Sarah Palin, Maverick at Last

Mama Grizzly becomes the first real politician of the Internet era.

When Sarah Palin aborted her gubernatorial career in its final trimester, pundits and political insiders reacted with shock, bafflement, scorn, and dismay. “Resigning strikes me as very strange,” National Review columnist Jonah Goldberg offered with charitable restraint. “Caribou Barbie is one nutty puppy,” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd echoed, holding the charity. “I wouldn’t call this a strategy,” Republican campaign strategist John Weaver told Time magazine. “This makes no sense.”

To anyone who pays more attention to Ben Bernanke than Ben Affleck, walking away from a prime gig like Palin’s was virtually incomprehensible, signaling either imminent scandal or incipient dementia. To the rest of America, Palin’s move made perfect sense, firmly cementing her status as perhaps the one politician who truly feels our ennui. First she cheerfully admitted that she had no idea what the vice president actually does all day. ( Just like me!) Then she stared blankly when asked to reveal her thoughts on the Bush Doctrine. (The what?) Then, after earning even higher Nielsen ratings in her first big prime-time showcase than the American Idol finale, only to return to Alaska and the dull reality of mulling over potential appointees to the Board of Barbers and Hair Dressers, she bailed. Sorry, politics, she’s just not that into you. 

But that doesn’t mean Palin has abandoned her plans to boldly progress America. “I’ve never believed that I, nor anyone else, needs a title to…make a difference…to help people,” she exclaimed in the first of her widely mocked resignation speeches. Fed up with the petty bureaucratic niceties of finishing her term, fed up with partisanship, Palin was leaving to fight for her country, manage her PAC for fruitful abundance,and help anyone else who was proud to be a God-given American, regardless of party affiliation or favorite Supreme Court ruling. For a moment, it almost seemed as if she was on the verge of breaking out a pair of star-spangled tights and assuming the role of national superhero, going wherever she was needed most, doing whatever needed to be done, in order to ensure that truth, justice, and petroleum-based energy independence prevail in this great, drillable land of ours.

Palin’s posturing may have seemed laughable to Beltway insiders, but have you looked at congressional approval ratings lately? In March they hit a four-year high…of 39 percent. Then they promptly started dropping again. Meanwhile, just check Hollywood’s box office receipts for the last decade to see how many Americans would love to be represented by Captain Barracuda.

It’s not as if we’d demand a particularly competent caped crusader either. As traditional institutions are vanquished all around us, those doing the vanquishing rarely possess the takecharge flair of Batman or Superman. They’re amateurs. Bumblers. When Matt Drudge first started filing missives on the Internet, no newspaper in the land would have hired him. He could barely string two words together without committing some Abu Ghraib–caliber grammatical atrocity, but he saw where news was headed earlier than every Pulitzer winner on the planet, creating a website millions of people find extremely useful. Paris Hilton can’t act her way out of a YouTube clip, but she recognized that it’s no longer necessary, and often counterproductive, for Hollywood stars to spend all day memorizing mediocre sitcom dialogue when they can be doing the things the public finds truly compelling, like attending nightclub openings, making sex tapes, and getting arrested.

For all the ways the Internet supposedly has revolutionized politics, consider its most dramatic achievement in this area to date: It helped a Harvard-educated senator, carefully cultivated and backed by one of the two brands of American political expression that have ruled the country forever, win the presidency.

Compare that to the extreme makeovers the Web has perpetrated on retailing, the news media, or the music industry. Because technologists have yet to figure out how to break government monopolies on levying taxes and making laws, the nation’s elected officials face a much rosier future than the nation’s reporters and rhythm guitarists. But that doesn’t mean the millions of people who have been dancing on the spasming bodies of newspapers and record companies for the last 10 years wouldn’t love to do the same to the country’s most autocratic and self-serving institution. Whatever sins the music industry might have committed, buying a CD is still a wholly voluntary act. Whatever biases your most hated nightly news anchor might harbor, he isn’t taking 25 percent of your paycheck.

