The Land of Make-Believe

12 Jan

While explaining how bad it is to “politicize” the attempted assassination of a politician by a madman with odd political views, the right wing has further politicized it by trying to create a “Loughner was a leftist” meme.  Have it both ways, you can’t.

With that said, one would have hoped that a bullet going through the skull of a congresswoman targeted by a hit list may have given people pause and contributed to a soul-searching about violent rhetoric that’s been quite popular on the right, especially in the last year.

No such luck.

Instead, the right has denied, denied, denied that (a) its rhetoric was in any way overheated;  (b) that overheated, violent rhetoric is perfectly ok; and (c) the left is as bad if not worse.  Oh, well.  We all know that this right here is absolutely what happened on Sunday.  Attempts at equivalency have been uniformly lame and unpersuasive, pointing to apologized-for Olbermannian metaphors, or Obama quoting from the Untouchables (ignoring the fact that, in that particular instance, the other side would have already come armed with knives).

Since it’s clear that the right wing absolutely refuses to accept any blame for anything, ever, here are some handy tips provided by Josh Marshall for what ought to be generally acceptable political behavior.  Conservatives are welcome to ignore them, I suppose, since there’s nothing wrong with any of it, or because the left-did-it-too-but-there’s-really-no-proof-of-that.

1. Refrain from telling supporters that winning the election may require active exercise of their “second amendment” rights.

2. Refrain from suggesting it’s time for “armed revolution”, even if Thomas Jefferson once kinda sorta suggested that.

3. Refrain from holding political fundraisers focused around use of automatic weapons, especially target practices with initials, name or images of your political opponent.

4. Refrain from telling supporters you want them to be “armed and dangerous.”

5. Refrain from making campaign posters with opponent’s head in gun sights.

6. Refrain from saying that bullets will work if ballots don’t.

7. Suggest that supporters not bring weapons to opponents’ political rallies.

All seven of those examples are genuine things that happened in 2010.  There was no problem whatsoever in 2010.  The Republicans are going all Barbrady on everyone’s ass.

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Say what you will about the Buffalo News, but its editorial yesterday was exactly on target.

…with the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and Fox News taking up the cudgel. Today, no slander is too vile, no lie too pernicious to be leveled as conservatives, in and out of government, thrash at President Obama and his agenda. Coulter calls Democrats treasonous. Sarah Palin says the health reform law creates “death panels.” Her website put cross hairs on the districts of elected officials she was targeting for defeat. One was Giffords’.

It happens in New York, too. Last year’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Carl Paladino, repeatedly charged over the line in criticizing his opponent Andrew M. Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and even former Republican Gov. George E. Pataki.

Against that onslaught, the liberal insults of Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow seem almost benign, though some on the left have this in common with their right-wing adversaries: They, too, have a stake in casting issues as black and white, driving the sides further apart and making compromise ever more difficult. Why didn’t Republicans work to improve last year’s health care reform bill instead of working to subvert it? Because in the current climate there is no percentage in making government work.

There’s a lot of sowing, but not enough reaping.  I sure wish that the Republican mainstream would stop egging dummies on with rhetoric that basically equates Obama and the Democrats with SatanHitlerMao, but they won’t because it helps shore up the whackjob vote they apparently so desperately need.  I sure wish that the Republican mainstream would stop fetishizing guns in conjunction with their “the other side is a bunch of death-panel-making commienazi” rhetoric, but to do so might mean that they’d have to participate in a government with Democratic majorities.

Let’s just put it this way – it’d be swell if no more lawmakers were shot through the head.  Have a great day!

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44 Responses to “The Land of Make-Believe”

  1. Bbill January 12, 2011 at 7:57 am #

    A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” – a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.

    “Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” reads a portion of the company’s website.

    http://www.free-times.com/index.php?cat=1992209084141467&act=post&pid=11861101110850039

  2. Jason January 12, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    New slogan from the right: “”I’ll give you my surveying tool when you take it from my cold, dead hands!”

