October 11, 2008

IF THE 2012 PRIMARIES WERE STARTING TODAY...:

There's Something About Sarah (Suzanne Fields, 10/11/08, Real Clear Politics)

Despite everything John McCain and Barack Obama can do, Sarah Palin continues to be the liveliest of the candidates, now starting the clubhouse turn and about to race down the homestretch.

There's only one more presidential debate to endure. By this time in a campaign, both presidential candidates are so programmed, their talking points so tested and trite if not necessarily true, that viewers long for a refreshing gaffe. But all we get is a Tuesday-night debate where both men seem terrified of saying something interesting and new. Tom Brokaw tried.

Sarah Palin, on the other hand, is something else. She's clearly relishing the assigned role of the candidate for vice president -- going out to rough up the top of the other ticket, saying the things that a presidential candidate eager to appear presidential thinks and believes but would never say. She's the real deal with the gloves off and the bright red high heels on. Though this exacts a price, she's the proof that feminism, like her or not, has achieved its long-sought goal: Girls can take it just like boys, and they can dish it out, too. This may be remembered as John McCain's greatest gift to the ladies.


...which they basically have, Hillary and Ms Palin would have to be considered frontrunners.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2008 7:33 AM
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