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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 01:58 PM
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The Nation: Rick Perry, Marlboro Man

Rick Perry, Marlboro Man

JoAnn Wypijewski
September 21, 2011 |

Politics pulses with gossip, as gossip does with sex; add in celebrity, and it was inevitable that Sarah Palin would find herself first on the cover of National Enquirer and now as the subject of a concatenation of rumor, tattered fact and tetchy opinion that mirrors her own trade in attention-getting.

The revelations of sexual romps and recreational drug use in Joe McGinnisss new book, The Rogue, are unlikely to translate into much. Sexor, if you like, sizzleis what catapulted Palin to national politics in the first place. John McCain didnt need to sew up Alaska, the gun vote or even the God people with his vice presidential choice; he needed pizazz, to bring vigor to his old bones and compete with the celebrity machine whirring around Barack and Michelle Obama. Palins right-wing boosters would sputter at the suggestion that she is the only running mate in US history to have been chosen primarily for her sexual energy, but they were the first to gush over her as a babe, a MILF (or GILF), a smoking-hot chick; and she repaid their longings in fitted black leather with Todd by her side. A party-time past cant hurt her now with the men who fantasize about her, the women who want to be her or the Christians who know life is one long battle against temptation. The most that such stories can do (besides taint McGinniss as a man awfully eager to see scandal in interracial sex) is strengthen Palins case for not doing what she shows no sign of wanting to do: take a cut in pay, fun and unaccountable influence by running for president.

Shes no dummy. Even if she were powerfully inclined, the show has moved on. The country that a few years ago yearned to be seduced now just wants to be saved. In the iconography of American exceptionalism embraced by her party, a gun-playing, independent Annie Oakley might shame weaker men and stoke up a crowd, but saving the homestead is a job for a cowboy.

This past summer national right-wing radio hosts and their local imitators did not outright endorse Rick Perry (unless theyre from Texas), but all their talk leads to him. America is in peril because it has gone soft, the argument runs, with a president who apologizes to the world, a people who whine, a nanny government. The Chinese are poised to swoop down, the Arabs already have, and here we are, a country full of women, pampered with extended unemployment benefits. Its 1979 the rerun, with Obama as Carter, the only question being who will be our
Gipper, the real man in a checked shirt and neckerchief, riding a white horse and raising us from this grip of crisis, humiliation, unions, sissies and malaise? ...........(more)

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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 02:29 PM
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1. O my, "The Nation' uses MILF to describe Palin
That I didn't expect.
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 03:49 PM
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2. What's an MILF or a GILF?
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spin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 03:55 PM
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3. Look them up here ...
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-23-11 04:40 PM
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4. No coincidence they compare Rick Perry to The Marlboro Man
see previous posts about Hustler magazine million-dollar payout.
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