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This is why the birthers/tea party cannot be trusted to run government

Two days ago President Obama released his “long form” birth certificate, for which the birther wing of the tea party had been screaming since then-candidate Obama released his “short form” birth certificate (i.e., the form everyone gets when they ask for an official birth certificate).  And that should have finally shut up the birthers.  And of course it did not shut up the birthers.

In fact, the birthers have just continued to invent whatever ludicrous, non-factual, bigoted, xenophobic, and just sheer mind-numbing thing that pops into their collective hate-filled heads.

PolitiFact, the independent fact checking organization run by the St. Petersburg Times, has compiled a list of their recent checking of the facts – or as the case may be, the non-facts – of the various birther/tea party claims related to Obama’s birth certificateOf the seven statements they checked, 4 received their “Pants on Fire” rating and 3 merely their “False” rating.

False means not true.  Not even close.

Pants on Fire means so not true as to suggest either a severe mental incapacity or intentional lying (or both).

So we can conclude that since none of the birther/tea party wing statements have any basis in truth, and in fact seem to suggest abject disconnect from reality and/or pathological hatred, the birther/tea party cannot be trusted in any position of authority.  Especially the critical job of governing the most powerful nation on the planet.  The nation that the birthers/tea partiers seem intent on holding back from our future while giving a leg up to China. The US of A.

Like all countries, the US has serious issues – economic, health, environmental, and future development in an increasingly competitive world.  We need serious people running the country.  With honest, serious people we can disagree on the path forward and yet find a way to move the country into the future such that we can advantage our great ability to be innovative.  We cannot do that if large proportions of the populace, and the people they elect as our representatives, can’t even tell the difference between what is true and what is false.  Or don’t care that what they say is false (or “pants on fire”).

As for the tea party and the Republican candidates for President and Congress in 2012, if you can’t come out and very publicly and adamantly denounce the birthers and the other tea party extremists and falsehood pushers, then you cannot be taken as a serious candidate.  None of this wishy-washy code words to secure the vote of the nut job base while trying not to sound too nut job yourself.  Direct denunciation.

In future posts I’ll chronicle the GOP field and let you know which ones should be relegated to the dust bin and which ones can be considered serious candidates.

[If you missed previous posts, I have already discussed two people getting a lot of attention as potential candidates for President – Sarah Palin and Donald Trump – neither of which will actually ever declare their candidacy.  The fact that they are considered by the tea party as serious possibilities highlights the point I’ve made in this post.]

April 29, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Birth certificate, Birthers, Obama, Republican, Tea Party | , , , , , | 1 Comment

President Obama Releases “Long Form” Birth Certificate – Will This Finally Shut Up the Birthers?

In a move that somehow avoided the pre-announcement leaking of the announcement to make an announcement, the White House today released President Obama’s “long form” birth certificate.  Yep, the “long form” because the “short form” that everyone else gets when they request their own birth certificate from the State of Hawai’i isn’t good enough for a not quite small proportion of the tea party that are tenderly referred to as “birthers” (or not so tenderly referred to as nut jobs, bigots, and a few other things that I wish not to print on Political Gum Hockey).  Because the law in Hawai’i forbade even the person from obtaining their own long form birth certificate, the President had to request that an exception be made, which the Hawai’i Department of Health granted in part because of the constant harassment they have received from birthers.

Of course, Obama supplied the normal birth certificate way back in 2008 when the birthers/nut jobs/bigots kept insisting that he was born in pretty much any place but the place he was born (all while somehow not thinking it important that Obama’s competitor, John McCain, was in fact born outside the USA).  As it says in the press release of this long form, the original birth certificate is the birth certificate and “This is not and should not be an open question.”  But that isn’t good enough for people looking for any excuse to attack the man who would become the first black President (of likely many future minority Presidents) .

So will this satisfy the birthers?  Before you answer, I’ll admit that this is a trick question.  The superficial answer is of course it won’t.  While some will shut up, others will find some other contrivance to attack Obama’s citizenship.  Why? Because this isn’t really about Obama’s citizenship.  It’s about fear.

When one looks at the constant drumbeat of the tea party, or at least the most extremist portions of the extremist wing of the Republican party that identifies itself as tea party, there is a pattern.  “Obama wasn’t born in the USA.” “Obama is half white.” “Obama is a socialist.” Yada yada yada.  All translate to “Obama isn’t one of us.” “Obama is foreign.” “Obama is un-American.”  Newt Gingrich, in one of his most illustrative diatribes, said (and I paraphrase) that “Obama doesn’t think like us.” All of these things are code for fear of foreign-ness, bigotry, xenophobia. They have deeper meaning than what they appear on the surface.

