Friday, October 31, 2008

"Experts" on Palin

The other McCain swings his mace.

None of her critics in the commentariat could ever draw such a crowd or generate such enthusiasm, and yet they do not hesitate to proclaim that she is "not close to being acceptable in high office" ([Ken] Adelman), that her selection as John McCain's running mate is "irresponsible" ([Francis] Fukuyama) and even that she "represents a fatal cancer to the Republican Party" ([David] Brooks).

Popularity as a pathology? What Brooks and the others are saying is that these people who spend hours in the cold October wind for a chance to see Sarah Palin are too stupid to know what's good for them. "Listen to us," say the political experts.

One of those (R) "experts" happens to comment on this blog, and runs his own blogs, too...

After briefly mentioning the "Nuke Iraq/Iran" proclivities of the above-named "experts," McCain opines with accuracy:

...And at nothing are they more expert than evading responsibility, a task that requires scapegoats. So the unpopularity of the Republican Party has nothing to do with the policies the experts urged and the politicians the experts supported. Rather, it's the provincial hockey mom who is to blame."Cakewalk Ken" and Fukuyama have now declared their support for Obama, citing Palin prominently among their reasons. Brooks and Will have not (yet) declared themselves acolytes of Hope, but have made clear that they view Palin as an unalloyed dead weight on the GOP.

...AMONG THE FACTS the experts ignore is that the Republican Party was in deep political trouble long before John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his running mate. The total popular vote in the Democratic primaries (36 million) was 70 percent larger than in the GOP primaries (21 million), and McCain's 9.9 million primary votes represented just 47 percent of the Republican total

At least the local 'expert' didn't advocate turning the Middle East into glass, and DOES have constructive criticism of the (R) campaign--admittedly, a barn-sized target.

But "experts" who see Palin as the problem are wrong. McCain and the (R) label are the problem--and it will be precisely the same with Romney, or Jeb Bush.


Shoebox said...

Here, here! Harumph, Harumph!

The "Geniuses" have gotten us into the mess of Republicans being xerox you can change when compared to the Dems. I would accept an argument that Palin would have benefited from a few more years of political aging. However, these folks who want to demonize her are just ignorant or deceitful. None of the major candidates, save Thompson, came close to her brand of conservatism and none, including Thompson (although he could have if he had tried) connected with people like Palin does.

Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

Thompson is more conservative than Palin, by a hair.

I do agree with you regarding his connection, however.

Jay Bullock said...

Popularity as pathology
Wasn't that the central argument of the McCain campaign back in July?

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