Obama by proxy

posted at 3:00 pm on March 13, 2010 by Doctor Zero

What’s your favorite example of mindless, slavering Palin hatred? The following excerpt comes from a review of Big Love, HBO’s lurid soap opera about a polygamist family:

What’s taking the Sissy Spacek and Perry King characters so long to discover Bill’s a polygamist? Hundreds of people in Greater Salt Lake City – polygamist and non-polygamist, Juniper Creek residents, law enforcement officials, drive-in attendants, neighbors – must know by now, no? At the end of season one, Barb admitted to an assistant to the governor’s wife that she was “involved in a polygamist lifestyle.” (But then again, nobody seemed to catch on to what a petty little idiot Sarah Palin was before John McCain snatched her from obscurity. Maybe a Utah state senate race simply doesn’t invite a ton of scrutiny.)

It may not be as flashy as Kathy Griffin grunting about her primitive urge to push the former governor of Alaska down a flight of stairs, but I like the sheer drive-by stupidity of it. There are plenty of other lefties out there, shivering with an anger so intense they can’t help vomiting it into movie reviews, fashion articles, sports stories, and other inappropriate venues, to the discomfort of readers who weren’t looking for crazy sandwich-board rants about Sarah Palin.

What drives Palin Derangement Syndrome to such intensity? Did anyone except John Edwards feel this passionately about John Edwards after he concluded a losing campaign as a vice-presidential candidate? Certainly Palin has remained more prominent than most such candidates, writing a blockbuster autobiography and launching a daring raid against the Death Panel Star from her Facebook page on Yavin-4… but has she really done anything to inspire this level of personal venom?

Few of the people issuing these lowbrow fatwas against her are residents of Alaska, so they’ve never lived under her authority, and know little about her actions as governor. They’re not having policy arguments with her, or rebelling against something she did in office. She was pretty tough on Obama during the latter days of the campaign, but that’s a role traditionally filled by all veep candidates, and it didn’t work – he still got elected. She’s not a feisty provocateur like Ann Coulter, striking a kung fu stance after every trenchant column and beckoning liberals to take their best shot at her. Palin’s speeches and writing are forceful and confident, but liberals respond as if she were screaming insults at them, or maybe hunting them for sport with her rifle.

Many of these vitriolic attacks are threads in the Shroud of Contempt, which the Left uses to smother opponents through its media and cultural influence, by constructing a common perception of them as too stupid or crazy to take seriously. Some of the animosity is born from fear that Palin might successfully re-enter politics. Listening to the criticism mixed in with the insults, I wonder if there might be another, more subtle reason behind the level of rage directed at John McCain’s affable running mate:

Sarah Palin is Obama by proxy.

Palin’s admirers often marvel at how the charges leveled against her are far more applicable to the current President. People who voted for an undistinguished junior senator from Illinois with few accomplishments are quick to assault Palin’s “lack of experience.” The same folks who instruct us that Barack Obama is a physical paragon, and Michelle Obama is the most beautiful woman in the world – a goddess who causes fashion models to slink from her path in shame – belittle Palin for her good looks. Defenders of the most fabulously corrupt administration in modern history mumble about the murky details of obscure “scandals” manufactured by Alaskan bloggers. They turn away from the sad spectacle of a manifestly incompetent President to sneer that a woman who alters the course of legislative battles with blog posts is some kind of an idiot.

They dismiss Going Rogue as “ghost written” while ignoring the specter of Bill Ayers plodding through Obama’s books, a sputtering bomb clutched in its skeletal fingers. A few lines scribbled on Palin’s palm glow more brightly in their imaginations than terabytes of data flowing across the screen of Obama’s teleprompter. They accuse Palin of being a “divisive” and “polarizing” figure, while Obama launches Taxi Driver rants against evil insurance companies, cops acting stupidly, tonsil-stealing doctors, and everyone else who crosses his path.

