A great, and by great I mean scathing, article appeared this week in the Wall Street Journal about Sarah Palin.
It’s by Peggy Noonan, a former Republican speechwriter, and it hits the spot the way few other commentaries have, bolstering up the view held by so many that Palin is a scheming, blundering dimwit of the worst order and not, as was once thought (admittedly, a long time ago), a bright-spark intellect with a refreshing new vision for America – if we could somehow just get her into the White House and turn her loose.
The article begins:
Sarah Palin’s resignation gives Republicans a new opportunity to see her plain—to review the bidding, see her strengths, acknowledge her limits, and let go of her drama. It is an opportunity they should take. They mean to rebuild a great party. They need to do it on solid ground.
In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. She couldn’t say what she read because she didn’t read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity. She experienced criticism as both partisan and cruel because she could see no truth in any of it. She wasn’t thoughtful enough to know she wasn’t thoughtful enough. Her presentation up to the end has been scattered, illogical, manipulative and self-referential to the point of self-reverence. “I’m not wired that way,” “I’m not a quitter,” “I’m standing up for our values.” I’m, I’m, I’m.
In another age it might not have been terrible, but here and now it was actually rather horrifying.