Yes, you read that headline correctly.
The further we get into the McCain-Palin campaign, the more I feel bad for Sarah Palin. She is, as has been pointed out from the beginning by intelligent pundits and more recently by a few conservative pundits, way out of her league. This, however, is not entirely her fault.
Sure, she stepped into something glamorous and exciting and politically heady. Who wouldn't? But the blatant fact is, Sarah Palin is a pawn. She's being used for her flash and sparkle as flair and swag for a campaign that has nothing to offer the American people. That makes me sad for her, because it belittles her ability or potential to make genuine contributions. (Note, I say that part tongue-in-cheek, but there's also a grain of truth in this bit of salt.)
Even worse, though, as the Palin patina wears off--and it certainly is. There's only so much pretty hockey mom, former beauty queen, pseudo-celebrity shine to go around and distract us from her appalling lack of experience--she becomes a horrifying parody of herself.
Palin is now turning into a liability for women and the progress we've made over the decades. In short, she's proving to be an embarrassment for smart, educated, hardworking, non-beauty queen women and she should step down before she destroys any more of the gains we've made in the last 20 years. She's a joke and I'm starting to feel sorry for her. I'm especially squirmy (it's the only word I could come up with) about her upcoming debate with Biden. While I'm obviously rooting for Biden, I'm cringing at the fact that she's going to look stupid and, unfortunately, her stupidity may end up being an indictment on the intelligence and capabilities of women universally.
While some of her gains as a woman and a politician are legitimate, she's doing us more damage than good. It's too painful to watch and I feel sorry that history will mark her as a joke rather than noting that she was used as a pawn in the ongoing war on American intelligence and intellect.
And, I can't believe I'm going to say this, but the McCain-Palin ticket actually makes George Bush look like an articulate, competent president. How low has the Republican Party fallen? I thought we'd bottomed out at stupid with Bush, but seems dumb can go even lower. Karl Rove and his ilk deserve a hot seat in hell for dumbing down politics in this country and giving the American people the perception they're too shallow and vapid to really make a decision about who their leaders should be. Instead, pandering to unfounded fears and telling people to be scared seems to be the better way to govern. Throwing some swag and glitz our way plays into our stupid fascination with celebrity and keeps expectations low. Even worse, it makes those of us who actually stay on top of the issues look like grandstanders and alarmists.