Cable news replayed the clip of Rubio sipping water more than 200 times yesterday

posted at 10:41 am on February 14, 2013 by Allahpundit

Say thanks to Jeff Poor and the Daily Caller for enduring the Ludovico-ish process needed to tally these numbers. The “200 times” figure comes with an asterisk: Turns out Rachel Maddow alone accounted for more than half the replays by putting the clip of Rubio reaching for the water on a loop, tucked into a corner of the screen, for 13 minutes while she and Steve Kornacki were hashing out the particulars of his speech. (Seeing is believing.) Jon Stewart once chided her and MSNBC for beating the “teabagger” joke into the ground, but in hindsight he should be glad she never resorted to a push-button morning-zoo-style soundboard for the T-word. She’s always been touted as a more civil, substantive alternative to Olbermann, and in fairness this episode bears that out. If Olby were still on the air, he would have run the clip for the full hour.

At Mediaite, Joe Concha looks at the tone of the coverage across various networks and wonders how it’s come to this:

Since old, white, stuffy Mitt Romney’s defeat in November, the media has lectured us on what kind of candidate the GOP needs to produce, which actually sounds similar to a remedy for a struggling baseball team: Republicans need to get younger, more diverse, stronger up the middle.

So what happens when a respected 41-year-old Cuban-American Republican U.S. Senator is put on the national stage?

The media turns him into a punch line. And if you’re like most Americans too busy to devote hours of time to watch the State of the Union and its rebuttal, the news you got this morning portrayed Rubio as Cindy in the infamous spelling bee episode of the Brady Bunch (Cindy aces all tests in school until a red light on a camera during a televised contest freezes her beyond repair).

Poor impression made.

Mission accomplished.

What’s interesting about the Maddow segment is that she actually does engage with the specifics of Rubio’s speech yet still felt obliged to have the water clip running over and over onscreen, which ends up distracting from the commentary. But then, why limit yourself to convincing the viewer with your argument when you can condition them to view Rubio as a ridiculous figure with visual cues too? She might as well have skipped the clip and simply delivered her commentary over a flashing banner, “DO NOT TAKE MARCO RUBIO SERIOUSLY.”

If you exclude the 101 replays on Maddow’s show, you’re still at 100 replays for the day. On Fox, the clip ran an average of once every 90 minutes over 18 hours; on CNN a bit more than every 30 minutes, with Wolf Blitzer accounting for most of that; and on MSNBC, naturally, every 20 minutes. Here’s the guy whom MSNBC has airing at 6 p.m., the national news hour, predictably mispronouncing Rubio’s name and demonstrating that he still hasn’t learned that you don’t need to shout on a TV set the way you do on a theater stage to make your voice heard. Nice job by Reverend Al’s writers, though: This is, by current standards, legitimately SNL-quality comedy.


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She wasn’t forced out of office in Alaska. She quit.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

This again. But you’ve totally contradicted yourself on this thread. You began by inveighing against the “professional Left”‘s awesome slander machine and how it is the real enemy but can’t concede what was going on in Alaska — probably the most advanced and concerted and effective astroturf campaign against an individual politician in modern history. Yes, she “quit,” but how did this come about, what was happening, what were her options? 17 lawsuits soaking up her family’s life savings with no liability shelter afforded almost all other office-holders.

You’re exposed. Game over. The rest of your arguments are feeble anyway. I was going to respond to the nonsense about media corporations but Sharrukin always did that.

rrpjr on February 14, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Yeah, that’s the point. They would rather go out of business than alter their leftist slant so the idea that the profit motive will change their behavior is simply not the case.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Could be. Certainly they made the wrong call to double down when there was still time to pull the fat out of the fire. Print media is in trouble, and there’s no margin for error.

That said, you’re still missing my point. Yeah.. the liberal media is both serving and creating demand for leftist dogma. But in so doing they’re strengthening the power of the federal government, which will eventually USE that power to control the media. These people currently don’t see the threat, not only to their freedom to run their corporations as they please, but to their bottom lines, and thus… their very existence.

You don’t get 16 trillion in debt with people who can run a budget. Heck, this bunch can’t even CREATE a budget, let alone keep it in the black.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Maybe you should look at what they do, not what they say.
Or maybe it’s Rubio’s message they fear (which is what I said in the first place). Either way.

Most likely it’s the message AND who’s delivering it.

