Sarah Palin has once again showed her utter disconnect with reality of everything that has nothing to do with Sarah Palin. It reminds me of that Saturday Night Live skit from the 80's about the father and son team that own the "Scotch Tape Store" - Scotch Tape is all that they sell and you can buy the 49 cent roll, or the 89 cent roll and that's it.
The Palins have found a way to make that business model work, except their only inventory is Sarah Palin. You can buy the Sarah Palin that will promote whatever you want her to promote, or you can buy the Sarah Palin that will say whatever you want her to say. Either way, they're just business transaction that have nothing to do with the country or the constitution. It's all about her own the bottom.
We got good look at that behavior during a visit that Sarah and Todd made to Homer, Alaska - They crossed paths with a local woman with 30-foot long sign that said :
"WORST GOVERNOR EVER"
Her name is Kathleen Gustafson and she was hopinhg that Palin would see the sign and she did. She also couldn't resist the temptation to confront Kathleen , a teacher married to a local commercial fisherman. She felt like Sarah Palin had let the state down by resigning as Governor. and she told Palin what she thought about it.
Kathleen: You swore on your precious Bible that you would uphold the interests of this state, and then when cash was waved in front of your face, you quit.
Palin had a few options of how she could responded, but as I said, Palin has a serious disconnect with how most people perceive things, which is vital in politics. Palin can't see that because other peoples perceptions are a nuisance and only serve to clutter up her own reality.
When Kathleen made mention of the "cash" that was "waived in Palin's face" there was no commennt about that and Palin just dodged it like she was in The Matrix. Instead, she shot back with a little snarky comment that sounded more like something an 8th grade girl would say.
Palin: OH, you WANTED me to be your governor! I’m honored! Thank you!
Palin second mistake was using the word "honor" in any of its tenses. It was a mistake like Newt Gingrich recently made on his website when he wrote about the repeal of California's Prop 8 and how it was an assult on "The sancity of marriage" - Oops! This from a man that walked out on his cancer stricken wife.
But this is typical of people like Palin and Gingrich that are blind from what they really need to be seeing. Newt got an earful from his readers because he couldn't understand that it might not be a good idea to speak so high and mighty on the sanctity of marriage when you've walked out on your own wife as she was battling cancer. Or in Sarah Palin's case, saying that you're honored that someone wanted you to be Governor when you walked out on the job before it was done. This woman, Kathleen let Palin know what her idea of "honor" was and Palin walked right into it because, like Newt, they just don't get it or do and don't care.
Kathleen: I wanted you to honor your responsibilities. That is what I wanted. I wanted you to be part of the political process instead of becoming a celebrity so that you could (inaudible). And if that’s the best you could do, then good for you. If that’s the best you could do.
Palin launched right into her sales pitch about "I'm fighting for America" and for "Americans to be able to have a Constitution protected so that we can have free speech" - Really? - She's going to tell this to a woman that was already in the process of exercising her constitutional rights to free speech. Sarah Palin could not see that even though the woman was holding a 30 foot long calling her "The Worst Governor Ever" It was laughable.
It's a stunning exchange and one that I'm glad was captured on videotape. Another example of this was when Palins daughter tried to defend her mom, which you would expect because that's her mom. I wouldn't expect anything less from anyone else in the defence of a parent or a child. But it was what she said to Kathleen that made it quite clear that in the Palin family, the fruit does not fall far from the tree.
Palin: Here’s the deal. Here’s the deal. (inaudible) That’s what I’m out there fightin’ for"
Kathleen: In what way are you fighting for that?
Palin: Oh my goodness!
Kathleen: In what way?
Palin: To elect candidates who understand the Constitution, to protect our military interests so that we can keep on fightin’ for our constitution that will protect some of the freedoms that evidently are important to you too.
Kathleen: By using your celebrity status, certainly not by political status.
Palins Daughter: How is she a celebrity? That’s my question.
Palin: I’m honored! No, she thinks I’m a celebrity!
Palins Daughter: That’s funny that you think she is.(a celebrity)
For Palin and her daughter to be surprised and not understand how this woman came to the conclusion that Palin is a celebrity is amazing! - And then for Mama Grizzle herself to sarcastically say that she was "honored" that this woman thought she a celebrity was just insulting. Maybe the security detail and the camera crew for Palins upcoming reality show was a good indicator. Yet neither mother nor daughter could seem to put that puzzle together.
Whatever is behind Sarah Palin's disconnect with everyday realities, it's hereditary.