Not Fade Away

Look what happens media folks, when you just ignore her:

Amid diminishing media interest, Sarah Palin has quit her high-profile bus tour halfway through and returned to Alaska with her family, according to RealClearPolitics.

The move puts a damper on widespread speculations that Palin’s “One Nation” bus tour, which launched on Memorial Day, was a potential precursor to a potential White House bid for 2012. Palin never made it to her scheduled stops in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

RealClearPolitics, which originally broke the story about the bus tour, reported Wednesday on Palin’s “extended hiatus.” The remaining legs of her trip, according to Scott Conroy, are “in limbo” as “Palin and her family have reverted to the friendly confines of summertime Alaska.”

Ignore her, and she goes away. She doesn’t want to give you a schedule and wants to play games, ignore her. She thrives on media attention, so much so that her flacks like Mansour get all worked up when you don’t immediately publish her facebook ramblings. Ignore her.






120 replies
  1. 1
    shortstop says:

    This woman could not finish a popsicle.

  2. 2
    Atto Buoy says:

    Ignore who?

  3. 3
    Steve says:

    That is really unlike Gov. Palin, to quit halfway through.

  4. 4
    Dana Houle says:

    Sorry, but this report isn’t credible. There’s nothing in her background to suggest Sarah Palin would quit halfway through something.

  5. 5
    eemom says:

    we have Weiner’s weiner to thank for this.

  6. 6
    Three-nineteen says:

    Sarah Palin is obviously one of those Beltway/ East Coast elitists who doesn’t even want to visit Real America, let alone care about Real Americans.

  7. 7
    dpcap says:

    AHAHAhaHAHAhaHAHAHAaahahaAAaaaaa!

    Oh man, this is so funny.

  8. 8
    Captain Haddock says:

    I don’t think she was ignored at all. More likely Bachman stole her thunder.

  9. 9
    Han's Solo says:

    The woman is like herpes; sure, if you ignore it it will go away, but it will always come back again.

    And it is contagious! Her stupidity (death panels) travels through her audience like an STD through a Paris Hilton sponsored orgy and cocaine party.

  10. 10
    PeakVT says:

    Well, the tour is now definitely historic.

  11. 11
    pablo says:

    Glad you’re ignoring her w/this post! (snark)

  12. 12
    MFA says:

    From the RCP post:

    “Palin’s extended hiatus could mean that in spite of her readily apparent “fire in the belly,” her family has persuaded her not to further pursue the presidency. Alternatively, it could indicate just the opposite — that she is plotting her next move and wants to ensure that it is well thought-out…”

    A-ha-ha-ha-haa! Cross-posted from The Onion, maybe?

  13. 13
    cleek says:

    did they ride the bus back to Alaska, or hop a charter jet?

    enquiring minds want to know if there’s even more to mock.

  14. 14
    kd bart says:

    Was this another one of them gotcha blog posts?

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    MFA says:

    I guess the “One Nation Tour” becomes the “Some (of the) Nation Tour”.

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    AAA Bonds says:

    Now, people who know me, and they know how much I love this bus tour, some still are choosing not to hear why I made the decision to chart a new course to advance this bus tour. And it should be so obvious to you. (indicating heckler) It is because I love this bus tour this much, sir (at heckler) that I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics as usual, lame duck session in one’s last weeks on a bus tour.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    that she is plotting her next move and wants to ensure that it is well thought-out…

    Yes, and I am the Tsar of the all the Russias.

  18. 18
    Surly Duff says:

    She can’t even finish her bus tour.Does that mean that her tour Fundamentally Restored America?

    Is she capable of actually completing anything?

  19. 19
    Admiral_Komack says:

    I’ve been to weeseeyou.com:

    Sarah Palin:
    “When the going gets tough…she quits!”
    “You betcha!”
    (wink)

  20. 20
    AAA Bonds says:

    QUIT (syn): give up, leave office, step down, resign, make a decision to chart a new course to advance

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    Violet says:

    How is following her bus all over the northeast “ignoring her”? The media gave her gobs of attention. The things is, the attention wasn’t favorable. The Paul Revere thing did nothing to persuade people that she’s a smart, well-read person who would be a good president.

