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Palinism is a hairstyle, Paulism is a bona fide movement

Justin Raimondo, editorial director of Antiwar.com, at The Hill.com said:

David Brooks said on George Stephanapoulos' Sunday program that he considers Sarah Palin "a joke." What he didn't say is that she was and is a joke played by the neoconservatives on the Republican party.

The Washington Post asks: "Is there something that could be called 'Palinism,' defining a political philosophy that could help her party win elections and turn her into a viable national candidate?"

Short answer: No.

Slightly longer answer: Where and when has Palin ever articulated a coherent alternative to the orthodox Republican doctrines of supply-side economics and endless war? She isn't about to do it in her "book," and she isn't capable of it. What is especially irksome, however, is that there is indeed a populist champion of the Tea Party grassroots, someone with the knowledge, the organization, the proven fundraising ability, and the principles to lead the GOP out of its ideological and political morass: Ron Paul.

"Palinism" is a hairstyle. Paulism is a bona fide movement. The first has no future -- no, she won't be a major contender, come the presidential sweepstakes, as George Will predicted on the Stephanopoulos program. The second IS the future, if the GOP is to have a future.


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Palin probably has...

her heart in the right place...she just isn't that bright and she knows nothing about free market economics. In a head on debate...Dr.Paul would destroy her...in fact he would go easy on her not to embarrass her...cause Dr. Paul is not hateful and is a gentleman. If Palin starts campaigning...we need to show up and ask her specific questions on free markets, economics, and foreign policy....areas where she is weak and illiterate.

how can someone have a . . .

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

heart in the right place when they want to 'go over there and kill them'?

I'm sorry; I'm grumpy today--

I know that everyone should have a chance to wake up, and maybe she hasn't had hers yet--

but still . . .

she's like a drunken toddler with a loaded pistol with all that 'get rid of the Jihad' business--

McCain would NEVER have drafted her if she hadn't been as anti-Islam and pro-war as he was--


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Justin's comment is good (As

Justin's comment is good (As is David Boaz's a bit further up the page).

We ought to see the lack of actual policy on Palin's part as an opportunity, not a threat. It would be immeasurably worse if she was so popular while at the same time articulating policy detrimental to freedom. As long as she chooses to remain more style than substance, there remains a chance we can sneak our policy proposals in under that big hairdo, and grab 30-40% of GOP voters by default in the process.

I hate constantly coming off as some sort of Palin apologist around here, but as long as she is so darned popular, and until she actually comes out with a solidified message that runs counter to what we want, I really feel we should try as hard as possible to bring her towards us, rather than going out of our way to alienate her.

And voter sociographics makes her support base ideal for our message of smaller government and sound money. It's not like most of her supporters work in the financial industry, are government, particularly federal, workers, or on welfare. Instead, they are exactly the group of people that are being disproportionately harmed by current institutions and policy. The only exception may be she seems to have lots of supporters with close family in the armed forces, who may somewhat reflexively recoil at our antiwar stand. But, considering RP's considerable support amongst military personnel, I suspect our position has more supporters amongst military families than the likes of Hannity could ever get themselves to admit. All many of them may need to be turned, is someone on "their side" articulating a less hawkish stand, allowing them to agree without sounding all "soft" and "liberal."

And there's also her history of (at the least) flirting with Buchananism, which I'm sure the Southern Avenger would be perfectly capable of convincing her Paulism is the natural, intellectually more rigorous, modern continuation of. And her husband's association with the Alaskan Independence Party, a third party along our lines if there ever was one.

So, while I fully agree there are huge question marks as pertains to Palin, I tend to look at her as up to 40% of the GOP primary vote floating around without a solid ideological anchor. The only other similarly sized block of voters, are the group who will basically vote for whoever the establishment puts in front of them, perfectly content as long as he does not have a (D) after his name. We'll never win over those guys, at least not for the next few cycles. But with Palin's crowd, we at least have a decent shot, and I don't think we should spoil it by snubbing her and her supporters just because they don't happen to be fully certified Austrian economists just yet.


