SAY IT TO HER FACE, Les Bitches! You All Failed, Not Just the ‘Alaska Disasta’

The Black Snob’s one (and only) defense of Gov. Sarah Palin. Governor, you’re welcome in advance.

Palin was apparently a nightmare for her campaign staff to deal with. She refused preparation help for her interview with Katie Couric and then blamed her staff, specifically Nicole Wallace, when the interview was panned as a disaster. After the Couric interview, Fox News reported, Palin turned nasty with her staff and began to accuse them of mishandling her. Palin would view press clippings of herself in the morning and throw “tantrums” over the negative coverage. There were times when she would be so nasty and angry that her staff was reduced to tears. (From the notes of FOX News Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron, Huffington Post)

Stop, anonymous McCain heads and Monday morning quarterbacking Republican pundits.

Just. Stop.

You know what I’m talking about.

Stop bashing Miss Wasilla, Sarah Palin, aka “Caribou Barbie.” Yeah, yeah. During the election we all had our fun and our Tina Fey impressions and our “I can see Russia from my house” joke variations. All that was great. But to listen to the “anonymous” Round Robin of McCain insiders who say everything from she didn’t know Africa from country or contintent to she couldn’t name the members of North American Trade Agreement to that she used her status to become a “Wasilla hillbilly looting Nieman Marcuses from coast to coast” is … how can I but this? In really, really, really poor taste. Harping constantly about how she pushed to speak on concession night andrefused to cram the night before her “big exam” with Kaite Couric says to me you are throwing poo because you want no one to look at you.

Some of the leaks are just catty. Like telling the press she once answered her hotel door in a towel and wet hair, also in a towel. What the hell does that have to do with her being a nightmare candidate? What is that supposed to imply? That she’s immoral because she answered a door in a towl? That she’s undignified? Wasn’t that 90 percent of her appeal for the base? The fact that she was … ahem … “real?”

This “Sarah Palin was an ignorant, ungrateful $2,500 borrow suit coat wearing bitch” attack meme is not working on me. Even with a GOP lawyer dispatched to the frozen tundra to take back that expensive packaging and window dressing called designer suits and shoes.

You do realize, Anonymous McCain staffers when you point a finger three more point back at you? That in doing this you are further more soldifying the fact that it was, as John McCain said in his concession speech, his own failings which brought about the loss. One of those failings was Sarah Palin, a women he’d only met twice before offering her the job. It was he who picked this Nieman Marcus grifting Hillbilly who allegedly didn’t know diddly about squat. “Country First” was the slogan. Who’s country came first when McCain picked the alleged ignoramous, one we were repeated told was the future of the Republican Party the past two months?

These same staffers protected, defended and lied for her when the left pointed out and mocked her flaws. But when the loss hit and hit hard instead of looking within and finding their own mistakes, they’ve gone feral, launching the malicious, sexist attacks many accused lefties of once pulling. You have chosen this instead of going “maybe we could have responded faster to the financial crisis? Maybe ‘suspending’ the campaign looked like grandstanding? Maybe we did a poor job of explaining ‘why McCain’ while shouting ‘Nobama?’ Maybe we had no coherent strategy? Maybe we never knew or understood how to handle the race issue or Obama’s rock star status — other than bitch about him being a ‘celebrity?’ Maybe we ran McCain’s campaign into the ground? Maybe he ran his campaign into the ground? The man wouldn’t even work on weekends. Maybe it was because all we had were stunts and tactics but no real transformative ideas? Maybe Obama’s digital and we’re analog? Maybe Obama’s a Mac and we’re a PC? Maybe we suck?”

And if they’d ask themseves these questions they would know the truth.

You’re a bunch of sour losing sons-of-bitches who, rather than be introspective and use this time to figure out where the hell you went wrong, chose to blame the bitch, the oldest routine in the book. You’ve already branded Palin with a scarlet letter “C” for campaign wrecker when — j’ accuse! — It was you, all of you, McCain from the top down, complicit in this catagory five failure of temperment and judgment. The people wanted change. You couldn’t offer it so you simply ripped off the word and started calling yourselves “the Original Mavericks.” You went narrow when you should have made a play for the center. You picked up lame attacks that made little to no dent once the defening sound of the housing crisis imploding and Wall Street crashing came down.

