Stay Classy, Team Sarah

Now featured at a Team Sarah member page, a photostream featuring this charming picture:

This is, no doubt, nutpicking, and you can not blame this on the McCain/Palin campaign, but it does give you an idea how many in the Republican base think and what we are going to have to deal with for the next four years if Obama wins.


64 replies
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    joshua says:

    Four years? Fuck that. Eight years. And we should go ahead and start preparing to crush these people into a fine powder which we will then bake into bread and wash down with the sweet, sweet tears we collect on November 5th.

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    Comrade EdTheRed says:

    There’s a Johnny Cash song for every situation!

    A little shoeshine boy never gets low down
    But he’s got the dirtiest job in town
    Bendin’ low at Sarah’s feet
    On the windy corner of the dirty street
    Well, I asked him while he shined her shoes
    How’d he keep from gettin’ the blues
    He grinned as he raised his little head
    Popped a shoeshine rag and then he said

    Get revenge when the country turns blue
    Come on, get revenge when the country turns blue
    A little revenge makes you feel so fine
    It’ll shake all the trouble from your worried mind
    Get revenge when the country turns blue

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    DragonScholar says:

    We have to remember that the wingnuts are essentially handing us the weapons to use against them. All we have to do is use them properly

    Rush Limbaugh’s recent statements pretty much destroy any African-American outreach for Republicans. Palin has driven away a lot of women.

    Stay classy, stay smart, and let them hand us victories.

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    gang green says:

    This was sent to me a couple of weeks ago via email, over the office email system, which, as we employees were reminded last week, is not to be used to circulate anything other than company business.

    Makes the proposed plan to send the "New Obama National Flag" viral email campaign sound like fun, doesn’t it?

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    w vincentz says:

    I’m so tired of the blatant racist bullshit.
    Tom Degan wrote a very good "rant" over at his blog, Tom Degan’s "The Rant", that deals with this craziness,
    Google it. It’s worth the time to read.
    The comments are also pretty good.
    There’s big change coming, folks. Big.

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    t jasper parnell says:

    These ads are both funny and effective.

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    Stevenovitch says:

    I’m guessing the evangelical fundies will not be able to make this connection.

    Obama wins again.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Who knew Obama was a hunchback?

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    Dork says:

    McCane didn’t have his cage polished for 5.5 years, so suck it.

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    JenJen says:

    My poor mom gets this kind of stuff every day, and always forwards it off to me in some kind of panic.

    She’s Obama all the way, and despite her pleas to be removed from such lists, she just keeps on getting the stuff.

    I didn’t realize this one was gonna hit the mainstream, but I guess I’m glad it did. It should. This kind of stuff really shouldn’t be going on in secret.

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    Madison says:

    Have any of you seen this Batman Vs. The Penguin Debate (I saw this on TPM, so someone may have noticed it already):

    The Penguin mentions Batman "hanging out with criminals" and how "this campaign won’t be about mudslinging" and it just made me laugh so hard.

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    Laura W says:

    Jasper, those ads were good but did you scroll down and see this:

    Palin has no US maps, such as. Also.

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    Mike G says:

    Repigs are so classy.
    They condemned MoveOn on the basis of two ‘Bush=Hitler’ video clips out of 15,000 submitted to a member contest.

    Make the Bigot Party own this. Hang this shit around their necks and let them sink to the bottom of the political sewer.

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    plus C says:

    Wasn’t the narrative supposed to be that Obama was a stuck-up country clubber and Palin was average everyday gosh darn American?

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    Tom Ames says:

    What’s most hilarious about the site hosting that shoe-shine picture is that the sole blog entry consists of whining about the photos Palin opponents have posted on their flickr streams.

    The rant concludes:
    "Do you see this stuff reported in MSM??? No, hardly at all. However,
    the racism claim agaisnt McCain/Palin is front page news every

    Gee. I wonder what photos could possibly suggest that Palin and/or her supporters are motivated by racism?

    My wife, a clinical psychologist, occasionally has to remind me that an IQ of 100 is the AVERAGE. This IQ is really, starkly noticeable, even during a short conversation. But most of us probably haven’t had much personal experience with this level of intelligence. As a result, we’re shocked when we encounter people with below-average cognitive abilities.

    There are a lot of them out there. I suspect that "Team Sarah" captures more than a few of this demographic.

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    Alan says:

    Ah, the "humble and lovable" Shoeshine Boy. Of course we know who he really is. :)

    Speed of lightning. Roar of thunder….

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    Lee (not the one who posts regularly) says:

    Even more fun is this quote from user LoveSarahinCA on that page-

    OMGZ, that shoeshine pic is HILARIOUS. I’ve been looking for a slave one — maybe a shot from Roots, but with McCain’s face on the master, and Obama’s on the slave getting whipped. Just like it’s going to happen in tonight’s debate!

