I feel it is my duty to avoid the unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session in one’s last year in office
Get it? Those that actually finish what they start, that get elected and see their terms through to completion, those that treat those who elected them with enough respect to finish the term they were elected for, are dumb-asses participating in “unproductive, typical, politics-as-usual, lame-duck session(s)”. Why would anyone want to vote for anyone so unproductive? If this was spoken by someone as stupid as Sarah Palin, I would attribute it to a rhetorical slip-of-the-tongue, a mis-reading of the sheet as it were. However, it was spoken by someone as egomaniacal as Sarah Palin, and she sees herself as bigger than the average “unproductive” politician. She has heard too many whispers from sycophants like Greta van Susternan and Bill Kristol, she believes her own press, she’s drank of the Kool Aid. And the Kool Aid is that strong that the fact she is quitting to avoid ethics scandals from an office in which she accomplished nothing aside from “going national” doesn’t seem to have registered with her.
And are the locals who call themselves “Palintologists” okay with being used as stepping-stones.?
These are of course sadly not the words of someone stepping out of the limelight of high office – it is larded with too many references to “free speech” and reverance for (hiding behind?) “the troops” for that. In short, it’s rote Republican fare. These are the words of one attempting ascention to higher office by first quitting a lesser one in some kind of reverse-failure ploy – a strategic Jedi mind trick in which a defeat is a “strategic withdrawal”, a Dunkirk. That this might work, that this incomprehensibly stupid person could potentially have even the remotest chance at high office in the once-most-powerful nation is a testament to the smallness and divisiveness of its domestic politic.
Should you want to bathe in her stupidity, please feel free, you can watch her entire speech here. In reality it’s perfect – a perfect collection of barely-related soundbites, just right for the 30-second journalism of the day. (A journalism that has been recently maligned around these here parts, I note.) I recommend a strong drink and a chair – she’ll make you dizzy. Or sick. Or, if you’re Bill Kristol, apparently hard.