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Obama Benefits in Having Palin as His Foil
New York Times ^ | 1/18/11 | Matt Bai

Posted on 01/18/2011 8:13:57 PM PST by Nachum

There was Sarah Palin again Monday, assuring Sean Hannity on Fox News that she was not going to be silenced, no matter what abuse might come her way. “Other people are facing much greater hardships and making greater sacrifices than I am in just engaging in debate,” said the woman who reportedly made $250,000 per episode of her recently concluded reality show.

She added, several times, “This isn’t about me.”

A lot of Republicans in Washington certainly wish that were the case. But as the new House majority begins its push this week to scale back the Obama agenda, it seems that the president now has, in Ms. Palin, something he badly needed after a punishing election season: the ideal political foil.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benefits; foil; freepressforpalin; obama; palin
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1 posted on 01/18/2011 8:14:02 PM PST by Nachum
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dream on Obama


2 posted on 01/18/2011 8:16:42 PM PST by ak267
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To: Nachum

For Obama and the liberal democrats, Palin IS Goldstein. The ref is Orwell’s “1984”.


3 posted on 01/18/2011 8:17:03 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Nachum

This website republishes more articles from Liberal than conservative sources. Why do you think that is?


4 posted on 01/18/2011 8:17:14 PM PST by devere
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To: Nachum

Until he is squealing like a stuck pig.

She had many an opportunity to really sock the guy, but didn’t because she has class.


5 posted on 01/18/2011 8:18:36 PM PST by dila813
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To: Nachum
Ms. Palin represents exactly the kind of culturally conservative critique of Mr. Obama that her Washington colleagues would like very much to play down at the moment. Her grievances are based less in the particulars of policy than they are in the caricatures and cultural divisions of the last political era — effete Easterners versus rugged Westerners, wine-drinkers versus beer-pounders, Ivy League lawyers versus Bible-brandishing activists.

I have to wonder, when was the last time the author of this piece visited flyover country? Or even ventured outside of Manhattan? Never?

6 posted on 01/18/2011 8:19:23 PM PST by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: Nachum

Sarah Palin should announce her candidacy for President and officially request Secret Service Protection ... this would put the crazy leftists in a tizzy...


7 posted on 01/18/2011 8:19:31 PM PST by ICCtheWay
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To: Nachum
...it seems that the president now has, in Ms. Palin, something he badly needed after a punishing election season: the ideal political foil.

that's what a President needs? a political foil? Not the country doing better?

the Libs don't even try to pretend anymore that they want the country to do better.

8 posted on 01/18/2011 8:19:37 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Nachum

Oh, yeah let’s all listen to the NYSlimes.


9 posted on 01/18/2011 8:19:58 PM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm.)
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To: devere
This website republishes more articles from Liberal than conservative sources. Why do you think that is?

The people here are interested in the comments and analysis from FReepers. It puts things in perspective.

10 posted on 01/18/2011 8:20:48 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
"I'm Matt Bai, and I'm kind of dumb. But on the whole, I'm very pleased with myself."


11 posted on 01/18/2011 8:21:16 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: ak267
dream on Obama

As well as the NYT

12 posted on 01/18/2011 8:21:29 PM PST by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Nachum

What is it Rush says . . . Sarah Palin living rent free in the liberals’ heads.


13 posted on 01/18/2011 8:22:57 PM PST by chickadee
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To: Nachum

The nyt is continuing its slobbering sloppyness. Given the fairly even divide in the USA, the reverse is also true: Palin benefits from having brack obama as a foil.


14 posted on 01/18/2011 8:23:01 PM PST by Vision Thing (He has a white house, and he wants to paint it black.)
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To: Nachum; devere

Also, know your enemies.

You can’t fight them if you don’t know them.

(Am I allowed to say that?)


15 posted on 01/18/2011 8:23:32 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Nachum

16 posted on 01/18/2011 8:23:57 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Nachum
It laughable how they always have to include how much money she makes. Do they do that for anyone else? Yeah I didn't think so. Personally after what she has put up with from these bottom-feeders I hope she makes lots of money and rubs it in the face of every liberal (and barbara bush) pondscum she runs into. But hey thats just me.

Actually if you think about if she gets $250,000 per episode and over 3 million people watch it and just 1/3 of the people buy a product that was advertised they made a killing uh oops I mean alot of money by advertising on her show.

17 posted on 01/18/2011 8:24:06 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: devere
This website republishes more articles from Liberal than conservative sources. Why do you think that is?

Because, to get intellectually stronger, you must consider your opponent's arguments and see if they have merit. If the buffoons at the NY Times are the cream of the crop of our opponents, we have nothing to fear.

