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    Sarah Palin resigns!! Nooooooo!


    by Sunny on 3rd July, 2009 at 8:35 pm    

    Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska just announced she is resigning as governor for Alaska. What the fuck? Now, no one resigns just like that as governor, especially someone as ambitious as Palin.

    Is she planning to start a campaign for president? I think that’s a bit premature. Governors don’t usually resign this far in advance and start campaigning. I have a feeling that something is going to come out of Palin’s closet and she’s just resigning in advance.

    Of course this is quite annoying as I was hoping Palin would run in 2012 and help the Democrats win again. Dammit!



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    1. Denim Justice — on 3rd July, 2009 at 9:36 pm  

      That was the weirdest fucking speech I have ever heard. She is definitely hiding something, like an affair. Not serving out her term as Governor is actually going to DAMAGE her chances in 2012, and she is effectively out of politics now. What a dolt. I love that Iain Dale, Guido Fawkes and Nadine Dorries all fawned over her crummy rhetoric.

      Anyway, Sunny, you know the Dems more than often lose all by themselves!

    2. David — on 3rd July, 2009 at 9:43 pm  

      http://imgur.com/vRyCn.jpg

      You can see Russia from outside her windows.

    3. Denim Justice — on 3rd July, 2009 at 9:45 pm  

      I guess this will never happen, then:

      http://www.palinaspresident.us/

    4. Andy Gilmour — on 3rd July, 2009 at 9:55 pm  

      She hasn’t been on a secret holiday to Argentina lately?

      :-)

    5. Denim Justice — on 3rd July, 2009 at 9:59 pm  

      Andy, she just danced with those other men. Or was she just hiking in the Appalachian mountains?

    6. Don — on 4th July, 2009 at 1:15 am  

      Damn, there goes the Palin/Jindal ticket.

    7. Sunny — on 4th July, 2009 at 1:59 am  

      haha andy!

      Anyway, Sunny, you know the Dems more than often lose all by themselves!

      That’s so true. I’m actually surprised the Dems have been able to hold together for as long as they have while the Republicans in-fight.

    8. Benito — on 4th July, 2009 at 3:54 am  

      She costs McCain the election, her folkyness, accent and winking do not ring true, her intellect is below par (our vivid memory of the last one who delegates and follows because of their inability), but lets face it with the right marketing it can be sold to US, history tends to repeat itself. God help us!

    9. Sarah Palin Resigns — on 4th July, 2009 at 3:56 am  

      [...] Pickled Politics » Sarah Palin resigns!! Nooooooo! (pickledpolitics.com) - July 03, 2009Sarah Palin resigns!! Nooooooo! | Free Political Forum — on 3rd July, 2009 at 9:12 pm. [...] Original post by Sunny [...] Denim Justice — on 3rd July, 2009 at 9:36 pm. That was the weirdest fucking sp… [...]

    10. Ravi Naik — on 4th July, 2009 at 8:49 am  

      Benito - she didn’t cost McCain the election: McCain did when he cynically selected her to get Hillary’s votes.

      Anyway. To me this is pretty clear cut: she has been investigated for corruption and fraud from some months now, and it is possible that the next few weeks she would be forced to resign. It is always better to resign on your own terms, right?

      I would say her political career is over.

    11. halima — on 4th July, 2009 at 9:02 am  

      Interesting, that people also got taken over by the hype at the time. Just because the Republicans thought Sarah Palin would make a dent in American politics - the rest of the circus started going along with it.

      Worse still - that anyone actually thought she’d be a serious candidate for promoting women’s rights.

    12. halima — on 4th July, 2009 at 9:09 am  

      http://www.pickledpolitics.com/archives/2282

      PP discussion when McCain announced his genius decision.

    13. Ravi Naik — on 4th July, 2009 at 9:28 am  

      PP discussion when McCain announced his genius decision.

      Heh, I remember that, Halima. I remember I was quite shocked to see another Bush-like politician, and I couldn’t believe people were calling that a smart decision.

    14. halima — on 4th July, 2009 at 9:33 am  

      Ravi Naik

      Exactly.Our instincts are usually the right ones and then we start listening to what others say on tv and sway ( which you clearly didn’t…”smiley”).

