Today’s “idiotic comparison” prize goes to PBS’s Mark “Panty” Shields for equating the effect that Sarah Palin resigning as Alaska governor might have on her presidential ambitions to that of how Ted Kennedy plunging his Oldsmobile (along with a passenger) into the drink on Martha’s Vineyard had on his presidential ambitions:

On the subject of Sarah Palin in 2012, one of the unspoken problems that she does have is her quitting as governor midway through her first term. It is like Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick. It was not a problem among Democrats. It will be a problem when she runs for president because it is a higher threshold for the office.

How many people died when Palin stepped down as governor? Did she not report herself stepping down for 12 hours until she sobered up? Did she get her daddy to help pay for the legal defense of her resignation? I don’t quite get it.

Not only that, but looks as if not finishing a term as governor is more of an automatic disqualifier when it comes to occupying the Oval Office than not finishing a term as Senator.

Comments

40 Responses to “Idiotic Comparison of the Day: Chappaquiddick vs. Sarah Quit It”

  1. OK_Loyalist on November 7th, 2010 1:32 am

    Ted Kennedy was a sot! His brother, the President, was a POS womanizer. The boys followed in their father's footsteps. The comparisons to Palin are as clear as mud!

  2. Joyanna Adams on November 7th, 2010 2:30 am

    Palin decided that if she didn't help save the country first, Russia would be coming right over into her backyard.

    Kennedy decided, that if he didn't save himself FIRST, his whole family would be sending him to Alaska to be a bartender.

    Great points at the end Mr. Powers…Sarah did more in the time she served for Alaska, than Obama did in his two year term as Senator of IL.

    Panty…needs to put some clothes on.

  3. Clu Seatoe on November 7th, 2010 3:25 am

    Chappaquiddick vs. Palin quit?

    That’s such a ridiculous comparison on so many levels that it makes my head hurt just thinking about it and I can’t believe even the Dems would try to get any mileage out of it.

    However (bet you could see that coming from your back porch), I don’t believe she has the qualifications to be president. But not because I compare with anyone or anything else other than a qualified candidate.

    She’s done a lot of talking since she left Juneau but as of yet hasn’t said anything. At least nothing to get her into the White House. So far she hasn’t done anything different than Obamao did, speak in talking points and tugged on emotions. She’s using Obamao’s ‘Hope and Change’, and I’m not a 'white man'.

    For two years now the Conservatives have been lambasting the Democrats for electing someone with no experience, and rightfully so, and now they want to turn around and do the exact same thing.

    Who can deny that if there’s any greatness to Sarah Palin, it’s all in the imagination of what you would like her to be.

  4. geri on November 7th, 2010 7:59 am

    If she was running for office she would be talking policy. When she was endorsing other candidates she wouldn't be talking policy, she is talking the conservative principles that she holds in common with the candidate. Hence the endorsement.

    Policy answers specific questions to specific issues. When the time comes to address those things, they will be there I am sure.

  5. justavoter on November 7th, 2010 10:20 am

    I think the better Kennedy to compare Palin to is the rapist nephew who got away clean.I can' think of his name.

    Sara Palin dumped the the gov. office due to the obvious, frivolous lawsuits designed to crush her and she pulled a masterful stroke in bowing out and then coming back like a hurricane to transform our elections.The people who went against Palin we're raped(by the people) in the end.

    The rapist Kennedy(William??) on the other hand, did his bit, and bowed out of any future political aspirations so he can, I don't know, do what it is that he does, maybe enhance his raping skills or something.

    Lock up the kids, lock up the wife……sing it!

  6. rebekahhuang on November 7th, 2010 1:50 pm

    should one respond to something so stupid?
    what mechanism cranks out all the "he said, she said" unnamed source stupidity?
    no one died when she left office and one could say she did what was best for her constituency knowing all the while that she was giving another option to all the hate mongers out there.
    she removed herself from office allowing alaska to go forward unencumbered by all the detritus the left would attach to her.
    i didn't vote for her in 2008 but, i have total respect for all she has done to advance the conservative movement in this country and the ability to spark involvement in all american…that's what good leaders do, right?

