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How reality shocks liberals; Palin has them acting irrationally
Boston Herald ^ | Monday, September 8, 2008 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 09/09/2008 2:41:33 PM PDT by Red Steel

“What is wrong with these people?” was the nigh-upon-universal reaction among conservatives at the GOP convention last week. Liberal reporters inquired of conservative journalists, Republican delegates, right-leaning janitors, free-market short-order cooks, even the guys walking around in elephant suits: Will Sarah Palin drop out? What about the Eagleton Option?

For those who don’t know, the Eagleton Option refers to Thomas Eagleton, George McGovern’s first VP pick in 1972, who was forced to withdraw because of allegations of mental illness.

A hybrid of myth and deceit peddled by the chattering bandersnatches of the Democratic Party’s backup 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.

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.

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

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

One barometer of conservative support: Rush Limbaugh 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. 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.

One partial explanation for the feeding frenzy is the bowel-stewing fear among an Obamaphilic press corps that Palin might actually help McCain win.

But another part of the answer is that the press was simply surprised. Cockroaches scatter when shocked by a flipped light switch. Grizzly bears attack when startled. And when caught napping by big news, the press corps floods the zone. And all of a sudden, the norms and standards become a blur in the race to be first. In the case of Palin, the press vaulted over every principle and standard they’d established about what is and isn’t fair game, like O.J. Simpson leaping over luggage in the old Hertz commercials. It required the Jaws of Life to pry news of John Edwards’ affair out of the mainstream press. But when it came to the personal drama of Palin’s 17-year old daughter, the press clawed for morsels like they were golden tickets from Wonka Bars.

The Eagleton Option exposed the press’ gut instincts, and the viscera are not pretty. Eagleton dropped out because it was leaked that he’d received shock therapy for ill-defined mental problems. Many of those who expected Palin to withdraw see her values and her choices as proof of a mental problem. “She’s more a conservative man than she is a woman on women’s issues,” quoth a spokeswoman from the predictably shrill National Organization for Women, which defines womanhood by a woman’s commitment to left-wing feminist dogma. If you’re pro-life, or even just a Republican, you’re suffering from gender confusion.

How long before the Palin-haters insist she needs shock therapy, too? For her own good, of course.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008rncconvention; 2008veep; election2008; jonahgoldberg; mccain; mccainpalin; mcgenius; palin; rats; sarahcuda

1 posted on 09/09/2008 2:41:33 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

I just love Obama sparing with Sarah, Isn’t he the presidential contender?


2 posted on 09/09/2008 2:44:08 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (IF YOU ARE NOT CONSERVATIVE BY 35 YOU HAVE NO BRAIN. W CHURCHILL)
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To: Red Steel

Heck, I’m starting a Biden dropout office pool. Odds aren’t that great right now, but after the VP debates.....heh! Since my office consists of engineers, Obama is universally considered to be the dumb loon that he is...ain’t no stinkin’ dumbo Obambi lovers here.


3 posted on 09/09/2008 2:45:34 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Red Steel
predictably shrill National Organization for Women, which defines womanhood by a woman’s commitment to left-wing feminist dogma

I call them NOMW. National Organization for Marxist Women.

4 posted on 09/09/2008 2:46:05 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

If Palin has them this scared, what chance do they have with Putin?


5 posted on 09/09/2008 2:50:04 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Red Steel
Socialist Organization for Women.

6 posted on 09/09/2008 2:52:27 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: ronnie raygun
I just love Obama sparing with Sarah, Isn’t he the presidential contender?

I want to see a cartoon with John McCain alone at the Presidential debate and Palin, Biden and Obama at the VP debate.

7 posted on 09/09/2008 2:54:19 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (UN the horse you rode in on.)
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To: Red Steel

COW = Communist Organization of Women

Just don’t force it, and you’ll find ... that they write themselves.

=)


8 posted on 09/09/2008 2:58:55 PM PDT by ROTB (Our Constitution [is] for a [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate [for] any other. -John Adams)
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To: Red Steel

Wait a minute. When did they ever act rationally?


9 posted on 09/09/2008 2:59:00 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less.)
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To: Red Steel
Will Sarah Palin drop out?

That one cracked me up. First they fabricate stories about her and create some faux controversy. Then they come out and push for her to resign because of "all the controversy". Transparent as window glass. This and other panicky tactics fool no one and only cause more peole to switch or get off the fence on to the Pubbies' side.

10 posted on 09/09/2008 3:00:02 PM PDT by Oatka (A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Red Steel
I have a customer who is huge Obama fan, he comes in every Tuesday and Thursday.

We normally have a friendly give and take on our candidates.

Never mean spirited or ugly.

Today, when he came in, he basically was foaming at the mouth, telling me the most disgusting sick, sexual jokes about Sarah Palin

It was shocking how ugly a person he had become. You could smell the absolute fear and loathing

I told him: You know you side has lost when the POTUS nominee is attacking the opposite VP candidate. It's normally the other way around.

11 posted on 09/09/2008 3:00:45 PM PDT by Popman (McCain as POTUS is odious, Obama as POTUS is unthinkable.)
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To: Onelifetogive
I want to see a cartoon with John McCain alone at the Presidential debate and Palin, Biden and Obama at the VP debate.

Yes! And have Sarah saying something about the American people deserving better than this while they are both yelling their lib talking points at her... I like it!

12 posted on 09/09/2008 3:03:11 PM PDT by America_Right (Palin 2012!)
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To: Popman

The Democrats are SO going to get their butts kicked in November...