  3. Max January 12, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    The extreme right and their ilk are long overdue to have an “adult conversation.”

  4. Jesse January 12, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    ROFL

    Watching the left pretend that it never uses overheated rhetoric is pathetic. Unilateral disarmament. The left should go first, maybe then they can complain when the right doesn’t follow.

    Until then, I’ll keep reading the facts that say overheated political rhetoric has been going on since the dawn of time, and whining that “these days” are somehow worse than evar!!1!zomg is just more of the same.

  5. Mike In WNY January 12, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Obsession, irrationality, vitriol, innuendo, denial . . .this post has it all.

  6. Alan Bedenko January 12, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    And undeniable facts

  7. Bbill January 12, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Guess some folks think Marshall’s suggestions are unreasonable.

  8. Jason January 12, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    It’s easy to make false equivalencies when you don’t have to back it up with examples.

    “The Left does it too” — OK, name and give examples of high profile “lefties” who have made statements like ballots/bullets, second amendment remedies, etc etc. that high profile conservatives like Palin, Angle, Beck et al. have used or endorsed. Not to mention all the hate and fear mongering generated by these TV/radio shows and political rallies.

    And no, using bloggers and troll blog commenters isn’t the same thing.

  9. BobbyCat January 12, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    In my experience, it’s always the case that those who talk the toughest are usually cowards. They talk the talk but never have the courage to walk the walk. Instead of apologizing for their rhetoric the right wing talkers deny it. “We didn’t do anything. Who, us?” It takes courage to apologize, to own-up, to man-up, as they like to say. Look at the parade of cowards.

  10. MJC January 12, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Sure, the Left does it too, but in substantially lower numbers and with a fraction of the publicity. As we speak, Fox News is busy researching any and all out of context remarks made by any Democrat to exaggerate and “prove” their meme.

    What we now have is a large, radicalized Right. There is a radical Left as well, but it is so small that it is irrelevant. This is the mirror opposite of what we had in the late 1960’s, and early 70’s, when there was a large radicalized Left and smaller, fairly insignificant radical Right. It is cyclical and will eventually switch again. In all likelihood, the same Fox News that is inspiring a generation of right wing radicals will eventually inspire a generation of left wing radicals that rebel against it.

  11. Chris Charvella January 12, 2011 at 9:45 am #

    Yeah, there’s a radical left out there. You just never see them because they live in redwood trees and only come down once a year to bathe whether they need it or not. Dangerous creatures.

  12. lulu January 12, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Yes there is a radical Right and a radical Left, but it remains that many of us are still in the middle and we have no voice. Sad.

  13. Fat Tony January 12, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    Maybe Middle America would be willing to listen to the call for civility if attacks on conservatives hadn’t come within 20 minutes of a tragedy committed by a psycho with no discernible political leanings. Maybe if we would have been allowed to collectively mourn as a country over the loss of life and then spent some time afterward reflecting on potential cause and effect for the crime, we as a nation might have said we’re better than overheated rhetoric.

    But the left has their talking points. College kids probably have already started s a drinking game where you take a shot every time the word vitriol or some derivative gets used. It reminds me when every left pundit was using the word gravitas to talk about Bush. The attacks are so obviously coordinated it’s insulting.

    So the left talking heads are trying to strike while the iron is hot, before the first body has been buried, to score the political advantage. Personally, I have stopped watching the coverage of this beyond the personal stories of heroism and the tributes to the deceased. I’ve got weeks and months to think about gun control, political discourse, etc. For now, I’m praying for grieving families.

  14. MJC January 12, 2011 at 10:47 am #

    Thanks, Fat Tony. We all owe the Right an apology.

    “Every left pundit” coordinated their talking points? What is that, three people? As opposed to the entire Fox Network, every GOP politician, Rush Limbaugh and hundreds of local radio jocks who all use the same catchphrases every time they need to? Remember when everyone was using the “shoved down our throat” meme to describe health reform legislation?

    The Left wishes it was as organized and unified as the Right.

