Monday, October 26, 2015

Former White House Chief of Staff points the finger of blame for the dysfunction in the GOP today right where it belongs. Directly at Sarah Palin.

William M. Daley makes some very salient points in this Washington Post article.

Here are a few of them:You can choose from a litany of insurrections, government shutdowns and other self-inflicted wounds. But this year’s carnival-like GOP presidential primary makes one event, in retrospect, stand out as a crucial turning point on the road to upheaval: the 2008 embrace of then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be a heartbeat from the presidency. 

Palin’s blatant lack of competence and preparedness needs no belaboring. What’s critical is that substantive, serious Republican leaders either wouldn’t or couldn’t declare, before or after the election: “This is not what our party stands for. We can and must do better.”

Daley goes on to point out that by the end of the 2008 campaign many in the Republican party were relegated to defending  one of the dumbest people on the planet from criticism or from further media scrutiny.

After the election Palin actually ramped up the damage she had been doing to the Republican party:

Palin became a Fox News fixture, reinforcing the newly formed tea party’s “never compromise” demands. Bombast, not reason, reigned. Now the “settle for flash” aura of Palin’s candidacy looks like a warning that the party was prizing glib, red-meat rhetoric over reasoned solutions.

Palin, who back in those days still had great influence, helped to elect morons like Ted Cruz, and pave the way for disastrously unqualified folks such Christine O'Donnell and Todd Aikin.

Now those folks did not get elected but others such as Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, and Louie Gohmert did.

Now that tiger is devouring the GOP establishment. Party elders had hoped new presidential debate rules would give them greater control. But they are watching helplessly as Trump leads the pack and House Republicans engage in fratricide.

This is how Daley wraps up the article:   

This isn’t to heap new scorn on Palin. But let’s not diminish the recklessness of those who championed her vice presidential candidacy. It was well known that McCain, 72 at the time of his nomination, had undergone surgery for skin cancer. It wasn’t preposterous to think Palin could become president. 

Now Republicans ask Americans to give them full control of the government, adding the presidency to their House and Senate majorities. This comes as Trump and Carson consistently top the GOP polls. Republican leaders brought this on themselves. Trump calls Palin “a special person” he’d like in his Cabinet. That seems only fair, because he’s thriving in the same cynical value system that puts opportunistic soundbites above seriousness, preparedness and intellectual heft.

Amen to that. 

I have to say that I probably received more links to this article than I have any other article in quite some time.

Part of the reason for that is likely because this Daley guy is singing my song.

I have been saying some version of this for coming up on seven years now.

I still remember that day after Palin resigned and my fellow Alaska bloggers were celebrating the possibility of never having to write about her again.

But not me. Somehow I knew that not only had we not heard the last of that lunatic, but that the REAL lunacy still lay ahead of us.

That may have been a moment of clairvoyance on my part, but even I could not have imagined just how much damage Palin would do to the GOP before people stopped listening to her.

In the old days I used Palin as a barometer to measure just how crazy the party was becoming, but these days even SHE is not batshit crazy enough to measure just how far the party has drifted into the weeds.

In 2009 one of the first books ever written about Palin was entitled  "Trailblazer." And as it turns out that title was prescient.

However the trail that Palin blazed was toward the destruction of the very party that rescued her from the near anonymity of Alaska and made her a household name.

And as we see that name is now not only synonymous with ignorance and stupidity, it is also linked forever to the dumbing down and disintegration of the Grand Old Party.


  1. Anonymous9:08 AM

    They refused to take responsibility for her then - wonder how long and how many will continue to beat the drum for her. The Repubs bought this one - they will go down with her.

    Pat Padrnos

    1. Boscoe9:49 AM

      They LOVED her back then. She galvanized the dumbass vote and legitimized "low-information opinionating". This is why we have geniuses like Bristol who believes she can outsmart science if she just squints real hard while she "thinks".

      This is why we have epic dumbasses in government who think that a handful of snow debunks science because "common sense".

      Palin was used by the GOP as "validation" for that "don't need no fancy book learnin'" dumbassery because it resonated with the Tea Party and evangelicals. And now they're paying the price. 2016 is NOT going to go well for the GOP.

      The Hee-Haw-ification of our government is about to get shut down.

    2. Anonymous10:09 AM

      What goes around comes around…is what John boy McCain said…
      In the meantime, a Republican accused John boy of helping Al Qaeda in
      Syria with weapons…yes John boy what goes around comes around…
      So I think John boy, Sarah and Ted are cruzing for a legal bruzing…lol…

    3. It's only going to get shut down if enough people on the Dem side get out to vote. The Senate is possible, but the House might be a stretch. Too much gerrymandering.

    4. Anonymous10:30 AM

      Great comment, Boscoe, but surely the verb is palinification.

    5. Anonymous10:32 AM

      The VILE BITCH brought racism to the forefront also, too. Little wise ass cracks about people of color, she thought were so amusing. Dumb, stupid, low class, low life BITCH. No wonder none of her kids have any morals, you can not teach what you do not know.

    6. The minute she walked on that stage with McCain for the first time, and opened her screech mouth, I thought -- mean girl from high school, popular because of her fuck-me heels and ass, brainless, got through school by prick-teasing the nerds who did her homework....

      I was never fooled by her and wrote Andrew Sullivan (The Daily Dish) several times begging him not underestimate her dog-whistle "patriotic" call to the arrogantly & willfully ignorant, red-neck Americans who now -- in her -- had a public and vocal champion of their bigotry, fear of The Other and revenge mentality for being put down for the un-evolved, uneducated class they are.

      Andrew is a Brit, a reasonable man, who wrote that the Americans would see through her and dismiss her quickly enough. (In all fairness, he did tackle her fake pregnancy when the rest of the journalists wouldn't touch it.)

      Thank you, Gryph, for exposing her crap all these (disheartening) years. And, it's not over yet.

      Until the GOP admits their mistake... but I fear it's too late -- the fringe Tea Party mentality is running circles around the comparably cooler heads of the party who are afraid to protest in any substantial way because they are short-sighted, greedy, Kock-owned politicians not statesmen. And I hope they don't -- more votes for Democrats that way.

    7. Anonymous11:58 AM

      Barbara, it's only more votes for the Democrats if they get out and vote. Please, please make sure everyone you know who agrees with you (us) is registered, has an ID, and votes- especially the young'uns who may not realize what they have to lose.

