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Cal’s Surprising Suggestion: ‘I Wish The Palins Would Leave The Stage For Awhile’
FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/21/2009 5:01:15 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

You might think that Cal Thomas, as a cultural conservative, would be among the least likely of pundits to call on Sarah Palin to get out of the spotlight for the time being. But Thomas did just that on Fox News Watch this evening.

The topic at hand was Greta Van Susteren’s interview of Bristol Palin, and the way the MSM focused on Bristol’s comment that abstinence “is not realistic at all.” Cal was displeased that our culture treats having a child before or after marriage as morally equivalent choices. But his call for “the Palins”—which would clearly include Sarah as well as Bristol— to get out of the limelight, seemed to go beyond the subject of out-of-wedlock childbearing.

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KEYWORDS: bristolpalin; calthomas; outofwedlockbirths; palinattacksquad; palinfamily; romney; sarahpalin; thewinterwar
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1 posted on 02/21/2009 5:01:16 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Maybe we could get Kal to leave for a while.


2 posted on 02/21/2009 5:02:20 PM PST by RetiredArmy (America is headed over the cliff. America is headed for total destruction. 3d world nation next.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; MEG33; PGalt; ...

Cal Thomas calls on Palins to “get off the air for awhile” ping to Today show list.


3 posted on 02/21/2009 5:03:07 PM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (http://finkelblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/2009-02-20msnbcmjiii.flv)
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To: RetiredArmy

Yep. Exit Stage Left.


4 posted on 02/21/2009 5:03:43 PM PST by sitkaspruce
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Cal gave his opinion, agree or disagree, that in his day a proper young lady in Bristol’s situation was supposed to hide away in shame.

Should Bristol have disappeared?


5 posted on 02/21/2009 5:03:46 PM PST by sinanju
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What does he want Governor Palin to do? Resign as the governor of Alaska? Sorry Cal. We need her right where she is.


6 posted on 02/21/2009 5:04:15 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (The media lied, America died !)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Hey Cal, dumbass, it’s the frickin’ socialist media who keep her on stage.
I’m sure she would love for the retards to leave her and her family alone.


7 posted on 02/21/2009 5:09:15 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to Obama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Gov Palin is one of my favorite politicians.
However the MSM seems to have a bug up their azz
regarding her. They never seem to let an opportunity to go by to show her in bad light. Only FOX news gives her fair to good exposure. ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC are all against her it seems.


8 posted on 02/21/2009 5:09:48 PM PST by ajay_kumar (Elections have consequences. Socialist Liberals are in charge, sadly.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Bill Bennett was saying more or less the same thig the other morning. I know what Bristol said about teen sex wasn’t what they tried to teach her at Wasila Bible Church.


9 posted on 02/21/2009 5:10:13 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I think he’s right on the single mothers, it’s far too accepted today and it shouldn’t be. But he’s not right that Sarah should hide away because her daughter sinned. She has her own life to lead and her daughter will have to find her own way now. I just wish that way included MARRIAGE.

I do think Bristol should have gotten married when she learned she was pregnant, since she claimed she was so devoted to her boyfriend and he to her. It does reflect badly on Sarah’s conservatism that her own daughter doesn’t seem to realize the biblically right thing to do is to get married. There has been ample time to do what God would have Bristol do. Why the delay until after the baby is born? Right now the baby is illegitimate and that used to be a stigma and rightly so.


10 posted on 02/21/2009 5:10:56 PM PST by deannadurbin
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

She has to restore her reputation because she was trashed by the media. She did ONE interview out of 500 pending requests!!

If Cal doesn’t understand that he needs to go away.


11 posted on 02/21/2009 5:11:38 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to get Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; there might be show trials in Feb09)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; greyfoxx39; Tennessee Nana; EternalVigilance; Reagan Man; Elsie; ...
Is there no end to the anti-Palin Romney Attack team?
Twice might be coincidence, but this keeps repeating.


Several have appeared in as many days.

"Romney obviously hopes that a growing number of Americans
accept the view of Cal Thomas, a popular journalist and an evangelical."

"Writing in his syndicated column, Cal Thomas commended Romney
for standing "on principle" and putting "more noble things ahead of self-interest." "



Corroborating the "dots", this is from two days ago.