Times, in short, have never been better for would-be leaders interested in achieving political goals without holding office. Palin has always positioned herself as a Drudge-like figure—an unorthodox interloper, devoid of the proper pedigree and old-boy connections, but nonetheless ready to shake things up. Until now, however, this pose was about as convincing as a veggie burger. The self-proclaimed hockey mom who supposedly entered the world of politics via the PTA was a career politician who’d won her first election at the age of 28, when her eldest son was just 3. The self-proclaimed antidote to entrenched career politicians had spent 13 of the last 16 years as an elected official and the other three as a director of a nonprofit organization whose function was raising money to elect Republican women in Alaska.

That so many people found such obvious facts so easy to overlook shows just how great a demand there is for the kind of magical populist Palin claimed to be. On July 3, she took a giant leap toward making her actions match her rhetoric. She really is a maverick now, exploring territory few of her fellow politicians are likely to follow. “The problem that Sarah Palin has with her resignation is the credibility that she can do more as a nongovernor than as a governor,” exclaimed former Clinton adviser Lanny Davis on Fox News. “That simply makes no sense.”

If you’re familiar with the impact nonjournalists like Craigslist founder Craig Newmark have had on journalism, or the impact non-music-industry CEO Shawn “Napster” Fanning had on the music industry, Palin’s contention might not seem so baffling after all. We live in an age of disruptive upstarts who forsake inefficient legacy institutions for more promising paths. As vice president, Al Gore managed to help pass exactly zero major laws regarding climate change. As a non-veep, he was honored by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee as “the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted” to combat global warming. If a wooden patrician like Gore can achieve such fruitful productivity by becoming a private-sector man of the people, imagine the potential accomplishments of a Wasilla beauty queen with a 10-megaton wink. 

More than any other politician of her stature, Palin embodies the Internet’s insurgent, user-oriented spirit. Her resignation announcement—poorly timed, awkwardly staged, emphatically meandering—was a pitch-perfect masterpiece of YouTube verité. Her constant stream of Twitter tweets mixes potshots at Obama with snapshots of her kids. She may have once aspired to be an old-fashioned sportscaster, but now she has the soul of a blogger.

How Palin will ultimately capitalize on her populist appeal is a matter of great speculation, but one thing is clear: Whether she plans to run for president or star in a documentary about the pressing need to save the oil industry, Palin’s abrupt departure was a stroke of genius, the most sensible move she could have made. Spending 18 more months governing a state with fewer residents than Columbus, Ohio, was the political equivalent of releasing a straight-to-DVD movie. Now she can devote her full attention to all the things that enthrall her fans: cherishing her freedoms at rallies and photo ops, hunting media elites from airplanes, defending God’s energy plan from wasteful Washington meddlers, and maybe even competing in the next season of Dancing With the Stars. Jonah Goldberg and Maureen Dowd may not get it, but surely Paris Hilton understands.

Contributing Editor Greg Beato (gbeato@soundbitten.com) writes from San Francisco.

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  • Neu Mejican||

    To the rest of America, Palin's move made perfect sense, firmly cementing her status as perhaps the one politician who truly feels our ennui.

    Now that's an odd way to split up the country...I am pretty sure I don't belong in either group you've created.

  • ||

    Her or Hillary. Pick one, America. And exile the other.

  • PR||

    NM, so you're saying you're really into Affleck?

  • Attorney||

    Is she winking in that picture or recovering from a stroke?

  • ||

    Is she winking in that picture or recovering from a stroke?

    Yes.

  • ||

    We live in a world millionaire octogenerians refuse to leave the Senate. They will do anything to avoid not being in office, change parties, vote from their deathbeds, you name it. I would think Libertarians of all people could appreciate a politician who actually resigned from office without being forced by the voters or a federal prosecutor.

  • Typical RightWinger||

    Her or Hillary. Pick one, America. And exile the other.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton for Secretary of State...
    of KENYA

  • ||

    In 2012, the Dems will kick Obama out during the primaries and it will be Hillary versus Palin in the general election. It will be nothing if not entertaining.

  • 48er||

    this half retard hired a lobbyist for her town to bring home more of your money. nough said

  • ||

    let the paleo/cosmo-tarian fights over palin re-begin!

  • ||

    "let the paleo/cosmo-tarian fights over palin re-begin!"

    The Cosmos do hate her. There is no greater sin in Cosmoland than being uncool.

  • ||

    Maybe she will become a Randian. Watching those nerds snivel and explain why they still that would be damned funny.

  • ||

    This was actually a pretty good piece by Beato. Maybe it's not on purpose, but her moves are right of The Art of War.

