- by Ian Ransom
Now that Sarah has blazed a proactive trail of reclamation as far as her public image is concerned, and stands in a position of even greater influence than she did during the '08 election campaign, some in the media seem baffled.
"How could she possibly have done it?" they snivel while wringing their taloned fingers and hands.
The answer rests quite clearly in Palin's resolute ability to know what's best for her message because she listens and sees--with unclouded vision--that her message is America's conservative message. Best of all, Sarah's proved that she knows how best to deliver that message apart from any corrosive Beltway spitshine. The moment those particular make-up artists tried to slather her in such flimsy camouflage, her very being rejected the ruse, like an army of antibodies trying to throw off a debilitating virus. Sarah succeeded because she knows that Washington's campaign gurus and Svengalis of Spin have long ago become adept only at promoting the art of duplicity and the kind of evasive policy-mongering that makes it easy for careerist politicians to speak around the American people, instead of directly to them--especially when it comes to how their tax dollars are to be horrifically misspent.
Aided by a pervasive culture of moral relativism and the wholesale rejection of objectivity, Hollywood and Washington have now smashed together like two shuddering tectonic plates. Hard-working American conservatives have watched this disturbing collision, and are happy to stand outside the new circle of vapid, self-congratulatory revelers--revelers dressed for a ball, but condescendingly unaware that the ball they're about to attend is very similar to the one portrayed in Edgar Allen Poe's Masque of the Red Death.
Sarah Palin showed her striking resilience by simply continuing to be one of those hard-working American people who knows who she is and who knows that what her fellow Americans need has become grotesquely divorced from what they've been told to want. Emerging from a presidential campaign that utterly squandered her vitality in a miasma of milquetoast machinations, she took the reins of her own Iditarod sled and said, "Mush!"
And she wasn't afraid to use the whip when she needed to do so. Liberals from California to Connecticut are still trembling at the sound of her reverberating "Snap!"
Having reversed the damage of John McCain's team of demented elves and positioned herself as herself once again, Sarah needs only one more weapon in her arsenal, and I trust we'll see it come around this time next year, just in time to occupy 2010 mantelpiece stockings: a second book in which she tackles nothing but hard-hitting, explicit policy for America's ultimate redemption, rendered in her inimitable voice, with her unobscured committment to common sense.
Trust me, when it comes to the magnificent Sarah Palin and her ability to relentlessly "produce the goods" these days, it's never too early to think about next year's Christmas presents.
Ian Ransom is the editor of The Ian Ransom Notes