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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

Andrew Sullivan on Palin

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The uber-blogger's post makes a terrible point:
The important thing for today's Republicans is that the leaders evoke the kind of cultural identity of evangelical Christians, regardless of their competence or knowledge or even interest in, you know, governing. You pick a candidate because of her gender and religion and recent baby, even if she has no record of even any opinions on foreign policy and the only opinion you can actually find opposes the critical plank of McCain's war "strategy."
This is actually what makes me nervous about the Palin pick (nervous in the sense that I love all things Joe Biden): it's marketing. Palin evokes a definite "cultural identity," and that will work with large segments of the population. Because it's the same cultural identity that elected a bumbling governor in 2000 and then re-elected him as a very unpopular president in 2004. Criticize "todays Republicans" over this all you want, but don't think for a second they don't know what they're doing. They surely do.

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posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 8:15 AM

7 Comments:

I think he (and you) are right on. And yet...I've got to think that this move solidifies the base, while the rest of us head for the hills.

Can she gain appeal outside the base? I'm not convinced she can.
commented by Blogger Landon Whitsitt, 9:56 AM  
Thanks for your thoughts! Makes me giggle!
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:16 PM  
Landon,

I'm not sure she needs to. Unless I'm mistaken, solidifying and energizing the Republican base is what got W re-elected in '04.
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 2:52 PM  
Rocky, what concerns me is the powers that be on the left just don't get it. Minutes after Palin was announced a statement was issued questioning McCain's judgement because how could he choose the former mayor of 9000 people from Alaska of all places. That statement presupposes that you can only govern if you are from a large coastal city or been in Washington your whole life. That is what got them beat with Kerry and Gore, and now honestly Biden. BTW, Palin has served in an executive role in govt. longer that Obama, but all the left is willing to hammer out is her lack of experience...same ole same ole, and like you said, they got out thought and stratergized the past two...and just might do it again!
commented by Blogger Michael, 8:28 PM  
Michael,
The left's reaction to Palin's lack of experience is of the McCain campaign's own making, since Obama's "dangerous lack of experience" has been the centerpiece of their attack on him. To choose a running mate with less than two years of state-level governing experience shows how disingenuous the whole lack of experience charge was.

Obama's not from a large coastal city (unless you're counting Lake Michigan), so that's not the issue either. The issue is that Palin has been nominated to be the person who could occupy THE HIGHEST ELECTED OFFICE IN THE COUNTRY at a moment's notice, and the only credentials that McCain and co. can produce to support that nomination include the "PTA" and 20 months experience as a governor.

And don't you dare disrespect Biden. It-will-be-on-my-friend.
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 8:56 PM  
Again, she has MORE experience than Obama, who is running for the top office, not the number two. And if we always voted on the 'what if' we would never get anywhere. And I wasn't disrespecting Biden, just saying it is the same ole same ole politcal move from the liberal left thinking they don't need the middle to win! Why do you think the Republicans trotted out Lieberman? To get the middle, not only politically, but also the country! :) And Chicago is as close to a coastal city as it comes...you know that! Do you think if he were from KC he would be the nominee right now?
commented by Blogger Michael, 9:48 AM  
She has no national political experience. She has 20 months executive experience in a state with a population of 670,000 people. Obama has the same amount of experience in a federal capacity, albeit as a legislator and not as an executive.

The point is that McCain made SUCH a big deal out of experience that for him to nominate a running mate like Palin shows him talking out of both sides of his face.

Lieberman is not the middle. Lieberman is an idealogue.
commented by Blogger Not Prince Hamlet, 2:36 PM  

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