    As some have pointed out already, look how she was able to change the frame on the health care debate. Without her "death panel" comment, would Obamacare be in as much trouble as it is?

  • ||

    The writer leaves out the one overwhelming reason why she resigned. She was a victim of the unintended consequences of her own law. Part of the Executive Ethics Act was designed to protect whistle blowers by allowing anyone to file an ethics violation against any executive branch employee. The State is bound by law to investigate it, and the accused must provide their own defense.

    In a scenario right from the pages of Alinski, a small group of accusers filed violation after violation for anything that Palin did. All of them were investigated and dismissed. The investigations were costly, and Palin's personal defense was costly. And the charges were not going to stop.

    No one, in their right mind, would stay in a job only to have to pay lawyers more money for defense than the job paid. She had to leave.

    One up for Alinski. But I sense that payback is going to be a bitch.

  • ||

    uh, right "out" of The Art of War.

  • ||

    "As some have pointed out already, look how she was able to change the frame on the health care debate. Without her "death panel" comment, would Obamacare be in as much trouble as it is?"

    Hell no. The alledged village idiot from Alaska did tremendous damage to our super genius President with a single facebook post. BO spent all of August explaining how he wasn't creating death pannels instead of selling Obamacare. It was brilliant.

  • Mike Laursen||

    ... the first real politician of the Internet era.

    Umm, that would have been Howard Dean. Are our memories that short?

  • ||

    There is no greater sin in Cosmoland than being uncool.



    Being stupid tops being uncool.

  • ||

    Are our memories that short?

    YYEEEEEAHHH!!!!!!!

  • ||

    "There is no greater sin in Cosmoland than being uncool.
    Being stupid tops being uncool."

    She seems to do pretty well for being so stupid. She accomplished more in one facebook post, than Reason and all of their alledged intellectual power could in hundreds of collumn inches used in opposition to Obamacare.

  • ||

    "Umm, that would have been Howard Dean. Are our memories that short?"

    Was Dean blogging and facebooking? I remember his supporters being more internet based than he was.

  • ||

    Dear Mr. Beato,

    Please stop.

    That is all.

  • ||

    John-

    The point you made in your last post was basically the same point I made the other day another thread, albeit the protagonist was Glenn Beck.

    IMO, I honestly believe that some Reason scribes suffer from a type of attention envy disorder.

  • ||

    You can't stop her EAP. She is a force of nature. Seriously, it is amazing the reactions that woman engenders in people. Normally a political people just becoming slobering fanatics when you get them talking about her and those are the people who are supposed to hate her. It is the most amazing thing I have ever seen in public life.

  • ||

    "You can't stop her EAP."

    I don't care about her and her alleged "force of nature". I just want to be able to come here and not have to see this shit (I have Palin Traumatic Stress Disorder due to all the H&R Postings last fall).

    ergo: Enough About Palin

  • ||

    We're going to go to Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania! We're going to Cancun for Spring Break! We're going to Montreal, Vancouver! Then we're coming over to Washington, D.C. to take back the White House. BYAH! ... BYAH! Kick open the door to the Oval Office, chop that motherfucking desk in half. BYAH! Then I'm going to grab the Secret Service like this, put him in a head lock, BYAH! Then I'm going upstairs to my bedroom, grab my wife, like BYAH!

  • ||

    "I don't care about her and her alleged "force of nature". I just want to be able to come here and not have to see this shit (I have Palin Traumatic Stress Disorder due to all the H&R Postings last fall)."

    Even Reason can't excape her. They can't resist putting up the weekly gaurenteed 200 response Palin thread. Everyone is going to have Palin Traumatic Stress Disorder before she is done.

  • ||

    We're going to Montreal, Vancouver!

    Uh, isn't Montreal in Quebec? Funny comment, though. BYAH!

  • HamsterGram||

    "Everyone is going to have Palin Traumatic Stress Disorder before she is done."

    What I don't get is why Beato didn't alt tag the picture with "You betcha!"

  • ||

    "Even Reason can't excape her"

    She's a white black hole.

  • EJM||

    For a moment, it almost seemed as if she was on the verge of breaking out a pair of star-spangled tights and assuming the role of national superhero, going wherever she was needed most...

    (Insert inevitable reference to the arguably cheesiest TV theme song ever here; follow along with the lyrics here.)

