A serious question …

Vice Presidential Debate

Why in the world does anyone listen to this woman?



She boasts almost no experience. She quit her job. She wrote a book loaded with inaccuracies and errors. She utters one inane thing after another. She thinks evolution and global warming are hoaxes. Not flawed or slightly off—literal hoaxes. And yet, against all logic, she’s considered “a leader of the Republican party.” All because John McCain made a huge blunder and named her his running mate.

This, from CNN …

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is hitting back at California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dig at the former Alaska governor over the issue of climate change.

“Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment?” Palin wrote on her Facebook page Tuesday night. “Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change.”

Palin’s comments came hours after the California Republican questioned Palin’s stance on climate change in an interview with the Financial Times at the Copenhagen climate change summit
“You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?” said Schwarzenegger, who has backed strict new emissions controls to combat climate change. “Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the (Republican presidential) nomination? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt.”

The former Republican vice presidential nominee has questioned whether human activity contributes to climate change, and wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post last week blasting the cap and trade policy promoted by the Obama administration to limit emissions. She has also called on President Obama to boycott the Copenhagen conference.

On her Facebook page Tuesday night, Palin said Schwarzenegger was acting “greener than thou.”

“While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes,” she wrote. “And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act ‘greener than thou’ when talking to reporters.”

Palin also mixed it up last week with former vice President Al Gore, who dubbed her a climate change “denier.”

Also on her Facebook page, Palin criticized the former vice president for promoting “doomsday scenarios”: “Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it.”

15 thoughts on “A serious question …”

  1. It’s so fun reading posts from an elitist prick who has all the answers figured out already, Jeff.

    1.) Please link to where Sarah Palin is a creationist who has imposed her views on others. You’ll find that even if she does believe in creationism, she has never tried to impose her views on others. I know that Christians are all intolerant baby savers to you, Jeff, but reality is something quite different. (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704240504574586414177614976.html)

    2.) I don’t care what Sarah Palin thinks of Global Warming. What I care about is where she puts it on her list of things we need to fix. Thankfully, she puts it far down the list – we have much bigger fish to fry. Besides, it’s not like “the science is settled.” It’s far from that – and the recent controversies have just added to the doubt of the American people. Thankfully so.

    3.) She was the governor of Alaska. And quit to make a crap load of money – while getting paid by people who want to hear what she thinks. Kind of like you…except perhaps more successful in a shorter period of time. With, most likely, a smaller IQ. That’s got to sting a little bit, right Jeff? Sarah Palin obviously outgrew the position of governor and was sick of the petty attacks against her by well-funded enemies. I am not justifying her decision. But it must suck to have to pay to fight each charge on a $150k salary.

    4.) She wrote an autobiography that even Stanley Fish of the NYT said was entertaining and well-written. (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/12/07/sarah-palin-is-coming-to-town/) I assume all of your books are perfect and were combed over by tens of people on Grant Wahl’s payroll to discredit you. What? They weren’t? Oh, sorry – you don’t represent the absolute fear of millions of brilliant liberals who already have all the answers and who think you’re Satan incarnate.

    5.) John McCain made plenty of blunders. Picking Sarah Palin was not one of them. Picking Sarah Palin almost got him elected since no conservative in their right mind was excited about pulling the lever for John “Free Speech” McCain.

  2. Keep drinking the Al Gore Cool aid despite the climategate scandal. Bigger issue might be the destruction of land and overpopulation. What are you doing about those evil companies that emit carbon byproducts anyway?….flying around on commercial jets? Consuming goods made by these companies? Are you making donations to your government to stymie these evil doers? walking to work??

    1. Not only do I walk to work every day, but we bought a Prius. As for the Kool Aid, do you really think it’s just Al Gore? Or pretty much every reputable climate scientist out there? If I’m right, we need to act. If you’re right, what’s the harm in acting to clear our air, anyhow?

  3. to chris:
    1) a simple google search will provide many links. heres one.
    2) right, because the future health of the world and its inhabitants is such a low priority issue. just like helping americans during natural disasters that are escalating in recent years because of climate change.
    3) she quit to make a crapload of money? when did that become an acceptable excuse after youve been ELECTED governor? that says more about her commitment to lead than anything else.
    4) gotta love when conservative nabobs cite the nytimes when its convenient for them. lol. the difference bw pearlman and palin is that if palin had written a book on the 86 mets, she wouldve said the red sox won the world series. the errors in palins book are factual errors and revisionist. its not editors missing typos. she even attributes quotes to the wrong people and wrong connotations (some of which completely defeat the point she is trying to make lol).
    5. “Picking Sarah Palin almost got him elected since no conservative in their right mind was excited about pulling the lever for John “Free Speech” McCain.” you are aware of the studies that show mccain lost more independent voters and moderate conservatives because of palins highly polarizing, extreme right wing views, yes? actually, its obvious you arent aware because of the ridiculously SILLY statement you made in number 5.

