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Dominion’s Love Fest with National Embarrassment Sarah Palin and (Neo)Fascist Sebastian...

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by A Siegel As evidence piles up that natural gas is a "Bridge to Nowhere" and that natural gas infrastructure built today won't only be...

Video: VA GOP’s 42nd House of Delegates District Nominee’s Palinesque Fiasco...

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For those of you who aren't familiar with Virginia's 42nd House of Delegates district, here are a few factoids before we get into the...

BREAKING: Sarah Palin’s Right-Wing Pal Quits Komen for the Cure

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Good riddance.
Karen Handel, the former GOP candidate for governor, just announced her resignation as a senior vice president for public of Susan G. Komen for the Cure - one week after the breast cancer charity reversed itself on a decision to sever financial ties with Planned Parenthood.

Below is the letter. Note that Handel says she is declining the offer of a severance package from Komen - which might have required her to keep silent...

The complete about-face, retreat, white flag surrender by Komen for the Cure continues, and rightfully so. The fact is, Planned Parenthood spends almost all its money and time on promoting women's health. Isn't that what Komen for the Cure's supposed to be about as well, not part of the right-wing assault on a woman's right to safe and legal abortion?

P.S. Note that Palin Pal Handel "continue[s] to believe our decision was the best one for Komen's future and the women we serve," and whines - in typical right wingnut fashion - about "the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it." Quick, somebody call a waaaaaambulance for Karen Handel!

Sarah Palin: Republican Establishment Has Declared War on “grassroots Tea Party...

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As a diehard Democrat and Teddy Roosevelt progressive, I don't usually praise anything Sarah Palin does. To the contrary, I usually try to ignore her, or if I pay any attention at all, to mock her. Still, I've got to admit, she's got a following among the Teahadists. Check out her Facebook page, for instance, where she has nearly 3.3 million people who "like" her. Also, check out the response to her latest Facebook post, entitled - no, this is not a joke! - "Cannibals in GOP Establishment Employ Tactics of the Left." First, a sampling of Palin's argument:
...The Republican establishment which fought Ronald Reagan in the 1970s and which continues to fight the grassroots Tea Party movement today has adopted the tactics of the left in using the media and the politics of personal destruction to attack an opponent.

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But this whole thing isn't really about Newt Gingrich vs. Mitt Romney. It is about the GOP establishment vs. the Tea Party grassroots and independent Americans who are sick of the politics of personal destruction used now by both parties' operatives with a complicit media egging it on. In fact, the establishment has been just as dismissive of Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. Newt is an imperfect vessel for Tea Party support, but in South Carolina the Tea Party chose to get behind him instead of the old guard's choice. In response, the GOP establishment voices denounced South Carolinian voters with the same vitriol we usually see from the left when they spew hatred at everyday Americans "bitterly clinging" to their faith and their Second Amendment rights. The Tea Party was once again told to sit down and shut up and listen to the "wisdom" of their betters. We were reminded of the litany of Tea Party endorsed candidates in 2010 who didn't win. Well, here's a little newsflash to the establishment: without the Tea Party there would have been no historic 2010 victory at all.

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...Many of these same characters sat on their thumbs in '08 and let Obama escape unvetted. Oddly, they're now using every available microscope and endoscope - along with rewriting history - in attempts to character assassinate anyone challenging their chosen one in their own party's primary. So, one must ask, who are they really running against?

Hahahahahaha; is this great stuff or what? Go read the comments on Palin's Facebook page, and you'll see that most of her fans agree. Sample comments: "Very well said Governor....Thank you and God Bless." "OUTSTANDING!" "Amen, sister!!!"

Based on all this, would it be fair to say that there's a wee bit of a clash between the "grassroots Tea Party movement" and the Republican Party establishment? Hmmmm...gotta go ponder that one -- for about 2 seconds. Answer: yes! And to that, I say, "OUTSTANDING!" :)

Palin Slams NOVA: Is GOP Conceding VA Next Year?

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by Paul Goldman

It might be Labor Day. But Tim Kaine's campaign should be hard at work preparing for a press conference tomorrow, calling out George Allen and the VA GOP as to whether they agree with the 2008 Republican VP nominee's attack on the good people of Northern Virginia. Mrs Palin's belittling of the "permanent political class" got a lot of headlines over the weekend. But in our sound-bite culture, analysts no longer do any real digging, shallow is in, actually reading a whole speech is out.

