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#1    libertyworld

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 03:58 AM

Why They Hate Her
Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left.
by Jeffrey Bell

For months John McCain has apparently been hoping to use his selection of a running mate to shake up the presidential race. By picking Alaska governor Sarah Palin, McCain has accomplished that--and very likely a lot more than that, more than he or anyone else could have imagined.

I'm not talking about the widely remarked fact that if Palin performs well, and regardless of whether McCain wins or loses, she becomes a future Republican presidential prospect. Given the end of the remarkable 28-year run of the Bush family--present on six of the last seven GOP national tickets, a record that could stand forever--and McCain's own status as a pre-baby boomer, this was baked in the cake no matter what younger Republican politician McCain chose to elevate.

But even apart from its political implications, the rollout of the Sarah Palin vice presidential candidacy may be regarded decades from now as a nationally shared Rorschach test of enormous cultural significance.

From the instant of Palin's designation on Friday, August 29, the American left went into a collective mass seizure from which it shows no sign of emerging. The left blogosphere and elite media have, for the moment, joined forces and become indistinguishable from each other, and from the supermarket tabloids, in their desire to find and use anything that will criminalize and/or humiliate Palin and her family. In sharp contrast to the yearlong restraint shown toward truthful reports about John Edwards's affair, bizarre rumors have been reported as news, and, according to McCain campaign directorSteve Schmidt, nationally known members of the elite media have besieged him with preposterous demands.

The most striking thing in purely political terms about this hurricane of elite rage is the built-in likelihood that it will backfire. It's not simply that it is highly capable of generating sympathy for Palin among puzzled undecided voters and of infuriating and motivating a previously placid GOP base, neither of which is in the interest of the Obama-Biden campaign. It also created an opening for Palin herself to look calm, composed, competent, and funny in response.

In her acceptance speech last Wednesday night, anyone could see the poise and skill that undoubtedly attracted McCain's attention months ago, when few others were even aware that he was looking. But it was precisely the venom of the left's assault that heightened the drama and made it a riveting television event. Palin benefited from her ability to project full awareness of the volume and relentlessness of the attacks without showing a scintilla of resentment or self-pity.

This is a rare talent, one shared by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. For this quality to have even a chance to develop, there must be something real to serve as an emotional backdrop: disproportionate, crazy-seeming rage by one's political enemies. Roosevelt was on his party's national ticket five times and Reagan sought the presidency four times. Each became governor of what at the time was the nation's most populous state. It took Roosevelt and Reagan decades of national prominence and pitched ideological combat to achieve the gift of enemies like these. Yet the American left awarded Sarah Palin this gift seemingly within a microsecond of her appearance on the national stage in Dayton, Ohio. Why?

The most important thing to know about the left today is that it is centered on social issues. At root, it always has been, ever since the movement took form and received its name in the revolutionary Paris of the 1790s. In order to drive toward a vision of true human liberation, all the institutions and moral codes we associate with civilization had to be torn down. The institutions targeted in revolutionary France included the monarchy and the nobility, but even higher on the enemies list of the Jacobins and their allies were organized religion and the family, institutions in which the moral values of traditional society could be preserved and passed on outside the control of the leftist vanguard...

...the single most important narrative holding the left together in today's politics and culture is the one offered--often with little or no dissent--by adversarial feminism. The premise of this narrative is that for women to achieve dignity and self-fulfillment in modern society, they must distance themselves, not necessarily from men or marriage or childbearing, but from the kind of marriage in which a mother's temptation to be with and enjoy several children becomes a synonym for holding women back and cheating them out of professional success.

On August 29, in the immediate aftermath of the announcement by the McCain campaign, all that was widely known of the governor of Alaska was that she was married with five children, the last one of whom had been carried to term with Down syndrome, and that she was pro-life. No one knew that her oldest daughter was pregnant. No one knew much about what she had done as governor or in her previous career. No one knew how she had been drawn into politics, or that her sister had had a reckless husband and a contentious divorce. Above all, with the possible exception of John McCain, no one knew that Sarah Palin was both a married mother of five and a brilliant political talent with a chance not just to change the dynamics of the 2008 election but to rise to the top level of American politics, whatever happens this year.

The simple fact of her being a pro-life married mother of five with a thriving political career was--before anything else about her was known--enough for the left and its outliers to target her for destruction. She could not be allowed to contradict symbolically one of the central narratives of the left. How galling it will be to Sarah Palin's many new enemies if she survives this assault and prevails. If she does, her success may be an important moment in the struggle to shape not just America's politics but its culture.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Publ...4rlysq.asp?pg=1

Pretty good analysis there I think.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:03 AM

I dunno.. why do conservitives have a huge fit over Obama or Hillery?

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:06 AM

As evidenced by enough leftists within this very forum. The down-casting, the attempting to minimize, the demonization, it's all quite humorous and, at the same time, quite predictable. How many disparaging threads can Ripley foment, how many times can the chick from LA look down her snoot at folk from "lessor" states?

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:10 AM

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SilverCougar on Sep 7 2008, 12:03 AM, said:

I dunno.. why do conservitives have a huge fit over Obama or Hillery?


Both are phonies!!

They both claim to be of the people, for the people, and yet are about as far removed from the people as you can get.

Both have backgrounds and experiences the man-on-the-street can't even hope to relate to and yet is being told they know what is best for them.

Both have a long history of very questionable dealings.

Both have a well established history of being in bed with the elites and power brokers of Washington yet claim to be above it all, not any part of it, and will change the way Washington works. That's like a shark saying they are turning veggie right after they eat this next swimmer.

And the hard but true fact is neither Obama nor Hilary have ever once been in charge of anything where results mattered.

