Commentary Magazine


Judith Warner Strikes Again

America’s most embarrassing online columnist, whose work appears Fridays on the New York Times website because  God has a sense of humor, has outdone herself today with a column on the outrage of the Sarah Palin selection:

Palin sounded, at times, like she was speaking a foreign language as she gave voice to the beautifully crafted words that had been prepared for her on Wednesday night.

But that wasn’t held against her. Thanks to the level of general esteem that greeted her ascent to the podium, it seems we’ve all got to celebrate the fact that America’s Hottest Governor (Princess of the Fur Rendezvous 1983, Miss Wasilla 1984) could speak at all.

Could there be a more thoroughgoing humiliation for America’s women?…

Why does this woman – who to some of us seems as fake as they can come, with her delicate infant son hauled out night after night under the klieg lights and her pregnant teenage daughter shamelessly instrumentalized for political purposes — deserve, to a unique extent among political women, to rank as so “real”?

Because the Republicans, very clearly, believe that real people are idiots.

Well, Judith, that depends on whether you qualify as a “real person.” If you do, then you’ve hit the nail on the head. Only it really doesn’t take being a Republican to understand this.