Richard Cohen recently wrote that he would like to see an “Institute for the Study of Sarah Palin” receive funding. It’s a pretty good piece (which just goes to show that even the dumbest squirrel can occasionally find a nut). But I do have one quibble. Cohen writes (italics mine):
On the other hand, someone else will point out that the very week Palin is promoting her book, the current president is abroad attending meetings in Asia, including a visit with our Chinese bankers. Could those who fault Barack Obama for being callow and inexperienced imagine Palin meeting with the Chinese or, for that matter, conducting a protracted policy review about Afghanistan?
To which the Mad Biologist answers:
Yes! They could imagine that!
Sarah Palin is a creationist. Many Palinists are creationists. Creationists spend their time telling non-ignorant people, including biologists who have forgotten more biology than a herd of creationists ever knew, that biologists don’t know what they’re talking about. This doesn’t phase them in the slightest. They are impervious to reality.
Of course they can imagine Sarah Palin talking about economics with the Chinese government. They imagine that they actually understand biology, so why not imagine other things too?