Monday, September 01, 2008

Sarah Palin as Lightning Rod

Since I've already started on the upcoming US presidential elections, I might as well touch on McCain's choice of the hitherto-unknown Sarah Palin as running mate. From what I've seen thus far, I can summarize in one word: inspired. So utterly, utterly inspired.

It's not simply what Palin brings to the table for the conservative Republicans, its also what she accomplishes for the liberal Democrats.

Palin attracts the conservatives because of her fierce anti-abortion stand and (as I can gather from the news) her reform-minded independence. For those already on her side of the fence, her story as "hockey mom", gun advocate, and parent to a child with Down's Syndrome makes her even more compelling.

And for the liberals? Let's face it, why should the Republicans have to pander to their choices? It's not like any other candidate for vice president is going to make them change their minds, especially for those on the extreme.

For the liberal crowd, Palin is the perfect lightning rod. Being a virtual unknown, they have practically nothing to throw at her except for ad hominem attacks: "go-go boots", "beehive hair", "too pretty", "gun-loving", "trample on pro-abortion rights". Not that the Republican campaign is pulling any punches in their dirty ads department vis-a-vis Barack Obama; however, the liberal reaction against Palin thus far feels very much like a hissy fit.

Ultimately, the liberals make themselves look bad.

Palin a woman? Courting the spurned Hillary voters, no doubt, but hey, all's fair in love and war, right? Again, it's hard for a liberal to attack the gender without seeming hypocritical.

And let's face it, Palin does look a bit like Geena Davis. Will life imitate art?

Anyway, that's a view from a non-voter.


  1. Hi Dom,
    I'm not sure how long this will work, but try this......
    go to google and search monica lewinsky.
    then check out the google images for her.
    see the source for the first one?

  2. I knew it wouldn't last long.....a blog post from January received 146 hits yesterday. It was a piece on Monica Lewisky. That was when I discovered that if you typed in her name in google images my blog was first on the list. It's not there anymore....fame is fleeting.

  3. I don't have anything seriously against Palin, but McCain picking her for his running mate makes very little sense aside from petty political posturing. I know he wants to rake in the Hillary diehards, but to think they'll go for Palin just because she's a woman is insulting to their intelligence.

    I don't know how he could say with a straight face that she's was the most qualified candidate out of all the possible options he could have gone for.

  4. No, the real question is whether she'll help him win the presidency, which might be related to whether she's qualified but is a different question altogether.

    Casting it in a different light: wasn't Clinton more qualified than Obama? But who got the nomination anyway? And why?

  5. One more thing: I don't think Palin panders to the Hillary crowd. She's about as anti-Hillary as you can get, X-chromosomes excepted. McCain got her for another reason.

  6. the popularity of obama and sarah palin indicates that in elections, it is charisma and eloquence that rules.

    both as far as I know don't have a track record of managing complex institutions, or the ability to execute to get things done.

  7. And I suppose you have a better candidate in mind?

  8. Al gore,

    or Hillary Clinton

    or Colin Powell.