The Grio — Sarah Palin is the modern day version of the traveling medicine men: selling lies and snake oil, moving from town to town in an effort to avoid being found out. The ignorance of her victims is her greatest currency and she is more than happy for Americans to pay for her toxic product.
Palin’s latest attacks against first lady Michelle Obama in her upcoming book, America By Heart, demonstrate her willingness to use racial innuendo to attack the first family, in hopes that all her patriotic sound bites and strategically placed flag bracelets and pins will distract from the fact that she offers no political or policy solutions. Much like her tweets and Facebook updates, she is missing the necessary characters to complete a meaningful sentence.
Her performance on the national stage in 2008 conveyed her inability to conduct a real interview, let alone be responsible for foreign policy matters and our nuclear arsenal. She retreated to Fox News after Obama’s win, where they write her sounds bites for her and allow her to put pen on hand. The Palin machine is Dancing With the Stars, posing nude in Playgirl magazine and hunting grizzlies in their natural habitat.
The audacity she’s shown in critiquing Michelle Obama, a Princeton and Harvard educated attorney, is baffling at first, and mind-numbing upon realization that she is making money doing so. In her new book she claims, President Obama “seems to believe” that “America — at least America as it currently exists — is a fundamentally unjust and unequal country.” Palin continues by saying, “Certainly [Michelle Obama] expressed this view when she said during the 2008 campaign that she had never felt proud of her country until her husband started winning elections. In retrospect, I guess this shouldn’t surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s church listening to his rants against America and white people.”
It makes sense, that Palin limits her speaking engagements to Tea Party events, which pay her upwards of $100K per appearance, and has mastered the art of using divisiveness, fear mongering and hate speech disguised as “rallying the base”. She knows this kind of message — along with her misguided defense of Dr Laura Schlesinger’s racist rant — won’t play well with mainstream voters. Underneath her “hockey mom” demeanor and rhetoric, she remains an intellectually incurious novice with a hunger for fame and all the millions the Republican establishment throw at her.
Palin’s Alaska, her latest foray into the reality television world of TLC, which unleashed Jon and Kate Plus 8 onto the American airwaves, is a clear sign that she is using her newfound celebrity for all it’s worth. Sadly, her rise to fame says a lot about American society. The truth of the matter is Palin has a certain genius to her charade, a particularly well-executed game plan which belies the greater truth: she has fooled them all, and gone straight to the bank with her winnings.