In less than a week, one-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has gone from a complete unknown to savior of the Republican Party. From the moment she was announced as John McCain’s vice presidential pick, the Right has been gushing nonstop, heaping praise upon her, and proclaiming her the answer to all of their prayers.
And so it doesn’t really come as much of a surprise that, after days of non-stop Palin hagiography, the Right is starting to run out of ways to express its adulation and that all that was left was to pay her the greatest compliment they know by christening her “the next Ronald Reagan”:
“A week ago, conservatives and most Republicans were down-in-the-dumps, listless, unengaged. That lack of enthusiasm is a thing of the past. Tonight, thanks to Senator McCain and Governor Palin, conservatives and Republicans are fired up as they have not been since Ronald Reagan was president,” he said.
“Sarah Palin is the next Ronald Reagan,” Viguerie, the Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, said.
“In less than a week, Governor Sarah has captured the heart and soul of this convention, the Republican Party, and the conservative movement. She brings together social conservatives, and economic conservatives and libertarians, and people who are fed up with the Culture of Corruption that infests our nation’s politics,” he said.
“From this moment forward, there’s no limit on where Sarah Palin might go,” Viguerie concluded.
This is especially remarkable considering that Viguerie has, in recent years, been not only a militant critic of John McCain but the GOP in general – just a few months ago he was demanding the wholesale resignation of the Republican Party’s leadership for destroying the GOP’s reputation and having “failed – or outright betrayed – the conservative voters who put them in their positions.”
How prevelant is this idea becoming? Even Michael Reagan is making it:
I’ve been trying to convince my fellow conservatives that they have been wasting their time in a fruitless quest for a new Ronald Reagan to emerge and lead our party and our nation. I insisted that we’d never see his like again because he was one of a kind.
I was wrong!
Wednesday night I watched the Republican National Convention on television and there, before my very eyes, I saw my Dad reborn; only this time he’s a she.