Palin Ratin’s

Something fishy about Sarah Palin?

Depending on your politics, Sarah Palin’s Alaska is either an enchanting visit to a beautiful state and a lovable family, or a cloying reality TV show that could also be considered the world’s longest political biomercial. If you haven’t watched, the show features the tireless Palin in practically every shot, and deals with every aspect of her life from disciplining her children, cooking dinner and teasing her husband to huntin’ bears, shootin’ caribou and clubbin’ halibut…things she apparently does all the time in between high-profile junkets to the lower-48 to sell books and influence American politics.

The Palins and Gosselins Together

The first episode drew the largest single-show audience ever recorded by TLC…a cool five million on the Nielson ratings. The audience was clearly not universally charmed because the second episode saw an abrupt 40% drop-off in viewership, down to three million. Since then the ratings have been respectable but choppy, hovering near the threes. A heavily promoted attempt to recapture the magic by teaming Palin with fellow reality star Kate Gosselin (of Kate Plus 8) has fallen short, failing to deliver the big ratings hoped for by the network.

The Gosselin episode was clearly designed to cast Palin in a favorable light by making Kate look like a whiny, wimpy “city slicker” in contrast to Sarah’s fearless outdoorswoman. Although the whole theme was as transparent as the “good guy/evil villain” shtick in professional wrestling, fans of the show ate it up and delighted in mocking Kate Gosselin while praising Sarah Palin, who has moved past cult heroine and is now a goddess in the minds of many conservative Americans. (The Freeperswatch the show together” every week and record hundreds and hundreds of adoring comments during the airing of each episode. Critics and occasional doubters of Palin-power are indignantly booted off the thread.)

Social conservatives love to gloat over how “liberal heads are exploding” during each episode…whether Palin is clubbing fish, shooting bears or downing caribou. I’m not actually aware of any liberal heads creating messes on the carpet…though it seems Aaron Sorkin’s head did get pretty overheated at the gratuitous caribou killing. In fact, I doubt if most liberals could stand to watch more than a few minutes since every episode features a solid hour of Sarah Palin’s voice indulging in typical Sarah Palin inanities and circumlocutions. (I had to look up online coverage to write this article…I honestly tried to watch the first episode but found it unendurable.)

The bigger question is not if Sarah Palin is exploding liberal heads, but rather if she is exploding her own political career with all this exposure. She recently defended her version of political celebrity (Palin’s Alaska, Dancing with the Stars, etc.) by saying, “Wasn’t Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn’t he in Bedtime for Bonzo, Bozo, something? Ronald Reagan was an actor.”

This comment elicited a deliciously brutal response from Peggy Noonan, former speechwriter for the Gipper:

Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin. Reagan people quietly flipped their lids, but I’ll voice their consternation to make a larger point. Ronald Reagan was an artist who willed himself into leadership as president of a major American labor union (Screen Actors Guild, seven terms, 1947-59.) He led that union successfully through major upheavals (the Hollywood communist wars, labor-management struggles); discovered and honed his ability to speak persuasively by talking to workers on the line at General Electric for eight years; was elected to and completed two full terms as governor of California; challenged and almost unseated an incumbent president of his own party; and went on to popularize modern conservative political philosophy without the help of a conservative infrastructure. Then he was elected president.

The point is not “He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,” though that is true. The point is that Reagan’s career is a guide, not only for the tea party but for all in politics. He brought his fully mature, fully seasoned self into politics with him. He wasn’t in search of a life when he ran for office, and he wasn’t in search of fame; he’d already lived a life, he was already well known, he’d accomplished things in the world.

Now THAT is how a really tough lady takes a club to somebody…just for the halibut.


About filistro

Filistro is a Canadian writer and prairie dog who maintains burrows on both sides of the 49th parallel. Like all prairie dogs, she is keenly interested in politics and language. (Prairie dogs have been known to build organized towns the size of Maryland, and are the only furry mammal with a documented language.)
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49 Responses to Palin Ratin’s

  1. Bart DePalma says:

    Ronald Reagan was an artist who willed himself into leadership…

    True enough. Palin took the opposite route, starting as a leader (business woman, city council, mayor, chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and then governor) who then dabbled in entertainment.

    Reagan’s record as the greatest President of our lifetimes stands on its own and does not require Ms. Noonan or any other self appointed defender to denigrate Palin to preserve the record.

    Peggy, you sound more and more like David Brooks every day. Shame.

