take your answer off the air...

  • HorsesAss.Org: the straight poop on WA politics & the press
    progressive brilliance from the guy who pointed out Tim Eyman's nascent horse's-assedness
  • Talker's Magazine
    The quirky talk radio trade mag. Check the Talk Radio Research Project- it's not very scientific, but places on the top 15 talkers list (scroll down to Talk Radio Audiences By Size)) are as hotly contested as Emmys (and mean just about as much).
  • The Advocate
    No, not THAT Advocate... it's the Northwest Progressive Institute's Official Blog.
  • Media Matters
    Documentation of right-wing media in video, audio and text.
  • Orcinus
    home of David Neiwert, freelance investigative journalist and author who writes extensively about far-right hate groups
  • Hominid Views
    "People, politics, science, and whatnot" Darryl is a statistician who fights imperialism with empiricism, gives good links and wry commentary.
  • Jesus' General
    An 11 on the Manly Scale of Absolute Gender, a 12 on the Heavenly Scale of the 10 Commandments and a 6 on the earthly scale of the Immaculately Groomed.
  • Howie in Seattle
    Howie Martin is the Abe Linkin' of progressive Seattle.
  • Streaming Radio Guide
    Hellishly long (5795!) list of radio streaming, steaming on the Internets.
  • The Naked Loon
    News satire -- The Onion in the Seattle petunia patch.
  • Irrational Public Radio
    "informs, challenges, soothes and/or berates, and does so with a pleasing vocal cadence and unmatched enunciation. When you listen to IPR, integrity washes over you like lava, with the pleasing familiarity of a medium-roast coffee and a sensible muffin."
  • The Maddow Blog
    Here's the hyper-interactive La Raych of MSNBC. daily show-vids, freakishly geeky research, and classy graphics.
  • Northwest Broadcasters
    The AM, FM, TV and digital broadcasters of Northwest Washington, USA and Southwest British Columbia, Canada. From Kelso, WA to the northern tip of Vancouver Island, BC - call letters, formats, slogans, networks, technical data, and transmitter maps. Plus "recent" news.
  • News Corpse
    The Internet's chronicle of media decay.
  • The Moderate Voice
    The voice of reason in the age of Obama, and the politics of the far-middle.
  • News Hounds
    Dogged dogging of Fox News by a team who seems to watch every minute of the cable channel so you don't have to.
  • HistoryLink
    Fun to read and free encyclopedia of Washington State history. Founded by the late Walt Crowley, it's an indispensable tool and entertainment source for history wonks and surfers alike.

right-wing blogs we like

  • The Reagan Wing
    Hearin lies the real heart of Washington State Republicans. Doug Parris runs this red-meat social conservative group site which bars no holds when it comes to saying who they are and who they're not; what they believe and what they don't; who their friends are and where the rest of the Republicans can go. Well-written, and flaming.
  • Orbusmax
    inexhaustible Drudgery of NW conservative news
  • The Radio Equalizer
    prolific former Seattle KVI, KIRO talk host speaks authoritatively about radio.
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August 22, 2011



Well, you know she just might! She probably figures how could she do worse than Bachmann who's gaffe's are slowly destroying her. Latest, apparently is indicating in a speech that the countries we should most be worried about are China, India and the Soviet Union. Man I'm starting to think she has a handler that is trying to sabatauge her campaign. I mean she's just f'ing up by the numbers. As I've said she is part of my dream ticket either with Perry or with Romney, but I'm starting to have second thoughts. Of course all bets are off if the NJ governor, Christie decides (or is pushed into) that he is running. He would be my ultimate choice.

David Allyn

Running for VP got her one level of fame, but it isn't quite the same as the coveted "also ran" status she would get by running for the top slot.

She has no chance of winning, nor do I think she really wants to win. But running can only increase her brand value, and that is really the bottom line for Sarah.

At the end of the day, it is all about the money.


Gawd, I hope she runs. As I've said that would be a giant bonanza for SNL and all of the other late night comedy shows. I so look forward to her participating in a debate with people of intelligence. Seriously, what must her IQ be? Shouldn't that be revealed to the American public so we can see what an idiot she must be. As was stated in this blog posting, I don't believe she has ever done an objective interview where tough questions about our countries and or our world issues were discussed. This could be the greatest of comedy shows in the making. I do believe she's in it for the money and that she will make a great (within limits of here ability) speech in support of the tea bagging crowd, but I don't seriously expect her to run. But, like Michael it would make my day to see her in it. What a laugh that would be.


I don't know if I can take another Palin run. Didn't we have enough "you betcha" and the wink the first time around?

i wonder how much of her latest effort is controlled by Todd? Is she a submissive wife like Bachmann?

Another season of "you betcha" and the wink? What a dreadful thought.


"As I've said she is part of my dream ticket either with Perry or with Romney" - Yuri Nazole

The Original Andrew

I'm puting my money on "makes up some bullshit reason (most likely to blame family) for why she can't run 'right now', but doesn't rule out running in 2016."


Well Dog, your dream ticket sounds more like a nightmare to me. If those two nut cases are on the ticket I will reluctantly vote for Obama.

Bachmann and Perry probably do not have a chance, with the end of the GOP "winner take all" primaries. Rove will scupper both of em, might be the first time ever I might agree with him.

