I was sitting in the hotel breakfast area this morning trying to peacefully have my (surprisingly good) morning coffee when CNN flashed video of a Sarah Palin rally across the obligatory TV screen. The two ladies at the table next to me, in their 70’s, I’d say, watched for about 15 seconds when one turned to the other and said, “People have been talking ill about her clothing choices, but I think she looks right nice.” After a few more seconds of silence, she said, “But her voice does grate on me after awhile.” Pure humor.
That was all the humor I’d get, however. Palin was going on about the Obama / Ayers thing we talked about yesterday. Can you guess how happy that made me? She said, “The heels are on and the gloves are comin’ off.” Cute. Someone in the room even said, “She’s so young and pretty and fresh. He made such a good choice.” Because when you’re meeting the President of Pakistan, young and pretty are all you need, as evidenced by the Fatwa issed against Pres. Zardari (of Pakistan) for “flirting” with Palin. I’m certainly not saying that you can’t be an attractive woman in politics. I am saying that you have to know how to carry yourself … and she clearly doesn’t.
But just as Zardari is getting a Fatwa issued against him for noting Sarah’s perkiness, the GOP is revelling in it. Her debate performance, with all the folksy talk and blowing kisses to the audience, showed America what having a beauty queen in the White House would look like and, frighteningly, many Americans liked it. Frank Rich has an Op-Ed in the Times this morning called “Pitbull Palin Mauls McCain.” Here’s my favorite passage:
So how can a desperate G.O.P. save itself? As McCain continues to fade into incoherence and irrelevance, the last hope is that he’ll come up with some new game-changing stunt to match his initial pick of Palin or his ill-fated campaign “suspension.” Until Thursday night, more than a few Republicans were fantasizing that his final Hail Mary pass would be to ditch Palin so she can “spend more time” with her ever-growing family. But the debate reminded Republicans once again that it’s Palin, not McCain, who is their last hope for victory.
You have to wonder how long it will be before they plead with him to think of his health, get out of the way and pull the ultimate stunt of flipping the ticket. Palin, we can be certain, wouldn’t even blink.
No, she wouldn’t blink. And here’s what people need to understand: she’s not stupid; she’s simply not self-aware or clever or curious or intellectual enough to realize her limitations. She really does, as Rich points out, think she can be President, think she will be President … “and perhaps soon.” And with McCain, and all of his mysterious health concerns and increasing mental confusion and erratic behavior, at the top of the ticket, she may be right there, ready or not.