  2. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Bart said: “___”

  3. GROG says:

    This topic is a bit of a head scratcher.

    Yesterday we had the 112th Congress sworn in. Republicans are being accused of “fetishing” and “propagandizing” the constitution. Joy Behar even said “this Constitution loving is getting out of hand.” There’s a lot interesting and important things going on right now in government and politics.

    And today’s topic is “Sarah Palin’s Alaska”???

  4. Bart DePalma says:

    Grog:

    Fili has a very snobbish, catty and unattractive fixation on the working class Palin. It has become an almost complete pathology.

    The recent progressive denigration of our Constitution is a far more interesting story, but do you really expect the progressives here to take those attacks to task? Very likely they share the progressive contempt for the checks and balances of the Constitution.

  5. Monotreme says:

    GROG:

    We look forward to your lead article on the first day of the 112th Congress.

  6. Monotreme says:

    Here’s that Marxist Larry Sabato on his Twitter feed:

    Does anyone remember that Jefferson wanted the Constitution revised every 19 yrs? That Madison & Washington agreed?

    Founders never saw Constitution as unalterable text, handed down to Moses on Mount. No divinely inspired document would’ve included slavery.

    Constitution easy to read out loud, tough to interpret & apply to modern circumstances. Why not a free-wheeling congressional forum on that?

  7. Bart DePalma says:

    Larry Sabato is a member in good standing of the progressive legal academia.

    The Founders wanted the constitution updated by the people through amendments or a convention. They never conceived of a world where the Courts would arrogate that power to themselves.

  8. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Bart said “______”

    I find it somewhat telling that the first two to comment on Palin are our resident “conservatives”.

    Maybe Sorkin’s head did explode. Hopefully he’ll find most of the pieces and get it together.

    For the record, and I am NOT sure that the caribou killing was staged, I have no problem with hunting and fishing and killing when one puts the meat in the freezer AND one has done the hard work preparatory to the hunt. The act of pulling the trigger is only the midpoint of the total effort. When one has done the scouting, sometimes months in advance, does the tracking/stalking/waiting usually in severe heat and/or cold, has practiced so as to make as clean a kill as possible, can follow spoor and does their BEST EFFORT never to leave a wounded animal, properly field dresses, hauls out he carcass and shares and puts the meat in the freezer, I have NO complaint.

    I have issues with the folks in urban areas overrun with deer who refuse to allow those deer to be trapped and killed and the venison used to feed people. In 99.9% of cases those deer are borderline starving due to overpopulation (both deer and people) and overgrazing, and we are doing them no favors to allow the situation to continue.

    I abhor these shooting galleries, for thats what they are, where for a couple grand one can drive out in a 4-wheeler, have some animal driven to within range, then get some freezer wrapped packages of meat and a mounted head to take home.

    That is NOT hunting and SHOULD be outlawed.

    If the latter is what occurred for the camera than Palin is a liar and a hypocrite in addition to her other failings.

    I don’t watch the show because, as everyone knows, Survivor is the only TRUE reality program!

  9. filistro says:

    GROG… I think an article on Sarah Palin is supremely appropriate today. Republicans can stand in the house and read the entire constitution aloud… but their support of Sarah Palin’s bid to be President of the United States proves it’s all just theater and means nothing.

    Anyone who would hand control of the entire nation to such a know-nothing nitwit has no love for country… just a blind allegiance to party.

  10. filistro says:

    And speaking of rich hypocrisy from the constitution-lovin’, small-government, cut-spending, everybody-lookin’-out-fer-theirselves crowd…

    House Dems first procedural salvo at the GOP majority — forcing a vote on a motion providing: “Not later than 15 days after taking the oath of office, a Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner shall notify the Clerk of whether that Member, Delegate, or Resident Commissioner elects to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.”

    Now, that will be interesting.

  11. Monotreme says:

    How’s that taxation without representation thing workin’ out for ya?

    http://thehill.com/homenews/house/136213-house-gop-kills-voting-rights-for-delegates

  12. drfunguy says:

    Let the record show that BDP considers a President who _raised_ taxes on the lowest income earners and ignored (or condoned) the trampling on the Constitution “the greatest President of our lifetimes”.

  13. drfunguy says:

    ps. And he’s still dead!

  14. shortchain says:

    drfunguy,

    It’s not surprising a mediocrity would extol the virtues of a President who was, at best, a mediocrity.

