Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rolling Stone: Mad dog Palin

Tawdry, half-assed article not yet available online.

Mad Dog Palin

John McCain's running mate may be a tawdry, half-assed fraud — but that's not as scary as what her candidacy really says about America.

UPDATE: A blogger has excerpts:

....a two-bit caricature culled from some cutting-room-floor episode of Roseanne
...And if she's a good enough likeness of a loudmouthed Middle American archetype, as Sarah Palin is, John Q. Public will drop his giant sized bag of Doritos in gratitude, wipe the sizzlin' picante dust from his lips and rush to the booth to vote for her. Not because it makes sense, or because it has a chance of improving his life or anyone else's, but simply because it appeals to the low-humming narcissism that substitutes for his personality, because that image on TV reminds him of the mean brainless slob he sees in the mirror every morning.
...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
...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 every step of the way.

3 comments:

goesh said...

She is invoking visceral fear in some people, perhaps many people. This kind of language is most telling and of course alarming.

Brian H said...

I'm not seeing how any of the text you quoted is "sexist". You can find the same criticism for other politicians - Karl Rove comes to mind. I'm sure you can find a similar article on him. Does criticism, even as harsh as this, somehow become sexist if it's applied to a woman? If so, then your criteria is itself sexist - as if women need to be shielded from harsh opinion for the sole reason being that they are women.

Somehow I think Palin doesn't need you or anyone else watching her back for sexism - she's a grown up who can defend herself just fine. And, she's a public figure who is open to public opinion. If that is too much for her or her fans to take, then perhaps she shouldn't be in the public domain.

Anonymous said...

I agree with brian h - how exactly is the text you quoted sexist in any way??

She's running for Vice President of the USA; she is NOT a delicate flower.