Palin may have gone off script, been opportunistic, been a dim bulb, but it was the McCain campaign who was paraded her around like their new prize pony. Who sprung her from obscurity to infamy. Then you get mad because the prize pony is a “maverick” and just does “whatever.” She doesn’t read things. She’s out for self. As I said before. If I was the lummox, I would be too. As repellent as I found her views, she was being used by the McCain campaign to ignite a recalcitrant base, and they got that.

They just lost everyone else.

That’s how gambling works, McCain and anonymous McCain staffers. When you throw the die and it comes up snake eyes you don’t curse the dice. You gave fate a roll and she bum-rolled you, Rick-rolled you, sushi rolled you. As The Stranger said in The Big Lebowski, “Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well, he eats you.”

The “bar” just fucking ate you because of your incompetence. Deal with it! Get therapy!

And McCain? To stand silent while your running mate’s legend as a moron increases is really classy, and I say “classy” as in not classy at all. It reveals your true character. Are you that compassionate, magnanimous loser from Tuesday night or are you the son of a bitch who can’t say, “Knock it off, people I hired! We lost! Sarah’s flawed, but the blame is shared and the bulk of it lies with me.” But instead we get … silence.

I thought she was was ready to be your vice president, Johnny Mac? I thoug
ht she was your “soul mate?” Yet there you are in the busted “Stray Talk Express” pretending to look the other way as your staffers hogtie her to the ground so you can accidently run her over a few times.

Yes, she’s cocky. Yes, she’s a know-nothing. But she was YOUR know-nothing. You picked the Alaska disasta.’ She was your one real chance to show your executive decision making ability and you came up craps. Well, tough titty, Senator. Stand up, stand behind, stand somewhere on your decisions. Admit that it’s not her, it was you. Even if you hate her. Even if you wouldn’t talk to her for most of those two months. Even though you both could read the writing on the wall. You wanted your pitbull in a skirt. You wanted this dinner of regret and crow, knowing now you will never be president, knowing you were destroyed by your own bad decisions on top of the failures of the Bush Administration and hundreds of other Republican politicians and operatives.

Invite your little bitter ones to your royal feast and tell them all to shut the hell up. While making Palin look bad, they are making themselves and their former boss look ever more the worse.

Personal responsibility shouldn’t just be a political catchphrase every four years. Learn it. Love it. Live it. Practice what you preached, Republicans. Show. Don’t tell.

62 thoughts on “SAY IT TO HER FACE, Les Bitches! You All Failed, Not Just the ‘Alaska Disasta’

  1. anon @12:57am…Let me second Snob and also add a who the hell do you think you are? It has come to my attention during this election that being called a racist is one of the worst things for some white people…truly hurtful and an affront to their sensibilities. At first, I didn’t get it. My thinking was…yeah…it’s pretty hard to not have some racist/ white supremacist notions growing up in this country. What’s the big deal? Getting that it was a big deal for so many, especially young people actually is now something that I take as a marker of progress in our common goal to create a more just and color-neutral society…not blind – cuz that’s just dumb, just neutral (and that may not even be the best word). But when you get on a “black” blog and start calling out black people as racists, I can tell you personally, I’m like, huh? Is that an insult? You know why, because there’s no freaking power behind it!! It almost doesn’t connect.You know why, because it diminishes the real impact of this country’s history of racism, white racism.People, black people were economically subjugated, killed, forcefully relocated, beaten and brutalized because of white racism. And some of those very same people may have called a white person “cracker” or “white trash” or “redneck” or whatever in their day, but similarly – who cares? It had no power to cost lives or livelihood.That uber-liberal, supposedly post-racial or whatever sense of self would have you make the comment you did only reveals a woefully misguided and shallow sense of history.Because if you had any real sense of history, you would know that calling most black people and me for sure racist, has about as much impact as a fly buzzing around my food. Annoying, but easily swatted away with a small book or magazine (e.g. knowledge).To be sure, I’m not defending calling SP “white trash” or anyone else using degrading terminology, but your moral outrage and sense of false equivalence shows a juvenile understanding of the issue and a profoundly condescending attitude toward grown folks.BTW, next time you’re going to throw fire like that, I invite you to identify yourself and be accountable for what you say.

  2. I’m amazed at the quantity of comments and diverse range too. Wow SP can really stir some emotions.Anyhoo – I agree with the last few posters against the anony @12:57 comments – making blanket “you’re all racists” statements won’t get you anywhere. I kinda think this blame SP is just a coping mechanism for the McCain camp. Its either that or doom and gloom attitude which I had been reading one blog up until they and their posters said “oh the Black guy won…its time to run”. I think its time to move on and the best way to do that is McCain being utilized as a senate emissary (as in use this guy) and let SP get on with her life whether she remains governor of Alaska or runs for senate.

