Saturday, September 06, 2008

Palin vs. the rest of us

Given the "enthusiasm gap" that existed before the Republican Convention, could this be the first election where people actually vote for the bottom rather than the top of the ticket? I don't know, it may well be a waste of time to critique Palin rather than McCain, but I'm going to go ahead and post this anyway because it's just too important to pass up.


Obviously this picture isn't comparing Barack Obama to Jesus, no matter what the right-wing spinners would have you believe about people who vote for that member of the United Church of Christ. No, it's just pointing out that Governor Palin's executive experience isn't all it's cracked up to be, and that her party could do a better job of staying in touch with local communities and the "least of these." A H/T is to Cany at Just Another Black Sheep, who got it from Padre Mickey. Also, The Knowledge Box says you can get a similar bumpersnicker, button, or shirt here.

To understand the importance of community organizers, read Cany's "25 Years of my Life Dissed by Palin". Other Palin commentary from Cany is here, from Susan Russell at An Inch at a Time, and from Huckelberries Online's Bob at The Unbearable Bobness of Being. Also, here's Joe Biden on the Governor's acceptance speech - sounds like he's got a cold, but his points about the middle class are still important:

5 comments:

Dogwalkmusings said...

There is so much information about the "real" Sarah Palin on the web, I'm wondering why the main stream media isn't doing more in depth reporting. Maybe it's a lost art. Two months to go. We need better than what we're getting. Thank goodness for the blogs. We may have to separate the wheat from the chaff but at least the information is there for us.

Nathan Empsall said...

After so many years of being labeled as "liberal," the right wing spinners and hatemongers have the media scared to attack them. There's been severe backlash from the McCainiacs when they do ask tough questions about Palin, and severe backlask from, well, everyone, when they ask irresponsible questions. So they retreat to the corner of cowardice rather the corner of journalism.

Dogwalkmusings said...

So what can be done? This is no laughing matter!

Nathan Empsall said...

Pushback. MSNBC's giving Rachel Maddow her own show is a start, and Media Matters is a good watchdog. Just as the right decries every little attack on them, we've got to decry every missed opportunity. It'll take time, but I think it's one of those things that can be gradually turned around. The real problem is the media's obsession with the almight dollar, with ratings. I think we need to reinstate the FCC regulations Reagan lifted that say the networks, since they're using public airwaves, have a public obligation. As for the detrimental effect of the 24 hours news cycle, I don't have any ideas there. I'll bet a good NPR-style 24 hour tv network could get decent ratings since its niche would have no real competition and NPR ratings have been rising while network broadcasts have been falling, but no one important seems to see it that way.

Nathan Empsall said...

Jordan, I'm still waiting for your angry take on this picture! ;)