Archive for the ‘Sarah Palin’ Category

The “Bitch” and the “Ditz”

January 7, 2009

The “Bitch” and the “Ditz”

How the Year of the Woman reinforced the two most pernicious sexist stereotypes and actually set women back.

Redux; Nigel Parry

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In the past few weeks, Sarah Palin has been variously described as a diva who engaged in paperwork-throwing tantrums, a shopaholic who spent $150,000 on clothing, a seductress who provocatively welcomed staffers while wearing only a towel, and a “whack-job”—contemporary code for hysteric. Worse, she was accused by a suspiciously gleeful Fox News reporter named Carl Cameron of not knowing Africa was a continent, of being unable to name the members of NAFTA, indeed of being unable to name the countries of North America at all. (“But she can be tutored,” Bill O’Reilly told Cameron, as though speaking of a small child.) More significant than the dubious origins of these leaks, or the fact that the campaign that cried “sexism” at every criticism of its vice-presidential nominee was engaging in its own misogynistic warfare, is the fact that all of the allegations were so believable. After all, Palin had earned herself a reputation as, in the words of one Fox News blogger, “something of a policy ditz.” (more…)

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10 Republicans Who Should Go Away

December 15, 2008

Ben Cohen Mon Nov 24, 10:04 am ET

With a new political era looming, veterans of the old political arena will scramble to redefine themselves in order to make a living. Politicians, media commentators and analysts may be ill equipt to deal with the changing electorate, increased power of the blogosphere and massive discontent with the status quo. Who will survive in the modern epoch? Here are 10 who should really think about calling it quits: (more…)

Sarah Palin Is Not Secretly A Genius

November 21, 2008

And other obvious truths that shouldn’t need proving.

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Some very smart, very serious people have been spending a lot of time lately working themselves into a tizzy trying to defend their ongoing romance with the Governor of Alaska. “Okay,” they seem willing to admit, “Palin might be a little weak on foreign policy, domestic policy, energy policy, financial policy, the economy in general, the fundamental workings of the state and federal government, geography, rhetoric, history and basic grammar, but these are just gaps in her knowledge, easily fixable by a spending a few hours in front of Wikipedia or flipping through flash cards. They don’t in any way cast doubt in some fundamental way on her intellect or character.” (more…)

5 Reasons Sarah Palin Would Lose a 2012 Presidential Bid

November 14, 2008

Sarah PalinBefore John McCain’s presidential bid had even ended, many were touting Sarah Palin as a possible GOP presidential candidate for 2012. And in an interview with Matt Lauer this morning, Palin said that, “if there is a door open in 2012 or four yeas later…then I’ll plow through that door.”

If Sarah Palin tries to run for president in 2012, she’ll get plowed over. In fact, she probably wouldn’t even make it out of the primary. Palin-watchers can take their pick from a plethora of reasons as to why. (more…)

Sarah Palin Will Never Be President — Trust Me

November 12, 2008

November 12, 2008

Frank Schaeffer

Frank Schaeffer

Posted November 11, 2008 | 03:00 PM (EST)

The small smear of red on the otherwise blue electoral map looks more like a minor bloodstain on a dirty Band-Aid than anything resembling a national political party. Who voted for McCain/Palin in bigger numbers than they even voted for Bush/Cheney? Only one shrinking group: uneducated white folks in the deep south and a few folks in Appalachia. Take away the white no-college-backwoods-and/or-southern McCain/Palin vote and the Republicans would have been approaching single digit electoral college oblivion. (more…)

What caused McCain’s poll numbers to fall?

November 3, 2008
latimes.com

Dan Schnur says that the race was essentially tied before the Wall Street meltdown badly hurt McCain’s chances. Bruce E. Cain says he originally overestimated McCain’s ability as a candidate.

November 3, 2008

Wall Street collapsed right on top of McCain

Point: Dan Schnur

The most decisive event in this campaign wasn’t anything either of the candidates said at their respective conventions or in any of the debates. It wasn’t a sound bite from a speech or interview, or a memorable assertion in a television commercial or e-mail attachment. The turning point in this election didn’t happen on the campaign trail but rather on Wall Street. In the last week of September, the race was essentially tied. Then Wall Street collapsed — and it collapsed right on top of John McCain. (more…)

McCain Campaign Soaked by Stories of Palin Strife

October 31, 2008

10/27/08 at 9:00 AM

Not awkward at all.

Not awkward at all.Photo: Getty Images

Last Thursday we sensed some strife in the wind, buoyed by stories of $150,000 wardrobes and “lack of chemistry.” Get ready, we said, because as the McCain campaign begins to stumble toward the finish line, you’re going to start reading all sorts of stories about how John McCain and Sarah Palin are seriously butting heads. The very next day, the reports started hitting newsstands and the Internet, resulting in a weekend devoted to documenting every little bit of gristle in the tough, maverick-y meat of the Republican ticket. Turns out Palin is reportedly chafing against the former Bush aides tasked to manage her, and has added a constitutional amendment against gay marriage and campaign “robocalls” to the list of topics on which she publicly disagrees with McCain. Here are some of the best bits: (more…)

Chavez sees Palin as confused “beauty queen”

October 29, 2008

Palin a confused beauty queen - Venezuela's Chavez Reuters – Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez speaks to supporters during a meeting of Venezuela Socialist Party …

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, renowned for colourful insults of world leaders, called U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin a confused “beauty queen” on Friday after she said he was a dictator. (more…)

Obama Addresses Crowd in Downpour; McCain Cancels

October 29, 2008
Marlene H. Phillips

Marlene H. Phillips

Posted October 28, 2008 | 05:09 PM (EST)

Tuesday was a tough day to be outside in Greater Philadelphia. The rain poured and the wind howled. The weather turned so nasty that the fifth (and possibly final) game of the World Series game scheduled for the night was postponed.

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John McCain canceled a Tuesday morning rally at Memorial Stadium in the Philly suburb Quakertown.

Back in the city meanwhile, in driving wind and rain on the campus of Widener University in Chester, Senator Obama was greeted by thousands of supporters who cheered Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell when he introduced the Democratic presidential nominee and kept right on cheering as Obama took the stage and addressed the crowd. The crowd was multi-racial, wildly enthusiastic and drenched. Attendee Charlene McGrady was impressed with the enthusiasm but not surprised by the crowd’s tenacity. “Philadelphia Phillies fans waited hours in the rain for the third game of the World Series. McCain either doesn’t know much about the people in this area or doesn’t have much faith in his supporters.” (more…)

Palin’s ‘going rogue,’ McCain aide says

October 28, 2008
From Dana Bash, Peter Hamby and John King
CNN

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) — With 10 days until Election Day, long-brewing tensions between GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin and key aides to Sen. John McCain have become so intense, they are spilling out in public, sources say.

Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue.” (more…)