Television has the power to deliver history as it's happening. Epochal moments so searing, you never forget where you were. J.F.K. Apollo 11. 9/11.
And Sarah Palin's backyard.
Speaking from her home in Wasilla, Alaska, the governor said that she had ruled out seeking a second term and, for the good of the state, would step down with 18 months left in her term and hand the job to her lieutenant governor. The announcement unleashed torrid speculation of a 2012 bid for president.
"Alaskans deserve a full time governor, not some lame duck," said Palin, in a skillful turn on disabled water fowl. Alluding to attacks from the "lame stream media" she added, "You're naive if you don't see a full-court press from the haters kicking a good point guard in the shins."
Palin was a notoriously aggressive basketball star in high school.
The moment was filled with histrionics and mind-bending incoherence. Palin struggles with degenerative "Narcissistic Maverick Disorder" and Sophophobia (fear of learning). "She's doing her best.", said an aide. "I don't wish N.M.D. on my worst enemy."
Years later, when you hear the name Sarah Palin, you'll remember exactly where you were, when the former Wasilla High point guard drove to the hole, and threw a no-look pass to God.