Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Unenlightened rogue

This won’t come as much of a surprise, but I won't be among the huddled masses trying to get Sarah Palin to scrawl her name for me inside her new book at an event Saturday at the Sam’s Club in South Strabane Township. For one, I generally try to avoid that entire traffic-challenged plaza. Second, I think Palin is a jackass. But there no doubt will be throngs of people lining up to get a coveted wristband that will make them one of 1,000 people who will get Palin's signature on a copy of "Going Rogue." As best as I can recall, I only have two books signed by an author, and they’re two cookbooks by the same chef/writer. If Christopher Hitchens came to town, I'd probably get in line to have him sign my copy of "God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything." Other than that, probably not. I'd like to hear from folks who do plan to attend Saturday's event. I have two questions: 1) What is it that attracts you to Palin? and 2) What makes you think she'd be a good president? Don't waste everyone's time by telling us all the horrible things Obama is doing. Stick to making a case for Palin as a leader of the Republican Party or even its next candidate for the White House.

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Blogger ~feira~ said...

1) nothing really attracts me.. she's a typical decent looking cougar that just needs to pose for Playboy and get it over with.

2) i don't think she will. hell, she couldn't even handle the pressure of the media as governor after losing the election.

her interview with Oprah and Barbara were pathetic. she's so rehearsed, even she doesn't know wtf she's talking about.

November 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

I wouldn't wait in line to see her sign anything. I was a Palin supporter when she was a VP candidate. However, since the election, I've had to change my opinion of her to "media whore."

She's no better than Paris or LiLo or Lauren Conrad or any other bimbo with a below-average IQ who has a book to sell. I don't care what she thinks of Obama, McCain, politics, the war, Afghanistan, or the white trash father of her grandchild and his budding porn career.

She's lost the tiny amount of credibility she garnered when she emerged from obscurity. I just wish now that she'd shut up and return to said obscurity.

November 18, 2009 at 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a woman, and I don't understand why so many men think Palin is hot. Maybe my standards are too high, but I find her face to be entirely too hard looking. Now ... Sigourney Weaver? Sure. Not your everyday beauty queen, but entirely attractive. But put Palin's opinions in Weaver's mouth and give her Palin's attitude and worldview, and many men would dump Sig in a minute.

Qualified to be president? US president is one job that is almost totally OJT. Being a governor isn't enough, being a senator isn't enough. Being "The Decider" isn't enough. But having an open mind and being willing to admit that others viewpoints might be just as valid as yours? Being willing to take advice from others more experienced? That counts for something. Don't see that in Palin.

November 18, 2009 at 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not one response of those that are in favor of her running yet. Strange that Brant asked for the opinions of those that want her and only those that don't respond. (strange for both groups, those in favor and those opposed).
Very similar to Nixon in her unwillingness to go away after being battered by the media (Nixon post VP under Eisenhower, not Nixon post Watergate).
Also similar to Reagan for being underestimated. She is the only Republican who has managed to force even a small change in Obama's policies. The other changes have been caused mostly by Democrats that are more conservative than the President.
When one views her without political passions, it makes it easier to see her positives and negatives. She is very charismatic, she has a record of ethical reform (please don't quote the problems brought on from Alaska Republicans determined to continue corruption in the state), she has a severe lack of understanding of foreign policy, she is well versed on energy matters, she is folksy as was Clinton, she is attractive, she is a fighter, she loves the media she claims she despises and she is more street smart than book smart. Very intriguing character. Watching her versus Obama is like watching William Jennings Bryan versus Woodrow Wilson in an election. (Palin is Bryan btw). Educated versus average person, firebrand versus calm demeanor. Horrid foreign policy versus nativism.
I believe that she is capable of being President, as she was of being a Governor, it is how she governs, not handles the media that would matter. Obama is a master of the media, but still has a great deal to prove in running the government.

November 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Please God - "NO to The Rogue"

November 18, 2009 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger Dale Lolley said...

I have to tell you Brant, for somebody who claims to have no like of Palin, you sure write about her a lot.

