Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sarah Palin: The Venus Fly Trap

Why are these people smiling? (Jeff Swenson/Getty Images--click to enlarge)

62 attempts at slander and counting...and nothing to show for it.

It's been a bad week for the Dems. And that is an understatement.

Obama has gone from from 8 points up to 4 points down, all since last Thursday's hyped-to-the-max Obam-messiah speech from Ancient Greece. Normally, the idea behind a convention is to get a bounce. Enter Sarah Palin.

Palin--the VP choice--is already drawing the kind of crowds that Obama was drawing early in the primary campaign; unbelievable excitement and electricity wherever she goes (witness, e.g. her Colorado Springs appearance today). And one could argue that all of this buzz would never have been possible had it not been for the publicity generated by mainstream media with their non-stop tabloid-like coverage. The only problem for the Dems: the public finally sees the media for what they are; just another arm of the DNC. And this helps the Republicans. When the people believe that others are trying to manipulate them, their initial reaction is to reject the manipulator. And even the most dense can see the bias this year.

And--speaking of tabloid rumors--let's check in on that "Palin had an affair" slander peddled this week by the National Enquirer (via Ed Morrissey):

Nutcase bloggers will have to find another smear against Sarah Palin … again. Did you hear that Todd Palin’s former business partner tried to get his divorce records sealed? Conspiracy theorists immediately began speculating on line that Sarah Palin — that vixen! — must have had an affair and broken up the marriage. Why else would the partner suddenly act to seal his records?

As the Smoking Gun discovered, Scott Richter wanted them sealed — to protect himself from conspiracy theorists (h/t: William Amos):

So when the blogosphere discovered today (via an online court docket) that Scott Richter, a Palin associate, personally filed a sealing motion in Alaska Superior Court, well, conclusions were jumped to. Was Sarah Palin named as the other woman in a messy divorce action? Well, since Richter’s September 3 motion, a copy of which you’ll find below, was denied yesterday, his divorce filings remain open to the public. And a TSG review of the 98-page file shows that the Palins are only mentioned in Richter’s sealing request.

According to the filing, Richter wanted the documents deemed confidential in a bid to cloak details about his home, workplace, and phone numbers because “reporters and news agencies” were using that information to contact him. Richter, a 39-year-old contractor, noted that he is “friends and land owners in a remote cabin” with the Palins and, as a result, journalists were intruding on the “cabin life and private life” of him and his 11-year-old son.

Isn’t that an extra dollop of irony? Mr. Richter wants to protect his son from lunatics. What happens? The lunatics use that as “evidence” that Palin had an affair with Richter and descend on him to get the dirt.

The desperation of Obama supporters keeps becoming ever more clear. We’ve now had them smear Palin and her daughter as sluts, notably Conan O’Brien and his crude “crease” reference on his show last night. Palin’s mothering quality has also been slandered, and her decision to have a successful career derided by those who would normally sneer at stay-at-home moms.

Keep it up — please. Keep informing the public that women have to stay on the ideological reservation or they have to stay in the kitchen, and that they’re not really free to have their own minds. Keep punishing those who express their own opinions and defy the media with despicable slurs and innuendo and by all means keep attacking their children. None of that will have any effect on Palin’s credibility — but it will strip her critics of theirs.

Elsewhere, even the overtly partisan "anchor" Anderson Cooper of CNN is scratching his head coming up with anything credible in the so called "Troopergate scandal".

Meanwhile the excitement for Sarah Palin (aka Palinmania)--continues to grow. Her confident and fiery appearances on each campaign stop (so far) are not doing anything to quell that enthusiasm; and the media continues to fan the flames of keeping her front and center in the news and on every national newsstand. It's beautiful.

The Democrats--lacking an experienced candidate, and lacking any ideological substance whatsoever to rely on (all of their true hard-Left intentions have to be disguised, lest the party be abandoned en masse by the electorate)--have fallen all over themselves to use the only weaponthey have left in their "arsenal"; personal attacks and character assasination. I heard Dick Morris compare their strategy to the Germans in the WWII Battle of Kursk the other day. And he predicted that it would turn out pretty much the same way for the Dems this time around that it did for the Nazis then (not a bad analogy, actually--except I almost would rather have Sarah protecting my back than Russian armor...).

Sun Tzu counseled against interfering with one's enemies when they are already engrossed in destroying themselves. So one can only hope: that we continue to hear stories every day, e.g. Oprah refusing to interview Governor Palin; that the talk show hosts keep telling the vile jokes about her; and that the nutty left and the nutjobs carrying their water in the media keep drumming up "scandals" which turn out to embarass them rather than the candidate.

Meanwhile, the American public is watching. And the myth of an objective Mainstream Media has been obliterated.

Like I said, it has been a really bad week for the Democrats.

I think I'm in love...


ChenZhen said...

I thought that Cooper's interview was pretty fair, and I think that overall the media has been pretty even-handed. Consider the fact that we are less than 60 days before the election, and Sarah Palin has yet to sit down and do an interview with anyone. So, the press basically has to scramble to come up with information from other sources, since Palin (or the campaign) seems unwilling to let anyone ask her direct questions. Instead, they hurl out accusations that the media is "smearing" them. I think that reveals a position of weakness, not strength.

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