Sarah Palin Really Should Seek Professional Help

Sarah Palin needs help – I don’t mean psychological help. (She probably needs that, too, but I am apathetic about her personal or psychological well-being.) The professional help she needs is political.

Oddly, and Fox Kremlin watchers take note, she didn’t include Glenn Beck among the victims, perhaps a sign that she is distancing herself from him because other crazed would-be assassins have cited Beck by name as the inspiration for their violence.

As I wrote last week, she has surrounded herself with political neophytes whom she can dominate, rather than experienced professionals, whom she can’t, and the neophytes are enabling her self-destruction.

In the early hours after the gun attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Jan. 8, experienced aides — or, really, anyone with common sense — would have advised Palin to, pardon the war metaphors, hold fire, keep her powder dry and not go off half-cocked before details about the tragedy were confirmed.

Instead, her team of know-nothings panicked, apparently in reaction to an early erroneous report on Fox that Giffords had died. They were desperate because they knew that sooner or later the folks at MSNBC would re-broadcast an interview with the late Rep. Giffords from March in which Giffords herself laid blame at Palin’s feet:

GIFFORDS: Sarah Palin has the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district, and when people do that, they’ve gotta realize there are consequences to that action.

In their panic on Saturday, Team Palin posted the boss’s “sincere condolences” to Giffords’ family on Facebook and scrubbed the crosshairs map website. They then went dark for four days. But, at dawn on Wednesday, the media woke up to find a speech by Palin posted on her Facebook page, an eight-minute screed in which she cast herself as the victim of a “blood libel” and then spent many long minutes trying to settle scores with her critics.

Remarkably, Team Palin appears to have believed regular Americans would see this self-serving, alternately nasty and whining performance as a “pre-buttal” to the president’s speech at the victims’ memorial in Tucson that night.

Which brings us to her self-sabotaging performance on Sean Hannity’s show on Fox last night. The objective of the interview, which she figuratively phoned in from Alaska, was, as Dave Weigel at Slate put it, to “Hannitize” her — a neologism that Weigel has redefined to refer to the “sanitizing” right wingers in trouble get by going on Hannity’s show to field softball questions.

Unfortunately for Hannity — and for his bosses, Fox president Roger Ailes and network owner Rupert Murdoch, who have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Palin, obviously in hopes they could run the Palin White House communications office as they did George Bush’s — Palin had no interest in playing softball.

She was there to slough off any accountability for the toxic political atmosphere, which she has contributed to, and thrived in, more than any political figure in the last two years, and to settle scores yet again with the “lamestream media” and her “Democrat Party” critics.

After a perfunctory mention of the victims of the shooting, she reserved her most heartfelt expressions of sympathy for the political victims — herself, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Hannity and the Tea Party Patriots — but not without managing to smear Dr. Martin Luther King by using his memory to excuse her blameshifting:

PALIN: Well, on this day, celebrating the legacy and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., we would be well to remember one of his famous quotes. He had reminded listeners that a lie cannot live. And I believe that not in every situation, it’s just going to be providence that sheds light on what the truth is. We have to do our part, also.

So, in a situation like we have just faced in these last eight days of being falsely accused of being accessory to murder, I and others need to make sure that we, too, are shedding truth — shedding light on truth so that a lie cannot continue to live. Because if a lie does live, then, of course, your career is over, your reputation is thrashed and you will be ineffective in what it is that you are trying to do.

So, I will continue to speak out. They’re not going to shut me up. They’re not going to shut you up or Rush or Mark Levin or Tea Party patriots or those who, as I say, respectfully and patriotically petition their government for change. They can’t make us sit down and shut up. And if they ever were to succeed in doing that, then our republic will be destroyed. Not necessarily me being sat down and shut up, but having the voice of respectful dissent being shut up. That would destroy our republic.

(Oddly, and Fox Kremlin watchers take note, she didn’t include Glenn Beck among the victims, perhaps a sign that she is distancing herself from him because other crazed would-be assassins have cited Beck by name as the inspiration for their violence.)

