When asked questions about her political ambitions during her current book tour, Palin was coy about a 2012 run, but said door is open#," according toYahoo! News (11/17/09). This was during a Barbara Walters interview. During her recent Oprah Winfrey show television appearance, Palin said the presidency is "not on my radar screen"#." Are we to take her at her word? Perhaps, perhaps not. If pressed, I think it is merely about selling books. . . . to Right Wing Republicans and members of the media studying the phenomenon, Sarah Palin of the Crazy Base. It may not be more complicated than that.
Liz Cheney -- "How Far Right Must GOPers Lean to Please a Crazy Base?#," is a question asked by Steve Benen, a fine writer from The Washington Monthly, posting at AlterNet (11/17/09). In summary, "Far enough to completely contradict themselves, apparently," is the conclusion. Speaking of the Crazy Base, The Raw Story (11/15/09) reported that Liz Cheney suggests a Cheney/Palin ticket in 2012#." That makes me crazy; I get all kinds of hallucinations just at the thought. Such a thought is ludicrous, of course. And it does not make me fearful.
To give Palin credit, her biggest stock in trade is not fear mongering, though she is not above that. The ex-governor seems to prefer insults and dismissiveness to threats of danger.
Michele Bachmann -- There is a third beautiful Republican woman who comes across as actually appears to be fearful herself, as this story from Think Progress (9/25/09) illustrates: "Flashback: Bachman spreads fears of scary stalking census workers." To quote:
Earlier this summer, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) waged a high-profile, wildly-dishonest campaign against the Census. The Minnesota congresswoman said she was so worried about the threat of the government asking “very intricate questions” and collecting information that she would illegally refuse to fill out the form. “They will be in charge of going door to door and collecting data from the American public,” she said. “This is very concerning.” She repeatedly used inflammatory and fear-mongering rhetoric against the Census.
. . . Bachmann’s irrational diatribes about scary stalking Census workers quickly spawned a right-wing movement. During an interview with Bachmann, Fox News’ Glenn Beck said, “Ok, so let me talk about the Census because there’s a lot of people that are concerned with it because they don’t want to fill it out, they’re not comfortable with ACORN members coming to find out all this information, they don’t want to give the government all this kind of information.”
Conservative radio host Neal Boortz told a caller, “Most of the rest of the [Census] information is designed to help the government steal from you in order to pass off your property to the moochers. They’re looters.” Boortz urged his listeners to resist the Census workers. “If somebody comes to my — if a burglar came to your house, are you going to show him where the silverware is?” he asked. “Maybe you will if he pulls out a gun.”
In conclusion the 24-hour news cycle has a voracious appetite for news, or what passes for news. Producers and talking heads regularly conflate the categories comprised of leaders, elected officials, candidates, celebrities, news makers, publicity hounds, shills, and perennial pundits. Television is a visual medium and it certainly does not hurt to be good looking along with other attractive qualities such as intellect, good sense, and a capacity for fresh ideas. But there needs to be both to hold my interest. And, by the way, I am not a guy and I am not a jealous woman. So I look at things a bit differently, perhaps.
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