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Sarah Palin supports Trump ban on Muslims

As reported by The Hill (and probably elsewhere).

I bring this up not because I have the least bit of respect for Palin; she’s a moron. But the Republican establishment, to a tee, all said back in 2008 that Palin was perfectly and completely qualified to be President if something would happen to McCain. But now the same hypocritical Republican establishment somehow thinks that Trump isn’t qualified to be President even though he has an Ivy League education and successfully runs a huge business enterprise. And all of his children are well educated and well behaved, unlike the Palin clan.

Whenever some establishment Republican says Trump can’t be President, I wish someone would call them out on Sarah Palin.

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A commenter yesterday criticized me yesterday for writing so much about Trump and not about other topics.

I’ve always written in my blog about what I am currently interested in. That people care to read it, I’m grateful.

The reason why I have suddenly become so interested in the Trump story is that I see this as an historic presidential election if Trump wins. Even if Trump merely wins the Republican nomination and loses to Hillary, it’s still as important of a realigning election as 1932. If Trump wins the presidency, it will be looked back upon as the most important election since 1860 (when Abraham Lincoln won the election with the backing of a new political party that didn’t exist just a few years before that).

I think this is too exciting not to write about.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 10, 2015 at 10:54 am

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  1. You think there will actually be a realignment if he loses the election, though? Could be the establishment rolls everything back and pretends Trump never happened. “Nope, that didn’t work, back to business as usual.”


    December 10, 2015 at 11:14 am

  2. Maybe she’s afraid a Muslim immigrant will impregnate one of her daughters.


    December 10, 2015 at 11:18 am

    • Lol….good one. I had to laugh…


      December 10, 2015 at 12:40 pm

  3. But the Republican establishment, to a tee, all said back in 2008 that Palin was perfectly and completely qualified to be President if something would happen to McCain. But now the same hypocritical Republican establishment somehow thinks that Trump isn’t qualified to be President even though he has an Ivy League education and successfully runs a huge business enterprise.

    Well played. I will be using this.


    December 10, 2015 at 11:22 am

    • I can’t speak for anyone else, but I always thought she was unqualified. Although her brief political experience wasn’t why. She didn’t come across as a serious-minded person to me. Trump is serious-minded, but the lack of political experience is an issue also. Politics doesn’t work the way big business does. Jimmy Carter was a highly successful business owner but a lousy politician – people forget that his peanut business made him a millionaire, and unlike Trump he didn’t have a wealthy father to start him out. Trump is not going to single-handedly change American government through the force of his personality. He will have to deal with the same obstacles that other presidents did – the public’s contradictory demands (i.e. give us less government and more tax cuts, but don’t take away our government services) and the special interest lobbyists.


      December 10, 2015 at 11:52 am

      • Carter was one of the greatest Presidents in US history:

        1. started the anti Soviet military build up and the arming of the Afghan rebels (which was still a good idea despite what ended up happening with Al Quaeda.
        2. Deregulated the air line and trucking industries
        3. Appointed Paul Volcker to head the Federal Reserve, which ultimately led to the end of stagflation
        4. Pardoned the Vietnam draft dodgers
        5. Brokered the peace between Egypt and Israel
        6. Got the Iranian hostages released (although Reagan ended up getting credit for it)

        Otis the Sweaty

        December 10, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      • Valid. I don’t disagree with anything there, including the idea that business ability does not necessarily translate to political mastery, but I still view Trump as an indispensable figure.


        December 10, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      • Don’t forget the greatest obstacle of all: the permanent bureaucracy. They’re feeling quietly frisky right now.


        December 11, 2015 at 3:52 am

  4. Have you noticed that Fiorina’s inner b*tch has emerged again with her righteous condemnations of Trumps proposed Muslim entry ban. What a nasty piece of work she is. Trump was totally right to call her out on her face. It oozes disdain even psychopathy.

    Andrew E.

    December 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    • shiva1008

      December 10, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      • Not that I mean to put the man down (especially because I’ll probably vote for him in the primaries) but does anyone think this muppet bears a resemblance to Ted Cruz?


        December 10, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      • Ha ha. Yes.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 11, 2015 at 12:06 am

      • He reminds me of Alec Baldwin.


