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More GOP Implosion -- What Fun!

Like so many of my LJ friends, I'm puzzled by the news out of Alaska today.  Sarah Palin's resignation is, as political strategery goes, pretty bizarre.  And her rambling, self-aggrandizing speech justifying the move was one of the worst I've ever heard by a Presidential contender.  At this point I think that the GOP field has been winnowed to Newt-Man, Romney, Huckabee, and my dark-horse pick, Haley Barbour.  They should all be sending Mark Sanford thank you notes....


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Jul. 4th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
Haley? Isn't he in jail?

Wouldn't know it was bizarre and a disaster from the RW blogs. Rich Lowry's leg is still tingling from the fall and he thinks this is just peachy.

Who knows...maybe only 80% insane works against the competition she has...
Jul. 5th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Could be. But Americans have never been fond of quitters, and what she's done, when you strip away everything else, is quit in the middle of her one term as governor. I just can't see how this will help her.
Jul. 4th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
There's definitely another shoe waiting to be dropped. This is more than the BS explanation she gave. It's something politically toxic, I believe.

As for Romney getting the nomination I must remind people I live in the Deep South. Republicans down here will NEVER vote for a Mormon. They believe they're no better than Satanists. That's not hyperbole, they HATE Mormons down here and they're not joking about it. And you can't win the Republican nomination without the South. It's just impossible.

They cream their pants over Huckabee and they like Barbour, but the latter has that whole former-lobbyist tag hanging over his head, so he's vulnerable. Newt won't run, he also has too much baggage. Besides, he has a history of pretending to run and then shucking the whole thing. I've seen this movie, too.

Frankly, I don't care, because I want their party destroyed. Then they can reconstitute themselves back into a true conservative party in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt and Eisenhower and, yes, Lincoln. Until that happens they're going to stay irrelevant what with the current demographics of this nation.

I do agree the field is narrowing for them, though. Dangerously so. The Whigs are looking pretty good in comparison, lol!
Jul. 4th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
That's interesting, I'm also in the Deep South and have been surprised by how little anti-mormon animosity I've heard. I expected a lot of it regarding Romney, but so far, not a word.
Jul. 4th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Huh. That is odd. I hear it all the time from Baptists down here.

Jul. 5th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
Not sure what to think about Romney's chances. I think his mormonism will hurt in the South, where he'll have a hard time competing with Huck and Sarah! and Newt. But I also think that he has played the role of challenger in waiting better than any of the others. He's creepy and slick, but he is also savvy.
Jul. 4th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Wait, what? Sarah Palin... what? Wow. That was news to me. I agree with the previous commenter, actually - I'm expecting Sarah to make a play for something big now. Something I don't want her to have, whatever it is.

Ah, Haley Barbour - governor of my own backwards state...
Jul. 5th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I still think she'll wind up on Fox News as a "pundit". I don't think she'll even be elected anything ever again. But that might well be wishful thinking on my part.
Jul. 4th, 2009 06:42 am (UTC)
I don't know what the think. She was my #1 pick for 2012. Now.... grrrr. Maybe she has a Master Plan hidden away somewhere.

I guess I am going to either go Huck or 3rd party.

Maybe the Tea Party Movement can put someone forward that is not a Libertarian rehash.
Jul. 5th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
I've got to tell you, Mark, I've never understood your support of Palin. Now, I know that you and I disagree on just about everything politically -- but I have always respected the clarity with which you express your opinions, even as I disagree with them and I can think of many Republican officials who, though I disagree with them on everything, I at least respect. Actually, I can't stand Newt, but I think he has a first-class intellect. But Palin -- I listened to her speech the other day and I could barely make heads or tails of it. She strikes me as vacuous, egotistical, and dangerously unintellectual. I just don't get her appeal.
Jul. 6th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
I agree with your opinion of her speech the other day. I personally missed it, but I did read a full transcript. It was a rambling mess of a speech no doubt. Speech writing is not one of her strong points. However, her speech ability is not the main draw for me and other conservatives. We connect with her based upon her "genuiness". She was not raised in a political family and she is not part of a larger political machine by being in office all of her life. A few years ago, she was raising a family on a modest yearly income. She was shopping at Walmart and supporting her kids at sporting games. She knows what it means to clip coupons and send kids to Public School.

She saw her hometown being poorly managed and full of corruption so she wanted to change that. She ran for mayor and won. She got the town set on the right path and then set her sights on the Governorship due to the enormous amount of corruption there. She won there and promptly followed through on her promises and got the State back on the right path.

Another reason we like her is because she relects our ideals. She believes in small government and in States Rights. She believes in the correctness of Capitalism. She believes in Right to Life and the Right to Gun Ownership. She is agaisnt waste and agaisnt public corruption.

So you see, it because she is not an eloquent speaker, that her supporters love her. If she were, then it would make her seem a "born politician".

BY the way, did you see the good interview she did for Runner's World? http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-243-410--13221-0,00.html

She has a new level of awsomeness now. *smile* She likes Van Halen and ACDC. Rock on!
Jul. 6th, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
I can certainly understand the attractiveness of authenticity, but I also think that national leaders need to be more than "everyday folk." We have a second degree of separation connection to the Obamas -- friends of friends from Chicago -- who say that they are actually very down to earth people, that Barack and Michelle are terrific parents who never missed parent-teach conferences or soccer games. That makes them more likable to me, so I can relate to what you're saying about Palin. But I also thin that national leaders need to be people of extraordinary intellect. I think Gingrich is. I think Huckabee is. I don't agree with them at all, but I don't question that they're qualified to lead the country. Palin, to me, is a different matter. But this is something we could argue back and forth forever.

As always, I appreciate your thoughtful response to my comments. I love the fact that we can disagree and still speak to each other in respectful tones. Thank you, my friend.
Jul. 4th, 2009 07:28 am (UTC)
I don't know, it sort of gives me the heebie jeebies. Many people are guessing that there is some major scandal about to emerge and I almost hope that is true, because the alternative is that maybe she was just feeling too hidden from the limelight in Alaska. You can't manufacture a feud with a late night television talk show host every week. She kept rambling about making a "real difference" outside of politics. She must have found herself a bigger platform to stand on to rally her supporters. Maybe she has decided to host an all conservatives-of-questionable-sanity-but-aren't-we-just-cute-as-a-bug version of "The View" with Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann and Elizabeth Hasselback. *shudders* I think I would just set my hair on fire and get it over with.
Jul. 5th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
>>Maybe she has decided to host an all conservatives-of-questionable-sanity-but-aren't-we-just-cute-as-a-bug version of "The View" with Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann and Elizabeth Hasselback.<<

Those might well be the most frightening words I've ever seen written anywhere. It's enough to make me break out in hives....
Jul. 4th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
My money's on "impending indictment." seriously, if this is, as folks suggest, a move to prepare for a white house bid, it's sort of like preparing for a race by cutting your foot off.
Jul. 5th, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
I agree; as campaign strategies go, this one just seems bizarre.
Jul. 8th, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
If I understand some reports correctly, the Alaskan FOIA laws are allowed by anybody, at the drop of any hat. Palin was getting snowed under with requests, a lot of them dubious. It had gotten to the point that it would leave no time for governance or anything else. Now there is three weeks until she's out of office; plenty of time for more FIOA's. Therefore, I can understand why she didn't mention this. I'm not a big fan of Palin, but I do think there's been a lot of piling on.
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