Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sarah Palin tries to hog the news, and - Oops! - more lies pop out.

USA Today has a concise summary of the endorsement news in Georgia's gubernatorial race:

Two leading GOP conservatives, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich, back different horses in Georgia's crowded gubernatorial primary. In the Democratic contest, former president Bill Clinton dissed the front-runner.

In the Democratic primary, Clinton endorsed Attorney General Thurbert Baker for governor over the favorite (and former governor) Roy Barnes. Baker seeks to become Georgia's first black governor. The Associated Press notes that Baker endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2008 while Barnes backed John Edwards.

On her Facebook page yesterday, Palin announced her support for "underdog candidate" Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of State. Gingrich today endorsed former House colleague Nathan Deal, who left the House just before a potential Ethics Committee investigation. Palin, the GOP's 2008 vice presidential candidate, and Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, touted their candidates as the truest to conservative values. ...

Interestingly, Palin has endorsed a candidate who, according to her opponent, John Oxedine, the state's insurance commissioner and front-runner on the Republican side, "... gave almost a half-million dollars to an abortion provider. And supported tax-payer benefits for gay couples. Sounds like a liberal Democrat. It's the Karen Handel you didn't know" (CNN's Political Ticker via IM).

The Georgia primary will be held on July 20th, and a runoff is scheduled for August 10 if none of the candidates receive more than 50% of the votes.

Salon has a short, excellent article which contains several interesting links: "Michele Bachman outraises Sarah Palin: Is the Minnesota congresswoman more popular than the queen of the Tea Parties?"

Esquire's Politics blog addresses the hoopla over SarahPAC's recent quarterly report, noting:
Winning the GOP candidacy in 2012 will take more than stardom, and more than money. It'll take strategy, alliances, and one heckuva lot of shoe leather. Especially in Iowa and New Hampshire. I won't hazard a guess as to who will emerge victorious. I will predict it won't be be Palin or Romeny [sic], the presumptive frontrunners today. They've both tried and failed on the national stage before. Neither is a new face. And for Palin specifically, the same idiosyncratic tactics she uses to woo the far-right make her, I and others think, uniquely unlikely to be able to mount a successful party-wide candidacy. As for Mitt, Charlie Pierce has some new thoughts. Meantime, money talks.

ABC News has reported that Sarah Palin has assailed a resolution passed by the NAACP at its annual convention:
The NAACP's resolution condemning what it calls racist elements within the Tea Party is drawing fire from top Tea Party supporters, including Sarah Palin, as the civil rights group's president insists the party needs to "expel racists from the ranks."

"For more than a year we've watched as Tea Party members have called congressmen the N-word, have called congressmen the F-word. We see them carry racist signs and whenever it happens, the membership tries to shirk responsibility," NAACP President Ben Jealous said in an interview with ABC News. "If the Tea Party wants to be respected and wants to be part of the mainstream in this country, they have to take responsibility."

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People this evening passed a resolution that calls on Tea Party members to repudiate what Jealous says are "ultra-nationalist and racist factions within the organization." ...

... Former Alaska Gov. Palin, a vocal advocate of the Tea Party movement, jumped into the heated race debate Monday night, assailing the NAACP resolution as an example of "typical divisive politics that is so absolutely unnecessary."

"The Tea Party movement is a beautiful movement, full of diverse people, diverse backgrounds," Palin said on Fox News' "Hannity." "It's very unfortunate that they are taking this tactic because it's a false accusation that Tea Party Americans are racist. Any good American hates racism. We don't stand for it. It is unacceptable."

Palin in turn called on President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama to "repudiate" the resolution and "set the record straight." ...
Michelle Obama delivered the keynote address at the NAACP's annual convention. She appeared before the resolution, which was widely expected to be approved, was voted upon.

Kansas City's ABC affilliate, KMBC, reported about the NAACP's resolution, which condemned racist elements within the tea party:
KMBC's Marcus Moore reported that Benjamin Jealous' speech on the third day of the national convention told members that the country's top priority should be creating new jobs.

"Getting our priorities back right-side up means putting America back to work," said Jealous.

Moore reported that Jealous then turned his attention to the national tea party movement and called out its leaders.

"Expel the bigots and racists in your ranks or take the responsibility for them and their actions," Jealous said.

Moore reported that Jealous spoke to tea party members and said some have taken things too far.

"We will no longer allow you to hide like cowards and hide behind signs that say 'Lynch Our President' or anyone else," Jealous said.

Jealous even mentioned the tea party's most well-known figure, Sarah Palin.

"Sarah Palin says, 'Let's party like it's 1776.' My white daddy would say be careful what you wish for because the 18th century, Sarah, wasn't good for anybody, even folks like you," Jealous said.
Isn't Sarah Palin lying about the Tea Party? Is it "a beautiful movement, full of diverse people, diverse backgrounds?" A CBS/NY Times poll found that it isn't so diverse, when compared with Real America:

Finally, something that cannot go without mentioning: David Weigel has a guest post at Andrew Sullivans' place. It's about Trig Palin's birth. I may address Weigel's post in the comments.


