Silly Season's Greetings From Palin and Pals

RightWatch: Her jab at the White House holiday card is the latest instance of GOP yuletide lunacy.

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Ah, Sarah Palin, the gift who keeps on giving!

Just when you thought that right-wing politicians couldn't get any dumber than, say, the lamebrain governor of Texas, Rick Perry, along comes the former Republican vice presidential candidate to plumb new depths of vacuity.

Becoming the most ridiculous conservative in the country is no small achievement. I mean, you've got to beat out Perry himself, who, without a shred of evidence to back up his absurd charge, has accused President Barack Obama of waging a "war on religion."

Then there's that strong contender, ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, with his Dickensian assault on "truly stupid child-labor laws" that prevent 9-year-old schoolkids from being used as janitors.

Or Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's repeated attempts to rewrite history by claiming, among other things, that the first battle of the American Revolution was fought in New Hampshire, not Massachusetts.

And what connoisseur of the emptiness of right-wing thought doesn't savor almost everything Ron Paul says, or Herman Cain's pride in not knowing the identity of the ruler of "Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan"? (For the record, neither do I, but then, I'm not dumb enough to run for the GOP nomination.)

But as impressive as these feats of willful ignorance, twisted logic and Scrooge-like callousness may have been, none of them, in my view, rivals Palin's critique of this year's White House Christmas card for sheer inanity.

The nitwit from Alaska complains that it's "odd" that the card features Bo, the Obama family dog, contentedly crouching before a cheery fireplace bedecked with Christmas decorations, but does not include a syrupy acclamation of "family, faith and freedom."

Most Americans, carps Palin, appreciate "American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree," instead of the "different way of thinking coming out of the White House" about the holidays that the Obamas' card supposedly represents.

This ridiculous broadside is, of course, only the latest salvo in the right wing's counteroffensive against the nonexistent war on Christmas that it claims liberals like Obama have been waging through their insidious use of the phrase "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."

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