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Palin's Dominance Dooms McCain


The distinguished professor falls for a carnival headliner.
From The Blue Angel -- "the downfall of an enamored man" Image

The Morning After the Party's Over

Michael Collins

(Wash. DC)  Senator John McCain can't live without Sarah Palin but he can't live with her either, at least not much longer.

McCain is much like Professor Rath in "The Blue Angel."  He's infatuated with someone much younger and he has joined the carnival just to be near her.  The Palin act travels from one town to the next attracting crowds of Bush-Cheney dead enders.  She steps forward, with the confidence of a high school cheerleader while the full professor of perverse politics looks on with admiration and affection.

At the start of his campaign, he was unable to draw a crowd or deliver a speech that just about anyone found the least bit engaging.  In early side by side coverage of a same day event, CNN showed Obama hitting one out of the park and McCain struggling to engage 200 onlookers.

The net effect of the Palin addition is in dispute.  If you're part of the Republican media shill brigade, it's been terrific, a brilliant choice.  Looking at it objectively, there's been little impact on the ticket, unless you buy into the Gallup Poll that showed what looked like a McCain convention bounce.  To "stand up" the bounce, Gallup simply added more Republicans to their sample, driving up McCain's numbers.  But if you're candidate John McCain, you're locked and loaded, exhilarated, and infused vicariously by your vision of Palin's draw.

Palin's job is to add luster to McCain but sometimes the candidate is just
who he is - tired and weary.   Image (left) cc Image (right) cc

McCain was a man of special privilege.  Despite his mild admonition for participating in the last financial meltdown due to his acceptance of gifts from savings and loan failure Charles Keating, McCain has been a press darling.  He's provided good box office for sound bites on a variety of issues.  For a short time, he went against the grain of right wing madness.   In his Norfolk, Virginia speech announcing his 2000 candidacy for president, he took on the worst elements of U.S. politics.

McCain also pulled off one of the great pieces of modern street theater, also in the 2000 primaries.  He stood before the Russian embassy and castigated the New York Republican Party for taking his name off the primary ballot on a technicality.  He was quickly restored to the ballot.

But time and the nonstop coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign began to wear on his patience.  The press had actually criticized him, very lightly and not too often.  He was not pleased.

Then he got Palin.  Despite the array of initial criticism and the ongoing attacks on her character and political deviance, she's shown that she can draw a crowd.  McCain was infatuated.  He followed her just about everywhere and continues to do so.

To a crowd of 7,000 people in Lancaster, PA, McCain said, ""With the help of this running mate, this stalwart and great American, we will always put our country first." Sept. 9, 2008

The reality is another story.  For the first time in nearly eight years, a cross section of the corporate media has opened up on the right wing establishment.  The Post, a long time stenography pool for the Bush administration, ran a serious front page story on embarrassing family details.  The New York Times editorialized along with the St. Petersburg Times.  Now ABC's Brian Ross and his Blotter investigative team are on the case.

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I totally, totally agree.  The pizzaz about h... by W. Christopher Epler (Bill) on Sunday, Sep 14, 2008 at 11:13:01 PM
It is easier to take down one person than an entir... by Michael Collins on Sunday, Sep 14, 2008 at 11:26:13 PM
":McCain also pulled off one of the great pie... by Mad Jayhawk on Monday, Sep 15, 2008 at 1:17:32 AM
Your first piece of evidence is a link to Palin... by Michael Collins on Monday, Sep 15, 2008 at 1:54:32 AM
Michael,  Congratulations on an exceptional ... by Raffie Azariel on Monday, Sep 15, 2008 at 1:54:36 AM
"whining" - I've heard that again an... by Michael Collins on Monday, Sep 15, 2008 at 2:00:26 AM
Will Palin's personality, image and 1950s valu... by francine on Monday, Sep 15, 2008 at 6:58:51 AM
I don't think it was ever there in reality.&nb... by Michael Collins on Saturday, Sep 20, 2008 at 3:17:19 AM