Keep in mind that the accusations of birthers and related contrived outrages were directed at Obama before he even was elected President, that is, long before he had any opportunity to implement any actual policies.  Just like there were contrivances by the South against Abraham Lincoln even before he was elected President.

Which is one of the reasons why there are parallels between the “tea party” movement and the onset of the Civil War, and why it could be just as dangerous.

But that will have to wait for a future PGH post.  For now, we’ll see how marginalized the birthers and their cohorts become now that one of their contrivances is no longer available to them.

April 27, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Birth certificate, Democratic, Obama, Tea Party | , , , , | 2 Comments

PGH Quick Takes – Haley Barbour Skips Presidential Bid

I’m sure that this will come as a shock/relief to some, but Haley Barbour has announced today that he will NOT make a run for President in 2012.  Many (but not PGH) expected Barbour, who is the current Governor of Mississippi, to seek the Republican nomination.  Today he put that notion to rest.

More specifics can be found in the Washington Post, CNN, and Politico, as well as a million other blogs and “news” outlets with no particular knowledge of the specifics.

PGH hadn’t been too keen on Barbour making a run even though all those professional pundit types (they know who they are) have been gearing up for such an event.  Much will be said about why he chose not to take the plunge, and some of it will actually be true.   But the bottom line is that he had virtually no chance of getting the Republican nomination because, well, because YouTube already has some of his greatest hits ready to roll.  Add in his past life as a lobbyist and his current prowess as a fundraiser (and the lack of “the look”) and he would have pretty much guaranteed President Obama’s reelection.

Ironically, his decision not to run is likely to make him a hot property.  Barbour is legendary for his ability to raise money (might be the lobbyist skills, who knows) and he’ll be glad-handed by all the Republicans who will be officially throwing their hat in the ring.  Though most likely they will want him way in the background where he can keep the cash flowing without actually taking the chance to be quoted in public.

Just think – only 1-1/2 years before election day!

April 25, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Haley Barbour, Republican, Tea Party | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Donald (Trump, not Duck) – Or, Can the Tea Party be Trusted to Vote Like Adults?

Much ado has been making the airwaves recently about Donald Trump, best known for weird hair and pompous self-promotion, and his maybe, sort of, possibly, thinking about consideration of potentially running for President.  Yes, President of the United States of America.

I’ll wait until you stop laughing…or crying.  Whichever seems most appropriate.

In these periodic posts of potential presidential ponderers and prospects, PGH will look at the serious, the not so serious, and the simply silly.  Three guesses as to which category Donald Trump fits into.  The Donald (one of the pet names he invented for himself) has suggested that he may be a candidate for the presidency on the Republican ticket.  Never mind the tricky little disconnect with his previous non-candidacies as a Democrat, an Independent/Reform, or whatever political pseudoparty he makes up for that day.  He’s played this game before, so transparent in its “playing the media/public for fools to promote whatever project he has going at the time” that everyone was prepared to smile and nod and move on to actual real potential candidates and their own political game playing.

But then something absolutely bizarre happened.  Some people actually took Trump seriously.  “Some people” meaning “the tea party.”  The media, of course, played the whole charade up, but we know they are doing it merely for ratings and ad sales.  That and sheer boredom because none of the legitimate potential Republican contenders seemed to be in a hurry to actually officially announce their candidacies (like it’s some sort of secret).  So the media does what the media does.  No shocker there.  What is more incredible, in fact down right scary, is that a significant portion of the tea party actually seemed to not understand Trump’s game.  They actually started tossing their support to Trump in not one but several straw polls.  He actually comes out ahead of the pack in one or two.  Donald Trump!!  Seriously. I’m not making this up.

Which gets me to the point of this post.  The tea party is not to be trusted with intelligent, adult decisions regarding our country.  They have proven it over and over again, with this Trump thing being just one of many examples. They are so divorced from reality and logic that they have in turn bounced from Sarah Palin to Michele Bachmann to Donald Trump as people they consider to be legitimate prospects for the most important political position in the entire country world.  And they are serious.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some legitimate differences of opinion about the role of government in society, the amount of spending versus income, and whether some issues are best dealt with at the federal versus state level.  But those legitimate issues are not being honestly presented or debated by those who self-identify as tea party.  It is those who self-identify as Independents that are having, or at least trying to have, honest discussions with the goal of finding solutions.  The tea party, on the other hand, is prone to hypocrisy, distortion, bigotry, and xenophobia.

