Palin on Trump: Our vets demand a commander-in-chief who’ll respect what our forces go through

posted at 8:01 pm on January 20, 2016 by Allahpundit

Via the Blaze, I was going to write a post about her blaming PTSD — and Obama — for her son’s domestic violence arrest but I can’t get past the first line of the clip below. The candidate who’ll respect what our veterans go through is the guy who … mocked her former running mate’s heroism in enduring the Hanoi Hilton because he had the misfortune of being captured in the first place? Palin circa 2009 would have destroyed Trump for that. Palin 2016 doesn’t blink. Increasingly I feel like the Trump campaign is a test to see how far he and his surrogates can go in backtracking on prior beliefs before some of his fans say, “Yeah, wait, that doesn’t square with you used to say.” His reversals on things like abortion are already priced into his stock; attacking Cruz for a Goldman Sachs loan after years of gleefully greasing the palms of political cronies is something new, but there’s no sign of damage from that either. Maybe Palin pretending that Trump, who sought and received student and medical deferments during Vietnam before he goofed on McCain last summer for being some sort of POW chump, will crack the ice a bit. Or maybe nothing will.

As for her son’s arrest:

“Our wounded warriors come who home from the battlefield bringing new battles with them,” said Palin, who was tapped as Sen. John McCain’s running mate in 2008…

“But my son, like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened,” Palin said. “They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country, and that starts from the top. It’s a shame that our military personnel even have to wonder, if they have to question if they’re respected anymore.”…

“It starts from the top, the question though that comes from our own president, where they have to look at him and wonder: ‘Do you know what we go through? Do you know what we’re trying to do to secure America and to secure the freedoms that have been bequeathed us?’” she said. “So when my own son is going through what he goes through coming back, I can certainly relate with other families who kind of feel these ramifications of some PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with, and it makes me realize more than ever — it is now or never for the sake of America’s finest that we have that commander in chief who will respect them and honor them.”

Vets can speak to the truth or falsity of that in the comments. No one disputes that PTSD is a terrible ordeal, but I can tell you how it would play politically on the right if a brand-name liberal suggested, even obliquely, that their relative’s domestic-violence arrest was best explained by veterans coming back from war “different.” That would be attacked as an unfair insinuation that all vets suffering from combat trauma are potentially dangerous when, in reality, most people who have PTSD aren’t violent. Whether the population of those experiencing combat PTSD are more prone to violence is debated: Some studies say yes, others say the link between PTSD and violence is weak. My memory of the Chris Kyle murder trial, though, is that there wasn’t much public sympathy for the idea that Eddie Lee Routh’s alleged PTSD reduced his culpability for the crime. Which stands to reason: The unanswerable question in any individual case is whether, but for his exposure to combat stress, the defendant would have behaved the same way. Says Kurt Schlichter, himself a vet:

Another Twitter pal who served in the military also took offense at the suggestion that domestic violence is in any way typical behavior of those “hardened” by combat. And that’s not even touching Palin’s suggestion that somehow Obama’s attitude towards the troops may have influenced what Track Palin allegedly did two nights ago.

Oh well. Double standards for one’s own pols are nothing new. Imagine how conservative media, which spent days telling New Yorkers to stop being so thin-skinned about Cruz and “New York values,” would have reacted to Hillary Clinton goofing on “southern values.” Incidentally, Palin also claimed at today’s rally that Trump is a “self-made” man, which, given the mega-millions he inherited, is about as credible as saying that Jeb Bush is a self-made man. Won’t stop Trump from attacking an actual self-made man like Ted Cruz as some sort of fatcat crony, though.


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J. E. Dyer on last week’s debate:

one thing Cruz gets very right is discussing the philosophy of limited government and American liberty. No matter how far he’s pushed, there’s foundation and substance there – not just the right words and talking points, but the meaning behind them. The only other candidate who hits a similar note of depth and seriousness in this realm of moral philosophy is Carson.

If Cruz’s GOP critics want to know why he’s on the rise with voters, the more the voters get to know him, the critics should go back to the Lincoln line: “He fights.” Not seeing that the time has come to fight – politically, for what is necessary to preserve liberty and a government of laws – is a disqualifier for leadership today. More and more of the people see it. Those who don’t need to step down, and let the fighters have their day and win the battle…

Trump comes across as a fighter because he doesn’t shrink from the implications of his most clearly articulated positions. Now, I don’t think he is a fighter in the way Ted Cruz is. Trump has a native hard-headedness that serves him well in many situations, and he has the admirable, indispensable quality of moving forward: dropping old baggage, believing in renewal, creation, and a better future. He doesn’t recognize any such concept as permanently “losing.”