  • ||

    Speaking of Sarah, where the heck is she? I'm pretty sure this is the longest she has gone without some outrageous statement or act in the whole time we've known her (all 13 months!). Is she building suspense for her book? Studying up for the Hong Kong speech? Who knows?

  • ||

    Palin - the insipid whore for Federal money - couldn't hold her own against Katie Couric.

    That's all you need to know.

  • zoltan||

    Maybe she will become a Randian. Watching those nerds snivel and explain why they still that would be damned funny.

    I doubt that, considering her pathetic clinging to the religion of the Jewish messiah. I'll be happy never to hear her name again, just like Howard Dean (I imagine she'll get some kindof fancy treat from the RNC just like he got).

  • ||

    btw - good stuff, Beato. You can write "good".

    I actually feel a bit sorry for Palin - the McCain people sequestered her out of shame.

    Sarah - let your freak flag fly, baby. We are all curious.

  • tankrunner1123||

    She's a social conservative, no thanks.

  • pilight||

    Umm, that would have been Howard Dean. Are our memories that short?



    That's true in the same sense that Prodigy was the first consumer online service.

  • ||

  • ||

    """Palin's posturing may have seemed laughable to Beltway insiders, but have you looked at congressional approval ratings lately? In March they hit a four-year high…of 39 percent."""

    Then perhaps you can explain this element about the last Presidential election.

    Obama/Biden Senate/Senate
    McCain/Palin Senate/Gov

    3 of the 4 are from the Senate. There were other choices in the primaries not from Congress, but we preferred the Senators. How can that be if we hate them to much.

  • ||

    Make that, hate them so much.

  • ||

    Reading this article, i saw the word God used a lot, which reminds of why I don't like her: she thinks everything is God-given, and would most likely bring church and state together. That's against the principles of the founding fathers.

  • Tony||

    Don't cream yourself John.

  • ||

    Dammit, I had gone a whole week without seeing a Sarah Palin article.

    Seriously, can't we move on? OK, she's kinda hot in a MILF way. Also, her managing to derail the health care debate like she did was a bizarre kind of genius. I remember reading somewhere that you know a policy is in trouble when a politician has to begin his argument for it with "No, we will not kill your grandma."

    But she abandoned her term. She's dead-in-the-water politically. Whoever runs against her practically has the character attacks lined up. It doesn't matter if you had a R, D, I, or L behind your name; quitting out of your term will permanently destroy your political career, as it should. She's yesterday's news. Why isn't anyone in the news realizing this yet?

  • No Palin Please||

    John,

    It isn't that she is "uncool" it is just that she isn't a libertarian. She sucks, I don't trust her on free speech or civil liberties at all.

  • Bingo||

    And I don't trust her on free markets. She's someone that talks-the-talk, much like Bush did.

  • Mike Laursen||

    Umm, that would have been Howard Dean. Are our memories that short?
    That's true in the same sense that Prodigy was the first consumer online service.


    Umm, that would have been CompuServe.

  • ||

    "Why isn't anyone in the news realizing this yet?"

    Maybe because you're wrong?

  • ||

    WHETHER PALIN RUNS FOR PRESIDENT OR.....

    HOW would Palin run for president? She was a mayor....BY ROYAL TEAMSARAH DECREE????????

    Palin didn´t go back to Alaska and work hard, as some well wishers suggested. She became a paid speaker, she BAILED...KA CHING!

    You sound totally sucked into the Palin nonsence.

  • ||

    You made some good points about MAYBE being able to shake things up from outside the box, but quitting 2/3rds of her way through a term really turns her off to me. I was never a Palin hater and was never as enraptured with her as much of the republican base still is but I am not likely to take her seriously again and I doubt anyone not drinking the republican kool-aid is. She'll always be Sarah "Two-thirds of a Term" Palin.

  • ||

    I have a silly question. Excepting outright lies, what about Palin makes one not trust her on free speech and civil liberties enough to point that out above any other politician? Is it that it's the only thing you have to object to?

    I'll easily grant that she had some questionable positions when she first got into politics. However, most of her record seems pretty darn good. I'll ask that you keep in mind that actions on behalf of a community or even state, should be vastly different than on behalf of the nation.

