When I saw it at Sullivan’s, my first thought was that it has to be a photoshop done by her enemies.
It isn’t. It is part of a photo shoot for Runner’s World. Has anyone seen Rich Lowry today?
Also, I eagerly await the multiple Red State diaries screaming about her mistreatment of the flag.
Horny old goobers all over the South and West are breaking out Kleenex and Jergen’s as we speak.
John, You are seriously trolling for “yellow light” (NCIS reference) comments with this one. Nice gams.
Cheescake for Dummies® .
Nylons with running shoes?!
I’d tap that.
Man, I sure wish my hair looked all clean and blow dried and styled after I go for a run. How does she do it?
If only she didn’t talk.
Republicans have the leaders they deserve.
Only if she promised not to talk aside from the obligatory nasties.
And there’s a real “nutso Glenn Close” vibe there – you couldn’t let her know your real name or where you live.
Lowry’s in the can and he won’t come out. I hope he’s ok.
Now is a good time to be in the political comedy business.
Does anyone else recall being a young man and hearing, “I’d put a flag over her head and fuck her for Old Glory?”
Ha ha ha.
His mommy told him how to avoid the chafing by taking his time and enjoying it.
He’ll be just fine.
He probably just burst into flames.
I think I saw Coulter give her the evil eye from on high.
I always like to look around a bit when I archive dive and follow those old links, so backing up one from the Lowry Starburst link to Petblogging, lo and behold, what I believe to be possibly the first Furminator reference on BJ? IIRC, Alan claimed this honor recently to remind John how much $$ John owes him. (See #14. I’ve yet to learn how to link directly to comments.)
I see a “Laura W.” chimed in at #19. She probably deserves a cut too. I liked her. Wonder where she is today?
Seems Palin, who clearly views her governorship as the priority, is also the subject of a Vanity Fair piece, over which Bill Kristol is now having a hissy-fit.
I had no idea Kristol was close to Dan Quayle. It figures, though…
Bad Horse's Filly
I just don’t get it. I’m hoping the BJ guys can enlighten me.
Too much friction on an oil based lubricant will do that. Vaseline is always a bad choice for the rarely relieved.
Imagine if she was a Democrat. They would already be in Code Orange thermonuclear mode over at FOX News.
Can you imagine the chaffing?
@Bad Horse’s Filly:
We are able to separate mind from body. IOW’s do math with our dicks.
Pardon me while I use Old Glory as my jogging towel! Barack Obama is a S.ocialist, by the way.
Look! I can almost do Tree Pose!
I kid, I kid. I fully understand that to a large segment of the American population, the “flag-casual lifestyle” photo is shower nozzle masturbation material.
We’d all do well to learn about running from Republicans… after all, so many of them have ran away from the party.
Wonkette pointed out this quote, where Palin mocks McCain for his inability to jog, which is, of course, due to his wartime injuries:
Why do they let her talk to people?
John Cole @ Top:
They won’t. It’s mistreatment of the flag when you photograph it with a liberal. It’s against the law, in fact.
Since Palin is not liberal, there’s no mistreatment here.
Obviously that too, also. That.
@JenJen: Everything that comes out of her mouth is just a lie. From the slide you linked:
Does everyone here appreciate what would happen to your feet if you tried to go jogging with loose fitting tennis shoes and TWO pairs of wool socks?
From Presidential timber to Presidential? Timberrrrrrrrrrr!
I’m sorry, what?
Men do this too?
Ann B. Nonymous
It’s only a guess, but if that flag could talk…
@Laura W: You know, I didn’t give it that much thought. Ummm… perhaps not, huh?
@John Cole: Oh good gawd. Wool socks!? I didn’t even read the captions; I was too busy trying to write my own.
I am afraid I am going to defend Palin on this one. While I don’t visit the web site often, the magazine Runner’s World always finishes with a profile of some famous person who runs and they are always looking suave in their running clothes, much too suave. I think Gore has done a spread, Anthony Edwards, Jim Carrey, even my personal favorite Tovah Feldshuh. I even vaguely recall one of Bush, though I could be wrong. Makeup and fancy hair on women is not uncommon, even though GSD help them if they run far with it. And they are always decked out in the latest cutting edge running product who just happen to be the magazines biggest advertisers. (Those are probably running tights, not nylons)
Even the photo of her and Trig is not an uncommon sight in these spreads. My guess is you are supposed to look at the expensive jogging stroller in front of her (which you can probably buy from some full page ad in the mag), not the baby.
I really don’t think this is that big of a deal, or at least it wouldn’t be except for this particular subject.
Problem is that when someone behaves as Palin has behaved with her flirty winks and patriotic posturing, combined with commentators like Lowry and his little starbursts, and the constant use of Trig as a qualification, you don’t get the benefit of the doubt even when you might deserve it. You reap what you sow I guess.
Now, about that flag she is on her own.
@Interrobang: Yeah, I noticed that too.
What an elitist!
Either that or he just JIZZED. IN. HIS PANTS.
