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That is great that we are able to get the credit loans and that opens up completely new opportunities.

I completely agree. Way more respect for Jenna Jameson after seeing both interviews

Both Sarah Palin and Jenna Jameson were on Oprah recently, and after viewing both interviews, I have more respect for Jenna Jameson.

I wish she would just disappear into oblivion. I'm tired of hearing her ignorant comments, and the "death panel" thing makes me wish someone would revoke her health insurance so she can understand the issues at stake. I also cannot understand for the life of me why anyone wants to hear about someone who sounds like she has a hard time figuring out what she wants to do when she grows up. As far as Levi: he had his 15 minutes of fame. Maybe now he should work on getting his GED and keeping his pants up. If I wanted to hear from ignorant 20-somethings, I'll poll my college students.

Sarah said "So because Sarah got knocked up out of wedlock, she's not allowed to advocate abstinence? How is that hypocracy? It'd be hypocracy if she was currently unwed, but having baby after baby. And it's Bristol's fault she got pregnant, not Sarah's. Bristol made a choice and now she's living with it. That doesn't make Sarah a bad mom, it means her daughter didn't listen."

It's not the abstinence that's the problem, it's the abstinence ONLY that's the problem. Study after study shows it doesn't work. Bristol is just a convenient example of that.

Had to come back to post another comment:

Yesterday, I caught part of Oprah's interview with Jenna Jameson (porn star).

Jenna seemed about 34 times more intelligent and interesting than Sarah Palin did. Maybe SHE should run in the next election...

You know, you can make mistakes and learn from them. My mom got pregnant before she got married and she has always stressed to all of us to think before we have sex. If we're going to have sex, to use protection. But she wanted us to wait until we were married. And she was smart to stress that because guess what? My brother and sister ignored her and they both had kids before they got married. I, unlike my siblings, am following my mother's advice and waiting until marriage.

So because Sarah got knocked up out of wedlock, she's not allowed to advocate abstinence? How is that hypocracy? It'd be hypocracy if she was currently unwed, but having baby after baby. And it's Bristol's fault she got pregnant, not Sarah's. Bristol made a choice and now she's living with it. That doesn't make Sarah a bad mom, it means her daughter didn't listen.

Very informative post and comments. Nice!

You had to take the VP candidates seriously in this election because of McCain's age and Obama's race (there's still a higher-than-normal chance of him getting assassinated vs. if he were just another white guy). So don't feel bad at all about taking that into consideration: that's you responsibility to Democracy... to take it seriously.

Palin is, as everyone keeps pointing out, insulting to the Nth degree. Google / youtube some of her public speeches prior to the election, such as the one where she complains about Hillary Clinton's complaints about sexism in the primaries... and then a few short weeks later she's making the very same complaints about sexism against herself in the election... the same remarks that Hillary made, which she had called "whiny and insulting".

Plus, do the math. This advocate for abstinence-only education got knocked-up herself out of wedlock... and so did her teen daughter.... she's a disgusting hypocrite in all things, and a horrible role model. These are not nearly strong enough words.

Matt Damon nailed it in this quote: "It's like a really bad Disney movie. The hockey mom, "Oh, I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska," and she's the PRESIDENT, and it's like she's facing down Vladamir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd, it's totally absurd, and i don't understand why more people aren't talking about how absurd it is. It's a terrifying possibility. The fact that we've gotten this far and we're that close to this being a reality is just crazy.... I need to know if she really thins that dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. I need to know that, I really do. Because she's going to have the nuclear codes..."

Of course, the best thing that Sara gave us (other than SNL) is this great spoofy video (based on the above quote)... http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1831461

It's nice to see that so many of your readers cannot distinguish between fact and fiction. Such hope there is for Americans and the world. (And this is where the facepalm and eye roll come in)

I did watch Oprah and I will definitely be buying Sarah's book and will hopefully be catching her on her book tour.

