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I usually avoid posting much about campaign stuff, as most of it is foolish childish blather. To me, what is important is what politicians actually do when they are in positions of power, not what they say while they are campaigning.
However, Sarah Palin’s endorsement yesterday of Donald Trump requires a few words, because this is an action by Palin that confirms a great deal about her (not Trump) that I have thought since the day she resigned as Alaska’s governor. To paraphrase one headline, yesterday’s endorsement was a Reality TV Star Endorsing a Reality TV Star.
Sarah Palin, the host of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” and “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” has endorsed the star of “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice”
This article is more blunt:
Ours is an age in which politics and entertainment are melted together without opposition or disfavor; a silly, self-indulgent, shallow age in which Kanye West thinks he can be the president of the United States and the president of the United States thinks he can be Kanye West. That Palin and Trump are together at last is no accident of ideology or timing; rather, it is the inevitable and rational confluence of two ghastly cults of personality — a fat-cutting, cash-saving merger that will serve to increase overall market share. Under their own steam, both figures have convinced a significant portion of the American population that their personal advancement is the key to the country’s success.
When Palin was governor of Alaska, she was in a position of real power and could have had a real influence on the future of her state, and by inference the politics of the country. Instead, she resigned and turned her talents to doing reality television shows. I haven’t taken her political positions seriously since then, and her endorsement of Trump has only confirmed that impression.
By the way, these thoughts are not meant as a condemnation of Trump. I would still vote for him should he become the nominee, as he will certainly be a better choice than any candidate the Democrats are proposing. I just don’t think he will do the kind of things I think the nation desperately needs done to get the federal government back in shape. He remains, deep down, an old-fashioned liberal Democrat, and that is not what we really need right now.
Palin however has now proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that her so-called tea party beliefs were never more than showy grand-standing to make her career as a reality tv star more successful.