At one time I used to be a Republican, I actually belonged to the Republican Senatorial Inner Circle. Since that time, some ten, or more, years ago, I look at today’s leading GOP potential candidates for office, at least at those candidates who are associated with the Tea Party, and it makes me ashamed to admit that I once was a devout Republican.
It is quite clear to me that Sarah Palin had no idea what was the historic meaning of blood-libel when she use the term, or she would not have used it. Bachmann’s discussion on freedom in this country, followed that her suggestion that by making someone buy something said person does not wish to acquire, one makes such people into slaves, demonstrates that the Minnesota Congress woman does not know her history, nor does she not understand slavery.
Palin and Bachmann may represent the GOP’s “Catfight of the Century,” but so far the two have demonstrated once and once again that neither is qualified to be President, not to even hold any responsible [elected] national office.
Long ago Ahmadinejad informed the world in general, and President Obama in particular, that he will not seriously negotiate with the United States as long as it has friendly relations with Israel; he never changed that posture, but Obama seems too dense to hear what is being said!
It appears as if the United States, with tacit support by most [Arab] Middle Eastern states, will allow Israel to do its bidding when dealing with Iran’s threat.
Israel options are many.
Sea: Mubarak already allowed Israel to go through the Suez Canal with its East German made submarines to test the Persian Gulf waters.
Air: The Saudis will allow Israel to use its airspace, Iraq airspace, as long as it is still controlled by the US, is also available for Israel, and Jordan is simply too weak, but also afraid of Iran’s nukes to try and stop Israel.
Ground: A number of options are available. First, the Stuxnet which has already caused havoc with Iran’s nuke problem, and will increase with time. Stuxnet, in time, will also disrupt all of Iran’s Command and Control which will reduce its defense capabilities in a very significant manner. Also, there is quite a significant underground movement within Iran that may well support covert action by those who are trying to eliminate Iran’s nuclear threat.
All eyes are on Iran’s ability to recover from the first Stuxnet salvo, and depending on their progress, it is likely that Israel will take the appropriate steps to rid the world from Iran’s niclear, and other military threats!
Congresswoman Bachmann, and ex-Governor Palin are clearly competing for leadership of the GOP, particularly of the Tea Party fraction. Both ladies are extremely attractive and charismatic, but neither seen to posses an overly large amount of cerebral matter, or basic knowledge of the world in which we live.
Bothe Palin and Bachmann are outspoken, neither seems to be too bound by facts or truth, since they are both relatively ruthless politicians.
All that notwithstanding, after the Tucson tragedy, Palin went on the airwaves and continuously made a fool of herself, while Palin was speaking a great deal of nonsense, Bachmann was smart, she kept her mouth shut, in general she kept a low profile.
The opposite postures Bachmann and Palin adopted towards the Tucson event, put Bachmann well ahead of Palin in the race to demonstrate to the general public, and especially to the Republicans, that they posses common sense and can deal with disasters.
In the race towards GOP leadership, the Tucson shooting puts Bachmann well ahead of ex-Governor Palin: Bachmann ONE; Palin ZERO!
Using such a despicable term in order to defend herself puts Sarah Palin in one of two groups: Highly ignorant, or totally bigoted (anti-Semitic,) in this case.
I personally don’t think that ex-Governor Palin is an anti-Semite, unless through some strange set of events her Lebanese speech-writer snuck such statement into Palin’s speech…
Palin’s saving grace may be simply to plead ignorance; a valid defense, but one that may well put an end to any chance for national political career.
If the ex-Governor elects to blame a speech-writer that she trusted, and openly, and unceremoniously fire the person. Firing the speechwriter may save some face, but, since one must scrutinize and understand speeches before they are delivered, it is not likely to save Palin’s career as a national political candidate.
The “blood-libel” words, especially when added to some earlier blunders, such as justifying words that she coined, by suggesting that Shakespeare also invented word, may well be enough to remove Sarah Palin from the national political arena,
Sean Hannity and many his guests, and also much of Palin staff’s, are trying to suggest that Palin’s use of crosshairs in her communications, direct references to the sights of a gun, are the same as bulls-eye, which only represent a target; are totally irrational. Crosshairs suggest the act of shooting, bull-eyes are simple targets…
Crosshairs suggest action with a rifle, or other fire-arms, and they do incite followers to consider such message as suggestions for shooting!
When Sarah Palin sent her letter of condolences to the family of Congresswoman Giffords before many others did, she did so with good intentions. ex Governor Palin offered her apologies to someone she barely knew, to someone who was only connected to her by her active support of that person’s opponent during the 2010 election. Her opposition to the Congresswoman included her inclusion in her “map with crosshairs,” the map that she published to demonstrate her desire to defeat such candidates.
Sarah Palin appears to be a very descent and compassionate human being. ex Governor Palin is not likely to wish for her followers to [physically] harm her political opponents. The ex Governor of Alaska, however, must have realized that those thousands of admiring followers, that she has, are likely to react to every one of her desires, and to take her words literally, like the Gospel.
ex-Governor Palin must realize that many could have taken her “crosshairs” suggestion, literally, and used the offer of condolences as an apology to the victim, and to the nation. Palin apologized for what perhaps making her crosshairs be a trigger for some followers to include shootings in their political discourse.
Palin’s apology should be accepted even though it might have caused the loss these many lives in Arizona, and to change the United States political landscape. The young lady, that ex Governor Palin is, and others who spoke about “second amendment” solution, simply failed to realize how much impact their words could have on some of their numerous followers.
Two ambitious young ladies, both very attractive, but void of much relevant knowledge, could paint the GOP into a corner from which it may be very difficult to come out unscathed.
Since both Palin and Buchmann are very adept at raising money, and because both represent the Tea Party which was the moving-force behind the GOP win in 2010, Republicans may have a significant conflict on their hands. Now, the fact that the two may well be pitted against one another, the political picture will likely be very cloudy.
Neither Palin, nor Buchmann seem to have either the knowledge, or talent required from a President. In spite of their shortcomings, the GOP will have a major conflict because the two ladies represent not only the Tea Party, but women, a significant force in American politics.
How the GOP will resolve this likely tempest in the Tea Party without causing a significant spilt within their own ranks, is hard to predict. It is, however, quite certain that the two Tea Party creations are not about to exit the scene without leaving a lasting impression on the GOP, as well as on the American political system.