Friday, September 12, 2008
Sarah Palin = Peggy Hill?
Sometimes, watching "King of the Hill" is the only thing that gets me through the grim task of gym cardio at 5:30 a.m. This morning, while slogging it out on the elliptical machine, I had an epiphany: Sarah Palin is Peggy Hill.
She certainly bears a physical resemblance to Hank's substitute teacher wife — the large brown hair, the glasses. But they also seem to share a rock-solid confidence that is wildly out of proportion with their accomplishments. Peggy's hubris has been the launching pad for many a classic episode. A substitute Spanish teacher, Peggy got hired at an elite Catholic school by posing as a nun — then prepared for the task by watching telenovas. After taking an online test administered by "The Intelligence Institute of Texas," she was convinced she was a genius and spent $900 on a bogus Ph.D. When she ran for the Arlen School Board, the only things more comical than her ruthless ambition were her use of props (a backgammon game "briefcase") and her insistence on answering her cell phone with the phrase, "War room!"
If a cartoon John McCain (or Barack Obama) had called Peggy out of the blue to be his running mate, I suspect she wouldn't have hesitated to accept. How hard could it be?