Because she SELLS. 40 million people watched her give that pitbull eBay plane speech! She's on all the magazine covers! She's even been getting you guys to click! Barack Obama isn't the only "rock star" in this campaign, the AP declared this morning. No, because this little hockey mama who knows how to get things done (like book banning!) is like the Carrie Underwood meets Kelly Clarkson meets Amy Grant meets Kid Rock of politics! But here's the real question: is America tuning in because, for Chrissakes, it's all working? Or is America tuning in because so many Americans are sitting staring mouths agape at the television sets they are too stunned to turn off, phrases like "fuzzy math" and "soft bigotry of low expectations" ringing in ears, thinking to themselves, Oh my holy community organizer in Heaven above, what if this is working???
I find obnoxious the political game in which if you expressed doubts about the vice presidential nominee, or criticized her, you were treated as if you were knocking the real America-small towns, sound values. "It's time that normal Joe Six-Pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency," Mrs. Palin told talk-show host Hugh Hewitt. This left me trying to imagine Abe Lincoln saying he represents "backwoods types," or FDR announcing that the fading New York aristocracy deserves another moment in the sun. I'm not sure the McCain campaign is aware of it-it's possible they are-but this is subtly divisive. As for the dismissal of conservative critics of Mrs. Palin as "Georgetown cocktail party types" (that was Mr. McCain), well, my goodness. That is the authentic sound of the aggression, and phony populism, of the Bush White House. Good move. That ended well.