They’ve spent two days on an awkward pause in a speech and a water sip. Not to mention the newest Savior controversy over the nuances of Miami real estate. That suggests that they are afraid of him. And outside Van Jones, I haven’t heard anyone mention that they feared Rubio. Van Jones has a tendency to be truthful (such as mentioning he is a hardcore redistributionist), and I think that this is one time.

Speaking engagements, a FoxNews gig, contributions to her PAC, a reality show, etc…all of which might have dried up if she weren’t a possible candidate for 2012.

I thought it was unlike that she was going to make a run for President when she quit in 2009. So it was all about sucking money from her supporters and even that is gone now (i.e. no Fox News contract.) The Savior being a much bigger draw than her.

Illinidiva on February 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Rubio is a legitimate threat to my uneducated Democrat Party, because he’s intelligent and is also a minority. Therefore he must be taken out early and often. And that includes me trying to Hijack this thread.

libfreeordie on February 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

Edited for accuracy.

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I thought it was unlike that she was going to make a run for President when she quit in 2009. So it was all about sucking money from her supporters and even that is gone now (i.e. no Fox News contract.) The Savior being a much bigger draw than her.

Illinidiva on February 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

It’s telling, that establishent cronies like you would rather attack Palin than Obama…

How’s that working out for ya?

idesign on February 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2013 at 5:11 PM

LoLz..You are on a roll..:)

Dire Straits on February 14, 2013 at 5:13 PM

She wasn’t forced out of office in Alaska. She quit.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

but we DO need to draw a line in the sand and refuse to allow him to be systematically destroyed. If we don’t, we’ll never see another conservative elected in this country, no matter how good s/he might be.

THIS FAR AND NO FURTHER.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 1:52 PM

As rrpjr pointed out, your slip is showing.

Like the typical liberal Republican you demand one standard for yourself and your golden boys, but refuse to apply the same to conservatives.

The media painted the Palin picture for you and you never questioned it, and now you are tooting the horn that danger threatens and those media meanies are slandering poor Rubio.

Boo hoo.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

rrpjr on February 14, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Huh? You seem to be saying that the woman had no influence at all in her own choices. She might not have crafted the problems in Alaska, but she her reaction to them is on her.

You know, on a side note, I’m firmly convinced at this point, that Palin’s supporters have done her as wrong as the Democrats did. It’s not really fair, but when one’s supporters come of as nonsensical in the arena of public thought, it reflects on the candidate.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

The Savior being a much bigger draw than her.

Illinidiva on February 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

In your dreams.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

I think liberals are just making fools of themselves by trying to make an issue out of a man taking a drink of water. After Joe Biden is VP and he can not get through a day without saying something stupid. Rubio did something very human..I doubt that will hurt him with other humans. Of course, the media can not understand that since they are not really people anymore.

And why are you guys talking about Palin? Let it be.

Terrye on February 14, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Huh? You seem to be saying that the woman had no influence at all in her own choices. She might not have crafted the problems in Alaska, but she her reaction to them is on her.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Just as Marco didn’t have to reach awkwardly for that water.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Huh? You seem to be saying that the woman had no influence at all in her own choices.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Rubio didn’t have to take a sip of that water either. /

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 5:27 PM

but when one’s supporters come of as nonsensical in the arena of public thought, it reflects on the candidate.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

The Irony…LOL

This isn’t going to end well…

it’s like the GOP has a death wish…:)

House Leadership Working with Rove to Fix Messaging Problem

http://www.therightscoop.com/house-leadership-working-with-rove-to-fix-their-messaging-problem-um/

idesign on February 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

I thought it was unlike that she was going to make a run for President when she quit in 2009. So it was all about sucking money from her supporters and even that is gone now (i.e. no Fox News contract.) The Savior being a much bigger draw than her.

Illinidiva on February 14, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I take it you don’t use Twitter, by the way.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

The same old two-faced tripe. It’s the “professional left” that we must all unite against when it’s a RINO darling in the crosshairs. But it’s all “on her” when it’s a populist conservative reformer like Palin. We get it. You people are so transparent, and hilariously you never grok it.

And no one who’s told me that Palin had “other options” has ever explained what even one of them was. Tell us — what were the options to losing her family fortune? Put yourself in her shoes. Take a daring thought experiment. Or did she get exactly what she deserved? That’s really it, isn’t it? The uppity bi*ch got exactly what she deserved. And “she quit!”

rrpjr on February 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

House Leadership Working with Rove to Fix Messaging Problem

http://www.therightscoop.com/house-leadership-working-with-rove-to-fix-their-messaging-problem-um/

idesign on February 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Double down on fail.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Bull patties. It was the left’s attack on Palin which left her as “damaged goods” for 2012, but it’s been her own choices and people like you who make her future recovery impossible.

