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Monday, October 27, 2008

The Maverick Goes Rogue

posted by on October 27 at 17:59 PM

Eli already mentioned this in a post below, but it’s worth its own post. Basically, McCain’s advisers are mad because Sarah Palin is “going rogue.” That is, doing exactly what the campaign rhetoric vaunts.

From the Guardian:

Over the weekend, advisers to the Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, were briefing more than one news outlet that Palin was “going rogue”, pursuing her own political interests with an eye on 2012 rather than concentrating on McCain’s stab at the top job.

She is a diva,” one unnamed adviser told CNN. “She is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party.”

McCain’s Frankenstein’s monster.

The irony is killing.

And, knock wood, it looks like the party is doing exactly what I’d hoped it’d do this election: break apart like an arctic glacier.

It’s not happening the way I’d expected, with McCain bravely throwing the religious, xenophobic, anti-intellectual base off the Republican train and trying to push the party back to its roots. Instead, he pandered to that base. But Palin is so toxic, she’s taking a crowbar to the party’s ideological fault lines all by herself.

More from that Guardian story:

Other important Palin advocates include the talkshow host Rush Limbaugh, several presenters on Murdoch’s Fox News and leading members of her Christian evangelical alliance.

In the opposing corner are other conservatives, notably Kristol’s fellow New York Times columnist David Brooks who sees the Alaskan governor as part of a drift within the movement towards anti-intellectualism. “Once conservatives admired Churchill and Lincoln above all - men who prepared for leadership through constant reading, historical understanding and sophisticated thinking,” he has written referring to Palin. “Now those attributes bow down before the common touch.”

Republicans need to turn off the Limbaugh and return to their John Stuart Mill. That is their only hope.

(Knock serious fucking wood.)

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Huh huh. Huh huh. You said fucking wood...

Posted by Ozymandias | October 27, 2008 6:04 PM

Tenets, not tenants.

Posted by Pedant | October 27, 2008 6:06 PM

They are pre-post-mortoming her as the scape-goat for the implosion of the Republican party.


Posted by Non | October 27, 2008 6:08 PM

It's shocking, I tell you, shocking, that a maverick would go rogue.

Posted by Perfectly Disgraceful | October 27, 2008 6:09 PM

Going that the same as going commando?

Posted by emma's bee | October 27, 2008 6:25 PM

David Brooks: "Once conservatives admired Churchill and Lincoln above all - men who prepared for leadership through constant reading, historical understanding and sophisticated thinking.... Now those attributes bow down before the common touch."

Oh, only now David Brooks decides to decry anti-intellectualism?! And how long was he singing the praises of the anti-intellectualism and gut instinct of one George W. Bush? Like a lot of pundits trying to get along, Brooks sold out when it was convenient. Now he suddenly decides to stand for what he claims to have always stood for--now when, well, when it's convenient.

Posted by cressona | October 27, 2008 6:42 PM

Putting rogue on a maverick is like putting $9000 worth of lipstick on a pig.

OK, that joke-like thing is tired already. But not as tired as I was when I read the following description of Palin in the Anchorage Daily News the other day:
"Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows ... "

Posted by Colleen A | October 27, 2008 6:43 PM

Should have known you guys would pick up on the humor of this... A maverick, behaving mavericky? You don't say! You see, while INSIDE the Beltway, "maverick" means "nobody can stand this guy", OUTSIDE the Beltway, it means "fuck all y'all, I'm doing my own thing". Maybe if McCain had attended a few less Georgetown cocktail parties, he would have known this. Too late!

Posted by Suze | October 27, 2008 6:45 PM

Yet another way that Palin resembles G.W. : She believes her own bullshit. She really thinks that she is a "maverick" and that this is a good thing. She thinks she doesn't need to know anything, because she's just so inherently awesome.

It's what happens when the generation that is spoon-fed on talking points hatches out and crawls off into the world with a head full of that nonsense. Unlike the cynical hucksters who first concocted the sales pitch, they actually believe it to the core of their dull-witted, incurious, entitled beings.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 27, 2008 7:02 PM

I wouldn't worry too much about the post-November 4 Sarah Palin. She is as much of a joke as Dan Quayle was in 1992. Anyone know what he's been up to lately? Anyone care?