      Message: don’t believe the hype.

    15. Bowler — on 4th July, 2009 at 5:22 pm  

      I suspect that she’ll be runnin’ again maybe even for somethin’ even more national, you betcha

    16. Andy Gilmour — on 4th July, 2009 at 5:42 pm  

      Bowler, you mean, like what…*Federal* prison?? surely she hasn’t been that naughty, has she?

      :-)

    17. Shamit — on 5th July, 2009 at 11:36 am  

      “Message: don’t believe the hype.”

      That applies more to the messiah Obama than anyone else.

      But to all you who worship the Messiah — how come the Messiah extended the anti-privacy acts of Bush further — something he had promised to reverse

      Healthcare — No one or family who makes less than 250,000 would not see a single cent increase in tax. Well that;s not going to happen right.

      Foreign Policy — I am going to meet with Iran, N, Korean leaders within 12 months unconditionally. What happened?

      The Stimulus package — 850 billion dollars of stimulus money the Messiah claimed — the CBO (the only non partisan body in DC) says out of which only 150 billion was stimulus and the rest went on extended entitlement spending. Not very stimulating is it.

      And Halima — you want us not to believe in the hype of Palin.

      Another point Halima - you know I respect your views — but if you supporting the right of women to wear Burqahs (which made some other commentator imply you to be a gender traitor) - why is it any different for Palin who just happens to have pro-life views. I disagree with Palin on most issues but I love the way people like to jump on Palin and her little son and make sick jokes while the messiah gets a free pass.

      And I am no republican and I disagree with Palin but I do respect her. But the media hype for Obama was and is far worse and making jokes about a down syndrome baby is fucked up.

      Liberal messiah followers should be worried about Tim Pawlenty than Palin by the way.

      Obama the one time wonder who is going to change the world — yeah right.

    18. Shamit — on 5th July, 2009 at 11:59 am  

      Halima - what I meant was if supporting the rights of women does not make you a gender traitor why does it make Palin one when she believes in pro life philosophy.

      I disagree with both your positions by the way — as I do not feel Burqah is worn by choice but because of indoctrination from a very young age in most cases.

      And if pro-life people were a bit more worried about children who are born rather than unborn cells then we would have a better world.

    19. Rumbold — on 5th July, 2009 at 12:15 pm  

      Shamit:

      I initially supported John McCain (I liked the man), and only moved to Obama because of Sarah Palin. However, I have become increasingly impressed with the way Barack Obama has performed as president. Yes, he is not perfect (see his anti-democratic union proposals), and the way the media fawns over him is dangerous, but he has really gorwn into the role.

      His response to the financial crisis hasn’t been amazing, but who’s response has? Obama didn’t create the mess, and he also has to deal with the pork-loving Congress. He has appointed competent and qualified people to posts (apart from the financial ones, because all his choices are crooks), which is more than Bush ever did.

    20. halima — on 5th July, 2009 at 12:42 pm  

      Shamit

      The point about the hype on Sarah is that people thought she would help the Republicans win…

      There is hype about Obama, but i think perhaps Obama has a historical precedent on his side. History, too, will judge him in the right time with his legacy. But to be honest and personal about it - yeah, I like Obama and might be less critical of him.

      Maybe that would a good title for another post: Does defending the Burka/Pro-Life make you a gender traitor?

      I think it’s a cheap charge but will probably make a good thread…

      Going back to Palin. I simply don’t regard Palin a feminist because she is a woman - it takes more - and this is why we might describe some men as feminists, because just by virtue of being female doesn’t make one a feminist.

      It’s like Hilary Clinton said in her autobio once, at one time the men in the corridors of Washington didn’ expect women to have any view on anything, and so whenever she spoke, her male colleagues would break into rapture and applaud - even when she pointed out the sky is blue. Clinton said her counterparts would be surprised if the dog barked. I suspect we’re equally breaking into the same rapture with Palin because we have such low expectations of women in some quarters.

