Tag: Sarah Palin

Joe the Plumber Says He’s Done with John McCain and Sarah Palin

Joe the Plumber

Joe "the Plumber" Wurzelbacher lashed out at Senator John McCain Saturday at a campaign rally Saturday in Pennsylvania for long shot gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer.

From CNN:

"John McCain is no public servant," Wurzelbacher said at a campaign rally Saturday in Pennsylvania for long shot gubernatorial candidate Sam Rohrer. Later, in an interview with Pennsylvania Public Radio, he dismissed the suggestion that he owes his fame to McCain.

"I don’t owe him s-," Wurzelbacher said. "He really screwed my life up, is how I look at it."

"McCain was trying to use me," he said. "I happened to be the face of middle Americans. It was a ploy."

Wurzelbacher is apparently finished with Sarah Palin as well since she is backing John McCain’s re-election bid in Arizona.

Apparently the Democrats aren’t the only ones turning on each other. The G.O.P. circular firing squad is in place.

Perhaps Wurzelbacher is trying to put together his own reactionary, right-wing, ultra-Libertarian campaign for some office somewhere? What party would have him?

Sarah Palin Said Something This Week About Something, Somewhere

Sarah Palin in bikini with rifle

I don’t really feel like tracking down any Sarah Palin quotes this week. I’m sure she said something, somewhere, about something, and I’m sure the media jumped at the chance to cover it, and I’m sure it caused controversy, until everyone realized that she had no idea what she was talking about.

So, in honor of that quintessential Palinesque quote, or quotes, real, alleged, or imagined, from Sarah Palin this week, whatever it was she said, whenever it was, in whatever city, town, or state, I offer you this equally meaningless blog post.

Sarah Palin Wins ‘Biggest Lie of the Year Award’ for Death Panels

Congratulations to Sarah Palin! She won!

From PolitiFact.com:

Of all the falsehoods and distortions in the political discourse this year, one stood out from the rest.

"Death panels."

The claim set political debate afire when it was made in August, raising issues from the role of government in health care to the bounds of acceptable political discussion. In a nod to the way technology has transformed politics, the statement wasn’t made in an interview or a television ad. Sarah Palin posted it on her Facebook page.

Her assertion — that the government would set up boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled were worthy of care — spread through newscasts, talk shows, blogs and town hall meetings. Opponents of health care legislation said it revealed the real goals of the Democratic proposals. Advocates for health reform said it showed the depths to which their opponents would sink. Still others scratched their heads and said, "Death panels? Really?"

The editors of PolitiFact.com, the fact-checking Web site of the St. Petersburg Times, have chosen it as our inaugural "Lie of the Year."

PolitiFact readers overwhelmingly supported the decision. Nearly 5,000 voted in a national poll to name the biggest lie, and 61 percent chose "death panels" from a field of eight finalists. (See the complete results.)

This is the story of how two words generated intense heat in the national debate over health care.

More here.

Dick Cheney: The GOP’s Last Great White Hope

Dick Cheney

Christopher Barron, a Washington-based campaign consultant and lawyer, wants Dick Cheney to be your next President of the United States. He wants your help to convince the GOP’s last Great White Hope to run for president in 2012.

Yes, I know. At the mere mention of the word “draft,” Dick Cheney will be crying for a deferment.

From the Chicago Tibune’s Swamp:

An admirer of the former vice president filed papers today in Washington for a committee with a goal of getting Cheney to run for president in 2012.

“The 2012 race for the Republican nomination for president will be about much more then who will be the party’s standard bearer against Barack Obama,” says organizer Christopher Barron. “The race is about the heart and soul of the GOP.”

Barron calls Cheney, the former congressman and Defense Secretary in the first Bush administratiion who arguably was the most powerful vice president of all, who played a central role in the war strategies and national security initiatives of the second Bush admnistraton, who served two terms as vice president and served three other presidents in his time, the only member of the GOP “with the experience, political courage and unwavering commitment to the values that made our party strong.”

Barron served as the national political director for the Log Cabin Republicans, ” the nation’s only organization of Republicans who support fairness, freedom, and equality for gay and lesbian Americans.” The Log Cabin Rebublicans boast on their home page they are working to build an “inclusive GOP,” and they support “fair-minded Republican leaders.”

The Events Calendar on DraftCheney2012.com is full through August 2010:

  • Nov 26 Thanksgiving Day
  • Dec 25 Christmas Day
  • Jan 1 New Years Day
  • Jan 20 Dick Cheney’s Birthday
  • Aug 14 Lynne Cheney’s Birthday

Good luck to Mr. Barron. With Dick Cheney joining Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck as the prime contenders for their party’s 2012 presidential nomination, the GOP primary season should be one for the record books.

