Irony of the day: Sarah Palin and Twisted Sister

Most interesting item from Twitter today… Aaron Sheinin, formerly of The State (and now of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution) tweeted this at midday:

The song Palin and Handel are coming on stage to:
about 4 hours ago via TweetDeck

To explain — Sarah Palin was in Jawgia today to campaign for Karen Handel, that state’s former secretary of state, who is in a bitter runoff tomorrow for the GOP nomination for governor. (Yet another case of rather presumptuous people, such as our own Jim DeMint, jetting around the country to play right-wing kingmaker and fragment the Republican Party.)

And the two women made their entrance at the event to the strains of “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Yes, by Twisted Sister. Yes, the self-appointed maven of true, traditional downhome American values was striding out to a theme by a band that, when I was a young Dad back when they first hit the charts, I would have leaped tall buildings in my haste to keep my children from seeing so much as a picture of, so deeply offensive to basic traditional sensibilities (such as my own) I found everything about the band — their name, their look, and (to a lesser extent) their head-banging sound — to be.

By the way, I double-checked with Aaron to make sure I wasn’t misunderstanding, and he responded:

@BradWarthen going on right this second.
about 4 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to BradWarthen

At this point, I could digress with a discourse on how the grossly childish, hostile, chip-on-shoulder attitude embodied in that song, that whole “grownups aren’t going to tell me what to do” petulant pout, fits PERFECTLY with the worldview of the Tea Party and the other bits and pieces of ex-Gov. Palin’s fan base. Which, I’m sure, is why it was chosen.

To give you a further idea of the mentality the song embraces, another reader responded to Aaron’s observation thusly:

JVTress @asheinin You know who else used that song? The one and only John Rocker.
about 4 hours ago via TweetDeck in reply to asheinin

You know, John Rocker — the former Atlanta Braves closer who was better known for shooting off his mouth and offending people than for putting out rival hitters. You know — the guy most famous for saying this when asked whether he would ever play for the Yankees or the Mets:

I’d retire first. It’s the most hectic, nerve-racking city. Imagine having to take the 7 Train to the ballpark looking like you’re riding through Beirut next to some kid with purple hair, next to some queer with AIDS, right next to some dude who just got out of jail for the fourth time, right next to some 20-year-old mom with four kids. It’s depressing… The biggest thing I don’t like about New York are the foreigners. You can walk an entire block in Times Square and not hear anybody speaking English. Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?

In other words, “a Real American.”

But bottom line, the thing that gets me is the cultural aspect of the Palin-Twisted Sister connection. You know, I have frequently called down some of my interlocutors here for making like Bristol Palin’s shame is a legitimate topic for political dissection. I don’t hold with attacking folks’ families. But it does occur to me that if mom thinks Twisted Sister is a good place to go for background music, kiddies could grow up a bit confused. (And no, it’s not that I’m square, as we said in my day. I was just into Elvis Costello and Men at Work and the like at that point in musical history. I was never into “let’s twist glam until it’s positively gross.” The closest I came to that was my deep admiration for the work of Spinal Tap.)

Anyway, I’ll say this for the video at least: I love the little homage to “Animal House” in the video, from using the actor (Mark Metcalf) who played “Doug Neidermeyer” to the paraphrase of his most famous line: “What it THAT? A Twisted Sister pin on your UNIFORM?!?!?”

That did make me smile.

15 thoughts on “Irony of the day: Sarah Palin and Twisted Sister

  1. Brad

    Thanks, Jack. I missed that, since by that point in the evening I had run up to Camden to see what was up with Sheheen…

    Very interesting.

  2. Kathryn Fenner

    Yeah, I was thinking George Fridiric there for a bit…..

    I love the irony of the Culture Warriors’ using Satan’s Music, and then the musicians get all chafed about it!

  3. Boyd Summers

    Reading this I got the same painful knot in my stomach after witnessing about 30 min of tea party rally at State House where Haley was keynote. Its the same anti gov- we are furious at gov crowd. They are not going to take what? “We are going to take back our Gov..”- from whom and what are you going to do with it?
    Very Disturbing

  4. Get your facts straight

    Your reader, JVTress, is mistaken and needs to brush up on his Braves history, not to mention his recollection of 80s hair metal. John Rocker entered Braves games to the other Twisted Sister classic “I Wanna Rock.”

  5. Norm Ivey

    I like the song…
    It’s a petulant anthem about teen frustration and misspent youth (…you don’t know us; you don’t belong…). If that’s their cup of tea (heh), perhaps they ought to sample Another Brick in the Wall Part 2:
    We don’t need no education…

  6. Doug Ross

    “(Yet another case of rather presumptuous people, such as our own Jim DeMint, jetting around the country to play right-wing kingmaker and fragment the Republican Party.)”

    I guess your radar just never seems to catch your hero John McCain doing the same thing… just yesterday.

    “McCain Says “Colorado Needs This Kind of Representation.”
    McCain joins Norton in Grand Junction saying she’s the best for the job”

    Another McCain quote from today: “We’ll repeal and replace Obama-care and stop this massive takeover,” said McCain during his speech.”

    But he’s a Maverick… a fence building, immigrant hating, Obama mocking, Palin anointing, radical right wing Maverick… at least until the primary’s over.

    Would you still endorse him for President today?

  7. bud

    Everyone is missing the REAL irony in all of this. Palin is stumping for candidates who are attempting to “take government back” from those that are deemed un-American somehow. As if those currently in elected office were put there by some sort of coup d’état.

    Yet it was Palin who resigned from her job as Governor. Seems to me if you want to put folks in power who believe in your policies wouldn’t the place to start be with your own self? Seems pretty ironic to me.

  8. Kathryn Fenner

    Hye, bud–maybe we’ll luck out and any who actually get elected will also step down shortly thereafter to become “more effective”…..

  9. Brad

    Thanks for the correction, GYFS… although my point remains: Sarah Palin/Twisted Sister/John Rocker. The connection remains. And Nikki Haley as well, as per Jack Kuenzie’s observation that she has used the same song as Ms. Palin.

    Personally, I prefer that pitcher who entered to “Wild Thing.” You know, the one who was “a juvenile delinquent in the off-season…”

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