Over at the DailyKos the nomination of Sarah Palin as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate has them running scared. One of their 'diarists' suggests that the Palin selection will be as divisive for the GOP as the competition between Obama and Clinton was for the Democrats and that the media will immediately leap on the situation and play up the disgruntled outrage of VP also-rans like Pawlenty and Romney. 'Chumley' writes:
Just run the same exact story next week, and substitute the names "Mitt Romney" and "Tim Pawlenty" for "Hillary Clinton." Make that THE big story of the convention: how the Republican party is divided into factions that loathe each other, and how that schism severely endangers John McCain's chances of winning in November...Easy, right? And unlike the Clinton story, this one is mostly TRUE."
And this is followed by over 800 enthusiastic comments about how the Republican party is going to fall apart as a result of the Palin nomination and how the media is going to go to town on the GOP or alternately how they will be lap dogs for the GOP and not follow up this vital story of division and dissension.
If the DailyKos is any measure, the left seems to have forgotten the vital maxim "know your enemy," because they clearly have no idea what the impact of the Palin nomination is going to be on the GOP. There's no question that McCain consulted with and smoothed the feathers of Romney (future Secretary of Commerce) and Pawlenty (future Secretary of the Interior). He's an experienced politician and knows how to build bridges and build unity. They'll be at the convention, cheering and making speeches and giving Palin and McCain manly and supportive embraces on the podium. There also isn't going to be some sort of rebellion, because unlike Hillary Clinton, Pawlenty has no followers at all and Romney's followers are pragmatic and not all that fanatical.
In defiance of the hopes of the left, Palin's effect in uniting the Republican Party will be dramatic.
The only figure in the GOP with fanatical followers who want to disrupt the convention is Rep. Ron Paul who is holding an alternative anti-convention in Minneapolis next week to promote his Campaign for Liberty. It may be a commentary on dissension in the party that the organizers of Paul's rally are now having to give away tickets on the internet. About 150 Paul supporters are delegates to the Republican convention and they have certainly planned some sort of disruption, but the Palin nomination takes a lot of the wind out of their sails, because she's basically one of them. She subscribes to the same belief in small government and individual liberty and reforming the Republican party and government in general which has been Ron Paul's main appeal. She's Ron Paul in a dress without the crazy look in his eyes and uncomfortable connections to Lew Rockwell and the John Birch Society.