Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mirror, Mirror


You know, I've been debating all week what to do with this little item -- whether I should make it the focus of some long-winded diatribe, do a general point-and-laugh, or maybe just put it out there as a kind of Moment of Zen, considering that it really is open to such a wide variety of comic/ironic interpretation.

The fact is, though, that I couldn't simply leave it alone -- if only because doing so would be undeniably conspicuous, given what you've come to expect from the material on this site.

So I'll just say this: Chances are by now you've heard that last weekend Sarah Palin spoke at a retail real estate convention in Las Vegas. Depending on whom you believe, she either brought down the house with her unmatched skills at giving a sloppy backseat blow-job to the entire notion of unimpeded Randian capitalism, or she plowed the conductor-less Palin Express right into a brick wall by doing what essentially amounted to her usual tightly-scripted "Palin in 2012" stump speech, and not much else. To be honest, it really doesn't matter one way or the other whether Palin scored a hit or a miss with the real estate crowd; the fact remains that the group wanted to hear from Palin -- who, mind you, generally gets six-figures to speak publicly -- to begin with.

What's also worth mentioning, by the way, is that among that crowd was my soon-to-be ex-wife, Jayne. She's the executive assistant to the CEO of the organization which hosted the event, and that means that she was at least tangentially associated with the Palin speaking engagement.

Do I find this kind of funny? Well, in the words of Palin herself: You betcha. Especially considering how much Jayne purports to loathe and stand in diametric political opposition to Palin.

So in the end, I guess I have to look at it this way: A self-described "small town girl," who through sheer luck and no tiny amount of well-disguised ambition managed to ascend to heights far beyond her humble upbringing; a woman who's little more than a compulsively lying opportunist whose amoral narcissism knows no bounds and who will go to any length to further her career and to afford herself the lifestyle she believes she deserves; someone who uses her looks and charm as a weapon and likely had an entire room full of old, wealthy white guys eating out of her hand with nothing more than a wink and a smile -- this person was the center of attention, and even though it probably ate her alive inside, out of decorum and propriety, Jayne couldn't say a thing. She had to remain completely silent.

I can't imagine what that felt like.

17 comments:

kanye said...

Intersubjective

That's the word that everyone's grasping for after reading the last paragraph.

Milton said...

Chez, for a moment at the end there i thought you were refering to your soon to be ex-wife. :)

Anonymous said...

LOL, Milt...

I was thinking the same thing!

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

Uh-oh.

Tania said...

I can't help thinking that, if Palin had screwed her way to her current position, I would actually have some slight respect for her. At least it's an honest method!

Rivalen said...

Zing!

L said...

Considering that I was a witness to what was going on while you were married and continue to have to deal with Jayne on a regular basis, I'll definitely forgive the occasional outburst from you. You've earned it.

Sheriff Bart said...

I was looking for a way to say it. Then kanye stepped up to the plate.
Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

I never thought I'd say this but I think you're being a little unfair to Palin.

Anonymous said...

I have no doubt that Jayne and Sarah got along famously. And let Jayne explain herself to her daughter in the years to come.... She's a helluva good talker.

L said...

She'll definitely charm the pants off you. ;)

dresden said...

The left's obsessive preoccupation with Palin is truly bizarre. Bring on the next derangement syndrome...

Tabi said...

I can feel the bubble of sickness that must have formed in your throat when you realized that you could describe Sarah Palin and the mother of your child with the same words.

Fuck.

Chez said...

Yes, dresden -- and the right's obsession with the term "derangement syndrome" is equally amusing.

Nicole said...

Cold, Chez.

Chez said...

Really?

Man, your sense of what's cold feels a little skewed. Regardless, it's good to hear from you, Nic.

Trixi said...

I didn't see the speech, but I can imagine...

"And so too the carried interest rates which have been such a problem for hard-working patriotic real estate folks and Obama and doggone gotcha media destroying small town values and malls and all of them that have been in front of me all these years too.”