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No Longer Sarah Plain and Tall!
Townhall.com ^ | February 22, 2010 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr

Posted on 02/22/2010 1:05:59 PM PST by Kaslin

Last week Sarah Palin appeared on Bill O’Reilley’s show discussing a crude joke levied at her on the animated television show - “The Family Guy.” For those who may not have seen either the show itself or the O’Reilly interview, here’s what happened.

In the animated show two Sundays ago, a teenaged character named Chris is romancing Ellen, his classmate. She has Down Syndrome. As Chris delves into Ellen’s background, she makes this statement, “My dad’s an accountant and my mom is the former governor of Alaska.” The fact that the actress who does the voice for Ellen, Andrea Fay Friedman, has Down Syndrome in real life complicates this story. In fact, Freidman attempted to make Palin the bad guy by saying that the former governor has no sense of humor.

In an e-mail statement sent to the New York Times Friedman went on to say, “I thought the line...was very funny. I think the word is sarcasm... My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life.” Not a bad statement for an adult with Down Syndrome.

Friedman’s plausible defense of the program is obviously self-serving. Unfortunately, she reminds me of a black comedienne who uses the “N” word in her routine; but would picket any white person who did so.

Even more ironic than the fact the Down Syndrome actress wants to secure her career at all costs, is the fact that the program was aired on the Fox Family Network. The Fox News Network has hired Sarah Palin as a commentator, and is obviously very protective of the governor. This glitch shows that the Fox News Network operates independently from its entertainment branch.

Before I go forward with my comments, let’s take a moment to define Down Syndrome. The WebMD says that most kids with this condition have: “Distinct facial features, such as a flat face, small ears, slanting eyes, and a small mouth, a short neck and short arms and legs, weak muscles and loose joints though muscle tone usually improves by late childhood, and below-average intelligence.”

For my money, Bristol Palin gave the quintessential comment on the matter in a statement on her mother’s Facebook page. Bristol declared: “People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront ... why could anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? ... If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed.”

As the national debate rages about the latest set of tasteless remarks about the former governor and her family, there is a shift in the tone and tenor of the criticism levied against her. The comments about her do not reflect a new level of political persecution; instead they reflect the fact that the ex-governor is starting to reach icon status. Cultural icons like Sarah Palin and Tiger Woods are famous because of who they are - not just because of what they do. Icons don’t just make the news; they are the news. Their fans dote and their detractors perseverate. They fight the harassment of the paparazzi and the gratuitous use of their names and images. Simply sighting an icon can be a life-defining event versus sighting the garden-variety celebrity.

A great example of how one rises from celebrity to iconic ranks is the meteoric ascent of Paris Hilton. Her family name brought her into the limelight and her “jet set” lifestyle made her the envy of everyone on the celebrity party scene a few years ago. Suddenly she stepped into the icon zone. Wikipedia defines her career as follows: “an American socialite, heiress, media personality, model, singer, author, fashion designer and actress.” This means that she has no permanent job other than being a celebrity.

Returning to the assertion that Sarah Palin has become an icon, let me quote Time Magazine, which said last week, “Palin hits the same mystic chords as Clinton. A woman who goes to war against the 19-year-old boy who knocked up her daughter and then posed for Playgirl is far more comprehensible to most Americans than deficit spending is. In her Fox interview with Chris Wallace the day after her Nashville speech, Palin said she'd been focusing more on ‘current events’ since she quit as governor of Alaska.”

Even her political allies are starting to weigh in on the love vs. hate Palin campaign. A prominent Tea Party leader from Texas (Dale Robertson) is warning that the movement “is becoming nothing more than a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Republican Party.” He goes on to slam Sarah Palin as being a part of “a growing insider's attack to the heart of the Tea Party.”

Contrary to Mr. Robertson’s sentiments, countless newspapers and magazines are hailing Palin as the de facto leader of the Tea Party movement. If these writers are correct, her best selling book Going Rogue may become a manifesto. In addition, her commentaries on Fox may help focus and refine the insights of millions of followers.

Sarah, Plain and Tall is the title of a book and a trilogy of movies known by children everywhere. The award-winning book is a study of the universal themes of loneliness and abandonment. For months many Americans wondered if Governor Palin and her family could survive the rough and tumble atmosphere of modern American politics. Fortunately for Mrs. Palin, her epitaph will not be “Sarah Plain and Tall.” In fact her destiny is to become a culturally defining icon. She will undoubtedly become a role model of what a wife, mother, and citizen can be.

You go girl!!!!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: harryjackson; palin; sarahpalin
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To: Onerom99

Why don’t you go back over to DU where comments like that are welcome.


