Overheard on CNN.com: No, LZ, Palin really is a fool
Sarah Palin greets supporters after a speech last month at a Tea Party of America event in Indianola, Iowa.
October 6th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: No, LZ, Palin really is a fool

Comment of the Day:

"I never once thought of it this way. Sarah Palin truly is a political/financial/social genius. I always thought she was an idiot. But she has nearly infinite fame in this nation, and she has hardly accomplished a thing since she resigned from governor. My hat is off to her." - KGColorado

Sarah Palin proves she's no fool

Palin will not seek presidential nomination

Sarah Palin is charismatic, beautiful and a leader, writes CNN.com columnist LZ Granderson. By deciding not to join the race for the GOP nomination, she can "continue to influence national politics" without having to make a decision or offer solutions. And that, he says, makes her smart. Some CNN.com readers were intrigued by the idea, but most disagreed.

Pseudo said, "No, she's still a fool. But even a broken clock is right twice a day." billybob22 said, "We love you Sarah. ... on Mars."

4sanity said, " 'Palin represented a brand of conservative politics that was Twitterable and ... instrumental in the rise of the tea party.' Emphasis on the Twit part."

dmnewberg said, "I disagree with you, Mr. Granderson, about Sarah Palin's popularity. While wildly popular among T-Party members, polls have shown she has low approval ratings among even Republicans."

Many replied to Jray01, who asked, "If the left had to think of one thing they hate most about Palin what would it be? What makes her so unlikable?"

NoFoolJule said, "Jray, she is a complete idiot. Which of her policies do you like, or are you just into soundbites?"

glynnmack said, "Her 'Christianity' isolates anyone who doesn't share her very specific beliefs. She lacks depth and speaks only in talking points. That this lack of substance can appeal to people is what many dislike about her. The dislike is both for her and the people who idolize her."

AGoodwin said, "When so many were making racial remarks about Obama at some of her events, she never once confronted them to tell them that it is wrong. She would bring her Evangelical pro-life movement to the White House. I also think that she is very divisive in her own party."

BigLebowskii said, "I LOL at Palin, in the heartiest manner possible. Her profound ignorance of all logic and reason is embarrassingly hilarious. I thank Palin for all the laughs! Her running for President was either one of two things, she was either trolling us or suffering from severe dementia. Either way this will make a great premise for a comedy movie titled 'President Palin'."

Cain: Not rich? No job? Blame yourself

Big Banks and Wall Street are not the problems: "If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself," GOP candidate Herman Cain said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. CNN.com readers were almost universally appalled.

Trenee' said, "Our CEO was making $26,000 a week; that was my annual salary. They laid me off to save money. Cain should go back to pizza."

rs said, "Wow! So, the Republicans crash the economy, lose millions of jobs, do nothing to create jobs or help the middle class. Then Cain says it's our fault if we don't have a job or we aren't rich. Unbelieveable! They are so out of touch! The GOP/Tea party economic terrorists gunning for you!"

Orchid333 said, "So when my 64-year-old mother was laid off from a company that she'd worked at for 8 years, that's somehow HER fault? Saying countless small businesses (and my friends) went under and had shut their doors because of their own misgivings is absolute absurdity! They couldn't get bank loans, they couldn't get new business, they couldn't go on with no income thanks to the '08 economic failure, and for Cain to somehow blame them is by far the most idiotic thing I've heard yet."

But there were a few who agreed with him.

Randy said, "Amen to Cain. As long as there are 'Help Wanted' signs out, or classifieds in the paper, it shows there are lazy people out there. I agree with many of you that the initial lay off may not be an individual's fault, but being out of work for 2 years is just a plain failure on your part. You really do need to look in the mirror."

Doug said, "When you have 100K in student loans and a liberal arts degree, then you should blame yourself."

But Robita replied, "Can you tell me what engineers like myself should have done to prevent our jobs being sent overseas? Because when I became an engineer in the 90's it was a solid career move. Doug, you are an idiot who I hope gets to experience some hard times soon, because I'll tell ya brother, unless you are a millionaire, you are not bulletproof in this day and age."

Greg said, "Herman Cain is a cool dude. A true breath of fresh air and a guy that actually has ANSWERS to America's problems." Jilli replied, "So FU is an answer to America's unemployment issues? Wow. I want MY country back."

Kari said, "It's nearly impossible to differentiate between GOP candidates and 'Saturday Night Live' characters."

Do your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. xfacto

    Palin always had no intentions on running for any public office. She is the Snookei or Kadashian of politics. Her game plan is to keep her and her family in the public eye as long as possible. At any cost. I use to call that, selling your soul to the devil.

    October 21, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Debbie

    I'm pretty sure Palin had no plans to run for president, but she did have plans to rake in PAC money. She kept asking, and asking, and asking, up to the minute she finally let everyone know what she had known for probably the whole past year. Besides, she makes way too much money to want to be president.

