"Palin's populist bailout has grown into a financial and possible criminal disaster."

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A few things have popped up about former Half-Gov Barbie McLipSchmutz, like The FBI and the milkman: Got fraud?:

The Palin era dairy bailout seemed like such a bad idea back in 2007. Bailing out an industry that couldn't stand on it's own two feet. Appointing unqualified cronies to key positions and then allowing them to give away state agriculture loans without guarantees or proper collateral. But today, rumors are abound that the FBI has come knocking. [...]

Today the end is near, and the story line continues to highlight how Palin's populist bailout has grown into a financial and possible criminal disaster. [...]

Even putting the Creamery's blatant mismanagement, the BAC's brutal cronyism, and the resulting financial losses aside, there are strong signals from insiders that the FBI still has much to say.

At the end of the day, the Palin era dairy bailout will stand the test of time as a very costly and very ill conceived attempt at government subsidized crony cow capitalism.

And with that, here are today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re “Hey GOP, take the Palin cure,” Opinion, Nov. 18

I couldn't tell whether Allen was going for high satire or was sincere in her jaw-dropping recommendation to the GOP that it nominate Palin in 2016.

I'll be the first to admit that we live in a time in which reality and perception are often muddled, and in which “uninformed” — or perhaps more accurately “misinformed” — people vote based on 30-second TV spots. However, I like to believe that more people than not give some thought to their votes.

When Allen listed Palin's attributes as a potential presidential candidate, there was one glaring oversight: her lack of intellectual rigor. Surely most voters could pick up on that.

Julia Springer

Summerland

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I would like to inform Allen that my circle of friends jumped the fence and did the unthinkable: We voted for President Obama in 2008 for no other reason than that we found Palin unprepared and unqualified to run for vice president.

Further, we questioned John McCain's sanity when he made such a choice.

Palin is not what the Republican Party needs, and if this is all we have to offer for the next election, we should fold up our tent and step aside.

As for Palin being the new Ronald Reagan, give me a break. She can't get smart enough or live long enough for such a title.

Lori Graham

Los Angeles

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When I saw this piece by Allen, initially I assumed it was a joke. After reading it, I can only pray that Allen is able to persuade her party to run Palin in 2016. I cannot imagine a bigger gift to us progressives.

As a woman, I find it horrifying that Allen suggests Palin would win over Hillary Rodham Clinton because “looks count in politics.”

I guess that is the biggest difference currently between Democrats and Republicans: Democrats value intellect and ability; Republicans value “hotness” and apparently very low IQs.

So, go Charlotte Allen! Run Sarah Palin and give us the White House for at least another four years.

Maggie Bialack

Woodland Hills

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  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

     She makes it easy.

  • http://twitter.com/pushingrope Michael Hussey

    You post the hottest pictures of Palin.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    "As for Palin being the new Ronald Reagan, give me a break. She can’t get smart enough or live long enough for such a title."

    Perhaps -- but she's already dumb enough . . .

  • http://www.womenofcertainage.blogspot.com CaliforniaGirl500

    Hard to get upset about the article since I've never heard of Charlotte Allen and, after reading, no, skimming it, I can see why.  

    Here's a funny take on it from today's Times: 

     http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-sarah-palin-charlotte-allen-the-jokes-on-us-20121120,0,2720636.story