Sunday, November 09, 2008

A Very Sirius Election: (Led) Zep Tepi

There's a lady who's sure
All that glitters is gold
And shes buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows
If the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
And shes buying a stairway to heaven.

Sarah Palin's role in the Stairway to Sirius drama reminds me of the first stanza of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," with its references to a powerful woman who can get anything she wants even if the "stores are all closed." Kind of reminds me of the whole wardrobe fiasco, where GOP operatives went out and spend $150K on designer duds for Pit Bull Palin. It's funny, I heard a Democratic lawmaker in Alaska on the radio claiming he was shocked by Palin's attack dog act, saying she was actually a very accomodating governor. But she was scripted a role for the big ritual drama and she performed it to a T.

Another interesting parallel to "Stairway to Heaven" was the much-ridiculed "Bridge to Nowhere" comedy, in which Palin also played a major role. Look at those Nines there, aren't they something? And how about that Superman logo? Or that paper star she's wearing as her tiara? Wow. It seems the electoral wizards certainly wanted to keep the Synchromystics busy this year.

I almost forgot- Palin took to the stage to give birth to the Sun to the strains of Heart's "Barracuda." Heart is well known for their Led Zep covers, and the "Barracuda" itself borrows it's galloping rhythm from "Achilles' Last Stand" off the Presence album (the cover of which displays a family contemplating an enigmatic black obelisk).

It all seems to be so complex sometimes. So beyond the scope of mere human agency. Hmm, maybe another hoary Zep epic can give us a clue to what's really going on....

Oh, let the Sun beat down upon my face
With stars to fill my dream.
I am a traveler of both time and space
To be where I have been.

To sit with elders of a gentle race
This world has seldom seen.
They talk of days for which they sit and wait
When all will be revealed.

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