I heard tonight that Sarah Palin is re-commencing her “One Nation” bus tour this week, after breaking it off just a few days after she initially started it to vast fanfare three months ago. She has announced that she wants to tour our country’s historic state fairs, and will visit one state fair in particular. Guess which state’s fair, out of 50 states, it is? Iowa, the first state of the Republican caucuses and primaries—Iowa, where there just happened to be a Republican presidential debate tonight and where there will be an important Republican straw poll later in the week.
More precisely, she will visit the state fair tomorrow, Friday.
The straw poll will take place the next day, Saturday.
So Palin, not a candidate for president, in the most blatant and disgusting way imaginable, is seeking to step all over and distract attention from the people who actually have thrown their hats in the ring and are campaigning. This woman is not just grandiose and disturbingly egocentric. She’s sick.
Since September 1, 2008, while I have consistently criticized Palin and said she should not be vice president or president, I have also consistently defended her from unfair criticism and attacks. She has now made it much harder to continue defending her in any way. She’s an appalling person.
UPDATE: In its article on Palin’s announced visit to the state fair, the Washington Post reports:
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, the current GOP front-runner in the presidential race, is scheduled to campaign at the fairgrounds on Thursday. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty are due there Friday, and a slew of other candidates are planning to make the rounds, too.So Palin, with her ability to attract massive amounts of attention, is going to the fair the same day that the actual candidates Bachmann and Pawlenty are going to campaign there. I repeat: this is an appalling human being.
David H. writes:
She accepted the fair’s specific INVITATION to attend. She is running for president in her own way which is her right. Its obvious to me that you have absorbed the evil msm’s view of Sarah. You are harming the cause more than your helping with your elitist sneers of a good person.LA replies:
Don’t tell me I’ve “absorbed” anyone’s view of her. If you’ve been reading this site for more than five minutes, you know that I have my own view of things, which I arrive at for reasons I give, just as I have in this case. And did someone hold a gun to her head and force her to accept the invitation? She receives hundreds of invitations, of which she accepts only a small number. If you are such an unthinking Palin adherent that you feel that my opposing her proves that I am under the thumb of the liberal media, if you share the general opinion of Palin supporters that that there are no reasonable criticisms of her to be made from the right, and that anyone who criticizes her must be on the left, then you are free not to read such a dishonest, liberal, sneering, elitist blogger as you believe me to be. I have lost readers before over my much milder criticisms of Palin in the past, and I am prepared to lose more over my much stronger criticisms of her now. But, based on her latest move, I have come to the conclusion that she is an appalling person and I have said so.LA continues:
And by the way, I have said that I would vote for any Republican nominee pledged to repeal Obamacare, no matter how otherwise appalling that nominee might be, and that still stands. And I am saying that as someone who has not voted for the Republican nominee in 20 years. But I will vote for the GOP nominee in 2012, if he’s pledged to sign the repeal of Obamacare, because the necessity of repealing Obamacare transcends all other issues that would be immediately affected by that election.Dan R. writes:
This is the last year for Palin. She must run a strong race or her stock begins to fall, and with Bachmann running well I don’t think she’ll even enter the race. If only Palin were what her deluded supporters on the right and her rabid detractors on the left thought she was.August 13
Murray L. writes:
I want to remind you of a comment you posted last year titled “Me and Sarah”:LA replies:
You’re right. That language is not within the range I said I would maintain in my statements about her. I have changed my position on how I would speak about her, because my view of her has changed. I regard her as reprehensible. She’s about nothing but herself.Murray replies:
I am never put off by conversations in which I can expect a reasonable give and take over points of view with which I disagree. I am allergic, however, to intemperate language and rigidity of mind, no matter what political opinion is being expressed. Thank you for your opening admission and considered reply. In my reading of Palin, your points are open to debate, but, no, I do not recoil from your argument as you express it here.JC writes from Houston:
I agree with you about Palin. In my opinion she is indeed nothing but an egotistical, crass publicity hound who can’t stand the thought of anyone else being in the spotlight. I’ve never been impressed by her speeches, which are full of trivial banalities. Whenever I hear her speak I get that chalk on a blackboard feeling. Even worse are her robotic, worshipful groupies who are completely enthralled by her cult of personality. They are the mirror image of the unthinking Obamaites.
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