    8. Anonymous12:13 PM

      Yes,she was the mean girl mentality. The leader of the mindless sheeples. She was to be an obstruction,the "leg in the isle" for a do nothing Congress. She was ignorance, in a skirt. A champion for the uneducated. A criminol. A thief. An adulterer. This is the face of the GOP.

    9. Anonymous1:09 PM

      Remember her spew about the president "not being like us"? She and her family are the ones "not like us". With their drunken brawls, endless unwed pregnancies, lack of education, pimping, drug and alcohol abuse and classless trailer trash behavior. There are people like her but they're doing meth and committing incest in a dirty trailer somewhere and certainly don't spend time on the internet other than viewing porn.

    10. Anonymous4:32 PM

      Mccain that creep, his decision to bring a dolt out.

    11. Anonymous4:47 PM

      I, for one, am really glad that the Obamas are not like "them". Yuck!

  2. Anonymous9:11 AM

    Yup, Wasilla's little Hitler Lite.

    1. Anonymous10:31 AM

      in Idaho, Washington, Canada, Alaska? or was it Russia? shrug?

  3. Anonymous9:12 AM

    My mom was Miss Wasilla and is qualified to be a mayor, governor, vice-president and POTUS. My mom raised excellent kids and she's very proud of us. So all of you jealous people can our kiss our asses.

    1. Excellent kids don't get impregnated, twice while not married. Excellent kids don't tamper with school buses. Excellent kids don't break into people's homes to have drinking parties. Excellent kids are educated, and don't rely on others to "write" their blogs. And, you have mistaken jealousy for ridicule.

    2. Anonymous10:00 AM

      This was probably NOT written by a Palin offspring! I'm suggesting someone else did it playing the part! Even her kids know their mother is retarded and never was qualified for the positions she was elected!

      Remember - when she was elected Mayor of small-town Wasilla, Alaska that she hired someone that actually did all of the work.

      Remember - she quit as gov of Alaska mid-way through her term.

      Remember - the Alaska Legislature found her to be unethical.

      Remember - when running for VP (second slot) with McCain - she was proven to be an idiot and not qualified for the position. McCain subsequently lost to our outstanding President Obama and a lot of the losing factor was due to Sarah Palin!

      Remember - she is now irrelevant to Alaskans and holds little favorable ratings in their state!

      Remember - the Alaska Republican party has nothing to do with her any longer.

      Remember - the National Republican Party does not include her in anything at all and didn't when Mitt Romney ran (and lost, thank God!) for POTUS.

      Remember - John McCain has nothing to do with her or her family members and hasn't for years!

    3. Janice A Soderquist10:07 AM

      Jealous? Your whole family including your mom is uneducated, do not go to church but fess how religious you are, most kids out of wedlock with no dads, do not work, cuss and publicly talk about mens private parts, drunks and fight in public, horrible mothers, spend all your money on yourself and Louis Vuittons, you do not have enough money to buy class. Your family is the laughing stock of America. Get a life.

    4. Anonymous10:09 AM

      excellent !

    5. Anonymous10:25 AM



      So all of you jealous people can our kiss our hard ass workers' working asses.

    6. Anonymous10:28 AM

      Jealous? Lol...I think that is what Geneva is for my dear…it will expose many that were a part of the picking of that “ripe tomato” HUGE trust fund…crimes committed that went unpunished – until now – “what goes around comes around”!!!
      so it sounds to me like it will be “discussed and presented” in a court of law! also sounds like that is the last thing those “righties” want to happen!
      so I would expect more “live entertainment” as we have seen to “distract” and that isn’t happening…if anything it say’s “look at me and what I did”!!!

    7. Anonymous1:11 PM

      Oh gawd, not you again. You need therapy.

    8. Anonymous1:15 PM

      9:12 AM You must be drunk, or incredibly stupid.

    9. Anonymous2:26 PM

      Janice, the elevator does not go all the way to the top does it?

    10. Anonymous2:28 PM

      And, those "quotation" marks! "Please," stop with these "obtuse, meaningless and annoying" posts. Kiddo, you should have all the personal emails so you can torment and taunt the PayMes directly.

    11. Anonymous4:49 PM

      Kiss your own wrinkle butt!!! Low IQ palins.retards!

  4. Anonymous9:18 AM

    A dumbass married to a dumbass who gave birth to a bunch of dumbasses.

    1. Anonymous10:46 AM

      +++++ LOL

  5. Anonymous9:20 AM

    The GOP is through with Sarah Palin and the Sarah Palin Curse.

    Even John McCain is keeping his distance from Miss Wasilla.

    1. Anonymous10:14 AM

      oh now Sarah is going to “stump” for another bellow in my bourbon Retard I mean Republican…hey speaking of…so hows that “grand scheme plan” going? oh John Boy couldn’t do much and now “this is all you got” Sarah…gee why don’t you talk about WHO you terrorized in Alaska with all those Minions? hmmm?
      It’s HUGE is what Levi said…now the President says “Potentially Huge”…
      Gee Sarah what ever could they mean? Giggle…this is goona be goood G…giggle…

    2. Anonymous1:51 PM

      Sorry, but you sound like a meth addict. Freewheeling sound bites, no complete logical thoughts and annoying as hell. Maybe that's what you want. Pull it together and impress us all.

    3. But he still hasn't apologized for unleashing her on all of us.

      Ultimately it isn't the GOP's fault or Palin's fault. It is the fault of John McCain for choosing her, failing to vet her and then forcing his party to support his choice and back her, even when they knew she was a disaster.

  6. I must respectfully disagree a bit, Gryphen. I posted this in response to a link on Facebook to this same article: Nope. The GOP-ers went off the rails when they instituted the "southern strategy", the Palin hysteria (oh, is that an apt word) is the outcome of the incubation of the "southern strategy" pathogen. The republican party is now in the tertiary stage of something very akin to Syphilis -- the blind, drooling, insane stage.

    1. Boscoe9:51 AM

      I agree, but before Palin, the crazy was still largely mocked and marginalized. She made it mainstream.

    2. Anonymous10:28 AM

      upvote here!

      I agree, but before Palin, the crazy was still largely mocked and marginalized.

      Except that not exactly. The crazy was carefully cultivated and sent the co-star of Bonzo Goes to Washington to Washington. Twice. Then came Dumbya Bush.

