I've never seen the Democrats more thoroughly panicked than after yesterday's announcement that Gov. Sarah Palin is John McCain's choice for Vice President. It was like they suddenly realized that they might actually have to work at winning the election this fall. For a group who expected an easy cakewalk into the White House, such a realization has got to be causing a lot of indigestion.
And you know what must be really driving the far left nuts? Sarah Palin is the closest thing to a real person -- someone who might actually be your neighbor or a friend from the PTA or someone you work with or a fellow congregant at your church -- than anyone who has graced a Presidential ticket in some time, at least in my lifetime.
Married high school sweetheart? Check.
Adorable family? Check and double check.
Immediate family in the military? Check. (Buh-bye "chicken hawk" argument ...)
PTA member? Check.
Loves hunting and fishing and belongs to the NRA? Check.
Loves moose burgers and snowmobiling? Check.
Married to a blue collar union member? Check. (Wow, a real live union family. The liberal elitist crowd must have really pissed their pants over that one.)
Someone who regularly attends church, and who could probably espouse a simple, direct explanation of her faith that most Americans could also understand and identify with? Check.
Became involved in politics after tiring of local bureaucratic fumbling and corruption? Check.
I could go on, but you get the idea.
Of course the slime has already begun to ooze from the fever swamps of the left -- the first crude MILF/naughty librarian/Vixen jokes; rumors that Palin actually adopted her youngest child, who is really the product of an unwanted pregnancy from her oldest daughter; accusations that Palin is just pandering to the "Right To Life nutbags" by deliberately carrying her defective pregnancy to term instead of doing what any sensible, intelligent woman would do; questions about her fitness as a mother, since she is obviously abandoning her poor, mentally retarded baby in order to join the McCain campaign; speculation that because Palin entered the Miss Alaska pageant, there must be compromising or embarassing photos of her somewhere. And liberal women? They'll be a perpetual fountain of rudeness, vulgarity, and cattiness. (PS - If those swimsuit photos ever do become available, you can rest assured that I'll post them ASAP. Hubba-hubba!)
But you can't use that kind of unhinged lunacy in a national campaign. So Obama is left with the standard complaints -- "She's inexperienced/She's not qualified/She didn't earn this" and so forth. This will be the thrust of the national message against Palin, but it will be like walking on broken glass for Obama given his nonexistent list of real accomplishments as a leader.
So what's wrong with Sarah Palin? In order to really understand this, we must ask "What is right about Barack Obama?" And here's the answer: he was raised by a free-spirited agnostic mom, he went to Harvard, he studied community organizing, he studied civil rights law, he read John Dewey and Saul Alinsky and James Cone and Ghandi, his leadership skills were mentored by some of the left's leading radicals and he became a star pupil, his potential as a leader was recognized and he was given "guardian angels" by the Democratic party and fast-tracked through the Chicago and Illinois political machines. In other words, he was hand-picked and groomed by the liberal establishment to be President. This is not a flattering metaphor but it is an accurate one: Obama is the top stud from the progressive leadership stud farm, and all his adult life he has been bred to sire the new Democratic Socialist States of America.
Compare that pedigree to Sarah Palin's: Who has mentored her? Has she studied Alinsky? Cone? Gustavo Gutierrez? Pauol Freire? Chomsky? Cornel West? No Ivy Leage degree? No community organizing skills? No experience in civil rights advocacy? Her "accomplishments" as mayor and Energy Commission chairwoman and governor mean nothing next to the void of her poorly trained and sadly underdeveloped intellect.
But again, average people would find those arguments completely non-compelling, if not outright silly. So we're back to "She's not ready/She's not qualified" etc.
The next two months are going to be a lot of fun. I'm heading out to buy the popcorn right now.