LA Times Op-Ed Suggests Sarah Palin 2016 as the Cure for the Common Conservative

Charlotte Allen, writing in the LA Times has a plan so crazy that it just might work:

The Republican Party has been doing a lot of hand-wringing and finger-pointing since the presidential election. Half the conservative columnists and bloggers say the GOP lost because it overemphasized social issues such as abortion and gay marriage. The other half says the party didn’t emphasize them enough. And everyone denounces Project ORCA, the campaign’s attempt to turn out voters via technology.

But I’ve got a suggestion for cutting short the GOP angst: Sarah Palin for president in 2016.

You think I’m joking? Think again.

Yes. This is a marvelous idea. I support it fully.

Hell, why not Victoria Jackson as Palin’s running mate?

Somebody make this happen.

[cross-posted at ABLC]

128 replies
  1. 1
    g says:

    I’m sure that idea will work out well for them. Is Charlotte Allen a Democrat or a comedy writer?

  2. 2
    Alison says:

    I just. I can’t even.

    She has GOT to be joking, yeah? Hoping to be hired by The Onion? Last I saw, Palin had crappy approval ratings. And horrible policy ideas. And almost no experience. And certainly no fucking job.


  3. 3
    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    It’s an idea, after all. I saw this quote from the piece at LGM:

    Gay marriage? Palin opposes it. But she is also a strong advocate of states’ rights, and I’m betting she’d be fine with letting states and their voters grapple with the issue on their own. Remember that all of America didn’t swing toward approval of gay marriage on Nov. 6. Three reliably blue states and their voters did. If she were smart, Palin would recruit a member of her impressive gay fanboy base — yes, she has one — to help run her campaign. I nominate Kevin DuJan of the widely read gay conservative blog HillBuzz, a Palin stalwart since 2008.

    The pertinent observation Scott Lemieux offers says it all:

    Hard to see any flaws with this plan. “Sure, she wants to deny my fundamental human rights, but she likes neoconfederate rhetoric and hired a PUMA who’s a dumbshit even by PUMA standards to run her campaign. Sign me up!”

    I’m with you ABL, somebody make it happen.

  4. 4
    hueyplong says:

    Sarah Plain and Stupid won’t be in a position to run for Wasilla dog catcher by 2014. She has less of a chance of securing the GOP nomination than does Bay Buchanan or that bow tie twerp Tucker Carlson.

  5. 5
    rachel says:

    I’m sure running Palin would fix the ‘Conservative Problem’ real good.

    Whose side is Ms. Allen on?

  6. 6
    Liberty60 says:

    I read this yesterday in the LA Times, and the comments are evenly split between those who swear it is satire, and the Palinistas.

    Add my vote to the YES PLEASE! pile.

  7. 7
    Applejinx says:

    Yes please :)

  8. 8
    MattF says:

    I got to the bit where Allen says that Palin would win because she appeals to the low-information voter…

  9. 9
    GregB says:

    Sarah Palin would like to double down on this proposition but the math is too hard.

  10. 10
    Derelict says:

    As Charlie Pierce might say, the Baby Jeebus doesn’t love me enough to make this happen.

    But . . .

    PLEEEEEEZE!!!! Oh, how I want a Palin/Jackson ticket in 2016! In fact, I want it so much that I’ll even donate the maximum amount of cash to that ticket AND I’ll volunteer in their organization (such as it might be).

    It’d be like a 24-7 reality performance sit-com!

  11. 11
    c u n d gulag says:

    OH NO’S!


    Nothing scares me as much as Sarah-mentum running in ’16!

    Maybe with “Pizza” Cain as VP?
    Or Bobby “Exorcist” Jindall!

    That way, by adding some ebony to the female ivory, you’re the very epitomy of multi-cultural.


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    The Dangerman says:

    What an intricate web Ms. Allen weaves.

