I am ashamed to admit I once had a paid subscription to Salon


Joan Walsh:

Why Sarah Palin actually matters again

Sarah Palin is back! Not only did she get another Fox News contract, she was the star of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Conference this past weekend for her slashing attacks not only on President Obama and Democrats but on Republican sellouts (and 2016 hopefuls) like Jeb Bush. Watching Palin gleefully take on Bush, who made a dumb comment about needing immigration reform because immigrants are “more fertile” than native-born Americans, I realized that Palin’s star really is rising again, at a time of heightened racial insecurity on the white far-right. They need a hero, and here she is again.

I stopped paying much attention to Palin around the time she self-destructed by trying to make herself the victim after the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the shooting of 18 other people in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2011. After that, not only my attention but others’ seemed to drift away. She declared that she wouldn’t run for president, surprising no one, her spots on Fox News became less frequent (to her loud complaints) and, ultimately, the right-wing network didn’t renew her contract (though it was stated as her choice; she was going on to better things). I thought maybe Palin didn’t matter anymore.

But she continued to be the big crowd-pleaser at conservative gatherings from CPAC to the NRA convention, where she mocked Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun politics by slugging a Big Gulp, taking on the whole elite, effete nanny state her admirers imagine threatens them. Still, it was her attack on Bush this weekend that made me realize the extent to which she could become the face of the white nativist backlash, which is a dangerous development for the GOP, and the country, but a cushy, natural perch for Palin.


Well, Palin rubbed Bush’s nose in his mistake, trashing him ideologically while using her trademark sex appeal. You kind of have to see it – her hair has never been bigger, and she mocked Bush with such visible self-confidence and self-satisfaction:

It’s dangerous, touchy territory to debate this over one race’s fertility rate, and I say this as one who’s kind of fertile herself. I don’t think that’s where we want to go in deciding how we will incentify [sic] the hard-working families who want to be in the line, follow the law and become American citizens, versus those whose very first act on American soil is to break the law…

Note that Bush didn’t mention any specific race as being either more or less fertile. Native-born Americans of every race tend to have fewer children than immigrants. It was Palin who perceived an insult to the fertility of white people – and who had to therefore remind us of her own. Some white women might be committing “race suicide,” in Teddy Roosevelt’s famous words, but Palin ain’t one of them. Palin even brought up race right at the beginning of her speech, talking about how she likes to confront people with Obama bumper stickers on their “itty-bitty little purple Volts” (and you know what else must be “itty bitty.”)

One reply I got before the 2012 race – one said, ‘Well, I’m not a racist so I voted for [Obama] to prove it,’ and I replied ‘Nor am I a racist, and hey buddy, next time vote for someone else to prove you’re not a knucklehead.’

Palin also mocked Muslims, for good measure, while declaring her opposition to intervention in Syria, insisting we should stay out of a civil war there “and let Allah sort them out.”

Let’s start with the lie – Sarah really said “and let Allah sort IT out”. I like how Joan tried to sneak in a reference to the old Vietnam expression “Kill them all and let God sort ’em out” (which actually comes from the Crusades’ expression “Kill them all and let God find his own”).

Sarah never mentioned “race suicide”. As a matter of fact she said that using racial fertility rates was not “where we want to go” in determining immigration policy. I guess that “War” is “Peace” Salon.

I watched the video of Sarah’s speech. I don’t recall her wearing, saying or doing anything sexually provocative. She was speaking to a group of Christian conservatives but I’m pretty sure they don’t get overly excited by a pair of naked ankles.

Since when is it a bad thing for a 49 year old mother of five to look as good as Sarah Palin?

Last but not least, Sarah didn’t try to “make herself the victim” in the Gabby Giffords shooting. The Vile Progs wrongly tried to blame her for it. I know that because that issue is why we are all here at The Crawdad Hole and not still back at The Confluence.

The thing I like best about Sarah Palin is the way she drives Vile Progs insane.


