Sarah Palin spoke Saturday evening in Anaheim California. She appealed to California voters to vote for some sort of change. Her definitions of what that might mean were vague.
They always are.
A couple of things troubled me about her speech. The first was that this was one of the best stump speeches she has given. Her voice projected well, though it grated at first. As the audience warmed, though, she seemed to reach a new level of resonance with her worshippers, not seen since her appearances around this time two years ago.
I thought, "she's changed her meds." Maybe, maybe not. But she has found a way to dig more deeply into the negativity and frustration she's learned to channel.
The second troubling thing was the way the crowd seemed to be responding. Especially to her key words, thrown in there from time to time, that get the Christianists to have to ejaculate adulation to their Queen.
Ex-Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is going to be in the media a lot over the next few days, promoting the upcoming second season of his conspiracy theory cable TV series. Like Palin, he's a bit of a gadfly. Unlike Palin, he's essentially an honest person, and wants to chart his own course. As an ex-professional wrestler, he knows faux rogue far better than most, including the Crazy Woman.
His pessimism is informed and nuanced. Palin's optimism is fake and seemingly somewhat drug-induced.
Here's Gov. Ventura: