At some point during the failed administration of George W. Bush, I wrote that only a terribly flawed political system could allow someone like him to become President.
Then Sarah Palin came along, proving the system is not only flawed but out of control.
Palin officially left her office as governor of Alaska Sunday, leaving the job a year early because, she claimed, she could do more for Alaska as a private citizen.
Actually, she did a lot for her home state by quitting. Even a state as loony as Alaska deserves better than Sarah Palin.
Yet Palin leaves office a national, but fading, political figure. She became one overnight when John McCain, desperate to jump start his brain-dead Presidential campaign, picked her to be his running mate in the 2008 elections.
McCain’s foolishness in picking Palin and the series of incredible missteps that led to her selection are public record now and the tawdry tale of how a flake from Alaska ended up on a national Presidential ticket will keep political science students laughing for years.
Granted, vice presidential selections often defy logic: Dan Quayle and Spiro Agnew come to mind immediately. Sometimes, a pick that seems truly out there pays off: Harry S. Truman is a good example.
But no amount of rationalization can justify placing a certifiable idiot like Sarah Palin in a position where all that could have stood in the way of her becoming President would have been an aging political dinosaur with a questionable health record.
Still, there she was, the new darling of the Grand Old Party, the closest thing Republicans could muster as a sex symbol, gushing out verbal diarrhea like "you betcha" at every opportunity.
Even worse, some Republicans actually believed this bimbo was Presidential material. Some considered her the front runner for the GOP nomination in 2012.
Democrats should be so lucky. As Barack Obama continues to flounder in a job that may exceed his more capable skills, the thought of running against Sarah Palin could be the one thing that gives him a second term.
Won’t happen. Recent polls show Republicans, clueless as they may be, are falling out of lust with Sarah Palin. Eventually, even the party of the elephant can’t stomach a loser.
Like so many politicians of recent vintage, Sarah Palin leaves office under a cloud of ethics investigations and questions about misuse of power and money. She has a book deal but these days everybody has a book deal and few ever turn into best sellers.
She says she will continue to fight for what she believes.
That’s the problem. The only thing Sarah Palin believes in is her own megalomaniac fantasy about herself.
Others, not even the mental midgets who run the Republican Party, still buy her act.