  13. 13
    g says:

    Boy, the comments at the LA Times article are a fever swamp. There are two hardcore Palinites there who are just delusional. One is arguing that Palin’s academic record is more impressive than President Obama’s – the reason? We haven’t seen Obama’s transcripts. Of course, we haven’t seen Palin’s either. But I’m sure the Communications curriculum at Mat-Su Valley CC was much more academically rigorous than the Poli-Sci department at Columbia.

  14. 14
    MikeBoyScout says:

    Unlike the other 2016 wannabees in the GOP, Mooselini has kept her powder dry and has not attacked Mittens for his “gifts!” rationalization.
    The crazies know it was the moochers who won the election, and Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods has got her finger on the pulse and her hand in the wallet of teh crazies.

  15. 15
    FlipYrWhig says:

    For this to work, she’d need a more seasoned, more thoughtful, more temperate politician in the VP slot. Maybe Rick Perry.

  16. 16
    Sacrablue says:

    @FlipYrWhig: I would think a Palin/Matalin 2016 ticket would be spectacularly appealing to the widest possible electorate.

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    lgerard says:

    How can I help make this happen?

    Fav part:

    If she were smart, Palin would recruit a member of her impressive gay fanboy base — yes, she has one — to help run her campaign. I nominate Kevin DuJan of the widely read gay conservative blog HillBuzz, a Palin stalwart since 2008.

  18. 18

    Given recent photos of her, I’m not 100% sure she’ll still be alive in 2016.

    IMO the lady has taken up meth.

  19. 19
    NonyNony says:

    @c u n d gulag:

    I have to say, on the list of things that would piss off a liberal the Republicans running Sarah Palin ranks very very high.

    Why I can’t think of too many other things that that Republican Party could do that would piss off liberals more than running Sarah Palin.

    Don’t do it Republicans. Don’t run Sarah Palin. Unless you want to have a whole country full of liberals filled with angry yet impotent rage directed at you. Just lots and lots of angry, angry liberals. No happy liberals anywhere. Wouldn’t that be awful?

  20. 20
    quannlace says:

    Can you just imagine the Republican primary of 2016? Or better yet, let’s not. Or best of all, can we just not think about 2016, at least for a couple of months?

  21. 21
    mdblanche says:

    That’s some mighty fine trolling on Allen’s part.

  22. 22
    Jewish Steel says:

    I read someone giving advice somewhere that the GOP should have gone all-in on the crazy in 2012. Tea Party 4 Lyfe Confederate America crazy. Instead, they hedged their bets with a formerly moderate Republican who would talk out of every side of his mouth and a few other orifices besides. Now they are left with a several factions all blaming one another for the loss and no clear picture of who or what is the least appealing part of their party.

    Of course, they’re fucked either way b/c there is no way to add that extra 4% of the population to get them over the top without alienating either the evangelicals or the libertarians or what have you.

    The question for us becomes, how do we peel off even more of their constituency and hasten their appointment with the ash heap of history?

  23. 23
    KG says:

    I hate that we are talking bout 2016, seriously, fuck that. Still, my money is on Huckabee, it’s his if he wants it. If nit Huckabee, then I’m not sure who is next on the “It’s His Turn” list

  24. 24
    NonyNony says:

    @Jewish Steel:

    I read someone giving advice somewhere that the GOP should have gone all-in on the crazy in 2012.

    I for one am shocked and appalled that the Republican response to losing an election would be to shout loudly that they weren’t conservative enough and try to move to the right.

    Shocked. And appalled.

  25. 25
    Ash Can says:

    Dear GOP:

    I am a liberal, and I assure you that nothing, but nothing, would piss me off more than making Sarah Palin your 2016 presidential nominee. Really. In fact, it would set the all-time record for lIberal pIssed-offedness In the entire history of human pIssed-offed-dom. Seriously. So don’t do it. Ever, ever, ever. Because I’d be really, really pissed off. I promise.


    Ash Can

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    Amir Khalid says:

    It makes sense when you think about it. After all, who would appeal the most to low-information voters if not a low-information politician?