    Sure she’s in it for the attention, but sometimes shining a light on things shows them for what they really are. Sarah did not do well on her trial run tour. She knows it, apparently. So she’s retreated to her compound where at most she’ll have to make a Fox appearance from her private studio.

  22. 22
    ...now I try to be amused says:

    Cross-posted from The Onion, maybe?

    I ask that about a lot of what I read in the media.

  23. 23
    gnomedad says:

    “The British are coming, the British … ah, screw this.”

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    jinxtigr says:

    I’d just like to see the massive sharklike feeding frenzy for Republicans who want to be her Vice President XD

    Hell, with McCain you still had to wait for him to die…

  25. 25
    Thoughtcrime says:

    Surly Duff – June 22, 2011 | 10:38 am · Link

    She can’t even finish her bus tour.Does that mean that her tour Fundamentally Restored America?

    Is she capable of actually completing anything?

    She’s quite adept at completing her purchases at Sak’s, Nieman-Marcus, Barney’s, Bergdorf Goodman.

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    Roger Moore says:

    @MFA:

    Alternatively, it could indicate just the opposite—that she is plotting her next move and wants to ensure that it is well thought-out…

    I guess there’s a first time for everything, and this could be the first time that Palin thinks something through instead of winging it. But that’s not the way the smart money is betting.

  27. 27
    Redshift says:

    Palin never made it to her scheduled stops in the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

    Waitaminute, what about the “screwing up Romney’s campaign launch” stop in New Hampshire? Wasn’t that on the bus? She drove her family through a tornado zone to get there, that must count for something (not something good, but…)

    I’m also a bit mystified at the idea of “scheduled stops” on a “tour” that pointedly refused to tell anyone a schedule or confirm any stops.

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    RosiesDad says:

    Ignore her.

    Dana Milbank first made the suggestion in the print media. I recall seconding his motion at least once here.

    Nice to see that it worked.

    Now if we could only make Boehner, Cantor, Bachmann, Pawlenty, and McConnell go away….

  29. 29
    srv says:

    All Lies, you lamestream media whores! She’s just looking for a new drummer.

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    AAA Bonds says:

    @Violet:

    Yeah, but that’s the thing: they have been ignoring her for the last week, and in her “profession” as a grown-up brat, a week of obscurity is death.

    Not to mention: I think that without the attention she’s used to, and especially without various “suitors” courting her, she falls into a serious depressive state.

    Her views are abhorrent but I do feel sympathy for her and her family on that level. It’s clear from all reports that she suffers from depression, with episodes lasting months at a time, but doesn’t know how to address it. She has also been given a prima-donna role where what she says goes. She can derail any project she’s involved in with a phone call or just a few words.

    It’s really unhealthy and sad to watch, and of course, untreated depression and political power are a bad combination. But I think we’re safe now from her ever achieving a position of power, so I feel a little more pity than anger about her nowadays.

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    Bulworth says:

    How did the media manage to ignore her? That’s some accomplishment.

  32. 32
    Libby says:

    No way she was going to win the news cycle with Weiner’s junk and Bachmann’s debut sucking up all the attention. It was all about promoting the movie anyway, and that was getting some bad reviews.

    Sadly, she will be back. She and Bristol didn’t copyright their names for nothing.

  33. 33
    Davis X. Machina says:

    How did the media manage to ignore her? That’s some accomplishment.

    A larger, shinier Weiner object manifested itself.

  34. 34
    Libby says:

    And by copyright, I of course meant trademark.

  35. 35
    cat48 says:

    Maybe Sarah knows that the Media has replaced her with their brand new boyfriend, Jon.

  36. 36
    Joseph Nobles says:

    OT: Must-read piece in the NYT where Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, comes out as an undocumented immigrant from the Philippines.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06.....wanted=all

  37. 37
    Maxwell James says:

    “To stop those monsters 1-2-3,
    Here’s a fresh new way that’s trouble-free,
    It’s got Paul Anka’s guarantee.
    (Guarantee void in Tennessee).
    Just don’t look! Just don’t look!”

