Sarah Palin was in her element, such as it was, at the Values Voter Summit, where she whined about the lies of the left, took potshots at the president, and said that we need to bring truth to “1400 Pennsylvania Avenue.” Yes, she said that, despite the fact that 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue is a restaurant called Peacock Alley, and is not the White House, which is at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Right Wing Watch has a clip of her actually giving the wrong address for the White House to the choir at which she was preaching.
Much of her speech dealt with racism, and the obvious lack of it on the holier-than-thou right. The left-wing, “lamestream media” (her words, not ours), trots out racism every time they try and tell the truth, she says. And the “lamestream media” changes the subject when they hear the “truth,” as Sarah Palin and her ilk speak it. They’re only victims, and it’s so heartbreakingly sad.
What’s really heartbreakingly sad is that this type of mistake (if it can be called that anymore) isn’t new for her, but the choir to which she preaches eats it up as though stupidity and airheadedness is something to be proud of. Palin remains in the news, and relevant, not because she’s an idiot, but because she’s an idiot that people still somehow listen to. She takes ignorance to a whole new level, and is dangerous because of it.
A politician’s worst nightmare is an educated populace. However, the populace has to be educated the right way. We have to actually know something about science, about economics, about social sciences, and about other things too, in order to make informed choices when we go to the polls. Embracing ignorance is how we end up with people who don’t believe in science on the House Committee on Science. People like Palin peddle a brand of ignorance that’s so utterly and endearingly easy to embrace, and it’s terrible for the country.
Slips like the mistake she made when she said, “1400 Pennsylvania Avenue” aren’t new for her, either, so we can’t just shrug and say, “Well, everyone makes mistakes, even stupid ones.” This is normal for her. And people laugh politely when she does that, when they should loudly laugh her off the stage. Idiocy reigns supreme on the right, or Sarah Palin would have long since disappeared.