  27. 27
    NonyNony says:


    Still, my money is on Huckabee, it’s his if he wants it. If nit Huckabee, then I’m not sure who is next on the “It’s His Turn” list

    Let’s see – who was second place this year.

    Newt Gingrich.

    Nope. They’re not going to do that. They’re going to avoid the “his turn” schtick the next time around. Like they did in 2000 after two successive losses. Bob Dole got his turn in ’96, but then they rejected McCain in favor of a relatively fresh face.

    So the lesson is that in 2016 they’ll run Jeb Bush. Or, heaven help the country, his idiot son George P Bush.

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    Jewish Steel says:

    @NonyNony: As a strategy to cleanse the party of its looney faction you wouldn’t have to work hard to gin up support for a hard right turn.

    Of course, there’s your problem. Cleanse the loonies and you’re looking at electoral slaughter to the tune of whatever 27% of 47% is.

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    suzanne says:

    I think this would be AMAZING. Especially if Michele Bachmann could be her running mate.

    Uh, I mean, that would make me REALLY REALLY PISSY.

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    Applejinx says:

    The fascinating thing about this is that it’s a perfect example of what Tom Wolfe, writing about art, termed ‘disappearing up the fundamental aperture’.

    Namely, tying yourself in such tight crazy knots that you disappear up your own asshole.

    In the Wolfe book, it’s art turning conceptual and disappearing thusly, to emerge as entirely literary Art Criticism with no subject or even observer, just theory alone.

    In this case, it is our political system’s insanity disappearing up its own asshole to (hypothetically) proffer a completely wacky, demented elderly Mean Girl as a potential World Leader. She’s even less competent than Romney. Spectacularly unsafe for reality.

    In doing this, our political system and our media will reinvent themselves as Swiftian satire.

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    mdblanche says:

    @NonyNony: Who even came second in 1996? I don’t think McCain ran that year.

  32. 32
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Charlotte Allen writes for the Weekly Standard.

    Ergo, she has no sense of humor.

    Ergo, this piece is not satire.

  33. 33
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @The Dangerman:

    What an intricate web Ms. Allen weaves.

    Charlotte’s web.

  34. 34
    rikyrah says:

    the idea of Caribou Barbie as anyone’s nominee just cracks me up

  35. 35
    Anoniminous says:

    @Jewish Steel:


    (You’re welcome.)

  36. 36
    Felonius Monk says:

    I thought it would be Palin/Bachmann in 2012, but I guess 2016 would be okay.

    Palin/Bachmann — 2016. Unable, Unstable, & Batshit Crazy.

  37. 37
    Schlemizel says:

    I’m sure running Palin would fix the ‘Conservative Problem’ real good.

    If I thought I could stomach it & actually make it happen I’d even go to the Republican caucuses just to make this happen.

  38. 38
    Schlemizel says:

    @Ash Can:

    Might I add that Sarah Palin scares us liberals to death!

    Yes my dear, dear, conservative friends if you want to piss off liberals and scare us all you simply have to make Mrs. Palin your 2016 standard bearer.

  39. 39
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Felonius Monk:

    Palin/Bachmann—2016. Unable, Unstable, & Batshit Crazy.

    Or …

    Palin/Bachmann –2016. The No-Brainer Ticket!

  40. 40
    Jewish Steel says:

    @Anoniminous: I knew the BJ boffins would be on this!

  41. 41
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    If the GOP ran a Palin/Bachmann ticket, they’d have to go to the Sarah Michele cellar.

  42. 42
    Empty Chair says:

    I eagerly await my debate with Former Governor Palin!!

  43. 43
    Schlemizel says:


    I wonder is it was an attempt at “A Modest Proposal” like sarcasm? Maybe her goal was to terrify the corporate wing; telling them if you don’t get your act together we could get stuck with this!

  44. 44
    Helen says:

    I also think running Sarah is an awesome idea. You know what else is awesome? Faith. Faith will win you elections. If there is one thing the right should take away from the ORCA debacle is that this sciencey mumbo jumbo mathy-like statistics stuff? It doesn’t work. Not at all. Also, too.

