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Why do some refuse to acknowledge Sarah Palin’s accomplishments?

May build on this post later.  Was just at a brunch where a very intelligent man refused to accept that Sarah Palin had a record of accomplishment as Governor of Alaska.  Why is it that some Democrats (and a few Republicans) refuse to acknowledge — or even familiarize themselves with this woman’s record?

Is it because she is a woman?

I mean, when John McCain tapped her as his running mate, she enjoyed a 75% approval rating . . . among Alaska Democrats.  When Katie Couric interviewed the then-Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, the CBS News anchor didn’t once ask her interlocutor about her record.  Or what she had done to win support among Democrats as well as Republicans.

Do these folks just assume that a woman can’t stand up to a corrupt political establishment and effect real reforms?

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  1. Sarah has also been an extremely successful campaigner. She did the republican party a great service by endorsing and campaigning for conservative candidates in the 2010 midterms. Most democrats I talk too point out the Christine O’Donnell endorsement as a weakness, but I disagree. She tanked Mike Castle’s candidacy because he was not worthy of representing a conservative republican party. I don’t believe that endorsement had anything to do with Ms. O’Donnell. She also stayed away from socially polarizing candidates like Ken Buck and Sharon Angle.

    I’m not sure what the future holds for Sarah, but I don’t think she is done demonstrating to America how successful she can be. Not sure if it’s possible, or even anything she wants, but I for one would love to see her in the white house some day.

    Comment by AwroClayton — May 6, 2012 @ 9:17 pm - May 6, 2012

  2. It’s because she’s a conservative woman. She’s a threat to the party of ‘Julia;’ the exemplar of the Democrat woman who spends her entire life in utter dependency on the Democrat party. Clarence Thomas is similarly hated for wandering off the Democrat plantation.

    Worse, Sarah Palin allowed two children to be born who that should have been aborted according to the liberal code; one of whom is viewed by liberals as genetically inferior and unfit to live. Witness the hostility expressed toward George Will for similarly raising a Down’s Syndrome child, expressed by liberals in the comments of this article.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jon-will-40-years-and-going-with-down-syndrome/2012/05/02/gIQAdGiNxT_story.html

    Comment by V the K — May 6, 2012 @ 9:27 pm - May 6, 2012

  3. A conservative woman is as much of an outrage to leftists as a conservative gay person because she gives the lie to leftist dogma which says that the left-wing agenda equals all women’s (and gays’) agenda. I wouldn’t be surprised if the President labels her an Uncle Tom.

    Comment by John David Galt — May 6, 2012 @ 9:53 pm - May 6, 2012

  4. I think it’s because people are more influenced by her record AFTER we heard of her than her record BEFORE we heard of her.

    I also think the whole We-hate-her-because-she-didn’t-abort-her-baby might account for a tiny fringe of lunatic haters, but not for the vast majority of the antipathy that developed for her (even among Republicans).

    Certainly, her death panels comment was part of a huge and dishonest effort to discredit Obamacare rather than having a rational debate over its flaws and dangers, and the part she played as a demagogue — rather than than as an honest analyst and opponent, when we truly NEEDED an honest analyst and opponent — makes me look suspiciously on anything she claims as an accomplishment.

    Comment by rt — May 6, 2012 @ 9:58 pm - May 6, 2012

  5. Hey rt:

    just a head’s up. She was RIGHT about the so-called “death panels.” Or haven’t you heard, with your head so far up Obama’s ass?

    Comment by Bastiat Fan — May 6, 2012 @ 10:19 pm - May 6, 2012

  6. Because she is a woman. The end.

    Liberal women aren’t respected either. Just look at the disrespect that so many liberal men dumped on Hillary Clinton. But they can’t get away with calling a liberal woman a C**T- much less express their honest and general inner approval of rape. (Oh wait – I mean ‘hate f*c*ing.) Palin was a ‘free ticket’ to do what they would like to do 24/7 – and to do it with ‘fun fem’ permission and no backlash on their hopes of getting laid.

    Comment by K Reinke — May 6, 2012 @ 10:37 pm - May 6, 2012

  7. The left doesn’t understand that the establishment republicans, like the republicans Palin opposed in her state, are similar to democrats in that they have no guiding principals. It’s the conservative republicans like Palin who give the republican party it’s principles. That’s why she is so hated by so many.