18 posted on 01/18/2011 8:25:30 PM PST by Onelifetogive (I tweet, too...)
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To: ak267

She’s irrelevant. She’s unelectable. Her political career is over. She’s not too bright. She needs to bone up on policy. Her reality show isn’t very Presidential. She needs to tone down the hateful rhetoric. She injected herself into the Arizona shooting. In short, she continues to live rent-free in their heads...I love it!


19 posted on 01/18/2011 8:26:00 PM PST by JaguarXKE (Life - It's 10 percent circumstances and 90 percent how you react to circumstances - Sarah Palin)
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To: Huntress

I bet the fairy has never ventured beyond the upper westside, much less manhattan.


20 posted on 01/18/2011 8:26:12 PM PST by Vision Thing (He has a white house, and he wants to paint it black.)
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To: Nachum; devere

I’ve often wondered how much the readership/viewership of liberal web sites, publications, TV networks, etc. would decline if conservatives stopped ridiculing them.


21 posted on 01/18/2011 8:26:25 PM PST by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: devere

“This website republishes more articles from Liberal than conservative sources. Why do you think that is?”

Because most of us don’t have the stomach to read the NYT/LAT/WaPo or watch the networks. Or the time. Those who do share bits and pieces that they think others would care about.

There are articles posted regularly from The Washington Times, American Thinker, American Spectator, and the other few conservative written media outlets. And, there are threads every day for the Rush/Levin shows. Many FReepers belong to the related sites, so less need to post the information.


22 posted on 01/18/2011 8:26:32 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: Nachum

I can’t wait for the first live election 2012 presidential debate between Palin and Obama... that’s going to be a sight to behold. Until then, Obama and his idiots in the MSM can continue to grasp at straws.


23 posted on 01/18/2011 8:26:40 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: Mr_Moonlight
As well as the NYT...

...the NYT...

Isn't that the newsrag that having already succumbed to intellectual bankruptcy is now toying with financial bankruptcy?

24 posted on 01/18/2011 8:27:05 PM PST by John Valentine
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To: Nachum

Only in his fantasy mind.


25 posted on 01/18/2011 8:28:11 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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pING TO self regarding whiners who don’t know what real sacrifice is. Palin reminds them.


26 posted on 01/18/2011 8:29:22 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Palin '12 begins in '11. In western New Hampshire pour moi.)
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To: Nachum
Well, I think it's really swell of Mr. Bai and the whole gang at the NY Times to give those of us unfortunate enough not to be the beneficiaries of an Ivy League education or a Manhattan address yet another reason not to back Sarah Palin. Because they care about us, they really do.

This sort of stuff ceased to be influential quite some time ago and entered the field of comedy. Somebody buy this clown a rubber nose and some face paint.

27 posted on 01/18/2011 8:31:03 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Nachum
She is being relentlessly attacked due to the obvious fact that the left sees her as the biggest threat to their agenda.

Once a larger threat to their agenda has been identified, that person will be ruthlessly attacked just as Mrs. Palin has been for over 2 years now.

28 posted on 01/18/2011 8:32:07 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Nachum

Buckeyesrule,
You mentioned Barbara Bush.
I saw a news clip on FOX a bit ago showing W & Clinton pushing the Haiti thing. That reminded me that they were in charge of helping down there. I got me to wondering if Barbara’s “comment” about SP came before or after SP went down there and suggested that the US needed to get off its duff and get some help down there. Does anyone know if maybe that had ticked Babs off? Or was it just the Jeb thing?


29 posted on 01/18/2011 8:32:54 PM PST by GlockLady
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To: Nachum

He and the Dems had her as their foil for the first half of his term and...you know, that happened.


30 posted on 01/18/2011 8:35:53 PM PST by RichInOC (Palin 2012: BOOM. Taste My Cluebat!)
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To: Nachum

Liberals just can’t stand that their progressive agenda is being refused by the American people. They just can’t stand it, so they go after Sarah Palin, bringing up how much money she makes..yeah, she is wealthy and SO WHAT..what is up with liberals and their obsession with how much Sarah Palin makes. Who the hell cares..but they care, because they are #1 JEALOUS..jealous that people watched her show and they don’t give a crap about the New York Slimes..does that paper still even exist anymore because its not even worth using as toilet paper..such jealousy from these people..they are behaving like children..maybe someone needs to put a binky in their mouth to quiet them up because all I am hearing is a whole bunch of whining from these leftists


31 posted on 01/18/2011 8:37:02 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: devere

Because 98% of jourbalists are leftists?


32 posted on 01/18/2011 8:37:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

they can’t even get little details correct: She made $1 million per episode.


33 posted on 01/18/2011 8:39:31 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: Nachum

This used to be called “Whistling past the graveyard.” Can we still say that?


34 posted on 01/18/2011 8:40:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: Nachum

Her kids get death threats and the libs don’t care.


35 posted on 01/18/2011 8:40:37 PM PST by toddausauras
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To: Nachum
Obie the agitator always has to have a villain. That may work as a ward healer, but that is no stinking way to run a country.
36 posted on 01/18/2011 8:45:08 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am proclaiming 2011 as the year of ME!)
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To: Nachum

I just read that after his Tucson speech, when he went backstage, he and Michelle high fived and laughed. Seems someone did take a picture of it. The White House Insider has been right on many many things he/she has reported. If it is true, hope it is posted on the front page of all newspapers.

http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/white-house-insider-obama-celebrates-shortly-after-delivering-tucson-memorial-speech/


37 posted on 01/18/2011 8:45:24 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Nachum

They wish this benefitted Obama but the truth is people tend to notice when someone is leveling with them and when someone is jerking their chain.


38 posted on 01/18/2011 8:46:47 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Billthedrill

Actually - maybe it is time the Ivy graduates of hard science majors divorced themselves from the soft majors.

Don’t buy into this “hate the Ivy” stuff - a bunch of us are your Drs and scientists and aerospace engineers, etc.

This guy is just a turd from the Journalism school.

But we get to keep Coulter.


39 posted on 01/18/2011 8:52:36 PM PST by Eldon Tyrell
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
I just read that after his Tucson speech, when he went backstage, he and Michelle high fived and laughed.

Tremendous find. Thank you.

I have just put it on my site, and next it will be up on Twitter.

40 posted on 01/18/2011 8:54:26 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

I think the press who are an arm of the Democrat party did far more than the politicians.


41 posted on 01/18/2011 8:56:20 PM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Huntress

It is not the ridicule. It is the fact checking and embarassment it causes the faux President. If I had not posted this, another poster would not have given me this link...

http://newsflavor.com/politics/world-politics/white-house-insider-obama-celebrates-shortly-after-delivering-tucson-memorial-speech/


42 posted on 01/18/2011 9:01:30 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Huntress
I have to wonder, when was the last time the author of this piece visited flyover country? Or even ventured outside of Manhattan? Never?

Never would be my guess. Wine "drinkers" vs. beer "pounders." No bias there.

43 posted on 01/18/2011 9:05:26 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: Eldon Tyrell
Oh, I used to work with a Harvard magna cum laude who was brilliant and conservative. I'm working with a Yaley PhD now who's a miserbobble Commie puke but otherwise a very nice guy. The former was a librul arts feller, the latter a Geologist (and a damn good one). The problem isn't liberal arts vs scientists or Ivy Leaguers versus human beings, it's the notion that somehow the IL antecedent confers a legitimacy that it does not.

However, "a bunch of us" applies to a very wide demographic and we do have other equally sterling sources for scientists and doctors. A little intellectual humility goes a long way. I'll try to take that advice myself...someday. ;-)

44 posted on 01/18/2011 9:07:40 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Nachum

Perhaps ridicule was not the right word with which to make my point. That is, if conservatives didn’t call these sources out for inaccuracy, bias, etc., would they get so much attention in the first place?


45 posted on 01/18/2011 9:19:02 PM PST by Huntress (Who the hell are you to tell me what's in my best interests?)
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To: Huntress
if conservatives didn’t call these sources out for inaccuracy, bias, etc., would they get so much attention in the first place?

It is an argument. I think that to ignore the constant lie and hope it will go away is how the country has gone so far down the tubes as it has though.

One of the reasons that conservatives have gained the house, and so many seats in the senate is because of our heightened state of awareness.

46 posted on 01/18/2011 9:25:52 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: ICCtheWay

47 posted on 01/18/2011 9:44:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Please donate to FreeRepublic, sanity in a world gone mad!)
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To: Nachum

consider the source.


48 posted on 01/18/2011 10:18:47 PM PST by SeaWolf (Orwell must have foreseen the 21st Century US Congress when he wrote 1984)
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To: Billthedrill

It is not the source of their education that matters - it is the content of their work (or the emptiness of their heads).

There are just as many libtards from Michigan - or dare I list UNC? Or Bezerkely? Or Arizona - Or Colorado, or anywhere. (OK - except Texas and Oklahoma, and some similar schools). in fact - just writing this - the geography obviously jumps out. Wisconson - Libtard state - libtard school. etc. (Almost forgot Duke - remember a certain LAX case? ...)

You should not fall for the “class warfare in sheep’s clothing” that is this reflexive “IL put down”.

The degree only confers the energy you give it - so I’m just warning you off of the easy negative energy. I would bet the data is more geographic than “IL” related.


49 posted on 01/18/2011 11:49:28 PM PST by Eldon Tyrell
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To: Nachum

Obama has nightmares about Palin. He knows she can kick his butt in 2012 so he has the MSM run interference for him.

Can’t wait until the 2012 campaign! Sarah and we the people versus Obama and the corrupt MSM. Bring it on!


50 posted on 01/19/2011 1:37:34 AM PST by sarah palin rocks
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