She STILL had an office from which to prove herself. She still had two years left to PROVE the smears as wrong. And even though I can understand her decision as a parent, if she wanted future political office, she chose poorly. Sorry if you don’t like that. But just because somebody makes you a victim… doesn’t mean you let them get away with it for the rest of your life, even if the odds are long.

We don’t HAVE to let Democrats get away with doing what they did to Palin to anybody else. We’ve seen the playbook now. And if you people think that you can allow them to continue using this weapon and never have it used against you again… you’re out of your minds.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

We don’t HAVE to let Democrats get away with doing what they did to Palin to anybody else. We’ve seen the playbook now. And if you people think that you can allow them to continue using this weapon and never have it used against you again… you’re out of your minds.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Yeah. Let’s get all fired up at those nasty commies when they have the GOPe Lord’s Anointed in their sights.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

And if you people think that you can allow them to continue using this weapon and never have it used against you again… you’re out of your minds.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I think nothing of the sort. I am just enjoying seeing it used against you and your liberal Republican pals.

There’s a German word which I cannot recall at the moment that describes the feeling about the pleasure to be had from the misfortunes of other, and it’s particularly sweet when such a strong element of poetic justice is mixed in.

Enjoy.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

She STILL had an office from which to prove herself. She still had two years left to PROVE the smears as wrong. And even though I can understand her decision as a parent, if she wanted future political office, she chose poorly.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 5:50 PM

By the way, as far as 2009′s concerned, she made the only choice she could’ve made. I do fault her for not taking on Murkowski in 2010. Otherwise though you’re just sitting there bleating about taking on those media meanies whnen they attack establishment “saviors”, but whatever happens to Palin is all on her. Forget it.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I think nothing of the sort. I am just enjoying seeing it used against you and your liberal Republican pals.

There’s a German word which I cannot recall at the moment that describes the feeling about the pleasure to be had from the misfortunes of other, and it’s particularly sweet when such a strong element of poetic justice is mixed in.

Enjoy.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Schadenfreude, one of the commenters here. LOL

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Schadenfreude, one of the commenters here. LOL

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Dats the one!

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

The same old two-faced tripe. It’s the “professional left” that we must all unite against when it’s a RINO darling in the crosshairs. But it’s all “on her” when it’s a populist conservative reformer like Palin. We get it. You people are so transparent, and hilariously you never grok it.

And no one who’s told me that Palin had “other options” has ever explained what even one of them was. Tell us — what were the options to losing her family fortune? Put yourself in her shoes. Take a daring thought experiment. Or did she get exactly what she deserved? That’s really it, isn’t it? The uppity bi*ch got exactly what she deserved. And “she quit!”

rrpjr on February 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Wow. You people really are insane. No insult intended. I just hadn’t realized how sincerely fanatical you are. I had chalked up the earlier Sarah Palin froth to political passions. But that’s not it. Clearly, it’s deeper and creepier than that. Remarkable.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Wow. You people really are insane. No insult intended. I just hadn’t realized how sincerely fanatical you are. I had chalked up the earlier Sarah Palin froth to political passions. But that’s not it. Clearly, it’s deeper and creepier than that. Remarkable.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Anybody that wants to apply YOUR standard of defense to Palin is “insanely fanatical”. What a stinking hypocrite.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Clearly, it’s deeper and creepier than that. Remarkable.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

What’s “creepy” is “those media commies are making fun of Marco!!! We can NOT let that happen!!!!” But whatever happens to Palin is all her own fault. YOU shits are the reason squishes lose. You’re transparent.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 6:07 PM

What’s “creepy” is “those media commies are making fun of Marco!!! We can NOT let that happen!!!!” But whatever happens to Palin is all her own fault. YOU shits are the reason squishes lose. You’re transparent.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 6:07 PM

They hate conservatives far more than they dislike the left.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Wow. You people really are insane. No insult intended. I just hadn’t realized how sincerely fanatical you are. I had chalked up the earlier Sarah Palin froth to political passions. But that’s not it. Clearly, it’s deeper and creepier than that. Remarkable.

