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watch it: “SARAH PALIN BOOK SIGNING – Interviews with Supporters”

Remember Heavy Metal Parking Lot? Harry Potter Parking Lot? Well, someone made Sarah Palin Parking Lot:


People have no idea why they like Sarah Palin. People have no idea what policies they support and which policies they don’t, and they don’t even seem to realize it. And some of them just make shit up. And it’s all good!

(via Americablog and my brother Ken)



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  • Nathan

    Typical gotcha journalism!

  • Paul

    THey just don’t like liberals, feminists, etc. I’ve long suspected conservatives aren’t voting for something as much as they are voting against people like you and me, MaryAnn, and Accounting Ninja, and others on this board. YOu know who you are.

  • JoshB

    As funny as that video was I think it bears pointing out that a right wing journalist could just as easily put together a video of ignorant liberals.

  • Alli

    True JoshB. And Paul I agree with you too Paul. They hate us. I guess they get to feel how we felt for 8 years.

    Nathan, I wouldn’t call it “gotcha” journalism. The questions he was asking were simple. These people want Palin to be President, but they couldn’t answer why. If you’re going to make a grand statement about why someone should lead your country, you better know at least one of her policies.

  • Ken

    JoshB makes an interesting point, and certainly something I was planning on commenting upon. Sure, you could have easily found a number of Obama supporters that didn’t know his policies or give a cogent explanation of why they like him. That’s not the scary part (not entirely, anyway). The scary part is the idea that such people could elect someone as severely unqualified for public office as Sarah Palin.

    I was quite amused at another story I read about her book tour, where she cut off a signing after signing autographs for 60% of the crowd. Seems she really doesn’t like to finish things, does she?

  • chuck

    I think I might agree with JoshB, you can make any group look like idiots on video. Jay Leno did it all of the time with “Jay Walking”. Glen Beck has done it to liberals in New York.

    Again, it’s just one of the many tactics used to break down communication. Make your foe look ridiculous, de-humanized them, and then whatever they say and think just does not count. Not a very honest way to have a conversation, but typical.

    I find this much more interesting. One look at Amazon’s best selling books page
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books

    #1 – Going Rogue
    #11 – Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/books

    And, yes something for the liberals to read
    #2 – The Twilight Saga Collection

  • Bluejay

    True, you can interview ignorant liberals and ignore those who offer more informed reasons for supporting Obama’s presidency.

    So what are the non-ignorant, more informed reasons for supporting a Palin presidency?

  • JoshB

    @bluejay:

    Intransigent hatred for moose.

  • Maurice

    You have to wonder. Are the people purchasing these books actually planning to read them?

  • David

    I would encourage everyone to watch some of Ric Mercer’s Talking to Americans

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhTZ_tgMUdo

  • Ken

    You have to wonder. Are the people purchasing these books able to read them?

  • chuck

    Watched the videos, very funny, it’s no wonder we have the congress and president we do.

  • MaryAnn

    So what are the non-ignorant, more informed reasons for supporting a Palin presidency?

    Thanks, Bluejay. I was gonna ask the same thing.

    And, yes something for the liberals to read
    #2 – The Twilight Saga Collection

    Um, is that a joke? Cuz there’s nothing in the least liberal or progressive about *Twilight,* which is antisex, pro-abstinence, obviously anti-woman, and sneakily anti-men. In what way is any of this “liberal”?

    Make your foe look ridiculous, de-humanized them, and then whatever they say and think just does not count. Not a very honest way to have a conversation, but typical.

    The interviewer in this video is polite and gives the interviewees every opportunity to explain themselves. He’s *trying* to have a conversation with them, and they are unable to participate in expressing *their own opinions.* There is no left-wing blowhard equivalent of Glenn Beck shouting them down. These people have the floor to themselves. How is this dishonest?

  • chuck

    So what are the non-ignorant, more informed reasons for supporting a Palin presidency?

    It’s hard to comment since she has not announced her candidacy.

