Open Thread: R-MILF on the Clearance Table

So much for that vaunted GOP loyalty. From Slate:

It turns out that while Fox News did offer Palin a new contract to keep the former vice-presidential candidate on staff, “it would be hard to describe it as a generous contract,” reports the Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz. Although Kurtz doesn’t go into details, he says the new contract would have provided “only a fraction of the million-dollar-a-year salary” that she had been receiving.

When Fox News snapped up Palin in 2009 she was a great commodity. Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes straight out told the Associated Press he hired her because “she was hot and got ratings.” Her influence since then has markedly decreased, with Palin even taking to Facebook during the Republican National Convention to complain that Fox News had canceled her scheduled interviews. Now she is splitting from Fox News at a time when the influence of the Tea Party movement is declining and Republican leaders are calling on party members to stop saying things that make people turn away from the GOP, notes the National Journal

The NYTimes reports that Palin has been reduced to giving interviews to the sad ‘media empire” remnant Breitbart.com:

Ms. Palin didn’t mention Fox by name, nor did the person who asked her questions, Stephen K. Bannon, the maker of a hagiographical documentary about her. When she praised “voices on the right” for standing up to Washington politicians, she mentioned the radio talk show hosts Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh by name, but no Fox hosts like Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. The slights are sure to be noticed by both supporters and detractors of Ms. Palin who wondered on Friday whether she’d chosen to leave the high-rated cable channel.

When asked “what’s next” for her, she said, “I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism. That means broadening our audience.” She said she was “taking my own advice,” an apparent reference to her separation from Fox.

“As far as long-term plans, the door is wide open,” Ms. Palin added. “I know the country needs more truth-telling in the media, and I’m willing to do that. So, we shall see.”

Her comment suggested an interest in getting signed up by one of Fox’s competitors. But no specific channel or media company has been mentioned in the news reports about her departure.

Could not happen to a more deserving grifter. Maybe we’ll be fortunate enough that Palin will lead the Breitbrats in a crusade against Fox News, which would have all the comic potential of Victoria Jackson declaring jihad on Gallagher.

Apart from mocking our enemies, what’s on the agenda for the end of the weekend?

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118 replies
  1. 1
    jp7505a says:

    SARAH WHO??????????

  2. 2
    redshirt says:

    Oh yeah, Victoria Jackson. So sad, so deluded.

    Enjoying the heat wave up here in Maine – it’s 20 degrees, with only 0 degree windchills. Thawing out!

  3. 3
    Yutsano says:

    I may not forgive you for that post title…

    After a long ass two weeks and deciding to work a half shift yesterday (overtime, WOOT!) I am now an officially fried critter. I might get stuff done today. I might not. I’m forgiving myself in either circumstance.

  4. 4
    Peregrinus says:

    A bit of playing Crusader Kings II, some actual work (those midterms aren’t going to grade themselves!) and later, a glorious feast of wild rice, roasted butternut squash, and pork chops.

  5. 5
    rikyrah says:

    she was always a grifter. nothing more. nothing less.

  6. 6
    Trinity says:

    May we be lucky enough to never hear from this woman again.

  7. 7
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    It turns out that while Fox News did offer Palin a new contract to keep the former vice-presidential candidate on staff, “it would be hard to describe it as a generous contract,”

    Oh, how many flash-in-the-pan faded TV stars could have told her to take the smaller money and shitcan some of her entourage. And yet the man who wanted to put the Shelley Long of politics a heartbeat away from the Presidency is still treated as a modern day Demosthenes by the likes of Jake Tapper.

  8. 8
    Maude says:

    There’s something to do other than mock enemies?
    I brushed my hair. Done for the day.

  9. 9
    Ben Franklin says:

    National Security.

    ‘Nuff said…

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-po.....ve-on-you/

  10. 10
    Emdee says:

    Although Kurtz doesn’t go into details, he says the new contract would have provided “only a fraction of the million-dollar-a-year salary” that she had been receiving.

    This phrasing drives me nuts, because all amounts of money, mathematically speaking, are fractions. Did they offer her 50% more money? That’s a fraction! (3/2, to be specific.) 110/100 is a fraction. 80/100 is a fraction. “Offered a fraction of the previous amount” tells you exactly nothing, which I acknowledge is a Kurtz speciality, but still. If he means “a small fraction” or “a significant pay reduction,” that’s what he should say.

