Monday, November 23, 2009

The Palin Trap


As usual, Matt Taibbi manages to cut to the heart of the matter and pretty much perfectly sum up the appeal of Sarah Palin to her army of apostles:

"Sarah Palin is the Empress-Queen of the screaming-for-screaming’s sake generation. The people who dismiss her book Going Rogue as the petty, vindictive meanderings of a preening paranoiac with the IQ of a celery stalk completely miss the book’s significance, because in some ways it’s really a revolutionary and innovative piece of literature.

Palin — and there’s just no way to deny this — is a supremely gifted politician. She has staked out, as her own personal political turf, the entire landscape of incoherent white American resentment. In this area she leaves even Rush Limbaugh in the dust...

Sarah Palin’s battlefield... is whatever is happening five feet in front of her face. She is building a political career around the little interpersonal wars in the immediate airspace surrounding her sawdust-filled head. And in the process she connects with pissed-off, frightened, put-upon America on a plane that’s far more elemental than the mega-ditto schtick.

Most normal people cannot connect on an emotional level with Rush’s meanderings on how Harry Reid is buying off Mary Landrieu with pork in the health care bill. They can, however, connect with stories about how top McCain strategist and Karl Rove acolyte Steve Schmidt told poor Sarah to shut her pie-hole on election day, or how her supposed allies in the McCain campaign stabbed her in the back by leaking gossip about her to reporters, how Schmidt used the word 'fuck' in front of her daughter, or even with the strange tales about Schmidt ordering Sarah to consult with a nutritionist to improve her campaign endurance when she herself knew she just needed to get out in the fresh air and run (If there’s one thing Sarah Palin knows, it’s herself!)...

Sarah Palin is on an endless crusade against assholes. It’s all she thinks about. She doesn’t really have any political ideas, in the classic sense of the word — in fact the only thing resembling real political convictions in Going Rogue revolve around the Trans-Alaska pipeline and how awesome she thinks it is.

Most of the rest of the book just catalogs her Gump-esque rise to national stardom (not having enough self-awareness to detect the monstrous narcissistic ambition that in reality was impelling her forward all along, she labors in the book to describe her various career leaps as lucky accidents or mystical acts of Providence) and the seemingly endless parade of meanies bent on tripping her up along the way. The book is really about her battles with these people, how much they did and do suck, and how difficult and inherently unfair life is for a decent hardworking American gal who just wants to live life, serve God, and try to be president without being bothered all the time."


True/Slant: Taibblog: Sarah Palin, WWE Star/11.20.09

(About the picture: Sorry, kids. I'm just so damn tired of looking at Sarah Palin's face that I went with a baby harp seal. Because who doesn't love baby harp seals? Awww.)

16 comments:

Colonel Yelgen P. Masters said...

marxists don't like baby seals... 'tis a shame we have one in the white house...

Anonymous said...

Re: baby harp seal...she'd hunt it, if she could.

"Sarah Palin is on an endless crusade against assholes." But she herself is an asshole.

And at least Forrest Gump was a decent (albeit fictional) human being.

The damage this whore of Babylon is causing will not be known for decades.

Anyone who supports Palin tells me exactly how self-righteous and ignorant they choose to be.

Chez said...

I'm just gonna do you the favor of assuming you weren't being serious with that comment, Colonel. The other alternative is just too stark-raving-stupid to consider.

jrm78 said...

Well, I'll have to defer judgement until I hear from President Baby Harp Seal. He seems more in tune with the proletarian struggles of the working class than the bourgeois Polar Bears running the show in Washington.

Alex Barreto said...

We have a baby seal in the White House?

Chez said...

Zing!

Chez said...

Although now that I think about it, "Colonel" ...

Jester said...

The baby seal is appropriate because Sarah wants to club it to pave the way for a new bridge.

Rory said...

If he's right, it proves that you should never argue with idiots: they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKKKgua7wQk
Not at all surprising interviews of people at a Palin book signing.

Deacon Blue said...

The baby harp seal has announced that it is also putting out a book, titled, "Going Clubbing." In the book, it describes its dreams of learning how to manipulate hand-held weapons, and using them to bash in the heads of arctic hunter-types. No word yet if the baby seal considers Palin among that crowd of people.

Chez said...

Brilliant.

Benoît from Ottawa said...

The little white ones aren't clubbed any more. Not for decades now.

They're allowed to grow into spotted seals, and then shot.

It's the American way, I say, even though it's Canadians doing it. So much more civilised than clubbing.

Incidentally, seal is yummy. Rich and tender, and nourishing. Excellent with gravy and mashed.

Chez said...

Please tell me you're joking.

Thomas said...

I don't think he's joking, Chez ...

Deacon Blue said...

As the baby harp seal author of the book I just mentioned tells me:

Mweeee grah ppprrrrup!

Which roughly translates to: I don't give a shit about whether it's still done. Never forget! Never again!

He's a militant little rascal.