Friday, September 05, 2008

Press to People: Take Serious Who We Take Serious

I watched the speech last night - Palin's that is; I had it DVRd. I thought it was a good speech and it was interesting hearing it in its entirety after hearing commentary on it through the day. From what I heard, the typical press guys are characterizing it as taking the gloves off, etc. This is because, shocker, she had the audacity to mock the man with the audacity to hope. How can you resist mocking this guy who unabashadly considers himself quasi-Messianic (is that a word?)? But she did it with a smile on her face, which galls them even more; they are only capable of the same with a sneer plastered on their mugs. Olberman is a perfect demonstration of this - comparing her to the Reese Witherspoon character in election while trying to maintain the demeanor of the anchorman with objective gravitas.

I would say the only personal aspect of her criticism of him regarded his saying one thing in Scranton and another in San Francisco, which of course he did. That's a personal swipe when you point out that a guy is a phoney populist even if you got the tape-recorded evidence. But there are 2 types of people in this world - those in the Harvard set (not restricted to Harvard grads of course) and those who (like it or not) need to be governed by them. And the hard part is the necessary pandering the Harvard set has to go through to get the yokels to vote for them. It is the height of impoliteness to call a guy out for such pandering, given that the pandering is for their own good.

You think about the differences between Palin and Obama, and then the differences in press treatment, and it really is amazing. The press position is that this man is to be taken seriously because we the press take him seriously. His entire launch onto the national stage was basically a creation of the press; he gets a pretty key speech at the 2004 convention, but again with really nothing that preceded it in the way of accomplishment and within weeks he was donning the cover of either Newsweek or Time as the guy who is going to make us purple instead of blue and red. With Palin, the press position is completely the opposite - if she was meant to be taken seriously we would have taken her seriously prior to her being announced the VP nominee.

There is no reason to believe that Obama will make the country purple, and I for one want to stay red, and I am pretty sure Professor Vic would prefer to stay blue. Bipartisanship is really not to be considered a worthy goal in and of itself; if a Dem wants more government spending, and a Republican wants less, what bipartisan solution will satisfy both. The only time you see real bi-partisanship is when you have some bill where the Congress is making it illegal to publish pornographic pictures of baby seals; it's easy to get on board for something like that and monstrous not to, but in the end no one's life turns on the legislation. But if for whatever reason crossing the aisle is to be desired for its own sake, McCain is actually the one who has the track record in this area; Obama would have to show up in the chamber in order to cross the aisle, and he has been a straightline partisan vote for the Dems.

This is precisely why the more leftwing of the Democratic party is so enthused with Obama; they don't want bipartisanship, they want their guy. It is the same for the conservative base of the Republican party - if they wanted bipartisanship, they would have been enthused with McCain from the outset. If Obama wins, and I don't think he will, that will be the irony: whereas he is being sold to independents as a bipartisan guy bent on reforming government, McCain is far more bi-partisan, and together with Palin, the ticket has a real record of reform and taking on corruption. Obama has nothing to point to as evidence of bipartisanship or reform. Nothing. Zero. Nada.

6 Comments:

Blogger Alec said...

Hey Hatch-man,

Keep hanging on to the dream that Republicans might reduce spending. Its good to have dreams; sometimes they come true, but most of the time they're just a glimpse into one's deeply misguided sexual identity. :)

3:20 PM  
Blogger That other guy said...

And then there is the Keating Five, Trooper Gate and the real records to run behind.
Aside from ignoring everyone's past on the right side of the aisle, interesting post.
Can't wait for the dogfight to be over.
Since I failed to win $100 Million in the lottery prior to the end of the primaries, my first legal run for the presidency didn't take off - or even get noticed.
Since both of these parties don't even know basic civics (see the McCain quote in his acceptance speech about Obama passing legislation awarding tax cuts to oil companies) I will gladly accept any votes.
I'm still running on the write in ticket with my singular campaign promise -
"I'm stealing all your money and giving it to my friends and family".
Hey, at least I'm not trying to promise you a tax cut and fiscal responsibility at the same time.
Creating the largest expansion of the federal government since the WPA while cutting taxes and having no method to pay for it takes guts.
Selling that bag of tricks to the public, while launching a war, and then getting re-elected to a second term demonstrates mastery of your chosen profession.
Much like our current president, in the end, I would only have that to offer - no real record of public service or accomplishments.
The one difference being that I've had a private sector job for the last 20 years and wasn't given my fathers money or clients to burn in order to accomplish that feat.
Also, I would know better than to try and launch a war while cutting taxes.
I have just the one campaign promise...stealing your money if given access.
So, if you like money - and can get somewhere in the area of 35 -40 million of your constituents to write me in - by all means....lets take a cue from the current admin and spend the public money like a drunken sailor.
Most of us are old enough to realize that the fix is in anyway and it doesn't matter which party is in power.
The middle class - those earning under the $5 Million that McCain thinks is the the threshold - is screwed either way.....

9:39 AM  
Anonymous Jim O said...

As a "Republican", are you satisfied with the job done by the current administration? You mention Democrats wanting to increase government spending and the Republicans wanting the opposite, but the current administration seems to have burned thru money just to be able to say they did it.

As a fiscal conservative, I can't bring myself to trust anyone from the party that thinks Bush & Co are "good Republicans", so I wonder how you feel about it

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Jim O said...

As a "Republican", are you satisfied with the job done by the current administration? You mention Democrats wanting to increase government spending and the Republicans wanting the opposite, but the current administration seems to have burned thru money just to be able to say they did it.

As a fiscal conservative, I can't bring myself to trust anyone from the party that thinks Bush & Co are "good Republicans", so I wonder how you feel about it

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am officially on the fence yet for this election. I agree- McCain has a stronger reputation as a moderate and just might have some success as a real reformer. In Minnesota, I caucused for him for this reason. I'm a moderate an independent voter and liked McCain better than Clinton, Obama or his republican competitors.

However, I am not a big fan of Palin. She is too right wing for my tastes. As a college professor, I am somewhat offended by people interested in people who think there should be "discussions" of creationism in public schools. What is next, are we supposed to discuss the stork theory of where babies come from in sex ed?

The Palin choice makes me more skeptical of McCain's moderate and independent instincts. After the conventions, Obama seems like more of the centrist to me. It will be interesting to watch if McCain finally starts trying to convince the center instead of putting most of his resources into firming up his base.

Pat B

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palin is a fiscal conservative fraud. Check out this Time magazine article. Here's a quick quote. "Of the 50 states, Alaska ranks No. 1 in taxes per resident and No. 1 in spending per resident. Its tax burden per resident is 2 1/2 times the national average; its spending, more than double."

http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1839724,00.html

6:53 AM  

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