101 posted on 02/22/2010 4:24:42 PM PST by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

DU? No thanks. I’m a conservative. I just don’t have Palin-Bot Dementia.


102 posted on 02/22/2010 4:25:32 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: Onerom99

Neither do I, and you are no conservative.


103 posted on 02/22/2010 4:28:18 PM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Onerom99; nuvista

Nuvista just gave you a fair response and you just give your blah blah blah talking points. You’re not to be taken seriously.


104 posted on 02/22/2010 4:31:25 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Climate-gate is here so can Darwin-gate be far behind?)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Nuvista compared a variety of profsesions to being President of the United States.

There is no other job on the planet that requires more hours than the President of the United States. Making that argument is lunacy.

I’m not interested in getting in a back and forth with lunatics.


105 posted on 02/22/2010 4:35:13 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: ohioWfan

Well thanks for telling me who I am..


106 posted on 02/22/2010 4:35:47 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: Onerom99

No actually nuvista gave legitimate answers to your questions.


107 posted on 02/22/2010 4:38:21 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Climate-gate is here so can Darwin-gate be far behind?)
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To: Onerom99
Well, there are lots more things that you are, but I don't need to point them out because you have blatantly demonstrated your flaws on this thread with your own words.

Now you may proceed with your name-calling and demonstrate even more clearly "who you are."

108 posted on 02/22/2010 4:45:56 PM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

No, actually nuvista didn’t IMO. I know you folks with Palin-Bot Dementia have trouble accepting others with different opinions than yourselves, so there really isn’t much of a point to continue.

We both know I’m not going to win any of you over.

If you want to get behind an inexperienced quitting Governor who supports windfall-profits taxes on the businesses of her choosing, forcing the rewrite of signed legal documents, and raising taxes to support pet projects, be my guest.

That’s your candidate. Not mine.


109 posted on 02/22/2010 4:46:11 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: Onerom99

Were you the same poster who trashed Erin Andrews?


110 posted on 02/22/2010 4:47:28 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (Climate-gate is here so can Darwin-gate be far behind?)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Love your tagline! :)


111 posted on 02/22/2010 4:50:55 PM PST by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: Onerom99
Especially when that insult is from an adult-cartoon that takes pot-shots at EVERYBODY.

Everybody? Surely you jest. I am still waiting for the first obama and/or biden joke (non-stop anti-conservative jokes even though most are not funny) or anything that even remotely resembles a joke about islam that comes anywhere close to the anti-Christian hatred that is spewed on that show regularly.

I actually like the show for the most part, but McFarlane goes out of his way to show his bias. To say that they take shots at 'everybody' is not even close to the truth. South Park takes shots at everybody, hence it is a much funnier show.

112 posted on 02/22/2010 5:14:36 PM PST by American Infidel (It's pronounced 'ASK' not 'AXE'. It's a 3 letter word. How difficult can it be?)
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To: nuvista

bttt


113 posted on 02/22/2010 5:22:04 PM PST by 185JHP ( "The thing thou purposest shall come to pass: And over all thy ways the light shall shine.")
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To: Kaslin
"Contrary to Mr. Robertson’s sentiments, countless newspapers and magazines are hailing Palin as the de facto leader of the Tea Party movement."

Apparently those countless newspapers and magazines haven't been listening to Sarah. She has said she is not interested in being a 'leader' of the Tea Party Movement, and she also said it doesn't necessarily NEED a leader.

114 posted on 02/22/2010 5:34:35 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Onerom99
If she railed against every nasty thing said about her, she'd be doing nothing else for the rest of her life. She's actually been pretty circumspect. She doesn't bother herself about personal attacks, because she knows they're par for the course if you're in politics. She draws the line when they start on her kids, because her kids are NOT in politics. And as I'm sure you must have noticed, the MSM seems to be able to keep from making snarky or trashy comments about the children of DEMOCRAT politicians, but don't seem to want to extend that courtesy to Sarah.

Sarah didn't resign the Governorship because she 'couldn't stand the heat'. She resigned because of the continual frivilous lawsuits that were not only against her, but her staff as well. She didn't want THEM to be bankrupted because her enemies were so fixated on getting to HER. She had been in office for well over a year, without ANY ethics charges or lawsuits, and it wasn't until she was chosen as McCain's running mate, and the MSM realized what a threat she could be that the Democrats started their smear campaign.

I don't know why you have such a burr up your saddle against her, but you might at least check into the FACTS before making your comments.