    3. Anonymous10:32 AM

      Agree, Mary Stone. Palin was not selected on her merits. She was selected by a bunch of shadowy GOP leaders who are explained in this piece:

      The huge Palin carbuncle is a symptom, not a cause. The cause is far worse, But with the help of Bernie and Hilary, maybe we can start to address it.

    4. Anonymous10:37 AM

      Right. In Sarah Palin the intellectually and mentally-challenged GOP fringe had, for the first time, a leader who was truly one of them. Not your typical pandering Republican who went to prep schools, but a true dumbsh*t, uneducated Queen of the Crazies. Thus emboldened, the Tea Party now refuses to settle for anything less.
      Is it any wonder our little troll friend shows up regularly to claim that Sarah Palin doesn't matter. You betcha the GOP wishes that were true.

    5. Anonymous12:03 PM

      @10:37 AM

      Perfect description of Sarah Palin and the GOP's paint-chip eaters problem.

    6. Anonymous1:28 PM

      Mary Stone - and the next stage is implosion.

      It's important to understand the history, but at this point, what really interests me is exactly how and when the Repub party self destructs.

      Will it be before or after November 2016?

    7. Anonymous2:56 PM

      I believe we are witnessing the implosion of the GOP right now. It will get uglier before they hit bottom, likely at election time.

      Who can forget the big RNC "retreat" after getting bashed in the last prez election, and Rance Priebus went on all the talk shows saying how the GOP was going to "embrace" people of color, ethnics, etc. Almost 4 years later, it's worse.

      The GOP and their clown car candidates have alienated women, blacks, Latinos, Asians, LGBT, Millennials - their only demographic that they are grappling for is the over 50, white, evangelicals. How's that workin' out for ya, GOP?

      They want to 'take our country back' - yea, back to the 1950s. RIP = GOP! All of their own doing

  7. Anonymous9:33 AM

    Will Brancy give a shout out to that article? Tee Hee. "My Mom has ruined the GOP". Bwahahaha, where is Alicia Troll Mangelsdorf with her 'liberals lie' comments? Oh, that's right, it was written by a former Republican Chief of Staff.

    1. Daley a Chicagoan and Democrat served President Obama as COS.

    2. Anonymous2:22 PM

      Uhhhhhh.... Daley was a COS for Obama....

      This is really an irrelevant opinion piece, considering it is written by a liberal, in a liberal publication, for a liberal audience. The Dems are really the only ones trying to keep Palin alive and trying to keep her attached to the GOP. The GOP had pretty much recognized what a trainwreck she was and started to abandon her even before the end of the 2008 elections.

  8. Anonymous9:34 AM

    Gadfree! Another horrid photo of the bitch! She is not aging well!

    Remember, McCain et al were struck with her attractiveness back then and she no longer holds that emphasis on Republicans.

    She's as evil and nasty inside as she is externally!

    1. Anonymous10:23 AM

      Evil and nasty is right...I forgot about the other “KKK” matter in 11-11-1989 in Deer Park Hu Sarah!
      Now was that because he was going to notify someone that they had alot more money than $10,000 Sarah…how is Terri Lee doing these days? Alive? My my Criminal Minds you are Sarah…and to think that kid had to stop cutting trees and start studying law…and that really bugs you Sarah!
      the fact that no matter what you do to someone…you cannot be something you are not…and you are not well…and pretend to be…it is time to tell…

    2. Anonymous1:16 PM

      Blah, blah, blah. Shit or get off the pot. You're as annoying as alicia.

  9. Anonymous9:37 AM

    Trump can say that he'd like that buffoon in his cabinet, but saying and doing ae two different tings. Besides, she might have to do a little honest to goodness work, and we all know she as an aversion to it.

    1. Boscoe9:52 AM

      Maybe he'll create a new position for her... Secretary of Faux-Folksy? Minister of Meth? Department of RedBull??

    2. Anonymous9:55 AM

      That depends on what "JOB" he really wants to keep her around for.

    3. Janice A Soderquist10:10 AM

      Trump is only talking nice about Sarah because he wants her followers. Case closed. She is not campaigning with him because he knows she is a loser and doesn't want her around his campaigns. None of the candidates want her either, toxic. The only cabinet post he would give her is to clean the cabinets in the White House bathrooms.

    4. abbafan10:24 AM

      Perhaps The Donald can appoint her to head the "Department Of Law"!!

    5. Anonymous1:27 PM

      How about heading up Department of Education?

    6. Anonymous1:30 PM

      Before he appoints anybody to anything, Trump is going to have to become POTUS, and that is NEVER going to happen.

    7. Anonymous2:59 PM

      Notice how NONE of the GOP candidates want $arah out there stumpin' for them, from president on down. Cruz or Huck still might include her in some last gasp gig, but looks like the old Adderall-Addled bobble head isn't being included in much of the political action. LOL LOL

    8. Anonymous3:17 PM

      Ya know the UUUUGE leader of the free world's first action will be to create the Department of Bilking Seniors aka BS dept and $arah will be queen.

  10. Anonymous9:40 AM

    I truly do not think that Donald Trump would add Sarah Palin to his Administration - should he ever gain the running slot, much less be elected POTUS.

    He is not that stupid and he knows she'd be nothing but detrimental to him. He played nice with her because he felt he had to! And, rest assured, I'm not in the corner of The Donald!

    1. Anonymous10:43 AM

      Agree with you. He played nice with her until she began to slobber over him and he began to fear the Palin curse. Told her to back off. She's never fully endorsed him, hardly even talks about him.

    2. Anonymous11:46 AM

      He probably meant that she could CLEAN his cabinets, because I believe even he is smart enough to know that she is not good for anything else. (And, BTW, 'cabinet' is an old expression for 'toilet', in case you wondered...)

    3. Anonymous1:19 PM

      For cripes sake she's fucking delusional. He wined and dined the other repiglicans at fancy 5 star restaurants in Manhattan. He took the whore of babble on to a bus station pizza joint

    4. No, he won't. Trump isn't that stupid.

      He said she is a special person.

      You know. Like Tri-G is a special person.

  11. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Ooooh $arah isn't going to like this. At this moment she is talking to Nancy French, ordering her to write a blog post under Bristol's name.

