Former politician-turned-reality star and half-term governor of Alaska Sarah Palin took to the podium at the Conservative Political Action Conference held in National Harbor, Md., as their last speaker Saturday (March 16) to hurl insults (transcript via BeforeItsNews) and rouse the rabble of the conservative base. For the most part, she succeeded, but only because her audience is apparently just as ill-informed as she is. You see, once you remove the jingoist rhetoric and the unfounded, false, and/or fallacious comments she makes, there's not much left but a washed-up could-have-been former governor that still apparently has a problem with keeping herself informed with a newspaper or book or pamphlet or something.
Her ridicule was endless. So were the mistakes in logic and the double standards she endorsed while castigating Obama, Washington, establishment Republicans, and big government.
She attacked President Obama as being part of a "reality television" world, apparently clueless as to how asinine she sounded, a woman who had been paid a reported million dollars per episode to do "Sarah Palin's Alaska." She also presented the predictable callback (a joke used by Republicans for years that they never tire of resurrecting), her telling Obama to "step away from the teleprompter..." She, herself, read that tired joke from a... you guessed it... a teleprompter. In the same sentence, she said, "... and do your job." This hilarious advice came from a woman who quit her own job as governor of Alaska.
Compound the sentences, compound the idiocy...
She went after former White House political strategist Karl Rove, taking a shot at the money spent on Romney's 2012 losing campaign. "If these experts who keep losing elections and keep getting rehired and getting millions," she said, "if they feel that strong about who gets to run in this party, then they should buck-up or stay in the truck. Buck up or run."
But here's the thing. Palin endorsed and spent money on numerous candidates in 2012 as well. Several of those candidates did not win (like rape pregnancy is "something that God intends to happen" Richard Mourdock in Indiana). At the same time, why isn't she taking her own advice by bucking up and running?
She also suggested Rove head back to Texas (where he's from) and put himself on a ballot. Again, advice she herself hasn't taken (except she'd head back to Alaska, of course).
Oh, Palin had the choir eating out of her hands (notice nothing written on them; that's what the teleprompter's for), roaring at her little jokes. Including the one where she pulled out a 7-Eleven Big Gulp and took a drink in order to mock New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sodas. "Oh, Bloomberg’s not around," she quipped. "Our Big Gulp’s okay."
The joke was on Palin. Bloomberg's ban has an exemption for 7-Eleven Big Gulps.
But she'd know that if she wasn't so busy trying not to be "too scripted, too calculated," something she accused Washington politicians, including her GOP colleagues, of being.
A little better preparation might have saved her speech from being so full of inconsistencies and from making her sound like an idiot to those unaffected by whatever-it-is that so makes her supporters such blind followers. But, then, we've come to expect nothing less -- or more -- from Sarah Palin and her crowd.
This is the kind of "stupid party" conservatism that many Republicans have railed against since the 2012 national election. Unfortunately, Palin and the likeminded don't think that they're what is meant when the term "stupid party" is used.
Of course, it goes without saying that she and those don't think...
Stay rogue, Sarah, stay rogue.