A grifter is gonna grift

Earlier this week the Des Moines Register reported that Sarah PAC has sent out a fund raising letter to supporters asking them to “..send your best, one-time gift to … show her that we support her if she decides to run.” They even included a link to the letter.

I think the Quitta from Wasilla is earning a place in the Grifter Hall of Fame. Of course she will never seriously run, but she will do what she can to keep the grift alive. She may even jump into the GOP primary and threaten a Third Party run when she loses to Mittens. That will keep the grift going for at least another year. And after that there is that whole whiny victimy thingy to con the rubes.

This latest effort to keep the flim-flam going has been mocked by many (and treated seriously by a few). One of the best bits of mockery came from Gawker, especially the comments. This one, from ManchuCandidate, was worth sharing:

Hello important person

Many apologies that I had to send you this email without a prior
relationship between us; my name is Mr.Chase Tim, A member of
the supervisory board of SarahPAC and a Former member
Board of ING Bank Netherlands and also the former Chairman Board of
Post Bank Netherlands.

I bore in mind your personality and reputation of which the same apply
to me, on this light I then deemed it fit to assure you that the Funds
will be cleared in accordance with the firm’s operational procedures
to ensure the transaction success without a breach of the law.

One thing is certain, with the relevant legal documents that I will
get to back you up the funds release will be approved for onward
release to you.

If this is okay with you then get back to me so that I give you more details.

Let it be known to you that this 14,700,000.00 US America bucks will be split
equally that is 50% for you and 50% for me.

I will want you to get back to me as soon as possible if you are
willing to assist in getting these funds, or you can give me a call on
my Alaska line below which I acquired mainly for this purpose as I am
presently based in the US America.


Mr Chase Tin
Sarah PAC
Juneau, Alaska, US America

Funny thing is that the offer is not all that different than what every GOP candidate is offering their Galtian overloads–the only thing off is the split. It would never be 50/50. The typical split offered by Republican candidates is more like 90/10.

All of this isn’t a surprise. The modern Conservative movement is rooted in the “con”. The better you are as a liar, scam artist, bamboozeler and grifter–the higher you will rise and the more you’ll be paid. Palin is good at this game and I can’t think of any reason why she wouldn’t milk the rubes for all their worth and for as long as she can.

A grifter is gonna grift.

55 replies
  1. 1
    PeakVT says:

    Palin is overdue for a mass staff resignation. Or did that happen already and I miss it?

  2. 2
    sfinny says:

    Gotta give her some credit. Palin has managed to be both an unannounced contender raising money and a paid media person commenting on the race. That is a world class grifter.

    ETA: Oops, that would be unannounced.

  3. 3
    Jenny says:

    Speaking of grifters, Ralph Nader has Palin star-bursts.

    “I think she’s a lot smarter than most people credit her,” says Nader. “Judging by her comments, she is squarely in the camp of conservative populism, opposed to corporatism and its corporate state.”

  4. 4
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Wasn’t there some televangelist back in the 80’s who said he’d die if people didn’t send him lots of money? That’s what this is, papered over with the thinnest possible veneer of civic action (i.e. “you want Sarah to save the country, don’t you? Then pony up!”)

    Grifters gonna grift, sure, but a lot of Sarah Palin’s fans are not rich people. Why do they keep pouring money into the coffers of a woman who has never done a damn thing to improve their lives? It’s mind-boggling, heartbreaking and infuriating all at once.

  5. 5
    amk says:

    In a country where rush, the racist & hannitty, the klanity, rake in millions, the tundra twit is not an anomaly, it’s a regular feature.

    god bless amurikkka indeed.

  6. 6
    Jenny says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: yeah, that was Oral Roberts

  7. 7
    sfinny says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: Totally agree that it is heartbreaking that people who may not be in good shape financially are giving money to her PAC.

  8. 8
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    I have been drinking a bit. Does that letter actually make sense?

  9. 9
    Yutsano says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: In the way an M_C post does.

  10. 10
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yutsano: Okay, then the booze did not really hurt my comprehension.

  11. 11
    asiangrrlMN says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: I read a response to this grift by Sarah on another blog, and the person said s/he was giving everything but his/her last dollar. It’s really sad.

  12. 12
    Yutsano says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I’m gonna go with no. And stronger booze.

  13. 13
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Yutsano: I actually have really strong grain alky + sour cherry Romanian booze. You suggest that I start in on it?

  14. 14
    datarat says:

    I have a standing $100 bet that Caribou Barbie will not run. To date, not a one of my Republican friends is willing to take that bet…even the ones who see star-bursts at the very mention of her name. Hey…Sarah…some of the rubes are starting to catch on.

