Putting The Exceptionalism Back In: Does Sarah Palin Have A Shot At the Nomination?

August 19, 2011, 10:36 pm

Photo credit: Ed Reinke, AP

We at Tenured Radical were skimming the Daily Kos today and stumbled on a video made by Sarah Palin’s people as she was making a run through Iowa. But she wasn’t at the State Fair because she’s running for President, doggone it! (donate to her PAC here and get a free deep fried wedge of cheesecake!) Heck no.  She’s just setting the record straight and answering questions.  As she says in the video, she came to Iowa to listen to “the individual Americans who want the exceptionalism put back in this country.” Who knew that Governor Palin was a student of American Studies?  Somebody call Donald Pease!

“Hunter,” a pseudonymous blogger at the Kos thinks that this tour was just Palin’s narcissism playing out.  I don’t know why he thinks this, unless Palin is taking the Patrick and Bayh Buchanan route and running as President more or less as a way of collecting federal dollars to back up the inspirational speaking tour money. If you go to the website, the PAC is ostensibly raising money for 2011 Congressional candidates.  My question is this. If she is successful at helping to strengthen the far right voting block in the Republican party, does this not make her a contender for the presidency by showing her power as a fundraiser and campaigner? Without having to have pictures taken of her fell@ting corn dogs like the Bachmanns and poor “Mitten” Romney?
All the candidates that have emerged so far in the Republican Party make Palin look educated, articulate and experienced.  But there is one old, tired line in the video that I think candidate Palin (and all Republicans) would do well to jettison:  that the voters are a model of fiscal responsibility that the government would do well to emulate.  ”You all know how to spend your money better than the politicians in Washington do!” she declares in that fingernails along the chalkboard voice that we can all do a pretty good Tina Fey impression of.

Actually, the voters pretty much did know how to spend their money, and when they had none left they borrowed more.  Contemporary Americans, as individuals, are more willing to be led into staggering, insupportable debt than any group of United States citizens since the 1920s. According to this website, in 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau (one of those wasteful government agencies) “determined that there were nearly 1.5 billion credit cards in use in the U.S. A stack of all those credit cards would reach more than 70 miles into space — and be almost as tall as 13 Mount Everests.”  As of May 2011, revolving debt (98% of which is consumer debt) was $793.1 billion, or an average of $15,799 per household.  Total U.S. consumer debt is $2.43 trillion.

So the next time a Republican candidate, even our beloved Sarah Palin, starts screeching at you that American families have to balance a household budget and so should the federal government, why don’t you suggest that they get one of those deep fried butters on a stick and take a big chomp on it?

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