… “There is no special ingredient. It’s only you. To make something special you just have to believe it is special.” This formula renders the fetishistic disavowal (split) at its purest — its message is: “I KNOW very well there is no special ingredient, but I nonetheless BELIEVE in it (and act accordingly).” Cynical denunciation (at the level of rational knowledge) is counteracted by the call of “irrational” belief — and this is the most elementary formula of how ideology functions today.
— Zizek, L it ET, 70
and, unrelatedly, i think sarah palin stole her schtick from peggy hill. though i do think that peggy is a little more “with it” than miss moron is, even if she does impersonate a nun to get a teaching job at a catholic school for a subject she knows nothing about (i.e. esspaniol).