As Sarah Palin walked toward the stage on Friday, in her introduction as the presumptive Republican Vice Presidential nominee, the majestically uplifting theme of Rudy , the underdog football movie, played in the background, and her “First Dude” husband and their children followed her in tow (the baby held tenderly by his big sister).
And one couldn’t help but think—once you picked up your dropped-jaw—that this is surely a surprise come-out-of-no where—a reality-game show anointing of a small town, high-pitched, Western Mountain -voiced homemaker, one of those Saturday Night Live spoof commercials that seem almost real, only aired on a sleepy pre- Labor Day weekend Friday afternoon.
Except most of us, including the DNC, one assumes ( and all the liberal bloggers who failed to properly sleuth on their conservative counterparts ) just didn’t know that Sarah Palin’s rise to nominee for the #2 Republican spot was at least a year-and-a-half in the making.
A dedicated grass roots, lower-budgeted, and much more under-the-radar campaign than that of the liberal Move On darlings— a loose bunch of ideologically-ranging conservative twenty-somethings, led by Adam Brickley and Paul Volosen, along with a Western PA professor, Stephen R. Maloney, who did some radio interviews— netrooted Palin for VP via an online petition crusade for the RNC’s attention, as early as February 26 ’07. That’s a short two- and- a -half months after she just started her governorship in December 4, ‘06, and purportedly months before she got her first passport in July ’07.
These bloggers drafted Palin solely for the intention of getting her in the VP spot, not really caring who the presidential GOP pick would be, as evidenced by a series of online decals displaying Palin’s name with each of the Republican presidential contenders.But why did these netrooters, who hid wide-open in the blogosphere, want Palin for VP? That’s just another angle to Sarah Palin: The Movie.
Americans love stories and strong, physical heroes.
Extreme right conservative, or not, even for Democrats, there is no question that Palin is a multi-faceted, born do-it-yourselfer
She’s not just a patchwork of America—a little bit country hunting, wearing a little bit rock-and-roll go-go boots. She’s an undeniably 21st century girl-next-door Übermensch Mamma. You can just hear Mattel’s day-through-night production line banging out the Sarah Doll faster than her own speeding- bullet rise to American families’ poster woman . She’s Barbie’s ® new best girl-friend, complete with wardrobe, for Republican girls (and adult men) this holiday season.By now, you’ve read all about her bio and the non-stop Wikipedia updates. But what is Sarah Palin—
The Legend all about?
Not the sexiest governor in the US (a stripper’s group voted Schwarzenegger that honor), Palin nonetheless updates, ala Alaskan-style, that jazzy 70s Enjoli perfume TV commercial –I’ll bring home the moose (da- DA-da- Da)fry it up in the pan,
and never, never let you forget I’m in command
Even more prescient of her abundant energy are the 1963 lyrics for I am Woman. The original song the commercial was taken from includes a line about washing 44 pairs of socks—
numerically right on target for both her age and the chorological number for the next president.
It seems the heavenly stars, if not yet the celebrity ones, have aligned for her legend-making, as well.
Her introduction coincided with Palin’s wedding anniversary – and McCain (who???)’s 72nd birthday— while simultaneously demonstrating first-round, white-gloved target practice at the Obama/Biden ticket, as she tactically honored Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro for paving her way, during this the 88th anniversary week of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the equal right to vote.
Like going to the moon, Nixon was there for the landing after Kennedy and Johnson laid the groundwork; this felt like a Republican flag-waving slam, with legitimate concerns that Sarah, The GOP Secret Lady Weapon, would also shoot the winning dunk.