On first glance, when I heard a woman had been nominated... I was optimistic, but confused. How can there be a qualified woman that I'd never heard of.

Then, I heard her speak and realized that she wasn't actually qualified.

Doesn't anyone have enough respect for women to realize that toting out just anyone with two X chromosomes is not enough to win our vote. They actually have to be competent.

2008 - another election where I voted for the lesser of two evils. Maybe someday our children will be able to pay for the bills that we are racking up under the lesser of the two evils. I still think I made the best choice of the alternatives. Sadly, the electoral process seems to dissuade real thinking, qualified and principled candidates away. Hmmmph.

She is a celebrity to watch. Presidential material, probably not. But she is entertaining.

I missed the interview yesterday. I have to say that I am totally in agreement with you on her not being ready if something were to happen to McCain. I can't stand listening to her - it reminds me too much of the movie "Fargo" (and I am from Minnesota!). As for the Levi Johnston thing, he is just trying to get his 15 minutes of fame. Can't blame a young man for trying - his future doesn't look too bright so he better make some money while he can.

I'm not a Republican and have been living overseas anyway. Not up to the minute on the names of female GOP members who would have been better selections, but I'm sure there were/are women who have been serving the state or federal legislative positions for years who surely deserved the spot? Perhaps even deserved McCain's! How do they feel about their party tossing them aside for the cute new girl?

This will substitute an overwhelming segment, I will be undeniable to check it out!
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the 4pm Oprah come forth here command ATL: Hello, TiVo! I am never home at that time, in consequence not unique can I watch it when I want to or can, but can also FF through the more boring segments.mcdba.

Sarah Palin got nowhere near the White House by a pretty good margin in 2008 and we're 3 years out from proving her unlikely to make a difference in a national election ever again. I really am perplexed as to why there's still emotion out there other than indifference for this woman. Not to mention the implication that Joe Biden is a comforting thought for POTUS backup, which I don't get, either.

Seriously, think about how many times in the history of the United States the veep has mattered at all.

(As per the FTC regulations I should state that I did not vote Republican the last election.)

I went to Alaska last year, and it was cold. If she were as good a governor as the McCain camp tells us she is, it wouldn't be so damned cold up there.

Writing from Australia, we were totally laughing that out of the millions of smart, articulate women in America they picked Sarah Palin as a VP candidate.

initially i liked who she was on paper. but then she opened her mouth and ruined it all...not that i ever was going to go for McCain in office.what bugged me the most about her are the two things that i try to teach my children:
#1 take responsibility for what you say and do- she spent a good portion of her time blaming Katie Couric and her liberal agenda for her poor showing in that interview. what? she didn't know that Ms Couric thinly veils her views in her approach to interviews? really? she blew that interview all on her own. she should have owned up to it and just moved on instead of whining about katie and her agenda making her look bad.
#2 finish what you have started- her reasoning for resigning from her position as governor is the lamest ever. great message she sends to her own children. my kids over time have decided that an extra-curricular activity or school or church activity is not for them. fine. i'm okay with that but i insist they finish it out to the end. there are other people invested in them and depending on them. when the season, term or class is over then they can move on no problem but i believe one should finish what they have started. again i find Ms Palin's reasoning so full of bullshit. it's clear she wanted to be free of her responsibility to her constituents who voted her into office so she could move on to multi-million dollar book deals, speaking gigs and her pipe dream of the 2012 election.

Palin is someone I'd be willing to hear out a bit more. My feminist tigress side sees what happened to Hillary and I really get pissed about the whole wardrobe drama they pinned on her. Would never happen to a man. Then again, if you're a woman of any experience you just gotta know you won't be treated like a man.

RE: Levi; I wouldn't listen to a word he says. He's slimy and he is a teenager and he's trading his dignity for fame and that makes him a Paris Hilton type in my book.

Hated McCain and not a fan of Obama. 08 was the worst presidential election for me.