    October 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rich

    The fact she knows how to lead a bunch of devolved rednecks around by a leash doesn't make her a genius, it just makes her Queen of the Rednecks.

    October 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. el kababa

    The 'Death Panel' lie was one of the most evil acts in the history of American politics. Palin is not a thinker, but she has an evil kind of cunning. She is an Eva Peron type character. To her, the purpose of government is to reward your friends and punish your enemies.

    October 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jimatmad

    Ms Palin can manage bumper-sticker sized ideas, so she's perfect for the GOP.

    More than that, though, and she's totally lost.

    October 22, 2011 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kaelinda

    Gotta feel kinds sorry for Palin. When she's old and gray and kinda fat, she'll look back on these wasted years. She could have been one heartbeat from the presidency if she had managed to be able to read and to speak coherently. She wouldn't have alienated her family, or cost her daughter her fiance. Sarah's beauty is skin deep, and while Hollywood and Republicans think that counts for something, thinking people know better.

    October 24, 2011 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. Argle Bargle

    Herman and Sarah would make a great team...for comedy. For running the country? Running it into the ground maybe.

    October 24, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. skytag

    "Randy said, "Amen to Cain. As long as there are 'Help Wanted' signs out, or classifieds in the paper, it shows there are lazy people out there." "

    It's mind-boggling to think people can really be stupid enough to think this way. A 'Help Wanted' sign doesn't mean they're having trouble filling a position, it just means they have one. There are always job openings that need to be filled. Employees quit, retire, and die.

    If you advertise a job opening and get 200 applicants for one position, exactly how does that show there are lazy people out there? Randy's an idiot.

    October 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Deity

    Sometimes i wonder if the GOP just says the most off-base, factually deficient and inflammatory remarks just to see how much they can get away with. Further more, when you draw parallels between their behavior and the mexican and french revolutions – closer and closer to 1% are controlling more and more of the wealth and "blame the poor for being poor" respectively, it's increasingly alarming to see that they still like to advertise that they are the more "American" party. Take off those flag pins, the GOP is willing to burn this country down around them just to ensure their power is asserted, not to mention that they are so good at selling fear it makes you wonder who really are the terrorists, right?

    October 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jeff

    Leah PIne picked the comments her extreme leftest views agreed with and ignored all the seriously conservative comments...Silly People like Ms. Leah just want everybody to be ...GAY, ULTRA LIBERAL, SOCIALIST WHO DEPEND ON THE GOV'T TO TELL THEM HOW TO LIVE.....what a joke, P.S. YES, Ms. Sara is laughable at times but I dispise how the "media" is so slanted and just a socialist propaganda tool...SHAME ON YOU FOR CALLING YOURSELF ANYTHING OTHERWISE ...LIKE A SERIOUS NEWS REPORTER... CNN (commie news network)

    October 27, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. stanton

    YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERANCE BETWEEN SNL AND THE GREEDY OLD PIG'S I CAN THE S.N.L.ACTORS ARE FUNNY THERE IS NOTHING FUNNY ABOUT THE REPUBLICAN CRIMINAL'S AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO OUR COUNTRY!!!!!AND WHAT'S WORSE IS THE RIGHT WING NUT'S BELIEVE THAT IT'S WRONG TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE COUNTRY AND THEIR FELLOW CITIZENS!!!!! ESPECIALLY THOSE THAT CAN'T FIGHT BACK!!!!! THE RIGHT WING NUTS ARE A DIRTY SICK JOKE THAT'S BEEN PERPETRATED ON OUR COUNTRY!!!!!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. stanton

    NOT ONLY ON OUR COUNTRY ,BUT ON OVER 100,000 THOUSAND IRAQI 'S HAD THIS SAME CRUEL SICK JOKE PLAYED ON THEM ALSO ONLY THEY PAID WITH THEIR LIVE'S AND 7000 YOUNG AMERICAN'S LOST THEIR LIVE'S AND 25000 THOUSAND MORE HAVE BEEN WOUNDED FOR A WAR THAT WAS A LIE SO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR REMARKS JEFF ABOUT THE COMMIE NEWS NETWORK!!!!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Alleycat239

    "What makes us dislike Palin so much"? Good question. I can't speak for the rest, but my dislike toward this woman is her almost embarrassing ignorance coupled to her ongoing vicious attempts to demonize intellectuals and knowledge.
    And it says a lot about our once great nation that there are so many fools in this country who fall for that message. THAT is actually the scary part.
    If they would be judging Palin for her content instead of just the package (as coherent people actually do), Palin would have no followers at all.

    October 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mc cain

    Palin is as funny as a squirrel fight.

    October 31, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. palintwit

    I'd rather be locked in a room full of squeaking balloons while scraping my nails on a chalkboard and chewing on aluminum foil than have to listen to her shrill, shrieky voice.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
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