Sarah: Free at Last!

2009 July 27
by bc3b

0d7362387ead3b.jpg Sarah Palin image by eagle007blogger

 “… continue to love our country, be proud of our country [and] never apologize for our country.”

“You represent what could and should be a respected, honest profession that could and should be a cornerstone of our democracy,” she said. “Democracy depends on you, and that is why-that’s why our troops are willing to die for you. So how about in honor of the American soldier, you quit making things up?”

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  1. 2009 July 27 6:14 am
    bc3b permalink

    Of course we all know that Sarah Palin is unqualified for national office and not nearly as hot as Chekoke.

    Why does the old Aerosmith song “Dream On” keep popping up in my head?

  2. 2009 July 27 6:45 am

    In a significant change, the Obama administration will now allow lobbyists to meet and have telephonic discussions with government officials regarding economic recovery projects.

    The lifting of the ban comes after K Street has cried foul for months and has challenged the White House on its restrictions.

    — The Hill

    More change you can believe in changing back after nobody is watching.

  3. 2009 July 27 6:49 am
    phineas gage permalink

    Just in case you were missing her….

    ‘I just hope that the North Star guides Palin’s brazeningly, bold Alaska self out of the GOP. She is a complete disaster for the party and the conservative movement.

    Chekote on July 27, 2009 at 8:55 AM on HA’

  4. 2009 July 27 6:50 am

    {OT: Humor} MI want’s Gitmo detainee’s in order to save or create jobs. No really!

  5. 2009 July 27 6:54 am
    phineas gage permalink

    One more….they’re kind of like potato chips and they just keep getting better…..

    ‘That speech was a complete disaster. She keeps lashing at the media which makes her look small and bitter. The “lame duck” rationale for quitting her job makes no sense. She went on and on about all the things that need to be done for Alaska which raised the question, why didn’t she stay on and help Alaska achieved them. Somehow it is better for Alaska that she is not governor. Can you imagine if any less good looking elected official said that his state would be better off with him? He would be laughed off the political stage. Not Palin.

    Chekote on July 27, 2009 at 9:08 AM on HA’

  6. 2009 July 27 7:01 am
    INC permalink

    Well, she is getting short shrift from the HA commenters for her straw men and illogical generalizations. I’ve seen that time and again.

  7. 2009 July 27 7:03 am
    brucefdb permalink

    That’s goooooooood, Phineas (good as Andy Griffith would say it). Do you just miss her or are you something of a masochist?

    People that hate Palin don’t realize that when they use arguments against her that are not substantive it only stiffens our resolve to support her. I have long said we need a national spokesman that isn’t afraid to call the media out. Perhaps we have one.

  8. 2009 July 27 7:41 am
    justrand permalink

    bear with me on this analogy…
    there was an old Star Trek episode where due to a freak ion storm, Kirk, McCoy, Scotty and Uhuru are beamed to an Enterprise in a parallel universe. In this alternate universe, there is no United Federation of Planets, but an Empire dominated by humans. Discipline is brutal, officers assassinate superiors to achieve rank and the mission is to destroy a planet that has refused to “cooperate”. Meanwhile the barbaric and ruthless Kirk (and a few others) wind up aboard the USS Enterprise in our universe. The good Kirk from our universe and his companions are able to fake it aboard the barbarian Enterprise long enough to swap things back where they oughta be, while aboard the USS Enterprise in our universe the “evil” Kirk (and co.) are immediately noticed and locked up!

    Once back aboard Kirk asks Spock how he caught on to the switch so quickly. Spock replies: “It was easier for you as civilized people to behave as barbarians than it was for them as barbarians to behave as civilized people.

    So it is with Sarah Palin. It is easier for HER as a REAL HUMAN BEING to learn the policy details, speaking traits, etc, she will need in order to reach more Americans…than it is for her OPPONENTS (Barak included) to learn to be REAL HUMAN BEINGS! So many politicians have spent so much time just BEING politicians than they no longer have the capacity to be real folks.