  15. dcpetterson says:

    The Republican House voted new rules yesterday that will require all new spending to be balanced by cuts elsewhere. One could argue the merits of that (a better proposal would have been to find offsets elsewhere, which could include revenue enhancements). But the Republicans included two exemptions from the new rules:

    1) Tax cuts don’t have to be balanced by spending cuts. So Republicans can continue to provide welfare to the wealthy by cutting their taxes, while driving the nation as deep into debt as they please.

    2) A repeal of PPACA would be specifically exempted. Even though the new Health Care law would reduce the deficit — so repealing it would increase the deficit — its repeal would not require offsets. (This is a frank admission, by the way, that the new Health Care Reform law would, in fact, reduce the deficit, otherwise it would not have been necessary to exempt its repeal from the new rules).

    I mention this because GROG complained that we didn’t cover the premier episode of the new Republican House Reality Show. But it is relevant to this thread. Republicans are all about political theater, and have given up any attempt at governing. Palin is one manifestation of that. The Republican House is another.

  16. shortchain says:

    I say ignore the House and its hypocritical theatrics until they pass a bill that the Senate might actually take up. The kabuki theater of passing a nothing like the so-called “repeal” act is nothing but a waste of time. Boehner, in his address yesterday, said absolutely nothing that matters.

    As for Palin, frankly, I don’t care for reality shows. Reality, except for rare circumstances, doesn’t come with make-up, staged scenes, and professional camera crews, not to mention casting calls. So much for “reality”.

    And I’m with filistro — I can’t stand more than 2 seconds of Palin’s pie-hole noise (can’t call it a “voice”, as that would impute meaning.)

  17. dcpetterson says:

    @shortchain
    I say ignore the House and its hypocritical theatrics until they pass a bill that the Senate might actually take up.

    I heard a whopper yesterday. Some Republican politician was talking (I didn’t catch who it was). He said that it was the Senate Democrats who had been the obstructionists in the 111th Congress. He claimed the Senate Democrats had cut off debate on a record number of bills, and that this refusal to allow debate to continue was “obstructionist.”

    That’s like blaming the police for a crime wave because they took a record number of people into custody.

    It’s all about theater.

  18. filistro says:

    The Teaper Freepers (who are the undefeated, undisputed Champions of Conflation) today are conflating their reverence for Really Old Stuff with their worship of Really Hot Babes.

    They are doing this by celebrating the 599th birthday of Joan of Arc who (just like them!) fought bravely against tyranny.

    I’m not kidding. (I never kid about Teaper Freepers. There’s no need. This bunch is hilarious without any help at all.) Their freakin’ paean to Joan of Arc is in their Breaking News section this morning.

  19. shiloh says:

    Bartles, you never answered my question:

    Should Dutch be impeached posthumously for cutting and running from Beirut, Lebanon and the plethora of other constitutional violations in his administration ?!?

    Just wonderin’

    And yes drfun, he’s still dead! 😛

  20. Bart DePalma says:

    dcpetterson says: The Republican House voted new rules yesterday that will require all new spending to be balanced by cuts elsewhere.

    In addition to the winning 2010 GOP campaign platform, this was also Barack Obama’s winning 2008 debate pledge. At least one of the two is following through.

    A repeal of PPACA would be specifically exempted. Even though the new Health Care law would reduce the deficit — so repealing it would increase the deficit — its repeal would not require offsets. (This is a frank admission, by the way, that the new Health Care Reform law would, in fact, reduce the deficit, otherwise it would not have been necessary to exempt its repeal from the new rules).

    Hardly. The GOP (and CBO’s) position is that there are no actual Medicare cuts to pay for Obamacare and, even if there were, Obamacare adds to the deficit as soon as it comes on line.

  21. shortchain says:

    Bart’s “interesting” (or, to be blunt, pathological) willingness to believe any goddamn thing that he is disposed to favor on the basis of often nonexistent evidence while refusing to notice the vast preponderance of opposing evidence is on fine display today.

  22. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Bart DeLiar said: “_________”

  23. dcpetterson says:

    In addition to the winning 2010 GOP campaign platform, this was also Barack Obama’s winning 2008 debate pledge. At least one of the two is following through.

    Obama pushed for the Clinton-era pay-go plan. Congressional Republicans blocked it.

    Hardly. The GOP (and CBO’s) position is that there are no actual Medicare cuts to pay for PPACA and, even if there were, PPACA adds to the deficit as soon as it comes on line.

    ::: sigh :::

    Please. The CBO scored PPACA as reducing the Federal deficit. That the Republicans had to exempt their kabuki attempt at repeal from their new rules means even they admit the PPACA will reduce the Federal deficit.