She devoted most of the interview to blaming others for her use of crosshairs on maps to Democrats (specifically Fox Dem Bob Beckel) and insinuating that the alleged Tucson shooter, Jared Loughner, was a liberal, despite the fact that the few examples we have of his writing reveal insane ravings about grammar interlaced with anti-government, pro-gold statements that could have been lifted from a transcript of any given Glenn Beck show on Fox.

Palin’s biggest flub came when Hannity gave her an opportunity to address Team Palin’s sloppy attempt at covering up her complicity by scrubbing the crosshairs map website. Obviously ill at ease, Palin at first blamed and excused an underling, a “contract graphic artist,” simultaneously. But by the time she was finished had retreated into denial that the scrubbing had even happened:

PALIN: I believe someone in the PAC. In fact, the contract graphic artist did take it down. And, um, I don’t think that was inappropriate if it was going to cause much heartburn and more controversy. I didn’t have a problem with it being taken down but screenshots, of course, have been taken of that, and I don’t know if the Democrats have taken down theirs in these, um, ensuing days. But, um, again, I, uh, knowing that it has nothing absolutely nothing to do with an apolitical — or perhaps even left-leaning criminal who, um, killed these innocents and injured so many — I, ah, didn’t have a problem with it being taken down, if in fact it has actually been taken down.

It was scrubbed, and, PS, in the real world, “contract graphic artists” don’t have any say over whether a client’s website is scrubbed or not and they certainly can’t scrub websites unilaterally.

In another telling move, she threw her most prominent inexperienced adviser, Rebecca Mansour, under the bus. A few hours after the shooting in Tucson, it was Mansour who arranged a phoner on a Republican radio talk show in order to trot out a new lie about the crosshairs map, suggesting that the crosshairs icons were actually “surveyors’ symbols” — this despite Palin herself having once referred to it as her “bullseye map.”

Contrary to Mansour, Palin confirmed the icons were crosshairs. “And the graphic that we used,” Palin told Hannity last night, “was crosshairs targeting the different districts.”

Mansour’s inexperience was singled out for ridicule by right-wing pundit Jennifer Rubin after Palin’s disastrous performance in the “blood libel” video.

When Hannity gave Palin an opportunity to walk back her use of the term “blood libel,” an ancient anti-Jewish slur, Palin just shrugged:

PALIN: I don’t know how the heck they would know if whether I did or didn’t know the term “blood libel,” nobody has ever asked me. And “blood libel” obviously means being falsely accused of having blood on your hands. And in this case that’s exactly what was going on. And yes, the historical knowledge that people have of the term blood libel, it goes back to the Jews who were falsely accused back in medieval European times of using the blood of children. And you know, the criticism of even the timing of this statement is being used as another diversion, because I believe that there are many on the left, many critics, who don’t want, for instance, Congress, to buckle down, get back to work.

See — somehow even her malappropriate use of “blood libel” is her critics’s fault.

Finally, Palin doubled down on one of her most transparent lies — that when she exhorted her rage-addicted, gun-fetishist followers to “RELOAD,” she wasn’t sending a dog-whistle signal that they should take up arms against her enemies, a group that, in her mind, starts with the president of the United States and includes the 80 percent of its citizens who do not self-identify as tea party-ites.

Notice the utter lack of subtlety in Hannity’s skill as a propagandist in his passive voice phrasing here

HANNITY: Governor, when — you specifically said when these war terms are used, this is not a call for violence. All of that was ignored by the media. Does that frustrate you more?

PALIN: Well, I have repeated over and over my condemnation of violence and specifically trying to explain that when we talk about being up in arms, we’re talking about getting to the voting booth in — in a democracy within our republic. We want to make sure that we’re exercising our right to vote. That is our arms.

Really, you’d have to be a half-wit to believe such malarkey.

Palin was given a second chance last night that most politicians don’t get. By contrast, in 2004, just one instance of cheering into a too-hot microphone at a political pep rally ended Howard Dean’s presidential ambitions. But Howard Dean did not have the Fox propaganda channel behind him. (Not hardly.)

A good politician — or even a bad politician with good advisors — would have used this second chance to reassert her mantel of gravitas or at least stop the bleeding.

