It’s time once again for The Future American’s FAIL OF THE WEEK! Every Saturday, I name a person or group who has spent the past seven days behaving in a particularly idiotic way. Since it’s my belief that idiocy knows no politics, nobody is safe.
This week’s fail was brought to you by ex-First Dude Todd Palin, husband of former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). Normally I don’t discuss the family members of politicians, but if they involve themselves in their political affairs, they’re ripe for snarking. (I typically refer to the governor by her last name, so for the sake of clarity, we’ll call Todd “The Dude.”)
I once wrote that candidates should be able to sign off on endorsements before the endorser even thinks about stumping for the candidate. I’m sure Senate candidate Joe Miller (R-AK) is wishing he could right now. He became an unofficial guest at the Tea Party after Palin endorsed him. In interviews, however, he declined to speculate on her presidential qualifications except to note that a) she met the Constitutional ones, which unfortunately don’t require the president to know stuff, and b) she’s better than President Obama.
Not exactly a ringing recommendation thar. The Dude got into all this after firing off an e-mail to Miller:
[The Dude] wrote that his wife had put herself “on the line for Joe and yet he can’t answer a simple question. . . . Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works, is it to be completely one sided . . . Sarah spent all morning working on a Face book (sic) post for Joe, she won’t use it, not now.”
The Dude seems to think that receiving an endorsement from someone automatically compels you to endorse them back. This mentality may be what led a few conservatives to accuse Obama of being a socialist because of a number of socialist groups endorsing him. (What, they expected them to go for the GOP? Please.) Clearly Miller doesn’t completely hate Palin, because he didn’t tell her to fuck off after she came out for him. If I were running for office and she did that, I would tell her to fuck off. Publicly. And it would be awesome.
The key message of Miller’s actions is this: “I appreciate Palin’s efforts at energizing the Republican base, but I feel there are better representatives of the party who would be more qualified for office.” The Dude might take this as a hint to buy her a goddamn book for their next anniversary.
And as for Palin. Is her belief in candidates so easily broken that all they have to do is annoy her to get her to shut up? Actually, when I put it that way, maybe that is what Miller wanted. Smart move, sir.