Matt Taibbi: Palin Speech Was ‘Like Watching Gidget Address the Reichstag’

Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone:
She appeared to be completely without shame and utterly full of shit, awing a room full of hardened reporters with her sickly sweet line about the high-school-flame-turned-hubby who, “five children later” is “still my guy.”

Sarah Palin is a symbol of everything that is wrong with the modern United States. As a representative of our political system, she’s a new low in reptilian villainy, the ultimate cynical masterwork of puppeteers like Karl Rove. But more than that, she is a horrifying symbol of how little we ask for in return for the total surrender of our political power.

Not only is Sarah Palin a fraud, she’s the tawdriest, most half-assed fraud imaginable, 20 floors below the lowest common denominator, a character too dumb even for daytime TV -and this country is going to eat her up, cheering her every step of the way. All because most Americans no longer have the energy to do anything but lie back and allow ourselves to be jacked off by the calculating thieves who run this grasping consumer paradise we call a nation.

The Palin speech was a political masterpiece, one of the most ingenious pieces of electoral theater this country has ever seen. Never before has a single televised image turned a party’s fortunes around faster.

And:

But watching Palin’s speech, I had no doubt that I was witnessing a historic, iconic performance. The candidate sauntered to the lectern with the assurance of a sleepwalker – and immediately launched into a symphony of snorting and sneering remarks, taking time out in between the superior invective to present herself as just a humble gal with a beefcake husband and a brood of healthy, combat-ready spawn who just happened to be the innocent targets of a communist and probably also homosexual media conspiracy. It was a virtuoso performance. She appeared to be completely without shame and utterly full of shit, awing a room full of hardened reporters with her sickly sweet line about the high-school-flame-turned-hubby who, “five children later” is “still my guy.” It was like watching Gidget address the Reichstag.

4 Comments

  • nikolai
    October 7, 2008 - 1:24 am | Permalink

    That’s ok, people aren’t buying it, not even right-wing rednecks. But, is this just because times are tough (and getting tougher) and people are watching and listening more carefully than usual?

    Americans UNITE when times are tough, so Palin’s BS is coming across as just that; It’s just too bad the U.S. can’t unite when things are GOOD, then we could SHED these dip$hit politicians…

  • October 7, 2008 - 3:40 am | Permalink

    I work with a herd of people who love her. All they can say in her defense is “She knows energy.” Which kills me because there are plenty of people in our country who “know energy,” but are infinitely smarter than her.

    Our society as devolved into rah-rah politics that caters to the reality-show-watchers in our midst.

    Ever see that movie Idiocracy? I swear that’s the new prophecy.

  • Stephen
    October 7, 2008 - 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Never underestimate the stupidity of the American people. Never underestimate the democrats’ proclivity to lose elections they should win by a landslide. Never underestimate the republicans’ lust for power or the depths they will go to hold on to their power. I hate to sound negative, but george w fucking bush has been president for eight fucking years. He will be leaving this country in the worst condition since the civil war.

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