13 posted on 09/09/2008 3:07:28 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: Red Steel
And all of a sudden, the norms and standards become a blur in the race to be first. In the case of Palin, the press vaulted over every principle and standard they’d established about what is and isn’t fair game

Here is a really out of touch person. The only norms and standards the media has been following in the last several years is one of attack the Rs, support the Ds. As far as principles and standards- nope they threw those out during the Vietnam War and seldom showed any since. Fair game? Well only if a game can be fair if you always cheat for one side over the other.

14 posted on 09/09/2008 3:11:25 PM PDT by Tammy8 (Please Support and pray for our Troops, as they serve us every day.)
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To: Red Steel

Watching CNN recently reminds me of the time I spent in a psychiatric hospital in nursing school. Denial, rationalization, outbursts of anger, vile name calling. Just waiting for them to start throwing things.


15 posted on 09/09/2008 3:25:23 PM PDT by Hattie
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To: Screaming_Gerbil
The Democrats are SO going to get their butts kicked in November...

They're getting their butts kicked NOW and by a cute chick from Alaska and they know it. Heck, we may even pick up some House and Senate seats if Palin has a good down-ballot effect.

16 posted on 09/09/2008 3:30:43 PM PDT by PeterFinn ("I will stand with the Muslims" - Barack Hussein Obama p. 261 "Audacity of Hope")
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To: Red Steel

Rumor has it;;;0’bama will consult with Heidi Fleiss and Larry Flynt on a replacement for Biden on his ticket t0 n0where. sarsm


17 posted on 09/09/2008 3:31:45 PM PDT by Waco ( G00d bye 0'bomber)
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To: Red Steel

Go to retardedbaby.com for the real Palin haters.


18 posted on 09/09/2008 3:34:58 PM PDT by stockpirate (Be a maverick, support McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: Red Steel
"I call them NOMW. National Organization for Marxist Women."

Really? I call them ALFs, American Liberal Females -- humorless ugly looking space aliens.

19 posted on 09/09/2008 3:35:21 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: Red Steel
One partial explanation for the feeding frenzy is the bowel-stewing fear among an Obamaphilic press corps that Palin might actually help McCain win.

Spot-on analysis and imagery, IMHO!

20 posted on 09/09/2008 3:37:57 PM PDT by MortMan (Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. - Alexander Hamilton)
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To: Red Steel

Don’t liberals always act irrationally?

JoMa


21 posted on 09/09/2008 3:39:39 PM PDT by joma89
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To: Popman
I had a similar experience today, except I overheard the conversation. A prominent female lawyer was explaining to a clerk about how she felt that Sarah Palin should not advocate for abstinence anymore since her 17-year old daughter became pregnant (as a lawyer, she should see the fallacy in her thinking, but liberalism has sure clouded that). She then began to expound how it seems plausible to her that Trig Palin is actually the child of Bristol Palin based on a couple of photographs she saw online. The clerk did not say much, and seemed uncomfortable. These DU nutjobs are everywhere.

The fact is that America has seen a normal, down-to-earth woman who is also conservative and accepted her almost immediately. The left cannot handle this...and since they cannot win on issues, all they can do is spew hatred like angry toddlers. Hatred rarely needs logic, reason or common sense. All it needs is an outlet to blast from like an exploding sewer. The current behavior by the liberal left (especially those in the media) is Exhibit A.
22 posted on 09/09/2008 3:41:24 PM PDT by LostInBayport (John McCain is the Luckiest Man Alive...mere mortals such as we can only wonder why...)
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To: Popman

Let him rant and then remind him about your security cam recorder.


23 posted on 09/09/2008 3:45:30 PM PDT by Covenantor (With Gov. Palin on board, the fish fry has commenced.)
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To: Covenantor

Sarah has singlehandedly ripped off the mask of Liberalism and showed the world the hate mongers of the left. The Democrats are doomed. But, like tigers driven by beaters, they will not give up easy and will fight with all the cunning and skill they have. Watch out. They will bend every effort to destroy Sarah, her family and McCain. It wasn’t planned this way. McCain was to play the old fool, like Bob Dole to a young Clinton, and Obama would just waltz into the White House to bring forth the joys of the Worker’s Paradise. But McCain has a few tricks up his sleeve. Watch for more to come. The Debates will seal the deal.


24 posted on 09/09/2008 4:51:00 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Popman
You know you side has lost when the POTUS nominee is attacking the opposite VP candidate

This is the BEAUTY of this VP pick.

Obama has to bring her down no matter how he does it so that HE is the chosen minority to win. In doing so, he belittles himself and loses stature.

Meanwhile, Biden drools in the corner half asleep. McCain in contrast, gets to go around acting mature and presidential.

25 posted on 09/09/2008 5:23:35 PM PDT by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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To: Red Steel
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. <<<

U got that right!.........
My read is...even a few tepid Dem's are going for her...(Win-Win)...The far left is rabib though.......unbeaviably so...Keep some powder dry!

26 posted on 09/09/2008 9:33:36 PM PDT by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: Popman
I'm watching the same thing!...The far left is rabid with hate!.....Their education has come back to bite them in the ass.....and they realize it!!!!
27 posted on 09/09/2008 9:41:55 PM PDT by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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To: LostInBayport
These DU nutjobs are everywhere.
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Yup!.......Have u noticed they ain't wearing any clothes when it comes to their arguments???...They have!...thats whats driving them NUTS!! they have raped themselves (their dogma) and they have nobody to blame but themselves!!!!

28 posted on 09/09/2008 9:53:43 PM PDT by M-cubed (Why is "Greshams Law" a law?)
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