Thursday, October 6, 2011

That damn Palin! She's so hot right now!

It's "official," Sarah Palin will not run for President in 2012. Not much of a shocker. Being the President of the United States is a hard, thankless job. And Palin already is undergoing everyday anal exams from "investigative" reporters. Imagine how this would get amped  up during election season. Hell, just look back to 2008, where every other story about the election was actually about Sarah Palin, whether pro or con.

And let's be honest: she wields a great deal of power right now. Not as much as some believe, but certainly enough to qualify as a major player, as a potential "kingmaker." Pretty good work for a former sports reporter from Alaska, no?

Of course, there is a common belief that her popularity is mostly a function of her looks. Roger Ailes--at a recent event--told a reporter that he "hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings." Interestingly enough, all of the reports on this bit seem to take it as a given that Ailes means attractive and/or sexy, when he says Palin is "hot." He could just as easily have meant very popular, as in "It's that damn Hansel, he's so hot right now!"

Perhaps it's because the real people with Sarah Palin crushes are the the left-leaning journalists that drool over her every word, her every movement. Case in point, Connor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic has fooled himself into believing Sarah Palin is somehow unique, in terms of using political status/fame:
Until Palin came along, no one realized that a politician could successfully leverage the celebrity gained in a presidential campaign into a multimillion-dollar fortune, and quickly.
Hello? McFly? Ever heard of Al Gore? No? And let's be clear: what made Palin such a bundle of money, what drove the ratings Ailes spoke of, what kept--and keeps--her in the spotlight is that unwavering fascination with her by those that claim to despise her, those that claim she's an empty-headed Barbie doll, and the like. In short, the Left.

It's a weird kind of inverted sexism, coming from people that are so often the most outspoken critics of perceived discrimination and bigotry. And it's a ripe topic for armchair psychoanalysis, but I'll refrain...

Cheers, all.

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