As we roll towards the 2012 presidential election, Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” bus rolls with us. The tour speeds through the country like a patriotic bullet through the collective heart of America’s enemies.
Palin has been customarily tight-lipped about whether she’s officially running for president next year, but it seems obvious to most political observers that the purpose of this star-spangled, cross-country extravaganza is to bolster support for a full-fledged run at the White House in 2012.
The media continues to treat Palin’s bus tour as a novelty.
The truth is, there’s nothing novel about it.
In fact, another ambitious person hoping to win the ultimate prize in his field utilized this precise tactic a generation ago.
That man’s name was Lex Luger.
Draping himself in the good ol’ red, white, and blue, Luger* toured the nation on a custom bus, as seen here:
Luger’s efforts were further chronicled in this stunning music video, entitled “I’ll Be Your Hero,” which served as the centerpiece of his campaign:
It goes without saying that the former three-fourths-term governor of Alaska has ripped a page from the Luger playbook. But Palin and her supporters should remember how this story ends: Ultimately, Luger was unsuccessful in his bid to win the WWE Championship.
He left the organization without ever having won its highest honor.
So, take heed, Palinites: Those who do not learn from (professional wrestling) history are doomed to repeat it.**