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  • Defending populism against the Tea Party movement

    01/22/2011 1:58:31 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 12 replies ^ | 12 Jan 2011 | Luke Bretherton
    .. most analysis of the Tea Party movement ignores history and sees the Tea Party as something new and rather bizarre. Yet the Tea Party is a form of populism - a perennial feature of American politics and perhaps one of its defining characteristics. American populism has its origins in the broad-based and fissiparous movement that emerged from the 1850s onwards. It reached its high point in the 1890s with the formation of the People's Party, which challenged the duopoly of the Republicans and Democrats but declined rapidly as a formal movement thereafter. Yet, like an event of nuclear fission,...
  • Why the Left Hates Sarah Palin

    01/18/2011 12:48:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 18, 2011 | Evan Sayet
    It just happened again. I spend a fair amount of time at my local coffee shop. I like to do my writing outside and, besides, it gives me an opportunity to try and initiate political conversations with the people who pass by, my hope always being to begin to enlighten them as to what conservative really believe (and not just what the Leftist media tells them.) Today the conversation turned to Sarah Palin and my new acquaintance blurted out “Oh I hate her.” Not yet knowing my politics, I’m sure that, being her in Los Angeles she expected to hear...
  • Palin, Krauthammer, and the Right Kind of Elitism

    01/12/2011 9:34:06 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies ^ | January 12, 2011 | Michael Medved
    It’s healthy, even natural, for Americans to feel populist resentment against elites that base their status through inherited wealth and family connections. But it’s toxic, misguided and profoundly stupid to focus public hostility on leaders who achieved their positions through education, diligence and ability. Recent sniping between Sarah Palin and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Charles Krauthammer highlights the crucial distinction between rebellious attitudes that attack unfairly arrogated power and privilege and a trendy neo-populism that attacks brains. When Krauthammer dared to suggest that the former Alaska governor looked less than “presidential” while shooting caribou with Kate Goselin on her hit TLC...
  • Opinion: Sarah Palin doomed by lack of Ivy League pedigree (Here's a new meme)

    01/13/2011 6:25:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 13, 2011 | Joe Romaine
    Sarah Palin is as polarizing a figure in American politics as one could imagine. Adored and championed by many conservatives, elderly and rural folk; reviled and denigrated by many liberals, progressives and intellectuals. Mrs. Palin is in the news again due to her inappropriate use of the term “blood libel” in a response she made to critics who held her rhetoric partially to blame for the recent massacre in Tucson, Ariz. which severely wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, once targeted for removal from office by Palin. Palin was rightfully peeved to be held in any way accountable for the violent actions...
  • Why do conservative elites go out of their way to trash Palin?

    01/07/2011 6:05:49 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 71 replies ^ | Posted on January 4, 2011 | Doug Gibson
    Why do conservative elites go out of their way to trash Palin? I’ve noticed that George Will and Charles Krauthammer have taken time out of their many TV gigs to trash Sarah Palin. Other prominent conservatives seem to relish dissing the former Alaska governor. David Frum, Joe Scarborough, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Chris Christie; don’t forget Kathleen Parker, who parleyed her Palin envy into a CNN talk show that no one watches. This is not an attack on these conservatives. I read them all and often find a lot of worth in what they opine. I don’t understand why they...
  • GOP Establishment Against a Palin Candidacy

    01/03/2011 6:23:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Care2 ^ | January 3, 2011 | Jessica Pieklo
    If you listen to most media reports, the Democrats continue to sputter along after a browbeating at the polls in November while Republicans are poised to usher in a new era of governance and "austerity". But what those reports largely fail to mention is that all is not so tidy for the GOP. In fact, things are downright contentious as Tea Party Republicans struggle to take control of the party away from establishment Republicans. Nowhere is this growing rift more apparent than in the media presence and persona of Sarah Palin. And it is likely that Palin will continue to...
  • TRENDING: GOPer calls Obama administration 'corrupt'

    01/02/2011 11:28:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    cnn ^ | January 2nd, 2011 | Gabriella Schwarz
    The incoming House Oversight and Government Reform chairman on Sunday tried to clarify his recent remarks to Rush Limbaugh where he called President Obama "one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times." ... "When you hand out $1 trillion in TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) just before this president came in, most of it unspent, $1 trillion nearly in stimulus, that this president asked for, plus this huge expansion in health care and government, it has a corrupting effect," Issa said on CNN's "State of the Union." Although TARP – the program passed in 2008 intended to strengthen the...
  • How Did All That Happen?