But that’s not the same thing as having a vision in your head of what ordered liberty is supposed to look like for humanity, and knowing what kind of “good ideas” you have to stand against for the use of government, because those ideas never work out the way their advocates insist they will.

Trump is used to managerial ideas working out – or not, and then you liquidate the bad idea and do something else. I perceive Cruz to be the one guy on that stage who knows, with such certainty that he will say no to things on principle, that this dynamic doesn’t apply to government and never will. You will always regret even letting it get started.

Cruz won’t be misled about ideas for tweaking government and “managing” it better. (The Jeb! and Kasich mantra.) He recognizes that mankind already knows as much about government as there is to know, and the verdict is in on the eternal hope that managing government better will enable us to make it bigger without hurting ourselves.

Trump doesn’t even use the same lexicon or frame of reference to have that discussion. He can be misled – and my prediction is that he would be – because to him, measuring the size of government is mainly about what size the tax bite is, and whether the government is catering to the unions or the business owners today…

INC on January 21, 2016 at 4:47 AM

The GOPe and their media wing have been pushing him to attack Trump and he took the bait. He has now become odious to a number of Trump supporters that had him as second choice were Trump to falter.

The GOP and its supporters have had three fantasies for awhile that simply aren’t true:
1. If they could just get a “big voice on the right” to “really go after Trump,” he would just sort of magically collapse and then Rubio or Cruz or whoever would go on to win the nomination. They’ve ignored what happened to other “big voices” like Megyn Kelly who went after him, incorrectly concluding hers was just not big enough.
2. The idea that “Trump has never before been really attacked” which is completely detached from reality.
3. The myth of the “affable dunce,” to steal a Reagan era term, or the myth of the Lucky Hitler, to steal Scott Adams’ term. GOP supporters are absolutely convinced that Trump is just a lucky idiot who stumbled into first place and would run out of luck and quickly collapse. Heck, many liberals are still convinced, even today, that Reagan was an affable dunce despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.

With a lot of these fantasies now forced to face the cold, hard light of reality, many of them are angry, bitter, and lashing out rather than admitting they were wrong and were made to look foolish for investing emotionally in the above three myths. They’re probably also figuring out now that Cruz going nuclear has completely burned his bridges with Trump, so no VP slot for him either. Whoops!!!

Unfortunately, many have chosen to take the low road and are attacking Palin’s family instead. The idiots raving about Track Palin or shrieking that Palin is a “whore” really sound no different than the Democrats and Romney supporters of 2012.

But guess who didn’t go all out attacking Trump. Yes… Rubio. The GOPe made sure he stayed above the fray. He might issue a comment or two about disagreeing with Trump but he made sure he never got into all-out war with him.

So Cruz has allowed himself to be played. But he is supposedly the smart one.

TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 12:43 AM

He made a bad error in judgment, yes, and allowed people who normally wouldn’t give him the time of day to push him into doing something dumb. If it came down to it, he should have just told the donors he would manage his campaign as he saw fit

The smarter Cruz supporters will eventually come around, but I expect a significant chunk of them to just stomp off in a huff or root for Trump’s defeat in the general, now, with the excuse that Trump is a liberal (many of these are the same people, of course, who screamed that we just ‘had’ to vote for the liberal Mitt Romney).

With Cruz faltering, get ready for the diehard anti-Trumpers to demand Limbaugh go after Trump. He’s literally the only one left who has not yet gone nuclear on Trump. I bet the behind the scenes pressure on Limbaugh must be incredible right now.

Doomberg on January 21, 2016 at 4:52 AM

Trump is an intelligence test. No one favors him for President on issues – at least in the GOP – and there is no rational basis for his candidacy. It is anger and emotion and the foolish belief that wishing will make it so that drives his Cult, and of course the prospect of rounding up brown people and eventually Jews for a certain segment.

The only question to be answered is, “Just how stupid are you?”

