Sunday, June 14, 2009

Saradise Lost - Book 2 - Chapter 63 -- Top 10 Reasons Sarah Palin’s Outrage is A Little Late…

Introduction:



Top 10 Reasons Sarah Palin’s Outrage is A Little Late…


--- by Shannyn Moore

10) Last September, a skit on Saturday Night Live suggested incest in the Palin family. “What about the husband?” asked a mock Times reporter. “You know he’s doing those daughters. I mean, come on. It’s Alaska!” No outrage. Sarah Palin appeared on the show one month later in late October.

9) Days after the announcement of Bristol’s pregnancy, Conan O’Brien joked, “It’s true, John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, has revealed that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. Palin said, ‘We should never have introduced her to John Edwards.’” Where was the outrage? Was Conan promoting infidelity with an underage girl?


8 ) “Governor Palin announced over the weekend that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is five months pregnant. Oh, boy, you thought John Edwards was in trouble before, now he’s really done it!” –Jay Leno “All the Republicans are heaping praise on Governor Palin. Fred Thompson said, as an actor, he could see them making a movie about Sarah Palin and her family. Didn’t they already make that movie? I think it was called ‘Knocked Up!’”–Jay Leno


7) Craig Ferguson’s skit of “Larry King vs Levi Johnston” asks about “kinky sex” with the drapes open. Craig Ferguson’s honorary Alaska citizenship, granted by Governor Palin wasn’t rescinded.


6) “According to expense reports, Sarah Palin charged the state of Alaska over $21,000 for her children to travel with her on official business. In fairness to Gov. Palin, when she leaves them home alone they get pregnant.” –Seth Meyers (SNL) Sarah Palin was in a sketch with Seth a week earlier.


5) On October 8, 2008, Sarah Palin walked out on the ice with 6 year old Piper and 13 year old Willow, Conan O’Brien said, “Saturday night, Sarah Palin is going to drop the first puck at the Philadelphia Flyers’ hockey game. Then Palin will spend the rest of the game trying to keep the hockey players out of her daughter’s penalty box.”

Oh, yes he did. You get the outrage…but not a peep then. According to the new “logic”, O’Brien was advocating for some sick stuff.


4) Rush Limbaugh, “Everyone knows the Clintons have a cat. Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is a White House dog?” And he puts up a picture of Chelsea Clinton. Chelsea Clinton is 13 years old. Rush also says, “In last year’s campaign, the most prominent, articulate voice for standard run-of-the-mill good old-fashioned American conservatism was Sarah Palin.” Calling a young woman a “dog” can’t be helpful to her “self esteem.”


3) “Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno.” John McCain, Palin’s running mate. Should McCain apologize to every young woman in America?


2) Palin’s friend, political defender and informer of the David Letterman comments, John Ziegler was fired from his radio show for using the “n word” on line and on air in 1997. In 2000, he was fired for spelling the n-word on the air. How much does that word affect the psychological health of the youth of America, regardless of their race? Now he is pimping his film about how mean the “liberal media” was to Palin.


1) The “candidate who must be obeyed” was talking about Palin’s family when he said “kids are off limits.” Jake Tapper of ABC News interviewing then Candidate Obama asked, “Governor Palin and her husband issued a statement today saying their 17-year-old daughter Bristol, who is unmarried, is five months pregnant. Do you have any reaction?”


OBAMA: “I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off-limits. And people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Governor Palin’s performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know, my mother had me when she was 18. And, you know, how family deals with issues and — and, you know, teenaged children, that shouldn’t be the topic of — of our politics.”


The Palin children have been fodder for comedians since they were brought to the national stage. Incest isn’t funny. Ugly kid jokes aren’t funny. Many of the things said about public figures are just flat wrong. Being “knocked up” isn’t much fun. Racist comments hurt all of us.


I understand being defensive; just wonder what took so long. Why now?

46 comments:

mlaiuppa said...

Because she needed to deflect from the plagiarism and the Exxon deal.

She needed to be in the spotlight and she needed some spin for "poor Sarah". She needed outrage to side with her against the target of her choice.

I'm sure the dream of taking down none other than David Letterman was quite tempting too. I'll bet she's never forgiven him for what he did to John McCain and probably blames Dave for single handedly orchestrating their defeat.