So this being Blue Virginia, where readers expect a little more at least, the thought occurred: "Come on Paul, examine the text of her speech to find out who she meant by the permanent political class."

So I went on her PAC's web site to get the text. As the headline stories reported, the former Alaska Governor did indeed deliver a scathing condemnation of the political class. That she happens to be one of the highest paid members of this posse - did she think we thought the FOX political gig was for free, not to mention her two political books and paid speeches - is of course amusing.

But that's for joke day, this is serious day.  

Chris Wade — You are NO Teddy Goodson!

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I wasn't there, but I've heard from multiple sources that, at the most recent Fairfax County Democratic Committee meeting, one of Chris "McCain-Palin Dude" Wade's supporters got up and actually compared him to our own Republican-turned-Democrat (and a progressive one at that) Teddy Goodson. When I heard this, I burst out in incredulous laughter at the utter absurdity of such a comparison. I'll explain why in a few seconds, but first, a quote from Teddy Goodson herself:
When I converted to being a Democrat back in 2004, it happened after several years of agonizing re-appraisal and a public statement that I was no longer a Republican. Then I went to work down in the trenches as a novice Democrat. In other words, I changed parties not because I wanted to run for office (starting at the top) but because of ideas
Other than the slam on Chris Wade, that says it all right there: Teddy Goodson switched parties, 7 years ago, after she thought it through carefully ("agonizing re-appraisal), then followed that up by public statements, working her butt off for Democrats, and I'd add, writing for a new progressive blog called "Raising Kaine," starting in 2005. On that blog, Teddy explained, multiple times, and in no uncertain language, EXACTLY why she had switched parties, and EXACTLY why she now considered the Republican Party to be off the far-right-wing deep end. To date, of course, we've gotten none of that from Chris "McCain-Palin Dude" Wade.

Again, there are numerous and profound differences between Teddy Goodson and Chris Wade, so many that it's hard to know where to start. Here are just a few:  

McCain-Palin Dude Ducks Democratic Debate

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Remember Chris Wade, the self-described "strong McCain-Palin supporter"? Remember how Gerry Connolly complained that Wade had no serious civic or political credentials qualifying him to run for supervisor, and also publicly cited concerns over Wade's voting history, notably two recent cases where he voted in Republican primaries?

Well, that Chris Wade - we'll call him "McCain-Palin Dude" henceforth - is now running, believe it or not, as a "Democrat" for Braddock District Supervisor in Fairfax County. Yes, I know this is laughable, but apparently, it's not a joke. Running against McCain-Palin Dude is a real Democrat, Janet Oleszek, who served on the Fairfax County School Board and who was the Democratic nominee against Ken Kookinelli in 2007 (unfortunately, she lost by a narrow 101 votes).

Well, now Oleszek is running for Braddock District Supervisor, and has been attempting to debate McCain-Palin Dude. Unfortunately for Braddock District Democratic voters, McCain-Palin Dude is refusing to debate Oleszek, except under absurd, bizarro rules that nobody in their right mind would agree to (see Oleszek's email to the Braddock District Democratic Committee, on the "flip"). Not surprisingly, it appears that McCain-Palin Dude is afraid to be asked questions, publicly, at a Democratic debate, such as "how on earth could you have been a STRONG MCCAIN-PALIN supporter in 2008, and now claim to be a Democrat?!?" I mean, in fairness, I don't blame McCain-Palin Dude for being terrified of such a forum, as he clearly has no answer for why he morphed overnight from "strong McCain-Palin supporter" to "Democrat," with no explanation whatsoever. (note: I am NOT against Republicans switching parties -- recall that I drafted former Reagan Administration official Jim Webb -- but I'd like to hear a coherent explanation of WHY they did so, just as we got from Jim Webb in 2005/2006).  

Finally, you've gotta love McCain-Palin Dude's attempt to restrict questions at the debate to people who can prove they live in Braddock District. Again, it's clear McCain-Palin Dude is terrified of an open forum, with questions asked by reporters or anyone else who cares to do so. The question is, why would any Democrat vote for someone like this?!? (Hint: they shouldn't!)

A Business Model For Government?

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Would that be like GM or like Lehman Brothers? Maybe AIG or UBS? This disgraced lament should be out of the lexicon, but somehow it remains as popular as the religion of "free market capitalism." Don't get me wrong, I am a capitalist; just reformed. Too many free market molesters.

