Must beg to disagree with Chi Trib’s John Kass today. His column is devoted to Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, whom he praises, making a case that I buy.
But distinguishing him from other Republicans, he cites Sarah Palin as one of “a parade of Republicans sucking up to the tea party movement in some symbolic washing of its own past sins” whom he finds “nauseating.”
She is moreover “the erratic conservative now favoring leather tops [who] seems to be campaigning for tea party house mom, brazenly eager to appropriate it as her auxiliary.”
Not boldly? And leather tops? What’s that got to do with it?
“It’s time for Americans across this great country to stand up and say, ‘We’re all Arizonans now,”‘ Palin said. “And in clear unison we say, ‘Mr. President: Do your job. Secure our border.”‘
Reading that in the Trib, I yelped to see the references to John F. Kennedy’s “Ich bin ein Berliner” and Ronald Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” — each in Berlin, a city under siege, which is how most Arizonans feel, to judge from their support of their current much-discussed law.
A line is a line is a line, to paraphrase Gertrude Stein, but in a continent-wide democracy, the ability to make people take note is crucial. And whom would many if not most Republican candidates want plumping for them, Palin or Daniels?
That said, Daniels talks sense about the Tea Party movement, which he said “must be authentically separate and spontaneous,” not to be “tainted by too close of a relationship to either party” and whose “creative hell-raising on behalf of freedom” he considers “a good thing.”
So does Palin, if in more overtly encouraging fashion, and I don’t see what the problem is. One can be too conservative, that is, too cautious, in these matters. Or too readily put off by style and dress.