Sarah Palin is back! Not only did she get another Fox News contract, she was the star of Ralph Reed’s Faith and Freedom Conference this past weekend for her slashing attacks not only on President Obama and Democrats but on Republican sellouts (and 2016 hopefuls) like Jeb Bush. Watching Palin gleefully take on Bush, who made a dumb comment about needing immigration reform because immigrants are “more fertile” than native-born Americans, I realized that Palin’s star really is rising again, at a time of heightened racial insecurity on the white far-right. They need a hero, and here she is again.
I stopped paying much attention to Palin around the time she self-destructed by trying to make herself the victim after the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the shooting of 18 other people in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2011. After that, not only my attention but others’ seemed to drift away. She declared that she wouldn’t run for president, surprising no one, her spots on Fox News became less frequent (to her loud complaints) and, ultimately, the right-wing network didn’t renew her contract (though it was stated as her choice; she was going on to better things). I thought maybe Palin didn’t matter anymore.
But she continued to be the big crowd-pleaser at conservative gatherings from CPAC to the NRA convention, where she mocked Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun politics by slugging a Big Gulp, taking on the whole elite, effete nanny state her admirers imagine threatens them. Still, it was her attack on Bush this weekend that made me realize the extent to which she could become the face of the white nativist backlash, which is a dangerous development for the GOP, and the country, but a cushy, natural perch for Palin.
Well, Palin rubbed Bush’s nose in his mistake, trashing him ideologically while using her trademark sex appeal. You kind of have to see it – her hair has never been bigger, and she mocked Bush with such visible self-confidence and self-satisfaction:
It’s dangerous, touchy territory to debate this over one race’s fertility rate, and I say this as one who’s kind of fertile herself. I don’t think that’s where we want to go in deciding how we will incentify [sic] the hard-working families who want to be in the line, follow the law and become American citizens, versus those whose very first act on American soil is to break the law…
Note that Bush didn’t mention any specific race as being either more or less fertile. Native-born Americans of every race tend to have fewer children than immigrants. It was Palin who perceived an insult to the fertility of white people – and who had to therefore remind us of her own. Some white women might be committing “race suicide,” in Teddy Roosevelt’s famous words, but Palin ain’t one of them. Palin even brought up race right at the beginning of her speech, talking about how she likes to confront people with Obama bumper stickers on their “itty-bitty little purple Volts” (and you know what else must be “itty bitty.”)
One reply I got before the 2012 race – one said, ‘Well, I’m not a racist so I voted for [Obama] to prove it,’ and I replied ‘Nor am I a racist, and hey buddy, next time vote for someone else to prove you’re not a knucklehead.’
Palin also mocked Muslims, for good measure, while declaring her opposition to intervention in Syria, insisting we should stay out of a civil war there “and let Allah sort them out.”
Let’s start with the lie – Sarah really said “and let Allah sort IT out”. I like how Joan tried to sneak in a reference to the old Vietnam expression “Kill them all and let God sort ’em out” (which actually comes from the Crusades’ expression “Kill them all and let God find his own”).
Sarah never mentioned “race suicide”. As a matter of fact she said that using racial fertility rates was not “where we want to go” in determining immigration policy. I guess that “War” is “Peace” Salon.
I watched the video of Sarah’s speech. I don’t recall her wearing, saying or doing anything sexually provocative. She was speaking to a group of Christian conservatives but I’m pretty sure they don’t get overly excited by a pair of naked ankles.
Since when is it a bad thing for a 49 year old mother of five to look as good as Sarah Palin?
Last but not least, Sarah didn’t try to “make herself the victim” in the Gabby Giffords shooting. The Vile Progs wrongly tried to blame her for it. I know that because that issue is why we are all here at The Crawdad Hole and not still back at The Confluence.
The thing I like best about Sarah Palin is the way she drives Vile Progs insane.