Palin: Obama now a Lame Duck President

posted at 11:45 am on July 23, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

John Boehner’s (momentary) dismissal of Barack Obama as a partner in deficit-reduction talks has the effect of making him a “lame duck president,” Sarah Palin wrote last night on her SarahPAC website — and she’s pretty happy about it, too.  Palin praises the leadership of the Republican caucus for sticking to their promises, and then reminds readers about the history of this President and the deficit:

This is the same president who proposed an absurdly irresponsible budget that would increase our debt by trillions of dollars, and whose party failed to even put forward a budget in over 800 days! This is the same president who is pushing our country to the brink because of his reckless spending on things like the nearly trillion dollar “stimulus” boondoggle. This is the same president who ignored his own debt commission’s recommendations and demonized the voices of fiscal sanity who proposed responsible plans to reform our entitlement programs and rein in our dangerous debt trajectory. This is the same president who wanted to push through an increase in the debt ceiling that didn’t include any cuts in government spending! This is the same president who wants to slam Americans with tax hikes to cover his reckless spending, but has threatened to veto a bill proposing a balanced budget amendment. This is the same president who hasn’t put forward a responsible plan himself, but has rejected reasonable proposals that would tackle our debt. This is the same president who still refuses to understand that the American electorate rejected his big government agenda last November. As I said in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Tax Day Tea Party rally, “We don’t want it. We can’t afford it. And we are unwilling to pay for it.”

Now the President is outraged because the GOP House leadership called his bluff and ended discussions with him because they deemed him an obstruction to any real solution to the debt crisis.

He has been deemed a lame duck president. And he is angry now because he is being treated as such.

Palin also warns the House leadership not to “get wobbly on us now,” but says that the main problem with Obama is that he “leads from behind.”  That may not be any more clear than in the deficit/debt ceiling crisis.  Obama has been boosting the crisis mode with dire warnings about a failure to act, but to this moment has not come forward with any plan to deal with it.  Obama and the Democratic majority in the Senate have sat on their hands while Boehner and the House passed two specific plans to deal with the deficit, both of which the Senate rejected.

That’s not just “leading from behind,” it’s an abdication of responsibility.  My friend Hugh Hewitt wants to have all sides show their hands on negotiations right now, and isn’t happy about what he hears from the Republicans, either:

President Obama and Speaker Boehner have been negotiating in public for weeks, but the public has been kept in the dark.  Now both are accusing the other of unfairly presenting the facts, so it is time –long past time, in fact– for the two men to show their hands to the public.

What does the president propose to cut and by how much?  What taxes does he propose to raise or deductions curtail or end, and what revenues does he predict will materialize as a result?

What are the $800 billion in new revenues the Speaker offered up?  (This is a shocking number and unwise concession by the Speaker, and it may represent an enormous breach with the Pledge to America. The Speaker would be greatly served by putting these details out asap before anger on the right grows.)

“I’m not going to negotiate in public” is simple code for “the public won’t support what I am proposing.”  The president has bluffed, cajoled and filibustered his way through a month of closed door theatrics with the assistance of a compliant MSM, and the public is weary to the bone with the Community Organizer in Chief.  His petulance, self-regard and overbearing ego combines into an unprecedented persona that is both ludicrous and also alarming in that he may truly be as clueless about the economy as he often sounds.

The $800 billion seems to come from a comprehensive reform of the tax code that lowers rates, flattens the code, and — most importantly — broadens the tax base so that more people are paying into it.  Better enforcement is also part of the proposal, as well as an assumption of better economic performance resulting from the tax reforms proposed.  However, that information comes from leaks on the GOP side; it would be better, as Hugh says, to have these proposals made public.  Most Republicans would support higher revenues that come from these kinds of systemic reforms, probably even most Tea Party supporters as well, as long as that is how the revenues get raised.

It still underscores that all of the ideas, all of the intellectual work, and all of the energy for deficit reduction has come from the Republicans.  Democrats have simply refused to participate in any forward thinking of their own, and have since 2009, when the Democrats passed their last budget resolution.  That’s the reason that Obama is a lame-duck President, for all intents and purposes, and for that matter, Reid is thus far a lame-duck Senate Majority Leader.

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one link I provided was to rottentomatoes, that’s a review site

boxofficemojo just reports dollar numbers for all films, can’t blame those on Couric

windansea on July 25, 2011 at 12:03 AM

You’re presuming she cares about your beloved site priorities which is the very point still eluding you.

viking01 on July 25, 2011 at 12:10 AM

I’m talking to you, not Sarah

as far as I know she doesn’t have a dime invested other than the dvds she buys wholesale and then retails at $100 as commemorative editions

Bannon, the guy who put up $1 million to make this film, is the one who gives a crap about the box office

Sarah could care less, or maybe not

windansea on July 25, 2011 at 12:27 AM

windansea on July 25, 2011 at 12:27 AM

You gave your real game away when you used the word “blame.”

viking01 on July 25, 2011 at 12:31 AM

oh I can see the usual whiners are back, bwhhaaaaaaa

djohn669 on July 25, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Palin has been victimized, but she is not a victim. She has not only slipped the mainstream lynching noose but turned it into a lasso for herself. This infuriates — and frightens — the media. It is why they can’t stop. It was also what infuriates and frightens the trolls. It is why they can’t stop.

