Requisite post about Palin’s book


And I’d leave it at that, except that I must add two things, one being that  between some blogs, (most of them from Alaska), the AP and the Huffington Post, I feel like I’ve probably already read the whole damn book. 

J.K. Rowling came to mind immediately.  Why?  Because the Harry Potter books were so well-guarded before release that a postal worker almost lost her job for delivering one a day early.  Granted, a lot of what was being protected were the same things that are protected under copyright for anyone and anything, and that includes Palin’s book.  Nonetheless, the event was ham-fisted and made Rowling and her publisher look bad.  Rowling, a multimillionaire, very properly apologized for beating up on a postal worker earning a middle-class wage doing an almost literally back-breaking job.  You see, at least Rowling took responsibility for it.  Palin, as her book demonstrates, takes responsibility for nothing, and perhaps not surprisingly, apparently gives God culpability for everything she does.  (I wrote about this sort of thing a few days ago.)

This is a roundabout way of saying that I’m sure the leaks will be blamed on someone else and that will be the end of it as far as Palin is concerned.  All Sarah was to do was take the advance, write a bunch of gibberish, and dance away on a book tour.  Oh well.

The other thing I have to say is that (somewhat alarmingly), it has been pointed out that nowadays, almost every potential Presidential candidate must write a book at some point — often long before the actual campaign begins.  If this book is Palin’s attempt at elucidating governmental concepts and making apt political commentary, as well as offering innovative and decisive solutions…

…well, all I can say is that she has just proven she isn’t up to the job. 

From what I can tell, the book is about whining — Palin’s whining — and that’s it.  From the pages I’ve read, it sounds like everything is everybody else’s fault (read the paragraph about leaks in this blog entry); the only blameless people in the U.S., according to Palin, seem to be herself, Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News, Michelle Bachmann, and probably Miss BoobJob Carrie Prejean as well.

This sort of reasoning may work well in the National Enquirer, but it does not work very well for an actual President of the United States.  Whatever happened to “the buck stops here?”  One imagines that if Palin ever quoted this, she’d do it while pointing to a place somewhere beyond herself.  Bush did that for 8 years, so it’s not out of the question.  

That’s not adequate.  We need someone in the Presidency who can handle affairs quite beyond any raised while reading a scandal-rag over your morning coffee.  We need someone who does not know how to point fingers at anyone but herself.

Sarah Palin has just proven beyond a doubt she is not that person.  And if there were any justice in the world, any further political ambitions she may harbor should end with the official release of this book.  Alas, as we have seen with Carrie Prejean, nothing seems to hurt a Christian bitch (or bastard) sufficiently to stop even the most extreme things from happening.  So nothing can be ruled out.

But at least we have the book.  And if the worst happens, we can take the responsibility of pointing out that we told you so.

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