Instead, by continuing to settle scores, deflect accountability and yet simultaneously make the story about her, Palin has made her political disintegration part of the narrative and extended the negative reactions for another news cycle, at least.

Transcript:

HANNITY: And joining me tonight from Wasilla, Alaska, is FOX NEWS
Contributor Governor Sarah Palin. Governor, welcome back.

PALIN: Thanks, Sean. Thank you for the opportunity.

HANNITY: Let’s go back to the very beginning, nine days ago, when the shooting occurred. Where were you and what were you thinking at the time?

PALIN: I was in my home, here in Wasilla, and, of course, my first thoughts, when I heard of the shooting, was — and knowing that there were deaths, was how absolutely atrocious this was and how evil a person would have to be to kill an innocent. And, then, as things unfolded and heard, Sean, about the death of an innocent child, a nine-year-old child, I thought nothing could be as horrendous as that. And, you know, that is the main thing that we need to remember here, even as we proceed in our discussion, Sean, is that there are families mourning and we mourn with those who mourn, we grieve with those who grieve. And may our prayers cover these families. And may, somehow, as we read in the Book of Jeremiah, God touch these families and envelope them in the peace that only he can provide. May he turn their mourning somehow, supernaturally, into joy.

HANNITY: Governor, I Googled your name and I put in the words, Governor, Sarah Palin Tucson shooting. And it came up nearly 10,000 times in 10,000 instances where you connected to this. When did you first realize you were being connected to this tragedy?

PALIN: Well, right away, unfortunately, and not just me. And this isn’t about me. And my response, four days after this horrendous event, and in my response I talked about defending those who were innocent, had nothing to do with the shooting. And my defense wasn’t self-defense, it was defending those who were falsely accused.

I found out right away, because when I started to tuning in to hear, well, who did this? And names were not given, but I read my name in the reports. And then, I read Rush Limbaugh and, then, soon your name, Sean, and Mark Levin, and, soon, Tea Party patriots, and, soon, the entire state of Arizona was being falsely accused of somehow being accessories to this horrendous, horrendous crime. That is why I was puzzled, at first, as to why, before facts were even gathered — why it would be that the mainstream media would start accusing and using such a tragedy for what appeared to be, right off the bat, some political gain.

HANNITY: Yes, I didn’t particularly like my profession, what I do for a living, being called a merchant of hate by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. I didn’t like it at all, and I responded. And I’m going to get to your choice in responding and all that in just a second.

A lot of these initial stories, Governor, had to do with this map that your PAC had put up during the last campaign, and the fact that Congresswoman Giffords was one of the people on, quote, “the target list,” in the crosshairs that were there. What could you tell us about this map? And I’ll get into more questions after that.

PALIN: Well, that map wasn’t an original graphic. In fact, for many, many years, maps in political races have been used to target certain districts that people would feel that they can get into those districts and find someone whom they believe would represent the constituents’ will better than incumbent. And that is what this map represented that we used on my PAC. And the graphic that we used was crosshairs targeting the different districts. And, again, that’s not original. In fact, Democrats have been using it for years. In fact, Bob Beckel, I believe that he had bragged on your show, Sean, that he is the one who invented these crosshairs or these targets. So, you know, that came up right away, that, oh, it must be a cause of this horrendous evil act of this shooter, that perhaps he saw that map and that incited him towards violence, which, of course, is ridiculous. Again, it’s not an original use of an icon or a graphic.

HANNITY: Did you or your PAC have this taken off the Web site immediately after the shooting? Because that’s been bantered about.

PALIN: You know, I believe that someone in the PAC, in fact, the contract graphic artist, did take it down. And I don’t think that that was inappropriate. If it was going to cause much heartburn and even
more controversy, I didn’t have a problem with it being taken down.

But screenshots, of course, have been taken of that. And I don’t know if the Democrats have taken down theirs in these ensuing days, but, again, knowing that that had absolutely nothing to do with an apolitical
or perhaps even left-leaning criminal who killed these innocents and injured so many, I didn’t have a problem with it being taken down if, in fact, it actually has been taken down.

