Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Reluctant Candidate

Ah, Sarah.  Will she or won't she?  One can only guess how much she enjoys sadistically milking every ulcer-inducing moment the Republican establishment is left to ponder this question, because she knows the Party is masochistic enough to suffer her candidacy if they think she has a chance to succeed.

Poor Newt, Mitt and Huck.

Sarah is nothing if not a flirt.  She doesn't want to run, she tells us, but she would certainly answer the call of duty, telling Fox' Greta Van Susteren:

If nobody else wanted to step up, Greta, I would offer myself up in the name of service to the public.... But I also know that anybody — anybody — can make a huge difference in this country without a title, without an office, just being out there as an advocate for solutions that can work to get the country on the right track.  And that's where I am now.  [...]

[If] my candidacy wasn't good for my family, if it wasn't good for the common sense conservative agenda that needs to be adhered to, then certainly I wouldn't run.

I don't need the title....  I don't need...any kind of self-gratification or personal power-seeking of my own to run for office.

Considering we already know that Palin isn't so great at the putting-the-words-together thing -- especially on the fly -- we can pretty comfortably rely on the fact that the above is showing some personal and political petticoat.

Firstly, she still considers elected office -- even the presidency -- a title to be won.  Like the Miss Wasilla pageant in 1984.  It's something that is bestowed with a coronation that results in "self-gratification" and "personal power-seeking" -- something she doesn't apparently need.  At least W. was brought up with some sense of noblesse oblige, but this lady is laying out her white, Machiavellian under-body for all to see.  W. may have helped others via Dick Cheney, et al., gain access to power, but I don't believe for a second he was there purely for self-gratification or personal power-seeking.  He may have been a tool (a disastrously misguided one), but he wasn't craven in the way Palin is telegraphing she would be.

Secondly, someone needs to call foul or start laughing at this notion that she does anything based on whether it is good for her family or not.  Exhibit A:  Bristol.

Thirdly, she tells us that any candidacy for President would need to be "good for the common sense conservative agenda that needs to be adhered to...."  I love the use of the word "agenda" here because I thought this was one of those dog-whistle terms the Right used to tar progressive activism, like "the homosexual agenda" or "the feminist agenda" -- something that had a nefarious inner core that good, decent people needed to know about and stop.  So, bravely taking back the word "agenda", she lets us know that there is a "common sense conservative" one that "needs to be adhered to".  So much for thinking on one's own!  Frankly, I don't know whether this philosophy should frighten or comfort us.  Is Ms. Maverick communicating to us she'll take marching orders from the larger conservative movement or is she putting Republicans on notice that she'll decide what the agenda is and you had better be ready to adhere to it?

Either way, someone needs to be scared.

Make no mistake:  Palin is playing Brer Rabbit to the Briarpatch of the American body politic.  By letting us know that she is a reluctant candidate, she is basically begging us to throw her in.  And once in, will we ever get her out?

[Quote source:  Andy Barr at Politico.; image via Walt Disney's Uncle Remus Stories.]