A few days ago, I saw one of the stupidest stories I've come across in a while. It was a front page, banner headline story about Sarah Palin (R-AK-half-term) calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. What was so stupid was not that the former half-term governor called for the president's impeachment, but that the Huffington Post put this on their homepage as the top banner headline.
I mean, consider that just the next day, the Huffington Post had another story here that "Most Voters Wish Sarah Palin Would 'Just Be Quiet.'"
According to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 54% of all people responding said that enough was enough already. And this includes almost 40% of Republicans.
She wasn't alone in this, mind you. Jesse Jackson was at 51%, though in fairness, he's been on the public scene and talking about civil rights for nearly half a century, so some people can be excused for saying, "Okay, we get it, let's hear someone else on the subject" at this point, even if what he's saying remains valid and important. Moreover, former vice-president Dick Cheney had 45% of Americans saying they hope he'd fade away into the background. And former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich got 43%. But Ms. Palin led them all. Not bad for someone on the public scene for such a short time and done so little.
As for Sarah Palin's reasoning why the president should be impeached, honestly I have no idea. I'm among that majority of Americans who just couldn't care less anymore what she has to say, having long-since worn out her credibility on pretty much anything. Not that the former mayor of Wasila and 2-year governor of Alaska pre-quitting had much credibility to begin with. But perhaps she's such a big believer in elected officials resigning from office that she felt Mr. Obama wasn't following her lead and so action needed to be taken in its place.
Who knows? Who cares? This is a person who considers "What magazines and newspapers do your read?" a Gotcha question, and takes her religious lead from witch doctors (no, really, as you can see here), so you have to pretty much question anything that escapes her lips.
The point here is that if so many people just don't want to hear anything anymore from Sarah Palin, I don't understand why a news organization would put her angst-ridden pronouncements as the homepage banner headline. If it's to garner controversy and attention, the public is saying, no, we just don't care about her, and you are annoying us. If someone wants to cover it as "in the news," fine -- put it somewhere inside, down among pictures of Britney Spears rocking a bikini, as HuffPo tends to phrase such things, or a puppy snuggling with a turtle. But the headline? C'mon, that's the space you reserve for the latest rumor of the next iPhone.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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