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

and the fact that the ONLY flag in her governors' office was the Israeli flag (this seen on a friendly-to-Palin youtube)--

tells us that she has WHAT kind of substance?

I'd love to give Palin a chance, but she is a tiger with stripes, and some here seem to be insisting she is a panda--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Maybe some Israelis were the

Maybe some Israelis were the only guys who cared much about having their flag in a governor's office is Alaska? But seriously, if that's the worst thing about her, I'd say she's pretty benign.

I'm not saying RP supporters should just unconditionally start cheering for Palin. Just that she has a huge, possibly electorally decisive, group of supporters that aren't, as of yet, strongly committed to anything in particular policy wise. And that, if we can get them to, by the time it starts mattering in earnest, commit to at least a good part of what we care about, we will have substantially strengthened our side of the Republican Party. If she really has enough sway to pretty much shut anyone out of GOP race by campaigning against him, as many commentators seems to think, I'd really, really prefer it if she chose to fire her cannons at the Romneys and Giulianis of the world, rather than at Paul or Johnson.

Heck, I think she should start flaunting her influence over the GOP right now, by in no uncertain terms telling her Kentucky supporters Grayson is a liberal floozy, and that the only real conservative in the race is Rand. If, as he most likely would, Rand would then go on to trounce his primary opposition, that would give her credibility both as a kingmaker and as a true conservative.

CBS Poll: Less Than 1 in 4 Have Favorable View of Palin

Nov 16
(CBS)She may be among the biggest names in politics at the moment, but former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is not exactly America's sweetheart.

Just 23 percent of those surveyed in a new CBS News poll have a favorable view of the former Alaska governor. That matches her favorable rating in July, when Palin announced she was resigning from her job as governor.

Most Americans do not want to see Palin run for president in 2012. Two in three say they don't want to see a Palin run, while 24 percent say they would like to see her jump into the race.

Republicans are divided: Forty-four percent want Palin to run, but even more -- 48 percent -- do not. Democrats, independents and even conservatives oppose a Palin run, while white evangelicals favor it by a slim margin, 48 percent to 42 percent.


"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

I have that feeling

that Palin & Huckabee are being groomed for the run. I gives me a giant headache that the GOP hasn't learned. We want intelligent, real experience wrapped in the Constitution. Neither of these two have it. Palin is having all kinds of opportunities right now to vindicate herself & I'm not seeing it because I don't think she was one of "us" to begin with. Spent last Sat at the NV GOP State Central Cmte mtg & all the talk was about unity. Well, I agree that we can't win if we aren't unified, but I am not going over to the dark side just to win. While Palin may be okay in some respects, I feel it's an embarrassment that she was chosen for the VP slot & has snagged a place in the limelight that could be held by someone with so much more to say.

Cynthia Kennedy

"Palinism is a hairstyle" is

"Palinism is a hairstyle" is simple a sexist comment as well. No wonder many in this country have a view that conservatives are the party of "White males." I don't care for Palin but you sound like a bigot when describing her in such ways. Disagree with her policies and words when generalizing her "movement." Bigots

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

I'm a woman and I

don't see a problem. What the heck, every magazine it's about her clothes and hair. You know why? Because she can not hold an intelligent conversation, gush darn, and they are trying to win the White House on looks and you know it is possible. People made fun of Perot ears, what the hell, it's what between the ears is what's important, not how they look.
The American public is so sold on looks, that intelligence is dead last just like our futures.

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You mean Romneyism isn't?

You mean Romneyism isn't a hairstyle?

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Date: 1660

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it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Have you ever seen...

the Dorothy Hamill Wedge

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What I find interesting with

What I find interesting with this article is that it attacks and ridicules Palin, as well as ostracizes her in ways somewhat reminiscent of the way Ron Paul was during the primary. We need to stop attacking people like this. It only perpetuates the control by the political, media and intellectual elites of this country that make up the de-facto nobility. While I don't agree with many things she does, I feel that she is closer to the American people when compared to the current batch of Dem/Repub stooges.

