Sarah Palin gestures during a book signing, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/The Express-Times, Matt Smith)
In what may go down as one of the most transparent marketing gimmicks of all time, Sarah Palin traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, this week on a mission to save Christmas from the heathens. The former governor of Alaska and bête noire of the 2008 presidential election was joined by her perennially devoted husband, Todd, at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in Easton (which, if you’re keeping score, is not Bethlehem) on Tuesday night for the formal launch of her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
I’m still waiting for my copy of Good Tidings to arrive, but early reviews of the book describe it as a critique of the secularization, homogenization and consumerization of the holiday season, and, according to publisher HarperCollins, a challenge to the “politically correct Scrooges seeking to take Christ out of Christmas.”
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It’s November and the War on Christmas season has already begun? GROAN! Have no fear, brave crusader Sarah Palin is here–literally here, in Bethlehem, to wage war on this war. Palin’s rolling into the local Barnes and Nobles there on Tuesday, November 12th to hawk her new book Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
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UPDATE: Bristol Palin’s reported talk at Penn has turned out to be a hoax, and one allegedly perpetrated by Under The Button, upon whose story we based the below post.
A posting on Penn’s Special Planning + Events Committee (SPEC) appears to confirm that Palin will be giving no such talk.
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Senator Sarah Palin? Get used to the notion; it could happen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, is currently the junior senator from the great state of Alaska. On the Alaskan endangered species list, a Democratic senator beats out the humpbacked whale and the short-tailed albatross. Alaskan Republicans will be tripping over themselves to get the nomination and run against Begich in 2014.
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The first time Sarah Palin came to Philadelphia as a national figure, back in 2008, she went to a Flyers game and got booed. Loudly, magnificently booed. In retrospect, it’s difficult to believe anybody expected a different reaction: Philly sports fans had a national reputation to uphold—booing is what we do!—and in any case, this city in 2008 was always going to be Barack Obama’s town. Palin, then John McCain’s vice-presidential candidate, never had much of a chance for a warm welcome, did she? Read more »
For the next three days, conservative pundits, patrons and politicians will be gathered outside Washington D.C. for their first major powwow since Mitt Romney lost his bid for the presidency and Karl Rove declared open season on wingnuts. Read more »
Politico reports: “The Washington Post has erroneously reported that Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate and former Fox News contributor, is joining the Qatari-owned news network Al Jazeera. “Late last week Al Jazeera America announced the former vice-presidential candidate would be joining their news network,” the Post’s Suzi Parker writes today in a post on the She The People blog. Al Jazeera spokesman Stan Collender confirmed to POLITICO that Sarah Palin is not joining the global news network, which — as Parker notes — was recently called “an anti-American terror mouthpiece” on Fox News, where Palin was a contributor.” This is very serious and not at all hilarious.
Sarah Palin’s rock-star status is fading fast. Rewind one year ago and cable news networks were carrying her speeches live and in their entirety; her book tour was attracting record crowds; her “One Nation” bus tour featured embedded network correspondents.
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One good thing about President Obama’s re-election: It seems to have prompted some sober thinking by Republican Party leaders and allies. Oh sure, there’s been some loose talk of secession, but mostly what you’ve found is top GOP leaders trying to figure out how to broaden the GOP’s appeal and shed its reputation for anti-intellectualism while staying true to their conservative values. This is a good thing.
One sure way for Republicans to blow it: If Sarah Palin runs for president. Read more »
Sarah Palin warned of government “death panels” on her Facebook page and was nationally ridiculed. Politifact.com awarded Palin with the “Lie of the Year” for that statement. President Obama called her out during a joint session of Congress saying the claim is “a lie, plain and simple.”
I thought of Sarah Palin when I heard the story of Helen Wagner. Helen is 91 years old and is the mother of my sister-in-law Peggy. Give Helen five minutes and she will list a dozen times she has held death at bay. But now she is up against a much greater force: Medicare. Read more »