Palin Fatigue. A Rant.
by grannyhelen, Wed Sep 10, 2008 at 12:15:43 PM EDT
These are serious times, and they call for a serious debate about where we need to take the nation.
Now, I admit to having a few guilty pleasures in life. Watching back episodes of "What Not To Wear". Buying earrings at the Kohl's in the 80% off clearance section. Getting that chai tea latte at Panera. Doing that powerwalk through Ikea and promising myself that someday, somehow my house really will be this organized.
Sarah Palin, over these last fun-filled days since the announcement that she would be Old Man McCain's Vice President, has been one of these guilty pleasures. But like all guilty pleasures, it doesn't take a whole lot of exposure to just get, well, a little tired of seeing it day in and day out.
I know now really everything I need to know about Sarah Palin, and I can sum it up in one sentence for ya: She's A Republican. Trust me. That's all you need to know.
Before the bridge to nowhere before she was against it? Well, yeah, she's a Republican.
Being investigated for abuse of power, and hiding behind executive privilege? Well, yeah, she's a Republican.
Firing - or threatening to fire - civil servants who don't tow the line, who "go off the reservation" or who just plain and simple think she's wrong? Whaddidya think - she's a Republican.
Refusing to talk to journalists unless things are so absolutely on her terms that the outcome is as wilted and trite as a Meredith Baxter Birney TV Movie of the Week? Well, sure - she's a Republican.
And as fun as the chatter and the handwringing and the theatrics have been, and as amusing as it is to see the party whose standard bearer voted against equal pay for equal work for women suddenly cry "sexism"...
...it is time to Move On Dot Org.
If the Republicans wanted to have a serious debate, they would have put a serious candidate on the ticket. There's plenty of them left in the Republican party, even among the women.
But they chose to have as John McCain's running mate a person they introduced as a moose-shooting hockey mom whose depth of experience comes from a twenty month governorship and a few years as a small town mayor.
This isn't a candidate - it's a punch line. And to watch the Mighty American Cable News Wurlitzer go on a 24/7 Sarah Palin News Binge...well, it's like eating chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week. You start asking, "where's the beef"?
I admit it. I'm Palin-ed out. Suddenly sick of Sarah. I've got Alaska Moose-Huntin' Mom Fatigue.
So, an appeal, both to my fellow bloggers and the news media at large. Isn't there something else we can talk about? I mean, come on, this is America. We've got a failing economy, a failed energy policy, unchecked global warming and the anemic "war on terror" (remember that one - it has something to do with why we went into that Afghanistan place, the one that's next to Iraq). Surely, there is enough there to fill a twenty-four hour period of talking heads.
But if you must dish, how about the latest from Brangelina or TomCat? After the Palin Place soap opera, that's looking more and more like the hard-hitting issues I can really sink my teeth into.
There's less than sixty days to go before the election, people. Can we talk about our futures? Please?