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You know how Sarah Palin said Paul Revere warned the British? Well, he did. Now, who looks stupid?

Sarah Palin

You may have heard recently something about that Sarah Palin telling a reporter that Paul Revere warned the British on his famous rousing revolutionary ride.

Now, that so many Americans have wallowed in their smug confirmation that Palin is an idiot unqualified for anything but Paul Revere thinks about something paulreverefactsdotcomrepeating sixth-grade history, how far, wide and fast do you think the contradictory news will spread that the former governor of Alaska was indeed correct?

That the Republican non-candidate, in fact, knew more about the actual facts of Revere's midnight ride than all those idiots unknowingly revealing their own ignorance by laughing at her faux faux pas? How secretly embarrassing this must be, to be forced to face that you're dumber than the reputed dummy.

As it happens, though, such phenomena are regular occurrences in American politics, reminding consumers of news to be wary when some fresh story seems to fit contemporary assumptions so absolutely perfectly.

The well-known fable is Revere's late-night ride to warn fellow revolutionaries that....

...the British were coming. Less known, obviously, is the rest of the evening's events in which Revere was captured by said redcoats and did indeed defiantly warn them of the awakened militia awaiting their arrival ahead and of the American Revolution's inevitable victory.

Palin knew this. The on-scene reporters did not and ran off like Revere to alert the world to Palin's latest mis-speak, which wasn't.

Like a number of famous faux gaffes in American politics, the facts of the situation no longer really matter.

The initial impression was eagerly grabbed by so many, starting with the reporter and millions of others gleefully sharing the story that reinforced their beliefs and/or desires.

This phenomenon is actually not a new one in American politics, although its immediate spread is obviously hastened by the Internet. Speaking of which, Al Gore did not invent it. Nor did he claim to, as often as you've heard otherwise.

In 1999, the hapless former journalist, who should have known to make a better word choice, told CNN that in Congress he "took the initiative in creating the Internet."

Democrat Gore never used the word "invented." That was part of another willful misinterpretation that fit expectations of Gore's boasts and was gleefully spread by opponents as further proof of his unseemly hubris. It lives on to this day.Sarah Palin boards her bus 6-1-11

Perhaps you remember how one day during a photo op President George H.W. Bush was overheard asking a store checkout clerk how this price scanner thing worked?

That quote was immediately transmitted as proof of how disconnected that Republican chief executive was, that he had no knowledge of something as ordinary as a checkout scanner.

The fact is, asking such inane and often obvious questions as "what are you doing here?" is a bipartisan ploy used by politicians to fill the awkward time void they are hanging around someone working while photographers snap their photos several hundred times.

President Obama likely said much the same thing last Friday in that Toledo Chrysler plant when for the benefit of nearby photographers he feigned interest watching assembly-line worker Anthony Davis install a dashboard instrument panel. (See photo below)

A classic example of this faux faux pas was in 1992 when Vice President Dan Quayle agreed to participate in a New Jersey classroom spelling bee.

Working from a placard, Quayle corrected one sixth-grader by telling him to add an "e" to "potato." Journalists gleefully noted the spelling misteak. And Quayle's dunce hat was glued in place.

Trouble is, that mis-spelled placard was actually written out by the classroom teacher herself, either through her own ignorance or, a few suspect, some sly political set-up. Quayle knew he hadn't written it and thought the error was the point of the lesson.

And because the classroom spelling bit was a last-minute addition, aides who would have foreseen the everlasting damage of their boss inexplicably adding a mistake to a student's work did not know what the placard said. Quayle subsequently forbade them from explaining the error to the media, for fear of embarrassing the teacher.

One of the immutable laws of public communications in politics and other fields is, if you have to explain something, you lose. Seeking to explain you were for something before being against it simply digs a deeper Obama watches Chrysler employee anthony davis work on assembly line 6-3-11hole.

This time the mistake for Palin, who used to be accused of dodging reporters' questions, was bothering to answer such an amateur media gotcha question in a noisy, moving crowd. Better would have been a simple dismissive and cheery, "You're kidding, right?" Such are the ongoing lessons for primary candidates. Which she isn't now, of course.

Early in a previous race for the Republican presidential nomination almost 12 years ago, then Texas Gov. George W. Bush was in a jammed New Hampshire airport meeting room, answering questions from local media. Apropos of nothing, one reporter (perhaps prompted by an opponent's camp) asked Bush his pre-written gotcha: Name the new president of Pakistan.

