This morning, Sarah Palin broke her conspicuous silence since the mass shooting in Tucson, AZ last Saturday, by trying to steal the day’s headlines ahead of President Obama’s speech at the memorial tonight, in order to make the case that she is the real victim here, not the 20 people who were shot. Palin could have demonstrated leadership, but instead she demonstrated once again that she is unwilling to break out of her self-absorbed cocoon.
Here is the video:
The first thing that stands out about the video is that its presentation was designed to make her look presidential. Sarah Palin saw this as a chance to deliver a “presidential address.” Palin fancies herself to be the president in waiting, and everything from her appearance, to the backdrop, to her expression, was screaming look at me, I can be president too. This was our first hint that Mrs. Palin was about to embark on a journey to exploit this situation for her own personal gain. (Note to Palin: nice use of the teleprompter).
It took Sarah one minute and forty three seconds before she revealed the true purpose of the video, to defend and self-martyr Sarah Palin. She started off with her own variation of the both sides to excuse concerning her target map, “Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.”
Palin tried to sound grave and serious. She invoked Ronald Reagan, just to remind everyone watching that she thinks she is the second coming of Ronald Reagan. In case her delusions of shadow presidency weren’t clear enough, she equated herself with President Obama, “The last election was all about taking responsibility for our country’s future. President Obama and I may not agree on everything, but I know he would join me in affirming the health of our democratic process. Two years ago his party was victorious. Last November, the other party won. In both elections the will of the American people was heard, and the peaceful transition of power proved yet again the enduring strength of our Republic.”
All hopes of a successful game of Sarah Palin plays dress up and pretends to be president went up in smoke when she could not resist attacking the media, “Vigorous and spirited public debates during elections are among our most cherished traditions. And after the election, we shake hands and get back to work, and often both sides find common ground back in D.C. and elsewhere. If you don’t like a person’s vision for the country, you’re free to debate that vision. If you don’t like their ideas, you’re free to propose better ideas. But, especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”
On The Daily Beast, Howard Kurtz said of the phrase blood libel, and Palin’s choice to use it, “Blood libel, for those who are not familiar, describes a false accusation that minorities—usually Jews—murder children to use their blood in religious rituals, and has been a historical theme in the persecution of the Jewish people. Had Palin scoured a thesaurus, she could not have come up with a more inflammatory phrase.”
Sarah Palin’s persecution complex had to rear its ugly head. It is a part of her character. It is in the fiber of who she is. It is also the reason why this woman is completely unfit to be president. Palin could have released a simple solemn statement of unity days ago. She may have been able to head off the criticism by expressing regret for her choice of graphics during the 2010 campaign, but that would be seen as retreating, and as we all know Sarah Palin doesn’t retreat, she reloads.
By attacking the media Palin, not only played to her base, but she demonstrated that she is incapable of unity. Sarah Palin’s career was a child born of the hateful, polarized, hyper-partisan climate. Conflict and division are the oxygen and nourishment that keep her relevant. A person of true presidential timber and leadership would have never taken the spotlight off the victims of a tragedy, in order to shine it back on themselves. A true leader would stand up to unite people, not divide them. A true leader would not be obsessed with their own victimization, and see every criticism as a personal attack that must be responded to.
A true leader would lead and inspire, not collude and conspire. Indeed Sarah Palin does have the personality and traits of a former president, but it isn’t Ronald Reagan. It’s Richard Nixon. This could have been Palin’s “Checkers Speech.” Palin could have finally demonstrated that there is more to her than a vindictive self-centered delusion of martyrdom, but she showed that there really is no more to her than that. At a time when the nation needs healing, she had to reopen the wound in the most inflammatory way for her own personal defense and gain.
With one phrase in a time of crisis and sadness, Sarah Palin revealed everything about her character that we need to know. Instead of saving her presidential ambitions, she further condemned them to the ash heap of history. Make no mistake about it, Sarah Palin is a leader. She is a leader of the most dangerous type, the kind of leader whose dreams consist of tearing down, not building up. Sarah Palin spoke for 7:43. She spent 6 of those minutes attacking others and defending herself. This was not an address to the nation. It was a soliloquy of selfishness, and it emphasized why Sarah Palin is the president that should never be.