"Romney supporter turned Obama man Douglas Kmiec indulged in quite a litany of name-calling,
finger pointing and demagoguery against the GOP that would have been amazing from the same man only one year ago."

"Kmiec was named by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
to head the Romney for President Committee
on the Courts and the Constitution in 2007."


Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney

Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?

Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?

Romney Supporters Trashing Palin

Romney advisors sniping at Palin?


Similar to Romney's other scortched earth tactics:

Novak: Fred Thompson drop-out rumors traced to Romney campaign

Said Novak: The rumors were "traced in part to Mitt Romney's campaign,
trying to stir up strife between McCain and Thompson
."

"Despite outspending his rivals by huge margins throughout the primaries,
(Romney) lost Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Florida and California.
The only primaries he won were in Michigan, where Dad was governor; LDS states;
and a few states on Super Tuesday in which his California-obsessed rivals
couldn't spare the cash to advertise.
Only John Connolly in 1968 had a worse cash-to-delegates ratio.
And John McCain rightly did not like Romney's tactics during the primaries.
(W)hen (Romney's early leads) started slipping away, he resorted to unfair,
distorted, scorched-earth negative ads, betting that his opponents couldn't
afford to spend enough for the truth to catch up to his charges."

[Romney: A Mistake for McCain, 7/23/2008, Dick Morris]

12 posted on 02/21/2009 5:13:31 PM PST by Diogenesis (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Spoken like a 17 yr. old bimbo.

Not much different than Meghan McCain’s daughter, trashing Michael Steele and Sarah Palin.

As if these spoiled children are now experts on any given topic.


13 posted on 02/21/2009 5:15:11 PM PST by Carley (President Obama ~ Leaving No Tax Cheat Behind)
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To: RetiredArmy

Geez, their jealousy sure does show these days doesn’t it?? Amazing. Sorry boys (Cal and Bill), many of us happen to support her, matter of fact I’d like to see more appearances of Sarah Palin and Todd too, especially when they’re doing things for Alaska, MORE THAN MY GOVERNOR IS DOING (Rick Perry, Mr. Goodhair).

You see, they do REAL stuff like reducing taxes, cutting government spending, helping the people out in the Alaskan tundra, out in the snow, cold, ice, wind, rain while Perry minces around in all the comfort possible, never answering to anyone...


14 posted on 02/21/2009 5:15:40 PM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: deannadurbin

In the long run, her NOT marrying a loser might turn out to be the best thing for the baby. Being a single mother is far from ideal, even with a supportive family, but a bad marriage is harder to recover from. In a couple of years, Bristol might meet a nice man with an education and a future.


15 posted on 02/21/2009 5:15:51 PM PST by Tax-chick ("Global leadership means never having to say you're sorry." ~IBD)
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To: Carley

Gov. Palin stands leagues above the Arizona-loser and the rest.

16 posted on 02/21/2009 5:16:33 PM PST by Diogenesis (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Diogenesis

bttt


17 posted on 02/21/2009 5:16:37 PM PST by Guenevere ("He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
My advise to Sarah Palin, FWIW is...

To only give interviews to her local media for a year or so. She needs some time to repair the damage done by Couric, Gibbs and other MSM jackals.

She should, as quietly as possible, take some trips abroad. This could be done under the guise of foreign trade, investment and fact finding trips. Clearly, she needs a better grasp on the complexities of foreign relations and direct interaction with foreign heads of state is just what the doctor ordered.

And lastly, she should put a muzzle on any and all of her family. It doesn't help her cause to have her teenage daughter pontificate about explosive, complex domestic policy on national television.

18 posted on 02/21/2009 5:17:42 PM PST by Big_Monkey
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Cal Thomas lost a lot of respect from me when he got into bed with the lying tub of crap, Bob Beckel. Soon after they wrote a book and went on a press tour to jointly decry lies and character assassination in politics, Bob Beckel immediately went on to do his duty of lies and character assassination in the 2008 Presidential campaign.

I hope Cal enjoys the money that he made with a professional liar.

19 posted on 02/21/2009 5:21:29 PM PST by Ghengis
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I heard that exchange tonight and will defend Cal. His point was simply that in today’s society all lifestyles are accepted and glorified. As for the Palin family—a little mystery is always a good thing.