    Also hard to judge from the past since as a vice presidential candidate she assumed the policies of the presidential candidate. As a state and city candidate she had policies appropriate for state and local government. Platforms tend to change with conditions so it would be foolish to pre-judge, but I know that won’t stop some people.

  • chuck

    Um, is that a joke? Cuz there’s nothing in the least liberal or progressive about *Twilight,* which is antisex, pro-abstinence, obviously anti-woman, and sneakily anti-men. In what way is any of this “liberal”?

    Yes,of course it’s a joke, much like the video, just stated in a polite way.

    The interviewer in this video is polite and gives the interviewees every opportunity to explain themselves. He’s *trying* to have a conversation with them, and they are unable to participate in expressing *their own opinions.* There is no left-wing blowhard equivalent of Glenn Beck shouting them down. These people have the floor to themselves. How is this dishonest?

    Please, you can’t be serious.

    – We don’t know what else any of these people had to say. We don’t know if any other people were questioned. Some of the edits and cuts are too tight, just get the sound byte you need and to hell with a conversation, and dear god if they start making sense move on.

    – This is NOT a conversation. If you think it is maybe we could try something similar with you. Maybe go back into to your archives and snip out just the right phrases and string it all together. Maybe post it on YouTube with some hillbilly music. Sounds like fun but not my style.

    – We don’t know what ended up on the cutting room floor.

    – Produced by “New Left Media”, well at least they don’t have the caption “Fair and balanced”.

    – The Beck thing I mentioned involved a polite conversational reporter type who went around asking New Yorkers a group of specific policy and social issue questions. The people responded. At the end the reporter informed them that they were all mostly in agreement with points laid out in one of Becks books. The people were mostly shocked and horrified. Very funny. No blowhards required, but it’s interesting you’d jump to that conclusion.

    I also watched the Canadian video mentioned above, and it was clear that at least some of the people there knew it was a joke, even Huckabee laughed.

    What’s even more shocking in all of this is the amount of low blows, and dumping on a successful woman. Some one who rose to the rank of sitting Governor, rose to vice presidential candidate. A strong, independent woman, someone who can be as at home with a baby as with a shotgun.

    MaryAnn stated in another blog that she admired the Sigorny Weaver character in “Aliens” for be able to strap on a rifle and fight the beast. There is no real life alien fighter, but when you look at the crap SP has had to deal with I’d say she comes close. But on the other hand MaryAnn posts this video that pokes fun of SP fans, and by association pokes fun at SP.

    Why would someone so involved with feminism do this? You might not agree with her policies, you might not like her lack of cankles, you might not like her sing song voice, but damn, you should respect what’s she done and not go for the cheap laugh.

  • JoshB

    Why am I not surprised that you’re defending Glenn Beck? Why does that just completely fail to shock me?

    Why would someone so involved with feminism do this? You might not agree with her policies, you might not like her lack of cankles, you might not like her sing song voice, but damn, you should respect what’s she done and not go for the cheap laugh.

    The hell? Would you vote for her, chuck? Palin vs. Obama, and I know how much you love Obama. Who’s it gonna be?

  • It’s been my experience that almost every successful politician has a cadre of loyal supporters who are not so much interested in what the politician actually stands for as much as what they choose to read into said politician.

    I know from personal experience that not every voter who supported Bill Clinton was a brilliant intellectual and not every one who supported JFK was an especially enlightened individual. Yet we like to believe otherwise because we like to believe that “our team”–i.e. the people who support the same candidate that we do–can’t possibly have the same type of human flaws as “their team”–i.e. the people who support the other candidate–even though both Democrats and Republicans tend to attract the same type of American voters whenever they win an election.

    I never realized how true this was until I watched one of the presidential debates in 1984 and noticed that both the Democratic and Republican candidates showed the same reluctance to give a straight answer to a straight question. Yet only the Republican candidate was called on his evasive answers.

    I don’t kid myself that all the Republicans’ problems have been due to media bias but I also don’t kid myself that pretending that only “dummies” vote for the other guy is going to keep the Democrats in office. Or that continually mocking and exaggerating the ignorance of the opposition is going to win all that many hearts and minds. “We” tried that tactic in 2004 and it failed horribly.

