Ever since the Moosiah appeared on the national political radar, The Contrarian has been tearing through the Rolodex (yes, we still use one) looking for an Alaskan contact who could give us the skinny on Sarah Palin. Someone with an insider’s familiarity of her political modus operandi. After a harrowing search, we found our man.
For reasons of political security our contact must remain anonymous (he recently finished a hitch as the campaign manager for another Alaskan politico). So let’s call him Deep Freeze. Interestingly, he and I talked a bit about Palin as a potential VP way back during the Dem Primaries. At that time, my suggestion of Palin as a GOP game-changer was shrugged off. Who’s laughing now? (Certainly not yours truly.)
So what’s the deal? Was Deep Freeze as surprised at John McCain‘s pick as the rest of us? Is Palin just a puppet for the NeoCons to manipulate? Is she their revenge on The Maverick™ — a man they never particularly liked and can now humiliate by
forcing him choose a running mate who placates those same "agents of
intolerance" he once dismissed? Let’s face it — by forcing McCain to adopt a Rovian-style campaign, they’re making a dishonorable man
out of a someone had made honor his highest virtue.
(I think there’s something to this NeoCon conspiracy. Those bastards are like Sith — you think you’ve destroyed them all, but they just go underground and wait for their next opportunity. Who knew one would present itself so soon?)
Here’s what Deep Freeze has to say about the VPILF-in-waiting:
Hah, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about Palin. I’d recommend this New Yorker article to provide some context.
was shocked, frankly. Two years ago, people were saying she didn’t have
the experience to be Governor, and now she’s running for VP? It’s
insane. I don’t think she’s at all ready to step in as President if
needed, and the thought of that happening is kind of frightening to me.
hyper-partisan, conservative Palin that we’ve seen on the national
scene seems like a complete fabrication. Her tenure as governor hasn’t
been partisan or conservative at all; her governing ideology is best
described as "populist," and her proposals were supported more strongly
by the Democrats than the Republicans. Her battles were all with her
own party, and she’s actually said some rather nice things about Obama
in the past. It’s bizarre to see her being so partisan, and to see her
distort her own record.
yes, McCain’s negative campaign has surprised me, too. In fact, it’s
been pretty disgusting to watch, in my opinion, as he’s started
flat-out lying. Palin has repeated the widely-debunked "Thanks but no
thanks" story over and over, and even Karl Rove said that McCain’s ads
aren’t really being honest. What the hell happened to the guy who
pledged to run a different kind of campaign? I’m just amazed that he’s
gone so low. If he wins, I’ll actually lose a lot of faith in the
American people who bought into that shit.
It’s definitely interesting to hear that Palin may not be the arch conservative we’ve painted her out to be. But at the end of the day, her hardcore evangelism is enough to make a key portion of the base salivate. Let’s see if it’s enough to get ’em over the finish line.