A friend recently made the observation that Sarah Palin's decision to explore -- and probably take aim at -- the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination could result in the ultimate destruction of the (currently highly corrupt and obscenely disingenuously arrogant) Republican Party leadership, politicians / pundits and all.
I think that's possible and agree, but within a half-a-tick of reading my friend's words I had another thought.
A much darker one, and one that is at least equally likely to occur.
Here's what my friend said:
Even if she doesn't win the nomination, the damage she can do will be incredible -- because she's such a selfish drama queen she'll pitch a destructive hissy-fit when she loses and her supporters will sit on their hands for the nominee.
And here are my thoughts on it:
There's another, darker aspect that we need to keep in mind, too: the folks who initiated the Tea Party did so by igniting and provoking the "Borg" of the radical right.
Those various bonfires have been steadily stoked and fed, all the while building a much larger supply of potential powder kegs made from smoke, mirrors, straw and excrement.
If the 'baggers feel they've been swindled out of having "their" victory (through the vagaries of fortune and a new mystical rite called 'Democracy'), they're likely to set themselves off.
It's like building a LEGO robot that moves by pogo stick, then steadily loading it with old sticks of dynamite and nitro, and tying it all to mercury-filled deadman's switch.
The GOP's lost sight of the controller for their ill-conceived LEGO robot-monster, and it's not going to be pretty.
And there may be far more unintended consequences, and casualties, than even the GOP's most stalwart murderers and thieves would be comfortable with.
So, there you have it: the potential for the law of unexpected consequences to rear up and bite us all in collective ass.
What do you think? Please jump in and discuss with us in comments below.
To see this discussion at its original location, check out this thread at Pulling to the Left on DelphiForums. Feel free to jump in here, too -- the water's fine. -- GH