America’s guilty pleasure

Welcome to Sarah Palin week.

The gift that keeps on giving is the nation’s early Christmas present.

Sarah Palin this and Sarah Palin that. All week long.

Are you ready for some Palin? You bet’cha!

More stories about herself and her Todd and her kids.

And the big, bad news media that has scrutinized her every move, but who she can beat like a bass drum.

Is is just a coicidence that her book is number one the same day that the global doomsday special effects flick “2012” is number one at the box office?

People love disasters, no matter in what form they’re presented: movies, books, real-life car crashes.

But “Death Panels” Palin isn’t available to talk about the economy, Afghanistan, or health care. That would mean she’d have to be taken seriously.

And Sarah Palin should never be taken seriously.

Except for her availability.

Oprah’s got her for a sit down. Seriously. All the ladies in the audience will probably be told to look under their seats for a free copy of Palin’s book. Signed!

No mano e mano here, thank you. More like diva e diva.

Oprah asked Palin if she planned on running for president in 2012.

Palin responded by saying “it’s not on my radar screen right now.”

Frightening to even think what would be on Palin’s radar screen.

If Palin wants to prove she can handle anything other than talking about herself or how the media mistreated her or how she is the mouthpiece for right wing nuts, she’ll take on another interview with that cagey, manipulative, sinister, got-ya journalist Katie Couric.

But Palin doesn’t have to prove anything. Except for the fact that if she’s ever elected president she would be living proof that the country could actually elect someone dumber than George W. Bush.

Palin is an empty vessel. A sports broadcaster wannabe who has no business in politics, unless it’s to succeed at reducing it to a level of incompetence not seen in our lifetime.

Mission accomplished.

However, Palin is a celebrity we just can’t get enough of. She’s not in Obama’s league, but rather Jon and Kate’s.

America seems to like its celebrities who give off the impression that they may not be smarter than a fifth-grader.

No matter, everything she says and does gets instant media coverage. And the media will cover anything —- including stuff fifth-graders would find insulting to the intelligence.

Palin seems unaffected by bad publicity —- and there’s plently of it, some brought on by herself (which she’d never fess up to) and some by her almost son-in-law, Levi “cougar bait” Johnston.

Maybe it’s the old theory that there is no such thing as bad publicity, but she goes on and on. Like an Energizer bunny that can do some fancy pageant walkin.’

Palin supporters think she could do no wrong. She quites her job as governor of Alaska to make money on the lecture circuit and by writing a book.

And members of her party praised her for that —- including John McCain, who we have to thank for her. Maybe they’re all just secretly hoping she’ll stay out of politics.

She’s elected to an office but quits halfway through, leaving her state and its people in disarray, and she’s applauded for it.

Sure, why not take advantage of your new-found celebrity status and get on Oprah. Screw the people of Alaska.

On the other hand, Palin had the stones to announce that she was quitting as governor of Alaska right smack dab during the media hype over Michael Jackson’s untimely death.

And it worked. She actually got the media to stop its wall-to-wall coverage of Whacko. At least for that, she should be complimented.

The honeymoon with Obama is long gone, but the infatuation with the Alaskan Avalanche of Awesomeness continues.

The public seems content with Palin —- maybe because they see her as the proverbial train wreck waiting to happen.

Still, every cable news network is acting like teenyboppers at a Jonas Brothers concert covering the continuing Palin phenomenon.

The more liberal venues keep putting up stats from a poll that says 70 percent of the public doesn’t think Palin should be president.

Fox Noose continues to swoon, waiting for her exclusive interview later this week (they’re vacuuming the red carpet now.)

A few female reporters over at MSNBC giggled like schoolgirls when they read a passage from Palin’s book “Going Rogue” where she was going ga-ga over how hubby Todd looked without his shirt on.

Obviously Matthew McCaughnehey will play Todd in the movie version.

So if the public doesn’t think Palin should be president, what’s all the fuss about?

How about taking a poll asking if the public is sick of hearing Palin’s whiny voice all the time and hopes that she go away?

Enough with the media is bias toward her. The media continues to follow her every move. It could be viewed as stalking. Palin could get a restraining order.

But restraint isn’t in Palin’s vocabulary. Nor are a lot of other words, but that’s another story.

