I like the wry, incisive way Ana Marie Cox writes, even if she tackles unpleasant subjects and dodgy characters. But, since her beat is US politics, her choices are limited. I tend to start reading everything she writes, just to discover how she turns a phrase.
Today’s column in the Guardian is about the new Julianne Moore film, in which she plays a dingbat. Her last paragraph is particularly disturbing…because it includes a truism that is never uttered. (I included the next-to-last paragraph as lead in.)
Palin has become a punchline for a lot of commentators, myself included. Her accent, her hair, her questionable fashion choices are easy comedic targets in a world that is all too complicated and grim. But she is a real person, whose flaws are familiar, if also more apparent than most. History could have made her president by now, if all the potential tragedies of modern politics broke just the wrong way.
If thinking about that scares you, don't let the idea that she was an anomaly keep you from paying attention to the flawed humans running our governments now. Their mistakes may not be made into movies, just policy. And sometimes, history never makes it all the way to farce.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.