You probably wonder on occasion what the GOP does with its puppets when it’s done with them, when they have outlived their usefulness, when they have wound down from their tour of hate after a valiant get out the vote effort. Try as they might, the GOP can’t seem to get Sarah Palin in front of their Death Panel for reevaluation. She just keeps talking. She might be running on empty but she refuses to stop.
Palin can barely draw a crowd these days and when she does, they tend to be exceptionally older. According to Politico, Palin spoke at a basketball gym at Colorado Christian University to a crowd of 200 people who barely filled the bleachers, but The Denver Post reported that over 1,000 people attended. You would think the crowd would be full of young Christians, even young female athletes, wanting to meet their idol. But instead Palin faced a crowd of aging Tea Partiers to whom her wares were hawked flea market style. She took this opportunity to educate them about her foreign policy.
Yes, she has one now.
I’m sure we all recall the war hawk Palin who claimed we were in Iraq on a holy war and wanted to invade Russia during the 2008 campaign. Since these gaffes, she has tried to define her foreign policy, which has mostly consisted of throwing spitballs of thinly veiled sour grapes in the form of criticism at the President from Fox News.
On April 26 of this year, Palin said, “Mr. President, your hesitation and vacillation in the Middle East breed uncertainty. It’s symptomatic of the puzzling way you govern.”
He is governing, while she is not. She quit her job. And when she was governing, she was quite the puzzling mix of socialist turned oil company pimp. But in any case, her statement was pure Palin. It was meant to gin up uncertainty and fear and meant to imply that the President is weak. It offered no specifics nor did Palin have any specific criticisms, but what can you expect from someone who didn’t know what the Bush doctrine was three years ago. But most importantly, this statement is now unusable since President Obama orchestrated one of the “gutsiest” moves by any President in recent history when he ordered the killing of Osama Bin Laden and thereby managed to do something in two years that the last two presidents were unable to do.
Apparently even Palin recognizes that insinuating that Obama is weak won’t fly quite as well now. But she was more than happy to use Palin-speak to suggest that President Bush had something to do with the capture of Bin Laden while not being gracious enough to even utter her current President’s name. Clearly the puppet is still getting the talking points from the RNC, so try as they might to distance themselves from her publicly, post Palin’s widely criticized pity-party “blood libel” video debacle, the fingerprints of the Republican Party are all over Palin’s words.
Here’s the video courtesy of KWGN News:
Palin said, “Yesterday was a testament to the military’s dedication in relentlessly hunting down an enemy through many years of war, and we thank our President and we thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory.” She ironically showed a complete lack of self-awareness when she added, “Those who would kill in the name of religion must be sought. We are still at war with the brutal enemy that hates America and our allies and all that we stand for.”
Yet it was Palin who just a few years ago told her church in a speech that we were in a Holy War with Iraq.
And then she made a signature Palin play, by feeding the conspiracy theories already being generated by a desperate right wing that will not accept President Obama’s success in the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
“Palin, typically eager to be critical in her assessments of the president, only directed one question at the administration, expressing curiosity over bin Laden’s burial at sea. The usually skeptical Palin, however, said that, in this instance, she accepts at face value the administration’s explanation.”
This is quintessential Palin, using her limited ability to form complete, coherent sentences to her advantage to say something people have a tough time pinning down. The truth is that she “accepts” the sea burial of Osama Bin Laden just like she “accepted” the birth certificate, but encouraged questions to be asked by expressing “curiosity” and thereby encouraging disbelief in her aging followers.
The good news is that Palin can barely draw a crowd. The bad news is that the GOP has no viable candidate for 2012 and even with her plunging approval polls and failure to draw crowds, Palin’s fans are a loud constituency of primary voters. And post-Osama Bin Laden capture, Palin may be looking like the perfect sacrificial lamb to the GOP.
Running her in 2012 may be the only way to shelve this puppet, and if that is the case, then the nation had best brace itself for another long siege of conspiracy oriented anti-Christ insinuations instead of serious policy debates.
Yesterday, David Frum took his party to task for falling into the abyss of anti-American insinuations about President Obama. Frum is under the impression that with the birth certificate now put to rest and Osama’s killing proving Obama’s pro-American sentiments, his party can get back to serious talk. I’m afraid it’s not going to be that easy, because it was never a matter of having legitimate concerns and always a matter of using the lowest common denominator to carve out a voting base so paranoid and full of rage that they would vote for a party that clearly doesn’t represent their best interests.
Palin represents just how far the GOP has fallen. She is an uninformed, petty, vindictive, mean-spirited person who can’t discuss the issues and so relies on ginning up fear and suspicion about her opponent. She has been doing this ever since she ran for mayor of Wasilla and insinuated that her opponent was Jewish and possibly unmarried since his wife didn’t share his last name. And as sick as we all are of her kind of politics, until the GOP gets its act together and admits that some of its policies were failures when taken to extremes as they were under Bush, we will be subjected to Palin politics.
Palin politics may not be successful in a national campaign, but they are currently the only life-boat the Republican Party has for its Ryan-esque policies. After all, it’s tough to sell economic suicide to informed people.