While it’s easy to make fun of and mock a lot of what Sarah Palin does, I wasn’t joking a few months ago when I said that her behavior, even for her, had become very strange.
And when you think about it, she’s in a very unique position. She’s completely irrelevant when it comes to our actual government, but she’s still someone on par with Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh as an individual within the conservative media who has influence over right-wing voters, and some right-wing politicians.
Except, she desperately wants to be more than that. It’s clear she’s not happy simply being a member of the conservative media. She doesn’t enjoy being a political pundit (though it’s clear she likes the attention).
What she really wants is the one thing she can’t have – a leadership position within our government.
Because while she’s still fairly popular among right-wing radicals, and has influence over conservative voters in general, she would stand almost no shot at winning a key political office again. Her best bet would be as a Senator from Alaska, but I’m not even sure she’s still seen as credible enough within her own state to win that election. And she sure as heck doesn’t want to suffer the embarrassment of running, then being defeated in her own state. While egomaniacs love attention, what they really don’t like is being embarrassed on a public stage. Losing an election in Alaska would be the ultimate embarrassment for her.
And I honestly believe she’s struggled with this. One of the easiest ways to become crazy is to be rich and famous – but have nothing to do. Which must be even more difficult when you’re rich and famous, but the one thing you want isn’t something you can buy.
That might help explain a recent Facebook post she shared of a letter “written by a dog” (really written by conservative radio host Kevin Scholla) to Palin’s dog concerning the recent controversy over a picture she shared showing her youngest son Trig standing on the dog’s back.
Hello Miss Jill,
My name is Rex. My human dad does a lot of radio work and writing in support of your buddy Trig’s mom. I’m a black lab too, but I’m a mutt so I’m only part Lab. They think I’m also Jack Russell. Anyway, I’m writing to tell you that I have your (for lack of a better term) back.
That Trig kid was standing on you I see. Well that hit home! I have a six year old friend too. She’s pretty gentle with me. Girls seem to be that way. But she has this brother. He’s four and he reminds me of Trig a bit. But if you think you have it bad with Trig on your back, listen to this. He makes me play Batman every day! I have to be Ace the Bat Hound! I’m like “Dude, my name is Rex!” Sometimes I even wear a Bat suit.
There’s plenty more to read, but that sample gives you an idea of how absurd this “letter” is.
While I’ve obviously never though highly of Palin, looking at her behavior of the last year or so, I really have to remind myself that this woman was Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate for John McCain. It’s a terrifying thought.
And this latest meltdown following the dog controversy only helps solidify my belief that Palin is losing what little mind she actually had left.