    "Now, Nancy, don't forget to add something about 'why are these bastards picking on my mom'. Make sure you add a lot of 'my mom' stuff so that people won't know I told you to write this"

    And Nancy is replying "No problem. My multiple personality disorder is making it quite easy to turn into my Bristol personality. Though my husband doesn't like it when Bristol-Me brings home three different guys a night"

  12. Anonymous9:51 AM

    PALIN was and IS still DANGEROUS to this whole country.
    The SHIT Goes way back before 2008..

    1. Anonymous10:34 AM

      I say it goes back to the 1930s:

    2. Anonymous1:32 PM

      I think it goes back to before the Civil War.

      I never used to mind hearing a southern accent, but now that I've gotten used to the Tea Party crowd, constantly spewing this horrible, hateful crap, I grown to hate it.

  13. Anonymous9:52 AM

    You would think by this time republicans would have enough common sense not to believe the bamboozlers that claim to run that political swamp land.

    They are told Obamacare will destroy the economy and more people will die, the President is a foreign born Muslim, and they are snowed by insane IRS scandals. The list of lies goes on. They have an autopsy report. They are told free-market democracy is socialism nazis. They can't lose on DADT, but and they do, They aim to stopping gender equality marriage, but it doesn't happen. They are assured that the Supreme Court will cancel the legality of Obamacare not once, but they are told twice.

    They say Hillary Clinton won't even get past the primary, she is going to jail. They try to slap 4 deaths in Benghazi on the Secretary of state. They say we need troops every 5 minutes to extend our show of power. The are fed just one pile after another, and they go on believing it.

    The Republican economic and new con plans are historic disasters. Now they claim Jeb Bush is the best man for P\president. Never in the history of mankind has such gross stupidity been believed than by the political party of Michelle Bachman. George Bush, Dennis Hastert, John Boehner, Mike Huckabee, Rick Perry. Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich. Dick Cheney. Ron and Rand Paul, Ted goes on.

    They cheat on voting rules and seek to shrink voters' rights,. They believe gerrymandering is a majority. Now they are upset that Jeb Bush, or Scott Walker aren't winners....omg what's wrong?

    It's Trumps flying Circus, the Brain Surgen without a brain or one of the worst CEOs in two generations.

    How do they keep piling this trash into their heads? They don't need to worry about trusting Democrats, they are getting their teeth kicked in by their own party.

    Stranger than fiction. Like the country would support "Ws" brother. Holy Holograms these people are even dumber than republicans, they are a whole new breed of republicans.

  14. Frosty9:53 AM

    The finger needs to be pointed through $P to the idiots who allowed her to be one old man's heartbeat from the presidency. That includes first and foremost Johnny Mac.

    Then all of the morons in the R party who were drooling after her as the antidote to Hillary. Foolish little trolls under the bridge.

    We can hope that with the GOP, the entire Murdoch empire crumbles. And of course the Kochs...

    1. Anonymous3:07 PM

      Who can forget the slathering talking heads, Bill Kristol and others who took a cruise to Juneau and $arah treated them to lunch and had them eating out of her hand.

      No one can deny that $arah is very charismatic and sly, that is why she is so dangerous. $he was in full political "flower" when Kristol et al. became so bedazzled that they sold her hard to McCain. But ultimately the fault lies with him. Palin will be his most lasting legacy. Shameful. Treasonous in my view.

    2. Anonymous9:13 PM

      Don't forget LOWELL 'BUD' PAXSON, who Sarah named Trig after. Paxson was a Fundamentalist newspaper owner who sent his lobbyist(Vicki Iseman)
      to romance and influence McCain. Onec she succeeded in compromising McCain, Paxson threatened to blackmail McCain if he did not select Paxson's puppet, Sarah Palin as VP.

    3. Anonymous7:02 AM

      That seems plausible.

  15. Balzafiar9:57 AM

    "It wasn’t preposterous to think Palin could become president."

    True dat. I said at the time that if McCain had gotten elected the first thing Palin would have done is send Todd shopping for a sniper rifle.

    1. Anonymous10:33 AM

      with a silencer!

    2. Anonymous10:46 AM

      Same here!

  16. Anonymous9:59 AM

    I read the following comments on the articles thread and think it is very true:
    20 AM MDT
    Actually, it started when a young Rush Limbaugh decided to embark on a career in talk radio. Everything that is wrong with the GOP today can be traced to Limbaugh's ascent and the dawn of the "dittoheads." Many other hate merchants followed, carrying water for the wealthy by whipping their unthinking minions into a froth of rage on a regular basis. This is where the culture was born, and where it has festered ever since.
    9:24 AM MDT
    I find it amusing that the right-wing "free thinkers" like to call themselves "dittoheads" - mindless clones.
    9:26 AM MDT
    Drug addict Limbaugh set the tone. The hypocrisy like saying "drug dealers should be killed" when he was sending his maid out to buy drugs for him.

    Palin made it popular, you know, gave it style. Put the lipstick on the pig. And then gave the pig "star quality."

    Plenty others bear blame-Rove, Alies, Murdoch Cruz, Coulter et al.

    1. Anonymous10:33 AM

      Agreed. It started with Limbaugh, but Palin tarted it up.

    2. Anonymous10:38 AM

      Lee Atwater.

    3. Anonymous12:24 PM

      YES, Lee Atwater!

    4. Anonymous1:23 PM


  17. Anonymous10:03 AM

    Lol...she's gonna get some real dysfunction coming up real soon...Putin and Assad are know what they're talking about, right? It takes funds to wage a war... you know all about that, hu Sarah? Civil war and years of terrorism that y'all tried to wage on The Kid and it's all gonna come back to you...smirk...not so fun when its happening to you baby girl? Too late now...oh shit, grab your got incoming... lol...

    1. Anonymous1:24 PM

      go away.

    2. Anonymous3:19 PM

      Keep hitting that pipe and maybe you'll stumble onto
      Something that makes sense. But I sincerely doubt it.
      Gryph! Help!

    3. Anonymous6:37 PM

      Track, if you've got something to say, say it. Otherwise, just go home and apologize to mama bear and maybe she'll let you back in the family.

  18. Anonymous10:05 AM

    "This isn’t to heap new scorn on Palin. But let’s not diminish the recklessness of those who championed her vice presidential candidacy."

    Sarah's fault was her own vanity, thinking that she could bluff her way through governing in any office. Her term as mayor was so "successful" that she had to hire a city manager, and she managed to leave Wasilla millions of dollars in debt. As governor, other people did the work and Sarah took the credit. Proof of how much Sarah really liked being governor-- she quit.

