Just when we thought the Arizona Freak Show couldn't get any more grotesque, Sarah Palin buys a $1.7 million house near Hayden Road and Dynamite "Boulevard" in north Scottsdale. Apparently the title release came through a robo-signed (fraudulent) procedure. The Kooks write better real-life material than I could invent. The New York Times did a whimsical piece on "neighborly advice for the Palins," including wear sunscreen and watch for rattlesnakes. But it made north Scottsdale sound like a real community, which it's not. In fact, she'll fit right in with the white-apartheid culture there, where people don't want to know their neighbors, fear going south of Bell Road, shout down opposing views in city council meetings and live somewhere else for most of the year. The shocker would have been if she had bought a hundred-year-old bungalow in the Phoenix historic districts.
She will find simpatico "neighbors" who believe the banking panic was caused by the socialist Community Reinvestment Act, that America is under siege from Mexican immigration, which somehow just happened despite the resistance by the God-fearing Anglos, and the Patriot Act is too politically correct. Her motorcade can take her to outer-belt chain book stores for signings. Maybe Russell Pearce can get an audience. Maybe she can get an audience with the Badged Ego. One must wonder what Sen. John McCain, R-Fox News, must think. From the authoritative reporting of the presidential campaign, it seems the two didn't get along. McCain is rarely in the state anyway. Not for nothing did daughter Meghan flee to a bachelorette pad in west Hollywood.
Will Palin run for Jon Kyl's Senate seat? She could win it, no question. She's with her base now, far more than in Alaska where her half term as governor left much bad blood. Will she use Arizona as a base from which to launch a presidential campaign for 2012? Why should we care? Alas, we must. She is able to galvanize the white-right in a way no other Republican can. The fact that she has no accomplishments and plays up her arrogant ignorance makes no difference (here's a recent example). Far from being a liability in today's America, it is an asset.
Meanwhile, corporate profits are at a record, the banksters are back at their rackets, real reform on a host of fronts has been stymied and the military state continues to grow. One can almost sense the fix is in.
Which brings us back to Palin. She'd be a perfect replacement for Kyl, who did nothing for Arizona in all his years in the Senate, with the somewhat exception of helping settle tribal water rights that had to be addressed anyway. But the Senate would bore Palin. If being chief executive of a state wasn't enough, imagine her as one of 100. So will she run for president? We scribes can only hope. She could go far in the Republican primaries. Frank Rich was worried that the wrong combination of events could even put her in the White House. It would serve us right.
Sarah Palin of Scottsdale. How appropriate.