Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Palin’s Populist Pablum

From Sarah Palin’s farewell address, speaking of the media:

“You represent what could and should be a respected, honest profession that could and should be a cornerstone of our democracy. Democracy depends on you, and that is why — that’s why our troops are willing to die for you. So how about in honor of the American soldier, you quit makin’ things up.”


This is a pretty good example of the empty rhetoric of right-wing populism, of which Sarah Palin is the current poster child. It’s got many of the key elements of the kind of weepy-eyed and meaningless nonsense spewed on every right wing radio talk show in the land.

Blaming all of one’s problems on the media? Check.

Utterly pointless and irrelevant mention of the troops dying for something they are not, in fact, dying for? Check.

Making a very broad claim without even a single example to back it up? Check.

All that’s missing is a vague shot at “elites” and some mention of arugula.

I saw a woman on TV earlier, a conservative talk show host, blathering on about Palin and her possible future hosting a right wing radio talk show. She said, “Palin is simple and down to earth and she really came up from the grassroots, so listeners can relate to her.”

Let me translate that: Sarah Palin is a moron and her target audience, also being morons, will appreciate that.