~~

For Palin, who will ask her if Obama is to blame also for her son’s cutting of the school bus brake lines for which he was given the “option” to enlist instead of do the jail time? Or the other drunken brawls her family seems to regularly encounter?

Adjoran on January 21, 2016 at 5:06 AM

The GOP and its supporters have had three fantasies for awhile that simply aren’t true:
1. If they could just get a “big voice on the right” to “really go after Trump,” he would just sort of magically collapse and then Rubio or Cruz or whoever would go on to win the nomination. They’ve ignored what happened to other “big voices” like Megyn Kelly who went after him, incorrectly concluding hers was just not big enough.
2. The idea that “Trump has never before been really attacked” which is completely detached from reality.
3. The myth of the “affable dunce,” to steal a Reagan era term, or the myth of the Lucky Hitler, to steal Scott Adams’ term. GOP supporters are absolutely convinced that Trump is just a lucky idiot who stumbled into first place and would run out of luck and quickly collapse. Heck, many liberals are still convinced, even today, that Reagan was an affable dunce despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.

With a lot of these fantasies now forced to face the cold, hard light of reality, many of them are angry, bitter, and lashing out rather than admitting they were wrong and were made to look foolish for investing emotionally in the above three myths. They’re probably also figuring out now that Cruz going nuclear has completely burned his bridges with Trump, so no VP slot for him either. Whoops!!!

Unfortunately, many have chosen to take the low road and are attacking Palin’s family instead. The idiots raving about Track Palin or shrieking that Palin is a “whore” really sound no different than the Democrats and Romney supporters of 2012.

He made a bad error in judgment, yes, and allowed people who normally wouldn’t give him the time of day to push him into doing something dumb. If it came down to it, he should have just told the donors he would manage his campaign as he saw fit

The smarter Cruz supporters will eventually come around, but I expect a significant chunk of them to just stomp off in a huff or root for Trump’s defeat in the general, now, with the excuse that Trump is a liberal (many of these are the same people, of course, who screamed that we just ‘had’ to vote for the liberal Mitt Romney).

With Cruz faltering, get ready for the diehard anti-Trumpers to demand Limbaugh go after Trump. He’s literally the only one left who has not yet gone nuclear on Trump. I bet the behind the scenes pressure on Limbaugh must be incredible right now.

Doomberg on January 21, 2016 at 4:52 AM

That’s just fascinating.

You Trump supporters are really putting in the work.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 5:51 AM

That’s just fascinating.

You Trump supporters are really putting in the work.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 5:51 AM

Hey, sorry your candidate is losing. Better luck next time. :-(

Doomberg on January 21, 2016 at 6:16 AM

seriously???

SMH

he’s all yours sarah honey

cmsinaz on January 21, 2016 at 6:31 AM

Bimbo eruption

crrr6 on January 21, 2016 at 6:36 AM

Doomberg on January 21, 2016 at 4:52 AM

Yes, I think the reality of the situation is hitting a lot of people who believed in otherwise alternate realities, and some become resigned, and others get belligerent.

It’s fascinating watching people here and on other sites, especially the Cruz superfans, go all frothy mouthed on Palin and Trump. It’s the TDS and PDS all combined into one crazy syndrome.

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 6:37 AM

Hey, sorry your candidate is losing. Better luck next time. :-(

Doomberg on January 21, 2016 at 6:16 AM

He’s taking it a little personally.

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 6:39 AM

I used to like Palin, but now she seems a little… unhinged.

Fathom on January 21, 2016 at 7:23 AM

Fathom on January 21, 2016 at 7:23 AM

Certainly not a lot of substance in that speech. A lot of platitudes and stirring up of the crowd.

Very disappointing.

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2016 at 7:29 AM

INC on January 21, 2016 at 4:47 AM

I’ve always thought that Trump saw the trees (at least some of them) but I never got the impression that he saw the forest. He lacks an overall vision for where he wants to take the country and what, exactly, is wrong with it; I think Cruz does.

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2016 at 7:34 AM

I used to like Palin, but now she seems a little… unhinged.

Fathom on January 21, 2016 at 7:23 AM

Palin has remained the same wonderful woman that she has always been.

Ever considered that maybe you changed and became a little (or a lot)… unhinged?

Trump Derangement Syndrome coupled with Palin Derangement Syndrome can be very ugly. Take a look at comments on this thread.

