SOUTH FROM ALASKA! We head off to the sweet sunny southand Frank Rich says Palin could win: // link // print // previous // next //
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2010
To the sweet sunny south until Monday: As the poet mournfully wrote:
Actually, we were born in Bostonor at least, thats what the government says. That said, were on the train to Durham today. This site resumes on Monday.
More regional culture: Then too, you could listen to cut 9, sampling an iconic tune which includes some of our favorite lyrics:
We always applaud when them singer fellers speak well of their girl friends. Thoughts like these are routinely occasioned by train rides into the south.
SOUTH FROM ALASKA (permalink): Could Sarah Palin end up in the White House? Before we answer, consider a bit of foolishness from Gotham eminence Alessandra Stanley, well-known FOD (friend of Dowd). This foolishness ended her recent review of Palins TLC program:
Thus ended Stanleys review. When Stanley referred to one of [Palins] most mocked mis-statements, we found ourselves wondering something we often wonder, based on strange things pundits say:
Does Stanley think Palin actually said that you can see Russia from her house? A person might get some such impression from what Stanley wrote. Palins actual statement has been heavily mockedbut it wasnt exactly a misstatement at all. That said, many people now seem to think that Palin actually made that apocryphal statementthe statement which actually came from Tina Feys mouth.
But so it goes when Gothams swells type their predictable piffle. On Sunday, the analysts groaned when they read this pitiful post by Josh Marshall, the most reinvented man of the decade. What happened to the real Josh Marshall, they pleadingly asked, as they so constantly do:
That was Joshs entire post. It represented sweet hay for the herda trinket thrown to the liberal rubes. But if you click on Joshs link, you find that the Quinnipiac poll in question shows Palin within eight points of Obama in a hypothetical match-up (48-40). Two years out, that margin is astoundingly slender. But Josh was talking down to the herd, keeping us barefoot and clueless.
Has anyone ever dumbed himself down the way Josh Marshall has done?
Sunday, in the New York Times, Frank Rich asked and answered a question about a possible Candidate Palin. Could She Reach the Top in 2012? You Betcha, his headline adjudged. Rich says Palin could beat Obama in 2012 if Bloomberg stages a third-party run. Wed say almost anything is possible now, in part because of the dynamic to which Rich frankly alludes:
In our view, Palin would be a terrible candidate. But she does gain from all the condescensionand todays liberal world seems to run on that fuel even more than the Bushies and Noonans. We liberals love to roll our eyes at the lower-class brood from the north. We cant stop entertaining ourselves with silly drivel about Palins children. All normal judgment is thrown away when it comes to their mamma herself.
At one point, Rich describes the way Palins first TLC program showcased the villainous lamestream media (represented by Palins unwanted neighbor, the journalist Joe McGinniss). Remember how we liberals reacted when McGinniss rented the house next door to the Palins to help him write a book about her (or something)? When Palin dared to comment on this, we took umbrage on behalf of McGinniss! We acted as if his weird behavior was the most normal thing in the world!
On one single day last week, Salon was running two separate, pointless reports about Bristol and Willow. Meanwhile, Josh assures us that an eight-point margin, two years out, means Palin would get clobbered. And Stanley actually seems to think that Palin made that ridiculous statement about seeing Russiaor at least shes willing to pretend, providing more entertainment. But then, we often see pundits who seem to think that Palin actually said that she can see Russia from her home. At such moments, the dumbness is plainand it doesnt belong to Palin.
Could Sarah Palin reach the White House? An eight-point margin is shockingly slim. But weve never seen a people so bent on self-destruction as we modern liberals seem to be. We seem to live for the purpose of showing our cultural condescension. For ourselves, we have no idea if Palin could actually win an election. But as Rich frankly said in Sundays column: These insults just play into Palins hands, burnishing her image as an exemplar of the real America battling the snooty powers-that-be.
Happy Thanksgiving! Why not salve your wounds by playing the tape of Palin with that pardoned turkey? (Just click here.) Remember how we all enjoyed a good solid laugh about that?