Barbara Bush Should Shut-Up

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November 20, 2010

This annoys the hell out of me, because I'm not some rabid Palinista. Crap like this from Barbara Bush leaves one no alternative but to respond to it. What, does she have another son, or a grand kid lined up for the job of President? Reagan handed your husband his, despite some misgivings, and he blew it, Barbara.

And as much as I supported her husband and her son while they were in office, they've hardly gotten us to a great place. Guess what? If not for 9/11, GW may well have been a one-term-er, just like his father. He barely escaped losing to John freaking Kerry. In fact, he barely defeated Gore in 2000. So, just how wise is this new found Bush wisdom? I don't see much in the record to support it, short of the political calculations of some consultants concerned more with winning elections, than the nation's politics.

"I sat next to her once. Thought she was beautiful," Barbara Bush said. "And she's very happy in Alaska, and I hope she'll stay there."

Bush, along with her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, spoke to CNN's Larry King in an interview set to air Monday.

President Bush discussed the Tea Party movement, and although he said "some of the ideas make a lot of sense," he said he isn't sure how the new movement will fit into the larger political landscape.

Read my lips, the same can be said for the price of bread and broken tax pledges.

And as for Mona Charen's, Why Sarah Palin Shouldn't Run item at Townhall, congrats Mona, you finally found something to write about and make yourself relevant, again. I can't recall anything you've done in the last two years that's generated any real interest outside the usual Beltway set you write for. If Sarah Palin has a secret weapon, it's how distasteful and classless are so many of the GOP establishment types lined-up against her. If they were nearly as smart as they fancy themselves to be, they'd probably just shut-up and let the chips fall where they may.

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Comments:
  1. largebill says:

    Being disparaged by Barbara Bush may actually help Palin.
    Did either Bush make any comment about Obama in 2008? Or do they save their knives for backs of Republicans?

  2. memomachine says:

    Hmmm.
    Jeb Bush.
    But there’s not a chance in Hell I’ll ever vote for another member of the Bush family so they can all STFU as far as I’m concerned.
    If the GOP goes with another Bush as Presidential candidate, I’m either staying home or going third party.

  3. Sissy Willis says:

    I used to think the Bushes had class.

  4. labwrs says:

    Dan’s headline is what came to my mind when I saw the headline about BB. Good GRIEF! It just goes to show how insular and pathetic some of our “political elites” have become. But, we are awake now, we are aware now,with blogs like this, we SEE/KNOW/READ…and we remember until it is time to ACT. November 2 was the warning shot across the bow.
    For some reason, SP scares the living beejesus out of them. More reason to support her.

  5. INC says:

    I fail to see any need for her to make this comment. Even if she doesn’t like Sarah Palin, why not just say something nice that glosses over the political competition?
    Perhaps the root cause is that Palin falls into the Reagan side of the Republican party, while GHWB is on the other side. GHWB was trumped by Reagan for the nomination in 1980, and the Bushes did not like that. It’s clear that Sarah Palin gets a response in a way that her husband never did, and that’s probably also a reminder of Reagan. Reagan was re-elected in a landslide, while GHWB was a one term President. It’s some kind of amalgamation of resentment and snobbery.

  6. RefudiateObama2012 says:

    Looks like Babs and GHWB have their asses firmly planted on the Stop Sarah Palin Express. They better buckle up because they’re in for a bumpy ride before they ride it off a cliff.

  7. unseen says:

    so the way the establishment thinks to STOP PALIN is to tag her with the “She is not a bush clone” label? Good grief I understood the elites were stupid but I never thought they were this stupid. they are giving Palin her cmapaign. “I’m not Bush and I’m not Obama” Let’s see bush had 30% approval rating, Obama is in the 40’s. Allow Palin to run as the anti-bush and anti-obama? amazinhg at how clueless these people are. now i understand how rove lost the COngress and Senate. He is an idiot.

  8. mark l. says:

    this moment actually has it’s roots in the fall of bush the elder, in 1992.
    barbara sees the same components in the tea party, that deprived her hubby of his second term.
    very surprised she didn’t just call the tea party ‘perot voters’.
    neither her son, nor her hubby ever actually sought out this ‘more independent’ group, but they stil won three presidential elections because these voters settled on them.

  9. Fred Beloit says:

    I’m inclined to cut her some slack. But the question arises, where do leftist outlets like CNN get the nerve to run around trying to get Repub old folks like Barbara to say thoughtless things? Maybe Foxnews should go find Mrs. Dukakis, if she is still up and ticking, and try to get her to say goofy sxxx about the current Governor of Mass., Patrick?

  10. Tom says:

    How many more people have to speak out before you realize what an unhinged kook Palin is?

  11. Sharon says:

    “If Sarah Palin has a secret weapon, it’s how distasteful and classless are so many of the GOP establishment types lined-up against her. If they were nearly as smart as they fancy themselves to be, they’d probably just shut-up and let the chips fall where they may.”
    You got it right there, Dan. The more they speak out against her the more beloved she becomes. They are not doing a very good job of marginalizing her. They would do better by ignoring her.

  12. newrouter says:

    “How many more people have to speak out before you realize what an unhinged kook Palin is?”
    says tom who votes for the party of kooks and crooks

  13. salvage says:

    Hysterical!
    >rabid Palinista.
    Um, how many posts about Palin in the last month? What percentage of your overall posting do you think Palin would be?

  14. barfo says:

    Sarah Palin’s camp resembles the Alamo more and more as the days pass.

  15. gary gulrud says:

    Conservatives require that Palin, in lieu of a comparably visible candidate, run, win or lose, and take our votes to the convention.
    The ‘combine’ cannot steal them if they’re in her hands.
    Wonder who barfbrain/salvage/Masshole/etc. thinks it’s fooling.

  16. Mary says:

    Wow! Can Mrs. Bush not have an opinion? Can I? It seems that anyone with anything other than a glowing report on all things Palin are told to “shut up”. We are to call into DWTS to vote for a Palin? Why? We mustn’t utter a snarkey comment on Madame Palin, her kids, her husband without risking being mocked and told to “shut up”. The Palinistas are becoming as cult like as the Obamaites. Some scary stuff Dan.
    By the way, I too think that Governor Palin should not run for President. I admire and respect her, but she is too polarizing, & too inexperienced to be the leader of the free world at this time. I suspect that is what Mrs. Bush meant.
    I shall now, shut up. Free speech stops at the Palins. Then all must march in step.

