When I saw the title of Eugene Robinson’s Washington Post article about Sarah Palin, “Our Evita,” I winced. I love Eva Peron. Obviously one of the more controversial figures in history, but fascinating. And that hair!
Sure, Evita did some crazy shit, but compare her to Sarah Palin?!? Okay, maaaayyyyybbbbeeeee if you mean a diva but, otherwise, I don’t see it.
But Robinson’s article is nonetheless worth a read. He writes, in part:
“So what if she displayed no real grasp of the issues in interviews during last year’s campaign? Those reporters were being beastly, trying to show her up. So what if the inside-the-Beltway crowd thinks she’s an airhead? The state of mind called “Washington” is the problem, and she’s the solution. So what if she quit as governor of Alaska with a year and a half left in her term? “Only dead fish go with the flow,” she explained, demonstrating once more her sassy roguishness.
Palin’s knack for being cleverly transgressive is almost like performance art. Her doppelganger, Tina Fey, did a hysterically prescient bit, right before Election Day, in which Palin vowed that she was never going away. Fey’s “Palin” predicted that she’d become either president or “a white Oprah.” So on whose show does Palin launch her book? Oprah’s, of course — adding to the long list of Palin lore that you simply couldn’t make up.”