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The Left Breaks Upon The Rock Of Palin
human events ^ | 11/22/2010 | John Hayward

Posted on 11/22/2010 12:57:04 PM PST by unseen1

The most astonishing thing about Sarah Palin’s career, since the conclusion of the 2008 presidential campaign, is how frequently the Left breaks itself to pieces against the sunny rocks of her good humor. The latest example is the website Gawker, which seems on the verge of being sued out of existence because they rushed to leak photocopied pages from her new book, America By Heart, before it was published. When Palin called them on it, Gawker ran a snotty response, complete with an unflattering photo of the former Governor, suggesting she try reading fair-use copyright laws. Mary Sue at the Ruby Slippers blog makes a compelling case that no one at Gawker bothered reading beyond the first paragraph of the Wikipedia entry on the laws in question, while Palin and her publishers sensibly contacted their lawyers.

Before that, we had the “refudiate” tempest in a teapot, in which a simple verbal gaffe, followed by a Twitter joke in which Palin compared herself to Shakespeare, drove the Left into a frenzy. It ended with conservatives cheerfully stitching “refudiate” into their battle flags, and the New Oxford American Dictionary declaring it the 2010 Word of the Year. Conservatives who enjoyed a soft chuckle about the whole affair have no idea how serious liberals were about this. They flooded the Internet with howls of outrage. How could anyone support a stupid, ignorant chill-billy who would get simple words like “repudiate” or “corpse man” wrong? (Wait, sorry, the latter was Barack Obama.) I’ve read stories as recently as this weekend bitterly castigating Palin because the writer thinks she meant it when she compared herself to Shakespeare.

Many liberal reputations died when their “1773” bomb detonated in their faces. This was based on another Palin tweet, in which she advised Tea Partiers not to “party like it’s 1773.” This was, of course, the year in which the Boston Tea Party occurred, but idiotic liberals like Markos Moulitsas pounced because they thought she really meant 1776. Even Gwen Ifill of PBS, moderator of the Palin/Biden debate, made an utter fool of herself over this. It’s amazing how much of American political culture is shaped by Palin’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. Every time Palin closes her eyes and holds out her sword, a hundred liberals race up to impale themselves upon it. They’ve tried to gin up some kind of weird conspiracy theory about Bristol Palin’s success on “Dancing With The Stars.” David Letterman nearly ended his career (and it should have ended) by making rape jokes about Palin’s youngest daughter. Tina Fey got famous by lampooning Palin, who was a good enough sport about it to appear on Saturday Night Live in person… but recently made headlines by launching into a vicious anti-Palin tirade – complete with tired and discredited smears – during a comedy award ceremony. The audience was left to fidget nervously, while an embarrassed PBS edited the worst of the garbage from its broadcast. Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic twisted himself into a laughingstock whose continued presence disgraces the magazine, by obsessively peddling conspiracy theories about the true parentage of Palin’s son Trig. Liberals wrote her “death panels” Facebook post into the pages of history by screaming themselves hoarse over it.

What’s going on here? Is the Left simply out of their minds with hatred for Sarah Palin? That’s part of what motivates them, but the reason she keeps getting the better of them is because they’re slavishly devoted to following an outdated playbook. They think they almost got her with the “stupid, ignorant chill-billy” meme during the 2008 campaign, and they’re determined to twist that knife until they hit a vital organ. Along with their complete lack of understanding for her enduring appeal, it leads them to consistently underestimate her.

The Left instinctively understands their control of the media is a powerful weapon. Experience has taught them it’s a first-strike weapon. They can do the most damage by defining their targets out of the public discourse, smothering them with a shroud of contempt swiftly after their debut on the national stage. They don’t have to worry about competing against an opposing player who has been ruled out of bounds.

This tactic has worked on numerous targets in the past. Even when it’s not completely successful, it can do lingering damage. Anyone familiar with the writings of Ronald Reagan, perhaps through the marvelous collection of his letters entitled Reagan In His Own Hand, knows he was a prodigious writer and learned thinker, but the Left paraded a caricature of him as an amiable dunce all the way through the Eighties. It obviously didn’t destroy him, but you can measure its effects by exposing the average middle-aged Regan hater to some of his work, and watching their eyes widen in surprise. They might still disagree with him, but no one who leafs through Reagan In His Own Hand will come away thinking he was a clueless dolt.

The general contempt of the Left for middle-class Americans is reflected in the attacks they launch against hated targets. Liberal politics is rooted in such contempt, as a matter of logic: the belief that all affairs must be managed by the State absolutely requires the belief that free people cannot manage those affairs on their own. At best, the people are sweet-natured dopes who have no chance against the corporate machine that preys upon them. At worse, the people are greedy and selfish idiots who require the firm hand of enlightened liberals to avoid consuming each other in an orgy of capitalism. Populist, or even just popular, conservatives receive a stiff dose of the venom boiling in the liberal heart for the common folk who elevate them to stardom.