  15. 15
    PeakVT says:

    Anyone been hit by a satellite yet? (Plymouth Satellites don’t count.)

  16. 16
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @PeakVT: Fucking anti-American.

  17. 17
    Short Bus Bully says:

    And now the hard right was shocked, shocked that we libtards every called her dirty and grifterish back in 2008.

  18. 18
    Alison says:

    @PeakVT: NASA tweeted that if debris falls on land, it would likely be in Canada, eh.


    Silly Canadians will probably be all nice and gather it up and pack it well and call up NASA to arrange how to deliver their space junk back to them. If it landed in the States, you know a motherfucker would be all HAW HAW FINDERS KEEPERS THIS SHIT’S GOING ON EBAY.

  19. 19
    fuckwit says:

    She’ll be around forever. These people are like zombies.

    Look, Newt Fucking Gingrich is still around AND RUNNING FOR OFFICE. Right now. At this very moment.

    Seriously. If that ass-clown is still on the TV, then the Quitta can keep it up indefinitely.

  20. 20
    Spaghetti Lee says:


    Gingrich, hell, look at Pat Buchanan. Or G. Gordon fucking Liddy. And keeping with Republican traditions, even when Sarah herself gets too old or bored to carry it on, her kids will be happy to pick up the slack. It’s a new American political family, like a knock-off defective Kennedy clan. Thank you Bill Kristol, and thank you, John McCain.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    sour cherry Romanian booze

    This I approve of cracking open, because A: it’s most likely pretty damn good B: it’s a legacy of the past that really should be put to rest and C: if it’s like most Eastern European boozes you’ll be incoherent in no time. L’chaim!

  22. 22
    Triassic Sands says:

    In the U.S. the birth rate of suckers is far greater than one a minute. In much of the South and parts of the Midwest and mountain West, a non-sucker birth is hard to find.

    Note: in the nature vs. nurture argument for suckers, I’d come down on the side of nurture. So, technically, few suckers are born; it’s mostly potential suckers with sucker parents, who were once potential suckers with sucker parents. However, if there is such a thing as the “God gene,” it’s a fair bet that most born with “it” are born suckers with little hope of escaping a life of suckerdom.

  23. 23
    Villago Delenda Est says:


    Saturday Night Live did a riff on the Oral Roberts thing when Charlton Heston guest hosted…and was God “calling home” whichever SNL regular was being Oral Roberts.

  24. 24

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    Back when Oral Roberts ran that scam, I couldn’t understand why his supposedly Christian followers fell for it. I mean, if you believe in heaven and all that, and you find out that God is calling you home, why wouldn’t you go immediately? Why stay here? Why would you disagree with God?

    It made no sense, but then religious cult leaders rarely do.

  25. 25
    Joey Maloney says:

    @PeakVT: My first car was a Plymouth Satellite station wagon, vintage 1971. I’ve had apartments that were smaller. I’d rather be hit by a Sputnik.

  26. 26
    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Triassic Sands:

    Some are born suckers, some achieve sucking, and some have permission to suck.

  27. 27
    Comrade Kevin says:

    To all of you late-nighters… my mom went home from the hospital this morning. Thanks to all of you for your well wishes.

  28. 28

    @Omnes Omnibus:
    Its like a Japanese game show. Its not supposed to make sense.

  29. 29

    Can’t she just get into the “We’ll give top dollar for your old broken gold jewelry.” like that Good Old Tom guy and all the other grifters?

    If gold is at an all time high as they all say, why are they so eager to buy it from so many desperate people? This puzzles me.

  30. 30

    @Comrade Kevin:
    Don’t know you Kevin but I hope your mom is doing fine.

  31. 31

    A Direct TV guy just punched me in the nose, is that close enough?

  32. 32
    Insomniac says:

    @Comrade Kevin: Yay for your mom! Glad she’s doing so much better. Hope things continue on this trajectory for her.

  33. 33
    Anne Laurie says:


    Anyone been hit by a satellite yet? (Plymouth Satellites don’t count.)

    How ’bout a Georgia Sattelite? (After the one time I was forced to listen to them, I’d rather be hit by the car.)

  34. 34
    burnspbesq says:

    I’m sorry to be a spoilsport, but I utterly and categorically reject Dennis’ view of the world. If you talk to these right-wing yahoos and listen carefully to what they say, that evidence only supports one conclusion: they actually and sincerely believe that this country is in deep, deep trouble and their way is the only way out.

    And they are half right.

    You need to get out more, Dennis. The world is not as you imagine it to be. In fact, it’s much more dangerous than you think it is. The moment you are smugly and complacently waiting for, the moment when 60 million voters suddenly realize that they’ve been scammed and desert the Republican Party en masse? That moment is never coming.

