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Sarah Palin in 2012?

November 17, 2009

I am trying to sort out so many issues that I really haven’t been able to focus on the publication hoopla surrounding Sarah Palin’s book released Nov. 17.

I envy her having all this attention paid to her and, of course, her book, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” published by HarperCollins. When a publisher pays the kind of money they are paying to the former Alaska governor, (she received an estimated $1.25 million advance), they know what they are doing. The book was a best seller before it was published and released due to advance sales.

It isn’t the literary skill and talent of the author that counts, it’s the publicity surrounding the book and, of course, the author that counts. Don’t get me wrong. I think Mrs. Palin deserves every dollar she gets from the publisher. I think to have survived the brutal, callous, savage treatment she received after she was selected by Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, is a tribute to her character and her courage.

Think back to those months ending the year 2008 . . . all the political morons who make up the so-called main mainstream media and all the imbeciles who inhabit Hollywood. And let us not forget mean-spirited David Letterman who should be banished from the airwaves. And wouldn’t it be nice if he could be deported somewhere?

It is obvious that whatever Sarah Palin’s faults or whatever her virtues, she was considered fair game by the cowards who tried to gain the approbation of their peers.

It reminded me of my childhood days when some kids tried to make points with those they considered “big shots.” So, they would all take turns in demeaning and ridiculing some new kid who had just moved into the neighborhood. The youngsters would try to outdo one another in achieving new lows in disgusting taste, not so much because the newcomer was so repulsive, but because they were, in effect, having a contest to see who could be the most boorish and the cruelest.

I know whereof I speak because in the city of Chicago, where I was raised and went to school, I was that kid that was “picked on.” It happened quite often because, until they bought their one and only home, my parents rented. They would sign a two-year lease and at the end of the two-year period, we would move to another flat. My father would be ever watchful for any signs that the immediate neighborhood was degenerating and that is why we moved every two years.

I got no sympathy from my parents when I would protest, “But what about all my friends?” I was raised in an America where the children didn’t dictate to the parents. And so, every two years I would have to face the gauntlet. I was an attractive target. First of all, I was the NEW kid. I was also “plump.” I was called “plumpy” by a sixth-grade teacher who obviously didn’t like me. The kids called me “satchel ass!”

I also made an attractive target because my mother still had me wearing knickers instead of the long pants most of the other boys were wearing. And also, I would raise my hand in class right away if the teacher would ask a question, such as, “What is the horizon?”

And because I was proud of my knowledge, I said the answer proudly in a very loud voice. I am not bragging, but it seemed that every two years I had to once again prove myself by beating up the lead bully. And fortunately, thanks to my uncle teaching me how to box, I did quite well. Once I had “proven” myself, things were OK. I also stopped wearing those stupid knickers.

Yes, I know . . . I started writing about Sarah Palin. But all of a sudden, I am writing about myself. Well, Barack Obama isn’t the only narcissist in the world.

Getting back to Governor Palin, I wish her well. I hope her book is a blockbuster and her book tour is a huge success. She deserves it for trying to save the John McCain campaign. She almost succeeded, but the odds were stacked against the McCain-Palin ticket and the American people.

Do I believe she would make a good president? Anyone would be better than what we have now in the White House.

Do I think I will support her in 2012 if she runs for president? First of all, who cares who I support? Secondly, 2012 is a long way off.

Right now my choice would be the same as it was in 2008 . . . Mike Huckabee! In any case, I am glad that all those snobs who treated Sarah so viciously are getting agitated over her success!

Bob Grant

Straight Ahead!


That slams the lid onthings for today

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