Thursday, July 09, 2009

Palin

I've been intending to write about Palin's recent return to the news, but David Frum has said what I wanted to say better than I could.

Here's the crux,
Yet there will be no escaping another story line. Faced with exasperating criticism and the accumulating cares of public office -- she quit to cash in. Her admirers can excuse anything, but to the much larger audience of non-admirers, Palin will look a lot like those CEOs who wrecked their banks and the national economy while accepting huge bonuses for themselves personally. John McCain’s slogan in 2008 was "Country First." Palin’s in 2012? "I seen my opportunities, and I took ‘em."
Sarah Palin is the very embodiment of everything that is wrong with the Republican party. Guys like Huckabee and Romney only get it half right.

Sarah Palin hasn't left highschool. She is the prom queen writ large as Todd Purdum explains in his entertaining Vanity Fair profile (note that all her critics are Republicans). People are to be used until they no longer advance the princess, then they are cast off. People who criticize Princess are singled out as mean and the princess puffs her lips and plays the victim. Power is for Princess to have her revenge on those who wouldn't worship her or dared to disagree with her.

The simple truth is that with lower oil prices, being the governor of Alaska has become much harder. With the Government in the red and not enough earnings in the Alaska Permanent Fund to send the big checks she promised everyone -- and showing actual leadership out of the question --there was only one thing for Princess to do: Quit, and head south where they still love the GOP's favorite little victim. Watching Romney, Huckabee and Gingrich (with whom she competes most directly for the substantial kook vote) while she was stuck in Alaska dealing with issues prove too much for Princess. And everyone in Alaska is mean now.

In Sarah Palin, the GOP is reaping what it has sowed the last 20 years and it's entertaining as hell to watch. Theocratic anti-intellectualism in a Louis Vuitton silk jacket.

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