    The people who are to blame are those who chose Sarah to be McCain's running mate. Shame on McCain for wanting to win so badly that he was willing to risk the future of the US on a pretty choice that might get him a few votes, wink wink. He and his staff knew that Sarah was totally unprepared for any high office, yet they were willing to use her in order to win.

    Shame on Fox, Breitbart, all of the right wing conservative media who championed Sarah as the voice of the Tea Party and let her speak, unfiltered and unchallenged. It was only when Sarah went so completely off the rails that they realized that Sarah was more liability than asset. There is plenty of blame to go around.

    1. abbafan10:33 AM

      Remember when she was supposedly "vetted" by Culvahouse Associates, they summed her up as "high risk, high reward". NO OTHER potential candidate in history was ever given a free pass as this simple idiot was!

    2. Anonymous12:09 PM

      The vetting process is still going on for Sarah Palin! What the hell was John McCain thinking?

  19. Anonymous10:09 AM

    Hear Hear!!!

    That's the simple truth, all that G. said. Yes, IM and IM'ers were on to this scamming Palin and those who supported her. We were the canaries in the mine, sucking in the vapors of Sarah, and coughing and choking on her scam, and no one would pay attention. Her supporters were rallying around a dictator, because they liked the idea of a dictator. Whatever the people want, they'll get.

    The established GOP, the 'old boys club' didn't even come to their own defense. They knew they were elitist, but instead of handling the rebellious rogue wave of Palinism and nipping it in the bud, they cleverly said little, waiting to see where it might take them, and they thought Palinism would keep them in power. They thought they could get in bed with the lunatic Tea Party un-cinged. Now they're covered with ashes.

    Now, the GOP are left holding a bag with nothing but Trump and Carson and a few other loons in it. Isn't it sad to hear Lindsay Graham whining about how he's the poor kid who never attacked anyone in the school yard and the big bullies are boss of him?

    1. Anonymous10:30 AM

      I would say that they are "all covered with SHIT and holding a BIG BAG of it" too.

    2. Anonymous12:12 PM

      Yep, the GOP is definitely handing out the loon bags at their party.

  20. Anonymous10:16 AM

    So Sarah, how does it feel to know your legacy is one of ridicule and derision, contempt and pity?

  21. Anonymous10:20 AM

    Uh speaking of mental health…ya all don’t know do you…yikes…ok…well to get some “solid evidence” to “legal reasoning” to that HUGE trust fund…at age 11 someone had to go to “Con-Air” in Los Anchorage in 1977…it housed the worst of the worst…a serial killer named Aleutian Al and from what I understand that kid had to listen to his crap at every meal…being as they all ate in the cafeteria…long story short…a serial killer got bitch beat by the kid and almost died…lol…oops…then on top of those daily meals of cannibalism…the poor kid had to keep a male aide from raping the boys on graveyard shift…fast forward 18 months later then when the limits of Medicaid – major fraud considering the “mother” owned 16 downtown blocks of Los Anchorage…and Heather has a gas station on one of em!
    So then the poor kid gets sent to the Valley…and a brand new lake house gets built…hu? then it’s the kid’s fault a doctors kid gets into mischief…it’s all a part of the plan…so the kid leaves the state in 1982…money pours!
    so then it back fires when the kid returns to Alaska in 1998…after that 1996 murder-suicide in Omak that started with cocaine to underage teens that turns into Todd’s KKK staging the events of it to “spook” the kid hu?
    Gosh I could go on and on and on…but when the kid got Frank to reverse the Statues of Limitations in 2003 – then the Alaska Natives came forward!
    Damn that Kid! HAHA…wanna know something else…when the Kid gets the legal matters settled…just like BIRTHRIGHT OWNER…the Natives will get the land and the oil and the trust fund taken from the legal owner…man I hate it when that happens…smirk! May be the kid should write a book!!!

    PS that is the one that palin resigned over…the kid sent a note to “—” and it got to Sarah…and that non-stop domestic-terrorism since 1977…

    Legally that is going to cost all those involved HUGE as Levi said…HUGE!!!!

    1. Anonymous10:34 AM

      Get with the program!

      Doncha kno the new accepted spelling is YOOGE!!!

    2. Anonymous11:11 AM


      we have been hearing this silliness for years without one iota of proof. i think you write here to make IM look batshit crazy.

    3. Anonymous11:27 AM

      This is an unusually large number of "kid" ramblings today. Since Grypen has the ability to post or not, I wonder if- even though it usually sounds like demented ravings- does he know something about this story and this is a way of leaking it out? What's going on here? Anything, nor nothing?

    4. Anonymous11:57 AM

      I agree, 11:27am!
      This rambling is more to the point than ever before. Giving some dates, places, names...
      Watching and observing.

    5. Anonymous12:11 PM

      Also missing is the why Palin quit commenter.

      Claims she was suddenly forced out and then things were covered up.

      Something about a senator?

      The one that ends with things like


    6. I'm getting to the point that I only skim these particular posts. Trying to follow the gleeful convolution of this would be informer gives me a headache.
      M from MD

    7. ibwilliamsi1:18 PM

      Anon @ 10:20:

      Your spelling and punctuation made what you wrote impossible for me to understand. I had to give up after the first 4 lines. Honestly, I don't know if I agree with you or not, because I have no clue what you're talking about.

    8. Anonymous1:31 PM

      I'm stunned the owner of this blog continues to let you post your delusional psychotic episodes. It really makes his place look like a wack-a-doodle site where people as deranged as the stormfront wingnuts post.
      Gryphen, it's your house but this lunatic isn't doing you any favors. It's like allowing 9/11 or Sandy Hook conspiracy theorists a platform to spew their insanity.

    9. Anonymous1:39 PM

      Try using some complete sentences and here's an idea, have a point. If you really have something to say just say it. You must really get off on the tease but at least for me it's getting old. Time's awastin'. Shit or get off the pot.

    10. Our Lad2:29 PM

      Who is this psychotic fuck?

    11. Anonymous2:40 PM

      Not sure what you mean by "but when the kid got Frank to reverse the Statues of Limitations in 2003 – then the Alaska Natives came forward!" But legally, that doesn't make sense. One does not "reverse" the statute of limitations as to any particular crime or civil cause of action. Typically, they are statutory, as in there is a statute that lays them out. That statute may be amended, but it will never be "reversed."

