Sarah Palin, Fauxpulism, and Right-Wing Identity Politics

(Image: Tacoma Urbanist, Flickr) Sarah Palin is back — and, seemingly, everywhere, as she launches a book tour (and, perhaps, a run at the White House in 2012). Max Blumenthal: In a Republican Party hoping to rebound in 2010 on the strength of a newly energized and ideologically aroused conservative...

The Birth of the “Death Panels”

Those noxious lies about “death panels” being part of Democrats’ health care reform legislation proposals — where do they come from? According to Jim Rutenberg and Jackie Calmes in the New York Times, they come from the same well-heeled conservative media sources that helped to kill...

On Palin, Noonan Is the Antidote to Douthat

Eyal Press, at The Nation: I like Ross Douthat, as I’ve said here before, but earlier this week he wrote a justly panned column in which he claimed, absurdly, that Sarah Palin had been done in by media elites who “mocked and misrepresented” her because she didn’t graduate from...

Sarah Palin to Resign as Governor

The announcement came as a huge surprise to just about everyone — the expectation was that Gov. Palin would announce her decision not to run for reelection in 2010 (presumably so she could prepare to be a candidate in the 2012 presidential election) — not that she planned to step down from her...

No Diploma? No Problem!

Turns out you need a high school diploma to work as an electrical apprentice on Alaska’s North Slope. And Levi Johnston doesn’t have one. So he quit his job. But only after a local radio talk show host wondered aloud how Johnston could have gotten into an apprenticeship program when he has not...

Can You Say, Mixed Message?

Sarah Palin would like you to know that Bristol and Levi are not high school dropouts. They are “working their butts off” to finish high school and to earn money to support just-born Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston (emphasis mine): “Bristol begins her final semester of high school next week...

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