A New Diagnosis

One might have thought, with Sarah Palin’s resignation as Governor of Alaska, that the symptoms associated with Palin Derangement Syndrome would have subsided; one would have been wrong. In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if PDS sufferers don’t have some previously undiagnosed form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, because these people really don’t seem to be able to lay off.

PDS manifests itself in several way, one being (apparently) irresistable urges to mention Sarah Palin in random unrelated articles, such as this nugget by Caroline McCarthy, writing for Cnet, on John Quincy Adams’ new Twitter account, maintained by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Most of the entries in question date back to Adams’ days as a U.S. minister to Russia, which makes you wonder if @AKGovSarahPalin (or whatever her post-gubernatorial Twitter username may be) will be tweeting that she can see him from her house. (Full Article)

You know what? It doesn’t make me wonder that at all. In the above quote, you can see the trigger (Russia) followed by the reflexive, gratuitous mention of Palin that (1) is dismissive and condescending about her decision to resign her post and (2) reinforces the lie that Palin said she could see Russia from her home. I guess this is what we can expect from a reporter who includes “brewing cappuccinos” in her Cnet bio.

Another manifestation can be seen in this Politico article by Mike Allen reporting on Palin’s refutations of the divorce rumors.

“Do you want to talk to Todd?” she teased. “He’s sitting right next to me.” But he didn’t come on the line. (Full Article)

Really, one wonders why he left out the “duhn, duhn, duuuuuhn.” You can almost hear him repeating this in a breathless whisper to friends over drinks. On the one hand, Allen seems to understand that Palin was teasing; on the other hand, it appears that he expected Todd would actually come on the line. Did he ask to speak to Todd? Was his request refused? Who knows; Allen doesn’t say. He just tosses the line out there to reinforce the idea that nothing Palin says can really be trusted. “Yeah, uh-huh. Todd’s right there. No divorce. Wink, wink.”

These new manifestations are more subtle than the earlier, more virulent symptoms such as hangings in effigy, vulgar “political” cartoons, vile t-shirts, unfounded ethics complaints* and unprecedented vicious attacks on her children, making a diagnosis all the more difficult.

Even so, it’s important to remember that people suffering from PDS may occasionally say or write things about Sarah Palin that are intentionally misleading or even outright lies. That’s their perogative but if you’re interested in the truth, dig for the source documentation. Which, when it comes right down to it, is good advice for everything you read on the internet.

*More on ethics complaints here and here.


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5 responses to “A New Diagnosis

  1. lieutenantslothropsv2

    i just don’t get the massive hatred of sarah palin.. i can understand disagreeing with her politics, since she leans pretty hard right; i don’t agree with a lot that she says, but personal attacks tick me off.

  2. discursive01

    Sara Palin never said she can see “Russia” from her house. That is a blatant lie. Tina Fey said that. The reports by Obama’s State Run Media were made up. You should get your facts straight. Stop broadcasting lies by the far left loons to discredit an honest person. How many states besides Alaska pays no or very low states taxes? The truth of the matter is she’s not stupid by a long shot and she is not owned by lobbyist like the rest of our misguilded elected officials. When push comes to shove, she has performed head and shoulders above the rest of our so called leaders. The real reason the left doesn’t like her is based on her ideology. She is pro life, pro gun, does not believe in the “Nanny State” mentality democrats have long desired to institute in our country and believes in small government. The left has attacked her and her kids. Never have I seen anything as hateful as David Letterman attacking her 14 year old daughter on National TV. Then three days later he says ” I thought it was Bristol” yeah right. Well, all of your hate mongering is going to come back on you all. It’s clear that when the left has nothing of substance to counter the stark reality of undeniable truth, they resort to personal attacks. Which is the main reason you all are losing on health care reform, your lies and personal attacks have grown boring and tired. Give it a rest.

  3. narciso

    Actually she’s not, more very libertarian in all her public policy stances, her personal opinions are something different. that doesn’t mean monopolies
    are always right, hence her fight against the Major oil companies in constructing the pipelines, But she is really beholden to no single interest, hence
    the sliming that has gone on for the better part of a year

  4. One of these comments does not belong here. What a freak-biscuit.

  5. I wonder how many things Tina Fey said were mis-accredited to Palin?
    As a Demublican (I’m pro-choice, but I want to keep my guns), I have noticed a heavy increase in mud-slinging from both parties, which I believe the media encourages. And I think maybe Palin suffered more than one would usually because people were reluctant to mock a war hero. (McCain)
    Though I chuckled a bit when a democrat friend referred to Palin as “Caribou Barbie,” I never thought badly of her. I wonder which made her more of a target, was it because she’s a woman, or because she lives in the Northwest? Which OBVIOUSLY makes her a redneck. I hope the sarcasm translated.

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