Monday, November 16, 2009

Brace Yourself

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but apparently Sarah Palin has a book coming out sometime soon and she’s going to be on TV to promote it. David Brooks is not impressed.

She’s a joke. I mean, I just can’t take her seriously. We’ve got serious problems in the country. […] The idea that this potential talk show host is considered seriously for the Republican nomination — believe me, it’ll never happen. Republican primary voters are just not going to elect a talk show host.

Why not? They already have two of them running the party right now.

Those trying to promote the former governor of Alaska who quit her job in order to cash in on her fifteen minutes say that she’s attractive, she gets a big audience, and she can turn on a crowd with her charm. The same can be said of Justin Timberlake; what’s your point? Her supporters also say that while she may not have made up her mind about whether or not to run in 2012, she’s not the kind of person who mulls things over. Matthew Continetti, author of The Persecution of Sarah Palin told NPR that Ms. Palin goes with her gut and makes decisions when it’s time to make them. Yeah, we’ve had that kind of leadership before; how’d that work out?

Some of the details of the book’s contents are already leaking out, including her thoughts on evolution — she doesn’t believe in it — and other bits of trivia such as her admiration for Hillary Clinton, or at least her run for the presidency. And according to those who know, the book is already a best-seller before it hits the bookstores. I suspect that like a lot of these much-anticipated books, it’s being bought in bulk by groups that are supporters (as opposed to support groups) and will be doled out as giveaways at tea parties and end up as Christmas presents from right-wingers to their left-wing kinfolk as gag gifts (“Oh, you shouldn’t have…”).

Hey, I’m all in favor of free enterprise and giving her all the opportunities to go around the country and tell the crowds what she has to say — just don’t promote it as a “literary tour.” Pride and Prejudice it ain’t. And I am pretty sure that the more we hear from her, the more apparent it will become that while she may be highly entertaining, the idea that she could be a serious candidate for president is on the same level of expecting to see Pauly Shore do Hamlet at the Old Vic.