Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sarah Palin's Ridiculous, Pointless, Rambling Trump Endorsement

Herself, also too. Image from source, MSN.
Sarah Palin is the ultimate symbol of the current Republican Party. She has a cult of personality. She has no particular political talents, no particular base of knowledge. She has shown little interest in becoming any "better" at being this weird type of celebrity she epitomizes. No need for book learnin' or basic sentence construction. She's just Sarah Palin, and no matter how ridiculous she appears to most of the world, inside the conservative base bubble, she is awesome.

If Palin is the ultimate, Donald Trump is whatever comes after ultimate. He's the male version of Sarah Palin. So, naturally, the two are teaming up. There are three or four takeaways from this momentous occasion:

- Palin is one of the few personalities capable of shutting up Trump. For a long period of time. And at his own event.
- It says something really sad about the GOP that its two leading contenders--Trump and Ted Cruz--actually wanted Palin's endorsement.
- Palin truly outdid herself, spewing forth a word salad of head-scratchers, run-on sentences (and paragraphs), non-sequiturs, mangled clichés; served alongside a stew of mistruths, distortions, bad conclusions, inapt analogies and downright lies. This was Palin on eleven. [Story continues below]

All of this was carried LIVE!!! on all of the cable news channels, even the "liberal" ones. What made this a newsworthy, live, prime-time event? Who is Sarah Palin today, exactly? She served as the mayor of a small town, then a governor--for half a term--of a small state. She campaigned for all of a couple of months as John McCain's running mate, and that's it. That's the sum-total of her political oomph. As already amply spelled out (and if you check my archives, there are loads more examples), she's little more than a celebrity. Less than that, she's a celebrity has been, who has failed to parlay her fame into anything beyond a few short-lived reality series, a couple of short-lived stints on FOX "News," opining on every subject with the depth of knowledge of your dotty Aunt Gertrude.

Ann Coulter is backing Ted Cruz. It must be killing her that she got barely a whisper compared to this. Poor old gal. But don't you have to ask yourself (for me, it's with open-mouthed astonishment) why either of those women would be considered a positive endorsement? Something you'd tout as a plus? What the hell is wrong with the Republican Party? What is wrong with its base? How can they criticize absolutely every action or inaction by Democrats with the air of superiority of a serious party, when they're this deeply unserious?

PS: Anyone calling Hillary Clinton shrill? STFU.


Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump, Rallying Conservatives
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, endorsed Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, providing Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost just 13 days before the state’s caucuses. . .

Read more at: MSN

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