Level 1 Funny: The title of the piece is “Conservative Snobs Are Wrong About Palin”. Given that true Buckley conservative power brokers (you know, the ones that would get her into the White House) wouldn’t be caught dead drinking domestic beer or living in Alaska, the title truly sounds like…well…putting lipstick on a pig.
Level 2 Funny: John O’Sullivan makes a big deal quoting these “snobs” as saying Palin is “no Margaret Thatcher”. I don’t pretend to be totally jacked into the political grid but this was a new one on me. So, off to Google where a search of palin “no Margaret Thatcher” netted a paltry 959 hits. By contrast, bush “the dark knight” nets 2.8m+. Nothing like using an example that no one cared about to begin with.
Level 3 Funny: I’d like to posit that sexism is a form of snobbery. By denigrating a woman with terms like “sweetie”, “baby” and “puppy lips” a man effectively negates a woman’s power. Oh, and using the term “girl” does the same thing.
Second, Margaret Thatcher was not yet Margaret Thatcher. She had not won the 1979 election, recovered the Falklands, reformed trade union law, defeated the miners, and helped destroy Soviet communism peacefully.
Things like that change your mind about a girl….
Really? A “girl”? The head of Great Britain should be referred to as a “girl”? A vice presidential candidate should be refered to as a “girl”? HI-larious!
Level 4 Funny – Faulkland War!!
Leve 5 Funny –
Though regularly pronounced sick, dying, dead, cremated and scattered at sea, Mrs. Palin is still amazingly around. She has survived more media assassination attempts than Fidel Castro has survived real ones (Cuban official figure: 638).
Wait – let’s keep our heroes and villains straight here. Palin=Castro? BWHAHAHAHA!
Level 6 Funny: Admitting defeat
But she has plenty of time, probably eight years, to analyze America’s problems, recruit her own expert advice, and develop conservative solutions to them. She has obvious intelligence, drive, serious moral character, and a Reaganesque likability. Her likely Republican rivals such as Bobby Jindal and Mitt Romney, not to mention Barack Obama, have most of these same qualities too. But she shares with Mrs. Thatcher a very rare charisma. As Ronnie Millar, the latter’s speechwriter and a successful playwright, used to say in theatrical tones: She may be depressed, ill-dressed and having a bad hair day, but when the curtain rises, out onto the stage she steps looking like a billion dollars. That’s the mark of a star, dear boy. They rise to the big occasions.
WHOA! Back up!
“But she has plenty of time, probably eight years…” Eight years? So, you’re ceding that Obama is a two-term president and you’re screwed for 2012? NICE! Obama hasn’t even been sworn in and you’ve given up.
That’s kind of snobby, isn’t it?