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Evicted sharecropper reading the Bible. Butler County, Missouri. 1939 November. (Library of Congress)

Sister Sarah would do well to follow the example of the man who, by God’s will, is president of the United States. He uses a teleprompter honestly.

Sister Sarah, on the other hand

If you have played the fool and exalted yourself, or if you have planned evil, clap your hand over your mouth!

(Proverbs 30:32)


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I thought Ariel Gonzalez summed it up pretty well:

For the past year, Andrew Sullivan has kept a running tally of Palin’s numerous prevarications. Clearly the woman has a problem. But a reader of Sullivan’s blog suggested that many Christian fundamentalists are untroubled by her cognitive dissonance because they live in a state of constant denial themselves, about evolution, homosexuality, torture, etc. And as Purdum observed, Palin’s lack of intellect wins her praise from right-wing Republicans, who listen daily to the wisdom and profundity of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity. In fact, all this talk by Limbaugh and Co. of principles is one reason why Palin may have a shot at the nomination in 2012. Anybody can espouse principles; policies require brains. So when you hear them go on ad nauseum (I mean you, Sean, you’ve really got to see somebody about that ideological Turette’s) about principles, it’s because they have no substantive ideas to propose. But liberals and independents must not let down their guard. Palin’s resignation does not mean she’s out of the picture. John McCain’s unforgivably reckless act of choosing her for a running mate gave her one-hundred-percent name recognition, an invaluable commodity in politics. We must remind the public why that name should never be preceded by any title other than governor.

Anti-intellectualism is a real problem for this country. Glorification of “gut instinct” and “natural talent” tells kid that education doesn’t matter.

Unfortunately, a lot of those pushing anti-intellectualism want nothing more than an ignorant and malleable public. If you are uneducated, you will be unable to accurately evaluate what you are being told. What you don’t know will hurt you.

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By Kevin K. @ Rumproast!

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Suffragettes - U.S. - Margaret Vale (Mrs. George Howe), niece of Pres. Wilson in Suffrage parade, New York. Oct. 1915. (Library of Congress)

Suffragettes - U.S. - Margaret Vale (Mrs. George Howe), niece of Pres. Wilson in Suffrage parade, New York. Oct. 1915. (Library of Congress)

Sarah Palin loves to go on about how much she loves Alaska. It’s “just like family.”

This past weekend, in addition to it being the 4th of July, Alaskans were celebrating their golden anniversary as the 49th state: Fifty Years of Statehood. But they did so under a cloud.

All kinds of events were planned. You would have expected the governor of the state to be celebrating with her “statewide family” at one of those events, wouldn’t you?

The 50th Anniversary & 4th of July Parade in Anchorage would have provided her opportunity to “salute our veterans and active military, view colorful floats, and enjoy our state’s diverse cultures,” and then hustle over to the Delaney Park Strip to rub shoulders with her fellow citizens for the 50th Anniversary Historic Aerial Photo. “She had been invited to ride in a convertible, as she did last year, but never told organizers whether she would attend. Her parents and her sister Molly walked in the Wasilla parade but her father did not know where she was.

What did Sarah Palin do instead? She gave the press two-hour notice on Friday morning to show up at her house where she dropped her bombshell.

How would you feel if your sister stood up at your wedding rehearsal dinner and announced she was resigning as maid of honor, that she would go on a cruise instead of standing with you at your wedding. “There’s nothing more to do, all the arrangements are set, I’m going on a European tour, I have my own wedding plans.” This is a surprise. What about all those plans she had for growing her company’s profits? You didn’t know she even had a boyfriend.

In spite of the damper caused by the strange announcement and her absence at your wedding, the wedding goes off without a hitch and everyone says they had a good time. But instead of the big day being about you and your new spouse, a celebration with family, all anyone can talk about is your sister’s strange behavior. Some say they heard rumors she’s being investigated for embezzlement at work, others insist that the whole thing is the bride’s fault for being too demanding, insisting that her sister show invoices before being reimbursed for wedding expenses. Her best friend defends her: “She’s outgrown being maid of honor.”

