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Why John Avlon Hates Sarah Palin

Posted on | March 29, 2013 | 75 Comments

Prominent among the clueless douchebags who thought Rudy Giuliani could be elected president, John Avlon by 2009  was faced with a problem: How could a pro-Obama liberal Republican hireling find work in a political environment where the Tea Party uprising demonstrated that the Charlie Crist collaborationist Vichy wing of the GOP  had no natural grassroots constituency?

So in 2010, Avlon co-founded the “No Labels” movement, funded by liberal donors and assigned the mission of helping Democrats destroy the Tea Party. And if Avlon’s constant smearing of conservatives as “winguts” damaged the Republican Party, so what? Nobody involved in “No Labels” gives a damn.

OK, so the other day Sarah Palin’s PAC came out with an awesome new video declaring Mama Grizzly’s intent to continue being a major force in Republican Party politics, and naturally John Avlon decided this was a fine occasion to defecate all over Palin’s name.

Would it be possible to do a point-by-point rebuttal of Avlon’s ignorant arguments? Yes. Is it necessary to do so? No.

Once you understand the motives of people like that, their methods are mere details. If Avlon ever wrote anything that hurt Democrats, the Daily Beast wouldn’t publish it.

UPDATE: Noticing some chatter in the comments, let me clarify that I am not “anti-Giuliani,” but anybody who thought Rudy was going to be elected president just doesn’t understand how modern politics works. I mean, never mind the primary campaign “path to the nomination,” or even questions of ideology or issues. Just ask yourself: Who was the last bald guy elected president?

There’s this thing called “TV.” Maybe you heard of it . . .



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  • Stoneyjack

    Avlon is The Daily Beast version of Shep Smith. He really resents & envies Sarah Palin’s flamboyant female allure, and wishes he had more of it.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Good choice.

  • Bob Belvedere

    His metier was being Mayor of a big city. He should run in NYC again, so he can fix what Boomberg has done.

  • Bob Belvedere

    …and brownie points with The Conservative and GOP Beautiful People.

  • Rob Crawford

    The real question is to what extent the Dems arranged it.

  • RichFader

    Dear John: Compare and contrast SarahPAC’s spending in 2012, and that of the Romney/Ryan campaign and the greater GOP/conservative movement. Also compare and contrast the results. You were saying?

  • Far-Right Squish

    Who gives a shit if he “fights” if he appoints squish justices (which he would’ve?)

  • Finrod Felagund

    He said repeatedly while campaigning that he would appoint strict constitutionalist judges.

  • nolaredhead

    Because flamboyant feminine allure is what you want in a President right?

  • nolaredhead

    So it doesn’t bother you that 94% of the money spent by SarahPac does NOT go to the candidates?

  • nolaredhead

    Yeah, but he looks good in a dress.

  • guinspen

    “Who was the last bald guy elected president?”

    Merkin Muffley, 1964.

  • exodus2011

    uh red

    do U think $ spent in transport & expenses to allow Madame Steel Spine to campaign alongside her endorsee, is $ well spent?

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  • guinspen

    Congratulations for your finely tuned sense of humor.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Citation or you’re a troll.

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  • Gary Jackson

    No it bothers me there are so many IGNORANT people who don’t understand how PACs work By LAW a PAC can only give $5,000 per candidate per election.

    Here’s what is important. In 2012 Palin spent relatively few dollars and had a 75% success rate in elections. Karl Rove and his Crossroads PAC spent $300 MILLION for a 1% success rate.

    Tell me again why I should be worried about SarahPAC?

  • section9

    Nope. Not at all, because I know where the rest of the money goes (it’s all, like, PUBLICLY DOCUMENTED IN FEC REPORTS).
    See, because of the incumbency protection racket known as the FEC, Palin can only give a max-out of 5K per candidate to each individual. There aren’t that many Reagan Conservatives out there worth a warm bucket of spit.
    Further, Palin has one of the best direct mail operations in the business. Half of D.C. would kill for her mailing list, and she ain’t selling. Plus, her Treasurer, Tim Crawford, is worth every dime she pays him.
    The competitors are just bitching. I wouldn’t expect you to get that. However, see below for one competitor (Karl Rove at American Crossroads) lousy success rate versus Palin’s: < 1% for a 300 million dollar investment of GOP money versus Palin's measly 5 million dollars between 2010 and 2012 for a success rate of 75%.
    Now quit your whining.

  • Gabriel Medina

    You are right — Sarah Palin is completely irrelevant.

  • ProudAmerican247

    Well, that proves john avlon is a clueless douchebag then, for taking the time to write about a “completely irrelevant” person. How STUPID.

  • Gabriel Medina

    Thank you for making the point of your LIKENESS TO PALIN with your final statement.