That’s It! Sarah Palin, Get The Hell Out Of My Living Room!

1 12 2010

TV personalities are invited into my living room. If I like them, I might grace them with my viewership and make my one woman contribution to their ratings. I might make it a point to watch a show regularly, if it appeals to me. I might even purchase episodes or DVDs. I’m even fussy about my news broadcasts because some anchors are just too damn annoying. If something isn’t entertaining to me for whatever reason, so long. I’m like Luke Skywalker and the remote is my light saber – I will use the force.

But it doesn’t always work.

Try as I might, I can’t seem to avoid the Kardashian sisters completely. They’re just everywhere. I am happy to say I don’t know much about them, but I can tell you their names and probably which are married and other useless bullfunky like that. They’re inescapable. Like football. I’m not a fan football in the NFL sense, preferring the football that actually involves a foot coming into regular contact with the ball, but I can still tell you who won the last Super Bowl. Also, because I was born in America and went to high school, I know the basic rules of the game. Some people and things are just like that. Last year, whether you wanted to or not, you got to know more than enough about John and Kate Gosselin as the nation watched their marriage crumble while the reality television cameras rolled on. In the world of politics, everybody heard all about South Carolina governor Mark Sanford and his Argentinean “soul mate” and saw John Edwards take Bill Clinton’s famous extramarital activities one step farther by insisting that he did not father a child with that woman – which was proven to be quite false indeed. We all heard so much about those events and everyone was saying “Enough! Please!” Well, I’ve reached my media saturation point with someone else.

Dear sweet God Almighty, am I so damn sick of Sarah Palin!

This begged for a picture, but I am in full Palin Overload at this point, so this is as close as I'm getting to putting her picture up here. Bullwinkle is my Sarah Palin Stand-In.

She’s highly opinionated, she’s rabidly conservative, and she is everywhere I look. She needs to get out of my living room – now – but changing the channel isn’t much help. She is mentioned in nearly every US news broadcast. (I’m so thankful we get BBC.) Turn on any Discovery Channel subsidiary and you’ll see the ad for her reality show at least six times in any given hour, so she’s effectively invaded Mythbusters. Browse the internet for anything political and there she is. Her tweets and facebook posts make news in a way many government officials who were actually elected to a particular office can only dream of. She even turned Dancing With the Stars, something else I avoid, into a battle between the right and the left. Did Bristol Palin get as far as she did because of who her mother is (because it’s certainly why she was on the show to begin with)? Did she lose because of all the Palin-haters out there furiously voting against her? Oh, the conspiracy theories abound. Then there is her position as an analyst for Fox News and her reality show fame. You can’t lob a political statement anywhere without it running into some issue she’s been pontificating about over the past few months. Add to that the fact that my own father thinks she’s the best human being to grace this planet since, I don’t know, Abraham Lincoln, Gandhi, maybe Jesus, and it’s official – I’m trapped. The American political discourse has turned into Palin World, and I’m tired of it. I’m tired of her. Sarah Palin has been the center of national attention more times in two years than Dubya was in his eight years in the White House. Thankfully, I’m not alone in my Palin fatigue. It’s nice to know the entire country hasn’t gone mad, but it’s disappointing to think about how many people may very well be voting for “that reality show lady” in 2012.

And before people start to screech about my obvious liberal bias, let me point out that I haven’t even mentioned her views and where they differ from my own. This isn’t even about ideological stances, it’s about media overexposure. It’s like that song on the radio that you hear all day long and sooner or later you start to not like it. Sarah Palin is getting over-played fast and, with two years until the next election, I think she runs the risk of going overboard with the self promotion even with those who are more inclined to like her. Her strategy of inundating the country with all Palin all the time could backfire. She has high disapproval ratings as it is and in polls conducted by both Quinnipiac University and CNN she loses to Obama in a hypothetical election by eight points – more than his margin of victory against John McCain in 2008. That is not an insignificant thing to overcome and becoming a pop culture nuisance isn’t going to win people over, it’s just obnoxious.

The Political Battlefield: Would the Main Candidates PLEASE Stand Up

15 09 2008

Let me preface this all by letting you know where I stand. I’m a liberal feminist. However, I’m not here to rant and rave about how everything contrary to my opinions is wrong – those arguments are best left to Political Science classes and family gatherings. I just want to get my voice out there because it seems that Connecticut is a political wasteland that no candidate ever visits.

We are six weeks from election day and what is the country discussing? Education reform? Homeland security? The economy? The advancement of women’s rights? No. We are not dealing with the issues at had. Why? Because of some chick from Alaska that none of the political big boys know how to handle without seeming like sexist idiots. Sarah Palin burst onto the scene and nothing’s been the same since. Suddenly we’ve got baby momma drama in the race and it’s not the democrats under the microscope. Oh, and did I mention that “lipstick” is now a dirty word?

I have no desire to see Governor Sarah Palin or her family raked over the coals by some stupid rumors run a muck. I don’t believe she’s the devil incarnate as some would make her out to be, either. I think that she has some genuine concern for the nation and I respect that. I also respect that, while she does not support women’s rights, simply seeing a woman in the race is sending a strong message to the country – especially to children. Is her particular brand of Christianity “normal” enough for the white house? Has there been an on-line game made based on her? Was McCain staring at her derriere or her speech when she accepted his request to be his running mate? The answer to all three – I Don’t Care!

What I do not like to see anyone mistreated, I have a few things that bug me about this woman. She and I are polar opposites on the issues (religious right vs. agnostic left), so I won’t even bother listing those. My biggest problem is what we know and what we don’t know. We know she is under a continuing investigation at home for some possible abuses of power. We know she is fiercely ambitious – you can see that when she speaks.  We know that there was some question as to how thoroughly she was vetted. We know that she has five children, one of whom is in the military and one of whom who is pregnant.

What we don’t know is what the main players in this campaign are doing while we’re all focused on Governor Palin’s (in)famous “lipstick”  joke, which is so over-played it hurts. Aside from the firestorm Senator Obama drew from using the old analogy about putting lipstick on a pig, the candidates themselves have taken a backseat to this very small town girl  turned political superstar. Does that disturb anyone else? Where have all the issues gone? Why are people so blinded by a new, albeit attractive enough, Vice Presidential Nominee to notice what the Presidential nominees are up to? I’m not an expert, but it seems to me that that is an excellent way to get phenomenally screwed come Nov.

Hopefully the debates will bring us back to the actual choice at hand as well as the issues behind it.