Opinion Brief

Worshiping Sarah Palin: The hymn

In a musical tribute to Palin that's gone viral on YouTube, two elderly Tea Party admirers sing a repurposed hymn in a church. What to make of it?

The video: Supporters of Sarah Palin have registered their admiration for the Alaska Republican, as well as their hopes for her political future, in a rousing song that was posted on YouTube last October but went viral on Monday. The song, credited to Tom Dempsey (lyrics) and Gary Mcvay (vocals), is sung to the tune of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and was apparently recorded in a church. (Watch video below) The lyrics include the rousing chorus:

Sarah Palin, she won't listen to their bunkSarah Palin's comin' south to hunt some skunkSarah Palin, she'll throw 'em all in jailAnd when she gets to Washington, it'll be cold as hell

The reaction: This "fantastic nugget of hathos" is a sincere tribute, says Andrew Sullivan in The Atlantic, and as such, a direct rebuttal to those in the chattering class who kid themselves "that Sarah Palin doesn't matter." Some of the lyrics, like the line about throwing people in jail, are "drawing some fire," says Buddy Trent in The Post Chronicle. But the song reflects "some of the discontent and frustration with the current Obama administration." Clearly, says Jim Newell in Gawker, this "will be our national anthem when Palin becomes president." Judge for yourself:

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