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Visceral Has Its Value (backhanded Palin compliment? Obama slam?)
New York Times ^ | 11/21/09 | Maureen Dowd

Posted on 11/22/2009 2:41:35 PM PST by Daisyjane69

It’s easy to dismiss Sarah Palin.

She’s back on the trail, with the tumbling hair and tumbling thoughts. The queen of the scenic strip mall known as Wasilla now reigns over thrilled subjects thronging to a politically strategic swath of American strip malls.

The conservative celebrity clearly hasn’t boned up on anything, except her own endless odyssey of self-discovery. And she still has that Yoda-like syntax.

“And I think more of a concern has been not within the campaign the mistakes that were made, not being able to react to the circumstances that those mistakes created in a real positive and professional and helpful way for John McCain,” she told Bill O’Reilly.

Yet Democrats would be foolish to write off her visceral power.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: modo; obama; palin
not sure what to make of this!
1 posted on 11/22/2009 2:41:35 PM PST by Daisyjane69
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To: Daisyjane69
Oh, good. I love MoDo threads.

Let the parade of CZJ pics begin.

2 posted on 11/22/2009 2:43:19 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Daisyjane69

Gratuitious Palin-bashing thinly veiled by a slight at Obama.

The usual PDS tripe.


3 posted on 11/22/2009 2:44:24 PM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Daisyjane69
...not sure what to make of this!

I didn't read anything past, "She’s back on the trail, with the tumbling hair and tumbling thoughts."

So I'm afraid I will of little help to you in figuring it out.

4 posted on 11/22/2009 2:44:40 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Daisyjane69
As Judith Doctor, a 69-year-old spiritual therapist, told The Washington Post’s Jason Horowitz at Palin’s book signing in Grand Rapids, Mich., “She’s alive inside, and that radiates energy, and people who are not psychologically alive inside are fascinated by that.”

Gee thanks! I feel much better now...

5 posted on 11/22/2009 2:45:56 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Texas Eagle

6 posted on 11/22/2009 2:45:59 PM PST by Tax-chick (Buy me a "Land Shark" and take me to Anguilla.)
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To: Texas Eagle

Go ahead and read it. She summed things so far up this way:

“If we could see a Reduced Shakespeare summary of Obama’s presidency so far, it would read:

Dither, dither, speech. Foreign trip, bow, reassure. Seminar, summit. Shoot a jump shot with the guys, throw out the first pitch in mom jeans. Compromise, concede, close the deal. Dither, dither, water down, news conference.”

Finally, something I agree with!


7 posted on 11/22/2009 2:46:24 PM PST by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: Daisyjane69

Do people actually exist who read MoDo and the NY Times?


8 posted on 11/22/2009 2:46:28 PM PST by Parmy
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To: Daisyjane69
Of no concern, Sarah signed more books last week than read Maureen. They drip with fear.
9 posted on 11/22/2009 2:46:28 PM PST by Recon Dad (SSgt O - 3rd Afghanistan Deployment - Day 33)
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To: Daisyjane69

The spinster is in panic mode. I wonder if her liver can take it.


10 posted on 11/22/2009 2:47:00 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: Daisyjane69
“If we could see a Reduced Shakespeare summary of Obama’s presidency so far, it would read:

Dither, dither, speech. Foreign trip, bow, reassure. Seminar, summit. Shoot a jump shot with the guys, throw out the first pitch in mom jeans. Compromise, concede, close the deal. Dither, dither, water down, news conference.”

Not, "Toil, toil, boil and bubble"?

11 posted on 11/22/2009 2:48:30 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Daisyjane69

Maureen means that an alley full of winos on Manhattan Island is more picturesque than anywhere in the natural wonderland of Alaska because, well, it’s on Manhattan.

She also means that anyone supporting, admiring or - heaven forfend - voting for Sarah Palin does so simply because Sarah Palin. The women’s ‘visceral’ reaction is to Palin’s beauty and their desire to emulate it. The men’s ‘visceral’ reaction is....you know the rest.

‘Visceral’ also means anyone supporting Palin or sharing her values is a bloodthirsty hate-monger intent on restoring the institution of slavery and ripping the so-called social safety net away....although neither Dowd nor any other lefty can explain how having promiscuous unprotected sex often accompanied by drug and alcohol abuse is in any way relevant to the concept of ‘safety.’

‘Visceral’ also means ‘non-thinking’ as - repeat after me - all liberals are smarter than Palin (this is an article of faith even with union types who went and voted Obama only to watch their plants and coal mines idled thanks to environmental restrictions).

Finally, ‘visceral’ means ‘Palin gets a better reaction than I do and I’m envirous. At least Dowd is on a level with us common folk on this one.


