2008 The Maverick Goes Rogue
posted by October 27 at 17:59 PMon
Eli already mentioned this in a post below, but it’s worth its own post. Basically, McCain’s advisers are mad because Sarah Palin is “going rogue.” That is, doing exactly what the campaign rhetoric vaunts.
From the Guardian:
Over the weekend, advisers to the Republican presidential candidate, John McCain, were briefing more than one news outlet that Palin was “going rogue”, pursuing her own political interests with an eye on 2012 rather than concentrating on McCain’s stab at the top job.
“She is a diva,” one unnamed adviser told CNN. “She is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party.”
McCain’s Frankenstein’s monster.
The irony is killing.
It’s not happening the way I’d expected, with McCain bravely throwing the religious, xenophobic, anti-intellectual base off the Republican train and trying to push the party back to its roots. Instead, he pandered to that base. But Palin is so toxic, she’s taking a crowbar to the party’s ideological fault lines all by herself.
More from that Guardian story:
Other important Palin advocates include the talkshow host Rush Limbaugh, several presenters on Murdoch’s Fox News and leading members of her Christian evangelical alliance.
In the opposing corner are other conservatives, notably Kristol’s fellow New York Times columnist David Brooks who sees the Alaskan governor as part of a drift within the movement towards anti-intellectualism. “Once conservatives admired Churchill and Lincoln above all - men who prepared for leadership through constant reading, historical understanding and sophisticated thinking,” he has written referring to Palin. “Now those attributes bow down before the common touch.”
Republicans need to turn off the Limbaugh and return to their John Stuart Mill. That is their only hope.
(Knock serious fucking wood.)