It’s one thing to find Sarah Palin’s elevation to vice presidential candidate offensive because she’s simply unqualified, intellectually vapid, linguistically challenged and staked out as bait rather than anything resembling a seriously vetted, sound nomination for the 2nd highest office in America.
It’s yet another to examine the mounting evidence and conclude (and this from a purely layman’s perspective) that the snarling, snotty witch of Wasilla is mentally ill.
Noam Scheiber of The New Republic traveled to Alaska and found, in a box of documents retained by one of Sarah’s helpers in her campaign for Mayor of Wasilla, this very telling doodle. Click here for a larger PDF version.
It’s noteworthy that her name is not only WRIT LARGE, but that she used two different pens and outlined it in a manner that can only be described as juvenile and inescapably ego maniacal. She’s not merely making notes…she’s fantasizing, right down to the “check here” box complete with check. On such a page, one would not be surprised to find “TP+SH FOREVER!” surrounded by a curlicued heart.
One suspects that Palin is carrying a “Campaign Journal” around with her to document the experience and if we could get a peek inside, we’d find page after page of practice signatures with varying degrees of flourish: PRESIDENT Sarah Palin…Madam President Palin…President Palin!
If one takes a closer look (PDF), the document further reveals that Sarah intended to promote the fact that she was a taxpayer – always a good sign when one wants to be mayor, not avoiding one’s taxes. And so to self-possessed we may add shallow: Vote for me! I’m a taxpayer!
Taken alone, this little scrap of paper from long ago would not amount to much. However, considered with the accompanying article by Scheiber which contains the perspective of those who found, mentored, groomed, worked with and subsequently suffered Sarah Palin’s Machiavellian drive to power – those who arguably know her best – one cannot escape the depressing conclusion that this woman is dangerous.
Palin in High School:
Rodger Foreman, one of her English teachers, would allow students to appeal their exam grades if they felt they’d been scored harshly. Foreman recalls that Palin regularly availed herself of the appeals process. “She was kind of like that. She thought she was right.”
Palin on town council:
In 1996, Palin was also asserting herself more and more. For example, she’d demand to know why Stein, the mayor, had “raised the budget.” Stein and Carney tried to explain that he’d done nothing of the kind–that, when a city grows, businesses collect more in tax revenue, but that new residents also increase demand for public services. Palin wasn’t appeased. She’d say things like, “‘Oh, okay. Well, that’s the way you think about it,'” Stein recalls. “I was thinking–these are things she should know better. Why is she asking me these stupid questions?”
Palin’s run for Mayor:
…in a move practically out of Karl Rove’s playbook, she dwelled on how Stein’s wife used her maiden name, going so far as to demand a marriage certificate as proof of their nuptials.
Palin’s attacks on her “enemies”:
Upon winning, Palin moved quickly to punish her snooty tormentors. Days after she was elected, the city council became deadlocked over how to fill two seats–Palin’s and another that had opened up when its occupant won higher office. Palin insisted on making her own appointments, a move of dubious legality sure to irritate Carney. When he objected, she simply cut off discussion. She later accused him of sabotaging her proposed candidates. As she explained to the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, the local paper: “‘It was brilliant maneuvering I had to do to deal with the impasse.'” “And,” the same article continued, “the look on Carney’s face when she appointed Steve Stoll and Dianne Keller told her the strategy worked, she said.”
Within a year, Palin had blown through her personal enemies list. She had demanded the resignation of Emmons, the librarian opposed to censorship (who successfully fought for her job), and Irl Stambaugh, the city’s police chief. Among Stambaugh’s crimes? Insufficient enthusiasm when Palin asked him to file a weekly report listing “at least two positive examples of work that was started, how we helped the public, how we saved the City money, how we helped the state, how we helped Uncle Sam,” according to The Seattle Times.
Some perspective on what drives this brainless over-achiever: A desire to extract revenge against those she sees as competent and qualified:
Carney had a wry sense of humor. He was fond of joking that he’d graduated from Wasilla High School in the “top 20 percent”–by which he meant he was valedictorian of his five-person class. Sometimes Palin was the only colleague who didn’t get his jokes. “I don’t think he had too much patience for her lack of understanding,” says John Stein, then the town’s mayor. In internal discussions, Carney would be relentlessly logical while Palin was vague and intuitive. “Nick had a way of being direct and to the point, something that Sarah was uncomfortable with,” recalls Chase. Which is to say, when it came to garbage removal, what Palin seemed to have chafed against was less the substance of Carney’s position than what she felt was his elitist, Ivy League bearing.
Palin…may be the first conservative politician since Nixon to experience resentment so authentically. For her, it’s not so much a political tool as a motivating principle. A trip through Palin’s past reveals that almost every step of her career can be understood as a reaction to elitist condescension – much of it in her own mind.
There are so many things wrong with the idea of Sarah Palin being a heartbeat away from the presidency, it boggles the mind. It goes so far around the bend that it comes back on itself like a dog chasing its tail.
Everything that is learned about Palin’s rise to power from beauty pageant obscurity speaks to a craven and desperate willingness to do anything to achieve that which she sees as her deserved reward if not God’s plan. It is thus no surprise that she so eagerly takes to the campaign trail, spouting slanderous lies, distortions, smears, insults and the worst kind of hypocritical invective in pursuit of that goal even as, in so doing, her own lack of gravitas, vocabulary, comprehension, insight and competence is revealed for all to see. She brushes it off and soldiers on, convinced that she is right, just like when she marched into her high school English teacher’s classroom and demanded a better grade. She damn well DESERVES it, no matter what “competent” people think. She’s right. They’re wrong. They’re disloyal, elite, myopic and not part of God’s righteous plan.
What’s becoming more and more obvious – or should be – is that Sarah Palin is ill.
From the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the elements of Narcissistic Personality Disorder:
A pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:
- has a grandiose sense of self-importance
- is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
- believes that he or she is “special” and unique
- requires excessive admiration
- has a sense of entitlement
- is interpersonally exploitative
- lacks empathy
- is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
- shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes
Which of the foregoing DON’T apply? Sarah Palin? Toys in the attic. Truly gone fishing.
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