Friday, September 05, 2008

Republicans on the March

The Republicans are past masters at the art of hypocrisy, even down to their outrage if anyone tries the same approach on them. For years they've been happy to employ all the savage arts of sexism against Hillary Clinton, but have been yelping like puppies because their new heroine has had to suffer it a bit for a couple of days. They have been bitter in their denunciation of parents whose children carelessly get pregnant outside of wedlock, although for a once little known family from Alaska it is essentially a private matter and one for praise and admiration. And, of course, they are keen to laud John McCain's war record as virtually beyond judgement, although four years ago they besmirched the name of another war veteran while rallying behind a spoilt rich boy who went no nearer military service than the Texas Air National Guard - from which he promptly went AWOL.

Republicans are wretched people, but the real problem for their nominated candidate is that he appears to be fighting Republicans as much as anyone in his campaign, and his followers are at best tepid in their support, reserving their real enthusiasm for his number 2. If you're John McCain, you should be seriously worried that your Republican base really thinks it's fighting for a Palin presidency. The appointment that was meant to freshen his campaign, has ended up overshadowing it; whatever McCain's pitch, Palin places his campaign firmly in the heart of traditional, fundamentalist Republicanism. The very thing he once fought against.

3 comments:

Ben Ross said...

Ooh you have been busy. I take it you saw the fastly becoming infamous clip on DS "sarah palin - gender card".

I agree with your last paragraph especially. The democratic convention looked to be in danger of being all about the clintons untl Obama did his whole, "look everyone, im a good public speaker" bit at the end. The republican convention talked up Palin so much, that they then forgot how bad a public speaker McCain is. An outsider will have become very confused as to who is actually running for president. That will become dangerous for the republicans once the public become accustomed to who Palin is (and realise she is actually a pleb).

GM said...

Jon Stewart has been particularly spot-on over Palin and the Republicans - he did a great news montage of their about-turns over a whole range of issues!

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