OMG, I am so sorry I have nothing else to add. Just, Oh. My. God.
Bad Horse’s Filly:
Don’t look to me for answer. To be perfectly honest, I don’t get it either. Palin is a moderately attractive, fit, middle-aged woman. We’re not talking Carla Bruni, Uma Thurman, Isabella Rosselini, Parker Posey, or Isabelle Huppert here.
Once you add in the accent, voice, and content, you’re left with the perfect subject for a drag queen’s parody – as many people no doubt witnessed last weekend.
I find Palin about as attractive as Anita Bryant or Phyllis Schlafly. I don’t understand the drooling over her at all.
Another lie from the same interview:
The Great Band-Aid Coverup
Left Coast Tom
Maybe she jogs in hiking boots. While, per the Branchflower report, her father shoots moose on her tag.
I think she habitually spews word salad because words don’t really mean much of anything to her, she says them because she must in order to achieve her goals, but what she says really doesn’t matter so much.
A perfect Gingrich Trainee.
Are we sure that’s not a shop? The more I look at the shadows, the more confused I get.
Also, I very very very much wanted to post:
But I just can’t quite rationalize how it would fit.
Please, somebody tell me there’s a reason joggers wear pantyhose.
Edit: Adolphous explains … running tights.
Wonder what David Letterman’s writers are thinking?
The caption that accompanies the picture:
@John Cole: Come to think of it, maybe I should’ve read those captions.
This comes off as a bit of a slam to me.
So what are you gonna do with your share? :)
She runs in Asics? Chalk that up as another thing I don’t have in common with her…..
For an old woman, she maintains the body. Most older women can’t display that kind of figure or tanned legs.
BTW, when I saw the photo on Sully’s I immediately thought of the infamous bikini and gun photoshop. It was outrage then; now, it’s mimicked by Palin herself.
Sorry, but the RedState Army is on the march…..hunting down ALL McCain staffers and trashing their futures……unless they can prove they didn’t contribute to the VF Palin article:
Sheesh, what pathetic comedy
Sinclair Lewis, updated.
I don’t like Sarah Palin, but you men are disgusting. You should be ashamed, I’d like to see you make those smutty comments to a real woman’s face. Get a life.
The Army flag with Track’s name on it in the window is a nice touch. I think it could only be more patriotic pr0n-ish if there were a nice warm apple pie on the counter.
My guess is Lowry is busy getting this tattooed on his nethers.
What is she holding in that picture?
The hose keep warmth in. I only know this because I was told the same thing once when someone mentioned that Joe Namath wore them in his playing days.
Left Coast Tom
The tan is fake
I guess looking at this image is supposed to make me say “I think she’s the most wonderful presidential hopeful for 2012 that one could ask for”?
That isn’t the reaction I’m getting, sorry.
Did they maybe just do a crappy job of lighting her? It’s pretty overcast for the outdoor shots. Maybe they just didn’t do a good job of blending in the artificial light.
Did anyone else immediately think of this?
@Zuzu’s Petals: I know Sullivan has documented MANY examples of this, but it continues to blow my mind how she just straight up lies about SO MUCH STUFF. WTF is the point? She really must have some sort of illness, normal people don’t say “Gosh darn, it’s raining!” when it’s 80 and sunny outside.
I don’t, but from my skiiing days I seem to remember that 1 pair of thin “dress” socks and 1 pair of woolen socks would be more effective – the thin socks acting to create an insulating layer of dead air.
There are playing days, and then there are playing days.
@JenJen: She can’t go all the way into the pose–it would be an affront to her Christianity.
I think you took a wrong turn in the blogosphere deary. Free Republic is ~~~~> THAT WAY!
Hep me, I been: Modereratered!
Is s0cks a bad word?
On Planet Wingnut, it’s always raining when it’s not.
@Alan: Probably just pour it into yet more worthless Project Wonderful ads to keep John in single malt Scotch.
What makes it even funnier is that they think they actually have a say, and that they are really going to make anything happen. They already misfired with Operation Leper with Nicole Wallace, and it turns out Nicole wasn’t the guilty party at all- it was her husband.
And what makes the whole thing truly sublime is that the only person at Red State that had any tangible connection to the McCain/Palin team was Soren Dayton, and he, wait for it… was the guy who got suspended by the McCain team for distributing the Rev. Wright videos.
@Zuzu’s Petals: Oh, that is hilarious. I haven’t looked at Mudflats since the election, and I need to start looking at it again. Thanks for posting that!
All bad examples: the women you listed are either foreign or actresses (indie actresses in at least one case), so you know they don’t play in :middleamerica.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but an 8 in Wasilla is probably a 5 in Manhattan. That’s not to say Sarah Palin is unattractive, mind you, but, as the end of the day, she’s your basic, garden-variety MILF.
I’m leaving her strange politics to the side here.
I’m sorry but that woman is toxic. Exactly what has she improved? How has Alaska benefited from her? How did McCain benefit? The GOP?
I don’t get it. You can’t rebuild your party around this person.
