Saturday, January 23, 2016


I say this a lot, and I thank Shel Silverstein each time I do: "Some kind of help is what helping's all about, and some kind of help is the kind we can all do without." These were the words that went through my head when I heard that Sarah Palin was doing Donald Trump the favor of endorsing him in his run for president. "Are you ready to make America great again? We all have a part in this. We all have a responsibility. Looking around at all of you; you hard-working Iowa families, you farm families and teachers and teamsters and cops and cooks; you rockin’ rollers and holy rollers! All of you who work so hard, you full-time moms, you with the hands that rock the cradle. You all make the world go round and now our cause is one." 
It might have been Tina Fey. In that kinda change-y, sorta folksy, pretty rambly kinda way that former governor, former vice presidential candidate, former sportscaster, former beauty queen Sarah Palin has, she whooped the Iowa crowd into a tumultuous frenzy. Or at least she got herself pretty charged up. "When asked why I would jump into a primary — kind of stirring it up a little bit maybe — and choose one over some friends who are running and I’ve endorsed a couple others in their races before they decided to run for president, I was told left and right, 'you are going to get so clobbered in the press. You are just going to get beat up and chewed up and spit out.'" It should be noted at this point that his royal Donaldness did not flinch. He waited for the Maverick to bring it home. "Now, finally friends, I want you to try to picture this. It's a nice thing to picture. Exactly one year from tomorrow: former President Barack Obama. He packs up the teleprompters and the selfie-sticks and the Greek columns and all that hopey, changey stuff and he heads on back to Chicago, where I’m sure he can find some community there to organize again. There, he can finally look up. President Obama will be able to look up, and there, over his head, he’ll be able to see that shining, towering, Trump Tower. Yes, Barack, he built that. And that says a lot."
A lot, indeed. I would like to believe that the appearance of everyone's favorite straight shooter from Alaska would sound the death knell to the Trumpocracy. So far I have been terribly wrong. It's Bizarro World politics where everything you know is wrong. Hopey changey bad. Greek columns bad. Trump Tower good! 
Meanwhile, across the frozen tundra comes a cry: Sarah Palin's son Track has been arrested on domestic violence charges. Apparently, the young Palin was intoxicated and carrying a firearm at the time. Where was this boy's mother?
In Iowa, ushering in a new Bizarro Day. 
Good night. Drive safe.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

She sure stomps serious terra!