For a number of weeks now, conservative Beltway insiders Kathleen Parker and Peggy Noonan, among others, have narrowed their sights not on the Democratic candidate for president, but the Republican candidate’s running mate. Sarah Palin has brought out something in them that rivals the ‘80s sitcom Full House when it comes to the shudder factor.
Noonan has written several pieces, including one called “Palin’s Failin’,” which bemoans the fact that “the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics.” Because Palin tends to drop her Gs and says “moms and dads” instead of “mothers and fathers,” suddenly our political system — perhaps the nation — is poised for collapse. If that’s all it takes these days, we’re in bigger trouble than I thought.
Parker started her ball rolling with a piece called “The Palin Problem” at the end of September. Since then, nearly all of her weekly columns have touched on Palin in some form or other. Her most recent offering, “Maverick’s Tragic Flaw,” suggests that John McCain didn’t choose Palin for her accomplishments in the executive and energy sectors, temperament, and political promise, but because he was smitten:
As my husband observed early on, McCain the mortal couldn’t mind having an attractive woman all but singing arias to his greatness. Cameras frequently capture McCain beaming like a gold-starred schoolboy while Palin tells crowds that he is “exactly the kind of man I want as commander in chief.” This, notes Draper, “seemed to confer not only valor but virility on a 72-year-old politician who only weeks ago barely registered with the party faithful.”
That’s right: McCain’s testosterone is getting a boost from Palin’s estrogen. Has anyone asked Todd Palin what he thinks about this? Or, being a hick from Alaska, is he just happy that his wife is allowing him to come along for the ride?
Why beautiful, accomplished women like Parker and Noonan would join the MSM pile-on of the beautiful, accomplished woman from Alaska is, on its face, confusing.
But for anyone who knows anything about how DC works, maybe it’s not so confusing after all.
Palin is reviled by Beltway insiders — conservative and liberal alike — because she’s not one of them and has made it clear that she doesn’t want to be. And some conservative insiders, being a minority, may be afraid that if Obama wins they’ll be, according to Charles Krauthammer, “left out in the cold without a single state dinner for the next four years.” Rush Limbaugh agrees, saying, “this is about the social structure of Washington.” So they feel the need to establish their bona fides before it’s too late.
Parker’s receiving accolades from liberal media outlets and even scored a guest slot on The Colbert Report, the show that hip young people — who had never heard of Parker before this — tune into for their, er, news. And one of my sources, who is very well connected, tells me that Noonan was at first rumored to be looking to write a regular column for the New York Times. Why she’d want to work for a paper that is spiraling further down the economic sinkhole, with stocks that are near junk status, is beyond me. But the rumor has escalated beyond the Times and gone straight to the White House: my same source says now the word is that Noonan may be being courted for the job of press secretary for an Obama administration.
Bread meeting butter?