“The only thing she seemed interested in at that point was talking about she was dealt with unfairly in the press,” Gara said.
State Rep. Jay Ramras, a Republican and chairman of the state House Judiciary Committee, put it simply: “Governing is hard.”
He said it was actually a misnomer that Palin had returned from her stint on the GOP ticket last fall as a changed person.
“She didn’t like the job when she had it here. She didn’t enjoy governing. She just enjoyed the ceremonial aspects of job.”
This is eerily Bush-like. Everyone remembers “it’s hard being president” as well his Dubya’s love of playing dress-up.
The national media’s fascination with the White House experience (typified by Brian Williams’ breathless “To be in the hallway when the president walks by with a handful of M&Ms, popping them in his mouth as he goes to visit his chief of staff — it was unbelievable”) falls in the same general category. I’ve always thought that if Palin were just a touch less ignorant and frightening, the national media might have loved her.
It’s easy to focus on the narcissism of symbol-and-ceremony and the tendency it has to elevate stupid, lazy political leaders. But a fixation with flags, flag-pins, badges, and uniforms is also a hallmark of creeping authoritarianism. For eight years, the United States was ruled by a president who defined himself by his flight suits, belt buckles and old enemies’ guns. And
now we’re a country where a uniform and a badge entitles you to arrest people for speaking loudly on their porches. These two facts are not unrelated.