Not everyone in the tea party, obviously.  Which is why those who currently find themselves associating with the tea party because they thought the tea party was a mechanism for getting their voices heard should be running away from said tea party at great speed.  The tea party are the crazy guy on the park bench yelling that Elvis is alive.  For a while the guy garners a lot of publicity and news coverage (controversy sells ad space!!), but after a while you start to realize that he isn’t making any sense and might actually be a danger to himself and others.  Then you start to pity him.  [Or more preferably, find him professional help]  In short, the tea party is destroying any credibility any honest Americans concerned with real issues might have expected could undergo discussion.  Not gonna happen. If the tea party pushes it, it instantly has zero credibility, even if it isn’t one of the vast percentage of tea partiers who are birthers or bigots.  [Aside – If you want to have an honest discussion of real issues, check out the Coffee Party]

Which gets us back to Donald Trump.  The man epitomizes the fact that even vulgar buffoonery can’t stop you from becoming filthy rich (or in Trump’s case, building on the riches he father handed to him).  That’s fine.  Trump is one of those curiosities that we all get a kick out of, in part because we are glad we still have normal looking hair and wish we had his wealth and lifestyle.  But while we might envy his wife-model of the month, we wouldn’t take him seriously as a presidential candidate.

The fact that the tea party seems willing to take him (and similar caricatures) seriously when they have some actual qualified candidates available demonstrates that they cannot be trusted to vote like adults.

Sorry.

April 22, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Donald Trump, Republican, Sarah Palin, Tea Party | , , , , | 4 Comments

Hello, I’m Mitt Romney,* And I Want to Talk About Sarah Palin

Hello, I’m Mitt Romney, and besides having perfect hair I’m running for President of the United States.

I want to take a few moments in my opening statement of this first (and hopefully only) Republican primary debate to eliminate one of my competitors, Sarah Palin. Frankly, I’m shocked that I’m standing up here next to my old new friends Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, that old white guy over there that I don’t recognize but really kind of fits in with the rest of us. Not shocked that I’m here or that they are here, but that Sarah Palin is also here. I mean seriously.

Uh, hmm. I mean, I welcome all my valiant competitors, including the esteemed former Governor of Alaska who served the party so well as our Republican vice-presidential nominee in 2008….ahem, er, hack, er… Sorry, something in my throat.

Well, actually, I’ve been through this before and I’m not letting anyone get in my way this time, most certainly not a half-term Governor. So I’ll make this quick.

Former Governor Palin quit her job. In fact, a bunch of them. A quick recap. So, after quitting 4 colleges before finally (apparently) getting a journalism degree in the 5th one, then doing some sports radio and TV, my esteemed Republican colleague got elected to a series of positions.

1) City Council: Okay, she didn’t quit this one, but come on people, Wasilla has less people in it then my mansion on New Year’s eve. She won with a grand total of 530 votes (and got less the next time). [To be clear, she didn’t win by 530 votes, she received 530 votes total. Her opponent received all of 310 votes.]

2) Mayor of Wasilla: Still less people than even one of the little islands I own. And yet she hired some guy to administrate the city so she could focus on practicing her 3rd place runner-up Alaska pageant skills on the populace. But I do give her credit for bringing in those big box stores, you know, the ones that put local merchants out of business and buy all their stuff from China. And she definitely should take credit for hiring those big city consultants to lobby for millions of dollars. No wonder she got all of 909 votes to win a second term.

3) Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: Given that Alaska has a long history of political corruption, Sarah won a prize gem with her appointment to the Commission that gets to decide how all that oil money gets spent. Okay, so she didn’t know anything about oil when she was handed the chairmanship (by the corrupt Governor she was later to charge with corruption), but it gave her a prime spot to get people fired before she suddenly resigned.

4) Governor: Okay, unlike the real states of Utah and Massachusetts, my honorable colleague became Governor of Alaska, a huge state in area that is 75% national and state parks, has a population only a touch more than Washington DC, and has a surplus budget because of all the oil revenues. Which she quit half way into her term. But luckily she lobbied former Senator Ted Stevens and ongoing Representative Don Young to get federal pork barrel funds for the “bridge to nowhere” before denying that she ever lobbied for federal pork barrel funds for the “bridge to nowhere.” [Stage direction: Nowhere Man by the Beatles plays softly in the background.]

