When master Republican strategist Charlie Black convinced John McCain to put an unknown Alaska governor on the ticket as his vice presidential choice, he had two goals: throw the smooth-running Obama campaign machine off-track and rev up the GOP base that wasn’t all that thrilled with McCain.
Mission accomplished. Sarah Palin has Democratic thongs in a knot and Obama fumbling. The rabid right wing of the Republican Party is as happy as the Klan at a lynching party. Light up the cross Joe-Bob: The Grand Old Party is back.
Palin represents everything Republicans love: Creationism, right-to-life, the charade of family values and repression of the highest order. She’s a woman who hunts, rides a Harley and takes no prisoners. As my granddaddy used to say, she’s "the kind of person who will drink gasoline and piss on your campfire just to scare the hell out of you."
Qualifications? We don’t need no stinkin’ qualifications. This is an election about image and testosterone and, right now, Sarah Palin has bigger balls than McCain, Obama and Biden combined.
So far, Obama and the faltering Democratic Party have played along with Republican plans. The Senator from Chicago is so far off message he will need a GPS to find his way back. Biden is now a forgotten afterthought and speculation on some blogs say Obama will dump him and put Hillary on the ticket. That’s a stretch but the discussion shows just how afraid the left is when it comes to Sarah Palin.
What is it about Sarah Palin that strikes such fear in Democrats? It’s not so much her inexperience as it is her lack of real political history, the same lack of political background that first turned Republicans into jelly when they realized they would be facing Obama in the Presidential race.
Campaign ’08 established itself early on as a race that defies logic and the enthusiasm over Palin continues that tradition. Even though she represents the opposite end of the political spectrum from Hillary Rodham Clinton, a surprising number of white women voters who supported Clinton in the Democratic primary tell pollsters they will now vote for McCain because Palin is on the ticket. And while her politics is pure status-quo GOP, she is now touted as the real "change" candidate.
Palin is a political enigma and for a nation that will try anything after eight years of George W. Bush, an enigma may be good enough when the other choice is bright star who may be burning out while saddled with a vice presidential candidate who represents old school Washington politics.
The irony is that John McCain’s vice presidential pick could win the election for him while Obama’s choice could cost him the chance. Obama is also a black man and America is more racist than sexist.
If McCain wins – and that is a very real possibility – Charlie Black should get most of the credit. With Sarah Palin, the political consultant who helped give us Ronald Reagan in 1980 may have found a way to keep America in the dark ages for at least four more years.