Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

What is Sarah Palin on about?

Ms Palin is, for liberal humorists, the gift that keeps on giving.

Mon, Aug 18, 2014, 17:01


Governor Palin is in the news again. Has she solved the few remaining problems existing in String Theory? Has she found errors in the proof to Fermat’s Last Theorem? No. That was just some classic liberal sarcasm from me there. Actually, it’s not entirely clear what she has done. A much circulated clip from her website — for which you have to actually pay money — finds her commenting on a speech by the articulate, liberal (by US standards) Democrat Elizabeth Warren. That Senator has something to say about the low wages currently being paid to fast-food workers and Ms Palin just doesn’t like it. At the end of this bizarre clip, Palin does  eventually happen upon an ideological argument: she and her Red Meanies view fast food jobs as stepping stones on the road to permanent employment and, thus, feel that those so employed don’t deserve a proper minimum wage. This is, obviously, robber baron garbage. But it’s the opening screed that has kicked up all the interest. Have a look…

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What is she even trying to say here? A transcription of her rambling might go something like this:

“‘We believe’? Wait, I thought fast food joints, hurh. Don’t you guys think that they’re like of the Devil or somethin’ I was. Liberals, you want to send those evil employees who would dare work at a fast food joint then ya just don’t believe in, thought you wanted to, I dunno, send them to Purgatory or somethin’ so they all go VEGAN and, uh, wages and picket lines I dunno they’re not often discussed in Purgatory, are they? I dunno why are you even worried about fast food wages because d’ha.”

Her point seems to be that liberals have some sort of inherent hatred of fast food. This imagined allergy may, for all we know, involve objections to the corporate nature of such enterprises. She does manage to sneak in a quip about “veganism”. But this can’t be all about meat, can it? Maybe, it’s the sheer Americanism of fast food that appalls all these dangerous lefties.

What really mystifies is that Ms Palin felt this rant lucid enough to post on her website. It’s as if she speaks in some sort of pitch that only her followers can hear and appreciate. Everybody else finds this a huge embarrassment. She has gone beyond folksy and hockey-mom waffle to full… Well, I won’t say it. But there’s a phrase in Tropic Thunder that suits quite nicely. The folk from Veep wouldn’t have dared write this. Would they?