Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Sending a Message

Some Palin-ites say the media fears her. I don't think that's it at all. They mostly just hate her -- hate her with the burning heat of a thousand suns. If they have any "fear", it's about future candidates who happen to stray from the white male Republican archetype. No prominent minority or woman Republican is going to get anything less than the full media work-up. The recent Vanity Fair hit piece against Sarah Palin, "It Came from Wasilla", is only the latest instance of this.

White male Republicans, of course, are guilty of being white and male. Anybody else though, must be treated as some exotic creature to be probed, dissected, and ultimately destroyed -- like cattle mutilated by extraterrestrials.

I stopped reading the Vanity Fair piece after this, found in the third paragraph:
What does it say about the nature of modern American politics that a public official who often seems proud of what she does not know is not only accepted but applauded? What does her prominence say about the importance of having (or lacking) a record of achievement in public life? Why did so many skilled veterans of the Republican Party—long regarded as the more adroit team in presidential politics—keep loyally working for her election even after they privately realized she was casual about the truth and totally unfit for the vice-presidency? Perhaps most painful, how could John McCain, one of the cagiest survivors in contemporary politics—with a fine appreciation of life’s injustices and absurdities, a love for the sweep of history, and an overdeveloped sense of his own integrity and honor—ever have picked a person whose utter shortage of qualification for her proposed job all but disqualified him for his?

Though I stopped after this, others didn't, and from what I've read second-hand it seems I chose wisely.

I don't even know where to start on that, so I won't bother. It's not worth my effort. There's just no rational reason for this level of vile, feverish hatred to be displayed so prominently nearly eight months post-election. (Five months and some days, Anno Obama.)

My take-away is that the prevalence of such naked character assassination like that found in VF and elsewhere sends a message to anybody who isn't a white male -- Don't be a Republican, you traitorous garbage, and particularly not a conservative one.

Clarence Thomas anyone?

How much flak did Chuck Schumer catch for saying that Miguel Estrada was, "like a stealth missile — with a nose cone — coming out of the right wing’s deepest silo"? Schumer's vehemence surely had nothing to do with the observation by Senate Democratic Judiciary Staff that "he is Latino".

Let the message be sent to all women and minorities -- your life will be ruined if you dare gain prominence as a conservative Republican.


Addendum: Jim Gerhaghty has the "low-lights" --
[T]here’s room in this world for a profile that is critical of Palin, but that preferably didn’t begin with the supposition that she is the root of all evil in the political world.


Samay said...

Good analysis - do you think this had anything to do with the abrupt resignation?

JoeCollins said...

Thanks. I'm particularly fond of the mutilated cattle bit.

My guess is yes, the media circus (generally speaking) did have a lot to do with it. Of course, I'm guessing like everybody else. I hadn't posted on the resignation because just about literally everybody has written volumes about this without any particular new insight.

Todd Purdham (of VF) has some set of balls going on TV and playing the dumb reporter who just reported on what McCain staffers were saying. He had an obvious agenda and used those staffers to fill magazine copy, the staffers being more than happy to comply.