Monday, January 28, 2013

Goodbye to Sarah Palin the Britney Spears of Politics

When Sarah Palin burst on the political scene in 2008 the first reaction was "who?" The second was she was kind of hot for a politician. The third was how did someone with such limited intelligence make it so far? She was still vaguely hot for a politician. Just ignorant and not very nice.



Palin may not have become VP thank God, but her ability to fascinate continued "People loved her. People hated her. She had transcended the narrow bounds of politics to become a larger-than-life figure, the woman portrayed by Tina Fey, the mama grizzly from Alaska. Evey journalist in the country knew that if you put Palin's name in an online headline or television segment, your clicks and ratings would soar," commented Howard Kurtz of CNN.

Palin didn't seek the Republican nomination for the 2012 election, but she remained a media superstar. Fox News snapped her up as a pundit on a contract reported to be more than $1 million a year. There was a best-selling book in 2009. A Kardashian-like effect (that's a polite term for the Black Death) seemed to take over with obscure family members being given a slice of flitting stardom when daughter Bristol appeared on Dancing With The Stars.

And then Palin inexplicably plummeted like the Mad Hatters' Tea Party that gave her its rabid backing. Recently her Fox contract was low balled and there was an amicable parting of the ways. Palin had suddenly become a nobody from Alaska again, although probably a richer one than before.



The Palin story makes me think of Britney Spears for some reason. In 1999 Britney was the biggest thing since sliced bread, although I have to wonder at that expression. What's so big about sliced bread these days? It's just normal.

Still Britney could no nothing wrong then but for the past decade she's been able to do nothing right, being embroiled in a series of low grade Lindsay Lohan antics.

This is the reason why I have decided to eschew fame; I simply couldn't take the slide to obscurity. Of the two I feel the most for Britney. Maybe I'll do a good deed for Britney like following her on Twitter.



This song is Britney at her prime. I had forgotten about it for the longest time but looking again at the vid. I am shocked at how risque it is.






14 comments:

  1. Doesn't Britney look awkward in that photo? She does not look like she's enjoying herself.

    I am not missing Sarah Palin's absence in the media. Not one bit. :)

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    1. yes Sarah - think she's creeped out by a British fan lol :) but she made things more interesting..

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  2. I'm just so glad that both Britney's and Sarah's 15 minutes of fame is over. Both are wretched.

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    1. you are a fan JoJo? - looking back I think Britney had it for a while..can't say the same foe Sarah

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  3. I've just read this in rationalwiki: 'Through some sick cosmic joke, Sarah Palin's genealogy reveals that she is distantly related to both Princess Diana and Franklin D. Roosevelt'. :-D Actually, it makes sense when you think about that.

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    1. It does - wow Starla - would have thought she would trace her tree back to a moose somewhere.

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  4. I think Britney in her prime was in 2000, during the OIDIA period. In 2002, cracks started to emerge. In 2003, it collapsed. I know this because I was a devoted member of the Britney Spears Fan Club for five years and followed her career like a federal agent.

    Anyway, I love that you posted a Britney video to your blog. We're getting more and more like twins every day!

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    1. glad you liked the vid Jen - never knew you were such a fan. Yes twins Jen, not identical maybe :)

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  5. You mean Britney has been acting up again? I had no idea. I thought she found her bearings after Mel Gibson took her under his wing. These young female performers are balanced on a tightrope. I wish her well.

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    1. yeees Gorilla - there's certainly a tightropey thing going on.

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  6. I always felt sorry for Britney. She is the same age as my oldest daughter so I just felt momma-like towards her. I watched XFactor purposely to see how she would do. It was horrid. She was horrid.

    For one evening here in Minneapolis I watched Sarah Palin and thought maybe. Then it all fell to shit when she went shopping in our downtown and was a dumbass.

    That's not the real reason she crumbled for me, but it made a good thought since she did shop in our downtown and was a shit.

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  7. Britney really did plummet, much further down than Sarah. Of course, Sarah didn't make it as high up as Brit did either. I don't feel for her, though, because I think she's an idiot.

    xoRobyn

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  8. I think Britney is hotter than Palin. Especially now I've reunited myself with that video. I wouldn't be able to to slide down the slippery slope to B celeb with issues either. As for sliced bread, well, isn't the thing to buy unsliced granary now? That's what the cool, posh folks do who wear barber jackets in Waitrose!

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    1. ah Barber jackets and Waitrose, suddenly I'm nostalgic

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