NO PSYCHOANALYSIS NECESSARY…. We didn’t really need new evidence to tell us former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R) isn’t popular, but we got some this week anyway. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows only 19% of the country with a favorable view of the Alaskan television personality.

The Wall Street Journal‘s James Taranto acknowledged Palin’s detractors this week, but asked, “Why does their hatred of her burn so hot?”

Ask them, and they’ll most likely tell you: Because she’s a moron. But that is obviously false.

And from there, Taranto launches into a 1,500-word exploration, intending to explain why the vast majority of Americans find Palin offensive. His rationale is a doozy.

For example, we apparently disapprove of Palin because she spent “too many years at inferior state universities,” leading us to “resent her” having “risen above her station.”

Remember, Taranto is quite serious about this.

He then starts exploring modern gender-based attitudes.

This unhinged hatred of Palin comes mostly from women…. We’d say this goes beyond mere jealousy. For many liberal women, Palin threatens their sexual identity, which is bound up with their politics in a way that it is not for any other group (possibly excepting gays, though that is unrelated to today’s topic). […]

Sarah Palin’s opposition to abortion rights is a personal affront, and a deep one. It doesn’t help that Palin lives by her beliefs. To the contrary, it intensifies the offense.

And what of men who find Palin offensive?

It seems to us that it is of decidedly secondary importance. Liberal men put down Palin as a cheap way to score points with the women in their lives, or they use her as an outlet for more-general misogynistic impulses that would otherwise be socially unacceptable to express.

Liberal women are the active, driving force behind hatred of Sarah Palin, while liberal men’s behavior is passive and manipulative. In this respect, feminism has succeeded in reversing the traditional sexual stereotypes.

Yes, the Wall Street Journal actually published all of this psychobabble.

Chait said it reads like “a really bad undergraduate Women’s Studies paper.” Nonsense. I’ve read bad undergraduate Women’s Studies papers, which are Shakespearean in comparison to Taranto’s tirade.

Is it really that hard to understand why most Americans would be bothered by Palin’s conspicuous unintelligence, narrow-minded conservatism, and desperation to pit Americans against one another? It seems to me psychoanalysis is wholly unnecessary.

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