Sarah, Palin and Stupid.
I made a new friend yesterday. I was at my regular watering hole, seated at my regular place at the bar, sipping my regular Saturday fare, when a non-regular ponied up to the bar next to me. This particular establishment isn’t one of those where the record-player needle scratches anytime a new fish enters (though there is a record player), and it’s not typically busy during the day on a Saturday, so a new face was welcomed.
He was a contractor in from out of state on a job and had dropped in on recommendation. It did give us pause that someone, presumably of the status quo, had recommended our ramshackle heap, but he was well-spoken and conversational, and this is a joint where good conversation (that is, yelling matches that almost turn violent until someone’s wife shows up) is encouraged.
We were kind of taken aback, though, by his immediate insistence on talking politics. Now, understand that this is a place where almost anything goes. Not long ago we debated the outcome of an imagined poetry slam pitting Mitch “Blood” Green and Sylvia Plath, and tensions still haven’t completely evaporated from a recent debate that got a little out of control over the relationship between Bob Sagat and Uncle Jesse from “Full House.”
Politics, though, are generally avoided, just because it is an insufferably boring topic. There have been occasions where political content was presented in an entertaining way (years ago, a guy whose name rhymes with Slondale etched his name into Our Bar lore by juxtaposing Bill Clinton and Jesse Jackson’s concurrent extramarital affairs, and how each would have more logically hooked up with the other’s squeeze), and that’s acceptable, but typically political discussions are discouraged.
And discourage we did, but to no avail. I even tried to instigate a fight over a nearby game of dominoes just to change the subject, but the usually salty participants were too disenchanted by the political droning to even bother with mama jokes.
I emphasize this general aversion to anything political in an effort to not appear biased in the meat of this blog.
This gentleman could’ve been talking about any politician and it would’ve bombed in this establishment.
He wasn’t focused on just any politician, though…
He was a Palin man.
And as some of you know, I’m the opposite of a Palin man.
I asked him why, given that she’s just out-and-out stupid, he would want her as his president. He informed me that he in fact does not find her to be stupid, and finds her “realness” refreshing.
I asked him what policies of hers resonates with him, and he cited her respect of the Constitution. I asked what he means by that, in relation to other potential Republican candidates. Would he vote for Palin over Ron Paul, or Mike Huckabee? Aren’t they constitutional? He said he hasn’t a problem with either one, but that he would vote for Palin over either in a primary.
In a last ditch attempt to just get off the danged blasted subject, I bought (in so far as I “buy” at this place) him a pint of the signature brew on tap. I figured maybe we could instead talk about beer, or something. He took a sip of it, never touched it again, and didn’t miss a beat in his Palin manifesto.
Again, this guy was intelligent, made good money, and by all appearances was perfectly rationale and lucid.
It made me curious how many more of “this guy” there are out there.
I assume many readers would vote for Palin over Obama. That’s not my question.
Does anyone view her as the best option for president? Would anyone vote for her over Paul, Huckabee, Gingrich, etc?
If yes, does that mean you don’t value common sense and intellect as traits of a president?