About once a month, Sarah Palin seems to say something monumentally stupid, or which directly contradicts something she said just a few months ago. This time around, she is calling on Rahm Emanuel to resign because he used some politically incorrect language, when just a few months ago she was calling for less political correctness. And much of the liberal blogosphere is gleefully pointing out what a hypocrite she is (yes, I’ve definitely been guilty of that here at Political Irony).
But the ironic thing is that we pay any attention to her at all. Palin obviously doesn’t care if the things she says have any basis in reality. She is only looking for attention, and we are giving it to her in spades. So after this happens for the umpteenth time, just who is being stupid?
Not only that, but do we think we are going to convince any of her supporters that she is a whack job? Really? In a recent poll conducted by Research 2000, 53% of people who identify themselves as Republicans think that Sarah Palin is more qualified to be President than Barack Obama. 33% aren’t sure. Only 14% say no.
But I think something else is going on here. In the same poll, 63% of Republicans think that Obama is a socialist. And 39% think he should be impeached (never mind why). In other words, these people have convinced themselves that Obama is evil. Who knows the reason — it could be racism, because they need someone to blame for their problems, or just because they listen to Fox News too much — but the point is that anyone who is against Obama instantly becomes their hero. Palin is their hero because she speaks their truth (that Obama is evil). It is an article of faith. Case closed.
Any time we respond to the latest nonsense from Palin, we are feeding the problem, not solving it.