SARAH PALIN AND THE GOP RENAISSANCE – Part 3


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It has been a while since I’ve appeared here. During my absence I’ve paid close attention to the increasingly hostile national debate that is now focused on health care reform. The way the topic is being debated reinforces my belief the Republican Party is poised for renaissance and that Sarah Palin is key to the GOP’s rebirth.

As I’ve said, I am not addressing these comments to everyone out there who considers themselves conservative Republicans.  As I’ve explained previously, over the last 30 years the term “conservative Republican” has become warped and twisted to include people that hold positions contrary to what the GOP has historically championed.

Considers himself a conservative.

Considers himself a conservative, and is probably a registered Republican

Let me make it simple:  if you believe that Barak Obama can’t be president because he was born in Kenya, or if you think Obama’s health care reform proposals are similar to anything Hitler did,  then stop reading.

Yeah. You. Stop reading. It will only make your brain hurt.

Yeah. You. Stop reading. It will only make your brain hurt.

Go watch Glenn Beck on Fox.

Proof there is a flaw in the First Amendment.

Proof there is a flaw in the First Amendment.

Enjoy yourself.

But stop reading this. You lack the intellectual and/or emotional capacity and/or stability to join the effort to fix what is broken and to help guide the GOP back to national prominence.

I am writing to conservative Republicans who, like me, reluctantly supported Obama because a McCain win that included Palin as his Vice President was too horrifying to event think about.

I am writing to you out there who are watching with equal horror as crazy people disrupt town hall meetings – and then are interviewed on cable news.

I am here to tell you not to worry. The screaming crazies are part of a chain of events that will transform the GOP from its current status as a “rump” political party into a new and stronger national force.  And Sarah Palin is the key to this rebirth.

But before that can happen, we need to admit some basic truths – like the undeniable fact that crazy, stupid people have taken over the GOP.

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Ronald Reagan invited them in.

We need to recognize that this was a mistake.

Republican candidates lose votes every time some middle-aged fat, poorly dressed woman screams “I want my country back!” at a nationally televised town hall meeting or some wild-eyed attorney (who is also a dentist and real estate agent) demonizes Obama by comparing him to Joseph Stalin or Adolf Hitler and calls for the army to revolt against our national government.

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She really said that (the one in the middle).

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When John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, he did so with the hopes of pleasing social conservatives/fundamentalist.  He succeeded.

They flocked to McCain/Palin rallies where they did what they always do at their local school board meetings, city council meetings and county board of supervisor meetings – they screamed and shook their fists in anger.  They demonized their opponents.  They proudly proclaimed their intellectual, educational and worldly ignorance.

Palin encouraged this because she was and is, essentially, a small town politician. She did what she knows, and that included saying and doing really dumb things, and then lying about it.  She pretended to be moral when her record revealed entrenched corruption.  She exploited her Down Syndrome baby because that plays well to small town crowds.

Small town crowds just adore retarded babies.

Small town crowds just adore retarded babies.

Plays GREAT in Wasilla!

A photo op at home!

A photo op at home!

Possibly the most exploited child in America. I'm not saying they should be ashamed of him or hide him. I am saying they actively exploited that poor kid.

Possibly the most exploited child in America. I'm not saying they should be ashamed of him or hide him. I am saying they actively exploited that poor kid.

I take that back. These were the most exploited children in America.  Remember: marriage is a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers.

I take that back. These were the most exploited children in America. Remember: marriage is a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers.

But it did not play well to the national American audience.  McCain, to his credit, tried to manage the damage, but it was too late. Palin gave the crazies a reason, a platform, a place to do their crazy political thing in front of the whole world.

And that is why McCain lost. Although he is a true conservative, he had no choice but to choose Palin as his running mate because the GOP is dependent on the lunatic fringe’s money and support in the same way a drug addict is dependent on his or her supplier.  But when moderate conservatives saw the lunatics screaming at Palin rallies, McCain lost the moderate vote, which lost him the election.

Don't think it didn't hurt.

Don't think it didn't hurt.

Dont think it doesnt still hurt. Dont you understand? The GOP left us no choice.

Don't think it doesn't still hurt. Don't you understand? The GOP left us no choice.

Palin’s resignation as Alaska’s governor freed her to reach out to the crazies who support her.  In essence, she is forming a new political party.

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Traditional conservatives should welcome this.  The crazies need a place to go – and stay.  They are welcomed to exert local and regional influence, but, if the GOP has a chance of returning to national prominence, the crazies cannot be allowed to hijack  the national debate.

