The DFHs of the lamestream media are, not for the first time, underestimating the low cunning behind Palin’s who-lost-the-space-race “gaffe”:
“He needs to remember that, uh, what happened back then with the communist U.S.S.R. and their victory in that race to space,” the Fox News contributor said Wednesday night, reacting to Obama’s reference to Sputnik in his State of the Union speech. Palin called the Sputnik name drop one of the “W.T.F.” moments in the speech, a play of the President’s call for “winning the future.”
“Yeah, they won but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union,” Palin said.
Dopey Snowflake Snooki, confusing the one-off triumph of Russia’s first-past-the-post Sputnik launch with the ongoing American efforts that led to putting our men on the moon itself!
Or maybe crafty Sarah ‘All Yer Heartlanders Are Belong to ME’ Palin, re-defining the collapse of a great superpower to better suit her side’s narrative. As conventional sane historians understand it, Russia’s collapse was precipitated by extravagant spending on military hardware, some of it in reaction to Reagan’s proposed ‘Star Wars’ militarization of space. But it is a sacred tenet of Palin’s fellows and supporters that there can never be “too much” military spending (especially if the people on the receiving end of such spending are supporting Palin’s continued media presence).
Recasting Sputnik — technically a military project, but one of those delayed-gratification science-y projects run by pocket-protector nerds, not a cool projectile-based genitalia enhancer with great visuals — as the cause of Mighty Russia’s downfall means it was the eggheads at fault, not the generals. Boo, stupid reality-based technocrats and their “But what happens after you push the red button and show everybody they’re not the boss of you, President Palin?” defeatism! Smart people, we’re the ones responsible for all the trouble in the world…