    Why on earth would we want to do it again?

    Oh, yes. Because we’re “smart”….

  • chuck

    By the way here is a link to Becks questions to New Yorkers. Be brave, and watch it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjYoXM2K2o4

    Watch it and tell me who treats the people better, Beck or the New Left Media

  • Accounting Ninja

    Why would someone so involved with feminism do this? You might not agree with her policies, you might not like her lack of cankles, you might not like her sing song voice, but damn, you should respect what’s she done and not go for the cheap laugh.

    Feminist Misunderstanding #3: assumes that all feminists will vote for/cheer/approve of any woman, simply because she has the right plumbing. This is wrong. Usually people who think this also think feminists hate men, and therefore must love all women. But we see people as people, not just their genders.

    And, funny how you jump right to physical characteristics: cankles, voice, when no one said anything derogatory about Palin’s appearance. That would indeed be misogynistic.

    We don’t vote for her because she is a conservative, the group that most vocally seeks to deny women full personhood. It doesn’t matter that the representative is a woman like me, anyone that toes the party line that denies women personhood is someone I am not voting for.

    So, no, I don’t “respect what she’s done”. She’s a mouthpiece for the right wing. (Not all liberals are pro-woman, either, as I noted last week, but that’s another topic.)

  • JoshB

    By the way here is a link to Becks questions to New Yorkers. Be brave, and watch it.

    Watched it. Not impressed. What a bunch of soft pedaled bull. Everyone is opposed to eminent domain. What he should have asked is “Do you think President Obama has a deep-seated hatred for white people?” See how much agreement that gets.

  • chuck

    And, funny how you jump right to physical characteristics: cankles, voice, when no one said anything derogatory about Palin’s appearance. That would indeed be misogynistic.

    You have not been keeping up with MaryAnn’s articles, I have, and the cankles thing comes from an article she wrote recently, just threw it in for effect.

    So, no, I don’t “respect what she’s done”. She’s a mouthpiece for the right wing. (Not all liberals are pro-woman, either, as I noted last week, but that’s another topic.)

    I knew a comment like this would come. so predictable. So political affilation reigns over feminism, interesting. Political gain over full personhood. It’s no wonder that many women have a hard time getting ahead.

    We don’t vote for her because she is a conservative, the group that most vocally seeks to deny women full personhood. It doesn’t matter that the representative is a woman like me, anyone that toes the party line that denies women personhood is someone I am not voting for.

    I see, let me get this straight, the group that denies women there full “personhood” runs a woman for VP and maybe President, and the group that champions women, beats one down because her ideas don’t completely fit their mold.

    Wow. This is even funnier than the video.

  • Ken

    …beats one down because her ideas…

    That’s really the bit you’re not getting, isn’t it? You seem to recognize that Clinton wasn’t rejected because of her sex, but rather because of her ideas, and somehow that makes the right more pro-woman? Palin’s selection, on the other hand, it seemed obvious to many, was because she was a woman, in the hopes of picking up Clinton’s supporters. She wasn’t being evaluated because of her ideas (if indeed, she has any), but because of her sex.

  • JoshB

    the cankles thing comes from an article she wrote recently

    An article that had nothing to do with this one, so your point is a blatant straw man (with a dollop of misogyny for good measure).

    So political affilation reigns over feminism

    Or you don’t understand feminism, which is pretty sad given that Ninja just explained your misunderstanding in the very post you’re quoting.

    It’s just as well that you won’t respond to me, chuck. *grabs popcorn* Accounting Ninja can school you just fine.

  • MaryAnn

    So political affilation reigns over feminism, interesting. Political gain over full personhood.

    Not at all. A feminist would say that Sarah Palin should do whatever she wants to with her life. A feminist would also say that Sarah Palin should be expected to be called on her bullshit, even if it’s women who disagree with her.

    I should support a woman even when her beliefs are radically opposite my own? That’s hilarious. Do you support men, chuck, who disagree completely with you?

