By N.S. Palmer
What do President Obama, mosques, Cuba, and Sarah Palin’s hand have in common?
No, it has nothing to do with how many Republicans it takes to screw in a light bulb.
I might be over-thinking a few things here, so take this as speculation.
A lot of Fox-addled Republicans already think that Obama is a secret Muslim, so that move was guaranteed to confirm their suspicions and drive them (more) nuts. Many “moderate” voters, seeing them on television, will recognize how crazy they are. Did Obama plan it that way?
Obama didn’t need to ease travel restrictions to Cuba. But he apparently plans to do it.
Most of the same Fox-addled Republicans who think that Obama is a secret Muslim also believe that he’s a Godless Communist™, so that move was guaranteed to confirm their suspicions and drive them (more) nuts. Many “moderate” voters, seeing them on television, will recognize how crazy they are. Did Obama plan it that way?
Meanwhile, Sarah Palin didn’t need to write crib notes on the palm of her hand, where TV cameras would be guaranteed to show them to the world.
Most of the people who admire Sarah Palin seem to have low self-esteem and very little education. They believe (often incorrectly) that they’re stupid. Sarah Palin’s crib notes were guaranteed (a) to be noticed and (b) to tell her followers, “See? I’m stupid, just like you! I’m one of you!”
Ms. Palin is certainly ignorant and interested only in self-promotion, but I don’t believe that she’s actually stupid. In general, people who aren’t her fans already think she’s stupid, so her crib notes won’t change their opinion. However, people who are her fans seem to think that they, themselves, are stupid. Palin’s crib notes confirm that she represents them. Did Palin’s puppetmasters plan it that way?
As I said, maybe I’m over-thinking this. But it seems possible that President Obama and Palin’s puppetmasters are playing a very tricky game with these moves.
As an aside, let’s have a show of hands: Does anyone believe that Palin writes her own Twitter tweets? Or that she wrote any of the books, articles, or speeches attributed to her? No, of course not.
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