Just When You Thought America was Safe for Democracy

Well, now, here’s an intriguing headline!

Even GOP activists are turning against Sarah Palin

Let’s click through and taste the juicy goodness inside:

At a recent gathering in South Carolina, the site of a crucial early presidential primary next year, party activists said the former Alaska governor didn’t have the experience, the knowledge of issues or the ability to get beyond folksy slang and bumper-sticker generalities that they think is needed to win and govern.

Whoa, that’s harsh. The GOP Activists are sounding like — well, like Democrats. And it took them only thirty months to see the obvious! Who says America’s best years aren’t still ahead of us?

Still, that leaves the pressing question of who will be led to slaughter next year. Suggestions?

Many are shopping for someone else. They’re looking at Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., for example, and seeing what they call a smarter, more experienced candidate who’s equally as conservative.

Mmmmkay. Perhaps our optimism about the future of our Republic was a tad premature. Although if you’re grading on a curve, Crazee Eyes is indeed smarter than Talibunny. Can’t be denied. It takes a higher class of idiot to be Gretchen Carlson’s nanny, after all.

But that’s not why we’re bothering to bring this to your attention. Nor is it why we’re issuing this rare SWALLOW YOUR COFFEE ALERT before proceeding.

We mean it. Swallow. Now.

Because we can’t be responsible for the condition of your keyboard after you read how one astute GOP Activist chooses to characterize Bachmann:

“Sarah Palin with a brain,” said Gail Moore, a Republican from Columbia.

Quite honestly, we would have said that Richard Nixon is Sarah Palin with a brain. But that’s just us.

Even GOP activists are turning against Sarah Palin [McClatchy]

What’s curious is that they seem to be explicitly looking for a woman.

You’d think that the Christine O’Donnel / Sharron Angle fiascos would have convinced them that being a woman does little to insulate your candidate from (legitimate) charges that she is grossly unqualified or insane, or both.

GOPers, it might be time to think about going to Plan C.


so what does this show? that they wouldnt know a “candidate with a brain” if one bit them on the ass?

@Serolf Divad: The GOPers suffer from the mistaken belief courtesy of some of the PUMAs that the lady-voters of this country are so dumb that regardless of party affiliation or our principles or positions on issues, that we blindly and automatically will vote for Palin, O’Donnell, or whoever because they have a vagina.

@Right Reverend Benedick: Were you here in this great country when he ran for Senate in California? That was a lot of fun.

@Dodgerblue: I fled here around that time in search of reliable dentistry.

@SanFranLefty: Shows how far we’ve come when the vagina is considered a political advantage.

My dog is Sarah Palin, with a brain, given her deficit thereof. A lot more charm and usefulness as well.

@texrednface: I think they’re actually making a serious miscalculation. Recruiting a female Republican to run against a female Democrat in a race for House/Senate/governor in an attempt to close the gender gap is smart politics, but local/statewide races are in nowhere near the same ballpark as a presidential race. A majority of the voting public says that they would vote for a woman for president, but there’s almost certainly a Bradley Effect-type skew to the polling (a Clinton Effect?), and that support erodes when the discussion turns to national security issues. It’s pathetic, but an unfortunate number of people don’t like the idea of a woman with her finger on the red button, and a lot of that trepidation is of the “Oh noes, President Ladypants is gonna PMS us into WWIII!” variety.

A number of ‘Mericans “don’t like the idea of a woman with her finger on the red button, “and yet
there have been a number of other ladies with fingers on red buttons: Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher and Indira Ghandi. But then they were beyond PMS at the time they were in power. Secretary Clinton is most certainly beyond. Maybe an older vagina holds more sway?

@texrednface: “PMS” is just a rote stand-in for the idea that women can’t control their emotions and behave irrationally under pressure. I’m not saying that a woman can’t be elected president (and I’ll be really teed off if it doesn’t happen in the next twenty years or so), but a female candidate faces the particularly difficult task of convincing voters (male and female alike) that she’s every bit as tough and commanding as a man is.

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