by John Grooms
Raise your hand if you give a flying damn whether Sarah Palin runs for president. On a day when cultural giant Steve Jobs died and the nation’s attention was increasingly gripped by the Occupy Wall Street protests, Palin’s announcement that she’s not running in 2012 got what it deserved: minimal coverage and a big collective shrug. I heard that the last person who still cared whether the former half-term governor would run left the country a few weeks ago, just after the death of the last guy who believed Palin could win a national political race.
Palin says a main reason she’s not running is — wait for it — her concern for her family. This woman, remember, is a relentless attention-hound. Those nearest to Palin have said her idea of “family values” is to largely ignore family members most of the time, although she gladly paraded the whole brood during the 2008 campaign. The only value Palin's apparently taught her kids, particularly Bristol, is the value of supporting herself by being a vapid celebrity rather than doing anything useful.
Another reason for the non-candidacy? It’s mind-bending, but Palin said that not running for president will make her more "effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office" (my italics). How hilariously self-unaware can someone be? Resigning the governorship after only half of one term doesn’t exactly evoke images of public service for most people. I’m just saying.
Really, what else could Palin do but not run for president? She’s no Einstein, but even she has to know she would have zero chance of being elected — and on top of that, she would have to give up most of her public-speaking career, for which she has received anywhere from $10K to $100K per speech. What a shallow, conniving, tiresome, half-wit narcissist. Speaking of conniving half-wit narcissists, the other far-right celeb who reminds me the most of Palin is Glenn Beck. They’ll both say almost anything to keep their audience’s attention, they’re both conspiracy addicts, and they both exploit their fans’ gullibility to the max, turning their “conservative, patriotic, freedom-loving” views into an ongoing money machine.