  38. 38
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    33…Davis X…you nailed it precisely.

    The vapid twits of the MSM are easily distracted by shiny things, and Weiner’s wiener was VERY shiny.

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    ChrisB says:

    Classic that she quit half way through.

    Could it be that we have finally reached peak Palin with the media now caring less what she does?

    Who am I kidding? SATSQ

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    Violet says:

    @AAA Bonds:

    Yeah, but that’s the thing: they have been ignoring her for the last week, and in her “profession” as a grown-up brat, a week of obscurity is death.

    She’s gone through periods of time since the 2008 election where she’s been quiet and the media hasn’t been hanging around at the entrance to her Wasilla compound. Remember just before her bus tour when she was being completely written off by the media because she hadn’t “done anything”? And then, BOOM! Here comes the bus tour and the media followed along like addicts. But prior to that, how many Sarah Palin stories were there? Not very many.

    Now she’s taking a break, and suddenly the media declares her dead in the water again. They’re hardly ignoring her when they write stories about “there’s nothing to write about Palin.” Ignoring her means ignoring her. And that means no, “Where’s Sarah?” type stories. That means silence.

    I’m not holding my breath that will happen.

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    Steve says:

    Violet, I think you are confusing cause and effect. The media did not stop writing about her because she cancelled the bus tour. She cancelled the bus tour because the media stopped writing about her.

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    VOR says:

    Bristol is starting her book tour right now. I am guessing the two events are related. Perhaps Mama Quitter is going to appear at Bristol’s book signings. Or perhaps someone decided the bus tour would suck up all the Palin-related oxygen and take the spotlight off Bristol. I don’t know, but am sure there is a connection.

  43. 43
    dpcap says:

    @36:

    That’s awesome. An immigrant AND gay. The GOP will LOVE that one.

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    Violet says:

    @Steve:
    No they didn’t. The media followed her bus tour like crazy. The reported everything she did. They even followed her when she landed in the airport in Arizona. She’s been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in multiple articles. But she hasn’t been doing anything, so there’s not much else for them to talk about. There’s only so many times a reporter can stand at the end of her driveway and say, “Sarah Palin hasn’t yet indicated if she is going to run for president.”

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    Roger Moore says:

    @VOR:

    Or perhaps someone decided the bus tour would suck up all the Palin-related oxygen and take the spotlight off Bristol.

    If that were true, I’m pretty sure the bus tour would still be on. I don’t think mama grizzly likes being upstaged by her cub.

  46. 46
    cathyx says:

    If you think that woman will ever just disappear, you don’t know Sarah Palin. She will do whatever it takes to stay in the limelight.

  47. 47
    AAA Bonds says:

    @Violet:

    Oh, I agree completely. That’s exactly what I mean: she really only exists in America at large when people are looking at her.

    As someone usually disgusted by armchair psychology, it’s very tempting for me to conclude that this is a direct aspect of her depression. Many untreated depressed or socially anxious people who have more success socially as a romantic or sexual object – and I think Palin probably has – will attempt to replicate that success in other, inappropriate ways. Often, the causes have a lot to do with the person’s parents.

    I’d just add that while the media occasionally does ignore her, as they have in the last week and in the periods you listed, she and her handlers are experts at bids for attention – and for the current media, she is the gift that keeps on giving.

    I don’t really think it’s in the left’s best interests that she be totally ignored, however. If we can keep her in this limbo between real power and the power to shoot her mouth off and sound really crazy, we should, at least until the RIGHT starts truly ignoring her.

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    Teak111 says:

    I sense a shift in the GOP, really, and Sarah’s aborted bus tour in yet another example. Obama is going to be tough to beat, and the GOP is realizing this and shifting to the center to meet that challenge. As a result, the crazies, while sopping up media time, just don’t have the game. And if the GOP can’t win in 2012, at least they can purge themselves of the crazies and get back to being a real political party again.

  49. 49
    ira-NY says:

    This is the longest 15 minutes in history.

  50. 50
    geg6 says:

    True to form. The Quitta from Wasilla rides again!