115 posted on 02/22/2010 5:45:57 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: SuziQ
If she railed against every nasty thing said about her, she'd be doing nothing else for the rest of her life.

How about she relaxes her thirst of power and takes on being a mother first before taking on the most demanding job in the world.

The second she used her kids as campaign props, she brought them into politics. I don't know who Rick Santorum's kids are. I don't know who Jim DeMint's kids are. I don't know know who Haley Barbour's kids are. I barely know who McCain's kids are only because her daughter has thrusted herself into the political scene. I don't know nothing about his son.

You know why? Because they don't talk about them obsessively at every campaign stop and stump speech and use them as a reason to elect her. Oh look at my down syndrome baby. We need more special ed funding. Yea.. Where was this funding before Trig? She was slashing it from the Alaskan budget.

She already proved she can't handle a family (Bristol) and run for Governor. Now she wants to be President? Hah!
116 posted on 02/22/2010 6:05:54 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

A ‘family’ network is one where the gay personalities have not yet come out of the closet.


117 posted on 02/22/2010 6:07:41 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: 2nd Amendment
I am voting for Palin.
118 posted on 02/22/2010 6:09:58 PM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Onerom99

Aren’t you supposed to add the Sarcasm Tag when you post something as silly as that?

What’s next, Sarah should be barefoot and pregnant?


119 posted on 02/22/2010 6:10:58 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing Democratic about the Democrat Party...)
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To: Onerom99
Sarah was elected from a field of SEVERAL candidates for Governor, so folks must have thought her experiences on the City Council, then as Mayor of Wasilla, then on the Oil and Gas Board, had prepared her pretty well for the Office. As for her 'quitting', I covered that in a previous post.

As for her 'pet project', I can only assume you mean the center that was constructed, and that the Dems have been claiming that she pushed the town to build when folks didn't want it. In fact, the town HAD voted for it, and she happened to be in office when it got built. And regarding those 'windfall' taxes, yes, she DID raise taxes on the Oil Companies, because the previous administrations, both Democrat and Republican, had been in bed with the oil companies for years, and because of that cronyism, the people of Alaska were being denied the money that the companies made off of the natural resources of the state, which rightfully belonged to the citizens of Alaska. Even after those taxes were raised, the oil companies STILL made plenty of money. They were not harmed by the increased taxes.

AS for your contention about the re-write of legal documents, I have no idea what you're talking about, but if it's something being pushed by the Democrats in AK, as far as I'm concerned the complaint is suspect, because they haven't been right on anything yet.

120 posted on 02/22/2010 6:12:50 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Onerom99
She already proved she can't handle a family (Bristol) and run for Governor. Now she wants to be President? Hah!

From your comments, I can only assume that you believe that women should just stay home, keep their kids in cocoons, and not bother their pretty little heads about the tough business of politics. Actually, there have been unplanned pregnancies in girls from families that do just that. Amazing, isn't it?

*shakes head*

And politicians HAVE brought their kids along on campaigns. Most of the time we don't realize it, because the younger candidates are usually stumping for state and local races, so they don't make national news. Most Presidential candidates have been older men, and couple of women, whose kids are either not living at home any more, or are involved in things that conflict with a campaign schedule, so they're not as present on the trail.

Barack and Michelle brought their kids along on the campaign, but you didn't hear the MSM trashing the kids continually did you?

121 posted on 02/22/2010 6:19:22 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Onerom99

Go back to your master in hell.


122 posted on 02/22/2010 6:24:26 PM PST by Judith Anne (2012 Sarah Palin/Duncan Hunter 2012)
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To: tropical

Yeah and some of them think she’s being to thin skinned with this one. Me? I think that those who think the joke or sarcasm was funny should remember that is they are really trying to get rid of negative attitudes toward people with disabilities, ds in particular, they need to not let any jokes go through. (I don’t watch the show so don’t know) It’s kinda the camels nose under the tent type of thing.

And not all parents with children with down syndrome supported Sarah, there are many who think she needs to stay home and take care of that baby, he takes much more work to raise, etc etc etc..... My self I admire her and the support that her husband gives her to pursue her goals. And many of those moms thinking that she should stay home and take care of her children actually work out of the home. Kinda ironic how they think.


123 posted on 02/22/2010 6:28:50 PM PST by tickles
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To: US Navy Vet
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"A prominent Tea Party leader wannabe from Texas"
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124 posted on 02/22/2010 7:05:12 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: Onerom99

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What, nothing going on at DU?
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125 posted on 02/22/2010 7:07:19 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: Onerom99

Oh, you just have oddinary leftwing dingbat dementia.


