January 21, 2011

RPDS: The New Right Wing Mental Disease


"It's a confusing day when the best man in the country
is a lipstick wearing, cookie baking hockey mom hottie
from Nowhere, Alaska, but so it goes."
-- RCJ

I’m seeing a lot of “Woe is us” kvetching and whining cropping up around the sphere in the last few days. Powerline’s got a dose of this social media disease (SMD). Pajamas has a dose. Rove and Krauthammer are probably close to Patient Zero when it comes to the origin of the dose. Innumerable others have a dose. And now they all seek to “give a dose to the ones they love most” -- fellow Republicans and the American people.

The SMD in question is the sudden onset of the “Oh, God, we’ve got nothing but losers to run for President in 2012” syndrome as they wander about the echoing warehouse of their traditional and perennial candidates and see... well, they see losers. And these clear and present losers constitute a collection of schmos that cannot be seen to be able to beat the New and Improved Obama that has emerged in the last week or so, phoenix-life, from the ashes of Tucson.

Wasn't it only yesterday that many of these same doughnuts were dropping their pundit kibble around the idea that "Hey, Hillary could beat this guy!" Why yes, I do believe it was just about only yesterday. Today we're back to the "This bozo is unbeatable."

I have to admit they’ve got a point when your cardboard candidate warehouse is only stocked with the worn and below average offerings of Huckabee, Romney, Gingrich, Paul, Pawlenty, et. al. This is indeed a shabby set of known political hacks, sad sacks, and knobjobs. None of them is going to light up the sky with fireworks.

But you have to remember that this view only comes about because they can’t really face the fact that the only winner they’ve got is a woman who lives in Alaska. Even if they could, they've been told not to.

Instead, all the “kool konservative Katzenjammer kids” seem to have climbed into Karl Rove’s jockstrap for a few wheezing jogs around the post-partum electoral blues circuit. And as they take their laps it seems to me there’s a lot of warning flatulance being emitted that smells out, “Don’t do it, Sarah! Think of the children!”

Why this should be so is beyond me until I recall that the primary force of conservative politics in the last few decades has been to lose no matter what the cost. It’s a comfortable place for these guys; a pose they’re cozy in. After all, why take a shot at winning when you can lose your way into whining?

So, instead of telling their leftoid bosom buddies in the media to pound sand when it comes to Palin, they’re taking the high and civil road of willful failure -- as usual. Not a grain of true grit in the carload. In fact, when it comes right down to it these folks are just paper conservative tigers who have yet to learn that politics ain’t beanbag because they like to slouch in their beanbag chairs and watch the Obamamachine roll over the squashable bodies of Huckabee, Romney, Gingrich et al.

After all, why back a potential winner, a person that people get excited about, a person with clear and unadulterated values, views and opinions, when the losers are so much more huggable? These colonized minds of the never-radical right would run the Geico Gecko before Palin -- if only because their wives would make their lives hell if they didn't.

I call this whining what it is -- the new right wing mental disease, RPDS (Republican Palin Derangement Syndrome.) It’s highly infectious, debilitates the host on contact, weakens the party structure, and is fatal to winning in 2012. People with a fatal dose of RPDS are easy to spot. They're the ones who'd actually consider drafting John McCain.

Fortunately, between now and November, 2012, the people will have something to say about this. I hope they'll at least have a choice, not a Gecko.

Posted by Vanderleun at January 21, 2011 11:59 PM
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Palin 2012? You betcha'!

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at January 21, 2011 3:34 PM

Thanks for the booster shot. Too bad it had to be taken through the eyes, but at least there were no pictures. Picturing Karl Rove with a jockstrap fulla is just not something I literally wish to see.

Posted by: Jewel at January 21, 2011 3:37 PM


I agree. Palin is the leader of the Conservative movement. The "Casper milk toast crowd" just wont cut it anymore. They can all go pound sand for all they are worth... which is precisely nothing. They are only squawking in an attempt to be relevant. Were they relevant in this last election???? nope didnt think so.

Palin is my man In 2012

Posted by: Bill Henry at January 21, 2011 4:04 PM

Sarah is the only one out of that bunch I would vote in as president. No one that Rove or Barbara could recommend that I would support. The Ruling class in either party has nothing to offer. The working class is our only hope.

Posted by: indy jones at January 21, 2011 4:18 PM


Posted by: MizzE at January 21, 2011 4:26 PM

Sure enough, I heard Michael Medved say today that he hopes Palin won't run (since of course she has no chance of winning). He predicted that much of the Palin hate will dissipate when she announces that she won't.

indy jones:
The working class is our only hope.

