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Palin’s Utter Lack of Irony

In a Fox News interview, Sarah Palin actually criticized the media for turning the Republican presidential race into a reality TV show. She also accuses the media of not vetting the candidates well enough. She’s right, of course — that’s exactly what the major media does with campaigns and most journalists don’t do their job in truly vetting what is important about candidates.

But this being said by a woman who was put on a presidential ticket with almost no one, including McCain, knowing anything about her? By a woman who quit her job as governor to literally do a reality TV show? You can’t write a joke that funny. She also said this:

“I’m going to keep repeating though, Greta, through my process of decision-making with my family and with my close friends as to whether I should throw my name in the hat for the GOP nomination for 2012: Is a title worth it?

Does a title shackle a person? Are they — someone like me, maverick, you know, I do go rogue, and I call it like I see it, and I don’t mind stirring it up…. is a title and is a campaign too shackling? Does that prohibit me from being out there, out of the box, not allowing handlers to shape me?”

And by being a “maverick” and “going rogue” she means that she has a tendency to say really stupid things on camera.

Comments

  1. Larry says

    someone like me, maverick, you know, I do go rogue, and I call it like I see it, and I don’t mind stirring it up

    Best word salad ever!

  2. gshelley says

    Didn’t she object when the media tried to vet her by asking her gotcha questions such as what newspaper she reads or a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with?

  3. says

    And by being a “maverick” and “going rogue” she means that she has a tendency to say really stupid things on camera.

    It’s much worse than that. By “maverick,” she means she wants to ride into DC on a white horse, ignore all questions or differing ideas, and easily brush aside any unworthy person, institution, interest-group, law or judge who might slow her down. She literally wants to be a queen, sweeping aside all democratic institutions and laws (“the tyranny of constitutional forms,” as one Tsar put it), and ruling without accountability to anyone. She’s a classic fascist, and if McCain had won in 2008, she would gladly have played Hitler to his von Hindenberg. That’s what her non-candidacy is about: trying to build support and take power outside of the democratic process, without having to run a campaign that actually tries to connect with the people or appeal for their support.

  4. slc1 says

    Re Raging Bee @ #4

    As usual, Mr. Bee is over the top. Comparing Ms. Palin to Frankenberger is the ultimate Godwin. Ms. Palin is far too stupid and lazy to emulate the late and unlamented German dictator.

  5. DaveL says

    It’s much worse than that. By “maverick,” she means she wants to ride into DC on a white horse, ignore all questions or differing ideas, and easily brush aside any unworthy person, institution, interest-group, law or judge who might slow her down. She literally wants to be a queen, sweeping aside all democratic institutions and laws (“the tyranny of constitutional forms,” as one Tsar put it), and ruling without accountability to anyone.

    I don’t think she wants to rule at all. It turns out ruling is work. Sure, maybe she’d like to have unquestionable power and umlimited wealth like a 21st-century Caligula, but it takes a dynasty to set up a Caligula, and Palin has no dynasty. So she’ll just stretch out her 15 minutes of fame as far as she can.

  6. says

    Ms. Palin is far too stupid and lazy to emulate the late and unlamented German dictator.

    Hitler was stupid and lazy too.

    I don’t think she wants to rule at all.

    She’s a spoiled princess who wants to be a queen. She wants to have complete control of everything. The only thing she doesn’t want is the work and the responsibility; but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to rule. I don’t think she’s honest enough, or mature enough, to really understand and admit what she wants.

  7. says

    For some reason, at my first glance that video still she looked like the early-season Cordelia Chase (from Buffy). Which fits, so, so well: the shallow, self-obsessed, high school prima donna.

  8. Taz says

    Basically, this was Palin musing on whether running for president would help or hurt her career as a celebrity.

  9. anandine says

    Occam: As John Cleese said: Michael is no longer the funniest Palin, he’s been replaced by a trained parrot.

    Remarkable bird, the Alaskan Red. Beautiful plumage.

  10. says

    someone like me, maverick, you know, I do go rogue, and I call it like I see it, and I don’t mind stirring it up

    …and I march to a different drummer. I take the road less traveled. I do what I want to do, just like Joe Six Pack and all those hockey moms in small towns, where we raise good people. And any other cliche and platitude I can pile on top of one another to make it sound as though I’m actually saying something.

  11. AsqJames says

    Is a title worth it?

    Isn’t that revealing! We all hope politicians/candidates are motivated by a desire to improve the lot of their fellow citizens. While we may suspect some are really out to get what they can for themselves in power, money or both, almost all of them manage to at least profess to be motivated by the common good: “I want office because I think we should do X to make this city/state/country better.”

    If that were a person’s motivation, you’d expect the “is it worth it” question to balance the personal cost (money spent, own and family’s privacy invaded, etc) against the benefits you expect will accrue to your fellow citizens (and to yourself and your family as members of that community).

    If the value of the honorific you get to put in front of your name is what tips the balance in favour, clearly what really counts doesn’t count enough.

  12. Michael Heath says

    Raging Bee writes,

    It’s much worse than that. By “maverick,” [Sarah Palin] means she wants to ride into DC on a white horse, ignore all questions or differing ideas, and easily brush aside any unworthy person, institution, interest-group, law or judge who might slow her down. She literally wants to be a queen, sweeping aside all democratic institutions and laws (“the tyranny of constitutional forms,” as one Tsar put it), and ruling without accountability to anyone. She’s a classic fascist, and if McCain had won in 2008, she would gladly have played Hitler to his von Hindenberg. That’s what her non-candidacy is about: trying to build support and take power outside of the democratic process, without having to run a campaign that actually tries to connect with the people or appeal for their support.

