Nov 13, 2008

Why Palin Still Matters

Update: For those who are incensed that I chose Andrew Sullivan's comments (below) to reflect my strong opinions on this topic, here's a reminder of this woman's inability to think strategically or rationally - The infamous Turkey Pardon video:

I know that Sarah is not responsible for the inhumane treatment of turkeys for consumption, but the woman ought to read this article before yapping her flap in front of a worldwide audience in the pretense of "saving" a mere one.

Wonder why Palin still matters? Here are some cogent observations from Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic that should not be ignored (for the full article, click on the link):

Palin is claiming vindication, is on every cable show, is at the National Governors Association Conference, and is touted as a future leader of the GOP. There comes a point at which you have to simply call a time out and insist that this farce cease and some basic accountability and transparency be restored to the process.

That the Palin absurdity should follow the two-term presidency of another individual utterly out of his depth in national government is particularly troubling. 46 percent of Americans voted for the possibility of this blank slate as president because she somehow echoed their own sense of religious or cultural "identity".
It happened because John McCain is an incompetent and a cynic and reckless beyond measure. To have picked someone he'd only met once before, without any serious vetting procedure, revealed McCain as an utterly unserious character, a man whose devotion to the shallowest form of political gamesmanship trumped concern for his country's or his party's interest. We need a full accounting of the vetting process: who was responsible for this act of political malpractice? How could a veep not be vetted in any serious way? Why was she not asked to withdraw as soon as the facts of her massive ignorance and delusional psyche were revealed?

Palin was the reductio ad absurdum of this mindset: a mannequin candidate, easily controlled ideologically, deployed to fool and corral the resentful and the frightened, removed from serious scrutiny and sold on propaganda networks like a food product.

This deluded and delusional woman still doesn't understand what happened to her; still has no self-awareness; and has never been forced to accept her obvious limitations. She cannot keep even the most trivial story straight; she repeats untruths with a ferocity and calm that is reserved only to the clinically unhinged; she has the educational level of a high school drop-out; and regards ignorance as some kind of achievement. It is excruciating to watch her - but more excruciating to watch those who feel obliged to defend her.


Big Fella said...

The concept of a Sarah Palin potentially occupying the Oval Office is truly scary. The realization that more than 50,000,000 voters wanted her in that role is very disturbing.

I so wish she would just fade away in to obscurity now that the election is over, but I doubt that is her intention. I suspect that we will have to remain vigilant in terms of preventing the spread of Pallin poison.

iamnot said...

Andrew Sullivan?
You sully your reasonably good point by quoting that frothing at the mouth lunatic.
Sullivan (up until recently) was still selling the idea that Palin's son was really her grandson.
The unreasoned hatred that oozes from his pie hole on a daily basis leaves a very nasty smell.

TROLL said...

Actually, there never was a Bush Doctrine. And Charley the Moron Gibson thought the "Bush Doctrine" was:

"Nation-States that sponsor terrorist groups will be treated the same as the terrorist groups themselves."

In fact, Charley's obssession, and the example cited on your blackboard, were NEVER labeled "Bush Doctrine" by anyone other than the media.

So, Palin was RIGHT in asking Charley the Moron to explain what he meant by "Bush Doctrine" and he was UTTERLY WRONG in claiming the term had a precise universally understood definition.

Indeed, HIS opinion as to what the "Bush Doctrine" consisted of was a MINORITY opinion.

You might want to consider going with authoritative reliable sources in the future.

Vic said...

I've disagreed with Sullivan on many, many occasions and he has made some reprehensible comments, but in this post he articulates exactly how I feel about McCain's choice of Palin.