Amateur Hour Continues

So for her latest trick, Sarah Palin is apparently attacking, or her eldest daughter is anyway, Family Guy for a not really thinly veiled jab at her special needs son. I don’t really think the cartoon is that offensive in the grand scheme of things (it features a teenaged girl, as opposed to a toddler or infant, who’s only real identifier is having “odd” facial features) but YMMV. Here’s the clip:

Now there’s a couple of different ways you can go after this. On the one hand, there’s the gobsmacking passive-aggressive tactic of funneling your criticism through one of your other kids. I mean, what’s the point of that, exactly? It carries extra umph coming from one of her kids instead of her? It gives her plausible deniability? I legitimately don’t get it. On the other hand, however, there remains the simple fact that, at some point, Palin is going to have to stop being offended by everything. It’s not so much that I think it hurts her credibility with anyone, opinions on that are probably set in stone by now, but rather that Palin is going to have to come up with some other trick if she actually intends on running for President. As I’ve said many times, the one thing that most commentary on Palin’s Presidential odds fail to account for is the new dynamic she’ll have to confront in a Republican primary campaign. So far, her entire national political life has revolved around liberal foils. When she came on the scene, she was the VP candidate, running against the Democratic ticket. Since (excluding her brief period back in the governor’s mansion), she’s mostly opposed abstract figures like “liberal elites,” with some attacks on the Obama administration thrown in. And that’s all well and good, but at some point, if she wants to be President anyway, her opponent is going to be other Republicans, at least one or two of whom it stands to reason will be people in good standing with movement conservatives. And if she’s the front-runner, then they’re going to try to bring her down a peg. That’s just the nature of campaigning. But what is she going to do then, complain that other Republicans are campaigning against her? What’s she going to do when someone brings up the tax increase on oil companies she signed while she was governor? Or when someone appeals to conservative dogma on court matters by intoning that they damn sure can name some Supreme Court decisions they disagree with? Is she going to accuse the boys of ganging up on her? Hide behind her kids? Quit?

And, of course, there’s the risk of self-inflicted wounds. Family Guy is a reasonably popular show, although I have no idea how popular it is with Republican primary voters, and it’s on the Fox Network, with is obviously something Palin is also affiliated with now via Fox News. So to a certain extent, if anyone actually wanted to ding her on this, they could ask her why she isn’t ending her relationship with Fox if she feels that strongly about it, or mock her for her PC sensibilites, etc. More broadly, this is just further confirmation that Palin is incapable of ignoring any perceived slight. She just can’t let anything roll off her back. That’s not a trait that’s going to suit her well over a long, grueling, boring, primary campaign, and it’s just further proof that Palin, and the people she’s taking advice from (if anyone) don’t really know what they’re doing. Assuming the idea is winning votes, anyway.

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