"I know you think Sarah Palin is at best a self-promoting ignoramus and at worst a shameless media troll who will abuse any platform to deliver dog whistle encouragement to a far-right base that may include possible insurrectionists." - Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert nailed it earlier this week; Sarah Palin has given up any pretense of being a potential office holder, after halfway through her only term as Governor of probably the easiest state to govern, she shamelesly became the same kind of ‘cut & runner’ she so enthusiastically mocked during her last, and probably final, legitimate run at public office .
"I know you think Sarah Palin's reality show was pathetically unstatesmanlike and at the same time, I know you think it also represents the pinnacle of her potential." - Stephen Colbert's pep talk to Mike Brzezinski
Her Alaska show was earily reminiscent of Paris Hilton’s own ‘simple life’ series, wherein a pampered pretender shows how out of touch she is with the outside world and how comically inept with relatively simple tasks. The difference of course is that Paris was intentionally cast as a classic 'fish out of water' and never pretended to be anything else. That was the point. "Palin's Alaska" hit the same notes, but completely unintentionally. For the gun-toting outdoorswoman she purports to be, she managed to look like a clumsy rookie in every episode's new adventure. It would be like watching "Rachel Ray's Kitchen" and every time her assistant handed her a different utensil or gadget Rachel would ask "What's this? How is it used? Can you go first?" This would never happen of course; Rachel Ray knows her business.
There was of course her 'refudiate' tweet during the so-called gound zero mosque controversy. Unable to tell the difference between 'refute' and 'repudiate', the Alaskan pagent runner-up believed they were the same word as she implored via tweet "Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.” -either blissfully unaware that neither 'refute' nor 'repudiate' made sense in the context of the sentence, or sensing that neither real word fit, chose an imaginary word known only to herself would be more convincing to imigrant Muslims living in NYC.
Palin's ignorance knows no bounds. During the recent wikileaks incident she called for Julian Assange to be charged with treason, apparently either unaware that his unmistakable English accent and British residency made it unlikely that he was an American, or that he'd have to be an American in order to be a traitor to America, or both.
So why the smack on America's favorite spokesmodel? Because tolerating a harmless clown is only acceptable if they're actually harmless. But Palin's attempts to govern by slogan ('drill baby drill') and her endless grandstanding with widely reported and endlessly discussed nonsensicals draws focus away from legitimate points of debate. She is the silt that muddies the waters enough that many average Americans find it difficult to see the issues clearly and which make it that much more difficult for any bipartisan efforts to guide the country out of its problems.
And for that, America's favorite cut&runner goes over the knee
'Smack, baby, smack!'
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