        December 10, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      • No, not all. He looks more like Joe Biden.


        December 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm

  5. The realignment will be a return to the America First paleoconservatism of the early 20th century. It is an embrace of nationalism, isolationism, border protection and pro-labor capitalism. This is true “one nation” conservatism. Trump really embodies Pat Buchanan style paleoconservatism just in a more bombastic and cosmopolitan way.

    A Trump presidency would mean an end to the Neoconservative rule of the Republican Party for the last fifty years. They know he cannot be controlled. That is why they so vehemently despise him and work to destroy him. As many have painfully figured out, there is nothing “conservative” about Neoconservatism. Neoconservatism essentially has defined the United States as nothing more than an economic free for all with no cultural mores that serves as a military fiefdom to Israel.


    December 10, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  6. Trump is General Ripper:

    And that is a compliment.


    December 10, 2015 at 1:37 pm

  7. I agree that this is an important election; a realigning one, although I’m not sure how it’s going to go. I don’t know if the Republican party will finally break apart into it’s components, leaving a small establishment core of no labels types (and a permanent Democratic majority), or if Trumpism (economic nationalism) takes over the Republican Party and globalists high tail it to the Democratic Party.In any case, there is no way things return to the status quo. That’s over.

    Mike Street Station

    December 10, 2015 at 1:44 pm

  8. I agree with a commenter on a previous entry: I’d rather read your posts about Trump than your reviews of music videos.


    December 10, 2015 at 1:49 pm

  9. More poll analysis: 65% of Republicans supports Trump’s Muslim ban. 76% of Republicans feel like Islam is incompatible with American values. Does this suggest that the establishment, which has gone all in on defending Islam in response to Trump, has a ceiling of ~25% support? That is what the consolidated establishment candidates are getting right now and is why I dismissed the latest poll.

    Otis the Sweaty

    December 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

  10. Sarah Palin wasn’t qualified in 2008 and doesn’t look like she’ll ever be up to the task, but her political instincts on the issues that matter: immigration, trade, central banking, and terror are solid.

    It is truly a same tht McCain cut her career short before she could develop as a national politician. (tour the country, get known on a signature issue, lose the hitch accent, etc)


    December 10, 2015 at 4:14 pm

  11. Whatever Sarah Palin’s merits, she’s trash, prole, former governor and mayor of Fishtown.

    She’s emblematic of the people to whom Trump’s bluster and persona appeal.

    There is a reason that Trump appeals to the residents of Fishtown; they feel like they’ve been left behind.

    And if we examine the numbers, they have.

    and for more detail

    The middle class is eroding as more are escaping from the cultural and social pathology of Fishtown (as well as the “rich” benefits of “diversity”) as the flee to insulate themselves in Belmont. But there is no escape. The swelling population of Fishtown will swamp the educated and credentialed elites in Belmont in any democratic election.

    Trump is pitching a simple message that the simple people of Fishtown can understand… whether it’s true or not. The reason that they’re stuck in their lousy social status isn’t because muslims are threatening their safety. It’s not that the immigrants are knocking up their slut daughters or forcing them to be irresponsible in school, life and work. Sure some immigrants are involved in the drug trade, but nobody forces American born whites to “experiment” or become addicts. What explains the epidemic of opiate addiction among white rural America? If it was the English foisted opium on the “innocent” Chinese, why did they succumb to that temptation? What’s white America’s excuse?

    The desperation, emptiness and loneliness of their modern lives is a poverty that can’t be charted or measured in dollars. Their rootedness and trust in community and family have been undermined by the global turbocapitalism championed by the neoliberal right and by the identity politics, multiculturalism and permissiveness championed by the left.

    Americans may profess faith in religion, but their faith is a hollow one. Their willingness for personal sacrifice and to strive for virtue as demanded by their faith is rather superficial. What Americans really worship, and they despite all diversity are indeed pretty united in worshiping at the Temple of Mammon. Materialism, status, convenience, distraction by entertainment and celebrity culture… that’s what really interests and unites Americans.