First, thank you for the post! Second, HELL no I won't buy the book. From the excerpts & the teasers from her various interviews, she sounds like she takes responsibility for NOTHING, whines about how unfair the world is, & continues to use 'maverick' term shamelessly if not incorrectly, IMO. She was not and is not ready to be a leader of any time. There are many strong women in both parties who could have made fine candidates; I find her an embarrassment.

As a Canadian I really have no desire to buy or read her book. From what I did see during your election process down there the woman was not the brightest bulb in the box. Nice to see a woman considered for Vice Presidency, just hope the next one is much more capable for the position.

I think the fact that she stepped down in Alaska means it's a great thing she didn't become VP. You can't just quit jobs like that.

I was on the fence between Obama and staying home until Palin. She was so far beyond the pale it made my decision an easy one.

I'm working when Oprah is on and don't have DVR. Pretty sure I won't be missing anything. If it's good, it will be on SNL sometime soon.

Do you know when I decided to really dismiss her? When I read the "after" interview with Levi that revealed she would actually say, about her own downs baby, "Bring me my retarded baby." Cute, Sarah.

I completely agree with Angie up there. Completely.

It sealed my vote for Obama as well. It made me sad.

As a woman, I wanted to be able to say "Look, she's the proof that we can do it all!"

But she's not. One child off to war, one child pregnant in high school, one baby with Downs and two little girls lost in the shuffle did NOT prove that we could have it all - it proved that sometimes, we really do need Mom to be home to hold it all together.

I would have never--NOT EVER--accepted the invitation to run as VP while I had a pregnant teenage daughter and a newborn with a disability. That was the ultimate in selfishness (at least in my book).

I don't think she is smart. I don't think she is worldly. I don't think she is all together honest. I think she did a lot to stir up fear and hatred in the campaign with the false things she would say to crowds. And when people yelled horrible things about Obama during her rallies--things she could obviously hear--she did nothing to correct them.

She is part of the problem, not the solution.

I am actually beyond being able to have an intelligent conversation about the woman, she just gets to me that much.

Suffice it to say that I don't mind an inexperienced candidate who is willing and able to learn. The person I don't want in office is the inexperienced person who already thinks they know everything and lacks the mental capacity and desire to learn.

Like you, I was on the fence between Obama and McCain until Sarah Palin was named the VP candidate. That did it, and I voted for Obama. Had McCain been younger, maybe that wouldn't have been the strong deciding factor for me, but I shuddered at the thought of her as president.

I am frightened by her crowd-inciting, sports-metaphor banter... but I am also curious to see how she has grown now that she's been on the public stage for a while.

Love her, Love her, Love her!!!! I think her VP run was a GREAT experience and she will be much more prepared when she becomes President in 2012;)

Used to be a fan of Oprah, but I haven't watched her in years. Wish I could watch the interviews!

Can't wait to see if she's been media trained within an inch of her life this time. I'm not entirely sure she can ad lib anything. I hope Oprah lobs her some tough ones.

This will be an interesting segment, I will be sure to check it out!

And two words for the 4pm Oprah issue here in ATL: Hello, TiVo! I am never home at that time, so not only can I watch it when I want to or can, but can also FF through the more boring segments :)

It wasn't about not wanting Palin as president, (though that thought was/is scary) it was more of "why did McCain pick her?" What was the reasoning? She had only been the governor of Alaska for less than two years. Alaska has very few electoral votes so they weren't going to help McCain in the election, plus Alaska is so very Republican that they were going to him anyway. As Colin Powell put it (paraphrasing here) it showed lack of judgement on McCain's part that he chose her. If he can't make a good decision in choosing a running mate, how would he do in other situations?

Can you let me know, if she has figured out where Russia is? Or if she's learned that you CAN NOT see it from Alaska? snort.

What do we do with Sarah Palin? I admit that I am watching Oprah today but more for the entertainment value and out of curiosity. My expectations of those filling any Federal executive office role are very high. Man or woman. If we have to reduce it to the issue of gender, during the '08 presidential campaign, I was disappointed as a woman at the mere thought of Sarah Palin becoming the first female U.S. Vice President. It isn't her platform - she simply isn't qualified for the role.

