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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