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Andrew Sullivan and Palin Derangement Syndrome

Posted by Dana Pico on 2011/08/16

It isn’t exactly some great secret that some women get pedicures and even — shockingly! — paint their toenails. Well, that, combined with Andrew Sullivan’s seemingly incurable, and dreadfully advanced case of PDS, led him to post this:

Sarah Palin’s Iowa Toe-Nails


Oh no, she didn’t! Oh yes she did:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s toes are painted black with white polka dots while visiting the Iowa State Fair August 12, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Although she has not announced any intention of running for president, all of the Republican presidential hopefuls are visiting the fair ahead of Saturday’s Iowa Straw Poll to greet voters and engage in traditional Iowa campaigning rituals. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.

Well she did once say:

“We are so desperate in Alaska for any semblance of glamour and culture.”

Hat tip to Robert Stacy McCain, “The Other McCain,” via Donald Douglas.

Mr McCain wrote:

Really, Sully: Did you have to turn a photo caption of Sarah Palin’s toenails into a post? Is your sadistic compulsion to diminish and ridicule women so overwhelming that you lack the willpower to necessary to fight the urge? Do you lack even the basic self-awareness necessary to recognize that your persistent symptoms of Palin Derangement Syndrome reinforce harmful stereotypes of gay men as vicious weaklings with “mommy issues”? And if not, are you such a reckless misogynist as to disregard how your attacks on Governor Palin foster hostility to women in politics?

Former Governor Palin isn’t running — at least, not yet¹ — for President, yet the esteemed Mr Sullivan just can’t seem to get her off his mind. Why else would Mr Sullivan be so obsessed that a reasonably attractive woman dresses like a reasonably attractive woman, and that Mrs Palin engages in some of the same appearance rituals as many other women in our society?

Remember, it’s supposed to be us evil conservatives who hold women to a higher standard before we can accept them as intelligent and reasonable human beings. I guess that’s why we have a strong female contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, and another one who would attract a lot of support were she to get in the race, while some of the brilliant political commentators on the left, totally in support of women’s equality as we all know, after spending untold amounts of bandwidth on Trig Palin Trutherism are now obsessed with Mrs Palin’s toenail polish.

The honorable Mr Sullivan long ago gave up any pretense to being a savvy (and lucid) political commentator; it’s just taking a while for other people to realize it.

¹ – Mr McCain doesn’t think that she will run, either; reading further in the linked article:

This reality — that the clock has run out on any realistic prospect of a Palin 2012 campaign – is one I hesitate to mention, for fear of offending those of her supporters who continue to hold out hope that Palin will mount a last-minute blitz campaign for the White House. While I don’t doubt that Mama Grizzly could do that, I have seen no indication that she will do that, and have been puzzled by her refusal to say definitively that she won’t do that.

Consider this: With all the assets at his disposal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry spent more than two months building the campaign machinery necessary to officially launch his presidential campaign in mid-August. So if Palin were to begin such an effort tomorrow — and there is no tangible evidence she’s planning anything of the kind — the earliest she could jump into the 2012 race would be mid-October, by which time many of those grassroots volunteers who might have supported her will have already committed to other campaigns.

By continuing to keep alive a tiny glimmering hope of her 2012 candidacy, long after the point when the whole “testing the waters” time-frame has passed its sell-by date, Palin is setting up her True Believers for a bitter disillusionment whenever the time comes for her to officially admit that she’s not running.


One Response to “Andrew Sullivan and Palin Derangement Syndrome”

  1. DNW said

    Queer that Sullivan should take such pains to imitate that which he despises.


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