So seriously, my indomitable fellow Republican/Tea Party/Alaska Independence Party colleague clearly would be like rolling the dice in Vegas on a tilted craps table in the dark should you choose to unbelievably give her the nomination. All I can say is, make sure John McCain does not pick her running mate if you go down that road.

But since I want to get all those energized Tea Party people to vote for me, you know, all the goods ones and even those who are biased against Mormons or any other religion or sexual preference but their own, I want to end my opening remarks by falling over backwards saying all sorts of nice things about Sarah Palin so that the tea partiers will forget everything I’ve said up to this point.

[With emphasis!] I love Sarah Palin! She has done all of America proud (well, all of “real” America). I look forward to putting her in my cabinet when I get elected. [Perhaps the one in the summer house where my servants can keep her locked up.]

Thank you Mr. Beck for allowing me to run over my time in my opening remarks. And thank you for moderating this first (and only) Republican primary debate. God bless you, and God bless America!

[Stage directions: Mr. Romney turns to face the center camera. The camera on his right side, his best side, zooms in to capture his perfect smile. Cut to Mr. Beck who introduces the next candidate, the old white guy no one recognizes but fits in with the rest of them. Cue camera 2.]

* In case anyone is seriously confused, I’m not really Mitt Romney. This is clearly satire. Sorry Mitt. 🙂

[Editors Note: PGH will do a (mostly) serious look at Mitt Romney’s candidacy in a forthcoming Political Gum Hockey post.]

April 17, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Mitt Romney, Republican, Sarah Palin | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Quick Poll – What Republican Can Beat Obama in 2012?

April 16, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Mitt Romney, Obama, Republican, Sarah Palin | Leave a comment

PGH Quick Take – Obama does debt

As I write this President Obama is giving his address on debt and what to do about it.  The first part can be summed up by “the Republicans started it.”  The big time borrowing started in the 1980s (unspoken was “by Ronald Reagan”).  We started getting responsible in the 1990s (unspoken was “during the Clinton administration”).  Then trashed that idea again this past decade (unspoken was “by GW Bush and the Republican Congress”).  Then Obama inherited an economy in the tank that required even more borrowing (unspoken was “just to keep us from becoming a third world country”).

He actually does a good job of telling it straight – all the stuff people are talking about is only 12% of our budget.  We need to look at the other 88%.  He basically said “we have to be honest, and the proposals out there are not honest.”  They go after minimal costs that happen to be ideological red meat for the base…and ofttimes just mean.  They focus on hurting average Americans and giving all the breaks to the people who least need them.  In short, the middle class and the investments in the future are being sacrificed to give a tiny percentage of the most privileged Americans even more privilege.  We need to invest in our future…China and others certainly are investing in theirs.

The vision for the future should be on investing in education and new technologies.  Not on giving tax breaks to the wealthy. “They want people like me to get a $200,000 tax break and by asking 33 seniors to take a $6000 each tax increase.  That is not the America we want.”

Now he is getting positive – America is a great nation.  “This is the America I know. We don’t have to forfeit our future.  We all have to make sacrifices, but we don’t have to sacrifice the America we all believe in.  And as President I won’t let it happen.”

He adopts some of the provisions of the debt commission. “We will make the tough cuts we need to make, including some things that I would rather not.  But we will not sacrifice our ability to meet the future, innovate, and create jobs.”  He includes defense in the areas where cuts can be made, while maintaining the US as the best and most powerful military in the world.  He includes continuing to look for ways to lower health care costs, but chastises the mean and ineffective plan put forth by the Republicans (the Ryan plan).  He says “we will reform these programs, but we will not abandon the commitment we have made to ourselves.”

He refuses to extend the tax cuts to the wealthiest one percent again.  “We can’t afford to give million dollar tax cuts to billionaires at the expense of the middle class.”  He called for Congress to reform the tax code to simplify and make more efficient our taxes while protecting our investment for the future.

The goal is to cut the deficit by $4 trillion by 2023.

