Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The Onset of a New Democratic Illness: Palin Envy
A prediction from Radarsite: Yes, that's right, Radarsite is stepping up to the plate, and for what may well be the very first time making a political prediction. Having just come from watching Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech, Radarsite feels confident in predicting the almost certain immediate outbreak of a debilatating new mental illness: Democratic Palin Envy, otherwise known as the Palin Envy Complex. Certain classic feminists will of course be well aware of the symptoms of this discomforture: an irrational but overwheming sense of having been cheated and victimized; illogical, unsubstantiated feelings of inferiority, coupled with a need to seek redress for these perceived grievances. Unfortunately, for those unlucky Democrats afflicted with this new illness, these perceptions of being in a position of inferiority are all too real.
Imagine for a moment, if you can, being a Democrat and having to react to Sarah Palin's magnificent and perhaps history-changing Acceptance Speech this evening. Now, imagine visualizing your dream team: the Empty Suit OB and that old insider politico Biden. The effects of this epiphany could easily become traumatic. And, faced with this reality, who could help but feel victimized and cheated.
Sarah Palin was a shining star who lit up our screens and lit up our hearts beyond all expectations with honesty and energy and hope. Hope for all of us. Hope is in her face and in the way she holds herself and in her un-self-conscious confidence. Hope is what she offers to bring this great country of ours. And we believe her.
And, in all honesty, I were a Democrat (God help me), I would be suffering right now from this very same affliction.
Brava Sarah! - rg