I'll say she is dumb and say it without hesitation. What she has is ambition, drive and a whole lot of luck. When you have the first 3 you better have smarts or there is going to be trouble.
Alaska is not like the lower 49. Pols don't get the same scrutiny up there. The wingnuts like her because they project onto her because she is eye candy. The left wingnuts did the same to Ron Paul for a while. She is a low rent Snowbilly who will be quite entertaining in 2011 and 2012 when she has to appear off script. She fails to grasp the irony of her actions and that my friends, is deep down dumb ( for example decrying the "mainstream media" while pandering to them after blew her resignation speech and giving the pro-choice mantra to an anti-abortion banquet). Law Department BWAHAHAHAHAHA. Missed that department in all of my education and 22 years of government service.
Her specialty is supposed to be delivering her message - her last two major outings would get Ds in high school english and were simply nonsensical - she actually made Bush sound like Gore Vidal in the language department she was so bad. If she can't pull it off on her strenghts - she is dead meat on her weaknesses. At this point only true wingnuts would say she was qualified to be VP and a 72 year old heartbeat away from the presidency last fall.
She really needs to stop playing fast and loose with the truth. While she may be able to buffalo a state with 650,000, it just won't work on the big stage. Then again W was able to do it, but at least he was savvy enough to surround himself with really really smart people and listen to them (even when they told him to do really dumb things - Iraq anyone?). She seems to surround herself with sycophants - bad juju there.
Here is the excellent Vanity Fair Article on her:http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/feat ... alin200908
She will run in 2012. This resignation is ll about the money - her money, not Alaska's.
well what a surprise! The guy who is a lifelong govt servant does not like a populist that preaches smaller, less expensive Govt
Wease, you do yourself a disservice by even thinking of quoting Vanity Fair as an 'excellent' article. That would be like me using Ann Coulter to rebut...NOt smart, my friend... Even well educated, in the tank hard core feminists like Paglia recognize a 'hit job' when they see it? In all your education, you could not pick this out?
Let me help you out: read her take on this whole mess and get back to us
. Of course, it's from that right wing rag Salon
I try to gather my info from all across the board. Little something I learned when I was in the media. That'
s why I listened to Andrea Mitchell, also not a GOP plant. Paglia is a well known Dem and a Lesbian, with letters and all...This woman 'gets it' She is the only true feminist I know:
".... Palin's shock resignation as governor of Alaska on the past Fourth of July weekend. I assume that family priorities -- personal as well as financial -- had become all-consuming. Given her success with finalizing the massive Alaska pipeline project, I think Palin should have stuck it out, but of course she is master of her own fate. What certainly was blameworthy was the chaotic and rushed statement itself. Something so politically consequential needed more careful composition and rehearsal. Why provide more fodder for the vultures and harpies of the Northeastern media?
Unfortunately, it's pretty obvious that Palin still lacks that cadre of trusted pros who are the invisible elves behind every successful national politician -- the assistants who gather and vet material and who filter proposals and plan logistics. In a way, this is part of her virtues -- her complete freedom from routine micromanagement and business as usual. She does her own thing with seat-of-the-pants gusto. It's why she remains hugely popular with the Republican grass-roots base.
Of course you'd never know that from reading hit jobs like Todd Purdum's sepulchral piece on Palin in the current Vanity Fair.
Scurrying around Alaska with his notepad, Purdum still managed to find comically little to indict her with. Anyone with a gripe is given the floor; fans are shut out. This exercise in faux objectivity
is exposed at key points such as Purdum's failure to identify the actual instigator of Palin's extravagant clothing bills (a crazed, credit-card-abusing stylist appointed by the McCain campaign) and his prissy characterization of Palin's performance at the vice-presidential debate as merely "adequate." Hey, wake up -- Palin cleaned Biden's clock! By the end, Biden was sighing and itching to split.
Whether Palin has a national future or not will depend on her willingness to hit the books at some point and absorb more information about international history and politics than she has needed to know in her role as governor. She also needs a shrewder, cooler take on the mainstream media, with its preening bullies, cackling witches, twisted cynics and pompous windbags. The Northeastern media establishment is in decline, and everyone knows it. Palin should not have gotten into a slanging match with David Letterman or anyone else who has been obsessively defaming her or her family. Let surrogates do that stuff.
The vicious double standard is pretty obvious. Only the tabloids, for example, ran the photos of a piss-drunk Chelsea Clinton, panties exposed, falling into her car outside London clubs a few years ago. If Chelsea had been the scion of Republican bigwigs, those tacky scenes would have been trumpeted from pillar to post in the U.S. as signals of parental failures or turmoil in clan Clinton. As a Democrat, I detest the partisan machinations that have become standard in Northeastern news management and that are detectable in editorial decisions at major metropolitan newspapers nationwide. It's why I, like a host of others, have shifted my news gathering to the Web."
Now, there's only a few rebuttals to this. One, damn the source. Say Paglia is in the tank for the GOP
Or, try to make her out to be 'stupid', only that's going to be a hard sell. Of course you could say something along the lines of 'perhaps I was mistaken', but since you've not disclosed you were dead wrong about OctoMum, I wont hold my breath. Of course, if all else fails, say she's a Dyke and in Love with Palin
Wease, I'e asked numerous times, yet no one seems to want to answer : where are these 'genius' Veeps? Please tell me JOe Amtrak' Biden is 'smart'. Al Gore the master debater? Or the guy who got drunk and shot his friend in the face?
Frankly, part of the problem is the lack of professions other then 'lawyer' in Congress. I think the ratio is 79%! Puh-leeze.
I will say you were dead wrong about my guy, Ron Paul. It was not the leftwing nuts that pillaried or projected onto Paul. That is laughable on it's face. It was the GOP that planted suspicions of his racism, made is all but impossible for him to get on talk radio, fought his state by state attempts to get on the ballot, etc. NOT Huffpo or DailyKos. BUt they could not get on board because of his pro life stance, they could not 'project'.....The fact that you cant even see that clearly troubles me, Wease. Really? Cmon now. Just like it was Hillary's camp that released pics of Obama in Kenyan trad dress ( read: Turban ) it was his own supposed 'party' that took him down ( with some help from his followers) . Good grief man, there has not been a clearer case since Lieberman. That's like saying that the right wingers in Conn were upset with him for leaving the Dem Party. Honestly Wease
Were both on record. I say she wont run, you say she will. Care to wager? If you lose again, will you pay up?