GOLUB: Joan Walsh and Sarah Palin, a study in contrasts

Salon columnist Joan Walsh is obsessed with Sarah Palin. She needs to get herself a life. Photo: AP

SACRAMENTO, June 19, 2013 — Joan Walsh needs a significant other in her life, or maybe a dog. Whatever she needs, she needs it soon. Her continued, perpetual outrage over former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is producing enough hot air to cause real climate change.

Walsh writes for Salon. That sounds like a magazine about hair and manicures, but the name may be a nod to the oh-so-sophisticated gatherings of the 19th century’s idle elites to pose and discuss the deep issues of the day for their own amusement. “Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family estates of the Bonapartes. But I warn you, if you don’t tell me that this means war, if you still try to defend the infamies and horrors perpetrated by that Antichrist — I really believe he is Antichrist — I will have nothing more to do with you …”

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Walsh must fancy herself another Anna Pavlovna. Her columns are screeds demonizing Republicans as dumb, evil, racist white people ― she’d undoubtedly call them Antichrists and Bonapartists if her audience were less modern.

Walshites hate conservatives, especially minority conservatives. They loathe pro-life female conservatives, since for liberal women, politics is all about abortion. And abortion isn’t just politics, it’s a religion, complete with inquisitions and heretics. Abortion is an article of faith, so those who disagree aren’t just wrong or misguided; they are evil. A man can be an infidel about it, but a woman who disagrees is a heretic and has to be wiped out.

Conservatives worry about al-Qaeda; Walshite liberals obsess over a wife and mother who wants to preserve lives, not see them blown apart by terrorists.

Palin’s latest sin is returning to Fox News as an analyst. A private citizen accepted an offer from a private organization to offer opinions on issues, just as Walsh does, but to a much smaller audience and for much lower pay. Naturally, Walsh doesn’t see this as just business, but as an expression of deep-seated bigotry. If Fox wants Palin as an analyst, and if Palin is willing to accept, it’s only because both sides see the opportunity to tap into a tide of racism: “Palin’s star really is rising again, at a time of heightened racial insecurity on the white far-right.”

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The insecurity is economic, not racial. People need jobs, and neither the Caucasian or the black half of President Obama has been able to create them.

“[S]he could become the face of the white nativist backlash.”

She wants low taxes and dead terrorists, in keeping with mainstream conservatism since Edmund Burke.

“using her trademark sex appeal. You kind of have to see it ― her hair has never been bigger …”

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Attacking Palin’s hair? Are we in junior high school? Feminists scream sexism when men notice their looks, but Walsh is a master at cattiness and degrading her sisters.

Why is Walsh obsessed with Palin in ways that make Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction seem like a friendly neighbor? Why does she spend every column attacking others rather than write something positive about anything?

Most importantly, why not just ignore Walsh?

Walsh should not be ignored. She is a bully, and the only way to deal with bullies is to confront them head on.

Sarah Palin has a husband who adores her. Thousands of other men envy him the role of “First Dude.” She has lovely children. The Palins are part of a happy, normal, stable family ― at least as normal as you can be when you live in public and have people like Walsh hiding under your bed. The Palins have their ups and downs. Normal is far from perfect, but at the end of the day, they know that they have a family that loves them and has their backs.

Were Palin’s personal life not the subject of lurid fascination, speculation and entertainment for people like Walsh, it would be unkind and irrelevant to point out that Walsh is 54 years old, and there is no indication in any of her online bios that she has a personal life. 

Palin has held jobs that came with heavy responsibility. She ran Alaska, and before that was a successful mayor. Walsh, according to her own Wikipedia page, has never held a job that came with any executive responsibility.

Palin defends America and respects the nobility of all individuals. Walsh blames white people for every problem in society while making money spreading racial poison. She is every bit the race hustler that her MSNBC colleague Al Sharpton is, only without the occasionally amusing sense of humor.

Palin has friends of all stripes. Walsh invents black friendships to inoculate herself from charges of racism, only to have those black people deny that they are her friends.

Palin recognizes no ceilings in her life, always looking for and finding new opportunities. Walsh has hit her own ceiling, and seems to confuse tearing others down with climbing higher. Perhaps a significant other would do her no good. Attack dogs do not play well with humans.

Somebody should confiscate her paycheck to relieve her of her guilt of being over-privileged and useless. Then throw her a bone. Palin is too busy happily leading her life to do it herself.


Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”

Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS. 

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Eric Golub

Eric Golub is a politically conservative Jewish blogger, author, public speaker, and comedian. His book trilogy is “Ideological Bigotry,” “Ideological Violence,” and  “Ideological Idiocy.” 

He is Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1990. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Judaism, and his MBA from USC. A stockbrokerage professional since 1994, he began blogging on March 11th, 2007, the three year anniversary of the Madrid bombings and the midpoint of 9/11. He has been inflicting his world view on his unfortunate readers since then. He blogs about politics Monday through Friday, and about football and other human interest items on weekends.



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