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Visualize Glenn Beck

First, Sarah Palin took the podium with John McCain just one year ago. The shock, hostility, hysteria and denial among the defenders of the conventional seemed almost akin to that of the Native Americans when they first looked over the Atlantic and saw Columbus’s Tall Ships on the horizon. Then there was "Twilight" and a whole brand-new generation of arrogantly noble and great-looking vampires and their like 30 million swooning 13-year-old girls who had never even heard of Bob Dylan. (WTF?) And their 30 million boyfriends. Then there was Ron Paul. Then there was Mark Sanford, who first refused a federal bailout with the ridiculous claim that his boat wasn’t sinking. Then the April tea parties and Rick Perry and Ted ("Cat Scratch Fever") Nugent. Then those town hall disturbances; those blue-haired mavens packing Glocks.

And there’s more just ahead. Get ready. Visualize the Congress without Chris Dodd and with libertarian gold bug Peter Schiff in his place. Visualize California without Barbara Boxer and with Carly Fiorina in her place. Visualize John Oxendine, a 10th Amendment sovereigntist, as governor of Georgia. Visualize the movie "2012," which opens Friday the 13th, November, 2009. Visualize the end of the world. Visualize Glenn Beck.


Carly Fiorina Should Challenge Barbara Boxer

The salon journalists and late-night pundits who see ideas of governance as issues of style, like the new Versace line or the latest dish at Chez Panisse, have done a great disservice to the republic this last year in demonizing Alaskan Sarah Palin.

But on the other hand, this past year has been most innovative, as we have seen a resurgence of grassroots, Jacksonian-style and Jeffersonian ideals of governance. This is related to the pundits’ angst and furthers their contempt, because change is at hand and they are not part of it because change does not come top down, from the White House and its associated TV producers and press reps, as they would like it. It comes out of nowhere.

Don’t Be Fooled by Orchestrated Protests

Ah, Democracy! It’s inspiring to see it in action, when it works: informed citizens, gathering in town meetings to discuss and debate the issues in a responsible manner.

But, oh, Democracy! How ugly it gets when it’s manipulated and manufactured instead. Which is exactly what’s happening with today’s so-called “spontaneous” protests against healthcare reform.

The truth is, there’s nothing spontaneous about them at all. They are all staged protests, paid for by Washington lobbyists, trying to kill any healthcare reform legislation this year.

Uncivil Action

Remember the "Brooks Brothers Riot" in Florida during the Bush-Gore recount in 2000? All those screaming, fist-waving preppies, all dressed up to protest the counting of ballots. Of course, they turned out to be GOP operatives flown in for the “spontaneous demonstration.” A total put-up job designed to intimidate and to bully. Remember the Tea Party protests organized by Faux — sorry — Fox News? Again, nothing spontaneous or grassroots about that bunch.

Don’t misunderstand me, I am not an opponent of good old-fashioned organizing. But what we saw this week in Pennsylvania with Sen. Arlen Specter (D) or in Texas with Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D) isn’t civil action; it is more akin to mob creation. It isn’t moving the dialogue forward, it is designed to push forward the yellers and the screamers — fake outrage that disrupts other people’s free speech.

Xena, Buffy, Sarah Palin: Revenge of the Wolf Girl

Anyone who lived in New York City in the mid-’70s will recall the odd notice every day on page two of the city edition of The New York Times right above the Brooks Brothers ad. It was put there by a sincere group of Hasidim, bearded old-world Jews who had arrived from Russia not long before. Should Jews settle in one place or travel throughout the world? it asked. What is God’s will?

Conservative N.C. Shop Victim of PC Discrimination

For the better part of the past year (or more), shops, kiosks, sidewalk stands and special displays in larger stores have hosted an array of pro-Obama T-shirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs, hats — everything imaginable under the sun that could fit a photo of Barack Obama. I've often looked for the balance of a McCain or Palin paraphernalia section, only to be disappointed.

But at a North Carolina shopping mall, conservative political kiosk owner Loren Spivack is being forced to shutter his business because he sells pro-GOP merchandise. One of the entrepreneur's best-selling items is a bumper sticker that reads “Work Harder, Obama Needs the Money."

Every State a Free State

Nothing can separate us, for we are all that is left. — Smashing Pumpkins

I’m almost a little glad that Dallas quarterback Tony Romo has broken up with his attractive girl friend. Too bad for Tony but maybe he will be a little more focused this year. And I wonder about New England’s Tom Brady as well as Tom is married now to the most beautiful woman on the face of the earth. Which is a good thing for him and the missus but how could you work?

Palin's Plans

This just in from The Washington Times — Sarah Palin is planning on stumping for conservative Democrats. But did somebody tell them?

"I will go around the country on behalf of candidates who believe in the right things, regardless of their party label of affiliation," Palin reportedly said in an interview with the Times.

That's interesting, since our paper ran a story days ago about how Republicans facing tough reelection fights don't want Palin anywhere near their campaign trails.

Master Chief Obama

That we are treated this morning by a leading banner photo on Yahoo with pithy comments and observations on why Sarah Palin resigned by a teenage boy who got her daughter pregnant shows how close we have come in this past year to a commissar society. It was Master Chief Obama who first took the initiative, making the despicable comment about putting lipstick on a pig after Sarah Palin made a joke about hockey moms and pit-bulls in her vice presidential debate. Master Chief Obama then defended his comment — guess where? The Letterman Show. This is mnemonic slander; suggest and deny, suggest and vehemently deny. It is an insidious form of propaganda that is feeling- and sensory- rather than language- and logic-based and which the fellow travelers in the press instinctively sense, intuit and advance.

Sarah Palin and the Felix Unger Doctrine

"A quitter never wins and a winner never quits."

So Felix Unger famously said in an episode of "The Odd Couple." It's a quote that has stuck around for 35 years now and, if not exactly as noted a political quote as Patrick Henry's "Give me liberty or give me death," or even Richard Nixon's "Sock it to me," the "Felix Unger Doctrine" — we're coining the term right here! — is the paradigm Sarah Palin must now overcome.

That is, should she choose to run for the presidency in 2012.