Remember – the trolls are all about fear.

Only fear and loathing can explain the mephitic repetition of their comments. They are terrified of this woman. They know she has hit upon (by dint of simply being herself – her true “secret”) something which will upend politics and the RINO establishment as we’ve known it as well as the oppressive dominion of the media.

Palin is shattering cultural and media paradigms. This is exciting to many people. But it is profoundly disturbing and frightening to many others.

(I recommend Robert Kaplan’s brilliant essay “Media and Medievalism” for a perspective on the revolutionary nature of what is happening and the underlying “disturbance in the force field” caused by Palin (and of course the fear and anxiety it incites). This essay was written about six years ago and is not about Palin, but there may be no better analysis of the media’s and the mass culture’s’ nature, power and aims, and one can easily draw from it how and what Palin is doing to subvert them.)

Kaplan likens the media to modern version of the medieval Catholic Church; he sees the media as a self-anointed superclass entrusted with and sanctioned by the “truth” and with special rights of authentication and interrogation unconstrained by constitutional or societal checks. Palin has defied them, gone around them and otherwise called out their unfitness and fraudulence. She has essentially “defrocked” them. This is an outrageous heresy to the mainstream culture (liberals and RINOs sustained by media authority). It has made Palin an intolerable threat and terrifying potentiality which cannot be allowed to develop.

This is why in their attacks on her they never allow the assumption that she can win; they never present Palin as someone who might win and then do undesirable things or make decisions they don’t agree with. Rather (and this is how they disguise her threat) they describe her as someone who is hapless and inadequate, i.e., a quitter. It is her lack of qualities, her deficiencies, which deserve our contempt, they say. This, they believe, neutralizes the sense of destiny and redemption she inspires in people who feel their country is being lost to a degenerate ruling class which few are standing up against with clarity and courage. This, they believe, undercuts the heart of her appeal and potential. They see it as the most effective way to bring her down – by aborting the possibility of a run in the first place and demoralizing her supporters.

In a strange turn of events, however, the barrage of arguments intended to destroy her are becoming a motive for interest in her among others. These attacks by society’s “destroyers” will continue to validate her candidacy among many curious and concerned liberals, democrats and independents, who will continue to discover her decency and character. This likelihood is beginning to strike new fear into the hearts of her reactionary enemies, whether on the Left, in the papal media or among the frightened trolls who, for whatever political or personal reasons cannot abide this revolutionary woman and cannot stop their attacks.

When she announces, their claims that she never intended to run and was only teasing her supporters will of course be conveniently thrown down the memory hole. The same trolls who said this will shamelessly reappear and double down on their claims that she’s a quitter, cannot finish the race, and/or cannot win the general election. This refrain will become desperate and deafening. That is because they must stop the sense of inexorable motion against enormous odds which, in part, they have worked to create, and which inspire her base and stir interest in her as an authentic “rebel” figure or true and organic political “outsider.” Once again, all their attacks will have worked against them, not her.

The beautiful paradox and perversity of this will be that the haters – and the totality of overweening one-dimensional hate from all sources – will be the things that help convert her candidacy into something interesting and worthwhile to those the hate was intended to alienate. It will also continue to strengthen her core support. This spins the cycle of fear, desperation and hate.

The trolls who appear here understand on some level the originality of who she is and what she is doing and the necessity of it for our time. It terrifies them.

rrpjr on July 25, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Dire Straits was here!..:)

PS..I had to get it to 700..:)

Dire Straits on July 25, 2011 at 1:17 AM

701.

steebo77 on July 25, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Obama is like a drake on its back: he’s quacking up.

profitsbeard on July 25, 2011 at 1:46 AM

If he walks like a dick duck

Gohawgs on July 25, 2011 at 1:50 AM

Gov. Palin has no political influence. She has no base, she has no supporters, she has had no career. What she does can’t possibly matter. Though she speaks with the voice closest to that of Reagan in the past 24 years, it is just noise. The count of FB people who “Like” her page is irrelevant, as is her existence, her values, her fortitude, her honesty, and her courage.

The only things that matter are that she makes money on TV, and she didn’t finish her elected time in office.
Freelancer on July 24, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Heh. Palin has more political influence than any other single voice on the GOP side. That is because people are interested in what she says, even if they obviously hate her. She owns the message because people cannot resist considering what she says

Substitute a different name than Palin, in a statement on the same subject, and watch the interest dwindle

Palin obviously has a base, supporters, and has had quite a career. Thanks to the launch by McCain she now has a career on the national stage

It was not simple luck that gave her ownership of the ‘death panel’ phrase. It was timing, which came from having the guts to bring up the subject without waiting to see if anyone else was on the same page.

This is a Palin trait.

It doesn’t come from stupidity, and it doesn’t come from genius. It comes from conviction and courage. She is not a follower

This is the part of Palin I most admire. It is a leadership characteristic not much seen these days.