  7. Doug on November 7th, 2010 2:13 pm

    Excellent points!

  8. realetybytes on November 7th, 2010 2:24 pm

    The Kennedy's are/were a bunch of Nazi lovers, drug addicts, a couple of murderers, adulterers, child molesters and rapists. It is no wonder they fit right in at the top of the Democrat party, the party of racism and slavery. see:
    http://realetybytes.com/?p=158

    Palin did the same thing obama, Hillary and a plethora of others have done, quit one position to take on a much more important position.
    Ron Reale
    realetybytes.com

  9. SignPainterGuy on November 7th, 2010 2:33 pm

    You left out one of the main sources of the Kennedy fortune – bootlegging liquer during prohibition !!

  10. Yorkshire on November 7th, 2010 3:12 pm

    At least when she resigned, she didn't drive off the bridge to nowhere with a car full of people.

  11. realetybytes on November 7th, 2010 3:15 pm

    I know, but to me, correcting a huge overreach of an out-of-control nanny state “doesn't make him a bad guy!”

    Ron Reale
    realetybytes@yahoo.com
    http://realetybytes.com

  12. SignPainterGuy on November 7th, 2010 3:35 pm

    What?! Who is the "him" ?

    Checked out your blog (again) and we seem to be on the same page – I`m sure it`s just me (perhaps a misfiring sparkplug) but I`m confused , please `splain it to me…

  13. realetybytes on November 7th, 2010 4:17 pm

    Grandpa Kennedy, the bootlegger. Even a scumsucking low-life can get something right in their life, I mean, I'm sure he loved his mother, too!

    Ron Reale
    realetybytes@yahoo.com
    http://realetybytes.com

  14. SignPainterGuy on November 7th, 2010 4:40 pm

    Ok, gotcha ! It`s just that, IMO, JFK was the only "K" who did anything remotely resembling "correcting the over-reach of an out of control nanny state"!

    I was a "friendly acquaintance" of local moonshining legend "Popcorn Sutton" …. (He made national news and was featured in several docs. on the subject)…committed suicide rather that return to prison at his pickled old age ! Made very smooth, very tasty `shine ! Otherwise, a fun old codger to be around !

  15. todayslies on November 7th, 2010 5:26 pm

    If you calm down for a second, you'll understand that Shields wasn't making a value comparison between Chappaquiddick and Palin quitting her job as governor. He's just making the point that while neither event made either figure unpopular within their own party, both events represented a ceiling in their political fortunes that the general public could never get over.

  16. realetybytes on November 7th, 2010 5:32 pm

    After some professional auto races by an organization I produced TV for, but shall remain nameless here, you could walk through the infield and go to the racers packing up, and many were enjoying the “fruits of their OTHER labor”, and willing to share. WHEW! HOT STUFF COMING THROUGH!

    Ron Reale
    realetybytes@yahoo.com
    http://realetybytes.com

  17. OK_Loyalist on November 7th, 2010 6:54 pm

    They seemed to get over then Senator YoMoma's absence in the Upper Chamber as he campaigned. For two long years. Try again!

  18. SignPainterGuy on November 7th, 2010 7:25 pm

    I was the balancer guy for a motorcycle tire distributor at m/c races – racers are a unique breed ! Fun loving (wink, wink) ! One series we did was in conjunction w/ Grand Am – race cars, clean track, race bikes, repeat ! Glad to see the cars and bikes back to back for speed perspective – bikes would be "in-the-way" if they ran at the same time ! Even the AMA guys ! Amazing !

  19. SignPainterGuy on November 7th, 2010 7:29 pm

    And I am SOOO looking forward (notice not "leaning' ?) to getting over YoMoma`s absence from the presidency come February 2013 !!!!!!!!!

  20. Doug on November 7th, 2010 7:43 pm

    It's the "within their own party" qualifier that cracks me up. As if Ted Kennedy hadn't driven drunk and ended up drowning a woman he'd have been more popular among Republicans — or if Palin hadn't resigned as governor she'd be more popular among Dems.

