Mark Evanier suggests today, in a post conjecturing that Sarah Palin will resign from the campaign before Election Day (he doesn’t believe it and neither do I, if only because a slew of absentee votes have already been cast and I’m not sure how that would work), that if it happened she would “totally vanish for a while, only to reappear after her term of office is up as the Oprah of Fox News.”
An intriguing thought and a job that would suit her perfectly, but I have another scenario in mind.
Quite simply, the folks who used the Worst. President. Ever. as a front man must be salivating over a chance to deal with another empty vessel.
Sarah Palin is George W. Bush in Drag, possessing a mindless religious conviction that she is always right, an unshakable certainty in her own gut reactions and and almost complete lack of intellectual curiosity.
She is a blank slate and the behind-the-scenes guys will take her under their wing post-election and begin grooming her, with an eye on 2016 if Obama is a success, 2012 if not. Another year or two being suddenly all bipartisan in the governorship in Alaska, then into the Senate (House first if necessary), would be the most likely plan.
Then again, in this celebrity culture, maybe Evanier’s Fox News gig would be just as good or even better.
All this, of course, is predicated on things as they are and is subject to change depending what kind of Republican Party exists four to eight years from now. It isn’t clear to me yet who will pick up the pieces of the historic wreckage that has been the Bush Administration.
Cultural conservatives still fighting to hold back the future? Economic conservatives wanting regain all the ground they’ve lost through the Great Bailout? Libertarian small gummint types (hopefully brighter than the moronic element that now pollutes the House of Representatives)?
What will be the Bush Era’s legacy for the GOP? Whatever it is, we can say with confidence that they earned it and they own it.