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  • Kathleen Parker Calls Townhall Demonstrators 'Fringe' and Tax Protesters 'Teabaggers'

    08/09/2009 10:26:17 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies · 1,577+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | August 9, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Kathleen Parker has an interesting little shtick. Few noticed her when she was writing from a conservative point of view...until she started attacking conservatives about a year ago. Then she went whole hog and has made a lucrative new career of attacking conservatives...while still going through the motions of pretending to be conservative. Parker's latest column on the topic of townhall protests is but the latest in her role of pretend conservative. Here is how "conservative" Parker refers to those protesters: Generally considered a fringe group, the demonstrators have been described derisively by Democratic leaders. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed...
  • Them Dang Southerners

    08/05/2009 3:54:22 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 18 replies · 913+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    WASHINGTON -- Southern writer Walker Percy liked to poke fun at Ohioans in his novels, just to even things out a bit. "Usually Mississippians and Georgians are getting it from everybody, and Alabamians," he once explained to an interviewer. "So, what's wrong with making smart-aleck remarks about Ohio? Nobody puts Ohio down. Why shouldn't I put Ohio down?" Percy, the genial genius, laughed at his own remark. Now, apparently, it's the Buckeye State's turn to poke back. In a fusillade of pique, Ohio Sen. George Voinovich charged that Southerners are what's wrong with the Republican Party. "We got too many...
  • Kathleen Parker: A Tip for The GOP: Look Away

    08/05/2009 12:02:58 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 59 replies · 3,191+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 5, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    ...In a fusillade of pique, Ohio Sen. George Voinovich charged that Southerners are what's wrong with the Republican Party... Alas, Voinovich was not entirely wrong...
  • Translating Kathleen Parker

    08/05/2009 10:07:37 AM PDT · by Grit · 4 replies · 360+ views
    The NeoSexist ^ | 08/05/2009 | Neo
    According to her, the problem with the Republican party is that it has too many conservatives. Well, that’s not new, we knew she felt that way since she labored to diminish Sarah Palin in every column since her nomination (including her most recent column, dated Aug 5 2009). Not satisfied with attacking a single conservative person, she deftly uses a comment by Ohio Sen. George Voinovich to launch her attack on the entire southern Republican establishment. She paraphrases Voinovich’s comment to better fit her argument as, “Those ignorant, right-wing, Bible-thumping rednecks are ruining the party.” Then she proceeds to agree...
  • The GOP's Sotomayor sinkhole (Kathleen Parker barf alert)

    07/20/2009 5:10:03 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 29 replies · 1,059+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7-19-2009 | Kathleen Parker
    Followers of Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court confirmation hearings were witness to a now-familiar phenomenon. The first Latina to rise to the highest bench with a record of accomplishment few can match isn't the best person for target practice when Hispanic voters are the golden means to a political future. Senators also hammered Sotomayor about her ethnic identification and whether she could rule fairly without undue influence from her gender or political preferences. Wait, let me guess, you're white guys! Are we to infer that men of European descent are never unduly influenced by their own ethnicity, gender or political preferences?...
  • Gold Rush In Alaska

    07/08/2009 4:56:14 AM PDT · by steve-b · 66 replies · 2,182+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 7/8/09 | Kathleen Parker
    When you're up to your waders in barracuda, blame the media. And quit your job. And say you did it for the people. And hire an agent. And try to keep a straight face. On your way to the bank. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public, H.L. Mencken once said. Terribly elitist fellow, that Mencken. If only he were alive to witness the phenomenon of Sarah Palin, whose biography validates every cynical thought that ever found expression in his prolific prose..... Meanwhile, getting real, can we stop pretending that Palin is interested in anything other...
  • A League of Her Own (Dumb Broad Barf Alert!)))

    07/08/2009 10:16:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 57 replies · 1,649+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | July 8, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    WASHINGTON -- When you're up to your waders in barracuda, blame the media. And quit your job. And say you did it for the people. And hire an agent. And try to keep a straight face. On your way to the bank. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public, H.L. Mencken once said. Terribly elitist fellow, that Mencken. If only he were alive to witness the phenomenon of Sarah Palin, whose biography validates every cynical thought that ever found expression in his prolific prose. Let's just say, Palin is in no danger of going broke. From...
  • Kathleen Parker Hits New Low: Palin 'Invited' Letterman Sex Jokes, Seeks Power as 'Aphrodisiac'

    06/10/2009 2:19:57 PM PDT · by kristinn · 107 replies · 4,331+ views
    Wednesday, June 10, 2009 | Kristinn
    Kathleen Parker, an obscure Washington Post syndicated columnist who made herself famous by attacking Republican Vice Presidential nominee Alaska Governor Sarah Palin last fall, said that Palin 'invited' vicious sex jokes made this week by CBS Television Late Night host David Letterman. Parker also made degrading, sexist comments of her own about Palin.Parker made the comment in an online chat this afternoon at WashingtonPost.com:Re: Letterman: Listen, Letterman is a comedian. Comedians that don't go over the line are not funny. If you said she looks slutty, that's over the line. If I say it, it's over the line. Why wouldn't...
  • Kathleen Parker: Mars and Venus Collide

    05/23/2009 11:37:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 870+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 22, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    Listening to President Obama and former Vice President Cheney give their respective national security speeches Thursday put me in mind of John Gray, author of "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus." Different men, different planets. Or are they?
  • You'll Love Diversity — Or Else

    04/20/2009 3:47:01 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies · 554+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 4/20/09 | Kathleen Parker
    Racial and ethnic diversity is the key to happiness, success in the global marketplace and, not least, an interesting life. So we are told in a batch of new "fair housing" radio ads that are the sort of treacly propaganda that cause sober drivers to run off the road. Presented as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the ads were produced by the National Fair Housing Alliance, a private, nonprofit group whose stated purpose is to make sure the act is properly implemented. The act bans housing discrimination and imposes stiff penalties for those who...
  • Is Meghan McCain the GOP's answer to Rush Limbaugh?

    04/03/2009 10:55:56 AM PDT · by lewisglad · 102 replies · 2,165+ views
    Sun Sentinel (FL) ^ | 4/3/09 | Kathleen Parker
    The GOP's identity crisis just got more interesting with the recent media splash of Meghan McCain, eldest daughter of the senator who did not become president. Young McCain, who began blogging during her father's presidential campaign, recently made waves at The Daily Beast when she picked a fight with conservative media mavens Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. This is enough sport to make the little dog laugh, to say nothing of the dish and the spoon. McCain, just 24, is one smart cookie. In a matter of weeks, she has created a brand, presenting herself as a fresh face of...
  • Kathleen Parker: Is Meghan McCain the GOP's answer to Rush Limbaugh?

    04/03/2009 6:40:17 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 86 replies · 2,013+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | April 3, 2009 | P.J. Gladnick
    Kathleen Parker, a "conservative" columnist who has discovered that slamming real conservatives was an easy way to lift herself from her earlier state of relative anonymity, has now turned herself into an inadvertent comedienne. I mean, how can you beat this comedy line on the title of her latest column appearing in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel: "Is Meghan McCain the GOP's answer to Rush Limbaugh?" Yes, Parker is seriously proposing that "Valley Girl McCain" can save the Republicans from that "nasty" Rush Limbaugh: The GOP's identity crisis just got more interesting with the recent media splash of Meghan McCain, eldest...
  • Kathleen Parker: Meghan McCain, another maverick?

    03/25/2009 4:09:58 PM PDT · by pissant · 47 replies · 1,250+ views
    Dallas Morn. News ^ | 3/25/09 | Kathleen Parker
    The GOP's identity crisis just got more interesting with the recent media splash of Meghan McCain. Young McCain, who began blogging during her father's presidential campaign, recently made waves at The Daily Beast when she picked a fight with conservative media mavens Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. McCain, just 24, is one smart cookie. In a matter of weeks, she has created a brand, presenting herself as a fresh face of her daddy's party and a voice for young conservatives. Strategically speaking, what better way to launch herself than to challenge the reigning diva herself, Miz Coulter? McCain jammed traffic...
  • Another McCain Throws Down a Challenge

