Palin Vs. Clinton

It AMAZES me that the Democrats- more specifically, Obama- are taking the bait from Republicans by responding to Palin’s critiques of the Dems and Obama. But, of course, if he were to remain silent, he would be inundated with critique from pundits and the media in general.

Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

It continues to be a spectacular launch of a new product from the Republicans. Everyone IS taking the bait: Obama, the liberal media/ pundits, the people. And, yes. Even those of us who get what they are doing! We are talking about her. Blogging about her. Damning ourselves at the same time we are damning she and her party. 

When did this become about Sarah Palin? How did this become about Sarah Palin? How many times can I say Sarah Palin?

The new question is this: Are Clinton supporters now turning to Palin? It is a question asked in the media, both mentioning and carefully not mentioning gender. 

Are people really that vacuous that they would turn their undying support of Clinton over to McCain/ Palin because of Palin? If so, is it just because of gender that the support is given? How DIFFERENT do these women stand politically? Answer: almost at opposite ends of the spectrum. 

So how could someone change their support?

To me, it is a ridiculous amount of attention being spent on by the media. It is offensive. 

But- the media continues to feed into PalinMania and so do we. It is clearly the intention of the Republicans to get those votes of Clinton supporters. And they are gaining. 

It will be a sad day for me to see the Republicans maintaining their address in Washington for another four years if people continue to be mesmerized by the Svengali-like characters in this story; by the giant head that is the wizard of Oz. There is very little peeking to see the man behind the curtain. When there is, the findings are revealed quickly and we continue to look at the Oz-like head that is Sarah Palin.

Can we turn our attention away from the fact that this person is just a product or a catch phrase?


5 Responses

  1. I’m hoping eventually (in other words BEFORE november) people will se passed her image. I’m hoping the will se the unexperienced person who would be a heartbeat away form running our country. The woman who supposedly said dinosaurs existed 4,000 years ago and wanted to ban books.

    If not America will be left behind by the rest of the world.

  2. Ms. Palin, you are no Hillary Clinton!!!

  3. I’m getting concearned too about this Palin obsession, and the fact that Obama is “damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t” go on the attack!
    I would also like to know where is Hilary Clinton? She has been too quiet in the past week or so since the Palin announcement! I would have expected her to have her say in public…..and I would love to hear that speech when she does finally speak up!
    I just hope she doesn’t leave it too late!

  4. Excellent questions, Jake.

    And if my country doesn’t snap out of it and they do win? My brain sort of hits an odd brick wall when I try to contemplate all the implications…

    I just got lambasted by a fella using schoolyard bully insults on Annie Lennox’s MySpace blog about Palin. It would have been entirely laughable–it really was laughably childish–but his response was one that has become typical for huge sections of my fellow citizens. And the fear I could feel seething beneath his hatred and contempt really did make me sad for him.

    We’re all scared, right now. Half of my country seems to be scared that we ain’t gonna make it as a nation or as a species if we don’t try some new ways of doing things. That would be me and most who support Obama, if only by default and a hope that he does mean at least some motion toward real change and some creativity in how we’re gonna face and deal with our many serious problems.

    Half of my country seems to be terrified and doesn’t even want to admit any fear and seems a bit confused about what it should even be afraid of… Change scares the heck out of them and so they cling to the familiar even when the familiar has been, and is, hurting them, badly. That terror seems to be getting more and more twisted up and popping out in all sorts of ways–wanting to try to control things like other people’s’ wombs, sex lives, spiritual beliefs, beliefs period, etc.–wanting to mindlessly lash out with violence against everyone and everything–each other, anyone who disagrees, other countries, mother earth…..

    Humans do some pretty weird stuff when they’re scared and don’t want to face their fears.

    Beyond weird: Bush & Co. used fear to get my country to actually go to war–ostensibly in a war of retribution over 9/11–against a country that had nothing to do with 9/11!

    My nation needs some serious therapy… If we don’t vote ourselves some leadership that helps us begin to get a grip on our fears……???

  5. I have voiced these very same thoughts recently with friends in Europe who are getting whipped into a frenzy over Palin. She IS a diversion, the red herring in this campaign that keeps us from putting our attention and energy where it should be. Even if she had executed all the duties of small town mayor and Alaskan governor perfectly, her experience would not qualify her to be a VP candidate–end of story. Rather than hanging on every word that comes out of her mouth and picking apart her family and digging for mud to sling in Alaska, why aren’t people focusing on the most important question? Why did McCain choose her when clearly she has nothing to offer HIM in terms of statesmanship and skills? What does it say about his arrogance and blind ambition when he’s willing to SQUANDER the importance of the vice presidency on a cheap political trick? You chose the perfect pop culture reference from the Wizard of Oz: “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” Yeah.

    The best thing to do with Palin is IGNORE her and her stupid sound bytes and all the chum she’s throwing to the media sharks.

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