Yes, she's toast
No, everything is fine
She can fix the mess. It's not too late.
Not sure, explain
Yeah.. I always did think her gender had something to do with McCain's pick.. but I also felt that by him picking a minority it was by default suggesting (like many other people did) that the only reason anybody liked Obama was just because of his race. The only reason "the black vote" voted for Obama, was race... the only reason he beat Hillary was because of race.
That's just utter BS, and if McCain really did pick her because of identity politics and then accused Obama of being sexist and playing the race card, then it was a political ploy and that makes McCain the actual sexist and a race baiter...
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
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There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
The voting public, especially in presidential elections, is not equal to the political active segment of the population. Everyone that votes doesn't do so due to a strong feeling on issues or a thorough understanding of the various parties. Superficial reasons do factor in for some people, even providing the conscious or subconscious primary motivations.
As far as the race issue alone, you can not sit here with a straight face and tell me that the man who later had a song made about him called "My President is Black" did not receive some votes simply because individuals felt that he was the same race as them and thus would identify with their desires better and expect me to believe it. Do I think it was a sizable thing that single handedly swept him into office? No. But I think its ridiculously ignorant of political reality to suggest there weren't people that did do it.
Simple fact is politics is not simply about the issues, and talk to any political strategist and they'll tell you the same.
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"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
I don't think Palin wants to be a politician. That would require actual effort and hard work that she has already shown she doesn't want... i.e., she loved running for governor, hated having to do the actual job.
Palin wants to be a celebrity. She wants crowds, fans, followers, adulation. She can get all of that she wants without inconveniencing herself by actually, you know, doing a job. She can sign books. Do tv talk shows. Dance with the Stars.
She just wants to be a celebrity, and hell, if Lindsey Lohan can manage that, so can Palin.