    03/25/2009 5:55:09 AM PDT · by steve-b · 67 replies · 2,355+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/25/09 | Kathleen Parker
    The GOP's identity crisis just got more interesting with the media splash of Meghan McCain, daughter of the senator who did not become president. Young McCain, who began blogging during her father's presidential campaign, recently made waves at the Daily Beast when she picked a fight with conservative media mavens Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. This is enough sport to make the little dog laugh, to say nothing of the dish and the spoon. McCain, just 24, is one smart cookie. In a matter of weeks, she has created a brand, presenting herself as a fresh face of her daddy's...
  • Kathleen Parker: 'Ignorance' from Ditto-Heads and Bias-Busters Is Destroying Newspapers

    03/15/2009 10:03:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 139 replies · 4,299+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | March 15, 2009 | Tim Graham
    Pseudo-conservative Kathleen Parker’s ongoing method of getting her columns published in the Washington Post – bashing conservatives – took another sleazy turn on Sunday, with Parker asserting in the Post that conservatives who accuse the media of a liberal bias are "non-journalists" who stoking "ignorance," like Rush Limbaugh (not to mention groups like the Media Research Center.) The biggest challenge facing America's struggling newspaper industry may not be the high cost of newsprint or lost ad revenue, but ignorance stoked by drive-by punditry. Yes, Dittoheads, you heard it right. Drive-by pundits, to spin off of Rush Limbaugh's "drive-by media," are...
  • Behind the Cell Curve: Why Is the President Ignoring a Scientific Gift?

    03/11/2009 6:00:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 5 replies · 506+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | March 11, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    As he lifted the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research Monday, President Obama proclaimed that scientific decisions now will be made "on facts, not ideology." This sounds good, but what if there were other non-ideological facts that Obama seems to be ignoring? One fact is that since Obama began running for president, researchers have made some rather amazing strides in alternative stem cell research. Science and ethics finally fell in love, in other words, and Obama seems to have fallen asleep during the kiss. Either that, or he decided that keeping an old political promise was more...
  • Liberal Reporter Kathleen Parker Hearts Barack Obama

    02/19/2009 5:25:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies · 791+ views
    Politik Ditto ^ | February 19, 2009
    Geez, with this kind of fawning, Michelle O better watch her back: Eh? The president was asking us how we wanted to proceed. For the record, this is very un-Bush. At several meetings with the former president, including a one-on-one interview aboard Air Force One, there was never any question about how we would proceed. Bush ran all shows. Either Obama hasn’t figured out yet that he’s the boss or, quite possibly, he doesn’t care. As a veteran White House correspondent suggested to me later, “Maybe he knows he can handle whatever we toss his way.” I’ve written about the...
  • Kathleen Parker and the Oogedy Boogedy Blues

    11/21/2008 8:59:17 AM PST · by AJKauf · 33 replies · 1,258+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | November 21 | Rick Moran
    The only thing scarier than the Christian Right are pundits who believe that they cost the GOP the election. Without anything constructive to do, Republicans have apparently decided that being destructive might not be the wisest course of action but is a far sight better than sitting around and twiddling their thumbs. And that brings us to Kathleen Parker, conservative columnist with the Washington Post Writer’s Group and, lately, the bane of the GOP base. Parker, who became the model for thousands of conservative voodoo dolls when she wrote a few weeks ago that Sarah Palin should resign from the...
  • Parker: President will need good karma to succeed (PROJECTILE VOMIT ALERT)

    01/30/2009 8:59:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies · 785+ views
    Topkea Capital Journal ^ | 1/30/2009 | Kathleen Parker
    It may be time to take a closer look at karmic justice — that mysterious quid pro quo by which good and bad acts are rewarded in kind. One needn't believe in past lives and reincarnation to note that there's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on. Put another way: What goes around comes around. The most obvious manifestation is the 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama. I mention his middle name only because Chief Justice John Roberts did during the swearing-in ceremony, a proper time for proper names. It was wholly karmic that those who have been...
  • Pink Slips Du Jour

