Monday, September 19, 2011

Waiting for 'The Rogue' -- Sarah Palin the Mother of 'Stupid Conservatism'

Sarah Palin has tried to invent a new variant of conservatism, calling it common-sense conservatism. But, in "Egghead and Blockheads," Maureen Dowd writes:
... The Republicans are now the “How great is it to be stupid?” party. In perpetrating the idea that there’s no intellectual requirement for the office of the presidency, the right wing of the party offers a Farrelly Brothers “Dumb and Dumber” primary in which evolution is avant-garde.

Having grown up with a crush on William F. Buckley Jr. for his sesquipedalian facility, it’s hard for me to watch the right wing of the G.O.P. revel in anti-intellectualism and anti-science cant.

Sarah Palin, who got outraged at a “gotcha” question about what newspapers and magazines she read, is the mother of stupid conservatism. Another “Don’t Know Much About History” Tea Party heroine, Michele Bachmann, seems rather proud of not knowing anything, simply repeating nutty, inflammatory medical claims that somebody in the crowd tells her.

So we’re choosing between the overintellectualized professor and blockheads boasting about their vacuity?

The occupational hazard of democracy is know-nothing voters. It shouldn’t be know-nothing candidates.
Dowd doesn't spare Rick Perry, either.

What may have happened to the republican party is that knowledgeable people were so appalled at the consequences of "Reagonomics," which led to two off-budget wars, deregulation and the financial collapse in 2008, that most of them no longer participate in the party. So, we see a lot of know-nothings on the stage at each debate. At the last debate, Jon Huntsman, according to The New York Times, told the other candidates:
"When you make comments that fly in the face of 98 out of 100 climate scientists, to call into question the science of evolution, all I am saying is that in order for the Republican Party to win, we can't run from science," Huntsman said. "By making comments that basically don't reflect the reality of the situation, we turn people off."
If republican primary voters are like most of the republican candidates, Huntsman has a snowball's chance in hell of winning the nomination.

Just one more day until Joe McGinniss' new book, “The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin,” arrives. Sarah Palin died, politically, before the book was finished, but will it have any affect on "Palin, Inc?" Most of her speaking engagements seem to have been made with audiences of social conservatives, especially anti-choice groups. Will they continue to ask her to speak? What for? A pity party? Thing is, there are all sorts of pity parties people can attend, and no one may be interested in paying to attend one.


Anonymous said...

Yes sir. God's Own Pinheads.

Anonymous said...

According to Briebarf, they have their dumb heads and guns and when convient they bring out the bible.

Enough is enough! When is the lame media going to tell the truth!

Maddies_Mom said...

This was a great comment from her column...

Twenty million jobs were out-sourced by a partnership between corporate America and the Republican Party. Over the last ten years, while the poor and middle class in America have suffered the indignity of castration, this hideous cabal has erected an impenetrable citadel in which they remain, hidden, anonymous and blameless. Their sentinels are the "angry white men" of talk radio, colloquists of racism, cruelty and despair. Their champions are gladiators in the arena of public opinion, who daily square off against Liberals in three to one orgies of inane dialectic. I think it is wrong to portray Barack Obama as weak and ineffective when he is the only one who is standing in the way of this blitzkrieg of conquest. Obama is not weak at all; he has bared the weight of unyielding criticism, personal attacks and racial innuendo and has not voiced even a scintilla of complaint. He inherited a catastrophe, a nation on the brink of crumbling under the weight of its own hubris and naivite. A few evil men have conspired to destroy the middle class in America, to subjugate them as cheap labor, rob them of their savings, their homes, their retirements and their health while enriching themselves and justify it in the name of "freedom." No, Barack Obama is not weak, we are weak. If the middle class does not stand up and fight for its rights it will deserve to lose them. The fight for liberty is one that never ends. It is no surprise that the Republican field is composed of cowboys, floozies and clowns because avoidance of the real fight has brought us down to the level of toads. The President needs the support of the people he is fighting for. I think he deserves our support.

Anonymous said...

@Maddies_Mom - great quote but the link at the bottom points to a romance novel on Amazon! Could you please provide the correct link?


Anonymous said...

Sarah goes black with white dust. Hmmm?

Joie Vouet said...

Anonymous 6:55

Maddies_Mom may be quoting a comment at Maureen Dowd's column. There is a link to the column in the post. It has 330 comments.