James Lewis at American Thinker:
So shrewd old McCain picks Sarah Palin for Veep, and steps on the Obama victory with devastating timing, the day after the launch. No big bounce in the polls for O[bama]. Within hours the Left feels cheated and betrayed. Why? Because they are entitled to victory. Because they have been in a rage for the last eight years [since Bush v. Gore] and can just feel that aching need for revenge. Because Governor Palin is a traitor to her gender, in their eyes, just as Justice Thomas is a traitor to his race. This is the language of the Klu Klux Klan and the Nazis, of course; "race traitor" was their name for whites who supported civil rights for blacks. But it's ok to be a racist if you're a liberal. In fact you are supposed to be a racist, a sexist, and a heterophobe: It's practically mandatory to take on all the sins of racial fascism as long as you flip the targets.Can you say Liberal Fascism? Jonah Goldberg can.
These wild, vicious slanders are trotted out mainly to satisfy the emotional needs of their authors. The nasty, vicious quality is a signal of irrational, narcissistic rage.Observing the Left's reaction to Sarah Palin like watching a sci-fi movie in which aliens ravage the Earth--Feces Fit or some such title. It's not so much that much of the Left is behaving in a crazy manner; it's that they think it would make a difference. So if the Left succeeds in destroying Sarah Palin and her family using lies, innuendo and nastiness and does so out of envy and revenge, we're supposed to vote for their candidate?
I gave a ten to McCain's campaign this morning. As has been so for many other Republicans contributing in the last few days, it was the first donation that McCain 2008 Presidential Candidacy has received from me.* I wanted to get it in before tomorrow, when the campaign--pledged to take public funding--will no longer be able to accept donations.
Someone on the Left will do something crazy. Ier. Watch and see.
UPDATE: Victor Davis Hanson has coined a verb--to Palinize.
[T]o slander and caricature a working-class female public figure for the noble advancement of liberalism.
Sarah Palin—self-made woman, and governor of Alaska—is being reducing by the left to a hickish, white trash mom of five, analogous to the manner that esteemed jurists like Kenneth ("cigarette lawyer") Starr and Robert Bork were slandered by the media as incompetent right right-wing fanatics, and Clarence Thomas was pilloried as an affirmative action sex-maniac.
Why does the left and liberal media, in McCarthyite fashion, now seek to destroy rather than just oppose these public servants?