    01/14/2009 9:50:53 AM PST · by dbz77 · 22 replies · 871+ views
    TownHall ^ | January 14, 2009 | Kathleen Parker
    NEW YORK -- At Sarabeth's restaurant on Central Park South, two young old friends are catching up and comparing notes over breakfast. Anyone seated nearby quickly learns the story. They met in graduate school; both hold MBAs. Both recently have joined the swelling ranks of America's unemployed. Their shared tales, if once unthinkable, are becoming increasingly familiar. First, blue-collar jobs disappeared. Now white collars are fading. The young and briefly affluent, accustomed to earning more than $75,000, suddenly have time on their hands, the latest victims of the current economic crunch. Now what? The young woman has some consulting work...
  • Kennedy Qualified and Palin Unqualified? That’s Just Plain Snobbery: Kathleen Parker strikes again

    12/26/2008 6:05:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies · 1,837+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 24, 2008 | Mary Grabar
    Okay, maybe — maybe — someone could have given Kathleen Parker the benefit of the doubt as a voice of “loyal opposition” when she recommended that Sarah Palin drop out of the race after her interview with Katie Couric. That is a big maybe. The maybe comes from the fact that Couric — no intellectual giant herself, given that she offered no comment on Joe Biden’s claim that “when the stock market crashed Franklin Roosevelt got on television” — did make Palin look awkward with “gotcha” questions probably scripted for her and that she would never have asked any Democrat....
  • Kathleen Parker Retreats But Still Blames Pro-Life Advocates for Election Loss

    12/07/2008 10:32:07 AM PST · by wagglebee · 61 replies · 1,630+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/5/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Nationally syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker made herself the scourge of the pro-life community when she blamed emphasis of pro-life issues for allowing Barack Obama to win the presidential election. In a new article, Parker is backing down slightly from those arguments, but still bungles the facts. Parker drew guffaws originally for blaming the presidential election loss on "oogedy-boogedy" pro-life advocates. In her new column she urges the evangelical and conservative Catholic pro-life advocates to give up their religious-based pro-life arguments and tells them to "take a cue from Nat Hentoff, a self-described Jewish atheist, who has...
  • Enough with the Oogedy-Boogedy - Religion, politics, and us.

    12/05/2008 10:34:15 PM PST · by neverdem · 44 replies · 1,103+ views
    National Review Online ^ | December 05, 2008 | Shannen W. Coffin
    December 05, 2008, 1:40 p.m. Enough with the Oogedy-BoogedyReligion, politics, and us. By Shannen W. Coffin Kathleen Parker’s war on religion in the Re-public-an square entered a new phase today. In her syndicated column, she nobly attempted to explain her use of the term “oogedy-boogedy” to describe religious conservatives. It’s not that she is “anti-God.” It’s just that God really shouldn’t be mentioned in polite company. Religion can inform our values (gee, thanks). But reason, not religion, should inform our public debates. I hadn’t realized religion and reason were mutually exclusive. It seems Pope Benedict hasn’t gotten the memo,...
  • Dr. Dobson: 'We Won’t Be Silenced'

    11/25/2008 3:23:14 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 99 replies · 1,820+ views
    CitizenLink.com ^ | November 25, 2008 | Dr. James Dobson
    Washington Post columnist says the Republican Party must ditch God in order to survive. So, Kathleen Parker has determined that getting rid of social conservatives and shelving the values they fight for is the solution to what ails the Republican Party (“Giving Up on God,” Nov. 19). Isn’t that a little like Benedict Arnold handing George Washington a battle plan to win the Revolution? Whatever she once was, Ms. Parker is certainly not a conservative anymore, having apparently realized it’s a lot easier to be popular among your journalistic peers when your keyboard tilts to the left. She writes that...
  • Kathleen Parker and the Oogedy Boogedy Blues (I think she'll be the next Arriana Huffington)

