Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Joe Scarbourough's Petty Slam Against Sarah Palin

OK Joe Scarbourough. I will "man up" for you and tell you something about your latest tome against former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
What you accuse her of doing, "tearing down" people is exactly what your column in Politico did.
You did not address one issue that you disagree with Mrs. Palin on.
I assume Joe, yeah I will call ya Joe, that you actually have policy disagreements with Mrs. Palin.
Funny, I just did not find one in your dismissal of Mrs. Palin.
I note that you start your column in a way that you would never think about if Mrs. Palin were, oh I do not know, maybe Sam Palin. Here is your condescending paragraph:

Everybody knows that Palin is a busy woman. The former half-term governor of Alaska stays so busy these days that one wonders how this mother of five manages to juggle her new reality show, follow her eldest daughter’s dancing career and launch her latest frenetic book tour while still finding the time to insult a slew of revered presidents and first ladies.

Would you have written that if Mrs. Palin was a man? Huh? I know that you would not.
Are you saying that a woman should not be as active as Mrs. Palin? Having any kind of career with a family? Have you thought this about the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton? How about some Republican women. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas? Or the Maine sisters, Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe? Yeah, I don't think so.
But I will give you a little bit about the fact that Mrs. Palin did resign and did not finish her term as governor. I have commented that I would have liked to see her finish her term. But, unlike many in politics she did not have a slew of money lying around to pay mounting legal bills to fend off mindless political charges filed against her while she was governor. Sorry about that Joe.
You then go on to cite that her political resume is thin, the same as the Dear Leader, President Obama. Yet I do not know when you cited that as a commentator on MSNBC. I really would like to see your comments during the 2008 campaign that dissed then Sen. Messiah Barack. If there are, then I do stand corrected. But I doubt any would come up.
Joe, you go on to accuse Mrs. Palin of taking swipes at "Revered presidents and first ladies." and "Republican giants."
What has your panties in a bunch, Joe, is that Mrs. Palin answered a question about the fact that she is doing her show, Sarah Palin's Alaska on TLC. Mrs. Palin pointed out that another person, Ronald Reagan, was an actual actor. Joe, you do not actually use the whole thing in your teardown of Mrs. Palin. Here, judge for yourself if Mrs. Palin is dismissing Mr. Reagan:

Rove, in an interview last week with London's Telegraph, said he thought it voters were unlikely to elect as president someone starring in a reality show.
"With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office,'" Rove said.

"Now look-it; I'm not in a reality show," she said on Fox News Sunday, according to the Huffington Post. "I have eight episodes documenting Alaska's resources, what it is that we can contribute to the rest of U.S. to economically and physically secure our union, and my family comes along for the ride because I am family, family is us, and my family comes along on the ride to document these eight episodes for The Learning Channel. ... So Karl is wrong right there in calling it a reality show."

Palin also took a tongue-in-cheek approach in pointing out that voters once elected an actor as president.
"You know, I agree with [Rove] that those standards have to be high for someone who would ever want to run for president, like, um, wasn't Ronald Reagan an actor?" Palin said. "Wasn't he in Bedtimes for Bonzo, Bozo or something? Ronald Reagan was an actor."

This was from The Hollywood Reporter. Not exactly conservative Republican central.
Yet, the way you put it, Joe, is that Mrs. Palin just dismissed Mr. Reagan as "an actor". She was not dismissive but rather simply making a valid point.
Another thing that got your panties tighter is Mrs. Palin reacting to former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush offering their opinions of the current crop of 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls.
Mr. H. W. Bush offered that he thought Mitt Romney would his candidate in '12. And he and Mrs. Bush did mention others. But not Mrs. Palin. And, Mrs Bush made a remark that could be seen as dismissive of Mrs. Palin suggesting that she should just stay in Alaska.
And Mrs. Palin responded that the Bushes are Blue Bloods. And that they want to dictate the winners.
And, Joe, she is right. And she was respectful of Mr. H. W. Bush as a former president.
But Joe, you went on to mention Mr. H. W. Bush and his heroic service to our nation during World War II. That does not take away from the fact that indeed Mr. H. W. Bush does come from a wealthy, establishment background. And we can not forget that indeed, it was the one thing that Mr. H. W. Bush promised he would not do that wrecked the economy even further.
Mr. H. W. Bush raised taxes. Can I point out that fact, Joe?
And on that note, it was people like the Bush family that Ronald Reagan ran against. Do you remember that? Remember that Mr. Reagan ran against then President Gerald Ford for the Republican presidential nomination in 1976? Mr. Ford, a decent man and patriot, reeked of being part of the Republican establishment.
Again, Joe, you wade into sexist commentary by trying to compare Mrs. Palin in her 20s to Mr. H. W. Bush and his service to our nation in war. You dismiss her because she-DA HORROR-ran as a contestant for Miss Alaska and finished third. Of course you fail to mention, Joe, that Mrs. Palin was married, raising a family and an active community volunteer. Also, she was working with husband Todd Palin on their commercial fishing business. Hey, Joe, maybe she should have donned some camoflouge and done a Rambo. Would that have changed your thinking on Mrs. Palin?
See, Joe, I would have liked to have seen something written by you that actually dealt with I S S U E S you and Mrs. Palin disagree on. You did not. You wasted a lot of words to pass on your buddies at MSNBC's talking points. That Mrs. Palin is dumb. That she is a quitter. That she should not be making money.
When people that claim to be on the conservative side spend more time dissing people on our side to prop up their own notions, then we do not win the battle of ideas.
And Joe, you did that with this column. And what you have done is solidified those of us that think there is a battle between the Republican establishment and the regular people. The conservatives. You, sir, represent the establishment.
Next time, Joe, please write a column about your policy disagreements with Sarah Palin. Not just some envy.

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