I used to dismiss these contradictions as simply hypocrisy, but perhaps these people are angry at Palin because of her perceived similarities to Barack Obama, not in spite of them. They need someplace to ground the lightning of their frustration and disappointment, and they’re not allowed to be angry at Obama. They wear a set of rusty intellectual chains that require them to believe all criticism of Obama is racist, or paid for by his fat-cat arch-enemies. Accepting the notion that government power is morally superior to free enterprise, and a virtuous nation therefore has a very large government, requires belief in the masters of the State as titans of mind and spirit. How could a gigantic State be morally defensible, if its leaders aren’t supermen? If you find yourself suspecting the architect of the largest, most expensive government America has ever known might not be as smart or wise as you were led to believe last November, your entire world-view is threatened.

It’s very important for liberals to deflect those suspicions onto a designated, culturally approved target. Sarah Palin is a convenient hate fetish for increasingly nervous and confused Left, because she embodies the qualities of the red-state America they loathe… and serves as a voodoo doll for uncomfortable criticisms of Obama, which they project onto her. As events continue to demonstrate those criticisms were far more important than any of the superficial or imaginary reasons they voted for him, they’ll jab pins into that voodoo doll with increasing fury, even though the object of their anger now spends her days working for a news network none of them would be caught dead watching.

The pitfall of an insular, heavily biased media culture is that it doesn’t process negative feedback well. Those of us who never joined the Obama cult can only frown at the chunks of bile strewn through discourse that should have nothing to do with politics, and laugh when people who voted Joe Biden into office sputter about what a lousy vice-president Sarah Palin would have made.

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gary4205 on March 13, 2010 at 3:57 PM

You were corrected on this yesterday. There was a post with over 100 comments on this very topic, in the “headlines” section.

Luckily, Palin has more honest apologists than you.

notropis on March 13, 2010 at 5:26 PM

It is really because they are emotionally invested in Obama’s presidency to cult-like levels. Many don’t consider policy so much as giving him a win. Palin stood up to him, criticized more successfully than anyone else in 2008. People listened, no matter how many lies were told and what the media pundits said. Therefore, she must be destroyed. Not only that, she is a vessel for all the unspoken disappointment and uncertainty surrounding Obama. She personifies, to them, his failures. To her supporters, Sarah Palin is the antithesis of Barry Sotero.

chunderroad on March 13, 2010 at 5:26 PM

AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 4:28 PM

I am in the Appalachians. This particular wild boar was killed in middle Tennessee. The phesants were killed in New York state. Deer from all over, some from the back yard.

ladyingray on March 13, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I believe you hit the real problem: She’s similar to him. That became immediately apparent in the election, too.

AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Let’s see how similar Palin is to Obama.
1. Palin is honest; Obama is a liar
2. Palin has executive experience; Obama does not
3. Palin is pro-life; Obama is for baby killeing

Need I go on? In summary Palin is similar to Obama like
God is similar to Satan.

docdave on March 13, 2010 at 5:27 PM

To be honest, she doesn’t connect with me often. On occasion. Mostly she’s odd to me.
Ditto for Obama. Very definitely ditto for McCain, Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty, etc.
I don’t relate to any of them, personally.
Do you?
AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 3:22 PM

That’s because you’re a left oriented “seminar commenter” Also known in the biz as a “concern troll”

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 13, 2010 at 5:27 PM

I can’t imagine cooking moose, personally.

She fascinates me. But I don’t relate.

AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 4:02 PM

What in the world does this have to do with anything???

The only thing I find fascinating about Sarah is that she has any time to cook at all!
The lady is amazing…Today she is appearing in Tulsa with Glenn Beck.
She makes substantive posts about current issues on Facebook, is preparing a series for Fox News, is writing a second book and has a grueling speaking schedule and AnninColyfornia can only think about Palin cooking moose?!

Jenfidel on March 13, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Here’s a link to AP’s coverage of the Romney mass-book by, linked directly to C4P’s article, in fact:

http://hotair.com/headlines/?p=75254

notropis on March 13, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Try again: “mass book-buy”

notropis on March 13, 2010 at 5:29 PM

It may not be as flashy as Kathy Griffin grunting about her primitive urge to push the former governor of Alaska down a flight of stairs…

I’d love to see Kathy Griffin try to tangle with a woman who can take down a moose.

chunderroad on March 13, 2010 at 5:29 PM

I believe you hit the real problem: She’s similar to him. That became immediately apparent in the election, too.

AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Thank’s for sharing your previously reserved insight with us.

heshtesh on March 13, 2010 at 5:31 PM

“If you find yourself suspecting the architect of the largest, most expensive government America has ever known might not be as smart or wise as you were led to believe last November, your entire world-view is threatened.”

Hammer meet the Nail Head comment…

+7% Doc!

For anyone who hasn’t seen the interview with Yuri Bezmenov, here it is. Doc’s post and Yuri’s interview go hand in hand.

Seven Percent Solution on March 13, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Like your stuff Doc0 but I’m with Jimw on this one. Obama and Palin both hold a similar appeal to their respective bases, but the tone and volume of the left’s hatred for Palin has not materially changed since McCain picked her. The reason their hate isn’t abating is because Palin refuses to go away. They know or can sense that she’s several times as good at leading people as Obama – nothing against Obama; people are either leaders or they aren’t, and very few can learn to be if they are not – and they fear the contrast. Cultured, sophisticated, Ivy-league educated black-ish man vs. uncomplicated, honest, passionate woman with the kind of degree that people who have to pay for their education gets and they know how that will play and who will come out on top. That threatens not only their cultural icon, it threatens their self-image, because their self-image is built on the flimsy foundation of certain things making one better than most other folks.

Anyone from any culture or upbringing can manifest the truth as clear as a burning bush, but they desperately want people to have to “pay the dues” before they are allowed to be credited. Oh they celebrate the folk heroes like Rosa Parks, but people like her are objects to be used, not equals in opinion. I look at Rosa Parks and I see a woman who simply put right and principle ahead of safety at a critical time. They see her as a vehicle to power.

Any high-school dropout or higher with a solid moral compass and a strong dose of common sense and leadership ability would make an infinitely better president than Barrack Obama. He doesn’t have a grasp of leadership. He has no moral compass and insufficient introspection to understand his shortcoming and compensate for them by picking staff members who do. His vaunted education gave him the tools he needed to get elected, but he has neither the experience nor the talent required to govern.

Everyone paying attention understands this. We’ve had more than enough examples to nail down all of the major points. Obama’s narcissism; foreign policy cluelessness; his inability to make decisions or stick with them; his tone-deaf posturing; abdicating critical tasks to others; inability to strike a chord with the rabble (that’s us)– these are all things that have happened many times in the last year or so, far more often than coincidence would allow.

Palin keeps making lemonade out of lemons because she instinctively knows the right answer and how to communicate it. Their beliefs–their life-sustaining, sweet beliefs tell them that she is a rube and unworthy of leadership, yet their subconscious tells them something completely different. This sets up a psychological cacophony that causes pain.

They would hate Palin if Obama didn’t exist. But the fact that they are both charismatic is a force multiplier for their hate, because our “cult leader” is better than their cult leader (no quotes).

Immolate on March 13, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Wild boar?
AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 4:18 PM

Ann – Sabinal, TX on Highway 90 on the way to Del Rio has wild boar hunting. Wild boar is good to eat in tamales.

yoda on March 13, 2010 at 5:42 PM

docdave on March 13, 2010 at 5:27 PM

LOL I know!

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”

BTW, the American taxpayer is now on the hook for $5 trillion of GSE debt. Thanks, community organizers!

…The U.S. government placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in conservatorship in September 2008: “This means that the U.S. Taxpayer now stands behind $5 trillion of GSE debt,” according to the Congressional Research Service.

The problem is that $5 trillion of so-called agency paper is not treated as if it is a debt of Uncle Sam for accounting purposes, says Richard Suttmeier, chief market strategist at Niagara International Capital and ValueEngine.com.

“Get it on the balance sheet – that’s where it belongs,” Suttmeier says. “Add it to the $14.2 trillion in [federal] debt and let’s move on.”…

Apparently, the final toxic mortgage reckoning has been put on hold until 2012 as well.

…Coincidentally (or not), the FDIC is allowing U.S. banks until 2012 before forcing them to fully write-down bad or toxic loans, which is “another time bomb ticking,” Suttmeier says. “They’re hoping the public market comes back into the mortgage arena…

chunderroad on March 13, 2010 at 5:44 PM

The reason their hate isn’t abating is because Palin refuses to go away. They know or can sense that she’s several times as good at leading people as Obama – nothing against Obama; people are either leaders or they aren’t, and very few can learn to be if they are not – and they fear the contrast. Cultured, sophisticated, Ivy-league educated black-ish man vs. uncomplicated, honest, passionate woman with the kind of degree that people who have to pay for their education gets and they know how that will play and who will come out on top. That threatens not only their cultural icon, it threatens their self-image, because their self-image is built on the flimsy foundation of certain things making one better than most other folks.

That was very well put.

chunderroad on March 13, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Sorry! This part, too…

They would hate Palin if Obama didn’t exist. But the fact that they are both charismatic is a force multiplier for their hate, because our “cult leader” is better than their cult leader (no quotes).

Immolate on March 13, 2010 at 5:40 PM

chunderroad on March 13, 2010 at 5:48 PM

yoda on March 13, 2010 at 5:42 PM

That wild boar made the best BBQ I have ever had in my life, and I’ve had quite a bit from all over.

ladyingray on March 13, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Mostly she’s odd to me. Ditto for Obama. Very definitely ditto for McCain, Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty, etc.
I don’t relate to any of them, personally.
Do you?
AnninCA

Have you considered that, maybe, you’re the odd one?

chimney sweep on March 13, 2010 at 5:51 PM

That wild boar made the best BBQ I have ever had in my life, and I’ve had quite a bit from all over.

ladyingray on March 13, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Wild boar tamales and bbq in Texas was some of the best I’ve ever had. Rattlesnake was yummy too!!!!

yoda on March 13, 2010 at 5:59 PM

AnninCA, I don’t know what you wrote in the past that has caused you to be constantly belittled on this site, but you are far more fair to Palin than many of your moderate/liberal peers. Thanks.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2010 at 6:04 PM

I wish to hell that you clowns would stop engaging that concern troll Annin.
Y’know, I get home after working, and I see a post that’s really interesting and here you people are going back and forth with it.
Jesus Freakin’ Christ, she has 28 comments on the last page alone!
Quit it!

Lanceman on March 13, 2010 at 6:14 PM

AnninCA, I don’t know what you wrote in the past that has caused you to be constantly belittled on this site, but you are far more fair to Palin than many of your moderate/liberal peers. Thanks.

alwaysfiredup on March 13, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Ya but she tends to spin at the same rate as Romney.

heshtesh on March 13, 2010 at 6:26 PM

On speaking abilities? I do have the edge. She’s not terribly articulate.

AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Your posts do not convince us of your premise.

massrighty on March 13, 2010 at 6:27 PM

yoda on March 13, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Never had rattlesnake. Would like to try…

ladyingray on March 13, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Your posts do not convince us of your premise.

massrighty on March 13, 2010 at 6:27 PM

You’re not exactly Shakespeare yourself.

This is the Internet. Vocabulary and grammar standards are not the same, and unless you post like a ditzy teenager “LOL! d00d!” it’s rather simplistic to make judgements on an individual’s speaking ability.

Dark-Star on March 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Palin’s admirers often marvel at how the charges leveled against her are far more applicable to the current President.

So they have regressed back to almost midevil times with Obama as royal prince and Palin as whipping girl?

A whipping boy, in the 1600s and 1700s, was a young boy who was assigned to a young prince and was punished when the prince misbehaved or fell behind in his schooling. Whipping boys were established in the English court during the monarchies of the 15th century and 16th century. They were created because the idea of the Divine Right of Kings, which stated that kings were appointed by God, and implied that no one but the king was worthy of punishing the king’s son. Since the king was rarely around to punish his son when necessary, tutors to the young prince found it extremely difficult to enforce rules or learning.

