Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The Incredible Shrinking Significance of Sarah Palin and the Culture War

It looks like Black Monday's market crash has knocked the wind out of Republican plans to ride Sarah Palin's own brand of gunbearing-mommy-kulturkampf to the White House. John McCain is now striking the pose of firebrand populist challenging the big boys on Wall Street with threats of regulation (even though his domestic policy voting record has been all Bushie, all the time):

What is he, bucking for a IWW membership card, now? Or does he realize that he's in a tight spot with the stock market going south, business ethics problems and end-of-the-line mortgage and construction scenarios dogging this election cycle at the end of 8 years of a deregulation Republican administration and do-nothing Congress? A month ago he couldn't even remember how many mansions he has. A week ago he couldn't draw big rabbling, unwashed crowds to his events without Governor Culture War of Alaska and her well-tanned celebrity by his side (and even then, they inflated reports of turnout). Reforming Wall Street and bringing economic change to struggling American families does just not fit McCain/Palin well.

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