What I should do is ignore this, for my peace of mind, for my sense of ethical superiority, but I can’t help it. I love to hate Sarah Palin, so when I came across Nancy Franklin’s article in The New Yorker, deriding Palin’s new reality TV show, I, of course, read the whole thing. And though acknowledging the show and even spending the time to blog about a biased review I read only perpetuates Palin’s horrible fame,
’s article helped me understand exactly what irritates me most about that wily snake-woman and her frightening potential to run the United States: Franklin
“When it comes to Palin specifically, there is the fundamental problem that some of us don’t want to see or hear any more of her than we have to. And there are those whose objections have a physiological basis as well as an ideological one: the pitch and timbre of her voice, the rhythms of her speech, her syntax, and the way she coats acid and incoherence with cheery musical inflections join together in a sickening synergy that distresses the listener, triggering a fight-or-flight reaction.”
I hope this assessment was a clarifying for you as it was for me.