What a fun family!

Today, Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump for president (are you at all surprised?). Last night, her son Track was arrested for domestic violence, and for waving a gun around while drunk.

It is all of a piece, a perfect convergence of all-American boorish stupidity. Sarah Palin is America, the America we all wish would stay home and off the television and out of politics.

Oh, my. Have you listened to Palin’s endorsement?

You guys are sounding angry is we’re hearing from the establishment. They stomp on our neck and tell us to chill. Just relax. Well, look, we are mad and we’ve been had. They need to get use to it. This election is more than just your basic ABCs: Anybody but Clinton. It’s more than that this go around. When we’re talking about a nation without borders, and bankruptcies and our federal government, debt our children and grandchildren will never be able to pay off.

When we’re talking about the power that comes from strength, power through strength, well then we’re talking about our very existence. No, we’re not going to chill. It’s time to drill, baby, drill down and hold these folks accountable and we need to stop the self-sabotage and elect a candidate that represents that and America first, finally. Pro-Constitution. Common-sense solutions he brings to the table. Yes, the status quo has got to go. With their failed agenda, it can’t be salvaged, it must be savaged and Donald Trump is the one to do that. Are you ready for new and are you ready for the leader who will let you make America great again? It’s going to take a whole team.

That’s just…I don’t what that is. Stream of consciousness from a brain stuffed with sound bites and magic words, with no conceptual focus to hold them together?


  1. raven says

    To be fair, it’s all part of a long running Reality TV show. Alaskan Hillbillies with money.

  2. willym says

    They aren’t me. I vote in every election and I haven’t voted Republican in over fifty years. In order to put these people off the front page, those of us who registered as Democrats must vote in every election. And until a viable third party comes along, we must vote in folks who believe like we do. We must not shirk our civic duty to vote in every election: local, state and national. If not, it will be the teabaggers who have as their goal blowing up the government who will call the shots, it will be the conservative Supremes who will be appointed by a Republican president, it will be bought and paid for Congresspeople who will work even less days for their public pay check than the less than a third year they do now. And we in the lower classes will only continue to lose wages, social services, parks, clean air…you get the idea, no?

  3. Ragutis says

    Endorsing Trump, huh. And here I thought she didn’t have any credibility left to lose. I watched some of her endorsement speech. Word salad doesn’t even begin to describe it. It’s more like someone projectile vomiting every word ever written on World Nut Daily. I need a drink.

  4. says

    I see the Sarah Palin endorsement as Trump’s attempt to increase his chances of winning in Iowa. That primary is coming up soon (14 days), and the race is very close between Trump and Cruz. Trump is not used to having to share the #1 spot.

    Cruz is loved by the religious caucus goers in Iowa. He has been hitting the evangelical circuit hard. Those same people love Palin, so Trump is trying to add some Palin whacko religious shine to his campaign. It’s all rather wearying actually. So much show, so little substance.

  5. Ragutis says

    Oh, it’s definitely a smart move by Trump. She’ll help him big in Iowa, and likely S. Carolina and Nevada too.

    So much show, so little substance.

    I cracked up when someone in the crowd actually shouted out “How?” at one of Trumps grandiose promises.

  6. dick says

    Super-rich: How the world’s 62 richest people own more than half the planet does

    Maybe it’s a game? Perhaps, Trump, the Koch Brothers, and the rest are playing for high stakes – the winner being the first of them to be the one person who owns more than half the planet does?

    Half of the super rich are from the USA. Their control of the media is vital so they can make the rubes (GOP supporters) play along.

  7. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    She’s trying to gain running mate status by schmoozing the evident front-runner. Palin is a pure good luck charm, ask McCain for verification.

    OTOH, she could be simply grasping at straws, out of desperation to maintain a status of “fame” (regardless of the qualifiers including with it). Maybe Rupert demands it to keep paying her to appear as a “name” on his FauxNoise Channel.

  8. marcoli says

    This is terrible news. Now Trump will fall in the polls, and we are on the road for a more mainstream R candidate to get the nomination. I want Hillary or Bernie to win!

  9. Larry says

    Palin and her demon spawn are like your hillbilly, white trash, cousins who come to visit, drink all the beer, eat all the food, get drunk, fight in your front yard where the neighbors can see them, and won’t fucking leave.

