Steamboat Springs When Sarah Palin made her stunning debut onto the American political stage last month, liberals around the country choked on their morning soy lattes and bagels with organic cream cheese. Meanwhile, as the left was trying to hide their angst, conservatives were doing "The Wave" from coast to coast and breathing a collective sigh of relief.
Whatever the shock level created by John McCain's announcement that he had chosen a dark horse as his running mate, the down-to-earth hockey mom on the 2008 GOP ticket has driven home the real contrasts in this election. On the one hand, we have a presidential candidate who talks about change and hope, while having no distinct message of what that really means or how to make it happen. Barack Obama never has had a clear plan for the country, nor do people have a defined sense of who he is.
Enter Sarah Palin: the moose huntin', gun totin' governor of Alaska who doesn't have to define herself. She is the real deal: an American woman who embodies the ideals that so many of us strive for. She is a multi-tasking mother, a wife, a successful mayor and, now, governor of a very vital state. She is articulate, attractive and smart. She gives a voice to the nation. While adding excitement to the McCain ticket, she and the maverick Arizona senator complement each other. Best of all, neither of them has to pretend to be someone they are not in order to win the race. They have no hidden agendas, no radical associates or sketchy relatives to have to throw under the bus until after the election.
To say that the left was thrown back on their heels by Sarah's arrival is an understatement. They were steamrolled and left lying on the ground, flat as pancakes. As for the reaction of Barack Obama himself, comedian Dennis Miller said it best, "She really has gotten deep inside of his melon." Yes, "The One" is off of his game, and his 4000 campaign advisers still are scurrying around trying to figure out what to do next. The Obama team continues to make mistakes. The candidate and his minions came out swinging and tried to besmirch and smear the Alaskan first family. This strategy backfired and actually has increased interest and support for Sarah. The Obama team just doesn't seem to get it. The latest word is that no less that 30 legal "experts" have parachuted into Wasilla and surrounding areas. They are swarming the Alaskan countryside like cockroaches, trying to dig up some dirt on the well-liked Alaskan native.
Desperate people do desperate things, and fear has been the common denominator for Democrats this year. They chose a fatally flawed nominee out of fear that Hillary would polarize the country and lose the election. Then, their unelectable candidate chose a safe but boring veep choice in Joe Biden. Buyer's remorse surely has set in with some in the chief Democratic operatives. But it's a little late for exchanges.
Our next president and vice president will be decided in just a very few short weeks. It is going to be a decision by the American people between two sharply contrasted visions for America. Sarah spoke about having a "servant's heart" at the Republican National Convention.
John McCain has been a public servant, too, because he loves America. When he takes office in January, I want to see Sarah Palin by his side. They will lead as true leaders. They will keep us safe. They are the winning team. God bless them on their journey!
Mary K. Allen is a conservative activist who divides her time between Wisconsin and Steamboat Springs. Politics is her passion, and she works in both states to help elect conservative candidates to office.