    What also unites most non-elite Americans, black and white, is a distrust and antipathy to things foreign including immigration. However immigration might benefit the economy as a whole, it does increase the competition in the job market for certain individuals, professions and classes. The US is simultaneously importing a new underclass and a new elite. I doubt I need to describe the ethnic compositions of these but the white and blacks who were here before are rightly feeling squeezed.

    So rather than striving to be strong and virtuous in order to be great,Trump appeals to the universal all-to-human (and American) instinct to hope for a quick and easy solution that requires no sacrifice.

    Get rich quick with this real estate investment program!
    Lose weight by eating cupcakes and drinking beer!
    Pick up hot babe 10s with these great neg approaches!
    Make America great again by voting for Trump!

    To be clear, I don’t entirely disagree with many of the prescriptions Dr. Trump is recommending.
    Limiting immigration makes sense for economic and cultural reasons. But we don’t have to denigrate and offend the people who are trying to join our prosperous community. Since the immigration act of 1965, the US is showing signs of Überfremdung. Unfortunately it might be a case of closing the barn door after the cows have gotten out.

    Whatever the results of the next election and whatever the next administration is able to achieve or whether the constitutional paralysis and gridlock roll on for another decade… Lion is probably right that this election might be another realignment akin in magnitude to what Nixon was able to achieve with his southern strategy. A populist might be able to unify the proles, both white and black, against the elites. If Trump wins the Republican nomination, everyone will be gasping about how shocked they are that Hillary was only able to get 60 – 70% of the black vote instead of the usual 90% the democratic candidate gets.

    If Trump wins the Republican nomination and continues his populist strategy and chooses a cocoa colored running mate… He could make himself “immune” to charges of racism and welcome Blacks back to the GOP. If the democrats are the rainbow party of the educated, cultured, big city, yuppies, gays, feminists, environmentalists, hipsters, starbucks drinkers and soccer moms, the GOP could actually make itself a down to earth welcoming place where blacks might feel even more at home.

    Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

    December 10, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    • “realignment akin in magnitude to what Nixon was able to achieve with his southern strategy”

      Much greater than that. That was merely part of an ongoing trend, not a whole new direction.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 10, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    • “The reason that they’re stuck in their lousy social status isn’t because muslims are threatening their safety. It’s not that the immigrants are knocking up their slut daughters or forcing them to be irresponsible in school, life and work.”

      No, even American proles don’t think like that. But they ARE watching the quality of their neighborhoods and schools (and lives) decline as they’re increasingly surrounded by immigrants.


      December 10, 2015 at 8:22 pm

  12. “But the Republican establishment, to a tee, all said back in 2008 that Palin was perfectly and completely qualified to be President if something would happen to McCain. But now the same hypocritical Republican establishment somehow thinks that Trump isn’t qualified to be President even though he has an Ivy League education and successfully runs a huge business enterprise.”

    There is a huge and un-noted difference here. Trump is a candidate for the Republican nomination, so he is at the stage where criticism is necessary. Palin was the VP selection by the nominated McCain, criticism at that point only helps the Democrats. The paleoconish Palin of today may be an indication of her past leanings or it could be an evolution in part elicited by constant anti prole white bigotry.


    December 10, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  13. I guess the question is, does it in any way discredit an idea (and the candidate expressing it) if a prole, unqualified moron endorses it?


    December 10, 2015 at 5:15 pm

  14. if trump really is so anti-establishment, any chance that he will die mysteriously by falling off his treadmill?


    December 10, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  15. I would disagree with Trump on his `ban muslims entering the country` but for a pure practicality of his proposal. How does he think this should be enforced ? Of course you can just ban citizens of predominantly muslim countries. But that will just be disaster – Turkey is a NATO member, Saudi Arabia and UAE are the US partners in Middle East. How that is going to work ? Of course, what he is doing is pure populism, appealing to the masses. But history of the US albeit very short has no example of populist becoming a president.

