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(Cross-posted at Open Salon)
Sometimes, things take a little longer than usual to get up my left nostril, but when they do... Sarah Palin's keynote address to the Tea Party convention is one of those things. In fact, it has gone up my nostril, through my ethmoid bone, and burrowed into my brain. And it produced the image of a ugly brown sharp-toothed alien from a British sci-fi series.

In the t.v. series Torchwood, one of the problems the team deals with are aliens they've named weevils (see Open Salon link), who live in the sewers of Cardiff. Most of the time they just stay down there; when they choose to come aboveground, they cause a world of problems. They are primitive creatures ruled by rage and violence. Through a series of events not worth recounting (it'd be a major spoiler anyway), one of the characters on the Torchwood team comes to be worshipped by these creatures and derisively refers to himself as "King of the Weevils."

Well, the Tea Party movement is the political equivalent of the the Torchwood weevils, and Sarah Palin is their Queen. I know I'm supposed to be a good little liberal and make mealy-mouthed sentiments about trying to understand everyone, not demeaning anyone, and all that.  Screw it. The tea baggers have given in to their lizard brains and seem to exist as creatures of primitive emotion. They rage at the loss of "their" America (not seeming to realize that America was never "theirs" when it was rich white men running everything); they snivel at how they are "oppressed"; and they worship Sarah Palin and anyone else who want to give this expression of America's rampaging political id full rein.

The true scandal of this speech aren't the crib notes Palin scribbled on the back of her hand. It is the fact that her sneering reference about not needing a law professor was such a red meat applause line. Governor, did you learn anything about Woodrow Wilson at any of the five colleges you attended? The professor who became president was a flawed man (and flawed president), but he did a pretty good job as a commander-in-chief during World War I. And come to think of it, that elitist Franklin D. Roosevelt did a pretty good job a generation later as a war president.

Some time ago, after re-reading Harlan Ellison's classic essay on "The Common Man" (they appeared in his column for the long-defunct Los Angeles Free Press, collected in the two-volume The Glass Teat), I wrote a piece about how Sarah Palin, then the GOP's vice presidential nominee, represented the culmination of the political right's fetishization of the idea of "the common man." More than one person commented that she would never be allowed to wield real power.

That may yet prove true. Even though Palin is the one conservative "star" mentioned for 2012 still standing, a lot can happen in two years. We can always hope the conservative establishment comes to its senses (ain't holding my breath) or that Madame Mooseslayer gets caught Hiking the Appalachian Trail, or Sledding the Iditarod or something. I'd also like to think she'd be unelectable in the general but I also am old enough to remember people saying the same thing about Reagan, pretty much right up to when he actually destroyed Carter at the ballot box in 1980.

I wish it were possible to ignore Palin and have her go away. It would be wonderful to see her and everything she represents shrivel away in the dark. Even if it weren't for the fact that she's too good for the media to pass up, I don't think it would work. Sarah Palin, Queen of the Weevils, is a menace we'll have to fight. Either that or get dragged down into the sewers.

Originally posted to AustinCynic on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 04:31 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Ha! I call Limbaugh 'King of the Rednecks' (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Kimball Cross, QuestionAuthority

    on another blog.

    This is royalty we don't need.

    "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

    by shrike on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 04:49:22 PM PST

  •  Your diary reminded me of a sci-fi story (4+ / 0-)

    called "Marching Morons" by Cyril M. Kornbluth.  I read it years ago, but when evaluating the tea party I often think of it.  

    In synopsis, in the future elitists are forced to care for an over-sized population who has the average IQ of about 45.  This came about because the more intelligent did not have as many offspring as the less intelligent.  A person from the past appears on the scene and helps them solve the problem.  It's a frightening story about the ramifications of over-population.

    I think of this because the habit of conservatives and tea partiers to refer to those who have a better education than them as 'elitist' and their tendency toward disregarding anything that indicates control as 'too much government'.  (The morons in the story did the same... to the point of doing the opposite of whatever the elitist suggested, including family planning.)

    Of course this has nothing to do with Sarah Palin, except that, as now, I was reminded of the story.

    Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

    by EdgedInBlue on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 04:50:51 PM PST

  •  Sarah Palin on the Appalachian Trail (0+ / 0-)

    during --- omg! --- nude hiking weekend? Damn! I'll never get that picture out of my brain now.

    I have flow thru Detriot in recent months and the number of TSA women in hijab is alarming. It's like the foxes are overseeing the chicken coop -- A RW blogger.

    by Kimball Cross on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 04:57:45 PM PST

  •  Hopey vs Dopey (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    wmholt, sem

    I'll take Hopey Changey over Dopey Trashy!

  •  Indeed! Queen of the Boll Weevils aka (0+ / 0-)
  •  First of all, kudos on working the word... (0+ / 0-)

    "ethmoid" into your diary.

    Sarah Palin will be like Newt Gingrich, always flirting with running for office as long as that continues to make her an interesting talking head on TV, and gets her paid public speaking gigs.

    Expect a sequel to her book next year for even more attention and cash.

    Don't forget: Sarah has never been vetted for anything.  She is like Paris Hilton, famous for being famous.  She has never, ever had her ideas (what few there are) held up to scrutiny.

    If she did run for President, the other GOP candidates would demolish her in the debates during the primaries. She knows that, so she's playing a game.  She will never run, which would present the chance that she could be exposed.  Instead, she will back other candidates and make speeches, and post on FaceBook and Twitter, all for money, which is what Sarah craves most of all.

    •  Heh. (0+ / 0-)

      Yeah, learned that word thanks to being an ancient Egypt history buff.

      You're probably right about Palin but with her, it's so damn hard to tell. You'd think being one of the most disastrous VP candidates, well, ever, would have torpedoed any political future.

      I wonder if she knows she could never win the presidency anyway, if she'd launch a 3rd party candidacy as the "Tea Party" candidate for president in 2012. It'd let her fleece the rubes some more, for sure.

      Bail out Studebaker.

      by AustinCynic on Thu Feb 11, 2010 at 06:19:36 AM PST

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