Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Buh-bye, Sarah?


by Mags

Sarah Palin will be on her way home. One wonders with the new wardrobe or sans the new wardrobe; we do not know. But, we do know Sarah lied when she said she did not know who was responsible for her resplendent garb. I am sure lips will loosen as the week progresses. I am riveted, I am ashamed to say. As I have admitted before, Palin is like a train wreck for me. I cannot look away. [From Newsweek: "An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as 'Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,' and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books."]

Today it comes out that Sarah was a bit racier than we even imagined. Our suspicions that she was just a pretty face were justified. Not even Hollywood would exploit the beautiful Gina Davis when she played the first women President for ABC in the way that Sarah was willing. How casual and real did she intend to be, one is prompted to ask. (Let's hope it was more a bath towel than a face cloth!)

As in Alaska, was Sarah the front for a Todd Palin Alaskan Administration and a Todd Palin VP campaign? For a person who campaigned as one with so much executive experience as mayor and governor one must wonder why Todd, not Sarah, was so intimately involved in the State’s business and was also the one to meet with campaign chiefs.

The reports of Sarah’s opportunism are rampant. The media speculates what her future role in the party will be. It is entertaining to ponder. Will she work in the short term to make a run for the presidency look credible for her? That option seems to me to be the most fantastic. Palin is not an extraordinary administrator as the spin would seem to indicate. If she thinks she is, then she is spending too much time believing her own press. And, why wouldn’t she if her aides were keeping her from the press in order to keep her mood up for the campaign?

We learn that Ted Stevens may well have won reelection despite the fact that he is a convicted felon. It looks like he will not be seated in the Senate if he wins. Does this mean Sarah can now appoint herself to the Senate-- or make a deal with that cloddish Lt. Governor to appoint her? And, if she does can she avoid being recalled as Governor or avoid any of her other legal battles now that the expensive McCain legal team will be leaving her to her own deserts? Or will the media now let loose with the stories of her adultery? Or will we find out if Bristol is really pregnant? Will Bristol have that predicted miscarriage? Is Levi Johnston off the hook? So many mysteries and none of them bode well for Sarah in my opinion.

And, what will John McCain do to help the press shred her image and exploit the opportunity that Sarah herself so willingly handed them? Sarah is not the member of any political dynasty nor is she heir to old money. How can she avoid looking like another Britney Spears, only much older and without the ability to dance? She is not a member of the right circles, one can assume and her list of friends might very well be dwindling as her fortunes do. I am not sure Elizabeth Hasselbeck has the clout to propel Palin to her desired destination, whatever that is.

Sarah Palin is the person who has spinach stuck in her teeth and does not know it. She is the woman whose slip is showing or the person who just came from the ladies room with a piece of toilet paper stuck to her shoe. I am not sure who is going to tell her that, but I could be easily entertained now that the stakes are not high to watch her fumble to her own demise, likely in full public view as she courts a media who smells money and blood in the water.

So yes, we may still have Sarah Palin to kick around for a while, but I doubt she will be taken as seriously as she would like to be. What I am certain of is that she is not yet finished trying. And, I am certain that I will continue to be repulsed by her….also.


Funny that lobbyist Randy Scheunemann wasn't fired by McCain for almost starting a war between the U.S. and Russia over her client, Georgia, but that last week they did fire him for being too firmly in the Palin camp. And the far right crackpots are wringing their hands and rending their clothes as the real Sarah Palin comes dripping out of the John McCain campaign septic tank. But one thing the loon gets right: "Let’s assume the rumor-mongers are telling the truth for a moment. Who does it damn more: Sarah Palin or McCain and his vetters who green-lighted her for the vice presidential nomination?" The McCainiacs are even blaming her for being stupid enough to get punked by the Canadian comedy team into thinking she was talking to the president of France.



At 4:11 PM, Blogger Celestite said...

I believe the expression is...'strolling down the runway of life with your skirt tucked up in your panty hose'

I am afraid that we have not seen the last of Little Miss YouBetcha!
While the thought of her makes me hurl, she takes herself far to seriously to just fade away.

The good news is that she may force any respectable Republicans left to face the fact that their party has been highjacked and do something about it. Bye bye wingnuts.

At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's history. The hard-nosed conservative wing of the GOP that will dictate things even more from now than in the last few years--having lost seats in shaded states--are going to toss her away as fast as they can. They're going to look for for an intelligent, charming leader who can ignore all their problems and embrace their ideology. Palin, who only shines in the light of others, will fade back to Alaska, where, hopefully, she'll be lynched by a moose.

At 4:17 PM, Blogger woid said...

Josh Marshall sez ( that Palin can't replace Ted Stevens with herself -- they'll have to have a special election. So there's no "get out of Wasilla free" card there.

One of the best Palin-related lines I heard in the past weeks... Richard Lewis (I think this was on the Olbermann show) said something like, "Wasilla... I thought that was a yeast infection."

At 4:22 PM, Blogger woid said...

Re balakirev, above: "They're going to look for for an intelligent, charming leader..."

Because there are SO many of those to choose from in the Republican party. Like... And then there's... Not to mention... Uhh...


At 5:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are bereft of leadership. That is for certain.

At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You and I may wretch at Huckleberry, but there are a lot of hard-nosed, wingnut far-right evangelists who regard him as their man, and quite a few others who see him as The Voice of Moderation. I'm not shitting you. The point isn't whom we think is charming, but whom the Republicans can choose to make appear charming to the American public--who, after all, have already bought a pig in the poke in presidential elections. Twice, in recent times.

At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They need to outgrow their base. I think the religious right is on the decline not the other way around.

That alone will challenge the GOP. They overplayed their hand. They have lost their appeal to many others. They are suffering from an identity crisis. Who are they really?

They have no leaders to confirm who they are.

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

You mean McConnell or Boehner aren't charming, intelligent and good looking?

At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard recently that Palin wanted to address the crowd after McBush's concession speech, but was prevented from doing so.

I think I have a pretty good idea what she would have said, and it has to do with setting herself up for 2012.

At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You mean McConnell or Boehner aren't charming, intelligent and good looking?"

Ever hear of Charlie Crist? Behold one possible new face to lead the GOP. There are still plenty of shills to put up front to do the job, you know.

At 5:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they get Crist to lead, then that would change their cultural wars.

At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If they get Crist to lead, then that would change their cultural wars."

Some Republicans are urging just that. I'm willing to bet that others would accept Crist as a front man for their dogma if it meant getting back into power, following which they would attempt to control him, or at least get his agreement in advance on accepting some of their platform planks in exchange for their patronage.


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