Palin Fleeces The Right-Wing Rubes.

Mar 21

Recently saw former Alaska governor and VP candidate Sarah Palin regaled this year’s CPAC conference with her rendition of Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham” to take a swipe at Obamacare and, well, all things Obama. She was, of course, following the example of Senate Tea Party darling Ted Cruz reading the real Seuss story during his ill-fated and ridiculous anti-Obamacare filibuster last fall.

It was all I could do not to take to Facebook or Twitter with a snarky comment congratulating Palin and her audience for elevating their collective reading comprehension level to that of kindergartners.

Palin may be the worst VP selection in modern American politics, totally ill-prepared for real world politics beyond the boundaries of her native Alaska. She may parrot silly far-right talking points and may even believe most of the tripe she espouses.

Stupid, however, she isn’t.

Sarah Palin knows how to fleece her followers.

Sarah Palin cleverly fleecing her followers at CPAC 2014.

Sure, the nicknames about her intelligence from her sharpest critics (“Princess Dumbass of the North Woods”. “Caribou Barbie”) are funny, but Palin has proven far sharper than they give her credit in one key area: she knows how to exploit her fame among the far-right rubes to line her own pockets.

Palin is smart enough to know she’s not qualified for high office. After the bruising she went through during the 2008 Presidential campaign, she has no intention of putting herself through that misery again. And for good reason. She was plucked from obscurity by the McCain campaign seeking to attract women and far-right voters. She dutifully answered the call and thought she was ready. She wasn’t, as was painfully obvious as the campaign rolled on. Her ignorance of basic presidential politics was funny at first, then it got painful. It made her more likable to the far-right, who felt she was set up by the “lamestream media” and abandoned by the McCain campaign.

Palin, however, discovered that she could use her fame and far-right credentials to make money. A lot of money. From books to reality TV shows to Super PACs to public speaking to regular appearances on Fox News, Palin is raking in the cash from the gullible who believe she’s actually a serious voice for change on the right.

If Palin were truly as dumb as her critics suggest she never would’ve figured out how to successfully exploit her fifteen minutes of fame and turn it into a money-making machine. She should’ve faded back into obscurity by now, but there she was at CPAC, getting yuks from satirical Dr Seuss readings and standing ovations for her extreme right-wing politics.

You may not like Palin or her politics, but you’ve got to admire the chutzpah. She discovered the old saying that there’s a sucker born every minute was not only true, but a proven source of untold wealth she never dreamed of back when she was Governor of Alaska.

She’s a true capitalist, exploiting her modicum of fame for fun and profit. n a perverse way, she’s the American dream come true. Of course, what it says about the American dream, especially the right-wing Tea Party version of it, is another matter.

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