"So, the Sarah Palin campaign - and, make no mistake it is a campaign - trafficks in code and buzzwords about the shame of being losers. Her bus tour rolls heavy under the rubric: "One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Recognize those phrases? They are from the national oath that we are all trained to recite in the first grade. Most of Sarah Palin's followers got through the first grade - and are proud of it. The phrase that really rings out, though, is "justice for all." For a nation of tattooed, hopelessly fat, angry people without jobs or incomes, filled with shame, this phrase resonates. How come no justice for us?
The bad feelings her followers nourish about being swindled out of their livelihoods and their honor are liable to be expressed indirectly and perversely.
I prefer to be direct. Sarah Palin represents a dangerous force in American culture. We have better things to do in this nation than go down some twisted path of vengeance-seeking in the name of lost glory. I hope that Sarah Palin's competitors on the right will stand up to her American fascist themes and call her out for what she is: a half-educated TV performer unqualified for high political office. The true shame of this country is that we have to take a clown like Sarah Palin seriously."
Enter Hitler, Release 2.0 - Clusterfuck Nation
Very uncomfortable with the Hitler analogies in the full piece - removed from the above excerpt - but Kunstler really nails it sometimes, so had to post. I do disagree with his comment 'unqualified for high political office' as I believe half-educated TV performing is what US politics has become. She is DEFINITELY unqualified to lead though.
Now, for something a little less extreme.
"Although there remains a scintilla of doubt that Palin will actually go for the Republican presidential nomination, so far there are two big clues that she is running: everything she says and everything she does.
Palin would be crazy not to run for the Republican nomination. Just look at the rest of the field. Since evangelicals' sweetheart Mike Huckabee declined to run, the path is clear for Palin on the Tea Party/Christian wing. The three identikit Republican ex-governors running – Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman – squabble among themselves and split the centre-moderate-establishment vote. Palin crushes them all in South Carolina, the traditional Republican bellwether. Game over?
That scenario was sketched out for me by a Virginia Republican who is tepidly backing Romney – "Because there's no one else." He, like a lot of Republicans, is still waiting for a knight on a white horse to sweep into the race, Rick Perry of Texas being the most common name given to the knight, although Jeb Bush is also wistfully mentioned. The trouble is, time is running out and knights are in short supply.
How bad have things got for the Republican party? This bad: Rudy Giuliani is thinking about running."
Sarah Palin and the seven dwarves: the Republican presidential nightmare