HANNITY: Governor, you mentioned earlier the DLC has used this. Bob Beckel did say this; Pat Caddell, a Democrat, over the years has said this — this is a DLC map we are looking at in the screen here, a bulls eye map targeting districts, and it says it right there, targeting strategy. All these war analogies. Clintons had a war room. It’s very common in politics. Why do you think you were singled out and the left singled you out in this, Governor?

PALIN: I know that it isn’t about me personally, but it is about the message that I am not hesitant at all to spread across this country. And that is that our country is on the wrong track. We’ve got to get put back on the right track, and we have to elect those officials who can adopt and enact policy to allow us to be prosperous and healthy and safe again. And I know that a lot of those on the left hate my message, and they will do all they can to stop me because they don’t like the message.

But, again, we know that it’s not just me. It’s all who seem to embrace the time-tested truth that helped build our country. They do not like to hear that message. And, as many of them have promised to do, they’ll do what they can to destroy the message and the messenger.

HANNITY: Yes, during the campaign, we had Joe Manchin, now Senator Manchin, and he took a rifle and he fired a bullet right through the cap and tax bill. He said, in retrospect, he probably wouldn’t do it again. In light of this criticism, fair or unfair, in light of the events, do you think targeting maps, bulls eyes, et cetera, that they should no longer be used in these campaigns, Governor?

PALIN: You know, I think it’s going to be very tough, and I think even futile, really, to really start censoring everyone’s speech and everyone’s icons that perhaps they have used traditionally for decades in political races and political talk. And, as I say, I believe that some of that will be futile. We hear now of this desire, this demand, for civility in discussion when it comes to political debate. And certainly I agree with the idea of being civil. By definition civil means being well-mannered. Yes, we should be respectful, we should be civil, but we should not use an event like that in Arizona to stifle debate, and that time-honored and cherished tradition that we have in America being able to respectfully petition our government and protest peacefully and respectfully in order to effect the change that we would like to see in our government.

HANNITY: What do you think to pundits — and I know so much has been said, as I mentioned, when we Googled you, it’s, you know, 10,000 articles related to the Tucson shooting. And I’ve got to imagine that bothers you. It’s — I guess the question that I am asking here, some have suggested, well, this — that’s the end of Sarah Palin’s political career. Sarah Palin has become radioactive, is a term someone used, for example. Do you — do you — does this impact you or your political future in any way, Governor? Or change you?

PALIN: Well, on this day, celebrating the legacy and the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., we would be well to remember one of his famous quotes. He had reminded listeners that a lie cannot live. And I believe that not in every situation, it’s just going to be providence that sheds light on what the truth is. We have to do our part, also.

So, in a situation like we have just faced in these last eight days of being falsely accused of being accessory to murder, I and others need to make sure that we, too, are shedding truth — shedding light on truth so that a lie cannot continue to live. Because if a lie does live, then, of course, your career is over, your reputation is thrashed and you will be ineffective in what it is that you are trying to do.

So, I will continue to speak out. They’re not going to shut me up. They’re not going to shut you up or Rush or Mark Levin or Tea Party patriots or those who, as I say, respectfully and patriotically petition their government for change. They can’t make us sit down and shut up. And if they ever were to succeed in doing that, then our republic will be destroyed. Not necessarily me being sat down and shut up, but having the voice of respectful dissent being shut up. That would destroy our republic.

HANNITY: All right, Governor, we have a lot more to get to, including what you thought of President Obama’s speech. Also, some of the threats that have been levied against you over the years.

We’ll show you some of that videotape and — and much, much more, as we continue our exclusive interview with Sarah Palin.

Also, an exclusive with Michael Reagan. He responds to his brother Ron’s allegation that their father suffered from Alzheimer’s while he was still in office. Michael will be here live in the studio. He has some very strong words for his brother.

That and more of Governor Palin, straight ahead.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

PALIN: We know violence isn’t the answer. When we take up our arms, we’re talking about our vote. We’re talking about being involved in a contested primary like this and picking the right candidate, too, John McCain. We thank you for that.

