Reversal of the Alaska-Arizona Axis
In the scramble to make sense out of this week’s primaries, a sidebar shows how far and how fast American politics has gone downhill in two years.
To keep the Republican nomination for a Senate seat he has held forever in Arizona, John McCain, who won nearly 60 million votes for president in 2008, had to spend $20 million, move far rightward on issues such as immigration and call in the help of Sarah Palin, the running mate he had plucked out of obscurity back then.
In Alaska, Palin, now the Tea Party kingmaker, did some plucking out of obscurity on her own by backing a totally unknown lawyer against Sen. Lisa Murkowski, hereditary holder of the seat, pulling off what Palin tweets as “a miracle on ice” unless absentee ballots take away Joe Miller’s lead.
We are now in the era of disposable national politicians, to be created and used up like Kleenex (see Alvin Greene, the South Carolina Democratic candidate for Senate, an unknown self-financed veteran under indictment for showing pornography to a teenager or Republican Linda McMahon in Connecticut, experienced only in promoting wrestling “matches” with a predetermined result).
Democrats are so terrified of voter rage that they are running for election in disguise.