational and logically because the Bush agenda has failed the Republicans in this country. People didn’t vote loyalty to conservative doctrine, they voted their bank accounts. McCain didn’t lose this- Bush’s lack of leadership made the Republicans lose everything they gained in the last 25 years. And right now, you don’t have the leadership or the organization to pull things back together. So instead, it’s “Bash Palin” to deflect the failures of so many men in the Republican party.

So boo hoo – his one note campaign issue got swept away with my 401. I except my President to be able to handle the unexpected.

Well sadly, this country has been stuck with a President who doesn’t handle the unexpected well. From Katrina to this financial meltdown, Bush has not incorporated any of the fiscal conservative methods that could have help the problems. Bush is reactive, never pro-active.

Well maybe McCain needed bigger ones then. Why did he let the media decide how to run his campaign? Be honest – he dabbled in bringing up character issues – his choice – but everytime the media jumped on him McCain backed down.

The media controlled everyone’s campaign. They destroyed every candidate on both sides to make room for Obama. Never a negative word said about Obama, but everyone else was torn down. Did McCain back down some times? Yes, because I don’t think he was very comfortable with character assissination. By the way, this year, it wouldn’t have worked. In the end, no one cared about Rev Wright and Bill Ayers because they were worried about their money and future. The Republican Party ITSELF provided NO solutions and NO assurance to the American people. Too many Republicans busy trying to hold on to their seats… which they lost so many, even in places there conservative movement should be strong.

Actually while I agree that Bush didn’t do the Republicans any favors it seems to me like conservatives bailed on him when he didn’t march strictly to their agenda. See I’m not a big C Conservative. I’m a moderate who came to the Republican ticket after Palin was picked. IMO she was the only candidate who actually was not part of the problem so even with her shortcomings I thought she might actually be different than the boys in the club.

Well katiejane, I am a moderate Democrat who will be leaving the Democratic Party this year. I was disgusted the way the DNC treated Hillary and anyone else who got in the way of their “golden child”, Obama. I am disgusted with the media who once held McCain in high regard, only to trash him and his ideas to make Obama look better. Obama played the race card and the MSM helped him do it. And I thought the Palin pick was a stroke of brilliance, but too many Republicans and conservatives were jealous of her and too busy trying to self-promote than to look for what is good for the conservative movement.

It is the Republican Party that has failed because they didn’t think past Bush. Now Bush will bring down the party with him- if the Republicans don’t stop in-fighting and look at some new goals.

stefystef on November 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM

So quit whining and back biting, forget about Palin and Romney. I have seen no indication from Palin that she has the necessary understanding of economics or is quick enough on her feet to explain conservatism and fillet liberalism in interviews or a debate, and Romney has no shot, fair or not he comes off as to slick.

Let’s find another great communicator.

Aurelius317 on November 6, 2008 at 4:24 PM

+1

haner on November 6, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Excuse me? Reagan wrote his own???
Gee, you need to tell Peggy Noonan that one. *LOL*

stefystef on November 6, 2008 at 4:32 PM

You are as ignorant as Sarah Palin. Reagan was famous for laboring over his own speeches into the night. Peggy Noonan didn’t become Reagan’s speech writer until 1984, and that lasted until about 1986. Even then, he formulated most of them and didn’t read a speech until he had gone through it and edited it himself.

haner on November 6, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Lots of Astroturf on this thread.

Angry Dumbo on November 6, 2008 at 6:24 PM

McCain and his staff are trying to get in the media’s good graces by trashing Palin. I just don’t see what anyone who sees themselves as a conservative gets by bringing down Palin.

Angry Dumbo

I agree. The current leaks are despicable and actually hurt McCain’s reputation just as much as Palin’s. But maybe it’s for the best if Palin is not seen as a serious contender for 2012. For one, it would at least force her to confront her shortcomings now.

Four or eight years is a long time, so maybe she can still transform herself. But the current narrow populist, attack-dog Palin I see right now will not be elected president by the country.

haner on November 6, 2008 at 6:35 PM

While we are bitchin about this foolishness moveon.org is raising millions of dollars to kick our ass all over the place again DO YOU HEAR ME !!!!!!!! what are we going to do about it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chicostein on November 6, 2008 at 6:48 PM

You are as ignorant as Sarah Palin. Reagan was famous for laboring over his own speeches into the night. Peggy Noonan didn’t become Reagan’s speech writer until 1984, and that lasted until about 1986. Even then, he formulated most of them and didn’t read a speech until he had gone through it and edited it himself.

haner on November 6, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Glad to see the myth around Reagan still exists. I know Americans were told that Reagan wrote his speeches. But I figured Nancy’s astrologist wrote his speech. Nancy was probably his editor too.

He’s still dead and obviously very few conservatives have used his philosophy to keep the party afloat.

stefystef on November 6, 2008 at 8:08 PM

Glad to see the myth around Reagan still exists. I know Americans were told that Reagan wrote his speeches. But I figured Nancy’s astrologist wrote his speech. Nancy was probably his editor too. . .

stefystef on November 6, 2008 at 8:08 PM

That kind of snide remark doesn’t deserve a reply, but I will say that President Reagan was a great reader, and always writing: letters, diary entries, speeches. He was a very good writer (and editor). Remember that he had a long public career before becoming President: head of the Screen Actors Guild, public relations for GE (which included endless rubber-chicken dinner speeches), Governor of California (two terms), and political candidate from 1976 through 1980. By the time he became President he was thoroughly versed in the great issues of the time, and a fine writer, capable of encapsulating profound ideas in a pithy phrase. Read his Letters some time, and open your eyes.

MrLynn on November 6, 2008 at 8:32 PM

The press is attacking Palin, even during this “time of healing” when everybody else is saying nice things about each other, because they know what’s coming in four years.

The last time I saw behavior like this was around 1997-1998 when the media started running stories on this handsome young Governor of Texas. At that time, I hadn’t even known President Bush had a son. But because they couldn’t stop putting his face on the screen, even with negative stories, they created the future that they most wanted to avoid.

Palin will be trashed and smeared by the media many, many times between now and 2012, you can count on that, and then she’ll be the President. That’s why all of the other GOP hopefuls, great as they are, are just auditioning for the VP slot now.

joe_doufu on November 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

Palin will be trashed and smeared by the media many, many times between now and 2012, you can count on that, and then she’ll be the President. That’s why all of the other GOP hopefuls, great as they are, are just auditioning for the VP slot now.
joe_doufu on November 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

Thanx, joe. The more they trash her, the more we love her. And the legions build. The MSM and RNC are making the case for her. Sweet irony…

gracie on November 6, 2008 at 11:22 PM

(posted this in another thread..HAHA)

Kinda fun. THIS was the ACTUAL winning pick 3 numbers in the ILLINOIS STATE LOTTERY. The day after the election.

Evening Pick 3

Wed, Nov 5 2008 is 6-6-6

bwahahahaaaa! (but it anyone really surprised?

http://www.illinoislottery.com/numbers.asp

>:)

Handel on November 7, 2008 at 1:10 AM

in response to thequizzling media and infantile campaigners who want Sarah Palin to surrender…

NUTS!

If General George Patton was alive hed respect Sarah the most

Scoff at obamas foreign policy thoughts

and slap Biden

Sonosam on November 7, 2008 at 2:11 AM

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