I do not know anyone who writes for the Huffington Post, nor have I visited their headquarters. I envision it, however, to be a place where staffers huddle around a television wetting themselves when they see Sarah Palin. I would like to be proven wrong but these people are making it difficult.
We like to think the Palin obsession is limited to the ranks of slothful journalists. Hack amateurs picked up in the hiring boom armed with nothing but sociology degrees and “coexist” bumper stickers.
But the problem goes further. The dregs of the journalism profession are encouraged and fed by a bloated mass of yes men hoping to pin their prejudices of middle America on an empty shell.
The partisan observer would let them. Let these mindless masses, these followers of Kathy Griffin, obsess over and paint their own American conservative. Sarah Palin, Patient X of the small town: unworldly, religious, plainspoken, traditional. Regular.
This is not to say we should accept average leadership. However, in a country of 310 million people, most Americans, despite our diverse professions, degrees, and news subscriptions, turn out to be pretty ordinary. It also turns out we don’t like it when others openly detest the lifestyles of our favorite neighbors, especially the nice ones who bring over beer.
In the process of disparaging Palin, journalists and their followers have managed to show their deep loathing for the kind and “regular” people who make their coffee, pump their gas, say hello to them at the grocery store, and employ them.
Ironically, Sarah Palin is Calypso’s island. It is a shame so many bitter words have been wasted on such an unimportant subject. Palin will not be the Republican presidential nominee. History shows that the GOP has a long track record of electing the smart choice for president, the steady choice. Palin is neither. She fuels the Republican base but she will not lead them.
Some have compared the treatment of Sarah Palin to the continuous visceral treatment George W. Bush endured but they are not the same. President Bush was in a position of power, one which allowed angry citizens to act directly upon their contempt for the man in the voting booth in 2006. Activists tried to use Palin as a Bush-like straw man to thwart Republicans in the midterm elections, only to find that they couldn’t even vote her uncoordinated daughter off a dance competition.
The Romans had a deeply insulting title for a stranger who mocked the values they held — “douchebag.” Talking heads and celebrities who appear on television to share their irrational repugnance of Palin do an excellent job bringing this ancient tradition into the 21st Century.
Aaron Sorkin, the talented and widely known screenwriter, is well on his way to winning an Oscar for The Social Network. People liked his movie and watched a number of his shows. Unfortunately, all his success and wealth could not prevent him from drinking a cup of crazy and writing a revolting Huffington post piece about Palin being too good of a shot. His article opens with, “You’re right Sarah, we’ll all go f*ck ourselves now.” Deep, Aaron. Now everyone thinks you are a blowhard.
Here was an ordinary person with a fairly ordinary job who was so blinded by his hatred towards an ordinary leader that he failed to recognize Lewis as one of the most profound and extraordinary minds of the 20th Century. Whoops.
The Huffington Post, though has been the biggest perpetrator. Despite building an impressive and reputable website they have become obsessed with Palin.They write daily pieces about her. They criticize her television show yet they watch it. They denounce her tweets but they follow her. They hold a deep hatred for her but are attentive towards her every move.
Focusing energy on a woman who is on a television set, rather than a ballot is a form of self-destruction. The aggressor has everything to lose and nothing to gain. Unless, of course, he turns off his television; but that would deprive him of the empty drivel he craves.
It is more than acceptable to find ourselves at odds over a politician. This is natural and celebrated function of our government. Reasonable people can disagree on whether or not Sarah Palin is ready to be President but let’s have that debate if or when she declares. Unreasonable people will continue to read anything written about her. Thank you for reading this story; you just fed the beast. May God have mercy on your souls.