Thursday, September 15, 2011


From the Houston Chronicle's Sports Update blog:

Report: Sarah Palin had fling with ex-Rocket Glen Rice

The National Enquirer is reporting that former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, a former high school basketball standout herself, hooked up with former Houston Rocket Glen Rice in 1987.

The dalliance occurred when he was in Anchorage, Alaska, for a basketball tournament with the Michigan Wolverines.


In the book, Rice confirmed to McGinniss it was a one-night stand.

A bit more here.

Okay, a sexual indiscretion when she was young, sure, that's going to lose a few Republican voters here and there. I mean, after all, the Republican Party is, and has been for a long time, America's conservative party, and many conservatives continue to fight a losing battle in the long-concluded sexual revolution. But it is the twenty first century; most people at this point don't give a shit if you hooked up with someone when you were in your twenties, and that includes most Republicans. If this was just a hookup, she'd probably be able to weather any bad press and come out smelling like a rose.

But this wasn't just any old hookup. And in order to understand why this is oh-so devastating to her prospects for getting the GOP nomination, you have to see what her lover looks like:

Glen Rice

Yeah, that's right: Glen Rice is an African-American. A black man. And good for Sarah, I say. Unfortunately for her, this is the kind of thing that sinks you in Southern Republican primaries.

No really. Remember this blast from the past? From Wikipedia:

During the 2000 Republican presidential primary, Senator John McCain was the target of a whisper campaign implying that he had fathered a black child out of wedlock. (McCain's adopted daughter is a dark-skinned child from Bangladesh). Voters in South Carolina were reportedly asked, "Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain if you knew that he fathered an illegitimate black child?". McCain would later lose the South Carolina primary, and the nomination, to George W. Bush.

In addition, on the week of the nomination vote, dozens of radio stations were called on the same day asking talk show hosts what they thought of McCain's fathering of a black child out of wedlock.
So McCain lost the South Carolina Republican presidential primary because voters had been led to believe that he had fathered a black love child. And that wasn't too terribly long ago. The racists who comprise a big chunk of the Southern Republican base will not be pleased by this: once their deepest racial fear, the notion of a good white woman willingly falling into the embrace of a strapping testosterone-dripping Mandingo man, becomes associated with Palin, her national political aspirations are toast.

I mean, this is some sick and twisted shit, and I utterly condemn these vile racist attitudes. But it does mean that there is now no chance in hell that Palin will ever become president. Sometimes there really are silver linings.