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OT: Sarah Palin Had an Opportunity to Demonstrate Real Leadership…and failed miserably *updated*

January 12, 2011

Taylor Marsh has an excellent post up about how Sarah Palin, speaking from an undisclosed location on video about the tragedy in Arizona, totally missed an opportunity to demonstrate that she could be a leader in a time of crisis. She failed miserably.

In her video, Palin seems more narcissistic, defensive and self-absorbed than ever. While no one wants to use tragedy for political advantage, lets be honest- she could have used this opportunity to demonstrate compassion and an ability to see things from other people’s perspective, particularly with respect to the criticism of her use of gun rhetoric when “targeting” her opponents. Instead, she lashed out at her critics and actually used the word “blood libel!” The use of that phrase has garnered more attention than her tone-deaf defense of herself.

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Notice the flag behind her like she’s the President giving a national address? The arrogance is astounding. How about she show some courage and speak to the media, even if it’s her employer, Fox News? She won’t do that because she is a coward- she only speaks in venues where there is a friendly audience and where she won’t be called on to be accountable for anything. And this woman wants to be President of the world’s superpower? Give me a break. Some try to compare Sarah Palin to Hillary Clinton. In my opinion, Sarah Palin does not deserve such a comparison. Hillary Clinton is a true leader- she has courage, knowledge and experience. Hillary Clinton has never hidden from the press even during times of controversy. The only thing these two women have in common is that they held political office and are both women. Yes, they both experienced sexism during the 2008 campaign but Sarah Palin mocked Hillary for “whining” (Palin’s word) about media sexism- isn’t that rich? Yes, and it’s classic Palin.

In other news, the woman who claimed that using “Second Amendment remedies” when one is displeased with the actions of the federal government, Sharron Angle, defends not only her own irresponsible rhetoric but also the rhetoric of Sarah Palin. Of course.

We all make mistakes and we all can be irresponsible. The question is, are we willing to admit those mistakes and learn from them? Clearly, for the far right in this country, the answer is a resounding “NO.”

UPDATE: The reaction to Palin’s offensive use of the phrase “blood libel” to describe her treatment by her critics and the media, has been swift and fierce. The Jewish community is understandably aghast at how someone could be so insensitive and clueless. For a summary of reaction, see here and here.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2011 2:28 pm

    If you disagree with President Palin, you are un-American. An enemy of the state, and you will be treated thusly.
    Oh, wait, that doesn’t start for two more years…

    • discourseincsharpminor permalink
      January 12, 2011 2:30 pm

      We’ll all be arrested for sedition by the end of her first term.

  2. discourseincsharpminor permalink
    January 12, 2011 2:28 pm

    She will never tone down or take back what she says. She feels that she, and those who adore her, are never, ever, EVER wrong or mistaken. The dialogue will get more polarized and vicious and Ms. Palin will be among those leaving the way.

  3. Palin4Prez permalink
    January 12, 2011 3:14 pm

    Screw you you liberal hippie stacyx. You just hate Sarah Palin that’s all it is. Everything she said is the truth you are all just trying to silence people you don’t agree with and she will come out stronger for this. HA!

    • January 12, 2011 3:27 pm

      And here we have Exhibit A for Tea Party, poisonous rhetoric.

      Thanks for your help demonstrating my point! Come back again! 🙂

    • discourseincsharpminor permalink
      January 12, 2011 5:39 pm

      Is it possible for you to grasp the fact that some people in this country just don’t like her views on policy? I don’t think anyone here has a person issue with the woman, but her ideological stance in unpalatable to many here. Done. It’s not hatred, it’s politics, Pal.

      Also, if you can tell me how a private blog can “silence” people, please do. I’m sure it’s fascinating.

      • Palin4Prez permalink
        January 12, 2011 5:55 pm

        Oh please, you are just as bad as the Obot socialist Stacyx. You just hate Sarah Palin and you can’t stand the fact that she’s so popular and will likely be the next POTUS. I can’t WAIT until that happens.

        You liberals are so pathetic with unamerican Stacyx being the worst.

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        January 12, 2011 6:31 pm

        It is not un-American – it fact it is intrinsically American – to have the freedom to think and believe what you want to whether or not you agree with a particular political figure – even if she’s popular.

  4. January 12, 2011 4:00 pm

    For her to pull out the term “blood libel” today is strange.

    And if she doesn’t think she did anything wrong, why did her staff pull the map with bulls-eye targets from the Internet?