      I respect your views, too, Shamit, but i think there is a lot of conservative behind them. Your conservatism is political. There are others on this site who are conservative on religion. I am conservative on some aspects of my life - but i don’t compromise on the right to freedom and choice. It’s quite a sacred thing , so sacred we use to to go and defend its principles in far -away places like Afghanistan but can’t allow its expression at home? Why not?

    21. Ravi Naik — on 5th July, 2009 at 12:42 pm  

      That applies more to the messiah Obama than anyone else. But to all you who worship the Messiah — how come the Messiah extended the anti-privacy acts of Bush further — something he had promised to reverse

      Rumbold said it all.

      I know you are still bitter that Hillary lost, but you should get over it. And you are increasingly using a lot of obsolete wingnut terminology: “Loony Left” and “Messiah”. Why can’t you speak in a more neutral tone and not caricature people for supporting Obama as opposed to Sarah Palin, or leaning to the Left?

      You probably don’t read media matters, TPM cafe, salon and dailykos - but please do, and you will see that no one is giving a free pass on Obama when he goes against what he promised. But I will judge him after 4 years, he only started his job in January, for crying out loud!

      Sarah Palin is objectively a pathological liar (Andrew Sullivan has been keeping track) and on the subject of abortion, she is a hypocrite. In a speech she gave recently, she said she pondered whether she should abort or not his son when she found about his condition. It is amazing she would admit to that. Isn’t that the pro-choice position? On the other hand, she publicly defends that this right to choose should be taken away.

      I am glad she is gone.

    22. Shamit — on 5th July, 2009 at 1:04 pm  

      Rumbold

      I like Obama and I do agree with his vision but not his strategies to get there as I am sure it would deliver far different outcomes than the President envisions especially in domestic policy.

      Contrary to your position mine is just reverse. I would have voted for Obama over McCain if were an American but I am finding it hard to sustain that support.

      The case in point is the GM fiasco.

      There are some basic differences in principles I have with Obama. I believe the framework of access to capital and opportunities for innovative companies to grow is a key pillar in the foundations of American success.

      In case of GM, the federal government is now approving strategies to be set by a nationalised company which should have been allowed to die.

      In the meantime, no training programme or transitional programmes have been created to enable skilled labour to transfer their skills to a different industry. What happens to competition when the federal government is approving if not defining the strategy of a key player in the industry which has been kept afloat through taxpayer subsidy.

      This leads to another issue of the stimulus funding — why haven’t we seen the President or any senior member of the Administration proposing a programme which helps people to gain skills in the renewable energy and other knowledge based/green industries.

      why is only 150 billion spent on actual stimulus a very insignificant percentage of the total spend? Most of the money went to entitlement programmes - now I would have thought Rumbold that you would be worried about it too.

      I did not like the way he played politics with national security. Why did he release those waterboarding memos? Which I think has endangered his own troops — and when challenged refused to release the results of those waterboarding incidents? I am not for waterboarding but why would a president play politics with this?

      But anyway, my response before was more about the media mania — except for Fox News everyone loves Obama — and in case of Palin except for Fox everyone hates her and does not mind attacking her kids. Well that’s not a very healthy environment to have a political debate.

      I don’t agree with Sarah Palin but when so called LIBERALS start calling her children names and mock them including her downs syndrome baby and that is part of the reason she is leaving office — I think that is disgusting and whether we agree with her or not we should have that much of guts to say that the media overreached and it is uncalled for.

      Let’s not have this wow we got rid of her gloating that is going around almost globally.

    23. Shamit — on 5th July, 2009 at 1:26 pm  

      Ravi

      There is a loony left and Daily KOs do represent that.

      There is a loony right which the Limbaughs of this world represent.

      Which was the group which took a full page ad on the NY times about GENERAL BETRAY US. A professional soldier who on all accounts have served his nation well was deemed a betrayer even before his testimony was heard.

      Its not much different from telling Powell he is not a Republican or a traitor.

      And just like I would not want Limabugh to set any policy agenda for any government, local, state, or federal — similarly I would not want groups such as Daily KOs define political agenda.

      And on another note, I read or I come to know about what is written where — I make my living that way. So me being unaware of what is being published and where is probably not very accurate.

      And yeah, I am not bitter about Hillary Clinton losing the race — in all honesty the better candidate won — but Obama terming Bill Clinton racist is bullshit and would always be so to me. And it had a lot to do with the S. Carolina primary mate. You can accuse Clinton of many things but Bill Clinton racist is just a load of BULL.

      **********************************

      Halima

      I did not mean to attack you personally and I also think that it was a cheap shot in terming you a gender traitor. I was not calling you that by the way.

      I would not define my political views as conservative — but I would define myself as centrist and most of my political beliefs would be most likely termed left if not centre-left.

      I am not for Palin in any shape way or form but I think the attacks on her have been way out of bounds. especially on her kids.

      Anyone who thinks Presidential elections are decided by the bottom of the ticket is wrong — but the bottom of the ticket is helpful in rousing the base and thats why Palin worked.

      The Hillary supporters would have voted for Obama except for a very small percentage and that would not sway the election.

      I had no illusions on that one.

    24. halima — on 5th July, 2009 at 1:36 pm  

      Shamit

      The circus should leave the children out of it.

      I don’t actually read the newspapers much so am not picking up the negative side of the debate. I really don’t think she was going to make a dent in politics - and the choice to use her in that role was posturing and gesturing which failed. She’s not to blame - and the personal side to the attacks on her are unacceptable.

      “I would not define my political views as conservative — but I would define myself as centrist and most of my political beliefs would be most likely termed left if not centre-left.”

      Sorry - i meant to say say relative to my own views not to imply you were an arch con neo! I find myself on the left of Guardian readers a lot of the time - and not quite to the right of Telegraph readers so this leaves me nowhere.

      :-) Quite dislocated which if I am not mistaken is what might be a feminist position.

    25. Rumbold — on 5th July, 2009 at 2:02 pm  

      Shamit:

      I am the last person to support taxpayer-funded bailouts. And I think that the GM bailout was wrong too. But look at the American political scene at the moment; how many senior political figures are trying to hold back the tide of spending- how many tried to do so during Bush’s time (McCain and a few others did).

      Obama is in a very difficult position, as reform/creative destruction benefits America in the long term, but saving jobs benefits him in the short term. As I said, his response to the financial crisis has been poor, but it isn’t his mess, so we shouldn’t be too hard on him. As for other reforms, you have to take into account that there is a Democratic-controlled Congress, which is pro-statist, anti-personal freedom and pro-wasteful spending, with a Republican Rump that grows ever more rabid.

      I am glad he released the waterboarding memos. They needed to be aired. I don’t agree that it was ‘playing politics’ either. These memos helped to highlight a policy that was destroying one of the fundamental principles of America- the ones playing poltiics were the Republicans who accused anti-torture figures of being soft and pro-terrorist.

    26. Rumbold — on 5th July, 2009 at 2:04 pm  

      Oh, and I agree with you that mocking Sarah Palin’s child is disgusting, as most others do too.

    27. Don — on 5th July, 2009 at 2:41 pm  

      anti-personal freedom and pro-wasteful spending

      Oh, come on, Rumbold. Some people may be pro-spending which you see as wasteful, but I doubt anybody is actually pro-waste. As for anti-personal freedom, we all accept limits to personal freedom but to call someone anti-freedom is to place them at a bug-eyed extreme of the spectrum.

    28. Ravi Naik — on 5th July, 2009 at 2:56 pm  

      There is a loony left and Daily KOs do represent that.

      It bloody doesn’t - you are now parroting Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. Mind you, they have a diary section which anyone can write. I do wish you point to any DailyKos article written by the DailyKos bloggers that you find loony. Just one. And here is a picture of the DailyKos founder - not sure that’s the stereotypical left loony…

      Which was the group which took a full page ad on the NY times about GENERAL BETRAY US. A professional soldier who on all accounts have served his nation well was deemed a betrayer even before his testimony was heard.

      They had a rationale for calling him that.

      but Obama terming Bill Clinton racist is bullshit and would always be so to me. And it had a lot to do with the S. Carolina primary mate. You can accuse Clinton of many things but Bill Clinton racist is just a load of BULL.

