Sarah Palin: America’s Full-Time Professional Duelist

sarah palin and trigThe template for the perpetual Sarah Palin feud was set last Valentine’s Day. The animated series Family Guy aired an episode in which a character with Down Syndrome said her mother was the former Governor of Alaska. From her platform as a paid Fox News contributor, Palin pounced on the moment to condemn Seth McFarland. “Cruel and cold-hearted people who would do such a thing,” she said on Bill O’Reilly’s The Factor. She also used the occasion to demand then-Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel step down for using the word “retard.” When asked, Palin said Rush Limbaugh – who constantly uses the r-word – is “using satire.”

Following Palin’s determination of what satire is, the actress Andrea Fay Friedman who played the character with Down Syndrome – who also fittingly has Down Syndrome – made a statement to the press: “I guess former Governor Palin does not have a sense of humor…My parents raised me to have a sense of humor and to live a normal life. My mother did not carry me around under her arm like a loaf of French bread the way former Governor Palin carries her son Trig around looking for sympathy and votes.”

So the mold of Sarah Palin’s taking to the airwaves to blast someone using incorrect facts solidified. If she had just done a little Google research, when asked about the episode she could have graciously said, “I would be proud for such an accomplished actress like Miss Friedman to be my daughter.” Instead Palin appeared volatile, insulting and ignorant.

During the same appearance in which she slammed McFarland, Palin also pronounced to O’Reilly, “Let’s not call each other names because it invalidates what our arguments are all about.”

Uh huh.

This is the same woman who refers to her critics as “jerks.” Palin called CBS-affiliates “corrupt bastards” in the same week she called reporters “impotent and limp and gutless.” She called the McCain campaign’s Steve Schmidt a liar and in her book said he was “rotund.” She called journalist Joe McGinnis a “pervert” and implied he was a peeping tom. She labeled feminists as a “cackle of rads.” She blasted Alaska bloggers as “bored, anonymous and pathetic.” She deemed David Letterman “sexually perverted” after accusing him of making a rape joke about her then 14-year-old daughter. And don’t forget when she accused her opponent/enemy of “palling around with terrorists” and still refers to him as “Barack Hussein.”

How’s that not name-y because it invalidates your argument thingy working out for ya?

In fact, Palin is now our nation’s only full-time professional duelist. She fights with everyone. Her entire post-quitting career is centered on flame wars, most of which she starts. They are often petty, sanctimonious, trumped-up jabs which do nothing but make the media talk about her more. And she’s monetized the drama. She’s gone pro. Yes, she’s found the formula Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian pioneered: shameless and shallow sells. I’m inexplicably addicted to the show Jerseylicious, and if it weren’t for conflict it would just be a bunch of frosted-lipped spandex-clad women cutting hair. Instead it’s World War III in a rhinestone-studded turnpike-adjacent strip mall. That’s what makes it a show.

The media loves conflict. It’s easy to cover verbal battles. And so we do.

Palin has dueled with McCain staffer Nicolle Wallace; father of her granddaughter Levi Johnston; Ashley Judd; Karl Rove; Politico; Alaska teacher Kathleen Gustafson; Arnold Schwarzenegger; columnists Maureen Down, Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker; Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin; Ben Bernanke; Katie Couric; Senator Lisa Murkowski; Congressman Spencer Bachus; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Gawker; and, Barbara Bush — just to name a few.

The common denominator in all these feuds? Sarah Palin.

Besides viciously accusing men with whom she disagrees as somehow being sex perverts, while at the same time granting a pass for indiscretions to men with whom she agrees (Limbaugh), Palin’s main accusation is that people are lying. They are “making stuff up.” Yes, according to the trumpeter of the “death panel” canard, everyone else is a liar. It’s just a coincidence everyone Palin encounters isn’t truthful. Poor, Barracuda.

Tina DupuyPalin has gotten a couple of number-one hits with the same old song. That’s why it’s all starting to sound alike.

I’ve watched enough nature shows to know that if a real Mama Grizzly fought this much of the time – we’d have to assume the beast was rabid.

Tina Dupuy

Reposted with permission.


  1. rk says

    John LLoyd Scharf – not afraid. Why do you assume that? Why would we be afraid? But the woman has no opinion. She is totally ignorant and every time she opens her mouth it shows.

  2. rk says

    Totally agree. She is a vicious, vile, ignorant bully. Brought to the limelight by equally vicious, vile and ignorant bullies like Hannity, Limbaugh and Colter.

  3. Tammy Brown says

    I hope she runs for president so someone way more qualified can finally reveal to all her supporters that she is nothing but a fraud. This is the only way we are going to get rid of her.

  4. Alaskan says

    Sarah has horribly misused her political instinct and gift of delivery. Her “Death panels” assertion even after everyone else recognized the fallacy was pure evil. Not being able to agree she made a mistake is pathological for her.

    Palin has a very small circle of trusted advisors and ostracizes anyone who crosses her. I watched her as governor and became aware of her previous stints in public life on the Oil and Gas Commission and as Wasilla mayor. Her petty vindictiveness stands out. Her personality hasn’t changed, though her ego and range expanded when she became McCain’s VP Hail Mary #1.

    I could care less about her dysfunctional family, but find it interesting how some find that endearing. I find it an example of how well she governs. Her husband spent a lot of time in the governor’s office directing state business, a source of some concern to Alaskans. Investigations into such areas e.g Troopergate was one excuse that Sarah used to quit her post as governor.

    We will really devolve if she was elected to higher office. I’d like to think that Americans would see through this, but there are apparently quite a number that don’t think very deeply to whom Palin appeals.

  5. Cacatua says

    Tina pretty much nailed Palin – she lives to be offended and lash out at the alleged offenders. Otherwise she is a parasite just like Paris Hilton and others, only more dangerous.

  6. Sori says

    The woman is an idiot. I like what President Obama said when Barbara Walters asked him about Sarah. He said “I don’t think about her”. If her physical characteristics were different how popular would she be? It is very unfortunate that “racism” sells as evidenced by Sarah and Rush Limbaugh.

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