Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Why Palin can't be saved

The patient lies on the floor. Her pulse is thready, her breath shallow. Her eyes stare wildly and fearfully into a future she'll never see. 

Above her, two doctors feverishly work to revive her. 

The patient is Sarah Palin. The would-be-rescuers? Sarah's right-wing supporters and the mainstream media. 

The rescuers' motives for saving Sarah are as different as they are. Her wing-nut supporters wants to see her name at the top of the ticket in 2012. She is, after all, the Chosen One. I mean, what's not to love about a woman who can't name a single thing she reads, shoots wolves from airplanes and is so pro-life she made sexual assault victims in Alaska pay for their own rape kits. It was Sarah who gave knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers like Joe the Plumber a platform, who celebrated him as Everyman to counter the well-educated uppity black guy who dared challenge McCain in the last election.

Which is exactly why the mainstream media also wants her to survive. Like the majority of the nation - and unlike Sarah's supporters - they preferred that uppity black guy. Obama was well read, articulate and thoughtful. He was a comfort to a nation who was ready to move from a leader they'd like to shoot pool with to a leader who could unite and lead the nation. Having covered the mess Bush made of things, the media knows it will take more than one term to fix it. And the best way for Obama to get a second term is to run against someone who absolutely cannot win. 

That someone is Sarah Palin, and the media knows it.

The media recognizes that Sarah's supporters are crazy, so crazy that they're not afraid to turn on other Republicans. Look what happened to conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg when he dared suggest that Sarah was out of her league.

Another of Sarah's supporters, John Ziegler, went so far as to call her detractors "terrorists," and on sites like Conservatives4Palin her delusional fans offer gems like this:

Sarah Palin loves God. God loves Sarah Palin. And that is why they hate her....and Him.

I contend that the media's seeming blindness to Palin's faults - and the overplaying of her influence -is solely intentional. Apart from FOX the media is reflecting the public bias in favor of Obama. Palin is the best thing to happen to the Democrats in a long time. The media wants her to survive. The more she's out there, the more vocal her supporters will be, and the more they'll become the face of the party.  At the end of the day Obama cannot not fuck up enough to lose to a party defined by its White Trash elements.

That's why the media has downplayed her resignation. That's why they've never really dug into the many scandals swirling around her. And that's why - in the wake of her political suicide attept - they are so eager to revive her.

But I think the majority of the GOP is savvy enough to see what a losing proposition she is, which is why even conservatives are starting to speak out. They're not going to let her hijack their party. So they're going to finish her off.

Call it a mercy killing for all involved.


Diana said...

Sarah pales under Obama's light. She has been trying her best since her resignation to emulate his words of hope trying to convince the political stage that she is somehow equal to him in ability and stature.

I listen to her attempting to change her image using new words with an upbeat message and it feels like a fraud, still unknown to itself.

She can mimic, pretend and try to show that she has grown, but that is what it is...mimicking and pretending to grow. Nothing has changed on the inside for Sarah Palin, except more anger and contempt for people who don't think like she does.

True growth comes from acknowledging your own weaknesses and not from pretending to be someone you are not. Sarah has yet to confront her own ego. She needs to realize that in order to grow she must first find her own humility and accept her own failings and acknowledge them. She should be able to hear her oppositions words and accept their messages to her. What she is getting back is feedback of "who" she is. But Sarah can't stand seeing herself in that mirror and instead fights back instead of taking it in and using it for her own growth.

Sarah's biggest problem is her ego and her mouth. She just can't let things go and she always needs to be right. Until she realizes that she is one of the most polarizing figures we have in politics, and that life isn't about her version of "right", she isn't going to go anywhere other than into controversy and a constant stream of fighting and confrontations.

Morgan said...

None of this matters to her base, though. They hear the catch phrases and buzz words and their pack instinct is triggered. Right wing bigots don't care about inner growth or introspection. They don't mind a fraud, even a fraud perpetrated on them, as long as that fraud flies the Holy Christian Banner.

The press knows the very people Sarah leads will follow without looking beneath the surface. They'll rally behind her all the way to the 2012 nomination. If that happens then the media and Democrats will happily play along and then jerk the rug out from under Sarah and her supporters with the one scandal they've been refusing to talk about up to this point.

Micky-T said...

Nice to have you back. I know you've been busy but it will be nice to hear more of your voice regarding bimbo babe of the Artic north.

Morgan said...

Thanks, Mickey-T!
It's good to be back!

NortheastElizabeth said...

Your smear that Palin charged victims for rape kits was debunked a long time ago. Apart from the fact that there is no record of any rape in Wasilla while she was mayor and Wasilla's own financial records do not reflect that any woman was even charged, the legislative record shows that the only problem was that in other towns a hospital would occasionally bill an insurer for the kit after mixing it in with other charges for the victim's care. In contract, in Illinois during Obama's tenure as Senator, women were obligated to pay for rape kits out of pocket and then seek reimbursement from the crime victim's protective agency.