Former President Obama recently called out Sarah Palin as proof of the anti-intellecualism that has become common in the GOP, and Palin snapped back at Obama during an interview with Newsmax where she claimed that she was living rent free in Obama’s head. The truth is that Palin isn’t living in anyone’s head, and she needs to get her own house in order before she attacks others. But Obama isn’t exactly in the clear, either, as Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins explains.


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A new book by Barack Obama took some shots at Sarah Pailin, uh, essentially kind of blamed Sarah Pailin for the overall anti-intellectualism that has come to encapsulate today’s GOP. Uh, the book actually said the following, it says through Pailin. It seemed as if the dark spirits that had long been lurking on the edges of the modern Republican party, uh, xenophobia anti-intellectualism paranoid conspiracy theories and antipathy toward black and Brown folks were finding their way to center stage. She had no idea what the hell she was talking about. Um, okay, well, we’ll talk about that later. I mean, to a degree you’re right. Uh, I don’t think she’s the reason it, it became center stage at all, by any stretch of the imagination. That’s giving her far too much credit. So this made news last week, and Sarah Pailin came out on Newsmax TV about the only network, still willing to have her on. Um, and she fired back at Obama saying the following. She said, it’s kind of pleasurable to know that I’ve been living rent-free in his head for 12 years, the movement that he still cannot accept, nor understand that movement was all about giving the voiceless of voice, empowering people who are fed up, want accountability and their government want a smaller, smarter government things that he just hasn’t been able to grow.

ASP, That movement that you’re talking about, Sarah, that was all about billionaires, conning a bunch of stupid people to go to Washington and demand that they deliver not for the working class, but for the billionaire class, you were a useful tool of the elite until of course you prove too toxic for them to even associate with anymore. And by that, I mean, your wretched absolutely disgusting and despicable Home life, you became too toxic for the Republican party to touch you. Now, the only reason I’m bringing this up is to point out the hypocrisy. It’s sad. What has happened to Sarah Palin’s family. It is very sad. They need help and we should be giving them help. But instead she continues to go out there and advocate on behalf of politicians and interests that would deny her family, the help that it’s so desperately needs.

Her son Attacked her husband. Her husband then had to flee the house, leaving her still inside with the deranged son who was having a psychotic episode. And, And the husband like he, this, the son could have killed Sarah and the husband just like ran Off the sun, Know being arrested for this spend a couple days only in jail as part of a plea agreement. They, that kid has serious issues that do to be addressed Otherwise Why’s he is a danger to society. He needs help. Incarceration is not the answer that is not going to get him what he needs. He needs mental health. Then of course you have the family’s hypocritical stance on sex before marriage. How horrible that is. Aw, crap. Her daughter kept getting pregnant while she’s out there teaching abstinence only.

And that’s What actually happens. Studies show when you only teach the one side of it, and when you teach kids about contraceptives, teen pregnancy rates go down, I mean, you Got to get your own house in order Sarah, before you start throwing stones at other people’s houses, not to mention the fact that you quit your term as governor, because you wanted to be a reality TV star that didn’t pan out because it turns out nobody likes you. That’s the thing, Sarah Pailin didn’t know. Nobody liked her. Oh, I’m going To leave halfway through my term. And I’ve got this reality show on one of the cable channels. And then it’s a lasted one season, I think maybe, maybe a season and a half. I know, I think it got canceled like halfway through a season. I know that, But anyway, nobody wanted to watch her. Nobody wanted to watch her family descend into chaos in real time, which is what’s happened, but she still tries to claim the moral high ground to go out there and tell people, they’re the ones who Are messed up while her Family is burning down and could use her help. They really could.

They could use anybody’s help, but she won’t give it to them because she’s too busy pointing the finger at others and saying you’re all a bunch of idiots and hypocrites and liars Look in the mirror, Sarah things. Aren’t so good at home. Are they now Mama’s claim she brought this all CenterStage no, she didn’t. She represents all of it. Yes, absolutely. You’re right about that. But she didn’t bring this center stage, man, you know, it’s easy and very little Lazy to put it all on Sarah Pailin Or to say John McCain lost because he picked Sarah Palin, John McCain lost partially because that viral clip of him going out there singing what? That song BOM, BOM, BOM, BOM, Moran. People were mortified by that. Everybody seems to forget About that. Everybody Also seems to forget that the public in general was pretty exhausted. After eight years of George W. Bush and didn’t want another president who was nearly identical to him. Sarah Pailin did not cost John McCain that election John McCain cost John McCain, that election and Sarah Pailin helped it along.

Furthermore, The racism, the xenophobia, the anti intellectualism, that stuff has existed in the Republican party for decades before Sarah Pailin even got her first job as a Sports caster in Alaska, you got to go All the way back to Reagan, at least possibly even further back to get to the root of the anti intellectual realism of the GOP. This is the Lee Atwater strategy. The racism is Lee at at water strategy. And to say that Pailin is the one who brought this along or thinking that the Koch brothers are the ones who started all this. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. That is giving Pailin far too much credit that is giving the Cokes far too much credit what’s happened with the Republican party didn’t happen overnight. It didn’t happen just because of Trump. It didn’t happen just because of Pailin. It was a slow and steady process that was put in motion in the 1970s. And they finally were able to put it center stage with the election of Ronald Reagan.

Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at He is the co-host / guest host for Ring of Fire Radio. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced