Quotes of the day

posted at 10:42 pm on May 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

“As governor, Palin demonstrated many of the qualities we expect in our best leaders. She set aside private concerns for the greater good, forgoing a focus on social issues to confront the great problem plaguing Alaska, its corrupt oil-and-gas politics. She did this in a way that seems wildly out of character today—by cooperating with Democrats and moderate Republicans to raise taxes on Big Business. And she succeeded to a remarkable extent in settling, at least for a time, what had seemed insoluble problems, in the process putting Alaska on a trajectory to financial well-being. Since 2008, Sarah Palin has influenced her party, and the tenor of its politics, perhaps more than any other Republican, but in a way that is almost the antithesis of what she did in Alaska. Had she stayed true to her record, she might have pointed her party in a very different direction…

“While other states reel under staggering deficits, budget cuts, and protests, Alaska has built up a $12 billion surplus, most of it attributable to Palin’s tax. Galvin estimates that it has raised $8 billion more than Murkowski’s tax would have. But given the corruption that plagued the PPT, a better benchmark might be the tax it supplanted — the one put on the books after the Exxon Valdez spill. By that measure, Palin’s major achievement has probably meant the difference between a $12 billion surplus and a deficit.

“What happened to Sarah Palin? How did someone who so effectively dealt with the two great issues vexing Alaska fall from grace so quickly? Anyone looking back at her record can’t help but wonder: How did a popular, reformist governor beloved by Democrats come to embody right-wing resentment?…

“Where true Palinism could be most productively applied is on the issues consuming Washington right now: debt and deficits. Palin’s achievement was to pull Alaska out of a dire, corrupt, enduring systemic crisis and return it to fiscal health and prosperity when many people believed that such a thing was impossible. She did this not by hewing to any ideological extreme but by setting a pragmatic course, applying a rigorous practicality to a set of problems that had seemed impervious to solution. She challenged supposedly inviolable political precepts, and embraced more-nuanced realities: Republicans sometimes must confront powerful business interests; to govern effectively, you have to cooperate with the other side; you sometimes must raise taxes to balance a budget; and doing these things can actually enhance rather than destroy your career, whatever anybody says. True reform — not pandering to the base — established Palin’s broad popularity in Alaska. This approach is sorely absent from most of what happens in Washington these days.”

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“Alas, as [Yuval] Levin suggested might happen and as Green says has happened, Palin came almost immediately to inhabit a different role in the American body politic—not the ‘maverick’ she was chosen to be by the self-proclaimed maverick McCain, but rather as a populist villain-victim (depending on which side you were on). The fault here lay not with her attackers but within her. She embarrassed herself in two interviews, and decided the blame lay not with her own ill-preparedness but with the media that had come after her. Understandably enraged by the misogynistic and practically psychotic attacks on her, she came to embrace her status as a kind of martyr for the social-conservative views that had not been the truly distinguishing features of her meteoric political career up to that moment. She found herself in Harry Truman’s kitchen, and she couldn’t take the heat.

“In some ways, the story of Palin is a story of temptation. Rather than sticking to her guns and deepening her political credentials and her knowledge base, she embraced her celebrity instead. And in doing so, she didn’t defeat her critics and enemies; she capitulated to them. Listen, it’s her life and her fortune and she is free to do what she wishes with it. And there’s no telling what the future holds for anyone in America. But she had and has more raw political talent than anyone I’ve ever seen, and, alas, as phenoms go, it looks like she is headed for a Darryl Strawberry-like playing career.”

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“[W]hile Green’s piece may be a bit more sympathetic than, say, the dishonest sleaze put out by Michael Joseph Gross last September or what’s coming next from Joe McGinnis, it’s just the other end of the same continuum. In every case, Palin is a failure in need of explanation. In some cases that’s semi-thoughtful, if politically slanted as here, and in others it’s Joe McGinnis comparing her to Hitler on national TV. It’s the difference between feeding the dog Kibbles and red meat.

“I had a look over my archives and noticed the number of threats Palin has endured in the last 12 months. Remember the envelope of white powder sent to Dancing with the Stars? How about the death threats she received in the wake of the media’s execrable coverage of her Facebook map? How about the stalker who’d threatened to kill her family and was found by the FBI about 50 miles from her house.