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

You’ve got nothing..:)

idesign on February 14, 2013 at 6:11 PM

Wow. You people really are insane. No insult intended.
Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Of course not. We take it in the same spirit as we have the last three ears of sloppy and flailing insults. We understand the fear and insecurity behind it, and — strangely — the same repetition of behavior expecting a different result (you know, what in polite company is called the definition of “insanity”) it represents. I mean, really, I’m getting deja vu. Is this where RINOs are picking up, where they left off?

I just hadn’t realized how sincerely fanatical you are.

Sure you did. Don’t sell yourself short.

But nice pivot, for a second there anyway. Suddenly it was “what happened to Palin is a terrible thing (though she made it worse, don’t forget), but what’s done is done. We’ve all seen the playbook now and we have to save our RINO.” Hilarious. I saw the playbook in 1979. Any conservative worth his salt or who was a functional human being in the 1990s and didn’t have it figured out with Clinton and Podesta and Blumenthal and Moveon.org is kind of a non-player, an unserious person. So this is all very revealing.

rrpjr on February 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

And I notice no attempt to answer my question. No intellectual interest, no curiosity, no moral empathy. Just “wow, you’re insane!” Ever contemplated being sued 17 times within one year, the required legal responses to which cost you tens of thousands of dollars? No, that could never happen. And you boast of having “seen the playbook.”

rrpjr on February 14, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Nobody has the duty to rally ’round him. Let him twist in the wind, if it makes you feel better. The base has already started to tear him down, anyway. By 2015 he will be more hated than Romney.

Gelsomina on February 14, 2013 at 1:34 PM

It’s a b1tch, ain’t it?

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Not for me, because I’m not a big fan of Rubio.

Gelsomina on February 14, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Gotta admit – I didn’t watch the SOTU or the GOP response (waste of time). Especially, I didn’t care to hear a speech endorsed by the GOP Ayatollahs given by Rubio.

I did watch Rand Paul’s response … two thumbs up!

Now on Rubio … just to see what the hoopla was all about – I logged into youtube to catch his “Poland Spring” moment.

HEEEEEELARIOUS!

You have to admit – it looked incredibly funny. He looked like a little kid who just caught sneaking a beer by his Dad!!!!

He had the water there for a reason … so why did he place it so far away off camera? If you anticipate you’ll need a drink … use a podium and put the water bottle on top. I used to give speeches to crowds of 600 people or more holding a water bottle in my hand the entire time. Nobody laughed at me when I drank from it … holding a bottle of water or having on in clear view kind of says to the audience …

“Hey dipsh1ts, I have some water here … I just may take a sip!!”

HondaV65 on February 14, 2013 at 6:50 PM

RACISTS!

Obama drinks water. Sharpton drinks water. The idiots on CNN drink water. But a Hispanic . . .. The horrors!

They’re nothing but a bunch of racists, and stupid ones at that.

EdmundBurke247 on February 14, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Where are all the polls telling us how many want Rubio to run?

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

There’s a German word which I cannot recall at the moment that describes the feeling about the pleasure to be had from the misfortunes of other, and it’s particularly sweet when such a strong element of poetic justice is mixed in.

Enjoy.

sharrukin on February 14, 2013 at 5:56 PM

That’s like falling down the stairs and saying, “Ha, serves you right.”

The German word for that is not Schadenfreude, but Selbstzerstoerung.

Gelsomina on February 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

That’s like falling down the stairs and saying, “Ha, serves you right.”

The German word for that is not Schadenfreude, but Selbstzerstoerung.

Gelsomina on February 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

“Selbstzerstörung” just means “self-destruction”, not the feeling of gloating over it.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

Wow. You people really are insane. No insult intended.
Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Look back into the HotGas archives. Discussions about Gov. Palin have ALWAYS been heated on here, sometimes with threads going on forever and a day.

I’m not on Team Rubio, but if the Fourth Estate MSM is allowed to simply destroy the guy career simply because he took a sip of water, that will further embolden then to destroy the career of a candidate I like or you like.

Not only will there be a nasty, costly civil war that the GOP Establishment is willing to wage on conservatives, but there will also be total warfare waged by the Fourth Estate MSM at the same time in which they will destroy both sides simultaneously.

All in all, it looks more and more like the Dem nominee will be the victor in 2016 without much effort.

Myron Falwell on February 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM

That’s like falling down the stairs and saying, “Ha, serves you right.”

The German word for that is not Schadenfreude, but Selbstzerstoerung.

Gelsomina on February 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

“Selbstzerstörung” just means “self-destruction”, not the feeling of gloating over it.

ddrintn on February 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

That’s what I meant. German is my native language.