20 posted on 02/21/2009 5:26:44 PM PST by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Big_Monkey

Lots of wisdom here. She should just issue the occaisional press release about stuff in Alaska for awhile. And spend more time educating her daughter.


21 posted on 02/21/2009 5:27:44 PM PST by Phillipian
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To: Diogenesis

Well, you know how cult members are.


22 posted on 02/21/2009 5:28:32 PM PST by arealconservativeforachange (Tell JD Hayworth to run for McCain's seat! http://www.jdhayworth.com/contact.php)
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To: Diogenesis

Agree one thousand percent. I will not be judging her by her daughter’s disrespectful behaviour.

As for McCain’s daughter. All that fame and fawning by the msm has given her delusions of importance.

She has a right to her opinion but she is not speaking from experience or intellect.


23 posted on 02/21/2009 5:28:54 PM PST by Carley (President Obama ~ Leaving No Tax Cheat Behind)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Actually, the stage left the Palin’s.
24 posted on 02/21/2009 5:29:55 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

During the interview, Sarah herself said abstinence was naive. How about we focus our debate on her response rather than bashing a clueless teenager?


25 posted on 02/21/2009 5:32:33 PM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I believe Sarah has been turning away hundreds of requests for interviews. He might check with Gretta and see what she has to say. I suspect she was trying to upgrade Bristol in the public’s eye after the teen was so badly trashed by the left.
26 posted on 02/21/2009 5:33:44 PM PST by elpadre (nation)
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To: Diogenesis
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27 posted on 02/21/2009 5:33:51 PM PST by greyfoxx39 (Google "Illinois' history of insatiable greed" for insight into what is coming our way.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Cal, it’s a free country. If you, or anybody else in the media, doesn’t want to write or talk about the Palins, just stop. Just do it. Spare me the whole “I wish I knew how to quit her” act. I’ve heard it since the inauguration, since the election, in some cases since the nomination. I don’t believe it anymore.


28 posted on 02/21/2009 5:34:10 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I sympathize with Cal. They are beginning to remind me of the Clintons. She lost. It’s over. Go back to being governor.


29 posted on 02/21/2009 5:34:39 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: sinanju; FlingWingFlyer

A reminder about the conservative truth regarding children born out of wedlock. It is a shameful and amoral thing to do:

January 13, 2009
Reducing Poverty by Revitalizing Marriage in Low-Income Communities: A Memo to President-elect Obama
by Robert E. Rector
Special Report #45

President-elect Obama, the collapse of marriage is the most important social problem facing the nation. When the War on Poverty began in the 1960s, 7 percent of U.S. children were born outside of marriage. Today, the number is 38 percent. Among blacks, it is 69 percent. You are in a unique position to reverse this alarming trend.

The decline of marriage is a major cause of child poverty. Roughly two-thirds of poor children live in single-parent homes. Marital collapse is also a major contributor to welfare dependence: Each year, government spends over $250 billion for means-tested welfare benefits for single parents.

When compared to similar children raised by two married biological parents, children raised in single-parent homes are more likely to fail in school, abuse drugs or alcohol, commit crimes, become pregnant as teens, and suffer from emotional and behavioral problems. Such children are also more likely to end up on welfare or in jails when they become adults. (snip)

http://www.heritage.org/Research/Family/sr0045.cfm


30 posted on 02/21/2009 5:34:52 PM PST by donna (If America is not a Christian nation, it will be part of the Islamic nation. Take your pick.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Inside the Beltway “conservative” noise. That’s all it is. Drinking water from the Potomac eventually gets them. All of them...


31 posted on 02/21/2009 5:36:14 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Brilliant

How exactly do they remind you of the Clintons ? I’m quite curious.


32 posted on 02/21/2009 5:37:48 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Guenevere

33 posted on 02/21/2009 5:38:38 PM PST by Diogenesis (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Carley
She has a right to her opinion

It's called free speech. We will be losing that freedom soon enough under the now Adm.

this comes to mind... I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. ...

34 posted on 02/21/2009 5:39:16 PM PST by BARLF
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To: Diogenesis
Thanks Diogenesis...

I want her to stay on the stage...
..Sarah, and a few others, give me hope!

