by Emmett R Smith
Mrs Alaska Republican Governoress Todd Palin tonight has proven herself to be a quick study, no doubt about it.
Mrs Palin made a dog’s dinner of her earlier media appearances. But plainly in the runup to this debate, she not only took on board a load of facts, but she also got them into her dyed head in some kind of coherent form. By contrast, Mr Delaware Democrat Senator Joe Biden was a quick study of the other sort — in an unexpectedly costly new-found self restraint. This, alas, was merely to his detriment. The result of his new affectionately bemused manner was that he appeared as merely senatorial in his rinsed and blued hair, decadent, old frankly and, well…just languid.
All of this, no doubt about it, “pisses off” state liberalists, public professionals and the rest of the non-productive class, as well as the fact that Mrs Palin fell back whenever a short breather was needed on some pretty crass and shameless patriotic sloganeering. But it was doubly effective for purposes of regrouping her data-base because so obviously part of her role, and it only made Mrs Palin’s overall performance the more decisive, I expect. Decisive I mean to the hundreds of thousands of inarticulate middle Americans who innately distrust woskers who use big words, and yet who think:
“God damn it, I wish I could be President for just twenty-four hours, by God, I’d fix the dirty sonsofbitches….”
This is what left commentors really mean when they tent their manicured fingers, tut disapprobatively and say the Alaska governoress “is vernacular.” Somehow the implication is this is “not intellectual,” when really what is meant is that Mrs Palin leaves the door open to some pretty direct talk. To trained liberals who invariably, on being shown a spade, call it either “an implement” or “an African-American,” plain speech is just the crude lingua of (you guessed it!) fascism. Christian Mrs Palin doubtlessly is, but no doubt about it, too, in her home plenty of you assholes and God damn YOUs get thrown around in that family manse. You can tell this sort of thing just by looking at her, and that is her connection with many Americans. Also, pleasantly for many if not most ordinary folks, Mrs Palin threw this kind of plain talk all out against a sharply distinguished background idea of good and evil.
It was exceptionalist ranting hugely disadvantageous to the Iranians and North Koreans and other foreign-looking gentry, of course. But in contrast, when Mr Biden tried to be nuanced and a bit insightful, he just seemed fatigued and tedious. The problem with that of course is that everyday people already get plenty of that sort of thing at work, and so rather clearly Mrs Todd Palin tonight stole the show:
“She’s fresh and wonderful…and, he’s old and political!” said a female military vet named Marilyn, calling in on MPR tonight to sum up her impression of Mrs Palin.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 2 October 2008]