  15. BobbyCat January 12, 2011 at 11:02 am #

    Yesterday Randi Rhodes played some cuts of Glenn Beck urging retired Special Opps vets to help overthrow the government. Beck wasn’t specific about what they should blow up or who they should kill, but he was openly advocating the crime of sedition. What will it take for the Attorney General to take action against these people? Does Beck have to climb a tower with a rifle?

    I rarely, if ever, see or hear the radical left. Where are they, who are they, Ted Kosinski? There is one guy in these blogs (wearing an pink hat) that is over the edge but he’s largely ignored. Maybe you can name some left wing media people who are winking at mililtary-speak and tacitly condoning revolution. Michelle Bachman wants Minnesotans to be “armed and dangerous” but she’s not castigated by the right; She’s their star. This morning mild-mannered Gov. of Minnesota , Tim Polenty, another GOP star, was plugging his new book “The Courage to Govern” (or some such) but when asked to condem Bachmans words, he wouldn’t. He said only “…It wouldn’t be my style.”

    Courage my ass. His book should be titled “My Search for Courage”

    As the BufNews pointed out, you can’t play with fire in a tinderbox, then act surprised when it bursts into flame. But for all their talk of guns ans revolution and reloading, the right t find enough courage to apologize for their incindiary rhetoric they MAY have contributed to the atmosphere of hate in this nation. What pathetic cowards they are !!! That’s no way to live your life.

  16. Fat Tony January 12, 2011 at 11:10 am #

    While I stand by my earlier point, I concede Glen Beck is disturbing and is an entirely different breed than info-tainers like Limbaugh and Hanity.

  17. MJC January 12, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    Agree with Fat Tony on that one, as I have said before. Glenn Beck actively spreads the kind of conspiracy garbage that is making it easy for militias and other armed hate groups to fill their ranks.

    But I have never thought that the other usual GOP pundits have even approached that. And no, Ann Coulter’s insults do not qualify.

  18. Hank January 12, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Undeniable Facts—The shooter was mentally disturbed.
    The LBJ administration pushed for states to pass laws making it impossible to commit mentally disturbed individuals into treatment facilities against their will. So they end up on the streets, usually homeless, where they do God knows what to God knows who, until they die out there.

    Why didn’t the idiot Sheriff of Pima County, who took an oath to uphold the laws except (in his mind) the Arizona Immigration Law, didn’t investigate the complaints about this shooter from the liberal academics at the college he attended until they threw him out? Had the liberal academics and the liberal Sheriff done their jobs, he would not have been anywhere near that Safeway. But it’s all Palin’s fault. Nobody drives 12 hours and then stands in the cold for 12 more to meet Chris Smith, Alan Bedenko or any of the rest of your liberal mini-minds up there. But they do for Palin. Isn’t it aggravating that the millions of unwashed masses of folks in Fly-Over Country and the South don’t recognize you for the brilliant political sages that you are?

    I pissed my self DRY reading the Palin is a Facist thread. You’re awash in a sea of political corruption and incompetence controlled by Democrats for 55 years. Your major city crumbles just a little more every day. And you’re all frothing about someone who doesn’t even hold a politcial office. Y’all need to get hold of yourselves, if you can, which I doubt strongly, tend you own gardens for awhile.

    Want some Facisim? I’ll give you some. Let’s pack all the left wing kook knuckle heads in WNY in Main Place Mall, and sprinkle in some Zyklon B. I.G. Farbenwerken says it’s great for killing vermin. Next we’ll see a film from WNY media.net entitled “The Eternal Conservative”, where the rats run from the larder. Y’all really scare the shit out of me with most of the comments and Rhetoric I read here. If you’re wondering where all the ugly political discourse is coming from, read your own comments or look in the mirror, if you can sneak up on one.

    • Alan Bedenko January 12, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      Hank, aside from your continued allusions to your urine stream, and your fundamental confusion over what fascism is, perhaps you could go down to Pima County and make sure that there is adequate funding for mental health services there, given your sudden concern over people doing “their jobs”.

