“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

The Pain of Palin And Gingrich.

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It can’t be easy to be a potential party nominee to the Presidency of the United States. Aside from the intrusion, the fact you need millions and millions to run and years spent climbing the greasy pole there are other obstacles in the way of ultimate power, emails and ex-aides.

A vast treasure trove of emails from Sarah Palin have just been released and I am sure that we will hear much more about her idiocy, parochialism and self-conceit.

The Guardian, Slate, ABC News, New York Times and Huff Post are excited by what these, presumably self-serving, emails will tell us about Sarah Palin.

I can’t help thinking it will be very little, although they will probably confirm that Palin hasn’t read the US Constitution and the questions that Katie Couric asked were just too easy!

Newt Gingrich isn’t having it easy either, as his political aides resign en masse, the Atlantic Wires explains:

“Will Rogers: quit as Gingrich’s Iowa political director on May 31 Where He Griped: Also the Register

“I’d say, ‘Oh, great. Thanks for inviting us. We’ll get this sent up to the Washington, D.C., folks.’ … And then I’d send it to the D.C. folks and it would be radio silence. A few days later, you’d ask again and you’d ask again and you wouldn’t hear anything back. At first I thought it was the staff. And then I came to find out it was the candidate.”

“I decided I wasn’t going to continue to spend 60, 70 hours a week away from my family while begging GOP activists and friends around the state to be involved in the campaign.”

But the really bitchy stuff remains, of course, off the record. It also focused on Gingrich’s wife, Callista, portraying her has a Yoko Ono dividing the team and encouraging her man to fritter away his genius. It was Callista, they say, who insisted on the couple’s two-week luxury Greek cruise, the last straw for many staffers.

“He does whatever she wants,” a source complained to Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman.

“She insisted on the cruise,” a source told Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.

“It’s how much time that his wife thinks that he should spend on this… It’s not a hobby. This is a full-time, 80-hour-a-week job,” a staffer told The Daily Beast’s Peter J. Boyer.

“The problem was the wife. Aides to Newt Gingrich have resigned from his presidential campaign in protest of what they felt was a takeover by Callista Gingrich… The euphemism offered by departing staffers was they disagreed with Gingrich’s ‘strategy’ for the campaign. Indeed, they did disagree. But it was a strategy–a part-time campaign, in effect–that Gingrich’s wife favored,” In fact, the Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes reports. “

How Newt Gingrich’s Campaign Imploded by Peter J. Boyer.

All most amusing, couldn’t happen to nicer people !

Update 1: One of the “almost” Palin quotes (really from Tina Fey, but you could imagine Palin saying it, “I can see Russia from my house):

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  1. No telling what’s in the emails. We know, however, that they are a “treasure trove” and are “self-serving” (as opposed to…)


    10/06/2011 at 22:34

  2. “I can see Russia from my house”


    10/06/2011 at 22:41

  3. When did she say that, nod?


    10/06/2011 at 22:43

  4. er, mod?


    10/06/2011 at 22:43

  5. So what are in politicians’ emails, the feelings and desire of overambitious politicians?

    “Hey, I was wrong”, “Darn it, I knew I should have read the Constitution in school”, “No, I am not fit for the Presidency “??


    10/06/2011 at 22:45

  6. Seriously, Mod. Palin never said she could see Russia from her house, did she?

    This is hilarious. The emails have been out all afternoon and nothing has emerged. Not the Truth About Trig, nor any steamy missives to David Duke (we know they’re in there somewhere, don’t we?)


    10/06/2011 at 22:50

  7. Perhaps when we see Illinois State Senator Barck Obama’s office communications we’ll be able to divine why he remained a member of a vile, racist, anti-semitic church for 23 years.


    10/06/2011 at 22:54

  8. Well Mesq, Tina Fey did, but Palin came damn close to it….see the video above, and don’t mention the Bush doctrine, she clearly didn’t know what that meant.

    I like Palin, anyone with a sense of humour would.

    Palin makes US politics funny, she shows that you can be chronically vacant, smile a lot, tell people what they want to hear and *still* have a chance at the US Presidency. That *is* a reverse meritocracy 🙂


    10/06/2011 at 22:58

  9. PS: I have updated the post for your benefit, if I come across any more clips of her inane activities I’ll try to add them!


    10/06/2011 at 22:59

  10. Yeah, she’s kind of a dope.

    “It was also interesting to see that political interaction in Europe is not that different from the United States Senate. There’s a lot of — I don’t know what the term is in Austrian — wheeling and dealing — and, you know, people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics.”

    -President Barack Obama


    10/06/2011 at 23:00

  11. Touche!


    10/06/2011 at 23:01

  12. I see from the web that conservative sites seem to specialise in Obama Gaffes?

    Gaffes ok? I can take them.

    But, please, Palin makes Dan Quayle look like Socrates


    10/06/2011 at 23:04

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