  • ||

    Shaggy, I understand your objection. What makes me think that quitting shouldn't hurt her is that I think she made the right decision in the face of the bad press that was inevitable. Quitting is by it's very nature negative. I'm certain that she knew that, and did it anyway. She did it for the good of the state. She was in an untenable position both for her family, and for performing her job as well as she felt was required. She quit and handed the position over to someone she trusted, and would be free to perform the duties in ways that she wasn't.

    After evaluating the situation, I have a bit more respect for her, not less. I'm not crazy about her as a politician, and am suspicious of some of her past decisions, and positions. However, most of the points I see people use against her, are either based on false information, a lack of facts, or at least understanding.

  • ||

    "The self-proclaimed antidote to entrenched career politicians had spent 13 of the last 16 years as an elected official and the other three as a director of a nonprofit organization whose function was raising money to elect Republican women in Alaska."

    Folks I know in Alaska assure me this is not a major accomlishment. She was essentially the mayor of a meth-ridden trailer park. She may be an interesting curio, but there is not much else there worth getting excited about. Her popularity, as far as I am concenred, is a BAD sign for the the country. That she accidently badly articulates a laudible position is nothing to be celebrated. She is at the end of the day, a champion of dumbness. The last thing we need is the political equivolent of Paris Hilton calling any shots whatsoever. And I understand that she makes great copy, and that many men simply enjoy the sudden, gentle stir in their pants she produces when they come across a photo of her with her mouth open.

  • ||

    Three women. Two of them, Speaker Pelosi and Secretary of State Clinton, achievers and survivors with long histories and a vast body of important work. The third, Sarah Palin, a quitter in her only important job, who chose the politics of demagoguery and division, because she concluded she could not make her case through a long history of hard work.
    ================================================

    Sarah Palin-Tonya Harding 2012

  • JoshInHB||

    Exactly what are Pelosi's and HRC vast body of improtant work.

    Can you name the top 10 accomplishments for each please.

  • ||

    Aelhues,
    I suggest you go ahead and make a contribution to SARAHPAC. Funds for the lay person and paid motivationl speaker Sarah Palin´s travel and legal.
    How deluded and dishonest is that? Just because her followers are too dim to put two and two togther she is STILL collecting DONATIONS. For WHAT?
    She can´t even take a stab at a presidential run anymore...she was the mayor of Wasilla. PERIOD.
    What else can you say?
    She is not EVEN the Governor of GUAM anymore, because she quit...even Teddy Kennedy didnt quit when he was being called a murderer.

  • ||

    * strong christian, bad but then every politician is so that's a wash

    * gun lover, worth a lot

    * annoys the progressive elite more than Ronald Reagan..

    .. priceless

    She'd have all my votes:)

  • ||

    The philosophers and the shock troops in politics are two different groups.

    Don't expect the shock troops to sound like philosophers, nor the philosophers to accomplish anything. Neither has been true, at least in recorded history.

    George S. Patton may have been intelligent and educated, but he was also batshit, at least in a way. Friedrich Hayek may have informed much of our thinking as libertarians, but I didn't see him scoring any political victories in Europe.

    It's the way of the world.

  • ||

    I know of only one governmental chief executive, be it mayor, governor, or president, who has propsed a budget to the city counsel, assembly, or congress, politically sheparded it through, and signed it, when that budget spent less, in non-adjusted dollars, than the previous year's budget. That chief executive was Governor Palin. And she did it not once but three times.

    If the size of government is measured by the size of the budget, as good an indicator as any, then Gov. Palin has three times produced a smaller government than had previously existed. And that alone, dear folks, makes Sarah Palin the single most successful libertarian in history.

  • wayne||

    In 2012, the Dems will kick Obama out during the primaries and it will be Hillary versus Palin in the general election. It will be nothing if not entertaining.

    Holy Moly, John, I hope you are right. That would be entertaining.

  • wayne||

    I wonder if President Palin would continue the Clinton tradition of blow jobs in the oval office?

    I think she has my vote.

  • Eric Dondero||

    Whether you like Palin or not (I happen to adore her!), one has to say that this was a very well-written article.

    The metaphors, the side references, the adjectives were all perfectly placed and stunningly effective.

    Good job Greg Beato! I've never heard of you before, but it's clear, you're off to a good start.