    (Insert your own joke about any pay Palin receives being an irrational number here.)

  11. 11
    Schlemizel says:

    Was listening to Nice Polite Republican radio on the way home a couple minutes ago.

    They are reporting that the President told the NR during his interview that control advocates need to listen the the opposition more.

    I now have to replace my car radio and the boot I totally destroyed removing the radio from my car.

    WTF is the matter here? Has the NRA/gun fetishist ever made a point worth listening to? Would the listening lead to some great and good compromise? J. Zeus farging Christy – there is no fucking hope.

  12. 12
    cyntax says:

    Lesson planning and grading (of homework, not essays). And gotta do something for lunch.

    Though with the weather sunny and in the mid-fifties, I’m tempted to put something on the grill. At least global warming helps me get the most out of my BBQ.

  13. 13
    Schlemizel says:

    @Emdee:

    What “only a fraction” implies is that it was a much smaller amount. Yes, 5/3rd’s is a fraction but its not the kind the generates “only a fraction” comments.

    What Howie was suggesting is that it was a lot less. But really, even if it were only 100k what else is this cow going to do to make that kind of money? Meth?

  14. 14
    honeybooboo says:

    A good grifter knows when it’s time to cut bait. Not saying she is all that good at grifting either. Hopefully she does not invest that pile of cash very wisely and we will soon be reading about her legal troubles trying to get away from the debt collectors.

  15. 15
    Ben Franklin says:

    I want to know when this bitch files to run for public office.

    Ortiz, 57, also came under fire this week for her attempt to seize a family-owned motel in Tewksbury, Mass., for allegedly facilitating drug crimes, despite ample evidence that the owners worked closely with local police. In a stinging rebuke, U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith Dein tossed out the case yesterday, siding with the motel owners — represented by the public-interest law firm Institute for Justice — and noting (PDF) that prosecutors had alleged a mere “15 specific drug-related incidents” over a 14-year period during which “the Motel Caswell rented out approximately 196,000 rooms.”

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1357.....port-says/

  16. 16
    AA+ Bonds says:

    Well!

    Here’s your ‘Pic of the Day’, courtesy of FoxNation. Sunday-themed! They’re trying!

  17. 17
    Chris says:

    Jeebus. Doesn’t she already have enough money salted away from the last four years of grift? Just retire on a Caribbean island somewhere and enjoy it.

    (Must be a testament to my middle class background, but I’ve never understood what moves super-rich people to constantly need more, more more. It’s one of the many things about wingnuts that I can understand intellectually – “they’re greedy,” “what do people with money want? More money!” – but can’t imagine how people end up like that).

  18. 18
    Peregrinus says:

    @Emdee:

    On the other hand, linguistically speaking, “fraction” means “a breaking” and was originally used (among other things) for the dividing of the Eucharist at Mass.

  19. 19
    stinger says:

    Oh, you know, ban all guns, replace the Constitution with sharia law, promote teh gay in public schools — the usual.

  20. 20
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Schlemizel: They are reporting that the President told the NR during his interview that control advocates need to listen the the opposition more.

    Here’s what he actually said on guns

    Well, in our comments today, I was very explicit about believing that the Second Amendment was important, that we respect the rights of responsible gun owners. In formulating our plans, Joe Biden met with a wide range of constituencies, including sportsmen and hunters.
    So much of the challenge that we have in our politics right now is that people feel as if the game here in Washington is completely detached from their day-to-day realities. And that’s not an unjustifiable view. So everything we do combines both a legislative strategy with a broad-based communications and outreach strategy to get people engaged and involved, so that it’s not Washington over here and the rest of America over there. […]
    Part of being able to move this forward is understanding the reality of guns in urban areas are very different from the realities of guns in rural areas. And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that.

  21. 21
    monkeyfister says:

    The Breitbrat microsphere of commenters, and about 1/3 of FreeRepublic are the last of her “base.” Whirled Nuts Daily might pay her to scribble some nonsense for them, but then, writing in the English Language has never been her strong suit. She’s always done better on video, shooting out word salads for her admirers to fap to.

