Sarah Palin slammed community organizers as a way to get to Barack Obama this week, saying, “I guess a small town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities!”
Har, har, chortle chortle. That’s funny, until you realize what a mess Sarah Palin made out of her responsibilities as mayor. When she became mayor, Wasilla had a balanced budget. When Palin left the position of mayor, Wasilla was in deficit spending, and tens of millions of dollars in debt. This debt came in spite of the fact that Sarah Palin fired people and cut important municipal services left and right. Sarah Palin didn’t live up to her mayoral responsibilities.
As community organizer, Barack Obama had a lot of responsibilities, including the burden of being responsible for helping people find work and get back on their feet again in the face of abandonment by corrupt business interests. Barack Obama left his community better than he found it. Sarah Palin did not.
Oh, but all of this is just so much babble to right wing Sarah Palin supporters. They’re deaf to reason and blind to facts. They’re looking for some entertainment, and some zippy one-liners to help them decide who to vote for.
So, let’s give them a zippy one-liner. Jesus was a community organizer, and Pontius Pilate was a governor.
Well, I know it’s not a logical argument. Unfortunately, right wing evangelicals don’t have much respect for logical arguments. They like quoting scripture – so, okay, let’s give ’em scripture.
It dazzles them. It hypnotizes them. Say “Jesus” in combination with a political argument, and an evangelical Sarah Palin supporter is defenseless. You know it’s true, so use this Achilles heel to advantage, with the bumper sticker and t-shirt you see here.
Seriously, let’s have a little compassion for poor old Sarah Palin. She was just reading from a script. It’s not as if she thought up that insult to community organizers herself.