She never forgets and she's big on revenge. The slutty flight attendant joke hurt her a lot more than the one about Bristol, but she couldn't complain about that without looking vain and petty.

Anonymous said...

"Because she needed to deflect from the plagiarism and the Exxon deal.

She needed to be in the spotlight"

Well, which one was it? Was she trying to deflect or was she needing the spotlight. Yep, I guess you have to cover all the bases when attacking Palin.

"She needed outrage to side with her against the target of her choice."

Aha, so she paid Letterman to say all that vile stuff just so she could get the publicity ! How kind of Letterman to go along with her. And , by the way, the "joke" was about 14 year old Willow who WAS at the game and not Bristol who wasn't.

Anonymous said...

A few hours after her name is making the headlines for her connection with right-wing terrorism she starts appearing all over TV criticizing David Letterman. No co-incidence.

Anonymous said...

Oh so she and Letterman planned for Letterman to insult her 14 year old daughter just so she stop the media pointing out that she is behind all the terrorism in the world ??? You having a laugh aren't you ?

Anonymous said...

"I understand being defensive; just wonder what took so long. Why now?"

Hmm, I understand why Miss Moore wasn't upset by all those sexist jokes by leftwing comedians against Sarah Palin before, so why now ?

Anonymous said...

"OBAMA: “I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people’s families are off-limits. And people’s children are especially off-limits."

Seems the Obama-loving media and the Leftist cultural elite thought that Obama was only talking about his own kids...after all they've been left alone and only Palin's children have been attacked. More liberal double standards. How dare a woman not follow the Leftist line!!!

Anonymous said...

@11:56: Who made Bristol Palin pose for the cover of People Magazine 2 weeks ago?

Anonymous said...

Why did Palin wait?

Because it was politically expedient to go along with the jokes during the campaign. It was pure, calculating political ambition... with her "principles" taking a backseat to the golden calf of winning.

Her ardent crusade against Letterman now is also for political expedience. She wanted to change the public debate from her disastrous week in the lower 48...from topics such as: her plagiaristic speech (or at least her paucity of original ideas); the alarming rise of right-wing extremism with the murders of Tiller, Johns, and the "Minutemen" murders; the "DISinvite" from speaking at the GOP fundraising dinner because of the hilarious prospect of upstaging Newt in a speech which she lifted from him.

She may have had the high ground initially in the Letterman issue but she lost it with her histrionic rhetoric about pedophilia, perverts, rape etc. Now, most reasonable people are just shaking their heads and laughing at her.

She really is a blind goose lost in a hail storm of her own making.

Anonymous said...

One more time, for anyone who _still_ doesn't get it. The target of the joke was Yankee player Alex Rodriguez, aka "A-Rod", a big-deal playboy in the spotlight for steroid use and celebrity women sex scandals. Vegas showgirls, Playboy bunnies, Madonna, Kate Hudson.
As the latest hot Candie's girl, talking about her sexual activity on every interplanetary news station that she can get a booking on, Bristol and A-Rod are not to be trusted together. Get it?

Let Bristol speak for herself; she's a public figure and a grownup. Hey, are you offended? Or flattered to be referenced as hot enough for A-Rod? That's gotta be a little bit of an ego boost, hmm.

For the life of me, I cannot understand how Willow got dragged into this. It's so bizarre that I'm starting to wonder if Palin manipulated the whole thing.

BRISTOL not WILLOW said...

WILLOW? Anyone who suggests that Letterman was joking about Willow has secret pedaphile ambitions. Willow was at the game? So what?

COMEDY 101: Jokes are funny when they are based in collective pop reality; in other words, when Joe Public gets the joke.

No one has ever heard of Willow Palin. EVERYONE has heard of Bristol Palin. EVERYONE knows Bristol was KNOCKED UP. EVERYONE knows Bristol was the Abstinence spokesman...which, by the way, was sponsored by the soft porn sexually charged teen clothing company, CANDIES!

So...stop the madness. The Letterman joke was about BRISTOL!!!

Anonymous said...

