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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Weird, stray thought

I finally figured out why The View host Elisabeth Hasselbeck was such a ridiculous and blind Sarah Palin supporter, even going so far as to campaign with Palin in the lead up to the election.

I didn't know Hasselbeck's history. She was a nobody, who got her start on the TV show Survivor (Australian Outback,) and then parlayed that fame into a niche TV show on the Style network. Just a year and a half after Survivor aired, she was married to an NFL quarterback. Then, just a year after that, she got onto The View to spout whatever opinions she had. In three years, she went from a "shoe designer" to an extremely wealthy, top level pundit.

It's a story of celebrity and ambition from nowhere. The reason Hasselbeck loved Palin is that, in some regards, she is Sarah Palin.

7 Comments:

  • Wow. I had no idea who Hasselbeck was beyond "the young, blond, wingnut on the view." This is interesting. Very interesting... in a pop-psychology kind of way.

    By Blogger -epm, at 5:24 PM  

  • Yea, I know. Useless, but you figure her defense of Palin is really a projection of her own defense.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:08 PM  

  • Exactly. This is why Palin attracted the throngs of conservative mediocrity and under achievers.... those who believe in their own exceptionalism and entitlement by virtue of their beliefs, not their actions.

    [Again, there are overtones of the religious in this tied to the faith versus works argument between Protestantism in general and orthodox Christianity (including some Protestants sects like Anglicans and Unitarians Universalists and UCC).]

    By Blogger -epm, at 8:04 AM  

  • You know, you may have just hit on something big.

    The new christian movement represents an end to the Protestant work ethic and a return to the much older idea of the "select," that god rewards those he loves.

    I dunno.Just a random thought. Let me chew on that awhile.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 8:35 AM  

  • Mike wrote:
    The new christian movement represents an end to the Protestant work ethic and a return to the much older idea of the "select," that god rewards those he loves.

    That is certainly true.

    It is also a dead-on summary of the beliefs of the Sadducees, the wealthy and powerful Hebrews that Jesus railed against so often in the Gospel.
    Quite ironic.

    By Blogger Todd Dugdale, at 9:03 AM  

  • It is. It's such a self absorbed twist from the Christianity of poverty and service (and non-politics.)

    Of course, that's why it's popular.

    (Ask not what you can do for God, ask what God can do for you.)

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:33 PM  

  • By Blogger raybanoutlet001, at 8:28 PM  

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