Thursday, September 11, 2008

Yankee Donkey Dandy

I don’t support McCain nor do I care for Palin’s political views but the amount of pure hateful spiteful venom coming from the so-called progressives regarding Palin makes me ill. No doubt part of this reaction finds its origin in Obama’s choice of Biden, an unmitigated warmonger that the donkey faithful need to ignore and for the most part are ignoring even though Biden is a great big hairy wart on the end of Obama’s nose. A crown of thorns for Obama illustrating his capitulation to business as usual in Washington D.C. and the imperial meat grinder that Obama will be in charge of if he is able to win the election that is. I have no problems with criticizing Palin but her new role as VP hopeful seems to have brought out the misogynists from the woodwork. The first reactions seem to have been one of laughter at McCain’s “dumb” choice. However as Palin is now pulling in women voters by the truckload the laughter has subsided and is replaced with animal snarls of rage.

The Independent

Democrats may not want to believe it but there is fresh evidence that the addition of Sarah Palin, the "hockey mom" Governor of Alaska, to John McCain's ticket is winning him women voters in droves.

In a tidal shift that could prove decisive, enormous numbers of women who previously favoured Barack Obama have had their heads turned since the introduction of Mrs Palin, according to a new ABC/Washington Post poll.

The Palin phenomenon shows no signs of fading, in spite of a drip-drip of news revelations that hardly flatter her. Yesterday, the Washington Post reported that after becoming Governor in 2006, Mrs Palin started charging taxpayers a "per diem" allowance for days she spent in her private home in the town of Wasilla, where she was once mayor, instead of in the mansion in Juneau that she has never cared for.

Nor does there seem to be much room left for Mrs Palin to defend her claims repeated in Republican television advertisements that she opposed the now infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" project in Alaska, with clear evidence that, at first, she supported the wasteful scheme.

But for now, at least, women seem to be falling in love with Mrs Palin. They are not the only ones. A Gallup poll last night showed Mr McCain opening a 15-point lead over Mr Obama among independent voters who are not members of either of the main parties.

However, it is the hockey mom wars that will preoccupy the generals of both camps. While white women favoured Mr Obama over McCain before the conventions by 50-42 per cent, the picture today is dramatically reversed, according to the Washington Post/ABC survey. Now they back Mr McCain 53-41 per cent. That is a 20-point change.

McCain is portrayed by the donkeys as a doddering old man, senile, stupid, out of touch etc. but the old man seems to have put one over on Obama the Younger. And let’s not forget that the Democrats have a habit of losing elections that they were supposed to win as in the last two elections for example. Yeah, I know, Gore actually won the election but he never made it to the White House so he lost which is a rather inconvenient truth. And though progressives are supposed to be about women’s rights and all things good in the universe it doesn’t take much for the mask of civility to slip off revealing shall we say a lack of decorum when they end up with egg on their face.

Via Arthur Silber


I confess, it was pretty riveting when John McCain trotted out Sarah Palin for the first time. Like many people, I thought, "Damn, a hyperconservative, fuckable, Type A, antiabortion, Christian Stepford wife in a 'sexy librarian' costume -- as a vice president? That's a brilliant stroke of horrifyingly cynical pandering to the Christian right. Karl Rove must be behind it."

Palin may have been a boost of political Viagra for the limp, bloodless GOP (and according to an ABC/Washington Post poll she has created a boost in McCain's standing among white women to a 53 over Obama's 41). But ideologically, she is their hardcore pornographic centerfold spread, revealing the ugliest underside of Republican ambitions -- their insanely zealous and cynical drive to win power by any means necessary, even at the cost of actual leadership.

From Wilson’s reaction above it would seem that even women have become women haters. Wilson seems to have forgotten Hillary Clinton’s campaign against Obama where Hillary suggested that someone would shoot Obama because he is black no doubt planting the seed of violence in many a nut of which America has no shortage. But you see Hillary is a Democrat so that makes it different. But when McCain had the gall to select Palin, well…

In the end this is all just a lot wasted angst. While Obama may be better than McCain on some issues, though I cannot recall what those might be, Obama is offering nothing new just more Clintonian world views rehashed and reheated in the guise of change. And though Bill could turn on the charm beneath the Bill Clinton charisma there lurked something that wasn’t so charming.

From Dennis Perrin’s new book Savage Mules the following Bill Clinton quote…

“We’re not inflicting pain on these fuckers. When people kill us, they should be killed in greater numbers. I believe in killing people who try to hurt you. And I can’t believe we’re being pushed around by these two-bit pricks.”

Well so much for the Democrats being the Peace Party. And let’s not ever forget that it was the Democrats who entered the U.S. into the slaughter of WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War, the Korean War and many others. In fact when it comes to waging war the Democrats are supreme and the Republicans are amateurs in comparison so it is no surprise that Obama wants to show us how real men fight wars with his plans to shift the war on terror from Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan.


At September 17, 2008 7:07 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

I haven't kept up with lefty blogospheric commentary on Palin that much, so it's difficult for me to assess the meanness you and Arthur Silber have detected.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's there, but the awkwardness that male politicians feel in responding to someone like Palin makes it difficult to get a handle on how to respond to her, especially if you are someone whom she's attacking viciously.

I don't know what portion race plays in the mix, in terms of Obama not being up by 15 or 20 points in the wake of Iraq and Bush...and Katrina...and an apparently imploding economy.

But I'm figuring race can't possibly account for the entire deficit between where a generic democrat should be polling under current conditions, versus where Obama actually is.


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