Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Democrats used the A-Bomb too soon

The Left over reacts. From Peggy Noonan for the WSJ:

Miles to Go
[...] After the past 10 days, it is not remarkable that Mr. McCain has caught up with Mr. Obama. It is amazing that Mr. Obama is still roughly even with Mr. McCain.

There is no denying that Mr. Obama is in a bad place, that he must now be considered the underdog, that he's wearing Loser-Glo. The slide started with the Rick Warren interviews in August, just as America was starting to pay attention. Verdict? McCain: normal. Obama: odd.

Then Mrs. Palin, and the catastrophe of the Democratic and media response to her. Books will be written about this, but because it's so recent, and so known, we're almost not absorbing how huge it was, and is. Here was the central liberal mistake: They used the atom bomb just a few days in. They used it so brutally, and yet so ineptly, in a way so oblivious to the true contours of the field, that the radiation blew back over their own lines. They used it without preliminary diplomatic talks, multilateral meetings or Security Council debate. They just went boom. And it boomeranged.

The atom bomb was personal and sexual perfidy, backwoods knuckle-draggin' ma and pa saying, Tell the neighbors the baby's ours. Then the ritual abuse of the 17-year-old girl. Then the rest of it—bad mother, religious weirdo. (On this latter it must be noted that Mrs. Palin never told a church that the Iraq war was God's will; she asked them to pray that it was God's will. It wasn't the sound of Republican hubris, it was the sound of Christian humility: We can't know the mind of God, we can only pray we are in accord with it.)

All of this was unacceptable to normal Americans. They experienced it as the town gossip spreading rumor and slander before the new neighbor even got to put down her bags. It offended the American sense of fairness. And—it still lives!—gallantry.

Most crucially, the snobbery of it, the meanness of it, reminded the entire country, for the first time in a decade, what it is they don't like about the left. Really, America had forgotten. Mr. Obama's friends reminded them. Unforgettably. [...]

(bold emphasis mine) Noonan maintains that Palin was not bullet proof when she walked into this, but thanks to the Democrats own ineptness, they have practically made her immune to criticism by themselves. They have lost their credibility on the issue of Sarah Palin, at least for now.

The Republicans could still screw up, and the Democrats, well... read the whole thing. The race isn't over yet.


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Walker said...

Thanks for this, Chas! Peggy Noonan is right on.

As an aside, when I read what Noonan said in the MSNBC 'open mike' -- that it was bullshit that Palin had experience -- I think we saw Noonan playing to the liberals. She just hates being on the outside of the Elite Fat Cat Club so she has to find ways to pander to them in private. Pissed me off.

But she's right on this.

Chas said...

Peggy can be pessimistic sometimes, but when she's right, it's usually right-on.