Sarah Palin Wants Second Chance, Third Chance, Fourth Chance....
Ever since Sony decided to pay Ronald Reagan to come to Japan and accept a check for two million dollars, the lucrative haul of politics seems to have become a presidential option for those who have followed since. The thing with Palin is that she wants to haul it in even if she doesn't get elected.
Of course there's that issue of actually having some ability and at least knowing what you're talking about (that didn't seem to stop Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush but both served longer terms as governor than the you betcha novice from Alaska). Actually given the mess that the junior President Bush left behind, I'm surprised anyone on the political spectrum wants to encourage anyone with so little ability and experience as Sarah Palin but right wingers seem to be gluttons for punishment.
There was an article in The Huffington Post the other day that Sarah Palin's handlers had to cancel an interview during the campaign last year because she didn't know enough about Hispanic issues. Palin is not exactly what you would call a quick study despite repeated efforts to bring her up to date. But what caught my attention was this particular part of the article:
Jason Recher, a senior campaign adviser to Palin now working on her book tour, dismissed the story and took a shot at Navarro for dwelling on last year's news.
So, according to this kind of thinking, we'll be out of line next year if we point out that Sarah Palin is a quitter, that she quit being governor after only two and half years, that part of her reason for quitting was that she wanted to make money and couldn't figure out a way around those pesky ethics rules. We'll be out of line, according to the fantasy that persists in her camp, to note how much money she is making from her speeches and books. We'll be out of line to talk about her record or her inability to talk truthfully and accurately about what is going on in the world and what the consequences will be of legislation before Congress. The only thing that will count is that Sarah Palin is a darling of the right and that her fantasies are somehow relevant to the future of the United States.
If the voters are smarter than Sarah Palin, which they usually have been throughout our history, we can rest easy and she will not be the next president of the United States. But these are strange times.
Last year Palin tapped into that canard of Drill, Baby, Drill. Oil production in the United States has been falling since the 1970s. It will continue to fall and we will continue to make huge payments to foreign oil producers. Drill, Baby, Drill feeds the illusion that we have lots of time to switch from depleting supplies of oil to an economy based on sustainable energy.
We just wasted eight years with George W. Bush. We cannot afford to waste any more time on empty slogans that fill the pockets of the very rich. Ah, but being very rich is exactly what Palin wants.