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Levin defends Palin: ‘I’m getting sick and tired of these smears by Krauthammer against her’

It seems an American Thinker article by Tom Rowan has inspired quite the backlash against Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. Earlier in the day, it was Rush Limbaugh. However, Limbaugh’s late-afternoon colleague on the airwaves Mark Levin weighed in as well.

The article, which takes on the respect and influence Krauthammer has earned from many on the right, was the focus of a segment on Levin’s Thursday night show. Levin’s particular criticism was Krauthammer’s stance on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who he says isn’t “schooled” on enough issues for his taste.

“[I] raised this the other day myself and I actually raised it a few weeks ago – these attacks on conservative candidates, these attacks on Sarah Palin – particularly coming from the ‘All-Star Panel’ on Fox,” Levin said. “Great admiration for Fox, great admiration – many of my friends work there. But this isn’t about Fox. This is about some of the folks there. … The gentleman points out that Charles Krauthammer who is extremely thoughtful and measured in his words, even-tempered and so forth is all but that when it comes to Sarah Palin and very few of his arguments are substantive.”

However, Levin asked where she is wrong on the issues.

“Maybe there is one or two, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of any significant issue where Palin is not a conservative and where I disagree with her,” Levin said. “Can you?”

Levin took issue with much of the common criticisms of Palin, particularly those concerning whether or not she can win the 2012 election and how she left her governorship post early, which is normal for presidential candidates, Levin says.

“So what is it? What’s the problem?” he said. “She’s solid on social issues. She’s solid on fiscal issues. She’s solid against these subsidies against big companies – in other words, she not a corporatist. She’s not a crony or a believer in that. She’s solid on taxes and spending. I’m just confused. She’s solid on Israel. She’s solid on the military. She’s solid with respect to our allies. Is there some big issue that’s disqualifying? What – because the liberals don’t like her?”

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And that according to the conservative talker that is why there is such disconnect between some conservatives and inside-the-beltway “Republicans.”

“I’m getting sick and tired, as I said yesterday, last week and I’ve said over the months – I’m getting sick and tired of these smears by Krauthammer against her,” Levin said. “He’s a thoroughly decent man, I understand, but he doesn’t seem very decent in this regard and I don’t know why. He’s certainly owes us a column or a better explanation, doesn’t he? He wants to influence the outcome.”

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  • cmccartn

    You don’t need to smear her.
    http://socialmoderatefiscalconservative.blogspot.com/
    She’s a nice lady, and she did some nice things for alaska.
    She’s not an establishment republican and that is good for the party. We should celebrate Sarah Palin for what she does, and what she is capable of doing. Not slam her every time she goofs on a simple question.

  • mugwump

    Who is this Levin guy? I think I saw him on Hannity once, maybe twice? I donno. Radio, probably, right? Whatever.

    Who has time for radio nowadays, unemployed people, shut-ins, hippies? No, even shut-ins and unemployed have TV. Hippies too. Maybe people being paid to work, but are listening to the radio instead? I guess some people have the time. People that drive a lot?

    Tucker Carlson, on the other hand, is a GENIUS. Best talking head on the TV, most unique outlook and best show ever on MSNBC. I would love to see FOX give him his own show. Hell, I’d even get cable for that!

    Tucker for Prez 2016

    • Barely beat her with McCain HDCP

      I don’t exactly need a hand truck to carry my ipod and the play button seems to work 24hrs a day. Don’t quit your day job. Anything else would overwhelm you.

      • mugwump

        Did you even read my comment?

        I said I didn’t have the TIME to listen to the radio, not that I didn’t HAVE a radio with me. Geez, pay attention.

        For example, I HAVE a radio in my car. Do I listen to it? Hell no, I spend my time in the car THINKING, not listening to someone else TELL me what to think. I would guess that your “job”, loosely put, (and your brain, lol) is not very taxing that you listen to an “i-pod” all day and all night, whatever that is.

