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Gold Rush In Alaska
Washington Post ^ | 7/8/09 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 07/08/2009 4:56:14 AM PDT by steve-b

When you're up to your waders in barracuda, blame the media.

And quit your job.

And say you did it for the people.

And hire an agent.

And try to keep a straight face.

On your way to the bank.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public, H.L. Mencken once said. Terribly elitist fellow, that Mencken. If only he were alive to witness the phenomenon of Sarah Palin, whose biography validates every cynical thought that ever found expression in his prolific prose.....

Meanwhile, getting real, can we stop pretending that Palin is interested in anything other than her own ambition?

Can we also stop nodding assent every time she says the media are to blame for her self-inflicted wounds? The media invented Sarah Palin. Before the media shined their light on those no-place-like-home slippers, does anyone recall ever wondering what a governor of Alaska was up to?...

"Let's face it, she just doesn't really want to govern, and she's doing what's best for her," said a Republican campaign strategist who has worked with Palin.

"This is a win-win," said another. "It's a win for her because she is not politically viable, and now hopefully she can make a lot of money, have balance and affect culture in a positive way. It's a win for the Republican Party because she was the female version of [George W.] Bush in some ways. She is not intellectually curious. We need and have smart, competent alternatives."...

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska
KEYWORDS: gopimplosion; irrelevantanklebiter; kathleenparker; mittbot; mittbottparker; palin; parkerpds; pds; rinoalert; rinoromney; romneyparker; romneyslime; romneytruthfile; sarahpalin; waronsarah
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1 posted on 07/08/2009 4:56:14 AM PDT by steve-b
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To: steve-b
Yet another piece that harkens back to Mencken. And this time by a "Postie".

Everybody knows by now that Mencken used to write all sorts of anti-semitic things in a series ~ A SERIES ~ of secret diaries.

Only a "Postie" would overlook that ~ place is just awash in anti-semitism, anti-Cristianity, anti-freedom ~ anti ~ you name it.

Going down hill fast.

2 posted on 07/08/2009 4:59:09 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: steve-b

Kathloon Parcarcass pushing for Romney.

What else is new?


3 posted on 07/08/2009 4:59:56 AM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: steve-b

Kathleen Parker would be your hero wouldn’t she.


4 posted on 07/08/2009 5:00:12 AM PDT by redk
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To: steve-b

I don’t know how else to say it.

FUKP.


5 posted on 07/08/2009 5:01:51 AM PDT by exit82 (Sarah Palin is President No. 45. Get behind her, GOP, or get out of the way.)
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To: redk

No, only Romney himself can be a hero for them. Their purple Knight out to save the day.


6 posted on 07/08/2009 5:02:26 AM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: steve-b
Rabid victim of Palin Derangement Syndrome! Wow, she has the scared to death.

Μολὼν λάβε


7 posted on 07/08/2009 5:02:58 AM PDT by wastoute (translation of tag "Come and get them (bastards)" and the Scout Motto)
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To: steve-b

What? No barf alert?

Oh, wait-it’s Kathleen Parker...never mind.


8 posted on 07/08/2009 5:03:04 AM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: steve-b
I find it ironic that the author and the Washington Post is continuing to “shine that spotlight” therefore helping and contributing to the Palin phenomenon and success that they and the rest of the MSM insist they despise. LOL.
9 posted on 07/08/2009 5:03:57 AM PDT by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: steve-b
The media invented Sarah Palin.

No, the media invented a Tina Fey caricature to project their fears and paranoia onto.

10 posted on 07/08/2009 5:05:42 AM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: steve-b

I certainly have expressed my concerns about Palin resigning, but Kathleen Parker can take her snarky, transparent attempts to destroy Palin over to the HuffPo or similar liberal rag. Parker hasn’t liked Palin from the beginning.


11 posted on 07/08/2009 5:05:52 AM PDT by CASchack
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To: mozarky2

A barf alert on KP would be redundant.

Sarah has both the lefties and the RINOs soiling their laundry.


12 posted on 07/08/2009 5:07:08 AM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: steve-b

“The media invented Sarah Palin. Before the media shined their light on those no-place-like-home slippers, does anyone recall ever wondering what a governor of Alaska was up to?...”

