At some point in our country’s recent history, our starched presidential campaign has taken the form of a reality TV show. This has opened the door for some interesting new characters for “Oval Office: Season 2012,” which is already a ratings winner.
The first Blue Carpet poseur of 2012 was none other than the Donald. Trump and his running mate (the Combover) captured the attention of more than a few in the Republican base. His heavily vetted buzzwords echoed loudly in the dry GOP valley once home to herds of viable candidates. But once the Ego was mollified, Trump delivered a succinct fare-thee-well and walked, or rather swaggered, back to his successful “Apprentice” show with a ratings boost only an amoral man of commerce could enjoy.
Now we have Palin. Or maybe she has us.
Sarah Palin as recurring character in the presidential docu-comedy currently has otherwise rational reporters scrambling to follow her bus as it meanders a path that even the Rogue claims she doesn’t know in advance. Yet Palin always seems to pop up wherever there’s a large rally already underway–that’s the type of coincidence that would make a lesser entertainer blush.
Mostly, the reporters seem to be waiting for her to admit she’s not running for president (her own “Gotcha!” moment), but it seems she likes to dangle reporters much like the salmon she hooked on her other reality show.
The problem with Palin is not her passion, which clearly is great. Nor is the problem her ability to appeal to voters, which is considerable given her in-your-face tenacity and physical appearance. Nor is it her politics, which conservatives eagerly embrace. The problem with Sarah Palin is this.
She’s. Not. Very. Bright.
To give her credit, Palin was roughly thrust into the spotlight during the last presidential election, so her early mental errors (remember the Katie Couric interview?) could be excused to some extent. But now that she’s quit her day job as an elected official she’s had ample time on her hands to brush up on going rogue and being a better grizzly mama.
Based on her now famously rambling and utterly inaccurate statements about Paul Revere’s famous ride, it is clear Palin’s time would have been better spent studying extemporaneous speaking and American history instead. Her quotes from The Trib article suggest not only a laissez faire attitude about history and scholarship, but a rather arrogant attachment to an absolutely incorrect answer. In a rare example, Palin’s own Fox News was forced to point out her errors, and then follow up on the debacle.
Fortunately for Palin there is no I.Q. requirement for the job of President of The United States. However, we have the world’s largest and most complex economy, a highly trained military active in numerous conflicts throughout the world, a sophisticated and dominant role in global politics, and a host of other inter-connected agencies, entities and responsibilities that require an extreme amount of mental agility.
To his credit the Donald quickly realized the depth of the money pit we call our country, and how thankless (in dollars) the task of managing that corporation would be. Now if Sarah Palin would only realize that her talents are better suited to preaching her brand of conservatism to her pre-ordained choir, the quicker we could get onto the real show.