Is Palin’s 15 Minutes Finally About to End?

Sarah Palin gave a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend that was, even by her own standards, incredibly incoherent and absurd. It was so bad that even other conservatives and the people in that audience — her people, by any measure — are now turning on her.

Following Palin’s Saturday speech, Washington Examiner columnist Byron York — described by former Palin adviser Nicolle Wallace as one of her “staunchest supporters” — spoke with conservative activists who attended the speech, few of whom had anything good to say about the one-time GOP star or her speech.

Sam Clovis, a conservative Iowa college professor and radio commentator who recently lost a primary campaign to Palin-endorsed, now-Senator Joni Ernst, claimed it is now hard to take Palin seriously.

“I know she is popular, but it is hard to take her seriously given that performance,” Clovis said. “Palin was a sad story Saturday. With every speech she gives, she gets worse and worse. If one were playing a political cliche drinking game, no one would have been sober after the first 15 minutes of an interminable ramble. It was really painful.”

Another attendee, described by York as “a well-connected Iowa Republican” was less impressed, saying Palin has reached the end of “shelf-life.”

“Calling Gov. Palin’s remarks bizarre and disjointed would be charitable,” he said. “Her shelf-life, even with the most conservative voters in our party, seems to be near the end. In a day filled with strong performances from likely candidates ranging from Scott Walker to Ted Cruz, her remarks were a distraction.”

Writing on the Iowa Republican blog, Craig Robinson said he had a hard time finding anyone who reacted positively to Palin’s speech.

“Of all the people I talked to about Palin’s speech, only one person didn’t have a negative reaction. That person basically said it was a typical Sarah Palin speech. It was received poorly by everyone else I spoke with, ” he wrote. ” I’m not comfortable sharing everything I heard about the speech — it was that bad.”

Could we finally be witnessing the end of Palin’s appeal even among conservatives? One can only hope.

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  • a_ray_in_dilbert_space

    Maybe if we put it to music and had William Shatner read it?

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    If only it were 15 minutes.

  • raven

    Could we finally be witnessing the end of Palin’s appeal even among conservatives?

    Naw.

    If it sounds too good to be true, it isn’t true.

    They’ve put up with Michele Bachmann for a long time and she is even more incoherent than Palin. Although they did throw her under a bus finally. She cost too much for the gain.

    If they toss their few token women GOPers out, who is left? Joni Ernst who so far, doesn’t seem any brighter.

    All Palin has to do is stop just randomly combining catch phrases together in ways that make no sense. It’s little enough to ask although it may well be beyond her.

  • John Pieret

    Wow! Just think how bizarre and disjointed you have to be for wingnuts to even begin to realize it!

  • flatlander100

    And yet she left to a standing, cheering ovation.

    No, her fifteen are not over.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    The content of the speech is summarized in Byron York’s column:

    First, Palin embarked on an extended stream-of-consciousness complaint about media coverage of her decision to run in a half-marathon race in Storm Lake, Iowa in 2011. She then moved on to grumbling about coverage of a recent photo of her with a supporter who had made a sign saying “Fuc_ you Michael Moore” in reaction to the left-wing moviemaker’s criticism of the film “American Sniper.” Then it was on to Palin’s objections about the social media ruckus over a picture of her six-year-old son Trig standing on the family’s Labrador Retriever.

    Palin has one of the most unusual jobs in America. A rich media celebrity who pretends to be victimized by the very media that makes her a rich celebrity.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    They’re mice and she’s the switch that triggers a limbic snack. The problem is that they pressed it so often that their little paws made it stick on. She doesn’t need to go away, and she certainly doesn’t need to change. What she needs to do is blame their chronic limbic obesity on Obama.

  • abb3w

    Savor the irony: the incoherent rant reportedly resulted from having to ad lib during the malfunction of … a teleprompter.

  • Abdul Alhazred

    In the end it may come down to who is more hated by more people, Sarah or Hillary.

    “Smart” is never an issue, much as we may wish otherwise.

  • eric

    Savor the irony: the incoherent rant reportedly resulted from having to ad lib during the malfunction of … a teleprompter.

    Sadly, that’s not ironic. That could describe half of all national politicians, with half being very generous. ‘This is your campaign. [Bash crash bang] This is your campaign when you are allowed to pick your words.’

  • dingojack

    Is Palin’s 15 Minutes Finally About to End?

    NO.

    (This has been number 4,466,338,943,322 in the series: ‘simple answers to simple-minded questions’. Collect all of them!)

    @@ Dingo

  • vereverum

    @ flatlander100 #5

    And yet she left to a standing, cheering ovation.

    Did you ever suffer long with a really bad pain that suddenly went away?

    Did you feel like cheering?

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Wow! Just think how bizarre and disjointed you have to be for wingnuts to even begin to realize it!

