February 8, 2010
Do you get it?
I watched 15 minutes of Sarah Palin's speech to the Tea Party nuts gathered in Nashville. The room exploded with foot-stomping, hand-clapping, and yelling for this spokesperson for the "angry Americans." I suspect this is really nothing more than another attempt to revive the White Citizen's Council, but I get nervous when I recall how dismissive I was toward movie actor Ronald Reagan. ("President Reagan? Get serious.") And they did. Maybe I am too dismissive of Palin. How about you?
So, listening to Palin's simplistic ideas gave me the willies. People like her. No, they love her. Not all people, of course, and not a majority, but the ones who did not get a tear in the eye as Obama, a black man, was inaugurated. They like her and they will throw millions of corporate dollars her way now that the Supreme Activists have told us that corporations are citizens and can dump any amount they want into political campaigns. So, chuckle at Palin, but think about Palin with a billion dollars to spend on her image. Whoa Nelly!
Yes, indeed. Why prop up a loser like John McCain, or an adult called "Mitt," or a former Arkansas governor, when you can get a former beauty queen on stage with a box full of goofy ideas and 20 percent of the people loving her from the get-go?
Forget about substance--it's Show Time! Put her on Fox, give her the best Madison Avenue has to offer, plug her with the purple pill, and voilà! President Palin and Vice President Lieberman.
I think I'll go back to bed
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If the next election should be between Obama and Palin, I would bet many will vote based on color.
If it is between Hillary and Palin, the bimbo from Alaska might get more votes than we'd like to admit because she would have the Limbaugh stamp of approval. We all know what Rush thinks of Hillary.
Poll taxes might be a thing of the past but it will not surprise me if registered voters would have to have permits to shoot a moose. Brace yourself for a one moose permit, one vote system of politics, plaid flannel shirt optional.
If Sarah were to run and (dread the thought) get elected, her party would be the party to nowhere, you betcha.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Stoughton, WI | February 8, 2010
Hey-- this is the FIGHTING BOB website. Going back to bed is NOT an option.
As my fortune cookie once told me:
"Keep on charging the enemy so long as there is life."
Palin is the new figurehead leader of American fascism, as was Reagan in the 1980's. The country has never come out of the dark ages that Reagan's administration imposed---Clinton was little better than the Republicans, providing no new direction at all. The misfortune of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has re-ignited national chauvinism and militarism in the USA to provide the final ingredients for the fascist "perfect storm."
The election of President Obama was greeted with such joy by liberals because we were foolish enough to believe his rhetoric. Always watch what people do, not what they say. A bitter lesson. When FDR took office, he said "Our first task is to put people to work." Under Mr. Obama, this was overlooked. And instead of closing the banks and sorting them out, it was "bailouts for billionaires."
Thus, even though FDR couldn't fix the Depression, he at least gained popular support and staved off fascism in America. Mr. Obama, truckling to those who despise him, has forfeited public support and discouraged and demoralized his own strongest base.
Note that Palin's "20%" as you call them (I think it's more like 40%!!) are enthusiastic. That's because they're not in retreat. Indeed, most of them are not even badly off---but they do FEAR losing their affluence, to forces they don't understand, but can personify in the scapegoat of "liberals" and "government."
The so-called moderates or independents are neither moderate nor independent. They are uninformed or rather ignorant people who pay only enough attention to conform---to flock along with whoever looks like a leader with a lively bunch of followers.
Right now, the political future looks grim. I think it is chiefly because you can't run an empire as if it were the old republic that it once was. Empire requires imperial authoritarianism to sustain itself. Note carefully that the Obama administration is in court, and has won the case, to uphold the Bush "unitary presidential powers" to use the telecom corporations to spy on all Americans under the pretext of "state secrets"---and any and all laws and Constitutions to the contrary be damned.
You can't get around it. And let me be the first one here to advocate the impeachment of Eric Holder and of his boss, Barack Obama.
-Oliver Steinberg | St. Paul, MN | February 8, 2010
Hearing Palin reminded me of the goofball and opportunist senator in the movie "The Manchurian Candidate."
She has her nitwit fans. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
Democrats beware. You underestimate Palin at your own peril. Haven't any of you noticed the increase in the amount of Palin style eye wear among women?
Remember Reagan? His ghost stalks the halls of the Teabagger Convention and his sainthood is apparent.
-Griebnotz Dorkpfester | Egg Harbor,WI | February 8, 2010
Yes, Bob -- if folks don't agree with you then they either misunderstand the question or they are simply stupid.
But I'm sure you guys can put everything in order. Just as soon as you rid of your opponents of their God-given right of association and the right to disseminate information. Hmmm, I wonder if any other politically-minded persons have ever thought to do that? Perhaps we should refer to the history books . . .
-RMJ | Hudson | February 8, 2010
RMJ from Hudson is so vague perhaps he/she could be specific. And to another blogger, please....you expalined clearly why independents remain independent....just like fightin' Bob.
Democrats are like cats and Republicans are like rhinoscerous! Congress behavior clearly shows that!
-independent modernate | madison, wi | February 14, 2010
Right now, Sarah Palin is a "Media Whore for Profit," and the media is part of her staff when it pays attention to her. That includes Fighting Bob.com. Why not have all agree to totally ignore her unless she makes HARD news by some real ACTION. Of course, she says she will run for President -- that's an option she keeps open because it adds to her "celebrity" and marketability among the crazies.
Don't take any of her blatherings seriously or pass them on until she actually officially enters the race in 2012. I'd rather hear about her husband who was the real "shadow governor" while she held office, and what they both did, especially what laws they broke or profits they made from their "celebrity status." Also, we should hear about her real ties to the Neo-Con Right Wing which she activated a year before she became VP candidate, and then became one of our nation's most obvious media whores!
-Dave Steffenson | Madison, WI | February 15, 2010