  17. barfo says:

    Criticizing Sarah the Quitter violates her First Amendment rights, Mary.

  18. INC says:

    I’m not on the Palin-is-the-second-coming-of-Reagan express. My opinion is based on the fact that we’re not going through mere political skirmishes; this is a fight for the country.
    Barbara Bush’s comment doesn’t fall into the constructive criticism camp–it’s mere snide and snark, which is totally unhelpful at the moment.

  19. INC says:

    Mrs. Bush can certainly have her opinion–but the lack of character and wisdom this indicates is evident.

  20. Drago says:

    barfo:”Sarah Palin’s camp resembles the Alamo more and more as the days pass.”
    Hmmmmm.
    The Alamo, in a strategic sense, helped the Republic of Texas win the war. The holding action at the Alamo was successful in slowing down Santa Ana’s advance long enough for the Republics forces to converge, map out strategy, identify the correct battlefield, and then kicking Santa Ana’s butt.
    Not to mention the rallying cry and moral boost to the Republics troops. This effect should not be minimized.
    So, barfo, by using the Alamo analogy, are you suggesting that this Barbara Bush comment represents a tactical setback for Sarah Palin but that eventually she’ll win the war?
    If not, then why didn’t you think your comment through more fully prior to sharing your idea with us?
    Oh, right. You’re a lefty. Logic is not your forte.

  21. Drago says:

    Back on topic, I don’t disapprove of Barbara Bush saying that if that she wishes to.
    There is no problem with speech that cannot be cured with more speech.

  22. Mary says:

    INC : Lack of Character and Wisdom? How about titling a blog post about an elderly former First Lady ” Barbara Bush should shut up” ? Dan is, in essence, telling us all to shut up, and I’m not representative of the GOP establishment. This is getting out of hand. Yes, this IS a fight for our Country. How do posts such as this help in that fight? We should be able to disagree without the risk of being told to “shut up”. Again, are we conservatives not about freedom of speech? I shall now “shut up” again.

  23. barfo says:

    “The Alamo, in a strategic sense, helped the Republic of Texas win the war.”
    Haha, The REPUBLIC of Texas?
    A bigger failure than the 2008 Palin/McCain campaign.

  24. gary gulrud says:

    “I too think that Governor Palin should not run for President.”
    No Palinista expects “true conservatives” to love Palin or want her as the first female POTUS.
    But you’re an airhead if you think ‘social conservatives’ should just roll over and cede their rights to be heard, let alone demands observed in chosing a candidate for national representation.
    Characterizing another’s need to be heard and represented as being “told to shut up” is mendacious slander.

  25. SallyVee says:

    Dan, hate to burst your bubble but God bless Barbara Bush. She’s saying rather gently what I and many of my women friends think. You’re way overreacting. But that’s the way things have gotten with the Cult of Sarah P. I thought Mona Charen’s column was very good too. So sue me and call me stupid.
    You have to realize, the sufffocating presence of the Family Palin is causing some of us to hurl back in self defense. Things that should be left unsaid are lately flying out of my mouth because there is NO ESCAPE. (All by design of cour$e.) And if you want to talk taste and class… please, the gross lack thereof is on prominent display in the Grizzly Family Vaycay show. I watched about half of it last week. Tacky is the kindest thing I can say, and not in a cute or charming way. “NASCAR family” and “trailer trash” have been heard more than once in my circle. And then there’s the voice that can cut glacial ice… gawd amighty.
    I’m putting on my kevlar… I have an Uncle who is obsessed with Sarah P. so I know the hell I’m calling down…

  26. bishop says:

    How was it, she put at the convention, she wasn’t taking this job, to earn the approval of the establishment, she’s been fighting it since she started in public life at age 28, curiously the Mat Su Valley is one of those areas that went for Peror in the ’92 election

  27. MarkJ says:

    barfo,
    Small facts: the Republic of Texas, unlike the later Confederacy, was actually recognized, de jure or de facto, by several foreign governments. Furthermore Texas was admitted into the Union, in December 1845, essentially according to its own terms. Some failure.
    Tell us, barfo, we’re all dying to know: were you born a historically ignorant dumbass or did you need a special government training program to get that way? My cordial advice is not hang out in any Texas bars and make your stupid assertions: you’ll quickly require major dental repairs.

  28. unseen says:

    SallyVee,
    So which policy of Palin’s do you disagree with? Or wait your entire post was nothing but class warfare. I’m sorry but I thought the republician party frowned at the dems when they used class warfare against them. You mentioned “trailer trash” ,well, I would rather have “trailer trash” then a member of the silverspoon club “ruling me” In fact the country was founded on the concept of the “trailer trash” telling the silverspoon club to go to hell.

  29. If anyone saw any Laura Bush interviews that past couple of years, she’s no bargain either. How soon we forget what a disaster the Bush administrations were, especially the “W” years. We are trying to stop the Bush/Obama globalism bus, not return to the old drivers.
    As to Palin, were she to stop playing footsies with the establishment (McCain e.g.) and reconcile her words to her actions, her negatives among us conservatives would shrink dramatically. She lost me the moment she endorsed McCain and I’ve been skeptical ever since. Which is it Sarah? Just another version of the oil “partly pregnant” Republican? Or true conservative?

  30. barfo says:

    “Furthermore Texas was admitted into the Union, in December 1845, essentially according to its own terms. Some failure.”
    The good citizens of the “Republic” of Texas were whining to be let into America from the moment it was formed.
    And when we did let them in, they turned around and stabbed us in the back with their treason.
    I’d call that a failure, a very embarrassing failure.
    And oddly reminiscent of Sarah Palin’s political “career.”

