November 08, 2008
David Horsey's PDS

That would be Palin Derangement Syndrome, on display:

Yes, yes, it's just an editorial cartoon and he's trying to make some point based on whatever entirely trustworthy and bias-free coverage he reads from the New York Times (or hears from NPR). Nonetheless, the descent into caricature is ridiculous.

I remember seeing a picture of Palin's actual house during the campaign. Thus, a truly challenging Google search of "Palin, house, wasilla" quickly yielded this Zillow blog post with loads of information, including a link to a post with this photo of the actual abode:

Funny, it's actually the upper-middle class home one might expect from a family of two significant incomes. Maybe the single-wide is hiding out back.

Posted by Eric Earling at November 08, 2008 09:44 AM | Email This
1. Horsey is a progressive kool aid drinking dufus

Posted by: KS on November 8, 2008 09:45 AM
2. opposed to a Duff-beer drinking one. :)

Posted by: Duffman on November 8, 2008 09:48 AM
3. Horsey is a small fool. The bigger fools are the ones that subscribe to this fish wrapper and believe his pre-school crayon drawings are true. DON'T BUY THE P-I!!

Posted by: Silkworm on November 8, 2008 09:54 AM
4. This is pretty much how it works:
M= media interviewer /writer

M: " well Sarah -I know this may be a shock to you but I got a call from a source that I can't disclose and this person tells me you're an A**hole. How do you respond to this ?"

M is aghast when accused of being biased. M honestly doesnt think she is

Posted by: dogdoggie on November 8, 2008 10:04 AM
5. Whether the NYT or other liberal elite media are involved in this, it pales in relation to the 'conservative' media Mitt Romney lapdogs and insiders who are soaking this all up trying to scuttle the social conservative before she is the favorite for 2012.

Posted by: Doug on November 8, 2008 10:08 AM
6. @5 Not seen any evidence of that. Can you provide?

Horsey if f'ing clueless. I guess he chose not to listen to her press conference yesterday. This cartoon is something I would expect from a grade school newspaper. But, he did go to the UW, so we should probably give him a bit of a pass.

Posted by: Dave on November 8, 2008 10:19 AM
7. Come on you guys... Clearly this is all part of the Marxist Messiah's call for unity and the end to divisiveness! And since Horsey is part of the media - the group carrying the wonderful call for unity and peace! - then this simply must be true!

Stay classy, Horsey, stay classy...

Posted by: Shanghai Dan on November 8, 2008 10:20 AM
8. Speaking of Wingnuts, poor Goldy looks to need a real job. I guess all that pimping for Darcy was yet another two year rathole. His plans to land a nice gig as Darcy's Chief of Staff went up in smoke.

Posted by: Horse's Head on November 8, 2008 10:27 AM
9. What!? Palin doesn't really live in a trailer!?

Next you're going to tell me that the FBI didn't really raid her home to recover her campaign wardrobe.

Lay off the victim schtick, Eric -- it's getting old and thin. Horsey's point was that Palin's Neiman-Marcus shopping spree made here look like a backwoods hick. Apparently, many on the GOP side agree. His cartoon artfully conveys this point.

You may disagree, but there's nothing deranged about it.

Posted by: scottd on November 8, 2008 10:31 AM
10. Shanghai your spelling is atrocious. Get some formal training. It IS NOT "stay classy, Horsey, stay classy" It IS "stay assy, Horsey, stay assy"
Once a Horsey butt, always a Horsey butt.

Posted by: VN on November 8, 2008 10:31 AM
11. Unless I missed something, the comments about Palin's hissy fits, wardrobe and intellectual prowess made by alledged "staffers" had no attribution. No one stepped forward to substantiate the claims nor to submit to questioning about them. The reports on these claims were hearsay and Fox News had no business airing them. For all we know, they are more DailyKos lies like "Trig is not Palin's son, he's her grandson". There are many on the left that don't want Sarah Palin resurfacing anytime soon. I belive Horsey is one of them.