        I do, however, use the car radio to amplify my Kindle on long trips. Do books count or only long-winded rants by self righteous blow-hards (of no particular faith or denomination or political affiliation of course, just all sheep fodder.)

        I guess even if I HAD time, I would find nothing to interest me, I don’t like sermons, I don’t need teachers.

        • mugwump

          Actually, I take that back. I did hear some of John Gibson’s show one day back in like summer 2008 and that guy was GREAT. If I actually had time to listen to the radio all day like you slackers, I should would listen to John Gibson. He not only had facts “at his fingertips”, he had the actual clippings in his hand, lol. Yes, I would listen to John Gibson.

        • mugwump

          Hmmm….Maybe I was too quick dismissing the whole radio thing. I heard that Dennis Miller has a show on radio too, right? Hell yeah, he is good also. Love his Encyclopedia Britanica amount of cultural and political references. Too brainy for the football crowd, I guess.

          And what about Tucker? Does Tucker Carlson have a radio show? Because I would FIND time to listen to that!!

          Come on FOX, give Tucker a show on your Network, even at 2 am he would kick ass.

          God, now I DO actually wish I had a job like you slackers where I could listen to the “i-pod” while I work a “hand truck”, whatever those things are. You are so lucky you skipped college, brainy work is HARD, lol. All you gotta think about is not dropping your “i-pod” in the fryer.

  • Patrick Henry

    Krauthammer is the “official” spokesman for the inside the beltway, establishment GOP. Of course he doesn’t like Palin because she is as far from that crowd as is humanly possible.

    Krauthammer is “official” Washington GOP. The only candidates who will pass muster with him are; Romney, Pawlenty, Huntsman et al. Look for nothing from him but approbrium for the likes of; Palin, Cain, Santorum.

  • Nature Freak

    Krauthammer is entitled to his opinion. Levin, You look so much my late father, I still disagree with you. We need this nation to come together now more than anytime since WW2, and Palin will just create more congressional deadlock and divisiveness. America truly needs heroes now and I see few anywhere across the political spectrum.

  • Nature Freak

    Forget about all the others who are running for the Republican primary.
    I have a plan…
    Why don’t we just make it official, cancel the coming election and make the Palin’s America’s royal family. We can build them their own Buckingham palace somewhere in Fairfax County,. And how about this, Bristol can marry Prince Harry in order to create a dynasty between the House of Windsor and the house of Palin.Todd, Sarah’s consort will be the Duke of Wassila. Forget constitutional monarchy, lets have an absolute monarchy. Louis XIV won’t have nothing on Sarah Palin. All hail Sarah the Sun Goddess! (Extreme mega sarcasm)

    I hope Romney or Huntsman clean Sarah’s clock.

  • WiseLady

    “So what is it? What’s the problem?” he said. “She’s solid on social issues. She’s solid on fiscal issues. She’s solid against these subsidies against big companies – in other words, she not a corporatist. She’s not a crony or a believer in that. She’s solid on taxes and spending. I’m just confused. She’s solid on Israel. She’s solid on the military. She’s solid with respect to our allies. Is there some big issue that’s disqualifying?”
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    The problem is: Sarah Palin is a very deceitful person with a ton of rattling skeletons in her closet. She is a fraud both politically and personally as the following example shows (this is just one example among many). Here we have “Christian” sarah palin seemingly caring more about bars having business (she did get a high number of donations from bar owners) than about the safety of innocent drivers sharing roads with drunk drivers:

    “As a city council member, Sarah Palin spoke out against a request by the city police to shut Wasilla’s bars at 2 A.M. instead of 4 A.M. Police were trying to cut down on the number of drunk drivers who drove to Wasilla after the Anchorage bars closed at 2 A.M. Palin’s opposition was surprised by her protests because, at the time, she belonged to the Wasilla Assembly of God, an evangelical church that preached abstinence from alcohol.” — Boston Globe; September 3, 2008

    • notalone

      I agree with you wholeheartedly about the skeletons – I find it rather interesting that it appears she is still studying the DADT appeal – what is there to study if you are a social conservative. How about the pro abortion judge she appointed in Alaska? She is nearly as pro gay as obama and could go on and on. Why is it that her emails from her time as governor – BEFORE SHE QUIT – are just now finally being released. From what I have read it was her holding them up – transparency? One way or the other I fear she is going to give us 4 more years of the disaster we now have in the oval office.

