And in this era where the intellectual and media elites are all establishment liberal-conservatives, all in a deep sense one variety or another of social democrat, all bitterly hostile to a genuine right, we need a dynamic, charismatic leader who has the ability to short-circuit the media elites, and to reach and rouse the masses directly. ~ Rothbard
Marry, sir, they have committed false report;In this day and age a combination of image and personality can make all the difference in inspiring people to rally. In 2008 the image of Obama had an appeal to masses. They certainly felt that they were seeing something that hadn't seen before.
moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily,
they are slander[er]s; sixth and lastly, they have
belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust
things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves. ~ Shakespeare
Then something unexpected happened. Sarah Palin came on the scene and the unthinkable occurred. People liked that her image was confident, strong, attractive, successful. Women liked this. Democrats saw a major demographic slipping away. They went apoplectic. They had to savage her at all costs.
The cheap shot was the best shot. It was the cheap shot with Clarence Thomas (they tried to paint him as a lustful black who was obsessed with "Long Dong Silver"--a strategy to be repeated with Herman Cain), and with Palin, they merely had to turn her into the dumb prom queen. The only thing missing was that she wasn't blonde. Liberals when talking about Palin were free to change from feminists to misogynists, and it was a change they relished.
Get this: Obama was fast-tracked from state senator (which he won by having the only serious competitor disqualified) to U.S. Senator, in which capacity he served two years, voting on very little and having an unremarkable career. Suddenly, the affirmative action law lecturer was qualified to run the entire country armed with half-baked ideas and lots of undeserved praise. He got into an office and Europe gave him an award for it. Sarah Palin actually was governor of a state longer than Obama was a U.S. Senator. She rose to governorship by running things. But she was a perky lady with soccer mom personality and beauty queen looks; so all they had to do was play on people's prejudice (men and women both) of the woman who gets by on her looks.
|Palin with her baby boy Trig|
Ashley Herzog writes:
Throughout the 2008 campaign and beyond, liberal bloggers and “comedians” hurled abuse at Sarah Palin’s infant son, Trig, who was born with Down’s syndrome. Jeff Stuef of Wonkette celebrated Trig’s third birthday by sneering, “‘Oh, little boy what are you dreaming about’…What’s he dreaming about? Nothing. He’s retarded.” . . . The left’s usual political correctness went out the window, and it was okay to toss around the word “retard” like fifth graders on the school bus. They repeatedly claimed Palin earned this treatment by talking openly about her experience raising a special needs child. (Palin was accused over and over again of “using Trig as a pawn,” which I gather meant “not acting ashamed of him.”) *Click here to see an example blog (especially the comments section) to see the hostility generated by a mother gushing over her special needs child. If this was Michelle Obama, there would be a two-hour special on Michelle's heart of gold followed by an hour-long interview on Oprah. Anyone complaining about Michelle deflecting criticism. The Obamas of course have not needed any such "gimmick" to be treated with kid gloves and gushed over by Barbara Walters and her ilk. But this is a conservative mother, a successful conservative lady who has embraced her child as a gift (contrary to the progressive line), and liberals everywhere seethe in resentment and rage at the thought of anyone connecting with her on an emotional level. What would have been naturally endearing was a reason to despise her even more.
After hearing outspoken liberals for years decide who were the voices of conservatism, I'll go ahead and volunteer Larry Flynt as another progressive threatened by Palin being even a symbolic nod to traditional morality. Flynt's ugliness has seemed typical of the kneejerk Romney-bashing Michael Mooreheads "occupying" for the working man but being unable to articulate exactly why. Here's the Flynt quote that the Palin-haters did not rush to denounce after enjoying the likes of Wonkette DS-bashing:
Sarah Palin is the dumbest thing. She did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew from the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be (sic) Down’s Syndrome. It’s brain dead. A virtual vegetable. She carries it to all these different political events against abortion, she did it just because she didn’t want to say she’d had an abortion. How long is it going to live? Another 12, 15 years? Doesn’t even know it’s in this world. So what kind of compassionate conservative is she?Nice. It fits in well with measuring the value of human life by its convenience.
|Combination of character attacks|
and liberal prejudices at work here
A dear woman who described herself as conservative and Republican was telling me back in 2010 about all sorts of political opinions, none of which were remotely conservative. She proceeded to tell me that Reagan was a liberal. (Is that why the Left villainized him? Because he was liberal but simply not liberal enough? Reagan expressed more conservative opinions than Romney.) This dear lady then started to talk about how dumb Sarah Palin was and how disastrous she would be for the country. It was as if she had become "possessed" by the spirit of Chris Matthews.
I would later come across this bit of political advice for the Right (written a while back):
And so the proper strategy for the right wing must be what we can call "right-wing populism": exciting, dynamic, tough, and confrontational, rousing, and inspiring not only the exploited masses, but the often shell-shocked right-wing intellectual cadre as well. And in this era where the intellectual and media elites are all establishment liberal-conservatives, all in a deep sense one variety or another of social democrat, all bitterly hostile to a genuine right, we need a dynamic, charismatic leader who has the ability to short-circuit the media elites, and to reach and rouse the masses directly. We need a leadership that can reach the masses and cut through the crippling and distorting hermeneutical fog spread by the media elites. [Murray Rothbard]Yes, and the Left political machine is determined to make sure this doesn't happen. Palin has practically disappeared from the scene, but her flash of charisma was so traumatizing to the Left, they periodically say something about her just in case she ever thinks about threatening their market share of charisma.
At this point, I'd vote for Palin just to spite them.