    THAT is what sets her apart!

  9. 2009 July 27 8:01 am
    bc3b permalink

    Rasmussen Daily Tracking virtually unchanged:

    -10% strong approve/disapprove

    49%/50% overall approve/disapprove

  10. 2009 July 27 8:01 am
    INC permalink

    IMO, that also helps to explain part of the reason the Beltway and the media cannot understand her. It is beyond their ken to understand someone acting as a real human being.

  11. 2009 July 27 8:02 am
    INC permalink

    bc, yes, I saw that. From the trends it looks as if there was just a slight fractional shift.

  12. 2009 July 27 8:06 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The Star Trek episode is “Mirror, Mirror”.

  13. 2009 July 27 8:08 am
    justrand permalink

    thx, drdog…that was a great episode, I had forgotten the name, but always remembered the line from Spock at the end.

    p.s. glad you’re back!! 🙂

  14. 2009 July 27 8:14 am
    INC permalink

    Hey, Dr. Dog, glad to see the gecko geek again!


  15. 2009 July 27 8:17 am
    bc3b permalink

    Yesterday on CNN Republican strategist Alex Castellanos proclaimed Sarah Palin’s future is grim.

    Castellanos is one of CNN’s “house Republicans,” a guy who couldn’t successfully articulate a conservative principle if his life depended on it. He’s a lightweight that CNN’s liberal management has as a punching bag to make the Democarts look good.

    What CNN failed to announce is that Castellanos was the media director for Mitt Romney’s ill-fated 2008 primary campaign.

    I could say dishonest media (if I wanted to be redundant).

  16. 2009 July 27 8:23 am
    INC permalink

    bc, I’m not surprised.

    Castellanos fits with Justrand’s Star Trek analogy. He’s looking at this like a conniving politician.

    I don’t know if Sarah intends to run for President and I honestly don’t think she has firm plans yet.

    I really think her desire is to fight back in the here and now against the dangers that Obama & ilk pose to our Republic. As she said, If I die politically, then I die. That’s what the politicians will never understand as I commented above.

  17. 2009 July 27 8:23 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Thanks all.

    A Dim grills Bernake —

  18. 2009 July 27 8:25 am
    booshkindoggin permalink

    I well know JustRand and the Master of Analogy, and that was another goooooood one.

  19. 2009 July 27 8:31 am
    JustMary permalink

    Great analogy, Dad.

    I am happy for Sarah! Today is a good day!

  20. 2009 July 27 8:35 am
    bc3b permalink

    Castellanos is typical of the “House Republicans” that MSM employs (along with Bay Buchanon, Mike Murphy, Peggy Noonan, etc.). They aren’t really conservative, never forget who their master is and don’t stray off the plantation.

  21. 2009 July 27 8:41 am
    justrand permalink

    I would care a whole lot more about 2012 if 2010 didn’t come first. But since time seems to be flowing in the same general direction it always has I will worry about 2010 first. And I believe Sarah Palin is focused there too!
    I like to think this cartoon is about 2010…not 2012 [HatTip RedState]:

  22. 2009 July 27 8:50 am
    bc3b permalink

    Wanna have some fun? Go over to There’s a post on Palin and the “woman who shall not be named” is battling everyone else with her typical, irrational rants.

  23. 2009 July 27 8:59 am
    JustMary permalink

    To be fair to chekote, lets not talk about her until I release her posting restrictions. She should be able to defend herself. I will not have a back and forth knock down drag out when she gets back either, so a civil discussion about behavior, should you all choose to have one, will have it’s very own thread so as not to derail others. In it’s own thread it will also be very easily ignored (for those of you with high blood pressure).

  24. 2009 July 27 9:05 am
    janzam permalink

    First off — missed your posts drdog and, like the others, am happy you are back!

