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June 2, 2011

Juxtaposition of the Day: Palin’s (Not So) Inner Jew

(June 2, 2011. Screenshot/article/video via NBC New York.)

Palin Rolling Thunder 2

(May 29, 2011. Molly Riley/Reuters –  Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride, Washington, DC.)

Theological analysis welcome.

  • black dog barking

    Next stop, WWII reenactment with the Ohio congressional candidate that dressed up as a German SS officer. That Nazi bling is the best!

  • http://twitter.com/marcsobel marcsobel

    I love the expression on the first one.   No other American politician could give a look like that without being crucified, and not in the good way i.e. for her sins, not the sins of the world.

    I suppose it goes along with Teh Wink http://bit.ly/iFizfU
     
    Also, reminds me of the great Hymie Town http://bit.ly/j2HWBq and Jew York City http://bit.ly/m64rC9

    True story:  I knew a person who consistently referred to people who were Jewish as “From Long Island”  As in “She is from Long Island” meaning “She is Jewish” 

  • Enoch Root

    The thing I like about Sarah Palin is that she completely understands how to keep yourself in the public eye if you have zero legitimacy as a public figure. It’s almost revolutionary, really. Too bad she’s on the Dark Side.

    But really, she (or someone near her) understands the identity narrative. That is, bikers’ redemption narratives are always Christian. You can’t show up at a biker rally with a star of David and even play at belonging; it has to be a cross. In NYC… Don’t show up wearing a crucifix, because then you’re the same as the crazy street preacher on the corner. Wear a star of David if you’re Sarah Palin, because everyone expects you to be right-wing Christian, and you’ll throw them off guard with the star, and that serves your end.

    Brilliant. And evil.

  • TruGal

    I want someone to photoshop a picture with Palin’s head on the body of a Jewish woman in 1939 Berlin, forced to wear a SEWN-ON Star of David on her clothes. I’m appalled, as a Jew, by her “allegiance” to us. She supports Israel only insofar as it’s necessary for the “second coming” of her messiah. I cannot stand anyone who whores out religion.

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      Especially after exploiting the “blood libel” reference in her “Gabby
      Giffords defense.”

  • Anonymous

    I grew up among Nixon voters, so I can report that theirs is a different light spectrum altogether.  They see things we don’t; and conversely, they miss things we see clearly.  Moreover, when we see the same things there’s no guarantee we’re seeing them the way they see them.  Remember Nixon’s “Checkers Speech”?  We think it was laughably overdone, in fact shameless.  But Nixon voters thought it was a rare moment of sincerity shining through.  Eisenhower ended up putting Nixon on the ticket because of the Checkers speech.

    Palin’s Star of David is a good example of a symbol whose meaning varies depending on your point of view.  It doesn’t necessarily connote an identification with Jewishness, the way we might interpret it.  It could be a wink to the evangelicals who look for the restoration of the land of Israel as a necessary condition for the Second Coming of Jesus.  Or it could be nothing of great significance at all.  “When in New York, wear the Star of David necklace the supporter gave you; you won’t get to wear it in Utah.”

    Sarah Palin shares with Richard Nixon the quality that Tom Wicker described in his book, “One of Us.”  Nixon was a commoner, and so is Palin.  The fact that she’s essentially nobody drives people crazy – the same way Nixon drove ‘em crazy.

    • http://www.bagnewsnotes.com Michael Shaw

      The “evangelical wink” and the fundamentalist patronization of Israel is what I was going for in asking for “theological analysis.” Glad you hit on that.  

      There’s a great moment in  the HuffPo video from the previous “Palin biker” post, just before the HP interviewer guy gets his shot at Palin, where he asks a woman at the ride about why she likes SP. In completely frank language (which only comes through in allusions and code when Palin speaks, but which she pursues continuously), this woman lashed out at intellectuals that think they’re smarter than everybody else. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810889128 Molly Whipple Douthett

    Theological analysis? She doesn’t have a clue about either faith, save how to use them for votes or cash. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810889128 Molly Whipple Douthett

    Theological analysis? She doesn’t have a clue about either faith, save how to use them for votes or cash. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810889128 Molly Whipple Douthett

    Theological analysis? She doesn’t have a clue about either faith, save how to use them for votes or cash. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810889128 Molly Whipple Douthett

    Theological analysis? She doesn’t have a clue about either faith, save how to use them for votes or cash. 

  • tinwoman

    It is probably a souvenir from her trip to the Holy Land, I would guess.

    She was invited to speak in India…..she did no tourism in that great country, she just jetted off the moment she was done  to the Bible open-air fun park, which is what Israel is to fundies.

    She knows where she has to be photographed, and it ain’t with no idol-worshipping heathens.

    • glen

      I think this is the star that she bought to take with her and wear to the Holy Land.

      There are press stories that she tried to go shopping at an up-scale mall in India, but  it didn’t quite work out for her.

  • Ralph

    Just another accessory like the cross, flag pin, children, and motorcycles.  Will we ever (please God) see her in a burqa?

  • Ralph

    Just another accessory like the cross, flag pin, children, and motorcycles.  Will we ever (please God) see her in a burqa?

  • Anonymous

    Palin doesn’t have a “theology”, unless it is “god as personal butler”, always opening doors for her.

    What Palin does have is a need for props (including Tri-G and Piper) and costumes. Anyone doubting that she is mentally ill should Google “Sarah Palin and Barbara Walters” images, to find Sarah bizarrely copying the look of the older woman. On Oprah, Sarah wore strange “Nellie Olsen”-type curls and an uncharacteristic sweater set, announcing that she purposefully wanted to “look like” Oprah.

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