  4. oh… and if conservatives werent excited about pulling the lever for mccain… how the fuck did he win the nomination for the repubs? you sir, are a true moron.

  5. Chris,

    Keep linking to the WSJ–really helps your credibility. Why don’t you source some creative ‘facts’ from Glen Beck, that sobbing, crybaby d-bag, next? Linking to a review of the book Boom Town to prove…what? That white Christian southerners hate Mexican immigrants, legal or illegal? Okay, I’ll buy that.

    It’s well documented that Sarah Palin would like to see the myth of Creationism taught as fact to children in public schools. Check the transcripts of the 2006 gubernatorial debates. To me, that qualifies as wanting to impose her fictitious beliefs on others–namely, the young, impressionable children of others. Keep your false doctrine out of publicly funded institutions.

    Yeah, she quit as governor of Alaska. Not interested in your excuses for her. Good thing she won’t have a chance to quit as president, since she has a snowball’s chance in hell of being elected, just like every other redneck neocon piece of white trash in the political sphere. The last election was a referendum on idiocy in power…eight years of GWB was enough for the American people; we’re done with intellectual featherweights in the White House, hopefully forever. You lost: GET OVER IT.

    Are you really trying to equate a minor factual error from a book about sports, which you can’t even cite since you clearly haven’t read it, with the horde of clearly intentional and blatantly obvious lies strewn throughout Palin’s book, a poorly conceived collection of thoughts and opinions from someone who wants to dictate policy to all Americans from the highest office in the land? I read the book, which I checked out from the library for the two days it took to read it, and Jeff’s comments about it are spot on. Man, you’re too dumb to be attacking and insulting Jeff, and lucky he’s too nice to eviscerate you the way you deserve.

    Sorry I didn’t number my paragraphs or add any illustrations…I hope you can still follow along. Ask a librarian for help if you’re finding it too tough for your feeble intellect to digest.

    Yours truly,

  6. Sorry to say Jason, but the primary process is broken. Open primaries in the early races allow for meddling and gaming. Conservatives did not want McCain. Palin was the sugar on the bitter old man pill.

  7. Palin couldn’t put three sentences together coherently without someone there to edit/rewrite the nonsense she espouses. The fact she has a following simply proves that some people never learned critical thinking.

  8. chris…seriously…”It’s so fun reading posts from an elitist prick who has all the answers figured out already, Jeff.”

    If you don’t like it, why bother visiting the blog?

    It’s not like I go to Rush Limbaugh’s Web site for FUN. I think he’s a moron and disagree with what he has to say, so I don’t waste my life’s moments reading it.

    It really sounds like YOU are the elitist prick…and a dumb one at that if you can’t see the fraud that is Sarah Palin.

    It’s people like you that allow people like Rush Limbaugh to cash big checks.

  9. People listen to her because they give her the benefit of the doubt due to what they see as her being treated unfairly by the liberal media. We are so polarized that if our opponents insult somebody, we almost automatically support that person.

  10. ur palin obsession is becoming tiresome. we get it jeff. u hate a mother of 5 who is successful and actually speaks an opinion that differs from u and supports a pro life position.

  11. “If I’m right, we need to act. If you’re right, what’s the harm in acting to clear our air, anyhow?”

    Obviously a dangerous precedent, Jeff. But to answer your question, taxation itself is harmful. That harm is not offset by your peace of mind in the event the greenpeacers are incorrect.

    1. What a naive response. “The greenpeacers?” It’s almost funny, watching Fox and the far right dig up the seven or eight so-called scientists who say global warming is nothing. And I truly loathe the lack of vision here—this is not merely some problem to toss off. If global warming exists—and signs strongly point that way—the future is severely fucked. Personally, I’ll take higher taxes if that’s the cost of preventing world destruction.

  12. Yeahhh, I’m kind of trying to get away from politics these days because of arguments like these, but I wanted to offer my two cents.

    Jeff doesn’t hate Palin for being successful. He doesn’t hate Palin herself at all. He hates what she represents.

    I’m a registered Republican, and I am far from a fan of Barack Obama, but even I couldn’t stand listening to what McCain and Palin would say given a microphone. They were gimmicky. Palin might have run Alaska, but the idea of her running the most powerful nation in the free world is terrifying. I’m sure she’s a great mother and it’s great that she’s speaking out and voicing her opinions, but her book was factually incorrect on loads of levels. Disturbingly incorrect.

    If “nonfiction” is so widely accepted these days in spite of such horrid errors, then the public is lost and it’s only a matter of time before the nation splits.

    So for once, I’m taking Jeff’s side. I’ve had my disagreements with him plenty of times in the past. But on this one, I agree. Perhaps not as aggressively or with the same language, but I agree.

    Maybe in a couple of years I won’t. Who knows. I’m young and have a lot of learning to do in this crazy world.

    But that’s my two cents.

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