Thursday, September 04, 2008

Gone, Man, Gone!


It's the bottom of the ninth, bases are loaded, two outs and the score is tied. The tension in the stadium is so palpable it's as if the air has thickened to sludge prohibiting the merest movement. All eyes are fixed on the batter walking up to the plate. The spectators hush, waiting with bated breath for the first pitch. The pitcher and catcher exchange head shakes-n-nods. There's discord. More fervent shakes-n-nods. The crowd begins to murmur. Finally, as ripples of anxiety course through the stadium, a pitch is determined, and the crowd sighs in relief. But the tension ramps up again as the pitcher takes a step back, winds up and torpedoes the ball toward the batter.


And Gov. Sarah Palin digs in, swings, and knocks that damn ball right out of the park.

The crowd roars!!!!

As Sarah Palin takes her victory lap around the bases, the crowd goes nuts and her teammates rush on the field to congratulate her. But Sarah? Her eyes are right on her family.


It isn't possible that a human being could have watched that speech without being absolutely won over, Republican or not.




I'm not really a patriot, as most of my readers know. But watching her speech last night, and especially the moments after the speech when her family came on stage, I had the rare experience of being proud to be an American. Ok, lump me in with Michelle Obama, fine! But as I listened to that strong, intelligent, gutsy woman and then saw her embracing her family, it really made me feel that she represents the best of what America strives for: good family, working hard and standing up for what is right, not just what is popular. I was so proud to be an American woman at that moment, I got tears in my eyes! (Now don't go tellin' anyone that!)


As I said yesterday, the best hope for a jump-start out of the running blocks was for Palin and McCain both to deliver knock-your-socks-off speeches. So, as the crowd roared and McCain stepped on stage, I was waiting for McCain to deliver the knock-out blow. As he raised the microphone to speak, I was virtually willing him to say, "The doubters questioned my choice of running mate. They said I was crazy. Who's crazy now!? Barack, you may think you can speechify your way to the White House, but I'm here to tell ya, you got another think coming! We're gunnin' for ya, and we won't stop until we're in the White House!"


Instead he said something lame and a final "Look at that beautiful family" before awkwardly standing there not knowing what to do and finally exiting the stage rather abruptly. Not what I expected from a seasoned politician. He should have been poised to fully exploit the moment and drive the dagger home, right to the heart of his opponent.


But he didn't.


Maybe at that moment he was wondering whether his pick of VP will continue to overshadow his campaign, making voters wish she were the top pick, and he were the VP hopeful. Hmmmm....you think?


The reality is, we are not voting Sarah Palin for President, as much as we love her (and believe me, the pundits do love her!) John McCain is the man running for President, and she is just his running mate. After the election, she will be relegated to the near-invisible role of 2nd in command. Is it not well known that all Prezzies fear the usurping power of an overly popular VP? Oh, yes. That is why they are kept well in the background, off in (peaceful, placid) foreign lands smiling while the little cloggers dance and the old politicians shake their hand. As much as we love Sarah Palin, it is John McCain who will be at the helm if elected, and that is a point to reckon with.

8 comments:

Big Plain V said...

Thanks for keeping me up to date on things. It's nice to know that I need never watch news again cuz you have the discernment to figure out what's really going on and explain it to me on your blog.

bunnyjo georg said...

Ouch! ;)

You know, I just can't help myself. There's a secret little part of me that hopes to be a major political blogger - NOT! But even so, I really can't keep my thoughts to myself about all the happenings. It is so exciting! If you love politics that is.....

So, tune it tomorrow for another thrilling update from the newest voice in political commentary!

Big Plain V said...

Great. I will. Give me the address to their site, okay?

(kidding)

VeeFlower said...

Well, I agree with Ray. You can do my political thinking for me, you do it so darn well, and I am always missing these great moments that you are talking about because I am napping or gone somewhere....I do like McCain Palin, but I always look at it this way: a presidential candidate is like those first few dates....the guy is going to show you his absolute best, buy you flowers, open the door, pay for your dates, etc. But once you give in....watch out! You may find yourself sitting home alone while he is out doing stuff you really don't want to know about. OH, that is about the extent of my thinking these days. Um, isn't Chris an Obama fan!? I would love to hear you two discuss the issues.

