Palin: Some Fads Don't Last
I'm almost embarrassed to admit it, but when I was 15 my first girlfriend and I went down to the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio to see Tiny Tim in concert.
He was all the rage back then, and we felt sort of hip going to see the New York Jewish hippy with the dubious sexual orientation.
Alas, once he regaled the crowd with his smash hit, "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" we were forced to sit through several more of his falsetto renditions until the concert came to its ignoble end.
The Republicans, thirsty for some kind of--any kind of-- relief from the ennui and the mediocrity of their slate of candidates, welcomed Sarah Palin to the ticket, hoping she'd galvanize the evangelicals who didn't care for McCain's philandering or his pandering to nuts like John Hagee.
Sarah Barracuda was purty, witty and like McCain, fashioned herself as a true maverick!
Having had two sisters who lived in Fairbanks for a time, anyone who can brave that climate and endure 23 hours of darkness in the winter and 23 hours of daylight in the summer would be a maverick by lower 48 standards.
But, like Tiny Tim, we've had enough time to gawk at Palin and listen to her warble, and the novelty has worn thin.
When Tim sensed his 15 minutes were waning, he conned Miss Vicki into marrying him on The Tonight Show. Johnny Carson was happy to host the wedding. He knew a ratings boost when he saw one.
And so it is with Sarah Palin, who, rumor has it, is planning a pre-election shotgun wedding between her pregnant daughter Bristol and her self-described "fuckin' redneck" fiancee/baby daddy Levi Johnston.
Oh yes we will watch, just like we watched Tiny Tim marry Miss Vicki.
And we will talk about it the next day as well.
But what Palin and her Grandpa McCain don't understand is, the talk won't be flattering.
It'll be as lurid as the circumstances merit.
It'll be about trailer trash and bad parenting and doom forecasting for the survival of the marriage.
It'll be just like Tiny Tim marrying the hapless Miss Vicki- a train wreck we got to watch.
And it will only prove once again that the Palins are the laughingstock of anyone with even half a brain.