They told Naomi Wolf that I voted for John McCain and Sarah Palin, we would see the coming of the Palin-Rove police state, and they were right!
In September of 2008, Al Gore’s former earth-toned alpha male-seeking advisor wrote a hilarious column for the Huffington Post (OK, more hilarious than most of the stuff that’s there), with such classic lines as these (link safe; goes to Newsbusters):
Please understand what you are looking at when you look at Sarah “Evita” Palin. You are looking at the designated muse of the coming American police state.
You have to understand how things work in a closing society in order to understand “Palin Power.” A gang or cabal seizes power, usually with an affable, weak figurehead at the fore. Then they will hold elections — but they will make sure that the election will be corrupted and that the next affable, weak figurehead is entirely in their control. Remember, Russia has Presidents; Russia holds elections. Dictators and gangs of thugs all over the world hold elections. It means nothing. When a cabal has seized power you can have elections and even presidents, but you don’t have freedom.
I realized early on with horror what I was seeing in Governor Palin: the continuation of the Rove-Cheney cabal, but this time without restraints. I heard her echo Bush 2000 soundbites (“the heart of America is on display”) and realized Bush’s speechwriters were writing her — not McCain’s — speeches. I heard her tell George Bush’s lies — not McCain’s — to the American people, linking 9/11 to Iraq. I heard her make fun of Barack Obama for wanting to prevent the torture of prisoners — this is Rove-Cheney’s enthusiastic S and M, not McCain’s, who, though he shamefully colluded in the 2006 Military Tribunals Act, is also a former prisoner of war and wrote an eloquent Newsweek piece in 2005 opposing torture. I saw that she was even styled by the same skillful stylist (neutral lipstick, matte makeup, dark colors) who turned Katharine Harris from a mall rat into a stateswoman and who styles all the women in the Bush orbit –but who does not bother to style Cindy McCain.
Then I saw and heard more. Palin is embracing lawlessness in defying Alaskan Legislature subpoenas –this is what Rove-Cheney, and not McCain, believe in doing. She uses mafia tactics against critics, like the police commissioner who was railroaded for opposing handguns in Alaskan battered women’s shelters — Rove’s style, not McCain’s. I realized what I was seeing.
Reports confirmed my suspicions: Palin, not McCain, is the FrankenBarbie of the Rove-Cheney cabal. The strategy became clear. Time magazine reported that Rove is “dialed in” to the McCain campaign. Rove’s protégé Steve Schmidt is now campaign manager. And Politico reported that Rove was heavily involved in McCain’s vice presidential selection. Finally a new report shows that there are dozensof Bush and Rove operatives surrounding Sarah Palin and orchestrating her every move.
So who else but Sarah Palin and Karl Rove could be responsible for Wolf getting busted at Occupy Wall Street yesterday?
Author and activist Naomi Wolf was among about a dozen people arrested on Tuesday night outside of a Huffington Post event in New York.
A group of approximately 50 demonstrators from Occupy Wall Street showed up at the event–held at Skylight Studios in Manhattan–to protest in front of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was being honored as a “game changer” by Arianna Huffington’s site.
Wolf, who contributes regularly to the Huffington Post, was a guest at the event. According to Gothamist, the modern feminist icon challenged a police officer’s claim that the protesters needed a permit to use a megaphone.
“After numerous warnings that she would be arrested,” Bucky Turco wrote on the Animal New York blog, “she ignored the police and was promptly arrested.”
It was rare appearance together for Andrew Cuomo and his father, Mario. (Onstage, Andrew made no mention of the protests outside.)
Wolf, pictured, was cuffed and carted away with several others.
According to Gothamist, the protesters left the event to march to the 1st Precinct, where Wolf had been taken by police. She was released from police custody early Wednesday.
As Wolf wrote in 2008:
I am not telling you this because it’s about my life. I am telling you this because it is about your life — whoever you are, Conservative or Liberal, independent or evangelical. Your politics will not protect you in a police state. History shows that nothing portects you in a police state. This is not about my fear and anxiety: it is about what awaits you and everyone you love unless you see this for what it is:
Scharansky divided nations into “fear societies” and “free societies.” Make no mistake: Sarah “Evita” Palin is Rove and Cheney’s cosmetic rebranding of their fascist push: she will help to establish a true and irreversible “fear society” in this once free once proud nation. For God’s sake, do not let her; do not let them.
But damn, if they can convince Andrew Cuomo to toss Wolf into the pokey for a night, is there nothing that Palin — or is it Rove and Cheney? — can’t do?
(Or to put it another way, “You American intellectuals—you want so desperately to feel besieged and persecuted!”)