But, in what may be a first for a Greg Sheridan column, he doesn’t have a story of how he was lucky enough to meet Sarah Palin, or someone equally important who knew her.
Nonetheless, he is certain she is the Best VP Choice Ever and that the liberals are just bitter and jealous:
The US political contest is thus poised at a delicate and fascinating moment. It’s like the key seconds in a judo bout, to see who gets the better hold and executes the throw. The liberal establishment will try to blitzkrieg Palin into oblivion by charging that she is an extremist, a nut and corrupt. If the liberal elites fail in this, they risk mainstream America seeing their attacks on Palin as attacking the American heartland. Democrats should know from bitter experience that that kind of polarisation leads directly to Democratic defeat.
And yet, despite his incessant bashing of left-liberals, Greg assures us that:
It’s wrong to see her choice as McCain going for a right-winger over a centrist such as his good friend Joe Lieberman. Although she is certainly a conservative, the left/right analysis doesn’t capture Palin.
She is very special indeed, in Greg’s eyes. She transcends political ideology, is a corruption-fighting maverick, and what’s more:
Palin is a happy conservative warrior who exudes vitality and a natural gratitude for all the wonders of life and all the wonders of America. She is a pro-life Christian. The liberal media wants politically active Christians to present like Elmer Gantry: dreadful, corrupt hypocrites. They should look like Jerry Falwell if they’re men or Tammy Faye Bakker if they’re women. They should not be so radiantly normal and happy as Palin.
Palin is 44. She has five children. She is married to a Joe Six-Pack kind of guy, a sportsman, oil rig worker and unionist, who mostly leaves the politics to his wife. Palin’s oldest son is about to go to Iraq with the US military.
She is a huntin’ and fishin’ kinda gal. She loves Alaska’s great outdoors. Famously, she won one beauty pageant and came second in Miss Alaska 1984. This kind of thing drives the left-liberal mind absolutely nuts. With all the good, and the many challenges, in her life, Palin exudes the optimistic, sunny, distinctive personality of the great American west.
But there are storm clouds on the horizon. The liberal media will try to tear her down:
Now it transpires that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. She will have the child. In the way of these things, this irrelevant controversy could yet destroy Palin’s position, as could the slew of truly micro-scandals the media is obsessing about: her husband got a drink-driving ticket in the mid-’80s, for heaven’s sake. If the media can frame the Palin story that way, it could destroy her.
Greg, I don’t know that the teen pregnancy itself or her husband’s drink-driving will be as problematic as other issues, such as:
- the fact that she was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it
- her (and her husband’s) connections to the secessionist Alaska Independence Party
- her decidedly non-mavericky approach to earmarks
- the “Troopergate” controversy
- UPDATE: Guido at The Accidental Australian points to a Time article that suggests an interest in book-banning while she was a mayor.
Greg Sheridan has found someone new to gush about after so many of his local darlings have departed for greener pastures (i.e., lost and/or quit). I suspect this is going to be a brief love affair, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts.