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08 September 2008
Does the hunt for hot photos of Sarah Palin obscure the real issues?

You tapped Sarah Palin hot photos into the Google search engine: you and millions of others that is. During the week that ended on the 30th August, Sarah searches outran hunts for Obama information by four to one. She was eight times more popular than McCain and ten times more so than Joe Biden in the Google search stakes. Make no mistake about it, the overwhelming majority of these searches relate to Sarah and sleaze. Sarah Palin hot photos is at the top of the search food chain, closely followed by Sarah Palin upskirt, and Sarah Palin nipslip. If you are interested in Sarah Palin voting record then you are in rather a small minority.

Does all this obscure the real issues? People who argue that are essentially saying that what they regard as the important issues for debate trump what other people find important. In other words the argument is exactly the kind of elitist tosh that turns ordinary people off from politics.

What is actually happening is that people are debating, in their own way, the issues that are real and important to them. When John McCain chose Sarah Palin, he chose a woman who would appeal to the religiously motivated people who were disconnected from the election because of McCain's secular image. Those values' voters are not particularly interested in issues per se, or rather they want to choose a candidate to vote for based on that person's perceived set of values. If they find one that matches their values, then, the argument goes, the candidate will probably by and large put forward the policies that they believe in. If we think about it for a moment, that is what political parties exist to do. They allow people to participate in the political process without being policy anoraks - or wonks, as the Americans call them.

Thus the hunt for Sarah sleaze is very important, as the Democrats realised. That is probably why the Daily Kos ran it's smear campaign against Sarah Palin by alleging that her daughter was actually the mother of Sarah's new born baby. It is also the reason why the latest debate about her alleged extra-marital affair is so important. If it can be proven that she had one then it will almost certainly cut into her image as the Christian wife and mother: and it is that image, and the policies that are associated with it, that her type of voters are expected to turn out for on election day.

If the sleaze allegations did not exist then there is no evidence to suggest that voters would suddenly start talking about Alaskan Measure Two, a proposal that came before that state to ban the hunting of wolves from aeroplanes. Sarah opposed this measure with $400,000 of state money and thanks to her efforts, people in Alaska can still climb aboard small aircraft, drive wild wolves before them until they are exhausted, and then land to blast the wretched creatures with a high powered rifle from close range. This story was broken by Exiled Online and then taken up by the Independent, who also reported on Sarah's support for oil drilling in the state, and will no doubt be used to rally the Green vote to Obama, but the notion that the bulk of the God fearing people in small town America are even interested in these issues is about nil.

It isn't that Sarah sleaze is a distraction from the real issues. It is that those issues are not real, in the sense of not being important, to the people that Sarah was brought on-board to motivate. On the other hand, if the sleaze allegations that are flying around her head at the moment turn out to be true then the Democrats will have scored an important hit that may discourage her voters from turning out to support McCain-Palin in November.

It is for this reason that the Democrats will be assiduously cultivating every source that they can find to try and discover something damaging about Sarah. It is also the reason why Republican supporters in Sarah's home town of Wasilla are leaving comments at The Exile trying to rubbish the allegations. Both sides realise how important this is the the values based electorate who live in small town America.

Now why can't the commentariat realise it as well?

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> Let's spend a few moments browsing the list of books Mayor Sarah Palin tried
> to get town librarian Mary Ellen Baker to ban in the lovely, all-American
> town of Wasilla, Alaska. When Baker refused to remove the books from the
> shelves, Palin tried to fire her. The story was reported in Time Magazine
> and the list comes from the librarian.net website.
> I'm sure you'll find your own personal favorites among the classics Palin
> wanted to protect the good people of Wasilla from, but the ones that jumped
> out at me were the four Stephen King novels (way to go Stephen, John
> Steinbeck only got three titles on the list), that notorious piece of
> communist pornography "My Friend Flicka," the usual assortment of Harry
> Potter books, works by Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Kurt Vonnegut, Mark Twain
> (always fun to see those two names together), Arthur Miller, and
> Aristophanes, as well as "Our Bodies, Ourselves" (insert your own Bristol
> Palin joke here), and the infamous one-two punch of depravity: "To Kill a
> Mockingbird" and "Little Red Riding Hood." But the cherry on the sundae,
> the topper, is Sarah Palin's passionate, religious mission to clear the
> shelves of the Wasilia Public Library of that ultimate evil tome:
> "Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary." That's the one with
> "equality," "free speech" and "justice" in it.
> Go over to your book case and take down one of the books you'll find on the
> list (I know you've got a couple) and give it a read in honor of the
> founding fathers. Then tell me I'm not the only voter who doesn't want this
> woman within thirty feet of the United States Constitution.
> Sarah Palin's Book Club
> A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
> A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
> Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
> As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
> Blubber by Judy Blume
> Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
> Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
> Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
> Carrie by Stephen King
> Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
> Christine by Stephen King
> Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
> Cujo by Stephen King
> Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
> Daddy's Roommate by Michael Willhoite
> Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
> Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
> Decameron by Boccaccio
> East of Eden by John Steinbeck
> Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
> Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
> Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
> Forever by Judy Blume
> Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
> Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
> Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
> Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
> Harry Potter20and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
> Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
> Have to Go by Robert Munsch
> Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
> How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
> Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
> I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
> Impressions edited by Jack Booth
> In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
> It's Okay if You Don't Love Me by Norma Klein
> James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
> Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
> Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
> Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
> Lord of the Flies by William Golding
> Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
> Lysistrata by Aristophanes
> More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
> My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
> My House by Nikki Giovanni
> M y Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara
> Night Chills by Dean Koontz
> Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
> On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
> One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
> One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
> One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
> Ordinary People by Judith Guest
> Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women's Health Collective
> Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
> Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
> Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
> Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
> Separate Peace by John Knowles
> Silas Marner by George Eliot
> Slaughte rhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
> Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
> The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
> The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
> The Bastard by John Jakes
> The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
> The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
> The Color Purple by Alice Walker
> The Devil's Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
> The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
> The Grapes of Wrath by John20Steinbeck
> The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
> The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
> The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder
> The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
> The Living Bible by William C. Bower
> The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
> The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
> The Pigman by Paul Zindel
> The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
> The Shining by Stephen King
> The Witches by Roald Dahl
> The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
> Then Again, Maybe I Won't by Judy Blume
> To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
> Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
> Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial
> Staff
> Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols
> by Edna Barth

8 September 2008 at 21:06  

Smear. All that copying and pasting was a waste of time.

Look, how many times do I have to repeat this? The reason why the Obama smears are good is that they discourage folk who might have voted for him for economic reasons from casting that vote.

All old wank like this does is confirm what eastern liberals already believe. Were those liberals ever going to vote McCain? No - so why bother with smears like this?

8 September 2008 at 21:47  

A smear? yes got to admit it you're dead right. The guy who sent me this has checked it out and found it's all made up. I stupidly believed it. As a penance I'll read all that youve said on the candidates.

11 September 2008 at 22:40  

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