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Madame President

She’s a centrist Republican in danger of defeat.

Jan 3, 2011, Vol. 16, No. 16 • By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS
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The real do-over element of the novel comes in a certain presidential running mate, Tara Meyers. As Wallace writes, “Melanie disliked everything about Tara. She was loud, tacky, and rude. She seemed to calculate the least presidential approach to every situation and pursue it with vigor.” And unlike the tasteful Melanie, Tara always picks the wrong outfit.

Later, Melanie acknowledges that, in many ways, Tara is “a natural fit”—like Kramer, a centrist: “And they saw eye-to-eye on the issues Charlotte was most passionate about.” Sarah Palin? Actually, Tara Meyers is a New York Democrat whom Kramer picks to energize her chances and appeal to a wider swath of voters. She’s half-Palin, half-Joe Lieberman (whom McCain wanted to name as his running mate). Just how did delegates at the Republican National Convention react to this unconventional surprise choice? “Tara’s speech had electrified the Republican convention.” Fact and fiction meet.

Debra J. Saunders writes a syndicated column for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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