"That's one of my favorite movies," Karl Rove is telling Glenn Beck in response to the question "Do you like 'Mr Smith Goes to Washington'?" Beck worries that we don't have one inspiring leader, but Rove sets him straight:
"And where was the dog?" teaparty buddy Stoutcat of Grand Rants wants to know in the comments to our previous post. "If I can't see kitteh photos at Sisu, I at least expect to see dog pix." Bird Dog of Maggie's Farm agrees, minus the cats: "Would you please get a darn dog or two, Sissy? Sheesh." Herewith, Jack in the loving arms of his papa Chris at Tuesday's Town Hall mob activities in Portsmouth, NH.
Tens of thousands of Mr and Mrs Smiths are going to Washington. We don't need a single leader.
After the Town "Holler" event Tuesday we moseyed south down the pike to the Harborside Restaurant in Newburyport, where seagulls looking for handouts were locked in laridacious combat to determine who ruled the roof adjacent to the plein air porch where we sipped and noshed. Hadn't been there for five years or more and were pleasantly surprised at the size — dozens upon dozens — of the fleet of pleasure craft along both sides of the Merrimack. And this in a recession?
But if there WERE a single leader, could it be Sarah Palin as the first Mrs Smith among equals going to Washington? Unlike many brainy Beltway Republicans, Rove was open-minded from day one, August 29, 2008, when rumors began to fly that John McCain was going to shake things up by choosing an unknown frontierswoman from Alaska as his running mate:
She is very smart. She is very personable. She's one of these people who's very approachable. People are going to like her.
And her masterful playing of the national spin machine — check out her FaceBook answer to the president's dissing of her "Death Panels" meme — continues to leave the spinmeisters reeling. As Judge Napolitano just told Bret Baier, all Sarah has to remember is that freedom rang "200 years ago because people like her were not afraid to challenge authority."
Update: For your edification and listening pleasure, Ronald Reagan on the attempted stealth imposition of socialized medicine in a 1961 chat as paid spokesperson for the AMA before it sold out.
Update II: For your viewing pleasure, all things bright and beautiful at Modulator's Friday Ark #256.
Great writing and great photographs! Oh, and be sure to follow the link at the end of the post. Some things never change.
For the good and for the bad.
And Sarah Palin does seem to have the star power to make the vehicle work. It'll take more than that to produce it. But it isn't a bad start.
Something else Palin has: Authenticity. Like Reagan, The Great Communicator — and unlike Obama, The Great Obfuscator, as Newt calls him in a must-read — SHE TRUSTS US!