Tuesday, October 28, 2008

"Sarah Palin is a Brainiac." Come now! What's this, Lafferty?

Elaine Lafferty believes the idea that Sarah Palin is a bubblehead is laughable. This former Ms. Magazine editor, current Democrat, and feminist has written a piece for The Daily Beast in which she asserts that Republican V.P. nominee Palin is a brilliant woman with a photographic memory.

Okay, I've written about Palin's seeming lack of intellectual prowess as far as she comes across on the TV screen and in print, but I acknowledged that she has other types of intelligence. Palin is definitely cunning and seems to have a high social I.Q. I doubt she could have become Governor of Alaska without having at least average intelligence, and it's said she had good grades at some point. In addition, when I wrote about Palin's questionable intellect, I didn't mention her trek through five colleges in six years before she finished her degree because I know even brilliant people sometimes do this, but when they do change schools frequently, it's usually an indication of an emotional disorder or turmoil in their lives, IMO.

Nevertheless, Lafferty asks me and you to suspend belief in our own observations, to doubt our own eyes and ears, because unlike her, we've never sat down personally with Palin. We've only seen her on TV or read about her on a website. We haven't chatted on a plane with the governor as she has, and so Lafferty comes to school us because whatever Palin has, Lafferty saw it clearly the same way McCain saw it, I guess, after his brief conversation with Palin that led to his decision to run with the pitbulls.

Lafferty likens Palin to a good lawyer, concerned about logic. She also likens her to a chimpanzee, although that's not her intent, as she declares Palin has a "curious" mind. Uh, bad me. Sorry.

I'll be fair. Lafferty says a lot more about Palin's brain than that. She assures her reader that Palin is book smart:
Now by "smart," I don't refer to a person who is wily or calculating or nimble in the way of certain talented athletes who we admire but suspect don't really have serious brains in their skulls. I mean, instead, a mind that is thoughtful, curious, with a discernable pattern of associative thinking and insight. Palin asks questions, and probes linkages and logic that bring to mind a quirky law professor I once had. Palin is more than a "quick study"; I'd heard rumors around the campaign of her photographic memory and, frankly, I watched it in action. She sees. She processes. She questions, and only then, she acts. What is often called her "confidence" is actually a rarity in national politics: I saw a woman who knows exactly who she is. (Lafferty at The Daily Beast)
If Palin connects the dots so well, then how in the hell did she leap from Obama's "spreading the wealth" with his tax plan to he's a socialist and possibly even a communist? How did she let the words "palling' around with terrorist" cross her lips? How was Katie Couric, a fairly friendly interviewer, able to stump her? And if she's a woman who knows who she is then, why are her supporters now whining that the McCain camp mismanaged her introduction to America?

Intelligence is not only the ability to consume information and remember facts, it's also the ability to sift information properly and draw reasonable conclusions. I don't think Palin draws reasonable conclusions consistently enough to be in line for the Oval Office. What have we observed since her nomination to convince us otherwise?

Oh, wait. I know the answer: Those who don't buy Palin have been duped by a vast left-wing conspiracy expedited by the evil liberal media spreading lies about Palin's intellect and record.

Yes, Lafferty implies that partly but lays blame at her fellow feminists' feet, after she tells us she was hired to help Palin with a women's rights speech:
So no simple task then, this speech on women's rights. For the sin of being a Christian personally opposed to abortion, Palin is being pilloried by the inside-the-Beltway Democrat feminist establishment. (Yes, she is anti-abortion. And yes, instead of buying organic New Zealand lamb at Whole Foods, she joins other Alaskans in hunting for food. That's it. She is not a right-wing nut, and all the rest of the Internet drivel—the book banning at the Library, the rape kits decision—is nonsense. I digress.) ... (Elaine Lafferty again)
Lafferty also suggests that people who are not geniuses themselves should not challenge Palin on the basis of intelligence. WTF? I'm no genius, but neither am I running for Vice President of the United States and eying the prize for 2012. I'm smart enough to know I'm not ready (never will be). As author Danielle Crittenden suggests in her post here, you don't have to be an Ivy League graduate to know Palin's missing something necessary to lead this country.

Maybe we could flip this for Lafferty and declare that so many of us recognize Palin as a slightly above average human at best because "it takes one to know one." But I won't go there and insult so many Americans.

The former Ms. editor also says that she's "tired of the Democratic Party taking women for granted." Interestingly, African-Americans have said the same thing about Dems taking them for granted for years. Does she think that if Barack Obama were an imbecile missing global appeal or someone believably associated divisiveness that he would have won the nomination?

In Lafferty's lament is the jab that women should vote for a woman, any woman, even that woman. Hmm. I wouldn't have voted for any black person. I am African-American, but neither Jesse, nor Sharpton, and certainly not Keyes could win my vote. I'm sure women are as wise in assessing other women for office. After watching how Palin's handled herself in this campaign, we have more reasons to vote against her than simply her stand on abortion. Troopergate was no joke and indicates misuse of power. Furthermore, Palin leans toward the uglier side of nationalism with fascism waiting in the wings. Has Lafferty listened to Palin lately?

The journalist claims Palin is pro-woman as well, but where's the proof? Palin's womb alone makes her no more pro-woman than Clarence Thomas's black skin makes him a Civil Rights leader.

Anyway, you can read Lafferty's article here, at this link, and remember that she is a Democrat who's pro-choice, who says she disagrees with Palin's politics, yet she went to work for McCain to help Palin get elected.

So, Lafferty really likes Palin. I agree that something about Palin is likable, but maybe Lafferty's sees additional incentives to praising Palin. Perhaps she wants to ensure that she's not in the number dead to the Republican Party for dissing Palin. After all, she's a woman and women have to earn a living too.

At the end of the piece, Lafferty makes a chilling statement. She says Palin's time will come.

Ooowoowoowoo. Happy Halloween!

1 comment:

lilalia said...

If Ms. Palin is intelligent then it is a form of intelligence I do not recognise. Perhaps she can memorise the facts of her coaches, and she is certainly wry, manipulative, contemptuous, and assertive... but the words knowledgeable, well-informed, curious, articulate, and tolerant don't come to mind. These are the words that I associate with when I think of the intelligent people I’ve had occasion to meet in my life. Hopefully, Ms. Palin will fade into the background quickly after the elections.