HUBBYMAN said...

(9/7/08) HAVING JUST READ THE LAST 2 BLOG ENTRIES, I FEEL A NEED TO COMMENT. I'M NOT VERY POLITICAL (USUALLY FEELING THAT WE HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE EVIL OF TWO LESSERS), BUT FEEL THAT BUNNY JO HAS REALLY HIT THE CRUX OF THE MATTER WITH HER OBSERVATION THAT McCAIN NEEDS TO DELINEATE THE DIFFERENCES IN HIS POLICES FROM OBAMA'S AND BUSH'S. *** BUT SO DOES OBAMA!! ** AFTER HEARING FIFTY YEARS OF POLITICAL RHETORIC, AND THEN SEEING WHAT'S BEEN DONE (AND WHAT HASN'T), I WANT TO KNOW NOT JUST WHAT THEY _PLAN_ TO DO -- BUT _HOW_ THEY EXPECT TO IMPLIMENT THAT PLAN. WITH THE DEMS CONTROLLING CONGRESS, OBAMA SHOULD HAVE AN EASIER TIME OF IT. SO McCAIN REALLY NEEDS TO PUT FORTH THAT INFO TO ALL POTENTIAL VOTERS. I'D LOVE TO SEE A NEW GROWTH IN AMERICAN ECONOMICS, & RESPECT FROM ABROAD, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY TOUGH ROW TO HOE AFTER THE LAST 10 YEARS (REMEMBER THE LATE 1990S BOON, BEFORE THE .COM COLLASPE?). HERE'S HOPING THE NEXT PRESIDENT (WHOMEVER HE OR SHE MAY BE) HAS THE INTESTINAL FORTITUDE TO BRING PROSPERITY AND RESPECT BACK TO THESE UNITED STATES.

Big Plain V said...

Good point. So Bunny, did you... Bunny?

Buuuuun-neeeeey?.....

Now where'd she get off to?

Anonymous said...

It's actually really easy to not be won over by Palin's speech. After all, when you look at the heart of what she said it had no substance other than she's a hockey mom who hates Obama. Oh yeah, and she sold some plane on eBay. Perhaps I missed it but did she offer any insight into her views on foreign policy? Or maybe share with her fellow Americans her thoughts on health care, the economy or most importantly, the war? I didn't hear any of that. But I'm pretty sure that she doesn't like Obama. Oh yeah, and did you know that McCain was a war hero?

The republican party is very good at jedi mind tricks and Sarah Palin is a perfect example. McCain offers up a virtual nobody as his running mate. She has no REAL experience and she's full of controversy right out of the gate. My next door neighbor is probably more qualified than she is to be in the role of VP. Let's face facts, McCain is an old man...it's a real possibility that he could die in office. Do you really want ole Sarah Barracuda running this country?

I've been listening to all this discussion about Palin and how people can identify with her. She has ovaries? No kidding! Me too! But let's face the real facts. She's NOT running for president...McCain is and he is simply more of the same. Has everyone forgotten how he not only supports the war but wants to continue it on indefinitely and even throw in a few more arab nations? (Anyone remember bomb, bomb, bomb Iran?) The people who are buying into this Palin crap are the same people who can hold themselves responsible for 8 years of Bush. And the republican party just perpetuates it. They know that Palin is not qualified but they continue contorting themselves into a denial of reality. But it's easier to continue on with the denial (global warming is a lie!) and to pour themselves a giant cup of oil in the morning along with their frosted flakes.

I just read an article the other day about how there are more families in Muskegon County living below the poverty line than ever before. There are few jobs and the ones that are there don't pay that great. The way I see it, that's only going to get worse as the costs of fuel, utilities and groceries continue to rise.

Please read this http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080904/ap_on_el_pr/cvn_fact_check
and check your facts before you start putting all of your eggs in the McCain/Palin basket. Our country can do better than that.

bunnyjo georg said...

Dang! I am blown away by the quality of what everyone is saying here. It has inspired me....to write another blog entry! :)

Oh, that bunnyjo!