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    Chris says:

    @ Captain Haddock –

    I don’t think she was ignored at all. More likely Bachman stole her thunder.

    Yeah. Bachmann specifically, and the beginning of campaign season in general.

    And since that season will last for another year and a half – with Bachmann filling Palin’s shoes while actually running – that’s more than enough time for the world to move on. Maybe not, though. Maybe she’ll pull a Gingrich and try to stay relevant long after she’s worn out her welcome. Maybe she too will form a PAC and go on hinting at presidential runs as a way to attract donor $$$. Maybe she’ll even run again in a decade or two, only to be laughed off the stage by the new cool kids. Wouldn’t put any of it past her.

  52. 52
    Violet says:

    @ Roger Moore:

    If that were true, I’m pretty sure the bus tour would still be on. I don’t think mama grizzly likes being upstaged by her cub.

    If her cub is a useful tool, I don’t think Sarah minds letting one of them have the spotlight. When Bristol was on DWTS, Sarah didn’t do much during that period to hog the spotlight. She sat in the audience and except for one or two occasions, didn’t say much or get much more than a few short “crowd reaction shot” bits of attention.

    Bristol is a useful tool because she reels in the anti-abortion crowd and Sarah gets to play proud mama. If Bristol ceased being useful (like married Levi, or wrote a real tell-all book) Sarah would distance herself rapidly.

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    JPL says:

    If the media says anything about her quitting, she will be back on that bus saying she was just handling a few personal problems and always intended to travel more. She will talk about the gotcha media.

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    Origuy says:

    Meanwhile, Michelle Obama spoke in Soweto and met with Nelson Mandela.

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    Chris says:

    @ AAA Bonds –

    Not to mention: I think that without the attention she’s used to, and especially without various “suitors” courting her, she falls into a serious depressive state.

    It’s really unhealthy and sad to watch, and of course, untreated depression and political power are a bad combination. But I think we’re safe now from her ever achieving a position of power, so I feel a little more pity than anger about her nowadays.

    Didn’t know that. Interesting if true.

    Republican “populist” with mental issues; that’s a new one. Aside from the work ethic, intelligence, and gut-level understanding of the “silent majority” of her countrymen, she could be the new Nixon.

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    AAA Bonds says:

    Rove will probably take the money to Romney if he hasn’t already (and he may already have), at which point the primaries will be locked. This will only be upset by another clean-cut professional “centrist” who catches Rove’s eye.

    You can talk all you want about the radicals throwing off the Republican anointment, but Romney’s numbers remain the strongest, and he’s been playing for the middle since he was governor, at least.

    I think he may have some trouble, like McCain did, at firing up his base in the general. Republicans hate Obama, but their misanthropic Tea Party tendencies will invite them to despise Romney as well.

  57. 57
    Chris says:

    @ Teak111 –

    And if the GOP can’t win in 2012, at least they can purge themselves of the crazies and get back to being a real political party again.

    Aheh. If the GOP nominates Romney in 2012 and loses, I can easily imagine them nominating one of the real crazies in 2016 under the argument “see, we nominated RINOs in 2008 and 2012, give us a real conservative!”

    I don’t think the leaders of the party would want that, but there’s a huge faction of the very loud and vocal GOP base that thinks that’s true. Two consecutive RINOs and two consecutive defeats might make them even harder to control.

  58. 58
    AAA Bonds says:

    @Chris:

    In fairness, I should point out that John F. Kennedy almost certainly suffered from severe depression and was probably one of the first people in the entire world to be medically treated for the condition. (He’s hardly my role model, but he’s hardly Richard Nixon.)

    Nothing about depression (or even social anxiety!) prevents someone from achieving great things in society among others, or forces someone to behave immorally or irresponsibly. The question is how you deal with what you have, like most things in life.

  59. 59
    Mike E says:

    Her bell-ringings and warning shots were intentionally misrepresented by the librul media. Teh sadd…

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    rikyrah says:

    the jokes literally write themselves.

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    The Republic of Stupidity says:

    @cathyx:

    If you think that woman will ever just disappear, you don’t know Sarah Palin. She will do whatever it takes to stay in the limelight.

