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You can’t demand respect unless you give it
Posted by: McQ on Monday, September 08, 2008

That's a big problem for Democrats, especially right now.

Journalists from the UK are not normally found on the side of American Republicans and hardly ever on George Bush's side.

But even they have noticed the 'goin's on' here in the colonies concerning the reaction to Sarah Palin's nomination.

Nick Cohen of the UK's Observer noted:
During the 1997 British general election, the late Lord Jenkins said that Tony Blair was like a man walking down a shiny corridor carrying a precious vase. He was the favourite and held his fate in his hands. If he could just reach the end of the hall without a slip, a Labour victory was assured. The same could have been said of the American Democrats last week. But instead of protecting their precious advantage, they succumbed to a spasm of hatred and threw the vase, the crockery, the cutlery and the kitchen sink at an obscure politician from Alaska.

For once, the postmodern theories so many of them were taught at university are a help to the rest of us. As a Christian, conservative anti-abortionist who proved her support for the Iraq War by sending her son to fight in it, Sarah Palin was 'the other' - the threatening alien presence they defined themselves against. They might have soberly examined her reputation as an opponent of political corruption to see if she was truly the reformer she claimed to be. They might have gently mocked her idiotic creationism, while carefully avoiding all discussion of the racist conspiracy theories of Barack Obama's church.

But instead of following a measured strategy, they went berserk. On the one hand, the media treated her as a sex object. The New York Times led the way in painting Palin as a glamour-puss in go-go boots you were more likely to find in an Anchorage lap-dancing club than the Alaska governor's office.

On the other, liberal journalists turned her family into an object of sexual disgust: inbred rednecks who had stumbled out of Deliverance. Palin was meant to be pretending that a handicapped baby girl was her child when really it was her wanton teenage daughter's. When that turned out to be a lie, the media replaced it with prurient coverage of her teenage daughter, who was, after all, pregnant, even though her mother was not going to do a quick handover at the maternity ward and act as if the child was hers.
Read the whole thing. Then click on over to Clive Crook's column today in the Financial Times.

He first correctly identifies the problem from which Democrats and the media suffer:
Democrats regard their policies as self-evidently in the interests of the US working and middle classes. Yet those wide segments of US society keep helping to elect Republican presidents. How is one to account for this? Are those people idiots? Frankly, yes – or so many liberals are driven to conclude. Either that or bigots, clinging to guns, God and white supremacy; or else pathetic dupes, ever at the disposal of Republican strategists. If they only had the brains to vote in their interests, Democrats think, the party would never be out of power. But again and again, the Republicans tell their lies, and those stupid damned voters buy it.

It is an attitude that a good part of the US media share. The country has conservative media (Fox News, talk radio) as well as liberal media (most of the rest). Curiously, whereas the conservative media know they are conservative, much of the liberal media believe themselves to be neutral.

Their constant support for Democratic views has nothing to do with bias, in their minds, but reflects the fact that Democrats just happen to be right about everything. The result is the same: for much of the media, the fact that Republicans keep winning can only be due to the backwardness of much of the country.
Spot on and obvious to everyone but the Dems and the media. Which is why such cluelessness is evident after every lost election as they cast about trying to blame everyone else for their failure. It is never the fault of their message or their attitude, is it?

Crook then moves to the Plain nomination and notes:
She represents a great slice of the country that the Democrats say they care about – yet her selection induced an apoplectic fit.
Why? See Nick Cohen's characterization of Palin as "the other". Add to that the fact that McCain was able to outmaneuver them by naming a women right after they'd rejected one. And then factor in that the media was embarrassed because it knew nothing about her. Oh what a perfect storm that built.
For days, the derision poured down from Democratic party talking heads and much of the media too. The idea that “this woman” might be vice-president or even president was literally incomprehensible. The popular liberal comedian Bill Maher, whose act is an endless sneer at the Republican party, noted that John McCain’s case for the presidency was that only he was capable of standing between the US and its enemies, but that should he die he had chosen “this stewardess” to take over. This joke was not – or not only – a complaint about lack of experience. It was also an expression of class disgust. I give Mr Maher credit for daring to say what many Democrats would only insinuate.

Little was known about Ms Palin, but it sufficed for her nomination to be regarded as a kind of insult. Even after her triumph at the Republican convention in St Paul last week, the put-downs continued. Yes, the delivery was all right, but the speech was written by somebody else – as though that is unusual, as though the speechwriter is not the junior partner in the preparation of a speech, and as though just anybody could have raised the roof with that text. Voters in small towns and suburbs, forever mocked and condescended to by metropolitan liberals, are attuned to this disdain. Every four years, many take their revenge.
I can't begin to tell you how dead on the target I think this assessment by Crook is. It is the revenge of the people who actually make this nation work against those who tell them how effed up they are every 4 years and how it is only they, the Democrats, who can save them from ... well, whatever bit of fear they're pushing that election cycle.

Crook concludes with a parting bit of advise for the Dems - pretty much what many have told them for years and years and years, but, it seems, it never manages to survive the focus groups and polls:
To avoid endlessly repeating this mistake, Democrats need to learn some respect.

It will be hard. They will have to develop some regard for the values that the middle of the country expresses when it votes Republican. Religion. Unembarrassed flag-waving patriotism. Freedom to succeed or fail through one’s own efforts. Refusal to be pitied, bossed around or talked down to. And all those other laughable redneck notions that made the United States what it is.
Heh ... yeah, that'll happen.
 