    And thanks for admitting PPACA does not cut Medicare — despite the Big Lie of the Republican Party throughout 2009. The genius of the PPACA design is that it improves care, while reducing costs, and while reducing the Federal deficit. Thank you for acknowledging this.

    So now the Republican House will waste three weeks or so for purposes of political theater, instead of creating jobs. Way to break campaign promises. But then, Republicans are never accused of being honest.

  24. Bart DePalma says:

    BD: In addition to the winning 2010 GOP campaign platform, this was also Barack Obama’s winning 2008 debate pledge. At least one of the two is following through.

    DC: Obama pushed for the Clinton-era pay-go plan. Congressional Republicans blocked it.

    I have been trying to avoid calling you a liar, but it is no longer possible.

    You know damn well that the GOP could do nothing to stop the Dem super majority until Scott Brown was sworn in and then only if Brown was willing to sustain a filibuster. To state otherwise is a bald faced lie.

    Pelosi adopted Pay-Go and then ignored it to run up over 3 trillion dollars in deficit spending. To suggest otherwise is a lie.

    BD: Hardly. The GOP (and CBO’s) position is that there are no actual Medicare cuts to pay for PPACA and, even if there were, PPACA adds to the deficit as soon as it comes on line.

    DC: Please. The CBO scored PPACA as reducing the Federal deficit.

    The original CBO scoring counted $500 billion in completely fictional Medicare cuts over the first decade, but only five years of Obamcare costs.

    In the first decade of full Obamacare costs, CBO scored a $2 trillion deficit.

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/cbo-obamacare-would-cost-over-2-trillion

    You know this from myself and others and continue to lie like a rug.

    The genius of the PPACA design is that it improves care, while reducing costs, and while reducing the Federal deficit.

    And pigs fly. No one believes these lies.

  25. shortchain says:

    The Congressional Budget Office has spoken on the inane “repeal” bill. It would increase the deficit.

    I believe this requires Bart, and all teapers, to start calling their representatives to threaten to throw them out of office if the vote for it.

    Until they do, and report it here, they stand convicted of hypocrisy by their own standards.

  26. dcpetterson says:

    Bart, you’re completely losing your cool. I guess the smackdown you got on the global warming thread really hurt. And now, all you have are historical rewrites to support your cause, so you’re resorting to complete nonsense.

    You know damn well that the GOP could do nothing to stop the Dem super majority until Scott Brown was sworn in

    ::: sigh :::

    We’ve been over this before. The Dems (nominally) had 60 votes in the Senate for a total of about 6 months. Before and after that point, the Republicans could stop nearly anything by putting on anonymous holds and/or filibuster and/or cloture. In addition, each call for a cloture vote triggers an automatic 30 hours of debate, forcing other things off the calendar. Republicans called for cloture votes on everything, even for bills they favored, just to stop the business of We the People from proceeding.

    Don’t pull this innocent “Republicans were powerless” crap. No one buys it.

    And you keep claiming the final PPACA bill scored a deficit from CBO. You know that’s a lie. Repeating the lie doesn’t make it so. And as I said (three times now) even the Republicans in the House have admitted this that’s specifically the reason why they exempted the kabuki PPACA repeal vote from their requirement that new bills can’t raise the deficit.

    So stop with the nonsense already, okay? I know with your typically conservative fact-free arrogance, you believe you can fool the people you view as manipulatable rabble. But we have more than just conservative bloggers (like the Weekly Standard). We have actual facts, and we’re not afraid to use them.

  27. Mr. Universe says:

    @GROG

    Fili is on vacation and left us several non-topical articles which we are distributing throughout the month. It’s our fault if they seem out of place.

  28. Number Seven says:

    Nominally indeed. Sanders could be counted on but not LIEberman. How soon the Public Cons like Bartoinette forget.

  29. GROG says:

    Mr. U,

    Thanks. I don’t mean to complain. Just a little constructive criticism.

  30. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    All, Franken was not seated until July7 2009. Until that time, 60 votes were needed to force cloture just as though the 100th Senator WAS there.

    So the Dems had NO supermajority until July 7 2009.

    Scott Brown was seated on February 4 2010, becoming the 41st GOP Senator.

    So no Dem supermajority after that date.

    Thus in TWO years, 730 days, of the 111th Congress, the Dems had a supermajority for215 days.

