Friday, January 15, 2010

"The Dim-Witted Samurai Princess, Who Sold Her Fief for a Fistful of Dollars."

Speaking on the matter of Mrs. Palin for a bit, I find the (based on the snippets I have seen) general nature of her 'debut' like some sort of trailer trash Kabuki Theatre.

Now Kabuki is highly stylized, and one of the most formal forms of theatre. And perhaps the main reason I am calling "Palin's Progress" Kabuki is she was being treated like some kind of samurai lord by both O'Reilly and Beck. All that was missing was them shouting "Wakarimasen," as they bowed, before running to do their Daimyo's bidding.

Then again, this play could have been called, in its English Language translation, "The Tale of The Dim-Witted Samurai Princess, Who Sold Her Fief for a Fistful of Dollars."

Both 'interviewers,' managed to lead the The Dim-Witted Samurai Princess to say extremely silly things. In the case of O'Reilly it was the admission she previously was not sure about Saddam Hussein's role in the 9/11 attacks, and had to ask questions about that. With Beck it was her inability to name a single Founding Father. Talk about vapid. Talk about Katie Couric interview flashbacks!

Since I am on the subject of interviews, since when are "News Analysts" excessively interviewed about themselves? And I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that The Dim-Witted Samurai Princess seemed to have completely morphed from "The Hockey Mom, Pit Bull with Lipstick," into a more subdued and ultimately watch-paint-dry-boring persona. Fans of the Pit Bull had to be very disappointed. In the end, Palin totally failed to be the creature her most ardent fans most wanted to see. I mean really. If I went to the circus to see my favorite clown act like a clown, and they came out to the center ring in street clothes and started reading from People Magazine, in a monotone, I would be very disappointed.

And by the way -- it takes a whole lot more than dropping the cutesy regionalisms and forced country bumpkin dialect, and speaking slowly, to appear serious. It takes a serious mind, capable of higher cognitive function, sufficient salient facts, and reasoned, nuanced communication skills.

Honestly, the little I have seen is more than enough. Mrs. Palin's debut was as dull as a doorknob.


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