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Sarah Palin Controversy Only Helping David Letterman's Ratings

The controversy with Sarah Palin seems to be only helping David Letterman win his ratings war over Conan O'Brien who recently took over the TONIGHT SHOW from Jay Leno. Conan's ratings have softened considerably since his huge debut a week ago. With better big name guests such as friends like Julia Roberts as guests, and an aggressive new CBS advertising campaign as well as his new spat with wacky Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, David Letterman seems to be moving out in front of Conan O'Brien many night last week, and could cement his position as the winner of ratings most nights. david-letterman-picture-1.jpg

While Conan O'Brien still manages a few outrageous jokes meant to appeal to a younger and more hip audience than Letterman, Letterman's controversy with Sarah Palin has only made him look more edgy and cool. While many of Letterman's jokes are careful not to offend the censors and tread pretty carefully, a likely mistake by a writer for Letterman, mistook the younger daughter of Sarah Palin for the older one who had been involved in a long public unwed pregnancy scandal story. This mistake by a writer for Letterman gave Palin enough grounds to overreact and to paint herself as just the sort of radical Christian right feminist culture wars crusader as many feared her to be. For Sarah Palin, this radical image is damaging to most voters, but a real boost to David Letterman. The really smart thing that Letterman should do now is to continue to egg on Sarah Palin and have her make more crazy and disturbing comments because it only becomes ratings gold for Letterman and helps him win his ratings battle with Conan O'Brien.

Maybe if Sarah Palin wasn't such an airhead she would only realize that reminding voters of her parenting failure with her one daughter that resulted in the out of wedlock pregnancy scandal isn't a great campaign issue to remind voters of. Other more serious Republicans are at least talking about more serious issues such as foreign policy or national security by comparison. But regardless, David Letterman has received a little ratings boost in his late night ratings war with Conan O'Brien because Sarah Palin only seems to want to be a willing participant in her own political downfall.


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ed davis:

Yeah, sticking up for her fourteen year old daughter makes her a radical.

Parenting failure? That'd apply much better to the man Dreams of My Father was written for (by arguably the most dangerously powerful narcissist in American history) and the woman who abandoned him. Sarah Palin is still around for her kids. You can't say that what's her name and Barry's biological dad were around for him. Maybe that's part of why he used to hang out with some real radicals.

Paul Hooson:

Hello Ed. The best thing that Sarah Palin can do for her political career, considering if she's even a serious politician and not just some fringe joke candidate, is to talk about serious issues such as national security or the economy, etc. Instead, she spars with some late night comic, and looks petty and silly in the process. The answer here is that Sarah Palin, may have some fringe of followers despite the lack of ability to speak intelligently on serious issues. It's extremely difficult to see how some politician far more silly than even Dan Quayle can ever be elected president.

Tim:

"It's extremely difficult to see how some politician far more silly than even Dan Quayle can ever be elected president."

That's pretty funny coming from a guy who pulled the lever for Obama/BIDEN.

Rodney:

"This mistake by a writer for Letterman gave Palin enough grounds to overreact " Overreacting calling David Letterman pathetic because he insults your children?

"paint herself as just the sort of radical Christian right feminist culture wars crusader as many feared her to be" Standing up for your children when they are insulted makes her radical?


"The best thing that Sarah Palin can do for her political career, considering if she's even a serious politician and not just some fringe joke candidate, is to talk about serious issues such as national security or the economy, etc." Have you covered any of her speeches? Or do you only do the silly stuff?

John:

Yeah, what's all the fuss about, it's all a joke right? I mean Letterman was probably just reminding himself of a time when he was looking for a "slutty" wife...wait, he found one! No, I kid, I mean, look at his wife! Her face would make a north bound train take a south bound dirt road! That's not slutty!

Seriously though, for a writer to make a simple mistake, it's easy enough to understand, I mean look at Letterman's son, talk about mistakes! He does stand-up, not pull-out!

Okay, enough jokes, I mean, I wouldn't want anyone to take offense. I mean it's easy for those who are capable of having kids to take some slight offense to some jokes especially when directed at their kids. Did I say capable? I meant those who have it in their blood to have kids!