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It will be hard. They will have to develop some regard for the values that the middle of the country expresses when it votes Republican. Religion. Unembarrassed flag-waving patriotism. Freedom to succeed or fail through one’s own efforts. Refusal to be pitied, bossed around or talked down to. And all those other laughable redneck notions that made the United States what it is.
They can’t do that because it would require jettisonning their own base, the out-of-touch left that now supplies a healthy share of the money and ground troops for Democratic campaigns.

Doing what this guy says would require them not just to half-heartedly embrace such values, but to do so enthusiastically. Anything less would fail to convince the people they’re going after, who have mostly become quite cynical about the Democrats’ real priorities.

But if they go that far, after the strokes and seizures on the left, they would certainly stop giving money, and many would stomp off to join the Greens or whatever other whacko group formed to suck them in.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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They can’t do that because it would require jettisonning their own base, the out-of-touch left that now supplies a healthy share of the money and ground troops for Democratic campaigns.


More than that it would require a RETHINKING of their first premises...their is this thought that "democrats" are captives of their base, what if Democrats think this way? You assume that there is a difference, in kind between their party and their base. A bit extreme I know, but think on it...what if it isn’t just money, what if it’s that Democrats believe 60% of the bases beliefs? Or even 90% just not as strongly?
 
Written By: Joe
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Don Surber has a Biden-under-the-bus pool.
I’m wondering how long before Obama economic advisors Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson, who have served as CEO-s of Fannie Mae, and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who served on the Board of Directors for Freddie Mac, are all under-the-bus as well.
 
Written By: Neo
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This should get them talking about something other than Palin ..
CHICAGO — Declaring that clergy have a constitutional right to endorse political candidates from their pulpits, the socially conservative Alliance Defense Fund is recruiting several dozen pastors to do just that on Sept. 28, in defiance of Internal Revenue Service rules.
The effort by the Arizona-based legal consortium is designed to trigger an IRS investigation that ADF lawyers would then challenge in federal court. The ultimate goal is to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a 54-year-old ban on political endorsements by tax-exempt houses of worship.
I’m not sure here this will go.
 
Written By: Neo
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Amazing how Erb isn’t around suddenly.

I’m sure he’ll just have enough "free time" to pop in and comment when something favorable to Lightworker happens.

Right Erb? I know that you’re lurking, even if you lack the sack to actually post.
 
Written By: shark
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This comment really struck a cord with me:

Curiously, whereas the conservative media know they are conservative, much of the liberal media believe themselves to be neutral.
I live in Asheville, NC. I often joke that it is the Berkeley of the Southeast. My wife, who I would identify as a liberal woman has a very difficult time here with the many far-left wingers. (If Hillary would have been on the ticket we would have lost her vote for sure. To my utter amazement, my very intelligent wife still likes Bill Clinton.)

On multiple occasions we’ve had the experience where we were more than willing to be friends with some of the left-wingers (they are everyhwere here) but they couldn’t take hearing any of our opinions and became upset with us. They believe we are so far right as to be irresponsible. For little reasons, like the right to own a gun, not wanting to pay more in taxes, school vouchers, not hating Bush and such.

I’ve had to remind her a couple of times when she was shocked by that behaviour, "Just because we are more than willing to be friends with them and respect their opinions doesn’t mean they are capable of doing the same for us."

Asheville considers itself to be a very progressive city. The inability of the left wingers here to tolerate those with different opinions or lifestyles is outright amazing at times. (And by different lifestyle I mean things like driving an SUV or eating meat.)


 
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The Dems will never "get it" because they keep nominating the Arugula-eating, urban-loving, elitist preppy sc*mbags that look at the American people at the end of their nose. "Why are they so stupid?" says the average Democrat. "They should be voting for us." The problem is, Democrats and Republicans have to EARN the vote, not expect it. Women are supposed to vote Dem because they support abortion (screw those women who don’t - we don’t need their stinkin’ votes!). Blacks are supposed to vote Dem because Dems support affirmative action (despite the fact that affirmative action is going to be killed off by the courts soon). Hispanics are supposed to vote Dem because big bad Republicans want all Hispanics to be deported, despite the fact that some of the highest-ranking Hispanics in the US government are Republicans. And Jews are supposed to vote Dem because...because...because...well, I can’t think of a reason, because Jews want to make sure Israel is protected and Bush and the GOP have done more for Israel than all the Democrats combined. Plus, the Left is so infused with anti-Semites and Jew-haters that it is incredible. (Go on a left-leaning blog or website, and see the invective toward Israel and Jews as a whole.)

The rest of America, according to the Dems, can either vote Dem or just drop dead. And so what if Dems mock their religion, their guns, their values - vote for us or you are a moron!

I said it in January, and I repeat it here again like a broken record: I saw that if the Dems nominated Obama, they were going to lose another election. And, according to the polls right now (which, I know, can change in a second), it looks more and more like I was right eight months ago.

I met John McCain, and he will be the next President of the United States. And the Democrats will learn to like it.
 
Written By: James Marsden
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And the Democrats will learn to like it.
No they won’t. But if you are right about the rest, their failure to do so will be quite amusing.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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for much of the media, the fact that Republicans keep winning can only be due to the backwardness of much of the country.

... and Karl Rove’s dark machinations
... and Diebold
... and stolen elections
... and brainwashing by Rush et al.
... and [insert conspiracy theory here]

"Backwardness" is not the term they’d use; they’d more likely go with "criminal ignorance."
 
Written By: dicentra
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What the political Left in America has never understood is that their world-view is actually that of an aristocrat, one who knows ’better’ what to do than others less fortunate. Governor Palin’s nomination shatters that ideological sleight-of-hand, hence the intensity of hatred for her candidacy.
 
Written By: a Duoist
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That’s a big problem for Democrats, especially right now.
With all due respect, when has that ever NOT been an issue?

 
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