Posted by: diamondsharsa on November 8, 2008 10:41 AM
12. Dave, let's see, it was FOX news that first reported the allegations from anonymous sources. Let's see, it was Peggy Noonan who with over a month to go in the campaign came out with an aggressive campaign against Sarah Palin. Let's see, even the Huffington Post writes about this:

Posted by: Doug on November 8, 2008 10:43 AM
13. @10:

Artful? Hardly. It wasn't even clever. Horsey should stop trying to shove any more of his Crayola 64 box up his nose. It's affecting his brain.

Posted by: BrassTax on November 8, 2008 10:56 AM
14. Dave @ 6 -

Doug doesn't need anything more than conjecture to assume a nefarious conspiracy involving Romney backers. It's what he does.

Basic fact: there were precious few former Romney staffers hired on to the McCain campaign after the primary season. The bulk of the shots coming at Palin now (unwarranted and pathetic as they are), are coming from disgruntled staffers, of myriad loyalties, from the McCain general election effort.

How that has anything to do with Romney is beyond me. And here are actual reports from journalists confirming that reality(here and here).

Posted by: Eric Earling on November 8, 2008 11:06 AM
15. There are two reasons I hate watching UW Husky football on tv this year. The first, of course, in that they are inept. The second is because they run their University ad featuring Horsey. Of all the people who've attended the University of Washington, Horsey is hardly one of the more prestigious.

Posted by: FarFarRight on November 8, 2008 11:08 AM
16. Do you suppose that Horsey will dare to be critical of Obama? Or will he be too afraid to poke fun at the future words and actions of the self-declared "black man with the funny name"?

Posted by: Gary on November 8, 2008 11:21 AM
17. Horsey's point was that Palin's Neiman-Marcus shopping spree made here look like a backwoods hick. -Posted by scottd at November 8, 2008 10:31 AM

When exactly WAS that shopping spree? How the hell did the MEDIA miss it? After all, they followed her everywhere, they descended en masse in Alaska to dig through her present,her past and her garbage bins.

Have you even bothered to wonder how it could possibly be we didn't see her wandering with arm loads of designer clothes and exiting with a troupe of secret service loaded down with packages?

Doesn't quite fit your narrative, eh?

The FACTS are: the GOP bought clothes for her family to the tune of $150K.

The INCONVENIENT FACT is that 2/3 of them were returned because they bought items in several sizes for each member of the family.

The dirty little secret you want to ignore is that the Palins already committed to donating the clothes they wore to charity and in the case of Governor Palins clothes, to be auctioned off.

Finally, Horsey is an ass.

Posted by: Ragnar Danneskjold on November 8, 2008 11:27 AM
18. Dear leftwits, stop posting links to huffington... it only serves to prove your one-way thinking.

Posted by: Ragnar Danneskjold on November 8, 2008 11:31 AM
19. It's a time honored tradition for the left to accuse righties of having a "narrow world view".

And then there's the world view of Horsey and the left, as aptly illustrated by this cartoon.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on November 8, 2008 11:35 AM
20. The only point David Horsey makes is the one at the top of his head.

Posted by: Rick D. on November 8, 2008 12:19 PM
21. Let's just say I doubt that Horsey will be doing one of the Messiah's wife and offspring shopping for their election night togs at Value Village. Those clown suits they were wearing certainly looked to me as though that is where they might well have been procured. I would also venture a guess that we won't see a cartoon of them sitting down to a meal of fried chicken, watermelon and collards any time soon either.

Posted by: JDH on November 8, 2008 01:12 PM
22. @12 Was that supposed to me a counterpoint?
Hmmm..who to believe? Palin who gave a press conference denying all this. This giving those that said all this stuff a chance to show themselves. Or a gossip report by Cameron that cites "anonymous sources" (there's Pulitzer level report right there). A senile ex-Reagan speechwriter trying everything she can to stay relevant? A left leaning blog that let's any moron write a post, or Palin herself? Tough call. Again, no one has come out to dispute what she said I'm her presser. Curious.

Posted by: dave on November 8, 2008 01:31 PM
23. JDH...

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmm

Posted by: Ragnar Danneskjold on November 8, 2008 01:49 PM
24. Horsey long ago became a caricature of his own small minded jokes.
The only relevance he projects is on loan from his subjects.
I don't know what school he's a product of, but class appears to be a subject he skipped entirely.

