January 7, 2010

Tea Party for Palin

Posted: 01:09 PM ET

By Patrik Jonsson

Almost 1-1/2 years since she shook up American politics with her acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is set to headline another landmark political event: the first-ever Tea Party Convention next month in Nashville, Tenn.

On its face, the gig would seem a step down for Ms. Palin, one of conservative America’s most popular and polarizing figures (not to mention major thorn in the side of the Obama White House).

But with an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll ranking a generic “Tea Party” as more popular than either Democrats or Republicans, and Palin herself rivaling the charming Mr. Obama in poll popularity, many experts see the Tea Party event as a potential milestone for a mounting, even transformational, force in US politics.

“[W]ith two wars, a continuing terror threat, huge federal deficits, and a major healthcare overhaul in the works, there is no shortage of disaffection out there … and that could prove to be political dynamite,” writes the Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz. Against that backdrop, writes Mr. Kurtz, “The tea types can either blossom into a Perotista-style third-party movement or be subsumed to some degree by the GOP.”


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Worried   January 7th, 2010 1:44 pm ET

with the country facing one of the most difficult time in its history, thanks to the
blunders of the previous administration & their dictatorial rule, the last thing we need is the Tea Party or Sarah Palin.

Mature statesmanship & sagacity in leadership is what is required. Not this circus representing all things un-American.
Americans need to rally in countering such movements.

Enough   January 7th, 2010 2:03 pm ET

the country would be in a lot better shape is Sarah were running it. She ran a state, Obama organized and voted present............and Democrats argue that she isn't qualified..........yeah right, look at the disaster they put into the white house..........Go Sarah, go. Another thing, if Democrats would quit basing their opinions from Saturday night live, then maybe you would have voted for the qualified Democrat.........Hillary, not the weak, naive and apologetic community organizer who has no opinion on anything.

Expat American   January 7th, 2010 2:47 pm ET


Sarah Palin didn't run for President, McCain did and lost. In what ways would have the Graham/McCain economic policy repaired in 11 months what the Bush Administration contributed in creating in 8 years? Back to Palin, what from the many many interviews discussing her agenda as McCain's running mate was enough to convince you that she was actually ready to hypothetically side step a President McCain and actually be President herself? Now to Hillary Clinton; who do you want to face the same issues as the President..private citizen Sarah or Secretary of State Clinton? You realize that they couldn't be more different, don't you? Naive? Sarah Palin didn't even know the name of the Prime Minister of England if not for the flashcards of her handlers. Dear Lord.

As far as Saturday Night Live...that's a comedy sketch show. It's not as if people are basing their opinions on false 'Country First' accusations that the President is a foreign born 'Muslim'...because all 'Muslims' are terrorists right? Sound at all familiar?

Rose   January 7th, 2010 3:52 pm ET

Palin would make foreign policy decisions based on her religious beliefs. She has no clue about the complexities of Middle East politics. She irresponsibly supports the building of settlements in Israel (illegal by international law) as that would hasten the return of Jesus. A huge impediment to peace. This belief in the Rapture, the start of the great war of Armageddon, the expected deaths of Jews and other non-believers in Jesus to accommodate this fairy tale (certainly not concrete to anyone but the "faithful") – is NOT what our country needs in a leader.

Many sane people can't imagine someone with this end-of-times mentality having her finger on a nuclear button to trigger the Second Coming of Christ. Writer Raymond J. Lawrence wrote the following about Palin:

"The American people should assume that Palin's personal religious beliefs will have consequences in her decision making as President. However, a belief in the Rapture as a historic event toward which history is rapidly moving, is a belief with potentially catastrophic political implications. Do the American people want a believer in such a fantasy to hold in her hands the nuclear power to destroy civilization?" – or I would say, greatly create the chances of more war and deaths.

Right wing Christian fundamentalism (and all religions) should be reserved for personal faith and NOT mixed with important issues such as war and peace. We need a leader who will create peace and not one who looks forward to the end of the world. A firm "No" to the simple minded and under-educated Palin in 2012.

Judith   January 7th, 2010 4:33 pm ET

Sarah is great on Facebook but to speak to the Real Media of the Real News she knows nothing and never will.She only speaks of what ones who tell her what to say and then she screws up.