You sound like a frickin' commie! :)

Posted by: rickl at January 21, 2011 4:36 PM

Anyone who can piss off the lefties the way Sarah does has got my vote. Plus, she's real easy on the eyes.

Posted by: Chazz at January 21, 2011 5:41 PM

I've been paying little attention to punditry for the last year or so. Thirteen trillion dollars in debt and a communist president hell bent on breaking the system is enough to think about day to day, thanks.

However, it does seem to me that Media wants Huckabee or Romney to be the Republican candidate.

They chose McCain and made it stick last time; who is to say they can't do it again?

Posted by: TmjUtah at January 21, 2011 7:39 PM

Just to see all the lefty heads exploding would make her candidacy worthwhile.

And, I would vote for her.

Posted by: flyoverpilgrim at January 21, 2011 8:03 PM

None of the Republocrats have replied to the accusation of being the party of no with "No--we are the party of Hell no!"

For me, I need a lot of specifics. Go all in or don't bother.

It’s amazing how much panic one honest man can spread among a multitude of Hippocrates--Tom Sowell

Posted by: james wilson at January 21, 2011 8:30 PM

It's a confusing day when the best man in the country is a lipstick wearing, cookie baking hockey mom hottie from Nowhere, Alaska, but so it goes. As far as I know, there's no law keeping Mitt and company from getting cowboyed up and actually DEFENDING America, they've just chosen not to bother.

I say the hell with them. Let Christie keep his word not to run for President - make him the VP on Sarah's ticket and send the two of those plain spoken, straight shooting patriots out to talk sense to America. The left will suffer collective head explosions and the voters will have an actual choice to make.

Then if our fellow citizens still want to throw this country away, we can migrate to the new Republics of Alaska and Texas without guilt. From there we could thumb our noses at Chinese tyrants, laugh ourselves sick at Californians trying to survive on over-taxed organic tofu, and mock the Michiganers attempting to bulldoze the remnants of Detroit with snow shovels mounted on the fronts of their Chevy Volts.

Throw a few more steaks on the barbie and tap a keg. Popcorn futures are looking good!

Posted by: raincityjazz at January 21, 2011 11:18 PM

My dear, sweet James, you want Hell No? Here's your Hell No Boehner of the day....and for the over articulate Mr. Koster, What's better than Sarah Palin quitting with a song in her heart?


Posted by: Jewel at January 22, 2011 1:36 AM

Powerline almost has me convinced to stay at home for the 2012 election.

Posted by: tehag at January 22, 2011 2:23 AM

"Palin can't win."

Mr. Maverick Rhino himself couldn't win. And if had won, what would he have done? Reagan himself promised to abolish the Department of Education. It's still here. None of Huckabee, Romney, Pawlenty, et. al. will even promise to abolish the FCC, the Department of Education, etc. With nominees that won't even promise to to do the right thing, why should I get out of bed to vote?

Posted by: tehag at January 22, 2011 2:26 AM

Palin-Cheney 2012
This Time It's Personal

Great analysis Gerard. I'd prefer Michelle Bachmann over Palin by a small margin but I'd be proud to have Palin become President. I say that as a former Newt supporter. I think he is the smartest of the mentioned candidates but he's infuriating in his ability to see the big picture, explain why we need a certain type of conservative revolutionary approach to a problem, and then surrender to the commie-lib establishment and then sell that as a victory. I think Newt is consciously duplicating a Churchill pattern to come back to power. I admire that, but he's let me down too many times.

This Palin hate really is a Ruling Class psychosis spread with fever by the MSM. Much of the non-hating anti-Palin analysis is like the conventional wisdom that caused the housing bust. In the past certain things held true, if those things hold true in the future the outcome will be a Palin loss. But, once the landscape changes from the old conventional 30 year fixed-rate mortgages to the wild-west refi you will blow up the market by holding onto the old assumptions. Today, what people know doesn't come only from MSM. Today, alternative media can find and push stories to the front page. Today, most Republicans are comfortable ignoring the Party bosses. All of the detailed analysis seems to be technical brilliance locked in amber. It is convincing if you think it's 1992 or 2004. If I'm right and we've entered a new age it will seem like concluding 98% of mortgages always re-pay with interest.

