I’ve been puzzling a bit over the last 12 months: my de-conversion from a Democratic voting stalwart into a dyed in the wool conservative, the birth of the PUMA’s and their subsequent decline and fragmentation, misogyny in the media, the election of “that one,” and the leg humping sycophancy of the media. I’ve been curious about the rapid infighting that currently characterizes the Republican Party which frankly was never at all muzzled during the campaign and which likely was the chief cause of McCain’s loss. The altogether unsophisticated and defiantly biased media certainly did their part as my friend Afrocity notes.
All of this has been puzzling to me, especially the endorsement of Obama by erstwhile conservatives like Christopher Buckley who is famous for doing nothing much other than sharing the last name of his much more notable father. He and others ditched the very moderate, centrist and famously bi-partisan John McCain for the very immoderate, left and infamously unknown (and unqualified) Barack Obama and many did so while tossing off various bromides of dissatisfaction at Sarah Palin, who had the audacity to be a sitting, self made, accomplished and conservative governor from the wrong side of the Beltway. Colin Powell continues to do this mostly because, well, Barack is a brutha
So I’ve puzzled over this, especially the vehemence with which some attack Sarah Palin and her wing of the Republican Party. The strategist for McCain’s (failed) campaign believe the she and her ilk are the cause of all that is wrong with the Republican Party.
The Republican strategist who helped Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman prepare for a possible presidential run says the Republican party is in for a devastating defeat if its guiding lights are Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney. “If it’s 2012 and our party is defined by Palin and Limbaugh and Cheney, then we’re headed for a blowout,” says strategist John Weaver, who advised Huntsman and was for years a close adviser to Sen. John McCain. “That’s just the truth.”
One could simply chalk this up to political Monday morning quarterbacking, but frankly very few have openly and derisively criticized McCain who was hello at the top of the ticket. More likely it is a case of misogyny since the same kind of drumbeat against Palin was employed against Clinton over and again ad nauseum. That at least helped one former liberal see the light.
No… I think it has to do with more than misogyny, even though that is a favorite tool in the liberal basket (which is wielded more viciously by women than by men). I think it has to do with what Buckley said in his endorsement of Obama
As for Senator Obama: He has exhibited throughout a “first-class temperament,” pace Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s famous comment about FDR. As for his intellect, well, he’s a Harvard man, though that’s sure as heck no guarantee of anything, these days.
Buckley continues his adulatory address…
Obama has in him—I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy “We are the people we have been waiting for” silly rhetoric—the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.
And there it is, ladies and gentlemen. The crux of the issue. The reason why the media loves Obama and loathes the Clintons (and always have). The reason Palin is recoiled from like some kind of cross before vampiric eyes. The reason why the Republican Party insists over and again on abusing their base (just as the Democratic Party abused theirs this past election… don’t forget Donna Bro-zilla’s famous “we don’t just have to rely on blue collar whites and hispanics…”)
The reason Obama was concerned about the bitter clingers was simply…
they’re not our kind of people.
The infatuation of the media with Obama, the denigration of Clinton and Palin, the rush to crown HRH Princess Caroline of the Kennedy clan all come down to good old fashioned elitism. The Democratic Party elites can’t stand the unwashed (and according to Harry Reid smelly) masses that they depend on for their electoral victories.
Likewise the Republican Party elites wouldn’t know NASCAR from Nescafe, but faithfully show up at bbq’s to press the flesh and get quickly back to hobnobbing with other elites in their Washington enclaves. The truth is, our political class despises the electorate and view their positions as heritable estates to be traded about every few years.
Our country will never escape the tyranny of our inane political class until we realize this fact. They hate us.