    Comment by Richard Bell — May 6, 2012 @ 11:15 pm - May 6, 2012

  8. She was RIGHT about the so-called “death panels.”

    Exactly. It’s just that in Obamaspeak, the death panels are to be called “Ethics Boards”. Same result though: bureaucrats decide if you live or die. Palin was entirely right and honest to point that out.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 6, 2012 @ 11:16 pm - May 6, 2012

  9. rt, you know, your comment kind of makes my point. One thing to criticize her for her record since she became a political celebrity, quite another to ignore what she had done to earn the honor John McCain bestowed on her.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — May 6, 2012 @ 11:20 pm - May 6, 2012

  10. Umm..for starters look at he Katie Couric interview of Palin a few years back. She couldn’t provide a single intelligent answer and as a result, her advisers decided she was so stupid she would need to be coached on American history and geography before any further interviews or debates!!!

    Comment by anthony — May 6, 2012 @ 11:54 pm - May 6, 2012

  11. Gee, anthony, way to let Katie Couric and her editing staff do your thinking for you!

    Comment by Kurt — May 7, 2012 @ 12:16 am - May 7, 2012

  12. Palin could not give an intelligent answer because she was not given an intelligent question. The whole thing was set up to make her look stupid. Of couse, she was advised to stay away from those low down SOBs.

    Comment by John R — May 7, 2012 @ 12:28 am - May 7, 2012

  13. “Was just at a brunch where a very intelligent man refused to accept that Sarah Palin had a record of accomplishment”

    Maybe the word “intelligent” is clouding our thinking, leading us to assume that “intelligent” people will use evidence and reason to reach conclusions. The word “clever” would be better: We all know that cleverness does not imply wisdom.

    Comment by pst314 — May 7, 2012 @ 3:00 am - May 7, 2012

  14. …or imply honesty and integrity.

    Comment by pst314 — May 7, 2012 @ 3:27 am - May 7, 2012

  15. Sarah Palin said nothing in the Couric interview that matches the idiocy that has come from Joe Biden on a regular basis. She never told a guy in a wheelchair to stand up and take a bow, or said we have to keep spending to avoid bankruptcy. For that matter, she never said Austrian was a language, confused inhaler with breathalyzer, or mispronounced corpsman as `corpse-man.’

    Comment by V the K — May 7, 2012 @ 5:39 am - May 7, 2012

  16. Two things –

    1. She was horrible during the campaign. Everyone knows she was a governor but any kind of respect for that fact was cancelled out by her atrocious answers to the easiest questions. I know, I know, the big bad media was just so mean and sexist to her, but anyone being honest knows that she hung herself. Republicans don’t have the problems with the media that Palin had, women don’t have the problems with the media that Palin had, Republican women don’t have the problems with the media that Palin had. She couldn’t impress when she had the opportunity to and that’s the bottom line.

    2. Everything that Palin has done since the 2008 campaign has confirmed every bad impression that people had about her. Sarah Palin got a taste of the high life and abandoned her political career to become a reality TV star and media celebrity. Could there be anything more obvious? Real leaders don’t quit their day jobs to sign book deals and go on speaking tours. She’s now a multi-millionaire with a dedicated fan base that can trash talk all she wants without having to execute because she decided to walk away from the responsibility. Why should anyone respect her for doing that? Lots of people would kill to be in a position where they had an opportunity to effect change from the inside and Palin just quit.

    And how about this decoy campaign for President that she played up for months so that people would give her their cash? Clearly Palin had no intention of running for President, but she let people everyone think she might so she could keep her names in the headlines and so that they would throw money at her. Is that behavior you’d expect of an accomplished, patriotic, political leader, or is that behavior you’d expect of a Kardashian?

    But of course, 4 years later you wander into a conservative internet backwater and you’re told that Palin was some kind of unprecedented political dynamo that was targeted by a relentless and brutal media that was set out to destroy her because she was a woman. I guess Katie Couric is a part of this woman-hating conspiracy and cabal? Seriously GayPatriots, you have to at least try to bake in a little bit of plausibility to these delusional conspiracy theories of yours.

