Dear Sarah, please run for president?!
Asked to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, Sarah Palin couldn’t do it. Instead she kept up the they-hate-me mantra, “All of ’em, any of ’em that have been in front of me over all these years.” She said this to Katie Couric on October 1, 2008.
You might wonder, then, why Leonard Pitts really wants Palin to run for president. Pitts thinks it’s time for the US to decide what kind of country we intend to be. In an open letter to Palin, Pitts says,
Something is wrong when we celebrate mental mediocrity like yours under the misapprehension that competence or, God forbid, intelligence, makes a person one of those “elites” — that’s a curse word now — lacking authenticity, compassion and common sense.
So no, this is not a clash of ideologies, but a clash between intelligence and its opposite. And I am tired of being asked to pretend stupid is a virtue. That’s why I’d welcome the moment of truth your campaign would bring. It would force us to decide once and for all whether we are permanently committed to the path of ignorance, of birthers, truthers and tea party incoherence you represent, or whether we will at last turn back from the cliff toward which we race.
I couldn’t agree more. If we’re going to celebrate the triumph of the dumbification of America, I want out.
Here’s another thing. I’m tired of the callous hypocrisy coming from the right. Governors decry the stimulus while cashing the checks from Washington. Talk radio hosts complain about mainstream media on their nationally syndicated corporate network programs. And Palin provides another example for us:
As Exhibit A, consider your recent speech at a so-called “tea party” event, wherein you dismissed the president as a “charismatic guy with a teleprompter.” Bad enough you imply that teleprompter use is the mark of an insubstantial man, even though you and every other major politician uses them. But what made the comment truly jaw-dropping is that even as you spoke, you had penned on your left palm, clearly visible, a series of crib notes. Mrs. Palin, if Obama is an idiot for reading a prepared speech off a teleprompter, what are you for reading notes you’ve inked on your hand like a school kid who failed to study for the big test?
Sigh. So, let’s have Obama versus Palin. If, as a nation, we’re going to seek the lowest common denominator, I’ll be one of a large number of people who find somewhere on this beauiful planet that values ideas, conversation, excellence, and even intellect.