Now that I have finally earned my Ph.D. and am officially a part of the Inside the Beltway intellectual elite, it’s time I reconsidered my support for the McCain/Palin ticket, especially because of the presence of the intellectual lightweight Sarah Palin’s on the ticket. I don’t know that I can support a Vice Presidential candidate who has not waded deeply into the great metaphysical works of all time. Can we have someone a heartbeat away from the presidency who hasn’t published an exigesis of the political thought of Plato and Aristotle? Surely the Republican Party will not sully itself by promoting a person who is so clearly anti-intellectual. It simply will not do.
The only reason that John McCain even has a chance in this election is because of Sarah Palin. No one cares about the “maverick.” Before he selected her to be his running mate the only reason people were thinking of voting him was because they were deathly afraid of having a progressive loon like Obama in the White House. Much of the support for McCain is still largely anti-Obama sentiment, but now there are people genuinely excited about the Republican ticket because it contains the most truly conservative candidate on the ticket since Reagan left the scene. While McCain can barely fill small auditoriums at his rallies, Palin has people lined up for nearly a mile to catch a glimpse of her.
Those who despise Sarah Palin are the very same people who gave us the turd sandwich called John McCain. They thought that the Republican Party could once again return to its Rockefeller (non) glory days. The fact that Palin conservatism is vastly more appealing than McCain conservatism has got to be a tremendous disappointment to those operating under the delusion that they could recapture control of the Republican Party. Sorry guy, but no dice. If McCain loses next Tuesday – and I am going out on the limb of limbs in predicting that he WILL NOT – then that paves the way for traditional conservatives to solidy control within the party for the 2010 and 2012 elections. Even if McCain wins, the strong possibility that he will step down after one term means that Sarah Palin will be the next GOP nominee.
Hmmmm. Wait a minute. Maybe that’s why so many Republican squishes are suddenly renouncing McCain. They’re actually better off if McCain loses. A McCain wins means that the future of the party is more likely to be in conservative hands. But if McCain loses, then they can pin the blame – contrary to all evidence – on that ignorant rube Sarah Palin. A McCain loss exactly emboldens the moderates and social liberals within the Republican Party.
Well, we can debate the future of the Republican Party after the election. Now is not the time to poke holes in the arguments made by pseudo-intellectuals like David Brooks who picked up their copies of Reflections on the Revolution in France at the bargain bin at Borders and now claim some special insight into political philosophy. Now is the time to close ranks and do all we can to help Sarah. And I guess we can also help out that other guy as well.