Is Sarah Interesting?

6a00d83451c45669e2014e8b6904bc970d-550wi In the New York Times, Anand Giridharadas scares Andew Sullivan to death. He praises Sarah Palin's recent speeches, which have largely gone unnoticed by the "lamestream" media. He said that her critiques of DC are dead-on. 

She made three interlocking points. First, that the United States is now governed by a “permanent political class,” drawn from both parties, that is increasingly cut off from the concerns of regular people. Second, that these Republicans and Democrats have allied with big business to mutual advantage to create what she called “corporate crony capitalism.” Third, that the real political divide in the United States may no longer be between friends and foes of Big Government, but between friends and foes of vast, remote, unaccountable institutions (both public and private).


17 thoughts on “Is Sarah Interesting?

  1. I wish I thought she meant it. Instead, it’s a sort of postmodern recursive self-indictment, really. Nevertheless interesting to see those sentiments seem to someone (her handlers, I guess) like winning ones. When someone with cleaner hands starts talking that way, look out.

  2. My mind is really pretty closed to her – I think she’s not very smart or reflective. I am very sour on Obama, but would vote for him over her, if she is the nominee of the Reeps. Nonetheless, I think she is dead right in her first and second points – there is a party of rich people and its members can be found in both the Reeps and the Dems, and the interests of the PORP are not particularly aligned with the interests of the rest of us.

  3. I think there’s a legitimate worry about collusion among the elite/power class. My most recent induction to this issue is the interactions among superintendents of public schools and the education foundations and the education for profits, Broad, and Gates, and TFA, and KIPP, and the charters.
    But my issue with Palin’s version of the problem (and, frankly with most others, on both the right and the left) is that they complain in favor of a fantasy world that’s a lot less complex than the one we live in. Some collusion among the power brokers is always going to happen because they’re the ones who know the subject (be it deep sea drilling and the environment and economy or education and teaching and learning and funding and politics).
    Failing to recognize the complexity means that people argue for what I see as simplistic solutions that won’t fix the collusion and will produce new problems (term limits, for example).

  4. …they complain in favor of a fantasy world that’s a lot less complex than the one we live in.
    True. Mainly what I want is a less shitty elite, but I don’t know how to get that.

  5. Beedge, I am with you on term limits! I have seen their noxious effects in Calif, where it’s six years. Result: the legislature is full of newbies who barely know their way to the restroom and have to accept guidance from lobbyists to even be intelligible, and in addition the people who are four years in and now do know (down the hall, to the left) are thinking about what their next job will be and – damnitall! – their best chance for a job is the state energy producers’ consortium, or the prison guards’ union, and when the general interest has to be balanced against the interests of the consortium, union, etc., well somehow the general interest doesn’t do too well.

  6. “From my vantage point, give me newbies still trying to find the bathroom, rather than insiders soliciting bribes.”
    But, part of the point, and problem, is that the newbies are soliciting bribes, too, but in the form of jobs after their stint in government is over. Is that better ’cause it’s not illegal?

  7. The old timers are also soliciting jobs after their stint in government is over. Heck, they can even appoint (or influence others to appoint) friends to jobs on the public payroll.
    Prosecutors have sought a 10 year sentence for McDonough, who, in turn, requested a two-year sentence. In a reply to McDonough’s sentencing request, prosecutors wrote in a Thursday memo that he enabled DiMasi to abuse his office, and they also pointed to recent allegations being investigated by the State Ethics Commission that McDonough was improperly put on the public payroll of the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative while working as a paid lobbyist.

  8. PA’s former speaker managed to get a cash advance from the pension fund before he plead guilty. I can’t think of the name of the guy who used state funds to buy a laptop for his butler.

  9. I’m sort of like a juke box: I’ve got about twelve anecdotes, I think they have something to say. So, you push A5, and you get: from Jesse Unruh (former Speaker of the California Assembly, to new members): ‘Son, if you can’t eat their steaks, and drink their whiskey, and fuck their women, AND VOTE AGAINST THEM IN THE MORNING, you don’t belong here.’
    It’s the ‘belong here’ I want to focus on. I think you need a legislature where people, at least some people, want to belong there, and will stay for ten years getting smart about energy policy working their way up the seniority in the committee, and when they make chair, or ranking member, they have a stake in being well thought of and keeping at it for another ten years. And when you don’t have that, because everybody is out after year 6, you have people who really don’t have much of a stake in the institution.
    Yes, they can be corrupt, but so can the clueless newbies who term limits bring in.

  10. The solution when you think there’s too much collusion among power brokers (and in our neck of the woods, it’s back-scratching collusion and group think, not corruption is voting the guys out.
    I’m generally in favor of expertise and consistency but I’ve been convinced to kick out the school board, just for the sake of kicking them out, in favor of instability over stability for just these reason. It is harder to collude when there’s instability, because the faces keep changing. On the other hand, it’s also harder to build anything at all.

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