(As a side note, the previous page contains a post by synron which verifies that he is massagatos/possumfartbubbles...and ain't this ignore feature delightful)
i've had a feeling from get street that the gop, being unhopeful of keeping the white house, has given mccain a mercy f*&k for long service while simultaneously offering him up as a sacrificial lamb. i've said it before, but i see even more reason to feel that way now.
a small evidence is that rather than use a credible veep nominee like tom ridge or rudy, who arguably have wider appeal, they toss in sarah. not ready, but that's not a big deal if the belief is that she won't have to be this time.
but what it does do is give her an intro on a national and international level...
country first... what a farce.
There are some puzzles in all of this. First, I think we have to acknowledge the diversity of opinions within the Republican party/conservative movement re how to win/salvage the election and how to move forward given the prospect of large electoral defeat and the coincident discreditation of conservative governance/philosophy. McCain was and remains, for many conservatives, a quite imperfect candidate. But for others, the "pragmatic" sorts like Rove, McCain provided the possibility of dissociation (conceptual if not real) with Bush/Republicanism in significant portions of the electorate. At the same time, they understood that there was simply no chance of preventing electoral disaster with an unmotivated base. Palin filled that role.
So far as I've been able to establish, the campaign itself did minimal vetting of her. The probable reason is that she wasn't seriously considered until threats of a floor revolt (by the culture crowd) forced McCain to name her. She's been in their sights for a while though, with Limbaugh and Gingrich, for example, pushing her forward through the summer.
For movement people, Reagan comes close to equaling christ. If an exaggeration, that's a very small one. He's become a sacred object and his words are treated as revealed truths. No candidate can hope to advance in the party/movement now without the same sorts of bows and allusions to Reagan as must be made to christ. The parallels are broad and profound. Pelosi's speech, before the first bailout vote, gained the response we saw from the movement people not merely because it was convenient scapegoating but also because it profaned Reagan's memory.
These folks want Reagan to arise again. They really
want that. But no one on the scene fit the description, until Palin. She will be the hope for 2012, of course. But I'm betting that Gingrich (who I deem an actual psychopath) will move to gain any power she achieves for himself.