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Tom Friedman: All the Interest in Sarah Palin 'A Sign of the Apocalypse'
NewsBusters ^ | September 4, 2011 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 09/04/2011 10:31:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

If it's Sunday, someone must be bashing Sarah Palin on "Meet the Press."

On this holiday weekend, it was New York Times columnist Tom Friedman who said of all the interest in the former Alaska governor, "That’s a sign of the apocalypse" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

(VIDEO AT LINK)

DAVID GREGORY, HOST: And you do have Perry on top followed by Romney and Sarah Palin, which gets to our "Trend Tracker" right now, tracking the hot political stories, and you may not be surprised when you look at the tracker that it's Sarah Palin. Still the question, as she was in Iowa over the weekend and dropping hints and making speeches. Will she run? Tom Friedman, there's still a great deal of interest in Sarah Palin as this political force in the middle of this huge conversation we're trying to have.

TOM FRIEDMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: Well, to me personally - that’s a sign of the apocalypse.

Funny. That's what a lot of conservatives said about all the interest in Barack Obama in 2008. Given the economy, unemployment, and the exploding debt, such people have been validated. But I digress:

FRIEDMAN: But, I mean, you know, because this woman, everything I hear from her is, has nothing to do with what we argue in our book, the long-term trends of where our country's at. There is no short-term solution. It’s not just getting rid of Obama. What strikes me about this moment, David, is like, we're having an economic crisis and the politicians are having an election and there's like no overlap between the two, almost. Yeah. It’s like these two circles.

You really have to wonder if Friedman pays any attention to what anyone that doesn't have a "D" next to his or her name says for folks like Palin and all the named Republican presidential candidates have been talking non-stop about the economy.

For him to suggest otherwise means that he's either not paying attention or is willing to lie on national television to promote his agenda.

But the real problem for Friedman is conservatives don't believe government can solve what ails the nation.

Quite the contrary, they think everything that's been tried to get the economy going since Obama took office has in the long run made matters worse.

And they're not alone.

If Friedman thinks the direction we're heading avoids the apocalypse, he's in a very small minority as currently almost 75 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the wrong track.

Makes you wonder which of the four horses he's riding.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: heretherebecommies; obama; palin
So he missed her call to end corporate taxes on Saturday?
1 posted on 09/04/2011 10:32:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought WhatsHerName Carlson said she was fading away like the dog days of summer.


2 posted on 09/04/2011 10:34:26 PM PDT by GlockLady (Sarah Palin - The Antidote - Going Oval January 20, 2013!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ending taxes? The horror!


3 posted on 09/04/2011 10:34:52 PM PDT by wastedyears (Of course you realize, this means war.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The stress of the upcoming election appears to be getting to old Tom. I think he’s losing it.


4 posted on 09/04/2011 10:37:45 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Coming November 2012 - The End of an Error.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why old Tom sounds like a Perry supporter.


5 posted on 09/04/2011 10:39:19 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This is where Tom Friedman lives with his rich wife. Is he really anyone to be listening to on the class warfare BS? Is this the guy who has the pulse of the people and can dismiss Palin? Blow it out your ass Tom. You are a phoney.


6 posted on 09/04/2011 10:40:31 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"it was New York Times columnist Tom Friedman who said of all the interest in the former Alaska governor, "That’s a sign of the apocalypse"...

She's not even officially declared yet, and libs like Thomas Friedman are calling interest in her candidacy a sign of the Apocalypse?

What the hell is going to happen to their state of mind when she officially declares? Will they cry on camera and pull their hair out by the roots? Will they stand in the middle of the street and slice themselves to pieces with razors? Are they going to (finally) leave the country (for real, this time)?

Maybe they'll have mass "die-ins" and kill each other to spare themselves the horror of an imminent Palin presidency.

One can only hope.

7 posted on 09/04/2011 10:46:54 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sorry. Wrong house. This is Tom's mansion.


8 posted on 09/04/2011 10:48:00 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why does anybody listen to this fool, Friedman. He has been wrong about everything he has ever predicted. Friedman is one of these rah-rah Arab spring guys who are all now very mum about the pending Islamist takeover of two former US allies, Egypt and Tunisia. The Islamo-fascists are also poised to take over Libya. Well, you might ask, "Isn't that good because Gaddafi was a bad guy?" -- No, it's not good because Gaddafi had basically been neutered and all he was interested in was watching his big screen TV and playing footsie with his harem of female bodyguards.

The only person with a worst prediction track record is Paul Krugman. This < SARC> giant intellect < /SARC > was awarded a Nobel prize for economics by the same geniuses who gave Obama the Nobel peace prize for things they hoped he would do in the future.
9 posted on 09/04/2011 10:48:37 PM PDT by 3Fingas ( Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Gov. Palin meets TEA partyers in Iowa

This is after her speech. She spent about an hour meeting people and signing autographs. Todd makes an appearance as well.

10 posted on 09/04/2011 10:49:47 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“TOM FRIEDMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: Well, to me personally - that’s a sign of the apocalypse.”

“Funny. That’s what a lot of conservatives said about all the interest in Barack Obama in 2008.”

No we didn’t. We said Obama was “a sign of the antichrist.”


11 posted on 09/04/2011 10:50:23 PM PDT by Pelham ("Resist we much!" - Al 'Jiffypop' Sharpton)
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To: Lazlo in PA

oh, I liked the first one a whole lot more. Tell him to move.


12 posted on 09/04/2011 10:54:59 PM PDT by EDINVA ( Jimmy McMillan '12: because RENT'S TOO DAMN HIGH)
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To: Lazlo in PA

That place makes me think that Tommy may be suffering from a severe case of wealth guilt. Most rich liberal elitists have that problem.


13 posted on 09/04/2011 11:00:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Coming November 2012 - The End of an Error.)
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To: EDINVA

That is Babs Streisand house. I mixed up my links. The first is far more exciting in my view too.


14 posted on 09/04/2011 11:02:44 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
FRIEDMAN: But, I mean, you know, because this woman, everything I hear from her is, has nothing to do with what we argue in our book, the long-term trends of where our country's at. There is no short-term solution. It’s not just getting rid of Obama. What strikes me about this moment, David, is like, we're having an economic crisis and the politicians are having an election and there's like no overlap between the two, almost. Yeah. It’s like these two circles.

This comment is made by one of the "intellectual elite"? I'm just a high school graduate from fly-over country so I'll need someone to explain just what in the hell he is talking about.

15 posted on 09/04/2011 11:03:12 PM PDT by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yeah. Friedman wouldn’t be so crass as to have the focus of the back yard be a swimming pool. I do dare say.

He has the class to set the pool off to the side. Because you see, only the nouveau riche put their pools right outside the back door. Indoobitably. You tea party hobbitts wouldn’t understand.


16 posted on 09/04/2011 11:09:26 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: wastedyears

Uh.... This is Free Republic, Dude.

Shouldn’t that be “Hugh” Manatee? :-)


17 posted on 09/04/2011 11:12:22 PM PDT by moonhawk (The only problem I have with burying Bin Laden at sea is that he was already dead.)
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To: barstoolblues
Because you see, only the nouveau riche put their pools right outside the back door.

You are so right. I have my pool a couple of steps from the back door. How vulgar.

18 posted on 09/04/2011 11:17:38 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Little Tommy thinks he sees the coming of the apocolypse now. Funny.
Everytime I see Little Tommy I think I see taco lips and a uni-brow.

But thats just me.


19 posted on 09/04/2011 11:19:29 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yes. But where do you keep your yacht?


20 posted on 09/04/2011 11:24:01 PM PDT by barstoolblues (Notes from the Hobbitt hole. By Hezbollah Hobbitt.)
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To: barstoolblues
If by yacht, you mean the thing we put on the top of the Station Wagon, we call that a canoe.

I even have the outrigger to run my Johnson 3 HP motor on it. High living.

21 posted on 09/04/2011 11:31:44 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

- TOM FRIEDMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: Well, to me personally - that’s a sign of the apocalypse.

How can the apocalypse be possible with his cherished Obama as President?

Friedman is admitting that Obama is a disaster, of apocalyptic magnitude!


22 posted on 09/04/2011 11:36:34 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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>> FRIEDMAN: Dude, it’s like... wow... man... like... apocalyptic, dude...

Cool.


23 posted on 09/04/2011 11:43:11 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here's your damn Change!)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Oh...we’ll that’s much more reasonable. Clearly he is a man of the people.


24 posted on 09/04/2011 11:49:45 PM PDT by TexasGunRunner (Don't wait, join/donate now to restore the US: http://www.organize4palin.com/)
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To: EDINVA

LOL, me too :)


25 posted on 09/04/2011 11:49:54 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Nice bungalow.


26 posted on 09/04/2011 11:50:52 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: skr

APOCALYPSE FOR THE CORRUPTOCRATICAN EMPIRE.

RENAISSANCE FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

She’s brave...she’s beautiful...she’s deadly to caribou...

The Woman from Wasilla is coming to wreak vengeance on the Dark Overlords of DC! Now coming to a voting booth near you!

S A R A H - T H E - L I B S L A Y E R

The Liberal Apocalypse is Here. And Its Name is PALIN.
Rated GOP


27 posted on 09/05/2011 12:57:57 AM PDT by tarotsailor
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To: upsdriver

He’s shilling his book.That’s what it means.


28 posted on 09/05/2011 1:17:28 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Boy, Sarah Palin is really showing some spiritual power.

A Jew is tying her appearance to Revelation, written in the NEW Testament.

29 posted on 09/05/2011 2:20:46 AM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority (Where is the middle ground on insolvency of the United States government?)
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To: Pelham

The cult-like behavior we saw during that election demonstrated just how actually true your statement is. Especially when CNN anointed him president of the world. Or reported as such. Just plain creepy.


30 posted on 09/05/2011 2:30:51 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Lazlo in PA
He talks to the help, you know, “Yessa Maz Tom, we’a havin’ a tough time gettin’ by. We gonna havta work evey day like one those Mescans if’m it git wose. Yessa Maz Tom, sho be bleak. Widout gubmint hepin’ out.” we don knows what we'd do.

Tom and the whole fascist democrat party have been working to build a fascist nobility to run their ideal one party state the same way the same way the democrat party has been working toward that goal ever since the eighteen eighties. Tom has even written articles singing the praises of the one party state and technocrat rule by fiat back when the whole fascist crowd thought Barry taking office signaled the end of the Republicans and others who didn't go along with their scams. The Republicans and Independents, though, haven't had a long term goal of any sort since they managed to do what they formed the Republican party to do, end slavery in this country. As a result of having no goals and not looking at the real motives of the democrat fascists, we're well on our way to regulating the vast majority of the population into economic ruin with the ever faithful minorities providing workers for the coming enlargement of welfare plantations along and a recruiting base for the Nazi SA type of muscle that will be used to push us into the sort of anarchy that the democrat fascists will leverage into a one party system.

Maybe people will catch on when working two days a week is he norm (but you'll have wonderful government healthcare!!) and black folks are working dawn to dusk, plowing behind mules and oxen in those huge new “green spaces” we're going to be seeing in Detroit and other major cities. At last we're seeing the outline of that Great Society LBJ promised us when he started bulldozing the black sections of town in most cities around the nation. What a great way to destroy the role models for a whole segment of the population, just seize and bulldoze their property. That's way more effective than the propaganda and hedonism route they've used on the white folks who had to be brainwashed for decades in order to get average folks to live like dogs, breeding whenever they're in heat, running in selfish little packs that fight one another, and in general living for their glands.

31 posted on 09/05/2011 2:42:57 AM PDT by Rashputin (Obama is insane but kept medicated and on golf courses to hide it)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
satan does not attack any other candidate as he attacks Palin... just another sign that I HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING THE RIGHT AND PROPER PERSON OF GOD THAT WILL SAVE THIS REPUBLIC. As Rush has ALWAYS said... the left will let us know who they fear most... and Perry isn't even close in the volume and intensity of the attacks from the left.

LLS

32 posted on 09/05/2011 3:48:55 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: Lazlo in PA

kruchev, gorby, pooty... all commie leaders live like... well... gates and buffet and soros... they all live like each other because they are all communist leaders.

LLS


33 posted on 09/05/2011 3:51:41 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: upsdriver
“From each according to his ability... to each according to his needs”. That is what this ****ing commie bastard is talking about.

LLS

34 posted on 09/05/2011 3:55:13 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

this is a very good sign...these assholes are the enemy.


35 posted on 09/05/2011 4:08:56 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now, and in the future)
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To: upsdriver
FRIEDMAN: But, I mean, you know, because this woman, everything I hear from her is, has nothing to do with what we argue in our book, the long-term trends of where our country's at.

Now I axe you, is this series of phrases a coherent sentence? Even an incoherent sentence?

36 posted on 09/05/2011 4:16:53 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I think the pool should be a part of the house....that’s how folks in Florida live.....right off the dinning room and bedroom.....


37 posted on 09/05/2011 4:18:28 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now, and in the future)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I think the pool should be a part of the house....that’s how folks in Florida live.....right off the dinning room and bedroom.....and screened in, too....no bugs, fully illuminated for night time use, why wouldn’t your pool be a part of the house.....


38 posted on 09/05/2011 4:19:42 AM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now, and in the future)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well, if a secularist like Friedman really starts believing in the Apocalypse, that might be a start.

On the other hand ... he's an extraordinarily good bet to back the wrong side.
39 posted on 09/05/2011 4:27:05 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (It's fun to play with your vision, but don't ever play with your eyes.-1970's PSA)
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To: Lazlo in PA

How cute, Tommy has a solar panel on his house. It must cut his electric bill by .00001 percent.


40 posted on 09/05/2011 4:32:00 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: Lazlo in PA

No Solar panels or Windmills? No way!!! That can’t be Tommy’s house.


41 posted on 09/05/2011 4:35:23 AM PDT by PA-RIVER
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How old is Tom Friedman?

Like.. you know, like she like you know...like..


42 posted on 09/05/2011 4:56:35 AM PDT by bayouranger (The 1st victim of islam is the person who practices the lie.)
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To: barstoolblues
". . .But where do you keep your yacht?"

In my bathtub. . .

43 posted on 09/05/2011 5:45:32 AM PDT by doberville
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Typical over-the-top leftist hyperbole. If anything's a 'sign of the apocalypse', it's the sad fact that such a lickspittle as Tom Friedman gets so much ink in the 'mainstream press'.

Then again, maybe he is correct in one way -- Sarah Palin in the White House would be the death-knell for the Marxist's current hold on power, and signal the demise of many of their failed socialist polices here in "the land of the free".

If that's 'apocalypse', then it can't come too soon.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

44 posted on 09/05/2011 5:53:09 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
On this holiday weekend, it was New York Times columnist Tom Friedman who said of all the interest in the former Alaska governor, "That’s a sign of the apocalypse

I didn't think liberals believed in the Bible
45 posted on 09/05/2011 5:55:34 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
RE: apocalypse

Obama campaign 2012: FDR's "fear" statement (slightly modified to) "We have nothing to use but fear itself."

Unfortunately a Democrat misused it against Bush years ago vis-a-vis 9/11.

.. and the "fear" statement was recently ripped off by some on Democraticunderground to attack Palin, et al. (capital "D". Have you seen what they type in over there? True democrats are educated and can express themselves without the f-word being every other word.)

As Obama discovers that "hope and change," "we are the ones we're looking for (or whatever)" just ain't going to be enough this time he's turning to scaring people.

To wit, stuff like Those Republican religious nuts want a Christian Republic modeled after the Islamic Republic of Iran. Run away! Run away!" shout the Rat Party (formerly the traditional Democratic Party). The Nytimese follow the example.

So no matter that it was used against Republicans it is supremely more appropriately to describe the Obama campaign 2012.

Obama 2012 campaign theme:

We have nothing to use but fear itself.

46 posted on 09/05/2011 6:46:50 AM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought the U.S. electing a muzzie only 7 years after 9/11 was a sign of the Apocolypse.


47 posted on 09/05/2011 6:52:06 AM PDT by crosshairs (If Sharia Law becomes the law of the land, heads are gonna roll.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Friedman is a statist. Statists hate non-statists aka conservatives. Simple as that.


48 posted on 09/05/2011 7:53:09 AM PDT by driftless2
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