    The majority leader refused to make a filibuster threat materialize into an actual filibuster.

  31. Bart DePalma says:

    Max:

    You are correct about the Dems not having a supermajority until Franken was seated. However, the GOP could not filibuster a decision by the House Dems to employ Pay-Go in the spending bills they sent to the Senate or the Senate from employing Pay-Go in the spending bills they sent to reconciliation because those only need a majority vote. Indeed, the Dems bragged how they enacted Pay-Go rules before they ignored them.

  32. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Bart, I’m almost ALWAYS correct on facts. When I DO err, I admit it ASAP.

    Wish you would do same.

  33. dcpetterson says:

    Bart, you also make the mistake of pretending “the Dems” vote in mindless lockstep obedience to their totalitarian Party masters, as if they were — well, Republicans. If even one or two Republicans had voted independently (say, the Senators from Maine), then the cloture / filibuster technique would have been far less effective. But no; the arrogant and authoritarian Soviet-style unitarianism of the Republican Party prevented any independent thinking. So yes, the Republicans did their best to block everything. Stop pretending they were helpless wimps. No one’s buying it.

    Despite that, the 111th Congress was among the most productive in history. Of course, over 400 bills were passed by the House that the Republicans prevented even coming up for a vote in the Senate; and there are still over 100 Executive and Judicial appointees waiting for the Senate to act. Republican obstructionism continues, thwarting the business of We the People, obeying only their elite corporate masters.

  34. dcpetterson says:

    Bart:
    the spending bills they sent to reconciliation

    Please list all the spending bills that the Democrats sent to Reconciliation in the 111th Congress. (All other bills, of course, were subject to needing a 60-vote supermajority.)

  35. Just Sayin' says:

    I watched an episode of Palin over the Christmas holidays, and it was about her trying to engage her children in something like take a kid to work day. Her youngest daughter tried out waiting tables and her teenage daughter went with her to a logging camp. I came away with: Ms. Palin is just like any other mom who has children to raise, but likes the attention and the money that comes with it. I neither liked her more nor less after about 45 mins. If some of our citizens like to spend their time hovering over her every word or image so be it, also I have a tortilla in the fridge with Jesus’ image on it……oops never mind I ate it.

  36. GROG says:

    DC said:
    Despite that, the 111th Congress was among the most productive in history.

    You mean the 111th which was the most unpopular in history and just suffered one of the largest defeats in the history of American elections?

    DC said:
    Republican obstructionism continues, thwarting the business of We the People, obeying only their elite corporate masters.

    You mean the same Republicans who just obtained one of the largest victories in the history of American elections?

    The People despised the 111th, kicked them out of office, and replaced them “Repulican obstuctionists”. The left still doesn’t get it.

  37. Bart DePalma says:

    And now for something relevant….

    Rasmussen and Gallup report that adults willing to self identify as Dem has free fallen since 2008 and is hitting lows not seen in years:

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/mood_of_america/partisan_trends

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/06/democratic-party-id-at-22-year-low_n_805242.html

  38. shortchain says:

    GROG, Bart,

    The 111th Congress may have been unpopular, but they didn’t screw the pooch like the current one. And the session is only hours old. The GOP is going to give us a historic train wreck.

  39. shortchain says:

    Yup, Bart’s right, the self-identification of people with the Democratic party is only 31 percent (in the Gallup poll. No point in even bothering with Ras.) That’s only 2 points higher than for the GOP. Whoops, I’m pretty sure Bart didn’t notice that…

    Of course, Bart’s particular delusion is that all the “indy” voters are really GOP voters, so he’s thrilled, which just goes to show that it’s not merely ignorance which is bliss — delusion can bring happiness as well.

  40. shiloh says:

    Barted ~ And now for something relevant….

    No, but O/T as per usual ~ again Bartles, who is one trying to convince here ?!?

    Obama Gallup Job Approval Dec. 28 ~ Jan. 2, 2011 … 50/42

    Reagan Gallup Job Approval March, 1983 (((35%))).

    take care, blessings

  41. dcpetterson says:

    @GROG
    You mean the 111th which was the most unpopular in history and just suffered one of the largest defeats in the history of American elections?

    No, actually. What part of “one of the most productive in history” did you not understand?

    You mean the same Republicans who just obtained one of the largest victories in the history of American elections?

    Yes, they were obstructionist. Part of the purpose of their obstructionism was to keep the economy in as bad a shape as possible, sot the voters would blame the party in power. They are capable strategists; their scheme worked.

