President Palin – A Bullet Dodged, and A Party Warped

It seems only sensible to follow up on my last post “President Palin - A Dark Possibility”, which I penned shortly after John McCain announced his announced that Sarah Palin was his selection for Vice President.  It was an unsettling time when her initial popularity put McCain ahead in the polls and there was an actual possibility that we could have and End-Of-Days theologist just one [feeble] heartbeat from the most powerful military machine in history and a whole list of biblical prophesies in need of fulfillment.


Well…the world learned more and more about just how much Sarah Palin has NOT learned in her isolated life and, while still giving the Religious Right a woody, became a boil on the McCain ticket.  It seems generally agreed that Ms. Palin turned what could have been a reasonably competitive campaign into a crushing electoral landslide for Barack Obama.  It had been obvious for some time (after the initial Palin ‘bump’) that Obama was going to walk away with the election.  … and until the recent California wildfires, the media seemed to spend half of their time talking about the marginalized Republican Party and what they would get back in the game.  It almost seems like a sort of ‘Chapter 11’ bankruptcy for the party, but the bankruptcy here was intellectual and ideological instead of monetary.  Their business plan wasn’t working anymore and they need to spend some time restructuring.


I had never affiliated myself with a political party and, to be honest, I always thought it rather silly to be a strict partisan of any flavor.  Still…had I been forced to select a party, I would have identified myself as a Republican because I grew up thinking it was a party of fiscal conservatism…or at least fiscal pragmatism.  Clearly the Republican Party, somewhere along the line, became the party of Religious and Social Conservatism.  This, I think, is not just veering off the path a little bit, but converting the party into something totally foreign to American and Constitutional ideals and bearing little or no resemblance to the party that I grew up with.


I was down at Grant Park on the night of Tuesday November 4th and watched Mr. Obama become President Elect.  It was an emotional time and tears welled on more than one occasion.  It was a new chapter in America.  It is an era that will turn us from the brink of our Supreme Court interpreting our secular constitution through a religious lens.  It is an era where the Republican party can do some soul searching and return to their roots…or so I had hoped.


The media and the talking heads talk about the ‘new faces’ of the Republican party, and they are….Palin, Huckabee, Romney, Gingrich and other religious conservatives!!  What are they thinking?!?!?!  There is still a good deal of time.  Maybe there will be that face that comes out of the crowd (much as Obama did) that can be our next Teddy Roosevelt or Lincoln.  Instead; the talking heads only offer the names of religious ideologues that delivered us the mess that we have right now and want to (in Mike Huckabee’s words) “change the constitution to meet God’s word”.  If the Republican Party were a struggling car company; you can’t get back in control by putting a new grill on the same undesirable car.  The Palins,  Romneys , Huckabees and Gingrichs are just a new grill on a car that people no longer want.


Message to the GOP:  There is still time to learn your lesson.  Dig deep.


Paul said...

Well, at the moment, Palin remains Republicans' top choice to run in 2012. A whopping 69% think she was a net plus for the ticket.


As for Romney, the guy's such a phony it's really hard to tell how much of a religious conservative he really is. He tried really hard to convince MA voters that he was, in fact, a secular moderate/liberal. And they seemed to buy it.

Also, I don't really see the evidence that McCain was competitive pre-Palin. Once Obama secured the nomination, McCain was only ahead in the polls once, immediately after naming Palin. Otherwise, he was languishing several points behind more or less the whole time.

Anonymous said...

hmmm... interesting...

It seems I'm the exact opposite of you in politics- Extremely Fiscally liberal and usually socially conservative... where does that leave me?!

FVThinker said...

I suppose what struck me was more the knee-jerk reaction of the talking heads to put characters out as the "new face" that represented everything that lost them the election. After such an electoral defeat; it would seem prudent to spend a little more time thinking about the situation and not be so reactionary.

Re: Romney...
True. He seems quite two dimensional and seems willing to remake himself (in very short order) to whatever suits his needs. His Republican Primary version seemed anti-secular.

Re: McCain's competitiveness...
By 'competitive', I only meant that in the sense that it might not have been a humiliating defeat.

FVThinker said...

@beloved mama:
Well, 'conservative' and 'liberal' monikers can be misleading. I actually consider myself centrist on...well...everything. But I suppose even Shawn Hannity could consider himself centrist.

In a nutshell, I do NOT take the stance that we shouldn't fund social services. Rather public monies should only (as a general rule) be put where the economic benefit to the economy is at least as great as the financial outlay. Similarly; there are times (maybe like now!) where deficit spending is necessary to avoid a much greater problem.

Economics is a bit of a black art. But to the extent that we can, we should only use public monies where there is empirical evidence that those policies provide a return to the taxpayers (or their children).

Re: Social conservatism...
I acknowledge that individuals run the gamut on what they consider socially appropriate and inappropriate. My primary concern is that many social conservatives want their views represented in our state and federal constitutions. Whether (for instance) a dude can or cannot kiss another dude affects the functioning of our government not at all. In a secular society, matters such as these have no place in our governmental documents.