Well, she gave it her all, but in the end, her childish behavior, penchant for gun-obsessed rhetoric, and inability to wrap her head around an adult way of speaking have finally undone Sarah Palin. Last weekend’s shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is just Palin’s first step towards total political oblivion, and today’s “apology” accounts for steps two-through-twelve. Read on to find out why, my gentle Examiner readers…
The “Sarah Palin Show”– what else can you call the ongoing shenanigans revolving around this polarizing wench?– has been in-season ever since John McCain announced the former Alaskan Governor as his running mate in the 2008 election. Back then, none of us knew who Sarah Palin was, what her politics were (though her affiliation with the Republican party certainly hinted at her policies), or what this overly-chipper hockey-mom had to offer.
That was a simpler time. A less annoying time. These days, the “Sarah Palin Show” runs 24/7, and all those questions we had about her have long-since been answered (the ones that weren’t answered during the actual election have been handled in the time since, somewhere between an endless parade of TV interviews, “Woe is me” public appearances, and Palin’s reality show, which she quit her Governorship to film). Quite frankly, I am tired of seeing, listening to, and hearing about this walking FAIL.
There are those that will take issue with my referring to Palin as a “walking FAIL“, but is there any doubt amongst discerning, rational adults that this is precisely what Palin is? Argue all you want, but I think that we’re watching the end of Palin’s (very, very, very limited) chances at a real career in politics…this…very…moment. Like, right now, and especially this week.
It’s a wonderful start to the year, if you ask me.
The most recent brouhaha surrounding the “Sarah Palin Show” has, of course, been the ongoing blame being shrieked in the former Governor’s direction after a Palin-approved poster showing bullseyes (over the locations and names of political rivals) preceded a shooting of…whatta you know. one of her rivals. This was Congresswoman Gabby Giffords of Arizona, and I don’t think we need to dwell on the details of that story any further: if you’re reading this, surely you’ve followed the story thus far.
Everyone wanted to jump on the “Blame Palin” bandwagon, and while I couldn’t really align myself with that crew, I couldn’t help but be delighted by her misfortune. My thoughts can be summed up like this: Don’t put bullseyes on campaign posters and incorporate gun-related imagery in your lame-ass attempts at winning the Presidency if you don’t want to be criticized when some jackass takes one of those talking points (or bullseyes) seriously. You stupid, careless, immature woman.
Anyway, that whole thing had FAIL written all over it, but things really ramped up when Palin released an “apology” on her Facebook page this morning. In case you hadn’t noticed, Palin’s big on making announcements and sharing her biggest ideas through Twitter and her Facebook update box. After all, what better way for an absolute idiot to communicate than in a format that’s mandated to be 140 characters or less?
One gathers that Palin looked at all the online support that Obama received during his campaign for President (and subsequent win; Suck it, Palin) and decided, “Hey, we should do that, too! How do we get on the internets? Is that how ya get to be Presidents?” That, or she’s just opposed to doing the kind of real interviews and hard-hitting (read: genuine) conversations that most other politicians open themselves up to. Oh, sure, she’ll show up on The O’Reilly Factor from time to time, but she sticks mainly to that cute little studio she had built at her Wasilla home. No chance of Katie Couric popping up and asking you a series of mean (read: semi-difficult) questions there, right?
At any rate, Palin’s “apology” really amounted to her playing the victim yet again. Here’s Palin’s M.O: Whenever there’s some sort of disagreement amongst the aisle’s two sides, Palin will find a way to insert herself into the issue. That’s when the crazy starts, and everyone will dogpile on whatever gaffe the former Governor has made, pointing out how truly, astoundingly stupid she really is. Once that’s complete, Palin will climb onto her computer and express how “saddened” and “outraged” she is that people would call her names, or oppose her plans, or point out the fact that her brand-new political party is, in fact, a little racist. Poor, poor Sarah Palin. How could all of you be so mean to her?
This was Palin’s strategy in the video address released today, and once again it reeked of Palin’s pariah complex. But the real FAIL-tastic moment came when Palin (read: Palin’s speechwriter, who’s clearly not firing on all cylinders…well, I was going to say “lately”, but let’s be frank and say “ever”) dropped the term “blood libel” into the middle of her “apology”. This was a term that I was unfamiliar with, but one that more than a few people are, and I was– once again– absolutely delighted to learn the extent of Palin’s latest gaffe.
“Blood libel” is also a term described as follows on Wikipedia:
Blood libel (also blood accusation) refers to a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, in European contexts almost always Jews, murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays.Historically, these claims have–alongside those of well poisoning and host desecration–been a major theme in European persecution of Jews.
Guess what religion recently-shot Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords belongs to? If you guessed that Congresswoman Gabby Giffords is Jewish, well, you don’t win any prizes. We all should’ve seen this coming the moment we learned what “Blood libel” means. Sarah Palin, your FAIL abilities know no end, do they?
My friends and fellow Palin-hating-enthusiasts, I submit to you that we are watching– in real time– the absolute destruction of what little chance Sarah Palin ever had at becoming President of the United States. I mean, if we’re going to be honest about this, there was probably very little chance (I’m thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of a 2% chance) that Palin would ever ascend to the office, but there was a chance. Giffords’ shooting– and, now, Palin’s response to the response that followed that shooting– have to mean the end for Palin as a viable political entity. The Republicans have all but written her off at this point, but now it’s turned into a situation where Palin’s idiocy can’t be ignored by the masses, and any further association that the Right allows themselves to have with Palin will only cost them further voters.
Not with a bang, but a whimper, my friends.
Five years from now, I think that we’ll see Sarah Palin as a frequent guest on talk shows, the political equivalent of a “one-hit wonder” band that everyone knew about at one point, but one that no one could be bothered to keep up with when it became obvious that they really only had one song to offer all of us. She’ll do another reality show, and she’ll probably get some manner of talk show to continue to spread her particular brand of crazy to those that still feel like listening in on it, but I think that this is the beginning of the end.
So, suck it, Sarah Palin: you had your shot, you blew it, and you deserve oblivion.
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