Bad News on Sarah Palin: She’s Unserious; Engrossed Only in Family’s Celebrity-Hood…Let Warren Buffett Kick in to the National Debt—Then Shut Up.
Republicans wondering if Sarah Palin will run for president should relax. She will but her quest for celebrity-hood for self and family will do her in. Frivolous stunts such as the hyped “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” may make her big bucks and accelerate her speaking fees but they are not in keeping with a serious search for the presidency. Her speeches show lack of gravitas although they stir up the grassroots (which is good).
First. When she completed her vice presidential run everybody who wished her well advised her to go back home and bone up on the issues. What she did instead is go home and plunge into a greater search for celebrity-hood.
Second. Bristol is a great liability. Not so much that she became an unwed mother but that like her own mother she became enthralled with striving to be a media star. The worst…very worst…is her competing in the Dancing with Stars extravaganza where she is attired seductively in tights and black net stockings, shoving her hips out suggestively as she dances to the hippie song “My mother wants me to COME!” as the Palins laugh and applaud from the front row.
Third, stepping down from the Alaska governorship may have stepped up her net worth but didn’t help her with people who view governing as serious business.
Stop Whining Buffett and Kick In.
Every month or so we’re treated to a feature story quoting Warren Buffett who says he’s not taxed enough. It’s part of his p. r. campaign that endeavors to make him a generous, warm-hearted average guy…you know—who lives in his old family house in Omaha, who drinks coffee with his billionaire attorney good old Charlie Munger in a soda shop and who still drives his old 1987 Oldsmobile.
He’s supported Barack Obama and a host of liberal causes. Recently he has spoken out declaring the rich should pay more taxes. All a tiresome ploy generated by the p.r. industry.
When John D. Rockefeller, Sr. was listed as the richest man in the world he was despised by many class-warriors as a tight-fisted old plunderer. He hired the founder of modern public relations, Edward Bernays to improve his image. Bernays told him to give dimes to kids in public…dimes then being what an ice cream soda cost. That didn’t work so Bernays had him launch a broad-based foundation, giving to good causes such as black colleges.
His son John D., Jr. rushed into far more giving such as funding the start-up of the University of Chicago. His children did all these things and turned to public policy to-boot…David, Nelson (liberal governor of New York), Winthrop (governor of West Virginia). The next generation gave us Sen. Jay (D-West Va.) than whom there are few more liberal.
My suggestion…why doesn’t he kick in to ease the national debt…and finance such unnecessary federal programs as the Peace Corps with his own money? Then….do us all a favor…and shut up.