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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sarah Palin “sees herself as the next leader of the party.”

posted by on October 25 at 12:27 PM

Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue” recently…. McCain sources point to several incidents where Palin has gone off message, and privately wonder if they were deliberate. For example: labeling robo calls “irritating,” even as the campaign was defending the use of them and telling reporters she disagreed with the campaigns controversial decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source tells CNN she appears to now be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party.”

Seconding John Aravosis: Oh please, GOP, anoint this woman—this comically corrupt politician, this blithering idiot, this pro-life extremist—the leader of your party. Pretty please with Bristol Palin’s cherry on top?

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1

I guess I'm a little confused as to why they're so shocked. She's been in this for herself for a while now, and has made no attempts to hide that fact.

Posted by louley | October 25, 2008 12:40 PM
2

'cause she's a MAVERICK, doggone it! she knows what's best.

Posted by ellarosa | October 25, 2008 12:43 PM
3

Elenchos's best news ever.

Posted by emma's bee | October 25, 2008 12:49 PM
4

"Pretty please with Bristol Palin’s cherry on top?"

Fucking hilarious. Thanks for that!

Posted by Mac | October 25, 2008 12:49 PM
5

Clinton vs. Palin '12

Posted by laterite | October 25, 2008 12:49 PM
6

Time flies like an arrow.

Fruit flies like a banana.

Palin’s family flies at taxpayer expense.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | October 25, 2008 12:53 PM
7

I see her future more as a highly paid conservative TV pundit than a viable candidate. Although she'll probably attempt to be both.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 25, 2008 1:05 PM
8

That woman is fucking delusional, just like her supporters. A match made in heaven.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 25, 2008 1:05 PM
9

I think she is dangerous...but in the same way GWB was dangerous.

He was called an idiot for 8 years, yet he was also elected twice.

It's great to make fun of her eccentricities and her insane positions. At the end of the day that is what gets elected in this country. Obama campaigned for two years. Palin is already starting on her four year campaign.

Blithering idiot? Asshole maybe, but this woman is not any dumber than GWB.

Posted by patrick | October 25, 2008 1:24 PM
10

With all due respect:
No No No. When I was young there were Science Fiction stories featuring Ronald Reagan running for president. Nine years ago there were people I think of as smart hoping the "unelectable" GW Bush would be the nominee because Al Gore and a good economy would win out.
Weird stuff happens in politics! It's better to have halfway decent candidates all around (and yes that's asking a lot).

Posted by David | October 25, 2008 1:30 PM
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Maybe Obama can reach out and appoint her Ambassador to the Frozen North, and outfit her with a shotgun in her own White House igloo.

From her outpost, Sarah can keep an eye out for Putin rearing his head, and could also dialogue with wacky seccessionists like her husband Todd.

Posted by blackhook | October 25, 2008 1:40 PM
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This is why she WILL be president in 2012:
http://dreadfulpenny.blogspot.com/

Posted by Penny Dreadful | October 25, 2008 2:09 PM
13

I have nothing to say. Y'all pretty much covered it.

Posted by Matthew | October 25, 2008 2:17 PM
14

I dunno, Dan. Lots of people in the party adore her. Palin as a Presidential candidate in 2012 isn't that odd of a notion, especially if Obama, after winning, fails to really kick ass. I outline this in the link in this post.

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | October 25, 2008 2:31 PM
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Patrick @9, the difference is, GWB's candidacy was manufactured by the Republican party, because they liked the fact that his brain was a blank slate. Palin, on the other hand, is showing herself to be a wildly loose cannon, and I bet the Republican insiders will make very sure she never has another chance. I think "delusional" sums it up pretty well.

Posted by Margaret L. | October 25, 2008 2:34 PM
16

He who forgets the Reagan Era is doomed to repeat it.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | October 25, 2008 2:42 PM
17

Besides which, shrub was a product of a traditional rich-white-male GOP-run "good old boys club", and therefore already part of the inside circle, regardless of his malleability .

Palin is a complete outsider in every sense of the word, and the big suits that run the GOP, while they may think of her as a useful tool (although perhaps not so much currently), aren't about to let her get near the buttons that activate and control the party infrastructure.

Not that she won't try of course. If we've learned anything about Palin in these past few weeks since the GOP Convention, its that her unbridled, ruthless ambition has achieved much more than any other politician of her ilk should have been able to do, and may in fact carry her even a bit further.

