Something called the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC) has awarded Sarah Palin its Sitting Duck Award as the "most ridiculed newsmaker in America." Astonishingly, the former Alaska governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate outdistanced the buffoon of the decade and former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who came in second.
Just so we get this straight, this group of hacks believes that Palin is an "an easier target" and bigger laugh than a governor who has been indicted for public corruption, has led Illinois into the deepest financial crisis in its history, has alienated virtually every Democrat in the state, has had his legislation unanimously rejected by every state representative including members of his own party and has made himself a contemptible fool by showing up on every TV shows whose goofy host will have him.
As compared to a governor who has--what?--effectively managed her state and served honorably.
But then, she is a Republican, so right there is cause to make more fun
of her than
Blagojevich, who is a Democrat. Also, she's conservative
and pro-life, which, for many mainstream columnists, makes her a joke.
Oh yes, she revealed a degree of inexperience in foreign relations,
suggesting that because Alaska was next to Russia gave her some special
insight--although that wasn't as terrifying as Barack Obama saying
during his campaign that if he had "actionable intelligence" he would
invade an ally, Pakistan.
When it comes to saying stupid things, she revealed herself to be no
more laughable than her opponent, Vice President Joe Bidden, whose
mouth continues to be a non-stop embarrassment to Obama and his
administration. But, no word from NSNC about whether his name was even
put into nomination for the Sitting Duck award.
Palin's decision to resign the governorship is as mystifying to her
supporters as it is to her ridiculers. For most pols, resignation (or
impeachment and conviction, as in Blagojevich's case) is the result of
having an illicit affair, running afoul of the law or some such
transgression. Going out at the top of your game should deserve no
derision. Nor should doing it to prepare yourself for a presidential
campaign, as Palin may be doing. She is honest enough not to pretend to
be a full-time governor (or senator)--as so many politicians (e.g.
Obama) do--while she is making campaign preparations. And if she is
running, she is at least honest enough to admit that she needs to
Of course, for dolt columnists, this is just another example of
"putting her foot in her mouth." Journalism used to be a proud
profession, but these numbnuts are incapable of understanding why they
have turned themselves into sitting ducks.