It takes a brave person to blog about anything remotely tied to politics, of course unless they are just too funny to pass up. This one is just that. I might have to reach out to my good friend and political blogger David Kinkade to see if he wants to head down to Daytona w/ me for the 500 and cover this thing from a political perspective.
It has been widely reported this past week that the former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin plans to attend the Daytona 500 this year. At first I got no fewer than a dozen emails and tweets w/ links to the stories making the announcement. I think that this is going to be worth watching. Do I think Palin has a chance at the presidency? Um, no. But, do I like Political Humor? Yes.
For the most part, everyone in attendance at that race is there for one reason, NASCAR. Not to say that I am smarter than your average Joe (no pun intended), but I can totally see what Palins handlers are trying to accomplish. They think that since the South is traditionally conservative, and this is probably the biggest event in the South, they can just parade her down here and all of the “rednecks” in Daytona will get their picture made with her and their votes are in the bag. It’s a little insulting for those of us who can see how we are being viewed.
But, see what they don’t understand is this, picking a presidential candidate is the furthest thing on the minds of 90% of the people that are at the Daytona 500. In fact, I would venture to say that half of them won’t remember she was even there the next day, unless of course she loses her top going down the giant slip and slide in the campgrounds area, but hey that would be a story for TMZ to cover! Heck most of them won’t even remember the slip-n-slide thing if someone puts Dale Jr. in the wall.
I will say this though, good try Palin camp. When Palin signed on w/ Fox the other day, that was more or less her trophy, time to move on. While she might be an awesome cheerleader for the RNC (stop trying to picture her in a cheerleading outfit) she won’t be president. This might have something to do with it…
But, hey if she’s going to be at the race I hope she has a good time. I do hope that she realizes that one of the reasons the Daytona 500 is so popular is because that’s the one day that everyone at the race, or watching from home has completely blocked out what’s going on in the world today, healthcare reform, taxes, bailouts, wars, etc., nothing else matters! So please don’t bring it up while you are there…
Feel free to parade her around though, heck even try to start you up one of those mini tea party / campaign rally things, there are people who will attend I am sure. After all, they still make Velcro shoes for those that never learned to tie the other kind. But eventually you are going to have to let your girl go and find yourself another candidate that can be taken seriously. Please.
I don’t know who is pulling all of the strings in the Palin camp and leading her around the country, heck she’s been here in the south more lately than she has Alaska, but if they want to get a head start and make things interested during the next election, they need to check out this dude… Granted, you are not going to agree with any candidate 100% of the time, but when trying to pick one from the group, people usually eliminate the dingbat first. Oh, and before you comment to call me a Liberal, just know this, I consider myself a conservative and think the world of Mike Huckabee as a person and a politician, just can’t get behind Palin.