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Sarah Palin's Alaska: She has the Alaskas. All of them

joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class TraitorSmoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
edited December 2010 in Debate and/or Discourse
There's this big elephant in the room here, I think it's time we just acknowledge that it's here.

Sarah Palin has a show!
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OK, we all know that TLC has spent more time and money on idiotic and pointless shows than any other network, except maybe Bravo! (see what crappens). They have:

Sister Wives (I felt dirty just typing that)
Say Yes to the Dress
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta (yes really)
19 Kids and Holy Hell Would You Please Stop

etc. etc. etc. et motherfucking cetera.

This show, though, had more than 5 million viewers on its premiere. It is the single most-watched TLC episode of all time. Even though reviews were lukewarm at best, this is something that can't be ignored.
NY Times wrote:
Sarah Palin’s Alaska,” which begins on Sunday, is odder than that. The snowcapped mountains, pine forests and shimmering lakes are majestic, the Palin children are adorable, and the series looks like a travelogue — wholesome, visually breathtaking and a little dull. In a way it’s like “The Sound of Music” but without the romance, the Nazis or the music.
Isn’t such low-brow, exhibitionism beneath the dignity of a former governor and potential presidential candidate? Don’t get me wrong. As a conservative, I still support many of Palin’s policy views. And as a celebrity gossip hound, I might just keep watching her show.

But vote for her? At this point, I might as well vote for Snooki.

Now that would be “flippin’ fun!”

So who actually watched the show? The LA Times says, "Old people."
True, the Palin audience did seem to skew a bit on the old side. Only 1.6 million viewers -- less than one-third of the total -- were in the advertiser-friendly demographic of adults age 18 to 49. That suggests that Palin may still have some work to do in connecting with younger voters -- er, viewers.

I made a point of not watching this show. But anyway, I guess we could all talk about the show we aren't watching (both of you who did can feel free to use this thread to discuss the nuances of the von Crapp family's rifle technique) or we could talk about how this is basically an infomercial for a potential Presidential candidate. I'd have to watch it myself to determine how much like an infomercial it actually is but I think the water company would shut my services off after they determined that the water level in the Gulf of Mexico had fallen by about a foot because of my post-show shower.

So, did anybody watch it? Is Palin using this show merely as a way to get a crapload of money for being cutesy and stupid on camera, or is she actively campaigning?

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I saw this

    but I don't know if it's actually from the show.

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  • FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    This show, though, had more than 5 million viewers on its premiere. It is the single most-watched TLC episode of all time. Even though reviews were lukewarm at best, this is something that can't be ignored.?

    But I sure as hells am trying. Yes, I am posting in this thread, I can acknowledge the show exists without knowing or caring what's in it.

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  • deowolfdeowolf is allowed to do that. Traffic.Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Wait, if they're the Von Trapps, doesn't that make Levi Rolph, betraying them to the liberal media?

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  • MKRMKR Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Alaska, but she probably won't answer.

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  • joshofalltradesjoshofalltrades Class Traitor Smoke-filled roomRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    This show, though, had more than 5 million viewers on its premiere. It is the single most-watched TLC episode of all time. Even though reviews were lukewarm at best, this is something that can't be ignored.?

    But I sure as hells am trying. Yes, I am posting in this thread, I can acknowledge the show exists without knowing or caring what's in it.

    I know she hasn't announced her candidacy, but getting what amounts to hundreds of hours of advertising the Palin brand and increasing her awareness as a presidential candidate that she is not just getting for free, but is getting paid for kinda makes me twitch a bit, even though it's entirely kosher.

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  • JokermanJokerman Everything EverywhereRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Awesome, let palin be the canidate.

    Be the best thing to happen to the democrats.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I felt dirty just watching the preview for this show.

    I also forgot how much I hated hearing her talk, since most of what I've experienced of her lately has been in print.

