Who, among our wise men, would have predicted that a mere 20 months into Barack Obama's presidency, that the man with the golden tongue, brilliant intellect, and pigmented skin would be as interesting to the American people as the Pittsburgh Pirates playing out the string?
And who among our wise men would have predicted that, at the 20 month point, the president's position as the most powerful political figure in America would have been usurped by...Sarah Palin?
Dr. Zero expounds:
Let me put this bluntly: virtually no one in America gives a damn what Barack Obama says about anything at this point. What could be more predictable, and less interesting, than Obama’s opinion on any given subject? Who wants to contemplate the economic wisdom of a guy who looted the Treasury for a trillion dollars, with less benefit than we could have achieved by stuffing hundred dollar bills into random cereal boxes? Who’s excited to hear about the next plan to convert taxpayer dollars into Democrat campaign funds? Who’s hungry for another hour of tedious excuses about permanently broken markets and the titanic dead hand of George W. Bush? Who wants a lecture on ethical business practices from the titular head of the party that gave us Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters? What use is another hollow foreign-policy speech from a man who sees no global adversary to rival the menace of Arizona? Even Obama’s supporters don’t hear anything he says any more. There’s nothing left to hear.
Palin, on the other hand, commands attention. Lots of it comes from people who dislike her, of course, but she definitely gets people talking. Many of her detractors have a surprising ability to quote her verbatim, stretching back for weeks. Obama’s critics need Google searches to remember what he said yesterday. They can only recall that it was boring, and expensive.
Like her or dislike her, political figures are lining up for Sarah's blessing, for it is not unlike the political gift of life. Joe Miller in Alaska, Kelly Ayotte in New Hampshire, and yes, Christine O'Donnell in Delaware - these people are nowhere without Sarah's approving wink. Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Sharron Angle - all candidates that were pushed to the top by Sarah's love. And almost all of them will win election in November, making Sarah Palin the driving force behind the opposition to Barack Obama that will be seated in January 2011.
As Barack shrinks before a job he was never qualified for, Sarah Palin rises to perhaps what was her true calling - vanguard of the second American Revolution, a conservative revolution, a revolution that never would have taken place had she and John McCain won the 2010 election.
Life, like politics, is funny. Although I'd bet my last pretax dollar that Barack Obama ain't laughing...