But hey… Trump causing many hypocrites’ heads to explode is icing on the cake for us his supporters.

TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 7:42 AM

Please go home, Sarah. You’ve hit bottom.

blatantblue on January 21, 2016 at 7:45 AM

I’ve always thought that Trump saw the trees (at least some of them) but I never got the impression that he saw the forest. He lacks an overall vision for where he wants to take the country and what, exactly, is wrong with it; I think Cruz does.

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2016 at 7:34 AM

Now Anti-Trumpers can’t even get their thoughts together. The complaint about Trump that we heard was that he lacked specifics.

Now you are saying he lacks “generalities”?

Trump can see the forest better than any of the other candidates. He has been extremely clear about his stance on immigration and single-handedly pushed the party to the right on that issue. Not all that long ago, candidates were fighting over who could grant amnesty the fastest and how we needed Hispanics to win.

Trump shattered all that.

He also has excellent position papers on other issues that everyday Americans care about.

The other candidates just want access to power to fulfill the wishes of their big money donors.

TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 7:51 AM

Certainly not a lot of substance in that speech. A lot of platitudes and stirring up of the crowd.

Very disappointing.

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2016 at 7:29 AM

They said the same thing about her in 2008 and 2010. But then sat up when she helped win lots of seats for the GOP in the 2010 Tea Party wave.

They say the same thing about Trump and he is still winning… YUGE.

You wanna bet on how big the Trump/Palin wave will be in the GOP primaries and the general election?

Go check out the crowds at their rallies.

TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 7:54 AM

Hey, sorry your candidate is losing. Better luck next time. :-(

Doomberg on January 21, 2016 at 6:16 AM

Great response. Pretending I have a candidate so he can be losing. That’s awesome.

You guys are making message boards great again. Seriously.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 8:18 AM

TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 7:42 AM

She’s an idiot. So are you.

rubberneck on January 21, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Palin has remained the same wonderful woman that she has always been.

Ever considered that maybe you changed and became a little (or a lot)… unhinged?

Trump Derangement Syndrome coupled with Palin Derangement Syndrome can be very ugly. Take a look at comments on this thread.

But hey… Trump causing many hypocrites’ heads to explode is icing on the cake for us his supporters.

TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 7:42 AM

Such beautiful incoherence. It’s like abstract art.

I’m beginning to think the Trump supporters believe the things they type. Even if it doesn’t make any sense.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 8:22 AM

She’s an idiot. So are you.

rubberneck on January 21, 2016 at 8:21 AM

Now, now. Palin may be many things, but she’s not a idiot. Let’s stay on track.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 8:23 AM

He’s taking it a little personally.

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 6:39 AM

If we’re able to save just one, it’s worth it, right?

So, are you guys in on Trumps trolling, or are you being trolled?

Either way, it’s awesome.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 8:27 AM

The poor Cruz bots.

Cruz had no business running for President. He’s a first term Senator and Hillary would have beaten him like a rented mule.

Palin recognized what Cruz’s supporters refused to and supported Trump, who has money and knows how to handle the Press better than does Cruz.

This is basic stuff. Cruz would have been Goldwatered by the Establishment and then filleted by Hillary. He should have run for Governor of Texas first.

victor82 on January 21, 2016 at 8:46 AM

I think I’m done following politics for this season. Nothing happening in this country makes sense anymore.

TarheelBen on January 21, 2016 at 8:49 AM

TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 7:51 AM

With all due respect, J.E. Dyer has a lot more credibility than you.

butch on January 21, 2016 at 8:56 AM

You wanna bet on how big the Trump/Palin wave will be in the GOP primaries and the general election?
Go check out the crowds at their rallies.
TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 7:54 AM

Well, personally, I’ve never been one to consider that the majority is always right.

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2016 at 9:02 AM

I think I’m done following politics for this season. Nothing happening in this country makes sense anymore.
TarheelBen on January 21, 2016 at 8:49 AM

You shame me, sir. Knowing what I know I should’nt be either. Politics are not going to save this country and it’s not where the real problem lies.

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2016 at 9:07 AM

The poor Cruz bots.

Cruz had no business running for President. He’s a first term Senator and Hillary would have beaten him like a rented mule.

Palin recognized what Cruz’s supporters refused to and supported Trump, who has money and knows how to handle the Press better than does Cruz.