    12/29/2010 6:10:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies · 4+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 28, 2010 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The ImprobablesThere are a number of improbables, anomalies, paradoxes, ironies, absurdities — call them what you wish – on the national scene that simply defy reason. We usually fault an ignorant media as culpable for creating narratives that have no basis in fact and yet are rarely questioned. Here are some of the glaring examples and you decide how the unlikely became the gospel. 1. How did 20-minutes-of-fame Julian Assange construct the façade of an idealistic crusading electronic muckraker? He seems much more likely a part P.T. Barnum showman/part celebrity narcissist. While promising to embarrass a number of banks and...
  • Sarah Palin vs. the GOP Elites

    12/23/2010 8:20:18 PM PST · by curth · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Red County ^ | 12/23/10 | Jim Meyer |
    Will the seemingly nonstop criticism of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin cause the Republican Party to nominate the wrong Presidential candidate in 2012? Our Facebook partner, Positively Republican, recently posted the following question (not in the same exact words, of course) as the topic of a discussion thread: Why do people who admire Governor Palin defend her so forcefully, and almost rabidly, whenever she's attacked; and especially when she's attacked by fellow Republicans who are supposed to be their political--and ideological--allies? The short answer is that Governor Palin’s apologists react to attacks on her the way they do because they...
  • Xmas card from America (An India stationed Pakistani Jourbalist's two cents)

    12/22/2010 4:32:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    DAWN ^ | December 23, 2010 | Jawed Naqvi
    THE woman on the aisle seat, my neighbour on the British Airways flight, could have been any agreeable white American tourist exuding affection for India. That she turned out to be a dyed-in-the-wool Republican made her a more interesting companion on an otherwise pointlessly long journey to San Francisco. She was returning home to Phoenix where Sarah Palin is thought to have a marginal approval as a possible challenger to Barack Obama two years from now. The subject inevitably turned to Meera Shankar`s pat-down search saga. The Indian ambassador in Washington was the toast of the Obama visit to Delhi....
  • Three Myths About Sarah Palin (Yet he calls her a "demagogue)

    12/20/2010 11:30:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 20, 2010 | Shaun Rein
    Who knows? Maybe President Obama will get some gumption and regain support in time for the 2012 elections. Perhaps the Republicans will triumph. But one thing is certain: Sarah Palin will play a key role. Given her influence, it is time to put three common myths about her to rest. Myth No. 1: Sarah Palin is stupid. The only thing liberal and conservative elites can seem to agree about is that Sarah Palin is a dunce. New York Times columnist Frank Rich regularly throws darts at her, and so does the conservative writer George Will. Even former first lady Barbara...
  • Palin to Krauthammer: I’m sorry I’m not hoity toity enough for ya!

    12/16/2010 7:17:51 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 358 replies · 2+ views
    therightscoop ^ | Thursday December 15, 2010
    Sarah Palin never apologizes for what some attribute to her as weaknesses. Krauthammer recently criticized her as not looking very presidential because of her shows and books. But she makes it clear that she brings a different game than what some are accustomed to, and win or lose that’s what she’s going to stick with. She’s going rogue! It’s a great interview all the way through. Enjoy! Link
  • Elite Guilt Begat Obamacare (Enlightening Interview with Author Michael Knox Beran)

    12/16/2010 1:15:10 PM PST · by mojito · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 12/15/2010 | Michael Knox Beran and Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Michael Knox Beran, a frequent contributor to National Review and National Review Online, is the author of... the new book Pathology of the Elites which he discusses with NRO’s Kathryn Jean Lopez here. KATHRYN JEAN LOPEZ: What’s so pathological about elites? MICHAEL KNOX BERAN: Elites become pathological when they mask their will to power with a philosophy of social pity. Lionel Trilling said of a character in Henry James’s novel The Princess Casamassima — an American-born woman who marries into the European nobility and becomes a social reformer — that she “is the very embodiment of the modern will which...
  • Poll: D.C. elites down on Palin