  • MaryAnn

    you should respect what’s she done

    I should respect what she’s done? Why?

  • misterb

    I’m not sure I could compare “Jaywalking” with political videos on either side. Jay exposes the gross ignorance of people regardless of their politics, and that illustrates my main point:
    50% of the people are below average in intelligence – all politicians have morons for followers. Instead of comparing followers, we should be comparing leaders, and,frankly, nobody’s looking particularly good right now.

  • chuck

    – Ken
    You are right, I don’t believe that Clinton was rejected because of her sex. It was a combination of her personality, ideas and history, and the strength of her opponent that led to her loss. There are too many states, cities, and government entities with women in charge for sex to be a big issue anymore.

    -MaryAnn
    Yes I can respect men (or women) that I disagree with. I do it all the time. I have respect for certain commentators on this blog even though I don’t agree with them. Usually the more thoughtful who actually have a point and seem to be decent considerate types. I even respect Obama although I disagree with most of what he is doing and how he is doing it. Thankfully he is fairly ineffective. You simply can’t rise to level that Obama has without having something going for you, and that deserves some respect. I just want him out of office before he can do more damage.

    I can respect someone who has strong positive ideas and acts on them, even if I disagree, I can just choose to not support them. I don’t respect criminals, liars, thieves and the like, that’s different. It seems that the tactics often used to discredit the other side often involve pasting these sorts of labels, stupid or liar or criminal onto the opposition when no such charge is valid. This blog page is full of this already, people can hardly wait to name call, guilty of it myself from time to time, but working on it.

    To hate…no…HATE someone because they vote yes on something that I would vote no on, that seems a bit extreme.

    I didn’t say you should support Palin, just respect her. It would show a maturity that rises above petty politics and you might even win new friends. Propping up this video on your blog doesn’t show anyone respect, it might make you look good to your liberal friends, but in the long run it is probably career limiting, it just leads to the dark side.

    -JoshB
    One of the reasons I posted the link to Beck video was to show the contrast between the way he treated the people vs. how New Left Media treated the people. You didn’t comment on that. Yes, sure the New Left Media video is painfully funny, but imagine being one of these people and to have a mic and camera shoved in your face and then asked questions, and when out of nervousness or surprise you answer badly, to have it posted on YouTube. Shameful, disgraceful, disrespectful, mean, and not worth the humor.

    Is this the side you all support? Is this the way you think of yourselves? Is this what it takes to be a full card carrying member of the club?

    -JoshB
    I’m hoping for a better choice than Palin, never said whether I’d vote for her, I’ll leave that choice for later. I didn’t much care for McCain either, pissed me off over the years on a number of issues.

    I just don’t understand the hate the left has for Palin. Hate like this usually only comes from a good healthy dose of fear, maybe that’s it.

    We’ll see who pops up in the primaries. Palin may just take her book money and go home, first stopping on the way to the bank while laughing.

    If it came down to a choice between Palin and Obama, which I don’t think is in the cards, it will be a difficult button push. But I’ll choose the least destructive side.

  • Accounting Ninja

    Oh, man. Well, first of all, I gotta say: MAJ mentioned cankles, but she was AGAINST the silly cankle-fixation. So, I have been keeping up with her articles (rather fervently, actually), the question is: have you? Have you actually comprehended them? I’m not being a smartass here, it’s a genuine question.

    You are right, I don’t believe that Clinton was rejected because of her sex. It was a combination of her personality, ideas and history, and the strength of her opponent that led to her loss. There are too many states, cities, and government entities with women in charge for sex to be a big issue anymore.

    I disagree with this. Sure, there were some who actually just disagreed with her ideas. But the media coverage surrounding Clinton had been shockingly misogynistic. Shakesville watched the news and kept track of the misogyny hurled toward Clinton. And now, it may shock you to learn, since we apparently “hate” Palin, Shakesville is on a Sarah Palin Sexism Watch. Read the link within as well, How Feminism Works.

