Between what is fast becoming chronic eye blinking, we marvel at the extent of popularity many in this country continue to bestow on former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Many are even pegging her as a presidential candidate in 2012.
What a joke if it wasn't for the very sad commentary it makes regarding many Americans' taste in contrived celebrities repeatedly and forever exposed as all window and no store.
In all reality, revering Sarah Palin is like voting Happy Gilmore into the PGA Hall of Fame. It's betting on Sponge Bob Square Pants in the Death Valley Marathon. It's adding Tiny Tim as lead vocalist for the Rolling Stones and then buying the CD.
To paraphrase the late, great George Gobel, the whole world's a tuxedo and she's a pair of brown shoes.
Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin from Wasilla, Alaska? THAT Sarah Palin?
The quitter in question (she bailed as governor of Alaska before her term was up) continues her 100-percent self-absorbed touring of America for fat fees to stump for Republicanism and fan the flames of her pseudo-celebrity to promote herself, her self-anointed spirit and grit, sit in on many TV talk shows and, oh yes, sell her book at $25 a pop to all her inexplicable groupies who must already claim ownership of the Brooklyn Bridge and a time share in Bronson.
Yes, this is Capitalistic America, and you are worth what anyone is willing to pay you. We know about her beauty and body, she has made sure of that. But where is her body of work? What is her body of work?
Palin's main schtick has been cozying up to FOX News and bashing the very media that has made her a household name. She found out that tactic works and it's now her calling card. She once had the gall to lambaste television's darling Katie Couric, herself a mystifying "deity" whose soul journalistic talent is to mimic the pioneering Jane Pauley and ask scripted questions of world and entertainment leaders a few minutes a day in just the absolute cutest way.
But when you're talking substance, Katie Couric is Shakespeare and Sarah Palin an alley wall graffitist.