Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.
Well, what Phil was saying in — he was reciting a part of the Gospel. The liberal left must feel that the Gospel, then, is insulting and offensive because Phil was just repeating what is in the Bible.
Sarah Palin, defending Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson’s homophobia by pretending that everything in the Bible fits within mainstream thought.
But, of course, that’s not true.
Deuteronomy 13:13-16 tells you to kill everyone in a town that worships a false god, then to pile up all their stuff and light it on fire. Does that mean that Sarah Palin believes we should nuke Tibet?
By this logic, it’s totally inoffensive to demand that rape victims be put to death. It would also be silly for anyone to get bent out of shape when you kill someone for using Tarot cards.And who could possibly object to selling your daughters into slavery? It says right there in the Bible it’s OK! Why do you hate God?
There are a lot of things in the Bible which not only run counter to mainstream values, but actual law. We don’t believe this stuff anymore; we’ve moved on. We’ll keep moving on.
"It says so in the Bible" is no argument. It’s only a weak excuse.
Palin has zero self-awareness.
If you ever find yourself warning people that what you’re about to say isn’t racist, that means that what you’re about to say is the most gawdawfully racist thing ever.
Seriously, happens every time.
Tea Party wings swears to Jesus that they haven’t gotten any less crazy.
Politico: Sarah Palin, who supported losing Senate candidate Steve Lonegan in New Jersey and the efforts to defund Obamacare in a government funding bill that led to the shutdown, said the focus after losing both fights should be on 2014.
“Friends, do not be discouraged by the shenanigans of D.C.’s permanent political class today. Be energized. We’re going to shake things up in 2014,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page early Thursday morning. “Rest well tonight, for soon we must focus on important House and Senate races. Let’s start with Kentucky – which happens to be awfully close to South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi – from sea to shining sea we will not give up. We’ve only just begun to fight.”
In each of the states she mentioned, a Republican incumbent senator that has been a target of tea party challengers is up for reelection in 2014.
Meanwhile, over at the wingnut Twitter aggregator Twitchy, the mood is “Yay for Sarah Palin! Let’s hunt some RiNOs!”
Allow me to point to one of my recent posts on the shutdown, Tea Party sore loserism, and the 2014 elections:
[I want to offer] a counterargument to the whole “this is all going to blow over by the time the elections roll around” narrative offered by the punditry right now. Why is anyone assuming that Republicans are going to suddenly be struck sane or learn some sort of lesson from this? Ted Cruz, for example, shoveled coal into this runaway train from the gitgo, knowing full well that it wasn’t going anywhere in the end. By mixing nihilism with political opportunism, Cruz was able to make a hero of himself to the endlessly chumpish base. Why does anyone think he’s going to stop being an influence when this is over — or that the lesson the rest of the GOP learns won’t come from Cruz’s example?
If this shutdown/debt limit disaster is supposed to have no effect on the 2014 or 2016 elections, then it follows that the Republican Party, rightwing media, and the Tea Party base will be struck sane by the experience and stop being kamikaze pilots/hostage takers/wild-eyed, unhinged warriors against reality. Hands up, who actually sees that happening?
No, they’ll lose this fight, but they don’t feel compelled to operate within reality. They’ll probably even get worse. The fact that they lost here doesn’t mean they’re willing to stop fighting. It’s Cruz et. al. vs. the Republican realists now and the rhetoric is going to get unhinged. We are in for brutal intra-party primary battles in 2014. It’s practically guaranteed.
If there’s one thing the far right loves, it’s nursing their own failure. You get to play victim cards and you get to tell everyone, “The fight is not over!” — which is a fundrasing bonanza. Anyone who said that this wouldn’t have an effect on the 2014 elections may have badly miscalculated just what a motivating force failure is to people with fear-based political messages. Talk radio is going to amp everything up to eleven, Tea Party nutjobs are going to become even more shrill, and Republican primaries are going to produce a new crop of Todd Akin/Christine O’Donnell/Sharron Angle-like candidates who say completely insane things that the completely insane base will rush out to defend until their last breath. And, of course, grifters like Palin see a chance to stretch out their fifteen minutes of fame by exploiting the abject terror that accompanies wingnuts’ losses.
The ‘baggers have not finished making self-destructive political decisions. Not by a long shot.
Dems should hope Sarah Palin carries out her threat to run for Senate.
Public Policy Polling: Alaska should be a top tier pick up opportunity for Senate Republicans next year…but their top choice of a candidate is Sarah Palin. 36% of GOP primary voters in the state say they’d like Palin to be their standard bearer against Mark Begich to 26% for Mead Treadwell, 15% for Dan Sullivan, and 12% for Joe Miller. Palin leads mostly based on her strength with ‘very conservative’ voters where she gets 43% to 20% for Treadwell, but she also leads him 28/25 with moderates.
The problem for Republicans with a Palin candidacy is that even though she is in good standing with the party base, voters overall don’t like her at all. She has a 39/58 favorability rating, including 33/64 with key independent voters. There’s a lot of division about how strong her ties to the state even are anymore- only 47% of voters consider her to still be an Alaskan while 46% don’t, and 37% of voters in the state think it would be more appropriate for her to run for the Senate from Arizona to 41% who say Alaska.
It all adds up to a 52/40 lead for Begich in a hypothetical match up with Palin. He leads by 21 points with independents, 56/35, and takes 20% of the Republican vote. It’s a slight improvement for Palin from February when we found her trailing Begich 54/38, but she’s very much in a hole.
I doubt Palin will run and I doubt that she was ever going to run. The only reason that she said she was thinking about it was because her fifteen minutes of fame had run out and she was desperate for some headlines.
Still, Democrats should hope she does run, just in case. Without Sarah Palin, Republicans look ready to nominate Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, who PPP calls “the best Republican hope.” A race with the Lt. Gov. is much tighter, with a Begich lead of only 44% to Treadwell’s 40%. Oddly enough, that’s actually a worse showing that the polling average for an unnamed generic Republican. Electoral-Vote.com has Begich at 48% and a generic Republican at 47%. So there’s still a bit of good news there.
In any case, I don’t think the nation is in danger of being subjected to a Palin campaign. I doubt she’d ever run for anything again, unless she’s guaranteed a win. In this case, she’s guaranteed a loss.