By the beard of Zeus!
David Plotz is an old friend of mine. But this just proves the folks at Slate have completely and totally lost their minds thanks to Sarah Palin. Guys, push away from the keyboard and take a walk around the block. From Slate:
I rarely remember my dreams, but for the past week, GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin has been haunting me. Night after night, she appears in my dreams, always as a scolding, ominous figure.
When I mentioned my Palin dreams to Slate colleagues, they volunteered their own. One Obama-supporting colleague dreamed she had urged her young son to kill Palin with a string bean. Another dreamed she was at a fashion show and Palin served her crème fraîche on little scooped corn chips. A third says, “In the Sarah Palin dream I keep having, she has superhuman powers but is not really a person at all. In fact, she is more like the weather with glasses and an up-do, pushing clouds around and pitching lightning bolts.”
I suspect we are not unusual. Palin has gripped the American imagination in a way that seems designed to burrow into our dream lives. Palin’s supermom abilities provoke envy and anxiety in women, especially other working mothers. Her instant celebrity and dazzling speech have panicked Obama supporters who thought they had the election in the bag. And then there’s her sex appeal. A couple of conservative men I know have mentioned that they’ve been having sexual fantasies about the Alaska governor. I’m sure they’re not alone.
Update: From one of my most reliably snarky leftwing readers:
Subject: Holy mother of mercy, I actually agree with you…
on that “Obsess Much?” post. If I was a political blogger, which I’m
not, mostly, I would advise my fellow liberals to chill the hell out.
McCain/Palin is entirely beatable…if you don’t go about trying to do
it in a downright lunatic way. Airing idiotic fantasies of Palin-
assassination-by-string-bean, and what have you, is suicide, plain and
simple. Thank you, Mr. Plotz.