  31. bishop says:

    Yes, a failure that ultimately ended yielding the US, a quarter of it’s current landmass, through
    the Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo, from the Mexican statelet, a point they still haven’t reconciled
    themselves to in 162 years.
    She’s a fair bit more pragmatist, than most have given her credit for, hence supporting McCain and Fiorina, then again hasn’t supporting Miller, Paul, O’Donnell and company proven her bonafides

  32. SallyVee says:

    Unseen, the truth is I don’t take Sarah Palin seriously enough to pay attention to whatever “policies” she may have. She’s a celebrity pundit, and her opinion means about as much to me as Cher’s opinion. As a person and a Mom I think she’s rather nice and refreshing in many ways. And that’s about it. Last time I really paid attention, she was talking sideways and upside down and explaining why she was quitting the Governorship of Alaska… what?? That’s her platform for higher office? I knew then what her chosen path was and thought to myself: okay, we know where this is going, and I filed her in the appropriate drawer at that moment. Don’t blame her a bit by the way. But I don’t confuse her career path with that of a serious leader.

  33. bishop says:

    And since then, she has lead the way on ‘death panels’ opposition to the GZM, support for the mission in Afghanistan, and opposition to QE 2, whereas Mitt has been buying furniture for his
    house in La Jolla, sponsoring his Bain Capital protege, how did that work out, and Huck, well he’s with the Little Rocker’s don’t you know

  34. Mary says:

    Seems I just can’t shut up! Unseen: What policy? Her FB and Twitter posts? Bishop: Which is it, pragmatic establishment or bonafide conservative? Her endorsements were all over the place. Regardless, this is less about Governor Palin than it is about Dan. His many “flippin'” Palin posts including the last one about DWTS are an indicator that he is indeed a Palinista. Apologies for my snarkiness but truly, what does DWTS have to do with the battle for this republic. “Crap like this” from Dan and the other Palinistas are getting on my last nerve. Ok, I once again shall SHUT UP.

  35. unseen says:

    Unseen, the truth is I don’t take Sarah Palin seriously enough to pay attention to whatever “policies” she may have
    SallyVee
    which says more about you than Palin. and you have the gall to describe her supporters as “CULT” members. The only person with a closed mind blindly following their master appears to be you. It might be time you open you mind, research the issues and understand what is going on in your country. Instead of mindlessly mouthing left/establishment talking points.

  36. Cc says:

    I agree with Dan. There is a common thread in the right’s criticism of Palin, and that is to demean her intelligence, to paint her as a pretty face who should stay home, and to sniff oh-so-delicately at her lack of “breeding.”. I expect this from the left, but Palin, just by being herself, has exposed the GOP cocktail set for the elitist snobs they are. I agree with a previous comment that Mrs. Bush has been remarkably silent about Obama.
    I wonder how she would feel if someone told her that her drunk of a son should have stayed home in Texas where he was happy? Hey, how about Ol’ Jeb just stay home in Florida and take care of his drug addict wife?
    I do not object to criticizing Palin on substance, but all these critics like Geraghty, Bush, Charen, Noonan, Frum, Rove, etc. pretend that’s what they are doing when in reality they just don’t think she has the proper DNA to be president. After all, as our betters, THEY should get to pick our president and shove him down our throat.

  37. SallyVee says:

    So now it’s my duty as an American to study Sara Palin? Does that mean I must twitter too, by order of the Taliban? Exactly what I’m talking about… it is getting knee deep now…

  38. jane says:

    SallyVee Apparently you’ and your “women friends ” are uninterested in politics since you haven’t bothered to pay any attention to a potential candidate who everyone else is talking about. You shut your mind over a year ago and it appears nothing has filtered in since then.
    “”NASCAR family” and “trailer trash” have been heard more than once in my circle.” Wow – what a clique of snotty witches you must all be – pardon the riff raff for living. /
    Perhaps you should consider that attitudes/comments like yours are what will end up giving our current POS POTUS another term. I wonder if the Independents & the Republicans you consider acceptable are enough to win the election if the Palin supporters tell the GOP to drop dead? But since you seem to think you’re above all the crass low class Palin supporters keeping BO in office may be what you want.

  39. David R. Graham says:

    Concur. And “shut up” is an appropriate response in numerous situations, this being one of them. The phrase is meant not to stifle discourse but to purify it. Speech is never an issue, any mule can speak, and any cat. Speech is not a right, it’s an intrinsic ability every creature has. “Shut up” is used when speech is harmful or unloving, which is the same thing.
    The Northeastern/Overbearing/Rockefeller/Dulles/Bush wing of the Republican Party fears Sarah Palin and the people she inspires just as they feared the Western/Open-Handed/Reagan/MacArthur/Taft wing of the same Party. They fought Reagan with verve and tenacity and they are doing — and will continue doing — the same for Sarah. (And trolls, don’t say that GWB is a Texan, not a Northeasterner. I know the history. His family and every bone in his body is Northeastern “Liberal” Republican Puritan.)
    Palin is not a Reagan clone, she is herself, but she represents the same wing of the Republican Party Reagan did, the Western wing. Like him, she also represents the spirit of the nation and the times.
    GHWB lost the 1992 election largely by virtue of his age compared to that of Bill Clinton. And he had Crohn’s disease, diminishing his enthusiasm for campaign and governance.
    There comes a time in every life when public pronouncements, one way or another, deserve the imperative, “Shut up!” Or as the Army puts it, “Cease work!” Among the elderly, there are two reasons for that deserving: one is, the new generations must not be impeded so the old must step aside and let them forward; and the other is, senility. Life-sustaining medical care compounds harm when ego, which is forever young, forbids one in that time of life from letting go.
    Several times within these confines I asserted that the 2010 elections would not be worthy of the name. I had in mind voter fraud, fear-mongering and intimidation by members of the Democratic Party and their domestic and foreign financiers and operator cells.
    In part, those assertions turned out to not reflect the truth. In part they did. But my overall assertion that the elections would be unworthy of the name was not accurate. It was wrong, yet not entirely. Efforts by Democrats, their financiers and operator cells to moot by corruption the 2010 election bore fruit, but not for the whole election. Mea culpa.
    That those efforts were not stronger and wider than they were impresses me. That they could not get the job done in every race, as I erroneously thought they would, compels my curiosity. How did they fail to the extent they did? It is beyond me. It is also beyond Barbara Bush’s time to be trying to control events. She is a dear lady, a good mother.

  40. Mary says:

    Not to worry Sally Vee. It shall come down from on high whom we, as conservatives, should support. By “On High”, I mean the bloggers and certain talk show hosts. The hypocrisy of the right never ceases to amaze me. Don’t be sheeple, express yourself, be bold; except in regards to Governor Palin. In her case, we must SHUT UP. Put the boots on Sally, saddle up. We’re in for a long ride.

