by Curtis Means
I remember the day vividly, Aug 29 2008, I was working at NBC and watching the news feeds when it was announced that then Presidential hopeful John McCain had selected his running mate. We all had predicted it would be one of the more prominent figures in politics at the time such as Mitt Romney or Tim Pawlenty, but we were wrong it was none other than the famous Sarah Palin. Our first reaction was “who”? And then it was ‘why”?. We knew that the Republicans need to do something extraordinary to counteract the onslaught of the wildly popular and charismatic Barack Obama, we did not anticipate something crazy. I mean Sara Palin? From Alaska? Who had barely set foot in the lower 48?
Then we started to think that it was smart to appeal to the women voters by selecting what would be the first women Vice President in history, brilliant! Then she spoke…. most of us both men and women could have looked pass the high-pitched, folksy almost shreeking voice, what we could not get over was the inane nonsense that came out afterwards.The lack of national political credentials, the lack of foreign credentials ( the woman never set foot on foreign shores ), coupled with the inability to speak complete sentences in front of the cameras while being interviewed by the same media outlets that interviewed all other candidates without complaint or issue and then coining the mundane phrase ” the lame stream media ” ( get it? , it’s a play on “the main-stream media” phrase she replaced “main” with “lame” isn’t that really clever? LOL ) to justify her lack of intelligence or ability.
The mistake the Republicans made was not knowing the fire they ignited in order to try to convince a select group ( women ) that they understood their issue. What Sarah Palin really appealed to was a small and loud group of people who have no intentions of letting this country change according to the times, this group wants nothing more than to look backwards to a time that they perceive worked better for them. This group is always resistant to change of any kind and will pretend that they want to save the country that they love ( what I like to call “faux patriotism” ). So as a result a splinter group was formed (the Tea party) still Republicans but more right leaning and extreme. And there is the problem, this group has done just the opposite of what the Republicans need. They are splitting the party and the vote that could have possibly saved the Republican in upcoming elections but instead have introduced wing nut characters such as Christine O’Donnell, Carl Paladino , Sharon Angle and Joe Miller to name a few. These candidates have proven to be colossal embarrassments and are as electable to office as my 8-year-old son but are deluded enough to think they can win and as a result are wasting the Republicans resources and time, great for the Democrats especially in the upcoming midterms.
So in conclusion the Democrats have played an amazingly smart game with less than 2 weeks to the midterms, display a sense of upcoming failure to get more that the usual amount of voter turn out for the midterms.Let the polls predict a coming bloodbath by the Republicans ( woe is us …the Republicans will reclaim the Senate and the House ) bringing us back to the Bush days when companies were failing left and right and every time they did they would parade that Lurch like figure (Henry Paulson former Secretary of the Treasure ) to assure us that we did not see anything.I predict that on Nov 3, Sarah Palin and the Republican party will be engaged in full on war to blame each other for the actual bloodbath that happened on Nov 2. History has proven over and over that self cannibalism never benefits anyone. When they picked Sarah Palin they picked their own demise.