Actually, Palin’s popularity sky rocketed because she was liked. What the media invented was the scandals. Compare what they complain about in Palin to what they ignore in the ‘Bama; that comparison explains everything.


13 posted on 07/08/2009 5:07:51 AM PDT by Spok (Proud father of a Marine in the 1/1.)
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To: steve-b

We need and have smart, competent alternatives.”... ....................................... She is right about that, look what we have now. If the Wapo is pushing Romney, they want to set him up for a loss.


14 posted on 07/08/2009 5:09:35 AM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Democrats have nothing to fear but Palin being herself.)
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To: steve-b

“Alaskans lately have turned against the once-popular governor and filed complaints that have run up legal fees in the $500,000 range.”

Disingenuous statement, Ms. Parker. It wasn’t ordinary Alaskans who filed the complaints. Mostly it was Democrap and Obama professional and semi-professional operatives.

Do you really think a real Alaskan would care if Sarah wore a jacket with a logo? Do you really think a real Alaskan would care if she had a meal with a few reporters?

No Alaskans are real men and women, something Parker has never seen in her uppity social circles.

Obviously, Kathleen Parker is a twit. I laugh at her stupidity.


15 posted on 07/08/2009 5:09:38 AM PDT by eCSMaster
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To: steve-b

Parker. Nothing to see here. Move along ...


16 posted on 07/08/2009 5:10:08 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: steve-b
I like to take the stick out this writers ass and beat her to death with it
17 posted on 07/08/2009 5:11:53 AM PDT by tophat9000 ( We are "O" so f---ed)
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To: CASchack

It’s just funny that the MSM CANNOT SHUT UP regarding Palin. The media have become like snarky, gossipy ugly girls attacking the Prom Queen. What are they going to do when’s Palin’s dead someday (hopefully 40+ years from now) -piss on her grave?


18 posted on 07/08/2009 5:11:53 AM PDT by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: steve-b

KP needs to get off white collar welfare and “get a haircut and get a real job”.


19 posted on 07/08/2009 5:12:36 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: tgusa

Perhaps folks are not looking at the complete array of factors in the Sarah equation.

Perhaps there is an Uncle Rupert and Fox News factor.

What if she gets an hour or two a week, say Sunday morning. What if she has a Dead Pundit minute where she drags out her super sling and destroys some Goliath like Mo Dowd every week? What she has a How to Love America 5 minute segment where she finds an exceptional family and asks America to emulate? What if she has a Stinking Congressman segment where she airs his dirty pork laden tax wasting handiwork.

Uncle Rupert will have advertisers standing in line to buy his ads. She will make a bundle. she will have exceptional face time and deliver a message for free.

She might have the most watched weekly news show. Eat your heart out 60 minutes

Think about it.


20 posted on 07/08/2009 5:13:15 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The boy's war in Detriot has already cost more then the war in Iraq.)
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To: khnyny

They have to report 24/7 how irrelevant Palin is. LOL!


21 posted on 07/08/2009 5:14:50 AM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: wastoute

Another PDS victim “stuck on stupid.”


22 posted on 07/08/2009 5:16:08 AM PDT by pke
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To: bert
She might have the most watched weekly news show. Eat your heart out 60 minutes steve-b.
23 posted on 07/08/2009 5:18:56 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: steve-b

Why she left now, is pretty obvious—too many frivolous complaints and investigations have made the job impossible. About that much, there is consensus now. But think she’s just not interested in running for President. She was quite clear about making a difference “outside” of politics. The fact is, we’re in a new media-driven world. Rush is far more influential than any official leader of the Republican party; Alec Baldwin is more influential than Obama. Sure, the Prez gets to press the buttons, but it’s the celebrities, the talking heads, who are going to tell him (or her) what button to press.

The Presidency has been nothing more than a figurehead since Clinton’s second term and that’s not going to change—ever. It wasn’t for anything he did per se, but because of fundamental changes in the way news media doesn’t just report events, but directly influences them by virtue of the 24/7 news cycle.

SP will make a much deeper mark for Alaska and the US by leaving politics and joining the new media. That’s fairly obvious too, if you ask me.


24 posted on 07/08/2009 5:19:08 AM PDT by Ilya Mourometz
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To: steve-b

The always astute David Lee Roth once stated, “Most rock critics like Elvis Costello because most rock critics LOOK like Elvis Costello.”
I’ll change that a bit to, “Most Establishment types don’t like Sarah Palin because most Establishment types lack the charisma of Sarah Palin.”