    Comment by Levi — May 7, 2012 @ 8:30 am - May 7, 2012

  17. And Sarah

    Comment by V the K — May 7, 2012 @ 9:16 am - May 7, 2012

  18. And Sarah Palin is still wealthier, happier, more successful, more influential, and more respected than Peck will ever be.

    Comment by V the K — May 7, 2012 @ 9:17 am - May 7, 2012

  19. Peck should have been Levi. I have no idea where autocorrect got Peck from Levi.

    Comment by V the K — May 7, 2012 @ 9:18 am - May 7, 2012

  20. 18 – “18.And Sarah Palin is still wealthier, happier, more successful, more influential, and more respected than Levi will ever be.”

    With a 75% tax rate now coming to France, can there be any doubt that the proletariat will be driven by the ruling elite in the democrat party to boost the hate of people like Palin?

    Comment by Richard Bell — May 7, 2012 @ 9:34 am - May 7, 2012

  21. And Sarah Palin is still wealthier, happier, more successful, more influential, and more respected than Peck will ever be.

    Oh, wow, that’s quite the response. I’m sure that will impress the others.

    Comment by Levi — May 7, 2012 @ 9:51 am - May 7, 2012

  22. Why am I not surprised that Levi comes out of his mom’s basement to attack Gov Palin?

    It’s nothing new.

    Why do you hate women Levi. Did your mom not breast feed you long enough?

    Now hush child, the adults are talking?

    Comment by The Livewire — May 7, 2012 @ 10:50 am - May 7, 2012

  23. @V the K,

    The auto-correct doesn’t surprise me. Apparently though it’s missing the ‘er’ to be a true auto-correct for ‘Levi’.

    Comment by The Livewire — May 7, 2012 @ 10:51 am - May 7, 2012

  24. #21.. Impresses me. If she were a liberal taking this kind of heat(hate), Mrs. Palin would have crawled into a therapists office, demanded to be put on drugs, applied for disability for anxiety disorder, joined the OWS and moved into her mother’s basement.

    She didn’t do any of those things and it makes you jealous/angry/bitter.

    Comment by TnnsNE1 — May 7, 2012 @ 10:53 am - May 7, 2012

  25. Stings, eh Levi?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 7, 2012 @ 10:59 am - May 7, 2012

  26. Levi @ #16:

    She couldn’t impress when she had the opportunity to and that’s the bottom line.

    Then why do you carry on and on and on about her? If she is so darned unimpressive, let her just fade away.

    But as soon as someone says “Sarah Palin” you pop up and knock her down. It is impressive how impressed you are with knocking down an unimpressive person.

    Everything that Palin has done since the 2008 campaign has confirmed every bad impression that people had about her.

    Huh? She has overcompensated for being unimpressive and thereby confirmed how she “couldn’t impress when she had the opportunity to and that’s the bottom line”?

    Levi to his muse: “Help me, Rhonda, help, help me, Rhonda – Help me get Sarah Palin outta my head.”

    “See, Rhonda, here’s the thing: Sarah was a Wassila Hillbilly and now she is rich trash. That ain’t right. We trashed her on Trig and we mocked her knocked up daughter and we tried to crucify her on Trooper Gate and we sent the MSM going through her garbage and the flinty, flight attendant just kept going. She wouldn’t take a beating and quit.”

    “Here’s the thing, Rhonda. She can’t impress, in fact, couldn’t impress when she had the opportunity to that’s the bottom line. But she is still out there not impressing and making big bucks doing it and that’s the bottom line and, and, and……..”

    “For crying out loud, Rhonda, she QUIT as governor of Alaska, which is the littlest big state and not even hooked onto the United States. She QUIT and is a hillbilly and this can’t impress (and that’s the bottom line) nothing female flight attendant still hasn’t gone away. Help me, Rhonda, help, help me.”

    Lots of people would kill to be in a position where they had an opportunity to effect change from the inside and Palin just quit.

    Here Levi reports on Sarah Palin: “You don’t understand. She coulda had class. She coulda been a contender. She coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what she is, let’s face it.” (Apologies to Budd Shulberg and Elia Kazan.)