    I thoroughly enjoyed your analogy, Justrand. The part in bold print is certainly a kicker. I’m thinking of sending it on to a producer of a radio show. This morning the main commentator on the show really made fun of Palin’s picnic speech, ending with “I don’t see what Republicans see in her!” Your explanation may be apropos.

  25. 2009 July 27 9:08 am
    brucefdb permalink

    Palin’s first paid speaking engagement is set for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, August 8th. Great choice of venue.

  26. 2009 July 27 9:11 am
    janzam permalink


    It’s by invitation only. So, it will be a very select crowd. My husband is disappointed as he wanted to go!

  27. 2009 July 27 9:13 am
    JustMary permalink

    I am so bummed that I can’t go! We will be camping that day! It is a great choice of venue, brucefdb.

  28. 2009 July 27 9:13 am
    JustMary permalink

    Oh I didn’t realize it wasn’t public. Looks like I couldn’t have gone anyway. 😆

  29. 2009 July 27 9:21 am
    conservativetony permalink

    I was reading through some of the HA comments and see that the word ‘troll’ was used very early on in the thread.

    Remember what I wrote in my confession about being called a troll? Back for more training.

  30. 2009 July 27 9:39 am
    phineas gage permalink

    Rush on Sarah right now….

  31. 2009 July 27 9:41 am
    brucefdb permalink

    Rush extolling Sarah’s speech.

  32. 2009 July 27 9:42 am
    brucefdb permalink

    There will be plenty other chances for us to see her between now and the 2010 elections, believe me. ,)

  33. 2009 July 27 9:43 am
    brucefdb permalink

    Did yous ee my scimitar moon with dogstar? Neat, huh?

  34. 2009 July 27 9:48 am
    conservativetony permalink

    Sarah will do just fine. I can’t wait until her book comes out. Something tells me there will be a lot of red meat in it, especially toward the msm.

  35. 2009 July 27 9:48 am
    bc3b permalink

    Poli has not had a new thread in three days. The last had 15 comments and 7 were by acroso (all off topic).

    I will be surprised if they don’t pack it in by year’s end. It’s tough to maintain an audience if you don’t post at least one new thread a day.

  36. 2009 July 27 9:51 am
    bc3b permalink

    If Sarah accomplishes nothing more than convincing people to constantly question the media, she will have done a great service to her country.

  37. 2009 July 27 9:56 am
    conservativetony permalink

    Totally agree, bc

  38. 2009 July 27 10:11 am
    MFG permalink


    It’s funny what happens to a website when you let lunatics post on it, isn’t it?

    Certainly a lesson to be learned…

  39. 2009 July 27 10:14 am

    Cute cartoon.
    Hahah high blood pressure, that couldn’t possibly apply to any of us. 😉

  40. 2009 July 27 10:26 am
    beej permalink

    Whether she is running for president or not, if she can galvanize the base and whip some of the usual players into battle ready mode, she will have done a huge service to our country, and we will be long indebted to her.

    As much as some will hate to admit it.

  41. 2009 July 27 10:35 am
    janzam permalink

    My take on Sarah, now that she has cut herself loose from being a “public servant:”

    People are drawn to her because of her down-home genuineness — sort of a female Will Rogers charm. I hope she doesn’t lose this quality, as it is a mainstay and hallmark of her persona.

    However, she does need to cultivate her public rhetoric more:

    1) Focus less on bashing the press — simply ignore them, which is far worse than sentencing them to purgatory. She is no longer beholding to those who treat her as a punching bag. Reward honest reporting, though, by giving them the interviews. She got to be more out there, though, than just “twittering.”

    2) Be more substantial in her counter viewpoints to Obama, or any other politician in which you differ on policy.

    3) Develop her own policies — how would she govern to bring out the best in this country, addressing the problems that currently distress people.

    4) Become more “worldly” in her understanding of both national and international affairs.