  22. 22
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Chris: She’s the sole source of income for three, maybe four generations, and Palins don’t do birth control.

  23. 23
    Chris says:

    I encourage others to step out in faith, jump out of the comfort zone, and broaden our reach as believers in American exceptionalism. That means broadening our audience.

    “We need to step out of our comfort zone and keep repeating the same shibboleths we’ve been clinging to for the last fifty years, which will totally inspire other people to join us in our comfort zone!”

    Knock yourself out, lady.

    I know the country needs more truth-telling in the media,

    Yes it does.

    and I’m willing to do that.

    No you’re not.

    So, we shall see

    I tremble with anticipation.

  24. 24
    redshirt says:

    @Chris: There’s no liquidity, man!

  25. 25
    Violet says:

    I’m heading out to work in the garden. We’re having spring-like weather here. It’s lovely. I have a lot to do to clear out last fall’s plants that I’ve studiously ignored. Supposed to get a cold snap later this week, but I’m crossing my fingers our freezes are done for the season. We’ll see.

  26. 26
    Hungry Joe says:

    @Emdee: “A fraction” has come to mean “a small fraction.” When the amount in question is more than that, people say “a large percentage” or “a large percent.”

    But it drives me nuts, too; invariably I shout at the radio something like, “Oh, really? What fraction is that — sixty-one eighty-sevenths? Two three-hundred-and-thirty-ninths?”

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    quannlace says:

    about 1/3 of FreeRepublic are the last of her “base.” Whirled Nuts Daily might pay her to scribble some nonsense

    Don’t forget Tucker Carlson.

  28. 28
    Punchy says:

    Her chest had a longer shelf life (cough) than she did.

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    Peregrinus says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    I think the mathematical use (as in a ratio of numerator/denominator) is newer than the word being used to refer to a part of something. That said, unless I can pay for a trip back to Merry Olde England around the 15th century, I can’t be sure.

  30. 30
    redshirt says:

    Serious question: Are there new Republican stars being created to replace the fallen? Palin was a big player for a while. Anyone stepping up in her place?

    Am I wrong in judging that the luster has dimmed from all the Right Wing stars these days, and over the past few years? After a high mark in 2010?

    Rush – greatly weakend.
    Fox – fading
    Boortz – retired!
    Palin – has been
    Rove – Mocked rather than feared
    Beck – in the wastelands.

    Alex Jones has stepped up to fill the void, I suppose. A sure sign of our immanent recovery as a country.

  31. 31
    eemom says:

    R-MILF on the Clearance Table

    omg, I MUST marry this post title and bear its children.

    The perfect epitaph for all that is Palin.

    Nicely done AL.

  32. 32
    cathyx says:

    Now I understand why I read that she quit and that she was fired. She was offered such low pay that she quit, but was in essence fired.

  33. 33
    Violet says:

    @redshirt: Their pundits all seem to be old white guys. There’s the weird FreedomWorks guy–Matt something, I think. He’s got odd facial hair. I don’t think he’s a star, but at least he’s under 40.

  34. 34
    Hungry Joe says:

    @Chris:

    I’ve never understood what moves super-rich people to constantly need more, more more.

    Just about everybody wants more, more, more. There’s no Powerball here in California, so when the prize gets up into the hundreds of millions of $$ people drive to Nevada to buy lottery tickets. See, winning $20 million or $43 million in the California lottery would be kind of so-so, only worth a trip to the liquor store to take a shot at it. But hundreds of millions! Now, that would make a real difference in my life! Let’s drive three hours to Yuma and make it happen!

    I am a long, long way from understanding this.

  35. 35
    dmsilev says:

    @Chris:

    Jeebus. Doesn’t she already have enough money salted away from the last four years of grift? Just retire on a Caribbean island somewhere and enjoy it.

    You don’t understand. Fox told her that her gross salary was one million dollars, but that after Obama’s tax hikes on the rich the net was only $19.45.

    And she believed them.

  36. 36
    Mike in NC says:

    @Chris: Apparently a lot of people do believe the saying “You can never be too rich or too thin”.

  37. 37
    HinTN says:

    @monkeyfister: Is this the gardener from west TN? Where have you been?

