Monday, October 20, 2008

Palin in 2012

Goin' fishing . . . for votes in 2012 . . . you betcha!

Fred Barnes inventories the Reagan-esque skills making Governor Sarah Palin the brightest rising star of the Republican Party beyond the 2008 election even if Obama should triumph:

But Palin does have a few of Reagan's skills. Reagan used to say that having been an actor often came in handy in politics. Palin tosses off corny lines like "Say it ain't so, Joe," the one she ad-libbed in her debate with Joe Biden. She knows how to speed to the end of a sentence when a burst of applause is coming. She's adept at accentuating a point--for instance, the "news flash" for the media in her convention speech. She can act. And of course she winks.

Barnes chronicles quite a skill-set for the prototypical GOP leader of the future - winks, corny lines, acting, talking faster - as the Republicans sloooooooooooooooooooooowly transition towards a meritocracy.

A brilliant smile and creation of little starbursts that scream through American televisions and flutter around folks' living rooms like magical fairies remain optional.

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