Beware Palin's simplicity, duplicity and (yes) appeal

Should we be worried by Sarah? You betcha.

A month ago, we put Sarah Palin on the cover of the New Statesman with the line: "Palin Power: Why we should be scared of Sarah". Andrew Stephen and Sarah Churchwell writing in that issue are well worth a second read.

In the same vein, I recommend Joe Klein in the current issue of Time. Its dissection of Palin's simplicity, duplicity and -- significantly -- appeal is the best post-Tea Party analysis I've read.

Klein argues that the former governor of Alaska "hits the same mystic chords as [Bill] Clinton"; that she does "folksy far better than George W Bush"; and that in "an era when image almost always passes for substance" she is the (un)real deal.

No matter that the Tea Party speech this month was "inspired drivel, a series of distortions and oversimplifications, totally bereft of nourishing policy proposals". As Klein observes:

One might even argue that "you betcha" is American for "Yes, we can". At least, in a certain sort of America: the land of the simple truths, where nothing Barack Obama does makes sense.


Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 

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The section on climate change has already disappeared from the White House website

As soon as Trump was president, the page on climate change started showing an error message.

Melting sea ice, sad photographs of polar bears, scientists' warnings on the Guardian homepage. . . these days, it's hard to avoid the question of climate change. This mole's anxiety levels are rising faster than the sea (and that, unfortunately, is saying something).

But there is one place you can go for a bit of respite: the White House website.

Now that Donald Trump is president of the United States, we can all scroll through the online home of the highest office in the land without any niggling worries about that troublesome old man-made existential threat. That's because the minute that Trump finished his inauguration speech, the White House website's page about climate change went offline.

Here's what the page looked like on January 1st:

And here's what it looks like now that Donald Trump is president:

The perfect summary of Trump's attitude to global warming.

Now, the only references to climate on the website is Trump's promise to repeal "burdensome regulations on our energy industry", such as, er. . . the Climate Action Plan.

This mole tries to avoid dramatics, but really: are we all doomed?

I'm a mole, innit.