Since Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is coming to OC soon, Matt Taibbi’s profile of her in the current edition of Rolling Stone magazine couldn’t come at a better time.Â The link takes you to a sidebar exposing fact vs. fiction in Palin’s words and deeds.
Taibbi takes no prisoners.Â He pretty much savaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign and anyone who saw him skewer Democrats on Bill Maher’s show knows he’s hardly partisan.Â He has a hugh built in BS detector and is’t afriad to be critical of anyone from either party.Â
That said, he savages Palin in ways that make partisan anti-Palin types like me squirm and wince.Â The actual article isn’t online (buy the magazine!).
Here are some excerpts that are beyond juicy; readers beware, adult language ahead:
Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, sheâ€™s a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power. Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, sheâ€™s the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV â€“ And this country is going to eat her up, cheering every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.
The great insight of the Palin VP choice is that huge chunks of American voters no longer even demand that their candidates actually have policy positions; they simply consume them as media entertainment, rooting for or against them according to the reflective prejudices of their demographic, as they would for a reality-show contestants or sitcom characters. Hicks root for hicks, moms for moms, born-agains for born-agains. Sure, there was politics in the Palin speech but it was all either silly lies or merely incidental fluffery buttressing the theatrical performance. A classic example of what was at work here came when Palin proudly introduced her Down-Syndrome baby, Trig, then stared into the camera and somberly promised parents of special-needs kids that they would â€œHave a friend and advocate in the White House.â€ This was about a half-hour before she raised her hands in triumph with McCain, a man who voted against increasing funding for special-needs education.
Palinâ€™s charge that â€œgovernment is too bigâ€ and that Obama â€œWants to grow itâ€ was similarly preposterous. Not only did her party just preside over the largest government expansion since LBJ, but Palin herself has been a typical bush-era republican, borrowing and spending beyond her means. Her great legacy as mayor of Wasilla was the construction of a $15 million hockey arena in a city with an annual budget of $20 million; Palin OKâ€™d a bond issue for the project before the land had been secured, leading to a protracted legal mess that ultimately forced taxpayers to pay more than six times the original market price for property the city ended up having to seize from a private citizen using eminent domain. Better yet, Palin ended up paying for the fucking thing with a 25 percent increase in the city sales tax. But in her speech, of course, Palin presented herself as the enemy of tax increases, righteously bemoaning that â€œTaxes are too highâ€ and Obama â€œWants to raise them.â€
and there’s more….
Then thereâ€™s the God stuff: Palin belongs to a church whose pastor, Ed Kalnins, believes that all criticisms of George Bush â€œCome from Hellâ€ and wondered aloud if people who voted for John Kerry could be saved. Kalnins, looming as the answer to Obamaâ€™s Jeremiah Wright, claims that Alaska is going to be a â€œrefuge stateâ€ for Christians in the last days, last days which he sometimes speaks of in the present tense. Palin herself has been captured on video mouthing the inevitable born again idiocies, such as the idea that a recent oil-pipeline deal was â€œGodâ€™s Will.â€ She also described the Iraq War as a â€œtask that is from Godâ€ and part of a heavenly â€œPlan.â€ She supports teaching creationism and â€œAbstinence onlyâ€ in public schools, opposes abortion even for victims of rape, has denied the science behind global warming and attends a church that seeks to convert Jews and cure homosexuals.
All of which tells you about what youâ€™d expect from a raise-the-base choice like Palin: Sheâ€™s a puffed-up dimwit with primitive religious beliefs who had to be educated as to the fact that the constitution did not exactly envision government executives firing librarians. Judging from the importance progressive critics seem to attach to these revelations, youâ€™d think that these were actually negatives in modern American politics. But Americans like politicians who hate books and see the face of Jesus in every tree stump. They like them stupid and mean and ignorant of the rules. Which is why Palin has only seemed to grow in popularity as more and more of these revelations have come out.
Hereâ€™s what Sarah Palin represents: being a fat fucking pig who pins â€œCountry Firstâ€ buttons on his man titties and chants â€œU-S-A! U-S-A!â€ at the top of his lungs while his kids live off credit cards and Saudis buy up all the mortgages in Kansas
The truly disgusting thing about Sarah Palin isnâ€™t that sheâ€™s totally unqualified, or a religious zealot, or married to a secessionist, or unable to educate her own daughter about sex, or a fake conservative who raised taxes and porked up earmark millions every chance she got. No, the most disgusting thing about her is what she says about us: That you can ram us in the ass for eight solid years, and weâ€™ll not only thank you for your trouble, weâ€™ll sign you up for eight more years, if only you promise to stroke us in the right spot for few hours around election time.