Sarah calls bullshit on Obama

Palin: Obama ‘plays us all for fools’ with jobs plan

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin strongly condemned President Obama’s jobs plan Friday afternoon, saying that the president “plays us all for fools.”

“I thought the president was very bold in his request for another blank check,” Palin said on Fox News, where she is a paid contributor. “I don’t consider it a plan at all.”

The former vice presidential nominee said she cared neither for the substance or the style of the president’s speech, and felt that he was trying to pressure the Congress into passing the jobs package.

“They want to shove something down our throats even though it’s inconsistent with economic principles that can work in facing the problems we have with our economy,” Palin said.

Meanwhile the New York Times suddenly realizes that Sarah isn’t a caricature:

Some of Sarah Palin’s Ideas Cross the Political Divide

Let us begin by confessing that, if Sarah Palin surfaced to say something intelligent and wise and fresh about the present American condition, many of us would fail to hear it.

That is not how we’re primed to see Ms. Palin. A pugnacious Tea Partyer? Sure. A woman of the people? Yup. A Mama Grizzly? You betcha.

But something curious happened when Ms. Palin strode onto the stage last weekend at a Tea Party event in Indianola, Iowa. Along with her familiar and predictable swipes at President Barack Obama and the “far left,” she delivered a devastating indictment of the entire U.S. political establishment — left, right and center — and pointed toward a way of transcending the presently unbridgeable political divide.


She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).


Her second point, about money in politics, helped to explain the first. The permanent class stays in power because it positions itself between two deep troughs: the money spent by the government and the money spent by big companies to secure decisions from government that help them make more money.

“Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done?” she said, referring to politicians. “It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed — a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along.”


Ms. Palin’s third point was more striking still: in contrast to the sweeping paeans to capitalism and the free market delivered by the Republican presidential candidates whose ranks she has yet to join, she sought to make a distinction between good capitalists and bad ones. The good ones, in her telling, are those small businesses that take risks and sink and swim in the churning market; the bad ones are well-connected megacorporations that live off bailouts, dodge taxes and profit terrifically while creating no jobs.

Strangely, she was saying things that liberals might like, if not for Ms. Palin’s having said them.

And it only took them three years to figure that out.

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17 Responses to Sarah calls bullshit on Obama

  1. ralphb says:

    The media’s biggest failure in dealing with Sarah in 2008 was in closing their minds to her and not really listening to a word she said. They had their narrative and nothing was going to shake it, truth be damned. Our media in the US seems to be the worst enemy of our democracy. I really do hate them all for it.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Good for her. For anyone who knows her history, she’s been calling b.s. on everyone from her PTA, City Council, Mayor and Governor days, and made a difference for the good 🙂

    • ralphb says:

      Of course the assholes at FDL are reacting to the NYT article with the typical “she can’t mean it” kind of bullshit. They are still just barely one notch from Obot.

  3. A female version of Teddy Roosevelt and more liberal than Obama. Scary ain’t she New Dems.

    • imustprotest says:

      I always saw her as a Teddy Roosevelt too. Too bad the McCain camp didn’t have their act together. They should have had the narrative already written about her before they announced. Instead, they let the media define her.

  4. DandyTiger says:

    Dodgers can eliminate Giants tonight. Damn Giants.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Fucking Dodgers.

      I think it was the year before Barry arrived that the Giants were in last place and the final game of the season they played the Dodgers. The Dodgers needed to win to make the play-offs. The Giants won.

      I considered that a winning season.

  5. ralphb says:

    Bachmann draws “strong mark of demarcation” with Perry, Romney

    This interview with Bachmann showcases the way a politician should be talking about social security and medicare reform. The narrators of the GOP debate really screwed her when she wasn’t questioned about it. I’m no Bachmann fan but she does really well here.

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