The Left can’t help underestimating Palin. Their world-view will not permit serious engagement with someone they have formally ruled beneath their notice, championing ideas they try very hard not to think about. She’s not just arguing for minor adjustments to the system liberals have constructed over the past century. She questions its very existence, alongside a Tea Party movement that gets the same treatment she does. They’re also very sensitive about threats to their cultural dominance, which Palin threatens with her easygoing charm… frequently broadcast through Fox News, which has already done irreparable damage to leftist media control.

The Left drew some blood from Palin during the 2008 campaign, hitting her hard when she was still learning how to handle a national audience, and getting precious little help from the McCain campaign. She survived, and liberals who try to dismiss her with casual slander increasingly find themselves sneering at each other across a media space the general public has long since vacated. If she runs for office again, Democrat political operatives would be wise to consider what she’s actually saying, not Tina Fey’s fevered opinion of it, and understand that the number of people willing to completely ignore her is not going to increase. The public will not have a difficult time choosing between a pleasant lady with a winning sense of humor and some serious ideas to discuss, and the bitter scolds who think they can drown her out, if they can just put enough spittle behind calling her an idiot


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: copyrightlaw; gawker; gawkerbias; gop; palin; piracy; refudiate; sarahpalin
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1 posted on 11/22/2010 12:57:11 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

Palin is a lifetime NRA member. That is good enough for me.


2 posted on 11/22/2010 1:00:27 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: unseen1

Well done!


3 posted on 11/22/2010 1:03:34 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Just say NO to Janetal patdowns.)
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To: unseen1; 2ndDivisionVet; onyx
The public will not have a difficult time choosing between a pleasant lady with a winning sense of humor and some serious ideas to discuss, and the bitter scolds who think they can drown her out, if they can just put enough spittle behind calling her an idiot

I'm amazed the guy didn't call out pissant (and a couple of other FRidiots) by name....

:-)

4 posted on 11/22/2010 1:04:44 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: unseen1

I watched the second program last night of “Sarah’s Alaska” and she had her daughter Bristol on a shooting range and was complaining that she could not hit the clay bird. Sarah told her , “ don’t retreat, reload!!!” This saying will make it’s way into the media soon I suspect if not already. Some like us, for good, and the opposition will try to make something bad about it.


5 posted on 11/22/2010 1:05:35 PM PST by fish hawk (Liberals are too stupid to engage in a political dialog)
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To: unseen1; Jrabbit; t-dude; bgill; OwenKellogg; maggief; grey_whiskers; mickey finn; ...
SARAH PALIN'S PING LIST



"May we always be happy and our enemies know it."




6 posted on 11/22/2010 1:05:54 PM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: Lakeshark

sure does sound like those are the types he is talking about doesn’t it.


7 posted on 11/22/2010 1:07:12 PM PST by unseen1
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

Is that the same NRA that loves Harry Reid?


8 posted on 11/22/2010 1:08:56 PM PST by fish hawk (Liberals are too stupid to engage in a political dialog)
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To: unseen1

She’s got my vote. Our first Lady President. Todd as the first Gentleman? Works for me!


9 posted on 11/22/2010 1:09:03 PM PST by PLOM...NOT! (Checking in from Wisconsin)
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To: fish hawk
she used it a lot in the 2010 campaigns. The media had a fit and said she was inciting violence. Big story about it months ago. About when this show was filmed I would imagine,.
10 posted on 11/22/2010 1:09:44 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...
The latest example is the website Gawker, which seems on the verge of being sued out of existence because they rushed to leak photocopied pages from her new book, America By Heart, before it was published. When Palin called them on it, Gawker ran a snotty response, complete with an unflattering photo of the former Governor, suggesting she try reading fair-use copyright laws.

I recall the pressure from "Big Media" when some copies of the PUBLISHED final Harry Potter book wound up in some customers' hands ahead of the street date.

The ivory tower is run by elitist thugs who do what they will and don't give a Rat's donkey about laws.

11 posted on 11/22/2010 1:09:44 PM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: unseen1

The parallel between the rabbid left’s talking points and the few PDSers here is ironic to all but the PDSers..........


12 posted on 11/22/2010 1:09:51 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: unseen1
WARNING: If you agree with or like this article you are a Palin fanboy according to some on this very site.
13 posted on 11/22/2010 1:11:47 PM PST by frogjerk (I believe in unicorns, fairies and pro-life Democrats.)
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To: PLOM...NOT!