    Pole dancing?

    Starring in a remake of “Show Girls”?

  63. 63
    stuckinred says:

    Violet

    Cleek zeee leeenk!

  64. 64
    Dennis SGMM says:

    Palin’s bailin’ was more likely the result of a dearth of offers for $100K a pop speaking engagements than anything about the media. The Prime Directive of grifting is that if the chumps have smartened up you go to ground until you can come up with another gag.

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    AAA Bonds says:

    That’s why I find characterizations of her as an “attention whore” sort of applicable, but unnecessarily reductive. (In general, that term is wrong, even if you don’t consider it offensive to women.) It’s a good slur, don’t get me wrong, if you’re writing a hit piece on her, but it doesn’t explain anything.

    I think there is an element of display to her behavior that is inappropriately suggestive and sexual, and that’s not coincidental, and I don’t believe it’s calculated either, at least not completely.

    The truth is, we all like attention (even those who feel uncomfortable seeking it), and will do things to get attention, sometimes desperate or unwise things. If winking and flirting works, it’s hard to avoid it.

    Palin’s problem (other than her views, of course) is that she is unable to follow through on even her bids for attention. That indicates something else, much deeper, behind her behavior than stupidity or selfishness.

    Once again, I only feel comfortable talking like this because I don’t think she’s a target the left has to attack anymore. Her threat seems to be nullified for the time being at least.

    So now she’s a good opportunity to discuss these topics.

  66. 66
    sukabi says:

    possible depression issues aside, Palin acts like a spoiled, 3 year old who gets what she wants through screaming tantrums… and our retarded media acts as her surrogate “parents” who kowtow to her every whim…. so yes, she’ll be back in the spotlight very soon, and all of them (Palin & media) will be acting out their dysfunction very publicly…

  67. 67
    Culture of Truth says:

    Unobserved, does the Palin Wave function not collapse?

  68. 68

    Sarah counted her cash, and decided there was enough to finally put herself through brane surgeon school.

  69. 69
    FlippinUid says:

    Does she prove, if you quit college enough times, you eventually get a diploma?

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    one thing is for sure, todd is a premature ejaculator, he’d pretty much have to be.

    think of the spin; if palin is elected she will limit herself to part of one term, that is what we need in washington, people who know when they have become an insider and are courageous enough to walk away.

    everything about her is inside out backwards anyway, she needs to do a “you won’t have sarah palin to kick around anymore” speech.”

  71. 71
    Steve says:

    Violet, I think we all understand that the media was obsessing over Palin at the outset of her bus tour. I think we all recall the Paul Revere incident. But the fact is, that level of coverage stopped, and it wasn’t because Palin had packed up the bus tour and gone home. You seem to be missing this fact.

  72. 72
    JD Rhoades says:

    Don’t worry, pretty soon she’ll say something stupid or inflammatory, or both, and the media circus will start up again, complete with the usual crowd of ninnies bleating about how all the attention being lavished on her for being ridiculous actually means she’s serious.

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    Yevgraf says:

    Meanwhile, Michelle Obama spoke in Soweto and met with Nelson Mandela.

    Obviously, she’s being true to her commie roots. A proper white first lady would busy herself with teas at the Congressional Country Club.

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    AAA Bonds says:

    While we’re on the topic, the story about Michele Bachmann tearfully accusing a couple LGBT activists of holding her against her will (if true) also seems intensely histrionic instead of amoral and calculating, as do the stories about her and her step-siblings, including her lies about them.

    Not just in the traditional sense, but the psychological sense (HPD is getting dropped from the DSM but mainly because of its high comorbidity.) Bachmann comes across as someone who, like Palin, has learned unhealthy ways to attract attention that require her to act out as a job rather than a hobby.

    Look up “histrionic personality disorder” and you’ll see what I mean – although understand that the symptoms under that heading are now largely understood to be manifestations of depression and other more reliable diagnoses.

    At the risk of sounding sexist, this isn’t entirely unsurprising from women who worked their way up through a party that officially endorses patriarchy in its platform. I’m also convinced there is something important in the apocalyptic, patriarchal, conspiracy-theory-prone Christian sects that Palin and Bachmann joined as adults. If there’s a baring of their innermost desires anywhere, it’s there.