  45. 45
    ThatLeftTurnInABQ says:


    Sarah Palin would like to double down on this proposition but the math meth is too hard.

    Have you seen Dear Sarah recently? She looks like she’s been using Grover Norquist’s bathtub for something other than drowning the government in. I’m not sure this nation is really ready for Breaking Bad: On the Campaign Trail, but I suppose we could give it a try.

  46. 46
    Haydnseek says:

    I’ve subscribed to the LA Times for years. Every time they run a Charlotte Allen piece I think: “Hmmmmm…..maybe the Repubs are right about this “liberal media” thing after all…….

  47. 47
    JGabriel says:

    Charlotte Allen:

    Reagan is now revered in bipartisan circles …

    No, Charlotte, he’s really not.


  48. 48
    Felonius Monk says:


    No, Charlotte, he’s really not.

    Oh, come on JGabriel. We libruls lub us some Reagan. We love to beat the shit out of his memory.

  49. 49
    CW in LA says:

    As an LA Times subscriber mostly out of inertia at this point, I can assure y’all that Charlotte Allen is not a comedy writer. Rather, Charlotte Allen is a pious moron. The Times thinks that she, like Max Boot and Jonah Goldberg, has something important to say. I believe it’s “The LA Times sucks ass”.

  50. 50
    Bex says:

    @Ash Can: Please, please whatever you do don’t throw me into the briar patch…

  51. 51
    Alex S. says:

    Well, if the GOP had nominated someone like Bachmann or Santorum the crazy would have lost clearly. Now they can claim that Romney was too moderate and move to the right.

  52. 52
    blingee says:

    Great, 4 more years of reading mistermix masturbatory posts about why he is pretty sure Palin will run for Prez in 2016. Just like he was sure she was going to do it in 2012. All of which indicates he is untethered from reality and doesn’t even know it.

    ABL Vista home edition SP1 isn’t far behind. Don’t even know why she is writing about this. Guess it’s a slow week for people saying dumb stuff that she can immediately call racist.

  53. 53
    TenguPhule says:

    Last I saw, Palin had crappy approval ratings. And horrible policy ideas. And almost no experience. And certainly no fucking job.

    So basically Mitt Romney with less money and more personality?

  54. 54
    Paul in KY says:

    @GregB: That wins my internets for the day.

  55. 55
    JGabriel says:


    If not Huckabee, then I’m not sure who is next on the “It’s His Turn” list

    Paul Ryan.


  56. 56
    Paul in KY says:

    @Ash Can: Best wishes on that :-)

  57. 57

    If DougJ had written this, I’d say good trolling, but this chica’s serious? There ain’t enough popcorn in the quadrant for this event…

  58. 58
    Haydnseek says:

    @CW in LA: I’m not sure, CW. I think the Times might be playing 11 dimensional chess here. Why else would they publish the very bottom of the barrel wingnut columnists when they could be going with such excellent conservative columnists like….uh…….ah…. there’s always…….well shit howdy, looks like you’re absolutely right! Also, too, that inertia thing’s a bitch, ain’t it? Still, next time I get their invoice in the mail, I think it’s gonna be the last one.

  59. 59
    joel hanes says:

    Unrepentant hippies such as myself would perceive a Palin 2016 GOP nomination as an unprecedented punch in the gut, followed by a right cross to the face.

  60. 60
    CW in LA says:

    @KG: Neut, or Frothmeister? Hey, that’s it: Frothy Mix/Palin ’16!

  61. 61
    Paul in KY says:

    @joel hanes: That’s just what we want them to think. Anyone but Sarah!, we can’t beat her!

  62. 62
    Ruckus says:

    @Jewish Steel:
    …who would talk out of every side of his mouth and a few other orifices besides.

    That really is only one orifice. It just sounds like that when one speaks with a head stuffed so firmly up their ass.