    Nope, can’t imagine where anyone gets the idea that McPalin supporters are racist. Humdy hum hum. Must be the ebil libral media.

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    ThymeZone says:

    Keep it up, stupid Republican fuckheads.

    Everything you do puts more votes in our column.

    Can you picture those carcrushers at the junkyard?

    Can you picture that 2000 model GOP LeSabre reduced to a rectangle of pulverised junk?

    That’s your new Republican party.

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    trevalyan says:

    *shudder* Even as a guy who doesn’t think Obama is the miracle he’s sold as…

    He won’t shine her shoes, but he will clean her clock!

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    nabalzbbfr says:

    How about these nice friends of BHO? How classy is that?

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    The way things are going (and the guilt by free association by nabalzbbfr with the US Communist Party is a good example), some wingnut blog will pick this up as "proof" that Barack Obama is (wait for it …) TRYING TO LOOK UP SARAH PALIN’S SKIRT!!!!

    (Mandingo Derangement Syndrome.)

    Is there some massive Thorazine® shortage that we’re not being told about?

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    Desargues says:

    None of this will matter when B-Rock gets elected and then invites all white Republicans to choke on his big, long, black…um…brush. Shoe brush, I mean.

    DragonScholar makes a very good point. They lost the Latinos with their nativist hysteria; now the can kiss any Black vote good-bye for decades; turned off most moderates with their pick of Mooselini — are these fucking morons suicidal? Their "base" just shrunk to about 25% of the population. Since when is that enough to put you in power?

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    Tom Ames says:

    Following that "outrageous" flickr stream from Tammy’s rant leads to what? A bunch of pictures of anti-Palin rallies. The worst insult to the delicate pink sensibilities of Team Sarah was the sign "PuckFucker", which shows up in about 2% of the photos.

    Oh, and all of the black people, and people with signs in Spanish.

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    Cris v.3.1 says:

    @plus C:
    Wasn’t the narrative supposed to be that Obama was a stuck-up country clubber and Palin was average everyday gosh darn American?

    a stuck-up country clubber who will steal your women. Apparently, by giving them a foot massage.

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    Punchy says:

    Lee, that entry has to be snark. I’m guessin some chucklehead from S,N is responsible

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Thanks a million John, I so wanted you to run with this.

    Lee = that comment is so vile I cannot believe someone would actually own up to it.

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    Tom Ames says:

    Dude, are you fucking STUPID?!

    The CPUSA site says:

    Barack Obama is not a left candidate. This fact has seemingly surprised a number of progressive people who are bemoaning Obama’s “shift to the center.”

    They think he’s too right-wing, but they hate McCain more.

    Not that anyone gives a shit about the CPUSA. But you might at least read the bullshit before you spew it.

    Also, please read my post above: Team Sarah is probably looking for you.

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    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    Keep it up, stupid Republican fuckheads.

    C’mon dawg, there’s no call for that.

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    Comrade Stuck says:

    From previous thread, these words of eternal stoopid

    “Sure, we suck, but you will miss us when we are gone.”

    Bwaaa haaaaaBwaaaaaaaaaa Ha Haa Ha (or how you self immolated and do you prefer your wingnut ashes be scattered upon the Ass Heap of History?)

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    colleeniem says:

    The seem pretty classy to me, nab.
    They speak in complete sentences and everything.
    Isn’t that the standard these days?

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    Ed Marshall says:

    Not that anyone gives a shit about the CPUSA. But you might at least read the bullshit before you spew it.

    As someone who flirted pretty heavily with red sects back in the day, communists don’t care what CPUSA says. It’s like five retirees. They have endorsed democrats for as long as they exited because they were an arm of the Soviet Union. Their comrade Stalinists thought of them as toadies.

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    Laura W says:

    (Mandingo Derangement Syndrome.)

    5 kitty paws up.

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    JL says:

    John, Can’t we have an open thread with dogs and cats. The picture of Sarah upsets my stomach and it’s not even time to drink yet.

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    I did a blog post on that picture a couple of weeks ago–the guy who took the original photo is Australian, and he’s pissed because the fuckneck who photoshopped it didn’t take out the identifying information on the photo, and so he was getting complaints from Obama supporters calling him a racist.

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    Dennis - SGMM says:

    Team Palin seems to know as much about Photoshopping as their candidate does about, well, anything.

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    Comrade Darkness says:

    Is it just me or is the quality of the photoshopping just pathetic?

    Ah, dennis beat me to it…

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    eyeball says:

    I sometimes nod over the Corner cos John lists it as a House of Krazy and I like to see what the right-wing meltdown looks like.