    5) Form political alliances with both the private sector as well as those serving the public, forming a strong basis of back and forth support for each other.

    Basically, Sarah needs to polish her skills while keeping her values –not always an easy thing to do.

  42. 2009 July 27 10:51 am
    bc3b permalink

    Janzam wrote –

    “1) Focus less on bashing the press — simply ignore them, which is far worse than sentencing them to purgatory. She is no longer beholding to those who treat her as a punching bag. Reward honest reporting, though, by giving them the interviews. She got to be more out there, though, than just “twittering.”

    Can’t agree with you on this point, Janzam. My belief has long been that the best thing conservatives and Republicans (not necessarily the same thing) can do is escalate the war with the media, get it out in the open, make the public more aware and get them to question everything they read or see.

    Name another politician whose kids have been publicly trashed by the media. When the accusation came up that Ashley Biden snorted a line or two, the media couldn’t shut it down fast enough.

    The media is every bit as great an enemy as the Democratic party.

  43. 2009 July 27 11:03 am
    beej permalink

    I don’t know, Jan. You are probably right on this, but I think part of the attraction to Sarah is her ability to poke her cigar in the face of her detractors and other libs and say, ‘you betcha you’re an idiot. Your policy is stupid, too.’ I think, in part, so many conservatives are tired of feeling like we are tied to our seats, with duct tape over our mouths, because the leadership of our party lets the ‘other side’ land all the punches, sucker and otherwise, without raising a glove, without responding at all. It’s sad, maybe, but as Sarah might say, their guns are loaded and they’re ready for bear.

    She is a leader. Let her lead, is my opinion. Why dress her up in clothes she’s not comfortable in, just so others feel more comfortable? (if you are familiar with the Bible, see David the shepard boy and the armor King Saul wanted him to wear while he fought Goliath. Not only did he not change to suit the king, he used a simple pebble and a slingshot to accomplish what the rest of the country could not…)

    Jus’ sayin….

  44. 2009 July 27 11:05 am
    janzam permalink


    When you have kids and just focus on their bad behavior it is actually “rewarding” it, inadvertently encouraging more of it.

    I think the same is applicable to the press, who act like a bunch of adolescents in their malicious coverage of her, ie. who can get the worst stuff on Palin. If she ignores more of it, rather than being reactive to everything said about her, it will not feed the dogs chewing on her.

    So, I stand by my opinion that she should turn her attention, at least for now, on the media who are interested in conveying her ideas and her political journey, not the ones whose only intent is to bring her down.

    Interesting video clips of media input on Sarah:

  45. 2009 July 27 11:10 am
    janzam permalink

    Interesting response beej — Palin could take a tip from you on this one. Because you kindna disagreed with me, but in a very subtle. sort of country-courteous way…which is appealing.

    I’m not saying, that Palin should put duct tape over her mouth…just saying that now that she is free focus less on her detractors and more on getting her message out on how the dims are taking this country down.

    That is the rallying cry this country needs to hear. And, it will drown out all the little dreary insults, when said insults get no traction or public response.

  46. 2009 July 27 11:22 am
    bc3b permalink

    Here’s what I would do if I were Sarah Palin:

    1. Ditch the glasses for contacts and always wear her hair down. This would do two things: 1) make it more difficult for Tina Fey and others to try to make a caricature of her and 2) show Americans what a smoking hot woman she really is. Liberal women already hate her because she’s beautiful (and because of her stand on abortion) and she will increase her popularity even more with white males (who are the largest group disapproving of Barack Obama)

    2) Unlike her VP run, warm up with friendly venues (Dobbs, BOR, Hannity, Greta, Beck, Limbaugh, Ingram, Levine, etc.). I believe Dobbs is particularly important because his show is viewed by populists who don’t necessarily vote for Republicans

  47. 2009 July 27 11:23 am
    phineas gage permalink

    I disagree somewhat. She’s got to be aggressive and I believe she will–those are her instincts and she realizes that this nation desperately needs a conservative leader to counter what is happening under the marxist. She’s not just going to sit back and take the media treatment, but–and here is the key point–she will do battle with them with optimism and humor, just as Reagan did. The media simply cannot deal with that and the American people love it. It’s why they loved Reagan and why they will love Palin as well.

