The First Dude’s Temper Tantrum

October 6th, 2010 at 1:46 pm David Frum | 25 Comments |

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Matthew Continetti has a reply from Todd Palin to the Joe Miller email flap.

My family has worked hard in supporting Joe Miller, so when I heard he’d said something less than supportive of my wife’s efforts, I responded. But it turns out we’d gotten our wires crossed and Joe hadn’t said anything like what I’d been told. So there’s no story here except the fact that the press put our personal emails online again, and again couldn’t even be bothered to conceal our email addresses or take any steps to protect our privacy.

You can read the full exchange here.

But yes, there is a huge story here, and it begins with the fact that Todd Palin would go on a vindictive rampage without knowing what he was talking about. That’s obviously a concern for those wondering about the likely character of a hypothetical Palin White House.

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  • armstp

    It is amazing with all the intelligent and inspirational people in this country, we spend so much time talking about Sarah and Todd Palin.

    Actually, David, all you read about with the Palins over a very long period of time is that they are nasty, mean and vindictive people. That is what Troopergate and many other things have been about. It was all very telling when so quickly after the election many of McCain’s people had a lot of bad things to say about Palin and they had only been dealing with her for a few short months.

  • Watusie

    there is a huge story here, and it begins with the fact that Todd Palin would go on a vindictive rampage without knowing what he was talking about.
    And it ends with the fact that both the Palins understood that their “endorsement” of Joe Miller to be made on a quid-pro-quo basis, and woe betide he who fails to demonstrate lockstep fealty to La Palin, his new feudal overlord.

    From a new interview with Margaret Thatcher’s biographer:

    Regarding how Sarah Palin compares to Margaret Thatcher — a predictable question, to be sure — Berlinski told me that Palin “has to be looked at as sort of a fluke, because she was elevated by the McCain campaign into a position of prominence that I don’t think ordinarily she would ever have been in.”

    Berlinski added that Palin is
    “obviously a talented politician … [but that] there’s something so ridiculous, however, about Sarah Palin as a serious candidate for the presidency. It’s really a case, almost, of mass psychosis — that anyone could ever have been seriously considering this.”
    http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/09/30/margaret-thatcher-biographer-sarah-palin-2012-buzz-is-mass-psy/

  • pampl

    Isn’t “vindictive rampage” a little bit much when describing a single brusque email?

  • DFL

    Get with the modern world, David Frum. Todd Palin is very Jacksonesque- Andrew Jacksonesque. But instead of having a second coming of Andrew Jackson as president, we might have a First Gentleman who shares Old Hickory’s choleric disposition. This is the modern world.

  • canuckistani

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • JeninCT

    pampl wrote:

    “Isn’t “vindictive rampage” a little bit much when describing a single brusque email?”
    No, because normal rules of journalistic integrity do not apply to articles about any Palin.

  • Watusie

    Oh Jen, poor Sarah, such a victim!

  • ktward

    [T]here is a huge story here, and it begins with the fact that Todd Palin would go on a vindictive rampage without knowing what he was talking about.

    LMAO!

    So, there’s evidently still a presumption that First Dude Todd might (much less ‘should’) ‘know what he’s talking about’? (Sorry. Still laughing.)

    ‘Mass psychosis’ indeed. But there’s a lot of that going around these days.
    Might we expect a vaccine anytime soon? (Hook it up with H1N1 for a two-fer, if you would. I hate needles.)

  • canuckistani

    Anything coming from Alaska – whether it’s hypocrite-Joe or the First Separatist Todd is pure sideshow amusement, nepo-Lisa is not far behind……

    This is just the appetizer, I pray ALL of the TP’s senate slate gets in, watching the lefty media’s brains boil on air will be the entree, and the stampede to the right by scared-sh!tless RINOS will be the dessert. Obama in a romp in 2012……that’s post meal antacid.

  • CitizenWhig

    Ah, it only took JeninCT an hour and three minutes to come to her sycophantic defense of the Palins. What does it feel like to be ensnared in a cult of personality? To deny the petty vindictive natures of Sarah and Todd Palin is to deny reality.

  • Madeline

    So there’s no story here except the fact that the press put our personal emails online again, and again couldn’t even be bothered to conceal our email addresses or take any steps to protect our privacy.

    Yes, why won’t the press respect Todd and Sarah’s privacy? It’s not like they seek out media attention. All they want is to be left alone!

    BTW, the only images I’ve seen of the emails had the addresses redacted. Were they actually published?

  • Fairy Hardcastle

    “media’s brains boil on air” — good one canuckistani

  • Watusie

    LOL: an update from TPM:

    Miller (Barely) Admits Sarah Palin Qualified For POTUS, While Dogwhistling To Birthers

    It takes a great deal of talent for a politician to combine a dogwhistle to birthers and a veiled insult to Sarah Palin in just a few sentences. But Alaska Senate hopeful Joe Miller (R) managed to do just that.

    In a Fox News interview, Miller could barely bring himself to say he thinks Sarah Palin is qualified to be President of the United States. When he finally did, though, all he could muster was the fact that she clears the lowest hurdle, meeting the benchmarks the Constitution requires of U.S. Presidents.

    “Let me make this unequivocal,” Miller said, after jousting with the Fox host for several rounds. “She’s done phenomenal things for this country, there’s no question about that. She’s elevated the debate, critical to our race, and let me tell you also, we know what qualified means, don’t we? We know that we have a constitutional requirement for somebody that’s gonna run for President. Of course she’s qualified.

