Sarah Palin, please grow up, shut up, go away or learn some English

Sarah Palin (on loan from
Sarah Palin (on loan from

In a blog post yesterday, Ms. Palin is quoted as saying:

I would think we all tear up during the national anthem at the beginning of a baseball game, don’t we? That’s an alikeness between Alaskans and New Yorkers.

Sigh. I think she meant to say something like “common bond” or “the bonds that united as as a nation” or even “similarity.” I am beginning to suspect she makes up words as she goes. She reminds me of Damon Wayans’ malaprop character on In Living Color. Malaprop is a big word, so I linked it up, in case Ms. Palin is reading… oh, never mind.

It really is time for the smart guys to be in charge. The beer-drinking buddies, the “Joe the Plumbers” are not the future of this country, they are its past. It is not cool to be dumb. It never was.

In recent decades, we’ve seen the damage one dumb man can do. We’ve also seen the damage a highly provincial man can do. Neither was good for this country as one led to high inflation and a hostage crises and the other led to wars, loss of a moral compass and submission to mob fear.

I’m not sure how many bloggers remained “anonymous” about their feelings on Sarah Palin. That women created a blog wake so deep and fast that if you didn’t attach your name to it, your blog was a waste of time to write or read. There was nothing about anonymity or boredom in that ride.

We’ve had a taste of what a smart Sarah Palin would be like. We call her Tina Fey. And the real thing pales in comparison to the imitation.

Keeping the big picture in sight

The recent flurry of Palin hype has made some in the Democratic party to panic and take to sniping at the McCain/Palin camp. We have been ever-so-slightly guilty of that as well, but the recent ABC interview has taken some of the edge off. We just have to keep her talking and the plan will unravel.

Deanie Mills at the Huffington Post encourages a more big picture approach which is more presidential. It takes faith, hope, patience, tenacity and wisdom to face an opponent who favors full front assault, sound bytes and incendiary rhetoric in a world full of powder kegs.

Let’s hope there is enough time for the patience and tenacity to work. For those in the GOP who are now hanging out the “Mission Accomplished” banner, declaring the election over and McCain the winner, just remember how the last little celebration went.

Editor note: for those paying attention to the details, you may have noticed the use of the word pig instead of big in the title of this post. I just noticed it and it truly was an innocent typo. I wasn’t trying to be clever or mean, it really, really was just a typo. It has been fixed.