I’m happy to risk being accused of not having a sense of humour when I say I wish we’d stop mocking a person like Sarah Palin for her ignorance and stupidity.
OK – so this time she talked of “our North Korean allies”, and the reason this is funny is obviously that Stalinist, anti-imperialist, vituperative North Korea is the country in the world LEAST allied with the United States. But the less amusing side of this is that an appalling number of Americans have no idea even where the Korean Peninsula is. George W. Bush was famously revealed as having zero knowledge of foreign affairs, and won a second term as President (we know he didn’t win the first one!), despite all the mockery by people smarter than him, and even BECAUSE of it.
Palin’s ignorance makes her appealing to large numbers of voters. She is one of them. In mocking her, we mock all those people who don’t know how many sides a triangle has, think Iran is where Australia is, and that the US should next invade Italy.
Sorry to be po-faced, but this level of ignorance is tragic, not comic. And in laughing at it we make Palin’s Presidency more likely, not less.