One could call Palin the anti-Obama, because Palin puts her intentions up front and follows through, while Obama hides intentions and waffles until he thinks it is safe

In other words, Palin is a straight shooter. She is also a loner which scares the bejesus out of those who fear she may gain power and then not obey

Unlike some of the other straight shooters, Palin is also a player and has escaped many a trap. Fast learner

I like Cain and West too, for their up front manner, but they are newbies and have yet to master the gauntlet. Doesn’t mean they won’t.

If I needed a posse, I would deputize DeMint, West, Cain, and Palin. Compared to that bunch, Rubio would be a wild card, despite his cool intelligence. Rubio hasn’t stuck his neck out far enough to let folk judge what he will do when the chips are down. Place your bets.

entagor on July 25, 2011 at 3:19 AM

entagor on July 25, 2011 at 3:19 AM

Great Post.

Geochelone on July 25, 2011 at 4:01 AM

In a strange turn of events, however, the barrage of arguments intended to destroy her are becoming a motive for interest in her among others.

rrpjr on July 25, 2011 at 1:01 AM

Very impressive analysis, rrpjr. Well done.

I will take your recommendation and read Robert Kaplan’s brilliant essay “Media and Medievalism.

Geochelone on July 25, 2011 at 4:07 AM

PDS

idesign

I agree..you have PDS…Palin Delusion Syndrome.

It should be noted that Governor Reagan trailed President Carter by 25% 8 months before the election.

It should also be noted that neither Reagan nor Carter are on the ballot, and it’s not 1980.

It should also be noted that John McCain trailed Obama by only 3 points six months before the election. And people actually liked and respected McCain. How’d that turn out?

but face it, who wants to spend 10 bucks on a 2 hour campaign commercial?

windansea

Cultists.

xblade on July 25, 2011 at 4:26 AM

Very fun reading tonight…..And the best post of the night had to be….*drum roll please*…..

rrpjr on July 25, 2011 at 1:01 AM

g’night folks…nice thread

FreedomSlave on July 25, 2011 at 4:27 AM

I’m shocked. Windandsea has enlightened us about a simple business truth. Promotion and advertising, or lack thereof, affect the success of the sales of a product.

There was no money spent on promotion and advertising The Undefeated. That’s a fact. Other than being promoted on Twitter and a few conservative blogs, very little was done to publicize the film regarding where and when it would be shown.

NoNails on July 25, 2011 at 5:56 AM

I love Palin. She doesn’t hold back from saying what she thinks, and she’s shown great character in the face of enduring and withering attacks on her and her family.

I understand that she left office because Alaska’s ethics laws allowed false and spurious allegations to be submitted, and required officeholders to defend each one at their own expense without any “defense funds.” But leaving early also left her resume a bit thin – Alaska isn’t exactly the most challenging gig for a Governor since the state is funded by oil revenues.

None of which disqualifies her, but all of which is fair game for consideration. But she’s shown every indication she is NOT running this cycle. Fox hasn’t pushed her out like they did Newt and Santorum when they showed serious interest in the race, or pressured her like they did Huckabee. This tells me she already told them she isn’t running. Plus, in another cycle, only Trig will still be at home, so Willow and Piper will be older, out of the house, and better able to deal with what might come from the evil leftist scum.

Palin enjoys dropping the occasional hint she might run, but it’s her way of tweaking the media a bit while also keeping some of the declared candidates on their toes.

Adjoran on July 25, 2011 at 6:01 AM

It should also be noted that neither Reagan nor Carter are on the ballot, and it’s not 1980.

It should also be noted that John McCain trailed Obama by only 3 points six months before the election. And people actually liked and respected McCain. How’d that turn out?

xblade on July 25, 2011 at 4:26 AM

It should also be noted that McCain was only three points behind BECAUSE of Palin, and he threw his own campaign away.

fossten on July 25, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Palin has called him a lame duck because she, with the sense of a hunter, knows he is vulnerable. She can see the trail of blood, the limp, the bum wing and she can sense that it is soon time to unleash the dog. She’ll continue the pursuit because she knows that this is when the fun really starts….

ted c on July 25, 2011 at 7:25 AM

Adjoran on July 25, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Nonsense, if you think that you don’t know anything about Palin or her organization.

Viator on July 25, 2011 at 7:35 AM

She tells you what she’s going to do, you just have to listen..

“This week of touring has been one of the best weeks of my life”

“I’m here in New Hampshire”

“We need an fundamental transformation of America and that’s going to take an aggressive fight”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tIr3szA360&

Viator on July 25, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Adjoran on July 25, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Nonsense, if you think that you don’t know anything about Palin or her organization.

Viator on July 25, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Clueless would be the word your looking for

wheelgun on July 25, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Adjoran on July 25, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Don’t read too much into your parallel betweeen Newt/Santorum and Palin at Fox. Palin has far more “drawing power” than both those combined. IMO, Fox will hold onto their “star attaction” until she formally declares…

Some great posts here, finally, after the trolls went off their shift.

