OT: Sarah Palin Had an Opportunity to Demonstrate Real Leadership…and failed miserably *updated*
Taylor Marsh has an excellent post up about how Sarah Palin, speaking from an undisclosed location on video about the tragedy in Arizona, totally missed an opportunity to demonstrate that she could be a leader in a time of crisis. She failed miserably.
In her video, Palin seems more narcissistic, defensive and self-absorbed than ever. While no one wants to use tragedy for political advantage, lets be honest- she could have used this opportunity to demonstrate compassion and an ability to see things from other people’s perspective, particularly with respect to the criticism of her use of gun rhetoric when “targeting” her opponents. Instead, she lashed out at her critics and actually used the word “blood libel!” The use of that phrase has garnered more attention than her tone-deaf defense of herself.
Notice the flag behind her like she’s the President giving a national address? The arrogance is astounding. How about she show some courage and speak to the media, even if it’s her employer, Fox News? She won’t do that because she is a coward- she only speaks in venues where there is a friendly audience and where she won’t be called on to be accountable for anything. And this woman wants to be President of the world’s superpower? Give me a break. Some try to compare Sarah Palin to Hillary Clinton. In my opinion, Sarah Palin does not deserve such a comparison. Hillary Clinton is a true leader- she has courage, knowledge and experience. Hillary Clinton has never hidden from the press even during times of controversy. The only thing these two women have in common is that they held political office and are both women. Yes, they both experienced sexism during the 2008 campaign but Sarah Palin mocked Hillary for “whining” (Palin’s word) about media sexism- isn’t that rich? Yes, and it’s classic Palin.
In other news, the woman who claimed that using “Second Amendment remedies” when one is displeased with the actions of the federal government, Sharron Angle, defends not only her own irresponsible rhetoric but also the rhetoric of Sarah Palin. Of course.
We all make mistakes and we all can be irresponsible. The question is, are we willing to admit those mistakes and learn from them? Clearly, for the far right in this country, the answer is a resounding “NO.”
UPDATE: The reaction to Palin’s offensive use of the phrase “blood libel” to describe her treatment by her critics and the media, has been swift and fierce. The Jewish community is understandably aghast at how someone could be so insensitive and clueless. For a summary of reaction, see here and here.