@robertdsc: I used to wear them under my sweats (long sweats) when running in cold weather. The combination of the hose and the shorts do not compute.
Namath wore hose because the Control Top(tm) panties helped his hernia, especially during physical activity like football games and practice – if I remember correctly.
But isn’t that guilt by association?
Jay in Oregon
I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I totally called this (in reference to this comment).
Well, they can, but it won’t work. I’m all for seeing them try it anyway.
What what would happen to your feet if you tried to go jogging with loose fitting tennis shoes and TWO pairs of wool socks?
I’m going to put it into my savings and watch it grow. :)
You know, I’m thinking, I bet Sarah is pretty proud of the timing of these Runner’s World photos. Coincides rather delightfully with the Todd Purdum VF story, and the accompanying Scholastic for Young Readers version, courtesy The Politico — the back-and-forth between Schmidt and Kristol. She’s a self-promotional maelstrom, this one.
It’s been about the strangest seven days in GOP political side-show drama that I can remember (Sanford, Palin, MN election finally over). With news today that Sens. DeMint and Graham visited Gov. Sanford today, one can presume his Goldwater Moment is upon us, almost assuring more drama tomorrow or Friday, depending on holiday timing. Any South Carolinians around here who can give us their insight?
Whew! Remember when the Democrats were this tawdry? Me too!
Agreed, although I think you meant it in a theoretical sense, whereas I’m willing to pay.
Just initially, though, not for the reconstructive rhinoplasty.
You mean after you got frostbite from being outside with sweaty feet in -30 degree weather or before?
@Laura W: @ 17
You link to the date and time in the comment.
That’s almost as bad as the Pam Anderson ad. Between this and the underwear post I’m staying off the front page for a little while.
Oh I know. I follow politics a bit too much, even, and I either didn’t know or had forgotten Kristol’s relationship to Quayle. If Bill Kristol was a fictional character, he’d be rejected by an editor as just too relentlessly, predictably, unrealistically wrong.
Clinton V. Palin 2016. Year of the Cat.
just skeert myself.
She reminds me so much of home:: a trailer-park in the rust belt
The hose and shorts combo looks like what the Hooters girls wear.
@Rosali: Nah. It’s one of them there “out of thread” links that Rome has tried to help me with but I’m just lame. I think it requires all sorts of extra fancy homotl.
Is that Russia right across the lake? I can see it too…I guess she was right!
I just went to read BK’s wikipedia page to find out what other catastrophically wrong things he’s been a part of that I didn’t know about. (did he approve New Coke, maybe? Or write the script for Ishtar?) and I came across this gem:
Your feet would slip in them, and it could cause damage to your feet (and you’d be sore for a while afterwards, at least).
Right click on date and time of comment. click “copy link location”. Paste into link embed box.
Sarah Palin’s strategy for maximizing her political viability
I hear Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Fred Barnes, and Rush Limbaugh have also gone missing.
We did finally figure out how to do that once, but, since I almost never use that function, I forgot too.
@JenJen: Here! I think he’s a disgrace and I don’t give a damn where he puts his pee-pee, but apparently he can’t stop talking about it.
Gil – you are a bad person :) (I like that in someone)
Wow. That was way too abbreviated for me.
Having never owned a pair of wool socks, I actually don’t know what would happen. Could you elaborate?
I hope she gets lots of fan mail from veterans and families who’ve been presented with a flag after losing a soldier family member. Fuck this narcissistic bunt. She needs to be dropped from a plane into a pack of wolves.
@Little Dreamer: Thanks dreamer! Also read a previous comment about the sweat/freeze factor. I don’t believe she thinks she’s lying. I’m sure she has a convoluted answer for all these “gotcha” annoyances in her head.
I was watching Scarborough this morning (don’t ask me why, I normally hate that show) but I have to admit, when it was said that Mark Sanford seemed like a guy who only wanted to go back to Argentina and be with his lover, I had to agree. I personally think that is the only thing that will make Mark Sanford truly happy.
Yes, but what does she think of Ayn Rand?
I’m thinking Big Hollywood and a new heroine for that Atlas Shrugged part Farrah never got.
Wool sox have a tendency to be slippery in s h o e s. I know this because as a former stripper I used to use wool sox in granny heels on plexiglass as a tool to create the moves I considered my own. Wool sox will slip against another pair of wool sox as well.
When will Michele Bachmann respond with her own set of cheesecake photos?
In addition to the aforementioned Rich Lowry, has anyone seen James Dobson or Pat Robertson?
Oh dang it, it’s very hard to talk about this foot damage thing without ending up in moderation.
Ohmagosh, is she flashing a gubernatorial fun bag in frame five?
No chance her handlers, er, staff, uh, publicity peeps didn’t prescreen all the shots before RW published. Just what are they thinking (besides keep Team Sarah in the media’s eye 24/7 now that Michael’s snuffed it)?
I don’t see her holster in any of these.
You mean like answering “all of them” to the question of what publications she reads?
At one point in this saga I believed this too.
