Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Should You Read That Long Sarah Palin Thing In Vanity Fair?

I love the use of "democrat"There's an article about Sarah Palin in the new Vanity Fair, and the thing's damn near 10,000 words. But is it worth plowing through writer Todd S. Purdum's overheated prose ("It was in this environment that her ambition first found an outlet in public office, and where she first tasted the 151-proof Everclear that is power.") to get the whole story? I spent the last hour reading it, and I have determined that there are several types of people who definitely qualify!

You Should Read The Vanity Fair Piece On Sarah Palin If:

  • You are unaware that Palin is an egomaniacal and vindictive politician whose ruthlessness is inadequate when it comes to covering up for her incompetence.
  • You are unaware that Palin's base of support consists of the willfully ignorant and the perpetually aggrieved, a group to which she is both member and leader.
  • You are unaware that almost every single person in John McCain's campaign was horrified by her unwillingness to prepare, her attempts to promote herself at the expense of the campaign, and by the possibility that she might actually become the Vice President (or worse, President) of the United States.
  • You are unaware that Palin was selected for the Republican ticket on the strength of her pulchritude and fecundity, rather than her sterling record of achievement in Alaska.
  • You are unaware that "When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig's condition she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God's, and signed it 'Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father.'"
  • You are aware of all these things but you think it's nice to be reminded of them every now and again.

The rest of you are excused.

23 Comments / Post A Comment

Spiers (#12)

I just did a find search on that article because I had to make sure that the phrase "151 proof Everclear that is power" wasn't actually in the piece and that you totally made it up. But it's there! It's THERE.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go think about the 10 proof Zima that is a metaphor constructed by an adolescent.

Slava (#216)

We're talking about Everclear, the band, right? Because that's POWER!!

Br. Seamus (#217)

Vanity Fair is hiring Bulwer-Lytton winners now?

Emily (#20)


My time is precious but my dislike of her is priceless.

KarenUhOh (#19)

I think they put a Shirley Temple in her Everclear.

chrissth (#250)

I want nothing to do with her pulchritude nor her fecundity.

chrissth (#250)

I just pulchrituded in my mouth a little.

Kataphraktos (#226)

You know how there's people who have done bad things, and you wish them ill in a schadenfreude kind of way, but then when something bad happens to them, you feel sorry for them?

Yeah, Sarah Palin is not one of those people.

You know, sweetie, drinking the 151 proof Everclear does explain a few things….

-Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father.

allyzay (#321)

so hey apropos of nothing, sarah palin often reminds me of this famous author (who also wrote a little book called "latawnya, the naughty horse, learns to say NO to drugs"):


i mean read the excerpt and tell me that isn't palin? i think the couple on the cover are a front, the opposite of ghost-writers for the palin family, if you will.

izzygirl (#1,001)

I have to laugh. I am not a democrat or a republican but if any of you think that there is such a thing as a truthful politician you are living in a fantasy. I have been reading blogs for the last few days from both sides and I am amazed at the way supporters from each side blindly follow. Our political system is so corrupt and our politicans are pros at pitting you all against each other. I'll bet they can not even believe how successful they have been in creating the hate you feel for each other. The winners? They are. They keep you preoccupied with hate so that you don't care what they are doing. Remember what Chuck Schumer said: " The American people just don't care." I agree.

cherrispryte (#444)

A few days of reading blogs! You must have such nuanced opinions!

Also, we're all damn aware that most politicians are liars who stir the pot of public discontent for their own means. HOWEVER. Palin was so shockingly blatant in her lies and manipulations, and so proud of her own ignorance, that she's a special case of lying scum.


Xango_Xango (#1,003)

Alaskans are dancing in the streets. This is the most healing read for Alaskans who have been watching this incompetent, back stabbing, lying and divisive piece of work that we call Governor-Governor in Name Only. This is business as usual and it's time for the world to understand how she finger pointed, lied, over inflated her resume and accomplishments and cheated to get elected in Alaska in the first place. Maybe this will give us the ability to start a recall.

Xango_Xango (#1,003)

izzygirl: I wish Alaskans didn't have to care either but the fact is that a very incompetent and mentally unbalanced person made it too close to the White House and has been working her divisive magic within the State of Alaska. We're seriously hoping for a FBI intervention. Stay tuned.

cequirk (#962)

It's a nightmare I cannot wait to relive!

ted (#1,010)

One observation about Sarah Palin that sticks deep inside like a dagger: Palin fits the description of an NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) to a tee. This fact, which should frighten the bejesus out of everyone, is also the one that Kristol fears most, as its the first one he trots out and dismisses not at all convincingly:

"Is there any real chance that "several" Alaskans independently told Purdum that they had consulted the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders? I don’t believe it for a moment. I’ve (for better or worse) moved in pretty well-educated circles in my life, and I’ve gone decades without “several” people telling me they had consulted the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders."

Anyone with enough experience in life has encountered dangerous people like NPD narcissists and ASPD sociopaths — Palin's documented behavior closely fits both diagnoses, which often run in tandem.

For a partisan Democratic example, just look at Jonathan Edwards, another pol who fits NPD traits to a tee (http://www.slate.com/id/2213740):

"John Edwards outed himself as one when forced to confess an adulterous affair. (Given his comical vanity, the deceitful way he used his marriage for his advancement, and his self-elevation as an embodiment of the common man while living in a house the size of an arena, it sounds like a pretty good diagnosis.)"

Palin is very probably NPD, and maybe ASPD too (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASPD). Based on this alone, her political career should be dead, no matter what people think of her actual politics.

sunnyciegos (#551)

I wasn’t the only person to google OCD when living with a former roommate. Sometimes it’s just that screamingly obvious.

alorsenfants (#139)

Live in my world — I can't help it, but you don't want to — and you are sometimes among dyed-in-the-wool Republicans. The old-school types… from Greenwich, Chappaqua, and Bronxville. Some of them are kinda well-connected!

(Believe me, it doesn't get much duller in many instances than hanging out with these people.)

Anyways: ask any of these (mostly) guys what they think of this farce; they will tell you, to a man, that there is No Way they will have a thing to do with her. Crikey — some of 'em even held their noses and voted for Barack, because they hated her so much.

So: waste as much time reading Vanity Fair as you wish. But my call? This shit ain't happening.

kentropic (#988)

Much as I'd like to believe "This shit ain’t happening," recent history isn't reassuring: the GOP was in even greater disarray after Goldwater's defeat in `64, and `68 brought us the dawn of the Nixon Age.

Likewise, outsiders' attempts to impose imperial order on Afghanistan have never ended well. Let's hope the Taliban don't turn out to be Obama's Vietcong, or we might have to wrap our brains around the idea of "President Palin" — who looks about as likely now as Nixon did in `65….

alorsenfants (#139)

So isn't it funny — now that she's declared that she's resigning from office, as of today — here's where I'm thinking there could be trouble!

Wouldn't it just be a coup(!) for her to re-emerge shortly and declare her true intentions.

But good news remains the same: the old school fellas in Greenwich, et. al, won't buy in.

The Mitt Romney thing, meanwhile? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Mormon Nation!

(And you know what you have if you subtract the second 'm' –)

alorsenfants (#139)

P.S. Not that I already didn't subtract the second 'm'…

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