Watching Palin’s interview with Greta Van Susteren, I thought Palin came across as a marginally less nasty and stupid person than she had appeared to be before election day. To put it another way, some polling guru must have told her, at the outset of the campaign, that pretending to be nastier and stupider than you really are is a good way of getting elected to the second-most important office in the world. Let’s hope that idea is dead forever.
If Gary Kamiya Kamiya, writing in Salon, is to be believed, there are some very influential people in the Republican party for whom a “marginally less nasty Palin” would be bad news indeed.
Predictably taking the hardest line were the braying tribunes of the right-wing plebs, Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter. The McCain-detesting Coulter wrote, “The only good thing about McCain is that he gave us a genuine conservative, Sarah Palin. He’s like one of those insects that lives just long enough to reproduce so that the species can survive. That’s why a lot of us are referring to Sarah as ‘The One’ these days. Like Sarah Connor in ‘The Terminator,’ Sarah Palin is destined to give birth to a new movement.”
The Republican belief that is should have played the game more nastily than it did is going to be hard to shift.