Comments on: It’s not quite dishing, but Palin chats to Oprah about Levi, Couric http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/ Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: William D. http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403829 Sat, 14 Nov 2009 19:06:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403829 I am having a difficult time figuring out whether J. VanA is pro-Obama or pro-Palin. The early remarks suggest the latter, but after attempting to visualize (as the invitations go) the future under Obama, I can’t help but see 1) a thoughtful, carefully considered and effective military presence in Afghanistan, one that allows more American soldiers to avoid the massive trauma of armed conflict while providing the necessary support to that country’s own autonomy and safety, 2) a society in which, though the value of the dollar admittedly declines, the basic needs of all Americans are met to a much fuller degree than they have been for decades, 3) a newly self-consistent, fair and humane legal system in which justice is served without the use of impulsive, desperate techniques that have more in common with terrorist tactics themselves than with a humane and enlightened society, 4) a society in which people do not feel like the act of purchasing a fire-arm is their only guarantee of personal safety, security, and control, 5) industries that operate efficiently, honestly, and with the intent of generating the highest quality products, not simply of undermining the competition, of maintaining a strangle-hold on the market, or of serving the bottom line, and 6) a society in which all voices are heard, considered judiciously and weighed before final decisions are made, not a society in which all differing opinions and contributions are stamped out by a stubborn reliance on single principals, very few of which would ever apply singly to a given decision.

I’m in agreement that Sarah Palin is a woman of principle, and I also agree that the ability to answer televised questions extemperaneously does not make or break a person’s decision making or leadership ability; the skill is obviously one that requires serious practice and drill, neither of which Palin had time to recieve during the campaign.
But I have never understood the argument that supports “principle” as the sole factor upon which to base decisions that will affect many people of diverse backgrounds. Not everyone, after all, believes in the same principles as everyone else. The best decisions seem clearly to be those that weigh several different principles and include elements or shadings of each in a well thought out way. The trade-mark of a good decision maker is the ability to see and understand as many of these existing principles as possible, and to arrive at a decision that combines the most valid and compatible elements of each. The process takes time, requires a very open mind and a strong sense of empathy, and often results in a decision that advances no one particular view point or principle completely, but that somehow manages to advance the greater good by a little rather than the smaller good by a lot. This seems to me the very meaning of “The Democratic Process,” and it is not only a skill that a given person can have, but a skill built into the operation and structure of our government.

It is also a skill that, as best I can see, Sarah Palin does not have, and one that she in fact seems to diminish as much as possible despite being a self-described fan of a country built on the democratic process. In a country in which there has never been complete national support for any one cause or value or system of beliefs, shouldn’t we continue to have a president who acknowledges that debate and due process are essential, that having many beliefs, opinions and voices actually makes us stronger instead of weaker, and that no single governmental decision should ever be a simple appeal to something as safe from scrutiny and debate as a one person’s private principle?

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By: TC http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403827 Sat, 14 Nov 2009 18:52:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403827 I am saying nothing of the sort Eric. I stand by what I said about the far left. Find one who supports her. It goes without saying that moderates will be divided on their support of her. Most conservatives (not all) will support her. Again, that goes without saying. I am sorry. I assumed you would understand that.

As for NY 23. Doug Hoffman got into the race 3 weeks before election day. He was at least 15 points down. It was with less than 2 weeks until the election that he was competitive (quite a feat by an unknown). He only lost by 3 percent…ONLY 3 percent. So, it doesn’t add up that Sarah Palin did not influence the race in a positive way. An unknown who is an accountant nearly won. He had no business being within 3 points after being down 15 or more points a few weeks before the election.

As for Sarah Palin being my choice for president? Well, you already know she is not my choice and I am not convinced she is going to run for president. She hasn’t shown her card either way though.

It is interesting how you speak for the minority as though it is the majority. Sarah Palin is supported by the majority in this country. Otherwise, people like you would leave her alone. But she scares you. That much is certain.

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By: Eric H http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403806 Sat, 14 Nov 2009 15:17:19 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403806 TC still doesn’t get it, you don’t have be far left to be disgusted (not hate) by Palin. There a lot of talk about the “socialist agenda” being shoved down our throats but what about the far right religious rhetoric being forced by Palin? TC will not except that moderates are opposed to her as well, (see election results for upstate NY district 23) Palin endorsed the conservative candidate and republicans voted democrat.
I would love to see a viable third party in this country but one that is in the middle not on the fringe of either side.

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By: J.VanA http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403770 Sat, 14 Nov 2009 06:19:26 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403770 She may not be as smooth and polished as BO, but whatever lies you people are alluding to certainly are not of the magnitude and number that he has told to the american public and the world. Our country needs a leader that is strong, focused and stands on principal. She would have been a much better leader because of her belief system and principles, not because of her interview skills. While our current president interviews well, he tries to be all things to all people (by using vague and misleading language which is worse that lying) and is failing at everything he is doing, leaving us weak in the global community he so fervently tries to appease. That weakness translates into risk for all of us, as well as economic disadvantage. Watch what happens as the dollar weakens against his spending spree to reward his leftist supporters, watch what happens as his fickle indecisiveness leads the flailing military action, watch what happens as his attempt to use the US legal system to fight terrorists leads to more weakness in our national security, watch him attack personal ownership of firearms, watch him control and stifle our industry, watch him bring this country to it’s knees in order to align it with his idea of a global society and then look around you and see if you like what you see. If you don’t like what you see, it will be too late to do anything about it.

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By: TC http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403738 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 23:33:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403738 There you have it brian lee. The wise Eric put you in your place with his superior intellect.

Too bad the far leftists are so hateful of someone who chose to have a disabled child rather than abort it. They are jealous of the success she has and that their diatribes prove they are in the minority and on the losing side. If she is so stupid, then why do they spend their time frothing at the mouth and commenting every single time an article is printed on Reuters?

They truly are afraid of her, otherwise they would leave her alone…

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By: Donna Schmidt http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403734 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:36:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403734 I do not know how this lovely woman puts up with all the dissing or dishing or whatever word you want to attach to the narrow minded garbage that is continually thrown at her. No wonder the country is in such a mess with such people voting for the self serving liberals that are trashing our great country. I only hope somehow there are enough of us left to restore decency values, dignity, and work ethic values back to the United States way of life. Donna

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By: brian lee http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403732 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 22:27:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403732 yes you are smart Macrhino you don,t even have to use spell check!are you by chance another liberal telling again how to save the Republican party?Again thanks but no thanks.

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By: Mr Diplomacy http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403731 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 21:57:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403731 Hasn’t the citizenry of the US heard enough for this ignorant ex-candidate?

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By: Jennifer Maddux http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403727 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 21:34:15 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403727 I like her – she’s a real person who isn’t afraid to voice her thoughts and opinions. She has been a good governor to a very large state in this country while raising a family with a disabled child. To belittle her shows little intelligence and understanding of the job she has done.

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By: J http://blogs.reuters.com/talesfromthetrail/2009/11/12/its-not-quite-dishing-but-palin-chats-to-oprah-about-levi-couric/comment-page-1/#comment-403725 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 21:19:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/frontrow/?p=22240#comment-403725 And Emma–
You need to relax and get your own copyeditor!

“Dished” means gossip or juicy details… So Reuters is saying that Palin didn’t reveal anything particularly exciting or unexpected.

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