CNN recently posted an article about how the “Palin Factor” could save McCain.
Let me make something clear. Sarah Palin couldn’t save a duck from drowning in a bathtub if she had a floatation ring in one hand and the drain plug chain in the other. Sarah Palin is good at exactly one thing, ok maybe two things if you count reproduction as one. She can get ignorant rednecks whipped into a state of semi-erection. That’s it. Ok, so that’s still just one thing then. That’s her magic touch, and her gift to the Republican party.
She’s been yelling out “Socialism!” on the campaign trail, but I’ll bet she couldn’t write a paragraph on what it means. We have a phrase for this kind of uninformed rhetoric. It’s called, “talking out your ass”. Let’s talk about the other McCain/Palin buzzword for a second. “Wealth Redistribution” is apparently only a bad thing when the wealth is going downhill. They’ve been perfectly fine with redistributing wealth uphill for the last 8 years. The American Dream (Classic Version) says that you work hard in school, get a good job, work your way up and accumulate wealth and prosperity for your family. That’s becoming an increasingly unrealistic aspiration. The reason has to do with the folks in the top 1% taking 25% of the nation’s wealth. This is not wealth creation that helps anyone, it’s just hoarding. It’s wealth sequestering. That money is going into bank accounts that will never recirculate or stimulate the economy, and for no other reason than status and greed. Inflating the top tier while wages at the lower tiers decrease or stagnate actually stifles Capitalism because it takes away the incentive to work hard and to innovate. There are thousands of us out there working as hard as we can every day, only to watch our wages decrease and our jobs leave for foreign shores. If the American Dream becomes unavailable to us, then we’re going to have to deal with the desperation of the American Nightmare. Capitalism cannot survive in a completely unregulated “whatever we can get away with” environment. They’re poisoning the well they drink from. The rest of us, the other 99%, are the engine that makes it all possible. Is it so much to ask that OUR work be rewarded as well? We are not beggars. We just want someone to take another look through the rule book and make sure that there’s still a way to win through hard work. Barack Obama understands this. John McCain married rich, and Sarah Palin is used to getting what she wants by winking at men. Moving on…
“It may well be that there is … a group of people out there now who find it politically incorrect to be for Sarah Palin in public, but they’re going to vote for her in the privacy of the voting booth,” said David Gergen, a CNN senior political analyst.”
Yeah, right. Closet rednecks. Never heard of one. It’s more likely that there are millions out there who can’t say they’d vote for a black guy, but are scared shitless that their job is going overseas, or that their husband won’t come home from Iraq, or that their savings will be worthless, or that they’ll lose their reproductive rights, or that their health care won’t cover their preexisting condition.
And then there’s this:
“I think Sarah Palin is still very popular among the conservative base,” said Rick Stengel, managing editor of Time magazine. “There are other conservatives, the conservative intelligentsia, who have peeled off and think maybe it was a mistake.”
The article referes to these conservatives who are bright enough to reject Palin’s thin qualifications as “elite Republicans”. Elite isn’t a bad word. Neither is intelligence, for that matter. I find it jaw-droppingly disappointing that CNN’s Ed Henry would propagate the “smart=elitist=out of touch” meme. We need smart leaders right now. Anyone who says Sarah Palin is a woman of sufficient intelligence to lead the country knows in their heart that they are a liar. Let’s invent a new term of derision for the dumbasses who never aspired to educate themselves, yet think they’re qualified to lead: illiterati.
One final side-splitter and then I’m done:
“Palin could emerge as the woman who almost saved John McCain and become his heir apparent in 2012 — and represent the future of the GOP.”
Sarah Palin represents the future of reality TV, nothing more. “Let’s see what happens when we take a woman who can’t stop squirting out God’s Little Miracles, her promiscuous daughters, her variously failure-prone sons and her Eskimo Earnhardt husband and stick them in the middle of arctic nowhere! Tune in next week when Track and Trig take on a grizzly!” Sarah Palin couldn’t lead a group of first graders out of a one room schoolhouse if they all had their little wrists tethered together. Total incompetence. If she truly represents the future leadership of the GOP, then things are looking very VERY bright for the rest of us. As long as we can provide enough drool bibs and Doritos we should be able to run the country without much interference.