It’s been a very bad week for Sarah Palin.
Not only was her 35-minute rambling speech at last Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit fodder for any number of columnists (and bloggers) and light-night TV bits, she has found support from the GOP establishment waning.
She is seen as a semi-coherent loose cannon that is draining funding from viable candidates (whomever they may be) to line her coffers.
Even Fox host Sean Hannity had questions about Palin’s performance, asking her if the teleprompter stopped working. Palin wouldn’t directly answer the question, instead reverting to another word salad as an explanation.
“I received a standing ovation throughout and at the end of the speech. So I don’t know, I think a lot of this herd mentality of some reporters would — that kind of exacerbates some of the criticism. But I don’t know what anybody really would, when you talk about the meat, the content of the speech, would criticize.”
Except that she received nearly unanimous criticism for her rambling, unintelligible speech that veered from one non-sequitur to another. I saw the 55-second clip I linked to a few days ago posted on many a Facebook wall this week. The general derisive consensus is that Palin had to have been under the influence of some substance or other. Some thought she was drunk, others wanted to know what she’d been smoking. Whether straight or stoned the piece is as painfully hard to watch on the fifth viewing as it was on the first.
Sarah Palin’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week continued as she made trouble for herself that is sure to come back and haunt her.
The first way she courted trouble was the tasteless, threatening way she created a confrontation with film maker Michael Moore.
Moore had tweeted this message that most presumed referred to Clint Eastwood’s controversial movie American Sniper.
“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. “
To which Palin, being a model of even keeled responses, posed for a picture during the Iowa Freedom Summit with Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, who was holding up a sign that read, “F_ck you Michael Moore.” The real classy part was that both Os in Moore had gun sight cross-hairs drawn into them. Isn’t this the type of clear thinking and modern diplomacy we want representing us on the national and international stage? Wouldn’t you be proud and secure to have that level of maturity negotiating multinational treaties? I’d sure feel better if someone like that had the nuclear launch codes.
But, the biggest and potentially costliest fight she picked this week was with Fox talking blowhard Bill O’Reilly. Protip: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
Palin took umbrage at O’Reilly’s suggestion that she and 4-time barkruptee, and insufferable attention whore Donald Trump would turn the 2016 Republican primaries into a reality show. Apparently Palin has forgotten that both she and Trump have actually participated in their own reality shows. Attacking O’Reilly over this is a terrible move on her part.
Palin accused O’Reilly of being ‘quasi-conservative’ and demanded his ‘unity’ to defeat presumed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Questioning O’Reilly’s commitment to the cause is just more bad politics on Palin’s part. It will only serve to anger a hubris-filled O’Reilly who already has an out-sized notion of how important his opinion is. O’Reilly holds a great deal of power with the few million people who watch Fox News. Being that Fox is the propaganda arm of the Republican party she’d better tread lightly when accusing the media outlet she works for or its hosts of a liberal bias. To put it bluntly: That shit doesn’t go over well.
Going after the most popular host on Fox News will not end in her favor. What’s scary is that she doesn’t seem to comprehend this. She seems to have an absolute disconnect when it comes to actions and probable outcomes. Flinging poo at Fox and O’Reilly is decidedly a self destructive thing to do.
It takes a great narcissist not to see that her support is drying up and her relevance is waning. She is flaming out and doesn’t have the ability to assess how her ill-thought actions and stream-of-consciousness method of communicating has irreparably damaged her reputation among conservatives. She can’t get outside of her own head long enough to see that the crowds have stopped laughing with her and are now laughing at her.
Sarah Palin can’t afford many more weeks like this one. Her slide is picking up momentum and for those of us who have watched this charlatan work the rubes since 2008 the end of her influence can’t come fast enough.