Sunday, October 26, 2008
Idea for McCain: Pull Palin, hire Tina Fey
by Larry Geller
This is part of Sarah Palin’s Iowa speech today, quoted in Sam Stein’s Huffington Post article, Palin: Obama's Tax Plans Could Mean Nightmare Communist State:
"See, under a big government, more tax agenda, what you thought was yours would really start belonging to somebody else, to everybody else. If you thought your income, your property, your inventory, your investments were, were yours, they would really collectively belong to everybody. Obama, Barack Obama has an ideological commitment to higher taxes, and I say this based on his record... Higher taxes, more government, misusing the power to tax leads to government moving into the role of some believing that government then has to take care of us. And government kind of moving into the role as the other half of our family, making decisions for us. Now, they do this in other countries where the people are not free. Let us fight for what is right. John McCain and I, we will put our trust in you."
I’m not sure that this means “communism,” but it sure is a stretch beyond what McCain has been willing to say so far.
I just watched Tina Fey as Palin on the Thursday update Saturday Night Live, and I don’t think Tina would go this far. If she were the candidate, she probably wouldn’t embarrass McCain by spending outrageous amounts of his campaign funds on clothing and personal care, either. So why not just pull Palin and hire Fey, at least for the remainder of the campaign? No one would ever know.
The Sunday Telegraph thinks that the choice of Palin for the Republican ticket could be helping what some Republicans believe will be a landslide victory for Obama:
In addition to Mr [David] Frum [a former Bush speechwriter], who thinks her not ready to be president, Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan's greatest speechwriter and a columnist with the Wall Street Journal, condemned Mr McCain's running mate as a "symptom and expression of a new vulgarisation of American politics." Conservative columnist David Brooks called her a "fatal cancer to the Republican Party".
The backlash that ensued last week revealed the fault lines of the coming civil war.
Civil war? Others think that Palin could be the next Ronald Reagan.
Right now, Palin could use something she can’t purchase at Neiman Marcus. A stand-in.