Thursday, July 15, 2010

For Me To Paean


Two moments of swellness from Time magazine's resident butt-kissing hack, Mark Halperin -- specifically, his new piece in which he dutifully sucks the toes of Sarah Palin:

"Palin's video proves that she is savvy and sophisticated enough to harness her star power for political effect, shrugging off the cartoonish taint that has clung to her since she and McCain lost."

Meaning that, yes, she's no longer a cartoon. This he's somewhat right about -- she's actually more of a reality TV star these days.

And then there's this bit of pretzel logic:

"A new TIME poll shows Palin losing to Obama 55% to 34%, a lopsided margin that leads some Republican strategists to predict a wipeout if Palin is eventually chosen as the party's nominee.

But that might not matter."


While this is admittedly taken somewhat out of context, understand that Halperin is actually referring to Palin's chances of winning the White House in 2012; he's not pitching some "if you strike her down she will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine" theory. No, in Halperin-Bizarro-world, person who get most votes not always win election. And Halperin himself actually serious journalist.

15 comments:

Dan Carlson said...

Well, the phrase "cartoonish taint" is now stuck in my brain.

Anonymous said...

hate to be editorial but, a couple quick edits for clarity wouldn't hurt:

Last two sentences:

...[the] person who get[s the] most votes [does] not always win [the] election.

and

...Halperin [actually considers] himself [moved actually] a serious journalist.

Love your blog. Seriously LOVE it. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

he dutifully sucks the toes of Sarah Palin:

I wonder how many GOPers have that fantasy.

Brianmpei said...

Anon - I think you no understand bizarro-world dialect.

Deacon Blue said...

Wouldn't "cartoonish taint" be the perineum of someone like Betty Boop, Popeye or Mickey Mouse.

Anonymous said...

This is the conclusion you come to when you never leave your little safety bubble of right-wing friends, and right-wing news sources, and right-wing talk radio. You begin to think that everyone thinks the same way as you and your little cabal because you shut out or ignore any kind of contradicting information.

Anonymous said...

Anon: Since I seriously love pointing out other people's mistakes, let me just note that you could maybe benefit from some serious self-editorializing when it comes to your use of punctuation.

slouchmonkey said...

Cartoonish Taint headlining this years Cochella Music and Arts Festival!

VOTAR said...

Man, Captain Obvious showed up with a whole posse of oblivious punchline-killing henchmen tonight...

Ref said...

On Halperin's planet (also, unfortunately, populated by most national political pundits) a Democrat who wins the presidency, no matter how lopsided their victory margin, must move to the center as heir campaign was doubtless won by the votes of leftist loons. A Republican who wins the presidency, no matter how slender their margin of victory, has a MANDATE to be far more conservative than any if his campaign positions.

Milton said...

anyone who takes Palin seriously CANNOT be a serious journalist!

Milton said...

and by the way Chez... i like your site and your writing but why the silly word verification shit at the end? does it have something to do with "comment moderation" or do you just want to know people's e-mail? wtf? you don't seem like a guy who would moderate any comments, or stalk e-mails, so why use the damn thing? people make comments and that's it. either you post them or not. why do you (we) have to verify them with those stupid non-words? just wondering...

kanye said...

I keep hearing people talk about her run for the presidency as if it's already been decided.

I don't see it. I haven't seen clue #1 that this is her plan. It'd be too easy for a primary opponent to point out how she quit her governorship and then simply ask the question, "How do we know that you won't quit the presidency, too?"

Her real power lies not in her electability, but rather with her ability to deny the chosen candidtate electoral victory. She's already demonstrated that she's both willing and able to rally her minions' votes away from the party candidate, consequences be damned. I'd call her a kingmaker but, really what she is is a throne-denier.

That ability to swing federal elections makes her unbelievably important to the Republican Party, and she knows it.

She may be a whack-a-doodle, but she's an incredibly powerful whack-a-doodle.

Pretty fucking depressing, eh?

Sirius said...

Cartoonish Taint, formerly MouseRat, formerly Just The Tip, ...

Anonymous said...

2 Comments:

"But that might not matter."
- Not having read the article for context, this sounds like a reference to 2012, end of days shit.

"For Me To Paean"
- Are you implying a connection between Palin and Ellen Page?

- BJD