The Lowest Lows

Within a few hours of each other, I heard the disappointing news that Sarah Palin will not run for president and the disheartening news that Steve Jobs has died. Both have profound effects on this country. One had a great impact on recent history, one has an impact on the present.

Apple was a fixture in the home computer market of the 1980’s. Its fortunes changed in the 90s, as the internet seemed geared toward Windows. Apple was producing a boutique product, a more expensive computer loved by professionals, artists and loyalists. The average consumer nearly ignored it,but this last decade belonged to Steve Jobs.

Almost 10 years ago today, the iPod was introduced. Music on the internet had been reduced from multiple “free” sharing sites to a burgeoning system of pay per song. The iPod offered not only a portable music player, but an easy way to download, organize and play your music. Microsoft was left in the dust. The iPhone is a brand all in itself, with more apps than you can count with Android just trying to keep up. The iPad is the gold standard of what we now call tablets. People may have PCs at home, but many spend most of the day tethered to a smart phone.

One of the biggest names in social media is Sarah Palin. She’s used a technology that was in the early stages in 2008 to bypass what has come to be a hostile media filter. Even under constant attack, her support is rock solid. There was a palpable sadness when she announced she will not seek the nomination.

I still don’t know what to make of her announcement. The romantic in me wanted the epic battle of common sense conservatism against Mitt Romney’s squishy centrism. I sure as hell wanted to see “Sarah be Sarah” without idiot campaign advisers like Nicolle Wallace planning defeat. The wonk in me knows that Romney will batter Obama in the general election, but he won’t have the good-natured panache of Palin. We will all feel dirty after this campaign season. Maybe then we’ll be ready for Palin. It took decades to be ready for Steve Jobs.

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47 Responses to The Lowest Lows

  1. ralphb says:

    You put your finger on what I wanted to see “Sarah be Sarah”. Lately I had been wondering how that could happen, considering the large amounts of money that I think even she would need to run against a $1 billion dollar campaign.

    I’ve got a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach that she decided the big money couldn’t be raised while maintaining her integrity. That won’t be a problem for the Mittster or Perry, they don’t have anything to maintain. I’m not so sure about Cain but really don’t care much.

    There is nobody running that I will vote for at the moment.

    • Dario says:

      ralphb, please give me one reason, why I should not vote for Perry. Being a corrupt politician won’t do. They all are. It has to be something else. It has to be something that he has done as a politician. I don’t see him any worse than Obama, and between two bad politicians, I’ll choose Perry.

      • ralphb says:

        I could care less. It’s your vote, do what you want.

        • 1539days says:

          I’ll vote for Romney at this point. I can’t sit out after watching what happened when GOP morons sat out 2008 because McCain was just not good enough for them.

        • ralphb says:

          If you put a gun to my head, that’s what I would do for sure.

        • WMCB says:

          I’m still hoping for the blind herpetic three-legged goat to jump into the race.

        • WMCB says:

          I really want a teeshirt with that on it. My son is an artist, maybe he can do one for me.

        • Dario says:

          I wasn’t disagreeing with you. I really want to know from you because you are from TX. I’m not sold on Perry, and if there’s information that I’m missing and you can help, then I’d appreciate it.

        • Dario says:

          ralphb, the post above is for you.

        • ralphb says:

          Dario, I didn’t mean to be ass about it. Sorry. For all intents and purposes, I believe Perry is a politician in the mold of a lot of other Texas/Southern politicians. He’s a back scratcher, do something for me and I’ll do something for you kind of guy. I can’t say he is corrupt because he’s never been caught but there is so much smoke around the Tech and Business Dev funds that I believe he has his own Solyndra somewhere. Especially in dealings with one David Nance but that’s not what you asked I guess.

          I really don’t like his stances on social issues. Defense of marriage to the point of wanting to make it a felony to perform a gay ceremony. Disagreement with the courts overturning Texas antiquated anti-sodomy law. The list is pretty long. Bills like this haven’t passed the legislature but those and more are in the GOP platform which is written by those who are Perry’s base in the state. FWIW.

        • Dario says:

          ralphb, thanks. I see what you mean, and you are right. Those issues are distractions to take the voters eye from what is really happening. As we saw with Dubya, while everyone was paying attention to social issues, the economy, the wars, and civil liberties were being gutted. I don’t believe that Perry would be any more successful passing that stuff on a national level than he was at the state level. I also get the impression that he would not want to push policies that belong at the state level. He’s a state rights politician.

        • ralphb says:

          HaHaHa. Bush was a states rights politician to, until he wasn’t at the state level anymore.

    • Karma says:

      I was wondering that too especially with those recent RNC changes. She would be getting the Hillary treatment from both the GOP and the media without the campaign war chest.

      Sorta o/t. But looking back at Nadar and his third party run . He spent most of his money on lawsuits to get his name on the ballots. So it might be time to look at those districts, try change some laws, and attempt to pave the way for a third party run. They are clearly intended to bog candidates down and need to resolved, even if she never runs.

