Sarah Palin doing what she does best for Newsweek: Showing off.

Sarah Palin doing what she does best for Newsweek: Showing off.

The rabid following of failed Alaska governor and one-time vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is a mystery to anyone with an IQ above that of an average plant, but a recent letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times by Jon R. Harris of Roanoke illustrates the the outright inanity of some who genuflect at the feet of the tea party centerfold.

Harris didn’t like it a bit when Times columnist Dan Casey said naming a beer after former Times writer Beth Macy “is kind of like naming a university after Sarah Palin.”

Harris called the comment snide and took issue with any suggestion that Palin is less than perfect.

“The reality is this county needs more universities patterned after the work ethic, integrity, personal responsibility, transparency and accomplishments demonstrated by Palin in her tenure as governor of Alaska,” Harris claimed.

Yeah, that’s what he said.

Work ethic? The woman was known to be monumentally lazy as both mayor of Wasila, Alsaka, and as governor of the state.  She quit before her first term was over so she could cash in on her 15 minutes of fame from the incredibly stupid decision by the Presidential campaign of John McCain to tap her as a running mate in 2008.

Integrity?  The woman was caught in as many lies as George Bush, cheated on her husband with his business partner, eloped while pregnant and chased pro basketball players for one-night stands while working as a television sports reporter.

Transparency?  She tried to cover up her involvement in the firing of a state employee and got caught in other scandals.

Personal responsibility?  Palin compiled a long and documented record of avoiding accepting responsibility for any of her various failures, lies and misdeeds.

Accomplishments?  She failed to complete even her first term as governor, failed as a vice presidential candidate, fell flat on her ass as a TV commentator and the list goes on.  What, besides the endless pursuit of fame, has she accomplished?

Books document her use of cocaine, her adulterous lifestyle and her flamboyant promotion of herself.

Harris further claims her unfinished term as governor of Alaska demonstrates “the progress and benefits to her state and this nation, the bipartisan corruption she exposed and gained victory over, the perks of the office she refused, and the fiscal responsibility and transparency she brought to the state.”

Say what? Palin is a sordid political joke.  A study of her tenure as governor by a bi-partisan state commission found her short term littered with corruption.  She used state perks for personal use, lied repeatedly, and tried to cover up many misdeeds.

The only problem I found with Casey’s column is lumping poor Beth Macy with the likes of Sarah Palin — even in a parody situation.

Beth is a fine writer and deserved better.

Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is a pathetic example of the vapid, shallow, celebrity-driven state of politics today.