Joie Vouet said...

The "lie" is about the tea party being diverse ...


Let me know if the post displays with an error. Blogger says there is a defective 'a' tag, but I didn't dip into the HTML. It may be in one of the links contained in a quote. It looks alright in a reader, Safari and Firefox.


What do you think of Weigel's post at Sullivan's place?

Joie Vouet said...

LoLz! I must have some mad skills, huh? The HTML error was in Esquire's link at 'some new thoughts.' But it may have become corrupted here. Don't know. Anyway, it's fixed.

Joie Vouet said...

Another lie: Sarah Palin says of NAACP's resolution, "it's a false accusation that Tea Party Americans are racist."

The NAACP didn't say that all Tea Party Americans are racist. It would be difficult to deny that some of them are racist.

Forever Anonymous said...

Weigel is lazy, and a coward, for anyone refuting that Palin was not pregnant and did not go into labor on April 18, 08', should indicate what makes them certain that she was pregnant. Weigel doesn't deserve an answer, I think he wanted to shock Sullivan's readers and generate comments.

Joie Vouet said...

A 3rd lie: Palin calls the NAACP resolution, "typical divisive politics that is so absolutely unnecessary."

That is particulary egregious coming from her, the Queen of Divisiveness. Why does Sarah Palin practice divisive politics if such tactics are so "absolutely unnecessary?"

Carli said...

Tea Party diverse. ROFLMAO! Even before I saw the NYT poll, it was evident they are not diverse.

BTW, we need to keep on $arah about her Georgia endorsement. Her FB post says how 'pro-life' Handel is, but that's obviously not true, as reported. I hope she loses even more supporters after that one.

Joie Vouet said...

Weigel writes,

Obsessing over Trig, as much as it annoys the Palins -- and I see why it does -- is one of the best ways of propping her up. It gives her fan base proof that its hero is constantly battling unfair personal attacks that the media won't debunk. It convinces them that critics focus on this nonsense because they've got nothing else to criticize Palin about. She has taken advantage of this impression.

I agree that stories that she didn't give birth to Trig prop up her fans, but I don't know that Weigel knows the reason for that.

Without proof that Sarah didn't give birth to Trig, the stories probably don't get many people to oppose Palin. So ... What is proof?

There are a lot of stories that chip away at Palin, like the story of her demagogueing the NAACP's resolution.

Is there a magic bullet? A nuke? A bunker buster that's going to take Palin down? Maybe, but in the meantime it may be best to keep chipping away at her. Sarah Palin is probably Sarah's worst enemy.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I know that Sarah Palin is an "unstable" human being who lies compulsively, including when the truth would clearly be more to her advantage. But this statement goes so far over the top of instability, it's stunning to contemplate: Palin assailed the NAACP resolution as an example of "typical divisive politics that is so absolutely unnecessary."
WHAT? There has been no other politician (pseudo or legit) in my lifetime (66 yrs) who coninues to spread more divisive rhetoric across America than Sarah Palin. One of MANY examples: her relentlessly heinous character assassination of Barack Obama, the President of the United States, which becomes more and more intense every day. History will not be kind to this woman, if she's even mentioned, and rightly so.

tallimat said...

Well I can tell you that all the Tea Party gatherings in Wasilla have been made up of nothing but white bread.
If not I, then it was my daughter, that has been to every gathering to photograph people. The closest thing that came to a person of color, was a couple of white guys (clearly white guys) dressed up like lower 48 Indians.

I also find it very interesting that Scarah seems to want to engage POTUS in whatever, at every chance she can.
There is a point where one has to wonder if she is pulling her hair out over Obama's historic win.

Personally, I don't engage in the babygate debate. Is it a lost cause to keep it up? No.

The fact that she quit upholding a vow of public service is huge. Think about it. If she gets the repub nomination to run for President, the debates will be hilarious.

She is her worst enemy. THAT is the nuke, the bunker buster and magic bullet.

Chipping away? I think not! It is more like keeping track of her endless faults.

tallimat said...

I'll also add that Palin enjoys being divisive, nasty and plain ol icky, while holding a bible. It is her mantra, pure and simple.

nswfm said...

Don't know about the rest of you, but I'm hoping for a bunker buster.

As her buddy S. Angle said about Bennet from UT, Grifter Gov has outlived her usefulness when she QUIT.

Joie Vouet said...

Good night, everyone.


IM has a post about Megyn Kelly's racist rant.


After this posted appeared, Sarah rushed to Facebook to play righteous victim of that mean NAACP. (Put your waders on, if you go over there)

LoLz! I didn't know she was a reader of the blog.

rj said...

Another conservative trying to stir up racism ...

Last weekend, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) helped headline the Western Conservative Summit in Denver. Bachmann fired up attendees with an anger-filled speech repeatedly comparing America under President Obama to slavery, reports the Colorado Independent. “We will talk a little bit about what has transpired in the last 18 months and would we count what has transpired into turning our country into a nation of slaves,” thundered Bachmann at one point. Link

Joie Vouet said...

Washington Post's From Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston to Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz: Recent celeb pairings that surprised us most is now working.