      • ralphb says:

        Seems to me that the best use of time and money for Independents might well be in trying to pave the way for a 3rd party (or a 2nd party) now. For the most part, I think I’m done with the presidential race and don’t care much who wins among slim pickings.

        Maybe there will be some 3rd party candidates for Congress worth supporting this time. There is probably a movement for 3rd party ballot access. It’s something to do between now and 2014 anyway 😉

  2. Dario says:

    I refuse to accept that Romney will be the nominee for the Republicans, and I doubt he can beat Obama. I won’t vote for him, and many Republicans feel that way. It will be the lowest voter turnout ever if Romney is the nominee.

  3. ralphb says:

    Bill would end Florida ban on “dwarf tossing”

    OT The Florida legislature is trying to create jobs. Hope this isn’t their best idea.

    “To me it’s an archaic kind of Big Brother law that says, ‘We don’t like that activity,’ ” Workman said. “Well, there is nothing immoral or illegal about that activity. All we really did by passing that law was take away some employment from some little people.”

    Dwarf tossing was banned for safety reasons.

    • Dario says:

      It’s a serious issue, but I can’t help it. LOL.

    • Dario says:

      When I read your post, I thought the link was from The Onion.

    • WMCB says:

      LOL! Well, I think that a lot of things that people do that are physically risky and stupid – but we don’t need a law about them.

      Why pick on the little people and give the skydivers and base-jumpers a pass? It is a sort of infantilizing law, as if they were not adults who could decide for themselves if they wanted to participate.

      • ralphb says:

        They had a reason…

        When wet T-shirt contests and mechanical bulls weren’t enough to attract crowds to bars in the 1980s, some bar owners began the spectacle of “dwarf-tossing” — launching little people for the amusement of an audience.

        Groups representing dwarfs or little people called the activity dehumanizing and reminiscent of circus sideshow days.

        Controversy ensued in the late 1980s and an embarrassing national media spotlight focused yet again on Florida. The Legislature responded in 1989 by adopting a new state law that that essentially banned the practice in bars for safety reasons.

      • ralphb says:

        Those “goat” t-shirts should sell like hotcakes on zazzle or somewhere. Bumper stickers. Could become an empire. 🙂

      • Dario says:

        I think the tossing small people is more like ballet dancers, ice skaters, even ballroom dancers will pick up another person and risk dropping them. If the little people want to be tossed, I have no problem with it. It’s a strange entertainment, but I can see why it’s funny.

  4. ralphb says:

    One of the better comments I’ve seen on Sarah not running…

    Did you hear that huge, collective sigh of relief from the big shots of both parties?

    It’s back to business as usual.

  5. Karma says:


  6. DandyTiger says:

    From my comment in the previous thread. Just for fun speculation. Notice Sarah didn’t say she wasn’t going to run for president:

    I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States

    She just said she wasn’t seeking the GOP nomination. OK, let the speculation continue and Obot heads start exploding. 🙂

    • Dario says:

      She may go for the V.P. She might extract that from a candidate to get her support.

    • WMCB says:

      Sorry to say, if you heard her entire interview with Levin, she said she will not run 3rd party either.

      Palin told Levin she also would not run as a third party candidate.
      “I would assume a third party would just guarantee Obama’s re-election,” Palin said.

      • DandyTiger says:

        Poop. There goes my speculation efforts. I figured that was the case, but I wanted to make Obot heads explode. 🙂

      • WMCB says:

        *sigh* It’s just a sucky night. I think I’m going to go hug my dogs.

      • bevwky says:

        I keep telling people that independent is not at all the same as third party. The difference and distinction is in when and why anyone/someone chooses to go that route.

        Think Leiberman.

  7. Dario says:

    Most vanilla ice creams that are not organic contain beaver anal glands. The substance can be found on your ice cream as castoreum, but most likely as “natural flavoring”. Sure is natural, but why add such disgusting ingredient to a perfectly good product?

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Sarah’s young 😀 She’ll only be 52 in 2016 and 56 in 2020.

    Her endorsement’s important now, so still keeping my powder dry (and wallet closed).

    • bevwky says:

      Yeah, and what I keep chuckling over this morning is that people, who shall remain nameless on both sides, are already starting with the “she’s now irrelevant” stuff – all the while the candidates on ALL levels are rushing to get her endorsement.

      Some irrelevancy. You know that woman would be wealthy just from the number of times her political demise has been proclaimed.

      But what really gets me, what’s always gotten me about the kingmaker business, is that if they’re not good enough to get elected without her endorsement THAT BADLY, then what the heck are they doing running in the first place? .

  9. votermom says:

    Thanks for this post, days. I’ll tweet it too.

  10. DeniseVB says:

    I don’t think C4P is going away 😀

    Has Greta/Sarah interview from last night too.

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