5. Sarah Palin
Throughout 2010 Sarah Palin continued to be the Left’s piñata of first resort. It would’ve been bad enough if she’d just stood there in the corner and minded her own business, but she had the temerity to publish a book, host a TV series and intimate she might run for president in 2012. Any one of these would have been sufficient to drive the left’s pit poodles into a lather but all three clearly made them apoplectic.
For sheer venom, and incidentally putting the lie to the notion that brevity is necessarily the soul of wit, the ne plus ultra has to be Aaron Sorkin, TV producer and aspiring psychotic:
Sarah Palin’s an idiot. Come on. This is a remarkably, stunningly, jaw-droppingly incompetent and mean woman.
For me the highlight of this clip is watching Eliot Spitzer, who probably never heard a “jaw dropping woman” reference he didn’t like, and Kathleen Parker, whose every utterance on Palin is really a riff on “I just want to scratch her eyes out,” nod and smile.
This of course is the same Sorkin who compared Palin’s television series to a “snuff film.” (Spitzer wasn’t immediately available for comment.) Just a taste of his — you should pardon the expression — deathless prose:
I’m able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical. I don’t watch snuff films and you make them. You weren’t killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals. I can make the distinction between the two of us but I’ve tried and tried and for the life of me, I can’t make a distinction between what you get paid to do and what Michael Vick went to prison for doing. I’m able to make the distinction with no pangs of hypocrisy even though I get happy every time one of you faux-macho shitheads accidentally shoots another one of you in the face.
Is it just me or does this read like something you would find wrapped around a brick that just came through your front window? Yeah, thought so.
M.Catherine Evans has an effective rebuttal here. Suffice it to say that Sorkin’s thoughts on this matter are a noxious cocktail of outright lies, inane analogies and a frightening lack of rudimentary knowledge as to how his dinner actually makes it to the table. I’ll give you a hint Aaron, abattoir is not French for “lethal injection.”
For their part Richard Cohen of the Washington Post — and Ed Schultz of “Out There On The Spiral Arm Somewhere” — were so offended by Palin’s more or less self-evident observations about Michelle Obama in her book that Richard had a flashback and Ed, as he is wont to do, melted into a pile of suet before our very eyes.
When I was 11, my father thought it was time to show my sister and me the nation’s capital. … I do remember we took Route 1 through Baltimore (no I-95 yet) and it was there that I saw my first sign with the word “colored” on it – a rooming house, I think. This was 1952, and the United States was an apartheid nation.
It is Sarah Palin who brings back these memories.
(Note to my editor: if I ever write anything this tunnelingly stupid please have someone take me out with a two by four. It will obviously be a kindness.)
As I noted in a previous piece, the sheer porcine ranting of Ed Schultz puts him in a class, and a weight class for that matter, of his own. His ability to insinuate the words “race”, “racist”, “hate” and “hatred” early and often into a short segment, all the while leaping great logical chasms on those little stubby legs, mark him as one of the most accomplished blowhards in the MSNBC stable.
As I’ve also noted before, the mere fact that such ghastly people despise her to the degree they do should be front and center on Palin’s resume.