Forget Palin: HowTo

Here we are. 54 days until we know who’ll succeed Bush and Cheney. I’m here to tell you that the fear is unwarranted.

That’s not to say that the Democrats aren’t understandably scared and disoriented, their pillows pulled out from underhead. At the same time, the Republican party is enjoying refreshed enthusiasm that burns with gas-fueled intensity. Clearly, GOP strategists drilled—”and drilled now”—for Ms. Palin.

This surge in Republican passion feels surreal to probably all Democrats—people who’d happily picked their candidate—despite any media-hyped rift over Clinton.

McCain’s candidacy until now could’ve only been described as milquetoast-y, but it’s quickly become clear that both parties are geared up for the big sprint toward November. Fortunately, the GOP ticket doesn’t have the stamina. Instead, they have an old man and a smokescreen.

9/11 is tomorrow. The big race begins 9/12. In the future, this grim anniversary will probably be the watershed date for most Presidential elections, as candidates will opt to take a cynical “day of mourning” to talk strategy.

But for now, let’s just relax. There are two words that the Democrats should adopt ASAP. “Forget” and “Palin.”

The left’s wrongheaded Wasilla fetish has cost several percentage points. It’s time to let it go.

Yes, Gov. Palin has succeeded as a temporary smokescreen for McCain’s real problems: Bush, Cheney, and the issues: economy, energy, environment, Terror War, courts, and himself: the rich white man who’s had cancer four times, has voted with Bush consistently, who’s changed his mind on offshore drilling, and who doesn’t understand email. He also apparently just chose political gain over bipartisanship, the complete opposite of what he’s told voters for years.

Yes, instead of compromise, McCain just selected a VP whose heart pumps the same oily blood as Dick Cheney. Fortunately, Ms. Palin is on the wrong side of every issue except for mild attractiveness.

Once America takes the time to think about it, they’ll see that she exemplifies everything bad about Dick and Bush—except with less experience—and to boot, she’s almost guaranteed to be #45 should McCain be elected to two terms.

The fact is, over time, people will realize that Palin’s the ticket’s true top billing and they’ll probably balk.

Regardless, it’s time to Forget Palin, because that’s what she is: forgettable. She has nothing to offer this race except a little smokescreen, and it will dissipate soon enough: once America watches the debates, once Democrats bring the microscope back to McCain, once bloggers like myself get a clue and shut up.

In the very near future, all Obama needs to do is avoid making a gaffe, but if one must be made, now is the time to do so.

The fact is, Palin is actually a liability. In the two weeks since America has met her, she’s already proved a much more cumbersome sword than McCain can wield. What’s going to happen when he needs to take back the spotlight? People are going to want to push him out and put Palin in. And that’s not good for him.

Democrats need to stop fanning the flames and let the Republicans stew in their own juices.

Forget Palin. She’s the GOP’s own worst enemy.

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2 Responses to “Forget Palin: HowTo”

  1. MLM says:

    Being a Canuck, I have no horse in this race, so this is somewhat dispassionate observation: it is still Obama’s race to lose despite the McCain-Palin bounce, but there are a number things at work to make things close. i) Biden was a poor choice for VP. He’s prone to engaging mouth before brain and is a loose cannon. ii) Obama sailed through the primaries with the media being more critical of Hillary. The magnifying glass is now on him and he is not nearly as smooth when he has to go off script (or teleprompter, as the case may be). iii) Palin survived the initial barrage of criticism from the Dems and the media and many people who were skeptical of her have now been won over by her poise. It has given conservatives who are disenchanted with McCain (and Bush, for that matter) hope. I do agree that it only hurts Obama, the presidential candidate, to focus on the other side’s VP candidate, but he has panicked a little. It will be an interesting ride and it is entirely possible that we could see the reverse of 2000 take place: Obama winning with less than 50% of the popular vote.

  2. Cam says:

    I think this is a well written article. I hope it proves true but I think the galvanizing effect we’re seeing will actually continue.

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