Obviously, Pervez Musharraf had nothing to do with New Hampshire issues and is similar to some Democratic candidates flubbing the name of Russia's then prime minister during 2008 debates (Dmitry Medvedev).

Bush didn't know the Pakistani leader's name that day and looked clumsy attempting to answer. He could have brushed it away by instantly asking the reporter some arcane political who's-who, laughing off their mutual ignorance and quickly taking the next question. But he didn't and took media lumps for several days.

As everyone now knows, such a splashy gaffe can effectively doom any chance a candidate has of winning two terms in the White House.

Related:

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-- Andrew Malcolm

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Paul Revere had sleigh bells?

Oh yeah, that's right, Sarah. Because he was in Alaska, yeah! :)

The author of this article is as pathetically misinformed as the barely educated, ex-governor. Even if she forgot that aspect of American history, she was just in that church in Boston ... she couldn't pay attention during the tour? Paul Revere did NOT warn the British. Even the official web site takes only a paragraph or two to let you know the mission was to warn the colonists. Stop apologizing for this imbecile!

All of this childish "tit for tat" has to stop and we ALL need to act like grown-ups. We have serious problems to solve and need adults who are most concerned about our country and less about scoring a hit on someone whose opinions differ. One good solution is a new group -- NoLabels. Check them out.

I'm sorry... did Revere warn the British during his famous ride, or after it? The article says after, but Palin's comments at least implied (if not directly stated) during.

TYPICAL LIBERAL RESPONSE TO A TRUTH:

"I'd like the 3 minutes I wasted reading this piece back. So Palin turned out to be accidentally, barely, semi-correct, and you're giving her the benefit of the doubt as if she had some in-depth knowledge of Paul Revere's capture and was using some reverse psychology on all of America. Please...what a joke. Posted by: Jimbo Jones | June 06, 2011 at 05:02 AM"

"You article is bad and you should feel bad. Posted by: fp | June 06, 2011 at 05:04 AM"

"Good story, but you've made your own blunder. Palin got the facts tangled. She specifically noted the midnight ride was the warning to the British. His warning to the British was made after he was captured. The midnight ride was to warn fellow patriots. So she was incorrect. Posted by: christopher tracy | June 06, 2011 at 05:09 AM"

Sarah Palin is still a perfect example of an American idiot. Remeber she wants Julian Assange assassinated? Yeah still an idiot -- Posted by: alex | June 06, 2011 at 05:12 AM

Actually, Palin never said anything about having him assassinated. What Palin did question was, “Why was he [Assange] not pursued with the same urgency we pursue al Qaeda and Taliban leaders?”

I wish you liberals would stop with all your half-truths and lies.

Sorry, Andrew, Revere's "warning" of 500 american troops was actually a confession in response to a pistol held to his head. But then that's just another point of view. Apparently your piece is about gotcha questions as if the person asking the questions is the one who needs scrutinized. Palin and those like her wholeheartedly put themselves in their positions of public awareness and the idea that they are not accountable for every utterance they make is ridiculous. There really is no such thing as a gotcha question, only thoughtless answers.

My good friend Andrew Malcom agrees with me that Sarah Palin was exactly correct. Paul Revere rode his horse around town while ringing bells and firing his flint-lock to warn the British. We will even stake his reputation on it. If events did not occur just as Sarah Palin said, Andrew will cease blogging.

Geez, I love it when the libs go so nuts over Palin!

@corneliusvansant

You have a serious problem posting things like that on a website like this.
How's that for "character assassination?"

Palin said: "Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you're not going to succeed. You're not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have."

Please explain how the above predetermined PURPOSE is equivalent to this desperate REACTION below:

"...Revere was captured by said redcoats and did indeed defiantly warn them of the awakened militia awaiting their arrival ahead and of the American Revolution's inevitable victory."

Misteak? I think you mean, "Mistake"

p.s. Palin is not still wrong.

Nice try, but she DID get it wrong. She wasn't talking about the British soldiers that captured him, but about some vague British soldiers that she assumes he met along his ride. And since he was deliberately trying NOT to warn those people so that he wouldn't be captured, she got it very wrong. And your attempt to exonerate her blunders accordingly.

Not to mention that technically everyone was a British citizen.

she may be right on this one (broken clock right twice a day) But i'll bet she has no idea what a silversmith is!

nice try but bad retelling of history. contrary to your spin, tipping off the brits was not paul revere's intended mission. mrs. palin, during her impromptu reciting of colonial history, suggested that it was.

