Josh Green- Nobody should knock him just because his first job in “journalism” was at The Onion.

By Joe McGinniss

Pen a fantasy about how Sarah Palin could have been President Obama if only she weren’t so:

a) selfish

b) filled with anger, resentment and hate

c) greedy

d) stupid and uneducated

e) all of the above

and you tap into a deep vein of right-wing nostalgia for the Sarah-Who-Never-Was, which will prove of immense benefit to your personal brand and career.

I’m not impugning Joshua Green’s motives for writing his “Sarah-We-Hardly-Knew-Ye”  paean of praise in the June issue of The Atlantic.

I’m sure he felt he had a legitimate, counter-intuitive, against the flow argument to make. He’s proven himself to be an excellent and fair-minded reporter in the past.  And nobody should knock him just because his first job in “journalism” was at The Onion.

It may be that with “The Tragedy of Sarah Palin,” Green is returning to his satirical roots.  Although if you read some of the comments in response to my earlier post, “If Only Sarah Weren’t Sarah, She Coulda Been a Contender,” you’ll find some strong fact-based arguments against Green’s hypothesis.

In any case,  I’m sure Green was perspicacious enough to sense the likely windfall that would result from a “St. Sarah, The Fallen Star” story.

And he’s knee-deep in peaches and apples already, as the huzzahs arrive from all the obvious right-wing shills:

John Podhoretz in Commentary

Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post

Ross Douthat in The New York Times

This chorus sings in only one key: the key of sorrow, for the loss of a Sarah Palin who never existed outside the realm of their collective yearning, and who ever existed only as a figment of their collective imagination.

Andrew Sullivan wrote a bracing response yesterday and today added:

Josh’s piece will serve as balm to the right. And it will allow them to believe that their choice of veep in 2008 was not an indictment of them or the media – but just an unfortunate decision by Palin to change her colors. The only problem with this argument is that it is manifestly untrue. But we know that Palin lovers, like Palin herself, must perforce be wedded to mountains of untruth.

Amen.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kalena
    May 13, 2011 @ 09:54:12

    It ticks me off to no end that the MSM is trying to reinvent Sarah at this point. I’ve seen no mention of Geoffrey Dunn’s book anywhere but some AK blogs and papers. How are the books coming out supposed to finish her off if they aren’t getting any publicity? Ugh!

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    • Syrin
      May 13, 2011 @ 10:21:25

      I know, I’ve seen the perverted relationship being developed and warned of it! What do you do when a popular figure creates their whole narrative as a victim of the MSM? Instead of putting her in her place and reporting the truth of her incompetnece and lack of ethics, the MSM crowns her!

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