The U.K. publication The Guardian published a very interesting article today about Sarah Palin’s performance in last night’s debate. Here’s part of what it said:
At least three times last night, Sarah Palin, the adorable, preposterous vice-presidential candidate, winked at the audience. Had a male candidate with a similar reputation for attractive vapidity made such a brazen attempt to flirt his way into the good graces of the voting public, it would have universally noted, discussed and mocked. Palin, however, has single-handedly so lowered the standards both for female candidates and American political discourse that, with her newfound ability to speak in more-or-less full sentences, she is now deemed to have performed acceptably last night.
I have to say that I absolutely agree with everything said in this article. Somehow, in between gender politics and political correctness, it has become unacceptable to make an intelligent argument and use words that are longer than one syllable (“maverick” doesn’t count). Although Joe Biden won the debate by every major news outlet’s standards (with the widest margin of victory being from Fox News, go figure), disparaging remarks are still being made about how he doesn’t know how to communicate with “us normal folk.” Yet Sarah Palin, with all her winking and inability to answer the simplest of questions, is being lauded for “relating” to the middle class. You know, Debbie Homemaker and Joe Sixpack.
How are people not offended by this? Is the collective morale of the American people so low that we can’t see ourselves as intelligent human beings who can understand phrases more complicated than “You betcha!”?
I don’t know about you, but I want the leaders of my country to be MORE INTELLIGENT than I am. Relatability is all well and good, but at the end of the day that’s not how policy is put into action. That is apparently, however, how you get to be the VP pick for the GOP. Nevermind being able to formulate a sentence that can actually be diagrammed – Sarah Palin is a former beauty queen who knows how to work the camera and that’s good enough!
November 4th is fast approaching. God help us.