A good speech.  He drew some bright lines with the Republicans, which should satisfy liberals who have been feeling he has given too much away to the GOP.  As for the Republicans, they of course will find fault with Obama’s speech because, well, because it’s Obama’s speech.  Overall, Obama presented an honest picture of what needs to be done and how we shouldn’t be fooled by the rhetoric that avoids taking any real responsibility and/or sacrifices the future and the middle class.  “We can’t just think about ourselves, we have to think about our country and our people and our future.”

“We are in this together.  I still believe we can take responsibility and can work together to keep America great.”

*all quotes are my paraphrasing as I don’t do dictation.  But hey, they’re pretty close. 🙂

April 13, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Democratic, Obama | , , , | 2 Comments

Important Questions for Tea Party and Conservative Folks

The mid-term elections are in the past and all eyes are on the next Presidential/Congressional election.  Meanwhile, those that identify with the tea party and/or conservative wing of the Republican party are making every effort to leave a mark on the direction of this country.  Many hope to put a conservative/tea party candidate in the White House, maintain control of the House of Representatives, and take control of the Senate, thus giving them full control of the government (again).  Before doing that, it seems appropriate for tea partiers and conservatives to answer the following questions.

1) Why is Congress’s act to pass the Health Care law unconstitutional?

2) Why do you want to eliminate the Department of Education?

3) Why do you think the President and Democrats want to “take away your 2nd Amendment rights?”

4) Why do you think the President and Democrats “don’t respect and honor the Constitution?”

5) What are the President and Democrats doing that make you think they want to impinge on our right to practice the religion of our choice?

6) Why do you think the President is a Muslim?

7) Why do you think that the President was not born in the USA despite his being born in Hawai’i?

8 ) Why do you believe that the richest 1% of Americans should pay less on average as a rate of their income than many of the middle class?

9) Why was reduction of the debt not important prior to Obama being elected?

10) Why do you want to eliminate the birthright provision of the 14th Amendment?

11) Why do you believe that individuals and businesses should have the right to choose to discriminate against individuals based on their race or other factors protected by the Civil Rights Act and related laws?

12) Why do you think politicians should arbitrarily overrule scientific consensus?

13) Why do you believe “the federal government” was designed to be weak by the founding fathers?  As a corollary, why do you think the founding fathers would create a weak federal government (in the Constitution) to replace the weak federal government that was already in place (as per the Articles of Confederation)?

I’m sure there are more questions that need to be answered before a tea party or conservative candidate can assume a governance role for this nation.

You can provide answers in the comments.  To see some answers already left by others you can check out the comment section in the cross-post here.

April 13, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Birthers, Republican, Tea Party | , , , | Leave a comment

PGH Quick Take – Mitt Romney Makes it Official!

Mitt Romney wows the crowd camera with news that will come as a shock to, well, nobody.  With a two and half men minute video, Charlie Mitt announces today that he is forming an “exploratory committee” to kick off his campaign for president of these here United States of America.  And another shocker, he does it from New Hampshire.   Politico has the full story.

Mitt’s theme appears to be “President Obama’s policies have failed.”  Which seems like it might be a hard sell given that Obama took office inheriting a well-underway economic near-depression rivaling the big depression itself, then immediately slowed the job losses, and now is creating jobs, all while being fought tooth and nail by the Republicans (and some Democrats) in Congress.   So I guess failure in Romney’s eyes is “Obama didn’t fix the mess we gave him fast enough.”

More on Mitt in future PGH posts.

We now return you to whatever you were doing before you came to this PGH Quick Take!

April 11, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Mitt Romney, Republican | , , , | 1 Comment

Why Sarah Palin Won’t Run for President in 2012 (or ever)

Love her or hate her -and those do seem to be the two choices; no middle ground for her – Sarah Palin has certainly caused a stir in the almost three years since her surprise pick as John McCain’s 2008 running mate.  The tea party, the Democrats, the mainstream (and slightly out of mainstream) Republicans, and of course the pundits, have debated whether she will throw her hat into the ring for the 2012 Presidential campaign.  Here is why that isn’t going to happen.

1) She might win. Okay, that seems about as likely as winning the lottery.  But hey, for the sake of argument, let’s say it could happen.  Why would that keep her from running?  It’s rather simple, really.  In the unlikely event that Sarah Palin wins the 2012 Presidential election, Sarah Palin would have to govern.  Yep, she would actually have to take responsibility for the still greatest country on the planet.  Keep in mind that this is a person who needed help to run a town smaller than my city apartment building, quit her plum job on the Alaska Oil & Gas Commission (which decides how to spend all those royalty checks), and then quit halfway through her job as Governor of a state with a population about the size of Washington DC.  No, Sarah Palin does not want to to have to actually take on the toughest job on earth.

