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Sarah Palin, the Joke's on You


Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is ticked off at CBS' late-night host for the barbs he's thrown at her and her daughter. Maybe we all should be ticked off at the obvious farce we had to be subjected to by the Palins when they showed up at the Republican National Convention, with her unwed pregnant daughter and her soon-to-be son-in-law in tow.

It was pretty pathetic to witness the fake relationship that we were told would result in a marriage. I took a bet with some of my colleagues that that sucker never would happen. And we learned in March that it won't.

Sarah, here's the deal: David Letterman is a comedian. And comedians can say some absolutely hilarious stuff, and then they can say some downright dumb stuff. That comes with the territory. As a parent, you have a right to be upset with jokes being made at the expense of you and your daughter. But you know what? We all have tired of this continuing soap opera.

You stood tall at the GOP convention, saying abstinence is the only way to go, and staring you in the face was a clear example that even your own daughter and her dropout boyfriend-fiance didn't listen. Yeah, telling us that and trying to get us to believe it was a total joke.

Your daughter later said abstinence isn't realistic. But then you turned around and contradicted her. Then we had to hear you talk about your loving, happy, adorable, Christian-values family. And Levi says that he stayed over — even though the two weren't married — and that he really isn't being allowed to be the father of the child the way he would like to.

Sorry, Sarah, this continuing storyline involving you is like a bad movie.

Frankly, we've tired of the Sarah Palin act.

She wants to be taken seriously, but when you're spending more time getting into a back and forth with a doggone comedian rather than trying to shore up your leadership skills, then it's clear you're playing out of your league.

In a recent poll, not even 1 percent of the responders saw her as a leader in the GOP. Yeah, she didn't even get 1 percent. I think that's a joke and something to laugh at.

It is clear that Gov. Sarah Palin excites some in the Republican base. But it's becoming increasingly clear that that base is getting smaller and smaller. So while she is spending her time going toe-to-toe with Letterman, the likes of Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are trying to put forth serious policy plans that they hope can revive the GOP.

That brings me back to a conversation I had after the election with a woman who was trying to convince me on a flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C., that Palin is the next Ronald Reagan. This woman, with her Southern drawl that reminded me of women from my native Texas, said Palin would show us all what she is made of. I told her that there was no way in hell she would remind us of Reagan.

But I now take that back. Prior to politics, Reagan was a B-list actor who really found his calling in politics. Watching Palin now is like watching one of those corny Reagan movies you might find flipping through the satellite one late night. You stop for a second, watch this person try to act, and just give a dismissive laugh and keep moving on.

Yeah, that's pretty much my reaction to anything Gov. Sarah Palin does these days. She's just a B-list actress playing a politician, making one bad movie after another.

Roland S. Martin is an award-winning CNN contributor and the author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith." Please visit his Web site at To find out more about Roland S. Martin and read his past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at



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You hypocritical partisan hack. Who was the one who kept the horrific Michael Richards rant in the public eye, if it wasn't you. Turn your excuse for Letterman around on Michael Richards - "he is just a comedian" - "it was just a dumb joke". Jon Stewart uses this cop out on a daily basis and it is a despicable, underhanded way to say anything without recourse - 'it was just a joke'. Wrong.

Turn this situation around. If Dennis Miller had made the same joke about the Obama's daughters, you know all too well that you would be first in line calling for his head. You need to learn some things about character before you use your platform for cheap partisan hackery at the expense of innocent underage girls. You poor excuse for a man you.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Ben
Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:49 PM
I have a few other choice words I would like to say
But I am a Southern Woman that speaks with a drawl
And I probably would not be taken seriously, but I wonder
what you thought as you sat across from that woman on the plane
Enjoying the flight ~ feeling a little full of yourself being along for the
Ride, a Wolf in sheeps clothing ~ there to do a hatchet job on the
campaign by Palin and McCain ? If I thought for one minute your
opinion mattered I would really let go the wrath that came to mind at first
but then YOU my fine fellow just proved ~ The Horse isn't dead you are
still beating it for all its worth getting your two cents worth outta the story
If it isn't worth commening on then SHUT UP this joke is on YOU ROLAND
with views like yours who needs the stones to throw,
Comment: #2
Posted by: Robin
Tue Jun 16, 2009 11:04 AM
About the only conclusion I can draw from all of your tirades about Sarah Palin is that she must scare the daylights out of you. You must think that you must downgrade her every way you can think of to minimize the chance that she will be on the ticket in 2012. In fact she is a very smart woman and a very successful leader and administrator and that apparently frightens you. It should. Your narrow-minded and bigoted comments on her do more to damage the democratic party than to hurt Palin. You are so typical of so many liberals lately, if someone doesn't conform to your views, they must not only be wrong but they must be destroyed. How sad that your presumed intelligence level is focused only on downgrading someone else rather than finding the good or proposing approaches to the future that all Americans can respond to favorably.
Comment: #3
Posted by: John Dysinger
Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:46 AM
Would you have written this if she were an African American ? Think ...then answer
Comment: #4
Posted by: Bob Boisseau
Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:30 PM
Would you have written this if she were African American...... Think ... then answer
Comment: #5
Posted by: Bob Boisseau
Thu Jun 18, 2009 2:31 PM
What David Letterman said was irresponsible and morally reprehensible. He assumed he would get a free pass on his junenile and partisan slurs because Palin is an outspoken conservative woman. He was banking on the reserved nature of conservatives and the hypocrisy of so-called progressives. Thankfully, he was wrong and people from both sides came out to call his remarks chauvanist and degrading. I think you should read what Camille Paglia has written about Governor Palin in an effort to understand your own biases and prejudices.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Tony
Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:36 PM
Wow you're commentary drips with hatred. You're hatred seems not only directed at Sarah Palin, but toward her own family. Dude, you should get therapy and get over your anger issues.
Comment: #7
Posted by: Doug Cook
Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:41 PM
You are just another sorry loser. You hate Palin because she is everything you can never be. She is good looking. You are ugly. She has integrity. You have none. She knows God. You worship Obama. David Letterman lusts after Sarah Palin but like a school boy who knows he'll never get near her he decides to insult her instead. Your biggest mistake is in writing as ugly as you look. You could have gotten around your nasty appearance by at least producing something worth reading. You make the reast of us black people look bad by being such an ignorant example of our race. Grow up dog face and grow a pair so you can be a man.
Comment: #8
Posted by: Toowana
Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:09 PM
You need to be grateful that being stupid isn't a crime, or you would be doing 5-10 years for spouting opinions that have zero signs of anything intelligent.
Comment: #9
Posted by: mrcalif
Sat Jun 20, 2009 11:11 PM
Roland, sorry to burst your bubble, but the joke IS YOU. There is so much hatred and venom in your words that it is almost laughable that you try to present yourself as any kind of journalist on a site that calls itself a "syndicate of talent". It doesn't take talent to spew hate. There is really nothing new in your article, you spew the same hate that has been spewed at a hard working, self made woman and her family since she so grandly entered the national scene. You use no facts to back up anything you say. The biggest joke of your whole poorly written article is claiming that Governor Palins support base is getting smaller and smaller, when in fact, the exact same weekend that she attended the baseball game with her 14 year old daughter, she managed to draw a crowd of over 20,000 to hear her speak on Founders day, then the following day, drew more than 12,000 for a walk to raise money for Autism, two wonderful events that Letterman and the likes of you tried to diminish with your nonsense. Please, show me one politician who can do what she did, in upstate New York no less. One thing we did learn about you is that you support the statutory rape of teenagers. It's good to know.
