Sunday, November 22, 2009

Worth Breaking My Embargo For

As you know I've declared this an (almost) Palin-free zone, but Jay Rosen got me with this intro: "This is the only piece I've read on Palin recently that even comes close to explaining the damn thing." And I have to agree, Matt Taibbi is dead on in his assessment of Palinmania. Hard to pick the excerpts:
Sarah Palin is the Empress-Queen of the screaming-for-screaming’s sake generation. The people who dismiss her book Going Rogue as the petty, vindictive meanderings of a preening paranoiac with the IQ of a celery stalk completely miss the book’s significance, because in some ways it’s really a revolutionary and innovative piece of literature.

Palin — and there’s just no way to deny this — is a supremely gifted politician. She has staked out, as her own personal political turf, the entire landscape of incoherent white American resentment. In this area she leaves even Rush Limbaugh in the dust. [...]

Palin’s extraordinary ability to inspire major national controversies around these injustices done to her immediate person is going to guarantee her some kind of major role in American politics for the next dozen years. In this regard she is going to have a willing ally in her supposed keen enemy, the mainstream media, which likewise loves nothing more than a political narrative that has nothing to do with politics. ...
Seriously worth a read in full and I don't make that recommendation lightly. Matt will make you laugh and make you think about things in a way you hadn't before with this piece.

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Anonymous Kvatch said...

...the IQ of a celery stalk...

Now that made my Sunday! ;-)

6:02:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

One of the better lines. Loved the whole piece though myself.

9:42:00 AM  
Blogger Joe "Truth 101" Kelly said...

Sarah is unaware that she is to people of intelligence and sense nothing more than a dangerous joke.

In her mind, she is Thomas Jefferson with female genitalia.

5:52:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Sure, and TJ was a Christian Conservative too. Her supporters insist that we hate her and therefore nothing we say about her is honest - and of course we're all "elitists."

The joke is on anyone who thought Democracy could survive in an ignorant and superstitious rabble.

9:21:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Truth, I'm rather convinced she has no contact with reality. But she's not stupid. She's very clever at manipulation, and she's making it pay off for herself.

Fogg, I hope we can survive it. There are days I hope that Rapture thing is true and I live to see these people face their judgment from their God.

9:45:00 AM  

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