Editorial: Her time is truly up
Andy Warhol is credited with the comment that “in the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.”
Warhol, the “Prince of Pop” who died in 1987, was certainly prophetic, what with the way people pop up into, and then out off, the public consciousness.
But what Warhol didn’t describe was the way that some people would extend their time in the limelight and refuse to step off the stage, even when it’s time to go.
Sarah Palin grabbed her 15 minutes and more, and is apparently intent on ignoring the clock to her own and anyone who’s listening’s detriment.
The former governor of Alaska earned her time in the spotlight — and a harsh one it was — when John McCain named her his choice for vice president on the Republican ticket in 2008.
Since then, she’s attempted to stay relevant by appearing on the talk show circuit, trying her hand as a star in a reality television series and by offering her “insights” to those willing to hire her to speak.
We suppose part of the speaking engagement means trying to sound as tough and conservative as possible ... we can understand that.
But what we’ve been hearing from the Idaho native recently is crazy.
At a National Rifle Association annual meeting on Saturday, Palin did her usual riff on the Obama administration’s handling of terrorism, arguing that White House policies are too soft.
“... Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America, they who’d obviously have information on plots, to carry out Jihad,” she told the audience.
“Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen ... Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.”
Such a statement may be Palin’s attempt to pander to this particular audience. Or it was an obvious dig at those who consider waterboarding torture and un-American, and that includes her former running mate.
Or Palin realizes that to stay in the public eye, she has to fuel the anger, fuel the unhappiness Americans feel at our inability to stop terrorist attacks around the world.
But outrageous comments aren’t going to make her seem more intelligent or serious ... and certainly not presidential. Instead, they make her look pathetic and unworthy of more attention.
Palin’s moment of fame is definitely over.