If, however, he is truly a Narcissist, this will just be a fire—>frying pan (do I have that backwards? Does it matter?) move because he will have given up everything that gives him self-definition (POWER, status, public visibility, etc.) and he will be MISERABLE with his “soulmate”. She will never be enough, and worse, he will not believe he deserves her, and he will continue to sabotage his own happiness and invalidate his choices. Contentment is truly not possible for NPDs in the classic sense of “settling down and loving and being loved.” They are driven by far more complex and unrelenting demons.
Now, he may not be a classic NPD, and he may very well settle into a life of contentment with Maria. I actually hope he does (AFTER resigning). But in dovetailing off some of the previous NPD comments here over the last week, and having way more personal experience with such a man than I would wish upon anyone, I’m just gonna wait and watch a while.
@Little Dreamer: I saw Morning Joe too, and have to say, I thought the whole Zoo Crew was pretty funny re: Sanford today. Willie Geist’s stories about the shit he’s been getting at home, from his wife, by proxy, have been cracking me up. Sorry, guys. It’s not fair, but it *is* funny!
It’s almost as though Sanford was pouring out his heart because it was the only avenue left with which to reach his Argentine lover. The whole thing is sort-of Edward VIII, except for that part where Edward was actually a bachelor.
At any rate, the man has lost his damned fool mind, and he’s going to have to step down. The longer this story goes on, the more likely it’s going to get ickier.
They think Republican men would have a hard time not making her president because she’s so sexy (I don’t think so… but) and they’re so used to thinking with their penises. They probably think they can grab a huge segment of Democratic male voters too.
Laura, if he were NPD, he wouldn’t be saying all he is saying on television – it doesn’t comport with narcissism to make yourself look like a fool on television. I don’t think he’s NPD at all. I think he’s a misguided wingnut who is now lost because he fell in love with another woman and nothing more.
On wool socks. She might mean Smart Wool or some other wool-blend or wool-like Space Age Polymer fabric.
Read this review of running socks from Runner’s World.
I hate to keep rising to this person’s defense, I dislike her intensely and think she represents all that is evil in modern American conservatism.
There is something about this fruit that is hanging a might too low.
Sorry, were you saying something?
I think he’s a disgrace and I don’t give a damn where he puts his pee-pee, but apparently he can’t stop talking about it.
Really. Fellow South Carolinian here, and the man needs to shut the hell up.
Actually, I think he’s such a narcissist he can’t resist playing out this entire Wages of Sin DRAMA on the public stage.
Now he’s playing the noble martyr. “I’m trying to fall back in love with my wife (in spite of still being madly in love with someone else, so feel sorry for me).” Puh. Leeze.
In the next shot, Palin dries her pits with the Constitution.
@Little Dreamer: You may be right. I honestly do not know The Truth in this situation. I just see several sides of it at once, including the one you just espoused.
I’m freaky that way.
Pee Ess: Narcissists are not above playing the love struck, forlorn, repentant, tearful, soft-hearted fools in public if they think it gets them the attention and end goal they desire. Cunning folks. “Whatever it takes” is their motto. You gotta (try to) love one for a while to recognize the subtle gaslighting and intricate manipulation nuance they are masters at.
Palin is mocking her special needs running mate. She owes all Vets an apology!
@Julia Grey: Oh, so we do have South Carolinians present! Delightful!
So… what are people saying on the ground, do you think he’ll resign? Is there support out there for him, that you’re hearing?
(preemptive sorry, I know, I know. O/T and Sanford-related, but I’m far more fascinated in what SC thinks than what DC thinks)
She’d never be able to handle all the dialogue.
Tell that to all the testosterone fueled delegates shouting “Drill, Baby, Drill” at the Republican Natl Convention. I’d bet you that Sarah Palin’s convention acceptance speech set a world record for the most simultaneous erections occurring at a single venue.
Did you guys read that whole interview? I can’t wait til someone fisks the hell out of that thing…
You KNOW there are going to be a bunch of lies in there—big and small. I don’t think she can help herself…
It’ll turn out her father never ran the Boston Marathon…or there’ll be no record of her running a sub-4…or the hand story…something…
I know that she says she is a runner, but where is the muscle tone on her legs? I wonder how much of this was Photoshopped and if they airbrushed the muscles out.
@Nellcote: Yeah and she stupidly genuinely wants McCain to come to Alaska and go fucking skiing?!?
I think the camel-toe shots kind of set these photos apart.
Yeah, I love dropping in over there.
Slightly OT, but I posted on another thread that there was/is plenty of speculation among Mudflats commenters and others about the possibility of Palin having Narcissistic Personality Disorder. So Kristol’s disbelief that Alaskans would tell Purdum (for VF article) that they actually looked up the definition of the term says more about his ignorance of the blogosphere than anything else.
What sends a bigger thrill up the leg of Chris Matthews?
A speech by Barack Obama or the Runner’s World photos of Sarah Palin?
This reminds me of the old joke:
The difference is, of course, that Gina Lollobrigida was good at what she did.
The Moar You Know
@Lindsay: I do all the time. Turns out women like an honest guy.
