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Skin Deep

Over at the Daily Caller, there's an interesting story: consummate GOP insider (and national chairman) Michael Steele is holding some joint fund-raising appearances with perpetual GOP outsider Sarah Palin.

On the surface, this seems an odd alliance. Palin is exceptionally conservative; Steele a middle-of-the-roader. Palin built her career taking on the establishment GOP; Steele is the head of it.

On other layers, it makes a great deal of sense.

First up, both are loyal to the Republican Party to a certain extent, and the party's "big tent" covers both of them. This is coming just before the November elections, and it's a good sign for solidarity within the party for these two to hold hands in public.

Next, both have a bit to offer the other. Steele has had his conservative credentials on numerous occasions and grounds; Palin is ideologically solid on the right. Conversely, Palin could use a bit of street cred with the movers and shakers of the party; they've never forgotten that her rise to power came at the expense of taking on (and taking out) the powers that be in Alaska. She could use a chance to show she can "play nice with others" when the others are the party fatcats.

Of course, neither is well respected by the left. Finding someone on the right that the left will admit to respecting can be a challenge, but these two have been consistently singled out for especially hateful treatment.

Finally, they've both had their very identities challenged by the left. According to those fine folks, Palin isn't really a "woman" and Steele isn't really "black," because they're not liberals. Only liberals are entitled to be recognized as minorities, like women or blacks, and those who aren't are obviously traitors to their identity.

Apparently minorities aren't free to stray off the liberal plantation and assert their independence. They're the property of the left, dammit, and if they don't listen to their massas who know what's best for them, then they need to be whipped -- if for no other reason, than to remind the rest of the chattel to see what happens to those who get too uppity.

So... a Palin/Steele alliance? Interesting. Very interesting, indeed. How this plays out could be quite entertaining.


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Steele needs the approval o... (Below threshold)
Rich:

Steele needs the approval of Palin and the people she brings with her,but I don't think it will work as he hopes. I think he will find himself more the outsider trying to get in with the cool kids looking more foolish than ever.

Two thoughts occure here.</... (Below threshold)
Matt:

Two thoughts occure here.

1. The national republicans have finally decided they need to get current with their base and start welcoming all republicans into their party.

2. Maybe, Palin is starting to be groomed to take Steele's place as chairman? Minority replacing minority, and they can rub the democrats face in the fact that they care more about minoritys and trust them more than the democrats do.

In leftist mathematics, con... (Below threshold)
Joe Miller:

In leftist mathematics, conservative women are equivalent to old white men. Conservative minorities are also equivalent to old white men. Conservative black women? Does one even need to ask?

Fzalspe premises and strawm... (Below threshold)
Dane:

Fzalspe premises and strawmen abound:

Finally, they've both had their very identities challenged by the left. According to those fine folks, Palin isn't really a "woman" and Steele isn't really "black," because they're not liberals. Only liberals are entitled to be recognized as minorities, like women or blacks, and those who aren't are obviously traitors to their identity.

Apparently minorities aren't free to stray off the liberal plantation and assert their independence. They're the property of the left, dammit, and if they don't listen to their massas who know what's best for them, then they need to be whipped -- if for no other reason, than to remind the rest of the chattel to see what happens to those who get too uppity.

More of the usual right wing made-up horse shit.

Or.. feel fre to show us where "According to those fine folks, Palin isn't really a "woman" and Steele isn't really "black," because they're not liberals."

You didn't, because you can't - and it's so much easier to just make up crap.

".....and if they don't lis... (Below threshold)
G.:

".....and if they don't listen to their massas who know what's best for them, then they need to be whipped -- if for no other reason, than to remind the rest of the chattel to see what happens to those who get too uppity."

Bravo! Now you've hit the nail squarely on the head about the left. This is the truth about them. THEY are the racists.They are the bigots THEY are the slave masters. Always have been. Either by/about skin color or ideology. In a way they are just like Islamofascist. Everyone must submit to their will. If they get enough power you will submit or die.

Not sure if this would be t... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Not sure if this would be the ideal ticket, but it would certainly show for all to see just how racist and mysogynistic liberals really are.

Dane,Google before... (Below threshold) Hilarious!Dane tak... (Below threshold)
Drago:

Hilarious!

Dane takes time out from enjoying the fruits of the RECOVERY SUMMER (!!) to launch this little gem--

Dane: "Or.. feel fre to show us where "According to those fine folks, Palin isn't really a "woman".."

Uh, here's what 2 seconds on google can do for you Dane

From Wendy Doniger, apeaking of Sarah Palin, in the august pages of the Washington Post no less,

"er greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman."

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/panelists/wendy_doniger/2008/09/all_beliefs_welcome_unless_the.html

There are so many other examples of lefties asserting that Republican or Conservative women are not real women, it would take all day to catalogue.

However, just in case you were under the misimpression that this a recent phenomenon, here's an "oldy" but goody from that right-wing rag "Time Magazine" in 1993--


Gloria Steinem flew to Texas all the way from New York City to call Senate candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison a "female impersonator."

Dane, what will you do now that RECOVERY SUMMER is over??

