Friday, September 05, 2008

Media Meltdown

As seen by National Review's Jonah Goldberg:
A hybrid of myth and deceit peddled by the chattering bandersnatches of the Democratic Party’s backup communications offices at MSNBC and other press-release transmission belts of the Obama campaign, the whole pseudo-story was surely the brightest flare in the bonfire of asininity in St. Paul this week.

Of course, it was hardly the only journalistic will-o’-the-wisp unleashed from the media bog. The claim that Palin was a Buchananite -- and hence an acolyte of a "Nazi sympathizer" according to Florida Rep. Robert Wexler -- was not true. The claims she cut funding for pregnant teens, that she was a member of the more-goofy-than-scary Alaska Independence Party, that Trig Palin -- her special-needs baby -- was really her daughter’s: these were all bogus. As for the even more disgusting smears peddled at the Daily Kos and one blogger at The Atlantic -- smears that drove much of the prurient investigation into the Palin family’s privacy by more reputable sources -- they were as untrue as they were repugnant.

But it was the Eagleton canard that spoke volumes. First, just as a matter of reportorial fact, as opposed to Keith Olbermann clicking his ruby-red slippers and wishing it were so, the idea that the rank and file of the GOP wanted her gone before her speech was distilled nonsense. Now, it’s plain hilarious.

In the wake of Palin’s performance Wednesday night, there’s vastly more support among conservatives for flipping the McCain-Palin ticket to the Palin-McCain ticket. Send McCain to attend the funerals and cut the ribbons! Put the lipsticked pit bull at the lead of the Alaskanized GOP sled!

One good barometer of conservative support: Rush Limbaugh, who is rumored to kick his cat across the room in rage when he hears the name "McCain," now calls the Arizona senator "John McGenius."

For good or ill, going forward, Palin is easily the most popular Republican in the country, at least among people inclined to vote for the GOP. That may not last, of course (she has many trials ahead), but the instant decision of Beltway blowhards to push the Palin-as-liability fable says a lot about how little they understand much of the American electorate.


OBloodyHell said...

> now calls the Arizona senator "John McGenius."

One question: I've bumped into the lefty claim that Limbaugh was pushing Palin before she was announced.

a) Is this true? Not that it matters, but it's relevant to "b"

b) If it is true, then one would not be surprised to have Limbaugh giving McCain a pat on the head.

None of this has any particular bearing on the selection of Palin. It does have an affect on the reasons for Limbaugh's about-face on McCain, however.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the fiscally irresponsible ways of Republicans will be halted by the McCain-Palin duo. We'll see. Or maybe the Democrats will have to deal with the $407 billion deficit created by Bush as President Clinton, the best American President in the history of the USA, had to do after Daddy Bush wrecked the US budget. We'll see.