But this B.S. coming from the lame stream media lately about this…

(APPLAUSE)

PALIN: — about us inciting violence…

(APPLAUSE)

PALIN: Don’t let — don’t let the conversation be diverted. Don’t let a distraction like that get you off track. Keep fighting hard for these candidates, who are all about the common sense conservative
solutions that we need.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: And that was Governor Sarah Palin in March of 2010, speaking at a McCain rally in Tucson, Arizona.

And we continue to be joined now by Governor Sarah Palin from Alaska tonight — Governor, when — you specifically said when these war terms are used, this is not a call for violence. All of that was ignored by the media.

Does that frustrate you more?

PALIN: Well, I have repeated over and over my condemnation of violence and specifically trying to explain that when we talk about being up in arms, we’re talking about getting to the voting booth in — in a democracy within our republic. We want to make sure that we’re exercising our right to vote. That is our arms.

But that was frustrating. I think the most frustrating part of this has been the accusation that I and others, upon responding to false accusations of being involved in murder, that we have interjected
ourself into the story.

And, Sean, let me share with your viewers a little secret about how the mainstream or the lame stream media actually works.

It was just a couple of hours after the shooting took place that we started getting calls — Todd on his cell phone and I getting calls from reporters, network reporters ,saying, “Sarah, can you comment on this?,” “Governor Palin, we need a comment on what do you think about what’s going on in Arizona?”

You know, it wasn’t time to respond, because we didn’t have all the information. We didn’t have all the evidence.

So in not responding until it was an appropriate time, until a memorial mass had taken place, until the families had opportunity to speak and until evidence was presented that I believe proved that Tea Party Americans and — and innocent people had — had nothing to do with the — with the shooting, should be falsely accused…

HANNITY: Yes…

PALIN: — when finally information was gathered, Sean. And then, after those days, I spoke. I was being accused then by these same networks — some network reporters — of interjecting myself into the story.

And if you read back my statement of defense, it wasn’t self-defense. It was defending those who are innocent, talk show hosts, talk show host listeners, those who have nothing to do with a crazed, evil gunman who killed innocent people.

HANNITY: Do you — you know, it’s interesting, because the very same media that you’re talking about, Governor, I have quotes here from NBC, from ABC, from CNN, from “National Journal” and the “Anchorage Daily News” — and I can go on and on. The majority of them say something to the effect of Palin in the crosshairs — the very same thing that they were so critical of you, they have used that terminology repeatedly again and again and again.

Do you receive, Governor, a lot of death threats?

PALIN: I receive a lot of death threats. My children do. That’s the worst part of it, as you can imagine.

HANNITY: Let me — let me go through some of the things that — that I’ve picked up — and these were — some were controversies at the time — and maybe get you to respond to them. Madonna was once at a concert in 2008: “And Sarah Palin just got off my street. She will not go to DC. She’ll get off my street. I’ll kick her ass if she doesn’t get off my street.”

Sandra Bernhard talked about “if Palin shows up in New York City, she’s going to be gang-raped by my big black brothers.”

There’s a series of left-wing images about you, Governor, for example, a cartoon with the acronym MILP that depicts you being punched in the face with your glasses coming — you know, obviously coming off. “a mother, I’d like to punch;” a bumper sticker for sale that reads, “abort Sarah Palin.”

You know, and I could really go on for the better part of the show. And — because a lot of this — and the president talked about civil discourse. And, you know, I don’t think a lot of people on the left have been very civil toward you over the years. And I don’t — I really don’t hear you complaining a lot about it.

Why do you think they’re trying to complain so much as you and this one map and — and some of the — you know, reload, etc. And some other comments you’ve made?

PALIN: I think they’re — the hypocrisy there is so glaring and the double standards. I mean it reminds me that those on the left if it weren’t for their double standards, they’d have no standards.

So it — it’s almost, really, a waste of time to even address their hypocrisy. I mean we had a paid CNN host recently who announced to the world that her New Year’s resolution was to bring down my 16- year-old
daughter Willow. I mean — adult on child bullying that — that’s — you know, I thought that that wasn’t the real hip thing to do.

