The Watering Hole: December 28, Reviewing Palin

Good morning, all.  I found this book review of “Going Rogue” written by Leslie Thatcher at truthout.  It’s composed entirely of quotes taken from other articles written about Palin — with the quoted articles listed at the bottom.

It’s sad and creepy that such a review was even possible, but that seems to be our “star struck” culture.

Read and cringe…I’m sorry for adding to the Palin stock quotes.

I am having Sarah Palin nightmares.(1) Few things draw in readers and garner clicks more reliably than articles (or, even better, pictures) of Sarah Palin. We can’t look away.(2) Like everyone else, I can barely take the waves of embarrassment that come from watching someone do something so badly.(3) My cringe reflex is exhausted.(4)

It was not my intention to be writing about Sarah Palin, since everyone with a laptop, a No. 2 pencil, or a red crayon seems to be covering that beat.(5) We can’t stop talking about her even when we desperately want to.(6) Pundits … rushing to place the gleaming crown of populism atop the head of this shameless corporate servant … are the ones who have driven me to write about Palin. Someone has to nail the media establishment for its willing perversion of language, American history, and the substance of today’s genuine populism.(7)

Right-wingers of the Bush/Rove ilk have had a tough time finding a human face to put on their failed, inhuman, mean-as-hell policies. But it was not hard to recognize the genius of wedding that faltering brand of institutionalized greed to the image of suburban-American supermom. It’s the perfect cover.(8) Huge chunks of American voters no longer even demand that their candidates have actual policy positions; they simply consume them as media entertainment, rooting for or against them according to the reflexive prejudices of their demographic, as they would for reality show contestants or sitcom characters.(9) There is indeed something mesmerizing about Palin, with her manic beaming and fulsome confidence in her own charm.(10)

Read the rest here, if you dare…

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7 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: December 28, Reviewing Palin

  1. I had to be out today, then I found a football game when I got home. Just now settling down. I made a fire in the woodstove because I got tired of it being cold in the kitchen.

  2. Life would be so much simpler if Palin were President, Congress and the Courts were all firmly ensconsed in the Republican Party – and we all had lobotomies!

  3. It occurs to me that Sarah Palin might be better nicknamed as “Sanjaya” Palin.

    WIKIPEDIA: Sanjaya Malakar gained national attention on American Idol, controversially advancing to 7th place with public votes, despite being poorly received by the show’s judges. After Idol, Malakar made many television guest appearances and has been commonly parodied in popular culture. He got to 5th place in season two of the reality television show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!

    Let’s see if the shoe fits:

    Sarah Palin gained national attention on a national American talent show, controversially advancing to 1st place with Republican ‘votes’ (over John McCain), despite being poorly received by many of the GOP judges. During Indecision ’08, Palin made few television guest appearances but was never out of the press. She was famously parodied by Tina Fey of 30 Rock. She got to 4th place in the reality television show I Want to Be Your New President…Get Me into the White House!

    Yeah that seems to work.

    This possible Wikipedia entry could be wrapped-up as follows:

    After her television career ended, Sarah Palin quit her job as Governor of the least populated most heavily subsidized State in the US, and posed for the cover of a book written by a fan, for which she was reputedly paid at least $1 million. She now spends much of her time as a political commentator specializing in criticizing the press, the President and any other subject about which she’s professionally and intellectually unqualified to opine.
    Some have suggested that she is also plotting some kind of revenge but others dismiss the idea that she might be formulating any vindictive stratagem given her history of unpreparedness and sheer opportunism.

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