November 18, 2009 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

The blog is about issues in the news, and whether I like it or not, Palin is in the news, by virtue of her new book and her visit to our very town. She's a shameless self-promoter, so it's not like the media has to go out of its way to find her or comment on her activities.

November 19, 2009 at 6:31 AM  
Anonymous Palin makes Liberals cry said...

I find it funny that wimpy liberal men always bring up Palin. Palin scares liberal men. Why?

1. She has strong ethical values and doesn't wavier from them.

2. She does more manly man things.

3. She doesn't look like Janet Reno.

I wonder if a certain blogger has a thing for a certain Sarah. There is other ways to express your feelings Brant, you could always go and get a book signed. Maybe you can do an interview for your newspaper! Wait, i'm sure you will be getting the updates for senior night at the local church. When was the last time the OR snagged an interview? Besides the Coal Queen!

November 19, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger Brant said...

I think liberal men's fondest hope is that Palin is the Republican presidential nominee in the next election. It's a guaranteed victory. They are not scared of her, but they are frightened by what would happen to our country if she were ever in a position of leadership. As for interviewing Palin, the media has been advised that reporters will not be allowed inside Sam's Club when she is signing books. Wouldn't want anyone to ask her a difficult question.

November 19, 2009 at 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could anyone really see Palin with her finger on the button to launch the missiles?

She lost me a long time ago when the Soccer Mom, Gee whiz mantra got old. And her death squad comments on health care were just irresponsible.

November 19, 2009 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

Did I miss something somewhere? Palin makes liberal men cry? What the hell does that mean? Is Brant being accused of being wimpy?

This person must be new to the blog because, love him or hate him, agree or disagree, Brant is anything but a wimpy liberal man. He's almost scary liberal, but his comments never come across as wimpy...even when he's writing about his beloved animals.

November 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Still haven't seen any good arguments for Palin as President. Strong women don't bother me, and if a liberal man is truly liberal, he should be proud to have his woman express her opinions -- unless of course the opinions are stupid. I think Palin scared the crap out of the Republican men who tried to groom her as the Sexy Vice-prexy-- especially McCain. Hillary Clinton has more cojones than Palin and most of the men in goverment today.

November 19, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Facebook 4 Palin said...

Brant, I just sent your post about asking a hard question to Palins facebook... and what paper you write for. If she thinks you are worthy enough she will seek you.

November 19, 2009 at 2:30 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

I'm all a-tingle. If Palin would like to set aside 30 minutes for an interview, I'd be glad to write up some questions for her.

November 19, 2009 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger PRIguy said...

You might get a free book, too! Or a slightly discounted one.

November 19, 2009 at 5:54 PM  
Anonymous Palin 4 Prez said...

Brant you have leave your usual questions at home. Like "when is the senior meeting?" or "bingo same time same place?" or "senior dinner at the community building?".

November 19, 2009 at 8:09 PM  
Anonymous 3rd Party I say again said...

Right, left,right,left....

Still the same game. FAR LEFT OBAMA, FAR RIGHT PALIN. PICK ...

Ron Paul... **== 2012 he is going to walk away with it.

November 19, 2009 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger Brant said...

I like a lot of what Ron Paul stands for. I think, however, that some folks who have lined up behind Paul might be chagrined to learn that he doesn't favor the federal government getting involved in things like forcing prayer in school, blocking abortions and preventing gay marriage.

November 19, 2009 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous RP 2012 **== said...

involved in things like forcing prayer in school, blocking abortions and preventing gay marriage.

That goes both ways.. prayer in school... if most kids pray, let them.. others can sit out.

Govt shouldn't stand between woman and womb, yet shouldn't pay for it either.

If a state wants to take on gay marriage, let the voters vote on it for that state. Yet only make them vote on it every ten years.

Don't keep ramming it down the voters neck.

November 19, 2009 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Gay marriage shouldn't have to be voted for. It's a right, not a privelage.

November 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Ron Paul **== 2012 said...

Gay marriage shouldn't have to be voted for. It's a right, not a privelage.

Emily, I couldn't find that right. Can you help me out?

November 30, 2009 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Ok Ron Paul.
For or against gay marriage?
Reason (religion, morals, etc.)

November 30, 2009 at 8:36 PM  

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