  63. 63
    Wolfdaughter says:

    If this is truly an example of this woman’s thought processes, she is seriously out of touch and batshit crazy.

  64. 64
    Seanly says:

    There is some serious grade stupid & serious logical fallacies in that piece.

    A national exit poll conducted by CNN asked voters whether Palin was a factor in their voting. Of those who said yes, 56% voted for McCain versus 43% for Barack Obama.

    Furthermore, Mitt Romney, the GOP’s anointed contender this year, got almost a million fewer votes than McCain did in 2008. (Meanwhile, President Obama, although winning reelection, lost far more voters than the Republicans, with nearly 7 million fewer voters checking his name on their ballots than did in 2008).

    Where to start parsing this heap of garbage? #1 – Palin’s favorables are way, way down from 2008. #2 – She quit her only moderately qualifying position 1/3 of the way into her 2nd term. #3 – She’s a complete idiot & a trainwreck.

  65. 65
    Sargeant Pepper's Spray says:

    Sorry Sarah partisans, but the GOP bosses will shut this down well before Iowa. They’re going to go with a slick shyster like Rubio and the machine will rally behind whomever immediately after New Hampshire. They’ll move heaven and earth to avoid a long primary fight that reveals their true positions on the issues. If it’s Rubio though, I think Hillary would make a very interesting match-up candidate.

  66. 66
    Ruckus says:

    She’s a complete idiot & a trainwreck.
    I don’t think those have ever been disqualifying traits for a politician.

  67. 67
    1badbaba3 says:

    @Jewish Steel: Hang on a minnet, hang on a minnet, you mean to say what we experienced, nay, endured, from the Primaries until 6 Nov, and hell, even now apparently, was them hedging their bets, holding back even? Heavens ta Murgatroyd, what ever will we do when they rise again?

  68. 68
    RepubAnon says:

    To really make this dream Republican Team work, Lynne Cheney needs to be named to the VP slot. The mentally lame led by the morally blind…

  69. 69
    otto says:

    Republicans- A party founded on irony

    Next up on the Republican docket- Everyone knows that our bodies need oxygen… but what if they’re wrong.

  70. 70
    Violet says:

    Hell, why not Victoria Jackson as Palin’s running mate?

    She suggested Allen West as Romney’s running mate. I fully support her choosing Allen West as her running mate. Crazy is as crazy does.

  71. 71
    Violet says:


    Let’s see – who was second place this year.

    How soon we forget. Rick Santorum was second in this year’s Republican primary. It’s His Turn next time.

  72. 72
    Smiling Mortician says:

    @blingee: All the front pagers here really are just one amorphous entity to you, aren’t they?

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    MaryRC says:

    @Schlemizel: Oh, it’s not sarcasm. This is Charlotte Allen. She may be best-known for her Why are flight attendants ugly old women? Men like something cute to look at essay for Independent Women’s Forum, the wingbut blog for gals.

    @lgerard: Oh gosh yes. Kevin of Hillbuzz would be such an asset to anyone’s campaign.

    There’s something oddly frozen-in-time about this op-ed by Charlotte. It could have been written — and frequently was — in December 2008. A lot of grist has passed through the mill since then, Charlotte.

  74. 74
    Schlemizel says:


    I was trying to be nice – I understand someone dropped a house on her sister & she is probably never gotten over that.

  75. 75
    dmsilev says:

    @Violet: Alan Keyes is probably available.

  76. 76
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    I think the last Palin-only thread a couple weeks ago topped out at 98 comments. This one will probably do a bit better, but maybe it’s time for us to admit that Palin is political crack. You know you shouldn’t do it (post a comment), but it’s hard to quit. It rots your brain, dumbs you down, does nothing good for your teeth (‘cuz you end up grinding them in disdain), and ruins a perfectly good coffee buzz. FSM, I’ll be glad once she is seen only on Celebrity Apprentice.

  77. 77
    Violet says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): Oh, god. She is going to be on Celebrity Apprentice, isn’t she? I hadn’t even thought of that, but if the show is still going, she’s just the type that Trump would want.