      Then again, last Friday you probably would have provided us with some screed about how all those librul skeezofrenix should just go out and pay for their own damn psychiatrists and stop taking communistically redistributed wealth to pay for mental health medication and services.

      In the past year, Pima County, Ariz., where Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others were shot Saturday, has seen more than 45 percent of its mental health services recipients forced off the public rolls, a service advocate told The Huffington Post.

      The deep cuts in treatment were protested strongly at the time, with opponents warning that they would result in a spike in suicide attempts, public disturbances, hospitalizations and brushes with the police. But according to Clarke Romans, executive director for southern Arizona’s branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the state government ignored requests for relief, citing the need to implement strict budget controls.

      Now, in the wake of this weekend’s horrific shootings, reports on the seemingly crazed mental state of the alleged shooter — who was not, apparently, enrolled in any public treatment program — is leading politicians, reporters and activists to take a fresh look at the funding of mental health care.

      Arizona didn’t always lag in this department. As Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic noted, “a 2009 survey by the National Association for the Mentally Ill reported that, statewide, mental health services had actually improved over the previous three years, to the point where the organization bumped Arizona’s grade from a “D+” to a “C.””

      But, as Romans told The Huffington Post, 2010 was a difficult year, particularly in Pima County. Last January, 3,000 Pima residents were taken off the public mental health system’s enrollment because a diagnosis found they were not actively displaying symptoms of a serious mental illness. On July 1, another 3,800 county residents saw their coverage slashed because they did not fall below the federal poverty level. They were still allowed to get generic medications, but lost their case manager, their doctor and access to group therapy, as well as transportation and housing subsidies.

  19. BobbyCat January 12, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    You are giving a pass to all the right wing “pundits’ who stand silently and wink at all the militaristic talk about “revolution”, “taking back our government”, “armed and dangerous” and a numerable other calls to arms. Their silence is their crime. Listening to a partial truth that deceives the listener is a lie of omission. Listening to radicals talk about revolution and violence and remaining silent is a tacit admission that you agree. The right wing pundits are guilty of that kind of complicity every single day on Fox and elsewhere. Now their hands are bloody and they are searching for some kind of plausible denial, some way to escape.

    It’s telling that you haven’t seen any problems. How wonderful, for you.

  20. Ward January 12, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Claims:

    The shooter was a right-wing Palin/Limbaugh disciple = based on nothing
    The shooter was a left-wing pothead = based on a statement from an acquaintance.

    Take your pick.

  21. Jesse January 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Wow.

    The debilitating need to blame the right for this is amazing to watch.

    • Alan Bedenko January 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      @Jesse – I don’t think it’s so much debilitating, and I don’t think it’s “blame” per se. The right has gotten away with its bullshit for so long, I think reasonable people thought this’d be just a swell opportunity for them to do some soul-searching about it, regardless of the causal relationship with the Tucson shootings. Just a general “gee, you know, maybe crosshairs is a shitty thing to use” because a Congresswoman got shot, and only by the grace of God was she not shot by some Palinite adherent.

      But the right outright refuses to admit that its language or imagery was in any way, shape, or form wrong – to do so would be a political defeat. So instead they’ll just deny, deny, deny, claim that “everyone does it”, or if you’re particularly moronic like Sarah Palin, you’ll take to a fireside chat and compare your situation to 2,000 years’ worth of Jewish oppression, because EVERYTHING is about her and she’s ALWAYS a victim. (It plays right into my fascism post from the other day, but that’s somewhat beside the point).

      So, no – there’s no “need” to blame the right for “this”. But it’s fascinating to watch the right double down on things that have been pointed out to be in pretty fucked up taste, at best.

  22. Bbill January 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Rush says Loughner has the “full support” of the “Democrat Party”.