  38. 38
    Violet says:

    @cathyx: Palin would have been better off taking the money. Where else is Grifterella going to get money? Even her fans are disillusioned.

  39. 39
    cathyx says:

    @Violet: Maybe her new job description included cleaning the bathrooms and emptying the trash cans.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Sarah Palin is an unqualified buffoon who owes her prominence to John McCain’s moment of madness in 2008. One could imagine Fox News offering her an insultingly low salary precisely to signal that it was time she took her grift someplace else: “This is what you’re worth to us, take it or leave it.” It’s sad that it’s taken this long to haul her off the stage, but better late than never.

    And, since we should always try to say something nice about people, we do have her to thank for the most politically significant work of Tina Fey’s career.

  41. 41
    Redshift says:

    @Chris:

    Jeebus. Doesn’t she already have enough money salted away from the last four years of grift?

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Remember how the McCain campaign went nuts over her insane spending? She grifts because she loves to buy stuff. She’s like a lottery winner, only she sincerely believes that she is destined to keep getting winning tickets. I doubt that saving has been high on her agenda these past few years.

  42. 42
    Schlemizel says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Thats a hell of a lot better than the clowns on NPR reported. I should know better than to get too excited too soon. I’ll have to read the whole interview but crapola there shouldn’t be that big a difference between what he said & what they report. WHat pisses me off most is I have to read something from NR

  43. 43
    Violet says:

    @cathyx: Ha! I hadn’t thought of that.

    I think she’ll show up on Survivor. Mark Burnett produced her reality show. I think she’ll stoop that low when she has to.

  44. 44
    cckids says:

    @Hungry Joe:

    when the prize gets up into the hundreds of millions of $$ people drive to Nevada to buy lottery tickets.

    They must drive to Arizona, not Nevada, it is illegal to sell lottery tickets here. Everyone in Vegas drives down to Kingman, or to some tiny dive bars a few miles past Hoover Dam on the AZ side.

    Quibbling, I know, but I’ve always found it weird that NV won’t do lottery.

  45. 45
    Schlemizel says:

    @Schlemizel:

    FUCK! Not only did I have to click on NRO but I found NPR was not wrong:

    So it’s trying to bridge those gaps that I think is going to be part of the biggest task over the next several months. And that means that advocates of gun control have to do a little more listening than they do sometimes.

    Fuck that – as I asked in my original post – would listening to those inflamed assholes lead to any great and good compromise? Would listening to them help bridge the gap when they refuse to budge from a radical position?

    Fuck that shit. I am tired of playing nice with those assholes. They take our kindness and reasonableness as a sign of weakness not as a sign of humanity.

  46. 46
    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Schlemizel: Heh. TNR is still very Village-y, but I think it’s improved enormously since Marty Peretz has been relegated to a blog. I’d love to see the traffic on his blog compared to the rest of the online mag.

  47. 47
    Hungry Joe says:

    @cckids: You mean Yuma isn’t in Nevada?

    My so very bad — I was thinking Arizona and I typed Nevada.

  48. 48
    xian says:

    @Emdee: it implies a small fraction, less than half I’d say, probably no more than 1/4.

  49. 49
    xian says:

    @Schlemizel: he said “gun owners,” not the NRA.

  50. 50
    Davis X. Machina says:

    @Peregrinus: We need to go back to using ‘moiety’ more….

  51. 51
    ruemara says:

    Meh. Boring stupid dumb Princess of the Galtian Eskimos and Iced Tea Party is boring.

    Thread needs more cookie.

    Apologies to Jeffrey for stealing his schtick.

  52. 52
    xian says:

    @Chris: probably spending it even faster

  53. 53
    Shalimar says:

    @Violet: Matt Kibbe is 49, so not quite under 40.

  54. 54
    JPL says:

    Sarah needs more exposure than Breitbart can give her. I wouldn’t be surprised if she ran for Senator. Of course, since she quit during the middle of her term as Governor, people might think twice before electing her.

  55. 55
    Violet says:

    @Shalimar: Is he really? Wow, I’d never have guessed. Maybe the weird facial hair and hipster glasses threw me off. Well, there’s another not-quite-young white guy, then.