Posted by: 4woodenboats on November 8, 2008 01:59 PM
25. Why care about Anyone from a newspaper? They don't care about our land; they are a cancer. I won't lift a finger to help any of them.
We know more about Joe than Barrack.
We know great ideas are colorblind as well as Bad ideas.
We know great and bad ideas are not limited to either men or women.
Same for thinking.

We do know that the odds of what kind of good or bad ideas that will come from a person are indicated by the history they have.

We also know that good ideas don't need a grain of bad in them to make them plausible but on the other hand bad ideas are wrapped into the sugar of a good idea that melts the minute you swallow it leaving us heaving and vomiting from what it really is. A good idea will never do that.

So Horsey is Horsey is Horsey and Joel is Joel etc etc etc...I am never surprised anymore by what lengths we have sugar wrapped crap slung at all of us. What we need to do is move along...nothing more to see in the media anywhere anymore. They slash, they cut, they conspire, the warp, they redefine then they say it is good and you will like it.

Why argue with them anymore? They will never apologize for what they have done to this nation and this world. God will take vengeance on them as he says He will.

We need to move along and get back to responsibly raising our children (No Public Schools!!!). Walking away from the tasty distractions of the world and go house to house and tell each other that life is good and that a life lived responsibly is the key to not chaining ourselves to politics as the savior but to the one who already gave it all.
We are on the cusp of millions of regretful voters that will be told that it is still Bush's fault but we need to welcome them home, not to the R party but to responsibility. In that faith in each other we will have leaders that humble themselves and not leaders that demand you to humble yourself.

Posted by: Col. Hogan on November 8, 2008 02:12 PM
26. You'd think liberals (including Obama) would be open-minded enough to re-think their goofy stereotypes of anyone who doesn't live in a town where several hundreds of thousands of people live. But in fact, they are THE most close-minded of all.

Posted by: Michele on November 8, 2008 02:42 PM
27. I'll believe Horsey an Equal Opportunity skewer when he draws a cartoon depicting the irony of Black President living in govt. funded housing.

Posted by: Dave on November 8, 2008 02:48 PM
28. Horsey is little more than your average liberal bigot that thinks anyone not living in a city of 500K is somehow a gun-totin',tobacco chewin' hick living in a single wide. He may want to read about Michelle Obama's background living in a small house on the south-side of Chicago before heaving those stones at the glass houses below. 30 years at the Pravda-Intelligentsia kind of blinds you to the reality outside the bubble of ignorance.

Posted by: Rick D. on November 8, 2008 03:25 PM
29. I'd like to see a Horsey cartoon depicting Obama shepherding his kids off to private school like rich liberal hypocrites always do. Maybe in the background he could depict the crumbling public schools in Washington that are a mess despite some of the highest funding in the land.

Nah, he wouldn't do that because that's how things really are. Not the way his liberal media reports them.

Posted by: Bill Cruchon on November 8, 2008 03:37 PM
30. I printed it out and wiped my ass with it.

Posted by: Independent Voter on November 8, 2008 04:10 PM
Of course, unlike the over priced Puget Sound, where land costs are sky high due to GMA and other Lib shenannigans, they probably paid almost nothing for the land, and probably built or helped build it themselves.

My estimate of actual cost is probably below $250,000.

Posted by: John Bailo on November 8, 2008 05:37 PM
32. btw, Gov. Palin's home setting is breathtakingly gorgeous. Would love to look out on all that everyday. But I'll have to settle for my still-loved East King County territorial view.

Posted by: Michele on November 8, 2008 06:03 PM
33. ...or how about a two chair shine stand instead of a desk in the Oval office in place of a desk. Wouldn't that be analogous to the Palin family cartoon.

Posted by: JDH on November 8, 2008 06:19 PM
34. She had a crew of state prisoners spend the entire weekend cleaning up that back yard just for that photo. What you don't see is the front yard, with the 72 Chevelle on blocks with "Good Time" spraypainted on the hood and approximately 200 beer cans littered about.

Seriously, though, Palin's toast. Other than a short-lived convention bump, she brought nothing but chaos and distraction to the McCain campaign and didn't even deliver the constituencies that she was supposed to: conservatives and women. McCain lost ground in every single demographic compared to Bush, and Palin was a major reason.

p.s. Right on, Col. Hogan!