    One of the things that amazes me is their belief that they somehow inherently speak for "average Americans" and "Walmart shoppers" etc. … It’s very amusing. Have any of these mammary-slurping rightist ideologues ever lived in a small town? Belonged to a neighborhood parish? Worked for a moving company or roofing outfit or McDonalds? They are all to a man and woman bought and paid for by think tanks and media houses that market their closed-loop froth like so many collateralized debt obligations. Their meltdown mirrors the collapse of the financial system — an ideology built on false precepts and run through incoherent econometric models and coming up bankrupt.

    Think how truly amazing it is that a black guy with minor experience in government whose name rhymes with that of the world’s worst terrorist is even ahead at all … it’s a testament to just how much they suck.

    PS: My wife and I are from Toledo. Her parents are Limbaugh-ites. We disagree on a lot of things but they know what they are talking about. They too are really insulted by this Palin woman.

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    Jennifer says:

    That photo is making me sick to my stomach, too.

    That whole site is despicable. But it looks like hits from your link at least had the positive outcome of getting Miz Tammy to take down her picture. The live chat box was all a-flutter just moments ago.

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    r€nato says:

    Rush Limbaugh’s recent statements pretty much destroy any African-American outreach for Republicans.

    I’m sorry, did I miss something about the previous two decades of Rush’s career where he was a voice for tolerance and diversity?

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    Josh Huaco says:

    John…Thanks for drawing attention to this. I got this forwarded to me last week from my GF’s step-dad who lives in Oklahoma, and I was just disgusted beyond words, just totally gobsmacked that someone who is in his 60s and had lived in the South nearly his entire life would not see how wrong this is.

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    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:

    a stuck-up country clubber who will steal your women. Apparently, by giving them a foot massage.

    Hey a foot massage is pretty serious territory. Doesn’t anybody remember that conversation from the beginning of Pulp Fiction ?

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    Zifnab says:

    If it’s jokes in bad taste they want, I say we give it to them!

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    r€nato says:

    My wife and I are from Toledo. Her parents are Limbaugh-ites. We disagree on a lot of things but they know what they are talking about.

    Consider yourself fortunate. Of all of the right-wingers I know, not a single one is anywhere approaching ‘well-informed’. In fact to a person they are all ignorant, knowing only what Faux Noise tells them to think.

    It makes it exceedingly difficult to have any kind of discussion about politics because I always end up having these very basic-level discussions with them where I try to correct their misconceptions, like how the mortgage crisis was not caused by Chris Dodd and Barney Fag and Bill Clinton forcing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to loan money to poor black people.

    Even worse, they resist these attempts at remedial education like particularly stubborn children. It’s like I want to discuss astronomy with someone who insists the earth is flat and refuses to believe that it’s not.

    As a result, I usually end up refusing to discuss politics at all with these folks because it’s an exercise in frustration. It’s probably also not very productive to call them idiots, like I often feel like doing.

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    Steve V says:

    It seems the offending photo and the "slave" comment have been removed.

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    Tom Ames says:

    Wow, that live chat at Team Sarah is HILARIOUS!

    PalinDrone1> I really think we’ll win.
    PalinDrone2> Oooh! Really!!!??
    PalinDrone3> How can we lose with God on our side?

    > Oh, don’t you just LOOOVEE Sarah? She bought Diapers at Walmart!! I Just LOVE her!!!

    >If Bobbette wants to have a cat fight, I can post a photo of Michelle with a bone in her nose…

    >There is still plenty of time to win this election. I think we are a head, but we can seal the deal very soon. And you know Sarah can do that

    >remember 2004 they had President Bush down 6 to 22 points

    >I told my sister this evening that I want to be buried in Alaska, in the same cemetary as Sarah

    >I hear there are a lot of Mexicans in Wyoming, apackof2… be careful with your wallet

    Worth checking out. There are HUGE untapped reserves of fail over there.

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    SamFromUtah says:

    Their "base" just shrunk to about 25% of the population. Since when is that enough to put you in power?

    The 1984 election comes to mind. Low voter turnout favors Republicans, so if you want the Republicans to win, be sure to stay home on election day.

    ETA: looking into it, ’84 turnout actually wasn’t so bad, by pathetic U.S. standards. This only strengthens my point.

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    Ed Marshall says:

    In fact to a person they are all ignorant, knowing only what Faux Noise tells them to think.

    I used to have a boss who got all his news from talk radio. This was in 2005 and he starts telling me about how we weren’t going to have electricity soon. Why?

    Because the democrats had outlawed nuclear power, all the power plants were going to have to shut down next year. I said I hadn’t heard about that. He asked me how much of the electricity in the U.S. came from nuclear. I guessed 15% (the answer is 20%). He gave out a big "hah". "90%", he told me, "90%, how are we going to replace that?!".

    "I dunno", I said.

    I’m really glad I don’t work for him anymore.

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    Jay C says:


    HIGH-Larious, nabalz: rest assured: your trollery is always good for a laugh!

