Regarding Palin as “the future of The Republican Party,” as the current meme describes her, my first reaction is: “WTG! Hooray!! She’s such a polarizing figure, such an airheaded ideologue, plainly incompetent, almost as plainly incapable of ever becoming competent, I hope the Republicans make her the poster-girl for ALL of their future campaigns” etc.
But you know what? Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, that was what I hoped would happen with Reagan. “Yeah, give me a choice like that, and not an echo, put the ideologies into high relief, and the voters will elect a yellow dog before electing this cornball hack…”
Needless to say, I overestimated the American voters’ affinity for liberalism, which still seems unpopular, even at the height of Obama’s political standing. So, as inconceivable as it may seem to liberals that Palin could ever get votes beyond the under-40% hardcore Republican base, could wishing the Pubbies cling to Palin like a four-year-old clings to her dolly backfire?
Assuming McCain loses, and that Palin spends the next three years working on her foriegn-policy cred, and all her other perceived weaknesses, runs around the country in 2010 giving “You betcha” and “Goshdarn this awful socialism” speeches for the Pubbie congressional candidates, winking like a popcorn-popper, do you see her as a credible Presidential candidate? Or should liberals contribute $$$ to her candidacy, hoping she’s our pinata?