Facebook Prophet Hurls Another Lighting Bolt

It’s no longer surprising when Sarah Palin does the sort of thing she did yesterday: attacking Paul Ryan’s latest budget proposal as big-spending RINO liberal guff because it doesn’t instantly balance the federal budget, which she claims can be accomplished just by cutting “pork” and “kickbacks.” I wonder how many of the Republican candidates who are eagerly seeking her endorsement would go on record with that assessment of Ryan and his work.

As it happens, I finally got to see the famous HBO movie Game Change last night thanks to one of those cable “watchathon” or “watchaganza” or whatever-it’s-called windows where the premium channels are briefly ungated. There were a lot of interesting and hilarious and even touching moments in the flick, but what I wasn’t expecting was how clearly Palin was depicted as the perfect social media figure: interested only in brief, snarky communications with adoring fans spiced up with brief, snarky attacks on The Enemy. Many have wondered how and why she declined from being a statewide elected official and vice presidential nominee to her current status as a fringe figure with a cult following who occasionally hurls thunderbolts on her Facebook page (or perhaps at Breitbart, her peanut gallery). I’d say she’s now right in her comfort zone.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.