Why Palin still matters

Andrew Sullivan argues that we have to understand why she was selected so we can stop it from happening again.

By Tracy Clark-Flory
Published November 14, 2008 2:00AM (UTC)
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Raise your hand if you're sick of Sarah Palin coverage. I could gaze into my magic monitor "Romper Room" style and list the names of the Palin-peeved out there in Internetland -- I can see Christopher1988 and Traduced! and … -- but we might be here all day. It can, indeed,  sometimes feel like we're beating a dead moose, but Andrew Sullivan makes an interesting argument today for the continuing coverage:

Let's be real in a way the national media seems incapable of: this person should never have been placed on a national ticket in a mature democracy. She was incapable of running a town in Alaska competently. The impulsive, unvetted selection of a total unknown, with no knowledge of or interest in the wider world, as a replacement president remains one of the most disturbing events in modern American history ... That the Palin absurdity should follow the two-term presidency of another individual utterly out of his depth in national government is particularly troubling ... Until we figure out how this happened, we will not be able to prevent it from happening again ...

This deluded and delusional woman still doesn't understand what happened to her; still has no self-awareness; and has never been forced to accept her obvious limitations. She cannot keep even the most trivial story straight; she repeats untruths with a ferocity and calm that is reserved only to the clinically unhinged; she has the educational level of a high school drop-out; and regards ignorance as some kind of achievement ...

Her candidacy, in short, was indefensible. It remains indefensible. Until the mainstream media, the GOP establishment, and the conservative intelligentsia acknowledge the depth of their error, this blog will keep demanding basic accountability … There comes a point at which you have to simply call a time out and insist that this farce cease and some basic accountability and transparency be restored to the process.

Tracy Clark-Flory

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