  78. 78
    Yutsano says:

    @Violet: Speaking of Allen, he was granted a partial recount even though he isn’t entitled to one under Florida law. West will not go gentle in that good night I’m afeared.

  79. 79
    Mike G says:

    I read that article this morning. I figured the LA Times is moving into political performance art on the op-ed page.

    On the other hand, the paper is up for sale; perhaps they’re trying to make themselves more attractive to Australia’s Worst Export, Rupert Murdoch, by dialing up the stupid.

  80. 80
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @ThatLeftTurnInABQ: I’m not quite getting the bathtub reference… do you mean like a bathroom gin still? I sure don’t wanna picture Sarah and the great unshaved monkey (Norquist) bumping uglies in a bathtub.

  81. 81
    Lost in America says:

    Oh MAN I hope the wingnut GOP primary electorate gets the chance to nominate Caribou Barbie! Oh please oh please!

    Talk about a motivator for the democratic GOTV operation!

    Since we couldn’t run against Bachmann in 2012, this is the next best thing!

  82. 82
    danielx says:

    Don’t chase me in the briar patch….puh-leeze!

  83. 83
    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Violet: I’m afeared so, Violet. I’ve never seen the show (don’t have cable, only Netflix), but it’s hard not to have somewhere/somehow encountered Trump’s gaping pie-hole saying, “You’re fired!” Oh, I do bet that that would be a fun TV moment though, wouldn’t it? “Tonight on a very special Celebrity Apprentice…” (Cut to Trump addressing a seated Sarah: “I’m very disappointed in you….”)

  84. 84
    blingee says:

    @Smiling Mortician: No, they all have their little niches of stupid. Cole is the expert on drone stupidity. Mistermix was the expert on Palin stupidity. I think he is trying to find a new niche now. Can’t remember all the horseshit he was writing about during the election because it was such drivel I didn’t pay much attention. I’m sure these ‘rumors’ should give him a woody even though in reality there is less than ZERO chance she would even consider it just like there was less than ZERO in 2012. It just gives blog masturbators like mistermix something to masturbate blog about.

    ABL Vista Home Edition SP1…that’s easy, she sees racism around every corner and in every nook and cranny. The queen of racism stupidity.

    But back to Palin. I really don’t get why the fuck you people (in the Ann Rawmoney condescending sense of ‘you people) are so obsessed with her. She is nothing but full on grifter and her handlers know her niche which is pissing off you people any way she can. Remember Chick-fil-A. As soon as it was obvious the left was all excited about it…BOOM…out comes a picture of her and hubby in a store with a couple bags of chicken.

    That’s her job….to piss off the left and you people (in the Ann sense) fall for it every fucking time.

  85. 85
    1badbaba3 says:

    Upon further reflection, I concur with my liberal comrades in saying what an horrendous idea it is to run Sarah Palin in 2016. I cannot imagine a more disturbing scenario than that of the GreatPalin barnstorming the country with running mate Herb Cain or Allen West bringin’ that plain talkin’ directly to ‘rill America, not through the lamestream liberal media. The very thought gives me a great big sad. Don’t do it, because if you do George Soros, George Clooney, Al Gore, and Van Jones will be very, very angry.

    Very angry, indeed.

  86. 86
    IM says:


    Forget, it Jake. It’s the permanent campaign.

  87. 87
    FlipYrWhig says:

    @mdblanche: I hadn’t remembered either. Here’s Wikipedia on the Republican primaries from 1996. Who were the runners-up? Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes.

  88. 88
    Sister Machine Gun of Quiet Harmony says:

    Palin/Trump 2016, because you have to have a rich white guy on the ticket.

  89. 89
    Ajaye says:

    Please Proceed Governor, proceed. Pretty please!

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @blingee: I think we’re all pretty much having a good chuckle at Sarah’s expense. I know I’m not taking her blather seriously. Nor do I see any of ABL’s supposed “racist stupidity” in this post. Take a chill pill, dude.