    Levi to his Muse: Help me, Rhonda, she is a bum, a loser, a quitter, a nobody, a Wassila hillbilly. Help me get her outta my head. Rhonda, I mean it. Enough already.

    Clearly Palin had no intention of running for President, but she let people everyone think she might so she could keep her names in the headlines and so that they would throw money at her. Is that behavior you’d expect of an accomplished, patriotic, political leader, or is that behavior you’d expect of a Kardashian?

    Is was so clear that Palin had no intention of running for President that the news media totally ignored her and she has to spend herself broke trying to get her name on the evening news. This unimpressive hillbilly who has become a Kardashian of politics.

    If you do not know what a Kardashian symbolizes it is a big breasted woman with plenty of near-porn sex appeal who manipulates her way through the glamour set doing whatever it takes to get attention. It is what David Letterman would call a “slutty flight attendant.” It is not a complement. It is, however, a mascot for a misogynist and a useful comparison for boys who want to hit the girl. Not hit on the girl, hit the girl. It is one degree removed from the using the slut word, which is the worst word in the universe if Rush were to use it. Almost as bad as the “c” word unless Jon Stewart or Bill Maher uses it.

    So, thank you Levi for your impressive tour through your mind. We have enjoyed looking into your closets and under your bed and getting a far better picture of how you think. And thank you for clearing up any doubt about whether or not you are a misogynist.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 7, 2012 @ 11:15 am - May 7, 2012

  27. It does drive Peck Batty that a woman he regards as a social inferior has succeeded in every facet of life where he has epically failed.

    Comment by V the K — May 7, 2012 @ 11:31 am - May 7, 2012

  28. Dan, in my bloggy opinion, you need to do the follow-up. If you’re going to mention her accomplishments, they should be listed, or at least a link provided to something that does.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — May 7, 2012 @ 12:01 pm - May 7, 2012

  29. Fair point, Soncie, but I’ve done that before, linking her accomplishments and even if I do that, it doesn’t seem to make any difference to some of those convinced this woman is little more than a conservative starlet.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — May 7, 2012 @ 12:26 pm - May 7, 2012

  30. That’s an easy one, at least for the lefties – if they do that, then they have to talk about Obama and Biden’s…accomplishments.

    You see the problem.

    Comment by alanstorm — May 7, 2012 @ 12:29 pm - May 7, 2012

  31. She went from growing up in a double-wide to the governor’s mansion and she did it without Affirmative Action, family connections, or palling around with terrorists; a true American success story. She was also darn food governor until lefties started suing her for stuff like wearing a snowmobile jacket to a snowmobile race and firing a state trooper with a history of domestic violence and drinking on the job.

    Normally, a person who comes from a disadvantaged background and succeeds is heralded for the accomplishment; but not if the person is Sarah Palin, Clarence Thomas or Miguel Estrada.

    Comment by V the K — May 7, 2012 @ 12:45 pm - May 7, 2012

  32. Sonic,

    Fair enough. We on the right are so amazed at how readily the middle left and the left was sold a bill of goods on Obama and his absolute zero political accomplishments and totally hidden and obscured life and history…… that we are sensitive to the middle and left insisting on pinning Palin down while being chuckleheads about Obama.

    Having said that, Sarah Palin did retail politics in Alaska rising from town council to mayor to Governor. She has a record that can be examined. She was picked out of political obscurity by McCain because of the “maverick” qualities of being willing to take on the good old boys in her own party, in the oil industry and in the political iron triangle establishment in general. McCain also picked her for her conservative credentials. And he picked her for her gender and her physical and personality appeal.

    Be chosen as a V-P candidate is an accomplishment.

    Sarah Palin injected tremendous enthusiasm into the rather moribund McCain campaign. She drew huge crowds to the extent that the MSM was comparing her draw to McCain’s draw. That is an accomplishment.

    She drove the left into a frenzy. The net was alive with sordid tales of her life. Who was Trig’s mother? How could a working mother dare have a Down Syndrome anchor dragging her down? Did the Palin son have to be hidden in the military for sabotaging school buses? Why do all these Palin girls (1) get pregnant in high school and then wear the mistake right into the convention? What did Palin do as governor beside try to sandbag a state trooper over family stuff. Is Palin’s husband really the guy pulling the strings behind the curtain. Her church was presented at trying to talk to God on their cell phones; and, then arson struck the church building. She stood up to all of that and fended it off at every turn. That is an accomplishment.

