This week’s rally in Washington D.C. against the Obama-backed Iran deal brought out the heavy hitters of the GOP Magical Mystery Tour.
The event’s intent was to convince Senate Democrats to oppose an accord the Obama administration struck with six other countries. The deal will limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities and lift some economic sanctions against the country. Many Republicans claim it will help Iran obtain a nuclear weapon, endangering millions of Americans in the process. The rally failed, as Senate Democrats blocked Republicans’ efforts to shoot down the deal on Thursday.
Headlined by presidential wanna-bes Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Donald Trump, the Wednesday event included talking head Glenn Beck, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty and Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and candidate for vice president.
Although the fear-mongering and irresponsible hyperbole came hot and heavy at the rally, Palin dropped this whopper, earning her this week’s Bonehead Quote of the Week:
“Only in an Orwellian Obama world full of sprinkly fairy dust blown from atop his unicorn as he’s peeking through a really pretty pink kaleidoscope would he ever see victory or safety for America or Israel in this treaty.”
This is a magical statement. It presents a number of questions:
-Does she know what the term “Orwellian” means? Is she aware that her former running mate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is one of Congress’ staunchest defenders of monitoring Americans’ every move?
-What are the other features of “Obama world?” Is it more like a Six Flags-style theme park, or an entirely different realm, like Narnia?
-Would other types of kaleidoscopes suffice for this purpose, or are the pretty pink ones the industry standard? Is the actual kaleidoscope case pink, or does this just refer to the patterns it makes?
Palin has obviously been a sideshow for some time now, and nothing she says should be taken seriously. If it ever existed, her time as a person whose rhetoric matters is long over. Now she’s a third-tier huckster on the conservative wingnut circuit, chasing dollars and the limelight through six-figure speaking engagements and books defending our most endangered holiday, Christmas.
What’s concerning and terrifying is that this person was very nearly a heartbeat away from the presidency. And while I’d like to think we’ve progressed past that as a country, a quick glance at this year’s presidential field reveals otherwise.