Explain this to me: the African-American candidate is elitist because he is well-educated while the woman who spent $150,000 on a new wardrobe is one of us?
No matter how dirty the campaign may get in
This is a nation that so champions itself as the epitome of democracy that it is spending billions of dollars in what is so awfully described as ‘treasure’, and thousands of lives, both military and civilian, to ensure America’s version of ‘democracy’ is exported to such places as Iraq and Afghanistan. You know what,
Too harsh? Perhaps, but here’s the thing. When I go to write about the antics of one political party or another I have always found the first basic test of a theory is to imagine the reaction from a party if the situation were reversed. That is to say, how would the Republicans have reacted if Sarah Palin had been chosen as the Democratic candidate for Vice President? I am sorely tempted to say we would all still be deafened by the laughter and derision from McCain’s minders and Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh etc. What I do find extremely disturbing is the number of commentators and politicians who have been willing, and I use that word advisedly, to surrender their reputations because they now have no choice other than to support a candidate who is so clearly out of her depth that it is indeed embarrassing to watch. But wait, there’s more.
This is a woman who McCain sold as a “hockey mom”, a “maverick”, someone who understands everyday family issues—pregnant teen-aged daughter and Downs Syndrome baby and all that. These family issues, by the way, are legitimate areas of discussion only because the Republican ticket has used them to further the mom image of Pailn. For most politicians, outside of America anyway, family is out of bounds, and long may it stay that way. The
Now we hear that the moose huntin’ hockey mom has been on a shopping spree—not for new all-weather gear but haute couture to the tune of $150,000. That is the value of many of the houses which are now subject to tour bus loads of foreclosure vultures throughout the
This spending spree dosh is coming from the coffers of the Republican Campaign Committee, the same group that is slamming the money raised by the Obama campaign. So here’s the issue, boot on the other foot and all that. When a large organisation such as the RNC hands over $150 grand to go shopping that’s okay but when ordinary everyday Americans donate on average $68 each to the Obama campaign and it happens to add up to $150 million (in September alone!) that’s somehow evil. As the Republican ticket has been presenting it, that’s “buying” the election.
So it's just fine to go shopping to change the ordinary everyday mom image, and at the same time whack the guy you call “elite” (presumably because he’s educated)? Is the problem that Obama's supporters, many of whom couldn’t currently contemplate a $150 shopping spree let alone one totalling $150,000, are so fired up they are donating on average way less than $100 each? Isn’t that democracy at work?
There are a couple of other hypocrisies that fit well with the above. Colin Powell. No, I am not calling him a hypocrite although I am sure I have much company in having been appalled at that speech he delivered to the United Nations justifying the need to go to war in
With under two weeks to go till the votes are in, Americans are having to deal with Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann suggesting there should be investigations into the “un-Americaness” of some representatives in the House. Hmm, haven’t we heard this before from a certain Senator McCarthy? And then there are the candidates' “robo calls”, which would have to be about as obnoxious as politics gets. It is difficult enough to reach a person on the other end of a phone for anything. Just imagine Sarah Palin’s voice educating you on the socialist—nay communist—tendencies of candidate Obama. It is pre-recorded so perhaps it is paid for out of what was left over from the wardrobe allowance.
Hatred repackaged as the real
There is much hard work left to be done in the American campaign, for both candidates and voters. You have to really work hard to violate Palin’s standards on negative campaigning; you have to work extremely hard to find an actual policy articulated by either Palin or the old guy who sometimes appears next to her; you have to sweat to find anyone who can justify the Republican robo calls—made by the same firm that smeared McCain in his 2000 presidential bid; and you have to basically die in a ditch to solve the riddle of a black guy being elitist because he’s educated, but a white chick being down-home ‘momsy’ despite spending $150,000 at Neiman Marcus to, I guess, rid herself of her hockey sweats.
Note to Sarah: don’t chuck out the sweats just yet.