  41. Done That says:

    Now it seems we have a good guess as to who Rove is carrying water for – the Bushies – and they all seem to be too stupid to realize that if they do succeed in nominating their RINO choice they’ll need Palin and the Tea Party more than they need the Bush family.
    Of course what could you expect from the family that gave us their version of the “New World Order” “No New Taxes, Read My Lips” “TARP” and never ending war in the Middle East.
    Thanks Bushies, but no thanks, I’ll stick with Palin and since we all know you love Texas, I hope you’ll stay there.

  42. bishop says:

    I think you summed up the point, David, I do think that W tried to transcend some of his Brahmin
    pwdigree by being more pro Israel, pro Life, then the latter. But Rove’s influence ultimately led him, back to the pretense he was the next Mark Hanna

  43. texasmike says:

    hey barfo(apropos handle btw), c’mon down to Winters, we have a bar called The Lucky Mule where we love to hear real shitkickers like you talking that smack.

  44. SnowSoul says:

    This was rather an asinine read. George H.W. Bush was the head of the CIA for about a year and the same with the RNC. Palin? Abandoned post after a short time. Why should I, as an American, have any confidence that someone who abandoned her job as Governor, will not as President. Yes, yes, the lawsuits and all, but her choice was made. If she’s serious, she can run for Senator in a few years, though I’d prefer Joe Miller to take up that mantle.
    Anyways, to Palin, thanks for what you’ve done, but the Presidency isn’t your final destination. Move on and tell your supporters the same.

  45. man_in_tx says:

    Mr Riehl:
    A+ post! More of this kind of needs to be said about the Bushes: They (Dad, GW, Jeb, etc — and their wives) are not — and never were — one of “us,” if, by us, we mean those who genuinely hew to the principles (including — contra Armey and his shills at the WSJ — pro-life, pro-heterosexual marriage principles) espoused by the TEA Parties. For various reasons, numerous grassroots conservatives nurse some ill-founded sympathy and reference and/or nostalgia for the Bushes, and for GWB, in particular. We need to wean ourselves off such fantasies. Want proof? Just read the post above. The Bushes are Blueblood East Coast RePUBlicans — the fact that one (and only one) of them — in the person of GWB — managed to ACQUIRE a Texas accent notwithstanding. I think that is what throws most people off: The Texas accent. Be advised that elitists and liberals can sport a Texas accent and a cowboy hat as well as anyone else. (Exhibit “A:” James “F— the Jews” Baker.) Failure to disabuse ourselves of such emotion-based affection for elitists will only lead us into — yet, once again — supporting, voting for, and electing other faux conservatives such as Bush, McCain, Romney, et al. At this time, I have to confess that i do not see any other game in town other than Sarah Palin. A viable VP pick would be Allen West. That would be a ticket with the top and bottom representing non-Establishment individuals. Oh, I can hear the Karl Roves ranting already. :-)

  46. bishop says:

    Yes he lost his first two races,’64 and ’70 and ended up in a series of political posts, of course all that was discounted when he became President, just goes to show how quickly the double atandards switch; he was too naive that the Democrats wouldn’t stab him in the back

  47. Mook says:

    I’m disappointed in Babs, particularly given that she never criticized Obama but has no similar reservations in taking a cheap shot at Palin.. I’m severely disappointed in Mona Charen, whom I’ve read on and off for years – lecturing readers that “responsible” Republicans want Palin not to run 2012. Something happened to Mona. She’s developed a “I know better than you” arrogance that I hadn’t seen from her before.
    I’d be happy to vote for another worthy candidate, but if the best the Repubs can come up with is circa 2008 McCain/Romney/Huckabee type RINO retreads, it’s nice to know that Palin is willing to throw her hat into the ring to shake things up and offer a conservative alternative.

  48. texas says:

    Good grief! The Republicans just barely got some of their power back and they have come out of the box acting so ridiculously arrogant. This is not an isolated incident, it’s like a bad nightmare happening over and over.
    So there you have it… “We The People” aka Tea Party Mvmnt. don’t fit in to the larger “political landscape”. Oh really? Well I for one am not sending ONE MORE DIME to the GOP. As a proud Tea Party member (which is truly just a philosophy) I feel used and abused. I am sick of it.
    DO THEY EVER LOOK AT THE LARGER “POLITICAL LANDSCAPE”? DO THEY REALIZE THAT IF SARAH PALIN HAD STAYED IN ALASKA THE REPUBLICANS WOULDN’T HAVE WON AS MANY CONGRESSIONAL SEATS AS THEY DID? (and yes i am yelling!)
    I’m with you one this one, Dan Riehl. < – WHAT HE SAID :-)

  49. rrpjr says:

    Posted by: barfo | Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 03:47 PM
    Comments from Leftists are invariably the least interesting and ugliest on blogs. I can’t remember when I’ve read a Leftist make an argument worth listening to or one that invited thoughtful rebuttal or attempted to deconstruct an issue with any kind of heart, logic or coherence.
    One of the great gifts of Palin is how completely and devastatingly she smokes out the pettiness, elitism and arrogant faux sophistication of our ruling class. Our politics will never be the same because of her. With each passing day I’m more grateful to her. I’m beginning to see that her presidency is essential to our national health, not least to demolish the cartel of caricaturists in our media and as a lesson to America that the presidency wasn’t reserved for annointed experts but for any citizen. We’ve been burned and abused by elites and experts for too long. The naked emperor from Harvard and Columbia is the last one. Now its time for the vanguard of common sense.

  50. alwaysfiredup says:

    Sally…
    “And if you want to talk taste and class… please, the gross lack thereof is on prominent display in the Grizzly Family Vaycay show. I watched about half of it last week. Tacky is the kindest thing I can say, and not in a cute or charming way. “NASCAR family” and “trailer trash” have been heard more than once in my circle. And then there’s the voice that can cut glacial ice… gawd amighty.”
    Just wow. You’re an incredible snob. Can’t just slam Palin, have to slam NASCAR too. Do you have any respect for the part of the nation that likes NASCAR and hunting and fishing? They are voting citizens of this country and their opinion matters every bit as much as yours. I am truly glad that the Tea Party is chasing elitist snobs like you out of the party. We’re better for it.

