After Tom Friedman, Sarah Palin is Flat Now Too

Oh yes.

Thomas Friedman, author and saint of the edublogosphere1 for his book, The World is Flat, now flattens shameless dimwit and aspiring 2012 Cheerleader-in-Chief Sarah Palin with this steamroller of an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times.

A taste:

Criticizing Sarah Palin is truly shooting fish in a barrel. But given the huge attention she is getting, you can’t just ignore what she has to say. And there was one thing she said in the debate with Joe Biden that really sticks in my craw. It was when she turned to Biden and declared: “You said recently that higher taxes or asking for higher taxes or paying higher taxes is patriotic. In the middle class of America, which is where Todd and I have been all of our lives, that’s not patriotic.”

What an awful statement. Palin defended the government’s $700 billion rescue plan. She defended the surge in Iraq, where her own son is now serving. She defended sending more troops to Afghanistan. And yet, at the same time, she declared that Americans who pay their fair share of taxes to support all those government-led endeavors should not be considered patriotic. [read on]

You have to wonder how Palin will react to this. She distorted the NYTimes non-smear piece on Obama and Ayres’ superficial connection, after all, to smear Obama to the degree that McCain/Palin crowds are yelling “treason,” “kill him,” “off with his head,” and hurling the N-word in right-wing racist hate-fests.

But now that the Times is openly smearing her, she’ll surely dismiss it as that gosh-darned mainstream media filter playing “gotcha journalism.”

Don’t miss Friedman’s comparison of Palin’s “energy expertise” with that of the King of Saudi Arabia at the end of the column. Priceless honesty.

  1. though, because of Friedman’s “Hey Iraq: Suck. On. This.” stupidity – never mind that Iraq was not Al Qaeda – I’ll worship elsewhere, thanks []

7 thoughts on “After Tom Friedman, Sarah Palin is Flat Now Too”

  1. It needed to be said. In the immortal words of Howard Zinn, “dissent is the greatest form of patriotism.” You can’t call yourself a maverick and still be a conformist. You can’t call yourself an outsider if your earmarks are some of the biggest in Senate. You can’t call yourself a positive example for all women when you don’t care much (to put it nicely) for rights women have worked so hard for. At first, I honestly thought she’d be someone that Obama and Biden could sidestep (even if just to stand clear of charges of sexism), but unfortunately, enough sycophants have given her carte blanche with every word she spews and stammers over.

    Joses last blog post..The Holiest Redeemers

    1. Well said, Jose. I’m fine with an intelligent, principled conservative party, but that’s not what Palin appeals to. She appeals to the populist lynch mobs.

      It’s good to see so many conservatives joining the condemnation of McCain’s choice and Palin’s mettle. They’re going to have an embarrassing mess on their hands when she runs for president in ’12.

    1. Until they serve her purposes. That’s what was funny about her Obama smear: she trumpeted her source, the NYTimes, as if it were the final authority on everything. And as everyone has noted, she either didn’t read beyond the article’s title (because the article dismissed any serious connection between the two), or she did, and chose to distort it anyway.

  2. This is the same woman who trumpeted her desire for a “victory” in Iraq comparable to our “victory” in Viet Nam. I hope our country will be spared such a fate.

    I continue to be mortally offended that John McCain imagined I would vote for his ticket because he included a woman as his running mate, without evaluating the suitability of the particular female he chose.

    dianes last blog post..The Brisbins of Saratoga County

    1. I’ll try to refrain from attacking Friedman–he’s not a quarter as bright as thinks he is, and only half-bright as his adoring public believes he is. If that.

      He can write, true. He’s a decent wordsmith with a two-bit cortex–reminds me of Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham.

      Palin is a symptom; so was Hitler. Yes, I lumped the two together–different ideologies, but similar tactics. And in both cases, as much as we like to absolve hoi polloi, the people surrounding her (i.e., the mob)are culpable.

      We have the democracy we deserve. I have no idea if the pundits are right about economic doom, or if it’s just hyperbole.

      If it’s the former, please go back to Gilgamesh–if we’re doomed, may as well read the wisdom of a prior doomed culture.

      If it’s the latter, please go back to Gilgamesh–no sense wasting energy on false prophets.

      If nothing else, I am beginning to grasp how Nero could fiddle as Rome burned. What else can we do?

      [I'm going clamming again Saturday. Sunlight to plankton to clams to me. I'm not inviting Thomas Friedman, but if you ever want to come along Clay, I have an extra kayak and a place to stay.]

      Michael Doyles last blog post..The cost of tools

  3. Good read. Thanks for pointing it out, Clay.
    And Jose, thanks for quoting Zinn. Too bad more haven’t read Zinn. There’d be less people throwing themselves under the Straight Talk Express.

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