  48. 2009 July 27 11:26 am
    phineas gage permalink

    Your suggestions aren’t necessarily wrong, but I don’t think she will do either one, bc.

    She is who she is and she won’t change herself. And I think she will go right to the people rather than through television news. At rallies, fundraisers, campaigns throughout smalltown America, from the grassroots up. This is where her support comes from.

  49. 2009 July 27 11:31 am
    phineas gage permalink

    Reagan did this extensively, writing speeches, essay, op-eds, always moving, always speaking, always interacting and showing himself to the American voter, in the process honing his political skills to a razor’s edge.

    You cannot rally a political movement and a nation from the sidelines. You have to get in there with the people and get your hands dirty. Only very few individuals with rare talents have the wherewithal to do this. Palin is one.

    I think she will take this path, and decide later about her ultimate political future and goals.

  50. 2009 July 27 11:33 am
    janzam permalink


    People act better when they are comfortable in their own skin, which includes their “look.”

    Palin looks good in glasses, although she also wears contacts occasionally. She dresses according to her activities. While I think she is conscious of being attractively healthy, as she runs every day, trying to be “smoking hot” is a more superficial message, don’t you think?


    If you are too “aggressive” towards criticism projected on you, then you develop a “thin-skinned” reputation (like Obama).

    I agree, however, that handling her detractors with humor and satire is something that leaves the other side empty-handed in their ability to retort, and the American public just laughing and loving it.

  51. 2009 July 27 11:41 am
    phineas gage permalink

    It’s all in how you do it. The marxist is a thin-skinned narcissistic ideologue filled with hatred and condescension, which gushes forth in his acidid responses. It doesn’t matter how smooth the serpent is, he still is what he is.

    Palin makes people feel good, even while she skewers and attacks her critics.

  52. 2009 July 27 12:13 pm
    janzam permalink


    The Marxist has an approval rating of around 49%.

    Palin’s numbers are 40%.

    She is a great charismatic person who I like and respect. But, if she aspires to higher office she will also have to have higher numbers. If she aspires to just shake things up, then she doesn’t have to check her tongue in at the door.

  53. 2009 July 27 12:20 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    ‘The Marxist has an approval rating of around 49%’

    Give it a few more weeks, Jan.

    The marxist has nowhere to go but down. Palin has nowhere to go but up. Watch the lines intersect soon.

  54. 2009 July 27 12:25 pm
    janzam permalink

    I also think that Palin should beware of falling in the same pothole that Obama did, where he relied on his “personality” rather than the details or the substance of the “change” he was calling for.

    Even the most enthusiastic of people can turn against you, in a nano second, when a politician stumbles or doesn’t follow thru on the promises put out to their followers.

    That’s why I think it is in Palin’s best interst to hone her rhetorical skills, as well as the substance of her vision, not pandering nor needlessly spending energy fighting with the MSM.

    People, though, are going to be pulling at her, all for different reasons and to fulfill their own needs, such as to be the vehicle to get back at the biased media.

    A courageous and wise leader, though, will resist such calls and keep their eye in front on the most current and pressing goals — getting this country back on tract.

  55. 2009 July 27 12:32 pm
    janzam permalink

    I would rather underestimate Palin than overestimate her, at this point.

    I don’t want to put her on a pedestal like people did with Obama.

    Palin is human, like all the rest of us. She is virtually starting over now, leaving the governorship.

    Granted she has a larger fan base. But, she now has to prove herself on her own terms. If she gets too cocky or people continue to adulate her because of her gravitational pull towards people, it could all abruptly end.

