Now that Sarah Palin is no longer a clear and distinct threat to the existence of humanity, I'm allowing myself more and more to see her as who she is: a woman, a mother, a wife, and a daughter who, by some kind of cosmic abnormality in the universe, was offered a pair of really expensive shoes that she was unable to fill. And the whole world watched every painful, wrenching, cringe-mongering, horrifying and overall unbelievable second of it go down. Ouch.
I'm trying to think of other comparable examples of the ferocity of public flogging, like that which Sarah Palin has suffered, being unleashed upon other women. Female villains, if you will. I'm no history buff, but some that come to mind are Martha Stewart, Leona Helmsley, Joan Crawford, Lady Macbeth, mothers who have killed their children during episodes of post-pardum psychosis...uh, Britney Spears?? It's hard to find a common thread, but it seems that public scorn is levied proportionately to the amount of power given to these females and the subsequent level of the public's belief that said power is not merited. OK, yeah, Sarah Palin fits that.
And as time went on and Palin demonstrated more and more how INCREDIBLY unfit she was to assume this power, public rage came to a boiling point. And then add to the mix Palin's unflinching, stubborn, brazen ambitions and her beyond all rational thinking sense of entitlement to this power, the public's top clear blew off the pot. The gloves came off, sympathy be damned and, as far as her critics were concerned, she asked for it, so now she was gonna GET IT.
Well, the point is moot now. Sarah Palin and the world watched all power and standing disintegrate from her hands like a snowflake in a mitten. And there she was, standing on the stage next to McCain, but really...alone. Is she now asking of herself the questions she should have asked months earlier? Is she humbled? Is she hurt? Does she GET IT finally?
Hard to say. Given her track record of an almost maniacal conviction of her own invincibility, maybe not. And after watching classic Sarah Palin crying in the bathroom at the prom style of telling off reporters today at the suggestion that McCain's loss was her fault, I'd say probably not.
But, you couldn't pay me to trade places with her now. Who wants to be the Ultimate Failure, the Village Idiot, the Worst Woman in the World? Especially when at the end of the day, that's not REALLY who she is. Obnoxious? Yes. Uninformed? Shamefully so. Disgustingly self-involved? She's gettin there. A waste of space? No. No one is, and her family would surely agree. Invulnerable? Clearly not.
Had Palin read her Starbucks mocha latte cup correctly, she would have told us that Madeline Albright once said, "There's a place in Hell reserved for women who don't help other women." And any woman who didn't feel a tiny pull on their heartstrings at seeing her crying on stage, needs to check their sociopath meter. She's just a woman, she fought hard, she lost hard, and now she's going home.