    Actually, this might be part of a new game the wingnuts have to play: find the most disjointed/least credible person at a particular right-wing event, and turn on him/her to prove you’re the “moderates,” reacting to the “extremist” in your midst. We may be seeing more of this in the near future. And no, it’s not cause for hope, it’s just another sub-scam within the larger scam that is present-day American “conservatism.” There’s no “hope” in Palin being overshadowed by other equally-vile reich-wingers.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    Yes indeed, the real Palin was exposed by a teleprompter fail. Exposed as the dimwit she truly is.

  • kosk11348

    Palin has never been popular with the conservative establishment, but they put up with her because she is popular with the conservative base. I don’t think one more rambling speech really changes that equation much.

  • wildbill

    I’m still waiting for her to blame someone/something for her performance – you know, “someone sabotaged her by breaking the teleprompter”, or “the meds for her cold/migraine/whatever were not prescribed correctly.” Because, sarah is never, ever, ever, ever, ever to blame, she is always the victim.

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK
  • Kevin Kehres

    Gee, I hope not. Jon Stewart would be out of a job.

  • scienceavenger

    @10 The irony is that Palin propogates one of those zombie memes* among conservatives that Obama is not only unable to speak coherantly without a teleprompter, but is alone among politicians in that deficiency.

    As for the speech, the excerpts in Byron York’s column are the usual Palin. Not incoherant – what she’s trying to say is cler enough – just fucking stupid. Perhaps they came before the telemeltdown.

    =====

    *The ones that won’t die no matter how many times they are debunked

  • xuuths

    Please, sarah, run for president.

    Please!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    WILDBILL THE LAMESTREAM MEDIA SABATOGED HER BY FOCUSING ON HOW SHE SAID GIBBERISH RATHER THAN ON WHAT GIBBERISH SHE SAID!!!

  • Synfandel

    That can’ be real. It has to be Tina Fey putting on the stupid act. Watch for yourself:

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?323834-14/sarah-palin-iowa-freedom-summit

  • raven

    Oh c’mon.

    It’s right in front of you.

    Demons!!! Satan!!! The all purpose excuses of xians.

    Or liberals. Or Obama. Or commies. Or atheists. Or Space Reptiles.

    Kookism can never fail, nor can it ever run out of excuses.

  • Al Dente

    Upon careful investigation we have discovered that Governor Palin’s teleprompter was sabotaged by Muslim fascist liberal commies in the employ of Saul Alinsky.

  • colnago80

    As I recall, the first president to use a teleprompter was Dwight David Eisenhower.

  • wreck

    “Sarah Palin gave a speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit over the weekend that was, even by her own standards, incredibly incoherent and absurd”

    Did she do it in Urdu? Or Klingon? Because that’s the only way I can imagine she could surpass her standards of incoherence and absurdity.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    wreck “Did she do it in…Klingon?”

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  • abb3w

    @17 ArtK & @19 scienceavenger

    Bingo.

  • Michael Heath

    Sam Clovis states:

    “Palin was a sad story Saturday. With every speech she gives, she gets worse and worse.

    Bullshit. Within four hours of after she was announced as McCain’s nominee I had convincing evidence that then-Gov. Palin was every bit as incoherent in 2008 and prior as she was this past weekend. And I do not consider myself an expert googler.

  • busterggi

    MILFiness has an expiration date and Sister Sarah is getting close.

  • se habla espol

    only one person didn’t have a negative reaction. That person basically said it was a typical Sarah Palin speech.

    How is “a typical Palin speech” not a negative reaction?

  • Artor

    Finally! Where the fuck have these people been, that they’re suddenly surprised to find that Sarah is an incoherent moron? It’s been what, 7 years since she entered the public arena? Has she ever, at any point, shown signs of intelligence or competence? Anywhere?

    He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

  • ehmm

    The Cambridge talk is going to be gooood.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Finally, Palin get s the recognition she deserves from the lamestream media. She made it onto Failblog.

  • erichoug

    For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone in Republican leadership continues to give her a spotlight. I can certainly understand why the Democrats would want her to have a spotlight. But you would think that SOMEONE in the Republican party would have been smart enough to send her back to Alaska by now.

  • shadow

    @35:

    But, does Alaska want her?

  • caseloweraz

    This really belongs in the thread about the WND protesting Mark Peterson’s photos from the Iowa Freedom Summit. (That is, to the extent it belongs anywhere.) But this thread is more recent.

    What is “this”? A scurrilous comparison of Sarah Palin to the Salt Vampire from Star Trek.

    Rest assured, the files will disappear in a day or two. I only post them to make a point, which is that the same absurd comparison has befallen Michelle Obama — and those pictures are still out there.

  • lpetrich

    Sarah Palin is the Kim Kardashian of US politics, a professional celebrity.

    Lupica: Palin is the Kardashian of politics – NY Daily News

  • dingojack

    I’m sure Dr. McCoy would simply repeat his remarks about the Horta…

    Dingo