One thing you are right about is that we are tired of the crap that Letterman and hate mongers like yourself keep throwing out.
Oh btw, congratulate yourself on destroying what was left of Campbell Browns viewership. I guess the people at CNN didn't think her ratings could get any lower. I guess they were wrong. You did as good a job there as you did with this idiotic hate piece.
Comment: #10
Posted by: curth
Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:58 AM
This is yet another confirmation of how terrified the far left is of Sarah Palin. Especially the black far left.
Comment: #11
Posted by: becca
Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:45 AM
What poll did you use Roland? Did you look around the office quickly while writing this "article" and ask your fellow liberal Obama worshipper what he thinks of Sarah Palin? David Letterman started the whole thing with his poor taste in jokes. That joke was on the table for a full day and he had plenty of opportunity to change it, drop it or do a little research before speaking it and then looking like a total moron.
Your insults to this woman are insulting to all women who are raising a family and has aspirations higher than the ceiling YOU have placed over them. I can't believe someone actualy pays you for this dribbe.
Comment: #12
Posted by: Don
Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:52 AM
What poll did you use Roland? Did you look around the office quickly while writing this "article" and ask your fellow liberal Obama worshipper what he thinks of Sarah Palin? David Letterman started the whole thing with his poor taste in jokes. That joke was on the table for a full day and he had plenty of opportunity to change it, drop it or do a little research before speaking it and then looking like a total moron.
Your insults to this woman are insulting to all women who are raising a family and has aspirations higher than the ceiling YOU have placed over them. I can't believe someone actualy pays you for this dribble.
Comment: #13
Posted by: Don
Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:53 AM
Man, where did you learn your craft, at the Rev. Wright school of journalism? Your racisim has been showing every since Obama came on the scene. Nothing he says is wrong because he is black. (well actually half white, and half muslim not really black). You and CNN have been going down, down, down every since they started the Obama worship, and even your new boss's attempts to pull you back to the middle has not stopped the ratings fall. Obviously no one wants to hear the Obama drivel, or Fox, and talk radio would not be gaining more, and more people every day. Oh, by the way Rolland, your Presidents ratings are falling right along with yours and you all will soon bottom out. In the mean time Sarah will be rising as she should. So you guys keep plugging away and showing us all who you really are because if the country survives Obama until next Nov. we will start to take care of the problem then. And oh by the way, we know you guys wont cover it, but we will be explaining it by the hundereds of thousands in our Independance Day tea parties. What a race baiting, partisan hack, no talent, butt kisser you and all of your CNN minions are.
Comment: #14
Posted by: Carmen
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:06 AM
I am so sick of dumb ,,biased journalist when they are such hypocrites like you.What does it matter that her daughter was unwed. There are thousands of unwed women in this country , many of them in Hollywood. there are quite a few in the black community as well. I wonder sir, would you be saying these same things if Sarah Palin was a bLack liberal who's daughter was unwed and pregnant, or if she was a big shot celebrity who had more than one child out of marriage. or are these comments only for white and black conservative women who have daughters who are pregnant outside of marriage? I guess that you think it's ok to make a joke about any woman who has a baby out of wedlock.
Comment: #15
Posted by: Jerolyn
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:20 AM
The entire issue is not that Letterman is an ignorant, angry buffoon or that Sarah Palin acted like a mother tiger defending her young. The problem is, why is it acceptable for a man to denigrate women?
I would estimate the majority of news reporters, journalists, political commentators, talk show hosts, et al., those getting a lot of mileage out of this are fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters. How can this be considered funny, NO MATTER WHO IT'S ABOUT. It matters not if it involves a political figure or me! Continuing to condone this treatment of females is not acceptable. They and you should be ashamed. How can they laugh, then explain to their female family members it's really not OK? Why can't open season be held on BO's children? Because it is not acceptable to speak about a female in this way EVER!
You don't have much credibility to begin with, but this just proves it. I agree with Bob Boisseau, what if this had been said about MO and the offspring?................. Different story entirely
Comment: #16
Posted by: Bubbie
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:28 AM
If you want to talk about unwed mothers why don't you speak evil about obamas mama? She wasn't married when obama was born. Ohh I forget obama is considered black and you sure won't do anything to offend a black person.
Comment: #17
Posted by: Mark
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:38 AM
Martin you are a real jerk You are a disgrace to everything American

