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October 13, 2010

Because she’s utterly insane, that’s why

Filed under: Uncategorized — mikeshotgun @ 10:33 pm

Paul Harris asks a rather stupid question to which I feel compelled to offer up a response re Sarah Palin:

Why bother with the dreary business of getting elected, when the real power lies with being the Republicans’ top political celebrity?

There is so much wrong with this column, though the point at which he puts Palin’s name and the word “genius” in the same sentence probably gives you and indicator at what level of awareness he is operating at here. Or this:

But Palin is no fool. She knows that any 2012 presidential candidate running in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire has to endure month after gruelling month of press scrutiny. There is no way around it. She would have to expose herself – and her increasingly showbizzy family – to the world once more. She would not be able to dodge sitting down with the editorial boards of newspapers in Des Moines and Manchester. Or the endless town hall meetings, each packed with hungry local reporters and citizens eagerly clutching cell phones and out to record the tiniest gaffe.

Wow. Let me Fisk, shall I?

But Palin is no fool.

Yes she is. She was a joke of VP pick that proved that John McCain and the Republican establishment at large was utterly unserious about governance. Did you see here fucking resignation speech? Have you read her tweets or Facebook posts? Have you comprehended the fact that those are her two outlets for policy statements? It’s got to the point where I can’t actually watch footage of her on TV because the joke wasn’t even funny to me. And her hearing her speak makes me feel ill.

She knows that any 2012 presidential candidate running in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire has to endure month after gruelling month of press scrutiny.

Well aside from the fact that Harris fails to mention that these are early Primary states for Republican voters in two traditionally conservative states with “real ‘muricans”, the point about press scrutiny really doesn’t obtain. Please see the examples of Sharon Angle in Nevada, Jan Brewer in Arizona, two politicians who basically flee any concerted collection of reporters whenever it suits them. The latter is almost certainly going to win the governorship, and the former is insane and is giving Harry Reid, the current Majority Leader a run for his money. So long as you get a duped press corps waxing enthusiastic about how they appeal to the worries of middle America, your “press scrutiny” is about as useful a safeguard as a seatbelt on an aeroplane. 

She would have to expose herself – and her increasingly showbizzy family – to the world once more.

By the time I got to this sentence, I guess I’d made the false assumption that Paul Harris had actually been paying attention to American politics in the last two years, but clearly he hasn’t. I’ll put this in bold type for good measure: They are already as exposed as possible, and will continue to be so. This is a woman who used, a child with Downs syndrome as a political prop.

She would not be able to dodge sitting down with the editorial boards of newspapers in Des Moines and Manchester.

I think he underestimates her ability to evade, but even if she did, the narrative would be against media elites and it would work for the purposes of a Republican primary dominated by Tea Party money.

Or the endless town hall meetings, each packed with hungry local reporters and citizens eagerly clutching cell phones and out to record the tiniest gaffe.

Let me give you a little journalism 101 here – this is a story: Normally Polished Obama makes gaffe. Here is a non-story: Sarah Palin says something stupid. 

The rest of the piece continues in much the same vein. I could pick on every clause of every sentence if either of us, dear reader, had the patience. I suspect we do not. 

Point is, there is a fundamental misunderstanding in this country about Sarah Palin. Hell, there’s a fundamental misunderstaning in the US, about her. 

It is assumed that she is something other than an artifice, a marionette puppet if you will, for christianist neo-conservative sociopathy, as popularised by the Bush administration (cf the war in Iraq) and enabled by shameless Republican ideologues. Which couldn’t be further from the well-documented truth. 

Cross-posted at Something Quotable

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