A family group--Noatak.  c. 1929.  Edward S. Curtis, photographer.  (Library of Congress)

A family group--Noatak. c. 1929. Edward S. Curtis, photographer. (Library of Congress)

You’re left shaking your head and wondering, is this the way you treat family?

It really is too bad that Sarah Palin was unable to put her “family” first on this historic Alaskan July 4th. There was nothing about her announcement that couldn’t have waited until the happy celebration was over. Instead of the spectacle of Alaskan pride, Alaskans and Americans were treated to a spectacle of confusion and embarrassment.

It is often in the small things that character is seen most clearly. In this small thing — the timing of her announcement — Sarah Palin has shown the true nature of her character.

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I tend to stay away from the lunatic rightwing blogs because it just seems like a waste of time. It can, however, be extremely amusing! It is inexplicable to me how The Onion stays in business.

Eric Erickson (Palin fanboy extraordinaire) has a hilarious post titled “A few additional and hopefully final thoughts on Sarah Palin.”

The mingled odors of of desperation and despair are pungent.

Unfortunately, by resigning, I think the left and national media will be emboldened to ritualistically engage in the metaphorical gang raping of conservative politicians, particularly those who are female and have children. They’ll decide savaging Palin’s family drove her from office, so the sky’s the limit on the next conservative with kids.

I mean, like wow.

I’m sad that so many people are mad at me for voicing my opinion that she’s done with elected politics. I have always supported Sarah Palin. I continue to support her. But that does not change what I think. We should not be invested in the politician or the personality, but the ideas.

What ideas might those be? Sorry, “more freedom!” doesn’t count.

People are so cynical. Immediately, several people I know concluded there must be a scandal. After all, that’s why politicians abruptly do stuff like this. How about her being tired of her family being smeared constantly and forced to pay huge legal bills to fight frivolous complaints? Maybe it is a scandal, but it’s sad that so many people default to that.

See how he does that? Isn’t that clever?

Eric’s readers are trying to keep their chins up:

She told us what she’s going to do …
loganyung Friday, July 3rd at 9:08PM EDT

In her resignation speech, she telegraphed what she was going to do. She said that she doesn’t feel comfortable traveling the country on Alaska’s dime. I would expect that she’ll be traveling the country and being king-maker for the 2010 elections. If she turns out to be very instrumental in a large Republican victory, she can use that as justification that she should be seriously considered in 2012.

Help … I cannot … stop … laughing …

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Measuring height of grain on government farm, Fairbanks, Alaska.  c.1916 (Library of Congress)

Measuring height of grain on government farm, Fairbanks, Alaska. c.1916 (Library of Congress)

Sarah Palin announced today that she is resigning as governor of Alaska effective “in a couple of weeks.”

(MSNBC) “We know we can affect positive change outside government at this moment in time on another scale and actually make a difference,” she said, adding that politics had become a “superficial, wasteful bloodsport.”

According to the official statement (Alaska Governor’s Office website), she’s quitting because she doesn’t see any point hanging around as a lame duck. As far as she is concerned, she has completed her term as governor despite the fact she has only actually served for two and a half years of a four-year term.

And let the party begin …

Over at Michelle Malkin’s den of iniquity, commenters are making lists of people Palin should have in her future presidential administration:

My perfect ticket:

President Mitt Romney
(we need economic help)

Vice-President Sarah Palin
(she can run for President after two terms of Mitt)

Secretary of State Newt Gingrich

Secretary of Defense Ret. Gen. Norman (stormin’ Norman) Swarzkopf

Attorney General Ann Coulter

(Imaging the sleepless nights the Liberals will have [Because that, of course, is the most important consideration for any Republican presidential administration!].)

What a great idea! Do we have more suggestions? Why, yes, we do!

A possibility I hadn’t thought of, Tim. And I absolutely love it! Would give the ‘Cuda time to expand her foreign bonafides while Mitt puts the nation back on the right track.

Add Michele Bachmann somewhere and Jeri Thompson as press secretary. Now that’s a patriotic partial staff appropriate for this Independence Day weekend.

How excited are the Malkinites? How much confidence do they have in their Sarah?

I was watching her statement on Fox, and it did not seem she had to use a tele for what she was saying. Gosh, I hope she is running. Just keep the faith Sarah.

