Something About Sarah

I admit that I find a sort of grim entertainment in reading the numerous blogs, many of them written in Alaska, that address the weirdness of Sarah Palin and the actual harm she has done as a result of being weird.  A lot of the charges made in these blogs have not been mentioned on Civilization Rant, however, and a friend has just asked me why.  I told him it was because some of this stuff is just too weird.  But then sometimes I think that can’t be it.  After all, I used to write at length about Rod Blagojevich.  I addressed that subject once again just the other day, come to think of it.

Anyway, what could be so much weirder about Sarah?  She’s weirder than Rod?  HAH!  And it’s true that Rod’s family life never figured much into his career-ending scandal, except for the part about the wife with the potty mouth.  But the fact is, weird as Blags is, Palin is weirder.  How, you ask?

Well for starters, it seems to make sense that Trig, Palin’s Down-Syndrome affected baby, is actually her grandchild.  It makes more sense than does the story that he is her own baby, especially when you consider the claims she made about Trig’s birth. 

There have also been a few reports about the weirdness of the church Sarah Palin is/was a member of.  Stuff like her being worshipped as the reincarnation of Queen Esther…you know, stuff that makes the stories about witch-hunting sound downright sane. 

There have been reports that Palin’s marriage has been on the rocks for years.  I tend to believe these, if only because her husband does not strike me as the type of guy who is secure enough in himself to put up with a politically ambitious wife — and also, her own ultraconservative politics would not seem to allow for any such ambitions in herself, unless she is a major-league hypocrite. 

There have been reports that Palin is a spectacularly bad mother, which would tend to be verified by the birth story she gave about Trig, if indeed it is true, and also from observations about the lives of her daughters Bristol and now Willow.

The only conclusion I can come to is that this woman is just phenomenally weird.  Possibly there are aspects of her life that are too weird for this blog, even though I have dealt with the subject of a weird governor before.

Who? you ask.  Rod Blagojevich, I answer.

You see, there are Alaskan blogs about Palin because Alaskans give a damn.  Palin is positioned to do real damage, while Blags, on the other hand, is finished.  He was, after all, operating without a safety net — that being the “pro life” shield wielded so effectively by so many right-wing politicians these days.  Blags wasn’t right-wing.  That left him vulnerable.

That’s why to us here in Illinois, Blags was merely the last straw in a bale of weird straws.  He was ultimately dealt with like all the rest of them.  But his removal from the bale only seemed to lead to someone else being added to it.  And it goes on and on — a culture of corruption.  That tends to drain the caring out of you after a while. 

But anyway, he had it all: monumental selfishness, delusions of grandeur, a persecution complex, innate crookedness…you name it.  Like Palin, he refused to live in the governor’s mansion and opted instead to fly back and forth to work, at the expense of the people of his state.

In fact, except for the religion thing (Palin only belongs to a weird church in which she may or may not be worshipped as a reincarnation of Queen Esther; Blags seems to think he himself is the Savior), and the “pro-life” thing (which seems to be the reason some people are still taking Sarah seriously; Blags had nothing like that to save him although he tried to make up for it by becoming a champion of illegal aliens), and the vice-presidential thing (Blags actually wanted to be President)…well, except for all that, these two are almost identical.

I say “almost” because while Sarah Palin was ultimately responsible for a death panel for seniors in Alaska, Blags tried to buy favor by creating a very silly public health-insurance program that covered kids only.  It was called “All Kids;” he somehow created it without consulting the Illinois State Legislature, and it had no funding whatsoever (I believe Blags tried to extort money from an executive of a children’s hospital by threatening to withhold state funds from the hospital, but that “donation” was to be for his own use).  

“All Kids” was immediately rejected by most pediatricians because they knew they would never see payment for their services, and is still languishing somewhere in the ozone because no one wants to become the politician who got rid of it.  But what the hell.  Blags squeezed every last bit of good publicity out of it that he could before the truth got out.  That’s the one thing he was very, very good at.

The thing is, he kept getting caught.  And so does Palin.  But the difference is that Blags paid a high price for getting caught, and the saga of Sarah Palin, on the other hand, just keeps rolling on and on as if she were a real, viable public figure.  That, plus the extra layer of “weird” that surrounds her personal life, makes her dangerous.

Maybe that’s why the bloggers of Alaska are so desperately trying to get the truth out, while we here in Illinois don’t really give a flying one about our weird and crooked politicians. 

Even so, her supporters may be asking what all these weird stories have to do with her ability to govern.  I’d say, judging from my experience here in Illinois with Blagojevich, that the stories have everything in the world to do with it.  They are part of who she is.  The “Pro Life” shield cannot change that fact, but apparently it can deflect attention long enough for a lot of damage to be done.  And so, maybe the bloggers of Alaska are doing a public service by keeping all this out in the open.  If that is the case — if Palin never gets any further in her political career than she has — then all I can say is, “bless them.”

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