Perhaps everyone should read what happened that night in Paul Revere's own words so they can stop defending this ignoramus.
http://www.americanrevolution.org/revere.html

Really, you're going to try and tell us that Sarah Palin was saying Paul Revere was warning the British of the rise of the colonists? Come on, we all know that's not what she meant. Besides, he rode fairly silently and "warned" the citizens that the "regulars were coming out". He didn't shout, ring bells or fight for the right to keep and bear arms. Get real.

People who support Palin scare me ! Honestly I just don't understand.

i am sure my comments will not be posted since the author of this needs to approve them.. that is crap!


Obama is recounting an impassioned homile about the fire that ignited his parent's love and brought them to the altar:
" ....he credited the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights
marchers of 1965 with the fact that his parents -- a black African
father and white Kansas mother -- were empowered to fall in love and got
married.


"They looked at each other and they decided, 'We know that in the
world, as it has been, it might not be possible for us to get together
and have a child, but something is stirring across the country because
of what happened in Selma, Ala., because some folks are willing to march
across the bridge.' And so they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was
born. So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Ala.!"


Obama was born in 1961; the Selma march wasn't until 1965, four years later.
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I had hoped that ostensibly well-educated readers would be above confusing poetry with history. I must have heard Ms. Palin's shot heard 'round the world 100 times by now. Nevertheless, confusion triumphs once again!
I always told my students they learn better if they do their own research. I suggest that you do the same. Here's a suggestion: Google "Paul Revere's Ride" together with "bells" "militia".

Here's a sampling of what you will find concerning Paul Revere's ride: The primary goal of the British regulars was to apprehend the leaders of the opposition, Sam Adams and John Hancock. Their secondary goal was, to disarm the populace along the way.


Revere confronted 2 British regulars manning a road block as he headed north across Charlestown Neck. As he turned around, the regulars gave chase and he eluded them. He then continued on to Lexington, to the home of Jonas Clarke where Sam Adams and John Hancock were staying. There, his primary mission was fulfilled when he notified Adams and Hancock that "The Regulars are coming out!" (he never exclaimed, "The British are coming". This would have made no sense at the time since they considered themselves British).

Revere and Dawes then headed for Concord and came across Doctor Prescott who then joined them. They decided to alarm every house along the way.

Just outside of the town of Lincoln, they were confronted by 4 Regulars at another road block. They tried unsuccessfully to run their horses through them. Prescott, who was familiar with the terrain, jumped a stone wall and escaped. Revere and Dawes tried to escape and shortly into the chase they were confronted by 6 more regulars on horseback. Revere was surrounded and taken prisoner. Dawes got away as they were taking Revere into custody.

The British officers began to interrogate Revere, whereupon Revere astonished his captors by telling them more than they even knew about their own mission. He also told them that he had been warning the countryside of the British plan and that their lives were at risk if they remained in the vicinity of Lexington because there would soon be 500 men there ready to fight. Revere, of course, was bluffing, and intending to intimidate the
soldiers.

The Regulars had Revere remount his horse and they headed toward Lexington Green, when suddenly, they heard a gunshot! Revere told the British officer that the shot was a signal "to alarm the country!". Now the British troops were getting very nervous .

A few minutes later, they were all startled to hear the heavy crash of an entire volley of musketry from the direction of Lexington's meeting house and then the Lexington town bell began clanging rapidly! Jonathan Loring, a Lexington resident captured earlier, turned to his captors and shouted "The bell's a' ringing! The town's alarmed, and you're all dead men!"

The British officers then talked urgently among themselves and decided to release their captives so as they would not slow their retreat.

All Revolutionary War aficionados know these facts.

