Palin’s Presidential Run?

May 30, 2011

 

 

From the New York Times:

“Palin’s Path May Be Unclear, but her Ride is Revved up”

Wow, not much to say to this. I am eerily reminded of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America in which Charles Lindbergh, a known Nazi sympathizer, was elected president in 1940. I’m not saying that Palin is an anti-Semite, but much of the book’s political message rested on the idea that Americans are more likely to vote for a glamorous candidate or a “Joe Six-Pack” kind of guy than a qualified candidate.

Just as with the novel, in which Lindbergh made no political comments other than vague statements about peace and freedom and staying out of the second World War, the article mentions that Palin made no political statements either. To quote directly:

“We encourage you to support the pro-America events we’ll be privileged to participate in during these coming weeks,” she said in a written statement. “Discover the ties that bind Americans, our history, our traditions, and the exceptional nature of our country!”

This is a topic of some fascination. I wrote an essay about it on my AP United States History test. Of course, it’s also an area that’s been essentially strip-mined by liberal pundits, so I won’t go any further with it. Just wanted to point out that particular resemblance, for those of you who have read Roth.

The flip-side is that we may get to have more Tina Fey as Sarah Palin now!

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