You can tell it’s autumn in Washington: the leaves are changing color, Congress has flown away and the political surrogates are in full cry. For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, the full cry of the surrogate can often be heard from coast to coast — or at least from Broadway to Reno, Nevada.
Surrogates can do things the candidates can’t, sparring with words most candidates don’t use in places some candidates wouldn’t go. That’s why they’re fun to watch when they figuratively put up their dukes in the struggle before the November 2 vote.
At a Broadway theater on Monday night, Michelle Obama got a glitzy introduction from Sarah Jessica Parker of “Sex and the City” fame, who called the first lady “a role model, an inspiration” and a woman who “doesn’t need a pair of heels to stand tall.”
Mrs. Obama called on an audience of New York City women to come to her husband’s aid. But this was no demure request. President Barack Obama‘s popular wife put it bluntly: “If I hand him over, then you all have got to have his back … because my husband cannot do this alone.”
Across the country, Sarah Palin – ex-Alaska governor, ex-Republican vice presidential candidate, current Tea Party star — took on members of her own Republican party at a stop in Reno. “Some of you need to man up,” Palin told Republicans, “and spend some political capital to support the Tea Party candidate.”