She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).
In supporting her first point, about the permanent political class, she attacked both parties’ tendency to talk of spending cuts while spending more and more; to stoke public anxiety about a credit downgrade, but take a vacation anyway; to arrive in Washington of modest means and then somehow ride the gravy train to fabulous wealth. She observed that 7 of the 10 wealthiest counties in the United States happen to be suburbs of the nation’s capital.
Her second point, about money in politics, helped to explain the first. The permanent class stays in power because it positions itself between two deep troughs: the money spent by the government and the money spent by big companies to secure decisions from government that help them make more money.
“Do you want to know why nothing ever really gets done?” she said, referring to politicians. “It’s because there’s nothing in it for them. They’ve got a lot of mouths to feed — a lot of corporate lobbyists and a lot of special interests that are counting on them to keep the good times and the money rolling along.”
Because her party has agitated for the wholesale deregulation of money in politics and the unshackling of lobbyists, these will be heard in some quarters as sacrilegious words.
Ms. Palin’s third point was more striking still: in contrast to the sweeping paeans to capitalism and the free market delivered by the Republican presidential candidates whose ranks she has yet to join, she sought to make a distinction between good capitalists and bad ones. The good ones, in her telling, are those small businesses that take risks and sink and swim in the churning market; the bad ones are well-connected megacorporations that live off bailouts, dodge taxes and profit terrifically while creating no jobs.
Strangely, she was saying things that liberals might like, if not for Ms. Palin’s having said them.
I didn’t comment on this the first time it made the rounds because I don’t know whether to read it as Palin being more insightful than we’ve realized she can be or Palin hiring a better advising team. We know she’s never shown too much interest in appeasing party bigwigs, so if she sticks with the “insightfully criticizing the establishment” theme, we might get to see her turn into a legitimate dark horse candidate. She’s had about two years to prepare and, agree with her ideas or not, I’m willing to cheer (a little) for any Republican who wants to rattle the RNC’s cage. For all I disagree with a huge portion of what Ron Paul says, his success this round - and as much as the media wants to ignore it, it’s undeniable - speaks volumes about the public’s dissatisfaction with the Republican party machine. If we get one more candidate who’s willing to flip them the finger, that’s going on my tally of “good things happening in America.”
Bristol Palin has reportedly banned her mother Sarah from her new house in Maricopa because she is too controlling - and too conservative.
The 20-year-old has become increasingly liberal since her appearance on Dancing with the Stars, and is said to have had a huge row with Mrs Palin when she announced she was considering supporting gay marriage.
Well, the source is the National Enquirer, but to be fair, the Enquirer has been right before (coughJohnEdwardscough) and frequently where there’s smoke there’s fire. I’m liking Bristol more and more.
Political Wire points out that Amazon has taken down the link to Bristol Palin’s memoir.
Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, will soon be able to add “author” to her resume with the release of an as-yet-untitled memoir set to hit bookshelves this summer.
As noted by Political Wire, an Amazon listing for an “Untitled Bristol Palin Memoir” — in hardcover no less — has been created, announcing that the 304-page book will be available for a little over $17.
PopEater reported late last year that the 20-year-old mother was exploring a variety of options to cash in on the visibility provided by her successful, but not victorious, run on ABC’s hit show, “Dancing With the Stars.”
My 2¢: “We went out there, I did my best…I had fun, regardless of our low scores…but whatever, it’s up to the voters now. Going out there and winning this would mean a lot, it would be like a big middle finger to all those people who hate my mom and hate me.” ~ Bristol Palin - 3rd place finisher in Dancing with the Stars
As much as the fact that people still care about Bristol Palin annoys me, you have to admit she’s doing as well as anyone could imagine - in fact, much better than anyone ever expected. She’s not particularly talented but he’s taking advantage of some golden opportunities to support herself and her child. I get the impression that (unlike Levi) she really doesn’t want to be a celebrity for celebrity’s sake. A couple of obnoxious Bristol moments aside (the sorta slut-shaming Kohl’s whateverthatcharityis commercial, the “I’m back with Levi!” magazine cover that ended in another breakup two weeks later), I think I kind of admire how she’s taking care of herself. *Shrug* you go, girl.