Posted by COMTE | October 25, 2008 2:51 PM
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Yes, the GOP base (evangelical white christians) love Palin, but as everyone knows, you cannot get elected with just the GOP base. How is she going to rebrand herself after this? People love to pull any example from the past, and like magic, apply it to the present, but it doesn't quite work that way. Yes, Bush won, but just barely in 2000, and his re-election had everything to do with the completely lacking John Kerry Presidential Campaign, swift boating, which he allowed, and the pussy dems, not wanting to seem un-american. That is not the case this time.

Posted by hal | October 25, 2008 3:19 PM
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I agree with Patrick. She is precisely the kind of candidate the right supports. She promises a free ride just like GWB and people buy that shit. Then she lets the vultures devour the country. It would not surprise me in the least if she was the party leader after this election. And yeah, it is frightening. That's why it is crucial everybody sees to it that an Obama administration succeeds.

Posted by Vince | October 25, 2008 3:20 PM
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@17 has it right - we trivialize the opposition at our own peril. Never underestimate the gullibility of Joe Sixpack.

Posted by DavidG | October 25, 2008 3:53 PM
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@16: Exactly what I said to the young numbnuts passing out Nadir flyers at that Gore rally in 2000...

Posted by emma's bee | October 25, 2008 4:04 PM
22

Er, I meant @16.

Posted by DavidG | October 25, 2008 4:08 PM
23

Agreed, we trivialize the opposition at our peril. I think Joe Sixpack would elect Palin in a heartbeat. I just don't think she will ever be in that position ever, ever again. To get to the point of the public voting for you, you have to get past the party bulldogs.

Posted by Margaret L. | October 25, 2008 4:11 PM
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I have to disagree. She's pissed off too many high ranking Republicans with her incompetence. And maverick, as it refers to Palin, is another way of saying that she's a backstabber.
Besides, do you really think she can make it until 2012 without some sort of massive fuck up that would basically nix her chances for nomination?

Posted by Jen | October 25, 2008 4:20 PM
25

BRISTOL Palin's cherry? Shit, no one's seen that for years. You might have better luck with Piper's. Those Palins ripen early.

Posted by Geni | October 25, 2008 4:44 PM
26

Since the Republicans will stop being a national party in 2008 and will contract into a few sparsely populated states, Sarah Palin will very likely become their leader. For what it's worth. And what it is worth is a thousand laughs, a million lovely new pratfalls. It's not as if her base is going away, and it's not as if they're getting any smarter.

I suppose on the national stage the power split will be between two or three enlightened factions, not unlike Europe. And that will galvanize Palin's hordes like nothing else, no matter how hopeless their cause.

Posted by elenchos | October 25, 2008 4:52 PM
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there has been mixed signals from the McCain camp since it's inception... looks like not even Sarah Palin can keep up with McCain's endless wavering between "straight talker" and crooked politician

Posted by patrick | October 26, 2008 12:47 AM
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Palin is trying to save her ass by stabbing McCain in the back. What a maverick.

Posted by Jen | October 26, 2008 4:34 AM
29

@9 It can obviously not be repeated enough: Dumbya has never been elected President. Republican election fraud put him in office twice. Yes, the races were both too close, but he did not win either time.

Posted by whatevernevermind | October 26, 2008 5:05 AM
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@25, pedophilia isn't ever funny, even if you hate the GOP SO MUCH ANYTHING GOES! Because, then, just as Dan Savage often demonstrates, you lose the moral and ethical high ground and become just a screaming stupid left wing version of the freeptards of the hateful right.

So, make a note in your Liberal Internet Attack Manual: "Child Rape isn't funny, don't use."

Posted by Bob | October 26, 2008 7:57 PM
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@30 - are you on crack, or just stupider than a bag of hammers?

Posted by Geni | October 26, 2008 11:09 PM
32

Any woman that names her first born child after the city that is home to ESPN cannot be taken seriously.

Check it: she was a sports TV babe who no doubt dreamed of making it to the "Worldwide Leader". The others were named after high school stuff: Trig & Track. Maybe "Willow" was a movie she had just watched.

Posted by Sir Vic | October 27, 2008 7:37 AM
33

She's a woman. I don't see the Republican party as being forward thinking enough to have a woman, especially one as stupid as Sarah Palin, as the leader of their party.

Posted by Charm | October 27, 2008 10:32 AM

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