25 posted on 07/08/2009 5:20:14 AM PDT by fortunate sun (What's fat, ugly, lives in Alaska and makes Grendel's mother smell like roses? Linda Kellen Biegel)
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To: bert

Perfect!

The country is trending more conservative - the ratings would be outstanding.


26 posted on 07/08/2009 5:20:34 AM PDT by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: steve-b

The cat screeching continues. Honestly, where do these women come from??? They give the rest of us a bad name.


27 posted on 07/08/2009 5:22:33 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: steve-b
"Let's face it, she just doesn't really want to govern, and she's doing what's best for her,"

That's the only type of governor I want!

28 posted on 07/08/2009 5:27:58 AM PDT by Theophilus (Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?)
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To: steve-b

Kathleen, get over it. She’s better-lookin’ than you. Not gonna change.


29 posted on 07/08/2009 5:31:17 AM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: steve-b
Actually, I am starting to think that articles like this one are serving a useful purpose. They are so asinine and over-the-top stupid, that I think they are pushing the merely-stupid people in our direction.
30 posted on 07/08/2009 5:33:18 AM PDT by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: Americas last, best hope for survival.)
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To: muawiyah
Everybody knows by now that Mencken used to write all sorts of anti-semitic things in a series ~ A SERIES ~ of secret diaries.

Mencken was brilliant. He gouged everybody and he did it hilariously.

He severely criticized our government for not allowing Jews who were fleeing for their lives from Europe to take refuge here.

He would have loved Palin because he truly loved women in an intellectual and endearing way. Read In Defense of Women by H. L. Mencken

31 posted on 07/08/2009 5:34:47 AM PDT by Theophilus (Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?)
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To: steve-b
The media invented Sarah Palin. Before the media shined their light on those no-place-like-home slippers, does anyone recall ever wondering what a governor of Alaska was up to?...

Well, this item did appear in my blog last April:

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Alaska Gov Gives Birth to Boy Named "Trig"


Alaska governor gives birth to 5th child, a boy named Trig


The governor of Alaska, Sara Pallin, has given birth to her fifth child, a boy named Trig. No word on whether or not the baby already has a spiffy adventure hat or not.

So, yeah, I guess I was wondering...

32 posted on 07/08/2009 5:40:49 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Obi-Wan Palin: Strike her down and she shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.)
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To: Theophilus

Parker is sounding more and more deranged. Her article is a rambling contradiction

I know she hates Palin, but this peeved and disjointed attack has an obvious agenda ... for someone with a full head of hair.

Mitt is worried, hahaha.


33 posted on 07/08/2009 5:40:57 AM PDT by militanttoby
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To: steve-b

Kathleen Parker is a cute Blonde.

That should tell you enough .

She was once heard to say, I locked my keys in the car, it looks like its going to rain and the top is down.


34 posted on 07/08/2009 5:41:50 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: bert

Ahh, no, please no TV show for our govenor. Its a fulltime job, overexposure etc. No.


35 posted on 07/08/2009 5:43:40 AM PDT by militanttoby
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......Its a fulltime job,.....

Weekly, from Alaska


36 posted on 07/08/2009 5:45:16 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . The boy's war in Detriot has already cost more then the war in Iraq.)
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To: steve-b
Can you imagine turning Mencken lose on Obama?
37 posted on 07/08/2009 5:48:15 AM PDT by 50sDad (The Left cannot understand life is not in a test tube. Raise taxes, & jobs go away.)
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To: SamuraiScot
Kathleen, get over it. She’s better-lookin’ than you. Not gonna change.

So many elitist women wish they were at least something of Sarah Palin in so many ways. They hate her because they can't be her and she makes them to know how much they suck.

38 posted on 07/08/2009 5:50:18 AM PDT by Theophilus (Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?)
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To: steve-b
“Intellectually Curious” = “sticking the government nose into places it is not Constitutionally invited with the purpose of being a whiny nanny and raising taxes.”
39 posted on 07/08/2009 5:50:28 AM PDT by 50sDad (The Left cannot understand life is not in a test tube. Raise taxes, & jobs go away.)
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To: steve-b

She is in great company. Look what they said about Ronnie Reagan. It was long past his presidency when they found his writings, and some said mmmm, he was a thinker.


