Saturday, September 27, 2008

Yet another reason to love Matt Taibbi.

Excerpts from the latest rant from Taibbi, about Sarah Palin, in this week's Rolling Stone:

Here's the thing about Americans. You can send their kids off by the thousands to get their balls blown off in foreign lands for no reason at all, saddle them with billions in debt year after congressional year while they spend their winters cheerfully watching game shows and football, pull the rug out from under their mortgages, and leave them living off their credit cards and their Wal-Mart salaries while you move their jobs to China and Bangalore.
   And none of it matters, so long as you remember a few months before Election Day to offer them a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne as part of your presidential ticket.
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Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she's a new low in reptilian villainry, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power. Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she's the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV — and this country is going to eat her up, cheering her every step of the way. All because Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.
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The great insight of the Palin VP choice is that huge chunks of American voters no longer even demand that their candidates actually have policy positions; they simply consume them as media entertainment, rooting for or against them according to the reflexibe prejudices of their demographic, as they would for reality-show contestants or sitcom characters. Hicks root for hicks, moms for moms, born-agains for born-agains. Sure, there was politics in the Palin speech [at the convention], but it was all either silly lies or merely incidental fluffery buttressing the theatrical performance.
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She's a puffed-up dimwit with primitive religious beliefs who had to be educated as to the fact that the Constitution did not exactly envision government executives firing librarians. Judging from the importance progressive critics seem to attach to these revelations, you'd think that these were actually negatives in modern American politics. But Americans like politicians who hate books and see the face of Jesus in every tree stump. They like them stupid and mean and ignorant of the rules. Which is why Palin has only seemed to grow in popularity as more and more of these revelations have come out.

This article was probably written a week or so ago, and I think the tide has turned against Palin (especially since clips like this and this have taken YouTube by storm). But hey, you still can't explain why anyone with enough (apparent) political smarts like John McCain would ever want to roll the dice on her in the first place.


kelly o! said...

Palin is scary.

Dan said...

If they totally destroy her, which Biden should do in the VP debate, the G.O.P. will spin it as malicious attacks. On the other hand, if Biden shows some restraint they'll say she held her own against a veteran politician.

It's a thin line the Dems have to walk, but she has the tendency to put her foot in her mouth.