  91. 91
    FlipYrWhig says:

    I just about guarantee that Ted Cruz runs for president. He’s an absolute whackadoo who the True Conservatives will fall in love with.

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    Yutsano says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): It’s just Durf being Durf. Pay him no mind. Some day he’ll defeat that vile woman dontchaknow!

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    Smiling Mortician says:

    @blingee: Thanks for the lecture. Unfortunately for your thesis, I’m pretty sure that in just a moment I will be typing for the very first time on this blog the name Palin.

    Ooh, now I’ve typed it. I must be obsessed.

  94. 94
    IM says:

    @CW in LA:

    And I still think Max Boot is just a porn pseudonym.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @Alison: That’s exactly why she would make the perfect Rethug Presidential candidate in 2016.

    Go Palin! Looking forward to President Hilary Clinton in 2016. Really hope she runs.

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    1badbaba3 says:

    @blingee: Actually we are obsessed with *your* obsessions. : )

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    IM says:


    There’s something oddly frozen-in-time about this op-ed by Charlotte. It could have been written—and frequently was—in December 2008. A lot of grist has passed through the mill since then, Charlotte.

    At the end of the day, so what? It is still a easy meal ticket.

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    dmsilev says:

    Speaking of professional grifters, Ars Technica continues their deep dive into the Romney fail-whale IT operation, and finds some interesting things. Like 1/3 of the total Romney IT budget went to “campaign finance compliance software” from a company owned and operated by former Romney campaign people. And that they got a large swath of their IT services from Best Buy and Staples.

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    blingee says:

    @Smiling Mortician: Yes, ABL’s post and all the comments are all about YOU…and what has everyone done for or said about YOU.

    ha…thanks for the chuckle at your expense.

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    CW in LA says:

    @MaryRC: Charlotte Allen herself has an oddly frozen-in-time quality. Her basic schtick is being perpetually cheesed off that we’re not living in the wingnut fantasy version of 1954.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @NonyNony: I would be a VERY HAPPY liberal if the Rethugs were stupid enough to run Palin. That would make my decade! Conservatives may be infatuated with Palin because she’s “pretty”, but apart from their bubble, Palin is dead on arrival as a serious candidate for any national office.

    One of my friends who voted for McCain in 2008 won’t even let me bring up Palin’s name in her presence. She literally grimaces when I mention her name. I guess the embarrassment is too much.

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    IM says:

    Now I am dreaming:

    A Palin/West ticket fsacing a…

    Pelosi/Sanders ticket

    and losing.

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @Yutsano: I had to look up “durf”… never heard that term before! Oh, we are clever monkeys with language though. Always able to come up with a term for just about everything! Is “santorum” actually named after good ol’ Rick, or is that just a happy coincidence?

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    Yutsano says:

    @dmsilev: Well that UNLIMITED CORPORATE CASH!! wasn’t going to spend itself…

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): For that we thank Dan Savage.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @blingee: So stop reading BJ then. It’s beneath you.

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    Mike G says:

    @CW in LA:

    Her basic schtick is being perpetually cheesed off that we’re not living in the wingnut fantasy version of 1954.

    That’s the basic schtick of millions of angry geezers across the US. Much like Fox, she’s found a lucrative career in catering to and perpetuating their fantasies.

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    Kyle says:


    So the Repuke IT operation was as stupid, arrogant and clueless and as geared towards grifting as the rest of the party. Big surprise.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Kyle: You do have to be impressed by the thoroughness and pervasiveness of the grifting operation. Very efficient.

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    xian says:

    @FlipYrWhig: he also sets off my gaydar

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    xian says:

    @1badbaba3: it is amusing how often one-note trolls try to project obsession onto everyone else

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @xian: I know a guy who knew him in college. Had lots of stories about him, but none like that.

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    xian says:

    @West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.): no, Yutsano is referring to one of the troll’s former handles, Derf I think it was (like Fred backwards). Its compulsjons are so consistent and familiar that every time it changes its handle it reveals itself again instantly.

