Saturday, September 20, 2008

Palin Derangement Syndrome

That didn't take long. Mere hours after Sarah Palin received the nomination for VP, the most vicious political attacks I can recall began.

I mean, right off the bat! The absolutely most amazing distortions, exaggerations, and outright lies, from a party I'd thought to be all for empowered women. But then, they don't have much to say about Muslim abuse of women, either. Well, this nation's politics are SO polarized, that I ought not to have been surprised. Silly me.

I have no wish to make this just another political blog, so shall minimize political posts. But, considering the state of the nation today, some mention will be inevitable.

In any event, here's a couple quotes from what I consider a very interesting article. You ought to read the whole thing.


..."The attacks on Palin have ranged from patronizing to vicious to fantastical. She has been caricatured as an inexperienced rube, a baby-making automaton, an uneducated underachiever, a bad mother, trailer-park trash, a rightwing religious fanatic, a sexual fantasy, and of course, a fascist. No subject has been deemed taboo in the effort to take Palin down.

What her detractors don't seem to realize is that in the process of insulting Palin, they are insulting the majority of the country. If being a self-made success story, a working mother, a church-going member of a small-town community, and a believer in moderate to conservative political viewpoints disqualifies Palin, what does that say about mainstream America? The inherent condescension at the heart of the anti-Palin campaign is coming across loud and clear and it may actually be boosting her popularity. "...

..."Generally speaking, a public backlash over perceived media bias against Palin may be brewing. US Weekly's decision to run a trashy cover story on Palin titled, "Baby, Lies & Scandal" (two months after a glowing cover story on the Obamas) has reportedly resulted in thousands of cancellations. In a larger sense, a September 4 Rasmussen poll notes that "51% of American voters think reporters are trying to hurt Sarah Palin with their news coverage, and 24% say those stories make them more likely to vote for Republican presidential candidate John McCain in November.""...

..."But Obama's worst enemy is not himself, or even Sarah Palin, but rather, the ranks of his own rabid supporters. If they keep it up, McCain could be laughing all the way to the White House. "

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