Thursday, January 08, 2009
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.)