40 posted on 07/08/2009 6:00:27 AM PDT by libbylu ( Palin begins from Wasilla not only a campaign, an Iditarod of a crusade)
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To: muawiyah

“The notion that Mencken was an anti-Semite gained notoriety in 1990, with the publication of his diary. That book included a couple of brief passages that could be interpreted as anti-Semitic. The editor declared Mencken an anti-Semite, and the publisher made rather a big deal of it, presumably in hopes of increasing the book’s sales at the expense of the author’s reputation.

“Against the notion that Mencken was anti-Semitic stood the evidence of his entire life: most of his closest friends were Jews, he expressed sympathy for Jewish settlement in Palestine, he advocated that the United States accept German Jewish refugees from Hitler’s pogrom. There was also the testimony of the people who knew him.”

Mencken also despised journalists, who he saw as ink-stained wretches. He was a serious cynic, and attacked scoundrels wherever he found them, and he found them a lot. Were he alive today, he would roundly curse The Washington Post as a gutter rag.

If for no other reason, he should be honored today as one of the very few who had the guts, and the respect, to be *allowed* to criticize both presidents Roosevelt, men who in their time had silenced many critics.


41 posted on 07/08/2009 6:07:18 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: bert

I LIKE IT! It would have the additional pleasant side effect of inducing multiple strokes in the MSM crowd. MoDo would be off the wagon permanently.


42 posted on 07/08/2009 6:20:22 AM PDT by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger ....)
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To: steve-b
One of my Mom's favorite sayings was “Success is the best form of revenge!” Amen! And I can't wait to do my part to help SarahCuda serve them up a great big heaping helping of red hot revenge!
43 posted on 07/08/2009 6:20:26 AM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: CASchack
Kathleen Parker can take her snarky, transparent attempts to destroy Palin over to the HuffPo or similar liberal rag

Huh? She already did that -- what part of "Washington Post" is unclear?

44 posted on 07/08/2009 6:23:30 AM PDT by steve-b (Intelligent design is to evolutionary biology what socialism is to free-market economics.)
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To: steve-b
Your obsession with negative Sarah Palin stories is quite disturbing. You need professional help son.
45 posted on 07/08/2009 6:26:41 AM PDT by McGruff (Don't explain; your friends don't need it, and your enemies won't believe you anyway)
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To: steve-b

Let’s compare:

Kathleen - Journalism degree. Writes a nationally syndicated article read by thousands. Wrote a book that sold thousands. Hangs out with Chris Matthews where she is seen by hundreds.

Sarah - Journalism degree. Most popular governor in the largest state in the US. Has been fronted more money to write her book than Kathleen’s book made in gross sales. Can draw a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters in any one horse town she stops in.

This poorly written article is full of cheap shots, cliches and envy. Lots and lots of envy. Notice there isn’t a crowd of Sarahs writing about Kathleen.


46 posted on 07/08/2009 6:42:59 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (All gray areas are fabrications.)
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To: steve-b
"Huh? She already did that -- what part of "Washington Post" is unclear?

Unfortunately, her column is also carried by conservative-leaning newspapers, including The Manchester Union Leader. I'd like to see it relegated to the fringe outlets, as I mentioned in my original post.

47 posted on 07/08/2009 7:36:45 AM PDT by CASchack
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>> Meanwhile, getting real, can we stop pretending that Palin is interested in anything other than her own ambition? <<

What about our current TOTUS? Ambition Much?


48 posted on 07/08/2009 8:07:24 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: steve-b
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public, H.L. Mencken once said.

According to several sources, the actual quote is, "No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public."

49 posted on 07/08/2009 10:31:23 AM PDT by EveningStar (If you suggest that Sarah Palin is incapable of anything less than levitating, you're a Palinphobe.)
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To: steve-b
I know this will come as a shock, and probably means nothing, but Ms. Parker loves to wax poetic about Mr. Mitt Romney...

I know, it's just a "coincidence".

50 posted on 07/08/2009 10:50:39 AM PDT by ejonesie22 (Mitt Romney is a more subtle version of Arlen Specter with better hair...)
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