October 30, 2008

The Gipperette

The meme appears to be Palin = Reagan. I can see it, if by Reaganesque they're focused on bad acting, only able to work if scripted, focused exclusively on the top earning tier of the nation and willing to completely overlook uncomfortable facts. However, they actually seem serious.

I've been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we'd never see his like again because he was one of a kind.

I was wrong!

Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he's a she.

And what a she!

On his best occasions, Reagan had this same quality, but it was more muted, more of a twinkle from behind his carefully maintained stage presence. With Gov. Palin, it's nearly continuous and much more obvious. And I think that's a big part of why she inspires the same harsh counter-reactions from political opponents that Reagan did — the same desperate need to ridicule and belittle, to delegitimize. (You'll see it in the comments to this post within minutes after it goes up, of course.) She has to be shouted down and scorned, because if people are allowed to listen to her, that damned joy might turn out to be ... contagious!

I thought Governor Palin was Ronald Reagan in a dress.

Aside from former President Reagan, only Winston Churchill could stir me to the degree John McCain's running mate did last night.

"Sarah Palin is the next Ronald Reagan," Viguerie, the Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, said.

"In less than a week, Governor Sarah has captured the heart and soul of this convention, the Republican Party, and the conservative movement. She brings together social conservatives, and economic conservatives and libertarians, and people who are fed up with the Culture of Corruption that infests our nation's politics," he said.

"From this moment forward, there's no limit on where Sarah Palin might go," Viguerie concluded.

Isn't that heartwarming. A campaign who after flailing with catchphrases and adapting to the need for change, they're looking over their shoulders at the past for comparison and inspiration.

Palin however, has her little eyes on 2012 and seems just fine with dragging the McCain camp into the mire simply to create herself another stepping stone. Fascinating statements are now being made about her behavior as going rogue, when the definition's not too different from that of a "maverick". Were they just simply not paying attention?

Given that Palin can't even quote Reagan properly, expectations and masturbatory fantasies should be more restrained.

Posted by kerry at October 30, 2008 03:16 AM
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