This is one of those “Hey, I’m writing from a plane” posts. Can’t wait to be back home. I have Things To Do. However, first things first: My inbox has been filling up with commentary on the early days of the Sarah Palin channel. The passage that’s been drawing the most interest is this one, Palin’s response to Elizabeth Warren’s claim that fast food workers should earn a living wage.
“We believe — wait, I thought fast food joints — don’t you guys think that they’re like of the devil or something? Liberals, you want to send those evil employees who would dare work at a fast food joint that you just don’t believe in — I don’t know, I thought you wanted to send them to purgatory or something. So they all go vegan. And wages and picket lines, I don’t know, they’re not often discussed in purgatory are they? I don’t know, why are you even worried about fast food wages? Well, we believe — an America where minimum wage jobs, they’re not lifetime gigs, they’re stepping stones to sustainable wages. It teaches work ethic.”
Let me start by saying that most extemporaneous speech looks pretty silly when its transcribed word-for-word. Style wise, I’ll give her a pass. She’s not very good at this, but I wouldn’t consider it a damning failure.
As for the content…look, this is Sarah Palin we’re talking about here. Her schtick is to act folksy and mix in as many buzzwords as she can in the time allotted. It’s nonsense, and not in the “oh piffle, she’s saying things that aren’t true or I don’t agree with” sense. The words she’s saying literally have no meaning. If you try to string together logical propositions from a Sarah Palin speech, you’ll fail, because they just aren’t there. That’s always been true of her and there’s no reason to expect her to be any different now that she has her own vanity project.
Mostly, I’m just tired of her. She hasn’t improved at anything since bursting onto the public stage six years ago. I watched one episode of her show. She’s not a better speaker, she’s doesn’t appear to have learned anything new, she can’t interact with other people. In short, she doesn’t add anything to the discussion. She just is, and that’s not enough for me want to pay any more attention to her.
Says the guy who just wrote a whole post about her…