By- Bob Cesca
One week from today, we’ll have a newly minted president-elect and, as I wrote in the preface of my new book, the last days of this dark ride will, at long last, be at hand.
It goes without saying that this historic threshold will be especially awesome if we happen to be celebrating a President-elect Obama. Of course I hasten to add the “Remember New Hampshire” caveat here. Knowing what we know about the Rove/Schmidt/Drudge/FOX News Republicans, the odds of a President-elect McCain remain too strong for comfort. They’re definitely up to something with their hyping of a tight-race narrative. I just haven’t figured it out yet. Whenever I read a Drudge headline, I give the headline one of those incredulous Larry David looks — studying it carefully for an underlying scam.
Nevertheless, after eight dark years, next week officially commences the Final Days of Bush.
But what’s almost as thrilling is the prospect of Sarah Palin finally going away. Next Wednesday at this time, it’s entirely possible that we’ll see the last of Sarah Palin on the national stage. At least for now.
Sure, she’s provided us with a bottomless cup of blogging material and, more importantly, she’s a huge drag on the McCain campaign. And this week, with the Conga line of McCain campaign insiders dishing out leak after delicious leak about Palin, the slow-motion McTrain-wreck has been especially entertaining. But ultimately, the schadenfreude and the hilariously inexplicable interviews are merely distractions from the truly awful things that Sarah Palin represents.
I’ve seriously had enough of the winking, the giant-chinned-smirking, the too-sibilant forks-on-a-chalkboard “s” sounds, the “nookyooler,” the “you betchas,” and especially her Romper Room-like penchant for naming and labeling everyone in her audiences: “Romper bomper stomper boo, tell me, tell me, tell me, do! I see Joe the Plumber, Roscoe the Racist, Zed the Gimp…” Yeah, she’s not unserious enough as it is. Give her something really stupid to do on the stump. Good call, McCain people.
I mean, can anyone seriously argue that she wasn’t chosen purely for the optics? She’s otherwise a wholly unserious choice for the Republican ticket, and she’s behaved in a wholly unserious way. So she’s being treated as such.
McCain reaps what McCain sows. For example, the establishment media’s treatment of Palin has very little if anything to do with bias. Instead, the recent negative press has everything to do with Sarah Palin and the Republican ticket being inarguably FUBAR. If there existed any actual real-life good news about McCain campaign, doubtless you’d hear the familiar refrain “this is good for McCain” echoing throughout every newsroom in America.
It turns out, the only thing that’s actually working for the McCain campaign is the daily inciting of rage, fear and hatred among the easily-led gomers lined up outside of Sarah Palin’s rallies. I repeat. The one thing that appears to be working nicely for Sarah Palin and John McCain right now is the really evil and divisive stuff.