This is basic stuff. Cruz would have been Goldwatered by the Establishment and then filleted by Hillary. He should have run for Governor of Texas first.

victor82 on January 21, 2016 at 8:46 AM

You’re exactly right. Neither Cruz nor Rubio had any business running. Neither did Jeb or Perry. Or Christie.

There isn’t one legitimate candidate in the race.

Hence the Trump phenomenon.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 9:10 AM

Palin has remained the same wonderful woman that she has always been.

TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 7:42 AM

You mean the women who is against Planned Parenthood, but is now supporting them?

The woman who was against ethanol subsidies, but is now supporting them?

The woman who was anti-establishment, but is now supporting the man who gave more money to Mitch McConnell than anyone else?

You mean that same Palin…

It wasn’t an endorsement, it was a job interview…she sold her conservative credentials to be in Washington.

right2bright on January 21, 2016 at 9:26 AM

So if a soldier beats up a woman can they use the PTSD in court and walk?

weedisgood on January 21, 2016 at 9:28 AM

This is basic stuff. Cruz would have been Goldwatered by the Establishment and then filleted by Hillary.

That’s a really good point.

I personally like Cruz, but in either a Trump or Cruz nomination the GOP establishment will probably support Hillary.

Who is the best able to deal with such a situation?

Also, is the best able to take the nomination from the establishment?

They won’t just give it to either Cruz or Trump, there will be all sorts of shenanigans.

Redstone on January 21, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Great response. Pretending I have a candidate so he can be losing. That’s awesome.

You guys are making message boards great again. Seriously.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 8:18 AM

Hey, you give me a cute response like “How fascinating,” don’t be surprised if you get an equally cute response in return. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Doomberg on January 21, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Redstone on January 21, 2016 at 9:38 AM

With a Cruz vs. Hillary dust up the chances of a real nation conversation concerning the two different political philosophies operative in the country might occur.

With a Trump vs. Hillary fight, it’ll be obscured with all the personal attacks, and ego trippings and media manipulations.

Cleombrotus on January 21, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Typical convoluted logic we are used to seeing with Pundon’t. The issue earlier this year with McCain was whether he was a war hero or not. Following the code of conduct during war-time is one thing. PTSD is an entirely different animal all together. McCain while he did adhere to the rules of conduct was not by definition a hero. I urge you to cease with the comparison of a serious problem with returning Vets and those that follow the code of conduct during war-time as they are mutually exclusive.

long_cat on January 21, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Hey, you give me a cute response like “How fascinating,” don’t be surprised if you get an equally cute response in return. If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Doomberg on January 21, 2016 at 9:39 AM

Heat? Kitchen? Do you want me to pretend that you’ve brought some kind of heat? I’m more than happy to do that if you’d like. In fact, you guys are all about pretending.

Just like you pretended that I had a ‘guy’ and he was ‘losing’.

Trump is a troll. The greatest troll American politics have ever seen. Greater than Perot, in fact. You’re either being trolled, or you’re in on the troll. You’re obviously not in on it.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 10:09 AM

So if a soldier beats up a woman can they use the PTSD in court and walk?

weedisgood on January 21, 2016 at 9:28 AM

I thought you were a guy.

Learn something new every day.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 10:10 AM

Doomberg on January 21, 2016 at 4:52 AM

Simply an EXCELLENT comment!

Funny how none of the anti-Trumpers have come up with any explanation for Trump’s immigration plan. Here are some questions for the anti-Trumpers…

How did Trump know about Jeff Sessions? Why did he select Jeff Sessions? Why did Jeff Sessions agree to write Trump’s immigration policy? Why did Trump work with a legislator on a policy before putting it out there? How does it NOT signal a willingness to push it through legally when he employed THE conservative legislator associated with immigration topics?

And why do you think this is a joke when Trump has put in more work on an immigration plan, partnering with a current legislator with an impeccable record on the subject, to deliver a plan that Americans are desperate for?

Well? Anti-Trumpers, if YOU are serious, answer my questions above.

dominigan on January 21, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Simply an EXCELLENT comment!

Funny how none of the anti-Trumpers have come up with any explanation for Trump’s immigration plan. Here are some questions for the anti-Trumpers…

How did Trump know about Jeff Sessions? Why did he select Jeff Sessions? Why did Jeff Sessions agree to write Trump’s immigration policy? Why did Trump work with a legislator on a policy before putting it out there? How does it NOT signal a willingness to push it through legally when he employed THE conservative legislator associated with immigration topics?

