The trot out the Palin tactic was not all it was cracked up to be now was it Mr. Trump. Sarah has lost much of her shine and almost all ability to communicate in a rational manner. The speech she gave in support of Trump was so lost in hot button talking points coupled with a remarkable distance from reality as normal humans understand it that it was literally beyond parody. Tina Fey did her normal, and dead on, impression of Mrs. Palin but that was it really. There was no need to write jokes. No real need to change anything Palin said because it was insanity and already funnier than anything SNL could write.
On the night of the endorsement even the Trumpster sat back and watched in amazement as she spewed her right wing swill. She has no information to offer, just a seemingly endless stream of incoherent nonsense like those below:
“I only exist in your dreams. Literally. The dream reality exists inside of vibrating atoms at the nucleus.”
“Well, and then, funny, ha ha, not funny, but now, what they’re doing is wailing, ‘Well, Trump and his Trumpeters, they’re not conservative enough.'”
“And you quit footing the bill for these nations who are oil-rich, we’re paying for some of their squirmishes that have been going on for centuries. Where they’re fighting each other and yelling ‘Allahu akbar,’ calling jihad on each other’s heads forever and ever. Like I’ve said before, let them duke it out and let Allah sort it out.”
“I own this world. You’re now transitioning into MY domain! It shall be fully completed by May.”
“Power through strength. Well, then, we’re talking about our very existence, so no, we’re not going to chill. In fact it’s time to drill, baby, drill down.”
“Looking around at all of you, you hardworking Iowa families. You farm families, and teachers, and Teamsters, and cops, and cooks. You rockin’ rollers. And holy rollers! All of you who work so hard. You full-time moms. You with the hands that rock the cradle. You all make the world go round, and now our cause is one.” Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England!”
“He is from the private sector, not a politician – can I get a ‘Hallelujah!’ Where, in the private sector, you actually have to balance budgets in order to prioritize, to keep the main thing, the main thing, and he knows the main thing: a president is to keep us safe economically and militarily. He knows the main thing, and he knows how to lead the charge. So troops, hang in there, because help’s on the way because he, better than anyone, isn’t he known for being able to command, fire!”
I am tempted to attempt to explain the comments above. I have little or no idea of where to begin other than to suggest the first of the quotes explains a lot. Maybe Sarah exists in our dream state alone. Her erratic comments and “meth-head in need of a fix” gestures can come across as a dream reality existing in vibrating atoms at the nucleus I suppose, if we ignore the fact that the nucleus is what is at the center of the vibrating atom and not the other way around. Science has never been a strength of republicans though, as they remind us repeatedly with their use of “I am no scientist, but…” right before they explain that Darwin is sent by Satan, or climate change is only supported by 97% of the godless scientists and we need to listen to the God fearing 3% that now, mysteriously, own yachts and shiny new homes.
One of the remarkable aspects of this Palin speech and endorsement, at least to me, is that for the first time the Trumpster gave up his narrative. He stepped aside and let a half crazed tea party nutjob sell his brand. This is very un-Trump like. Think what you will of the garbage Trump normally shares with us but one of Trump’s strengths actually, is that he knows his message. He stays on point. It may sound like rambling but it isn’t really. He knows when to push the buttons, when to reinvigorate the crowd, when and where to place the hate, and when to back off just a touch. His comments often sound more like questions where he says, The media are the worst, the absolute worst (pause for reaction) don’t you think? Do you think we should throw them out? (pause) Naw, let’s let ’em stay (pause) for now.
It is slightly comical. It teases the crowd. The crowd gets to hate the media and … almost ,,, pretend to do something about it. This is not the insanity of a Palin moment at all but a carefully orchestrated manipulation of the crowd. It is also a demonstration of how to work a crowd like a stand up comic. Palin is more a demonstration of right wing tourette’s left untreated.
There is no real reason for Trump to hand his message over to such a mindless, unpredictable, piece of work as Palin except one, fear. He was, and/or is, afraid he is losing the evangelical conservative vote to the likes of Cruz and Rubio. He should fear this because it is exactly what is happening. Try as he might Trump cannot match the blind, maniacal faith of a Cruz. Cruz wishes to turn this nation into a theocracy. Cruz wishes to live by biblical law. Given Trump’s lifestyle, his divorces, his adultery, his make a deal at any cost mentality, this would not be a very comfortable environment for him.
Try as he might though Trump cannot quote one bible passage and sell himself as God fearing. Not to the faithful. Not to those that actually have read the book. Not to those that believe in the book as a literal guide by which to live. These people are enamored of themselves as the true Christians. They think of themselves as here to cleanse the world of gays and abortion and debauchery. Trump is all about debauchery and the levels to which he will dive into it are, at this point, only imagined. Trump needs an in with these people, and he saw that in as Palin’s endorsement.
I think it did little or nothing to aid him in his quest to win Iowa. I think Cruz’s willingness to align with exceptionally pathological pastors and right wing entities preaching death to gays and abortionists was Trump’s downfall. I predict that, from now on, Cruz will fail, Trump will rise somewhat, and Rubio will step into Cruz’s current role as the dog and pony show rolls into more reasonable places. I also predict we will not be seeing much of Palin at upcoming Trump rallies as I believe Trump saw insanity with a microphone as a failure and giving up his narrative as bad politics.