One day, up near Salinas (not really that far from Berkeley), I let Sarah Palin slip away, and I haven’t been following her movements that closely ever since. But recently, the internets told me that Bristol Palin will be on “Dancing With The Stars” and that the Palins now rival the Kardashians as the first family of reality tv. They also told me that Sarah Palin had a four Senate-primary winning streak of getting Tea Party whackos Republican nominations, and that the race in Missouri broke that streak. Who knows how much difference a Palin endorsement actually makes — my guess is that it makes some in a primary because no one is paying much attention normally and when she gets in, they do start paying attention — but, for example, Chunky Bobo doesn’t joke about her, because he takes her very seriously.
There’s a building sense of Ryanmentum these days, which brings me to a natural question: will Ryan go Palin on us if he gets the VP nod and then loses (I am almost certain that a Romney-Ryan ticket would lose)? It’s got to be awfully tempting to give up that 150K a year lifestyle of having to mooch primo burgundy off your Galtian friends and start raking in millions via Fox Shows, reality tv, book tours, and so on.
I have a pretty good idea of what Ryan should do in the event that he is a losing VP candidate. First, a reality show about the Ryan family and their hard-working heartland values would be a big hit. Then, a ghost-written book that winger media will promote and that Ross Douthat and Charles Lane will describe as wonky and deeply serious. And then — here’s where I hope Ryan is listening to me — instead of going around endorsing candidates, he could go around with Ted Nugent protesting this or that local tax ordinance or campaigning against this or that local tax ordinance. This could be a show on Fox, sort of like the one John Stossel does.
The one thing that gives me pause is that he could sell millions of copies of his book while remaining in Congress. He could sell more if he had his own tv show(s) though.