Thursday, 20 January 2011

Sarah Palin: the queen of venal mediocrity

According to this, even Newt Gingrich is directing criticism toward Sarah Palin.

[...]Palin needs to "be more careful and think through what she's saying and how she's saying it. There's no question that she has become more controversial," Gingrich said. [...]

The weeks after the November election were notable for an apparent increase in the number of conservative commentators who were suddenly willing to deliver some version of the same basic message: We like Sarah Palin, but we're not so sure nominating her for president is a good idea.

Now, all these months later, there is polling evidence to suggest that the GOP base is embracing this same view. (For what it's worth, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds that Palin's unfavorable rating has spiked to an all-time high of 53 percent in the wake of Tucson, although it's not immediately clear what the breakdown among Republicans is.) In this climate, it's safer for Gingrich to join the pile-on when Palin attracts negative press attention [...]

It's unusual for established Republicons to criticize Palin; they know they'll be the target of venomous attacks from her sycophants, even though sane and reasoned objections about her suitability for holding public office are more numerous these days.
Palin's ignorance and inarticulacy are so constantly on display that she can't just be simulating them to strengthen her popular appeal. They are also attributes in which she takes pride. As Jacob Weisberg writes in the introduction to his new anthology, Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin: "Palin's exuberant incoherence testifies to an unusually wide gulf between confidence and ability. She is proud of what she doesn't know and contemptuous of those 'experts' and 'elitists' who are too knowledgeable to be trusted."
From here. And also: check out the photo of Leila Ben Ali - doesn't she look like $arah's younger muslim sister?


Mrs. Bitch said...

I've been reading opinions in various places that we progressives ignore Palin at our own risk.

As a progressive who has been disenchanted, to say the least, with Obama and most of the current crop of Democrats, I'm starting to realize that she, The Perennial Victim - Nanookie of the North, is the one variable in the next election that would send me screeching back into the fold to vote for Obama. Otherwise, I was going to cast my vote for whatever candidate seemed the most closely aligned with my political ideology - a progressive, green, socialist, whatever. She may be the best thing to happen to the Democratic party in a long time. Well, in at least a few years :snicker: She tanked the Republicans once; by golly, you betcha, she can do it again!

Lene Andersen said...

Nice to see that even her compatriots are turning on her. Well, maybe not quite that yet, but one can hope.

Just saw Stephen Colbert's brilliant evisceration of Palin Bit late, but I'm sharing it with everyone in case someone haven't seen it.

deBeauxOs said...

Clickable link from above to Stephen Colbert.

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