“And that’s just the serious stuff. I’m leaving out all the endless nonsense like the big splash when Sarah Palin’s daughter fixed her hair in Haiti. That was an international news story believe it or not. Ah well, just move on to the next attack. Did you know that Trig isn’t really her baby?! Maybe Joshua Green can write a 3,000 word piece about how Palin, a victim of her own hubris, failed to overcome the Trig-truthers when she had the chance. There’s at least one more Alaska vacation in it for some enterprising journalist.”


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unseen on May 11, 2011 at 9:03 AM

No, I’m agreeing with you. If the WaPo says yes, then we say no. And if they so no, we say yes. We’re not going to let them do our thinking for us!

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 9:42 AM

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 9:42 AM

See, now you get it. I know you are working your sarcasm but do you really think WaPo wants a candidate that could beat The Won? There job is to make sure he wins, it’s their civic duty because they know best.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Sarcasm? I know, I know, I’ve given you reason to doubt my sincerity, but you’ll see. I’ve got my mind right now.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Yeah, I am aware but it’s no fun for him if we don’t play along. We should probably start a pool to see how long he can hold out.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

She’s not running. If you were Bristol Palin and you knew your mother was running for POTUS would you sign up for a stupid reality show where you could inadvertently embarrass your mother and cost her the election?

Would you?

NickDeringer on May 10, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Sarah has already shown that she is willing to let Bristol make mistakes/have life experiences, be independent and still love her. She knows that Bristol is her own person. She obviously respects and loves her as an individual. That shows me how much freedom she is willing to fight for on behalf of the American people. Only in my dreams could I hope for such a Mother. Bristol is a lucky gal.

ReneePA on May 11, 2011 at 9:47 AM

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

So a leopard can change its’ spots?

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I need to warn everyone, if you don’t go to the doctors for 13 years, they make it up by making you go every other week when they finally get you. Just kidding, sort of.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Next thing you know, they’ll be telling you that you need to have your foot amputated!

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:46 AM

The hilarious thing is, he thinks he’s believable.

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM

What’s the point in giving us multi-paragraph quotes if we still have to link through to the original stories just to see who’s being quoted? Add names to the quotes of the day, AP.

SD on May 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM

I’ve noted this before because I think it is interesting…..the young conservatives/libertarians I know have a problem with Bristol being on reality television. While fully admitting that Gov. Palin has no control over her adult daughter, they don’t think it is presidential. Funny how priggish young people can be.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:51 AM

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 9:48 AM

I know, at the same time telling you to exercise!!!!!!!

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Palin needs to stop whining about the media and suck it up. Yes, they are unfair to her. Yes, they are cruel to her. But she needs to let others fight that battle for her.

Allow me then. I disagree. She has every right to fight back against slimy tactics herself. It shows her willingness to do the dirty work and not rely on people who do not have her back. It shows courage.

ReneePA on May 11, 2011 at 9:54 AM

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM

If he believes that than we probably should have been more offended during the original comment exchange.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Has anyone else noticed that Hot Air posts snarky
commentary on Palin at 10:42 PM, then buries it with
more “current” postings the following morning so one has to scroll down to find it? This is happening often.

I guess the “Chicago Jesus” and “ABP” postings are far
more popular.

Amjean on May 11, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Per previous comments, he holds the majority of the posters at Hot Air in disdain, viewing us all as sheeple. Therefore, using his faulty reasoning, he deduced that we would all fall for his phony repentance and accept him as a Conservative.

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 10:03 AM

They can’t stop talking about her, even when it’s to compare her unfavorably to … herself.

tom on May 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM

They can’t stop talking about her, even when it’s to compare her unfavorably to … herself.

tom on May 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Okay, technically they’re comparing herself unfavorably to their own particular interpretation of her record, but the point remains.

tom on May 11, 2011 at 10:05 AM

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 10:03 AM

The funny thing is, I don’t really know if he is a conservative or not. I am positive he is a contrarian. They can be fun to. I will enjoy regardless.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Me, too.

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I’ve noted this before because I think it is interesting…..the young conservatives/libertarians I know have a problem with Bristol being on reality television. While fully admitting that Gov. Palin has no control over her adult daughter, they don’t think it is presidential. Funny how priggish young people can be.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Libertarians against personal freedom and responsibility…

the_nile on May 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 9:51 AM

How true. I doubt that they even talk. And why should they? I mean what could Bristol possibly do or say on her show that would in any way detract from Saracuda’s bid? Nope, Bristol’s decision has nothing to do with Sarah’s forthcoming decision to throw her hat in the ring.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 10:52 AM

