Feb 11, 2010

Sarah Palin Draws Raves from David Broder

Just when you thought American politics could not possibly sink to lower depths of self parody, Sarah Palin's address to the Tea Party-whack set is belatedly endorsed today by the Dean of American Journalism, the neocon of neocons, the Washington Post's David Broder.

Broder was an cheerleader for the Bush-Cheney regime, heaping praise on Bush's grand design for democracy as evidenced by ... Bush's speeches. He writes that Palin's address "was not the first time that Palin has impressed me."

His column is gushing inanity, devoid of policy and substance [befitting the modern Dean] and concluding, "Those who want to stop her will need more ammunition than deriding her habit of writing on her hand. The lady is good."

Here's some political ammo: Sarah Palin is an ignoramus without the slightest understanding of major policy spheres. Sarah Palin is an Evangelical Zionist clown, catering to the right-wingers in Israel who want America to engage in war without end in the region known as the Middle-East. Sarah Palin is anti-choice and a statist reactionary.

An ignorant, militaristic clown is the perfect Broder candidate.

Glenn Greenwald has some fun at Salon:
I was fairly certain that Washington Press Corps Dean David Broder's career would end with his last memorably humiliating moment (of many) being this February, 2007, column, when he giddily announced that ‘President Bush is poised for a political comeback,’ that ‘Bush now shows signs of renewed energy and is regaining the initiative on several fronts,’ and that ‘he is demonstrating political smarts that even his critics have to acknowledge’ -- only for Bush's approval ratings to continue to plummet until he finally left office as one of the most despised Americans politicians of the last 100 years. I was wrong.

Today, Broder pens a gushing love letterto Sarah Palin -- decreeing that we must ‘Take Sarah Palin seriously,’ admiring her ‘pitch-perfect recital of the populist message,’ and warning that she will be difficult to stop as a major political force -- on the very same day that his own newspaper published a poll reportingthat Palin's ‘political standing has deteriorated significantly’; that ‘fifty-five percent of Americans have unfavorable views of her, while the percentage holding favorable views has dipped to 37, a new low in Post-ABC polling’; that ‘there is a growing sense that the former Alaska governor is not qualified to serve as president, with more than seven in 10 Americans now saying she is unqualified, up from 60 percent in a November survey’; that ‘even among Republicans, a majority now say Palin lacks the qualifications necessary for the White House’; and even that ‘Palin has lost ground among conservative Republicans,’ as ‘forty-five percent of conservatives now consider her as qualified for the presidency, down sharply from 66 percent who said so last fall.’ Could Man of the Regular Folk David Broder possibly be any more out of touch with the Regular Folk?
Is that all a candidate has to do for neocon favor: Accalaim one's loyality to Israel? And repeat talking points without any apparent understanding of what is being said? No more qualifications necessary.

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