We were out canvassing yesterday. We probably shouldn’t have been, as we both have colds, but they aren’t going to postpone the elections on the basis of my health. We ran into a household of bitter and clingy Democrats, 3 of them, like a nest of hornets. Now, sometimes folks refuse our stuff, and that’s cool. But one doesn’t normally expect abuse for offering it. The conversation (if it could be called one) went something like this, “I can’t believe this! Don’t EVER come here again! We vote for real politicians. You can take Sarah Palin and shove her up your ass.” By this time we were back at the street. “Is that a foreign car you’re driving?” We’d been silent up to that point, but Rusty said, “We’ve got 3 Fords at home.” (actually 2 Fords and a Chevy truck now, and one of the Fords is a tractor that could file for Social Security). I found this all rather humorous, given that I deal with these folks on the Internet almost every day; the line about “real politicians” was a hoot, and absolutely true. But it kind of knocked the mojo out of Rusty.
This got me thinking about a lot of things. Just as people see the Tea Party through us, I tended to see the Democrat Party through these louts. I thought of what I might say if the shoe were on the other foot. And when somebody guilty of nothing but caring about his country gets subjected to Satanic hatred, he has to wonder if it’s from Satan. The Palin remark was particularly revealing. Generally, people’s reaction to Palin, positive or negative, is totally subjective. They really can’t tell you WHY they love/hate her. Billy Beck once made some plausible remarks about voice and presentation, but that’s rare. I “like” Sarah, but I am not for one minute fooled into thinking I’m dealing with somebody different in principle from the typical cucumber-sandwich Republican (take that, Hillboyz!). If the attraction/repulsion cannot be explained by things in this world, perhaps it’s Otherworldly. Now I’m not comfortable with where that question might lead; I’m not suggesting that Palin is Anointed of God like King David…just that there’s more going on here than meets the eye.