    Evgeniy Sharapov

    December 10, 2015 at 10:08 pm

  16. This is my attempt to write a comment about Trump, Stern, and Palin. Sarah Palin is a better person, through no merits of her own (code words, straight from Theology 101), I believe in my heart of hearts, than most of the posters here, bless their hearts. The Lion criticizes her a lot but if he spent a couple weeks hanging out with her and her family he would stop that nonsense. Let’s be honest, she is fairly obviously better informed on what God wants us to do with what has been given us than the average contemporary person, whether that person be atheist, agnostic, Christian, or Jewish. Where would our beloved friends in Israel and Russia and France be without women like Palin? Anyway, to change the subject back to the topic of this post, I would be horrified if my son turned out like Howard Stern. So would Trump – can you imagine his disgust at finding out a son of his wanted to be the next Howard Stern? However, unlike me, Trump is willing to ask people like Howard Stern, who understands the contemporary sleaziness of the average voter in great detail, what it takes to be liked by millions. I wish Stern was not admired by millions, but it is what it is. Don’t know what will happen here; Trump can’t win NY in a general election. He can win NJ, though. Because, unlike me, he is willing to listen to the advice of people like Stern. I have no idea how to win an election in NJ but guys like Stern are tapped into the loser vibe that keeps NJ what it is. A Republican who can win NJ can win the electoral college. Well, everyone who has ever been successful in history has either had the full support of God or has been willing to take the best advice from wherever he could find it.

    a history lesson

    December 10, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    • Good analysis.

      As much as I enjoy js and his remarks, he usually just indicts “meriproles” and our low class mass taste and values.

      I like that you try to analyze the power of the crass but popular tastemakers like Stern. What makes me so sad about “Meriprolistan” is how those disgusting, vile and crass celebrities and jocks are so idolized. In prior generations it wasn’t unusual for the uneducated and low class to strive to inculcate their offspring with the values that would equip their next generation to rise to something better. Nowadays grownups across classes admire the trash-talkers and buffoons. World Wrestle Mania for all!. What bugs me about Trump aren’t necessarily his positions. Rather because he’s taking style notes from WWE and Howard Stern and yelling and carrying on like a low-class jerk. The billionaire real estate macher has out-crassed that fat Jersey boy governor. Trumps appeal to the proles consists 50% of his take no prisoner DGAF confidence, 30% crass loudmouthed bluster and probably only 20% policy positions.

      I would have much rather supported somebody like a Romney, who could act dignified, calm and tactful like a sweetheart but while being quiet and firm on things like immigration restrictions.

      Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta

      December 11, 2015 at 1:22 am

  17. Rudy’s definitely out as Trump’s VP. He’s officially against Trump’s temporary ban on all Muslims entering the US.

    Andrew E.

    December 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm

  18. Sarah Palin won the endorsement of the Republican establishment for two reasons: 1) Most had no choice. McCain picked her and that was that; fall in line 2) Some people genuinely fell for her. It was like a bad crush. They could somehow see past the air-head, which was helped by the fact she ran against the media (while loving every second of the public limelight). If there’s anything all conservatives hate, it’s the media.

    I thought Trump would flame out long ago, and I’ve been mistaken at each turn. I keep thinking that eventually he’ll have to crash into a solid wall of reality. Not a single vote has been cast in the primary, so we’ll see. I still think he’s going to flame out.

    In terms of realignment, it’s increasingly difficult for a Republican to carry the Electoral College, but the GOP currently controls state houses, governors’ mansions and Congress. They rule state and local politics across the nation. They’ll inevitably lose on most social issues (e.g., same-sex marriage) and as much success as they’ve enjoyed on immigration, it’s a wedge that divides elites and proles within the party.


    December 10, 2015 at 11:06 pm

  19. Perhaps the Republicans can look forward to their version of the 1972 Democratic National Convention. Which, among other exciting things, also was a de facto change of party culture.


    December 11, 2015 at 4:03 am

  20. Would Palin as VP have been worse than Gerald Ford? No, probably comparable. Worse than LBJ? Probably much better, all things considered.


    December 11, 2015 at 4:06 am

    • Palin as VP would have been like Nixon, not Ford — the Republican attack dog, hated by the snooty press for his prole background and attitudes, treated disdainfully by the President, unable to make the (immediate) transition to POTUS after eight years as VP.

      Better than LBJ in that she probably wouldn’t reach the top by eliminating the person standing in her way. =)


      December 11, 2015 at 10:43 am

      • Well, VP Palin could inadvertently have eliminated Prez McCain by showing up at work in a nice summer dress. So there’s that.


        December 11, 2015 at 11:33 am

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