Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quick, NPR needs a 'conservative' douchebag to badmouth Sarah Palin!

Guess who beat out the fierce competition from such right-wing stalwarts as David Brooks, Conor Friedersdorf and Andrew Sullivan? Rod Dreher:
Palin positions herself as a populist, but her populism is entirely cultural. . . .
A little of that goes a long way, and I wouldn't begrudge Palin a bit of it if her populism had any economic substance.
And I wouldn't begrudge Dreher his pompous douchebaggery quite so much if he actually knew anything about economics, but he doesn't.

(Hat-tips: Riehl World View; Memeorandum.)


  1. Why not show some balls and get someone like Mark Levin to comment on Palin?

    Meanwhile, President Barack Obama, American Buffoon.

  2. America’s elite and Palin-haters worldwide should not be so quick to dismiss or disregard the future of Sarah Palin. No other national political figure so completely fills Middle America’s vacuum of frustration and hate for the Left and Right as Sarah Palin.

    Middle America has been abandoned by the Left and Right, who have saddled it with a $700 billion taxpayer bailout, an unnecessary and costly war, a soaring deficit, and an overall neglect of the pocketbook issues that impact Middle America every day. Where are job creation, quality public education, affordable healthcare, and fiscal responsibility, to name a few?

    Middle America is mad as hell at the Left and Right and they just might be willing to roll the dice on someone like Palin, who lacks an Ivy League education, is a working class hockey-mom with a disabled child, and who has blue-collar roots like many of the folks in Middle America. The status quo on the Left and Right have produced nothing material for Middle America, which may toss conventional wisdom into the toilet and throw the lever for Palin, figuring it has nothing to lose, and it may be right.

    The Ivy League educated on the Left and Right have delivered little to nothing for Middle America, perhaps precisely because they are out of touch with the issues that someone like Palin understands personally.

    However, to say that Palin is a salmon swimming upstream is an understatement. The results of a CBS News survey released Monday indicate that 66 percent of respondents do not want her to run for the White House in 2012. Seventy percent of respondents to a CNN/Opinion Research poll said she is not qualified to be president.

    More difficult for Palin is the fact that the trend is not her friend—public opinion is moving in the wrong direction right now.

    In the CBS survey, 43 percent of GOP respondents said Palin would have the ability to be an effective president. Only 11 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of independents agreed.

    However, there is an opportunity for Palin among independents, where Palin’s rating is 41 percent favorable, and 48 percent unfavorable, according to Gallup.

    These numbers are not great, but there is plenty of time if she can move the needle by appealing to Middle America and independents, which is where elections are won or lost.

    Clearly, Palin has put the monkey on her back, especially with her resignation from Alaska’s governorship in July, a self-inflicted wound that will be difficult to explain away. However, don’t put it past Palin to put lipstick on this pig and paint herself as a victim of politically motivated and baseless ethics charges that prevented her from successfully serving the people of Alaska, forcing her to do the noble thing and take the bullet by resigning.

    We can say what we want about Palin, but no Republican in recent history has created such frenzied excitement across the country as she has. Just take a look at the fervor she stirs as she wheels across Middle America on her book tour.

    Perhaps this is a misreading of the tea leaves, but one could argue that she creates a wee bit more excitement than Mitt Romney or Mike Huckabee, the two Republican front-runners for president in 2012. In the land of the blind, the one-eyed woman just may be queen.

    A. Muser

  3. Well, Stacy, we may differ on the value of Rerum Novarum, but not on the value of Palin.

    (BTW, Dreher is no longer a Roman Catholic.)

    The PalinPhenom has to do with the fact that she's not a Beltway Pale Party-Of-Government twit, but an actual American, monogamous mother who loves her family, God, and country.

    IOW, everything that one should be as an elected representative of EVERYONE living between the Appalachians and the Rockies--that is, the actual America which exists when you subtract the coastal wastelands.

  4. Right, there's no economic substance in eliminating many taxes and reducing others.

    There's no economic substance in getting oil companies to pay more to Alaska for the oil they produce there, and using a chunk of that money to make refunds to taxpayers.

    There's no economic substance in forcing ExxonMobil to drill on previously unexplored leases.

    There's no economic substance in the gas pipeline deal.

    There's no economic substance in paying down the state's deficit while the economy was still booming.

    There's no economic benefit in making significant cuts in the state's budget.

    Right, because all of that was just cultural populism (so give me some more of THAT culture!)

    AMuser: In 2005 what were Obama's chances of being elected President?

    In the next year or two people will have a chance to find out for themselves about Palin, and some of them will decide they like her just fine.

    As the nation continues its headlong rush to perdition and things get even worse than they are, Palin (should she choose to run) will be the new candidate of Hope and Change.

  5. And Mark Levin Interviewed Sarah Palin but first he was Interviewed by Imus this morning.

    Media Matters Goes For The TWOFER
    Imus And Levin Exposed Criticizing Obama…

    Chuckling, all he needs is a microphone.

    I was watching this morning this is a good interview of Levin.

    Levin: He was visiting all the regimes he likes :)

  6. Beyond being a cruchy stupid doofus...

    Dreher is now Eastern Orthodox. Not that it matters much, only difference is parish priests can marry, they are like Lutherans in being sort-a-Catholics who do not follow the Pope in Rome (although a few still do and get to stradle the fence), their priests like the KSM beard look (although they wash and are far better groomed), and they tend to stand a lot at Church. A real lot. An Orthodox service is like standing at attention in the military for hours. Try not to lock your knees.