We are seeing already the outlines of the McCain strategy for Sarah Palin. Put the former sports announcer out front at the convention with her teleprompter.
Attack the media. Then send Sarah back to the Alaska frontier, land of moosehunters and the Alaska Independence Party.
Bring her out for a big send-off of her son to Iraq. Cue the cameras and the emotional hot-buttons.
Meanwhile, the coffins that come back home through the other veep's home state...no cameras allowed there.
Then send Sarah back to sequestration for "boot camp."
Meanwhile, keep up the drumbeat against the media. Cut off appearances by McCain on the easiest of television--Larry King--except, of course, for flagpin flagpin flagpin Charles Gibson.
Which leaves the media with no one to talk to...except the Anne Kilkennys of the world.
And we're back to the horserace.... as drummed up and phony as the Obama-Clinton horserace in the primaries? We'll see.
Because world events don't come with a script. Disasters don't come with a script. The test for McCain and Palin isn't how well they handle a teleprompter, it's how each--and both together--react when the script gets thrown away.
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