Joking about a candidates wife entering a topless biker beauty contest, offers for Playboy centerfold shoots, Russian servicemen nailin an insatiable female governor in a farcical porno political parody and inflatable love dolls dressed like librarians. What do all these have in common, you ask? An uncharacteristically high degree of sexual banter and raw sex appeal associated with the traditional bastion of political Conservatism and stalwart defender of family values the Republican Party. Though Senator McCains joking that he had encouraged his wife, Cindy, to enter the Miss Buffalo Chip contest which normally culminates in the winner parading topless, if not completely naked before thousands of raucous bikers was an anomalistically bawdy moment, it was his selection of former beauty queen contestant-cum-mother of five-cum-Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin as his running mate that introduced a highly charged sexual dimension to the traditionally staid realm of presidential campaigns. Even at the height of the Clinton years with its numerous rumors of the Presidents philandering proclivities and the surname Lewinsky becoming a sexual verb, the intermingling of sex and politics in popular culture that Palin has inspired is unprecedented. While much of it is indicative of a latent and apparently acceptable sexism that still permeates America, there is also a sense of a burgeoning sexual awakening in Conservative circles. With Conservative commentators pining for the potential pachyderm pin up queen, fantasizing that her repeated winks during the vice presidential debate was furtive flattery meant especially for them, a sexually-charged double entendre can be found lurking in McCain and Palins stump speeches and self-identified personas. Maverick. In its original context, maverick was a badge of rebellious honor. Symbolic of their anti-party establishment attitude and self-styled independence, McCain and Palin wear the title with all the pride of a decorated political combat veteran. As of late, though, the word has expanded from the Republican political lexicon to include a new racy Conservative sexual dimension. In a bit of Austin Powers-meets-Stephen Colbert, mavericky is the new frisky. In addition to denoting mood, maverick also serves as the stuff of fevered pillow talk and a doorway to experimentation and variety in the new Conservative sexual revolution. One can imagine, Oh, you maverick! passionately echoing through Conservative bedrooms across America even as couples try the reverse maverick for the first time while playing naughty governor and the Russian serviceman. Whats next, Conservative Coeds Gone Wild? Maybe Playboys Maverick Milfs and Raunchy Republicans Special Edition? One things for sure; this definitely isn't your fathers Republican Party. So, faithful readers, are you feeling mavericky? Well, are you? Stay tuned for further updates as events warrant and tacky 70's synthesizer music begins to waft from home theater systems across the heartland.