The left wingnut Obamamedia went after Palin with a vengeance reserved for no one else because she skewered Obama like no one else and because she is unabashedly pro life, pro traditional family, pro American and a woman who lives her Christian values. In other words she is everything that liberals hate and that I love. Sarah is the embodiment of feminism I have waited for, for 40 years.
Basilsbest on May 11, 2011 at 7:32 AM

Exactly! She not only mocked the Emperor and pointed out he had no clothes, but she also made the Hatefilled Left feel so stupid for the way they were carrying on about her. She humiliated them and made us all laugh at them especially with the hauling back the fake styrofoam columns remark. They will never forgive her for doing that, for knocking the empty unaccomplished fraud down a few pegs! She said what sane non koolaide drinking Americans were thinking.

In all my life I have never seen anything as absurd or ridiculous as the “worship” this President has received. He’s just a frick’n Poseur.

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Carrying on about Obama not her…

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Yeah, styrofoam columns! That was classic.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 10:55 AM

the_nile on May 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I know, their terms, their definitions. Not only against personal freedom and responsibility but transference of those things to reflect on other people. It’s good to be young.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Obviously all of it is taken into consideration. Considering what the family has been put through already and the total lack of equity in the vetting system, why would anyone want to be a conservative public servant?

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM

…when the cloud of rhetoric has passed…when the roar of the crowds fade awy…when the stadium lights go out and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot–what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet?

The answer is to make government bigger…take more of your money…give you more orders from Washington…and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy…our opponent is against producing it.

And let me be specific, the Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes…raise payroll taxes…raise investment income taxes…raise the death tax…raise business taxes…and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 11:09 AM

What’s halirious to me is that people like Poderhertz and Kristol would breathlessly defend her to the point of almost exhaustion.

Now, they think she “hasn’t boned up on the issues” because she doesn’t agree with their worldview. They’re essentially doing what liberals do. If you don’t like my philosophy, you must be uneducated and have not “boned up” on the issues.

joshleguern on May 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 10:59 AM

You’re right, this can only be an asset to SP’s run. And let me be the first to say that should anyone dare to mention the name of Snookie, I will be the first to stand up and yell foul!

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 11:22 AM

And we wonder why our party has become gunshy and weak. It all begins and ends with the media. In one small way or another, we are all subservient to it and the potent influence it wields to make or break reputations.

RepubChica on May 11, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Yeah she has an uphill climb but what people don’t understand is she is ahead of the rest. They haven’t had to go through the fire. She has. So yeah her negatives are high but so will Mitt’s and Mitch’s and christies etc as soon as the MSM turns their 2 minutes of hate on them just like Trump was turned on. So those looking at the polls today don’t see what they think they see. Palin’s poll numbers reflect where the rest of the GOP will be once the MSM gets done with them. Palin by virtue of her leading for the last 2 years has already gone through that and come out the otherside. the Mitt’s of the world have not yet engaged thus their negatives are a mirage and will quickly go up up and up as the MSM “vetts” them…

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Palin by virtue of her leading for the last 2 years has already gone through that and come out the otherside.

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM

You got that right! The MSM has shot their wad. There’s not a scrap of ammo left that they could use against her. And SP is far to savvy now to give them any new material to slam her with, when she runs.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Folks, please be aware that Bruti is trying desperately to disrupt Hot Air by engaging in a game of derisive subterfuge.

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM

In all my life I have never seen anything as absurd or ridiculous as the “worship” this President has received. He’s just a frick’n Poseur.

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Neither did I… until I logged on to HA and read the comments of the Palinista cultists.

Hollowpoint on May 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

And SP is far to savvy now to give them any new material to slam her with, when she runs.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 11:32 AM

since the left has only 2 year old talking points I would say she has been pretty flawless during that time. Of course people like you when not given gaffes simply make crap up. So there is that.

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM

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Hollowpoint on May 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Yeah a $12 billion surplus, cutting spending by 9.5% and reducing federal earmarks by 86%, fixing corruption and leading the fight against the marxiists in the WH and congress tends to bring supporters to a candidate who knew.

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 11:46 AM

This is of a piece with many recent attempts by the Establishment to bury Palin.

The reason the Left and the Establishment hate her is that she fights back. End of story.

victor82 on May 11, 2011 at 11:59 AM

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 11:43 AM

But I agreed with you! Take yes for an answer. There is nothing left that they can use against her and she’ wouldn’t give them anything. She’s clearly learned her lessons well.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM

But I agreed with you! Take yes for an answer. There is nothing left that they can use against her and she’ wouldn’t give them anything. She’s clearly learned her lessons well.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Well, she certainly wouldn’t talk about how “we’re going to hang” Obama, unlike other potential candidates.

