Everyone has already had a grand old time mocking this video of Sarah Palin bungling her Paul Revere history, but I actually think it amounts to quite an eloquent statement. It’s as eloquent an argument as anyone could make that this woman really should not be treated by any of us as anything resembling a presidential candidate until it’s absolutely necessary — which is to say, until she actually runs for president.
And as such, it should be spread as widely as possible:
“He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringin’ those bells and, um, makin’ sure as he’s ridin’ his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that, uh, we were gonna be secure and we were gonna be free.”
Come on, this is just crazy. Palin is not in this race, and even if she does run, most credible observers agree that she will be a weak candidate. Just imagine this kind of thing happening with regularity on the campaign trail. The GOP establishment doesn’t want her to run. If polls are to be believed, not even her own supporters want her to run. The other day, her camp actually leaked word that she would not be meeting with party leaders in key primary states in order to encourage a sense that she’s planning an unconventional presidential campaign! To put it mildly, that's not exactly credible. The bus tour itself has no coherent rationale whatsoever. She launched it, transparently, after media interest in her had bottomed out. Palin is openly mocking reporters who are treating it as real news. Until she actually declares her candidacy, mark this whole thing down as a complete con job.
I’m with Justin Elliott on this: The sight of scores of reporters chasing after Palin’s shiny new bus is one of the most dispiriting media displays we’ve seen in a very long time. Even worse, it’s happening barely days after the political media got whipsawed badly by Donald Trump’s birther hucksterism!
Please make it stop. Spread this video far and wide.