Instantly Moderated Commenter
Sully’s (uncredited) readers are smart. The true appeal of Gov. Palin:
“Part of Sarah Palin’s irresistible appeal to her fundamentalist base is her ability to look at the camera with utter conviction and declare black to be white.
The ability to lie well is a valuable part of the fundamentalist psychology. My son isn’t gay, he just hasn’t found the right woman! Those rocks aren’t 50 million years old, they just look like it as a test of our faith! My sexless marriage isn’t foundering, it is filled with God’s spirit! The minister isn’t molesting little Maria, they’re just very close! It isn’t torture, it is being tough on terrorists!
Fundamentalists can recognize a truly audacious and talented liar from miles away. Instead of running the other way, as you might expect, they gather around the powerful liar, for they know that their own lies will be respected and protected by a leader who understands the paramount importance of preserving their whole system of denial.”
Why have I never heard this hypothesis before? I find it quite explanatory about a great number of things.
[edit: blockquote fail fixt]
Palin will be providing plenty of stimulus to Rush’s ditto heads and the rest of the Republican wingnut brigade.
The best thing about this article is that she claims she can beat Obama – in a foot race.
I shit you not:
RW: Could you beat the president?
Sarah Palin: “I betcha I’d have more endurance… if it were a long race that required a lot of endurance, I’d win.”
Nylons was my first impression, too. Very eighties.
The larger pic suggests a fake cheap tan in taupe shade.
Brick Oven Bill
Very nice. Now replace that apparent DVD case in her left hand with a 1911 ACP, and I will leave Sullenberger’s campaign. I will drop Sully like Jake Blues dropped Princess Leia in a pile of water in the tunnel before he grabbed his cigarettes and started driving towards Chicago.
Mike in NC
How soon before we get a “Flashdance” pictorial with Palin in high heels, leg warmers, headband, and ripped sweatshirt?
That, I would hit.
I love the Ann Coulter add Google’s infinite-wisdom-ad-server decided to serve up on the page (probaly the Sarah Palin happyness).
So I clicked on it. Cost Coulter money AND support Balloon Juice all with one click? I love it. :)
I don’t get why people think she is hawt…..she looks like my moms.
DougL (frmrly: Conservatively Liberal)
I showed my wife the story and pic, she commenced laughing her ass off. My wife is a serious runner and she said that if Sarah is a runner then she must have just started running. My wife runs in all kinds of weather, has run in temps in the low 20’s and says that her lungs would not take the abuse of running in colder temps. It is her opinion but I would have to agree, exerting yourself extreme cold is a dangerous proposition. I would think rapidly inhaling and exhaling air at -20 would be a painful experience, my wife said that even in the low 20’s she has to carefully pace herself as she can outrun her lungs at that temperature.
She also noted that Sarah’s legs are not those of a regular runner or that she is horribly out of condition.
If I didn’t know who Sarah was, I would consider her beautiful but after learning how ugly she is inside I can safely say that I think she is a beautifully ugly person.
I want to know why she’s proudly displaying her smartphone. Is the whole thing a Blackberry ad or something?
this is a woman who gave a speech, took two cross country flights and a long-ass drive totalling like 20 hours after her started going into labor. apparently the basic precepts of physiology and medicine don’t apply to her.
either that or she lies like a cheap rug. there’s also that.
More Sullivan: Apparently, she literally wrapped herself in the flag one time.
Wait, so voicing a feminist objection to piggishness gets me flirted with?
Damn, it’s like I wolfed down a whole cake but the cake’s still here.
Kristol, I swear to God, was known as “Quayle’s Brain.” It explained so much when I learned that.
the cake is a lie.
I made her sparkly!
Shit, my test of a yout is recommending Atlas Shrugged and see how many pages they get before they start screaming “Oh, the f*ing Humanity!” Dagny doesn’t have a single line that makes any sense:
“And if they’re great and I’m not – isn’t that exactly why they should bow to me, because I’m not? Wouldn’t that be an act of true humanity? It takes no kindness to respect a man who deserves respect – it’s only a payment which he’s earned. To give an unearned respect is the supreme gesture of charity.”
You want your internets in one lump sum or annual payments?
@Kevin K.: Please, Please, take the original and replace her with Biden. Then we’ll post it everywhere, the Fluffersphere will go apeshit, and there will be a Wingularity.
@Kevin K.: I don’t know which I appreciated more: the midget statue of liberty or the baby in the bucket. It’s all awesome.
You know, having looked through the whole slideshow I think… that’s her actual leg color. Wow, that’s a lot of tanning.
Wait.. which Biden? The smart one right?
I think a lot of the panting or non-panting over her comes down to how much of a deal breaker her obvious, ruthless, ambitious idiocy is.
In the mind’s eye, if you’re thinking of “hitting” Palin on purely aesthetic, in-the-moment terms (what does she look like during sex), then you’d probably hit it. If you’re picturing before and after, particularly if this involves talking about anything of substance, or if you think her personality would impede the actual quality of the sex, then you probably wouldn’t hit it.