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    xian says:

    @FlipYrWhig: he’s probably not gay but there is something queenie about his self-presentation that brings to mind La Cage. this is neither here nor there, of course.

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    Fake Irishman says:

    Jennifer Rubin should be a Palin administration’s press secretary

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    jonas says:

    First off, holy shit please let Republicans take this seriously. Speaking for all the Democrats and Obama supporters here, let me just say that *stifled giggle* the idea of Sarah Palin makes me quake *stifled giggle* in my effete, liberal (and fabulous!) boots.

    Aside from that — just between us girls — how fucking lazy is this column? What editor didn’t just crumple it up, throw it back at Ms. Allen, and say “see me when you decide to write something serious?” I mean, what would anyone say about somebody writing a column after a major Democratic defeat entitled “Where have all the Paul Tsongas’s Gone?” How pathetic is your political movement, when even the people concern trolling you have given up?

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @xian: My friend who knew him in college (Princeton), roughly 25 years ago, said he was extremely awkward and uptight, and had books about how liberals were Satanic. And I remember my friend telling stories in real time about this truly weird dude. I only put two and two together last year.

    Sometimes it feels like wingnuts are putting on an act because there’s a career in it. That’s not the story with Cruz. He’s authentically loopy.

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    Lojasmo says:


    LOL. Pat Buchanan.

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    Lojasmo says:


    STFU, Moocher.

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    Lojasmo says:


    West’s opponent picked up a couple hundred votes in the recount. West is done.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Lojasmo: Check this out. It’s a mere ‘WOLVERINES!’ away from Peak Wingnut.

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    Triassic Sands says:

    Palin in 2016. What a great idea. It is vital for the well-being of the US and the entire planet that the GOP disappear and self-destruction seems the fastest, most reliable route.

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    Yutsano says:

    @dmsilev: I admit it. I LOLed. They will go to their graves saying West wuz robbed!!

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    1badbaba3 says:

    @jonas: What the fuck else do they got? Will they dazzle us with their laser focus on jobs, or their successful economic policies? Or wow us with their impressive list of accomplishments over the past three decades? They are at the butt-end of a 30 year period from their peak. They have come to hate every leader they’ve had since Ray-gun, and not just a mild dislike, I mean get-out-of-town-one-step-ahead-of-the-law type loathing. The only reason guys like Newty and Frothy get to come back is because they really think it pisses us off. And it does, because they’re asswipes and colossal dicks. But they are more toxic to their side than they are effective against ours. Ditto with Palin. The more attention she gets the better. Put her out there, right in the surveyor sights, and watch her do her thing. If you thought she was a handful in ’08, before she got a taste of fame on the international stage, she ought to be a joy to deal with now.

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    RaflW says:

    Ms. Allen’s piece is so fantastic I want to gay-marry it.

    Or at least stash a pdf of it on my computer. The clanging sound of closed-mind thinking here is delish and delightful.

    Such a fun little find for a Sunday.

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    blingee says:

    @Patricia Kayden: Thanks for the advice. I will give it the time and consideration it deserves.

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    LD50 says:

    @FlipYrWhig: No can do, Cruz was born in Canada. HE MIUST BE SOME KIND OF SOSHULIST

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    West of the Rockies (formerly Frank W.) says:

    @xian: Oh, I see… It’s sort of like how everyone could spot Political Observer no matter how often he changed his name:


    I wonder if anyone’s written a dissertation on the psychological make-up of a troll. There has to be several varieties, don’t you think: the masochistic, please, sir, may I have another? variety, the I’m important because I am writing in all CAPS! variety, etc.

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    MaryRC says:

    @Schlemizel:Ha! To tell you the truth my first thought was that this article was an attempt at satire or sarcasm but then I saw the byline and realised it was Charlotte Allen. That link links to the other article she’s probably best known for: Us chicks are so dumb, aren’t we, tee hee. She did claim later that she was trying to be funny in that one.

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