But then they went on tour.
All went well until a live performance recorded by MTV in
Finally, the real force behind the group – German singer-songwriter and music producer Frank Farian – confessed to reporters that Morvan and
Does any of this sound vaguely familiar?
Like Milli Vanilli, Sarah Palin’s candidacy and current image is built entirely on marketing, media manipulation, performance and deceit. The American public has been subjected to a brilliant PR campaign that has painted Palin in a light favorable to the McCain campaign, while Palin herself has done little more than the political version of lip-synching: reading someone else’s speeches over and over again (lies and all). To ensure that the image is maintained, she is meticulously controlled by McCain, and reporters are not allowed to ask her questions. And as with the pop group, Sarah Palin is “winning the Grammy” – moving the electorate – based on what she appears to be, not what she is.
But like Milli Vanilli, Sarah Palin will also eventually have to “go on tour”.
She will have to face her critics. She will have to address her scandals. She will have to participate in debates. She will have to talk to reporters – and not just ones that treat her with “deference”. If she doesn’t, that too will, at some point, make even the most easily fooled Americans start to wonder what the deal is.
Let me be clear: I am not saying that Sarah Palin has lied about her back-story; she is the equivalent of the singers Morvan and
Those facts will come out, despite McCain’s efforts. The truth nearly always does; even the Gibson interview is opening some eyes (despite him not being tough on her at all, Republican whining notwithstanding.)
When people have to decide if they like Palin on the basis of who she really is, rather than just listening to her lip-synch along to a fraudulent image that the GOP is peddling, I think we’ll have a very different election on our hands.