  5. Thain permalink
    January 12, 2011 4:20 pm

    Wow. She comes across as petty and like she’s play acting. What does she think that she’s giving some Presidential address from her damn living room? She’s really embarrassing. To listen to her you’d think everything was about her and the assassination attempt on Giffords and the death of 6 innocent bystanders was just secondary.

    If she were a liberal I’d vote her off the island. Really. The Palinbots are just as bad as the Obots. There’s nothing they won’t rationalize.

  6. Tovah permalink
    January 12, 2011 5:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this Stacy- I actually had no idea she had made this video.

    I am stunned that she would use the phrase “blood libel”- what was she thinking? Does she know what it refers to and how controversial it would be? It seems like each time she opens her mouth about this she just digs herself in deeper and deeper. From those links in your update it seems like she now may have to explain why she said what she did.

    She really missed an opportunity to make things right.

    • January 12, 2011 5:34 pm

      I’m not really sure what is worse, that she used it not knowing it’s historical meaning or that she did know but used it anyway.

      I personally am of the view that she didn’t write these remarks- that’s not an excuse for her, but I just think she relies very, very heavily on others to get her through her political day.

      The NYT has weighed in:

      It’s also caught the attention of Israeli media.

      Some are taking the phrase as a specific, purposeful reference to the mainstream media as a form of code for “Jewish media.” Whether that in fact is what she meant, the fact that some are taking it that way, is not good.

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        January 12, 2011 7:07 pm

        I don’t think she would go that far with her push back to the “tone down the debate” proponents. I’m going out on a limb and saying that her hyperbole got a way from her and it’s coming back to her now. Even if she didn’t write the remarks, I can’t imagine she’d let something be released without her approval. She knew about it. Whether she she knew the full ramifications of using a term which references actual persecution as opposed to mere name-calling is unclear, but she certainly is finding out now.

        • January 12, 2011 7:11 pm

          Oh, I think she knew about it and irrespective of if someone else wrote it she’s ultimately responsible. I just think that she gets help with her facebook and twitter postings and also her editorials. She hides behind those things because when she’s one on one with an interviewer she shows she’s totally unprepared and totally lacking knowledge in whatever is being discussed- at least when one digs deeper than talking points. I know that’s harsh but I think it’s true. And if she were a liberal who acted the way she does and who shows no interest in increasing her knowledge base despite wanting to obtain the highest office in the land I’d be just as critical.

      • discourseincsharpminor permalink
        January 12, 2011 7:32 pm

        If it goes out with your name on it, it’s yours and so is whatever flak the comes from it. It’s just like any other workplace. If a memo is sent out with your name on it and it’s inflammatory, you’re going to be the one held responsible. She would be insane not to be well aware of people putting things out there using her name. She knew.

        A president, IMHO, should be a shrewd politician and negotiator, and an individual who reads up on things if they are not already well versed in whatever the issue on the table is. Sarah Palin is a very shrewd, skilled politician, but she is lacking the other two aspects and (the real deal-breaker) does not seem to be moving to develop those skills.

  7. January 12, 2011 7:21 pm

    This is incredible. I don’t know what caused Loughner to shoot all those people in Arizona but I do know that the Tea Party and the GOP have crossed a line with their rhetoric. If they don’t think their rhetoric has anything to do with violence, guns etc. then why does almost everyone take it that way, even their followers (until of course they are called on it):

  8. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    January 12, 2011 7:34 pm

    I’ve been reading posts at some of the more right-leaning blogs about the shooting and its aftermath. It has been very sobering. You wouldn’t believe how many comments run something like this — though with a more vitriolic tone I’ll let you imagine: “I’m not saying I condone violence necessarily, but maybe this tragedy will wake people up on the left and make them realize that there’s a deep, deep undercurrent of anger in this country and we’re just not going to take it anymore.” Any discussion of toning done political rhetoric is dismissed as a leftist political smear job. That’s who Palin’s pandering to in her statement and I’m sure it played well with them. I wonder how many silently thought, “That damn congresswoman had it coming.”

    • January 12, 2011 7:50 pm

      Not surprised at all. I’ve been going back and forth with conservatives about this on blogs today and basically if Palin says it, it’s ok. Palin and others in the tea party use this violent symbolism for a reason- because it speaks to their followers and that’s the problem.