  56. 56
    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    @Chris: It is about keeping score, the phrases “Who dies with the most toys, wins” is their motto. Also if you are not gaining you are losing, is their code. Publicity is her cocaine, the withdrawal is going to be a sight to behold.

  57. 57
    Violet says:

    @JPL: Her approval ratings in Alaska were terrible the last time I looked. Don’t know who else they’ve got up there, though. Murkowski detests Palin, so I wouldn’t expect much help from that quarter. In fact I’d suspect there would be some behind the scenes dealings to hurt Palin’s chances.

  58. 58
    Peregrinus says:

    @Davis X. Machina:

    Now there’s a term I’m still having trouble understanding.

    @Schlemizel:

    As xian said in #49, Obama’s talking about gun owners, not the NRA. I know gun owners who are NRA members and gun owners who aren’t. The latter still disagree with a goodly part of gun control or gun safety legislation but are usually willing to hear the specifics. The former you just can’t converse with, period, because the NRA has so thoroughly suffused them.

  59. 59
    xian says:

    @Peregrinus: or to the merry old OED

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    Yutsano says:

    @JPL: Ohpleaseohpleaseohplease let her challenge Begich. That would be an epic battle for the ages that may just end in tears for our dear Sarah.

    EDIT: Or better yet, primary Murkowski. That would be even moar fun!

  61. 61
    redshirt says:

    @Violet: OOoo! I like this call. Sarah on Survivor would be awesome. Though I suspect she’d quit before day 9, tops.

  62. 62
    xian says:

    @Amir Khalid: actually, Walnuts may have ended up sparing us Palin by “forcing the spring.” Imagine how she might have fared in the 2012 GOP primaries had she not run with McCain?

  63. 63
    Violet says:

    Palin’s approval ratings in Alaska in October 2011:

    A new poll out Monday shows the number of people holding a positive view of Ms. Palin falling to 29% in September, a decline from 39% in mid-June. It had hovered in the 40% range for much of the past 18 months.

    29% is awfully close to the magic number. Of course that was awhile ago so things could have changed for the better. But it’s not like she’s been doing much to improve her stature and reputation in the state. Getting booted from Fox probably isn’t going to help her.

  64. 64
    xian says:

    @Shalimar: stupid glibertarian Deadheads…

    said the social-democrat Dead Head of the same vintage

  65. 65
    Bobby Thomson says:

    Easy does it there. Too much Palin on the table imagery and we won’t be able to hear over Rich Lowry’s fapping.

  66. 66
    cathyx says:

    For her to run for Senate, she would need to establish herself in a red state that has a lot of people who would back her. And she has to live there I think 2 years before she can run. Not sure if she’s still loved enough in Alaska to run there.

  67. 67
    Violet says:

    @cathyx: She bought a house in Arizona awhile ago. Speculation was that she was establishing residency to run for McCain’s seat when he retires. I guess she could still do that. That might be kind of fun to watch. Just how hard would McCain campaign for her to replace him in the Senate? Bwahahahaha.

  68. 68
    ruemara says:

    @Violet: You did see that thread about Lautenberg/Booker in Jersey? That times ELEVENTY!!!111!! Yeah, I would love to see me some of that.

  69. 69
    Maude says:

    @ruemara:
    Booker has gone iffy on gun control. He was pro gun control, now is he wavering.

  70. 70
    ruemara says:

    @Maude: It’s all about the electoral pander.

  71. 71
    marcopolo says:

    So my only friend who dabbles in T-Party crap just posted this to her FB page:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded

    Basically, crazy people are claiming the military is now asking officers if they will condone shooting American citizens. Here is the Snopes page in regards to the claim:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics.....tizens.asp

    I have been totally patient with this friend but this may just about do it for me.

  72. 72
    Violet says:

    @ruemara: Yep. Would be awesome.

    Someone in a previous thread suggested she might end up with the NRA. Wouldn’t surprise me if she became their spokesmodel. She could rail about “you can take this gun from my cold, dead, manicured hands” with the best of them. NRA-types would love her.

  73. 73
    RobertDSC-iMac G5 says:

    Count me as one of the few who would buy as much of R-MILF at clearance prices as I possibly could. LOL.

    Great post title.