    11/22/2008 9:03:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies · 1,162+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Nov 21,2008 | Rick Moran
    In this, the interregnum between the end of one administration and the beginning of another, there’s not much for Republicans to do except look for ways to entertain themselves while Democrats are occupied with the serious business of creating a government. The problem — and the GOP is just waking up to this — is that there is absolutely nothing for them to do but wait. No one cares what they think of President-elect Obama’s choice for attorney general or any other cabinet post. The Clinton drama has always been a Democratic farce and only involved the Republicans as onlookers,...
  • In Defense of "The Oogedy-Boogedy Branch of the GOP"

    11/21/2008 4:26:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 884+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 21, 2008 | John Hawkins
    Every time the GOP takes a beating at the ballot box there are calls to get rid of those doggone social conservatives -- or as Kathleen Parker refers to them, the "oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP." This is a fascinating argument -- well, fascinating if you like watching people who don't even realize that they're doing little more than projecting their own personal biases onto the Republican Party and calling it political strategy. Atheists, agnostics, Elvis worshippers, Jedis, Satanists -- it doesn't matter; they're all welcome in the Republican Party (Ok, not the Satanists so much. They're creepy losers). However,...
  • Heresies and Other Truths (Kathleen Parker attacks GOP evangelicals)

    11/19/2008 7:45:33 AM PST · by EveningStar · 214 replies · 3,306+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I'm bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh.
  • GIVING UP ON GOD

    11/18/2008 7:24:10 PM PST · by Wegotsarah.com · 118 replies · 2,413+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11-18-08 | Ma Parker
    As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit. Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. I'm bathing in holy water as I type. To be more specific, the evangelical, right-wing, oogedy-boogedy branch of the GOP is what ails the erstwhile conservative party and will continue to afflict and marginalize its constituents if reckoning doesn't soon cometh. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party. And, the truth -- as long as we're setting ourselves free -- is that if one were to eavesdrop on private conversations among...
  • Suddenly Popular Parker

    11/17/2008 6:27:22 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 14 replies · 949+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | November 17, 2008 | Mark Finkelstein
    Before a few weeks ago, I don't recall seeing Kathleen Parker on TV. But tuning into Andrea Mitchell's MSNBC show this afternoon, there she was. And when I got back from the gym and fired up my DVR of David Gregory's "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?" Yup, Parker redux. Let's see. What might possibly explain Kathleen Parker's sudden popularity on MSNBC? You don't suppose it could conceivably have anything to do with her September column calling on Sarah Palin to step down from the GOP ticket, do you? For the record, I found Parker, in her appearances today, well-spoken, thoughtful and appealing....
  • Suddenly Popular Parker

    11/17/2008 5:33:14 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies · 812+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Before a few weeks ago, I don't recall seeing Kathleen Parker on TV. But tuning into Andrea Mitchell's MSNBC show this afternoon, there she was. And when I got back from the gym and fired up my DVR of David Gregory's "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?" Yup, Parker redux. Now, let's see. What might explain Kathleen Parker's sudden popularity on MSNBC? You don't suppose it could possibly have anything to do with her September column calling on Sarah Palin to step down from the GOP ticket, do you?
  • Stickin' With the Hockey Mom

    10/31/2008 5:41:54 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 7 replies · 585+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | October 31, 2008 | Robert Stacy McCain
    George F. Will, Ken Adelman, Frank Fukuyama, David Brooks -- these are just a few names on the list of eminent experts who have declared that Sarah Palin is what's wrong with the Republican Party. Even if we were to add all their prestigious names to the list, however, it wouldn't be nearly as long as the line of people who stood in the cold wind of Pennsylvania to see Palin this week. The line outside the Heiges Field House at Shippensburg University was already growing long by noon, more than two hours before the doors opened for a Tuesday...
  • Blame Palin Choice on the Sycamore Tree (Kathleen Parker Mega Barf)

    10/27/2008 1:38:52 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 59 replies · 1,433+ views
    KC Star ^ | Monday, Oct 27, 2008
    My husband called it first. Then, a brilliant, 75-year-old scholar confessed to me over wine: “I’m sexually attracted to her. I don’t care that she knows nothing.” There can be no denying that McCain’s selection of her over others far more qualified —— suggests other factors at work. His judgment may have been clouded by ... what? Science provides clues. A study in Canada, published in New Scientist in 2003, found that pretty women foil men’s ability to assess the future. “Discounting the future,” as the condition is called, means preferring immediate, lesser rewards to greater rewards in the future....
  • Palin And The Elitists

