Punchinello’s Chronicles

September 8, 2008

Sarah Palin & Harry Truman

I’m trying to remember the last time we had someone in a presidential situation who’s just a regular person. We keep hearing about how it costs a gazillion dollars to simply enter an election race. And yet, here’s the newcomer on the block, who’s only been in politics a couple of years. She reminds me of your average mom, entirely skilled at dealing with kids who all want their own way; pretty much like congress.

I know Eisenhower was a very popular general in World War II, coming out of that on a wave of public acclaim. But then we had Nixon, Kennedy, the Bushes, Clinton, and in between Ford, Johnson and all the rest. All of them were pretty wealthy people, and I always got the impression they talked about people in America more as a theoretical exercise.

But Harry Truman wasn’t rich, didn’t come from a priveleged background, and pretty much was just a regular guy. His dad was a farmer, and Harry clearly identified with the classic Everywhere American. It’s been a very long time since we’ve had anyone even close to the presidency who’s like that, and Gov. Palin is about to be only a heartbeat away, as they say.

As a conservative (not a Republican) I was pretty much going to take a pass on this year’s election. McCain doesn’t do anything for me, and I figured I’d just not vote for the president, only for the senators and congressmen (congresspeople?). But now with this choice of Gov. Palin, I’m pumped! I watched her comments, only a couple of days into the full-blown campaign, and she’s terrific.

Then I watched the faces of the many women in attendance at the Republican convention. These are the real women in America, not the intellectual liberals, feminists, and cutting edge whatever else. I believe the McCain-Palin ticket could just end up with a landslide victory in the popular election, thereby providing a mandate.

Remember when Bush Jr. won both elections in a contentious closeness via the electoral college? The liberals screamed that without a public mandate, Bush wasn’t really a legitimate president. Same-same, old hat, yadda yadda. But what if the real women in America come out to vote, like the old “Silent Majority?” What if all the conservatives decide to actually vote, now, hoping to see reality somehow enter Washington?

Sure, the Senate and House likely will go to the Democrats, given how utterly stupid the Republican party’s been over the past umpteen years, but what about that President? McCain on his own would be a lame-duck boss, unable to accomplish much of anything. Obama would be a pretty figurehead, passing modern-day socialism in a heartbeat. If not, then he’d get a second term because he was prevented from putting his agenda in place.

On the other hand, suppose Gov. Palin is the VP and McCain either becomes disabled, or as promised, steps down after one term? I’d just love to see the sensitive interact and inter-personal relations between Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi. Can you imagine!? And what about good ol’ Barbie Boxer? Oh man…!



  1. Sorry. Palin as president is my worst nightmare. Since when does being a cuddly mom qualify you to run the government? That’s like saying a kindly grandfather should be in charge of the space program. Maybe, but then again maybe not. It all depends on the person’s q-u-a-l-i-f-i-c-a-t-i-o-n-s. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by steveward14 — September 8, 2008 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  2. Nah, it all depends on a person’s values, principles, and core philosophy. ๐Ÿ™‚ I noticed that Palin rarely seems to use a teleprompter, knowing what she wants to say and simply saying it.

    Comment by Punchinello — September 9, 2008 @ 4:10 am | Reply

  3. Do you feel the same way now that you’ve heard her speak unscripted? Probably not! Palin’s public appearances remind me of the first day of a lion cub out in the wild – it can be peril. That’s what Sarah Palin has been for the McCain campaign after her dreadful interviews with Charles Gibson and Katie Couric. She has 32 days left to avoid an impromptu moment if she hopes to stay off utube! Let’s see how she does.

    Comment by Patrick, Fairfield, CA — October 2, 2008 @ 5:08 pm | Reply

  4. Palin spoke with some notes during her acceptance speech, but from that point forward she was constrained by the McCain campaign handlers. It’s why many people call to “let Palin be Palin.” The so-called interviews with Gibson and Couric weren’t interviews, they were interrogations. In reality, McCain’s appearances in public are more like a deer in headlights. Palin does just fine, and we’ll hope that she becomes more visible. Maybe they should keep McCain in the background more.

    Comment by Punchinello — October 3, 2008 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

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