The video PA and others posted yesterday, The Battle Hymn of Sarah Palin, contains the line "Sarah Palin has the wisdom to walk through an open door." In the video below on The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur and a colleague go through the entire song. Then they take a look at the lyrics:
The "open door" line actually has important context. This is from a week after the 2008 election, in one of Palin's first post-election interviews:
So, these people, keyed up on their song, dedicated to "The Tea Party and all their patriots," have - in this country western homily, evangelical church-attending, pre-2010 election environment - not only declared their fealty to the Palin-inspired meme that God will, as Palin beseeched in the November 2008 interview, "open a door" for Sarah, they've managed to sneak the metaphor past one of the sharper progressive commentators without notice.
Cenk says, "I'll tell you what, she can walk through a door - OK - she really can."
Palin had said "God, if there is an open door for me somewhere - this is what I always pray - don't let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is. Even if it's cracked open a little bit, maybe I'll plow right on through. Maybe prematurely plow through it, but don't let me miss an open door - in '12 or four years later. ...... I'll plow through that door."
Uygur's misreading of Palin's coded text, conveyed back through a couple of her acolytes, isn't entirely surprising. But Cenk's staff might have googled "Sarah Palin God, if there is an open door for me somewhere" before producing their segment on the seemingly inane lyrics.
People, like Max Blumenthal, Outside atheist and anti-theocracy bloggers, and some of the Alaska bloggers, have made important observations about those November 2008 lines, and have followed their embedment into her riffs and into the reactions of evangelicals, fundamentalists and charismatic Christians and Christianists to Palin's ascendancy. It was longtime anti-Christianist and milita movement expert, David Neiwert, who brought this video to light the other day at Crooks & Liars.
On one level, the Battle Hymn of Sarah Palin is hilarious. On others, it is clearly ominous to some of us. More people need to take her Christianist sub-texts seriously. She will be doing more of this in the coming weeks, and will be trying to tie it into more statements designed to heighten media attention to her upcoming visit to Israel.