Today I read something so stupid it made me dizzy and I had to put my head down on my desk until the dizziness passed. From Shakesville:
“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”
I have nothing to say about this, because I keep having to put my head down when I read it. But I am reminded of Digby’s post today:
This is why I say that they have retired the concept of hypocrisy. It goes far beyond double standards or duplicity or bad faith. There’s an aggression to it, a boldness, that dares people to bring up the bald and obvious fact that the person making the charge is herself a far worse perpetrator of the thing she is decrying. There’s an intellectual violence in it.
And I guess that is how I experience things like Palin’s quote–as intellectual violence. The idea that you would run for vice-president of a country governed by a constitution with which you are so poorly acquainted just hurts my head.
I mean, seriously.
We used to have brilliant statesmen–like Jefferson–who were morally repugnant and now the Republican party is tossing up moral statesmen–like Palin–who are intellectually repugnant.