Sarah Palin, the MILF who would be Vice-President, has already begun the Orwellian task of sanitizing her place in the past. If you are a biker, you should disappear now. It’s over. It’s not her. It’s you.
It is not just you. It is lots of other people, too. The New York Times has reported that an anonymous Republican propagandist has already sanitized and polished Ms. Palin’s Wikipedia page. Now it is time for you to go, too.
Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for President, shocked the world when he announced Ms. Palin, the recently elected governor of Alaska would be joining his ticket this fall. Ms. Palin, 44, is a social conservative who used to be a beauty queen. Now she wears glasses and describes herself as a “hockey mom.”
McCain, a Vietnam Veteran and a former prisoner of war, has seemed to be an attractive candidate to many bikers. And, more than any previous candidate for the nation’s highest office, McCain has actively courted biker’s votes.
68th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
When McCain appeared at Sturgis this August he seemed to be in perfect agreement with the sentiments of most attendees. “It will be a good day on election day if there are a lot of bikes parked outside polling places,” he said.
It was as if his mind and ours were one. “This is my first time here,” he admitted. “But, I recognize that sound. It’s the sound of freedom.”
And, on the subject of the war in Iraq, McCain said something that particularly resonated with the Vietnam Veterans in the crowd. “We will not have their deaths be in vain,” McCain promised about those who have already died in Iraq. “We will win this war!”
Men of ordinary intelligence might presume that Ms. Palin would espouse similar sentiments. In fact, until very recently, actual proof existed that she was sympathetic to the opinions of those aging Vietnam Veterans who still like to ride large, loud motorcycles and stay in shape with a little, innocent mud check now and then.
Within hours after being named to the Republican ticket, however, Ms. Palin had the accompanying photo expunged from her official photos page.
The photo shows Ms. Palin wearing red and black. Those colors are sometimes said to symbolize bloodshed and mourning. And, Ms. Palin is surrounded by 12 members of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club and an affiliated club, The Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club. Two patch holders are displaying the patches on the backs of their cuts and everyone is smiling. Ms. Palin seems genuinely happy to be in their company.
Then last week, Alaska’s Governor realized that her suddenly promising career might be harmed if she was seen in the company of those aging psychopaths who are famous for committing all them atrocities, for losing that damned war and who have sought to find their refuge in the wind. So, of course, she fixed that.