Props to both…

rrpjr on July 25, 2011 at 1:01 AM

and

entagor on July 25, 2011 at 3:19 AM

Palin is truly a galvanizing, revolutionary figure on the political lanscape. IMO, if we conservatives want to truly take our country back, and get rid of the “compromise to survive” RINOs, we have but one choice to lead that charge…

OnlyOrange on July 25, 2011 at 7:49 AM

NoNails, FYI

ARC Entertainment Announces Massive National Rollout for Sarah Palin Film, ‘The Undefeated’

Beginning September 1st Video-on-Demand and Pay-Per-View to Make the Film Accessible to Approximately 75 Million Homes Through Major Cable and Satellite Companies Such as DIRECTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable The Video on Demand / Pay-Per-View Launch to be Backed by Multi-Million-Dollar Marketing Campaign DVD to Launch October 4th in Stores Nationwide with an Initial Shipment Estimated at 250,000 Units Walmart to Receive a “Special Edition” Version of the Film Limited Engagement Theatrical Release to Continue Nationwide Throughout August and September.

Santa Monica, Calif. (PRWEB) July 24, 2011

Victory Film Group and ARC Entertainment, the distributor of “The Undefeated,” the film about Gov. Sarah Palin’s rise from obscurity to national prominence, jointly announced today that beginning on September 1st the film will be available to 75 million homes via Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View access through national and regional cable and satellite operators. The DVD will launch on October 4th and will be available at traditional and online retailers nationwide. ARC is estimating its initial unit shipment to be approximately 250,000 units. A “Special Edition” DVD will contain additional new content and will only be sold in Walmart stores. ARC will continue to expand the limited engagement theatrical release nationwide throughout August and September as demand across the country remains high.

Trevor Drinkwater, CEO of ARC Entertainment, said, “Since the film opened in select markets across the country on July 15th we have been inundated with requests from people wanting the film to be made available in their market. After methodically analyzing the most effective ways to bring this galvanizing film to the widest audience as soon as possible we have determined that continued limited theatrical distribution, Video-on-Demand, Pay-Per-View and DVD sales will be the best modalities by which to deliver this film as widely as possible. We have created partnerships with national cable, satellite and mass retailers to achieve our distribution goals.”

“This title is absolutely perfect for Video-on-Demand and Pay-Per-View backed by a traditional and significant marketing campaign. We are incredibly excited about having this film made available to the entire country earlier than expected,” said Glenn Bracken Evans, the film’s producer. “A traditional windowed release would not have allowed us to maximize viewership of this highly sought after film,” continued Evans.

“The Undefeated is a terrific case study for a digital cinema release. We have been nimble, efficient and brought this film to many eager viewers with almost no turn around time,” said Jill Newhouse Calcaterra, chief marketing officer at Cinedigm, the film’s digital distributor. “We look forward to bringing this film to many more audiences across the country during the next month.”

Filmmaker Stephen K. Bannon stated, “Given the strong audience reaction we have determined there is overwhelming demand for us to get this film out broadly enough to cover the entire nation in September and October. In a 90-day period from August to November we will be able to effectively cover the nation through multiple distribution modalities.”

The Video-on-Demand and Pay-Per-View deals with strategic partners will be backed by a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign to heighten awareness in all markets to the film’s availability.”

http://www.prweb.com/releases/Victory_Film_Group/The_Undefeated/prweb8640046.htm

Viator on July 25, 2011 at 7:50 AM

Gosh Palin’s actually reduced herself from a Mommy Grizzly to a lame duck hunter. Then again roast duck is so yummy and better when smothered with grizzly bear sauce!

Don L on July 25, 2011 at 8:22 AM

It should also be noted that McCain was only three points behind BECAUSE of Palin, and he threw his own campaign away.

fossten on July 25, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Oh heck yes. It was a bad enough year for the Republicans, but McLame shot himself in the foot with a machine gun. If it hadn’t been for his pretty-face VP, 2008 would have been even WORSE of a disaster.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 25, 2011 at 8:23 AM

It should also be noted that neither Reagan nor Carter are on the ballot, and it’s not 1980.
xblade on July 25, 2011 at 4:26 AM

But they are on the ballot…you haven’t noticed the number of times they are referenced by the candidates and their campaigns?
Reagan has been on the ballot every election, and where he was ignored, Republicans were defeated, and when embraced they won.
Carter is the poster child for out of control government spending, and he is the point man in inflation, and poor crisis management…they can’t bring him up enough, and the dems can’t get him far enough away.
I will tell you who else is running, or who will be pointed to as an “almost”, Edwards was almost dem pick, and it will be an issue.
You don’t have to have your name on the ballot, to be on the ballot…

right2bright on July 25, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Alaska isn’t exactly the most challenging gig for a Governor since the state is funded by oil revenues.

