PALIN VP SHOCKER: Will Scorned 'Hillarians' Turn To Hot GOP Mamma? GET POLITICAL w/ VIC LIVINGSTON
• "Hell Hath No Fury..." but don't the issues matter more?
• Is experience now optional in presidential politics?
To all those who deride McCain's VP pick of inexperienced short-term female Alaska governor Sarah Palin as handing the election to Barack Obama: The joke very well may be on the man who dared to scorn Hillary Clinton.
Yes, Palin lacks even a scintilla of foreign relations or national affairs experience. She's got a new special-needs infant and a bit of a scandal to handle back at home. And while she displays Tina Fey's four-eyed good looks, she's been cursed with Molly McGee's nails-on-a-blackboard voice.
Palin's high-pitched screech makes Hillary Clinton sound like Marilyn Monroe. She's got that "Take out the GARBAGE!" tone that's painfully familiar to any henpecked husband.
But in her Dayton, Ohio, debut with her silver-haired political sugar-daddy at her side, she also came off as smart, sassy in a very attractive way, and ready to rumble -- kind of like a biker hot mamma dolled up in an Armani pantsuit. She was, after all, a Miss Alaska runner-up...
Joe Biden, who's got some bankruptcy bill issues coming out of his political closet, certainly possesses the international relations chops, an area in which Palin brings nothing to the table.
But her background as a businesswoman, a working mom and more recently, as a governor, may just give her a unique edge on many forms of domestic relations. Who knows? On those issues, "the shrew" just might be able to tame "the smirk."
At the VP debate, I could just see Biden's self-sanctimonious manner getting a low kick by way of a cutting put-down from the GOP's New Hillary. It's a good thing the VP candidates will be sitting down.
By going with someone lacking in experience, McCain forfeits one of his best arguments against an Obama presidency. At first blush, his concession on the experience issue looks like a gift to an untested Democrat with barely four years on the national scene (most of them spent running for president).
But remember -- the experience argument didn't help George Bush the elder in his 1992 run against young Bill Clinton; and it didn't work for Hillary Clinton in this year's primaries.
Obama has skillfully countered the experience argument with his "judgment to lead" mantra, recently augmented by a constant questioning of McCain's problematic "temperament."
And now, in one Northern Exposure master stroke, McCain changes the game into a battle of the sexes. He has injected a classic theme -- the "woman scorned." Palin offers enraged Hillary Democrats a chance for sweet revenge -- if they are willing to overlook Palin's consistent conservative bona fides on key issues like abortion and gun control. And that's a big "if." All women don't give up their vote just because the candidate shares the same plumbing as they do. But there could be enough of them to make a difference in a tight race.
Don't think for a moment that Palin's anti-abortion stance and her opposition to such traditional Democratic issues as gun control will prevent a significant number of Hillarians from taking a second look at McCain for President; they were doing so even before the Palin stunner.
So suddenly, the narrative of Election '08 has taken on the airs of Shakespearean morality play. And who among us can't finish the following sentence: "Hell hath no fury..."
I can hear Hillary cackling right now.
BUT WILL THE ELECTION EVEN MATTER? Not when government-supported "vigilante injustice" squads are "gang stalking" American citizens, making a mockery of the rule of law:
WHAT IF THEY COULD SHOOT YOU
WITHOUT LEAVING A TRACE? THEY CAN.