Palin as the Republican nominee




By Dave Stieren
Staff Writer
The Alaska Standard

It’s been a very busy week for Alaskans. Exxon Mobil descended from Mt. Olympus and stood next to the fine folks from Trans-Canada, and basically smiled. Anchorage was declared a city of bigots, as folks who are opposed to Matt Claman and his buddies telling us how to live our lives. And we found out that Dave Letterman is a dirty old man, whom 14 year old girls have no business being anywhere near. And in a topper to it all, Matt Lauer and the Daily News are pushing Sarah Palin as the de facto leader of the Republican Party.

If nature abhors a vacuum, then who is the Republican Party to defy nature? In a week that should have generated muted headlines about Exxon's interest in being a part of Alaska’s natural gas pipeline, our good governor finds herself embroiled yet again in a tabloid battle with someone. However, in a casting change, it doesn’t involve a former member of her family, but a guy who’s been in more bedrooms across America than that dancing mattress ranch guy, Dave Letterman. By now, if you haven’t spent some time watching the video exchanges back and forth, pop some popcorn and check out the links on this site. I’m convinced now more than ever, that it’s this type of stuff that makes the terrorists hate us.

Look, I get hot and cold flashes every time I see our good governor on nationwide television. I know Greta, Sean, and that odd John Ziegler guy have an open door policy, and a history of tossing the good gov softballs when the microphone is on. It’s the appearances on the “mainstream” shows that just make me cringe. Watch the Lauer bit, and pay attention to the course of the questioning. He went from gas, to Letterman, to “Gov. Palin, are you the future of the GOP?” Yikes! After allowing the governor to call out Letterman, and imply that he’s some sort of pro-rape or pedophile late night host, he then subtly puts her in the position of non-denying that she is indeed the face and future of the Republican party. Yikes again. Couple that with the Anchorage Daily News story from Sean Cockerham (very well done, but a bit scary), and it is clear that the hope to paint the GOP as a bunch of Limbaugh “ditto heads” has ended, but the GOP as legions of Palinbots has, as the late Karen Carpenter sang, “…Only just begun”.

It is the failing of the current incarnation of the party, that there is no process to develop candidates and leaders that have a depth of understanding and personality that keeps the party on the attack in regards to policy and vision, and not get derailed by tabloid nonsense. Filling an arena has historically been the job of entertainers, athletes, and trade shows. One of the things that troubles me about President Obama (and yes kiddies, there are many), is this rock star persona that he and other politicians have embraced. As the staff writers of this website know, to be loved and embraced by the public to star status is intoxicating, and requires an iron will to resist the temptations that follow. During the Bush administration, stories about his daughters and their life in college aired whenever one of the girls had one too many margarita’s. Did GW stop the business of the country to call Leno, Letterman, or whomever to task? No. For all his shortcomings, the desire to “play the big arenas” wasn’t part of his style.

Conservatives blasted Obama for wanting to appoint a new Supreme Court Justice with empathy, but thousands flock to Palin engagements for that very reason. “She’s one of us” or “she knows about my life” bring the crowd to near rapturous joy. Do we really want our politicians to use the tools of Hulk Hogan, Bono, Elvis, and Jerry Seinfeld to reach out to us? Worse yet, are we willing to accept these show biz talents as qualifiers to be in charge? If more folks on both side of the aisle don’t recognize this, America as a whole will decline.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. expresso4me
    Jun 18, 2009 @ 13:06:00

    [ciò è buono]


  2. Syrin from Wasilla
    Jun 18, 2009 @ 14:16:00

    Thanks expresso4me for commenting. You figured it out.. Never mind Palin is god, I mean godless.

    Palin wrote, "Many people will express sympathy, but you don't want or need that, because I'm sure Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this." She wrote it in the voice of and signed it as "Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father."


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