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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sarah Palin, cultural troll


Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin has a new Facebook post out, accusing President Obama of lying to the American people, using language deeply entwined with America’s Jim Crow past.

Titled “Obama’s Shuck and Jive Ends With Benghazi Lies,” Palin’s piece lays out how in her mind newly revealed emails concretely prove that the Obama administration has lied about the Sept. 11 attack against a U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya:

We now know that the State Department sent an email to the White House, the Pentagon, the FBI and others in the intelligence community about this Islamist group claiming responsibility. And yet for days afterwards the White House and State Department led everyone to believe that the attack was the result of a spontaneous protest over an obscure YouTube video that had been uploaded months prior. Anywhere from 300 to 400 people from the administration and our intelligence community would have seen that email. Why the lies? Why the cover up? Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.

TP notes that Palin’s word choice “show an extreme insensitivity to the racial history of the phrase.” It’s not a term you’d ever use in describing a white person and it is deliberately offensive. It’s racist and Palin was trying to be racist.

It’s something she seems to have learned from Ann Coulter. When you’re not getting enough attention, you say something wildly offensive, then play the victim card when people call you out for it. Then Sean Hannity gets you on his show for an interview and — presto! — you’re relevant again. Palin wants you to make her a big, notorious celebrity again, because her fifteen minutes of fame are brain dead and on life support.

The strategy stopped paying off for Coulter — everyone just got tired of her. Sure, she still goes on Hannity and says insanely idiotic things, but no one fucking cares anymore. Her “Am I outraging you yet?” act has gotten tiresome and we’re bored with it.

The same will happen to Sarah Palin. Ignore her and she’ll go away.

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