Special “Not for all the Teabaggers in China” Edition.
Palin Hong Kong Speech Blames Government For Financial Crisis; Some Walk Out In Disgust
HONG KONG — Former U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, criticized for her lack of foreign policy experience, emerged in Asia on Wednesday to share her views from "Main Street U.S.A." with a group of high-flying global investors.
In her first trip to the region, the former Alaska governor addressed an annual conference of investors in Hong Kong in what was billed as a wide-ranging talk about governance, economics and U.S. and Asian affairs.
Two US delegates left early, according to AFP, with one saying "it was awful, we couldn't stand it any longer." He declined to be identified.
"I'm going to call it like I see it and I will share with you candidly a view right from Main Street, Main Street U.S.A.," Palin told a room full of asset managers and other finance professionals, according to a video of part of the speech obtained by The Associated Press. "And how perhaps my view of Main Street ... how that affects you and your business."
Palin spoke out against government intervention in the economy. "We got into this mess because of government interference in the first place," Palin said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "We're not interested in government fixes, we're interested in freedom," she added.
She didn't refer to President Barack Obama by name, the Wall Street Journal reported, but said she called his campaign promises "nebulous, utopian sounding... Now 10 months later, though, a lot of Americans are asking: more government? Is that the change we want?"
Some attendees were disappointed by her focus on her home state and her attacks on President Obama.
"As fund managers we want to hear about the United States as a whole, not just about Alaska," one told AFP. "And she criticized Obama a lot but offered no solutions."
OK, two things.
First, I asked my advisers about me quitting my little job and picking up a six-figure gig trotting the globe and slamming the President.
They told me I didn’t have the tits for it.
Second, as all of you who escaped our nation's 25-year-long Conservative prefrontal Limbaughtomy remember, six short years ago when a singer blurted out a dozen unprepared words dissing George W. Bush at a concert in London (or, as wingnuts always ominously intone "On Foreign Soil!"), the Right absolutely lost its collective shit.
There were marches. Vigils. Coast-to-coast Hate Radio rants. A virtual embargo on playing the music of "The Dixie Chicks" anywhere in this Home of the Brave.
It was pretty much this...
Hell, they made a movie about it and everything:
Or don't you remember?
But now, of course, everything has changed.
Now the White, Conservative, Southern, Evangelical, Republican imbecile failure is out of the White House.
Now the smart, Black,
And now Joe "Old Yeller" Wilson has added another chapter to the popular career and fund-raising manual for budding, Conservative demagogues: "How To Make Friends and Influence Pig People."
For myself, I couldn't care less if Bible Spice ran through the halls of the Kremlin warning the world that under Barack Obama, NASA is funding top-secret orbital abortion and gay-indoctrination camps (Because face it, it's only a matter of time.) She is merely the latest punch line in our long, tragic national joke that began thirty years ago with, "Didja hear the one about the Republican Party being turned over to crazy people?" and her carefully prepared remarks (Hello, Newt!) were obviously calibrated to lob another verbal "Pay!Attention!To!Me!" cinder block into traffic.
But while I might not care what the Wasilla Grifter has to say about anything, anywhere, every single fucking Conservative who pretended to be standing on righteous principle when they went full DEFCON 1 monkeyshit in 2003, and who now stays silent or cheers Caribou Barbie on needs to have their voter registration card confiscated and ceremonially burned atop a pyre of Tobie Keith records.