Just another day in la-la land

Apparently Sarah Palin now feels that the day-to-day grind of being governor of Alaska will hinder her from running for President.  All hints of a forthcoming indictment and/or scandal aside, this is the only possibility that strikes me as a plausible reason for her resignation. 

Unfortunately for her, in the real world having quit the day-to-day grind of being governor with just under half a term left to go will hinder one in running for President.  We kinda like our Presidents to stick around, even when we don’t like our Presidents.  Walking off a governor’s job in mid-term kinda sets off alarms in a lot of people’s heads, yuh know?  Even AWOL George stuck around, although he managed to be on vacation for a total of 3 of the 8 years he was in office.

If she had been in her second term, perhaps it would have been okay.  Or maybe not: we here in Illinois recently had a governor who was in his second term and refused to quit even after being indicted, arrested, and impeached.  Now that’s Presidential-style sticktoittiveness, but Blagojevich is never going to be President in this lifetime.  He’s a Democrat.  They don’t get to make as many mistakes as Republicans, and Blags has, at this point, actually exceeded the Republican allowance.

Anyway, Palin wasn’t even a second-termer.  This was a freshman governor.  This was someone who had a new and shinier bauble dangled before her and decided to bat at it, like a kitten who abandons a bowl of milk to chase a piece of metallic string around.  Or even Michael Jackson, who thought no one should notice that he’d had extensive plastic surgery and also that his skin was no longer black.  Of course, Jackson didn’t have the wingnuts to guard him, nor was he a politician, so he was inherently less dangerous.  On the other hand, Palin in La-La-Land could spell real doom for those of us out here in the real world.  There are just enough wingnuts — about 30 million of them — to make this a possibility.  And that’s frightening. 

Even if that thought doesn’t scare you, consider this: these people have been trying to foist their version of reality on the 270,000,000 rest of us (not to mention the rest of the world) for the better part of 30 years.  Look where it’s got us.  We have people out in public insisting that what they say is reality even if it’s clearly a lie, and we have lots of other people supporting them.  Meantime, our economy has fallen apart, the population has exploded, and the environment has continued to deteriorate.  But apparently we’re only supposed to care about abortion, Grey Poupon, Obama’s birth certificate, beer.

In the wacky world of  right-wingnuts, that’s the priority of things.  So quitting your job without having much of a track record in that job, just because you want a better job is perfectly okay as long as Sarah Palin does it.  She is, after all, anti-choice.  Anyone who finds her behavior both odd and enlightening — as in that it reveals her true self — is obviously a liberal (bad!) and is being mean to poor Sarah (badder!).

On the other hand, if Hillary Clinton had done such a thing, she’d be an unpatriotic liberal “feminazi” bitch who was so ambitious that she didn’t care about her consituency and only cared about glory, never mind her zipper-addled husband and ugly daughter which just make her worse.  She kills people too you know, and eats unborn babies in ceremonies conducted by lesbian witch covens.  Of course, all this is reality only in wingnut-land, but you catch the drift — or you will if you publicly attempt to defend Hillary.

Here’s the truth in a harsh light: all the right-wingnuts apparently want at this point is another President with a duncecap on its pointed little head so they can feel better about themselves — gee, you can be that stupid and still be President!  This particular pointed little head is invaluable because she may even allow the Fat Man a real voice in government, so expect the Fat Man to attempt to mangle reality in her favor until reality itself screams. After all, there’s something in it for him.

Imagine the unreality of the U.S. being run by Rush Limbaugh while pretty Sarah has her hair and nails done every day, and wears pretty clothes and darts around the world smiling at world leaders and saying really stupid stuff.  You know, kind of like Miss America, but without the brains.  We could have another George Bush (the only difference being that during that regime, the U.S. was being run by Dick Cheney), only much prettier.  What heaven; after all, there is no blessed paralysis that propaganda, sloganeering, name-calling and fear-mongering can’t accomplish.  Maybe we’d have no economy at all by the time she finished, instead of one merely in shreds, and we’d be overrun with cheap labor and unaffordable healthcare, and our food would be poison, and the environment would collapse completely.   And WWIII might even start, if for no other reason that the rest of the world couldn’t stand another minute of her.  But gosh, she’d make sure she looked pretty and kept uttering the correct buzz-phrases while we were heading down the poop shoot.  You betcha! smiley1_sl-designs1024x768

And we’d hear over and over again from Fox News about how great a President she is until someone actually started to believe it, and there would be rumblings about throwing out that nasty 22nd Amendment that limits Presidential terms so she could stay in office forever and keep us all mesmerized with her prettiness and down-home-iness, and eventually there would be a movement to build a statue of her in Washington, D.C., or maybe to carve her image into Mt. Rushmore.

And maybe, in the middle of it all, she’d quit.  It wouldn’t take much.  Maybe someone would insult her (darn, that happens a lot to Presidents).  Maybe someone would offer her one of Queen Elizabeth’s extra crowns, and she would think, “To hell with all this, I want to be the Queen of England!”   After all, isn’t it just Russia that’s between Alaska and England?  And she can see Russia from her back yard yuh know.

Oh no dears, it isn’t that far-fetched.  Always remember that it’s okay, because we’re talking about Sarah Palin here.  In the right-wing fantasy world of saints, she’s the saintliest.  Fox News is already talking about her “wide open” options, and MSNBC isn’t far off that mark, either.  Sometimes I wonder if it’s only because they want to see her become President so they can report on the damage.  If not, then I have no explanation.  I can’t believe they’re honestly that stupid.

Let’s just hope that the non-wingnut Republicans come to their senses in the next year or so and laugh her off their stage for good, and send someone serious up against Obama in 2011.  The rest of us have had enough of fashion-doll politicians, and there are a lot more of us than there are of the wingnuts.  If I were a non-wingnut Republican I would keep that in mind, because realizing that all of us don’t live in la-la-land with the wingnuts may be the Republicans’ only credible road back to the White House.

But if the sane Republicans don’t come to that realization, I have only one thing to say as I stare doom in the face: damn you, John McCain.

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