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"Sarah Palin is a wholly unique political character and unlike anyone else"

While the small minded and intellectually shallow continue to wail away at Sarah Palin, others are delving into finding out more about she who is undoubtedly having a huge impact on the political scene.

Dr. Melissa Clouthier has read and now reviewed Ms. Palin's latest tome and is suggesting that even the most ardent supporter who think they know the woman would do well to get their hands on it:

Most Americans who read America By Heart will find little to object to therein. The Smarty Pants Set™, on the other hand, will despise the book. Sarah Palin takes aim at their cherished premises and counters them one by one.

In addition, Sarah Palin manages to write a highly philosophical book without sounding stridently ideological. Indeed, she says what most Americans believe but don't say because they have been brow beaten into politically correct silence.

And yes, the themes and ideas espoused in America By Heart feel distinctly Reaganesque. However, unlike Barack Obama who studied tape of Reagan to get the gist of the lingo and mannerisms to appeal to broad audiences so as to deceive them into believing he had centrist ideas, Sarah Palin believes the ideas and sounds and acts...well, she sounds and acts like Sarah Palin. That is to say, Sarah Palin is a wholly unique political character and unlike anyone else in the political world.

Sarah Palin's book articulates a message that stands in stark contrast to the philosophy driving current governance. The prevailing big-government, anti-American, military-diminishing, non-stop-regulating government isn't going over well with Americans these days.

There's much more, including a challenge aimed at those who do nothing more than dismiss and ridicule Sarah Palin. 

Good stuff worth passing on.


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Barry is a poser? Who knew... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry is a poser? Who knew.

Looks like a great read. I ... (Below threshold)
914:

Looks like a great read. I will have to Amazon it. Sure will outsell "The Audacity of Dope", even with Chewie purchasing 5,000,000 advance copies.

Sarah Palin scares the crap... (Below threshold)
Michael:

Sarah Palin scares the crap out of liberals because they know she's the next Ronald Reagan.

We need to make Sarah our next President and maybe they'll all move to France.

^Good luck with that. Bush ... (Below threshold)
914:

^Good luck with that. Bush spanked Albert in 2000 and Lurch in 2004 and the lying liberal elite are still here.

I love Sarah Palin; her sev... (Below threshold)

I love Sarah Palin; her several appearances on Dennis Prager's show have made me all the more sure she is the real deal; I just don't think she could win the general election in 2012. After thinking about this for over two years, my recommendation is that, depending on the political climate in 15 months, she either run as Romney's VP, or ally herself with Romney (who, I believe, will get the nomniation), and become his Secretary of Interior-Energy (because Romney should merge the two Departments to save money). Or, both VP and Sec. of Energy-Interior (I think you can be a VP and Cabinet member since the Cabinet Departments aren't Constitution-created positions).

Palin needs to be VP and/or a Cabinet member to prove herself to a certain swath of the electorate; there just ain't no other way for her to be Presidential material in the eyes of many.

Call me a pessimist, but the prospect of the GOP primaries makes me kind of cringe: it ain't going to be pretty--Hope I'm wrong.

I noticed in her new book, ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I noticed in her new book, Sarah devotes a lot of space to mocking 'American Idol' contestants who are "self-esteem enhanced but talent-deprived performers".

"Many of the contestants' ability (or, more accurately, inability) to carry a tune reminds me uncomfortably of me. But they get up and sing anyway and are unaccepting and horrified when the judges' critique begin. Chalk some of them up as victims of the cult of self-esteem. No one they've encountered in their lives -- from their parents to their teachers to their president -- wanted them to feel bad by hearing the truth. So they grew up convinced they could become big pop stars like Michael Jackson."

This was written presumably before Sarah's new theme song-"long live 'Dancing with the Stars' and my talented Bristol".

How many chapters did she d... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

How many chapters did she devote to that, Steve?

5? 10? Or maybe she was using that as an example for something else - the promotion of political rock stars that have nothing in their background but a talent for being elected and the proper pedigree?

BTW, you ever WATCH the early episodes of American Idol each season? She's spot on with her description of the process, and the reactions of the talentless.

