Sarah Palin may be the reigning Republican “idiot,” but she shares in a proud legacy that dates back to at least Dwight David Eisenhower, if not earlier.
The “idiot” talk began as soon as Palin was named McCain’s running mate. As I drove to the 2008 Republican Convention in St.Paul — my first — the radio blared all Palin all the time and just about all negative. The talking heads were busy telling Republicans how they ought to think and what they ought to do — namely, dump Sarah Palin. What with that Marge Gunderson accent and University of Idaho diploma, not to mention the single mother daughter, Sarah Palin was no more ready to serve as vice president than Ellie Mae Clampett.
None of this surprised me. The left, through its control of the media, including the entertainment media, has been rigging political IQ tests for the last half-century, if not longer. Those Republicans who were not evil geniuses — Nixon, Cheney, Rove — the media have painted as blithering idiots.