I thought Bush was bad. He is bad. He’s God awful. But Sarah Palin is straight out of 1984. Apparently, her response to the Troopergate report this weekend was to say that it vindicated her and found no unethical or unlawful behavior on her part. This is despite the report plainly and explicity saying that her behavior was both unethical and unlawful, and despite every headline and every lede of every news story on the Troopergate report saying that Palin abused her power and violated Alaskan ethics law. Here is the spot-on op-ed by a stunned Anchorage Daily News:
Sarah Palin’s reaction to the Legislature’s Troopergate report is an embarrassment to Alaskans and the nation.
She claims the report “vindicates” her. She said that the investigation found “no unlawful or unethical activity on my part.”
Her response is either astoundingly ignorant or downright Orwellian.
Page 8, Finding Number One of the report says: “I find that Governor Sarah Palin abused her power by violating Alaska Statute 39.52.110(a) of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act.”
In plain English, she did something “unlawful.” She broke the state ethics law.
This is the equivalent of the New England Patriots, after losing to the New York Giants in a Super Bowl watched by 100 million people, breaking out the champagne, putting on the 19-0 championship hats, and holding a ticker tape victory parade in the streets of Boston. Palin’s response to the Troopergate report is designed to appeal to people who can’t read, don’t watch TV, and whose lack of critical thinking skills prevent them from independently operating light switches. It is literally her own alternate version of reality.
Doctors actually have a word for the behavior exhibited by Palin over the past two months. It’s a word defined as “a mental disorder characterized by abnormalities in the perception or expression of reality. It most commonly manifests as auditory hallucinations, paranoid or bizarre delusions, or disorganized speech and thinking with significant social or occupational dysfunction.” It’s called schizophrenia.
We really do have a choice to make in this election. Either Sarah Palin is the most incompetent, transparently dishonest politician to grace the national stage in years, or she is mentally unfit to serve as vice president and deserves all of our deepest sympathies. It’s up to us to decide.
POST SCRIPT: Here’s video of Palin displaying all the classic symptoms of schizophrenia. I really do hope that someone close to her steps in soon and intervenes. Warning: this may be difficult for some viewers to watch.