Thread author's preface; Whenever Sarah Palin takes one final inhalation before launching into a stump speech she sucks all the air out of the room. In other words every television camera, microphone, dictation recorder, cell phone, notebook, and retina belonging to political media organizations stretching from Nome, Alaska to Brownsville, Texas aims in her general direction with eager anticipation. That's what 10,000 watts of amplified, McCarthyisms, pitchforks, god, and apple pie soundbites can accomplish. It's attention grabbing stuff folks (lets don't confuse grabbing attention with grabbing votes). While that might seem like a good thing from the Party's point of view it's actually not. It's bad. Amid all the noise, hype, and hairspray who's going to hear a rational voice of wisdom, one that calls for a course reversal away from fanaticism and towards a new, progressive conservatism. Only an overhauled public identity and a platform capable of becoming a viable option within the eyes of mainstream America can restore the GOP to previously gained levels of political strength. I say again, with the flashing cameras and Sarah Palin cranked up to 11 who's going to hear the message? Envision a frustrated Abraham Lincoln attempting to recite the Gettysburg Address while sharing the stage with the Insane Clown Posse. You can't hear yourself think, their costumes clash with yours, and besides, exactly who in this crowd is willing or capable of listening? Call his opinions liberal, call it nonsense, call it what you want. Continue running plays lifted out of Rove's Guide to Offensive Politics and four years from now President-Elect Obama will be called Barack Obama, two-term President. GOP must be the change it wants to see; Sam Reed Postscript; Lets be frank, it's time to clean house. Joe the Plumber and Sarah the Palinator need to be presented with a letter of appreciation, a list of news media job contacts, plane tickets home, cab fare, and directions to the nearest exit. It's time to bring respect back to the GOP. Haley Barbour has been under too much stress lately, fishing is a good therapy, or so I hear. Rick Davis and his team of marketing mavericks really should seek new challengest . NASCAR's brand image, product presentation, and audience demographic is right up your alley, and the offices are on Mad Ave too. Perfect. This really should have been started yesterday, but RIGHT NOW will suffice.