    Then Palin was harassed with FOI stuff after the campaign was over as the concerted effort to destroy her continued. Her personal legal bills and the costs to the State of Alaska in providing the information for the governor was enormous to the state. Palin decided she was more of a distraction and cost to the state than she was a help to moving it forward. She resigned in order to relieve the state of the burden of investigating and defending her. She had an opportunity to raise money and pay her personal legal bills and to move on into making money, as well. That is an accomplishment.

    Her track to wealth is not substantially different from Obama’s where book royalties, paid speeches, etc. produce a windfall of notoriety and income.

    We on the right look in amazement at you in the middle left and left who accept the Obama story at face value and demand that Palin answer to a lot of leftist fantasy shenanigans. That is an accomplishment. Palin so gets under the skin of leftist moderates and leftists that they are still intent on destroying her. That too is an accomplishment.

    So, Sonic, in your bloggy sense of what is correct, how about you mentioning her faults and lack of accomplishment which make her an impossible candidate, or at least provide a link to something that does?

    Your comment indicates that you can not appreciate her accomplishments. That may well be because of bias or a certain clouded objectivity. Palin was the V-P candidate who was bum rushed by Obama and Biden by a populist voting bloc, paid and invented voters, and ideologues, and MSM which piled on her and never gave Obama or Biden half a glance. To keep hammering at Palin’s “accomplishments” is rather curious. But not really. You really, really do fear her.

    Nowhere in the history of politics has the opposition gone to extremes to try to save the other party from making a political mistake. Never.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 7, 2012 @ 1:05 pm - May 7, 2012

  33. Admitting to Palin’s accomplishments is the equivalent to admitting to being wrong; Liberals are never wrong.

    Comment by Indigo Red — May 7, 2012 @ 2:09 pm - May 7, 2012

  34. Your comment indicates that you can not appreciate her accomplishments.

    ………

    Cheeze and Rice…. Really?????

    No. It’s simply easier to defend and exemplify in a positive fashion that someone who is the subject of your blog post if you either list, or link to, the accomplishments you elude to. Why is that such a difficult concept to understand?

    Comment by Sonicfrog — May 7, 2012 @ 5:25 pm - May 7, 2012

  35. sf, why is Dan’s explanation so difficult to understand?

    I’ve done that before, linking her accomplishments… it doesn’t seem to make any difference

    Tell you what, maybe on *your* blog, you can be sure to link Palin’s accomplishments every time you talk about them. (Which you do… right?)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 7, 2012 @ 5:31 pm - May 7, 2012

  36. ILC, that comment was specifically for Heliotrope, which you would think would be evident as I blockquoted the comment from Heliotropes # 32.

    Come on, are you guys really that thin-skinned that you feel like you have to defend each other at the slightest perceived slight, which, in this case, wasn’t even a slight at all.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — May 7, 2012 @ 5:53 pm - May 7, 2012

  37. Sonic,

    I do not understand either your reply or why you chose to “blockquote” that particular line from my post.

    When I “blockquote” I try to make sure that the context is understood. I do that, because I am opposed to using the “blockquote” as a “strawman” and then attack it rather than the substance of the comment.

    You asked Dan to identify and link to Palin’s accomplishments. As my comment started off —- “fair enough.”

    But it is equally fair for you to demonstrate why Palin does not have notable accomplishments.

    Surely, you know that success in politics is often like lightening striking. Perry was supposed to upset the line-up in 2011 and he ended up being a nag who couldn’t do the furlong. Hillary had all the right stars in alignment in 2007 and she ended up having to swallow the Secretary of State consolation prize.

    Sarah Palin vexes leftist moderates and full blown leftists. We all know that. But when you show up here in Serenity or Cas clothing demanding to see her “accomplishments”, it is just as “fair” for us to ask you to delineate her lack of credentials, failures, landmarks of idiocy, etc.

