I’ve just read some of the links on my blog for the first time in a few months and found that many (not all) of the Palin-related blogs have retired. Oh, they’re still there to read, but as there is no new news about everyone’s favorite shrill shrew, there are no new posts.
Such is as it has become with this blog. At one time, not terribly long ago, I was continually wondering out loud when the rest of the world was going to catch up to me in terms of some of the stuff I was writing about — mostly economic injustice, but other things as well. Nowadays all I need to is look in the streets and I see thousands who were probably thinking the same things all along, but have just now found their voices in unison, shouting for all the world to hear even though most of the “liberal media” are turning a deliberate deaf ear.
Also, in the past year and a half, and the past few months in particular, I’ve been finding words taken out of my mouth by much better and louder voices.
I am not retiring this blog, but as I believe I’ve said several times this year, I haven’t been and won’t be writing very much. Certainly this blog may lose some of its political edge in the near future, at least, in favor of posts of a more personal kind.
And yes, a small part of this decision has to do with the implosion of Sarah Palin. What will I do without stupid? Stupid has been a major subject in this blog. Of course, there are still the GOP candidates, pundits, and an endless array of teabagging Congressmen to target, but no one is quite as much fun as ol’ Sarah.
I admit I did enjoy all the flying cats and monkeys for a long time there. But I was as horrified as anyone at her response to the Arizona shootings and I feel that it was that response that ultimately did her in. It was not the “liberal media” (which, as I’ve frequently noted, does not really exist), nor was it the anti-Palin blogs I loved so much. No. In the end, nothing did her in but her own mouth. She made that speech and it was like magic. All of a sudden, after 8 years of George Bush and almost 3 years of Sarah Palin, it was actually possible to be just plain too stupid again — and being too stupid was at last neither a good thing nor excusable.
We saw this demonstrated in Palin’s subsequent disappearance from the front pages (even though it actually took her own inevitable decision not to run for President to finalize that disappearance*) and we’re seeing it still with just about every GOP Presidential candidate. And it is indeed something to be thankful for.
And it is ironic as well. Think of it: Ronald Reagan made it okay to be stupid; during his Presidency he covered the office in a sort of Technicolor non-stick coating. At the time, however, that protective coating only extended to Reagan himself. With George W. Bush, stupidity gained an even thicker and all-encompassing coat of non-stick. Yes, he could land his helicopter on the Queen’s rose garden or refuse to learn to pronounce “nuclear” correctly (not to mention start a few meaningless wars, trash the economy, etc.), but no matter how dimwitted he got, no one seemed to care. Stupid grew in prestige to the point where few people in the mainstream media even blinked very hard then Sarah Palin was added to John McCain’s Presidential ticket.
And then, in the course of one speech, Sarah Palin herself unwittingly scraped it all away.**
That said, I will miss those blogs. I don’t think many people will miss this one, but perhaps other subjects are ahead that I will yammer about endlessly, who knows — so they’ll have to put up with me anyway. In the meantime I’ll write now and then, whenever something strikes my fancy. And as always, I thank you for dropping by.
*I’ve read that Palin’s decision not to run for President did not displease the head of Fox News Manufacturing; however, it was her really harebrained decision to announce it on an outlet other than Fox News that riled her bosses. Apparently she is in such poor standing at Fox that at one point they were considering putting her on permanent leave until the end of her contract.
**For my point of view on Palin’s infamous Arizona speech, posted near the time she made it, see this. I note that my crystal ball was too cloudy to tell me that Palin had just taken herself out with no one’s assistance at all.
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