A very strange phenomenon: our friends on the right seem to believe that The Left is afraid, desperately so, of their Tea-Bag parties, their Alaskan Governors, and the Truth they Represent. There is no particular reason to doubt their sincerity on this point. It is, however, not strictly accurate. Speaking for myself only, I have to say that I am not so much afraid as… diverted. Amused. Laughing so hard my eyebrows ache.

Take Sarah Palin. Or don’t. Here is Red State with the thesis, apparently seriously advanced, that the Left is trying to discredit her because we fear that she if she is not Taken Out she will win in 2012 in a walk. This idea comes from a site called "Intellectual Conservative," which is a place with which I myself have already fallen quite deeply in Love. And so will you. Here. Enjoy.

Why all the attention to the Palins in far-off Alaska? Glad you asked.

Elements of an elitist, leftist, mostly Eastern-based MSM fear and loathe Governor Sarah Palin — all 5′ 7," 125 pounds of her traditional values, anathema to them. She threatens their collectivist goals, shared by most serious liberal Dems, of more and more dependency on Big Government, dreams of controlling folks, of stopping drilling for oil somewhere (read, ANWR) of snaring still more taxes from "the wealthy" to "spread the wealth" possibly to the undeserving and/or the unworthy.

Their primary fear, I think, lies in Sarah Palin’s possible ascension someday to be the POTUS. Scariest of all to her legion of irreligious media enemies, she is actually liked by most ordinary people, carrying a 60%-plus approval rating in Alaska. It’s a percentage many a politician would die for.

Palin’s all-American outlook (and her envied good looks?), her Reaganesque exuberance, natural optimism, her humble Idaho beginnings, her love for the USA and true family values, only stoke the raving fires of madness of the heavy-breathing, Amerika-blaming hard Left.

So their media efforts to put down this extraordinary woman continue today, and perhaps ad infinitum, based on an irrational fear that someday Sarah Palin might just be President of the United States. Therefore expect the attacks, the attention on her and even her family, to continue, at least through 2012. Beyond?

What actually makes me afraid is that stuff like this makes what I do, insult comedy blogging, superfluous. Look, our Intellectual Conservative just wrote this sentence : "So their media efforts to put down this extraordinary woman continue today, and perhaps ad infinitum, based on an irrational fear that someday Sarah Palin might just be President of the United States." And I agree! Worrying that Sarah Palin will ever become President of the United States would indeed be extraordinarily irrational.

On a similar note, our conservative friends are more than welcome to believe that they are very very frightening, thunderbolts and lightning. Because, well… look at the slogan the "Dontgo" Movement has adopted for their Tea-Bagging:

SILENT MAJORITY: NO MORE

Oddly enough, this is true. The majority has spoken. It is not silent. And hard-right "conservatives" do not belong to it.

Which I probably shouldn’t point out to them. Not that it matters, though. These are people still trying to pull on their underpants by first yanking it over their heads.