The patient lies on the floor. Her pulse is thready, her breath shallow. Her eyes stare wildly and fearfully into a future she'll never see.
Above her, two doctors feverishly work to revive her.
The patient is Sarah Palin. The would-be-rescuers? Sarah's right-wing supporters and the mainstream media.
The rescuers' motives for saving Sarah are as different as they are. Her wing-nut supporters wants to see her name at the top of the ticket in 2012. She is, after all, the Chosen One. I mean, what's not to love about a woman who can't name a single thing she reads, shoots wolves from airplanes and is so pro-life she made sexual assault victims in Alaska pay for their own rape kits. It was Sarah who gave knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers like Joe the Plumber a platform, who celebrated him as Everyman to counter the well-educated uppity black guy who dared challenge McCain in the last election.
Which is exactly why the mainstream media also wants her to survive. Like the majority of the nation - and unlike Sarah's supporters - they preferred that uppity black guy. Obama was well read, articulate and thoughtful. He was a comfort to a nation who was ready to move from a leader they'd like to shoot pool with to a leader who could unite and lead the nation. Having covered the mess Bush made of things, the media knows it will take more than one term to fix it. And the best way for Obama to get a second term is to run against someone who absolutely cannot win.
That someone is Sarah Palin, and the media knows it.
The media recognizes that Sarah's supporters are crazy, so crazy that they're not afraid to turn on other Republicans. Look what happened to conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg when he dared suggest that Sarah was out of her league.
Another of Sarah's supporters, John Ziegler, went so far as to call her detractors "terrorists," and on sites like Conservatives4Palin her delusional fans offer gems like this:
Sarah Palin loves God. God loves Sarah Palin. And that is why they hate her....and Him.
I contend that the media's seeming blindness to Palin's faults - and the overplaying of her influence -is solely intentional. Apart from FOX the media is reflecting the public bias in favor of Obama. Palin is the best thing to happen to the Democrats in a long time. The media wants her to survive. The more she's out there, the more vocal her supporters will be, and the more they'll become the face of the party. At the end of the day Obama cannot not fuck up enough to lose to a party defined by its White Trash elements.
That's why the media has downplayed her resignation. That's why they've never really dug into the many scandals swirling around her. And that's why - in the wake of her political suicide attept - they are so eager to revive her.
But I think the majority of the GOP is savvy enough to see what a losing proposition she is, which is why even conservatives are starting to speak out. They're not going to let her hijack their party. So they're going to finish her off.
Call it a mercy killing for all involved.