And why do you think this is a joke when Trump has put in more work on an immigration plan, partnering with a current legislator with an impeccable record on the subject, to deliver a plan that Americans are desperate for?

Well? Anti-Trumpers, if YOU are serious, answer my questions above.

dominigan on January 21, 2016 at 10:17 AM

There’s only two options. Either Sessions is in on the troll, or he’s being trolled.

I suspect he was led to believe that Trump was serious, and that he’s being trolled. Sessions is a sincere guy and could have been duped by Trump. Trump knew that Sessions would give him a measure of credibility (as evidenced by you referencing him). I don’t fault Sessions for falling for Trump’s troll any more than I fault you guys. Trump is good at what he does.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 10:31 AM

BTW, I’m not anti-Trump. I enjoy a good troll as much as the next guy.

And no one trolls like Trump.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 10:33 AM

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 10:33 AM

And you don’t consider Cruz to be someone out entirely for his own self-interest?

Redstone on January 21, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Well? Anti-Trumpers, if YOU are serious, answer my questions above.

dominigan on January 21, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Answer for Trump April 2013 tweet which is the same plan as Rubio’s first.

melle1228 on January 21, 2016 at 10:45 AM

I’ve barely been here for the past week or so, but when did the trolls take over? It’s like every other comment now. I’m about ready to just leave entirely again. Been having more fun at Scott Adam’s blog lately anyway, at least there are actual discussions there most days.

Buckshot Bill on January 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Congress must protect our borders first. Amnesty should be done only if the border is secure and illegal immigration has stopped.

Donald Trump, 2013

melle1228 on January 21, 2016 at 10:47 AM

And you don’t consider Cruz to be someone out entirely for his own self-interest?

Redstone on January 21, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Their politicians. They all are. The trick is to find out who will sell out least. I think the man that the GOPe is suddenly embracing, who has changed his positions a million times, and has owed money to George Soros won’t be the least.

melle1228 on January 21, 2016 at 10:49 AM

INC on January 21, 2016 at 4:47 AM

Forgot the link:

http://libertyunyielding.com/2016/01/15/good-debate-didnt-change-anything/

INC on January 21, 2016 at 4:48 AM

Good analysis on the ideological perspective of the key candidates by J.E. Dyer. Thanks for posting, INC.

Regarding Sarah’s endorsement of Trump, it was particularly disappointing for any of us who have sometimes quite vigorously defended her in the past. The impression that she has sold out her conservative “creds” is almost inescapable.

While it is true that very few politicians are (or remain) ideologically pure, especially those who have played actively in a private career where it has been necessary to actively and repeatedly curry favor with politicians of a variety of different stripes, as Donald has obviously had to do having made his fortune through a highly regulated industry.

That further highlights the tinny sound of Sarah’s closing phrase statement:

. . . [I]t makes me realize more than ever — it is now or never for the sake of America’s finest that we have that commander in chief who will respect them and honor them.”

“Wut.” put it exactly, AP.

Donald Trump was a draft dodger. In fact, it is quite apparent that he obtained a completely bogus medical opinion about having “bone spurs” immediately following his graduation from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, in June of ’68, because he was immediately losing his 2S (school) deferment.

FACT: It was a full year and a half from the time of his graduation until the first draft lottery was held on December 1, 1969. During that time he definitely would have been drafted, unless he bought some additional time. And, he also knew he had already passed one draft physical. But he wanted to take daddy’s money and go immediately make a fortune, not serve his country by getting drafted.

So, suddenly he developed “bone spurs” which bought him enough time to get to that first lottery.

And, he publicly lied about it as well when questioned later. He said he remembered being in his dorm room at Penn. when the first draft lottery was held, and realized that his birth date meant that he was number 356 — i.e., that he would not likely ever be drafted.

That was an obvious lie, intended to cover up his medical deceit. Why would he have been in his dorm room 1 1/2 years following his graduation? He obviously wasn’t.

If he had been drafted, he would have likely ended up as a finance clerk, or in some other administrative position. His educational background would have virtually guaranteed that.

