From the mouths of Sarah Palin fans

going rogue From the mouths of Sarah Palin fansJezebel has posted a popular Youtube video of some interviews with fans lined up for a Sarah Palin book signing in Columbus, Ohio.

For the informed citizen, Palin’s fans are hard to listen to.  Here’s a typical exchange:

FAN:  (presumably in response to “what does Palin mean to you?”) Fairness, realness.

INTERVIEWER: Any policies, I guess, specifically, of hers…?

FAN: I can’t think of the policies right off the bat.

Okay, so the temptation – and probably, the desired effect by the filmmaker – is to dismiss Palin’s fans as idiots.  But more to the point, we think, is that they aren’t interested in specific policy solutions.  They want justice.  This large mass of (white) Americans feels strong, unfocused resentment towards the government.  Could huge handouts to Wall Street and auto manufacturers have anything to do with it?

Here’s the video:


3 Comments

  1. Liberal Arts Dude
    November 24, 2009

    This video is an example of what drives me crazy. Beyond mouthing platitudes and right-wing talking points, many on camera can’t really specifically articulate why they support Palin, Tea Parties and why they oppose Obama, the Democrats or liberals.

    The paradox, however, is thousands of middle and working class people are fired up and lining up for Palin and the Tea Parties — and NOT for liberals and Progressives. Why is the right wing winning the hearts and minds of the American working class? What’s the Progressive movement doing wrong that regular people are seeing their salvation in people like Palin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh rather than Progressives? I am speaking as a Progressive, by the way.

  2. What's the Matter with Kansas?
    November 24, 2009

    You’ve nailed the central mystery for liberals and progressives – why are those who feel screwed by big business and such drawn to the conservatives?

    Our short answer: the right wing today has mastered the populist style. When liberals are in power – like Obama – their mouths fill with marbles and, more importantly, they jump on board the centrist bandwagon and hand out billions to corporations. If you’re angry at the state of the world, the only liberal who is talking to you directly is Michael Moore.

  3. kellamd
    November 24, 2009

    Anger is an inside job. The anger won’t go away until the babyboomers are dead and gone. The best Democrats can do is to give the babyboomers a substitute target for their anger. Mexicans, women’s freedoms, etc. I used to feel that Democrats should fight that but I think now better to give the babyboomers exactly what they vote for, a good screwing.

 
 

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