It does not surprise me when I read that Sarah Palin has helped to tilt the election towards John McCain. She is a major force to contend with, and contend we must. Let me cut to the chase. I believe that the election of McCain and Sarah Palin would be a political tsunami that can bring down the house that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson built; a house that George W. Bush systematically attempted to tear down, brick by brick, lie by lie, but at this date is still standing, a little worse for wear. And I fear that McCain and Palin will come to power by their lies, and through the cult of celebrity, the very celebrity that McCain demeaned in Obama.
I admit that this woman scares me mostly because I can see her great attraction. She’s a fine orator despite the hard “r” that reminds me of Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz, the lady famous for her warning Dorothy, “I’ll get you and your little dog too” only with Palin I hear the subtext of “I’ll get you and your environment too.” Palin is quick in delivering a snappy line; she is a mistress of insult, a rabble rouser, and perhaps, just perhaps, a true believer which makes her all the more dangerous. She certainly believes in herself, but then all candidates must, but her belief in self is based on a set of prejudices and a celebration of ignorance, rather than a lifetime of achievement. Most of all she’s a good actress, attractive enough with a winning smile, all helpful as a fine manipulator of people and ideas. All these qualities make her a power to contend with, and the Democrats better recognize that now. The fact that she is the enemy of every woman who will vote for her with the exception of Cindy McCain makes her rise more dangerous for Americans, particularly for working women; more dangerous than any other candidate who has ever vied for public office. This is the woman who could, and probably will succeed John McCain if health and age prevent him from remaining in office. This woman may well be our not so far off President Palin. Drop the l from her name and we know what’s ahead for America.