    12. Anonymous2:42 PM

      BTW, it's "Statutes" not "Statues."

    13. Anonymous2:49 PM

      Having said that (about the law and statute of limitations), I did look and found that there was a law that Frank Murkowski, the governor of Alaska, signed into law, SB 93, in 2003 that changed the statute of limitations "on actions to quiet title to, eject a person from, or recover real property or the possession of it; and providing for an effective date," "giving private property owner's security in knowing their property can not be taken by squatters." It essentially did away with adverse possession. I cold see that would have some impact on Native Alaskans. Not sure how it would impact SP, however.

    14. Anonymous2:55 PM

      Just fact-checking the above, in case these tidbits are actually related to something involving SP. Apparently, there was a murder-suicide in Omak in 1996. It was apparently a dispute over property lines. Not much at the link, but see the comments.

    15. Anonymous2:59 PM

      However, ignore that link about Omak. It is the wrong link.

    16. Anonymous4:30 PM

      What continues to give me pause is knowing 1) what total sh*thead predators both Sarah and Todd are, and 2) that predatory types are known to choose their victims carefully.
      Anyone who has read Shailey Tripp's book (as I have) will likely come away with the sense of her as a warm-hearted but extremely vulnerable person, probably not the ideal witness in any court of law. Who better to strong-arm into a prostitution racket, dangling promises of a big-money payout that never arrives?
      I work in a male-dominated field, where old-fashioned sexual harassment went the way of the passenger pigeon years ago. But I've seen, more than once, how men in positions of power end up having flings with particularly needy, vulnerable women. If/when it comes down to he-said-she-said, who's going to believe what she said?
      So, yeah, as much as The Kid rambles, a part of me has to wonder, is there some ugly germ of truth underneath it all? I really don't know.

    17. Anonymous6:37 PM

      But The Kid is not vulnerable, needy or any other such thing. Above, the poster says, "a serial killer got bitch beat by the kid and almost died…lol…oops…then on top of those daily meals of cannibalism…the poor kid had to keep a male aide from raping the boys on graveyard shift…"

      This is some tough Karate Kid type, if you want to believe any of it.

    18. Anonymous6:57 PM

      Nothing would surprize me. More power to you,kid.

    19. Anonymous11:50 PM

      4:30- word of advice, don't put too much faith in sociopathic liars. They will burn you every time.

    20. Anonymous4:52 AM

      Anon@1150p, I'm not nearly close enough to worry about burns. But are we talking about Sarah and Todd, or The Kid?

  22. Anonymous10:22 AM

    So Sarah, how does it feel to know your legacy is one of contempt and derision, scorn, and finally pity?

    1. ibwilliamsi1:19 PM


      "...your legacy is one of contempt and derision, scorn, and finally pity FROM YOUR OWN PARTY."

  23. Anonymous10:23 AM

    Sarah has gotten to where she is because of her looks. Let's not mince words here: she's been given a pass by the media because she's a good looking woman - in the beginning. However, when it became clear that Palin was an intellectual light-weight, with absolutely no substantive critical thinking skills, then and only then did questions get asked about her credentials for high public office. Why do you think she went the reality TV route? She knows, deep down, that's she's not intelligent enough to withstand real vetting.
    Listen: try for one minute to visualize Sarah Palin being grilled relentlessly for 11 hours under hostile cross examination. Can you? Can you really see it? That's the difference between a phony (Palin) and a real bonafide intelligent, skilled, knowledgeable individual (Clinton).

    1. Clinton survived the lions' den for a day into night. Sarah couldn't last an hour.

    2. Anonymous12:32 PM

      Palin wouldn't have shown up!

    3. ibwilliamsi1:19 PM

      Anon @ 12:32 - you got that right.

  24. Anonymous10:31 AM

    Many have been vindicated in some sort of way, from Daley's insight, but it's way too late. Writing about this now does no good. The country's been so riled up with hatred, conceit, mockery and divisiveness and Sarah Palin had everything to do with it.

    She was the popular girl du jour, who dragged her screaming adoring fans into a cesspool of hate. She loved it, not for the politics, but for the popularity and her egotistical mind.

    The next revelation of truth about Palin must come from John McCain himself. He needs to address her. He needs to admit he made a yuuuuge mistake and should apologize to the GOP and his friend Graham. He is partly responsible for the dumbing-down of elected Republican officials, who emulated Palin to get votes.

    It's all come down to McCain now. Confession from him (about his mistake in choosing Palin) would be the turning point to a civilized discourse.

    1. Anonymous12:00 PM

      Your words in McShame's ears...

    2. Anonymous3:04 PM

      This makes me think of the Rally to Restore Sanity in October 2010, which seemed possible at the time. I participated. Seems so quaint. :(

  25. Anonymous10:35 AM

    Well said. Palin gave new meaning to crass. They found someone without an ounce of empathy or accountability and tons of ignorance and hatred, and just let her rip. But this is good, that people are calling her out for the stain she left on the country.

  26. Anonymous10:37 AM

    Is our GOP learnin?

    1. Anonymous12:22 PM

      Ugh...those were 8 looooong years under Dubya!

    2. Anonymous4:55 AM

      They seem to have convinced a sane man to take on the Speaker job. We'll see if they find a way to deal with the monster they created. In the meantime, sure is fun to watch them flail around trying. Pass the popcorn please.

  27. Anonymous10:45 AM

    Contrasted with this: HRC

  28. Otto Katz10:46 AM

    They are eating their own over at c4p. It is a sight to behold
    "Good, did you go over to WaPo and defend her? No, you did not!" and "Sorry, every time you shut your mouth and refused to give it back to the Left you told Palin not to run.

    Every time you were in mixed company and someone from the Left mouthed off and you chose not to fight you told Palin not to run." and blaming the media "Unfortunately the media is still very anti-Palin. No matter what Gov. Palin does (or not does) she will be vilified and criticized by the main stream media." It's beautiful.

    1. Anonymous11:14 AM

      I made a trip to the pond today. It is like witnessing a totally different world devoid of facts and reason. The "Pee Ponders" are still debating if Sarah was in that marathon or not!

      Well, I got stuff to do today, so I'm out of here. I'll check back later and see if Sarah ran or not. Semper Fi, anyway, as my best friend's hubbie is a former Marine. Oo-rah!

      You can't make this kind of stupid up....