  51. alwaysfiredup says:

    And Mary:
    “It shall come down from on high whom we, as conservatives, should support. By “On High”, I mean the bloggers and certain talk show hosts.”
    Really? You let bloggers and talk show hosts tell you what to think? If you don’t like what Dan’s opinions, don’t come here. It’s pretty simple. Find something better to do with your time than whining that other people don’t like or agree with what you have to say.

  52. dad29 says:

    I used to think the Bushes had class
    The men do. But Barbara “Abort-em” has none, never did. Just a typical married-up babe.

  53. Lenny says:

    I bet Poppy can kick Dan’s ass.

  54. unseen says:

    for the record I have not heard one attack on Palin’s policies on this thread. the palin haters simple have no argument and resort to baseless attacks on the woman herslef. and then they wonder why their arguments are ridiculed for the trash they are.

  55. Kyle says:

    Palin quit as governor so she could do a reality show.
    Thems the facts, boychicks. Fat Barb is commenting on the obvious: Sarah Palin has no business meddling into serious business like government. Her job is to entertain the boobs. She knows it, Barb knows it, the country knows it. Only the boobs don’t get it and that’s because the boobs aren’t serious. They’re just boobs.
    And in a couple of years the boobs will have lost interest in Sarah becauise her boobs will be pointing to the ground.

  56. Ltw says:

    Palin is the first visible political figure in a very long time to take on the media and clobber them for their political correctness. Conservative media writers do well to use the opportunities this high profile cover provides to advance conservative ideas whether they support Palin as a presidential candidate or not. Palin leads a high profile charge on ending the stigma of conservative ideas as politically incorrect. Barbara Bush…leads no charge against pretty Palin… I thought Kathleen Parker already laid claim to that mantle. Have at it ladies. May the best woman win.

  57. Gustavo says:

    No, you’re not a rabid Palista. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  58. susan says:

    “”NASCAR family” and “trailer trash” have been heard more than once in my circle.”
    Gee SallyVee, your friends must be fabulous and no doubt- being the big brains filled with the anal retentive crap that you are- they enjoyed a good chuckle off of Sandra Bernhard’s joke “If Sarah Palin steps one foot inside Manhattan I’ll send my black brothers to rape her”
    And Sweetie, I would never call you stupid since your circle of friends take care of that for me.

  59. Sandy says:

    Dan- I warned about the over the top, way too frequent Palin posts, didn’t I? I know you haven’t written the most of them, but, it is your site, soooo. It just may be so that some feel the overexposure, and, may like her, or didn’t dislike her, but one can only take so much, and, it isn’t even campaign season yet. I had posted back some time ago that the DWTS thing was a little much, and, was told that I just didn’t get it. Almost made me detour away from the site, which I really like. At one point I thought if I heard the O’s voice, or saw his face one more time, my TV was going to need a trip to the dumpster.
    I do agree that a former first lady should act with more comportment, and not take swipes at any politician, in office or possibly going to run. We have enough of that with Jimmah Cater, the old fool.
    Also, remember that the elder Bush delivered some unkind, negative words to the Russians, when in their country, against Reagan while he was Reagan’s VP. Hey, maybe Babs is looking for Jeb to be the next Pres. Wouldn’t that be a kicker, NOT. I never want to hear another Bush name attached to the federal government.

  60. Bubba Baff says:

    Thank you Mrs Bush. George Will is absolutely slam dunk right…if the GOP wants to make sure they have no chance of winning in 2012 (even against Barry), they just need to elect Sarah Palin. Stay in Alaska, Sarah. Or, stay in the safe world of talking head pundit. Sarah Palin as president? Good grief. Sarah Palin as a viable, electable candidate? People who believe that are absolutely delusional. For the record, I am a hardcore republican.

  61. SallyVee says:

    Always:
    ***I am truly glad that the Tea Party is chasing elitist snobs like you out of the party. We’re better for it.***
    Now see it only took fifteen minutes to flush out your political genius. Take a good look people, this is what you’re dealing with – a witch hunt. Which always ends in flames. . . Gotterdammerung! (As long as I’m in the snob mode thought I’d throw out a little opera for my fans.)
    And yeah I am kind of a snob when surrounded by a clique of bossy, thin-skinned, whiny scolds. Guilty!
    Oh, but don’t think your tea is any match for my scotch. You won’t be chasing me away from anything. I’ve lived through a number of purges and I’m still a proud Republican, only stronger. And hairier.
    P.S. In spite of the extremely bad hair, noxious odors, vile tattooes, cellulite bursting from unimaginable places, and horrifically bad food, I love NASCAR, especially our annual trek to Redneck Woodstock, just up the road from me. What do you think the Vee stands for? That’s R-V, sports fans.

  62. Gary H says:

    I really think that many women (SallyVee, Mary, etc,) are extremely jealous of Sarah. Most can only wish for her stunning good looks, sunny personality and widespread popularity in flyover country. Their vitriol will only play into Sarah’s hand. The more these kooks disparage her, the more I like her.
    As for George and Barbara, they are just plain wrong. They need to remember that the only reason the Bushies are more popular now is Obama. I still like them but not quite as much.

  63. alwaysfiredup says:

    “George H.W. Bush was the head of the CIA for about a year and the same with the RNC. Palin? Abandoned post after a short time. ”
    …so GHWB held national roles for about 2 years and yet 2.5 years as Governor is…less? I don’t get your math.

  64. James says:

    Just because Barbara Bush said something dumb, why do you feel the need to attack President George W. Bush. He never asked any thanks for protecting your sorry, ungrateful ass for over 7 years. When you and some on this comment section attack President George W. Bush, you sound as stupid as Barbara Bush did in her remarks.

  65. TJ Parker says:

    Opinions are like @ssholes: everyone has one. Your own opinions, however, seem to be your career; and I suspect that your @sshole similarly constitutes most of your non-skeletal body mass.

  66. ken breitbart says:

    you just take your own advice and shut the fu*k up, yourself. it’s typical. someone with an opposing opinion just “can’t” be sane, sensible or right, according to you. so you just want to gag and bind them en route to guanantamo. hey dummy, if you’re so enthralled by the great sage from wasilla, that’s your problem. but this is the US o A, where barbara bush and anyone else is free to express their opinions.
    don’t like it? tough noogies.

