Holy Mackerel!

Only dead fish go with the flow.

–Sarah Palin July 3, 2009

From Eugene Robinson at The Washington Post:

What can you say about a public official who ridicules those who would take the “quitter’s way out” — as she faces reporters to announce that she’s quitting? A governor who claims that “the worthless, easy path” would be to serve out the remaining 18 months of her term? An ambitious politician who says that “life is too short” to worry about, you know, boring things such as responsibility or duty?

You can say that all of us who ever took Sarah Palin seriously — or pretended to take her seriously — should be deeply ashamed. And you can say that John McCain should publicly apologize for putting the nation he loves at risk by choosing Palin as his running mate.

Original DVD cover.

The reasons she gave for stepping down are not just contrived or implausible but literally nonsensical. She can most effectively serve the people of Alaska by ceasing to exercise the powers of chief executive? She worries that as a lame duck she would somehow be compelled to waste taxpayer money on useless junkets? In her “Don’t Cry For Me, Alaska” news conference announcing her departure, the folksy non sequiturs — “Only dead fish go with the flow” — were like nuggets of Cartesian logic amid a tub of mush.


There are basically two reasons the political class and the commentariat continue to speak and write about Palin as if she were a substantial figure whose presence on the national stage is anything but a cruel, unfunny joke. The first is fear — not of Palin and her know-nothing legions, but of being painted as elitist and sexist.

From the beginning, Palin has been a master at maneuvering her critics into this trap.


The most recent illustration is what she posted on her Facebook page last weekend on the reaction to her announced resignation:

“How sad that Washington and the media will never understand; it’s about country. And though it’s honorable for countless others to leave their positions for a higher calling and without finishing a term, of course we know by now, for some reason a different standard applies for the decisions I make.”

What is she talking about? Who are these “countless others” who supposedly have made the same decision to abandon governorships for no credible reason? The names don’t come rushing to mind. Why is any criticism of Poor Little Sarah the result of the “different standard” that mean old “Washington and the media” always apply? Because blaming her favorite alleged persecutors allows her to ignore the bewildered reaction from her constituents in Alaska who are stunned and mystified at her decision to skip out.

The other reason Palin is taken more seriously than she deserves is that she has a constituency. Heaven help us.


[…] I feel sorry for conservatives who look to her as a champion because she’s going to let them down. Articulating a political vision and inspiring people to believe in it are true accomplishments, and no one can take that away from her. But realizing that vision through legislation or executive action requires discipline, persistence and rigor. To return to stating the obvious, these are attributes that Palin lacks.

Anyone tempted to see her resignation gambit as a masterstroke, positioning her for a presidential run in 2012, is riding for a fall. She will flake out.

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21 responses to “Holy Mackerel!

  1. Only dead fish go with the flow? Hmmm, I wonder about her ichthyological and natural history skills. All fish, living or dead, except for salmon, go with the flow. Can she ever get anything right?

    I love your posters! You’re gonna have to school me on how they get made. lol.

    • zirgar,
      remember that fish rot from the head down. that accounts for the lack of any mental acuity on princess flounder’s part.

      glad you enjoy the posters, zirgar. i absolutely love the image you have at your place. hilarious!

  2. jeb

    My prediction is that the Wasilla Hillbillies pickup stakes and leave Alaska. To paraphrase the old song, how do you keep the boy on the farm when he’s seen the lights of Paris?

    • i wouldn’t bet against you. i bet the palin clan can’t wait to get back to the lower 48 and hit neiman marcus and saks.

      by the way, this is the second time i had to fish (no pun intended) your comment out of the spam filter. i have no idea why they keep winding up there. 😕

  3. I never did have much respect or like McCain much.. and after he brought Caribou Barbie on the scene I lost what little I had left for him.
    Now it seems we are stuck with her.. it’s like gum on the bottom of your shoe on a hot summer day.. no matter what you do, you can’t get rid of it, it just gets nastier and nastier..
    To think the people in this country who voted for shrub would be dumb enough to vote for her and try to put her in the White House… We really have to be careful… she has 3 years to work on it and she has started already.

    • i can’t stand capt underpants. i hope that he loses his senate seat. i want him to fail in a spectacular fashion. if not for him, we wouldn’t be forced to listen to princess sarah or joe the not-plumber. he’s nothing but another narcissist who doesn’t give a shit about anything other than his own glorification.

  4. From Vanity Fair.


    “More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of “narcissistic personality disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—”a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy”—and thought it fit her perfectly.”

    Looks like it’s time to post something I promised to post about Princess Sarah months ago.


    A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:[1]

    has a grandiose sense of self-importance (check)
    is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love (megalomania) (probably)
    believes that he or she is “special” and can only be understood by, or should associate with, people (or institutions) who are also “special” or of high status. (check)
    requires excessive admiration (check)
    has a sense of entitlement (check)
    is interpersonally exploitative (check)
    lacks empathy (can’t tell)
    is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her (maybe the latter)
    shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes (check)

    That’s more than six.

    • i read something earlier today about her being a narcissistic personality. i would have checked off the lack of empathy. it’s a vibe i get from her. she has a child with down syndrome, but when she could have been publicizing the event that raises funds for kids with disabilities, she chose instead to make a big stink over david letterman’s joke. it always has to be all about her.

  5. I read an article yesterday that stated her reason for stepping down was due to the frivolous lawsuits that are beleaguering her administration. LOL. I guess from her standpoint Obama should also step down because of those pesky rethugs who continually give him a hard time about the lousy job he is doing and those frivolous lawsuits about his birth certificate. How could any administration be effective when all that peripheral baloney is going on? ROFLMAO! In that case we should demand all leaders to step down NOW!! 🙂

  6. And as anyone in the field will tell you the narcissistic pdo types are about as responsive to being rehabbed as Lindsay Lohan. This bitch counts on stupid sheep to watch her boobs jiggle and her ass sway so they don’t have to pay any attention the contradictory babbling that emanates from her piehole. The poster is as always priceless, a little ambiguity too is that a lipsmack or a bite mark on Toodles mug ?

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  8. I’d throw in Borderline pdo as well.
    It occurs to me, if Todd Palin was the politician in the family, Sarah would screw it up for him by talking out of her ass and getting him in trouble.
    Think millionaire Harry Helmsley and his wife Leona, the queen of mean.
    Todd may look like a rugged outdoorsman, but his wife has the balls in that family.