Monday, September 29, 2008

Wow. So True It's Painful...

The scariest thing about Sarah Palin isn't how unqualified she is - it's what her candidacy says about America

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 reflexive prejudices of their demographic, as they would for 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 "have a friend and advocate in the White House." 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.

Have the Republicans really come up with the ultimate empty consumerist fantasy candidate possible? If they win, then I guess they have.

Surely they won't win.


1 comment:

  1. Will they win? I dunno, why don't you ask that friendly red state lady I sent you the video of?