Carstair's muse on Gidget, dominatrix of the North
By Joe Bageant
"I grew up with those people. They are the ones who do some of the
hardest work in America … who grow our food, run our factories, and
fight our wars. They love their country, in good times and bad, and
they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of
my life in a small town."
-- Sarah Palin in her speech to the Republican National Committee
Translation: "Along with John McCain, I am the only candidate who is not a lawyer. My old man has fished for a living and I have gutted those fish for dinner. And yup, we have a kid that got knocked up too."
In those few sentences Sarah Palin delivered the only legitimate populist message -- however thin -- we can expect to hear during the entire campaign season. Never mind that it is a fraught with contradictions. Whose life isn't? It's a political sop but it's a heartfelt sop, true and simple enough for ordinary heartland working folks to grasp amid the shitstorm of political jargon and crafted messages that say exactly nothing.