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It is now clear that the Republicans are reverting to the strategy that sold GW Bush to America in selling the sow’s ear candidacy of McCain and Palin. It doesn’t matter what they know, what policies they may or may not have, what we are being sold once again is the same “we will stand up to ‘them’ and fight for you” nonsense. Never mind that the public knows their last purchase of this sow’s ear left them broke, despised around the world, and in worse shape than before the Clinton years.
Nothing seems to matter as long as you can convince Americans that your candidate is brave, sharp tongued, “straight talking” and eager to knock the “insiders” on their rears. It doesn’t even matter that the facts clearly demonstrate that the candidate has none of those attributes. If you just find the one piece of the puzzle that people grab onto, the rest sells itself.
For McCain, he was on his way to an embarrassing defeat when his handlers plucked “scrappy” Sarah Palin out of obscurity and the mantle of the “everyman” found its latest incarnation. We all know what has followed as Democrats scramble to find out what hit them.
Lets be clear, there is no logic to this. There are no facts that can be presented either to show that Palin is not even close to the persona claimed for her nor that she is just the kind of personality Gov. Bush presented in his first campaign. In fact, that is her appeal and McCain can just ride on her skirts lying through his teeth about his positions, her experience, and anything else he can find to boost his chances.
It is truly a disgusting turn in the campaign, not because Obama’s lead has evaporated, not even that McCain could get elected despite himself. It is stomach churning to watch the public fall for this ploy yet again. The same people who claim to think the country is going in the wrong direction by overwhelming margins; the same people who think GW Bush is a terrible president are now signing on for 4 more years of the exact same disastrous combination of inexperience, lying and false pretenses.
I despair for the ability of Americans to ever rise above the desire to have a president who is “like one of us” and find enough humility to actually elect someone who might know more than they do about anything. We keep asking for change and then fall for the exact same hustle that landed us in the present quandary.
Worst of all, we are even told straight to our face that issues don’t matter, that even facts are irrelevant. All that matters are all those things that don’t matter anywhere except in the minds of people who just don’t want to bother struggling with knowledge, issues or all those difficult things of government. They just want someone to solve things so they can go back to American Idol.
Bush was that guy in 2000 and now they have Sarah Palin and her running mate, whatshisname. Yeah, they say they are “outsiders,” that they will “change the way things are done” and apparently sprinkle pixy dust as needed on all the problems of the day. Of course they will be tough doing so. And maybe their stupidity will start a few more wars, but hey, we are Americans and we deserve to rule the world.
Am I elitist? You are damned right I am. I am an elitist when it comes to my health care. I am an elitist when it comes to things that rely on knowledge and experience. And I most certainly do not want someone holding the highest offices in this country to be just like those who don’t know their rear ends from a hole in the ground.
The Know Nothing Party rises once again.