Thursday, September 11, 2008

Great Read by Roger Ebert: Sarah Palin: The American Idol candidate

This is very well put and sticks to the themes I mentioned in this morning's piece. I strongly recommend giving it a read:

I think I might be able to explain some of Sarah Palin's appeal. She's the "American Idol" candidate. Consider. What defines an "American Idol" finalist? They're good-looking, work well on television, have a sunny personality, are fierce competitors, and so talented, why, they're darned near the real thing. There's a reason "American Idol" gets such high ratings. People identify with the contestants. They think, Hey, that could be me up there on that show!

My problem is, I don't want to be up there. I don't want a vice president who is darned near good enough. I want a vice president who is better, wiser, well-traveled, has met world leaders, who three months ago had an opinion on Iraq. Someone who doesn't repeat bald- faced lies about earmarks and the Bridge to Nowhere. Someone who doesn't appoint Alaskan politicians to "study" global warming, because, hello! It has been studied. The returns are convincing enough that John McCain and Barack Obama are darned near in agreement. (click here for more)

1 comment:

Comrade Kevin said...

Same here. I must say as well that when I looked at the talentless hacks that passed for American Idol finalists, I was glad I was nothing like them. Maybe I'm not exactly the average American voter.