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.