Sarah Palin is certainly keeping people off balance. Intentionally or not, she may be doing a “Winkelried.”
Arnold Winkelried is a Swiss hero remembered for his bravery during the Battle of Sempach for Swiss independence in 1386.
First the bus tour, now, the latest info is that she’s going to have dinner with Donald Trump!
Meanwhile, Michele Bachmann is quietly shaking hands in New Hampshire, making serious speeches about Obamacare and government spending, and sending out tons of emails to her supporters. Hmmmm
This leads IFO to speculate that a Winkelried maneuver may be in the offing.
According to legend, the Swiss initially could not break the close ranks of the Habsburg pikemen. Winkelried cried: “I will open a passage into the line; protect, dear countrymen and confederates, my wife and children…” He then threw himself upon the Austrian pikes, taking some of them down with his body. This broke up the Austrian front, and made an opening through which the Swiss could attack.
We did hear someone say on the radio today that her attitude toward the media could be, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” The caller also noted that Palin’s bad times with the press started during the 2008 Presidential campaign with the Couric ambush. Then he cruelly pointed out that Couric is gone, while hordes of media vans are following Palin’s bus and nobody knows where Katie Couric is.
Palin’s not telling them where she’s going to be on this “One Nation” tour of hers and the news people are frantic. They are calling Republican political people in states where she is, or has been, or might be going to, to get negative comments about how rude it is not to at least call the local Republicans. And reporters call her “coy” about her intentions.
Our hope is that for Austrian pikemen we can see Mainstream Media and Democrats, for the Swiss, we can see Palin gathering spears and letting Republicans march through the huge gap she has created in their attack plans. Well, we can hope, can’t we?
* We just had to categorize this post as a “Lifestyle” post, in spite of the “seriousness” of the topic – Presidential politics.
* Just heard the real line that Bette Davis uttered in the movie “All About Eve”: “Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy night.” We always thought she said, “…ride.” This summer could be pretty bumpy, politically.
* Bachmann is a Swiss name. Just sayin’. [Okay, she’s Norwegian, but her husband could be Swiss.]