Palin has lasted longer than many highly-paid pundits would like to admit.

She should’ve gone away after the McCain loss last year. And she might have, had she been allowed to also give a concession speech like she planned.

One could only imagine how that speech would have gone down. The Republican Party may soon come to regret not letting her speak then.

In spite of that, Palin endures —- and that’s due to the celebrity-itis that still has the nation by the throat.

Celebrity, the term the McCain campaign used to try to drub the Obama campaign.

The GOP didn’t only create a celeb with Palin, it created a monster.

She’s the first true diva in politics (if you don’t count Rudy 9-11.)

The Thrilla from Wasilla …. drilla, baby, drilla.

Palin is America’s guilty pleasure.

Like some macho sports figure whose favorite movies are musicals.

Or some fanatic evangelical whose porn collection would make Madonna blush.

It would be easy to say that Palin is smarter than a lot of her detractors think. But that would be ridiculous.

She certainly is savvy. She’s a sharp businesswoman who is making a lot of money in a shabby economy that she would have no idea how to fix if she ever was elected president.

It’s a long way to 2012. Three more years of Palin in the news would turn everybody’s brain to bubblegum.

The media that revels in chewing up politicians and then spitting them out is swallowing everything Palin has to pitch.

And it’s nothing we haven’t heard time and again: Media bad, she’s not to blame for McCain loss — or anything, for that matter, she prays for people who say bad things about her, and absolutely no one is “the center of my universe.”

Palin isn’t running for president, she’s running for talk show host.

The right wing’s Oprah.

That’s where the real power is.

There’s room enough for two Goddesses of Gab in this country. Especially since America is polarized between Obamica and Palin’s real America.

It’s not the Democrats who have to worry about Palin in 2012.

If Oprah was smart, she’d sign Palin up with her production company pronto.

Then there’d be no worry about Palin ever “going rogue.”

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2 Responses to America’s guilty pleasure

  1. Fair Reader says:

    By Dewie Whetsell, Alaskan Fisherman. As posted in comments on
    Greta’s article referencing the MOVEON ad about Sarah Palin.

    The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing
    town in Alaska. I understand Alaska politics but never
    understood national politics well until this last year. Here’s
    the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets
    it. It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing
    things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m
    about to mention here.

    1- Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats,
    because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a
    fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into
    the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them
    packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and
    wearing orange jump suits. The Democrats reacted by skipping
    around the yard, throwing confetti and singing, “la la la la”
    (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this
    country that has ever done anything similar.

    2- Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians
    to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So she
    constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil
    profits called “ACES.” Exxon (the biggest corporation in the
    world) protested and Sarah told them, “don’t let the door hit
    you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska
    residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich.
    Of course, the other huge international oil companies meekly
    fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in
    the country that has done anything similar.

    3- The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s
    office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding
    for projects, known as “pork.” She went through the list, took
    85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over”
    stack. She let locals know that if we need something built,
    we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the
    money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because
    it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by
    dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook
    for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to
    her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her
    State provided security force (never mentioning – I imagine –
    that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the
    names of those other governors.

    4- Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she
    also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a
    natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private
    construction project in the history of North America. No one else
    could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then
    you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do
    things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other

    5- For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a
    place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why
    they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an
    investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started…
    This summer, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking
    them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged
    and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska
    won again.

    6- President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources
    for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted
    her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewables by 2025. We are already
    at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed
    to style and persona. Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look
    cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from
    liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has
    done in two and a half years. I won’t be holding my breath.

    By the way, she was content to return to AK after the national
    election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let

    her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers.
    And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and
    pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear
    your face off. Shoulda known better.

    You have just read the truth about Sarah Palin that sends the media,
    along with the democrat party, into a wild uncontrolled frenzy to
    discredit her. I guess they are only interested in skirt chasers,
    dishonesty, immoral people, liars, womanizers, murderers, and bitter
    ex-presidents’ wives.

    So “You go, Girl.” I only wish the men in Washington had your guts,
    determination, honesty, and morals.

    I rest my case.

  2. kewlbreezes says:

    Superb insights: intelligent and right on the money. This woman is living proof of what happens when someone who is largely ignorant of the world gains national attention.

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