Thank goodness for Project Runway. Because without it, I would still be sitting in stunned silence after watching Sarah Palin’s star turn at the Republican Convention. Fortunately Project Runway came on in its regular slot which fell exactly at the moment (on the west coast) that the CNN political team was finishing up. So for the next hour I could forget about Sarah–who is definitely “in”– and instead watch Heidi Klum decide who would be “out.”
But Project Runway is over now, and I am right back where I was an hour ago. Stunned.
I heard Sarah Palin speak at the rally when McCain introduced her as his running mate. So I knew she’d be good tonight. I just didn’t expect her to be THAT good. And I am betting, neither did John McCain.
On Project Runway, before they present their designs, Heidi tells the competitors to “Wow the judges”.
Apparently someone gave the same advice to Sarah. She went out on that runway in Minneapolis and did just what those designers wish they could do: Wow the judges.
Wow. And how. She wowed the Republicans in the silly hats and the political spinners on CNN and the rest of us in red AND blue states all over America.
I gotta say, the woman has poise. And guts. And she delivered maybe one of the best political speeches ever–doing what she was asked to do–even after the week from hell.
As a Mom, I have to hand it to Sarah. If I had been through a week watching the media attack my pregnant teenage daughter, I’d be sitting in a corner somewhere , crying my eyes out. Most mothers would. But not Sarah Barracuda. She came out swinging.
Avoiding the issue of why she is the kind of mother who was NOT crying her eyes out, it still shows what Sarah is made of. They sure make ’em tough up there in Alaska. The last American frontier is as close as we get these days to the American pioneer women.
But who knew pioneer women had such charisma? Instead of Little House on the Prairie, this was A Star is Born. You could literally watch it happen. You know something is up when Cindy McCain actually looks alive. As she watched Sarah saving her husband’s credibility, Cindy showed some emotion that looked close to real excitement. She never looks that way when her husband speaks.
But he doesn’t have to speak anymore. In fact, he probably shouldn’t. Certainly not tomorrow. Who would want to follow that act?
Because I think Sarah Palin has what it takes to wow the judges–American voters. They have demonstrated, at least in the last two elections, that star power trumps brain power. And even though Obama has star power, in many parts of America, his brain power doesn’t sell on the runway.
Ironically, the other day, someone suggested to me –with love and the best of intentions–that maybe I am blogging too much about politics. I took this to heart. And today as soon as I got up, I wrote another blog about politics. It was about Sarah Palin, written 12 hours before her convention speech. At the time, I thought it was pretty funny. But right now it doesn’t seem pertinent and is far too humorous to post when I am so depressed.
In my defense, I don’t think my blogs are really so “political.” But as someone who has worked in politics and covered politics and followed it, this has to be the most unbelievable election season in my lifetime. My blog is a reflection of me and what I’m thinking about each day. So how can I NOT write about politics–since that’s what I’m thinking about and what everyone is thinking about. And if they’re not, they should be. I think the election is THAT important and is going to be close. What else can I think about right now?
By morning, maybe I’ll be thinking about something else. And if I’m less depressed, maybe I’ll post that other blog about Sarah Palin. The funny one.
Or maybe I’ll watch the rerun of Project Runway and watch someone else “Wow the judges.”