"Many of the contestants' ability (or, more accurately, inability) to carry a tune reminds me uncomfortably of me."

Been there, done that! I don't sing where anyone can hear me - I've got no illusions about my lack of talent. But the folks on AI? That's all they've got, some of them.

(And Arc Attack was robbed this year! Robbed, I tell ya!)

"self-esteem enhanced but ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

"self-esteem enhanced but talent-deprived performers".

(Cough, White House, cough)

Does anyone here believe th... (Below threshold)
RefudiateObama2012:

Does anyone here believe that Steve Crickmore read the book?

Nah. He wouldn't sully his ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Nah. He wouldn't sully his pristinely correct mind with such a thing. He just gets talking points - without those, he's got to fall back on the 'Everyone knows' garbage.

What Sarah seems to be say... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

What Sarah seems to be saying if you have no natural talent, only encouragement from those who love you, but are essentially a nobody don't even try to audition for a reality show, you will make a fool of yourself and your parents.

But if you come from a celebrity family whose mother protects you and calls herself Mama Grizzly, even if you have absolutely no talent, no worries.

Of course, I didn't read th... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Of course, I didn't read the book I will wait for the movie, or rather reality show.
But, if you are anxious to hear a page by page critical commentary, by someone who did, but.. it takes a lot swipes ... from an Alaskan critic. (I don't agree with them all, but)

You can be thankful that you are smarter than me, and that you didn't buy Sarah Palin's newest book.
Steve Crickmore #12<p... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Steve Crickmore #12

"But, if you are anxious to hear a page by page critical commentary, by someone who did, but.. it takes a lot swipes ... from an Alaskan critic. (I don't agree with them all, but)"

This is the best you can do???? You have not read the book so you link to a blog where the blogger has not read the book but merely offers a description of how embarrassed she was buying it? So, I guess we are supposed to get a real honest critique of the book from reading the comments section from a blog where the writer occasionally submits to the Huffington Post? Her comments about the dedication are a bit catty as well. I suggest Steve that you write to this woman whose opinion you value and ask if you can be in the rota to change her litter.

What Sarah seems to be s... (Below threshold)

What Sarah seems to be saying if you have no natural talent, only encouragement from those who love you, but are essentially a nobody don't even try to audition for a reality show, you will make a fool of yourself and your parents.

No, it's more like "if you have no natural talent in one area, go find where your talents do lie."

J.

Steve Crickless- you are a ... (Below threshold)
zaugg:

Steve Crickless- you are a troll. I can see you are terrified of Sarah Palin.

"Jeanne Devon (AKM... (Below threshold)
JLawson:
"Jeanne Devon (AKMuckraker) is the founding editor of The Mudflats Blog. She began "tiptoeing through the muck of Alaska politics" in May of 2008. She is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post, and a contributing author to the book Going Rouge - An American Nightmare. She is a 20-year resident of Anchorage, Alaska."

Yeah, no possibility of any bias there, eh?

Steve, I realize it's a bit much to expect you to set aside your ideological fixations and just look at the merits of someone devoid of all political spin. But a Huff-Po contributor, someone who thinks Joe McGinness is a hero, or who posts little bits like this...

How long has it been? It's going on forever! She just keeps talking. How does Todd Palin not want to hurl himself off a tall tower or stab himself in the temple with a fondue fork? I lean over to Legal Eagle and ask, "Is it just me or is she just screeching like a Harpie?"

"No. It's bad," the Eagle confirms.
There's just nothing like a nice, evenhanded, impartial assessment of ideas uncluttered by any personal likes or dislikes... is there?

But looking over AKMuckraker's posts, that's about all I see. She's got an ideology, she's going to adhere to it. McGinness is a hero, Palin's a villain, the Left is right and the Right is not only wrong, but should pretty much be cut off from the political process because they're too stupid to vote for 'progressive' candidates.

