Maybe the liberal elite press corps has it wrong. Perhaps the polls are misleading or just plain inaccurate. Could be Sarah Palin is the secret weapon that could cancel any threat of an invasion from socialism. The perfect hockey mom goalee to prevent spreading the wealth around from reaching its goal. Palin draws bigger crowds than her running mate John McCain. Her debate with Joe Biden drew millions more than the three debates by the presidential candidates. She was responsible for “Saturday Night Live” grabbing its biggest ratings in 14 years — 17 million people tuned in to watch her play foil to the slings and arrows of outrageous comedy aimed at making her look inept. People may have tuned into the VP debate hoping to see the proverbial train wreck. Didn’t happen. The “SNL” appearance certainly hada curiosity factor going for it. But it was something more. There’s something about Sarah.
Palin is a distraction to the McCain campaign if you listen to the pundits on cable TV news — especially MSNBC. Butit can’t be denied that she’s obviously an attraction. She’s not only enjoying the ride of being in thespotlight, she’s behind the wheel. McCainhas become reduced to campaigning with Joe the Plumber. Palin mentions the worn out campaign working class hero — but then she quickly commands attention of her own. Certainly the Republican National Committee has done its part to keep her not-so-silent majority of fans happy. Why else spend $150,000 on her wardrobe and make-up? Never mind that the hypocrasy behind this whole apparelgate is as apparent as her homespun accent. Hockey Mom meets Sachs Fifth Avenue — just in time for a Halloween makeover. “She’s worth every penny,” a McCain surrogate said on a news show today. The girl next door — to Nieman-Marcus. Imagine what the GOP would’ve done if $150,000 was spent on Michelle Obama’s wardrobe. McCain would have to start campaigning with Trudi the Target shopper.
When NBC’s Brian Williams asked Palin what her definition of an elitist was, she said anybody who thinks they’re better than someone else. That’s Palinspeak — and it works with a lot of voters whocan deal with a simple short answer that hits home. Pundits will say she’s not ready to be vice president. They may be right, for now. But just you wait until 2012, mister.
John McCain has to lose for Sarah Palin to become a major political party’s first female candidate for the presidency. If he wins, it will actually hurt her chances four years from now. Palin as VP won’t be effective, since she doesn’t know what the job entails anyway. Four years of McCainin the White House will probablytranslate into a lame-duck presidency. If his age is in question now, he certainly won’tbe re-elected in 2012. Meanwhile, his popularity will plummet and Palin will be the unfortuante victim. Better Palin remain on the outside these next four years. Her star will continue to shine: Palinites will trek north to Alaska to hear what Sister Sarah has to say — and maybe pick up some fashion tips along the way. She can be the perfect visible and vocal antagonist to a President Obama. Plus, she can learn more stuff, like economics, war strategy, another Supreme Court decision besides Roe v. Wade. She can even catch up on some reading. This lipstick on a Pygmalian has unlimited potential.
In September, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said this election wasnot going to be about issues, but personalities. What he really meant wassubjecting the other party’s candidate to character assassination. That was before thefinancial meltdown. But the McCain camp thinks they’ve weathered that storm, thanks to a simple working man from Ohio. Where have you gone Joe the Plumber, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you.
To boil it down, maybe it is about Palin’s personality after all. On more than one occasion, Palin was heard to start an answer, “If I was running the show.” They may dress her up to look like Caribou Barbie, but she’s got nerves of steel.She is ambitious, certainly, but she also appears to befearless. She has yet tried to blame the media for being sexist. She won’tsee herself as being the victim, aswas Hillary Clinton’s want.
In this final stretch, maybe the RNC should let Palin run the show. At best, it will jumpstart her run for president in 2012. The GOP may be thinking that right now. But now is not Nov. 4. The pundits may wake up the day after election and be proven wrong. Then they’ll have to drown their sorrows. If they’re not the drinking type they could find another outlet. Shopping would be nice. The wife might like that red thingy she saw Sarah Palin wearing the other day….