ALL Republicans get borked, RINOs as well as conservatives. Gloating about it is self-destructive.

Gelsomina on February 14, 2013 at 11:13 PM

Wow. You people really are insane. No insult intended. I just hadn’t realized how sincerely fanatical you are. I had chalked up the earlier Sarah Palin froth to political passions. But that’s not it. Clearly, it’s deeper and creepier than that. Remarkable.
Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Yep, exactly. It IS weird. My problem is not with Palin (though I don’t see her as the most competent, articulate, serious politician out there); my problem is more with her cultist followers who attack any Republican not named Palin. They have been conditioned by radio hosts like Mark Levin to believe she is the only “True Conservative” out there. Go ahead and ask some of these people which potential candidates besides Palin they would support for President. They can’t and won’t give an answer. And Palin isn’t even going to run, leaving these people to do nothing but whine about whoever DOES run, calling them “Establishment” RINO’s who have been “forced” on them and whose supporters have victimized poor little ol’ Sarah.

They did it to Mitt. They did it to Paul Ryan. They did it to Bachmann and Perry, and they are doing it to Rubio now. Any sane person would understand the need the look at who actually is running and support the person who best represents your values, even if you dont agree with the candidate 100% of the time, and who you think has the best chance to win. But these people won’t do that. They will whine nonstop like babies about their choices, pretending like some nefarious “establishment” conspiracy forced a candidate on them, when in fact it is primary voters themselves who choose nominees!

Sorry to say, but Palinista cultists like ddrintn have one mode and one mode only: bitch and moan about “the establishment” with a “I know you are but what am I tone,” without ever actually saying anything new or actually expressing any support whatsoever for ANYONE who is actually running. They love being naysayers, something that is easy to do.

Then you have Palinista cultists like the emoticon-addicted idesign. This little character pops up and insults anyone on the Internet who denies the greatest of Queen Sarah. Go ahead and google “idesign” and “Palin” and prepare to be amazed at her trail of comments.

Just as Justin Bieber has fanatical supporters of mostly teen girls known as Beliebers who fight on his behalf on Internet comment boards everywhere, Sarah Palin has her (dwindling) army of Palinistas. Seriously, that is about at the level we’re dealing with when it comes to these people.

Palin herself has encouraged the divisiveness, and she benefits financially from it. Mark Levin, likewise, often does more harm than good.

Yes, Sarah Palin’s influence has greatly diminished in the last few years, not just because of unfair media treatment, but also because of her own failures and bad decisions. Honestly, it is for the best that Palin was let go from Fox and commands far less attention from the news media than she used to. She was always far from our brightest conservative light, and she never really had any business being the public face of conservatism nor of the Republican Party.

bluegill on February 15, 2013 at 5:47 AM

Wow. You people really are insane. No insult intended. I just hadn’t realized how sincerely fanatical you are. I had chalked up the earlier Sarah Palin froth to political passions. But that’s not it. Clearly, it’s deeper and creepier than that. Remarkable.
Murf76 on February 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Yep, exactly. It IS weird. My problem is not with Palin (though I don’t see her as the most competent, articulate, serious politician out there); my problem is more with her cultist followers who attack any Republican not named Palin. They have been conditioned by radio hosts like Mark Levin to believe she is the only “True Conservative” out there. Go ahead and ask some of these people which potential candidates besides Palin they would support for President. They can’t and won’t give an answer. And Palin isn’t even going to run, leaving these people to do nothing but whine about whoever DOES run, calling them “Establishment” RINO’s who have been “forced” on them and whose supporters have victimized poor little ol’ Sarah.

They did it to Mitt. They did it to Paul Ryan. They did it to Bachmann and Perry, and they are doing it to Rubio now. Any sane person would understand the need the look at who actually is running and support the person who best represents your values, even if you dont agree with the candidate 100% of the time, and who you think has the best chance to win. But these people won’t do that. They will whine nonstop like babies about their choices, pretending like some nefarious “establishment” conspiracy forced a candidate on them, when in fact it is primary voters themselves who choose nominees!

Sorry to say, but Palinista cultists like ddrintn have one mode and one mode only: whine and moan about “the establishment” with a “I know you are but what am I tone,” without ever actually saying anything new or actually expressing any support whatsoever for ANYONE who is actually running. They love being naysayers, something that is easy to do.