But, Sean, here’s where I am personally on this. Knowing that, you know, the anchor holds. And I believe Second Timothy 1:7, in the bible, it says god has given us a spirit of power and love and sound mind. He
hasn’t given us a spirit of fear.

So I call upon that and hold onto that and know that I don’t have to be afraid no — no matter what happens. I — I don’t have to be afraid.

But when we talk about the need for civil discourse and for the condemnation of violence that I believe we should all be believers in, then, yes, when — when I hear those things coming from, I assume it is
the left…

HANNITY: Yes.

PALIN: — then I know that perhaps they’re — they’re not quite listening to, yes, what it is that the president just spoke of the other day.

HANNITY: Governor, what did you think of the president’s speech the other night? PALIN: Well, I thought that there were parts of it that really hit home, that all of us can hold onto and can — and can live out, obviously. I agree with — with those who have said that the — the setting was a bit bizarre. It was kind of like a pep rally, kind of like a — a campaign stop. And that was unfortunate, because that really did — the setting — distract away from the message. And the message is, as I prefaced my comments today with, the number one thing to remember here is that lives were lost, people were injured, a crazed gunman that I and you and others had nothing to do with influencing him, he is the sole person, I believe, to blame in this. And I thought that — that the president hit on some of that and that was appreciated.

HANNITY: All right. We are going to have more, including some other allegations against Governor Palin. We’ll give her a chance to respond, the former Alaska governor when we get back. Plus tonight in a cable exclusive, Michael Reagan comes forward to dispute his brother’s shocking claim that he thinks that their father, President Ronald Reagan, suffered from Alzheimer’s disease while he was still in the White House. Michael Reagan in studio with some very strong words for his brother coming up.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)

HANNITY: And we are back with more of our exclusive sit-down interview with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. Governor, when you finally released your video, not surprising, more controversy involving you. I want to give you a chance to respond to this. One was the timing of the release of the video, which was I believe the day before the memorial. And the second one was the term — “but especially within
hours of the tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not
manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and
violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.” And, you
know, some of your critics saying, you didn’t know the historical
significance. Other people criticized you for that phrase. But I want
you to address the timing and that phrase.

PALIN: I don’t know how the heck they would know if whether I did
or didn’t know the term “blood libel,” nobody has ever asked me. And
“blood libel” obviously means being falsely accused of having blood on
your hands. And in this case that’s exactly what was going on. And
yes, the historical knowledge that people have of the term blood libel,
it goes back to the Jews who were falsely accused back in medieval
European times of using the blood of children. And you know, the
criticism of even the timing of this statement is being used as another
diversion, because I believe that there are many on the left, many
critics, who don’t want, for instance, Congress, to buckle down, get
back to work.

There’s this trifecta thing going on in our country right now that’s
going to bring America to her knees if Congress doesn’t start addressing
the issues at hand. That being our growing debt, a looming energy
crisis if we don’t start domestically developing our resources, and some
of the national security policies that have been adopted and enacted,
like the signing and the ratification of the START treaty that Russia’s
Duma won’t even ratify because there are misinterpretations of what the
preamble means.

So, we have these things going on right now that have got to be
addressed, and Congress has got to get back to work. And it’s just much
easier, I believe, for critics of common-sense conservative agenda to
try to divert and distract from the issues at hand, those tasks that
must be addressed today.

HANNITY: What did you think of the criticism of those, though, in
the Jewish community about the use of that term? I know others came to
your defense, but what did you think about the critics?

PALIN: I think the critics, again, were using anything that they
could gather out of that statement. And I’m, you know, you can — you
can spin up anything out of anybody’s statements that are released and
use them against the person who is making the statement. But, no, I
appreciated those who understood what it is that I meant, that a group
of people being falsely accused of having blood on their hands, that is
what blood libel means. And just two days before I released my
statement, an op-ed in the “Wall Street Journal” had that term in its
title and that term has been used for eons, Sean.

HANNITY: Yes.

PALIN: So, again, it was part of that double standard thing and
goes back to if it weren’t for those double standards, what standards
would they have, I suppose.