Palin will continue saying outrageous things that the media cannot resist reporting.

Each time this happens, more and more screaming crazies will join her organization. Close to the next election, Palin will approach the GOP leadership – probably at the national convention – and try to make a deal. She will offer money and support in exchange for influence behind the scenes on the national stage.

We need to say no.  If we accept the deal, we will be repeating the mistake Reagan made, which will alienate the moderate votes we need to regain the White House and majorities in congress.  We need to say no when the devil comes again to our door with promises of power in exchange for just a little bit of our soul.

Yeah, its a little like this.

Yeah, its a little like this.

It won’t be easy. Politicians often cannot resist the lure of easy money or the promise of guaranteed votes. But if our Republican leaders can resist this temptation, then the GOP will again become the voice of and for the American majority.

19 Responses to “SARAH PALIN AND THE GOP RENAISSANCE – Part 3”

  1. What a cogent, well reasoned analysis. Not surprising given that is your chosen craft and it would speak to your success at it.

    Can’t disagree with what you have proposed and as someone who lives in another country I can only hope that the current opposition party, which one day once again be the leading political party, will be made of men and women of reason. After all when America sneezes we all ask “who left the damn door open, and did they bring beer?”

    Or at least more reason than a house plant which is what you have with Palin Supporters.

    I wish you luck with this endeavour, though I fear that at the national convention they will see only the greenback in the hand and not the vacant crazed stare behind the eyes.

    Heaven help the Republic.

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  2. “its current status as a “rump” political party”

    and I think you mean ‘Ass’.

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  3. paulboylan Says:

    Barnes – I don’t expect to succeed. I just want to be on record saying this so I can say “I told you so” to my conservative trends when they lament the demise of the Republican Party. I think the lunatic fringe has only just begun disrupting and taking over the political process.

    I cannot help but revel in the cold irony: these same crazies claim they are driven to such extremes due to their love of our freedoms, yet is their abuses of the same freedoms they think they champion that will lead to a slow but steady erosion of our constitutional rights of speech and assembly.

    When the day is done, order trumps freedom.

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  4. WELL YOU WOULD SAY THAT YOU GODLESS JEW PUPPET OF COMMUNIST ZIONISM ETC ETC ETC FOAMING AT MOUTH IS IT TIME FOR MY SHOTS YET NURSE

    Although I can’t say I’m from the GOP’s side of politics – to be fair judging by the astonishing argument about health care, both sides of politics in the US are comfortably further right of even the current conservative National government of New Zealand, which itself seems further left than the supposedly socialist Rudd Labor govt in Australia, bizarrely – I have to echo Barnes’ position that when the Republicans get the keys to the White House back off Barry and the Dems down the road, I (and I suspect large swathes of the rest of the world) hope it’s Republicans like yourself who are driving the bus rather than the batshit loony brigade who make us all want to hide under the couch and wait for the balloon to go up.

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  5. This may be one area where the US is 10 to 15 years behind Australia. What you need is for her to start a conservative Party. Our crazy harpy lady started her own party, this meant that all the real crazies (that could read and use a pencil) voted for her. Her party also attracted the best and brightest from the bottom of the barrel, and they joined her as candidates. This shone a light – a very bright light on the kind of conservatives that think electricity is evil, tax is unnecessary and the jews are keeping us down. Give money to her party, give them a voice, watch them implode when someone comes out and suggests something like a 2% flat tax to replace ALL other taxes as part of their platform. Ours did that.

    (I am ashamed to say i LOL’d at “Small town crowds just adore retarded babies” – I saw the pic and I knew you were going to write it, but when i saw it i still laughed – I am going to hell now and i guess you’ll be waiting there for me)

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  6. Have you considered trying to foment a movement aimed at getting Alaska to secede and form its own Nation of Funkin’ Crazy? Seriously: give ’em a place to go far, far away from the rest of us.

    I know: Alaska is a beautiful place with considerable ecological value, not to mention the monetary value of the minerals, timber, fish, and other resources to be found there. It would be a pity to lose them. But honestly — a small sacrifice, if it means that all the crazy-ass bastards currently turning your country into an international freakshow can go there, and stay there.