  67. haigeonos says:

    The Bushes say what they don’t mean and mean whay they don’t say.
    Laura Bush walked out of her closet a few months ago when she proudly proclaimed that she supports gay marriage. Where were she hiding during 2000-2008 when she would be more influential and relevant ?
    This is an act of betrayal not only against the social conservatives, but most important an act of betrayal against the gay commnunity. She had deliberately allowed and supported her huscand to demonise and smear the gay community so as to get elected. She had allowed and supported her husband to dupe and agitate his conservative supporters into unneccessary frenzy to go after the gay commnunity to be cast in a negative light by the public.
    The most important of all, the Bushes had deliberately and systematically polarized the entire nation to fight for a cause that they don’t personally believe but believe in the exact opposite. They did it for their very selfish political survival.
    The Bushes. Like father like son; like mother like daughter; like brother like sister. They say what they don’t mean and mean what they don’t say.

  68. Tom says:

    So I see here there are no valid criticisms of Palin of any kind and if you do you are an elitist cocktail sipping snob. Talk about a cult of personality.

  69. David says:

    Sarah Palin’s career would be over in half an hour in a jumble of word salad gibberish were she ever to appear on “Meet the Press”, “Face the Nation” or “This Week.”
    Palin also doesn’t have enough palms and Sharpies to appear in that press conference she’s never had since her 2008 nomination.
    “Fox News: Sarah Palin is an idiot ”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5BXMv64EfU

  70. riograndevalleygirl says:

    Ugh. Was it not bad enough that Houstonians have to answer for the embarrassing Sheila Jackson Lee? Now we are saddled with Barbara Bush too?
    Life is just not fair.

  71. Me says:

    Sallyvee and your “Circle” can shove it, you self-superior twat. Elitists are the worst cultists of all.
    You elitists ARE the cultists this country is rising against. You, Sallyvee, and your friends are the cult that is no longer wanted. No wonder you feel the squeeze.
    Thankfully our entire country’s history has one big succession of boots in your rears to show you that your cult of superiority has gone the way of all monarchies. Towards the trash bin of history, or already in it.
    I care not for what your “circle” has to say and from now on will put every effort behind the Tea Party and Team Palin. Getting rid of the GHWB wine and soggy sandwich set and you is the key to winning and the kind of future I want for my country. Problem solvers, people of character, those who rid us of insider corruption and who have unbridled confidence in America really are the heirs to Reagan. Those people who vote based on worthiness for their self-serving, inbred “Circles” are no longer holding sway in America. This is the land of the free you arrogant, judgmental, classless buffoon. Go vote for Obama, he’s the last bastion of narcissism and he is all you and your elite cult are fit to vote for anyway.
    We’ll take the Chris Christie’s, the Sarah Palins, the Nascar lovers, the outdoorsmen and women, the entrepreneurs, the tax payers, and the Tea Party while you go join the arrogant Euro-trash past in the junk heap of history. Tea and crumpets for your Cult Sally, Tea Party and freedom for the rest of us.

  72. Bogdan from Australia says:

    Not all Bushies seem to be that bad. Jeb has recently stated that he has no intention of running for POTUS and when asked whether he would support Sarah if she ran, he answered pretty unequivocally: “Yes, I would. You betcha!”
    I saw this clip on NEWSMAX, if I remember well.

  73. I call BS says:

    No way is Sallyvee a Republican. If you didn’t vote for Palin in the last election, who were you for? It means you were on Team Obama. Obamabot voters have no business chiding real conservatives. And that’s another clue, no one who votes Republican is calling themselves one these days because the party has left us behind with all these RINO’s. PS to your team Sally, that’s why the purging is happening now.
    Sallyvee, Obama supporters are a waning lot. Daily Kos desperately awaits your support for their next John Thurston Howell Kerry III candidate so please move along and don’t keep the Kremlin waiting.

  74. Jones says:

    I’ve never been more convinced the author is ‘a rabid Palinista’. A person who didn’t give a rat’s ass wouldn’t write such a post. Come up for air, dude.

  75. SJ Reidhead says:

    I do love the tea party version of the Constitution. Free speech is for no one but them. Barbara Bush has just as much right to say what she wants to about Sarah Palin as you have a right to trash her husband.
    The way the far right is fighting to denigrate and destroy anyone who speaks out against the chosen few is absolutely terrifying.
    I am so tired of alleged tea party “patriots” slamming and trashing the Bush family, but then I’m sick of the tea party and their constant manipulation of facts.
    SJR
    The Pink Flamingo

  76. Sam the Plumber says:

    Sarah and her supporters love one thing more than any other: acting offended. Just look at this thread: somebody makes a reference to her and her family looking like corn-pone halfwits and everybody gets high and mighty about HOW DARE YOU CRITICIZE GOOD OL’ MURRICANS LIKE HER? NASCAR=JESUS=USA!!
    It’s a resentment cult, and nothing makes them more resentful than a black president. HOW DARE YOU CALL US RACIST YER THE RACIST GAINST US POOR WHITES HURR DURR.

  77. Sandy says:

    Dan- Who moderates your website, and decides what posts are allowed, and which are not?

  78. fb274 says:

    To Whom it May Concern:
    1. Palin loyality–McCain selected her for VP–his loss would have been twofold if not for her. She paid her respect for that.
    2. Quit Governorship–Frivolous lawsuits had already grossed $500,000 and were not stopping. A family of 7 with approximately 200K/225K annually facing that liability, just what would you do?
    3. Research what she accomplished in the 2-1/2 years as Governor–more than most other Governor accomplish in 8 years.
    4. She also had the temerity (oh my gosh, how dare she) to go after corruption–Democrat as well as Republicans with many serving time in orange jumpsuits. Yes, that was reckless as heck, but her morality saw corruption and she did not look the other way.
    5. Yes, she has written books (for money), did a docudrama for money, makes speeches for money–isn’t this what capitalism is all about–earning your own way. She wasn’t born with the “silver spoon in her mouth” as the majority of her critics were; the nouveau rich.
    So, I guess Gov. Palin is more understanding of the 95% of us peons making less than $250K/yr (as the standard Obama uses to separate the rich from the poor.
    If Gov. Palin decides to enter the race, I will support her and advocate for her.

