Saturday, July 4, 2009

Play Her Off, Keyboard Cat

Wow, what a couple of weeks. First the Jon & Kate thing explodes all over the place and before I can process that we have Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson dying and then before we can catch our breath and enjoy a nice, long holiday weekend, Gov. Sarah Palin decides this would be the perfect week to announce she’s leaving office.

Talk about your Friday news dumps.

Bill Kristol, dean emeritus of the Conservative Clown College, hits the trifecta of stupidity by musing:
It's an enormous gamble - but it could be a shrewd one.

After all, she's freeing herself from the duties of the governorship. Now she can do her book, give speeches, travel the country and the world, campaign for others, meet people, get more educated on the issues - and without being criticized for neglecting her duties in Alaska.

Uh, yeah. Okay honey, here’s a lolly, now go outside and play while the grownups talk.

Folks whose heads aren’t up their asses are following rumors that a criminal indictment is pending related to a scandal over a company called Spenard Building Supplies. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, I got a good laugh over this “it’s always good news for Republicans” quote from Mary Matalin:

Ms. Matalin joked that despite her own initial inside-the-Beltway reaction of surprise, shoppers at her local WalMart in the Shenandoah would be whooping "hoo-rahs" because of Ms. Palin's continued popularity among conservative voters.

Uh yeah, conservatives love it when their Republican governors resign from office. Indeed, conservative voters in California and South Carolina eagerly anticipate the resignation of their states’ Republican governors. It’s how they show their love for their state! Now Mary, go outside and play with little Billy. The grown-ups have some talking to do.

There’s been a lot of silly parsing of Sarah Palin’s resignation speech, reading between the lines and whatnot. Please. Sarah Palin is not deep, that’s what people like about her. What you see is what you get.

Her resignation speech was hastily thrown together and her delivery was shaky, not the polished performance we’re accustomed to seeing from her. Her voice shook, she stumbled over her words, and she was at times drowned out by quacking waterfowl (I at first thought it was bleating goats); perhaps a better location could not be secured at the last minute. And she even botched the "retreat" quote attribution. It wasn't Gen. MacArthur. It was Major General Oliver Prince Smith. I know, I've never heard of him either.

So despite her claim that “this decision has been in the works for awhile,” I ain’t buying it. The decision not to run for re-election may have been a foregone conclusion, but the decision to resign was clearly a last-minute one.

While some speculate she’s clearing her calendar for a 2012 run, I don’t know how you can hear this and not think something is up:

These Troops and their important missions – those are truly the worthy causes in this world and should be the public priority with time and resources and not this local / superficial wasteful political bloodsport.

Sounds like one of her many ethics complaints is about to send everything crashing down around her to me. Sarah Palin is the patron saint of political victimhood, and of course she will write off any indictments to political vendettas and “bloodsport.” The poor thing, the evil liberals hate her, you see, and she’s done nothing wrong, just been a maverick, and beautiful, and a woman who winks.

Alrighty, then. Play her off, Keyboard Cat: