Palin and Brown have set America frothing.

Posted by: HarleyBobT

Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/14/10 10:13 AM

She is a former beauty queen; he is a one-time nude model. She has written a bestselling memoir; he is negotiating a contract to write one. Both drive pick-up trucks and base their appeal on folksy common sense.

The former Miss Wasilla and America’s sexiest man, aka Sarah Palin and Scott Brown, may sound like contestants in a celebrity game show. But to the bemusement of many Americans, the unlikely duo are the most visible Republicans in the country and may become rivals to Barack Obama in the next presidential election.

Two years ago most Americans had heard of neither. Palin was plucked from the icy wastes of Alaska, where she was governor, to be Senator John McCain’s running mate. Brown found himself catapulted to national celebrity a month ago after he unexpectedly won the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, which had been in Democrat hands for 50 years.

“Brown 4 Prez” speculation started the following morning. Overnight his favourite breakfast at a local cafe was renamed the Scott Brown special. On his first day at the Senate he was repeatedly asked “Are you going to run for president?” and the ScottBrown2012 domain name has been snapped up.
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Darrell Delamaide wrote in The Wall Street Journal that Brown “is to the Republicans now what Barack Obama was to the Democrats in 2004 — a fresh face, a new voice, an ‘overnight success’ who has been working in politics for years”. It was no coincidence that Brown was the only Republican given a name check in his party’s response to Obama’s state of the union speech.

His election rattled Obama. Not only has it given Republicans the crucial 41st vote in the Senate, enabling them to block legislation, but it has also provided them with momentum following disastrous presidential and congressional elections in 2008 and 2006.

It is not just Democrats who are watching with dismay. Brown is also a rather large thorn in the side of Palin, whose presidential ambitions appear to be burgeoning.

Despite being widely blamed for McCain’s disastrous showing against Obama, Palin has transformed herself into the poster girl of the right. The first evidence of her popularity came with her book tour in November when she drew enormous crowds at small towns across America.

“I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years of reporting,” said Andrea Mitchell, who covered the tour for MSNBC. “All these people queuing at 4am or 5am in freezing mornings across the Midwest. She’s sold more than 2m books. That doesn’t happen easily.”

Last weekend, as the keynote speaker at the first national Tea Party convention of conservative activists in Nashville, Palin lampooned Obama’s 2008 election slogans. “How’s that hopey-changey stuff workin’ out for ya?” she asked the adoring audience, who had each paid $549 (£350) for a ticket. Her declaration that “America is ready for another revolution” provoked a standing ovation. As she left the stage the crowd chanted “Run, Sarah, run!”

The following day she made her debut on the Sunday morning television chat show circuit to announce she was considering a presidential bid. “It would be absurd to not consider what it is that I can potentially do to help our country,” she told Fox News. “I won’t close the door that perhaps could be open for me in the future.”

What seemed like madness a few months ago has suddenly become a distinct possibility, according to commentators. David Broder, columnist for The Washington Post, wrote: “The snows that obliterated Washington in the past week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: take Sarah Palin seriously.”

“I don’t think you can overstate the extent to which she is the dominant figure in the Republican party today, for 2010 and 2012,” agreed Mark Halperin in Time magazine.

Palin attracted derision from many for consulting notes written on her hand while speaking, a system quickly named the “hillbilly Palm Pilot”.

Palin, who has been signed up as a commentator by Fox News, seems to revel in the fact that liberal Americans are horrified by her lack of knowledge, highlighted by her suggestion that her foreign policy credentials were enhanced by Alaska’s proximity to Russia.

“I doubt there is another public figure in the country who gives liberals a bigger case of the hives,” said Rick Perry, Republican governor of Texas. “At the very mention of her name the liberals, the progressives, the media elites — they literally foam at the mouth.”

Palin’s biggest challenge may be Brown, particularly now that he, too, is planning a book. His life story appears to qualify him to achieve Palinesque fame and fortune.

Palin is the frontiers woman who hunts moose, married her childhood sweetheart and brings up five children, including one with Down’s syndrome. Brown is a child of divorced parents, whose mother was on welfare and who says he got “knocked around pretty good” trying to rescue her from violent stepfathers.

“Brown is definitely the better candidate,” said Ron Faucheux, president of Clarus, a non-partisan polling organisation. “He hit the right note and the right message and Republicans need candidates who can do that. There’s a sense of authenticity about him.”