Hilary's claim to fame is she was married to a President.
Obama's is he organized community programs.

Neither is an executive, even junior executive, position.

Even if Sarah Palin's only leadership experience had been to help her husband as a commerical fisherman that still would have been more than Obama and Hilary combined.




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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:24 AM

SilverCougar on Sep 6 2008, 09:03 PM, said:

I dunno.. why do conservitives have a huge fit over Obama or Hillery?
*shrugs*

They don't.
Never have they demonstrated such a severe and unbridled Linda Blair Response toward a political opponent.
Not even one as devoid of character, integrity, honor, judgment, maturity, common sense, love of America and humility as the punk BHO, Most Revered High Priest of Spineless Emptiness.
Hillary actually seems rather respectable compared to the punk.

Edited by libertyworld, 07 September 2008 - 06:46 AM.

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 04:27 AM

libertyworld on Sep 7 2008, 12:24 AM, said:

Hillary actually seems rather respectable compared to the punk.


Hense in part my reason for the thread that Hilary supporters should vote for McCain/Palin if they ever hope she will be President.

Just imagine this: Palin vs. Hilary for President!  w00t.gif


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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:31 AM

libertyworld on Sep 6 2008, 09:24 PM, said:

They don't.
Never have they demonstrated such a severe and unbridled Linda Blair Response toward a political opponent.
Not even one as devoid of character, integrity, honor, judgment, maturity, common sense, love of America, and humility as the punk BHO, Most Revered High Priest of Spineless Emptiness.
Hillary actually seems rather respectable compared to the punk.



They might not, but you do.

It's rediculous that you'll only stand up against this kinda stuff when it happens to your "side"... when Hiliary was facing sexist attacks you were pretty quiet about it..

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:35 AM

libertyworld on Sep 7 2008, 05:24 AM, said:

They don't.
Never have they demonstrated such a severe and unbridled Linda Blair Response toward a political opponent.
Not even one as devoid of character, integrity, honor, judgment, maturity, common sense, love of America, and humility as the punk BHO, Most Revered High Priest of Spineless Emptiness.
Hillary actually seems rather respectable compared to the punk.


InHuman on Sep 7 2008, 07:31 AM, said:

They might not, but you do.

It's rediculous that you'll only stand up against this kinda stuff when it happens to your "side"... when Hiliary was facing sexist attacks you were pretty quiet about it..


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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:43 AM

InHuman on Sep 6 2008, 11:31 PM, said:

They might not, but you do.
It's rediculous that you'll only stand up against this kinda stuff when it happens to your "side"... when Hiliary was facing sexist attacks you were pretty quiet about it..

So my opinion of what he lacks and what he is qualifies as a huge fit?
Bit of a stretch, to put it mildly.
What sexist attacks are you referring to?



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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:43 AM

InHuman on Sep 7 2008, 01:31 AM, said:

It's rediculous that you'll only stand up against this kinda stuff when it happens to your "side"... when Hiliary was facing sexist attacks you were pretty quiet about it..

The word is ridiculous. What sexist attacks was Hillary facing? Linkage?

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:52 AM

Incorrigible1 on Sep 6 2008, 11:43 PM, said:

The word is ridiculous. What sexist attacks was Hillary facing? Linkage?


Yeah, my spelling sucks.

Don't you remember all the flak she got when for the first time in her campaign she was "sincere" and got teary eye'd talking to a crowd in hampshire.

The next day everyone went on and on about her "meltdown"... same thing happened when she got "emotional" durning another speech and was called shrill/b****y when if Obama and Mccain had done it people would be saying they justifibly angry and their emotion really showed how much they cared..

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 06:55 AM

libertyworld on Sep 6 2008, 11:43 PM, said:

So my opinion of what he lacks and what he is qualifies as a huge fit?
Bit of a stretch, to put it mildly.
What sexist attacks are you referring to?


Just replace he with she and you have the other side.

So why are their worries qualified as a "huge fit"... sure there are some dead set on bringing her down, but the same could be said of those who did the same to Obama (the e-mails, the lies)...



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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:01 AM

InHuman on Sep 6 2008, 11:52 PM, said:

Yeah, my spelling sucks.

Don't you remember all the flak she got when for the first time in her campaign she was "sincere" and got teary eye'd talking to a crowd in hampshire.

The next day everyone went on and on about her "meltdown"... same thing happened when she got "emotional" durning another speech and was called shrill/b****y when if Obama and Mccain had done it people would be saying they justifibly angry and their emotion really showed how much they cared..

So that was a sexist attack... that I should have come here to defend her from... and since I did not I am somehow equally guilty to what has been heaped upon Sarah Palin...
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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:03 AM

InHuman on Sep 7 2008, 01:52 AM, said:

Yeah, my spelling sucks.

Don't you remember all the flak she got when for the first time in her campaign she was "sincere" and got teary eye'd talking to a crowd in hampshire.

The next day everyone went on and on about her "meltdown"... same thing happened when she got "emotional" durning another speech and was called shrill/b****y when if Obama and Mccain had done it people would be saying they justifibly angry and their emotion really showed how much they cared..

And my gawd, imagine should Palin show the same emotion. She, with her entire belief-ethic called into question (by some posters upon this very forum).

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Posted 07 September 2008 - 07:11 AM

InHuman on Sep 7 2008, 01:31 AM, said:

They might not, but you do.

It's rediculous that you'll only stand up against this kinda stuff when it happens to your "side"... when Hiliary was facing sexist attacks you were pretty quiet about it..



why support someone you don't support.  Besides I think she orchestrated most of the attacks herself.

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