This is how Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin described Barack Obama’s win over Hillary Clinton to political colleagues in a restaurant a few days after Obama locked up the Democratic Party presidential nomination.
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H/t The Gleaner. I followed the story from there.
Here's a righteous excerpt:
... Sarah Palin may be just a few news cycles away from becoming the early 21st Century's answer to singer, orange juice industry spokestress and fellow pageant sister Anita Bryant (condemning you to hell for your liberal elitist views, at right), whose outlandishly Bible-icious homophobic crusade made her one of the most mocked people of the 1970s and turned her very name into a punchline. (As an Alaskan, Palin already knows plenty about days without sunshine.)
Anyway, remember, when Palin becomes, like Bryant, the object of widespread public ridicule and scorn, it's all on McCain -- picking her was his decision, his judgment, his spectacular demonstration to the country that he is not, to borrow a phrase, "ready to lead."
Oh, indeedy do. In my not entirely mis-spent youth, so many people called me a faggot, I assumed there must be something to it, and it was just at that point in time.
In Northwest Washington, if you were gay and in a bathhouse, it was unwise to just assume everyone in there was gay. A good steam is real popular with loggers and fishermen, for reasons that should be obvious.
So pretty much everyone used her catchphrase - "You know, a day without orange juice..."
And then you knew it was ok to drop the towel and ... well, that sort of discussion is for other blogs.
I think I can safely point out that if McCain was looking for someone who was exactly the sort of person who can honestly be said to stand for everything "The Base" is understood to be - and I mean that in a fine, bipartisan way - Palin is precisely the Right choice.
Wrong for the Republic, Wrong for me, Wrong for the party, Wrong for the Constitution, Wrong for liberty, freedom, choice, utterly Wrong for the survival of Christianity as a social force for change in North America - but that's what "The Base" wants and that's what "The Base" gets.
Update and a bump: I find that I'm in agreement with Deepak Chopra, (from HuffPo, via Silenced Majority Portal) who has an analysis of the reasons why Palin appeals to "the base" that is as unflattering as it is obvious and accurate.