by gwojtowy, Fri Jul 17, 2009 at 01:34:58 PM EDT
The Right Wing idiocracy has gotten the Left wrong concerning Sarah Palin.
We are not afraid of Sarah Palin. Far from it. Sarah Palin is the butt of a joke. We wish to continue laughing.
It is she who takes herself too seriously. As if she was some prodigious intellect and moral paragon. She assumes that she is the one who has all the answers, and that the whole world, jealous and insecure - is out to get her. Martyr complex anyone?
She has her defenders, like Michelle Malkin and Anne Coulter, who are as delusional as she is in that they manifest denial fantasies identical to those of Germans after both World Wars:
Malkin's is the one about a valiant warrior being "stabbed in the back," while Coulter's is the one where Germany has some secret plan to confound the enemy and save itself.
Only it's all about their fallen savior Sarah.
But all of them, including Diva Sarah, are reality challenged.
Palin narcissistically looks at the base that is following her and assumes that she is some kind of Robin Hood out to fight for oppressed Republicans everywhere, quits her job with a bully pulpit, and now expects the Right Wing community of the Lower 48 to throw open it's arms in joy!
And the Democrats would love nothing more than to have Diva Sarah on the stump.
The finks turned to Newsweek and Fox News to spread petty rumors about Palin's intellect and character. The magazine peddled anecdotes from sources horrified that Palin greeted top advisers at her hotel room -- gasp! -- "wearing nothing but a towel" and "wet hair." Fox News reporter Carl Cameron breathlessly reported that his unnamed McCain sources told him Palin lacked "a degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate" because, they claimed, she didn't know which countries were parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement and "didn't understand that Africa was a continent, rather than a series, a country just in itself.
Coulter borders on madness in her denial
The truth is liberals are furious they won't have Sarah Palin to kick around anymore -- at least not with Palin's hands tied behind her back by her public office.
Something tells me Keith Olbermann isn't going to be pulling any big numbers this summer attacking Eric Cantor and Michele Bachmann. I don't anticipate any sudden outbreaks of "Mitch McConnell Derangement Syndrome."
Soon we'll only hear about Keith when his creepy e-mails using his mother's death to hit on chicks start making the rounds again. (Tip to Keith: When a girl refuses to give you her phone number, her assistant's phone number or her personal e-mail address, and only gives you her assistant's e-mail address, you're not halfway in the sack.)
Bonus: If Olbermann gets canceled as a result of Palin's resignation, that will put her in a really good position for 2012.
Yes, and back in '45, the Germans were drawing Allies deep into Germany to spring a trap on them! Of course, neither the German's nor Miss Coulter's aspirations panned out in season of defeat.
You see Annie, it's Palin herself who is her own worst enemy. When she was first introduced as McCain's running I was worried when I heard the crowd cheer. Then I heard about how she tried to sell the state jet "on Ebay." I heard about how she was - to paraphrase John Kerry: "for the 'Bridge to Nowhere,' before she was against it." In a week I was telling my brother that Palin was an empty coat.
Palin replaces the need for intellect with self - deluded narcissism. She knows what she knows, and if not, then her simple charm and a wink of an eye will win the media over. In Diva Sarah's world, there's always a second chance to make a first impression. This is exemplified by the Charlie Gibson interview where when confronted with her lack of knowledge of affairs of state, responded to Gibson that she'll "get right back to him." Her attitude was not to worry, she'll get it right next time. While it may play well in Midwestern suburbia, we are not electing the average suburbanite to national office.
As Ronald Reagan's speechwriter and acolyte Peggy Noonan put it:
Here's why all this matters. The world is a dangerous place. It has never been more so, or more complicated, more straining of the reasoning powers of those with actual genius and true judgment. This is a time for conservative leaders who know how to think.
Noonan, who supported Palin at first, understand how much of a "empty coat" Diva Sarah has turned out to be. In that same article she takes apart one-by-one the myths that the Malkins and Coulters cling to.
In answer to the fallacy that the elites hate Palin Noonan says: "The elites made her." Not only that, but according to Noonan, they put her up, defended her, and in my view, put her up to shore up a sagging campaign headed by a man who was greatly insecure when comparing himself to a young, vibrant Obama.
In response to the myth that Palin makes the GOP look inclusive, Noonan says that she makes it look like "a party of the easily manipulated."
"Now she can prepare herself for higher office by studying up, reading in, boning up on the issues." Mrs. Palin's supporters have been ordering her to spend the next two years reflecting and pondering. But she is a ponder-free zone. She can memorize the names of the presidents of Pakistan, but she is not going to be able to know how to think about Pakistan. Why do her supporters not see this? Maybe they think "not thoughtful" is a working-class trope!
Now Diva Sarah wants to show the world what brains she has! So she writes this 6th grade book report on Cap and Trade for energy, and how it will lose jobs, and destroy the economy. It's all about regulation, government takeover, Ronald Reagan and our God mandated obligation to drill baby drill. She just doesn't get it that the aim of Cap and Trade is to nudge our economy off of fossil fuels and onto second generation energy. The Alaska Dispatch puts it nicely:
What the governor is missing is that with cap and trade, Obama attempts a course correction in our national energy policy. Certainly there are other possible strategies, but in her criticism Palin has revealed (in case anybody still had any doubts) an appalling lack of vision and poor grasp of complex realities. Energy is the lynch pin of modern society. And what human history and business and evolution (oops, the governor doesn't believe in evolution) have shown us in a billion ways, is that we have to adapt or perish. Palin argues for the refusal to adapt. Her only answer to Obama's cap and trade is, as the cheering thousands put it at her convention speech drill baby drill.
Of course, Palin will be guaranteed some success in her new ventures. After all, she will be a loud cacophonous noise in an ever shrinking utility closet. Her books will sell, she'll make expensive appearances, write other op - eds, maybe a TV deal on Fox and her followers will adore her, make a to - do, and faun all over her.
But she can't go much further than that small base. Too much water has passed under the bridge. Michael Smerconish gave a "hell no" to the idea that any local Philly pol would invite Diva Sarah to campaign for them. And, by the way, Diva Sarah is just as lucrative as a symbol of Republican intractability for the Democrats and Progressive 527s who will use her to fire up their base, and raise new donations.
Thank's a bunch! You betcha!