Potomac Electric Power Co.  Automatic toaster Theodor Horydczak Collection (Library of Congress)

Potomac Electric Power Co. Automatic toaster Theodor Horydczak Collection (Library of Congress)

In response to the suggestion that Palin running for president in 2012 would guarantee President Obama winning a second term, in keeping with their unabashed respect for the office of the President and the sanctity and preciousness of human life, one commenter suggests: “You presuppose he will fill his first term…”

What’s that smell?

I think it’s toast!

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The Mudflats is experiencing enormous traffic as a result of this surprise announcement and has been knocked offline. You can, however, access The Mudflats through this link until the regular site comes back up if the regular site goes down again.

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Whoo! Video! Listen to Palin explain how she is resigning so that Alaskans will not waste their money having her finish her first term!

has the full video.

Ongoing Supplements:

Andrew Halcro has a post detailing a multitude of significant problems Palin was facing.

Further explication of Palin’s looming problems.

For more on Sarah’s Great Adventure, visit Progressive Alaska.

Buckeye State has a link to a Christian Science Monitor article dated July 2, 2009 detailing some of Palin’s in-state woes. It turns out that quite a few people, both in Alaska and outside, are not at all surprised that she resigned. Modernsquire points out the irony that “Palin actually boasted about getting rid of junkets as Governor, and then resigned because she can’t travel as much as she wants if she stayed Governor. ” (See, Travelgate)

Here’s video of the entire unexpurgated press conference. It is must-watch TV. [Although this is the whole press conference, I think it has been condensed, Go here to watch what I now understand to be truly the entirety of it.]

After watching the trainwreck press conference, I have to say I think she inflicted more damage on herself with that press conference than the resignation itself.

Be careful and remove all liquids from the vicinity of your electronic equipment and refrain from eating or drinking while watching to prevent possible choking accidents. Sarah Palin has some serious mental health issues. My condolences to her family.

Her friends are delusional as well:

(CSM) John Schwochert, a Palin family friend, acknowledges that the governor’s in-state popularity has diminished, but that is probably because she has settled into her job. “Everybody here’s pretty satisfied with what she’s done for the state,” he says.

If Palin doesn’t run for the US Senate next year, she is a “shoo-in” for reelection and will rise from there, Mr. Schwochert predicts. “I’m really quite sure she’s being groomed for a higher office.” [ed: ba-doom!]

Max Blumethal over at The Daily Beast reports on “Housegate” as the possible reason for Palin’s sudden resignation:

Many political observers in Alaska are fixated on rumors that federal investigators have been seizing paperwork from SBS in recent months, searching for evidence that Palin and her husband Todd steered lucrative contracts to the well-connected company in exchange for gifts like the construction of their home on pristine Lake Lucille in 2002. The home was built just two months before Palin began campaigning for governor, a job which would have provided her enhanced power to grant building contracts in the wide-open state.

SBS has close ties to the Palins. The company has not only sponsored Todd Palin’s snowmobile team, according to the Village Voice’s Wayne Barrett, it hired Sarah Palin to do a statewide television commercial in 2004.

My prediction is that should the Palins be indicted on federal corruption charges, Todd will plead out in exchange for Sarah walking away. The question then will be whether she’s smart enough finally to do that or whether she then subjects the world to her continued martyrdom.

(Cross-posted at Know Your Government)

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(via TBogg) “Recently we learned of a malicious desecration of a photo of the Governor and baby Trig that has become an iconic representation of a mother’s love for a special needs child.

The mere idea of someone doctoring the photo of a special needs baby is appalling. To learn that two Alaskans did it is absolutely sickening. Linda Kellen Biegel, the official Democrat [sic] Party blogger for Alaska, should be ashamed of herself and the Democratic National Committee should be ashamed for promoting this website and encouraging this atrocious behavior.

Babies and children are off limits. It is past time to restore decency in politics and real tolerance for all Americans. The Obama Administration sets the moral compass for its party. We ask that special needs children be loved, respected and accepted and that this type of degeneracy be condemned.”

— Meg Stapleton, spokesperson for Governor Sarah Palin

Something Awful has more!

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