Sunday, September 28, 2008


A fortnight back, I had written about the effect that Sarah Palin was having on men, some of whom were becoming “gullible sheep”, quite like what had been found in an unrelated study done by the University of Leuven. Well, it appears that it is not just ordinary men who are falling prey.

Even Heads of State are not safe. Of course many of them have perfected the art of concealing their personal emotions and passions to meet the demands of protocol. But, some are simply unable to resist giving voice to the churnings that they go through when they come in formal physical contact with a gorgeous woman like Sarah Palin. That is precisely what happened to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari when he met her in New York on September 24. Here is how their introduction went:

Zardari: “You are even more gorgeous than you are on the television.”
Palin: “You are so nice. Thank you.”
Zardari: “Now I know why the whole of America is crazy about you.”
An aide asks the two to shake hands again for the cameras.
Palin: “I’m supposed to pose again.”
Zardari: “If he’s insisting, I might hug.”

One can only imagine what direction relations between the US and Pakistan will take should Sarah Palin actually find herself in the White House as President. One thing is certain: she will be able to get a lot more out of Pakistan than any US president has till now. Provided, of course, General Kiyani is also in the loop!

But before all that happens, Zardari’s public display of the “effect” has again raised the largely ignored question whether, in line with the Leuven study findings, American men will remain gullible sheep till November 04 and vote for Sarah Palin without considering the price that they collectively might have to pay should she become VP and even President. Will they actually go and press her button – on the voting machine – because of her looks alone?

Many Indians will surely remember the “effect” that Menaka had on the great Sage Vishwamitra. He was so charmed by her that he mindlessly dumped 10,000 years of penance and meditation and self-control with alacrity. This country is actually named after their offspring, Bharat. It took even Vishwamitra, despite all his spiritual knowledge and power, one full year to realise that he’d made the wrong decision! Can ordinary mortals be blamed if they don’t do any better?

Obama has a real, real fight on his hands! Has McCain picked an unbeatable winner? Wait till November 4.

In the meantime, here is that famous Palin-Zardari video.

This post was also published in Bloggers' Park Mumbai Mirror and Bangalore Mirror