Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dead fish: Sarah Palin, the future of the Republican Party, leaves office without an iota of credibility

By Michael J.W. Stickings

"Sarah Palin leaving governor's post amid confusion, criticism," says the L.A. Times.

I'd say that's putting it mildly.

While she's as wildly popular as ever among the GOP's extremist faithful, those in the base and the Rush-driven conservative movement, she has, incredibly, even less credibility than she had during the utter embarrassment -- to her, to her party, to her state, to the nation -- that was her time on the national stage during last year's presidential campaign. (Just think back to those Couric interviews.)

It was that campaign, once the initial infatuation and media frenzy were over, that exposed her ignorance and her unpreparedness, revealing her as an endless joke worthy of some fine SNL satire but also, given her combination of ignorance and ideological fanaticism (the typically Republican blend of evangelical theocratism and laissez-faire libertarianism), all packaged within the persona of a sanctimonious, grudge-holding thug, as a genuinely dangerous political figure, one who claimed to speak for America but who really spoke for her own sense of victimhood and entitlement.

And now she's gone -- but not for long.

No dead fish is she. Her many worshippers on the right will make sure she rises again, the would-be saviour of a party that is ever-so-desperate for someone to lead it back to the promised land.

(To which I say: Fine with me. There's no way the Republicans will win with Palin at the helm. Which is why they should by all means build their future around her.)

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  • The resignation ceremony itself was dignified yet highly emotional.


    By Anonymous Mike Licht, at 10:06 AM  

  • We'll be linking to and featuring your comments on Sarah Palin early tomorrow morning at Libertarian Republican.

    We appreciate you calling her a "laissez faire libertarian." Many in the libertarian movement, particularly hardcores in the Libertarian Party are skeptical of Palin's devotion to libertarian ideals.

    When she's attacked from the Left, as you have done, and labeled a "libertarian," it greatly assists our efforts to fight back against those skeptical Libertarians.

    Thanks again,

    Eric Dondero, Publisher
    Libertarian Republican

    By Blogger Eric Dondero, at 9:02 PM  

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