Friday, October 3, 2008

Sarah Palin's Book Deal

You just have to know that, after last night's debate, publishers are sharp elbowing their way to get to Palin's future publicist...or agent, as in Hollywood agent. And, I can hear the keyboards clicking in Starbucks around the country where screenwriters are getting out those 'Sarah' screenplays as fast as you can say, "Bridge to nowhere." I wouldn't be surprised, either, if reality tv goes knocking on the Palin bunch's front door for the next season of "Sarah: LIVE!"

Sarah Palin will get millions of dollars in book, tv, and movie offers which will move her far far away from that middle class kitchen table, or else buy her a new one. This chick has a bright celebrity future...and, I dare say, will be a bright star in the Republican constellation for years to come.


The interesting thing about this is that if Sarah Palin looked like Josephine Six-Pack, a beer bellied, plain Jane with nose hairs and unplucked eyebrows, Sarah would still be dressing moose(es) and watching out for Putin's plane from her front porch. The fact that female looks prevail over intellectual substance is not a new notion. It's been covered in Naomi Wolf's book, The Beauty Myth, and is so blatantly personified by Sarah Palin. Look, the Pakistani president, Asif Ali Zardari, made an international ass of himself because he couldn't resist telling Palin she was ''gorgeous". Now, if she had used that encounter to make Zardari help us get Bin Laden, then that would have been a positive
way of using her looks. But, did she do that? No. She smiled coyly and thanked him.

Tons of accusations of sexism were made during the Primary, and most of them were a real stretch; but, the kind of sexist criticism targeted at Hillary's hair, Hillary's clothes, Hillary's makeup, Hillary's voice, and more, are never leveled against men. I mean, there was a story recently about McCain's $5000 a day makeup artist, who had to cover up his hideous 6 inch scar from his recurring cancer, but the item was hardly noticed and died a tractionless death. There certainly is a higher 'looks' bar for women. If Palin were the female equivalent of Fred Thompson, do you think we'd even know her name, even as the most popular governor of a cold state? Where would Golda Meir be if she had been a candidate in the good ole U.S. of A.?

Look, it's pretty discouragin', that beauty trumps intellect, lucky if you have both, but gosh darn, I'm not gonna let this get me down. I'm gonna keep readin' my books, and I sure do look forward to readin' the one about Sarah sometime soon, cause ya know it's in the works, you betcha.


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