    It’s that last part that is so frustrating.

  10. numerobis says

    Is Trump one of those 62 richest people?

    I’d have figured Palin for Cruz just as much as Trump, so I’m a tiny bit surprised.

  11. Ragutis says

    This is terrible news. Now Trump will fall in the polls

    Nationally, perhaps, but it’ll probably help in many of the early primary states. I could be wrong, but I think that he’s got a better chance than ever of getting the nomination now. (Which alternately thrills and terrifies me)

    It’ll be interesting, because I have a feeling that the party and big donors are all waiting to see who comes in third in Iowa and will then go all in on that candidate in a last ditch effort to sink Trump and Cruz. Right now I think Kasich and Rubio are tied for the spot.

  12. Golgafrinchan Captain says

    If you have a drunk bad guy with a gun, do you need a drunk good guy with a gun to stop him?

  13. Artor says

    Betting pool time! Who can call it closest to the date when Palin & tRump’s extramarital affair hits the news?

  14. robro says

    Palin is crass, stupid, and self-serving. She isn’t a hillbilly. The hillbillies I met seemed shy and taciturn, and kept their opinions to themselves. They also seemed open about race issues, perhaps because they were marginalized themselves in the 19th century…particular Melungeons who were known as “free people of color.”

    The story about Palin’s son is interesting. There have been other incidents involving her children associated with drinking and quarreling in public. Kind of surprising that someone who projects conservative, Christian fundamentalist values has a family of drinkers.

  15. Hatchetfish says

    The Hair isn’t even close to being in the top 62. 62nd on the Forbes list has 15.something billion, and they list him at #400 something, with 4 billion and change. (Which is very likely an overestimate, I’ve read.)

  16. miso says

    Her speeches read like the output of a Markov chain text generator using Breitbart’s comments database as its source.

  17. longship says

    Former partial governor Sparkle Moose flaps her gums again.

    Oh boy. This election year is going to be entertaining (unless one of those kooks actually wins).

  18. pita says

    It always confuses me that this kind of populist rhetoric is used to back Trump, when Bernie is the demonstratedly populist candidate (however you feel about him). I’m kind of torn on whether it’s a party line issue or whether Republican populists are hard line against the ideological decoupling of taxation and spending.

    But with Sarah Palin, I don’t think there’s any doubt which it is. She knows which party is responsible for her checks.

  19. Dunc says

    When we’re talking about the power that comes from strength, power through strength, well then we’re talking about our very existence.

    That “AROOOOGA AROOOOGA” noise you hear is my “incipient fascism” klaxon going off. Keeps happening all the time these days… I think I’m probably just going to have to disconnect the damn thing.

  20. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    …and not a single sentence ends in “…make pie out of Goatse man!”


  21. EigenSprocketUK says

    @Dunc 21. Yup, that incipient fascism alarm has put in a lot of work these last few years.
    Might as well disconnect it.
    And, to get some peace and quiet, replace it with a “too late, nothing we can do about it now” fascism alarm.

  22. Ragutis says

    It always confuses me that this kind of populist rhetoric is used to back Trump, when Bernie is the demonstratedly populist candidate (however you feel about him). I’m kind of torn on whether it’s a party line issue or whether Republican populists are hard line against the ideological decoupling of taxation and spending

    Well, in national polls, Bernie is beating all of the Republican candidates. (Despite nobody in the major media taking him seriously or giving him much exposure.) He’s got 10 or 12 points on Trump. Hillary beats Trump too, but only by 3 or 4% IIRC. The problem Bernie faces (and really, Hillary and all democrats face) is getting all those folks answering poll questions off the phone and to the voting booth. A few more college kids dragging their asses to the polls in 2000, and we’d be living in a much different world today. As for why so many middle and lower class people keep voting R, I dunno. Start with What’s the Matter with Kansas? I still don’t get it. I suspect it has a lot to do with Jesus and lots and lots of lies. (redundant, I know)

    Full disclosure: philosophically I’m much more Bernie, but in these times I’m starting to think that Hillary might be the better Pres. I’ll vote for whichever gets the nom. Hell, I’d vote for O’whatshisname over any of the Republican candidates. I just wish Warren was running.

  23. says

    Glanced at a headline in one of the papers we sell at my store, which was more or less along the lines of: “Evangelicals consider Trump’s strengths, despite lack of religion.”, or something like that. Given that his “strengths” seem to involve being scared of foreign rapist and terrorists invading the US, my first thought of was, “Funny, I wasn’t aware that distrust, hate and paranoia where ‘strengths’.” Then I realized, yeah, that pretty much **is** how evangelicals see anyone that isn’t an evangelical, or isn’t siding with them by being similarly paranoid about the boogie man- evil, scary, and out to get them. Wasn’t sure if I should laugh, or curse.

  24. Sastra says

    Palin and Trump seem to share a similar speaking style — inarticulate, incoherent, and whatever else passes for “shootin’ from the hip.” Maybe that’s enough to make them prime allies.

  25. quotetheunquote says

    In any sane universe, this endorsement would be the very last thing that Trump would want – after all, isn’t Palin “a loser”?

    (Of course, the fact that Trump T. Trump can be leading in anything is prima facie evidence that, as far as the U.S. is concerned, sanity has left the building…)

  26. devnll says

    Turn the lights down low, turn on some rhythmic jazz background, and read that endorsement in a husky voice. I finally understand; Palin is a beat poet!

  27. Sven says

    Obama: “Let’s change America for the better.”
    Conservatives: “Sounds like something HITLER would say!”

    Conservatives: “Make America great again! Down with immigrants! Invade foreign lands! STRENGTH THROUGH POWER!”

    The irony is palpable.

  28. says

    In Canada our last federal election was 78 days and people complained about how long that was.

    Thank you, United States of America, for putting back in perspective.

  29. says

    Trump is a showman. He has his eyes on the polls. Bringing Palin onboard 14 days before the Iowa caucus gets Trump wall-to-wall press coverage. It bumps other candidates out of the prime time news slots.

    The voters Trump is going after don’t care if Palin makes sense when she speaks. Hell, they don’t care if Trump makes sense. They care about seeing “strong” people on TV and in other media.

    Evangelical voters claim to care about who loves Jesus Christ more, but really they want a gloss of religiosity in their candidates along with a promise that their god-given right to ethanol subsidies is protected.

    Palin’s appearance at the endorsement circus did not go over as well as expected. In fact, compared to most Trump rallies, her part of it fell kind of flat. She kept reaching for the roar-of-the-crowd moments, but she never got there. In some moments you can see her expectations for a big response are not met, and she pauses too long.

    The Trump campaign had previously announced some joint appearances with Palin for today. So far, at least one of those was set up to be Trump alone. No Palin.

  30. says

    If you think the Palin endorsement adds more headache-inducing rhetoric to the Trump campaign, just wait. There’s more wackiness coming soon.

    Not to be outdone, Ted Cruz is having Glenn Beck join him on the campaign trail in Iowa.

    Beck wrote on Facebook that he “will be introducing Ted Cruz at two rallies on Saturday” and will “lend my support to help defend the constitution, a small government crusader and an authentic conservative Christian candidate.”

    That’s the Glenn Beck who accused President Obama of being “racist” and of having “a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture.”

    Media Matters link.

  31. DonDueed says

    Now who can argue with that? I think we’re all indebted to Sarah Johnson for clearly stating what needed to be said. I’m particularly glad that these lovely children were here today to hear that speech. Not only was it authentic American gibberish, it expressed a courage little seen in this day and age.

  32. blf says

    Some time ago (early September 2015) the nitwit said she wanted to be wazzock trum-prat’s Secretary of Energy in order to get rid of the Department of Energy:

    Oil, gas, minerals, those things God has dumped on this part of the earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations for us to import their resources.

    I think a lot about the Department of Energy and if I were head of that I’d get rid of it. I’d let the states start having more control over the lands that are within their boundaries and the people that are affected by the developments within their states.

    Re-reading that blithering, she sounds a lot like the terrorists in Oregon currently occupying the refuge.

  33. says

    Cross posted from the Moments of Political Madness thread.

    Sarah Palin is currently in Oklahoma with Donald Trump. They are are speaking at Oral Roberts University, another node in the evangelical christian circuit.

    Palin offered an explanation for her son’s current trouble with the law and with relationships: he has PTSD. She used that as a lead-in for a long rant about taking care of veterans. She is shrieking and yelling more than I remember from the 2008 campaign. She has changed her style to be more emphatic. “We’re in this together!”

    She also ranted about our sailors “being humiliated” by Iran, which she traces back to President Obama being “weak,” “kowtowing” and “apologizing for America.” That was followed by a segue into praise for Trump being the best at “the art of the deal.”

    She called for a “hallelujah” for Trump as a non-politician and a strong commander in chief.

    Tulsa World link. This link does not currently include Palin’s speech at Oral Roberts, which is not yet online.

  34. says

    The Daily Mail posted a photo of Palin and Trump together. The text reads “I’m with Stupid,” “Hate minds think alike,” and “Birdbrains of a feather flock together.”

    Daily Kos noted that Sarah Palin “brought enough word salad for everyone.”

    […] She lives in her own little world, and describes it to the rest of us by shouting into a crystal vase of battery acid and leaving us to decipher the vibrations.

    And he, who would negotiate deals, kind of with the skills of a community organizer maybe organizing a neighborhood tea, well, he deciding that, “No, America would apologize as part of the deal,” as the enemy sends a message to the rest of the world that they capture and we kowtow, and we apologize, and then, we bend over and say, “Thank you, enemy.” […]

    Where, in the private sector, you actually have to balance budgets in order to prioritize, to keep the main thing, the main thing, and he knows the main thing: a president is to keep us safe economically and militarily. He [Donald Trump] knows the main thing, and he knows how to lead the charge. So troops, hang in there, because help’s on the way because he, better than anyone, isn’t he known for being able to command, fire! […]

    And you quit footin’ the bill for these nations who are oil-rich, we’re paying for some of their squirmishes that have been going on for centuries. […]

    President Obama will be able to look up, and there, over his head, he’ll be able to see that shining, towering, Trump tower.

  35. raven says

    CBS AP
    The responding officer described Track Palin’s behavior as “uncooperative, belligerent and evasive” while he was being questioned about the calls. The officer also noted a strong smell of alcohol and bloodshot eyes.
    The 26-year-old allegedly said he did not know where the woman who had called 911 was, and was put into handcuffs due to his “escalating hostility,” court records show.

    After detaining Track Palin, officers were able to locate the woman who called 911 hiding under a bed inside the home, crying.

    Details are emerging of Track’s little adventure with guns and alcohol. It’s as sordid as it seems.

    …to locate the woman who called 911 hiding under a bed inside the home, crying. Probably as good a place as any. Running through the woods in Alaska at night in the winter doesn’t seem like too great an idea.

  36. kevinalexander says

    Is Trump one of those 62 richest people?

    Not even close. The real money stays in the shadows where it’s safe.
    They do let the dog out occasionally to shit on your lawn.

  37. says

    blf@39 Ted Cruz also wants to get rid of the DoE. Neither seem to realise that the DoE is one of the main supporters of America’s nuclear weapons program.

  38. Ragutis says

    Oh crap. Last night, it was funny, but watching the news today has driven home the painful reality that we’re going to have to listen to Palin’s Breitbartian blather for weeks, if not months. And we thought the media’s Trump obsession was bad before…

    I have a mental image of Tina Fey (with big sunglasses and a blonde wig) scrambling down a fire escape, passport in hand, while Lorne Michaels pleadingly pounds on her door.

    And what fucked up kind of parent chooses an ego stroking public appearance over their child’s wellbeing?

  39. says

    Palin is the parent who always blames everybody else for the things her kids do. In reality they are the opposite of what she claims her education would achieve, but in the Palinverse they’re little angles and to blame are others.
    If the man has PTSD (not an excuse), what did she do to get him help? Can’t be lack of money for a therapist…

  40. DLC says

    If Palin drags Trump down like she did McCain, then good. On the other hand, if Mr Dunning-Kruger Trump somehow manages to win, I may just end up retiring to someplace outside the USA.

  41. blf says

    [I]f Mr Dunning-Kruger Trump somehow manages to win, I may just end up retiring to someplace outside the USA.

    In the event of a wazzock trum-prat election, I have idly wondered — in addition to a Seven Days in May–ish military-political cabal takeover — how many people would leave the States and/or disavow their citizenship. Not “threats” to do so (there’s always some, rarely(?) followed-up), but actually doing so, whether or not the individual previously “threatened” to do so. Somewhat connected with that is the even rarer situation of claiming asylum…