Thursday, September 11, 2008

Word to Conservatives: Don't Get too Cocky

While I too have gotten many chuckles out of the ongoing spasms of outrage, impotent fury, and downright disgusting displays of what Mark Shea so aptly calls the "Freakish Enemies of the Normal" (prime example here), I would caution conservatives not to count Barack Obama and his devoted worshippers out yet.

Politics is notoriously volatile. So far, Palin and McCain have been able to take the initiative from Obama, and Obama's surrogates haven't been able to find an attack on Palin that sticks.

But rest assured, they're going to keep trying.

The campaign that has sent a "mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers into Anchorage, the state capital Juneau and Mrs. Palin's hometown of Wasilla to dig into her record and background" won't rest until they find something.

And it's almost inevitable that they will, eventually, find something that gains traction. Why? Because Sarah Palin is a limited, fallen creature like everyone else. That means she has made mistakes, and yes, has done things she would not be proud to have made public.

It may not have any objective political significance. It may indeed be something that really doesn't bear upon her fitness to govern. But politicians have been undone by trivial misdeeds in the past, and as I said, politics is notoriously volatile.

Conservatives need to beware of imitating Obama's hubris and arrogance. It's undoing Obama now, but it can just as easily undo McCain/Palin.