I’m as bored of Sarah Palin’s rampant stupidity as much as anyone, but underestimating her ability to inflict blunt force trauma upon the American body politic is a mistake. Her talent for leading the Angry White Men of the Tea Party by the nose provides the Republican Party with energy even if they lack any new ideas beyond variations of recycled Ronald Reagan riffs.
A new phenomenon is emerging: The Angry White Woman embodied by Palin, the failed ex- governor who quit on the people of Alaska so she could relocate to the lower 48, peddle a politically empty book, become a Fox News contributor, and pocket thousands of dollars speaking to her fans at Tea Party rallies. Palin hopes riding a wave of White resentment against the nation’s first Black president will make her his replacement.
Palin’s policies, such as they are, are articulated on her Facebook page. She took to it Sunday to author a post about the NCAA basketball tournament, but did so by drawing some provocative and troubling comparisons that seem to have nothing at all to do with sports.
Unless you consider politics a blood sport. The bolding and usage of emphasis and italics are all by Palin and are reproduced verbatim.
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March Madness battles rage! My family and I join millions of Americans enjoying college basketball’s finest through March Madness. Underdogs always get my vote as we watch intense competition bring out the best in these accomplished teams.
The Final Four is an intense, contested series (kind of like a heated, competitive primary election), so best of luck to all teams, and watch for this principle lived out: the team that wins is the team that wants it more.
To the teams that desire making it this far next year: Gear up! In the battle, set your sights on next season’s targets! From the shot across the bow – the first second’s tip-off – your leaders will be in the enemy’s crosshairs, so you must execute strong defensive tactics. You won’t win only playing defense, so get on offense! The crossfire is intense, so penetrate through enemy territory by bombing through the press, and use your strong weapons – your Big Guns – to drive to the hole. Shoot with accuracy; aim high and remember it takes blood, sweat and tears to win.
Focus on the goal and fight for it. If the gate is closed, go over the fence. If the fence is too high, pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, parachute in. If the other side tries to push back, your attitude should be “go for it.” Get in their faces and argue with them. (Sound familiar?!) Every possession is a battle; you’ll only win the war if you’ve picked your battles wisely. No matter how tough it gets, never retreat, instead RELOAD!
– Sarah Palin
There’s enough ambiguity in Mrs. Palin’s post for her to say, “Oh for goodness sake, lighten up folks. You libs have no sense of humor.”
The thing is I wonder if everyone who reads what Palin says sees the clever usage of metaphor and ambiguity. Someone posted on Facebook they thought it was a little too slick and sophisticated to come from Sarah Palin. Perhaps, and perhaps she’s a quicker study that she let’s on. The last time the Left “mis-underestimated” a Republican governor with a skimpy national profile and mangled syntax, George W. Bush had the last laugh for eight years.
Palin loves to skewer the out-of-touch elites for mocking her plain speaking persona. Even if someone ghost-wrote this post, it’s her name associated to it, so either she wrote it or approved it being written for her to put her name to it. Whether or not she claims authorship or not, she owns these words and the responsibility that comes from how they are construed.
All the double-entendres about “targets” and “crosshairs” aside there’s one phrase Palin uses that bothers me the most and that’s the references to “the enemy.”
In politics there are opposing viewpoints and opponents. We can hold differing opinions about an issue and defend our position with great passion, but that doesn’t mean we come to blows to “win.” We express our differences, we disagree, we move on. Nobody has to lose for the other side to win.
“Enemy” is a stronger word. A much stronger word. Does Sarah Palin believe liberals and Democrats are the “enemy?” It is not enough they be defeated at the polls, but removed as a possible threat as well? That term just seems more than a little intemperate. It seems ominous.
I don’t see Michigan State, West Virgina, Butler and Duke waging “war” next Saturday. I doubt these coaches and teams view each other as implacable enemies to be vanquished and requiring the spilling of “blood, sweat and tears.”
If Palin was channeling her inner Winston Churchill, she should know the correct quotation is “blood, toil, tears and sweat.” Perhaps those lessons haven’t covered historical accuracy yet?
I do hope it’s just me and I’m not finding the funny in this post by Palin. Someone with the obvious ambitions of Palin who aspires to the highest elected office in the land must guard against these languid lapses into intemperate language. Veiled calls to inciting violence against one’s perceived “enemies” are like taking a frothing-mad pit bull off its leash. One moment it may rip out the throat of the enemy and turn on it’s own master’s neck in the next.
Sarah Palin may always be considered something of a political lightweight and a bad joke being played upon the American electorate. But this joke is getting a lot less funny and a bit scary as she inches ever closer to the fringes of American extremism.