A sampling of Sarah Palin fans.

I’ve been lax on keeping up with politics around here in part because I’m pretty worn out on the topic since the elections. The few things that have gotten my dander up would’ve resulted in less than coherent posts on my part anyway.

Still, the book tour that Sarah Palin is on right now has caught my attention because wherever she goes there’s often a big turnout of fans hoping to get an autograph. These fans sincerely believe Palin is the best thing to come along in Conservative politics in years and a majority of them would love to see her become the first female President. If you were to just look at these people you’d think they were pretty normal, but if you actually talk to them, as the folks from New Left Media did in Columbus Ohio on November 20th, you find that they’re less than deep thinkers:

On November 20, 2009, Sarah Palin visited Columbus, OH as part of her book signing tour for “Going Rogue.” When her supporters were asked broad questions about why they why they thought she should be president, the responses were vague: She’s “real.” She’ll “stick up for America.”

It has been said comments that you would find similarly talking point-driven, substance-less supporters at an Obama rally, and we agree. But no politician has emerged on the national stage as undefined and unqualified as Sarah Palin, and her public persona–which is anti-intellectual by definition–discourages substance. Instead, we get winking. One could hardly imagine her giving a complex speech about race in America, or speaking eloquently about our country’s relations with Islam. Not just because she couldn’t write such a speech (Obama has speech-writers, of course) but because she wouldn’t–such necessarily academic discussion is antithetical to the persona she’s created for herself and that her supporters have come to love.

It really is scary to think that these people are allowed to vote. Granted, I probably couldn’t have listed off every single policy issue that Obama had campaigned on when he was running for office, but there were several that I agreed with such as his current attempt to reform health care, closing down Guantanamo, and ending the war in Iraq. I can manage to list off several policy issues and not just spout cliched platitudes to explain my reasons for voting for Obama. It’s questionable whether or not you can find anyone in the Sarah Palin camp who could do the same.

I suppose you could argue this is somewhat unfair when you consider that even when she was VP she never had anything other than very broad ideas such as “smaller government” for policies, but that makes the enthusiasm of her fans that much more frightening. They’ve bought into her without really even knowing what her policies would be. Several, as you can see in this video, even admit right up front that they are clueless as to what her policies would be and it doesn’t matter to them one iota. For them it’s not about policies, it’s about getting someone into the White House that they feel will makes things better simply by being there. Whatever she decides to do will be A-OK with these people because she can do no wrong.

She was almost a heartbeat away from the Presidency thanks to a political stunt by John McCain. Part of me would like to believe she has a snowball’s chance in Hell of ever winning the Presidency on her own, but then I think of the fact that George W. Bush managed to pull it off and I get a little nervous.

Found over at TBogg.

11 thoughts on “A sampling of Sarah Palin fans.

  1. The guy doing the interviews is Chase Whiteside. He did some interviews with Tea Baggers that were even better than this video. Very sharp guy. They are worth seeking out on their YouTube page.

  2. Thanks Les, you managed to scare the crap out of me…..Ill be in the bathroom….
    And also…We need a civics test to be administered before people are given the ability to vote.
    True, there is room for abuse, but wouldn’t it be worth it?

  3. While it is true that some people Vote Personality over Principle. It does not make it easier for those of us that put thought and consideration into our Vote. It would be like observing statistical data that some voted for a candidate because of their skin color. I doubt anyone would be so racist as do that, but I suppose it’s possible.

    I saw the Video, but I did not see any of these supporters. And yes they supported Sarah Palin.

    Stephen Baldwin, Pat Boone, Wilford Brimley, Jerry Bruckheimer, James Cann, Charlie Daniels, Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, Erik Estrada, Joe Eszterhas, Lee Greenwood, Angie Harmon, Tom Selleck, Sylvester Stallone, Dick Van Patten, Jon Voight, Hank Williams Jr, Gretchen Wilson, James Woods, Mario Andretti, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Richard Petty, Roger Staubach.

    If you train a camera long enough on a situation, you can eventually get the results you came to find. I’ll bet there was some intelligent people responding. But that is not what this is about is it ? This is about throwing rocks at Sarah Palin and her supporters. And you know what they say about throwing stones. He among you…

  4. Paul, it doesn’t, but that’s never stopped anyone from engaging in thread drift. 😉

    Kit, I’ve been following the hacked email story and I’m not sure where everyone is getting the idea that they somehow debunk global warming. If you have a point to make then make it.

  5. My point is that they manipulated the data to further their agenda. Not in the name of science and to really figure out what is going on, but so they could get more money from the international community.

    Don’t get me wrong, renewable energy is good, and we should be working to implement more sources of generation. However we should not be doing it based on graphs and reports based on lies and half-truths!

    Just to please Paul a line in regard to the article: you can interview all the people you want on any topic and get a handful of idiots. Edit to suit whatever agenda you prefer and publish to the internet. That is all this video is, just as most of the other videos on the internet are!

  6. I don’t think Palin is serious about becoming President. I think when she hooked up with the McCain camp, she should have fully understood what would be expected of her. Now we get to hear the ” post thoughts ” about the ordeal, and a huge push for her personal agenda in the next election. Whomever runs for the conservative side of it in 2012 had better be prepared to embrace Sarah Palin, because she is gaining in popularity.

    Palin and Obama appear to be good quality Human beings. I think they want what is best for this Country. They just have extreme different views on how to achieve their goals. Unfortunately both are wrong.

    I on the other hand could never put my faith in the Democratic or Republican Party. This Country is losing the battle of Civility. We are a divided Nation. I honestly feel America will collapse in the near future. That’s 10 to 20 years away, maybe even sooner. America will keep playing this stupid game of back and forth politics. The People will become further apart. Personal safety and financial security of individuals will override any concept of national unity.

    Democracy can be a good thing, but the wisdom to appreciate and utilize it would take everyone as a team player.

    When I see things like a 200 Million Dollar bonus to a CEO. I find that I can both laugh and cry at the same time. It truly is sad….

  7. I’m still waiting for that hope and change.

    Also, google for “blacks against barack obama” and prepare to enjoy the flavor of your foot.

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