Like me, Sarah Palin is no fan of Peggy Noonan — but for a different reason

The moral of THIS STORY is that a certain former Republican candidate for vice president has a long memory: Nobody holds (or exploits) a grudge like Sarah Palin. Just ask Peggy Noonan. Noonan, you might recall, couldn’t hide her displeasure with Palin back during the 2008 campaign. The former Reagan speechwriter was caught on an open mike disparaging John McCain’s selection of the former Alaska governor… When the campaign ended and she was free to air her grievances in public, Noonan wrote a devastating column in which she...

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Surprise! Sarah Palin doesn’t understand Freedom of Speech!

Every day in America, there are people who lose their jobs for saying the wrong thing in the wrong place at the wrong time. It happened to me 45 years ago when I publicly said something disparaging about the company for which I worked. Did I have a right to say what I said without the government coming down on me? Of course I did. Did the company have a right to send me packing? Of course it did. You see, Freedom of Speech is no guarantee against any and all kinds of backlash for saying something someone might find offensive. It’s...

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Sarah Palin, guru to the brainless, outdoes herself

Of all the gibberish ever uttered by Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska, nothing is more nonsensical than her response of a few weeks ago to a question of what her alternative to Obamacare would be. Said Palin: The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a health-care system in America that certainly does need more help so that there’s more competition, there’s less tort reform threat, there’s less trajectory of the cost increases, and those plans have been proposed over and over again....

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Right-wingers have an odd penchant for comparing anything they don’t like to slavery

Some Republicans have a hard time dealing with the issue of slavery. In many cases, it’s just a matter of mistaken history. For example, I saw something the other day about how it was the Republicans who ended slavery while the Democrats favored its preservation. That’s true, but it ignores the fact that the Republican and Democratic parties long ago traded places on issues of states’ rights and matters related to race. That’s why segregationist Democrats like Strom Thurmond switched to the Republican Party. It’s...

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Sarah Palin is out with a book about the War on Christmas

  Perhaps I should explain at the outset here that the wording of the headline above — especially the phrase “out with a book” — is quite deliberate. You see, it probably would be wrong to say that Sarah Palin has “written” a book. Many, if not most, politicians who publish books rely on ghost-writers to one extent or another. This is also true of your typical show-business celebrity who allows the use of his or her name on a book that purports to be a memoir. Palin’s book, whether she wrote it...

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