Thursday, January 08, 2009

Palin Comparison

I swear, Sarah Palin really is the gift that keeps on giving. During a new interview with amusingly unhinged filmmaker/hagiographer John Ziegler, she rattled off this Rube Goldberg device of a quote:

"I've been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope... It's going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be."

It's not that what she's saying doesn't make any sense; it's that it would make just as much sense -- more, actually -- if it wasn't possible to physically feel how hard she's trying to make herself sound erudite.

Regardless, the point Palin's getting at is par for the course from her -- a culture war by any other name. Ever since coming off like the village idiot in the few interviews she was willing to grant during the campaign, she's attempted to flip the blame around and onto the media which she claims have always been out to destroy her. It's GOP S.O.P. these days. Still, it's fun to hear Palin sort of cop to the notion that Caroline Kennedy is ostensibly of a higher class than she and the rest of her clan of Beverly Hillbillies.

For the record, though, the reason the media might be inclined to go easier on Kennedy is that she's been in the public eye since birth. Her life's an open book and has been since day one; she didn't just walk out of Wasilla, Alaska and onto the world stage. And while Kennedy does in fact have a more impressive pedigree than Sarah Palin -- to say nothing of a better education, more life experience, and a general intellectual curiosity Palin lacks -- that doesn't necessarily mean she's qualified to be a U.S. senator.

Then again, if a dimwit like Sarah Palin can be a serious contender for the second highest office in the free world, the bar's been set low enough to where just about anything should be possible.

(For a real laugh, check out this quick post from Cesca detailing what Palin had to say about Keith Olbermann during her interview.)


Cheryl Cato said...

Well said. Poor Sarah. There really is no comparison between Sarah and Caroline. I don't know if Caroline Kennedy is the right choice for the senate opening in New York, but it is for New York to decide. I'd choose her. Even though her life has been somewhat low-key she has been involved in many aspects of our society for years and she certainly has the intelligence to do the job. If it doesn't work out she can be replaced come election time.

Cheryl Cato said...

Oh... there really is NO Comparison.

Robo said...

Thanks for bringing up the Pedigree card. She's a FUCKING Kennedy. Her father was one of the most respected politicians/presidents who's time came too soon. She's intelligent and fights for just causes. You were a beauty queen who dreamed of becoming Hannah Storm. Deal with it.

In all honesty neither of you were technically qualified for the job you were seeking. At Least Caroline has handled herself like a professional.

Anonymous said...

There is absolutely no comparison. That said, Caroline is not a good choice for NYS Senate. Gov. Paterson should choose someone who would not only do well in the position, but who would not be defeated in the next term by a republican.

Anonymous said...

Not only has Kennedy been in the public eye since she was kid, but she's also NOT running for a vice presidency with someone who could keel over at any time. Not to mention the fact that despite all the, you know, filler in Kennedy's manner of speaking, she's also highly educated and vastly more qualified than Sarah Palin to even be deputy doorjamb to the President.

Anonymous said...

If Caroline Kennedy is appointed to the Senate, where will she be in the line of succession for the presidency? Oh, wait, she won't BE in line for the presidency.

But that doesn't matter to Sarah. She doesn't even see that she and Kennedy are in completely different situations.

Her attempt to be one 72 year old heartbeat (with cancer!) away from the Oval Office was thwarted. She didn't get what she wanted, and somebody's going to pay.

One day, a prosecutor is gonna have tapes of Sarah going all Blagojevich on someone, trying to get something, and we'll finally be rid of her.

Fred said...

Dragging Palin out of the fetid pit of trailer trash that spawned her and her brood lowered the bar to such a level a flatworm couldn't limbo it.

Alex said...

Just out of interest, how 'qualified' exactly do you need to be to be a Senator?

Seems to me that the actual performance and capability doesn't correlate with "qualifications" at all.

It also seems to me that those people consider to be "qualified" are generally narcissists or crooks or lawyers or all three.

I love representative "thugocracy."

Calitri said...

Sarah Palin made out with a grizzly bear once. Pass it on.

Riles said...

I concur with Anon 12:10. There's a huge difference in running for VP possibly Prez and being appointed (not even running!) for NY senate. If Sarah compared her running for Governor to Caroline's current situation, that would be a more apt comparison.

Separate note: I live in LA and used to catch a bit of John Zieglar's radio show before he got canned. He always seemed somewhat rational, but after his firing has put up a website against the radio station and other hosts. Reading it shows how crazy this guy might be.

Jeremy Feist said...

What annoys me most about Sarah is that she tries to condemn others for being "elitist", despite being a position of high power herself. But thankfully, people called her on her downhome, folksy bullshit. I'm sorry, but I don't WANT a president who seems like "common folk". Seriously, I'm common folk, and I sure as hell shouldn't run a friggin' country. We need someone BETTER than that. But thankfully, we don't really have to worry about that. Sarah is back in Wasilla, Barack's in the White House, and we're relatively safe.

But who am I kidding, I'm Canadian! She's your problem, bitches!

Ref said...

CK isn't a pathological liar.

Fnarf said...

Caroline Kennedy is a joke of a senate candidate, but at least she's not an effing crook. Palin's going to be in prison by 2012, more's the pity. Where'd your house come from, Sarah?