Thursday, April 9, 2009

GayPatriotWest Proves That Diva Obsession is Homo-Universal

Whether it's Peggy Noonan, Ann Althouse, Michelle Malkin, or today's idolatry of Sarah Palin, GayPatriotWest/Dan Blatt reinforces the notion that the gays like a diva. And the more personal drama in their lives, the more self-involved they are, the more they turn a phrase or turn out a dress, and especially the more persecuted for their egotism in all this, the more we love their plucky can-do spirit!

In his latest in a series of fawning fluff pieces, Dan again defends the embattled Alaska governor. Apparently Katie Couric (competant, nice, diligent, average wardrobe - not a gay diva) should have been nicer to governor Palin in their famous interview. Instead of acknowledging that if elected she would be next in line as leader of the free world, and inquire about subjects showing her readiness for such a role, Couric was supposed to throw out softball questions cause "you'd think a woman" would do that. Instead of expecting Couric to be a journalist, and ask questions appropriate for a vice presidential candidate, they were supposed to do girl talk. Shoes, cosmos, and how Palin took on the old Republican boys club of Alaska. Dan's sentiments are demeaning to both female politicians and journalists.

Now forgetting that every single unscripted mainstream interview was an absolute flop of horrific astonishment (due to the governor's own performance), GayPatriotWest instead uses the occasion of an award to Couric to again criticize the news anchor for doing her job. I watched the interview. I re-reviewed the transcript. Couric was probing in her approach. Her questions were appropriate. Her interview should have given a seasoned politician the opportunity to provide neutral, non-committal answers at worst. She asked questions of national importance and relevance, not leading question that would allow the governor self-promotion opportunities like the conservative news outlets. And with all that, the governor showed amazingly shallow insight, her "hockey mom" personality seemed ditzy, it was clear her general knowledge of world affairs was limited, her knowledge of government and law sketchy, her commitments sentimental and unexamined, but most damning was how pleased with herself she was of all that. She was a regular sorta gal, gosh darn tootin, and proud of it!

See the "gotcha" of the persecuted conservative mindset is that if only the "elite" media would have asked the governor questions only about her record she would have been able to prove her worthiness for the role. The Couric interiew and others did just that though. Upon review, they do include questions where she could have highlighted her relevant experience. There were detailed questions, occasional hypothetical scenarios, and some tough questions, but they did not require the governor to commit herself to specific opinions or policies. She simply needed to field them intelligently, falling back to her experience if it was appropriate. They required her to show a base level of competencey we'd expect of any senior politician, especially one who was next in line to the presidency of the United States. Palin's experience and more importantly her ability to convey that simply wasn't good enough. And Palin showed that all on her own, it did not need to be connived out of her by a sneaky liberal journalist.

So I do understand GayPatriotWest's hero worship of the Diva Palin. Her messy personal life, her force of will with the adversity she's thrown herself into in the role of governor and vice presidential candidate, her fancy for the high life, her strong personal commitment to and defense of the choices she's made. However none of that adds up as anything resembling a smart, competant politician that's ready to face the challenges our country currently finds itself in. Dan's rambling defense of her is admirable, but completely misguided if he were truly concerned about the good of our nation. This is why once again he shows that his partisan alliances trump the broader concern of good government.

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