… but we seem to be edging dangerously close to Head of Skate becoming a disastrous reality.
Oh, and this piece written by Matt Taibbi is like being in the front row at the Grand Guignol and being spattered by the blood and gore. The trouble is, there’s a good chance that we won’t be able to leave at the interval. A small sample:
So, sure, Barack Obama might be every bit as much a slick piece of imageering as Sarah Palin. The difference is in what the image represents. The Obama image represents tolerance, intelligence, education, patience with the notion of compromise and negotiation, and a willingness to stare ugly facts right in the face, all qualities we’re actually going to need in government if we’re going to get out of this huge mess we’re in.Here’s what Sarah Palin represents: being a fat fucking pig who pins “Country First” buttons on his man titties and chants “U-S-A! U-S-A!” at the top of his lungs while his kids live off credit cards and Saudis buy up all the mortgages in Kansas.The truly disgusting thing about Sarah Palin isn’t that she’s totally unqualified, or a religious zealot, or married to a secessionist, or unable to educate her own daughter about sex, or a fake conservative who raised taxes and horked up earmark millions every chance she got. No, the most disgusting thing about her is what she says about us: that you can ram us in the ass for eight solid years, and we’ll not only thank you for your trouble, we’ll sign you up for eight more years, if only you promise to stroke us in the right spot for a few hours around election time.
Go and read the whole thing – and weep, not just for America, but for the whole world.
Update: The ever-dependable Jonathan Raban has written an equally good piece on Palin for this month’s London Review of Books. It delivers a cool, surgically-precise flensing of Palin in contrast to Taibbi’s hatchet job.
Addendum July 2017: …and, wouldn’t you know it, Mr. Taibbi turns out to be a despicable human being himself.