  74. 74
    JPL says:

    @Violet: McCain won’t retire. He has no where to go and nothing to do. The half term governor might not have to explain why she quit office if she ran in AZ. If it did come up, she could just say she was saving the state money from future lawsuits.

  75. 75
    catclub says:

    @Emdee: Well maybe they offered her
    pi/12 of her salary which is not a rational number – hence not a fraction.

  76. 76
    Violet says:

    @JPL: Yeah, I don’t think he’ll retire either. But he’ll have to be re-elected if he doesn’t retire. I’d love to see Palin primary him. There isn’t enough popcorn in the world if that happened.

  77. 77
    Violet says:

    @catclub: If it’s not a rational number, that fits Palin perfectly.

  78. 78
    Trakker says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    Obama: And if you grew up and your dad gave you a hunting rifle when you were ten, and you went out and spent the day with him and your uncles, and that became part of your family’s traditions, you can see why you’d be pretty protective of that.

    Yeah? So who on the gun control side has EVER threatened to take legitimate hunting rifles away from sportsmen? No one, but here Obama implies it is the gun control “zealots” who are the nuts here.

    I’ve spent almost 40 years listening to sportsmen who, when push comes to shove, have invariably supported the NRA (until maybe a month ago), and they’ve said nothing worth listening to.

  79. 79
    Peregrinus says:

    @xian:

    Had to use my uni NetID to get in and search the MOOED, but allow me to eat some crow as the two uses are 38 years apart. I still think the Romans used another term, but I wouldn’t know as I’m no expert on Roman science and math. Just obscenity.

  80. 80
    Ben Franklin says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    No, here’s what he said…

    President Obama says he regularly skeet shoots at Camp David and called on gun-control proponents to “do a little more listening” to gun owners in the national debate over firearms.

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-.....z2JD8dadZh
    Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook

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    xian says:

    @Trakker: no, he says to listen to those people, and not simply dismiss their point of view. standard-issue persuasive politics.

  82. 82
    redshirt says:

    @Violet: OMG! You’re totally in my head today. Palin primarying McCain in AZ would be UNLIMITED POPCORN! Bookmark it, libtards.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @ruemara:

    Thread needs more cookie.
    Apologies to Jeffrey for stealing his schtick.

    Jeffreyw would have written “Thread needs moar cookeh.”

    I have to say, btw, that Flying Elvii thing looks delicious. But I will never know because I will never eat anything involving peanuts or peanut butter.

  84. 84
    PurpleGirl says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    And, since we should always try to say something nice about people, we do have her to thank for the most politically significant work of Tina Fey’s career.

    Sir, well done. Where would you like your internets sent?

  85. 85
    Amir Khalid says:

    @Violet:
    As I remember, she claimed to be an experienced hunter. Then she demonstrated on her TV show a complete lack of firearms skills. I’m sure all that will make her the perfect spokesperson for the NRA.

  86. 86
    PurpleGirl says:

    @cckids: Does the gaming lobby see it as competition for the gambling and the cas*nos don’t want to lose the customers to the lottery?

  87. 87
    JWL says:

    Palin cooked her own goo$e when she failed to announce her withdrawal as a 2012 candidate on FOX.

  88. 88
    Hungry Joe says:

    @xian:

    actually, Walnuts may have ended up sparing us Palin by “forcing the spring.” Imagine how she might have fared in the 2012 GOP primaries had she not run with McCain?

    Had she not run with McCain no one outside of Alaska would have heard of her. She might’ve even served out her full term as gov, since she’d have had nothing else going for her.

  89. 89

    at a time when the influence of the Tea Party movement is declining

    No, it’s not. It’s a time of buyer’s remorse for television personalities – both officially and unofficially Republican. The lipstick may have worn off the pig, but you still married it.

  90. 90
    Ted & Hellen says:

    Annie, has your increasing tendency to post in the voice and manner of DougJ been intentional or subconscious in origin?

    You used to be a much more independent thinker/writer.

    Oh well…echo chamber gotta echo…

  91. 91
    Anne Laurie says:

    @Davis X. Machina:

    We need to go back to using ‘moiety’ more….

    Flashback: First time I ever saw that word was in a Pogo strip, where one character says another “has lost his meager moiety of marbles”

    To which, of course, his friend replies, “Years ago.”