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    Violet says:

    Steve :

    But the fact is, that level of coverage stopped, and it wasn’t because Palin had packed up the bus tour and gone home. You seem to be missing this fact.

    Why do you say that? The media covered her bus tour obsessively until she went home. Every single day they followed her bus and dutifully reported on her. Then she went home. And the coverage stopped being at that level.

    Why do you say the level of coverage stopped but it wasn’t because she packed up the bus tour and went home? What is she doing right now that is NOT being covered by the media? How can you tell the level of coverage stopped due to anything but her bus tour ending?

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    shortstop says:

    AAA, for someone who despises armchair psychology, you seem to be fairly practiced at it. Not that I’m not enjoying the results.

    I would love to get a look at Michele Bachmann’s chart. Love it.

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    AAA Bonds says:

    @shortstop:

    AAA, for someone who despises armchair psychology, you seem to be fairly practiced at it.

    Yeah, I’m depressing myself :/

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @cathyx:

    She will do whatever it takes to stay in the limelight.

    You know, the perfect job may just have opened up for her.

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    gnomedad says:

    @AAA Bonds:
    Any linkys on evidence of Palin’s depression?

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    Marty says:

    Tour bus for sale on Craigslist. Recently painted exterior. Inside smells like dope.

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    Violet says:

    @ AAA Bonds:

    Sarah Palin also accuses pretty much any male person of attacking her daughters, or she’s afraid someone is going to attack them, or whatever. And she’ll say it when there’s nothing to substantiate it. It’s a pattern and when you look at the instances all together, it’s kind of creepy. What’s her deal? There’s some armchair psychology work for you.

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    Anonne says:

    lulz. When that dingbat tries to bleed the media for money for printing her now-trademarked name, or Bristol’s now-trademarked name, maybe we will finally see the end of her. She needs the media in order to keep up her grifting, but now that dummy will absolutely suck the oxygen out of her own flame. She wants to use it as a weapon against bloggers she doesn’t like, but enforcement – either uniform or selective – will undo the whole thing.

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    PS says:

    @Violet: I just went through a Google News search for Sarah Palin bus, sorted by date. I was not sure if you were right, and I was just ignoring her, or if the general consensus was correct. Score one for the the consensus:

    After the first couple of screens (about quitting) there were a bunch of Palin stories, about trademarks, polls, etc, but basically nothing that she could not have generated, if she had anything to do with them, from home. At a quick glance I couldn’t even tell where in the world she was, or had been in the last week. I imagine some local reporters followed her, but the great romance was clearly over.

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    Alex S. says:

    Nate Silver is going to lose his bet.

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    Frank W. says:

    Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey, hey, hey, Goodbye!

    Will this self-imposed exile last? We should only be so lucky….

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    AAA Bonds says:

    @gnomedad

    Well, I do still endorse all the nasty things I have to say about armchair psychology, including my own. :) Using “it’s clear” was unnecessarily hyperbolic and I apologize for that; I’m theorizing wildly, more to talk about depression and public image than about Sarah Palin per se. There’s a good chance I’m totally wrong in using her as an example.

    I’m mainly drawing this from the well-read profiles of her in Vanity Fair, BBC, etc. that depict her as extraordinarily inaccessible and inactive well before the 2008 campaign concluded, and before, during and after her resignation as governor. Also from comments (perhaps dubious) by former colleagues about her intense and obsessive emotional responses to criticism – and there are plenty of those type of responses on video now, recorded by Sarah herself. (I think she’s made genuinely distraught by critique, but once again, I may be wrong.) Comorbid anxiety and depression can lead to a cycle of obsession over criticism from others.

    I’m also drawing some very hasty conclusions from her tendency toward capriciousness – transferring schools constantly, quitting jobs halfway through, this bus tour being the latest example. While I first figured “who wouldn’t choose Fox over the governor’s office”, these haven’t been self-aggrandizing moves in the slightest – they seem, to me, more like personal mood shifts translated into professional action, by someone lacking the sort of hardheaded advisors who might keep her more level. And if she’s depressed and untreated, she may have alienated a lot of people who expect her to act reliably.