Okay, seriously though, for real, serious, I mean it, seriously! Imagine you're one of those in life who had a daughter have an out of wedlock pregnancy, only to shop at a grocery store owned by someone who thinks of you as a "failure". What does the aisle sign say? "Diapers, Baby Food" or "Parenting Failure Supplies"?

Even funnier, someone posting that little tidbit in the local papers and television, along with the writers name and picture...I bet you'd really get a blue-light special going in Oregon!

So yeah, what's all this fuss about jokes?

DaveD:

It's up now that Letterman is offering an apology tonight. Transcripts of the apology show that it is pretty good for a liberal beta male. For a true gentleman, no so much. But, I guess we pretty much know who we're working with here so it will have to suffice.

J.R.:

Maybe if Sarah Palin wasn't such an airhead she would only realize that reminding voters of her parenting failure with her one daughter that resulted in the out of wedlock pregnancy scandal isn't a great campaign issue to remind voters of.

You don't have kids do you Paul? What an ignorant statement this is. So I guess if Bristol decided to abort her child that would be a parenting success??

Other more serious Republicans are at least talking about more serious issues such as foreign policy or national security by comparison.

Yes, this is the only thing Sarah Palin is talking about, she wasn't invited to New York to talk policy, she just gave a speech about her kids. Grow up already.

Lee Ward:

"So I guess if Bristol decided to abort her child that would be a parenting success??"

No, preventing Bristol from having a teen pregnancy in the first place would have been a success - in fact, that would have been the norm - which only underscores Sarah Palin's failure as a parent.

No doubt Palin preached abstinence and prevented Bristol from gaining sex ed and access to condoms and birth control.

Thanks god that stupid witch isn't in the White House.

Rich Fader:

Win? My impression is that it may be helping Dave's ratings suck a little less, which is not precisely the same thing.

J.R.:

No doubt Palin preached abstinence and prevented Bristol from gaining sex ed and access to condoms and birth control.

Sarah Palin may believe in abstinence, but she doesn't preach it. Of course, one wonders then how Bristol ever figured out how to have sex. And I don't think her access to such items was prevented. There are plenty of drug stores in Alaska.

No, preventing Bristol from having a teen pregnancy in the first place would have been a success - in fact, that would have been the norm - which only underscores Sarah Palin's failure as a parent.

I would tend to think that Palin is proud of the choice her daughter made. I'm positive that Palin was disappointed when she found out, but the way her daughter handled her pregnancy was a testament to how she was raised.

Peter F.:

No, preventing Bristol from having a teen pregnancy in the first place would have been a success - in fact, that would have been the norm - which only underscores Sarah Palin's failure as a parent.

What are the Palins--or any set of parents for that matter--supposed to do, Lee, chain their child down and padlock their door? Parents can say "If you're going to have sex, at least use protection" a thousnad different ways from Sunday and the child still won't listen. And heck, that could go from "don't have sex" to "don't touch the stove, it's hot", the fact of the matter is that kids often don't listen to their parents despite all efforts. That, however, doesn't at all make those parents a "failure." So it does nothing--zip, zero, nada--to "underscore Sarah Palin's failure as a parent."

No doubt Palin preached abstinence and prevented Bristol from gaining sex ed and access to condoms and birth control.

100% pure speculation on your part. You have ZERO idea what the Palins did or didn't talk to Bristol about when it came to sex. It's also none of your business if they chose to tell her to practice abstinence, and that birth control that may not be in accordance with their family's religious beliefs. But there's nothing to "prevent" any teen, including Bristol (or Levi), from hitting the local Rite Aid and picking up some condoms. And she attended public high school (and I'll assume she attended public schools since the elementary level) where sex education is taught so she wasn't "prevented" gaining access to sex ed.

Thanks god that stupid witch isn't in the White House.

Sure you don't want to change the 'w' in 'witch' to a 'b'?