    The People despised the 111th, kicked them out of office, and replaced them “Repulican obstuctionists”. The left still doesn’t get it.

    The People want jobs. It’s now up to you guys to deliver. Instead, you’re playing kabuki-dance with Health Care Reform. The right still clearly doesn’t get it.

  42. dcpetterson says:

    Bart, do you have the list yet of spending bills that the 111th Congress passed through Reconciliation?

    By the way, speaking of Gallup, Obama is at 50% approval and heading up. 13 points higher than Reagan was at this time. Are you commenting on that?

  43. dcpetterson says:

    GROG
    You mean the same Republicans who just obtained one of the largest victories in the history of American elections?

    I was thinking more about this. There are a number of aspects here you’re ignoring.

    1) Midterms almost always result in the majority party losing seats.

    2) The economy (thanks to the Republicans) was in the worse shape it’s been in 80 years. With the economy that bad, it is to be expected the normal seat loss would be greater.

    3) A lot of the seats lost were ones the Democrats only held because of the amazing triumphs of 2006 and 2008. They were in conservative districts that, in normal times, the Democrats wouldn’t have held anyway.

    4) The group of Democrats that took the biggest hit were conservatives and Blue Dogs. If “the public” was unhappy with the progressive policies of the Democratic majority, there would have been bigger losses among the progressives.

    5) This was the first election following the horrible Citizens United decision. Frankly, I’m amazed things weren’t worse. And it was a lot better than the conservative pundits claimed — no Tsunami of Biblical Proportions!!!!. And the Dems held the Senate, which was not a foregone conclusion — and they held it because the Republicans put up far-right candidates.

    6) And the Republicans are left with a more narrow majority in the House than the Dems had in the 111th Congress. Which means winning that majority back in 2012 is a definite possibility.

    7) Obama’s approval rating is at 50%, and going up. Again, if “the voters” didn’t like his policies, we wouldn’t expect that to be true.

    The election was about the state of the economy, nothing more. And with the US adding 275,000 jobs in December, and with the DOW back to pre-collapse levels, and with GDP continuing to grow, and with the Republicans already acting like clowns, things are definitely looking up for Democratic prospects.

  44. GROG says:

    DC,

    1) Obama is not at 50% according to Gallup.
    2) If the Republicans are responsible for the recession (which they are not) why were Republicans voted in in waves in November?
    3) The Republicans are not acting like clowns. They’re doing what they were voted in to do. You may think that’s “acting like clowns”, but the American people do not.

    You’re out of touch with reality my friend.

  45. shortchain says:

    1. Obama approval rating, according to Gallup, Dec. 28, was 50 percent. Latest is 48 percent.

    2. What does responsibility for the recession have to do with whether the GOP was elected? Americans, historically, vote against the party in power on election day if the economy is bad and not improving. A thoughtful assignment of blame is as far beyond the electorate as logical thought is beyond GROG.

    3. They’re acting like clowns. GROG’s ability to discern what the American people think is, in my opinion, nonexistent.

  46. dcpetterson says:

    The Republicans are acting like clowns. In their eagerness to put America in reverse, they took some votes without bothering to have everyone sworn in. Non-members of Congress voting in Congress. They’re like the Keystone Cops.

    If the Keystone Cops were vicious and vindictive jerks. Disenfranchising Americans just because they can. Petty and mean.

    These are the people you voted in. Fools and bullies.

  47. Number Seven says:

    First: It has been two days, were are the JOBS!!!

    Second: A significant portion of the base of the Democratic party is very disappointed with the fact that a lot of time was wasted trying to play nice with the bullies of the GOP. Sadly, this disappointment was demonstrated by staying home.

    Third: It has been two days, were are the JOBS!!!

  48. Bart DePalma says:

    shortchain says: Yup, Bart’s right, the self-identification of people with the Democratic party is only 31 percent (in the Gallup poll. No point in even bothering with Ras.) That’s only 2 points higher than for the GOP.

    Dude, these are adults not voters. Dems historically have enjoyed leads here when they lost actual elections.

    This most likely reflects the Dem loss of the white working class which fueled much of the tsunami election last November.

  49. shortchain says:

    Bart,

    And, in 2012, there will be voters who aren’t even adults today.

    Focusing on a number, such as the number of people who self-identify as in one party or another today, in the absence of a broader picture is the province of people with small intellects.

    Frankly, if called today — I’m not sure I’d self-identify as a Democrat. Probably “independent”.

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