I often wish I wrote as well as Peggy Noonan, but today’s piece makes me wish I wrote as well and as perceptively.
I knew the Democrats were going to come after Palin, but I misunderstood the intensity. The Left has come after Sarah Palin in less than a week with the sheer bull rush hatred that I only saw of the GOP right going after Bill Clinton. Ms. Noonan writes:
Because she jumbles up so many cultural categories, because she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way, because she is a woman who in style, history, moxie and femininity is exactly like a normal American feminist and not an Abstract Theory feminist; because she wears makeup and heels and eats mooseburgers and is Alaska Tough, as Time magazine put it; because she is conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life; and because conservatives can smell this sort of thing — who is really one of them and who is not — and will fight to the death for one of their beleaguered own; because of all of this she is a real and present danger to the American left, and to the Obama candidacy.
She could become a transformative political presence.
So they are going to have to kill her, and kill her quick.
And it’s going to be brutal. It’s already getting there.
Yep, they are coming heavy…and they are doing it in unison. It is not just the Democrats, it is the media. Journalists like Campbell Brown seem to think they should take on the attack dog responsibility on behalf of the Obama campaign.
Then, one might ask why did the MSM did not unleash their investigative pit bulls on John Edwards when there was plenty of information out that suggested he was messing around, and this while he was still a candidate? Where was this scrupulous attention to investigative detail about the acticity of the canidate himself? But when it comes to Governor Palin, they immediately try to sniff out whether her child is really a grandchild, and then click over to public revelations about her family. Come on, is it really worth the New York Times devoting three columns to the pregnancy story?
Ms. Noonan also hits quite nicely on the thematics of the assault:
I don’t think the most powerful attack line will be, in the end, inexperience. Our nation appears to be in a cycle in which inexperience seems something of a lure. “He’s fresh, he’s new, he hasn’t appalled me yet!” I don’t think it’s age. While Palin seems to me young, so does Obama. I freely concede this is a drawback of getting older: you keep upping your idea of what “old enough” is. But only because when you’re 50 you know you’re wiser and more seasoned than you were at 40, or should be.
America, even as it ages, loves youth and admires its strength.
I think the left will go hard on this: Fringe. Radical. What goes on in her church? Isn’t she extreme? Does she really think God wants a pipeline? What does Sarah Barracuda really mean? They’re going to try and make her strange, outré, oddball. And not in a good way.
In all this, and in its involvement in this week’s ritual humiliation of a 17-year-old girl, the mainstream press may seriously overplay its hand, and court a backlash that impacts the election…
Of course, there are some highly ironic aspects to this situation. When you have the GOP talking about sexism and the Democrats criticizing her abilities as a mother because she doesn’t work in the home…well, the world has turned upside down.
I too think Governor Palin scares the Left, but because she actually provides a comparison for Obama.
Will people think that a partial term as a state executive is better than a partial term as a federal legislator?
Will they think being a succesful small town mayor outweighs being a community activist? Remember, there are a lot more Wasilla’s in this country than there are Chicago’s.
Will they consider the Parable of the Talents, and instead of deriding a state college education v. the Harvard Law Review, and truly consider what each has accomplished with their gifts
Will they do all this and suddenly start to think…maybe Obama is all talk?
I think many Democrats, who see Obama as The Man, will do this. You see, I think the Newt Gingrich’s and the Bob Livingston’s and the Tom DeLay’s disliked Bill Clinton so much because he messed up what they saw as their perfect deal. I think that is why so many Democrats have come out so hard and fast to destroy Sarah Palin.
But as in combat and chess and other competitions, there is the risk of overextension. I said previously there is a risk that the Left will overplay its hand, and I think we are verging on that point.
It all makes tonights speech that much more interesting, and that much more important to this election.