    We all know about her being able to see Russia from her toilet and never having read an actual newspaper and being too stupid to dump a Downs fetus and trying to be pretty while not anointed by Vanity Fair and tied to religious fundamentals who are all evil keepers of extermination chambers, etc. Fine. Now it your turn to tell us why Sarah Palin is not worthy and must be passed by, at least, if not excoriated.

    You are clearly, unabashedly, ducking the issue. Like Cas and Serenity, you want to sit in judgement of us without taking the risk of making yourself an idiot.

    This is an intellectual, adult forum. Now try being intellectual and adult.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 7, 2012 @ 7:01 pm - May 7, 2012

  38. ILC, that comment was specifically for Heliotrope

    Come on, sonicfrog, are you really that thin-skinned that you feel you have to play such games? That you have to be so reactive to anything I say? LOL :-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 7, 2012 @ 8:23 pm - May 7, 2012

  39. Sarah Palin vexes leftist moderates and full blown leftists.

    And, apparently, others who have bought into the leftist ‘narrative’ about her.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 7, 2012 @ 8:26 pm - May 7, 2012

  40. But it is equally fair for you to demonstrate why Palin does not have notable accomplishments.

    Why???

    I wasn’t making that assertion. You read it as if I was, but that’s your over-reach and caused by a rather partisan prickly demeanor. If I thought Palin had accomplished nothing, I would have said I thought she accomplished nothing.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — May 7, 2012 @ 9:36 pm - May 7, 2012

  41. PS…. ILC… It took you long enough! :-)

    Comment by Sonicfrog — May 7, 2012 @ 9:37 pm - May 7, 2012

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  43. Aw, c’mon, Sonic. If you wrote that Palin was super accomplished, I would have asked the same of you. We are talking proportion here.

    She was qualified in terms of the Constitution. At that point, it is up to the voters.

    But when you asked Dan for her accomplishments, it is clear that Palin is distinct.

    If you were to claim that you would ask the same of Biden, Obama, Boxer, Whitman, Van Jones, Jon Huntsman, Snoop Dogg and Snooki, then I would take you for an “accomplishment” nerd.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 7, 2012 @ 10:07 pm - May 7, 2012

  44. To bring it back to the starting point… Dan asked:

    Why do some refuse to acknowledge Sarah Palin’s accomplishments?

    Well sf… you appear to be one who refuses to acknowledge Sarah Palin’s accomplishments. Why don’t you oblige Dan, by explaining to us why you won’t? :-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 7, 2012 @ 10:13 pm - May 7, 2012

  45. Come to think of it, if this post is any indication, I suppose I am a little bit of an accomplishment nerd…. But not an Experience Snob!

    Comment by Sonicfrog — May 7, 2012 @ 10:16 pm - May 7, 2012

  46. Why don’t I acknowledge Sarah Palin’s accomplishments? Could you people be bigger babies?

    Why doesn’t anyone acknowledge my accomplishments? A lot of people say lots of mean things to me around here, but nobody acknowledges my accomplishments! If I post my college transcripts and my SAT scores will everyone acknowledge my accomplishments? Or are we going to behave like adults in the real world and make decisions about people based on their output, or from now on should we just defer to whomever has the highest IQ?

    Here: http://www.mensa.org/workout.php

    Everyone take the Mensa workout, and from now on we’ll settle all disputes based exclusively on who gets the best score. Because what some people write about here, and what other people incoherently ramble about while they’re running for Vice President, isn’t nearly as important as what a resume says.

    I got 27/30 in 24 minutes. SOMEBODY ACKNOWLEDGE MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

    Comment by Levi — May 8, 2012 @ 12:00 am - May 8, 2012

  47. Well sf… you appear to be one who refuses to acknowledge Sarah Palin’s accomplishments. Why don’t you oblige Dan, by explaining to us why you won’t?

    Ah…. Now I see….. You must have a herring problem! :-)

    Comment by sonicfrog — May 8, 2012 @ 1:51 am - May 8, 2012

  48. Being a shrill, bitchy, socialist hack isn’t an accomplishment, Peck. But if you combine it with being a fake Indian, you can become a Harvard Law Professor and a senate candidate from the state that gave us Barney Frank, John Kerry, and Gerry Studds.