  23. Eric P. January 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Right-wing mouthpieces routinely draw direct cause-and-effect lines between speech and action when talking about Islamic culture and terrorist acts. The fact is, the right has created a culture of willfull ignorance, anger and bigotry with predictable results. The promotion of this culture has been organized and intentional. No such unified messaging may be found on the left. The GOP and a large portion of the media have been peddling this angry bullshit since the “southern strategy:.

  24. Hank January 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    This morning on “Good Morning America,” ABC’s Ashleigh Banfield sat down with Zach Osler, a high school friend of Jared Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson massacre.

    Osler says his friend wasn’t shooting at people, “he was shooting at the world.” Regarding the high-pitched talk radio and cable news political rhetoric, Osler says his friend didn’t even watch the news.

    He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right.

    Alan should now close this thread because he’s so far off on the truth that Obama might as well BE from Kenya

    • Alan Bedenko January 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

      Hank – and yet Loughner had some pretty strong opinions about grammar and the gold standard, and he specifically targeted a congresswoman. Let’s not politicize a political assassination attempt! The “apolitical lone gunman” meme is as unproven as the idea that he was a tea party adherent. I thought we were supposed to wait & see. Has he been convicted already?

  25. Peter G January 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    Tea Party Republicans, and conservatives in general, are so desperate for votes and political power, that they sold their souls to the devil. They traded decency and civility for the aforementioned votes and political power. Now the devil wants his payment………..They used anger, hate, and a love of firearms as recruitment tools. Because, as any conservative knows, walking around town with a gun makes you more American than people who don’t. So, in order to win the support of these fringe members of society, you have to say things like “Lock and load”, “Armed and dangerous”, “Rise up and take back your country”, etc… You have to host political events where possession of a gun is mandatory, where you can shoot an M16, and win an AK47 in a raffle. You have to create a false and horribly inaccurate interpretation of what our Founding Fathers meant with certain sections of the Constitution, as if that “revolutionary mentality” still plays in this 21st century. And you have to create a map with bullseye targets over your enemies. This is what you do when you prostitute yourself out for some votes and power. And when something bad happens, you do exactly what Fox News and their employees/candidates have done. Deny. Blame. Deflect. Lie……I think there are buckets under the broadcast desk at Fox to collect the piss that is most definitely rolling out of the pants of every one of those “journalists”. Because if they can’t spread hate, anger, and the “us versus them” rhetoric, and if they can’t use the firearm metaphors and imagery, then what do they have? What are they left with?

  26. Peter G January 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    By the way, are we to believe that the same people (family, friends, acquaintances) who willfully ignored the warning signs of Loughner’s mental breakdown, either because of apathy, fear, or ignorance, are suddenly to be considered experts on what exactly did or did not cause this breakdown?? The same people who never called the police, who never called a hospital, who never called anyone. Suddenly, these are the people who will determine what he did or didn’t watch on tv….whom he did or didn’t listen to on the radio….his political beliefs…..these are the people that Fox News wants you to look to for answers…excuses…justifications…..To my knowledge, Loughner hasn’t been examined by a professional whose job it is to determine what issues he may or may not be suffering from. If we are to not rush to judgment on his political motivations or opinions, then we also shouldn’t rush to judgement by labeling him “mentally unstable”, “unhinged”, “a nutjob”, etc… All of which are adjectives used by Fox News to describe Loughner minutes after the shootings. I think that people who eat liver and onions are crazy.Can I go on Fox News and lend them my expertise at diagnosing mental disease?

  27. BobbyCat January 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    @PeterG.

    Well said!

    What are they left with? Thw answers to your pointed question should come pouring in any minute now. Or maybe next year.

  28. Hank January 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Reading a lot about HATE RADIO AND RIGHT WING HATE SPEECH.

    Here’s a tidbit from one of your heroes on the left Hatred as the central element of our struggle! Hatred that is intransigent…hatred so violent that it propels a human being beyond his natural limitations, making him violent and cold-blooded killing machine…We reject any peaceful approach. Violence is inevitable. To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow! The imperialist enemy must feel like a hunted animal wherever he moves. Thus we’ll destroy him! These hyenas are fit only for extermination. We must keep our hatred alive and fan it to paroxysm! The victory of Socialism is well worth millions of atomic victims! ”
    —Che Guevara

    Think about that one for a while.

