Friday, September 26, 2008

When You Lose A Wingnut…

Kathleen Parker is one of the more odious right-wing columnists out there, even a little freaky for the National Review (example), so when Sarah Palin loses her, she’s got a problem.

Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I’ve been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I’ve also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

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Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.

Do it for your country.

That last line is typical over-the-top Parker, as if the salvation of America is only achievable by the election of a Republican (and they call Obama “Messiah”?), but the rest of it… wow.

Obviously it’s not going to happen, but when you get a trial balloon popping up like this, you know it’s not just wingnuttery; the right is too good at lockstep message control for something like this to get out without some kind of tacit acknowledgment that there’s a problem with Ms. Palin.

But if she does drop out… game over.