Who’s Your Messiah Now?

Sarah Palin’s rapid elevation from small town mayor to candidate for national office to revered deity, has got me asking if conservatives aren’t taking a bit too much of the savior in mass (or smoking crack). The hyperbole exceeds satire.

The Sarah Palin phenomenon is truly a product of the post-media age. A woman, of whom nothing is known, has become in the minds of a significant percentage of Americans a messianic figure. Based on what? Looks, gender, and a baby with Down’s Syndrome.

That’s it.

She is the true Paris Hilton of politicians. She’s famous for being famous. Especially among conservatives. But the inside-the-beltway hysteria of GOP coastal elites and wealthy Christian Conservatives – as expressed by the staffs of the Weekly Standard, National Review, and Fox News (in New York!), among others – is a soirée in a samovar.

Outside of their gay and prosperous precincts, Americans are still wondering who the hell this woman is. The GOP is gravely misreading the national mood and the general appeal of their VP candidate. No one who wasn’t already going to vote for her will now do so because she eats mooseburger and gives a snarky speech. Better enjoy that celebration because prognostications aside – she’s the 2012 nominee (they assume either a loss or McCain’s death, whichever comes first), she’s the future of the party, she’s come to save us from imminent defeat – Sarah Palin has a long, tough, and I’m guessing, scandal-filled road ahead of her.

Who’s your messiah now? Sarah Palin. And you better pray she’s studying hard and paying off the townies back home, or she just might be a false prophet.

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9 Responses to Who’s Your Messiah Now?

  1. Thuro says:

    McBrilliant post! Just read that Obama raised $10 million since last night because of Palin’s speech.

  2. Truth Will Out says:

    great post. the gop is buzzing right now but there’s a ton of dirt out there that still has to come out. she’s tabloid fodder and, let’s face it, a foreign policy babe (no pun intended) in the woods

  3. h says:

    You hit it right on the mark. The GOP messiah is a completely empty phenomenon. There is not there there. We’ll see what happens. For now, let the conservatives have their fun, it’s not going to go in their favor…

  4. Gina says:

    Palin’s speech was a home run!!! All you left wing democrats who have been smug and presumptuous, acting as if Obama has already won, are about to be given your rightfully deserved comeuppance. Keep America strong … No Wright, no Farrakahn, no Ayers, no Rezko, no mean Michelle, NOBAMA !!!

  5. OzObserver says:

    Palin scares me – not because she can even become VP, but what this says of the expectations of so many people. Personally, I smell a rat… or moose (do they smell the same?). Do we now really want leaders “just like us” or leaders who inspire us to be better and do better? Gosh, I like my neighbours but I certainly wouldn’t want any of them running the country!

    And why being a hockey mom who believes Creationism is a plausible scientific theory doesn’t immediately disqualify her from higher public office beats me.

    After the last 8 years of leadership mediocrity and dumbing down of expectations, isn’t it time for thoughtful leaders who can articulate a grander vision to shape our nation? And even the World? Smokescreens about the press don’t score any points either. The last time the press was effectively silenced we ended up in Iraq.

    Anyway, the blogs give me heart that a lof of Americans are not going to let this happen… I hope Middle America thinks the same.

  6. Irene G says:

    Vetted? You bet. Look at this June 8, 2008 video of her addressing young evangelical church recruits… She knew on June 8 that she was being vetted. Listen to her talk about destiny, and request prayers for her future, and tell the young people that Alaska is going to be great… destiny… look at THIS!!! She knew. This was in the works.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/02/palins-church-may-have-sh_n_123205.html

  7. […] NBC/Wall Street Journal: Obama +1 The GOP is crowing, there are a ton of stories about Democrats panicking, and everyone is acting like Sarah Palin is the second coming of the Messiah. […]

  8. Show Me says:

    Irene G Says:
    Friday, September 5, 2008 at 3:20 am

    Vetted? You bet. Look at this June 8, 2008 video of her addressing young evangelical church recruits… She knew on June 8 that she was being vetted. Listen to her talk about destiny, and request prayers for her future, and tell the young people that Alaska is going to be great… destiny… look at THIS!!! She knew. This was in the works.

    I think the most disturbing thing that I have seen from her church is that the people who would vote for John Kerry (or the democrats) will never see the gates of heaven…. This is a small minded religious politician… and another sockpuppet for Rove and Cheney….

  9. billso says:

    Excellent post. The Palin pick lost its flash factor quickly. Media scrutiny is making both McCain and Palin fidget – his press conference last night in Maine, and her interview with the “friendly” Charlie Gibson are cringe-inducing viewing.

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