She’s not a supermodel, but come on, guys: which heterosexual man here has such high standards that someone who looks like Palin is deemed unacceptable for sex? You mean to say that EVERY woman you ever hooked up with, or contemplated hooking up with, in whatever form of sobriety, is better looking? Unless your revulsion is rooted in her apparent personality/politics, I call bullshit.
And for the record, although intellect and personality HUGELY impact who we find attractive IRL, if that were really so fundamental to arousal for heterosexual men, porn as such would not exist. This is merely a fact of biology mixed with social conditioning. I roll my eyes at scolds who think any talk about Palin’s purported hotness is “perverse.”
BTW, so long as we’re only talking about a public figure’s bangability, I don’t think it counts as sexism. It’s only when the bangability starts to filter into conversations about her views or suitability for office that sexism arises.
The thing is in our culture a woman can’t use sex to get elected to be President. Probably not to the Senate either. Man can do it. A picture of a male politician looking all manly in his jogging get up wouldn’t hurt his Presidential asperations, but it’s a whole other story for a woman. Can anyone imagine Hillary Clinton posing like that, with the hip swing and the model’s pose? If Hillary was going to be photographed in sports clothes she’d be smart enough to pose in a manner that showed prowess or competence or health, but not miss princess model wannabe showing off.
I’m reminded of this famous photo:
And no doubt she runs miles in a new pair of shoes each night from Saks or Neiman M. also playfully running through puddles of water along the way.
Yeah, I have a pretty good idea what would happen. You haven’t lived until during an extended stroll you’ve had a medic inject crap directly into blisters that feels like habanero oil rubbed into raw flesh.
As I said elsewhere…Tina Fey. She looks a lot like Palin and I find Tina Fey more than acceptable for sex. I think a lot of other folks here (male and female) would feel the same.
It’s just that weasel personality of Palin’s that’s turning most of us off.
@gwangung: The ugly on the inside seeps out a bit too much for me to find her attractive.
I would be afraid to have sex with her.
What if she turned into something evil in the middle of the act?
Oh, that’s right – she already IS something evil.
In that case I guess I’d do her and hope nothing drops off, later.
@gex: Well, I was trying to be polite when I said weasel….
Hell, Bloody Bill Kristol actually bragged, during that campaign, that Quayle’s good looks would make all the ladies turn Republican. Because in Kristol’s world, everybody makes the important political decisions based on the dampness of their panties, or their tube socks — which is why Kristol “knew” Palin would make a great VP.
You’re new here, aren’t you?
I mean, on this planet?
Gwangung & Gex: Agreed, that was my point. Some people just have the ability to filter out the ugly on the inside, and I think that this is an entirely defensible position. If it’s okay to fap to porn, it’s okay to fap to Palin even when you dislike her (or for some fetishists, especially when you dislike her).
Wonkie: Great point, although I think women can and do use sex to get elected, although in a significantly more “tightrope walking” way. You’re right that Hillary could never pose in that way, but she got a rockin’ haircut, her eyebrows tweezed, etc. Meanwhile, a man could get away with looking “manly,” but not sexy: imagine a male politician showing off his biceps, abs, or crotch bulge. Both male and female politicians, generally speaking, still have to be conventionally attractive in order to get elected, without appearing “unserious” by being TOO sexy. My point is that it’s not quite as one-sided as you might think, and that smart ugly people must for the moment resign themselves to being advisors and/or bloggers. ;)
In the meantime we’re bogged down by the socio-biology of men being more visually oriented in their requirements for sexual arousal. This isn’t something that will go away any time soon.
What makes you think the people making those comments are all men?
BTW, I already have ‘a life’, but thanks for your concern.
Years ago I worked as a cook and when I made a comment to the 17 year old dishwasher about how hot* one of the customers was, he looked at me as if I were crazy and said ‘Dude, that’s my Mom‘.
He wasn’t kidding either.
It was an awkward moment for both of us.
*This woman was in her mid-40’s, but she had a body that a lot of twenty-somethings would kill for and dressed accordingly.
@Glocksman: Ouch. Heh.
Haven’t read all the comments, but I have to say, she has a killer bod. I think they photoshopped her waist a bit, but still. Sigh. I am sad for me.
P.S. Throw me in the camp of those not finding her at all attractive, though.
And why is she posing *bent over* for some of these photos if the intent is not to portray her as a sexual object? It is what she signed up for and what the magazine is selling. To chew out the men who react to what is being presented to them is unreasonable.
Hey, everyone is different. I can sort of understand why some men would be aroused by her, but for me her whole “vibe” is just too much of an overwhelming turnoff. I’ll admit that for me, a big part of the problem is her horrible, HORRIBLE speaking voice: all that strident nasality, and the way she just drones on and on in an endless loop of nonsensical words. It’s the exact opposite of sexy. Also, there’s the fact that she comes off as such a cold, arrogant, conniving drama queen. Big, big turnoff. When women turn out to be like that, it’s as if suddenly I can’t even see their bodies anymore. So my genuine, honest-to-god reaction to this photo is: pffft. Nah, I wouldn’t.
@DougL (frmrly: Conservatively Liberal):
I’ve run outside at 10 degrees before, with a scarf over my mouth to warm the air a tad. Couldn’t go full speed, of course, and I never felt ‘warmed up’, but kind of fun, in the perverse sort of way that (some) runners like to test themselves.
The flag is really weird, but in all honesty, I can’t get too exercised (ho ho!) about this-Obama’s had a couple of OMG! The prez iz a baller! articles in SI and ESPN.com.
That said, there is too much of a whiff of sociopath coming off her to find her remotely attractive. Physically, yes, but its overwhelmed by her shallow, cruel personality.
@gex: It’s because she loves liberty, and why do you hate America???????
The fact that many people in America think Sarah Palin is a reasonable choice to be President of the United States scares the hell out of me.
@sloan: I doubt she could beat him. He is black, after all…
Section 8b of the Flag Code reads, ” The flag should never touch anything beneath it…”
here’s link link to the pic of dubya and soul mate standing on flag, and source.
“‘I don’t like Sarah Palin, but you men are disgusting. You should be ashamed, I’d like to see you make those smutty comments to a real woman’s face. Get a life.’
‘You’re new here, aren’t you?'”
so am i. and i showed my wife the pic, and made some smutty comments. she agreed.
more flag etiquette violations:
notice the flag to the left of the stars and stripes?
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Hell, I did say something much like this to a real woman this afternoon, and she’s even a Balloon Juice denizen. I didn’t say it about her, mind you, but I would have.
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They invented ball gags for a reason.
Try to imagine Obama posing with a flag like that and the wingers not going insane(r).
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To the dear on the fainting couch: darlin’, the reason we’re talking about Palin in a sexual way is because she’s presenting herself in a sexual way. Look at that stance–pure, classical Venus pose. Add to that the bareness of the legs and her facial expression and we’ve got an overwhelming impression of Tiara Swimsuit Bimbo. Did Palin forget that runners don’t pose like beauty pageant contestants? I’ve seen shots of female models in health magazines that show more dignity!
(And the flag. Oh god, the flag….I’m cringing, and that’s just from my half-remembered experiences from Girl Scouts. Any of the ex-military types here want to comment on this?)
i may be the exception but i can honestly say that not only do i not find Sarah Palin attractive but I have never been with someone as unattractive as her.
frankly, it boggles my mind when i hear this sort of talk about how “hot” she is. not that any of this should matter in the least.
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Mmmmm, Girl Scouts. I think I should add one of those to my alternative universe Village People.
Keep a makeup artist and a haristylist on call.
There is a photo in existence (it ran in the USC alumni magazine) of Susan Bayh, taken about an hour after she gave birth to twins, and she looks like she just stepped out of the salon. It is just disgusting how good she looks.
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I haven’t, either, but that says more about the extremely limited number of women that I’ve ever, to use the euphemism, been with.
No, but I recall hearing “I’ve never been that drunk” and “I wouldn’t fuck her with your dick.” Both of which apply to Palin IMO.
Bill Kristol was derisively referred to as Quayle’s Brain.
Sarah Palin has officially become Alaska’s Asshole.
i aint exactly Caligula either, but i’ve been around enough to be of the opinion that Sarah Palin ain’t no great shakes. not that this matters when considering her political acumen mind you. :)
“Meanwhile, a man could get away with looking “manly,” but not sexy: imagine a male politician showing off his biceps, abs, or crotch bulge”
I don’t think that it is necessary for a politician to be good looking. In fact excessive atractiveness can give the politician an air of fakiness that can be off-putting. It helps if the politician isn’t odd looking or visibly wierd, but a quick survey of Congresscritters should make it clear that attractgiveness isn’t all that important. And even weirdness can be overcome in some districts: think Kucinich and Newt Ginrich. Not handsome guys!
I think the double standard has to do with deliberate sexiness. Flaunting sexiness is not a good campaign tactic for a woman. That winking Palin did was just plain stupid–who wants a Commander-in-chief who flirts? And that magazine pose! Fine if she wants to be Homecoming Queen. Stupid move if she wants to be President. On the other hand remember the codpiece? Liberals winced at the hypocrisy and fakery of Bush’s immitation macho male hero pose but lots and lots of people, including many of the media elites, fell for it.
Political power and sexiness are not incompatible in men. In fact, power can make the ugliest man sexy. The dynamic between sexiness and power is entrely different for women and it is a measure of Palin’s narcissism and bad judgement that she thinks she can wink and hip sway herself into national office.
I do. (hint for the unimaginative: broken blisters weeping blood and serum) You are absolutely right, she is full of shit.
A marathoner I know in Anchorage AK has running shoes with studs on them for running in snow. He’s a rare bird though. Extremely rare. And he doesn’t run through the winter. And when it’s 20 to 30 below? Getdafuckouttahere. By the way, 30 below is just not typical. Twenty below is rare. Ten to 15 in the dead of winter? Sure. But not 30 below. Keep in mind that Wasilla is a suburb of Anchorage.
