Saturday, December 5, 2009

In favor of consistency

I don't support Andrew Sullivan's Trig Palin birth theories. I happen to believe that even politicians deserve some privacy, and so long as there is no hard evidence suggesting anything amiss, I don't think there should be any expectation that she should have to prove herself. The public does not have a right to know every personal detail about its public figures, and while Sullivan seems to think that the no privacy standard is acceptable, I see it as being a gateway toward legitimizing fringe theories by setting an unacceptably high level of disclosure. To put it briefly, as soon as Sully finds a flight attendant that says that Sarah and Bristol switched babies, I'll concede it's time for her to present evidence.

This being said, if Sarah is going to join into other birth certificate theories--if she thinks that its fair game to question other people on this matter without hard evidence--shouldn't she bite the bullet and release the Trig stuff? If she's going to apply that standard to others, why not to herself?

And, yes, this is a joke. Consistency and Palin are like oil and water. I think that endorsing birtherism will wind up being her equivalent of McCarthy's taking on of Eisenhower.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.