Thursday, January 08, 2009

Social Messages

Sarah Palin felt she was "exploited" by Katie Couric and Tina Fey:
“I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year and Katie Couric’s ratings have risen," Palin said in the interview. "I know that a lot of people are capitalizing on, oh I don’t know, perhaps some exploiting that was done via me, my family, my administration — that’s a little bit perplexing, but it also says a great deal about our society.”

Indeed, it does say something about our society.

We like accountability.

Maybe you're not accustomed to that in Alaska, where you need to be convicted of a felony to get knocked out of office (a high-profile criminal investigation isn't good enough, as Don Young found to his relief), but the rest of America expects our politicians to at least be able to go through the motions of walking the walk.

1 comment:

PG said...

Her comment at the end, "I've been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled, and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope," unfortunately just reinforces how unaware Gov. Palin seems to be of anything not in her immediate line of sight. Caroline Kennedy has been under a microscope her whole life. She's had a biography written about her -- and not a hagiography like Palin's, but a gossipy book about her weight issues, relationship with her mother and teenage rebellion. As Kennedy kid, she knows exactly what kind of scrutiny the children of politicians get, which may be why she's stayed out of politics until now, when her kids are almost all out of the house.

I suppose Palin will complain that Kennedy's intellect won't be as scrutinized as Palin's, but it's difficult to know what would be considered balance. I mean, Kennedy's co-authored two books on con law (one on the Bill of Rights, the other on privacy), so she probably can think of a Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade. I suppose Kennedy could get grilled on pipeline construction -- such a crucial topic for a NY Senator -- so Palin can feel superior about her knowledge of something.