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Aug 15 2011

Does She Really Think Anyone Believes Her?

Look at this absolutely delusional quote from Sarah Palin about the sudden restart of her fake vacation tour in Iowa:

“Looking for votes? I’m looking for hands to shake, and I’m looking for fried butter on a stick and a fried Twinkie as soon as I can get there, just looking to talk to the good people of Iowa, these good hardworking farm families, I love it. … I don’t think I’m stealing any spotlight.”

Seriously, how stupid and naive would you have to be to believe that?

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  1. 1
    Phillip IV

    Seriously, how stupid and naive would you have to be to believe that?

    Stupid and naive enough to vote for her? Really, Palin has no reason to tailor her remarks to anybody but the most stupid and naive people around – everyone else is far out of her reach, anyway.

  2. 2
    Hank Fox

    Listening to Sarah Palin would be like being strapped to a really uncomfortable chair while a novice tattoo artist misspells your girlfriend’s name on your neck.

  3. 3
    unbound

    You would have to be pretty stupid and pretty naive. But, that is still a good chunk of voters.

    It’s not like the other Republican candidates are coming across much better. They simply announced their candidacy is the only real difference….

  4. 4
    Mr Ed

    Dear Ms. Palin:

    Your 15 minutes end two years ago. If you would like another 15 minutes please do something other than pointless self promotion.

  5. 5
    Wes

    I am so sick of this circus freak. At this point, I’m surprised the Republicans haven’t initiated a smear campaign against her to get her out of the public eye so she’ll stop embarrassing them.

  6. 6
    Ahab

    The same people who are stupid enough to believe Michele Bachmann when she says “submission” really means “respect.”

  7. 7
    Abby Normal

    Does She Really Think Anyone Believes Her?

    You mean apart from her kids, the ones complaining about how the media is ruining their family vacation, right?

  8. 8
    Brett McCoy

    Fried butter on a stick? Fried twinkie? Do people really eat that kind of stuff in Iowa? I guess nothing says “I’m an American” better than angina and peripheral artery disease.

  9. 9
    raven

    Fried butter on a stick? Fried twinkie? Do people really eat that kind of stuff in Iowa?

    Doesn’t sound all that good to me either. It’s nothing I would want to eat.

    That sound you hear in the background is my coronary arteries screaming.

  10. 10
    'smee

    Hank Fox

    Listening to Sarah Palin would be like being strapped to a really uncomfortable chair while a novice tattoo artist misspells your girlfriend’s name on your neck.

    and not noticing

    FTFY

  11. 11
    F

    Is the answer, “really, really stupid”? U.S. American stupid?

  12. 12
    James Hanley

    just looking to talk to the good people of Iowa, these good hardworking farm families

    Palin: “But not those liberal god-hating homo-loving city folks in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Davenport. Buncha no good commies!”

    Reporter: “What about Ames?”

    Palin: “You’re darn tootin’ their the ones we should be aimin’ at!”

  13. 13
    Larry

    There is naive and then there is teabagger naive, which translates to dull, willfully ignorant, homophobic, racist, and just plain mean.

    I think its pretty clear on which side of the proverbial fence you’d need to be to believe it.

  14. 14
    386sx

    Fried butter on a stick? Fried twinkie? Do people really eat that kind of stuff in Iowa?

    It’s everywhere. That’s what they do at fairs. They fry any damn thing. If it’s only in Iowa, then you can bet it won’t be only in Iowa for long. (Due to the news reports.)

  15. 15
    chaos-engineer

    Fried butter on a stick? Fried twinkie? Do people really eat that kind of stuff in Iowa?

    It’s complicated.

    In the US, “Fried butter on a stick” is the sort of thing that a sophisticated urbanite might say, in order to mock the sort of unhealthy food that people eat at state fairs. Sarah Palin is using it ironically, with an implication of: “This is what reporters from the ‘lamestream media’ say about reg’lar folks like you and me behind our backs.”

    Fried twinkies (and fried Mars bars) are actually sold at state fairs, but I think they’re only eaten ironically. (Picture a group of hipsters egging each other on with, “You have to eat this it you want to get the full State Fair experience!”) I don’t think anyone eats them seriously.

    The traditional seriously-eaten State Fair food is funnel cake, which is deep-fried cake dough coated with powdered sugar. It’s not good for your heart, but having one or two a year won’t kill you. My best guess is that this is what the Palins actually ate once the cameras were turned off.

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    Abby Normal

    It’s definitely not just Iowa. I’ve seen/had them at fairs here in Pennsylvania. For me, the pinnacle of the “Fried What?!” category has to be fried Coca-Cola. It’s made by either freezing Coke and then dunking it in the batter or mixing the Coke into the batter and freezing that. Then it’s deep fried, topped with cinnamon, sugar, whipped cream, and a drizzle of Coke syrup. If you’re looking for a full day’s worth of calories in the fewest bites possible, I can’t think of a tastier alternative.

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    'smee

    funnelcake is a lameass American attempt at Churros. It is market food (a small beer while sitting, and churros to munch).

    But the biggest difference is: one funnel cake = family size order of churros.

  18. 18
    Abby Normal

    Chaos-engineer, I don’t think it’s that complicated. They really do sell fried butter on a stick at some fairs. And those booths have a lot more than just hipsters lining up.

  19. 19
    daveau

    @Chaos-Engineer-

    Nope. Definitely not metaphorical.
    http://www.iowastatefair.org/fair-attractions/food/

  20. 20
    harold

    Chaos engineer –

    In the US, “Fried butter on a stick” is the sort of thing that a sophisticated urbanite might say, in order to mock the sort of unhealthy food that people eat at state fairs. Sarah Palin is using it ironically, with an implication of: “This is what reporters from the ‘lamestream media’ say about reg’lar folks like you and me behind our backs.”

    No, this is a real recipe, supposedly invented circa 2009. It consists of a stick of butter surrounded by a flavored batter. It is deep fried and served with a sugar frosting. The name is intended to be humorous, obviously, but people eat it.

    Butter is a lot less unhealthy than industrial trans fats, but who knows what this is fried in? It’s an insane load of fat and refined carbohydrate calories.

    Fried twinkies (and fried Mars bars) are actually sold at state fairs, but I think they’re only eaten ironically. (Picture a group of hipsters egging each other on with, “You have to eat this it you want to get the full State Fair experience!”) I don’t think anyone eats them seriously.

    These are completely serious recipes; trust me, I lived in Missouri for three years.

    I try to be a healthy eater, but I had been told so many times that fried oreos are somehow insanely delicious that I finally tried one when I was in Houston on business about a year ago. It tasted exactly like an oreo in fritter batter.

  21. 21
    'smee

    re: fried stuff…

    Best fried stuff evah is deep fried ice cream. Best if the ice cream is really good quality, lots of eggs & cream, and hard frozen…. a really good sweet batter, then sploosh!

  22. 22
    harold

    Speaking of fried butter on a stick –

    Putting aside the obvious fact that despite her offensiveness Sarah Palin is lean and fit and could not possibly be eating much of this type of stuff –

    I blame the nutrition trends of the 1980′s for the rise of the “deliberately crazily unhealthy food craze”. And believe me, there is one.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/06/03/broadcasts/main1680067.shtml

    My rural grandparents actually had a very solid knowledge of healthy eating, which was based about half on the publicized discoveries of nutritional science during the first half of the twentieth century, and about half on tradition.

    They thought of fruit and vegetables as the healthiest foods, they knew whole grains were healthy, they ate normal-sized portions of meat, they thought of sugar and desserts as treats that could make you fat, and their folk beliefs correctly identified all sorts of foods as being especially “healthy” before science did – onions, honey, fish, etc. They did not perceive eggs or dairy fat as dangerous. They enjoyed eating and focused on the positives.

    By the 1980′s we were being taught that all that was wrong and that “low fat” and “high fiber” diets were what mattered (in fairness, my grandparents did eat a fair bit of fiber). Flavorless, overpriced bran cereal with skim milk was the ideal way to eat. All sorts of traditional foods were blamed for problems that are actually more related to processed foods, soft drinks, and smoking. Sugar bomb cookies were marketed as “low fat”. Japanese health statistics had nothing to do with green tea, healthy marine oils, high consumption of vegetables, or anything like that – it was because their diet was “low fat”.

    People reacted to this intuitively flawed puritanism by concluding that a healthy diet could never be enjoyable.

    As it turns out, we now know that it’s closer to way my grandparents saw it than to the rigid prescriptions of the eighties. But the cultural damage may have been done.

  23. 23
    harold

    Best fried stuff evah is deep fried ice cream. Best if the ice cream is really good quality, lots of eggs & cream, and hard frozen…. a really good sweet batter, then sploosh!

    If it’s high quality ice cream made with natural ingredients, and you don’t fry it in trans fat, and you don’t do it too often or have a medical contraindication, that’s probably a harmless treat for you once in a while.

    It’s the low quality crap that’s hurting people. Gallons of HFCS sweetened soda pop, and everybody trying to sell a new combination of refined flour, trans fat, cheap sweetener, and salt all the time.

  24. 24
    eddie

    “It’s not that pigs’ trotters are a peasant delicacy. It’s that some rich bastard has got off with the good parts of the pig.” – Terry Pratchett

  25. 25
    Aquaria

    It’s definitely not just Iowa. I’ve seen/had them at fairs here in Pennsylvania. For me, the pinnacle of the “Fried What?!” category has to be fried Coca-Cola.

    Bah. Somebody came up with fried beer. Put it in a pretzel-like batter, fry it up. No kidding.

    The traditional seriously-eaten State Fair food is funnel cake, which is deep-fried cake dough coated with powdered sugar.

    That must be a Yankee thing. Down here in South Texas, the traditional county fair snacks are elote (roasted corn with chile, queso, limon y mayonesa–YUM) y churros o buneuelos.

    But like someone said up thread, funnel cakes are pretty much monster-sized churros.

    I went to the Texas State Fair in Dallas back when dirt was new, but, for the life of me, I can’t remember any of the food. Heck, the only thing I do remember is staring at that Big Ass Cowboy balloon or whatever it is while I was… Well, I don’t remember what I was doing while I stared at it. The Big Ass Cowboy thing was something that horrified and fascinated at the same time enough to leave an impression, obviously.

    Since that’s all I remember of that fair, that must mean margaritas were in abundance near the entrance. That tends to be the reason why I draw huge blanks on various things I know I’ve done.

  26. 26
    Midnight Rambler

    Here’s a video introduction to deep-fried butter. It’s 1/8 pound, half a stick.

  27. 27
    Midnight Rambler

    Aquaria – definitely not Yankee things, more Midwestern/Southern (non-Texas). You get fried dough in the Northeast, but not so much of the grosser stuff.

  28. 28
    George

    Yes Sarah Palin does believe there are lots of stupid people and she is right.

  29. 29
    Alethea Kuiper-Belt

    Woah, freaky. I love real butter, but a 250g pack lasts me a couple of months for my bread & potato uses. Just the idea of eating 60g all at once is enough to nauseate me.

  30. 30
    dingojack

    Yes but can you get Stormy Petrel on a stick? :) – Dingo
    —-
    or an ALBATROSS!!

  31. 31
    Molly, NYC

    In answer to the original question: She might.

    Palin (along with much of the Tea Party Right) seems to have no filter between reality and whatever she’d like to believe at the moment. It’s entirely possible that at the moment she was uttering those words, she really was envisioning herself, among the “good people of Iowa”–all of whom (she tells herself) are charmed to death by her winning smile and More American Than Thou™ politics.

    As for politics itself, she’s in Iowa (as she was in New Hampshire) in the same optimistic spirit that you sometimes see in women who wear tennis dresses to the US Open, in the apparent belief that the Bryan brothers are going to suddenly stop whatever they’re doing and invite them to play.

  32. 32
    Rory

    At the Eastern States Exposition (kind of a state fair for us blue state commie bastards) the really shocking food last year was probably the chocolate-covered bacon sold in the Connecticut state house (not clear why, given CT not being particularly famous for either chocolate or bacon). The year before, the real headline grabber was the ‘crazy burger,’ a bacon cheeseburger served between two glazed donuts. Just walking by the booth made me feel like going on a diet.

  33. 33
    Molly, NYC

    As long as we’re discussing delicious fried foods, should you ever find yourself here in New York: the Doughnut Plant.

  34. 34
    democommie

    Deep-fried camembert with deep-fried parsley and cloudberry preserves–a dessert at a restaurant I worked at in the early 80′s.

    Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in up here in Oswego,NY has a sandwich, The Center Cheese Hot that is a standard white burger bun saddled with about 6-8 ounces of breaded and, of course, deep fried haddock, a slice of that lovely neon McDonaldsorta “cheese food” and a ladle of Texas hot sauce (chiil without it’s got any beans). Eat one and you will never want another one–you’ll insist on ordering them in pairs.

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