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Sarah Palin’s bigotry and ignorance revealed again.

Strikethroughs represent changes suggested by commenters. 

So, presidential vice presidential reject Sarah Palin has announced that the failure of her campaign was not caused by her own, or her party’s incompetence, but by 30 year old bloggers, still living in their mom’s basement, wearing their pajamas all day.  There is sooooo much wrong here.  I told this to my wife.

First, the thoughts of my adorable wife.  “Ya know, not understanding a new medium cost the Republicans the 1960 election when Nixon looked like a zombie on the first televised election. The Dem’s got TV and ran the country.  Then in the late 80’s early 90’s when talk radio was new medium the Repubs really got it.  They came to totally dominate talk radio, and used it as platform to achieve a Republican house, senate and presidency. Now, the new medium is blogs, and it’s like the Republicans just don’t get it again.”

I couldn’t agree more, though my first thought was not nearly as deep and reasoned.  My first thought was that Palin is a total bigot who has no opinion gained by any reflection at all.  She is walking repository of pop culture knowledge with no depth whatsoever.   I mean, seriously: 30 something, mom’s basement, pajamas.  I think the good governor has confused the pop culture image of hackers, with bloggers.  Smart people don’t assume that the pop cultural image of something is the solid truth.

I have a lot for friends who are bloggers.  I have on my blog list, an independent political theorist, an older mom, a new mommie, a rocket scientist, a nuclear physicist, and doctor of etymology, a philosopher, a doctor of linguistics, a pastors wife, a militant lesbian and many more.  Their ages are between 50 something and 20 something.  One is my wife, one a coworker, one my sister, and many I have never met in person.  Bloggers come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and levels of education.  There are as many different kinds of blogger as there are different kinds of people.  

But, I guess that Sarah Palin, who through years of Christian training hypocritical thinking, has learned to pass ridiculous judgements on people she has never met, wouldn’t think twice about assuming that everyone who spends time online is a socially retarded failure.

She then accuses us of losing her chance at the presidency vice presidency. 

She didn’t need our help.


November 16, 2008 - Posted by | Government, Politics, skepticism, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,


  1. She said that? As a thirty something blogger, that sits in her PJs but doesn’t live in her mother’s house I am not sure if I should be offended or not. I guess it really depends on her tone? However, I will say there have been just as many if not more anti-obama blogs than there are anti-mccain (or palin) blogs?

    She didn’t loose me because of blogs, she lost me because she A) was very uninformed (not only her interviews but her debate, anyone that doesn’t see that isn’t informed either) B) She doesn’t have the kind of ideology I would like to see C) She was stupid with her terrorist remarks, and if for any reason something bad happens to Obama I lay the blame squarely on her shoulders.

    Comment by Terra | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  2. Man oh man. She was referring to the goons that make shit up and throw it out there. People like Olbermann and Matthews report it as fact.

    Also, she wasn’t running for president. Just a little piece of info there…

    Comment by rjjrdq | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  3. Israel, my friend, since you are a skeptic? Have you ever thought that all of the attacks on Sarah Palin, many of them unjust, are many times caused by a secret jealousy and envy of what she is, and has, that is reflected by “irrational hatred and anger” to mask that very jealousy and envy. I think that most liberals secretly admire and are attracted to her, but mask it by a demonized anger towards someone whom they have never spent time with? Ahh… the heart of man!
    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

    Comment by Jose Alvarez | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  4. This “Sarah Palin’s bigotry and ignorance revealed again” piece, quite clearly, shows THIS BLOGGER’S bigotry and ignorance being revealed again!!

    Comment by Rbupp | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  5. Terra – Yes, she said that in this interview

    rjjrdq- Running as the vice president is running for president, as if anything happens to the president, that’s who gets the job, but for clarity I re-edited.

    Joe- I think that she has every right to be proud of herself for what she accomplished. She went from a small town mayor to having a shot at the 2nd highest office in the land. That said, her blaming the problems she had getting elected on bloggers is pretty ridiculous, and I think what she said about bloggers was bigoted and ignorant.

    Rbupp- Your right, in a way. I did paint all christians with the same hypocritical brush. However, I think my other points stand. (1.) She said something ignorant and bigoted. (2.) She is completely blind to the fact that it is exactly these sort of bigoted statements that bought her existing reputation. I struck out “Christian training” and replaced it with “hypocritical thinking” which is more accurate.

    Comment by truthwalker | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  6. I want to note, that she isn’t the woman for me, but I never supported the “stupid” things that I saw. The wardrobe thing was always stupid to me, and in my opinion doesn’t say anything bad about Palin. There are other things like that (just like there are for any candidate.) However, those that are sticking up for her should really watch her “after crowds” if that isn’t soliciting violence, I don’t know what is.

    Comment by Terra | November 16, 2008 | Reply

  7. I sort of agree. Unlike a liberal friend of mine, I don’t think Palin was offered the job purely for reasons of TA. I don’t think that anyone who’s gotten where she’s gotten could be as dumb as she was made to seem. Besides, the question isn’t really “Is Panlin smart?” The question is “Does Palin have approximately the same intelligence as her peers?” This might offend some dyed in the wool liberals, but I’d say yes. There are some very ignorant powerful people out there.

    The fact is, the president really doesn’t have to be smarter than his people, but in one regard. He must pick the best advisors available. No president will really be an expert on everything.

    I think if Palin had said things “You know, I’m the governor of one of the least populated states in the union, and I’ll be honest, I really don’t have an answer to that. That’s why If McCain is elected I’m going to hire person X to advise me on those issues.” then that honestly and willingness to admit she was wrong would have really captured a lot of voters.

    Comment by truthwalker | November 17, 2008 | Reply

  8. I agree with you truthwalker, I think she is a good, and smart lady. That wasn’t my problem at all. (I also felt that playing the “stupid” card wasn’t appropriate.)I would be telling a lie if I didn’t say that I was concerned that she was largely uninformed. Granted someone can “become” informed, but I still didn’t feel that she was where she needed to be in order to be successful in either being on the national stage, or being in office.

    I also agree with that last paragraph, unfortunately, I feel politics being where they are that honesty is stifled as we all know that the ones running against her would have pounced on those words and made them into something they are not. (Just exactly like the words “spreading the wealth” were.)

    I am (and was) a supporter for Obama but I don’t automatically think he is perfect or that he wouldn’t have played that dirty trick if he thought it would help him. (Although, in the same breath he personally didn’t attack Palin’s credentials – yet at the same time that could have been a ploy in the way it was done.) There are just so many twists and turns in politics, and for some it is “whoever get the last word wins.”

    Comment by Terra | November 17, 2008 | Reply

  9. I agree: Palin is not stupid. She is, however, illustratively ignorant and uninformed. So ignorant, in fact, that she seems completely unaware of precisely how little she actually knows.

    I do believe she was chosen by McCain because she’s a good-looking woman. But that is not to say it’s all she has to offer, and it’s more of a reflection on him than on her.

    Jose Alvarez: Have you ever considered the possibility that all of the attacks on Barack Obama — many of them unjust — are often caused by a secret jealousy and envy of what he is and has, and that this is reflected in the irrational hatred and anger being used to mask that jealousy and envy? Perhaps most conservatives are secretly attracted to Obama, and merely try to hide their admiration behind displays of irrational anger towards someone they simply don’t understand but wish they did.

    Unlikely, but funny how that works both ways, huh? 😉

    Comment by Lottie | November 18, 2008 | Reply

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