    But hearing her say her little about about "I just love being out here, being free" or whatever was like nails on a chalkboard...then the whole "I'd rather be out here than in some stuff political office" part (actually, those may have been combined, and I don't want to watch it again to find out)...

    ...anybody considering voting for this woman for office should be euthanized. Straight-up. Be as conservative as you want, to each their own, but there's simply no excise for supporting this woman for office.


    Also, I just love seeing the whole brood in the promo, too. Ya got Bristol "Raw Dog" Palin, Willow "ura faggot" Palin, Track, Trig, Tricycle, Trampoline.....

    I hate that whole fucking family. They're a great argument for plane crashes.

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  • Pi-r8Pi-r8 Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    So, did anybody watch it? Is Palin using this show merely as a way to get a crapload of money for being cutesy and stupid on camera, or is she actively campaigning?

    I'm going to ask the same question if/when she runs for president. I think her whole game plan in politics is just to leverage it for money and fame.

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  • KamarKamar Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Also, I just love seeing the whole brood in the promo, too. Ya got Bristol "Raw Dog" Palin, Willow "ura faggot" Palin, Track, Trig, Tricycle, Trampoline.....

    I hate that whole fucking family. They're a great argument for plane crashes.

    ....I was going to do a 'not cool man' post in response to this...but realized doing it while giggling was kind of hypocritical.

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  • ronyaronya Arrrrrf. the ivory tower's basementRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    MKR wrote: »
    Alaska, but she probably won't answer.

    Well done, sir.

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  • override367override367 ALL minions Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    I saw this

    but I don't know if it's actually from the show.

    Not from the show, this happened while they were filming. Palin's private security tore the sign down later and was keeping people off a public (as in, government owned) dock and wouldn't let anyone past without searching them for weapons

    So lets see Palin doesn't apparently care about the first, second, or fourth amendment rights. I wonder if she brought some army buddies to kick someone out of their house and crash there just so she could get the third in as well

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  • RikushixRikushix VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    MKR wrote: »
    Alaska, but she probably won't answer.

    Die.

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    So lets see Palin doesn't apparently care about the first, second, or fourth amendment rights. I wonder if she brought some army buddies to kick someone out of their house and crash there just so she could get the third in as well

    Palin only gives a shit about herself and how she's been persecuted all her life for being a stupid, vapid bitch.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Oh man, the hatred that video brings up in me.

    "Oh, you think I'm a celebrity now!"

    Well let's see, you're on TV every other day (well, every day probably), and that's not including your new reality show on TLC.

    DOT DOT DOT

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  • AsharaxxAsharaxx Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Rikushix wrote: »
    MKR wrote: »
    Alaska, but she probably won't answer.

    Die.

    ... Of old age after about 80 years. Well played, MKR.

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  • override367override367 ALL minions Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Oh man, the hatred that video brings up in me.

    "Oh, you think I'm a celebrity now!"

    Well let's see, you're on TV every other day (well, every day probably), and that's not including your new reality show on TLC.

    DOT DOT DOT

    My one teaper friend says "WHY DOES EVERYONE KEEP PICKING ON HER, LEAVE THE POOR WOMAN ALONE!" every time Palin comes up

    As I understand it, this is an attitude common among her supporters, of a woman who's a bigger media whore than Paris Hilton.

    The only difference between the two is that one gets on television with verbal diarrhea and the other gets on by having sex tapes leaked. The Palin sex tapes won't make an appearance until America loses interest in her Hockey mom antics.

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    mcdermott wrote: »
    Oh man, the hatred that video brings up in me.

    "Oh, you think I'm a celebrity now!"

    Well let's see, you're on TV every other day (well, every day probably), and that's not including your new reality show on TLC.

    DOT DOT DOT

    My one teaper friend says "WHY DOES EVERYONE KEEP PICKING ON HER, LEAVE THE POOR WOMAN ALONE!" every time Palin comes up

    As I understand it, this is an attitude common among her supporters, of a woman who's a bigger media whore than Paris Hilton.