Are we now in RECOVERY FALL?

I can't wait for sheriff li'l joey biden to tell us how wonderful things are now that the stimulus worked better than anyone ever dreamed!! "better than anyone ever dreamed"!!!

Hilarious!

Dane- proving my thesis day... (Below threshold)
zaugg:

Dane- proving my thesis day by day that liberalism is a mental defect.

Bitchslapped again......</p... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Bitchslapped again......

It never gets old!

Steele and Palin, two clown... (Below threshold)
galoob:

Steele and Palin, two clowns dragging the GOP under. Add Christine O'Donnell and you have The Three Stooges.

Better to put them in the closet and bring someone like Paul Ryan to the front. Wizbang commenters can look Ryan up on Google.

Galoob,"Steele and... (Below threshold)
SER:

Galoob,

"Steele and Palin, two clowns dragging the GOP under."

Since the popularity of the Democrats have been declining lately, the list of Democrat "clowns" dragging down their party should be almost endless.

BTW, the conservative / libertarian commentators on this blog have not been "google challenged." You may want to look back on your own posting history.

In Dane's (and Galoob's) de... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

In Dane's (and Galoob's) defense -

The problem with 'Reality-Based' thinking is that the reality they operate under is a consensual one, derived through group agreement based on a shared agenda - not through external observation of events and analysis of their causes.

Thus, you get the "Palin's not a woman" crap, the arguments that she's stupid (which is manifestly untrue - she may not have a terribly pleasing voice, but she's easily sharper than most of our ruling class at the present time) and also the denigration of Bush for 8 years - if you constantly repeat to yourself and your cohort that something is so, and attack viciously whoever doesn't agree, then you'll believe it if only because you've constructed your worldview around your belief, and dare not admit you're wrong.

The liberal belief system is based on an assumption of superiority, and the belief in the inferiority of ALL opponents to that belief system. And I think for the last couple of decades most people haven't really cared much who's in charge - as long as unemployment stayed low and energy prices stayed reasonable it didn't matter.

But in '06 we got Reid and Pelosi in charge - and things started going to hell. Obama got into office with the promise of fixing everything that was wrong, and proceeded to double down on the things that were screwing us up.

Reality doesn't bend to "Reality-Based" thinking. You push something fragile off a table, it's not going to float in mid-air just because a reality-based consensus thinks it should - gravity will shake hands with reality and you'll be picking up the pieces.

Gravity's taken over. "Reality-based" ideology's about to meet something really hard, and it's gonna splash.

SER,OK, your point... (Below threshold)
galoob:

SER,

OK, your point is that since there are many Democratic clowns, it's OK that Steele and Palin are clowns? Steele is a proven buffoon and incompetent. Palin is a pretty nitwit. Neither are serious leaders.

The foolishness of Pelosi, Spitzer, Barney Frank or anyone else is not going to make Palin or Steele geniuses.

Galoob,No, my poin... (Below threshold)
SER:

Galoob,

No, my point was the old expression "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." If you are going to use invective in your arguments, do not leave yourself open to an obvious counterpoint and one in which your "side" is even more subject to that invective.

I do not believe that Palin or Steele are "clowns." I disagree vehemently with Pelosi's policies, but I do not believe that she (however evil) is not a "clown."

I would rather take on policy disputes. Pelosi, Reid, and Obama's policies have proven do be dramatically unpopular and counter productive. Unfortunately, they are not humorous, they have been damaging, not funny.

I have been known to use invective, but hopefully, as in the case of Dane, it has been warranted.

"The foolishness of Pelosi,... (Below threshold)
Hank:

"The foolishness of Pelosi, Spitzer, Barney Frank or anyone else is not going to make Palin or Steele geniuses."

Agreed. But maybe we need fewer geniuses and more people with common sense and the ability to get things done, you know, someone who has run a business, managed a state, knows how to balance a budget.

I see your point, JT, and a... (Below threshold)
DaveK:

I see your point, JT, and agree with you that it is an interesting pairing. I just wish that those "big tent" Republicans would stop allowing the Democrats to decide who gets to run (and set the agenda of) the Republican party. We did it in 2008, and got John McCain, a man much beloved by the Democrats until November 2008. Its way past time for the Republicans to decide to stop being nice to the Democrats, and play the same way they do.

If you are going to use ... (Below threshold)
galoob:

If you are going to use invective in your arguments, do not leave yourself open to an obvious counterpoint and one in which your "side" is even more subject to that invective.

My "side" is the one of freedom, moderation, compassion, paying as you go, and staying out of foreign disputes and alliances of no benefit to average Americans.

I am an independent, against both left wing socialism and right wing fascism.

I will call things as I see them, "invective" or not. A fool is a fool.

Galoob is for moderation?!?... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Galoob is for moderation?!?

"Dane,Googl... (Below threshold)
914:

"Dane,

Google before you speak."

Cant teach an old racist idiot a new trick.

Galob-

"The foolishness of Pelosi, Spitzer, Barney Frank or anyone else is not going to make Palin or Steele geniuses."


