Saturday, January 29, 2011

More Quote of the Day Honorable Mention, Part 204

"Breathtaking" Edition

Mark Whittington at Yahoo!'s Associated Content:
"The pledge by the Washington Post's Dana Milbank to ignore Sarah Palin for the month of February has caused the Hollywood Reporter to run the numbers on the former Alaska governor on her mentions in the media. The results are, mildly speaking, breathtaking... If Sarah Palin were really stupid, or crazy, or diabolical as her detractors suggest, she would have become marginalized long ago and would have dropped off the media's radar screen. But the obsession continues, even in the teeth of calls to not cover her. This writer's theory is that in their hearts those suffering from Palin Derangement Syndrome know that she is not stupid, or crazy, or even diabolical. She is a relatively young, telegenic, articulate purveyor of conservative thoughts and values with a large following. She is the one person in America, aside from Barack Obama, whose name is mentioned in the same sentence as 'President of the United States.' She is an existential threat to everything the left holds dear. In their nightmares, liberals see Sarah Palin raising her hand, saying, 'I solemnly swear—' as Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George H. W. Bush look on."
Joe Newby at
"MSNBC has an almost unhealthy obsession with Sarah Palin. We conservatives refer to that as 'Palin Derangement Syndrome' and it seems to affect almost everyone at the network."
J.E. Dyer at
"The Western counterpart of the Tiger Mom—the American counterpart in particular—can arguably be identified as the Mama Grizzly. Palin is one instance of the type: a mother of five, she runs a family business with her husband, but raising her children is Job One. She doesn't expect her children to be perfect; she teaches them principles for honest and honorable life, and accepts that the day will come when she must trust them to act on those principles... When Palin thought things could be done better in the community where her children were growing up, she went out and did them. That's pure Mama Grizzly. When she concluded that the American life she wanted for her children needed defending, she took on the mantle of political leadership."
Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit:
"Why They’d Rather Talk About Sarah Palin (Cont’d): Foreclosure activity up across most US metro areas."
T. D. Williams at Terrance this is stupid stuff:
"Cillizza makes a couple of strange assertions. The first, in trying to keep Ross Douthat from looking clueless, is that Charles Krauthammer is a more important conservative voice than Palin. Krauthammer could be more important if you don't count ability to change existing or proposed legislation (e.g., who had more impact on actual content of the Obamacare bill and reaction to it, Palin or Krauthammer?)... The second... comes after noting that Palin easily draws crowds of 10,000. Cillizza then tells us that not everyone in the crowd will vote for Palin. Duh! I wonder how many times he made that observation about the crowds Barack Obama drew in 2008... In the 2008 campaign Palin's crowds were always enthusiastic, and the vast majority of those interviewed clearly said they would vote for her."
A "Fox & Friends" Viewer via The DC:
"Wow, Ben [Smith, of Politico], you have some free time this afternoon, obviously, and you’re not using it to write another smear piece on Palin."
Geoffrey Dickens at NewsBusters:
"NBC's Today show never covered Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen comparing Republicans to Nazis, but on Friday co-anchor Meredith Vieira determined Sarah Palin's mocking of Barack Obama's Winning the Future slogan as the precise moment when the new era of 'civility' in Washington, came to an end. After Vieira opened this morning's show announcing: 'End of civility? Sarah Palin takes a shot at President Obama's call for winning the the new tone of togetherness in Washington already over?' she brought on MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell to chastise Palin and Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann."
Lt. Dave Parker of the Anchorage Police Department:
"It was just guilt by innuendo, nothing else... They will do anything to destroy the platform Sarah Palin is standing on."
Mark Vogl at America Today:
"I am one of those Americans who knows who he wants for the next President. Her name is Sarah Palin... This nation is in pain. We are hurting. We are lost. There's no pride in America. The certainty of the Ten Commandments and the Bill of Rights have been replaced by the chaos of Animal Farm, and lunacy of the Mouse that Roared. We dont need Don Trump... we dont need Mitt Romney, both from the northeast, both from the RINOs. We do [need] Sarah. She is our hope, she is our leader..."
Drew McKissick at Conservative Outpost:
"Those who blame violent political rhetoric and imagery for the Arizona tragedy... had no comment about pictures... of a gun pointing at the head of a Sarah Palin cutout or comments among their supporters wishing she were gang raped."
Dana Loesch at Big Journalism:
"Well Of Course MSNBC Folks Didn’t Like Palin’s 'WTF'... From a network that took part in the fake baby Trig speculation that occurred when Sarah Palin first appeared on the national stage, WTF is suddenly 'juvenile.' It’s not juvenile, it’s hysterical and an obvious joke. When did progs become such clenched cheek, non-humorists? I thought conservatives were supposed to be stiff and unfunny. Geez. Stop stealing our stereotypes!"
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:
"Palin has a strong following in the Tea Party movement; she’s as close to a national leader as it has. That means Palin would require somewhat less organizing, at least to start a national campaign, than others in the Republican Party."
Man of the West at Fear an Iarthair:
"The toughest, most outspoken, unafraid person out there is Sarah Palin.
If any of her rivals were real conservatives... or truly expert economists, or had strong military backgrounds, etc., I would be forced to revise my opinion. But they aren't, not as far as I can tell. None of them have any qualifications so outstanding that I am willing to overlook what I see as a fundamental lack of spine. So, yeah, with some reservations, I am very much open to the concept of President Palin. At least I've no doubt about which side she's on, or whether she's willing to fight. Besides that, she drives Leftists nuts. Gotta love that."
Allie Winegar Duzett at Accuracy in Academia:
"At almost any gathering of the self-described intellectual elite, it seems that irrationally celebrating hatred of Sarah Palin is practically mandatory."
Soviet space expert James Oberg via Instapundit:
"I'm seeing up close how 'Palin Derangement Syndrome' can compel otherwise intelligent people to foam at the mouth and babble nonsense to prove they're right and she's wrong. The historical view is that the early Soviet victories in the Space Race led to the US response of the Apollo program, whose triumph validated the superiority of US space technology -- which had profound diplomatic, military, commercial, and cultural consequences. When Reagan challenged the USSR with Strategic Defense in the 1980s, Apollo had given that challenge credibility -- and the same pundits in the West and in Russian who pooh-poohed SDI had also pooh-poohed the odds of Apollo working. Proven wrong once, they lost credibility when Gorbachyov had to decide when/.if to pull the plug on the USSR's own hideously expensive space weapons programs (eg, Polyus-Skif and Buran). Soviet leadership came to believe, rightly or wrongly, that SDI was a lethal threat to them, based on the success of Apollo that had only been made possible by the stinging US defeats in the early Space Race, It's more complicated, but the essence is, Palin was right: the Soviets sowed the seed of their own collapse by setting off the Space Race."
- JP

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