  29. Bbill January 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Shorter right wing: what goes around does NOT come around if it means we have to be accountable for our words and deeds.

  30. Peter G January 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    I’m just grateful that Sarah Palin took time out from clubbing fish and shooting animals with a high-powered rifle to act like my 10 year-old nephew and post a statement on the most respected media source in this country: Facebook. I suppose that YouTube was taking too long to upload? Has anyone checked the inside of her left palm? Maybe the words got smudged and she meant to say something completely different.

  31. MJC January 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I think Fox News and the rest of the Right are petrified that this guy is going to say something negative about Obama or the Left, or something that would cement his right-wing credentials.

    Look at that mugshot – does he look like someone that wants to stay silent? Usually, these types of mass shooting end up with the shooter being dead. We are going to possibly have to listen to this guy for months or years – and we might not have to speculate as to where his allegiances lie.

  32. Fat Tony January 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm #

    @MJC Clearly, you are hoping and praying that this loner psychopath babbles something about watching Sarah Palin on Fox so you can claim not really moral superiority, but a political narrative in the wake of November’s drubbing. It’s actually quite shameful.

    If this lunatic babbles that he shot Gifford because she didn’t vote for Pelosi for Speaker, will you change your opinion?

  33. MJC January 12, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    Unlike you, Fat Tony, I don’t root for my political party as if they are a football team that can do no wrong.

    My point is that there are a lot of right-wing pundits that have a lot to lose if this guy says anything supportive of any of them.

    That being said, I would love to see this guy take up Sarah Palin’s cause. Not because she is an conservative or Republican. But because she is a completely idiotic retard that is an embarrassment to this nation. The GOP would be better off without her too.

  34. Fat Tony January 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    My party has done a lot wrong, hence being booted from the Majority in 2006. What “they” didn’t do was cause this loser to gun down innocent people. And maybe you aren’t rooting for him to show up in a “Palin in 2012” t-shirt to his court appearance, but a lot of the left certainly are…and not because the care about civility and political discourse. Seems to me it’s a lot worse to politicize a tragedy like this 20 minutes after it happened to score cheap political points than to place a metaphorical target over a congressional map, but maybe that’s just me.

  35. BobbyCat January 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    I’m beginning to think there are a lot more sociopaths and psychopaths than we know. That is, people who have no empathy for their fellow man, no sympathy, no warmth, no feelings, no love, nothing inside but self-serving hatred and anger. A friend of the shooter thinks that he fell into that category. The killer, and people like him are devoid of human virtue. Some of them, I fear, stalk these blogs. Wackos.

  36. Ward January 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    As someone wrote today, “All these Obama-worshipping liberals want you to believe Loughner was a storm trooper of “vitriol,” their new favorite word. But it would take a battalion of Jayson Blairs to make this guy anyone more than he was — a nut.”

    To recall a phrase from Jayson’s rag, Alan believes his claim is “Fake, but accurate”.

  37. Hank January 13, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Just a few short years ago, Palin was a “joke”, picked by McCain because “he didn’t want to win the election”. By now, should she be yesterdays news, or even history? If she’s such a retard, why is the left whipped into a frothing frenzy by her? Why don’t you just ignore her if she’s such a dolt? It’s really comical how the left attacks this lady. Of course, the left always makes personal attacks on those they fear. Hell, I know she’ll never be the President. She’ll never run. Why does the left fear her so much if she’s so stupid?

  38. MJC January 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Give it up Hank – no one fears this clown. She annoys and embarrasses us. I hate opening up my local paper and seeing a large color photo of this shrill retard and her ridiculous thoughts.

    On second thought, there are plenty of people who fear Palin – and all of them are Republicans, who are practically required to support her out of fear that she will turn her equally ignorant fans against the GOP.

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