    Comment by V the K — May 8, 2012 @ 6:17 am - May 8, 2012

  49. Actually Levi’s made it abundantly clear why he can’t accept that Sarah Palin is smarter, more successful, and better educated than him.

    Under Levi’s system, it would allow her to drag him kicking and screaming into the future.

    Now hush Levi, the adults are talking.

    Comment by The Livewire — May 8, 2012 @ 7:57 am - May 8, 2012

  50. So sf… Your smokescreens aside… Why do you refuse to acknowledge Sarah Palin’s accomplishments?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 8, 2012 @ 9:44 am - May 8, 2012

  51. As Dan put it:

    Why is it that some [ed: you] refuse to… even familiarize themselves [ed: yourself] with this woman’s record? Is it because she is a woman?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 8, 2012 @ 9:47 am - May 8, 2012

  52. Levi,

    I will stipulate that you are Mensa bound and very heavy with I.Q. points and a terrific ballroom dancer and very good at training dogs to play Frisbee.

    Now, how does that make you a good judge of who else is “smart” and qualified to be V-P? You seem to hang exclusively with the atheists, the man-made global warmists, the evolution-has-all-the-answerists, the statists, the libertines, etc.

    Does that mean we must accept that you are on the one true path and we should cave to your ruminations and pronouncements because of your hefty mind?

    Your comments @ #16 have these unconditional conclusions: She was horrible ….. Everything that Palin has done since ….. Clearly Palin had no intention of running for President ….. Seriously GayPatriots, you have to at least try to bake in a little bit of plausibility to these delusional conspiracy theories of yours.

    You do not state a premise; you just make a ruling. As a super smart guy, has it occurred to you that you might make your case logically so that the drooling class has a chance to understand your logic and perhaps see the light?

    You and I are never going to agree on religion, the finality of every niche aspect of evolutionary theory, the man-made causes of global warming, cooling or rain on Labor Day. That is the nature of things. But I am not particularly impressed with being bullied by towering intelligence. It must have occurred to you that Sarah Palin has risen high and stayed aloft with whatever her shortcomings may be. When you decided (along with Letterman, Maher, Stewart, the MSM, etc.) that she is an air-head celebrity tabloid flash in the pan, you made your point clear. You made it even clearer when you decided she was a Kardashian level phenomenon.

    We don’t agree on that either.

    So, what’s your beef? You make your pronouncements and then I rip them apart and you do not refute me and bring evidence to bear and make me back down or reconsider. You run and hide or you try to play some sort of trump card.

    Why does Sarah Palin own your attention? Why can’t you dismiss her for what you insist she is? Why can’t we who respect and even admire Palin be allowed to keep her picture on the clubhouse wall? Don’t you have Van Jones or Warren Buffett or Cass Sunstein or Eric Holder or Joe Biden or Barack Obama to promote as hard as you promote tearing down Palin?

    Comment by heliotrope — May 8, 2012 @ 9:55 am - May 8, 2012

  53. Interestingly, at #45, you cite a blog post of yours which reviews all the past vice presidential candidates… and still says nothing whatever about Palin’s accomplishments, not even noting her contributions to clean government causes, for example, during her service as a Conservation Commissioner.

    Wikipedia seemingly knows more about Palin’s accomplishments, sf, than you do: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Palin#State-level_politics – I don’t cite that as any great listing of her accomplishments; we all know Wiki’s political bias would be against her. Yet it still manages to cite a couple of her accomplishments. And you don’t. Again, how interesting.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 8, 2012 @ 9:56 am - May 8, 2012

  54. (#53 continues my #51)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 8, 2012 @ 9:59 am - May 8, 2012

  55. Sonic,

    I apologize. I am not a blogger and so I really did misread (twice!) that you were talking blog nerd talk to Dan about how he should write his post and when and where he should include links to support the post.

    I charged off scoring you as not being willing to admit that Palin has made accomplishments. You answered me and I did it again. But, after wondering why you didn’t get the point, I pondered it and realized I didn’t get the point and read way too much into what your “professional” criticism of Dan’s ability to blog properly.