Voted for her last time around, and I expect to do so at my next chance.


14 posted on 11/22/2010 1:12:19 PM PST by benewton
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To: Lakeshark

yeah but like when the GOp establishment and dailykos have the same talking points I know exactly who to support...


15 posted on 11/22/2010 1:12:57 PM PST by unseen1
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To: onyx

Great show last night watching her smack the halibut.


16 posted on 11/22/2010 1:15:41 PM PST by afnamvet (Patriots Rising)
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To: unseen1

Good article.


17 posted on 11/22/2010 1:16:25 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: frogjerk

a Great leader gathers followers around them. the haters are just upset their choice isn’t a leader enough to have their own supporters and must pay them to like their guy.


18 posted on 11/22/2010 1:19:41 PM PST by unseen1
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To: fish hawk

Did you catch her jab at the McCain campaign aide who called her a diva while clubbing a flopping halibut?


19 posted on 11/22/2010 1:19:58 PM PST by Hugin ("A man'll usually tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear it"--- Open Range)
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To: onyx

“Every time Palin closes her eyes and holds out her sword, a hundred liberals race up to impale themselves upon it.”

ROTFLOL!..Great line!


20 posted on 11/22/2010 1:19:58 PM PST by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: PLOM...NOT!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to watch the libs wretch if and when Sarah was elected President.......I LOVE IT!!!


21 posted on 11/22/2010 1:20:01 PM PST by greyfox (If I were a Democrat I'd be pushing for the fairness doctrine too.)
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To: fish hawk
My favorite part was when she related the story of her baby shower for Piper at the gun range. She said she likes to tell that story because it gets the left "all wee wee'd up." I about fall out of my chair!
22 posted on 11/22/2010 1:20:43 PM PST by JaguarXKE (RINOs be gone!)
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To: benewton

vote for Bristol tonight its not the same thing but it helps calm the urge.


23 posted on 11/22/2010 1:20:45 PM PST by unseen1
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To: fish hawk
My favorite part was when she related the story of her baby shower for Piper at the gun range. She said she likes to tell that story because it gets the left "all wee wee'd up." I about fell out of my chair!
24 posted on 11/22/2010 1:21:02 PM PST by JaguarXKE (RINOs be gone!)
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To: unseen1
Excellent article.

The left can't fight her on policies alone, so that attack her personally.

The Freepers & RINOs who say she is unelectable are the ones buying into left's crapola.

25 posted on 11/22/2010 1:23:03 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: unseen1
Excellent article.

The left can't fight her on policies alone, so that attack her personally.

The Freepers & RINOs who say she is unelectable are the ones buying into left's crapola.

26 posted on 11/22/2010 1:23:37 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: unseen1; onyx
She’s not just arguing for minor adjustments to the system liberals have constructed over the past century. She questions its very existence

They are scared to death and rightly so. Scared that we will undo everything that has been shoved down our throats lately, expose the democrat pols for the Marxists they have become and keep them from the power that they crave. Come on 2012.

27 posted on 11/22/2010 1:24:43 PM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: unseen1
Every time Palin closes her eyes and holds out her sword, a hundred liberals race up to impale themselves upon it.

:-)
28 posted on 11/22/2010 1:28:23 PM PST by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the occupation media. There are Wars and Rumors of War.)
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To: unseen1

bookmark


29 posted on 11/22/2010 1:30:24 PM PST by Hypo2
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To: TexasCajun

yeap the french had a term for those type of people vichy


30 posted on 11/22/2010 1:31:56 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

Thanks for letting me know that. I always like the Doctor Zero columns.


31 posted on 11/22/2010 1:33:54 PM PST by vbmoneyspender
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To: unseen1

The only way to kill this propagation of hatred by the Left is to laugh at them. They have no sense of humor when it is pointed at themselves. These warped creatures, who have never had an original thought but simply regurgitate what some Leftist university dweeb has taught them, or what they’ve seen on Stewart’s empty shell of a show.
Their parents should have cut off their funding long ago and forced them to function in the real world. That may help them grow up.


32 posted on 11/22/2010 1:35:30 PM PST by kittymyrib
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To: fish hawk
she had her daughter Bristol on a shooting range and was complaining that she could not hit the clay bird.

*chuckle* I'm on the volunteer mowing crew at my club and I *hate* the unbroken clays almost as much as the darned plastic wads. Whatever happened to the old-fashioned felt wads?

