I’ve now had a chance to read quite a lot of Sarah Palin’s new book, and I must say: I’m quite enjoying it. It’s like a huge irony fiesta, a huge display of non-self-knowledge. For example, on p. 111, Palin approvingly quotes a paragraph from a letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams. It has no footnote, so I don’t know if the quote is accurate, but still – listen:
“It should be your care, therefore, and mine to elevate the mind of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue.”
Yes, truly, if there is anything I associate with Palin more than excellence in every capacity and faculty – more even than her contempt of meanness and abhorrence of injustice – it is her commitment to industry and plain hard work.
You are left to wonder: are Palin’s ghostwriters making fun of her?