I’ve never met any one who runs in 30 below. I could be wrong but I knew some really amazing runners and they never did. You don’t have to be capable of running a 4 minute mile to know that’s not a good way to take care of your lungs.
I’ve been in Anchorage in winter (and Wasilla is a commuter suburb of Anchorage). It was between 5 to 10 below pretty much the whole time I was there and I never saw anyone running. After dark (and the sun sets at 3:30 pm or so), I saw some people cross-country skiing, did a lot myself, lots of great well lighted trails, and yes you come across moose and have to wait until they amble on. But runners? Nary a one. She’s full of shit again.
Sure, in the dead of winter she is out running on the side of the road in Wasilla, over snow-plow drifts and frozen tire ruts and all, when it’s 30 below.
She really is pathological, isn’t she?
Unfortunately as she has noticed the truth doesn’t matter for a disturbingly large number of people. Half the people in this country don’t know what the fuck even 10 degrees above zero feels like let alone 10 below. (pro-tip: That experience of 10 degrees above zero demarcation coincides with the Mason-Dixon line.) And 20 to 30 below? You can count on ignorance for 99 percent. She is.
Though the ironic bit as far as I was concerned was that previously he’d commented appreciatively on women who were even older than his mother.
Though the ‘eeww’ factor probably had a lot to do with his reaction.
I suspect he told her what I said because once when she picked him up after work, she noticed me and asked if my name was ******, and after I said ‘yes’, she winked.
In the words of Barney from How I Met Your Mother:
B: “She’s a 15”
“She was 15?”
B: “No, she’s A 15”
“Oh, you mean like in BlackJack”
B: “Yeah, you’re not sure if you’d hit that”
If you are hard-core enough to run when there is snow on the ground, let alone it is 20 to 30 degrees below, you will have muscle tone on your legs.
So yes, good question.
Yeah, that one of her with sporting a camel toe while doing her yoga-style pose by the sea …well she approved of those pix. This was her PR interview. Keep that in mind. She wants you to see that.
Meanwhile, check out the cheesecake shot of TV hottie Jennifer Beales in her Runner’s World profile.
Hmm, not so much, eh?
it’s a clever outfit; see how the vertical light stripe at the flanks gives the impression that her torso is much narrower than it actually is? the bright red part of the running suit stands out in contrast and renders her with an hourglass configuration (ample thighs).
still, i’d bang it.
anyone see the vanity affair article on her just out?
it’s a clever outfit; see how the vertical light stripe at the flanks gives the impression that her torso is much narrower than it actually is? the bright red part of the running suit stands out in contrast and renders her with an hourglass figure (ample thighs).
still, i’d bang it.
anyone see the vanity affair article on her just out?
I am a liberal, I wouldn’t vote for her in a million year and yes, I know that this is supposed to be about politics and not sex-appeal (though, what exactly is she trying to achieve with these pictures?), but damn, I find her UNBELIEVABLY hot, sexy and attractive in that picture.
Sorry, but I had to say it.
Hey, at least she has her arms covered, unlike that hussy Michelle. (Just pretending I am on RedState commenting.)
Yeah, in the same way a female praying mantis is irresistible to the male just before he becomes her meal.
No thanks. IMO she’s still just a brown starfish. I also totally agree withWonkie’s comment that:
Her face doesn’t look real…and it probably isn’t.
It’s amazing what persuades hominids, however.
Where’s her pom poms???
And after all the libtards are done commenting on this photo they will head off for their daily session with tissues, hand lotion, and a picture of Helen Thomas.
She’s quite attractive. Very nice legs.
Napalm explosions look good too, but I don’t want to be near one.
And after all the libtards are done commenting on this photo they will head off for their daily session with tissues, hand lotion, and a picture of Helen Thomas.
I’ve always enjoyed the cognitive dissonance in Democrats being accused of having no attractive women in the party that controls Hollywood.
@David: OMG, Michele Bachmann cut her hair.
I’d never say something so rude, but I sure do laugh when my wife does. Am I still bad?
@Boggs: Janeane Garofalo, actually.
Shows what you know about liberals.
Is it just me, or do those photos resemble those old pin-up (I’m gonna sex you up) posters. They just look so cheezy.
What about that treatment of the flag?
@demkat620: I think many in the GOP are using her as a cheap Viagra substitute.
@Martian Buddy: I feel like we should make up some Helen Thomas facts. Like Chuck Norris facts only awesomer.
I figured progressives would defend it
As they did for this Bill Ayers picture.
The hippie tattooed hag look.
Andrew Sullivan (big surprise) nails Palin on the Band-aid story. Yes, she was actually injured while jogging…but everything else is a lie…
The Tim Channel
She’s got my vote….for most promising future ex-politico porn star.
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How does she run more than once a year and manage to not have any muscle tone whatsoever in her legs? Some of those poses should be flexing her quads at least a little bit! I’ve seen ballpark franks with more definition.