Archive for June 10th, 2009

Self-Promotion Fail

Sarah Palin’s real good at saying stupid stuff to get herself on teevee, but when it comes to the legwork of actually building a base of support, well, she just can’t be arsed.

Everyone seems to have a Sarah Palin story of ignored calls, mishandled invitations or unanswered e-mail. Disorganized is how one might charitably describe the Palin operation.

“Basically, it’s just rude,” says one political operative who is a Palin fan. “They’ve been running the great snub machine. That’s the reason the boys in the Republican Party are unhappy with her.”


The “tick-tock” of what happened is a byzantine exercise in blame-shifting. Briefly, someone in Palin’s “organization” accepted the original invitation [to a major GOP fundraiser] in March, whereupon the dinner hosts issued a press release announcing that Palin would be the keynote speaker.


But then, no, Palin had not accepted. In fact, the press release was the first she’d heard of it. The official story suddenly became that SarahPAC had jumped the gun and that Palin wasn’t sure she could make the event. Enter Newt Gingrich. Then last week, so-and-so said she’d like to come, but you-know-who said, “We like someone else now.”


Without any effort on her part, 75,000 to 80,000 fans around the country organized pro-Palin groups. Said a frustrated Palin promoter: “All she had to do for those 75,000 people was hold an electronic town hall, and she couldn’t get around to it.”


Plenty of experienced people have tried to help. Veteran operatives created SarahPAC to raise money for staff to at least open mail and return phone calls. It was a Kevin Costner field of dreams: Create the Web site, and they came, all right. The PAC raised $400,000 in its first month without so much as asking.

What happened next?


“We couldn’t get them to decide on office space,” says my source. “You couldn’t get them to be professional.”


You don’t flirt and say “yes,” and then say “no,” and then say “maybe,” and then show up expecting a bouquet. The tease is a risky business. Palin did get to walk across the stage with Gingrich — to appreciative applause and a few whistles — but she wasn’t allowed to talk. Something about upstaging Gingrich.

Maybe playing the part of the queen bee who can’t be bothered to respond to texts or commit to social engagements is cool in high school, but it doesn’t go over so well in the world of grown-up politics, or even Republican politics – which is probably why less than 0.5% of America thinks Sarah Palin speaks for the GOP now.

When Palin tries to crank up her 2012 presidential campaign in a couple of years, she may find that a lot of the people she was counting on suddenly have to wash their hair.

2 comments June 10th, 2009 at 08:30pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Palin,Politics,Republicans

Nonexistent Right-Wing Extremists Strike Again

Right-wing extremists? What right-wing extremists? Oh, those right-wing extremists.

Even Fox News is admitting that yeah, maybe the liberal hippie DHS may have been onto something after all. Woohoo.

June 10th, 2009 at 06:29pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Racism,Republicans,Terrorism

Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

The Weekly World News challenges what we think we know about history!

Even if Col. George Armstrong Custer had led 10,000 men against the Sioux in the 1876 battle at the Little Big Horn, they still would have been massacred – because the cavalrymen were zapped dead in their saddled by aliens from outer space!

The spacemen – whom the Sioux looked upon as powerful gods who guided and controlled their destiny – also bathed each Indian in an invisible ray that made them invincible and unable to be killed.


[T]he incredible role played by alien beings in the famed battle known as Custer’s Last Stand came to light when computers finally managed to decipher electronic data taken from the wreckage of a UFO that crashed near Roswell, N.M. in the mid-1950s. It has long been believed that the mangled bodies of several humanoid creatures were removed from the UFO wreckage and taken to a secret site for study.

“The U.S. government doesn’t want the public to know about the dead aliens,” declared Walter Frobel, a CIA cryptographer who  helped decipher the data. “There’s good solid evidence that the dead aliens were the same beings that actually recorded the events at the Little Big Horn,” Frobel explained.

“And of course, if they recorded the events, they more than likely were the same aliens who helped the Sioux wini the battle.

“The data reveals that the aliens made certain there were no white survivors,” Frobel said. “Custer and all of his men had to die. None could survive.” Frobel said the spacemen knew they couldn’t allow a surviving soldier to tell how some Sioux warriors couldn’t be killed even when shot at point-blank range.

“According to what we were able to decode, the aliens gave the Sioux an unbeatable advantage over Custer’s 7th Cavalry – they started zapping the soldiers dead, one after the other, with laser beams.

“It was no contest.”

The CIA agent said the beings, from a star system in a galaxy billions of light-years from our own, apparently had been overseeing and controlling the development of various North American Indians, further proving the ancient astronaut theory.

“The inhabitants from that other world may even have been involved in the development of Man ever since he appeared on Earth.”

The aliens protecting the Indians were apparently very fickle…

June 10th, 2009 at 11:32am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weekly World News

TARP Deja Vu

Does this sound… familiar to anyone?

From its inception, the TARP never made much sense. Forcing banks that did not need money to accept government bailouts was simply irrational.

The basis for the TARP went through several differing rationales — it began as a recapitalization of the major money center banks, then came the explanation of removing toxic assets, then it moved to freeing up credit and making banks lend again.

Its was $700 billion dollar pile of money in search of a justification for its existence.

So, in other words, it was a lot like the Iraqupation, only cheaper.

(Ritholtz’s theory, by the way, is that the whole thing was a smokescreen to bail out Citigroup.  Which I think is kinda paranoid – I think the goal was simply to give lots of money to the banking industry, but some of the recipients later decided that they didn’t need it, and that it was more trouble than it was worth.)

June 10th, 2009 at 07:04am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Economy,Iraq

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