The TEA Party and the internet has happened, and is happening. Today's politics with their conventional analysis is over, even if the Ruling Class can't or won't admit it. We may or may not be able to further disrupt the Ruling Class in 2012 but we will only know that after Nov 2012, not before. Palin seems to clearly be the best trasitional figure to span from today to the non-Ruling Class era. I think Bachmann, with enough public exposure will also run the TEA Party train over the Ruling Class. I just don't know if Bachmann has enough time or will catch on quick enough with people in time to win in 2012. Palin has the big boost of already being a giant media figure that can go around the MSM or play them like a fiddle. Bachmann is smart as a whip, great on her feet, a tax attorney, foster mom to two dozen, mother of 5. I've never seen her do less than whip up on media people trying to play gotcha. I hope Rick Santorum gets in the race. And I hope the Ruling Class and their fellow travelers don't engineer our 2012 process to be over before the end of Spring 2011 to sabotage the process. For them it's far better to have any Ruling Class Democrat win than a no RC Republican win.

The best outcome is to let everyone fight it out and not rig the game to end early. Leaders will rise to the top of that process. Watch for Tasmanian Devil type frenzy to get this process over ASAP, that is the Ruling Class at work.

Posted by: Scott M at January 22, 2011 2:27 AM

No, no, no. Not Palin-Cheney. Palin-West.

That there is my dream ticket. Think about it. I don't see a downside.

Posted by: rickl at January 22, 2011 3:36 AM

Who was it -- just t'other day -- who said Sarah Palin has more balls than the rest of the field -- any field -- put together?

Balls ain't welcome in Washington, it would seem. As f*cked up as that town is, it would also seem that balls is exactly what's needed.

Palin/Bachman 2012... Smoke that in your pipe.


Posted by: Mark Alger at January 22, 2011 4:59 AM

Just as an added Something Wonderful....

When the featured pic of the Gov was posted the other day on another site, reference to her resemblance to the lovely Sally Fields was made, with the caption:

"You hate me. You really hate me. I don't care."

Perfetto. Give 'em hell, Sarah.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at January 22, 2011 8:37 AM

Anyone who is capable by the mention of their name or seeing their name in print of causing inside the beltway types (Republican and Democrat) to wet their pants, as Sarah Palin is, deserves and is needed as President.

Posted by: St. Thor at January 22, 2011 8:41 AM

We talk about eliminating the Department of Mis-education, but if you care to look under U.S. government departments and agencies you will find 41 listings under "A" alone.

We are in every case on the train of the left even when we are walking right within it. Why is it there is not a single politician at at a point so ripe as this to go all in? The test of great leadership is that is seems inevitable in retrospect. Or, we can wait for disaster to cure us of our baggage.

Posted by: james wilson at January 22, 2011 10:37 AM

The reality is the social-welfare state built up in the last 70 years is collapsing. We have finally run out of other people's money and the credit cards as well. Its over. Who do we want to our leader post-collapse? Some liberal who knows nothing except how to expropriate money that someone else has earned? Or someone who actually knows how to run a business and earn an honest dollar? Obama says he is going to focus on "creating jobs". Feh! I want someone who knows that people create jobs when government gets the hell out of the way.

Posted by: CBDenver at January 22, 2011 6:58 PM

Where are her wedding rings ???

Posted by: Gordon Scott at January 23, 2011 3:42 AM

The office of the US presidency was set up so that any common man or woman with good sense and a bit of human empathy can run it well. I didn't vote for him but I even thought that Obama might do OK by those minimum standards. Wrong. The man is a complete narcissist and therefore cannot relate to Americans at their own levels. I think Palin can. The media/politico establishment with its extensive ivy (and who knows what else) connections pretends to know something about being "smart" or "bright". They don't. They make it up as they go along. Especially in foreign policy. Anyway, Go Sarah!

Posted by: das at January 23, 2011 11:30 AM

If the photo was taken in Haiti, she may have kept them off for safe keeping.

Posted by: Jewel at January 23, 2011 6:02 PM

I find myself looking forward to a lot of minor benefits of a Palin presidency too.
For instance:
Cafferty (sp?) on CNN said at least thrice, “If SP becomes President, I will eat this building brick by brick.” I hope he has plenty of spare dentures.

When Overmann went on a SP rant, he often turned red and his veins bulged out. It’s too bad I won’t see him on the air on election night when his head pops, but at least I'll know it happened in my heart.

Posted by: Bill589 at January 23, 2011 10:38 PM

The United States government, including local, state, and federal branches, takes in more money than any other group of similar entities, ever.

Yet our deficit is growing at an unprecedented pace, to this day.

And it is too much to expect a Republican to demonstrate this to every 18 year old or older adult in America. They can't do it. It's up to us.

Posted by: fortcww at January 24, 2011 8:07 AM

"Unqualified": An adjective we attach to people who tell the truth without using a bunch of bullshit euphemisms. For more information, see "refudiate" and "wtf".

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