    Eric Dondero, Publisher
    Libertarian Republican

  • ||

    "I have a silly question. Excepting outright lies, what about Palin makes one not trust her on free speech and civil liberties enough to point that out above any other politician?"

    Palin has been somewhat vague on her thoughts regarding the Patriot Act. As a libertarian I find this unappealing.

  • ||

    "And that alone, dear folks, makes Sarah Palin the single most successful libertarian in history."

    Heck yeah, look at how she trashed the idea of the 'bridge to nowhere' the second she heard about it. Talk about fiscal responsibility!

  • Greg||

    Well, its nice to see that the delusional and myopic views of that dolt from Alaska continue to inspire the desperate and misinformed. Palin a libertarian? Are you fucking kidding me? She jumped right on McCain's American Empire and foreign intervention policy!

  • ||

    Here's the conundrum with Palin.

    First, she's got natural gifts that are rare for a modern politician. She's as good as Obama in making scripted speeches, and maybe better. She's got a talent for zeroing in on a phrase or soundbite that she fires into the opposition like a dagger. 'Death Panels' is an example. She's good looking (not to be underestimated), and regardless of how prepared her speeches are, she always sounds like a regular person just talking to other regular people. She's got none of the stiff formalisms that make lesser politicians sound like they're reciting pablum for their constituents.

    So she's a gifted politician. This is of course why she's heavily under attack. She's the only politician on the right who is a natural threat through sheer charisma and ability to inspire followers. Again, the whole 'death panel' thing illustrates just what a threat she is to the left's ambitions, and that's why they'll stop at nothing to destroy her.

    But now the liabilities... From what I've seen, I'd have to say that her gifts come in spite of the fact that she's only an average intellect, and not particularly well educated. She talks in sound bites and slogans because she apparently lacks the ability to talk in depth. She may not be quick enough on her feet to survive in a world of press conferences and hostile interviews, and no politician will face more hostile interviews and hostile press than will Palin.

    If it's just a matter of education, then she's salvageable. I hope she's spending her current time in the wilderness surrounded by books and tutors, madly studying to get up to speed. The good news for her is that the 'dumb Sarah' meme will be easy to dispatch if she can just come back out sounding smart. It will only take an interview or two where she gives deep, meangingul, thoughtful answers, and she can portray the past flubs as a combination of nerves and inexperience.

    But if she's just not all that smart, then she'll continue on the path she's on - gaining followers through sheer magnetic presence and political skill, only to alienate them when she talks at length.

    I'm not saying she's any worse than other politicians. She held her own against Biden in the debates. But she has to be better than other politicians, because she won't get the kind of softballs thrown at the guys on the other side. She's got a target on her back.

    The comparisons to Reagan are pretty common with Palin, and she does have his natural ability with the camera and the same kind of gift for soundbites. But beneath that, Reagan was actually smart and actually well educated. I know that's not the common perception, but it's true. Go back and read the old Reason interview with him. He had no trouble quoting Santayana or Hayek in correct context. He new economics, he knew history. He spent two decades as an intellectual leader in the Republican party before becoming President. And he needed it, because he got the same kinds of hostile interviews Palin gets. The difference was that Reagan could handle them, and even make the interviewer look stupid.

    The left's natural tendency is to assume Republicans are stupid. That means Republican politicians have to be smarter than the guys on the other side to stay even with them. William F. Buckley did much damage to the left because he always made you feel like he was the smartest guy in the room, so his ideas carried extra credibility. That's what the right really needs to win the battle of ideas. Palin needs to step up and sound a hell of a lot smarter than she has so far.

  • Sinclair||

    "When fascism comes to america, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross."

    Anyone see the news on Ft. Oglethorpe cheerleaders?

  • abercrombie milano||

    My only point is that if you take the Bible straight, as I'm sure many of Reasons readers do, you will see a lot of the Old Testament stuff as absolutely insane. Even some cursory knowledge of Hebrew and doing some mathematics and logic will tell you that you really won't get the full deal by just doing regular skill english reading for those books. In other words, there's more to the books of the Bible than most will ever grasp. I'm not concerned that Mr. Crumb will go to hell or anything crazy like that! It's just that he, like many types of religionists, seems to take it literally, take it straight...the Bible's books were not written by straight laced divinity students in 3 piece suits who white wash religious beliefs as if God made them with clothes on...the Bible's books were written by people with very different mindsets.

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