I waited a whole day before posting about the Sarah Palin resignation. Well, not a whole day, but longer than almost everyone else in the blogosphere. Here’s my take as of this moment in time, subject to change:
I don’t know why Sarah Palin resigned, what her plans are, or whether she has or wants a political future.
I do know why the left hates her so much. And it keeps coming back to Trig.
Yes, some people hate Sarah Palin because she doesn’t have the traditional pedigree, she isn’t one of them, she is too good looking to be taken seriously, etc. And yes, some hate her because they hate her religion, politics, blah blah blah. But that doesn’t explain the Sarah Palin hatred. It is so deep as to be pathological.
But it keeps coming back to Trig.
From the moment Palin was nominated for V.P., the attacks on Trig began. First there were the rumors, spread by Andrew Sullivan and others, that Sarah Palin was not Trig’s mother, that there was a grand conspiracy of hundreds if not thousands of people to cover up that Bristol Palin was Trig’s real mother. Those Trig truther conspiracy theories have been pushed hard by Sullivan and the others continuously to this day.
Then there were the attacks on Palin for bringing Trig on stage at the Republican National Convention, and with her on the campaign trail. HuffPo blogger Suzy Shuster wrote after Palin brought Trig to the V.P. debate in early October 2008:
It actually came after the debate, when for seemingly the millionth time, Sarah Palin trotted out her piece de resistance, her favorite prop of this campaign season: her five and a half month old son Trig. Why is this child up so late every time there is a camera op? … My point is, if Palin is going to keep shoving the motherhood card down our collective throats, maybe she can start being a mom again and stop using her own kid for political gain. Trig deserves a good night sleep.”
And this post from a self-proclaimed feminist:
In addition to keeping Trig up all hours of the night so that she can parade him around a stage after a pitiful debate performance or speech, she’s decided to use baby Trig to get some lusty applause out of the audience, because, let’s face it, there’s nothing evangelical Christians love more than a developmentally disabled baby they can use to their own end.
it’s amazing that Palin is, once again, using Trig as a prop. I mean–is it really necessary to have the baby in a picture with her for Runner’s World?? Again, we see her willing to pimp out her children, until one of them gets knocked up. Amazing.
And the personal attacks on Trig for having Down Syndrome have gone far beyond anything I have ever seen, even in politics. My post, Wonkette Goes After Trig Palin Again, has some of the details on the people who fancy themselves intellectuals, and use that intellect to spend their days mocking Trig and creating doctored images of him.
Palin’s resignation speech brought out more of the Trig mockers. HuffPo blogger Erik Sean Nelson penned his now-famous (and deleted) post arguing that Sarah Palin’s political comeback would be pinned to the need for more “retards.” Nelson was far from alone. Witness this post at Paliban Daily:
That’s right. Palin is about to embark on a career of causing babies to be born retarded. Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, crack addiction, or a good old-fashioned kick to the pregnant tummy, it doesn’t matter to Palin. She wants the world to have more Trigs.
Other than fueling a greater need for social services, think how this could benefit Palin politically. She already tests well with the Retarded demographic, and also the Retarded Sympathizer demographic.
Imagine the world Palin is trying to create, in which instead of a superior race, Palin breeds a stupider race. 20 years from now, she’ll only be in her late 60s. She’ll be able to run for President on the Retard ticket . . . no doubt with full support of Retardeds, Retarded Sympathizers, and the Politically-Correct.
Next time around, when Palin is told “Your platform is completely retarded”, she will be able to say, “You betcha! That’s just what my constituents want!”
At Wordsmoker the intellect in charge posted: “To be honest, it’s hard to decipher what she’s on about, or on, so the most pressing question is this — did Trig Palin write this speech for her?”
I could go on and on. The internet is full of Trig Palin conspiracy theories, name-calling and Photoshopping. No matter what month, event, or excuse, Palin haters find a reason to attack Trig.
If Sarah Palin had aborted Trig, the left would have been okay with it. If she hid Trig offstage and out of sight, all would be good. But treat the child as you would any other child, and that cannot be tolerated.
There is something about a Down syndrome child in plain view which has exposed the moral and emotional bankruptcy of the left-wing of the Democratic party. And they hate Sarah Palin because deep down, they hate themselves for being who they are.
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