Huh? Thats funny, Barry does that on his own. Guess thats why hes the pres..

Galoob is for moderation... (Below threshold)
galoob:

Galoob is for moderation?!?

I am not only for moderation, I am a radical moderate.

Galoob,"I am an in... (Below threshold)
SER:

Galoob,

"I am an independent, against both left wing socialism and right wing fascism"

Facism is not "right wing." The word "Nazi" was an acronym for "The National Socialist German Workers Party."

Those of us who want limited government do not want Obamacare (government control of insurance companies), Government Motors (GM), Cap & Trade, etc. Those are examples of "facism." The opposite of "facism" would be limited government. Those people who are for limited government include Sarah Palin and Michael Steele, but you refer to them as "clowns." Please refer me to the link where Sarah Palin has been against "Freedom."

"Moderation" is a meaningless term. Moderation between what and what? Please indicate what your "moderate" stands are.

"Compassion" is not a government function. You can be compassionate all you want, but a law can not be "compassionate." We are a government of laws, not men (for now - the liberals are trying to make laws "living and breathing documents," so that they'll mean whatever a liberal wants them to mean).

"Paying as you go." Really? I've heard about this, but I've never seen it in practice. Have you seen this by any government? Regardless of political party.

SER,While I agree ... (Below threshold)
galoob:

SER,

While I agree that there is a convergence between communist and fascist ideologies, the difference is that fascists allowed and assisted large private corporations to maintain their holdings. This is in line with what I regard as a right-wing tendency to weigh the scales in favor of corporations over workers and consumers. Obama has pursued right-wing ideas by letting the massive frauds of Wall Street go unpunished.

It's hard to know what Palin stands for, what she says are mostly inanities, but her record from Wasilla was one of trying to ban books from the town library. She wants to outlaw abortion, which would create a huge new class of criminals. She is against freedom of religion, as she opposes the right of Muslims to build mosques where they wish. She is also a standard neocon warmonger on Iran. Wars are an imposition on freedom, as they have to be paid for.

Compassion? The laws you talk about create a society. In the end, there will always be people, the crippled, retarded, and crazy, who would starve and freeze without government help. The fact is that "charity" mostly goes to the schools and cultural institutions which benefit the elites who have the most money. If you create desperate people, you end up having a situation like France in 1789 or Russia in 1917. A little help for the poor prevents extremes. That is moderation. Either confiscatory taxation or the lack of any welfare system risk societal collapse.

Pay as you go? It can be done, as states and cities with balanced budget laws have shown.

Wow, galoob sounds like me ... (Below threshold)

Wow, galoob sounds like me -- I call myself a "militant moderate." But when you break it down, what he believes is nowhere near middle of the road.

t's hard to know what Palin stands for, what she says are mostly inanities, but her record from Wasilla was one of trying to ban books from the town library. She wants to outlaw abortion, which would create a huge new class of criminals. She is against freedom of religion, as she opposes the right of Muslims to build mosques where they wish. She is also a standard neocon warmonger on Iran. Wars are an imposition on freedom, as they have to be paid for.

The stupid and sheer wrongness contained within cannot be properly captured in a single comment. I'm seriously considering a whole article based just on that paragraph of pure, condensed, unadulterated stupid.

J.

The stupid and sheer wro... (Below threshold)
galoob:

The stupid and sheer wrongness contained within cannot be properly captured in a single comment. I'm seriously considering a whole article based just on that paragraph of pure, condensed, unadulterated stupid.

Great, I look forward to the article. Even though it will probably be an even longer string of epithets and ad hominem attacks without any facts refuting (or "refudiating") what I said.

JT, if you put a 1000 monke... (Below threshold)
epador:

JT, if you put a 1000 monkeys in a room of touchpads filled with Kos talking points, you are bound to get a galoob, Dane or [your and my favorite troll's name] comment. There's no point in trying to repudiate random trash-talking.

What a radical idea, galoob... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

What a radical idea, galoob - declaring those who kill babies criminals!

No one should make too much of the joint appearances by Palin and Steele. They are probably just what they appear to be - a show of unity between the party establishment and the conservative reform wing on the eve of the elections.

It's no more surprising than Democrats making peace between their two wings - the Stalinists and the Maoists - before an election.

The most enjoyable thing ab... (Below threshold)
Bob:

The most enjoyable thing about Sarah Palin becoming the first woman President will be when Hillary Clinton's head explodes.

This is just plain funny, D... (Below threshold)
John:

This is just plain funny, Dane and galoob the "moderates" repeat lies and call Palin and Steel names, then proclaim it's the conservatives that use "epithets and ad hominem attacks" You guys have no idea how foolish you look.

"The most enjoyable thing a... (Below threshold)
G.:

"The most enjoyable thing about Sarah Palin becoming the first woman President will be when Hillary Clinton's head explodes."

28. Posted by Bob

Thanks Bob, I'm waiting with great anticipation.

Oh and how out of touch do ... (Below threshold)
John:

Oh and how out of touch do you have to be to suggest that as a liberal you're for pay go and for obamacare? Those 2 are mutually exclusive.




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