Sarah was too nice to the media. She told them that she did not owe them anything. They still followed and seemed upset when she tried to lose them. Being too nice she answered some of the questions. When she should have said I am not answering. It would not matter if she got everything right there would still be something wrong. Liberals are so afraid of Palin they will stoop to anything to try to take her down. You know maybe if you guys had not worked so hard to do Palin in she would not have such a following. I would probably not have even looked her up if had not treated her so bad. You know there are a lot of people like me. We have a country that is falling apart because we have a present has done so much to help it go downhill. Palin may have made mistakes but why do you not hold Obama to the same level. When he talked about Selma march he said his mother and father were at the march and that is probably when he was conceived. The only problem was he was born 1961but the Selma march didn't happen till 1965. So why was he not asked. Google Obama lies there are a lot more. What he said about Bill Ayers the terrorist was that he just lived in neighbor the kids went to school together. What Obama didn't tell anyone was that Ayers kids were grown when his kids were going to school. That Bill Ayers and his wife Dohnr are knee deep with what is happening in the middle east.What about him helping someone related to him in Kenya run for Office. The person was trying to unseated a person that was friendly with america. Obama's family was a Muslim. When his relative OLdiegna? (sp) did not get enough votes it caused hundreds of Christians to be murdered. Some held up in a church and it was set on fire. they used machetes to butcher defenseless Christians. Worse of all Obama was a Senator at the time. He should have at least been asked about it and no one did. Palin is what this country needs. someone who believe in this country and the people. She not only says what she lives it also. Obama has done so much harm to this country. He talks about the terrible rich when he is doing everything to help wall street cats and the big banker while hurting . Those are Obama people not regular americans. Obama is not the person america was sold. He is the worst thing that ever happened to america. Look it all up. Palin has more in one little finger than Obama has in his whole body. If he had been treated like her he probably would have left this country by now.Also I have to realize that Soros is paying many people to attack her. It is pretty sorry what horrible human beings people like Soros are and the ones that work for him. The sight of pure evil.

Every time I read about how liberals are "afraid" of Sarah Palin, I laugh out loud. Liberals are not afraid of Palin; we find her a source of endless amusement and dearly hope that she will be the Republican nominee (hopefully on a dream ticket with her fellow traveler Michelle Bachman) because we know that will guarantee Obama's re-election. The ones who are afraid of Palin are the country club Republicans and the corporate interests they serve. They know that a Palin nomination would be a Republican disaster, re-electing a Democratic President and possibly imperiling Republican control of the House. So please, please keep talking up Palin. It makes us liberals smile.

Dennis Miller had a good line on O'Reilly: Sarah Palin can be "clumsily correct," in contrast with her opponents who are often "brilliantly wrong." That sums it up well: her awkward syntax sometimes gets in the way, and trying to compress too much into a quotable quip can backfire: any politician has to be not just superficially fluent but in command of a subject to a certain policymaker/decisionmaker depth without being a wonky expert.
So, Palin was right that Paul Revere warned the Brits about weapons caches when he was caught--in the spirit of depicting the rebels as a force to contend with--but it's also true that the primary purpose of his ride was to warn the rebels--not the British--that...The British are coming! The British are coming! (And specifically that Samuel Adams and John Hancock should scoot or be taken prisoner by King George's men.)
On the other hand no one can imagine her referring to a "corpse man" instead of a corpsman when addressing Marines, as The Greatest Orator Since Lincoln famously flubbed; and I...betcha...she can't see that 57th state from her home in Alaska that BHO claimed to have visited in 2008. And she probably doesn't go around signing VIP books with "2008" as the date--though that was a memorable year--and she also probably has the moose sense to stop talking during a toast when the band strikes up a solemn rendition of God Save the Queen...
The point of Mr. Malcolm's article stands: the "smug confirmation" that Sarah Palin is an "idiot" is continually set on its head by her ability to get things broadly, mostly, sometimes clumsily, often incisively, right.

I'm sure this has been posted already, but Palin's own explanation on Fox News directly contradicts what Malcolm writes in this poast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLQTcZwbykw.

Notice in her carefully-thought-out Fox News explanation she says nothing about Revere being captured. Rather, she explains that there were already British living in New England, and so Revere's ride was intended to warn them as well.

Did Malcolm do any actual journalism to determine what Palin intended, or did he simply assume he had the right answer?

Conventional story/popular myth: Paul Revere road through towns at midnight yelling "the British are coming" to warn colonists of the advancing British army.

What actually happened: Paul Revere set off on a secret night ride to stop at the homes of rebel leaders and warn them of the advancing British troops. After captured by the British and held at gun point, he confessed to what he was doing.

Sarah Palin's version: Paul Revere rode through town banging pots and pans and firing warning shots in a defiant display to warn the British that they weren't going to take our guns.

Palin's answer is obviously the incoherent ramblings of an imbecile who was taking a stab at the well-known, conventional story of Revere's ride that elementary school children are taught and couldn't even get that right. For the author of this piece to conclude that she had some in-depth knowledge of the events because she was accidentally, somewhat-sort of, but still not really right is laughably silly. The woman cannot even name a newspaper she reads and we are supposed to believe she is a historical scholar?

Obama said there are 57 states in the US, Obama wrote in the guestlist book of Queen Elizabeth May 24 , 2008, Obama must be on drugs again. The culturally incompetent Obama was talking and toasting to Queen Elizabeth while the Queen and everybody else were standing still to honor the British National Anthem. Obama gave Queen Elizabeth early on an I-Pod, Obama returned the PM Gordon Brown gift of Winston Churchill's figure (because it wasn't an islamic terrorist leader like Bin Ladin?), Obama being not a natural born US citizen mispronounced " corpsman" with silent p and s as " corpseman" on 2 occasions. I challenge anybody to disprove all these facts that happened recently. I am very ashamed of the very incompetent militarily, economically, culturally and intellectually, islamic trojan horse, pathological liar the one and only CIC and president Obama from Kenya ,Africa who inherited completely the intellectual inferiority genes of Obama's black, islamic African father which are universally inherited by all African black islamic leaders and black African people who are all incompetent in governing and managing their countries. Look at Africa it remains in the stone age. They are poor, corrupt, incompetent mass murderers, some cannibals like Idi Amin of Uganda, mass rapists, harboring all the treatable and untreatable viruses, parasites and bacteria. I just hope they can catch up by evolving at least with the intelligence of dogs.

Well, this author even has the story of President Bush and the scanner a bit off. He was shown a new version at a trade show and reasonably asked, how is it better. The press killed him on that one. But the essence of the story is reported correctly. Not the details.

I am a librarian and am happy to provide details.

Wow, Andrew Malcolm you are something else. Stop while you are ahead or go back and admit your logic is lame-tastic, because anyone with half a brain can see the ridiculous of your argument--as I'm sure you can too.

I can't believe the LA Times would allow such ignorant gibberish under its masthead. Malcolm is like the Glenn Beck of print with far fewer followers, which is really sad. Of course, Palin got it wrong. For one, do you really think it's even physically possible to ride a horse, ring a bell and shoot a musket at once? No wonder the paper's dying. I won't bother to pick it up again.

could this all be a ploy from the tea Baggers hacking into sites to "change" history in Palins favor? really she is a little dumb and if she can't finish her term as Go. how will she finish her term as Pres?

Sarah Palin had no idea what she was talking about, which is plain to discern from having listened to her when she talked about 'ringin' those bells' and firin' those shots'. Paul Revere did neither thing - and he and his companions were riding to warn the Americans that the British were coming 'by land' and not to warn the British that the Americans were massing in front of them. (Why would you call the man a 'patriot' if he was riding to give the Redcoats vital tactical information prior to a battle?) The fact that, when captured, he artfully saved his neck had nothing to do with the original intent of his 'midnight ride'. Sarah Palin is dumber than dumb and it is ridiculous to try to defend her - especially by contorting the facts of American history to do so. Shame.

Paul Revere's "ride" was over when he was captured. His intent was NOT to warn the British, and he did NOT warn them until AFTER he was captured. Likewise, he was not firing weapons or ringing bells. His task was to warn the colonists of the movement of British forces in order to forestall the capture in influential rebel leaders; it resulted in the callout of the colonial militia and to the "shot heard 'round the world" - the open attack on the British at Lexington and Concord. Instead of twisting facts to suit your position, maybe YOU need to repeat 6th grade history and learn the facts in context. Sarah Palin got it wrong - again - and nothing you say can change that. And the LA Times is showing a lamentable lack of judgment in treating this column like it is newsworthy.

If she truly were as competent as you seem to imply, she WOULD have shot back with something like "You're kidding, right?" but the fact that she fell for this lame question, and wasn't clear in her response, proves she cannot think on her feet. - A fine qualification for President of The United States of America.

Palin said, "He who warned uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."

She was wrong.

Learn to read.

So what? She's still a vacuum. She didn't say she could see Russia from her back yard either. Tina Fey SNL said that in a skit... really funny! She couldn't think of a magazine that she had read in an interview with Katie Couric, she advises her followers to not back down but "reload" (their weapons we presume), and she loves the smell of motorcycle emissions? Seriously? She has a great skill for awkward utterances that she tries to make humor from. "How's (insert opponent strategy here) workin' out fer ya"? Hardly a necessary skill for administrating the highest office in our country. What else is there?

She is not a serious presidential candidate. She is at best a clear distraction from real GOP candidates and a great "advantage Democrats". If I lived in Alaska, I'd release the Palin scripts and distance my state from this embarrassment.

That's not what she said mr. spinmeister. She said he rode into the night TO WARN THE British that (blah blah blah. You can't put lipstick on a pig.

She got lucky this time. Maybe she knew, but she stated that he warned them during his ride. She just slapped a string of words together and facts she heard in the tour.

the only comment I will make is that it is easy to make a mistake when you are under the gun by the media and American public as she and quite frankly anyone attempting to come to her defence is.Let whoever has never made a mistake be the first to condemn her, remember whatever you sow that shall you also reap.

Malcom, that is some tortured article. You are now a prime suspect in the alleged Wikipedia caper to alter the written history of Paul Revere's ride. Sarah Palin is the Paris Hilton of politics. You could make it your full time job to be her apologist. Good luck with that.

I was wondering why you didn't finish the story about Bush I -- the demonstration of the grocer store scanner was really how the scanner could put back together a label that was torn and unreadable. That was what was amazing to him -- and would be to anyone.

Additionally -- Since you have turned Sarah Palin's stupidity back on all Americans, let me just counter with: Palin's problem isn't necessarily her answers to questions (although they are suspect) - but rather the way in which she answers. She sounds like a Valley Girl and stumbles more than she speaks. I cannot imagine anyone actually thinking she could carry on any kind of intelligent conversation with any Head of State -- not to mention actually understanding the issues.

One thing all regular Americans are in agreement about, however, is the total inanity of the American Media -- including newspapers.

"spelling misteak"? "Mis-spelled"? I'm going to assume that those are jokes...

Paul Revere did NOT "ride to warn the British." He rode to warn the colonists that the British were coming. The colonists may have technically been British subjects, but that does not excuse Sarah Palin's bumbling semi-literacy.

In too many of Palin’s utterances, the facts are sort of there and she seemingly intends to use them, but her ability to order them into something other than babble at its lowest ebb is absent – as the latest gaffe demonstrates.

The idea of a Palin Presidency that makes intelligent, educated people shudder, is the thought of a President filled with the milk of conservative values whose every thought gushes forth in clouds of psychobabble.

Read Paul Revere's own account of his "midnight ride" here:

http://www.masshist.org/online/gallery/img-viewer.php?item_id=99&img_step=1&tpc=&pid=&mode=transcript&tpc=&pid=#page1

Wow..Once again lib tolerance rears it's ugly head. Three university Professors have come out saying Palin was correct. I suspect they know more than ALL of you half baked liberal groupthink faux historians. Why the hate eh?

Three University professors (two in History, one in Law) have come out saying that Palin was indeed correct. I suspect that they are a little better at fact checking than ALL of you lib. half baked Faux historians.

Aren't you supposed to at least try to pretend your a journalist?

"...gleefully noted the spelling MISTEAK..."???? Your spelling is as
weak as your interpretation of Palin's ignorant rambling.

Obama said that he had traveled to 57 states during his campaign and nobody cared. She is not even running for POTUS and people are making a big deal of it. What is worse is that all of you people whining about have no idea of what you are talking about. You should also read the NPR article on this subject. You people are so misogynistic.

It only shows who really is the smartest ones in politics today. The democraps don't know anything of what is going on in this country either. They think she is dumb, but she just proved who really is the fools here. I don't think the dems. will ever get smart to what the American people want. They believe we are the stupid ones, and maybe they're right because many people voted for these idiots!

What's ironic is that Sarah Palin embodies everything that the feminist movement espouses; intellingence, power, grace, ambition, and ultimately, success. The only catch is that she's conservative, and that makes you liberals HATE her. BTW by grace I mean that she has been smeared to the ends of the Earth by mainstream media outlets, yet she seems to be able to keep her head above it and come out shining...

Whatever you think of Sarah Palin - It is time you faced reality. Sarah Palin is not perfect. Sarah Palin makes mistakes, Sarah Palin is vulnerable. Sarah Palin has no more stupidity than anyone else. Why are you so bent on creating a mob mentality while allowing the media to fuel it for you? Obviously you have no clue as to the media's bias. What on this God's earth are you thinking. I would suggest you are not thinking at all. You are so buried in your own little sphere of existence that you do not realize the bigger picture. You cannot know all there is to know. Your beliefs and attitudes are colored by your life surroundings. Trust me.....you who are judging another as you are Sarah Palin are not doing it with intelligence but with the emotion of fear soley through the closed and cultish like movement of the media. You have been lured in and now are members of this cultish organized group who is destroying you and this country. Those of us on the outside are saddened but realize that you will never leave that cult, even though we tell you how wrong you really are. There is a way that seems right to man, but the ways thereof are the ways of death. When our country dies, you will not go on rejoicing.

 
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