Liberal TKO


If I didn’t know better, I’d think Sarah Palin were about 13 years old. Every slight, real or imagined, ends up on her Facebook page or Twitter feed. As Albert Brooks said to Holly Hunter in the movie Broadcast News, “Wouldn’t this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive, if needy were a turn-on.” Uh, yeah.

So what’s the newest and latest evidence of Palin’s insecurity and desperation? Well, she wants people to believe — as she fans the flames of the notion — that famed author Joe McGinniss has staked out the house next door to her so he can stalk her, peep through the windows, listen to conversations, and take an inappropriate interest in her children. Yes, he’s writing a book about her, but the question remains: Why would anyone need to stalk Palin? All you have to do is read her Facebook page or Twitter feed to get waaay too much information about her. But what I think is that Palin uses the squid defense — you know, spewing ink in the water to make everything murky. A distraction. Think about it. On Wednesday, the candidate Palin campaigned for in Idaho, Vaughn Ward — the candidate the tea party did not back, incidentally — lost in the primary to the tea party candidate, Raul Labrador. (It’s not too surprising that Palin backed Ward; his reference to Puerto Rico as a country mirrors Palin’s comment that she could see Russia from her house. They appear to be kindred spirits.) One day earlier, on Tuesday, Palin posted on Facebook: “‘Yes, that Joe McGinniss . . . Here he is — about 15 feet away on the neighbor’s rented deck overlooking my children’s play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we’ll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he’ll know how friendly Alaskans are.'” Instead of a pie, she and Todd rolled out the welcome mat by building a big old fence to protect themselves from Stalker McGinnis.

At odds with the tea party, and with the candidate she backed losing in Idaho, I believe Palin cast around for a diversionary topic so people wouldn’t focus on her recent propaganda failure in Idaho. (In fact, her support of Ward possibly contributed to his loss, as some voters expressed distaste for Palin.) Of course, like any 13-year-old, instead of engaging in an adult discussion with McGinniss, Palin posted on Facebook and Twittered. Instead of walking next door and engaging in a reasonable and responsible discussion about boundaries, Todd and Sarah Palin built a fence. Instead of actually asking McGinniss what his intention was in living next door to them, Palin hurled accusations of McGinniss being a stalker, posting, “Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?” As an aside, the “swimming hole” in question is a big lake.

On Friday (5/28/10), as reported by the Washington Post, McGinniss fired back at Palin, accusing HER of stalking HIM, calling her accusations “hysterical,” referring to Todd as “hostile,” and saying he was “deeply offended” by the implication he would be peering at the Palin children. In the end, Palin always manages to shoot herself in the foot. As McGinniss pointed out, “By being here, I have learned things, and I’ve gotten an insight into her character, into her ability to incite hatred, that before I only knew about in the abstract.”



  1. Come on, Julie. I think you need to toss your tin foil hat away and cover some issues with meat on the bones.

    Comment by Blackflon — May 29, 2010 @ 6:45 PM

    • I do not disagree, Blackflon . . . but help me out — what do you want to see covered? I’m my own boss now — sky’s the limit.

      Comment by Liberal TKO — May 29, 2010 @ 11:48 PM

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