One, Mitt Romney, a former Governor, more accurately identified as the unaccomplished son of a millionaire, falls into that category. He never saw a corporation whose carcass couldn't be dismantled, sucked dry, restructured into and sold off as derivatives, then blamed for its own demise. That may be why he can remain so popular with Republican insiders while demonstrating none of the "qualities" relished by the tea pot true believers they pretend to embrace. Republicans see America's economy as capital carrion with limited shelf-life. Imagine the baskets of derivatives that our Federal government represents. Repackaged as public-private partnerships, we can recover all those dollars floating as debt overseas and accomplish nation-building simultaneously with Romney-style leveraged buyouts by offshore investors such as the Libyan Liquid Reserve Bank, Somali Simplified Social Security Scheme, and Mugabe Mollified Medicare Mart all under the auspices of the New Delhi New Deal Derivatives Dealers. We get their US dollars, they get our obligations and when we have to bail them out, we are only paying ourselves. As brilliantly innovative as any Ponzi scheme and intuitively appealing to the uninformed.

There are a whole passel of mini-Mitts across the United States disguised as innovators and reformers. We celebrate one here in Virginia. Two McDonnell initiatives immediately stand out: the privatization of the ABC stores and the "reformation" of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). One discredited his business acumen and the other, a more successfully packaged shell game, is a financial time bomb.  

Margaret Thatcher to Sarah Palin: You Are Most Certainly NOT Invited!

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Hahahahaha, gotta love this one: former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the conservative icon who was "the late president {Reagan]'s closest ally on the world stage," is completely shunning Sarah Palin, who was hoping to meet Thatcher in July when she visits England. According to Palin, "I am just hoping Mrs Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her."

Well, not so fast, apparently.

It appears that the former prime minister has no intention of meeting the darling of the Tea Party movement...

It would appear that the reasons go deeper than Thatcher's frail health. Her allies believe that Palin is a frivolous figure who is unworthy of an audience with the Iron Lady. This is what one ally tells me:

"Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts."

Thatcher will show the level she punches at when she attends the unveiling of a statue of Ronald Reagan outside the US embassy in Grosvenor Square on Independence day on 4 July. This is what her ally told me:

"Margaret is focusing on Ronald Reagan and will attend the unveiling of the statue. That is her level."

For once, I agree with the "Iron Lady." I mean, whatever you think of Thatcher, she was a figure of tremendous accomplishment, formidable intellect, historical importance, and world significance. In contrast, Sarah Palin is...well, none of those things. Oh well, as a consolation prize, maybe Palin could meet this guy - he's certainly "nuts" enough! Also, Lord Monckton seems more at Palin's level in every other way.

P.S. I wonder what Margaret Thatcher thinks of Ken Kookinelli! He's certainly got the "nuts" part down, although he's infinitely smarter than the pea-brained Palin.

The Male Vote and Sarah Palin

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[Disclaimer: This is written in fun and not necessarily a complete or even accurate rendition of my views on psychology.]

In a normal universe, a vice-presidential candidate who lost the presidential race for her running mate (as polls suggested may have happened), couldn't hack being governor and bailed nearly two years early on the voters of Alaska, had her husband partly run the show, revealed a non-existent grasp of world affairs, and is perhaps the dumbest individual to present in nearly a century, would have zero support in 2012.  Indeed, even her own daughter-sidekick (used by Sarah as a prop on all possible occasions) seems miserable at her side.   But for some reason, men, who usually purport to disdain inanity, seem blinded.  

Chris Matthews is, despite all recent claims to the contrary, taken with her.  Even Howard Dean thinks Sarah Palin could be president.  What's up with that?  And why do so many men pretend she is a credible candidate?  They seem un-bothered by the shrill, high-pitched voice (like finger nails scraping on a chalk board), her self-absorbed ego-tour, her lunacy, her staged Alaska outdoor series, or the complete lack of knowledge about anything.  There she was squealing and screeching on her bus tour, attended by few.  But mostly males in the media continued to spend far too many minutes covering the sideshow.  Why?  As Bill Maher says, Palin shouldn't be on vacation.  She should be in summer school."

The best explanation I have heard is this is as follows: From an early age, the majority of men stop listening to what women say altogether.  It starts with young boys.  Before long, they stop listening to their moms and do whatever.  And, because of this, over time, most moms want the dads more involved. The saga continues into adulthood when wives portray husbands as less communicative than the wives would wish. "Experts" of psychobabble pronounce that "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus."  But the fact is that they cannot communicate if they weren't listening in the first place! It's a listening problem.