Saint Sarah, Doyenne of the Delusional

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Lisa Miller's "Saint Sarah" cover story at Newsweek makes me wonder if Palin will whine about the photo, as she did about the last one:


There is a nice discussion of the cover story (subtitled "What Palin's appeal to conservative Christian women says about feminism and the future of the Religious Right") along with images of her three previous Newsweek covers, at GetReligion. The article was so disastrous a train wreck that I wondered momentarily if the NewsMax bid to buy Newsweek had succeeded already, and I missed it. This line

To millions of women, Palin's authenticity makes her a sister in arms

suggests that millions of women are delusional, this one

To a smaller number, she is a prophet, ordained by God for a special role in the cosmic battle against the forces of evil.

implies that some are clinically insane, and this claim

Palin [is] in a position to reshape and reinvigorate the religious right, one of the most powerful forces in American politics. The Christian right is now poised to become a women's movement--and Sarah Palin is its earthy Jerry Falwell.

makes me question the author's understanding of the phrase "women's movement." Is she suggesting that the Religious Right is becoming pro-feminist? Here's another doozy:

Like many evangelicals, [Vicki] Garza [who owns a marketing firm in Dallas] believes a great cosmic battle is underway for the soul of America and that Palin has been singled out by God for leadership...

Statements like "leftist critics continue to shred Palin as a cynical, shallow, ill-informed opportunist" [Really? I wonder why?] build to an interesting conclusion:

Palin has her faults, but the left is partially to blame for her ascent. Its native mistrust of religion, of conservative believers in particular, left the gap that Palin now fills.

We're to blame?! Because we pointed out McCain's poor judgment in selecting such an unqualified, inexperienced, ignorant, anti-intellectual fabulist? (Somehow, the "liberal" corporate media think that everything is the Left's fault--especially when we're pointing out the Right's errors.)

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