    10/24/2008 5:49:51 PM PDT · by Wegotsarah.com · 51 replies · 1,663+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 10-24-08 | editorial
    As if the mainstream media's dumpster-diving campaign against Palin isn't galling enough, the conservative elite's casually dismissive attitude toward the brightest GOP star from Alaska may be even worse. Washington insiders' common mantra is "readiness." Colin Powell dismissed Palin as not "ready to be president." Kenneth Adelman, forgetting the governor is already above his pay grade, patronizingly declared her "not close to being acceptable in high office." Their disdain is rivaled by some East Coast conservative pundits. New York Times columnist David Brooks declared Palin "a cancer," and Washington Post writer Kathleen Parker called her "clearly out of her league."...
  • Financial Times: McCain Alienating Cocktail-swilling Republican Elite

    10/24/2008 11:01:26 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 30 replies · 953+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | October 24, 2008 | Ken Shepherd
    Financial Times reporter Edward Luce has found another sign of trouble for the McCain campaign: he's turning up the noses of the "cocktail party circuit" inside Washington, D.C., which is "swelling with disaffected Republicans." I kid you not. From Luce's page 4 October 24 article, "McCain's troubles highlight party rift": The more trouble John McCain's campaign encounters, the more it highlights the cultural divide between the "real America" the Republican candidate says he represents and the Washington "cocktail party circuit" that largely disdains it. That circuit is swelling with disaffected Republicans. Some complain about Mr McCain's selection of Sarah Palin,...
  • Kathleen Parker: It's Not the Economy; It's the Ugliness (Quisling Alert)

    10/21/2008 10:34:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies · 1,760+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 22, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    At this juncture, I wouldn't want to bet even a subprime mortgage on this presidential election. As perhaps never before, multiple hidden factors could alter the outcome. Judging by polls, it would seem that Barack Obama will be our next president. Monday's Washington Post-ABC tracking poll, for example, showed Obama even winning 22 percent of conservatives and getting 12 percent support among Republicans. But polls only reflect what people say they think, not what they really think. Which is to say, we have both an election and a shadow election in progress. The latter, in which unconscious motivations come into...
  • The Buckley Son Rises: Kathleen Parker doubles down

    10/17/2008 9:34:11 AM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 59 replies · 1,456+ views
    National Review ^ | October 17, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    The truth few wish to utter is that the GOP has abandoned many conservatives, who mostly nurse their angst in private. Those chickens we keep hearing about have indeed come home to roost. Years of pandering to the extreme wing — the “kooks” the senior Buckley tried to separate from the right — have created a party no longer attentive to its principles. Instead, as Christopher Buckley pointed out in a blog post on thedailybeast.com explaining his departure from National Review, eight years of “conservatism” have brought us “a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere,...
  • The Final Debate: Their Essential Selves

    10/16/2008 6:49:02 AM PDT · by steve-b · 9 replies · 682+ views
    Washington Pest ^ | 10/16/08 | Kathleen Parker
    Before we get started: Does anyone know whether Joe the Plumber is kin to Six-Pack Joe? This was by far the most interesting debate to date, perhaps because we are -- at last -- down to the wire. Just as people often reveal their truer natures in times of crisis or under extreme pressure, McCain and Obama tonight seemed reduced to their essential selves. Cool Obama was quintessentially cool. Tense McCain was INTENSE. Both men smiled a lot, but both seemed less good-natured than like well-mannered pit bulls (without the lipstick), snarling behind teeth bared in imitations of mirth. At...
  • Hot Air: Kathleen Parker dumps on Palin on Stephen Colbert

