There he was, in all his glory – talk-show host Glen Boeck, in front of a crowd of thousands in Washington D.C., assuring all those present and all those watching on TV or seeing clips of his speech on the news, that we can indeed restore America, or American honor, or the civil rights movement, or something. I’m not really clear on what the big rally was for, but it’s clear the man can draw a crowd and give a speech.
Boeck was the star of the show, but his co-star, Sarah Palin, can draw a crowd in her own right, and has learned a lot in the past few years about how to speak to large crowds. It’s my guess there was as many people there to see her, as there were to see him.
It’s no surprise that the blogosphere is alive with suggestions the two of them should make a run for the White House in 2012, and Boeck quickly said he’s “too divisive” to run for the highest office in the land, but that statement is more a short-term dismissal than a firm “no.” And Palin has the experience of running for national office under her belt now and presumably has learned and recovered from the beating-up she got from the likes of Katie Couric.
I think the two of them – Boeck and Palin – should make a run together in 2012. I’m not sure if Rush Limbaugh or Glen Boeck or John Boehner or Fox News is actually driving the Republican Party these days, and maybe Boeck is too divisive for the Republicans. How about the Tea Party? Boeck calls himself a libertarian and not a Republican, but what little I know about national party politics leads me to believe the Republicans would strongly oppose a Boeck (or Palin) third-party candidacy, since it would draw votes away from “the mother ship.” Boeck’s ego is strong enough to buck the party leaders.
All I know is both of them are acting a lot like candidates, and that usually means something.
If the Republicans lose in 2012, part of the reason will be that the voters will suddenly remember who was running the show when TARP and all that other stuff actually started. If the Democrats lose, part of the reason will be that they didn’t get unemployment under control. If Glen and Sarah win, people will be trying for centuries to figure out what it means.