MB4 on March 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Speaking for myself, of course, I’m glad that these Tourette’s suffering liberals chose her over Lindsey Graham.

ericdijon on March 13, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Dr Zero I completely agree but I just want to add that I think that she threatens Liberal women because they have spent so much time and effort saying we have to hate our men but act like them to be able to make it…and we aren’t like men and don’t want to be… I say this as a successful manager not as a stay at home mom… which I wish I had been… Liberal women denied my generation of that too…

CCRWM on March 13, 2010 at 7:13 PM

We’re not all as gifted as you, but we’re on the right track. You, Rush and Levin are teachers. It’s all in delivering the message, and there are millions out here who are trying to educate our neighbors.

Cody1991 on March 13, 2010 at 5:01 PM

What Cody said, plus I am always amazed at how well you can crystallize an idea and everyone says, “Yeah, that’s what I was thinking!” Only none of us could articulate it quite as well.

I cooked venison once in my life. It was about like leather. *haha

I repeat. She’s fascinating to me, but I don’t relate personally.
AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 4:07 PM

Wow! You cooked venison? Geez Louise, how did you, like, not hurl all over your wok???
There are lots of reasons it could be rubbery, but all are either the cook’s fault, or the way the animal was killed (not at all cleanly), or improper hanging and aging. The same applies to beef, chicken, pork, meerkat, etc.

The reason you don’t relate? Have you ever in your life been any more than ten feet from poured concrete? The reason you can’t relate dear one, is that you, not the rest of us, have been living in a contrived, very false bubble where everything is all sweetness and roses. The world is brutal. But kind, compassionate people like Sarah befuddle y’all because her kindness and compassion are based on having seen some very real, very stark realities.

I can’t imagine cooking moose, personally.

She fascinates me. But I don’t relate.

AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 4:02 PM

I’ve never cooked moose, but I on the other hand CAN imagine it. I imagine someone brings me a big ole dead moose and says: “Cook it.” Well I’d probably cook up a pretty good portion of that puppy and freeze the rest for later.
I gather you, on the other hand, if hungry, would hold out for the falafala fairy to show up before you would eat moose meat?

Chewy the Lab on March 13, 2010 at 7:17 PM

Never had rattlesnake. Would like to try…

ladyingray on March 13, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Keep telling yourself that it tastes like chicken and sure enough, it does. If you ever go to a wild game banquet, they might have it.

yoda on March 13, 2010 at 7:23 PM

Fabulous post Dr. and I must concur, spot on!

royzer on March 13, 2010 at 7:33 PM

You’re not exactly Shakespeare yourself.

This is the Internet. Vocabulary and grammar standards are not the same, and unless you post like a ditzy teenager “LOL! d00d!” it’s rather simplistic to make judgements on an individual’s speaking ability.

Dark-Star on March 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM

On which of my posts is your argument based?
As to standards, we should keep them high; grammar is important, and word choice, in making clear points.

massrighty on March 13, 2010 at 7:36 PM

F***ing brilliant.

Metro on March 13, 2010 at 7:44 PM

SARAHFREAKINGCUDA

Metro on March 13, 2010 at 7:44 PM

Another great post Dr Z.

Salem Communications needs to scoop you up before somebody else does. HINT HINT HINT SC…….

portlandon on March 13, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Excellent post once again Doc. You definitely have a way with words. I would love to see you graduate from the Green Room to full time blogger here at Hot Air. I think that would make for an awesome trio of bloggers. I am not sure how AP and Ed would feel about it, but I think it would be a perfect blend for the diverse crowd we have here at Hot Air. Of course the saying two is company, three is a crowd comes to mind. Or is it two is a crowd, three is a party Haha. Please keep the post coming either way.

chief on March 13, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Liberals hate their opponents more than they love their own candidates. Remember Golda Meir’s “Peace will come to the Middle East when the Arabs love their children more than they hate us”?

in 2008, while attending a Hollywood writers’ conference, just after Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes had died, someone mentioned their two deaths. A female writer immediately piped up, “Why couldn’t it have been George Bush and Dick Cheney?”

How much hatred do you have to have stored up in the front of your brain to say something like that?

I just shook my head in disgust and walked away. I kick myself for not saying something at the time. I can’t wait for the next time.

fred5678 on March 13, 2010 at 8:24 PM

Another fantastic post by the Doctor!

(sounds kind of like the argument Dinesh D’Souza made in “The Enemy At Home” too…which would make things verrrrry interesting after, say, 1/20/2013…)

das411 on March 13, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Accepting the notion that government power is morally superior to free enterprise, and a virtuous nation therefore has a very large government, requires belief in the masters of the State as titans of mind and spirit. How could a gigantic State be morally defensible, if its leaders aren’t supermen? If you find yourself suspecting the architect of the largest, most expensive government America has ever known might not be as smart or wise as you were led to believe last November, your entire world-view is threatened.

Well said, Doc.

I also think some of the angst on the left is that Obama to them is the really cool teenage babysitter that lets them do what they want and Palin is the footsteps of the grown-up coming home to straighten up the mess.

inmypajamas on March 13, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Dr, you leave me wet.

leftnomore on March 13, 2010 at 9:10 PM

So they have regressed back to almost midevil times with Obama as royal prince and Palin as whipping girl?

MB4 on March 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM

They referring to Obama supporters.

MB4 on March 13, 2010 at 9:31 PM

it’s rather simplistic to make judgements on an individual’s speaking ability.

Dark-Star on March 13, 2010 at 6:32 PM

that’s judgments

John the Libertarian on March 13, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Heck yeah! She (Palin) is the first politician in my lifetime that I have ever related to on a personal level. Being female in my 40’s, it’s about time.

yogi41 on March 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Really! That’s fascinating.

I can’t imagine cooking moose, personally.

She fascinates me. But I don’t relate.

AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 4:02 PM

I can relate to her down to earth persona. Hard working, problem solver, and is not afraid to do the dirty work either. It doesn’t bother me if her speech sounds funny to some, listen to many in the midwest they all sound funny. She might do more for conservatives just doing what she has been for the last year. I hope we see lots of her in all our states. We could use a leader, and that woman knows how to lead and encourage us.

wi farmgirl on March 13, 2010 at 11:14 PM

AnninCA on March 13, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Ann, you have a BIG issue you need to tackle.

You are concern troll extraordinaire. Sarah would be a fine POTUS. You don’t want to support her, but it is irrelevant for the most part since you live in a state that will vote blue anyway.

CA would take the blue pill and so would you so you can be comfortably numb the rest of your life.

Sapwolf on March 13, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Brilliant.

motionview on March 13, 2010 at 11:41 PM

The Palin bashers don’t even really seem to mean it anymore. It’s more reflex now than anything.

I’ve noticed a few of her critics start to give her a little credit recently. I don’t expect Allah or Olby to follow suit – those two are over the edge lunatic sexist Palin haters beyond any hope – but a few people I know have started to come around on Sarah.

It’s obvious their attacks have failed. Sarah Palin is the biggest voice in opposition to Obama right now. The right hangs on her every word.

Nobody cares if Mitt tweets or makes a Facebook post. He’s a Joseph Smith believin’ ‘born in the USA white Jesus’ Mormon nutter. Mitt might as well take his scrying device and try to pick the winning lotto numbers. He’d have a better chance at winning Lotto than winning an election.

Mr Purple on March 14, 2010 at 12:10 AM

I wonder if there might be another, more subtle reason behind the level of rage directed at John McCain’s affable running mate:

Sarah Palin is Obama by proxy.

Actually, I think Palin is what the left wishes they had. I think that’s the root of it.

ddrintn on March 14, 2010 at 1:22 AM

I don’t know about the “Obama by Proxy” theory. It seems to me that you could make the exact point — though for completely different reasons — about George W. Bush.