Adjoran on July 25, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Not to bright on economics and what it takes to manage a state full of natural resources…whether it is one item or hundreds, a $50 billion economy is still a pretty good chunk. And how many governors work with international agreements the size and complexity of Alaska?

right2bright on July 25, 2011 at 8:42 AM

When she announces, their claims that she never intended to run and was only teasing her supporters will of course be conveniently thrown down the memory hole. The same trolls who said this will shamelessly reappear and double down on their claims that she’s a quitter, cannot finish the race, and/or cannot win the general election. This refrain will become desperate and deafening.

rrpjr on July 25, 2011 at 1:01 AM

ROFL, exactly. That’s precisely what most of the usual suspects started to do here in the panic that followed the announcement of her bus tour and the brouhaha over the Memorial Day bike ride.

ddrintn on July 25, 2011 at 9:10 AM

In typical Hotair fashion, the PALIN’S MOVIE IS GONNA KILL NATIONWIDE shriekers have vanished since she pulled in barely 24 grand in 14 theatres, making it a stenchy bomb for the ages.

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 9:31 AM

The movie is going to get a wider release in theaters, and view on demand services, with DVD release to come after that.

But you MUST crap on it, because that’s what you do.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Looks like the little boy can’t deal with the fact that his idol’s propaganda flick won’t become the next Titanic.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM

The movie is going to get a wider release in theaters, and view on demand services, with DVD release to come after that.

But you MUST crap on it, because that’s what you do.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM
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My point is simple: Hotair talks big partisan talk 24/7/365 but never tackles issues that makes the right look bad.

Palin’s film was gushed over. It’s failing miserably. There is no story about why is her film failing miserably. Oh well.

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 9:44 AM

It’s the same on the left where Obama’s failures were a verboten subject until VERY recently, when they became too big to ignore. Even now you have to walk on eggshells to say anything negative about His Highness.

Know who I really feel sorry for? The people who produced the film. Their names and professional careers will forever be associated with this flop.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 25, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Looks like the little boy can’t deal with the fact that his idol’s propaganda flick won’t become the next Titanic.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Looks like you can’t address someone without being a stupid jerk.

I never said it would be a blockbuster or anything like that.

As a matter of fact, I don’t think I have ever said anything to you at all.

Maybe I should continue that practice.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM

As a matter of fact, I don’t think I have ever said anything to you at all.

Maybe I should continue that practice.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Maybe you should expand that practice to everyone on HA. We’d sure appreciate it.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 25, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Looks like the little boy can’t deal with the fact that his idol’s propaganda flick won’t become the next Titanic.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 25, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Bwahahahaha! Is that the meme now? That we Palin supporters were running around claiming that “The Undefeated” was going to be a gigantic box-office smash and crush the summer-blockbuster competition? Who the hell said that? Oh, wait — NOBODY claimed anything like that. NOBODY claimed that box office per se was important. If anything, we’re claiming sort of the opposite — that it’s amazing that this film has done as well as it has, especially given that the original concept was to have a bunch of little videos on YouTube until the filmmaker decided to make an actual film.

If relatively few see the movie, but people nevertheless become better informed about Palin’s actual history in office, then the movie will have done its job.

Aitch748 on July 25, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Maybe you should expand that practice to everyone on HA. We’d sure appreciate it.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 25, 2011 at 9:54 AM

We? Whom do you presume to speak for, everyone?

As I recall, you started this little exchange with an unsolicited insult directed at me personally.

That’s on you.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 9:59 AM

It’s the same on the left where Obama’s failures were a verboten subject until VERY recently, when they became too big to ignore. Even now you have to walk on eggshells to say anything negative about His Highness.

Know who I really feel sorry for? The people who produced the film. Their names and professional careers will forever be associated with this flop.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 25, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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Both sides are pathetic – only bitch about the other side, never criticize their own side.

I don’t think the people who made the film have anything to worry about careerwise – very few films don’t flop. They’ll move on to the next project and that’ll be that.

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 10:01 AM

1. She’s a quitter…
2. Her negatives are too high….
3. She’s unelectable….

Repeat 1 & 2 until you believe 3, just like her critics are hoping you will, and spending inordinate amounts of time and money to convince you of….

IMO, our country desperately NEEDS someone who’s not afraid of the crtics, whether they be the pundits or the entrenched politicans, left or right, and doesn’t really care about the “negatives” because if anyone’s going to lead a turnaround in this country and bring us back from the brink of bankruptcy, they’re going to be criticized by both the left and right, and the special interests that support each side…

Someone simply MUST take a strong stance rather than “compromise to garner favor/good press and get reelected” or we are doomed…

OnlyOrange on July 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM

I am not a Palin-Bot by any means.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2011 at 6:26 PM

So why do you accept the spin instead of the facts? Palin quit. Calling it anything but that is accepting her spin.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 10:26 AM

The number of trolls at Hotair now is sad. More of them in general, and more posts each. It is getting rarer to find substantive conversations. Is AP still on vacation?

Irritable Pundit on July 24, 2011 at 7:03 PM

It is sad that most of them are from the delusional wing of the St Palin the Victimized congregation. It gives her a bad rep.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 10:29 AM

So why do you accept the spin instead of the facts? Palin quit. Calling it anything but that is accepting her spin.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 10:26 AM

As if you don’t spin at all.

