You know that lady who seems to think she has it all figured out, who is so quick to offer a word of advice to anyone who will listen about how they should be raising their kids or how to cook a turkey or properly wear a sweater? You know who I’m talking about.
If American politics were a small, tight-knit community, Sarah Palin would be that lady.
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the day we are all supposed to stop and reflect on the sacrifices many Americans have made in the struggle for equality, Palin decided that was the optimal time to get racist.
On her Facebook page, she posted an open message to President Obama:
“Mr. President, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all who commit to ending any racial divide, no more playing the race card.”
Where does this come from? It’s so random and pointless; it just feeds the fire of accusations that knee-jerk Republicans will take any opportunity to needle Obama for any reason, even the most irrelevant and offensive.
It might go back to 2008—when Palin was on the ticket for Vice President, you know, when she almost mattered—and the McCain campaign accused Obama of “playing the race card.”
But c’mon Palin, that was six years ago. You lost the election. You’re not even governor of the whitest state in the union anymore. Let it go.
What’s worse is that in her dig at Obama—thinly veiled with a corresponding quote by MLK and a call to eradicate racial divides—Palin just comes off as racist.
Nobody needed to bring Obama’s race into this. It really shouldn’t be an issue. Obama, for any critique anyone might have about him, really isn’t the kind of guy who uses his race as a tool. The whole thing is just unwarranted bullying—over race—which might as well be the definition of racism.
Naturally, many of use would be more than happy to see Sarah Palin go the way of pogs, or slap-wraps, or shoulder pads. Let’s do it. Let’s just stop talking about her. Maybe she’ll go away.