When introduced to Sarah Palin, many of us, whether fairly or unfairly, formed the first impression that she was a bit of a lightweight. The more we get to know her, however, the more she seems something quite different — more along the lines of a petty tyrant.
And the big problem with this, of course, is that a president (she will be a heartbeat away and all that), as opposed to a mayor of a small town or even a governor of a sparsely populated state, cannot, by definition, be a petty tyrant. No, in a president, tyranny is a very unpetty deal.
So let’s turn to one of the starker examples of Palin’s seemingly tyrannical tendencies, Librariangate. Shortly after becoming mayor of the town of Wasilla, she tried to fire the town’s librarian. She appears to have done this because the librarian refused to cooperate with her efforts to ban books (perhaps to please the ultraconservative church that helped her get elected). Palin denies this, of course, contending, instead, that the librarian in question simply failed to give her “full support” as mayor.
Which leads to the obvious question: Just how does a librarian give “full support” to a mayor? By allowing her to check out more than three books at one time? Waiving the fine for her overdue books? Adding a moose meat recipe book the mayor loves to the library’s collection? Not saying “shush” when the mayor talks in the library?