Posted by: DomWalk on November 8, 2008 07:19 PM
35. Face it, Horsey's world view has all the width of a Dirac Function. For all you hyper educated libs who are not familiar with this term, Google it!

Posted by: Fed Up on November 8, 2008 07:20 PM
36. Independent Voter @30: THAT is the best use I've ever heard for a Horesy cartoon. Very Good!

Palin always impressed me as being a completely normal person with common sense. Quite unlike the vast majority of politicians I know. But that is why elitists like Horsey, Connelly and the rest dislike her so. She's normal, not a Republican cartoon. That and they are scared to death of her because of her appeal to mainstream Americans. Her life is beyond politics and she isn't defined by politics. She will simply go home and take up where she left off. If she ever runs again or not will not make any difference to her. She'll be OK.

What killed McCain's campaign wasn't Palin, it was McCain. If you look at the polls, the suspension if his campaign, to work on the financial "crisis", is where he lost ground he never reclaimed. That gambit only made him look ineffectual. You can blame Palin if you like but the Veep pick shouldn't have to carry the top of the ticket across the finish line. The Veep never has in the past, why now?

An aside: The other night Katie Couric was on-air with some boob and he gleefully complemented her on "taking the shine off of Sarah Palin" and she said: "Why, thank you." Unbiased press my ass. I wonder what was left on the cutting room floor.

Posted by: G Jiggy on November 8, 2008 08:01 PM
37. I heard someone the other day complaining that Todd Palin was defective because he doesn't have a college degree. While I do have one and am married to someone with a graduate professional degree, I am SO over the notion that you are somehow less-than-human if you don't happen to have a college degree. I value education for my family, and I look for candidates to have a college degree of some sort, but their spouses are not running. And gee--there ARE people out there who didn't graduate from college and are doing just fine, thank you. They somehow manage to be people of character and achievement anyway. Would that some would get over their snobbery and stop looking down their noses simply because they got a diploma from somewhere.

Posted by: Michele on November 8, 2008 09:23 PM
38. "Palin always impressed me as being a completely normal person with common sense." No she is the epitome of the uncommon man as registered by the election results.

Your neighbor is a Gd'damned parasite. A plague on humanity. A moocher. Get that through your head and deal with reinstating a sense of shame to being a failure and then there will be a movement towards restoring the "common man" as one who can expect his/her hard work to pay off. That is all I have to say. For the first time in my adult life I am ashamed of my Country.

Posted by: JDH on November 8, 2008 09:58 PM
39. 27 nailed it;

watch--Big O's image will have no caricature exaggerations; untouchable in the ed. pages and pics; no poking at or drawings of the relatives in MA alledgedly on welfare.

entire "fair & balanced" media at one's bidding; rest of us go to re-education p.c. diversity camps for "continuing ed."

have they arrested that conservative cartoonist (Martinez?) yet? great stuff; 1st amdendment to left views; conservative view becomes intolerant or hate speech in HopeN'ChayngeLand;

and Michele 37? ditto...esp. when one had a break in admissions, or contract set asides or financial aid via quotas, not acheivement.

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on November 9, 2008 06:13 AM
40. Ragnar Danneskjold, that was a great link.

#34, are you serious? Tell me where McCain's poll numbers were pre-Sarah? And then look how he slipped in the polls when he refused to go on the attack. It was not until Sarah went rogue did his numbers soar to a one day, one point lead over Obama. It was the Drudge headline that day, and it had nothing to do with McCain himself, it was all her.
Fox just reported Palin is favorite for 2012 by 65%, to Huckabee's 12%, Romney 11%.

Posted by: chardonnay on November 9, 2008 08:58 AM
41. Hey welcome back Chardonnay... we used to do battle together over at HA (under a far different neame)... before I stopped going there.

Posted by: Ragnar Danneskjold on November 9, 2008 11:24 AM
42. Eric: Thanks for the mention on your blog. Here's another view of Sarah's house when it was being guarded by the Coast Guard:

Posted by: Diane Tuman on November 9, 2008 12:34 PM
43. Tramapoline! Trampopoline! Marge, it's the perfect exercise! It'll double the value of our house, and it was free! Free! / Homer

Posted by: Matty on November 9, 2008 06:14 PM
44. #31 - John B, I remember from one of the interviews that Todd & some friends painted the house one weekend, probably built all or most of the house the same way. And I agree with your cost estimate.

