Monday, September 8, 2008

Dems may have misjudged GOP strategy

   Left wing mouthpieces all around the blogosphere have been laughing and pointing at the Republicans recently. Actually, they've been laughing and pointing at Republicans for years, but they've been even more outspoken recently over what they perceive as a major strategic blunder by the McCain camp.
   I'm speaking, of course, about the appointment, by John McCain, of Sarah Palin as his running mate. The initial response by the lefties was to call out the McCain strategists as fools for actually believing they could steal votes from the Hillary Crusaders. Because that's what this move immediately made people think - that the GOP was hoping to garner votes from those militant feminists who claimed they'd vote for McCain before they voted for Obama, just because he had the temerity to take away the nomination to which their girl was entitled.
   The idea is, of course, patently ridiculous. Hillary's supporters would no more truly vote Republican in '08 than they would move to Canada if the GOP won in '04. I mean, hundreds of prominent bleeding heart liberal celebrities vowed to leave the country if the Dems lost the previous election, but last time I checked Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon haven't moved their shit into the empty townhouse around the corner from me.

   Anyone who really believed that cadre of screeching feminists would vote Red before they'd vote Black is just plain stupid. And while the GOP rank and file might
benefit from the use of spell check at times, the high uppity-ups of the Republican strategy machine are not stupid. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
   No, the choice of Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential nominee was not born of any delusional thinking on the part of the GOP team. It may, however, have been born of general delusional thinking on the part of the largest and most powerful voting block in America over the last decade - the Christian Right.
   You see, the evangelical nutcases that put Bush over the top in '04 just didn't seem to be cosying up to John McCain in quite the same way. Johnny's just too damn... reasonable. And God knows, we can't have that. No, the fear that women in the USA might be allowed to make procreative decisions for themselves once in a while; the fear that court decisions upholding the constitution, like the one in Dover, Pennsylvania might continue to happen; the fear that your children might be taught about the real world in school, instead of some fanatasy world based on a three thousand year old novel; the paralysing fear that the annual town Baby Jesus diorama might have to be taken out of city hall, and displayed somewhere inexplicable - like a church - had taken hold of the bible belt, and McCain's people could feel the wackaloon vote slipping through their fingers.

   Enter the white knight of the Republican party. Sarah Palin, riding to the rescue, Bible in one hand, twelve gauge in the other. She can kill, clean and cook dinner, homeschool her children, quote Scripture, govern an entire state, and look hot for her husband all at the same time. Truly, she is the perfect woman.
   Well, the perfect Republican woman. When she starts telling people that the war in Iraq is a holy crusade, the Democrats start whispering behind their hands and snickering. They shouldn't, though. They should beware. Because a whole lot of pick-up driving, rifle-toting, bible thumping, wife beating American voters just got a whole lot more comfortable with the Republican party in 2008.

   Advantage McCain. Obama? Your move.


simianfarmer said...

Plus, with all the Dems pointing, laughing and attacking Palin, McCain is going largely under the critical radar.  At least, more than he was.  Gotta get the finger pointing back at man and not the veep.

And hey, Canadian election in just over a month too, eh?


sdoscher458 said...

There's a very good reason why the McCain group doesn't want Palin to be interviewed. Have you seen the UTube video's of the church that she belongs to? It scares the hell out of me. Fanatics scare me and they should scare normal people. The newspaper went after Obama about his church, his preacher (which was right) but it's basically "hands off" for Sarah? These people are very pushy and are determined to tear down "mainstream religion" and reshape it into what their values stand for. As a back sliding Methodist I have one word for them...actually two...BITE ME.  Can you imagine having this woman's hand on THE button..what if she gets a vision from God telling her to end our evil ways...OMG. I'm doing all I can to promote Obama and for the sake of our country he better well, Sandi

frankandmary said...

I got a few emails when I did my Stations of the Cross ;0 entry asking me why I am afraid to be Catholic.  I'm not afraid to be Catholic, mostly because I am NOT Catholic. Nor am I blithely indifferent to the consequences of my actions, since some people feel lack of religion equals that.

I never thought Sarah was a dumb a** move to attract Hill lovers, cause THAT WOULDN'T WORK. & I just don't think McCain is a dumb a**.

I love individual & societal behavior patterns. All this talk about :  Do They Think We Are So Stupid?   Well, gee, sometimes we appear to be, so YEAH.  How Americans en masse respond as conditions change is very interesting.  We are a lot more homogeneous than we like to think & a homogeneous people is so much less stable when adverse(or believed adverse) change takes place.

princesssaurora said...

I don't like either party choice.... <sigh>

be well,

flippybombippy said...

I have to go with Obama. As a Canadian, I have never been a fan of the Republican party and Palin scares me. If McCain were to win, he'd be the oldest elected president. What if he doesn't make it through the first term? Can you imagine Palin running the show?

Obama may not have the experience but I think he's the intelligent choice.

Canadian election? Harper is my man. I can't stand the Liberals and Stephane Dion is just a waste of time and money. I bet the average Canadian knows next to nothing about him. The Fiberals need a leader, not a second-stringer but that is a whole other post.

bpslider45 said...

Man did you hit the nail on the head!

Each passing day day makes it more and more obvious that the Dem's not only did not recognise the threat which Palin posed but also that they have no idea how to address this new threat.

Considering that a couple weeks back, the question was "How big a Democratic win?", it is amazing that now it's looking like another Supreme Court bicker session on which ballots will be counted.

I don't think I can handle another one of those kindergarden arguments.

"wife beating"? Little harsh tain't that?


rjsisti said...

Palin scares me................

Hugs, Rose

lurkynat said...


bpslider45 said...

It would seem that the solution has become clear.

Leave Palin to her own comments and then let the blogosphere shred her for them.

I figured that the Repub's would be smart and duct tape her mouth shut. That would force the Dem's to attack her and she would become a martyr for the cause.

How come politico's are soooo stooopid?

It would be fun to watch if it wasn't so important.

inquestoftruth said...

I don't think the wife beaters will vote for her.  But the pick up driving, rifle-toting, Bible-thumpers will.   Bible thumpers who don't even tote metal or drive a dually will vote GOP.      McPalin will win 2008.