The fact is also that Donald Trump was a draft dodger who very likely cheated his way out of the draft through the submission of bogus medical evidence. The reason he did was obvious. He did not want to serve his country. He wanted to go out and get his start in the gambling business, and everybody else be damned.

So, shame on you, Sarah Palin! Shame on you!

Trochilus on January 21, 2016 at 10:50 AM

And you don’t consider Cruz to be someone out entirely for his own self-interest?

Redstone on January 21, 2016 at 10:41 AM

All politicians are in it for their own self-interest. But Cruz isn’t a troll.

Do I think he’s ready to be President? As a first term senator with no accomplishments who was born in Canada? Not a chance.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 10:52 AM

I’ve barely been here for the past week or so, but when did the trolls take over? It’s like every other comment now. I’m about ready to just leave entirely again. Been having more fun at Scott Adam’s blog lately anyway, at least there are actual discussions there most days.

Buckshot Bill on January 21, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Oh great, now the trolls will go over there. *sigh*

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Wow, the vitriol towards Sarah Palin and her family on this thread is astounding.

I thought nothing could equal the run up to the 2012 election. How wrong I was.

You have to be truly deranged to summarize what she said as “blaming Obama for her son hitting his girlfriend.”

Doesn’t it give some of you pause when you find yourself agreeing with a troll like CivilDiscourse?

JannyMae on January 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM

2013 Rubio -Gang of Eight- Evolved on Immigration
Trump Supporter: LIAR!

2013 Cruz- Votes for H1 Visas- Evolved on Immigration
Trump Supporter: LIAR

2013 Trump tweets: Congress must protect our borders first. Amnesty should be done only if the border is secure and illegal immigration has stopped.

Trump Supporter: Totally Evolved and not lying.

Bwaaaaahhaaaa. We are really going to get the nominees we deserve.

melle1228 on January 21, 2016 at 11:07 AM

Wow, the vitriol towards Sarah Palin and her family on this thread is astounding.

I thought nothing could equal the run up to the 2012 election. How wrong I was.

You have to be truly deranged to summarize what she said as “blaming Obama for her son hitting his girlfriend.”

Doesn’t it give some of you pause when you find yourself agreeing with a troll like CivilDiscourse?

JannyMae on January 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM

She directly linked his PTSD to violence tarring vets who have PTSD and don’t commit violence with the same brush. If you idiots would get out of election “my team is the greatest” mode for ONE damn second you would know how dangerous that is with Obama and company moving to ban Vets with PTSD from owning weapons. GO read some damn vets blog who could care less who she is endorsing. As a former Palinista (and you can google my posts on hotair) she screwed the pooch on that.

melle1228 on January 21, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Wow, the vitriol towards Sarah Palin and her family on this thread is astounding.

I thought nothing could equal the run up to the 2012 election. How wrong I was.

You have to be truly deranged to summarize what she said as “blaming Obama for her son hitting his girlfriend.”

Doesn’t it give some of you pause when you find yourself agreeing with a troll like CivilDiscourse?

JannyMae on January 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM

You can’t have it both ways. Do you want women treated fairly or do you want special treatment?

Make up your mind.

I forgot, changing your mind is a feminine characteristic. The irony of it all.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 11:14 AM

They said the same thing about her in 2008 and 2010. But then sat up when she helped win lots of seats for the GOP in the 2010 Tea Party wave.

TheRightMan on January 21, 2016 at 7:54 AM

Obama won those for the GOP.

evergreen on January 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM

She is such a skank. And yet turgidity still occurs at the mention of her name.

Arnold Yabenson on January 21, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Wow, the vitriol towards Sarah Palin and her family on this thread is astounding.

I thought nothing could equal the run up to the 2012 election. How wrong I was.

You have to be truly deranged to summarize what she said as “blaming Obama for her son hitting his girlfriend.”

Doesn’t it give some of you pause when you find yourself agreeing with a troll like CivilDiscourse?

JannyMae on January 21, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Like I said on another thread, agreement actually happens with quite some frequency—that’s what happens when you can think critically and independently and you’re not blinkered by blind ideology and ideologues. Sometimes people agree, sometimes they disagree.

What’s more problematic, I think, is that you expect people to fall lockstep behind Palin simply because it’s her saying something so profoundly stupid.

In this instance, her one-note blame Obama at all costs MO—for everything—crossed streams with her family’s personal dumpster fire and she said exactly the wrong thing. That commenters here have the integrity to call her out for it is admirable.