Sorry, Steve - but the more we see of the 'intellectual elite', the more petty, vindictive, and unintelligent they sound...

zaugg, I am! but in this bo... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

zaugg, I am! but in this book, I`m not sure how much of this pablum is ghost written, 100%? like her last on Going Rogue? Sarah or Lynn Vincent or whoever talks about what a bad person Michelle Obama, her campaign on obeisity and what a good parent Sarah is and how her kids reflect her Christian values, decency and repect. mnnnnnnn I suppose I should spare you Willow on facebook" My sister has a kid and is still hot.... Your such a faggot"(sic). That is the reality of raising kids in today's world, but for Sarah it is still the same as was at the time of independence.

"But from what I've read, family life at the time of the founding was a lot like family life for Americans today: full of challenges, sure, but also full of simple pleasures"

What actually has she read? The average mother then had seven children but with a high infant mortality rate, one in three for slaves, one if five for whites; an average life expectancy of the low forties. If people want to devour these platitudes that is their business but she might as well say family life at the time of Christ or neanderthals was a lot like family life for Americans today!

JLawson No it was written t... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

JLawson No it was written tongue or many tongues in cheek. I should give others the floor. Obamas' audacity in hope in retrospect looks like a send-up and pretty weak brew too. Obama has showed no audacity. like Danton, audace, audace toujours i`audacite hiding himself when the sans culottes over ran the palace and massacred the servants. I am almost prepared to give Palin her chance to live up to this maudlin prose. Its your turn to be dissappointed and it might be very entertaining. Its too bad that she may disappoint America, as she disappointed the Alaska Independence Party, whose convention she attended in 2006,

This was writte... (Below threshold)
Rick Caird:

This was written presumably before Sarah's new theme song-"long live 'Dancing with the Stars' and my talented Bristol".

Steve, I did some searches and I didn't see anything Sarah Palin said that would be anything any other mother would say in public. Maybe, you have a quote I missed that supports your point.

What Sarah seems to be saying if you have no natural talent, only encouragement from those who love you, but are essentially a nobody don't even try to audition for a reality show, you will make a fool of yourself and your parents. .

Wow, where did you get that? It seems pretty clear that Palin was simply saying that if someone never gets any criticism, they cannot have a very accurate opinion of their abilities.

Just a hint Steve, you don't have to post a comment just to post a comment. We are all better off just remaining quiet when we have nothing to say. Reminds me of the old saw: "even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he just kept his mouth shut".

Need to lay off the Evercle... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Need to lay off the Everclear, Steve...

If Palin should get elected, I'm quite sure you'll give her the same sort of support you gave Obama... up to the time you realized he was pretty much completely worthless as a politician, but was excellent at getting elected by disqualifying his opponents and stabbing the other candidates in the back...

Cocoons are not merely for ... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Cocoons are not merely for caterpillars.

Jlawson. I suppose that is ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Jlawson. I suppose that is right but Obama said he didn't want to get in too much name calling and didn't, other than criticizing Bussh and the generic Republicans of course. He even was criticized by Hillary for praising Reagan.

RickCaird. Steve, I did some searches and I didn't see anything Sarah Palin said that would be anything any other mother would say in public. Precisely it was more her quote
"self-esteem enhanced but talent-deprived performers". everyone has gifts..as Jay implies and we should remember that.

I haven't watched much of the early auditions of American Idol, more the spinoff one in Brazil , but I have to give those kids guts for trying, particularly those that don't have natural talent. It is easier to go on the show when you have talent than when you don't, and in that maybe I should give Sarah Palin praise, five colleges to get her B.A while it is almost a state secret for Obama to give out his grades, wish it were, then we might learn something!

"Does anyone here believe t... (Below threshold)
914:

"Does anyone here believe that Steve Crickmore read the book?"

Yes, Steve Crickmore does.

BTW, Steve - congrats on th... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

BTW, Steve - congrats on the new job and good luck on it tomorrow.

The reason Obama's grades are a secret? He didn't want to make Stephen Hawking look bad. LOL...

What Sarah seems to be s... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

What Sarah seems to be saying if you have no natural talent, only encouragement from those who love you, but are essentially a nobody don't even try to audition for a reality show, you will make a fool of yourself and your parents.

Yep, if you have no known talent, only encouragement from the Party, skip the reality show audition and go straight to announcing your candidacy for President as a Democrat.




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