We need to stop perpetuating this myth that only Ivy league grads, and millionaires are capable of running for office at the national level. There is something completely wrong when 85% of the House of Reps are millionaires. This is not a government of the people, by the people, for the people.

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

attacking people personally is wrong, so then . . .

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

why are the 'current batch of Dem/Repub' "stooges"? Isn't that the same thing?

"Stooge" is name-calling, as well--

I have never attacked Sarah Palin based upon her personal affects or her hair or . . . her Alaskan-ness or her speech--

What I don't like is her warmongering, and no matter what she looks like or sounds like--

she is a warmonger, and I can't accept that.

So, when I see/hear/read that people are 'discounting' her I nod. I can't help it. Her warmongering erases anything 'good'--

Cancels out anything good there may be there.

It's like saying, "if I knew that a cup of dead flies hadn't been dropped into that delicious stew, I would say it was wonderful"--

but who wants to make sure they fish out all the dead flies--?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

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Palin Attached At Hip With U.N. Neocons

"I have never attacked Sarah Palin based upon her personal affects or her hair or . . . her Alaskan-ness or her speech--

What I don't like is her warmongering, and no matter what she looks like or sounds like--

she is a warmonger, and I can't accept that.

So, when I see/hear/read that people are 'discounting' her I nod. I can't help it. Her warmongering erases anything 'good'--

Cancels out anything good there may be there."

...i agree with above, here are some good links:

"The only global government I'm interested in is the one Jesus will usher in at His return"... # 1 answer in poll from this past April:

from Nov 15, 2007: Ron Paul Should be the Zionist Choice for US President


My bumper: McCain*Palin comparison to Ron Paul!

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She is closer to the American people only

in that her political views are as subjective, emotionally-based, and confused as most Americans.

We obviously need politicians who can think clearly and logically, who are steadfast in their ethics, have a wealth of wisdom to bring to the table, and who can articulate all of that clearly to average people -- and who have plenty of intellectual ammunition to speak to the university populace as well.

Just as obviously Palin qualifies for non of that. I understand the objection that many media commentators focus too much on physical aspects of female pols; but I do think if Palin were very plain and significantly older, she'd never have garnered the rabid following she has.

There is little to her following other than her cute youngishness, so I therefore think in her case it is fair to point out that she is really nothing more than a political barbie doll, just as Obama is a political Ken doll.

I agree--

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

the way she 'played' the patriotism card made me want to weep--

in sorrow for the real, lost America--

that was what "people" liked, indeed; she IS *cute*, and she said what people who don't want to face the truth want to hear--

that if we get rid of a particular group of people in the middle east, everything will be better--

so, "I'm sending my son over there to fight"--

BAD, BAD girl!

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

She is a Neo-Con...

Stop fooling yourself...

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Rand Paul 2016 for Peace

This is so right-on!

This is an excellent commentary, and a legitimate concern.

Don't forget the glasses!

She is more than a hairstyle...she wears glasses too!

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I thought she gave up politics

She branded herself a quitter. If that isn't a statement on her part,I don't know what is.

Anyone putting her forth as a presidential candidate is trying to sabotage the GOP.

Actions speak louder than words, and she obviously couldn't stand the heat (whether she chose to quit the governorship or was coerced).


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Great point!!!

Illustrating once again why we shouldn't stoop to courting Palin for base publicity purposes. We are NOT the stupid underdogs, we are the REAL THING.

Funny how in the MSM....

Democrats and Republicans can't get enough of Sarah Palin because she is a Neo-Con side show. While at the same time a movement has been building for the past three years with Dr. Paul that is ignored by the Left, Right, and the MSM.

Rand Paul 2016 for Peace

Then those Traitor's won't

Then those Traitor's won't know what hit them!

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