Tonight President George W. Bush made his last national televised address. I did not watch because I have had enough of him for the rest of this lifetime, and any other lifetimes that may come after that. And really, it isn't like he was going to say anything that would have changed my mind about him. I wasn't going to watch his speech and suddenly decide he's been right about everything, and that the Democratic party and all grammarians are agents of Satan. I mean, Cheney might be able to deliver a speech like that, but not Bush. So, I left my television off, choosing to keep my blood pressure under control. Then I stumbled upon the interview Sarah Palin in the latest edition of Esquire magazine -- and all bets were off.
I was actually surprised that Palin agreed to be interviewed by Esquire -- I always thought that she was more of a Maxim chick. Obviously though, Esquire promised to pander and let her say whatever crazy shit she wanted, and so she agreed. From what they have posted online it doesn't even look like they asked her questions, but instead just let her vent. The first thing she goes off about are "bored, anonymous, pathetic bloggers who lie." Look, I may be pathetic, and I may lie, but I put my name on this blog every day. There is nothing anonymous about me. Actually, I don't really have issue with this quote, since it impresses me she even knows what a blog is...
You will be happy to known that Palin is still beating the "I can see Russia from my house" horse, even though it's in full rigor. In the Esquire interview she takes issue with the press making fun of her for the comment -- because it's true. Yeah, well, candy is sweet, and Jagermeister is disgusting, but neither one of those true facts make Palin qualified to be Vice President. Neither did being able to spot Russia from her porch.
My favorite part of the Esquire interview is when Palin talks about the advice she would give herself if she could travel back in time to the beginning of the campaign. She says she would advised herself to call more of the shots of the campaign and "Let them know that you're the CEO of a state, you're forty-four years old, you've got a lot of great life experience that can be put to good use as a candidate." First of all, making moose jerky and changing the oil in a snowmobile are not life skills helpful in a presidential campaign. Second, what does your age have to do with it? The age argument is one made by teens who want to stay up past curfew, not people running for public office. And lastly, CEO of the state? Ooooh! I bet she forgot the word "Governor."
The media needs to leave Palin alone now. The more they humor her, the more she thinks she's relevant -- and she's not. She's a passing fad that was cute at first, kitschy for a while, and now just annoying. Sarah Palin is the political macarena. And we need to stop dancing.
Please, Sarah Palin, take a cue from President Bush, and make this public appearance your last.