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???This was a "tangent," the Downsized Employee's boss told her via IM*, an irrelevant and unnecessary overthought. Of course, within a matter of hours the Downsized Employee's contention that the whole basis for the post was bullshit would be proven correct, and within a matter of weeks the Downsized Employee's suggestion that some Americans might have found themselves betrayed by the cynical market-tested phony populism of the Right since they fell for the President with whom they'd feel most comfortable grabbing a beer eight year ago would be acknowledged by none other than said phony populism's old progenitor Peggy Noonan, who wrote Friday of Palin:
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.The Downsized Employee might say the same of all short-term sales-driven market-tested business decisions, but The Downsized Employee had done that numerous times before, most recently in a rather involved, tangent-filled 1500 word post on the Coming Depression she was sure her boss did not expect would get more than seventy thousand page views. The Downsized Employee certainly did not, which is why she had so vociferously complained when the Boss had installed a compensation system by which she would be awarded a bonus tied to her page view growth that the Boss had offered her a fixed non-adjustable-rate salary just to silence her whining. The Downsized Employee felt bad (and sheepish) bringing this up on a day the aggregate consequence of the aggregate of all that foolhardy short-term decision-making would be so awe-inspiringly apparent. The Downsized Employee does not want to give her old customers the sense she thinks she is so important. The Downsized Employee just wanted one final chance to remind them that she thinks some things are important, and it is much more than "what sells right now," but that she blames the "What Sells Right Now" mentality for her Downsizing, because the Downsized Employee would have gladly taken a pay cut, but she does not believe the Boss who Downsized her realized that, and she could no more expect the Boss who downsized her to realize that than she could herself start a multimillion dollar 150-employee media company.