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Palin Redux: Still Crazy Dumb After All These Years

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SNL Satire Downplayed Her Fraudulence

Awash with grim, hard times, and pained by Robin Williams' tragic departure, those of us whose survival depends on comic interludes have not yet abandoned hope. Did not Williams show the way, mining laughter from misery? There are goofy rightwing stalwarts, like Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, and Louis Gohmert, still parading as lords of misrule. But who matches Sarah Palin as clueless dunce -- blundering on, immutably dense, feet firmly cemented in mouth? Her latest, get-rich-quick stunt likely to fail -- subscription-only TV channel about all things Palin. What a deal, ten bucks a month? Are bikini-laden, gun-toting NRA ads on tap?

Who guessed, in the meantime, Palin would overtly sabotage the core mantra of her party's free-market capitalism? In her latest book she bizarrely skewers the notion that compensation, sanctified by that invisible market hand, isn't the recipient's sacred, untouchable property (thus, even taxation is "theft"). The still seething, unintentionally funny Palin taunts Tiny Fey of Saturday Night Life with faux outrage, urging her to share "all the money that you made off of pretending that you're me."

Of course, Palin doesn't really mean "all" for that smacks of socialistic Comrade Obama. Palin never means exactly what she says, even when printed. What's fetching (to her fans) and maddening (to rationalists) is how little "there there" occupies her non-stop word-salad. Perhaps such public incoherence, though, answers to a perverse American freedom to foster any crazed train of thought, however lacking "engine" or destination.

Hypocrisy is thine: will Caribou Barbie share the huge treasure she pocketed by "pretending" to be an adult leader? Does Palin not reveal, by now unilaterally dragging up her greatest mortification, she's even dumber than the figure skewered in '08 by SNL: "I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that"? But not fed up in six years enough to offset her shortcomings (say, with education), nor reverse her indelible image of goofiness in our national memory bank. Do not the dumbest clowns reinforce stupidity by never learning from disastrous experiences?

Pretense of a Fake Fake

Still riding willful ignorance, Palin misses what Fey most dramatized about this wannabe V.P. -- not mere ignorance about governance but that insipid, sneering smirk that valued NOT knowing. Smug, rightwing righteousness, in command of so much truth no more need be sought, was the satiric target -- ridiculing the delusion better educated, more intelligent folks must be nervy, elitist intellectuals. What "true American" doesn't intuit that hunting moose, while shunning "book learnin'," better trains you for international tussles with the Putins?

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