    2. Anonymous11:56 AM

      There are a lot of lost minds over there, aren't there? These are the same people who were so angry about Hillary Clinton saying..."What difference at this point does it make?", and yet ' Kathleen' tells one of the people over there:

      "I already told you in my response...why should I go against scripture, and argue with fools? What does it accomplish, other than to get myself tarnished with their mud? Do you think those idiots are going to listen to me? And how many comments are there? Who is going to listen to my voice of reason while hundreds of fools drown it out and it gets lost in the mire? Arguing in the comments section with idiots is not the way to defend her."


      Archie Butt

    3. Anonymous3:42 PM

      Can you imagine holiday gatherings with these people?

    4. Anonymous6:56 AM

      Aren't they held in a small airplane hangar/garage? That way after the meal one only has to hose down the floor.

  29. Anonymous11:19 AM

    Back in '08 I had a lot of fun demonizing the Tundra Turd known as Sarah Palin on ADN, before the C4P'er crazies took over the comments section and I was banned. Everyone was sayin' that her popularity was at 80%, hahaha! What is it now? I'm hoping the "Palin Effect" drags down the GOP/Tea Baggers to the point where they are no longer relevant nor a part of the conversation. Every post such as this brings a HUGE smile to my face! STFU Sarah and Bristol and go clean the spunk off your chins. Go Hillary!


  30. Caroll Thompson11:28 AM

    I read just today that the people of the United States are tired of stupid. Support for the tea party is at a record low of 17%. That is done from the high of 32% in 2009.

    What I know is that Sarah Palin is the most ignorant politician to come down the pike in a long time. And she is proud of knowing nothing. So, I guess the Republicans have gone full circle back to their roots when they were the 'Know Nothing Party'.

    We will find out in a year how all this shakes out. As for Sarah, it doesn't look like anyone wants to pay her to campaign for them. Unlike other politicians who have PACs that allow them to travel and not charge the candidate, Sarah does not work for free. Her PAC money is her personal piggy bank and candidates have to pay for her to campaign.

    I guess you Alaskans are stuck with her then. No one wants to take Sarah out to the dance, if you will. No one wants to be stuck with Stupid.

    1. Anonymous2:01 PM

      if America is tired of stupid, why are Carson and Trump ahead?

    2. Anonymous5:04 AM

      17%, why does that number ring a bell? Oh wait, I know: it's just about the percentage of the population with an IQ under 85. Most of them are considered "dull normal," not retarded. It is an IQ range strongly associated with propensity to violence.

    3. Anonymous6:54 AM

      Sarah's label would be "functionally retarded".

  31. Anonymous11:44 AM

    The 4 Mouth-kiteers: Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity & Drudge put the lipstick on this pig.

  32. Anonymous11:47 AM

    WOWzers! She is looking more and more like her physically unattractive father!

    Talk about watching someone undergoing a difficult aging process! The woman that was once only taken on board due to being thought physically attractive, a racist and a voice that would spread anti-Obama rhetoric as will as racist commentary, fear and hate.

    The Republicans are really regretting the day they agreed to do that - especially John McCain, who has lost so much relevance throughout the country. How he continues being reelected in AZ is amazing - but, look who the voters are there! The majority are white, elderly, religious, retired, have money and are majority Republicans!

    These folks are slowly dying off and our country will be changing. We will become a majority of blacks, browns and Asians with the whites currently fighting this upcoming change like there is no tomorrow!

    (I'm white, Independent, thin, not religious and have friends that currently fit into the 'minority' categories!)

  33. Janice A Soderquist12:21 PM

    About time, now if the FEC and IRS check her out as she has mansions and millions and only gave back 5% of her Pac Money to candidates....

    1. Anonymous4:28 PM

      Unfortunately she's not required by law to give ANY of her PAC money to candidates directly and can basically use it however she sees fit. That's why PAC's are just money sucks for those who are too dumb to actually support candidates first hand.

    2. Anonymous4:29 PM

      Also too, PAC's are tax exempt, so once again, just a giant black hole of monies for those crafty enough to grift the idiocracy.

    3. Anonymous6:52 AM

      PACs & super PACs are merely republican welfare checks. Money for nothing and "clicks" for free.

  34. Anonymous1:06 PM

    Excellent comments! I can relate. Twad was complicit as well.
    A little to late, nonetheless I will take it.
    The entire palin and heath klan should be tard and feathered! No pun intended.
    Hopefully now we might possibly see a glimmer of hope in this country.
    They are a living reality show for the ignorant.I am sick of these mean , hateful imbeciles.

    1. Anonymous1:35 PM

      Sarah is a retard who should be TARRED and feathered.

    2. Anonymous3:43 PM

      I think worse things could befall her and wouldn't be surprised at all, if and when we hear of it!

      Sincerely hope she is paying for good security service - even in the State of Alaska!

  35. Anonymous1:10 PM

    Hey drlager, if you and your friends can come play, I could use some back up:

  36. Anonymous2:11 PM

    The comments here today in reference to or written by "the kid" were previously written on Malia's October 20, 2013 blog.

    1. Anonymous4:31 PM

      No big surprise there. This "kid advocate" person is batshit crazy and should be in point, posting at Malia's blog, a person who will basically go right down the rabbit hole with any information relating to Palins, regardless of how obviously misguided or patently false. Kid advocate seems like a disgruntled native person, and believe me, we have more than enough of those up here.

    2. Anonymous11:10 PM

      Maybe he just didn't want to type it all out over again?

    3. Balzafiar6:12 AM

      Re: "The Kid", as he/she sometimes is called.

      I don't know who this person is, and I assume no one else does -- but that really doesn't matter.

      Some of the things this person writes seem to have a germ of truth, some seem to be really far-fetched -- but they may not be because many strange things happen in this world.

      So let this person continue to write their disjointed thoughts -- maybe they really do have an inside track on things and this is the only way it can be put into the public eye. Rather than be irritated by it, consider it entertainment if nothing else. It takes only a moment of your time so costs you little.

      It never hurts to listen when someone speaks. We may learn something useful.

    4. It never hurts to listen when someone speaks. We may learn something useful.

      Balzafiar, I'm going to embroider this on a pillow. It's the essence of intelligence. Cheers to you!

  37. Janice A Soderquist2:36 PM

    Why does she wear those gross wigs, she just looks dirty?I bet when she looks better, she just takes a dirty wig off the rack and puts in on. Wonder if she ever washes them?

