Today is a good occasion to recall Sarah Palin’s curious account of Paul Revere’s ride

On this date 240 years ago, Paul Revere, a silversmith and revolutionary patriot, made an urgent midnight ride on horseback through parts of the colony of Massachusetts to warn that British troops were approaching. The mission was made famous many years after Revere’s death when Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride.” Popular accounts of the ride  have long been at least a little fuzzy on the details, but Sarah Palin came in for special criticism four years ago when she visited Boston on a fundraising tour on behalf of her political action committee. Palin said this of Revere: “He who warned uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.” That version probably made perfect sense to lots of people –especially at first, before the media widely ridiculed it. In short, Sarah Palin’s ignorance of history is not much worse than that of the average schmoe you see on the street or at the mall. It says HERE, however, that Palin’s story “isn’t entirely wrong, but it’s badly twisted.”  ...

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Sarah Palin hints at running for president, but I’m guessing she won’t

Sarah Palin, the former half-term governor of Alaska and running mate on John McCain’s unsuccessful presidential ticket in 2008, says she’s thinking of running for the GOP nomination next year. But my own sense of the matter is that she won’t. Along with several potential White House hopefuls, Palin will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit this weekend, which naturally raises questions about her own plans. She said THIS yesterday in response to such queries: “Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servant’s heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service, anybody would be interested.” But she hedged a bit by adding this: “It doesn’t have to be myself, but yes … happy to drive that competition, because competition will make everyone better and produce more and be more candid regarding their solutions they will offer this country. I am very interested in that competitive process and, again, not necessarily me.” As a Palin-watcher for six years now, I’m betting that she won’t actually file as a candidate in any of next year’s primaries or caucuses. I think she just likes to hear people talk about her as presidential timber. But her poll numbers are awful, and she wouldn’t have a chance, even in a crowded field of GOP hopefuls. I would prefer to be wrong about this. A Palin candidacy would be lots of fun. But it ain’t gonna happen....

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Wall Street Journal poll: Most Americans want Sarah Palin to shut up

As is so often the case, just when you’ve lost almost all faith in the wisdom of the American populace, something comes along to cheer you up a bit. The latest example is a survey co-sponsored by Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, no less, in which a majority of Americans say they would prefer that a certain unsuccessful politician keep her thoughts to herself at least for a while. The story is HERE: According to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg Public Policy Center survey, Americans would like to tell Sarah Palin, Jesse Jackson and Dick Cheney that it is time to be quiet. More than 40% of Americans are tired of them. Ms. Palin gets the dubious distinction of 52% wishing her to fade away, including almost 2 out of 5 conservatives and Republicans. For Mr. Cheney the verdict also is harsh, with 42% wanting him to be quiet, and even a quarter of the Cheney base of conservatives and-tea party voters have heard enough....

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Is Sarah Palin’s call for impeachment of Obama actually bad news for Republicans?

The only thing that surprises me about Sarah Palin’s call for the impeachment of President Obama (see HERE)  is that she’s waited this long to lend her voice to the demands of her fellow wingnuts on this matter. Aaron Blake of the Washington Post SAYS Palin’s involvement in the push for impeachment poses potential problems for her party: She’s the first Republican of any significant national stature to make this call. And she’s the kind of figure who could potentially recruit others to the cause — people who will want to be heard. Palin surely doesn’t carry the kind of weight she once did in the GOP, but she still has a significant tea party following and is highly popular among the conservative base. If a significant pro-impeachment portion of the conservative base does materialize — and that’s a big “if” — it will put Republican lawmakers in the unenviable position of responding to questions about whether they, too, agree with the idea of impeachment… [I]mpeachment is a very difficult issue to press. Even in the late 1990s, when an American president had an affair in the White House and then lied about it, support for impeachment was still well shy of a majority — as low as 30 percent. In Obama’s case, we’re sure there are plenty of people who genuinely believe that what he’s done rises to the level of impeachment. But that doesn’t make their viewpoint a political winner, and their task in convincing the rest of the American people is very tall.    ...

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Sacrilege? Sarah Palin likens torture to a Christian sacrament!

Political pest Sarah Palin outdid herself the other day with a speech in which she equated physical torture with the Christian rite of baptism. Still entertaining preposterous notions that she might someday become president, Palin said this at a convention of the National Rifle Association: “[I]f I were in charge, they [squeamish liberals] would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.” Never mind that waterboarding has been applied to more than a few suspects who have never been convicted of terrorism. Such legal niceties don’t matter to people who get their rocks off at the very thought of torturing supposed bad guys. Palin’s speech was too much even for the likes of Rod Dreher, who wrote THIS on The American Conservative website: Man, the 12-minute speech Sarah Palin gave to the NRA convention is awful. It’s just witless, red-meat blathering, delivered in that nasal whine of hers that makes it sound like she’s chewing wads of tinfoil. For people who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing they like… Not only is this woman, putatively a Christian, praising torture, but she is comparing it to a holy sacrament of the Christian faith. It’s disgusting — but even more disgusting, those NRA members, many of whom are no doubt Christians, cheered wildly for her… Palin and all those who cheered her sacrilegious jibe ought to be ashamed of themselves. For us Christians, baptism is the entry into new life. Palin invoked it to celebrate torture. Even if you don’t believe that waterboarding is torture, surely you agree that it should not be compared to baptism, and that such a comparison should be laughed at. What does it say about the character of a person that they could make that joking comparison, and that so many people would cheer for it. Nothing good — and nothing that does honor to the cause of Jesus Christ.    ...

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