      The Clintons are not racists, but it is very clear they did want to frame Obama as the black candidate, by comparing him to the idealist Martin Luther King, the loser Jesse Jackson, and bringing up the explicit “hard-working white men” in the most racist parts of the US.

      Anyway, the election is over. And I think there is a consensus even among those that were uneasy about him that he is a decent President, and very few miss McCain, Palin or even Bush. And he started in January 2009.

    29. Shamit — on 5th July, 2009 at 4:49 pm  

      No one is missing Bush.

      And Daily Kos and Move on are loony left — just like Hannity is loony right.

      Move on had no rationale no matter what rationale they bring up.

    30. Rumbold — on 5th July, 2009 at 4:51 pm  

      Don:

      Actually, some are pro-waste. Anyone who spends money on vanity projects is pro-waste, while the immense numbers of laws coming from legislatures means that I am not convinced of their ‘freedom’ credentials.

    31. Ravi Naik — on 5th July, 2009 at 5:06 pm  

      And Daily Kos and Move on are loony left — just like Hannity is loony right.

      Shamit, I will ask again: link one single article from DailyKos written by Kos bloggers that you feel is at the same level as Hannity or Limbaugh. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

    32. Shamit — on 5th July, 2009 at 5:20 pm  

      don’t have time and not interested Ravi.

      I know them very well.

      On the other hand, I am not an ideologically driven person and my ideas are defined by what I believe to be right.

    33. Shamit — on 5th July, 2009 at 5:20 pm  

      And Moveon ad in NY TIMES is almost as bad as Limbaugh.

    34. Ravi Naik — on 5th July, 2009 at 5:40 pm  

      I did not like the way he played politics with national security. Why did he release those waterboarding memos? Which I think has endangered his own troops — and when challenged refused to release the results of those waterboarding incidents? I am not for waterboarding but why would a president play politics with this?

      In my view the commitment of not torturing prisoners, to prosecute the lawyers who made torture legal, and the release of memos showing that the US (read Cheney) was behind the torture chambers is not playing politics, but that’s part of the change he promised in the election. He said he would put an end to torture, and he is delivering it. There is no proof whatsoever that these actions have endangered any troops, and I would expect much to the opposite. Also, torture does not work, and the Army is against it.

      I don’t agree with Sarah Palin but when so called LIBERALS start calling her children names and mock them including her downs syndrome baby and that is part of the reason she is leaving office — I think that is disgusting and whether we agree with her or not we should have that much of guts to say that the media overreached and it is uncalled for.

      You must be kidding me. She was the first to parade her family and her baby in front of the media circus to collect her pro-life credentials. You might find some deranged individual who have mocked their children, but she has been rightly scrutinised by the media for the appalling politician that she is. We will soon find out what was the reason she left - it is very likely that some scandal will come up that would force her to resign.

      No - the media got it right this time.

    35. Don — on 5th July, 2009 at 5:42 pm  

      I am not an ideologically driven person and my ideas are defined by what I believe to be right.

      How does that work? Surely ‘What I believe to be right’ is an ideology. If that defines your ideas, how are you not ideologically driven?

    36. Vikrant — on 5th July, 2009 at 5:47 pm  

      And Moveon ad in NY TIMES is almost as bad as Limbaugh.

      Exactly, America is perhaps one of the only countrys where abuse towards the troops by a certain group of people is tolerated. The stunts that Al-Mujahiroun pulled at Luton are common from Stop War Coalition guys. Obama isn’t infallible, plus his Af-Pak policy is pretty incoherent, with US army essentially fighting with its arms tied behind its back.

    37. Vikrant — on 5th July, 2009 at 5:48 pm  

      How does that work? Surely ‘What I believe to be right’ is an ideology. If that defines your ideas, how are you not ideologically driven?

      I believe that Shamit means that he isn’t driven by any of the popularly defined ideologies..

    38. Ravi Naik — on 5th July, 2009 at 5:49 pm  

      don’t have time and not interested Ravi.
      I know them very well.

      I suspect that your characterisation of these organisations stem from the fact that they supported Obama and were critical of Hillary. Oh they are sooo loony. Amazing that you have time to attack DailyKos, but can’t provide a single proof of your claim. That’s call smearing.

