vendredi 12 septembre 2008

Democrats, just say it! She rocks!

Regular readers know that I have been an Obama supporter for a long time, and obviously the change in the dynamics of this election since Sarah Palin was chosen by McCain had me worried. So I'd like to say it, and mostly to suggest democrats to say it too: Palin rocks!

The Republican ads, the discourse, even Karl Rove's op-ed in the Wall Street Journal pretending to give an advice to Obama to stop his attacks on Palin when Obama has not, in fact, attacked Palin: this all demonstrates that the fight about Palin is the fight the Republicans want to have. Why wouldn't they? She's good-looking, she's bold, she is indeniably different from anything we've seen on a presidential ticket before, and she is definitely a woman. And even the supposed skeletons in her closet are only likely to make her like more: So she was a pitbull with her former brother-in-law? Many think, and say that a pitbul is exactly what we need. So she believes in God and creation? That's better than being a godless liberal, many think. Plus, any questionable attack on a woman mechanically creates a defence reaction among some undecided women, and men, and with reasons. After all, claims that Palin is a monster are widely exaggerated. She's obviously not a liberal, but the thing that is the worst about her for us Obama supporters is that she's creating a strong movement in favour of John McCain.

Democrats can't win if the question is "do you like Wonder Woman?". Of course we like her. Who doesn't? God, I may well love her. I don't want her as President of course, but that's not based on her being a monster. They need to bring back the debate on "do you want more Bush?" (or even "what kind of change do you want?", etc) . So here's my proposition to Democrats and other Obama supporters: concede the point publicly. Governor Palin is an extraordinary woman and an exciting candidate. That fight can't be won, and obviously the Rove gang won't let it fade either. The Obama camp needs to clearly say that this fight is lost: Palin rocks! That way they will efficiently diffuse the Republican tactic of pretending that Palin is attacked. I'd like to see a McCain spokesperson saying "the claim from the Obama camp that Palin rocks is offensive and sexist and the only question in this election are about Palin's life and family".

And so here is, free of charge, a draft for an ad to run in all 50 states day and night: "The McCain campaign wants to make this election about Sarah Palin. It makes sense. She's an extraordinary woman and an uncommon candidate. But this election is not about Sarah Palin. It is about our country and our future. Do you really want more of the same policies?"

Come to think of it, the Republican VP president is not the traditional attack dog: instead, they invented the attacked dog, which is really new.

9 commentaires:

Chris a dit…

Hmm, you really think Palin is that extraordinary? Did you see her interview with Charlie Gibson yet?

Julot-les-pinceaux a dit…
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Julot-les-pinceaux a dit…

HI Chris,
What I believe does not matter, but that is a fight that can't be won or put away. So I think the choice is: fight againts Palin and lose the election or fight against McCain and have a chance to win it.
Plus, those who are susceptible of thinking that she sucks already do. Those who think she's wonderful won't change their mind because of the Charlie Gibson interview(which I did see).
And incidentally, yes, I think that she is an extraordinary woman. Not a perfect one or someone I would wish anywhere near power. But an extraordinary woman.

ulteriorepicure a dit…

Nice piece. What did you think of the Gibson interview?

Julot-les-pinceaux a dit…

Hey UE,

Thanks for making my point -- conservatives want to keep the focus on Palin. ;-) I'll be consistent with my post and tell you that I saw an amazing woman in the interview. I also saw a person who is clearly to the right of where W was in 2000, and with a very similar style and approach to politics and power.

What did you think of the McCain interview on The View?

ulteriorepicure a dit…

julot-les-pinceaux: I thought it extremely rude of Baba Wawa to not even look McCain in the eye during the interview.

Julot-les-pinceaux a dit…

I must confess that I had missed this decisive political fact. Now that you mention it, that explains why he was less than honest in his answers. I'm convinced, I'll vote for McCain.

Anonyme a dit…

Julot, master of irony...

Julot-les-pinceaux a dit…

Bill Clinton says I'm right:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2008/09/22/clinton-says-dems-shouldnt-attack-palin/