  38. Randall3:06 PM

    Palin could have been raking in millions by now, could have been the darling of the media.
    If she just had one scintilla of humility.
    If, after the election, she would have (could have) stepped back and said "whoa! I did not understand just how under prepared for that job I really was! Wow! Hey, forgive me, America - I'm really not that bad of a person, I just got swept up in the moment. I'm really sorry."

    She could be working on the View, or maybe even hosting her own talk show on a major network by now, like Kelly Ripa.
    She could be a favorite on the late-night talk shows...

    But instead, she doubled-down on the viciousness and has become a joke instead of becoming a star.
    She traded the adoration of millions for the adulation of a very few.

    Because she really IS that stupid.

    1. Anonymous3:18 PM

      Yeah, that's what a normal person would have done. She just can't.

    2. Anonymous4:21 PM

      She couldn't have been on the View, or hosting her own talk show, because she can't hold up her end of an interesting conversation for 30 seconds. Not now, not in 2008, not ever. Go search for the interview she did with Charlie Rose back in 2007, before she was a household blight^H^H^H^H^H name. She appeared on the show along with Janet Napolitano, who is one smart cookie. Palin did nothing but spout simpleton platitudes in response to every question. It's amusing to watch Rose turn from her back to Napolitano for more intelligent conversation, without managing to actually roll his eyes.

    3. Anonymous4:43 PM

      Randall, you hit it on the head! I still think there was more behind all of this than we will ever know!

    4. Anonymous11:53 PM

      Well, the problem is that you're hypothesizing the actions and therefore options of a wholly different person than who Palin actually is.

      Not only is she truly THAT stupid but she actually is SO ignorant, so ill-informed, and so poorly educated that she could not possibly keep up in the big leagues. I think it's a mistake to assume that the successful people on talk shows get by solely on charm and star power. Often, the good ones are deceptively sharp- and quick thinking, too. And they can string together a grammatically correct sentence.

      Plus, you cannot make up for a lifetime of lack of curiosity and serious critical thinking by "boning up on issues" for a year or two. Your deficiencies will soon be apparent because you can fake it for only so long.

    5. Anonymous2:03 AM

      Palin had neither the education or talent to go anywhere. That fact that she winked her way to gov. doesn't say much for alaskan voters.

    6. Anonymous6:48 AM

      As much as Alaska is the new frontier one would think they would have run this scammer out of town on a rail.

  39. Anonymous3:13 PM

    They are still 'shifting money around' in the state coffers...I think they got audited and from what I know that's why the President made a trip to Alaska in August..Yikes! Lets hope 'you know who' had a new house by then...imagine the President walking into that house? Raised eyebrows...Run Sarah Run!!!

  40. Anonymous3:16 PM

    3:13 Just. Shut. UP!!!

    1. Anonymous4:32 PM

      Oh come on, just read that crap (or not) and feel happy that you aren't completely batshit crazy and demented!

    2. Anonymous7:45 PM

      For someone that hates it , too, I had family in Omak so looked it up. The homicide victim's surname is Menard.

    3. Anonymous11:13 PM

      4:32, that's the best comment I've EVER read on this site. I really am laughing out loud. And naturally, I'm also happy that I'm not completely batshit crazy and demented!

  41. Anonymous3:27 PM

    New theory - Maybe the Kid is rilly one of Chuck, Junior's multiple personalities?

    1. Anonymous4:23 PM

      It's someone with serious mental problems, that's for certain.

  42. Anonymous3:30 PM

    The Sarah Palin Friend list she has done some shrinking, Lucy.

    Disrespected by the Party.
    Done with by the Family.
    Despised by Alaskans.

  43. Anonymous5:20 PM

    So has dumfuk or dumfuk jr. responded yet?

    1. Anonymous7:47 PM

      Yep, link to britefart and some deluded comment that she's being blamed for "the left's failures". Holy shit, the idiot has the reading comprehension of a 2nd grader.

    2. Anonymous7:54 PM

      Always the victims! Hey, queenie,seems your daughter "plays the "flute" as well as you did.

    3. Anonymous9:46 PM

      Dumbfukerie going on in palin house. Lol. Like your word.

  44. Sorry, but I don't lay the entire blame at Palin's feet. She was the means.

    It was JOHN MCCAIN and his staff who, 1. suggested her and 2. failed to vet her that foist her on the GOP and the U.S. and the rest of the World. Without them she would have been a no name Governor of Alaska who may or may not have lasted out her first and only term of office. Without them and the VP nomination she would have never had a public platform, never gained the attention of the media and never have provided the fodder for the skin head haters and mouth breathing knuckle draggers.

    It is the fault of the GOP for choosing McCain and the fault of McCain and the GOP machine for being careless and irresponsible in allowing an unknown such as Palin to come to the attention of everyone.

    And that asshole McCain still hasn't apologized for his massive and damaging error in judgement.

  45. When McCain dies his mistake of picking $arah for his VP will be discussed AGAIN over and over instead of any positive contributions he may have made to our country. And that is what he deserves for never admitting to us this huge mistake.

    1. Anonymous8:20 AM

      What positive contributions?

  46. Anonymous3:18 AM

    Waiting for Nancy French/Bristol Palin rant..........

  47. Anonymous7:14 AM

    The blame? Lets not forget the man who bought Palin into national politics.

  48. The comments here about the GOP's Southern Strategy and about operatives like Lee Atwater are spot on. Atwater was one of the early proponents of the dog-whistle phrases which couched racism in innocuous-sounding concerns. Floyd Orr wrote a book about the development and implementing of the Southern Strategy, and Sarah's potential usefulness as a cog in the machine. But that cog wouldn't turn. She was just too willful and too ignorant.

    As for Palin helping others get elected, the examples of Gohmert and Cruz don't hold water. Both men had the law degrees and political experience useful for the GOP agenda, before Palin appeared on the national scene. Gohmert was elected to Congress in 2005. He had been a district court judge, and a JAG officer, and is a dyed-in-the-wool Southern Baptist. Cruz was solicitor general in Texas from 2003 to 2008, and had also worked as an advisor at the FTC, worked a stint in the Justice Department, and was an advisor to Dubya's 2000 campaign.

    These men owe little to nothing to Sarah Palin. I don't like their politics, but they each have educational and political chops Sarah Palin could never achieve. Whatever successes they've enjoyed, and however questionable their goals, they own them.


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