Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Sick Sense

Shorter David Broder:

I see starbursts.


How a guy who for the last ninety-eight years has written nothing but columns fetishizing bipartisanship can listen to the nonstop stream of hate spewing from those lips, and think there's something good about it, is nothing short of nauseating.

(h/t: Curse you, Twin! | pic. source)



[Added] From attaturk (whence the pic), we also have a link to a WaPo article reporting its latest poll findings. Among them:

Although Palin is a tea party favorite, her potential as a presidential hopeful takes a severe hit in the survey. Fifty-five percent of Americans have unfavorable views of her, while the percentage holding favorable views has dipped to 37, a new low in Post-ABC polling.

There is a growing sense that the former Alaska governor is not qualified to serve as president, with more than seven in 10 Americans now saying she is unqualified, up from 60 percent in a November survey. Even among Republicans, a majority now say Palin lacks the qualifications necessary for the White House.

Palin has lost ground among conservative Republicans, who would be crucial to her hopes if she seeks the party's presidential nomination in 2012. Forty-five percent of conservatives now consider her as qualified for the presidency, down sharply from 66 percent who said so last fall.

Among all Republicans polled, 37 percent now hold a "strongly favorable" opinion of Palin, about half the level recorded when she burst onto the national stage in 2008 as Sen. John McCain's running mate.

Bubble? sez Dean Broder. What bubble?


Anonymous said...

Like that 98 years line. Sarcasm is best unheralded.

Palin reminds me of W -- ingnorant but blessed with huge self-regard.

But I don't see GOP/Neocon players filling this empty vessel, because she lacks something W had: the public's confusion of him with his moderate, mainstream father that lent comfort to low-information voters.

Palin has already defined herself, gaffe by gaffe.

ledocs said...

It's time for the elitists to speak out. I'm an elitist, and I can't stand anti-elitists. Do I think that I am better than Sarah Palin? Yes, in virtually every conceivable way.

Plato had this all right. I don't think we want morons running the country. Do we call a moron to fix the refrigerator or the satellite TV? Do we call a moron to find out why the bridge collapsed and how to fix it? So why should we call a moronic anti-elitist to help us solve the country's problems?

Brendan said...

Hear, hear.

As I have said before:

Call me a Katha Pollit elitist.

(I'm already a Richard Dawkins elitist.)

But by far the worst thing about Palin and her ilk is the smugness they display about their own stupidity and lack of intellectual curiosity.