Arianna Huffington: It’s time to start taking Palin seriously

posted at 10:38 pm on August 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

Two possibilities. One: She’s trying to puff Palin up because, like the rest of the left, she’s eager to face her in 2012. Two: She’s nervous. Hmmmmm.

We are awash in crises right now — crises that require smart and creative policy fixes. So why is somebody who so rarely deals in policy fixes so popular? It’s because Palin’s message operates on a level deeper than policy statements about the economy or financial reform or health care or the war in Afghanistan…

It’s not Palin’s positions people respond to — it’s her use of symbols. Mama grizzlies rearing up to protect their young? That’s straight out of Jung’s “collective unconscious” — the term Jung used to describe the part of the unconscious mind that, unlike the personal unconscious, is shared by all human beings, made up of archetypes, or, in Jung’s words, “universal images that have existed since the remotest times.” Unlike personal experiences, these archetypes are inherited, not acquired. They are “inborn forms… of perception and apprehension,” the “deposits of the constantly repeated experiences of humanity.”

This is the realm Palin is working in — I’m sure unintentionally — and it’s why she has connected so deeply with a large segment of the public. In fact, her evocation of mama grizzlies has a particularly resonant history in the collective unconscious. According to the Jungian Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, “The bear has long fascinated mankind, partly because of its habit of hibernation, which may have served as a model of death and rebirth in human societies.”

Read her post for the rest. Translation: Sure, Palin’s a doofus, but her ads are smart (which is true) and our media’s pretty doofus-y too, and with an electorate that’s too terrified to do the obviously right thing by voting liberal, anything’s possible. This is standard argumentation among hyperpartisans of all stripes — remember George Lakoff reassuring liberals that they lost elections because crafty conservatives were better at branding? — but you’ll see it in spades if/when Palin gains traction. The point, as always, is to reassure fellow hyperpartisans that it’s not the opposition’s policies that voters find appealing but something (anything!) else, and since their contempt for Palin runs deeper than it does for the rest of the GOP field, the explanations for her success will have to be that much more creative. Hence the hyperventilating over Jungian magic or whatever that’s supposedly being practiced via what’s actually a painfully simple, even heavy-handed animal metaphor. You’re going to see a lot of this if she’s the nominee, and it’ll all run along the same lines: Palin’s practicing some sort of witchcraft or hypnosis or unleashing America’s “id,” etc etc, all geared towards insisting that her appeal is, and can only be, operating on a sub-cerebral level. That’s the goal here — to suggest that, because no thinking person could vote for her, this is all playing out somehow in America’s subconscious. Credit to Arianna for framing it in terms of Jung, at least. Most of the lazier pieces you’ll see in this vein, and there’ll be many more, will stick with Freud.


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In 2008, many voters possibly wondered, “John McCain is old, and if he dies in office, does Sarah Palin know enough about the lower 48 to govern this country”?

Steve Z on August 3, 2010 at 11:36 AM

LOL…so they voted for Obama.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 7:48 PM

No Arianna you got it wrong as usual. Warning graphic: Grizzy Bear Kills Moose in Alaska.

Dr Evil on August 3, 2010 at 7:52 PM

There are a lot of us who have taken her seriously from the start.

pgrossjr on August 3, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Exactly!

heshtesh on August 3, 2010 at 7:54 PM

LOL…so they voted for Obama.

ddrintn on August 3, 2010 at 7:48 PM

This is what made it easier for me to vote for McPain:
McCain’s old, he’ll die in office and then Sarah will be POTUS!
Yippee!

Jenfidel on August 3, 2010 at 8:02 PM

According to the Jungian Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, “The bear has long fascinated mankind, partly because of its habit of hibernation, which may have served as a model of death and rebirth in human societies.”

Don’t approach a cute looking bear cub in the wild, Momma is around, and they take “All” encounters as either a meal or a threat.

The Progressive agenda is a threat to our children aka cubs. Look at the debt they are being saddled with message – “Progressives” you shouldn’t mess with a Momma’s cubs. That’s Sarah Palin’s message.

Dr Evil on August 3, 2010 at 8:04 PM

It may be time to start taking Palin seriously. But it will never be a time to start taking Huffington seriously.

bayview on August 3, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Oliver!!! Oh, Oliver!!! I vant to go back to New York!!!

Khun Joe on August 3, 2010 at 8:23 PM

All this psycho babble BS is simply the left trying to “face their fears”

bklyn04 on August 3, 2010 at 8:30 PM

The time to take that two-faced windsock Huffington seriously has certainly come to an end.

rayra on August 3, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Ariana has mastered Authentic American Gibberish.

Reality Checker on August 3, 2010 at 8:37 PM

It’s number One.

But I don’t give a damn what Huff thinks.

AshleyTKing on August 3, 2010 at 8:46 PM

The time to take that two-faced windsock Huffington seriously has certainly come to an end.

rayra on August 3, 2010 at 8:33 PM

Nope, Soros is paying to keep it going.

IowaWoman on August 3, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Palin has 2 weaknesses to overcome.

1st, her experience level is pretty weak. More than Obeyme had BUT that is a low bar. So she will need to overcome that. Remember that Reagan, for example, had 8 years of experience running the most populated state in the nation.

2nd, many women will not vote for another woman. The more successful that other woman is with attracting men, the less likely they are to support her. That is female nature.

I am not saying she can’t do it. But she will have to overcome those two handicaps. Fortunately she would be running against the worst President that the USA has ever had.

SunSword on August 3, 2010 at 7:17 AM

Are you kidding me??

The woman has a HUGE resume. Better than most. She’s been at this for almost two decades.

Remember, she was a superstar mayor, cleaned up corruption, and grew her city well. Only term limits saw her leave.

She did well as the state’s top oil and gas regulator, and showed what she was made of when she resigned, then took on the corrupt GOP party and Governor, eventually becoming Governor herself. She was wildly successful as Governor.

People confuse TIME with ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

Romney was Governor longer, but was one of the worst in the country with absolutely nothing in the win column.

Huckabee was Governor for even longer, and had an F rating.

It’s not how long you do it, it’s how WELL you do it!

Palin does it all very well.

In the end though, it all boils down to trust. ho would you trust to do the right thing?

That’s the only question one has to ask.

Sarah Palin says what she means, and means what she says.

gary4205 on August 3, 2010 at 9:33 PM

mbabbitt on August 2, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Well welcome to the other side, where we value commonsense and honesty. Glad you can see what you left behind.

wi farmgirl on August 3, 2010 at 9:39 PM

By the time the Leftoids figure out what they think of Palin, it will be too late.

GO SARAH!

profitsbeard on August 3, 2010 at 10:54 PM

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