Polls show Sarah's approval rating to be very high nationally, the whining is sour grapes. The previous generation of helmet-head feminists are angry b/c Sarah represents a new generation of women...which immediately relegates them to old has-beens. The new generation gets to be pretty, have more than one token child, and doesn't have to put up with bimbo eruptions or ride male coat-tails. Major envy and pissyness from the helmet-heads.

And the clothes? Designers were probably begging Sarah to wear their clothes, come-on folks she wears them well, looks great, and for several months received daily national and international coverage. A dream client for any clothing designer.

BTW, sometime in the past year Michelle Obama had a MAJOR make-over, did the press report how much it cost? Who paid for it, and was it reported as a campagn contribution? How about wardrobes for the lovely, charming, and always extremely well dressed daughters? What was the clothing and image budget for Barrak, or Biden, because I can assure you they were both significant. Movie stars don't even own the clothes or jewelery they wear to the Oscars (or other awards), they are on loan.

Heard Peggy N speak recently. If she was ever a conservative, she's not any longer. Another angry and bitter old feminist, pissed off because of the realization that she's become an irrelevent has-been.

Posted by: dl on November 9, 2008 09:50 PM
45. anyone tracking the anti-Bama cartoons and articles from now on? i'd be curious of the stats after 4 years;

anyway, I see all the changes, taxes and rights taken, pc movements & handouts that are coming to all be blamed on the past admin & justified; "not our fault" they rallying cry; just like Christine's I-inhereted-a-mess mantra

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on November 10, 2008 06:05 AM
46. This Sh*t has just started here are three searches


1,360,000 hits


And you may be interested in what is a fiundamental difference in what was returned was that the third link are regarding how there is a fear that there will, or may be, attacks. What was returned in the first two are documented attacks on HuffPo, DU, MoveOn etc. etc. etc. a veritable litany of Democrat sites that are the same ones that launched Obama and were his staunchest supporters.

"Politics ain't beanbag: 'tis a man's game, and women, children 'n' pro-hy-bitionists had best stay out of it." - Peter Finley Dunne

Democrats and their supporters are the first ones to both use tactics they accuse others of and the first ones to cry when the tactics they use themselves are turned against them.

And Palin's outfits did look like it came from Value Village unlike the election night Obama family who were dressed like the worst Hollywood strumpets. Looking back in a few years after the moment has evaporated the Obamas will look like we see as the ridiculous spectacle we see today when looking at a 1970's era Barney's NY catalog.

Posted by: JDH on November 11, 2008 05:05 PM
47. If there's one thing I know: considering Gregoire, Murray, Cantwell, Hillary, Darcy and now Palin: Keep women the hell away from leadership in my Party and my government. Feminism had its chance, and it failed so utterly with these official who should have stayed in the office pool!

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Posted by: freybhjnwdu on November 12, 2008 01:37 PM
49. Expect the attacks on Palin to continue all the way through 2012.

Her populist, friendly, and PRO-LIFE stance scares the sh*t out of Democrats and the lemmings in the Media. Therefore-- she must be destroyed (like Dan Quayle x10). They HATE her because they fear people may vote for her (take the Democrat nightmare Prop 8 in California as an example).

So they'll pounce on any little thing she says, misstates, or just plain rumors.

Don't expect fair or equal treatment-- Palin is stupid because someone (supposedly on the McCain campaign) said she didn't know Africa was a continent, not a country.... Yet Biden misquotes the US Constitution in debate and we never hear about it again. Obama misstates that there are 57 States and it doesn't matter.

The media didn't fear McCain because they had him lulled into a sense that they would be good to him (after all the praise for going against other Republicans on Campaign Finance, Interrogation methods, etc). But as with anyone who attempts to "work" with the other party (who is diametrically opposed to your ideals)-- ultimately gets stabbed in the back.

Posted by: Jimster on November 12, 2008 09:37 PM
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