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM

But I agreed with you! Take yes for an answer. There is nothing left that they can use against her and she’ wouldn’t give them anything. She’s clearly learned her lessons well.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 12:05 PM

She wont talk about hanging Obama like mitt…

the_nile on May 11, 2011 at 12:16 PM

Nobody’s buying the sweetness and light, Bruti. You’re beclowning yourself.

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Well, she certainly wouldn’t talk about how “we’re going to hang” Obama, unlike other potential candidates.

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Your internet is faster than mine…

the_nile on May 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Nobody’s buying the sweetness and light, Bruti. You’re beclowning yourself.

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 12:19 PM

He seems to have an obsessive personality disorder.

And Sarah Palin is the personality with which he is obsessed.

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 12:20 PM

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Yep.

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Well, she certainly wouldn’t talk about how “we’re going to hang” Obama, unlike other potential candidates.

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM

nor say she isn’t prepared to debate Obama like Mitch or that we are a country at peace like Mitt. Or that tax increases are on the table like Huck and Mitch or that she knows she can win but is too afriad to run like christie…..

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 12:24 PM

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM
…when the cloud of rhetoric has passed…when the roar of the crowds fade awy…when the stadium lights go out and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot–what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet?
The answer is to make government bigger…take more of your money…give you more orders from Washington…and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy…our opponent is against producing it.
And let me be specific, the Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes…raise payroll taxes…raise investment income taxes…raise the death tax…raise business taxes…and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.
steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I never get tired of reading her speech or sometimes watching it again on YouTube. A perfect and prescient speech!

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Folks, please be aware that Bruti is trying desperately to disrupt Hot Air by engaging in a game of derisive subterfuge.
kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I just ignore him and the other detractors… They never even make a dent against us and certainly not against Palin…

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 1:25 PM

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Gee guys, you think I’m just ribbing ya, but you’ll see.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Gee guys, you think I’m just ribbing ya, but you’ll see.
MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Uh huh.

kingsjester on May 11, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Well, she certainly wouldn’t talk about how “we’re going to hang” Obama, unlike other potential candidates.

steebo77 on May 11, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Oh geez. *facepalm*

NoLeftTurn on May 11, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Yeah she has an uphill climb but what people don’t understand is she is ahead of the rest. They haven’t had to go through the fire. She has. So yeah her negatives are high but so will Mitt’s and Mitch’s and christies etc as soon as the MSM turns their 2 minutes of hate on them just like Trump was turned on. So those looking at the polls today don’t see what they think they see. Palin’s poll numbers reflect where the rest of the GOP will be once the MSM gets done with them. Palin by virtue of her leading for the last 2 years has already gone through that and come out the otherside. the Mitt’s of the world have not yet engaged thus their negatives are a mirage and will quickly go up up and up as the MSM “vetts” them…

unseen on May 11, 2011 at 11:23 AM

But didn’t C4P post the results of a recent Gallup poll that show her leading in favorability among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents? I will never understand how her high favorability among the very people who would vote for her squares with all these dreadful negatives she supposedly has.

I’m not worried about it. It’s in the Lord’s hands and it will work out exactly the way it’s supposed to.

NoLeftTurn on May 11, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Gee guys, you think I’m just ribbing ya, but you’ll see.

MJBrutus on May 11, 2011 at 1:31 PM

It doesn’t matter.

Cindy Munford on May 11, 2011 at 3:25 PM

In all my life I have never seen anything as absurd or ridiculous as the “worship” this President has received. He’s just a frick’n Poseur.

CCRWM on May 11, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Neither did I… until I logged on to HA and read the comments of the Palinista cultists.

Hollowpoint on May 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Yeah. How dare they refuse to swallow the establishment swill that she’s an unelectable joke.

pseudoforce on May 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Since Sarah Palin is UNELECTABLE, according to the GOP insiders, the Democrat Party, AND the 0bamaBots, why do so many continue to write about her? /sarc

IMHO, should Sarah decide not to run we will have no one except for ourselves to blame WHEN 0bama wins against RomneyCare Romney, the GOP Insiders choice, in 2012. ;o)

DannoJyd on May 11, 2011 at 5:10 PM

It’s still a troll. Feeding it is still a mistake.

Freelancer on May 11, 2011 at 10:09 PM

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