      I used to write for DailyKos using another nick. I got to know that community quite well - some are more to the Left, others are moderate like myself. Overall, they are pretty decent people, which reminds me of people I meet here. And that includes yourself.

    39. Ravi Naik — on 5th July, 2009 at 6:00 pm  

      Exactly, America is perhaps one of the only countrys where abuse towards the troops by a certain group of people is tolerated

      MoveOn was not abusing the troops: they were criticising Petraeus for being Bush’s lackey and that should be protected by freedom of speech, the same way as when Cheney says that Powell is not a Republican. Just because you are in the Army doesn’t mean we should just shut up.

      Obama isn’t infallible

      Only a fool would think otherwise. We are mostly happy that we have a grown-up in the White House for a change.

    40. Vikrant — on 5th July, 2009 at 6:14 pm  

      MoveOn was not abusing the troops: they were criticising Petraeus for being Bush’s lackey and that should be protected by freedom of speech, the same way as when Cheney says that Powell is not a Republican.

      And they are pretty much the ideological brothers of people who love to yell “baby killer” at lads on a morning drill… and no I dont go to UC Berkeley either.

    41. Ravi Naik — on 5th July, 2009 at 6:20 pm  

      And they are pretty much the ideological brothers of people who love to yell “baby killer” at lads on a morning drill… and no I dont go to UC Berkeley either.

      As far as I know, MoveOn.org has never criticised the troops directly or indirectly. They were against the Iraq War, and the Republicans made it seem that any criticism of the War, was a criticism of the troops.

    42. Shamit — on 5th July, 2009 at 7:43 pm  

      Ravi

      It was not a personal attack on you by any chance. I like you and even if I do not agree with I respect your views.

      Also, I like Obama and I respect the man but that does not mean I have to agree with all his solutions.

      I never ever supported torture and I would not as it makes our troops in a far more difficult position. However, why would a President release them I don’t understand. It was common knowledge that waterboarding took place in some instances — why go about it and shout out from the roof tops? But if you do such a thing, why is it wrong for anyone to ask what results did those techniques deliver — So I don’t buy it — It was a political choice and he could have avoided it.

      But what Move on did was indefensible. He was not being Bush’s lackey but he was reporting on the surge truthfully and even before the testimony was heard. That was a disgrace and something loony like Limbaugh would do.

      Attacking one’s kids is not acceptable in any shape way or form. They should be left out of the circus. That is called being decent.

      *****************************
      Don -

      Once I evaluate an issue only then do I make up my mind. I don’t go for the conservative - liberal lables that people like to put on people.

      I am conservative on certain issues such as National Security to very liberal on other issues such as gay marriage. So there you go.

      I believe in equal opportunity and I don’t like identity politics. So what does that make me Don?

      ***************************
      “And they are pretty much the ideological brothers of people who love to yell “baby killer” at lads on a morning drill… and no I dont go to UC Berkeley either.”

      Spot on Vikrant.

      When are you being deployed any news on that front?

    43. Benito — on 7th July, 2009 at 4:32 am  

      When she accepted the VP nomination, she knew she needed to bring her professional game up to another level, she never did. She knew that her family would get attacked as did Hilary and Chelsea before her (by even her twin maverick brother McCain in 1998), let face it she knew her family affairs would come out. But now she plays the victim card again, a card she played after those comical first extended interviews that we all enjoyed and SNL immortalized. But for the icing on the cake, she quits, because she does not want to be a lame duck governor, because the lawsuits keep coming, because it was the media’s fault, because seeing Russia from her house finally got to her, because its not fair that Alaskan’s paid her salary while she was running for the VP position, take your pick. So what does she tells us? Dear Mr. President, when things get tough, quit. Dear military men and women, if you are not having fun, quit. Dear son or daughter, if things are not going your way, quit. Sure, I agree when she first was introduced and gave a descent speech, sure the polls went up, but after the extended interviews, they went where they ended, down. She showed her true character, I real hope the book deal, Radio/ TV shows and the speech circuits make up for what her party has lost by her actions.



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