But back on topic: Every time Palin closes her eyes and holds out her sword, a hundred liberals race up to impale themselves upon it. <=- BRILLIANT description.
33 posted on 11/22/2010 1:37:34 PM PST by Peet (Leftists think personal liberty is so important it must be carefully rationed.)
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To: unseen1
The left never tires of labeling conservatives as stupid, dolts etc. They have done it since as long as I can remember.

The following is from a 6 year member of F.R., posted just a few hours ago:

I prefer neither Romney, Palin or Hucksterbee.

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Want his name? I'll FReepmail it to you and send the URL to the post, I won't ping him to this thread because as far as I'm concerned he's an utterly wortless piece of shit liberal.

34 posted on 11/22/2010 1:40:15 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: kittymyrib
yeap why i use the LOL, ROFL and ROFLMAO so much in my comments against the concerned trolls. I laugh at their silly “concerns” They sound like little kids afraid of the boogeyman.
35 posted on 11/22/2010 1:42:04 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

Look for “Reagan In His Own Hand “ at Amazon bookmark.


36 posted on 11/22/2010 1:48:12 PM PST by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: unseen1

bookmark


37 posted on 11/22/2010 1:49:20 PM PST by Hypo2
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To: Graybeard58

sound slike pissant but sure sent me the link


38 posted on 11/22/2010 1:56:34 PM PST by unseen1
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To: Graybeard58

sound slike pissant but sure send me the link


39 posted on 11/22/2010 1:56:42 PM PST by unseen1
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To: unseen1

Beautifully crafted description of our Amazon word warrior.

I sincerely hope she DOES not run for office. She is much too valuable speaking common sense of all Americans who will listen, even common sense that provokes sarcasm and ridicule.

As a candidate, there will always be a twinge of self-editing in trying to win over the “independent” voter that will be needed for victory.

Sarah Palin is at her best, and gets all sort of people to see the foolishness of liberal thought, when she does not temporize.


40 posted on 11/22/2010 2:02:57 PM PST by plangent
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To: unseen1; whitedog57; pissant
Nope. Although I wouldn't be surprised if he would be sorry he didn't think of it.

Comment #2

Pinging the freepers because even in the dawning of the age of Palin, we still have manners and ping our fellow freepers when we mention them.

"Rock of Palin, Cleft for Me". No wait, that's just not right.....

41 posted on 11/22/2010 2:04:38 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: fish hawk

First Sarah told Bristol to not aim for where it is, but where it’s going to be. Then she told her not to get frustrated just reload.


42 posted on 11/22/2010 2:14:53 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: unseen1

I love that headline.


43 posted on 11/22/2010 2:25:49 PM PST by Melian ( See Matt 7: 21 and 1 John 2: 3-6)
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To: frogjerk
WARNING: If you agree with or like this article you are a Palin fanboy according to some on this very site.

I agree with and love the article!

44 posted on 11/22/2010 2:26:07 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: Graybeard58
Lot of POS "freeper" liberals lately. Some have been hiding for years. Must be the full moon bringing them out to wail with the banshees.
45 posted on 11/22/2010 2:38:10 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: unseen1
hitting her hard when she was still learning how to handle a national audience, and getting precious little help from the McCain campaign.

The left did less harm than the treasonous McCain organization. McCain probably was too senile to know what his people were doing to destroy his run, but the shitball whore who set Sarah up with Katie "Colon" Couric knew exactly what she was doing.

46 posted on 11/22/2010 2:46:08 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: JaguarXKE; Hugin

In my opinion, last nights show was ten times a good as the first one. How in the world could anyone walk away from this wonderful family show and hate her? Only someone with a dark unforgiving heart could do that. Hey , I just described a Liberal Democrat.


47 posted on 11/22/2010 2:46:41 PM PST by fish hawk (Liberals are too stupid to engage in a political dialog)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

3 years of pro-Romney trolling isn’t enough, now you are pinging your anti-Palin posse.

It looks like you have decided to start opening up more, I like it, it is about time that you let more light shine under that rock that you have always tried to (ineffectively) hide under.


48 posted on 11/22/2010 2:51:42 PM PST by ansel12 (Mitt Romney supporter, and anti-tea party figure, Eric Cantor, won this battle.)
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To: unseen1

“Refudiate” is a much better word anyway: Sounds better, and better etymologically, IMO. Ef ‘m if they can’t get behind it.

Palin grows on me more and more over time. The antidote for our times, IMO.


49 posted on 11/22/2010 3:05:14 PM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: afnamvet
Great show last night watching her smack the halibut.

That would be a good one-liner to keep handy for when she gets into debate against Obama for the 2012 election. The line the next day would be "good show last night watching her smack the halibut". (halibut being equated to Obama).
50 posted on 11/22/2010 3:24:36 PM PST by adorno
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