(thanks to David Flanders for this one….)
Sarah Palin runs the risk of being little more than the thinking man’s Michele Bachmann.
I realize that I’m not the world’s most objective observer on matters such as these, but just indulge me, won’t you?? OK…so just for a moment or two ponder the above thought. If you’re like me, you’re probably going to feel as if your pointy l’il haid’s about to ‘splode…but just live with it for a bit. Your head won’t explode, and you may, after a moment, begin to appreciate the delicious irony inherent in that sentence.
I know that I promised awhile back that WWJD would henceforth be a Caribou Barbie-free zone. I meant it then, and I still mean it…but I’ve never laid claim to perfect consistency. This being my sandbox, I reserve the right to violate house rules when it serves my purpose,..and so I’m in violation of those rules today. I’m not going to poke fun at Bachmann and Palin because they’re women, or even because they’re ditzy…though Lord knows it would be way too easy to do so. Their lack of intellectual agility is well-chronicled and no longer really even newsworthy. No, my wonder is directed more at those who seriously and honestly think that one or both of these intellectual lightweights have what it takes to lead this country. I suppose it’s possible that there’s something about their particular combination of ignorance and arrogance that appeals to those who can process only simple solutions…and it IS easier to demonize Liberals than to engage in an honest debate. Really, though; is it possible that there are those who believe that Bachmann and Caribou Barbie are the best the GOP have to offer?? They don’t have any adults capable of addressing issues with even a modicum of intellectual rigor?
Of course, no one has to pass an IQ test to run for President. I shudder to think how past fields might have been winnowed if an IQ test was a prerequisite. Perhaps the folks who should be tested aren’t the candidates; perhaps those who vote…ah, but you can’t take away an American’s right to cast their vote, can you? Informed voters may be a laudable goal, but there’s no way to ensure that voters aren’t choosing a President in the same way they choose breakfast cereals or toilet paper. Besides, one person’s intellectual agility is another’s brain-dead, knee-jerk reaction, no?
Speaking for myself and myself alone, I’m astonished that anyone could seriously see either Bachmann or Caribou Barbie as Presidential timbre. I’m all for an opportunity to elect a qualified woman; we men have been boogering things up for a couple of centuries now, and a change might be nice. Still, if you think that either Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin are anything even remotely approximating qualified to pull up a chair behind the Big Desk in the Oval Office…well, you’ve got problems far beyond the scope of my ability to be of assistance.
The thought that Sarah Palin could at any time in our history be considered a “thinking man’s Michele Bachmann” should scare the Hell out of anyone with a functional cerebral cortex. Wow; I never would have imagined that Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee might look like viable alternatives….
We now return your to your regularly-scheduled Caribou Barbie-free programming….