    And think of the fun, watching them as they inevitably turn upon one another, having no scapegoats to blame for their lives. We could make the biggest, most horrifying reality TV series of all time out of it. (Except, of course, that the audience for such a show would doubtless be living in Alaska too…)

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  7. paulboylan Says:

    Yobbo – If I had an Australian Dollar for every time I’ve been accused of being godless, jewish and/or a puppet for communists – including all permutations of the accusations – I’d have my own hovercraft with comely attendants.

    Uamada – Palin won’t start a new party. It is too difficult and will alienate those who think she will revitalize the GOP (for reasons different than mine) and therefor shrink the pool of idiots who will give her money. Instead, she will work within the existing political structure. She will undoubtedly be making noises like she intends on running for president and may actually get her name placed on some state ballots, but the odds are very good she won’t join the primary process that chooses the GOP Presidential candidate. She knows she is no good when it comes to unscripted moments, and the primary process is all about unscripted moments. But she will make it seem like she is headed there to provide her with something she can bargain away in exchange for influence.

    Flint – The US cannot allow Alaska to break off any more than China can afford to let Tibet do it, and for the same geopolitical reasons. But what a nice thought, eh? The people of Alaska won’t let it happen because most of them are dependent in large or small measure on receiving money from the federal government. No one, and I mean no one, walks away from free money (even though the hidden, eventual cost is slavery).

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  8. Ana Nymous Says:

    Oh, come now, pnb. Stop misleading all these nice Ausies. The Republican party is showing it’s true colors; red, white and blue right? Yes, but it is blue for true blue bloods, Sarah and her followers are just so much riff-raff to be humored as long as they are useful; white for the little white lies they tell (I’l stay away from playing the race card, thank you); and red for the blood (other people’s, non-blue bloods) they are willing to shed when and where they decide it’s necessary (in their interest).

    The center now belongs to the Democrats, as it always should have. Listen to us lefties, there isn’t a times worth of difference between the voting records of most Dem and Rep elected officials. But in hard times people forget all that social stuff and look at the hard realities; they see who is suffering and who is profiting. The only real difference between the two parties is that sometimes the Dems act like they have a heart and some compassion. Lately the Reps have swelled their ranks not only with social conservatives but also a lot of Blue blood wannabes. Many hit with the financial meltdown were those wannabes, stretched beyond the limit trying to look like they fit in, trying to forget that if they got sick and could not work they were facing bankruptcy.

    Reagan, that wannabe actor, wannabe activist, was rightly loved by all. But like Palin he brought the masses to the party, so he was allowed in. As my memory begins to slip I wonder what it must have been like for him that second term. But even I could identify with some of his wonderful lines. I often remind myself “trust, but verify” and then laugh at where I first heard it.

    BTW, nice piece of writing, as usual. But you know that.

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  9. paulboylan Says:

    Actually, Reagan made that “Old Russian Proverb “trust but verify.” He made stuff like that up all the time. No one ever called him on it. And do you know why? Because he was perfect in every way.

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  10. Ana Nymous Says:

    He was called on it. It made no matter. He was loved because he had an endearing manner, a wonderful smile and seemed like a perfectly decent human being. Which I have no doubt he was. Human beings, however, are not perfect. Except for the wonderful group here assembled.

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  11. paulboylan Says:

    Kissing up to the Aussies and Kiwis, eh?

    I very much approve.

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  12. Ana Nymous Says:

    Rumor has it you can not believe everything you read on this glorious blog.

    But I love approval, so thanks.

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  13. paulboylan Says:

    Well, you can believe SOME things you read here….

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  14. What our conservatives did was adopt some of the less loony policy elements of the more rabid right wing types and punched them into populist sound bytes for the talk back shows, “Australia for Australians”, a “right” way to get here (on a 747 with a valdily purchased visa) and a “wrong way” (leaky boat after months of traipsing from Afghanistan or Iraq escaping from the madmen who Australia swore to help defeat). Worked well for a while.

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  15. Thank you, your post made my day, though we may differ politically I find it comforting to know that there are people like you who have realized that the GOP has been hijacked by Wallmart shoppers……

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  16. paulboylan Says:

    Thank you, Oscar, but please realize how depressed your comment has made me. I posted above almost two years ago. Since then the GOP has embraced the morons and now inarticulate, uneducated, foolish and delusional people are actually making policy. Two years ago I was optimistic. Now I am not. This whole dumbing down of America is part of our now unstoppable decline , not just as a world power, but also as a society that includes the American Dream. The American Dream once promised that if you work hard and do well in school you can achieve anything. Now it means that anyone, regardless of race, color, creed or sexual orientation or lack of hard work or intelligence has an equal chance of getting rich by winning the lottery or appearing on a reality show. The American Dream is now centered on luck instead of hard work and intelligence, which means we, as a society, are totally fucked.

    But thank you for your comment and your compliment. And encourage your kids to do well in school.

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  17. Very good analysis of the Palin thing. But the possibility that the Republicans would not shake hands, make out and kiss the hind-quarters of Lucifer in order to gain power is simply out of the question. They will- and are now in the process of- pulling down Palin’s house of cards and, under Rove (the evil genius) will never allow Palin to stick her nose in what has become an exclusive club of white men beholden to corporations.
    TWo years have passed since you wrote this post and Obama has been fairly successful at exposing the GOP weaknesses to the public simply by allowing them to speak and behave in a manner they feel comfortable with.
    I am probably on the opposite side of the political spectrum, but I think you would agree with me that a strong Republic needs a strong, coherent and intelligent opposition to challenge or, when necessary, compromise with the ruling power.
    What we have now is nowhere close to that. And like you, it makes me sad to say good-bye to the Great American Experiment.

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  18. Nomad – When I wrote that piece, I was, essentially, attempting to persuade my conservative brethren NOT to seek the easy path and, instead, do what was right for the party in the long term – and that meant rejecting what became the Tea Party.

    It didn’t work. I had no influence whatsoever. My brethren made a deal with the devil for the sole purpose of maintaining political power. It is totally disgusting to see what has happened to the GOP.

    However, I admire the Tea Party. Instead of trying to become a Third Party (doomed) they chose, instead, to co-opt the GOP. Brilliant. And, due to the greed and lack of morals within the GOP, it worked. Can’t fault the Tea Party for that.

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  19. Why don’t you be more specific about all these evils that Sarah has been accused of by morons just like you. Here is the most asinine lie I have ever read and you wrote it. Your the stupid one sonny boy. And i quote the genius.
    ” She did what she knows, and that included saying and doing really dumb things, and then lying about it. She pretended to be moral when her record revealed entrenched corruption.”

    This is a load of bullshit so deep even you must not believe it. Or maybe you are a child not capable of the thought processes of an adult. Be specific what are these “really dumb things” (sic). What are these lies you speak of? And where is this entrenched corruption? Your a louse my boy for you have lied knowing your deceit and that’s the worst kind of fallen man.

    Wear your big boy pants and understand this. I could not have given a damn about John McCain. He would not inspire a drowning man to swim.I would not vote for Romney and his wishy washy Conservatism if you paid me.And he lost just like the next clown the GOPe puts up will lose. The Republican party can have the 2% more blacks and the 10% more Latino vote they beg for on their hands and knees but they will lose because they have abandoned us. The Conservatives in this party of Lincoln. These men are cowards. While Sarah fought the good fight against Obama ,the cowards of the Republican party sat like small children with their hands folded. Just as they sit today. Don’t you dare blame Sarah for the feeble men we have in Washington D.C. And so shall they circle the drain along with fools like you.

    I am middle America. You can count on that. That is your problem my friend. My eyes are now open. Wide open ! And you can’t close them again. I am not for sale.
    And Karl Rove is a two faced bastard. i respect Obama more than i do him. He’s a back stabber. Nothing more. Fat and contented are the words that come to mind when I see Rove. He has been shown naked.

    Now let me teach you something.Just what is so wrong with calling cronyism what It is? What is wrong with holding the govt. that is supposed to serve the people to account for the mess the country is in?
    If you think John McCain is the answer I think your a lunatic. Oh my ,i bet your a Jeb Bush boy. (yuck) It will never happen.
    A Sarah Palin presidency would never have looked like the garbage we have been fed for the last 25 years. That’s what the truth is. Look at the trash that the GOPe has given us for the last 25 years. You blame Sarah? Your an arrogant son of a bitch. Sarah took the corrupt Republicans to task in Alaska and gave up a six figure job to do it. that’s a damn good person and a damn courageous woman. The kind this political class is sorely lacking in.she would do the same in Washington. That is the great fear isn’t it.

    Back up your cheap shots with facts. Sarah is 10 times the leader that Obama is. And hey how about a country not steeped in pork and cronyism. One that actually believes in the hard work of men like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. A thing called the Constitution.Not the Washington we find loaded with fat bellied hustlers who arrive with moderate wealth and leave as fatted cows. You blame Palin all you like, but the real asshole is in the mirror son. N.Y.

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