Yup, the Conservative Idealogues Love Her

Media swoon over Palin’s fiery speech

This is no surprise, since McCain’s Republican handlers had to do *something* about unifying the Republican Party around their red-headed stepchild, John McCain, He Who Crosses Party Lines Entirely Too Much in the Senate.

So in having Palin, a self-proclaimed “Hockey Mom” with strong hardline social conservative and Reagan-era economic views, together with McCain, the hope is that they’ll be able to reconstruct the Reagan Coalition — strong Liberty and strong Order folks — that was effectively destroyed under George W. Bush’s watch (hence the 2006 Democratic sweep of Congress) and, thus, push McCain over the top come November.

However, the problem I had was this: she wasn’t talking to anyone who *wasn’t* a hardline conservative Republican.  Even though she seemed very articulate explaining her understanding of energy policy — her experience as governer of Alaska shone through here — everything else may as well have come from a RNC brochure.  In fact, Joe Lieberman’s speech was more aware of the general electorate — the people whose swing votes will matter come November — than Sarah Palin’s.  This, to me, means one thing:  McCain have better do an *awesome* job in his acceptance speech this evening, with the view that in order for him to win, he needs to be John McCain as John McCain, not John McCain as Republican.

So Sarah Palin have indeed unified the Republican Party.  But she certainly hasn’t unified the American people.  On that count, she — and McCain — have a lot of work to do for the next sixty days, if they want to win the White House.


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If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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6 Responses to Yup, the Conservative Idealogues Love Her

  1. Austin says:

    I couldn’t vote for her, for various reasons like the bridge to nowhere, which she was for before it became a scandal. But the one that really gets me is this: (from the guardian.co.uk)

    “Here’s a good place to start: When she was mayor of Wasilla, Palin charged sexual assault victims or their insurance companies for ordering rape kits. Apparently she and her government didn’t want to put a “burden” on the taxpayer. ”

    Seems pretty cold.

  2. lizardqueen says:

    I agree with ya about the good race; what makes 2008 so unique is that both are equally matched in the pro’s and con’s for each side, and that their essential message — “WE NEED CHANGE! KICK THE BASTARDS OUT OF WASHINGTON!!!!” — happen to be the same.

    It’s gonna be hard deciding who to vote for.

  3. celogo says:

    That explains a lot. But… I could see non-partisan communitarians swinging toward McCain-Palin because she *is* “small town.”

    When we watched the Obama DNC acceptance speech, we said, “It’s over for McCain. He can’t match this.”

    Well, count me surprised. The RNC not only matched the energy and charisma, polls are saying the ticket is now neck and neck with Obama-Biden.

    If nothing else, a good race is better than a no contest race.

  4. lizardqueen says:

    Hi, C:

    1) “Palin’s a wife and mom who knows how to do government, business, and still have fun.
    By choosing Palin, McCain is helping reframe the public image of families like ours. That, in itself, will have broad ramifications across the spectrum.”

    That may just be true — but the general murmur against her — who aren’t rabid Democrats — happens to be a fear of the unknown, since she is so new to federal-level government. She’s a rising star in the Republican Party, and the skeptical view towards her is the same towards those who are skeptical towards Obama — great potential, but perhaps later on, when they’ve been tested, working on the federal and national level?

    Her social conservatism appeals to traditionalists and establishmentarians, while her Western rugged individualism appeals to libertarians. But those who are neither those two — using the Hubby’s LEO model, they would be strong E, communitarians — her message doesn’t speak to them.

    I haven’t the stats for how many swing voters are non-partisan communitarians, but considering the appeal that Obama has for many voters *not* aligned with the Democratic Party (or any party, whatsoever) and McCain’s own speech stressing community over “selfish individualism” — the Hubby noted McCain’s historical non-partisan communitarianism, a quality which often pisses off the Republican base — it’s the non-partisan communitarians that I think McCain and Obama will especially battle over come November.

    2) The Reagan comparison is trying to get back the libertarians that abandoned shipped the Republican Party and voted Democrat in protest, back in 2006. What many Republicans in power realize is that they need those people *back* in order to regain Congress, in order to have the agenda promised by a McCain-Palin ticket actually make it into law. And so they make comparisons with Reagan, who effectively created a coalition between social conservatives and die-hard libertarians back in the 1960s, which sealed his victory in 1980.

    The race is so close that every little bit of an advantage — by either side — counts.

  5. celogo says:

    The Reagan comparison has to be an appeal to Reagan Democrats. I just don’t see anyone in our age group buying into that. What am I missing?

  6. celogo says:

    Well, I have to disagree with you. I’m a swing voter. Wasn’t going to vote McCain. I would have written in Charlie Brown if I had too.

    I will vote McCain-Palin now. It wasn’t her speech, either. I can see some people being swayed by her oratory, but not me.

    What has impressed me? She could stand the heat in the media’s Hell’s kitchen.

    It’s not about replacing Hillary. Anyone who thinks so is really messed up. There can be no comparison personally or politically.

    Palin’s a wife and mom who knows how to do government, business, and still have fun.
    By choosing Palin, McCain is helping reframe the public image of families like ours. That, in itself, will have broad ramifications across the spectrum.

    It might just push him over the top on votes, too.

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