    10/14/2008 4:12:38 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 77 replies · 1,556+ views
    Hot Air ^ | October 14, 2008 | Allahpundit
    Here she is, the ‘Cuda’s bete noire, kinda sorta hinting near the end that she’s prepared to pull the lever for The One this November.
  • Sorry, Dad, I'm Voting for Obama (Christopher Buckley)

    10/10/2008 8:46:20 AM PDT · by Numbers Guy · 168 replies · 9,068+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10/10/2008 | Christopher Buckley
    Let me be the latest conservative/libertarian/whatever to leap onto the Barack Obama bandwagon. It’s a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They’d cut off my allowance. Or would they? But let’s get that part out of the way. The only reason my vote would be of any interest to anyone is that my last name happens to be Buckley—a name I inherited. So in the event anyone notices or cares, the headline will be: “William F. Buckley’s Son Says He Is Pro-Obama.” I know, I know: It lacks the throw-weight of “Ron Reagan Jr....
  • Kathleen Parker: To Appalachia With...Respect (she's advising Obama on how to sway `rednecks')

    10/09/2008 10:25:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies · 1,690+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 10, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    WASHINGTON -- If you're a Democrat who needs help getting the votes of rural white folks, the go-to guy is David "Mudcat" Saunders, a central-casting political consultant recently made famous by a parade of magazine writers led by The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash. But sometimes you can learn more about a people and their place through literature than by hiring consultants. So I called Ron Rash, poet, author and purebred Appalachian whose newest novel, "Serena," should be at the top of Barack Obama's reading list. Sarah Palin might enjoy it as well. Described by one blurber as "an Appalachian retelling...
  • Call Off the Pit Bull

    10/07/2008 10:51:35 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 66 replies · 2,440+ views
    Washington Compost ^ | Kathleen Parker
    When Sarah Palin said she was taking off the gloves, she wasn't just whistling "Onward, Christian Soldiers." Or was she? In the wake of the vice presidential debate, Palin has trained her moose-hunting sights on bigger trophies -- Barack Obama and the media. In Colorado a few days ago, she told fans that Obama pals around with terrorists. Later in Clearwater, Fla., resplendent in white against a backdrop of red, white and blue, she said, "This is not a man who sees America the way that you and I see America, as the greatest source for good in this world....
  • Kathleen Parker: Palin and her supporters know the code (Media doesn't like the war they started)

    10/07/2008 3:16:36 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 93 replies · 4,585+ views
    http://www.mcall.com/ ^ | October 7, 2008 | Kathleen (turncoat) Parker
    The McCain campaign knows that Obama isn't a Muslim or a terrorist, but they're willing to help a certain kind of voter think he is. Just the way certain South Carolinians in 2000 were allowed to think that McCain's adopted daughter from Bangladesh was his illegitimate black child. But words can have more serious consequences than lost votes and we've already had a glimpse of the Palin effect. Dana Milbank of The Washington Post reported that media representatives in Clearwater were greeted with taunts, thunder sticks and profanity. One Palin supporter shouted an epithet at an African-American soundman and said,...
  • Rudy blasts conservative doubters of Palin as ‘jerks’

    10/05/2008 5:18:10 PM PDT · by kingattax · 58 replies · 1,952+ views
    PolitickerOH.com ^ | October 4, 2008 | Justin Miller
    LEWIS CENTER -- Rudy Giuliani blasted prominent conservative columnists who have criticized Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin as being unqualified and even worthy of being removed from the GOP ticket. The former New York City mayor spoke at a press conference at the Ohio Victory campaign’s grassroots leadership conference Saturday. Giuliani was asked what he would say to columnists who’ve criticized John McCain’s selection of Palin, such as Kathleen Parker, George Will and David Frum. “I think they look like a bunch of jerks after the debate the other night,” Giuliani said. “I think they should all say they...
  • Kathleen Parker's Modified, Limited Mea Culpa on Palin

