We Need an Institute to Study Sarah Palin

And George W. Bush should be the one to build it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2009 12:30 PM CST
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin talks about the state's health initiatives during a news conference in Anchorage, Alaska on Thursday Dec. 4, 2008.   (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

(Newser) – Dear George W. Bush: Instead of setting up some boring policy institute—there are already about 3,000 of them—why not spend your money on something important, like studying Sarah Palin. Set up the Institute for the Study of Sarah Palin, and “my check is in the mail,” writes Richard Cohen of the Washington Post. Such a place could study topics like how John McCain chose her—and why he hasn’t “repaired to a monastery and taken a vow of absolute silence,” in penance.

“The Institute for the Study of Sarah Palin might conclude that she represents the exact moment important Republicans gave up on democracy.” She was, no doubt, supposed to be a pretty puppet, controlled by her intellectual betters. Instead she’s now a celebrity demagogue. Republicans like her because they trust her to attack everything they hate. “The Palin Movement is fueled by high-octane bile, and it is worth studying for these reasons alone.”