Remember Sarah Palin? Today, she visited a rustic Alaskan turkey abattoir to grant a ceremonial "pardon" to a bird...while she blithely babbled on about her holiday plans and her political critics, one of her constituents was behind her, forcing a struggling turkey head-first into a gore-crusted metal funnel serving as a combination meat-grinder/ guillotine.
The executioner kept pausing in his work to turn around and gawk at Ms. Palin, extending the suffering of the poor turkey for long, grindingly painful moments. On the TV news, they blurred out the blood and gore, but you can see the whole bloody mess here. It's hard to stomach.
Is a high-spirited publicity romp through a charnel house considered "mavericky"? What political purpose does using a trough-full of turkey guts as a speechifyin' backdrop serve? Is she seeking the LeatherFace vote in 2012?
I hope this incident is a swan song for Sister Sarah, but sadly, it's probably not.