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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Conservative Question:

Sarah Palin is getting much press recently for her forthcoming book, "Going Rogue." Apparently it is being confused with a cheap Leftist comedy book -- damned near identical -- called "Going Rouge." Get it? Har de har-har. Man, that's clever. A purposeful shot by Leftists at attempting to confuse book buyers and get them to not purchase the Real Deal. It was enough to already confuse Fox News. And that's how much she's hated by the Left.

According to the Huffington Post:
Clocking in at over 400 pages, "Going Rogue" is, at its heart, one giant complaint about the conduct of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign. At the nexus of Palin's grievances lies (former McCain campaign manager Steve) Schmidt, a character cast as out of touch, overly cautious, and vindictive.

The relationship between vice presidential candidate and the campaign manager doesn't start off on the rocks -- but it ends there. And though she claims they were "very comfortable with each other right off the bat," she also describes Schmidt as "business to the bone." During her vetting Schmidt plays it cool. When Palin admits "the one skeleton [she'd] kept hidden in [her] closet for the past twenty-two years," Schmidt "didn't bat an eye" -- though he does "wince" when she mentions God. That oh-so-dark secret, incidentally, is a D-grade Palin received in a college course.

Palin complains of being "told to sit down and shut up" when she "spoke on the trail about Obama's associations with questionable characters." She bemoans the campaign's unwillingness to tackle "Obama's pastor of twenty years, Jeremiah 'God Damn America' Wright."

"I will forever question the campaign for prohibiting discussion of such association," she writes. "All the more since these telltale signs of Obama's views, carefully concealed with centrist campaign-speak have now been brought into the light by his appointments and actions in office."

Can't say as I, with the above information, much disagree with Palin's assessment of McCain.

Well… I guess Sarah Palin is a Great Pretender. Playing to the masses. Putting on the dog, as they say. And it all came out looking like a seriously bad version of Northwoods Barbie.

Sarah Palin’s life reads a lot like a reality program too, Jon and Kate comes to mind. Dysfunctional, didn’t finish out the contract, accusations of improprieties, lots of similarities. Personally, I want my politics to be a reality program, but I want it to be an accurate representation of LIFE, not some shrill voiced QUITTER that doesn’t represent my family values or work ethic.

I hate a quitter! Sarah Palin will forever be known as a QUITTER. You just don’t walk out on the job of Governor of Alaska because the *pressures* of the job were too much for you to take and because it was playing havoc on your family.

If Palin, or ANY of her supporters think for one minute that the pressures she would face as President or Vice President are less than those she faced as a state Governor, you are sadly mistaken! If she quit over those lesser pressures, what do you think she’ll do if it’s a GLOBAL crisis? What happens when she has to face the life or death decisions that ALL Presidents face?

Wake up folks, Palin is playing a part, that’s it, she is yesterdays news and even then she didn’t carry that much credibility. Then she became a QUITTER. Is thatwhat you want in the White House? Do you want someone that’s better suited to reality TV or someone that can LEAD this nation?

I'd have to say that, now, Texas Fred is correct though -- up to the moment she stepped down as Alaska's Governor -- she once had a chance.

I customarily thought that the vetted and perceived value or threat of a potential candidate could easily be measured by the slanderous and libelous things portrayed about them by their opposition. The more the Left attempted to skewer Sarah Palin, the more I tended to like her. She was a pro-gun hot chick who rankled the Left because she wore short skirts, had a square jaw, an hourglass figure (no cankles, like some people we know), was far more Conservative than her running mate, didn't source from the east coast or from anything having to do with the Ivy League, wasn't an attorney, didn't believe in abortion, had a Downs kid, had an actual intact marriage.

Yes, of course, she wasn't perfect but there is no such thing as a Perfect Candidate.

Conservatives harken back to Ronald Wilson Reagan but in point of fact he predominantly stepped away and avoided any kind of confrontation with Terror in its myriad forms when President. A response to the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks bombing? Mostly terse words. "In fact, there was no serious retaliation for the Beirut bombing from the Americans,[16] besides a few shellings."

And Iran/Contra. The battles between the Secretaries of State and Defense (Reagan chewed through four National Security Advisers in six years ) and their adversarial policies. We forget that Reagan never submitted a balanced budget to Congress despite his commitment to fiscal restraint, and the national debt tripled during his presidency. Reagan was, in the end, a man of contradictions. But, Lord, how I felt so much better about my nation when he was around, how he rallied my country, how he left behind so many better words bigger than himself.

That said, I rallied around Sarah Palin because I believed that, as is being revealed now, McCain trotted her out as a Show Horse but then muzzled her. Go on, yes, we can reference her shrill voice (though I still liken Hillary and Nancy to Rosie Perez and Fran Drescher -- like split nails dragged across the proverbial chalkboard). Her Frances McDormand accent.

