Vacant Sack

November 27, 2010

What is it about Sarah Palin that makes me want to beat my head against the wall? 

What it is I think is that some people take her seriously while others only pretend to take her seriously because she can really turn out a crowd comprised of those who take her seriously plus others who show up just to witness a train-wreck happening. The one’s who pretend to take her seriously are hucksters. For both them and Sarah there’s money in it, and for some, money is the most serious thing there is —way more serious than integrity.  But the Palin phenomena is more nuanced than that. 

For instance, on one level I don’t take her seriously at all.  On that level she’s a joke, a caricature, a lazy, willfully ignorant, self promoting, empty skull. On another level I take her dead-seriously.  On that level she’s a high-heeled empty bag —a well-disguised void into which the angry uninformed can fling their frustration and hopes and carry them through the next election into the White House in order to “get their country back”. What makes Palin serious is that charismatic empty bags have been stuffed before with anger and frustration and have gone on to take over Europe. One should not confuse a sack filled with nothing with one filled with transparent irrational potential. Make no mistake about it, transparent irrational potential is not nothing. The exterior voluptuousness that has had Pat Buchannan salivating and lolling his tongue out of his talking head since she popped onto the scene is simply a money-generating piñata stuffed with ignorance and disdain for knowledge, expertise, and intellect. To Palin and her followers such things spell e-l-i-t-e.  Busting that piñata would be like opening Pandoras box.  

Palin’s most recent shameless display of gibberish came during an interview with Glenn Beck (don’t get me started…) in which she misspoke and called North Korea our ally. This was certainly an innocent slip of the tongue, but PZ Myers’ observation at Pharyngula gets at the real problem with her remarks about the recent Korean crisis.  Myers says:

“I really think calling North Korea was nothing but an accidental slip of the tongue, but even without that, the totality of her comments are vacuous, simple-minded chit-chat. And this insipid person wants to be president?”

After making her gaffe on Beck’s radio show Palin went on to say,

“This is stemming from, I think, a greater problem when we’re all sitting around asking ‘Oh no, what are we gonna do,’ and we’re not having a lot of faith that the White House is gonna come out with a strong enough policy to sanction what it is that North Korea’s gonna do,” she said.

“So this speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policies.”

She also said the United States should “remind North Korea, well, we’re not going to reward bad behaviour and we’re not going to walk away and we do need to press China to do more to increase pressure on that arena”.

I don’t know about you but I can imagine an 8th-grader coming up with that bullshit when backed into a corner by the teacher who asked for comments about last night’s homework.  The stumped 8th-grader and Palin make it up as they go seeding their answers with simplistic filler based upon the thinnest knowledge hoping they’ll pull it off and sound as if they knew what they were talking about. A kid might have gotten a reprimand for laziness.  Palin just gets, an interview on Fox, more money and another shot at the White House. 

There’s a lot of room for bad gas in a vacant sack.  It’s not something you want seeping out during a life-and-death policy debate.



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