2) She might lose. This scenario is more likely.  Again, why is that a problem?  Last time there were about two dozen people who ran for President and all, except one, lost.  Presidential elections offer two chances to lose – the primaries and the general election.  Recent polling has shown a dramatic drop in her favorability ratings.  That’s a problem (see Item 4).  If she won the Republican primary it would have to be with tea party support, which would pretty much scare the living daylights out of Independents and probably result in the biggest voter turnout in two centuries for the Democratic party.  I just don’t think she will take a chance that she might lose.

3) The debates. As the Vice-Presidential candidate in 2008 she had one debate, against “Say it ain’t so, Joe” Biden, whose entire goal was to not turn off the disgruntled Hillary Clinton women voters by coming on too strong to Palin.  Not so much a piece of cake for the Republican primary debates.  There will be several, perhaps even many.  With likely a dozen fellow Republicans all wanting the job.  A certain Mitt Romney, who will rightly see 2012 as “his year” (as in, “he makes it now or he goes back to the day job), isn’t likely to let her get away with snarky one-liners.  Romney, and all the rest, will ensure that her inability to formulate a coherent and informed thought on any issue will get center stage.  I don’t see her putting herself through that experience.

4) Celebrity. Let’s face it, Sarah Palin likes being a celebrity.  She did the whole Miss Alaska pageant thing and pretty much has been playing to the audience since that time.  Since her sudden emergence into the national spotlight as John McCain’s running mate in 2008, Palin has done two book tours, had a “reality series,” and tweeted and Facebooked her way into the news cycle virtually every night.  Her Q Score is through the roof.  She certainly can rile the base, but also rile the opposition.  The ability to do both is why the MSM (which she lovingly calls Lame Stream Media) loves talking about her – love her or hate her it’s good for ratings.  But running a serious campaign for the highest office in the land would require her to be, well, serious.  And that would impact her celebrity.  A while back everyone loved to talk about Paris Hilton, but not too many people would consider her for a position of responsibility.  Sarah likes being a celebrity.

5) She hasn’t been to New Hampshire. Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all wonky on you.  But let’s just say that Palin has done nothing to develop the ground game for the caucuses and primaries.  She did make stops in Iowa and South Carolina on her book tours, but she isn’t putting together a campaign.  She just isn’t going to run.

6) Power. This is a corollary to the Item 4, Celebrity.  At least up until the last month or two, Sarah Palin has been one of the most powerful women in politics.  Her ability to rile the base while playing the martyr was enough to push some of the tea partier types into seats in the House, the importance of which just played out in the 2011 budget sideshow we just experienced.  Of course, her influence helped propel a few “I am not a witch” and “2nd Amendment solutions” candidates past sane Republicans in the primaries, thus costing the Republicans control of the Senate in 2010.  So the whole power thing goes both ways.  Like celebrity, Palin likes the idea of being a king or queen maker.

So Sarah Palin won’t run for President in 2012 or any other time.  Polls show that even the tea party, while they might like her, wouldn’t trust her in a position of power.  And most certainly the rest of the country won’t vote for her.  So what she will do is continue to play the martyr as needed, go to town on Twitter and Facebook as the election gets closer, and work as many paid speaking gigs as her publicist can arrange for desperate candidates.  Maybe she’ll put out another ghost-written book to pad the purse.  She’ll do what she has been doing.

Or maybe not.  Her video response after the Giffords shooting seems to have turned off a lot of people and her reputation is tanking like the economy did in the summer of 2008.  Maybe she’ll just lay low (she has been a bit out of the news cycle the last few weeks) and enjoy her new found wealth and her family.

So look for her to finally make some sort of announcement long after it’s become obvious that she isn’t running.  She’ll make the requisite deference to her family, which she isn’t running so she can focus on, and how she doesn’t want them to have to go through the scrutiny of another campaign.

By the way, that sound you hear is the rest of the Republican candidates all breathing a huge sigh of relief, as they all try to figure out how to capture those people who had lined up to vote for Palin (without turning away any Independents still on the fence).

April 9, 2011 Posted by | 2012, Republican, Sarah Palin | , , , | 4 Comments