The small smear of red on the otherwise blue electoral map looks more like a minor bloodstain on a dirty Band-Aid than anything resembling a national political party. Who voted for McCain/Palin in bigger numbers than they even voted for Bush/Cheney? Only one shrinking group: uneducated white folks in the deep south and a few folks in Appalachia. Take away the white no-college-backwoods-and/or-southern McCain/Palin vote and the Republicans would have been approaching single digit electoral college oblivion.
Sarah Palin will never hold national office nor will any Republican at the presidential level for a long time to come. Why? Because America has uneducated jerks in it but is not a nation of uneducated jerks. The Republicans are done, hoisted on the petard of their own “southern strategy.”
The Religious Right, the racists, the anti-gay hate-mongers are now not only marginalized but thoroughly out of step with even members of their own former constituency. For instance the Gordon College student newspaper (Gordon is an influential Evangelical College north of Boston) endorsed Obama this year. Many young evangelicals voted for the Democrats. James Dobson, Fox News, Limbaugh et al. were utterly powerless to do more than stir up hate. They are losing the next generation of their “base.”
i seem to recall using the word “disaster” about Palin during her nomination acceptance speech, and the flood of palin bashing started there.
the media was full of “bashing” (or as some of us call it, “criticism”) as soon as she entered the public stage.
i have read many opinions on this, and lots of conservatives seem to think that obama has not faced the same kind or level of criticism.
i’ll admit: he has not.
that’s because he has less about him that’s worthy of criticism, and less that’s so darn *easy* to make fun of.
i mean, first of all: she’s dumb.
we can all see it.
katie couric’s interview of her was painful to watch.
there’s no getting around this: sarah palin is not a super smart woman.
she’s of decidedly average intelligence, and perhaps even below average social awareness.
it was obvious from the beginning and as stories about her “divaness” come out its even more obvious now.
i mean, YIKES, this woman almost became president??
she’s likable, and folksy and fun.
and not fit to govern.
for the record: i also am not fit to govern.
but i wasn’t a major party’s vice presidential nomination.
even if your vote against mr. obama comes down to “life issues” and it’s basically “only” abortion and the gay stuff that you are concerned about, you still have to admit that the man is bright and a good leader.
and even if abortion is ALL you care about, surely you have to know, way in the back of your mind, that sarah palin was a scary prospect.
i agree with john crane that palin may have gained more votes for mccain than she cost him, but i’ll pull one of your tricks and admit that i think anyone who would move their vote to that ticket because of, and not just in spite of, her presence there was simply unwilling to be intellectually honest with themselves.
or unable, perhaps? our worldview clouds our perceptions, and none of us can see Truth, after all.
the under-educated and un-informed (willfully so, in many cases!) sections of our population are whom, by and large, liked sarah palin.
those with educations and the wherewithal to dig into these matters were scared.
also, she may well be the best candidate the GOP could send up in 2012 — and that’s because whomever they send up will be a throwaway, knowing full well that there’s no chance obama won’t win a second term.
its 2016 that matters and it’s mitch daniels who will be running.
you read it here first.
According to a CNN exit poll, 42 percent of voters said that the nation’s financial woes had finally become frightening enough to eclipse such concerns as gay marriage, while 30 percent said that the relentless body count in Iraq was at last harrowing enough to outweigh long ideological debates over abortion. In addition, 28 percent of voters were reportedly too busy paying off medial bills, desperately trying not to lose their homes, or watching their futures disappear to dismiss Obama any longer.
“The election of our first African-American president truly shows how far we’ve come as a nation,” said NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. “Just eight years ago, this moment would have been unthinkable. But finally we, as a country, have joined together, realized we’ve reached rock bottom, and for the first time voted for a candidate based on his policies rather than the color of his skin.”
“Today Americans have grudgingly taken a giant leap forward,” Williams continued. “And all it took was severe economic downturn, a bloody and unjust war in Iraq, terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan, nearly 2,000 deaths in New Orleans, and more than three centuries of frequently violent racial turmoil.”
I learned in just those three hours that this election is not about what we think of as the “big things.”
It’s not about taxes. I’m pretty sure mine are going to go up no matter who is elected.
It’s not about foreign policy. I think we’ll figure out a way to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan no matter which party controls the White House, mostly because the people who live there don’t want us there anymore.
I don’t see either of the candidates as having all the answers.
I’ve learned that this election is about the heart of America. It’s about the young people who are losing hope and the old people who have been forgotten. It’s about those who have worked all their lives and never fully realized the promise of America, but see that promise for their grandchildren in Barack Obama. The poor see a chance, when they often have few. I saw hope in the eyes and faces in those doorways.
My wife and I went out last weekend to knock on more doors. But this time, not because it was her idea. I don’t know what it’s going to do for the Obama campaign, but it’s doing a lot for me.
Jonathan Curley is a banker. He voted for George H.W. Bush twice and George W. Bush once.
I think of being on an airplane. The flight attendant comes down the aisle with her food cart and, eventually, parks it beside my seat. â€œCan I interest you in the chicken?â€ she asks. â€œOr would you prefer the platter of shit with bits of broken glass in it?â€
To be undecided in this election is to pause for a moment and then ask how the chicken is cooked.
(back in august, i called barack obama by 15% — i stand by it)
Oscar de la Renta dress: $3,000
Chanel J12 White Ceramic Watch: $4,500
Three-carat diamond earrings: $280,000
Four-strand pearl necklace: $11,000â€“$25,000
Shoes, designer unknown: $600
Total: Between $299,100 and $313,100
One of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can’t disagree without challenging each other’s character and patriotism,” he said, to applause. “I have never suggested that Senator McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition. I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America’s national interest. Now, it’s time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same. Let me be clear: I will let no one question my love of this country. I love America, so do you, and so does John McCain.