    The real sad statement is how Ted Kennedy was lionized by Democrats in spite of what he'd done and how he went about it. In other words, if Kennedy had done the same thing as a Republican it's unlikely that the party, the voters, or the media would have given him the pass he got from the left as a Democrat …especially with the family name he had.

    Besides, one reason I never got past Chappaquiddick doesn't have as much to do with Ted Kennedy's politics as with the fact that he was forever so unrepentant about it. Everybody makes mistakes, even fatal ones, but Kennedy always appeared to believe that he could atone for his mistake by oh-so-selflessly spending somebody else's money for decades on end. I'm not on a first-name basis with the almighty, but I don't think atonement works that way.

  21. OK_Loyalist on November 7th, 2010 7:58 pm

    Calling him YoMoma just fits. "Mr. President was Tuesday's election results a repudiation of your socialist agenda?" (Not a TOTUS within eye shot) "Ummmm, errrrrmmmm, aaaaaaaaa, YoMoma"

  22. SignPainterGuy on November 7th, 2010 8:03 pm

    I don`t think "waitress sandwiching" is found on the road to atonement either ! More proof that the left has no standards to break !

  23. todayslies on November 7th, 2010 10:44 pm

    "The real sad statement is how Ted Kennedy was lionized by Democrats in spite of what he'd done and how he went about it. In other words, if Kennedy had done the same thing as a Republican it's unlikely that the party, the voters, or the media would have given him the pass he got from the left as a Democrat …especially with the family name he had."

    David Vitter.

  24. Doug on November 7th, 2010 11:19 pm

    David Vitter.

    Vitter's irresponsibility got somebody killed?

  25. todayslies on November 7th, 2010 11:35 pm

    If you're going to go on and on about the Democrats have no standards when it comes to their elected officials, it is only fair to remind the Party Of Values that they overwhelmingly re-elected David Vitter to the Senate last week. David "I'm addicted to whores" Vitter.

  26. Doug on November 7th, 2010 11:57 pm

    If you're going to go on and on about the Democrats have no standards when it comes to their elected officials

    Who said that? I said Democrats had no standards when it came to Ted Kennedy.

    Read up on what I've written in the past decade… I've knocked morally repugnant Republicans plenty… I think I set a record for Larry Craig jokes a while back, as a matter of fact.

  27. PhiipJames on November 8th, 2010 12:18 am

    Want to see how sick the liberal mind has become? Mark saying Palin leaving office was equivalent to Kennedy at Chappaquiddick… Mark is becoming senile I think and if not, he is a sick puppy… time for retirement please.

    Discovery of Kopechne’s body

    John Farrar, the diver who recovered Kopechne’s body and captain of the Edgartown Fire Rescue unit, asserted that Kopechne did not die from the vehicle overturn or from drowning, but rather from suffocation, based upon the posture in which he found the body and its position relative to the area of an ultimate air pocket in the overturned vehicle. Farrar also asserted that Kopechne would likely have survived had a more timely attempt at rescue been conducted.[26] Farrar located Kopechne’s body in the well of the backseat of the overturned submerged car. Rigor mortis had set in and her hands were clasping the backseat and her face was turned upward.[27] Farrar testified at the Inquest:

    It looked as if she were holding herself up to get a last breath of air. It was a consciously assumed position. … She didn’t drown. She died of suffocation in her own air void. It took her at least three or four hours to die. I could have had her out of that car twenty-five minutes after I got the call. But he [Ted Kennedy] didn’t call.
    — diver John Farrar, Inquest into the Death of Mary Jo Kopechne, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Edgartown District Court. New York: EVR Productions, 1970.

  28. OK_Loyalist on November 8th, 2010 12:26 am

    Also re-elected was Barney "I smoke peters" Fwank …. so what's your point ?

