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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin Steps Up

Has it only been a week? The "My Fair Lady" metaphor, footwear and all, comes full circle with Maureen Dowd's column today:

"I hope John McCain doesn’t throw his slippers at Sarah Palin’s head or get as acerbic as Henry Higgins did with Eliza Doolittle when she did not learn quickly enough. McCain’s Pygmalion has to be careful, because his Galatea might be armed with more than a sharp tongue.

"For the first time in American history, we have a 'My Fair Lady' moment, as teams of experts bustle around the most famous woman in politics, intensely coaching her for her big moment at the ball--her first unscripted interview here this week with ABC News’s Charlie Gibson."

Last Wednesday I wrote:

"With a phalanx of Henry Higginses and Col. Pickerings, Sarah Palin is being prepped for her Eliza Doolittle debut at the Republican equivalent of the Embassy Ball tonight...

"But before we enjoy the catharsis of Eliza flinging slippers at Henry Higgins, we might want to keep in mind how that climactic scene would play in the Oval Office where something more substantial than slippers might be the nearest objects at hand."

That should do it for Palin in the Shoe Department, unless someone wants to go another round with Cinderella's glass slipper. Anyone for a few words on how it feels to be in Joe Biden's boots?

3 comments:

Joe said...

minuscule not miniscule.

Stimpson said...

It was a mistake on ABC's part to agree to have the interview in Alaska. She should be coming to Washington or New York for the one-on-one.
I'm sure the Repubs hope and expect the interview will be prefaced by a minute or two about folksy Alaska, with footage of charming landscape and residents who just love their Sarah.
If ABC had any guts, it would preface the interview with an "ugly side of Alaska" bit -- aerial wolf hunting, unglamorous downtowns, whatever.

R. S. Abrinaud said...

I feel like I'm trying to out-shout a class full of chatty 9th graders, but I really think it's time for the candidates to put up or shut up.

Enough with the name-callling and whining and carping over what people did in the past. GROW UP, Ladies and Gentlemen. Focus on the issues, not on who said "lipstick on a pig" first! I don't care about that. I care about our energy policy and breaking our addiction to limited resources--particularly those that come from unstable regions of the world. I care about the dire financial straits that the middle class has been pushed to. I care about the failure of our education system to provide a World Class education to ALL students. I care about the deplorable state of health care (or no-care as the case may be) in our country.

There are 54 days until the populace has to make one of the most important decisions involved in their active citizenship. That is too short a time to continue with the hystrionics and he-said-she-said nonsense that has marked *both* campaigns since the Conventions.