Others question Brown’s man-of-the-people image. “I drive a truck,” he declared in a debate. “And, yes, it has 200,000 miles on it now.” Yet according to The Huffington Post, a review of Brown’s last financial disclosure, filed in 2009, showed he and his wife own five properties, including a timeshare on Aruba, the Caribbean island.

The fact that Palin and Brown are seen as presidential material indicates a widespread disillusion with establishment politicians and also the Republicans’ lack of a heavyweight frontrunner. “It’s unusual for the Republican race to be so open,” said Faucheux. “Usually there would be at least one candidate seen as the heir apparent and the party doesn’t have that this time.”

Despite their celebrity status, neither Palin nor Brown fared well in the most recent opinion poll. According to a Washington Post/ABC poll, 70% feel that Palin is not qualified to be president. Republicans, asked who they favoured as a candidate, put Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, on top with 14%, followed by Palin at 11% and McCain at 7%. Brown got only 4%, although this was ahead of the party stalwarts Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich.

Some have started talking about a Palin-Brown slate as a “dream ticket”. For others it is the ultimate nightmare.
Posted by: Josephus

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/14/10 10:46 AM

It will now be up to Brown to prove himself in the senate, and see if he can get a repeat performance in 2012. We'll see. He may have gotten the seat because he resonated with the people. Or... it could have been because Martha Coakley ran a crappy campaign, thinking that because she was a democrat she had it in the bag. I'm thinking that it might have been a little of both.

We'll see how he does.
Posted by: past tense

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/14/10 01:10 PM

"Icy wastes of Alaska"? She's from Wasilla. There's a WalMart and a Target and a friggin' Arby's lol. She didn't grow up in the backcountry for goodness sakes. To my knowledge she doesn't drive a pickup, either. I get that the author is going for an artistic effect here but it's inaccurate.

And as long as Sarah throws herself into the news cycle with vigor I dismiss every suggestion that she's being unfairly attacked because of a big, super-secret DNC directive. She wants to be talked about, I'm happy to oblige. Now if she'd only want to talk about something, we'd really have a game!

She makes fun of the media - and works for Fox news. She ridicules bloggers but it was a blogger that helped her gain enough visibility to even get on the McCain staff radar. She ridicules the use of teleprompters while A. using them routinely in her public appearances and B. writing her main talking points for the last 18 monts on her hand. No one from the DNC has to point this stuff out to me nor do they have to prompt me to LOLOLOL.

(Even this Brown guy seems interested in doing actual policy work instead of offering up such great solutions as "win" war and "balance" budget...he ran for something this year instead of quitting something last year, so...he is DEFINITELY the better candidate.)

My mouth is currently clear of foam, for the record Gov. Perry. Let's see how you fare this year...it's an interesting race to watch...
Posted by: Al Kida

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/14/10 07:27 PM

Originally Posted By: past tense
To my knowledge she doesn't drive a pickup, either.



No!!!

She drive Chevy Suburban!!!

http://wonkette.com/401002/attractive-alaska-governor-sarah-palin-rear-ended
Posted by: past tense

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/14/10 07:32 PM

LOL

Exactly! I don't know if she still drives it - that may have been a state vehicle, maybe not. I can't remember!

And there's something I liked about Palin - she drove herself into Anchortown for work rather than charging the state for a driver. I happen to think that's pretty rad - and crazy. I wouldn't want to drive the Parks Hwy from Wasilla to Anchorage in the middle of winter! It sucks.
Posted by: Josephus

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/15/10 12:20 PM

Originally Posted By: past tense
LOL

Exactly! I don't know if she still drives it - that may have been a state vehicle, maybe not. I can't remember!

And there's something I liked about Palin - she drove herself into Anchortown for work rather than charging the state for a driver. I happen to think that's pretty rad - and crazy. I wouldn't want to drive the Parks Hwy from Wasilla to Anchorage in the middle of winter! It sucks.

She does sound like a step above the former Mass vice governor who used to take a state helicopter from the Berkshires to Boston. ;\)
Posted by: SkySoldier

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/15/10 12:54 PM

Originally Posted By: Josephus
Originally Posted By: past tense
LOL

Exactly! I don't know if she still drives it - that may have been a state vehicle, maybe not. I can't remember!

