Palin-Huckabee 2012 and George Carlin

About 20 years ago, when George W. Bush’s father was president of the United States, George Carlin, in one of his stand-up routines, observed that there are three groups of dismaying people in this world, the first of which are those who are just “fuckin’ stupid.” Others, not being stupid, may in fact be smart, but are quite evidently “full of shit.” And still others are just flat-out “fuckin’ nuts.”

Carlin then wryly concluded that George Bush Sr.’s vice president, Dan Quayle, was all three: “stupid, full of shit, and fuckin’ nuts.”

And it occurred to me today that Sarah Palin is a contemporary incarnation of these three appellations and that she, like Dan Quayle in 1988, had also been placed as the number two figure on a national presidential ticket (by John McCain).

And that raises a question: what is it about the Republican Party of the past quarter century that it tends to put stupid, full of shit, and fuckin’ nuts people into that second slot? And when it’s not the second slot, the person advances to the first slot (as in George W. Bush).

What does this mean for 2012?

I think it means this: if a smart and sane person is on the verge of winning the Republican nomination (such as Mitt Romney, who, unfortunately, is nevertheless full of shit), then that person, to secure victory, will have to find a Sarah Palin-like figure to seal the deal with the Republican Party’s base.

And if, in this election cycle, the Republican Party base rejects its rational options—and, for now, I don’t see anybody else but Romney inhabiting the adult rational slot in the Republican Party—we’ll basically see, not one part of the ticket, but both parts—the presidential and vice-presidential candidate—who are quite evidently “stupid, full of shit, and fuckin’ nuts.”

Palin-Huckabee 2012?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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7 Responses to Palin-Huckabee 2012 and George Carlin

  1. andrewclunn says:

    Huckabee is stupid and crazy, but by no means full of shit. Smart, sane but full of shit is standard politicians (Obama for example). I’m hoping for the smart, honest, but crazy Ron Paul.

    • santitafarella says:

      Would that be the same Ron Paul who also denies the theory of evolution? If Ron Paul cannot think clearly about something so obvious—the earth is old and plants and animals change over time—why would you want him at the decision-making helm on other matters that are less obvious?

      And if you say that Ron Paul’s rejection of the theory of evolution is red meat for the Republican base, and he doesn’t really reject well established science in private, then he’s not particularly honest, is he?


      • andrewclunn says:

        Crap. I’ve been listening to Ron Paul’s videos and reading his writing, and because of the number of times I heard him talk about emergence, I just assumed he believed in evolution. I mean he didn’t signify that he didn’t in the hand raises “yes or no” evolution question from the Republican debate. So I went to check it out specifically and came on this:

        Crap. Now I have no likely candidates that I like… crap.

      • santitafarella says:


        Ron Paul continues to have his virtues. He’s just wrong about evolution. And it doesn’t bode well for his reasoning powers that he could be so simplistic, paranoid, and stupid about something so well grounded in science. Still, I’d vote for Ron Paul over the other whack jobs on offer in the Republican Party. He has been right on Iraq from day one.

        Are there any sane and moderate Republicans anymore? I would vote for McCain’s daughter if she ever ran for something. And I think George Bush’s wife is pro-choice and more moderate than her husband. But the Republican Party has undergone a purge: you’re either a libertarian, a right wing Herderian nationalist/authoritarian, or a religious fundamentalist. You might even be a mix of these things. But you have to be at least one of these in extremis to play in the Republican Party (it seems to me).


      • andrewclunn says:

        Wow. See just as I’m losing faith in Ron Paul, he does something like this:


      • santitafarella says:

        I watched the Ron Paul video—you’re right. It’s nice to see him standing up for information openness.


  2. jean-philippe says:

    Usually, the thing Conservatives do best is winning (while Liberals sob they were right).

    It would be magnificent to see the political equivalent of a face plant.

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