02 September 2008
Democrats just don't get the Sarah Palin appeal
It's nice to see the regular media catching up with the blogs. Only now is the British press waking up to the fact that Governor Sarah Palin is a decided asset to the McCain campaign, something which readers of this friendly old Exile could read yesterday. From the Guardian to the Independent, that theme is finally being hammered home: John McCain really played a blinder when he chose this prime MILF as his running mate.
So why are the Democrats making it even easier for McCain to win? Taking that Independent piece as an example, we have this wonderful paragraph:
Yesterday the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jane Smiley fulminated: "How does she square her role as a mother and a politician? If she produced a child at 44, I want to know if she believes in birth control, because birth control is a political issue. I also want to know her views on the government's obligations to the disabled. Do the disabled children of rich people get special treatment?" Nice one, Smiley.Nice one, Smiley, indeed, because what Jane Smiley seemed to be saying is that Sarah Palin almost had no right to give birth to her fifth child in April of this year. Surely the whole point about the right to choose is that it involves the exercising of that right? What some American democrats seem to be saying is that a right only exists when people exercise it in the approved, liberal way.
Leading on from this there seems to be an air of complete incomprehension on the part of some liberal Americans as to just what the Sarah Louise Palin appeal actually is. For Dee Dee Myers, Bill Clinton's former press secretary, that incomprehension is total: "Unlike (Hilary) Clinton, Palin hasn't been a strong national voice on women's issues. She hasn't been at the barricades, fighting for women's health, equal pay, economic security."
No, that's the point. She isn't some strident harridan who screams and shouts. She managed to be a wife, mother and politician all at the same time - and she has just given birth to a baby with Down Syndrome that she refused to abort.
That appeal goes straight the the hearts of millions of women who struggle to look nice, whilst working all day, and bringing up their families. The fact that the Obama supporters just can't get to grips with this simple truth is yet another worrying example of just how out of touch they are with ordinary Americans.