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88 Responses to I am ashamed to admit I once had a paid subscription to Salon

  1. DandyTiger says:

    Joan and Tingles up his leg should get together. Maybe if they combine their efforts, they could come up with one coherent thought. Who am I kidding, that’s not possible.

    How anyone on earth can take her seriously is beyond me.

  2. swanspirit says:

    I beg to differ . I left the Confluence when RD made the “using the holocaust for a crutch ” statement . That makes me no less grateful to be here , whew !
    Other than that , I agree completely . How in the hell do these people get to victimize people , and then claim the people they prey upon victimized themselves ,in order to play the victim ? Their synapses must be misfiring .
    Beyond that , Sarah is like Taylor Swift , less a victim than any of these whiny Vile Progs .

  3. elliesmom says:

    Sarah Palin has done everything second wave feminists wanted women to be able to do. She benefited from the explosion in women’s sports due to Title IX, she made her way through college by finding scholarship money everywhere she could, she managed to find a supportive guy to marry, she was able to combine motherhood with a rewarding career, and she made headway in politics that benefits all women. And she did it all without succumbing to the “woman as victim” meme. There’s a lot of sour grapes out there.

    • leslie says:

      Yes she did. And when I say anything like that to my acquaintances, they start quoting TINA FEY play SP. they dont remember that SNL is a SPOOF. %$*&$#

      • Erica says:

        That Alaska quote came up with my pals, too. I was like…..uh, Tina Fey said that. What SP did do was take on the oil companies and win. Obama never would, never could do something like that.

    • Constance says:

      BUT she isn’t Ivy indoctrinated so nothing else matters.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      that’s why I love her. 🙂

  4. wmcb says:

    Wait, so when a republican says “immigrant” he really means “brown people”. Except Jeb Bush. And if Palin assumes he was talking about the higher Hispanic birth rate (a logical inference), she is the one bringing up race.

    Immigrant means brown people. Except when it doesn’t. And Opposing the immigration bill means you hate brown people, because Dems assume the majority of immigrants are Mexican. But assuming that immigrants are largely Mexican is also racism, if anyone except a Dem assumes that. Dems are allowed to assume that all they want.

    All your words are codes. Which is just another way of saying “I reserve the right to assign whatever meaning I want to your words.”

    Hey Joan: Your entire column is code for “I’m a bitter old dinosaur who is desperately threatened by vibrant, fertile conservative women, and I find the masses of people in this country who do not attend cocktail parties terrifyingly strange. Because I’m an insular xenophobic bigot. “

  5. jeffhas says:

    jealous much?

  6. DeniseVB says:

    I’m still a lifetime member of Daily Kos because way back when, that’s what 40 bucks bought ya 🙂 And decided not to burn any bridges in ’08 in case Obama was Teh Won We Were Waiting For. Heh.

    I sure don’t recognize my bff’s over there. Sad.

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    • myiq2xu says:

      If you think that educated people should enjoy different hobbies and entertainments than their less-educated brethern and sistern, you ARE a snooty elitist.

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  12. SHV says:

    ” I know that because that issue is why we are all here at The Crawdad Hole and not still back at The Confluence.”
    Interesting historical factoid…If asked, I would have said something to do with I/P.

  13. myiq2xu says:
  14. SHV says:

    “Immigrant means brown people. Except when it doesn’t. ”
    Somehow, “People of Color” doesn’t seem to include Asians of various nationalities, especially when it relates to the evils of the American, White privilege, educational system and the English language.

    • 1539days says:

      And George Zimmerman is a White Hispanic because… racist.

    • driguana says:

      everybody is colored….

    • Constance says:

      That’s because Asians usually out perform whites in the system the evil white man designed. You have to sort of wonder why the evil white man purposefully designed an evil system where Asians outperform them. But at any rate Asians are not allowed to be “persons of color” in the progressive alternate reality because they aren’t victimy enough.

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  17. 1539days says:

    What do you get for a paid subscription? I can read all the fish wrap for free.

  18. DeniseVB says:

    The thing I like best about Sarah Palin is the way she drives Vile Progs insane.