Then you have Palinista cultists like the emoticon-addicted idesign. This little character pops up and insults anyone on the Internet who denies the greatest of Queen Sarah. Go ahead and google “idesign” and “Palin” and prepare to be amazed at her trail of comments.

Just as Justin Bieber has fanatical supporters of mostly teen girls known as Beliebers who fight on his behalf on Internet comment boards everywhere, Sarah Palin has her (dwindling) army of Palinistas. Seriously, that is about at the level we’re dealing with when it comes to these people.

Palin herself has encouraged the divisiveness, and she benefits financially from it. Mark Levin, likewise, often does more harm than good.

Yes, Sarah Palin’s influence has greatly diminished in the last few years, not just because of unfair media treatment, but also because of her own failures and bad decisions. Honestly, it is for the best that Palin was let go from Fox and commands far less attention from the news media than she used to. She was always far from our brightest conservative light, and she never really had any business being the public face of conservatism nor of the Republican Party.

bluegill on February 15, 2013 at 5:49 AM

That’s like falling down the stairs and saying, “Ha, serves you right.”

Gelsomina on February 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Nope. The liberal Republicans aren’t doing anything I want done, or that I think should be done, so their misfortune is in no way a bad thing anymore than the misfortune of Hillary Clinton is.

sharrukin on February 15, 2013 at 6:29 AM

Fox News responded by attacking a 102 year old woman who was forced to wait in 3 hour long lines because of Rick Scott’s policies. But poor Rubio or something.
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/14/fox-news-hosts-desiline-victor_n_2688111.html
 
libfreeordie on February 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

 

Also written:
 
102 year old woman with specific language needs made the personal decision to go and wait on a busy day instead of one of the other early voting days:

But Rick Scott’s policies or something.
 
rogerb on February 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

 

But more to the point, I challenge the notion that you are someone who engages me. You don’t actually… Engagement would be responding to the substance of my claims in ways that illustrates you understand the argument and can defeat it with your own. You don’t do that and therefore you are not one of the few who “engage me.”
 
libfreeordie on January 9, 2013 at 1:25 PM
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/08/espn-apologizes-for-brent-musburger-noticing-how-attractive-a-j-mccarrons-girlfriend-is/comment-page-3/#comment-6633593

 
Time to (again) flee another thread when it was shown you didn’t know anything on the topic beyond the Machine’s talking point?
 
Well done, professor. Enjoy being a cog.

rogerb on February 15, 2013 at 6:35 AM

I don’t get the whole water thing at all. I don’t think I’d make it as a liberal.

claudius on February 15, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Obama and Rubio, if not stopped, will be to America what Hitler and Stalin were to Poland in 1939, but there will be no one to save America. The “Comprehensive Plan to Destroy America Bill” will be their version of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact.

VorDaj on February 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

We’re down to counting the number of sips of water? What’s your point? You belong with the people who’d keep a kids out of school for pointing their finger, for telling their teacher she’s cute, drawing a picture of a gun, ripping a piece of paper to look like a gun, and making believe they were throwing a hand grenade. Yup you would fit right in.

mixplix on February 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM

As long as the left owns the media we are powerless.

Bad wins now, fact of life.

petunia on February 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Fox News responded by attacking a 102 year old woman who was forced to wait in 3 hour long lines because of Rick Scott’s policies. But poor Rubio or something.
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/14/fox-news-hosts-desiline-victor_n_2688111.html
 
libfreeordie on February 14, 2013 at 3:25 PM

 
Also written:
 
102 year old woman with specific language needs made the personal decision to go and wait on a busy day instead of one of the other early voting days:

But Rick Scott’s policies or something.
 
rogerb on February 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

 
Read it again if you need to see how sad this is. Remember especially it’s from
 

I just got a new job at one of the 50 flagship public universities in the country…
 
libfreeordie on February 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

 
a teaching assistant that has such an incurious mind that he’s not even willing to learn anything outside of the Huffpo RICK SCOTT’S VOTER SUPPRESSION!!! story.
 
Libfreeordie, you realize you’re being exactly the low-info voter the president needs you to be, right? You swallowed the story hook, line, and sinker without examination or any type of thought.
 
The little old lady sitting in the chamber for the SOTU address was a prop. Her story was a prop. And you bought it, and are here promoting it, because, like a religious believer, you embrace it on faith.
 
You had no idea about her extremely specialized language needs until I told you, did you?
 
You had no idea that she chose to go on the busy first day until I told you, did you?

rogerb on February 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

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