Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Palin Derangement Syndrome

Ed Morrissey (click above) and the Wall Street Journal have excellent analyses of the sheer lunacy which has defined the mainstream media's coverage of Governor Sarah Palin.

As the Wall Street Journal notes: "The Beltway class is in full-throated rebellion against a nondomesticated conservative who might pose a threat to their coronation of Barack Obama and the return of Camelot-on-the-Potomac."

Morrissey writes: "The outrage from the media over choosing a first-term governor seems oddly out of place for a media that has spent the last 20 months fawning over not one but two first-term Senators running for the Democratic nomination, or at least fawning over the second until his extramarital affair finally broke into the open. The third had just been elected to her second term in the Senate. Yet none of the media seemed all that exercised about a lack of experience during 2007 and 2008."

He concludes:

"The outrage has little to do with experience, and almost everything to do with being outfoxed by McCain. The media expected a staid, boring, safe white man that they could pigeonhole. Instead, they got a dynamic, successful, smart conservative 'hockey mom' with a record of reform that Barack Obama cannot match and that is the antithesis of Joe Biden. They got knocked out of their lane, and now they have to figure out how to explain how they could possibly have overlooked Palin in their calculations. Presto! They overlooked her because she’s so inexperienced!"

Every word of both articles is a must.

Then read Ed's post "The Race to Define Sarah Palin."

Previously: Rush: "Clarence Thomas 2008."

Update: Dick Morris: "Palin is under attack because she was such a good choice."

Ed Morrissey is on a roll today: A Stroll Through Democratic Experience and Who Are the Rednecks?

Update: Peggy Noonan on "A Clear and Present Danger to the American Left": "She could become a transformative political presence. So they are going to have to kill her, and kill her quick..."

Update: Turns out that when she's not hiding behind her pen, Peggy Noonan is just as snarky about Governor Palin as so many other Beltway elites.


Blogger jau said...

Don't you think some of the response is that they loathe some of her points of view and find it easier to engage in appalling personal attacks than to put those topics into discussion? Some people find it very difficult to talk about their significant disagreements about issues, although I don't entirely know why.

-Best to you as not-going-to-school begins!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yes, I think that's part of it, Anne, they don't like what she stands for. I also suspect personal attacks are viewed as a quicker way to attempt to demean her in the eyes of the public.

Thanks for your good wishes!

Best to you,

8:32 AM  

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