Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Palin’

Sarah Palin doesn’t seem to understand how politics works

January 11, 2011

Sarah Palin is not responsible for the shooting in Arizona. However, she is responsible for bad taste by targeting Giffords in that poster. Whether she could have been considered guilty of bad taste at the time of the posting is a different story. But in retrospect, it can be seen as in bad taste. And I guess that’s too bad for her. Her misunderstanding of how politics works and her own inability to assess risk in her political actions is her own fault. Had last week’s shooting not happened she might have gotten away with her tasteless posting. It is, in fact, somewhat rare for a politician to be assassinated in the U.S. She may have weighed the risk and decided it was worth using violent imagery to gain the necessary House seats for her cause, which, from what I can tell, is self-aggrandizement. She gains power by looking like a kingmaker but has no official gain in power if Giffords and the other targeted members lost.

But now she looks like a tasteless, terrible person and that was the risk that she took. It is not her fault that Giffords was murdered, but it is also not anyone else’s fault for thinking that what Palin did in the past looks horrible now. Hindsight is 20/20 but emotional reaction is much blurrier.

She really has no recourse now but to fight the accusations that she somehow contributed to the assassination attempt. However, she will forever be associated with the event in a bad way. Is it fair? Yes, it is. She should have assessed the risks of using violent imagery and she may have. Other politicians choose not to use such imagery and politically that looks very wise right now. But Palin may have influenced some extra people to vote against other members of congress on that map and those votes cannot be retroactively changed. This may be an example of winning the battle and losing the war but that’s how things work in politics.

Sometimes it works the other way. Richard Nixon might have been elected in 1968 because some crazy person killed Robert Kennedy. Had Nixon made some tasteless remark about Kennedy before the assassination, he might have lost through no fault of his own.

The facts are that Palin targeted Giffords with a crosshair symbol and Giffords was subsequently shot. It may be unfair to blame her for the shooting, but it’s also unfair to blame people for associating her with the shooting.

Does Matt Continetti believe his own book?

October 15, 2010

Continetti wrote a book called The Persecution of Sarah Palin, which I have no interest in reading, but I assume that its thesis is that Sarah Palin was persecuted by the media and that said persecution hurt her credibility unfairly.  (more…)

Elizabeth Warren for VP

July 29, 2010

I don’t know how he does it, but I think if somehow Obama got Joe Biden to change positions in his administration, picking Elizabeth Warren for Vice President would seem like a great idea. She is likeable, smart, comes from humble roots in Oklahoma. She was educated at state schools and moved her way up to Harvard. She taught sunday school. She’s not a career politician and people seem to trust her.

I also think it would totally undermine the Republican opponent, whoever he or she is. Any hint of sexism from the Democrats against a Sarah Palin would be countered by charges of sexism from the Republicans. There would be downsides, of course, not the least of which that it would look like political opportunism.

Also, I don’t know why she would want to do it and I don’t know how Biden leaves the position for another position without ruffling other feathers. For instance, Biden would seem to be best suited for Secretary of State, since his expertise seems to be foreign policy. But that position is being filled rather well by Hillary Clinton. Of course, secretaries of state often don’t remain so for 8 years (one term seems pretty standard), but it would be silly and stupid to ask Clinton to step down if she doesn’t want to.

Still, the more Elizabeth Warren in government the better.

I know I’m an elitist, but…

July 23, 2010

there is little in me that would allow for this type of activity from someone I would consider fit to run for President: (more…)

Experience overrated for Presidential potential

July 16, 2010

Granted, there isn’t a lot of evidence to any study on what makes a good president like there would be on what makes a good senator or what makes a good CEO or point guard since there’ve been so few presidents of the US. On the other hand, the presidents that are considered great have not necessarily had much prior experience, which includes executive experience. (more…)

Sarah Palin is “The Dark Knight”

June 10, 2010

An acquaintance of mine is asking people to invest in a movie idea of his. It sounds pretty bad. I wasn’t going to invest anyway. But here’s the thing: in drumming up support for it, he tells potential investors that they can be a part of a real Hollywood movie. How is it real Hollywood? Because he lives in LA. Nothing else about it is Hollywood except for the location. To me, that isn’t Hollywood at all. Hollywood to me means establishment dollars, association with a studio, star power, and often a formula plot. This will have none of that except the formula plot, which I won’t reveal for a variety of reasons (But trust me, you aren’t missing anything because you’ve likely already seen a movie with all the elements he would reveal on his solicitation email).

Just being in Hollywood doesn’t make a movie Hollywood. In fact, many movies not made in Hollywood are “real Hollywood” movies. (more…)

One of the more curious things about Virginia’s Confederate History Month

April 12, 2010

As a Southerner, myself, I can understand the fascination with the Confederacy more than those people who hail from the North, I suppose. But I find it interesting that people in the South like to consistently bring up the fact that they are losers. My favorite scene in “A Fish Called Wanda” is when John Cleese is prodding Kevin Kline while waste deep in a barrel of oil. Kline says that the U.S. has never lost a war and Cleese brings up Vietnam. Kline claims it was a tie.

The fact is that Americans don’t like losers and tend to downplay our own losing. I think one of the reasons soccer will never truly take off is that the national team doesn’t win and they won’t win until soccer takes off. It’s a catch-22 that does not bode well for the beautiful game in the USA.

To show how little we like losing, note that the only president in living memory that I can think of that won the national election after having previously lost it is Richard Nixon (others had lost primaries only to come back and win the whole thing, but that’s a bit different). In Nixon’s case, where he lost to JFK in 1960 and then won in 1968, is a special case since LBJ decided not to run, RFK was killed, and George Wallace ran as a third party candidate which skewed the final results. Otherwise, losers don’t fare well in the proudest country in the world. (more…)

On Saturday Night Live

April 12, 2010

When Barack Obama won the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton, I was unsure as to how SNL would be able to survive the three years between him eventually winning the presidency and the next election cycle. SNL had been running on fumes since the mid-90s gaining the necessary fuel to survive only in the September thru November stretch before the presidential elections. Occasionally they could bust out some worthwhile sketch involving the all-too-easy caricatures of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. But No Drama Obama didn’t hold the same promise as Slick Willie and Dubya. Fred Armisen doesn’t really do a very good job with Obama in my opinion. Plus, the comedy, from the sketches I’ve seen, has to rely on Obama as a straight man responding to the general craziness of Washington. Biden has more promise, but I think Biden is funnier than any impersonation of him could be. I wondered if this might actually spell the end of the institution. (more…)

The problem with politically correct language…

February 6, 2010

…is that insensitive people will just find something else to say that will mock the politically correct language. The whole Palin-Emmanuel-Limbaugh controversy highlights that Emmanuel was just using a word that used to refer to people with Down Syndrome, to which Palin took offence.

The problem is that the word does not really refer to people with Down Syndrome anymore but only used to. This means that there are other words that have emerged that are more politically correct, like “people with intellectual disabilities.” I read recently that now insensitive kids will chide each other with the term “PID”, which is an acronym for the above term. Once that becomes politically incorrect, another term will emerge that all will take advantage of. (more…)

A Thought about Sarah Palin on Fox

January 13, 2010

One can see the benefit to both figures. Fox gets someone people love to watch, either because they sympathise with her or because they find her a train-wreck waiting to happen. Palin gets money. I’m not sure what the other benefits for her are, though. Does she need more exposure? Or now that her book tour is over does she see this as a way to sustain the exposure.

But perhaps there’s another reason. (more…)