  92. 92
    Schlemizel says:

    @xian:

    Gun owners are not the problem – the NRA is. As long as “gun owners” do not repudiate the NRA in public and at the voting booth there is no difference. I am a gun owner & nobody is listening when I say we need stricter gun laws.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Asshole’s gotta spew shit.

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    Mandalay says:

    @Emdee:

    “Offered a fraction of the previous amount” tells you exactly nothing, which I acknowledge is a Kurtz speciality, but still. If he means “a small fraction” or “a significant pay reduction,” that’s what he should say.

    I suspect the reason that Kurtz is so shy is because he knows no more than we do about the offer made to Palin.

    But he is the self-appointed go-to guy for media issues, so to maintain credibility he has to pretend that he knows. So he makes the vague and plausible assumption that she was offered “a fraction of the previous amount”, and then presents it as a fact, safe in the knowledge that neither Fox nor Palin can call him on his lie.

    And thus the Village’s media king lives to rule for another day.

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    Aries Moon says:

    I would love to see Palin installed on MSNBC as a conservative punching bag strawman. For example, she could occasionally pop on to Rachel Maddow’s show or Lawrence O’Donnell’s show as a foil, setting up the latest tea talking points for them to knock down.

    Delicious.

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    mir13 says:

    Since she is more into reality shows than formulatin’ policy, not hard to see more of them in her future. Oh, she’ll tease about ’16, she saw how Gnewt and St. Santorum came back form the dead. There’s a gold mine in fake campaigns, just ask Mitt’s entourage.

    I just wonder how long it will be before Faux puts a ‘D’ after her name on the Chyron.

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    Johnnybuck says:

    But as I leave you I want you to know…. just think how much you’re going to be missing. You don’t have Princess Dumbass of the Northwoods to kick around any more

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    Chyron HR says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    Hey, Tim. Still mad at NASA and their blasphemous Hubble Telescope? Or have you come here today to restate your compelling “We don’t need gun control, we need nigger control” argument?

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    Amir Khalid says:

    @jp7505a:
    Sarah blithely serving word salad in the foreground, and a guy slaughtering turkeys in the background. That was a performance worthy of Michael Palin, except for the unintentional comedy.

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    Silva says:

    The recent strike busting by the government in Greece is interesting.
    http://www.wsws.org/en/article.....e-j26.html
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worl.....tro-strike

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    mir13 says:

    @Amir Khalid: A classic, to be sure. I also love the Vice President is in charge of the Senate bit. Tina Fey cannot possibly keep up with how preternaturally stupid that woman is. Exponentially stupid.

    @Chyron HR: Oh sure, blame the black guys.

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    Kathy in St. Louis says:

    The “step out in faith” line may give us some idea of where she is heading. You know, she is very religious, as I remember, from her snake handling at a church in Wasilla before she became a candidate for VP. It would be a natural progression, since these politicians all wear their religion on their sleeves. She can become a self-ordained minister and wear her politics on her sleeve. She and co-charlatan, Glenn Beck, can put together a combination of fear, religion, and politics good enough to make even the most low information of right wingers feel that he or she is being victimized by the government.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Chyron HR:

    Your projected racism is something you really ought to examine.

    Why don’t you check the NASA site? I’m sure they have more of their pretty paintings posted for you to enjoy.

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    S. cerevisiae says:

    I’m sure Hugh Hefner has a seven figure contract just waiting for her.

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    JS says:

    @Aries Moon:

    I would love to see Palin installed on MSNBC as a conservative punching bag strawman. For example, she could occasionally pop on to Rachel Maddow’s show or Lawrence O’Donnell’s show as a foil

    Even-numbered days it’s Michael Steele (who appears to have found his mirror universe Alan Colmes mojo), and odd-numbered days it’s Palin.

    I think Palin is destined to end up like one of those sports stars that have their career cut short by injury, and find they have more obligations than assets. I suppose there’s still the Kardashian way to get by.

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    danielx says:

    Waiting with some impatience for a Cajun pork loin roast (recipe by one P. Prudhomme, thankyewverymuch) to reach the point where I can crank the heat to 475 for the final browning. Salad is made, potatoes are peeled, Sierra Nevada Porter is going down nicely, IU nudged Michigan State by 5, cat boxes are cleaned…a nice Sunday evening.

