Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The Problem with Being Holier Than Thou

... it usually turns around to bite you in the ass.

Some people really are irreproachable (I always like to hold my mother up as a case study for the quietly faithful person, the kind of person the Republican party might be reaching out to if she were a Christian faithful rather than a Muslim faithful). And there's nothing wrong with that.

There is, however, something wrong with consistently rubbing your squeaky-clean persona in every body's face, and something positively shady when you use it as the basis for your platform when you're running for the second highest office in the world's reigning (though not for much longer) sole superpower.

It also doeasn't do you any favors to run on that platform.

Because it doesn't take much to bring you down when your governance philosophy consists of: I don't tolerate personal mistakes or gray areas, because there's nothing grey about my character of my prissy, married, church-going, heterosexual life. No ambivalence, no 'buts', no excuses.

So what's your excuse for your pregnant teenage daughter, Palin? Sorry... what was that?... You want us to respect your family's privacy in personal matters? Where have I heard that before?...

Oh yeah, the Democratic platform.


Audrey said...

Hi Nadine and thanks for checking out my blog. I like this post and say "Amen" to that!

Nadine said...

Thanks Audrey!

I don't know if you've ever been on this author's site but she's had some interesting (and scary!) posts exploring why Palin was such a successful coup. To summarize, she a) hot, and b) a "traditional" woman that women raised to be meek can identify with and support (as opposed to women who are outspoken and wear their ambition on their sleeves).

Here's the link: