Peter Kirsanow of TNR asks us to imagine the unimaginable:
Imagine it’s September 2013 and President Palin is preparing to present her massive tax cut proposal to a joint session of congress. She’s momentarily distracted by an MSNBC report that her Second Amendment czar, Sig Sauer, has a peculiar history: He was once (and perhaps still is) a Bircher who argued for the repeal of the 14th Amendment. He’s also appeared on numerous radio and TV shows calling for the oppressive United States government to be transformed into a monarchy. Shortly before his appointment he was captured on YouTube calling Democrats “a**holes.” Another YouTube video shows him ranting about “black gun-control advocates” who confiscate guns from law-abiding white communities. Back in 2009 he signed a petition published in the New York Post calling for the impeachment of Barack Obama on the grounds that he wasn’t born in the United States. Sauer has even been arrested twice for participating in riots outside the U.N. and G-8 Summit.Imagine that during a press briefing, a reporter asks White House press secretary Chuck Krauthammer how a radical right-wing racialist with an arrest record like Sauer could’ve possibly been appointed to a prominent White House position. Didn’t President Palin know? Chuck dismisses the query, saying it’s old news since Sauer has issued an apology contending that none of the forgoing actions reflect his actual views.Imagine that the members of the press corps nod their heads collectively and move on to the more relevant issue of what President Palin will be wearing to the joint session.Imagine. It’s easy if you try.