    It’s something that often happens among depressed people who have problems sustaining enthusiasm, and it’s also a trait of histrionic disorders.

    Once again, many possible causes, but it seems likely to me. I read a lot of self-concern from her. If it is from an identifiable disorder, it may be narcissistic and not depressive.

    However, as a commenter above noted, she’s actually viciously defensive of her family as individuals, and it seems genuine. That suggests a level of empathy that’s not traditionally narcissistic at all.

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    UncertaintyVicePrincipal says:

    Culture of Truth:

    Unobserved, does the Palin Wave function not collapse?

    Indeed.

    There’s a principle involved there, if only I could think of the name of it.

    The article says “extended hiatus”, which sounds like as good a diagnosis as any for someone unable to even finish a sentence coherently.

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    amk says:

    @ Alex S. – You betcha’.

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    Frank W. says:

    Actually, it is very gratifying to think of how infuriated she will be when she encounters this sort of story — a negative report on her latest antics.

    No doubt she will whine and squeal and cast herself as the victim yet again and claim the decision to bail out was all about deciding to spend some quality family time back home.

    One wonders what passes as quality family time in the Palin household: I’m betting on NASCAR and a humongo can of Dennison’s chili — the extra double-jumbo “Big Boy” economy can — followed by a farting contest. Of course, Sarah will pitch a fit when she loses, claiming her squeaker was more “flippin impressive” than the Toddster’s rumbler.

    Yeah, I really went juvenile here; I’m still giddy with schadenfreude here!

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    Frank W. says:

    Kind of sad, really… we went from following the path of “Further” to the “Palin Winnebago” in just a little over four decades. Give me “Further” any day….

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    A Nonymous says:

    This is bad news. The democrats need Sarah Palin if Obama is going to win again!

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    someguy says:

    She had to. She heard that Bristol lost her virginity in Alaska, and being a good mother she needed to return home and help her find it.

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    Cee says:

    Thank you for spelling flack correctly.

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    Svensker says:

    Even the rubes had some scales fall from their eyes during the G. Gifford shooting aftermath when Palin was so completely off. She lay low for a while, then tried a comeback — which was immediately dominated by her Paul Revere idiocy, causing more scales to fall. If she does something else, the media will cover her, but the love affair is over. She can join Newt Gingrich in the former stars no one likes now club.

    Her daughter’s trailer trash antics aren’t helping. And don’t tell me I’m a racist for saying that.

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    Joey Maloney says:

    @AAA Bonds:

    owever, as a commenter above noted, she’s actually viciously defensive of her family as individuals, and it seems genuine. That suggests a level of empathy that’s not traditionally narcissistic at all.

    Or alternatively, a narcissism so extreme that she doesn’t view her family as separate individuals at all, but rather extensions of herself. An attack on them is, as far as her worldview goes, an attack on her.

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    Yutsano says:

    HA! Tucker linked you! Watch out for the impending troll infestation!

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    This is like that time Kramer cut short the Peterman Reality Bus Tour. I want my country back–or at least my pizza bagel!

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    Rutabega is a Vegtable says:

    How will the expense of this trip be handled TAX-WISE. It now looks like it was a (as will Willow said “You’re ruining our…”) VACATION

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    d. john says:

    @Steve 3,

    The thread may as well have stopped after that comment.

    It is pointless to continue.

    Steve won the thread, checkmate in 3

    =)

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    quannlace says:

    Ignore? But aren’t we liberals supposed to be so skeee-aaared of her? At least according to O’Reilly.

    Honestly, I thought that silly tour/family vacation was over weeks ago.

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    shortstop says:

    Yeah, I’m depressing myself :/

    Stick around. This community always gets my endorphins up.

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    shortstop says:

    Her daughter’s trailer trash antics aren’t helping. And don’t tell me I’m a racist for saying that.

