Pit Bull Palin

In Politics on October 5, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Sarah Palin is turning out to be the “pit bull with lipstick.” The McCain camp has turned her loose to do as much damage as she can. She was civil during the vice-presidential debate, but now that she’s out on the campaign trail she’s ready to rumble.

‘”Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country,” Palin told a group of donors in Englewood, Colo. A deliberate attempt to smear Obama, McCain’s ticket-mate echoed the line at three separate events Saturday.’ (From an October 5th Associated Press analysis by Douglass K. Daniel.)

She also went on to imply that Obama is unpatriotic because he doesn’t see America the way that Republicans (although she uses the word “we” as if it’s all of “us” against Obama) do: “This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America,” she said. “We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism.”

How effective are Palin’s attacks? Among the converted, they probably just reinforce feelings they already have. But what about the undecided voters? Will Palin’s attacks push them over the boundary into McCain-land? I’m hoping that attack campaigns turn people off more than change their minds. I don’t know how much the Swift Boat campaign actually hurt Kerry, for instance, but the fact is, he lost. He was never in as good a shape as Obama, however.

The weird thing about campaigns is that the candidates mainly preach to the choir. At rallies and fund-raisers, the attendees are already on their side. Personally, I’m appalled at McCain’s choice of running mate. But some people love the heck out of her. What kills me is that people act like she has so much executive experience when she hasn’t even been a governor for two years yet! Forget the city council and mayor of a very small town, which impress me not at all. And she’s hardly an energy expert. She just knows about the issues that hit Alaska, issues that may not even apply to the rest of the States.

If I were her, I’d be uneasy about the role she has been assigned in the McCain campaign. But then she’s “Sarah Barracuda.” She’s used to being in the limelight. She probably sees her role as something she was born and bred to do.

Much like a pit bull.


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