Come on, it’s obvious.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 10:32 AM

So why do you accept the spin instead of the facts? Palin quit. Calling it anything but that is accepting her spin.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 10:26 AM

In other words, it would have been better if Palin had stayed on as a governor who, for the eighteen months remaining to her, could no longer get anything done for Alaska, and she was wrong to leave her lieutenant governor Parnell in charge. Right?

At the very least, calling it “quitting” implies that she did the wrong thing and should have stayed on. Admit that, at least.

Aitch748 on July 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM

At the very least, calling it “quitting” implies that she did the wrong thing and should have stayed on. Admit that, at least.

Aitch748 on July 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Since you haven’t learned by now, I’ll clue you in to the message here.

She quit. Period.

No amount of context or reasoning is relevant at all.

None of it.

It is all spin and excuses, nothing matters but she quit.

She can never escape it, ever.

Americans don’t like quitters, especially quitters who explain why they decided to quit.

That part is almost as bad as quitting, trying to explain it.

It just doesn’t matter what you say, what she says from now until eternity she quit that’s it that’s all.

Unforgivable, for all time.

Oh, and polls.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Care to challenge my 6:26 PM post? That’s the real reason she “quit”.

Del Dolemonte on July 24, 2011 at 7:05 PM

That series of weak excuses has been defeated time and again with the facts. It uses comparisons to sleazy politicians to justify her abdication. Really? We should excuse Palin because she is just as bad as Obama and Hillary? That is misguided reasoning.

Presenting Palin as the only victim of the LSM only serves to attract fans to her because she is a victim of the mean and unfair LSM. They have been unfair, but she has exacerbated the effects by responding to the attacks when she should not have and when she does respond, she stumbles all over her tongue when she does.

Palins base is composed of many who like confrontation. They loved the way she dealt with the LSM during her family vacation. She claimed she wanted to be left alone, but she announced her vacation to the media. Her fans were in euphoric ecstasy and praised her in the way she set up the media. Meanwhile the rest of America was wondering why she goes out of her way to poke the media for her own entertainment. It was an obvious attempt to try and gin up more support while entertaining herself by jabbing the media with a stick like a five year old. And then on top of that, she botches the entire Paul Revere story to the point where she had to have professors coming out to tell us all what she REALLY meant.

And all those flaws are only compounded on because she abdicated her governorship so she could write books, do a reality TV show, and spend her time running around the country complaining about how mean the LSM is on one hand while she jabs at them with the other.

Those are the reasons her unfavorable numbers are so high and her favorable numbers are so low. Ergo she, at this point is unelectable.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Americans don’t like quitters, especially quitters who explain why they decided to quit.

That part is almost as bad as quitting, trying to explain it.

It just doesn’t matter what you say, what she says from now until eternity she quit that’s it that’s all.

Unforgivable, for all time.

Oh, and polls.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Too funny.

Aitch748 on July 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Of course, none of that post was spin.

Not one word.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

So Palin should have stayed in office for the next eighteen months?

Aitch748 on July 25, 2011 at 10:51 AM

In other words, it would have been better if Palin had stayed on as a governor who, for the eighteen months remaining to her, could no longer get anything done for Alaska, and she was wrong to leave her lieutenant governor Parnell in charge. Right?

At the very least, calling it “quitting” implies that she did the wrong thing and should have stayed on. Admit that, at least.

Aitch748 on July 25, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Here is the disconnect…..some believe that Americans should put aside the values of endurance and commitment when she resigned, but pick them back up again when she wants to be president.

Palins foray into serious politics as governor in a state she knew was corrupt is a statement on her judgement. She wanted to clean up Alaska, which is noble, but she also exposed her family to the corruption, which was dumb. She clearly was not ready for what was to come. And now that she had to quit or damage her family, she refuses to acknowledge that presidential politics will be tougher on her family.

Palin cannot expect Americans to vacillate on our values to support her possible candidacy. Americans despise quitters. Americans despise hypocrites. Americans despise dummies.

Palin quit.
Palin wouldn’t accept abdication of ones responsibilities.
Palin put her family in harms way.

What does this all mean? Palin should be honest enough with herself and respectful of the intelligence of Americans to not insult us by expecting us to give her a chance to be POTUS just so she can quit when her family is in jeopardy by some unforeseen event.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Clarification: Palin would not accept abdication of ones responsibilities by someone else.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

Spin, spin, spin, spin.

Then some more spin.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

A comment at The Telegraph:

These things are certain. As president, Palin would NOT:

…..circumvent and debase the US Constitution.

…..fill her cabinet with members that include a known tax cheat, a global warming indoctrinator, an advocate pushing a homosexual agenda within the classroom, a proponent of govt-run healthcare, and a champion of illegal immigrants and their “reconquista” movement, which promotes the annexation of US southern states by Mexico.

…..create $4 trillion in deficits and an additional (nearly) $2 trillion in Fed Reserve “asset purchases” in just two years, with the added bonus of over 2 million lost jobs.