    Meh. “White trash” has racist implications (for reasons gone into at length in that one thread); “trailer trash” is classist. Proving my utter lack of principle and consistency, I don’t give a shit whether people are classist about people who keep voting for assholes who make everyone’s lives miserable. There’s only so much a lack of education and advantages can excuse, and bone-deep meanness ain’t on the list.

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    @someguy 93

    here’s to the girl with the little white shoes
    she loves her whiskey, she loves her booze
    she’ll lose her cherry but that’s no sin
    cause she’ll still have the box that the cherry came in

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    Ruckus says:

    shortstop

    I needed a good laugh, got a great one.

    She’s a twofer, a quiter and a loser. What more could rethuglicans want?

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    bob says:

    Don’t retreat. Reload (the bags onto the bus and let’s slink on home.)

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    asiangrrlMN says:

    @AAA Bonds: As someone with a degree in psychology and someone who has suffered serious depression and as a child of a narcissist, my armchair psychology is that Sarah Palin is a classic narcissist. I’m more with Joey Maloney in that she sees her family as an extension of herself and that any attack on them is an attack on her. And, I agree with Violet that if Bristol Palin were to go off the rails and say, write a REAL tell-all book, Sarah would cut her loose in an instant.

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    […] and that is the reason you have returned to Alaska. You will not fade away, much as some might wish that. Perhaps you and your One Nation bus tour are on hiatus, as your reality show appeared to be. […]

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    A Nonymous says:

    Disdain for trailer trash antics are exactly the reason this country is going to pot. You tend to elect only the ivy league elites (which is a shame because ivy leagueness is purchased, not earned, whereas true cultural elitism must be earned) to your Federal offices, what if one of those guys knew what trailer trash antics were, do you think they would propose banning abortion after seeing the results?

    Representatives should represent, and one of the best way is for people to elect those who understand their own plight, often via personal experience. Sarah Palin is not “trailer trash” either. Her family is wealthy and powerful.

    Sadly, at the same time, state legislatures are often plagued by people like Sarah Palin.

    Really what the US needs is representatives who are willing to stop the defunding of the American education systems and promote intelligent change in school. Bring back civics, bring back sex ed, bring back liberal arts, bring back education.

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    […] She got sick of being Governor of Alaska half-way through her term so she quit.  Now she’s sick of being on a bus tour that the media has stopped covering, so she stopped the tour.  Here’s hoping she quits appearing on Faux News sometime soon…. (Via Balloon Juice) […]

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    feebog says:

    @ A Nononymous

    Sarah Palin is not “trailer trash” either. Her family is wealthy and powerful.

    Uh, no. Her father, Chuck Heath is a retired elementary school teacher. He and his wife live comfortably, but modestly.

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    AnswersInGenitals says:

    I think that The Sarah is actually a recently discover quantum particle called a palion:
    – it only really exists when it is being constantly observed.
    – Its the strangest of the strange particles in that despite its having no mass of its own it still manages to throw a lot of weight around.
    – Its interaction with all other particles is highly repulsive.
    – It has the most spin of any known particle (which is why it often orbits around Bill O’Reilly)
    – and, of course, it is a Boso(n)

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    […] Sarah Palin continues her quitting streak. […]

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    A Nonymous says:

    @feebog you’re welcome to ignore the obvious. Her family also includes herself and her husband too. If they can personally afford 500k in attorney fees to defend against an ethics scandal I would argue they are not trailer trash and they are in fact wealthy.

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    Marcus Ranum says:

    If she doesn’t manage her money carefully, we can all look forward to a Playboy pictorial in 7-10 years.

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    myiq2xu says:

    If she doesn’t manage her money carefully, we can all look forward to a Playboy pictorial in 7-10 years.

    Once again, the Buffoon Juicers set the standard for fauxgressive misogyny

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    Dave says:

    Right, Palin “isn’t qualified”, but Obama is…

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    Astute says:

    Sarah Palin is a joke, and the only useful thing she ever did was demonstrate how cheaply the corporate media can be bought.

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    asongbird says:

    Exactly what i have said all along! Ignore them and they crawl right back under their rocks

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    j r says:

    In a few years when her looks start fading even more, nobody will give a crap about her.

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