Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Taken Apart

Hitchens dismantles Palin. One thing manufacturing a controversey will earn you is controversey. Just like playing professional victim will draw you even more scrutiny.

Even as Andrew Sullivan and the writers at the Daily Dish go silent to focus all their energy on investigating Palin's allegations, all this is just giving her what she wants.

Her supporters will hear none of the criticisms. They will accept exactly zero inconsistencies in any of her behaviors or words. The mere temerity on the parts of some to investigate and verify her words only serve to validate the worldview of the Palinites. She is persecuted because of their inquiry. They are persecuted because they support her. They are the "true Americans" who don't understand us fake Americans who do not adore her.

Her greatest political value isn't a policy plan - it is that she pisses liberals off.




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13 comments:

Dante said...

"Her supporters will hear none of the criticisms. They will accept exactly zero inconsistencies in any of her behaviors or words. The mere temerity on the parts of some to investigate and verify her words only serve to validate the worldview of the Palinites. She is persecuted because of their inquiry. They are persecuted because they support her. They are the "true Americans" who don't understand us fake Americans who do not adore her."

I like what you did there changing the gender on a blurb about Obama and applying it to Palin. Well played, sir!

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

If only. Plenty of Obama supporters understand the difference between President Obama and the Idea of President Obama.

It isn't our fault that the other side seems to take our honest criticism and disappointment in certain Administration policies as continued blind faith and fealty.

And it isn't our fault the other side seems to see tin-hat death panel and birth certificate hyperbole as the only "legitimate" criticism of Obama.

I mean, we got our blind partisans, don't get me wrong. But right now, it ain't Obama supporters wearing the majority of the blinders.

patsbrother said...

Wait: which is the bigger blinder: people believing one side in a he said / she said game, or people lambasting others for pointing out the anti-competitiveness of programs where the lambasting people ignore the obvious logical effects of such programs as well as the actual stated goals of such programs as stated by those putting them forward?

Oh, and wait: which of these blinders actually affect the law at this point?

That's right: the who-did-what game from the campaign from last year which lost.

Dante said...

"But right now, it ain't Obama supporters wearing the majority of the blinders."

No, because the detractors did exactly what they will soon do to Palin. They'll throw out every attack they can and some attacks will be good enough to knock the blinders off of many. At first there will be a narrative about how people are hounding Palin but the hounding will stay relevant far long than the whining about it. The whining will get old waaaay sooner than the Presidential election.

"And it isn't our fault the other side seems to see tin-hat death panel and birth certificate hyperbole as the only "legitimate" criticism of Obama."

And here I thought rampant spending and a major intrusion into the health insurance industry were what put a whack on his poll numbers.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Whining about her detractors (or "haters" as she calls them) appears to be Palin's penultimate point of appeal. Her blindest supporters are those whose identity politics depend on the scorn of the media, "Eastern elites," and the nebulous "others" rather than any particular policy decision.

That's why she hasn't gone away yet and isn't going away any time soon.

The spending and health care criticisms of Obama are out there, and some even come from his own side. And when you expand the policy list even further, there are even more criticisms and strong criticisms of the Obama administration from the left.

Thing is, not a lot of people on the right hear those critiques, for two main reasons: 1) the current opposition party narrative depends on the media and the left marching in lockstep with the idea that Obama is the messiah or "the one;" and 2) the current opposition party does not accept criticisms of the administration from the left or the center because they agree with neither the President nor the left-based/center-based critiques.

patsbrother said...

"And when you expand the policy list even further, there are even more criticisms and strong criticisms of the Obama administration from the left."

Yeah, I guess, insofar as the left critiques the president for being too conservative and now wildly "progressive" enough.

Side note: I'll do for you want a history professor once did for me. In a paper I once tried to express that something was the absolute pinnacle of something else, and to do so I called it the "penultimate" whatever-it-was. The professor kindly circled that word, drew a line, and wrote: this means 'second to last'.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

I am aware of the definition of "penultimate," Sprout, as you have "educated" me on this before.

Media Hate Me Palin's ultimate attribute is that she drives most liberals crazy. Again, not a policy matter, a personal one.

Dante said...

"Media Hate Me Palin's ultimate attribute is that she drives most liberals crazy. Again, not a policy matter, a personal one."

No, her ultimate attribute is that she gets many conservatives excited about the Presidential race who otherwise wouldn't be. Driving liberals crazy wouldn't matter if she didn't have some sort of following to back her up.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

While I would dispute that many of Palin's excited followers are actually conservative, I will concede the point that her greatest attribute is stirring up and exciting individuals.

patsbrother said...

Again, penultimate means next to last, not next to most important.

How can someone have a next-to-last attribute?

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

How can someone have a next-to-last attribute?

Well, if one were to accept that Palin is a woman of limitied attributes, it makes perfect sense.

patsbrother said...

And if one were to accept that you are a man of limited linguistic skills, this conversations would make perfect sense, too.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

"this conversations"?

Way to call out my linguistic skillz.