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I have only one word to describe Palin. Insignificant!

sheila howison

Dallas, TX

Dec 7 2009 - 7:19am

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Meeeeee-owwwwww! Pfffffft! Pfffft!

What is it about conservative women that liberal women just take off on? Look at the sneering lips of Contessa Brewer and Whitsomething.

And look whose books are at the top of the bestsellers list.

We, the People, and not you, the media, are going to take this country back from the so-called scientists. They are nothing more than partisan hack whores going after the grant monies.

Those officious global-warming scientists were working hard to systmatically remove all of our natural resources away from American sovereignty... be it oil, timber, agriculture, energy... Under the enviros' agenda, everything is too expensive for the 'common' man to afford unless the governemnt has control of it. (Let the private sector make it affordable, then.)

The answer to global warming is no, we don't believe you. The answer to cap-and-trade is no, we don't believe you, and even the ESA should be investigated, for it has been the Trojan horse that has kept us from accessing California's oil reserves, and has completely and absolutely ruined California's water delivery and flood control system.We're just a flood away from being a Third World country now... thanks to the Democrat-controlled legislature that has deferred maintenance until it's just too late now.

Victoria Murphy

Brooks, CA

Dec 7 2009 - 1:05am

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After watching the video of the interviews of the Sarah Palin fans waiting outside Borders to buy her book and get her autograph, I have to say she will rear her empty head in the 2012 presidential campaign.

However, there will be millions of disappointed empty-headed fools out there who will be greatly disappointed. She is too much of a rogue; the money masters who have selected our presidents and congress since 1913 could never trust her to follow orders and shut the hell up.

That's neither good nor bad for the country. What is bad is that they will have the man, or woman, with whom they can place their trust, in the Oval Office. If Obama falls from their grace, then it will be another corruptible politician. There's never been a shortage of them.

Charles Lingenfelser

Brandon, MS

Dec 5 2009 - 9:14pm

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Anyone who thinks that we have seen the last of Sarah Palin never read the admonition from H.L. Mencken that "no one ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American public." Palin is just what the Republican doctor ordered for 2012. Get ready for Mrs. President Palin.

John Giarratana

Jersey City, NJ

Dec 4 2009 - 8:33am

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Please, please, please, Ms. Pollitt, don't make this promise "subject to debate." This woman has created more distress and havoc in the last twelve months that most armies cause in one's lifetime (except the US army, of course, which creates more distress in one hour than anything on earth).

Let Sister Sarah and her PR-hate-machine die on the vine like all others. Then maybe Billy Graham will get his Gulfstrram II "bus" back safely. Her latest insult to the intelligence left in Minnesota, after the invasion of Michelle Bachmann, is to call for "English-only" press to cover her "bus-based" (Gulfstream II) book tour get-together at the Mall of America. What an insult to all American citizens.

It's seems clear to all rational folks watching this spectacle from the outside that she and her "people" have been to a Klan meeting starter seminar recently, given this kind of behavior. This looks and smells like the beginnings of the civil rights movement in the '60s, which turned extremely violent and left our nation changed forever. I was there.

She needs to return to her new, free house in Alaska, stop calling herself "governor" because she's not (she quit), and fade into the mundaneness of everyday life. Unless the people of Alaska despise her so much now, based on what she has perpetrated on them over the last couple of years, they won't let her come back! That would be a laugh.

Ron Baldwin

Chicago, IL

Dec 3 2009 - 5:11pm

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Let this go for real, Ms. Pollitt. Let this go, please. People in this country who are drawn to this have had their very plastic brains programmed to be drawn to the formula this person exhibits. This is not rational, this is primal and conditioned. Please, please stop being part of the ongoing conditioning.

Kris Knight

Madison, WI

Dec 3 2009 - 3:24pm

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Man, Katha, you really hit the nail on the head, and you certainly got a few feathers ruffled. Just remember the biblical quote, "Let the blind lead the blind and both of them will fall into a ditch." So go the Palin followers.

Cleo Martin

Tulsa, OK

Dec 2 2009 - 6:24pm

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You know, I stopped reading The Nation quite a while back when I thought the left kept shooting itself in the foot by supporting,in my opinion, anything left-leaning, no matter how stupid. I have to say that this column hit the nail on the head for me. Sarah Palin, like most of the general public (myself included), is praising common sense in defense of any argument, no matter how wrong-headed. It seems that most of us are becoming either too scatterbrained in one direction or too rational in the other to let common sense play any role in our decision-making. Maybe I'm going to have to start reading The Nation again.

Ken Jarecki

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Dec 2 2009 - 1:18pm

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Okay, just shut up and do it. Quit writing, talking, blogging, listserving about Sarah Palin.

Charles Lingenfelser

Brandon, MS

Dec 1 2009 - 3:54pm

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Katha Pollitt's knowledge of recent American political history seems to have started with the 2008 presidential election. She seems to have no awareness whatsoever of any other famous, incredibly flawed, female political train wrecks. For example, the name "Hillary Clinton" comes to mind. This walking lampoon of a Machiavellian career first lady and professional coattail-rider has provided us all with well-documented, forehead-slapping antics for the last fifteen years.

Placing aside Pollitt's apparent one-sided or simply limited knowledge of recent American history, I really have to object to her characterization of any form of clothing Sarah Palin wears, and her bizarre fixation over multiple written pieces on Palin's appearance or "looks." Further, I object strenuously to the use of the phrases "Caribou Barbie" or "Political Barbie." Pollitt's (repeated) use of these terms is denigrating to women in politics, denigrating to the cultural heritages of people who are not part of the East Coast establishment chattering class, and reflects more on Katha Pollitt than on Sarah Palin.

I do not believe Palin has any business holding office; however, unlike so many of her self-proclaimed "feminist" (elitist, insular, and dogmatic) critics, she certainly made it to an elected office, a serious one, quite regardless of what any of the rest of us think.

One can only hope that Pollitt's catty jihad against Palin truly is coming to an end. It's not just onerous and tiresome, it's embarrassing to watch Pollitt expose her issues for all to see while calling it "feminism" or anything serious at all.

Seymour Friendly

Seattle, WA

Nov 30 2009 - 10:19pm

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