  79. Ellen says:

    No sure I get the free speech argument.
    Barbara’s comment = free speech.
    Shut up Barbara does not = free speech.
    I don’t know I think speech is free if Barbara says what she wants, and Riehl World View writer says shut-up. See that is free. The government has not stop either Barbara, or the Riehl World View writer from expressing his/herself.
    Oh Sally you are free to offer your uninformed opinion, but it is not worth much. It’s about as valuable as a blind man’s description of a sunset or, my analysis of the World Series (I have never ever watched a World Series game).

  80. don tufts says:

    i am personally offended by babs comments as i have yet to see her husband or son speak out against the destructive policys being implemented by barky the one,as for people like sally the cucumber lace napkin rv republican if not sarah who.
    and if not sarah why hasnt your chosen one been out speaking up about the disasterous policys that the rest of us have been fighting.
    as far as you sally not being aware of sarahs editorials that have shaped the national disscussion i feel sorry for you as mostly sarah has opinions that the vast majority agree with,also if she is such a lightweight in your mind, than i guess you think the WSJ editorial board is also as just recently they stated that “sarah palin gets monatary policy better than any other leading republican this side of paul ryan”
    so with your reasoning the editors are trailer trash.get ready sally there are at least 2,500,000 of us trailer trash that will donate ,nock on doors ,make phone calls and if needed walk on broken glass to help elect this remarkable woman if she decides to run and i suspect a lot more will join us as they get to see sarah unleashed.

  81. Ellen says:

    Sam the Plumber your 9:11 post is just plain dumb.

  82. Yeah, Palin may be seen as viable by a significant portion of the conservative base. Unfortunately, she isn’t seen as viable by much of the rest of the American public. Indeed, when polling is done, she is the potential GOP candidate most easily defeated by Obama, while Romney is the second best performer (behind Huckabee). That those you derisively call “establishment types” have the audacity to look at the poll numbers and comment on that reality is indicative of a certain anti-intellectualism Dan — indeed, it is akin to the sort of mau-mauing that goes on among left-wingers when someone strays to far from the orthodoxy.
    By the way, I’d like to suggest that Mrs. Bush, the wife of one president and mother of (as of now — who knows what the future holds) one president really does have every right to speak on political matters in this country. Or are you now in favor of silencing the spouses of decorated military heroes because they don’t conform to your orthodoxy?

  83. NoPalin says:

    Good thing Sarah stood up to defend Mrs. Bush’s freedom of speech… oh wait it never happened.
    One day Dan and the Palinbot express will actually stand up and explain how the Alaska Independence Party whose primary goal is secession from Alaska, supported Palin’s run to Wasilla mayor, had Todd as a card carrying member for six years, and had Governor Palin address their convention in 2008 with a carefully laid office that didn’t display the US flag.
    Dan Riehl totally in the tank as a Palinbot – color me surprised.

  84. bishop says:

    No, actaully he’s not, there were times over the TPC vs. cPAC, where there were differences of opinion. But he has seen to the extent that the netroots up there, can manufacture slander by the gallon,

  85. Dan Riehl says:

    “Dan- Who moderates your website, and decides what posts are allowed, and which are not?”
    If you mean comments, just a spam bot, they aren’t moderated. As for posts, I write mine and two other write theirs.

  86. Neo says:

    Dan .. I think you are holding back. Tell us how you really feel.

  87. happyfeet says:

    I like it when people say hey maybe Sarah is a subpar choice for a Team R presidential nominee. My suspicion is they’re only saying that cause they think she’s not a very good choice and that maybe our little country could benefit from the leadership of somebody what has more experience and intelligence.

  88. TiredoftheBullShit says:

    Since when has it been illegal to say what you want?
    She had an opinion. She expressed it. She is doing the same as everyone on this site.
    Some of you may not like what she had to say but too freaking bad. Free country. Remember.
    Get over your artificial anger.

  89. TheNewGuy says:

    “And if you want to talk taste and class… please, the gross lack thereof is on prominent display in the Grizzly Family Vaycay show. I watched about half of it last week. Tacky is the kindest thing I can say, and not in a cute or charming way. “NASCAR family” and “trailer trash” have been heard more than once in my circle.”
    Nice. PLEASE tell me that nasty, hateful, snobbish little screed was an attempt at satire.
    What lovely, gracious people you and your friends must be.

  90. Ellen says:

    “Since when has it been illegal to say what you want?
    She had an opinion. She expressed it. She is doing the same as everyone on this site.
    Some of you may not like what she had to say but too freaking bad. Free country. Remember.
    Get over your artificial anger.”
    Posted by: TiredoftheBullShit | Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 10:22 PM
    Is that a one way street? Can you think?
    She’s free to speak, but no one is free to say sthu.
    Get a clue. Either you are for free speech or you not. Saying sthu is also free speech you clueless clown.
    Hell she was on Larry King. Nobody is actually stopping her from speaking. No one here will be on Larry King, or anywhere near the Silver Fox.

  91. Jack Frost says:

    Wow. So now the conservatives are elitists, and the Palins represent common “real” Americans? That’s pretty fricking sad right there.

  92. John A says:

    Pasadena Phil said:
    “As to Palin, were she to stop playing footsies with the establishment (McCain e.g.) and reconcile her words to her actions, her negatives among us conservatives would shrink dramatically. She lost me the moment she endorsed McCain and I’ve been skeptical ever since. Which is it Sarah? Just another version of the oil “partly pregnant” Republican? Or true conservative?”
    Palin appears to operate on some old fashioned standards (isn’t that one of the reasons we like her) and as far as I can see she had no other choice but to stand by McCain.

  93. xax says:

    Wow. SallyVee that comment says more about you than it does about Palin.

  94. rrpjr says:

    “She lost me the moment she endorsed McCain.”
    Let’s be serious, or show a litle forbearance. How can she not endorse the man who picked her for VP. Besides which, she seems genuinely admiring of him, and only did what decency dictates. Otherwise, Palin maintains her independence as well as any candidate I’ve ever seen and has stood up to the elites with more frequency and fortitude than the others combined.

