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British historian Paul Johnson likes the cut of Sarah Palin’s jib. Me, too. British historian Paul Johnson thinks Sarah Palin has courage. Me, too. Brian M. Carney writes in the weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal:

“Pessimists, he (Paul Johnson) points out, have been predicting America’s decline “since the 18th century.” But whenever things are looking bad, America “suddenly produces these wonderful things—like the tea party movement. That’s cheered me up no end. Because it’s done more for women in politics than anything else—all the feminists? Nuts! It’s brought a lot of very clever and quite young women into mainstream politics and got them elected. A very good little movement, that. I like it.” Then he deepens his voice for effect and adds: “And I like that lady—Sarah Palin. She’s great. I like the cut of her jib.”

The former governor of Alaska, he says, “is in the good tradition of America, which this awful political correctness business goes against.” Plus: “She’s got courage. That’s very important in politics. You can have all the right ideas and the ability to express them. But if you haven’t got guts, if you haven’t got courage the way Margaret Thatcher had courage—and [Ronald] Reagan, come to think of it. Your last president had courage too—if you haven’t got courage, all the other virtues are no good at all. It’s the central virtue.”

Don’t get me wrong…I like Chris Christie as well. But, Sarah… Sarah has courage and goes where lesser men dare not tread. I like that.

(Photograph of Sarah Palin at the Reagan Ranch in California 2011)


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34 thoughts on ““I Like the Cut of Her Jib”

  1. Plus: “She’s got courage. That’s very important in politics.

    Yeah, so why did she resign as governor of Alaska half way through her term? Was that “courage” or maybe something else?

  2. As Governor, Palin was being intentionally buried under nuisance law suits by her political foes who recognized her considerable influence and wished to neuter her. If she had not resigned she would not have been available to work on electing Conservatives during the 2010 election cycle – and its possible that the Conservative victory – the Conservative tsunami we saw in November — would not have been as wide nor as deep.

    Thank you, Sarah!

  3. The courageous thing would have been to stay and fight her corner. But instead she decided to cut and run – for the White House in 2012.

  4. If she cut and ran successfully for the White House in 2012 it would demonstrate courage, timing and extraordinarily good judgement.

    I just like the cut of her jib, though it could do with showing a bit more leg.

  5. Pete

    What is the problem with the Arse? Chelski do them a big favour on Tuesday by beating Newton Heath, and they repay us with a 0-0 draw at home to Sunderland. Were you there? Do you guys want to win the league or not?

  6. Peter –

    Yep … sigh … I was there. The problem today is shared 50/50 between a team which (predictably and predicted) loses its bottle when the finishing line is in sight and the Mr Magoo in black who robbed us with a couple of absurd decisions.

    While the sporting media made us heavy favourites to beat Birmingham last week at Wembley, Gooners had the outcome much harder to call. Then again, no-one knows a team like its fans. We were right and going round the blogs no-one is surprised we coughed it up in such a catastrophic/suicidal/comical way.

    While the sporting media looked forward to the Barca-Arsenal clash on Tuesday I was thinking: “nope, the big one is on Saturday against the Mackems”. The result at Stamford Bridge last week put the Premiership back in our hands, trust this lot to chuck it away at the first opportunity.

    Last week I said the next two weeks is our season: the Carling Cup, Sunderland, Barca and Manure in the FA Cup. If we lose the first one we’ll struggle in all of them. Every Gooner knew the first one against Birmingham wasn’t “just” a Carling Cup Final but THE match which will dictate the outcome of our season.

    Well there you go.

    I predict a loss to Barca, a loss to Manure in the FA Cup and Wenger’s continued faith in a bunch of players who have all the technical ability in the world and no balls when truly tested.

  7. I like Gov. Palin for the reasons mentioned by Prof. Johnson. As I’ve mentioned before, I also think the reason the Left goes into Tourette’s Syndrome-esque rants when the topic of Palin comes up is that American’s respond to her because American’s still love America. Despite 50+ years of left-wing indoctrination the Left still hasn’t been able to turn Americans into self-loathing Europeans. Americans still love their country.

    I also believe that the rise in the popularity in figures like Gov. Christie and even Donald Trump is that Americans want blunt, honest leaders at a time when Obama and his Democrats are masters of Orwellian doublespeak.

  8. Very honest Pete. I suspect you may be a tad pessimistic.

    Newton Heath are long overdue an embarassing defeat at “the theatre of dreams” and especially in the FA Cup.

