If the latest in pre-presidential politics was made into a cheesy movie, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan would play the mom and teenager who magically switch bodies and end up feeling each other's pain.
I mean, talk about your Freaky Friday.
As the parties threw their parties over the last few weeks, Republicans got all Democratish and Democrats had to think Republican. Which means across a nation, dogs meowed and cats sat up to beg.
Suddenly, the GOP had in Sarah Palin its own live wire to spark up John McCain's fusty image. Tables turned, Democrats discovered what it was like to stare into the blinding glare of a rock star on the other side — albeit a "today's contemporary hits," mom-jeans-wearing, lipsticked-pitbull, hockey mom of a rock star.
Palin was all tough talk on being the gal who put a luxury government jet on eBay and later that same day shot and gutted a moose to serve her family for supper. (She didn't actually say that last part, but trust me, it was implied.)
Whether all this coaxes over voters remains to be seen.
Will post-Hillarys really go for a ticket that includes a woman adamantly against abortion even in rape and incest cases — no matter how bring-home-the-bacon she's playing it?
Still, give Palin props for making a splash in still waters.
On the other side of the fence, Republicans who love to blast Barack Obama's lack of experience found themselves with a job applicant of their own whose mighty brief resume includes governing Alaska (you know, up there by Russia). Please tell me they aren't counting her time on the PTA.
Another interesting spectacle: Republicans, particularly the most self-righteously moral of them, were suddenly called to act real-world blase about teen pregnancy.
Because there was Palin's 17-year-old daughter in the same condition as Britney "High Priestess of Satan" Spears' little sister. And, for once, it was not the time for high-handed observations about abysmal parenting and general moral decline.
Instead came gentle talk of the tough challenges of modern parenting and the fallibility of being human, though not much on how that whole teaching abstinence-only thing sometimes just doesn't take.
And Democrats? "I think people's families are off-limits. People's children are especially off-limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics," Obama said smoothly and correctly, though don't you think some small part of him wished he could point and holler, "HA! Not so perfect now, are we?"
And how 'bout those Democrats having to hold their tongues on Palin's going back to work days after giving birth to a baby — all the while knowing someone of similar gender from their own party would be fricasseed as fast as a free-range chicken for what would surely be called neglect of maternal duty.
You can imagine local emergency rooms filled with people whose jaws were locked in terminal frustration and hands clutched so tight that fingernails left permanent scars — on the palms of both parties.
Now if this was a movie, everybody would have learned a Valuable Lesson about Walking in the Other Guy's Shoes. Perspective, even. But it's politics. Pass the popcorn.