  95. K~Bob says:

    Dan,
    When we respond to the bizarre, bullying rants and assertions of the PDS afflicted, the most frequent retort by these ad hominem purveyors is that we must be unhinged, blindly-loyal “followers” of the person they have decided to abuse. Following this logic, if one happens upon a mugging, and chooses to help a stranger against the mugger, said help is therefore evidence of an unhinged, blindly-loyal following. We’ve seen this gambit played over and over in the O’Donnell and Angle threads, by people who claim to be conservative.
    We don’t have to be Tea Party “purists” to intervene in events of bullying by these self-proclaimed conservatives, nor must we be seeking to eliminate those who support other candidates. Neither do we have to particularly like or “support” the victims of such abuse. Defending people from bullying is a normal human response. But yes, it *does* demand a response, and doubly so for the tedium they have forced upon us, and the divisiveness they have introduced. It’s not a sign of being a “supporter” of their victims; it’s just the decent thing to do.
    The people floating bizarre ad hominem attacks against Palin, Angle, O’Donnell, and now, Joe Miller are doing exactly what led us into this horrible mess in the first place. It’s exactly what led to GHW Bush, Bob Dole, and John McCain as standard bearers of the Republican party. (And exactly why many of us will never be Republicans.) We don’t need that sort of weak thinking at a time when we need to build the momentum to restore Constitutional governance.
    Lisa Murkowski has been engaging in the same sort of baseless ad hominem, against Joe Miller and Sarah Palin. A finer illustration of desperation in seeking a platform cannot be found. I hope the PDS afflicted feel they are in good company.

  96. gary gulrud says:

    PasadenaPhil: “Just another version of the oil “partly pregnant” Republican? Or true conservative?”
    Endorsing ‘Mav’-who obviously picked her for the cachet, the noses held-over the chameleon Hayworth was hardly a stretch. If that’s an example of your good sense you need assisted living.
    We don’t need to wander the wilderness for a “true conservative”, we need primaries won and bunches. Will Pence get us IN?
    Get your head in the game, we’re going to get jobbed.

  97. gary gulrud says:

    “Not to worry Sally Vee. It shall come down from on high whom we, as conservatives, should support.”
    Sockpuppetry by the nickel-bagged. The post decries what you supposedly rail against.
    The Dims join loyalist Republicans and misogynists among the libertarians in this gambit to sucker the lone bellwhether among ‘social conservatives’ into avoiding fray and locking us out of the convention.
    WTFU Amerikkka or our revolution is stillborn.

  98. gary gulrud says:

    “Get a clue. Either you are for free speech or you not. Saying sthu is also free speech you clueless clown.”
    So, by Babs’ way of thinking, why don’t you just forego voting in 2012?
    Sh*t sticks, princess.

  99. inge says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more. To tell you the truth, I’m getting tired of these guttersnipes, constantly yapping about Sarah. They need all to stfu!

  100. Fred Beloit says:

    “”Furthermore Texas was admitted into the Union, in December 1845, essentially according to its own terms. Some failure.”
    The good citizens of the “Republic” of Texas were whining to be let into America from the moment it was formed.
    And when we did let them in, they turned around and stabbed us in the back with their treason.”
    “…when we did let them in…” Wow, Barfy, how old are you anyway?

  101. Rich says:

    I love Sarah, but she’s not Presidential. I’d rather see her on the ballot again as VP, but this time with Christie at the top of the ticket. You know he would SHRED Teh One at the debates like no one else.
    If you don’t want Barry for another four years, we’re going to have to have someone other than Palin as the nominee. Her backing out of the governor’s office is simply too big of a negative to overcome in my opinion. Regardless her reasons, the Dems will paint her as a “quitter,” and it will stick.

  102. David R. Graham says:

    A lot of false-flagged gunboats were dispatched to shoot up this post and its comments. The overbearing of both “left” and “right” are terrified of the open-handed. IMO, let ‘em rip, let ‘em do their thing. If the best disinfectant is light and air, then the best exposure to light and air is self-exposure. Instead of identifying bad actors, step aside and let them identify themselves. They have no hesitation doing it. If American citizens understood what RINOs, socialists, self-promoters and statists really are doing through the Fed, Treasury, Wall Street and law firms, those RINOs, socialists, etc. would be dangling from light posts.

  103. itsMike2Cents says:

    OMG..Barbara Bush, said something just a tiny bit not supportive of a SP presidential run.
    Cue the outrage.
    Perhaps, and quite likely, Mrs. Bush’s comment could be taken as a little more supportive of SP then she’d like, in that she sees her as a viable threat to a Jeb run.
    Which sort of makes it a compliment?
    But more likely, she’s just being honest. How very Tea Party of her, right?
    I’d say for many of you, you should be grateful if Sarah Plain never decides to pack up and move to Guyana and invite you all along…
    Fun reading these latest hysterics today (not the least of which was Dan’s somewhat desperate claim that he’s not a ‘Palinista’).

  104. Baraka says:

    yes us palin cultists hate the black president i’am sure th troll who uttered this called allen west racist names
    itsmikecents your lucky maobama doesn’t move to guam cause he’ll cause it tp tip over

  105. Baraka says:

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  106. sam says:

    it’s not that barbara cannot have an opinion…HOWEVER!!, she knew what she was doing and what she said would be heard all over the world. She did it on purpose to dis Sarah. I’m sure barbara would be happy in a closet and should stay there.
    I’m really tired of people dising Palin and others. It’s constant and it’s getting old. I would vote for Palin now out of spite if nothing else. Too bad if Jeb runs, he doesn’t have a chance.
    Go away barbara, you’ve had your day and it’s over.

  107. NoPalin says:

    “Palin appears to operate on some old fashioned standards (isn’t that one of the reasons we like her) and as far as I can see she had no other choice but to stand by McCain.”
    You mean like affiliating with a party that wants to secede from the union, whose founder made statements worthy of jeremiah wright?

  108. A Balrog of Morgoth says:

    Well, in answer to the question, “Why so many Palin posts?” I think the answer to be clear enough: It draws in both the Palinistas and the sort of Anti-Palin drone who still regrets the loss of that great public servant, Mike Castle, i.e. hand-wringing winesipping bozos who just have to tell us how smart and well-informed they think they are.

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