Sarah Palin, cultural troll.
Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has a new Facebook post out, accusing President Obama of lying to the American people, using language deeply entwined with America’s Jim Crow past.
Titled “Obama’s Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies,” Palin’s piece lays out how in her mind newly revealed emails concretely prove that the Obama administration has lied about the Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya:
We now know that the State Department sent an email to the White House, the Pentagon, the FBI and others in the intelligence community about this Islamist group claiming responsibility. And yet for days afterwards the White House and State Department led everyone to believe that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over an obscure YouTube video that had been uploaded months prior. Anywhere from 300 to 400 people from the administration and our intelligence community would have seen that email. Why the lies? Why the cover up? Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.
TP notes that Palin’s word choice “show an extreme insensitivity to the racial history of the phrase.” It’s not a term you’d ever use in describing a white person and it is deliberately offensive. It’s racist and Palin was trying to be racist.
It’s something she seems to have learned from Ann Coulter. When you’re not getting enough attention, you say something wildly offensive, then play the victim card when people call you out for it. Then Sean Hannity gets you on his show for an interview and — presto! — you’re relevant again. Palin wants you to make her a big, notorious celebrity again, because her fifteen minutes of fame are brain dead and on life support.
The strategy stopped paying off for Coulter — everyone just got tired of her. Sure, she still goes on Hannity and says insanely idiotic things, but no one fucking cares anymore. Her “Am I outraging you yet?” act has gotten tiresome and we’re bored with it.
The same will happen to Sarah Palin. Ignore her and she’ll go away.
What a difference two years makes
Here’s a blast from the past — specifically, early 2010.
Vice presidential candidate — and GOP future presidential candidate? — Sarah Palin took out after White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel today for referring to a group of liberal activists as “retarded.”
“Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the ‘N-word’ or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities — and the people who love them — is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page. Palin’s son has Down’s Syndrome.
Not only did Palin suddenly turn all PC about hurtful speech, but so did the entire rightwing blogosphere. The consensus was that Rahm Emanuel needed to be fired from the White House — preferably out of a cannon.
Now here’s today:
Allegheny County, PA GOP chair Jim Roddey made a joke at a Republican election night party equating President Obama’s supporters with the mentally disabled, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Said Roddey: “There was a disappointment tonight. I was very embarrassed. I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.’”
According to the report, “the crowd hollered and clapped.”
So calling someone retarded used to be the worst thing ever — when a Democrat did it. When a Republican does it, wingnuts “hollered and clapped.”
Don’t expect Sarah Palin or the wingnut blogospher to tear their hair out in outrage over this, because — as is always the case — everything’s OK when a Republican does it.
Fox Nation’s “Pic of the Day” highlights Fox contributor Sarah Palin proudly supporting Chick-Fil-A’s anti-gay views.
Do Palin and Fox think they know “better than you as to what constitutes a marriage?”
Chick Fil A is a private company and they hold whatever values they want, but this is a great example of Fox News acting as an extension of conservative values and not a news organization.
Bonus Pic of the Day - Chick-Fil-A’s brand approval crashes:
Way to swing those numbers around, guys!
Sarah Palin encourages voter fraud, hates America.
Except she really doesn’t. She’s just being her incompetent self.
In her time championing all things Republican, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) has traveled all over the country, popping up in the most surprising places. She’s even been spotted in Topeka, Kansas recently, bending ears in the state via a pre-recorded telephone message, asking for their support in… a Texas Senate race.
That’s according to Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Tim Carpenter, who actually received one of Palin’s recent calls for Texan Ted Cruz (R). Cruz is one of the leading candidates to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchision (R-TX), who’s retiring in November.
“Hello, Texas!” Palin announces in a robocall heard in Kansas this week. “I’m Sarah Palin.”
“Ted Cruz is a true conservative you can trust to stand on principle and change the way Washington does business,” she continues. “Today, through May 25, please vote early for Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate.”
I want you to imagine what the Fox News and wingnut blogosphere headlines would be if a Democrat had screwed things up the same way. I think they’d look a lot like mine. Except maybe with an exclamation point. And the tone of the pieces would definitely be a mixture of outrage and panic (of course, everything rightwing media publishes is a mixture of outrage and panic).
That said, I say we treat Palin the same way she’d treat a lefty who did this — by calling for her to be sent to prison. Preferably Gitmo.
And let’s see what the rightwing media has to say about this terrible, terrible example of a public figure encouraging crime…
That noise you hear is crickets.
It really, really ain’t happening, but the more this sort of talk circulates in the fever swamps, the less flexibility Romney is going to have to pick a running-mate who is a general election (or White House) asset instead of an act of submission to movement conservatives and a nod to racial, ethnic or gender diversity. This is, after all, precisely how John McCain wound up giving the nation the great gift of permanent celebrity for Queen Esther of the Permafrost.