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April 18 Buzz: Why Sarah Palin shouldn't run for president

Most viewed, commented and shared: Why Sarah Palin doesn't get what she deserves

For columnist Meghan Daum, there are many reasons why Sarah Palin should not run for president. One reasonis that Daum doesn’t want to walk on eggshells when writing about a woman who’s not very smart.

By casting herself as the less privileged, less polished outsider in the fancy school, she fashions the rest of us into playground bullies (ironic, given her predilection for bullying language) who taunt her with big vocabularies and book learning and obsession with nuance. By playing the victim (ironic, given how closely she associates victimhood with liberal whining), Palin forces her critics to choose between the roles of merciless oppressor and guilt-ridden enabler. And since the merciless oppressor part is already played ably by various screamers on blogs, cable TV and Internet comment boards, writers like me have taken the other route, leaning over so far backward to avoid saying the obvious that we sometimes can't get enough air in our lungs to say much at all.

That's why I truly hope Palin continues to fight her temptation to run for president. If there was ever a candidate who brought out the worst in people, who encouraged hollow rejoinders but made honest analysis almost impossible, it is she. Besides, if she did run, I'd have to write about her. And all the yoga in the world wouldn't keep my spine from eventually breaking from those backbends.


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Carlton West

It is fortunate for the planet that Sarah Palin didn't come to national prominence at age 35, in the full flower of flamboyance, fecundity, and femininity, because the boiling, steaming, white-hot jealousy, resentment, & envy of less-than-attractive ladies like Meghan Daum would have made climate-change unbearable. Whew! Good thing Sarah got famous at the grandmotherly age of 45. She still looks great in high-heel boots, though.


Hey Carlton West, SP is ugly inside and out.


Carlton, get a clue!

We are at a time when we need SOUND people with SOUND ideas. This does NOT describe Palin. It is NOT (nor should it be) about looks. Besides, she really isn't all that. If you think she is, all I can say is you have my utmost sympathy for your dilemma of being long isolated from REAL women.


If Palin were to be elected, would our country turn into the Wild West? Would there be mass exodus to Canada? I created a visual commentary about her role in the recent violent attacks on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/01/sarah-palin-made-me-do-it.html Drop by and let me know what YOU think!


@Brabdt,,,,,sorry....but we in Canada wouldn't want you...we are about to elect Stephen Harper...a Palin clone....for his third term in office as Prime Minister.....Canada is going right of the US.

Joe B.

Meaghan Daum should speak for herself. I try not to let a week go by without tweeting my disdain at @SarahPalinUSA. I like to remove the middle man.


What a stupid gratuitous tirade. Meghan should be given a humanitarian award for her "restraint" in really blasting SP. I doubt if she will break her back if SP decides to run


Yeah, when Sarah was running a State, Obama had just put up his staple gun and fliers and decided to vote "present" in the Senate! So, we know Sarah has more on the ball than he does. And to those who think Sarah wouldn't have SOUND ideas? Or that it would be a BAD thing if all of the Liberal Progressives moved to Socialist Canada? I say MOVE!! And DO IT NOW.. so you don't interfere with us while we take our Country back!


Excelle article.


Also excellent.


TF....Your country is moving forward and changing just the way it has for the past 200+ years. I don't know who you want to take it back from or where you want to take it back to, but like it or not, we will not move backwards. No one should be encouraging their fellow Americans to leave the country. I don't agree with you politically and probably socially, but I do believe you have just as much right to be here as I do.



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