What kind of mother would parade her kids on stage at her radical,
hateful,dangerous rallies?

Sarah and 1st dude should have had their passports held after going to HK and dissing the President of the USA.Dixie Chicks were throw over board by not supporting the lies of Iraq.Sarah who supports lies and is very radical these tea marchers better wake up and smell the java.

Reagan would be very disappointed in these tea marches.Abe would hit them over the head like the commerical of 'I could have had a V8'
asking ones what they are doing by following a Party that acts like a No that wants to keep dividing.

GOPs feed the red meat to ones that should be more educated.
Where were these marchers during Bush with 911,giving tax breaks to the rich while throwing America into 2 Wars not even paying for it before Bush left office 8 yrs after his bs.

3 months after 911 we had the shoe bomber who was Richard Reid

What about Cheney in Aug 1001 and his dealings.

Why did Bush throw us in Iraq 6 months before 911 and what was he after?

Rose   January 7th, 2010 5:05 pm ET

Judith: Bush planned to invade Iraq several months BEFORE 9/11. Then Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill confirmed this and provided supporting documents. He was fired.

These documents, as noted in Ron Suskind's book "The Price of Loyalty", outlines how the Bush administration was looking at military options and planning for the aftermath of Saddam's removal, post-war contingencies and the future of Iraq's oil. Pentagon documents discuss contractors for "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield Contracts".

All of this was long before 9/11 occured. The excuse of pre-emptive strikes, WMD, the admitted lack of connection between Iraq and 9/11 were all created to justify Bush's agenda. GW and his cronies made hundred of milllions of dollars in profit from war contracts. Palin, of course, wrongly said we are in Iraq to "rid us of terrorists and bring democracy". No clue, both then and now.

Dodie   January 7th, 2010 5:11 pm ET

Palin is the Republican Party cheerleader! All Show and absolutely no knowledge! Her decisions on how to run a government is based on her religious beliefs which would make us not much different than Iran!

Palin has no clue about the complexities of politics let alone the Middle East! Palin is dangerous because the right wing christian fundamentalists in this country follow her like a ‘god’ Her narcissism exuberates all mass media levels.

Rose   January 7th, 2010 6:22 pm ET

Ultimately the Tea Party will fail. Their focus on fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, free market and taxation as defined by "true" Americans and patriots who want to "reclaim" their rights. Well that's great.

Who from that party, in the midst of these ambitions, has the ability to address America's international role? Palin? The issues that extend beyond our borders and hold great weight.

Is the Tea Party in a position to set the tone to deliver meaningful solutions to key international challenges from ending the Arab-Israeli conflict to helping achieve a comprehensive deal on climate change. Who in that group recognizes the new constraints on US influence in bilateral relations and can address it? What about responding to the actions of America's principal international competitors or opponents? As a party, what is their position to strengthen multilateral cooperation such as strengthening the UN system to renewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

What specifics in their "free market" stance accommodates a well-regulated market economy that the US is part of internationally?

Grass roots movements are fine, but the Tea Party is not in a position to lead, only criticize. They are leaderless and feature brain-dead talking heads such as Palin and Michelle Bachmann. Just another platform for Palin's senseless demagoguery. Her tossed word-salad-need-for-reform speech with little substance and a lot of Yankee doodle do.

Joe G. (Illinois)   January 7th, 2010 7:41 pm ET

We the Conservative Minority do not want to spoil and or poison our ranks with the economically dissatisfied abortionist fed up with Obama’s big fiasco that now might want to cross over. We rather be the minority. Can Sarah Palin hear this?

Rose   January 7th, 2010 8:10 pm ET

The Tea Party is trying to poise themselves for a similar stunt that the Christian Right pulled with GW Bush. They aligned themselves with Bush during both the 2000 and 2004 elections. Bush would not have won without their overwhelming support.

When the time is right, the Tea Party will bring forth their demands upon the now nearly defunct Republican party. The GOP in desperation will bow to their agenda. As leaders of the Christian Right met with Bush regularly over 8 years to push their agenda into law, most likely the Tea Party will attempt to do the same.

