The dynamic of the race for President changed here, in the great state of Ohio, and all around the country when John McCain shocked the shit out of liberals and conservatives alike by announcing his pick for vice president was the governor of Alaska, Sarah Louise Heath Palin. Now I've let a detailed examination of the governor and her record to those who have the time to research more, as well as those who like to fling shit at the pipeline and hope it sticks.
The liberal bloggers have been damn near apoplectic. From defending their main man and messiah by comparing him to the VP to outright lies and bullshit to stuff that, if in print form, could be used to wipe your ass after a beer and hot wings night, the comments run the gamut, from reasoned to hella-hillarious (mostly the latter). But that's normal. You get that kind of garbage to varying degrees on both sides.
Mary Mitchell, a columnist at the Chicago Scum Times came in with a gem of an article entitled, Palin should be laughingstock to all feminists. It begins thus:
Sarah Palin makes me sick. I hate that she was able to steal Barack Obama's mojo just by showing up wearing rimless glasses and a skirt.The celebrity reactions are also predictable and humorous. PETA boob job Pam Anderson can't stand her, saying "[Sarah] can suck it." Charming. Other celebutards blather on, like Matt Damon wondering if she believes dinosaurs were walking around 4,000 years ago, being all creationist and shit. And former Murphy Brown" star Candice Bergen, who got into a dustup with former VP Dan Quayle over her onscreen single motherhood years ago, also weighed in with her depth of intellect, commenting, "I heard her speech and it's scary." I'm sure I could find more idiocy, but I don't want to Google no more, and you get the ideer.
But to the point: We have four people in this race with uniquely American stories. John McCain is a war hero from a military family who endured years of torture as a POW. Barack Obama was a mixed race child, product of a shatterd home, who pulled himself up and is one election away from the highest office in the land. Joe Biden came from average beginnings in an average town, faced a terrible tragedy just after being elected to office, became a single parent, and commuted for hours every day to serve both his family and the public. And we have Sarah, who hunts, raises five kids, and comes from about as far into the boondocks as you can get to a position where she is one election away from making history.
However, three of these people are aloof from the red states in some way. John McCain married into an assload of money and has been in Washington for decades. Joe Biden has been in Washington even longer than that. And Barack Obama is a Harvard graduate with a taste for Chicago politics. And all three of these people are currently senators. While they may be approachable in reality, there seems to be a distance when viewed from the confines of flyover country.
This is where we see the difference in Sarah. She's not of Washington. I think she's been there. So have I. But she's lived a life in the wilderness. She's shot and field dressed her own wild game. She's juggling kids and chaos on a daily basis. She's probably gotten her hands dirty working on something that involves manual labor some time this year. You could imagine her sitting in a diner in a t-shirt, drinking Coke and eating pizza, and she wouldn't look out of place (the pic, taken in Kuwait during her visit there, bears that out.. Yum-o). She's straightforward in manner and young and energetic. She is the antithesis of liberal perceptions of an independent feminist.
And while there are questions and answers that need to be given concerning her policy and political ideas, it's the perception of the kind of person that she is that has finally energized the conservative base. Because, unlike even Ronald Reagan, we feel she is one of us.
And if you doubt the wisdom of me, all you need to do is look at the polls. That's the Palin bounce in action: