The Prophet

Sarah Palin is in the news again. No — she is the news. Judging by the blogosphere, there is absolutely nothing else of consequence happening in the world.

The catalyst for all this coverage, favourable and unfavourable, is Palin’s new book:  Going Rogue.

This analysis seems right to me:

On MSNBC, Keith Olbermann went to considerable pains to cite passages in her book that were contradicted either by facts or by past statements Palin had made herself. […]

What Olbermann and the word-obsessed, meaning-seeking media cannot grasp is that Sarah Palin is not someone you believe. She is someone you believe in.

She is not a politician. She is a prophet.

The utterances of a prophet don’t have to make sense. Not on the rational plane.

To the degree that the utterances don’t make sense, they only become more profound. It is then that the Prophet speaks in exalted mysteries and ciphers which cannot be interpreted by the rules of mundane speech:

Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.

The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

(St. Paul, 1 Cor. 2:12-16, English Standard Version.)

That’s the claim Sarah Palin makes every day. It is implicit every time she opens her mouth.

Outsiders — unbelievers — shouldn’t dare to pass judgment on Palin. She speaks in exalted utterances which only initiates can interpret. Mundane rules do not apply.

Do not parse the grammar, or look for inconsistencies between yesterday’s utterance and today’s. Only believe! And adore.

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bridgett
    Nov 22, 2009 @ 15:39:15

    It could be that she isn’t someone you believe or believe in. It could be that she isn’t worth your time to notice. Like the James Carville impersonator on SNL earlier this fall:

    “IGNORE ‘EM!!! I mean, when a crazy drifter comes up to you on the street, and says, “Hey, Snakeface! You the DEVIL!!” You don’t stop and engage with ’em! You just keep walking. I mean, I don’t know why we entertain these backwater, uh, knockaloofs.”

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  2. billarends
    Nov 22, 2009 @ 18:09:07

    The problem with Palin is SHE WON”T JUST SHUT UP AN GO AWAY like the has been she is. So long as she goes on pretending to be a politician instead of a camera hog (I’m being polite) , the local yokel Loonies will follow behind with a drum chanting” all hail the right all hail Palin.” I guess we will just have to wait for the after Glow of the Bush years to fade. For Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh Sarah Palin and the like to lose popularity and become a nasty footnote in history. OOps almost forgot the grand Dame of the lot Anne Coulter., now there’s one we all wish would get terminal laryngitis .

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  3. Stephen
    Nov 22, 2009 @ 19:19:15

    I wish people would stop talking about her, too.

    So why would I talk about her on my blog? Because people aren’t going to stop talking about her. The cable news networks can’t get enough of her: they would rather focus on personalities (no research required) than issues (which takes intellectual effort).

    The question is, does she stand a real chance of winning the Republican nomination for president in 2012? And I think she does.

    It doesn’t matter that she’s a complete idiot: her supporters simply don’t see it that way. And they make up a significant portion of the Republican base, and they are extremely motivated.

    I’m not counting her out, even though I think McCain never should have let her in.

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  4. billarends
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 09:04:59

    Says something about a “significant portion of the Republican base.” Though for all the rethoric I don’t think she really has a firm grip on a nomination.

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  5. Stephen
    Nov 23, 2009 @ 16:20:20

    It depends who she’s up against. Romney (the Mormon)? Huckabee? Other names which have been mentioned — e.g., Pawlenty and Jindal — don’t look like they’ve got the stuff, either.

    And if Obama looks like he’s got a lock on it, some of the potential opponents might drop out and bide their time ’til 2016. I don’t think Palin has that luxury. She’s going to have a hard time staying in the spotlight (now that she no longer holds office) for another two years, never mind looking ahead six years.

    So the question becomes, Palin vs. who? Maybe some dark horse candidate will emerge, but there isn’t anybody who’s an obvious successor to Reagan and the two Bushes at this point. That’s how McCain ended up as the nominee last time — the least bad option on offer. Palin might win the nomination for the same reason, especially given that her supporters are so fervent.

    • Bridgett:
    If you happen to come back to read this — I meant to say that I love that term, “knockaloof”. I’ve got to work that one into a sentence sometime soon.

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  6. bridgett
    Nov 24, 2009 @ 11:27:09

    I like that word too. It was hilarious, the carville impersonation, that is. And I’ve carried that line in my head since–you don’t ENGAGE them! And that’s just how I feel about Palin. Ugh. I think Huckabee will beat her…the evangelicals I know liked him a great deal and were embarrassed by Palin.

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