McCain Campaign Aide Steve Schmidt Calls Palin’s Memoirs “Total Fiction”

From the Huffington Post:

To read Sarah Palin’s shockingly shallow Going Rogue, one is immediately struck by how nasty and vindictive Palin is, and that her book is little more than a veiled mechanism for settling scores with old foes who have triumphed over her throughout Palin’s lifetime.

Is Palin really going rogue? Hardly. Getting even is more like it.

Palin’s biggest score to settle is with those senior advisers–Republicans all–in the John McCain campaign, on whose shoulders Palin lays the blame for her failed and tortured debut on the American political stage last fall. Most notable among them, of course, is "The Bullet," Steve Schmidt, who took over McCain’s teetering campaign in July of 2008 and was a staunch advocate of Palin’s selection as McCain’s running mate.

He has told the Huffington Post that Palin’s allegations against the McCain campaign are "total fiction."

Read more here.

I won’t buy Palin’s book. I am currently in the middle of three other books right now: Ruanaidh – The Story Of Art Rooney and His Clan, Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back, and This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President. The last title there is by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and it’s spectacular.

Next on my agenda, and technically already begun if you count reading the introduction, is The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory. Met David on Saturday at a book signing at a local Sam’s Club.

I have no time for Palin’s rants.

Sarah Palin Tweet of the Week

From Larry Sabato on twitter:

If Sarah Palin is the 2012 GOP nominee for President, the Republican party platform will be the longest suicide note ever written.

Enjoy your Saturday.

William Shatner Reads Levi Johnston’s Tweets

Enjoy William Shatner’s poetic presentation of Levi Johnston’s tweets.

It’s so refreshing to discover an actor who doesn’t take himself too seriously. Very funny.

And, yes, the tweets are real.

Barack Obama’s Facebook Feed, Courtesy Slate.com

This is just a section of President Obama’s Facebook feed, courtesy of our friends at Slate.

This is really very good. Go here, please, to see the whole feed.

gift The Central Intelligence Agency sent Ahmed Wali Karzai a gift.
money money money
camera The New York Times posted a video: "Swine flu vaccine running low."

ObamaBarack Obama

Don’t worry, there’s plenty to go around.

BoehnerJohn Boehner
Good, because I’m getting a shot today.
ObamaBarack Obama

Oh, look, we just ran out.

Note Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a note on Tom Ammiano’s Wall:

Sorry if I offended you, Tom. It was immature and
Unprofessional of me to write you a note with a hidden
Code buried in it. I hope you’ll
Kindly forgive me. It was a 
Mean stunt, and 
You deserve
Better. I hope we can
Agree to
Let this one 
Arnold. P.S.—You should really
Come over for dinner some time. Maria makes heavenly 

Again, go here, to see the whole feed.

Sarah Palin Cuts Demo for Radio Show

I refuse to make Sarah Palin a separate category on Turning Left. I just thought this was hilarious.  No, I don’t hate our troops.

Enjoy the silly video.

Sarah Palin Denies She and Todd to Divorce

Multiple sources in Alaska are reporting that Todd and Sarah Palin are planning to divorce.

First, from AlaskaReport:

AlaskaReport has learned this morning that Todd Palin and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin are to divorce. Multiple sources in Wasilla and Anchorage have confirmed the news.

A National Enquirer story exposing previous affairs on both sides led to a deterioration of their marriage and the stress from that led to Palin’s resignation as governor of Alaska.

The Palins were noticeably not speaking to each other at last Sunday’s resignation speech in Fairbanks. Sarah ditched Todd (MSNBC) right after the speech and left without him. Sarah removed her wedding ring a couple of weeks ago.

The Immoral Minority has more:

According to my source Sarah is finished with Todd and has decided to end their marriage.

She has purchased land in Montana (I wonder whose donations paid for that?), and may be considering moving herself and the children as far away from Alaska as she can get.

Do you remember all of that talk about her missing wedding ring during the three part going away picnics? Well it turns out that ring now sleeps with the fishes. Apparently in a fit of anger Sarah stripped the ring from her finger and tossed it into a lake. (No I did not think to ask WHICH lake so I cannot confirm if it is Lake Lucille, on which her house is located, or some other lake. I apologize for not getting clarification, but I was a little tired last night and so was my source.)

So it appears that the reason Palin has been so quiet, and has given her tweeting fingers a rest, is NOT because of any master plan, or carefully orchestrated new direction, but simply the result of the emotional stress that prevents her from communicating with her fan base or making any public appearances.

Palin’s representatives deny that these reports are true:

Sarah Palin’s spokeswoman is denying media reports that the former Alaska governor is divorcing her husband, Todd Palin. Meg Stapleton wrote Saturday on Palin’s Facebook page, “The Palins remain married, committed to each other and their family…” Two Palin attorneys are also insisting that the claims are false.

Several online publications were reporting Saturday that the former Republican vice presidential candidate and her husband were divorcing. Web siteAlaskaReport.com cited “multiple sources in Wasilla and Anchorage” in their report.

Round and round we go.

I’ll post as more information becomes available.