    10/04/2008 4:12:26 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 59 replies · 2,248+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Last week, Kathleen Parker became, overnight, liberals' favorite non-liberal pundit for her column calling on Sarah Palin to step down from the GOP ticket. Parker described Palin's interview performances as painful cringe-inducing, and filled with "BS," and concluded that Palin "clearly out of her league." Parker is back with her post-debate column in today's Washington Post. And if that isn't quite egg we spot on her face, perhaps it's the product seen at the right. The very headline, "Sarah Palin's Bridge to Somewhere", is a tacit admission that Palin has a political future. "What did they do with the other...
  • Kathleen Parker: Sarah Palin's Bridge to Somewhere (Barf Alert)

    10/03/2008 10:04:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies · 2,878+ views
    Townhall ^ | October 04, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    <p>WASHINGTON -- What did they do with the other Sarah Palin?</p> <p>I mean the one who bases foreign policy experience on the proximity of Russia to Alaska and who speaks cutely about Vladimir Putin poking his little head into American airspace. Where did they put her?</p>
  • Kathleen Parker: Speak correctly, or build a big bunker ("Help! I'm getting angry emails!!!)

    10/01/2008 11:59:28 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 91 replies · 2,816+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 1, 2008 | Kathleen Parker
    Allow me to introduce myself. I am a traitor and an idiot. Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a Dumpster, but since she didn't, I should "off" myself. Those are just a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands of e-mails written in response to my column suggesting that Sarah Palin is out of her league and should step down. Who says public discourse hasn't deteriorated? The fierce reaction to my column has been both bracing and enlightening. After 20 years of column writing, I'm familiar with angry mail. But the past few days have produced...
  • The Omen In My Mail (BOO HOO ALERT!)

    Allow me to introduce myself. I am a traitor and an idiot. Also, my mother should have aborted me and left me in a dumpster, but since she didn't, I should "off" myself. Those are a few nuggets randomly selected from thousands of e-mails written in response to my column suggesting that Sarah Palin is out of her league and should step down. Who says public discourse hasn't deteriorated? The fierce reaction to my column has been both bracing and enlightening. After 20 years of column writing, I'm familiar with angry mail. But the past few days have produced responses...
  • Concerns About Palin's Readiness as Big Test Nears (NYT, nuff said)

    10/01/2008 6:45:15 AM PDT · by steve-b · 20 replies · 721+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/30/08 | Adam Nagourney
    A month after Gov. Sarah Palin joined Senator John McCain’s ticket to a burst of excitement and anticipation among Republicans, she heads into a critical debate facing challenges from conservatives about her credentials, signs that her popularity is slipping and evidence that Republicans are worried about how much help she will be for Mr. McCain in November.... "I think she has pretty thoroughly — and probably irretrievably — proven that she is not up to the job of being president of the United States," David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush who is now a conservative columnist, said in...
  • Was the Palin Pick a Mistake? (Advice from Fr. Jonathan?)

    09/29/2008 11:35:22 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 21 replies · 1,485+ views
    FoxNews Forum ^ | September 29, 2008 | Father Jonathan Morris
    That’s the odd question some conservatives are asking after the first-term Alaskan governor has demonstrated in recent television interviews what I presumed everyone already knew—she’s not a Washington insider, doesn’t have all the policy answers, talks kinda funny, and at this point, isn’t fully prepared to be President of the United States of America. This questioning of McCain’s pick by seasoned pundits like Kathleen Parker, who two weeks ago was praising McCain’s choice as inspired and now has called for Gov. Palin to step down from the ticket, is odd, because they should know better. They should know the number...
  • Palin should bow out gracefully (Kathleen Parker barf alert)

    09/29/2008 1:21:10 AM PDT · by library user · 46 replies · 1,371+ views
    Washington Post Writers Group via Columbus Dispatch ^ | Sept. 29, 2008 | by Kathleen Parker
    ** EXCERPT ** If at one time women were considered heretical for swimming upstream against feminist orthodoxy, they now face condemnation for swimming downstream -- away from Sarah Palin. To express reservations about her qualifications to be vice president -- and possibly president -- is to risk being labeled anti-woman. Or, as I am guilty of charging her early critics, supporting only a certain kind of woman. Some of the passionately feminist critics of Palin who attacked her personally deserved some of the backlash they received. But circumstances have changed since Palin was introduced as just a hockey mom with...