No secret. I subscribe to the Breitbart News email feed. It’s a boundless source for anybody wanting to probe far-right thinking, and I have long since ceased to be amazed. Here’s something recent:
Sarah Palin, Loyal Running Mate, Excluded from John McCain’s Funeral
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who was Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has been excluded from his funeral.
Breitbart News has independently confirmed an earlier report in People magazine, which reported that Palin was not sent an invitation and was told through intermediaries to stay away from the ceremony.
McCain fundraiser Carla Eudy confirmed to People that Palin had not been invited — possibly, People speculated, at the behest of the McCain family.
The news comes on the tenth anniversary of the date in 2008 when Palin was announced as McCain’s pick for vice president.
Palin now joins President Donald Trump on the list of those barred from the funeral.
Now, that’s an interesting bit of news. The former governor, who ten years ago stood with candidate John McCain on the podium at the Republican national convention, is now dis-invited to the late senator’s closing ceremony. I feel the need to confirm this information. Ouch! Even Fox News is confirming the story.
So, like me, you are wondering how this came about. Then I remembered. Oh, yeah. Were it not for Governor Palin, John McCain would now be the late President McCain. Somebody, I’m not naming names, suggested to candidate McCain in the summer of 2008 that Palin would provide the perfect balance to McCain’s not as far right as Attila the Hun political position. Whoever it was, they figured that with Palin’s appeal to the Party’s lunatic fringe, John McCain would be a shoe-in to trounce left-leaning black candidate Barack Obama. Then Palin opened her mouth:
1. “As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.” –Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview with CBS’s Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008 (Watch video clip)
2. “Mr. President, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a nuke is a good guy with a nuke.” –Sarah Palin, on how President Obama should deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, CPAC speech, March 8, 2014
3. “The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society,’ whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.” –-Sarah Palin, in a message posted on Facebook about Obama’s health care plan, Aug. 7, 2009
4. “All of ’em, any of ’em that have been in front of me over all these years.” –Sarah Palin, unable to name a single newspaper or magazine she reads, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008 (Watch video clip)
5. “Well, let’s see.
There’s ― of course in the great history of America there have been rulings that there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but ―” –Sarah Palin, unable to name a Supreme Court decision she disagreed with other than Roe vs. Wade, interview with Katie Couric, CBS News, Oct. 1, 2008
6. “‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!'” –a Tweet sent by Sarah Palin in response to being ridiculed for inventing the word “refudiate,” proudly mistaking her illiteracy for literary genius, July 18, 2010
7. “He who warned, uh, the British that they weren’t gonna be takin’ away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin’ sure as he’s riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed.” –Sarah Palin, botching the history of Paul Revere’s midnight ride, June 3, 2011
8. “But obviously, we’ve got to stand with our North Korean allies.” –Sarah Palin, after being asked how she would handle the current hostilities between the two Koreas, interview on Glenn Beck’s radio show, Nov. 24, 2010
9. “We used to hustle over the border for health care we received in Canada. And I think now, isn’t that ironic?” –Sarah Palin, admitting that her family used to get treatment in Canada’s single-payer health care system, despite having demonized such government-run programs as socialized medicine that will lead to death-panel-like rationing, March 6, 2010
10. “Ohh, good, thank you, yes.” –Sarah Palin, after a notorious Canadian prank caller, posing as French President Nicolas Sarkozy, complimented her on the documentary about her life, Hustler’s “Nailin Paylin,” Nov. 1, 2008 (Read more about the prank call, watch the video and see the transcript)
I will admit that some of the above came out of the fountain of wisdom after the deed was done, longer after John McCain’s political future sank into the deep blue. But there is something to be said for momentum. In any event, I get the idea that some started to wonder, if candidate John McCain signed off on this political fiasco, then what would President McCain be likely to sign off on when sitting in the Oval Office. May have scared the bejeebies out of a bunch of people, including some Republicans.
A full reading of the item does not reveal any recrimination against what would appear to be a personal slight. This could be one of those cases of Breitbart’s straight reporting a news item. What I’m making a fuss over is the deep irony bleeding from this episode. Palin, ten years ago, appeared to crystallize America’s alt-right, culminating in the political carnival we find ourselves in today. It’s possible that without Palin, Donald Trump would be yet another washed-up reality TV star. I would even venture that the Palin phenomenon created the resonance that morphed into Breitbart News. She became the kernel of Breitbart mentality.
Full disclosure: I was also excluded from the invitation list, but I am not taking it personally.