The whole diatribe is worth a read.
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Like soul brother Beck, Sarah Palin has moonshot herself into a zero-gravity zone that is beyond parody, where brazen self-caricature takes on the bold outlines of cartoon stardom and nothing she does perturbs her fan base. They have adopted her as their mommy savior and the ridicule and criticism she receives only endear her more to the faithful, proof of how much she gets under liberals’ prickly skin. With each new iteration of herself (tweeter, best-selling author, Fox News political analyst, Facebook avenger), Palin becomes more of an infotainment fembot, an irresistible force impervious to the political rules that hamstring lesser phonies. Had Al Gore or John Kerry made the gaffe Palin made over the Korean conflict (“Obviously, we have got to stand with our North Korean allies”), it would have been pin-the-tail-on-their-donkey-butts for weeks, whereas for Palin it’s just another dot in the pointillism of her ongoing cavalcade. Palin’s worst enemies have never been David Letterman, the “lamestream media,” or Katie Couric but her own insatiability for attention, a narcissism with no Off button or volume knob. With her reality series on TLC, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, “Snowflake Snooki” (as she is known on some liberal sites) may have extended her brand a bridge too far. The huge ratings of her debut program plummeted 40 percent for the second, and, tellingly, conservative publications normally in her camp ridiculed her gooey, ungovernable ego. In The Weekly Standard (whose editor, William Kristol, was one of the original talent scouts who discovered Palin), Matt Labash wrote, “It’s hard to tell sometimes where Sarah ends and Alaska begins. The Last Frontier of Alaska is as wild and untamed as Sarah Palin’s ambitions. So it makes sense that Sarah loves Alaska, because loving Alaska is like loving herself. And that’s what Sarah Palin’s Alaska is really about: self-love.” One pitfall with becoming a reality-TV star is that reality doesn’t always stick to the script, as Palin’s co-star on one episode, Kate Gosselin of TLC’s ill-fated Jon & Kate Plus 8, can attest. Gosselin was undone by her husband’s infidelity. Palin, a control freak in the very BB-gun pellets of her eyes, politically can’t afford to have her entire family go Kardashian. America can accept one teenage daughter of a family-values candidate getting pregnant out of wedlock, but two looks careless, as Oscar Wilde might say. If Willow becomes round yon virgin with child, kiss 2012 buh-bye.