Long Live Margaret and Helen

I must be a little slow on the uptake. It’s been eight months since I started this blog, which is supposed to be for and about “pissed-off progressive old folks,” yet somehow it’s taken me this long to learn about two fellow bloggers who are supremely qualified for that title. I mean Helen and Margaret, longtime best friends in their eighties who live in Texas and Maine, respectively, and blog at  http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com.

The banner photo alone is worth the price of admission, and the posts by Helen and Margaret (mostly Helen) are worth reading just for their titles, though you shouldn’t stop there. Recently these titles have included “Pat Buchanan Is a Cracker,” “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Dick Cheney?” and “My God, Bush Was an Idiot!”, along with equal-opportunity evicerations like “Bye Bye Evan Bayh” (on the Democrats’ sellout on health care reform). 

I know you must be sick of reading about Sarah Palin and her over-hyped resignation. (As my teachers used to say when some other kid was getting a lot of attention by acting like an asshole, “Just ignore him and he’ll stop.”) But try to find the wherewithal to read Helen’s post on the subject. To give you just a taste:

Things are getting tough and once again she is trying to hide behind that dysfunctional family of hers. She actually stood there and talked about how the Palins had a family meeting and everyone agreed it was time for her to step down as Governor.   Well, I call that bullshit.  The only family meetings the Palins have usually involve someone peeing on an early pregnancy test stick.


2 responses to “Long Live Margaret and Helen

  1. They really are ancient goddesses, and funny as hell.

  2. The Progressive Review had a link to this site. They had part of your excellent article on Sotomayor. BUT, am very disappointed to find you have included in your website two women…who I would think were progressive…writing such venomous statements about Sarah Palin. Why the hatred???


    What is it about her that drives so many crazy?

    Long-time White House reporter Carl Cannon “bluntly declared that the political press gave Sarah Palin a raw deal in the 2008 campaign, and seriously failed to scrutinize Joe Biden, especially his fact-mangling and odd statements in the vice presidential debate.”

    The political left made the most vicious attacks against Sarah Palin and her family from the moment she appeared on the national scene. Almost everything the establishment media said about Palin was either slander or tawdry innuendo. From Andrew Sullivan promoting conspiracy theories about how her daughter (not Palin) delivered the baby, to David Letterman ‘joking’ about Palin’s 14-year-old daughter having sex with a baseball player. Maureen Dowd said, “Caribou Barbie is one nutty puppy.” You can find more examples of the left’s nonstop hatred and character assassination, including the recent hit piece in Vanity Fair.

    The most obvious answer is that she so energized the Republicans in light of an uninspiring McCain, and thus threatened the media’s preordained coronation of Obama. But it goes deeper than that. The pathological hatred of Palin is more likely due to what she represents; she doesn’t just talk American values, she lives it.

    Sarah Palin is essentially a middle-class, down to earth, tell it like it is person who reflects real America. She can shoot a gun, is married to a blue-collar worker, can raise multiple children, is pro-life, and can still climb to the governorship of a state. She managed to beat well-funded Alaskan politicians despite not having family connections and great wealth. That certainly takes some degree of smarts and natural talent.


    Palin does not come across as arrogant, nor elitist, and does not talk out of both sides of her mouth. Yet, they viciously attacked her while giving Joe Biden (and Obama) a free pass. Biden is a typical Washington insider and career politician of over 30 years, towing the standard party line – nothing to fear there. They know how to work Biden and what to expect of him. Palin however would be less susceptible to cronyism, lobbyist influence, and corruption in general.

    Observe the current Obama administration and you’ll see the politics-as-usual crowd working hard for themselves and their allies. Everything from the broken promises of no lobbyists in cabinet positions to the serial tax evaders, points to an administration of the privileged, by the privileged, and for the privileged. Or is it just a coincidence that the majority of the ’stimulus’ money is going to democratic strongholds?

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