Sarah Palin, who has often been the subject of left-wing scorn and hate, has found herself a rather unusual defender. Jerry Springer, the tabloid TV host and liberal politician, has admonished his fellow lefties about their attitude toward Palin.
According to the Daily Caller:
“‘I think where liberals may be doing the wrong thing is when they try to make fun of her because they’re making fun of a large section of America that has those fundamental beliefs that she has,’ he continued. ‘And I think that’s dangerous. I don’t think that’s right to do. So I can honestly disagree with her, but I would never say anything disrespectful of her.'”
Jerry Springer is not going to be on the Palin for President bandwagon by any means. But the fact that Springer, who achieved world-wide fame with a TV show that featured freaks and weirdos, has become the voice of reason where Sarah Palin is concerned is a commentary on our times. Springer has not changed. It is just that so many other people in the media have become so much worse.
From savage attacks in the wake of the Tucson shooting to leaks from an unpublished and possibly unpublishible tell-all book from a disgruntled former aid, the hate that has come Palin’s way seems to have exceeded that directed at Osama Bin Laden, Ahmadinejad, and Muammar Gaddafi combined. Palin has achieved this level of ire without killing anyone or threatening to start any wars or terrorist attacks.
One has wondered what the hockey mom from Wasilla has done to deserve all of this. Is being conservative, religious, and telegenic at the same time really that threatening? It apparently seems to be.
For Jerry Springer to sit up and take notice how over the top this is and focus on the dangers of it says something. It may mean that the level of attacks on Sarah Palin has started to jump the shark (or nuke the fridge, depending on one’s favorite reference) and are threatening to backfire. No one, after all, can be that evil, stupid, uneducated, and threatening all at the same time.
Will the left heed to the sound wisdom of Jerry Springer? Somehow it will take more than that to mitigate the steady bombardment of rage that the very mention of Palin seems to have caused ever since she rose to national fame in the 2008 elections. The problem is that Palin may be elected president before the hate burns itself out, which will result in great profits for mental health professionals and the purveyors of booze and valium.
Sources: Jerry Springer to fellow liberals: Making fun of Palin ‘the wrong thing to do’ and ‘dangerous’, Jeff Poor, Daily Caller, February 25th, 2011
Sarah Palin Makes Response to Tucson Massacre Controversy, Mark R. Whittington, Associated Content, January 12th, 2011
Former Palin aide hawking tell-all book, Ed Morrissey, Hot Air, February 22nd, 2011