I noticed the hoary, smirking caricature of Sarah Palin at the Conservatives Convention in DC exhorting patrons to vote for the most radically conservative candidate possible without actually endorsing one.
If you want to understand how truly frightening this ruthlessly ambitious, self serving, opportunistic would-be politician is and what a terrible danger to the country or the world if, however unlikely, she were to ascend to any position of authority other than a highly overpaid Fox pundit, you need to read two works:
1. “Game Change” (2008) (you should read this anyway as it is a very clear and well referenced portrait of the ’08 election by respected journalists not affiliated with any radical groups). It is REALLY a must read for all, including right wing-nuts and wild-eyed liberals. There’s something for all.
Of particular interest is a chapter on Palin written by the woman charged with getting her ready for prime time politics, documenting all the hysteria, paranoia and instability they all lived with, and few willing to recall in print.
As they were about to set off to meet Couric, Palin announced ‘I hate this makeup’ –
smearing it off her face, messing up her hair, complaining she looked fat”. Palin
went on to give answers to Couric that were so incoherent the interview permanently
damaged her. Palin went into a tailspin. She stopped eating or sleeping and drank
only a half a can of diet soda a day. “When her aides tried to quiz her she would routinely
shut down – chin on her chest, arms folded, eyes cast to the floor, speechless and motionless,
lost in what those around her described as a kind of catatonic stupor”.
Still being paid tons of money for the fruits of this activity.
Also said to be a film coming out on the 2008 election theme starring Julianne Moore as a pretty convincing Palin. there is already rumor that Palin is not happy about the portrayal, not that she would be happy with any realistic portrayal of her.
2. “The Rogue” by Joe McGinniss. A volume full of bias critical of both the Palins, which was most interesting for it’s depiction of the Palin paranoia and the open ended acceptance of numerous distortions and non-truths related to Fox News and especially Glenn Beck about the would-be spying activities of McGinness. The Palins told Fox and Beck that McGinness peered into her daughters window at night and produced a photo of him with binoculars viewing birds in a tree from the opposite end of the porch facing the opposite direction. Fox immediately labeled him a dangerous stalker and Beck suggested thinly veiled threats on his life might be in order. Locals came around offering him weaponry and told him his best course was to stay out of sight.
So like Ken says, if only 25% of the material in “The Rogue” is true, the Palins are contemptible individuals, equally or more-so matched by Fox News and especially the impeccably evil Glenn Beck, a scoundrel so odious the was thrown off even the most conservative wing-nut TV shows and hasn’t been seen since.