In the last part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, one of the most important victories that took place before the Ring was killing the Nazgul Lord. It had been prophesied that he could not be killed by a man, so the deed was started by a hobbit (Merry) and finished off by a woman (Éowyn,) who informed him of her gender before she ran him through.
That’s certainly what the Republicans are hoping for in the nomination of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as John McCain’s running mate. As was the case in 2000 but for different reasons, every indication shows that the political winds are blowing the Democrats’ way. McCain’s stroke is a bold one, but IMHO may be the one thing that will advance his cause more than anything else.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time here and elsewhere on women in ministry, and more specifically the ongoing role of conservative women in the Anglican blogisphere. All of this and political experience has taught me one thing: conservative women are the most dangerous people on earth–to the liberals.
As I noted earlier this week, liberals have succeeded in politics through a combination of victim politics and patronage:
But ultimately any political party or movement which wants to bond people to the government relies on “victim politics” to build its base. It finds “victims,” then tells them that their solution is the government, then gets into power and activates the government to solve their problem (well, maybe.) It’s been a pretty successful formula for the Democrats for a long time; it’s a very subtle form of patronage.
Conservative women, who understand that their own advancement and that of their children is too important to be uncritically left to a bureaucracy, exhibit a level of articulation and tenacity that is hard to match. I’ve seen this on a local level, and Gov. Palin showed it in her introductory speech.
Women are, by sheer numbers, the left’s largest potential “patronage/victim” group. Conservative women shatter that cycle, which is why the left fears them and works so hard to get them out of office. But that’s easier said than done, as the normally ebullient Tim Gill admitted earlier this week in his efforts to oust Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R, CO.)
But sometimes fear and hate is the best you can expect in life. That was certainly the case for Margaret Thatcher; she had to put up with a lot as the UK’s first woman Prime Minister and the breaker of much of Britain’s post-World War II welfare/union state. There’s an apocryphal story about a dinner meeting of her and her male cabinet. The waiter came in to take orders and started with her.
“What will you have this evening?” the waiter asked.
“I’ll have the beef,” Lady Thatcher replied.
“And your vegetables?” the waiter came back.
“Oh, they’ll have beef, too,” she ordered.
If McCain and Palin get elected and he dies in office, the “vegetables” better learn to like beef.