No Better Race Than Palin versus Obama

I’m betting on Sarah Palin running

Update: Karl Rove concurs.
By Amanda Coyne

Transparency alert: I have some investment in Sarah Palin’s future. For one, my husband Tony Hopfinger and I have a book coming out that is partly, but not completely, about her. I have various bets with folks in the office about her potential run. If she wins, I get a few dinners, and get to make Scott Woodham read something he wouldn’t otherwise read. (I’m vacillating between Lionel Shriver and John le Carre.)

But more importantly, I like to think, I can’t imagine a better race than Palin versus Obama. Both have such opposite views of the world, borne out of such different upbringings and experiences. Both are perfect representatives of the factions that have been tearing apart the country, factions that I think have as much to do with geography as ideology. A race between the two will, perhaps for the first time, provide a full public airing of those factions’ respective grievances. And both will bring all of their respective star power to the race. You can say the latter will degrade the process, blah, blah. I say that it will attract the widest audience possible.

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 16:54:50

    This gal Amanda Coyne has always helped to perpetuate this fraudulant narrative of Palin’s grassroots, go get em good ol boy network crap! I consider her friendly to Palin… They might be in on a scoop! Just thought you all should know.


  2. Balzafiar
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:05:55

    I’m hoping Karl is right on target. Watching Sarah self-destruct will be the fitting finale to a sorry tale of greed and malice.

    I can hardly wait. 🙂


    • Syrin
      Aug 21, 2011 @ 12:27:52

      Me too! Funny that Karl was not warned about Palin.. She could have been completely avoided had SOMEONE done just a little research! FYI when you googled Sarah Palin guess what came up? Maybe they did and liked what they saw in Sarah. Lying, conniving, abusive and totally incompetent!


  3. WakeUpAmerica
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:34:45



  4. Michelle
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 17:49:50

    I don’t want her remotely close to the white house…and that means even coming a distant second to Obama.

    Personally I think that Palin, Perry, and Bachman will split the more fundamentalist/tea party vote and Romney will take the traditional Republicans and middle of the road Independents.


  5. Sally
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:19:14

    Palin will have to give up her Fox money, make her PAC accountable to the FEC, release financial records, give actual press conferences with no questions in advance for her to memorize a snarky answer, and participate in actual debates with guys who aren’t the brightest, but understand this country far better than she ever will. You really think she will do all those things? Plus, she’ll have to raise money for a CAMPAIGN instead of for greedy little Sarah.


    • Syrin
      Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:19:58

      It makes one wonder knowing that Sarah can not and will not particapate ever like the other candidates in debates and interviews, but the media continues to ask Sarah, Sarah …Are you going to run for president? Not, Are you qualified to be president?


    • AJ Billings
      Aug 21, 2011 @ 10:44:39

      Ms Palin was, and still is, a profoundly uninformed and ill-suited. candidate for high office.

      The disastrous and laughably pathetic Couric and Gibson interviews were precise bell-weathers of her ignorance.

      Bill Kristol rightly advised her after the loss in 2008 to go back to Alaska, get the job done as Governor, and study up on issues.

      She did nothing of the kind, and resigned on the flimsiest of grounds, with cum laude ethics violations.

      She is quoted by Frank Bailey in an email saying “I hate this job” while still Governor.

      High political office is no picnic. Perspective, discretion, and the ability to live with compromise is key.
      Christian hypocrites like Palin won’t compromise due to their faith based positions, and have utter contempt for anyone else’s viewpoints.

      Being President is 100 times more stressful than Governor of Alaska.
      Even MS Palin must realize that it’s a 24/7 stressful nightmare. Why would she even want such a job?

      Ms Palin is also a fanatic religious ideologue, with few qualities that would commend her to lead a nation so divided on deadly serious matters of policy and economics in a perilous world.

      Mouthing platitudes, being divisive, and bomb throwing at Tea rallies is easy. Presidents have to lead and relate to all Americans to be any good at it,

      Sarah doesn’t care about anyone but herself, and “Rill Amuricuns”, which is nothing but code for Wasp folks in the south and flyover land.

      We are intent on seeing the truth exposed, and her ultimate withdrawal from all political life.


