I had promised myself that I would not continue to post about Sarah Palin vowing to only write again if and when the real reason for her sudden resignation yesterday came out. And while I still plan to not make this an all Sarah all the time posting marathon, a reader comment provided by Andrew Sullivan goes far to answering a question I’ve had since John McCain picked this woman to be his VP and hence was reason enough for at least one more post.
Part of Sarah Palin’s irresistible appeal to her fundamentalist base is her ability to look at the camera with utter conviction and declare black to be white.
The ability to lie well is a valuable part of the fundamentalist psychology. My son isn’t gay, he just hasn’t found the right woman! Those rocks aren’t 50 million years old, they just look like it as a test of our faith! My sexless marriage isn’t foundering, it is filled with God’s spirit! The minister isn’t molesting little Maria, they’re just very close! It isn’t torture, it is being tough on terrorists!
Fundamentalists can recognize a truly audacious and talented liar from miles away. Instead of running the other way, as you might expect, they gather around the powerful liar, for they know that their own lies will be respected and protected by a leader who understands the paramount importance of preserving their whole system of denial.
It is so much clearer now.