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The Obsession With Liberals’ Obsession With Sarah Palin

posted at 12:59 pm on November 28, 2010 by

Charles Krauthammer has lambasted the mainstream (i.e. liberal) media for its obsession with Sarah Palin.

That goes double for liberal entertainers and academics, and triple for the left-blogosphere, which is nuts-in-the-head (that’s a precise medical term in Austrian) when it comes to Palin.

But this obsession is not a one-way street. 

Admit it, many of us in the right-blogosphere are obsessed with liberals’ obsession with Palin.  Or more specifically, we are obsessed with defending against the relentless, irrational, and untruthful attacks.

I have 93 posts (94 with this one) in my Palin tag, most of which are devoted to responding to Palin Derangement Syndrome.

Andrew Sullivan wants a virtual inspection of Palin’s uterus to verify if Trig really is her son – I post on it.  A multitude of left-blogs claimed Trig was being used as a prop – I post on it.  They PhotoShop and generally mock Trig – I post on it.

They make up tales about Palin’s childhood health care, whether she had a boob job, make jokes about her giving hand jobs, claim she “rolled her eyes” when told someone was a teacher, examine the color of her bracelet to claim she dishonored war dead, falsely claim she advocated war with Iran, distort polling about her, attack her intelligence, berate her for recommending followers read a Thomas Sowell column, move next door to her to snoop on her, go after a blogger who defends her on MSNBC, claim her success is because men are aroused by her, go nuts because of her (first) book tour including counting the number of non-white people in crowds, blame her for a turkey farmer’s problems, suggest she contributed to a swine flu outbreak in Alaska, turn her into a pin-up girl for a news magazine, misrepresent her comment about “death panels,” claim she is “too sexy” to be a national politician, concoct the hoax that she didn’t know Africa was a continent, and hang her in effigy – and I post on it.

And it goes on and on.  And I am not alone.

It didn’t start out this way.  But it has developed not because of who Palin is, but who the Palin haters are.  Palin never did nothin’ to nobody, so to speak.

I’ve put forth the proposition that the best way to defeat Obama is to put forward a conservative but non-controversial candidate who will keep the election focused on Obama.  Because the Obama record and devolving persona are the equivalent of a death panel for Obama’s reelection. 

And nothing matters more than defeating Obama because the damage he is doing to the country is generational.

But as I reflect back on the past two plus years since Palin’s nomination, I’m wondering if an all-out, knock-down, drag-out fight with the Palin haters is just what this country needs most, not least.  And whether that is just as likely to be successful in defeating Obama as the “safe” route.

I still like Camille Paglia’s defense of Palin in October 2008, and Paglia’s observation of how disruptive Palin was to standard liberal doctrine:

The hysterical emotionalism and eruptions of amoral malice at the arrival of Sarah Palin exposed the weaknesses and limitations of current feminism. But I am convinced that Palin’s bracing mix of male and female voices, as well as her grounding in frontier grit and audacity, will prove to be a galvanizing influence on aspiring Democratic women politicians too, from the municipal level on up. Palin has shown a brand-new way of defining female ambition — without losing femininity, spontaneity or humor. She’s no pre-programmed wonk of the backstage Hillary Clinton school; she’s pugnacious and self-created, the product of no educational or political elite — which is why her outsider style has been so hard for media lemmings to comprehend.

And also Paglia’s assessment of the Democratic Party (notwithstanding her adoration of Barack Obama at the time) and how Palin hatred fit into that scheme:

The witch-trial hysteria of the past two incendiary weeks unfortunately reveals a disturbing trend in the Democratic Party, which has worsened over the past decade. Democrats are quick to attack the religiosity of Republicans, but Democratic ideology itself seems to have become a secular substitute religion. Since when did Democrats become so judgmental and intolerant? Conservatives are demonized, with the universe polarized into a Manichaean battle of us versus them, good versus evil. Democrats are clinging to pat group opinions as if they were inflexible moral absolutes. The party is in peril if it cannot observe and listen and adapt to changing social circumstances.

Nothing and no one brings out the worst in the Democratic Party, in the liberal media, entertainment and academic establishments, and in the left-wing blogosphere, as does Sarah Palin.  Bringing out this worst may be the path to a lasting, generational conservative victory. 

Maybe this is the battle which needs to be joined, once and for all.

The path forward, or just obsession?

