I’m an admitted politico-junkie but right after the end of the Hillary campaign I pretty much tuned out of politics, assuming my interest would come back sometime around the first debate. I don’t think I was alone in this. The Hillary-Obama battle went on for a long time. Fatigue was in.
And then lo and behold, here comes Sarah Palin for VP and it’s super-charged political junkiness all over again. What’s more fun than watching the Republican Party scramble against a gathering media storm built on their own incompetence? TPM summarized the litany of governor’s problems here (hat tip to Moue Magazine for the link) – and that was two days ago.
Richard Cohen jumps on with a bulls-eye:
No high-ranking Russian appeared on any of the weekend talk shows to say how they had considered an invasion of Alaska and then backed off when Sarah Palin became commander in chief of the Alaska National Guard. Who could blame them?
Nothing like utter incompetence on the part of the Grand Old Party to get one’s political interest level sparked up to full speed. Odds are already out that she will withdraw. I’d take them.
Of course, there’s also a chance she won’t withdraw, that she’ll weather the storm, and that McCain will win the general election, thereby placing in power a(nother) president who makes vital decisions about the country without analysis, thoroughness or careful planning.
And this really is the issue – it’s not Palin’s daughter’s pregnancy, or the hockey-playing boyfriend (please) but rather the utter incompetence in choosing a vice president who’s in the midst of a local political scandal, or who’s been associated with the secessionist Alaska Independence Party (AIP), or who attended a church that preached Bush critics “will be banished to hell” and that Alaska will be a “refuge for the End of Times (yikes).” In other words, a candidate with tremendous baggage. Suddenly, the Palin story becomes more than just political intrigue, and not so funny after all. This person could be the president some day. But first we’d have to survive the presidency of the person who chose her.
So those of us who’ve been dozing for a while, thinking that at least McCain – as bad as he might be – would never be another Bush - well, maybe it’s time to start paying close attention again.
September 3, 2008 | Filed Under Political |