    La Palin:
    Grifters gonna grift; it’s what she does. As others have pointed out, she lasted longer as a Fox commentator than she did as governor of Alaska, so there’s that. My theory is that she’s temporarily retiring to Wasilla to hone her skills at combining word salad, meth, and firearms in order to start a new reality show. Kind of like a combination of The Osbournes and Breaking Bad – I predict ratings boffo.

    Down the ever-co-convenient-memory hole:
    GOP heartthrob Paul Ryan sez that if Bill Clinton were in office, this whole fiscal mess would have been fixed by now.

    No, seriously, it’s what he said! Leaving aside that Congress back then actually understood what “increasing revenues” meant, and also leaving aside that they spent the better part of eight years denying the legitimacy of Clinton’s presidency, and The Clenis, and impeachment, and…and on and on. Not to mention that Clinton didn’t spend his first term negotiating with himself – but hey, in Paul Ryan’s book Clinton is an alright guy, just like he is himself (just like in that Todd Snider song.) Ryan’s memory about those days is about as bad as his memory of adoring Ayn Rand…

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    Mike G says:

    @cckids:

    Nevadans love lotteries as much other forms of gambling. Primm, Nevada is 40 miles from Vegas on the California border. The entire town is on the Nevada side except for a convenience store built on the California side so they could sell CA lottery tickets. This little store does more lottery business than any other location in the state of California.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @danielx: Paulie Blue Eyes may not know much, but he knows his audience, the good burghers of Broderton, and they are deeply invested in the idea that this is all about personality. If only that blasted Obama had some people skills! Because talking about policy is hard, especially if you buy in to the notion that you’re the “liberal media”, and suddenly you find yourself spouting Mitt Romney’s talking points about spending and the deficit (the Deficit!) and taxes being job killers. I give you Tom Brokaw:

    think that there’s a desperate need for the country going forward to do something about tax reforms and entitlements fitting under the umbrella of fixing the economy and creating more jobs and stop the spending. That’s going to be tough. We’ve been giving people things for a long time.

    Read more: What Are The Gobshites Saying These Days? – Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/p.....z2JEANNWKk

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    Shazza says:

    I can’t believe no one has thought of Glenn Beck’s channel-BLAZE hiring her! I’m not sure who’s behind him (most likely the Kochs) but he seems to have a LOT of money and I’m sure he sees her as still worthwhile. We’ll see….

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    mir13 says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Actually, it was your racism that was mentioned. But because it doesn’t exist that would be unpossible. So there.

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    TS says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:

    She’s the sole source of income for three, maybe four generations, and Palins don’t do birth control.

    They don’t do education either, so not much chance anything will change in the birthing area.

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    TS says:

    @Schlemizel:

    Fuck that shit. I am tired of playing nice with those assholes. They take our kindness and reasonableness as a sign of weakness not as a sign of humanity.

    And this is the result of Sarah Palin convincing the GOP that EVERYTHING President Obama does is wrong. The woman generated more hatred and division in this country than any other person in living memory. President Obama was elected on the promise of working with EVERYONE – it is what he does – why be upset that he does what he SAID he would do.

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    Vico says:

    I fully expect CBS News to hire Palin. Major Garrett, Condi Rice. . . . I think I detect a pattern.

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    xian says:

    @Schlemizel: you are debating yourself. no one said gun owners were the problem.

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    Bulworth says:

    Although Kurtz doesn’t go into details, he says the new contract would have provided “only a fraction of the million-dollar-a-year salary” that she had been receiving.

    Maybe she can go back to Alaska to fill out the remainder of her first term as governor. On the other hand, don’t want to wish that on the good folks of that state.

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    Tonal Crow says:

    Maybe we’ll be fortunate enough that Palin will lead the Breitbrats in a crusade against Fox News….

    Sounds like ratings catnip to me!

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    Tonal Crow says:

    @Amir Khalid:

    Sarah Palin is an unqualified buffoon who owes her prominence to John McCain’s moment of madness in 2008.

    I was unaware that McCain’s madness has been only momentary. As far as I can tell, he’s been a near-complete nutcase since he began his run for 2008, and to date.

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