This One’s for Sarah

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The press has a love-hate relationship with fierce-minded politicians. At the same time as we of the liberal media quiver at the idea of, say, George Bush in office, there was a significant span in 2003-2004 where it felt like every newspaper was rooting for Bush to win, just so we’d have four more years of fodder to write about.

Sarah Palin was a good example of this. Now that the sad bits of truth are drizzling out — she didn’t know Africa was a continent; she didn’t know the (three) countries in NAFTA — it looks as though we’ll never know the highs and lows of a White House sitcom with Palin as the annoying next-door neighbor. The Jewish community was nothing if not vocal about her. Early on, Gawker asked (and, in doing so, cited our not-entirely-negative question) “Will Palin Scare the Jews?” And then she was disinvited from the anti-Ahmadinijad rally by Jewish organizations (though, to be fair, the reason probably had a lot more to do with Hillary Clinton stepping down, and without a Democratic speaker, the rally would be pointedly non-politically-impartial).

On the other hand, one victory of this election was that positive press can sell papers — whether it’s Obama launching a campaign of minorities, kids, and random creative people. On the other…well, think of all the Palin headlines we’ll never get a chance to read.

Honestly, though, I prefer to keep my Sarahs Biblical. In this week’s Torah portion, another Sarah and Abraham exercise their monotheistic anarchy and smash up idols…which I’d much rather read about.

Posted on November 6, 2008

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