    Also, the Scousers will be well up for it tomorrow and you still have Newton Heath at home. So all is not lost in the league.

  9. Jim: “As I’ve mentioned before, I also think the reason the Left goes into Tourette’s Syndrome-esque rants when the topic of Palin comes up is that American’s respond to her because American’s still love America. Despite 50+ years of left-wing indoctrination the Left still hasn’t been able to turn Americans into self-loathing Europeans. Americans still love their country.”

    Very interesting. I hadn’t thought of that.

  10. I also think the reason the Left goes into Tourette’s Syndrome-esque rants when the topic of Palin comes up is that American’s (sic) respond to her because American’s (sic) still love America.

    So everyone who opposes Palin hates America?

  11. I’m reading here –


    – the memo sent by Attorney-at-law Paul D. Wilcher to Attorney-General Janet Reno which details the horrific events of Waco. Of more particular interest is how the outcome of the 1980 election was engineered by a CIA team led by George Bush. The CIA team flew to Paris to meet the Ayatollah’s team and, in return for assurances that the hostages would not be released until after the election, the Iranians would receive (and indeed, actually got) several $billion of weaponry. The CIA had determined that if the hostages were released before the election, the ‘bounce’ that Carter would get would win him the election. Bear in mind that Carter and his installed head of the CIA, Adml Stansfield Turner, were trying to clean up the organisation, and that there was no reliable VP to step in if the President were killed as was the case with Johnson and Kennedy.
    If Sarah Palin is the person to deal with that, then I’m a Somali.

    On Paul D. Wilcher, he din’t know that Clinton was even dirtier than Bush, and the he was found dead shortly after he had forwarded the memo to Reno.

  12. Allan@Aberdeen –

    As I’ve said, if governments knew what the web would open up, they’d have strangled it at birth. Yes, the federal government committed deliberate mass murder at Waco.

  13. Very good points Jim!
    As in Britain, Americans want plain speaking honest politicians who are PATRIOTS and not OPPORTUNISTS, always seeking cheap publicity and grubby money. There’s so many politically cynical CLEVERDICKS who would sell their own grandmother down the river for a fleeting advantage or dodgy deal.

    That’s why honest ordinary people support the Tea Party movement and politicians like Sarah Palin.
    The real problem is getting experienced patriotic leadership in place to guide them.
    I fear one of America’s biggest problems is its naievety when it comes to foreign policy. Americans God bless them, are pretty ignorant about the rest of the world..
    and that’s a real handicap.

  14. Pete – those of us who had suspicions on the intensity of that fire (and I remember asking myself back then exactly what those ‘nutters’ in Waco had set alight) now learn that it was white phosphorus that had been used to eliminate any trace of the crime. That memo documents this massacre and other criminality at the very top of the US’s political food chain so it’s little wonder that Wilcher was murdered. Many others have been ‘suicided’. (I’m just waiting for Phantom to tell us that “it’s a conspiracy” etc. Damn right that it’s a conspiracy). Not that we in the UK can complain. I’m reading highly persuasive arguments that 7/7 was another of the ‘black ops’ – more later.

    So this is what Sarah Palin is going to put right? I doubt it, and I bet that she’s been thoroughly vetted to make sure that she doesn’t try a ‘Kennedy’ if she gets into office.

  15. Allan@Aberdeen –

    Palin is no danger to the elite. She was promoted and mentored by the neo-con Bill Kristol and, unless she demonstrates otherwise, I’ll suspect she’s a lightening rod to draw genuinely patriotic and liberty-minded people into supporting an elite party.

    As over here, so over there – individuals and movements which are a threat to the elites are constantly put down. This week Ron Paul questioned Bernanke in Congress. CNBC cut away the live feed to go to an extended ad break as he started speaking and returned the moment he finished speaking. As I say, the MSM is a government mouthpiece.

    If Sarah Palin was a genine threat to the established order she would have been crushed by now.

  16. She has been crushed. Her negatives are off the charts on the opinion polls.

    She’s a heavily scripted TV celebrity

  17. Its not her appearance that I have a problem with.

    She’s one of the best reality TV hosts that can be found anywhere.

  18. No worries

    Just plotting last minute details for my next trip to London ( tomorrow ) while listing to zydeco on the internet

  19. A $100 bounty is hereby offered. It would be such a sublime act!

    David wouldn’t mind too much!

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