    AND educational – who knew the CPUSA was still around? And with a website no less!

    Y’know, given the relative importance of the organized Communist Party to this country’s politics, you’ve probably increased the number of their website hits five- or six-fold just by posting a casual link on Balloon Juice! Hmmm… is rhere a connection? "Nabalzbbfr" – might that be a Russian name, tovarishch??

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    Comrade Nikolita says:

    From the comment wall at the Team Sarah website:

    Tammy, I hope you’re telling everyone you know about this site. If the women of America will get behind our Sarah, she and John McCain WILL win. Go to, register and put in your home address. Then you can go to the action center and download the names and addresses of 20 undecided voters living very near your home–perhaps just waiting for your encouragement to tilt them in Sarah’s direction. Let’s do it!

    Am I the only one who thinks that’s a little strange?

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    emma says:

    Wow. Just wow. I don’t know what famous person said this but it’s a perfect quote for the situation: "They are who we thought they were".

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    Redleg says:

    Looks like they took the picture down. Fucking scumbags cocksuckers. They post a picture like that and then have the audacity to bitch about the mean things people have said about Sarah Palin. We truly are living in a divided nation.

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    i enjoyed the photo before it, which was an appropriation of my wife’s photo of sarah connor (lena headey) with palin’s head photoshopped on. i’m sure that tammy racistscum probably isn’t aware that my wife also took some photos of mccain. for the atlantic. and that we retouched them to…well, reflect badly on mccain, i think it is safe to say.

    i did leave her a message saying "hi" and telling her copyright laws are very harsh and all, but she’s moderating comments. still worth joining team sarah to tell tammy what a lovely piece of human excrement she is.

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    well that was fast. i’ve been banned! wwwwwwaaaaaaaahhhhh

    anyway, if anyone does happen to return to that cesspool, please tell me if the sarah connor photo is still up. i’d love to send a cease and desist.

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    So_Cal_Jason says:

    @robert green:

    Sarah Connor picture – Still up as of this point in time.

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    Mary T says:

    I have to think this woman is from S, N too…at least, I want to think that:

    I’ve noticed they took down chat!

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    clussman says:

    Looks like the chat feature was disabled.

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    Of course, Tammy took down the photo. Because, in addition to being socially retrograde douchenozzles, most Palin die-hards are racist cowards, too.

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    Lex Lurker says:

    TFF. Make sure you hit all the clicks! save the red phone for last.

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  63. 63 was invaded, last week, by a number of, well, cretins seems like the apt word. They infiltrated — spreading the N word, the F word, the C word, and a lot of other intentionally vile content, posing as site members until banned. It was shocking.

    Thereafter, a new and more virulent attack, a coordinated effort originating at

    launched with a "dirty tricks" operation which its operatives found rather hilarious.

    The evidence points to the photo you here post as being one of their efforts to slur by planting horrid content. Anything that violates TeamSarah’s ethos of "common courtesy, common decency, common sense" — values we hold in common with Governor Palin — and most assuredly anything smacking of bigotry, whether racist or sexist — is taken down instantly when flagged or discovered.

    We of the Republican base are familiar, as you can well imagine, with ridicule, as posted by folks like GapingHeadwound at Kos, or, well … here at balloon-juice. We find vilification tedious, cheap and beneath your dignity. But such speech discredits only the speaker.

    That said, dirty tricks are indecent conduct and beyond the pale.

    By publicizing this photo and attributing it to the Republican base you were gulled into perpetrating an act of active sabotage of the community by the worst elements on your side — your brownshirts, in my personal opinion — who set out to use vile language and imagery to intimidate those with whom they disagree from the exercise of their precious rights of free speech and free assembly.

    So, with this post you too were victimized by their dirty tricks. Now you know. And it’s up to you what, if anything, to do about it.

    DemocraticUnderground is on record as determined to turn the concept of conservative "radioactive." So this kind of thing emanating from there comes as no great surprise. That said, the actions launched from there were so heinous that they caused the site moderator, rasputin1952, to lock the thread. To his credit … although not so much to his credit that he implied a willingness to foster dirty tricks against yet another site. Bad show.

    Now… where will balloon-juice stand? Silent?

    Damage was done. The site now requires visitors to register and be approved before being admitted. Quite burdensome.

    It, however, has not slowed’s growth.

    To the contrary.

    If you value your credibility (and any authentic claim to commitment to the Bill of Rights), please apologize to your readers, expose the invasion, and censure the invaders. In other words — show decency.

    Whether or not you are willing to take a stand against some terribly dirty tricks performed by the worst elements among you, kindly let the record show that does not tolerate gestures of bigotry and conducts itself with high standards of dignity and taste.

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    will says:

    Hahaha. You lost.

    Bye Bye TeamMoron

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