OK, first off, “bimbo” doesn’t have to be a sexist term. There are male bimbos as well as female bimbo. Bimbodom knows no gender (at least in this context). When Sarah Palin firm burst onto the national scene (you know, the day before she was nominated to be the Republican candidate for Vice President), the right-wing bloviators immediately piled onto the allegedly “liberal media” (that would be what? The Washington Post and The New York Times?) for supposedly piling on to poor Sarah. I mean, really, the nerve of journalists to actually try to report on someone that no one knows anything about, who’s running for the second highest office in the land.I was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt at first. Maybe this woman was really smart; maybe putting on the hillbilly act was just a ploy to get votes. As time went on, there was more and more evidence that she’s really just dumb, dumb, dumb. I could be charitable and say that she’s just uniformed, but the notion of a governor of any state (even a corrupt backwater like Alaska) could be so completely uninformed is just amazing. She’s not a goofy teenager (even though she acts like one sometimes); you would think by this point she would have learned basic American history or tried to be at least a little informed about current events.
Bill Clinton, who’s never been accused of being incurious, discovered that one of the great perks of being President is that you can get almost any expert in any field on the phone at any hour of the day or night. He became legendary for his late-night phone calls to startled Nobel Prize winners, professors and other experts in their field, during which he peppered them with question on their area of expertise.
Now that the election is over, the woman who wouldn’t hold a press conference, and hardly did any interviews (and screwed up those she did) now won’t shut up. Lately, she’s complaining that she can’t respond to anonymous accusations. Huh? What she means, of course, is that she can’t go on the attack against the person making the charges, while avoiding actually answering the charges. Sort of like she did in the debate, where she just flat out refused to answer the questions she didn’t have talking-points for.
The right-wing ideologues are already talking about Palin as “the future of the Republican Party,” insisting that by 2012 she can “cram” for the exam. This misses the point. Barack Obama certainly is not the most experienced person around, but you could see the evidence of how fast he learns, how he synthesizes all the information; hell, you can almost see him think while he talks. And, of course, he builds on a great knowledge of world affairs and an intimate understanding of the Constitution (it helps to teach Constituional Law, after all). The last thing on earth we need is another President who knows nothing and loses interest fast.
But hey, go ahead Republicans and become the modern equivalent of the “No Nothing” party. Keep pushing those issues that most people would prefer that the government stay out of (you know, those “cultural issues”). Keep insisting that education and smarts are bad things, and ignorance and stupidity are virtues. Keep insisting that government is the problem and never the solution. Keep trying to help the very rich get very richer and the rest of us get screwed. And by all means nominate Sarah Palin for President in 2012. I can’t think of a better aid to Barack Obama’s reelection effort.