Unlike most of the posts in the political blogs I read (AmericaBlog, Political Wire, etc.), I still think that Sarah Palin was a very savvy pick and I think that she will be as dangerous a campaigner as she would be a vice president. And unlike, most people who share my ‘liberal’ views, I thought that her speech last night was effective (given the audience it targeted). Yes, it failed to reassure anyone that she was prepared to analyze international issues and serve as our voice on the world stage. And yes, it conveniently failed to mention her extremely narrow religious views. But it showcased her as a competent executive mother, looking out for average Americans, while skewering her unpatriotic, big government-loving opponents. By the end of the speech, her audience could almost see her battling the forces of evil, with her baby in one arm and an Uzi in the other. A female Reagan in a sensible skirt.
In my opinion, it’s risky to go after that image directly, because to challenge the image she created is to challenge the voters she attracts, and thus drives them into her already busy arms. No, the Obama campaign has a very tough task ahead, and despite their best efforts, they will have an almost impossible time attracting those same swing voters without some major help. Help that has been in short supply in recent years, especially since 9-11.
They will need the almost across the board participation by the mainstream media in fact-checking the claims of McCain’s “straight talk express”, as well as aggressively covering the waning days of the Bush administration. They will need CNN and CBS and NBC and ABC to interview McCain and Palin and their representatives and to actively disagree with them when they say something that is patently false. I know, call me crazy, but in my childhood days, reporters like Cronkite and Brinkley and Chancellor reported news. You remember. Facts. Reality. They didn’t just serve as props, allowing politicians of either party to use them as sidemen while they repeated their talking points. We need those days to return.
Because for those precious swing state, blue collar voters to be able to refuse the Republican’s siren call of “flag good….government bad” they will have to be pounded day after day with facts. Facts about McCain and Palin’s records. Facts about the “surge”. Facts about energy production and bridges to nowhere. Facts about who really increased the size of government. Facts about who really supports ethics reform and who really opposes the influence of lobbyists. Facts about who represents the change that Americans say they want.
This is a good place to start.
Posted on September 4th, 2008 by jack-of-all-thumbs
Filed under: Rants and Musings