Fox News: Sarah Palin – Dumb as Soup

sarah-palin2The GOP’s youngest and brightest stars shine through the foggy gaze of their geriatric seniors. Just a few months ago, Fox News was gushing over Palin, her beauty and her experience as an “executive” – albeit for less than eighteen months.

On August 29th, Carl Cameron from Fox News wrote about Palin:

Palin brings to the Republican ticket a resume that challenges conventional wisdom while it plays into the party’s conservative base. Palin is, among other things, a former beauty queen, a mother of five, an abortion opponent, a union member, hockey player and moose hunter. She is said to be a reformer who takes pride in standing up to the “good ol’ boy network,” and she has served as the top ethics watchdog in her state.

“I would be honored to serve next to the next president of the United States,” Palin said after joining McCain, his wife Cindy and daughter Meghan on stage. “To be chosen is a great challenge. I know that it will demand everything I have to give and I promise nothing less.”

Cameron can’t gush enough over Palin, her qualifications and her bio. And when Team Obama responded, Cameron was quick to point it out:

The tone contrasted with that of a more-critical statement issued earliar in the day by an Obama spokesman questioning Palin’s experience.

“Today, John McCain put the former mayor of a town of 9,000 with zero foreign policy experience a heartbeat away from the presidency,” spokesman Bill Burton said.

After rambling on about Palin’s selection, the secrecy behind the decision and how Governors Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and MItt Romney (R-MA) were skipped over – Cameron goes on gushing:

Palin is well received among both economic and social conservatives. She is quoted saying in 2002 that she is as “pro-life as any candidate can be.” The Club for Growth, a government spending watchdog, described Palin as a “genuine reformer.”

“At a time when many Republicans are still clinging to pork-barrel politics, Governor Palin has quickly become a leader on this issue,” said Club for Growth President Pat Toomey. “She is a principled reformer who understands how badly wasteful spending has marred the Republican brand.”

But that was then, and this is now. Carl Cameron is live on Fox News pointing out that Sarah Palin, Alaska’s finest governor, is actually, dumber than a pail of nails. In an interview with Fox News’ Shep Smith:

Carl Cameron talking to Bill O’Reilly just now on Fox reveals that McCain aides were truly “shocked” at the “gaps in knowledge” Sarah Palin displayed once they were stuck with her. He said that, in the most startling shortcoming, she actually didn’t “understand that Africa was not just a country, but a continent.” This led, among other things, to her asking how, in that case, South Africa could be a separate country. She also could not name all of the countries in North America, he said, not even the NAFTA partners. And she did not know many of the basics of civics and local/state/national duties. O’Reilly pooh-poohed all of this.

I’m guessing that Bill O’Reilly pooh-poohed all of this because he didn’t know Africa was a continent and remains confused about South Africa being a country to this day! But, I digress. Please! Let the “GOP Love Fest” continue!!

But the “gaps” explain, Cameron said, why tensions erupted as McCain aides were truly alarmed by all of this — yet Palin wanted to speak out freely. So in the closing week or so, they reveal, she took to yelling and screaming at aides over her press clippings, even “tossing papers” around. She was so out of touch she actually refused coaching before the Katie Couric interviews, then yelled at staffers for not preparing her better or warning her off the interviews. “Temper tantrums,” etc. Then there were the clothes bills and greeting McCain aides in a bath towel….UPDATE: Anchorage Daily News asks her to confirm above, she refuses to discuss it at all.

Below is an earlier Cameron interview on Fox today. Shep Smith at least asked, how could they name someone as veep who didn’t know that Africa is a continent? — Greg Mitchell

The “wearing only a towel” caught the attention here at Fruit Fly central. Huffington Post has that story:

At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the boys’ club fraternity she had just joined. One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter [Senior McCain Aides] went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. “I’ll be just a minute,” she said.

It was only two weeks ago that McCain aides were complaining she was a Diva!

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.

What was their first clue?

Newsweek is running a story where McCain and Palin aides were furious at Palin’s outrageous spending at Neiman Marcus and Sax Fifth Avenue. What was reported earlier on the GOP’s spending for her new clothes was hardly a drop in the bucket.

One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

They called the Palins “Wasilla Hillbillies”. That’s hysterical. Just think, these Hillbillies almost became Vice President of the United States and in charge of the American taxpayer’s money!

Michelle Malkin Gets The Pink Slip

GOP Crack WhoresFaux Noise has thrown Michelle Malkin (née Maglalang) under the bus for the Graeme Frost (SCHIP) story yesterday. It was a story that she waged (and lost) when she purchased an airline ticket to visit the Frost family hoping to harvest more viewers for her train-wreck of a political cause. Mainstream media couldn’t handle the information over-load and the GOP couldn’t handle any more bad press.

Her trip to the Frost’s home, photographing the family, a subsequent visit to Mr. Frost’s workplace and eventual trashing the family led one very popular commentator “mbecker908” on the conservative website RedState to say:

“If federal funds were required [the Frost children] could die for all I care. Let the parents get second jobs, let their state foot the bill or let them seek help from private charities. … I would hire a team of PIs and find out exactly how much their parents made and where they spent every nickel. Then I’d do everything possible to destroy their lives with that info.”

Fourteen angels wept while he/she/it wrote those words and Satan laughed while he ripped up the original text to the Gospel of St Mark 10:40.

Malkin’s travel follies made the GOP’s hatred towards America’s children lookmosquito bad worse than it already did. Malkin tried to bail by calling mbecker908 a “stupid Redstate commentator” but Faux Noise had already caved in and gave her the Walking Papers long over-due.

Did Malkin simply quit? (There’s another theory she “quit” because of her constant fighting with Geraldo. Bill O’Reilly gave Faux Noise the nudge-nudge and they got together and gave her the “wink-wink-nod-nod and good bye”.) Did she get fired? Perhaps she was hog-tied and carried off to a tropical island inhabited by Konservative Kristian Kannibals where she was slow-roasted and served up with a delicious mango-chutney sauce!! (We can only hope, can’t we?)

So far – ThinkProgress has the story and Comment #50 will buy you a PayDay.payday

I’ve got a friend at FoxNews. Malkin was forced to resign because, in the words of my friend, she’s “batshit crazy.” She was skating on thin ice there anyway, and she knew it.

The over-the-top attack on the Frost family was the last straw for Fox management. Believe it or not, there are actually some people capable of sustained abstract thought in the upper-echelons there. As her shtick got crazier and crazier over the past 9 months or so management grew less and less comfortable with her. Even O’Reilly wanted her out.

She cried during the meeting where her “resignation” was accepted. Apparently she was largely successful keeping the weeping under wraps but at some point she broke into long, mournful sobs as she was being led out of the building by security. Very awkward.

houseflyWhy even bother with the whole “Malkin is a crack-whore” story in the first place? Because the story smacks of yet another Republican hate-speech that results in a horrible backlash.

  • Recall the Rush Limbaugh v Michael J. Fox fiasco when in Rush’s stupidy, educated more Americans on the need for stem-cell research and the horrors of Parkinson’s Disease. That botched job of hatred called the Missouri Senate Race and resulted in the Democrats taking the majority in the US Senate. Limbaugh tried to back-peddle that stupid-move but it was too late.
  • Recall the Don Imus story when he called the women on the Rutgers University basketball team “nappy-headed ho’s“. The result was Malkin herself going on Faux Noise saying:

“Oh, geez. Here we go with the ‘blame whitey’ again. Blame whitey.”

FruitFlyThe hatred spewing from the Right Wing Ding Machine is slowly being realized by the American public. The GOP hates the poor and loves it when Bush slams poor little kids into worse conditions. What’s the next big “hate speech” hitting the fan? Watch mAnn Coulter put on her own bed-sheet, burn a cross in front of a Jewish Synagog and prattle on how she wishes Jews could be “perfected”!

(A personal hat-top to my good friend Nuveena in Austin, TX who spotted the “Comment #50” thing on Think Progress. “You’re a goddess, Sugar!!! XOXOXO”)