      • WiseLady

        Yes, Palin’s list of skeletons is long. Re her emails and lack of transparency, that reminds me of Palin’s interview with NBC’s Brian Williams during her VP run, in which she calls herself “an open book” but then immediately hems and haws when Williams asks her about her medical records, which she had not yet released. Palin tells Williams:

        “My life has been an open book,” Palin said. “And my life is an open book today, and Americans deserve to know the background, the associations, the affiliations of a vice presidential candidate. I’m willing to continue to be an open book.”

        Mrs. Sarah “I’m an open book” Palin never did release her med records. Instead she pulled a fast one on the voters BY WAITING UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE THE ELECTION to release only a letter from her doctor.

        It is only a matter of time before the far right becomes aware of the scam palin pulled on them with her records. Not only will they wonder what Palin is hiding, they also will realize that their dream of beating Obama is far too risky with “I’m an open book” Palin who is one of the most secretive potential candidates ever. Repubs need to be smart and choose a nominee without all the skeletons lurking.

        Palin’s interview with Brian Williams:
        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27328630/ns/nightly_news/

        and

        PALIN RELEASES LETTER FROM DOCTOR

        “She waited until 10:37 on the night before the election, but Sarah Palin has released a medical summary.”

        http://www.politico.com/blogs/jonathanmartin/1108/Palin_releases_letter_from_doctor.html

    • 8second.ride

      “opposition was surprised by her protests because, at the time, she belonged to the Wasilla Assembly of God,”

      Reaching to new depths of the barrel, I see. So, now you WANT her to govern according to her religion? Really?

    • riseabove

      Now come on WiseLady, your argument doesn’t hold water. When a bar/restaurant owner applies for and receives a liquor license they’re made aware of specific laws and liabilities when it comes to serving drinks. It doesn’t matter how late a bar is open, bartenders must comply with the law. Most casinos operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. According to your presumption, it would be the governor’s fault in each state where these establishments are located if innocent people are killed by drunk drivers leaving casinos.

      • WiseLady

        As a supposedly avid Christian whose church preached abstinence from alcohol, Palin was against helping Anchorage police cut down on drunk drivers. But most of Palin’s contributions towards her campaign (for mayor, I think) came from BARS. Something smells really bad in this scenario.

        And I surely would want my elected officials to make sensible decisions to help ensure the safety of my children in my own town. How could having drunk drivers from the city coming into your little town to drink somemore be good for anyone?! Oh yeah, it was good for getting contributions from the bars for Palin the “Christian” candidate. This would be laughable if not so sad.

      • WiseLady

        As a supposedly avid Christian whose church preached abstinence from alcohol, Palin was against helping Anchorage police cut down on drunk drivers. But most of Palin’s contributions towards her campaign (for mayor, I think) came from BARS. Something smells really bad in this scenario.

        And I surely would want my elected officials to make sensible decisions to help ensure the safety of my children in my own town. How could having drunk drivers from the city coming into your little town to drink some more be good for anyone?! Oh yeah, it was good for getting contributions from the bars for Palin the “Christian” candidate. This would be laughable if not so sad.

        • truebearing

          So you’re saying she should govern according to the dictates of her church’s teachings?

          I hear she jaywalked three times in one day while mayor of Wasilla! Then she drove her car 26 mph in a 25mph zone! OMG!!!!!!!!!!

          With all due respect to your hysteria, and triviality, I don’t put much stock in what you claim, or your biased liberal sources. The issues are so stupidly trivial that it isn’t even worth googling.

          Now, why don’t you write something wise? We’ve seen your well done entries in the silly and pointless categories.