Sarah Palin in Tesla 'loser' dustup

The former governor of Alaska says the automaker benefits from wasted taxpayer money.

By Kim Peterson Apr 9, 2013 2:38PM
Credit: From left: © Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images; © Jack Plunkett/AP
Caption: From left: Sarah Palin; Elon MuskSarah Palin is calling Tesla Motors (TSLA) a loser, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk doesn't like it much.

The former governor of Alaska took to Facebook (FB) to vent about electric car maker Fisker Automotive, which is firing 75% of its employees after failing to seal a funding deal.

Fisker got the green light for $529 million in low-interest loans from the U.S. government and drew down $193 million from that pot before officials blocked access to the remaining amount in 2011.

Palin said that Fisker "joins other past losers" like General Motors' (GM) Chevrolet Volt, which gets 40 miles per battery charge, and Tesla, which turns into a "brick" when the battery completely discharges and requires a $40,000 repair bill.

Here's a little more from Palin:
This is really just the latest manifestation of the administration's crony capitalism as their green energy buddies benefit from this atrocious waste of taxpayer money. Americans really need to get outraged by these wasteful ventures. As we’ve seen time and time again, We the People are always stuck subsidizing the left's "losers."

You can read her Facebook post here.

In 2010, Tesla received $465 million in loans from the Department of Energy. The company was supposed to pay the loans back over 10 years, but announced last month that it's repaying the money on an accelerated schedule and will finish payments five years ahead of schedule.

Musk responded to Palin's words with a bit of sarcasm. "Sarah Palin calls Tesla a loser," he wrote on Twitter. "Am deeply wounded." He added that the warranty for Tesla's Model S sedan does cover "bricking."

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Apr 9, 2013 3:51PM
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...and palin's accomplishments are what, exactly...seems like I remember her being both a "loser" AND a quitter..
Apr 9, 2013 3:34PM
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Havn`t we heard enough of Sarah Palin and her loser family?
Apr 9, 2013 3:57PM
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"We the People are always stuck subsidizing the left's 'losers'."

 

As opposed to subsidizing the right's "winners" -- the oil companies that keep us hooked on fossil fuels and continue to benefit from billions of dollars in exploration tax breaks and lucrative oil leases while they're making record profits?

 

As opposed to the financial firms that drove the country into ruin while politicians bent over backwards to ease the regulatory "burden" on them and make sure that hedge fund managers wouldn't have their share of their firms' profits taxed as personal income?

 

Jimmy Carter installed solar panels on the roof of the White House. Reagan took them down. Nowadays even ultra-conservatives should admit that solar is a cheaper, cleaner, more sustainable alternative energy source. But some people are so mired in the past that they actually fear change in the form of new technologies. They would drag us down into the La Brea tar pits (oh, I'm sorry -- I meant "oil sands") with them if they could.

Apr 9, 2013 3:50PM
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Thank God, Sarah Palin wasn't around at the turn of the twentieth century when the "horseless carriage was in it's infancy.  Tons and tons of Automobile companies went out of business.   There were over 130 companies that went out of business beginning with the letter "A" alone. 

 

Hybrid, Electric, and Hydrogen cars are the cars of the future.

 

Sarah Palin is the biggest loser....she couldn't finish out one term as Governor.....what a duh head she is .

Apr 9, 2013 3:45PM
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Notice that Sara is never on the leading edge of a position on something she wants to whine about - she is not intelligent enough to formulate a position on anything - she has to wait for someone else to articulate it and then she can pile on with the smart-**** comments.  It's called "leading from behind", Sara.  She uses this to stay relevant, but she ain't making it.  The half-governor is on her way to just footnote status.  Soon she will be selling videos of herself judging the giant cabbage contest in Palmer.
Apr 9, 2013 3:41PM
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Sarah who? Why would Tesla care about a nobody?

Apr 9, 2013 4:01PM
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Hey Sara,

How is that bridge to nowhere going? You sure know a thing about losing....

Apr 9, 2013 3:46PM
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Palin is just trying to get her name in the news. To a certain degree the media whore succeeded
Apr 9, 2013 4:08PM
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thanks again John McCain for putting us through misery each and everytime this BIMBO opens her clueless mouth - but then again - she does give me a lot of laughter on days when i need it most!
Apr 9, 2013 3:38PM
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Anyone who calls someone else a loser is a loser themselves if they have to resort to bullying online.
Apr 9, 2013 3:52PM
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Palin? Commenting on any venture that visualizes a future.But she does not even know what stands behind her back yard! And remember when she thought she was in the northwest part of the Country when she actualy was in Portland, Maine? Then again she does not even was able to finish two years into her governorship! THAT IS WHAT I CALL A LOSER AND A BLATANT FAILURE!
Apr 9, 2013 4:24PM
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Wow! Loser.......really? That is rich. But as she fades off into another sunset (a 4 month long sunset) , she still keeps trying to be relevant. I wonder what she would have said about Pasteur, Columbus, and oh my God those silly Wright Brothers. This is exactly her party's view on everything progressive.

I long for the day she walks off into that sunset, RIGHT off the FLAT earth.

Apr 9, 2013 4:08PM
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Once again Palin is mired in half truths. Anything to continue the hate band wagon. I used to be a republican, people like her claiming to have America ideals, is far from the truth. Tesla is and will pay off the Department of Energy in  five years ahead of schedule, and will continue to grow as a leader in

green technology of automakers. So whoever paid you off, Palin to present us with another lie, isn't working. The proof is always in the pudding. In this case Tesla win hands down. Perhaps you spend to much time yelling Mush! 

Apr 9, 2013 4:15PM
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And the media whore strikes again. Whenever this woman is out of the spotlight for 5 minutes she finds some argumentative, divisive way to wheedle herself back in the news. For someone who gave up her governorship because it was just so darn hard with people picking on her *rme*, tanked McCain and got booted from Fox, it's so darn tootin' funny that she would actually apply the term "loser" to someone else and not see the irony. This from a woman who got up in arms insulted because she was asked what she read. And now she who claims she is being picked on all the time can never go a month without picking on and insulting someone else. Sarah, your 15 minutes were up 8 years ago. Move along. 
Apr 9, 2013 3:49PM
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We should stand behind American companies who are striving to get us out of the stone age despite the powerful oil lobby and its backwards-minded representatives and minions.  I don't know about Fisker but Tesla seems headed in the right direction.  They should consider a hybrid model though.

Apr 9, 2013 4:22PM
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People laughed at the first attempts at building automobiles and said they would never replace the horse.
Apr 9, 2013 4:27PM
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Sarah Palin can't accept the fact that she's irrelevant. She just needs to go away, quietly, and close the door behind her.
Apr 9, 2013 4:27PM
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Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.  Who is the biggest loser and quitter here?
Apr 9, 2013 3:58PM
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Hey, Sarah, you've had your hand in the cookie jar often enough. In fact, you're pro at it, not to mention, at a few other things, like BIG MOUTH!
Apr 9, 2013 3:56PM
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The only thing electric Sarah understands is her vibrator......maybe.

After all, she has to turn it on so........

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