I have this rule–it’s not really mine, it’s from some columnist and I just can’t for the life of me remember who it is, but I owe him or her a huge debt of gratitude–to resolutely not read any stories that have the words “Sarah” and “Palin” in the headline. It’s proved to be a remarkably good rule. It saves me a lot of time, and generally keeps me in a better mood. It turns out to be very adaptable too. It works just as well with the words “Cheryl Cole,” or “Donald Trump,” or “Newt Gingrich.”
But when I saw a story with the words “Sarah Palin” and “Margaret Thatcher” in the same headline, I had to break the rule. How could I not? Sarah wanted to drop in say hello to Margaret when she visits London next month. Why she’s visiting London remains a mystery to me, and that’s just fine. But then it turned out that it just wasn’t going to happen.
According to the Wintour and Watt political blog,
This is what Palin told Christina Lamb in the Sunday Times:
I am going to Sudan in July and hope to stop in England on the way. I am just hoping Mrs Thatcher is well enough to see me as I so admire her.
It appears that the former prime minister has no intention of meeting the darling of the Tea Party movement. Andy McSmith reported in the Independent this morning that Palin is likely to be “thwarted” on the grounds that Thatcher, 86, rarely makes public appearances.
It would appear that the reasons go deeper than Thatcher’s frail health. Her allies believe that Palin is a frivolous figure who is unworthy of an audience with the Iron Lady. This is what one ally tells me:
Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts.
Cue the predictable freak-out on the right, led by, of course, “Rush Limbaugh,” who claimed he drove Thatcher around in a golf cart once, or something.
What none of these dimwits seems to be aware of is that Thatcher has dementia, has had it for years, and it’s getting progressively worse. She’s 86, after all, and, even though I detested her politics, I agree she deserves a little dignity. Palin is the opposite of dignity. Alex Massie sums up the situation nicely.
Palin apparently has no desire to meet with David Cameron, which tells you something right there, and which probably comes as a relief to Cameron. Nadine Dorries, predictably, is a Palin fan. Maybe they can hook up.