Camille Paglia Weighs In

Camille Paglia writes the definitive summation on the Sarah Palin 2012 story (after dissecting Bill Ayers and his fellow terrorist wife):

Given that Obama had served on a Chicago board with Ayers and approved funding of a leftist educational project sponsored by Ayers, one might think that the unrepentant Ayers-Dohrn couple might be of some interest to the national media. But no, reporters have been too busy playing mini-badminton with every random spitball about Sarah Palin, who has been subjected to an atrocious and at times delusional level of defamation merely because she has the temerity to hold pro-life views.

The fact that a week after the election the chattering class is still arguing, debating and mulling over Palin says something. I don’t dispute that the “something” includes an element of boredom — oh, how to fill the gap left by resolution of the political horserace! Some of the “something” is the never ending culture war and the media bias dilemma which rivets the attention of conservatives (perhaps unwisely, to the exclusion of more central issues). But ultimately it does boil down to personality and intrigue. Is she smart or dim, a flash in the pan or the next star, the last of the old guard or the first of the new?

We don’t know and those who claim to (without any first-hand interaction with her) clearly have an agenda. But love her or hate her, the Palin habit is a hard one to break. Eventually she will recede into the political landscape, especially once the new administration ramps up. But the entire episode is a reminder — as if any were really needed in the year of Obama — that with the appearance of a single individual, political fortunes can rise and fall. And you have to stay until the end to find out how it all comes out.