Palin and the ‘common sense’ threat

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Progressives don’t know what to think of Tea Party Princess/Queen Sarah Palin-Quayle.

“Sarah Palin: Still not going to be president,” declares one progressive blogger, noting that Palin-Quayle’s favorability rating is only 37 percent and that more than 70 percent of Americans polled believe, correctly, that she isn’t qualified to be president of the United States of America.

But don’t count Sarah Palin-Quayle out, says another progressive blogger:

Underestimating her ability to manipulate [the masses] harks back to when we assumed that  Al Gore would win the election against George W. Bush.  We were that complacent.  Couldn’t we meander into that stupor once again?

Yes, we could.

If Ted Kennedy’s seat could be lost to a Repugnican due to Democratic complacency, just as complacency allowed the BushCheneyCorp to steal the White House in late 2000, then yes, we could see another “President” George W. Bush.

Easily.

Sarah Palin-Quayle, who has filled the dumbfuck vacuum that George W. Bush left, makes dumb people feel good about being dumb.

Fuck those eggheads! is Palin-Quayle’s rallying cry. (After all, she is the No. 1 defender of the mentally retarded…)

It’s all about “common sense,” Palin-Quayle frequently proclaims.

“Common sense.”

Sounds great, but what “common sense” means is that whatever a significant number of ignorant Americans believe to be true must be true. If a large enough number of Americans believe that Iraq was responsible for 9/11 and possesses weapons of mass destruction — justifying some “shock and awe” and “regime change” and “liberation” — then it must be true! The masses can’t be wrong!

If common sense is really so fucking great, though, then why don’t we allow people with great common sense to become physicians without having to bother to go through medical school? Why can’t those who possess great common sense skip that whole law school crap and just start practicing law? (Judge Judy — isn’t she all about common sense?) Even blue-collar workers, such as auto mechanics and construction workers, have to obtain training and often, if not usually, some sort of license or certification; they can’t coast on common sense alone (although “Joe the Plumber” might be an exception; did he ever get his plumber’s license?).

If your grandma or your neighbor or your postal carrier has great common sense, fine, but don’t we want our political leaders — especially those whose decisions could get us into World War III — to possess more qualifications than “common sense”?

But George W. Bush and Sarah Palin-Quayle and their ilk vicariously fulfill the fantasy of the members of the dumbfuck crowd that they, too, could reach the pinnacle of political power even though they have achieved little to nothing and even though they have no qualifications whatsofuckingever for such a lofty post.

It’s just like winning the lottery — Goddess knows that you didn’t earn it, but suddenly you have all of this money and power! It’s a dream come true!

We progressives misunderestimate (as “President” Bush would have put it) the seductiveness of Sarah Palin-Quayle’s appeal to the lowest common denominator at our own — and at our nation’s — peril.

The best-case scenario would be that Palin-Quayle decides that she would rather reign in hell than serve in heaven and that she therefore launches a third-party or “tea-party” bid for president in 2012, splitting the Repugnican vote — much like how third-party candidate Ross Perot siphoned Repugnican votes from Pappy Bush in 1992, handing the White House to Democrat Bill Clinton with only a plurality of the votes.

But we can’t count on that to happen.

The Repugnicans might, just might, actually rally around Palin-Quayle, if they are that desperate, and if the economy hasn’t improved by then — and the Repugnican minority in Congress is doing its damnedest to ensure that the economy doesn’t improve, in order to damage the Obama administration and the Democratic Party at the ballot box — we could have another very close presidential election, this time between Barack Obama and Sarah Palin-Quayle in 2012. Shit, it might even come down to Florida again.

How do you think the current U.S. Supreme Court would decide that one?

“The fawning of [Palin-Quayle’s] fan base is loud,” notes the aforementioned blogger. “They make more noise than the rest of us.”

Isn’t that exactly what happened in late 2000? That they had lost but that they made more noise than did the rest of us?

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