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Nov 16 2009

No! Not Sarah too!

For those of you who don’t keep up with Ed Brayton’s enjoyable blog Dispatches from the Culture Wars, he has a funny post today featuring an excerpt from Sarah Palin’s new book that does a pretty fair job of illustrating why the lady hasn’t got what it takes to be elected dogcatcher let alone leader of the free world, followed by some hearty criticisms. Go read and enjoy. But I thought I’d just mention that I couldn’t help being struck by one passage from the book in particular. Here’s Sarah kvetching about how incredibly controlling Nicolle Wallace, Sarah’s official minder on the McCain campaign, supposedly was.

But something always struck me as peculiar about the way [Wallace] recalled her days in the White House, when she was speaking on behalf of President George W. Bush. She didn’t have much to say that was positive about her former boss or the job in general. Whenever I wanted to give a shout-out to the White House’s homeland security efforts after 9/11, we were told we couldn’t do it.

ZOMG! Oh noes! Did Sarah actually use the phrase…shudder…”shout-out”!?!? Dear Lord in Hebbin, she must be an inner-city gangbanger! Somebody quick…alert Brannon Howse!


PS: I never cease to be amazed at the way the GOP continues to elevate Sarah Palin to rockstar status despite her consistent ineptitude and penchant for whining and casting blame on others for her shortcomings. I have a little hypothesis as to why this is so, and it goes like this (ahem): Take a look at the kinds of people who make up arch-conservatism and the radical right in America these days — you know, the teabaggers, the Glenn Beck zombies, etc. — and you’ll see, in the phrasing of vintage Mad magazine, the usual gang of idiots. To wit, fundamentalist Christians whose favorite sport is their strident denial of anything in the world of politics and science that contradicts their cherished beliefs and ideologies. In their world, intellectualism, education and expertise are all bugs rather than features. They love Sarah because she represents them to a tee in her combination of intellectual mediocrity, hubris, and embarrassing lack of self-awareness or any sense of irony. Sarah famously could not name the three countries covered by NAFTA, and yet she’s seriously being pushed as the Republican front-runner to challenge Obama in 2012. She’s so clueless that she can actually write this in her book, about her respect for Hillary Clinton…

Compared to the guys [Clinton] squared off against, a lot of her supporters think she proved what Margaret Thatcher proclaimed, ‘If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.’

…and her fans will be so clueless that they’ll read this and not immediately roll their eyes that such a remark came from the keypad of a woman who couldn’t be bothered to finish out even her first term as governor. Way to get it done, Sarah!

Well, every political party gets the candidate it deserves. And the rise of Sarah Palin’s superstardom, at a point in her career when she should be treated as little more than a joke whose fifteen minutes were up long ago, demonstrates just how low the formerly Grand Old Party has sunk. Yes, there are plenty of moderates in the GOP outside of the “base” who are groaning in dismay that Sarah has become the party’s glamour girl and hope for the future. Heck, the rising schism has me heating up the popcorn…

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  1. 1
    CausalListener

    I'd buy this book for the lulz.

  2. 2
    Marcus

    Sarah Palin obviously wrote this book completely for "teh lulz".

  3. 3
    Aardvark

    Ah, the US and your crazy politickings…

  4. 4
    Joshua

    We also get Palin's take on evolution. She didn't come from no monkey. See http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2009/11/15/sarah-palin-on-the-origin-of-species/The thought process seems pretty clearly to be that since she doesn't emotionally like the idea of evolution she doesn't believe it.

  5. 5
    Guillaume

    I have only contempt for Sarah Palin. She makes Bush look like an intelligent, sensible, moderate statesman.

  6. 6
    Tommykey

    Of course, it doesn't hurt Sarah that the male segment of the wingnut base thinks she's totally hot!

  7. 7
    Martin

    Well, Tommykey, I'd hardly be one to deny that Sarah's got the MILF thing cranked to 11. But her hawtness, whatever your assessment of it, really has no bearing on her political qualifications, or lamentable lack thereof. As Sarah herself seems to be pointing out in slamming Newsweek for using that shot of her on this week's cover. Of course, Sarah really ought to be consistent and attack her fellows on the right when they make sexist remarks about her, too.

  8. 8
    Ing

    Seriously? I think Palin is average at best/least. Maybe slightly above. Not nearly enough to dignify 'babe' or to place her as a model. Do people just think she's hot due to seeing her next to McCain often?

  9. 9
    Kazim

    Bah. I don't see what all the fuss is about.However, I *have*, in fact, witnessed clips of "Nailin' Palin," and will state that Lisa Ann playing Sarah Palin is ten times the woman that the real Palin could ever be.

  10. 10
    Guillaume

    I never thought Palin was attractive, but that is more because of her puritanism than her physique. She simply lacks charm, no matter how she looks. How can one be sexy and be a fundamentalist Christian? She has a nicer body than that fat woman from jesus Camp, but that's it really. @Kazim-Maybe Lisa-Ann could the GOP's presidential candidate for 2012? She sure cannot be as dumb and at least there would be no hypocrisy about the real reason for her appeal to conservative voters.

  11. 11
    Ing

    From the excerpts of it I have to read Palin's book as it seems her thought process is unbelievably childish.

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