But, ultimately, when she canceled her Day Job, she doomed herself. She proved she couldn't take the heat. Either she couldn't take the heat or her heart just wasn't "in it."

In any case, the microsecond that happened, she jettisoned all the power cables from the Mother Ship.

Texas Fred also asked, in his post: "What has happened to the idea of *straight talk*?"

I responded, in the comments section:

Fred, I can tell you why NO ONE wants to speak freely, clearly or truthfully anymore, and I can do it in two words:


The American electorate, the bulk of it, is only concerned with its Free Cheese. What can the “gubmint” GIVE ME?? is the rallying question from the great unwashed masses.

Politicians know this, and know that, without skyrocketing promises of MORE Free Cheese, they stand a snowball’s chance in Hell of acquiring much of any political seat.

The PEOPLE have brought this about; I believe every bit as much AS the politicians themselves.

The American electorate has lost its courage and is becoming more and more accustomed, through education, through youth, through the courts, of having their Free Cheese mindsets VALidated.

We’d best be talking, if we want to save this country, about a lot of NO! in our immediate future.

You know, Fred, any politician truly capable of saying NO! to the electorate?

Really? Honestly?

WHO is there?

So I ask that question to ALL of my readers:

WHO is any kind of a viable Conservative presidential candidate for 2012?

And can they say NO?



Blogger mrchuck said...

How about Ron Paul of TEXAS?

Mon Nov 16, 06:00:00 AM PST  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Palin complains of being "told to sit down and shut up" when she "spoke on the trail about Obama's associations with questionable characters."

Of course! McCain really didn't run to win the election. I'd say "sigh" except that having McCain in the Oval Office would be having a RINO there. Better than BHO, but still....

I want to like Palin, and, in many respects, I do. And I really don't have a problem with her stepping down from the governor's office in Alaska -- if she really were going to step forward to lead a truly conservative movement. But is she doing that? I don't see it.

WHO is any kind of a viable Conservative presidential candidate for 2012?

I've heard the name "Jim DeMint" but don't know if he's a viable option.

Frankly, I've yet to see a possible candidate whom I can really support.

In 2012, I'll be voting against BHO. But for his opponent? Probably not with my heart.

Mon Nov 16, 06:15:00 AM PST  
Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

I would like to propose a toast:

Here's to Sarah Palin; may she never - EVER - go away.

I am going to go out on a limb here: No woman since Eleanor Roosevelt has done more to further the cause of progressive politics in the United States of America than our Sarah.

Don'cha just love her? I sure do!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Mon Nov 16, 08:10:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Palinites and Paulies... Damn BZ, you really DO pull out the best in people...

AOW said it best over on my post that you quote:

The right so wants Sarah Palin to be “the next Reagan.”

If only she were!

But she’s not.

Mr. Chuck, I am seriously disappointed in you and that Ron Paul delusion you're suffering...

Mon Nov 16, 09:29:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Mr Chuck: first, thanks for stopping by and thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, there were some items that intrigued me about Paul. I don't disagree, for example, with his demand -- logically so -- for an audit of the Federal Reserve. Way overdue. Won't get it, but way overdue. But when Mr Paul associated himself with Truthers and other, ahem, areas, he lost me.

AOW: I don't see it either. And as for a viable candidate -- that's why I'm pitching the question.

Tom: then who's on your short list? Because you'd best have a Plan B over Mr Obama.

TF: sometimes Reagan wasn't Reagan. Who looks good to you, TF?


Mon Nov 16, 11:49:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Who looks good to you, TF?
At this point in time, Huckabee as a maybe, Mike Pence, but he needs more experience, Jindal, same scenario, Michelle Bachmann, needs experience too, but let's face it, any of them would be better than Obama, experienced or not.

I don't know that Palin has anything more than a *shtick* working...

Ron Paul has some decent fiscal ideas but he's a moonbat of the 1st order, his foreign policy sucks and his followers are rabid wolves.

Gingrich is a RINO of the 1st order and Tim Pawlenty is a wuss, a PC wimp...

The 1st order of business needs to be dumping Michael Steele... Then maybe the GOP can proceed with the long and painful rebuilding that they MUST endure if they hope to EVER regain a position of power and not just being known as Dem Lite...

Mon Nov 16, 01:11:00 PM PST  
Blogger Ron Russell said...

I've seen that image of Sarah all over the net. I've still not made up my mind on the lady yet, she is both hated and loved sometimes a good mix for a politician.

Mon Nov 16, 07:18:00 PM PST  
Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Mitt Romney. Period.

Tue Nov 17, 12:37:00 AM PST  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

How about Ron Paul of TEXAS?

He loses me on the foreign policy issue.

Tue Nov 17, 12:40:00 AM PST  
Blogger M. Rigmaiden said...

I agree with your assessment of Palin and have felt that way about her for quite some time. It was apparent that she was being used by the McCain campaign for various reasons. The main issue, though, is that I felt she was ill equipped to lead our great nation. She lacked the background to be an effective force for unity among the American people.

I am a Ron Paulian too. We not only need to audit the FED and dismantle it, but we also need to get rid of the IRS.

I feel that the government is a big fat rapist. I feel upset when my husband can only take home 68% of his income and STILL suffer tax consequences because of our fucked up system of taxation. For this reason, I am more and more starting to believe that the government does OWE me something and it owes EVERY TAX PAYING American citizen something. I used to feel like people who got food stamps when they didn't need them were cheating the government. Now, I am starting to feel like I'm the stupid one for having belief in truthfulness.

Anytime the government willy nilly takes YOUR money and MY MONEY and GIVES it to banks who can then turn around and SUE you if you default is a fucked up government and it needs to be brought down to its knees.

I say the government NEEDS to give me, and you and my neighbors and your neighbors something. It might start by actually listening to its citizens!

Tue Nov 17, 01:29:00 AM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

As said yesterday: Ron Paul has some decent fiscal ideas but he's a moonbat of the 1st order, his foreign policy sucks and his followers are rabid wolves.

I rest my case...

Tue Nov 17, 09:36:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bd said...

Sarah Palin reveals herself to be a vindictive bitch again. What a joke.

Tue Nov 17, 03:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger shoprat said...

The jury is still out on all questions. We need more information before we can decide. Mrs. Palin? I don't know if that was a run away in panic moment or a tactical retreat to a better position.

Tue Nov 17, 04:01:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Mahndisa: I agree, in general, with your assessment of the federal government.

Bd: completely DISagree. She is not a "vindictive bitch." If she were so ineffectual, so laughable, so inconsequential, why is it that the Left is attempting to smear and denigrate her at every point, every moment, all the time? This is done to persons who actually may BE effective. Inconsequential persons are igNORED. She is everything BUT ignored.

Shop: I too am taking a "wait and see" attitude on her.


Tue Nov 17, 05:28:00 PM PST  
Blogger James Yanke said...

Looks like Sarah decided to come-out on the book tour with the big guns blazing- I love it.

Dear Leader must be freaking out...


Wed Nov 18, 05:55:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

James Yanke: thank you most kindly for visiting my blog, and thank you for taking the time to comment. I suspect she'll garner very large crowds wherever she appears. The numbers of these crowds will be rather disquieting to the Left.


Thu Nov 19, 11:54:00 AM PST  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Sarah Palin is not the next Ronald Reagan.

She is the first Sarah Palin.

She was part of a woebegone campaign that wanted to play inside the Beltway politics and not run a ground campaign through areas where the message of Sarah Palin would resonate. She stood by her candidate, even as he made mistakes and decided that losing graciously was superior to winning hard. For that she suffered the most egregious attacks I have seen upon any politician since Nixon, and even going beyond those restraints to attack her children.

For weathering far more than Reagan or Nixon ever had to, with less reason for such attacks, I do support her as a person, not a political actor. She has shown heart, courage, good cheer and has made decisions that, while I may disagree with them, are hers to make for herself, her family and her State. She earned my vote in the Presidential election for having more executive experience than the other candidates, combined, and success in cleaning out corruption in her own party, which is something that none of the others have ever accomplished then or now.

I am in 40% agreement with her on most political topics. That tops Reagan, although it is by his performance in office that I judge him further down as he did not do as he said he would do. I have yet to meet the Reaganesque '80% friend' in politics.

Thus as a person who has withstood unjust attacks, a widespread slurring of her character and who has acted with principles I understand, I support her as a person. As one of her family members pointed out about leaving the Governorship: 'She is not retreating. She is reloading.'

I understand that difference.

With Ron Paul I have a 15% agreement on topics, limited to the Congressional Power via the Law of Nations and, if memory serves, his position on the Federal Reserve. That's it.

Sarah Palin has my sympathy and my wishing that she chooses a good course for herself and her family in life. If she runs for any Nation-wide office, I will judge her on her policy if she is at the head of the ticket, and upon her character if she is not.



But when a man's body fails to give him good sleep, having a clear conscience at least allows trying to get some sleep that just may be untroubled. And no one dictates my conscience to me.


Fri Nov 20, 04:38:00 AM PST  

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