Scan the lefty blogs and you will see furious, even unhinged, attacks on Governor Palin.
Which has to mean that the Obamians are unsettled, perhaps intuiting that every time they raise her “inexperience,” they indict the resume of their own presidential nominee.
The Palin-Obama contrast is sharpest when it comes to battling corruption.
Obama is a product of cronyism, and has never lifted a finger to battle the corrupt practices of the Cook County/Daley machines. Read Freddoso’s book where it is all spelled out, or just ask yourself how Obama came by his house. Obama talks of reform but has never fought for it, but rather benefitted from old boy networks, even when the old boys were radicals like unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. This is why Stanley Kurtz’s researches in the Anneberg Project have Obama so panicked. Where did the $100 million that Ayers and Obama controlled go? Could they spend that much and achieve nothing? Some “experience.”
Palin, on the other hand, is the real deal –she rose by taking on the Alaska old boy network, and her talk is backed by a walk that is easy to see and admire.
A caller to Friday’s show –a disappointed Romney backer– sang Palin’s praises and noted that Americans love the authentic when they find it in political figures.
This is what has unsettled the left. McCain was already Popeye, “I yam what I yam,” and now he’s added a genuine American original to his ticket. Palin could become “Mrs. Smith Goes To Washington,” and that sort of change excites a broad coalition of voters sick to death of Beltway Bigs. Evert denunciation of Palin’s tenure as a small town mayor signals every small town resident just what Obama thinks of them.
Obama was already looking constructed and contrived before adding the anchor that is Slow Joe Biden. Now his minions are resorting to cliches and stereotypes to try and blunt the impact of Palin.
But the anti-politician Palin only needs to keep doing what she has been doing in Alaska to the approval of 80% of the population –being a “hockey mom” and talking straight and tough to the elites. (And take a look at this examination of Palin v. Biden on oil exploration.) Scott Johnson ordered up a True Grit photo shop which will get a lot of play in the weeks ahead, and for good reason. This is a story line millions of Americans will love –the old soldier and the young, energetic reformer teaming up to shake the old cronyist guard to its deep roots.
Or you can have the celeb with zero achievements who is prompter-dependent.