Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Beer Goggles

By now, there's a pretty good chance you've seen or heard this quote from an interview that Sarah Palin did yesterday with talk radio host and conservative human bullhorn Hugh Hewitt:

“I think they’re just not used to someone coming in from the outside saying you know what -- it’s time that normal Joe Six Pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency. And I think that that’s kind of taken some people off guard, and they’re out of sorts, and they’re ticked off about it, but it’s motivation for John McCain and I to work that much harder to make sure that our ticket is victorious. It's time we put government back on the side of the people of Joe Six-pack like me."

If this populist horseshit sounds familiar, it should. It's the same basic theme that George W. Bush ran and won on in 2000 and 2004. The only difference is that, in Sarah Palin's "defense," she actually is the uneducated, underwhelming rube she claims to be -- as opposed to Bush and company, who were always aristocratic Ivy Leaguers playing dress-up, using the great unwashed as stage props in what was essentially nothing more than self-serving political theater.

Here's the thing though: There's a difference between representing Joe Six Pack and being Joe Six Pack -- reveling in your own embodiment of every incurious, average, underachieving connotation the term can imply.

I've said this before but it just bears repeating over and over again: I don't want the people who inhabit the highest offices in the free world to be average.

I want them to be super heroes.

They have more to deal with than you or I -- or certainly Sarah Palin -- can possibly fathom. They have to compete with leaders on the world stage and therefore need to be smarter, stronger, wiser and, yes, better in almost every way than the average guy. They should represent, literally, the best of us -- be the finest this country has to offer.

Sarah Palin doesn't just fall short of this standard -- she doesn't care that she's ordinary and often arrogantly ridicules those who strive to better themselves and who take the job infinitely more seriously than she does.

I don't want a Joe Six Pack in the White House.

I want a goddamned '97 Bollinger.


Steve said...

If Joe Six-pack should be represented by Joe Six-Pack, then who would represent ...
... the insane?
... the criminally negligent?
... the senile?

Oh, wait.

geeves said...

Palin is The RNC Downfall

Anonymous said...

Sarah Palin: "I'm the new face, the new energy, the new ideas, and he's (Joe Biden) the experience."

Anonymous said...

The logic of Sarah Palin and those like her drives me crazy. I am not qualified to be vice-president. That works out beautifully as I don't want the job. I want to give the job to someone brilliant at politics, who is simultaneously a person of great morality and intellect. Why would we as a nation want anything less than the best? Anti-intellectionalism drives me insane. If we have to suffer through 4 more years of this I fear our country will be irreparably harmed.

Deacon Blue said...

You know, I think Joe Six-pack should be represented in the massive corner offices of corporate America, too. That way, the companies can be run into the ground even faster, and we can see a bunch of Mercedes and Lexus vehicles up on cinderblocks just outside the foyers.

I'm only one generation removed from Joe Six-pack-edness. My dad and mom were far from stupid, but I wouldn't want them running the nation. I have a post-grad degree and I wouldn't want ME running the nation. I wouldn't even want any of my professors from my Big Ten university running the nation.

All hail Chez's plan: Superheroes only need apply!

Heather said...

Nicely done, Steve!

You want a superhero, Chez? You live in "Gotham." Find Bruce Wayne and see if he'd like to run for President. Can you imagine what that would be like? I bet he'd find Osama. Hell, he'd probably tackle the job personally. Since he's a financial whiz, he'd fix the economic crisis, balance the budget, and leave us with a huge surplus. Besides, he kicks ass both literally and figuratively.

Actually...I think I would vote for him.

Batman 2012!

Anonymous said...

The hits just keep coming. But I think her non-answer to the newspaper question is revealling about what goes on in her head in these "hostile" interviews.

I think it's possible that she just wasn't sure what the correct answer was for her dwindling wacko base. She had to instinctively know that the easy answer for Couric to move on in that moment would be The New York Times, Washington Post and the like, but since her campaign is running on demonizing those publications as invalid sources for the news, she couldn't. Also, she probably knew if she was honest and said Newsmax and, it might open up even more uncomfortable questions from Couric. She actually thought "what papers do you read" was one of them dreaded "gotcha" questions.

Mr. Controversy said...

We've all forgotten the true issue of this election:

The Obama/McCain matchup is, in fact, a Mace Windu/Palpatine rematch. We've got a corrupt senator facing off against a force for change in the world, and a good change at that. Here's hoping the Jedi win this one.

And what of Sarah Palin? She's the Jar Jar Binks of the Republican Party.

James said...

Chez you may want a "97 Bollinger", but all you will get with Obama/Biden is a hot Thunderbird and a stale Schlitz...I HOPE that you enjoy, but remember save some CHANGE for that martini

Harris said...

The idea that just because any (straight, married, Christian, male, over 35 and preferably white) person can legally become president means that any person is capable of being president has gotten out of fucking hand. Next we'll be handing out the nuclear codes in cereal boxes.

Chez said...

Whatever you say, James.

votar said...

I'll tell you the problem with the power that you're using here: it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you even knew what you had you patented it and packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it.