Rich Lowry

Everyone is doing a Lowery post and I can’t resist this: So Here’s Lowery’s reaction to Palin’s performance at the Vice Presidential debates last Thursday:

I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.

Ok, besides the fact that “Hey, I think she just winked at me.”  is the quintessential line of every rockstar groupie that ever existed, this all goes to show that all that mocking of celebrity the McCain campaign and the far-right were doing about Obama was for one reason and one reason only. The were jealous. Plain and simple. They hated that everyone loved Obama and that Obama had so much charisma. So, they went out and got someone with charisma. Hint: It aint John McCain. McCain has about as much charmisma as a head of cauliflower.

Sarah Palin’s got charisma. I’ll give them that. But, its more of a I-can’t-believe-she-just-got-away-with-the-load-bs-she-just-told-with-a-straight-face kind of charisma. Obama’s charisma comes from his message: Government’s priorities need to change from valuing lobbyists interests over the people’s interest. The only way to change that is not only to elect Obama, but also stay involved and continue to pay attention. At the core of Obama’s message is a real sense of grassroots, community activism. That empowers its followers, regardless of Obama’s actual results as president. His oratory is beautiful. But its real power is that it cuts through the cynicism, apathy, and hopelessness – none of which have ever inspired anyone to do anything worthwhile.  Palin just wants to be president so she can pat herself on the back.


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