Sarah Palin took to her Twitter account today to show her displeasure with the Obama/GOP compromise on the Bush tax cuts. The result was a bit of classic Palin Twitter gibberish where she both criticized Obama and urged fiscal conservatives to fight. What they will be fighting for is something only Sarah Palin knows.
On the subject of the tax cut compromise, Sarah Palin tweeted from her Blackberry, “Obviously Obama is so very, very wrong on the economy & spins GOP tax cut goals ;so fiscal conservatives: we expect you to fight for us & America’s solvency.” What exactly does this mean? How is Obama spinning the Republicans’ tax cut goals by giving the GOP what they wanted? Is Palin arguing that in the name of fiscal conservatism the Bush tax cuts should be allowed to expire? Do you think she has any idea what she is talking about?
The joke here for anyone who knows anything about Sarah Palin is that she is still trying to sell herself as a fiscal conservative. Palin is cut out of the George W. Bush mold. She talks the fiscal conservative talk but she is really a tax and spend Republican. As the mayor of Wasilla, Palin took a surplus and turned it into debt as the budget rose from $3.9 million to $5.8 million. Palin pushed through a sales tax to fund a $15 million sports complex for the city that was such a boondoggle that Wasilla has been dealing with budget shortfalls for years.
As governor this “fiscal conservative” continued her spending spree. Spending rose sharply during her time in office. From 2008 to 2009, the state’s budget increased 34%. Palin governments love to spend, and she had no problem with the idea of borrowing in order to fund her spending binges. Palin is no more of a fiscal conservative than George W. Bush was. In fact, one of the Rovian techniques that Palin has picked up is to say one thing in public, but do the opposite in private.
The notion of compromise seems to have Palin befuddled. Goodness gracious, who should she attack? Being that Palin is the breed of political beast that always requires conflict and an enemy, since she could not figure out who to attack, she attacked everyone (in 140 characters). The resulting tweet was a mash up of attacks on both Obama and the establishment Republicans who cut the deal. The tweet was a look into Palin’s clueless, fluttering, failing psyche, where an animalistic need for power has replaced all signs of serious study and intellect.
Sarah Palin can’t politically function without an enemy. Her modus operandi is a two pronged strategy of conflict and victimization. Within her tweet, Palin did her best to rally the troops to fight an enemy. Who were they supposed to fight, and what were they fighting about? These questions weren’t answered, but Sarah Palin knows that if there is no enemy then her conflict based power erodes to nothing, so if she can’t think of an enemy then she’ll make everyone the enemy and sort it out later.
It is stunning that anyone would want to elect a woman president who appears to have no clue, or not even curiosity about the most basic of current events. Palin had no idea what the tax cut compromise was about, but her undying need for the spotlight compelled her to inject herself into the discussion. There are usually only two outcomes that occur when Palin tries to insert herself into a policy debate. She either misinforms and creates conflict, for example death panels, or she makes herself look like a fool. Judging from this tweet it is clear that Palin has returned to her role as the jester of the 2012 Republican presidential candidate court.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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