And there's something I liked about Palin - she drove herself into Anchortown for work rather than charging the state for a driver. I happen to think that's pretty rad - and crazy. I wouldn't want to drive the Parks Hwy from Wasilla to Anchorage in the middle of winter! It sucks.

She does sound like a step above the former Mass vice governor who used to take a state helicopter from the Berkshires to Boston. ;\)


Or Nancy Pelosi who brings her extended family and friends to Copenhagen (and from San Fran and Back for her relatives and herself ad nauseum) on a US Jetliner paid for ( including alcoholic drinks, etc) by the tax payers.


Tax Payers? ( Let them eat cake!)

Or the current New York State Governor who spent a fortune attending the inauguration, again ... on the Tax Payer's tens of thousands.
Posted by: HarleyBobT

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/15/10 02:55 PM

Originally Posted By: SkySoldier


Or Nancy Pelosi who brings her extended family and friends to Copenhagen (and from San Fran and Back for her relatives and herself ad nauseum) on a US Jetliner paid for ( including alcoholic drinks, etc) by the tax payers.


Tax Payers? ( Let them eat cake!)

Or the current New York State Governor who spent a fortune attending the inauguration, again ... on the Tax Payer's tens of thousands.

That was all Official government business and we shouldn't talk about Madam Botox Pelosi or the former crack-headed New York Governor like that.
They deserve our undying respect and graduated, because they're there for us.
Posted by: past tense

We Get It - You're Folksy - 02/16/10 08:48 AM

In response to a question from a reporter at Daytona, regarding whether visiting FL had a political angle, Sarah Palin - who quit her job as Alaska governor last year - replied:

“Haven’t thought a darn thing about the politics of this. I’m thinking about this good, active, speed-loving event that a lot of Alaskans, too, are really into. We’ve got our snow-machine races up there, and this is, of course, on a much greater scale, same type of sport though, same type of breath-taking, speed-loving, All-American event that we like to see up north.”

You betcha
Posted by: Phoenix

Re: We Get It - You're Folksy - 02/23/10 10:06 AM

Senate takes up jobs bill
By Tami Luhby, senior writerFebruary 23, 2010: 6:34 AM ET


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- The Senate voted Monday to push forward a $15 billion jobs creation bill that would give businesses a tax break for hiring the unemployed.

Five Republicans -- including newly elected Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. -- reached across the aisle to approve the procedural measure, which passed by a 62-30 vote. One Democrat did not support it. A final vote on the bill should take place in a few days.
Posted by: SkySoldier

Re: We Get It - You're Folksy - 02/23/10 02:51 PM

"Five Republicans -- including newly elected Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. -- reached across the aisle to approve the procedural measure,"




Posted by: Phoenix

Re: We Get It - You're Folksy - 02/23/10 02:52 PM

It's a step in the right direction.
Posted by: Rich_Tallcot

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/23/10 08:39 PM

Originally Posted By: HarleyBobT
Palin at 11% and McCain at 7%. Brown got only 4%
I knew it, I knew it. She lost because she was saddled down with McCain.
Posted by: HarleyBobT

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 04:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Rich_Tallcot
Originally Posted By: HarleyBobT
Palin at 11% and McCain at 7%. Brown got only 4%
I knew it, I knew it. She lost because she was saddled down with McCain.

Ahahahaha....That's right Rich, McCain is old and Palin's a young hottie.



PS: I know the photo is a phony...I like the scope on the rifle. ahahahahha
Posted by: Madka Owdiseez

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 06:08 AM

Originally Posted By: HarleyBobT
Originally Posted By: Rich_Tallcot
Originally Posted By: HarleyBobT
Palin at 11% and McCain at 7%. Brown got only 4%
I knew it, I knew it. She lost because she was saddled down with McCain.

Ahahahaha....That's right Rich, McCain is old and Palin's a young hottie.



PS: I know the photoPalin is a phony...I like the scope on the rifle. ahahahahha
Posted by: SkySoldier

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 06:28 AM

Sarah Palin is my target; I shall not want.
She maketh me to lie in post after post:
She leadeth me beside myself to post false witness.
She gnaws at my soul:
She leadeth me in the paths of slander for Obama's sake.



Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of Palin,
I will fear no election: For thou art not running
Thy rifle and thy good looks, they confuse me.
Thou preparest a illusion of voting before me in the presence of mine imaginary enemies;
Thou annointest my head with sheep oil; My paranoia runneth over.



Surely the terror of Sara shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Sara Palin forever.





They still must bear false witness as she doth own them


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Posted by: Cinnamon

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 07:03 AM

Sarah Palin did what was best for Alaska.

She quit before her term was over.
Posted by: SkySoldier

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 07:14 AM

And that bothers you so much you, and other Obamaites must start thread after thread about her?


LMAO!


Surely the terror of Sara shall follow U all the days of your life,
and U will dwell in the House of the Sara Palin forever.


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Posted by: Cinnamon

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 07:43 AM

Maybe you should go back and see who actually started this thread, little man.
Posted by: SkySoldier

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 07:48 AM

Sarah Palin is my target; I shall not want.
She maketh me to lie in post after post:
She leadeth me beside myself to post false witness.
She gnaws at my soul:
She leadeth me in the paths of slander for Obama's sake.


Threads? In one day there were 30 threads in both debate and headline news ... all bashing Sara Palin ...
The fervency was awesome ... the drum beat .. ceaseless.

Posts after post after post ... big guy, don't you see?

She owns you.
,-)


You attack her in every venue you can find ... no matter who starts the thread or what the thread is about ...

and she is not running for anything.

The mere fact that she could is enough to bring out the Mad Cows in anyone's thread to post about the evils of Sara Palin.





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Posted by: HarleyBobT

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 08:07 AM

Dad...... stop being like that!
Posted by: HarleyBobT

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 08:14 AM

Ahahahahah... I have to asks Sky, do you ever feel like you're talking to the same person over an over?
Posted by: SkySoldier

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 08:14 AM

Originally Posted By: HarleyBobT
Ahahahahah... I have to asks Sky, do you ever feel like you're talking to the same person over an over?






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Posted by: Taxpayer14456

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 09:48 AM

Palin and Brown right now are huge media sensations. They both could benefit more by riding the wave quietly and stay out of the spotlight for the time being.

All either one has to do is sit back and wait for Barry and company to finish nailing their own coffins.
Posted by: SkySoldier

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 09:52 AM

Originally Posted By: Taxpayer14456
Palin and Brown right now are huge media sensations. They both could benefit more by riding the wave quietly and stay out of the spotlight for the time being.

All either one has to do is sit back and wait for Barry and company to finish nailing their own coffins.



I agree 100%.


In the final analysis, I do believe Sarah Palin and Senator Brown will have reached that same conclusion.


Posted by: Santa_Cruzer

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 12:04 PM

Sadly so. Alaskans seemed to admired her 50-word vocabulary.
Posted by: past tense

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 02:35 PM

1. Sarah Palin courts the press. Liberals aren't "obsessed" as much as "amazed and amused". She puts on a show to cause the whirlwind. She's not terrifying and we're not psycho. We're the audience and she's the performer and we're giving her exactly what she wants, just as she is giving us exactly what we want. It's a pretty nice arrangement, actually.

2. In BIG HUGE NEWS for Sarah Palin her spokesperson, Meg Stapleton, FINALLY quit (or resigned or got booted and was told to say she resigned, we never know with these "staff shakeups" in politics). This woman is a communications nightmare. I've been saying for ... OH TWO YEARS NOW that Sarah needs a new spokesperson because Meg Stapleton is HORRIBLE at her job. Here's to hoping this is the beginning of Sarah getting herself a real staff.

And yes, I'm too lazy to hyperlink.

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/02/24/top-palin-aide-resigns/?fbid=xMd8S2hez3Z#more-91692
Posted by: HarleyBobT

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 03:20 PM

Originally Posted By: past tense
Liberals are obsessed and She's terrifying and were psycho. We're the performer and we're giving her exactly what she wants, It's a pretty nice arrangement, actually.

BIG HUGE NEWS
yes, I'm too lazy .

I couldn't help it Pt its been a long day, I had to edit your post....*Smooches* and don't tell Josh...ahahahahahahah
Posted by: past tense

Re: Palin and Brown have set America frothing. - 02/24/10 03:50 PM

No problem ;\) Like my mother says, "You are the company you keep."

Ta!