Jack Mathews DAV Army
Comment: #18
Posted by: Jack Mathews
Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:01 AM
If this is an example of the award winning thinking of Roland Martin, then pardon me, but you can have him and his awards, too. If there ever was a case of bad B-movie acting, it is Roland Martin trying to play the role of well-reasoned critic of the governor of Alaska. No awards here. Just venting his spleen.
Comment: #19
Posted by: libertasdon
Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:17 AM
The story of Sarah Palin is not about her daughter. Sarah is a candidate in her own right.
Amazingly,according to you and other hypocrites, her daughter is the FIRST young woman EVER to have unprotected sex and become the FIRST unwed mother in America. That in and of itself is truly awesome! So I can see why you and others are fixated on this aspect of her family! We can all be proud of all the other American daughters who had abortions and kept their mis steps hidden from us. Now, abortion, that is something to be proud of!!
Sarah Palin has taken on the huge task of being Governor of Alaska, and was chosen to run for VP by John Mc Cain. She gave her all to both endeavors. She shares values and ideas that many Americans embrace. If her child chose to take a different path, why does that become "Sarah's crime"?
Could she be any more of a "joke" or "embarassment" as VP than Joe Biden??!! No way!
Comment: #20
Posted by: Joaneliz
Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:38 AM
What is it with liberals and women? Palin is a lightning rod for liberal commentary as is Malkin ,Coulter and anyone else who doesn't resemble Barney Frank. Look at what the Obama campaign did to Hillary. Libs have problems with women who don't think like then and they resort to some of the most vile attacks I have ever seen.
Comment: #21
Posted by: ED
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:08 AM
This hypocrite is one "big" reason for CNN's rating decline over the past 1/2 year. Keep up the good work Roland, perhaps CNN will fall behind Headline News in the next ratings listing...
Comment: #22
Posted by: GeoFla
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:14 AM
Like Roalnd, Letterman is simply a left wing liberal hypocrite. Perhaps the same "joke" he told could apply to his girlfriend who gave birth to Dave's child out of wedlock..

In November 2003 Letterman became a father at the age of 56 when his girlfriend Regina Lasko gave birth to a son, Harry Joseph Letterman, named in honor of Letterman's late father. On March 21, 2009, Letterman and Lasko married in Montana.

Comment: #23
Posted by: GeoFla
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:24 AM
Apparently Roland, who makes part of his living by way of the written word, missed the day in Journalism (or English) class where they taught you not to end a sentence with a preposition.

Comment: #24
Posted by: Don
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:38 AM
Mr. Martin. Your Wife is a slut and your daughter is a whore. Just a JOKE, I'm Sorry, sort of. Could you say that about a member of you family on National T.V. If you dare, let us know which network to watch and we'll be there. If you say this is just a joke then you should have no problem telling us this JOKE. WELL Mr. MARTIN put up or shut up.
Comment: #25
Posted by: mike
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:42 AM
To: Mr. Roland Martin
I grow weary of your limited intellect! You Sir and your hack friend Solibad praised the speech of Rev. Wrong at the NAACP meeting. Apparently you don't understand much of anything, That must be the right brain (SUBJECT) Orientation of black folk like you. Maybe if you were more objective like white folks, You might not be making bets about the mistakes of some teenage girl you have never met. Maybe you take can pleasure in this stupidity? We will see if Bristol learned anything. Until then I forgive her mistake. Some of us non-church goers have more forgiveness than others.
Unlike "them Jews" Some admit their mistakes and seek redemption from Jesus.
While others play C.Y.A. games, While their own house is consumed by 70% illegitimacy rates. The public schools have eagerly promoted birth control for decades and the rate of teen pregnancy has exploded.
I now understand that I have been racist. Unlike reverend Wright I thought that whites and blacks learned the same way. I have now been enlightened by the wisdom of Dr. Wright in his five languages and his three degrees. Thank you and Ms O'Brien for teaching this old high school drop out the ignorance in which I live.
Doug Ritter
Las Vegas NV.
P. S. All Racism courtesy Rev. Wright (NAACP Speech 2008) Commentary by solibad & Martin ( Commentary eXised from CNN Website ).
Comment: #26
Posted by: Doug
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:04 PM
Comment: #27
Posted by: KEVIN
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:37 PM
You hypocrite! I thought policians' kids were off limits! No one could say anything about precious chelsea clinton and I'm sure you'd have a stroke if anyone said anything negative about the obama children. Bad taste is bad taste. If anyone is on a "B" list, it's you. It's okay to denegrate Republicans/Conservatives. And I think it's out of fear, maybe? It seems as if you libs are fearful of the Palins because they appeal to most of America - the kind of folks who have families and values - and those who have to deal with issues like teenage pregnancy - since we're reaping the seeds of your liberal attitude - anything goes - as long as it gets you votes! You libs encourage teenage promiscuity so I'm sure you'd be proud Bristol if she were one of your own. You sicken me.
Comment: #28
Posted by: JanKay
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:52 PM
Theres a reason why you are this dumb
Comment: #29
Posted by: Wake Up
Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:59 PM
please stand up so your brain can get air.
Comment: #30
Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:10 PM
It is said when attacking anothers family or another person is seen as alright. When you can't beat someone on an intelligent leval your reduced to name calling. I feel very good about Sarah Palin and I know she is right because the left is attacking with all they have.
Comment: #31
Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:14 PM
....wait! Isn't Roland Martin that redneck fisherman fella who's opposite the infomercials on Sunday mornings? Then who's this no-talent hack with the Charlie Brown pie head? I had to read this article twice to see if there was actually anything in it besides partisan hatred. I can say now without hesitation that it is totally hate driven. So, good job with that pie head! Nice one-sided spewing of hatred.
My advice? Get a real job, an original name and please, for the love of God, find someone to suck the fat out of the massive orb that sits perched (no fishing pun intended) on your girly shoulders! Seriously dude, it looks like it's either going to float away or explode any second now. You makes C. Barkley's head look like skeletal remains!!!!
Comment: #32
Posted by: rick Kozyra
Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:19 PM
Folks, don't get too worked up. Roland is too big of a coward to read any of this criticism, let alone respond.
Comment: #33
Posted by: jack herman
Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:29 PM
What did this hack do, steal his pen name from a 60's TV show (Roland and Martin)? Good thing you managed to get CNN to hire you because no real reputable news organization would. Oh wait, you could apply for a position of the White House Press Sec. That dim wit Gibbs should worry about his job with an liberal hack like you running loose. As with all of your ilk, you can only attack with insults and assinine comments because you have no logic to back up your positions and you cannot stand up to any sane logical argument. Palin does scare the pants off liberals like you; hence all of the relenting attacks on her and her family. Stand up and show some backbone Roland, make a similar joke about your messiah's daughters or wife and see what becomes of you.
Comment: #34
Posted by: BC
Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:11 AM
Martin who are you? Never heard of you, what rock did you crawl beneath from? You and bamma go to the same church in chi-town? AND THIS IS NO JOKE FOOL.
Comment: #35
Posted by: David
Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:36 AM
Wellll...typical hack job by a D-List writer that only has his job because conservatives need not apply. I think it's really cool that Gov. Palin can create such hate filled drivel…it must mean she is really threatening to the liberal elite.
Comment: #36
Posted by: Bud
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:10 AM
Sarah Palin wouldn't be the first actor to become President. Does the name Reagan ring a bell? She didn't become governor by being unqualified or incapable. She's doing just fine in spite of your opinion.
Comment: #37
Posted by: Dr Smith
Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:50 AM
Who gives you the right to critize Sara Palin or anyone else.
Comment: #38
Posted by: raymond
Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:25 AM
I've never even heard of Roland Martin - who is this loser? Govenor Palin has already accomplished much more in her life than Mr. Roland Martin has or ever will. And, she's not finished yet!
Comment: #39
Posted by: Dan
Tue Jun 23, 2009 10:10 AM
Nevermind these folks Roland. These are just some of the FOX NATION inbreds that knuckledragged over here to impart some of the "hillbilly wisdom" CANT YOU TELL!!! lamo

at any rate, *keep up the good work Roland*

Comment: #40
Posted by: wil thomas
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:45 PM
Nevermind these folks Roland. These are just some of the FOX NATION inbreds that knuckledragged over here to impart some of their "HILLBILLY wisdom" CANT YOU TELL!!! lamo
at any rate, *keep up the good work Roland*
Comment: #41
Posted by: wil thomas
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:47 PM

WOW! I never seen these comments spewing hatred on you. Man, they must've got drunk from Neo-Con flavored Kool-Aid. Plus, I'm sure they're getting paid from Pailn's butt boy John Ziegler to spew on you just because you simply told the truth. You're right Roland, Palin is INDEED A JOKE and the YOKE is on these inbreed haters here. She will never become president because she's got too much baggage on her. It's that simple.

Keep Preaching on these Inbreeds Roland

Comment: #42
Posted by: DaveG
Tue Jun 23, 2009 5:59 PM
Well done, Roland, right on .
Comment: #43
Posted by: Alan Scher
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:32 AM
what davve letterman said is the funnies stuff i have seen for a long time. and so right . scary is that people see this palin mom and believe one word that comes out there...? why ?
Comment: #44
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