      Ask yourself this, what if Obama put out a statement in response to criticism of him by the media and others and referred to himself as a victim of “blood libel?” What do you think the reaction would be on the right? I’ll tell you what it would be- it would be understandably fierce and I would join in that criticism. But the problem is, the Palin supporters and some on the far-right have one litmus test- if they like the person then they will defend anything and everything they say because they are total hypocrites.

      Palin’s use of the victim card is really getting tedious. Notice that in the video, she manages to make the tragedy in Arizona primarily about her as opposed to focusing exclusively on the victims. She had an opportunity to step up to the plate, act like an adult and use words geared towards uniting all Americans during a time of tragedy- you know, like a leader would. She failed miserably.

    • discourseincsharpminor permalink
      January 12, 2011 7:55 pm

      I’ve thought that, too. If this had been a Republican official that was senselessly shot by a deranged person and an outcry went up to cool the polarizing dialogue in this country, none but those on the fringe would be upset. I don’t know why these people think we actually need someone to be hurt or killed specifically due to their politics before wake up and realize that it’s time to stop trying to win elections by convincing people the others side is not merely wrong, but actually evil, un-American, and somehow less deserving of human decency and perhaps life itself.

      • January 12, 2011 8:05 pm

        Case in point, my dear friend (*cough*) Jennifer Rubin. Her hypocrisy is jaw dropping.

        If a Democrat (or liberal) had put out a video like that about ANYTHING and used the phrase blood libel Rubin would be the very first one (after Abe Foxman) to scream “anti-Semite” but because it’s someone who she can relate to ideologically, she writes it off as just silly Palin making a gaffe or not being served well by her political advisers. The hypocrisy is stunning.

  9. January 12, 2011 7:55 pm

    BTW, Secy Clinton again addressed the Loughner issue today:

    Here is part of what she said:

    “Based on what I know, this is a criminal defendant who was in some ways motivated by his own political views, who had a particular animus toward the congresswoman,” Clinton said. “And I think when you cross the line from expressing opinions that are of conflicting differences in our political environment into taking action, that’s violent action, that’s a hallmark of extremism, whether it comes from the right, the left, from al Qaeda, from anarchists, whoever it is. That is a form of extremism. So yes, I think that when you’re a criminal who is in some way pursuing criminal activity connected to — however bizarre and poorly thought through — your political views, that’s a form of extremism.”

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      January 12, 2011 8:05 pm

      Well said.
      (stacy you are always right on top of the latest story! Thanks)

    • Thain permalink
      January 12, 2011 8:42 pm

      The only reason Abe Foxman and Alan Dershowitz aren’t going after her like rabid squirrels is because she follows all their mindless pro-Israel talking points. Mr. Foxman doesn’t mind offensive statements about Jews (from Beck or any other right wingnut) so long as they tow the line and spew out all the unquestioning talking points about Israel. Those folks get a pass. So much for the ADL it should be renamed the Israel Defense League. Now if someone who dared EVER criticize Israel were to talk about media “blood libel” they’d be hung out to dry for tossing out the antisemitic trope about Jewish people controlling them media.

      The notion that Dersh is a liberal is a joke- over at Rubin’s blog a bunch of conservatives are saying what Palin said wasn’t offensive because The Liberal Dershowitz gave it his stamp of approval. What a joke. The guy looks out for one person- himself. He used to be more liberal but not anymore. He went around campaigning for right wing politicians in the midterms, voted GOP and his views on Israel have become more extreme and intolerant with each passing day. These days its the only issue he cares about.

  10. January 12, 2011 9:27 pm

    Finally watched Palin’s clip. What surprised me most about it was her bit about how Americans fought the tendency to trade liberties for “perceived security” after 9/11. Excuse me? What Republican was fighting for our liberties? Wasn’t Feingold the only senator of either party who didn’t support the Patriot Act? Our politicians did trade our liberties for perceived security. – Wonder why she threw that line in her speech…

  11. January 12, 2011 10:24 pm

    Ok, I have to say I think Obama struck just the right tone in his remarks tonight, well done. I’m more than willing to give credit where credit is due.

    He rose above the rhetoric and focused on the people who matter- the victims and their families, friends and a grieving public.

    • discourseincsharpminor permalink
      January 12, 2011 10:47 pm

      I agree. The line about jumping in rain puddles was really touching.

    • Carolyn-Rodham permalink
      January 13, 2011 1:38 am

      Wow. It took awhile, but the man finally found his voice.

  12. mccainblewit permalink
    March 12, 2012 1:59 pm

    Palin4Prez is about as deep a thinker as Palin. Palin4Prez probably is Palin.


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