Posts tagged Sarah Palin
Two years ago, as Congress was engaged in heated debate over the legislation that would eventually become the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, also called, disparagingly, “Obamacare”), ex-half-Governor and failed Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin weighed in with her view: the legislation would include, in her famous phrase, “death panels”.
Of course, it’s not just this one provision that presents a problem. My original comments concerned statements made by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy advisor to President Obama and the brother of the President’s chief of staff [current Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel]. Dr. Emanuel has written that some medical services should not be guaranteed to those ‘who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens…An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.’ Dr. Emanuel has also advocated basing medical decisions on a system which ‘produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.’
Unfortunately, the ensuing debate over end-of-life issues and the financing of health care for all Americans was characterized by an increasing amount of heat (“You Lie!”) and very little light from that point forward.
Was Sarah Palin right? (more…)
Gallup released a rather significant little poll yesterday, interesting in that it asked an open-ended question of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents about their choice for a presidential candidate in 2012. In this poll, respondents were asked to supply a name, rather than respond to a list of current candidates for the nomination. Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann led the field with 13% and 9% respectively, with all others (including people like Rick Perry and Sarah Palin who have not yet announced) in the low single digits. But the startling result was that 58% of respondents offered no name at all. This is a very high level of disinterest at this point in a presidential cycle.
This is the third in a series of articles we publish at least once every month between now and the general election. As we get closer to November, 2012, the frequency will almost certainly increase.
Each time, we take a look at the various factors that typically influence election outcomes, and compare them to the previous month.
Let’s look at how things are shaking out this month.
I should admit right up front that I’m a huge fan of Sarah Palin. I’m aroused by her carnivorousness, which is almost equal to my own. And I get really turned on when she talks about dead fish. (Don’t tell anybody, but I have this Palin pinup on the wall of my habitat. OOOHHH! Sha-ZAM!)
Okay, taking a moment to compose myself…
So, imagine my excitement when I obtained a pirated copy of the new movie, Sarah Palin: The Undefeated which premieres in Iowa this week. I have it queued up right now, and I’m watching it as soon as I leave here. I know it will be enthralling, and I also hope it helps me to work out the significance of the title. Does it mean quitting is the same as winning? You can’t lose if you don’t run? 2008 never actually happened?
Well, I guess I’ll find out. Right now I have a movie to watch, and I need to whip myself up a nice big bowl of popcorn shrimp.
- TRENDING: Palin to Iowa for movie debut (via CNN Political Ticker) (richardemanuel.wordpress.com)
- The Power of ‘The Undefeated’: A Review by Josh Painter (via Sarah Palin Information Blog) (loopyloo305.wordpress.com)
- Sarah Palin’s Iowa Première (thedailybeast.com)
- Palin: Attending Première of “The Undefeated” at Pella Opera House (sarahpalinblog.typepad.com)
- Explosive new documentary set to reveal ‘truth’ about Sarah Palin (aksyrin.wordpress.com)
- Sarah Palin: Stronger Than Ever (via My Blog) (wdednh.wordpress.com)
The document dump of Palin email is being combed though as we speak, and will continue to be for some time. But apart from some titillating tidbits about tanning beds and such, and many heavily redacted pages concerning the role of “First Dude” Todd Palin, as well as the details of the Troopergate investigation, there doesn’t appear to be much “there” there.
In fact the absence of incriminating data is intriguing to Pauly, a political platypus who perpetually ponders the perks and pitfalls of power.
The emails written before Palin was tapped to be John McCain’s running mate tend to show an active, engaged governor, interested in the function of her office, supportive of her staff, protective of her family, and surprisingly admiring of McCain’s campaign opponent at the time, Barack Obama. (more…)
The Platypus loves movies, and one of his favorites is Shadowlands, based on the writings and life story of C. S. Lewis. It details Lewis’s relationship with American divorceé Helen “Joy” Davidman Gresham (played by Debra Winger). Gresham became Lewis’s wife in 1956 when her bone cancer was apparently in remission, but it returned to kill her in 1960. She was only 45. A brilliant mind from a middle-class Bronx family, and Hunter College graduate, she made an immediate impression on the lonely and reclusive Lewis. Introduced to an intellectual blowhard at a party, she listens to him opine on the inherent inferiority of women, then stops him and asks:
Are you trying to be offensive, or merely stupid?
We could ask the same of Sarah Palin.