…..use the premise of a financial collapse to steal $1 trillion in taxpayer funds under the guise of a “stimulus,” in order to establish a money-laundering operation where millions of that same money (in the form of union membership dues) will be funneled back into Democrat campaign coffers.

…..nationalize a sector of the car industry and then deliberately abrogate bankruptcy and contract law in order to grant Democrat-allied unions a greater share in those companies than the original shareholder investors.

….impose drilling moratoriums on US coastal areas while loaning billions to promote Brazil’s oil industry.

…..order the EPA to impose punitive taxes and regulation on US energy producers and consumers, including carbon emission tariffs, while deliberately circumventing the Congressional authority required for any cap-and-trade legislation.

…..impose a $1 trillion health care debacle against the will of the American people and then have the gall to shamelessly lie and say “it would not add a dime” to the nation’s debt.

….allow her Attorney General to oversee the illegal trade of firearms from US gun shops to Mexican drug cartels, in order to use the inevitable deaths resulting from those gun sales to systematically erode the US citizen’s 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

….embark on endless campaign and fundraising trips, (interrupted only by golf outings) while surrounded by rising unemployment, the decline of goods and manufacturing production, the collapse of housing sales and prices, and the erosion of disposable income within American households through taxes, inflation and job loss.

NoNails on July 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

NoNails on July 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Quite true.

She quit, so it doesn’t matter.

Wow, that was easy!/

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

In other words, your position isn’t merely that she quit, but that she was an irresponsible idiot for ever running for governor in the first place.

You also claim that describing her resignation as anything other than “quitting” is just spin, while you put pretty nearly the harshest possible spin on Palin’s entire political career.

Aitch748 on July 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Aitch748 on July 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Notice the sneaky implication that her political career makes her a lousy mother.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Well, HA went almost a week without Palin whatever.

It was nice.

Now, let’s sit back, and point and laugh at the fanboys.

Moesart on July 23, 2011 at 12:15 PM

yep

Still funny.

Moesart on July 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Right Scoop online poll of GOP contenders:

http://therightscoop.com/2012-vote-online-gop-presidential-poll/

Current standings:

PALIN 53.57%

PERRY 16.09%

CAIN 13.64%

BACHMANN 9.32%

ROMNEY 2.18%

BOLTON 1.35%

SANTORUM 1.25%

MCCOTTER 0.93%

PAWLENTY 0.65%

GIULIANI 0.46%

GINGRICH 0.42%

HUNTSMAN 0.14%

2156 VOTES CAST SO FAR

technopeasant on July 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Brian1972

And, the cult members are still here. Ready to lash out at non-believers.

unseen must be asleep in his tent in the back yard right now

Moesart on July 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Moesart on July 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Isn’t it hilarious how you always start the lashing out yourself?

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM

In other words, your position isn’t merely that she quit, but that she was an irresponsible idiot for ever running for governor in the first place.

You also claim that describing her resignation as anything other than “quitting” is just spin, while you put pretty nearly the harshest possible spin on Palin’s entire political career.

Aitch748 on July 25, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Dummie was too strong…but yes, she was irresponsible.

I think she did good things as governor, but she quit and there are no excuses that can justify it to the point where it could be believed that she wouldn’t do it again.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM

I think she did good things as governor, but she quit and there are no excuses that can justify it to the point where it could be believed that she wouldn’t do it again.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Unless you understand why she decided to do what she did, but to you those things are unacceptable, save for the single sentence of her speech that you pluck out of context and twist it’s meaning endlessly.

After all, you have a narrative to promote, and that takes precedence over trivial things like facts, truth, context and character.

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:39 AM

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

An abortion the Pope would have dug in his pockets for

Sonosam on July 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

An abortion the Pope would have dug in his pockets for

Sonosam on July 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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And there are people who want me banned for the occasional bleeped out swear word.

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Make it two

Sonosam on July 25, 2011 at 1:09 PM

And there are people who want me banned for the occasional bleeped out swear word.

Dave Rywall on July 25, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Nonsense. You are charming in a two-headed calf kind of way.

viking01 on July 25, 2011 at 1:17 PM

I think she did good things as governor, but she quit and there are no excuses that can justify it to the point where it could be believed that she wouldn’t do it again.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Then guess what? You don’t have to vote for her. Feel better now?

darwin on July 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Clarification: Palin would not accept abdication of ones responsibilities by someone else.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

No no, you’re right. She’d much prefer someone stay in office, ineffective, hamstrung and costing the state millions of dollars. You’re absolutely right, in fact … I have no idea why she didn’t stay.

darwin on July 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

I think she did good things as governor, but she quit and there are no excuses that can justify it to the point where it could be believed that she wouldn’t do it again.
csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM

hey stoopid

laws prevent the chief executive from being handcuffed as in Alaska ( which has since been changed)

got it?

Sonosam on July 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

got it?

