I just realized that that’s the precise word for my current political mood. It ceased to be “ambivalent” quite some time ago.
It feels so good to put your finger on something.
Twittering was going on about this article on Politico, saying that a lot of Republicans are trying to figure out how to defeat Sarah Palin for the 2012 nomination.
Damned if it didn’t make her look good to me. And I was not a fan. (So why didn’t Democrats’ scorn for her have the same effect? Because I discounted it so completely. In the twisted logic of countersuggestibility, that somehow makes sense.)
I twittered that and got an e-mail from Ron:
I’m still unsure if Palin should be president…(first thought: no) but it’s more interesting to see all this stuff play out, while Obama is going in the opposite direction. If Palin can defeat her own party…she may be getting the training needed to defeat the dems! 2 years is a long way off….
I’m not sure she’d be such a disaster. Gut instinct is worth a lot more than book learnin’. She could store the necessary knowledge in her advisers.
And Ron wrote back:
let’s say that happens….and she has a successful presidency. Boy…that will mess with a lot of heads. Though it shouldn’t. Isn’t Palin the kind of figure Dems used to be proud came from America? (a la the screwball comedy?)
Bingo. It feels so good to put your finger on something. Even when it’s somebody else’s finger.
That’s exactly what Palin is. She is the first female president out of a screwball comedy: warmhearted, ditzy and clueless like a fox, a character out of the American folk tradition by way of classic Hollywood.