Monday, October 27, 2008

From "Maverick" to "Rogue"

I'm not sure there's much to really chew on in this report that some McCain aides have been struggling with Palin and accuse her of going rogue. It seems pretty clear that only the rock-solid GOP faithful are willing to keep up the charade that she's a legitimate candidate, when it is in fact clear that what she is, really, is a risky-political-choice-that-backfired in expensive pumps.

But what most struck me was the description of "diva" that was referenced in the article. Here's the quote:

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," said this McCain adviser. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

"Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom."
(emphasis mine)

This strikes me, particularly the last highlighted bit, because it sounds so much like W. He may be, in fact, a picture-perfect example of a heterosexual male diva.

And I think it goes further than that, because there is something in the diva-ness that the Right eats up. They love these "courage of their convictions" types that care little for science or diplomacy or basic intellectual curiosity. They attach to leaders that believe themselves "the beginning and end of all wisdom."

This resonates so deeply with me I propose we start attaching the term "diva" to the GOP and all her minions. Or maybe divas for the leaders, and diva-lovers for the minions, as at best anyone who would willfully vote for Palin is a groupie, toadie, or spineless personal assistant.

CNN: Palin's 'going rogue,' McCain aide says


B.E. Earl said...

I thought I read somewhere that these anonymous quotes have actually come from Romney staffers who are trying to get an early edge on Palin in 2012. I could be mistaken.

Regardless, you are right. They are both divas. Especially W.

JJisafool said...

Earl, do you remember where? I did a little searching and couldn't find it, though I wouldn't doubt it. Does change the interpretation of the story, with the GOP eating its own less than two weeks before the election.

If you can find it, let me know and I'll update this post. Thanks!

B.E. Earl said...

Found it. It was on Daily Kos and it was former Romney aides. Here is the link.

Anonymous said...

...and actually these "leaders" cum divas place their governing styles and decisions in faith--which, is doubly dangerous. An egomaniacal leader who believes he/she is guided by God.

Gina said...

George Lakoff of the Rockridge Institute uses the metaphor of "strict father" to describe the omnipotent authority that conservatives masochistically enjoy at the center of their worldview. Now that a woman is going for the gold in our political arena, we progressives must expand our nomenclature. If Diva fits, Diva it shall be!

Smoooochie said...

I'm going to have to agree with Campbell Brown on this one. The GOP was bitching about how questioning her qualifications was being "sexist", but then folks within their party make a sexist comment like calling her a "diva". It's ridiculous. The bottom line is she's not following the party line trying to make herself look good and is going to sink this leaky boat for certain. Go her! SINK IT!