I am a woman whose first heroine was Margaret Thatcher. Totally captivated as a young girl by the immense presence, intelligence and power of this incredible woman.

Consider Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Madeleine Albright (who unfortunately cannot qualify to hold such an office). Sarah Palin, if the question must be posed, could in no shape or form serve the role of V.P. as these other women could -- and this is only a short list. There are many other women I didn't mention.

Woman to woman, I find Palin's strength and courage impressive, but politically, she was shortsighted to even accept McCain's offer to join him. It was a very poor decision on McCain's part, too.

Re: Levi, I hear Palin didn't mention him in her book -- if this is true, it raises my opinion of her. Smart move to leave it alone. (That entire ordeal must have been so overwhelmingly stressful to her daughter. I hope she received the love and support she deserved.)

PZ Meyers quotes her book, which states the following about creationism: she "didn't believe in the theory that human beings — thinking, loving beings — originated from fish that sprouted legs and crawled out of the sea" or from "monkeys who eventually swung down from the trees." In everything that happens to her, from meeting Todd to her selection by Mr. McCain for the Republican ticket, she sees the hand of God: "My life is in His hands. I encourage readers to do what I did many years ago, invite Him in to take over."
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Please, let us NOT have an uneducated person in office who does not even understand (much less believe in) evolution. The thought of it happening makes me ill.

I despise that woman. Everything she is, everything she stands for, and worse yet- how she portrays women. She was picked because she was a hot female conservative- never mind her backward way of thinking and her lack of ability to form a coherent sentence.

She's just a stupid woman. Hot, but stupid. Just the way the guys in the boys club (GOP) like them.

I will not even give that woman one dime of my money, unless it's to donate to Planned Parenthood in her name.

Palin is too scary for me. A little too out there and unpredictable. I do think she got the short end of the stick on some things, but I definitely also do not think she is qualified to run the country.

I was aggravated by the fact that she wouldn't finish out her term as governor. She was elected to do the job until it was finished.

McCain lost my vote because of Sarah Palin. When they have to quote your years as PTA president as experience for the Vice Presidency of the United States. I was not comfortable with her possibly becoming the next president. My husband and I got into many discussions as he thought that she was what this country needed. I think that she was the only woman that they could convince to run. Had Hillary not looked so promising I don't think that the GOP would have even thought to nominate her.

Reading her book, I am not sure. But I will probably catch Oprah today, if I remember.

To me, she personifies "Do as I say, not as I do."

And Levi Johnston needs to take a long walk on a short pier, hand-in-hand with Michael Lohan & Jon Gosselin.

I wouldn't vote for her, and I agree that she was and is too inexperienced for the job.

Oooh, I'll be watching it. I'm really interested in what she has to say, how she spins things. I mean, tells them from her side. I am NOT a fan of hers and I sure as hell wouldn't buy her book, but I find the entire subject just fascinating. It would be great if Oprah could ask some hard hitting questions but that probably won't happen.

While I liked the idea of a woman vice president/someday president, Palin as our choice was an insult to women. That she was chosen was bad enough but then that she actually thought she was qualified to do the job was even more mind-boggling! I'm a SAHM and I have more foreign experience than she does. Every time she opens her mouth I want to cringe. There were so many more well qualified female candidates - why, oh why, did they pick her?

I'm totally tivoing Oprah. I don't expect it to be a hard hitting interview, but she was so bad on Couric and Gibson will she even be able to pull off Oprah?

I did like the idea of a woman running for president or Vice president. I did not believe Sarah Palin was in any way prepared for the VP job. I think she was bullied around, was forced into bad situations she was not prepared for and it wasn't all of her fault.
I will be watching Oprah but not purchasing her book.
I may glance at in in the bookstore though.

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