    The only difference between the two is that one gets on television with verbal diarrhea and the other gets on by having sex tapes leaked. The Palin sex tapes won't make an appearance until America loses interest in her Hockey mom antics.

    Her entire appeal is because conservatives are complete fucking nutjobs who think they've been persecuted while running the god damn government for the last two decades.

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  • VeritasVRVeritasVR Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Her entire appeal is because extremist conservatives are complete fucking nutjobs, and the rest of us can't help but watch a trainwreck of stupid.

    Fixed.

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Look at her approval ratings among conservatives.

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  • override367override367 ALL minions Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    It's 40% or something right? Far too high

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  • dojangodojango Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    more like 80% amongst self-identified republicans

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  • Bionic MonkeyBionic Monkey Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2010
    Actually, it's 71% amongst self-identified conservative Republicans. 60% among tea-partiers. But 37% amongst the general population, with a 55% disapproval rating. Which means over half the entire nation actively dislikes her. They don't just not care one way or the other, but they actively dislike who she is and what she does. Only 17% of people say they "strongly approve" of Palin.

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  • GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Sarah palin is the very deffinition of the phrase "attention whore".

    While I generally despise Attention whores on principal and detest the way their antics are treated like life or death information the likes of tara reid, anna nichol smith and jessica simpson are at the very least harmless. Sarah palin however, has managed to couple her vapid antics with political discourse and somehow people still, still take her seriously despite the fact that she is corrupt as hell.

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Actually, it's 71% amongst self-identified conservative Republicans. 60% among tea-partiers. But 37% amongst the general population, with a 55% disapproval rating. Which means over half the entire nation actively dislikes her. They don't just not care one way or the other, but they actively dislike who she is and what she does. Only 17% of people say they "strongly approve" of Palin.

    Which is why I've said she's the Republican nominee if she wants it, and is President 10% Unemployment.

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  • KamarKamar Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Actually, it's 71% amongst self-identified conservative Republicans. 60% among tea-partiers. But 37% amongst the general population, with a 55% disapproval rating. Which means over half the entire nation actively dislikes her. They don't just not care one way or the other, but they actively dislike who she is and what she does. Only 17% of people say they "strongly approve" of Palin.

    Which is why I've said she's the Republican nominee if she wants it, and is President 10% Unemployment.

    I'm pretty sure between those disapproval ratings and the liberal turnout that she'd cause, there's no chance in hell of Palin winning the general.

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Palin v Obama would be the highest turnout race in a century.

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Macroeconomics decide elections. This country would elect one of those monkeys that smash cymbals together if the opposition party nominated it and unemployment was too high.

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  • mcdermottmcdermott Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    Palin v Obama would be the highest turnout race in a century.

    It would take another century of population growth for any to top it, as well.

    Macroeconomics decide elections. This country would elect one of those monkeys that smash cymbals together if the opposition party nominated it and unemployment was too high.

    True. But the turnout would be phenomenal.

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  • LawndartLawndart Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    In retrospect, I now wish that Hillary Clinton had won the 2008 Democratic primaries.

    Primarily because if she had, nobody outside of Alaska would know who the fuck Sarah Palin is.

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Of course, Mark Penn would be White House Chief of Staff soooooo

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Of course, Mark Penn would be White House Chief of Staff soooooo
    Mark "Oh Shit, we're NOT Republicans!" Penn

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  • LawndartLawndart Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Of course, Mark Penn would be White House Chief of Staff soooooo

    That's a sacrifice I'd be willing to make to consign the entire Palin family to retroactive obscurity.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/11/barbara-bush-hopes-sarah-palin-stays-in-alaska/1
    "I sat next to her once," Mrs. Bush told CNN's Larry King about Palin. "Thought she was beautiful -- and I think she's very happy in Alaska -- and I hope she'll stay there."