  35. 35
    CarolDuhart says:

    @gocart mozart: Because they can then melt it down into overpriced jewelery they can sell to flush Chinese. Besides, buying and selling gold does involve real work and paying out some cash. This way she doesn’t have to give a thing away to anyone, doesn’t spend mornings next to a hot smelter, and doesn’t have to learn anything.

    I think she’ll decide to run at the last possible minute. If she doesn’t run, she runs the risk of being ignored as the Presidential race heats up. If she runs and loses, she can continue to at least stay on the chicken dinner circuit as a speaker and commentator. That’s why Newt Gingrich ran for President. He knew he had little chance of going all the way, but at least he could still be topical, if not revelant by running.

    Nobody is really going to give once the Republican field gets down to say, two or one. Sure, she can start SarahPac 2016, but even that won’t work unless Obama wins again. So she’ll run for something-President most likely, but if not she may try to run for Senator from Arizona, or snatch a House seat.

  36. 36
    Ron says:

    @burnspbesq: Maybe I misunderstand Dennis, but I don’t think he disagrees with you that the GOP base genuinely believes all the crap being shoveled at them. He is just pointing out the fact that it’s just a giant scam.

  37. 37
    harlana says:

    I am so SICK of hearing about her! More Bachmann, she’s crazier! Palin’s getting “old” ; she is jumping her own shark

  38. 38
    Mark S. says:

    This is fascinating. Perry must really suck if Bill Kristol is already jumping ship. But what’s interesting is that in the “Help us Obi-Won Kenobi, you’re our only hope” section at the end, Bill doesn’t even mention Sarah. Nobody gives a shit about her anymore.

  39. 39
    M-Pop says:

    I love Newell’s stuff, and I’m ashamed to say that I am too lazy to click over to Gawker to read his stuff ’cause gingers need love, too.

  40. 40
    cmorenc says:


    @Spaghetti Lee: I read a response to this grift by Sarah on another blog, and the person said s/he was giving everything but his/her last dollar. It’s really sad.

    You know what makes me sad? That stupidly deluded, unwise person’s vote will count every bit as much as that of the wisest, best-informed citizen.

  41. 41
    grandpajohn says:

    @Jenny: What an Idiot, an d we used to think that Nader had something. AS per all republicans, her comments will reflect what she thinks the current audience wants to hear.

  42. 42
    grandpajohn says:

    @Triassic Sands:

    QUOTATION: There are more fools than knaves in the world, else the knaves would not have enough to live upon.
    QATTRIBUTION:Samuel Butler (16121680), British poet.

    So what we are seeing is nothing new grifters like the poor we will always have with us

  43. 43
    Robert Waldmann says:

    “The modern Conservative movement is rooted in the “con”.”
    Vat you said about the con sir = vat i’ve concluded.

  44. 44
    Canuckistani Tom says:


    If it’s Alberta, then NASA ain’t getting that satellite back!

  45. 45
    PeakVT says:

    @Joey Maloney: Heh. My first car was a ’73 Valiant (with a slant-6, natch). It wasn’t considered big when it was built, but it sure felt like it compared to my next car (a Corolla)

  46. 46
    gnomedad says:

    Looking at that mailing, I’m wondering when her Nigerian birth certificate will turn up.

  47. 47
    Rick Taylor says:

    And once again, thank you, John McCain. Who knew he could do this much damage without even winning?

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  49. 49
    YellowJournalism says:

    In Alberta, they’d use the parts to make high-tech truck nuts.

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    Nevgu says:

    Yawwnnnn…..and by posting these idiotic blogs you only add more relevancy to her grift even though you still pretend you are just a passive outsider looking in not effecting the grift itself. The fact people like you who just can’t seem to get enough of Failin are part of the problem seem completely lost on you.

    Oh and I guess I also have to remind you that it was not until VERY recently that most around here including the Dummy Cup Half Empty Cole were still speculating as to whether she would run..again, adding legitimacy to her grift.

    Heck of a job being part of the problem, grift enabler Dennis.

  51. 51
    Judas Escargot says:

    I wouldn’t touch anything that had been exposed to hydrazine propellant.

    Just sayin’.

  52. 52
    Kola Noscopy says:

    When I saw the headline I assumed this post was about ABL.

    Never mind…

  53. 53
    aarrgghh says:

    hey all you haters, a girl can dream, can’t she?

  54. 54
    Corner Stone says:

    @Kola Noscopy:

    When I saw the headline I assumed this post was about ABL.

    Isn’t it? I mean, isn’t it?

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    rikyrah says:

    you crack me up about not being shy calling Caribou Barbie a grifter.

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