    To me, there seemed to be a sort of a taunting aspect embedded in the “linking to accomplishments” criticism and that was I needed to gear up and blast off.

    Comment by heliotrope — May 8, 2012 @ 10:06 am - May 8, 2012

  56. heliotrope, I don’t think you need to apologize. I’ve not yet ever seen sonicfrog acknowledge Palin’s accomplishments or, for that matter, display a knowledge of what they are. That’s where I’m coming from. It suddenly occurred to me that Dan’s question applies well to him. Additionally – who cares about his bloggy opinion of what Dan should have done differently? Well, I don’t.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 8, 2012 @ 10:18 am - May 8, 2012

  57. Thank you Heliotrope.

    ILC. Being hard-headed as usual. I am tempted to list a few of the Palin accomplishment I know of off the top of my head, for which I thank NDT for giving me a few links to the info a few years back. But I won’t because that’s not the point of my original comment. Here is my original comment:

    Dan, in my bloggy opinion, you need to do the follow-up. If you’re going to mention her accomplishments, they should be listed, or at least a link provided to something that does.

    It is a comment from one blog administrator to another. You don’t read my blog. If you did, you would know that one of my pet peeves is making assertions of fact without either linking to articles or some form of data to support your premise or assertion. I harp on that about various article probably more than anything else. You hate liberals. I hate the lack of sourcing to bolster an argument or point.

    Comment by sonicfrog — May 8, 2012 @ 11:45 am - May 8, 2012

  58. I am tempted to list a few of the Palin accomplishment I know of off the top of my head

    Please do. Let me say “thank you” in advance. It will be nice. I’ve never before seen you credit her with even the possibility that she got some good things done. Again, even your cite of yourse fat #45 shows no hint of such credit. So go right ahead… and then I’ll say thank you.

    It is a comment from one blog administrator to another.

    I’m aware of that… and again: Who the hell cares?

    You hate liberals.

    More of that ‘sonicfrog’ static/distraction, that half the time is untrue.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 8, 2012 @ 11:50 am - May 8, 2012

  59. Heh, typo, “even your cite of -yourself at- #45….”

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 8, 2012 @ 11:51 am - May 8, 2012

  60. Why doesn’t anyone acknowledge my accomplishments? A lot of people say lots of mean things to me around here, but nobody acknowledges my accomplishments! If I post my college transcripts and my SAT scores will everyone acknowledge my accomplishments? Or are we going to behave like adults in the real world and make decisions about people based on their output, or from now on should we just defer to whomever has the highest IQ?

    Actually, Levi, you need to make up your mind.

    Before you were screaming that Sarah Palin couldn’t possibly have any accomplishments because she didn’t have the college credentials you wanted.

    Now you’re screaming that college credentials are irrelevant and that accomplishments aren’t depending on them.

    Like I’ve published before, Obama Party super-genius Sheila Jackson Lee thinks there are North and South Vietnams and that men have landed on Mars. But of course, you allow that because she has black skin and a degree from Yale, and demand that we look at those rather than the inanities she spouts.

    You try to change the rules of the game when you lose, little boy, and we won’t let you. That’s why you are continually storming off the court and whining to your mommy about how mean everyone is to you.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — May 8, 2012 @ 6:47 pm - May 8, 2012

  61. Levi, there are times when I am metaphorically sexist. I don’t acknowledge your accomplishments because, metaphorically speaking, you are a woman.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 9, 2012 @ 10:05 am - May 9, 2012

  62. (Not meant to insult real women; just that one never sees Levi behaving like a man here.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 9, 2012 @ 10:06 am - May 9, 2012

  63. One thing, Sarah Palin’s approval rating wasn’t 75%. It was in the mid 90s throughout most of her 3 years as governor. It was so unprecedented that the Alaska media couldn’t believe it.

    Sarah had the highest approval rating of any governor in the nation, and likely the highest approval of any elected official. She achieved this by working heard and getting big things done.

    She took on Big Oil, twice, and won. She took on corrupt REPUBLICANS, including the state party chairman and the Attorney General. Many went to federal prison when it was all said and done.

    America is worse off that she won’t be our next president.

    Comment by Blackwater — May 14, 2012 @ 2:17 pm - May 14, 2012

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