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-palin-book-20101120,0,3653993.story
    Palin also praises "Juno," the movie in which a pregnant teen chooses to carry her baby. "Most Americans, I think, are a lot like Juno," she writes — they may not be actively religious, "but they still want to do the right thing." She also likes "Knocked Up," in which a baby results from a one-night stand, and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin."
    Palin addresses John F. Kennedy's noted speech on religion during the 1960 campaign — a speech many saw as crucial to countering sentiment that his faith would hold undue sway over him if he became the nation's first Catholic president.

    "I am not the Catholic candidate for president," Kennedy said. "I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president, who happens also to be a Catholic."

    Palin writes that she was taught as a child that JFK's speech reconciled religion and public service without compromising either. Now, she says, she's realized that Kennedy "essentially declared religion to be such a private matter that it was irrelevant to the kind of country we are."

    Historian Ted Widmer, who included the JFK speech in a Library of America anthology of the country's oratory, said he was surprised by Palin's comments.

    "It's putting a negative spin on what was interpreted at the time as a sensible and uplifting message," said Widmer, a former speechwriter for President Clinton. "JFK was trying to protect his own right to be a Catholic and to run for president."
    She is such an idiot.

    I prefer the movie where they both use birth control so don't have to make the decision of whether to get an abortion.

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  • SpeakerSpeaker Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    Palin v Obama would be the highest turnout race in a century.

    Republicans who don't like her wouldn't come out.

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  • GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I don't know whether she deliberatley tries to look stereotypically conservative or whether this shit just comes naturally to her. She's like a living political cartoon.

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  • CouscousCouscous Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Yet Palin allows the camera to record moments that may well make her critics snicker, particularly now that Bristol is back in the limelight as an underdog contender on “Dancing With the Stars.” (Bristol first became famous during the 2008 campaign as the governor’s unwed and pregnant teenage daughter; she later led a high school abstinence campaign and is now identified on the dance show as a “teen activist.” )

    In the premiere Andy, Willow’s teenage friend, prepares to follow Willow upstairs to her bedroom. Palin squawks like a mother hen and rushes over to the baby safety gate on the steps.

    “See, this gate is not just for Trig,” she tells Andy. “It’s for no boys go upstairs.”

    When Andy tiptoes upstairs anyway — a move underscored with antic reality show music — Palin calls her daughter on her cell phone and orders them back down.
    I hate her as a person.

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  • enlightenedbumenlightenedbum Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Speaker wrote: »
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    Palin v Obama would be the highest turnout race in a century.

    Republicans who don't like her wouldn't come out.

    The 12 of them?

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Speaker wrote: »
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    Palin v Obama would be the highest turnout race in a century.

    Republicans who don't like her wouldn't come out.
    I doubt that.

    If there's one thing you can be pretty sure of, it's the Republicans showing up to vote.

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  • SpeakerSpeaker Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    Speaker wrote: »
    OptimusZed wrote: »
    Palin v Obama would be the highest turnout race in a century.

    Republicans who don't like her wouldn't come out.
    I doubt that.

    If there's one thing you can be pretty sure of, it's the Republicans showing up to vote.

    Uh, Republicans stayed home for McCain.

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  • GaddezGaddez Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Couscous wrote: »
    Yet Palin allows the camera to record moments that may well make her critics snicker, particularly now that Bristol is back in the limelight as an underdog contender on “Dancing With the Stars.” (Bristol first became famous during the 2008 campaign as the governor’s unwed and pregnant teenage daughter; she later led a high school abstinence campaign and is now identified on the dance show as a “teen activist.” )

    In the premiere Andy, Willow’s teenage friend, prepares to follow Willow upstairs to her bedroom. Palin squawks like a mother hen and rushes over to the baby safety gate on the steps.

    “See, this gate is not just for Trig,” she tells Andy. “It’s for no boys go upstairs.”

    When Andy tiptoes upstairs anyway — a move underscored with antic reality show music — Palin calls her daughter on her cell phone and orders them back down.
    I hate her as a person.

    Christ the whole thing sounds so staged. Every last thing about this reality show sounds so fucking fake.

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