That is, while Obama ran against W during the whole campaign, virtually everything he claimed to be was actually true of Bush.

Obama claimed to be a moderate, Bush really was a moderate. Yet somehow the media calls Obama a moderate and Bush a far-right extremist.

Obama claimed to not be partisan, Bush really wasn’t partisan. He reached out over and over to the Democrats, naming buildings for Kennedys, inviting Democrats to the White House, even deliberately choosing a VP who would never run for the presidency. Yet Obama has turned out to have the most radical and polarizing administration since at least LBJ.

I could go on, but won’t I’ll just make this point: Virtually anyone could be Obama by Proxy, for the simple reason that Obama is a phony through and through, and virtually anything he claims to be or have would turn out on closer inspection to be more true of his opponent.

Unless the competition is over who is more radical. There, I have complete confidence in the Lame Above All Lames.

There Goes The Neighborhood on March 14, 2010 at 2:35 AM

What drives Palin Derangement Syndrome to such intensity?

I’m pretty sure it’s the same force that creates all these horribly un-funny Obama nick names.

The Calibur on March 13, 2010 at 3:21 PM

You mean names like The Jug-eared One?

Remember Chimpy McBushitlerburton?

Pay=back’s a beeyotch.

Get over it.

As for PDS, aaaaahhhhhhhh. Smell the fear.

hillbillyjim on March 14, 2010 at 6:55 AM

Sapwolf on March 13, 2010 at 11:20 PM

AnninCA is a “true believer.” She has been for Obama since he first appeared on the political radar. Her concern is not for Sarah Palin, but for anything that opposes Obama. Because she wants him to “remake America.” She wants UHC as a Holy Grail, and she knows this is the closest the left will come for many years. It is like the passing of a comet. The funny thing is, though, that Sarah Palin called it. He’s a false messiah. The healthcare bill is going down in flames. Obama will LOSE.

chunderroad on March 14, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Libtard restaurant review:

“The service was great, the food was outstanding, but the decor was very stupid dumb evil Sarah Palinish.”

Akzed on March 14, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Palin’s been savaged by the Left ever since she was nominated, so I can’t say I take the idea she’s absorbing their disappointment with Obama’s performance in office very seriously. That said, it’s a marvellous tactic for putting them off balance since the Left is far more intellectual than intelligent, and an absolute sucker for complicated psychologizing.

PersonFromPorlock on March 14, 2010 at 10:40 AM

and laugh when people who voted Joe Biden into office sputter about what a lousy vice-president Sarah Palin would have made.

Watch out now, you’re messing with Joe!

Herb on March 14, 2010 at 10:54 AM

My take on why they hate Palin is they feel they have conspiracy theories why Leftism isn’t more popular. One of the reasons they say “the right falls in line with a candidate (best ideas) and the left falls in love (most likeable)” is that they see their agenda advancing as SOON as they get a JFK figure to do it. They value charisma as the key politcial element in winning elections. Who has the most CHARISMA on the right? Who is the personally best looking? They fear and believe any agenda can be advanced by a charismatic and as such they see Obama as the one to advance Socialism in a pretty pleasant face. Conversely they view Sarah Palin as the one to advance the Conservative movement using the same logic. They fear a charismatic because that is THEIR theory of what advances your cause. Thinkl why do they “want to push Palin down some stairs”. They think our cause would be gone with when the charismatic figure is gone. They see her as irreplaceable (and thus thr right will be defeated) since they are not believers in political ideas carrying the day.

Conan on March 14, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Interesting.
My take on the strange over-the-top hate is that for many people Barry and Sarah are opposites on a really basic level.
He is like a tabula rasa, a black hole, blank slate upon which you can cast any of your wishes and hopes and they are absorbed/confirmed. Underdog/overdog he’s got them all covered either by word or action.
Sarah Palin is a mirror. She reflects back what we are. If you agree with abortion she reflects her take on this – by word and by action. This makes many uncomfortable because it forces them to face their own thoughts and perhaps actions on this issue.
He is a con man, a trickster who has a talent for finding a way, honest or dishonest, to get your support for his plans. That’s his “community organizer” and Marxist background as an agitator. Any means to an end.
She on the other hand has gotten support because her values and life choices – professional and personal – resonate with many people as things they see as the right way to live and act.

