Devil's Advocates

Peggy Noonan, who did not mention her off-the-air slip a few days ago, made an interesting point in her recent op-ed piece. She pointed to the sense of “foreboding” in the political air.

“This new war on new turf is not good, and carries the potential of great harm. Everyone really ought to stop, breathe deep, and think.

I am worried they won’t. A friend IM’d the day after Palin’s speech, and I told him of an inexplicable sense of foreboding. He surprised me by saying he shared it. ‘Calling all underworlds reporting for duty!’ he wrote. ‘The bed is about to fly around the room, the puke is about to come out.’ He meant: this campaign is going to engage unseen powers and forces. He meant: this campaign, this beautiful golden thing with two admirable men at the top and two admirable vice presidential candidates, is going to turn dark.”


This is astute, because regardless the victor, the carnage will be great, and things could be very ugly if Obama falls short—which we all hope he does by a country mile.

Evangelicals understand this sense of foreboding more than others perhaps since they believe in the “spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12

All I know is that the “hounds of hell” have been unleashed to track down filth on Palin, and McCain is very wise to hold her back from these vultures as long as possible. With the Gibson interview, once hopes that all she gets are the “some say” questions as they stroll through some pristine Alaskan setting.

I recall the final scene in Al Pacino’s Devil’s Advocate, when “the devil” chooses the press guy to inhabit. How fitting.