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No pressure… but be perfect


The V.P. debate is scheduled for tonight, and to many on the right it marks what may be the tipping point for this election. The general consensus is that if Sarah Palin’s performance is nothing less than flawless tonight, McCain’s campaign may never recover. And make no mistake, a growing number of my conservative friends are getting fidgety about our veep-in-running. Citing her less than stellar performances in recent television interviews they are even going so far as to suggest that she should never have been added to the ticket.

And you now what? I am starting to agree. But NOT for the reasons you might think.

Put simply: Sarah Palin is not destroying John McCain… John McCain is destroying Sarah Palin.

In the beginning I had assumed that maybe McCain was a little out of touch — that he simply didn’t understand what it was that made Sarah such a great asset. But now I’ve come to realize he understands her a little too well.  I think she makes him a little nervous. Not nervous that her inexperience will show, but nervous that if she’s allowed to be herself she may just outshine what was supposed to be the main attraction.

McCain knows that Sarah has energized the conservative base and he further knows that the prime reason for this is because she is everything he is not.  She’s an outsider and a true conservative who when left to her own devices has an impressive knack for communicating the conservative message in layman’s terms. As Alaska governor she also has gained a reputation for fighting against the Republican establishment.  And let’s face it: John McCain is Republican establishment, folks. I don’t believe he has any disdain for Sarah but I do think his bizarre actions since choosing her as running mate have been almost an unconscious form of sabotage.

Basically his strategy for containing this potential loose cannon has been to lock her away in the basement, letting her out on occasion but only under carefully guarded conditions. During her confinement, he has charged his campaign staff with the daunting task of reprogramming this dynamic young conservative woman into an clone of himself.

And so, after what I imagine were long and intense sessions of attempting to cram John McCain talking points into Sarah’s head, the campaign then sent her staggering out for a couple of interviews with near disastrous consequences. She muddled through anwsers that she either didn’t fully believe or perhaps did believe but would have phrased much, much better herself. Even during her best moments she came across more like a Stepford wife than the fiesty barracuda we came to know and love at the convention.

So now because John has been so reluctant to unleash his running mate in her full power and allow people to get to know the real Sarah, he has allowed a situation to manifest where her performance in tonight’s debates may make or break his campaign. It never had to be that way.

So a word for John McCain: If it’s not too late at this point I’d like to join the growing chorus of my conservative friends… LET SARAH BE SARAH.

Dammit.

You have taken a bright new star in the conservative moment and instead of allowing her to shine you have insisted on hovering in front of her like a dusty old establishment cloud. If you don’t change that strategy and FAST you will not only lose this campaign, you will do permanent damage to what could have been a very promising career for a remarkable woman.

If a parrot in a suit was what you wanted, you could have chosen Mitt Romney and he would have been easily up to the task. He would have repeated your lines with the polished flair of a seasoned politician and without a single hair falling out of place.

But you have chosen Sarah Palin… so for God’s sake take off the leash and let the pit bull loose. Sure she will make the occasional gaffe but rest assured that lovable clown Joe Biden will always be two steps ahead of her in that category. And yes she will disagree with you on occasion but trust me… that’s what we WANT her to do.  Those qualities are what made us love her in the first place. Her refreshing honesty and down to earth manner will HELP rather than hurt your campaign.

So two words, Senator McCain: FREE SARAH. Your victory depends on it. If you refuse to do this then her inclusion on your ticket was in vain. And in that sense I will come to regret her ever being chosen… for HER sake, not yours.

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