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The libs, some rino’s, and the msm have been going after Sarah from the get go without success. Frankly, I don’t know what else they can bring up they haven’t already. Sarah just keeps plugging along, getting her digs in, and making them look like the fools they are. And as for bho, he doesn’t think about Sarah? Well if bho doesn’t, mo sure does and I bet she doesn’t like Sarah one little bit! I love Sarah, she has my values and loves our Republic and military. Unlike those in the wh now who appear not to.
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letget on November 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Maybe this is the battle which needs to be joined, once and for all.

Halleluia and amen.

I have concluded that there is no hope for compromise that will leave us with a Republic that is intact.

We need to engage and defeat the enemy.

Palin is the lightning rod that draws their fire.

There is a reason for this.

The reason is that a President Palin represents the death knell for their cause.

Read her books, read her facebook posts. Read reaction from people who know of which they speak, and you’ll find that often that reaction is “Sarah was right”.

turfmann on November 28, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Reagan gave one of his best speeches in 1964, a full 16 years before he relegated the liberalism of his era to the ash-heap of history.

Palin is building steam. She cannot be marginalized, her ideas are timeless, her character will endure.

If God isn’t done with this country, the ideas that Palin stands for will resonate across the land. There will be a conservative resurgence. Liberalism will again be shown for what it is, tyranny. It will be treated as such. Dick Durbin will be hanged until dead and Barney Frank will be ostracized from rational society.

Pray hard for a revival. We need people of character to lead.

Inanemergencydial on November 28, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Paglia’s a very intelligent fool.

Akzed on November 29, 2010 at 8:55 AM

This whole thing has gotten way bigger than Sarah Palin as a person or a politician. It has gotten to be a battle over whether someone is allow to join the political class that the political class- both sides of the aisle- has deemed to be unfit based on THEIR standards. Those of us who were with Reagan BEFORE 1980 certainly understand this battle; however, never before has the MSM so openly discards their veneer of objectiveness. This is a battle worth fighting, but not just for Sarah.

michaelo on November 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM

All I can say is ……….AMEN!

Herb on November 29, 2010 at 9:15 AM

I think the obsession about the obsession represents something that is new and healthy about today’s right. It represents that the days of rolling over and not responding to attack are over.

It was my great frustration during this last decade. The Republicans, both politicians and base, did little to respond to the nastiness that was/is the hallmark of the left. We have finally become more internet savvy, funnier, and far more willing to loosen the power tie and get our hands dirty to fight back against unfair attacks.

It may be a phase but it is a necessary one. We see a damsel in distress (okay, bad way to characterize Gov. Palin but work with me here) and we give as good as we get now. I think it’s healthy even if it’s just a phase we’re going through. The left is getting the message and now THEY’RE the ones whispering at the water cooler.

princetrumpet on November 29, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Or more specifically, we are obsessed with defending against the relentless, irrational, and untruthful attacks.

Bush ignored the same kind of attacks – with predictable results. Since the MSM and the entertainment industry are controlled by the left, and a majority of people still get their information from these sources, a failure to respond to untruthful attacks, no matter how irrational, results in false allegations being accepted as the truth.

Basilsbest on November 29, 2010 at 9:38 AM

It’s funny, but this kind of thing happens all the time on both sides. Many have stated it. On the left, they still call both Clintons hicks. As for Reagan, the Republican establishment hated him. Even more than the left who believes he was the worst President ever next to Bush.

I think the fact that the media has already done all they can do to Palin is a plus. With any other candidate, you’re gonna have to get ready for a slew of dirt to be brought up. With Palin, people will grow tired of the same boring attacks once Palin runs. With Obama, there are a whole host of new attack lines. In today’s fast media cycles, they’ll want the new dirt of Obama instead of old stories from two years ago about Palin.

MrX on November 29, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Great post – so true. I admit, I go back and forth. I at times don’t want her to run for a few reasons – what they will do to her and her family (beyond what they have already done), her experience, while having more than Obama, it could be better.

However, she HAS continued to push forward, and the attacks are having the same effect as they did on Hillary – they are becoming so ridiculous that even her haters have to defend her against the attacks. And there are times when I want her to run and win more than anything, just to watch heads explode all over America.

but now I am at the point where I totally agree with michaelo.