It took so long because this faux outrage has nothing to do with her children. It was that "slutty flight attendant look" comment that sent Governor Grifter over the edge. But she couldn't give it a head on attack. So she made up the twisted rape and incest story as an excuse to yell at Letterman. She's absolutely pathological. Oh, and she also dresses like a slutty flight attendant (re: Memorial Day photos -- hiked up mini skirt and hooker shoes).

Aussie Blue Sky said...

Where is the evidence that Willow Palin was at the game?

Aussie Blue Sky said...

Anonymous said...
Oh so she and Letterman planned for Letterman to insult her 14 year old daughter just so she stop the media pointing out that she is behind all the terrorism in the world ??? You having a laugh aren't you ?
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Sarah Palin fully admits to being an opportunist. It makes complete sense that she would seize the opportunity of twisting what Letterman said and claiming it was about her "other" daughter. Better those headlines than the ones about neo-Nazi killers.

Mary said...

Boy, the anonymous pee-ers are out in force, aren't they?

And yes, Palin always needs to be in the spotlight. AND control the spin.

She who must be obeyed. Got that right.

baja said...

I think Palin's appearance with Matt Lauer made her look silly and politically unseasoned. Her catty demeanor and loose argument made her look more like a mean vain reality show contestant than a governor. I hope she continues to make dramatic appearances before 2012.

Anonymous said...

Wow, the misogynists are out in force again...how strange, as this is supposed to a "progressive" blog. But , of course, women are not really women if they are conservative according to Leftist group think.

14 year old Willow Palin was at the game (unless the entire East Coast media is lying) ...Bristol wasn't. Letterman's sick joke (how liberal, how feminist) was about the girl at the game ...which was Willow. Sex with a 14 year old in New York is statutory rape...therefore Letterman was "joking" about the statutory rape of a minor. But that's OK according to the "progressives" , far worse is Sarah Palin daring to stand up for her daughter. How did the Left become so twisted ? No wonder they have such a soft spot for islamofascists..both groups think "uppity" women should be silenced.

Anonymous said...

Palin has taken politics to the level of the WWF level. An Eagle River and a Valley senator have gotten in on it. I am sick of it. We all knew what Letterman meant. Could he have gotten Palin's kids confused? Who cares which one was actually at the baseball game? Are we really discussing that?

Palin has issues at home. She could best slap Letterman in the face by saying, "David who? I have homeless people dying in my largest city and it's summer. I have a GASLINE to deal with. I need to find out why my speech writers caused me to plagiarize and get new ones. I sound catty on the national stage! I have other things to deal with." then never utter his name again!

She may as well have been on his show. I hadn't watched Dave since high school, but with the late sun I have been up and tuned in for some cheap laughs four or five times since she had kittens over this.

An disciplined artist knows when to stop and when the work is finished and start the next project that he has been thinking about. A wise farmer knows when to pick the fruit before it rots on the vine and plows the field over to start again. A smart politician knows when to shut up and MOVE ON.

basheert said...

Well that certainly leaves Governor Blab out - she is anything but smart.

So far no one has shown that either of the Palin girls were at that game. Since the peeing in the sea dolts say it was Willow, let's see a photo of someone other than FruityTootyRudy's wife (who is just a hair older than Willow). NO pictures people - regardless of what the media says, there is NO picture.

Also, why isn't A-Rod screeching - it was about HIM. Which is why Palin is screeching, because it was not about her!

Letterman told a bad joke. Stop the country and let the peeing in the sea dopes off. They worship a bad joke. She used to just be a simple joke, now she's a joke that is increasing Letterman's audience by leaps and bounds.

She really didn't like the slutty comment though. Even though it is eminently true and accurate.

The biggest drawback to SP is that she is so incredibly stupid, she'll never figure out how many people are laughing at her. And by the way, inflating numbers at rallies and evotes does NOT translate into actual election wins.

Can't wait for 2010.

Anonymous said...

"She really didn't like the slutty comment though. Even though it is eminently true and accurate."

At last, the true voice of "progressive" America. An old creepy, misogynistic, multi-millionaire slanders a female politician and air stewardesses by calling them "sluts" and the so-called "libs" happily go along with it. This is all about class hated . Palin isn't one of the Ivy League crooks who've run the US into the ground so the media elite hate her. This is the "libs" idea of "diverity"....every woman must think like them otherwise they are "sluts". Nice....maybe you people could move to Iran.

Anonymous said...

The joke was about _A-ROD'S SHENANIGANS. The end.
You know - baseball, great American pasttime, million-dollar contracts, celebrity players, sex/drugs/rockn'roll lifestyle, celebrity women, steroids, congressional inquiries, philandering-cheatin'-divorcin' millionaire deadbeats.
In a twisted ugly logic, it might stroke Bristol's ego to be thought of as hot enough for A-Rod.

Americans are not this stupid; we made A-Rod an icon. We all know the insult was targeting A-Rod. No, something's going on here. Palin's got an agenda and doing this on purpose.

Anonymous said...

Yep, something is going on here...the American people are sick of having the "liberal" elite media launch disgusting misogynistic attacks on a female politician just because she is conservative. Just look at the list of sick jokes made about Palin (& family) that Miss Moore gleefully lists above, think of the Democrats selling "Palin is a C**t"" T-shirts,
think of Sandra Bernhard calling for her "black brothers" to gang rape Palin if she came to NYC. The Left in America has turned into a hate machine and has dumped all it's feminist principles in order to destroy a woman because she's conservative. That is what is "going on" here.....decent people are telling the "left" to clean up it's whole disgusting act.

Philip Munger said...

Just waded back in here. The pee-ers are out in force. Puttin' on the hip boots.

Anonymous said...

lol...not to worry Phil...you have the pee-ers on the run! It is so hilarious to me, when it becomes obvious that they see their dreams of Queen Sarah going down tubes.

The woman is an idiot, plain and simple. She is opportunistic and manipulative, and this latest with letterman shows it. The worst ever was the incest joke on SNL...but the lovely Sarah had nada to say about that. For that matter, neither did Toad.

Nobody even knows who Willow is...poor kid hides like crazy. EVERYONE WITH A BRAIN knows who Bristol is, and Bristol herself is a mini celeb, so she is fair freaking game.

Obama WAS talking about Palins family when he said "off limits" Its convenient the pee-er ignore that. Obama has kept his girls life private...he is good dad and Michele is a good mom.

The trolls who had someone pee in their cornflakes the last few days...will be out in full force because its all they know how to do.

Laurie

Gladys Glasys said...

Where is the silent P himself, Sean Parnel? Doesn't he poke his head out every few months and support her then go back under his bridge?

Where is his outrage?

What does he do with his days?

Anonymous said...

"The worst ever was the incest joke on SNL."

And the "liberals" said nothing...they said nothing when Bernhard called for Palin to be raped, they said nothing when the Dems printed "Palin is a C**t" T-shirts, they said nothing when her effigy was hung in LA, they said nothing when Letterman "joked" about her 14 year old being raped. You're all so wrapped up in your hatred of a woman who doesn't follow your beliefs that you will allow ANYTHING to be said about her or her family. Hey , but's that the modern left for you ....the American Taliban.

Gladys Glasys said...

Anon at 10:47: Palin has prostituted her middle class background and made a mockery out of people with the background that she flaunts. She's the new girl in high school who got into the upper click by being a breath of fresh air, but held on to that too long.

The elitists know when to drop topics. Palin has become hokey and cliche.

KaJo said...

Some anonymous twit said, "Wow, the misogynists are out in force again...how strange, as this is supposed to a "progressive" blog. But , of course, women are not really women if they are conservative according to Leftist group think.

14 year old Willow Palin was at the game (unless the entire East Coast media is lying)"


#1. If any of these comments had been made over at C4P, they'd have been eliminated with accompanying foul insults by RAMrocks. But even YOUR comments are still here, uncensored -- albeit, not uncriticized.

#2. One "East Coast media" outlet, specifically right in New York City (where the ball game was played) said quite plainly:

"The GOP political duo and their spouses exchanged laughs, smiles and small talk as they watched the Yanks take on Tampa Bay. At one point, Giuliani snapped a photo of his wife, Judith, with Alaska's First Couple."

No accompanying daughter mentioned. No pictures of her. No videos of her. No fan pictures on blogs anywhere.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2009/06/07/2009-06-07_palin_hits_nyc_and_yankees_game.html

Are you trying to tell me that every OTHER media outlet is saying something different? I don't see it, in pages upon pages of Googled references to the Palins attending that game (where they left the ballpark a full inning BEFORE the alleged "knocking up" in the joke).

Anonymous said...

"lol...not to worry Phil...you have the pee-ers on the run! "

Really ? Are you serious ? Sad.

"Obama has kept his girls life private...he is good dad and Michele is a good mom."

Yeah, we know ..he is the Messiah after all. But was putting his girls on Access TV "keeping them private". Hey they went public ! Does that mean they are fair game for rape jokes and sleezy incest comments ? The double standards on the Left are breath-taking.

Anonymous said...

"#1. If any of these comments had been made over at C4P, they'd have been eliminated with accompanying foul insults by RAMrocks."

Good way to dodge the points I bought up...just switch to another subject. I'm waiting for someone to defend the level of abuse that the Palins have received from the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) but ..nothing. All I read here is more abuse of Palin ..and lame hair-splitting about which daughter deserved to be insulted on national TV.....where is that "progressive" support of women we hear so much about ?

Anonymous said...

“She's absolutely pathological. Oh, and she also dresses like a slutty flight attendant”

“Her catty demeanor”

“She really didn't like the slutty comment though. Even though it is eminently true and accurate.”

“The biggest drawback to SP is that she is so incredibly stupid”

“Palin has prostituted her middle class background”

“Bristol herself is a mini celeb, so she is fair freaking game.”

Wow, can you feel the love ? So a powerful woman politician is a "slut" because she doesn't dress the way the leftist Taliban want her to dress. She's a "prostitute" because she isn't a Democrat. These are the kind of vile comments that twisted bigots in the 1950s used to say about women...can none of you see the irony of what you've become ? What's next ? "Well she dressed like a slut...she was asking for it". I think it's time you people took a good hard look at yourselves
and what you're turning into.

Anonymous said...

So many paid commenters for Palin and this is the best they can do?

Some of the Palinites refuse to look at the evidence lined up by Shannyn Moore. Palin never protested throughout years of inappropriate jokes told TO her about other women, made fun on the air of a female cancer patient, and tolerated jokes about Levi Johnston, Todd, and her own children throughout the campaign.

The facts are there for all to see.

Anonymous said...

"The facts are there for all to see."

Yep, they surely are. When a woman says something the left disagree with then they think it's fine to call her a C**t, a slut and a prostitute and they think it's dandy to j"joke" about incest in her family and about raping her and her daughters....and this from the "progressives". Did I leave anything out....do you want me to walk you through it again ? Okay...this isn't about Palin ignoring the vile comments , it's why those on the Left think it's OK to make them in the first place. Am I going too fast ? It doesn't matter which daughter Letterman insulted , it's why you guys as "liberals" think it's OK. It doesn't matter if Palin does what politicians do, it's why you guys think it's OK to hurl misogynistic comments at her.
And what is really pathetic is that when someone points this all out to you the best response you can come up with is "they're paid to do it". That's so lame...is CBS paying you woman-haters to come here ? Maybe the White House ? Try and grow up, people ...

Anonymous said...

"The trolls who had someone pee in their cornflakes "

Whoo hoo....very mature comment. Please tell me you're not old enough to vote yet...or is this what passes for "informed debate" amongst Leftist circles ?

Anonymous said...

@2:35 -you don't seem to be able to comprehend the contents of the clips. You can't answer Shannyn's points. Period.

Anonymous said...

"You can't answer Shannyn's points. Period."

Wnat points ?That for whatever reason Palin didn't respond to every vile thing said about her or her family ?
Can you really not see the bigger picture ? Why were those things said in the first place ? Why do "progressives" think that misogyny is fine ? Why do "liberals" happily immerse themselves in the gutter in order to slander a woman they disagree with. Has hatred really closed your minds to what is really happening here ?

Anonymous said...

{{{{{{@3:22}}}}}}}Thank you for helping the cause of women! (Are you a woman?)

Have you protested Rush, Beck and Hannity? They've been saying far worse things about women for many years now. (And it's all on camera or recorded!)

Do you listen to Eddie Burke? He has called women some terrible things. (And it's all on camera or recorded.)

Are you walking your talk? Let us know how your protests of the misogyny on the Right has been going! I am so glad to meet someone who is doing something actively to help women! Thank you for all you do to end misogyny! And I hope you won't laugh at any jokes against women EVER again in your life. Please make sure no one does wherever you work. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

"I am so glad to meet someone who is doing something actively to help women!"

My pleasure.

"Thank you for all you do to end misogyny! "

Thank YOU ! I'm just doing my little bit to make this a decent world for my daughters to grow up in.

"And I hope you won't laugh at any jokes against women EVER again in your life."

I can safely say that I will NEVER call for a female politician I disagree with to be raped, nor will I call her a c**t, nor will I hang her in effigy, nor will I accuse her husband of incest with her teenage daughters, nor will I call her a slut, nor will I make sexual jokes about their 14 year old daughters .....the question is will the "liberals" be able to say & do the same ???

Anonymous said...

{{{{@5:32}}}}}, and I hope you will give up looking at any pornographic images of women, as well, as that is also demeaning to women.

Why won't you pledge to not laugh at ANY jokes about women? Esp. in the workplace. I don't understand.
:-(

Anonymous said...

Did Palin ever apologize for laughing at the comments about Lyda? I'd love to see Lyda make an issue of that right now.

Anonymous said...

Letterman's jokes were off base and he should have apologized for them. Which he has done, twice.

I think the posters on here from both sides agree that this type of thing is not acceptable, but calling each other names is not going to solve anything. There have been cruel and hurtful comments made on both sides of the aisle with no outrage from either side.

The problem has been Palin's reaction and the conservatives reaction. You are all up in arms because it was Palin. Where is your outrage about the comment made by a repub equating Michelle Obama's ancestors to an escaped gorilla? Where is the outrage over Palin's remark that "Sambo beat the bitch" when talking about Obama beating Hillary for the Dem nomination.

As women and men who care about women, we should all be outraged by these comments not just the ones that support our own political views.

Anonymous said...

"The problem has been Palin's reaction and the conservatives reaction."

Ha ! Ha ! You're joking, right ? So joking about the statutory rape of a 14 year old is not the problem ? Nor is the printing of T-shirts saying "Sarah Palin is a c**T". Nor is calling for Sarah Palin to be gang raped ?

The problem here is that so-called "liberals" don't understand that women are outraged when people call for them to be raped merely because of their political views !

Your all-consuming hatred of Palin has turned some of you into bitter, bigoted misogynists......some self-examination is in order.

And as for your pathetic lies about Palin's comments...do try and grow up

Aussie Blue Sky said...

Why is the coward "Anonymous" spamming this site when her own far-right sites are censored? Does she only believe in free speech on progressive sites?

Anonymous said...

"Aussie Blue Sky" sadly betrays their ignorance of conservative sites (notice the "far-right" tag thrown in because Aussie thinks anything to the right of Karl Marx is probably far-right). Well respected sites like Hot Air, Ace Of Spades, Michelle Malkin and many others have uncensored comments. Strangely enough the "progressive" site of Miss Moore whose list heads this page censors comments on her site....does that make her "far-right" as well. And besides, what are you worried about...surely this hot bed of "progressive" intellect can handle one dissenting voice. As you guys have been saying for eight years..."DISSENT IS PATRIOTIC" :0)
And speaking of being a "coward", is "Aussie Blue Sky" your real name?

Anonymous said...

Anon@4:20, it's clear you are emotional about these issues. But ad hominem attacks don't move the dialogue forward, IMHO.

Anonymous said...

Palin has lost what little bit of credibility she might have ever had as a politician.

Her "supporters" now are reduced to begging for donations to her "pay my bills" fund, and the video of them at the firedavidletterman rally show just more of the same from the rallies Palin used to whip up into a feeding frenzy of hate during the campaign (only now instead of a ton of supporters showing up she got a whole group of 15 folks out to support her cause).

She has become a tabloid star not a serious politician and sooner or later she is going to have to face that fact as will her supporters. It will be interesting and quite fun to watch them implode when they realize that no only Palin, but they themselves have contributed to her political demise! :)

Anonymous said...

"Her "supporters" now are reduced to begging for donations to her "pay my bills" fund,"

Just as Obama and his union supporters are doing right now. Why must your irrational hatred of Palin blind you to the day-to-day realities of political life ?