Judging by close calls in 2010, the best guarantor for Democratic victories against the fringe is . . . more fringe Tea Party crazies. More belfry-dwellers so bonkers (Angle, O'Donnell) even deep reactionary pockets can't "buy them love." And with blasts afloat from Sarah Palin, America's newest colonial historian, and Michele Bachmann, perpetual spawn of McCarthy, who knows how many independent voters these sirens can offend?
Beside the Trumpster (not electable, no politician) or the Gingrich (walking, talking zombie), extremism for the sake of extremism emerges, with disturbing frequency, from resentment-laden, lipstick-wearing pitbulls. Reminds me of Gigi, "Zank heaven for rightwing girls -- wiz-out zem, what would little Dems do?" Count 'em: Ann Coulter, FOX pretties, Laura Ingraham, the reborn Ayn Rand, Peggy Noonan, S.E. Cupp and lesser hot shots.
Needed, more research on this surfeit of fringe femme fatales? At least I trust they'll be "fatale." Palin's self-advertisement, The Undefeated, panders to this theme, per GOP speechwriter Matt Latimer's review, "The movie really is geared to women. There are repeated references to Palin's gender, how she's been discriminated against because of her dress and looks, and there is even an image of a campaign button that reads 'You Go, Girl.'" Does this not combine crude gender with resentment politics, or what? For many, Palin's good looks put her on the map.
Who's the Opposition Party?
Even more frustrating is that, despite countless, undigested outpourings from the right, today's entire Democratic messaging remains deficient, even a dereliction of duy. What higher principles, beyond survival decoying as pragmatism, does this president or party truly stand for -- other than "we're not that crazy"? Except both parties share endless war-making, oil, mining and bankster subsidies, defense spending, and lawless anti-terrorism? Did one Democratic idea bring about the recent upset win (NY 26, Congress) -- or did the right implode, again?
Meanwhile, the outgeneraled, jobs-frozen president, trapped by conservative frames on deficits, taxation, and government foibles, pins his audacity of hope on the GOP sending forth an even weaker, unelectable pair than McCain-Palin. Hope is no longer about us but Obama repeating good fortune against weak foes. Really, the only thing more absurd than Palin as V.P. is Palin for president, considering she's now hallucinating Paul Revere "warned the British" -- right, by yelling "the British are coming"? When is too much, too much?
As a progressive, I conclude: "Bring on more rightwing Tea Party dips and doodles." Let's bank on the right reifying political ideology into strident, "God-insists-I-run" theology. That's the OMG ticket, the Lord as campaign manager. I bet Paul Ryan and defenders are still puzzled why their sanctified voucher attack on the still-solvent Medicare backfired, re-aiming now at schools and unions and gays.
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