Thick and fast they came at last, and more, and more, and more…
She’ll quit on Republican women’s groups, she’ll quit on pro-life fundraisers, she’ll quit on CPAC, she’ll quit on four colleges, she’ll quit on the great state of Alaksa. Frank Bailey said that trying to get Sarah Palin to commit to anything was like “nailing Jell-O to a tree.” So I found it interesting that her sudden affinity for commitment was for something that everyone else tries to get out of – jury duty. Considering that jury duty comes with a couple months notice, we wonder why this wasn’t on the planning calendar. And apparently filling out the little pink slip they send you where you tell them you’re busy and you’d rather do it another time, was too difficult. Much easier apparently was cancelling her “Bus to Nowhere” trip across America. Not that anyone is complaining.
As someone who appreciates the agony of “rummaging through the Palin files,” I was glad to see that Andrew Halcro had a great piece up on The Anchorage Press. It’s a must-read for those of you who never tire of others refudiating our ex-half-governor. She’s an energy expert? No she’s not. She’s a fiscal conservative? No she’s not. She quit because of ethics complaints? No, she didn’t.
Within weeks it became painfully evident that Palin was incapable of learning much of anything, and she was roundly mocked for her inability to answer even the easiest of questions. Fast-forward three years and nothing has changed regarding Sarah Palin’s character arc.
She has not become more educated on world events, she hasn’t matured as a leader and she hasn’t increased her curb appeal to moderate Republicans and independents. In short, Palin is still performing as if having an understanding of facts, figures and policies doesn’t really matter.
It’s awesome! Did you hear? We’ve changed the chemical balance of the atmosphere so much with our emissions and our greenhouse gases and all that stuff, that we finally did it. And we celebrated with a gathering in Girdwood called the Arctic Imperative Summit. Don’t think of it as global disaster, think of it as a business opportunity. Think of it like they do in the Mission Statement of the conference. Think of it as:
AN ARCTIC AWAKENING
Climate change is causing Alaska’s Arctic to change at an unprecedented rate that will bring more shipping and development to the far north. Declining sea ice means more viable and efficient shipping corridors. There is also a growing interest in tapping the large estimated reserves of oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean off the northern shores of Alaska.
The conference, organized by The Alaska Dispatch, had other sponsors too, like Shell, Conoco, BP, a bunch of Native Corporations, and banks. Go figure.
Looks like there’s a new kid on the bloggers’ block. Who, you ask? They’re not saying. They are smart, funny, engaging, and anonymous. And you all know how much we love us some anonymous bloggers here at the Mudflats. Commenting on Palin’s suspended One Nation bus tour, Denali Post notes, “The USS Malaprop will also fail to make its scheduled port-o-call in the Sudan, it turns out. No moral support for brown people sans birth certificates.” You can find them on the blogroll (Missing Links tab) or at the link in the title.
This could be good.
You Will Feel Better in 8 Minutes
I’m not kidding. This was the best 8 minutes of my week. Watch it. You won’t be sorry. Promise.