In a comment likely to offend just about everyone, I dislike Sarah Palin for just about the same reasons I dislike Barack Obama. She intentionally touches on cultural symbols as substitute for content. I feel more comfortable with Obama's symbols, and certainly, most of the people I know hail from crowds that would be Barack-symbolic rather than Sarah symbolic. But either way, both draw their support from people who really want a full-out culture war - with the other side defeated, humiliated, enslaved. And both are sure that this is exactly what the country needs. Do you think we need more presidents who ride motorcycles and shoot wolves, or more presidents who are embarrassed to be Americans in front of Europeans? Would you rather be a Lilliputian or a Blefuscuan?
Both do well with their respective crowds with prepared speeches, but are fools - even stunning fools - when speaking off-the-cuff. Obama thinks they speak Austrian in Austria? (And no, it wasn't a slip. Watch the tape.) Yet because they continue to ring the right gongs even when their content verges into senselessness, their supporters think them wise. This last supposed gaffe by Palin, getting the history wrong in Boston - and then it turns out she got it right and her critics, so eager as usual to jump all over her, drink her blood, and bay at the moon, got the facts more wrong than she did.
I saw the clip. Even granting she got those parts right, it's still not an impressive performance. You wouldn't think many people could be worse than Obama without a teleprompter, but she manages. Yet even as I wince I laugh at her attackers, outdoing her in stupidity in their impatience.
Both "Obama" and "Palin" still show up as red-line misspellings in my blogger dictionary, and I ain't a-gonna change it by adding them in. My own little petty protest.