There is a rumor that Sarah Palin may actually be chosen as Time Magazine's "Person of the Year."
If true I can only assume that Time Warner has decided that it is better to allow their brand to be attached to the catastrophic Sarah Palin, for the short term sideshow style attention they will garner, than to protect their journalistic integrity going forward.
If my sources are correct this will be another love letter to the Grizzled Mama on par with the embarrassing ass kissing delivered by The New York Times.
And if the blurb about her, written by Adam Sorenson no less, is any indication the article might in fact read like a kind of political soft porn.
For all the talk of a conservative revival this election year, the movement in 2010 has lacked a true leader — a personality big and bold enough to rally the disparate wings of the Republican Party under one flag. Sarah Palin thinks she can fill that role, but she won't get it without a fight. Maternal chieftain of the Mama Grizzlies, the former Alaska governor spent the past year playing queenmaker in a bevy of midterm races, not to mention working on her next blockbuster book and a reality show for TLC. With the power to electrify the base, cow the Establishment, incense the opposition and razz the "lamestream media" with a single tweet, Palin stands alone atop the modern GOP as its most dynamic and divisive figure. And though she continues to play coy about her 2012 intentions, there are many indications that she aspires to put her mojo to use in the next presidential race.
Hang on a second I have to choke back my bile. Yuck, tastes horrible.
There is an opportunity for you to express your opinion before the final decision is made by going here to vote. But be aware that the publishers, while inviting your participation, do not feel bound by the point of view expressd by those who take the time to vote.
Take a look at this year's candidates (listed in alphabetical order) and give them your rating — though TIME's editors who choose the actual Person of the Year reserve the right to disagree
Currently Palin is ranked number 10, behind the Recep Tayyip Erdoga (Prime Minister of Turkey), Lady Gaga, Wiki-Leaks founder Julian Assange, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, Glenn Beck (Isn't it a little redundant to have BOTH Palin and Beck represented in this poll?), Apple's Steve Jobs, President Obama, the Unemployed Americans, and the Chilean Miners.
In my opinion EVERY SINGLE ONE of those listed are more deserving of this honor than Sarah Palin, but it is highly doubtful that any of them will bring the attention, or increased magazine sales, that plastering the grinning visage of the Queen of Mean on their cover will.
Someday in the future when asked exactly when Time Magazine "clubbed the halibut," people will point to the day they chose to sell out and put Snowdrift Snooki on the cover of their magazine, instead of in the comics section where she belongs.