Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

A Few Tiny Notes on the Sarah Palin 'Vanity Fair' Profile

VFWe read it, and it was worth reading. It did not make me feel good about the future. It will make you feel concerned too.

• "Todd Palin received as much as $20,000 worth of clothing-a wardrobe that would last most men for many years, if not for life." This is probably true and also is hilarious that it appears in Vanity Fair. Because, hey, that's how much the outfits cost, in the pictures?

• One thing that's fascinating is that the piece treats Palin's oratory style as a constant negging. "But she is also planting the idea with audiences that they might not be good enough, by telling them she thinks they're plenty good, no matter what anybody else may say. ('They talk down to us… They think that if we were just smart enough…')" The point is a good one! Oratory works as amplification of disenfranchisement and as outrage-churning, very effectively.

• And yes. Why is Glenn Beck spending 9/11 in Anchorage, in Alaska's largest convention facility?

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keisertroll (#1,117)

Beck is spending 9/11 in Anchorage because he knows 9/12 is the real national holiday.

petejayhawk (#1,249)

Everything I read about this woman and her ilk makes me literally (literally) want to cry.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

I hear you. In my case it makes me want to teach. Or make a lot of money and give it to schools. One of those.

Matt (#26)

That picture is a little VH if you know what I mean.

KarenUhOh (#19)

Glenn Beck tickets: $65-$115. All proceeds will go to God or His Earthly Representative with priority access to the ticket windows.

Blackcapricorn (#4,791)

Taking a page out of the playbook of Swaggart I see.

bzcohen (#2,764)

"Each guest has a photo taken with Palin and receives a "personally autographed bookplate copy" of Palin's autobiography, Going Rogue. (The autographs are fake, made with an Autopen.)" Even her signature is not a real thing!

alexanderbasek (#4,534)

This finally completes Michael Joseph Gross' trilogy of articles on crazy celebrity ladies and their exorbitant wardrobe budgets, along with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.

jolie (#16)

OMG MJG wrote this?!?!? I adore his work – a pal and I STILL work ourselves into giggle fits over Ritchie Loves Dick.

Bettytron (#575)

This article is really depressing and scary, but this from one of Todd's emails made me laugh: "How many fundraiser's has she done for RNC, how much money has she raised and how much has voter registration increased for RNC since she was announced. So what if RNC purchase's some cloths for her for the work she has done for the party."
It's hilarious because he's barely literate!!

MollyculeTheory (#4,519)

Buying cloths is fine as long as they don't get any muslin, we don't stand for that here.

Art Yucko (#1,321)

he, and so, so many more.

KarenUhOh (#19)

It's time to face it, that Palin's appeal stems from the fact that she's not shy about coddling the stupid in exchange for glory and favor.

What's scary is that there is a lot of stupid out there.

Rw (#1,458)

and yet I feel like I don't have the right to be surprised. strange.

pissy elliott (#397)

I want to thank the copy editor who referenced Fist Of The North Star in the biflics for the joy they brought me. I also want to encourage some enterprising comic artist to adapt the Alaskan Dumbass Telenovela into a serial manga with no less than three (3) canned goods projectile fight sequences.

Rw (#1,458)

I want some 1000 hand action. AHHH kikikikikikikikikikikikikiki Kow! but I'll settle for someone making her head explode.

'Alaskan Dumbass Telenovela" I laughed (hard), I cried (harder). WHY?!?

HiredGoons (#603)

I find it a difficult fence to straddle, my position between "hey you're fine as you are!" and "everyone can use some (lots of) self improvement!"

Usually I reconcile this by reaching for the Vermouth.

I wonder when we start connecting the dots between the Koch family and all these here-today-gone-tomorrow PACs?

Art Yucko (#1,321)

#boycott the real enemy

City_Dater (#2,500)

The clueless Astroturfers who don't know their "populist rallies" are being bankrolled by rich libertarian assholes aren't likely to read The New Yorker or Frank Rich's opinion pieces in The Times (just to name two places where this connection has been very recently explored) and wouldn't believe anything they heard from a "liberal mouthpiece" anyway. And thanks to Sarah Palin and the rest of her shouty smarmy ilk, everything that isn't Fox News is a "liberal mouthpiece" to these people.

Sure. But it would still be nice to see the connections for the record? I mean, for the few records that are going to be remaining when we've all been pulverized into dust anyway.

scrooge (#2,697)

Surely the Koch bros can't be stupid enough to fund her? She is clearly going to self-destruct at some point. They would be wiser spending their money on (relatively) mainstream Republicans.

Mainstream Republicans don't represent their politics. They're hardcore libertarians. Only the tea-partiest will do.

Abe Sauer (#148)

It would be nice to see VF devote this kind of energy to exposing a rising right-wing politician that actually mattered, like Pawlenty, Thune or Ryan. Alas. The only thing more annoying than Palin is another 3,000 words spent by some magazine ostensibly on defining her, but really just detailing the most minute distasteful behavior in order to work itself into some of that sweet, sweet Palin-on-the-cover sales bump. The Palin-haters that publish this and gobble it up are all part of the problem. She's a politician that loves herself more than anyone else? Their marriage is troubled? People who used to like them are resentful of their rise to fame? Shocking new developments!

BTW, nice parenthesis dismissal of your own putrid involvement in the lying Levi Johnston Palin blob-fueling fame shitstorm, VF.

Slava (#216)

*grumble* *gumrble*

"Someone must give the family a hand with errands; the rumor around town is that the Palins have "a Mexican" who helps out, though nobody knows his name."

Pace Stan Lee, 'nuff said.

Crantastical (#4,127)

Points to this guy:

Once, while shopping at Target, a man saw Palin and hollered, "Oh my God! It's Tina Fey! I love Tina Fey!"

caw_caw (#5,641)

Sarah Palin is just the latest in a long list of fringe right wingers who show up and scare everyone witless. Barry Goldwater, George Wallace, Pat Buchanon, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Phyllis Schlafly, etc.

Our lack of historical perspective and generational narcissism combine to anoint a new anti-Christ every 10 years or so. No one can imagine there's ever been a boogeyman scarier than their boogeyman. There's been plenty of worse characters than Palin.

Her voice just happens to be amplified to ridiculous levels by a 24/7 media loop. The lady is catnip to media. She is a highly attractive property because she is unpredictable and answers to no one and she appeals to people who love her and people who hate her.

At best these fringe characters (who, like Mrs Palin, frequently lack actual constituencies) act as wedge forces to drive the debate to the right. At worst they preoccupy people who should know better and use up all the energy in the room, leaving liberals demoralized and defeated.

permafrost (#2,735)

YES. Thank you. At this point the "sound the alarm" outcries annoy me just as much as the Palin-loving idiots.

She is a very, very effective distraction from shit that matters, for sure.

whereafter about thereupon heretofore whereby nonetheless notwithstanding hereafter also too.

Palin/Whitman 2012!

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