Sarah Palin was exposed in 2008 as an earnest politician way over her head. After her campaign imploded, she went back to Alaska and resigned halfway through her governorship under questionable circumstances, started a reality show, hung out with Kate Gosselin, and joined Fox news. Looking back, Kate Gosselin might be remembered as her apex.
Recently, she was fired from Fox news. Her reality show is all wrapped up. Her political clout has been diminished. She is probably seen on television being parodied by someone else more often than she is actually on TV. Except for a handful of interviews, she appeared to be falling into obscurity. But after her speech at CPAC, she seems ready to get back into the limelight. She released a new video encouraging people to donate to her political action committee and it is replete with old Palin-isms: anti-media, anti-establishment, anti-big-money and it wouldn’t be complete without an insinuation that Obama is Muslim. But now these complaints fall flat. And what you once wrote off as political inexperience now comes off as political bullshit.
In the video she chastises the mainstream media of which she was a member of for quite some time. She critiques insider politicians without a hint of irony. And worst of all, she complains about big money politics. That’s when the bullshit really hits the fan. Her PAC spent roughly $5.1 million (more than it raised which must mean she is a proponent of deficit spending) of which roughly $300,000 was spent on politicians. The rest went to political consultants. This is awfully confusing because in the video she says explicitly that she wants to get rid of political consultants. So she doesn’t want professionals involved in politics but then gives them $4.8 million? Something stinks. And it’s her bullshit.
So therein lies the problem. In 2008 when she struggled in interviews trying to answer difficult questions about international politics, you could shrug and blame it on inexperience. Now, after five years in the belly of the beast, she is fully aware and comfortable with the ins and outs of national politics. But that’s not what is turning people off or why people see her as hypocritical. The problem is that she’s taking advantage of the very system that she publicly derides. She attacks politicians who take money and gives it to the establishment but she then takes donations and gives it to the establishment. With one fell swoop, she manages to alienate everyone across the board. She’s making fun of herself and the worst part is, I don’t know if she even knows it.