David Kahane proposes a new national holiday, resembling the British Guy Fawkes Day, celebrating the establishment left’s triumphant ejection of Sarah Palin from Alaska’s governorship.
Not only were we offended at the sheer effrontery of McCainâ€™s pick: How dare the Republicans proffer this dÃ©classÃ©e piece of Wasilla trailer trash whose only claim to fame was that she didnâ€™t exercise her right to choose? Where were her degrees from Smith or Barnard, her internships at PETA, the Brookings Institution, or the Young Pioneers? We were also outraged that the Stupid Party had just nominated a completely unqualified candidate nobody had ever heard of, a first-term governor of Alaska whose previous experience consisted of a small-town mayoralty. As opposed to our guy, Barry Soetoro of Mombasa, Djakarta, and Honolulu, a first-term senator nobody had ever heard of, whose previous experience had been as a state senator (D., Daley Machine) in Illinois. After eight long, illegitimate, lawless years of &*^%BUSH$#@! tyranny, how dare you contest this election?
And so the word went out, from that time and place: Eviscerate Sarah Palin like one of her field-dressed moose. Turn her life upside down. Attack her politics, her background, her educational history. Attack her family. Make fun of her husband, her children. Unleash the noted gynecologist Andrew Sullivan to prove that Palinâ€™s fifth child was really her grandchild. Hit her with everything we have: Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, taking a beer-run break from her quixotic search for Mr. Right to drip venom on Sister Sarah; post-funny comic David Letterman, to joke about her and her daughters on national television; Katie Couric, the anchor nobody watches, to give this Alaskan interloper a taste of life in the big leagues; former New York Times hack Todd â€œMr. Dee Dee Myersâ€ Purdum, to act as an instrument of Graydon Carterâ€™s wrath at Vanity Fair. Heck, we even burned her church down. Even after the teleological triumph of The One, the assault had to continue, each blow delivered with our Lefty SneerTM (viz.: Donny Deutsch yesterday on Morning Joe), until Sarah was finished.
You know what? It worked! McCain finally succumbed to his long-standing case of Stockholm Syndrome (â€œMy friends, you have nothing to fear from an Obama presidencyâ€), Tina Fey turned Palin into a see-Russia-from-my-house joke, â€œconservativeâ€ useful idiots like Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker hatched her, and finally Sarah cried No mÃ¡s and walked away. If we could, weâ€™d cut off her head and mount it on a wall at Tammany Hall, except there is no more Tammany Hall unless you count Obamaâ€™s Tony Rezkoâ€“financed home in Chicago. And it took only eight months â€” heck, Sarah couldn’t even have another kid in the time it took us to destroy her. Thatâ€™s the Chicago way!
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