    Those Constitutional qualifications? Be at least 35 years old, and (wait for it) be a natural born citizen! People from Kenya need not apply.

    Miller’s position on Palin became an issue yesterday, after Miller rankled the Palins by eliding the question of whether he’d endorse her presidential run.

  • ktward

    Says Miller, “… and let me tell you also, we know what qualified means, don’t we?”

    Is ‘also’ an Alaskan thing, like ‘eh?’ is a Canadian thing?

  • jg bennet

    i can’t take them seriously and i can barely look at a photo of them without getting that embarrassed feeling. she and todd actually believe they are worthy & qualified to reside at 1600 pennsylvania ave?

    you could not ask for a better political comedy than what is coming in the two years, they are right out of central casting…..

    synopsis….she is an ernest t. bass type character but female & running for president with a following of hillbilly’s, rednecks, militiamen & jesus freaks. priceless :)

    run sarah run!!!

  • abj

    Watusie,

    “She’s elevated the debate, critical to our race, and let me tell you also, we know what qualified means, don’t we? We know that we have a constitutional requirement for somebody that’s gonna run for President. Of course she’s qualified.”

    I know you didn’t write this, so I’m not (directly) taking issue with you, but I have to say, I don’t really see how this is a dog whistle to Birthers. He seems to be narrowly defining “qualified” as encompassing nothing more than the bare minimum constitutional requirements. In this context, it seems pretty clear that it’s just a thinly-disguised insult. He doesn’t even mention Obama, much less imply he’s constitutionally unqualified for the presidency. This statement is all about Palin. If Todd was angry before….he must be fuming now.

  • moderategoper

    THAT is a prepared statement. If you want to see how Todd really communicates just go here:

    http://theimmoralminority.blogspot.com/2010/10/todd-palin-responds-to-leaked-e-mails.html

  • canuckistani

    I really want statements quoted in context to be slammed by the perp as “out of context” and permit the voters to do as they may. It is not the candidate’s fault that the electorate is either too scared or too stupid to recognize a long con. If they win, bravo, and shame on us for denying reality.

  • easton

    Look, I hate to agree with pampl and JeninCT but Todd is a private citizen he doesn’t have to be held up to the same standards of politicians. And yeah, sue the guy for sticking up for his wife.
    And I hate Sarah Palin. I would be far, far, far more worried about the notion of that twit having her finger on the nuclear button than I would ever be worried about what Todd would do as First Dude. We pay way too much attention to spouses (and God forbid, children) of candidates.

  • easton

    I do have to admit this is funny:

    Hold off on any letter for Joe. Sarah put her ass on the line for Joe and yet he can’t answer a simple question ” is Sarah Palin Qualified to be President”. I DON’T KNOW IF SHE IS.

    Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works, is it to be completely one sided.

    Sarah spent all morning working on a Facebook post for Joe, she won’t use it, not now.

    Put yourself in her shoe’s Joe for one day.

    She worked on a facebook post for one whole morning? And I love this: Put yourself in her shoe’s Joe for one day.

    I guess garbled diction (and bad grammar) runs in the family, I had no idea Sarah married her cousin.

  • DifferentFrumer

    “Todd Palin is very Jacksonesque- Andrew Jacksonesque. But instead of having a second coming of Andrew Jackson as president, we might have a First Gentleman who shares Old Hickory’s choleric disposition.”

    True. The Native Alaskan tribes hate him only modestly less than the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw hated Old Hickory.

  • anniemargret

    armstp: “It is amazing with all the intelligent and inspirational people in this country, we spend so much time talking about Sarah and Todd Palin. ”

    Boy, you can say that again!

    This is nothing but celebrity politics. Sarah made her mega-millions which is why she left Alaskan politics.

    Says something about our culture, doesn’t it? We used to look to people who understand the world and its dangers better than we did, and now all it takes is a ‘aw shucks’ and a wink.

  • WaStateUrbanGOPer

    Todd Palin is an archetype of the redneck bully. Look at the way he goes off half-cocked– and against a purported ally, at that– when he doesn’t even have complete information. I’m not sympathzing with Joe Miller– getting on Tawd’s bad side is surely a warning to Bircher Joe from the Karma Police. But this is a glaring warning sign of the ugliness of Todd’s personality. Imagine the way a First Gentleman Todd Palin would respond to a perceived insult against President Sarah Palin from a foreign dignitary?

    Oh, and a detail contained in Todd Palin’s email that, oddly, has yet to receive serious comment, at least in my hearing: the fact that it took Sarah “all morning” to do a Facebook post. Seriously? All morning? She is defintely not presidential material.

    (And isn’t it sad that someone as intelligent and talented as Matt Continetti would act as a conduit for these yokelish thugs? Continetti was a good writer, a potentially great magazine journalist, until he put his byline on the cover of a book called “The Persecution of Sarah Palin.” His hack work on behalf of the Palins is so awful that it actually makes Sid Blumenthal’s hackery in the service of the Clinton’s look respectable.)

  • LauraNo

    I think I would normally agree that Todd’s emails are off-limits but since he runs the Palin show and since so many actually consider her a viable political candidate – nevermind for president! – he deserves all the scrutiny she receives (or should I say, that she should receive).

  • Churl

    Frum’s anti-Palin obsession is apparently so severe that he really believes that this teapot-without-a-tempest incident is a “huge story”.