Sarah Palin’s political action committee, SarahPac, released its second commercial today. It’s called “Tea Party.”
And, as with Palin’s Mama Grizzly advert, this installment comes complete with intrinsic contradictions. It’s also demands a time machine and a more than a little imagination.
The new video, which aspires for “sweeping” but becomes “stock,” mostly features Tea Party supporters waving their stars and stripes, interspersed with shots of Palin addressing fawning fans.
In her voice over, snatched from one of Palin’s Tea Party speeches, the politico insists that the movement “is not a top down operation” like those nasty “inside-the-beltway professionals.”
Instead, the Tea Party represents the grass-roots: “It’s a ground up call to action that is forcing both parties to change the way that they’re doing business,” she proclaims.
Palin then wraps it all up with a time-sensitive declaration: “This party that we call the Tea Party is the future of politics.” Wait — isn’t the Tea Party supposed to hark back to the past, specifically the Founding Fathers?
The organization Tea Party Patriots, one of the leading Party groups, declares in their mission statement, “We, the members of The Tea Party Patriots, are inspired by our founding documents and regard the Constitution of the United States to be the supreme law of the land.”
They go on: “Like the founders, we support states’ rights for those powers not expressly stated in the Constitution.”
Meanwhile, Glenn Beck just centered his entire “Restoring Honor” rally, at which Palin spoke, around “restoring” the Founding Fathers’ Constitutional dreams.
If Palin’s commercial is to be believed, and the Tea Party is of the future, then these Founding Fathers are either irrelevant or they are indeed relevant, and are in fact time traveling adventurers who won’t exist until at least November’s election, or perhaps even 2012.
The latter — and clearly the more politically reasonable — possibility means the Constitution hasn’t yet been written yet, and that’s explains the Tea Party’s mission: They have to go to the future to get the Founding Fathers to go to back the past to write the Constitution and save democracy. Well, that makes sense… Almost.
But, again, there’s a problem: if the Tea Party goes to the future to get the Founding Fathers to go to the past, then the Constitution would have already been written and wouldn’t need to be saved, so the Tea Party wouldn’t need to exist, in the future or the present. Confused? So too is Palin.
This “Tea Party is the future” message successfully edits out the past the movement has worked so hard to both propagate amongst its rank-and-file. That past became a cornerstone for the Tea Party, and Palin flat out ignores it.
I suppose, however, this isn’t surprising from someone who first couldn’t name any of the founding fathers, and then claimed these mystery men based the Constitution on the Bible.
Sadly, ideological cannibalism has become a habit for Palin: she totally neutered her Mama Grizzly message by insisting Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has “cojonoes,” so this chronological conundrum’s just par for the course.