I know that we’re having a bit of a meta night and all, but I just finished reading Robert Draper’s profile of Sarah Palin for this Sunday’s NYT Magazine.
I was amazed by it on a number of levels. One, I thought Draper was writing the kind of soft introductory NYTs profile that seemed designed in part to ensure future access. No blame on Robert as I think that is part of the form for these early ‘possible Presidential candidate’ profiles. But even with the obvious efforts to be ‘nice’ to Team Palin the crazy just shined through.
At one point Draper asked Palin why she dropped the bi-partisanship that she ran on to be elected Governor of Alaska. The answer was steeped in paranoia and Fox-newsspeak:
I brought up her past efforts at bipartisanship to Palin. “I was so innocent and naïve to believe that I would be able to govern for four years and if I ever moved on beyond the governorship I could carry that with me nationally,” Palin said. “And it was proven when John McCain chose me for the nomination for vice president; what it showed me about the left: they go home. It doesn’t matter what you do. It was the left that came out attacking me. They showed me their hypocrisy; they showed me they weren’t willing to work in a bipartisan way. I learned my lesson. Once bitten, twice shy. I will never trust that they are not hypocrites until they show me they’re sincere.”
The betrayal of her trust was that these ‘liberals’ did not vote for her and the only way to prove your sincerity, your lack of ‘hypocrisy’ is to join the cult of Sarah. If you’re not with her you are an enemy to be attacked and destroyed.
Another amazing section has her talking about the books she reads.
The newsy bit is that she confirms that she is all but an announcement away from running for President–but that is hardly news to anybody paying attention. What struck me was the deep levels of paranoia of Palin and her team paired with a her demand for cult-like loyalty as a precondition to work for her. And her cult of Sarah is wedded to a world view that is seriously at odds with history, science, the Constitution and reality. Her run for the White House will be a solid bet on the stupidity of Americas and her ability to get them to trust her and her cult with the future of the Nation.
FSM help us.
While I would like to think that Americans are not so stupid that they will buy this pile of mock-moose shit, when I really think of the last twenty years then I know anything is possible.
As I said, I can not begin to describe the crazy of this cult of the Quitta, this Cult of Sarah.