HANNITY: A lot of Americans, Governor, on the left and on the right
are interested in your thinking process about what you think about your
political future. Have you given this thought, say, even prior to the
tragedy in Tucson about what your political future is going to be? Are
you thinking about running for president?

PALIN: I am not ready to make it an announcement as to what my
political future is going to be, but I’ll tell you, Sean, I am not going
to sit down, I’m not going to shut up. I’m going to hopefully be able
to help empower others who believe that one of the things that makes
America so exceptional is our right to free speech. It’s our right to
vigorously yet respectfully debate ideas and intentions in this
country. I’m going to continue down that path. And if that leads to be
a candidate for a high office, then I will announce that at the
appropriate time. But for now, you know, I want to join others who are
saying, no, peaceful dissent and discussion about ideas, that is what
makes America exceptional, and we won’t allow that to be stifled by
tragic events that happened in Arizona. One that we should all — we
should all gather around, if you will, in order to condemn violence, but
not to allow it to stifle debate in America.

HANNITY: Governor, almost from the second that you were on the
national stage, you have been loved by many, and you have been a
lightning rod in the public arena. When moments like this happen, do
you ever find yourself saying to yourself, you know what? Maybe I am
just going to stay in Wasilla and stay out of this big national debate?
Do you ever have those moments of doubt, or perhaps feeling that you
would like the comfort of not having to deal with this all the
time?

PALIN: Other people are facing much greater hardships and
making greater sacrifices that I am in just engaging in debate. And I’m
thankful for the opportunity that I have to speak for many. And I will
continue to do so. I feel very blessed to be in the position that I
am. And I will take the darts and the arrows because I know others have
my back and I have their back.

HANNITY: All right. Governor Palin, we really appreciate you being
with us once again. Thanks for being onboard. And we’ll be talking I’m
sure in the weeks and months ahead. Thank you.

PALIN: Thank you.

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14 thoughts on “Sarah Palin Really Should Seek Professional Help”

  1. When will you guys learn. The American People see what you are attempting to do…clearly and your smokescreen, of distorted spin tactics are also clearly seen for what they are; distortions,hypocracy and hatefull,in content and motivation. Wheather you progressive liberal / socialist propagandist believe it or not our constitutional republic will stand…in spite of publications and articals like this one.I I were you (and thanks be to God that I am not) I’d start looking for a real job.Maybe now that your god has exempted McDonalds from his Obamacare, you could start there with the job application process, at least you could be deemed somewhat qualified for their training program. The question would remain though; could you be trusted to not deliberatly spit in and on the food?

  2. I checked out the video and, George, does this mean she has surpassed Jesus in this church? She stole him hymn. I hope they were a comedy act. “Some people just don’t have the brains God gave a goat.”

    What would ever suit these people and what would they give up to realize their fuzzy ideal of a country?

  3. I’m curious if Palin came up with the term “blood libel” on her own, or if some staffer put those words in her mouth?

    I’ll be watching to see if Rebecca Mansour remains on staff after all of the stress S Palin has apparently been forced to endure over the incident in question and listening for the implosion.

    lw

  4. Maybe when you folks learn to love instead of hate. Debate and disagreements are healthy…hatred and viciousness is hurtful and will bring you much bad Karma.

  5. If that’s true then nobody has worse karma than Sarah Palin. All she does is spew vitriol and toxicity. She is just a superannuated mean girl, a bully and a hatemonger who has the GOP’s half-witted, rage-addicted tea bagger base, 20% of the electorate, slobbering over her. She should be shunned by everyone, including right wingers, not just normal people.

  6. Well…I could not disagree more, Sarah Palin is a super courageous, an intelligent, very attractive, articulate, well educated woman who enjoyed a favorability rating as Gov. of Alaska second to none in the history of the state. If that weren’t enough she is a very devoted and loving mother of five children. Although I can’t speak for her I would be willing to bet my life she would do anything within her power to help you in an extreme crisis—irregardless of your distain for her—a true test of ones character. It isn’t what a person speaks and says they are…rather what they believe in and do; that defines an individual.
    I hope you are able to educate yourself a bit better—learn a bit more about politics and the conservative agenda; that you may know the truth.
    I respect your right to have and hold your opinion but find great distaste in the vitriolic manner with which you express it. Enough said on this!