    This is perhaps the best synopsis of Sarah Palin’s fantasy of her gaining the White House I’ve ever encountered; in one brief paragraph. Bravo.

    It won’t work of course, plus she’s only got one more month before the exposure and money-grubbing ends unless a new schtick works. The end of October is the deadline for filing to run for the GOP presidential nomination in Florida. Utah’s is mid-month but a candidate could practically ignore that one; but they can’t ignore Florida. So next we’ll see if her ego is inflated enough for her to start her own party or run as an independent, or do a faux-attempt at either merely to maintain the media exposure which is free publicity for driving her revenue stream.

  13. John Hinkle says

    [paraphrasing]

    We need to send pink slips to those politicians, who are disconnected from the real world.

    Woa, total lack of self awareness there. Yeah, she’s got a handle on that real world there you betcha.

  14. Michael Heath says

    slc1:

    As usual, Mr. Bee is over the top. Comparing Ms. Palin to Frankenberger is the ultimate Godwin. Ms. Palin is far too stupid and lazy to emulate the late and unlamented German dictator.

    Analogies don’t have to be perfectly proportional to resonate. Some hyperbole if it helps clarify the attempt should be granted when making an illustration. Especially to an audience whose well-enough informed to get the point without misconstruing it.

  15. Michael Heath says

    DaveL:

    I don’t think she wants to rule at all. It turns out ruling is work. Sure, maybe she’d like to have unquestionable power and umlimited wealth like a 21st-century Caligula, but it takes a dynasty to set up a Caligula, and Palin has no dynasty. So she’ll just stretch out her 15 minutes of fame as far as she can.

    I think your missing that the Palin fantasy includes God bestowing his blessings on her. So while you’re right she doesn’t have what it takes to kick a campaign off and successfully run it where she knows it; I think she does continue to hope and fantasize that God will get some people to do that for her.

    That fantasy puts us back to Raging Bee’s observation which I think is an accurate analysis based on what Ms. Palin says and does, e.g., her asking for money for SARAHPAC to help her consider a run, her seeing herself as the equivalent as the biblical character Esther, and her fantasy she’ll play a decisive role in kicking off the Christian Last Days in her own lifetime.

  16. slc1 says

    Re Raging Bee @ #10

    Unfortunately Mr. Bee, Frankenberger was neither stupid or lazy, else he would never have obtained power. A more accurate assessment is that he was both a sociopath and a megalomaniac.

    Re Michael Heath @ #18

    I call Godwin on both Mr. Bee and Mr. Michael Heath.

  17. Pierce R. Butler says

    Raging Bee @ # 10: Hitler was stupid and lazy too.

    Certainly not at Palin’s level, and in his early days not at all.

    Later in his career, the toxic quack medications and depression (arguably, the effort of denying to himself his own mistakes & failures) caught up to him.

    Don’t misunderestimate people just because they’re nasty!

  18. Scott Hanley says

    I’m still aghast that Palin would refer to the Presidency as a title, not a job. If that isn’t the clearest expression of her sense of entitlement v. her work ethic, I don’t know what is.

  19. slc1 says

    Re Pierce R. Butler @ #21

    Frankenberger’s mental faculties deteriorated precipitously after the start of the war because of his Parkinson’s Disease and tertiary syphilis, the latter which he reputedly contracted in 1919 from a male prostitute who resided in the same Vienna hostel. The vitamin shots laced with speed which his personal physician administered every morning certainly contributed to the problem.

  20. Michael Heath says

    My primary observation when viewing this video was that Ms. Palin has resigned herself to not having a chance in Hell of running a successful campaign for president and therefore is attempting to rationalize she’s still a credible political force – to herself. We’re just listening in on her thoughts. This is what one encounters when the protagonist senses they’re in a steep and increasingly quick decline into irrelevancy and isn’t smart enough to know how to play her cards. She’s taking her ball and going home.

    I also think this behavior argues against my continual prediction she’s been angling all along for a VP bid since late-2008. I thought even she wasn’t so stupid as to think she had a chance at winning the nomination and resigned herself long ago to position herself as the only chance for a Romney-like candidate to get out the Christianist vote. This argues the people around her are either all idiots or delusional sycophants. So as hard it is to do this, I have over-estimated her skills at game-planning.

  21. Michael Heath says

    slc1:

    I call Godwin on both Mr. Bee and Mr. Michael Heath.

    Raging Bee’s argument holds up without the analogy, it’s not dependent upon it. In addition Raging Bee could have found other analogies to illustrate his point. I think you’re over-reacting more than a tad here in claiming Godwin since you’re focused on a minor aspect of his analysis rather than the core argument he’s making.

    A Godwin-like argument would claim that Obama’s like Hitler because he stirs up audiences. Take away Hitler and you’ve got nothing, it’s there merely to attack Obama without pointing to anything Obama’s done to merit such disdain. That’s not even remotely true of Raging Bee’s point which has nothing to do with his Hitler analogy.

  22. Pierce R. Butler says

    slc1 @ # 23 – Especially coming from someone who insists on that unlikely “Frankenberger” schtick, I’m gonna have to ask for citations to back up that string of claims not found in any of the major biographies.

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