Attention whore

Anybody besides me take note of Sarah Palin’s sudden appearance in Iowa during the straw poll? Does that girl crave attention or what?

She starts this bus tour. It doesn’t get her enough attention, so she quits. I mean, suspends it. Right before the straw poll, she announced she’s un-suspending it, in Iowa. So there she is, getting attention. And once the cameras are all gone from Iowa, so’s the bus tour.

And now Karl Rove says she probably is going to run for president. I don’t doubt it. It’s the only way she can get the cameras on her steadily. My colleagues will dote on her every word, the way they dote on Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry now. They seem to like the truly crazy.

But Palin’s popularity is so low at this point that there’s really no way she can win the nomination. Unless she has the self-awareness of, say, Moammar Gadhafi, she has to know that.  So it’s all about the attention.

Being governor of Alaska was too hard with too little payback, so she quit. The bus tour, not enough payback, so she quit. Signing her name to ghost written books, OK, but book tours, too annoying. Appearances on Fox, great.

But most of America has wised up on Sarah Palin. They see her for what she is — a petty local official who duped a state into electing her governor and then duped John McCain into selecting her for his running mate. The Alaska part was easy. Big state, small population. John McCain? Apparently, he’s an idiot.

Palin’s left her mark on American politics, for sure. Now it’s no longer necessary to have any understanding of how things work, either globally or domestically, to run for office. Pithy Facebook notes are acceptable ways to communicate weighty ideas. Twitter commentary is the new soundbite.

Ignorance, it’s the American way.

Palin paved the way for Bachmann, and she and George W. Bush set the stage for Rick Perry. My colleagues and the Republican establishment seem to think Mitt Romney’s the eventual nomination winner, but my money’s on Perry. And hey, he can choose Palin as his running mate too. They’re a better match than McCain-Palin, that’s for sure.

But vice president … surely Palin knows that’s the forgotten office. Nobody really thinks about the vice president unless there’s a question about the president’s continuation in office, or a tie in the Senate. Did you know Joe Biden’s in China this week? Outside the United States, it’s pretty common knowledge.

When Palin throws her hat in the ring for president — because she’s pretty much worn out the will-she-or-won’t-she meme — we’re in for months of the same bullshit we had during the 2008 election. Bullshit attacks on Obama, crackpot economic ideas, lies about what’s going on, utter ignorance about the world. Not to mention those pleasant Palin fans who populate her rallies. The real Murikans. You know who they are.

They’re not you and me, or anybody with half a brain or has mentally and emotionally progressed beyond 10th grade.

Because that’s Sarah Palin’s biggest contribution to the process: The sophomorification of American politics.

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