From Pine View Farm

Beyond the Palin 2

Praised with faint damns: she’s no Margaret Thatcher (not that being one is any kind of accomplishment). Michael Stickings in the Guardian:

There is no denying that Palin is plucky and driven, and perhaps likeable to some, but she is also, as she proved throughout the campaign, arrogant, ignorant, un-self-conscious and seemingly unaware of much of the world around her. Thatcher was never a genius, but at least she had a keen and perceptive mind . . . and possessed a genuine curiosity about the world. She went to Oxford, lest we forget, where she studied chemistry before embarking on an almost three-decades-long climb up the Conservative ranks before finally reaching the very top in 1979.

Palin, for her part, spent a few years meandering around post-secondary institutions in Hawaii, Idaho and Alaska before settling in as a local sportscaster, cozying up to the extremist Alaskan Independence party and entering local politics, first in Wasilla and then squeaking past the corrupt leadership of the state Republican party in Juneau, where she was discovered by Kristol et al, anointed by James Dobson and the Christian right and dumped onto the national ticket to arouse the lethargic, anti-McCain base.

Thatcher was not sublime, despite the best efforts of the right-wing publicity machine to portray her as a British Reagan (also not sublime–Will Bunch q. v.), but Palin is, indeed, ridicuous.

Pay close attention. Watch as she fades away . . . .



  1. Karen

    January 3, 2009 at 8:15 am

    This twit is too arrogant to “fade away”. And her followers are too (insert adjective here)to allow it.

  2. Frank

    January 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Yeah, well, if a doofus does cartwheels in the forest and no one is looking, did the doofus really do cartwheels?

    Her stock with the American voting public is at this point lower than Bernie Madoff’s.