So, this video will surely be making the rounds, but I’m kind of pressed for time today so what the hell. Below is a video of sad clown Sarah Palin responding to a question from sadder clown Sean Hannity about Iran and how many nuclear bombs they’ve already set off at Ground Zero. Then Palin starts calling the country they’re talking about — which is Iran — “Iraq,” because it probably is, or is at least close, right?
Like most entertainment programs on your television, Sean Hannity’s Paranoid Circus always has to strive to challenge itself to break new ground and keep things fresh for their viewers. Enter Sarah Palin, and her mouth that keeps on giving, and voila! People are talking about Sean Hannity again. Any press is good press.
I’d like to say briefly that I don’t find anything about Sarah Palin interesting or engaging in the least. Plenty of progressive writers spend too much digital ink attempting to understand the Palin phenomenon, and I for one just couldn’t care less about her. Glenn Beck is fascinating for the same reason that professional wrestlers are–he’s an actor giving people exactly what they want and executing it flawlessly. (He’s also one of the most destructive forces in the country, but that’s a discussion for another time.)
Palin, on the other hand, is like a polar bear in a propeller beanie riding a miniature bicycle. She is so clearly unaware of everything that’s happening around her–and so powerless to control it–that none of her actions feel deliberate, and for that reason who gives a shit what she does?
All this fretting about “What Does Sarah Palin Mean For This Country?” is so uninteresting right now. Upstate, district NY-23 hadn’t elected a Democrat since the fucking Civil War. The teabaggers staged a coup on the Republican candidate and injected their asshole de jour, and he got crushed. The euphemistically named “Conservative” party–who would be more accurately referred to as the “White Nativist” party–got crushed in a district they should have easily won.
Even if some lunatic right-wingers get elected in the next few years, that STILL doesn’t tell us anything important about Palin. This country has been more than willing to indulge George Wallace-types in state and regional positions. Just because some yay-hoo with a gun and a bible gets elected Sheriff of Fucktown (a position I’ve held), it doesn’t mean that Palin is this barometer with which we can judge our society. Glenn Beck, maybe, but not Palin.