Photo by Chris Bergin.
I realize I've been intertwining political topics into my posts lately, which might be risky for some bloggers, but since anyone who reads this blog regularly is probably not diametrically/violently opposed to what I'm saying, it's not that risky.
And really, if you knew me, you'd understand I've held it in about as long as I can. I do have opinions, y'all; OH yes I do. Still, I'm trying to rein it in. Therefore, if you disagree with my intermittent opinions popping out, hang in there; it'll all be over soon, and you'll have four, eight or probably twelve years of "Nah-nah" to revel in. Let me have a scant moment or two.
At any rate, it looks like we've only got a few more days before the blue haze settles in on the nation for at least four years, turning red states purple, as in "bruised." Sigh.
Anyway, the other day I was picking up my daughter from school, when on my way past our tiny municipal airport, I noticed a police car blocking the entrance, with its light going but no siren. I wondered what was going on.
Later, I heard that instead of flying into Indianapolis, Gov. Palin flew into Muncie and was then driven to her speaking engagement about an hour away. Fancy that.
She exited the plane with Trig in a car seat/carrier, as you see in the pic above. She was here for about an hour, took questions from the press and zoomed away. And that's the story of how my husband's crush flew into town and didn't even text him or anything. Now I suppose he'll come crawling back to me.
(Note of historical interest: Obama also flew into Muncie earler this year as did Richard Nixon and JFK once upon a time. What can I say? We're kind of a political hub like that. But instead of the Beltway, we're more like the Belchway. Or the Gravelroad Way.)
Did you catch Gov. Palin on Saturday Night Live? What do you think about politicians guesting on SNL and other entertainment venues? I think it's pretty indicative of parties catering to Americans who want a national leader who is witty, articulate, nice-looking, and above all, smooth enough to be an entertainer.
After the Alfred E. Smith dinner where both candidates told jokes, lots of people said that if McCain had loosened up and been "funny" like that during the campaign, he would have fared better. This sticks in my craw, even though I don't know where/what a craw is. "Sticks in my craw" sounds gruff enough to express my frustration without actually cursing.
Can anyone tell me why we want stand up comedian/rock star political leaders?
Would Abraham Lincoln have passed the rock star test?
Did Taft wear a lampshade on his head at state dinners?
Did Woodrow Wilson play jazz clarinet? ["Woody Wilson!"]
Did you catch the SNL rap sketch? I'm admitting I enjoyed the humor, but I also feel a little weird about enjoying it for the reasons I stated above. It just goes to show I'm steeped in American culture, too.
But what a great sport Gov. Palin is. I love how she joined the "Obama/Ayers!" chant. Very funny. So, as we wind down to the last hurrah, "All the mavericks in da house, put ya hands up!"