PaddyJ on March 14, 2010 at 12:05 PM

PaddyJ on March 14, 2010 at 12:05 PM

I would comnpletely agree with the blank slate and mirror explanations also. When Palin was introduced the MSM/pundit comments about her being a “culture warrior” before she even spoke were the comments of someone looking in the “mirror” of abortion and other social issues at the democrat stance and not liking the comparison. The blank slate is one Obama used in an oft quoted line from one of his TWO biographies. He definately did that. I don’t know if you have ever seen the famous video of some black woman saying after one of his speeches “I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage or putting gas in my tank!” The explanation for why she got that out of his speech (which we know he DIDN’T say) is that she was projecting the solutions to HER problems on the blank slate Obama. Great analysis though I would say it’s combination of our 2 things and maybe more that creates the “plain effect”

Conan on March 14, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Sorry “Palin Effect”

Conan on March 14, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Don’t make the mistake of over-intellectualizing the Palin hate. It has little to do with her policies or any individual speech or opinion she’s given.

The hate was immediate. As soon as Palin’s biography became known, the hate began, and that makes it more instinctual, and less intellectual. It is a lizard brain reaction, not a frontal lobe thought-out position.

The hatred is primarily driven by a certain class of woman, the kind who reads Maureen Dowd because she is one of them: correct education from the correct schools, correct opinions reflecting the correct lifestyle, correct job with connections to the correct people. But even though these Dowdites have all of that, they tend to be unhappy… they end up settling for less than they think they deserve.

Look at what Palin has: a handsome, masculine husband, four kids, a position of real power… all the things that the Dowdites thought awaited them when they graduated college. Instead they end up with one child, born only after fertility treatments, married to a financially accomplished yet wimpy guy…

They are jealous. As they see it, this Palin chick doesn’t deserve the things she has… those brass rings should belong to the special ones… the ones who followed the proper path…

Physically attractive, fertile, and well married. All powerful, instinctual desires… and The Other has them, and they don’t. Palin hate is primarily envy writ large.

stevieray on March 14, 2010 at 3:32 PM

I disagree with Doctor Zero. It’s just another tactic, like the Gitmo demonstrations under Bush and referring to Iraq as a quagmire, a distraction from Afghanistan, etc. She’ll be rehabilitated only if they crush her.

But I think there is another element. They don’t want the first woman president to be a Republican.

JimC on March 14, 2010 at 4:46 PM

stevieray on March 14, 2010 at 3:32 PM

I agree that for leftist women it is instinctual. By the way, that’s 5 kids unless you were making a point that they could never have more than 4.

Sapwolf on March 14, 2010 at 6:58 PM

I like Palin and agree with her on many issues and even though it isn’t right or fair, she’s damaged goods. The Left I hate to admit were successful in destroying this woman with the most vile and venomous tactics in politics and have rendered this exceptional woman unelectable on the national stage I’m afraid and the sooner we as conservatives move on and find someone undamaged by the taint of an unfair but successful smear campaign the better.

Yakko77 on March 14, 2010 at 11:40 PM

A few lines scribbled on Palin’s palm glow more brightly in their imaginations than terabytes of data flowing across the screen of Obama’s teleprompter.

I think you vastly overestimate both the information content in Obama’s speeches and the processing rate of his incredible brain.

unclesmrgol on March 15, 2010 at 1:23 AM

I’m still trying to figure out what drove…and still drives…McCain-Derangement Syndrome.

JetBoy on March 13, 2010 at 3:11 PM

That knife in my back might have something to do with it.

MarkTheGreat on March 15, 2010 at 8:55 AM

The left despises Ward and June Cleaver. What’s new?

wtng2fish on March 16, 2010 at 8:02 PM

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