Sonosam on July 25, 2011 at 1:22 PM

csdeven knows that. Just refuses to ackowledge it.

darwin on July 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Then guess what? You don’t have to vote for her. Feel better now?

darwin on July 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

His basic problem is not being able to mentally handle the freedom of others to do so.

viking01 on July 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Then guess what? You don’t have to vote for her. Feel better now?

darwin on July 25, 2011 at 1:18 PM

His basic problem is not being able to mentally handle the freedom of others to do so.

viking01 on July 25, 2011 at 1:34 PM

And that’s exactly what exposes him to be the leftist that he pretends not to be…

OnlyOrange on July 25, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Why are you making this about me? The blog is called HotAir not The Obsessor

Gohawgs on July 25, 2011 at 4:50 PM

An abortion the Pope would have dug in his pockets for

Sonosam on July 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Still with the obsession on me? Does your grammy know you have replaced her with me in your head? If not, please don’t tell her….I’m sure she is a nice person considering she lets you live rent free in her basement….she doesn’t deserve to have her heart broken.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 5:53 PM

csdeven knows that. Just refuses to ackowledge it.

darwin on July 25, 2011 at 1:27 PM

So what? That was an unforeseen event that she failed to cope with. If she were POTUS she certainly will face unforeseen events of a different nature. Considering her values are; faith, family, and then elected office, it is perfectly reasonable to suspect she would resign again when she faces a choice between her family and the voters.

It matters not if it is the same or different circumstances as arose in Alaska. You refuse to accept that she will react the exact same way in the future if that choice is placed before her again.

She blew it when she resigned. She will not get another chance. Not in 2012 at any rate. Maybe when the kids are grown and gone and she doesn’t have to protect them.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Maybe when the kids are grown and gone and she doesn’t have to protect them.

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 6:01 PM

And to be fair to SP, some of the left’s attacks are nasty beyond belief.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 25, 2011 at 10:39 PM

csdeven on July 25, 2011 at 6:01 PM

None of that was spin either.

No sir, not one single pixel of spin in that one.

You have been told hundreds of times that the facts do not support your theory of Palin leaving the Oval Office to protect her family.

It is total crap what you are saying, speculative conjecture born of a twisting of the truth for a propaganda purpose to damage her as much as you think you can.

In case you haven’t noticed, it isn’t working.

You’ve changed no minds here.

Resistance is futile.

You will be assimilated. :)

Brian1972 on July 25, 2011 at 11:15 PM

Guest column: Can Sarah Palin shake up the GOP?
By Steffen Schmidt, university professor of political science

“In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Sarah Palin shows strengths that none of the other GOP contenders have. According to analysis by the Associated Press “[s]he tops the list as the most empathetic figure and “runs almost even with Romney on the question of who best reflects the party’s core values and on who is most compatible with people on the issues.”

These are very important “deep” factors that can motivate people to participate politically.

The poll also shows that Palin also has strong support among Republicans without college degrees. This is a group that may or may not be politically savvy and motivated enough to go to the Ames Straw Poll in August or get to a caucus precinct on a cold winter night. However, it is indeed a large and potentially valuable piece of the voting public, especially when you add in the no-party voters without college degrees who can swing either way and who have made the winning difference in past elections.

On the horse-race question — who’s ahead and who’s coming around the turn at fast speed — Palin got 23 percent and Romney 22 percent among non-college Republicans. However, Romney leads 32 to 9 percent among college graduates.

“Palin is also first or tied for the top spot in both groups when it comes to her connection to people’s problems. Above all, it is this “connection factor” that would allow Palin to quickly transform the race, were she to jump in,” according to the Washington Post.”

“One acquaintance, a lifelong Republican, said, “Steffen, she’s like the severe storms center hurricane forecast for the season. When they say this year will be an exceptionally active hurricane season, everyone from the Gulf States to Maine is jumpy, looking over their shoulder, getting plywood ready to board up, getting hurricane supplies, arranging to have their boat hauled out should a big one hit. All of the Republican candidates right now are looking over their shoulder to see if Hurricane Sarah might strike!”

I thought that was a sweet metaphor.”

“Palin has a passionate base of support in the public because she represents the only outsider, populist and unpredictable candidate. Oddly enough, she would also be one of the only GOP candidates (Texas Gov. Rick Perry is the other potential new entrant) who has not signed off on pledges from Iowa conservative “kingmaker” Bob Vander Plaats and others. These are “written in stone” promises about deficits, budgets, gay marriage, abortion and foreign policy issues such as Libya and Afghanistan that these candidates will now be bound to for the rest of the 2012 political season.”
Palin can, in other words, hover above all of this and swoop down on the GOP adversaries like the bald eagle I saw from the helm of my sailboat, talons out front, snatching a hapless Merganser duck at the tip of Pt. Bolin, right by the U.S. Navy torpedo-testing facility coming into Liberty Bay, Wash. I’m sure the other GOP candidates will scatter just like the fortunate ducks that were in the water but escaped the mighty raptor!”

“By the way, I also heard that there may be a very well-organized grassroots movement to write her name in at the Ames Straw Poll, so keep an eye on that.”

http://iowastatedaily.com/opinion/article_46a4ff80-b6c9-11e0-91bd-001cc4c03286.html

Viator on July 26, 2011 at 7:06 AM

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