The question remains—has Track ever actually exhibited signs of PTSD leading up to this incident?

CivilDiscourse on January 21, 2016 at 12:09 PM

I like how crazy Sarah makes people. Its fun to watch people who claim to be “stable” and “grounded” lose their ever loving minds whenever she speaks. Its hilarious.

Trump/Cruz would win in a landslide. Maybe he’ll do the Reagan thing and reach out to his biggest challenger for the VP Slot.

Could help bring things back around as a party. Trump doing the “boss” stuff at the top, Cruz working with the Senate and Congress to push Conservative agendas.

Dino V on January 21, 2016 at 12:30 PM

If we’re able to save just one, it’s worth it, right?

So, are you guys in on Trumps trolling, or are you being trolled?

Either way, it’s awesome.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 8:27 AM

An admitted troll, who supports none of the candidates.

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Excellent post, Allahpundit, good points all around.

And that’s good what you did there with links about PTSD studies, some say yes with a link and others say no with a link. For a post, that’s thought, organization, and work. Thank you.

bour3 on January 21, 2016 at 12:32 PM

An admitted troll, who supports none of the candidates.

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 12:31 PM

Yep. It takes a troll to spot a troll.

You guys are so oblivious it’s hilarious. Watching so many of you guys get trolled on this site is utterly hilarious.

I don’t always troll, but when I do, it’s marvelous.

If there were a candidate worth supporting, I’d be on it.

I didn’t support McCain or Romney. Neither were conservatives. There’s nothing wrong with rejecting all the candidates for legitimate reasons. Especially when all the candidates are rejects.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 12:43 PM

I like how crazy Sarah makes people.

Dino V on January 21, 2016 at 12:30 PM

You say that like it’s happened.

Please show me one post where someone went ‘crazy’ or ‘lost their mind’ to illustrate your point.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Yep. It takes a troll to spot a troll.

You guys are so oblivious it’s hilarious. Watching so many of you guys get trolled on this site is utterly hilarious.

I don’t always troll, but when I do, it’s marvelous.

If there were a candidate worth supporting, I’d be on it.

I didn’t support McCain or Romney. Neither were conservatives. There’s nothing wrong with rejecting all the candidates for legitimate reasons. Especially when all the candidates are rejects.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 12:43 PM

LOL.

Hanging on my every word, hitting that refresh key.

I’m here for the attention you crave.

So when not whining about the candidates, you’re trolling. :)

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Hanging on my every word, hitting that refresh key.

I’m here for the attention you crave.

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 12:46 PM

Total troll move. ;-)

This is like Troll Highlander.

CivilDiscourse on January 21, 2016 at 1:01 PM

LOL.

Hanging on my every word, hitting that refresh key.

I’m here for the attention you crave.

So when not whining about the candidates, you’re trolling. :)

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 12:46 PM

You’re being trolled by Trump right now. No biggie, as he’s very good. No shame in that.

I haven’t done any trolling on this site for a while. I prefer to troll the trolls and mock them.

Pointing out that Trump is s troll is just one of the many public services I provide.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Total troll move. ;-)

This is like Troll Highlander.

CivilDiscourse on January 21, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Speaking of trolls.

I admire your work from afar.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 1:32 PM

Another take on this from my 73-year-old mother:

“I thought it was wonderful that Sarah Palin was open about her family problems. She brought it up, instead of hiding it. She faced it head on.”

I hadn’t heard that angle on it.

Nicole Coulter on January 21, 2016 at 1:42 PM

Recall, I was a T/C promoter until a few days ago.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2016 at 8:13 PM

How long are you planning on being a Trump supporter?

verbaluce on January 21, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Total troll move. ;-)

This is like Troll Highlander.

CivilDiscourse on January 21, 2016 at 1:01 PM

LOL.

MOVE OVER YOU!

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 3:58 PM

You’re being trolled by Trump right now. No biggie, as he’s very good. No shame in that.

I haven’t done any trolling on this site for a while. I prefer to troll the trolls and mock them.

Pointing out that Trump is s troll is just one of the many public services I provide.

Bigbullets on January 21, 2016 at 1:31 PM

Do you like the polling from Iowa today?

It’s great. Very Great. :)

NWConservative on January 21, 2016 at 3:59 PM

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