    @Ken, I also realized the WTF-ness of “Clinton was rejected because of her ideas, but you all hate Palin because she’s got a vagina!” Actually, where women are concerned in this culture, it’s always both, emphasis on the misogyny. No woman is safe, not the Palins and Coulters, not the Clintons or Sotomayors.

    and, I get the feeling when I read the word “respect” as you use it, chuck, it really means “you can’t say anything critical about her because she’s one of my own”. That’s not respect. I DO respect Palin’s personhood (not her ideas, though. But respecting personhood is even more important). That is why I will never insult Palin’s gender, appearance, sexuality, mothering etc. Because it doesn’t fucking matter. What she says and believes it matters. The commenters on this thread have not devolved into ad hominem attacks on Palin. We’re sticking to her ideas, just like any MALE politican. How is that not respecting her personhood? IN FACT, if anyone on this thread ever devolved into misogynistic attacks on Palin’s gender, I would defend her.

    Hey, that rhymed!

  • Accounting Ninja

    This particular article takes Democrats to task for their sexism against Palin. Sexism is ubiquitous.

    Sorry for the double post. :)

  • Bluejay
    So what are the non-ignorant, more informed reasons for supporting a Palin presidency?

    It’s hard to comment since she has not announced her candidacy.

    Also hard to judge from the past since as a vice presidential candidate she assumed the policies of the presidential candidate. As a state and city candidate she had policies appropriate for state and local government. Platforms tend to change with conditions so it would be foolish to pre-judge, but I know that won’t stop some people.

    So her positions are all contingent upon where she is at the time? She has no bedrock principles or qualities that we could evaluate, even for a hypothetical candidacy?

    Sure, politicians can be flexible depending upon whatever the conditions are, but you can usually tell from their past careers what some of their core beliefs are, how they work with allies and opponents, how they operate as leaders. Bloomberg isn’t running for president, but I have a fair idea what kind of president he’d be. Same with Palin. And I don’t like it.

    Of course she could change and grow, so I couldn’t say that it’s impossible I’ve misjudged her. But I’d find it hard to say I have no opinion of her qualifications just because she hasn’t announced her candidacy.

  • MaryAnn

    I DO respect Palin’s personhood (not her ideas, though. But respecting personhood is even more important).

    Ditto.

    I respect everyone’s right to be themselves, to do and say whatever they want as long as they’re not hurting others.

    But that’s where it ends. Respect for Palin — or anyone else, for that matter — does not extend to not calling them on their bullshit. People can believe whatever they want, but they’re living in a fantasy world if they think that “tolerance” and “respect” means that no one is going to laugh at them if they say the sky is green and grass is red, and that no one is going to try to stop them from implementing their fairy stories — such as that there’s a significant quantity of oil worth drilling for in the U.S. — in such a way as impacts all of us.

  • mortadella

    I don’t think anyone here actually stated that they hate SP. How could any of us do that, since we don’t really know her personally.

    But some of us do hate her politics….and the public image thing, well, that’s fair game.

    A lot of her fans seem to dig her the way some people love certain sitcom characters. To them, she’s a pretty, gun-toting family woman. But her public image has the same depth as Larry the Cable Guy’s — at least in the context of politics. I had to cover one of her visits to Pennsylvania just before the election, and it was strange as hell. Just before she entered the arena, they projected this montage of SP images on the wall that included a shot of her wearing flannel, holding a shotgun and flashing her pearly whites like a cover girl. Everyone cheered, except, I wasn’t sure what they were cheering for. Maybe that she can kill her own dinner and look great while doing it? I mean, sure, that’s a neat trick…but er, because of her policies back home in Alaska, women who have been sexually assaulted have to pay for their own rape(examination)kits.

    When it comes to hard-core debate, she’s only showed herself to be a talking point machine….and that she kinda sucks at geography.

    And let’s be honest, her fans don’t give a flying fig about feminism…that’s just a word they use in an attempt to shut down her critics.

    I dunno, I guess she’s the republican’s first pin-up girl. Would she still have the limelight if she were overweight, maybe in her 60s and not a former beauty pageant winner? I’m thinking not, but I can’t help it, I actually listen to people when they talk.

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