Instead of firing Sarah Palin, as I’d have expected, for lecturing Chris Wallace on his sources for criticisms against Ted Cruz, Fox News gave her a double segment yesterday to promote her phony run for the Alaska senate. And then allowed her to pretend that the reason she’s having doubts is because she’s worried about the corrupting influence of Washington on her children.
It’s interesting, at least to me, that Palin's column was not posted on FoxNews.com. Nevertheless, host Shannon Bream posted an excerpt for the America’s News HQ viewers yesterday:
“A little reminder to Republican senators up for re-election in 2014: Moose season ends soon, allowing more time on one’s hands. So, we’ll be watching your votes very carefully this week.”
No word about the finishing touches or promotion for the war on Christmas book Palin claimed to be writing just a few months ago!
Palin announced, “We ask as an American people, collectively, that they not wave a white flag and just capitulate and give in to the liberals and to those who want this socialized program of health care coverage in our nation.”
Just pay no attention to the fact that we, the American people, collectively, don’t want Obamacare defunded. Bream certainly paid no attention.
Instead, Bream listened attentively as Palin further announced:
As more of us dig into what actually Obamacare encompasses, more of us say, ‘No, enough is enough.' Let’s, uh, undo this and implement something that’s, um, patient centered and, um, market based and something that will make sense for our country to provide better health care coverage.
This, from the woman whose previous “dig into what actually Obamacare encompasses” was named the PolitiFact Lie of the Year. And did you notice that Palin didn’t mention a single idea for the “better health care coverage” she claimed to prefer?
“Ted Cruz and more of those good guys need some reinforcements in these midterm elections,” Palin continued. “I don’t know that it will necessarily be me,” she added.
Rather than highlight any of Palin’s embarrassing charade - she was now backing off from the same candidacy she had just teased - Bream helped legitimize a senate run that is just as likely as one by Sasquatch. “Could you be that reinforcement?” Bream asked.
“We’ll see. You know, we’ll see,” Palin said. “I think it really takes someone who has the stomach for - the patience necessary to live and delve in that cesspool that is Washington D.C., is quite corrupt."
Gee, Sarah, what happened to that “fire in the belly” for running for president you repeatedly boasted about last year? Or was that replaced by a “fire in the belly” for writing your war on Christmas book?
Apparently, it was all about a nobler concern:
I have young children and I want to keep them nice and pure, if you will, and Washington, D.C. would be a very tough environment for them, I will tell you honestly.
Yeah, Hon, and if you quit that stance, maybe you can run with Donald Trump on a birther/death panel platform.
^This, this, this. A thousand time this. If ONLY these MFing GOPers would take just 30 seconds and suggest what they will replace the “evil Obamacare” with before pulling their latest
But, as with so much else, the GOPers are very good at talking, but not so much at doing. These boneheads should take a page (and bear in mind, I’m writing this as a liberal who wouldn’t elect a GOPer for dogcatcher, even if he were running completely unopposed) from the GOP “Class of ’94” who took over the House (and Senate) with their little “Contract with America.” If those GOPers had run under a “jobs, jobs, jobs” program (as so many did in 2010), those GOPers would have—within 90 days—brought forth some sort of jobs plan, whether successful or not; our current batch, however, didn’t bring a single jobs plan to the House floor in their entire two years (they were far more concerned with cutting social programs and defunding Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act). Of course, there was a big difference between the GOP Class of ‘94 and the GOP Class of 2010: the 1994 GOPers actually believed that government, while bloated, was still vital for many aspects of American life; the current crop doesn’t believe government is needed (ironically while happily taking $175K salaries from that despised government while doing their best to destroy it*).
*It’s just too bad that these GOPers have learned the wrong business lesson. While talking about running government like a corporation (the very idea is laughable), who knew they were talking about the type of corporation that gets run into the ground by its CEO, who is then fired but not before he (or she) walks away with a 7-or 8-figure severance package, not counting “bonuses” and special benefits?
. . . “which is why I dragged them with me on the ’08 campaign trail and in front of the cameras at every opportunity.”
It turned out to be gas from eating too much moose.