Roger Simon, who recently informed us that Sarah Palin “held her own” in her debate (apparently by not drooling on herself), trots out the lamest piece of spin yet:
Sarah Palin is a sinner. She has violated several commandments and thoroughly deserves the savage beating that she is now getting from political mandarins and media elites.
She has done this by sinning, however. Let us list just some of the political commandments she has recently violated:
Thou shalt not surprise the media.***
Thou shalt not upset the pooh-bahs.***
Thou shalt pander to the few, not speak to the many.
Got it? In Simon’s starburst world, no one is wondering why the hell Sarah Palin has continued to quit every job she is ever elected to and opted to go fishing the last few days she is in office, all while refusing to call it quitting, refusing to explain why she is doing it, and refusing to explain what she intends to do. Instead, it is all just catty attacks by a surprised media who were caught off guard.
I’m a big fan of the “pandering to the few,” bit, because this gold-plated bullshit is little more than the notion that Sara is a real ‘Murican who speaks to the people, rather than just the elites. “She speaks to the people, not to the powerful few!” I’m nauseous. You can almost see Simon touching himself as he rushes for the front seat in the new and improved “Plain Talk Express.” This is why Dan Froomkin could never work for Politico and probably would never accept the job if offered- if he did, he’d not have enough time to write about anything other than his boss.
Christ. Can someone make a Blingee for Simon?
*** Update ***
A flashback. What you saw:
What Roger Simon saw:
Sarah Palin was supposed to fall off the stage at her vice presidential debate Thursday evening. Instead, she ended up dominating it.
She not only kept Joe Biden on the defensive for much of the debate, she not only repeatedly attacked Barack Obama, but she looked like she was enjoying herself while doing it.
She smiled. She faced the camera. She was warm. She was human. Gosh and golly, she even dropped a bunch of g’s.
“John McCain doesn’t tell one thing to one group and somethin’ else to another,” she said. “Those huge tax breaks aren’t comin’ to those huge multinational corporations.”
She went out of her way to talk in everyday terms, saying things like “I betcha” and “We have a heckuva opportunity to learn” and “Darn right we need tax relief.”***
But if people thought she was going to look like a dumb bunny for 90 minutes, they were disappointed. She said what she wanted to say, and she was so relaxed she even winked at one point. Really! An actual wink during a national debate, when she said she was going to try to get John McCain to change his mind about not drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
She even winked! Really!
Good God. I remember when we used to make fun of Pravda.