12 posted on 11/22/2009 2:49:11 PM PST by relictele
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To: Daisyjane69

We ordinary Americans are so beneath queen Maureen. Her allusion to the strip mall of Wasilla speaks far more about Dowd than it does about America.


13 posted on 11/22/2009 2:50:05 PM PST by billhilly
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To: Daisyjane69
not sure what to make of this!

Me neither. Perhaps some meditation and CZJ omphaloskepsis is in order.


14 posted on 11/22/2009 2:50:12 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Stop dissing drunken sailors! At least they spend their OWN money.)
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To: relictele
voting for Sarah Palin does so simply because Sarah Palin

=> voting for Sarah Palin does so simply because Sarah Palin is attractive.

15 posted on 11/22/2009 2:50:45 PM PST by relictele
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To: Tax-chick

Wow! Too bad she could’t afford to bead the rest of that pattern.


16 posted on 11/22/2009 2:50:53 PM PST by toomuchcoffee
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To: toomuchcoffee

Ran out of cloth, too.


17 posted on 11/22/2009 2:52:20 PM PST by Tax-chick (Buy me a "Land Shark" and take me to Anguilla.)
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To: Daisyjane69
"Visceral Has Its Value"

Yeah, that's what Michael Douglas said when he dumped maureen dowd and chased Catherine Zeta Jones.

18 posted on 11/22/2009 2:52:56 PM PST by Vision Thing (He has a white house, and he wants to paint it black.)
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To: Parmy
Do people actually exist who read MoDo and the NY Times?
I don't. And since this requires a login, I'm not going to break my streak here today.
20 posted on 11/22/2009 2:54:39 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Daisyjane69
Yet Democrats would be foolish to write off her visceral power.

Is that what DemocRATS are doing?

21 posted on 11/22/2009 2:59:44 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Daisyjane69
Where does one begin analyzing such drivel from a person who so easily turns truth upside down concerning both Palin and Obama?

Does Dowd ever stop to consider how such a piece opens up the window into her own inadequacies and biases? Surely not!

22 posted on 11/22/2009 3:03:56 PM PST by loveliberty2
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To: Daisyjane69
The queen of the scenic strip mall...


Our queen.


Their queen.

23 posted on 11/22/2009 3:04:05 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Daisyjane69

MaDo remains a snide, pathetic little human.


24 posted on 11/22/2009 3:15:06 PM PST by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American (u)
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To: Daisyjane69
Good summary, except that you didn't work in the beer summit.

Of course, of the four men there, the only one who drank real beer was the only one who had ever had a real job.

25 posted on 11/22/2009 3:38:35 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Texas Eagle

Ouch! I wasn't expecting that Mo pic.

26 posted on 11/22/2009 3:46:50 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is fading.)
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To: Daisyjane69
Dowd is deluded.

"Obama showed a flair for the theatrical during his campaign, and a talent for narrative in his memoir, but he has yet to translate those skills to governing."

Surely Dowd knows that Obama's talent for narrative in his memoir was almost certainly borrowed from Bill Ayers.

"As with the debates, he seems resistant to the idea that perception, as well as substance, matters.

I think she got her terms reversed. It's substance where Obama lacks any firm standing, unless she is referring to his Marxist ideology which he attempts to hide under a perception of moderation. Obama's success is a pure product of perception. Everyone tells us how brilliant he is as he reads from his teleprompter in constant campaign mode, continually spinning every failure as a success, unless it can be blamed on Bush. In staged oratory he tells us how every Democrat proposal is the will of the people, even when opposed by large majorities. When off the teleprompter, Obama sounds like a dolt.

If we were to strip away the false perceptions of eloquence and brilliance, his approval rating would be around 20%. Obama is about as resistant to the idea that perception matters, as was the Wizard of Oz.

27 posted on 11/22/2009 3:52:38 PM PST by Fetid Facts (Under Democrats, "The law is a ass--a idiot.")
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To: Daisyjane69

28 posted on 11/22/2009 4:18:15 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Texas Eagle
"Toil, toil, boil and bubble"

I've heard that before. Where is it from? There's a verse in a similar vein in Shakespeare's Macbeth:

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.

29 posted on 11/22/2009 5:13:55 PM PST by ExGeeEye (P.U.M.A.--BC/BG!)
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To: ExGeeEye
I've heard that before. Where is it from? There's a verse in a similar vein in Shakespeare's Macbeth: Double, double toil and trouble; Fire, burn; and caldron, bubble.

Oh. Is that how it goes? No wonder I got an F in Lit.

30 posted on 11/22/2009 6:15:19 PM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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