Monday, September 7, 2015
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the circus, Grizzly Mom got free of her chains. We can thank Donald Trump for unleashing her. In a recent CNN interview, she imagined herself serving as the Donald's Secretary of Energy because "energy is my baby, oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the earth for mankind's use instead of us relying on unfriendly nations (like Canada), for us to import their ... resources." Yep, hard to argue with that one. Maybe she considers Canada a part of us?
It doesn't matter that Sarah defies all credulity, so does Trump's soaring poll numbers. Nothing seems to phase Teflon Trump. What would sink any other candidate doesn't even ding the Sloop Donald J. Many critics cited the selection of Sarah Palin as dooming John McCain's presidential bid in 2008, but here is Donald actively courting her, and his fan base loves it.
They both seem to speak the same language, sort of anyway, as Sarah always struggles to get what she means out the right way, like exhorting immigrants to "speak American." Teabaggers love these unscripted moments. It shows how genuine she is, just like their Donald, who can switch positions with the drop of a hat and never look back.
Just look at how he changed positions on the Iran nuclear deal. First, he called Obama a terrible negotiator, saying he would have wrapped up negotiations in one day by doubling down on sanctions. When the deal was reached, Trump condemned it without even having access to it. He joined other Republican presidential hopefuls in urging Congress to reject it out of hand. Now that Obama has the votes to block the Republican Congress, Trump said he would work with the treaty as President because "I love to buy bad contracts when key people go bust and make those contracts good."
I suppose this is what attracts him to Sarah Palin. He wants to make her Miss Wasilla again, the darling of the Tea Party, who ever so briefly was Governor of Alaska and was going to infuse the Republican Party with badly needed outdoor spirit. As you may remember, Sarah quit as governor with a cloud of ethics violations hanging over her head to pursue a $10 million book deal that made her a national celebrity.
For a short while, Sarah was everywhere. Not just Fox News, but hosting her own Call of the Wild in a TLC program on Alaska. By 2012, all that came crashing down as Sarah's gaffes piled up. Fox kept her on, but in a significantly reduced capacity. No Presidential candidate wanted any part of her on the campaign trail, after she had briefly toyed with running for President herself at the peak of her popularity.
It was a hard fall. Many of us thought that was the end of Sarah, but like a new season of The Celebrity Apprentice here she is again front and center for the whole world to see and marvel at her audacity and unintentional wit. It just makes one Proud to be an American!