Sarah Palin is in my city. Yech.

by Andrew Osborne

April 14 (Bloomberg) — When Sarah Palin rolls into downtown Boston for a rally today, she’ll be greeted by Tea Party activists and a brass band playing Sousa marches. Absent will be U.S. Senator Scott Brown and at least one other top state Republican.

Here’s the thing:  I made more money than usual in 2009.  So this year, I’m paying more taxes.  And guess what?  I’m not in a frothing rage about it. 

Here’s the other thing.  Like  George W. Bush, I’m sure Sarah Palin would be a perfectly nice dinner companion…as long as we kept the conversation to family, pop culture, dirty limericks, sports, and/or moose recipes.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised to find myself agreeing on more than a few principles of philosophy and morality with her…until we got down to the actual details of execution. 

And by execution, I don’t mean death panels…a cheap shot, true, but unfortunately, for all her commendable bona fides as a charismatic speaker and loving mother of five children (including, famously, a son with Down’s Syndrome, who’s lucky to have such a lioness in his corner, even if she did give him a goofy name), the problem with Sarah Palin is that she’s a cheap shot artist.  A rabble rouser.  A tea tosser.

And, as others have noted with regard to America’s original Tea Party, there’s a big difference between tossing shit off a boat and the work of the experienced, well-educated politicians (or, to use Palin’s disparaging term, “the elite”) who did the heavy lifting in Philadelphia to actually declare independence, write and ratify a Constitution and put together a functioning government.

I may not often agree with my conservative friends (or the likes of George Will or Pat Buchanan or Peggy Noonan, or Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, for that matter), but at least they make arguments based on some kind of discernible logic.  Sarah Palin just throws bricks.  She just wants to win and be right and get her own way.  She doesn’t care about facts.  She’s a brat.  She’s a liar.  She’s the hysterical girls accusing innocent women of witchcraft in Salem a century before the Boston Tea Party, and we’ve been down that poison road before.

Get out of my state, lady.

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1 Response to “Sarah Palin is in my city. Yech.”


  1. 1 L. Carson Osborne April 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Sarah Palin came rolling into Boston sponsored by the Tea Bag Party and therefore a spokesperson for their position, whatever that is. The chairman of the Tea Party Express is Mark Williams who famously rants against all things Liberal.

    According to an article in the Boston GLOBE on Thursday, April 22,Williams “regularly lambastes Obama as a communist bent on undermining the Constitution and last week likened him to Stalin and Pol Pot.” Remarks include Obama as an”Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug”,that Jimmy Carter”longs for an oven of baked Jews”, that residents of New Orleans “didn’t have the brains and common sense to get out of the way”, and so forth.

    Palin is associated with a hateful and dangerous, well financed- movement destructive to American democracy.


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