35 posted on 02/21/2009 5:41:10 PM PST by Guenevere ("He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Simple... The Clintons won’t go away. Palin won’t go away. The election is over. She lost. If she wants to run again in 2012, that’s one thing, but I don’t want to hear about her latest exploits every day for the next 4 years. You’d think that she’d realize that it’s not a good strategy, too, but apparently not.


36 posted on 02/21/2009 5:41:14 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Diogenesis

Good find! Surprising what turns up in search!


37 posted on 02/21/2009 5:43:01 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Sam Bradford Heisman! LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
In my opinion the Palins should stay front and center for awhile. My reason is that the media and Sarah haters can get it all out now and in the future when she runs for high office, they can say, “that's old hat, that's been settled a few years back.” It would be nice to see her step up to the presidency instead of like Obama , slum down to it. (according to some media idiots)
38 posted on 02/21/2009 5:45:12 PM PST by fish hawk (Atheism is a non-prophet organization)
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To: Diogenesis

Thanks for the links, Diogenesis. Fascinating.


39 posted on 02/21/2009 5:45:17 PM PST by PGalt
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I went to hear Cal Thomas speak about fifteen years ago. Seemed nice enough of a gentleman. Worst hair piece I've ever seen in my life. Worse than William Shatner's. Worse than Burt Reynolds'. It was as bad as the ones Patrick Stewart used to wear:


40 posted on 02/21/2009 5:46:25 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Brilliant

First off, SHE wasn’t on the ballot as a stand alone, so it was McCain who lost. One on one against Biden, she’d have had a far greater shot at VP. Secondly, you’re forgetting something else, and that being the media is keeping her more in the spotlight for the purposes of harming her for 2012, not to sing her praises, so a lot of that is simply out of her control. But either way, she’s our most prominent Governor now, she’s not an ex-politician, and she’s not going away anytime soon unless she resigns and moves to an igloo in the suburbs of Nome.


41 posted on 02/21/2009 5:47:35 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Diogenesis

Palin/Romney, now you are on to something. Although I would prefer Romney/Palin.


42 posted on 02/21/2009 5:48:28 PM PST by fish hawk (Atheism is a non-prophet organization)
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To: Brilliant

I do not want to see anyone, male or female, rushed into marriage. No one has to do that to please me. I am sorry that the world is not perfect, and all of the people in it.


43 posted on 02/21/2009 5:48:49 PM PST by tessalu
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To: Richard Kimball

Stewart should’ve worn a piece on TNG. If they have warp drive but can’t cure male-pattern baldness 400 years in the future, that’s just pathetic.


44 posted on 02/21/2009 5:49:37 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: TribalPrincess2U
it’s the frickin’ socialist media who keep her on stage.

Bingo! I owe you a beer!

45 posted on 02/21/2009 5:49:42 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Welcome to Detroit, the Renaissance city......)
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To: deannadurbin

How nasty to brand an infant with a stigma when the infant had no say in the matter. That was disgusting.

If you are pro-life, then you support the birth of the baby as bringing life into the world. Frankly it is none of our business whether she married him or not. It is her business. I would rather she have the baby and be a single Mom then rush into marriage because she was pregnant. Poor reason to get married.


46 posted on 02/21/2009 5:50:01 PM PST by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER! Sam Bradford Heisman! LetsGetThisRight.com RED STATE Oklahoma Republican)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I agree that the media is rolling her, but she’s letting them do it, even helping them. If she wants to have any chance in 2012, she’s got to get off the log now, before she goes under.


47 posted on 02/21/2009 5:50:35 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: fish hawk

Why would an accomplished Conservative Governor like Sarah Palin run with a Socialist failure like Slick Willard ?


48 posted on 02/21/2009 5:50:58 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Brilliant

She doesn’t control the media. Asking any Republican to control the media is like asking them to control the Democrat party. The media knows she is the lead candidate for 2012, and they’re not going to let up.


49 posted on 02/21/2009 5:52:43 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Carley
Having a baby out of wedlock is not the right thing to do but then Adam and Eve's son was a murderer and they went on with a fairly decent life.
50 posted on 02/21/2009 5:53:17 PM PST by fish hawk (Atheism is a non-prophet organization)
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