Palin is in it for the $$$, nothing to see here her 15 minutes were up half an hour ago.


"Under President Bachmann you will see the price of gas come down under $2.00 a gallon."

If she can do that, she might get my vote.

I wonder what Palin's got to offer. This might get interesting.

KS blathers for the halibut

There will not be a female president in 2013. If she runs, it will be confirmed that her ego is as big as Mr. Obama's, especially since the latest Gallup poll shows her losing to BO by 17 points - she would be wasting her time besides distracting everyone else. Rove is also full of himself.


The Bush family (and their enablers, like Rove) despise Rick Perry. Rove's speculation about Palin could simply be an effort to divert attention from Perry as the latest Hot New Thing in the race.

Palin's got to be torn. On the one hand, Perry and Bachmann are leading the polls doing the schtick Palin pioneered: doubling down on Teh Crazy every time they make a gaffe or factual error (which is several dozen times a day). Palin's got to be asking herself why that's not her leading the charge.

Of course, there's a simple answer: Perry and Bachmann both have a work ethic. Sarah has a need to be loved, a lot, but that "taking an oath" stuff is strictly her means to the end. And she has to know that if she doesn't put any work into being a candidate - more than random bus tours - her stock will plummet even more than if she doesn't run at all. She may be willfully ignorant, but she is not stupid.

Puget Sound Blathers

I really doubt I would vote for Palin as President, but as Pete says she isn't stupid.
She has a schtick that she plays as a persona for big cash among the great unwashed.
What is amusing are posters like 'Sarah' with little to show that like to call others 'stupid.'
That 'Sarah' also aligns herself with a nut-job like Joanie does not recommend 'Sarah' as someone of high intelligence.


I say we have a Palin/Mr. Magoo ticket. It would make sense, both of them are cartoon characters.

Puget Sound Blathers

'Good' point Ray, I guess that's why MSNBC continues to pay such close attention to her.

joanie for Railfan

TV is all about celebrity. That anyone takes TV seriously is beyond me.

There are different kinds of stupidity and different kinds of smart. To be willfully ignorant is one kind of stupidity. I haven't seen the word "smart" used much. She is a celebrity. That's for sure. Politically speaking, I don't see much there there.

joanie for Railfan

Having said that, there are people who will vote for celebrity. Painfully low-information voters. Personally, I think Perry is more celebrity than politician. He was created by Rove and may be destroyed by Rove. We'll see.


removing the railfan - sorry

excessive moderate

Lookie here, a republican owning up to a bigoted statement by his wife, maybe the republicans recognize the crazies have taken over their party… the baggers, not so much.


6.0 earthquake felt up and down East coast. My guess is Chris Christie just jumped into the race. LMAO

Radio Queen

At the end of the day, Palin/Bachmann/ Perry will all be too right-wing for most independents to stomach. Romney is running under the media's celebrity radar and might be the only viable republican candidate who can actually win. BTW Michael, your use of terms like "cock-tease," "yummy lips" and "glamour shots" in writing a story about a female politician is nothing more than a print version of the now-infamous Bachmann corn dog pic. Skewer Palin for her politics and lack of intellect, but lose the sexist undertones.


I think Huntsman is the dark horse in this race. I agree about the sexism. It is so entrenched in our culture that people don't realize it's effect.


RQ, Bla'M's word choice would be more problematic if it were a female politician who didn't consciously trade on her looks. (Say, Clinton or Olympia Snowe.) Given that Palin in her heyday spawned a whole slew of MILF/GILF-themed sites and comments from her admirers, it seems pretty appropriate to me.

I always thought the liberal narrative that Palin was popular only because of horn-doggy conservative guys was way overstated, but it's clearly been a factor, and any number of articles and memoirs from people once close to her have suggested that Palin's been exploiting her looks ever since high school. If your concern is stereotypes that make people take female politicians less seriously, the first target of your ire should be Palin herself. She not only reinforces, but banks on about six of the worst stereotypes of women in high places.

Radio Queen

Geez, Pete, you're right back where you started. I actually disagree that Palin has exploited her sexuality. She dresses conservatively & wears glasses, she hunts & fishes like one of the guys, and she possesses a very unique kind of charismatic appeal that isn't even necessarily feminine.

Joanie's right--many still don't realize the subtle effects of sexism. They either deny that it exists or blame women for somehow bringing it on themselves.


Darn, I didn't know where to post this! KS, I think you've been the Perry guy so what do you think of this:
Rick Perry Sought State Profits From Teacher Life Insurance Scheme">

According to the notes, which were authenticated by a meeting participant, the Perry administration wanted to help Wall Street investors gamble on how long retired Texas teachers would live. Perry was promising the state big money in exchange for helping Swiss banking giant UBS set up a business of teacher death speculation.

All they had to do was convince retirees to let UBS buy life insurance policies on them. When the retirees died, those policies would pay out benefits to Wall Street speculators, and the state, supposedly, would get paid for arranging the bets. The families of the deceased former teachers would get nothing.

The meeting notes offer the most direct evidence that the Perry administration was not only intimately involved with the insurance scheme, but a leading driver of the plan.

I think we haven't seen the real Perry yet. But we will.

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