Somebody Lend Victor Davis Hanson an Original Idea
National Review is promoting a new, subtle-as-a-brick satire by Victor Davis Hanson titled “President Palin,” a 1000-word exercise in imagining how Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin would be treated by the liberal media if she, not Barack Obama, were making the terrible gaffes that Hanson obsesses over. For example:
making the terrible gaffes that Hanson obsesses over.
Palin — who has had past associations with reactionary groups — caused a storm earlier when she characterized Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama in seemingly racialist terms: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Such stereotyping suggested that the Alaskan was not aware of the multiracial nature of American politics — an impression confirmed when in her earlier gubernatorial run, she had once suggested that to enter a donut shop was synonymous with meeting an Indian immigrant.
The Biden column was just kind of strange—his gaffes were well-reported on, as evidenced by the fact that Victor Davis Hanson was able to cite them without much explanation, and they’d occured over decades (Hanson brought up Biden’s 1987 plagiarism incident) while Palin managed to fumble her public image in two short months. This new column is less strange, but infinitely lazier. It’s the kind of stuff that could endanger Hanson’s pose as an intellectual classicist who puts a gloss on Rush Limbaugh jokes.
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