It should be clear by now that neither Republicans nor Democrats want anything more to do with Mrs. Palin.
The not-so-liberal media has avoided dealing with her most egregious failings, although of late, no less than the Kennedys, the Bushs, Karl Rove, and other right-wing luminaries have tried to spread the message: Mrs. Palin, you don't have what it takes to run for President, much less any national political office and probably even state office.
Yet, the media clamors to know if Mrs. Palin is going to "run" for the highest office in the land. Every tweet or Facebook posting draws commentary as if it were something important. It is time, no -- past time -- for our 4th estate to do their job and begin to vet this would-be candidate.
May I recommend Palingates. Mrs. Palin's abysmal history, from when she was mayor of a village of 5000 to when she was appointed as Oil and Gas Commissioner (a job she quit) to when she was Governor (another job she quit) besieged by ethics complaints (BECAUSE SHE ACTED UNETHICALLY!), is out there for all to see. Yet so few seem to focus on these essential flaws. Media, start doing your job. The material is all out there, easy to find thanks to the tireless efforts of bloggers, yes bloggers, some of whom are not even American.
A majority of the media along with a sliver of America made Mrs. Palin what she is today. I hold out no hope that her minions will wake up anytime soon, but if the media doesn't hold to its basic tenets (to report the story, not to suck up to someone for access) we will be subject to month after depressing month of shoring up someone who would give Goebbels a run for his money in another era.
Stop pretending this narcissist has anything at all to recommend her as a candidate for US president. It's time, Time. It's time, WashPost. It's time, HuffPo. It's time, NYTimes. It's well past time actually. Pull the plug. The country will breathe a collective sigh of relief, and we all will have a fighting chance again to stop corporations from merging with government to give us our new fascist state.
I started this blog a few years back looking for an outlet when politics and politicians, mostly national ones, and certain current events infuriated me so much that I wanted to scream. So many Hypocrites! And Heffalump traps -- well that's sort of a Pooh-type thing except the trap part is where a politician does something that s/he thinks is real cool or clever but essentially sets a trap that s/he falls into. Bites 'im in the arse, as it were. Backfires on 'er. Whatever.
So why the focus on Alaska for several months!? It's all Sarah Palin's fault really. Because in my search to find out what she was about, I found and fell in love with Alaska, mostly thanks to a brilliant blogger who wrote wonderful, enchanting, scary and urgent stories about Alaska politics and politicians. But also, too, about moose visitors and about standing and freezing for hours at a time, for our benefit.
For the time being, I consider myself a born-again Alaskan, even though I've never been there. I'm sure this will pass, but I did live outdoors in a tent during the late winter and early spring months in a place called Cold Stream Valley in the northern Sierra Nevada mountains one year a long time ago. So I can sort of relate.
On the topic of anonymity. I use a pseudonym and I don't add the fact that I publish a little blog to my resume. In fact, nobody I work with would know this is my little corner of the 'net. And I'd like it to stay that way, thank you very much. Seems like you have to make that very clear, these days. And even then, it doesn't always sink in.