  29. SignPainterGuy on November 8th, 2010 12:43 am

    I`m still wondering, what might Mary Jo have revealed had she been rescued by EMS !? Exactly what else, besides the obvious drunk driving of course, was Ed / Ted hiding ? Many questions left unanswered !

    Thanks for the re-cap, PJ !

  30. todayslies on November 8th, 2010 12:58 am

    "Also re-elected was Barney "I smoke peters" Fwank …. so what's your point ?"

    Another day, another homophobic Republican. What a shock.

  31. OK_Loyalist on November 8th, 2010 1:08 am

    And another leftist parasite that only has name calling as an argument… what a reality!

    Try your projections elsewhere, we are not buying them here.

  32. todayslies on November 8th, 2010 3:49 am

    "And another leftist parasite that only has name calling as an argument… what a reality!

    Try your projections elsewhere, we are not buying them here. "

    You're the one who is mocking someone purely over their sexual orientation. If you don't want to be called names, don't make baldly homophobic statements. "Barney "I smoke peters" Fwank"? What, are you 13? Do your parents know you're on their computer?

    Also, this sentence is the definition of internal contradiction:

    "And another leftist parasite that only has name calling as an argument… what a reality!"

    Do you see what's going on there? You know, a sentence that starts with a "name calling", immediately followed by a condemnation of "name calling"?

  33. OK_Loyalist on November 8th, 2010 4:07 am

    And look who threw it out there first.

    Kind of like it's an issue if it's "whore" that David Vitter is addicted to.

    But mention one thing about Barney Fwank and his male prostitutes and regalia and it's like we are back to Ted Kennedy and his absolution.

    Do you see what's going on there ? You can dish it out, but you can't take, like all leftist. Now put on your "Shields" so you don't soil anything and call it a night!

  34. todayslies on November 8th, 2010 4:13 am

    "But mention one thing about Barney Fwank and his male prostitutes and regalia and it's like we are back to Ted Kennedy and his absolution."

    But that's not what you "mentioned", is it? No, you kept your remarks on Frank focused on a homosexual act. Nowhere did you mention his early scandal involving male prostitutes. You were clearly making fun of him just for being gay, not for the specific scandal. It was a homophobic remark, and you should retract it.

  35. OK_Loyalist on November 8th, 2010 4:16 am

    So yours is a hetrophobic remark, again, your point ?

  36. SignPainterGuy on November 8th, 2010 4:19 am

    "Shields" ?! I`m thinking light absorption won`t cut it , OK ! This looks like a job for full blown DEPENDS !!

  37. OK_Loyalist on November 8th, 2010 4:34 am

    You got that right Bro !

  38. Marshall_Will on November 8th, 2010 12:53 pm

    "It was a consciously assumed position"

    PhippJames,

    Thank you for that instructive post. In all these years, I've never heard that mentioned in the MSM. Besides this is a "dead give-away" ( pun intended ) If there is a penalty for throwing someone who's already DEAD under the bus ( it can't be much? )

    The Misinformation Generator will have to redlined if we want a shot in 2012! ( Like MM says, "Girl your loins!" ) Sorry, this lame attempt by Panty Shields smacks of desperation. Not the way to start a Monday.

    Oh by the by it was Michael Skakel (nephew of Ethel Skakel Kennedy ) but more importantly the VICTIM'S name was Martha Moxley, she was 15 at the time. Had it not been for valiant attempts to RE-try this scumbag, most of wouldn't have even known her name.

  39. todayslies on November 8th, 2010 2:08 pm

    "So yours is a hetrophobic remark, again, your point ?"

    That's just plain stupid. Now you're just being juvenile, playing I'm rubber you're glue, blah blah blah. Nowhere did I say anything "hetrophobic". I AM a heterosexual, for what it's worth. Obviously, you've simply run out of things to say.

    Oh, and my point? It's the same one I've been making this whole time: you made a directly homophobic statement, and you should retract it.

  40. Scott B on November 8th, 2010 9:17 pm

    I'm still back on "Panty" Shields… ;o)

    Priceless, Doug… Absolutely priceless!

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