Liberal Hollywood loves to make movies about the real-life high school popularity dynamic in which nice, decent kids are routinely relegated to outsider status by the “cool kids,” those self-anointed dictators of the social hierarchy who declare themselves and their friends the winners and everyone else the losers. The movie’s protagonist, the outsider, is usually the thoughtful type, someone who speaks the truth and does the right things as opposed to the superficial insiders who say and do the popular things. In the fantasy world of the movies, the outcast often wins in the end as their high school counterparts finally see the folly of their ways and cast aside their own shallowness to at last embrace the outcast. Movie goers leave the movie with happy smiles on their faces, believing that good always wins out in the end.
In the real world the high school mindset that spawns this dynamic doesn’t always end with graduation. Instead it lives on in the form of adult liberals who remain psychologically stuck in adolescence with their egos overly developed and their consciences underdeveloped. We’ve seen how they go on to spread their special brand of poison in the real world, anointing themselves the purveyors and deciders of what’s cool and branding those who don’t fit their mold as the outsiders. That’s how it was with Sarah Palin. As a high-profile public servant, mayor and governor in Alaska, Sarah Palin was a very popular woman. She took on the bad guys and looked out for the interests of all Alaskans instead of just the special interest groups. Those efforts made her the most popular governor in the country with an approval rating between 80 and 90 percent.
But then she ran for VP and became a target of the liberals. “We hate Sarah,” they declared, which meant that their followers must too and her approval ratings plummeted faster than those of Justin Bieber on a bad hair day. Alaskans who once thought she was great based on what they saw and experienced now despised her because they were told to. Sarah was no longer cool. Sarah was an outsider. That’s how it works.
At the same time there was a young black senator from Chicago running for president. Don’t ask me what Senator Obama’s approval rating was as senator. I searched and searched and couldn’t find it but I think it’s fair to assume that had it been stellar like Sarah Palin’s we would have heard about it all throughout the campaign. Instead Democrats didn’t really dispute claims that his stint as senator was inconsequential and uninspiring. By the time he won the presidency though…viola! People were told they should love him and so they did, for a while anyways. Then a funny thing happened. People got to actually see Obama in action. Reality took precedence over rhetoric for all but the most diehard sycophants and the approval ratings began to reflect that reality. We saw, in essence, the reverse of what happened to Sarah. While Sarah was loved and admired for her actions, then reviled and dismissed when she was scorned by the schoolyard bullies on the Left, Obama was loved and worshipped based on nothing and brought down to earth based on reality. It’s not quite Karma but I’d call it a victory for Sarah.