  6. shughes2853
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 18:31:39

    ya know….I am just so damn sick and tired of hearing about her and will she or won’t she run….it’s all so lame. Really, why are we even still talking about it after the last 3 years of her? The books written, the lies, the insantiy, the mind numbing stupid things that come out of her mouth, the blood libel, the baby makers that keep producing in her “christian” family, the prostitution issues with toad, omg….my brain needs a rest from her. I sincerely hope the halfwit runs just so she’s totally destroyed once and for all.


    • Syrin
      Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:05:44

      I could not have said it better.. Especially the part I need a rest from her! Me too!Thanks!


      • WakeUpAmerica
        Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:15:14

        OMG, my little granddaughter and I went to a b’day party for her friend. The family is from Tok, AK. Yep, and apparently they are the last two Alaskans who still like Sarah Palin. My tongue is lacerated from biting it. Aside from being misguided, they are very nice people.

      • Syrin
        Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:33:44

        It’s best to not talk Sarah at b-day parties.. I know this!!
        Put ice on that lacerated tongue! Heck add rum and coke 🙂

  7. dz
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 19:32:44

    I’m holding on to a trojan horse theory. The GOP/TP trots out this little bizarre menagerie of misfits until we all cry uncle including what’s left of their middle ground base. With no hope of posting a viable, sane, non-extremist theocratic candidate in this bunch they wheel in the horse and Jeb Bush walks out, looking sane in comparison to the rest. Voila! an instant cleansing of the tainted family brand that W took down the commode.


    • Syrin
      Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:12:37

      Wow! So that’s the Trojan Horse theory… I might be persuaded to hold out for that turn of events.


      • WakeUpAmerica
        Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:16:29

        That would be a good thing?

      • Syrin
        Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:43:53

        No, it would not be a good thing! Is a trojan horse ever good? I’d rather wait for that remote possibility then to consider my choices as they are now. But, if it did happen. It would be, well.. weird!

    • fromthediagonal
      Aug 21, 2011 @ 05:06:45

      dz… that has been my view for a number of years, I have some dinner bets on that.
      Jeb Bush was my governor and I know that he is as dangerous as the rest of them. His calm behavior hides his autocratic, education destroying,fundamental views better, he comes across as reasonable, has a Latina wife and speaks her language. The taint of the name “Bush” has dissipated, and I think he will be selected by acclamation.


      • akrnc
        Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:05:24

        One need only remember the outcome of the 2000 Florida ballot count and how Jeb Bush was Governor at the same time as his brother just happened to steal the election in Florida or had it handed to him by his father’s SCJ’s. No, the thought of Jeb Bush is not one that eases my mind or anyone else that I know. I shudder at the thought of $arah getting into this election with her nasty, divisive rhetoric and making a laughingstock of our country. However, is she truly aware of how the money and speaking engagements will dry up without a run or does she think she’s invincible and that after Obama is re-elected in 2012 should she choose not to run, that her bots will starts screaming $arah 2016, $arah 2016? I don’t mean to insinuate that $arah could beat Obama in 2012 if she runs, but is she truly aware of her standings? She has been steadily decreasing in popularity since her introduction with the latest flop being her movie that pulled in a total of $116k! Does she realize she’s a joke? I know her bots don’t so maybe she is fooled by their posts to her 😉

  8. CG
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:40:34

    shughes, that’s how I feel. Let her prove it out. If she ends up president, so be it. Let it be done. Small desperate comfort, but when she has destroyed everything in America and brought it to its knees, we can all say “SEE?” to the shocked TeaBaggers, Conservative Christians, and Sarah Palin fans who will wake up to a life far far worse than what they’ve got now, with no rescue in sight.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that what all these “rill” Americans want is a Hollywood president. They want something off TV. They want a really cute president, with cute clothes and jet-set lifestyle. They want a “personality” like Paris Hilton. It isn’t rilly about someone they can relate to – they want someone they can admire and follow in weekly installments, like Survivor.
    This group is who buys all the lame magazines that I won’t even trouble to look at in a waiting room. These are the people who spend $200 for Hannah Montana tickets and made Britney Spears famous. These are the people who apply for financial help and include a cable bill as a household necessity when they’re trying to make ends meet.
    And that’s what they have in Sarah Palin. It’s how Schwarzenegger got to be governor of California. They wanted a movie star with a TV star wife. It wasn’t about intelligence or issues or policy-setting. Let’s face it, I believe the majority of people in this country have no idea what the issues are. At best, they repeat what they heard; at worst, they just flat out don’t know and have zero intellectual curiosity.
    I’m pretty damn smart, well-traveled, well-read, with a science degree. I had to spend a good day’s worth of time to figure out what the heck “debt ceiling” is, and another several hours over a week to update and gain a thorough understanding. I had heard the term in some vague distant past, but I didn’t know what it was.

