Last night, as it became clear the political machine Scott Walker has built in Wisconsin will remain, even if he ends up in jail, Sarah Palin took to the airwaves on Fox News to deliver the glad tidings of austerity and union-busting. She was ‘interviewed’ by fellow Fox employee and sister-in-arms in the War on Knowledge, Greta Van Sustren, wherein they both maintained the fiction that Sarah Palin is qualified to discuss anything more complicated than thermal underwear.
From the 06.05.2012 edition of FNC’s On The Record with Greta Van Susteren:
Steve Schmidt, the former John McCain campaign strategist portrayed by Woody Harrelson in HBO’s Game Change, pulled no punches when describing his reaction to the book on MSNBC this morning. “I think it was very accurate. For all of us in the campaign, it really rang true. It gave you a little bit of PTSD at times,” he said, before going on to add that Sarah Palin was “not prepared” to potentially assume the presidency when the campaign chose her as the VP candidate, and that the very “notion of Sarah Palin being president of the United States is something that frightens me, frankly.”
“Politically, she was a net positive to the campaign,” Schmidt said, but she was “a net negative in the sense that someone was nominated to the vice presidency who was manifestly unprepared to take the oath of office should it become necessary. And as it has become necessary many times in America.” Schmidt, who said many times during the interview that he was troubled when looking back at the decision, added that he hopes Palin does not become a leader in the Republican party. “If you look at, over the last four years, all of the deficiencies in knowledge, all the deficiencies in preparedness,” he said, “she’s done not one thing to rectify them, to correct them.” Hat tip to Mediaite for the find.
"We just need a president to sign this stuff. We don’t need someone to think it up or design it. The leadership now for the modern conservative movement for the next 20 years will be coming out of the House and the Senate."
All the Republicans want is an empty suit & a rubber stamp. That’s why they love Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush & Sarah Palin so much. They don’t have ideas of their own, they just agree with all the bad ideas that come from the board rooms of corporations & “conservative think tanks”. The Republicans just want someone who can bring a tear to their eye while saying “God Bless America” and then smile and sign on the dotted line when it’s time for new laws that screw over the 99%.
The Economist isn’t impressed with Rick Perry’s new Iowa ad in which he discounts his failings as a communicator by saying, “I’m a doer, not a talker.”
“Not to be overly pedantic, but talking is a kind of doing. Indeed, talking is primarily how one gets things done in politics. How does Mr Perry convey that he is a doer, and not a talker? By talking. What else is there? Interpretative dance? A presidential candidate unable to best a foe in a public exchange, or to communicate his position on a complex issue when the heat is on, is about as useful as a one-legged fullback. There’s a good reason Mr Perry’s embarrassing debate performances have left him trailing Herman Cain by 15 points in the polls not long after he entered the race with a comfortable lead: a candidate this feckless on his feet would be eaten alive by Barack Obama in the general-election debates.”
Bush and Palin set the bar lower then ever, and Perry is below that!
"… I was at the gym when the [Palin] news broke, hence the late post. And, of course, the news was juxtaposed by the untimely death of Steve Jobs. Leonard Cohen once said of America that it was “the cradle of the best and the worst”. Today, we lost one of the very best in American history, a reticent genius and entrepreneur, an inspiration for countless of us who has changed the very fabric of our lives. And we also saw the end of the road for one of the very worst: a nasty, callow, delusional, vicious know-nothing, brewed in resentment, and whose accomplishments could fit on a postage stamp. It’s a fitting comparison: achievement versus resentment, creativity versus narcissism, hope versus fear. I know which one will get the bigger headlines tomorrow. And there is some comfort in knowing it will pain her."