If she decides to finish out her term as Alaska governor she will be the lamest of ducks as no one will take her seriously. The best thing she could do to save face would be to resign citing the "spend more time with my family" line (and with a special needs child that excuse would be credible) and go quietly back to Wasilla to resume her life as a hockey mom. Of course, our Dear Sarah is too full of herself to do that. She will embarrass herself even further by becoming the self appointed leader of the whackadoodle wing of the GOP. Look for her as a talking head on Faux News, joining such luminaries as Bill O'Reilly and Ann Coulter. That will REALLY give her credibility...

Posted by RainMan | October 27, 2008 7:28 PM

will she be the reason why the Republican party slips into the Republican Party and Crazy Ultra Neo-Theological party?

Posted by Gordon | October 27, 2008 7:29 PM

Yeah, but this will still come back to splatter McCain for picking Palin in the first place. Wait for McCain as Mickey Mouse in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice".

Posted by MichaelPgh | October 27, 2008 7:36 PM

"Going rogue"??

That's what LEADERS so.

Poor Joe Biden -- he opens his mouth and says something original and all of you Diana Moon Glampers types stamp your boots and force him into the mold!

Obama is a gelded candidate who Nancy Pelosi controls with a little bug in his ear.

Please, don't vote for the alien-Demo-bots.

Vote in real people with individual minds.

McCain-Palin 2008

Posted by John Bailo | October 27, 2008 8:35 PM

McCain has changed his position on just about everything he's been asked about over the last two years, sometimes flipflopping twice within two days. That's not maverick. That's the mark of someone who has no principled center. No wonder Palin's gone "rogue" - at least this way she has a base of opinion to work from. (Not that I agree with her. Not that I don't think electing McCain/Palin would be the death knell of the country.) Besides, if she ignores him and develops her own talking points, it distracts from the growing number of ethics questions dogging her back home in I-can-see-Russia-from-my-porch.

Posted by Calpete | October 27, 2008 8:50 PM

bailo, haven't you embarrassed yourself enough already? does NOTHING penetrate your pea brain?

Posted by ellarosa | October 27, 2008 9:12 PM

The fight in the R party over who lost this election is a proxy for who will control the party after this collosal fuckup. If the idea that it was McSame's fault, the Jezoids will come out on top- look for Failin/Fuckabee 2012. If it gets pinned on Failin, the bankers will retain the rump vestigal has-been Republicant Party- then you'll see something like Romney/Giuliani 2012.

I feel bad enjoying John Bailo's increasingly shrill and desperate missives. It seems similar to enjoying the sound of cats being tortured.

Posted by Big Sven | October 27, 2008 9:34 PM

John Stuart Mill, of his own free will, after half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.

Posted by Socrates himself | October 27, 2008 9:59 PM

@13: Nice Vonnegut reference, Johnny. Are you aware that he would have considered you a complete moron?

Posted by RainMan | October 27, 2008 10:33 PM

I'm still praying she goes "rogue" enough that she finally spouts something so crazy that she either: gets forcibly removed from the ticket, embarrasses everyone (except she herself, who clearly has no shame) and Obama wins by a landslide.

If there is any blaming to be done it'll be McCain who gets thrown under the bus. He's old & can't run again anyway; since the Republican leadership have no scruples or morals whatsoever they'll pick him as being expendable - they'll say he was never a "real" Republican - too "liberal."

Posted by No | October 28, 2008 12:38 AM

I always knock fucking wood.

But what does that have to do with your story, Brendan?

What a bunch of potty mouths...

Posted by Hartiepie | October 28, 2008 5:41 AM

if the GOP breaks apart, then maybe we can set about safely breaking the democratic party apart. this country needs a legitimate party of the left again, something it hasn't had since the witchhunt against fucking eugene debs - actual socialists, not merely corporate liberalism.

Posted by max solomon | October 28, 2008 8:40 AM

We will not support and/or never re-defeat Muslin terrorismist Welfare King Yo Mama-Bama in November or 2012! Argle Bargle urf burf fnarf barf!

Go Knuckledragger/Cousinfucker in 2012!

Posted by bailosarmy | October 28, 2008 8:52 AM

It's not knock wood. It's knock ON wood.

Posted by strenuous | October 28, 2008 9:15 AM

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