    Issues are boring. Policy is hard to understand and you have to work at it. What these folks want is to be engaged at their own level and competency. With Sarah, they are. I’ve never in my entire lifetime, thought of asking for a politician’s autograph anymore than I would want a doctor or teacher’s autograph. Why would you? They’re not celebrities. They’re civil servants doing a job.
    But we live in a different world now. Shallow reality-show television starpower is where it’s at. Substance is boring, not sexy. It’s not campaigning, it’s marketing. Talking point sound bites, not speeches. Twitters, not Op-Eds. Vogue and Runners World photo spreads, not issue briefs and White Papers. Fox News “political analyst” positions, not a management-level administrative job. Paparazzi photog shots handing out hotdogs at a picnic, instead of weekly volunteerism at the teen shelter with her teenagers.
    That’s exactly what they like and want.


    • Syrin
      Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:47:08

      Thank you for your comment.. You covered just about all of what is the new critiria to be a presidental candidate. They want someone with chrisma not character


    • brbr2424
      Aug 21, 2011 @ 20:59:37

      While I don’t disagree, there is no comparison between Sarah Palin and Arnold. Arnold speaks English a heck of a lot better than Sarah and it’s not even his first language. He can focus on a question and answer it rather than spewing forth patriotic bumper stickers. He also has several iq points on her. The only person who is as unintelligent and inarticulate as Palin is Rick Perry.


  9. CG
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 20:49:32

    WakeUpAmerica, sounds like you found one of the middle-aged Christian couples married 20 years from a town on the highway system who represented the “average” Alaskan in the 80% approval rating poll of Governor Sarah.
    Too bad you didn’t ask them if they got polled.


  10. Viva
    Aug 20, 2011 @ 22:37:41

    Syrin, I hope you and I aren’t the last two people on earth who remember Amanda Coyne saying (way back) something like, “Yeah, I know that Sarah Palin ain’t fit to clean a VP’s shoes, but writing non-negative things about her pays the bills”. I, for one, would never trust her. People I know have defended her but it looks to me like she’s still the same Amanda Coyne. Frankly, I’d sooner buy TWO copies of Levi’s book … and IMO the very idea of Mrs Palin competing with Barack Obama for the Presidency of the United States would be offensive on a (literally) global scale. Perhaps Ms Coyne should get in touch with Toad; she might be more successful with the more traditional type of prostitution.


  11. climber357
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 04:55:52

    I see this article as an attempt to put more psi on sarah to run. When her procrastination doesn´t make her look flaky and indecisive, it makes her look terrified of being exposed. Her public spectacles have become a no win situation for her and her supporters, whose impatience grows by the day. Iḿ all for fueling that impatience, ramping up the expectations, and publicly exposing them all as the silliest and most ignorant people in our country.


  12. mgardener
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 07:23:20

    Sarah at least has to make a pretense of running for POTUS, Unless perry picks her for his VP.
    She has to show her peeps that she is serious or else the money pit will dry up.
    I think she will enter late for several reasons. She will miss most of the debates, will not have to part with large amount of cash, can run as a rogue candidate and not answer reporters or anybody else’s questions. She can control the message.

    She will not win, but it will keep her hangers on hanging on!
    The only problem is if it is a close race and she manages to make the republicans lose the race. Then she will be gone and no one will touch her.


  13. PollyinAK
    Aug 21, 2011 @ 11:01:04

    In my opinion, Sarah and President Obama are not opposites. She is a radical. The president is a centrist and in years past could have “passed” for a moderate Republican. An opposite for Sarah would be an ultra-liberal greenie, against all oil exploration and private enterprise…etc…


  14. Kallie in Texas
    Aug 22, 2011 @ 08:50:36

    NOOOO! I don’t want to hear her screeching and inciting people anymore! I’ve seen enough of her, no campaign please!


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