Lee Ward:

Actually, Peter, I'm very familiar with Palin's position on all issues, including sex ed - I have a really good idea of what Palin told Bristol, and whether or not Palin permitted Bristol to receive sex counseling/education.

By the way, as has been pointed out, Palin backed abstinence-only education during her 2006 gubernatorial race. In an Eagle Forum Alaska questionnaire, Palin gave this response to the following question:

Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

Palin: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

Now, since Palin openly backed abstinence-only education are you telling me she's a hypocrite - wanted abstinence-only ed for others children but allowed her own to receive sex ed?

Lee Ward:

and J.R. wrote:

"I would tend to think that Palin is proud of the choice her daughter made."

No doubt.

"I'm positive that Palin was disappointed when she found out, but the way her daughter handled her pregnancy was a testament to how she was raised."

Yes, Bristol was raised to be barefoot and pregnant at 17.

Nice job, Sarah...

Rich Fader:

By the way...

"It's extremely difficult to see how some politician far more silly than even Dan Quayle can ever be elected president."

Would somebody be good enough to explain this to Joe Biden? He apparently still wants to run.

J.R.:

Yes, Bristol was raised to be barefoot and pregnant at 17.

Lee, you're such a worthless pr*ck.

Now, since Palin openly backed abstinence-only education are you telling me she's a hypocrite - wanted abstinence-only ed for others children but allowed her own to receive sex ed?

Lee, how about a little more research on your part. You can find her explaining her position in a post here. Here's an excerpt:

Running for governor of Alaska in 2006, Sarah Palin filled out a questionnaire that asked if she'd support funding for abstinence-until-marriage programs instead of "explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?"

Palin wrote, "Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support."

The next month, Palin clarified "explicit," on a radio debate. Asked if "explicit" programs include those that discuss condoms. Palin said no and called discussions of condoms "relatively benign."

"Explicit means explicit," she said. "No, I'm pro-contraception, and I think kids who may not hear about it at home should hear about it in other avenues. So I am not anti-contraception. But, yeah, abstinence is another alternative that should be discussed with kids. I don't have a problem with that. That doesn't scare me, so it's something I would support also."

So, how else would you like to mischaracterize her positions lee?

Lee Ward:

Palin explained what she meant by explicit in the followup "Take the shoe out of my mouth clarification," but still answered this question...

Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?

with the answer "Yes."

Proving that she has the reading comprehension level of 4th grader.

So when she said Yes she meant No? Thanks for clearing that up for us, J.R. - We should have just assumed she was an idiot and ignored her what she said and waited for a clarification form McCain's handlers - which is the safest route when it comes to Caribou Barbie anywayz...

All women are sluts!!!!

There, that makes everything okay.

Peter F.:

...you telling me she's a hypocrite - wanted abstinence-only ed for others children but allowed her own to receive sex ed?

No, Lee, I'm not telling you that at all. (But I'll address your nice attempt at a straw man in a moment. ) I'm telling you that unlike you I'm not so arrogantly and foolishly presumptuous as to what the Palins privately did or didn't discuss with their duaghter, based simply on her mother's public position on sex education. And again--and let's be real clear about this--the point is you don't know squawdoosh and it's really none of your business.

Oh, and actually Palin's not a hypocrite on the matter, FWIW. She supports abstinence-only programs. It works like this: Sex education in Alaska is left up to the local school districts, as it is in every state, but it is not a requirement. There are two types of sex ed taught in schools: Comprehensive Sexuality Education or the Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Program. I have no idea what the Wasilla SD taught, and nor do I really care. So to say Bristol was "prevented" from gaining information or from obtaining contraceptives by her mother, or even that Bristol herself lives in some kind vacuum during this Golden Age of Information, is flatout foolish and ridiculous.

J.R.:

No lee, she explains what she took the question to mean when it stated explicit sex-ed programs you immature waste of space.

Alan Orfi:

What a silly post. Letterman's ratings spiked in the very short term because folks wanted to see this train wreck. His viewership will be back in the tank, lower than ever, within the next few days. He, like all liberal whack-jobs in the entertainment industry, will continue to be marginalized.


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