    I think you are wrong that the only direction for her is “up.” She could fall, like anyone who doesn’t gauge or pace themselves correctly, below 40%.

  56. 2009 July 27 12:42 pm
    bc3b permalink

    “The marxist has nowhere to go but down. Palin has nowhere to go but up. Watch the lines intersect soon.”

    I agree. Palin’s 40% is rock solid. Zero is going to continue losing support on all levels: 1) from independents who need to be told what to think and go with trends, 2)from the 21st Century version of “Reagan Democrats” who drank the Kool Aid and are discovering Obama substituted vinegar for water and 3) even from the far-left who believe Obama isn’t moving fast enough to make this a communist state.

    Palin’s greatest growth opportunities come from the middle class, which can relate to her. I disagree, however, and think she needs to appear on Dobbs and FNC shows frequently. Remember cable news didn’t exist in the 1970s. If it had, you can bet Reagan would have made the most of it.

  57. 2009 July 27 12:55 pm
    beej permalink

    “If she gets too cocky or people continue to adulate her because of her gravitational pull towards people, it could all abruptly end.”

    This is the truth. If conservatives follow her without thinking, then we are not a lot different than those who voted for Obama because he was a rock star. Had to do with those ‘feelings’ than good common sense.

    But as iron sharpens iron, I think her battles with the media, with those who continually bring suit on ethics violations, etc etc have sharpened her fighting skills, and rubbed off some of the naivete’ of a young woman from a ‘small town, small college’ type stuff…I think we have a winner here. With whatever she does…

  58. 2009 July 27 1:06 pm
    phineas gage permalink

    ‘getting this country back on tract’

    A large part of getting this country back on track will necessarily involve neutralizing and ultimately defeating the state-run media.

    I don’t see how that can be denied. And Palin scares them, more than any conservative in recent memory.

    I know it has been said many times, but you have to ask yourself ‘why’?

  59. 2009 July 27 1:44 pm
    janzam permalink

    I think we have a winner here. With whatever she does…


    I wholeheartedly agree with your statement. I think she has more than what it takes.

    My only concerns are how she uses it, especially at the getgo of her supposed “liberation” from the confinement of public office.

    Because she will still be in the public eye. Her movements will be analyzed and criticized as before, only now the self-discipline she exhibits, the verve will be for herself and her own ambitions, not because she has the governor bit in her mouth.

  60. 2009 July 27 1:59 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Phineas –

    “A large part of getting this country back on track will necessarily involve neutralizing and ultimately defeating the state-run media.”

    You couldn’t be more correct.

  61. 2009 July 27 5:17 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Well, he couldn’t, but I could, 😀

  62. 2009 July 27 5:39 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Donny Deutsch guest hosting one of the MSNBC shows soday said that Sarah Palin is the first woman politician with sex appeal.

    I guess that means that she’s unqualified for national office. But, she sure is smokin’ hot. A beautiful woman who knows how to handle an assault rifle is incredibly sexy.

  63. 2009 July 27 5:56 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

  64. 2009 July 27 5:59 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I have people staring at me when I shoot my .357mag like it’s a cannon. It’s nasty and bucky, and beats you like a hammer, but it’s NOTHING compared to a .44mag…

    And I mean nothin’. hyuh.

  65. 2009 July 27 10:43 pm
    blakeney permalink

    I’m told she’s gracefully when she walks
    But sometimes stumbles when she talks
    Is she a dolt? No, she’s very deep!
    Oh, BeJohnGalt is losing sleep!
    Who is Sarah Palin and what is she up to now, do tell?

    Is she slow or sleek?
    Enlightened or a geek?
    I hear she’s steely as you please
    I hear she’s really Japanese
    She may be shrewd, she may be crude
    Ah well, at least she’s someone who will give the Tyrant Obama Bloody Hell!

  66. 2009 July 28 9:55 am
    janzam permalink

    Nice Blakeney!

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