March 10, 2014 |
Author Joe McGinninss, political chronicler, novelist, and sometime muckraker has died, the Associated Press reports. He was 71 and had prostate cancer. Best known in recent years for moving next door to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Wasilla in order to work on a book about her -- much to her annoyance -- McGinniss also wrote about the Kennedys, Richard Nixon and true crime, often stirring controversy. McGinniss was a 26-year-old newspaper columnist in Philadelphia when he wrote his scathing look at the campaign of Richard Nixon, "The Selling of the President: 1968.
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March 8, 2014 |
Sarah Palin has smartly forsaken a career in politics for a career in political entertainment. Unburdened by the rules that keep serious politicians tethered to serious messages, her task was to toss red meat to a ravenously appreciative conservative crowd Saturday at the closing session of the American Conservative Union's annual CPAC conference. By my count, her speech got more standing ovations than the one delivered Friday by CPAC favorite Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who won the CPAC presidential straw poll.
March 7, 2014 |
It is rather curious, given the American conservative movement's long and dramatic history of anti-Communism and anti-Russian saber-rattling, that many leading voices on the right are speaking about Russian President Vladimir Putin with varying degrees of admiration. For some, it is just a matter of comparing Putin's toughness with President Obama's alleged weakness. Without suggesting any love for Putin, Republicans in Congress have asserted that Russia's incursion into Ukraine would not have happened had Obama not been such a wimp in his dealings with Moscow.
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March 4, 2014 |
Why has Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine and Crimea? What does this mean for American interests and my 401(k)? Does President Obama have any good options? Is the Cold War coming back? And who is Putin wearing? Like many Americans, these questions filled my head Monday after my Oscars hangover lifted. I turned on the television to see what the pundits had to offer. Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and failed 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, was on Fox News, explaining the world to Sean Hannity . Putin's aggression, it soon became clear, came about not because he wants to maintain Russia's Black Sea naval base in Crimea and not because his is set on maintaining Ukraine's multifaceted dependence on Russia . It came about because he is a manly man and President Obama is not. Oliver North told Hannity that Obama can't draw red lines because he uses “a pink crayon.” And while you think I was joking about what Putin is wearing, I merely took my cue from Palin, who blamed Putin's aggression on bad fashion choices by the president.
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January 20, 2014 |
Sarah Palin, you have got to be joking. Showing pure contempt for the ideals that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. embraced, and on the day we have chosen as a nation to celebrate his life, the former Alaska governor chose to make a spectacle of herself on Facebook. This is the entirety of her post : “Happy MLK, Jr. Day! “'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.' - Martin Luther King, Jr. “Mr.
January 10, 2014 |
Sarah Palin brought some of that polar vortex feeling to the winter TV press tour in Pasadena on Friday morning. The former vice presidential candidate blew into town carrying a simple message from the frozen hinterlands: Watch her new show, "Amazing America," which will begin airing on the small cable network Sportsman Channel in the spring. She had other messages, of course, conveyed during a sit-down breakfast with reporters who later rose from their chairs to swarm the former Alaska governor as she made her way out of the small ballroom at the Langham Hotel.