What if Sarah Palin's stellar performance in Thursday night's debate not only solidifies her conservative base, but also wins the current large number of undecided voters to John McCain's cause?
What if the media, which recognizes the deadly threat she poses to their lust to see Obama win in November, goes after her with even more fury, and instead of damaging her, provokes a thundering backlash among the voters that results in a McCain victory?
What if when John McCain wakes up in the morning he stops wondering what he can do that day to ensure that he'll lose the election next month, and makes up his mind to be the warrior he once was, and turns loose his big guns on the real Barack Obama, instead of the paper mache messiah the media has abetted him in creating?
What if the House and Senate campaign committees suddenly realize that the Democrat controlled congress is not only the worst in recent history, but also the craziest, and goes all out to let the public know the real and disastrous results of the 2006 congressional elections when they handed control of Capitol Hill over to the weirdness of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid?
What if the stupid party, otherwise known as the GOP, seriously mined the treasure trove of damaging information about Obama's past and ultra-far-left allegiances now lying undisturbed by his worshipful media acolytes, showing the nation how little they know about the clouded background of the mystery man who would be president?
What if the uncertainty factor kicks in on Election Day, as I predicted it would in my July 25 column when I asked, "Who, the voters ask, is this guy?"
Obama, I wrote is, "to many, a question mark (?) while John McCain, despite his shockingly incompetent campaign, is an exclamation point (!). Given a choice between a question mark and an exclamation point, it isn’t at all surprising that the voters would be more inclined to favor the certainty of the exclamation point to the uncertainty of a question mark.
"Obama’s past, despite his widely read autobiography, is studded with question marks. His much proclaimed career as a community organizer, sacrificing a lucrative career as an lawyer, for example, fails to disclose exactly what it was he was organizing, mainly because the few available facts prove it was an excursion into the promotion of far-left causes espoused by his Marxist mentor Saul Alinsky.
"For him, it’s best that this period of his life, like his early years abroad, remain largely a question mark. "
On the other hand, I noted that "for all his deficiencies as a skilled campaigner, John McCain, the exclamation point, is straightforward. There’s no aura of mystery about him, no question marks. The voters know who he is, where he’s been, what he’s done, and what he’d do if elected."
What if a majority of undecided voters invokes the uncertainty factor when they enter the voting booth and reject the Obama (?) for the McCain (!)?
What if all the above what-ifs kick in? If they do, shouldn't John McCain thank Sarah Palin, who made it all possible?
Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist and World War II Marine who writes for Newsmax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s.
He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers.
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