So Half-a-Term Former Governor Sarah Palin has pronounced from her new Fox News pulpit (a better-paying gig than being a governor of the 49th state, I’ll bet) that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s male gonads are larger than those of President Obama.
No really, that’s what she said.
Only she didn’t say “male gonads”. Nor did she say “testicles.” Or “balls” for that matter. No, Sarah Palin used the vulgar Spanish, or really, Mexican Spanish slang term for male gonads: “cojones.”
This statement is just wrong on so many levels I don’t know where to start.
Well, OK, how about here.
First, it takes the rather ugly, racist, drivel that has been spewed by newly emboldened Teabaggers to a new level, a new low level, by very rudely speculating on the size of the male anatomy of the President of the United States.
Second, it speculates on the actual existence of male anatomy on the sitting governor of the state of Arizona. Jan Brewer – a female. I don’t know about the school systems in Alaska but I’m pretty sure that by the time they reach 10th grade, school children here in Texas are all pretty much aware that males have testicles and females have ovaries. Hopefully Palin was awake in biology class when that lesson was taught and not asleep as she was during the three weeks that ecology and evolution were covered.
Third, it makes use of a non-English idiom. There are lots of them to choose from in conversational American English, mainly because of our rich history and diversity. Just as we have accepted people from all countries and cultures into our society, we have also assimilated their colorful slang words into our own language. Palin’s choice of an idiom, though, from Mexican Spanish, seems almost completely inappropriate considering who it is that Governor Brewer is purported to have the large cojones to oppress.
But finally, and this is not just my idea, others have said this, Palin’s “cojones comment” makes absolutely no logical sense in the non-literal meaning of the word. Obviously, Jan Brewer has no testicles. Saying that she has cojones though, doesn’t imply that she has them, but instead speaks to the personality attribute that someone with “a pair of big ones” has, and that is courage. What Sarah Palin is saying is that Jan Brewer has more courage than Barack Obama because she signed into law a bill whose sole purpose is to round up Mexicans and other tanned people.
What takes more courage, though? Signing into law a bill that has been voted on by a majority of state legislators, a bill that is supported by a large majority of Arizonans? Or is it more courageous to oppose the law, see that it gets gutted in federal court, all of this despite the fact that polls show that a majority of Americans also support this law? Who has taken on more political risk, Brewer or Obama?
So again, what appears to be the case, proven over and over, is that we Americans dodged a bullet in spectacular fashion back in 2008 when we turned the McCain/Palin ticket away. This is just not a very smart woman we have here in Sarah Palin.
A real putz, if you will.