  3. Regarding the complaints about “tone,” don’t forget that when the story broke, the complaints were that she and her family acted like “Wasilla hillbillies” at Neiman-Marcus.The tone did not begin here, it began up on high among the Republican party operatives as they begin their fight over the direction of the party.Like it or not, it is trashy to act that way. There is nothing wrong with shopping at low end stores, but she got the chance to go high end on someone else’s dime and she went over the deep end. What does that say about her? It isn’t what one would expect of someone in her position–she is a governor! Is that the type of person one would want in an even higher office?

  4. I do pity her. They used her, plain and simple, and it was obvious to everyone but her. I’m not surprised by any of the McCain campaign’s actions at all. She was set up to be the fall “guy” from the door. Even if they won, McCain’s administration would still try to keep her under lock and key. The entire scheme stunk to high heaven.

  5. I’m no fan of Gov. Palin.The Republicans may regret in 2012 throwing her under the bus now. Plenty of people were confident in her ‘abilities’ as evidence by the popular vote. McCain is @ fault. He allowed this to begin and he’s allowing it to continue…as long as it draws the focus away from him.Sure she’s made her own mistakes; done some stupid things who hasn’t?McCain was willing to take this risk…now he should accept the enormous ramifications.

  6. You sure got this right in your post. But, in defense of those of us who keep writing about the Sarah Palin story (i.e., me), there were just so many interesting twists to this story to not be fascinated by it. That, IMO, is what happens any time you have two or more competing belief systems colliding, as they did in this case. I myself have been fascinated by the towel story, but Alex is right. I guess the real question to ask is what forms the basis for our fascination with this story. I’d say the answer starts with our collective discomfort at and fascination with seeing the two tropes of sexuality and power colliding in her narrative (where they didn’t, really, for HRC or for other female heads of state, Gandhi, Golda Meir, Thatcher, etc., etc.

  7. Danielle, If I could offer a suggestion, no a plea, for you to do a piece on how calling bigoted, ignorant hateful or repressive behaviours of black people is not racist?Sigh.Seriously, this past year of hearing how “black people are racist too” has worked my last raw nerve to the point that I have almost zero patience left with the invariably NOT black folks who bleat this. Racism/sexism is a function that is reserved to the people in power. Period.Listen up, white/asian/hispanic/poolalian folks who got your feelings hurt by some boorish lout who ::gasp:: should know better due to having it done to them – unless that person is in a position to deny you employment, education, housing, legal redress, health care, or religious freedom, this is not racism. It’s bigotry, backlash from generations of racism, ignorance, misplaced anger, whathaveyou but it simply is NOT racist.Okay, I just think that Black Snob can explain this much better than I have.

  8. Great Post Snob…We can point out a vast amount of errors which branded the ill-fated McCain campaign…However, Palin was the easiest scapegoat instead of looking further within…

  9. I know the party’s pretty much over on this post, but I can’t resist chipping in again.How the hell could criticizing Palin be racist? No one – here, in the media or elsewhere – ever suggested that Palin is an inferior politician because she’s white. The terms “hillbilly” and “white trash” aren’t racist – they are classist. And no one calls poor, uneducated white people “white trash” more than middle-class, educated white people. Of course these terms are offensive and ignorant – no group of people deserves to be labelled as anything, let alone as human garbage. That’s a no brainer. But it’s not about race – it’s about class, education, and to some degree, geography. No one called McCain white trash. I have, on the other hand, heard Bill Clinton labelled white trash (by other white people). Because he was from a poor Southern family. And of course, that’s an offensive, hurtful thing to say about poor people. But it isn’t racist.And Palin isn’t poor. She is educated (believe it or not). She’s “trashy” – but that has nothing to do with class, race, or anything other than Sarah Palin acting like an idiot. Now sexism…that’s a whole other can of worms. I simply don’t think her gender should be dragged into any critique of her as a politician. She sucks, and I understand the need to tear her down because of said sucking and mug-slinging during the campaign, but this kind of discourse just makes it easier for pundits and journalists and, well, everyone to turn around and do the same to female politicians we DO like. Call her an idiot, call her ignorant, call her out on her ass-backward policies and sketchy record. But leave her body – towel-clad or otherwise – out of it. It has nothing to do with anything, and the would-be McCain administration really let their anti-woman flag fly when they decided to place all the blame on their token broad.-Alex

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