Sunday, October 5, 2008

National Review's Rich Lowry: Palin's Wink Sends Starbursts Through TV Screen

Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review, turned into jelly at the sight of Sarah Palin winking...not necessarily at the camera during the vice presidential debate, but, as he saw it, at him. Lowry wrote:

A very wise TV executive once told me that the key to TV is projecting through the screen. It's one of the keys to the success of, say, a Bill O'Reilly, who comes through the screen and grabs you by the throat. Palin too projects through the screen like crazy. I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can't be learned; it's either something you have or you don't, and man, she's got it.


Now, I don't want to know exactly what Lowry was doing when he sat up straighter on his couch and felt that things were sparkling. I just want to consider two questions about his creepy fantasy. 

When Joe Biden said that Sarah Palin was attractive, that became a point of contention among the right, including the folks at Are they now ready to say that Lowry is sexist?

Also, Lowry wrote the following on September 13, in reference to Palin's interview with Charlie Gibson:

The fact still remains that she very likely didn't know any of the possible definitions of the Bush doctrine. I can't imagine if Obama had picked Gov. Tim Kaine and he had had a similar moment, conservatives would have rushed to say that the Bush doctrine is just too amorphous and complicated for him to know anything about it. Palin seemed weak on economic and budgetary policy too, talking in the vaguest generalities.

With Lowry's misgivings in mind, consider the fact that during the debate, Palin said, "The barometer there, I think, is going to be resounding that our economy is hurting and the federal government has not provided the sound oversight that we need..."

Yet Palin also said that the government should "...get out of the way and let the private sector and our families grow and thrive and prosper."

So the government should both provide economic oversight and get out of the way of the private sector?

All of which leads to my second question: Was Lowry so besotted by The Wink that he didn't notice that Palin is still weak–and that's putting it kindly–on economic and budgetary policy and still talks in the vaguest generalities?


lover of jazz said...

lowry has "not got to allow" himself to be swayed by womanly wiles.
conservatives are a funny bunch, no doubt about it.

Sundie said...

... sexually naive.