I’m going to preface this short piece with the following statement:
I’m not a Sarah Palin fan.
It was necessary to get that out of the way. Sarah Palin was, in many ways, representative of a problem in modern politics, especially on the conservative side of things. Many of her views are quite commendable, and whatever her other faults, she is her own woman. Would I have preferred her over Mr. Biden as our Vice President? That goes without saying. That is not a particularly strong recommendation, however. There is potted rhododendron on my front porch which I would prefer to Mr. Biden.
The problem with Sarah Palin is that the woman did not match the hype. In many ways, she was the Republican equivalent of Barack Obama, a sort of quasi-rockstar built up by a political movement. People saw in her what they wanted to believe. It is this phenomenon in modern politics which disturbs me. Wishful thinking combined with politics leads down a road I don’t care to follow.
That said, I must admit a certain bemusement at how much those of a Leftist-Progressive persuasion hated her. Their hatred for Mrs. Palin was a mirror of the Republican party’s torrid love affair with her. Yet somehow it was even more intense. To them, she was some sort of Crusading boogey-woman, a mad creature bent on reversing a thousand years of civil progress. According to the Left, she would repeal abortion, ban contraceptives and force women all over the planet to give birth to mentally-handicapped children. She would bring back slavery and open the treasury to the Wall Street casinos. There was no theory too implausible to gain traction in the wretched hive of the Democratic Underground.
It made the otherwise tragic 2008 election somewhat bearable, at least for the sheer amusement factor.
So this post from the Rott makes me laugh.
It seems 5 years later, the Progressive Left cannot help but continue the mental masturbation over Sarah Palin. Say what you will about the Tea Party and their love affair with her, but at least any masturbation they were doing with relation to Mrs. Palin was probably of a more physical nature, and aside from bad porno look-alikes, it was probably finished a long time ago.
Image Credit: Gage Skidmore