126 posted on 02/22/2010 7:10:18 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Democracy, the vilest form of government, pits the greed of an angry mob vs. the rights of a man)
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To: Onerom99
You're really ignorant.

I don't mean ignorant. I mean really, really ignorant.

127 posted on 02/22/2010 7:38:11 PM PST by gogeo ("Every one has a right to be an idiot. He abuses the privilege!" Groucho Marx)
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To: gogeo

Sorry you Palin-Bot Dementia types can’t handle the truth.


128 posted on 02/22/2010 7:40:47 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: 2nd Amendment

trolls do not smell good.


129 posted on 02/22/2010 7:41:50 PM PST by altura
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To: r9etb
Is her image really so brittle that it cannot withstand the sort of rough talk that is so commonly used here against any number of other candidates and office-holders, both male and female?

What, precisely, are you trying to protect? Do you really want a president who has to be protected against people who say mean or inappropriate things?

Who said he's trying to protect anything? Do you understand anything at all?

The poster is acting like an @sshole, and it's being pointed out to him. Think of it as being similar to picking up the dog poo in your back yard.

130 posted on 02/22/2010 7:43:18 PM PST by gogeo ("Every one has a right to be an idiot. He abuses the privilege!" Groucho Marx)
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To: Mr Rogers

Or, maybe oneron or whatever, is fat and unattractive. Jealousy is so ugly.


131 posted on 02/22/2010 7:45:42 PM PST by altura
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To: gogeo
Who said he's trying to protect anything? Do you understand anything at all?

Yup... hit another nerve -- which isn't hard where discussions of Sarah Palin are concerned.

Just look at how hard folks are working to protect Sarah Palin from hard words. Look at the posts on this thread, just for starters. It's like she's some fragile little thing who can't take the sort of language that's commonly employed on other politicians of both sexes.

You really ought to think about that. Is the problem that she's all that weak, or that you think she is (even if you say otherwise), or maybe both.

132 posted on 02/22/2010 8:38:37 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Onerom99
Since you're defending Lefty McFarlane's attempt to belittle Trig, it doesn't suprise me that you're also defending Letterman, who make jokes about raping Palin's daughter. You are a troll.
133 posted on 02/22/2010 9:13:36 PM PST by death2tyrants
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To: r9etb

Don’t worry about Sarah being “too weak to handle it”. She’ll stomp your boy Mitt Romney six ways to sunday. It’ll be vicious and devastating. But since it will be quick, it will allow him time enough to slink away to one of his places for a few months to heal up long enough to hopefully not give a characteristically lame, weak, pathetic speech at the convention.


134 posted on 02/22/2010 9:14:12 PM PST by JApost
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To: r9etb

Don’t worry about Sarah being “too weak to handle it”. She’ll stomp your boy Mitt Romney six ways to sunday. It’ll be vicious and devastating. But since it will be quick, it will allow him time enough to slink away to one of his places for a few months to heal up long enough to hopefully not give a characteristically lame, weak, pathetic speech at the convention.


135 posted on 02/22/2010 9:15:30 PM PST by JApost
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To: Onerom99
I’m a conservative

Your posting history is nothing but senseless attacks on Palin....except for the one post, where you foolishly attempt to defend truther Medina. Are you a Paulite?

136 posted on 02/22/2010 9:21:57 PM PST by death2tyrants
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To: Onerom99

“The second she used her kids as campaign props, she brought them into politics.”

Probably no different than Barack with Malia and Sasha, or Dubya with Jenna and Barbara, or any other politician and their kids.

“She already proved she can’t handle a family (Bristol)”

If you’re referring to her pregnancy, you’re apparently indulging in a standard liberal pastime-namely blaiming people for the actions of others.

“Now she wants to be President?”

She said no such thing. I’m a Palin supporter, but while I feel that sometimes some of her supporters can be very (maybe too) passionate, I can understand why they’d be offended by your remarks.


137 posted on 02/22/2010 9:50:59 PM PST by Jacob Kell
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To: JApost

Yeah, I like your analysis...

CA....


138 posted on 02/22/2010 10:48:57 PM PST by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: JApost
She’ll stomp your boy Mitt Romney six ways to sunday.

And there's another common and blatant idiocy among the Palin crowd. Why is it that not supporting Palin makes you assume that a person must therefore support Romney?

Why should anybody take you seriously?

139 posted on 02/23/2010 6:49:34 AM PST by r9etb
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To: domeika

Why waste a good anvil?


140 posted on 02/25/2010 5:03:41 PM PST by LastDayz (Tar & Feathers come to mind.....)
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