    12/15/2010 12:01:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies · 1+ views
    A huge majority of Washington's insiders say Sarah Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate, isn't qualified to be president, a Politico poll indicates. Eight-six percent of respondents considered members of the political establishment said they don't think Palin is qualified to hold the office, compared to 64 percent of the general public, results of the Politico poll released Wednesday said. Eleven percent of political establishment respondents in Washington said they believe Palin is qualified to be president, compared to 23 percent of the general public, the survey indicated. In addition, 79 percent of those classified as Washington elites said...
  • Funding vote to test Obama’s resolve on ending earmarks (6,600 - so far)

    12/15/2010 8:11:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/14/10 | Alexander Bolton
    Funding vote to test Obama’s resolve on ending earmarksBy Alexander Bolton - 12/14/10 08:36 PM ET Senate Democrats are moving aggressively to pass a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will test President Obama’s resolve on opposing congressional earmarks. The 1,924-page bill would set aside funding for thousands of earmarks, according to Senate aides tracking the legislation. Obama last month called for an earmark ban, saying in one of his weekly addresses that “we can’t afford” these items inserted by members of Congress “without adequate review.” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) on Tuesday called on Obama to intervene in the Senate’s...
  • Sarah Palin and the Haters of American Normal (Elite "Left" & "Right" are the problem)

    12/13/2010 7:10:39 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 41 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Monday December 13, 2010 | By Stuart Schwartz
    We are just south of Christmas, and the nation's insiders -- self-proclaimed blue-bloods by birth and/or worldview -- have declared open season on Sarah Palin.  Crazed left and sclerotic right have united in common purpose -- "hellbent," as Politico put it -- to rid this nation of the possibility of a presidency that would most assuredly end in "apocalyptic disaster" after which "the survivors will envy the dead" (or so says that fading leftist icon, The New Republic).  Stop her now -- or we may end up with a normal American at the helm. Sarah Palin is just too dumb...
  • 20 Statistics That Prove That Global Wealth Is Being Funneled Into The Hands Of The Elite

    12/05/2010 10:41:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 12/03/2010 | Michael Snyder
    Today global wealth is more highly concentrated in the hands of the elite than it ever has been at any other point in modern history. Once upon a time, the vast majority of the people in the world knew how to grow their own food, raise their own animals and take care of themselves. There weren't many that were fabulously wealthy, but there was a quiet dignity in having land you could call your own or in having a skill that you could turn into a business. Sadly, over the past several decades an increasingly growing percentage of agricultural land...
  • Obama's Authoritarian Multiculturalism

    12/05/2010 1:48:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 11 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 05, 2010 | Seth Forman
    National Public Radio's firing of the talented and amiable Juan Williams for comments he made on Fox News about Muslims is outrageous, even disgusting. But it is not an aberration. It is emblematic of the "dictatorship of virtue" imposed on Americans by the country's elites -- many of them, like those at NPR, publicly funded but unaccountable to the American public. Judging from the response to Williams's firing and the immediate extension of his multimillion dollar contract with Fox News, it looks like he will thrive. But arrayed against the unchecked power of elite multiculturalism, now ensconced not only in...
  • Palin power at River Oaks book store, "intellectual" finds her popularity repulsive

    12/03/2010 5:00:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 211 replies · 1+ views
    Friendswood Journal ^ | December 3, 2010 | Steve Mark
    Trina Roberson of Spring arrived at Borders in River Oaks at 5 p.m. Sunday, 18 hours before Sarah Palin began signing copies of her book “America By Heart.” Roberson expected a long line; she found distinction and honor by being at the front. “She really inspires me to be a better American,” said Roberson, “to be more political and to stand up for what’s right for country. She’s an inspiration.” Palin’s appearance at Borders was part of a 16-stop tour to promote the book. 500 wristbands were distributed as Palin supporters lined the store. “She’s what I think every woman...
  • Meghan McCain Flaunts Her Blue-Blooded Idiocy

    12/02/2010 11:30:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 2, 2010 | Cassy Fiano
    It seems almost unfair for an intellectual lightweight like Meghan McCain to take Palin on. While I personally find the Palin-Reagan comparisons a little insulting to the Gipper, Palin is still vastly more intelligent than the majority of PDS-sufferers and is certainly smarter than Meggie-Poo. If this was a boxing match, Sarah would be Mike Tyson facing off against Meggie Mac as Screech. While McCain’s rambling, nonsensical columns are usually full of schadenfreude-y goodness, the columns where she attempts to attack Sarah Palin are simultaneously the most groan-worthy and the most entertaining. In her latest pathetic excuse for a column,...