Sarah Palin = Road Runner. NYTimes and WaPo = Wile E. Coyote
"Sarah Palin is much, much smarter than I am."
That's what I want the editors of the New York Times and the Washington Post -- hell, throw in the usual suspects in the rest of the media -- to repeat each morning.
Just to remind themselves of the truth. Just to keep them from looking stupid. Or, more stupid. Just to keep them from doing silly, Palin-deranged things like enlisting their readers to "crowd source" the analysis of all of those Governor Palin emails.
I know they thought they were being smart and modern -- not really, of course; that was a disingenuous pose. What they wanted was to get Palin, to nail her with her own emails, and they needed a lot of eyeballs to do it -- but then, Wile E. Coyote was trying to be smart and modern by enlisting the help of the Acme Corporation.
Turns out, the emails are pretty tame stuff. Turns out, the emails paint a portrait of a hands-on, modest, thoughtful governor. Sarah Palin is speeding along the desert road munching on bird seed. The New York Times and the Washington Post -- institutions groaning with their own flatulent pomposity, convinced of their own genius -- are flattened on the canyon floor after a long drop and a puff of dust.
The Road Runner was demonstrably smarter than Wile E. Coyote. Sarah Palin is demonstrably smarter than the editors of the New York Times and the Washington Post.
If you are a New York Times editor, or a Washington Post editor, and you are reading this, you should repeat after me: "I am dumber, demonstrably, than Sarah Palin. She is smarter, demonstrably, than I am."
Repeat as necessary.