Sarah's Fifteen Minutes
I'm going to do something here that I've never done before (and will probably never do again - I promise). I'm going to defend Sarah Palin. Bear with me....
I don't think Sarah knew the implications of the term she used in her idiotic speech last week following the massacre in Tuscon. As a matter of fact I am certain of this. When I heard her use the the words, "blood libel", I wasn't sure what it meant either. I had heard the term before but had to look it up to refresh myself on its meaning: An excuse Christians used at one time for murdering Jews. Wow!
I know the failed governor didn't write that speech. My evidence? As idiotic as it obviously was, it was also somewhat articulate. Let's be honest; our gal Sarah does not really have that much of a way with words. It was more-than-likely written by one (or more) of her hyped-up, right wing advisers. I'm sure you have noticed by now that she tends to surround herself with these people. Casa de Palin is crawling with these twits.
She didn't have a clue as to what she was saying. Now let's move on to more substantive topics....On second thought....
Almost three years ago when GOP nominee John McCain announced his inexplicable choice of a running mate, I scurried to my trusty old computer do do a google search of the name "Sarah Palin". The only thing I knew about the woman was that she was the governor of Alaska. The first bit of information that jumped out at me was the date of her birth: February 11, 1964 - a day which was a milestone in my life, and that I clearly remember! That was the day that my maternal grandmother, Loretta Doran Clements, died unexpectedly in South Bend, Indiana at age sixty-eight. That is a photograph of her on the left, taken in 1897 on the day she was baptized a Catholic. Wasn't she cute as a button?
But other than that little cosmic coincidence there was nothing - and I mean nothing - in her shallow resume that impressed me that much. As a matter of fact, at the time I thought McCain's choice of her to be on the ticket was proof that the poor old bastard had finally lost his marbles, and was not fit to be chief-executive. After a few days' sober reflection, however, I realized that Palin had not been the senator's choice at all. He had wanted uber numskull Joe Lieberman as the V.P. candidate. Had that happened, McCain would probably be sleeping at his desk in the White House at this very moment.
But the half-wits and crazy people who had long-before hijacked the "party of Abraham Lincoln" had other ideas. McCain was seen by these assholes as too much of a "maverick". He could not always be counted on to march in lock step to the extreme right wing's spastic drummers. And Lieberman??? Forget about it. He was a one-time Democrat - and he was still a Jew - not a winning combination for these hideous dingbats.
No, they needed a candidate who was going to excite and inspire THE BASE. Sarah Palin was their (ill)logical choice. The gravity of their mistake became immediately apparent (to me at least) from the moment she opened her mouth at her first campaign stop in Dayton, Ohio. As I remarked at the time, she had all the political gravitas of Sally Field as Gidget.
Ms. Palin is symptomatic of America's intellectual dysfunction. As I wrote on this site a year ago Wednesday:
"When someone like Sarah Palin can make it as far as she has, it can mean only one thing and it's not a particularly good sign: we are living in a culture that has been custom-tailored for idiots. When a person who can barely put two coherent sentences together without the aid of a teleprompter becomes one of the best-selling non-fiction authors of the decade, that's usually a pretty good indicator that society is spiraling downward at a fairly decent clip. Fasten your seat belts, kiddies!"
The fact that a major political party would have thought it beneficial to place this silly person "a seventy-two year old heartbeat" away from the Oval Office should give every thinking American pause - regardless of party affiliation. There are oodles of pundits out there who are now predicting that Fascist Barbie's latest PR fiasco will be the cause of her downfall; that her chances at the Republican nomination next year have been smashed on the rocks of her insensitivity. The consensus of opinion seems to be that she should have at least waited until the funerals of the Tuscon shooting victims were over before she made her moronic "blood libel" remarks. Their verdict? Sarah Palin's fifteen minutes of fame are over. I hope this is not the case.
I have a confession to make: I'd miss Sarah Palin if she went away.
Let's face some serious facts here. For people like me who make their names commenting on the train wreck of American politics, Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps giving and giving - and giving and giving and giving. Also there is the undeniable fact that she has a real shot....excuse me, I meant "chance"....at the GOP nomination in 2012. Chris Matthews laid out the scenario back in July on his MSNBC program Hardball:
1. Palin wins the Iowa caucus due to a heavy evangelical turnout.
2. She takes a respectable second place to Mitt Romney in his backyard of New Hampshire, causing his campaign to implode overnight.
3. Next stop, South Carolina. Due to the average IQ of Republican voters in that state, her victory in the primaries is almost a foregone conclusion.
By that time she will have all the momentum she needs to glide handily to the convention and nomination. Think about it.
To be brutally frank with you, the prospect of a Palin candidacy makes me drool with longing and anticipation. Can you even imagine a campaign that utterly twisted? I wouldn't have to touch my computer for the entire run. These things would write themselves! And let's not forget that her nomination would virtually guarantee Barack Obama's victory on Election Day. As disappointed as I am in his performance thus far, he's a damned sight better than anything the Republicans have to offer. In fact, the only one who could give the president a run for his money is Mitt Romney, and the Republicans (in their present incarnation anyway) will never - EVER - nominate a Mormon. Rahm Emanuel will be made chairman of the American Nazi party before that ever happens. Let's be honest with ourselves.
I realize that this is wishful thinking on my part, and that I'm probably kidding myself, but I want this to happen so badly I can almost taste it! Maybe this whole "blood libel" controversy is merely a detour on her road to the nomination. I surely hope so. John Cleese has said that he no longer thinks that his fellow Monty Python alumni Michael Palin is the funniest person in the world who bares that name. I agree. Some of my favorite comedians are the unintentional ones - and Sarah Palin delivers the goods. Just think what a scream the campaign of 2012 would be with her as the grand old party's standard bearer!
Oh, please, fate! Oh, please! Oh, please! Oh, please!
Happy Dr. King Day, everybody!
Here is an example of some delicious Palinisms, courtesy of the nice folks over at You Tube:
The gal is a hoot-and-a-half!