This whole thing has gotten way bigger than Sarah Palin as a person or a politician. It has gotten to be a battle over whether someone is allow to join the political class that the political class- both sides of the aisle- has deemed to be unfit based on THEIR standards. Those of us who were with Reagan BEFORE 1980 certainly understand this battle; however, never before has the MSM so openly discards their veneer of objectiveness. This is a battle worth fighting, but not just for Sarah.

michaelo on November 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I am tired of people dumping on her run, before she even announces her run. Who knows, she might rock it on the campaign trail (again) – and win.

sarainitaly on November 29, 2010 at 10:18 AM

a disturbing trend in the Democratic Party, which has worsened over the past decade. Democrats are quick to attack the religiosity of Republicans,

Bingo!

royzer on November 29, 2010 at 11:01 AM

This is exactly right. Many of the “Palinistas” are not necessarily advocating her presidency. (although, I doubt many on the right, even those who don’t care for her, would complain too loudly were she elected.)

I am gobsmacked at how this woman can be so continually and persistently attacked for the odious crime of being a female, attractive, and daring to have a political opinion.

Jewels on November 29, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Those of us who were with Reagan BEFORE 1980 certainly understand this battle; however, never before has the MSM so openly discards their veneer of objectiveness. This is a battle worth fighting, but not just for Sarah.

michaelo on November 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM

I remember thinking the same thing when I watched CNN run Betty Boop B-roll behind a voiceover segment about Sarah Palin. The topic was benign, but using Betty Boop as visual imagery instead of, you know, Governor Palin, sent a pretty clear message about what they thought of her.

Jewels on November 29, 2010 at 11:31 AM

What we need is a clear choice in the next Presidential election. Palin represents a clear choice. Mushy “moderate” won’t do it. You are right, if she runs it will bring out the worst in the liberals and people need to see that while she talks issues, they talk trash. Anyone who says she can’t win just doesn’t get why her many supporters eagerly join her in the battle. It has little to do with defending her, because she has proven time and again that she is more than capable of defending herself. She is like the answer to conservative governance that is staring you in the face or as Michael Reagan told us when he said of Palin, “Welcome Back, Dad.”

Done That on November 29, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Leftists focus on Sarah Palin because the cognitive dissonance they experience when they contemplate the truth of libertarian/conservative ideas is too much for them to handle.

It’s like someone with Autism who can’t look other people in the eye. Try as they might, doing so creates such strong feelings of fear and panic that they cannot bear to do so for more than a few seconds, if that.

They focus on Palin because they can’t bear to look at anything else.

The best thing that conservatives can do is avoid playing this game with the leftists. Sarah Palin is a person. She is not what conservatism is all about. Conservatism and Libertarianism are a set of eternal truths that transcend the individuals who champion them. If there were no Sarah Palin these truths would still exist.

So instead of responding directly to leftard attacks on Palin, how about using the attacks as an opportunity to redirect their attention to these truths? Ad Hominem attacks are the last refuge of the intellectually bankrupt. They aren’t worthy of consideration. If a response is required then respond with the principles of conservatism/libertarianism. Don’t be drawn into a flamewar over an individual. Allowing the enemy to choose the terms of the conflict is a great way to lose.

leereyno on November 29, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Nothing and no one brings out the worst in the Democratic Party, in the liberal media, entertainment and academic establishments, and in the left-wing blogosphere, as does Sarah Palin. Bringing out this worst may be the path to a lasting, generational conservative victory.

Maybe this is the battle which needs to be joined, once and for all.

I completely agree and I’m a moderate Republican or RINO. I enjoy talking about politics, and I try to sell Sarah Palin as intelligent and exciting to leftists, who happen to be about all the people I know. For those willing to listen, I contrast her with New Gingrich, Palin is a much more positive person and would be much fun at party. I point to her willing to engage in ideas as her attacking QE2. I ask when was the last Obama had an idea for himself and not some idea his professors taught him college? While I’m not claiming to have converted any one to supporting Palin (and given my audience it would be impossible), I think I have convinced some that Palin is a serious intelligent person whose presidency wouldn’t be the end of the world. The same approach seems like it would be successful with independent voters. They may even end up voting for her.

thuja on November 30, 2010 at 9:09 AM

It may be a phase but it is a necessary one. We see a damsel in distress (okay, bad way to characterize Gov. Palin but work with me here) and we give as good as we get now.

Not sure if it’s Sarah per se, but the obscession with Trig was a low for the Left. I think that is what mobilized us – the fact that an innocent special needs baby fer cryin’ out loud, and one that would’ve been aborted had the Left gotten their way, that was the trigger (no pun intended) for all the rest of the Palin derangement – is what finally pushed people on the Right too far.

crazy_legs on November 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM