I would be, perhaps, one of the last people in the world to defend Sarah Palin. And I am not in any way defending her here; I am one of the millions who was offended and horrified that John McCain actually put this unqualified, unintelligent, Caribou Barbie spotlight-hogger in a position to be one heartbeat away from being President of the United States.
But as I’ve watched, listenened to and read all the vitriolic critiques of the former governor of Alaska (the best two of which are Todd Purdum’s scathing Vanity Fair story and the New York Times’ feature this week about her downfall), I kind of lost my enthusiasm for bashing her.
Kicking Palin now, when she’s been kicked so much, kind of feels like smacking a wounded animal on the side of the road that’s just flailing there: Where’s the fun in that? It’s really not worth the effort.
She has brought so much of this on herself, no doubt. But I kinda feel like enough is enough. The glee with which so many are taking bashing her is a little sad.
Do I think she’s running for President? Absolutely. And as soon as she announces her candidacy, sometime in the winter of 2010, I think the media should absolutely investigate and interrogate her, as they would any other candidate. I think so much of the press gave her a free pass last fall, simply because she refused to answer questions. I’m still waiting to hear whether Trigg really is her kid, and how, exactly, John McCain thought she was qualified to be vice-president.
But for now, I’m ready to move on. She’s not important enough at the moment to really waste any more time thinking about.
There are plenty more targets who deserve the ridicule and scorn we’re heaping on her. Mark Sanford, Governor of South Carolina, please step right up…
P.S. Although I have to say, I watched this Amy Poehler SNL rap again last night and still found it hilarious.