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The racist Palin

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We haven’t yet got a clear view of this aspect of the VP candidate, but apparently it’s there. Look at this article:

“So Sambo beat the bitch!”

This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

According to Lucille, the waitress serving her table at the time and who asked that her last name not be used, Gov. Palin was eating lunch with five or six people when the subject of the Democrat’s primary battle came up. The governor, seemingly not caring that people at nearby tables would likely hear her, uttered the slur and then laughed loudly as her meal mates joined in appreciatively.

“It was kind of disgusting,” Lucille, who is part Aboriginal, said in a phone interview after admitting that she is frightened of being discovered telling folks in the “lower 48” about life near the North Pole.

Then, almost with a sigh, she added, “But that’s just Alaska.”

Racial and ethnic slurs may be “just Alaska” and, clearly, they are common, everyday chatter for Palin.

Besides insulting Obama with a Step-N’-Fetch-It, “darkie musical” swipe, people who know her say she refers regularly to Alaska’s Aboriginal people as “Arctic Arabs” – how efficient, lumping two apparently undesirable groups into one ugly description – as well as the more colourful “mukluks” along with the totally unimaginative “f**king Eskimo’s,” according to a number of Alaskans and Wasillians interviewed for this article.

But being openly racist is only the tip of the Palin iceberg. According to Alaskans interviewed for this article, she is also vindictive and mean. We’re talking Rove mean and Nixon vindictive.

No wonder the vast sea of white, cheering faces at the Republican Convention went wild for Sarah: They adore the type, it’s in their genetic code. So much for McCain’s pledge of a “high road” campaign; Palin is incapable of being part of one.

Tough Getting People Who Know Her to Talk

It’s not easy getting people in the 49th state to speak critically about Palin – especially people in Wasilla, where she was mayor. For one thing, with every journalist in the world calling, phone lines into Alaska have been mostly jammed since Friday; as often as not, a recording told me that “all circuits are busy” or numbers just wouldn’t ring. I should think a state that’s been made richer than God by oil could afford telephone lines and cell towers for everyone.

On a more practical level, many people in Alaska, and particularly Wasilla, are reluctant to speak or be quoted by name because they’re afraid of her as well as the state Republican Party machine. Apparently, the power elite are as mean as the winters.

“The GOP is kind of like organized crime up here,” an insurance agent in Anchorage who knows the Palin family, explained. “It’s corrupt and arrogant. They’re all rich because they do private sweetheart deals with the oil companies, and they can destroy anyone. And they will, if they have to.”

“Once Palin became mayor,” he continued, “She became part of that inner circle.”

Like most other people interviewed, he didn’t want his name used out of fear of retribution. Maybe it’s the long winter nights …

Continue reading. There’s lots more. She’s Cheney in a dress.

Written by Leisureguy

6 September 2008 at 10:28 am

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  1. “No wonder the vast sea of white, cheering faces at the Republican Convention went wild for Sarah: They adore the type, it’s in their genetic code.”

    As a moderate republican I find that particular quote fairly offensive. There are racists in both parties, in all fifty states. If it’s true that she thinks like this it is totally unforgivable and I would personally take it in to account when I vote. I haven’t decided who I will vote for yet. Neither party is without its faults and people should vote for who they think in their hearts and minds would be best for the country.

    But blanket statements by anyone about either party is in my opinion inexcusable. Not all democrats are hippie, downtrodden bleeding heart liberals. Not all republicans are gun-toting, ultra-religious racists. There are certainly people like that in each party, but that doesn’t mean either group should be labeled as such as a whole.



    6 September 2008 at 8:22 pm

  2. Joe, I totally agree: broad generalizations are tricky, and certainly there are moderate Republicans—indeed, some moderate Republicans can still be found in the Senate. And I don’t cotton to all Democrats.

    Nonetheless, Sarah Palin is indeed enormously popular among many Republicans, and elements of racism are starting to appear—just recently a Republican Representative said explicitly that Obama was “uppity.” And I should also point out that a major effort by the GOP nationally has been finding ways to keep minorities and the poor from voting.



    6 September 2008 at 8:30 pm

  3. I understand. It’s scary what people can do when they get in power.
    I just get tired of people hearing that I’m republican (Truth be told I should probably register as a libertarian) and or that my girlfriend is a democrat and they automatically assume things about us.

    I wasn’t trying to say that no republicans are racists, there are certainly a lot of them that I know about. I happen to know just as many racist democrats too. Not politicians necessarily, but people I have run into in my life.



    6 September 2008 at 9:03 pm

  4. I’m tired of all the character assassination; it’s going to backfire. Did you know that her husband is part ‘Sambo’? His mother is 1/4 Yup’ik. I would imagine that if there were any truth to this story, it would be on the front page of the NY Times. This behavior is certainly not limited to any one party, but the practice and its reporting is reprehensible.



    7 September 2008 at 7:09 am

  5. Joe, I understand. Still, despite the racism still present in our nation, if you look at the conventions you do see that the Democrat’s convention is racially diverse and the GOP convention is not. The GOP’s national campaign still depends on the Southern strategy.

    @Anonymous: “Character assassination?” Did you hear Palin’s speech, by any chance? NPR did talk with the writer of the article, which is (indirectly) how I learned of it.



    7 September 2008 at 7:16 am

  6. This just noted: “There were 36 African American delegates out of 2300 plus delegates there [at the 2008 GOP convention].”



    7 September 2008 at 3:17 pm

  7. Of course I saw her speech. And I have been emailed many fake compromising pictures of her, one in an American flag bikini with a shotgun. I have heard many slanderous statements, like it was Bristol’s baby that she is calling her own, that she’s a member of some Alaskan Independence movement, the trooper-gate thing, stories about her minister, her maniacal dislike of gays, that she’s a racist, and a lot more. This is character assassination; if there were any truth to this story it would have been investigated already, on the front page of the Times, and the McCain campaign sunk. It’s going to backfire.



    7 September 2008 at 4:04 pm

  8. Her husband was the member of the Alaska Independent thing—headed by a guy who plainly states that he hates America. She did make a video to welcome the group to their convention, but her husband quit when she went for statewide office.

    The trooper issue obviously is real and is important and the GOP is doing everything they can to cover it up and stonewall it until after the election. But the investigation was started by the legislature and the effort was bipartisan. (Using the powers of public office for private affairs is not to be done.)

    I don’t know her feelings about gays, but she has for years attended a church that doesn’t think much of gays and is currently organizing a group to pray gays straight.

    So none of that is character assassination. I haven’t seen the photos to which you refer. And we do have the above report on her racism.

    You have a higher opinion of the Times’s political reporting than I do.

    In any event, she’s doing everything possible to hide away so that people don’t know what she stands for (except from her record, of course, which shows a great love of earmarks and a willingness to put her town deeply in debt while spending freely to build a sports center on land the town had not purchased).



    7 September 2008 at 4:14 pm

  9. You and I disagree about this, and that’s fine. I think though that we both agree that this story, if true, should sink the McCain campaign. And we would both agree that there are a lot of parties interested in just that very thing, for example, the Obama campaign, the Democratic party, and a lot of McCain hating conservatives. So, if this story is true, then we should agree that a LOT will be made of it. Let’s wait and see.



    7 September 2008 at 4:41 pm

  10. Truly, I don’t think it would sink the McCain campaign. If it was sinkable, it would have sunk after he announced his choice of the person who (in his view) would make the best president should he die in office. She’s clearly not up to that—at least not for the foreseeable future.

    But you’re right in that time will tell. It certainly told for George W. Bush. I fought strongly against his election, and yet people seemed fascinated by him. “What’s the worst that could happen?” they said….

    What’s weird is that McCain, who’s been in Washington for decades and has voted with Bush 90% of the time and who has his campaign run for him by corporate super-lobbyists and managed by a Karl Rove protégé claims to be running a reform campaign—against his own party and his own votes.



    7 September 2008 at 5:30 pm

  11. There’s no black statement being made. The author never said that all Republicans are racist. But what he did point out that there were enough racists present in the GOP convention to give the resemblence of a “sea” of intolerance, anti-intellectualism, and overbloated phony patriotism in their “faces”. Though this may be true, it’s not certain that rest of the GOP will fall in line.


    bootney fonsworth

    10 September 2008 at 1:26 pm

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