Sarah Palin called on Kenyan witch hunting Bishop Thomas Muthee to help jump start her campaigns for governor and later for the White House. Muthee it may be remembered made headlines when he took his crusade to purge witches from Kenya to Palin's one time Wasilla Assembly of God church. The good bishop gave Palin an anointing to in his words "protect her from witchcraft." The rest is history.
The obscure but energized, evil spirit free Palin became an instant household name. With the help of Muthee's anointing, she became in turn, the Joan of Arc to millions of ultra-conservatives and Christian evangelicals disgusted with the whining, waffling, compromising, and pandering of moderate McCain and GOP party regulars. No matter that she also became the favorite favored laugh line for late night comics, and a media laughingstock, she was the right's heroine in the battle for God, country, flag, and traditional family values.
Muthee's famed admonition to the faithful for "The violent take it by force. People that have spiritual backbones are the ones that are going to advance" served Palin well during the campaign when she sloughed off McCain's unwritten rule not to go negative on Obama and savaged him for his cavorting with terrorists (witches in their own right). In the months afterward it got her a mega millions book deal, a spot on Oprah, the talking heads chattering, and much speculation that she will be the one to unite the flock against the elite witches in the Democratic Party, the GOP, and especially the White House.
It's no accident that Palin launched her book storming tour among her idolatrous admirers in heartland towns and locales. She could peddle her non-tell all book while using her anointing to crusade against the Washington witches. Muthee did not have to lay hands on her this go round.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. His forthcoming book, How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge (Middle Passage Press) will be released in January 2010.