    Oh boy, you betcha’…. Since this post made me nostalgic for the vile prog days at dkos and du, I just tested my old sign on thingys and got back on both, uhm, communities. Won’t link here, but trust me, one of those *creep shows* is running a thread on how “Peg Bundy* is better than Sarah Palin. Really?

    • Internal Exile says:

      They do know Peg Bundy is a fictional character, don’t they?

      • wmcb says:

        Well, so was Obama, but they all voted for him. Not oodgay with the ictionfay, those progs.

        • Internal Exile says:

          Good point. Obama’s public persona is quite fictional–which raises the question, did he mostly create it himself, or did others do it for him, and if the latter, why?

          Things that make you go “Hmmm…”

          Or “Hurm…”, if you’re Rorschach. 😀

      • Jadzia says:

        So is their version of Sarah Palin.

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  20. Lulu says:

    Sarah Palin doesn’t know her place and they hate her for it. If she would just stay home, feed the sled dogs, and walk two steps behind Todd she would be acceptable and fit their bigoted stereotypes.

  21. myiq2xu says:
  22. t says:

    >The thing I like best about Sarah Palin is the way she drives Vile >Progs insane.

    Totally true. Feminists should be rejoicing over the strength of Sarah Palin…but of course, that would make them. actual. feminists.

  23. tpcelt says:

    I read “Going Rogue.” The work ethic of Palin and her husband was pretty amazing. Her recounting of working with salmon sounded like exhausting work in what must have been pretty chilly conditions. In the AK gov primary, she packed the kids in the car pre-dawn to drive over mountains to get to campaign events when some others could fly in. It seems to me that people who don’t agree with her politics should admire that…of course, for many people, working hard is only working late at the office.

    Also, as an example of how things change, both Palin and Sebelius (sp?) were profiled in Vogue during the run-up to the conventions as potential VP selections.

  24. DeniseVB says:

    Well darn, had I known this, would have signed up for the local free bus on Weds. No not the union paid for free buses, the bus companies and drivers donating their time, we’d have to bring our own lunch dammit…and would be expected to tip the driver, the HUMANITY!


    Should be a fun day.

  25. wmcb says:

    Oh OUCH! Ace on the Sharryl Attkinson hacking:

  26. wmcb says:

    Ok, men of the Crawdad Hole. We razz on you often enough, so here’s a little something to make you laugh: 😀

  27. votermom says:

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    Good rebuttal to the “The constitution is a living document” ridiculousness:


  29. wmcb says:

    Here is the thing that is no longer taught in our schools and academia, that the Democrats have utterly lost sight of, and the Republicans barely remember:

    The constitution does not say to the citizen: “You may. You may speak, you may bear arms, you may assemble….” It doesn’t tell us what we are allowed to do. It doesn’t even address the citizen at all.

    It’s sole purpose is to say to the govt “Outside of these few specified things, YOU MAY NOT.”

  30. driguana says:

    gotta say that I didn’t particularly dig the hair style this time but, hey, she’s got nice hair….watched the entire speech twice and really loved it…both times!

  31. HELENK says:

    made it through today. got a hole dug in my face and then got it filled up. I have a birthmark near my eye that turned cancerous. had to get it dug out today.
    the same thing happen 40 years ago and they have come a long way in treatment. It was basil cell skin cancer not a real dangerous kind.
    I can now say yeah I have a hole in my head

  32. Internal Exile says:

    What they said. I wish you had this dude available.

  33. myiq2xu says:

    I have no idea where this came from:

  34. wmcb says:

    This is just…….. insanity. England is willingly going back to the dark ages.


    • Jadzia says:

      Horrible. My mother has MRSA thanks to the fact that she has had more hospitalizations than anybody can count. It is mind-boggling that any health care professional would even ASK for a hygiene exemption — much less that TPTB would grant it.

    • Internal Exile says:

      *sigh* In medieval times, the Islamic world was both technically and ethically more advanced than the West.

      One looks at them now and wonders, “What happened?” 😦

      And then, “Could it happen here as well?” 😮

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