Aug 30 2008
I noted below how many on the the left (especially men from the Democrat talking heads, liberal media and Obama campaign) have been attempting to denigrate Governor Sarah Palin. Mort Kondracke made the inane comment that Obama’s endless campaigning since he was elected to the US Senate gave him more ‘experience’ than Palin, even though she has been in elected office longer than Obama, has more executive office experience by far, has commercial leadership experience in the private sector – and right now commands military forces of this nation (the Alaskan National Guard). She interfaces with one of the most elite US Coast Guard units in the world.
All this has done is reinforce the impression liberal men are the ones most insecure about women. It was, after all, liberal men who shunned Hillary and pushed her aside even though she received more votes than Obama in the Primary. It was Obama who was so insecure about a woman named Hillary that he ignored those 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling and went to the dusty old-white-guy bin in the Senate to tap smiling Joe – who racked up something like 10,000 votes in the Democrat primary.
I am simply stunned by the reaction of woman today, everywhere. Hillary had baggage – she was a Clinton and the country really did not want to see the last quarter century be Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton. She had the left, but she couldn’t really dent the right side of politics. Palin has them jumping and dancing and calling each other and celebrating. I NEVER saw this with Hillary. OK, I know mostly mothers and so they are the ones dancing a lot, but that is my point.
Palin is different. As Jeff Foxworthy says about being a redneck, when it comes to being an average middle class American ‘she are one’. Let’s take this discussion out of the echo chamber of the DC talking heads and political leaders – they ARE the problem in the first place. Those 80% wrong track numbers are aimed squarely at the political dynasties and cliques of vacuous journalists and media power brokers who endlessly bicker and go on and on inanely about some marginal PR spin. America is fed up with the entire political scene right now. Across Congress, the press and the President the man holding the highest respect in this cesspool of dysfunction is President Bush, and he is not popular by any means.
Let me emphasize what Sarah Palin is (from the Financial Times):
But Ms Palinâ€™s political background is a far cry from Mrs Clintonâ€™s. A hunting enthusiast and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, the mother of five is opposed to abortion, has a son in the army and a husband who is a part-Inuit champion snowmobiler.
The shorthand term is the Palins are mutts! They are not incredibly successful, they do not have reporters and photographers chasing them around. They don’t make news because they are a normal family doing normal things (the sad part of all this is how much of that they are about to lose). They ARE America. They are not the political knuckleheads in DC screwing everything up.Â
And that experience thing? As screwed up as things are right now in DC, and with Obama’s audacity to think his watching a parade of Astronauts and a tour of Europe (where he dissed our injured troops) makes him eligible – then ANY of us are eligible. If Obama can, then we ALL can – and that includes Palin.
The difference is that Obama has a media crafted PR lie built up to try and anchor his strange life to middle America. From his uncaring father who left him behind, to his life in Indonesia in a Muslim school, to his associations back home with Ayers and “God damn Amerika” Wright, even to his destitute brother who he ignores in a shack in Kenya, the man is not mainstream America. He just isn’t. Â He is not bad America (though his strange belief in liberal fantasies at his age does make one question his maturity), he is just not the core of America – he exists more near the outer fringes.
Palin – she is one of us. Like none of the other candidates are like one of us. She is straight down, bulls-eye, dead center main stream America. She hunts. She is a professional who holds a very important job and is raising a great family. She is very religious and pro life. She is the melting pot of left and right which MOST of us are. Most of us are not “True” progressives or conservatives. We take what makes sense from across America and fold it into our existence. I disagree with Palin on a lot of conservative issues – but I connect to her life story.
This is the election for the middle of America. The electorate is fed up with the extremes, which is all the media focuses on. We never see the quiet successes, the heroes who pull things off beyond the camera lens are never applauded. Palin represents that vast silent America outside the DC and NY Political media circuses. And one thing the political babbling class inside the media, the government and the political industry will be learning soon enough is that we out number you by vast numbers, and WE select who leads this country.
The women of this country have a champion whose life experiences and model bridges all political boundaries. And her and her family’s life story is EXACTLY what America wants for ‘Change’ in DC. Enough of the tired political DC machine, Palin is leading a charge to clean DC out of all its dysfunctional dead wood. Why would we trade the DC machine for the Chicago machine??? Maybe we should give her and McCain a whole new Congress to go with them? What do you folks think?
Addendum: This is the election where experience in DC is a negative. Up until now Obama was the most inexperienced outsider. Now he has lost that mantle – and the women’s vote outside the die hard liberals (10-15% of the electorate max). This year I think the farther you are from DC and the halls of power the more Americans will trust you to fix the mess in DC. Alaska is as far as you can get, and it raises very tough people. The middle of America is about to storm the decaying halls of DC, with McCain and Palin at the lead.
Update: I was reading this NY Times article on her (quite glowing) and I realized this is the battle of the sexes – with the white guys conveniently out of the picture so as to no muddy the waters. This paragraph struck me hard:
Though indisputably Alaskan, she rose to prominence by bucking the stateâ€™s rigid Republican hierarchy, impressing voters more with gumption, warmth and charm than an established record in government.
It was a combination that dumbfounded her rivals.
â€œShe wouldnâ€™t have articulated one coherent policy and people would just be fawning all over her,â€ said Andrew Halcro, a Republican turned independent, who along with Tony Knowles, a Democrat, ran against Ms. Palin for governor in 2006. â€œTony and I looked at each other and it was, like, this isnâ€™t about policy or Alaska issues, this is about peopleâ€™s most basic instincts: â€˜I like you, and you make me feel good.â€™Â â€
â€œYou know,â€ said Mr. Halcro, invoking the Democratic presidential nominee, â€œthatâ€™s kind of like Obama.â€
The mind-numbing male policy wonks cannot figure out how a woman’s life experience brings breadth and purpose to policy. Anyone want to lay odds Obama and Biden are any more prepared to deal with a woman who can communicate, connect and lead? Â LOL! This is going to be a fun one to watch, except for all the the mud coming from the liberal news media (which needs to go away – now). Outside of the liberal male reaction, this will be very uplifting and enjoyable.
Update: And do not forget there will be a lot of male idiots on the right too. Want to know how good a choice Palin is? Â Anti-Meirs clown David Frum is all concerned (good, the guy is an idiot). Â And over at a hillary site the women areÂ ecstatic. (here is the direct link to the hillary site). Doesn’t get any better than this. It is a must read to go see how women are responding to Palin.
Update: The crass and ugly liberal on parade:
Sarah Palin’s judgment is despicalble. She knowingly whelped a Mongoloid child earlier this year, probably to pander to the Right to Life Nutbags.Irresponsible decisions like hers dilutes the viability of the American Gene Pool. No wonder why we are falling farther and farther behind in an increasingly competitive global economic environment.
Her OB should have cut her tubes after her first child!!!
This from the pro-choice party? Why does the Obama camp sometime sound like the Nazi party, harassing journalists and free speech, and wondering about the purity of the master cause?