Sarah Palin Cannot Move On

She thinks she should, though — but she isn’t, and she doesn’t even know it:

From the Alaska governor’s interview with Wolf Blitzer to air today on The Situation Room:

BLITZER: Because, you know, during a campaign, every presidential campaign, things are said, it’s tough, as you well know, it gets sometimes pretty fierce out there. And during the campaign, you said this, you said: “This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America.”

And then you went on to say: “Someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he is palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

PALIN: Well, I still am concerned about that association with Bill Ayers. And if anybody still wants to talk about it, I will, because this is an unrepentant domestic terrorist who had campaigned to blow up, to destroy our Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol. That’s an association that still bothers me.

And I think it’s still fair to talk about it. However the campaign is over. That chapter is closed. Now is the time to move on and to, again, make sure that all of us are doing all that we can to progress this nation.

Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the expression “talking out of both sides of her mouth,” doesn’t it?

Honestly, what is she talking about? Palin still thinks it’s “fair to talk about” Bill Ayers, and she brags that if “anybody still wants to talk about” Ayers, she will. Literally a few seconds later, Palin thinks we should “move on” because “the campaign is over.”

I’m curious if Palin can hear the words coming out of her mouth while she’s speaking.

My hunch is, the talking point smears are so well ingrained in Palin’s mind, hearing Blitzer say the words “pal around with terrorists” necessarily prompted her to start spewing her scripted nonsense all over again. It’s as if she momentarily forgot that Election Day has come and gone, so she repeated the words she’d said thousands of times before.

It’s kind of sad, really.

Sully thinks Palin still matters:

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. It is excruciating to watch her – but more excruciating to watch those who feel obliged to defend her.

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.

It’s not just about the depth of the error, though. It’s also about the nature of the error:

Despite all the grief she’s gotten, I continue to think that the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate represents the breaking of a consensual cultural barrier far more fundamental than most people realize. It’s not just that she was inexperienced (Spiro Agnew and John Edwards weren’t much more experienced than Palin when they ran for VP) but that she was — obviously, transparently, completely — uninterested in and uninformed about national policy at nearly every level. We’ve simply never seen someone so completely unmoored from the normal requirements of national office before. She was chosen purely at the level of celebrity, and an awful lot of people seemed to be just fine with that.

The irony in this has been noted many times, and hardly needs to be mentioned again. But what does, I think, bear repeating is that, ultimately, Sarah Palin’s inability to meet the “normal requirements of national office” is most significant in what it says about John McCain’s fitness for office. He’s the one who chose this abysmally uninformed, incurious, and functionally illiterate woman to be his running mate.

What does that say about him? I’d say it says that we should all count it as an inexpressible blessing that he is not president-elect right now.

2 Responses to “Sarah Palin Cannot Move On”

  1. Rick says:

    I have to admit, that when Ms. Palin’s name was announced, I thought about actually voting for the Republican ticket – I was originally a Hillary Clinton supporter, and I thought that it was “initially” a great move to try to get the “Hillary Supporters” to vote Republican … that “thought” lasted only a while – until she initially spoke to a national TV audience – what a DOLT! She should now retire from politics, and accept the $2 million dollar offer from a film producer in Florida who sent a proposal to her office today, to make a High-Def porno video … her husband was also offered $100,000.00 + a new Ski-Do to “co-star” … potential names for this video includes “Lipstick on this Pig!”

  2. Deo says:

    I am WITH Andrew Sullivan on this (who woulda thought..), this on-going Palin episode is important and serious.
    One moron, George Bush, is not even out the door yet and we, as Americans, have embraced another person who cannot string a sentence together, Sarah Palin! A person who just wings it when it comes to telling the truth.
    Is it BECAUSE of George Bush that she thinks she can just PRESENT herself as a VP and prez choice?
    No education needed, not for her or her children (her son is a drop out, and her soon to be son-in-law is a drop out). I am sorry, but if you can´t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen, even if the moose stew is almost ready.
    No, I do not want to be represnted by this person who is setting herself to do so.
    I live in Spain now, and THAT is what everyone is looking at, THIS NEW BOZO, PALIN, COME TO TAKE BUSH´S PLACE. It´s like Obama is a footnote. There is just interview after interview of this person. Her lies and misrepresentations go unchallenged. She wants to set the RECORD STRAIGHT well, SO DO I ! Why won´t someone say, GEE, SARAH, Katie Couric didnt ask you what YÄLL READ UP THERE IN BUGTUSSEL, ALASKA…she asked you what YOU READ. No cultural implication, but you couldn´t answer so now it´s Couric´s fault for being a snob! oh yeah, GOTCHA!
    I better go, I´m starting to SOUND LIKE SARAH. I find this upsetting and like Sullivan, I find it important.

    ****The very first thing I read about Sarah Palin was this. ´THIS WOMAN CAN LOOK YOU IN THE EYE AND TELL YOU THAT BLACK IS WHITE.**** she has not stopped and no one member of the press or politician has said, ¨No, Sarah this is actually BLACK. ¨ after 8 years, I must insist that this IS indeed black, now go away.

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