Stem cell research that would help the disabled and sick was curbed under Bush due to religious beliefs pushed by the Right. They deemed a 50-cell microscopic zygote to be a human (a fly's brain has over 100,000 cells). The living suffered and it was somehow considered "moral". Thank you President Obama for reversing that.

Pete   January 7th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

What we experience in the likes of Palin and similarly the Christian Right, is the effects of what happens when people are not able to think for themselves. Scientists might be right on here, intelligence is simply a genetic thing. "Blocking" is learned behavior, many times caused by childhood experiences through overbearing adult abuse. It is a coping mechanism where the later adult identifies with the abusive adult. Generally, the less intelligent will more quickly engage "Blocking".

Triggers for "Blocking" many times occurs when those are challenged by others who have a greater capacity for thought. Simply stated, it is the process of ignoring segments of data that would otherwise mean processing through long mental threads which ultimately become too confusing to them. A good example of "Blocking" can be seen in the religious segment. The fear of no life after death or the fear of hell delusions cause these people to "Block" other possibilities. Religious leaders who benefit from these people use other mechanisms as a catch all in case a few might challenge, the Anti-Christ. What a perfect means to scaring people who might actually apply logic..

After all, what kind of thinking would it otherwise take for a Muslim to believe terrorizing, via suicide, would lead to a path of eternal glory. No different than the millions of Christians who felt that revenge on 3000 lives is best taken with the lives of over half a million children in the Middle East. Better yet, sitting, kneeling and doing sacraments gets you to eternal happiness. Foolishness indeed. Worse is that they now interfere with science that could cure human lives and prevent suffering.

Then again, if you follow Palin and the religious right, go right ahead. Future populations will no doubt place you in the same light as the religious who once believed the earth was flat and the sun revolved around it. Hopefully generations in the future will finally learn from the continuing primitive actions today, maybe then will people finally become caring and compassionate.

Scott Stodden   January 7th, 2010 10:24 pm ET

Sarah poor Sarah just give it up cuz you will have no chance at winning the Republican nomination in 2012 if Mitt Romney runs and Iam one liberal Democrat who will be voting and campaigning for Mitt Romney in 2012 because America and the Obama administration don't have it right!

Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

A. Smith, Oregon   January 8th, 2010 12:37 am ET

Great I'll boil some water and wait for Sarah Palin to drop in!

Samuel   January 8th, 2010 2:49 am ET

Well first of all the Democrats in each of the state they represent are going down. Look at the polls of who supported this 2000 Page Health Care Bill. Most people in Neveda never did. However, Senator Reid forced it through. The people in California were as staunch as their Governor in not supporting it. Senator Palosi however supported it. 64% of the American people never supported it. But it still got forced down our throats.
I will be honest. Most people don't want a Mormon in charge.So lets be frank and honest. Mitt is certainly out. All a Mormon will do is purify everything and try to purify everyone and over do everything.
Lets be honest. Sarah is good for the sinner and saints alike..she would look good in leather on a bike..with a t-shirt showing her bellybutton. She would have a I love my mom tatoos. She would look nice and tight down to her ankels in leather but she would definatelyy something else to stand behind in elevators and she has morals and ethics and still look fine for a spread in Playboy and she is so lovely she maybe able to finally bring peace to the middleeast if she offered to do a playboy a arabic Playboy as well.
Now lets be honest...that would definately one Eagle i could get behind...ooooo yeah!

INTERFREEPRESS   January 8th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

GOV. OF CALF. IS RIGHT MORE MONEY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Since the states gave up their right to create money, the Federal Government has the responsibility to create the money the states need to balance their budgets. Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution gave the Federal Government power to create money.
Money must be created first before equal value can be created. The Federal Government needs to create enough new money now to give each state five hundred million dollars for each member of congress, which would be equal distribution. Goods and services is what
has real value–not money, which is mostly numbers on a computer chip.

NED PABLO   January 8th, 2010 10:37 pm ET


eJay   January 9th, 2010 9:09 am ET

The Republican party is what destroyed the country in the first place, now they are teabagging to stop Obama from fixing their mistakes.

A. Smith, Oregon   January 10th, 2010 4:16 pm ET

What is Blow-Back and how does it result in Oil Wars?

A. Smith, Oregon   January 10th, 2010 4:18 pm ET

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