  7. I’m extremely knowledgeable about Palin. She is neither “articulate” or “well educated.” She went to five different colleges before finally graduating with a degree in sportscasting. She has refused to release her college transcripts (as well as her medical records). She can barely construct a sentence and just about every time she tries to speak without a teleprompter, she screws up — coming up with made up words like “refudiate,” for example. She doesn’t even write her own Tweets and Facebook postings. They are ghost-written for her.

    The head Republican operative who worked with her in 2008 said, “She knows nothing” and said the McCain campaign wasted crucial time and resources cleaning up the daily lies and errors of facts she made on the campaign trail. In just the first month on the campaign, in September 2008, she lied when she said she did not support the Bridge to Nowhere, lied about pressuring her government to fire her brother-in-law, lied about her previous statements on climate change (she used to believe in it), lied about asking her daughters if she should run for vice president, lied about Obama’s position on habeas corpus, lied when she said she hadn’t used a teleprompter at the GOP convention, lied when she said she took a voluntary pay cut as mayor of Wasilla etc. etc. There’s more, but all of that was within her first 30 days on the national stage.

    My own mother-in-law, a rock-ribbed Southern Republican who had never voted for a Democrat in her life, voted for Obama that year because it scared her to think of her grandchildren living in a world where Sarah Palin might have her finger on the nuclear trigger.

    Since then, according to Rupert Murdoch’s own Wall St. Journal, a Republican propaganda outlet, her “death panel” falsehood was named “Lie of the Year,” in 2009 by nonpartisan Politifact.com.

    Folks she worked with when she was governor described her as back-stabbing, secretive and vindictive. She quit in the middle of her term, shirking the responsibility voters had given her in order to capitalize on her fame by hiring people to write books for her and turning herself into a TV star. Unfortunately for her, book sales have dropped to next to nothing and ratings for her reality show were so bad that the show won’t be coming back for a second season.

    But the worst, most unpleasant thing about Palin is that she positions herself as a victim, which is a position of weakness. Americans don’t like people like Palin, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and the rest, who wallow in their own victimhood. In fact, it’s fair to say Americans find the constant “poor me,” “everybody’s out to get me” whining to be repulsive — which explains why her approval rating is 38% nationwide with a whopping 56% disapproval. Her approval rating in Alaska is even lower: 33%.

    The conservative agenda is to crush the American middle class, to grind it down to a nub, and hand over all of the wealth in this great nation to the Republicans’ corporate sponsors. Conservatives say they want a “free market,” but what they don’t tell their half-witted, if-I-didnt’-see-it-on-Fox-I-don’t-believe-it Dittohead followers is that the last time America operated under a free market was in the late 19th century, a time when children worked 12 hours a day in sweatshops and people who didn’t have their own family farms too often found themselves eating garbage and dying in the streets while robber barons lit their cigars with hundred dollar bills.

    It is crystal clear what conservatives are up to if you just ignore what they say — all the pseudo-patriotic jingo and utter, utter b.s. about fiscal responsibility — and watch what they do, like when they say they hate the deficit one day and then explode it the next day by extending billions in tax breaks for their rich overlords, who didn’t need them and who obviously, provably had not used them to create jobs during the first 10 years they had them.

    The objective of conservatism is to create a corporate oligarchy, with a tiny group of billionaires holding all the wealth at the top, just enough middle-class merchants, doctors and lawyers to service them and and a vast underclass of desperately poor people living in shipping crates. The conservative agenda is to turn the United States into Mexico, and they are succeeding.

    My advice to you is to intermix some reality-based news into your exclusive diet of Republican propaganda and disinformation on Fox and hate radio. Your right-wing thought masters have apparently succeeded in indoctrinating you, but, sooner or later, you will wake up to the fact that you have been duped.

  8. T. Vigeant, it would appear the longer Alaskans endured Palin’s governorship, the less they liked her. She entered office with a 93% favorable rating, and left it at 56%. Each successive poll found her sliding down, down, down, until she finally abandoned the job before her term was up.

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